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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Lync
Rank 270 322 360
Rank change year-on-year
+52 +38
Contract jobs citing Lync 390 249 187
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.76% 0.52% 0.42%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.30% 2.93% 2.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 220 142 104
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 £160 £225 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £529 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £425 £358
% change year-on-year
-20.58% +18.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 9 6
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.70 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.41% +6.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £27.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-35.77% +55.71%

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
9071 8512 8152
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 17.78% 17.67% 18.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 5679 5033 4571
Average daily rate £400 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £518 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 312 312 417
Average hourly rate £19.00 £18.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.70% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.04 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.60 £35.40 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.68
% change year-on-year
- -6.31%

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 30 January 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 30 January 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 30 January 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 +58 354 £350 -17.64% 178
London +39 151 £350 -20.79% 75
South East +21 118 £350 -22.22% 45
Berkshire +11 51 £375 -16.66% 13
City of London +15 39 £300 -19.46% 25
East of England +19 28 £265 -42.70% 2
Reading +3 22 £438 -2.77% 7
Surrey +9 17 £344 -34.52% 8
Essex - 15 £275 - 1
Wales -1 14 £375 +59.57% 8
South Wales - 13 £375 - 5
East Midlands +23 12 £238 - 7
West Sussex -6 12 £400 +68.42% 1
South West -16 12 £331 +20.45% 10
Hampshire -23 12 £300 -31.42% 11
Yorkshire +2 11 £250 -58.33% 9
Scotland -6 11 £310 -11.42% 2
North East -4 10 £275 -21.42% 1
Crawley +6 9 £400 +128.57%
Slough +3 9 £350 +84.21%
West Yorkshire 0 8 £300 -50.00% 8
Kent -3 7 £258 - 1
Buckinghamshire -14 7 £359 -20.27% 6
Cardiff - 7 £425 - 3
West Midlands +2 6 £388 +46.22% 8
Glasgow -2 6 £310 -11.42% 2
Cambridgeshire -7 6 £100 -58.50% 1
Oxfordshire - 6 £438 -
Newbury - 6 £375 - 3
Oxford - 6 £438 -

Lync
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 501 (56.67%) Microsoft
2 407 (46.04%) Windows
3 375 (42.42%) Active Directory
4 315 (35.63%) MS Exchange
5 278 (31.45%) SharePoint
6 204 (23.08%) Exchange Server 2010
7 183 (20.70%) Migration
8 169 (19.12%) Cisco
9 156 (17.65%) Office 365
10 153 (17.31%) Windows Server 2008
11 143 (16.18%) VMware
12 133 (15.05%) Windows Server 2012
13 132 (14.93%) Exchange Server 2013
14 128 (14.48%) MS Office
15 126 (14.25%) Windows 7
16 119 (13.46%) MS Excel
17 118 (13.35%) ITIL
18 114 (12.90%) SQL
19 113 (12.78%) Hyper-V
20 106 (11.99%) Finance
21 104 (11.76%) Clustering
22 99 (11.20%) SCCM
23 97 (10.97%) DNS
24 95 (10.75%) Windows Server 2003
25 89 (10.07%) Firewall
26 85 (9.62%) Citrix
27 84 (9.50%) PowerShell
28 79 (8.94%) Blackberry
29 78 (8.82%) Microsoft Certification
30 76 (8.60%) Office Communications Server

Lync
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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
1 315 (35.63%) MS Exchange
2 278 (31.45%) SharePoint
3 204 (23.08%) Exchange Server 2010
4 132 (14.93%) Exchange Server 2013
5 76 (8.60%) Office Communications Server
6 70 (7.92%) Exchange Server 2007
7 69 (7.81%) SharePoint 2013
8 56 (6.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 51 (5.77%) SharePoint 2010
10 43 (4.86%) Exchange Server 2003
11 39 (4.41%) IIS
11 39 (4.41%) BizTalk Server
12 15 (1.70%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.57%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.45%) Node.js
14 4 (0.45%) Live Communications Server
14 4 (0.45%) CMS
15 3 (0.34%) GroupWise
15 3 (0.34%) Lotus Domino
15 3 (0.34%) Apache
Applications
1 128 (14.48%) MS Office
2 119 (13.46%) MS Excel
3 9 (1.02%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.45%) MS Project
4 4 (0.45%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.45%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.11%) InDesign
5 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 49 (5.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 41 (4.64%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (1.70%) Eikon
4 6 (0.68%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 156 (17.65%) Office 365
2 55 (6.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 48 (5.43%) Cloud Computing
4 15 (1.70%) SaaS
5 11 (1.24%) IaaS
6 9 (1.02%) Yammer
7 7 (0.79%) PaaS
8 4 (0.45%) Amazon AWS
9 2 (0.23%) Google Apps
10 1 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 97 (10.97%) DNS
2 89 (10.07%) Firewall
3 75 (8.48%) Unified Communications
4 69 (7.81%) LAN
5 65 (7.35%) SAN
6 56 (6.33%) VPN
7 54 (6.11%) WAN
8 43 (4.86%) DHCP
9 39 (4.41%) TCP/IP
10 35 (3.96%) Wireless
11 34 (3.85%) VoIP
12 26 (2.94%) NAS
13 24 (2.71%) PBX
14 22 (2.49%) VLAN
15 21 (2.38%) LDAP
16 19 (2.15%) Internet
17 17 (1.92%) DMZ
17 17 (1.92%) MPLS
17 17 (1.92%) IP Telephony
18 15 (1.70%) H.323
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (7.69%) SQL Server
2 7 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (0.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (0.45%) MongoDB
5 3 (0.34%) EDRMS
6 2 (0.23%) EDMS
7 1 (0.11%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.11%) MySQL
7 1 (0.11%) DB2
7 1 (0.11%) MS Access
7 1 (0.11%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
1 4 (0.45%) Git (software)
1 4 (0.45%) Visual Studio
1 4 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (0.34%) JIRA
3 1 (0.11%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.11%) Rational Rose
3 1 (0.11%) Subversion
General
1 106 (11.99%) Finance
2 58 (6.56%) Telecoms
3 45 (5.09%) Banking
4 22 (2.49%) Law
5 18 (2.04%) Legal
6 11 (1.24%) Retail
7 10 (1.13%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.13%) Publishing
8 8 (0.90%) Back Office
9 7 (0.79%) French Language
10 6 (0.68%) Investment Banking
10 6 (0.68%) Mandarin Language
10 6 (0.68%) Portuguese Language
10 6 (0.68%) Spanish Language
10 6 (0.68%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.57%) Marketing
11 5 (0.57%) Billing
12 4 (0.45%) Military
12 4 (0.45%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 139 (15.72%) Architect
2 119 (13.46%) Analyst
3 113 (12.78%) Consultant
4 67 (7.58%) Support Engineer
5 45 (5.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 45 (5.09%) Project Manager
6 39 (4.41%) Technical Architect
7 35 (3.96%) Messaging Engineer
7 35 (3.96%) 2nd Line Support
8 34 (3.85%) Desktop Support
9 29 (3.28%) Business Analyst
10 28 (3.17%) 3rd Line Support
10 28 (3.17%) Solutions Architect
11 26 (2.94%) Desktop Engineer
12 22 (2.49%) Support Analyst
12 22 (2.49%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 20 (2.26%) Service Analyst
13 20 (2.26%) Service Desk Analyst
13 20 (2.26%) Infrastructure Architect
13 20 (2.26%) Microsoft Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (5.54%) .NET
2 37 (4.19%) Application Packaging
3 32 (3.62%) XMPP
4 13 (1.47%) Middleware
5 10 (1.13%) Web Services
6 9 (1.02%) ASP.NET
6 9 (1.02%) SOAP
7 8 (0.90%) HTML
7 8 (0.90%) CSS
8 6 (0.68%) .NET Framework
9 4 (0.45%) ExpressJS
9 4 (0.45%) AngularJS
9 4 (0.45%) JSON
9 4 (0.45%) XML
9 4 (0.45%) CGI
10 3 (0.34%) SailPoint
10 3 (0.34%) REST
11 2 (0.23%) HTML5
11 2 (0.23%) XHTML
12 1 (0.11%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 104 (11.76%) Clustering
2 79 (8.94%) Blackberry
3 68 (7.69%) Video Conferencing
4 25 (2.83%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (1.81%) Management Information System
6 13 (1.47%) iPhone
7 12 (1.36%) User Experience
7 12 (1.36%) PKI
8 10 (1.13%) Enterprise Storage
8 10 (1.13%) iPad
9 8 (0.90%) NHS
10 6 (0.68%) Data Integration
10 6 (0.68%) Reference Data
10 6 (0.68%) Smartphone
10 6 (0.68%) Fat Client
10 6 (0.68%) Thin Client
11 4 (0.45%) Mobile App
11 4 (0.45%) Handset
11 4 (0.45%) PDA
12 3 (0.34%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 407 (46.04%) Windows
2 153 (17.31%) Windows Server 2008
3 133 (15.05%) Windows Server 2012
4 126 (14.25%) Windows 7
5 95 (10.75%) Windows Server 2003
6 40 (4.52%) Windows XP
7 33 (3.73%) Windows 8
8 31 (3.51%) Linux
9 25 (2.83%) Android
10 17 (1.92%) UNIX
11 9 (1.02%) Solaris
11 9 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 9 (1.02%) Apple iOS
12 7 (0.79%) Windows Vista
13 6 (0.68%) Windows 2000
14 5 (0.57%) Mac OS X
14 5 (0.57%) VMS
14 5 (0.57%) Windows Phone
15 4 (0.45%) CentOS
16 3 (0.34%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 183 (20.70%) Migration
2 118 (13.35%) ITIL
3 57 (6.45%) CRM
4 55 (6.22%) Disaster Recovery
5 41 (4.64%) Project Management
6 40 (4.52%) Change Management
7 35 (3.96%) Service Delivery
8 31 (3.51%) Stakeholder Management
9 27 (3.05%) PRINCE2
10 25 (2.83%) Load Balancing
10 25 (2.83%) Enterprise Architecture
11 22 (2.49%) Service Management
12 20 (2.26%) Incident Management
13 18 (2.04%) SOA
14 17 (1.92%) Capacity Planning
15 15 (1.70%) Validation
16 14 (1.58%) Mentoring
16 14 (1.58%) Agile Software Development
16 14 (1.58%) Data Modelling
17 13 (1.47%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 114 (12.90%) SQL
2 84 (9.50%) PowerShell
3 11 (1.24%) Shell Script
3 11 (1.24%) VBScript
3 11 (1.24%) C#
4 9 (1.02%) VB
5 7 (0.79%) JavaScript
6 6 (0.68%) Java
7 5 (0.57%) FoxPro (VFP)
7 5 (0.57%) C
8 4 (0.45%) Perl
Qualifications
1 78 (8.82%) Microsoft Certification
2 65 (7.35%) Security Cleared
3 56 (6.33%) MCSE
4 41 (4.64%) SC Cleared
5 29 (3.28%) Degree
6 24 (2.71%) MCITP
7 20 (2.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 15 (1.70%) MCSA
9 14 (1.58%) Cisco Certification
10 11 (1.24%) MCTS
10 11 (1.24%) DV Cleared
11 8 (0.90%) MCP
12 7 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (0.79%) CCNA
12 7 (0.79%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 6 (0.68%) CCNP
13 6 (0.68%) A+ Certification
13 6 (0.68%) ISEB
14 5 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 3 (0.34%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (3.39%) SLA
2 17 (1.92%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 10 (1.13%) Dodd-Frank
3 10 (1.13%) QA
4 3 (0.34%) GxP
5 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.23%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.11%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 375 (42.42%) Active Directory
2 113 (12.78%) Hyper-V
3 66 (7.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 37 (4.19%) XenApp
5 32 (3.62%) vSphere
6 21 (2.38%) XenDesktop
7 15 (1.70%) Microsoft App-V
7 15 (1.70%) UAG
8 12 (1.36%) Forefront TMG
9 11 (1.24%) XenServer
10 10 (1.13%) ISA Server
11 9 (1.02%) VMware ESX
12 7 (0.79%) Terminal Services
13 5 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
14 4 (0.45%) Xen
15 3 (0.34%) MetaFrame
16 2 (0.23%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 2 (0.23%) VMware Server
16 2 (0.23%) NFS
17 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 99 (11.20%) SCCM
2 49 (5.54%) SCOM
3 32 (3.62%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 23 (2.60%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 13 (1.47%) Cisco CUCM
6 10 (1.13%) Backup Exec
7 9 (1.02%) WSUS
8 8 (0.90%) MOM
9 7 (0.79%) NetBackup
10 6 (0.68%) SCOrch
10 6 (0.68%) Cisco Prime
10 6 (0.68%) MIMEsweeper
11 5 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
11 5 (0.57%) Oracle Identity Manager
12 4 (0.45%) HP SIM
12 4 (0.45%) Windows Intune
12 4 (0.45%) HP Quality Center
13 3 (0.34%) Cisco UCCE
13 3 (0.34%) McAfee ePO
13 3 (0.34%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 501 (56.67%) Microsoft
2 169 (19.12%) Cisco
3 143 (16.18%) VMware
4 85 (9.62%) Citrix
5 68 (7.69%) HP
6 53 (6.00%) Symantec
7 50 (5.66%) Avaya
8 40 (4.52%) Dell
9 29 (3.28%) Polycom
10 21 (2.38%) EMC
11 20 (2.26%) SolarWinds
12 19 (2.15%) CheckPoint
13 18 (2.04%) Lotus
14 17 (1.92%) Reuters
14 17 (1.92%) AppSense
15 16 (1.81%) Remedy
16 14 (1.58%) Oracle
16 14 (1.58%) NetApp
16 14 (1.58%) McAfee
17 13 (1.47%) Sophos
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Rate: £450 - £550 per day
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Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
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Southampton
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Rate: £400 - £450 per day
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Cardiff, South Glamorgan
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Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
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Rate: £150.00 - £160.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Central London / West End
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Rate: Up to £20 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
West Yorkshire
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Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
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Posted: 6 days ago
Central London / West End
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 6 days ago
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Rate: £150 - £190 per day
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