The table below looks at the statistics for Skype for Business skills in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Skype for Business over the 3 months to 29 April 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 287 223 286
Rank change year-on-year
-64 +63
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 146 213 142
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.63% 0.95% 0.61%
As % of the Application Platforms category 3.27% 4.94% 3.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 138 89
Average daily rate £425 £345 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.18% -18.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £120 £179
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £350 £366
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -4.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 10 2
Average hourly rate £26.00 £17.33 £42.85
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.07% -59.56%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.08 £18.75 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+28.40% +13.63%
Skype for Business
England

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

Application Platforms Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Application Platforms category
4466 4309 4208
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 19.41% 19.23% 18.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 3194 2898 2923
Average daily rate £450 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 115 76
Average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.25 £35.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £20.19 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-15.77% +12.13%

Skype for Business
Jobs Demand Trend in London

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

Skype for Business Jobs Demand Trend in London

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Skype for Business Daily Rate Trend in London

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Histogram in London

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

Skype for Business Daily Rate Histogram in London

Skype for Business
Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Skype for Business Hourly Rate Trend in London

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Skype for Business within the London region over the 3 months to 29 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
City of London +1 23 £425 +5.06% 9
Croydon - 4 £413 -
Canary Wharf +5 3 £396 -6.82%
Paddington - 1 - -
Chiswick - 1 - -
Skype for Business
England

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the London region citing Skype for Business 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 Skype for Business.

1 163 (53.80%) Microsoft
2 136 (44.88%) Active Directory
2 136 (44.88%) Skype
3 119 (39.27%) Windows
4 91 (30.03%) Office 365
5 88 (29.04%) SharePoint
6 82 (27.06%) MS Exchange
7 66 (21.78%) Windows Server
8 64 (21.12%) VMware
9 62 (20.46%) ITIL
10 59 (19.47%) MS Office
10 59 (19.47%) Migration
11 55 (18.15%) MS Excel
12 48 (15.84%) Cisco
12 48 (15.84%) PowerShell
13 45 (14.85%) Exchange Server 2010
14 44 (14.52%) Finance
15 42 (13.86%) Windows 7
16 41 (13.53%) VMware Infrastructure
17 40 (13.20%) Video Conferencing
18 38 (12.54%) Citrix
19 36 (11.88%) Windows Server 2008
19 36 (11.88%) Exchange Server 2013
20 35 (11.55%) Firewall
21 33 (10.89%) Yammer
22 32 (10.56%) Project Management
22 32 (10.56%) WAN
22 32 (10.56%) SQL Server
22 32 (10.56%) SCCM
23 31 (10.23%) Microsoft Azure

Skype for Business
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the London region citing Skype for Business 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 Skype for Business. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 88 (29.04%) SharePoint
2 82 (27.06%) MS Exchange
3 45 (14.85%) Exchange Server 2010
4 36 (11.88%) Exchange Server 2013
5 16 (5.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 15 (4.95%) Exchange Server 2007
7 14 (4.62%) SharePoint 2013
8 13 (4.29%) SharePoint 2010
9 9 (2.97%) IIS
10 7 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2003
11 6 (1.98%) Office Communications Server
12 5 (1.65%) BizTalk Server
12 5 (1.65%) CMS
13 4 (1.32%) Confluence
13 4 (1.32%) IBM Notes
14 3 (0.99%) SharePoint Server
15 1 (0.33%) Apache
15 1 (0.33%) Live Communications Server
15 1 (0.33%) Tomcat
15 1 (0.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 59 (19.47%) MS Office
2 55 (18.15%) MS Excel
3 7 (2.31%) MS Project
4 2 (0.66%) InfoPath
4 2 (0.66%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.66%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.33%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.33%) ProjectWise
Business Applications
1 10 (3.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.98%) Unit4 Business World
3 5 (1.65%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 91 (30.03%) Office 365
2 33 (10.89%) Yammer
3 31 (10.23%) Microsoft Azure
4 20 (6.60%) OneDrive
5 13 (4.29%) Azure Active Directory
6 6 (1.98%) SaaS
7 5 (1.65%) IaaS
8 4 (1.32%) Google Analytics
8 4 (1.32%) Google Apps
8 4 (1.32%) PaaS
9 3 (0.99%) Amazon AWS
10 2 (0.66%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.33%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 136 (44.88%) Skype
2 35 (11.55%) Firewall
3 32 (10.56%) WAN
4 31 (10.23%) LAN
5 29 (9.57%) Unified Communications
6 23 (7.59%) Internet
7 19 (6.27%) DNS
8 17 (5.61%) TCP/IP
9 15 (4.95%) WebEx
10 13 (4.29%) Network Security
11 12 (3.96%) VoIP
12 11 (3.63%) SAN
12 11 (3.63%) VPN
13 10 (3.30%) DHCP
13 10 (3.30%) Intranet
13 10 (3.30%) IP Telephony
13 10 (3.30%) LDAP
13 10 (3.30%) PBX
14 9 (2.97%) Telepresence
14 9 (2.97%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (10.56%) SQL Server
2 11 (3.63%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (2.31%) SQL Server 2005
3 7 (2.31%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (1.32%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (0.99%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 4 (1.32%) JIRA
2 1 (0.33%) Subversion
2 1 (0.33%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 44 (14.52%) Finance
2 23 (7.59%) Banking
3 15 (4.95%) Advertising
3 15 (4.95%) Investment Banking
4 8 (2.64%) Legal
4 8 (2.64%) Retail
5 7 (2.31%) Telecoms
6 5 (1.65%) Back Office
6 5 (1.65%) Financial Institution
6 5 (1.65%) Law
7 2 (0.66%) Marketing
7 2 (0.66%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.33%) Electronics
8 1 (0.33%) French Language
8 1 (0.33%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 42 (13.86%) Analyst
2 36 (11.88%) Consultant
3 34 (11.22%) Architect
4 25 (8.25%) Project Manager
5 24 (7.92%) Lync Engineer
6 23 (7.59%) Support Engineer
7 16 (5.28%) Lync Consultant
8 15 (4.95%) Support Analyst
9 14 (4.62%) 3rd Line Support
9 14 (4.62%) Desktop Support
10 13 (4.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 13 (4.29%) Office 365 Consultant
10 13 (4.29%) Windows Engineer
11 11 (3.63%) 2nd Line Support
11 11 (3.63%) Desktop Engineer
11 11 (3.63%) Microsoft Consultant
12 10 (3.30%) Exchange Consultant
12 10 (3.30%) Messaging Engineer
12 10 (3.30%) Server Engineer
12 10 (3.30%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (4.29%) .NET
2 7 (2.31%) Web Services
3 6 (1.98%) COM
4 3 (0.99%) XMPP
5 2 (0.66%) RSS
6 1 (0.33%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.33%) CSS
6 1 (0.33%) HTML
6 1 (0.33%) jQuery
6 1 (0.33%) MAPI
6 1 (0.33%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 40 (13.20%) Video Conferencing
2 21 (6.93%) Blackberry
3 17 (5.61%) Management Information System
4 14 (4.62%) Data Centre
4 14 (4.62%) PKI
5 11 (3.63%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (2.31%) Computer Science
7 6 (1.98%) Hedge funds
8 4 (1.32%) CMDB
8 4 (1.32%) Digital Media
8 4 (1.32%) iPhone
8 4 (1.32%) Social Media
9 3 (0.99%) Streaming Video
10 2 (0.66%) BYOD
10 2 (0.66%) FMCG
10 2 (0.66%) Handset
10 2 (0.66%) PMI
10 2 (0.66%) User Experience
11 1 (0.33%) Driving Licence
11 1 (0.33%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 119 (39.27%) Windows
2 66 (21.78%) Windows Server
3 42 (13.86%) Windows 7
4 36 (11.88%) Windows Server 2008
5 27 (8.91%) Windows Server 2012
6 25 (8.25%) Windows 8
7 11 (3.63%) Windows 10
7 11 (3.63%) Windows Server 2003
8 10 (3.30%) Windows XP
9 9 (2.97%) Linux
10 6 (1.98%) Mac OS X
11 5 (1.65%) Windows Phone
12 3 (0.99%) Android
12 3 (0.99%) Apple iOS
12 3 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.33%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.33%) Unix
13 1 (0.33%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (20.46%) ITIL
2 59 (19.47%) Migration
3 32 (10.56%) Project Management
4 21 (6.93%) Service Management
5 18 (5.94%) Change Management
6 17 (5.61%) Server Virtualisation
7 16 (5.28%) Agile Software Development
8 15 (4.95%) CRM
8 15 (4.95%) Problem Management
9 13 (4.29%) Identity Management
9 13 (4.29%) PRINCE2
9 13 (4.29%) Time Management
10 11 (3.63%) Analytics
10 11 (3.63%) Incident Management
11 10 (3.30%) Capacity Management
11 10 (3.30%) E-Commerce
11 10 (3.30%) Service Delivery
11 10 (3.30%) Stakeholder Management
12 9 (2.97%) ITSM
12 9 (2.97%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 48 (15.84%) PowerShell
2 22 (7.26%) SQL
3 13 (4.29%) C#
4 3 (0.99%) C
5 2 (0.66%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 22 (7.26%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (6.60%) MCSE
3 18 (5.94%) Security Cleared
4 15 (4.95%) Degree
4 15 (4.95%) SC Cleared
5 9 (2.97%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (2.31%) MCP
6 7 (2.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 5 (1.65%) CCNP
7 5 (1.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 4 (1.32%) BC Cleared
8 4 (1.32%) CCNA
8 4 (1.32%) DV Cleared
8 4 (1.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 4 (1.32%) MCITP
9 3 (0.99%) A+ Certification
9 3 (0.99%) CCIE
9 3 (0.99%) CCNP Voice
9 3 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (0.99%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (5.61%) SLA
2 4 (1.32%) MiFID
3 1 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.33%) PMBOK
3 1 (0.33%) QA
System Software
1 136 (44.88%) Active Directory
2 41 (13.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (8.91%) Hyper-V
4 10 (3.30%) UAG
5 9 (2.97%) XenApp
6 6 (1.98%) Xen
7 5 (1.65%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (1.65%) VMware Workstation
7 5 (1.65%) vSphere
8 4 (1.32%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 3 (0.99%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.66%) Terminal Server
10 2 (0.66%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 1 (0.33%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 32 (10.56%) SCCM
2 15 (4.95%) SCOM
3 9 (2.97%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 5 (1.65%) Cisco CUCM
4 5 (1.65%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 5 (1.65%) Windows Intune
4 5 (1.65%) WSUS
5 4 (1.32%) Backup Exec
5 4 (1.32%) IBM BigFix
5 4 (1.32%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (1.32%) SCVMM
5 4 (1.32%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
6 3 (0.99%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (0.66%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.66%) XenMobile
8 1 (0.33%) Cisco UCCX
8 1 (0.33%) FortiGate
8 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 1 (0.33%) Oracle Identity Management
8 1 (0.33%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 163 (53.80%) Microsoft
2 64 (21.12%) VMware
3 48 (15.84%) Cisco
4 38 (12.54%) Citrix
5 24 (7.92%) Polycom
6 16 (5.28%) Symantec
7 14 (4.62%) Dell
8 13 (4.29%) HP
9 11 (3.63%) CheckPoint
10 10 (3.30%) Avaya
10 10 (3.30%) Google
11 9 (2.97%) Intel Security
11 9 (2.97%) NetApp
12 8 (2.64%) Salesforce.com
13 7 (2.31%) Bloomberg
13 7 (2.31%) Mitel
13 7 (2.31%) Oracle
13 7 (2.31%) Riverbed
13 7 (2.31%) Sonus
14 6 (1.98%) SolarWinds
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