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 3 months to 29 May 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.

Unified Communications
UK
3 months to
29 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 479 498 451
Rank change year-on-year +19 -47  
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 112 155 211
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.29% 0.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.88% 1.83% 2.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 106 148
Median daily rate £414 £380 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.88% -10.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £790
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £365 £400
% change year-on-year +10.27% -8.75%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Median hourly rate - £36.90 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +71.62%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.90 £21.50
% change year-on-year - +71.62%  

Unified Communications is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 5973 8491 8249
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.35% 15.81% 14.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 3562 5143 4606
Median daily rate £400 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £533 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +6.30% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 361 383 478
Median hourly rate £27.00 £27.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.81% +10.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.38 £29.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -5.58% +11.53%  

Unified Communications
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Unified Communications as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 29 May 2017.

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 30 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 3 months to 29 May 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 +32 106 £420 +12.00% 29
London +7 40 £488 +16.07% 10
South East +10 18 £415 +13.69% 4
East of England +8 12 £455 +9.96% 3
South West -6 11 £373 +6.42% 1
City of London -2 10 £419 -0.29% 3
North West +21 9 £450 +3.44% 7
Berkshire +25 8 £531 +32.81% 1
Manchester - 8 £463 - 7
West Midlands +25 7 £288 -11.53%
Bristol -3 7 £373 +3.47% 1
Reading +24 6 £550 -
Hampshire +10 5 £340 -9.33% 1
East Midlands -6 5 £300 -17.24% 1
Birmingham - 5 £344 -
Northamptonshire - 4 £225 -
Northampton - 4 £225 -
Cambridgeshire +6 3 - - 2
Bedfordshire -2 3 £500 -
Essex - 3 £419 -
Feltham - 3 £375 -
North East +45 2 - - 1
West Sussex +18 2 £344 -5.82%
Yorkshire +14 2 £419 -1.47% 1
Gloucestershire +12 2 £395 -34.16%
Wiltshire +5 2 £300 -
Hertfordshire +1 2 £375 +6.76% 1
Durham - 2 - -
Horsham - 2 £344 -
Swindon - 2 £300 -

For the 6 months to 29 May 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Unified Communications 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 Unified Communications.

1 180 (59.41%) Cisco
2 85 (28.05%) Skype for Business
3 79 (26.07%) Cisco Certification
4 75 (24.75%) Microsoft
5 71 (23.43%) Cisco CUCM
6 70 (23.10%) Skype
7 69 (22.77%) VoIP
8 61 (20.13%) Windows
9 55 (18.15%) CCNP
10 48 (15.84%) LAN
10 48 (15.84%) ITIL
10 48 (15.84%) Migration
11 47 (15.51%) Data Centre
12 44 (14.52%) WAN
13 43 (14.19%) Active Directory
14 41 (13.53%) CCNA
15 39 (12.87%) Office 365
16 37 (12.21%) Project Management
17 36 (11.88%) MS Exchange
17 36 (11.88%) Cisco ASA
18 35 (11.55%) Finance
19 33 (10.89%) Firewall
19 33 (10.89%) XMPP
19 33 (10.89%) Cisco UCCE
20 31 (10.23%) Cisco UCCX
20 31 (10.23%) Telecoms
21 30 (9.90%) High Availability
22 29 (9.57%) Disaster Recovery
22 29 (9.57%) CCIE
23 28 (9.24%) CheckPoint

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 85 (28.05%) Skype for Business
2 36 (11.88%) MS Exchange
3 16 (5.28%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (4.29%) SharePoint
5 11 (3.63%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (2.64%) Office Communications Server
7 6 (1.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 5 (1.65%) CMS
9 4 (1.32%) IBM Notes
10 3 (0.99%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.33%) Confluence
11 1 (0.33%) IIS
11 1 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 14 (4.62%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (2.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.99%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.32%) Cisco SocialMiner
2 1 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 39 (12.87%) Office 365
2 10 (3.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (2.64%) IaaS
4 4 (1.32%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (1.32%) OneDrive
4 4 (1.32%) Yammer
5 2 (0.66%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.33%) IBM Cloud
6 1 (0.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 70 (23.10%) Skype
2 69 (22.77%) VoIP
3 48 (15.84%) LAN
4 44 (14.52%) WAN
5 36 (11.88%) Cisco ASA
6 33 (10.89%) Firewall
7 27 (8.91%) VPN
8 26 (8.58%) Cisco Nexus
9 21 (6.93%) Wireless
10 19 (6.27%) IP Telephony
10 19 (6.27%) PBX
11 17 (5.61%) Wi-Fi
12 16 (5.28%) Telepresence
13 15 (4.95%) FWSM
13 15 (4.95%) MPLS
14 14 (4.62%) Cisco IOS
14 14 (4.62%) DNS
15 13 (4.29%) BGP
15 13 (4.29%) OSPF
16 12 (3.96%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (2.31%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (0.99%) Power BI
4 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (0.99%) JIRA
2 1 (0.33%) HP UFT
General
1 35 (11.55%) Finance
2 31 (10.23%) Telecoms
3 17 (5.61%) Law
4 10 (3.30%) Legal
5 8 (2.64%) Retail
6 7 (2.31%) Banking
7 4 (1.32%) Automotive
8 3 (0.99%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.66%) Advertising
9 2 (0.66%) Billing
9 2 (0.66%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.66%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.33%) Back Office
10 1 (0.33%) Electronics
10 1 (0.33%) French Language
10 1 (0.33%) Local Government
10 1 (0.33%) Marketing
10 1 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.33%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 40 (13.20%) Analyst
1 40 (13.20%) Network Engineer
2 35 (11.55%) Architect
2 35 (11.55%) Cisco Engineer
3 31 (10.23%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 23 (7.59%) Consultant
4 23 (7.59%) Project Manager
5 19 (6.27%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 17 (5.61%) Unified Communications Manager
7 15 (4.95%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 15 (4.95%) Unified Communications Specialist
8 14 (4.62%) Network Analyst
9 12 (3.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 12 (3.96%) Support Engineer
9 12 (3.96%) Unified Communications Consultant
9 12 (3.96%) Windows Engineer
10 11 (3.63%) 3rd Line Support
10 11 (3.63%) Network Specialist
10 11 (3.63%) Programme Manager
11 10 (3.30%) Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (10.89%) XMPP
2 4 (1.32%) CSS
2 4 (1.32%) WAP
3 3 (0.99%) Java SE
4 2 (0.66%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.33%) .NET
5 1 (0.33%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.33%) CSS3
5 1 (0.33%) HTML
5 1 (0.33%) HTML5
5 1 (0.33%) HTML5 Canvas
5 1 (0.33%) jQuery
5 1 (0.33%) SVG
5 1 (0.33%) VXML
5 1 (0.33%) Web Services
5 1 (0.33%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 47 (15.51%) Data Centre
2 25 (8.25%) Video Conferencing
3 23 (7.59%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (5.28%) IVR
5 13 (4.29%) Replication
6 12 (3.96%) Clustering
7 11 (3.63%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 10 (3.30%) Blackberry
9 8 (2.64%) Handset
10 4 (1.32%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (1.32%) Management Information System
10 4 (1.32%) User Experience
11 3 (0.99%) Enterprise Storage
12 2 (0.66%) Computer Science
12 2 (0.66%) PKI
12 2 (0.66%) Smartphone
12 2 (0.66%) Virtual Team
13 1 (0.33%) Digital Signage
13 1 (0.33%) PMI
13 1 (0.33%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 61 (20.13%) Windows
2 25 (8.25%) Windows Server
3 17 (5.61%) Windows Server 2008
3 17 (5.61%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (4.29%) Windows 10
5 8 (2.64%) Linux
6 7 (2.31%) Windows 7
7 5 (1.65%) Android
7 5 (1.65%) Unix
8 4 (1.32%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.99%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.66%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.66%) Solaris
11 1 (0.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (15.84%) ITIL
1 48 (15.84%) Migration
2 37 (12.21%) Project Management
3 30 (9.90%) High Availability
4 29 (9.57%) Disaster Recovery
5 20 (6.60%) Network Design
6 19 (6.27%) Agile Software Development
6 19 (6.27%) PRINCE2
7 15 (4.95%) Data Loss Prevention
7 15 (4.95%) Desktop Virtualisation
7 15 (4.95%) Network Management
8 13 (4.29%) ITIL V3
9 11 (3.63%) Change Management
9 11 (3.63%) Stakeholder Management
10 10 (3.30%) Proactive Monitoring
10 10 (3.30%) Service Delivery
10 10 (3.30%) Validation
11 9 (2.97%) SDLC
11 9 (2.97%) TOGAF
12 8 (2.64%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (3.96%) C
2 8 (2.64%) SQL
3 6 (1.98%) PowerShell
4 1 (0.33%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.33%) C#
4 1 (0.33%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.33%) Perl
4 1 (0.33%) Python
Qualifications
1 79 (26.07%) Cisco Certification
2 55 (18.15%) CCNP
3 41 (13.53%) CCNA
4 29 (9.57%) CCIE
5 28 (9.24%) Security Cleared
6 23 (7.59%) Degree
7 18 (5.94%) SC Cleared
8 14 (4.62%) CCNP Voice
9 11 (3.63%) CCVP
10 10 (3.30%) DV Cleared
10 10 (3.30%) Microsoft Certification
11 8 (2.64%) MCSE
12 6 (1.98%) CCDA
12 6 (1.98%) CCDP
13 5 (1.65%) Computer Science Degree
14 4 (1.32%) ISEB
14 4 (1.32%) MCSD
15 3 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
15 3 (0.99%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 2 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.64%) SLA
2 3 (0.99%) PMO
2 3 (0.99%) QA
3 2 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.33%) ISO 22301
4 1 (0.33%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.33%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 43 (14.19%) Active Directory
2 21 (6.93%) Hyper-V
3 20 (6.60%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (3.63%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (2.64%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (1.98%) XenApp
7 3 (0.99%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 3 (0.99%) Virtual Servers
7 3 (0.99%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.66%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.33%) Firmware
9 1 (0.33%) vSphere
9 1 (0.33%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 71 (23.43%) Cisco CUCM
2 33 (10.89%) Cisco UCCE
3 31 (10.23%) Cisco UCCX
4 18 (5.94%) SCCM
5 8 (2.64%) Cisco Prime
6 6 (1.98%) AirWatch
7 5 (1.65%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 4 (1.32%) Failover Clustering
8 4 (1.32%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 4 (1.32%) NetBackup
8 4 (1.32%) Norton AntiVirus
8 4 (1.32%) SCOM
9 3 (0.99%) Cisco CME
10 2 (0.66%) FortiGate
10 2 (0.66%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.66%) WhatsUp Gold
10 2 (0.66%) WMI
11 1 (0.33%) AppDNA
11 1 (0.33%) SolarWinds Orion
11 1 (0.33%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 180 (59.41%) Cisco
2 75 (24.75%) Microsoft
3 28 (9.24%) CheckPoint
4 25 (8.25%) VMware
5 24 (7.92%) SolarWinds
6 22 (7.26%) F5
7 21 (6.93%) Citrix
8 20 (6.60%) Avaya
9 19 (6.27%) HP
10 12 (3.96%) Verint
11 9 (2.97%) Nokia
11 9 (2.97%) Symantec
12 8 (2.64%) Juniper
12 8 (2.64%) Palo Alto
12 8 (2.64%) Red Box
13 7 (2.31%) NetApp
13 7 (2.31%) Nortel
13 7 (2.31%) Polycom
13 7 (2.31%) Proofpoint
14 6 (1.98%) IBM
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