Period
to 18 September 2020

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 18 September 2020 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
18 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 383 499 626
Rank change year-on-year +116 +127 -39
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 89 325 257
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.34% 0.40% 0.27%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.48% 3.04% 2.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 221 171
Median daily rate £450 £450 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -10.00% +24.22%
10th Percentile £250 £300 £350
90th Percentile £638 £600 £650
UK median daily rate £438 £438 £475
% change year-on-year - -7.89% +18.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 6
Median hourly rate £19.25 £17.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -41.67% -
10th Percentile £17.45 £16.25 £12.38
90th Percentile £30.08 £124.25 £42.50
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £17.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +10.00% -41.67% -

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 3,584 10,702 12,574
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.71% 13.10% 13.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,092 6,586 7,659
Median daily rate £432 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.59% - +3.66%
10th Percentile £205 £200 £200
90th Percentile £625 £610 £613
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 199 519 657
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.12 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.33% +25.60% +10.01%
10th Percentile £14.45 £12.60 £12.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £27.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +29.63% +35.00% +5.26%

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 18 September 2020.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Unified Communications in England over the 6 months to 18 September 2020.

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 18 September 2020. 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 +128 26 £450 -2.70% 17
South East +136 24 £400 -6.76% 7
Midlands +93 24 £543 +39.10% 3
West Midlands +66 24 £543 +39.10% 2
South West +85 7 £388 -18.42% 7
North of England +117 5 £350 -15.15% 7
Yorkshire +73 3 £350 +40.00% 4
North West +80 2 £264 -32.34% 3
East of England +75 2 £425 +17.24% 1
Unified Communications
UK

For the 6 months to 18 September 2020, 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 47 (52.81%) Cisco
2 42 (47.19%) Microsoft
3 35 (39.33%) Skype
4 32 (35.96%) Skype for Business
5 29 (32.58%) Security Cleared
6 28 (31.46%) VoIP
7 23 (25.84%) Migration
8 21 (23.60%) Telecoms
8 21 (23.60%) WAN
9 20 (22.47%) Cisco Certification
10 19 (21.35%) Agile Software Development
11 17 (19.10%) SC Cleared
12 16 (17.98%) Office 365
12 16 (17.98%) LAN
13 15 (16.85%) ITIL
13 15 (16.85%) Active Directory
14 14 (15.73%) CCNP
14 14 (15.73%) Oracle
15 13 (14.61%) CISSP
15 13 (14.61%) Avaya
15 13 (14.61%) DV Cleared
15 13 (14.61%) TOGAF
16 12 (13.48%) Finance
16 12 (13.48%) IVR
16 12 (13.48%) Project Management
17 11 (12.36%) Service Delivery
17 11 (12.36%) Juniper
17 11 (12.36%) MPLS
17 11 (12.36%) Enterprise Architecture
18 10 (11.24%) Azure

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 32 (35.96%) Skype for Business
2 7 (7.87%) Confluence
3 2 (2.25%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.12%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.25%) PeopleSoft HCM
2 1 (1.12%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 16 (17.98%) Office 365
2 10 (11.24%) Azure
3 4 (4.49%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (3.37%) SaaS
5 1 (1.12%) AWS
5 1 (1.12%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.12%) OneDrive
5 1 (1.12%) Power Platform
5 1 (1.12%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 35 (39.33%) Skype
2 28 (31.46%) VoIP
3 21 (23.60%) WAN
4 16 (17.98%) LAN
5 11 (12.36%) MPLS
6 10 (11.24%) PBX
6 10 (11.24%) VPN
7 9 (10.11%) TCP/IP
8 8 (8.99%) Firewall
9 7 (7.87%) Cisco IOS
9 7 (7.87%) Softphone
10 6 (6.74%) Ethernet
10 6 (6.74%) H.323
10 6 (6.74%) Internet
10 6 (6.74%) WebEx
11 5 (5.62%) BGP
11 5 (5.62%) CTI
11 5 (5.62%) DNS
11 5 (5.62%) OSPF
12 4 (4.49%) DECnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.25%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 7 (7.87%) JIRA
General
1 21 (23.60%) Telecoms
2 12 (13.48%) Finance
3 9 (10.11%) Public Sector
4 6 (6.74%) Billing
5 5 (5.62%) Legal
6 2 (2.25%) Banking
6 2 (2.25%) French Language
6 2 (2.25%) German Language
6 2 (2.25%) Marketing
6 2 (2.25%) Military
7 1 (1.12%) Electronics
7 1 (1.12%) Law
7 1 (1.12%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 22 (24.72%) Architect
2 13 (14.61%) Unified Communications Engineer
3 8 (8.99%) Solutions Architect
4 7 (7.87%) Technical Architect
5 6 (6.74%) Consultant
5 6 (6.74%) Test Manager
6 5 (5.62%) Analyst
6 5 (5.62%) Network Engineer
6 5 (5.62%) Support Engineer
7 4 (4.49%) Communications Support Engineer
7 4 (4.49%) Project Manager
7 4 (4.49%) Unified Communications Consultant
7 4 (4.49%) Unified Communications Specialist
8 3 (3.37%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 3 (3.37%) IP Engineer
8 3 (3.37%) IP Network Engineer
8 3 (3.37%) IT Manager
8 3 (3.37%) Network Architect
8 3 (3.37%) Tester
9 2 (2.25%) Telecoms Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (8.99%) XMPP
2 6 (6.74%) LDAP
3 1 (1.12%) REST
3 1 (1.12%) Web Services
3 1 (1.12%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 12 (13.48%) IVR
2 9 (10.11%) Video Conferencing
3 7 (7.87%) Data Centre
3 7 (7.87%) Greenfield Project
4 4 (4.49%) Management Information System
5 3 (3.37%) NHS
6 1 (1.12%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.12%) Handset
6 1 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.12%) PKI
6 1 (1.12%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.12%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.12%) Tandem
6 1 (1.12%) Video\Live Streaming
6 1 (1.12%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (4.49%) Debian
1 4 (4.49%) Fedora
1 4 (4.49%) Linux
1 4 (4.49%) NetWare
1 4 (4.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 4 (4.49%) Solaris
1 4 (4.49%) Ubuntu
1 4 (4.49%) Unix
1 4 (4.49%) VMS
2 3 (3.37%) Windows
3 2 (2.25%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.12%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.12%) Mac OS
4 1 (1.12%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (25.84%) Migration
2 19 (21.35%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (16.85%) ITIL
4 13 (14.61%) TOGAF
5 12 (13.48%) Project Management
6 11 (12.36%) Enterprise Architecture
6 11 (12.36%) Service Delivery
7 10 (11.24%) Change Management
8 9 (10.11%) Presales
8 9 (10.11%) Zachman Framework
9 8 (8.99%) Disaster Recovery
9 8 (8.99%) Test Scripting
10 7 (7.87%) Customer Requirements
10 7 (7.87%) Non-Functional Testing
10 7 (7.87%) Problem-Solving
10 7 (7.87%) Project Delivery
10 7 (7.87%) Test Strategy
11 6 (6.74%) Communications Security
11 6 (6.74%) Functional Testing
11 6 (6.74%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (6.74%) PowerShell
2 3 (3.37%) C
2 3 (3.37%) Python
Qualifications
1 29 (32.58%) Security Cleared
2 20 (22.47%) Cisco Certification
3 17 (19.10%) SC Cleared
4 14 (15.73%) CCNP
5 13 (14.61%) CISSP
5 13 (14.61%) DV Cleared
6 10 (11.24%) CCIE
6 10 (11.24%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (8.99%) CCIE Collaboration
7 8 (8.99%) CCNA
8 6 (6.74%) ISTQB
9 5 (5.62%) BC Cleared
9 5 (5.62%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (5.62%) CCDP
10 4 (4.49%) CCIP
10 4 (4.49%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 3 (3.37%) CESG Certified Professional
11 3 (3.37%) Degree
12 2 (2.25%) CCA
13 1 (1.12%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.74%) QA
2 3 (3.37%) NCSC
2 3 (3.37%) RMADS
3 2 (2.25%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (16.85%) Active Directory
2 8 (8.99%) Hyper-V
3 2 (2.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.12%) Kamailio
4 1 (1.12%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.12%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (4.49%) Cisco CUCM
2 3 (3.37%) Netcool
2 3 (3.37%) SCOM
2 3 (3.37%) Tivoli
3 2 (2.25%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (1.12%) AirWatch
4 1 (1.12%) Ansible
4 1 (1.12%) CASB
4 1 (1.12%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (1.12%) Jamf Pro
4 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 47 (52.81%) Cisco
2 42 (47.19%) Microsoft
3 14 (15.73%) Oracle
4 13 (14.61%) Avaya
5 11 (12.36%) Juniper
6 9 (10.11%) VMware
7 4 (4.49%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 4 (4.49%) Blue Coat
7 4 (4.49%) F5
7 4 (4.49%) Foundstone
7 4 (4.49%) Novell
7 4 (4.49%) Red Hat
8 3 (3.37%) Citrix
8 3 (3.37%) Polycom
9 2 (2.25%) CheckPoint
9 2 (2.25%) Meraki
9 2 (2.25%) Mitel
9 2 (2.25%) PeopleSoft
9 2 (2.25%) Riverbed
9 2 (2.25%) Siemens