Period
to 23 January 2022

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 23 January 2022 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
23 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 627 464 523
Rank change year-on-year -163 +59 +96
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 128 99 219
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.19% 0.29% 0.33%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.67% 2.33% 2.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 70 144
10th Percentile £266 £269 £250
25th Percentile £373 £363 £345
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £523 £450 £413
Median % change year-on-year +16.11% +9.09% -6.25%
75th Percentile £588 £538 £488
90th Percentile £638 £594 £513
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £413
% change year-on-year +11.11% +9.09% -2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 9
10th Percentile - - £15.57
25th Percentile £22.50 £17.00 £16.25
Median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £19.50
Median % change year-on-year +38.89% -7.69% -2.50%
75th Percentile £27.50 £19.38 £20.25
90th Percentile - £19.60 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £18.00 £19.25
% change year-on-year +66.67% -6.49% -3.75%

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 7,654 4,253 9,018
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.16% 12.44% 13.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,057 2,712 5,633
10th Percentile £205 £200 £183
25th Percentile £363 £315 £306
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £425 £413
Median % change year-on-year +17.65% +3.03% -2.94%
75th Percentile £600 £525 £515
90th Percentile £700 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £500 £438 £413
% change year-on-year +14.29% +6.06% -2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 301 220 473
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.98 £13.25
25th Percentile £15.38 £16.18 £16.00
Median hourly rate £21.50 £32.50 £21.25
Median % change year-on-year -33.85% +52.94% +18.06%
75th Percentile £46.71 £50.00 £46.58
90th Percentile £63.00 £58.00 £53.00
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £33.00 £21.51
% change year-on-year -33.33% +53.40% +19.51%

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 23 January 2022.

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 23 January 2022. 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
Jobs
London -144 74 £550 +10.00% 20
South East -63 18 £500 +29.03% 3
Midlands -63 11 £500 +135.29% 7
West Midlands -59 8 £540 +58.82% 6
South West -53 7 £373 -23.59% 1
North of England -61 5 £484 +20.79% 22
East Midlands -36 3 £313 +160.42% 1
Yorkshire -42 3 £484 +20.94% 4
East of England -47 3 £368 -10.91% 2
North West -55 2 - - 11
Unified Communications
UK

For the 6 months to 23 January 2022, 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 53 (41.41%) Microsoft
2 45 (35.16%) Cisco
3 33 (25.78%) Migration
3 33 (25.78%) Microsoft 365
4 32 (25.00%) Finance
5 31 (24.22%) Telecoms
6 21 (16.41%) Firewall
7 20 (15.63%) Windows
8 19 (14.84%) SharePoint
9 18 (14.06%) Service Management
10 17 (13.28%) VoIP
10 17 (13.28%) Agile Software Development
10 17 (13.28%) Azure
10 17 (13.28%) OneDrive
10 17 (13.28%) Social Skills
11 16 (12.50%) Public Sector
11 16 (12.50%) Skype
11 16 (12.50%) WAN
11 16 (12.50%) ITIL
12 15 (11.72%) Avaya
12 15 (11.72%) Banking
12 15 (11.72%) Cisco CUCM
13 14 (10.94%) Skype for Business
13 14 (10.94%) PowerShell
14 13 (10.16%) Microsoft Office
14 13 (10.16%) Business Intelligence
14 13 (10.16%) Windows 10
15 12 (9.38%) SD-WAN
15 12 (9.38%) Cisco Certification
15 12 (9.38%) LAN

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 19 (14.84%) SharePoint
2 14 (10.94%) Skype for Business
3 3 (2.34%) CMS
4 2 (1.56%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.78%) Confluence
Applications
1 13 (10.16%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.13%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (2.34%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.78%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 1 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 33 (25.78%) Microsoft 365
2 17 (13.28%) Azure
2 17 (13.28%) OneDrive
3 11 (8.59%) AWS
4 6 (4.69%) SaaS
5 5 (3.91%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (3.13%) Power Platform
7 2 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.78%) GitHub
8 1 (0.78%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.78%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 21 (16.41%) Firewall
2 17 (13.28%) VoIP
3 16 (12.50%) Skype
3 16 (12.50%) WAN
4 12 (9.38%) LAN
4 12 (9.38%) SD-WAN
5 11 (8.59%) DNS
6 10 (7.81%) TCP/IP
6 10 (7.81%) Wi-Fi
7 9 (7.03%) DHCP
7 9 (7.03%) Ethernet
7 9 (7.03%) WebEx
8 8 (6.25%) Internet
8 8 (6.25%) MPLS
8 8 (6.25%) Wireless
9 7 (5.47%) PABX
9 7 (5.47%) VPN
10 6 (4.69%) Network Security
11 5 (3.91%) BGP
11 5 (3.91%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.34%) Power BI
2 2 (1.56%) SAP HANA
3 1 (0.78%) Cognos Impromptu
3 1 (0.78%) Geospatial Data
3 1 (0.78%) GIS
3 1 (0.78%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (0.78%) Jenkins
1 1 (0.78%) JIRA
1 1 (0.78%) MSI
1 1 (0.78%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 32 (25.00%) Finance
2 31 (24.22%) Telecoms
3 17 (13.28%) Social Skills
4 16 (12.50%) Public Sector
5 15 (11.72%) Banking
6 8 (6.25%) Electronics
6 8 (6.25%) Manufacturing
6 8 (6.25%) Marketing
7 4 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (3.13%) Organisational Skills
8 3 (2.34%) Digital Economy
8 3 (2.34%) Legal
9 2 (1.56%) Billing
9 2 (1.56%) Influencing Skills
9 2 (1.56%) Presentation Skills
10 1 (0.78%) Automotive
10 1 (0.78%) Back Office
10 1 (0.78%) Documentation Skills
10 1 (0.78%) Front Office
10 1 (0.78%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 34 (26.56%) Architect
2 12 (9.38%) Consultant
2 12 (9.38%) Solutions Architect
3 11 (8.59%) Project Manager
3 11 (8.59%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 9 (7.03%) Programme Manager
5 8 (6.25%) Lead Architect
6 7 (5.47%) Voice Engineer
7 6 (4.69%) IT Manager
7 6 (4.69%) Microsoft 365 Manager
7 6 (4.69%) Network Engineer
8 5 (3.91%) Avaya Engineer
8 5 (3.91%) Network Architect
8 5 (3.91%) Unified Communications Consultant
8 5 (3.91%) Unified Communications Manager
9 4 (3.13%) Business Architect
9 4 (3.13%) Cisco Engineer
9 4 (3.13%) Coordinator
9 4 (3.13%) IT Project Manager
9 4 (3.13%) Project Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (9.38%) XMPP
2 3 (2.34%) OAuth
2 3 (2.34%) SAML
3 2 (1.56%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.78%) .NET
4 1 (0.78%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.78%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.78%) ADO.NET
4 1 (0.78%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.78%) Boost C++ Libraries
4 1 (0.78%) HTML
4 1 (0.78%) HTML5
4 1 (0.78%) REST
4 1 (0.78%) RESTful
4 1 (0.78%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.59%) Data Centre
2 8 (6.25%) Legacy Systems
3 6 (4.69%) Video Conferencing
4 4 (3.13%) Data Protection Act
5 3 (2.34%) BYOD
5 3 (2.34%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.34%) Smartphone
6 2 (1.56%) Fat Client
6 2 (1.56%) Fibre Optics
6 2 (1.56%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (1.56%) Thin Client
6 2 (1.56%) User Experience
7 1 (0.78%) Clustering
7 1 (0.78%) Credit Risk
7 1 (0.78%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.78%) IPTV
7 1 (0.78%) IVR
7 1 (0.78%) PKI
7 1 (0.78%) Tandem
7 1 (0.78%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 20 (15.63%) Windows
2 13 (10.16%) Windows 10
3 2 (1.56%) Android
3 2 (1.56%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.56%) Linux
3 2 (1.56%) Mac OS X
3 2 (1.56%) Unix
4 1 (0.78%) VMS
4 1 (0.78%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (25.78%) Migration
2 18 (14.06%) Service Management
3 17 (13.28%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (12.50%) ITIL
5 13 (10.16%) Business Intelligence
6 12 (9.38%) Project Planning
7 11 (8.59%) Stakeholder Management
8 10 (7.81%) Technical Architecture
9 9 (7.03%) Programme Management
9 9 (7.03%) Technical Leadership
10 8 (6.25%) Digital Marketing
10 8 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 8 (6.25%) Presales
11 7 (5.47%) Change Control
11 7 (5.47%) Conflict Resolution
11 7 (5.47%) PRINCE2
12 6 (4.69%) Change Management
12 6 (4.69%) Service Delivery
12 6 (4.69%) Technology Roadmap
12 6 (4.69%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 14 (10.94%) PowerShell
2 7 (5.47%) C
3 2 (1.56%) VBScript
4 1 (0.78%) C#
4 1 (0.78%) C++
4 1 (0.78%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.78%) Python
4 1 (0.78%) SQL
4 1 (0.78%) VB
Qualifications
1 12 (9.38%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (7.81%) CCNP
2 10 (7.81%) Security Cleared
3 8 (6.25%) Degree
3 8 (6.25%) SC Cleared
4 5 (3.91%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (3.13%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (3.13%) DV Cleared
6 3 (2.34%) CCIE
7 2 (1.56%) CCDP
7 2 (1.56%) CCNA
7 2 (1.56%) CEH
7 2 (1.56%) CISSP
7 2 (1.56%) Master's Degree
7 2 (1.56%) MCSE
8 1 (0.78%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.78%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.78%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.78%) TOGAF Certification
8 1 (0.78%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.69%) SLA
2 5 (3.91%) QA
3 4 (3.13%) GDPR
4 2 (1.56%) GRC
5 1 (0.78%) PMO
System Software
1 11 (8.59%) Active Directory
2 8 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (3.91%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (1.56%) vSphere
5 1 (0.78%) Docker
5 1 (0.78%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.78%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 15 (11.72%) Cisco CUCM
2 9 (7.03%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (5.47%) SCCM
4 5 (3.91%) Single Sign-On
5 4 (3.13%) Cisco UCCX
6 3 (2.34%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 2 (1.56%) AirWatch
7 2 (1.56%) Jamf Pro
7 2 (1.56%) Terraform
8 1 (0.78%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 53 (41.41%) Microsoft
2 45 (35.16%) Cisco
3 15 (11.72%) Avaya
4 11 (8.59%) SAP
5 9 (7.03%) VMware
6 8 (6.25%) Citrix
7 4 (3.13%) Dell
7 4 (3.13%) Genesys
7 4 (3.13%) Ivanti
7 4 (3.13%) Juniper
7 4 (3.13%) Mitel
7 4 (3.13%) NetApp
8 3 (2.34%) CheckPoint
8 3 (2.34%) ServiceNow
9 2 (1.56%) Apple
9 2 (1.56%) Fortinet
9 2 (1.56%) HP
9 2 (1.56%) Remedy
9 2 (1.56%) Verint
9 2 (1.56%) Virgin Media