The table below looks at the statistics for Skype for Business skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Skype for Business over the 3 months to 10 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 117 136 113
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -23
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 27 13 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.91% 0.40% 0.65%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.05% 2.36% 3.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 5 8
Average daily rate £350 £250 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £137 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £413 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £425
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -23.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Average hourly rate - £10.25 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -56.84%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.15 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+38.00% -30.00%
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 South West region.

Application Platforms Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Application Platforms category
535 551 539
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 17.96% 17.09% 20.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 384 352 319
Average daily rate £350 £385 £372
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +3.49%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £530 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 25 27
Average hourly rate £18.00 £22.69 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.66% +16.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.90 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £36.40 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
- +4.95%

Skype for Business
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business across the South West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Application Platforms category.

Skype for Business Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Skype for Business Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Skype for Business across the South West region over the 3 months to 10 February 2016.

Skype for Business Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Skype for Business
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Skype for Business Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Skype for Business within the South West region over the 3 months to 10 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Wiltshire +7 17 £350 -15.15%
Bristol - 6 £260 - 4
Gloucestershire +11 2 £295 +210.52%
Skype for Business
England

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

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South West region citing Skype for Business also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Skype for Business.

1 28 (71.79%) Windows
2 21 (53.85%) Skype
3 20 (51.28%) Office 365
4 18 (46.15%) Active Directory
5 17 (43.59%) Migration
6 16 (41.03%) VMware
6 16 (41.03%) Exchange Server 2013
7 14 (35.90%) VMware Infrastructure
8 13 (33.33%) Windows Server
9 12 (30.77%) ITIL
9 12 (30.77%) MS Exchange
10 10 (25.64%) Microsoft
10 10 (25.64%) Windows 7
11 9 (23.08%) Windows Server 2012
11 9 (23.08%) Windows Server 2003
11 9 (23.08%) Finance
12 8 (20.51%) Data Protection
12 8 (20.51%) SCCM
12 8 (20.51%) NetBackup
13 7 (17.95%) Exchange Server 2007
13 7 (17.95%) Barracuda Networks
13 7 (17.95%) Security Cleared
13 7 (17.95%) vSphere
13 7 (17.95%) SharePoint
14 6 (15.38%) MS Office
14 6 (15.38%) Ethernet
14 6 (15.38%) DNS
14 6 (15.38%) Windows XP
14 6 (15.38%) PRINCE
14 6 (15.38%) SAN

Skype for Business
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South West region citing Skype for Business also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Skype for Business. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 16 (41.03%) Exchange Server 2013
2 12 (30.77%) MS Exchange
3 7 (17.95%) Exchange Server 2007
3 7 (17.95%) SharePoint
4 3 (7.69%) IBM Notes
5 1 (2.56%) IBM Domino
5 1 (2.56%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (2.56%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 6 (15.38%) MS Office
2 5 (12.82%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (5.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 20 (51.28%) Office 365
2 2 (5.13%) Yammer
3 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.56%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 21 (53.85%) Skype
2 6 (15.38%) DNS
2 6 (15.38%) Ethernet
2 6 (15.38%) SAN
2 6 (15.38%) Unified Communications
3 5 (12.82%) Remote Desktop
4 4 (10.26%) Firewall
4 4 (10.26%) Internet
5 3 (7.69%) VPN
6 2 (5.13%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (5.13%) DHCP
6 2 (5.13%) LAN
6 2 (5.13%) PSTN
6 2 (5.13%) WAN
7 1 (2.56%) MPLS
7 1 (2.56%) NetScaler
7 1 (2.56%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.13%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (5.13%) Visual Studio
General
1 9 (23.08%) Finance
2 4 (10.26%) Telecoms
3 3 (7.69%) Manufacturing
4 2 (5.13%) Electronics
4 2 (5.13%) Marketing
5 1 (2.56%) Advertising
5 1 (2.56%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 7 (17.95%) Analyst
1 7 (17.95%) VMware Engineer
2 4 (10.26%) Messaging Engineer
2 4 (10.26%) Senior Analyst
3 3 (7.69%) Architect
3 3 (7.69%) Desktop Support
3 3 (7.69%) Technical Architect
3 3 (7.69%) Tester
3 3 (7.69%) Windows Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Build Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Citrix Analyst
4 2 (5.13%) Consultant
4 2 (5.13%) Desktop Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Network Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Office 365 Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Principal Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Support Engineer
4 2 (5.13%) Technical Analyst
4 2 (5.13%) UAT Tester
5 1 (2.56%) Business Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.13%) .NET
1 2 (5.13%) ASP.NET
2 1 (2.56%) CSS
2 1 (2.56%) HTML
2 1 (2.56%) HTML5
2 1 (2.56%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.26%) Fat Client
1 4 (10.26%) Thin Client
2 3 (7.69%) Data Centre
3 2 (5.13%) Replication
3 2 (5.13%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (2.56%) Client/Server
4 1 (2.56%) EqualLogic
4 1 (2.56%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (2.56%) NHS
4 1 (2.56%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 28 (71.79%) Windows
2 13 (33.33%) Windows Server
3 10 (25.64%) Windows 7
4 9 (23.08%) Windows Server 2003
4 9 (23.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (15.38%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (15.38%) Windows XP
6 4 (10.26%) Windows 8
7 2 (5.13%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (43.59%) Migration
2 12 (30.77%) ITIL
3 8 (20.51%) Data Protection
4 6 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (15.38%) PRINCE
5 5 (12.82%) Programme Management
6 4 (10.26%) Test Scripting
7 3 (7.69%) Asset Management
7 3 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (7.69%) IT Asset Management
8 2 (5.13%) Digital Marketing
8 2 (5.13%) Incident Management
8 2 (5.13%) Load Balancing
8 2 (5.13%) Network Design
8 2 (5.13%) Problem Management
8 2 (5.13%) Project Management
8 2 (5.13%) Regression Testing
8 2 (5.13%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (5.13%) Supplier Management
8 2 (5.13%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (7.69%) SQL
2 2 (5.13%) C#
3 1 (2.56%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.56%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 7 (17.95%) Security Cleared
2 4 (10.26%) SC Cleared
3 3 (7.69%) CCNA
3 3 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (7.69%) DV Cleared
4 2 (5.13%) CCIE
4 2 (5.13%) CCNP
4 2 (5.13%) CISSP
4 2 (5.13%) ISEB
4 2 (5.13%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.13%) QA
System Software
1 18 (46.15%) Active Directory
2 14 (35.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (17.95%) vSphere
4 5 (12.82%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (12.82%) VMware ESX
5 4 (10.26%) XenApp
5 4 (10.26%) XenDesktop
6 3 (7.69%) Hyper-V
7 2 (5.13%) BitLocker
8 1 (2.56%) DFS Replication
8 1 (2.56%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (2.56%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 8 (20.51%) NetBackup
1 8 (20.51%) SCCM
2 4 (10.26%) SCOM
3 2 (5.13%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 1 (2.56%) SCDPM
4 1 (2.56%) SCOrch
4 1 (2.56%) SCSM
4 1 (2.56%) SCVMM
4 1 (2.56%) WSUS
Vendors
1 16 (41.03%) VMware
2 10 (25.64%) Microsoft
3 7 (17.95%) Barracuda Networks
4 5 (12.82%) Cisco
5 4 (10.26%) AppSense
5 4 (10.26%) CA
5 4 (10.26%) CheckPoint
5 4 (10.26%) Wyse
6 3 (7.69%) Citrix
6 3 (7.69%) Lotus
6 3 (7.69%) SolarWinds
7 2 (5.13%) Blue Coat
7 2 (5.13%) F5
7 2 (5.13%) Polycom
7 2 (5.13%) SAP
7 2 (5.13%) Symantec
8 1 (2.56%) NetApp
8 1 (2.56%) Sophos