Period
to 21 February 2018

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 February 2018 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 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 328 277 337
Rank change year-on-year -51 +60 -65
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 685 793 690
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.73% 0.89% 0.71%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.49% 4.98% 4.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 463 512 444
England median daily rate £350 £380 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.89% +1.33% -
10th Percentile £188 £225 £187
90th Percentile £538 £575 £560
UK median daily rate £350 £375 £375
% change year-on-year -6.67% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 42 39
England median hourly rate £20.45 £16.29 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.54% -6.91% -2.78%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £29.43 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £16.29 £17.50
% change year-on-year +22.77% -6.91% -2.78%

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 15,270 15,922 16,636
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.37% 17.90% 17.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,291 10,308 10,636
England median daily rate £450 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.59% +0.63%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £238
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +0.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 357 338 464
England median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +2.56% +8.33%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.00 £10.99
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -2.56% -2.50% +11.11%

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 21 February 2018.

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 21 February 2018.

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 21 February 2018. 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 -84 265 £350 -22.22% 63
South East -30 165 £385 +13.24% 28
North of England -8 74 £300 -6.25% 26
South West +38 71 £338 +3.85% 11
East of England +5 55 £343 -2.14% 16
Midlands +7 52 £351 -17.53% 12
North West +27 36 £300 -14.29% 18
West Midlands +3 31 £388 -11.43% 4
East Midlands +15 21 £320 -8.57% 8
North East +5 21 £340 +15.25% 3
Yorkshire -13 18 £275 -21.43% 5
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 21 February 2018, 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.

1 528 (77.08%) Skype
2 376 (54.89%) Windows
3 359 (52.41%) Office 365
4 353 (51.53%) Microsoft
5 298 (43.50%) Active Directory
6 218 (31.82%) MS Exchange
7 198 (28.91%) SharePoint
8 171 (24.96%) Citrix
9 169 (24.67%) VMware
10 162 (23.65%) PowerShell
10 162 (23.65%) Windows Server
11 138 (20.15%) ITIL
12 135 (19.71%) Windows 10
13 132 (19.27%) SCCM
14 129 (18.83%) Migration
15 128 (18.69%) Cisco
16 116 (16.93%) Microsoft Azure
17 113 (16.50%) Microsoft Office
18 112 (16.35%) Exchange Server 2010
19 97 (14.16%) Windows Server 2008
20 94 (13.72%) VMware Infrastructure
21 88 (12.85%) Security Cleared
22 87 (12.70%) DNS
23 81 (11.82%) Hyper-V
23 81 (11.82%) Windows 7
24 80 (11.68%) Windows Server 2012
25 78 (11.39%) Microsoft Certification
26 76 (11.09%) Finance
26 76 (11.09%) Firewall
27 75 (10.95%) DHCP

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
1 218 (31.82%) MS Exchange
2 198 (28.91%) SharePoint
3 112 (16.35%) Exchange Server 2010
4 69 (10.07%) Exchange Server 2013
5 38 (5.55%) Exchange Server 2007
6 23 (3.36%) SharePoint 2013
7 16 (2.34%) SharePoint 2010
8 15 (2.19%) IIS
9 8 (1.17%) OpenStack
10 7 (1.02%) Office Communications Server
11 6 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2003
12 5 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
13 4 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 2 (0.29%) Apache
14 2 (0.29%) GroupWise
14 2 (0.29%) IBM Notes
15 1 (0.15%) CMS
15 1 (0.15%) Live Communications Server
15 1 (0.15%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 113 (16.50%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (4.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (3.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (1.31%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.73%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.15%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 14 (2.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.02%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 359 (52.41%) Office 365
2 116 (16.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 70 (10.22%) OneDrive
4 38 (5.55%) IaaS
5 33 (4.82%) PaaS
6 23 (3.36%) Azure Active Directory
7 20 (2.92%) Amazon AWS
8 16 (2.34%) Yammer
9 14 (2.04%) SaaS
10 12 (1.75%) Dynamics 365
11 3 (0.44%) Adobe Creative Cloud
12 2 (0.29%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.15%) Azure Data Factory
13 1 (0.15%) Data Lake Analytics
13 1 (0.15%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 528 (77.08%) Skype
2 87 (12.70%) DNS
3 76 (11.09%) Firewall
4 75 (10.95%) DHCP
5 73 (10.66%) Unified Communications
6 57 (8.32%) WAN
7 49 (7.15%) SAN
8 47 (6.86%) LAN
9 46 (6.72%) NetScaler
10 40 (5.84%) VPN
11 38 (5.55%) VoIP
12 37 (5.40%) TCP/IP
13 28 (4.09%) Wireless
14 25 (3.65%) iSCSI
15 21 (3.07%) Fibre Channel
15 21 (3.07%) NAS
16 19 (2.77%) PBX
17 16 (2.34%) IP Telephony
18 15 (2.19%) PSTN
19 14 (2.04%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (9.05%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.75%) Blockchain
3 9 (1.31%) Azure SQL Database
3 9 (1.31%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (0.58%) Power BI
4 4 (0.58%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (0.58%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.29%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.29%) Data Lake
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.15%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
6 1 (0.15%) HDInsight
6 1 (0.15%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.15%) MySQL
6 1 (0.15%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.15%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.15%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 11 (1.61%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (1.31%) Visual Studio
3 3 (0.44%) JIRA
4 2 (0.29%) MSI
5 1 (0.15%) CruiseControl
5 1 (0.15%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.15%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 76 (11.09%) Finance
2 33 (4.82%) Banking
3 22 (3.21%) Telecoms
4 13 (1.90%) Legal
4 13 (1.90%) Retail
5 9 (1.31%) Local Government
6 8 (1.17%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.02%) Law
8 6 (0.88%) German Language
9 4 (0.58%) Electronics
9 4 (0.58%) French Language
9 4 (0.58%) Marketing
9 4 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.44%) Advertising
10 3 (0.44%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.15%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.15%) Automotive
11 1 (0.15%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.15%) Polish Language
11 1 (0.15%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 91 (13.28%) Analyst
2 81 (11.82%) Consultant
3 52 (7.59%) Architect
4 44 (6.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 42 (6.13%) Project Manager
5 42 (6.13%) Support Engineer
6 37 (5.40%) Support Analyst
7 35 (5.11%) Trainer
8 34 (4.96%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 34 (4.96%) Desktop Support
9 31 (4.53%) Office 365 Engineer
10 28 (4.09%) Unified Communications Engineer
11 27 (3.94%) IT Trainer
11 27 (3.94%) Office 365 Consultant
12 26 (3.80%) 2nd Line Support
13 24 (3.50%) 3rd Line Support
14 23 (3.36%) Designer
14 23 (3.36%) Solutions Designer
15 19 (2.77%) IT Support
15 19 (2.77%) Lync Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (2.63%) .NET
2 10 (1.46%) 802.1X
3 8 (1.17%) XML
4 7 (1.02%) ASP.NET
4 7 (1.02%) XMPP
5 2 (0.29%) LDAP
5 2 (0.29%) Velocity
6 1 (0.15%) CSS
6 1 (0.15%) HTML
6 1 (0.15%) Middleware
6 1 (0.15%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.15%) WCF
6 1 (0.15%) WebRTC
6 1 (0.15%) WF
6 1 (0.15%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 56 (8.18%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (5.55%) Video Conferencing
3 30 (4.38%) Blackberry
4 24 (3.50%) Management Information System
5 23 (3.36%) Data Centre
6 22 (3.21%) Clustering
7 18 (2.63%) PKI
8 17 (2.48%) Replication
9 16 (2.34%) CESG
10 13 (1.90%) User Experience
11 11 (1.61%) iPhone
12 10 (1.46%) Greenfield Project
12 10 (1.46%) Smartphone
13 9 (1.31%) Computer Science
14 8 (1.17%) BYOD
15 7 (1.02%) e-Learning
15 7 (1.02%) NHS
16 6 (0.88%) Data Protection Act
16 6 (0.88%) Enterprise Cloud
16 6 (0.88%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 376 (54.89%) Windows
2 162 (23.65%) Windows Server
3 135 (19.71%) Windows 10
4 97 (14.16%) Windows Server 2008
5 81 (11.82%) Windows 7
6 80 (11.68%) Windows Server 2012
7 39 (5.69%) Linux
8 27 (3.94%) Android
9 23 (3.36%) Apple iOS
10 19 (2.77%) Windows 8
11 18 (2.63%) Mac OS
12 17 (2.48%) Windows Server 2003
13 10 (1.46%) SUSE
14 9 (1.31%) Windows Vista
15 6 (0.88%) Unix
16 5 (0.73%) Mac OS X
17 2 (0.29%) Solaris
17 2 (0.29%) Windows 2000 Server
18 1 (0.15%) Windows 2000
18 1 (0.15%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (20.15%) ITIL
2 129 (18.83%) Migration
3 63 (9.20%) Change Management
4 51 (7.45%) Project Management
5 39 (5.69%) Agile Software Development
6 35 (5.11%) PRINCE2
7 34 (4.96%) Problem Management
8 33 (4.82%) TOGAF
9 30 (4.38%) Stakeholder Management
10 28 (4.09%) Service Delivery
11 25 (3.65%) Service Management
12 21 (3.07%) Mentoring
13 20 (2.92%) ITIL V3
14 19 (2.77%) Load Balancing
15 18 (2.63%) Disk Encryption
16 17 (2.48%) Presales
17 16 (2.34%) Continuous Improvement
17 16 (2.34%) Desktop Virtualisation
17 16 (2.34%) ITSM
17 16 (2.34%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 162 (23.65%) PowerShell
2 53 (7.74%) SQL
3 31 (4.53%) VBScript
4 9 (1.31%) C#
5 8 (1.17%) JavaScript
6 6 (0.88%) C
7 3 (0.44%) Java
8 2 (0.29%) VB
9 1 (0.15%) R
9 1 (0.15%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.15%) VBA
Qualifications
1 88 (12.85%) Security Cleared
2 78 (11.39%) Microsoft Certification
3 62 (9.05%) SC Cleared
4 50 (7.30%) MCSE
5 37 (5.40%) Cisco Certification
6 34 (4.96%) DV Cleared
7 31 (4.53%) Degree
8 25 (3.65%) MCSA
9 21 (3.07%) CCNP
10 17 (2.48%) ITIL Certification
11 15 (2.19%) CCIE
11 15 (2.19%) CCNA
11 15 (2.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (1.75%) MCP
13 11 (1.61%) MCITP
14 10 (1.46%) Citrix Certification
14 10 (1.46%) MCTS
14 10 (1.46%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
15 5 (0.73%) CCDP
15 5 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (2.77%) PMO
2 15 (2.19%) SLA
3 5 (0.73%) GDPR
4 2 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.29%) QA
5 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.15%) NIST 800
System Software
1 298 (43.50%) Active Directory
2 94 (13.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 81 (11.82%) Hyper-V
4 62 (9.05%) XenApp
5 49 (7.15%) XenDesktop
6 44 (6.42%) VMware ESXi
7 39 (5.69%) Microsoft App-V
8 33 (4.82%) XenServer
9 31 (4.53%) vSphere
10 19 (2.77%) BitLocker
10 19 (2.77%) Terminal Services
11 12 (1.75%) Virtual Desktop
12 8 (1.17%) Brightmail
12 8 (1.17%) DFS Replication
12 8 (1.17%) NFS
13 7 (1.02%) VMware Workstation
14 6 (0.88%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 3 (0.44%) ISA Server
15 3 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
16 1 (0.15%) UAG
Systems Management
1 132 (19.27%) SCCM
2 50 (7.30%) SCOM
3 30 (4.38%) Microsoft Intune
4 27 (3.94%) Norton AntiVirus
5 20 (2.92%) McAfee ePO
6 19 (2.77%) Backup Exec
7 18 (2.63%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 17 (2.48%) AirWatch
9 15 (2.19%) Microsoft Clustering
10 14 (2.04%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 11 (1.61%) HP Data Protector
11 11 (1.61%) NetBackup
11 11 (1.61%) WSUS
12 10 (1.46%) Cisco CUCM
12 10 (1.46%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 10 (1.46%) vCenter Server
13 7 (1.02%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 6 (0.88%) EMC NetWorker
14 6 (0.88%) Tivoli
15 5 (0.73%) Netcool
Vendors
1 353 (51.53%) Microsoft
2 171 (24.96%) Citrix
3 169 (24.67%) VMware
4 128 (18.69%) Cisco
5 50 (7.30%) HP
6 48 (7.01%) Symantec
7 38 (5.55%) NetApp
7 38 (5.55%) Polycom
8 37 (5.40%) Avaya
9 32 (4.67%) Dell
9 32 (4.67%) Ivanti
10 28 (4.09%) IBM
11 26 (3.80%) McAfee
12 21 (3.07%) Altiris
13 20 (2.92%) SolarWinds
14 19 (2.77%) Apple
15 16 (2.34%) CommVault
15 16 (2.34%) ServiceNow
15 16 (2.34%) Veritas
16 15 (2.19%) 3PAR