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 28 June 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.

Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 47 66 57
Rank change year-on-year +19 -9  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 10 6 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.56% 0.74% 1.38%
As % of the Application Platforms category 9.52% 3.80% 10.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 2
Median daily rate £325 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £216 £301 £333
10% offered a daily rate of more than £433 £478 £398
UK excluding London median daily rate £373 £340 £320
% change year-on-year +9.55% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £24.75 £16.00
% change year-on-year -35.35% +54.68%  

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 105 158 99
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 16.43% 19.55% 13.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 210 85
Median daily rate £375 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £213 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £488 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year - +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 5
Median hourly rate £14.22 £10.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.38% -30.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £10.25 £10.96
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.13 £15.35 £16.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -3.84% +23.80%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings citing Skype for Business as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

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 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 (86.67%) Skype
2 10 (66.67%) Microsoft
3 8 (53.33%) Active Directory
4 6 (40.00%) Finance
4 6 (40.00%) Office 365
5 5 (33.33%) Windows
5 5 (33.33%) LDAP
6 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (26.67%) Windows 10
7 3 (20.00%) SCOrch
7 3 (20.00%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (20.00%) Banking
7 3 (20.00%) MVC
7 3 (20.00%) Web Application Development
7 3 (20.00%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (20.00%) Waterfall
7 3 (20.00%) Entity Framework
7 3 (20.00%) REST
7 3 (20.00%) .NET Framework
7 3 (20.00%) PowerShell
7 3 (20.00%) .NET
7 3 (20.00%) SQL Server
7 3 (20.00%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (13.33%) CTI
8 2 (13.33%) H.323
8 2 (13.33%) Avaya
8 2 (13.33%) MS Exchange
8 2 (13.33%) PBX
8 2 (13.33%) VoIP
8 2 (13.33%) Windows 7

Skype for Business
Co-occurring 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 3 (20.00%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (13.33%) MS Exchange
3 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (6.67%) IIS
3 1 (6.67%) JBoss
3 1 (6.67%) Tomcat
3 1 (6.67%) WebSphere
Cloud Services
1 6 (40.00%) Office 365
2 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (6.67%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 13 (86.67%) Skype
2 5 (33.33%) LDAP
3 2 (13.33%) CTI
3 2 (13.33%) H.323
3 2 (13.33%) PBX
3 2 (13.33%) Unified Communications
3 2 (13.33%) VoIP
4 1 (6.67%) 4G
4 1 (6.67%) LAN
4 1 (6.67%) SAN
4 1 (6.67%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (20.00%) SQL Server
1 3 (20.00%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (6.67%) MSI
General
1 6 (40.00%) Finance
2 3 (20.00%) Banking
3 1 (6.67%) Legal
Job Titles
1 3 (20.00%) .NET Developer
1 3 (20.00%) Developer
1 3 (20.00%) Microsoft Developer
1 3 (20.00%) Systems Developer
2 2 (13.33%) Architect
2 2 (13.33%) Communications Support Engineer
2 2 (13.33%) Support Engineer
2 2 (13.33%) Unified Communications Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Administrator
3 1 (6.67%) Business Change Manager
3 1 (6.67%) Exchange Architect
3 1 (6.67%) IT Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Lync Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Office 365 Manager
3 1 (6.67%) Project Manager
3 1 (6.67%) Solutions Architect
3 1 (6.67%) Systems Administrator
3 1 (6.67%) Technical Architect
3 1 (6.67%) Voice Engineer
3 1 (6.67%) Voice Recording Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (20.00%) .NET
1 3 (20.00%) .NET Framework
1 3 (20.00%) Entity Framework
1 3 (20.00%) REST
2 2 (13.33%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (13.33%) IVR
1 2 (13.33%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (6.67%) Client/Server
2 1 (6.67%) PMI
2 1 (6.67%) User Experience
2 1 (6.67%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 5 (33.33%) Windows
2 4 (26.67%) Windows 10
3 2 (13.33%) Windows 7
3 2 (13.33%) Windows Server
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (20.00%) MVC
2 3 (20.00%) Waterfall
2 3 (20.00%) Web Application Development
3 2 (13.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (6.67%) Case Management
4 1 (6.67%) CMMI
4 1 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (6.67%) Facilities Management
4 1 (6.67%) Incident Management
4 1 (6.67%) Information Governance
4 1 (6.67%) Information Security
4 1 (6.67%) ITIL
4 1 (6.67%) Migration
4 1 (6.67%) PRINCE2
4 1 (6.67%) Service Delivery
4 1 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (6.67%) Technical Analysis
4 1 (6.67%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 3 (20.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (6.67%) PMI Certification
System Software
1 8 (53.33%) Active Directory
2 3 (20.00%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (6.67%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (6.67%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (20.00%) SCOrch
2 1 (6.67%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 10 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 2 (13.33%) Avaya
2 2 (13.33%) Cisco
3 1 (6.67%) NICE Systems
3 1 (6.67%) VMware