Period
to 23 April 2021

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 April 2021 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 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 446 306 308
Rank change year-on-year -140 +2 +32
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 146 399 773
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.34% 0.79% 0.89%
As % of the Application Platforms category 2.53% 5.49% 5.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 265 474
10th Percentile £200 £170 £200
25th Percentile £309 £280 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £400 £425
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +17.40%
75th Percentile £488 £488 £493
90th Percentile £523 £554 £563
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +20.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 26 44
10th Percentile £17.63 £13.00 £10.91
25th Percentile £26.56 £13.13 £12.49
Median hourly rate £50.00 £16.50 £15.00
Median % change year-on-year +203.03% +10.00% -25.00%
75th Percentile £63.44 £21.47 £18.71
90th Percentile £66.25 £29.50 £38.38
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £17.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +185.71% +16.67% -25.00%

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 5,769 7,263 13,870
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.43% 14.39% 15.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,010 4,882 9,102
10th Percentile £300 £263 £294
25th Percentile £388 £363 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £475
75th Percentile £575 £568 £575
90th Percentile £660 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £475
% change year-on-year +2.70% -2.63% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 167 261
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.61 £12.00
25th Percentile £17.50 £14.63 £12.75
Median hourly rate £25.00 £19.90 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +25.63% +10.56% -3.58%
75th Percentile £56.50 £32.63 £35.00
90th Percentile £61.80 £53.75 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +30.00% +11.11% +1.38%

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 April 2021.

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 April 2021.

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 April 2021. 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 -81 70 £425 +0.59% 16
South East +2 21 £388 -9.88% 7
West Midlands +14 15 £480 -10.28% 3
Midlands +11 15 £480 +6.67% 4
North of England +8 12 £252 -22.46% 2
South West +26 11 £438 -2.78% 8
North West -3 10 £252 -16.00%
East of England +22 8 £325 -23.53%
North East - 2 - - 1
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 23 April 2021, 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.

1 132 (90.41%) Skype
2 100 (68.49%) Microsoft 365
3 85 (58.22%) Microsoft
4 65 (44.52%) Active Directory
5 61 (41.78%) Windows
6 57 (39.04%) Azure
7 55 (37.67%) SharePoint
8 44 (30.14%) Migration
9 42 (28.77%) PowerShell
10 35 (23.97%) LAN
11 34 (23.29%) WAN
12 33 (22.60%) MS Exchange
12 33 (22.60%) OneDrive
13 32 (21.92%) Security Cleared
14 31 (21.23%) Microsoft Office
14 31 (21.23%) Finance
14 31 (21.23%) Windows Server
15 30 (20.55%) VMware
16 26 (17.81%) Cisco
17 25 (17.12%) Firewall
17 25 (17.12%) Windows 10
18 24 (16.44%) SC Cleared
19 23 (15.75%) Azure Active Directory
19 23 (15.75%) Unified Communications
20 21 (14.38%) Windows Server 2012
20 21 (14.38%) Public Sector
20 21 (14.38%) Agile Software Development
20 21 (14.38%) DNS
21 20 (13.70%) Video Conferencing
21 20 (13.70%) Exchange Server 2010

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 55 (37.67%) SharePoint
2 33 (22.60%) MS Exchange
3 20 (13.70%) Exchange Server 2010
4 18 (12.33%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (3.42%) Confluence
5 5 (3.42%) Exchange Server 2003
5 5 (3.42%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (3.42%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (2.05%) IIS
7 2 (1.37%) CMS
7 2 (1.37%) Office Communications Server
8 1 (0.68%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.68%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 31 (21.23%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (8.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (6.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (3.42%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.68%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 100 (68.49%) Microsoft 365
2 57 (39.04%) Azure
3 33 (22.60%) OneDrive
4 23 (15.75%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (9.59%) Yammer
6 9 (6.16%) AWS
7 6 (4.11%) Power Platform
8 5 (3.42%) IaaS
9 4 (2.74%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 4 (2.74%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 4 (2.74%) PowerApps
9 4 (2.74%) SaaS
10 3 (2.05%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (2.05%) GCP
10 3 (2.05%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (1.37%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 2 (1.37%) Mimecast
11 2 (1.37%) Power Automate
11 2 (1.37%) Route 53
11 2 (1.37%) Twilio
Communications & Networking
1 132 (90.41%) Skype
2 35 (23.97%) LAN
3 34 (23.29%) WAN
4 25 (17.12%) Firewall
5 23 (15.75%) Unified Communications
6 21 (14.38%) DNS
7 12 (8.22%) Internet
8 11 (7.53%) VPN
9 10 (6.85%) PBX
9 10 (6.85%) Wi-Fi
9 10 (6.85%) Wireless
10 9 (6.16%) Ethernet
10 9 (6.16%) VoIP
11 7 (4.79%) DHCP
12 5 (3.42%) IP Telephony
13 4 (2.74%) TCP/IP
14 3 (2.05%) NetScaler
14 3 (2.05%) WebEx
15 2 (1.37%) SD-WAN
15 2 (1.37%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (9.59%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.74%) Power BI
3 3 (2.05%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (2.05%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.37%) Big Data
5 1 (0.68%) MySQL
5 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (3.42%) JIRA
2 1 (0.68%) Hudson
2 1 (0.68%) MSI
General
1 31 (21.23%) Finance
2 21 (14.38%) Public Sector
3 13 (8.90%) Legal
4 8 (5.48%) Telecoms
5 7 (4.79%) Banking
6 3 (2.05%) Electronics
6 3 (2.05%) International Banking
6 3 (2.05%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.37%) Billing
7 2 (1.37%) Marketing
7 2 (1.37%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.68%) Back Office
8 1 (0.68%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.68%) Local Government
8 1 (0.68%) Police
8 1 (0.68%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.68%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 15 (10.27%) Voice Engineer
2 14 (9.59%) Architect
2 14 (9.59%) Project Manager
3 13 (8.90%) Infrastructure Manager
3 13 (8.90%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 12 (8.22%) Analyst
5 9 (6.16%) Support Engineer
6 7 (4.79%) Desktop Support
7 6 (4.11%) Consultant
7 6 (4.11%) Microsoft Engineer
8 5 (3.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 5 (3.42%) Network Engineer
8 5 (3.42%) Support Analyst
8 5 (3.42%) Unified Communications Engineer
9 4 (2.74%) 2nd Line Support
9 4 (2.74%) IT Trainer
9 4 (2.74%) Senior Manager
9 4 (2.74%) Senior Project Manager
9 4 (2.74%) Technical Analyst
9 4 (2.74%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.11%) Node.js
2 2 (1.37%) .NET
2 2 (1.37%) Microsoft Graph
2 2 (1.37%) WebRTC
3 1 (0.68%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (0.68%) JSON
3 1 (0.68%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.68%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 20 (13.70%) Video Conferencing
2 12 (8.22%) Self-Motivation
3 11 (7.53%) Tandem
4 7 (4.79%) Mobile App
5 6 (4.11%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (4.11%) Media Streaming
6 5 (3.42%) iPhone
7 4 (2.74%) Blackberry
7 4 (2.74%) Data Protection Act
7 4 (2.74%) Hybrid Cloud
7 4 (2.74%) Management Information System
7 4 (2.74%) PKI
7 4 (2.74%) Replication
8 3 (2.05%) BYOD
8 3 (2.05%) iPad
8 3 (2.05%) Video on Demand
8 3 (2.05%) Virtual Team
9 2 (1.37%) Clustering
9 2 (1.37%) Fat Client
9 2 (1.37%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 61 (41.78%) Windows
2 31 (21.23%) Windows Server
3 25 (17.12%) Windows 10
4 21 (14.38%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (12.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 14 (9.59%) Windows Server 2016
7 12 (8.22%) Windows 7
8 8 (5.48%) Apple iOS
9 7 (4.79%) Android
10 6 (4.11%) Windows Mobile
10 6 (4.11%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (3.42%) Linux
12 4 (2.74%) Windows Server 2019
13 2 (1.37%) Unix
14 1 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (30.14%) Migration
2 21 (14.38%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (13.01%) ITIL
3 19 (13.01%) Problem-Solving
4 15 (10.27%) Change Management
5 14 (9.59%) Project Management
6 12 (8.22%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 12 (8.22%) Load Balancing
6 12 (8.22%) Project Delivery
7 11 (7.53%) Business Case
7 11 (7.53%) Resource Management
8 10 (6.85%) Asset Management
8 10 (6.85%) Capacity Planning
9 9 (6.16%) Collaborative Working
9 9 (6.16%) Service Delivery
10 7 (4.79%) PRINCE2
11 6 (4.11%) Identity Management
11 6 (4.11%) SDLC
11 6 (4.11%) Stakeholder Management
11 6 (4.11%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 42 (28.77%) PowerShell
2 8 (5.48%) SQL
3 7 (4.79%) Python
4 6 (4.11%) Java
5 2 (1.37%) C
6 1 (0.68%) VB
Qualifications
1 32 (21.92%) Security Cleared
2 24 (16.44%) SC Cleared
3 14 (9.59%) Degree
4 7 (4.79%) DV Cleared
4 7 (4.79%) MCSE
4 7 (4.79%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (2.74%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (2.74%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (2.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 3 (2.05%) CCNP
6 3 (2.05%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (1.37%) CCDP
7 2 (1.37%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (1.37%) MCSA
8 1 (0.68%) ISEB
8 1 (0.68%) MCP
8 1 (0.68%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.68%) PMP
8 1 (0.68%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.74%) SLA
2 3 (2.05%) GDPR
3 2 (1.37%) QA
3 2 (1.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.68%) PMO
System Software
1 65 (44.52%) Active Directory
2 12 (8.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (6.16%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (4.11%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (3.42%) Hyper-V
5 5 (3.42%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (3.42%) XenApp
6 4 (2.74%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (2.74%) vSphere
7 2 (1.37%) VMware NSX
7 2 (1.37%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 15 (10.27%) Microsoft Intune
2 13 (8.90%) NetBackup
3 9 (6.16%) Cisco CUCM
4 7 (4.79%) SCCM
5 4 (2.74%) Kubernetes
6 3 (2.05%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (1.37%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (1.37%) SafeCom
7 2 (1.37%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 2 (1.37%) vCenter Server
7 2 (1.37%) vRealize
8 1 (0.68%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.68%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (0.68%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.68%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.68%) Terraform
8 1 (0.68%) WMI
8 1 (0.68%) WSUS
Vendors
1 85 (58.22%) Microsoft
2 30 (20.55%) VMware
3 26 (17.81%) Cisco
4 14 (9.59%) Citrix
5 11 (7.53%) Avaya
5 11 (7.53%) CheckPoint
5 11 (7.53%) Polycom
5 11 (7.53%) Sonus
6 9 (6.16%) Ivanti
6 9 (6.16%) Oracle
7 5 (3.42%) Altiris
7 5 (3.42%) Apple
7 5 (3.42%) ServiceNow
8 3 (2.05%) EMC
8 3 (2.05%) F5
8 3 (2.05%) HP
8 3 (2.05%) IronPort
8 3 (2.05%) Palo Alto
8 3 (2.05%) Symantec
8 3 (2.05%) Wyse