The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Edinburgh 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)
Scotland / Edinburgh
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 70 73 59
Rank change year-on-year +3 -14  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 3 19 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Edinburgh 0.30% 1.24% 1.58%
As % of the Application Platforms category 2.22% 6.76% 8.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 9 7
Median daily rate £450 £450 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +40.62%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -13.75% +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £22.50 - -
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 Edinburgh with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
Edinburgh
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 135 281 259
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Edinburgh 13.55% 18.32% 17.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 156 142
Median daily rate £375 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £300 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £485
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Median hourly rate £22.50 - £12.00
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 Edinburgh

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Edinburgh

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in Edinburgh

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 Edinburgh region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 4 (80.00%) Windows
1 4 (80.00%) Cisco
1 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
1 4 (80.00%) Active Directory
1 4 (80.00%) Citrix
1 4 (80.00%) VMware
1 4 (80.00%) SCCM
1 4 (80.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (60.00%) DNS
2 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 3 (60.00%) MS Exchange
2 3 (60.00%) DHCP
3 2 (40.00%) SQL Server
3 2 (40.00%) SAN
3 2 (40.00%) CA
3 2 (40.00%) Symantec
3 2 (40.00%) VMware ESX
3 2 (40.00%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (40.00%) Blackberry
3 2 (40.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (40.00%) PowerShell
3 2 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (40.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (40.00%) SCOM
3 2 (40.00%) Finance
3 2 (40.00%) Law
3 2 (40.00%) WinDbg
3 2 (40.00%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (40.00%) Exchange Server 2010

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in Edinburgh 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 3 (60.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (40.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 2 (40.00%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 1 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (40.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (60.00%) DHCP
1 3 (60.00%) DNS
2 2 (40.00%) SAN
2 2 (40.00%) Skype
3 1 (20.00%) BGP
3 1 (20.00%) EIGRP
3 1 (20.00%) Firewall
3 1 (20.00%) LDAP
3 1 (20.00%) OSPF
3 1 (20.00%) Software-Defined Networking
3 1 (20.00%) Spanning Tree
3 1 (20.00%) TCP/IP
3 1 (20.00%) VLAN
3 1 (20.00%) VPN
3 1 (20.00%) VXLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (20.00%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (40.00%) WinDbg
General
1 2 (40.00%) Finance
1 2 (40.00%) Law
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) IT Analyst
1 2 (40.00%) Senior Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) 1st Line Support
2 1 (20.00%) 1st Line Support Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) 2nd Line Support
2 1 (20.00%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Cisco Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Cisco Network Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Delivery Manager
2 1 (20.00%) IT Manager
2 1 (20.00%) IT Support
2 1 (20.00%) IT Support Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Network Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Cisco Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Cisco Network Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Network Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Systems Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Support Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Systems Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Blackberry
1 2 (40.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (20.00%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (20.00%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 4 (80.00%) Windows
2 2 (40.00%) Windows 10
2 2 (40.00%) Windows 7
2 2 (40.00%) Windows Server
2 2 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (40.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (20.00%) Linux
3 1 (20.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (40.00%) ITIL
1 2 (40.00%) Performance Monitoring
1 2 (40.00%) Root Cause Analysis
2 1 (20.00%) DevOps
2 1 (20.00%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 2 (40.00%) PowerShell
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (20.00%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (80.00%) Active Directory
1 4 (80.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (40.00%) Hyper-V
2 2 (40.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (40.00%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (40.00%) VMware ESX
2 2 (40.00%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (40.00%) XenApp
2 2 (40.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (80.00%) SCCM
2 2 (40.00%) SCOM
2 2 (40.00%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (40.00%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 1 (20.00%) vRealize
Vendors
1 4 (80.00%) Cisco
1 4 (80.00%) Citrix
1 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
1 4 (80.00%) VMware
2 2 (40.00%) CA
2 2 (40.00%) Symantec
2 2 (40.00%) Varonis