Period
to 20 July 2019

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 20 July 2019 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
20 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 284 301 311
Rank change year-on-year +17 +10 -24
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 786 791 716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.93% 0.83% 0.82%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.89% 5.03% 4.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 490 515 469
England median daily rate £425 £363 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.24% -9.38% +1.01%
10th Percentile £200 £169 £208
90th Percentile £575 £528 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £364 £391
% change year-on-year +16.78% -6.80% -2.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 54 27
England median hourly rate £16.75 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.25% +14.29% -27.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.65 £10.95
90th Percentile £63.75 £39.20 £32.90
UK median hourly rate £16.75 £20.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -16.25% +8.11% -23.16%

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 13,348 15,736 14,950
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.71% 16.56% 17.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,575 10,423 9,668
England median daily rate £475 £450 £448
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +0.50% +5.35%
10th Percentile £273 £270 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £601
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £431
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.47% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 285 372 373
England median hourly rate £20.00 £20.50 £19.97
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.44% +2.65% +2.75%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.25 £51.25 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £20.86 £20.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year +4.28% +2.56% -2.50%

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 20 July 2019.

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 20 July 2019.

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 20 July 2019. 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 +3 327 £450 +20.00% 43
South East +32 193 £425 +17.24% 40
North of England +34 102 £425 +39.34% 25
North West +4 62 £388 +29.17% 17
Midlands +34 52 £450 +50.00% 18
South West -18 51 £363 +5.07% 21
East of England +18 46 £359 +70.83% 12
West Midlands +15 37 £495 +32.00% 9
Yorkshire +28 25 £450 +12.50% 5
North East +29 15 £425 +6.25% 3
East Midlands +25 15 £425 +44.07% 9
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 20 July 2019, 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.

1 683 (86.90%) Skype
2 480 (61.07%) Office 365
3 446 (56.74%) Microsoft
4 391 (49.75%) Active Directory
4 391 (49.75%) Windows
5 222 (28.24%) Windows 10
6 217 (27.61%) SharePoint
7 204 (25.95%) Microsoft Azure
8 192 (24.43%) Windows Server
9 186 (23.66%) MS Exchange
10 177 (22.52%) PowerShell
11 175 (22.26%) Cisco
12 174 (22.14%) Finance
12 174 (22.14%) SCCM
13 168 (21.37%) Citrix
14 164 (20.87%) ITIL
15 154 (19.59%) Microsoft Office
16 152 (19.34%) Migration
17 149 (18.96%) VMware
18 131 (16.67%) DNS
19 110 (13.99%) Unified Communications
20 104 (13.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 95 (12.09%) Windows 7
22 93 (11.83%) Microsoft Intune
23 92 (11.70%) VMware Infrastructure
24 89 (11.32%) Security Cleared
24 89 (11.32%) DHCP
25 86 (10.94%) Firewall
26 79 (10.05%) Hyper-V
27 76 (9.67%) XenApp

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
1 217 (27.61%) SharePoint
2 186 (23.66%) MS Exchange
3 58 (7.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 38 (4.83%) Exchange Server 2013
5 30 (3.82%) IIS
6 17 (2.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 16 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2003
8 14 (1.78%) SharePoint 2013
9 10 (1.27%) SharePoint 2010
10 7 (0.89%) CMS
10 7 (0.89%) Confluence
10 7 (0.89%) IBM Notes
11 6 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2007
12 4 (0.51%) SharePoint Server
12 4 (0.51%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.38%) Office Communications Server
14 2 (0.25%) IBM Domino
14 2 (0.25%) WebLogic
15 1 (0.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 1 (0.13%) Live Communications Server
Applications
1 154 (19.59%) Microsoft Office
2 45 (5.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 38 (4.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 12 (1.53%) MS Visio
5 11 (1.40%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.13%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.13%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 5 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.51%) Eikon
2 4 (0.51%) Veritas eDiscovery
3 3 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.38%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 2 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 480 (61.07%) Office 365
2 204 (25.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 72 (9.16%) OneDrive
4 64 (8.14%) Azure Active Directory
5 43 (5.47%) Amazon AWS
6 33 (4.20%) IaaS
7 29 (3.69%) Yammer
8 27 (3.44%) PaaS
9 21 (2.67%) Power Platform
10 15 (1.91%) SaaS
11 12 (1.53%) Mimecast
11 12 (1.53%) Slack
12 11 (1.40%) Azure Stack
13 10 (1.27%) Dynamics 365
14 7 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
15 4 (0.51%) PowerApps
16 3 (0.38%) Google Analytics
17 2 (0.25%) Dropbox
18 1 (0.13%) Algolia
18 1 (0.13%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 683 (86.90%) Skype
2 131 (16.67%) DNS
3 110 (13.99%) Unified Communications
4 89 (11.32%) DHCP
5 86 (10.94%) Firewall
6 67 (8.52%) WAN
7 60 (7.63%) LAN
7 60 (7.63%) SAN
8 42 (5.34%) VoIP
9 39 (4.96%) VPN
10 38 (4.83%) PBX
11 31 (3.94%) Wireless
12 25 (3.18%) Cisco IOS
12 25 (3.18%) Internet
13 24 (3.05%) TCP/IP
14 20 (2.54%) ISDN
14 20 (2.54%) VLAN
15 19 (2.42%) NetScaler
16 18 (2.29%) Intranet
17 17 (2.16%) H.323
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (8.14%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.53%) Big Data
3 10 (1.27%) Power BI
4 9 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (0.89%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.38%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.25%) SQL Server 2017
8 1 (0.13%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 12 (1.53%) MSI
2 11 (1.40%) JIRA
3 10 (1.27%) WiX
4 4 (0.51%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (0.51%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.38%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.13%) Hudson
7 1 (0.13%) Jasmine
7 1 (0.13%) Karma Test Runner
7 1 (0.13%) MSTest
7 1 (0.13%) NUnit
7 1 (0.13%) Selenium
7 1 (0.13%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 174 (22.14%) Finance
2 43 (5.47%) Banking
3 38 (4.83%) Telecoms
4 37 (4.71%) Legal
5 17 (2.16%) Law
6 14 (1.78%) Local Government
7 13 (1.65%) Investment Banking
7 13 (1.65%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.53%) Marketing
9 10 (1.27%) Retail
10 8 (1.02%) Electronics
11 7 (0.89%) Advertising
12 5 (0.64%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.51%) Publishing
14 3 (0.38%) Billing
14 3 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
15 1 (0.13%) Aerospace
15 1 (0.13%) Back Office
15 1 (0.13%) French Language
15 1 (0.13%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 99 (12.60%) Architect
2 81 (10.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 77 (9.80%) Analyst
4 62 (7.89%) Support Engineer
5 58 (7.38%) Office 365 Engineer
6 55 (7.00%) Consultant
7 46 (5.85%) Office 365 Architect
8 39 (4.96%) Unified Communications Engineer
9 34 (4.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 34 (4.33%) Desktop Support
9 34 (4.33%) Exchange Engineer
10 32 (4.07%) 3rd Line Support
10 32 (4.07%) Service Analyst
11 26 (3.31%) Desktop Engineer
11 26 (3.31%) IT Support
12 25 (3.18%) Service Desk Analyst
12 25 (3.18%) Windows Engineer
13 23 (2.93%) Lead Architect
14 22 (2.80%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 21 (2.67%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.67%) .NET
2 19 (2.42%) Software Packaging
3 9 (1.15%) LDAP
4 7 (0.89%) Middleware
5 4 (0.51%) ASP.NET Web API
5 4 (0.51%) SailPoint
6 3 (0.38%) Web Services
7 2 (0.25%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.25%) 802.1X
7 2 (0.25%) CSS
7 2 (0.25%) Entity Framework
7 2 (0.25%) HTML
7 2 (0.25%) JSON
7 2 (0.25%) Node.js
7 2 (0.25%) REST
7 2 (0.25%) RESTful
7 2 (0.25%) XMPP
8 1 (0.13%) CSS3
8 1 (0.13%) Natural Language Processing
8 1 (0.13%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 61 (7.76%) Video Conferencing
2 55 (7.00%) Data Centre
3 41 (5.22%) Analytical Skills
4 36 (4.58%) PKI
5 34 (4.33%) Blackberry
6 28 (3.56%) User Experience
7 27 (3.44%) Management Information System
8 26 (3.31%) Self-Motivation
9 20 (2.54%) Clustering
10 16 (2.04%) Fat Client
10 16 (2.04%) iPad
10 16 (2.04%) iPhone
10 16 (2.04%) Public Cloud
10 16 (2.04%) Thin Client
10 16 (2.04%) Virtual Team
11 13 (1.65%) Mobile Computing
12 12 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
12 12 (1.53%) Smartphone
13 9 (1.15%) Social Media
14 7 (0.89%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 391 (49.75%) Windows
2 222 (28.24%) Windows 10
3 192 (24.43%) Windows Server
4 95 (12.09%) Windows 7
5 67 (8.52%) Windows Server 2012
6 66 (8.40%) Windows Server 2008
7 42 (5.34%) Android
8 30 (3.82%) Apple iOS
9 22 (2.80%) Linux
10 18 (2.29%) Windows 8
11 16 (2.04%) Windows Server 2003
12 9 (1.15%) Windows XP
13 8 (1.02%) Mac OS X
14 6 (0.76%) Windows Phone
15 4 (0.51%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 3 (0.38%) Unix
17 2 (0.25%) Windows NT
18 1 (0.13%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 164 (20.87%) ITIL
2 152 (19.34%) Migration
3 104 (13.23%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 59 (7.51%) Service Management
5 56 (7.12%) Agile Software Development
6 52 (6.62%) Service Delivery
7 51 (6.49%) Continuous Improvement
8 48 (6.11%) Problem-Solving
9 45 (5.73%) Project Management
10 42 (5.34%) Change Management
11 40 (5.09%) Data Protection
12 38 (4.83%) Mobile Device Management
13 33 (4.20%) Computer Science
14 30 (3.82%) Mentoring
15 28 (3.56%) Stakeholder Management
16 27 (3.44%) Disaster Recovery
17 25 (3.18%) Incident Management
18 23 (2.93%) Application Packaging
18 23 (2.93%) Presales
18 23 (2.93%) Service Delivery Management
Programming Languages
1 177 (22.52%) PowerShell
2 50 (6.36%) SQL
3 21 (2.67%) VB
4 15 (1.91%) VBScript
5 9 (1.15%) C
5 9 (1.15%) C#
6 5 (0.64%) Java
6 5 (0.64%) JavaScript
7 3 (0.38%) Kotlin
7 3 (0.38%) Python
8 2 (0.25%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.13%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.13%) Perl
9 1 (0.13%) PHP
9 1 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 89 (11.32%) Security Cleared
2 61 (7.76%) SC Cleared
3 58 (7.38%) Degree
4 57 (7.25%) Microsoft Certification
5 35 (4.45%) Cisco Certification
6 30 (3.82%) MCSE
7 28 (3.56%) CCNA
8 25 (3.18%) MCSA
9 21 (2.67%) DV Cleared
10 16 (2.04%) MCP
11 15 (1.91%) Computer Science Degree
12 11 (1.40%) CCIE
13 10 (1.27%) CCNP
13 10 (1.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 7 (0.89%) CCA
14 7 (0.89%) CCIE Collaboration
14 7 (0.89%) Citrix Certification
14 7 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
15 6 (0.76%) MCITP
15 6 (0.76%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (3.94%) SLA
2 18 (2.29%) QA
3 6 (0.76%) PMO
4 3 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.25%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.25%) GDPR
5 2 (0.25%) MiFID
6 1 (0.13%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.13%) NIST
6 1 (0.13%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 391 (49.75%) Active Directory
2 92 (11.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (10.05%) Hyper-V
4 76 (9.67%) XenApp
5 53 (6.74%) XenDesktop
6 47 (5.98%) VMware ESXi
7 38 (4.83%) vSphere
8 25 (3.18%) Virtual Machines
9 21 (2.67%) Microsoft App-V
10 11 (1.40%) Firmware
10 11 (1.40%) VMware Workstation
11 10 (1.27%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 10 (1.27%) Virtual Desktop
12 8 (1.02%) BitLocker
12 8 (1.02%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 6 (0.76%) DFS Replication
13 6 (0.76%) Virtual Servers
14 3 (0.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 3 (0.38%) vCloud
14 3 (0.38%) Xen
Systems Management
1 174 (22.14%) SCCM
2 93 (11.83%) Microsoft Intune
3 41 (5.22%) SCOM
4 26 (3.31%) AirWatch
5 20 (2.54%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 18 (2.29%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 17 (2.16%) Single Sign-On
8 16 (2.04%) Microsoft Clustering
9 14 (1.78%) QRadar
10 13 (1.65%) NetBackup
10 13 (1.65%) SCOrch
10 13 (1.65%) vCenter Server
11 11 (1.40%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 10 (1.27%) WSUS
13 9 (1.15%) Norton AntiVirus
14 7 (0.89%) Cisco CUCM
15 6 (0.76%) Cisco UCCX
15 6 (0.76%) PaperCut
16 5 (0.64%) Backup Exec
16 5 (0.64%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 446 (56.74%) Microsoft
2 175 (22.26%) Cisco
3 168 (21.37%) Citrix
4 149 (18.96%) VMware
5 48 (6.11%) Symantec
6 42 (5.34%) HP
7 35 (4.45%) Dell
8 28 (3.56%) ServiceNow
9 24 (3.05%) Apple
9 24 (3.05%) Avaya
10 22 (2.80%) F5
10 22 (2.80%) Ivanti
10 22 (2.80%) Polycom
11 21 (2.67%) IronPort
12 20 (2.54%) Proofpoint
13 18 (2.29%) Meraki
14 17 (2.16%) ShoreTel
15 15 (1.91%) CheckPoint
16 14 (1.78%) Adobe
17 13 (1.65%) Reuters