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 16 January 2017 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
16 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
England / West Midlands
Rank 109 97 96
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -1
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 14 20 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.58% 0.85% 0.51%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.07% 5.08% 3.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 12 4
Median daily rate £475 £478 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.52% +54.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £409 £183 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £509 £429
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £361 £310
% change year-on-year
-7.26% +16.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £16.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.38 £21.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-37.05% +21.42%

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
344 394 364
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 14.28% 16.78% 16.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 212 214
Median daily rate £400 £438 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £248 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £513 £462
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £395 £375
% change year-on-year
-3.79% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 28
Median hourly rate £18.98 £16.00 £15.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.64% +0.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.38 £16.00 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £24.50 £35.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.38 £21.25 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-13.52% +11.84%

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 16 January 2017.

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 16 January 2017. 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 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 +3 7 £468 +10.00% 1
West Bromwich - 3 - -
Staffordshire +1 2 £528 +193.05%
Solihull -8 1 £425 -
Skype for Business
England

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

For the 6 months to 16 January 2017, 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 38 (86.36%) Skype
2 33 (75.00%) Office 365
3 26 (59.09%) Windows
4 25 (56.82%) Active Directory
5 21 (47.73%) Microsoft
6 16 (36.36%) Microsoft Azure
7 15 (34.09%) SharePoint
8 13 (29.55%) MS Office
8 13 (29.55%) SCCM
9 12 (27.27%) LDAP
9 12 (27.27%) Unified Communications
10 10 (22.73%) Microsoft Intune
10 10 (22.73%) Windows Server
11 9 (20.45%) Yammer
11 9 (20.45%) Windows 7
11 9 (20.45%) ITIL
12 8 (18.18%) SQL
12 8 (18.18%) MS Exchange
12 8 (18.18%) Identity Management
12 8 (18.18%) PKI
12 8 (18.18%) Migration
12 8 (18.18%) Windows 10
13 7 (15.91%) Finance
13 7 (15.91%) SCOM
13 7 (15.91%) Microsoft Certification
13 7 (15.91%) PBX
13 7 (15.91%) VoIP
13 7 (15.91%) DHCP
13 7 (15.91%) DNS
13 7 (15.91%) PRINCE2

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 15 (34.09%) SharePoint
2 8 (18.18%) MS Exchange
3 4 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.27%) IBM Notes
5 1 (2.27%) Quickr
Applications
1 13 (29.55%) MS Office
2 5 (11.36%) MS Excel
3 3 (6.82%) MS Project
4 1 (2.27%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (2.27%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 33 (75.00%) Office 365
2 16 (36.36%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (20.45%) Yammer
4 6 (13.64%) Cloud Computing
4 6 (13.64%) OneDrive
5 3 (6.82%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (6.82%) Mimecast
6 2 (4.55%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 38 (86.36%) Skype
2 12 (27.27%) LDAP
2 12 (27.27%) Unified Communications
3 7 (15.91%) DHCP
3 7 (15.91%) DNS
3 7 (15.91%) PBX
3 7 (15.91%) VoIP
4 6 (13.64%) Kerberos
5 5 (11.36%) H.323
6 4 (9.09%) Bluetooth
6 4 (9.09%) WebEx
7 3 (6.82%) Internet
7 3 (6.82%) LAN
7 3 (6.82%) WAN
8 2 (4.55%) PSTN
9 1 (2.27%) ADSL
9 1 (2.27%) ISDN
9 1 (2.27%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (11.36%) SQL Server
General
1 7 (15.91%) Finance
2 4 (9.09%) Retail
3 3 (6.82%) Banking
4 2 (4.55%) Local Government
4 2 (4.55%) Private Banking
4 2 (4.55%) Retail Banking
5 1 (2.27%) Advertising
5 1 (2.27%) Publishing
5 1 (2.27%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (13.64%) Office 365 Specialist
1 6 (13.64%) Project Manager
2 5 (11.36%) IT Manager
2 5 (11.36%) Lync Engineer
2 5 (11.36%) Messaging Engineer
3 4 (9.09%) Consultant
3 4 (9.09%) Deployment Engineer
3 4 (9.09%) IT Project Manager
3 4 (9.09%) Office 365 Manager
4 3 (6.82%) Analyst
4 3 (6.82%) Architect
4 3 (6.82%) ITIL Manager
4 3 (6.82%) ITIL Project Manager
4 3 (6.82%) Messaging Consultant
4 3 (6.82%) Office 365 Consultant
4 3 (6.82%) PRINCE2 Project Manager
5 2 (4.55%) Azure Architect
5 2 (4.55%) Head of Service Management
5 2 (4.55%) Microsoft Specialist
5 2 (4.55%) Office 365 Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (13.64%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (18.18%) PKI
2 6 (13.64%) Video Conferencing
3 4 (9.09%) PMI
4 3 (6.82%) Data Centre
5 1 (2.27%) Client/Server
5 1 (2.27%) e-Learning
5 1 (2.27%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (2.27%) FMCG
5 1 (2.27%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (2.27%) Private Cloud
5 1 (2.27%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 26 (59.09%) Windows
2 10 (22.73%) Windows Server
3 9 (20.45%) Windows 7
4 8 (18.18%) Windows 10
5 6 (13.64%) Android
5 6 (13.64%) Apple iOS
6 4 (9.09%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (9.09%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (2.27%) Linux
7 1 (2.27%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (20.45%) ITIL
2 8 (18.18%) Identity Management
2 8 (18.18%) Migration
3 7 (15.91%) PRINCE2
4 6 (13.64%) Email Filtering
4 6 (13.64%) Kalman Filter
4 6 (13.64%) Patch Management
5 5 (11.36%) Application Packaging
5 5 (11.36%) Change Management
5 5 (11.36%) E-Discovery
6 4 (9.09%) Root Cause Analysis
7 3 (6.82%) Budgeting and Resource Allocation
7 3 (6.82%) Computer Security
7 3 (6.82%) Project Management
7 3 (6.82%) Resource Allocation
7 3 (6.82%) Resource Management
7 3 (6.82%) Risk Management
7 3 (6.82%) Service Design
8 2 (4.55%) Disaster Recovery
8 2 (4.55%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (18.18%) SQL
2 4 (9.09%) PowerShell
3 3 (6.82%) VB
3 3 (6.82%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (15.91%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (13.64%) SC Cleared
2 6 (13.64%) Security Cleared
3 4 (9.09%) MCITP
3 4 (9.09%) PMI Certification
4 1 (2.27%) CCIE
4 1 (2.27%) CCNA
4 1 (2.27%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.27%) QA
System Software
1 25 (56.82%) Active Directory
2 4 (9.09%) Hyper-V
3 2 (4.55%) UAG
4 1 (2.27%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 13 (29.55%) SCCM
2 10 (22.73%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (15.91%) SCOM
4 6 (13.64%) Nagios
5 4 (9.09%) AirWatch
6 3 (6.82%) WSUS
7 1 (2.27%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (2.27%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 21 (47.73%) Microsoft
2 6 (13.64%) SolarWinds
3 4 (9.09%) LANDesk
4 3 (6.82%) Cisco
5 2 (4.55%) HP
5 2 (4.55%) Oracle
5 2 (4.55%) Polycom
5 2 (4.55%) ServiceNow
6 1 (2.27%) Avaya
6 1 (2.27%) BT
6 1 (2.27%) Capita
6 1 (2.27%) Citrix
6 1 (2.27%) Lotus
6 1 (2.27%) VMware