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 3 months to 22 March 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Unified Communications
UK
Rank 439 503 478
Rank change year-on-year +64 -25  
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 147 127 134
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.33% 0.24% 0.26%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.26% 1.63% 1.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 92 87
Median daily rate £423 £411 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.73% +0.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £300 £306
10% offered a daily rate of more than £591 £600 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £364 £375
% change year-on-year +3.09% -3.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £43.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.00 -

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 6502 7774 7741
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.64% 14.72% 14.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4001 4619 4207
Median daily rate £400 £385 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.89% +5.47%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £235 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 353 337 430
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +15.38%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £46.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.95 £37.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -35.27% +34.54%  

Unified Communications
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Unified Communications as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 22 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Unified Communications.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Unified Communications in the UK

Unified Communications
Top 30 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 3 months to 22 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +70 141 £425 +6.25% 43
London +11 63 £450 -7.69% 15
South East +43 45 £400 +11.88% 5
Berkshire +47 26 £425 -5.55% 2
City of London +16 21 £475 -9.52% 5
Reading - 14 £400 - 1
South West -1 13 £385 +6.94% 2
Hampshire +18 8 £431 +20.41%
Bristol +1 8 £378 +1.34%
Milton Keynes +3 7 £350 -14.63%
Buckinghamshire -2 7 £350 -14.63%
East of England -2 6 £200 -51.51% 8
East Midlands +1 5 £200 -44.82% 6
Northamptonshire - 5 £200 - 3
Northampton - 5 £200 - 1
West Sussex - 4 £450 -
Hertfordshire - 4 £200 - 2
North West +31 3 £339 -1.16% 5
West Midlands +16 3 £600 +175.86% 2
Yorkshire +15 3 £200 -50.00% 1
Basingstoke +8 3 £435 +24.28%
Slough - 3 £475 -
Manchester - 3 £339 - 5
Herefordshire - 2 £625 -
Bolton - 2 £339 -
Bracknell - 2 £463 -
Havant - 2 - -
Crawley - 2 - -
Horsham - 2 £450 -
Cambridgeshire +9 1 - - 5

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 March 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.

1 190 (57.06%) Cisco
2 94 (28.23%) Cisco Certification
3 92 (27.63%) Skype for Business
4 91 (27.33%) VoIP
5 89 (26.73%) Microsoft
6 86 (25.83%) Cisco CUCM
7 74 (22.22%) Skype
8 71 (21.32%) Windows
9 61 (18.32%) CCNP
9 61 (18.32%) Telecoms
10 60 (18.02%) ITIL
11 58 (17.42%) CCNA
12 57 (17.12%) Active Directory
12 57 (17.12%) Migration
12 57 (17.12%) Data Centre
13 54 (16.22%) LAN
14 53 (15.92%) WAN
15 45 (13.51%) Cisco UCCE
16 44 (13.21%) Office 365
16 44 (13.21%) CCIE
17 39 (11.71%) Project Management
17 39 (11.71%) Cisco UCCX
18 38 (11.41%) Firewall
19 35 (10.51%) MS Exchange
20 34 (10.21%) Security Cleared
21 32 (9.61%) Video Conferencing
22 31 (9.31%) Disaster Recovery
23 30 (9.01%) Finance
23 30 (9.01%) Cisco ASA
23 30 (9.01%) Network Design

Unified Communications
Top Related 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 92 (27.63%) Skype for Business
2 35 (10.51%) MS Exchange
3 18 (5.41%) SharePoint
4 13 (3.90%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (3.00%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (2.70%) Office Communications Server
7 4 (1.20%) CMS
7 4 (1.20%) IBM Notes
8 3 (0.90%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (0.90%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.30%) Confluence
9 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.30%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 23 (6.91%) MS Office
2 21 (6.31%) MS Excel
3 5 (1.50%) MS Project
4 4 (1.20%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.30%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 44 (13.21%) Office 365
2 15 (4.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (2.70%) OneDrive
3 9 (2.70%) Yammer
4 7 (2.10%) IaaS
5 6 (1.80%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (1.20%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.90%) SaaS
8 2 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
9 1 (0.30%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 91 (27.33%) VoIP
2 74 (22.22%) Skype
3 54 (16.22%) LAN
4 53 (15.92%) WAN
5 38 (11.41%) Firewall
6 30 (9.01%) Cisco ASA
7 29 (8.71%) DNS
7 29 (8.71%) IP Telephony
7 29 (8.71%) VPN
8 28 (8.41%) DHCP
9 23 (6.91%) PBX
10 21 (6.31%) MPLS
11 20 (6.01%) Cisco Nexus
12 18 (5.41%) Wireless
13 16 (4.80%) ISDN
14 13 (3.90%) Wi-Fi
15 12 (3.60%) Ethernet
15 12 (3.60%) Telepresence
16 11 (3.30%) OSPF
16 11 (3.30%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (3.30%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.90%) Oracle Database
2 3 (0.90%) Power BI
2 3 (0.90%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.60%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (0.60%) MySQL
4 1 (0.30%) FileMaker
4 1 (0.30%) Oracle BI EE
4 1 (0.30%) Oracle BI Publisher
4 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 3 (0.90%) JIRA
General
1 61 (18.32%) Telecoms
2 30 (9.01%) Finance
3 16 (4.80%) Law
4 11 (3.30%) Legal
5 6 (1.80%) Retail
6 4 (1.20%) Advertising
6 4 (1.20%) Banking
7 3 (0.90%) Manufacturing
7 3 (0.90%) Multimedia
8 2 (0.60%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.30%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.30%) Back Office
9 1 (0.30%) Billing
9 1 (0.30%) French Language
9 1 (0.30%) Local Government
9 1 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 49 (14.71%) Network Engineer
2 42 (12.61%) Analyst
2 42 (12.61%) Architect
2 42 (12.61%) Cisco Engineer
3 41 (12.31%) Unified Communications Engineer
4 30 (9.01%) Consultant
5 25 (7.51%) Project Manager
6 21 (6.31%) Unified Communications Manager
7 20 (6.01%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 20 (6.01%) Design Engineer
8 16 (4.80%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 15 (4.50%) Network Analyst
10 14 (4.20%) Windows Engineer
11 13 (3.90%) Unified Communications Consultant
12 12 (3.60%) 3rd Line Support
12 12 (3.60%) Voice Engineer
13 11 (3.30%) Support Engineer
14 10 (3.00%) Lync Engineer
14 10 (3.00%) Solutions Architect
15 9 (2.70%) Unified Communications Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (6.61%) XMPP
2 8 (2.40%) CSS
3 3 (0.90%) Java SE
3 3 (0.90%) VXML
3 3 (0.90%) WAP
4 2 (0.60%) 802.1X
4 2 (0.60%) Middleware
5 1 (0.30%) .NET
5 1 (0.30%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.30%) CSS3
5 1 (0.30%) HTML
5 1 (0.30%) HTML5
5 1 (0.30%) HTML5 Canvas
5 1 (0.30%) jQuery
5 1 (0.30%) SVG
5 1 (0.30%) Web Services
5 1 (0.30%) WebGL
5 1 (0.30%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 57 (17.12%) Data Centre
2 32 (9.61%) Video Conferencing
3 18 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (5.11%) IVR
5 14 (4.20%) Replication
6 12 (3.60%) Virtual Team
7 11 (3.30%) Management Information System
7 11 (3.30%) PKI
8 10 (3.00%) Clustering
9 8 (2.40%) Handset
10 7 (2.10%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 6 (1.80%) Smartphone
12 4 (1.20%) Hybrid Cloud
13 3 (0.90%) Blackberry
13 3 (0.90%) Enterprise Storage
13 3 (0.90%) PMI
14 2 (0.60%) Client/Server
14 2 (0.60%) Equities
14 2 (0.60%) Fixed Income
14 2 (0.60%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 71 (21.32%) Windows
2 29 (8.71%) Windows Server
3 25 (7.51%) Windows Server 2008
4 24 (7.21%) Windows Server 2012
5 17 (5.11%) Linux
6 12 (3.60%) Unix
7 11 (3.30%) Windows 10
8 5 (1.50%) Android
8 5 (1.50%) Windows 7
9 4 (1.20%) Apple iOS
10 3 (0.90%) Solaris
11 2 (0.60%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.60%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.60%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.30%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (18.02%) ITIL
2 57 (17.12%) Migration
3 39 (11.71%) Project Management
4 31 (9.31%) Disaster Recovery
5 30 (9.01%) Network Design
6 28 (8.41%) High Availability
7 26 (7.81%) PRINCE2
8 22 (6.61%) Agile Software Development
9 17 (5.11%) Service Delivery
10 15 (4.50%) Data Loss Prevention
10 15 (4.50%) Desktop Virtualisation
11 14 (4.20%) Identity Management
12 13 (3.90%) Customer Requirements
12 13 (3.90%) ITIL V3
12 13 (3.90%) Network Management
13 12 (3.60%) TOGAF
14 11 (3.30%) Network Architecture
14 11 (3.30%) Presales
14 11 (3.30%) Validation
15 10 (3.00%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 16 (4.80%) SQL
2 14 (4.20%) C
3 6 (1.80%) PowerShell
4 1 (0.30%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.30%) C#
4 1 (0.30%) Java
4 1 (0.30%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.30%) Perl
4 1 (0.30%) PL/SQL
4 1 (0.30%) Python
4 1 (0.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 94 (28.23%) Cisco Certification
2 61 (18.32%) CCNP
3 58 (17.42%) CCNA
4 44 (13.21%) CCIE
5 34 (10.21%) Security Cleared
6 25 (7.51%) Degree
7 23 (6.91%) SC Cleared
8 18 (5.41%) CCDP
8 18 (5.41%) Microsoft Certification
9 16 (4.80%) CCDA
10 14 (4.20%) CCVP
11 11 (3.30%) DV Cleared
12 9 (2.70%) MCSE
13 7 (2.10%) CCNP Voice
14 6 (1.80%) MCSA
15 5 (1.50%) ITIL Certification
15 5 (1.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 4 (1.20%) MCITP
17 3 (0.90%) ISEB
17 3 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.90%) SLA
2 3 (0.90%) PMO
3 2 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.60%) QA
System Software
1 57 (17.12%) Active Directory
2 25 (7.51%) Hyper-V
3 24 (7.21%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (2.70%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (2.10%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (1.50%) vSphere
6 5 (1.50%) XenApp
7 4 (1.20%) VMware ESX
8 3 (0.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (0.90%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.30%) Firmware
9 1 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 86 (25.83%) Cisco CUCM
2 45 (13.51%) Cisco UCCE
3 39 (11.71%) Cisco UCCX
4 16 (4.80%) SCCM
5 13 (3.90%) SCOM
6 9 (2.70%) Cisco Prime
7 7 (2.10%) Cisco CME
8 6 (1.80%) AirWatch
8 6 (1.80%) Microsoft Intune
8 6 (1.80%) Nagios
9 3 (0.90%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (0.90%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 3 (0.90%) NetBackup
9 3 (0.90%) Norton AntiVirus
10 2 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.60%) SnapMirror
10 2 (0.60%) SolarWinds Orion
10 2 (0.60%) WSUS
11 1 (0.30%) WhatsUp Gold
11 1 (0.30%) WMI
Vendors
1 190 (57.06%) Cisco
2 89 (26.73%) Microsoft
3 27 (8.11%) CheckPoint
3 27 (8.11%) SolarWinds
4 26 (7.81%) VMware
5 25 (7.51%) F5
6 21 (6.31%) Citrix
6 21 (6.31%) HP
7 18 (5.41%) Avaya
8 15 (4.50%) Juniper
8 15 (4.50%) Verint
9 12 (3.60%) Nokia
9 12 (3.60%) Palo Alto
10 11 (3.30%) Polycom
11 9 (2.70%) Oracle
11 9 (2.70%) Sonus
12 7 (2.10%) NetApp
13 6 (1.80%) IBM
14 5 (1.50%) CA
14 5 (1.50%) IronPort
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