Period
to 18 October 2017

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 October 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
6 months to
18 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 595 548 561
Rank change year-on-year -47 +13 +99
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 270 363 347
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.34% 0.31%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.97% 2.17% 2.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 222 226
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £200 £270 £263
90th Percentile £597 £575 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £425
% change year-on-year +2.74% -14.12% +11.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 6
UK median hourly rate £15.69 £21.50 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.02% -25.86% -
10th Percentile £15.35 £13.39 £17.38
90th Percentile £16.04 £36.96 £41.44
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.69 £29.20 £21.50
% change year-on-year -46.27% +35.81% -

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 13702 16763 15796
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.79% 15.73% 13.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 8317 10190 9033
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £190 £220 £213
90th Percentile £580 £575 £544
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £360
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +3.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 727 848 1038
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £24.08 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.04% +20.38% -
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.44 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -22.24% +25.00% -

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 October 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 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 October 2017. 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 -34 254 £400 - 48
UK excluding London +7 195 £375 +2.74% 33
London -69 70 £488 +4.56% 22
Midlands +32 49 £325 -23.53% 3
South West +22 44 £375 +7.14% 3
South East -37 37 £400 +5.61% 9
East Midlands +27 29 £200 -34.43% 3
East of England +3 28 £400 -3.61% 7
North of England +79 26 £450 +45.16% 3
West Midlands +14 20 £400 -20.00%
North West +32 14 £450 +45.16% 2
Scotland +15 10 £335 -16.25% 6
North East +76 7 £625 +143.19% 1
Yorkshire +30 5 £413 -
Wales 0 2 £263 -30.92% 2

For the 6 months to 18 October 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.

1 124 (45.93%) Cisco
2 88 (32.59%) Skype for Business
3 84 (31.11%) Skype
4 79 (29.26%) Microsoft
5 64 (23.70%) ITIL
6 59 (21.85%) WAN
7 55 (20.37%) VoIP
7 55 (20.37%) LAN
8 54 (20.00%) Finance
9 52 (19.26%) Office 365
9 52 (19.26%) Data Centre
10 43 (15.93%) Disaster Recovery
10 43 (15.93%) Windows
10 43 (15.93%) Cisco Certification
11 42 (15.56%) Project Management
11 42 (15.56%) Telecoms
12 41 (15.19%) Firewall
13 40 (14.81%) Active Directory
14 35 (12.96%) PRINCE2
15 32 (11.85%) MS Exchange
15 32 (11.85%) Wi-Fi
15 32 (11.85%) Agile Software Development
15 32 (11.85%) Video Conferencing
16 30 (11.11%) VMware
17 29 (10.74%) Cisco CUCM
18 28 (10.37%) Microsoft Certification
18 28 (10.37%) Avaya
19 27 (10.00%) Migration
19 27 (10.00%) Security Cleared
20 26 (9.63%) Wireless

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 88 (32.59%) Skype for Business
2 32 (11.85%) MS Exchange
3 22 (8.15%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (4.81%) SharePoint
5 6 (2.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 5 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (1.11%) CMS
8 1 (0.37%) Confluence
8 1 (0.37%) IBM Domino
8 1 (0.37%) IIS
8 1 (0.37%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 12 (4.44%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.48%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.37%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.48%) Cisco SocialMiner
Cloud Services
1 52 (19.26%) Office 365
2 9 (3.33%) SaaS
3 8 (2.96%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (2.96%) Microsoft Azure
4 6 (2.22%) IaaS
5 4 (1.48%) PaaS
6 3 (1.11%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (1.11%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.74%) npm
7 2 (0.74%) Serverless
8 1 (0.37%) G Suite
8 1 (0.37%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.37%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.37%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 84 (31.11%) Skype
2 59 (21.85%) WAN
3 55 (20.37%) LAN
3 55 (20.37%) VoIP
4 41 (15.19%) Firewall
5 32 (11.85%) Wi-Fi
6 26 (9.63%) Wireless
7 24 (8.89%) ISDN
8 20 (7.41%) H.323
9 19 (7.04%) IP Telephony
9 19 (7.04%) MPLS
10 17 (6.30%) Cisco Nexus
10 17 (6.30%) PBX
11 16 (5.93%) OSPF
12 15 (5.56%) Cisco ASA
13 14 (5.19%) Telepresence
13 14 (5.19%) VPN
14 13 (4.81%) DNS
15 12 (4.44%) BGP
15 12 (4.44%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.22%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.74%) MongoDB
2 2 (0.74%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.37%) Oracle Exadata
3 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 4 (1.48%) JIRA
2 2 (0.74%) Babel
2 2 (0.74%) Bitbucket
2 2 (0.74%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.74%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.74%) TeamCity
2 2 (0.74%) webpack
3 1 (0.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 54 (20.00%) Finance
2 42 (15.56%) Telecoms
3 17 (6.30%) Automotive
4 13 (4.81%) Banking
5 9 (3.33%) Legal
6 8 (2.96%) Manufacturing
7 7 (2.59%) Electronics
7 7 (2.59%) Marketing
8 6 (2.22%) Retail
9 3 (1.11%) German Language
9 3 (1.11%) Investment Banking
9 3 (1.11%) Law
10 2 (0.74%) Billing
10 2 (0.74%) French Language
10 2 (0.74%) Games
10 2 (0.74%) Local Government
10 2 (0.74%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.37%) Advertising
11 1 (0.37%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 32 (11.85%) Unified Communications Engineer
2 29 (10.74%) Project Manager
3 28 (10.37%) Network Engineer
4 26 (9.63%) Architect
5 19 (7.04%) Analyst
6 17 (6.30%) Unified Communications Specialist
7 15 (5.56%) Consultant
8 14 (5.19%) Technical Specialist
8 14 (5.19%) Voice Engineer
9 13 (4.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 13 (4.81%) Network Specialist
10 12 (4.44%) Cisco Engineer
11 9 (3.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 9 (3.33%) Infrastructure Manager
11 9 (3.33%) Support Engineer
11 9 (3.33%) Unified Communications Manager
12 8 (2.96%) IT Engineer
13 7 (2.59%) Office 365 Specialist
13 7 (2.59%) Support Specialist
13 7 (2.59%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (8.89%) XMPP
2 4 (1.48%) 802.1X
3 3 (1.11%) Web Services
3 3 (1.11%) XML
4 2 (0.74%) CSS
4 2 (0.74%) CSS3
4 2 (0.74%) Ext JS
4 2 (0.74%) HTML
4 2 (0.74%) HTML5
4 2 (0.74%) LESS
4 2 (0.74%) Node.js
4 2 (0.74%) React
4 2 (0.74%) Sass
4 2 (0.74%) Semantic UI
4 2 (0.74%) Serverless Framework
5 1 (0.37%) REST
5 1 (0.37%) VXML
5 1 (0.37%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 52 (19.26%) Data Centre
2 32 (11.85%) Video Conferencing
3 16 (5.93%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (5.19%) Clustering
5 11 (4.07%) Blackberry
6 9 (3.33%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 9 (3.33%) IVR
7 7 (2.59%) PMI
7 7 (2.59%) Private Cloud
8 6 (2.22%) User Experience
9 4 (1.48%) EMC VNX
9 4 (1.48%) PKI
10 3 (1.11%) Driving Licence
10 3 (1.11%) Management Information System
11 2 (0.74%) BYOD
11 2 (0.74%) Enterprise Cloud
11 2 (0.74%) Handset
11 2 (0.74%) NHS
11 2 (0.74%) Replication
12 1 (0.37%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 43 (15.93%) Windows
2 19 (7.04%) Windows Server
3 10 (3.70%) Windows 10
4 7 (2.59%) Linux
5 4 (1.48%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (1.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (1.11%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.74%) Android
8 1 (0.37%) AIX
8 1 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.37%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (23.70%) ITIL
2 43 (15.93%) Disaster Recovery
3 42 (15.56%) Project Management
4 35 (12.96%) PRINCE2
5 32 (11.85%) Agile Software Development
6 27 (10.00%) Migration
7 25 (9.26%) Data Loss Prevention
7 25 (9.26%) Desktop Virtualisation
7 25 (9.26%) High Availability
8 20 (7.41%) Asset Management
8 20 (7.41%) Service Management
9 19 (7.04%) ERP
10 17 (6.30%) Change Management
10 17 (6.30%) ITIL V3
11 16 (5.93%) PLM
11 16 (5.93%) Service Design
12 15 (5.56%) Continuous Improvement
13 14 (5.19%) Service Delivery
14 13 (4.81%) Business Intelligence
15 12 (4.44%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 8 (2.96%) PowerShell
2 5 (1.85%) SQL
3 4 (1.48%) C
4 2 (0.74%) C#
4 2 (0.74%) ES6
4 2 (0.74%) JavaScript
4 2 (0.74%) Python
Qualifications
1 43 (15.93%) Cisco Certification
2 28 (10.37%) Microsoft Certification
3 27 (10.00%) Security Cleared
4 22 (8.15%) Degree
5 21 (7.78%) CCNP
6 20 (7.41%) MCSE
7 18 (6.67%) CCNA
8 17 (6.30%) SC Cleared
9 16 (5.93%) CCIE
10 12 (4.44%) CCNP Voice
11 9 (3.33%) DV Cleared
11 9 (3.33%) PMI Certification
12 8 (2.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 7 (2.59%) MCP
13 7 (2.59%) VCAP
14 5 (1.85%) Citrix Certification
14 5 (1.85%) PMP
15 4 (1.48%) CCVP
15 4 (1.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 3 (1.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.48%) PCI DSS
2 3 (1.11%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.74%) QA
3 2 (0.74%) SLA
4 1 (0.37%) COBIT
4 1 (0.37%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 40 (14.81%) Active Directory
2 19 (7.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (3.70%) Hyper-V
4 7 (2.59%) XenApp
5 6 (2.22%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (1.48%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.11%) vSphere
7 3 (1.11%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.74%) Terminal Services
8 2 (0.74%) VMware NSX
8 2 (0.74%) XenServer
9 1 (0.37%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 29 (10.74%) Cisco CUCM
2 16 (5.93%) Cisco UCCX
3 8 (2.96%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 7 (2.59%) Cisco Prime
4 7 (2.59%) SCCM
5 5 (1.85%) AppDNA
5 5 (1.85%) Cisco UCCE
6 4 (1.48%) SCOM
7 3 (1.11%) Cisco IPCC
8 2 (0.74%) SolarWinds Orion
8 2 (0.74%) WhatsUp Gold
9 1 (0.37%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.37%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 1 (0.37%) Nagios
9 1 (0.37%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.37%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.37%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 1 (0.37%) WMI
Vendors
1 124 (45.93%) Cisco
2 79 (29.26%) Microsoft
3 30 (11.11%) VMware
4 28 (10.37%) Avaya
5 18 (6.67%) CheckPoint
5 18 (6.67%) SolarWinds
6 14 (5.19%) F5
7 12 (4.44%) Citrix
8 11 (4.07%) Polycom
9 10 (3.70%) HP
9 10 (3.70%) Red Box
10 9 (3.33%) AppSense
10 9 (3.33%) NetApp
10 9 (3.33%) Proofpoint
10 9 (3.33%) Symantec
11 8 (2.96%) SAP
11 8 (2.96%) ServiceNow
12 7 (2.59%) IBM
12 7 (2.59%) Nortel
13 6 (2.22%) Juniper