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 23 June 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
England / West Midlands
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 113 128 118
Rank change year-on-year +15 -10  
Contract jobs citing Unified Communications 8 8 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.39% 0.27% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.58% 2.00% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 1
Median daily rate £306 £375 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.33% -10.71%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £425
% change year-on-year +2.73% -14.11%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £21.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.90 £22.00
% change year-on-year - +67.72%  

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 310 401 357
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 15.26% 13.32% 14.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 216 209
Median daily rate £400 £358 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.88% +5.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £488 £486
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £347
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 22 32
Median hourly rate £31.00 £21.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.18% +22.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.50 £10.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £37.50 £29.61
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £32.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -15.38% +25.00%  

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 23 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 23 June 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
Birmingham +18 4 £400 +6.66% 5
Solihull - 2 - -
Warwickshire +5 1 - -
Coventry - 1 £213 - 1
Unified Communications
England

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 10 (90.91%) Cisco
2 6 (54.55%) VoIP
3 5 (45.45%) Skype for Business
3 5 (45.45%) Skype
4 4 (36.36%) Active Directory
5 3 (27.27%) Windows
5 3 (27.27%) LAN
5 3 (27.27%) CTI
5 3 (27.27%) Firewall
5 3 (27.27%) Video Conferencing
5 3 (27.27%) IVR
5 3 (27.27%) XMPP
5 3 (27.27%) Security Cleared
6 2 (18.18%) Mitel
6 2 (18.18%) VMware
6 2 (18.18%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (18.18%) Windows 10
6 2 (18.18%) Presales
6 2 (18.18%) DV Cleared
6 2 (18.18%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (18.18%) Finance
6 2 (18.18%) RTCP
6 2 (18.18%) RTP
6 2 (18.18%) Megaco
6 2 (18.18%) H.323
6 2 (18.18%) PBX
6 2 (18.18%) LDAP
6 2 (18.18%) DHCP
6 2 (18.18%) HTTP
6 2 (18.18%) DNS

Unified Communications
Co-occurring 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 5 (45.45%) Skype for Business
2 2 (18.18%) Exchange Server 2013
Cloud Services
1 1 (9.09%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (54.55%) VoIP
2 5 (45.45%) Skype
3 3 (27.27%) CTI
3 3 (27.27%) Firewall
3 3 (27.27%) LAN
4 2 (18.18%) DHCP
4 2 (18.18%) DNS
4 2 (18.18%) H.323
4 2 (18.18%) HTTP
4 2 (18.18%) HTTPS
4 2 (18.18%) LDAP
4 2 (18.18%) Megaco
4 2 (18.18%) PBX
4 2 (18.18%) RTCP
4 2 (18.18%) RTP
5 1 (9.09%) Network Security
5 1 (9.09%) PSTN
5 1 (9.09%) Softphone
5 1 (9.09%) WAN
General
1 2 (18.18%) Finance
2 1 (9.09%) Banking
2 1 (9.09%) Legal
2 1 (9.09%) Manufacturing
2 1 (9.09%) Pharmaceutical
2 1 (9.09%) Retail
2 1 (9.09%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (36.36%) Unified Communications Engineer
2 3 (27.27%) Architect
3 2 (18.18%) Cisco Engineer
3 2 (18.18%) Communications Support Engineer
3 2 (18.18%) Support Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Active Directory Consultant
4 1 (9.09%) Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Collaboration Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Lync Consultant
4 1 (9.09%) Lync Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Network Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Network Support
4 1 (9.09%) Project Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Technical Architect
4 1 (9.09%) Telephony Architect
4 1 (9.09%) Telephony Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Telephony Project Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Unified Communications Consultant
4 1 (9.09%) Unified Communications Specialist
4 1 (9.09%) Windows Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (27.27%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (27.27%) IVR
1 3 (27.27%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (9.09%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 3 (27.27%) Windows
2 2 (18.18%) Windows 10
3 1 (9.09%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (18.18%) Presales
2 1 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
2 1 (9.09%) Information Security
2 1 (9.09%) Migration
Qualifications
1 3 (27.27%) Security Cleared
2 2 (18.18%) DV Cleared
3 1 (9.09%) CCNA
3 1 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (9.09%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 4 (36.36%) Active Directory
2 2 (18.18%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 1 (9.09%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 10 (90.91%) Cisco
2 2 (18.18%) Avaya
2 2 (18.18%) Juniper
2 2 (18.18%) Microsoft
2 2 (18.18%) Mitel
2 2 (18.18%) VMware
3 1 (9.09%) SolarWinds
3 1 (9.09%) Tandberg