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 21 February 2017 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
21 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
UK
Rank 247 295 269
Rank change year-on-year
+48 -26
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 421 386 424
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.93% 0.75% 0.82%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.31% 4.45% 4.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 274 243 240
Median daily rate £411 £385 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.81% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £183 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
-9.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 24 24
Median hourly rate £16.00 £22.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.88% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.95 £17.04 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.40 £40.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.75 £24.15 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-47.20% +20.75%

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
7922 8669 9043
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 17.47% 16.94% 17.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 5146 5525 5543
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.26% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 160 229 310
Median hourly rate £18.85 £21.40 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.91% +7.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-7.89% +2.70%

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 21 February 2017.

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 21 February 2017.

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 21 February 2017. 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 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 +64 398 £425 +9.67% 71
London +25 176 £450 +14.50% 29
South East +84 108 £350 -12.50% 15
Hampshire +48 44 £363 -10.49% 7
City of London +13 26 £450 +19.20% 7
East of England +9 24 £375 +49.25% 4
South West +3 23 £513 +50.73% 7
Berkshire +36 20 £300 -25.00% 2
North East +3 20 £275 -47.61% 1
Surrey +31 18 £325 -50.00% 1
Bristol +12 18 £525 +101.92% 7
Buckinghamshire +16 17 £358 -7.14% 1
Yorkshire +16 16 £350 -5.08% 1
Tyne and Wear -1 13 £290 - 1
Scotland -11 13 £320 -20.00% 1
North West -4 12 £350 -17.64% 10
Glasgow +3 11 £275 -26.80%
Newcastle upon Tyne -7 11 £290 - 1
Milton Keynes +11 10 £425 +9.67% 1
South Yorkshire - 10 £350 - 1
Hook - 10 £320 -
Bracknell +11 9 £475 +62.39%
East Midlands +9 9 £300 -21.31% 1
Hertfordshire +6 9 £525 +183.78% 2
West Midlands -20 9 £588 +30.55% 2
Portsmouth - 9 £450 - 2
Reading +16 8 £288 -28.12% 1
Havant - 8 £325 -
Sheffield - 8 £413 - 1
Cheshire +17 6 £265 -55.83%

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 February 2017, 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.

1 561 (65.77%) Skype
2 534 (62.60%) Microsoft
3 451 (52.87%) Windows
4 448 (52.52%) Office 365
5 377 (44.20%) Active Directory
6 300 (35.17%) SharePoint
7 246 (28.84%) MS Exchange
8 203 (23.80%) Windows Server
9 197 (23.09%) MS Excel
10 181 (21.22%) Migration
11 168 (19.70%) Windows Server 2008
12 163 (19.11%) Microsoft Azure
13 155 (18.17%) Exchange Server 2010
14 151 (17.70%) Cisco
15 144 (16.88%) PowerShell
16 139 (16.30%) MS Office
17 137 (16.06%) Windows Server 2012
17 137 (16.06%) Exchange Server 2013
18 135 (15.83%) Citrix
18 135 (15.83%) Microsoft Certification
19 130 (15.24%) VMware
20 128 (15.01%) ITIL
20 128 (15.01%) SCCM
21 120 (14.07%) Security Cleared
22 116 (13.60%) SQL Server
23 113 (13.25%) DNS
24 110 (12.90%) Windows 7
25 108 (12.66%) Hyper-V
26 107 (12.54%) Windows 10
27 100 (11.72%) Unified Communications

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
1 300 (35.17%) SharePoint
2 246 (28.84%) MS Exchange
3 155 (18.17%) Exchange Server 2010
4 137 (16.06%) Exchange Server 2013
5 56 (6.57%) Exchange Server 2007
6 52 (6.10%) Office Communications Server
7 44 (5.16%) SharePoint 2013
8 43 (5.04%) BizTalk Server
9 34 (3.99%) Exchange Server 2003
10 32 (3.75%) IIS
11 25 (2.93%) SharePoint 2010
12 23 (2.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 20 (2.34%) OpenStack
14 11 (1.29%) CMS
14 11 (1.29%) IBM Notes
15 6 (0.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 6 (0.70%) SharePoint Server
16 2 (0.23%) IBM Domino
17 1 (0.12%) Apache
17 1 (0.12%) SAS
Applications
1 197 (23.09%) MS Excel
2 139 (16.30%) MS Office
3 12 (1.41%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.59%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.12%) MS Project
5 1 (0.12%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 54 (6.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (1.06%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.59%) Adobe Campaign
3 5 (0.59%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.59%) Unica
4 2 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.12%) Eikon
5 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 448 (52.52%) Office 365
2 163 (19.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 91 (10.67%) OneDrive
4 89 (10.43%) Yammer
5 46 (5.39%) Azure Active Directory
6 19 (2.23%) SaaS
7 16 (1.88%) IaaS
8 15 (1.76%) Mimecast
9 11 (1.29%) Cloud Computing
10 9 (1.06%) Amazon AWS
11 7 (0.82%) GitHub
12 4 (0.47%) Adobe Analytics
13 3 (0.35%) G Suite
13 3 (0.35%) PaaS
14 1 (0.12%) Amazon EC2
14 1 (0.12%) Amazon S3
14 1 (0.12%) AWS CloudFormation
14 1 (0.12%) AWS CloudTrail
14 1 (0.12%) CloudFront
14 1 (0.12%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 561 (65.77%) Skype
2 113 (13.25%) DNS
3 100 (11.72%) Unified Communications
4 83 (9.73%) DHCP
5 72 (8.44%) VoIP
6 66 (7.74%) Firewall
7 56 (6.57%) PBX
8 52 (6.10%) LAN
9 51 (5.98%) WAN
10 45 (5.28%) SAN
11 30 (3.52%) Internet
12 29 (3.40%) VPN
13 18 (2.11%) TCP/IP
14 17 (1.99%) ISDN
15 14 (1.64%) IP Telephony
15 14 (1.64%) NetScaler
15 14 (1.64%) SSL
16 13 (1.52%) Remote Desktop
17 12 (1.41%) Intranet
17 12 (1.41%) Telepresence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 116 (13.60%) SQL Server
2 19 (2.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 14 (1.64%) SQL Server 2008
4 12 (1.41%) Oracle Reports
5 9 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (0.70%) Power BI
6 6 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (0.59%) Amazon RDS
8 4 (0.47%) Big Data
8 4 (0.47%) BusinessObjects
8 4 (0.47%) Hadoop
8 4 (0.47%) Oracle Database
8 4 (0.47%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.23%) MySQL
9 2 (0.23%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.12%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 11 (1.29%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (0.94%) JIRA
3 5 (0.59%) Zephyr
4 4 (0.47%) CruiseControl
4 4 (0.47%) TeamCity
4 4 (0.47%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (0.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (0.35%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.23%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.23%) JUnit
6 2 (0.23%) WinDbg
6 2 (0.23%) Xcode
7 1 (0.12%) MorphX
General
1 79 (9.26%) Finance
2 59 (6.92%) Retail
3 29 (3.40%) Telecoms
4 28 (3.28%) Law
5 21 (2.46%) Legal
6 20 (2.34%) Banking
7 16 (1.88%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.29%) French Language
9 9 (1.06%) Advertising
10 8 (0.94%) Pharmaceutical
11 7 (0.82%) Back Office
11 7 (0.82%) Spanish Language
12 6 (0.70%) Investment Banking
13 5 (0.59%) Italian Language
14 4 (0.47%) Local Government
14 4 (0.47%) Private Banking
14 4 (0.47%) Publishing
14 4 (0.47%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.35%) Aerospace
15 3 (0.35%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 134 (15.71%) Architect
2 112 (13.13%) Consultant
3 89 (10.43%) Analyst
4 56 (6.57%) Support Engineer
5 50 (5.86%) Project Manager
6 49 (5.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 42 (4.92%) Office 365 Engineer
8 39 (4.57%) Office 365 Architect
9 38 (4.45%) Solutions Architect
10 35 (4.10%) Lync Engineer
10 35 (4.10%) Support Analyst
11 30 (3.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 30 (3.52%) Microsoft Consultant
11 30 (3.52%) Office 365 Specialist
12 29 (3.40%) 2nd Line Support
13 28 (3.28%) Business Consultant
13 28 (3.28%) Messaging Engineer
13 28 (3.28%) Technical Consultant
14 27 (3.17%) Technical Architect
15 25 (2.93%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (4.57%) COM
2 27 (3.17%) .NET
2 27 (3.17%) XML
3 18 (2.11%) XMPP
4 17 (1.99%) Web Services
5 10 (1.17%) HTML
5 10 (1.17%) WCF
6 7 (0.82%) JSON
7 6 (0.70%) CSS
7 6 (0.70%) XML Messaging
7 6 (0.70%) XSD
8 5 (0.59%) ADO
8 5 (0.59%) ASP.NET
9 4 (0.47%) WF
10 2 (0.23%) .NET Framework
10 2 (0.23%) Cocoa
10 2 (0.23%) Core Animation
10 2 (0.23%) RESTful
10 2 (0.23%) SAP Smart Forms
10 2 (0.23%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 65 (7.62%) Video Conferencing
2 57 (6.68%) Analytical Skills
3 52 (6.10%) Data Centre
4 42 (4.92%) Computer Science
5 40 (4.69%) Blackberry
6 24 (2.81%) Clustering
7 21 (2.46%) Smartphone
8 20 (2.34%) Fat Client
8 20 (2.34%) Thin Client
9 19 (2.23%) PKI
10 14 (1.64%) iPhone
11 13 (1.52%) Management Information System
11 13 (1.52%) Replication
12 11 (1.29%) BYOD
12 11 (1.29%) Client/Server
12 11 (1.29%) Virtual Team
13 9 (1.06%) Private Cloud
14 8 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
14 8 (0.94%) Life Science
15 7 (0.82%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 451 (52.87%) Windows
2 203 (23.80%) Windows Server
3 168 (19.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 137 (16.06%) Windows Server 2012
5 110 (12.90%) Windows 7
6 107 (12.54%) Windows 10
7 82 (9.61%) Windows Server 2003
8 33 (3.87%) Android
9 31 (3.63%) Windows 8
10 22 (2.58%) Linux
11 21 (2.46%) Apple iOS
12 13 (1.52%) Unix
13 11 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 10 (1.17%) Windows XP
15 7 (0.82%) Mac OS X
16 5 (0.59%) Mac OS
17 2 (0.23%) Solaris
17 2 (0.23%) Windows Mobile
18 1 (0.12%) Windows 2000
18 1 (0.12%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 181 (21.22%) Migration
2 128 (15.01%) ITIL
3 63 (7.39%) Agile Software Development
4 60 (7.03%) CRM
5 57 (6.68%) Business Intelligence
6 44 (5.16%) Change Management
6 44 (5.16%) Document Management
6 44 (5.16%) Project Management
7 43 (5.04%) Stakeholder Management
8 42 (4.92%) Data Management
9 40 (4.69%) Case Management
10 39 (4.57%) TOGAF
11 37 (4.34%) Presales
12 33 (3.87%) Identity Management
12 33 (3.87%) Service Management
13 32 (3.75%) Load Balancing
14 30 (3.52%) PRINCE2
15 28 (3.28%) SDLC
16 24 (2.81%) Disaster Recovery
16 24 (2.81%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 144 (16.88%) PowerShell
2 75 (8.79%) SQL
3 29 (3.40%) C
4 25 (2.93%) C#
5 17 (1.99%) VBScript
6 9 (1.06%) VB
7 8 (0.94%) Java
7 8 (0.94%) JavaScript
8 5 (0.59%) PHP
8 5 (0.59%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.23%) Apple Swift
9 2 (0.23%) C++
9 2 (0.23%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.12%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.12%) X++
Qualifications
1 135 (15.83%) Microsoft Certification
2 120 (14.07%) Security Cleared
3 99 (11.61%) SC Cleared
4 86 (10.08%) MCSE
5 71 (8.32%) Degree
6 33 (3.87%) MCITP
7 31 (3.63%) MCSA
8 27 (3.17%) Cisco Certification
9 17 (1.99%) CCNA
10 16 (1.88%) CCNP
11 13 (1.52%) MCP
12 12 (1.41%) DV Cleared
13 8 (0.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 7 (0.82%) CCIE
14 7 (0.82%) MCTS
15 6 (0.70%) Citrix Certification
15 6 (0.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 5 (0.59%) CISA
16 5 (0.59%) CISSP
16 5 (0.59%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (2.46%) SLA
2 8 (0.94%) QA
3 7 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.59%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 377 (44.20%) Active Directory
2 108 (12.66%) Hyper-V
3 78 (9.14%) VMware Infrastructure
4 66 (7.74%) XenApp
5 45 (5.28%) Microsoft App-V
6 41 (4.81%) VMware ESX
7 36 (4.22%) XenDesktop
8 29 (3.40%) VMware ESXi
9 28 (3.28%) Virtual Desktop
10 14 (1.64%) XenServer
11 13 (1.52%) vSphere
12 12 (1.41%) Virtual Machines
13 9 (1.06%) BitLocker
14 8 (0.94%) DFS Replication
15 5 (0.59%) UAG
15 5 (0.59%) Virtual Servers
16 4 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 4 (0.47%) Terminal Server
17 3 (0.35%) ISA Server
17 3 (0.35%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 128 (15.01%) SCCM
2 60 (7.03%) SCOM
3 36 (4.22%) Microsoft Intune
4 21 (2.46%) AirWatch
4 21 (2.46%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 18 (2.11%) NetBackup
6 16 (1.88%) Microsoft Clustering
7 12 (1.41%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 10 (1.17%) Cisco CUCM
8 10 (1.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 10 (1.17%) SCSM
8 10 (1.17%) SCVMM
8 10 (1.17%) WSUS
9 8 (0.94%) Nagios
10 7 (0.82%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 7 (0.82%) MIMEsweeper
10 7 (0.82%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (0.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 6 (0.70%) vMotion
11 6 (0.70%) WMI
Vendors
1 534 (62.60%) Microsoft
2 151 (17.70%) Cisco
3 135 (15.83%) Citrix
4 130 (15.24%) VMware
5 50 (5.86%) Oracle
6 48 (5.63%) Polycom
7 47 (5.51%) SAP
8 45 (5.28%) Symantec
9 43 (5.04%) Salesforce.com
10 41 (4.81%) HP
11 39 (4.57%) Infor
12 25 (2.93%) Mitel
13 24 (2.81%) NetApp
14 21 (2.46%) AppSense
15 20 (2.34%) Dell
16 19 (2.23%) Avaya
17 17 (1.99%) Wyse
18 15 (1.76%) Apple
18 15 (1.76%) Juniper
19 14 (1.64%) CheckPoint
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