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 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
UK / England
Rank 253 292 271
Rank change year-on-year +39 -21  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 390 375 379
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.93% 0.76% 0.79%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.32% 4.44% 4.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 251 224 218
Median daily rate £425 £413 £359
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +14.98%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £250 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £599 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £353
% change year-on-year -12.50% +13.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 19 18
Median hourly rate £18.00 £22.50 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £15.97 £12.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.40 £30.40 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.75 £24.58 £23.50
% change year-on-year -44.04% +4.57%  

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 England with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 7324 8445 8398
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 17.52% 17.22% 17.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 4791 5409 5034
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £253 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 159 211 306
Median hourly rate £18.50 £19.18 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.52% +0.92%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £16.07
% change year-on-year -5.55% +12.00%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in 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 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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

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 3 months to 25 March 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
London +65 185 £450 +9.09% 23
South East +43 81 £388 -9.35% 17
South West -7 24 £500 +35.59% 4
North West -25 24 £313 -25.94% 4
Yorkshire +24 18 £350 +12.00%
North East +6 18 £275 -47.61% 4
East of England +3 18 £450 +143.24% 9
West Midlands -3 12 £475 +11.76% 1
East Midlands -2 9 £275 -35.10% 2
Skype for Business
UK

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 England region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 494 (65.00%) Skype
2 475 (62.50%) Microsoft
3 403 (53.03%) Windows
4 374 (49.21%) Office 365
5 312 (41.05%) Active Directory
6 260 (34.21%) SharePoint
7 199 (26.18%) MS Exchange
8 168 (22.11%) Microsoft Azure
9 166 (21.84%) Windows Server
10 156 (20.53%) MS Excel
11 150 (19.74%) Cisco
12 126 (16.58%) VMware
13 125 (16.45%) MS Office
13 125 (16.45%) Windows Server 2008
14 121 (15.92%) SQL Server
15 118 (15.53%) Migration
16 112 (14.74%) PowerShell
17 110 (14.47%) Hyper-V
17 110 (14.47%) SCCM
18 109 (14.34%) ITIL
18 109 (14.34%) DNS
19 108 (14.21%) Citrix
20 106 (13.95%) Exchange Server 2010
21 104 (13.68%) Security Cleared
22 103 (13.55%) Windows 7
23 102 (13.42%) Exchange Server 2013
24 99 (13.03%) Windows 10
25 95 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
26 94 (12.37%) Windows Server 2012
27 89 (11.71%) Unified Communications

Skype for Business
Top Related 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
1 260 (34.21%) SharePoint
2 199 (26.18%) MS Exchange
3 106 (13.95%) Exchange Server 2010
4 102 (13.42%) Exchange Server 2013
5 45 (5.92%) SharePoint 2013
6 42 (5.53%) Office Communications Server
7 41 (5.39%) BizTalk Server
8 34 (4.47%) Exchange Server 2007
9 31 (4.08%) IIS
10 24 (3.16%) SharePoint 2010
11 17 (2.24%) Exchange Server 2003
12 16 (2.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 12 (1.58%) IBM Notes
14 9 (1.18%) CMS
15 6 (0.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 6 (0.79%) SharePoint Server
16 4 (0.53%) IBM Domino
17 1 (0.13%) Apache
17 1 (0.13%) WebLogic
Applications
1 156 (20.53%) MS Excel
2 125 (16.45%) MS Office
3 12 (1.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.39%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 52 (6.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.79%) Adobe Campaign
2 6 (0.79%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (0.79%) Unica
3 4 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 374 (49.21%) Office 365
2 168 (22.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 83 (10.92%) Yammer
4 66 (8.68%) OneDrive
5 38 (5.00%) Azure Active Directory
6 17 (2.24%) IaaS
6 17 (2.24%) SaaS
7 13 (1.71%) Amazon AWS
8 12 (1.58%) Mimecast
9 7 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (0.92%) GitHub
10 5 (0.66%) Adobe Analytics
11 3 (0.39%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.26%) G Suite
12 2 (0.26%) PaaS
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.13%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 494 (65.00%) Skype
2 109 (14.34%) DNS
3 89 (11.71%) Unified Communications
4 71 (9.34%) DHCP
5 69 (9.08%) Firewall
6 55 (7.24%) LAN
6 55 (7.24%) PBX
7 54 (7.11%) VoIP
8 48 (6.32%) WAN
9 47 (6.18%) SAN
10 33 (4.34%) VPN
11 28 (3.68%) Internet
12 18 (2.37%) ISDN
13 14 (1.84%) NetScaler
13 14 (1.84%) TCP/IP
14 13 (1.71%) Intranet
15 12 (1.58%) NAS
15 12 (1.58%) Telepresence
16 11 (1.45%) HTTPS
16 11 (1.45%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (15.92%) SQL Server
2 19 (2.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 12 (1.58%) Oracle Reports
4 11 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
4 11 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (0.79%) Power BI
5 6 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
6 5 (0.66%) BusinessObjects
6 5 (0.66%) Hadoop
7 4 (0.53%) Big Data
7 4 (0.53%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.39%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.26%) MySQL
10 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.13%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.13%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 11 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (0.79%) JIRA
3 5 (0.66%) Zephyr
4 4 (0.53%) CruiseControl
4 4 (0.53%) TeamCity
4 4 (0.53%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (0.26%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.26%) JUnit
5 2 (0.26%) Xcode
6 1 (0.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.13%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.13%) MorphX
6 1 (0.13%) MSI
General
1 69 (9.08%) Finance
2 51 (6.71%) Retail
3 25 (3.29%) Telecoms
4 22 (2.89%) Legal
5 19 (2.50%) Banking
5 19 (2.50%) Law
6 10 (1.32%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.18%) Advertising
8 8 (1.05%) French Language
9 7 (0.92%) Back Office
9 7 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
9 7 (0.92%) Spanish Language
10 6 (0.79%) Local Government
11 5 (0.66%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.53%) German Language
12 4 (0.53%) Italian Language
12 4 (0.53%) Private Banking
12 4 (0.53%) Retail Banking
13 3 (0.39%) Aerospace
13 3 (0.39%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 127 (16.71%) Architect
2 103 (13.55%) Consultant
3 74 (9.74%) Analyst
4 51 (6.71%) Support Engineer
5 50 (6.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 45 (5.92%) Project Manager
7 41 (5.39%) Office 365 Architect
8 39 (5.13%) Solutions Architect
9 34 (4.47%) Microsoft Consultant
10 30 (3.95%) Support Analyst
11 29 (3.82%) Office 365 Engineer
12 28 (3.68%) Lync Engineer
13 27 (3.55%) 2nd Line Support
13 27 (3.55%) Messaging Engineer
14 25 (3.29%) Messaging Support
14 25 (3.29%) Technical Architect
15 24 (3.16%) Technical Consultant
16 23 (3.03%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 22 (2.89%) Business Consultant
17 22 (2.89%) Office 365 Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (4.87%) COM
2 29 (3.82%) XML
3 28 (3.68%) .NET
4 16 (2.11%) Web Services
5 15 (1.97%) XMPP
6 11 (1.45%) HTML
7 10 (1.32%) WCF
8 8 (1.05%) JSON
9 7 (0.92%) CSS
10 6 (0.79%) XML Messaging
10 6 (0.79%) XSD
11 5 (0.66%) ASP.NET
12 4 (0.53%) ADO
12 4 (0.53%) WF
13 3 (0.39%) WAP
14 2 (0.26%) .NET Framework
14 2 (0.26%) Cocoa
14 2 (0.26%) iOS SDK
14 2 (0.26%) iPhone SDK
14 2 (0.26%) SAP Smart Forms
Miscellaneous
1 58 (7.63%) Analytical Skills
1 58 (7.63%) Video Conferencing
2 45 (5.92%) Data Centre
3 34 (4.47%) Blackberry
4 22 (2.89%) PKI
5 19 (2.50%) Clustering
6 17 (2.24%) Replication
7 16 (2.11%) Fat Client
7 16 (2.11%) Management Information System
7 16 (2.11%) Thin Client
8 15 (1.97%) Computer Science
9 13 (1.71%) Smartphone
10 11 (1.45%) Client/Server
11 9 (1.18%) Virtual Team
12 8 (1.05%) BYOD
12 8 (1.05%) Private Cloud
13 7 (0.92%) e-Learning
13 7 (0.92%) User Experience
14 6 (0.79%) iPhone
14 6 (0.79%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 403 (53.03%) Windows
2 166 (21.84%) Windows Server
3 125 (16.45%) Windows Server 2008
4 103 (13.55%) Windows 7
5 99 (13.03%) Windows 10
6 94 (12.37%) Windows Server 2012
7 43 (5.66%) Windows Server 2003
8 32 (4.21%) Android
9 21 (2.76%) Apple iOS
9 21 (2.76%) Linux
9 21 (2.76%) Windows 8
10 13 (1.71%) Unix
11 10 (1.32%) Windows XP
12 9 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (1.05%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.53%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.13%) Solaris
15 1 (0.13%) Windows 2000
15 1 (0.13%) Windows Mobile
15 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (15.53%) Migration
2 109 (14.34%) ITIL
3 64 (8.42%) Agile Software Development
4 58 (7.63%) CRM
5 55 (7.24%) Business Intelligence
6 48 (6.32%) Stakeholder Management
7 46 (6.05%) Project Management
8 44 (5.79%) TOGAF
9 41 (5.39%) Document Management
10 39 (5.13%) Data Management
11 38 (5.00%) Case Management
12 37 (4.87%) Change Management
13 36 (4.74%) Service Management
14 33 (4.34%) PRINCE2
15 28 (3.68%) Identity Management
15 28 (3.68%) SDLC
16 27 (3.55%) Presales
17 25 (3.29%) Enterprise Architecture
18 24 (3.16%) Waterfall
19 23 (3.03%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 112 (14.74%) PowerShell
2 70 (9.21%) SQL
3 26 (3.42%) C
3 26 (3.42%) C#
4 20 (2.63%) VBScript
5 12 (1.58%) VB
6 9 (1.18%) Java
6 9 (1.18%) JavaScript
7 6 (0.79%) PHP
8 4 (0.53%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.26%) Apple Swift
9 2 (0.26%) C++
9 2 (0.26%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.13%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.13%) X++
Qualifications
1 104 (13.68%) Security Cleared
2 95 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
3 87 (11.45%) SC Cleared
4 54 (7.11%) MCSE
5 41 (5.39%) Degree
6 31 (4.08%) MCITP
7 30 (3.95%) Cisco Certification
7 30 (3.95%) MCSA
8 20 (2.63%) CCNA
9 16 (2.11%) CCNP
10 10 (1.32%) DV Cleared
11 8 (1.05%) MCP
11 8 (1.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 7 (0.92%) CCIE
13 6 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
13 6 (0.79%) Citrix Certification
13 6 (0.79%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 6 (0.79%) MCTS
14 5 (0.66%) CISA
14 5 (0.66%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (2.76%) SLA
2 7 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.79%) QA
4 5 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.26%) PMO
6 1 (0.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 312 (41.05%) Active Directory
2 110 (14.47%) Hyper-V
3 75 (9.87%) VMware Infrastructure
4 53 (6.97%) XenApp
5 41 (5.39%) Microsoft App-V
5 41 (5.39%) XenDesktop
6 37 (4.87%) VMware ESX
7 32 (4.21%) VMware ESXi
8 21 (2.76%) Virtual Desktop
9 19 (2.50%) vSphere
10 17 (2.24%) XenServer
11 11 (1.45%) Virtual Machines
12 9 (1.18%) BitLocker
13 8 (1.05%) DFS Replication
14 4 (0.53%) ISA Server
15 3 (0.39%) Forefront TMG
15 3 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 3 (0.39%) Terminal Server
15 3 (0.39%) Virtual Servers
15 3 (0.39%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 110 (14.47%) SCCM
2 54 (7.11%) SCOM
3 28 (3.68%) Microsoft Intune
4 21 (2.76%) AirWatch
5 19 (2.50%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 18 (2.37%) NetBackup
7 14 (1.84%) Cisco CUCM
7 14 (1.84%) Microsoft Clustering
8 12 (1.58%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 10 (1.32%) WSUS
10 9 (1.18%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 9 (1.18%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 8 (1.05%) Nagios
11 8 (1.05%) Norton AntiVirus
12 7 (0.92%) SCOrch
12 7 (0.92%) SCSM
13 6 (0.79%) Backup Exec
13 6 (0.79%) SCVMM
13 6 (0.79%) vMotion
13 6 (0.79%) WMI
Vendors
1 475 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 150 (19.74%) Cisco
3 126 (16.58%) VMware
4 108 (14.21%) Citrix
5 49 (6.45%) Oracle
6 45 (5.92%) SAP
7 42 (5.53%) Symantec
8 41 (5.39%) Salesforce.com
9 37 (4.87%) Infor
10 36 (4.74%) Polycom
11 27 (3.55%) HP
12 22 (2.89%) Dell
12 22 (2.89%) NetApp
13 20 (2.63%) AppSense
14 17 (2.24%) Apple
14 17 (2.24%) CheckPoint
15 16 (2.11%) Juniper
16 15 (1.97%) Avaya
16 15 (1.97%) Intel Security
16 15 (1.97%) Mitel
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