The table below looks at the statistics for Skype for Business skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Skype for Business over the 3 months to 29 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
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 258 265 260
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -5
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 482 470 454
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.97% 0.89% 0.86%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.13% 4.91% 4.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 280 300 258
Median daily rate £350 £342 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.41% -11.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £189 £167
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £500 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £331 £386
% change year-on-year
-0.37% -14.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 23 27
Median hourly rate £17.10 £14.75 £16.48
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.93% -10.49%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.45 £10.20 £13.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.90 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £14.17 £14.64
% change year-on-year
+94.03% -3.19%
Skype for Business
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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
9391 9567 9213
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.93% 18.13% 17.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 6162 6171 5638
Median daily rate £420 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £389 £380 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.42% +4.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 251 280 374
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% +18.91%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.75 £34.50
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 England

The demand trend of contract jobs across the England 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 England

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Skype for Business Daily Rate Trend in England

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Skype for Business across the England region over the 3 months to 29 September 2016.

Skype for Business Daily Rate Histogram in England

Skype for Business
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Skype for Business Hourly Rate Trend in England

Skype for Business
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Skype for Business across the England region over the 3 months to 29 September 2016.

Skype for Business Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Skype for Business within the England region over the 3 months to 29 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
London -20 192 £410 +17.14% 29
South East +2 98 £355 +7.57% 19
West Midlands -12 44 £325 -7.14% 1
North East +14 41 £310 -17.33% 5
Yorkshire +29 30 £350 +45.83% 3
South West +11 28 £313 +101.61% 4
North West -5 23 £310 -6.76% 7
East of England 0 15 £325 -7.14% 5
Midlands -2 4 £500 - 1
East Midlands -6 4 £425 +41.66% 4
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Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 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 England region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 600 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 541 (56.35%) Skype
3 527 (54.90%) Windows
4 521 (54.27%) Active Directory
5 435 (45.31%) Office 365
6 372 (38.75%) SharePoint
7 330 (34.38%) MS Exchange
8 293 (30.52%) Windows Server
9 201 (20.94%) VMware
10 200 (20.83%) Exchange Server 2010
11 198 (20.63%) Migration
12 193 (20.10%) MS Excel
13 187 (19.48%) ITIL
14 186 (19.38%) Windows Server 2008
15 183 (19.06%) DNS
15 183 (19.06%) Citrix
16 171 (17.81%) Exchange Server 2013
17 163 (16.98%) MS Office
18 162 (16.88%) Microsoft Azure
19 161 (16.77%) Cisco
20 160 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
21 142 (14.79%) SQL Server
22 137 (14.27%) DHCP
23 136 (14.17%) Hyper-V
24 134 (13.96%) SCCM
25 131 (13.65%) PowerShell
26 130 (13.54%) Security Cleared
27 122 (12.71%) Microsoft Certification
28 114 (11.88%) SQL
28 114 (11.88%) Yammer

Skype for Business
Top Related IT Skills in England 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
1 372 (38.75%) SharePoint
2 330 (34.38%) MS Exchange
3 200 (20.83%) Exchange Server 2010
4 171 (17.81%) Exchange Server 2013
5 62 (6.46%) Exchange Server 2007
6 57 (5.94%) SharePoint 2010
7 54 (5.63%) SharePoint 2013
8 49 (5.10%) BizTalk Server
9 46 (4.79%) Office Communications Server
10 31 (3.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 30 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2003
12 28 (2.92%) IIS
13 22 (2.29%) IBM Notes
14 15 (1.56%) OpenStack
14 15 (1.56%) SharePoint Server
15 6 (0.63%) Drupal
15 6 (0.63%) IBM Domino
16 5 (0.52%) CMS
17 4 (0.42%) Apache
17 4 (0.42%) Tomcat
Applications
1 193 (20.10%) MS Excel
2 163 (16.98%) MS Office
3 17 (1.77%) MS Project
4 10 (1.04%) MS PowerPoint
4 10 (1.04%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.63%) ProjectWise
6 3 (0.31%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.21%) InDesign
7 2 (0.21%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.10%) OmniGraffle
8 1 (0.10%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 53 (5.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (1.67%) Dynamics AX
3 11 (1.15%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.42%) assyst
5 4 (0.42%) Faxination
5 4 (0.42%) Unit4 Business World
6 3 (0.31%) Sage X3
7 2 (0.21%) Eikon
8 1 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.10%) Oracle Payables
8 1 (0.10%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 435 (45.31%) Office 365
2 162 (16.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 114 (11.88%) Yammer
4 84 (8.75%) OneDrive
5 53 (5.52%) Azure Active Directory
6 16 (1.67%) Mimecast
7 15 (1.56%) SaaS
8 13 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
9 11 (1.15%) IaaS
10 10 (1.04%) Amazon AWS
11 8 (0.83%) Google Apps
12 7 (0.73%) PaaS
13 5 (0.52%) Trello
14 2 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Cloud
14 2 (0.21%) Data Lake Analytics
15 1 (0.10%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 541 (56.35%) Skype
2 183 (19.06%) DNS
3 137 (14.27%) DHCP
4 106 (11.04%) Unified Communications
5 85 (8.85%) Firewall
6 67 (6.98%) LAN
7 66 (6.88%) WAN
8 58 (6.04%) VoIP
9 49 (5.10%) TCP/IP
10 47 (4.90%) PBX
11 46 (4.79%) VPN
12 45 (4.69%) SAN
13 32 (3.33%) Internet
13 32 (3.33%) LDAP
14 28 (2.92%) NetScaler
15 22 (2.29%) H.323
16 20 (2.08%) NAS
16 20 (2.08%) Reverse Proxy
16 20 (2.08%) SMTP
17 16 (1.67%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 142 (14.79%) SQL Server
2 40 (4.17%) SQL Server 2008
3 28 (2.92%) SQL Server 2012
4 16 (1.67%) Oracle Reports
4 16 (1.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 15 (1.56%) SQL Server 2005
6 6 (0.63%) Power BI
6 6 (0.63%) SQL Server 2014
7 5 (0.52%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.21%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.21%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (0.21%) Essbase
8 2 (0.21%) HDInsight
8 2 (0.21%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.21%) MS Access
8 2 (0.21%) MySQL
8 2 (0.21%) NonStop SQL
8 2 (0.21%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.21%) Star Schema
9 1 (0.10%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 5 (0.52%) JIRA
2 2 (0.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 2 (0.21%) Bitbucket
2 2 (0.21%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.21%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.21%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.10%) Axure RP
3 1 (0.10%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 99 (10.31%) Finance
2 53 (5.52%) Retail
3 34 (3.54%) Banking
4 30 (3.13%) Telecoms
5 16 (1.67%) Marketing
6 15 (1.56%) Back Office
6 15 (1.56%) Law
6 15 (1.56%) Manufacturing
7 13 (1.35%) Legal
7 13 (1.35%) Spanish Language
8 11 (1.15%) Electronics
9 8 (0.83%) Investment Banking
10 6 (0.63%) Advertising
11 5 (0.52%) French Language
11 5 (0.52%) Publishing
12 4 (0.42%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.42%) Games
12 4 (0.42%) Private Banking
12 4 (0.42%) Retail Banking
13 3 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 114 (11.88%) Consultant
2 104 (10.83%) Analyst
2 104 (10.83%) Architect
3 89 (9.27%) Support Engineer
4 54 (5.63%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 52 (5.42%) Lync Engineer
5 52 (5.42%) Project Manager
6 49 (5.10%) 3rd Line Support
7 45 (4.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 43 (4.48%) Office 365 Engineer
9 38 (3.96%) Desktop Engineer
10 37 (3.85%) Messaging Engineer
11 35 (3.65%) 2nd Line Support
11 35 (3.65%) Administrator
11 35 (3.65%) Support Analyst
11 35 (3.65%) Unified Communications Engineer
12 32 (3.33%) Office 365 Specialist
13 29 (3.02%) Solutions Architect
14 28 (2.92%) Lync Consultant
14 28 (2.92%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (3.33%) XMPP
2 30 (3.13%) COM
3 24 (2.50%) .NET
4 13 (1.35%) Web Services
5 3 (0.31%) CSS
5 3 (0.31%) HTML
5 3 (0.31%) jQuery
5 3 (0.31%) Middleware
5 3 (0.31%) XML
6 2 (0.21%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.21%) J2EE
7 1 (0.10%) Flash
7 1 (0.10%) OAuth
7 1 (0.10%) RSS
7 1 (0.10%) SAP Smart Forms
7 1 (0.10%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.10%) WCF
7 1 (0.10%) XML Messaging
7 1 (0.10%) XSD
7 1 (0.10%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 62 (6.46%) Data Centre
2 59 (6.15%) Computer Science
3 57 (5.94%) Analytical Skills
4 54 (5.63%) Video Conferencing
5 45 (4.69%) Blackberry
6 29 (3.02%) Clustering
7 23 (2.40%) Smartphone
8 21 (2.19%) Management Information System
9 17 (1.77%) Fat Client
9 17 (1.77%) Thin Client
10 16 (1.67%) IVR
11 14 (1.46%) PKI
12 13 (1.35%) BYOD
12 13 (1.35%) iPhone
12 13 (1.35%) Virtual Team
12 13 (1.35%) Visualisation
13 12 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
13 12 (1.25%) Social Network
14 11 (1.15%) Replication
15 9 (0.94%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 527 (54.90%) Windows
2 293 (30.52%) Windows Server
3 186 (19.38%) Windows Server 2008
4 160 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 109 (11.35%) Windows Server 2003
6 105 (10.94%) Windows 7
7 73 (7.60%) Windows 10
8 54 (5.63%) Android
9 46 (4.79%) Apple iOS
10 44 (4.58%) Windows 8
11 17 (1.77%) Windows Phone
12 14 (1.46%) Linux
13 13 (1.35%) Windows XP
14 12 (1.25%) Mac OS X
15 11 (1.15%) Windows Mobile
16 6 (0.63%) Mac OS
16 6 (0.63%) Unix
16 6 (0.63%) Windows Vista
17 4 (0.42%) Windows Phone 8
18 3 (0.31%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 198 (20.63%) Migration
2 187 (19.48%) ITIL
3 91 (9.48%) Project Management
4 60 (6.25%) CRM
5 58 (6.04%) Agile Software Development
6 51 (5.31%) Business Intelligence
7 50 (5.21%) Disaster Recovery
8 45 (4.69%) Data Management
9 41 (4.27%) Document Management
9 41 (4.27%) Mobile Device Management
10 39 (4.06%) Change Management
10 39 (4.06%) Stakeholder Management
11 38 (3.96%) Case Management
11 38 (3.96%) Load Balancing
11 38 (3.96%) PRINCE2
12 35 (3.65%) Capacity Planning
13 34 (3.54%) Business Analysis
14 33 (3.44%) Identity Management
14 33 (3.44%) TOGAF
15 32 (3.33%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 131 (13.65%) PowerShell
2 114 (11.88%) SQL
3 23 (2.40%) C#
4 20 (2.08%) C
5 12 (1.25%) VB
6 9 (0.94%) T-SQL
7 4 (0.42%) AppleScript
7 4 (0.42%) Bash Shell
7 4 (0.42%) Java
7 4 (0.42%) JavaScript
7 4 (0.42%) Python
8 3 (0.31%) VBScript
9 2 (0.21%) COBOL
9 2 (0.21%) JCL
9 2 (0.21%) REXX
10 1 (0.10%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.10%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 130 (13.54%) Security Cleared
2 122 (12.71%) Microsoft Certification
3 101 (10.52%) SC Cleared
4 82 (8.54%) MCSE
5 76 (7.92%) Degree
6 32 (3.33%) BPSS Clearance
7 22 (2.29%) DV Cleared
8 16 (1.67%) Cisco Certification
8 16 (1.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 13 (1.35%) MCSA
10 12 (1.25%) CCNA
10 12 (1.25%) MCITP
11 10 (1.04%) PMI Certification
12 9 (0.94%) MCTS
13 8 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
14 7 (0.73%) MCP
15 6 (0.63%) CCNP
16 5 (0.52%) CISSP
16 5 (0.52%) PMP
16 5 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (3.33%) Disclosure Scotland
2 26 (2.71%) SLA
3 12 (1.25%) QA
4 7 (0.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.63%) MiFID
6 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 521 (54.27%) Active Directory
2 136 (14.17%) Hyper-V
3 111 (11.56%) XenApp
4 109 (11.35%) VMware Infrastructure
5 55 (5.73%) XenDesktop
6 51 (5.31%) Microsoft App-V
7 31 (3.23%) XenServer
8 23 (2.40%) vSphere
9 19 (1.98%) VMware ESX
10 16 (1.67%) UAG
11 15 (1.56%) Virtual Machines
11 15 (1.56%) VMware ESXi
12 13 (1.35%) Virtual Servers
13 11 (1.15%) Virtual Desktop
14 10 (1.04%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 8 (0.83%) BitLocker
16 7 (0.73%) Brightmail
16 7 (0.73%) ISA Server
17 5 (0.52%) Terminal Server
18 4 (0.42%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 134 (13.96%) SCCM
2 60 (6.25%) SCOM
3 28 (2.92%) AirWatch
4 27 (2.81%) Microsoft Intune
5 21 (2.19%) NetBackup
6 20 (2.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 19 (1.98%) WSUS
8 16 (1.67%) Norton AntiVirus
9 15 (1.56%) Backup Exec
9 15 (1.56%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 11 (1.15%) Microsoft Clustering
11 10 (1.04%) SCSM
11 10 (1.04%) SCVMM
12 8 (0.83%) Cisco CUCM
12 8 (0.83%) IBM BigFix
12 8 (0.83%) SCOrch
12 8 (0.83%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
13 7 (0.73%) MIIS
14 6 (0.63%) Failover Clustering
14 6 (0.63%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 600 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 201 (20.94%) VMware
3 183 (19.06%) Citrix
4 161 (16.77%) Cisco
5 75 (7.81%) HP
6 65 (6.77%) Oracle
7 60 (6.25%) Symantec
8 45 (4.69%) SAP
9 43 (4.48%) AppSense
10 37 (3.85%) Salesforce.com
11 36 (3.75%) Infor
12 35 (3.65%) Dell
13 33 (3.44%) Apple
13 33 (3.44%) IronPort
13 33 (3.44%) Polycom
14 31 (3.23%) NetApp
15 30 (3.13%) Avaya
16 23 (2.40%) EMC
16 23 (2.40%) Lotus
17 22 (2.29%) Mitel
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