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 3 months to 26 June 2017 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 298 260 227
Rank change year-on-year -38 -33  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 333 466 543
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.77% 0.96% 1.07%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.62% 5.33% 6.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 216 323 340
Median daily rate £400 £375 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +8.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £230 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £501 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £366 £340 £320
% change year-on-year +7.50% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 15 23
Median hourly rate £14.75 £21.00 £17.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.76% +21.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.90 £14.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.50 £36.96 £28.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £18.75 £16.00
% change year-on-year -14.66% +17.18%  

Skype for Business is in the application platform skills category. The next 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.

Contract Application Platform Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 7204 8745 9031
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 16.69% 17.94% 17.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 4632 5943 5758
Median daily rate £438 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £350
% change year-on-year +2.56% +11.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 188 204 307
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -4.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.49 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.25 £25.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +5.00% +19.04%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Skype for Business as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Application Platforms category.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -70 123 £400 - 43
South East +36 85 £401 +0.25% 10
East of England +12 45 £450 +50.00% 2
North West +20 24 £325 -13.33% 9
North East +34 18 £275 -1.78% 3
West Midlands +28 16 £413 +15.38% 16
South West -15 14 £350 +7.69% 7
East Midlands -13 4 £263 -21.05% 2
Yorkshire +13 2 £181 -63.06% 1
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 501 (69.97%) Skype
2 411 (57.40%) Microsoft
3 346 (48.32%) Windows
3 346 (48.32%) Office 365
4 288 (40.22%) Active Directory
5 241 (33.66%) SharePoint
6 206 (28.77%) MS Exchange
7 144 (20.11%) PowerShell
7 144 (20.11%) Windows Server
8 142 (19.83%) Microsoft Azure
9 139 (19.41%) Cisco
10 131 (18.30%) Exchange Server 2010
10 131 (18.30%) Exchange Server 2013
11 124 (17.32%) Citrix
11 124 (17.32%) VMware
12 122 (17.04%) Windows Server 2008
13 113 (15.78%) Microsoft Office
13 113 (15.78%) Migration
14 100 (13.97%) ITIL
15 98 (13.69%) Windows 10
16 96 (13.41%) Security Cleared
17 92 (12.85%) SQL Server
18 89 (12.43%) DNS
18 89 (12.43%) SCCM
19 88 (12.29%) Windows 7
20 85 (11.87%) Hyper-V
20 85 (11.87%) Microsoft Certification
21 75 (10.47%) Finance
22 74 (10.34%) Firewall
22 74 (10.34%) SC Cleared

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
1 241 (33.66%) SharePoint
2 206 (28.77%) MS Exchange
3 131 (18.30%) Exchange Server 2010
3 131 (18.30%) Exchange Server 2013
4 56 (7.82%) SharePoint 2013
5 38 (5.31%) Office Communications Server
6 37 (5.17%) Exchange Server 2007
7 24 (3.35%) BizTalk Server
8 23 (3.21%) SharePoint 2010
9 20 (2.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 19 (2.65%) Exchange Server 2003
11 14 (1.96%) IIS
12 11 (1.54%) CMS
13 9 (1.26%) IBM Notes
14 4 (0.56%) SharePoint Server
15 3 (0.42%) IBM Domino
16 2 (0.28%) Apache
17 1 (0.14%) JBoss
17 1 (0.14%) Tomcat
17 1 (0.14%) WebLogic
Applications
1 113 (15.78%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (0.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.28%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.14%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 31 (4.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.70%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.56%) Adobe Campaign
3 4 (0.56%) Unica
4 3 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Utilities
5 1 (0.14%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 346 (48.32%) Office 365
2 142 (19.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 59 (8.24%) OneDrive
4 52 (7.26%) Yammer
5 44 (6.15%) Azure Active Directory
6 32 (4.47%) IaaS
7 20 (2.79%) Amazon AWS
8 18 (2.51%) PaaS
9 11 (1.54%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 8 (1.12%) Dynamics 365
11 6 (0.84%) Mimecast
12 5 (0.70%) SaaS
13 4 (0.56%) Adobe Analytics
14 1 (0.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.14%) Amazon EC2
14 1 (0.14%) Amazon S3
14 1 (0.14%) Cloud Computing
14 1 (0.14%) CloudFront
14 1 (0.14%) G Suite
14 1 (0.14%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 501 (69.97%) Skype
2 89 (12.43%) DNS
3 74 (10.34%) Firewall
4 72 (10.06%) Unified Communications
5 62 (8.66%) LAN
6 51 (7.12%) WAN
7 44 (6.15%) DHCP
8 40 (5.59%) VoIP
9 39 (5.45%) PBX
10 35 (4.89%) SAN
11 34 (4.75%) VPN
12 31 (4.33%) NetScaler
13 18 (2.51%) Cisco IOS
14 17 (2.37%) Internet
15 14 (1.96%) Wireless
16 13 (1.82%) WLAN
17 12 (1.68%) Intranet
18 11 (1.54%) BGP
18 11 (1.54%) Remote Desktop
19 10 (1.40%) Telepresence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (12.85%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.40%) Oracle Reports
3 9 (1.26%) SQL Server 2008
4 8 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 7 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
6 4 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
6 4 (0.56%) Hadoop
6 4 (0.56%) Oracle Database
6 4 (0.56%) SQL Server 2016
7 3 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
8 2 (0.28%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.28%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.14%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.14%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.14%) MySQL
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle BI EE
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.14%) Oracle ODI
9 1 (0.14%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 6 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (0.70%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 3 (0.42%) CruiseControl
3 3 (0.42%) TeamCity
3 3 (0.42%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (0.28%) Ant
4 2 (0.28%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.28%) Maven
4 2 (0.28%) MSBuild
4 2 (0.28%) MSI
5 1 (0.14%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.14%) JIRA
5 1 (0.14%) MorphX
General
1 75 (10.47%) Finance
2 28 (3.91%) Retail
3 22 (3.07%) Legal
4 21 (2.93%) Telecoms
5 19 (2.65%) Banking
5 19 (2.65%) Law
6 12 (1.68%) Local Government
7 11 (1.54%) Manufacturing
8 9 (1.26%) Marketing
9 7 (0.98%) Advertising
10 6 (0.84%) Investment Banking
11 5 (0.70%) Back Office
12 4 (0.56%) Billing
12 4 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (0.56%) Publishing
13 3 (0.42%) Electronics
13 3 (0.42%) French Language
13 3 (0.42%) Games
13 3 (0.42%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.28%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 107 (14.94%) Architect
2 96 (13.41%) Consultant
3 71 (9.92%) Analyst
4 48 (6.70%) Support Engineer
5 47 (6.56%) Project Manager
6 43 (6.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 40 (5.59%) Messaging Engineer
8 36 (5.03%) Solutions Architect
9 32 (4.47%) Office 365 Architect
10 29 (4.05%) Messaging Support
11 25 (3.49%) Office 365 Engineer
12 24 (3.35%) Lync Engineer
13 22 (3.07%) Office 365 Consultant
13 22 (3.07%) Technical Architect
14 21 (2.93%) Microsoft Consultant
14 21 (2.93%) Network Engineer
15 20 (2.79%) Designer
15 20 (2.79%) Desktop Support
15 20 (2.79%) Technical Consultant
16 19 (2.65%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (2.79%) XMPP
2 18 (2.51%) .NET
3 17 (2.37%) COM
4 13 (1.82%) XML
5 7 (0.98%) Web Services
6 6 (0.84%) HTML
7 5 (0.70%) 802.1X
7 5 (0.70%) CSS
7 5 (0.70%) OAuth
8 4 (0.56%) .NET Framework
8 4 (0.56%) ASP.NET
8 4 (0.56%) JSON
8 4 (0.56%) REST
8 4 (0.56%) SAML
9 3 (0.42%) Entity Framework
9 3 (0.42%) WAP
9 3 (0.42%) WCF
9 3 (0.42%) WF
10 2 (0.28%) ADO
10 2 (0.28%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 57 (7.96%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (6.84%) Data Centre
3 41 (5.73%) Video Conferencing
4 37 (5.17%) Blackberry
5 21 (2.93%) Clustering
6 19 (2.65%) Replication
7 16 (2.23%) Management Information System
7 16 (2.23%) PKI
8 13 (1.82%) Computer Science
9 12 (1.68%) Client/Server
10 9 (1.26%) e-Learning
11 8 (1.12%) Fat Client
11 8 (1.12%) Smartphone
11 8 (1.12%) Thin Client
12 7 (0.98%) Data Protection Act
12 7 (0.98%) User Experience
13 6 (0.84%) CESG
13 6 (0.84%) Hybrid Cloud
13 6 (0.84%) IVR
14 5 (0.70%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 346 (48.32%) Windows
2 144 (20.11%) Windows Server
3 122 (17.04%) Windows Server 2008
4 98 (13.69%) Windows 10
5 88 (12.29%) Windows 7
6 74 (10.34%) Windows Server 2012
7 42 (5.87%) Windows Server 2003
8 29 (4.05%) Linux
9 25 (3.49%) Android
10 17 (2.37%) Windows 8
11 12 (1.68%) Apple iOS
11 12 (1.68%) Unix
12 11 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 7 (0.98%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.56%) CentOS
14 4 (0.56%) Mac OS
14 4 (0.56%) Windows XP
15 2 (0.28%) Debian
15 2 (0.28%) Windows Vista
16 1 (0.14%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (15.78%) Migration
2 100 (13.97%) ITIL
3 60 (8.38%) Agile Software Development
3 60 (8.38%) Project Management
4 46 (6.42%) TOGAF
5 43 (6.01%) Stakeholder Management
6 36 (5.03%) Change Management
6 36 (5.03%) PRINCE2
7 35 (4.89%) CRM
7 35 (4.89%) Service Management
8 29 (4.05%) Business Intelligence
9 26 (3.63%) SDLC
10 25 (3.49%) Presales
11 24 (3.35%) Document Management
12 23 (3.21%) Enterprise Architecture
13 22 (3.07%) Capacity Planning
14 21 (2.93%) Information Security
15 20 (2.79%) Business Analysis
15 20 (2.79%) Data Protection
15 20 (2.79%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 144 (20.11%) PowerShell
2 54 (7.54%) SQL
3 19 (2.65%) C
3 19 (2.65%) VBScript
4 15 (2.09%) C#
5 11 (1.54%) VB
6 7 (0.98%) Java
7 5 (0.70%) JavaScript
8 4 (0.56%) PHP
9 3 (0.42%) Python
10 2 (0.28%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.14%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.14%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.14%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.14%) X++
Qualifications
1 96 (13.41%) Security Cleared
2 85 (11.87%) Microsoft Certification
3 74 (10.34%) SC Cleared
4 51 (7.12%) MCSE
5 27 (3.77%) Cisco Certification
6 25 (3.49%) Degree
7 19 (2.65%) DV Cleared
7 19 (2.65%) MCP
8 16 (2.23%) MCITP
9 15 (2.09%) CCNP
10 14 (1.96%) MCSA
11 12 (1.68%) CCNA
11 12 (1.68%) Citrix Certification
12 10 (1.40%) BPSS Clearance
12 10 (1.40%) CCIE
12 10 (1.40%) Computer Science Degree
13 8 (1.12%) PMI Certification
13 8 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 8 (1.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 6 (0.84%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (2.37%) SLA
2 9 (1.26%) PMO
3 7 (0.98%) QA
4 6 (0.84%) GDPR
5 5 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (0.70%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.14%) GxP
System Software
1 288 (40.22%) Active Directory
2 85 (11.87%) Hyper-V
3 71 (9.92%) VMware Infrastructure
4 52 (7.26%) XenApp
5 46 (6.42%) VMware ESXi
6 40 (5.59%) XenDesktop
7 36 (5.03%) Microsoft App-V
8 23 (3.21%) Virtual Desktop
9 18 (2.51%) XenServer
10 14 (1.96%) Virtual Machines
11 13 (1.82%) vSphere
12 11 (1.54%) BitLocker
12 11 (1.54%) ProxySG
13 8 (1.12%) DFS Replication
13 8 (1.12%) VMware Workstation
14 6 (0.84%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 6 (0.84%) Virtual Servers
15 5 (0.70%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 4 (0.56%) ISA Server
17 3 (0.42%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 89 (12.43%) SCCM
2 42 (5.87%) SCOM
3 31 (4.33%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 19 (2.65%) AirWatch
4 19 (2.65%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 18 (2.51%) Cisco CUCM
6 17 (2.37%) Microsoft Intune
7 16 (2.23%) Microsoft Clustering
8 14 (1.96%) Norton AntiVirus
9 13 (1.82%) NetBackup
10 12 (1.68%) SCOrch
11 11 (1.54%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 11 (1.54%) vCenter Server
12 9 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
13 8 (1.12%) SCVMM
13 8 (1.12%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 7 (0.98%) Cisco UCCX
14 7 (0.98%) WSUS
15 6 (0.84%) vMotion
16 5 (0.70%) QRadar
Vendors
1 411 (57.40%) Microsoft
2 139 (19.41%) Cisco
3 124 (17.32%) Citrix
3 124 (17.32%) VMware
4 50 (6.98%) Symantec
5 39 (5.45%) HP
6 35 (4.89%) Polycom
7 28 (3.91%) SAP
8 25 (3.49%) Dell
8 25 (3.49%) Oracle
9 22 (3.07%) ServiceNow
10 21 (2.93%) McAfee
10 21 (2.93%) NetApp
11 20 (2.79%) Salesforce.com
12 18 (2.51%) MobileIron
12 18 (2.51%) Palo Alto
13 17 (2.37%) Avaya
13 17 (2.37%) CheckPoint
13 17 (2.37%) F5
13 17 (2.37%) Infor
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