The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for Skype for Business skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Skype for Business over the 3 months to 27 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
West Midlands / Birmingham
Rank 51 53 57
Rank change year-on-year +2 +4  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 5 5 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.80% 0.77% 0.66%
As % of the Application Platforms category 6.17% 4.95% 3.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 4
Median daily rate £420 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +29.23% -7.14%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -12.50% +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £24.58 £26.50
% change year-on-year -43.03% -7.26%  

Skype for Business is in the application platform skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 81 101 133
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 12.90% 15.63% 17.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 51 79
Median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 4
Median hourly rate £21.00 £11.50 £11.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +82.60% -3.56%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year -5.55% +9.09%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing Skype for Business as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Application Platforms category.

Job vacancy trend for Skype for Business in Birmingham

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Skype for Business in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in Birmingham

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in Birmingham over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in Birmingham

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 Birmingham region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 13 (100.00%) Skype
2 10 (76.92%) Office 365
2 10 (76.92%) Windows
3 9 (69.23%) Microsoft
3 9 (69.23%) Active Directory
4 7 (53.85%) LDAP
4 7 (53.85%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (53.85%) Unified Communications
4 7 (53.85%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (46.15%) Yammer
5 6 (46.15%) Kalman Filter
5 6 (46.15%) Patch Management
5 6 (46.15%) Email Filtering
5 6 (46.15%) OneDrive
5 6 (46.15%) SCOM
5 6 (46.15%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (46.15%) SolarWinds
5 6 (46.15%) PKI
5 6 (46.15%) SharePoint
5 6 (46.15%) MS Office
5 6 (46.15%) PBX
5 6 (46.15%) VoIP
5 6 (46.15%) DHCP
5 6 (46.15%) Kerberos
5 6 (46.15%) DNS
5 6 (46.15%) Nagios
5 6 (46.15%) Identity Management
6 5 (38.46%) Migration
6 5 (38.46%) SC Cleared
6 5 (38.46%) Security Cleared

Skype for Business
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham 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 6 (46.15%) SharePoint
2 1 (7.69%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 6 (46.15%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 10 (76.92%) Office 365
2 7 (53.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (46.15%) Cloud Computing
3 6 (46.15%) OneDrive
3 6 (46.15%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 13 (100.00%) Skype
2 7 (53.85%) LDAP
2 7 (53.85%) Unified Communications
3 6 (46.15%) DHCP
3 6 (46.15%) DNS
3 6 (46.15%) Kerberos
3 6 (46.15%) PBX
3 6 (46.15%) VoIP
4 1 (7.69%) 4G
4 1 (7.69%) Bluetooth
4 1 (7.69%) LAN
4 1 (7.69%) PSTN
4 1 (7.69%) WAN
4 1 (7.69%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 1 (7.69%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Architect
2 3 (23.08%) Office 365 Architect
2 3 (23.08%) Office 365 Specialist
3 2 (15.38%) Azure Architect
3 2 (15.38%) Cloud Architect
3 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Specialist
3 2 (15.38%) Solutions Architect
3 2 (15.38%) Technical Specialist
4 1 (7.69%) .NET Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Business Change Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Business Change Project Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Consultant
4 1 (7.69%) Deployment Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Desktop Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Consultant
4 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Project Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Systems Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) .NET
1 1 (7.69%) .NET Framework
1 1 (7.69%) Entity Framework
1 1 (7.69%) REST
1 1 (7.69%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (46.15%) PKI
2 1 (7.69%) PMI
2 1 (7.69%) User Experience
2 1 (7.69%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (7.69%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 10 (76.92%) Windows
2 3 (23.08%) Windows 10
3 2 (15.38%) Windows 7
4 1 (7.69%) Android
4 1 (7.69%) Apple iOS
4 1 (7.69%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Email Filtering
1 6 (46.15%) Identity Management
1 6 (46.15%) Kalman Filter
1 6 (46.15%) Patch Management
2 5 (38.46%) Migration
3 2 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (7.69%) Application Packaging
4 1 (7.69%) Case Management
4 1 (7.69%) CMMI
4 1 (7.69%) Facilities Management
4 1 (7.69%) Incident Management
4 1 (7.69%) Information Governance
4 1 (7.69%) MVC
4 1 (7.69%) PRINCE2
4 1 (7.69%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (7.69%) Service Delivery
4 1 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (7.69%) Waterfall
4 1 (7.69%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (7.69%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 5 (38.46%) SC Cleared
1 5 (38.46%) Security Cleared
2 4 (30.77%) MCITP
2 4 (30.77%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (7.69%) CCIE
3 1 (7.69%) CCNA
3 1 (7.69%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (7.69%) PMI Certification
System Software
1 9 (69.23%) Active Directory
2 1 (7.69%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 7 (53.85%) Microsoft Intune
2 6 (46.15%) Nagios
2 6 (46.15%) SCOM
3 1 (7.69%) AirWatch
3 1 (7.69%) Cisco CUCM
3 1 (7.69%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (7.69%) ITRS Geneos
3 1 (7.69%) SCCM
3 1 (7.69%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 9 (69.23%) Microsoft
2 6 (46.15%) SolarWinds
3 1 (7.69%) Avaya
3 1 (7.69%) BT
3 1 (7.69%) Cisco
3 1 (7.69%) LANDesk