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 24 September 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
24 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 66 68 60
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -8
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 2 9 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.25% 0.79% 1.14%
As % of the Application Platforms category 1.67% 8.04% 5.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 7 0
Median daily rate £488 £390 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -
UK excluding London median daily rate £339 £333 £385
% change year-on-year
+1.87% -13.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £14.75 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+86.44% -4.83%
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
120 112 156
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 15.15% 9.82% 19.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 65 70
Median daily rate £400 £415 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.61% +18.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £279 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £509 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 14 18
Median hourly rate £14.86 £15.92 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.65% -11.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £9.21 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.50 £25.00 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £22.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +25.71%

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 24 September 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 11 (100.00%) Skype
2 10 (90.91%) Windows
3 9 (81.82%) Active Directory
3 9 (81.82%) SCCM
4 8 (72.73%) Microsoft
5 7 (63.64%) SCOM
5 7 (63.64%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (63.64%) Windows Server
6 5 (45.45%) Windows 10
6 5 (45.45%) PowerShell
6 5 (45.45%) Test Automation
6 5 (45.45%) Software Engineering
6 5 (45.45%) SharePoint
7 4 (36.36%) Citrix
7 4 (36.36%) VMware
7 4 (36.36%) Security Cleared
7 4 (36.36%) VMware Infrastructure
7 4 (36.36%) Office 365
8 3 (27.27%) Application Packaging
8 3 (27.27%) Cisco
8 3 (27.27%) MS Exchange
9 2 (18.18%) MS Office
9 2 (18.18%) MS Excel
9 2 (18.18%) Avaya
9 2 (18.18%) Softphone
9 2 (18.18%) Identity Management
9 2 (18.18%) Finance
9 2 (18.18%) Hyper-V
9 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (18.18%) Windows 7

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 5 (45.45%) SharePoint
2 3 (27.27%) MS Exchange
3 2 (18.18%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 2 (18.18%) MS Excel
1 2 (18.18%) MS Office
2 1 (9.09%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (36.36%) Office 365
2 2 (18.18%) IaaS
2 2 (18.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (18.18%) PaaS
2 2 (18.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (100.00%) Skype
2 2 (18.18%) PCoIP
2 2 (18.18%) Remote Desktop
2 2 (18.18%) Softphone
2 2 (18.18%) Unified Communications
3 1 (9.09%) IP Telephony
3 1 (9.09%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (18.18%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
2 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2014
General
1 2 (18.18%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (18.18%) Architect
1 2 (18.18%) Citrix Specialist
1 2 (18.18%) Designer
1 2 (18.18%) Desktop Specialist
1 2 (18.18%) Infrastructure Specialist
1 2 (18.18%) SCCM Specialist
1 2 (18.18%) Senior Architect
1 2 (18.18%) Senior Solutions Architect
1 2 (18.18%) Solutions Architect
1 2 (18.18%) Windows Infrastructure Specialist
1 2 (18.18%) Windows Specialist
2 1 (9.09%) Active Directory Designer
2 1 (9.09%) Business Change Manager
2 1 (9.09%) Change Manager
2 1 (9.09%) Cisco Engineer
2 1 (9.09%) Lync Engineer
2 1 (9.09%) Office 365 Engineer
2 1 (9.09%) Office 365 Manager
2 1 (9.09%) Project Change Manager
2 1 (9.09%) Project Office Manager
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) Data Centre
1 2 (18.18%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 10 (90.91%) Windows
2 7 (63.64%) Windows Server
2 7 (63.64%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (45.45%) Windows 10
4 2 (18.18%) Windows 7
4 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (9.09%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (45.45%) Software Engineering
1 5 (45.45%) Test Automation
2 3 (27.27%) Application Packaging
3 2 (18.18%) Desktop Virtualisation
3 2 (18.18%) Identity Management
3 2 (18.18%) Infrastructure Transformation
4 1 (9.09%) Change Management
4 1 (9.09%) Data Migration
4 1 (9.09%) Migration
4 1 (9.09%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 5 (45.45%) PowerShell
2 1 (9.09%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (36.36%) Security Cleared
2 1 (9.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
System Software
1 9 (81.82%) Active Directory
2 4 (36.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (18.18%) Hyper-V
4 1 (9.09%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 9 (81.82%) SCCM
2 7 (63.64%) SCOM
3 2 (18.18%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 8 (72.73%) Microsoft
2 4 (36.36%) Citrix
2 4 (36.36%) VMware
3 3 (27.27%) Cisco
4 2 (18.18%) Avaya