Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 595 600 561
Rank change year-on-year +5 -39 -1
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 311 264 358
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.28% 0.33%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.25% 2.02% 2.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 205 163 232
UK median daily rate £475 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.75% - -5.88%
10th Percentile £335 £213 £275
90th Percentile £647 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +13.33% +2.74% -8.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 3
UK median hourly rate £30.00 - £36.90
10th Percentile £14.58 - £23.18
90th Percentile £42.50 - £36.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 - £36.90

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 13,852 13,043 16,870
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.44% 13.63% 15.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,485 7,840 10,224
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +6.67%
10th Percentile £203 £200 £220
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.60% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 774 743 813
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -24.00% +21.95%
10th Percentile £12.23 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +2.70% -26.00% +21.95%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 17 August 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 -36 255 £490 +21.74% 94
London +54 152 £500 +5.26% 32
UK excluding London -53 152 £425 +13.33% 66
South East -11 47 £425 +6.25% 12
North of England -11 28 £513 +13.89% 23
Scotland -18 28 £425 +21.43% 4
North West 0 24 £500 +11.11% 13
Wales +9 22 £400 +18.52%
Midlands -32 13 £425 +38.78% 13
West Midlands -27 10 £495 +23.75% 9
South West -45 8 £465 +24.00% 6
North East -8 7 £625 - 5
East of England -31 6 £494 +33.90% 8
East Midlands -22 3 £238 +18.75% 4

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 135 (43.41%) Cisco
2 100 (32.15%) Skype for Business
3 97 (31.19%) Microsoft
4 91 (29.26%) Skype
5 76 (24.44%) Finance
6 74 (23.79%) ITIL
7 65 (20.90%) Security Cleared
8 64 (20.58%) WAN
9 62 (19.94%) Office 365
10 61 (19.61%) Firewall
11 58 (18.65%) Windows
11 58 (18.65%) Cisco Certification
12 56 (18.01%) VoIP
12 56 (18.01%) LAN
13 54 (17.36%) Migration
13 54 (17.36%) Cisco CUCM
14 51 (16.40%) Active Directory
15 50 (16.08%) Agile Software Development
16 47 (15.11%) SC Cleared
16 47 (15.11%) MS Exchange
17 45 (14.47%) VMware
18 42 (13.50%) Project Management
19 40 (12.86%) IP Telephony
20 38 (12.22%) VMware Infrastructure
21 36 (11.58%) DNS
21 36 (11.58%) Data Centre
22 35 (11.25%) DHCP
22 35 (11.25%) Video Conferencing
23 34 (10.93%) CCNP
24 32 (10.29%) 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
1 100 (32.15%) Skype for Business
2 47 (15.11%) MS Exchange
3 25 (8.04%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (3.54%) SharePoint
5 10 (3.22%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (1.93%) Office Communications Server
7 5 (1.61%) Documentum
7 5 (1.61%) Liferay
7 5 (1.61%) NetWeaver
7 5 (1.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 5 (1.61%) WebLogic
7 5 (1.61%) WebLogic Portal
8 4 (1.29%) CMS
9 3 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.64%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (0.64%) Confluence
11 1 (0.32%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 13 (4.18%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.96%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (0.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.32%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.61%) SAP ERP
2 2 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.32%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 62 (19.94%) Office 365
2 23 (7.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (5.79%) SaaS
4 14 (4.50%) Amazon AWS
5 11 (3.54%) Mimecast
6 8 (2.57%) PaaS
7 7 (2.25%) AWS Lambda
7 7 (2.25%) IaaS
7 7 (2.25%) Serverless
8 6 (1.93%) Yammer
9 2 (0.64%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.64%) Lucidchart
10 1 (0.32%) G Suite
10 1 (0.32%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 91 (29.26%) Skype
2 64 (20.58%) WAN
3 61 (19.61%) Firewall
4 56 (18.01%) LAN
4 56 (18.01%) VoIP
5 40 (12.86%) IP Telephony
6 36 (11.58%) DNS
7 35 (11.25%) DHCP
8 30 (9.65%) Wireless
9 25 (8.04%) VPN
10 22 (7.07%) MPLS
11 21 (6.75%) Telepresence
12 20 (6.43%) BGP
13 19 (6.11%) Network Security
14 17 (5.47%) OSPF
15 16 (5.14%) H.323
16 15 (4.82%) Wi-Fi
16 15 (4.82%) WLAN
17 14 (4.50%) Ethernet
17 14 (4.50%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (3.22%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.29%) Big Data
3 3 (0.96%) MySQL
3 3 (0.96%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (0.64%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.32%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.32%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.32%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (1.61%) Jenkins
1 5 (1.61%) SonarQube
2 3 (0.96%) Rational Rose
3 2 (0.64%) JIRA
General
1 76 (24.44%) Finance
2 28 (9.00%) Telecoms
3 16 (5.14%) Banking
4 13 (4.18%) Retail
5 9 (2.89%) Back Office
6 7 (2.25%) Legal
7 5 (1.61%) Law
8 4 (1.29%) Investment Banking
8 4 (1.29%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.64%) Automotive
9 2 (0.64%) Billing
9 2 (0.64%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.32%) Games
10 1 (0.32%) German Language
10 1 (0.32%) Military
10 1 (0.32%) Multimedia
10 1 (0.32%) Publishing
10 1 (0.32%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 56 (18.01%) Project Manager
2 53 (17.04%) Unified Communications Engineer
3 52 (16.72%) Architect
4 28 (9.00%) Consultant
5 25 (8.04%) Analyst
6 18 (5.79%) Unified Communications Manager
7 17 (5.47%) Unified Communications Consultant
8 15 (4.82%) Cisco Engineer
8 15 (4.82%) Network Engineer
9 14 (4.50%) Solutions Architect
9 14 (4.50%) Technical Architect
10 12 (3.86%) IP Engineer
10 12 (3.86%) Telephony Engineer
11 11 (3.54%) Infrastructure Architect
11 11 (3.54%) IP Telephony Engineer
12 10 (3.22%) Technical Manager
12 10 (3.22%) Telephony Manager
13 9 (2.89%) Infrastructure Manager
13 9 (2.89%) Lync Engineer
13 9 (2.89%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (4.18%) XMPP
2 6 (1.93%) 802.1X
3 5 (1.61%) .NET
3 5 (1.61%) Java EE
3 5 (1.61%) JAX-RS
3 5 (1.61%) JMS
3 5 (1.61%) JTA
3 5 (1.61%) LDAP
4 3 (0.96%) Middleware
4 3 (0.96%) Web Services
5 2 (0.64%) .NET Framework
5 2 (0.64%) Adobe AIR
5 2 (0.64%) VXML
6 1 (0.32%) ActiveMQ
6 1 (0.32%) COM
6 1 (0.32%) REST
6 1 (0.32%) SOAP
6 1 (0.32%) Velocity
6 1 (0.32%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 36 (11.58%) Data Centre
2 35 (11.25%) Video Conferencing
3 32 (10.29%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (7.07%) Self-Motivation
5 17 (5.47%) Video\Live Streaming
6 15 (4.82%) Management Information System
7 13 (4.18%) Clustering
7 13 (4.18%) Handset
8 11 (3.54%) Computer Science
9 9 (2.89%) Private Cloud
10 8 (2.57%) Fat Client
10 8 (2.57%) Replication
10 8 (2.57%) Thin Client
10 8 (2.57%) Virtual Team
11 7 (2.25%) IVR
12 6 (1.93%) User Experience
13 4 (1.29%) Blackberry
13 4 (1.29%) Hybrid Cloud
13 4 (1.29%) PMI
14 3 (0.96%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 58 (18.65%) Windows
2 26 (8.36%) Windows Server
3 22 (7.07%) Linux
4 21 (6.75%) Windows Server 2012
5 20 (6.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (3.86%) Windows 10
7 9 (2.89%) Unix
8 8 (2.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (2.25%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.64%) AIX
10 2 (0.64%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.32%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (23.79%) ITIL
2 54 (17.36%) Migration
3 50 (16.08%) Agile Software Development
4 42 (13.50%) Project Management
5 32 (10.29%) Problem-Solving
6 29 (9.32%) Stakeholder Management
7 24 (7.72%) Disaster Recovery
7 24 (7.72%) PRINCE2
7 24 (7.72%) Service Management
8 20 (6.43%) Enterprise Architecture
9 18 (5.79%) Change Management
9 18 (5.79%) Decision-Making
10 16 (5.14%) Mentoring
10 16 (5.14%) Service Delivery
10 16 (5.14%) Service Design
11 15 (4.82%) Identity Access Management
11 15 (4.82%) TOGAF
12 14 (4.50%) ERP
13 13 (4.18%) Network Design
13 13 (4.18%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (5.47%) C
2 12 (3.86%) PowerShell
2 12 (3.86%) SQL
3 6 (1.93%) Java
4 5 (1.61%) JavaScript
5 3 (0.96%) Perl
6 1 (0.32%) Lingo
6 1 (0.32%) Python
6 1 (0.32%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 65 (20.90%) Security Cleared
2 58 (18.65%) Cisco Certification
3 47 (15.11%) SC Cleared
4 34 (10.93%) CCNP
5 31 (9.97%) CCNA
6 30 (9.65%) Degree
7 18 (5.79%) CCIE
8 17 (5.47%) Microsoft Certification
9 11 (3.54%) CCDP
10 8 (2.57%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 7 (2.25%) PMI Certification
12 6 (1.93%) BPSS Clearance
12 6 (1.93%) CISSP
12 6 (1.93%) Computer Science Degree
12 6 (1.93%) DV Cleared
12 6 (1.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 5 (1.61%) CCDA
13 5 (1.61%) CCSE
13 5 (1.61%) Chartered Engineer
13 5 (1.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (3.86%) SLA
2 8 (2.57%) GDPR
3 3 (0.96%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.64%) QA
5 1 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.32%) PMO
5 1 (0.32%) Solvency II
System Software
1 51 (16.40%) Active Directory
2 38 (12.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (4.18%) Hyper-V
4 10 (3.22%) XenApp
5 5 (1.61%) XenDesktop
6 4 (1.29%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (0.96%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.64%) vSphere
9 1 (0.32%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.32%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 54 (17.36%) Cisco CUCM
2 15 (4.82%) SCCM
3 11 (3.54%) Opscode Chef
3 11 (3.54%) Puppet
4 10 (3.22%) Ansible
4 10 (3.22%) Cisco UCCX
5 9 (2.89%) Cisco UCCE
6 7 (2.25%) PingFederate
7 5 (1.61%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 4 (1.29%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (1.29%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (1.29%) SCOM
8 4 (1.29%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 2 (0.64%) Cisco CME
9 2 (0.64%) SolarWinds Orion
10 1 (0.32%) Backup Exec
10 1 (0.32%) CASB
10 1 (0.32%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.32%) SCVMM
10 1 (0.32%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 135 (43.41%) Cisco
2 97 (31.19%) Microsoft
3 45 (14.47%) VMware
4 30 (9.65%) Polycom
5 28 (9.00%) Avaya
6 21 (6.75%) Citrix
7 18 (5.79%) Symantec
8 15 (4.82%) SolarWinds
9 14 (4.50%) Sonus
10 13 (4.18%) CheckPoint
10 13 (4.18%) F5
11 12 (3.86%) HP
11 12 (3.86%) Oracle
12 9 (2.89%) Red Hat
13 8 (2.57%) Blue Coat
14 7 (2.25%) EMC
14 7 (2.25%) Juniper
14 7 (2.25%) Remedy
14 7 (2.25%) SAP
14 7 (2.25%) ServiceNow