The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Application Platforms category.

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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Lync
Rank 297 302 390
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +88
Contract jobs citing Lync 345 298 202
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.63% 0.58% 0.35%
As % of the Application Platforms category 3.59% 3.41% 2.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 194 182 124
Average daily rate
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£350 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £172 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
- -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 8 15
Average hourly rate £15.00 £32.25 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-53.48% +24.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £24.20 £18.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £51.60 £36.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-40.00% -3.84%
Application Platforms Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Application Platforms category
9622 8736 9808
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 17.59% 17.14% 16.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 5689 4956 5561
Average daily rate £375 £375 £358
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 390 442 448
Average hourly rate £17.50 £21.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.20 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £39.51 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £19.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-15.38% -2.50%

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 24 July 2014.

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 24 July 2014.

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 24 July 2014. 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 +17 314 £350 -7.89% 133
London +38 175 £381 -9.50% 49
South East +5 70 £325 -4.41% 32
City of London +12 34 £381 -4.74% 16
North West +3 20 £295 -9.23% 10
Hampshire +2 18 £313 -19.35% 4
East Midlands +12 16 £320 +21.90% 8
Berkshire +3 15 £373 -6.87% 13
Scotland -26 13 £440 +35.38% 7
East of England -34 13 £130 -42.22% 8
Surrey -7 12 £288 +8.49% 9
South West -27 12 £405 -18.59% 10
Buckinghamshire 0 11 - - 3
Cheshire +15 10 £310 - 1
Milton Keynes +8 10 - - 3
West Sussex +7 10 £375 +31.57% 1
Cambridgeshire -4 10 £120 -46.66% 4
Cardiff -3 8 £275 -
Wales -11 8 £275 - 2
South Wales -14 8 £275 - 1
Bristol -16 8 £465 -7.00% 5
Edinburgh -21 8 £450 +16.12% 3
Leicestershire 0 7 £310 +3.33% 1
Reading +11 6 £369 -11.14% 5
Crawley +9 6 £375 +31.57% 1
Leicester 0 6 £310 +3.33%
Yorkshire -5 6 - - 8
Lancashire -8 6 £253 -22.23%
Leeds +8 5 - - 4
West Yorkshire +1 5 - - 5

Lync
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, 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.

1 383 (56.49%) Microsoft
2 349 (51.47%) Windows
3 261 (38.50%) Active Directory
4 251 (37.02%) MS Exchange
5 193 (28.47%) SharePoint
6 145 (21.39%) Exchange Server 2010
7 141 (20.80%) Windows Server 2008
8 131 (19.32%) Cisco
9 115 (16.96%) ITIL
9 115 (16.96%) Finance
10 114 (16.81%) VMware
11 111 (16.37%) Migration
12 109 (16.08%) Windows 7
13 102 (15.04%) MS Excel
14 96 (14.16%) MS Office
15 94 (13.86%) Unified Communications
16 81 (11.95%) Citrix
16 81 (11.95%) Exchange Server 2013
17 79 (11.65%) PowerShell
18 78 (11.50%) SCCM
19 74 (10.91%) Security Cleared
20 73 (10.77%) SQL Server
21 72 (10.62%) Hyper-V
22 71 (10.47%) Office 365
22 71 (10.47%) DNS
22 71 (10.47%) Firewall
23 69 (10.18%) Windows Server 2003
24 65 (9.59%) Telecoms
25 63 (9.29%) SQL
25 63 (9.29%) Windows Server 2012

Lync
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 2014, 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
1 251 (37.02%) MS Exchange
2 193 (28.47%) SharePoint
3 145 (21.39%) Exchange Server 2010
4 81 (11.95%) Exchange Server 2013
5 59 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2007
6 43 (6.34%) Exchange Server 2003
7 34 (5.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 27 (3.98%) IIS
9 24 (3.54%) Office Communications Server
10 23 (3.39%) SharePoint 2013
11 16 (2.36%) SharePoint 2010
12 10 (1.47%) MindAlign
13 8 (1.18%) IBM Notes
14 7 (1.03%) BizTalk Server
15 6 (0.88%) CMS
16 5 (0.74%) Sitecore CMS
17 4 (0.59%) GroupWise
17 4 (0.59%) Live Communications Server
17 4 (0.59%) WorkSite
17 4 (0.59%) Zimbra
Applications
1 102 (15.04%) MS Excel
2 96 (14.16%) MS Office
3 13 (1.92%) MS Project
4 9 (1.33%) MS Visio
5 7 (1.03%) Spreadsheet
5 7 (1.03%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (0.44%) Adobe Captivate
7 2 (0.29%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.29%) InDesign
8 1 (0.15%) Quicktime
Business Applications
1 25 (3.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.44%) Misys Midas
3 2 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.15%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.15%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 71 (10.47%) Office 365
2 26 (3.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (1.33%) SaaS
4 7 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (0.44%) IaaS
5 3 (0.44%) PaaS
6 2 (0.29%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 94 (13.86%) Unified Communications
2 71 (10.47%) DNS
2 71 (10.47%) Firewall
3 62 (9.14%) SAN
4 54 (7.96%) WAN
5 50 (7.37%) LAN
6 41 (6.05%) VoIP
7 39 (5.75%) DHCP
7 39 (5.75%) TCP/IP
8 38 (5.60%) VPN
9 37 (5.46%) PBX
10 30 (4.42%) Wireless
11 23 (3.39%) NAS
11 23 (3.39%) VLAN
12 21 (3.10%) MPLS
13 18 (2.65%) Internet
14 15 (2.21%) Cisco ASA
15 13 (1.92%) IP Telephony
15 13 (1.92%) Cisco IOS
16 12 (1.77%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (10.77%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.92%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (1.18%) MySQL
4 7 (1.03%) SQL Server 2005
4 7 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (0.59%) EDRMS
6 4 (0.59%) EDMS
6 4 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (0.59%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.29%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.15%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.15%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.15%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.15%) IDOL
Development Applications
1 4 (0.59%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 4 (0.59%) Subversion
1 4 (0.59%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (0.44%) Git (software)
2 3 (0.44%) InstallShield
3 2 (0.29%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.29%) MSI
4 1 (0.15%) Visual Studio
General
1 115 (16.96%) Finance
2 65 (9.59%) Telecoms
3 56 (8.26%) Banking
4 19 (2.80%) Investment Banking
5 15 (2.21%) Law
6 9 (1.33%) Legal
7 7 (1.03%) Manufacturing
8 6 (0.88%) Military
9 4 (0.59%) Publishing
9 4 (0.59%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.44%) Marketing
10 3 (0.44%) Billing
10 3 (0.44%) Retail
10 3 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.29%) Advertising
11 2 (0.29%) Local Government
12 1 (0.15%) Dutch Language
12 1 (0.15%) French Language
12 1 (0.15%) Norwegian Language
12 1 (0.15%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 83 (12.24%) Analyst
2 82 (12.09%) Architect
3 69 (10.18%) Consultant
4 64 (9.44%) Project Manager
5 40 (5.90%) Support Engineer
6 28 (4.13%) Messaging Engineer
7 26 (3.83%) 2nd Line Support
8 22 (3.24%) Infrastructure Architect
9 20 (2.95%) Support Analyst
10 19 (2.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 19 (2.80%) Solutions Architect
11 18 (2.65%) Voice Engineer
11 18 (2.65%) Desktop Support
11 18 (2.65%) 3rd Line Support
12 15 (2.21%) Administrator
12 15 (2.21%) Business Analyst
13 14 (2.06%) Technical Architect
13 14 (2.06%) Service Analyst
13 14 (2.06%) Desktop Engineer
13 14 (2.06%) Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (3.98%) .NET
2 18 (2.65%) XMPP
3 10 (1.47%) ASP.NET
4 9 (1.33%) Web Services
4 9 (1.33%) XML
5 7 (1.03%) HTML
5 7 (1.03%) Middleware
6 6 (0.88%) JSON
7 5 (0.74%) RESTful
7 5 (0.74%) SOAP
8 4 (0.59%) Application Packaging
8 4 (0.59%) HTML5
9 3 (0.44%) Software Packaging
9 3 (0.44%) .NET Framework
9 3 (0.44%) XSLT
9 3 (0.44%) Flash
10 2 (0.29%) SAML
10 2 (0.29%) CSS
11 1 (0.15%) ASP.NET Web Forms
11 1 (0.15%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 53 (7.82%) Blackberry
2 40 (5.90%) Video Conferencing
3 28 (4.13%) Clustering
4 14 (2.06%) Management Information System
5 10 (1.47%) Handset
6 8 (1.18%) IVR
6 8 (1.18%) E-Learning
7 7 (1.03%) PKI
7 7 (1.03%) Replication
8 6 (0.88%) PMI
9 5 (0.74%) Blog
9 5 (0.74%) Video Editing
9 5 (0.74%) Smartphone
10 4 (0.59%) GIS
10 4 (0.59%) Thin Client
10 4 (0.59%) FMCG
10 4 (0.59%) Fat Client
10 4 (0.59%) IPTV
10 4 (0.59%) FlexPod
11 3 (0.44%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 349 (51.47%) Windows
2 141 (20.80%) Windows Server 2008
3 109 (16.08%) Windows 7
4 69 (10.18%) Windows Server 2003
5 63 (9.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 50 (7.37%) Windows XP
7 19 (2.80%) Windows 8
8 17 (2.51%) Linux
9 14 (2.06%) UNIX
10 13 (1.92%) Android
11 12 (1.77%) Solaris
12 7 (1.03%) Mac OS
12 7 (1.03%) Windows 2000 Server
13 5 (0.74%) Apple iOS
13 5 (0.74%) Windows 2000
14 3 (0.44%) Windows Mobile
14 3 (0.44%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.15%) Windows Phone
15 1 (0.15%) Windows Vista
15 1 (0.15%) NetWare
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (16.96%) ITIL
2 111 (16.37%) Migration
3 54 (7.96%) Project Management
4 40 (5.90%) PRINCE2
5 38 (5.60%) Service Delivery
6 37 (5.46%) Change Management
7 35 (5.16%) CRM
7 35 (5.16%) Service Management
8 31 (4.57%) Load Balancing
9 26 (3.83%) Disaster Recovery
10 18 (2.65%) Document Management
10 18 (2.65%) Data Protection
10 18 (2.65%) Stakeholder Management
11 17 (2.51%) Mobile Device Management
12 16 (2.36%) TOGAF
12 16 (2.36%) Asset Management
13 15 (2.21%) Problem Management
13 15 (2.21%) Workflow
14 14 (2.06%) Incident Management
14 14 (2.06%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 79 (11.65%) PowerShell
2 63 (9.29%) SQL
3 12 (1.77%) Shell Script
4 11 (1.62%) Java
5 10 (1.47%) Perl
6 8 (1.18%) VBScript
6 8 (1.18%) JavaScript
7 5 (0.74%) C#
8 3 (0.44%) C
Qualifications
1 74 (10.91%) Security Cleared
2 58 (8.55%) Microsoft Certification
3 57 (8.41%) SC Cleared
4 44 (6.49%) MCSE
5 21 (3.10%) MCITP
6 17 (2.51%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (2.21%) Degree
8 13 (1.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 13 (1.92%) DV Cleared
9 12 (1.77%) ITIL Certification
10 11 (1.62%) CCNP
11 10 (1.47%) CCIE
12 9 (1.33%) MCP
12 9 (1.33%) PMI Certification
13 7 (1.03%) MCTS
13 7 (1.03%) CCNA
13 7 (1.03%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 6 (0.88%) PMP
15 5 (0.74%) APMP
15 5 (0.74%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (2.95%) SLA
2 9 (1.33%) QA
3 2 (0.29%) BS7799
3 2 (0.29%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.29%) Dodd-Frank
3 2 (0.29%) Basel III
4 1 (0.15%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 261 (38.50%) Active Directory
2 72 (10.62%) Hyper-V
3 49 (7.23%) VMware Infrastructure
4 47 (6.93%) XenApp
5 29 (4.28%) vSphere
6 26 (3.83%) VMware ESXi
7 24 (3.54%) XenDesktop
8 19 (2.80%) VMware ESX
9 18 (2.65%) UAG
10 13 (1.92%) Microsoft App-V
11 8 (1.18%) Xen
11 8 (1.18%) XenServer
12 5 (0.74%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 3 (0.44%) Brightmail
14 2 (0.29%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.29%) Shibboleth
15 1 (0.15%) DFS Replication
15 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 1 (0.15%) Novell eDirectory
15 1 (0.15%) BlackBerry Internet Service
Systems Management
1 78 (11.50%) SCCM
2 44 (6.49%) SCOM
3 39 (5.75%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 18 (2.65%) Backup Exec
5 16 (2.36%) SCOrch
6 11 (1.62%) Cisco CUCM
6 11 (1.62%) McAfee ePO
7 9 (1.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 8 (1.18%) WSUS
9 7 (1.03%) MOM
10 5 (0.74%) SCVMM
10 5 (0.74%) EMC NetWorker
11 4 (0.59%) SCSM
11 4 (0.59%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
12 3 (0.44%) NetBackup
12 3 (0.44%) MIMEsweeper
13 2 (0.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 2 (0.29%) WMI
13 2 (0.29%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 2 (0.29%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 383 (56.49%) Microsoft
2 131 (19.32%) Cisco
3 114 (16.81%) VMware
4 81 (11.95%) Citrix
5 51 (7.52%) Symantec
5 51 (7.52%) HP
6 48 (7.08%) Avaya
7 26 (3.83%) EMC
8 22 (3.24%) IBM
9 21 (3.10%) NetApp
10 20 (2.95%) Bloomberg
10 20 (2.95%) Dell
11 19 (2.80%) AppSense
12 18 (2.65%) MobileIron
13 16 (2.36%) Oracle
13 16 (2.36%) IronPort
14 14 (2.06%) McAfee
14 14 (2.06%) Polycom
15 13 (1.92%) RightFax
15 13 (1.92%) Mitel
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Oxfordshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Red10
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Streamline Connections
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Roc Search
Posted: 2 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
ARM Utilities
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Next Ventures Ltd
Rate: Competitive day rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading
Next Ventures Limited
Rate: £0 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Nicoll Curtin
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Derbyshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8 - £14 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Bracknell
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £500 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South Yorkshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: Excellent Day Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: On Application
Posted: 6 days ago