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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Skype for Business over the 3 months to 1 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 274 242 324
Rank change year-on-year
-32 +82
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 477 533 339
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.85% 0.94% 0.62%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.55% 5.08% 3.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 291 318 178
Median daily rate £411 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.42% -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £150 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £363
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 33 9
Median hourly rate £24.58 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.52% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £49.50 £28.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.08 £19.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+26.71% +26.66%

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
10495 10493 9606
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.78% 18.50% 17.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 6874 6383 5935
Median daily rate £420 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.38% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £559 £530 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 217 387 324
Median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.75 £11.83 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £40.08 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £20.19 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-15.77% +15.34%

Skype for Business
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Skype for Business as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 1 May 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 1 May 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Skype for Business within the UK over the 3 months to 1 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -42 411 £403 +15.07% 94
London -77 147 £425 +19.29% 37
South East -38 86 £400 +4.91% 21
North West +47 71 £425 -2.85% 4
Scotland +1 53 £430 +34.37% 3
Cheshire +35 44 £436 - 2
South West +4 32 £356 +27.23% 5
Warrington - 32 £444 -
North East -11 25 £280 - 3
Berkshire -18 24 £400 - 6
City of London 0 23 £425 +3.65% 10
Tyne and Wear - 23 £280 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 22 £280 - 2
Renfrewshire -16 20 £433 +26.27%
Erskine -20 19 £435 +27.00%
Hampshire +10 18 £375 +11.11% 5
Edinburgh -14 18 £450 +40.62%
West Midlands -26 18 £335 -2.54% 6
Buckinghamshire +21 16 £425 +17.24% 3
Bristol -1 14 £345 +23.21%
Milton Keynes +16 13 £425 -5.55% 3
Manchester +1 12 £320 +75.34% 1
Yorkshire -3 12 £550 +51.72% 5
Reading -4 11 £400 +1.26% 1
Lancashire +11 10 £400 -
East of England -5 10 £350 -17.64% 7
Surrey -30 10 £500 +28.61% 3
Glasgow +13 9 £320 +8.47% 1
Leeds 0 9 £578 +35.88% 3
West Yorkshire -8 9 £578 +35.88% 3

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 482 (55.40%) Microsoft
2 417 (47.93%) Windows
3 409 (47.01%) Skype
4 391 (44.94%) Active Directory
5 328 (37.70%) Office 365
6 303 (34.83%) MS Exchange
7 254 (29.20%) SharePoint
8 253 (29.08%) Windows Server
9 236 (27.13%) Migration
10 202 (23.22%) VMware
11 185 (21.26%) Exchange Server 2010
12 170 (19.54%) PowerShell
13 166 (19.08%) Windows Server 2012
14 162 (18.62%) Exchange Server 2013
15 160 (18.39%) ITIL
16 149 (17.13%) Windows Server 2008
17 145 (16.67%) Citrix
18 138 (15.86%) MS Office
19 137 (15.75%) Security Cleared
20 133 (15.29%) MS Excel
21 124 (14.25%) VMware Infrastructure
22 123 (14.14%) DNS
23 122 (14.02%) SCCM
24 108 (12.41%) Cisco
25 103 (11.84%) SC Cleared
26 100 (11.49%) Windows 7
27 93 (10.69%) Project Management
27 93 (10.69%) Finance
28 89 (10.23%) Windows Server 2003
29 82 (9.43%) Exchange Server 2007

Skype for Business
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 303 (34.83%) MS Exchange
2 254 (29.20%) SharePoint
3 185 (21.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 162 (18.62%) Exchange Server 2013
5 82 (9.43%) Exchange Server 2007
6 57 (6.55%) Office Communications Server
7 53 (6.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 52 (5.98%) Exchange Server 2003
9 48 (5.52%) SharePoint 2013
10 24 (2.76%) SharePoint 2010
11 23 (2.64%) IIS
12 19 (2.18%) IBM Notes
13 16 (1.84%) OpenStack
14 14 (1.61%) Live Communications Server
15 12 (1.38%) BizTalk Server
16 9 (1.03%) IBM Domino
17 8 (0.92%) CMS
18 6 (0.69%) Confluence
18 6 (0.69%) SharePoint Server
19 3 (0.34%) Drupal
Applications
1 138 (15.86%) MS Office
2 133 (15.29%) MS Excel
3 11 (1.26%) MS Project
4 10 (1.15%) ProjectWise
5 9 (1.03%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (1.03%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.23%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.23%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.23%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 18 (2.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.15%) Remedy ITSM
3 8 (0.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 8 (0.92%) Unit4 Business World
4 2 (0.23%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 328 (37.70%) Office 365
2 72 (8.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 47 (5.40%) Yammer
4 30 (3.45%) OneDrive
5 19 (2.18%) Azure Active Directory
6 10 (1.15%) SaaS
7 9 (1.03%) IaaS
8 7 (0.80%) PaaS
9 5 (0.57%) Google Analytics
9 5 (0.57%) Google Apps
10 3 (0.34%) Amazon AWS
10 3 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.34%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.11%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 409 (47.01%) Skype
2 123 (14.14%) DNS
3 79 (9.08%) Firewall
4 73 (8.39%) Unified Communications
5 72 (8.28%) DHCP
6 65 (7.47%) WAN
7 59 (6.78%) LAN
8 53 (6.09%) VPN
9 50 (5.75%) Internet
10 40 (4.60%) TCP/IP
11 36 (4.14%) SAN
11 36 (4.14%) VoIP
12 28 (3.22%) PBX
13 26 (2.99%) NetScaler
14 20 (2.30%) Intranet
15 19 (2.18%) WebEx
16 18 (2.07%) LDAP
16 18 (2.07%) VLAN
17 17 (1.95%) Reverse Proxy
18 16 (1.84%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (8.85%) SQL Server
2 26 (2.99%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (1.61%) SQL Server 2014
4 12 (1.38%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
5 7 (0.80%) SQL Server 2005
5 7 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 6 (0.69%) Informix
6 6 (0.69%) MongoDB
6 6 (0.69%) Oracle Database
6 6 (0.69%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (0.46%) BusinessObjects
8 3 (0.34%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.23%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 8 (0.92%) JIRA
2 2 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 2 (0.23%) Bitbucket
2 2 (0.23%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.11%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.11%) Cucumber
3 1 (0.11%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.11%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.11%) MSI
3 1 (0.11%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (0.11%) Protractor
3 1 (0.11%) Selenium
3 1 (0.11%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.11%) Subversion
3 1 (0.11%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.11%) TestDirector
3 1 (0.11%) WebDriver
General
1 93 (10.69%) Finance
2 33 (3.79%) Telecoms
3 32 (3.68%) Advertising
4 26 (2.99%) Banking
5 15 (1.72%) Investment Banking
5 15 (1.72%) Marketing
5 15 (1.72%) Retail
6 10 (1.15%) Manufacturing
7 8 (0.92%) Back Office
7 8 (0.92%) Billing
7 8 (0.92%) Electronics
7 8 (0.92%) Legal
8 7 (0.80%) Law
9 6 (0.69%) Local Government
9 6 (0.69%) Publishing
10 5 (0.57%) Financial Institution
10 5 (0.57%) French Language
10 5 (0.57%) Games
10 5 (0.57%) Military
11 3 (0.34%) German Language
Job Titles
1 105 (12.07%) Consultant
2 95 (10.92%) Analyst
3 82 (9.43%) Architect
4 70 (8.05%) Support Engineer
5 60 (6.90%) Project Manager
6 50 (5.75%) Messaging Engineer
7 47 (5.40%) Lync Engineer
8 45 (5.17%) Lync Consultant
9 40 (4.60%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 39 (4.48%) 3rd Line Support
11 32 (3.68%) Support Analyst
12 31 (3.56%) Exchange Engineer
13 30 (3.45%) 2nd Line Support
13 30 (3.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 30 (3.45%) Solutions Architect
14 29 (3.33%) Desktop Support
15 27 (3.10%) Desktop Engineer
15 27 (3.10%) Server Engineer
16 26 (2.99%) Exchange Consultant
17 25 (2.87%) Microsoft Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (3.10%) .NET
2 16 (1.84%) CSS
2 16 (1.84%) HTML
3 11 (1.26%) COM
4 8 (0.92%) ASP.NET
4 8 (0.92%) Web Services
4 8 (0.92%) XMPP
5 5 (0.57%) jQuery
6 4 (0.46%) Middleware
7 3 (0.34%) HTML5
7 3 (0.34%) RSS
7 3 (0.34%) WAP
8 2 (0.23%) LAMP
8 2 (0.23%) MAPI
8 2 (0.23%) Software Packaging
9 1 (0.11%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.11%) Ajax
9 1 (0.11%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.11%) CSS3
9 1 (0.11%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 60 (6.90%) Blackberry
2 54 (6.21%) Video Conferencing
3 50 (5.75%) Data Centre
4 42 (4.83%) Analytical Skills
5 33 (3.79%) Computer Science
6 22 (2.53%) Management Information System
6 22 (2.53%) PKI
7 20 (2.30%) Fat Client
7 20 (2.30%) Thin Client
8 16 (1.84%) iPhone
9 14 (1.61%) Private Cloud
9 14 (1.61%) Social Media
10 13 (1.49%) Clustering
10 13 (1.49%) PDA
11 10 (1.15%) Hybrid Cloud
12 8 (0.92%) e-Learning
13 7 (0.80%) User Experience
14 6 (0.69%) Handset
14 6 (0.69%) Hedge funds
14 6 (0.69%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 417 (47.93%) Windows
2 253 (29.08%) Windows Server
3 166 (19.08%) Windows Server 2012
4 149 (17.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 100 (11.49%) Windows 7
6 89 (10.23%) Windows Server 2003
7 52 (5.98%) Windows 10
8 42 (4.83%) Windows 8
9 29 (3.33%) Linux
10 21 (2.41%) Windows XP
11 18 (2.07%) Android
12 16 (1.84%) Apple iOS
12 16 (1.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 12 (1.38%) Windows Phone
14 9 (1.03%) Mac OS X
15 5 (0.57%) Solaris
15 5 (0.57%) Windows 2000 Server
16 2 (0.23%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.23%) Unix
16 2 (0.23%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 236 (27.13%) Migration
2 160 (18.39%) ITIL
3 93 (10.69%) Project Management
4 71 (8.16%) Agile Software Development
5 49 (5.63%) Change Management
6 42 (4.83%) Service Management
7 40 (4.60%) Load Balancing
8 36 (4.14%) Stakeholder Management
9 30 (3.45%) Data Migration
9 30 (3.45%) PRINCE2
10 29 (3.33%) Server Virtualisation
10 29 (3.33%) Service Delivery
11 25 (2.87%) CRM
11 25 (2.87%) Disaster Recovery
12 24 (2.76%) Problem Management
13 23 (2.64%) Incident Management
13 23 (2.64%) Waterfall
14 22 (2.53%) Software Engineering
14 22 (2.53%) Test Automation
15 21 (2.41%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 170 (19.54%) PowerShell
2 72 (8.28%) SQL
3 27 (3.10%) C#
4 25 (2.87%) JavaScript
5 11 (1.26%) C
6 10 (1.15%) C++
6 10 (1.15%) Python
7 3 (0.34%) VBScript
8 2 (0.23%) Java
9 1 (0.11%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.11%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.11%) VB
Qualifications
1 137 (15.75%) Security Cleared
2 103 (11.84%) SC Cleared
3 69 (7.93%) Microsoft Certification
4 60 (6.90%) MCSE
5 58 (6.67%) Degree
6 18 (2.07%) Cisco Certification
7 14 (1.61%) DV Cleared
8 13 (1.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 11 (1.26%) CCNP
9 11 (1.26%) ITIL Certification
10 10 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
10 10 (1.15%) MCP
11 8 (0.92%) CCNA
12 7 (0.80%) ISEB
12 7 (0.80%) ISTQB
12 7 (0.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 7 (0.80%) MCITP
12 7 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 7 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 5 (0.57%) CCNP Voice
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (5.40%) SLA
2 20 (2.30%) Disclosure Scotland
3 5 (0.57%) QA
4 4 (0.46%) MiFID
5 2 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.11%) PMBOK
System Software
1 391 (44.94%) Active Directory
2 124 (14.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (9.08%) Hyper-V
4 73 (8.39%) XenApp
5 45 (5.17%) XenDesktop
6 40 (4.60%) vSphere
7 32 (3.68%) Microsoft App-V
7 32 (3.68%) XenServer
8 23 (2.64%) VMware ESXi
9 14 (1.61%) VMware ESX
10 12 (1.38%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 10 (1.15%) Brightmail
11 10 (1.15%) UAG
12 6 (0.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 6 (0.69%) Xen
13 5 (0.57%) BitLocker
13 5 (0.57%) VMware Workstation
14 4 (0.46%) Forefront TMG
14 4 (0.46%) MetaFrame
14 4 (0.46%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 122 (14.02%) SCCM
2 54 (6.21%) SCOM
3 22 (2.53%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 14 (1.61%) AirWatch
5 11 (1.26%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 11 (1.26%) WSUS
6 10 (1.15%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 10 (1.15%) Windows Intune
7 9 (1.03%) Backup Exec
8 8 (0.92%) NetBackup
8 8 (0.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 7 (0.80%) Cisco CUCM
10 5 (0.57%) XenMobile
11 4 (0.46%) EMC NetWorker
11 4 (0.46%) FortiGate
11 4 (0.46%) IBM BigFix
11 4 (0.46%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.46%) SCVMM
11 4 (0.46%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
12 3 (0.34%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 482 (55.40%) Microsoft
2 202 (23.22%) VMware
3 145 (16.67%) Citrix
4 108 (12.41%) Cisco
5 47 (5.40%) IronPort
6 46 (5.29%) HP
7 43 (4.94%) Polycom
8 41 (4.71%) Symantec
9 40 (4.60%) Dell
10 35 (4.02%) Oracle
11 29 (3.33%) AppSense
11 29 (3.33%) CheckPoint
12 24 (2.76%) NetApp
12 24 (2.76%) SAP
13 23 (2.64%) Apple
13 23 (2.64%) Avaya
14 20 (2.30%) Lotus
15 18 (2.07%) F5
16 16 (1.84%) Mitel
17 14 (1.61%) Wyse
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