The table below looks at the statistics for Skype for Business skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Skype for Business over the 3 months to 12 February 2016 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
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 289 262 337
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +75
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 407 427 264
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.79% 0.82% 0.53%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.32% 4.58% 2.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 267 250 151
Average daily rate £375 £345 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.69% -18.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £131 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £500 £529
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £425
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -23.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 20 9
Average hourly rate £22.50 £17.75 £18.20
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.76% -2.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.45 £10.95 £16.22
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £30.00 £25.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.15 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+38.00% -30.00%

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
9411 9330 8902
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.29% 18.02% 17.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 6101 5780 5258
Average daily rate £410 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 240 323 315
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.70
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +6.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.75 £39.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
- +4.95%

Skype for Business
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Skype for Business Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Trend

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

Skype for Business Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Skype for Business within the UK over the 3 months to 12 February 2016.

Skype for Business Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Skype for Business
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Skype for Business Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Skype for Business
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Skype for Business within the UK over the 3 months to 12 February 2016.

Skype for Business Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Skype for Business
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 Skype for Business within the UK over the 3 months to 12 February 2016. 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 -19 352 £388 +10.71% 130
London +1 161 £386 +5.10% 56
South East -57 44 £375 +7.14% 21
North West +18 39 £373 - 9
Scotland +17 34 £375 +20.96% 5
South West +19 27 £350 +40.00% 6
West Midlands +9 27 £450 +9.09% 9
Yorkshire -10 23 £540 +68.75% 11
West Yorkshire 0 20 £540 +44.00% 5
East of England -6 19 £238 -10.37% 11
Leeds 0 18 £540 +44.00% 5
Wiltshire +7 17 £350 -15.15%
Edinburgh 0 17 £375 +1.69% 5
Hampshire +8 16 £369 +22.91% 3
Swindon +11 15 £350 -15.15%
City of London -1 11 £378 +0.66% 6
Cheshire - 11 £613 - 2
Glasgow +12 9 £375 +20.96%
Lancashire +9 9 £276 -
Manchester -7 9 £373 - 5
Buckinghamshire +15 8 £360 +0.34% 4
Warwickshire - 8 £480 -
Merseyside +5 7 £275 -
Birmingham +2 7 £363 -12.12% 5
West Sussex 0 7 £408 +1.87% 1
Atherstone - 7 £490 -
Cambridgeshire +12 6 £201 +101.25% 3
Milton Keynes +4 6 £385 +7.31% 2
Blackpool -4 6 £273 -
Crawley -8 6 £408 +1.87%

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Skype for Business 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 Skype for Business.

1 442 (54.10%) Microsoft
2 357 (43.70%) Windows
3 336 (41.13%) Active Directory
4 266 (32.56%) MS Exchange
5 260 (31.82%) Office 365
6 256 (31.33%) Skype
7 203 (24.85%) Windows Server
8 187 (22.89%) Migration
9 185 (22.64%) SharePoint
10 183 (22.40%) Exchange Server 2010
11 167 (20.44%) VMware
12 144 (17.63%) ITIL
13 134 (16.40%) Exchange Server 2013
14 121 (14.81%) MS Excel
15 120 (14.69%) Cisco
16 114 (13.95%) PowerShell
17 113 (13.83%) Citrix
18 109 (13.34%) Windows Server 2012
19 108 (13.22%) Windows Server 2008
20 107 (13.10%) Windows 7
20 107 (13.10%) MS Office
21 104 (12.73%) DNS
22 100 (12.24%) VMware Infrastructure
23 92 (11.26%) Security Cleared
24 89 (10.89%) Finance
25 87 (10.65%) SCCM
26 76 (9.30%) Project Management
27 71 (8.69%) SQL Server
28 70 (8.57%) WAN
29 69 (8.45%) SQL

Skype for Business
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Skype for Business 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 Skype for Business. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 266 (32.56%) MS Exchange
2 185 (22.64%) SharePoint
3 183 (22.40%) Exchange Server 2010
4 134 (16.40%) Exchange Server 2013
5 60 (7.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 41 (5.02%) IIS
7 39 (4.77%) Exchange Server 2007
8 37 (4.53%) Office Communications Server
9 28 (3.43%) Exchange Server 2003
10 20 (2.45%) SharePoint 2013
11 18 (2.20%) IBM Notes
12 14 (1.71%) SharePoint 2010
13 10 (1.22%) IBM Domino
14 7 (0.86%) CMS
14 7 (0.86%) Live Communications Server
15 5 (0.61%) BizTalk Server
15 5 (0.61%) Confluence
15 5 (0.61%) SharePoint Server
16 4 (0.49%) Drupal
17 2 (0.24%) OpenStack
Applications
1 121 (14.81%) MS Excel
2 107 (13.10%) MS Office
3 19 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (0.86%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (0.73%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.37%) MS Project
6 3 (0.37%) ProjectWise
7 2 (0.24%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.24%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.12%) Revit
Business Applications
1 16 (1.96%) Remedy ITSM
2 12 (1.47%) Unit4 Business World
3 8 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (0.61%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.49%) Sage 200
6 1 (0.12%) assyst
6 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.12%) SAP CCM
6 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 260 (31.82%) Office 365
2 62 (7.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (3.55%) Yammer
4 18 (2.20%) OneDrive
5 11 (1.35%) Azure Active Directory
6 10 (1.22%) Google Apps
6 10 (1.22%) IaaS
7 9 (1.10%) SaaS
8 8 (0.98%) PaaS
9 7 (0.86%) Amazon AWS
10 6 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (0.49%) Google Analytics
12 2 (0.24%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 1 (0.12%) Amazon Glacier
13 1 (0.12%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.12%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 256 (31.33%) Skype
2 104 (12.73%) DNS
3 70 (8.57%) WAN
4 68 (8.32%) Firewall
4 68 (8.32%) Unified Communications
5 64 (7.83%) LAN
6 51 (6.24%) VPN
7 50 (6.12%) DHCP
8 47 (5.75%) VoIP
9 39 (4.77%) Internet
10 31 (3.79%) TCP/IP
11 30 (3.67%) WebEx
12 28 (3.43%) NetScaler
13 24 (2.94%) SAN
14 22 (2.69%) Network Security
15 19 (2.33%) Wireless
16 18 (2.20%) PBX
16 18 (2.20%) SMTP
17 17 (2.08%) Remote Desktop
17 17 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (8.69%) SQL Server
2 19 (2.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 16 (1.96%) SQL Server 2008
4 8 (0.98%) BusinessObjects
5 7 (0.86%) EDRMS
6 6 (0.73%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (0.49%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.37%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.24%) Informix
10 2 (0.24%) MongoDB
10 2 (0.24%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (0.12%) Data Mining
11 1 (0.12%) GIS
11 1 (0.12%) MS Access
11 1 (0.12%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 4 (0.49%) Jenkins
1 4 (0.49%) JIRA
2 2 (0.24%) AdminStudio
2 2 (0.24%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.12%) Cucumber
3 1 (0.12%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (0.12%) Protractor
3 1 (0.12%) Selenium
3 1 (0.12%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.12%) Subversion
3 1 (0.12%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.12%) TestDirector
3 1 (0.12%) WebDriver
General
1 89 (10.89%) Finance
2 39 (4.77%) Advertising
3 36 (4.41%) Banking
4 32 (3.92%) Telecoms
5 19 (2.33%) Legal
6 16 (1.96%) Investment Banking
7 14 (1.71%) Law
8 8 (0.98%) Local Government
8 8 (0.98%) Manufacturing
8 8 (0.98%) Marketing
8 8 (0.98%) Retail
9 7 (0.86%) Front Office
10 6 (0.73%) Back Office
11 5 (0.61%) Automotive
11 5 (0.61%) Billing
11 5 (0.61%) Electronics
11 5 (0.61%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.49%) French Language
13 2 (0.24%) Multimedia
13 2 (0.24%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 100 (12.24%) Analyst
2 95 (11.63%) Consultant
3 77 (9.42%) Support Engineer
4 73 (8.94%) Architect
5 59 (7.22%) Lync Engineer
6 56 (6.85%) Project Manager
7 50 (6.12%) Exchange Engineer
8 40 (4.90%) 3rd Line Support
8 40 (4.90%) Lync Consultant
9 39 (4.77%) Support Analyst
10 38 (4.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 36 (4.41%) 2nd Line Support
12 35 (4.28%) Desktop Support
12 35 (4.28%) Messaging Engineer
13 31 (3.79%) Exchange Consultant
14 28 (3.43%) Office 365 Consultant
15 26 (3.18%) Active Directory Support
16 24 (2.94%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
17 23 (2.82%) Exchange Support
18 22 (2.69%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.57%) .NET
2 17 (2.08%) CSS
3 11 (1.35%) HTML
4 9 (1.10%) ASP.NET
4 9 (1.10%) RSS
5 8 (0.98%) XMPP
6 6 (0.73%) COM
7 5 (0.61%) Web Services
8 4 (0.49%) HTML5
8 4 (0.49%) MAPI
9 2 (0.24%) Ajax
9 2 (0.24%) LAMP
10 1 (0.12%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.12%) ASP.NET MVC 4
10 1 (0.12%) CSS3
10 1 (0.12%) jQuery
10 1 (0.12%) Middleware
10 1 (0.12%) WCF
10 1 (0.12%) WPF
10 1 (0.12%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 68 (8.32%) Video Conferencing
2 66 (8.08%) Blackberry
3 44 (5.39%) Analytical Skills
4 43 (5.26%) Data Centre
5 27 (3.30%) Management Information System
6 16 (1.96%) Private Cloud
7 14 (1.71%) iPhone
8 13 (1.59%) PDA
9 12 (1.47%) Clustering
10 10 (1.22%) PMI
11 9 (1.10%) Client/Server
12 8 (0.98%) User Experience
13 7 (0.86%) Computer Science
13 7 (0.86%) Hedge funds
13 7 (0.86%) Hybrid Cloud
14 6 (0.73%) Fat Client
14 6 (0.73%) iPad
14 6 (0.73%) PKI
14 6 (0.73%) Thin Client
15 5 (0.61%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 357 (43.70%) Windows
2 203 (24.85%) Windows Server
3 109 (13.34%) Windows Server 2012
4 108 (13.22%) Windows Server 2008
5 107 (13.10%) Windows 7
6 53 (6.49%) Windows Server 2003
7 42 (5.14%) Windows 8
8 25 (3.06%) Windows XP
9 19 (2.33%) Android
9 19 (2.33%) Windows 10
10 18 (2.20%) Linux
11 12 (1.47%) Apple iOS
12 8 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 7 (0.86%) Mac OS X
14 6 (0.73%) Windows Vista
15 5 (0.61%) Unix
15 5 (0.61%) Windows 2000 Server
15 5 (0.61%) Windows Phone
16 3 (0.37%) CoreOS
17 2 (0.24%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 187 (22.89%) Migration
2 144 (17.63%) ITIL
3 76 (9.30%) Project Management
4 61 (7.47%) Change Management
5 42 (5.14%) Agile Software Development
5 42 (5.14%) Service Management
6 40 (4.90%) PRINCE2
7 35 (4.28%) Service Delivery
8 21 (2.57%) PRINCE
8 21 (2.57%) TOGAF
9 20 (2.45%) Kalman Filter
10 18 (2.20%) Incident Management
10 18 (2.20%) Problem Management
11 17 (2.08%) Asset Management
11 17 (2.08%) Capacity Management
12 16 (1.96%) ITSM
12 16 (1.96%) Stakeholder Management
13 15 (1.84%) CRM
13 15 (1.84%) Programme Management
14 14 (1.71%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 114 (13.95%) PowerShell
2 69 (8.45%) SQL
3 21 (2.57%) JavaScript
4 17 (2.08%) C#
5 13 (1.59%) Python
6 10 (1.22%) C
6 10 (1.22%) C++
7 2 (0.24%) Java
8 1 (0.12%) Perl
8 1 (0.12%) VB
8 1 (0.12%) VBA
Qualifications
1 92 (11.26%) Security Cleared
2 66 (8.08%) SC Cleared
3 55 (6.73%) Microsoft Certification
4 39 (4.77%) Degree
5 38 (4.65%) MCSE
6 26 (3.18%) Cisco Certification
7 25 (3.06%) MCP
8 19 (2.33%) PMI Certification
9 16 (1.96%) CCNA
10 15 (1.84%) MCITP
11 14 (1.71%) DV Cleared
12 12 (1.47%) CCNP
12 12 (1.47%) CISSP
13 10 (1.22%) APMP
13 10 (1.22%) CCIE
13 10 (1.22%) MCSA
13 10 (1.22%) PMP
14 9 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
15 7 (0.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 7 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (6.36%) SLA
2 15 (1.84%) Disclosure Scotland
3 6 (0.73%) QA
4 3 (0.37%) JSP 440
5 2 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.12%) PMBOK
System Software
1 336 (41.13%) Active Directory
2 100 (12.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 63 (7.71%) Hyper-V
4 51 (6.24%) XenApp
5 37 (4.53%) XenDesktop
6 34 (4.16%) XenServer
7 33 (4.04%) vSphere
8 25 (3.06%) Microsoft App-V
9 22 (2.69%) VMware ESXi
10 10 (1.22%) VMware ESX
11 9 (1.10%) BitLocker
11 9 (1.10%) ISA Server
12 6 (0.73%) Xen
13 5 (0.61%) Brightmail
13 5 (0.61%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 5 (0.61%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 5 (0.61%) VMware Workstation
14 4 (0.49%) MetaFrame
14 4 (0.49%) Terminal Server
15 3 (0.37%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 87 (10.65%) SCCM
2 30 (3.67%) SCOM
3 24 (2.94%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 14 (1.71%) WSUS
5 13 (1.59%) NetBackup
6 11 (1.35%) EMC NetWorker
6 11 (1.35%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 8 (0.98%) AirWatch
7 8 (0.98%) Backup Exec
7 8 (0.98%) Norton AntiVirus
7 8 (0.98%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 7 (0.86%) Cisco CUCM
9 6 (0.73%) FortiGate
9 6 (0.73%) SCSM
10 5 (0.61%) Windows Intune
11 4 (0.49%) Nagios
11 4 (0.49%) SCVMM
12 3 (0.37%) Icinga
12 3 (0.37%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 3 (0.37%) Puppet
Vendors
1 442 (54.10%) Microsoft
2 167 (20.44%) VMware
3 120 (14.69%) Cisco
4 113 (13.83%) Citrix
5 49 (6.00%) Polycom
6 48 (5.88%) Symantec
7 39 (4.77%) HP
8 34 (4.16%) Dell
9 25 (3.06%) Avaya
10 24 (2.94%) NetApp
11 20 (2.45%) Google
12 19 (2.33%) Lotus
12 19 (2.33%) Remedy
13 17 (2.08%) IronPort
13 17 (2.08%) Mitel
14 16 (1.96%) F5
14 16 (1.96%) Juniper
15 15 (1.84%) Adobe
15 15 (1.84%) SAP
16 13 (1.59%) BMC
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