Period
to 10 December 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 10 December 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
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 329 316 284
Rank change year-on-year -13 -32 +12
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 749 756 862
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.78% 0.80% 0.90%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.62% 4.82% 4.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 498 495 534
England median daily rate £400 £363 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.34% +0.69% +2.86%
10th Percentile £196 £213 £205
90th Percentile £558 £518 £501
UK median daily rate £400 £360 £360
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 31 44
England median hourly rate £15.25 £17.00 £16.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.29% +1.19% +8.39%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.25 £13.55
90th Percentile £41.25 £45.00 £29.50
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £17.00 £17.10
% change year-on-year -11.76% -0.58% +10.32%

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 16,213 15,680 17,692
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.87% 16.62% 18.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,572 10,480 11,506
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £280 £263 £258
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK median daily rate £458 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +1.67% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 369 384 421
England median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.50% - +6.16%
10th Percentile £12.20 £11.08 £12.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.83 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.50% - +1.27%

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 10 December 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 10 December 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 10 December 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 +41 313 £400 +14.29% 40
South East -17 193 £390 -2.50% 30
North of England +7 124 £410 +36.67% 13
North West +1 57 £325 +7.44% 8
Yorkshire +12 47 £450 +102.25% 2
East of England -19 45 £375 +3.45% 10
South West -52 44 £330 -5.71% 22
Midlands -44 30 £375 +7.14% 19
West Midlands -40 25 £375 - 9
North East -24 20 £465 +53.09% 3
East Midlands -5 5 £300 +4.35% 10
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 10 December 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.

1 638 (85.18%) Skype
2 464 (61.95%) Office 365
3 382 (51.00%) Windows
4 379 (50.60%) Microsoft
5 336 (44.86%) Active Directory
6 199 (26.57%) Windows 10
7 192 (25.63%) SharePoint
8 191 (25.50%) MS Exchange
9 178 (23.77%) ITIL
10 166 (22.16%) Microsoft Azure
11 164 (21.90%) Windows Server
12 162 (21.63%) PowerShell
13 160 (21.36%) Migration
14 153 (20.43%) SCCM
15 149 (19.89%) Security Cleared
16 135 (18.02%) Microsoft Office
17 132 (17.62%) Cisco
18 119 (15.89%) Citrix
19 113 (15.09%) OneDrive
20 109 (14.55%) SC Cleared
21 105 (14.02%) DNS
21 105 (14.02%) Windows 7
22 98 (13.08%) Firewall
23 94 (12.55%) VMware
24 89 (11.88%) Exchange Server 2010
25 87 (11.62%) Finance
26 72 (9.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 68 (9.08%) Azure Active Directory
28 66 (8.81%) Microsoft Intune
28 66 (8.81%) Exchange Server 2013

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
1 192 (25.63%) SharePoint
2 191 (25.50%) MS Exchange
3 89 (11.88%) Exchange Server 2010
4 66 (8.81%) Exchange Server 2013
5 39 (5.21%) Exchange Server 2007
6 26 (3.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 21 (2.80%) SharePoint 2013
8 14 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2003
9 11 (1.47%) IIS
10 8 (1.07%) Office Communications Server
11 4 (0.53%) IBM Domino
11 4 (0.53%) IBM Notes
12 3 (0.40%) Confluence
13 2 (0.27%) Apache
13 2 (0.27%) CMS
13 2 (0.27%) SharePoint 2010
13 2 (0.27%) Tomcat
14 1 (0.13%) GroupWise
14 1 (0.13%) OpenStack
14 1 (0.13%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 135 (18.02%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (3.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (2.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 18 (2.40%) MS Visio
5 10 (1.34%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (1.07%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.13%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.13%) Mozilla Thunderbird
Business Applications
1 8 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.13%) Elite 3E
2 1 (0.13%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 464 (61.95%) Office 365
2 166 (22.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 113 (15.09%) OneDrive
4 68 (9.08%) Azure Active Directory
5 34 (4.54%) IaaS
6 28 (3.74%) Yammer
7 23 (3.07%) Amazon AWS
8 17 (2.27%) Mimecast
9 15 (2.00%) PaaS
10 14 (1.87%) SaaS
11 10 (1.34%) Cloud Computing
12 8 (1.07%) Apigee
13 3 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
14 2 (0.27%) Slack
15 1 (0.13%) Azure Functions
15 1 (0.13%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 638 (85.18%) Skype
2 105 (14.02%) DNS
3 98 (13.08%) Firewall
4 65 (8.68%) DHCP
5 64 (8.54%) WAN
6 59 (7.88%) LAN
6 59 (7.88%) Unified Communications
7 58 (7.74%) VPN
8 41 (5.47%) VoIP
9 40 (5.34%) SMTP
10 39 (5.21%) Wireless
11 36 (4.81%) SAN
12 32 (4.27%) TCP/IP
13 27 (3.60%) MPLS
13 27 (3.60%) SSL
14 25 (3.34%) Cisco IOS
15 22 (2.94%) OSPF
15 22 (2.94%) VLAN
16 21 (2.80%) PBX
17 20 (2.67%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (7.21%) SQL Server
2 15 (2.00%) Power BI
3 9 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.27%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (0.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (0.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.13%) Big Data
6 1 (0.13%) MS Access
6 1 (0.13%) MySQL
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.13%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 7 (0.93%) JIRA
2 3 (0.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 3 (0.40%) MSI
3 1 (0.13%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.13%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.13%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (0.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 87 (11.62%) Finance
2 15 (2.00%) Banking
2 15 (2.00%) Legal
3 14 (1.87%) Telecoms
4 10 (1.34%) Retail
5 8 (1.07%) Law
6 7 (0.93%) Local Government
7 6 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
8 5 (0.67%) Military
9 4 (0.53%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.53%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.53%) Publishing
10 3 (0.40%) French Language
11 2 (0.27%) Advertising
11 2 (0.27%) Back Office
11 2 (0.27%) Games
12 1 (0.13%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.13%) Billing
12 1 (0.13%) Manufacturing
12 1 (0.13%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 81 (10.81%) Consultant
2 79 (10.55%) Analyst
3 66 (8.81%) Support Engineer
4 59 (7.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 52 (6.94%) Project Manager
6 47 (6.28%) Office 365 Engineer
7 43 (5.74%) Architect
8 33 (4.41%) 2nd Line Support
9 32 (4.27%) IT Support
10 31 (4.14%) 3rd Line Support
10 31 (4.14%) Support Analyst
11 28 (3.74%) Network Engineer
12 25 (3.34%) Desktop Support
12 25 (3.34%) Exchange Engineer
13 24 (3.20%) IT Engineer
14 23 (3.07%) Unified Communications Engineer
15 22 (2.94%) Administrator
15 22 (2.94%) Desktop Engineer
15 22 (2.94%) Technical Manager
16 21 (2.80%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (1.34%) LDAP
2 9 (1.20%) JSON
2 9 (1.20%) SOAP
2 9 (1.20%) XML
3 8 (1.07%) AngularJS
3 8 (1.07%) HTML
3 8 (1.07%) jQuery
3 8 (1.07%) Natural Language Processing
3 8 (1.07%) Node.js
3 8 (1.07%) React
3 8 (1.07%) RESTful
3 8 (1.07%) SAML
3 8 (1.07%) SignalR
3 8 (1.07%) WebSockets
4 7 (0.93%) HTML5
5 6 (0.80%) 802.1X
5 6 (0.80%) Software Packaging
6 4 (0.53%) XMPP
7 3 (0.40%) .NET
7 3 (0.40%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 47 (6.28%) Video Conferencing
2 42 (5.61%) Analytical Skills
3 32 (4.27%) User Experience
4 30 (4.01%) Data Centre
5 29 (3.87%) PKI
6 23 (3.07%) Fat Client
6 23 (3.07%) Thin Client
7 21 (2.80%) Self-Motivation
8 20 (2.67%) Mobile App
9 15 (2.00%) Clustering
10 13 (1.74%) Blackberry
11 12 (1.60%) iPhone
12 10 (1.34%) iPad
13 7 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (0.93%) Management Information System
13 7 (0.93%) Public Cloud
14 6 (0.80%) Handset
14 6 (0.80%) Tandem
15 5 (0.67%) Client/Server
15 5 (0.67%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 382 (51.00%) Windows
2 199 (26.57%) Windows 10
3 164 (21.90%) Windows Server
4 105 (14.02%) Windows 7
5 57 (7.61%) Windows Server 2008
6 41 (5.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 29 (3.87%) Linux
8 27 (3.60%) Android
8 27 (3.60%) Windows 8
9 25 (3.34%) Windows Server 2003
10 17 (2.27%) Apple iOS
11 12 (1.60%) Windows XP
12 8 (1.07%) CentOS
12 8 (1.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 7 (0.93%) Mac OS
13 7 (0.93%) Unix
14 4 (0.53%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.13%) NetWare
15 1 (0.13%) Solaris
15 1 (0.13%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (23.77%) ITIL
2 160 (21.36%) Migration
3 72 (9.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 58 (7.74%) Problem-Solving
5 49 (6.54%) Project Management
6 46 (6.14%) Change Management
7 45 (6.01%) Agile Software Development
8 36 (4.81%) Service Management
9 33 (4.41%) ITSM
10 30 (4.01%) Stakeholder Management
11 26 (3.47%) Decision-Making
11 26 (3.47%) Mentoring
11 26 (3.47%) PRINCE2
12 23 (3.07%) Kalman Filter
12 23 (3.07%) Service Delivery
13 21 (2.80%) Problem Management
14 20 (2.67%) Email Filtering
14 20 (2.67%) Presales
15 18 (2.40%) Continuous Improvement
15 18 (2.40%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 162 (21.63%) PowerShell
2 43 (5.74%) SQL
3 15 (2.00%) VBScript
4 12 (1.60%) Python
4 12 (1.60%) VB
5 10 (1.34%) Bash Shell
6 9 (1.20%) JavaScript
7 8 (1.07%) Java
7 8 (1.07%) R
8 7 (0.93%) C
9 3 (0.40%) Perl
10 2 (0.27%) C#
11 1 (0.13%) Go
Qualifications
1 149 (19.89%) Security Cleared
2 109 (14.55%) SC Cleared
3 50 (6.68%) Microsoft Certification
4 38 (5.07%) DV Cleared
5 33 (4.41%) Degree
6 30 (4.01%) MCSE
7 28 (3.74%) Cisco Certification
8 23 (3.07%) CCNA
9 19 (2.54%) CCNP
9 19 (2.54%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 19 (2.54%) MCP
10 16 (2.14%) MCSA
11 11 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
12 10 (1.34%) CCA
12 10 (1.34%) Citrix Certification
12 10 (1.34%) MCITP
13 7 (0.93%) CCIE
13 7 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 6 (0.80%) APMP
14 6 (0.80%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (3.47%) SLA
2 8 (1.07%) GDPR
2 8 (1.07%) QA
3 7 (0.93%) PMO
4 6 (0.80%) MiFID
5 5 (0.67%) Dodd-Frank
5 5 (0.67%) JSP 440
6 3 (0.40%) Government Security Classifications
7 2 (0.27%) GMP
7 2 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.13%) OASIS TOSCA
System Software
1 336 (44.86%) Active Directory
2 58 (7.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 51 (6.81%) Hyper-V
4 46 (6.14%) XenApp
5 37 (4.94%) VMware ESXi
6 28 (3.74%) XenDesktop
7 21 (2.80%) Microsoft App-V
8 11 (1.47%) XenServer
9 10 (1.34%) DFS Replication
10 9 (1.20%) BitLocker
10 9 (1.20%) vSphere
11 8 (1.07%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 8 (1.07%) Virtual Desktop
12 5 (0.67%) Terminal Services
13 4 (0.53%) Forefront TMG
14 2 (0.27%) Docker
14 2 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
14 2 (0.27%) Xen
15 1 (0.13%) KVM
15 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 153 (20.43%) SCCM
2 66 (8.81%) Microsoft Intune
3 22 (2.94%) SCOM
4 17 (2.27%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 9 (1.20%) Single Sign-On
6 8 (1.07%) AirWatch
6 8 (1.07%) NetBackup
7 7 (0.93%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 7 (0.93%) WSUS
8 6 (0.80%) Cisco CUCM
8 6 (0.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 5 (0.67%) vCenter Server
10 4 (0.53%) Cisco UCCE
10 4 (0.53%) OVSD
11 3 (0.40%) Microsoft Clustering
11 3 (0.40%) SCOrch
11 3 (0.40%) SmoothWall
12 2 (0.27%) Cisco UCCX
12 2 (0.27%) Failover Clustering
12 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 379 (50.60%) Microsoft
2 132 (17.62%) Cisco
3 119 (15.89%) Citrix
4 94 (12.55%) VMware
5 36 (4.81%) Apple
6 31 (4.14%) Symantec
7 26 (3.47%) ServiceNow
8 25 (3.34%) Polycom
9 22 (2.94%) Avaya
10 19 (2.54%) CheckPoint
11 16 (2.14%) Dell
11 16 (2.14%) IronPort
11 16 (2.14%) Palo Alto
12 15 (2.00%) HP
13 14 (1.87%) Mitel
14 13 (1.74%) F5
14 13 (1.74%) Juniper
15 12 (1.60%) Ivanti
16 11 (1.47%) SolarWinds
16 11 (1.47%) Veritas