The table below looks at the statistics for Skype for Business skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Skype for Business over the 3 months to 25 August 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
25 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 117 133 115
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -18
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 39 33 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.12% 0.79% 0.69%
As % of the Application Platforms category 6.91% 5.21% 4.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 20 10
Median daily rate £325 £341 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.76% -0.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £177 £289 £279
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £519 £453
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £365
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -10.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 3
Median hourly rate £14.00 - £15.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.75 £17.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+63.23% +13.33%
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 North West region.

Application Platforms Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Application Platforms category
564 633 513
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 16.13% 15.08% 16.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 358 380 259
Median daily rate £375 £420 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.71% +29.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 32 40
Median hourly rate £15.00 £22.50 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% +34.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.53 £42.02 £35.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+22.22% +28.57%

Skype for Business
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West 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 the North West

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Skype for Business Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Skype for Business across the North West region over the 3 months to 25 August 2016.

Skype for Business Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Skype for Business
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Skype for Business Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 3 months to 25 August 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
Manchester +13 27 £310 - 2
Lancashire +16 7 £375 +24.66%
Merseyside +6 1 £313 +25.00%
Cheshire +1 1 £525 +34.61%
Skype for Business
England

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 August 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 North West region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 64 (68.09%) Microsoft
2 61 (64.89%) Skype
3 60 (63.83%) Windows
4 46 (48.94%) SharePoint
5 45 (47.87%) MS Exchange
5 45 (47.87%) Windows Server
6 44 (46.81%) Active Directory
7 38 (40.43%) VMware
8 36 (38.30%) Windows Server 2012
9 35 (37.23%) PowerShell
10 33 (35.11%) SCCM
11 29 (30.85%) VMware Infrastructure
12 28 (29.79%) Windows 10
13 27 (28.72%) Security Cleared
14 26 (27.66%) SCOM
14 26 (27.66%) Software Engineering
14 26 (27.66%) MS Office
15 25 (26.60%) SharePoint 2013
16 24 (25.53%) Migration
17 23 (24.47%) Citrix
17 23 (24.47%) Office 365
18 22 (23.40%) SC Cleared
18 22 (23.40%) Test Automation
19 21 (22.34%) Cisco
20 20 (21.28%) MS Excel
21 17 (18.09%) Exchange Server 2010
22 16 (17.02%) Exchange Server 2013
23 14 (14.89%) Data Migration
23 14 (14.89%) ITIL
24 13 (13.83%) DNS

Skype for Business
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 46 (48.94%) SharePoint
2 45 (47.87%) MS Exchange
3 25 (26.60%) SharePoint 2013
4 17 (18.09%) Exchange Server 2010
5 16 (17.02%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (12.77%) Exchange Server 2007
7 7 (7.45%) SharePoint 2010
8 6 (6.38%) Drupal
9 2 (2.13%) IBM Notes
10 1 (1.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (1.06%) IIS
Applications
1 26 (27.66%) MS Office
2 20 (21.28%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.06%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.06%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (1.06%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 23 (24.47%) Office 365
2 7 (7.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (4.26%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (3.19%) IaaS
4 3 (3.19%) PaaS
4 3 (3.19%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 61 (64.89%) Skype
2 13 (13.83%) DNS
3 12 (12.77%) LAN
4 11 (11.70%) DHCP
4 11 (11.70%) WAN
5 10 (10.64%) SAN
5 10 (10.64%) Unified Communications
6 9 (9.57%) Firewall
7 7 (7.45%) TCP/IP
7 7 (7.45%) Wi-Fi
8 6 (6.38%) PBX
8 6 (6.38%) VoIP
9 5 (5.32%) VLAN
10 3 (3.19%) NAS
10 3 (3.19%) PCoIP
10 3 (3.19%) Remote Desktop
10 3 (3.19%) Softphone
10 3 (3.19%) VPN
11 2 (2.13%) Internet
11 2 (2.13%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (10.64%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.26%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (4.26%) SQL Server 2014
3 3 (3.19%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (3.19%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 8 (8.51%) Finance
2 4 (4.26%) Military
3 2 (2.13%) Legal
4 1 (1.06%) Advertising
4 1 (1.06%) Electronics
4 1 (1.06%) Law
4 1 (1.06%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.06%) Marketing
4 1 (1.06%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (12.77%) Architect
2 9 (9.57%) Designer
3 8 (8.51%) Analyst
4 6 (6.38%) Solutions Architect
5 5 (5.32%) Delivery Manager
5 5 (5.32%) Messaging Analyst
6 4 (4.26%) Azure Engineer
6 4 (4.26%) Consultant
6 4 (4.26%) Digital Delivery Manager
6 4 (4.26%) Support Engineer
6 4 (4.26%) VMware Specialist
7 3 (3.19%) Desktop Specialist
7 3 (3.19%) Desktop Support
7 3 (3.19%) Developer
7 3 (3.19%) Lync Engineer
7 3 (3.19%) Messaging Engineer
7 3 (3.19%) SCCM Specialist
7 3 (3.19%) Test Analyst
7 3 (3.19%) Windows Infrastructure Specialist
7 3 (3.19%) Windows Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.06%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 10 (10.64%) Fat Client
1 10 (10.64%) Thin Client
2 8 (8.51%) Data Centre
3 6 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (6.38%) Blackberry
3 6 (6.38%) Smartphone
4 3 (3.19%) BYOD
4 3 (3.19%) Hybrid Cloud
5 2 (2.13%) Clustering
5 2 (2.13%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.13%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.06%) PKI
6 1 (1.06%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 60 (63.83%) Windows
2 45 (47.87%) Windows Server
3 36 (38.30%) Windows Server 2012
4 28 (29.79%) Windows 10
5 12 (12.77%) Windows 7
6 9 (9.57%) Linux
7 6 (6.38%) Apple iOS
8 5 (5.32%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (2.13%) Windows 8
9 2 (2.13%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (1.06%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (1.06%) Windows Vista
10 1 (1.06%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (27.66%) Software Engineering
2 24 (25.53%) Migration
3 22 (23.40%) Test Automation
4 14 (14.89%) Data Migration
4 14 (14.89%) ITIL
5 12 (12.77%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (12.77%) Service Management
6 10 (10.64%) Project Management
7 9 (9.57%) Application Packaging
8 6 (6.38%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (5.32%) Identity Management
9 5 (5.32%) Regression Testing
9 5 (5.32%) Software Testing
9 5 (5.32%) System Testing
9 5 (5.32%) Time Management
10 4 (4.26%) Defect Management
10 4 (4.26%) ERP
10 4 (4.26%) Problem Management
10 4 (4.26%) Service Delivery
10 4 (4.26%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 35 (37.23%) PowerShell
2 10 (10.64%) SQL
3 1 (1.06%) C
Qualifications
1 27 (28.72%) Security Cleared
2 22 (23.40%) SC Cleared
3 5 (5.32%) ISEB
3 5 (5.32%) ISTQB
4 4 (4.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (2.13%) MCSA
5 2 (2.13%) MCSE
5 2 (2.13%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.06%) CCNA
6 1 (1.06%) CCNP
6 1 (1.06%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.06%) CNE
6 1 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (1.06%) Network+ Certification
6 1 (1.06%) Novell Certification
6 1 (1.06%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.13%) SLA
2 1 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 44 (46.81%) Active Directory
2 29 (30.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (13.83%) vSphere
4 8 (8.51%) Hyper-V
5 7 (7.45%) XenApp
6 3 (3.19%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (3.19%) XenDesktop
7 2 (2.13%) VMware ESX
8 1 (1.06%) Forefront TMG
8 1 (1.06%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 33 (35.11%) SCCM
2 26 (27.66%) SCOM
3 12 (12.77%) AirWatch
4 3 (3.19%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (3.19%) vRealize
5 2 (2.13%) Backup Exec
5 2 (2.13%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (1.06%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 64 (68.09%) Microsoft
2 38 (40.43%) VMware
3 23 (24.47%) Citrix
4 21 (22.34%) Cisco
5 9 (9.57%) HP
6 8 (8.51%) IronPort
7 6 (6.38%) Apple
7 6 (6.38%) Samsung
7 6 (6.38%) Verint
8 4 (4.26%) Avaya
8 4 (4.26%) NetApp
8 4 (4.26%) Polycom
9 3 (3.19%) 3PAR
9 3 (3.19%) AppSense
9 3 (3.19%) Dell
9 3 (3.19%) Oracle
10 2 (2.13%) Lotus
10 2 (2.13%) Symantec
10 2 (2.13%) Veritas
10 2 (2.13%) Wyse