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 4 December 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
4 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 281 293 249
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -44
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 406 420 519
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.82% 0.76% 0.90%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.58% 4.50% 5.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 273 314
Median daily rate £365 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £152 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £504 £540 £562
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
-7.14% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 22 22
Median hourly rate £16.15 £16.00 £18.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.90% -14.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.91 £11.05 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.90 £24.75 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £12.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -31.42%

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
8868 9329 10104
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 17.93% 16.85% 17.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 5693 5909 6414
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 181 259 365
Median hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £19.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.56% +0.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.46 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.50 £41.45 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.90 £17.50 £19.38
% change year-on-year
+19.40% -9.70%

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 4 December 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 4 December 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 4 December 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 +11 368 £365 -2.66% 55
London +9 176 £400 +3.22% 22
South East +11 70 £325 -9.72% 13
North East +6 39 £310 - 2
Tyne and Wear -11 30 £310 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -14 30 £310 - 1
Scotland +24 28 £388 -3.12% 1
Hampshire +13 22 £338 -3.57% 2
City of London -1 21 £379 +0.33% 3
West Midlands -10 21 £386 -14.22%
Berkshire +16 20 £325 -18.75% 3
East of England +8 16 £363 +54.25% 1
South West +4 16 £320 -7.24% 6
Erskine +8 15 £340 -19.04%
Renfrewshire +5 15 £340 -19.04%
Reading +10 14 £300 -25.00% 1
Edinburgh +21 12 £400 -8.57%
North West -14 12 £388 +44.85% 3
Birmingham -5 11 £468 +3.88%
East Midlands +1 9 £425 +21.42% 3
Buckinghamshire +13 8 £305 -15.27% 1
Essex +10 7 £325 +22.64%
Havant +3 7 £375 -
Oxfordshire 0 7 £325 -37.19% 4
Yorkshire 0 7 £275 -49.07% 4
Surrey +19 6 £185 -48.96% 1
Cheshire +18 6 £280 -39.45%
Manchester -4 6 £445 +356.41% 2
West Yorkshire -5 6 £269 -50.23% 2
Belfast - 6 £245 - 1

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 December 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.

1 603 (63.34%) Microsoft
2 578 (60.71%) Skype
3 528 (55.46%) Windows
4 481 (50.53%) Active Directory
5 468 (49.16%) Office 365
6 371 (38.97%) SharePoint
7 309 (32.46%) MS Exchange
8 267 (28.05%) Windows Server
9 216 (22.69%) MS Excel
10 191 (20.06%) Migration
11 190 (19.96%) Windows Server 2008
12 185 (19.43%) Exchange Server 2010
13 177 (18.59%) Windows Server 2012
14 173 (18.17%) Microsoft Azure
15 168 (17.65%) Cisco
16 163 (17.12%) VMware
17 159 (16.70%) DNS
18 157 (16.49%) Citrix
19 153 (16.07%) Exchange Server 2013
20 151 (15.86%) ITIL
21 150 (15.76%) SQL Server
22 146 (15.34%) MS Office
23 139 (14.60%) PowerShell
23 139 (14.60%) SCCM
24 133 (13.97%) DHCP
25 127 (13.34%) Hyper-V
26 121 (12.71%) SQL
27 119 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
28 114 (11.97%) Security Cleared
29 109 (11.45%) Windows 7

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
1 371 (38.97%) SharePoint
2 309 (32.46%) MS Exchange
3 185 (19.43%) Exchange Server 2010
4 153 (16.07%) Exchange Server 2013
5 69 (7.25%) Exchange Server 2007
6 56 (5.88%) BizTalk Server
7 54 (5.67%) SharePoint 2010
8 52 (5.46%) SharePoint 2013
9 41 (4.31%) IIS
9 41 (4.31%) Office Communications Server
10 35 (3.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 32 (3.36%) Exchange Server 2003
12 23 (2.42%) OpenStack
13 15 (1.58%) IBM Notes
14 10 (1.05%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 8 (0.84%) CMS
15 8 (0.84%) SharePoint Server
16 6 (0.63%) Drupal
17 5 (0.53%) Apache
18 4 (0.42%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 216 (22.69%) MS Excel
2 146 (15.34%) MS Office
3 17 (1.79%) MS PowerPoint
4 11 (1.16%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.74%) MS Project
6 2 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.21%) InDesign
6 2 (0.21%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.11%) OmniGraffle
7 1 (0.11%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 66 (6.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (1.79%) Dynamics AX
3 11 (1.16%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.42%) assyst
4 4 (0.42%) Faxination
5 3 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.21%) Adobe Campaign
6 2 (0.21%) Sage X3
6 2 (0.21%) Unica
7 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.11%) Eikon
7 1 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 468 (49.16%) Office 365
2 173 (18.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 103 (10.82%) Yammer
4 82 (8.61%) OneDrive
5 39 (4.10%) Azure Active Directory
6 21 (2.21%) SaaS
7 20 (2.10%) Cloud Computing
8 14 (1.47%) Amazon AWS
9 12 (1.26%) Mimecast
10 8 (0.84%) G Suite
10 8 (0.84%) IaaS
11 7 (0.74%) GitHub
12 5 (0.53%) Trello
13 4 (0.42%) PaaS
14 2 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Cloud
14 2 (0.21%) Data Lake Analytics
15 1 (0.11%) Adobe Analytics
15 1 (0.11%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 578 (60.71%) Skype
2 159 (16.70%) DNS
3 133 (13.97%) DHCP
4 108 (11.34%) Unified Communications
5 71 (7.46%) Firewall
6 68 (7.14%) LAN
7 66 (6.93%) VoIP
8 62 (6.51%) WAN
9 44 (4.62%) VPN
10 43 (4.52%) SAN
11 42 (4.41%) PBX
12 39 (4.10%) TCP/IP
13 28 (2.94%) LDAP
14 24 (2.52%) Internet
15 19 (2.00%) NetScaler
16 18 (1.89%) Reverse Proxy
17 17 (1.79%) NAS
17 17 (1.79%) SMTP
18 16 (1.68%) H.323
18 16 (1.68%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 150 (15.76%) SQL Server
2 39 (4.10%) SQL Server 2008
3 27 (2.84%) SQL Server 2012
4 20 (2.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 14 (1.47%) Oracle Reports
6 12 (1.26%) SQL Server 2005
7 7 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
8 6 (0.63%) Power BI
8 6 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (0.32%) MySQL
9 3 (0.32%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.21%) Big Data
10 2 (0.21%) Data Lake
10 2 (0.21%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.21%) Essbase
10 2 (0.21%) HDInsight
10 2 (0.21%) MongoDB
10 2 (0.21%) MS Access
10 2 (0.21%) NonStop SQL
11 1 (0.11%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 9 (0.95%) JIRA
2 7 (0.74%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (0.53%) Zephyr
4 4 (0.42%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 3 (0.32%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.21%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.21%) JUnit
6 2 (0.21%) WinDbg
6 2 (0.21%) Xcode
7 1 (0.11%) Axure RP
7 1 (0.11%) CruiseControl
7 1 (0.11%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.11%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.11%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 91 (9.56%) Finance
2 64 (6.72%) Retail
3 32 (3.36%) Telecoms
4 29 (3.05%) Banking
5 23 (2.42%) Law
6 18 (1.89%) Spanish Language
7 11 (1.16%) Back Office
7 11 (1.16%) French Language
7 11 (1.16%) Legal
8 10 (1.05%) Advertising
8 10 (1.05%) Manufacturing
8 10 (1.05%) Marketing
9 8 (0.84%) Electronics
10 5 (0.53%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.53%) Italian Language
10 5 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.42%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.42%) Local Government
11 4 (0.42%) Private Banking
11 4 (0.42%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 119 (12.50%) Architect
2 113 (11.87%) Consultant
3 96 (10.08%) Analyst
4 84 (8.82%) Support Engineer
5 55 (5.78%) Lync Engineer
6 54 (5.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 45 (4.73%) Project Manager
8 42 (4.41%) 3rd Line Support
9 41 (4.31%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 40 (4.20%) Office 365 Engineer
11 38 (3.99%) 2nd Line Support
11 38 (3.99%) Messaging Engineer
12 37 (3.89%) Support Analyst
13 36 (3.78%) Unified Communications Engineer
14 32 (3.36%) Administrator
15 30 (3.15%) Office 365 Specialist
16 29 (3.05%) Solutions Architect
17 27 (2.84%) IT Engineer
18 26 (2.73%) Desktop Support
18 26 (2.73%) Office 365 Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (4.31%) COM
2 30 (3.15%) .NET
3 24 (2.52%) Web Services
4 21 (2.21%) XMPP
5 15 (1.58%) XML
6 7 (0.74%) WCF
7 6 (0.63%) HTML
7 6 (0.63%) XML Messaging
7 6 (0.63%) XSD
8 4 (0.42%) ADO
8 4 (0.42%) CSS
8 4 (0.42%) JSON
9 2 (0.21%) Cocoa
9 2 (0.21%) Core Animation
9 2 (0.21%) iOS SDK
9 2 (0.21%) iPhone SDK
9 2 (0.21%) J2EE
9 2 (0.21%) OAuth
9 2 (0.21%) RESTful
9 2 (0.21%) RFC 2833
Miscellaneous
1 70 (7.35%) Video Conferencing
2 60 (6.30%) Data Centre
3 58 (6.09%) Analytical Skills
4 54 (5.67%) Computer Science
5 53 (5.57%) Blackberry
6 35 (3.68%) Clustering
7 24 (2.52%) Smartphone
8 21 (2.21%) Fat Client
8 21 (2.21%) Thin Client
9 19 (2.00%) BYOD
9 19 (2.00%) PKI
10 17 (1.79%) Virtual Team
11 16 (1.68%) Replication
12 15 (1.58%) iPhone
12 15 (1.58%) Management Information System
13 12 (1.26%) Social Network
14 11 (1.16%) IVR
14 11 (1.16%) Visualisation
15 9 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
16 8 (0.84%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 528 (55.46%) Windows
2 267 (28.05%) Windows Server
3 190 (19.96%) Windows Server 2008
4 177 (18.59%) Windows Server 2012
5 109 (11.45%) Windows 7
6 107 (11.24%) Windows Server 2003
7 95 (9.98%) Windows 10
8 59 (6.20%) Android
9 50 (5.25%) Apple iOS
10 39 (4.10%) Windows 8
11 16 (1.68%) Linux
12 11 (1.16%) Mac OS X
12 11 (1.16%) Windows Mobile
13 10 (1.05%) Unix
13 10 (1.05%) Windows XP
14 7 (0.74%) Mac OS
15 6 (0.63%) Windows Phone
16 4 (0.42%) Windows Phone 8
16 4 (0.42%) Windows Vista
17 3 (0.32%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 191 (20.06%) Migration
2 151 (15.86%) ITIL
3 73 (7.67%) CRM
4 62 (6.51%) Project Management
5 61 (6.41%) Agile Software Development
6 57 (5.99%) Business Intelligence
7 50 (5.25%) Document Management
8 48 (5.04%) Data Management
9 46 (4.83%) Load Balancing
10 45 (4.73%) Case Management
11 38 (3.99%) Disaster Recovery
12 36 (3.78%) Mobile Device Management
13 34 (3.57%) Identity Management
14 33 (3.47%) Business Analysis
14 33 (3.47%) PRINCE2
14 33 (3.47%) TOGAF
15 32 (3.36%) Service Delivery
16 30 (3.15%) Change Management
16 30 (3.15%) Stakeholder Management
17 29 (3.05%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 139 (14.60%) PowerShell
2 121 (12.71%) SQL
3 29 (3.05%) C#
4 25 (2.63%) C
5 14 (1.47%) VB
6 13 (1.37%) T-SQL
7 11 (1.16%) JavaScript
8 8 (0.84%) Java
9 5 (0.53%) PHP
10 3 (0.32%) COBOL
10 3 (0.32%) JCL
10 3 (0.32%) REXX
10 3 (0.32%) VBScript
11 2 (0.21%) Apple Swift
11 2 (0.21%) AppleScript
11 2 (0.21%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.21%) C++
11 2 (0.21%) Objective-C
11 2 (0.21%) Python
Qualifications
1 119 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 114 (11.97%) Security Cleared
3 90 (9.45%) SC Cleared
4 80 (8.40%) MCSE
5 74 (7.77%) Degree
6 25 (2.63%) Cisco Certification
7 22 (2.31%) BPSS Clearance
7 22 (2.31%) MCSA
8 18 (1.89%) DV Cleared
9 16 (1.68%) CCNA
10 14 (1.47%) MCITP
11 12 (1.26%) CCNP
12 8 (0.84%) MCP
12 8 (0.84%) PMI Certification
13 6 (0.63%) CISSP
13 6 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
13 6 (0.63%) MCTS
14 4 (0.42%) CCDA
14 4 (0.42%) CNE
14 4 (0.42%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (2.21%) Disclosure Scotland
1 21 (2.21%) SLA
2 12 (1.26%) QA
3 8 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.21%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 481 (50.53%) Active Directory
2 127 (13.34%) Hyper-V
3 97 (10.19%) XenApp
4 88 (9.24%) VMware Infrastructure
5 44 (4.62%) XenDesktop
6 43 (4.52%) Microsoft App-V
7 25 (2.63%) VMware ESX
7 25 (2.63%) vSphere
8 16 (1.68%) Virtual Desktop
9 13 (1.37%) XenServer
10 9 (0.95%) BitLocker
10 9 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
10 9 (0.95%) Virtual Servers
11 8 (0.84%) UAG
12 7 (0.74%) ISA Server
13 6 (0.63%) Brightmail
14 4 (0.42%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 4 (0.42%) Terminal Services
14 4 (0.42%) VMware ESXi
15 3 (0.32%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 139 (14.60%) SCCM
2 66 (6.93%) SCOM
3 38 (3.99%) Microsoft Intune
4 34 (3.57%) AirWatch
5 28 (2.94%) NetBackup
6 20 (2.10%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 20 (2.10%) WSUS
7 18 (1.89%) Norton AntiVirus
8 13 (1.37%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 13 (1.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 12 (1.26%) Microsoft Clustering
10 11 (1.16%) SCSM
11 10 (1.05%) Backup Exec
12 9 (0.95%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 7 (0.74%) Failover Clustering
13 7 (0.74%) Nagios
13 7 (0.74%) SCOrch
13 7 (0.74%) SCVMM
14 6 (0.63%) Cisco CUCM
15 5 (0.53%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 603 (63.34%) Microsoft
2 168 (17.65%) Cisco
3 163 (17.12%) VMware
4 157 (16.49%) Citrix
5 79 (8.30%) HP
6 65 (6.83%) Symantec
7 63 (6.62%) Oracle
8 49 (5.15%) SAP
9 45 (4.73%) Salesforce.com
10 44 (4.62%) Infor
11 33 (3.47%) Dell
12 32 (3.36%) Polycom
13 31 (3.26%) Apple
14 30 (3.15%) IronPort
15 27 (2.84%) AppSense
16 26 (2.73%) Avaya
17 24 (2.52%) NetApp
18 23 (2.42%) Mitel
19 21 (2.21%) EMC
20 20 (2.10%) Sonus
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