Period
to 14 August 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 14 August 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
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 316 314 277
Rank change year-on-year -2 -37 -35
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 786 697 945
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.84% 0.79% 0.94%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.01% 4.65% 5.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 510 453 587
England median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +11.11%
10th Percentile £169 £208 £213
90th Percentile £539 £538 £501
UK median daily rate £375 £385 £375
% change year-on-year -2.60% +2.67% +11.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 29 35
England median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% -34.62% +49.86%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.10 £12.25
90th Percentile £31.50 £41.00 £38.80
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +14.29% -30.00% +44.09%

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 15,704 14,981 18,508
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.80% 17.01% 18.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,377 9,738 12,334
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +8.83%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £256
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £437 £420
% change year-on-year +2.92% +4.11% +8.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 376 380 429
England median hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.00% - -
10th Percentile £12.50 £10.98 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.13 £50.00 £45.05
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £19.40 £20.39
% change year-on-year +5.68% -4.87% +1.95%

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 14 August 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 14 August 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 14 August 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 +42 390 £385 -8.06% 42
South East -12 171 £363 -9.31% 14
North of England -15 98 £338 +20.54% 19
North West -5 65 £300 -3.23% 10
South West +26 53 £355 -4.70% 20
Midlands -17 38 £344 -1.79% 11
East of England -25 35 £163 -63.89% 11
West Midlands -28 32 £375 -6.25% 4
Yorkshire -8 22 £413 +111.54% 7
North East -25 11 £525 +90.91% 2
East Midlands +2 6 £258 +32.05% 7
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 14 August 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.

1 646 (82.19%) Skype
2 475 (60.43%) Office 365
3 428 (54.45%) Windows
4 420 (53.44%) Microsoft
5 348 (44.27%) Active Directory
6 225 (28.63%) MS Exchange
7 207 (26.34%) SharePoint
8 203 (25.83%) Windows 10
9 186 (23.66%) Windows Server
10 177 (22.52%) PowerShell
11 173 (22.01%) ITIL
12 169 (21.50%) Migration
13 158 (20.10%) SCCM
14 149 (18.96%) Microsoft Office
15 144 (18.32%) Citrix
16 142 (18.07%) Microsoft Azure
17 135 (17.18%) Security Cleared
17 135 (17.18%) VMware
18 130 (16.54%) Cisco
19 124 (15.78%) Windows 7
20 109 (13.87%) DNS
21 104 (13.23%) Exchange Server 2010
22 102 (12.98%) SC Cleared
23 100 (12.72%) Finance
24 95 (12.09%) VMware Infrastructure
24 95 (12.09%) Windows Server 2008
25 94 (11.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 89 (11.32%) Firewall
27 85 (10.81%) OneDrive
28 80 (10.18%) 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
1 225 (28.63%) MS Exchange
2 207 (26.34%) SharePoint
3 104 (13.23%) Exchange Server 2010
4 57 (7.25%) Exchange Server 2013
5 32 (4.07%) SharePoint 2013
6 27 (3.44%) Exchange Server 2007
7 19 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2003
8 18 (2.29%) IIS
9 8 (1.02%) Office Communications Server
10 7 (0.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 6 (0.76%) CMS
12 5 (0.64%) IBM Notes
13 3 (0.38%) SharePoint 2010
14 2 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
14 2 (0.25%) IBM Domino
14 2 (0.25%) JBoss
14 2 (0.25%) Tomcat
14 2 (0.25%) WebSphere
15 1 (0.13%) Confluence
15 1 (0.13%) WordPress
Applications
1 149 (18.96%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (4.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (3.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (1.40%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.64%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.38%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.13%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.13%) Mozilla Thunderbird
7 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (2.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.25%) Line 50
3 2 (0.25%) Sage X3
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.13%) SAP MDG
4 1 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.13%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 475 (60.43%) Office 365
2 142 (18.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 85 (10.81%) OneDrive
4 56 (7.12%) Azure Active Directory
5 42 (5.34%) Yammer
6 21 (2.67%) IaaS
7 20 (2.54%) Mimecast
8 14 (1.78%) PaaS
9 13 (1.65%) Amazon AWS
9 13 (1.65%) SaaS
10 7 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 1 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.13%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudTrail
12 1 (0.13%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 1 (0.13%) CloudFront
12 1 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 646 (82.19%) Skype
2 109 (13.87%) DNS
3 89 (11.32%) Firewall
4 80 (10.18%) DHCP
5 67 (8.52%) Unified Communications
6 62 (7.89%) VoIP
7 59 (7.51%) WAN
8 52 (6.62%) VPN
9 51 (6.49%) SAN
10 47 (5.98%) LAN
11 36 (4.58%) SMTP
12 30 (3.82%) PBX
13 26 (3.31%) TCP/IP
14 25 (3.18%) NetScaler
15 22 (2.80%) Wireless
16 20 (2.54%) PSTN
16 20 (2.54%) VLAN
17 16 (2.04%) Fibre Channel
17 16 (2.04%) IP Telephony
17 16 (2.04%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (8.91%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.15%) Power BI
2 9 (1.15%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (0.51%) Oracle Database
4 2 (0.25%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (0.25%) Big Data
4 2 (0.25%) Blockchain
4 2 (0.25%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (0.25%) MySQL
4 2 (0.25%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (0.25%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.13%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Discoverer
5 1 (0.13%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 9 (1.15%) JIRA
2 4 (0.51%) MSI
3 2 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.13%) CruiseControl
4 1 (0.13%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.13%) Hudson
4 1 (0.13%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.13%) Subversion
4 1 (0.13%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.13%) TeamCity
General
1 100 (12.72%) Finance
2 22 (2.80%) Telecoms
3 20 (2.54%) Legal
4 18 (2.29%) Retail
5 15 (1.91%) Banking
6 13 (1.65%) Local Government
7 12 (1.53%) Back Office
7 12 (1.53%) Law
8 6 (0.76%) Military
9 4 (0.51%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.51%) Marketing
10 3 (0.38%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.38%) Games
10 3 (0.38%) German Language
10 3 (0.38%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.25%) Advertising
11 2 (0.25%) Billing
11 2 (0.25%) Electronics
11 2 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 101 (12.85%) Analyst
2 84 (10.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 68 (8.65%) Support Engineer
4 51 (6.49%) Consultant
5 45 (5.73%) Project Manager
6 44 (5.60%) Architect
7 41 (5.22%) IT Support
8 40 (5.09%) 2nd Line Support
8 40 (5.09%) Trainer
8 40 (5.09%) Unified Communications Engineer
9 36 (4.58%) Desktop Support
9 36 (4.58%) Office 365 Engineer
9 36 (4.58%) Support Analyst
10 34 (4.33%) Exchange Engineer
11 31 (3.94%) IT Analyst
12 30 (3.82%) Administrator
13 27 (3.44%) IT Engineer
14 26 (3.31%) 1st/2nd Line Support
14 26 (3.31%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 25 (3.18%) Lync Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (2.04%) LDAP
2 10 (1.27%) XMPP
3 7 (0.89%) .NET
4 6 (0.76%) 802.1X
5 4 (0.51%) Software Packaging
5 4 (0.51%) Web Services
6 2 (0.25%) ADSI
6 2 (0.25%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.25%) OAuth
6 2 (0.25%) SAML
7 1 (0.13%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.13%) COM
7 1 (0.13%) Middleware
7 1 (0.13%) Node.js
7 1 (0.13%) REST
7 1 (0.13%) SOAP
7 1 (0.13%) Velocity
7 1 (0.13%) WCF
7 1 (0.13%) WF
7 1 (0.13%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 56 (7.12%) Data Centre
2 37 (4.71%) Analytical Skills
3 36 (4.58%) PKI
4 35 (4.45%) Video Conferencing
5 30 (3.82%) Clustering
6 28 (3.56%) Self-Motivation
7 25 (3.18%) Fat Client
7 25 (3.18%) Thin Client
8 21 (2.67%) iPhone
9 19 (2.42%) Blackberry
9 19 (2.42%) User Experience
10 14 (1.78%) Handset
11 13 (1.65%) iPad
12 10 (1.27%) Management Information System
12 10 (1.27%) Replication
13 9 (1.15%) e-Learning
14 8 (1.02%) Computer Science
14 8 (1.02%) Smartphone
15 7 (0.89%) Public Cloud
16 6 (0.76%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 428 (54.45%) Windows
2 203 (25.83%) Windows 10
3 186 (23.66%) Windows Server
4 124 (15.78%) Windows 7
5 95 (12.09%) Windows Server 2008
6 58 (7.38%) Windows Server 2012
7 48 (6.11%) Android
8 36 (4.58%) Windows Server 2003
9 35 (4.45%) Linux
10 34 (4.33%) Apple iOS
11 28 (3.56%) Windows 8
12 13 (1.65%) Windows XP
13 9 (1.15%) Unix
14 7 (0.89%) Mac OS
15 6 (0.76%) Solaris
16 4 (0.51%) AIX
16 4 (0.51%) SUSE
17 2 (0.25%) Windows 2000 Server
17 2 (0.25%) Windows Vista
18 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 173 (22.01%) ITIL
2 169 (21.50%) Migration
3 94 (11.96%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 55 (7.00%) Problem-Solving
5 47 (5.98%) Change Management
6 45 (5.73%) Project Management
7 36 (4.58%) Agile Software Development
7 36 (4.58%) CRM
8 35 (4.45%) Service Management
9 33 (4.20%) Disaster Recovery
10 32 (4.07%) Stakeholder Management
11 28 (3.56%) PRINCE2
12 21 (2.67%) Kalman Filter
12 21 (2.67%) Service Delivery
13 20 (2.54%) Email Filtering
13 20 (2.54%) High Availability
14 19 (2.42%) ITIL V3
14 19 (2.42%) Problem Management
15 18 (2.29%) Application Packaging
15 18 (2.29%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 177 (22.52%) PowerShell
2 52 (6.62%) SQL
3 15 (1.91%) VBScript
4 8 (1.02%) VB
5 5 (0.64%) C
6 3 (0.38%) Java
7 2 (0.25%) C#
7 2 (0.25%) Perl
8 1 (0.13%) C++
8 1 (0.13%) Go
8 1 (0.13%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.13%) Python
8 1 (0.13%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 135 (17.18%) Security Cleared
2 102 (12.98%) SC Cleared
3 53 (6.74%) Microsoft Certification
4 36 (4.58%) DV Cleared
5 35 (4.45%) Degree
6 26 (3.31%) Cisco Certification
7 25 (3.18%) MCSE
8 23 (2.93%) CCNA
9 18 (2.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 17 (2.16%) CCNP
11 16 (2.04%) ITIL Certification
12 15 (1.91%) MCSA
13 14 (1.78%) Citrix Certification
14 13 (1.65%) CCA
14 13 (1.65%) MCP
15 8 (1.02%) MCITP
15 8 (1.02%) PMP
16 7 (0.89%) BPSS Clearance
16 7 (0.89%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 6 (0.76%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (2.93%) SLA
2 12 (1.53%) QA
3 5 (0.64%) PMO
4 2 (0.25%) GDPR
4 2 (0.25%) GMP
4 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.25%) JSP 440
4 2 (0.25%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 348 (44.27%) Active Directory
2 95 (12.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 72 (9.16%) Hyper-V
4 53 (6.74%) XenApp
5 41 (5.22%) VMware ESXi
6 35 (4.45%) XenDesktop
7 19 (2.42%) XenServer
8 18 (2.29%) vSphere
9 17 (2.16%) Microsoft App-V
10 16 (2.04%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 13 (1.65%) DFS Replication
12 12 (1.53%) Virtual Desktop
13 9 (1.15%) Forefront TMG
13 9 (1.15%) Terminal Services
14 5 (0.64%) BitLocker
14 5 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
15 3 (0.38%) Xen
16 2 (0.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 2 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
17 1 (0.13%) Docker
Systems Management
1 158 (20.10%) SCCM
2 49 (6.23%) SCOM
3 44 (5.60%) Microsoft Intune
4 22 (2.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 17 (2.16%) Cisco CUCM
6 14 (1.78%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 13 (1.65%) Single Sign-On
8 11 (1.40%) Backup Exec
8 11 (1.40%) WSUS
9 8 (1.02%) Microsoft Clustering
9 8 (1.02%) NetBackup
9 8 (1.02%) Norton AntiVirus
9 8 (1.02%) PingFederate
10 6 (0.76%) AirWatch
10 6 (0.76%) Failover Clustering
10 6 (0.76%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 5 (0.64%) McAfee ePO
11 5 (0.64%) vCenter Server
12 4 (0.51%) Cisco UCCE
12 4 (0.51%) MaaS360
Vendors
1 420 (53.44%) Microsoft
2 144 (18.32%) Citrix
3 135 (17.18%) VMware
4 130 (16.54%) Cisco
5 36 (4.58%) HP
6 33 (4.20%) Apple
6 33 (4.20%) Dell
6 33 (4.20%) Symantec
7 32 (4.07%) ServiceNow
8 31 (3.94%) Avaya
9 29 (3.69%) Polycom
10 21 (2.67%) NetApp
11 19 (2.42%) Sonus
12 18 (2.29%) Mitel
13 17 (2.16%) SolarWinds
14 15 (1.91%) Remedy
14 15 (1.91%) SAP
15 13 (1.65%) IBM
15 13 (1.65%) McAfee
15 13 (1.65%) Veeam