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 23 January 2017 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
23 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
England / North West
Rank 119 125 134
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +9
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 12 33 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.46% 0.87% 0.13%
As % of the Application Platforms category 2.76% 5.46% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 12 0
Median daily rate £325 £290 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.06% -
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £363 £318
% change year-on-year
-4.82% +14.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 12 1
Median hourly rate £16.00 £23.75 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-32.63% +82.69%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £21.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-43.52% +21.42%

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
435 604 498
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 16.72% 15.91% 15.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 278 341 265
Median daily rate £375 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.84% +11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £489 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
-1.93% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 42 30
Median hourly rate £16.00 £27.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.81% +44.73%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- +11.11%

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 23 January 2017.

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 23 January 2017. 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 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 +29 8 £265 -23.74%
Manchester +7 4 £325 -23.52% 8
Skype for Business
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 January 2017, 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 18 (62.07%) Windows
2 17 (58.62%) Microsoft
2 17 (58.62%) Skype
3 15 (51.72%) Office 365
4 13 (44.83%) SharePoint
5 11 (37.93%) Active Directory
6 8 (27.59%) VMware
7 7 (24.14%) Firewall
7 7 (24.14%) MS Exchange
7 7 (24.14%) LAN
7 7 (24.14%) Migration
7 7 (24.14%) SCCM
8 6 (20.69%) SAN
8 6 (20.69%) Data Centre
8 6 (20.69%) Windows Server
9 5 (17.24%) Two-Factor Authentication
9 5 (17.24%) Multi-Factor Authentication
9 5 (17.24%) Windows 10
9 5 (17.24%) SQL Server
9 5 (17.24%) ITIL
9 5 (17.24%) VoIP
9 5 (17.24%) WAN
9 5 (17.24%) VPN
9 5 (17.24%) DNS
9 5 (17.24%) VMware Infrastructure
9 5 (17.24%) Windows 7
10 4 (13.79%) SSL
10 4 (13.79%) Citrix
10 4 (13.79%) PRINCE2
10 4 (13.79%) SQL

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 13 (44.83%) SharePoint
2 7 (24.14%) MS Exchange
3 4 (13.79%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (6.90%) IIS
4 2 (6.90%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (6.90%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (3.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (3.45%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 3 (10.34%) MS Office
2 2 (6.90%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (3.45%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 15 (51.72%) Office 365
2 3 (10.34%) Yammer
3 1 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (3.45%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 17 (58.62%) Skype
2 7 (24.14%) Firewall
2 7 (24.14%) LAN
3 6 (20.69%) SAN
4 5 (17.24%) DNS
4 5 (17.24%) VoIP
4 5 (17.24%) VPN
4 5 (17.24%) WAN
5 4 (13.79%) PBX
5 4 (13.79%) SSL
5 4 (13.79%) Unified Communications
5 4 (13.79%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (10.34%) DHCP
6 3 (10.34%) IP Telephony
6 3 (10.34%) NAS
7 2 (6.90%) Cisco ASA
7 2 (6.90%) Internet
7 2 (6.90%) IPv4
7 2 (6.90%) Network Security
7 2 (6.90%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.24%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 1 (3.45%) Advertising
1 1 (3.45%) Local Government
1 1 (3.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (17.24%) Office 365 Engineer
2 4 (13.79%) Installations Engineer
3 3 (10.34%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (10.34%) Architect
3 3 (10.34%) Windows Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) Applications Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) Business Change Manager
4 2 (6.90%) Business Manager
4 2 (6.90%) Change Manager
4 2 (6.90%) Deployment Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) IT Technician
4 2 (6.90%) Office 365 Manager
4 2 (6.90%) Project Manager
4 2 (6.90%) Senior IT Technician
4 2 (6.90%) Senior Technician
4 2 (6.90%) Support Engineer
4 2 (6.90%) Technical Architect
5 1 (3.45%) Active Directory Support
5 1 (3.45%) Lync Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 6 (20.69%) Data Centre
2 4 (13.79%) Blackberry
2 4 (13.79%) Management Information System
3 3 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (10.34%) BYOD
4 2 (6.90%) Fat Client
4 2 (6.90%) Smartphone
4 2 (6.90%) Thin Client
5 1 (3.45%) iPad
5 1 (3.45%) iPhone
5 1 (3.45%) Mobile App
5 1 (3.45%) User Experience
5 1 (3.45%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 18 (62.07%) Windows
2 6 (20.69%) Windows Server
3 5 (17.24%) Windows 10
3 5 (17.24%) Windows 7
4 2 (6.90%) Android
4 2 (6.90%) Apple iOS
4 2 (6.90%) Windows 8
4 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (3.45%) Windows Vista
5 1 (3.45%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (24.14%) Migration
2 5 (17.24%) ITIL
2 5 (17.24%) Multi-Factor Authentication
2 5 (17.24%) Two-Factor Authentication
3 4 (13.79%) PRINCE2
4 3 (10.34%) Problem Management
5 2 (6.90%) Change Management
5 2 (6.90%) Customer-Centric Approach
5 2 (6.90%) Email Filtering
5 2 (6.90%) Kalman Filter
5 2 (6.90%) Mobile Device Management
5 2 (6.90%) Patch Management
5 2 (6.90%) Project Management
5 2 (6.90%) Server Building
5 2 (6.90%) Service Delivery
5 2 (6.90%) Web Filtering
6 1 (3.45%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (3.45%) ITIL V3
6 1 (3.45%) People Management
6 1 (3.45%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 4 (13.79%) SQL
2 1 (3.45%) C
2 1 (3.45%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 2 (6.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
2 1 (3.45%) MCSA
2 1 (3.45%) MCSE
2 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.45%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (37.93%) Active Directory
2 5 (17.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (6.90%) BitLocker
3 2 (6.90%) Hyper-V
3 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 2 (6.90%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (6.90%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (6.90%) VMware ESX
4 1 (3.45%) Forefront TMG
4 1 (3.45%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (24.14%) SCCM
2 2 (6.90%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 1 (3.45%) BladeLogic
3 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 17 (58.62%) Microsoft
2 8 (27.59%) VMware
3 4 (13.79%) Cisco
3 4 (13.79%) Citrix
4 3 (10.34%) 3PAR
4 3 (10.34%) HP
4 3 (10.34%) Oracle
5 2 (6.90%) Apple
5 2 (6.90%) AppSense
5 2 (6.90%) Dell
5 2 (6.90%) Intel Security
5 2 (6.90%) Motorola
5 2 (6.90%) Sophos
6 1 (3.45%) Avaya
6 1 (3.45%) BMC
6 1 (3.45%) F5
6 1 (3.45%) Juniper
6 1 (3.45%) Lotus
6 1 (3.45%) Pega
6 1 (3.45%) Remedy
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