The table below looks at the statistics for Skype for Business skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Skype for Business over the 3 months to 28 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
28 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 66 68 61
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -7
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 1 8 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.13% 0.74% 1.20%
As % of the Application Platforms category 1.02% 6.61% 5.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 6 0
Median daily rate £525 £390 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+34.61% -
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £365
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -10.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £15.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+66.66% +10.00%
Skype for Business
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Application Platforms category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Application Platforms Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Application Platforms category
98 121 189
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 13.23% 11.21% 22.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 65 84
Median daily rate £375 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.84% +11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £232 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £515 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 14 23
Median hourly rate £14.86 £17.50 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.08% +3.91%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.04 £9.33 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.50 £33.90 £41.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+22.22% +28.57%

Skype for Business
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Cheshire region citing Skype for Business as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Application Platforms category.

Skype for Business Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Skype for Business across the Cheshire region.

Skype for Business Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Skype for Business
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business across the Cheshire region.

Skype for Business Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 28 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 39 (100.00%) Skype
2 35 (89.74%) Microsoft
3 31 (79.49%) Windows
4 27 (69.23%) Windows Server
4 27 (69.23%) Windows Server 2012
5 24 (61.54%) PowerShell
6 23 (58.97%) Windows 10
6 23 (58.97%) Active Directory
6 23 (58.97%) SharePoint
6 23 (58.97%) SCCM
7 22 (56.41%) Security Cleared
8 21 (53.85%) SCOM
9 19 (48.72%) VMware
9 19 (48.72%) MS Exchange
9 19 (48.72%) VMware Infrastructure
9 19 (48.72%) SharePoint 2013
10 18 (46.15%) Test Automation
10 18 (46.15%) Software Engineering
11 17 (43.59%) SC Cleared
12 16 (41.03%) MS Office
13 12 (30.77%) Migration
14 10 (25.64%) vSphere
14 10 (25.64%) Data Migration
15 8 (20.51%) MS Excel
15 8 (20.51%) Cisco
15 8 (20.51%) Office 365
16 7 (17.95%) Linux
17 6 (15.38%) Thin Client
17 6 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
17 6 (15.38%) Application Packaging

Skype for Business
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire 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 23 (58.97%) SharePoint
2 19 (48.72%) MS Exchange
2 19 (48.72%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 16 (41.03%) MS Office
2 8 (20.51%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.56%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 8 (20.51%) Office 365
2 3 (7.69%) IaaS
2 3 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (7.69%) PaaS
2 3 (7.69%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 39 (100.00%) Skype
2 5 (12.82%) Unified Communications
3 3 (7.69%) Remote Desktop
3 3 (7.69%) SAN
4 2 (5.13%) PCoIP
4 2 (5.13%) Softphone
5 1 (2.56%) DHCP
5 1 (2.56%) DNS
5 1 (2.56%) PBX
5 1 (2.56%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.26%) SQL Server
1 4 (10.26%) SQL Server 2008
1 4 (10.26%) SQL Server 2014
2 3 (7.69%) Amazon RDS
2 3 (7.69%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 4 (10.26%) Military
2 2 (5.13%) Finance
3 1 (2.56%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 9 (23.08%) Architect
2 8 (20.51%) Designer
3 5 (12.82%) Solutions Architect
4 3 (7.69%) Analyst
4 3 (7.69%) Consultant
4 3 (7.69%) Test Analyst
5 2 (5.13%) Citrix Specialist
5 2 (5.13%) Desktop Specialist
5 2 (5.13%) Infrastructure Specialist
5 2 (5.13%) Project Manager
5 2 (5.13%) SCCM Specialist
5 2 (5.13%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (5.13%) Senior Architect
5 2 (5.13%) Senior Solutions Architect
5 2 (5.13%) Senior Test Analyst
5 2 (5.13%) VMware Architect
5 2 (5.13%) VMware Specialist
5 2 (5.13%) Windows Infrastructure Specialist
5 2 (5.13%) Windows Specialist
6 1 (2.56%) Video Conferencing Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 6 (15.38%) Fat Client
1 6 (15.38%) Thin Client
2 3 (7.69%) Data Centre
2 3 (7.69%) Hybrid Cloud
3 1 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.56%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 31 (79.49%) Windows
2 27 (69.23%) Windows Server
2 27 (69.23%) Windows Server 2012
3 23 (58.97%) Windows 10
4 7 (17.95%) Linux
5 2 (5.13%) Windows 7
5 2 (5.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (2.56%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (46.15%) Software Engineering
1 18 (46.15%) Test Automation
2 12 (30.77%) Migration
3 10 (25.64%) Data Migration
4 6 (15.38%) Application Packaging
4 6 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (12.82%) Project Management
5 5 (12.82%) Regression Testing
5 5 (12.82%) Service Management
5 5 (12.82%) Software Testing
5 5 (12.82%) System Testing
6 4 (10.26%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (10.26%) Defect Management
6 4 (10.26%) Identity Management
6 4 (10.26%) Waterfall
7 3 (7.69%) Infrastructure Transformation
7 3 (7.69%) Portfolio Management
8 2 (5.13%) Converged Infrastructure
8 2 (5.13%) Desktop Virtualisation
8 2 (5.13%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (61.54%) PowerShell
2 4 (10.26%) SQL
Qualifications
1 22 (56.41%) Security Cleared
2 17 (43.59%) SC Cleared
3 5 (12.82%) ISEB
3 5 (12.82%) ISTQB
4 4 (10.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (2.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
System Software
1 23 (58.97%) Active Directory
2 19 (48.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (25.64%) vSphere
4 3 (7.69%) Hyper-V
5 1 (2.56%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 23 (58.97%) SCCM
2 21 (53.85%) SCOM
3 3 (7.69%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (2.56%) AirWatch
4 1 (2.56%) vRealize
Vendors
1 35 (89.74%) Microsoft
2 19 (48.72%) VMware
3 8 (20.51%) Cisco
4 5 (12.82%) Citrix
5 4 (10.26%) Polycom
6 3 (7.69%) NetApp
7 2 (5.13%) Avaya
8 1 (2.56%) Fujitsu