Period
to 21 April 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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 332 288 321
Rank change year-on-year -44 +33 -40
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 693 719 738
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.75% 0.84% 0.75%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.51% 4.90% 4.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 452 464 471
England median daily rate £352 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.00% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £169 £225 £225
90th Percentile £538 £600 £563
UK median daily rate £350 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -12.50% - +17.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 28 38
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.25 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.59% -18.89% +26.76%
10th Percentile £11.20 £12.00 £11.32
90th Percentile £44.30 £28.10 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +8.11% -17.78% +25.00%

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 15,351 14,676 16,804
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.56% 17.22% 17.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,236 9,493 10,897
England median daily rate £455 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.06% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £250
90th Percentile £625 £606 £588
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 348 300 419
England median hourly rate £19.00 £20.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.32% +2.50% +6.95%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.75
UK median hourly rate £18.95 £19.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year -2.85% -4.88% +10.81%

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 April 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 21 April 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 21 April 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 -47 322 £364 -19.22% 67
South East -24 162 £375 +3.45% 26
South West +45 65 £345 +6.15% 5
North of England -45 62 £300 +3.45% 22
North West -3 43 £300 -4.00% 16
East of England -17 39 £320 -8.57% 7
Midlands -14 37 £350 -17.65% 15
West Midlands -3 22 £425 -10.53% 6
East Midlands -3 15 £300 +4.35% 9
Yorkshire -18 14 £288 -17.86% 4
North East +4 6 £400 +45.45% 2
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 21 April 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.

1 562 (81.10%) Skype
2 385 (55.56%) Windows
3 366 (52.81%) Office 365
4 341 (49.21%) Microsoft
5 302 (43.58%) Active Directory
6 191 (27.56%) SharePoint
7 186 (26.84%) MS Exchange
8 170 (24.53%) PowerShell
9 167 (24.10%) Windows 10
10 163 (23.52%) Windows Server
11 153 (22.08%) Citrix
12 147 (21.21%) ITIL
13 141 (20.35%) VMware
14 138 (19.91%) SCCM
15 134 (19.34%) Microsoft Office
16 131 (18.90%) Cisco
17 130 (18.76%) Migration
18 127 (18.33%) Microsoft Azure
19 114 (16.45%) Windows 7
20 113 (16.31%) Security Cleared
21 102 (14.72%) Windows Server 2008
22 95 (13.71%) VMware Infrastructure
22 95 (13.71%) Exchange Server 2010
23 93 (13.42%) DNS
24 79 (11.40%) Finance
24 79 (11.40%) DHCP
24 79 (11.40%) SC Cleared
25 78 (11.26%) OneDrive
26 77 (11.11%) Firewall
27 69 (9.96%) Microsoft Certification

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
1 191 (27.56%) SharePoint
2 186 (26.84%) MS Exchange
3 95 (13.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 65 (9.38%) Exchange Server 2013
5 31 (4.47%) Exchange Server 2007
6 23 (3.32%) SharePoint 2013
7 13 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2003
8 9 (1.30%) IIS
9 7 (1.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
10 5 (0.72%) CMS
11 2 (0.29%) Apache
11 2 (0.29%) GroupWise
12 1 (0.14%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 134 (19.34%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (5.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 31 (4.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.15%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.58%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.43%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 24 (3.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.14%) Line 50
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.14%) Sage X3
4 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.14%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 366 (52.81%) Office 365
2 127 (18.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 78 (11.26%) OneDrive
4 36 (5.19%) Azure Active Directory
5 32 (4.62%) IaaS
6 28 (4.04%) PaaS
7 19 (2.74%) Yammer
8 14 (2.02%) Amazon AWS
9 12 (1.73%) SaaS
10 8 (1.15%) Dynamics 365
11 7 (1.01%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.29%) Adobe Creative Cloud
13 1 (0.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.14%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.14%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 1 (0.14%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.14%) G Suite
13 1 (0.14%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 562 (81.10%) Skype
2 93 (13.42%) DNS
3 79 (11.40%) DHCP
4 77 (11.11%) Firewall
5 67 (9.67%) Unified Communications
6 53 (7.65%) WAN
7 52 (7.50%) SAN
8 45 (6.49%) LAN
9 44 (6.35%) VoIP
10 42 (6.06%) VPN
11 31 (4.47%) NetScaler
12 25 (3.61%) PSTN
13 24 (3.46%) TCP/IP
14 23 (3.32%) iSCSI
15 20 (2.89%) Fibre Channel
16 18 (2.60%) SMTP
17 17 (2.45%) PBX
17 17 (2.45%) Wireless
18 16 (2.31%) SSL
19 14 (2.02%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (9.52%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.30%) Azure SQL Database
2 9 (1.30%) Power BI
2 9 (1.30%) SQL Server 2005
3 6 (0.87%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (0.43%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.29%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.29%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.14%) Big Data
6 1 (0.14%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
6 1 (0.14%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.14%) MySQL
6 1 (0.14%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.14%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.14%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 8 (1.15%) JIRA
2 4 (0.58%) MSI
3 2 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.14%) CruiseControl
4 1 (0.14%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.14%) Hudson
4 1 (0.14%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.14%) Subversion
4 1 (0.14%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.14%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 79 (11.40%) Finance
2 25 (3.61%) Telecoms
3 22 (3.17%) Banking
4 17 (2.45%) Legal
5 16 (2.31%) Retail
6 13 (1.88%) Law
6 13 (1.88%) Local Government
7 8 (1.15%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.15%) Marketing
8 6 (0.87%) Electronics
8 6 (0.87%) German Language
9 3 (0.43%) Advertising
9 3 (0.43%) French Language
9 3 (0.43%) Games
9 3 (0.43%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.43%) Military
10 2 (0.29%) Back Office
10 2 (0.29%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.14%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 89 (12.84%) Analyst
2 59 (8.51%) Consultant
3 53 (7.65%) Support Engineer
4 51 (7.36%) Architect
5 45 (6.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 44 (6.35%) Trainer
7 43 (6.20%) Project Manager
7 43 (6.20%) Unified Communications Engineer
8 42 (6.06%) Desktop Support
9 37 (5.34%) 2nd Line Support
10 36 (5.19%) Support Analyst
11 31 (4.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 28 (4.04%) 1st/2nd Line Support
12 28 (4.04%) IT Support
12 28 (4.04%) Office 365 Engineer
13 24 (3.46%) IT Analyst
14 23 (3.32%) 3rd Line Support
14 23 (3.32%) Exchange Engineer
14 23 (3.32%) IT Trainer
15 21 (3.03%) Lync Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (1.59%) 802.1X
2 6 (0.87%) .NET
2 6 (0.87%) XMPP
3 3 (0.43%) Web Services
4 2 (0.29%) ASP.NET
4 2 (0.29%) LDAP
4 2 (0.29%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.14%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.14%) CSS
5 1 (0.14%) HTML
5 1 (0.14%) Middleware
5 1 (0.14%) Node.js
5 1 (0.14%) REST
5 1 (0.14%) SAML
5 1 (0.14%) SOAP
5 1 (0.14%) WCF
5 1 (0.14%) WebRTC
5 1 (0.14%) WF
5 1 (0.14%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 50 (7.22%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (5.48%) Data Centre
3 33 (4.76%) Video Conferencing
4 32 (4.62%) Self-Motivation
5 29 (4.18%) Blackberry
6 25 (3.61%) Management Information System
6 25 (3.61%) PKI
7 22 (3.17%) Clustering
7 22 (3.17%) iPhone
8 17 (2.45%) Smartphone
9 15 (2.16%) e-Learning
10 13 (1.88%) Computer Science
11 12 (1.73%) Replication
12 11 (1.59%) BYOD
13 9 (1.30%) iPad
14 8 (1.15%) Fat Client
14 8 (1.15%) Thin Client
14 8 (1.15%) User Experience
15 6 (0.87%) CESG
15 6 (0.87%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 385 (55.56%) Windows
2 167 (24.10%) Windows 10
3 163 (23.52%) Windows Server
4 114 (16.45%) Windows 7
5 102 (14.72%) Windows Server 2008
6 67 (9.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 40 (5.77%) Android
8 37 (5.34%) Linux
9 35 (5.05%) Apple iOS
10 26 (3.75%) Windows 8
11 21 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
12 14 (2.02%) Mac OS
13 9 (1.30%) Unix
13 9 (1.30%) Windows Vista
13 9 (1.30%) Windows XP
14 7 (1.01%) SUSE
15 5 (0.72%) Solaris
16 4 (0.58%) Windows 2000 Server
17 3 (0.43%) AIX
17 3 (0.43%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 147 (21.21%) ITIL
2 130 (18.76%) Migration
3 59 (8.51%) Problem-Solving
4 55 (7.94%) Project Management
5 54 (7.79%) Change Management
6 39 (5.63%) PRINCE2
7 36 (5.19%) Agile Software Development
8 31 (4.47%) Stakeholder Management
9 29 (4.18%) Problem Management
9 29 (4.18%) Service Management
10 28 (4.04%) CRM
11 27 (3.90%) ITIL V3
12 26 (3.75%) Service Delivery
12 26 (3.75%) TOGAF
13 24 (3.46%) Kalman Filter
14 22 (3.17%) Information Security
15 20 (2.89%) Disaster Recovery
15 20 (2.89%) Email Filtering
16 17 (2.45%) Continuous Improvement
16 17 (2.45%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 170 (24.53%) PowerShell
2 57 (8.23%) SQL
3 18 (2.60%) VBScript
4 6 (0.87%) Java
5 4 (0.58%) C
6 3 (0.43%) VB
7 2 (0.29%) Perl
8 1 (0.14%) C#
8 1 (0.14%) C++
8 1 (0.14%) Go
8 1 (0.14%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.14%) Python
8 1 (0.14%) Ruby
8 1 (0.14%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 113 (16.31%) Security Cleared
2 79 (11.40%) SC Cleared
3 69 (9.96%) Microsoft Certification
4 41 (5.92%) DV Cleared
5 37 (5.34%) MCSE
6 34 (4.91%) Degree
7 32 (4.62%) Cisco Certification
8 25 (3.61%) ITIL Certification
9 22 (3.17%) MCSA
10 18 (2.60%) CCNP
10 18 (2.60%) MCP
10 18 (2.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 17 (2.45%) CCNA
12 15 (2.16%) CCIE
13 11 (1.59%) MCITP
14 10 (1.44%) Citrix Certification
15 8 (1.15%) CCA
16 7 (1.01%) BPSS Clearance
16 7 (1.01%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 6 (0.87%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.31%) SLA
2 15 (2.16%) PMO
3 8 (1.15%) QA
4 3 (0.43%) GDPR
5 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.14%) NIST 800
System Software
1 302 (43.58%) Active Directory
2 95 (13.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 63 (9.09%) Hyper-V
4 49 (7.07%) XenApp
5 34 (4.91%) VMware ESXi
6 32 (4.62%) vSphere
7 31 (4.47%) XenDesktop
8 26 (3.75%) Microsoft App-V
9 21 (3.03%) XenServer
10 13 (1.88%) DFS Replication
11 11 (1.59%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 11 (1.59%) Virtual Desktop
12 10 (1.44%) BitLocker
13 8 (1.15%) NFS
14 7 (1.01%) VMware Workstation
15 6 (0.87%) Terminal Services
16 4 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
17 3 (0.43%) ISA Server
18 2 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
18 2 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 138 (19.91%) SCCM
2 54 (7.79%) SCOM
3 30 (4.33%) Microsoft Intune
4 21 (3.03%) McAfee ePO
5 18 (2.60%) Norton AntiVirus
5 18 (2.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 16 (2.31%) AirWatch
6 16 (2.31%) Cisco CUCM
6 16 (2.31%) WSUS
7 15 (2.16%) Backup Exec
8 11 (1.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 11 (1.59%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 11 (1.59%) vCenter Server
9 10 (1.44%) Microsoft Clustering
9 10 (1.44%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 8 (1.15%) NetBackup
11 6 (0.87%) Cisco UCCX
11 6 (0.87%) EMC NetWorker
11 6 (0.87%) HP Data Protector
11 6 (0.87%) Netcool
Vendors
1 341 (49.21%) Microsoft
2 153 (22.08%) Citrix
3 141 (20.35%) VMware
4 131 (18.90%) Cisco
5 48 (6.93%) HP
6 41 (5.92%) Avaya
6 41 (5.92%) Symantec
7 32 (4.62%) NetApp
7 32 (4.62%) ServiceNow
8 30 (4.33%) Apple
8 30 (4.33%) Dell
9 26 (3.75%) McAfee
10 21 (3.03%) IBM
11 20 (2.89%) Remedy
12 19 (2.74%) Ivanti
12 19 (2.74%) Polycom
12 19 (2.74%) SAP
13 17 (2.45%) SolarWinds
13 17 (2.45%) Sonus
14 15 (2.16%) Oracle