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 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Lync
Rank 251 324 377
Rank change year-on-year
+73 +53
Contract jobs citing Lync 433 253 161
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.87% 0.54% 0.36%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.79% 3.03% 2.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 153 89
Average daily rate
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£350 £425 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.64% +16.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £250 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £525 £548
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £394 £350
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 9 8
Average hourly rate £18.25 £17.50 £17.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -1.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.20 £14.95 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £54.00 £22.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £25.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-30.00% +42.85%
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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
9036 8346 8027
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.23% 17.82% 18.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 5944 5178 4619
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £533 £515 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 302 356 412
Average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £18.85
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -7.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.42 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £36.07 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.38 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+10.74% -7.89%

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 24 December 2014.

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 24 December 2014.

Lync Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Lync
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 24 December 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +61 173 £364 -14.41% 52
South East +19 133 £375 -11.76% 34
East of England +14 31 £135 -70.00% 6
South West -11 22 £545 +98.18% 9
East Midlands +19 16 £238 +5.55% 6
Yorkshire -3 15 £260 -9.56% 12
West Midlands +4 14 £375 +3.44% 8
North East -16 13 £275 -21.42% 7
North West -28 10 £375 +15.38% 10
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UK

Lync
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, 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.

1 484 (56.54%) Microsoft
2 422 (49.30%) Windows
3 365 (42.64%) Active Directory
4 318 (37.15%) MS Exchange
5 270 (31.54%) SharePoint
6 207 (24.18%) Exchange Server 2010
7 166 (19.39%) Cisco
8 159 (18.57%) Windows Server 2008
9 158 (18.46%) Migration
10 149 (17.41%) Windows 7
11 137 (16.00%) Exchange Server 2013
11 137 (16.00%) VMware
12 130 (15.19%) Windows Server 2012
13 129 (15.07%) ITIL
14 128 (14.95%) Office 365
15 124 (14.49%) MS Excel
16 119 (13.90%) MS Office
17 114 (13.32%) DNS
18 113 (13.20%) Hyper-V
19 106 (12.38%) Finance
19 106 (12.38%) Clustering
20 105 (12.27%) SCCM
21 103 (12.03%) Windows Server 2003
22 100 (11.68%) SQL
23 96 (11.21%) Firewall
24 86 (10.05%) PowerShell
25 81 (9.46%) Microsoft Certification
26 80 (9.35%) Blackberry
27 79 (9.23%) Citrix
28 76 (8.88%) Telecoms

Lync
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, 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
1 318 (37.15%) MS Exchange
2 270 (31.54%) SharePoint
3 207 (24.18%) Exchange Server 2010
4 137 (16.00%) Exchange Server 2013
5 73 (8.53%) Exchange Server 2007
5 73 (8.53%) Office Communications Server
6 69 (8.06%) SharePoint 2013
7 60 (7.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 53 (6.19%) SharePoint 2010
9 47 (5.49%) Exchange Server 2003
10 39 (4.56%) IIS
11 38 (4.44%) BizTalk Server
12 18 (2.10%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.58%) Lotus Domino
14 4 (0.47%) Live Communications Server
14 4 (0.47%) Node.js
15 3 (0.35%) Quickr
15 3 (0.35%) Apache
16 2 (0.23%) Tomcat
16 2 (0.23%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 124 (14.49%) MS Excel
2 119 (13.90%) MS Office
3 10 (1.17%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (0.93%) MS Project
5 3 (0.35%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.23%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.12%) InDesign
7 1 (0.12%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 43 (5.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (4.67%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (1.75%) Eikon
4 6 (0.70%) SAP SD
5 4 (0.47%) Misys Midas
Cloud Services
1 128 (14.95%) Office 365
2 48 (5.61%) Cloud Computing
3 41 (4.79%) Microsoft Azure
4 10 (1.17%) SaaS
5 7 (0.82%) IaaS
6 6 (0.70%) PaaS
7 4 (0.47%) Amazon AWS
8 3 (0.35%) Google Apps
9 1 (0.12%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.12%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 114 (13.32%) DNS
2 96 (11.21%) Firewall
3 70 (8.18%) SAN
4 65 (7.59%) LAN
5 63 (7.36%) Unified Communications
6 61 (7.13%) DHCP
7 52 (6.07%) VPN
8 48 (5.61%) WAN
9 43 (5.02%) TCP/IP
10 36 (4.21%) PBX
11 35 (4.09%) VoIP
12 27 (3.15%) Wireless
13 26 (3.04%) NAS
14 24 (2.80%) VLAN
14 24 (2.80%) Internet
15 20 (2.34%) DMZ
16 16 (1.87%) LDAP
17 15 (1.75%) SSL
18 14 (1.64%) MPLS
18 14 (1.64%) H.323
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (5.84%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.17%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (0.47%) MongoDB
5 3 (0.35%) EDMS
6 2 (0.23%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.12%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.12%) EDRMS
7 1 (0.12%) MS Access
7 1 (0.12%) MySQL
7 1 (0.12%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (0.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (0.47%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (0.35%) JIRA
3 3 (0.35%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.35%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.23%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.12%) Rational Rose
General
1 106 (12.38%) Finance
2 76 (8.88%) Telecoms
3 51 (5.96%) Banking
4 23 (2.69%) Law
5 18 (2.10%) Legal
6 12 (1.40%) Publishing
7 11 (1.29%) Retail
7 11 (1.29%) Investment Banking
7 11 (1.29%) Manufacturing
8 8 (0.93%) Financial Institution
8 8 (0.93%) Military
9 7 (0.82%) Marketing
9 7 (0.82%) Billing
10 6 (0.70%) Back Office
11 4 (0.47%) Portuguese Language
11 4 (0.47%) Spanish Language
11 4 (0.47%) Mandarin Language
12 3 (0.35%) French Language
12 3 (0.35%) German Language
12 3 (0.35%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 134 (15.65%) Architect
2 120 (14.02%) Analyst
3 98 (11.45%) Consultant
4 67 (7.83%) Support Engineer
5 45 (5.26%) 2nd Line Support
6 40 (4.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 40 (4.67%) Project Manager
7 38 (4.44%) Technical Architect
8 37 (4.32%) Messaging Engineer
9 35 (4.09%) Desktop Support
10 31 (3.62%) Business Analyst
11 29 (3.39%) 3rd Line Support
11 29 (3.39%) Infrastructure Architect
12 27 (3.15%) Desktop Engineer
13 23 (2.69%) Exchange Engineer
14 22 (2.57%) Solutions Architect
15 21 (2.45%) Support Analyst
16 20 (2.34%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 18 (2.10%) Infrastructure Analyst
18 17 (1.99%) Microsoft Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (4.44%) .NET
1 38 (4.44%) Application Packaging
2 28 (3.27%) XMPP
3 9 (1.05%) Middleware
3 9 (1.05%) HTML
4 8 (0.93%) SOAP
4 8 (0.93%) Web Services
5 7 (0.82%) CSS
6 6 (0.70%) .NET Framework
7 4 (0.47%) AngularJS
7 4 (0.47%) ExpressJS
7 4 (0.47%) CGI
8 3 (0.35%) HTML5
8 3 (0.35%) REST
8 3 (0.35%) JSON
8 3 (0.35%) Software Packaging
8 3 (0.35%) ASP.NET
8 3 (0.35%) XML
8 3 (0.35%) Flash
9 2 (0.23%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 106 (12.38%) Clustering
2 80 (9.35%) Blackberry
3 61 (7.13%) Video Conferencing
4 28 (3.27%) Analytical Skills
5 13 (1.52%) Management Information System
6 11 (1.29%) iPhone
7 10 (1.17%) iPad
8 9 (1.05%) Enterprise Storage
8 9 (1.05%) Handset
8 9 (1.05%) PKI
8 9 (1.05%) Smartphone
9 7 (0.82%) User Experience
10 6 (0.70%) Thin Client
10 6 (0.70%) Mobile App
10 6 (0.70%) Data Integration
10 6 (0.70%) Reference Data
10 6 (0.70%) Fat Client
11 5 (0.58%) IVR
12 4 (0.47%) PDA
12 4 (0.47%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 422 (49.30%) Windows
2 159 (18.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 149 (17.41%) Windows 7
4 130 (15.19%) Windows Server 2012
5 103 (12.03%) Windows Server 2003
6 50 (5.84%) Windows XP
7 35 (4.09%) Windows 8
8 28 (3.27%) Linux
9 25 (2.92%) Android
10 9 (1.05%) UNIX
10 9 (1.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 8 (0.93%) Apple iOS
12 7 (0.82%) Windows Vista
13 6 (0.70%) Windows 2000
14 5 (0.58%) Windows Mobile
15 4 (0.47%) CentOS
15 4 (0.47%) VMS
15 4 (0.47%) Windows Phone
15 4 (0.47%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.35%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 158 (18.46%) Migration
2 129 (15.07%) ITIL
3 61 (7.13%) Disaster Recovery
4 45 (5.26%) CRM
5 43 (5.02%) Project Management
6 35 (4.09%) Service Delivery
7 33 (3.86%) Change Management
8 30 (3.50%) Service Management
9 26 (3.04%) Load Balancing
10 24 (2.80%) Incident Management
10 24 (2.80%) Stakeholder Management
11 22 (2.57%) Enterprise Architecture
12 21 (2.45%) PRINCE2
13 17 (1.99%) SOA
14 16 (1.87%) Capacity Planning
15 15 (1.75%) Mentoring
15 15 (1.75%) Asset Management
16 14 (1.64%) Data Protection
17 13 (1.52%) Time Management
18 12 (1.40%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 100 (11.68%) SQL
2 86 (10.05%) PowerShell
3 8 (0.93%) Shell Script
3 8 (0.93%) JavaScript
4 7 (0.82%) VBScript
5 6 (0.70%) VB
5 6 (0.70%) C#
6 5 (0.58%) C
7 2 (0.23%) Java
Qualifications
1 81 (9.46%) Microsoft Certification
2 65 (7.59%) Security Cleared
3 61 (7.13%) MCSE
4 37 (4.32%) SC Cleared
5 28 (3.27%) Degree
6 23 (2.69%) MCITP
7 16 (1.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 14 (1.64%) DV Cleared
9 12 (1.40%) MCSA
10 11 (1.29%) Cisco Certification
11 8 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 8 (0.93%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 7 (0.82%) MCTS
12 7 (0.82%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (0.82%) CCNP
13 6 (0.70%) ISEB
14 5 (0.58%) MCP
14 5 (0.58%) PMI Certification
15 4 (0.47%) CCNA
15 4 (0.47%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (3.50%) SLA
2 16 (1.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 9 (1.05%) QA
4 6 (0.70%) Dodd-Frank
5 5 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.47%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.35%) BS7799
8 2 (0.23%) ISO 9000
8 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 365 (42.64%) Active Directory
2 113 (13.20%) Hyper-V
3 56 (6.54%) VMware Infrastructure
4 41 (4.79%) XenApp
5 35 (4.09%) vSphere
6 23 (2.69%) XenDesktop
7 17 (1.99%) Microsoft App-V
8 14 (1.64%) XenServer
9 13 (1.52%) VMware ESX
9 13 (1.52%) UAG
10 11 (1.29%) ISA Server
11 9 (1.05%) Forefront TMG
12 8 (0.93%) VMware ESXi
13 7 (0.82%) Terminal Services
14 4 (0.47%) Xen
14 4 (0.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 3 (0.35%) MetaFrame
16 2 (0.23%) NFS
16 2 (0.23%) VMware Server
17 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 105 (12.27%) SCCM
2 55 (6.43%) SCOM
3 41 (4.79%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 23 (2.69%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 15 (1.75%) Backup Exec
6 14 (1.64%) Cisco CUCM
7 13 (1.52%) MOM
8 11 (1.29%) WSUS
8 11 (1.29%) SCOrch
9 7 (0.82%) McAfee ePO
9 7 (0.82%) MIMEsweeper
10 5 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
10 5 (0.58%) HP Quality Center
10 5 (0.58%) Cisco Prime
10 5 (0.58%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 5 (0.58%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
11 4 (0.47%) HP SIM
11 4 (0.47%) Oracle Identity Manager
12 3 (0.35%) SCDPM
12 3 (0.35%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 484 (56.54%) Microsoft
2 166 (19.39%) Cisco
3 137 (16.00%) VMware
4 79 (9.23%) Citrix
5 69 (8.06%) Symantec
6 65 (7.59%) HP
7 54 (6.31%) Avaya
8 43 (5.02%) Dell
9 25 (2.92%) AppSense
9 25 (2.92%) Polycom
10 21 (2.45%) CheckPoint
10 21 (2.45%) Lotus
11 20 (2.34%) Remedy
12 17 (1.99%) McAfee
12 17 (1.99%) SolarWinds
12 17 (1.99%) Reuters
13 16 (1.87%) Bloomberg
13 16 (1.87%) EMC
14 15 (1.75%) Altiris
15 14 (1.64%) IBM
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