The table below looks at the statistics for Lync skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Lync over the 3 months to 21 October 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Lync
Rank 121 103 122
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +19
Contract jobs citing Lync 19 23 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.59% 0.81% 0.50%
As % of the Application Platforms category 3.62% 4.47% 2.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 7 8
Average daily rate
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£345 £300 £463
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.00% -35.13%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £225 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £383 £425 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 3
Average hourly rate £27.50 £12.00 £24.97
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+129.16% -51.94%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £25.00 £16.25
% change year-on-year
-36.00% +53.84%
Lync
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 North West region.

Application Platforms Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Application Platforms category
525 515 616
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 16.34% 18.05% 19.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 288 228 336
Average daily rate £340 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £226 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 60 44
Average hourly rate £16.84 £18.03 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.60% -2.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £12.10 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.75 £36.81 £32.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -7.89%

Lync
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Lync Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Lync
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Lync Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Lync
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Lync across the North West region over the 3 months to 21 October 2014.

Lync Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Lync
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Lync Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Lync
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lync within the North West region over the 3 months to 21 October 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
Cheshire 0 6 - - 3
Manchester -9 6 £375 +25.00% 11
Cumbria - - - - 2
Merseyside - - - -
Lync
England

Lync
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 23 (62.16%) Microsoft
2 21 (56.76%) Windows
3 17 (45.95%) ITIL
3 17 (45.95%) MS Exchange
4 16 (43.24%) VMware
5 13 (35.14%) Active Directory
6 11 (29.73%) Citrix
6 11 (29.73%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (27.03%) DNS
8 9 (24.32%) DHCP
8 9 (24.32%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (21.62%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (18.92%) HP
10 7 (18.92%) SharePoint
11 6 (16.22%) SMS
11 6 (16.22%) SAN
11 6 (16.22%) Microsoft App-V
11 6 (16.22%) AppSense
11 6 (16.22%) XenApp
11 6 (16.22%) XenServer
11 6 (16.22%) XenDesktop
11 6 (16.22%) Exchange Server 2003
12 5 (13.51%) VMware Infrastructure
12 5 (13.51%) VMware ESX
12 5 (13.51%) Clustering
12 5 (13.51%) Linux
13 4 (10.81%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (10.81%) Firewall
13 4 (10.81%) Remedy
13 4 (10.81%) Windows 7

Lync
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 17 (45.95%) MS Exchange
2 11 (29.73%) Exchange Server 2010
3 7 (18.92%) SharePoint
4 6 (16.22%) Exchange Server 2003
5 3 (8.11%) SharePoint 2010
5 3 (8.11%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (5.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (5.41%) IIS
6 2 (5.41%) Tomcat
7 1 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (2.70%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (2.70%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (5.41%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.11%) Office 365
2 2 (5.41%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 10 (27.03%) DNS
2 9 (24.32%) DHCP
3 6 (16.22%) SMS
3 6 (16.22%) SAN
4 4 (10.81%) Firewall
4 4 (10.81%) Unified Communications
5 3 (8.11%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (8.11%) VoIP
5 3 (8.11%) TCP/IP
5 3 (8.11%) VPN
6 2 (5.41%) SSL
7 1 (2.70%) WAN
7 1 (2.70%) LAN
7 1 (2.70%) PBX
7 1 (2.70%) VLAN
7 1 (2.70%) iSCSI
7 1 (2.70%) Cisco ASA
7 1 (2.70%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.70%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 3 (8.11%) Telecoms
2 2 (5.41%) Finance
2 2 (5.41%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 8 (21.62%) Consultant
2 7 (18.92%) Analyst
3 3 (8.11%) Microsoft Consultant
3 3 (8.11%) Messaging Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Solutions Analyst
4 2 (5.41%) Service Desk Analyst
4 2 (5.41%) Support Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Technical Consultant
4 2 (5.41%) Service Analyst
4 2 (5.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) .NET Developer
5 1 (2.70%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Technical Support Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Network Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Technical Support
5 1 (2.70%) Business Analyst
5 1 (2.70%) Desktop Support
5 1 (2.70%) Developer
5 1 (2.70%) Desktop Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Implementation Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.70%) HTML
1 1 (2.70%) .NET
1 1 (2.70%) ASP.NET
1 1 (2.70%) CSS
1 1 (2.70%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.51%) Clustering
2 3 (8.11%) Blackberry
3 2 (5.41%) Replication
3 2 (5.41%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.70%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 21 (56.76%) Windows
2 9 (24.32%) Windows Server 2003
3 8 (21.62%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (13.51%) Linux
5 4 (10.81%) Windows 7
6 3 (8.11%) Windows 8
7 2 (5.41%) Apple iOS
7 2 (5.41%) Android
7 2 (5.41%) UNIX
8 1 (2.70%) Solaris
8 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (45.95%) ITIL
2 3 (8.11%) Service Management
2 3 (8.11%) Stakeholder Management
2 3 (8.11%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (8.11%) Kalman Filter
3 2 (5.41%) Load Balancing
3 2 (5.41%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 2 (5.41%) Change Management
3 2 (5.41%) CRM
4 1 (2.70%) Migration
4 1 (2.70%) Business Analysis
4 1 (2.70%) Electronic Design Automation
4 1 (2.70%) Information Security
4 1 (2.70%) Capacity Management
4 1 (2.70%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (8.11%) SQL
1 3 (8.11%) PowerShell
2 2 (5.41%) Shell Script
3 1 (2.70%) C#
3 1 (2.70%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 4 (10.81%) ITIL Certification
2 3 (8.11%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (5.41%) MCTS
3 2 (5.41%) MCITP
4 1 (2.70%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.70%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (2.70%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 13 (35.14%) Active Directory
2 6 (16.22%) Microsoft App-V
2 6 (16.22%) XenApp
2 6 (16.22%) XenServer
2 6 (16.22%) XenDesktop
3 5 (13.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (13.51%) VMware ESX
4 3 (8.11%) Brightmail
5 2 (5.41%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (8.11%) SCCM
1 3 (8.11%) SCOM
1 3 (8.11%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 2 (5.41%) NetBackup
3 1 (2.70%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 1 (2.70%) SCSM
Vendors
1 23 (62.16%) Microsoft
2 16 (43.24%) VMware
3 11 (29.73%) Citrix
4 7 (18.92%) HP
5 6 (16.22%) AppSense
6 4 (10.81%) Remedy
7 3 (8.11%) IronPort
7 3 (8.11%) Cisco
7 3 (8.11%) Symantec
8 2 (5.41%) Juniper
8 2 (5.41%) 3PAR
8 2 (5.41%) F5
9 1 (2.70%) MobileIron
9 1 (2.70%) ScanSafe
9 1 (2.70%) Veeam
9 1 (2.70%) NetApp
9 1 (2.70%) Oracle
9 1 (2.70%) IBM
9 1 (2.70%) McAfee
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