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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 229 219 297
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +78
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 575 610 354
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.06% 1.07% 0.66%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.85% 6.10% 3.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 352 372 195
Median daily rate £350 £333 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £163 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 24 26
Median hourly rate £24.75 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+54.68% +6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.65 £12.00 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.99 £30.00 £22.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £15.38 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+82.11% +2.50%

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
9829 9992 9438
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.20% 17.54% 17.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 6499 6277 5544
Median daily rate £415 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 243 312 390
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.04% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.40 £41.85 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £21.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+30.23% +30.30%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 26 July 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 -24 532 £363 +8.20% 60
London -15 225 £400 +14.28% 29
South East -40 91 £375 +15.38% 12
North East +9 49 £270 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 47 £270 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 46 £270 - 1
City of London +21 40 £409 +0.92% 10
South West -11 40 £325 -13.33% 3
Berkshire +3 36 £350 +7.69% 3
North West +12 32 £363 +16.93% 1
East of England +9 29 £288 -10.85% 5
West Midlands -24 27 £325 -16.12% 4
Reading +14 21 £463 +42.30%
Manchester +3 20 £400 +29.03%
Yorkshire -7 20 £275 -15.38% 1
Hampshire -25 19 £325 +3.58% 5
Scotland 0 17 £325 +85.71%
Essex +16 16 £275 -36.04%
Surrey -8 16 £375 +25.00% 1
North Yorkshire +7 12 - - 1
York +7 12 - - 1
Midlands +1 11 £500 +110.52%
Wales +22 10 £231 -45.58%
Herefordshire - 9 £325 -
East Midlands +5 8 £375 +71.42% 3
Bristol +3 8 £313 - 1
Hereford - 8 £325 -
Bracknell -6 7 £350 -
Wiltshire -17 7 £408 -14.21%
Birmingham -17 7 £367 -8.18% 3

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 July 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.

1 637 (60.96%) Microsoft
2 563 (53.88%) Windows
3 561 (53.68%) Skype
4 537 (51.39%) Active Directory
5 426 (40.77%) Office 365
6 396 (37.89%) SharePoint
7 388 (37.13%) MS Exchange
8 316 (30.24%) Windows Server
9 236 (22.58%) Migration
10 228 (21.82%) VMware
11 226 (21.63%) Exchange Server 2010
12 198 (18.95%) MS Excel
13 197 (18.85%) Windows Server 2012
13 197 (18.85%) Exchange Server 2013
14 195 (18.66%) DNS
15 188 (17.99%) ITIL
16 187 (17.89%) Windows Server 2008
17 185 (17.70%) PowerShell
17 185 (17.70%) Citrix
18 180 (17.22%) Security Cleared
19 173 (16.56%) MS Office
20 158 (15.12%) Cisco
21 153 (14.64%) SCCM
22 149 (14.26%) SQL Server
23 146 (13.97%) Microsoft Azure
24 144 (13.78%) SC Cleared
25 136 (13.01%) DHCP
26 135 (12.92%) Hyper-V
27 133 (12.73%) VMware Infrastructure
28 131 (12.54%) SQL

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
1 396 (37.89%) SharePoint
2 388 (37.13%) MS Exchange
3 226 (21.63%) Exchange Server 2010
4 197 (18.85%) Exchange Server 2013
5 97 (9.28%) Exchange Server 2007
6 80 (7.66%) SharePoint 2013
7 63 (6.03%) Office Communications Server
8 60 (5.74%) Exchange Server 2003
9 55 (5.26%) SharePoint 2010
10 54 (5.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 48 (4.59%) BizTalk Server
12 22 (2.11%) IIS
13 21 (2.01%) IBM Notes
13 21 (2.01%) OpenStack
14 14 (1.34%) SharePoint Server
15 9 (0.86%) Drupal
15 9 (0.86%) Live Communications Server
16 8 (0.77%) CMS
16 8 (0.77%) IBM Domino
17 5 (0.48%) Confluence
Applications
1 198 (18.95%) MS Excel
2 173 (16.56%) MS Office
3 17 (1.63%) MS Project
4 13 (1.24%) MS PowerPoint
5 10 (0.96%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.77%) ProjectWise
7 3 (0.29%) InfoPath
8 2 (0.19%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.096%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.096%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.096%) InDesign
9 1 (0.096%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 55 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.24%) Dynamics AX
2 13 (1.24%) Remedy ITSM
3 6 (0.57%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.38%) assyst
4 4 (0.38%) Faxination
4 4 (0.38%) Unit4 Business World
5 2 (0.19%) Sage X3
6 1 (0.096%) Eikon
6 1 (0.096%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.096%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 426 (40.77%) Office 365
2 146 (13.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 95 (9.09%) Yammer
4 67 (6.41%) OneDrive
5 42 (4.02%) Azure Active Directory
6 15 (1.44%) SaaS
7 14 (1.34%) Mimecast
8 12 (1.15%) IaaS
9 9 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
10 8 (0.77%) PaaS
11 6 (0.57%) Google Apps
12 5 (0.48%) Amazon AWS
12 5 (0.48%) Google Analytics
12 5 (0.48%) Trello
13 2 (0.19%) Data Lake Analytics
14 1 (0.096%) Adobe Creative Cloud
14 1 (0.096%) iTunes
14 1 (0.096%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 561 (53.68%) Skype
2 195 (18.66%) DNS
3 136 (13.01%) DHCP
4 108 (10.33%) Unified Communications
5 86 (8.23%) Firewall
6 73 (6.99%) WAN
7 64 (6.12%) LAN
8 54 (5.17%) TCP/IP
8 54 (5.17%) VPN
9 50 (4.78%) VoIP
10 48 (4.59%) SAN
11 47 (4.50%) PBX
12 44 (4.21%) Internet
13 35 (3.35%) LDAP
14 25 (2.39%) NetScaler
15 22 (2.11%) Reverse Proxy
16 20 (1.91%) H.323
16 20 (1.91%) VLAN
16 20 (1.91%) Wireless
17 19 (1.82%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 149 (14.26%) SQL Server
2 42 (4.02%) SQL Server 2008
3 25 (2.39%) SQL Server 2012
4 16 (1.53%) Oracle Reports
5 15 (1.44%) SQL Server 2014
5 15 (1.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 14 (1.34%) SQL Server 2005
7 6 (0.57%) Amazon RDS
7 6 (0.57%) MongoDB
7 6 (0.57%) Power BI
8 5 (0.48%) Oracle Database
9 4 (0.38%) Informix
9 4 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.19%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.19%) Essbase
10 2 (0.19%) HDInsight
10 2 (0.19%) MS Access
10 2 (0.19%) MySQL
10 2 (0.19%) NonStop SQL
10 2 (0.19%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 9 (0.86%) JIRA
2 2 (0.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 2 (0.19%) Bitbucket
2 2 (0.19%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.096%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.096%) Cucumber
3 1 (0.096%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.096%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.096%) MSI
3 1 (0.096%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (0.096%) Protractor
3 1 (0.096%) Selenium
3 1 (0.096%) WebDriver
General
1 105 (10.05%) Finance
2 39 (3.73%) Retail
3 31 (2.97%) Banking
4 23 (2.20%) Telecoms
5 21 (2.01%) Marketing
6 20 (1.91%) Law
7 15 (1.44%) Legal
8 14 (1.34%) Advertising
9 12 (1.15%) Back Office
9 12 (1.15%) Spanish Language
10 11 (1.05%) Investment Banking
11 10 (0.96%) Billing
11 10 (0.96%) Manufacturing
12 7 (0.67%) Military
13 6 (0.57%) Electronics
13 6 (0.57%) Publishing
14 5 (0.48%) Games
15 4 (0.38%) French Language
15 4 (0.38%) German Language
15 4 (0.38%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 114 (10.91%) Analyst
2 112 (10.72%) Consultant
3 103 (9.86%) Architect
4 93 (8.90%) Support Engineer
5 59 (5.65%) Project Manager
6 51 (4.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 51 (4.88%) Messaging Engineer
7 50 (4.78%) Lync Engineer
8 48 (4.59%) 3rd Line Support
9 44 (4.21%) Desktop Engineer
10 39 (3.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 36 (3.44%) Support Analyst
12 34 (3.25%) Administrator
13 33 (3.16%) Desktop Support
13 33 (3.16%) Lync Consultant
14 32 (3.06%) Server Engineer
14 32 (3.06%) Windows Engineer
15 31 (2.97%) 2nd Line Support
16 29 (2.78%) Messaging Specialist
16 29 (2.78%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (3.16%) .NET
2 29 (2.78%) XMPP
3 28 (2.68%) COM
4 13 (1.24%) Web Services
5 10 (0.96%) HTML
6 9 (0.86%) CSS
7 7 (0.67%) jQuery
8 5 (0.48%) Middleware
9 4 (0.38%) XML
10 3 (0.29%) ASP.NET
10 3 (0.29%) WAP
11 2 (0.19%) J2EE
11 2 (0.19%) Software Packaging
12 1 (0.096%) .NET Framework
12 1 (0.096%) 802.1X
12 1 (0.096%) ASP.NET MVC
12 1 (0.096%) ASP.NET MVC 4
12 1 (0.096%) HTML5
12 1 (0.096%) SOAP
12 1 (0.096%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 71 (6.79%) Blackberry
2 62 (5.93%) Computer Science
3 57 (5.45%) Data Centre
4 55 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
5 42 (4.02%) Video Conferencing
6 41 (3.92%) Clustering
7 24 (2.30%) Fat Client
7 24 (2.30%) Thin Client
8 22 (2.11%) PKI
9 21 (2.01%) Management Information System
10 15 (1.44%) IVR
10 15 (1.44%) Social Media
11 14 (1.34%) Smartphone
12 12 (1.15%) Social Network
12 12 (1.15%) Virtual Team
12 12 (1.15%) Visualisation
13 10 (0.96%) Driving Licence
13 10 (0.96%) Hybrid Cloud
13 10 (0.96%) Replication
14 9 (0.86%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 563 (53.88%) Windows
2 316 (30.24%) Windows Server
3 197 (18.85%) Windows Server 2012
4 187 (17.89%) Windows Server 2008
5 121 (11.58%) Windows 7
6 105 (10.05%) Windows Server 2003
7 85 (8.13%) Windows 10
8 43 (4.11%) Apple iOS
8 43 (4.11%) Windows 8
9 41 (3.92%) Android
10 32 (3.06%) Linux
11 17 (1.63%) Windows Phone
12 13 (1.24%) Mac OS X
13 12 (1.15%) Windows XP
14 9 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 8 (0.77%) Windows Mobile
16 6 (0.57%) Mac OS
16 6 (0.57%) Windows Vista
17 5 (0.48%) Unix
18 4 (0.38%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 236 (22.58%) Migration
2 188 (17.99%) ITIL
3 124 (11.87%) Project Management
4 77 (7.37%) Agile Software Development
5 65 (6.22%) CRM
6 50 (4.78%) Load Balancing
7 47 (4.50%) Business Intelligence
8 46 (4.40%) Disaster Recovery
9 45 (4.31%) Data Management
10 43 (4.11%) Stakeholder Management
11 38 (3.64%) Document Management
11 38 (3.64%) Service Delivery
12 37 (3.54%) Change Management
12 37 (3.54%) Mobile Device Management
12 37 (3.54%) Service Management
13 36 (3.44%) Capacity Planning
14 35 (3.35%) Case Management
15 33 (3.16%) Server Virtualisation
16 32 (3.06%) Incident Management
16 32 (3.06%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 185 (17.70%) PowerShell
2 131 (12.54%) SQL
3 33 (3.16%) C#
4 21 (2.01%) C
5 16 (1.53%) JavaScript
6 11 (1.05%) T-SQL
7 6 (0.57%) Java
7 6 (0.57%) VBScript
8 5 (0.48%) Python
8 5 (0.48%) VB
9 4 (0.38%) AppleScript
9 4 (0.38%) Bash Shell
9 4 (0.38%) COBOL
10 3 (0.29%) PHP
11 2 (0.19%) JCL
11 2 (0.19%) REXX
12 1 (0.096%) ActionScript
12 1 (0.096%) C++
12 1 (0.096%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.096%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 180 (17.22%) Security Cleared
2 144 (13.78%) SC Cleared
3 115 (11.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 87 (8.33%) MCSE
5 78 (7.46%) Degree
6 31 (2.97%) BPSS Clearance
7 24 (2.30%) DV Cleared
8 22 (2.11%) Cisco Certification
9 18 (1.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 13 (1.24%) CCNA
11 12 (1.15%) CCNP
11 12 (1.15%) ITIL Certification
12 11 (1.05%) MCSA
13 9 (0.86%) ISEB
13 9 (0.86%) MCITP
13 9 (0.86%) MCTS
14 8 (0.77%) ISTQB
15 5 (0.48%) PMI Certification
15 5 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 4 (0.38%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (3.64%) SLA
2 35 (3.35%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (0.77%) QA
4 7 (0.67%) MiFID
5 6 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 537 (51.39%) Active Directory
2 135 (12.92%) Hyper-V
3 133 (12.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 118 (11.29%) XenApp
5 66 (6.32%) XenDesktop
6 51 (4.88%) Microsoft App-V
7 37 (3.54%) vSphere
8 33 (3.16%) XenServer
9 18 (1.72%) UAG
9 18 (1.72%) VMware ESX
9 18 (1.72%) VMware ESXi
10 15 (1.44%) Brightmail
10 15 (1.44%) Virtual Machines
11 13 (1.24%) Virtual Servers
12 12 (1.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 6 (0.57%) Virtual Desktop
14 5 (0.48%) ISA Server
15 4 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 4 (0.38%) Terminal Server
15 4 (0.38%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 153 (14.64%) SCCM
2 85 (8.13%) SCOM
3 29 (2.78%) AirWatch
4 21 (2.01%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 20 (1.91%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 18 (1.72%) Microsoft Intune
7 15 (1.44%) Microsoft Clustering
8 14 (1.34%) NetBackup
8 14 (1.34%) WSUS
9 13 (1.24%) Cisco CUCM
9 13 (1.24%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 12 (1.15%) Backup Exec
11 10 (0.96%) Norton AntiVirus
11 10 (0.96%) SCVMM
12 8 (0.77%) Failover Clustering
12 8 (0.77%) IBM BigFix
12 8 (0.77%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
13 7 (0.67%) MIIS
14 5 (0.48%) SCOrch
14 5 (0.48%) SCSM
Vendors
1 637 (60.96%) Microsoft
2 228 (21.82%) VMware
3 185 (17.70%) Citrix
4 158 (15.12%) Cisco
5 65 (6.22%) Oracle
6 63 (6.03%) HP
7 62 (5.93%) IronPort
8 58 (5.55%) Symantec
9 44 (4.21%) SAP
10 43 (4.11%) AppSense
11 38 (3.64%) Dell
11 38 (3.64%) NetApp
12 37 (3.54%) Apple
12 37 (3.54%) Salesforce.com
13 34 (3.25%) Infor
14 30 (2.87%) CheckPoint
14 30 (2.87%) Polycom
15 27 (2.58%) EMC
16 26 (2.49%) Avaya
17 22 (2.11%) Lotus
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