Period
to 20 June 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Unified Communications skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Unified Communications over the 6 months to 20 June 2021 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.

Unified Communications
UK > England
6 months to
20 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 481 425 522
Rank change year-on-year -56 +97 +96
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 156 148 314
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.31% 0.39% 0.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.75% 2.97% 3.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 103 201
10th Percentile £306 £325 £300
25th Percentile £350 £400 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £474 £466 £450
Median % change year-on-year +1.72% +3.44% -
75th Percentile £525 £569 £538
90th Percentile £583 £584 £613
UK median daily rate £471 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +1.89% +2.78% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 2
10th Percentile £17.25 £16.80 "
25th Percentile £18.00 £18.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate £19.50 £19.25 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +1.30% +10.00% -56.25%
75th Percentile £19.88 £23.44 £18.75
90th Percentile £19.95 £52.28 "
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year - +11.43% -56.25%

Unified Communications is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 5,664 4,986 10,463
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.40% 13.26% 12.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,641 3,102 6,598
10th Percentile £232 £200 £207
25th Percentile £350 £325 £327
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £438 £438
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% - +2.94%
75th Percentile £538 £538 £538
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £429
% change year-on-year +5.88% -0.93% +0.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 268 229 469
10th Percentile £12.15 £13.50 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.03 £16.25 £14.50
Median hourly rate £23.21 £20.50 £19.64
Median % change year-on-year +13.22% +4.38% +1.83%
75th Percentile £49.06 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.00 £51.90 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year - +21.95% +9.19%

Unified Communications
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Unified Communications as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Unified Communications in England

Unified Communications
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Unified Communications in England.

Daily rate trend for Unified Communications in England

Unified Communications
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Unified Communications in England over the 6 months to 20 June 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Unified Communications in England

Unified Communications
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Unified Communications in England.

Hourly rate trend for Unified Communications in England

Unified Communications
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 Unified Communications within the England region over the 6 months to 20 June 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -43 74 £475 -2.56% 24
South East +6 47 £440 -2.22% 8
North of England +5 13 £484 +38.29% 13
North West +6 11 £484 +16.63% 8
Midlands -49 6 £330 -37.14% 5
South West +13 4 £425 -22.73% 7
East Midlands - 4 £190 -
Yorkshire +3 2 - - 5
East of England +2 2 £700 +86.67% 2
West Midlands -68 2 £625 +19.05% 5
Unified Communications
UK

For the 6 months to 20 June 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Unified Communications also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Unified Communications.

1 50 (32.05%) Cisco
2 47 (30.13%) Finance
3 46 (29.49%) Microsoft 365
4 45 (28.85%) Microsoft
5 40 (25.64%) Agile Software Development
6 35 (22.44%) Telecoms
7 34 (21.79%) WAN
8 29 (18.59%) LAN
9 27 (17.31%) Azure
10 24 (15.38%) Skype
11 23 (14.74%) Stakeholder Management
12 21 (13.46%) Project Management
12 21 (13.46%) AWS
12 21 (13.46%) Skype for Business
13 20 (12.82%) Internet
13 20 (12.82%) Firewall
14 19 (12.18%) Python
14 19 (12.18%) Problem-Solving
15 17 (10.90%) ITIL
15 17 (10.90%) Ethernet
15 17 (10.90%) Migration
15 17 (10.90%) Social Skills
16 16 (10.26%) DNS
16 16 (10.26%) PowerShell
17 15 (9.62%) Video Conferencing
17 15 (9.62%) Cisco Certification
17 15 (9.62%) VoIP
18 14 (8.97%) Avaya
18 14 (8.97%) GCP
18 14 (8.97%) Cisco CUCM

Unified Communications
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 21 (13.46%) Skype for Business
2 9 (5.77%) SharePoint
3 6 (3.85%) Confluence
3 6 (3.85%) MS Exchange
4 2 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.64%) Jupyter
Applications
1 7 (4.49%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (3.21%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (1.28%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.64%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 3 (1.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.28%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 46 (29.49%) Microsoft 365
2 27 (17.31%) Azure
3 21 (13.46%) AWS
4 14 (8.97%) GCP
5 12 (7.69%) IaaS
6 9 (5.77%) Azure Active Directory
7 8 (5.13%) AWS Lambda
7 8 (5.13%) Serverless
8 6 (3.85%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 6 (3.85%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (3.85%) OneDrive
9 5 (3.21%) PaaS
9 5 (3.21%) SaaS
10 4 (2.56%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 3 (1.92%) AWS CloudFormation
11 3 (1.92%) OpenShift
12 2 (1.28%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (1.28%) Mimecast
12 2 (1.28%) Power Platform
12 2 (1.28%) Twilio
Communications & Networking
1 34 (21.79%) WAN
2 29 (18.59%) LAN
3 24 (15.38%) Skype
4 20 (12.82%) Firewall
4 20 (12.82%) Internet
5 17 (10.90%) Ethernet
6 16 (10.26%) DNS
7 15 (9.62%) VoIP
8 11 (7.05%) Wi-Fi
9 9 (5.77%) PSTN
10 8 (5.13%) VPN
10 8 (5.13%) WebEx
11 7 (4.49%) PBX
11 7 (4.49%) TCP/IP
12 6 (3.85%) Network Security
13 5 (3.21%) MPLS
13 5 (3.21%) Wireless
14 4 (2.56%) BGP
14 4 (2.56%) OSPF
14 4 (2.56%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.92%) Neo4j
2 2 (1.28%) Power BI
2 2 (1.28%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.64%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 1 (0.64%) Data Lake
3 1 (0.64%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.64%) EDMS
3 1 (0.64%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 10 (6.41%) JIRA
2 6 (3.85%) Cucumber
3 5 (3.21%) Selenium
4 4 (2.56%) Git (software)
5 3 (1.92%) Jenkins
6 2 (1.28%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.64%) eggPlant
7 1 (0.64%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.64%) Robot Framework
7 1 (0.64%) Terragrunt
7 1 (0.64%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.64%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 47 (30.13%) Finance
2 35 (22.44%) Telecoms
3 17 (10.90%) Social Skills
4 13 (8.33%) Billing
4 13 (8.33%) Legal
4 13 (8.33%) Marketing
4 13 (8.33%) Public Sector
5 10 (6.41%) Multimedia
6 6 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (3.21%) Documentation Skills
8 4 (2.56%) Digital Economy
8 4 (2.56%) Local Government
9 3 (1.92%) Banking
9 3 (1.92%) Presentation Skills
10 2 (1.28%) Police
11 1 (0.64%) Electronics
11 1 (0.64%) German Language
11 1 (0.64%) Italian Language
11 1 (0.64%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.64%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 34 (21.79%) Architect
2 18 (11.54%) Project Manager
3 14 (8.97%) Voice Engineer
4 13 (8.33%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 13 (8.33%) Unified Communications Manager
5 8 (5.13%) Network Engineer
5 8 (5.13%) Solutions Architect
6 7 (4.49%) Network Architect
6 7 (4.49%) Product Manager
6 7 (4.49%) Voice Architect
7 6 (3.85%) Analyst
7 6 (3.85%) Product Owner
7 6 (3.85%) Telephony Manager
8 5 (3.21%) Cisco Architect
8 5 (3.21%) Consultant
8 5 (3.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (3.21%) Infrastructure Manager
8 5 (3.21%) Software Engineer
9 4 (2.56%) Senior Network Engineer
9 4 (2.56%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (7.69%) Node.js
2 11 (7.05%) Web Services
3 6 (3.85%) Gherkin
4 4 (2.56%) OAuth
4 4 (2.56%) REST
4 4 (2.56%) SAML
4 4 (2.56%) SOAP
5 3 (1.92%) JSON
5 3 (1.92%) YAML
6 2 (1.28%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.64%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.62%) Video Conferencing
2 10 (6.41%) Data Centre
3 9 (5.77%) Cloud Native
3 9 (5.77%) Self-Motivation
3 9 (5.77%) Tandem
4 8 (5.13%) IVR
4 8 (5.13%) Virtual Team
5 5 (3.21%) Management Information System
5 5 (3.21%) Media Streaming
5 5 (3.21%) User Experience
6 3 (1.92%) NHS
6 3 (1.92%) Public Cloud
6 3 (1.92%) Video on Demand
7 2 (1.28%) Hybrid Cloud
7 2 (1.28%) PKI
8 1 (0.64%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.64%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.64%) Replication
8 1 (0.64%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 11 (7.05%) Windows
2 9 (5.77%) Linux
3 6 (3.85%) Windows 10
4 4 (2.56%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.64%) Unix
5 1 (0.64%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.64%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (25.64%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (14.74%) Stakeholder Management
3 21 (13.46%) Project Management
4 19 (12.18%) Problem-Solving
5 17 (10.90%) ITIL
5 17 (10.90%) Migration
6 13 (8.33%) Microservices
6 13 (8.33%) PRINCE2
7 11 (7.05%) Capacity Planning
7 11 (7.05%) Resource Management
8 10 (6.41%) Network Management
8 10 (6.41%) Service Delivery
9 9 (5.77%) Asset Management
9 9 (5.77%) Collaborative Working
9 9 (5.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 8 (5.13%) Infrastructure as Code
10 8 (5.13%) OO
10 8 (5.13%) Scrum
10 8 (5.13%) SOLID
10 8 (5.13%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 19 (12.18%) Python
2 16 (10.26%) PowerShell
3 11 (7.05%) Java
4 10 (6.41%) Go
4 10 (6.41%) JavaScript
5 7 (4.49%) SQL
6 4 (2.56%) C
7 3 (1.92%) Cypher
8 2 (1.28%) Scala
9 1 (0.64%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.64%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 15 (9.62%) Cisco Certification
2 11 (7.05%) Degree
3 10 (6.41%) CCNA
4 9 (5.77%) CCNP
5 7 (4.49%) Security Cleared
6 6 (3.85%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (3.85%) SC Cleared
7 5 (3.21%) CISSP
8 4 (2.56%) JNCIA
8 4 (2.56%) PMP
8 4 (2.56%) TOGAF Certification
9 3 (1.92%) CCDP
10 2 (1.28%) BC Cleared
10 2 (1.28%) CCIE
10 2 (1.28%) CCSA
10 2 (1.28%) CISM
10 2 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.64%) Computer Science Degree
11 1 (0.64%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.64%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.85%) GDPR
2 5 (3.21%) QA
3 3 (1.92%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (1.92%) SLA
4 2 (1.28%) GMP
4 2 (1.28%) PMO
5 1 (0.64%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.64%) GRC
5 1 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.64%) NCSC
System Software
1 13 (8.33%) Active Directory
2 10 (6.41%) Virtual Machines
3 6 (3.85%) Docker
4 5 (3.21%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (2.56%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (1.28%) Hyper-V
6 2 (1.28%) XenApp
6 2 (1.28%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.64%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 14 (8.97%) Cisco CUCM
2 10 (6.41%) Terraform
3 8 (5.13%) Kubernetes
4 7 (4.49%) SCCM
4 7 (4.49%) Single Sign-On
5 5 (3.21%) Microsoft Intune
6 3 (1.92%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 3 (1.92%) Ansible
6 3 (1.92%) Cisco UCCX
7 2 (1.28%) Nessus
8 1 (0.64%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.64%) CA Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.64%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 50 (32.05%) Cisco
2 45 (28.85%) Microsoft
3 14 (8.97%) Avaya
4 13 (8.33%) CheckPoint
5 12 (7.69%) Google
6 10 (6.41%) Sonus
7 5 (3.21%) F5
7 5 (3.21%) VMware
8 4 (2.56%) Citrix
8 4 (2.56%) Ivanti
8 4 (2.56%) Mitel
8 4 (2.56%) Oracle
8 4 (2.56%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (1.92%) BroadSoft
9 3 (1.92%) Juniper
10 2 (1.28%) Intapp
10 2 (1.28%) NETGEAR
10 2 (1.28%) Polycom
10 2 (1.28%) ServiceNow
10 2 (1.28%) SolarWinds