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 3 months to 26 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.

Unified Communications
UK / England
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 455 478 439
Rank change year-on-year +23 -39  
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 134 145 198
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.31% 0.30% 0.39%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.26% 1.87% 2.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 101 133
Median daily rate £413 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% -5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £288 £304
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £525 £800
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £425
% change year-on-year +2.73% -14.11%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 2
Median hourly rate - £36.90 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +67.72%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.90 £22.00
% change year-on-year - +67.72%  

Unified Communications is in the communications and computer networking 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 communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 5923 7740 7498
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 13.72% 15.88% 14.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 3516 4793 4296
Median daily rate £400 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £240 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 354 352 438
Median hourly rate £24.86 £28.00 £22.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.21% +22.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £31.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -7.93% +26.00%  

Unified Communications
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Unified Communications as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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
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 3 months to 26 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
London -25 41 £475 +11.76% 28
South West +11 26 £375 +5.63% 4
South East +8 16 £400 +11.88% 6
East of England +4 16 £413 +43.47% 7
North West +31 12 £450 +3.44% 8
East Midlands -1 10 £250 -28.57% 2
West Midlands +23 8 £306 -18.33% 6
Yorkshire +27 3 £413 -8.33% 2
North East +68 2 - - 1
Unified Communications
UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Unified Communications 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 Unified Communications.

1 161 (58.12%) Cisco
2 74 (26.71%) Microsoft
3 72 (25.99%) Skype for Business
4 65 (23.47%) Cisco Certification
5 64 (23.10%) Cisco CUCM
6 61 (22.02%) VoIP
7 59 (21.30%) Skype
8 51 (18.41%) LAN
9 50 (18.05%) Windows
10 48 (17.33%) WAN
10 48 (17.33%) CCNP
11 46 (16.61%) Data Centre
12 44 (15.88%) ITIL
13 43 (15.52%) Finance
14 40 (14.44%) Project Management
15 39 (14.08%) Firewall
16 34 (12.27%) Active Directory
16 34 (12.27%) Migration
17 32 (11.55%) Office 365
18 31 (11.19%) XMPP
19 29 (10.47%) CCNA
19 29 (10.47%) VMware
19 29 (10.47%) Cisco ASA
20 28 (10.11%) Security Cleared
20 28 (10.11%) Wireless
21 27 (9.75%) VPN
21 27 (9.75%) SolarWinds
21 27 (9.75%) Cisco Nexus
21 27 (9.75%) Analytical Skills
22 26 (9.39%) Cisco UCCE

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 72 (25.99%) Skype for Business
2 26 (9.39%) MS Exchange
3 14 (5.05%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (3.61%) SharePoint
5 9 (3.25%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (2.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 6 (2.17%) Office Communications Server
8 5 (1.81%) CMS
9 4 (1.44%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.36%) Confluence
10 1 (0.36%) IIS
Applications
1 13 (4.69%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.44%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.36%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.44%) Cisco SocialMiner
2 2 (0.72%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 32 (11.55%) Office 365
2 7 (2.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (1.44%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (1.44%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (1.44%) IaaS
4 2 (0.72%) SaaS
5 1 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.36%) G Suite
5 1 (0.36%) IBM Cloud
5 1 (0.36%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.36%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 61 (22.02%) VoIP
2 59 (21.30%) Skype
3 51 (18.41%) LAN
4 48 (17.33%) WAN
5 39 (14.08%) Firewall
6 29 (10.47%) Cisco ASA
7 28 (10.11%) Wireless
8 27 (9.75%) Cisco Nexus
8 27 (9.75%) VPN
9 19 (6.86%) IP Telephony
9 19 (6.86%) Wi-Fi
10 18 (6.50%) Cisco IOS
11 16 (5.78%) DNS
11 16 (5.78%) MPLS
12 15 (5.42%) DHCP
12 15 (5.42%) Telepresence
13 13 (4.69%) OSPF
14 12 (4.33%) BGP
14 12 (4.33%) FWSM
15 11 (3.97%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.17%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.08%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.36%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (0.72%) JIRA
2 1 (0.36%) HP UFT
2 1 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 43 (15.52%) Finance
2 25 (9.03%) Telecoms
3 16 (5.78%) Law
4 10 (3.61%) Legal
5 8 (2.89%) Banking
6 7 (2.53%) Automotive
7 6 (2.17%) Retail
8 4 (1.44%) Manufacturing
9 3 (1.08%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.72%) Advertising
10 2 (0.72%) Electronics
10 2 (0.72%) French Language
10 2 (0.72%) German Language
10 2 (0.72%) Local Government
10 2 (0.72%) Marketing
11 1 (0.36%) Back Office
11 1 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.36%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 36 (13.00%) Architect
2 32 (11.55%) Analyst
3 30 (10.83%) Project Manager
4 29 (10.47%) Network Engineer
5 25 (9.03%) Unified Communications Engineer
6 22 (7.94%) Cisco Engineer
7 20 (7.22%) Unified Communications Manager
8 16 (5.78%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 16 (5.78%) Consultant
9 13 (4.69%) Network Analyst
9 13 (4.69%) Programme Manager
9 13 (4.69%) Unified Communications Specialist
10 11 (3.97%) Network Specialist
11 10 (3.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 10 (3.61%) Infrastructure Manager
12 9 (3.25%) Network Architect
13 8 (2.89%) Cisco Analyst
13 8 (2.89%) Senior Analyst
13 8 (2.89%) Voice Engineer
14 7 (2.53%) Cisco Network Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (11.19%) XMPP
2 3 (1.08%) Java SE
2 3 (1.08%) WAP
3 1 (0.36%) .NET
3 1 (0.36%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.36%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.36%) CSS
3 1 (0.36%) CSS3
3 1 (0.36%) HTML
3 1 (0.36%) HTML5
3 1 (0.36%) HTML5 Canvas
3 1 (0.36%) jQuery
3 1 (0.36%) SVG
3 1 (0.36%) Web Services
3 1 (0.36%) WebGL
3 1 (0.36%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 46 (16.61%) Data Centre
2 27 (9.75%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (9.39%) Video Conferencing
4 14 (5.05%) IVR
5 12 (4.33%) Replication
6 10 (3.61%) Blackberry
6 10 (3.61%) Clustering
7 8 (2.89%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 8 (2.89%) Handset
8 5 (1.81%) Management Information System
9 4 (1.44%) User Experience
10 3 (1.08%) Enterprise Storage
10 3 (1.08%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (1.08%) PMI
10 3 (1.08%) Private Cloud
11 2 (0.72%) Computer Science
11 2 (0.72%) Driving Licence
11 2 (0.72%) PKI
11 2 (0.72%) Smartphone
12 1 (0.36%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 50 (18.05%) Windows
2 19 (6.86%) Windows Server
3 11 (3.97%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (3.61%) Windows 10
5 9 (3.25%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (2.17%) Android
6 6 (2.17%) Linux
6 6 (2.17%) Windows 7
7 4 (1.44%) Apple iOS
8 3 (1.08%) Mac OS X
8 3 (1.08%) Unix
9 2 (0.72%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.72%) Solaris
10 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (15.88%) ITIL
2 40 (14.44%) Project Management
3 34 (12.27%) Migration
4 25 (9.03%) Disaster Recovery
5 21 (7.58%) PRINCE2
6 20 (7.22%) High Availability
7 19 (6.86%) Network Management
8 18 (6.50%) Agile Software Development
9 13 (4.69%) Network Design
10 12 (4.33%) Data Loss Prevention
10 12 (4.33%) Desktop Virtualisation
10 12 (4.33%) Stakeholder Management
11 11 (3.97%) Change Management
12 10 (3.61%) ITIL V3
12 10 (3.61%) Validation
13 9 (3.25%) Continuous Improvement
14 8 (2.89%) Programme Management
14 8 (2.89%) Service Delivery
14 8 (2.89%) Service Management
14 8 (2.89%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 12 (4.33%) C
2 6 (2.17%) SQL
3 5 (1.81%) PowerShell
4 2 (0.72%) Python
5 1 (0.36%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.36%) C#
5 1 (0.36%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.36%) Perl
Qualifications
1 65 (23.47%) Cisco Certification
2 48 (17.33%) CCNP
3 29 (10.47%) CCNA
4 28 (10.11%) Security Cleared
5 24 (8.66%) CCIE
6 20 (7.22%) Degree
7 14 (5.05%) DV Cleared
7 14 (5.05%) SC Cleared
8 13 (4.69%) CCNP Voice
9 10 (3.61%) Microsoft Certification
10 7 (2.53%) MCSE
11 6 (2.17%) CCVP
12 5 (1.81%) PMI Certification
13 4 (1.44%) Computer Science Degree
13 4 (1.44%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 3 (1.08%) CCIE Routing and Switching
14 3 (1.08%) ISEB
14 3 (1.08%) MCSD
14 3 (1.08%) PMP
14 3 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.08%) PMO
1 3 (1.08%) QA
2 2 (0.72%) ISO 22301
2 2 (0.72%) PCI DSS
2 2 (0.72%) SLA
3 1 (0.36%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 34 (12.27%) Active Directory
2 21 (7.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (5.42%) Hyper-V
4 8 (2.89%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (1.81%) XenApp
6 4 (1.44%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (1.08%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 3 (1.08%) Virtual Servers
7 3 (1.08%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.36%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.36%) Firmware
9 1 (0.36%) vSphere
9 1 (0.36%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 64 (23.10%) Cisco CUCM
2 26 (9.39%) Cisco UCCE
3 25 (9.03%) Cisco UCCX
4 11 (3.97%) Cisco Prime
5 8 (2.89%) SCCM
6 6 (2.17%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 3 (1.08%) Failover Clustering
7 3 (1.08%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 3 (1.08%) NetBackup
7 3 (1.08%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (1.08%) SCOM
8 1 (0.36%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.36%) AppDNA
8 1 (0.36%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.36%) Cisco CME
8 1 (0.36%) Nagios
8 1 (0.36%) SolarWinds Orion
8 1 (0.36%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.36%) WhatsUp Gold
8 1 (0.36%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 161 (58.12%) Cisco
2 74 (26.71%) Microsoft
3 29 (10.47%) VMware
4 27 (9.75%) SolarWinds
5 25 (9.03%) CheckPoint
6 22 (7.94%) Citrix
7 21 (7.58%) HP
8 20 (7.22%) F5
9 19 (6.86%) Avaya
10 10 (3.61%) Palo Alto
11 9 (3.25%) IBM
11 9 (3.25%) Red Box
11 9 (3.25%) Symantec
11 9 (3.25%) Verint
12 8 (2.89%) CA
12 8 (2.89%) IronPort
12 8 (2.89%) Proofpoint
13 7 (2.53%) Blue Coat
13 7 (2.53%) NetApp
13 7 (2.53%) Nokia
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