Period
to 18 December 2018

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 18 December 2018 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
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 613 626 547
Rank change year-on-year +13 -79 +73
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 298 283 356
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.27% 0.35%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.21% 2.03% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 162 203
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -0.62% -4.17%
10th Percentile £268 £200 £241
90th Percentile £650 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £379
% change year-on-year +6.67% -0.99% -5.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 5
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.85 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.45% +38.45% -53.68%
10th Percentile £12.33 £15.10 £8.52
90th Percentile £37.85 £30.00 £18.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £22.85 £16.50
% change year-on-year +46.64% +38.45% +10.00%

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 13,491 13,923 15,298
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.87% 13.48% 15.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,139 8,571 9,283
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £200 £180 £213
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 642 716 788
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £22.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -14.12% +5.36%
10th Percentile £12.11 £11.00 £11.71
90th Percentile £48.73 £46.23 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -5.26% -17.39% +15.00%

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 18 December 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Unified Communications over the 6 months to 18 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Top 15 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 18 December 2018. 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 +14 262 £475 +13.77% 78
UK excluding London -64 156 £400 +6.67% 51
London +75 131 £510 +13.33% 33
South East +11 67 £450 +16.13% 13
Midlands -35 24 £320 -7.25% 8
Scotland -7 23 £400 +10.34% 4
North of England -7 20 £413 -24.14% 12
East Midlands 0 15 £200 -21.95% 2
South West -48 14 £475 -5.00% 8
North West -2 10 £400 -13.51% 9
West Midlands -40 9 £425 -2.02% 6
North East -5 8 £413 -34.00% 2
East of England -21 5 - - 4
Wales -26 4 £375 +100.00% 1
Yorkshire -9 2 £525 +21.74% 1

For the 6 months to 18 December 2018, 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.

1 117 (39.26%) Cisco
2 100 (33.56%) Microsoft
3 82 (27.52%) WAN
4 78 (26.17%) Windows
5 74 (24.83%) LAN
6 70 (23.49%) Office 365
7 67 (22.48%) Skype for Business
8 65 (21.81%) Skype
9 61 (20.47%) Active Directory
10 60 (20.13%) ITIL
10 60 (20.13%) Security Cleared
11 59 (19.80%) Cisco Certification
12 53 (17.79%) Windows Server
13 50 (16.78%) Finance
14 48 (16.11%) Firewall
15 45 (15.10%) SCCM
16 44 (14.77%) VMware
16 44 (14.77%) Data Centre
17 39 (13.09%) CCNA
18 38 (12.75%) Migration
18 38 (12.75%) Agile Software Development
19 37 (12.42%) VoIP
20 35 (11.74%) Microsoft Certification
21 34 (11.41%) Cisco CUCM
22 33 (11.07%) Project Management
23 31 (10.40%) SC Cleared
24 30 (10.07%) Wireless
25 29 (9.73%) Citrix
25 29 (9.73%) VMware Infrastructure
26 28 (9.40%) Analytical Skills

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 67 (22.48%) Skype for Business
2 27 (9.06%) MS Exchange
3 22 (7.38%) SharePoint
4 8 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (2.35%) Documentum
5 7 (2.35%) Liferay
6 6 (2.01%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (1.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (1.68%) CMS
8 2 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.34%) Apache
9 1 (0.34%) Confluence
9 1 (0.34%) IIS
9 1 (0.34%) NetWeaver
9 1 (0.34%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (0.34%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.34%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.34%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 9 (3.02%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.34%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.67%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.67%) SAP CRM
2 1 (0.34%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.34%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 70 (23.49%) Office 365
2 23 (7.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (5.37%) SaaS
4 12 (4.03%) Amazon AWS
5 8 (2.68%) OneDrive
6 7 (2.35%) IaaS
6 7 (2.35%) Mimecast
7 5 (1.68%) PaaS
8 4 (1.34%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (1.34%) Lucidchart
9 2 (0.67%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.67%) G Suite
9 2 (0.67%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 82 (27.52%) WAN
2 74 (24.83%) LAN
3 65 (21.81%) Skype
4 48 (16.11%) Firewall
5 37 (12.42%) VoIP
6 30 (10.07%) Wireless
7 26 (8.72%) MPLS
8 21 (7.05%) Wi-Fi
9 20 (6.71%) DNS
10 18 (6.04%) PBX
11 17 (5.70%) Cisco Nexus
11 17 (5.70%) IP Telephony
12 16 (5.37%) TCP/IP
12 16 (5.37%) WLAN
13 14 (4.70%) VPN
14 13 (4.36%) Internet
15 11 (3.69%) BGP
15 11 (3.69%) Cisco ASA
15 11 (3.69%) H.323
15 11 (3.69%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.68%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.34%) Big Data
3 2 (0.67%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (2.01%) Jenkins
1 6 (2.01%) Maven
1 6 (2.01%) Sonatype Nexus
2 2 (0.67%) Rational Rose
3 1 (0.34%) Hudson
3 1 (0.34%) JIRA
General
1 50 (16.78%) Finance
2 26 (8.72%) Telecoms
3 15 (5.03%) Automotive
4 13 (4.36%) Retail
5 6 (2.01%) Legal
5 6 (2.01%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.68%) Aerospace
6 5 (1.68%) Banking
6 5 (1.68%) Law
7 2 (0.67%) Local Government
8 1 (0.34%) Billing
8 1 (0.34%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.34%) Marketing
8 1 (0.34%) Military
8 1 (0.34%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.34%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 69 (23.15%) Architect
2 38 (12.75%) Unified Communications Engineer
3 33 (11.07%) Project Manager
4 29 (9.73%) Analyst
5 27 (9.06%) Network Engineer
6 23 (7.72%) Consultant
7 17 (5.70%) Network Architect
7 17 (5.70%) Solutions Architect
7 17 (5.70%) Technical Architect
8 11 (3.69%) Cisco Engineer
8 11 (3.69%) Network Communications Engineer
9 10 (3.36%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 10 (3.36%) Unified Communications Consultant
9 10 (3.36%) Unified Communications Manager
10 9 (3.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 8 (2.68%) Infrastructure Manager
11 8 (2.68%) Technical Consultant
11 8 (2.68%) Technical Manager
11 8 (2.68%) Telephony Manager
12 7 (2.35%) Messaging Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (4.03%) XMPP
2 10 (3.36%) REST
3 8 (2.68%) AngularJS
4 7 (2.35%) 802.1X
4 7 (2.35%) jBPM
5 4 (1.34%) JAX-RS
5 4 (1.34%) LDAP
5 4 (1.34%) VXML
6 3 (1.01%) CSS
6 3 (1.01%) HTML
6 3 (1.01%) Velocity
7 2 (0.67%) .NET
7 2 (0.67%) COM
7 2 (0.67%) Middleware
8 1 (0.34%) Java EE
8 1 (0.34%) Software Packaging
8 1 (0.34%) Spring
8 1 (0.34%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 44 (14.77%) Data Centre
2 28 (9.40%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (8.72%) Video Conferencing
4 14 (4.70%) Public Cloud
5 11 (3.69%) Management Information System
5 11 (3.69%) Self-Motivation
6 8 (2.68%) Clustering
7 7 (2.35%) BYOD
7 7 (2.35%) User Experience
7 7 (2.35%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 6 (2.01%) Hybrid Cloud
8 6 (2.01%) IVR
9 5 (1.68%) Handset
9 5 (1.68%) Private Cloud
10 4 (1.34%) Mobile App
11 3 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (1.01%) Greenfield Project
11 3 (1.01%) PKI
11 3 (1.01%) Social Media
11 3 (1.01%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 78 (26.17%) Windows
2 53 (17.79%) Windows Server
3 18 (6.04%) Windows Server 2012
4 17 (5.70%) Linux
5 14 (4.70%) Unix
6 12 (4.03%) Windows 10
7 8 (2.68%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (1.68%) Apple iOS
9 4 (1.34%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.67%) Android
10 2 (0.67%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.34%) AIX
11 1 (0.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.34%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (20.13%) ITIL
2 38 (12.75%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (12.75%) Migration
3 33 (11.07%) Project Management
4 22 (7.38%) Disaster Recovery
5 20 (6.71%) Stakeholder Management
6 18 (6.04%) Decision-Making
7 16 (5.37%) IT Strategy
7 16 (5.37%) Service Delivery
8 15 (5.03%) Change Management
8 15 (5.03%) Data Protection
8 15 (5.03%) Incident Management
8 15 (5.03%) Technical Architecture
9 14 (4.70%) Service Management
10 13 (4.36%) Network Design
10 13 (4.36%) Problem-Solving
11 12 (4.03%) Cybersecurity
11 12 (4.03%) Network Management
11 12 (4.03%) Service Design
12 11 (3.69%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 27 (9.06%) SQL
2 24 (8.05%) PowerShell
3 12 (4.03%) Java
4 4 (1.34%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.01%) C
5 3 (1.01%) Java 8
6 1 (0.34%) Lingo
6 1 (0.34%) Perl
6 1 (0.34%) Python
Qualifications
1 60 (20.13%) Security Cleared
2 59 (19.80%) Cisco Certification
3 39 (13.09%) CCNA
4 35 (11.74%) Microsoft Certification
5 31 (10.40%) SC Cleared
6 26 (8.72%) CCNP
7 16 (5.37%) MCSE
8 15 (5.03%) DV Cleared
9 14 (4.70%) MCP
10 12 (4.03%) Degree
11 11 (3.69%) CCIE
12 9 (3.02%) ITIL Certification
12 9 (3.02%) VCAP
12 9 (3.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 8 (2.68%) MCSA
14 7 (2.35%) CCA
14 7 (2.35%) Citrix Certification
14 7 (2.35%) MCTS
14 7 (2.35%) VCP4
14 7 (2.35%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.35%) GDPR
2 6 (2.01%) SLA
3 4 (1.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.01%) PMO
5 2 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.67%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 2 (0.67%) QA
5 2 (0.67%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.34%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 61 (20.47%) Active Directory
2 29 (9.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (5.37%) Hyper-V
4 9 (3.02%) vSphere
5 8 (2.68%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (2.35%) vCloud
6 7 (2.35%) XenServer
7 6 (2.01%) XenApp
8 5 (1.68%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (1.34%) ProxySG
10 3 (1.01%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (1.01%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.34%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 45 (15.10%) SCCM
2 34 (11.41%) Cisco CUCM
3 12 (4.03%) Cisco UCCX
4 10 (3.36%) SCOM
4 10 (3.36%) vCenter Server
5 9 (3.02%) SCVMM
6 7 (2.35%) Cisco UCCE
7 5 (1.68%) Microsoft Intune
7 5 (1.68%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 4 (1.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.67%) CASB
9 2 (0.67%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.67%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.34%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.34%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 117 (39.26%) Cisco
2 100 (33.56%) Microsoft
3 44 (14.77%) VMware
4 29 (9.73%) Citrix
5 18 (6.04%) SolarWinds
6 14 (4.70%) Avaya
7 12 (4.03%) CheckPoint
8 10 (3.36%) Polycom
9 9 (3.02%) HP
9 9 (3.02%) NetApp
10 7 (2.35%) Mitel
11 6 (2.01%) Juniper
11 6 (2.01%) ServiceNow
11 6 (2.01%) Symantec
12 5 (1.68%) F5
12 5 (1.68%) Meraki
12 5 (1.68%) MobileIron
12 5 (1.68%) Salesforce.com
13 4 (1.34%) Blue Coat
13 4 (1.34%) BMC