The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Chester 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 30 April 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)
Cheshire / Chester
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 31 -
Rank change year-on-year +9 -  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 2 3 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 1.65% 1.57% -
As % of the Application Platforms category 9.52% 5.88% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 0
Median daily rate £280 £435 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -35.63% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -13.75% +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £24.08 £18.75
% change year-on-year -21.07% +28.40%  

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 Chester with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
Chester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 21 51 38
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Chester 17.36% 26.70% 15.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 37 24
Median daily rate £295 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -26.25% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £267 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £435 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 8
Median hourly rate £14.00 £20.50 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.70% +21.73%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £16.00 £14.81
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.21 £32.75 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +14.70% -15.00%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Chester 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 Chester

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in Chester

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in Chester

For the 6 months to 30 April 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 Chester region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 3 (75.00%) Windows
1 3 (75.00%) Active Directory
1 3 (75.00%) Office 365
2 2 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2003
2 2 (50.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 2 (50.00%) SCOM
2 2 (50.00%) Server Building
2 2 (50.00%) Data Centre
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server
2 2 (50.00%) XenApp
2 2 (50.00%) Citrix
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (50.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (50.00%) Migration
2 2 (50.00%) Local Government
2 2 (50.00%) PKI
3 1 (25.00%) Smartphone
3 1 (25.00%) AppSense
3 1 (25.00%) VPN
3 1 (25.00%) SSL
3 1 (25.00%) Intel Security
3 1 (25.00%) Apple iOS
3 1 (25.00%) Two-Factor Authentication
3 1 (25.00%) Multi-Factor Authentication
3 1 (25.00%) Android
3 1 (25.00%) SCCM
3 1 (25.00%) Mobile Device Management

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in Chester 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 2 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2003
1 2 (50.00%) MS Exchange
1 2 (50.00%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 3 (75.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) Skype
1 1 (25.00%) SSL
1 1 (25.00%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (50.00%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (50.00%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Server Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Installations Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Office 365 Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Data Centre
1 2 (50.00%) PKI
2 1 (25.00%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 3 (75.00%) Windows
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (25.00%) Android
3 1 (25.00%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Migration
1 2 (50.00%) Server Building
2 1 (25.00%) Mobile Device Management
2 1 (25.00%) Multi-Factor Authentication
2 1 (25.00%) Two-Factor Authentication
System Software
1 3 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (50.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
2 2 (50.00%) XenApp
3 1 (25.00%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 2 (50.00%) SCOM
2 1 (25.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 2 (50.00%) Citrix
1 2 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (25.00%) AppSense
2 1 (25.00%) Intel Security