The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Office Communications Server skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Office Communications Server over the 3 months to 22 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.

Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS)
UK
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 600 604 605
Rank change year-on-year +4 +1  
Contract jobs citing Office Communications Server 15 41 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.032% 0.076% 0.068%
As % of the Application Platforms category 0.19% 0.42% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 24 15
Median daily rate £275 £295 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.77% -10.60%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £285 £303
% change year-on-year -3.50% -5.78%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 0
Median hourly rate - £32.45 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £32.45 -

Office Communications Server is in the application platform skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 7783 9700 10045
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 16.60% 17.99% 17.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 4973 6473 6270
Median daily rate £425 £420 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +12.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £265 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £560 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £350
% change year-on-year +2.56% +11.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 202 233 338
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.50 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.75% +1.56%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.49 £12.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £44.20 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% +7.14%  

Office Communications Server
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Office Communications Server as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Application Platforms category.

Job vacancy trend for Office Communications Server in the UK

Office Communications Server
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Office Communications Server.

Contractor daily rate trend for Office Communications Server in the UK

Office Communications Server
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Office Communications Server.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Office Communications Server in the UK

Office Communications Server
Top 7 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Office Communications Server within the UK over the 3 months to 22 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
England +35 12 £275 -3.50% 4
North East +63 10 £275 -1.78%
Newcastle upon Tyne +66 4 £198 -29.46%
Tyne and Wear +65 4 £198 -29.46%
South East +22 2 - - 1
Hampshire +12 2 - -
Havant - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Office Communications Server also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Office Communications Server.

1 42 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 42 (100.00%) Skype for Business
2 39 (92.86%) MS Exchange
3 33 (78.57%) Exchange Server 2010
3 33 (78.57%) Office 365
4 30 (71.43%) SharePoint
5 26 (61.90%) SharePoint 2013
6 25 (59.52%) Skype
6 25 (59.52%) Windows
6 25 (59.52%) SC Cleared
6 25 (59.52%) Security Cleared
7 24 (57.14%) Exchange Server 2013
8 22 (52.38%) Windows Server
8 22 (52.38%) Microsoft Office
9 21 (50.00%) ITIL
10 20 (47.62%) Active Directory
10 20 (47.62%) Windows Server 2008
10 20 (47.62%) SharePoint 2010
11 16 (38.10%) Blackberry
11 16 (38.10%) Windows Server 2003
12 15 (35.71%) Exchange Server 2007
12 15 (35.71%) Capacity Planning
12 15 (35.71%) Content Management
13 13 (30.95%) Exchange Server 2003
14 9 (21.43%) Microsoft Certification
14 9 (21.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 9 (21.43%) DHCP
14 9 (21.43%) DNS
15 8 (19.05%) Change Management
16 7 (16.67%) Presales

Office Communications Server
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 42 (100.00%) Skype for Business
2 39 (92.86%) MS Exchange
3 33 (78.57%) Exchange Server 2010
4 30 (71.43%) SharePoint
5 26 (61.90%) SharePoint 2013
6 24 (57.14%) Exchange Server 2013
7 20 (47.62%) SharePoint 2010
8 15 (35.71%) Exchange Server 2007
9 13 (30.95%) Exchange Server 2003
10 9 (21.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 22 (52.38%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 33 (78.57%) Office 365
2 5 (11.90%) Mimecast
3 4 (9.52%) Azure Active Directory
3 4 (9.52%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 25 (59.52%) Skype
2 9 (21.43%) DHCP
2 9 (21.43%) DNS
3 6 (14.29%) Unified Communications
4 4 (9.52%) Firewall
4 4 (9.52%) PSTN
5 3 (7.14%) NetScaler
5 3 (7.14%) VoIP
6 2 (4.76%) Cisco IPT
General
1 3 (7.14%) Law
Job Titles
1 18 (42.86%) Messaging Engineer
2 17 (40.48%) Messaging Support
3 12 (28.57%) Messaging Support Engineer
3 12 (28.57%) Support Engineer
4 9 (21.43%) Consultant
5 6 (14.29%) Analyst
6 5 (11.90%) Messaging Consultant
6 5 (11.90%) Support Consultant
7 4 (9.52%) Microsoft Consultant
7 4 (9.52%) Office 365 Consultant
7 4 (9.52%) Technical Consultant
8 3 (7.14%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 3 (7.14%) Architect
8 3 (7.14%) Azure Consultant
8 3 (7.14%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 3 (7.14%) Infrastructure Support
8 3 (7.14%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
8 3 (7.14%) Messaging Analyst
8 3 (7.14%) Support Analyst
9 2 (4.76%) Exchange Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.14%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 16 (38.10%) Blackberry
2 5 (11.90%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (9.52%) Replication
4 3 (7.14%) Clustering
4 3 (7.14%) Computer Science
4 3 (7.14%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 25 (59.52%) Windows
2 22 (52.38%) Windows Server
3 20 (47.62%) Windows Server 2008
4 16 (38.10%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (11.90%) Android
5 5 (11.90%) Apple iOS
6 4 (9.52%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (50.00%) ITIL
2 15 (35.71%) Capacity Planning
2 15 (35.71%) Content Management
3 8 (19.05%) Change Management
4 7 (16.67%) Presales
5 5 (11.90%) Mobile Device Management
5 5 (11.90%) Visualisation
6 4 (9.52%) Incident Management
6 4 (9.52%) Mentoring
7 3 (7.14%) Budgeting and Forecasting
7 3 (7.14%) Business Forecasting
7 3 (7.14%) Load Balancing
7 3 (7.14%) Planning and Forecasting
7 3 (7.14%) Server Monitoring
7 3 (7.14%) TOGAF
7 3 (7.14%) Validation
8 2 (4.76%) Disaster Recovery
8 2 (4.76%) Email Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (7.14%) C
1 3 (7.14%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 25 (59.52%) SC Cleared
1 25 (59.52%) Security Cleared
2 9 (21.43%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (14.29%) MCSE
4 3 (7.14%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (7.14%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (7.14%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.14%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 20 (47.62%) Active Directory
2 5 (11.90%) Hyper-V
3 3 (7.14%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 3 (7.14%) Cisco CUCM
2 2 (4.76%) MIMEsweeper
2 2 (4.76%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 42 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (11.90%) Cisco
2 5 (11.90%) Trend Micro
3 3 (7.14%) Axway
3 3 (7.14%) Citrix
3 3 (7.14%) Tumbleweed
4 2 (4.76%) Clearswift
4 2 (4.76%) Symantec
5 1 (2.38%) ServiceNow