The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Office Communications Server skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Office Communications Server over the 3 months to 30 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS)
UK / England
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 551 614 563
Rank change year-on-year +63 -51  
Contract jobs citing Office Communications Server 25 10 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.060% 0.020% 0.078%
As % of the Application Platforms category 0.34% 0.12% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 7 17
Median daily rate £290 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -35.55% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £428 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £625 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £430 £450
% change year-on-year -36.04% -4.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Median hourly rate - £13.00 £49.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -73.73%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £13.00 £49.50
% change year-on-year - -73.73%  

Office Communications Server is in the application platform skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 7310 8598 8515
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 17.41% 17.21% 17.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 4781 5554 5119
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £599 £575 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +3.89% +2.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 158 205 323
Median hourly rate £18.59 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.27% -5.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.60 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.84
% change year-on-year - +3.91%  

Office Communications Server
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Office Communications Server as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Application Platforms category.

Job vacancy trend for Office Communications Server in England

Office Communications Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Office Communications Server in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Office Communications Server in England

Office Communications Server
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Office Communications Server in England over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Office Communications Server in England

Office Communications Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Office Communications Server in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Office Communications Server in England

Office Communications Server
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Office Communications Server within the England region over the 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
North East - 10 £275 -
London +40 8 £588 -2.08% 2
South East +21 7 £354 -21.38%
Office Communications Server
UK

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Office Communications Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Office Communications Server.

1 44 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 43 (97.73%) Skype for Business
3 39 (88.64%) MS Exchange
4 34 (77.27%) Office 365
5 32 (72.73%) SharePoint
6 26 (59.09%) Exchange Server 2010
7 25 (56.82%) Skype
7 25 (56.82%) MS Office
7 25 (56.82%) Windows
8 22 (50.00%) SharePoint 2013
8 22 (50.00%) Security Cleared
9 21 (47.73%) SC Cleared
10 20 (45.45%) Exchange Server 2013
10 20 (45.45%) Windows Server
10 20 (45.45%) MS Excel
11 19 (43.18%) Active Directory
11 19 (43.18%) Blackberry
12 18 (40.91%) ITIL
13 16 (36.36%) Windows Server 2008
13 16 (36.36%) SharePoint 2010
14 15 (34.09%) Exchange Server 2007
15 13 (29.55%) Windows Server 2003
16 11 (25.00%) Content Management
17 10 (22.73%) Exchange Server 2003
17 10 (22.73%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
17 10 (22.73%) Capacity Planning
17 10 (22.73%) Presales
18 9 (20.45%) Microsoft Azure
18 9 (20.45%) Unified Communications
18 9 (20.45%) Cisco

Office Communications Server
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 43 (97.73%) Skype for Business
2 39 (88.64%) MS Exchange
3 32 (72.73%) SharePoint
4 26 (59.09%) Exchange Server 2010
5 22 (50.00%) SharePoint 2013
6 20 (45.45%) Exchange Server 2013
7 16 (36.36%) SharePoint 2010
8 15 (34.09%) Exchange Server 2007
9 10 (22.73%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 10 (22.73%) Exchange Server 2003
10 5 (11.36%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 25 (56.82%) MS Office
2 20 (45.45%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 34 (77.27%) Office 365
2 9 (20.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (15.91%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (13.64%) Mimecast
5 5 (11.36%) OneDrive
5 5 (11.36%) Yammer
6 3 (6.82%) IaaS
7 1 (2.27%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 25 (56.82%) Skype
2 9 (20.45%) Unified Communications
3 8 (18.18%) DHCP
3 8 (18.18%) DNS
4 6 (13.64%) Cisco IPT
5 3 (6.82%) Firewall
5 3 (6.82%) VoIP
6 2 (4.55%) PSTN
7 1 (2.27%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (11.36%) Power BI
2 1 (2.27%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (6.82%) Law
2 1 (2.27%) Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (36.36%) Messaging Support
2 14 (31.82%) Messaging Engineer
3 10 (22.73%) Consultant
3 10 (22.73%) Messaging Support Engineer
3 10 (22.73%) Support Engineer
4 6 (13.64%) Architect
4 6 (13.64%) Messaging Consultant
4 6 (13.64%) Support Consultant
5 5 (11.36%) Administrator
5 5 (11.36%) Exchange Administrator
6 4 (9.09%) Analyst
6 4 (9.09%) Microsoft Consultant
6 4 (9.09%) Office 365 Consultant
6 4 (9.09%) Technical Consultant
7 3 (6.82%) Applications Specialist
7 3 (6.82%) Azure Consultant
7 3 (6.82%) Messaging Analyst
7 3 (6.82%) Microsoft Specialist
8 2 (4.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 2 (4.55%) Office 365 Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.82%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (43.18%) Blackberry
2 5 (11.36%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (6.82%) Video Conferencing
4 2 (4.55%) Computer Science
4 2 (4.55%) Replication
5 1 (2.27%) Data Centre
5 1 (2.27%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 25 (56.82%) Windows
2 20 (45.45%) Windows Server
3 16 (36.36%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (29.55%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (15.91%) Android
5 7 (15.91%) Apple iOS
6 6 (13.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (2.27%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (40.91%) ITIL
2 11 (25.00%) Content Management
3 10 (22.73%) Capacity Planning
3 10 (22.73%) Presales
4 8 (18.18%) Change Management
5 7 (15.91%) Mobile Device Management
5 7 (15.91%) Visualisation
6 6 (13.64%) Email Management
6 6 (13.64%) Migration
7 5 (11.36%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (9.09%) Mentoring
9 3 (6.82%) Budgeting and Forecasting
9 3 (6.82%) Business Forecasting
9 3 (6.82%) Identity Management
9 3 (6.82%) Planning and Forecasting
9 3 (6.82%) Server Monitoring
9 3 (6.82%) TOGAF
9 3 (6.82%) Validation
10 2 (4.55%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (9.09%) PowerShell
2 3 (6.82%) C
3 2 (4.55%) SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 21 (47.73%) SC Cleared
3 8 (18.18%) MCSE
3 8 (18.18%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (6.82%) Degree
5 1 (2.27%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.27%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 19 (43.18%) Active Directory
2 7 (15.91%) Hyper-V
3 3 (6.82%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 6 (13.64%) MIMEsweeper
1 6 (13.64%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 3 (6.82%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (2.27%) SCOM
3 1 (2.27%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 44 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 9 (20.45%) Cisco
3 7 (15.91%) Trend Micro
4 6 (13.64%) Clearswift
4 6 (13.64%) Symantec
5 3 (6.82%) Citrix
6 1 (2.27%) VMware