Period
to 13 April 2021

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 13 April 2021 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 496 497 549
Rank change year-on-year +1 +52 +82
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 159 210 328
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.30% 0.35% 0.34%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.64% 2.56% 2.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 136 210
10th Percentile £303 £259 £262
25th Percentile £353 £363 £333
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £465 £445 £450
Median % change year-on-year +4.49% -1.11% +5.88%
75th Percentile £538 £521 £538
90th Percentile £598 £575 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £425
% change year-on-year -5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 13 2
10th Percentile £16.85 £15.50 £17.33
25th Percentile £17.00 £18.50 £18.94
Median hourly rate £19.50 £19.50 £22.25
Median % change year-on-year - -12.36% -11.00%
75th Percentile £19.75 £20.00 £24.94
90th Percentile " £41.90 £26.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £19.50 £22.25
% change year-on-year - -12.36% -11.00%

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 6,025 8,205 12,176
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.48% 13.70% 12.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,882 5,022 7,657
10th Percentile £220 £175 £200
25th Percentile £341 £310 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £445 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +4.71% - +2.41%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £538
90th Percentile £613 £605 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 291 484 547
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.08 £12.00
25th Percentile £16.00 £15.75 £14.19
Median hourly rate £26.50 £21.00 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +26.19% +16.67% -3.74%
75th Percentile £48.75 £45.00 £43.75
90th Percentile £58.75 £52.01 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year +31.58% +11.76% -5.71%

Unified Communications
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Unified Communications as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Unified Communications.

Daily rate trend for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Unified Communications over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Unified Communications.

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 13 April 2021. 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 +34 134 £473 +5.00% 56
UK excluding London +41 70 £400 -5.88% 32
London +35 63 £500 +11.11% 25
Work from Home -228 39 £500 +17.65% 8
South East +59 35 £390 -4.00% 6
Midlands +5 11 £235 -47.78% 1
South West +63 7 £413 -25.00% 12
North of England +41 7 £575 +49.35% 10
Scotland -1 7 £325 -2.99% 1
West Midlands -2 6 £453 -5.73% 1
East Midlands +29 5 £175 +45.83%
North West +26 5 £575 +38.55% 6
East of England +42 2 £400 +6.67% 2
Yorkshire +26 2 £433 +23.64% 3
Wales +10 1 - -

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, 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 57 (35.85%) Cisco
2 49 (30.82%) Microsoft
3 48 (30.19%) Microsoft 365
4 46 (28.93%) Agile Software Development
5 36 (22.64%) WAN
5 36 (22.64%) Firewall
6 35 (22.01%) Finance
6 35 (22.01%) Azure
7 33 (20.75%) Skype
7 33 (20.75%) Telecoms
8 32 (20.13%) LAN
9 30 (18.87%) Skype for Business
10 27 (16.98%) Stakeholder Management
11 25 (15.72%) VoIP
12 24 (15.09%) AWS
13 23 (14.47%) Python
14 22 (13.84%) Internet
15 21 (13.21%) Cisco CUCM
16 20 (12.58%) DNS
16 20 (12.58%) Problem-Solving
17 19 (11.95%) Public Sector
17 19 (11.95%) Video Conferencing
18 18 (11.32%) Project Management
18 18 (11.32%) Wireless
19 16 (10.06%) TCP/IP
19 16 (10.06%) Ethernet
19 16 (10.06%) Data Centre
20 15 (9.43%) Microservices
20 15 (9.43%) SC Cleared
20 15 (9.43%) Security Cleared

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 30 (18.87%) Skype for Business
2 13 (8.18%) SharePoint
3 7 (4.40%) MS Exchange
4 6 (3.77%) Confluence
5 3 (1.89%) Mailman
6 2 (1.26%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.63%) Jupyter
Applications
1 10 (6.29%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.52%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.89%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.63%) CATIA
4 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 48 (30.19%) Microsoft 365
2 35 (22.01%) Azure
3 24 (15.09%) AWS
4 14 (8.81%) GCP
5 13 (8.18%) IaaS
6 12 (7.55%) Cloud Computing
7 11 (6.92%) OneDrive
8 9 (5.66%) AWS Lambda
8 9 (5.66%) Serverless
9 7 (4.40%) AWS CloudFormation
10 6 (3.77%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 6 (3.77%) PaaS
11 5 (3.14%) Azure Active Directory
12 4 (2.52%) SaaS
13 3 (1.89%) OpenShift
13 3 (1.89%) Power Platform
13 3 (1.89%) Twilio
14 1 (0.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.63%) PowerApps
14 1 (0.63%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 36 (22.64%) Firewall
1 36 (22.64%) WAN
2 33 (20.75%) Skype
3 32 (20.13%) LAN
4 25 (15.72%) VoIP
5 22 (13.84%) Internet
6 20 (12.58%) DNS
7 18 (11.32%) Wireless
8 16 (10.06%) Ethernet
8 16 (10.06%) TCP/IP
9 15 (9.43%) Network Security
10 14 (8.81%) VPN
11 13 (8.18%) MPLS
12 11 (6.92%) Wi-Fi
13 10 (6.29%) SD-WAN
13 10 (6.29%) WebEx
14 9 (5.66%) DHCP
14 9 (5.66%) OSPF
15 8 (5.03%) PBX
16 7 (4.40%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.89%) Neo4j
2 2 (1.26%) Power BI
2 2 (1.26%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.63%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 1 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.63%) Big Data
3 1 (0.63%) EDMS
3 1 (0.63%) MySQL
3 1 (0.63%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 9 (5.66%) JIRA
2 6 (3.77%) Cucumber
3 4 (2.52%) Git (software)
3 4 (2.52%) Selenium
4 3 (1.89%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.63%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.63%) Robot Framework
5 1 (0.63%) Terragrunt
5 1 (0.63%) WebDriver
General
1 35 (22.01%) Finance
2 33 (20.75%) Telecoms
3 19 (11.95%) Public Sector
4 7 (4.40%) Billing
5 5 (3.14%) Legal
5 5 (3.14%) Marketing
6 4 (2.52%) Banking
6 4 (2.52%) Multimedia
7 2 (1.26%) Local Government
7 2 (1.26%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.63%) Automotive
8 1 (0.63%) Electronics
8 1 (0.63%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.63%) German Language
8 1 (0.63%) Italian Language
8 1 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.63%) Portuguese Language
8 1 (0.63%) Retail
8 1 (0.63%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 37 (23.27%) Architect
2 19 (11.95%) Project Manager
3 17 (10.69%) Network Engineer
4 15 (9.43%) Unified Communications Manager
5 14 (8.81%) Voice Engineer
6 13 (8.18%) Unified Communications Engineer
7 9 (5.66%) Consultant
7 9 (5.66%) Solutions Architect
8 7 (4.40%) Analyst
9 6 (3.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (3.77%) Network Architect
9 6 (3.77%) Telephony Manager
10 5 (3.14%) Azure Engineer
10 5 (3.14%) Product Manager
10 5 (3.14%) Software Engineer
10 5 (3.14%) Support Engineer
10 5 (3.14%) Telephony Project Manager
11 4 (2.52%) Cisco Engineer
11 4 (2.52%) Infrastructure Manager
11 4 (2.52%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (7.55%) Node.js
1 12 (7.55%) Web Services
2 8 (5.03%) REST
3 6 (3.77%) Gherkin
4 4 (2.52%) XMPP
5 3 (1.89%) JSON
5 3 (1.89%) SOAP
5 3 (1.89%) YAML
6 2 (1.26%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.63%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (0.63%) FIX Protocol
7 1 (0.63%) JTAPI
7 1 (0.63%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 19 (11.95%) Video Conferencing
2 16 (10.06%) Data Centre
3 9 (5.66%) Cloud Native
3 9 (5.66%) Self-Motivation
3 9 (5.66%) Tandem
3 9 (5.66%) Virtual Team
4 6 (3.77%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (3.77%) User Experience
5 5 (3.14%) Media Streaming
6 3 (1.89%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (1.89%) IVR
6 3 (1.89%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.89%) Public Cloud
6 3 (1.89%) Video on Demand
7 2 (1.26%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.26%) Internet of Things
7 2 (1.26%) NHS
7 2 (1.26%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.63%) Blackberry
8 1 (0.63%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 15 (9.43%) Linux
2 10 (6.29%) Windows
3 6 (3.77%) Unix
4 5 (3.14%) Windows Server
5 3 (1.89%) CentOS
5 3 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.89%) SUSE
5 3 (1.89%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.26%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.63%) Android
7 1 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.63%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (28.93%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (16.98%) Stakeholder Management
3 20 (12.58%) Problem-Solving
4 18 (11.32%) Project Management
5 15 (9.43%) Change Management
5 15 (9.43%) Microservices
6 13 (8.18%) Service Delivery
7 12 (7.55%) Capacity Planning
7 12 (7.55%) Infrastructure as Code
7 12 (7.55%) ITIL
7 12 (7.55%) Migration
7 12 (7.55%) Resource Management
8 11 (6.92%) PRINCE2
9 10 (6.29%) Asset Management
9 10 (6.29%) Service Design
10 9 (5.66%) Collaborative Working
10 9 (5.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 9 (5.66%) Network Management
10 9 (5.66%) Use Case
11 8 (5.03%) Domain-Driven Design
Programming Languages
1 23 (14.47%) Python
2 13 (8.18%) Java
3 12 (7.55%) PowerShell
4 10 (6.29%) Go
4 10 (6.29%) JavaScript
5 6 (3.77%) SQL
6 3 (1.89%) Cypher
6 3 (1.89%) Perl
6 3 (1.89%) R
7 2 (1.26%) Scala
8 1 (0.63%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.63%) C
8 1 (0.63%) MATLAB
8 1 (0.63%) PHP
Qualifications
1 15 (9.43%) Cisco Certification
1 15 (9.43%) SC Cleared
1 15 (9.43%) Security Cleared
2 14 (8.81%) CCNP
3 11 (6.92%) CCNA
4 5 (3.14%) CCDP
4 5 (3.14%) CCIE
4 5 (3.14%) Degree
4 5 (3.14%) PMP
5 4 (2.52%) BC Cleared
5 4 (2.52%) BPSS Clearance
6 3 (1.89%) CCIP
7 2 (1.26%) CCSA
7 2 (1.26%) CISSP
7 2 (1.26%) Microsoft Certification
7 2 (1.26%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.63%) CCDA
8 1 (0.63%) CEH
8 1 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.14%) QA
2 2 (1.26%) GDPR
3 1 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.63%) PMO
3 1 (0.63%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (9.43%) Active Directory
2 10 (6.29%) Virtual Machines
3 9 (5.66%) Docker
4 4 (2.52%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (1.89%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.89%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.63%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 21 (13.21%) Cisco CUCM
2 13 (8.18%) Terraform
3 10 (6.29%) Kubernetes
4 6 (3.77%) Ansible
4 6 (3.77%) SCCM
5 4 (2.52%) Nessus
6 3 (1.89%) Cisco Prime
6 3 (1.89%) Cisco UCCX
6 3 (1.89%) ITRS Geneos
6 3 (1.89%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (1.26%) AirWatch
7 2 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (1.26%) Puppet
7 2 (1.26%) Salt
7 2 (1.26%) SolarWinds Orion
7 2 (1.26%) WhatsUp Gold
8 1 (0.63%) Cisco UCCE
8 1 (0.63%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 57 (35.85%) Cisco
2 49 (30.82%) Microsoft
3 15 (9.43%) CheckPoint
4 13 (8.18%) Avaya
5 12 (7.55%) Palo Alto
6 11 (6.92%) F5
6 11 (6.92%) Google
7 9 (5.66%) Sonus
8 7 (4.40%) Meraki
8 7 (4.40%) VMware
9 6 (3.77%) Citrix
9 6 (3.77%) Mitel
9 6 (3.77%) SolarWinds
10 5 (3.14%) Aruba
11 4 (2.52%) Dell
11 4 (2.52%) Juniper
11 4 (2.52%) Oracle
11 4 (2.52%) Verint
12 3 (1.89%) BroadSoft
12 3 (1.89%) DocuSign