Period
to 27 September 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 27 September 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
27 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 589 410 519
Rank change year-on-year -179 +109 +104
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 211 98 329
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.34% 0.38%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.33% 2.49% 2.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 141 62 228
10th Percentile £313 £255 £300
25th Percentile £375 £344 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £497 £450 £430
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +4.65% -9.47%
75th Percentile £538 £575 £500
90th Percentile £588 £638 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £450 £415
% change year-on-year +10.00% +8.56% +3.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 8
10th Percentile £19.30 £15.75 £15.88
25th Percentile " £16.38 £16.25
Median hourly rate £19.50 £19.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +2.63% +8.57% -41.67%
75th Percentile £23.00 £19.88 £18.75
90th Percentile £23.15 £25.80 £19.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.63% +8.57% -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 9,040 3,934 11,568
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.26% 13.47% 13.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,809 2,455 7,194
10th Percentile £225 £208 £200
25th Percentile £363 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £438 £425
Median % change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -
75th Percentile £575 £538 £525
90th Percentile £656 £625 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 404 184 601
10th Percentile £12.00 £13.25 £13.00
25th Percentile £14.50 £17.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.19 £30.50 £25.12
Median % change year-on-year -27.26% +21.42% +32.21%
75th Percentile £48.62 £46.40 £46.00
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.63 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.12 £27.50 £22.68
% change year-on-year -26.84% +21.25% +20.70%

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 27 September 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 16 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 27 September 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 -134 186 £500 +11.11% 56
UK excluding London -128 96 £495 +10.00% 37
London -143 95 £500 +9.59% 19
South East -69 35 £493 +18.67% 7
Work from Home -233 33 £509 +45.36% 11
North of England -58 22 £496 +47.02% 13
North West -42 14 £487 +174.37% 5
Midlands -84 14 £500 -6.54% 5
West Midlands -78 12 £540 +0.93% 3
Scotland -75 10 £374 +6.79% 1
South West -44 9 £373 -25.50% 10
Yorkshire -42 8 £500 +42.86% 6
Wales -23 4 - -
East of England -50 2 £700 +115.38% 1
East Midlands - 2 £315 - 2
North East - 1 £500 - 2

For the 6 months to 27 September 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 97 (45.97%) Cisco
2 78 (36.97%) Microsoft
3 53 (25.12%) Finance
4 52 (24.64%) Microsoft 365
5 45 (21.33%) WAN
6 40 (18.96%) Telecoms
7 36 (17.06%) Migration
8 34 (16.11%) VoIP
9 33 (15.64%) LAN
9 33 (15.64%) ITIL
9 33 (15.64%) Firewall
10 31 (14.69%) Social Skills
11 28 (13.27%) Agile Software Development
12 27 (12.80%) Azure
13 26 (12.32%) Cisco Certification
13 26 (12.32%) Stakeholder Management
14 24 (11.37%) Project Management
15 23 (10.90%) PowerShell
16 22 (10.43%) Avaya
17 21 (9.95%) Windows
17 21 (9.95%) CCNP
17 21 (9.95%) Wi-Fi
17 21 (9.95%) Banking
18 20 (9.48%) Internet
18 20 (9.48%) Degree
18 20 (9.48%) Public Sector
19 19 (9.00%) AWS
20 18 (8.53%) WebEx
20 18 (8.53%) PRINCE2
21 17 (8.06%) Microsoft Office

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 11 (5.21%) SharePoint
2 9 (4.27%) Skype for Business
3 6 (2.84%) MS Exchange
4 5 (2.37%) CMS
5 3 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.47%) Confluence
Applications
1 17 (8.06%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (3.79%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (1.90%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
5 1 (0.47%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 4 (1.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.95%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 52 (24.64%) Microsoft 365
2 27 (12.80%) Azure
3 19 (9.00%) AWS
4 11 (5.21%) Azure Active Directory
5 10 (4.74%) SaaS
6 7 (3.32%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (2.84%) Power Platform
8 5 (2.37%) IaaS
8 5 (2.37%) OneDrive
9 3 (1.42%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.95%) GitHub
10 2 (0.95%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.47%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 45 (21.33%) WAN
2 34 (16.11%) VoIP
3 33 (15.64%) Firewall
3 33 (15.64%) LAN
4 21 (9.95%) Wi-Fi
5 20 (9.48%) Internet
6 18 (8.53%) WebEx
7 17 (8.06%) Skype
8 15 (7.11%) Network Security
9 13 (6.16%) DNS
9 13 (6.16%) Ethernet
9 13 (6.16%) VPN
10 11 (5.21%) SD-WAN
11 9 (4.27%) H.323
11 9 (4.27%) Wireless
12 8 (3.79%) MPLS
12 8 (3.79%) PSTN
12 8 (3.79%) SCCP
12 8 (3.79%) TCP/IP
13 6 (2.84%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (2.84%) Power BI
2 3 (1.42%) SAP HANA
3 2 (0.95%) Big Data
3 2 (0.95%) Data Lake
3 2 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.47%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (1.42%) JIRA
2 1 (0.47%) eggPlant
2 1 (0.47%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.47%) MSI
2 1 (0.47%) Selenium
2 1 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.47%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.47%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (0.47%) WebDriver
2 1 (0.47%) Zephyr
General
1 53 (25.12%) Finance
2 40 (18.96%) Telecoms
3 31 (14.69%) Social Skills
4 21 (9.95%) Banking
5 20 (9.48%) Public Sector
6 17 (8.06%) Legal
7 14 (6.64%) Marketing
8 12 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
8 12 (5.69%) Billing
9 10 (4.74%) Multimedia
10 9 (4.27%) Digital Economy
11 4 (1.90%) Documentation Skills
11 4 (1.90%) Local Government
11 4 (1.90%) Presentation Skills
12 3 (1.42%) Back Office
12 3 (1.42%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.95%) Influencing Skills
13 2 (0.95%) Organisational Skills
13 2 (0.95%) Police
14 1 (0.47%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 43 (20.38%) Architect
2 28 (13.27%) Project Manager
3 21 (9.95%) Network Engineer
4 16 (7.58%) Cisco Engineer
4 16 (7.58%) Voice Engineer
5 15 (7.11%) Solutions Architect
5 15 (7.11%) Unified Communications Manager
6 14 (6.64%) Infrastructure Manager
7 13 (6.16%) Unified Communications Engineer
8 12 (5.69%) Consultant
9 11 (5.21%) IT Manager
9 11 (5.21%) Network Architect
9 11 (5.21%) Support Engineer
10 10 (4.74%) Analyst
10 10 (4.74%) Cisco Voice Engineer
11 9 (4.27%) Cisco Network Engineer
11 9 (4.27%) Test Manager
12 8 (3.79%) Network Support
12 8 (3.79%) Programme Manager
13 7 (3.32%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (4.27%) OAuth
1 9 (4.27%) SAML
1 9 (4.27%) XMPP
2 3 (1.42%) Software Packaging
3 2 (0.95%) SOAP
4 1 (0.47%) .NET
4 1 (0.47%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.47%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (0.47%) HTML
4 1 (0.47%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 16 (7.58%) Data Centre
2 14 (6.64%) Legacy Systems
3 11 (5.21%) IVR
4 10 (4.74%) Video Conferencing
5 9 (4.27%) Data Protection Act
6 8 (3.79%) User Experience
7 5 (2.37%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.42%) Microsoft Licensing
8 3 (1.42%) PMI
8 3 (1.42%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.95%) BYOD
9 2 (0.95%) Cyber Defence
9 2 (0.95%) Handset
9 2 (0.95%) NHS
9 2 (0.95%) PKI
9 2 (0.95%) Smart City
9 2 (0.95%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.47%) Digital Media
10 1 (0.47%) EMC VNX
10 1 (0.47%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 21 (9.95%) Windows
2 16 (7.58%) Windows 10
3 7 (3.32%) Linux
4 6 (2.84%) Unix
5 3 (1.42%) Android
5 3 (1.42%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (1.42%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.95%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (17.06%) Migration
2 33 (15.64%) ITIL
3 28 (13.27%) Agile Software Development
4 26 (12.32%) Stakeholder Management
5 24 (11.37%) Project Management
6 18 (8.53%) PRINCE2
7 16 (7.58%) Change Management
8 15 (7.11%) Service Delivery
9 14 (6.64%) Data Protection
9 14 (6.64%) Technical Leadership
10 13 (6.16%) TOGAF
11 10 (4.74%) Application Packaging
11 10 (4.74%) Problem-Solving
12 9 (4.27%) Network Management
12 9 (4.27%) Penetration Testing
13 8 (3.79%) Change Control
13 8 (3.79%) Disaster Recovery
13 8 (3.79%) Network Architecture
13 8 (3.79%) Test Management
13 8 (3.79%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 23 (10.90%) PowerShell
2 16 (7.58%) C
3 5 (2.37%) Python
4 3 (1.42%) SQL
5 1 (0.47%) C#
5 1 (0.47%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.47%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.47%) VB
5 1 (0.47%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 26 (12.32%) Cisco Certification
2 21 (9.95%) CCNP
3 20 (9.48%) Degree
4 10 (4.74%) CCNA
4 10 (4.74%) Security Cleared
5 9 (4.27%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (3.79%) BPSS Clearance
6 8 (3.79%) CISSP
7 7 (3.32%) SC Cleared
8 5 (2.37%) CCDP
8 5 (2.37%) TOGAF Certification
9 4 (1.90%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (1.90%) JNCIA
9 4 (1.90%) MCSE
9 4 (1.90%) PMI Certification
9 4 (1.90%) PMP
10 3 (1.42%) CEH
10 3 (1.42%) CISM
10 3 (1.42%) MCP
10 3 (1.42%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.21%) QA
2 9 (4.27%) GDPR
2 9 (4.27%) SLA
3 4 (1.90%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.42%) GRC
5 2 (0.95%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.95%) GMP
5 2 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.95%) NCSC
5 2 (0.95%) PMO
6 1 (0.47%) COBIT
System Software
1 17 (8.06%) Active Directory
2 13 (6.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (4.74%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (1.42%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.95%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.95%) XenApp
5 2 (0.95%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.47%) VMware NSX
6 1 (0.47%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 16 (7.58%) Cisco UCCX
2 15 (7.11%) Cisco CUCM
2 15 (7.11%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (6.16%) SCCM
3 13 (6.16%) Single Sign-On
4 9 (4.27%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 2 (0.95%) Terraform
6 1 (0.47%) Ansible
6 1 (0.47%) CA Single Sign-On
6 1 (0.47%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.47%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.47%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 97 (45.97%) Cisco
2 78 (36.97%) Microsoft
3 22 (10.43%) Avaya
4 13 (6.16%) Juniper
4 13 (6.16%) VMware
5 10 (4.74%) Ivanti
6 8 (3.79%) F5
7 7 (3.32%) SAP
8 6 (2.84%) Citrix
8 6 (2.84%) Dell
9 5 (2.37%) Fortinet
10 4 (1.90%) Aruba
10 4 (1.90%) CheckPoint
10 4 (1.90%) Sonus
10 4 (1.90%) Verint
11 3 (1.42%) Alcatel-Lucent
11 3 (1.42%) Genesys
11 3 (1.42%) Oracle
11 3 (1.42%) Salesforce.com
11 3 (1.42%) ServiceNow