The table below looks at the statistics for Skype for Business skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Skype for Business over the 3 months to 2 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
2 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
Rank 121 96 102
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +6
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 21 25 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.76% 0.98% 0.74%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.74% 6.79% 3.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 13 10
Median daily rate £386 £450 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.22% +17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £193 £310 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £495 £421
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
-7.14% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £16.25 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £12.00 £17.40
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -31.03%
Skype for Business
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
443 368 469
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 16.00% 14.39% 19.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 205 268
Median daily rate £411 £378 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.94% +0.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
- +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 16 40
Median hourly rate £15.43 £21.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.25% +22.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.47 £33.55 £32.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.29 £17.50 £19.38
% change year-on-year
+21.65% -9.70%

Skype for Business
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region 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 West Midlands

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Skype for Business Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Skype for Business across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 2 December 2016.

Skype for Business Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Skype for Business
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Skype for Business Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 3 months to 2 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
Birmingham -7 11 £468 +3.88%
West Bromwich -1 3 - -
Solihull -3 3 £288 -
Coventry - 2 £195 -
Staffordshire - 1 - -
Warwickshire - 1 £175 -
Skype for Business
England

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 2 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 43 (68.25%) Skype
2 41 (65.08%) Windows
3 33 (52.38%) Active Directory
3 33 (52.38%) Office 365
4 29 (46.03%) Microsoft
4 29 (46.03%) SharePoint
5 20 (31.75%) MS Exchange
5 20 (31.75%) Security Cleared
6 17 (26.98%) Windows Server 2008
6 17 (26.98%) Microsoft Azure
7 16 (25.40%) SC Cleared
7 16 (25.40%) ITIL
7 16 (25.40%) Windows Server
8 15 (23.81%) SCCM
9 14 (22.22%) MS Office
10 13 (20.63%) LDAP
10 13 (20.63%) Microsoft Certification
10 13 (20.63%) Cisco
10 13 (20.63%) Unified Communications
11 12 (19.05%) SQL
12 11 (17.46%) SQL Server
12 11 (17.46%) DHCP
12 11 (17.46%) DNS
12 11 (17.46%) Windows Server 2003
13 10 (15.87%) VoIP
13 10 (15.87%) PRINCE2
13 10 (15.87%) Windows 7
13 10 (15.87%) Microsoft Intune
13 10 (15.87%) Yammer
14 9 (14.29%) SCOM

Skype for Business
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 29 (46.03%) SharePoint
2 20 (31.75%) MS Exchange
3 8 (12.70%) Exchange Server 2003
4 7 (11.11%) SharePoint 2010
5 5 (7.94%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (7.94%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (4.76%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (3.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (1.59%) IBM Notes
8 1 (1.59%) Quickr
Applications
1 14 (22.22%) MS Office
2 7 (11.11%) MS Excel
3 5 (7.94%) MS Project
4 1 (1.59%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 33 (52.38%) Office 365
2 17 (26.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (15.87%) Yammer
4 6 (9.52%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (9.52%) OneDrive
5 3 (4.76%) Mimecast
6 2 (3.17%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (3.17%) Data Lake Analytics
6 2 (3.17%) SaaS
7 1 (1.59%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 43 (68.25%) Skype
2 13 (20.63%) LDAP
2 13 (20.63%) Unified Communications
3 11 (17.46%) DHCP
3 11 (17.46%) DNS
4 10 (15.87%) VoIP
5 9 (14.29%) WAN
6 7 (11.11%) PBX
7 6 (9.52%) H.323
7 6 (9.52%) Kerberos
8 5 (7.94%) NetScaler
8 5 (7.94%) WebEx
9 4 (6.35%) Bluetooth
10 3 (4.76%) Fibre Channel
10 3 (4.76%) iSCSI
10 3 (4.76%) MPLS
10 3 (4.76%) SAN
10 3 (4.76%) TCP/IP
10 3 (4.76%) Wireless
11 2 (3.17%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (17.46%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.76%) SQL Server 2005
2 3 (4.76%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (4.76%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (3.17%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (3.17%) Data Lake
3 2 (3.17%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (3.17%) HDInsight
3 2 (3.17%) MongoDB
3 2 (3.17%) MySQL
3 2 (3.17%) NonStop SQL
3 2 (3.17%) Power BI
General
1 8 (12.70%) Finance
2 4 (6.35%) Back Office
2 4 (6.35%) Retail
3 3 (4.76%) Banking
3 3 (4.76%) Telecoms
4 2 (3.17%) Military
4 2 (3.17%) Private Banking
4 2 (3.17%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.59%) Advertising
5 1 (1.59%) Local Government
5 1 (1.59%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 10 (15.87%) Architect
2 9 (14.29%) Project Manager
3 8 (12.70%) Analyst
4 6 (9.52%) IT Manager
4 6 (9.52%) Lync Engineer
4 6 (9.52%) Messaging Engineer
4 6 (9.52%) Office 365 Specialist
5 5 (7.94%) Administrator
5 5 (7.94%) Consultant
5 5 (7.94%) IT Project Manager
5 5 (7.94%) Office 365 Manager
6 4 (6.35%) Azure Architect
6 4 (6.35%) Deployment Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) ITIL Manager
6 4 (6.35%) ITIL Project Manager
6 4 (6.35%) PRINCE2 Project Manager
6 4 (6.35%) Support Analyst
7 3 (4.76%) Messaging Consultant
7 3 (4.76%) Office 365 Consultant
7 3 (4.76%) Unified Communications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (11.11%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (12.70%) PKI
1 8 (12.70%) Video Conferencing
2 5 (7.94%) PMI
3 4 (6.35%) CESG
4 3 (4.76%) Clustering
4 3 (4.76%) Replication
5 2 (3.17%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (3.17%) CESG CLAS
5 2 (3.17%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.59%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.59%) FMCG
6 1 (1.59%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.59%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.59%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 41 (65.08%) Windows
2 17 (26.98%) Windows Server 2008
3 16 (25.40%) Windows Server
4 11 (17.46%) Windows Server 2003
5 10 (15.87%) Windows 7
6 8 (12.70%) Windows 10
7 6 (9.52%) Android
7 6 (9.52%) Apple iOS
7 6 (9.52%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (1.59%) Linux
8 1 (1.59%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (25.40%) ITIL
2 10 (15.87%) PRINCE2
3 8 (12.70%) Identity Management
3 8 (12.70%) Migration
4 7 (11.11%) Project Management
5 6 (9.52%) Email Filtering
5 6 (9.52%) Kalman Filter
5 6 (9.52%) Patch Management
6 5 (7.94%) Application Packaging
6 5 (7.94%) E-Discovery
7 4 (6.35%) Budgeting and Resource Allocation
7 4 (6.35%) Change Management
7 4 (6.35%) Resource Allocation
7 4 (6.35%) Resource Management
7 4 (6.35%) Risk Management
7 4 (6.35%) Root Cause Analysis
7 4 (6.35%) Service Design
8 3 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (4.76%) Computer Security
9 2 (3.17%) Wealth Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (19.05%) SQL
2 7 (11.11%) PowerShell
3 3 (4.76%) VB
3 3 (4.76%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 20 (31.75%) Security Cleared
2 16 (25.40%) SC Cleared
3 13 (20.63%) Microsoft Certification
4 6 (9.52%) DV Cleared
5 5 (7.94%) MCSA
5 5 (7.94%) PMI Certification
6 4 (6.35%) MCITP
7 3 (4.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (3.17%) CISSP
8 2 (3.17%) CLAS
8 2 (3.17%) ISEB
8 2 (3.17%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (1.59%) APMP
9 1 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (1.59%) CCIE
9 1 (1.59%) CCNA
9 1 (1.59%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 33 (52.38%) Active Directory
2 6 (9.52%) Hyper-V
3 5 (7.94%) XenApp
4 4 (6.35%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (4.76%) vSphere
6 2 (3.17%) Terminal Services
6 2 (3.17%) UAG
6 2 (3.17%) XenDesktop
7 1 (1.59%) DFS Replication
7 1 (1.59%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 15 (23.81%) SCCM
2 10 (15.87%) Microsoft Intune
3 9 (14.29%) NetBackup
3 9 (14.29%) SCOM
4 6 (9.52%) Nagios
5 4 (6.35%) AirWatch
5 4 (6.35%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (6.35%) WSUS
6 2 (3.17%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (1.59%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (1.59%) Cisco UCCE
7 1 (1.59%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (1.59%) SCDPM
7 1 (1.59%) SCOrch
7 1 (1.59%) SCSM
7 1 (1.59%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 29 (46.03%) Microsoft
2 13 (20.63%) Cisco
3 9 (14.29%) Symantec
4 6 (9.52%) Citrix
4 6 (9.52%) SolarWinds
4 6 (9.52%) VMware
5 4 (6.35%) LANDesk
6 3 (4.76%) Brocade
6 3 (4.76%) EMC
6 3 (4.76%) F5
6 3 (4.76%) Juniper
6 3 (4.76%) Sophos
7 2 (3.17%) BT
7 2 (3.17%) Dell
7 2 (3.17%) HP
7 2 (3.17%) Polycom
7 2 (3.17%) ServiceNow
8 1 (1.59%) Avaya
8 1 (1.59%) Capita
8 1 (1.59%) Lotus