The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 26 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
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Unified Communications
England / West Midlands
Rank 115 124 116
Rank change year-on-year +9 -8  
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 3 7 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.13% 0.26% 0.27%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 0.96% 2.35% 1.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 2
Median daily rate £600 £218 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +175.86% -45.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £135 £340
10% offered a daily rate of more than £640 £353 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £378
% change year-on-year +5.47% -3.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 314 298 362
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 13.88% 11.06% 14.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 137 172
Median daily rate £395 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 17 43
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -34.54%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.70 £26.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.85 £37.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -38.24% +23.33%  

Unified Communications
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

Unified Communications
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Unified Communications in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Unified Communications in the West Midlands

Unified Communications
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Unified Communications in the West Midlands over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Unified Communications in the West Midlands

Unified Communications
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Unified Communications in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Unified Communications in the West Midlands

Unified Communications
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 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
Herefordshire - 2 £625 -
Birmingham 0 1 £288 -
Unified Communications
England

Unified Communications
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Unified Communications.

1 12 (66.67%) VoIP
2 10 (55.56%) Windows
2 10 (55.56%) Cisco
3 9 (50.00%) Skype for Business
3 9 (50.00%) Skype
4 8 (44.44%) Active Directory
4 8 (44.44%) DHCP
4 8 (44.44%) DNS
4 8 (44.44%) Security Cleared
5 7 (38.89%) PKI
5 7 (38.89%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (38.89%) Microsoft
6 6 (33.33%) Nagios
6 6 (33.33%) Kerberos
6 6 (33.33%) WAN
6 6 (33.33%) LDAP
6 6 (33.33%) SharePoint
6 6 (33.33%) MS Office
6 6 (33.33%) LAN
6 6 (33.33%) PBX
6 6 (33.33%) SCOM
6 6 (33.33%) SC Cleared
6 6 (33.33%) CCNA
6 6 (33.33%) Identity Management
6 6 (33.33%) OneDrive
6 6 (33.33%) Patch Management
6 6 (33.33%) Email Filtering
6 6 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
6 6 (33.33%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (33.33%) SolarWinds

Unified Communications
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 9 (50.00%) Skype for Business
2 6 (33.33%) SharePoint
3 2 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 6 (33.33%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (33.33%) Cloud Computing
1 6 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 6 (33.33%) Office 365
1 6 (33.33%) OneDrive
1 6 (33.33%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 12 (66.67%) VoIP
2 9 (50.00%) Skype
3 8 (44.44%) DHCP
3 8 (44.44%) DNS
4 6 (33.33%) Kerberos
4 6 (33.33%) LAN
4 6 (33.33%) LDAP
4 6 (33.33%) PBX
4 6 (33.33%) WAN
5 5 (27.78%) VPN
6 4 (22.22%) Cisco ASA
6 4 (22.22%) Cisco PIX
6 4 (22.22%) Firewall
6 4 (22.22%) IP Telephony
7 2 (11.11%) Internet
7 2 (11.11%) PSTN
8 1 (5.56%) Ethernet
8 1 (5.56%) SSL
8 1 (5.56%) TCP/IP
8 1 (5.56%) Wireless
General
1 1 (5.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (27.78%) Architect
1 5 (27.78%) Cisco Engineer
1 5 (27.78%) Network Engineer
2 4 (22.22%) Cisco Network Engineer
3 3 (16.67%) Office 365 Specialist
4 2 (11.11%) Azure Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Cloud Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Consultant
4 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Specialist
4 2 (11.11%) Office 365 Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Technical Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Technical Specialist
5 1 (5.56%) Active Directory Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) Azure Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) Solutions Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Telesales Executive
5 1 (5.56%) Unified Communications Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) Unified Communications Engineer
5 1 (5.56%) Unified Communications Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (22.22%) CSS
2 1 (5.56%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (38.89%) PKI
2 5 (27.78%) Data Centre
3 2 (11.11%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 10 (55.56%) Windows
2 2 (11.11%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (33.33%) Email Filtering
1 6 (33.33%) Identity Management
1 6 (33.33%) Kalman Filter
1 6 (33.33%) Patch Management
2 5 (27.78%) Migration
3 4 (22.22%) Network Design
3 4 (22.22%) Service Delivery
4 1 (5.56%) Business Continuity
Qualifications
1 8 (44.44%) Security Cleared
2 7 (38.89%) Cisco Certification
3 6 (33.33%) CCNA
3 6 (33.33%) SC Cleared
4 4 (22.22%) CCDA
4 4 (22.22%) CCDP
4 4 (22.22%) CCVP
4 4 (22.22%) MCITP
4 4 (22.22%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (11.11%) CCIE
5 2 (11.11%) DV Cleared
6 1 (5.56%) CCNP
System Software
1 8 (44.44%) Active Directory
2 2 (11.11%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 6 (33.33%) Microsoft Intune
1 6 (33.33%) Nagios
1 6 (33.33%) SCOM
2 1 (5.56%) Cisco CUCM
2 1 (5.56%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 10 (55.56%) Cisco
2 7 (38.89%) Microsoft
3 6 (33.33%) SolarWinds
4 4 (22.22%) CheckPoint
4 4 (22.22%) F5
4 4 (22.22%) Juniper
4 4 (22.22%) Nokia
5 1 (5.56%) Avaya
5 1 (5.56%) BT
5 1 (5.56%) Tandberg