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 28 June 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
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 469 480 444
Rank change year-on-year +11 -36  
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 141 172 202
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.32% 0.37%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.19% 1.97% 2.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 114 134
Median daily rate £403 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.62% -5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £299 £304
10% offered a daily rate of more than £603 £543 £800
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £425
% change year-on-year +2.73% -14.11%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 2
Median hourly rate - £36.90 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +67.72%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.90 £22.00
% change year-on-year - +67.72%  

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 6449 8728 7938
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.69% 16.21% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3818 5273 4473
Median daily rate £400 £390 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +9.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £240 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 392 431 468
Median hourly rate £29.00 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.75% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

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 28 June 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 28 June 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 +17 136 £409 +2.18% 62
London -13 42 £475 +6.14% 24
South West +5 27 £375 +5.63% 5
East of England +8 16 £413 +43.47% 7
South East +3 15 £388 +8.39% 8
North West +28 12 £450 +3.44% 8
Manchester +23 11 £463 - 5
East Midlands -1 11 £200 -42.85% 2
Bristol -4 11 £370 +2.77% 2
Wiltshire - 10 £638 - 2
City of London -5 9 £419 -11.84% 12
West Midlands +24 8 £306 -30.00% 4
Northamptonshire - 7 £200 - 2
Northampton - 7 £200 - 2
Swindon - 6 £300 -
Cambridgeshire +11 5 £236 -47.50%
Birmingham +18 4 £400 +6.66% 3
Hampshire +6 4 £325 -16.12% 2
Oxfordshire -2 4 £450 -14.28%
Bedfordshire -5 4 £500 -
Essex - 4 £413 -
Dorset - 4 £413 -
Cambridge - 4 £236 -
Yorkshire +19 3 £413 -8.33% 2
Feltham - 3 £375 -
Poole - 3 £400 -
Corsham - 3 £638 -
North East +74 2 - -
Berkshire +4 2 £500 +42.85% 3
Hertfordshire -4 2 £375 +30.43% 7

For the 6 months to 28 June 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.

1 169 (58.08%) Cisco
2 75 (25.77%) Microsoft
3 73 (25.09%) Skype for Business
4 71 (24.40%) Cisco Certification
5 67 (23.02%) Cisco CUCM
6 66 (22.68%) VoIP
7 60 (20.62%) Skype
8 56 (19.24%) LAN
9 53 (18.21%) WAN
10 50 (17.18%) CCNP
11 49 (16.84%) Windows
11 49 (16.84%) Data Centre
12 45 (15.46%) ITIL
12 45 (15.46%) Finance
13 44 (15.12%) Firewall
14 40 (13.75%) Project Management
15 34 (11.68%) Active Directory
15 34 (11.68%) CCNA
15 34 (11.68%) Migration
15 34 (11.68%) Cisco ASA
16 32 (11.00%) XMPP
16 32 (11.00%) Office 365
17 31 (10.65%) VPN
18 29 (9.97%) VMware
18 29 (9.97%) Wireless
18 29 (9.97%) Security Cleared
19 28 (9.62%) Cisco Nexus
19 28 (9.62%) Telecoms
19 28 (9.62%) CheckPoint
20 27 (9.28%) 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 73 (25.09%) Skype for Business
2 26 (8.93%) MS Exchange
3 14 (4.81%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (3.44%) SharePoint
5 9 (3.09%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (2.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 6 (2.06%) Office Communications Server
8 5 (1.72%) CMS
9 4 (1.37%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.34%) Confluence
10 1 (0.34%) IIS
Applications
1 13 (4.47%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.37%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.34%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.37%) Cisco SocialMiner
2 3 (1.03%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 32 (11.00%) Office 365
2 7 (2.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (1.37%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (1.37%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (1.37%) IaaS
4 2 (0.69%) SaaS
5 1 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.34%) G Suite
5 1 (0.34%) IBM Cloud
5 1 (0.34%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.34%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 66 (22.68%) VoIP
2 60 (20.62%) Skype
3 56 (19.24%) LAN
4 53 (18.21%) WAN
5 44 (15.12%) Firewall
6 34 (11.68%) Cisco ASA
7 31 (10.65%) VPN
8 29 (9.97%) Wireless
9 28 (9.62%) Cisco Nexus
10 22 (7.56%) IP Telephony
11 20 (6.87%) Wi-Fi
12 18 (6.19%) Cisco IOS
13 17 (5.84%) MPLS
14 16 (5.50%) DNS
14 16 (5.50%) Telepresence
15 15 (5.15%) DHCP
16 14 (4.81%) OSPF
17 13 (4.47%) BGP
18 12 (4.12%) FWSM
18 12 (4.12%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.06%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (0.69%) JIRA
2 1 (0.34%) HP UFT
2 1 (0.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 45 (15.46%) Finance
2 28 (9.62%) Telecoms
3 16 (5.50%) Law
4 10 (3.44%) Legal
5 8 (2.75%) Automotive
5 8 (2.75%) Banking
6 7 (2.41%) Retail
7 5 (1.72%) Manufacturing
8 3 (1.03%) Electronics
8 3 (1.03%) Investment Banking
8 3 (1.03%) Marketing
9 2 (0.69%) Advertising
9 2 (0.69%) Billing
9 2 (0.69%) French Language
9 2 (0.69%) German Language
9 2 (0.69%) Local Government
10 1 (0.34%) Back Office
10 1 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 36 (12.37%) Architect
2 33 (11.34%) Analyst
2 33 (11.34%) Network Engineer
3 31 (10.65%) Project Manager
4 27 (9.28%) Cisco Engineer
4 27 (9.28%) Unified Communications Engineer
5 20 (6.87%) Unified Communications Manager
6 17 (5.84%) Consultant
7 16 (5.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 14 (4.81%) Programme Manager
9 13 (4.47%) Network Analyst
9 13 (4.47%) Unified Communications Specialist
10 11 (3.78%) Network Specialist
11 10 (3.44%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 10 (3.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 10 (3.44%) Infrastructure Manager
12 9 (3.09%) Network Architect
13 8 (2.75%) Cisco Analyst
13 8 (2.75%) Senior Analyst
13 8 (2.75%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (11.00%) XMPP
2 4 (1.37%) CSS
3 3 (1.03%) Java SE
3 3 (1.03%) WAP
4 2 (0.69%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.34%) .NET
5 1 (0.34%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.34%) CSS3
5 1 (0.34%) HTML
5 1 (0.34%) HTML5
5 1 (0.34%) HTML5 Canvas
5 1 (0.34%) jQuery
5 1 (0.34%) SVG
5 1 (0.34%) Web Services
5 1 (0.34%) WebGL
5 1 (0.34%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 49 (16.84%) Data Centre
2 27 (9.28%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (9.28%) Video Conferencing
3 14 (4.81%) IVR
4 12 (4.12%) Replication
5 10 (3.44%) Blackberry
5 10 (3.44%) Clustering
6 8 (2.75%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 8 (2.75%) Handset
7 5 (1.72%) Management Information System
8 4 (1.37%) User Experience
9 3 (1.03%) Enterprise Storage
9 3 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (1.03%) PMI
9 3 (1.03%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.69%) Computer Science
10 2 (0.69%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.69%) PKI
10 2 (0.69%) Smartphone
11 1 (0.34%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 49 (16.84%) Windows
2 19 (6.53%) Windows Server
3 11 (3.78%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (3.44%) Windows 10
5 9 (3.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (2.06%) Android
6 6 (2.06%) Linux
6 6 (2.06%) Windows 7
7 4 (1.37%) Apple iOS
8 3 (1.03%) Mac OS X
8 3 (1.03%) Unix
9 2 (0.69%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.69%) Solaris
10 1 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (15.46%) ITIL
2 40 (13.75%) Project Management
3 34 (11.68%) Migration
4 25 (8.59%) Disaster Recovery
5 21 (7.22%) PRINCE2
6 20 (6.87%) High Availability
7 19 (6.53%) Network Management
8 18 (6.19%) Agile Software Development
9 16 (5.50%) Network Design
10 12 (4.12%) Change Management
10 12 (4.12%) Data Loss Prevention
10 12 (4.12%) Desktop Virtualisation
10 12 (4.12%) Stakeholder Management
11 11 (3.78%) Service Delivery
12 10 (3.44%) Continuous Improvement
12 10 (3.44%) Programme Management
12 10 (3.44%) Validation
13 9 (3.09%) ITIL V3
14 8 (2.75%) Service Management
14 8 (2.75%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 12 (4.12%) C
2 6 (2.06%) SQL
3 5 (1.72%) PowerShell
4 2 (0.69%) Python
5 1 (0.34%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.34%) C#
5 1 (0.34%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.34%) Perl
Qualifications
1 71 (24.40%) Cisco Certification
2 50 (17.18%) CCNP
3 34 (11.68%) CCNA
4 29 (9.97%) Security Cleared
5 25 (8.59%) CCIE
6 19 (6.53%) Degree
7 15 (5.15%) DV Cleared
8 14 (4.81%) SC Cleared
9 13 (4.47%) CCNP Voice
10 10 (3.44%) Microsoft Certification
11 9 (3.09%) CCVP
12 7 (2.41%) MCSE
13 5 (1.72%) PMI Certification
14 4 (1.37%) CCDA
14 4 (1.37%) Computer Science Degree
14 4 (1.37%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 3 (1.03%) CCDP
15 3 (1.03%) CCIE Routing and Switching
15 3 (1.03%) ISEB
15 3 (1.03%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.03%) PMO
1 3 (1.03%) QA
2 2 (0.69%) ISO 22301
2 2 (0.69%) PCI DSS
2 2 (0.69%) SLA
3 1 (0.34%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 34 (11.68%) Active Directory
2 21 (7.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (5.15%) Hyper-V
4 8 (2.75%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (1.72%) XenApp
6 4 (1.37%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 3 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
7 3 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.69%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.34%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.34%) Firmware
9 1 (0.34%) vSphere
9 1 (0.34%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 67 (23.02%) Cisco CUCM
2 27 (9.28%) Cisco UCCE
3 25 (8.59%) Cisco UCCX
4 12 (4.12%) Cisco Prime
5 7 (2.41%) SCCM
6 6 (2.06%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 3 (1.03%) Failover Clustering
7 3 (1.03%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 3 (1.03%) NetBackup
7 3 (1.03%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (1.03%) SCOM
8 2 (0.69%) WhatsUp Gold
9 1 (0.34%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.34%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.34%) Cisco CME
9 1 (0.34%) Nagios
9 1 (0.34%) SolarWinds Orion
9 1 (0.34%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.34%) WMI
9 1 (0.34%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 169 (58.08%) Cisco
2 75 (25.77%) Microsoft
3 29 (9.97%) VMware
4 28 (9.62%) CheckPoint
5 27 (9.28%) SolarWinds
6 23 (7.90%) F5
7 22 (7.56%) Citrix
8 21 (7.22%) Avaya
8 21 (7.22%) HP
9 10 (3.44%) Nokia
9 10 (3.44%) Palo Alto
9 10 (3.44%) Verint
10 9 (3.09%) IBM
10 9 (3.09%) Juniper
10 9 (3.09%) Red Box
10 9 (3.09%) Symantec
11 8 (2.75%) CA
11 8 (2.75%) IronPort
11 8 (2.75%) Proofpoint
12 7 (2.41%) Polycom
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