Period
to 2 August 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 2 August 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
2 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 535 316 299
Rank change year-on-year -219 -17 +15
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 155 229 772
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.27% 0.71% 0.92%
As % of the Application Platforms category 2.04% 4.85% 5.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 159 492
10th Percentile £204 £221 £200
25th Percentile £313 £318 £307
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £415 £425
Median % change year-on-year +2.41% -2.35% +13.33%
75th Percentile £487 £488 £494
90th Percentile £538 £572 £575
UK median daily rate £419 £410 £425
% change year-on-year +2.13% -3.53% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 6 37
10th Percentile £10.82 £13.00 £12.00
25th Percentile £13.29 £14.13 £13.25
Median hourly rate £15.59 £17.50 £16.75
Median % change year-on-year -10.93% +4.48% -16.25%
75th Percentile £20.94 £18.25 £22.00
90th Percentile £30.88 £25.25 £48.50
UK median hourly rate £18.09 £17.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year +3.36% +4.48% -16.25%

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 7,586 4,721 13,076
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.21% 14.62% 15.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,192 3,219 8,512
10th Percentile £300 £306 £265
25th Percentile £400 £400 £370
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £569 £570
90th Percentile £675 £661 £638
UK median daily rate £497 £475 £473
% change year-on-year +4.63% +0.53% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 100 261
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.61 £11.25
25th Percentile £16.18 £15.00 £12.75
Median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £19.50
Median % change year-on-year +12.50% +2.56% -2.50%
75th Percentile £56.00 £32.25 £34.51
90th Percentile £68.36 £54.35 £52.25
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.25
% change year-on-year +12.50% -1.23% +1.25%

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 2 August 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 2 August 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 2 August 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 -171 62 £350 -18.60% 16
South West -11 21 £369 -18.06% 5
North of England -45 19 £345 -1.57% 22
South East -75 17 £438 +2.34% 12
Midlands -56 16 £480 -4.00% 5
West Midlands -50 15 £480 -10.28% 5
North West -32 14 £252 -26.42% 6
East of England -27 10 £320 -1.54% 1
Yorkshire -22 5 £450 +28.57% 9
East Midlands -22 1 - -
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 2 August 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.

1 141 (90.97%) Skype
2 103 (66.45%) Microsoft 365
3 88 (56.77%) Microsoft
4 78 (50.32%) Windows
5 72 (46.45%) Active Directory
6 69 (44.52%) SharePoint
7 56 (36.13%) Azure
8 51 (32.90%) PowerShell
9 49 (31.61%) MS Exchange
10 47 (30.32%) Migration
11 39 (25.16%) Microsoft Office
12 36 (23.23%) Security Cleared
13 35 (22.58%) Windows 10
14 33 (21.29%) Windows Server
14 33 (21.29%) OneDrive
15 31 (20.00%) Social Skills
15 31 (20.00%) WAN
16 30 (19.35%) LAN
16 30 (19.35%) Finance
17 27 (17.42%) Exchange Server 2010
18 26 (16.77%) SC Cleared
18 26 (16.77%) Public Sector
19 25 (16.13%) Video Conferencing
19 25 (16.13%) VMware
20 24 (15.48%) SQL Server
20 24 (15.48%) Microsoft Intune
21 23 (14.84%) Azure Active Directory
21 23 (14.84%) Firewall
22 22 (14.19%) ITIL
22 22 (14.19%) DNS

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 69 (44.52%) SharePoint
2 49 (31.61%) MS Exchange
3 27 (17.42%) Exchange Server 2010
4 18 (11.61%) Exchange Server 2013
5 9 (5.81%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2003
6 5 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.94%) Office Communications Server
8 2 (1.29%) CMS
9 1 (0.65%) IIS
9 1 (0.65%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.65%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 39 (25.16%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (7.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (5.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (3.87%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.65%) InfoPath
Cloud Services
1 103 (66.45%) Microsoft 365
2 56 (36.13%) Azure
3 33 (21.29%) OneDrive
4 23 (14.84%) Azure Active Directory
5 15 (9.68%) Yammer
6 7 (4.52%) SaaS
7 6 (3.87%) IaaS
7 6 (3.87%) Power Platform
8 5 (3.23%) PowerApps
9 4 (2.58%) AWS
9 4 (2.58%) Mimecast
9 4 (2.58%) Power Automate
10 3 (1.94%) GCP
11 2 (1.29%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (1.29%) PaaS
11 2 (1.29%) Twilio
12 1 (0.65%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 1 (0.65%) Google Workspace
12 1 (0.65%) Route 53
12 1 (0.65%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 141 (90.97%) Skype
2 31 (20.00%) WAN
3 30 (19.35%) LAN
4 23 (14.84%) Firewall
5 22 (14.19%) DNS
6 20 (12.90%) Unified Communications
7 17 (10.97%) VoIP
8 16 (10.32%) Internet
9 15 (9.68%) VPN
10 10 (6.45%) Wi-Fi
10 10 (6.45%) Wireless
11 9 (5.81%) Ethernet
12 7 (4.52%) DHCP
13 5 (3.23%) PBX
14 4 (2.58%) NetScaler
14 4 (2.58%) SMTP
15 3 (1.94%) IP Telephony
15 3 (1.94%) TCP/IP
15 3 (1.94%) VLAN
16 2 (1.29%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (15.48%) SQL Server
2 10 (6.45%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.29%) Power BI
4 1 (0.65%) MySQL
4 1 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (0.65%) Hudson
1 1 (0.65%) MSI
General
1 31 (20.00%) Social Skills
2 30 (19.35%) Finance
3 26 (16.77%) Public Sector
4 12 (7.74%) Legal
5 8 (5.16%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (5.16%) Telecoms
6 4 (2.58%) Banking
7 3 (1.94%) Organisational Skills
8 2 (1.29%) Billing
8 2 (1.29%) Documentation Skills
8 2 (1.29%) Electronics
8 2 (1.29%) International Banking
8 2 (1.29%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.29%) Marketing
8 2 (1.29%) Presentation Skills
9 1 (0.65%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.65%) French Language
9 1 (0.65%) Police
9 1 (0.65%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 13 (8.39%) Analyst
1 13 (8.39%) Architect
1 13 (8.39%) Infrastructure Manager
1 13 (8.39%) Infrastructure Project Manager
1 13 (8.39%) Project Manager
2 12 (7.74%) Support Engineer
2 12 (7.74%) Voice Engineer
3 8 (5.16%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 8 (5.16%) Consultant
4 7 (4.52%) 2nd Line Support
4 7 (4.52%) Desktop Support
4 7 (4.52%) Wintel Engineer
5 5 (3.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (3.23%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
5 5 (3.23%) Service Desk Engineer
5 5 (3.23%) Technical Leader
6 4 (2.58%) IT Engineer
6 4 (2.58%) IT Support
6 4 (2.58%) Messaging Engineer
6 4 (2.58%) Microsoft Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.58%) Microsoft Graph
2 3 (1.94%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.65%) .NET
3 1 (0.65%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (0.65%) HTML
3 1 (0.65%) Web Services
3 1 (0.65%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 25 (16.13%) Video Conferencing
2 13 (8.39%) PKI
3 10 (6.45%) Self-Motivation
4 9 (5.81%) Tandem
5 7 (4.52%) Clustering
5 7 (4.52%) User Experience
6 6 (3.87%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (3.23%) Microsoft Licensing
8 4 (2.58%) Data Protection Act
8 4 (2.58%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (1.94%) Blackberry
9 3 (1.94%) BYOD
9 3 (1.94%) Fat Client
9 3 (1.94%) iPad
9 3 (1.94%) iPhone
9 3 (1.94%) Management Information System
9 3 (1.94%) Mobile App
9 3 (1.94%) Thin Client
10 2 (1.29%) Replication
10 2 (1.29%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 78 (50.32%) Windows
2 35 (22.58%) Windows 10
3 33 (21.29%) Windows Server
4 21 (13.55%) Windows Server 2012
5 19 (12.26%) Windows Server 2008
6 16 (10.32%) Apple iOS
7 15 (9.68%) Android
7 15 (9.68%) Windows 7
7 15 (9.68%) Windows Server 2016
8 12 (7.74%) Windows Server 2019
9 7 (4.52%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (3.87%) Linux
11 5 (3.23%) Unix
12 4 (2.58%) Mac OS X
13 3 (1.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (1.94%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.65%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (30.32%) Migration
2 22 (14.19%) ITIL
3 18 (11.61%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (10.97%) Problem-Solving
5 14 (9.03%) Asset Management
6 13 (8.39%) Change Management
6 13 (8.39%) Project Management
7 12 (7.74%) Business Case
8 11 (7.10%) Resource Management
9 10 (6.45%) Capacity Planning
9 10 (6.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 10 (6.45%) Project Delivery
10 9 (5.81%) Collaborative Working
10 9 (5.81%) Incident Management
10 9 (5.81%) Load Balancing
10 9 (5.81%) Service Delivery
11 8 (5.16%) Data Protection
12 7 (4.52%) Identity Management
12 7 (4.52%) Mobile Device Management
13 6 (3.87%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 51 (32.90%) PowerShell
2 18 (11.61%) SQL
3 2 (1.29%) C
4 1 (0.65%) C#
4 1 (0.65%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.65%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 36 (23.23%) Security Cleared
2 26 (16.77%) SC Cleared
3 13 (8.39%) DV Cleared
4 12 (7.74%) Degree
4 12 (7.74%) Microsoft Certification
5 11 (7.10%) MCSE
6 5 (3.23%) MCSA
7 4 (2.58%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (2.58%) MCP
8 3 (1.94%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (1.94%) CCDP
8 3 (1.94%) CCNP
8 3 (1.94%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (1.94%) DBS Check
8 3 (1.94%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (1.29%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.65%) CCNP Voice
10 1 (0.65%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.81%) SLA
2 2 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.29%) QA
3 1 (0.65%) GDPR
3 1 (0.65%) NCSC
System Software
1 72 (46.45%) Active Directory
2 10 (6.45%) Virtual Desktop
3 9 (5.81%) Virtual Machines
3 9 (5.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (5.81%) XenApp
4 8 (5.16%) Microsoft App-V
5 6 (3.87%) Hyper-V
5 6 (3.87%) XenDesktop
6 5 (3.23%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (1.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (1.29%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (1.29%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 24 (15.48%) Microsoft Intune
2 15 (9.68%) SCCM
3 13 (8.39%) NetBackup
4 9 (5.81%) Cisco CUCM
5 7 (4.52%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 5 (3.23%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (1.94%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (1.94%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (1.29%) SafeCom
9 1 (0.65%) Cisco UCCX
9 1 (0.65%) SCOM
9 1 (0.65%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.65%) WMI
Vendors
1 88 (56.77%) Microsoft
2 25 (16.13%) VMware
3 17 (10.97%) Citrix
4 13 (8.39%) Sonus
5 12 (7.74%) Cisco
5 12 (7.74%) Ivanti
6 9 (5.81%) Avaya
6 9 (5.81%) CheckPoint
7 8 (5.16%) Polycom
8 6 (3.87%) Apple
9 5 (3.23%) Symantec
10 4 (2.58%) HP
10 4 (2.58%) MobileIron
11 3 (1.94%) Altiris
11 3 (1.94%) Google
11 3 (1.94%) IronPort
11 3 (1.94%) Nortel
12 2 (1.29%) Mitel
12 2 (1.29%) Sophos
12 2 (1.29%) Veeam