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 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Lync
Rank 241 320 381
Rank change year-on-year
+79 +61
Contract jobs citing Lync 469 275 181
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.86% 0.54% 0.37%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.76% 3.01% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 164 100
Average daily rate
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£350 £420 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +13.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £241 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £525 £534
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £394 £350
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 10 8
Average hourly rate £18.25 £17.75 £17.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.81% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £15.23 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £42.55 £22.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £25.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-30.00% +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
9845 9126 8714
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.15% 17.83% 17.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 6369 5531 4914
Average daily rate £395 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £508 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 324 373 434
Average hourly rate £19.38 £17.50 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.74% -6.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.12 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £36.07 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.38 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+10.74% -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 24 December 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 December 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 December 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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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 +73 433 £350 -17.64% 133
London +61 173 £364 -14.41% 43
South East +19 133 £375 -11.76% 30
Berkshire +1 45 £425 - 13
City of London +4 36 £360 -14.28% 12
East of England +14 31 £135 -70.00% 5
Reading +15 24 £540 +27.05% 7
South West -11 22 £545 +98.18% 9
Hampshire -11 17 £323 -26.28% 6
East Midlands +19 16 £238 +5.55% 6
Surrey +2 16 £325 -27.77% 3
Essex +6 15 £275 - 1
West Sussex +6 15 £450 +89.47% 1
Yorkshire -3 15 £260 -9.56% 11
Wales -12 15 £325 +27.45% 2
West Midlands +4 14 £375 +3.44% 7
Buckinghamshire -7 14 £350 +7.69% 2
Bristol -3 13 £545 - 2
South Wales -5 13 £375 - 2
North East -16 13 £275 -21.42% 6
Durham - 13 £275 -
Milton Keynes -5 12 £350 +7.69% 2
Cardiff -2 11 £325 - 1
Scotland -5 10 £310 -11.42% 7
North West -28 10 £375 +15.38% 10
Cambridgeshire - 10 £110 - 1
Nottinghamshire +10 9 £245 +8.88% 1
Kent +5 8 £165 - 1
West Yorkshire -12 8 £270 +8.00% 7
Manchester -18 7 £375 +25.00% 5

Lync
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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.

1 529 (56.76%) Microsoft
2 446 (47.85%) Windows
3 395 (42.38%) Active Directory
4 343 (36.80%) MS Exchange
5 305 (32.73%) SharePoint
6 219 (23.50%) Exchange Server 2010
7 180 (19.31%) Migration
8 172 (18.45%) Windows Server 2008
9 171 (18.35%) Cisco
10 154 (16.52%) Windows 7
11 151 (16.20%) VMware
12 141 (15.13%) MS Excel
12 141 (15.13%) Office 365
12 141 (15.13%) Windows Server 2012
12 141 (15.13%) Exchange Server 2013
13 133 (14.27%) ITIL
14 131 (14.06%) MS Office
15 127 (13.63%) Finance
16 119 (12.77%) Hyper-V
17 118 (12.66%) SCCM
18 116 (12.45%) DNS
19 112 (12.02%) SQL
20 109 (11.70%) Windows Server 2003
21 108 (11.59%) Clustering
22 97 (10.41%) Firewall
23 95 (10.19%) PowerShell
24 88 (9.44%) Citrix
25 85 (9.12%) Blackberry
26 83 (8.91%) Microsoft Certification
27 80 (8.58%) SAN

Lync
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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
1 343 (36.80%) MS Exchange
2 305 (32.73%) SharePoint
3 219 (23.50%) Exchange Server 2010
4 141 (15.13%) Exchange Server 2013
5 77 (8.26%) SharePoint 2013
6 76 (8.15%) Exchange Server 2007
7 75 (8.05%) Office Communications Server
8 62 (6.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 54 (5.79%) SharePoint 2010
10 47 (5.04%) Exchange Server 2003
11 46 (4.94%) IIS
12 38 (4.08%) BizTalk Server
13 18 (1.93%) IBM Notes
14 5 (0.54%) Lotus Domino
15 4 (0.43%) Live Communications Server
15 4 (0.43%) Node.js
16 3 (0.32%) Quickr
16 3 (0.32%) Apache
17 2 (0.21%) Tomcat
17 2 (0.21%) CMS
Applications
1 141 (15.13%) MS Excel
2 131 (14.06%) MS Office
3 10 (1.07%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (0.86%) MS Project
5 3 (0.32%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.32%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.11%) InDesign
7 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 50 (5.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (4.29%) Dynamics AX
3 15 (1.61%) Eikon
4 6 (0.64%) SAP SD
5 4 (0.43%) Misys Midas
Cloud Services
1 141 (15.13%) Office 365
2 54 (5.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 48 (5.15%) Cloud Computing
4 16 (1.72%) SaaS
5 7 (0.75%) IaaS
6 6 (0.64%) PaaS
7 4 (0.43%) Amazon AWS
8 3 (0.32%) Google Apps
9 1 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.11%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 116 (12.45%) DNS
2 97 (10.41%) Firewall
3 80 (8.58%) SAN
4 73 (7.83%) LAN
5 65 (6.97%) Unified Communications
6 63 (6.76%) DHCP
7 56 (6.01%) WAN
8 53 (5.69%) VPN
9 45 (4.83%) TCP/IP
10 37 (3.97%) PBX
11 35 (3.76%) VoIP
12 32 (3.43%) Wireless
13 29 (3.11%) NAS
14 25 (2.68%) Internet
15 24 (2.58%) VLAN
16 21 (2.25%) DMZ
17 19 (2.04%) MPLS
18 16 (1.72%) LDAP
19 15 (1.61%) SSL
19 15 (1.61%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (6.87%) SQL Server
2 11 (1.18%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (0.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (0.43%) MongoDB
6 3 (0.32%) EDMS
7 2 (0.21%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.11%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.11%) EDRMS
8 1 (0.11%) MS Access
8 1 (0.11%) MySQL
8 1 (0.11%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.11%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (0.54%) VSS/SourceSafe
1 5 (0.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (0.43%) Git (software)
3 3 (0.32%) Visual Studio
3 3 (0.32%) JIRA
4 2 (0.21%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.11%) Subversion
5 1 (0.11%) Rational Rose
General
1 127 (13.63%) Finance
2 77 (8.26%) Telecoms
3 51 (5.47%) Banking
4 23 (2.47%) Law
5 18 (1.93%) Legal
6 12 (1.29%) Publishing
7 11 (1.18%) Retail
7 11 (1.18%) Investment Banking
7 11 (1.18%) Manufacturing
8 8 (0.86%) Financial Institution
8 8 (0.86%) Military
9 7 (0.75%) Marketing
9 7 (0.75%) Billing
10 6 (0.64%) Portuguese Language
10 6 (0.64%) Spanish Language
10 6 (0.64%) Mandarin Language
10 6 (0.64%) French Language
10 6 (0.64%) Back Office
11 3 (0.32%) Advertising
11 3 (0.32%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 141 (15.13%) Architect
2 132 (14.16%) Analyst
3 110 (11.80%) Consultant
4 69 (7.40%) Support Engineer
5 48 (5.15%) 2nd Line Support
6 45 (4.83%) Project Manager
7 42 (4.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 38 (4.08%) Technical Architect
8 38 (4.08%) Messaging Engineer
9 36 (3.86%) Desktop Support
10 32 (3.43%) Business Analyst
11 30 (3.22%) Infrastructure Architect
12 29 (3.11%) 3rd Line Support
13 28 (3.00%) Desktop Engineer
14 25 (2.68%) Solutions Architect
15 23 (2.47%) Support Analyst
15 23 (2.47%) Exchange Engineer
16 21 (2.25%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 20 (2.15%) Microsoft Consultant
18 18 (1.93%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (4.94%) .NET
2 38 (4.08%) Application Packaging
3 28 (3.00%) XMPP
4 14 (1.50%) Web Services
5 13 (1.39%) SOAP
6 12 (1.29%) HTML
7 11 (1.18%) ASP.NET
8 10 (1.07%) CSS
9 9 (0.97%) Middleware
10 8 (0.86%) XML
10 8 (0.86%) JSON
11 6 (0.64%) .NET Framework
12 5 (0.54%) RESTful
12 5 (0.54%) HTML5
13 4 (0.43%) CGI
13 4 (0.43%) AngularJS
13 4 (0.43%) ExpressJS
14 3 (0.32%) REST
14 3 (0.32%) Software Packaging
14 3 (0.32%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 108 (11.59%) Clustering
2 85 (9.12%) Blackberry
3 70 (7.51%) Video Conferencing
4 28 (3.00%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (1.61%) Management Information System
6 13 (1.39%) User Experience
7 12 (1.29%) iPhone
8 10 (1.07%) iPad
9 9 (0.97%) Enterprise Storage
9 9 (0.97%) Handset
9 9 (0.97%) PKI
9 9 (0.97%) Smartphone
10 6 (0.64%) IVR
10 6 (0.64%) Thin Client
10 6 (0.64%) Mobile App
10 6 (0.64%) Data Integration
10 6 (0.64%) Reference Data
10 6 (0.64%) Fat Client
11 4 (0.43%) NHS
11 4 (0.43%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 446 (47.85%) Windows
2 172 (18.45%) Windows Server 2008
3 154 (16.52%) Windows 7
4 141 (15.13%) Windows Server 2012
5 109 (11.70%) Windows Server 2003
6 53 (5.69%) Windows XP
7 40 (4.29%) Windows 8
8 28 (3.00%) Linux
9 27 (2.90%) Android
10 9 (0.97%) UNIX
10 9 (0.97%) Apple iOS
10 9 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (0.75%) Windows Vista
12 6 (0.64%) Windows 2000
13 5 (0.54%) Windows Mobile
13 5 (0.54%) Windows Phone
14 4 (0.43%) Mac OS
14 4 (0.43%) CentOS
14 4 (0.43%) VMS
15 3 (0.32%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 180 (19.31%) Migration
2 133 (14.27%) ITIL
3 62 (6.65%) Disaster Recovery
4 56 (6.01%) CRM
5 44 (4.72%) Project Management
6 38 (4.08%) Service Delivery
7 35 (3.76%) Change Management
8 31 (3.33%) Service Management
9 27 (2.90%) Load Balancing
10 26 (2.79%) PRINCE2
11 25 (2.68%) Stakeholder Management
11 25 (2.68%) Enterprise Architecture
12 24 (2.58%) Incident Management
13 17 (1.82%) Agile Software Development
13 17 (1.82%) SOA
14 16 (1.72%) Capacity Planning
15 15 (1.61%) Data Protection
15 15 (1.61%) Mentoring
15 15 (1.61%) Asset Management
16 14 (1.50%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 112 (12.02%) SQL
2 95 (10.19%) PowerShell
3 14 (1.50%) JavaScript
4 9 (0.97%) C#
4 9 (0.97%) VBScript
5 8 (0.86%) Shell Script
6 6 (0.64%) VB
7 5 (0.54%) FoxPro (VFP)
7 5 (0.54%) C
8 2 (0.21%) Java
Qualifications
1 83 (8.91%) Microsoft Certification
2 66 (7.08%) Security Cleared
3 61 (6.55%) MCSE
4 38 (4.08%) SC Cleared
5 28 (3.00%) Degree
6 23 (2.47%) MCITP
7 21 (2.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 14 (1.50%) DV Cleared
9 13 (1.39%) Cisco Certification
10 12 (1.29%) MCSA
11 9 (0.97%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 8 (0.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 7 (0.75%) MCTS
13 7 (0.75%) CCNP
13 7 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
14 6 (0.64%) CCNA
14 6 (0.64%) ISEB
15 5 (0.54%) MCP
15 5 (0.54%) PMI Certification
16 4 (0.43%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (3.22%) SLA
2 16 (1.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 14 (1.50%) QA
4 6 (0.64%) Dodd-Frank
5 5 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.43%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.32%) BS7799
8 2 (0.21%) ISO 9000
8 2 (0.21%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 395 (42.38%) Active Directory
2 119 (12.77%) Hyper-V
3 63 (6.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 43 (4.61%) XenApp
5 35 (3.76%) vSphere
6 23 (2.47%) XenDesktop
7 17 (1.82%) Microsoft App-V
8 14 (1.50%) XenServer
9 13 (1.39%) VMware ESX
9 13 (1.39%) UAG
10 11 (1.18%) ISA Server
11 10 (1.07%) Forefront TMG
12 8 (0.86%) VMware ESXi
13 7 (0.75%) Terminal Services
14 4 (0.43%) Xen
14 4 (0.43%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 3 (0.32%) MetaFrame
16 2 (0.21%) NFS
16 2 (0.21%) VMware Server
17 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 118 (12.66%) SCCM
2 57 (6.12%) SCOM
3 46 (4.94%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 23 (2.47%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 15 (1.61%) Backup Exec
6 14 (1.50%) Cisco CUCM
7 13 (1.39%) MOM
8 11 (1.18%) WSUS
8 11 (1.18%) SCOrch
9 7 (0.75%) McAfee ePO
9 7 (0.75%) NetBackup
9 7 (0.75%) MIMEsweeper
10 5 (0.54%) Norton AntiVirus
10 5 (0.54%) HP Quality Center
10 5 (0.54%) Cisco Prime
10 5 (0.54%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 5 (0.54%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
11 4 (0.43%) Windows Intune
11 4 (0.43%) HP SIM
11 4 (0.43%) Oracle Identity Manager
Vendors
1 529 (56.76%) Microsoft
2 171 (18.35%) Cisco
3 151 (16.20%) VMware
4 88 (9.44%) Citrix
5 74 (7.94%) Symantec
6 71 (7.62%) HP
7 54 (5.79%) Avaya
8 50 (5.36%) Dell
9 34 (3.65%) Polycom
10 25 (2.68%) AppSense
11 24 (2.58%) CheckPoint
12 21 (2.25%) Lotus
13 20 (2.15%) Remedy
13 20 (2.15%) EMC
14 18 (1.93%) McAfee
15 17 (1.82%) Reuters
15 17 (1.82%) SolarWinds
16 16 (1.72%) Bloomberg
17 15 (1.61%) NetApp
17 15 (1.61%) Altiris
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