The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England 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 24 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)
England / East of England
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 88 101 112
Rank change year-on-year +13 +11  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 45 28 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 1.96% 1.10% 1.01%
As % of the Application Platforms category 9.98% 6.68% 5.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 23 25
Median daily rate £450 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +50.00% -7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £155 £289
10% offered a daily rate of more than £640 £425 £433
UK excluding London median daily rate £358 £345 £320
% change year-on-year +3.62% +7.81%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Median hourly rate £10.00 £13.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.07% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £18.75 £16.00
% change year-on-year -30.66% +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 the East of England with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
East of England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 451 419 616
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 19.61% 16.54% 20.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 261 259 375
Median daily rate £450 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £210 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £350
% change year-on-year +2.56% +11.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 22 42
Median hourly rate £16.98 £19.50 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.92% -17.02%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.10 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year - +19.04%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East of England 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 East of England

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in the East of England

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in the East of England over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in the East of England

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in the East of England

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

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 East of England region over the 3 months to 24 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
Cambridgeshire +16 16 £370 -
Hertfordshire +12 15 £395 +3.26% 2
Essex -16 10 £500 +66.66%
Bedfordshire -10 4 £425 -
Suffolk - 1 £350 -
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 24 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 East of England region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 45 (71.43%) Skype
2 39 (61.90%) Office 365
3 38 (60.32%) Microsoft
4 37 (58.73%) Windows
5 26 (41.27%) SharePoint
6 20 (31.75%) Microsoft Azure
6 20 (31.75%) Windows 10
7 17 (26.98%) Citrix
8 16 (25.40%) PowerShell
9 15 (23.81%) Microsoft Certification
10 14 (22.22%) Project Management
10 14 (22.22%) MS Exchange
10 14 (22.22%) Yammer
11 13 (20.63%) OneDrive
12 12 (19.05%) Migration
12 12 (19.05%) Active Directory
13 11 (17.46%) MCSE
13 11 (17.46%) VMware
13 11 (17.46%) Microsoft App-V
13 11 (17.46%) Agile Software Development
13 11 (17.46%) XenApp
14 10 (15.87%) VMware Infrastructure
14 10 (15.87%) Windows 7
15 8 (12.70%) PaaS
15 8 (12.70%) Data Protection
15 8 (12.70%) IaaS
15 8 (12.70%) Opscode Chef
15 8 (12.70%) SDLC
15 8 (12.70%) Retail
15 8 (12.70%) SQL Server

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 26 (41.27%) SharePoint
2 14 (22.22%) MS Exchange
3 6 (9.52%) BizTalk Server
4 5 (7.94%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (4.76%) SharePoint Server
6 2 (3.17%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (1.59%) Oracle Service Bus
7 1 (1.59%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 7 (11.11%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (3.17%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (6.35%) Adobe Campaign
2 4 (6.35%) Unica
3 1 (1.59%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (1.59%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (1.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 39 (61.90%) Office 365
2 20 (31.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (22.22%) Yammer
4 13 (20.63%) OneDrive
5 8 (12.70%) Dynamics 365
5 8 (12.70%) IaaS
5 8 (12.70%) PaaS
6 4 (6.35%) Adobe Analytics
7 3 (4.76%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (3.17%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 45 (71.43%) Skype
2 6 (9.52%) NetScaler
3 5 (7.94%) Firewall
3 5 (7.94%) PBX
4 3 (4.76%) DHCP
4 3 (4.76%) DNS
4 3 (4.76%) ISDN
4 3 (4.76%) LAN
4 3 (4.76%) VPN
4 3 (4.76%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (3.17%) BGP
5 2 (3.17%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (3.17%) Cisco Nexus
5 2 (3.17%) EIGRP
5 2 (3.17%) OSPF
5 2 (3.17%) WAN
5 2 (3.17%) Wireless
6 1 (1.59%) TCP/IP
6 1 (1.59%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (12.70%) SQL Server
2 4 (6.35%) BusinessObjects
2 4 (6.35%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.59%) Oracle Reports
General
1 8 (12.70%) Retail
2 7 (11.11%) Local Government
3 3 (4.76%) Finance
3 3 (4.76%) Games
4 2 (3.17%) Marketing
5 1 (1.59%) Automotive
5 1 (1.59%) Electronics
5 1 (1.59%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.59%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.59%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (20.63%) Architect
2 8 (12.70%) Consultant
2 8 (12.70%) Project Manager
3 7 (11.11%) Programme Manager
3 7 (11.11%) Technical Manager
4 6 (9.52%) Lync Engineer
4 6 (9.52%) Senior Architect
4 6 (9.52%) Technical Programme Manager
5 4 (6.35%) CRM Developer
5 4 (6.35%) Developer
5 4 (6.35%) Support Engineer
5 4 (6.35%) Technical Consultant
6 3 (4.76%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 3 (4.76%) Exchange Engineer
6 3 (4.76%) IT Engineer
6 3 (4.76%) IT Manager
6 3 (4.76%) IT Project Manager
6 3 (4.76%) Migration Engineer
6 3 (4.76%) Office 365 Engineer
6 3 (4.76%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (9.52%) COM
2 4 (6.35%) CSS
2 4 (6.35%) HTML
2 4 (6.35%) JSON
2 4 (6.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.11%) Data Protection Act
2 4 (6.35%) CESG
2 4 (6.35%) Data Centre
3 3 (4.76%) User Experience
4 2 (3.17%) Social Media
5 1 (1.59%) CMDB
5 1 (1.59%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.59%) PMI
5 1 (1.59%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 37 (58.73%) Windows
2 20 (31.75%) Windows 10
3 10 (15.87%) Windows 7
4 6 (9.52%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (7.94%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (6.35%) Unix
6 4 (6.35%) Windows Server
7 1 (1.59%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.59%) Mac OS X
7 1 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (22.22%) Project Management
2 12 (19.05%) Migration
3 11 (17.46%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (12.70%) Data Protection
4 8 (12.70%) SDLC
5 7 (11.11%) Agile Project Management
5 7 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
5 7 (11.11%) CRM
5 7 (11.11%) DevOps
5 7 (11.11%) Digital Transformation Programme
5 7 (11.11%) Information Assurance
6 6 (9.52%) Case Management
6 6 (9.52%) Data Management
6 6 (9.52%) Document Management
6 6 (9.52%) ITIL
7 5 (7.94%) Stakeholder Management
7 5 (7.94%) TOGAF
8 4 (6.35%) B2C
8 4 (6.35%) Business Continuity
8 4 (6.35%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (25.40%) PowerShell
2 4 (6.35%) Java
2 4 (6.35%) JavaScript
2 4 (6.35%) PHP
2 4 (6.35%) SQL
2 4 (6.35%) VBScript
3 1 (1.59%) C
3 1 (1.59%) Python
Qualifications
1 15 (23.81%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (17.46%) MCSE
3 8 (12.70%) Citrix Certification
4 5 (7.94%) Degree
5 2 (3.17%) CCA
5 2 (3.17%) CCIE
5 2 (3.17%) CCIE Security
5 2 (3.17%) CCNP
5 2 (3.17%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (3.17%) HP APS
5 2 (3.17%) Master's Degree
5 2 (3.17%) MCITP
5 2 (3.17%) MCP
5 2 (3.17%) MCSA
5 2 (3.17%) VCAP
5 2 (3.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (1.59%) CCENT
6 1 (1.59%) CISSP
6 1 (1.59%) PMP
6 1 (1.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.52%) GDPR
2 4 (6.35%) PCI DSS
3 2 (3.17%) PMO
3 2 (3.17%) SLA
4 1 (1.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 12 (19.05%) Active Directory
2 11 (17.46%) Microsoft App-V
2 11 (17.46%) XenApp
3 10 (15.87%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (11.11%) Hyper-V
4 7 (11.11%) XenDesktop
5 4 (6.35%) BitLocker
6 1 (1.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (1.59%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (1.59%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (1.59%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 8 (12.70%) Opscode Chef
2 5 (7.94%) SCCM
3 4 (6.35%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (6.35%) Norton AntiVirus
3 4 (6.35%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 3 (4.76%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 3 (4.76%) SCOrch
5 2 (3.17%) AppDNA
5 2 (3.17%) FortiGate
5 2 (3.17%) SCOM
Vendors
1 38 (60.32%) Microsoft
2 17 (26.98%) Citrix
3 11 (17.46%) VMware
4 7 (11.11%) SAP
5 6 (9.52%) Infor
5 6 (9.52%) Oracle
5 6 (9.52%) Salesforce.com
6 4 (6.35%) Adobe
6 4 (6.35%) Altiris
6 4 (6.35%) AppSense
6 4 (6.35%) LANDesk
6 4 (6.35%) Symantec
7 3 (4.76%) Apple
8 2 (3.17%) Avaya
8 2 (3.17%) Cisco
8 2 (3.17%) Dell
8 2 (3.17%) Facebook
8 2 (3.17%) Fortinet
8 2 (3.17%) HP
8 2 (3.17%) Sonus