The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 30 March 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
England / South West
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 126 123 142
Rank change year-on-year -3 +19  
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 12 17 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.46% 0.58% 0.19%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.78% 3.64% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 10 5
Median daily rate £385 £355 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.45% +1.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £316 £309 £335
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £400 £360
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £370 £378
% change year-on-year +5.40% -1.98%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.00 -

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 the South West with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 431 467 381
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 16.58% 16.04% 12.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 263 308 183
Median daily rate £338 £363 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.89% +0.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £229 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £549 £438 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 31 26
Median hourly rate £43.50 £27.50 £29.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +58.18% -7.56%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.25 £16.10 £10.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £44.00 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

Unified Communications
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West 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 the South West

Unified Communications
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Unified Communications in the South West

Unified Communications
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Unified Communications in the South West over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Unified Communications in the South West

Unified Communications
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 South West region over the 3 months to 30 March 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
Bristol +6 7 £385 +3.35% 2
Gloucestershire +2 1 £395 -
Somerset +2 1 £175 -36.36%
Wiltshire +2 1 £450 - 1
Unified Communications
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 South West region with a requirement for Unified Communications.

1 18 (75.00%) Cisco
2 14 (58.33%) Data Centre
3 12 (50.00%) CheckPoint
3 12 (50.00%) Cisco ASA
3 12 (50.00%) SolarWinds
3 12 (50.00%) Cisco Nexus
4 11 (45.83%) FWSM
5 8 (33.33%) F5
5 8 (33.33%) Wi-Fi
6 7 (29.17%) Firewall
6 7 (29.17%) MPLS
6 7 (29.17%) High Availability
6 7 (29.17%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 6 (25.00%) Wireless
7 6 (25.00%) HP
8 5 (20.83%) Cisco Prime
8 5 (20.83%) IBM
8 5 (20.83%) CA
8 5 (20.83%) Nokia
8 5 (20.83%) VPN
8 5 (20.83%) Finance
8 5 (20.83%) Network Management
8 5 (20.83%) Security Cleared
8 5 (20.83%) IP Telephony
8 5 (20.83%) Cisco IPT
8 5 (20.83%) IronPort
9 4 (16.67%) DV Cleared
9 4 (16.67%) Skype for Business
9 4 (16.67%) Management Information System
9 4 (16.67%) SLA

Unified Communications
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 4 (16.67%) Skype for Business
2 2 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 2 (8.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.17%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.33%) Office 365
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 12 (50.00%) Cisco ASA
1 12 (50.00%) Cisco Nexus
2 11 (45.83%) FWSM
3 8 (33.33%) Wi-Fi
4 7 (29.17%) Firewall
4 7 (29.17%) MPLS
5 6 (25.00%) Wireless
6 5 (20.83%) Cisco IPT
6 5 (20.83%) IP Telephony
6 5 (20.83%) VPN
7 3 (12.50%) BGP
7 3 (12.50%) DHCP
7 3 (12.50%) DNS
7 3 (12.50%) LAN
7 3 (12.50%) OSPF
7 3 (12.50%) PPP
7 3 (12.50%) Skype
7 3 (12.50%) VoIP
7 3 (12.50%) WAN
8 2 (8.33%) Spanning Tree
Development Applications
1 1 (4.17%) JIRA
General
1 5 (20.83%) Finance
2 2 (8.33%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.17%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 6 (25.00%) Analyst
1 6 (25.00%) Network Engineer
2 4 (16.67%) Network Analyst
2 4 (16.67%) Senior Analyst
2 4 (16.67%) Senior Network Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Cisco Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Data Centre Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Data Network Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Network Specialist
4 2 (8.33%) Project Manager
4 2 (8.33%) Senior Network Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Unified Communications Manager
4 2 (8.33%) Unified Communications Specialist
5 1 (4.17%) Business Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Technical Architect
5 1 (4.17%) Test Manager
Miscellaneous
1 14 (58.33%) Data Centre
2 7 (29.17%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 4 (16.67%) Management Information System
4 2 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (4.17%) Handset
5 1 (4.17%) IVR
5 1 (4.17%) Replication
5 1 (4.17%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 3 (12.50%) Windows
2 2 (8.33%) Windows 10
3 1 (4.17%) Linux
3 1 (4.17%) Unix
3 1 (4.17%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (29.17%) High Availability
2 5 (20.83%) Network Management
3 3 (12.50%) Migration
4 2 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (8.33%) Customer Requirements
4 2 (8.33%) ITIL
4 2 (8.33%) Performance Management
4 2 (8.33%) PRINCE2
4 2 (8.33%) Project Management
4 2 (8.33%) Service Delivery
4 2 (8.33%) Test Scripting
4 2 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (4.17%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (4.17%) Matrix Organization
5 1 (4.17%) Network Architecture
5 1 (4.17%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 1 (4.17%) Performance Improvement
5 1 (4.17%) Process Improvement
5 1 (4.17%) Test Strategy
5 1 (4.17%) Threat Management
Qualifications
1 5 (20.83%) Security Cleared
2 4 (16.67%) DV Cleared
3 2 (8.33%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (8.33%) CCNA
3 2 (8.33%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (8.33%) Degree
4 1 (4.17%) CCDA
4 1 (4.17%) CNA
4 1 (4.17%) CNE
4 1 (4.17%) ISEB
4 1 (4.17%) MCSA
4 1 (4.17%) MCSE
4 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (4.17%) Novell Certification
4 1 (4.17%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (16.67%) SLA
2 1 (4.17%) QA
System Software
1 3 (12.50%) Active Directory
2 2 (8.33%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (4.17%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 5 (20.83%) Cisco Prime
2 1 (4.17%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (75.00%) Cisco
2 12 (50.00%) CheckPoint
2 12 (50.00%) SolarWinds
3 8 (33.33%) F5
4 6 (25.00%) HP
5 5 (20.83%) CA
5 5 (20.83%) IBM
5 5 (20.83%) IronPort
5 5 (20.83%) Nokia
6 4 (16.67%) Microsoft
7 2 (8.33%) Blue Coat
7 2 (8.33%) VMware
8 1 (4.17%) Apple
8 1 (4.17%) Nortel
8 1 (4.17%) Novell
8 1 (4.17%) Palo Alto
8 1 (4.17%) Siemens
8 1 (4.17%) Tandberg
8 1 (4.17%) Verint