Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 323 307 274
Rank change year-on-year -16 -33 -15
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 750 772 947
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.80% 0.84% 0.96%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.74% 5.02% 5.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 496 511 606
England median daily rate £380 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.33% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £181 £208 £206
90th Percentile £566 £525 £500
UK median daily rate £380 £366 £350
% change year-on-year +3.83% +4.57% +0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 26 49
England median hourly rate £14.75 £16.35 £17.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.76% -4.42% +3.64%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.88 £13.13
90th Percentile £41.75 £43.00 £38.10
UK median hourly rate £14.00 £15.69 £17.10
% change year-on-year -10.77% -8.25% +6.88%

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 15,824 15,375 18,401
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.79% 16.83% 18.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,430 10,114 12,156
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £256
90th Percentile £631 £613 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £420
% change year-on-year +2.27% +4.76% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 385 384 478
England median hourly rate £21.50 £20.71 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.84% +3.53% +5.26%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.90
90th Percentile £50.95 £48.75 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £21.38 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +6.88% - +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 18 October 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 18 October 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 18 October 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 +27 344 £400 +6.67% 50
South East -24 171 £375 -6.25% 21
North of England -27 107 £350 +20.69% 23
North West +11 71 £310 - 9
South West -19 45 £390 +4.00% 11
East of England -35 44 £375 -16.67% 13
Midlands -42 37 £375 +7.07% 15
West Midlands -37 30 £375 - 11
Yorkshire -16 26 £413 +65.00% 8
North East -34 10 £525 +89.19% 6
East Midlands -3 7 £233 -7.00% 4
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 18 October 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.

1 624 (83.20%) Skype
2 471 (62.80%) Office 365
3 415 (55.33%) Microsoft
4 406 (54.13%) Windows
5 363 (48.40%) Active Directory
6 206 (27.47%) MS Exchange
7 193 (25.73%) Windows 10
8 183 (24.40%) Windows Server
9 181 (24.13%) SharePoint
10 178 (23.73%) ITIL
11 163 (21.73%) Migration
12 158 (21.07%) Microsoft Azure
13 155 (20.67%) SCCM
14 153 (20.40%) PowerShell
15 139 (18.53%) Citrix
16 138 (18.40%) Microsoft Office
17 133 (17.73%) VMware
18 132 (17.60%) Cisco
19 125 (16.67%) Security Cleared
20 117 (15.60%) DNS
21 108 (14.40%) Windows 7
22 97 (12.93%) Firewall
22 97 (12.93%) Finance
23 95 (12.67%) SC Cleared
24 87 (11.60%) VMware Infrastructure
25 86 (11.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 83 (11.07%) OneDrive
27 82 (10.93%) Exchange Server 2010
28 78 (10.40%) DHCP
29 75 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008

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
1 206 (27.47%) MS Exchange
2 181 (24.13%) SharePoint
3 82 (10.93%) Exchange Server 2010
4 50 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2013
5 25 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2007
6 23 (3.07%) SharePoint 2013
7 18 (2.40%) IIS
8 13 (1.73%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 13 (1.73%) Exchange Server 2003
9 9 (1.20%) Office Communications Server
10 4 (0.53%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.40%) Confluence
11 3 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
11 3 (0.40%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.27%) BizTalk Server
12 2 (0.27%) CMS
12 2 (0.27%) IBM Domino
12 2 (0.27%) JBoss
12 2 (0.27%) WebSphere
13 1 (0.13%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 138 (18.40%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (3.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (2.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (1.87%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.53%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.13%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.13%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.13%) Mozilla Thunderbird
6 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.13%) Line 50
2 1 (0.13%) Sage X3
2 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.13%) SAP MDG
2 1 (0.13%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 471 (62.80%) Office 365
2 158 (21.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 83 (11.07%) OneDrive
4 65 (8.67%) Azure Active Directory
5 42 (5.60%) Yammer
6 28 (3.73%) IaaS
7 21 (2.80%) Amazon AWS
8 17 (2.27%) Mimecast
9 15 (2.00%) SaaS
10 11 (1.47%) Cloud Computing
10 11 (1.47%) PaaS
11 3 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.40%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.27%) Slack
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.13%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 1 (0.13%) Dynamics 365
13 1 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 624 (83.20%) Skype
2 117 (15.60%) DNS
3 97 (12.93%) Firewall
4 78 (10.40%) DHCP
5 61 (8.13%) WAN
6 58 (7.73%) Unified Communications
7 55 (7.33%) VPN
8 54 (7.20%) VoIP
9 52 (6.93%) LAN
10 44 (5.87%) SAN
11 37 (4.93%) SMTP
12 32 (4.27%) TCP/IP
13 28 (3.73%) Wireless
14 27 (3.60%) NetScaler
15 26 (3.47%) PBX
16 25 (3.33%) MPLS
17 24 (3.20%) VLAN
18 20 (2.67%) Fibre Channel
18 20 (2.67%) Telepresence
19 18 (2.40%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (9.20%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.87%) Power BI
3 10 (1.33%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (0.53%) Oracle Database
5 3 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.27%) Blockchain
6 2 (0.27%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.27%) MySQL
6 2 (0.27%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.13%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.13%) Big Data
7 1 (0.13%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.13%) MS Access
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle Discoverer
7 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 6 (0.80%) JIRA
2 3 (0.40%) MSI
3 2 (0.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.13%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.13%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.13%) Subversion
4 1 (0.13%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.13%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 97 (12.93%) Finance
2 18 (2.40%) Telecoms
3 15 (2.00%) Banking
3 15 (2.00%) Retail
4 13 (1.73%) Legal
5 11 (1.47%) Back Office
6 9 (1.20%) Local Government
7 6 (0.80%) Law
7 6 (0.80%) Military
7 6 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
8 4 (0.53%) German Language
8 4 (0.53%) Investment Banking
8 4 (0.53%) Publishing
9 3 (0.40%) Advertising
10 2 (0.27%) Dutch Language
10 2 (0.27%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.27%) French Language
10 2 (0.27%) Games
10 2 (0.27%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.13%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 97 (12.93%) Analyst
2 77 (10.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 73 (9.73%) Support Engineer
4 63 (8.40%) Consultant
5 50 (6.67%) Architect
6 42 (5.60%) Desktop Support
7 41 (5.47%) Office 365 Engineer
8 40 (5.33%) Project Manager
9 39 (5.20%) 2nd Line Support
10 34 (4.53%) IT Support
10 34 (4.53%) Support Analyst
11 31 (4.13%) Service Analyst
11 31 (4.13%) Unified Communications Engineer
12 30 (4.00%) IT Engineer
13 28 (3.73%) Exchange Engineer
13 28 (3.73%) Service Desk Analyst
14 27 (3.60%) Administrator
15 26 (3.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 23 (3.07%) 1st/2nd Line Support
16 23 (3.07%) Lync Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (2.53%) LDAP
2 9 (1.20%) XMPP
3 7 (0.93%) .NET
3 7 (0.93%) 802.1X
3 7 (0.93%) Software Packaging
4 5 (0.67%) SAML
5 4 (0.53%) ADSI
6 3 (0.40%) Web Services
7 2 (0.27%) OAuth
7 2 (0.27%) REST
7 2 (0.27%) SOAP
7 2 (0.27%) XML
8 1 (0.13%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.13%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.13%) COM
8 1 (0.13%) JSON
8 1 (0.13%) MAPI
8 1 (0.13%) Middleware
8 1 (0.13%) Node.js
8 1 (0.13%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 53 (7.07%) Video Conferencing
2 44 (5.87%) Data Centre
3 41 (5.47%) Analytical Skills
4 37 (4.93%) PKI
5 31 (4.13%) User Experience
6 30 (4.00%) Fat Client
6 30 (4.00%) Thin Client
7 27 (3.60%) Clustering
8 20 (2.67%) Self-Motivation
9 16 (2.13%) Blackberry
9 16 (2.13%) Handset
10 15 (2.00%) iPhone
11 10 (1.33%) iPad
11 10 (1.33%) Replication
12 9 (1.20%) Mobile App
13 8 (1.07%) Client/Server
13 8 (1.07%) IVR
13 8 (1.07%) Management Information System
14 6 (0.80%) Public Cloud
14 6 (0.80%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 406 (54.13%) Windows
2 193 (25.73%) Windows 10
3 183 (24.40%) Windows Server
4 108 (14.40%) Windows 7
5 75 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 54 (7.20%) Windows Server 2012
7 34 (4.53%) Android
8 33 (4.40%) Windows Server 2003
9 25 (3.33%) Linux
10 23 (3.07%) Windows 8
11 20 (2.67%) Apple iOS
12 12 (1.60%) Windows XP
13 8 (1.07%) Mac OS
14 6 (0.80%) Unix
15 3 (0.40%) Solaris
16 2 (0.27%) Mac OS X
16 2 (0.27%) SUSE
17 1 (0.13%) AIX
17 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone
17 1 (0.13%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (23.73%) ITIL
2 163 (21.73%) Migration
3 86 (11.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 60 (8.00%) Problem-Solving
5 48 (6.40%) Project Management
6 45 (6.00%) Change Management
7 38 (5.07%) Agile Software Development
8 34 (4.53%) Service Management
9 28 (3.73%) Disaster Recovery
9 28 (3.73%) Stakeholder Management
10 26 (3.47%) PRINCE2
11 25 (3.33%) Mentoring
12 19 (2.53%) Application Packaging
12 19 (2.53%) ITSM
12 19 (2.53%) Service Delivery
13 18 (2.40%) CRM
13 18 (2.40%) High Availability
13 18 (2.40%) Kalman Filter
13 18 (2.40%) Presales
14 17 (2.27%) Email Filtering
Programming Languages
1 153 (20.40%) PowerShell
2 47 (6.27%) SQL
3 21 (2.80%) VBScript
4 10 (1.33%) VB
5 9 (1.20%) C
6 4 (0.53%) Perl
6 4 (0.53%) Python
7 3 (0.40%) Java
8 2 (0.27%) Go
9 1 (0.13%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.13%) C#
9 1 (0.13%) C++
9 1 (0.13%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.13%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 125 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 95 (12.67%) SC Cleared
3 46 (6.13%) Microsoft Certification
4 36 (4.80%) Degree
5 32 (4.27%) DV Cleared
6 24 (3.20%) MCSE
7 23 (3.07%) Cisco Certification
8 20 (2.67%) CCNA
9 19 (2.53%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 17 (2.27%) CCNP
11 13 (1.73%) MCP
12 12 (1.60%) Citrix Certification
12 12 (1.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 11 (1.47%) CCA
14 9 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
14 9 (1.20%) MCITP
14 9 (1.20%) MCSA
15 8 (1.07%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 6 (0.80%) APMP
16 6 (0.80%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (3.20%) SLA
2 10 (1.33%) QA
3 5 (0.67%) GDPR
3 5 (0.67%) JSP 440
4 3 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.27%) GMP
5 2 (0.27%) Government Security Classifications
5 2 (0.27%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.27%) PMO
6 1 (0.13%) MiFID
6 1 (0.13%) OASIS TOSCA
System Software
1 363 (48.40%) Active Directory
2 87 (11.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 69 (9.20%) Hyper-V
4 57 (7.60%) XenApp
5 43 (5.73%) VMware ESXi
6 40 (5.33%) XenDesktop
7 24 (3.20%) Microsoft App-V
8 17 (2.27%) XenServer
9 14 (1.87%) vSphere
10 12 (1.60%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 12 (1.60%) Virtual Desktop
11 11 (1.47%) DFS Replication
11 11 (1.47%) Terminal Services
12 9 (1.20%) Forefront TMG
13 8 (1.07%) BitLocker
14 5 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
15 3 (0.40%) Xen
16 2 (0.27%) Docker
17 1 (0.13%) iptables
17 1 (0.13%) KVM
Systems Management
1 155 (20.67%) SCCM
2 56 (7.47%) Microsoft Intune
3 33 (4.40%) SCOM
4 11 (1.47%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 10 (1.33%) Cisco CUCM
5 10 (1.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 9 (1.20%) Microsoft Clustering
6 9 (1.20%) Single Sign-On
7 8 (1.07%) Backup Exec
8 7 (0.93%) NetBackup
8 7 (0.93%) PingFederate
8 7 (0.93%) WSUS
9 6 (0.80%) AirWatch
9 6 (0.80%) Failover Clustering
10 5 (0.67%) Norton AntiVirus
10 5 (0.67%) SCOrch
10 5 (0.67%) vCenter Server
11 4 (0.53%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 4 (0.53%) OVSD
11 4 (0.53%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 415 (55.33%) Microsoft
2 139 (18.53%) Citrix
3 133 (17.73%) VMware
4 132 (17.60%) Cisco
5 37 (4.93%) Polycom
6 35 (4.67%) Apple
7 29 (3.87%) Dell
8 28 (3.73%) HP
9 24 (3.20%) Symantec
10 23 (3.07%) Avaya
11 20 (2.67%) NetApp
12 19 (2.53%) ServiceNow
12 19 (2.53%) SolarWinds
13 14 (1.87%) CheckPoint
13 14 (1.87%) Mitel
14 13 (1.73%) Wyse
15 12 (1.60%) Meraki
16 11 (1.47%) 3PAR
16 11 (1.47%) Aruba
16 11 (1.47%) Sonus