Period
to 23 October 2018

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 23 October 2018 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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 600 616 547
Rank change year-on-year +16 -69 +39
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 294 270 367
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.27% 0.35%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.16% 1.98% 2.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 188 167 226
UK median daily rate £470 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.50% - -5.88%
10th Percentile £311 £200 £272
90th Percentile £650 £591 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - -11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 5
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £15.69 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +154.94% -27.02% -25.86%
10th Percentile £12.35 £15.35 £13.39
90th Percentile £42.50 £16.04 £36.96
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £15.69 £29.20
% change year-on-year +154.94% -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 13,617 13,639 16,285
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.16% 13.61% 15.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,200 8,316 9,904
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £200 £188 £220
90th Percentile £605 £583 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 665 733 817
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.25 £22.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.30% -15.70% +14.18%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.36 £11.72
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.44 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.26% -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 23 October 2018.

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 23 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Top 14 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 23 October 2018. 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 -15 239 £500 +25.00% 98
UK excluding London -62 146 £400 +6.67% 65
London +60 135 £525 +7.69% 33
South East -5 45 £425 +6.25% 13
Scotland -1 30 £400 +19.40% 1
North of England -16 21 £488 +8.33% 21
Midlands -39 20 £325 - 15
North West -9 16 £425 -5.56% 8
Wales -6 15 £400 +52.38%
South West -47 13 £519 +38.33% 2
East Midlands -7 11 £200 - 5
West Midlands -32 9 £400 - 10
North East -4 5 £550 -12.00% 6
East of England -16 2 £513 +28.13% 13

For the 6 months to 23 October 2018, 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.

1 123 (41.84%) Cisco
2 95 (32.31%) Microsoft
3 77 (26.19%) Skype for Business
4 73 (24.83%) Skype
5 71 (24.15%) ITIL
6 69 (23.47%) Windows
6 69 (23.47%) Office 365
7 68 (23.13%) Security Cleared
8 62 (21.09%) WAN
9 53 (18.03%) Finance
10 52 (17.69%) Active Directory
10 52 (17.69%) Cisco Certification
11 50 (17.01%) LAN
12 49 (16.67%) Migration
12 49 (16.67%) Firewall
13 46 (15.65%) VoIP
14 43 (14.63%) VMware
15 42 (14.29%) SC Cleared
16 37 (12.59%) Agile Software Development
16 37 (12.59%) Microsoft Certification
16 37 (12.59%) Windows Server
17 36 (12.24%) MS Exchange
18 35 (11.90%) Video Conferencing
18 35 (11.90%) Cisco CUCM
19 34 (11.56%) SCCM
19 34 (11.56%) VMware Infrastructure
20 33 (11.22%) Data Centre
21 31 (10.54%) CCNA
22 27 (9.18%) Project Management
22 27 (9.18%) DNS

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 77 (26.19%) Skype for Business
2 36 (12.24%) MS Exchange
3 16 (5.44%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (3.40%) Exchange Server 2013
5 9 (3.06%) SharePoint
6 6 (2.04%) Office Communications Server
7 5 (1.70%) CMS
7 5 (1.70%) Liferay
8 4 (1.36%) NetWeaver
8 4 (1.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 4 (1.36%) WebLogic
8 4 (1.36%) WebLogic Portal
9 2 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.34%) Apache
10 1 (0.34%) Confluence
10 1 (0.34%) Documentum
10 1 (0.34%) IIS
Applications
1 14 (4.76%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (1.02%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (1.02%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.68%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.36%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.34%) Northgate Housing
Cloud Services
1 69 (23.47%) Office 365
2 22 (7.48%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (5.10%) SaaS
4 12 (4.08%) Amazon AWS
5 5 (1.70%) Mimecast
6 4 (1.36%) IaaS
6 4 (1.36%) Lucidchart
6 4 (1.36%) Yammer
7 3 (1.02%) AWS Lambda
7 3 (1.02%) PaaS
7 3 (1.02%) Serverless
8 2 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.34%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 73 (24.83%) Skype
2 62 (21.09%) WAN
3 50 (17.01%) LAN
4 49 (16.67%) Firewall
5 46 (15.65%) VoIP
6 27 (9.18%) DNS
7 26 (8.84%) Wireless
8 23 (7.82%) DHCP
9 20 (6.80%) IP Telephony
9 20 (6.80%) MPLS
10 18 (6.12%) PBX
11 15 (5.10%) Cisco Nexus
11 15 (5.10%) Network Security
12 14 (4.76%) H.323
13 13 (4.42%) Wi-Fi
13 13 (4.42%) WLAN
14 12 (4.08%) BGP
15 11 (3.74%) Cisco ASA
15 11 (3.74%) Telepresence
16 10 (3.40%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (1.70%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.36%) Big Data
3 2 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.34%) MySQL
4 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.34%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.34%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.34%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (1.70%) Jenkins
2 4 (1.36%) SonarQube
3 2 (0.68%) Rational Rose
4 1 (0.34%) JIRA
4 1 (0.34%) Maven
4 1 (0.34%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 53 (18.03%) Finance
2 21 (7.14%) Telecoms
3 14 (4.76%) Retail
4 10 (3.40%) Banking
5 9 (3.06%) Automotive
6 6 (2.04%) Back Office
6 6 (2.04%) Legal
7 5 (1.70%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.68%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.68%) Law
9 1 (0.34%) Billing
9 1 (0.34%) German Language
9 1 (0.34%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.34%) Local Government
9 1 (0.34%) Marketing
9 1 (0.34%) Military
9 1 (0.34%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.34%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 50 (17.01%) Architect
2 47 (15.99%) Project Manager
3 46 (15.65%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 28 (9.52%) Analyst
5 22 (7.48%) Consultant
6 18 (6.12%) Solutions Architect
7 16 (5.44%) Cisco Engineer
8 12 (4.08%) Network Engineer
8 12 (4.08%) Unified Communications Manager
9 11 (3.74%) Telephony Manager
10 10 (3.40%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 10 (3.40%) Infrastructure Architect
10 10 (3.40%) Lync Engineer
10 10 (3.40%) Network Architect
10 10 (3.40%) Technical Manager
10 10 (3.40%) Unified Communications Consultant
11 9 (3.06%) Technical Consultant
11 9 (3.06%) Telephony Project Manager
12 8 (2.72%) Infrastructure Manager
12 8 (2.72%) Technical Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (6.12%) XMPP
2 8 (2.72%) LDAP
3 7 (2.38%) 802.1X
4 5 (1.70%) REST
5 4 (1.36%) Java EE
5 4 (1.36%) JAX-RS
5 4 (1.36%) JMS
5 4 (1.36%) JTA
6 3 (1.02%) .NET
6 3 (1.02%) CSS
6 3 (1.02%) HTML
6 3 (1.02%) Middleware
6 3 (1.02%) Velocity
7 2 (0.68%) Web Services
8 1 (0.34%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.34%) ActiveMQ
8 1 (0.34%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.34%) COM
8 1 (0.34%) jBPM
8 1 (0.34%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 35 (11.90%) Video Conferencing
2 33 (11.22%) Data Centre
3 27 (9.18%) Analytical Skills
4 14 (4.76%) Handset
4 14 (4.76%) Management Information System
4 14 (4.76%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (3.40%) Video\Live Streaming
6 9 (3.06%) Clustering
6 9 (3.06%) Computer Science
7 8 (2.72%) Fat Client
7 8 (2.72%) Private Cloud
7 8 (2.72%) Thin Client
8 7 (2.38%) IVR
9 6 (2.04%) User Experience
10 5 (1.70%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 4 (1.36%) BYOD
11 4 (1.36%) Hybrid Cloud
11 4 (1.36%) Mobile App
11 4 (1.36%) Replication
11 4 (1.36%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 69 (23.47%) Windows
2 37 (12.59%) Windows Server
3 27 (9.18%) Linux
4 26 (8.84%) Windows Server 2012
5 17 (5.78%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (3.40%) Unix
7 9 (3.06%) Windows 10
7 9 (3.06%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (1.02%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.34%) AIX
10 1 (0.34%) Android
10 1 (0.34%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (24.15%) ITIL
2 49 (16.67%) Migration
3 37 (12.59%) Agile Software Development
4 27 (9.18%) Project Management
5 26 (8.84%) Disaster Recovery
6 24 (8.16%) Stakeholder Management
7 20 (6.80%) Problem-Solving
8 19 (6.46%) Service Management
9 16 (5.44%) Incident Management
9 16 (5.44%) Service Delivery
10 15 (5.10%) Data Protection
10 15 (5.10%) Decision-Making
10 15 (5.10%) Enterprise Architecture
11 14 (4.76%) Cybersecurity
11 14 (4.76%) Service Design
12 13 (4.42%) PRINCE2
13 12 (4.08%) IT Strategy
13 12 (4.08%) Mentoring
14 11 (3.74%) Acceptance Criteria
14 11 (3.74%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (7.48%) PowerShell
2 20 (6.80%) SQL
3 13 (4.42%) C
4 7 (2.38%) Java
4 7 (2.38%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.02%) Java 8
6 1 (0.34%) Lingo
6 1 (0.34%) Perl
6 1 (0.34%) Python
6 1 (0.34%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 68 (23.13%) Security Cleared
2 52 (17.69%) Cisco Certification
3 42 (14.29%) SC Cleared
4 37 (12.59%) Microsoft Certification
5 31 (10.54%) CCNA
6 24 (8.16%) CCNP
7 20 (6.80%) Degree
8 16 (5.44%) MCSE
9 13 (4.42%) DV Cleared
10 11 (3.74%) MCP
11 9 (3.06%) ITIL Certification
11 9 (3.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 8 (2.72%) CCIE
13 7 (2.38%) BPSS Clearance
13 7 (2.38%) Computer Science Degree
13 7 (2.38%) MCSA
14 5 (1.70%) CCA
14 5 (1.70%) CCSE
14 5 (1.70%) Citrix Certification
14 5 (1.70%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.06%) SLA
2 8 (2.72%) GDPR
3 4 (1.36%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.68%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.34%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.34%) Solvency II
System Software
1 52 (17.69%) Active Directory
2 34 (11.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (6.12%) Hyper-V
4 9 (3.06%) vSphere
5 7 (2.38%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (2.38%) XenApp
6 5 (1.70%) vCloud
6 5 (1.70%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (1.70%) XenServer
7 4 (1.36%) ProxySG
7 4 (1.36%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.34%) Sendmail
8 1 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 35 (11.90%) Cisco CUCM
2 34 (11.56%) SCCM
3 11 (3.74%) Cisco UCCX
4 10 (3.40%) SCOM
5 8 (2.72%) vCenter Server
6 6 (2.04%) SCVMM
7 5 (1.70%) PingFederate
7 5 (1.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 4 (1.36%) Ansible
8 4 (1.36%) Cisco UCCE
8 4 (1.36%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (1.36%) Opscode Chef
8 4 (1.36%) Puppet
9 2 (0.68%) CASB
10 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Clustering
10 1 (0.34%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.34%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.34%) SCSM
10 1 (0.34%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.34%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 123 (41.84%) Cisco
2 95 (32.31%) Microsoft
3 43 (14.63%) VMware
4 25 (8.50%) Citrix
5 23 (7.82%) Polycom
6 19 (6.46%) Avaya
7 18 (6.12%) SolarWinds
8 14 (4.76%) CheckPoint
8 14 (4.76%) F5
9 12 (4.08%) Blue Coat
9 12 (4.08%) HP
10 9 (3.06%) Oracle
10 9 (3.06%) Sonus
10 9 (3.06%) Symantec
11 8 (2.72%) Mitel
12 7 (2.38%) Meraki
12 7 (2.38%) NetApp
13 6 (2.04%) ServiceNow
14 5 (1.70%) Imperva
14 5 (1.70%) Infoblox