Period
to 17 June 2019

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 17 June 2019 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
17 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 518 601 563
Rank change year-on-year +83 -38 +48
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 349 295 286
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.39% 0.30% 0.31%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.05% 2.23% 2.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 198 199
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +12.50% -
10th Percentile £278 £329 £213
90th Percentile £613 £605 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £375
% change year-on-year - +13.33% +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 0
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £35.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.00% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £35.00 -
% change year-on-year -50.00% - -

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 11,452 13,255 12,630
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.64% 13.33% 13.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,042 8,156 7,656
UK median daily rate £429 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.94% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £205 £205 £206
90th Percentile £610 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £395 £385
% change year-on-year +4.43% +2.60% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 552 726 752
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £19.24 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.13% -3.79% -23.81%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £52.47
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year -2.63% -2.56% -29.09%

Unified Communications
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Unified Communications over the 6 months to 17 June 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 17 June 2019. 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 +93 315 £450 - 32
UK excluding London +74 216 £425 - 18
London +34 121 £475 +1.06% 15
South East +47 81 £450 +5.88% 1
Midlands +37 34 £325 -7.14% 5
West Midlands +24 30 £390 -8.24% 4
North of England +32 29 £425 -26.04% 5
South West -3 28 £475 +40.74% 2
Scotland +27 22 £363 -12.12%
East of England +16 20 £363 -26.58% 4
Yorkshire - 14 £475 - 1
North West -1 12 £463 -15.91% 3
East Midlands +17 4 £193 -30.00% 1
North East +14 3 £318 -49.20% 1
Northern Ireland - 2 £465 -
Wales -17 1 £450 +12.50% 1

For the 6 months to 17 June 2019, 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.

1 151 (43.27%) Cisco
2 127 (36.39%) Microsoft
3 124 (35.53%) Skype
4 114 (32.66%) Skype for Business
5 89 (25.50%) Office 365
6 84 (24.07%) WAN
7 82 (23.50%) ITIL
8 80 (22.92%) Finance
9 79 (22.64%) LAN
10 68 (19.48%) Active Directory
11 65 (18.62%) Telecoms
12 64 (18.34%) Firewall
12 64 (18.34%) Cisco Certification
13 60 (17.19%) Windows
14 56 (16.05%) Migration
15 53 (15.19%) Data Centre
16 52 (14.90%) Agile Software Development
17 48 (13.75%) CCNP
18 47 (13.47%) VoIP
18 47 (13.47%) Cisco CUCM
19 46 (13.18%) Microsoft Azure
19 46 (13.18%) Windows Server
20 43 (12.32%) DNS
20 43 (12.32%) Security Cleared
21 40 (11.46%) Project Management
22 39 (11.17%) Change Management
23 37 (10.60%) Service Delivery
24 36 (10.32%) CCNA
24 36 (10.32%) MS Exchange
25 34 (9.74%) MPLS

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
1 114 (32.66%) Skype for Business
2 36 (10.32%) MS Exchange
3 28 (8.02%) SharePoint
4 7 (2.01%) CMS
5 6 (1.72%) Confluence
5 6 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (1.15%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.57%) Apache Solr
7 2 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.57%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.29%) Apache
8 1 (0.29%) Mailman
8 1 (0.29%) Mattermost
8 1 (0.29%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 13 (3.72%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.29%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.15%) Veritas eDiscovery
2 1 (0.29%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 89 (25.50%) Office 365
2 46 (13.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 23 (6.59%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (3.44%) Azure Active Directory
5 9 (2.58%) Cloud Computing
6 5 (1.43%) Mimecast
6 5 (1.43%) OneDrive
7 4 (1.15%) Slack
8 3 (0.86%) G Suite
8 3 (0.86%) SaaS
9 2 (0.57%) Amazon S3
9 2 (0.57%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.57%) PaaS
9 2 (0.57%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.29%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.29%) Google Docs
10 1 (0.29%) IaaS
10 1 (0.29%) PowerApps
10 1 (0.29%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 124 (35.53%) Skype
2 84 (24.07%) WAN
3 79 (22.64%) LAN
4 64 (18.34%) Firewall
5 47 (13.47%) VoIP
6 43 (12.32%) DNS
7 34 (9.74%) MPLS
8 32 (9.17%) DHCP
9 29 (8.31%) BGP
10 28 (8.02%) VPN
11 27 (7.74%) OSPF
12 25 (7.16%) Cisco Nexus
12 25 (7.16%) PBX
12 25 (7.16%) TCP/IP
13 24 (6.88%) Wireless
14 23 (6.59%) Wi-Fi
15 20 (5.73%) Network Security
16 19 (5.44%) IP Telephony
17 18 (5.16%) Cisco ASA
17 18 (5.16%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (2.29%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.86%) Big Data
3 2 (0.57%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 2 (0.57%) Power BI
4 1 (0.29%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 8 (2.29%) JIRA
2 2 (0.57%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.29%) Hudson
3 1 (0.29%) Rational Rose
General
1 80 (22.92%) Finance
2 65 (18.62%) Telecoms
3 24 (6.88%) Banking
4 20 (5.73%) Legal
5 9 (2.58%) Investment Banking
6 7 (2.01%) Automotive
6 7 (2.01%) Financial Institution
6 7 (2.01%) Retail
7 6 (1.72%) Law
7 6 (1.72%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.15%) Marketing
9 3 (0.86%) Electronics
10 2 (0.57%) Advertising
10 2 (0.57%) German Language
10 2 (0.57%) Publishing
11 1 (0.29%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.29%) Billing
11 1 (0.29%) Military
11 1 (0.29%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.29%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 68 (19.48%) Architect
2 49 (14.04%) Unified Communications Engineer
3 46 (13.18%) Network Engineer
4 25 (7.16%) Project Manager
5 19 (5.44%) Analyst
5 19 (5.44%) Technical Architect
6 17 (4.87%) Consultant
7 15 (4.30%) Network Architect
8 13 (3.72%) Cisco Engineer
8 13 (3.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 12 (3.44%) Solutions Architect
9 12 (3.44%) Unified Communications Manager
10 11 (3.15%) Messaging Engineer
10 11 (3.15%) Unified Communications Specialist
11 10 (2.87%) Lead Architect
11 10 (2.87%) Network Communications Engineer
12 9 (2.58%) Designer
12 9 (2.58%) Unified Communications Consultant
13 8 (2.29%) Infrastructure Architect
13 8 (2.29%) Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (4.01%) XMPP
2 4 (1.15%) LDAP
3 3 (0.86%) .NET
3 3 (0.86%) JSON
3 3 (0.86%) Node.js
4 2 (0.57%) 802.1X
4 2 (0.57%) Lucene
4 2 (0.57%) Middleware
4 2 (0.57%) RESTful
4 2 (0.57%) VXML
5 1 (0.29%) AngularJS
5 1 (0.29%) LAPP Stack
5 1 (0.29%) REST
5 1 (0.29%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.29%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 53 (15.19%) Data Centre
2 28 (8.02%) Video Conferencing
3 17 (4.87%) Public Cloud
4 15 (4.30%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (3.72%) User Experience
6 11 (3.15%) BYOD
7 10 (2.87%) Self-Motivation
7 10 (2.87%) Virtual Team
8 9 (2.58%) IVR
9 7 (2.01%) Blackberry
9 7 (2.01%) Management Information System
9 7 (2.01%) PKI
10 5 (1.43%) Clustering
11 4 (1.15%) Equities
11 4 (1.15%) Fixed Income
11 4 (1.15%) Mobile App
11 4 (1.15%) PMI
12 3 (0.86%) Driving Licence
12 3 (0.86%) Hedge funds
12 3 (0.86%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 60 (17.19%) Windows
2 46 (13.18%) Windows Server
3 16 (4.58%) Windows Server 2012
4 14 (4.01%) Linux
5 12 (3.44%) Windows 10
6 8 (2.29%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (1.15%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (0.57%) Unix
8 2 (0.57%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.29%) CentOS
9 1 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.29%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (23.50%) ITIL
2 56 (16.05%) Migration
3 52 (14.90%) Agile Software Development
4 40 (11.46%) Project Management
5 39 (11.17%) Change Management
6 37 (10.60%) Service Delivery
7 28 (8.02%) Continuous Improvement
8 25 (7.16%) Mentoring
9 22 (6.30%) Presales
9 22 (6.30%) Problem-Solving
9 22 (6.30%) Service Management
10 21 (6.02%) Data Protection
10 21 (6.02%) Stakeholder Management
11 19 (5.44%) Computer Science
12 18 (5.16%) DevOps
12 18 (5.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 16 (4.58%) Risk Management
13 16 (4.58%) Technical Leadership
14 15 (4.30%) Network Management
15 14 (4.01%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (6.30%) PowerShell
2 13 (3.72%) Python
3 9 (2.58%) Perl
3 9 (2.58%) SQL
4 2 (0.57%) ES6
4 2 (0.57%) Go
4 2 (0.57%) Groovy
4 2 (0.57%) Java
4 2 (0.57%) JavaScript
4 2 (0.57%) Scala
4 2 (0.57%) TypeScript
5 1 (0.29%) C
Qualifications
1 64 (18.34%) Cisco Certification
2 48 (13.75%) CCNP
3 43 (12.32%) Security Cleared
4 36 (10.32%) CCNA
5 32 (9.17%) SC Cleared
6 30 (8.60%) CCIE
7 23 (6.59%) Degree
8 19 (5.44%) Microsoft Certification
9 18 (5.16%) DV Cleared
10 13 (3.72%) CCDP
10 13 (3.72%) MCSE
11 11 (3.15%) PMI Certification
12 9 (2.58%) CCIE Collaboration
12 9 (2.58%) MCSA
12 9 (2.58%) PMP
13 8 (2.29%) BPSS Clearance
13 8 (2.29%) ITIL Certification
13 8 (2.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 7 (2.01%) CCNP Voice
14 7 (2.01%) CCVP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (5.16%) QA
2 5 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.15%) GDPR
3 4 (1.15%) MiFID
3 4 (1.15%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.86%) SLA
5 1 (0.29%) COBIT
5 1 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.29%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.29%) NCSC
5 1 (0.29%) PMO
5 1 (0.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 68 (19.48%) Active Directory
2 25 (7.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (5.44%) Hyper-V
4 14 (4.01%) XenApp
5 13 (3.72%) XenDesktop
6 9 (2.58%) Firmware
7 6 (1.72%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (1.43%) Virtual Desktop
8 5 (1.43%) vSphere
9 4 (1.15%) vCloud
10 3 (0.86%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 3 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.86%) VMware NSX
11 2 (0.57%) ProxySG
12 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.29%) Sendmail
12 1 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 47 (13.47%) Cisco CUCM
2 22 (6.30%) SCCM
3 20 (5.73%) Cisco UCCX
4 12 (3.44%) Cisco UCCE
4 12 (3.44%) SCOM
5 11 (3.15%) Microsoft Intune
6 5 (1.43%) Nessus
6 5 (1.43%) NetBackup
7 4 (1.15%) Cisco Prime
7 4 (1.15%) Jamf Pro
7 4 (1.15%) SCVMM
7 4 (1.15%) SmoothWall
8 3 (0.86%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.57%) Ansible
9 2 (0.57%) CASB
9 2 (0.57%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.57%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.57%) SolarWinds Orion
9 2 (0.57%) Stealthwatch
9 2 (0.57%) Sysdig
Vendors
1 151 (43.27%) Cisco
2 127 (36.39%) Microsoft
3 34 (9.74%) VMware
4 32 (9.17%) Citrix
5 26 (7.45%) CheckPoint
6 25 (7.16%) Avaya
7 23 (6.59%) Palo Alto
8 15 (4.30%) SolarWinds
9 13 (3.72%) F5
9 13 (3.72%) Juniper
10 11 (3.15%) McAfee
10 11 (3.15%) ShoreTel
11 9 (2.58%) HP
11 9 (2.58%) Red Box
12 8 (2.29%) Sonus
13 7 (2.01%) Dell
13 7 (2.01%) Meraki
14 6 (1.72%) EMC
14 6 (1.72%) Fortinet
14 6 (1.72%) Proofpoint