The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London 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.

Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
London / City of London
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 125 142 145
Rank change year-on-year +17 +3  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 30 16 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 1.00% 0.48% 0.95%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.24% 2.91% 5.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 11 37
Median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.54%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £213 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £557 £475 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -12.50% +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £26.00 -
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 the City of London with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 573 550 856
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 19.00% 16.54% 16.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 442 409 630
Median daily rate £475 £438 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.57% +3.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £313 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 25
Median hourly rate £28.67 £26.00 £20.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.25% +27.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.34 £17.80 £14.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £55.00 £25.00
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 the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London 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 the City of London

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in the City of London

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in the City of London over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in the City of London

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in the City of London

Skype for Business
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

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 City of London region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 29 (60.42%) Skype
2 26 (54.17%) Microsoft
3 21 (43.75%) Windows
4 20 (41.67%) Cisco
5 19 (39.58%) Active Directory
6 16 (33.33%) Unified Communications
7 13 (27.08%) Office 365
8 12 (25.00%) MS Exchange
8 12 (25.00%) Finance
9 11 (22.92%) SharePoint
9 11 (22.92%) Windows Server
10 9 (18.75%) Citrix
11 8 (16.67%) SCCM
11 8 (16.67%) PowerShell
12 7 (14.58%) Video Conferencing
12 7 (14.58%) Hyper-V
12 7 (14.58%) Microsoft Azure
12 7 (14.58%) Exchange Server 2013
12 7 (14.58%) ITIL
12 7 (14.58%) Stakeholder Management
13 6 (12.50%) Migration
13 6 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
13 6 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
13 6 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
13 6 (12.50%) Polycom
13 6 (12.50%) XMPP
14 5 (10.42%) SCOM
14 5 (10.42%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
14 5 (10.42%) TOGAF
14 5 (10.42%) MS Office

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 12 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 11 (22.92%) SharePoint
3 7 (14.58%) Exchange Server 2013
4 6 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (6.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (4.17%) CMS
6 2 (4.17%) Office Communications Server
6 2 (4.17%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (2.08%) IBM Notes
7 1 (2.08%) IIS
7 1 (2.08%) WebLogic
Applications
1 5 (10.42%) MS Excel
1 5 (10.42%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 13 (27.08%) Office 365
2 7 (14.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (6.25%) Yammer
4 2 (4.17%) IaaS
5 1 (2.08%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (2.08%) Mimecast
5 1 (2.08%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 29 (60.42%) Skype
2 16 (33.33%) Unified Communications
3 5 (10.42%) DNS
3 5 (10.42%) ISDN
3 5 (10.42%) SAN
4 4 (8.33%) iSCSI
5 3 (6.25%) DHCP
5 3 (6.25%) Firewall
5 3 (6.25%) PSTN
6 2 (4.17%) Broadband
6 2 (4.17%) DMVPN
6 2 (4.17%) LAN
6 2 (4.17%) NGN
6 2 (4.17%) PABX
6 2 (4.17%) PBX
6 2 (4.17%) SSL
6 2 (4.17%) VoIP
6 2 (4.17%) WAN
6 2 (4.17%) WebEx
6 2 (4.17%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.17%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.08%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.08%) Oracle Database 11g
General
1 12 (25.00%) Finance
2 4 (8.33%) Banking
2 4 (8.33%) Law
3 3 (6.25%) Investment Banking
3 3 (6.25%) Legal
3 3 (6.25%) Telecoms
4 2 (4.17%) Financial Institution
4 2 (4.17%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (16.67%) Architect
2 7 (14.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 7 (14.58%) Project Manager
3 6 (12.50%) Administrator
4 5 (10.42%) 3rd Line Support
5 4 (8.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 4 (8.33%) Windows Engineer
5 4 (8.33%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 3 (6.25%) Analyst
6 3 (6.25%) Business Manager
6 3 (6.25%) Business Project Manager
6 3 (6.25%) Lync Engineer
6 3 (6.25%) Network Architect
6 3 (6.25%) Support Engineer
6 3 (6.25%) Unified Communications Engineer
7 2 (4.17%) Cisco Specialist
7 2 (4.17%) IT Administrator
7 2 (4.17%) Support Analyst
7 2 (4.17%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (12.50%) XMPP
2 1 (2.08%) .NET
2 1 (2.08%) XML
2 1 (2.08%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 7 (14.58%) Video Conferencing
2 4 (8.33%) Virtual Team
3 3 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.17%) Clustering
4 2 (4.17%) Data Centre
4 2 (4.17%) Data Protection Act
4 2 (4.17%) Handset
4 2 (4.17%) Hybrid Cloud
4 2 (4.17%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.08%) Blackberry
5 1 (2.08%) BYOD
5 1 (2.08%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.08%) Equities
5 1 (2.08%) Fixed Income
5 1 (2.08%) NHS
5 1 (2.08%) PKI
5 1 (2.08%) PMI
5 1 (2.08%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 21 (43.75%) Windows
2 11 (22.92%) Windows Server
3 6 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (8.33%) Windows 7
5 3 (6.25%) Windows 10
5 3 (6.25%) Windows 8
6 2 (4.17%) Unix
6 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (2.08%) Linux
7 1 (2.08%) Mac OS X
7 1 (2.08%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (2.08%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (14.58%) ITIL
1 7 (14.58%) Stakeholder Management
2 6 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
2 6 (12.50%) Migration
3 5 (10.42%) TOGAF
4 4 (8.33%) Network Architecture
4 4 (8.33%) Project Management
5 3 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (6.25%) Mentoring
5 3 (6.25%) Network Design
5 3 (6.25%) UML
6 2 (4.17%) Agile Project Management
6 2 (4.17%) ArchiMate
6 2 (4.17%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (4.17%) Change Management
6 2 (4.17%) Information Security
6 2 (4.17%) PRINCE2
6 2 (4.17%) Programme Management
6 2 (4.17%) Service Management
6 2 (4.17%) Target Operating Model
Programming Languages
1 8 (16.67%) PowerShell
2 3 (6.25%) C
3 2 (4.17%) SQL
4 1 (2.08%) C#
4 1 (2.08%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (6.25%) Cisco Certification
1 3 (6.25%) MCSE
1 3 (6.25%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (6.25%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.17%) CCIE
2 2 (4.17%) Degree
2 2 (4.17%) DV Cleared
2 2 (4.17%) MCITP
2 2 (4.17%) MCP
2 2 (4.17%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.08%) CCNA
3 1 (2.08%) MCSA
3 1 (2.08%) MCTS
3 1 (2.08%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.08%) PMO
1 1 (2.08%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (39.58%) Active Directory
2 7 (14.58%) Hyper-V
3 4 (8.33%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (6.25%) XenApp
5 1 (2.08%) Firmware
5 1 (2.08%) Terminal Server
5 1 (2.08%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (2.08%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (16.67%) SCCM
2 5 (10.42%) SCOM
2 5 (10.42%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 4 (8.33%) Cisco CUCM
3 4 (8.33%) SCVMM
4 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (4.17%) SCOrch
4 2 (4.17%) SCSM
5 1 (2.08%) AirWatch
5 1 (2.08%) Backup Exec
5 1 (2.08%) Cisco UCCE
5 1 (2.08%) MIMEsweeper
Vendors
1 26 (54.17%) Microsoft
2 20 (41.67%) Cisco
3 9 (18.75%) Citrix
4 6 (12.50%) Polycom
5 5 (10.42%) Symantec
6 4 (8.33%) Sonus
7 3 (6.25%) Avaya
7 3 (6.25%) NetApp
7 3 (6.25%) VMware
8 2 (4.17%) CheckPoint
8 2 (4.17%) Dell
8 2 (4.17%) Dell Compellent
8 2 (4.17%) Mitel
8 2 (4.17%) Remedy
8 2 (4.17%) Siemens
9 1 (2.08%) Apple
9 1 (2.08%) Google
9 1 (2.08%) Lotus
9 1 (2.08%) Oracle
9 1 (2.08%) Verint