Period
to 23 October 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in 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 6 months to 23 October 2020 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)
UK > England
6 months to
23 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 334 266 328
Rank change year-on-year -68 +62 -18
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 155 785 752
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.56% 1.02% 0.80%
As % of the Application Platforms category 3.85% 6.79% 4.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 557 506
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £263 £200 £175
90th Percentile £671 £575 £553
UK median daily rate £428 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.88% +6.67% +2.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 35 55
Median hourly rate £14.00 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +2.94% +4.01%
10th Percentile £13.60 £12.70 £10.50
90th Percentile £25.10 £58.25 £41.50
UK median hourly rate £14.00 £17.50 £16.25
% change year-on-year -20.00% +7.69% +3.57%

Skype for Business is in the Application Platforms category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for application platform skills.

All Application Platform Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 4,030 11,565 15,892
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.66% 14.96% 16.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,521 7,573 10,478
Median daily rate £470 £463 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.62% -0.54% +3.33%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £275
90th Percentile £663 £638 £631
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +2.78% - +1.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 150 263 383
Median hourly rate £29.00 £20.83 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.22% -3.12% +5.21%
10th Percentile £12.99 £11.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £57.17 £53.75 £50.40
Median hourly rate £30.00 £21.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year +39.53% +1.18% +6.25%

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Skype for Business as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Skype for Business in England

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Skype for Business in England.

Daily rate trend for Skype for Business in England

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Skype for Business in England over the 6 months to 23 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in England

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Skype for Business in England.

Hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in England

Skype for Business
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Skype for Business in England over the 6 months to 23 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Skype for Business in England

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in 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 England region over the 6 months to 23 October 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -5 64 £488 +14.71% 11
South East +53 28 £400 +2.56% 6
South West +59 18 £475 +25.00% 6
Midlands +49 15 £456 +1.39% 5
West Midlands +55 14 £456 +3.99% 3
East of England +30 13 £335 -12.42% 1
North of England +23 9 £338 -14.56% 4
North West +28 5 £200 -50.00% 3
Yorkshire +48 3 £350 +7.69% 1
East Midlands +37 1 - - 2
North East +20 1 - -
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 149 (96.13%) Skype
2 130 (83.87%) Microsoft
3 89 (57.42%) Active Directory
4 86 (55.48%) Office 365
5 74 (47.74%) Windows
6 56 (36.13%) Azure
7 42 (27.10%) Security Cleared
8 41 (26.45%) Migration
9 40 (25.81%) DNS
9 40 (25.81%) Windows Server
10 36 (23.23%) PowerShell
10 36 (23.23%) VMware
11 35 (22.58%) Cisco
12 34 (21.94%) SharePoint
12 34 (21.94%) Finance
13 30 (19.35%) DHCP
14 29 (18.71%) Microsoft Certification
14 29 (18.71%) SC Cleared
15 27 (17.42%) Windows Server 2012
16 25 (16.13%) VMware Infrastructure
16 25 (16.13%) Windows 10
16 25 (16.13%) Firewall
17 24 (15.48%) MS Exchange
17 24 (15.48%) Windows Server 2016
18 23 (14.84%) SQL Server
18 23 (14.84%) ITIL
19 20 (12.90%) SQL
19 20 (12.90%) Azure Active Directory
19 20 (12.90%) Unified Communications
20 19 (12.26%) PKI

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 34 (21.94%) SharePoint
2 24 (15.48%) MS Exchange
3 10 (6.45%) Exchange Server 2013
4 6 (3.87%) Confluence
4 6 (3.87%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (3.23%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (1.94%) nginx
7 2 (1.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.65%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.65%) IIS
8 1 (0.65%) Office Communications Server
8 1 (0.65%) SAS
8 1 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 14 (9.03%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.65%) Stata
Cloud Services
1 86 (55.48%) Office 365
2 56 (36.13%) Azure
3 20 (12.90%) Azure Active Directory
4 16 (10.32%) OneDrive
5 11 (7.10%) AWS
6 9 (5.81%) IaaS
7 7 (4.52%) Yammer
8 6 (3.87%) PaaS
9 4 (2.58%) GCP
9 4 (2.58%) SaaS
10 3 (1.94%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (1.94%) Amazon S3
10 3 (1.94%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 3 (1.94%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (1.94%) Logic Apps
10 3 (1.94%) Power Platform
10 3 (1.94%) PowerApps
10 3 (1.94%) Route 53
10 3 (1.94%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.65%) WhatsApp
Communications & Networking
1 149 (96.13%) Skype
2 40 (25.81%) DNS
3 30 (19.35%) DHCP
4 25 (16.13%) Firewall
5 20 (12.90%) Unified Communications
6 16 (10.32%) VPN
7 15 (9.68%) PBX
8 12 (7.74%) VoIP
9 11 (7.10%) LAN
9 11 (7.10%) WAN
10 8 (5.16%) SAN
11 6 (3.87%) DMZ
11 6 (3.87%) Wi-Fi
12 5 (3.23%) Cisco ASA
12 5 (3.23%) TCP/IP
12 5 (3.23%) Wireless
13 4 (2.58%) ATM
13 4 (2.58%) IPX
13 4 (2.58%) IPX/SPX
13 4 (2.58%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (14.84%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.52%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (3.87%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (1.94%) Cosmos DB
4 3 (1.94%) MySQL
4 3 (1.94%) Power BI
5 1 (0.65%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.65%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.65%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.65%) Big Data
5 1 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 6 (3.87%) Bitbucket
1 6 (3.87%) JIRA
2 2 (1.29%) MSI
3 1 (0.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.65%) Visual Studio
General
1 34 (21.94%) Finance
2 13 (8.39%) Banking
3 12 (7.74%) Public Sector
4 8 (5.16%) Telecoms
5 7 (4.52%) Legal
6 6 (3.87%) Financial Institution
7 5 (3.23%) French Language
7 5 (3.23%) German Language
8 3 (1.94%) Manufacturing
8 3 (1.94%) Military
9 2 (1.29%) Electronics
9 2 (1.29%) International Banking
9 2 (1.29%) Italian Language
9 2 (1.29%) Marketing
10 1 (0.65%) Automotive
10 1 (0.65%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.65%) Polish Language
10 1 (0.65%) Retail
10 1 (0.65%) Russian Language
10 1 (0.65%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 22 (14.19%) Architect
2 12 (7.74%) Consultant
2 12 (7.74%) Support Engineer
3 11 (7.10%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 11 (7.10%) Cloud Engineer
4 10 (6.45%) Unified Communications Engineer
5 8 (5.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 8 (5.16%) Office 365 Engineer
5 8 (5.16%) Project Manager
6 7 (4.52%) Analyst
6 7 (4.52%) Network Engineer
7 6 (3.87%) Security Architect
7 6 (3.87%) Wintel Engineer
8 5 (3.23%) Azure Engineer
8 5 (3.23%) Chief Architect
8 5 (3.23%) Chief Enterprise Architect
8 5 (3.23%) Chief Security Architect
8 5 (3.23%) Enterprise Architect
8 5 (3.23%) Service Analyst
8 5 (3.23%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.16%) .NET
2 5 (3.23%) LDAP
3 3 (1.94%) Web Services
3 3 (1.94%) XMPP
4 1 (0.65%) COM
4 1 (0.65%) OAuth
4 1 (0.65%) OAuth2
4 1 (0.65%) OpenID
4 1 (0.65%) SAML
4 1 (0.65%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 19 (12.26%) PKI
2 17 (10.97%) Video Conferencing
3 15 (9.68%) Replication
4 13 (8.39%) Data Centre
5 10 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
6 9 (5.81%) Private Cloud
7 6 (3.87%) IVR
7 6 (3.87%) Management Information System
8 5 (3.23%) Blackberry
8 5 (3.23%) Mobile App
9 4 (2.58%) BYOD
10 3 (1.94%) Client/Server
10 3 (1.94%) Handset
10 3 (1.94%) iPad
10 3 (1.94%) iPhone
10 3 (1.94%) NHS
10 3 (1.94%) Self-Motivation
11 2 (1.29%) Driving Licence
11 2 (1.29%) Fat Client
11 2 (1.29%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 74 (47.74%) Windows
2 40 (25.81%) Windows Server
3 27 (17.42%) Windows Server 2012
4 25 (16.13%) Windows 10
5 24 (15.48%) Windows Server 2016
6 15 (9.68%) Windows Server 2019
7 14 (9.03%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (5.81%) Linux
8 9 (5.81%) Windows 7
9 5 (3.23%) VMS
9 5 (3.23%) Windows Mobile
10 4 (2.58%) Debian
10 4 (2.58%) Fedora
10 4 (2.58%) NetWare
10 4 (2.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (2.58%) Solaris
10 4 (2.58%) Ubuntu
10 4 (2.58%) Unix
11 2 (1.29%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.65%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (26.45%) Migration
2 23 (14.84%) ITIL
3 18 (11.61%) Service Delivery
4 16 (10.32%) Project Management
5 13 (8.39%) Disaster Recovery
6 10 (6.45%) Change Management
6 10 (6.45%) Enterprise Architecture
6 10 (6.45%) Identity Management
7 9 (5.81%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (5.81%) High Availability
7 9 (5.81%) Identity Access Management
7 9 (5.81%) Information Security
7 9 (5.81%) Service Management
8 8 (5.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 8 (5.16%) Mobile Device Management
8 8 (5.16%) Problem-Solving
9 7 (4.52%) Data Protection
9 7 (4.52%) DevOps
9 7 (4.52%) Validation
10 6 (3.87%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 36 (23.23%) PowerShell
2 20 (12.90%) SQL
3 3 (1.94%) Python
4 1 (0.65%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.65%) C
4 1 (0.65%) VB
4 1 (0.65%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 42 (27.10%) Security Cleared
2 29 (18.71%) Microsoft Certification
2 29 (18.71%) SC Cleared
3 13 (8.39%) MCSE
4 12 (7.74%) MCSA
5 11 (7.10%) DV Cleared
6 10 (6.45%) CISSP
7 7 (4.52%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (3.87%) CCNP
8 6 (3.87%) Degree
8 6 (3.87%) SSCP
9 5 (3.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 4 (2.58%) CCIE
10 4 (2.58%) DBS Check
11 3 (1.94%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (1.94%) CCIE Collaboration
11 3 (1.94%) PMI Certification
11 3 (1.94%) PMP
12 2 (1.29%) CCA
12 2 (1.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (8.39%) SLA
2 3 (1.94%) NCSC
3 2 (1.29%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.29%) PMO
System Software
1 89 (57.42%) Active Directory
2 25 (16.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (9.68%) Hyper-V
4 8 (5.16%) vSphere
5 7 (4.52%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (1.94%) Virtual Desktop
6 3 (1.94%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (1.29%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 1 (0.65%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.65%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 1 (0.65%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.65%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.65%) UAG
8 1 (0.65%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.65%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.65%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 18 (11.61%) Microsoft Intune
1 18 (11.61%) SCCM
2 6 (3.87%) SCOM
3 5 (3.23%) WSUS
4 3 (1.94%) HAProxy
4 3 (1.94%) Netcool
4 3 (1.94%) Tivoli
4 3 (1.94%) vCenter Server
5 2 (1.29%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.29%) NetBackup
5 2 (1.29%) OfficeScan
5 2 (1.29%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (1.29%) Trend Micro Deep Security
6 1 (0.65%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.65%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.65%) HP Data Protector
6 1 (0.65%) MaaS360
6 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.65%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.65%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 130 (83.87%) Microsoft
2 36 (23.23%) VMware
3 35 (22.58%) Cisco
4 9 (5.81%) Citrix
5 8 (5.16%) Avaya
6 6 (3.87%) Oracle
6 6 (3.87%) Palo Alto
6 6 (3.87%) Sonus
6 6 (3.87%) Veeam
7 5 (3.23%) F5
8 4 (2.58%) Blue Coat
8 4 (2.58%) Foundstone
8 4 (2.58%) Google
8 4 (2.58%) HP
8 4 (2.58%) Juniper
8 4 (2.58%) Mitel
8 4 (2.58%) Novell
8 4 (2.58%) Red Hat
9 3 (1.94%) Alcatel-Lucent
9 3 (1.94%) CA