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 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)
North West / Cheshire
Rank 45 39 71
Rank change year-on-year -6 +32  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 8 43 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.50% 4.46% 0.23%
As % of the Application Platforms category 11.11% 20.48% 1.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 19 0
Median daily rate £400 £425 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -12.50% +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 0
Median hourly rate £17.00 £20.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.00% -  
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 Cheshire with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 72 210 128
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 13.51% 21.76% 14.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 115 58
Median daily rate £365 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.11% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £279 £259 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £481 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 17 15
Median hourly rate £15.50 £20.00 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.50% +18.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.00 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £34.00 £37.00
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 Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire 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 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 3 months to 27 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business in Cheshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 3 months to 27 March 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
Chester +7 2 £280 -17.64%
Warrington +5 2 £375 -10.28%
Skype for Business
North West

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 11 (78.57%) Microsoft
1 11 (78.57%) Office 365
1 11 (78.57%) Skype
2 8 (57.14%) Active Directory
3 5 (35.71%) Intel Security
4 4 (28.57%) Windows
4 4 (28.57%) MS Exchange
4 4 (28.57%) SCCM
5 3 (21.43%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (21.43%) Data Protection
5 3 (21.43%) PowerShell
5 3 (21.43%) Symantec
5 3 (21.43%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (21.43%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (21.43%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (21.43%) Trustwave
5 3 (21.43%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 3 (21.43%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 3 (21.43%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (21.43%) Splunk
5 3 (21.43%) Finance
5 3 (21.43%) Migration
5 3 (21.43%) MS Excel
5 3 (21.43%) SharePoint
5 3 (21.43%) Dell
5 3 (21.43%) Data Centre
5 3 (21.43%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 2 (14.29%) Two-Factor Authentication
6 2 (14.29%) Multi-Factor Authentication
6 2 (14.29%) Customer Requirements

Skype for Business
Top Related 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 4 (28.57%) MS Exchange
2 3 (21.43%) Exchange Server 2007
2 3 (21.43%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (21.43%) Exchange Server 2013
2 3 (21.43%) SharePoint
3 1 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 3 (21.43%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 11 (78.57%) Office 365
2 3 (21.43%) Azure Active Directory
2 3 (21.43%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (78.57%) Skype
2 2 (14.29%) SSL
2 2 (14.29%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.14%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (21.43%) Finance
2 2 (14.29%) Local Government
3 1 (7.14%) Advertising
3 1 (7.14%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (28.57%) Architect
1 4 (28.57%) Installations Engineer
2 3 (21.43%) Office 365 Architect
2 3 (21.43%) Office 365 Engineer
3 2 (14.29%) Exchange Architect
3 2 (14.29%) Messaging Architect
3 2 (14.29%) Technical Architect
4 1 (7.14%) 1st Line Support
4 1 (7.14%) 1st Line Support Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) 2nd Line Support
4 1 (7.14%) Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Business Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Cloud Architect
4 1 (7.14%) Cloud Technical Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Messaging Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Server Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Support Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Support Officer
4 1 (7.14%) Technical Analyst
4 1 (7.14%) Technical Business Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 3 (21.43%) Data Centre
2 2 (14.29%) Smartphone
3 1 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (7.14%) iPad
3 1 (7.14%) iPhone
3 1 (7.14%) Mobile App
3 1 (7.14%) PKI
3 1 (7.14%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 4 (28.57%) Windows
2 2 (14.29%) Android
2 2 (14.29%) Apple iOS
3 1 (7.14%) Windows 7
3 1 (7.14%) Windows Server
3 1 (7.14%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (21.43%) Data Protection
1 3 (21.43%) Migration
2 2 (14.29%) Customer Requirements
2 2 (14.29%) Mobile Device Management
2 2 (14.29%) Multi-Factor Authentication
2 2 (14.29%) Two-Factor Authentication
3 1 (7.14%) GAP Analysis
3 1 (7.14%) Incident Management
3 1 (7.14%) ITIL
3 1 (7.14%) ITIL V3
3 1 (7.14%) PRINCE2
3 1 (7.14%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 3 (21.43%) PowerShell
2 1 (7.14%) VB
2 1 (7.14%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1 (7.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
System Software
1 8 (57.14%) Active Directory
2 2 (14.29%) BitLocker
3 1 (7.14%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 1 (7.14%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (28.57%) SCCM
2 3 (21.43%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 3 (21.43%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 3 (21.43%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 1 (7.14%) SCOM
Vendors
1 11 (78.57%) Microsoft
2 5 (35.71%) Intel Security
3 3 (21.43%) Dell
3 3 (21.43%) Splunk
3 3 (21.43%) Symantec
3 3 (21.43%) Trustwave
4 2 (14.29%) AppSense
4 2 (14.29%) VMware
5 1 (7.14%) Citrix