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 30 April 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
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 584 623 602
Rank change year-on-year +39 -21  
Contract jobs citing Office Communications Server 16 35 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.035% 0.063% 0.064%
As % of the Application Platforms category 0.20% 0.36% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 24 18
Median daily rate £275 £426 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -35.48% +27.23%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £426 £313
% change year-on-year -35.48% +36.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Median hourly rate - £13.00 £49.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -73.73%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £13.00 £49.50
% change year-on-year - -73.73%  

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 7870 9745 9954
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 16.98% 17.43% 17.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 5097 6333 6000
Median daily rate £425 £420 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +8.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £570 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 184 216 382
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% -12.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.80 £11.74
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £40.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +14.70% -15.00%  

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 8 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 30 April 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 +55 13 £275 -6.77% 3
North East +20 9 £275 -2.65% 2
South East +19 3 - -
Tyne and Wear +18 3 £198 -30.08% 1
Hampshire +11 3 - -
Havant - 3 - -
Newcastle upon Tyne +18 2 £244 -13.71% 1
London - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 30 April 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 50 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 50 (100.00%) Skype for Business
2 46 (92.00%) MS Exchange
3 36 (72.00%) Office 365
4 34 (68.00%) SharePoint
5 33 (66.00%) Exchange Server 2010
6 30 (60.00%) Microsoft Office
7 29 (58.00%) Windows
8 28 (56.00%) Skype
9 26 (52.00%) SharePoint 2013
10 25 (50.00%) Security Cleared
11 24 (48.00%) Exchange Server 2013
11 24 (48.00%) SC Cleared
12 23 (46.00%) Active Directory
12 23 (46.00%) Blackberry
13 22 (44.00%) ITIL
13 22 (44.00%) Windows Server
14 20 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
14 20 (40.00%) SharePoint 2010
15 19 (38.00%) Exchange Server 2007
16 16 (32.00%) Windows Server 2003
17 15 (30.00%) Content Management
18 14 (28.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
18 14 (28.00%) Capacity Planning
19 13 (26.00%) Exchange Server 2003
20 10 (20.00%) Microsoft Certification
20 10 (20.00%) Cisco
20 10 (20.00%) Presales
20 10 (20.00%) Mimecast
21 9 (18.00%) Unified Communications

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 50 (100.00%) Skype for Business
2 46 (92.00%) MS Exchange
3 34 (68.00%) SharePoint
4 33 (66.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 26 (52.00%) SharePoint 2013
6 24 (48.00%) Exchange Server 2013
7 20 (40.00%) SharePoint 2010
8 19 (38.00%) Exchange Server 2007
9 14 (28.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 13 (26.00%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (6.00%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 30 (60.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 36 (72.00%) Office 365
2 10 (20.00%) Mimecast
3 7 (14.00%) Azure Active Directory
3 7 (14.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (6.00%) IaaS
4 3 (6.00%) OneDrive
4 3 (6.00%) Yammer
5 1 (2.00%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 28 (56.00%) Skype
2 9 (18.00%) DHCP
2 9 (18.00%) DNS
2 9 (18.00%) Unified Communications
3 7 (14.00%) Cisco IPT
4 4 (8.00%) Firewall
5 3 (6.00%) NetScaler
5 3 (6.00%) PSTN
5 3 (6.00%) VoIP
6 1 (2.00%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.00%) Power BI
2 1 (2.00%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (6.00%) Law
2 1 (2.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 19 (38.00%) Messaging Support
2 18 (36.00%) Messaging Engineer
3 13 (26.00%) Messaging Support Engineer
3 13 (26.00%) Support Engineer
4 10 (20.00%) Consultant
5 8 (16.00%) Analyst
6 6 (12.00%) Messaging Consultant
6 6 (12.00%) Support Consultant
7 5 (10.00%) Administrator
7 5 (10.00%) Exchange Administrator
7 5 (10.00%) Support Analyst
8 4 (8.00%) Microsoft Consultant
8 4 (8.00%) Office 365 Consultant
8 4 (8.00%) Technical Consultant
9 3 (6.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 3 (6.00%) Architect
9 3 (6.00%) Azure Consultant
9 3 (6.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 3 (6.00%) Infrastructure Support
9 3 (6.00%) Microsoft Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.00%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 23 (46.00%) Blackberry
2 5 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (6.00%) Clustering
3 3 (6.00%) Computer Science
3 3 (6.00%) Replication
3 3 (6.00%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (2.00%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 29 (58.00%) Windows
2 22 (44.00%) Windows Server
3 20 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 16 (32.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (14.00%) Android
5 7 (14.00%) Apple iOS
6 5 (10.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (44.00%) ITIL
2 15 (30.00%) Content Management
3 14 (28.00%) Capacity Planning
4 10 (20.00%) Presales
5 8 (16.00%) Change Management
6 7 (14.00%) Email Management
6 7 (14.00%) Mobile Device Management
6 7 (14.00%) Visualisation
7 4 (8.00%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (8.00%) Mentoring
7 4 (8.00%) Migration
8 3 (6.00%) Budgeting and Forecasting
8 3 (6.00%) Business Intelligence
8 3 (6.00%) Identity Management
8 3 (6.00%) Incident Management
8 3 (6.00%) Load Balancing
8 3 (6.00%) Planning and Forecasting
8 3 (6.00%) Server Monitoring
8 3 (6.00%) TOGAF
8 3 (6.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 4 (8.00%) PowerShell
2 3 (6.00%) C
3 1 (2.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 24 (48.00%) SC Cleared
3 10 (20.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 9 (18.00%) MCSE
5 4 (8.00%) Degree
6 2 (4.00%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.00%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 23 (46.00%) Active Directory
2 7 (14.00%) Hyper-V
3 3 (6.00%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (14.00%) MIMEsweeper
1 7 (14.00%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 3 (6.00%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (2.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 50 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 10 (20.00%) Cisco
3 7 (14.00%) Clearswift
3 7 (14.00%) Symantec
3 7 (14.00%) Trend Micro
4 3 (6.00%) Axway
4 3 (6.00%) Citrix
4 3 (6.00%) Tumbleweed
5 1 (2.00%) ServiceNow
North East
LA International
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Rate: £195 - £200 per day
Posted: 6 days ago