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 27 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
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 130 133 125
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -8
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 24 37 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.68% 0.84% 0.57%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.26% 5.85% 3.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 18 8
Median daily rate £310 £329 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.70% -2.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £263 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £444 £398
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £328 £383
% change year-on-year
+3.05% -14.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
Median hourly rate £14.75 £12.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.91% -56.36%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £14.75 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+86.44% -1.66%
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
563 633 493
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.89% 14.31% 15.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 366 397 264
Median daily rate £400 £425 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £512 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +4.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 37 36
Median hourly rate £15.00 £16.84 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.92% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.24 £10.94 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.73 £27.50 £35.30
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 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 27 September 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 27 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
Manchester +5 21 £310 - 4
Cheshire +1 2 £488 +25.00% 1
Skype for Business
England

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

For the 6 months to 27 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 North West region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 31 (58.49%) Windows
1 31 (58.49%) Microsoft
2 25 (47.17%) SharePoint
2 25 (47.17%) Active Directory
3 22 (41.51%) Citrix
4 21 (39.62%) MS Exchange
4 21 (39.62%) Skype
4 21 (39.62%) Windows Server
5 18 (33.96%) VMware
6 16 (30.19%) Cisco
7 14 (26.42%) Exchange Server 2010
7 14 (26.42%) Office 365
8 13 (24.53%) LAN
8 13 (24.53%) ITIL
9 12 (22.64%) MS Excel
9 12 (22.64%) DNS
9 12 (22.64%) Windows Server 2012
9 12 (22.64%) SCCM
10 11 (20.75%) PowerShell
10 11 (20.75%) Exchange Server 2013
11 10 (18.87%) VMware Infrastructure
11 10 (18.87%) WAN
11 10 (18.87%) Firewall
12 9 (16.98%) Software Engineering
12 9 (16.98%) DHCP
12 9 (16.98%) HP
12 9 (16.98%) AirWatch
13 8 (15.09%) Windows 10
13 8 (15.09%) SCOM
13 8 (15.09%) Exchange Server 2007

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 25 (47.17%) SharePoint
2 21 (39.62%) MS Exchange
3 14 (26.42%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (20.75%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (15.09%) Exchange Server 2007
6 7 (13.21%) SharePoint 2010
7 6 (11.32%) Drupal
8 4 (7.55%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (3.77%) IBM Notes
10 1 (1.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (1.89%) IIS
Applications
1 12 (22.64%) MS Excel
2 8 (15.09%) MS Office
3 1 (1.89%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.89%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (1.89%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 14 (26.42%) Office 365
2 6 (11.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (7.55%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (3.77%) IaaS
4 2 (3.77%) PaaS
4 2 (3.77%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (39.62%) Skype
2 13 (24.53%) LAN
3 12 (22.64%) DNS
4 10 (18.87%) Firewall
4 10 (18.87%) WAN
5 9 (16.98%) DHCP
6 8 (15.09%) SAN
7 7 (13.21%) TCP/IP
7 7 (13.21%) Unified Communications
7 7 (13.21%) Wi-Fi
8 6 (11.32%) VoIP
9 5 (9.43%) PBX
9 5 (9.43%) VLAN
10 3 (5.66%) NAS
10 3 (5.66%) PCoIP
10 3 (5.66%) Softphone
10 3 (5.66%) VPN
11 2 (3.77%) Internet
11 2 (3.77%) IP Telephony
11 2 (3.77%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (15.09%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.77%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.89%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.89%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.89%) SQL Server 2014
General
1 4 (7.55%) Finance
2 2 (3.77%) Legal
3 1 (1.89%) Electronics
3 1 (1.89%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.89%) Marketing
3 1 (1.89%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (9.43%) Analyst
1 5 (9.43%) Architect
1 5 (9.43%) Delivery Manager
1 5 (9.43%) Messaging Analyst
2 4 (7.55%) Azure Engineer
2 4 (7.55%) Digital Delivery Manager
2 4 (7.55%) Support Engineer
3 3 (5.66%) Citrix Specialist
3 3 (5.66%) Desktop Specialist
3 3 (5.66%) Desktop Support
3 3 (5.66%) Developer
3 3 (5.66%) Infrastructure Specialist
3 3 (5.66%) Lync Engineer
3 3 (5.66%) Messaging Engineer
3 3 (5.66%) SCCM Specialist
3 3 (5.66%) Solutions Architect
3 3 (5.66%) Windows Infrastructure Specialist
3 3 (5.66%) Windows Specialist
4 2 (3.77%) Designer
4 2 (3.77%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.89%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 7 (13.21%) Data Centre
2 6 (11.32%) Blackberry
2 6 (11.32%) Smartphone
3 5 (9.43%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (5.66%) BYOD
4 3 (5.66%) Management Information System
5 2 (3.77%) Fat Client
5 2 (3.77%) Hybrid Cloud
5 2 (3.77%) Thin Client
6 1 (1.89%) Clustering
6 1 (1.89%) PKI
6 1 (1.89%) User Experience
6 1 (1.89%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 31 (58.49%) Windows
2 21 (39.62%) Windows Server
3 12 (22.64%) Windows Server 2012
4 8 (15.09%) Windows 10
5 7 (13.21%) Windows 7
6 6 (11.32%) Apple iOS
7 5 (9.43%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (3.77%) Windows 8
8 2 (3.77%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (1.89%) Linux
9 1 (1.89%) Windows Vista
9 1 (1.89%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (24.53%) ITIL
2 9 (16.98%) Software Engineering
3 7 (13.21%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (11.32%) Service Management
5 5 (9.43%) Application Packaging
5 5 (9.43%) Test Automation
5 5 (9.43%) Time Management
6 4 (7.55%) ERP
6 4 (7.55%) Problem Management
6 4 (7.55%) Project Management
6 4 (7.55%) Service Delivery
7 3 (5.66%) Desktop Virtualisation
7 3 (5.66%) Migration
7 3 (5.66%) Multi-Factor Authentication
7 3 (5.66%) Technical Analysis
7 3 (5.66%) Two-Factor Authentication
8 2 (3.77%) Agile Project Management
8 2 (3.77%) Infrastructure Transformation
8 2 (3.77%) Kalman Filter
8 2 (3.77%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 11 (20.75%) PowerShell
2 7 (13.21%) SQL
3 1 (1.89%) C
Qualifications
1 5 (9.43%) Security Cleared
2 2 (3.77%) MCSA
2 2 (3.77%) MCSE
2 2 (3.77%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (1.89%) CCNA
3 1 (1.89%) CCNP
3 1 (1.89%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.89%) CNE
3 1 (1.89%) Network+ Certification
3 1 (1.89%) Novell Certification
3 1 (1.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 1 (1.89%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.89%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (1.89%) SLA
System Software
1 25 (47.17%) Active Directory
2 10 (18.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (11.32%) Hyper-V
4 5 (9.43%) XenApp
5 1 (1.89%) Forefront TMG
5 1 (1.89%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (1.89%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (1.89%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (1.89%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (1.89%) VMware ESX
5 1 (1.89%) vSphere
5 1 (1.89%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 12 (22.64%) SCCM
2 9 (16.98%) AirWatch
3 8 (15.09%) SCOM
4 2 (3.77%) Backup Exec
4 2 (3.77%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (1.89%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (1.89%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 31 (58.49%) Microsoft
2 22 (41.51%) Citrix
3 18 (33.96%) VMware
4 16 (30.19%) Cisco
5 9 (16.98%) HP
6 8 (15.09%) IronPort
7 7 (13.21%) Apple
8 6 (11.32%) Samsung
8 6 (11.32%) Verint
9 4 (7.55%) Avaya
9 4 (7.55%) Dell
10 3 (5.66%) 3PAR
10 3 (5.66%) Oracle
11 2 (3.77%) Lotus
11 2 (3.77%) Riverbed
11 2 (3.77%) Symantec
12 1 (1.89%) JD Edwards
12 1 (1.89%) Motorola
12 1 (1.89%) NetApp
12 1 (1.89%) Sophos