Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 525 615 628
Rank change year-on-year +90 +13 -54
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 276 304 281
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.34% 0.29% 0.27%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.52% 2.24% 2.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 174 200 161
UK median daily rate £425 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% -2.14%
10th Percentile £250 £263 £200
90th Percentile £529 £650 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £414 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.44% +6.67% -4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 3
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £27.00 £15.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.48% +72.08% -4.91%
10th Percentile £15.88 £12.35 £15.07
90th Percentile £72.30 £42.50 £27.21
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £40.00 £15.69
% change year-on-year -56.25% +154.94% -4.91%

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 10,946 13,587 13,998
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.68% 12.90% 13.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,569 8,206 8,618
UK median daily rate £413 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £183 £200 £180
90th Percentile £600 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 646 645 710
UK median hourly rate £25.12 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.60% +5.26% -15.56%
10th Percentile £13.31 £12.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.50 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £18.12 £19.00
% change year-on-year +24.21% -4.66% -22.45%

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 12 December 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Unified Communications over the 6 months to 12 December 2019.

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 12 December 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 +90 250 £425 -10.53% 103
UK excluding London +102 180 £414 +3.44% 65
London +49 89 £438 -14.22% 43
South East +44 57 £398 -11.06% 16
North of England +70 44 £450 +9.09% 19
Midlands +60 35 £400 +25.00% 11
West Midlands +61 28 £413 -2.94% 6
North West +26 20 £419 +11.67% 9
Yorkshire +54 16 £350 -33.33% 9
South West +3 15 £438 -11.39% 6
Scotland +21 11 £425 +6.25% 4
Wales +30 10 £413 +6.45% 1
North East +23 9 £480 +8.17% 1
East of England +41 8 £218 - 8
East Midlands +18 7 £400 +100.00% 5

For the 6 months to 12 December 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.

1 106 (38.41%) Cisco
2 101 (36.59%) Skype
3 95 (34.42%) Skype for Business
4 89 (32.25%) Microsoft
5 70 (25.36%) Office 365
6 68 (24.64%) Firewall
7 67 (24.28%) LAN
8 65 (23.55%) WAN
9 51 (18.48%) Migration
10 44 (15.94%) Windows
10 44 (15.94%) Cisco Certification
11 43 (15.58%) Telecoms
11 43 (15.58%) Security Cleared
12 35 (12.68%) CCNP
12 35 (12.68%) VoIP
13 34 (12.32%) Wi-Fi
14 33 (11.96%) ITIL
15 32 (11.59%) Active Directory
16 30 (10.87%) Stakeholder Management
16 30 (10.87%) Palo Alto
17 29 (10.51%) Data Centre
18 28 (10.14%) Agile Software Development
18 28 (10.14%) Avaya
19 27 (9.78%) Azure
20 26 (9.42%) SC Cleared
20 26 (9.42%) CCNA
21 25 (9.06%) Change Management
21 25 (9.06%) Finance
21 25 (9.06%) Network Security
21 25 (9.06%) Project Delivery

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 95 (34.42%) Skype for Business
2 24 (8.70%) MS Exchange
3 19 (6.88%) SharePoint
4 14 (5.07%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (1.81%) Confluence
5 5 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.72%) IBM Domino
6 2 (0.72%) IIS
6 2 (0.72%) JBoss
6 2 (0.72%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.36%) MS Project Server
7 1 (0.36%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 12 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.09%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.36%) Abaqus
5 1 (0.36%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.36%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 70 (25.36%) Office 365
2 27 (9.78%) Azure
3 11 (3.99%) AWS
4 10 (3.62%) Azure Active Directory
5 9 (3.26%) OneDrive
6 7 (2.54%) SaaS
7 6 (2.17%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (1.81%) IaaS
8 5 (1.81%) Mimecast
9 4 (1.45%) PaaS
9 4 (1.45%) Twilio
10 1 (0.36%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.36%) Amazon Kinesis
10 1 (0.36%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.36%) AWS CloudTrail
10 1 (0.36%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.36%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.36%) Serverless
10 1 (0.36%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 101 (36.59%) Skype
2 68 (24.64%) Firewall
3 67 (24.28%) LAN
4 65 (23.55%) WAN
5 35 (12.68%) VoIP
6 34 (12.32%) Wi-Fi
7 25 (9.06%) Network Security
8 24 (8.70%) Internet
8 24 (8.70%) PBX
9 22 (7.97%) Wireless
10 21 (7.61%) DNS
11 20 (7.25%) VPN
12 19 (6.88%) NetScaler
13 16 (5.80%) MPLS
14 15 (5.43%) WLAN
15 14 (5.07%) DHCP
16 11 (3.99%) OSPF
17 10 (3.62%) BGP
17 10 (3.62%) ISDN
17 10 (3.62%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.17%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (0.72%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (0.36%) Amazon Aurora
3 1 (0.36%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 1 (0.36%) DB2
3 1 (0.36%) Geospatial Data
3 1 (0.36%) GIS
3 1 (0.36%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 9 (3.26%) JIRA
2 4 (1.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 4 (1.45%) Git (software)
2 4 (1.45%) Jenkins
3 3 (1.09%) Hudson
4 2 (0.72%) JUnit
4 2 (0.72%) Mockito
5 1 (0.36%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 43 (15.58%) Telecoms
2 25 (9.06%) Finance
3 22 (7.97%) Public Sector
4 10 (3.62%) Banking
5 8 (2.90%) Legal
6 3 (1.09%) German Language
6 3 (1.09%) Law
6 3 (1.09%) Local Government
6 3 (1.09%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.09%) Marketing
7 2 (0.72%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.72%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.72%) Retail
8 1 (0.36%) Back Office
8 1 (0.36%) Electronics
8 1 (0.36%) Front Office
8 1 (0.36%) Publishing
8 1 (0.36%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 47 (17.03%) Network Engineer
2 43 (15.58%) Architect
3 29 (10.51%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 28 (10.14%) Analyst
5 22 (7.97%) Consultant
5 22 (7.97%) Project Manager
6 20 (7.25%) Solutions Architect
7 13 (4.71%) Unified Communications Manager
8 11 (3.99%) Cisco Engineer
8 11 (3.99%) Support Engineer
9 10 (3.62%) Business Analyst
9 10 (3.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 8 (2.90%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 8 (2.90%) Network Architect
11 7 (2.54%) Developer
11 7 (2.54%) IT Engineer
11 7 (2.54%) Lync Engineer
11 7 (2.54%) Unified Communications Consultant
11 7 (2.54%) Unified Communications Specialist
12 6 (2.17%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (1.81%) JSON
2 4 (1.45%) Apache Flex
2 4 (1.45%) CCXML
2 4 (1.45%) GraphQL
2 4 (1.45%) Middleware
2 4 (1.45%) REST
2 4 (1.45%) VXML
2 4 (1.45%) Web Services
2 4 (1.45%) XML
3 3 (1.09%) XMPP
4 2 (0.72%) 802.1X
4 2 (0.72%) LDAP
5 1 (0.36%) CSS
5 1 (0.36%) HTML
5 1 (0.36%) Java EE
5 1 (0.36%) Node.js
5 1 (0.36%) WebRTC
5 1 (0.36%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 29 (10.51%) Data Centre
2 11 (3.99%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (3.26%) IVR
3 9 (3.26%) Video Conferencing
4 8 (2.90%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
4 8 (2.90%) Management Information System
5 6 (2.17%) Blackberry
5 6 (2.17%) Clustering
6 4 (1.45%) User Experience
6 4 (1.45%) VUI
6 4 (1.45%) VxBlock/Vblock
7 3 (1.09%) NHS
8 2 (0.72%) Analytical Mindset
8 2 (0.72%) Hedge funds
8 2 (0.72%) PKI
8 2 (0.72%) Public Cloud
8 2 (0.72%) Replication
9 1 (0.36%) Digital Signage
9 1 (0.36%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (0.36%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 44 (15.94%) Windows
2 22 (7.97%) Windows Server
3 18 (6.52%) Windows 10
4 9 (3.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (1.81%) Linux
6 4 (1.45%) Android
6 4 (1.45%) Apple iOS
6 4 (1.45%) Windows 7
6 4 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.36%) AIX
7 1 (0.36%) SUSE
7 1 (0.36%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (18.48%) Migration
2 33 (11.96%) ITIL
3 30 (10.87%) Stakeholder Management
4 28 (10.14%) Agile Software Development
5 25 (9.06%) Change Management
5 25 (9.06%) Project Delivery
6 20 (7.25%) Project Management
7 19 (6.88%) Problem-Solving
7 19 (6.88%) Service Delivery
8 17 (6.16%) Network Management
8 17 (6.16%) Presales
9 16 (5.80%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 13 (4.71%) Incident Management
11 12 (4.35%) PRINCE2
12 10 (3.62%) Cybersecurity
12 10 (3.62%) Load Balancing
13 9 (3.26%) Disaster Recovery
13 9 (3.26%) Mentoring
13 9 (3.26%) Network Design
13 9 (3.26%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (5.07%) PowerShell
2 9 (3.26%) Python
3 8 (2.90%) SQL
4 6 (2.17%) Java
4 6 (2.17%) JavaScript
5 5 (1.81%) C
6 4 (1.45%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.36%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 44 (15.94%) Cisco Certification
2 43 (15.58%) Security Cleared
3 35 (12.68%) CCNP
4 26 (9.42%) CCNA
4 26 (9.42%) SC Cleared
5 14 (5.07%) BPSS Clearance
6 13 (4.71%) Degree
7 9 (3.26%) CCIE
7 9 (3.26%) DV Cleared
8 7 (2.54%) CCIP
8 7 (2.54%) Microsoft Certification
9 6 (2.17%) BC Cleared
9 6 (2.17%) CCDP
10 4 (1.45%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 3 (1.09%) APMP
11 3 (1.09%) CCA
11 3 (1.09%) MCTS
11 3 (1.09%) VCAP
11 3 (1.09%) VCP4
11 3 (1.09%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.62%) SLA
2 7 (2.54%) QA
3 5 (1.81%) PMO
4 4 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.72%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.36%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 32 (11.59%) Active Directory
2 18 (6.52%) Hyper-V
3 17 (6.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (2.17%) vSphere
5 4 (1.45%) XenApp
6 3 (1.09%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 3 (1.09%) vCloud
6 3 (1.09%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.72%) Firmware
7 2 (0.72%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.36%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 24 (8.70%) Cisco CUCM
2 12 (4.35%) SCCM
3 11 (3.99%) FortiGate
4 9 (3.26%) Cisco UCCX
5 8 (2.90%) Nessus
6 7 (2.54%) Cisco Prime
6 7 (2.54%) Microsoft Intune
7 6 (2.17%) Cisco UCCE
8 5 (1.81%) SCOM
8 5 (1.81%) vCenter Server
9 4 (1.45%) AirWatch
10 3 (1.09%) Jamf Pro
10 3 (1.09%) SCVMM
11 2 (0.72%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 2 (0.72%) WhatsUp Gold
12 1 (0.36%) Ansible
12 1 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
12 1 (0.36%) Netcool
12 1 (0.36%) Tivoli
12 1 (0.36%) WSUS
Vendors
1 106 (38.41%) Cisco
2 89 (32.25%) Microsoft
3 30 (10.87%) Palo Alto
4 28 (10.14%) Avaya
5 22 (7.97%) VMware
6 20 (7.25%) Citrix
7 19 (6.88%) Sonus
8 17 (6.16%) CheckPoint
9 15 (5.43%) Juniper
10 11 (3.99%) Meraki
11 8 (2.90%) Barracuda Networks
11 8 (2.90%) Dell
11 8 (2.90%) Extreme Networks
11 8 (2.90%) Mitel
12 6 (2.17%) F5
12 6 (2.17%) Genesys
12 6 (2.17%) Riverbed
13 5 (1.81%) Alcatel-Lucent
13 5 (1.81%) SolarWinds
14 4 (1.45%) Sophos