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 March 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 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 455 513 483
Rank change year-on-year +58 -30  
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 150 135 142
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.33% 0.25% 0.27%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.29% 1.70% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 95 93
Median daily rate £425 £400 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £285 £302
10% offered a daily rate of more than £591 £600 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £375
% change year-on-year +5.47% -2.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £43.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.00 -

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 6545 7942 7919
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.47% 14.76% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4037 4754 4323
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 362 339 435
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.79
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year -39.18% +25.42%  

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 March 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 March 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 +66 143 £425 +6.25% 46
London +29 63 £450 -5.26% 19
South East +43 48 £425 +16.43% 3
Berkshire +56 30 £463 +2.77%
City of London +14 22 £475 -9.52% 7
Reading - 17 £400 -
South West -10 13 £385 +8.45% 2
Hampshire +11 8 £431 +20.41% 1
Bristol 0 8 £378 +1.34% 1
Milton Keynes +2 6 £354 -13.71%
East of England +1 6 £200 -51.51% 10
Buckinghamshire -3 6 £354 -13.71%
North West +30 4 £339 -1.16% 4
Manchester - 4 £339 - 3
West Sussex - 4 £450 -
Hertfordshire - 4 £200 - 5
Yorkshire +18 3 £200 -50.00% 1
West Midlands +10 3 £600 +175.86% 3
Basingstoke +5 3 £435 +24.28%
East Midlands -4 3 £200 -44.82% 4
Northampton - 3 £200 -
Slough - 3 £475 -
Northamptonshire - 3 £200 - 1
Bracknell - 2 £463 -
Bolton - 2 £339 -
Havant - 2 - -
Crawley - 2 - -
Horsham - 2 £450 -
Herefordshire - 2 £625 -
Somerset +7 1 £175 -36.36%

For the 6 months to 29 March 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.

1 191 (57.70%) Cisco
2 93 (28.10%) Cisco Certification
3 90 (27.19%) Cisco CUCM
4 89 (26.89%) VoIP
5 88 (26.59%) Skype for Business
6 84 (25.38%) Microsoft
7 70 (21.15%) Windows
7 70 (21.15%) Skype
8 61 (18.43%) CCNP
8 61 (18.43%) Telecoms
9 57 (17.22%) CCNA
10 56 (16.92%) Active Directory
10 56 (16.92%) ITIL
11 55 (16.62%) Migration
11 55 (16.62%) Data Centre
12 53 (16.01%) LAN
13 52 (15.71%) WAN
14 50 (15.11%) Cisco UCCE
15 44 (13.29%) CCIE
16 40 (12.08%) Office 365
17 39 (11.78%) Cisco UCCX
18 37 (11.18%) Project Management
19 36 (10.88%) Firewall
20 34 (10.27%) Security Cleared
21 33 (9.97%) MS Exchange
22 30 (9.06%) Disaster Recovery
22 30 (9.06%) Video Conferencing
22 30 (9.06%) Cisco ASA
22 30 (9.06%) Network Design
23 29 (8.76%) IP Telephony

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 (26.59%) Skype for Business
2 33 (9.97%) MS Exchange
3 16 (4.83%) SharePoint
4 13 (3.93%) Exchange Server 2013
5 11 (3.32%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (2.72%) Office Communications Server
7 4 (1.21%) IBM Notes
8 3 (0.91%) CMS
8 3 (0.91%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (0.91%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (0.91%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.30%) Confluence
9 1 (0.30%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 22 (6.65%) MS Office
2 21 (6.34%) MS Excel
3 5 (1.51%) MS Project
4 4 (1.21%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.30%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 40 (12.08%) Office 365
2 15 (4.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (2.72%) OneDrive
3 9 (2.72%) Yammer
4 7 (2.11%) IaaS
5 6 (1.81%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (1.21%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.91%) SaaS
8 2 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
9 1 (0.30%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 89 (26.89%) VoIP
2 70 (21.15%) Skype
3 53 (16.01%) LAN
4 52 (15.71%) WAN
5 36 (10.88%) Firewall
6 30 (9.06%) Cisco ASA
7 29 (8.76%) IP Telephony
7 29 (8.76%) VPN
8 28 (8.46%) DNS
9 27 (8.16%) DHCP
10 22 (6.65%) PBX
11 20 (6.04%) Cisco Nexus
12 19 (5.74%) MPLS
12 19 (5.74%) Wireless
13 13 (3.93%) ISDN
14 12 (3.63%) Ethernet
14 12 (3.63%) Telepresence
14 12 (3.63%) Wi-Fi
15 11 (3.32%) FWSM
15 11 (3.32%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (3.32%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.91%) Oracle Database
2 3 (0.91%) Power BI
2 3 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (0.60%) MySQL
4 1 (0.30%) FileMaker
4 1 (0.30%) Oracle BI EE
4 1 (0.30%) Oracle BI Publisher
4 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 3 (0.91%) JIRA
General
1 61 (18.43%) Telecoms
2 28 (8.46%) Finance
3 17 (5.14%) Law
4 10 (3.02%) Legal
5 5 (1.51%) Banking
6 4 (1.21%) Retail
7 3 (0.91%) Advertising
7 3 (0.91%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.91%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.30%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.30%) Back Office
8 1 (0.30%) Billing
8 1 (0.30%) French Language
8 1 (0.30%) Local Government
8 1 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 49 (14.80%) Network Engineer
2 42 (12.69%) Analyst
2 42 (12.69%) Architect
2 42 (12.69%) Cisco Engineer
3 39 (11.78%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 30 (9.06%) Consultant
5 24 (7.25%) Project Manager
6 21 (6.34%) Unified Communications Manager
7 20 (6.04%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 20 (6.04%) Design Engineer
8 16 (4.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 15 (4.53%) Network Analyst
10 14 (4.23%) Windows Engineer
11 13 (3.93%) Unified Communications Consultant
12 12 (3.63%) 3rd Line Support
12 12 (3.63%) Voice Engineer
13 11 (3.32%) Support Engineer
14 9 (2.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 9 (2.72%) Network Architect
14 9 (2.72%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (6.65%) XMPP
2 8 (2.42%) CSS
3 3 (0.91%) Java SE
3 3 (0.91%) VXML
3 3 (0.91%) WAP
4 2 (0.60%) 802.1X
4 2 (0.60%) Middleware
5 1 (0.30%) .NET
5 1 (0.30%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.30%) CSS3
5 1 (0.30%) HTML
5 1 (0.30%) HTML5
5 1 (0.30%) HTML5 Canvas
5 1 (0.30%) jQuery
5 1 (0.30%) SVG
5 1 (0.30%) Web Services
5 1 (0.30%) WebGL
5 1 (0.30%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 55 (16.62%) Data Centre
2 30 (9.06%) Video Conferencing
3 17 (5.14%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (4.83%) IVR
5 13 (3.93%) Replication
6 11 (3.32%) PKI
7 10 (3.02%) Clustering
7 10 (3.02%) Management Information System
7 10 (3.02%) Virtual Team
8 8 (2.42%) Handset
9 7 (2.11%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 5 (1.51%) Smartphone
11 4 (1.21%) Blackberry
11 4 (1.21%) Hybrid Cloud
12 3 (0.91%) Enterprise Storage
12 3 (0.91%) PMI
13 2 (0.60%) Client/Server
13 2 (0.60%) Driving Licence
13 2 (0.60%) Life Science
14 1 (0.30%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 70 (21.15%) Windows
2 28 (8.46%) Windows Server
3 23 (6.95%) Windows Server 2008
4 22 (6.65%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (4.83%) Linux
6 12 (3.63%) Unix
7 10 (3.02%) Windows 10
8 6 (1.81%) Android
9 5 (1.51%) Apple iOS
10 4 (1.21%) Windows 7
11 3 (0.91%) Solaris
12 2 (0.60%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.30%) CentOS
13 1 (0.30%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.30%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (16.92%) ITIL
2 55 (16.62%) Migration
3 37 (11.18%) Project Management
4 30 (9.06%) Disaster Recovery
4 30 (9.06%) Network Design
5 28 (8.46%) High Availability
6 24 (7.25%) PRINCE2
7 22 (6.65%) Agile Software Development
8 17 (5.14%) Service Delivery
9 15 (4.53%) Data Loss Prevention
9 15 (4.53%) Desktop Virtualisation
10 14 (4.23%) Identity Management
11 13 (3.93%) Customer Requirements
11 13 (3.93%) Network Management
12 12 (3.63%) ITIL V3
13 11 (3.32%) Presales
13 11 (3.32%) TOGAF
13 11 (3.32%) Validation
14 10 (3.02%) Network Architecture
15 9 (2.72%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 16 (4.83%) SQL
2 14 (4.23%) C
3 6 (1.81%) PowerShell
4 1 (0.30%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.30%) C#
4 1 (0.30%) Java
4 1 (0.30%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.30%) Perl
4 1 (0.30%) PL/SQL
4 1 (0.30%) Python
4 1 (0.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 93 (28.10%) Cisco Certification
2 61 (18.43%) CCNP
3 57 (17.22%) CCNA
4 44 (13.29%) CCIE
5 34 (10.27%) Security Cleared
6 24 (7.25%) Degree
7 23 (6.95%) SC Cleared
8 18 (5.44%) CCDP
9 15 (4.53%) CCDA
9 15 (4.53%) Microsoft Certification
10 14 (4.23%) CCVP
11 11 (3.32%) DV Cleared
12 8 (2.42%) MCSE
13 7 (2.11%) CCNP Voice
14 5 (1.51%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (1.51%) MCSA
14 5 (1.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 4 (1.21%) MCITP
16 3 (0.91%) ISEB
16 3 (0.91%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.93%) SLA
2 3 (0.91%) PMO
3 2 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.60%) QA
System Software
1 56 (16.92%) Active Directory
2 24 (7.25%) Hyper-V
3 22 (6.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (2.72%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (2.11%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (1.51%) vSphere
6 5 (1.51%) XenApp
7 4 (1.21%) VMware ESX
8 3 (0.91%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (0.91%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.30%) Firmware
9 1 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 90 (27.19%) Cisco CUCM
2 50 (15.11%) Cisco UCCE
3 39 (11.78%) Cisco UCCX
4 16 (4.83%) SCCM
5 13 (3.93%) SCOM
6 9 (2.72%) Cisco Prime
7 7 (2.11%) Cisco CME
8 6 (1.81%) AirWatch
8 6 (1.81%) Microsoft Intune
8 6 (1.81%) Nagios
9 3 (0.91%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (0.91%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 3 (0.91%) NetBackup
9 3 (0.91%) Norton AntiVirus
10 2 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.60%) SnapMirror
10 2 (0.60%) SolarWinds Orion
10 2 (0.60%) WSUS
11 1 (0.30%) FortiGate
11 1 (0.30%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 191 (57.70%) Cisco
2 84 (25.38%) Microsoft
3 27 (8.16%) CheckPoint
3 27 (8.16%) SolarWinds
4 25 (7.55%) F5
5 23 (6.95%) VMware
6 21 (6.34%) Citrix
6 21 (6.34%) HP
7 16 (4.83%) Avaya
8 15 (4.53%) Juniper
8 15 (4.53%) Verint
9 12 (3.63%) Nokia
9 12 (3.63%) Palo Alto
10 9 (2.72%) Oracle
11 8 (2.42%) Polycom
12 7 (2.11%) NetApp
12 7 (2.11%) Sonus
13 6 (1.81%) IBM
14 5 (1.51%) CA
14 5 (1.51%) IronPort
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