The table below looks at the statistics for Lync skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Lync over the 3 months to 31 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Lync
Rank 236 273 329
Rank change year-on-year
+37 +56
Contract jobs citing Lync 504 358 259
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.93% 0.71% 0.54%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.85% 3.85% 3.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 316 208 154
Average daily rate
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£339 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.66% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £160 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £552 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £365 £325
% change year-on-year
-9.58% +12.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 21 9
Average hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 £45.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.63% -66.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.05 £21.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £110.00 £19.60 £50.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -44.44%
Lync
UK

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

Application Platforms Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Application Platforms category
10394 9287 8361
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.27% 18.44% 17.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 6746 5613 4969
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 301 398 358
Average hourly rate £22.00 £18.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.22% -14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.75 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -9.32%

Lync
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Lync across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Application Platforms category.

Lync Jobs Demand Trend in England

Lync
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Lync Daily Rate Trend in England

Lync
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Lync across the England region over the 3 months to 31 August 2015.

Lync Daily Rate Histogram in England

Lync
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Lync Hourly Rate Trend in England

Lync
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Lync across the England region over the 3 months to 31 August 2015.

Lync Hourly Rate Histogram in England

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Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lync within the England region over the 3 months to 31 August 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

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Rank Change
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Last Year
Matching
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IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +28 224 £350 -6.66% 40
South East +6 133 £335 -4.28% 31
East of England +26 35 £320 +146.15% 7
South West +16 34 £233 -38.00% 7
North West -21 30 £325 -2.98% 18
West Midlands +11 23 £350 -9.67% 4
Yorkshire -30 13 £240 +20.00% 17
East Midlands -12 4 £300 - 1
Midlands - 2 - - 1
North East - 2 £375 - 1
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UK

Lync
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Lync also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Lync.

1 480 (49.59%) Microsoft
2 444 (45.87%) Windows
3 360 (37.19%) Active Directory
4 291 (30.06%) MS Exchange
5 249 (25.72%) Office 365
6 211 (21.80%) SharePoint
7 198 (20.45%) VMware
8 187 (19.32%) Exchange Server 2010
9 181 (18.70%) MS Excel
10 161 (16.63%) Migration
11 153 (15.81%) Windows Server 2012
12 136 (14.05%) MS Office
13 132 (13.64%) Cisco
14 131 (13.53%) Unified Communications
14 131 (13.53%) Windows Server 2008
15 130 (13.43%) Windows 7
15 130 (13.43%) ITIL
16 129 (13.33%) Citrix
17 128 (13.22%) SCCM
18 123 (12.71%) DNS
19 118 (12.19%) Finance
20 117 (12.09%) Microsoft Certification
20 117 (12.09%) VMware Infrastructure
21 108 (11.16%) PowerShell
21 108 (11.16%) Skype
22 97 (10.02%) Exchange Server 2013
23 90 (9.30%) Security Cleared
23 90 (9.30%) SQL Server
24 85 (8.78%) SQL
25 84 (8.68%) MCSE

Lync
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing Lync also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Lync. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 291 (30.06%) MS Exchange
2 211 (21.80%) SharePoint
3 187 (19.32%) Exchange Server 2010
4 97 (10.02%) Exchange Server 2013
5 52 (5.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 48 (4.96%) Office Communications Server
7 47 (4.86%) IIS
8 46 (4.75%) Exchange Server 2007
9 30 (3.10%) SharePoint 2013
10 29 (3.00%) Exchange Server 2003
11 23 (2.38%) SharePoint 2010
12 17 (1.76%) IBM Notes
13 10 (1.03%) MindAlign
14 5 (0.52%) SharePoint Server
15 4 (0.41%) WorkSite
15 4 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
16 2 (0.21%) CMS
16 2 (0.21%) LiveLink
16 2 (0.21%) MS Project Server
17 1 (0.10%) Drupal
Applications
1 181 (18.70%) MS Excel
2 136 (14.05%) MS Office
3 21 (2.17%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.52%) MS Project
4 5 (0.52%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.41%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.21%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.10%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 37 (3.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.62%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.52%) Eikon
3 5 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.31%) SAP CCM
4 3 (0.31%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.21%) Agresso
6 1 (0.10%) assyst
6 1 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 249 (25.72%) Office 365
2 43 (4.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (1.76%) Yammer
4 14 (1.45%) PaaS
5 12 (1.24%) IaaS
5 12 (1.24%) SaaS
6 11 (1.14%) Amazon AWS
7 9 (0.93%) Google Apps
8 3 (0.31%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.21%) Mimecast
9 2 (0.21%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.10%) Amazon Glacier
10 1 (0.10%) Symantec.cloud
10 1 (0.10%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.10%) Force.com
10 1 (0.10%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 131 (13.53%) Unified Communications
2 123 (12.71%) DNS
3 108 (11.16%) Skype
4 84 (8.68%) LAN
4 84 (8.68%) WAN
5 83 (8.57%) VPN
6 79 (8.16%) Firewall
7 67 (6.92%) DHCP
8 51 (5.27%) VoIP
9 40 (4.13%) SAN
10 37 (3.82%) Internet
11 32 (3.31%) PBX
12 29 (3.00%) TCP/IP
13 28 (2.89%) VLAN
14 27 (2.79%) Wireless
15 25 (2.58%) LDAP
16 24 (2.48%) WebEx
17 22 (2.27%) MPLS
18 17 (1.76%) NetScaler
19 16 (1.65%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (9.30%) SQL Server
2 22 (2.27%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (1.14%) SQL Server 2005
4 10 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (0.41%) MySQL
5 4 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (0.41%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (0.31%) EDRMS
6 3 (0.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (0.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (0.21%) EDMS
7 2 (0.21%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.10%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.10%) Sybase ASE
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.10%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (0.31%) Visual Studio
2 2 (0.21%) MSI
2 2 (0.21%) JIRA
General
1 118 (12.19%) Finance
2 42 (4.34%) Banking
3 37 (3.82%) Legal
4 36 (3.72%) Law
5 32 (3.31%) Telecoms
6 26 (2.69%) Retail
7 15 (1.55%) Advertising
8 8 (0.83%) Investment Banking
8 8 (0.83%) Marketing
9 7 (0.72%) Publishing
9 7 (0.72%) Back Office
10 6 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.41%) Front Office
11 4 (0.41%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.41%) French Language
12 3 (0.31%) Automotive
12 3 (0.31%) Electronics
13 2 (0.21%) Local Government
14 1 (0.10%) Multimedia
14 1 (0.10%) Games
Job Titles
1 94 (9.71%) Analyst
2 90 (9.30%) Support Engineer
3 87 (8.99%) Consultant
4 78 (8.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 69 (7.13%) Architect
6 63 (6.51%) Project Manager
7 61 (6.30%) 3rd Line Support
8 43 (4.44%) 2nd Line Support
9 35 (3.62%) Unified Communications Engineer
10 32 (3.31%) Trainer
11 31 (3.20%) Desktop Support
12 29 (3.00%) Administrator
13 28 (2.89%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 27 (2.79%) Support Analyst
15 25 (2.58%) IT Trainer
16 24 (2.48%) Service Analyst
16 24 (2.48%) Office 365 Engineer
17 23 (2.38%) Service Desk Analyst
17 23 (2.38%) Server Engineer
18 21 (2.17%) Communications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (1.96%) .NET
2 18 (1.86%) XMPP
3 7 (0.72%) MAPI
4 6 (0.62%) HTML
4 6 (0.62%) Application Packaging
5 4 (0.41%) ASP.NET
5 4 (0.41%) Web Services
5 4 (0.41%) Middleware
6 3 (0.31%) SAP Smart Forms
6 3 (0.31%) Ajax
6 3 (0.31%) XML
6 3 (0.31%) XSL
6 3 (0.31%) COM
6 3 (0.31%) Silverlight
6 3 (0.31%) HTML5
6 3 (0.31%) RSS
7 1 (0.10%) CGI
7 1 (0.10%) WebRTC
7 1 (0.10%) CSS
7 1 (0.10%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 83 (8.57%) Video Conferencing
2 64 (6.61%) Data Centre
3 54 (5.58%) Blackberry
4 42 (4.34%) Clustering
5 24 (2.48%) Analytical Skills
6 19 (1.96%) User Experience
7 16 (1.65%) Management Information System
8 13 (1.34%) PKI
8 13 (1.34%) iPhone
9 10 (1.03%) iPad
9 10 (1.03%) Mobile App
10 9 (0.93%) PMI
11 8 (0.83%) Client/Server
11 8 (0.83%) Replication
11 8 (0.83%) Private Cloud
12 6 (0.62%) BYOD
12 6 (0.62%) Computer Science
12 6 (0.62%) Smartphone
13 5 (0.52%) NHS
13 5 (0.52%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 444 (45.87%) Windows
2 153 (15.81%) Windows Server 2012
3 131 (13.53%) Windows Server 2008
4 130 (13.43%) Windows 7
5 78 (8.06%) Windows Server 2003
6 42 (4.34%) Windows 8
7 40 (4.13%) Linux
8 39 (4.03%) Android
9 35 (3.62%) Windows XP
10 16 (1.65%) Windows Vista
11 13 (1.34%) Mac OS X
11 13 (1.34%) Apple iOS
11 13 (1.34%) Windows Phone
12 10 (1.03%) UNIX
13 8 (0.83%) Windows 2000 Server
14 6 (0.62%) Mac OS
15 3 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.31%) Windows Mobile
16 2 (0.21%) Windows NT
16 2 (0.21%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (16.63%) Migration
2 130 (13.43%) ITIL
3 69 (7.13%) Project Management
4 47 (4.86%) Change Management
5 45 (4.65%) CRM
6 39 (4.03%) PRINCE2
7 28 (2.89%) Service Management
7 28 (2.89%) Stakeholder Management
7 28 (2.89%) Programme Management
8 27 (2.79%) Service Delivery
9 26 (2.69%) Mobile Device Management
10 25 (2.58%) Disaster Recovery
11 21 (2.17%) Asset Management
12 19 (1.96%) Agile Software Development
12 19 (1.96%) Problem Management
12 19 (1.96%) Change Control
13 18 (1.86%) Server Building
14 17 (1.76%) Capacity Management
15 16 (1.65%) Mentoring
16 15 (1.55%) IT Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 108 (11.16%) PowerShell
2 85 (8.78%) SQL
3 15 (1.55%) VBScript
4 11 (1.14%) C
5 5 (0.52%) T-SQL
6 3 (0.31%) C#
6 3 (0.31%) Java
6 3 (0.31%) Perl
6 3 (0.31%) Shell Script
7 2 (0.21%) Bash Shell
7 2 (0.21%) JavaScript
7 2 (0.21%) VB
Qualifications
1 117 (12.09%) Microsoft Certification
2 90 (9.30%) Security Cleared
3 84 (8.68%) MCSE
4 58 (5.99%) SC Cleared
5 39 (4.03%) MCSA
6 28 (2.89%) Cisco Certification
6 28 (2.89%) MCITP
7 26 (2.69%) Degree
8 23 (2.38%) CCNA
9 22 (2.27%) DV Cleared
10 18 (1.86%) MCTS
11 13 (1.34%) ITIL Certification
12 12 (1.24%) PMI Certification
12 12 (1.24%) MCP
13 10 (1.03%) CCNP
14 8 (0.83%) MOS
15 6 (0.62%) HND
15 6 (0.62%) CCIE
16 5 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 4 (0.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (4.55%) SLA
2 8 (0.83%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 5 (0.52%) Dodd-Frank
4 4 (0.41%) QA
5 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.10%) PMBOK
5 1 (0.10%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 360 (37.19%) Active Directory
2 117 (12.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 78 (8.06%) Hyper-V
4 69 (7.13%) XenApp
5 41 (4.24%) vSphere
6 37 (3.82%) XenDesktop
7 30 (3.10%) Microsoft App-V
8 26 (2.69%) VMware ESXi
9 23 (2.38%) VMware ESX
10 22 (2.27%) XenServer
11 10 (1.03%) Forefront TMG
12 9 (0.93%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 8 (0.83%) DFS Replication
13 8 (0.83%) ISA Server
14 5 (0.52%) VMware Server
15 4 (0.41%) UAG
16 3 (0.31%) BitLocker
16 3 (0.31%) Samba
16 3 (0.31%) Terminal Server
16 3 (0.31%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 128 (13.22%) SCCM
2 75 (7.75%) SCOM
3 25 (2.58%) WSUS
4 22 (2.27%) NetBackup
4 22 (2.27%) AirWatch
5 16 (1.65%) Cisco CUCM
5 16 (1.65%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 14 (1.45%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 14 (1.45%) SCVMM
7 13 (1.34%) Backup Exec
8 11 (1.14%) SCDPM
9 9 (0.93%) McAfee ePO
10 8 (0.83%) SCOrch
10 8 (0.83%) SCSM
11 7 (0.72%) XenMobile
11 7 (0.72%) OVSD
11 7 (0.72%) EMC NetWorker
12 6 (0.62%) Norton AntiVirus
12 6 (0.62%) Tivoli
13 5 (0.52%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 480 (49.59%) Microsoft
2 198 (20.45%) VMware
3 132 (13.64%) Cisco
4 129 (13.33%) Citrix
5 57 (5.89%) HP
6 45 (4.65%) Polycom
7 41 (4.24%) Symantec
8 35 (3.62%) Avaya
9 23 (2.38%) Adobe
10 20 (2.07%) Dell
11 18 (1.86%) EMC
11 18 (1.86%) NetApp
12 17 (1.76%) Lotus
12 17 (1.76%) Google
13 16 (1.65%) Mitel
13 16 (1.65%) Apple
13 16 (1.65%) Remedy
13 16 (1.65%) McAfee
14 15 (1.55%) Altiris
15 14 (1.45%) F5
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