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 5 August 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
5 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Lync
Rank 231 283 317
Rank change year-on-year
+52 +34
Contract jobs citing Lync 554 373 303
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.96% 0.67% 0.58%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.23% 3.72% 3.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 214 187
Average daily rate
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£335 £365 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.21% -3.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £163 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £524 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 23 10
Average hourly rate £17.18 £15.00 £41.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.50% -63.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.16 £12.00 £24.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £25.01 £49.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -42.85%

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
10600 10040 8909
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.33% 18.07% 17.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 6770 5906 5074
Average daily rate £385 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 320 406 422
Average hourly rate £21.15 £18.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.47% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.15 £35.00 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+26.47% -10.52%

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 5 August 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 5 August 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 5 August 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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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 +79 532 £333 -5.00% 105
London +41 226 £350 -7.89% 45
South East +42 143 £325 - 28
City of London +19 59 £398 -2.45% 9
Hampshire +21 49 £315 - 6
South West +24 44 £233 -38.00% 5
East of England +25 35 £325 +150.00% 3
Berkshire +17 33 £325 -7.14% 10
Buckinghamshire +10 24 £363 - 1
North West -10 23 £310 -9.48% 7
West Midlands +21 22 £388 +8.39% 4
Yorkshire -13 20 £325 - 11
Wiltshire +14 18 £475 -
Reading +5 17 £325 -11.86% 6
Norfolk +16 16 £320 -19.59%
Surrey +1 16 £325 +8.33% 7
West Yorkshire -13 14 £338 - 4
Leeds -17 13 £338 - 4
Milton Keynes +4 12 £350 - 1
Manchester 0 12 £310 -7.46% 3
Gloucestershire +2 11 £150 -62.96% 1
Cambridgeshire -4 10 £425 +254.16% 1
Oxfordshire - 10 £139 -
Guildford - 10 £300 - 3
Birmingham +10 9 £400 +11.88% 3
Scotland -11 8 £175 -61.11% 2
Swindon - 8 £500 -
Farnborough - 8 £381 -
High Wycombe - 7 - -
Oxford - 7 £139 -

Lync
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 August 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.

1 508 (48.47%) Microsoft
2 497 (47.42%) Windows
3 411 (39.22%) Active Directory
4 304 (29.01%) MS Exchange
5 258 (24.62%) Office 365
6 251 (23.95%) SharePoint
7 207 (19.75%) VMware
8 201 (19.18%) Exchange Server 2010
9 190 (18.13%) MS Excel
10 186 (17.75%) Windows Server 2012
11 183 (17.46%) Migration
12 165 (15.74%) Windows Server 2008
13 160 (15.27%) SCCM
14 156 (14.89%) Windows 7
15 152 (14.50%) MS Office
16 145 (13.84%) Citrix
17 140 (13.36%) Cisco
18 139 (13.26%) Unified Communications
19 137 (13.07%) ITIL
20 134 (12.79%) Finance
21 130 (12.40%) DNS
22 123 (11.74%) Microsoft Certification
22 123 (11.74%) PowerShell
23 119 (11.35%) VMware Infrastructure
24 118 (11.26%) Exchange Server 2013
25 108 (10.31%) SQL
26 97 (9.26%) VPN
26 97 (9.26%) Hyper-V
27 94 (8.97%) SQL Server
28 93 (8.87%) Windows Server 2003

Lync
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 August 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
1 304 (29.01%) MS Exchange
2 251 (23.95%) SharePoint
3 201 (19.18%) Exchange Server 2010
4 118 (11.26%) Exchange Server 2013
5 58 (5.53%) Exchange Server 2007
6 54 (5.15%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 49 (4.68%) Office Communications Server
8 48 (4.58%) IIS
9 39 (3.72%) Exchange Server 2003
10 38 (3.63%) SharePoint 2013
11 27 (2.58%) SharePoint 2010
12 18 (1.72%) IBM Notes
13 11 (1.05%) MindAlign
14 7 (0.67%) SharePoint Server
15 6 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
16 4 (0.38%) WorkSite
17 3 (0.29%) Lotus Domino
18 2 (0.19%) LiveLink
18 2 (0.19%) MS Project Server
19 1 (0.095%) WebSphere
Applications
1 190 (18.13%) MS Excel
2 152 (14.50%) MS Office
3 15 (1.43%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (0.57%) MS Project
5 5 (0.48%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.29%) Acrobat
6 3 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.19%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.095%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.095%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 42 (4.01%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.48%) Eikon
4 3 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.19%) Agresso
5 2 (0.19%) SAP CCM
5 2 (0.19%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.095%) FRx
6 1 (0.095%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.095%) assyst
6 1 (0.095%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.095%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 258 (24.62%) Office 365
2 42 (4.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (2.00%) Yammer
4 11 (1.05%) SaaS
5 10 (0.95%) PaaS
5 10 (0.95%) Amazon AWS
6 9 (0.86%) IaaS
7 4 (0.38%) Google Apps
8 3 (0.29%) OneDrive
8 3 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.19%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.095%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.095%) Symantec.cloud
Communications & Networking
1 139 (13.26%) Unified Communications
2 130 (12.40%) DNS
3 97 (9.26%) VPN
4 92 (8.78%) WAN
5 91 (8.68%) Skype
6 85 (8.11%) LAN
7 75 (7.16%) DHCP
8 74 (7.06%) Firewall
9 57 (5.44%) VoIP
10 51 (4.87%) SAN
11 39 (3.72%) Internet
12 36 (3.44%) PBX
13 33 (3.15%) TCP/IP
14 28 (2.67%) VLAN
15 27 (2.58%) Wireless
15 27 (2.58%) MPLS
16 26 (2.48%) LDAP
17 18 (1.72%) NetScaler
17 18 (1.72%) NAS
18 17 (1.62%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (8.97%) SQL Server
2 22 (2.10%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (1.15%) SQL Server 2005
4 10 (0.95%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (0.48%) BusinessObjects
7 4 (0.38%) EDRMS
7 4 (0.38%) MySQL
8 3 (0.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (0.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.19%) EDMS
9 2 (0.19%) Crystal Reports
10 1 (0.095%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.095%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.095%) Sybase ASE
10 1 (0.095%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.095%) Oracle Database
10 1 (0.095%) Microsoft Power View
Development Applications
1 3 (0.29%) Visual Studio
1 3 (0.29%) JIRA
2 2 (0.19%) MSI
General
1 134 (12.79%) Finance
2 47 (4.48%) Banking
3 38 (3.63%) Legal
4 37 (3.53%) Law
5 36 (3.44%) Telecoms
6 30 (2.86%) Retail
7 11 (1.05%) Advertising
8 8 (0.76%) Back Office
8 8 (0.76%) Investment Banking
8 8 (0.76%) Marketing
9 7 (0.67%) Publishing
10 6 (0.57%) Electronics
10 6 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.38%) Front Office
11 4 (0.38%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.38%) Billing
11 4 (0.38%) Local Government
11 4 (0.38%) French Language
12 2 (0.19%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.19%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 104 (9.92%) Support Engineer
2 103 (9.83%) Analyst
2 103 (9.83%) Consultant
3 81 (7.73%) Architect
4 70 (6.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 69 (6.58%) Project Manager
6 64 (6.11%) 3rd Line Support
7 48 (4.58%) 2nd Line Support
8 38 (3.63%) Administrator
9 36 (3.44%) Desktop Support
9 36 (3.44%) Unified Communications Engineer
10 33 (3.15%) Trainer
11 31 (2.96%) Support Analyst
12 26 (2.48%) Service Analyst
12 26 (2.48%) Desktop Engineer
13 25 (2.39%) Service Desk Analyst
13 25 (2.39%) IT Trainer
13 25 (2.39%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
14 24 (2.29%) Server Engineer
15 23 (2.19%) Office 365 Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (3.63%) .NET
2 18 (1.72%) XMPP
3 14 (1.34%) HTML
4 13 (1.24%) ASP.NET
5 12 (1.15%) Application Packaging
6 6 (0.57%) XML
6 6 (0.57%) XSL
6 6 (0.57%) Ajax
7 5 (0.48%) MAPI
7 5 (0.48%) CSS
7 5 (0.48%) Web Services
8 4 (0.38%) .NET Framework
8 4 (0.38%) Middleware
8 4 (0.38%) HTML5
9 3 (0.29%) Silverlight
9 3 (0.29%) SAP Smart Forms
9 3 (0.29%) COM
10 2 (0.19%) WPF
11 1 (0.095%) SailPoint
11 1 (0.095%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 78 (7.44%) Video Conferencing
2 72 (6.87%) Data Centre
3 62 (5.92%) Blackberry
4 49 (4.68%) Clustering
5 29 (2.77%) Analytical Skills
6 27 (2.58%) User Experience
7 16 (1.53%) iPhone
7 16 (1.53%) PKI
8 13 (1.24%) Management Information System
8 13 (1.24%) iPad
9 12 (1.15%) Mobile App
10 10 (0.95%) Private Cloud
11 9 (0.86%) Replication
12 8 (0.76%) Smartphone
13 7 (0.67%) Client/Server
13 7 (0.67%) Computer Science
14 6 (0.57%) PMI
14 6 (0.57%) NHS
15 5 (0.48%) Thin Client
15 5 (0.48%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 497 (47.42%) Windows
2 186 (17.75%) Windows Server 2012
3 165 (15.74%) Windows Server 2008
4 156 (14.89%) Windows 7
5 93 (8.87%) Windows Server 2003
6 52 (4.96%) Windows 8
7 42 (4.01%) Linux
8 40 (3.82%) Android
9 36 (3.44%) Windows XP
10 15 (1.43%) Mac OS X
11 13 (1.24%) Windows Phone
11 13 (1.24%) Apple iOS
12 12 (1.15%) Windows Vista
13 11 (1.05%) UNIX
14 8 (0.76%) Windows 2000 Server
15 6 (0.57%) Solaris
15 6 (0.57%) Windows Mobile
15 6 (0.57%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 3 (0.29%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 183 (17.46%) Migration
2 137 (13.07%) ITIL
3 77 (7.35%) Project Management
4 52 (4.96%) CRM
5 50 (4.77%) Change Management
6 44 (4.20%) PRINCE2
7 35 (3.34%) Stakeholder Management
8 33 (3.15%) Disaster Recovery
9 29 (2.77%) Programme Management
9 29 (2.77%) Service Management
10 28 (2.67%) Service Delivery
11 22 (2.10%) Mobile Device Management
12 21 (2.00%) Mentoring
12 21 (2.00%) Problem Management
13 20 (1.91%) Asset Management
13 20 (1.91%) Change Control
14 19 (1.81%) Agile Software Development
15 18 (1.72%) Root Cause Analysis
15 18 (1.72%) Coaching
16 17 (1.62%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 123 (11.74%) PowerShell
2 108 (10.31%) SQL
3 18 (1.72%) VBScript
4 11 (1.05%) C
5 9 (0.86%) C#
6 7 (0.67%) Shell Script
7 6 (0.57%) Perl
7 6 (0.57%) Java
8 5 (0.48%) JavaScript
8 5 (0.48%) T-SQL
9 3 (0.29%) VB
9 3 (0.29%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.095%) X++
10 1 (0.095%) VBA
Qualifications
1 123 (11.74%) Microsoft Certification
2 85 (8.11%) Security Cleared
3 84 (8.02%) MCSE
4 53 (5.06%) SC Cleared
5 37 (3.53%) MCSA
6 30 (2.86%) Cisco Certification
7 28 (2.67%) MCITP
8 27 (2.58%) Degree
9 23 (2.19%) CCNA
10 22 (2.10%) DV Cleared
11 21 (2.00%) MCTS
12 15 (1.43%) MCP
13 13 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
14 12 (1.15%) CCNP
15 9 (0.86%) HND
15 9 (0.86%) CCIE
15 9 (0.86%) PMI Certification
16 7 (0.67%) MOS
17 6 (0.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 6 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (3.72%) SLA
2 10 (0.95%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 9 (0.86%) QA
4 5 (0.48%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.095%) PMBOK
5 1 (0.095%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.095%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 411 (39.22%) Active Directory
2 119 (11.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 97 (9.26%) Hyper-V
4 71 (6.77%) XenApp
5 41 (3.91%) vSphere
6 34 (3.24%) XenDesktop
7 32 (3.05%) Microsoft App-V
8 27 (2.58%) VMware ESX
9 26 (2.48%) VMware ESXi
10 18 (1.72%) XenServer
11 13 (1.24%) Forefront TMG
12 9 (0.86%) DFS Replication
13 8 (0.76%) ISA Server
14 7 (0.67%) Veritas Cluster Server
15 6 (0.57%) BitLocker
16 5 (0.48%) UAG
16 5 (0.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 5 (0.48%) VMware Server
17 3 (0.29%) Samba
17 3 (0.29%) Xen
Systems Management
1 160 (15.27%) SCCM
2 82 (7.82%) SCOM
3 25 (2.39%) AirWatch
4 21 (2.00%) WSUS
5 20 (1.91%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 19 (1.81%) Cisco CUCM
7 18 (1.72%) NetBackup
8 16 (1.53%) SCVMM
8 16 (1.53%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 13 (1.24%) SCDPM
10 12 (1.15%) Backup Exec
11 10 (0.95%) McAfee ePO
11 10 (0.95%) SCSM
12 7 (0.67%) SCOrch
12 7 (0.67%) OVSD
12 7 (0.67%) Tivoli
13 6 (0.57%) XenMobile
14 5 (0.48%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 4 (0.38%) vMotion
15 4 (0.38%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 508 (48.47%) Microsoft
2 207 (19.75%) VMware
3 145 (13.84%) Citrix
4 140 (13.36%) Cisco
5 73 (6.97%) HP
6 40 (3.82%) Avaya
7 35 (3.34%) Symantec
8 33 (3.15%) Polycom
9 23 (2.19%) Oracle
10 22 (2.10%) Dell
10 22 (2.10%) Apple
11 20 (1.91%) Lotus
12 19 (1.81%) Adobe
13 18 (1.72%) NetApp
13 18 (1.72%) McAfee
14 17 (1.62%) Mitel
15 16 (1.53%) Altiris
15 16 (1.53%) EMC
16 14 (1.34%) Remedy
16 14 (1.34%) AppSense
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