Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 615 334 278
Rank change year-on-year -281 -56 +63
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 124 166 778
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.18% 0.61% 1.00%
As % of the Application Platforms category 1.42% 4.15% 6.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 118 532
10th Percentile £235 £263 £180
25th Percentile £325 £323 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £450 £400
Median % change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% +5.96%
75th Percentile £540 £575 £488
90th Percentile £588 £638 £569
UK median daily rate £425 £450 £400
% change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 32
10th Percentile £10.59 £13.30 £12.55
25th Percentile £11.88 £13.75 £15.25
Median hourly rate £15.59 £14.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +11.34% -20.00% +20.69%
75th Percentile £18.27 £15.13 £21.46
90th Percentile £19.17 £17.15 £49.50
UK median hourly rate £17.58 £14.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +25.55% -20.00% +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 8,703 4,003 11,635
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.87% 14.70% 15.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,049 2,736 7,757
10th Percentile £303 £300 £263
25th Percentile £406 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% -
75th Percentile £600 £563 £556
90th Percentile £688 £664 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 149 112 241
10th Percentile £14.25 £12.63 £10.60
25th Percentile £16.23 £16.14 £13.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £19.50
Median % change year-on-year - +15.38% -2.50%
75th Percentile £51.00 £37.69 £35.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £57.02 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £22.50 £20.89
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.71% +4.45%

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 21 October 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
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 October 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 -229 43 £438 +2.34% 9
South West -53 24 £400 -15.79% 11
North of England -64 18 £350 +3.70% 7
North West -54 13 £227 -13.52% 3
South East -110 12 £525 +19.32% 8
East of England -58 9 £343 +4.58% 2
Yorkshire -45 5 £450 +28.57% 1
Midlands -93 3 - - 5
East Midlands -34 2 - - 2
West Midlands -93 1 - - 3
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 118 (95.16%) Skype
2 81 (65.32%) Microsoft
3 76 (61.29%) Windows
4 67 (54.03%) Active Directory
5 66 (53.23%) Microsoft 365
6 42 (33.87%) Azure
7 40 (32.26%) SharePoint
8 39 (31.45%) MS Exchange
9 38 (30.65%) PowerShell
10 34 (27.42%) Security Cleared
10 34 (27.42%) Windows 10
11 32 (25.81%) Migration
12 30 (24.19%) Windows Server
13 27 (21.77%) Microsoft Office
14 25 (20.16%) SC Cleared
15 23 (18.55%) Microsoft Intune
15 23 (18.55%) Social Skills
16 22 (17.74%) ITIL
17 21 (16.94%) SQL
17 21 (16.94%) SQL Server
18 20 (16.13%) Windows 7
18 20 (16.13%) OneDrive
19 19 (15.32%) Windows Server 2012
20 18 (14.52%) VoIP
20 18 (14.52%) DNS
21 17 (13.71%) Citrix
21 17 (13.71%) SCCM
22 16 (12.90%) Windows Server 2008
22 16 (12.90%) VPN
22 16 (12.90%) Infrastructure Engineering

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 40 (32.26%) SharePoint
2 39 (31.45%) MS Exchange
3 12 (9.68%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (7.26%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (5.65%) SharePoint 2013
6 4 (3.23%) IIS
6 4 (3.23%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (0.81%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 27 (21.77%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (8.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (5.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (2.42%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (2.42%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.81%) Chatbot
Cloud Services
1 66 (53.23%) Microsoft 365
2 42 (33.87%) Azure
3 20 (16.13%) OneDrive
4 15 (12.10%) Azure Active Directory
5 10 (8.06%) SaaS
6 8 (6.45%) IaaS
7 5 (4.03%) PaaS
8 4 (3.23%) AWS
8 4 (3.23%) Power Platform
8 4 (3.23%) Yammer
9 2 (1.61%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (1.61%) Amazon S3
9 2 (1.61%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
9 2 (1.61%) AWS Lambda
9 2 (1.61%) GCP
9 2 (1.61%) Mimecast
9 2 (1.61%) Power Automate
9 2 (1.61%) PowerApps
9 2 (1.61%) Route 53
9 2 (1.61%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 118 (95.16%) Skype
2 18 (14.52%) DNS
2 18 (14.52%) VoIP
3 16 (12.90%) VPN
4 14 (11.29%) Internet
5 13 (10.48%) DHCP
5 13 (10.48%) Firewall
6 12 (9.68%) Wi-Fi
7 11 (8.87%) Unified Communications
8 8 (6.45%) PBX
9 7 (5.65%) WAN
9 7 (5.65%) Wireless
10 5 (4.03%) LAN
10 5 (4.03%) TCP/IP
11 4 (3.23%) SMTP
12 3 (2.42%) IP Telephony
12 3 (2.42%) PSTN
12 3 (2.42%) VLAN
13 2 (1.61%) NetScaler
13 2 (1.61%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (16.94%) SQL Server
2 9 (7.26%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.61%) Power BI
4 1 (0.81%) Big Data
4 1 (0.81%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 3 (2.42%) JIRA
General
1 23 (18.55%) Social Skills
2 14 (11.29%) Finance
3 10 (8.06%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (7.26%) Public Sector
5 4 (3.23%) Local Government
5 4 (3.23%) Telecoms
6 3 (2.42%) Banking
6 3 (2.42%) Documentation Skills
6 3 (2.42%) Legal
7 2 (1.61%) Presentation Skills
8 1 (0.81%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.81%) French Language
8 1 (0.81%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 18 (14.52%) Architect
2 13 (10.48%) Support Engineer
3 11 (8.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 10 (8.06%) Analyst
5 9 (7.26%) Wintel Engineer
6 8 (6.45%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 7 (5.65%) Consultant
7 7 (5.65%) Desktop Support
8 6 (4.84%) Desktop Engineer
9 5 (4.03%) 2nd Line Support
9 5 (4.03%) Microsoft 365 Architect
9 5 (4.03%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
9 5 (4.03%) Technical Leader
10 4 (3.23%) 3rd Line Support
10 4 (3.23%) Exchange Engineer
10 4 (3.23%) IT Engineer
10 4 (3.23%) IT Support
10 4 (3.23%) Microsoft Consultant
10 4 (3.23%) Service Desk Engineer
10 4 (3.23%) Wintel Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.42%) Software Packaging
2 2 (1.61%) Microsoft Graph
3 1 (0.81%) .NET
3 1 (0.81%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (0.81%) HTML
3 1 (0.81%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 13 (10.48%) Video Conferencing
2 12 (9.68%) PKI
3 7 (5.65%) Blackberry
3 7 (5.65%) Greenfield Project
4 6 (4.84%) Clustering
5 5 (4.03%) CMDB
5 5 (4.03%) Legacy Systems
5 5 (4.03%) User Experience
6 4 (3.23%) Data Protection Act
6 4 (3.23%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (3.23%) Replication
7 3 (2.42%) Microsoft Licensing
7 3 (2.42%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.81%) Data Centre
8 1 (0.81%) EMC VNX
8 1 (0.81%) Housing Association
8 1 (0.81%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.81%) PACS
8 1 (0.81%) Symmetrix
8 1 (0.81%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 76 (61.29%) Windows
2 34 (27.42%) Windows 10
3 30 (24.19%) Windows Server
4 20 (16.13%) Windows 7
5 19 (15.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (12.90%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (11.29%) Android
7 14 (11.29%) Apple iOS
7 14 (11.29%) Windows Server 2016
7 14 (11.29%) Windows Server 2019
8 5 (4.03%) Linux
8 5 (4.03%) Mac OS
8 5 (4.03%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (3.23%) Mac OS X
10 3 (2.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (2.42%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (25.81%) Migration
2 22 (17.74%) ITIL
3 16 (12.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 14 (11.29%) Agile Software Development
5 12 (9.68%) Service Delivery
6 11 (8.87%) Incident Management
6 11 (8.87%) Problem Management
7 10 (8.06%) Mobile Device Management
7 10 (8.06%) Problem-Solving
8 9 (7.26%) Project Delivery
9 8 (6.45%) Data Protection
10 7 (5.65%) Asset Management
11 6 (4.84%) Identity Management
11 6 (4.84%) Mentoring
11 6 (4.84%) Technology Roadmap
12 5 (4.03%) Change Management
12 5 (4.03%) Configuration Management
12 5 (4.03%) Storage Management
13 4 (3.23%) Change Control
13 4 (3.23%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 38 (30.65%) PowerShell
2 21 (16.94%) SQL
3 2 (1.61%) C
4 1 (0.81%) C#
4 1 (0.81%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.81%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 34 (27.42%) Security Cleared
2 25 (20.16%) SC Cleared
3 12 (9.68%) DV Cleared
4 10 (8.06%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (6.45%) MCSA
5 8 (6.45%) MCSE
6 7 (5.65%) MCP
7 6 (4.84%) Degree
8 4 (3.23%) CCNP
8 4 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (2.42%) CCDP
9 3 (2.42%) MCITP
9 3 (2.42%) MCTS
10 2 (1.61%) DBS Check
11 1 (0.81%) CCNA
11 1 (0.81%) CCNP Voice
11 1 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
11 1 (0.81%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (0.81%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (8.87%) SLA
2 2 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.81%) GDPR
3 1 (0.81%) NCSC
3 1 (0.81%) PMO
System Software
1 67 (54.03%) Active Directory
2 8 (6.45%) XenApp
3 7 (5.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (4.84%) Hyper-V
4 6 (4.84%) Virtual Desktop
5 4 (3.23%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (3.23%) XenDesktop
6 3 (2.42%) BitLocker
6 3 (2.42%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (2.42%) vSphere
7 2 (1.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (1.61%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.81%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 23 (18.55%) Microsoft Intune
2 17 (13.71%) SCCM
3 11 (8.87%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 6 (4.84%) Single Sign-On
5 5 (4.03%) AirWatch
6 4 (3.23%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (2.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (1.61%) Cisco UCCX
9 1 (0.81%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.81%) SCOM
9 1 (0.81%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.81%) WSUS
Vendors
1 81 (65.32%) Microsoft
2 17 (13.71%) Citrix
3 15 (12.10%) VMware
4 10 (8.06%) Cisco
4 10 (8.06%) Polycom
5 8 (6.45%) Avaya
6 7 (5.65%) Apple
6 7 (5.65%) HP
7 6 (4.84%) Ivanti
8 5 (4.03%) Blue Coat
8 5 (4.03%) Lumension
8 5 (4.03%) ServiceNow
9 4 (3.23%) Clearswift
9 4 (3.23%) Symantec
10 3 (2.42%) Google
10 3 (2.42%) Meraki
10 3 (2.42%) Nortel
10 3 (2.42%) Samsung
10 3 (2.42%) Sonus
10 3 (2.42%) Veeam