Period
to 22 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 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 6 months to 22 October 2018 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)
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 64 75 98
Rank change year-on-year +11 +23 -2
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 28 16 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 2.12% 1.24% 0.32%
As % of the Application Platforms category 13.66% 8.56% 2.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 14 4
Cheshire median daily rate £280 £290 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.45% -35.56% +15.38%
10th Percentile £109 £263 £329
90th Percentile £336 £364 £519
North West median daily rate £305 £320 £325
% change year-on-year -4.69% -1.54% +4.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate £30.00 - -
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £14.38
% change year-on-year -50.00% +178.26% +17.35%

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

All Application Platform Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 205 187 206
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 15.54% 14.53% 13.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 135 147
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £375 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.85% -0.95%
10th Percentile £237 £263 £254
90th Percentile £568 £505 £575
North West median daily rate £400 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 13 8
Cheshire median hourly rate £20.00 £30.00 £14.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% +101.88% -11.76%
10th Percentile £16.20 £13.20 £11.25
90th Percentile £38.00 £37.60 £24.67
North West median hourly rate £22.83 £27.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -15.46% +80.00% -10.93%

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Skype for Business in Cheshire

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in Cheshire

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in Cheshire over the 6 months to 22 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in Cheshire

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in Cheshire

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in Cheshire over the 6 months to 22 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Skype for Business in Cheshire

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

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 Cheshire region over the 6 months to 22 October 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester +8 11 £280 -
Warrington -1 8 £275 -9.09% 1
Crewe -16 3 £118 -66.43% 1
Nantwich - 1 £118 -
Skype for Business
North West

For the 6 months to 22 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 25 (89.29%) Office 365
2 23 (82.14%) Active Directory
3 20 (71.43%) Windows
3 20 (71.43%) Skype
4 18 (64.29%) Migration
5 15 (53.57%) MS Exchange
6 13 (46.43%) Windows Server
7 11 (39.29%) SCCM
7 11 (39.29%) Citrix
7 11 (39.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 10 (35.71%) PowerShell
8 10 (35.71%) Microsoft Azure
9 9 (32.14%) SC Cleared
9 9 (32.14%) Security Cleared
9 9 (32.14%) Data Centre
9 9 (32.14%) Microsoft
9 9 (32.14%) SharePoint
9 9 (32.14%) SQL Server
9 9 (32.14%) Firewall
10 8 (28.57%) Local Government
10 8 (28.57%) PKI
10 8 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (28.57%) Microsoft Intune
10 8 (28.57%) SCOM
10 8 (28.57%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 8 (28.57%) XenApp
11 7 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2003
11 7 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
11 7 (25.00%) Server Building
11 7 (25.00%) Cisco

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 (53.57%) MS Exchange
2 9 (32.14%) SharePoint
3 7 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2003
3 7 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (14.29%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (10.71%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (3.57%) IIS
6 1 (3.57%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 5 (17.86%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.57%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (3.57%) Line 50
1 1 (3.57%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 25 (89.29%) Office 365
2 10 (35.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (10.71%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (3.57%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (3.57%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (3.57%) OneDrive
4 1 (3.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 20 (71.43%) Skype
2 9 (32.14%) Firewall
3 7 (25.00%) LAN
3 7 (25.00%) WAN
4 5 (17.86%) SAN
4 5 (17.86%) VoIP
4 5 (17.86%) VPN
5 4 (14.29%) MPLS
5 4 (14.29%) TCP/IP
6 3 (10.71%) DMZ
6 3 (10.71%) SMTP
7 2 (7.14%) DHCP
7 2 (7.14%) Unified Communications
8 1 (3.57%) DNS
8 1 (3.57%) Internet
8 1 (3.57%) Intranet
8 1 (3.57%) PSTN
8 1 (3.57%) VLAN
8 1 (3.57%) VSAN
8 1 (3.57%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (32.14%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.57%) Power BI
2 1 (3.57%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 8 (28.57%) Local Government
2 2 (7.14%) Finance
3 1 (3.57%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 13 (46.43%) Server Engineer
2 10 (35.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (10.71%) Analyst
4 2 (7.14%) Administrator
4 2 (7.14%) Office 365 Administrator
4 2 (7.14%) Service Analyst
4 2 (7.14%) Service Desk Analyst
4 2 (7.14%) Support Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
5 1 (3.57%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (3.57%) Business Consultant
5 1 (3.57%) Infrastructure Support
5 1 (3.57%) IT Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) IT Support Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) Lync Consultant
5 1 (3.57%) Migration Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.29%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (32.14%) Data Centre
2 8 (28.57%) PKI
3 4 (14.29%) Public Cloud
4 1 (3.57%) Clustering
4 1 (3.57%) iPhone
4 1 (3.57%) IPTV
4 1 (3.57%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 20 (71.43%) Windows
2 13 (46.43%) Windows Server
3 8 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (17.86%) Windows 10
5 4 (14.29%) Linux
6 2 (7.14%) Windows 7
6 2 (7.14%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (7.14%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (3.57%) Android
7 1 (3.57%) Apple iOS
7 1 (3.57%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (64.29%) Migration
2 11 (39.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 7 (25.00%) Server Building
4 5 (17.86%) Disaster Recovery
5 4 (14.29%) Capacity Management
5 4 (14.29%) Procure-to-Pay
5 4 (14.29%) Test Scripting
6 3 (10.71%) Email Filtering
6 3 (10.71%) ITIL
6 3 (10.71%) Kalman Filter
6 3 (10.71%) Problem-Solving
7 2 (7.14%) Change Management
7 2 (7.14%) Decision-Making
7 2 (7.14%) ITSM
7 2 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (7.14%) User Stories
8 1 (3.57%) Asset Management
8 1 (3.57%) Cybersecurity
8 1 (3.57%) Infrastructure Management
8 1 (3.57%) Target Operating Model
Programming Languages
1 10 (35.71%) PowerShell
2 2 (7.14%) SQL
3 1 (3.57%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (32.14%) SC Cleared
1 9 (32.14%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.57%) GDPR
1 1 (3.57%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (82.14%) Active Directory
2 8 (28.57%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 8 (28.57%) XenApp
3 6 (21.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (17.86%) Hyper-V
5 1 (3.57%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 11 (39.29%) SCCM
2 8 (28.57%) Microsoft Intune
2 8 (28.57%) SCOM
3 1 (3.57%) Backup Exec
3 1 (3.57%) HP SIM
3 1 (3.57%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (3.57%) PaperCut
3 1 (3.57%) SmoothWall
3 1 (3.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (3.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 11 (39.29%) Citrix
2 9 (32.14%) Microsoft
3 7 (25.00%) Cisco
3 7 (25.00%) VMware
4 1 (3.57%) Altiris
4 1 (3.57%) Avaya
4 1 (3.57%) HP
4 1 (3.57%) McAfee
4 1 (3.57%) Meraki
4 1 (3.57%) NetApp
4 1 (3.57%) Sage
4 1 (3.57%) Samsung
4 1 (3.57%) Siemens
4 1 (3.57%) Veeam
4 1 (3.57%) WatchGuard
4 1 (3.57%) Zscaler