Period
to 15 November 2019

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 15 November 2019 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
15 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 251 320 303
Rank change year-on-year +69 -17 -22
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 780 748 795
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.02% 0.79% 0.84%
As % of the Application Platforms category 6.87% 4.65% 5.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 517 495 523
England median daily rate £400 £388 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +6.90% +0.69%
10th Percentile £188 £183 £202
90th Percentile £555 £550 £522
UK median daily rate £400 £388 £360
% change year-on-year +3.23% +7.64% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 55 29
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - -0.58%
10th Percentile £12.80 £10.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.00 £44.00 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.25 £17.00
% change year-on-year +7.69% -4.41% -0.58%

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 11,361 16,086 15,841
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.82% 16.89% 16.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,415 10,585 10,454
England median daily rate £450 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +3.33% +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £633 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 267 374 411
England median hourly rate £20.96 £22.00 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.75% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £10.72 £12.40 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.38 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £22.25 £22.00 £20.44
% change year-on-year +1.14% +7.66% +2.18%

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 15 November 2019.

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 15 November 2019.

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 15 November 2019. 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 +62 304 £425 +6.25% 48
South East +17 157 £378 -2.58% 26
North of England +42 120 £388 -3.13% 28
South West +30 81 £380 +16.03% 20
North West +41 71 £395 +29.51% 14
East of England +65 68 £380 +1.33% 5
Midlands +58 47 £450 +38.46% 10
Yorkshire +26 34 £325 -23.53% 11
West Midlands +48 30 £444 +26.79% 5
East Midlands +34 17 £450 +50.00% 4
North East +23 15 £475 +2.15% 3
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 15 November 2019, 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.

1 695 (89.10%) Skype
2 457 (58.59%) Office 365
3 438 (56.15%) Microsoft
4 406 (52.05%) Windows
5 378 (48.46%) Active Directory
6 224 (28.72%) Windows 10
7 216 (27.69%) Azure
8 214 (27.44%) SharePoint
9 200 (25.64%) Windows Server
10 181 (23.21%) SCCM
11 170 (21.79%) PowerShell
12 162 (20.77%) Cisco
13 157 (20.13%) MS Exchange
14 154 (19.74%) VMware
15 145 (18.59%) Migration
16 144 (18.46%) ITIL
17 135 (17.31%) DNS
18 133 (17.05%) Microsoft Office
19 124 (15.90%) Citrix
20 123 (15.77%) Security Cleared
21 120 (15.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 109 (13.97%) DHCP
23 105 (13.46%) Unified Communications
24 103 (13.21%) VMware Infrastructure
25 96 (12.31%) SQL Server
26 93 (11.92%) Firewall
27 92 (11.79%) Finance
28 91 (11.67%) Windows Server 2012
29 90 (11.54%) SC Cleared
29 90 (11.54%) Windows Server 2008

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
1 214 (27.44%) SharePoint
2 157 (20.13%) MS Exchange
3 71 (9.10%) Exchange Server 2013
4 58 (7.44%) Exchange Server 2010
5 32 (4.10%) Exchange Server 2003
6 22 (2.82%) IIS
7 17 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2007
8 9 (1.15%) SharePoint 2010
9 8 (1.03%) Confluence
9 8 (1.03%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (0.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 7 (0.90%) CMS
11 3 (0.38%) Office Communications Server
11 3 (0.38%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.26%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.13%) GroupWise
13 1 (0.13%) IBM Domino
13 1 (0.13%) Live Communications Server
13 1 (0.13%) Oracle Workflow
13 1 (0.13%) Tomcat
Applications
1 133 (17.05%) Microsoft Office
2 44 (5.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (4.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.03%) Microsoft Project
4 8 (1.03%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 13 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.64%) Oracle CRM
3 3 (0.38%) Veritas eDiscovery
4 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.13%) Eikon
4 1 (0.13%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.13%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 457 (58.59%) Office 365
2 216 (27.69%) Azure
3 87 (11.15%) OneDrive
4 49 (6.28%) AWS
5 46 (5.90%) Azure Active Directory
6 31 (3.97%) Yammer
7 30 (3.85%) IaaS
8 23 (2.95%) PaaS
9 19 (2.44%) SaaS
10 16 (2.05%) Power Platform
11 12 (1.54%) Azure Stack
12 9 (1.15%) Mimecast
13 8 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
14 5 (0.64%) GCP
15 3 (0.38%) PowerApps
16 2 (0.26%) OpenShift
17 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
17 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Flow
17 1 (0.13%) NuGet
17 1 (0.13%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 695 (89.10%) Skype
2 135 (17.31%) DNS
3 109 (13.97%) DHCP
4 105 (13.46%) Unified Communications
5 93 (11.92%) Firewall
6 78 (10.00%) LAN
7 77 (9.87%) WAN
8 58 (7.44%) VoIP
9 46 (5.90%) SAN
10 42 (5.38%) VPN
11 39 (5.00%) Wireless
12 33 (4.23%) PBX
13 29 (3.72%) Wi-Fi
14 27 (3.46%) TCP/IP
15 26 (3.33%) Internet
16 24 (3.08%) VLAN
17 23 (2.95%) Cisco IOS
18 22 (2.82%) ISDN
19 18 (2.31%) H.323
20 17 (2.18%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 96 (12.31%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.79%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (1.67%) Power BI
4 8 (1.03%) SQL Server 2016
5 6 (0.77%) Oracle Database
5 6 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (0.64%) Big Data
7 4 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (0.38%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.26%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 2 (0.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.13%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 11 (1.41%) JIRA
2 7 (0.90%) MSI
3 5 (0.64%) Bitbucket
4 3 (0.38%) Hudson
4 3 (0.38%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (0.38%) WiX
5 2 (0.26%) GitLab
5 2 (0.26%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.26%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.13%) Maven
General
1 92 (11.79%) Finance
2 54 (6.92%) Public Sector
3 38 (4.87%) Telecoms
4 30 (3.85%) Banking
5 22 (2.82%) Legal
6 20 (2.56%) Local Government
7 13 (1.67%) Retail
8 12 (1.54%) Manufacturing
9 9 (1.15%) Marketing
10 7 (0.90%) Electronics
11 6 (0.77%) Law
12 5 (0.64%) Back Office
13 4 (0.51%) Advertising
13 4 (0.51%) Aerospace
13 4 (0.51%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.38%) French Language
14 3 (0.38%) Investment Banking
14 3 (0.38%) Publishing
15 2 (0.26%) Games
15 2 (0.26%) iGaming
Job Titles
1 97 (12.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 88 (11.28%) Analyst
2 88 (11.28%) Architect
3 61 (7.82%) Support Engineer
4 51 (6.54%) Consultant
5 48 (6.15%) 2nd Line Support
6 45 (5.77%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 44 (5.64%) Support Analyst
8 42 (5.38%) Desktop Support
9 41 (5.26%) Windows Engineer
10 36 (4.62%) Office 365 Engineer
11 32 (4.10%) Office 365 Architect
12 31 (3.97%) Unified Communications Engineer
13 29 (3.72%) Service Analyst
14 25 (3.21%) Network Engineer
15 23 (2.95%) 3rd Line Support
15 23 (2.95%) Server Engineer
16 22 (2.82%) Desktop Engineer
16 22 (2.82%) Project Manager
17 20 (2.56%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (1.67%) Web Services
2 11 (1.41%) Software Packaging
3 7 (0.90%) LDAP
4 6 (0.77%) Middleware
5 5 (0.64%) .NET
5 5 (0.64%) 802.1X
6 3 (0.38%) XMPP
7 2 (0.26%) ASP.NET Web API
7 2 (0.26%) COM
8 1 (0.13%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.13%) FIX Protocol
8 1 (0.13%) MAPI
8 1 (0.13%) OLE
8 1 (0.13%) SAML
8 1 (0.13%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 55 (7.05%) Data Centre
2 51 (6.54%) Video Conferencing
3 37 (4.74%) PKI
4 33 (4.23%) Blackberry
4 33 (4.23%) Management Information System
5 21 (2.69%) iPhone
6 19 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
7 17 (2.18%) Fat Client
7 17 (2.18%) iPad
7 17 (2.18%) Thin Client
8 15 (1.92%) Replication
8 15 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
9 12 (1.54%) Clustering
9 12 (1.54%) User Experience
10 11 (1.41%) Smartphone
11 9 (1.15%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 9 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
11 9 (1.15%) Mobile Computing
11 9 (1.15%) Public Cloud
12 8 (1.03%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 406 (52.05%) Windows
2 224 (28.72%) Windows 10
3 200 (25.64%) Windows Server
4 91 (11.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 90 (11.54%) Windows Server 2008
6 85 (10.90%) Windows 7
7 47 (6.03%) Android
8 34 (4.36%) Apple iOS
9 26 (3.33%) Windows 8
10 23 (2.95%) Windows Server 2003
11 18 (2.31%) Linux
12 9 (1.15%) Windows 2000
13 6 (0.77%) Unix
13 6 (0.77%) VMS
14 5 (0.64%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.26%) CentOS
15 2 (0.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.26%) Windows NT
16 1 (0.13%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (18.59%) Migration
2 144 (18.46%) ITIL
3 120 (15.38%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 53 (6.79%) Change Management
5 50 (6.41%) Service Management
6 46 (5.90%) Service Delivery
7 45 (5.77%) Problem-Solving
7 45 (5.77%) Project Delivery
8 38 (4.87%) Mobile Device Management
9 37 (4.74%) Agile Software Development
9 37 (4.74%) Project Management
10 33 (4.23%) Asset Management
11 30 (3.85%) Continuous Improvement
12 29 (3.72%) Incident Management
12 29 (3.72%) Stakeholder Management
13 28 (3.59%) Problem Management
14 23 (2.95%) Application Packaging
14 23 (2.95%) Disaster Recovery
15 20 (2.56%) Computer Science
15 20 (2.56%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 170 (21.79%) PowerShell
2 55 (7.05%) SQL
3 10 (1.28%) VB
4 9 (1.15%) VBScript
5 8 (1.03%) C
5 8 (1.03%) Python
6 3 (0.38%) Bash Shell
6 3 (0.38%) C#
6 3 (0.38%) C++
6 3 (0.38%) Java
7 2 (0.26%) Kotlin
8 1 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 123 (15.77%) Security Cleared
2 90 (11.54%) SC Cleared
3 58 (7.44%) Degree
4 54 (6.92%) Microsoft Certification
5 42 (5.38%) Cisco Certification
6 36 (4.62%) MCSE
7 26 (3.33%) DV Cleared
8 25 (3.21%) CCNA
9 19 (2.44%) CCNP
10 17 (2.18%) CCA
10 17 (2.18%) Citrix Certification
11 12 (1.54%) MCP
12 10 (1.28%) BPSS Clearance
12 10 (1.28%) MCSA
13 9 (1.15%) CCIE
13 9 (1.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 8 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
15 7 (0.90%) ITIL Certification
16 6 (0.77%) MCITP
17 5 (0.64%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (7.05%) SLA
2 9 (1.15%) QA
3 7 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (0.90%) NCSC
4 5 (0.64%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 4 (0.51%) PMO
6 3 (0.38%) GDPR
7 2 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (0.26%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.26%) PMBOK
8 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 19770
8 1 (0.13%) NIST
8 1 (0.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 378 (48.46%) Active Directory
2 103 (13.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 70 (8.97%) Hyper-V
4 68 (8.72%) XenApp
5 51 (6.54%) XenDesktop
6 48 (6.15%) VMware ESXi
7 24 (3.08%) vSphere
8 21 (2.69%) Virtual Machines
9 17 (2.18%) DFS Replication
10 14 (1.79%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 9 (1.15%) Virtual Servers
12 8 (1.03%) Firmware
12 8 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 7 (0.90%) Microsoft App-V
14 6 (0.77%) Virtual Desktop
15 5 (0.64%) BitLocker
16 3 (0.38%) VMware Server
17 2 (0.26%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 2 (0.26%) Terminal Server
17 2 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 181 (23.21%) SCCM
2 79 (10.13%) Microsoft Intune
3 46 (5.90%) SCOM
4 20 (2.56%) Cisco CUCM
4 20 (2.56%) Single Sign-On
5 16 (2.05%) AirWatch
6 14 (1.79%) Norton AntiVirus
7 12 (1.54%) FortiGate
8 11 (1.41%) Cisco UCCX
8 11 (1.41%) Microsoft Clustering
8 11 (1.41%) vCenter Server
9 9 (1.15%) WSUS
10 8 (1.03%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 6 (0.77%) NetBackup
11 6 (0.77%) SCOrch
11 6 (0.77%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 5 (0.64%) Cisco Prime
12 5 (0.64%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 5 (0.64%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 5 (0.64%) SafeCom
Vendors
1 438 (56.15%) Microsoft
2 162 (20.77%) Cisco
3 154 (19.74%) VMware
4 124 (15.90%) Citrix
5 35 (4.49%) HP
6 33 (4.23%) Dell
7 32 (4.10%) Symantec
8 26 (3.33%) Sonus
9 25 (3.21%) Avaya
9 25 (3.21%) Polycom
10 21 (2.69%) Palo Alto
11 20 (2.56%) Ivanti
11 20 (2.56%) Meraki
12 19 (2.44%) Adobe
12 19 (2.44%) McAfee
12 19 (2.44%) ServiceNow
13 18 (2.31%) Apple
13 18 (2.31%) Sophos
14 17 (2.18%) CheckPoint
14 17 (2.18%) Oracle