Period
to 16 September 2019

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 September 2019 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 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 510 609 602
Rank change year-on-year +99 -7 -30
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 338 309 272
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.38% 0.30% 0.28%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.90% 2.29% 2.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 224 198 173
UK median daily rate £438 £475 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.89% +18.75% -
10th Percentile £301 £332 £213
90th Percentile £600 £645 £587
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £425 £375
% change year-on-year -1.18% +13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 6 0
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £30.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.67% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year -56.25% - -

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 11,656 13,509 13,244
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.13% 13.32% 13.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,091 8,203 7,998
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £200 £200 £198
90th Percentile £600 £606 £583
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 621 714 739
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.00% +5.26% -24.00%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.23 £10.96
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.95 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £19.19 £18.50
% change year-on-year +22.44% +3.74% -26.00%

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 16 September 2019.

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 16 September 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 September 2019. 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 +117 321 £450 -10.00% 88
UK excluding London +116 220 £420 -1.18% 73
London +13 114 £463 -11.90% 22
South East +66 87 £429 -4.67% 27
Midlands +57 41 £390 +21.88% 6
West Midlands +54 35 £390 -8.24% 5
North of England +27 30 £409 -18.29% 19
South West -2 26 £475 -7.32% 7
East of England +33 22 £363 -29.27% 7
North West -1 13 £390 -20.04% 13
Scotland +26 12 £413 - 5
Yorkshire - 12 £250 - 6
East Midlands +19 6 £355 +77.50% 1
North East +19 5 £478 -23.60%
Wales +9 3 £413 +3.13% 2

For the 6 months to 16 September 2019, 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.

1 143 (42.31%) Cisco
2 125 (36.98%) Skype
3 120 (35.50%) Microsoft
4 118 (34.91%) Skype for Business
5 81 (23.96%) Firewall
6 80 (23.67%) WAN
7 78 (23.08%) LAN
8 76 (22.49%) ITIL
9 71 (21.01%) Office 365
10 61 (18.05%) Telecoms
11 56 (16.57%) Finance
11 56 (16.57%) Migration
11 56 (16.57%) Cisco Certification
12 54 (15.98%) Windows
13 53 (15.68%) Active Directory
14 52 (15.38%) Security Cleared
15 46 (13.61%) Agile Software Development
16 45 (13.31%) Data Centre
17 43 (12.72%) VoIP
17 43 (12.72%) Project Delivery
18 41 (12.13%) CCNP
19 39 (11.54%) Change Management
20 37 (10.95%) Service Delivery
20 37 (10.95%) DNS
20 37 (10.95%) Avaya
20 37 (10.95%) SC Cleared
21 36 (10.65%) Azure
21 36 (10.65%) Windows Server
22 34 (10.06%) Stakeholder Management
23 33 (9.76%) Citrix

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
1 118 (34.91%) Skype for Business
2 31 (9.17%) MS Exchange
3 20 (5.92%) SharePoint
4 9 (2.66%) Confluence
5 5 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (1.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.59%) Apache Solr
7 2 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (0.59%) IBM Domino
8 1 (0.30%) JBoss
8 1 (0.30%) Mattermost
8 1 (0.30%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.30%) Tomcat
Applications
1 10 (2.96%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.18%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (1.18%) Veritas eDiscovery
2 1 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.30%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 71 (21.01%) Office 365
2 36 (10.65%) Azure
3 14 (4.14%) AWS
3 14 (4.14%) Azure Active Directory
4 12 (3.55%) Cloud Computing
5 4 (1.18%) IaaS
5 4 (1.18%) OneDrive
5 4 (1.18%) SaaS
6 3 (0.89%) Mimecast
6 3 (0.89%) PaaS
6 3 (0.89%) Power Platform
6 3 (0.89%) Slack
7 2 (0.59%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.59%) GCP
7 2 (0.59%) Twilio
8 1 (0.30%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.30%) G Suite
8 1 (0.30%) Google Docs
8 1 (0.30%) PowerApps
8 1 (0.30%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 125 (36.98%) Skype
2 81 (23.96%) Firewall
3 80 (23.67%) WAN
4 78 (23.08%) LAN
5 43 (12.72%) VoIP
6 37 (10.95%) DNS
7 32 (9.47%) Wi-Fi
8 30 (8.88%) Network Security
8 30 (8.88%) VPN
9 27 (7.99%) Wireless
10 26 (7.69%) PBX
11 25 (7.40%) DHCP
12 23 (6.80%) Internet
13 21 (6.21%) MPLS
14 20 (5.92%) NetScaler
14 20 (5.92%) TCP/IP
15 18 (5.33%) OSPF
16 17 (5.03%) BGP
17 16 (4.73%) Cisco Nexus
18 13 (3.85%) H.323
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (0.89%) Power BI
2 2 (0.59%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 2 (0.59%) Big Data
2 2 (0.59%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.30%) Geospatial Data
3 1 (0.30%) GIS
Development Applications
1 14 (4.14%) JIRA
2 4 (1.18%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.89%) Hudson
4 2 (0.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (0.59%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.30%) JUnit
5 1 (0.30%) Mockito
5 1 (0.30%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 61 (18.05%) Telecoms
2 56 (16.57%) Finance
3 21 (6.21%) Public Sector
4 18 (5.33%) Legal
5 16 (4.73%) Banking
6 7 (2.07%) Retail
7 6 (1.78%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.48%) Marketing
9 4 (1.18%) German Language
10 3 (0.89%) Automotive
10 3 (0.89%) Electronics
10 3 (0.89%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.89%) Law
10 3 (0.89%) Local Government
11 2 (0.59%) Advertising
11 2 (0.59%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.59%) Publishing
11 2 (0.59%) Spanish Language
12 1 (0.30%) Military
12 1 (0.30%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 55 (16.27%) Architect
2 52 (15.38%) Network Engineer
3 47 (13.91%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 29 (8.58%) Analyst
5 26 (7.69%) Project Manager
6 17 (5.03%) Consultant
7 16 (4.73%) Technical Architect
8 15 (4.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 15 (4.44%) Solutions Architect
9 13 (3.85%) Cisco Engineer
10 12 (3.55%) Network Architect
11 9 (2.66%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 8 (2.37%) Business Analyst
12 8 (2.37%) Unified Communications Consultant
13 7 (2.07%) Developer
13 7 (2.07%) Implementation Engineer
13 7 (2.07%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 7 (2.07%) Infrastructure Manager
13 7 (2.07%) Project Leader
13 7 (2.07%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (1.78%) JSON
2 3 (0.89%) LDAP
2 3 (0.89%) Middleware
2 3 (0.89%) REST
2 3 (0.89%) Web Services
2 3 (0.89%) XMPP
3 2 (0.59%) 802.1X
3 2 (0.59%) Apache Flex
3 2 (0.59%) CCXML
3 2 (0.59%) GraphQL
3 2 (0.59%) Lucene
3 2 (0.59%) Node.js
3 2 (0.59%) RESTful
3 2 (0.59%) VXML
3 2 (0.59%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 45 (13.31%) Data Centre
2 25 (7.40%) Video Conferencing
3 12 (3.55%) User Experience
4 11 (3.25%) Public Cloud
5 10 (2.96%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (2.37%) Blackberry
6 8 (2.37%) Virtual Team
7 7 (2.07%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 7 (2.07%) IVR
8 6 (1.78%) Clustering
8 6 (1.78%) Management Information System
8 6 (1.78%) PKI
9 4 (1.18%) Driving Licence
9 4 (1.18%) VxBlock/Vblock
10 2 (0.59%) Equities
10 2 (0.59%) Fixed Income
10 2 (0.59%) NHS
10 2 (0.59%) PMI
10 2 (0.59%) Replication
10 2 (0.59%) VUI
Operating Systems
1 54 (15.98%) Windows
2 36 (10.65%) Windows Server
3 16 (4.73%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (3.85%) Linux
4 13 (3.85%) Windows 10
5 4 (1.18%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (0.89%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.30%) Unix
7 1 (0.30%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (22.49%) ITIL
2 56 (16.57%) Migration
3 46 (13.61%) Agile Software Development
4 43 (12.72%) Project Delivery
5 39 (11.54%) Change Management
6 37 (10.95%) Service Delivery
7 34 (10.06%) Stakeholder Management
8 30 (8.88%) Project Management
9 26 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
9 26 (7.69%) Mentoring
10 22 (6.51%) Data Protection
10 22 (6.51%) Service Management
11 21 (6.21%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 20 (5.92%) Computer Science
12 20 (5.92%) Technical Leadership
13 19 (5.62%) Presales
14 18 (5.33%) Incident Management
15 16 (4.73%) Network Design
16 15 (4.44%) Network Management
16 15 (4.44%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (5.03%) PowerShell
2 9 (2.66%) Python
2 9 (2.66%) SQL
3 4 (1.18%) C
3 4 (1.18%) JavaScript
4 2 (0.59%) ES6
4 2 (0.59%) Go
4 2 (0.59%) Groovy
4 2 (0.59%) Java
4 2 (0.59%) Scala
4 2 (0.59%) Shell Script
4 2 (0.59%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 56 (16.57%) Cisco Certification
2 52 (15.38%) Security Cleared
3 41 (12.13%) CCNP
4 37 (10.95%) SC Cleared
5 30 (8.88%) CCNA
6 28 (8.28%) Degree
7 21 (6.21%) DV Cleared
8 20 (5.92%) CCIE
9 16 (4.73%) CCDP
10 15 (4.44%) BPSS Clearance
11 9 (2.66%) BC Cleared
11 9 (2.66%) CCIP
11 9 (2.66%) PMI Certification
11 9 (2.66%) PMP
12 6 (1.78%) Microsoft Certification
13 5 (1.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 4 (1.18%) CCDA
14 4 (1.18%) CCIE Collaboration
14 4 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
14 4 (1.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (6.51%) QA
2 10 (2.96%) SLA
3 5 (1.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.18%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.89%) PMO
6 1 (0.30%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 53 (15.68%) Active Directory
2 21 (6.21%) Hyper-V
3 19 (5.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (3.25%) Firmware
5 7 (2.07%) XenApp
6 5 (1.48%) vSphere
6 5 (1.48%) XenDesktop
7 4 (1.18%) vCloud
7 4 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (0.89%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 3 (0.89%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.59%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.30%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.30%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 24 (7.10%) Cisco CUCM
2 20 (5.92%) SCCM
3 16 (4.73%) SCOM
4 13 (3.85%) Microsoft Intune
5 11 (3.25%) Nessus
6 7 (2.07%) FortiGate
7 6 (1.78%) Cisco UCCX
7 6 (1.78%) Jamf Pro
8 5 (1.48%) Cisco Prime
9 4 (1.18%) SCVMM
9 4 (1.18%) SmoothWall
10 3 (0.89%) Ansible
10 3 (0.89%) Cisco UCCE
10 3 (0.89%) vCenter Server
11 2 (0.59%) CASB
11 2 (0.59%) Kubernetes
11 2 (0.59%) Stealthwatch
11 2 (0.59%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 2 (0.59%) Sysdig
12 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 143 (42.31%) Cisco
2 120 (35.50%) Microsoft
3 37 (10.95%) Avaya
4 33 (9.76%) Citrix
5 30 (8.88%) VMware
6 28 (8.28%) Palo Alto
7 19 (5.62%) CheckPoint
8 15 (4.44%) ShoreTel
9 14 (4.14%) Juniper
10 13 (3.85%) Dell
10 13 (3.85%) Meraki
11 12 (3.55%) SolarWinds
12 11 (3.25%) Extreme Networks
13 8 (2.37%) Alcatel-Lucent
13 8 (2.37%) Mitel
14 7 (2.07%) Barracuda Networks
14 7 (2.07%) F5
15 6 (1.78%) HP
15 6 (1.78%) Sonus
16 5 (1.48%) Fortinet