The table below looks at the statistics for Lync skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Lync over the 3 months to 23 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
23 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Lync
Rank 98 96 107
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +11
Contract jobs citing Lync 22 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.87% 0.35% 0.23%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.50% 1.99% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 4 3
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +77.77%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £325 £378
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -13.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Average hourly rate £18.85 £25.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.62% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £25.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-33.00% +47.05%
Lync
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Application Platforms category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Application Platforms Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Application Platforms category
489 352 409
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 19.26% 17.42% 18.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 254 204 196
Average daily rate £375 £340 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.29% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £218 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 25 29
Average hourly rate £20.50 £17.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.14% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.90 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.75 £27.50 £33.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.30
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -9.32%

Lync
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Lync across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Application Platforms category.

Lync Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Lync
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Lync across the West Midlands region.

Lync Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Lync
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Lync across the West Midlands region.

Lync Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Lync
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Lync within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 October 2014. 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 historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +6 15 £393 +40.17% 4
Coventry - 2 - - 1
Warwickshire -15 1 - - 2
Solihull - - - -
Staffordshire - - - - 1
Lync
England

Lync
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing Lync also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Lync.

1 19 (79.17%) Windows
2 18 (75.00%) Windows 7
3 12 (50.00%) XMPP
3 12 (50.00%) Eikon
3 12 (50.00%) Cisco
3 12 (50.00%) Reuters
4 10 (41.67%) Migration
5 8 (33.33%) Finance
5 8 (33.33%) Microsoft
6 6 (25.00%) Active Directory
6 6 (25.00%) ITIL
7 5 (20.83%) PRINCE2
7 5 (20.83%) Banking
8 4 (16.67%) Project Management
8 4 (16.67%) MS Exchange
9 3 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2007
9 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (8.33%) Technical Analysis
10 2 (8.33%) vSphere
10 2 (8.33%) MS Office
10 2 (8.33%) SAN
10 2 (8.33%) McAfee
10 2 (8.33%) Blackberry
10 2 (8.33%) MSI
10 2 (8.33%) MS Excel
10 2 (8.33%) SharePoint
10 2 (8.33%) TCP/IP
10 2 (8.33%) SCCM
10 2 (8.33%) SCOM
10 2 (8.33%) VMware

Lync
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 23 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region citing Lync also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Lync. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (16.67%) MS Exchange
2 3 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (8.33%) SharePoint
4 1 (4.17%) Office Communications Server
4 1 (4.17%) IIS
4 1 (4.17%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 2 (8.33%) MS Office
1 2 (8.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.17%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 12 (50.00%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.33%) SAN
1 2 (8.33%) TCP/IP
2 1 (4.17%) VPN
2 1 (4.17%) LAN
2 1 (4.17%) WAN
2 1 (4.17%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (4.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (8.33%) MSI
2 1 (4.17%) InstallShield
2 1 (4.17%) AdminStudio
General
1 8 (33.33%) Finance
2 5 (20.83%) Banking
3 1 (4.17%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 5 (20.83%) Project Manager
1 5 (20.83%) Messaging Engineer
2 4 (16.67%) Consultant
3 3 (12.50%) Technical Project Manager
3 3 (12.50%) Technical Manager
3 3 (12.50%) Senior Technician
4 2 (8.33%) Messaging Consultant
4 2 (8.33%) IT Project Manager
4 2 (8.33%) Systems Administrator
4 2 (8.33%) Support Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (8.33%) Administrator
5 1 (4.17%) Technical Consultant
5 1 (4.17%) Infrastructure Project Manager
5 1 (4.17%) Systems Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Systems Support
5 1 (4.17%) Support Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Senior Systems Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) IT Support Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Systems Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (50.00%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) Blackberry
2 1 (4.17%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 19 (79.17%) Windows
2 18 (75.00%) Windows 7
3 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (4.17%) Windows XP
4 1 (4.17%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (41.67%) Migration
2 6 (25.00%) ITIL
3 5 (20.83%) PRINCE2
4 4 (16.67%) Project Management
5 2 (8.33%) Technical Analysis
6 1 (4.17%) Risk Management
6 1 (4.17%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (4.17%) Business Continuity
6 1 (4.17%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (4.17%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (4.17%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 1 (4.17%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.17%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (4.17%) MCSE
1 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (4.17%) MCITP
System Software
1 6 (25.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (8.33%) vSphere
3 1 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (4.17%) Hyper-V
3 1 (4.17%) Sendmail
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) SCCM
1 2 (8.33%) SCOM
2 1 (4.17%) Backup Exec
2 1 (4.17%) MAILsweeper
2 1 (4.17%) WSUS
Vendors
1 12 (50.00%) Cisco
1 12 (50.00%) Reuters
2 8 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 2 (8.33%) McAfee
3 2 (8.33%) VMware
4 1 (4.17%) IBM
4 1 (4.17%) NetApp
4 1 (4.17%) HP
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