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 27 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
27 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 270 231 307
Rank change year-on-year
-39 +76
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 481 546 345
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.88% 1.00% 0.65%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.55% 5.46% 3.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 308 337 199
Median daily rate £400 £330 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.21% -17.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £150 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £500 £518
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £325 £330
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -1.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 29 14
Median hourly rate £23.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.28% +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.00 £11.83
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.97 £30.00 £20.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £18.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-29.72% +12.12%

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
10574 10007 9248
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.39% 18.39% 17.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 7045 6196 5747
Median daily rate £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+11.97% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 232 358 314
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.19 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.91% +12.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £40.00 £39.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.20 £20.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-1.48% +20.58%

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 27 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 27 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 27 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
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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 -40 432 £400 +19.85% 93
London -48 173 £416 +14.82% 29
South East -43 83 £415 +20.28% 12
North West +31 52 £425 +157.57% 4
North East -6 42 £280 - 10
Tyne and Wear - 39 £280 - 5
Cheshire +25 38 £435 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 38 £280 - 3
South West -12 37 £341 +24.09% 11
Scotland -12 36 £426 +33.20% 3
Warrington - 29 £422 -
City of London +5 27 £398 -2.39% 6
Berkshire -19 21 £400 - 1
Renfrewshire -24 21 £430 +25.54%
Erskine -22 20 £430 +25.54%
Buckinghamshire +10 18 £425 +35.56% 1
Milton Keynes +9 15 £428 +22.14% 1
Hampshire +1 14 £338 +12.50% 3
East of England -3 14 £350 -17.64% 9
Bristol -2 13 £325 +16.07% 8
Yorkshire -4 12 £550 +69.23% 9
Surrey -24 11 £506 +68.75% 1
West Midlands -35 11 £318 -7.63% 2
Leeds -7 9 £578 +60.41% 5
West Yorkshire -9 9 £578 +60.41% 5
Glasgow +8 8 £320 +8.47%
Oxfordshire +5 7 £325 +31.31% 2
Wiltshire -7 7 £410 -8.88%
West Sussex -28 7 £450 +233.33% 1
Manchester -13 6 £323 +95.45% 3

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 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.

1 510 (58.89%) Microsoft
2 436 (50.35%) Windows
3 434 (50.12%) Active Directory
4 430 (49.65%) Skype
5 326 (37.64%) Office 365
6 323 (37.30%) MS Exchange
7 279 (32.22%) SharePoint
8 260 (30.02%) Windows Server
9 228 (26.33%) Migration
10 205 (23.67%) Exchange Server 2010
11 202 (23.33%) VMware
12 174 (20.09%) Exchange Server 2013
13 172 (19.86%) Windows Server 2012
14 169 (19.52%) PowerShell
15 168 (19.40%) Windows Server 2008
16 161 (18.59%) ITIL
17 159 (18.36%) MS Office
18 155 (17.90%) MS Excel
19 150 (17.32%) Citrix
20 144 (16.63%) Security Cleared
21 137 (15.82%) DNS
22 128 (14.78%) SCCM
23 126 (14.55%) VMware Infrastructure
24 117 (13.51%) SC Cleared
25 115 (13.28%) Windows 7
26 99 (11.43%) Cisco
27 97 (11.20%) Project Management
28 96 (11.09%) Finance
29 94 (10.85%) Windows Server 2003
30 93 (10.74%) SQL Server

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
1 323 (37.30%) MS Exchange
2 279 (32.22%) SharePoint
3 205 (23.67%) Exchange Server 2010
4 174 (20.09%) Exchange Server 2013
5 86 (9.93%) Exchange Server 2007
6 63 (7.27%) Office Communications Server
7 60 (6.93%) Exchange Server 2003
8 55 (6.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 48 (5.54%) SharePoint 2013
10 27 (3.12%) SharePoint 2010
11 22 (2.54%) IBM Notes
12 18 (2.08%) BizTalk Server
12 18 (2.08%) IIS
12 18 (2.08%) OpenStack
13 14 (1.62%) Live Communications Server
14 12 (1.39%) IBM Domino
15 10 (1.15%) SharePoint Server
16 7 (0.81%) CMS
17 5 (0.58%) Confluence
18 3 (0.35%) Drupal
Applications
1 159 (18.36%) MS Office
2 155 (17.90%) MS Excel
3 13 (1.50%) MS Project
4 9 (1.04%) MS Visio
4 9 (1.04%) ProjectWise
5 8 (0.92%) MS PowerPoint
6 6 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.23%) Acrobat
7 2 (0.23%) AutoCAD
7 2 (0.23%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 25 (2.89%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.15%) Remedy ITSM
3 7 (0.81%) Unit4 Business World
4 5 (0.58%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.12%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.12%) Sage X3
5 1 (0.12%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 326 (37.64%) Office 365
2 91 (10.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 65 (7.51%) Yammer
4 42 (4.85%) OneDrive
5 31 (3.58%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (1.39%) IaaS
6 12 (1.39%) SaaS
7 7 (0.81%) Mimecast
7 7 (0.81%) PaaS
8 5 (0.58%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.12%) Amazon AWS
9 1 (0.12%) Google Apps
9 1 (0.12%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 430 (49.65%) Skype
2 137 (15.82%) DNS
3 83 (9.58%) DHCP
4 80 (9.24%) Firewall
5 68 (7.85%) Unified Communications
6 67 (7.74%) WAN
7 61 (7.04%) LAN
8 51 (5.89%) VPN
9 46 (5.31%) Internet
10 45 (5.20%) TCP/IP
11 38 (4.39%) PBX
12 35 (4.04%) VoIP
13 31 (3.58%) SAN
14 20 (2.31%) Intranet
15 19 (2.19%) NetScaler
16 18 (2.08%) LDAP
16 18 (2.08%) SSL
17 17 (1.96%) Reverse Proxy
18 15 (1.73%) FTP
18 15 (1.73%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (10.74%) SQL Server
2 30 (3.46%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (1.73%) SQL Server 2014
4 12 (1.39%) Oracle Reports
4 12 (1.39%) SQL Server 2012
5 11 (1.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (0.81%) SQL Server 2005
7 5 (0.58%) Informix
7 5 (0.58%) MongoDB
7 5 (0.58%) Oracle Database
7 5 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (0.35%) Amazon RDS
8 3 (0.35%) Power BI
9 2 (0.23%) Star Schema
10 1 (0.12%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.12%) Crystal Reports
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 (0.12%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.12%) Cucumber
3 1 (0.12%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.12%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.12%) MSI
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 96 (11.09%) Finance
2 29 (3.35%) Telecoms
3 27 (3.12%) Advertising
3 27 (3.12%) Banking
4 20 (2.31%) Retail
5 17 (1.96%) Investment Banking
6 14 (1.62%) Marketing
7 12 (1.39%) Billing
8 10 (1.15%) Back Office
9 8 (0.92%) Legal
9 8 (0.92%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.81%) Law
11 6 (0.69%) Local Government
11 6 (0.69%) Publishing
12 5 (0.58%) Electronics
12 5 (0.58%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.58%) French Language
12 5 (0.58%) Games
12 5 (0.58%) Military
13 3 (0.35%) German Language
Job Titles
1 100 (11.55%) Consultant
2 99 (11.43%) Analyst
3 83 (9.58%) Architect
4 75 (8.66%) Support Engineer
5 53 (6.12%) Project Manager
6 49 (5.66%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 46 (5.31%) Lync Engineer
7 46 (5.31%) Messaging Engineer
8 42 (4.85%) 3rd Line Support
9 37 (4.27%) Lync Consultant
10 33 (3.81%) Support Analyst
11 30 (3.46%) Desktop Engineer
12 29 (3.35%) Server Engineer
13 28 (3.23%) Exchange Engineer
13 28 (3.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 28 (3.23%) Solutions Architect
14 27 (3.12%) 2nd Line Support
15 25 (2.89%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 25 (2.89%) Desktop Support
16 24 (2.77%) Office 365 Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (3.12%) .NET
2 14 (1.62%) COM
2 14 (1.62%) HTML
3 13 (1.50%) CSS
4 9 (1.04%) Web Services
5 7 (0.81%) XMPP
6 6 (0.69%) jQuery
7 5 (0.58%) Middleware
8 4 (0.46%) ASP.NET
9 3 (0.35%) WAP
10 2 (0.23%) Software Packaging
11 1 (0.12%) 802.1X
11 1 (0.12%) ASP.NET MVC
11 1 (0.12%) ASP.NET MVC 4
11 1 (0.12%) HTML5
11 1 (0.12%) MAPI
11 1 (0.12%) WebRTC
11 1 (0.12%) XML
11 1 (0.12%) XSD
11 1 (0.12%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 61 (7.04%) Blackberry
2 52 (6.00%) Data Centre
3 49 (5.66%) Video Conferencing
4 46 (5.31%) Analytical Skills
5 44 (5.08%) Computer Science
6 25 (2.89%) Management Information System
7 22 (2.54%) PKI
8 21 (2.42%) Fat Client
8 21 (2.42%) Thin Client
9 18 (2.08%) Clustering
10 14 (1.62%) Private Cloud
10 14 (1.62%) Social Media
11 10 (1.15%) Hybrid Cloud
11 10 (1.15%) iPhone
12 9 (1.04%) Handset
12 9 (1.04%) PDA
12 9 (1.04%) Smartphone
12 9 (1.04%) User Experience
13 8 (0.92%) Mathematics
14 7 (0.81%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 436 (50.35%) Windows
2 260 (30.02%) Windows Server
3 172 (19.86%) Windows Server 2012
4 168 (19.40%) Windows Server 2008
5 115 (13.28%) Windows 7
6 94 (10.85%) Windows Server 2003
7 56 (6.47%) Windows 10
8 43 (4.97%) Windows 8
9 33 (3.81%) Linux
10 25 (2.89%) Windows XP
11 22 (2.54%) Android
12 19 (2.19%) Apple iOS
13 15 (1.73%) Windows Phone
14 14 (1.62%) Mac OS X
14 14 (1.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (0.46%) Solaris
15 4 (0.46%) Unix
15 4 (0.46%) Windows 2000 Server
16 3 (0.35%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.35%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 228 (26.33%) Migration
2 161 (18.59%) ITIL
3 97 (11.20%) Project Management
4 58 (6.70%) Agile Software Development
5 46 (5.31%) Load Balancing
6 40 (4.62%) Service Management
7 39 (4.50%) Change Management
8 37 (4.27%) Stakeholder Management
9 32 (3.70%) CRM
9 32 (3.70%) Disaster Recovery
9 32 (3.70%) Service Delivery
10 30 (3.46%) Server Virtualisation
11 27 (3.12%) Business Intelligence
11 27 (3.12%) Data Migration
12 26 (3.00%) Incident Management
13 25 (2.89%) Mobile Device Management
13 25 (2.89%) PRINCE2
13 25 (2.89%) Waterfall
14 24 (2.77%) Data Management
14 24 (2.77%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 169 (19.52%) PowerShell
2 81 (9.35%) SQL
3 27 (3.12%) C#
4 17 (1.96%) JavaScript
5 13 (1.50%) C
6 6 (0.69%) VBScript
7 3 (0.35%) Python
7 3 (0.35%) T-SQL
7 3 (0.35%) VB
8 2 (0.23%) AppleScript
8 2 (0.23%) Bash Shell
8 2 (0.23%) Java
9 1 (0.12%) ActionScript
9 1 (0.12%) ActionScript 2.0
9 1 (0.12%) C++
9 1 (0.12%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.12%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 144 (16.63%) Security Cleared
2 117 (13.51%) SC Cleared
3 83 (9.58%) Microsoft Certification
4 70 (8.08%) MCSE
5 66 (7.62%) Degree
6 16 (1.85%) BPSS Clearance
6 16 (1.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 14 (1.62%) Cisco Certification
8 11 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
9 10 (1.15%) DV Cleared
10 9 (1.04%) CCNP
11 7 (0.81%) CCNA
11 7 (0.81%) ISEB
11 7 (0.81%) ISTQB
11 7 (0.81%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 7 (0.81%) MCITP
12 6 (0.69%) MCP
12 6 (0.69%) MCTS
12 6 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 5 (0.58%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (4.85%) SLA
2 22 (2.54%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (0.81%) MiFID
4 3 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.35%) QA
5 1 (0.12%) PMBOK
System Software
1 434 (50.12%) Active Directory
2 126 (14.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 90 (10.39%) Hyper-V
4 81 (9.35%) XenApp
5 47 (5.43%) XenDesktop
6 37 (4.27%) Microsoft App-V
7 31 (3.58%) vSphere
8 26 (3.00%) XenServer
9 21 (2.42%) VMware ESXi
10 17 (1.96%) VMware ESX
11 15 (1.73%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 14 (1.62%) UAG
13 13 (1.50%) Brightmail
14 6 (0.69%) BitLocker
14 6 (0.69%) Terminal Server
15 5 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 4 (0.46%) MetaFrame
16 4 (0.46%) Xen
17 3 (0.35%) VMware Workstation
18 2 (0.23%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 128 (14.78%) SCCM
2 56 (6.47%) SCOM
3 20 (2.31%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 17 (1.96%) AirWatch
5 13 (1.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 12 (1.39%) Windows Intune
7 11 (1.27%) Backup Exec
7 11 (1.27%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 11 (1.27%) WSUS
8 10 (1.15%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 6 (0.69%) IBM BigFix
9 6 (0.69%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
10 5 (0.58%) Norton AntiVirus
10 5 (0.58%) SCVMM
10 5 (0.58%) XenMobile
11 4 (0.46%) Cisco CUCM
11 4 (0.46%) FortiGate
11 4 (0.46%) Oracle Identity Management
12 3 (0.35%) Cisco UCCX
12 3 (0.35%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 510 (58.89%) Microsoft
2 202 (23.33%) VMware
3 150 (17.32%) Citrix
4 99 (11.43%) Cisco
5 51 (5.89%) IronPort
6 48 (5.54%) HP
7 41 (4.73%) Oracle
7 41 (4.73%) Symantec
8 36 (4.16%) Polycom
9 35 (4.04%) AppSense
10 33 (3.81%) Dell
11 29 (3.35%) CheckPoint
12 27 (3.12%) SAP
13 26 (3.00%) NetApp
14 24 (2.77%) Apple
14 24 (2.77%) Lotus
15 23 (2.66%) Avaya
16 19 (2.19%) Salesforce.com
17 17 (1.96%) Wyse
18 16 (1.85%) IBM
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