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 24 May 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
24 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 109 146 115
Rank change year-on-year
+37 -31
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 57 11 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.47% 0.30% 0.72%
As % of the Application Platforms category 8.06% 1.87% 5.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 4 16
Median daily rate £425 £238 £261
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+78.94% -9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £162 £189
10% offered a daily rate of more than £444 £566 £413
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+19.23% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 £16.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+142.42% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.75 £18.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-31.08% +12.12%
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
707 587 413
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.20% 16.01% 13.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 396 332 219
Median daily rate £400 £363 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.34% +11.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £220 £228
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.33% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 26 27
Median hourly rate £20.50 £17.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.58% -32.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £14.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.20 £45.80 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.63 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.87% +14.28%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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
Cheshire +28 39 £435 -
Manchester -3 8 £323 +95.45% 3
Lancashire - 6 £400 -
Skype for Business
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 May 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 71 (70.30%) Microsoft
2 66 (65.35%) Skype
3 57 (56.44%) Windows
4 50 (49.50%) Active Directory
5 46 (45.54%) MS Exchange
6 39 (38.61%) SharePoint
6 39 (38.61%) Windows Server
6 39 (38.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 36 (35.64%) PowerShell
8 34 (33.66%) SCCM
9 32 (31.68%) Office 365
9 32 (31.68%) VMware
10 31 (30.69%) Security Cleared
11 30 (29.70%) VMware Infrastructure
12 27 (26.73%) Migration
13 26 (25.74%) MS Office
13 26 (25.74%) SC Cleared
13 26 (25.74%) SCOM
14 24 (23.76%) Windows 10
15 23 (22.77%) SharePoint 2013
16 22 (21.78%) Test Automation
16 22 (21.78%) Software Engineering
17 19 (18.81%) ITIL
17 19 (18.81%) Exchange Server 2013
18 18 (17.82%) vSphere
18 18 (17.82%) Citrix
19 16 (15.84%) MS Excel
19 16 (15.84%) Exchange Server 2010
19 16 (15.84%) Windows 7
20 14 (13.86%) Data Migration

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 (45.54%) MS Exchange
2 39 (38.61%) SharePoint
3 23 (22.77%) SharePoint 2013
4 19 (18.81%) Exchange Server 2013
5 16 (15.84%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (7.92%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (4.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (4.95%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (2.97%) Drupal
9 1 (0.99%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.99%) IIS
9 1 (0.99%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 26 (25.74%) MS Office
2 16 (15.84%) MS Excel
3 3 (2.97%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.99%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 32 (31.68%) Office 365
2 5 (4.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (3.96%) IaaS
4 3 (2.97%) PaaS
4 3 (2.97%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 66 (65.35%) Skype
2 8 (7.92%) VoIP
3 7 (6.93%) DHCP
3 7 (6.93%) DNS
4 5 (4.95%) SSL
4 5 (4.95%) Unified Communications
4 5 (4.95%) VPN
5 4 (3.96%) Intranet
5 4 (3.96%) SAN
6 3 (2.97%) PCoIP
6 3 (2.97%) Remote Desktop
6 3 (2.97%) Softphone
7 2 (1.98%) WAN
8 1 (0.99%) Firewall
8 1 (0.99%) Internet
8 1 (0.99%) LAN
8 1 (0.99%) PBX
8 1 (0.99%) Reverse Proxy
8 1 (0.99%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.99%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.94%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.96%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (3.96%) SQL Server 2014
3 3 (2.97%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (2.97%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 8 (7.92%) Finance
2 5 (4.95%) Local Government
3 4 (3.96%) Military
4 3 (2.97%) Advertising
5 2 (1.98%) Marketing
6 1 (0.99%) Electronics
6 1 (0.99%) Law
6 1 (0.99%) Legal
6 1 (0.99%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.99%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (15.84%) Architect
2 9 (8.91%) Designer
3 8 (7.92%) Analyst
4 7 (6.93%) Support Engineer
5 6 (5.94%) 2nd Line Support
5 6 (5.94%) Consultant
5 6 (5.94%) Exchange Engineer
5 6 (5.94%) Solutions Architect
6 5 (4.95%) Messaging Engineer
6 5 (4.95%) Project Manager
7 4 (3.96%) Lync Consultant
7 4 (3.96%) Lync Specialist
7 4 (3.96%) Office 365 Architect
7 4 (3.96%) Server Engineer
7 4 (3.96%) VMware Specialist
8 3 (2.97%) Exchange Architect
8 3 (2.97%) ICT Support
8 3 (2.97%) Messaging Support
8 3 (2.97%) Windows Infrastructure Specialist
8 3 (2.97%) Windows Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.91%) Blackberry
1 9 (8.91%) Fat Client
1 9 (8.91%) Thin Client
2 6 (5.94%) Data Centre
3 4 (3.96%) Mobile App
4 3 (2.97%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.97%) Hybrid Cloud
5 2 (1.98%) Clustering
6 1 (0.99%) PKI
6 1 (0.99%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.99%) User Experience
6 1 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 57 (56.44%) Windows
2 39 (38.61%) Windows Server
2 39 (38.61%) Windows Server 2012
3 24 (23.76%) Windows 10
4 16 (15.84%) Windows 7
5 10 (9.90%) Linux
5 10 (9.90%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (6.93%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (5.94%) Android
7 6 (5.94%) Apple iOS
7 6 (5.94%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.99%) Embedded Linux
8 1 (0.99%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (26.73%) Migration
2 22 (21.78%) Software Engineering
2 22 (21.78%) Test Automation
3 19 (18.81%) ITIL
4 14 (13.86%) Data Migration
5 10 (9.90%) Project Management
6 9 (8.91%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (7.92%) Application Packaging
7 8 (7.92%) Service Management
8 6 (5.94%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (4.95%) Identity Management
9 5 (4.95%) Kalman Filter
9 5 (4.95%) Regression Testing
9 5 (4.95%) Service Delivery
9 5 (4.95%) Software Testing
9 5 (4.95%) System Testing
10 4 (3.96%) Defect Management
10 4 (3.96%) Infrastructure Transformation
10 4 (3.96%) Multi-Factor Authentication
10 4 (3.96%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 36 (35.64%) PowerShell
2 10 (9.90%) SQL
3 1 (0.99%) C
3 1 (0.99%) C++
3 1 (0.99%) JavaScript
3 1 (0.99%) Python
Qualifications
1 31 (30.69%) Security Cleared
2 26 (25.74%) SC Cleared
3 5 (4.95%) ISEB
3 5 (4.95%) ISTQB
3 5 (4.95%) ITIL Certification
4 4 (3.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.97%) MCSE
5 3 (2.97%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.98%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.99%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.95%) SLA
System Software
1 50 (49.50%) Active Directory
2 30 (29.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (17.82%) vSphere
4 7 (6.93%) Hyper-V
4 7 (6.93%) XenApp
5 6 (5.94%) XenDesktop
6 5 (4.95%) Brightmail
7 4 (3.96%) XenServer
8 3 (2.97%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (2.97%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.99%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.99%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 34 (33.66%) SCCM
2 26 (25.74%) SCOM
3 7 (6.93%) AirWatch
4 5 (4.95%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 3 (2.97%) vRealize
5 3 (2.97%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 71 (70.30%) Microsoft
2 32 (31.68%) VMware
3 18 (17.82%) Citrix
4 12 (11.88%) Cisco
4 12 (11.88%) IronPort
5 8 (7.92%) Dell
6 6 (5.94%) HP
6 6 (5.94%) Juniper
7 5 (4.95%) Symantec
8 4 (3.96%) Avaya
8 4 (3.96%) BT
8 4 (3.96%) Compaq
8 4 (3.96%) Polycom
8 4 (3.96%) ThinPrint
9 3 (2.97%) NetApp
10 2 (1.98%) AppSense
10 2 (1.98%) SAP
10 2 (1.98%) Veritas
10 2 (1.98%) Wyse
11 1 (0.99%) Lotus
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