Period
to 3 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 3 April 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
6 months to
3 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 480 563 627
Rank change year-on-year +83 +64 -98
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 220 326 282
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.34% 0.28%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.62% 2.68% 2.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 151 220 167
Median daily rate £425 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% +5.26%
10th Percentile £300 £262 £268
90th Percentile £566 £610 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £448 £425
% change year-on-year -5.03% +5.29% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 2 3
Median hourly rate £19.75 £22.25 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.24% -25.83% +81.82%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £22.25 £30.00
% change year-on-year -12.36% -25.83% +81.82%

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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 8,400 12,163 13,390
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.64% 12.62% 13.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,928 7,480 8,239
Median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +1.85%
10th Percentile £175 £200 £200
90th Percentile £600 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -1.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 513 564 721
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £19.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.32% -3.58% -9.79%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.25 £19.06
% change year-on-year +15.94% -9.50% -11.35%

Unified Communications
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Unified Communications as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Unified Communications.

Daily rate trend for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Unified Communications over the 6 months to 3 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Unified Communications.

Hourly rate trend for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Unified Communications over the 6 months to 3 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Top 16 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 3 April 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
England +85 189 £438 -2.78% 53
UK excluding London +93 143 £425 -5.03% 42
London +85 66 £438 -2.78% 13
South East +56 47 £400 -20.00% 9
Midlands +70 36 £475 +46.15% 5
West Midlands +73 33 £485 +14.12% 2
North of England +68 26 £408 -1.21% 16
Work from Home +15 21 £406 -9.72% 9
North West +36 14 £425 -8.11% 9
Scotland +13 13 £335 -10.67% 2
Yorkshire +51 12 £350 -30.00% 6
South West +36 10 £550 -4.35% 7
Wales +40 9 £425 -5.56%
East Midlands +26 3 £256 +28.13% 3
East of England +29 2 £375 +15.38% 3
North East +23 1 £500 +49.25% 1

For the 6 months to 3 April 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 with a requirement for Unified Communications.

1 96 (43.64%) Cisco
2 84 (38.18%) Microsoft
3 83 (37.73%) Skype
4 71 (32.27%) Skype for Business
5 54 (24.55%) Office 365
6 49 (22.27%) Security Cleared
7 42 (19.09%) LAN
7 42 (19.09%) WAN
8 38 (17.27%) Cisco Certification
8 38 (17.27%) Migration
9 35 (15.91%) VoIP
10 33 (15.00%) Telecoms
10 33 (15.00%) Firewall
11 28 (12.73%) VMware
12 27 (12.27%) CCNA
12 27 (12.27%) VMware Infrastructure
12 27 (12.27%) SC Cleared
13 26 (11.82%) Azure
13 26 (11.82%) CCNP
13 26 (11.82%) Windows
14 25 (11.36%) Finance
14 25 (11.36%) Hyper-V
14 25 (11.36%) QA
15 24 (10.91%) Change Management
16 23 (10.45%) Data Centre
17 22 (10.00%) Internet
18 21 (9.55%) Oracle
18 21 (9.55%) DV Cleared
19 20 (9.09%) VPN
20 19 (8.64%) Active Directory

Unified Communications
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 71 (32.27%) Skype for Business
2 12 (5.45%) MS Exchange
2 12 (5.45%) SharePoint
3 6 (2.73%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (2.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 2 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (0.91%) IIS
6 1 (0.45%) Mailman
6 1 (0.45%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 10 (4.55%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.91%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.45%) Abaqus
3 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.45%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.45%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.45%) Sentinel
1 1 (0.45%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 54 (24.55%) Office 365
2 26 (11.82%) Azure
3 9 (4.09%) Cloud Computing
4 7 (3.18%) AWS
4 7 (3.18%) OneDrive
5 5 (2.27%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (2.27%) Mimecast
6 3 (1.36%) SaaS
7 1 (0.45%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.45%) Amazon Kinesis
7 1 (0.45%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.45%) Asana
7 1 (0.45%) AWS CloudTrail
7 1 (0.45%) AWS Lambda
7 1 (0.45%) IaaS
7 1 (0.45%) PaaS
7 1 (0.45%) Power Platform
7 1 (0.45%) PowerApps
7 1 (0.45%) Serverless
7 1 (0.45%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 83 (37.73%) Skype
2 42 (19.09%) LAN
2 42 (19.09%) WAN
3 35 (15.91%) VoIP
4 33 (15.00%) Firewall
5 22 (10.00%) Internet
6 20 (9.09%) VPN
7 18 (8.18%) MPLS
8 17 (7.73%) TCP/IP
9 16 (7.27%) BGP
9 16 (7.27%) OSPF
10 15 (6.82%) DNS
11 14 (6.36%) Ethernet
11 14 (6.36%) PBX
11 14 (6.36%) Wi-Fi
12 13 (5.91%) EIGRP
12 13 (5.91%) Network Security
13 11 (5.00%) Wireless
14 10 (4.55%) ADSL
14 10 (4.55%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (1.82%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.91%) Big Data
2 2 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (0.91%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (0.45%) Amazon Aurora
3 1 (0.45%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 1 (0.45%) DB2
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle Database 12c
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (0.45%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1 (0.45%) Eclipse
1 1 (0.45%) Oracle Forms
1 1 (0.45%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (15.00%) Telecoms
2 25 (11.36%) Finance
3 12 (5.45%) Public Sector
4 5 (2.27%) Law
4 5 (2.27%) Legal
5 4 (1.82%) Billing
6 3 (1.36%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.36%) Marketing
7 2 (0.91%) Banking
7 2 (0.91%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.91%) Retail
8 1 (0.45%) Back Office
8 1 (0.45%) Electronics
8 1 (0.45%) French Language
8 1 (0.45%) German Language
8 1 (0.45%) Local Government
8 1 (0.45%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 39 (17.73%) Architect
2 29 (13.18%) Network Engineer
3 25 (11.36%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 23 (10.45%) Analyst
4 23 (10.45%) Consultant
5 18 (8.18%) Solutions Architect
6 14 (6.36%) Author
6 14 (6.36%) Support Engineer
6 14 (6.36%) Technical Author
7 12 (5.45%) Business Analyst
7 12 (5.45%) Cisco Engineer
7 12 (5.45%) Project Manager
8 10 (4.55%) Unified Communications Manager
9 9 (4.09%) Business Consultant
9 9 (4.09%) Cisco Network Engineer
9 9 (4.09%) Unified Communications Specialist
10 8 (3.64%) LAN Engineer
10 8 (3.64%) LAN/WAN Engineer
10 8 (3.64%) Unified Communications Consultant
10 8 (3.64%) WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.73%) LDAP
2 3 (1.36%) Software Packaging
3 2 (0.91%) JSON
3 2 (0.91%) XMPP
4 1 (0.45%) CSS
4 1 (0.45%) HTML
4 1 (0.45%) Java EE
4 1 (0.45%) Node.js
4 1 (0.45%) WebRTC
4 1 (0.45%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 23 (10.45%) Data Centre
2 15 (6.82%) Video Conferencing
3 9 (4.09%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (3.18%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.73%) IVR
5 6 (2.73%) Public Cloud
6 3 (1.36%) Clustering
6 3 (1.36%) Self-Motivation
6 3 (1.36%) Video\Live Streaming
7 2 (0.91%) Analytical Mindset
7 2 (0.91%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (0.91%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (0.91%) Hedge funds
7 2 (0.91%) Private Cloud
7 2 (0.91%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 1 (0.45%) BYOD
8 1 (0.45%) Frameworx
8 1 (0.45%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.45%) Life Science
8 1 (0.45%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 26 (11.82%) Windows
2 15 (6.82%) Windows 10
2 15 (6.82%) Windows Server
3 5 (2.27%) Android
3 5 (2.27%) Apple iOS
3 5 (2.27%) Linux
4 4 (1.82%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (1.82%) Windows Server 2019
5 3 (1.36%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (1.36%) Windows Server 2016
6 2 (0.91%) SUSE
6 2 (0.91%) Unix
6 2 (0.91%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.45%) AIX
7 1 (0.45%) CentOS
7 1 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (17.27%) Migration
2 24 (10.91%) Change Management
3 18 (8.18%) Problem-Solving
4 17 (7.73%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (7.73%) Disaster Recovery
4 17 (7.73%) Service Delivery
5 16 (7.27%) Project Delivery
6 15 (6.82%) ITIL
7 14 (6.36%) Incident Management
7 14 (6.36%) Project Management
7 14 (6.36%) Service Management
8 13 (5.91%) Communications Security
9 11 (5.00%) Server Virtualisation
9 11 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
10 10 (4.55%) SOA
11 9 (4.09%) Process Management
12 8 (3.64%) Analytics
12 8 (3.64%) Cybersecurity
13 7 (3.18%) Network Management
13 7 (3.18%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 13 (5.91%) PowerShell
2 6 (2.73%) C
3 5 (2.27%) Python
3 5 (2.27%) SQL
4 2 (0.91%) Java
4 2 (0.91%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.45%) Perl
5 1 (0.45%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 49 (22.27%) Security Cleared
2 38 (17.27%) Cisco Certification
3 27 (12.27%) CCNA
3 27 (12.27%) SC Cleared
4 26 (11.82%) CCNP
5 21 (9.55%) DV Cleared
6 13 (5.91%) BPSS Clearance
7 11 (5.00%) BC Cleared
8 10 (4.55%) CCIP
8 10 (4.55%) Degree
9 9 (4.09%) CCDP
10 7 (3.18%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (2.27%) CCIE
12 4 (1.82%) APMP
12 4 (1.82%) CCDA
12 4 (1.82%) MCSE
13 3 (1.36%) CCA
13 3 (1.36%) CCIE Routing and Switching
13 3 (1.36%) ITIL Certification
14 2 (0.91%) CCIE Collaboration
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (11.36%) QA
2 13 (5.91%) SLA
3 3 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.36%) PMO
4 1 (0.45%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.45%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 27 (12.27%) VMware Infrastructure
2 25 (11.36%) Hyper-V
3 19 (8.64%) Active Directory
4 4 (1.82%) vSphere
5 3 (1.36%) XenApp
6 2 (0.91%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 2 (0.91%) vCloud
6 2 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.91%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.45%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.45%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (0.45%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.45%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 10 (4.55%) Cisco CUCM
2 7 (3.18%) FortiGate
3 6 (2.73%) SCCM
4 5 (2.27%) AirWatch
4 5 (2.27%) Cisco UCCX
5 4 (1.82%) vCenter Server
6 3 (1.36%) Cisco UCCE
7 2 (0.91%) Cisco Prime
7 2 (0.91%) Jamf Pro
7 2 (0.91%) SCVMM
7 2 (0.91%) WhatsUp Gold
8 1 (0.45%) CASB
8 1 (0.45%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.45%) SCOM
8 1 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.45%) WSUS
8 1 (0.45%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 96 (43.64%) Cisco
2 84 (38.18%) Microsoft
3 28 (12.73%) VMware
4 21 (9.55%) Oracle
5 18 (8.18%) Dell
6 16 (7.27%) Juniper
7 12 (5.45%) Sonus
8 10 (4.55%) Avaya
8 10 (4.55%) Palo Alto
8 10 (4.55%) Polycom
9 9 (4.09%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 9 (4.09%) Mitel
10 8 (3.64%) CheckPoint
10 8 (3.64%) Verint
11 7 (3.18%) Citrix
12 6 (2.73%) OpenText
12 6 (2.73%) RightFax
13 5 (2.27%) Arista
13 5 (2.27%) Riverbed
14 4 (1.82%) F5