Period
to 21 June 2018

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 21 June 2018 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
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 317 289 291
Rank change year-on-year -28 +2 -38
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 726 717 836
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.79% 0.85% 0.85%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.83% 4.97% 4.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 475 464 549
England median daily rate £362 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.50% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £169 £225 £225
90th Percentile £538 £588 £538
UK median daily rate £363 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -9.38% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 26 35
England median hourly rate £20.00 £17.25 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.94% -23.33% +28.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £12.25
90th Percentile £43.70 £24.75 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.75 £23.75
% change year-on-year +12.68% -25.26% +36.30%

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 15,039 14,420 17,296
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.47% 17.16% 17.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,055 9,362 11,437
England median daily rate £450 £437 £422
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.92% +3.70% +5.42%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £250
90th Percentile £625 £602 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +4.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 335 342 424
England median hourly rate £20.00 £19.83 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.86% -0.85% +5.26%
10th Percentile £11.39 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.25 £52.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £19.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year +1.32% -7.32% +7.89%

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Skype for Business as a percentage 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

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in England

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in England over the 6 months to 21 June 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in England

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in England

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in England over the 6 months to 21 June 2018.

Contractor 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 21 June 2018. 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 +7 372 £375 -16.67% 41
South East -19 152 £365 -8.79% 24
North of England -54 78 £305 +8.93% 22
North West +5 59 £305 -6.15% 16
South West +17 47 £350 -11.95% 10
Midlands -15 37 £300 -25.00% 9
East of England -22 36 £300 -33.33% 8
West Midlands -12 26 £356 -20.39% 4
Yorkshire -19 13 £300 -14.29% 4
East Midlands -3 11 £293 +6.36% 5
North East -33 6 £500 +81.82% 2
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 21 June 2018, 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.

1 588 (80.99%) Skype
2 435 (59.92%) Office 365
3 393 (54.13%) Windows
4 383 (52.75%) Microsoft
5 324 (44.63%) Active Directory
6 207 (28.51%) MS Exchange
7 206 (28.37%) SharePoint
8 184 (25.34%) Windows 10
9 172 (23.69%) PowerShell
10 169 (23.28%) Windows Server
11 167 (23.00%) Migration
12 151 (20.80%) ITIL
13 147 (20.25%) Microsoft Office
14 142 (19.56%) Microsoft Azure
15 141 (19.42%) Citrix
16 138 (19.01%) VMware
17 132 (18.18%) SCCM
18 124 (17.08%) Cisco
19 119 (16.39%) Security Cleared
20 114 (15.70%) Exchange Server 2010
21 110 (15.15%) Windows 7
22 107 (14.74%) VMware Infrastructure
23 104 (14.33%) DNS
24 97 (13.36%) Windows Server 2008
25 94 (12.95%) SC Cleared
26 90 (12.40%) Finance
27 82 (11.29%) DHCP
28 78 (10.74%) Firewall
29 74 (10.19%) SQL Server
30 73 (10.06%) OneDrive

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
1 207 (28.51%) MS Exchange
2 206 (28.37%) SharePoint
3 114 (15.70%) Exchange Server 2010
4 45 (6.20%) Exchange Server 2013
5 30 (4.13%) Exchange Server 2007
6 27 (3.72%) SharePoint 2013
7 19 (2.62%) IIS
8 17 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2003
9 6 (0.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 6 (0.83%) CMS
10 5 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
10 5 (0.69%) Office Communications Server
11 2 (0.28%) Apache
11 2 (0.28%) GroupWise
11 2 (0.28%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.28%) JBoss
11 2 (0.28%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.28%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.28%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.14%) Confluence
Applications
1 147 (20.25%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (4.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 24 (3.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (1.79%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.96%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.41%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 23 (3.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.28%) Line 50
3 2 (0.28%) Sage X3
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.14%) SAP MDG
4 1 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.14%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 435 (59.92%) Office 365
2 142 (19.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 73 (10.06%) OneDrive
4 48 (6.61%) Azure Active Directory
5 28 (3.86%) Yammer
6 19 (2.62%) Mimecast
7 15 (2.07%) IaaS
8 12 (1.65%) PaaS
9 11 (1.52%) Amazon AWS
10 9 (1.24%) SaaS
11 3 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.28%) Dynamics 365
13 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Cloud
13 1 (0.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.14%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.14%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 1 (0.14%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.14%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 588 (80.99%) Skype
2 104 (14.33%) DNS
3 82 (11.29%) DHCP
4 78 (10.74%) Firewall
5 66 (9.09%) Unified Communications
6 61 (8.40%) VoIP
7 58 (7.99%) SAN
8 56 (7.71%) WAN
9 45 (6.20%) LAN
10 38 (5.23%) VPN
11 25 (3.44%) PSTN
12 24 (3.31%) SMTP
13 22 (3.03%) PBX
13 22 (3.03%) TCP/IP
14 20 (2.75%) NetScaler
15 19 (2.62%) Wireless
16 18 (2.48%) iSCSI
17 17 (2.34%) Fibre Channel
18 15 (2.07%) VLAN
19 13 (1.79%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (10.19%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.38%) Power BI
3 7 (0.96%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (0.41%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.28%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.28%) Blockchain
5 2 (0.28%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.14%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.14%) Big Data
6 1 (0.14%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.14%) MySQL
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle Discoverer
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.14%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.14%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 8 (1.10%) JIRA
2 4 (0.55%) MSI
3 1 (0.14%) CruiseControl
3 1 (0.14%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.14%) Hudson
3 1 (0.14%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.14%) Subversion
3 1 (0.14%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.14%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 90 (12.40%) Finance
2 21 (2.89%) Telecoms
3 20 (2.75%) Retail
4 19 (2.62%) Banking
4 19 (2.62%) Legal
5 15 (2.07%) Local Government
6 12 (1.65%) Back Office
7 11 (1.52%) Law
8 5 (0.69%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.69%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.69%) Marketing
9 4 (0.55%) German Language
9 4 (0.55%) Military
10 3 (0.41%) Electronics
10 3 (0.41%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.41%) Games
11 2 (0.28%) Advertising
11 2 (0.28%) Dutch Language
12 1 (0.14%) Billing
12 1 (0.14%) French Language
Job Titles
1 96 (13.22%) Analyst
2 70 (9.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 64 (8.82%) Support Engineer
4 49 (6.75%) Architect
5 45 (6.20%) Project Manager
6 43 (5.92%) Consultant
6 43 (5.92%) Unified Communications Engineer
7 42 (5.79%) Trainer
8 40 (5.51%) 2nd Line Support
9 38 (5.23%) Desktop Support
10 37 (5.10%) IT Support
11 35 (4.82%) Support Analyst
12 34 (4.68%) Office 365 Engineer
13 31 (4.27%) 1st/2nd Line Support
13 31 (4.27%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 28 (3.86%) IT Analyst
15 25 (3.44%) Administrator
15 25 (3.44%) IT Engineer
16 24 (3.31%) Exchange Engineer
17 23 (3.17%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (2.20%) LDAP
2 10 (1.38%) XMPP
3 7 (0.96%) .NET
4 3 (0.41%) 802.1X
4 3 (0.41%) Software Packaging
4 3 (0.41%) Web Services
5 2 (0.28%) ADSI
5 2 (0.28%) OAuth
5 2 (0.28%) SAML
6 1 (0.14%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.14%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.14%) COM
6 1 (0.14%) CSS
6 1 (0.14%) HTML
6 1 (0.14%) Middleware
6 1 (0.14%) SOAP
6 1 (0.14%) WCF
6 1 (0.14%) WebRTC
6 1 (0.14%) WF
6 1 (0.14%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 56 (7.71%) Data Centre
2 38 (5.23%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (4.27%) Clustering
4 30 (4.13%) PKI
4 30 (4.13%) Video Conferencing
5 25 (3.44%) Blackberry
6 23 (3.17%) Self-Motivation
7 20 (2.75%) iPhone
8 18 (2.48%) Fat Client
8 18 (2.48%) Thin Client
9 14 (1.93%) Management Information System
9 14 (1.93%) Replication
10 13 (1.79%) Computer Science
10 13 (1.79%) Handset
11 12 (1.65%) iPad
12 11 (1.52%) Smartphone
13 10 (1.38%) BYOD
13 10 (1.38%) e-Learning
13 10 (1.38%) User Experience
14 7 (0.96%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 393 (54.13%) Windows
2 184 (25.34%) Windows 10
3 169 (23.28%) Windows Server
4 110 (15.15%) Windows 7
5 97 (13.36%) Windows Server 2008
6 70 (9.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 44 (6.06%) Android
8 39 (5.37%) Apple iOS
9 34 (4.68%) Linux
10 33 (4.55%) Windows Server 2003
11 27 (3.72%) Windows 8
12 13 (1.79%) Mac OS
13 12 (1.65%) Unix
14 11 (1.52%) Windows XP
15 7 (0.96%) Windows Vista
16 5 (0.69%) Solaris
17 4 (0.55%) AIX
17 4 (0.55%) SUSE
17 4 (0.55%) Windows 2000 Server
18 1 (0.14%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 167 (23.00%) Migration
2 151 (20.80%) ITIL
3 61 (8.40%) Project Management
4 57 (7.85%) Problem-Solving
5 46 (6.34%) Change Management
6 38 (5.23%) Stakeholder Management
7 33 (4.55%) Service Management
8 32 (4.41%) Agile Software Development
8 32 (4.41%) PRINCE2
9 31 (4.27%) CRM
9 31 (4.27%) Disaster Recovery
10 26 (3.58%) Problem Management
11 21 (2.89%) High Availability
11 21 (2.89%) Kalman Filter
12 18 (2.48%) ITIL V3
13 17 (2.34%) Email Filtering
13 17 (2.34%) Enterprise Architecture
13 17 (2.34%) Information Security
13 17 (2.34%) Mentoring
14 16 (2.20%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 172 (23.69%) PowerShell
2 58 (7.99%) SQL
3 18 (2.48%) VBScript
4 5 (0.69%) VB
5 4 (0.55%) C
5 4 (0.55%) Java
6 2 (0.28%) Perl
7 1 (0.14%) C#
7 1 (0.14%) C++
7 1 (0.14%) Go
7 1 (0.14%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.14%) Python
7 1 (0.14%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 119 (16.39%) Security Cleared
2 94 (12.95%) SC Cleared
3 58 (7.99%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (5.23%) Degree
5 30 (4.13%) MCSE
6 28 (3.86%) DV Cleared
7 24 (3.31%) Cisco Certification
8 21 (2.89%) MCSA
9 20 (2.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 19 (2.62%) CCNA
11 17 (2.34%) ITIL Certification
12 16 (2.20%) CCNP
13 13 (1.79%) MCP
14 12 (1.65%) Citrix Certification
15 11 (1.52%) MCITP
16 10 (1.38%) CCA
17 7 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
18 6 (0.83%) CTC Cleared
18 6 (0.83%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
19 5 (0.69%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (2.62%) SLA
2 10 (1.38%) PMO
2 10 (1.38%) QA
3 3 (0.41%) GDPR
4 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.28%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.14%) GMP
System Software
1 324 (44.63%) Active Directory
2 107 (14.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 71 (9.78%) Hyper-V
4 56 (7.71%) XenApp
5 37 (5.10%) VMware ESXi
6 30 (4.13%) XenDesktop
7 22 (3.03%) vSphere
8 17 (2.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 15 (2.07%) Microsoft App-V
10 13 (1.79%) XenServer
11 12 (1.65%) Terminal Services
12 10 (1.38%) DFS Replication
12 10 (1.38%) Virtual Desktop
13 8 (1.10%) Forefront TMG
14 6 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
15 3 (0.41%) BitLocker
16 2 (0.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 2 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
16 2 (0.28%) VMware Workstation
17 1 (0.14%) Xen
Systems Management
1 132 (18.18%) SCCM
2 49 (6.75%) SCOM
3 38 (5.23%) Microsoft Intune
4 21 (2.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 18 (2.48%) Backup Exec
6 16 (2.20%) Cisco CUCM
7 13 (1.79%) Microsoft Clustering
7 13 (1.79%) Norton AntiVirus
8 12 (1.65%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 11 (1.52%) NetBackup
9 11 (1.52%) Single Sign-On
9 11 (1.52%) WSUS
10 8 (1.10%) AirWatch
10 8 (1.10%) PingFederate
10 8 (1.10%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 7 (0.96%) HP Data Protector
11 7 (0.96%) McAfee ePO
11 7 (0.96%) vCenter Server
12 6 (0.83%) Failover Clustering
12 6 (0.83%) Netcool
Vendors
1 383 (52.75%) Microsoft
2 141 (19.42%) Citrix
3 138 (19.01%) VMware
4 124 (17.08%) Cisco
5 50 (6.89%) HP
6 40 (5.51%) Symantec
7 38 (5.23%) Avaya
7 38 (5.23%) Dell
8 31 (4.27%) Apple
9 29 (3.99%) Polycom
10 25 (3.44%) NetApp
11 24 (3.31%) ServiceNow
11 24 (3.31%) SolarWinds
12 23 (3.17%) IBM
13 22 (3.03%) Remedy
13 22 (3.03%) Sonus
14 16 (2.20%) SAP
15 15 (2.07%) Mitel
16 14 (1.93%) Veeam
16 14 (1.93%) Veritas