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 July 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 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 116 136 117
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -19
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 33 21 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.90% 0.56% 0.66%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.70% 4.05% 4.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 13 10
Median daily rate £375 £310 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.96% +5.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £212 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £547 £363
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 3
Median hourly rate £14.00 £16.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.15% +10.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £15.38 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+82.11% +2.50%
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
579 518 429
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 15.78% 13.72% 14.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 356 307 221
Median daily rate £385 £388 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.64% +19.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £215 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £439
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 21 31
Median hourly rate £15.00 £21.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.41% +41.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £13.85 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £37.00 £30.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £21.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+30.23% +30.30%

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 July 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 July 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 -1 21 £401 +29.19% 1
Lancashire - 7 £375 -
Cheshire +2 2 £388 -
Merseyside -1 1 £313 -
Skype for Business
England

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

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 (66.98%) Microsoft
2 69 (65.09%) Skype
3 57 (53.77%) Windows
4 47 (44.34%) Active Directory
4 47 (44.34%) MS Exchange
5 45 (42.45%) SharePoint
6 42 (39.62%) Windows Server
7 39 (36.79%) PowerShell
8 37 (34.91%) VMware
9 36 (33.96%) Windows Server 2012
10 33 (31.13%) SCCM
11 29 (27.36%) Security Cleared
11 29 (27.36%) Office 365
12 28 (26.42%) VMware Infrastructure
12 28 (26.42%) MS Office
13 26 (24.53%) Software Engineering
13 26 (24.53%) SCOM
14 25 (23.58%) Windows 10
14 25 (23.58%) Citrix
15 24 (22.64%) Migration
15 24 (22.64%) SC Cleared
16 23 (21.70%) SharePoint 2013
16 23 (21.70%) Exchange Server 2013
17 22 (20.75%) Test Automation
18 21 (19.81%) Cisco
19 20 (18.87%) MS Excel
20 19 (17.92%) Exchange Server 2010
21 18 (16.98%) ITIL
22 15 (14.15%) AirWatch
22 15 (14.15%) vSphere

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 47 (44.34%) MS Exchange
2 45 (42.45%) SharePoint
3 23 (21.70%) Exchange Server 2013
3 23 (21.70%) SharePoint 2013
4 19 (17.92%) Exchange Server 2010
5 14 (13.21%) Exchange Server 2007
6 9 (8.49%) Drupal
7 5 (4.72%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (1.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (1.89%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 28 (26.42%) MS Office
2 20 (18.87%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.94%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 29 (27.36%) Office 365
2 7 (6.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (3.77%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (2.83%) IaaS
4 3 (2.83%) PaaS
4 3 (2.83%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 69 (65.09%) Skype
2 13 (12.26%) DNS
3 11 (10.38%) DHCP
4 8 (7.55%) LAN
5 7 (6.60%) SAN
5 7 (6.60%) TCP/IP
5 7 (6.60%) Unified Communications
5 7 (6.60%) WAN
6 5 (4.72%) Firewall
6 5 (4.72%) VLAN
6 5 (4.72%) VoIP
7 4 (3.77%) Intranet
7 4 (3.77%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (2.83%) PCoIP
8 3 (2.83%) Remote Desktop
8 3 (2.83%) Softphone
9 2 (1.89%) PBX
9 2 (1.89%) SSL
9 2 (1.89%) VPN
10 1 (0.94%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (8.49%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.77%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (3.77%) SQL Server 2014
3 3 (2.83%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (2.83%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 8 (7.55%) Finance
2 4 (3.77%) Military
3 3 (2.83%) Legal
4 2 (1.89%) Advertising
4 2 (1.89%) Local Government
4 2 (1.89%) Marketing
5 1 (0.94%) Electronics
5 1 (0.94%) Law
5 1 (0.94%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (15.09%) Architect
2 11 (10.38%) Analyst
3 9 (8.49%) Designer
4 7 (6.60%) Messaging Analyst
4 7 (6.60%) Support Engineer
5 6 (5.66%) Consultant
5 6 (5.66%) Messaging Engineer
6 5 (4.72%) Delivery Manager
6 5 (4.72%) Solutions Architect
7 4 (3.77%) Azure Engineer
7 4 (3.77%) Desktop Support
7 4 (3.77%) Digital Delivery Manager
7 4 (3.77%) Lync Consultant
7 4 (3.77%) VMware Specialist
8 3 (2.83%) Desktop Specialist
8 3 (2.83%) Lync Engineer
8 3 (2.83%) Lync Specialist
8 3 (2.83%) SCCM Specialist
8 3 (2.83%) Windows Infrastructure Specialist
8 3 (2.83%) Windows Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.94%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.43%) Fat Client
1 10 (9.43%) Thin Client
2 8 (7.55%) Blackberry
3 6 (5.66%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (5.66%) Smartphone
4 4 (3.77%) Data Centre
5 3 (2.83%) Hybrid Cloud
6 2 (1.89%) Clustering
6 2 (1.89%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.89%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.94%) PKI
7 1 (0.94%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 57 (53.77%) Windows
2 42 (39.62%) Windows Server
3 36 (33.96%) Windows Server 2012
4 25 (23.58%) Windows 10
5 12 (11.32%) Windows 7
6 10 (9.43%) Linux
7 9 (8.49%) Apple iOS
8 5 (4.72%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (3.77%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (2.83%) Android
10 3 (2.83%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.94%) Embedded Linux
11 1 (0.94%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (24.53%) Software Engineering
2 24 (22.64%) Migration
3 22 (20.75%) Test Automation
4 18 (16.98%) ITIL
5 14 (13.21%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (13.21%) Data Migration
6 13 (12.26%) Service Management
7 11 (10.38%) Project Management
8 9 (8.49%) Application Packaging
9 6 (5.66%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (4.72%) Identity Management
10 5 (4.72%) Regression Testing
10 5 (4.72%) Service Delivery
10 5 (4.72%) Software Testing
10 5 (4.72%) System Testing
10 5 (4.72%) Time Management
11 4 (3.77%) Defect Management
11 4 (3.77%) ERP
11 4 (3.77%) Waterfall
12 3 (2.83%) Desktop Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 39 (36.79%) PowerShell
2 9 (8.49%) SQL
3 1 (0.94%) C
3 1 (0.94%) C++
3 1 (0.94%) JavaScript
3 1 (0.94%) Python
Qualifications
1 29 (27.36%) Security Cleared
2 24 (22.64%) SC Cleared
3 5 (4.72%) ISEB
3 5 (4.72%) ISTQB
4 4 (3.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.83%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (1.89%) MCSE
6 2 (1.89%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.94%) CCNA
7 1 (0.94%) CCNP
7 1 (0.94%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.94%) CNE
7 1 (0.94%) MCSA
7 1 (0.94%) Network+ Certification
7 1 (0.94%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.83%) SLA
2 1 (0.94%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 47 (44.34%) Active Directory
2 28 (26.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (14.15%) vSphere
4 9 (8.49%) XenApp
5 6 (5.66%) Hyper-V
6 5 (4.72%) XenDesktop
7 4 (3.77%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (1.89%) Brightmail
8 2 (1.89%) VMware ESX
8 2 (1.89%) XenServer
9 1 (0.94%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 33 (31.13%) SCCM
2 26 (24.53%) SCOM
3 15 (14.15%) AirWatch
4 3 (2.83%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (2.83%) vRealize
5 2 (1.89%) Backup Exec
5 2 (1.89%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (1.89%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (0.94%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 71 (66.98%) Microsoft
2 37 (34.91%) VMware
3 25 (23.58%) Citrix
4 21 (19.81%) Cisco
5 14 (13.21%) IronPort
6 10 (9.43%) HP
7 8 (7.55%) Dell
8 6 (5.66%) Apple
8 6 (5.66%) Samsung
8 6 (5.66%) Verint
9 4 (3.77%) NetApp
9 4 (3.77%) Polycom
9 4 (3.77%) Symantec
10 3 (2.83%) AppSense
10 3 (2.83%) Avaya
10 3 (2.83%) Juniper
11 2 (1.89%) Compaq
11 2 (1.89%) Riverbed
11 2 (1.89%) ThinPrint
11 2 (1.89%) Veritas