Period
to 21 March 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 21 March 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
21 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 299 348 289
Rank change year-on-year +49 -59 +35
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 752 647 751
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.85% 0.70% 0.87%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.24% 4.24% 4.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 461 435 480
England median daily rate £420 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -12.50% -
10th Percentile £200 £169 £213
90th Percentile £560 £538 £594
UK median daily rate £413 £350 £388
% change year-on-year +17.86% -9.68% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 22 37
England median hourly rate £15.37 £20.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.15% +17.65% -8.11%
10th Percentile £10.98 £12.58 £11.70
90th Percentile £41.40 £45.50 £28.30
UK median hourly rate £15.37 £20.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year -23.15% +15.94% -13.75%

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 14,357 15,251 15,155
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.23% 16.42% 17.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,390 10,192 9,815
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £294 £267 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £601
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 284 327 315
England median hourly rate £18.73 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.13% -6.50% +0.21%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.85
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.05 £19.00
% change year-on-year +3.59% -4.99% -5.00%

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 21 March 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 21 March 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 21 March 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 +35 295 £400 +10.50% 41
South East +18 187 £425 +13.33% 33
North of England +65 152 £463 +54.17% 33
North West +18 56 £360 +20.00% 13
Yorkshire +46 54 £470 +70.91% 14
North East +30 42 £465 +51.47% 6
South West -38 41 £363 +9.43% 16
Midlands -18 37 £365 +4.29% 15
East of England +1 31 £325 +1.56% 11
West Midlands -26 19 £380 +8.42% 4
East Midlands +16 18 £325 +8.33% 11
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 21 March 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.

1 627 (83.38%) Skype
2 444 (59.04%) Office 365
3 379 (50.40%) Microsoft
4 368 (48.94%) Active Directory
5 359 (47.74%) Windows
6 235 (31.25%) SharePoint
7 204 (27.13%) PowerShell
8 188 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
9 187 (24.87%) MS Exchange
10 176 (23.40%) Windows 10
11 167 (22.21%) Windows Server
12 158 (21.01%) Migration
13 157 (20.88%) Cisco
14 156 (20.74%) SCCM
15 145 (19.28%) ITIL
16 138 (18.35%) Security Cleared
17 132 (17.55%) Microsoft Office
18 124 (16.49%) Citrix
19 122 (16.22%) DNS
20 116 (15.43%) OneDrive
21 114 (15.16%) Finance
22 111 (14.76%) VMware
23 92 (12.23%) SC Cleared
24 91 (12.10%) Exchange Server 2010
25 89 (11.84%) Firewall
26 82 (10.90%) DHCP
27 79 (10.51%) Windows 7
27 79 (10.51%) Azure Active Directory
27 79 (10.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
28 75 (9.97%) VMware Infrastructure

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
1 235 (31.25%) SharePoint
2 187 (24.87%) MS Exchange
3 91 (12.10%) Exchange Server 2010
4 55 (7.31%) Exchange Server 2013
5 31 (4.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 30 (3.99%) IIS
7 29 (3.86%) Exchange Server 2007
8 19 (2.53%) SharePoint 2013
9 12 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2003
10 7 (0.93%) Confluence
10 7 (0.93%) Office Communications Server
11 6 (0.80%) SharePoint 2010
12 5 (0.66%) Tomcat
13 4 (0.53%) CMS
14 3 (0.40%) WebLogic
15 2 (0.27%) Apache
15 2 (0.27%) IBM Domino
16 1 (0.13%) GroupWise
16 1 (0.13%) IBM Notes
16 1 (0.13%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 132 (17.55%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (3.19%) MS Visio
3 22 (2.93%) Microsoft Project
4 21 (2.79%) Microsoft Excel
5 17 (2.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 15 (1.99%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.27%) Shockwave
8 1 (0.13%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 11 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.40%) Eikon
3 1 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.13%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.13%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 444 (59.04%) Office 365
2 188 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 116 (15.43%) OneDrive
4 79 (10.51%) Azure Active Directory
5 45 (5.98%) IaaS
6 33 (4.39%) Amazon AWS
6 33 (4.39%) PaaS
7 28 (3.72%) Mimecast
8 24 (3.19%) Yammer
9 18 (2.39%) Apigee
10 12 (1.60%) Cloud Computing
10 12 (1.60%) SaaS
11 7 (0.93%) Slack
12 3 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
12 3 (0.40%) Google Analytics
13 1 (0.13%) Algolia
13 1 (0.13%) Azure Functions
13 1 (0.13%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 627 (83.38%) Skype
2 122 (16.22%) DNS
3 89 (11.84%) Firewall
4 82 (10.90%) DHCP
5 72 (9.57%) LAN
6 68 (9.04%) WAN
7 67 (8.91%) SAN
8 65 (8.64%) Unified Communications
9 42 (5.59%) VPN
10 36 (4.79%) VoIP
10 36 (4.79%) Wireless
11 28 (3.72%) SSL
12 27 (3.59%) TCP/IP
13 23 (3.06%) SMTP
14 22 (2.93%) Cisco IOS
14 22 (2.93%) Internet
14 22 (2.93%) iSCSI
15 21 (2.79%) Wi-Fi
16 19 (2.53%) NetScaler
17 18 (2.39%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (7.18%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.06%) Big Data
3 7 (0.93%) Power BI
4 4 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (0.40%) SQL Server 2016
6 2 (0.27%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.13%) MS Access
7 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (1.46%) JIRA
2 10 (1.33%) MSI
3 9 (1.20%) WiX
4 8 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (0.93%) Git (software)
6 4 (0.53%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 3 (0.40%) AdminStudio
7 3 (0.40%) InstallShield
8 2 (0.27%) Hudson
9 1 (0.13%) Visual Studio
General
1 114 (15.16%) Finance
2 28 (3.72%) Banking
2 28 (3.72%) Telecoms
3 23 (3.06%) Legal
4 22 (2.93%) Law
5 11 (1.46%) Local Government
6 8 (1.06%) Retail
7 7 (0.93%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.66%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.53%) Marketing
10 3 (0.40%) Advertising
10 3 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.27%) French Language
11 2 (0.27%) Publishing
12 1 (0.13%) Billing
12 1 (0.13%) Games
12 1 (0.13%) German Language
12 1 (0.13%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.13%) Japanese Language
12 1 (0.13%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 76 (10.11%) Analyst
2 74 (9.84%) Office 365 Engineer
3 70 (9.31%) Consultant
4 58 (7.71%) Architect
5 56 (7.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 53 (7.05%) Support Engineer
7 35 (4.65%) Project Manager
8 33 (4.39%) 3rd Line Support
9 32 (4.26%) Exchange Engineer
10 31 (4.12%) Desktop Support
11 30 (3.99%) Developer
11 30 (3.99%) IT Support
11 30 (3.99%) Messaging Engineer
12 27 (3.59%) Desktop Engineer
13 23 (3.06%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 23 (3.06%) Network Engineer
14 22 (2.93%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 20 (2.66%) Service Analyst
15 20 (2.66%) Service Desk Analyst
16 19 (2.53%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (3.19%) .NET
2 20 (2.66%) JSON
2 20 (2.66%) SOAP
3 19 (2.53%) Node.js
3 19 (2.53%) XML
4 18 (2.39%) AngularJS
4 18 (2.39%) HTML
4 18 (2.39%) jQuery
4 18 (2.39%) React
4 18 (2.39%) RESTful
4 18 (2.39%) SignalR
4 18 (2.39%) Software Packaging
4 18 (2.39%) WebSockets
5 16 (2.13%) HTML5
6 15 (1.99%) Natural Language Processing
7 11 (1.46%) LDAP
8 8 (1.06%) WAP
9 7 (0.93%) Middleware
9 7 (0.93%) SAML
10 4 (0.53%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 46 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (5.85%) Video Conferencing
3 39 (5.19%) Data Centre
4 37 (4.92%) PKI
5 29 (3.86%) Clustering
6 26 (3.46%) User Experience
7 23 (3.06%) Blackberry
8 21 (2.79%) Fat Client
8 21 (2.79%) Thin Client
9 20 (2.66%) Mobile App
10 14 (1.86%) Enterprise Software
10 14 (1.86%) Smartphone
11 13 (1.73%) Self-Motivation
12 12 (1.60%) Virtual Team
13 11 (1.46%) iPad
14 8 (1.06%) iPhone
14 8 (1.06%) Management Information System
14 8 (1.06%) Public Cloud
15 6 (0.80%) Handset
15 6 (0.80%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 359 (47.74%) Windows
2 176 (23.40%) Windows 10
3 167 (22.21%) Windows Server
4 79 (10.51%) Windows 7
5 61 (8.11%) Windows Server 2008
6 55 (7.31%) Windows Server 2012
7 33 (4.39%) Linux
8 22 (2.93%) Android
9 19 (2.53%) Windows 8
10 17 (2.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 15 (1.99%) Apple iOS
11 15 (1.99%) CentOS
12 12 (1.60%) Windows Server 2003
13 10 (1.33%) Windows XP
14 6 (0.80%) Mac OS X
15 5 (0.66%) Unix
16 3 (0.40%) VMS
17 2 (0.27%) Mac OS
17 2 (0.27%) NetWare
17 2 (0.27%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 158 (21.01%) Migration
2 145 (19.28%) ITIL
3 79 (10.51%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 53 (7.05%) Agile Software Development
5 52 (6.91%) Service Management
6 51 (6.78%) Project Management
7 44 (5.85%) Problem-Solving
8 36 (4.79%) Continuous Improvement
9 34 (4.52%) Change Management
10 28 (3.72%) Stakeholder Management
11 27 (3.59%) ITSM
12 26 (3.46%) Service Delivery
13 25 (3.32%) Mobile Device Management
14 23 (3.06%) Incident Management
15 22 (2.93%) Analytics
15 22 (2.93%) Problem Management
15 22 (2.93%) Release Management
16 21 (2.79%) Application Packaging
16 21 (2.79%) Load Balancing
17 20 (2.66%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 204 (27.13%) PowerShell
2 55 (7.31%) SQL
3 26 (3.46%) JavaScript
4 24 (3.19%) VB
5 23 (3.06%) Python
6 20 (2.66%) Java
7 19 (2.53%) Bash Shell
8 18 (2.39%) R
9 15 (1.99%) VBScript
10 10 (1.33%) C#
11 6 (0.80%) C
12 4 (0.53%) Perl
13 1 (0.13%) Go
13 1 (0.13%) Kotlin
13 1 (0.13%) PHP
13 1 (0.13%) TypeScript
13 1 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 138 (18.35%) Security Cleared
2 92 (12.23%) SC Cleared
3 60 (7.98%) Microsoft Certification
4 37 (4.92%) Cisco Certification
5 35 (4.65%) MCSE
6 34 (4.52%) MCSA
7 33 (4.39%) CCNA
8 28 (3.72%) Degree
9 24 (3.19%) DV Cleared
10 17 (2.26%) CCNP
11 16 (2.13%) MCP
12 14 (1.86%) ITIL Certification
13 12 (1.60%) CCIE
14 9 (1.20%) CCA
14 9 (1.20%) Citrix Certification
14 9 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
14 9 (1.20%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 8 (1.06%) PMI Certification
16 5 (0.66%) PMP
17 4 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (3.72%) SLA
2 11 (1.46%) GDPR
3 8 (1.06%) PMO
4 7 (0.93%) Dodd-Frank
4 7 (0.93%) MiFID
5 3 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 2 (0.27%) QA
7 1 (0.13%) Government Security Classifications
7 1 (0.13%) OASIS TOSCA
System Software
1 368 (48.94%) Active Directory
2 75 (9.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 62 (8.24%) Hyper-V
4 57 (7.58%) XenApp
5 42 (5.59%) VMware ESXi
6 35 (4.65%) XenDesktop
7 28 (3.72%) Microsoft App-V
8 20 (2.66%) Virtual Machines
9 13 (1.73%) vSphere
9 13 (1.73%) XenServer
10 8 (1.06%) BitLocker
10 8 (1.06%) DFS Replication
11 7 (0.93%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 7 (0.93%) Virtual Desktop
12 5 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 5 (0.66%) Terminal Services
12 5 (0.66%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.53%) Firmware
14 3 (0.40%) VMware Workstation
14 3 (0.40%) Xen
Systems Management
1 156 (20.74%) SCCM
2 65 (8.64%) Microsoft Intune
3 37 (4.92%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 30 (3.99%) SCOM
5 20 (2.66%) NetBackup
5 20 (2.66%) Single Sign-On
6 18 (2.39%) Microsoft Clustering
7 17 (2.26%) AirWatch
8 15 (1.99%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 15 (1.99%) QRadar
9 14 (1.86%) SCOrch
10 10 (1.33%) Cisco UCCE
10 10 (1.33%) Cisco UCCX
10 10 (1.33%) WSUS
11 7 (0.93%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 7 (0.93%) vCenter Server
12 6 (0.80%) Cisco CUCM
13 5 (0.66%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 4 (0.53%) Norton AntiVirus
15 3 (0.40%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 379 (50.40%) Microsoft
2 157 (20.88%) Cisco
3 124 (16.49%) Citrix
4 111 (14.76%) VMware
5 61 (8.11%) Symantec
6 41 (5.45%) IronPort
7 40 (5.32%) ServiceNow
8 24 (3.19%) HP
9 23 (3.06%) Dell
9 23 (3.06%) F5
9 23 (3.06%) Juniper
10 22 (2.93%) Apple
10 22 (2.93%) Veritas
11 19 (2.53%) Polycom
12 17 (2.26%) CheckPoint
13 15 (1.99%) Palo Alto
13 15 (1.99%) Proofpoint
14 14 (1.86%) Avaya
14 14 (1.86%) Clearswift
15 13 (1.73%) Sonus