The table below looks at the statistics for Lync skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Lync over the 3 months to 27 March 2015 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Lync
Rank 260 290 341
Rank change year-on-year
+30 +51
Contract jobs citing Lync 424 321 208
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.79% 0.62% 0.45%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.42% 3.52% 2.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 238 155 105
Average daily rate
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£350 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.64% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £154 £181 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £519 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £425 £364
% change year-on-year
-16.47% +16.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 10 8
Average hourly rate £18.00 £18.10 £26.12
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.55% -30.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £14.68 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £29.25 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £23.25
% change year-on-year
+5.55% -22.58%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Application Platforms category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Application Platforms Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Application Platforms category
9602 9127 8202
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 17.90% 17.58% 17.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 5769 5480 4671
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £520 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 341 304 406
Average hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.60% -1.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.60 £12.13 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £40.57 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-5.71% -7.89%

Lync
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Lync within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Application Platforms category.

Lync Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Lync
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Lync within the UK.

Lync Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Lync
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Lync within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 2015.

Lync Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Lync
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Lync within the UK.

Lync Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Lync
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Lync within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 2015.

Lync Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Lync
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lync within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 2015. 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
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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
England +34 387 £350 -17.64% 184
London +29 162 £325 -23.07% 54
South East -6 119 £375 -16.66% 43
Berkshire +3 56 £375 -16.66% 14
City of London +31 50 £407 +16.42% 18
West Midlands +10 27 £338 -25.00% 11
Surrey +27 24 £381 -7.57% 6
Scotland +10 22 £315 - 4
South West -4 22 £300 -25.00% 11
East of England +9 17 £425 +209.09% 12
Reading -2 17 £325 -31.57% 9
East Midlands -1 16 £300 -36.17% 11
Edinburgh +3 14 £320 +60.00% 1
West Sussex -9 14 £400 -20.00% 1
Hampshire -14 12 £300 -20.00% 9
Slough +5 9 £350 +34.61% 1
North West -19 9 £438 +10.06% 16
Wiltshire +9 8 £413 +83.33% 1
Cambridgeshire +7 8 £450 +108.81% 3
West Yorkshire -5 8 £425 -5.55% 5
Yorkshire -14 8 £425 -5.55% 10
Bristol +1 7 £281 -29.68% 2
Crawley 0 7 £400 -20.00%
Guildford - 7 £325 -
Cambridge - 7 £450 - 2
Oxfordshire - 7 £363 - 7
North East +4 6 - - 5
Nottinghamshire -7 6 £285 -40.00% 1
Nottingham -8 6 £285 -40.00% 1
Bracknell +7 5 £245 -18.33% 1

Lync
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Lync 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 Lync.

1 458 (52.16%) Microsoft
2 417 (47.49%) Windows
3 397 (45.22%) Active Directory
4 289 (32.92%) MS Exchange
5 262 (29.84%) SharePoint
6 195 (22.21%) Exchange Server 2010
7 177 (20.16%) Migration
8 171 (19.48%) Office 365
9 167 (19.02%) Windows Server 2008
10 162 (18.45%) Cisco
11 160 (18.22%) Windows Server 2012
12 150 (17.08%) MS Office
13 146 (16.63%) VMware
14 133 (15.15%) SCCM
15 131 (14.92%) MS Excel
16 125 (14.24%) SQL
17 115 (13.10%) Windows 7
18 112 (12.76%) Exchange Server 2013
18 112 (12.76%) ITIL
19 111 (12.64%) Hyper-V
20 107 (12.19%) DNS
21 105 (11.96%) Finance
22 102 (11.62%) Citrix
23 96 (10.93%) Clustering
24 92 (10.48%) Windows Server 2003
25 86 (9.79%) Microsoft Certification
26 81 (9.23%) PowerShell
27 78 (8.88%) VMware Infrastructure
28 77 (8.77%) Firewall
29 76 (8.66%) Unified Communications

Lync
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Lync 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 Lync. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 289 (32.92%) MS Exchange
2 262 (29.84%) SharePoint
3 195 (22.21%) Exchange Server 2010
4 112 (12.76%) Exchange Server 2013
5 73 (8.31%) Office Communications Server
6 66 (7.52%) Exchange Server 2007
7 52 (5.92%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 50 (5.69%) SharePoint 2013
9 47 (5.35%) Exchange Server 2003
10 41 (4.67%) IIS
11 33 (3.76%) SharePoint 2010
12 24 (2.73%) BizTalk Server
13 9 (1.03%) IBM Notes
14 6 (0.68%) SharePoint Server
15 5 (0.57%) CMS
16 4 (0.46%) Live Communications Server
16 4 (0.46%) Lotus Domino
16 4 (0.46%) MindAlign
17 3 (0.34%) GroupWise
18 2 (0.23%) Apache
Applications
1 150 (17.08%) MS Office
2 131 (14.92%) MS Excel
3 7 (0.80%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.46%) MS Project
4 4 (0.46%) AutoCAD
5 3 (0.34%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.34%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.11%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 40 (4.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (2.96%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.68%) SAP SD
4 4 (0.46%) Eikon
5 2 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.11%) FRx
6 1 (0.11%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 171 (19.48%) Office 365
2 47 (5.35%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (2.96%) Cloud Computing
4 13 (1.48%) IaaS
4 13 (1.48%) SaaS
5 10 (1.14%) Yammer
6 8 (0.91%) PaaS
7 3 (0.34%) Amazon AWS
8 1 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.11%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 107 (12.19%) DNS
2 77 (8.77%) Firewall
3 76 (8.66%) Unified Communications
4 72 (8.20%) LAN
5 69 (7.86%) SAN
6 67 (7.63%) WAN
7 62 (7.06%) VPN
8 50 (5.69%) DHCP
9 46 (5.24%) TCP/IP
10 45 (5.13%) VoIP
11 35 (3.99%) Wireless
12 31 (3.53%) PBX
13 29 (3.30%) LDAP
14 27 (3.08%) VLAN
15 25 (2.85%) NAS
15 25 (2.85%) IP Telephony
15 25 (2.85%) Internet
16 24 (2.73%) MPLS
17 19 (2.16%) H.323
18 15 (1.71%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (8.31%) SQL Server
2 7 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 6 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (0.46%) EDRMS
4 4 (0.46%) EDMS
5 3 (0.34%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.11%) DB2
6 1 (0.11%) MS Access
6 1 (0.11%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.11%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.11%) MySQL
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.11%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Power View
Development Applications
1 5 (0.57%) JIRA
2 3 (0.34%) Visual Studio
3 2 (0.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 2 (0.23%) Subversion
3 2 (0.23%) Git (software)
General
1 105 (11.96%) Finance
2 65 (7.40%) Telecoms
3 44 (5.01%) Banking
4 22 (2.51%) Legal
5 19 (2.16%) Law
6 14 (1.59%) Retail
7 9 (1.03%) Back Office
7 9 (1.03%) Publishing
8 8 (0.91%) French Language
8 8 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
8 8 (0.91%) Manufacturing
9 6 (0.68%) Marketing
9 6 (0.68%) Mandarin Language
9 6 (0.68%) Financial Institution
9 6 (0.68%) Portuguese Language
9 6 (0.68%) Spanish Language
10 4 (0.46%) Multimedia
10 4 (0.46%) Billing
10 4 (0.46%) Investment Banking
11 3 (0.34%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 109 (12.41%) Consultant
2 103 (11.73%) Analyst
3 89 (10.14%) Support Engineer
4 86 (9.79%) Architect
5 52 (5.92%) Project Manager
6 45 (5.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 43 (4.90%) Desktop Support
8 39 (4.44%) 3rd Line Support
9 38 (4.33%) 2nd Line Support
10 33 (3.76%) Desktop Engineer
11 30 (3.42%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 28 (3.19%) Administrator
13 26 (2.96%) Service Analyst
14 25 (2.85%) Service Desk Analyst
15 24 (2.73%) Support Analyst
16 22 (2.51%) Technical Architect
16 22 (2.51%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
17 20 (2.28%) Cisco Engineer
18 19 (2.16%) Infrastructure Architect
18 19 (2.16%) Microsoft Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (5.35%) .NET
2 31 (3.53%) Application Packaging
3 23 (2.62%) XMPP
4 12 (1.37%) ASP.NET
5 8 (0.91%) HTML
6 7 (0.80%) Middleware
7 5 (0.57%) Ajax
7 5 (0.57%) SOAP
7 5 (0.57%) Web Services
7 5 (0.57%) XML
7 5 (0.57%) XSL
8 4 (0.46%) CGI
8 4 (0.46%) SailPoint
9 3 (0.34%) .NET Framework
10 2 (0.23%) WPF
10 2 (0.23%) HTML5
10 2 (0.23%) XHTML
10 2 (0.23%) CSS
11 1 (0.11%) Flash
11 1 (0.11%) VXML
Miscellaneous
1 96 (10.93%) Clustering
2 70 (7.97%) Blackberry
3 66 (7.52%) Video Conferencing
4 30 (3.42%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (2.05%) PKI
6 16 (1.82%) Management Information System
7 14 (1.59%) iPhone
8 10 (1.14%) NHS
8 10 (1.14%) User Experience
9 9 (1.03%) Smartphone
10 8 (0.91%) Enterprise Storage
10 8 (0.91%) Computer Science
11 7 (0.80%) Thin Client
11 7 (0.80%) Fat Client
12 6 (0.68%) iPad
13 5 (0.57%) Data Integration
13 5 (0.57%) Reference Data
14 4 (0.46%) Digital Media
14 4 (0.46%) Mobile App
15 3 (0.34%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 417 (47.49%) Windows
2 167 (19.02%) Windows Server 2008
3 160 (18.22%) Windows Server 2012
4 115 (13.10%) Windows 7
5 92 (10.48%) Windows Server 2003
6 42 (4.78%) Windows XP
7 38 (4.33%) Windows 8
8 26 (2.96%) Linux
9 19 (2.16%) UNIX
10 17 (1.94%) Android
11 13 (1.48%) Solaris
12 9 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (0.91%) Windows 2000
14 7 (0.80%) Windows Vista
15 6 (0.68%) Mac OS X
16 5 (0.57%) VMS
16 5 (0.57%) HPUX
17 4 (0.46%) Windows Mobile
17 4 (0.46%) CentOS
18 3 (0.34%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 177 (20.16%) Migration
2 112 (12.76%) ITIL
3 61 (6.95%) Project Management
4 53 (6.04%) CRM
5 48 (5.47%) Disaster Recovery
6 39 (4.44%) Service Delivery
6 39 (4.44%) Change Management
7 34 (3.87%) Stakeholder Management
8 31 (3.53%) PRINCE2
9 27 (3.08%) Load Balancing
10 21 (2.39%) Incident Management
11 19 (2.16%) Capacity Planning
12 18 (2.05%) Mentoring
13 17 (1.94%) Service Management
14 16 (1.82%) Validation
15 14 (1.59%) Agile Software Development
16 11 (1.25%) Data Modelling
16 11 (1.25%) Enterprise Architecture
16 11 (1.25%) User Acceptance Testing
16 11 (1.25%) Product Management
Programming Languages
1 125 (14.24%) SQL
2 81 (9.23%) PowerShell
3 14 (1.59%) VBScript
4 13 (1.48%) Shell Script
5 12 (1.37%) C#
6 9 (1.03%) Java
6 9 (1.03%) C
7 8 (0.91%) Perl
7 8 (0.91%) VB
8 5 (0.57%) FoxPro (VFP)
9 1 (0.11%) VBA
9 1 (0.11%) X++
Qualifications
1 86 (9.79%) Microsoft Certification
2 66 (7.52%) MCSE
3 60 (6.83%) Security Cleared
4 41 (4.67%) SC Cleared
5 36 (4.10%) Degree
6 30 (3.42%) Cisco Certification
7 25 (2.85%) MCITP
8 22 (2.51%) MCSA
9 19 (2.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 17 (1.94%) MCTS
11 16 (1.82%) CCNA
12 11 (1.25%) CCNP
12 11 (1.25%) MCP
13 10 (1.14%) CCIE
14 8 (0.91%) A+ Certification
15 6 (0.68%) ISEB
15 6 (0.68%) DV Cleared
16 5 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 5 (0.57%) CCA
17 4 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (3.42%) SLA
2 12 (1.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 11 (1.25%) Dodd-Frank
4 10 (1.14%) QA
5 3 (0.34%) GxP
6 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.23%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 397 (45.22%) Active Directory
2 111 (12.64%) Hyper-V
3 78 (8.88%) VMware Infrastructure
4 40 (4.56%) XenApp
5 31 (3.53%) vSphere
6 20 (2.28%) XenDesktop
7 16 (1.82%) Microsoft App-V
8 15 (1.71%) Forefront TMG
9 14 (1.59%) UAG
10 12 (1.37%) ISA Server
11 10 (1.14%) VMware ESX
12 6 (0.68%) XenServer
13 5 (0.57%) Xen
13 5 (0.57%) VMware Server
14 4 (0.46%) Terminal Services
14 4 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
15 2 (0.23%) NFS
15 2 (0.23%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 1 (0.11%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 133 (15.15%) SCCM
2 64 (7.29%) SCOM
3 22 (2.51%) Cisco CUCM
4 18 (2.05%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 14 (1.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 11 (1.25%) WSUS
7 9 (1.03%) NetBackup
8 8 (0.91%) SCVMM
9 7 (0.80%) Oracle Identity Manager
10 6 (0.68%) SCDPM
10 6 (0.68%) Cisco Prime
10 6 (0.68%) Backup Exec
11 5 (0.57%) HP Data Protector
12 4 (0.46%) Norton AntiVirus
12 4 (0.46%) MIMEsweeper
12 4 (0.46%) HP SIM
12 4 (0.46%) SCSM
12 4 (0.46%) Windows Intune
13 3 (0.34%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 3 (0.34%) Tivoli Identity Manager
Vendors
1 458 (52.16%) Microsoft
2 162 (18.45%) Cisco
3 146 (16.63%) VMware
4 102 (11.62%) Citrix
5 72 (8.20%) HP
6 49 (5.58%) Avaya
7 36 (4.10%) Symantec
8 28 (3.19%) Dell
9 25 (2.85%) EMC
10 19 (2.16%) Oracle
10 19 (2.16%) Polycom
11 16 (1.82%) SolarWinds
11 16 (1.82%) NetApp
11 16 (1.82%) CheckPoint
12 14 (1.59%) Lotus
12 14 (1.59%) Remedy
12 14 (1.59%) McAfee
13 13 (1.48%) Sophos
13 13 (1.48%) AppSense
13 13 (1.48%) Red Hat
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £450.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Mint Recruitment Solutions
Rate: £250 - £275 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Connectus
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Stott & May
Rate: Up to £275 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxfordshire
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: On Application
Posted: 2 days ago
Durham, County Durham
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 2 days ago
South West London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: From £550 to £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Lawrence Harvey
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Lawrence Harvey
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucester
Computer Futures
Rate: £325 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bath
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Slough
Church International
Rate: £400-£450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
East London
Perfect People Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Up to £55,000 per annum + car allowance + 12% bonus + bens
Posted: 4 days ago
UK
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
CPS Group UK
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Inverness
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
ICS Solutions
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 9 days ago