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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 578 613 584
Rank change year-on-year +35 -29  
Contract jobs citing Office Communications Server 12 24 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.028% 0.048% 0.074%
As % of the Application Platforms category 0.17% 0.27% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 14 15
Median daily rate £275 £285 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.50% -13.63%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £198 £245 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £277 £501 £390
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £285 £303
% change year-on-year -3.50% -5.78%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 0
Median hourly rate - £32.45 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.45 -

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 7176 8847 9088
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 16.67% 17.86% 17.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 4623 6014 5789
Median daily rate £438 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £350
% change year-on-year +2.56% +11.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 188 200 304
Median hourly rate £24.75 £20.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.75% -2.43%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.05 £12.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £44.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% +7.14%  

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 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 22 June 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 +63 10 £275 -1.78%
South East +22 2 - - 1
Office Communications Server
UK

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 39 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 39 (100.00%) Skype for Business
2 36 (92.31%) MS Exchange
3 33 (84.62%) Office 365
4 30 (76.92%) Exchange Server 2010
4 30 (76.92%) SharePoint
5 26 (66.67%) SharePoint 2013
6 25 (64.10%) SC Cleared
6 25 (64.10%) Security Cleared
6 25 (64.10%) Skype
7 24 (61.54%) Exchange Server 2013
8 22 (56.41%) Windows Server
8 22 (56.41%) Microsoft Office
8 22 (56.41%) Windows
9 21 (53.85%) ITIL
10 20 (51.28%) SharePoint 2010
11 17 (43.59%) Windows Server 2008
11 17 (43.59%) Active Directory
12 15 (38.46%) Capacity Planning
12 15 (38.46%) Content Management
13 13 (33.33%) Blackberry
13 13 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
14 12 (30.77%) Exchange Server 2007
15 10 (25.64%) Exchange Server 2003
16 9 (23.08%) Microsoft Certification
16 9 (23.08%) DHCP
16 9 (23.08%) DNS
17 8 (20.51%) Change Management
18 7 (17.95%) Presales
19 6 (15.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server

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 39 (100.00%) Skype for Business
2 36 (92.31%) MS Exchange
3 30 (76.92%) Exchange Server 2010
3 30 (76.92%) SharePoint
4 26 (66.67%) SharePoint 2013
5 24 (61.54%) Exchange Server 2013
6 20 (51.28%) SharePoint 2010
7 12 (30.77%) Exchange Server 2007
8 10 (25.64%) Exchange Server 2003
9 6 (15.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 22 (56.41%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 33 (84.62%) Office 365
2 4 (10.26%) Azure Active Directory
2 4 (10.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (5.13%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 25 (64.10%) Skype
2 9 (23.08%) DHCP
2 9 (23.08%) DNS
3 6 (15.38%) Unified Communications
4 4 (10.26%) Firewall
4 4 (10.26%) PSTN
5 3 (7.69%) VoIP
6 2 (5.13%) Cisco IPT
General
1 3 (7.69%) Law
Job Titles
1 18 (46.15%) Messaging Engineer
2 17 (43.59%) Messaging Support
3 12 (30.77%) Messaging Support Engineer
3 12 (30.77%) Support Engineer
4 9 (23.08%) Consultant
5 5 (12.82%) Messaging Consultant
5 5 (12.82%) Support Consultant
6 4 (10.26%) Microsoft Consultant
6 4 (10.26%) Office 365 Consultant
6 4 (10.26%) Technical Consultant
7 3 (7.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 3 (7.69%) Analyst
7 3 (7.69%) Architect
7 3 (7.69%) Azure Consultant
7 3 (7.69%) Messaging Analyst
8 2 (5.13%) Administrator
8 2 (5.13%) Exchange Administrator
8 2 (5.13%) Unified Communications Engineer
9 1 (2.56%) Collaboration Engineer
9 1 (2.56%) Exchange Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.69%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (33.33%) Blackberry
2 5 (12.82%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (10.26%) Replication
4 3 (7.69%) Computer Science
4 3 (7.69%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 22 (56.41%) Windows
1 22 (56.41%) Windows Server
2 17 (43.59%) Windows Server 2008
3 13 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (12.82%) Android
4 5 (12.82%) Apple iOS
5 4 (10.26%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (53.85%) ITIL
2 15 (38.46%) Capacity Planning
2 15 (38.46%) Content Management
3 8 (20.51%) Change Management
4 7 (17.95%) Presales
5 5 (12.82%) Mobile Device Management
5 5 (12.82%) Visualisation
6 4 (10.26%) Incident Management
6 4 (10.26%) Mentoring
7 3 (7.69%) Budgeting and Forecasting
7 3 (7.69%) Business Forecasting
7 3 (7.69%) Planning and Forecasting
7 3 (7.69%) Server Monitoring
7 3 (7.69%) TOGAF
7 3 (7.69%) Validation
8 2 (5.13%) Disaster Recovery
8 2 (5.13%) Email Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (7.69%) C
1 3 (7.69%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 25 (64.10%) SC Cleared
1 25 (64.10%) Security Cleared
2 9 (23.08%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (15.38%) MCSE
4 3 (7.69%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (7.69%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (7.69%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.69%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 17 (43.59%) Active Directory
2 5 (12.82%) Hyper-V
3 3 (7.69%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 3 (7.69%) Cisco CUCM
2 2 (5.13%) MIMEsweeper
2 2 (5.13%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 39 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (12.82%) Cisco
2 5 (12.82%) Trend Micro
3 3 (7.69%) Citrix
4 2 (5.13%) Clearswift
4 2 (5.13%) Symantec
5 1 (2.56%) ServiceNow