Period
to 16 October 2018

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 16 October 2018 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
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 624 607 545
Rank change year-on-year -17 -62 -6
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 242 252 320
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.26% 0.28% 0.33%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.93% 2.00% 2.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 158 199
England median daily rate £500 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% - -5.88%
10th Percentile £327 £200 £274
90th Percentile £650 £611 £578
UK median daily rate £475 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +18.75% - -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 5
England median hourly rate £40.00 £15.69 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +154.94% -27.02% -25.86%
10th Percentile £12.35 £15.35 £13.39
90th Percentile £42.50 £16.04 £36.96
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £15.69 £21.50
% change year-on-year +154.94% -27.02% -25.86%

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 12,507 12,595 15,026
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.27% 13.81% 15.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,578 7,742 9,250
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +4.03%
10th Percentile £200 £200 £224
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 620 659 739
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.11% -17.78% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £48.88 £47.50 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £19.19 £19.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year +1.01% -20.83% +20.00%

Unified Communications
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Unified Communications in England

Unified Communications
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Unified Communications in England

Unified Communications
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Unified Communications in England over the 6 months to 16 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Unified Communications in England

Unified Communications
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Unified Communications in England

Unified Communications
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Unified Communications in England over the 6 months to 16 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 16 October 2018. 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 +60 139 £525 +6.33% 28
South East +3 44 £425 +6.25% 17
North of England -27 22 £475 +5.56% 24
Midlands -45 19 £320 -1.54% 18
North West 0 17 £400 -11.11% 11
South West -50 13 £519 +38.33% 4
East Midlands -19 11 £200 - 6
West Midlands -36 8 £400 - 12
North East +2 5 £550 -12.00% 4
East of England -24 2 £513 +28.13% 13
Unified Communications
UK

For the 6 months to 16 October 2018, 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.

1 102 (42.15%) Cisco
2 74 (30.58%) Microsoft
3 58 (23.97%) Windows
3 58 (23.97%) Skype for Business
4 56 (23.14%) Office 365
4 56 (23.14%) ITIL
4 56 (23.14%) WAN
5 55 (22.73%) Skype
6 53 (21.90%) Finance
7 51 (21.07%) Security Cleared
8 45 (18.60%) VMware
9 44 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
9 44 (18.18%) LAN
10 42 (17.36%) Active Directory
11 39 (16.12%) Migration
12 37 (15.29%) Firewall
13 36 (14.88%) VMware Infrastructure
14 32 (13.22%) VoIP
15 31 (12.81%) Data Centre
16 28 (11.57%) SCCM
17 27 (11.16%) Windows Server
18 26 (10.74%) SC Cleared
19 25 (10.33%) Wireless
19 25 (10.33%) Linux
19 25 (10.33%) CCNP
19 25 (10.33%) Cisco CUCM
20 24 (9.92%) Citrix
21 23 (9.50%) Project Management
21 23 (9.50%) Agile Software Development
21 23 (9.50%) Analytical Skills

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 58 (23.97%) Skype for Business
2 20 (8.26%) MS Exchange
3 10 (4.13%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (3.31%) SharePoint
5 5 (2.07%) Liferay
5 5 (2.07%) NetWeaver
5 5 (2.07%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 5 (2.07%) WebLogic
5 5 (2.07%) WebLogic Portal
6 4 (1.65%) CMS
6 4 (1.65%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.41%) Apache
7 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.41%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (2.07%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (1.24%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (1.24%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (2.07%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.41%) Northgate Housing
Cloud Services
1 56 (23.14%) Office 365
2 23 (9.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (6.20%) SaaS
4 12 (4.96%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (2.48%) Mimecast
6 5 (2.07%) Yammer
7 4 (1.65%) IaaS
7 4 (1.65%) Lucidchart
8 3 (1.24%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (1.24%) PaaS
8 3 (1.24%) Serverless
9 2 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.41%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 56 (23.14%) WAN
2 55 (22.73%) Skype
3 44 (18.18%) LAN
4 37 (15.29%) Firewall
5 32 (13.22%) VoIP
6 25 (10.33%) Wireless
7 22 (9.09%) DNS
8 19 (7.85%) MPLS
9 16 (6.61%) DHCP
10 15 (6.20%) Cisco Nexus
10 15 (6.20%) Network Security
11 14 (5.79%) Wi-Fi
12 12 (4.96%) Cisco ASA
12 12 (4.96%) VPN
12 12 (4.96%) WLAN
13 11 (4.55%) BGP
13 11 (4.55%) Cisco IOS
13 11 (4.55%) PBX
14 10 (4.13%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
14 10 (4.13%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.48%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.65%) Big Data
3 2 (0.83%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.41%) MySQL
4 1 (0.41%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.41%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.41%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (2.07%) Jenkins
1 5 (2.07%) SonarQube
2 2 (0.83%) Rational Rose
General
1 53 (21.90%) Finance
2 15 (6.20%) Telecoms
3 13 (5.37%) Retail
4 7 (2.89%) Back Office
5 6 (2.48%) Legal
6 5 (2.07%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.65%) Automotive
7 4 (1.65%) Banking
8 2 (0.83%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.83%) Law
9 1 (0.41%) Billing
9 1 (0.41%) German Language
9 1 (0.41%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.41%) Local Government
9 1 (0.41%) Marketing
9 1 (0.41%) Military
9 1 (0.41%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.41%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 46 (19.01%) Architect
2 41 (16.94%) Project Manager
2 41 (16.94%) Unified Communications Engineer
3 26 (10.74%) Analyst
4 21 (8.68%) Consultant
5 17 (7.02%) Solutions Architect
6 15 (6.20%) Cisco Engineer
7 11 (4.55%) Technical Manager
7 11 (4.55%) Unified Communications Consultant
7 11 (4.55%) Unified Communications Manager
8 10 (4.13%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 9 (3.72%) Infrastructure Manager
9 9 (3.72%) Network Engineer
9 9 (3.72%) Technical Consultant
9 9 (3.72%) Technical Project Manager
10 8 (3.31%) Infrastructure Architect
10 8 (3.31%) Network Architect
10 8 (3.31%) Network Communications Engineer
11 7 (2.89%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 7 (2.89%) Network Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (5.79%) XMPP
2 8 (3.31%) LDAP
3 6 (2.48%) 802.1X
4 5 (2.07%) .NET
4 5 (2.07%) Java EE
4 5 (2.07%) JAX-RS
4 5 (2.07%) JMS
4 5 (2.07%) JTA
5 3 (1.24%) Middleware
5 3 (1.24%) REST
5 3 (1.24%) Velocity
6 2 (0.83%) CSS
6 2 (0.83%) HTML
6 2 (0.83%) Web Services
7 1 (0.41%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.41%) ActiveMQ
7 1 (0.41%) COM
7 1 (0.41%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 31 (12.81%) Data Centre
2 23 (9.50%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (7.44%) Video Conferencing
4 14 (5.79%) Management Information System
5 12 (4.96%) Handset
6 8 (3.31%) Clustering
6 8 (3.31%) Private Cloud
7 7 (2.89%) Fat Client
7 7 (2.89%) IVR
7 7 (2.89%) Self-Motivation
7 7 (2.89%) Thin Client
8 6 (2.48%) User Experience
8 6 (2.48%) Virtual Team
9 5 (2.07%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 4 (1.65%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (1.65%) Replication
11 3 (1.24%) BYOD
11 3 (1.24%) Mobile App
11 3 (1.24%) PKI
11 3 (1.24%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 58 (23.97%) Windows
2 27 (11.16%) Windows Server
3 25 (10.33%) Linux
4 20 (8.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 13 (5.37%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (3.72%) Unix
6 9 (3.72%) Windows 10
7 3 (1.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (1.24%) Windows 7
7 3 (1.24%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.41%) AIX
8 1 (0.41%) Android
8 1 (0.41%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (23.14%) ITIL
2 39 (16.12%) Migration
3 23 (9.50%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (9.50%) Project Management
4 21 (8.68%) Stakeholder Management
5 19 (7.85%) Service Management
6 18 (7.44%) Disaster Recovery
7 14 (5.79%) Cybersecurity
7 14 (5.79%) Service Design
8 13 (5.37%) Data Protection
8 13 (5.37%) Problem-Solving
9 12 (4.96%) Enterprise Architecture
9 12 (4.96%) IT Strategy
9 12 (4.96%) Mentoring
9 12 (4.96%) PRINCE2
10 10 (4.13%) Acceptance Criteria
10 10 (4.13%) Network Management
11 9 (3.72%) Continuous Improvement
11 9 (3.72%) Information Assurance
11 9 (3.72%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 18 (7.44%) SQL
2 14 (5.79%) PowerShell
3 8 (3.31%) C
4 7 (2.89%) Java
4 7 (2.89%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.24%) Perl
6 2 (0.83%) Java 8
7 1 (0.41%) Lingo
7 1 (0.41%) Python
7 1 (0.41%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 51 (21.07%) Security Cleared
2 44 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
3 26 (10.74%) SC Cleared
4 25 (10.33%) CCNP
5 22 (9.09%) Microsoft Certification
6 21 (8.68%) CCNA
7 14 (5.79%) Degree
8 13 (5.37%) DV Cleared
9 10 (4.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 7 (2.89%) CCIE
11 6 (2.48%) MCP
11 6 (2.48%) MCSE
12 5 (2.07%) CCA
12 5 (2.07%) CCSE
12 5 (2.07%) Citrix Certification
12 5 (2.07%) ISEB
12 5 (2.07%) ITIL Certification
12 5 (2.07%) MCTS
12 5 (2.07%) VCAP
12 5 (2.07%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.72%) SLA
2 8 (3.31%) GDPR
3 4 (1.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.83%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.41%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.41%) Solvency II
System Software
1 42 (17.36%) Active Directory
2 36 (14.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (5.37%) Hyper-V
4 9 (3.72%) vSphere
5 7 (2.89%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (2.07%) vCloud
6 5 (2.07%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (2.07%) XenServer
7 4 (1.65%) ProxySG
7 4 (1.65%) XenApp
8 2 (0.83%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.41%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 28 (11.57%) SCCM
2 25 (10.33%) Cisco CUCM
3 10 (4.13%) SCOM
4 8 (3.31%) vCenter Server
5 7 (2.89%) Cisco UCCX
6 6 (2.48%) PingFederate
6 6 (2.48%) SCVMM
7 4 (1.65%) Cisco UCCE
7 4 (1.65%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (1.65%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 3 (1.24%) Ansible
8 3 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (1.24%) Puppet
9 2 (0.83%) CASB
10 1 (0.41%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.41%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.41%) SCSM
10 1 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 102 (42.15%) Cisco
2 74 (30.58%) Microsoft
3 45 (18.60%) VMware
4 24 (9.92%) Citrix
5 20 (8.26%) Avaya
6 19 (7.85%) SolarWinds
7 16 (6.61%) F5
8 14 (5.79%) CheckPoint
9 13 (5.37%) HP
10 12 (4.96%) Blue Coat
10 12 (4.96%) Polycom
11 10 (4.13%) Oracle
11 10 (4.13%) Sonus
12 9 (3.72%) Symantec
13 7 (2.89%) Meraki
13 7 (2.89%) NetApp
14 6 (2.48%) ForgeRock
14 6 (2.48%) SAP
15 5 (2.07%) Infoblox
15 5 (2.07%) ServiceNow