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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Lync
Rank 122 120 135
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +15
Contract jobs citing Lync 19 15 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.61% 0.52% 0.27%
As % of the Application Platforms category 3.83% 2.85% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 6 2
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£335 £325 £488
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.07% -33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £300 £478
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £419 £498
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £325 £392
% change year-on-year
+13.07% -16.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 7
Average hourly rate £12.50 - £24.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £27.00 £24.97
% change year-on-year
-44.44% +8.12%
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
496 526 680
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 16.02% 18.06% 20.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 256 236 369
Average daily rate £325 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £428 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £330
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 59 59
Average hourly rate £16.80 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.02% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.40 £12.10 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.50 £34.80 £41.43
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -5.00%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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 +19 8 - - 2
Lancashire -7 7 £325 -21.21%
Manchester -6 3 £393 +20.76% 9
Merseyside 0 1 - - 1
Cumbria - - - - 1
Lync
England

Lync
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 24 (55.81%) Microsoft
2 22 (51.16%) MS Exchange
3 20 (46.51%) Windows
4 16 (37.21%) ITIL
5 15 (34.88%) Active Directory
5 15 (34.88%) VMware
5 15 (34.88%) Exchange Server 2010
6 12 (27.91%) Citrix
7 10 (23.26%) DNS
7 10 (23.26%) DHCP
8 9 (20.93%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (18.60%) Microsoft App-V
9 8 (18.60%) AppSense
9 8 (18.60%) Windows Server 2008
9 8 (18.60%) XenApp
10 7 (16.28%) XenServer
10 7 (16.28%) XenDesktop
10 7 (16.28%) HP
10 7 (16.28%) SMS
11 6 (13.95%) SharePoint
11 6 (13.95%) Linux
11 6 (13.95%) SQL
11 6 (13.95%) Exchange Server 2003
12 5 (11.63%) VMware ESX
12 5 (11.63%) Clustering
12 5 (11.63%) Stakeholder Management
12 5 (11.63%) SAN
12 5 (11.63%) Cisco
13 4 (9.30%) Remedy
13 4 (9.30%) Firewall

Lync
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 22 (51.16%) MS Exchange
2 15 (34.88%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (13.95%) SharePoint
3 6 (13.95%) Exchange Server 2003
4 4 (9.30%) SharePoint 2010
5 3 (6.98%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (4.65%) IIS
6 2 (4.65%) Tomcat
7 1 (2.33%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (2.33%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (2.33%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (4.65%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (9.30%) Office 365
2 2 (4.65%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 10 (23.26%) DNS
1 10 (23.26%) DHCP
2 7 (16.28%) SMS
3 5 (11.63%) SAN
4 4 (9.30%) Firewall
4 4 (9.30%) Unified Communications
5 3 (6.98%) VoIP
5 3 (6.98%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (4.65%) TCP/IP
7 1 (2.33%) VPN
7 1 (2.33%) NetScaler
7 1 (2.33%) PBX
7 1 (2.33%) BIG-IP
7 1 (2.33%) VLAN
7 1 (2.33%) iSCSI
7 1 (2.33%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.33%) SQL Server
1 1 (2.33%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 3 (6.98%) Telecoms
1 3 (6.98%) Finance
2 1 (2.33%) Law
2 1 (2.33%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 6 (13.95%) Analyst
2 5 (11.63%) Project Manager
2 5 (11.63%) Support Engineer
3 4 (9.30%) Consultant
4 3 (6.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 3 (6.98%) Messaging Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Desktop Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Technical Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Infrastructure Manager
5 2 (4.65%) Rollout Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Developer
5 2 (4.65%) Technical Support
5 2 (4.65%) Network Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Infrastructure Project Manager
5 2 (4.65%) Technical Support Engineer
5 2 (4.65%) Solutions Analyst
6 1 (2.33%) IT Trainer
6 1 (2.33%) Service Desk Analyst
6 1 (2.33%) Technical Project Manager
6 1 (2.33%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.33%) HTML
1 1 (2.33%) .NET
1 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET
1 1 (2.33%) CSS
1 1 (2.33%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.63%) Clustering
2 2 (4.65%) E-Learning
2 2 (4.65%) Replication
3 1 (2.33%) Blackberry
3 1 (2.33%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 20 (46.51%) Windows
2 9 (20.93%) Windows Server 2003
3 8 (18.60%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (13.95%) Linux
5 2 (4.65%) Windows 7
5 2 (4.65%) UNIX
6 1 (2.33%) SUSE
6 1 (2.33%) Windows 8
6 1 (2.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (2.33%) NetWare
6 1 (2.33%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (37.21%) ITIL
2 5 (11.63%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (9.30%) Migration
4 3 (6.98%) Project Management
4 3 (6.98%) Service Management
4 3 (6.98%) Load Balancing
4 3 (6.98%) Kalman Filter
5 2 (4.65%) Supplier Management
5 2 (4.65%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 2 (4.65%) Change Management
5 2 (4.65%) CRM
6 1 (2.33%) PRINCE2
6 1 (2.33%) Identity Management
6 1 (2.33%) Capacity Management
6 1 (2.33%) Release Management
6 1 (2.33%) Information Security
6 1 (2.33%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 6 (13.95%) SQL
2 3 (6.98%) PowerShell
3 2 (4.65%) Shell Script
4 1 (2.33%) C#
4 1 (2.33%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 3 (6.98%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.65%) SC Cleared
2 2 (4.65%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (2.33%) MCITP
3 1 (2.33%) Degree
3 1 (2.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 1 (2.33%) MCSE
3 1 (2.33%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (2.33%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 15 (34.88%) Active Directory
2 8 (18.60%) Microsoft App-V
2 8 (18.60%) XenApp
3 7 (16.28%) XenServer
3 7 (16.28%) XenDesktop
4 5 (11.63%) VMware ESX
5 3 (6.98%) Brightmail
5 3 (6.98%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (4.65%) Hyper-V
7 1 (2.33%) Novell eDirectory
Systems Management
1 3 (6.98%) SCCM
1 3 (6.98%) SCOM
1 3 (6.98%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 2 (4.65%) NetBackup
3 1 (2.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 1 (2.33%) Novell Identity Manager
3 1 (2.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (2.33%) SCSM
Vendors
1 24 (55.81%) Microsoft
2 15 (34.88%) VMware
3 12 (27.91%) Citrix
4 8 (18.60%) AppSense
5 7 (16.28%) HP
6 5 (11.63%) Cisco
7 4 (9.30%) Remedy
8 3 (6.98%) Symantec
8 3 (6.98%) IronPort
8 3 (6.98%) NetApp
8 3 (6.98%) F5
9 2 (4.65%) 3PAR
10 1 (2.33%) MobileIron
10 1 (2.33%) ScanSafe
10 1 (2.33%) Novell
10 1 (2.33%) NetIQ
10 1 (2.33%) IBM
10 1 (2.33%) Veeam
10 1 (2.33%) Oracle
10 1 (2.33%) McAfee