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 26 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)
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 48 73 73
Rank change year-on-year +25 0  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 9 9 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.41% 0.98% 0.21%
As % of the Application Platforms category 9.38% 6.43% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 8 0
Median daily rate £280 £444 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -36.93% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £366 £340 £320
% change year-on-year +7.50% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £16.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £18.75 £16.00
% change year-on-year -14.66% +17.18%  

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 96 140 119
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 15.05% 15.27% 12.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 100 52
Median daily rate £350 £400 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £571 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £350
% change year-on-year +2.56% +11.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 5 9
Median hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.85% +10.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £14.31 £14.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £27.90 £34.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.25 £25.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +5.00% +19.04%  

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 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
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 26 June 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
Warrington +20 4 £300 -32.43%
Chester +18 3 £280 -35.63%
Knutsford - 2 £350 -
Skype for Business
North West

For the 6 months to 26 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 16 (94.12%) Active Directory
2 12 (70.59%) Office 365
3 11 (64.71%) MS Exchange
4 10 (58.82%) Migration
5 8 (47.06%) Citrix
5 8 (47.06%) SharePoint
5 8 (47.06%) PKI
5 8 (47.06%) Skype
6 7 (41.18%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (41.18%) Windows
7 6 (35.29%) DNS
7 6 (35.29%) Microsoft
7 6 (35.29%) SQL Server
7 6 (35.29%) XenApp
7 6 (35.29%) Windows Server
7 6 (35.29%) Data Centre
8 5 (29.41%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (29.41%) PowerShell
9 4 (23.53%) Replication
9 4 (23.53%) VMware
9 4 (23.53%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (23.53%) McAfee
9 4 (23.53%) SC Cleared
9 4 (23.53%) Security Cleared
9 4 (23.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 4 (23.53%) SCOM
9 4 (23.53%) Local Government
9 4 (23.53%) Exchange Server 2003
9 4 (23.53%) Server Building
9 4 (23.53%) BPSS Clearance

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 11 (64.71%) MS Exchange
2 8 (47.06%) SharePoint
3 7 (41.18%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (29.41%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (23.53%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (17.65%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (11.76%) Apache
7 2 (11.76%) IIS
7 2 (11.76%) SharePoint 2013
Cloud Services
1 12 (70.59%) Office 365
2 3 (17.65%) Azure Active Directory
2 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (11.76%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (47.06%) Skype
2 6 (35.29%) DNS
3 2 (11.76%) DHCP
3 2 (11.76%) LAN
3 2 (11.76%) NetScaler
3 2 (11.76%) WAN
4 1 (5.88%) SSL
4 1 (5.88%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (35.29%) SQL Server
2 2 (11.76%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (11.76%) SQL Server 2005
General
1 4 (23.53%) Local Government
2 3 (17.65%) Finance
3 1 (5.88%) Advertising
3 1 (5.88%) Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (29.41%) Consultant
2 4 (23.53%) Architect
2 4 (23.53%) Server Engineer
3 3 (17.65%) Office 365 Architect
4 2 (11.76%) Citrix Consultant
4 2 (11.76%) Exchange Architect
4 2 (11.76%) Exchange Consultant
4 2 (11.76%) Messaging Architect
4 2 (11.76%) Technical Architect
5 1 (5.88%) Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Business Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Cloud Architect
5 1 (5.88%) Desktop Support
5 1 (5.88%) Infrastructure Consultant
5 1 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) IT Consultant
5 1 (5.88%) Messaging Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (5.88%) Technical Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.76%) LAMP
1 2 (11.76%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (47.06%) PKI
2 6 (35.29%) Data Centre
3 4 (23.53%) Replication
4 1 (5.88%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 7 (41.18%) Windows
2 6 (35.29%) Windows Server
3 4 (23.53%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (11.76%) CentOS
4 2 (11.76%) Linux
4 2 (11.76%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (5.88%) Android
5 1 (5.88%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (58.82%) Migration
2 4 (23.53%) Server Building
3 3 (17.65%) Data Protection
3 3 (17.65%) Task Automation
4 2 (11.76%) Customer Requirements
4 2 (11.76%) DevOps
4 2 (11.76%) Network Management
5 1 (5.88%) GAP Analysis
5 1 (5.88%) Mobile Device Management
5 1 (5.88%) Multi-Factor Authentication
5 1 (5.88%) Two-Factor Authentication
Programming Languages
1 5 (29.41%) PowerShell
2 2 (11.76%) SQL
3 1 (5.88%) VB
3 1 (5.88%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 4 (23.53%) BPSS Clearance
1 4 (23.53%) SC Cleared
1 4 (23.53%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 16 (94.12%) Active Directory
2 6 (35.29%) XenApp
3 4 (23.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 2 (11.76%) Hyper-V
4 2 (11.76%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (11.76%) vSphere
5 1 (5.88%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 4 (23.53%) SCOM
2 3 (17.65%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 3 (17.65%) SCCM
2 3 (17.65%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (11.76%) vCenter Server
3 2 (11.76%) vMotion
Vendors
1 8 (47.06%) Citrix
2 6 (35.29%) Microsoft
3 4 (23.53%) McAfee
3 4 (23.53%) VMware
4 3 (17.65%) AppSense
4 3 (17.65%) Dell
4 3 (17.65%) Splunk
4 3 (17.65%) Symantec
4 3 (17.65%) Trustwave
5 2 (11.76%) CA
5 2 (11.76%) Red Hat