Period
to 19 October 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 19 October 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 581 406 500
Rank change year-on-year -175 +94 +147
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 167 90 309
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.25% 0.34% 0.40%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.18% 2.51% 3.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 64 219
10th Percentile £301 £213 £300
25th Percentile £409 £322 £361
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £429
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% +4.90% -14.20%
75th Percentile £560 £575 £500
90th Percentile £600 £638 £576
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +11.11% +4.77% -9.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 5
10th Percentile £18.95 £17.15 "
25th Percentile £19.63 £17.38 £16.25
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +13.51% +5.71% -56.25%
75th Percentile £24.13 £19.38 £20.00
90th Percentile £26.15 £19.45 £20.15
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +18.92% +5.71% -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 7,647 3,591 10,194
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.35% 13.39% 13.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,974 2,299 6,369
10th Percentile £213 £213 £191
25th Percentile £356 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
75th Percentile £580 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £635 £610
UK median daily rate £475 £444 £425
% change year-on-year +7.04% +4.41% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 348 154 488
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £12.75
25th Percentile £13.63 £17.31 £16.00
Median hourly rate £20.51 £30.50 £25.84
Median % change year-on-year -32.75% +18.03% +36.00%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.11 £47.25
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.70 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £31.50 £25.84
% change year-on-year -30.16% +21.90% +38.18%

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 19 October 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 19 October 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 -135 91 £494 +6.07% 21
South East -94 26 £500 +29.03% 16
North of England -69 16 £500 +53.85% 22
West Midlands -73 12 £540 +0.93% 3
Midlands -93 12 £540 +20.00% 6
South West -49 9 £373 -32.27% 10
Yorkshire -41 8 £500 +48.15% 8
North West -54 8 £484 +172.68% 12
East of England -44 2 £700 +115.38% 1
North East - 1 £500 - 2
Unified Communications
UK

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 69 (41.32%) Microsoft
2 66 (39.52%) Cisco
3 46 (27.54%) Microsoft 365
4 41 (24.55%) Finance
5 31 (18.56%) Migration
6 30 (17.96%) WAN
7 29 (17.37%) ITIL
8 28 (16.77%) Telecoms
9 24 (14.37%) Social Skills
10 23 (13.77%) Agile Software Development
10 23 (13.77%) LAN
10 23 (13.77%) PowerShell
11 22 (13.17%) Azure
11 22 (13.17%) Banking
11 22 (13.17%) Stakeholder Management
11 22 (13.17%) Firewall
12 21 (12.57%) VoIP
12 21 (12.57%) Windows
13 20 (11.98%) Cisco Certification
14 19 (11.38%) Avaya
14 19 (11.38%) Wi-Fi
15 18 (10.78%) Degree
16 17 (10.18%) C
16 17 (10.18%) AWS
17 16 (9.58%) Microsoft Intune
17 16 (9.58%) WebEx
17 16 (9.58%) Windows 10
17 16 (9.58%) Microsoft Office
18 15 (8.98%) Project Management
18 15 (8.98%) CCNP

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 11 (6.59%) SharePoint
2 9 (5.39%) Skype for Business
3 5 (2.99%) CMS
3 5 (2.99%) MS Exchange
4 3 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (0.60%) Confluence
Applications
1 16 (9.58%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (4.19%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (2.40%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.20%) Chatbot
4 2 (1.20%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (2.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.20%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 46 (27.54%) Microsoft 365
2 22 (13.17%) Azure
3 17 (10.18%) AWS
4 10 (5.99%) Azure Active Directory
4 10 (5.99%) SaaS
5 6 (3.59%) OneDrive
6 5 (2.99%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (2.99%) IaaS
6 5 (2.99%) Power Platform
7 2 (1.20%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (1.20%) GitHub
7 2 (1.20%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.60%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 30 (17.96%) WAN
2 23 (13.77%) LAN
3 22 (13.17%) Firewall
4 21 (12.57%) VoIP
5 19 (11.38%) Wi-Fi
6 16 (9.58%) WebEx
7 15 (8.98%) Skype
8 14 (8.38%) Internet
9 12 (7.19%) VPN
10 11 (6.59%) Wireless
11 10 (5.99%) DNS
11 10 (5.99%) Ethernet
12 9 (5.39%) H.323
12 9 (5.39%) SD-WAN
13 8 (4.79%) SCCP
14 7 (4.19%) MPLS
14 7 (4.19%) Network Security
14 7 (4.19%) TCP/IP
15 6 (3.59%) DHCP
16 5 (2.99%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (2.99%) Power BI
2 3 (1.80%) SAP HANA
3 2 (1.20%) Big Data
4 1 (0.60%) Data Lake
4 1 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.60%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (1.80%) JIRA
2 1 (0.60%) eggPlant
2 1 (0.60%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.60%) MSI
2 1 (0.60%) Selenium
2 1 (0.60%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.60%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.60%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (0.60%) WebDriver
2 1 (0.60%) Zephyr
General
1 41 (24.55%) Finance
2 28 (16.77%) Telecoms
3 24 (14.37%) Social Skills
4 22 (13.17%) Banking
5 12 (7.19%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (6.59%) Legal
7 9 (5.39%) Digital Economy
7 9 (5.39%) Public Sector
8 8 (4.79%) Marketing
9 7 (4.19%) Billing
10 5 (2.99%) Multimedia
11 4 (2.40%) Organisational Skills
12 3 (1.80%) Financial Institution
12 3 (1.80%) Presentation Skills
13 2 (1.20%) Documentation Skills
13 2 (1.20%) Local Government
13 2 (1.20%) Police
14 1 (0.60%) Back Office
14 1 (0.60%) Front Office
14 1 (0.60%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 33 (19.76%) Architect
2 16 (9.58%) Project Manager
3 12 (7.19%) Consultant
3 12 (7.19%) Network Engineer
3 12 (7.19%) Solutions Architect
3 12 (7.19%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 11 (6.59%) Infrastructure Manager
5 10 (5.99%) Analyst
5 10 (5.99%) Test Manager
6 9 (5.39%) Network Architect
6 9 (5.39%) Voice Engineer
7 8 (4.79%) IT Manager
8 7 (4.19%) Cisco Engineer
8 7 (4.19%) Programme Manager
8 7 (4.19%) Unified Communications Manager
9 5 (2.99%) Cisco Voice Engineer
9 5 (2.99%) IT Infrastructure Manager
9 5 (2.99%) Microsoft 365 Manager
9 5 (2.99%) Senior Architect
9 5 (2.99%) Unified Communications Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (5.39%) OAuth
1 9 (5.39%) SAML
1 9 (5.39%) XMPP
2 3 (1.80%) Software Packaging
3 2 (1.20%) HTML
4 1 (0.60%) .NET
4 1 (0.60%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.60%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (0.60%) HTML5
4 1 (0.60%) SOAP
4 1 (0.60%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 14 (8.38%) Data Centre
2 11 (6.59%) Legacy Systems
3 7 (4.19%) Video Conferencing
4 6 (3.59%) Data Protection Act
4 6 (3.59%) IVR
5 5 (2.99%) User Experience
6 4 (2.40%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.80%) BYOD
7 3 (1.80%) Microsoft Licensing
7 3 (1.80%) Smartphone
8 2 (1.20%) Handset
8 2 (1.20%) PKI
9 1 (0.60%) e-Learning
9 1 (0.60%) Fat Client
9 1 (0.60%) IPTV
9 1 (0.60%) NHS
9 1 (0.60%) Replication
9 1 (0.60%) Tandem
9 1 (0.60%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.60%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 21 (12.57%) Windows
2 16 (9.58%) Windows 10
3 7 (4.19%) Linux
4 6 (3.59%) Unix
5 3 (1.80%) Android
5 3 (1.80%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.80%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.20%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (18.56%) Migration
2 29 (17.37%) ITIL
3 23 (13.77%) Agile Software Development
4 22 (13.17%) Stakeholder Management
5 15 (8.98%) Project Management
6 14 (8.38%) Service Delivery
7 13 (7.78%) Technical Leadership
8 12 (7.19%) PRINCE2
8 12 (7.19%) TOGAF
9 11 (6.59%) Change Management
10 10 (5.99%) Application Packaging
10 10 (5.99%) Data Protection
10 10 (5.99%) Penetration Testing
11 9 (5.39%) Change Control
11 9 (5.39%) Disaster Recovery
11 9 (5.39%) Test Management
12 8 (4.79%) Network Management
12 8 (4.79%) Performance Testing
12 8 (4.79%) Test Strategy
12 8 (4.79%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 23 (13.77%) PowerShell
2 17 (10.18%) C
3 5 (2.99%) Python
4 3 (1.80%) SQL
5 1 (0.60%) C#
5 1 (0.60%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.60%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.60%) VB
5 1 (0.60%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 20 (11.98%) Cisco Certification
2 18 (10.78%) Degree
3 15 (8.98%) CCNP
4 9 (5.39%) Security Cleared
5 8 (4.79%) CCNA
5 8 (4.79%) Microsoft Certification
6 6 (3.59%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (3.59%) CISSP
6 6 (3.59%) SC Cleared
7 5 (2.99%) TOGAF Certification
8 4 (2.40%) DV Cleared
8 4 (2.40%) JNCIA
8 4 (2.40%) MCSE
9 3 (1.80%) CCDP
9 3 (1.80%) CEH
9 3 (1.80%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (1.80%) DBS Check
9 3 (1.80%) Master's Degree
9 3 (1.80%) MCP
9 3 (1.80%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.39%) GDPR
1 9 (5.39%) QA
2 8 (4.79%) SLA
3 4 (2.40%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.80%) GRC
5 2 (1.20%) GMP
5 2 (1.20%) PMO
6 1 (0.60%) COBIT
6 1 (0.60%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.60%) NCSC
System Software
1 13 (7.78%) Active Directory
1 13 (7.78%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (5.99%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (1.80%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (1.20%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.20%) XenApp
4 2 (1.20%) XenDesktop
5 1 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.60%) VMware NSX
5 1 (0.60%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 16 (9.58%) Microsoft Intune
2 13 (7.78%) SCCM
3 12 (7.19%) Cisco CUCM
3 12 (7.19%) Single Sign-On
4 10 (5.99%) Cisco UCCX
5 9 (5.39%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 2 (1.20%) Terraform
7 1 (0.60%) Ansible
7 1 (0.60%) CA Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.60%) FortiGate
7 1 (0.60%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 69 (41.32%) Microsoft
2 66 (39.52%) Cisco
3 19 (11.38%) Avaya
4 13 (7.78%) VMware
5 12 (7.19%) Juniper
6 10 (5.99%) Ivanti
7 6 (3.59%) Dell
8 5 (2.99%) Citrix
8 5 (2.99%) SAP
9 4 (2.40%) Genesys
9 4 (2.40%) Verint
10 3 (1.80%) CheckPoint
10 3 (1.80%) F5
10 3 (1.80%) Salesforce.com
10 3 (1.80%) Sonus
10 3 (1.80%) Speakerbus
11 2 (1.20%) BT
11 2 (1.20%) Mitel
11 2 (1.20%) Polycom
11 2 (1.20%) Siemens