Period
to 16 August 2017

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 16 August 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
6 months to
16 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 605 553 539
Rank change year-on-year -52 -14 +108
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 264 362 376
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.33% 0.33%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.00% 2.11% 2.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 162 235 250
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.88% -
10th Percentile £213 £275 £290
90th Percentile £575 £575 £626
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £400
% change year-on-year +2.74% -8.75% +5.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 4
UK median hourly rate - £36.90 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +27.24% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.90 £22.00
% change year-on-year - +67.73% -

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 13205 17143 16228
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.81% 15.73% 14.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 7920 10389 9132
UK median daily rate £408 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.88% +6.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £200 £224 £204
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 744 822 957
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +19.42% +7.36%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £26.00 £20.94
% change year-on-year -28.85% +24.19% +10.18%

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 16 August 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 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 16 August 2017. 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 -7 253 £405 +1.25% 46
UK excluding London +13 180 £375 +2.74% 29
London -46 76 £475 +5.56% 24
South East -14 46 £400 +8.11% 6
South West +19 44 £375 +7.14% 4
Midlands +22 39 £300 -20.00% 1
East of England +17 24 £369 -10.88% 3
North of England +56 23 £450 +21.21% 9
East Midlands +1 20 £200 -44.83%
West Midlands +17 19 £400 -13.51% 1
North West +30 14 £450 +31.39% 4
Yorkshire +31 5 £413 -2.94% 5
North East +53 4 £625 +161.51%
Scotland +35 4 £350 -12.50% 7
Wales -4 1 £338 -21.05%

For the 6 months to 16 August 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.

1 137 (51.89%) Cisco
2 75 (28.41%) Skype for Business
3 70 (26.52%) Microsoft
4 68 (25.76%) Skype
5 60 (22.73%) VoIP
6 55 (20.83%) LAN
7 53 (20.08%) WAN
8 51 (19.32%) Finance
9 50 (18.94%) Cisco Certification
10 47 (17.80%) Firewall
11 46 (17.42%) ITIL
12 45 (17.05%) Windows
13 42 (15.91%) Project Management
14 41 (15.53%) Data Centre
15 38 (14.39%) Cisco CUCM
15 38 (14.39%) Telecoms
16 37 (14.02%) Office 365
17 35 (13.26%) Active Directory
18 32 (12.12%) Video Conferencing
19 31 (11.74%) Disaster Recovery
20 30 (11.36%) Wi-Fi
20 30 (11.36%) MS Exchange
21 26 (9.85%) Wireless
21 26 (9.85%) Migration
21 26 (9.85%) PRINCE2
21 26 (9.85%) Avaya
22 24 (9.09%) CCNP
22 24 (9.09%) VMware
22 24 (9.09%) Security Cleared
22 24 (9.09%) XMPP

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 75 (28.41%) Skype for Business
2 30 (11.36%) MS Exchange
3 20 (7.58%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (4.17%) SharePoint
5 7 (2.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 7 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (1.89%) CMS
7 3 (1.14%) Office Communications Server
8 1 (0.38%) Confluence
8 1 (0.38%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.38%) IIS
Applications
1 12 (4.55%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.52%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.38%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.52%) Cisco SocialMiner
Cloud Services
1 37 (14.02%) Office 365
2 7 (2.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (1.89%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (1.52%) IaaS
4 4 (1.52%) SaaS
5 2 (0.76%) Mimecast
6 1 (0.38%) G Suite
6 1 (0.38%) IBM Cloud
6 1 (0.38%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.38%) PaaS
6 1 (0.38%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 68 (25.76%) Skype
2 60 (22.73%) VoIP
3 55 (20.83%) LAN
4 53 (20.08%) WAN
5 47 (17.80%) Firewall
6 30 (11.36%) Wi-Fi
7 26 (9.85%) Wireless
8 20 (7.58%) Cisco Nexus
8 20 (7.58%) ISDN
9 19 (7.20%) Cisco ASA
9 19 (7.20%) IP Telephony
10 15 (5.68%) OSPF
10 15 (5.68%) PBX
10 15 (5.68%) Telepresence
10 15 (5.68%) VPN
11 14 (5.30%) H.323
11 14 (5.30%) MPLS
12 13 (4.92%) BGP
12 13 (4.92%) Cisco IOS
12 13 (4.92%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (2.65%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.38%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 4 (1.52%) JIRA
2 1 (0.38%) HP UFT
2 1 (0.38%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 51 (19.32%) Finance
2 38 (14.39%) Telecoms
3 14 (5.30%) Automotive
4 13 (4.92%) Banking
5 8 (3.03%) Manufacturing
5 8 (3.03%) Retail
6 7 (2.65%) Electronics
6 7 (2.65%) Legal
6 7 (2.65%) Marketing
7 4 (1.52%) Investment Banking
7 4 (1.52%) Law
8 3 (1.14%) French Language
8 3 (1.14%) German Language
9 2 (0.76%) Billing
9 2 (0.76%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.38%) Advertising
10 1 (0.38%) Local Government
10 1 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 36 (13.64%) Project Manager
2 35 (13.26%) Unified Communications Engineer
3 29 (10.98%) Network Engineer
4 18 (6.82%) Architect
5 17 (6.44%) Cisco Engineer
5 17 (6.44%) Consultant
6 14 (5.30%) Analyst
6 14 (5.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 13 (4.92%) Network Specialist
7 13 (4.92%) Unified Communications Manager
8 12 (4.55%) Voice Engineer
9 11 (4.17%) Programme Manager
9 11 (4.17%) Unified Communications Specialist
10 10 (3.79%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 10 (3.79%) Infrastructure Manager
11 9 (3.41%) IT Engineer
11 9 (3.41%) Support Engineer
11 9 (3.41%) Technical Specialist
11 9 (3.41%) Technical Support
12 7 (2.65%) Support Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (9.09%) XMPP
2 4 (1.52%) 802.1X
3 3 (1.14%) WAP
3 3 (1.14%) XML
4 1 (0.38%) Java SE
4 1 (0.38%) REST
4 1 (0.38%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 41 (15.53%) Data Centre
2 32 (12.12%) Video Conferencing
3 19 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (3.79%) Blackberry
4 10 (3.79%) Clustering
5 9 (3.41%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 9 (3.41%) IVR
6 7 (2.65%) PMI
6 7 (2.65%) Replication
7 6 (2.27%) Private Cloud
8 4 (1.52%) Management Information System
8 4 (1.52%) User Experience
9 3 (1.14%) Computer Science
9 3 (1.14%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.76%) NHS
10 2 (0.76%) Smartphone
11 1 (0.38%) Enterprise Storage
11 1 (0.38%) Handset
11 1 (0.38%) PKI
11 1 (0.38%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 45 (17.05%) Windows
2 19 (7.20%) Windows Server
3 8 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (2.65%) Linux
4 7 (2.65%) Windows 7
5 6 (2.27%) Android
5 6 (2.27%) Windows 10
6 4 (1.52%) Apple iOS
6 4 (1.52%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.76%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.76%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.38%) Solaris
8 1 (0.38%) Unix
8 1 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (17.42%) ITIL
2 42 (15.91%) Project Management
3 31 (11.74%) Disaster Recovery
4 26 (9.85%) Migration
4 26 (9.85%) PRINCE2
5 20 (7.58%) Agile Software Development
6 17 (6.44%) High Availability
7 16 (6.06%) Service Management
8 15 (5.68%) Data Loss Prevention
8 15 (5.68%) Desktop Virtualisation
8 15 (5.68%) ERP
9 13 (4.92%) Asset Management
9 13 (4.92%) Programme Management
9 13 (4.92%) Stakeholder Management
10 12 (4.55%) Change Management
10 12 (4.55%) Continuous Improvement
10 12 (4.55%) PLM
10 12 (4.55%) Service Design
11 11 (4.17%) Information Security
11 11 (4.17%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 6 (2.27%) C
1 6 (2.27%) SQL
2 5 (1.89%) PowerShell
3 2 (0.76%) Python
Qualifications
1 50 (18.94%) Cisco Certification
2 24 (9.09%) CCNP
2 24 (9.09%) Security Cleared
3 23 (8.71%) Degree
4 22 (8.33%) CCNA
5 16 (6.06%) CCIE
5 16 (6.06%) Microsoft Certification
6 13 (4.92%) SC Cleared
7 12 (4.55%) CCNP Voice
8 10 (3.79%) DV Cleared
8 10 (3.79%) MCSE
9 9 (3.41%) PMI Certification
10 8 (3.03%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 6 (2.27%) MCP
12 5 (1.89%) CCVP
13 4 (1.52%) PMP
13 4 (1.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 4 (1.52%) VCAP
14 3 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
14 3 (1.14%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.89%) PCI DSS
2 3 (1.14%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.76%) ISO 22301
3 2 (0.76%) QA
4 1 (0.38%) COBIT
4 1 (0.38%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.38%) PMO
System Software
1 35 (13.26%) Active Directory
2 14 (5.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (3.03%) Hyper-V
4 4 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (1.52%) vSphere
5 3 (1.14%) Virtual Desktop
5 3 (1.14%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.14%) XenApp
5 3 (1.14%) XenDesktop
6 2 (0.76%) Terminal Services
6 2 (0.76%) XenServer
7 1 (0.38%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.38%) Firmware
7 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 38 (14.39%) Cisco CUCM
2 16 (6.06%) Cisco UCCX
3 12 (4.55%) Cisco UCCE
4 11 (4.17%) SCCM
5 8 (3.03%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 7 (2.65%) Cisco Prime
7 3 (1.14%) Failover Clustering
7 3 (1.14%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 3 (1.14%) NetBackup
7 3 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (1.14%) SCOM
8 2 (0.76%) SolarWinds Orion
8 2 (0.76%) WhatsUp Gold
9 1 (0.38%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.38%) AppDNA
9 1 (0.38%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.38%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.38%) vCenter Server
9 1 (0.38%) WMI
9 1 (0.38%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 137 (51.89%) Cisco
2 70 (26.52%) Microsoft
3 26 (9.85%) Avaya
4 24 (9.09%) VMware
5 20 (7.58%) CheckPoint
6 18 (6.82%) SolarWinds
7 15 (5.68%) HP
8 14 (5.30%) F5
9 11 (4.17%) Symantec
10 10 (3.79%) Proofpoint
10 10 (3.79%) Red Box
11 8 (3.03%) Citrix
11 8 (3.03%) NetApp
11 8 (3.03%) SAP
12 6 (2.27%) Blue Coat
12 6 (2.27%) IBM
12 6 (2.27%) Juniper
12 6 (2.27%) Nortel
12 6 (2.27%) Polycom
13 5 (1.89%) IronPort