Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 602 550 623
Rank change year-on-year -52 +73 -80
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 291 306 268
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.34% 0.25%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.16% 2.42% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 194 215 183
UK median daily rate £439 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.69% - -4.88%
10th Percentile £282 £200 £275
90th Percentile £612 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £370 £365
% change year-on-year +14.86% +1.37% -6.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 5
UK median hourly rate £25.00 - £37.00
10th Percentile £21.00 - £26.61
90th Percentile £29.00 - £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 - £37.00

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 13,481 12,619 15,843
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.38% 13.97% 15.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,332 7,704 9,467
UK median daily rate £423 £412 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.79% +2.88% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £208 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +0.65% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 742 731 695
UK median hourly rate £19.49 £20.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.95% -18.00% +13.64%
10th Percentile £11.89 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £48.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.24 £19.90 £25.00
% change year-on-year -3.30% -20.40% +11.11%

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 24 May 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
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 24 May 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 -85 246 £450 +9.09% 66
UK excluding London -43 160 £425 +14.86% 46
London -30 125 £450 -5.26% 27
South East -43 57 £425 +6.25% 8
Scotland -9 27 £395 +58.00% 1
North of England -15 24 £600 +45.45% 18
Midlands -12 23 £375 +87.50% 5
North West -12 20 £600 +41.18% 13
Wales +8 15 £400 +18.52% 5
West Midlands -14 12 £438 +9.38% 4
East Midlands -6 9 £275 +37.50% 1
East of England -10 7 £475 +13.43% 3
South West -16 7 £338 -9.40% 5
North East +11 6 £625 - 1
Yorkshire -16 1 £488 +77.27% 4

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 133 (45.70%) Cisco
2 85 (29.21%) Skype for Business
3 83 (28.52%) Microsoft
4 75 (25.77%) Skype
5 73 (25.09%) Finance
6 66 (22.68%) WAN
7 64 (21.99%) ITIL
8 60 (20.62%) LAN
9 58 (19.93%) Project Management
10 56 (19.24%) Cisco CUCM
11 52 (17.87%) VoIP
12 51 (17.53%) Cisco Certification
13 49 (16.84%) Active Directory
13 49 (16.84%) Office 365
14 47 (16.15%) IP Telephony
15 46 (15.81%) Migration
15 46 (15.81%) Firewall
16 45 (15.46%) Data Centre
17 43 (14.78%) Windows
18 39 (13.40%) MS Exchange
18 39 (13.40%) CCNP
18 39 (13.40%) VMware
19 38 (13.06%) DHCP
19 38 (13.06%) DNS
20 37 (12.71%) Telecoms
20 37 (12.71%) VMware Infrastructure
21 35 (12.03%) Video Conferencing
21 35 (12.03%) PRINCE2
22 31 (10.65%) Security Cleared
22 31 (10.65%) Degree

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 85 (29.21%) Skype for Business
2 39 (13.40%) MS Exchange
3 23 (7.90%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (3.78%) SharePoint
5 8 (2.75%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (1.72%) Documentum
7 4 (1.37%) Office Communications Server
8 3 (1.03%) CMS
8 3 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.69%) Liferay
9 2 (0.69%) NetWeaver
9 2 (0.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.69%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.69%) WebLogic Portal
10 1 (0.34%) Confluence
10 1 (0.34%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 8 (2.75%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.69%) Remedy ITSM
1 2 (0.69%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.34%) Markit EDM
2 1 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 49 (16.84%) Office 365
2 23 (7.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (5.50%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (4.12%) SaaS
5 11 (3.78%) Mimecast
6 8 (2.75%) IaaS
6 8 (2.75%) PaaS
7 7 (2.41%) AWS Lambda
7 7 (2.41%) Serverless
8 5 (1.72%) Yammer
9 2 (0.69%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.34%) G Suite
10 1 (0.34%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.34%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 75 (25.77%) Skype
2 66 (22.68%) WAN
3 60 (20.62%) LAN
4 52 (17.87%) VoIP
5 47 (16.15%) IP Telephony
6 46 (15.81%) Firewall
7 38 (13.06%) DHCP
7 38 (13.06%) DNS
8 27 (9.28%) VPN
9 25 (8.59%) Wireless
10 23 (7.90%) MPLS
11 19 (6.53%) Internet
11 19 (6.53%) Network Security
12 17 (5.84%) BGP
12 17 (5.84%) Telepresence
13 16 (5.50%) OSPF
13 16 (5.50%) Wi-Fi
14 15 (5.15%) Cisco IOS
15 14 (4.81%) SAN
16 12 (4.12%) H.323
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.09%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (0.69%) Big Data
3 2 (0.69%) MySQL
4 1 (0.34%) Blockchain
4 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (0.34%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.34%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (2.41%) Rational Rose
2 2 (0.69%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.69%) SonarQube
3 1 (0.34%) JIRA
General
1 73 (25.09%) Finance
2 37 (12.71%) Telecoms
3 14 (4.81%) Banking
4 10 (3.44%) Retail
5 9 (3.09%) Back Office
6 5 (1.72%) Legal
7 4 (1.37%) Investment Banking
7 4 (1.37%) Law
8 2 (0.69%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.69%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.69%) Multimedia
8 2 (0.69%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.69%) Publishing
9 1 (0.34%) Advertising
9 1 (0.34%) Automotive
9 1 (0.34%) Billing
9 1 (0.34%) Games
9 1 (0.34%) German Language
9 1 (0.34%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 56 (19.24%) Project Manager
2 50 (17.18%) Architect
3 45 (15.46%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 22 (7.56%) Unified Communications Manager
5 18 (6.19%) Infrastructure Manager
5 18 (6.19%) Network Engineer
6 17 (5.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 16 (5.50%) Consultant
7 16 (5.50%) Solutions Architect
8 13 (4.47%) Analyst
8 13 (4.47%) Technical Architect
9 11 (3.78%) Support Engineer
9 11 (3.78%) Unified Communications Consultant
10 10 (3.44%) Network Architect
11 9 (3.09%) Cisco Engineer
11 9 (3.09%) Infrastructure Architect
11 9 (3.09%) IP Engineer
11 9 (3.09%) IT Manager
11 9 (3.09%) IT Project Manager
11 9 (3.09%) Telephony Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (3.09%) .NET
1 9 (3.09%) XMPP
2 7 (2.41%) Middleware
3 6 (2.06%) .NET Framework
4 2 (0.69%) Adobe AIR
4 2 (0.69%) Java EE
4 2 (0.69%) JAX-RS
4 2 (0.69%) JMS
4 2 (0.69%) JTA
4 2 (0.69%) LDAP
4 2 (0.69%) VXML
4 2 (0.69%) Web Services
5 1 (0.34%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.34%) REST
5 1 (0.34%) SOAP
5 1 (0.34%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 45 (15.46%) Data Centre
2 35 (12.03%) Video Conferencing
3 18 (6.19%) Clustering
4 15 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (4.12%) Self-Motivation
6 11 (3.78%) Management Information System
6 11 (3.78%) Video\Live Streaming
7 9 (3.09%) IVR
8 8 (2.75%) Handset
9 7 (2.41%) Computer Science
9 7 (2.41%) Fat Client
9 7 (2.41%) PMI
9 7 (2.41%) Replication
9 7 (2.41%) Thin Client
10 5 (1.72%) Blackberry
10 5 (1.72%) Smartphone
10 5 (1.72%) Virtual Team
11 3 (1.03%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (1.03%) Internet of Things
11 3 (1.03%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 43 (14.78%) Windows
2 21 (7.22%) Windows Server
3 20 (6.87%) Windows Server 2008
4 19 (6.53%) Windows Server 2012
5 15 (5.15%) Linux
6 9 (3.09%) Windows 10
7 7 (2.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (2.41%) Unix
8 6 (2.06%) Windows 7
8 6 (2.06%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.69%) AIX
9 2 (0.69%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.34%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (21.99%) ITIL
2 58 (19.93%) Project Management
3 46 (15.81%) Migration
4 35 (12.03%) PRINCE2
5 30 (10.31%) Agile Software Development
5 30 (10.31%) Problem-Solving
6 25 (8.59%) Stakeholder Management
7 22 (7.56%) Change Management
7 22 (7.56%) TOGAF
8 19 (6.53%) Disaster Recovery
8 19 (6.53%) Enterprise Architecture
8 19 (6.53%) Service Management
9 18 (6.19%) Identity Access Management
9 18 (6.19%) Service Delivery
10 17 (5.84%) ERP
11 14 (4.81%) Asset Management
11 14 (4.81%) Load Balancing
11 14 (4.81%) Network Management
11 14 (4.81%) Presales
12 13 (4.47%) WFM
Programming Languages
1 20 (6.87%) PowerShell
2 15 (5.15%) C
3 14 (4.81%) SQL
4 9 (3.09%) Java
5 3 (1.03%) Perl
6 2 (0.69%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.34%) Python
7 1 (0.34%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 51 (17.53%) Cisco Certification
2 39 (13.40%) CCNP
3 31 (10.65%) Degree
3 31 (10.65%) Security Cleared
4 26 (8.93%) SC Cleared
5 24 (8.25%) CCNA
6 21 (7.22%) CCIE
7 20 (6.87%) Microsoft Certification
8 15 (5.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 12 (4.12%) CCDP
10 11 (3.78%) MCSE
11 10 (3.44%) PMI Certification
12 8 (2.75%) CISSP
13 7 (2.41%) BPSS Clearance
14 6 (2.06%) Chartered Engineer
14 6 (2.06%) CISM
15 5 (1.72%) CCSE
15 5 (1.72%) MBA
15 5 (1.72%) MCITP
15 5 (1.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.09%) SLA
2 3 (1.03%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.69%) QA
4 1 (0.34%) PMO
System Software
1 49 (16.84%) Active Directory
2 37 (12.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (5.15%) Hyper-V
4 10 (3.44%) XenApp
5 6 (2.06%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (1.72%) XenDesktop
7 4 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.03%) DFS Replication
8 3 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.69%) KVM
9 2 (0.69%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.69%) vSphere
9 2 (0.69%) XenServer
10 1 (0.34%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.34%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 56 (19.24%) Cisco CUCM
2 12 (4.12%) Cisco UCCE
3 11 (3.78%) Opscode Chef
3 11 (3.78%) Puppet
4 10 (3.44%) Ansible
5 9 (3.09%) Cisco UCCX
5 9 (3.09%) SCCM
6 8 (2.75%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 5 (1.72%) PingFederate
7 5 (1.72%) SCOM
8 4 (1.37%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.69%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.69%) Cisco CME
9 2 (0.69%) SolarWinds Orion
10 1 (0.34%) AppDNA
10 1 (0.34%) FortiGate
10 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Intune
10 1 (0.34%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 1 (0.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 133 (45.70%) Cisco
2 83 (28.52%) Microsoft
3 39 (13.40%) VMware
4 28 (9.62%) Citrix
5 27 (9.28%) Avaya
6 21 (7.22%) Polycom
6 21 (7.22%) Symantec
7 14 (4.81%) Sonus
8 13 (4.47%) F5
9 11 (3.78%) CheckPoint
10 9 (3.09%) HP
10 9 (3.09%) SolarWinds
11 8 (2.75%) Blue Coat
11 8 (2.75%) Oracle
11 8 (2.75%) Red Hat
12 7 (2.41%) Casewise
12 7 (2.41%) EMC
12 7 (2.41%) Remedy
12 7 (2.41%) SaltStack
13 6 (2.06%) Palo Alto