Period
to 6 August 2020

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 6 August 2020 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
6 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 323 287 314
Rank change year-on-year -36 +27 -1
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 217 762 783
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.69% 0.92% 0.84%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.71% 5.89% 5.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 165 499 510
Median daily rate £413 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +13.33% -6.25%
10th Percentile £234 £200 £169
90th Percentile £564 £576 £540
UK median daily rate £400 £425 £375
% change year-on-year -5.82% +13.33% -1.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 40 55
Median hourly rate £17.50 £18.85 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.16% -5.75% +14.29%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £10.70
90th Percentile £26.38 £63.75 £31.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.85 £20.00
% change year-on-year -7.16% -5.75% +8.11%

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 4,607 12,940 15,669
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.67% 15.58% 16.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,903 8,303 10,358
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £305 £267 £275
90th Percentile £663 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 277 364
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.95% -2.38% +6.82%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £47.08 £53.75 £53.68
Median hourly rate £27.23 £21.00 £20.45
% change year-on-year +29.67% +2.69% +7.63%

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 6 August 2020.

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 6 August 2020.

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 6 August 2020. 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 +14 80 £430 -4.44% 15
South East +43 48 £425 - 4
Midlands +75 32 £500 +11.11% 2
West Midlands +62 28 £535 +18.89% 2
North of England +38 18 £350 -12.01% 2
South West +48 17 £450 +24.14% 3
East of England +46 15 £330 -10.20% 2
North West +32 15 £343 -12.46% 1
East Midlands +53 4 £394 -12.50%
Yorkshire +51 2 £350 -22.22% 1
North East +29 1 - -
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 6 August 2020, 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.

1 198 (91.24%) Skype
2 166 (76.50%) Microsoft
3 119 (54.84%) Office 365
4 108 (49.77%) Active Directory
5 95 (43.78%) Windows
6 74 (34.10%) Azure
7 70 (32.26%) Migration
8 61 (28.11%) SharePoint
9 52 (23.96%) VMware
10 51 (23.50%) Security Cleared
10 51 (23.50%) Windows Server
11 46 (21.20%) Cisco
12 41 (18.89%) DNS
13 38 (17.51%) Finance
14 37 (17.05%) PowerShell
15 36 (16.59%) Microsoft Intune
16 35 (16.13%) OneDrive
16 35 (16.13%) Microsoft Certification
17 34 (15.67%) MS Exchange
18 33 (15.21%) PBX
18 33 (15.21%) Windows Server 2012
19 31 (14.29%) Unified Communications
19 31 (14.29%) Windows Server 2016
20 30 (13.82%) SC Cleared
20 30 (13.82%) Windows 10
20 30 (13.82%) Firewall
21 29 (13.36%) Azure Active Directory
22 28 (12.90%) DHCP
23 27 (12.44%) VMware Infrastructure
23 27 (12.44%) Hyper-V

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 61 (28.11%) SharePoint
2 34 (15.67%) MS Exchange
3 15 (6.91%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (5.99%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (1.84%) Exchange Server 2003
6 4 (1.84%) SharePoint 2013
7 3 (1.38%) Confluence
7 3 (1.38%) Office Communications Server
8 2 (0.92%) CMS
8 2 (0.92%) IIS
8 2 (0.92%) nginx
9 1 (0.46%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.46%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 23 (10.60%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.46%) Adobe Captivate
4 1 (0.46%) Camtasia
4 1 (0.46%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.46%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 1 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.46%) Sentinel
1 1 (0.46%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 119 (54.84%) Office 365
2 74 (34.10%) Azure
3 35 (16.13%) OneDrive
4 29 (13.36%) Azure Active Directory
5 17 (7.83%) Yammer
6 12 (5.53%) IaaS
7 11 (5.07%) PaaS
8 10 (4.61%) SaaS
9 8 (3.69%) AWS
10 3 (1.38%) Amazon EC2
10 3 (1.38%) Amazon S3
10 3 (1.38%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 3 (1.38%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (1.38%) GCP
10 3 (1.38%) Power Platform
10 3 (1.38%) Route 53
10 3 (1.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 2 (0.92%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.92%) PowerApps
12 1 (0.46%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 198 (91.24%) Skype
2 41 (18.89%) DNS
3 33 (15.21%) PBX
4 31 (14.29%) Unified Communications
5 30 (13.82%) Firewall
6 28 (12.90%) DHCP
7 21 (9.68%) VoIP
8 18 (8.29%) VPN
9 16 (7.37%) LAN
9 16 (7.37%) WAN
10 11 (5.07%) Cisco IOS
11 10 (4.61%) TCP/IP
12 9 (4.15%) Wi-Fi
13 7 (3.23%) Internet
13 7 (3.23%) WebEx
14 6 (2.76%) ISDN
14 6 (2.76%) Wireless
15 5 (2.30%) IP Telephony
15 5 (2.30%) NetScaler
15 5 (2.30%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (8.29%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.38%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (1.38%) Cosmos DB
2 3 (1.38%) Crystal Reports
3 2 (0.92%) MySQL
3 2 (0.92%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.46%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.46%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.46%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.46%) Power BI
4 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 3 (1.38%) Bitbucket
1 3 (1.38%) JIRA
2 1 (0.46%) MSI
2 1 (0.46%) Visual Studio
General
1 38 (17.51%) Finance
2 18 (8.29%) Public Sector
3 12 (5.53%) Telecoms
4 9 (4.15%) Legal
5 8 (3.69%) Banking
6 7 (3.23%) French Language
6 7 (3.23%) German Language
7 6 (2.76%) Manufacturing
8 5 (2.30%) Electronics
8 5 (2.30%) Law
8 5 (2.30%) Marketing
9 3 (1.38%) Automotive
10 2 (0.92%) Billing
10 2 (0.92%) International Banking
10 2 (0.92%) Police
11 1 (0.46%) Italian Language
11 1 (0.46%) Local Government
11 1 (0.46%) Military
11 1 (0.46%) Retail
11 1 (0.46%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 23 (10.60%) Office 365 Engineer
2 20 (9.22%) Support Engineer
3 19 (8.76%) Architect
4 16 (7.37%) Consultant
5 12 (5.53%) Analyst
5 12 (5.53%) Unified Communications Engineer
6 10 (4.61%) Project Manager
7 9 (4.15%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 9 (4.15%) 2nd Line Support
7 9 (4.15%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 9 (4.15%) Technical Architect
8 8 (3.69%) Cloud Engineer
8 8 (3.69%) Telephony Engineer
9 7 (3.23%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 7 (3.23%) Azure Engineer
9 7 (3.23%) Desktop Support
9 7 (3.23%) Exchange Engineer
9 7 (3.23%) Network Engineer
10 6 (2.76%) Messaging Engineer
10 6 (2.76%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.07%) .NET
2 8 (3.69%) LDAP
3 3 (1.38%) XMPP
4 2 (0.92%) Web Services
5 1 (0.46%) COM
5 1 (0.46%) OAuth
5 1 (0.46%) OAuth2
5 1 (0.46%) OpenID
5 1 (0.46%) SailPoint
5 1 (0.46%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 21 (9.68%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (8.76%) Data Centre
3 17 (7.83%) PKI
4 14 (6.45%) Video Conferencing
5 9 (4.15%) Handset
6 8 (3.69%) Blackberry
6 8 (3.69%) Replication
7 7 (3.23%) Management Information System
7 7 (3.23%) Tandem
8 6 (2.76%) Mobile App
9 5 (2.30%) IVR
9 5 (2.30%) Self-Motivation
10 4 (1.84%) BYOD
11 3 (1.38%) Client/Server
11 3 (1.38%) Clustering
11 3 (1.38%) Fat Client
11 3 (1.38%) iPad
11 3 (1.38%) iPhone
11 3 (1.38%) Thin Client
12 2 (0.92%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 95 (43.78%) Windows
2 51 (23.50%) Windows Server
3 33 (15.21%) Windows Server 2012
4 31 (14.29%) Windows Server 2016
5 30 (13.82%) Windows 10
6 23 (10.60%) Windows Server 2008
7 13 (5.99%) Windows Server 2019
8 12 (5.53%) Windows 7
9 6 (2.76%) Windows Mobile
9 6 (2.76%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (2.30%) Apple iOS
10 5 (2.30%) Linux
11 4 (1.84%) Android
12 3 (1.38%) Unix
12 3 (1.38%) VMS
13 2 (0.92%) Debian
13 2 (0.92%) Fedora
13 2 (0.92%) NetWare
13 2 (0.92%) Solaris
13 2 (0.92%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (32.26%) Migration
2 23 (10.60%) ITIL
3 21 (9.68%) Project Management
4 16 (7.37%) Disaster Recovery
5 15 (6.91%) Agile Software Development
5 15 (6.91%) Enterprise Architecture
6 14 (6.45%) Change Management
6 14 (6.45%) Project Delivery
6 14 (6.45%) TOGAF
7 13 (5.99%) Zachman Framework
8 12 (5.53%) Validation
9 11 (5.07%) High Availability
9 11 (5.07%) Mentoring
9 11 (5.07%) Mobile Device Management
9 11 (5.07%) Service Delivery
10 10 (4.61%) Problem-Solving
11 9 (4.15%) Load Balancing
11 9 (4.15%) Problem Management
12 8 (3.69%) Programme Management
12 8 (3.69%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 37 (17.05%) PowerShell
2 11 (5.07%) SQL
3 1 (0.46%) C
3 1 (0.46%) C++
3 1 (0.46%) Python
3 1 (0.46%) VB
Qualifications
1 51 (23.50%) Security Cleared
2 35 (16.13%) Microsoft Certification
3 30 (13.82%) SC Cleared
4 20 (9.22%) Cisco Certification
4 20 (9.22%) DV Cleared
5 14 (6.45%) CCNP
5 14 (6.45%) CISSP
6 13 (5.99%) CCIE
7 12 (5.53%) CCIE Collaboration
7 12 (5.53%) MCSE
8 11 (5.07%) MCSA
9 7 (3.23%) MCP
10 6 (2.76%) Degree
11 5 (2.30%) CCNA
12 4 (1.84%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (1.84%) CCA
12 4 (1.84%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 3 (1.38%) MCITP
14 2 (0.92%) ISTQB
14 2 (0.92%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (9.22%) SLA
2 3 (1.38%) PMO
3 2 (0.92%) NCSC
3 2 (0.92%) QA
4 1 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 108 (49.77%) Active Directory
2 27 (12.44%) Hyper-V
2 27 (12.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (4.61%) VMware ESXi
3 10 (4.61%) XenApp
4 8 (3.69%) vSphere
5 6 (2.76%) XenDesktop
6 3 (1.38%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (1.38%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.92%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.46%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.46%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 1 (0.46%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.46%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 36 (16.59%) Microsoft Intune
2 20 (9.22%) SCCM
3 3 (1.38%) AirWatch
3 3 (1.38%) Microsoft Clustering
3 3 (1.38%) Single Sign-On
3 3 (1.38%) vCenter Server
4 2 (0.92%) Ansible
4 2 (0.92%) Cisco CUCM
4 2 (0.92%) HAProxy
4 2 (0.92%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (0.92%) SCOM
4 2 (0.92%) WSUS
5 1 (0.46%) CASB
5 1 (0.46%) Cisco UCCX
5 1 (0.46%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (0.46%) HP Data Protector
5 1 (0.46%) MaaS360
5 1 (0.46%) Netcool
5 1 (0.46%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.46%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 166 (76.50%) Microsoft
2 52 (23.96%) VMware
3 46 (21.20%) Cisco
4 21 (9.68%) Citrix
5 18 (8.29%) Oracle
6 14 (6.45%) Avaya
6 14 (6.45%) Sonus
7 6 (2.76%) Mitel
8 5 (2.30%) Polycom
8 5 (2.30%) SAP
8 5 (2.30%) ServiceNow
9 4 (1.84%) Clearswift
9 4 (1.84%) Ivanti
9 4 (1.84%) Samsung
10 3 (1.38%) CheckPoint
10 3 (1.38%) Dell
10 3 (1.38%) Google
10 3 (1.38%) HP
10 3 (1.38%) Remedy
10 3 (1.38%) Wyse