Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 309 269 280
Rank change year-on-year -40 +11 +7
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 775 924 929
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.82% 0.96% 0.89%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.94% 5.15% 5.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 512 574 597
England median daily rate £364 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.04% +2.86% -6.67%
10th Percentile £201 £205 £161
90th Percentile £525 £500 £525
UK median daily rate £360 £355 £350
% change year-on-year +1.41% +1.43% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 48 42
England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.80 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +8.39% -6.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £13.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.00 £37.95 £33.63
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.80 £15.50
% change year-on-year +1.19% +8.39% -3.13%

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 15692 17952 18535
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 16.69% 18.58% 17.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 10391 11721 11797
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +5.26%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £235
90th Percentile £613 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 447 553
England median hourly rate £20.71 £20.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +2.56% +8.33%
10th Percentile £11.00 £12.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £49.05 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £20.00

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 20 November 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 6 months to 20 November 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 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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 -81 294 £363 -9.38% 44
South East +19 186 £400 +14.29% 16
North of England +3 108 £300 -6.98% 11
South West +24 64 £400 +23.08% 7
Midlands -5 61 £351 -12.38% 14
East of England -3 59 £356 +18.75% 8
North West +23 50 £300 -7.69% 5
West Midlands +7 47 £375 +6.16% 7
North East +19 36 £303 +0.83% 1
Yorkshire -3 24 £250 -28.57% 5
East Midlands +3 16 £250 -39.39% 7
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 569 (73.42%) Skype
2 421 (54.32%) Windows
3 409 (52.77%) Microsoft
4 399 (51.48%) Office 365
5 341 (44.00%) Active Directory
6 239 (30.84%) MS Exchange
7 223 (28.77%) SharePoint
8 175 (22.58%) Windows Server
9 174 (22.45%) Citrix
10 172 (22.19%) VMware
11 165 (21.29%) PowerShell
12 160 (20.65%) Migration
13 149 (19.23%) Cisco
14 144 (18.58%) Exchange Server 2010
15 140 (18.06%) SCCM
16 137 (17.68%) Windows 10
17 131 (16.90%) ITIL
18 121 (15.61%) Microsoft Office
19 118 (15.23%) Microsoft Azure
20 111 (14.32%) Finance
20 111 (14.32%) Security Cleared
21 110 (14.19%) Windows Server 2008
22 101 (13.03%) Exchange Server 2013
23 91 (11.74%) Windows 7
24 90 (11.61%) Hyper-V
25 89 (11.48%) Unified Communications
26 87 (11.23%) Windows Server 2012
27 85 (10.97%) DNS
28 81 (10.45%) VMware Infrastructure
29 80 (10.32%) Firewall

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
1 239 (30.84%) MS Exchange
2 223 (28.77%) SharePoint
3 144 (18.58%) Exchange Server 2010
4 101 (13.03%) Exchange Server 2013
5 36 (4.65%) Exchange Server 2007
6 30 (3.87%) SharePoint 2013
7 25 (3.23%) SharePoint 2010
8 13 (1.68%) Office Communications Server
9 12 (1.55%) BizTalk Server
10 11 (1.42%) IIS
11 10 (1.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 10 (1.29%) CMS
12 8 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2003
12 8 (1.03%) OpenStack
13 4 (0.52%) IBM Notes
13 4 (0.52%) SharePoint Server
14 3 (0.39%) Live Communications Server
15 1 (0.13%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 121 (15.61%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (3.10%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (2.06%) MS Visio
4 14 (1.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (1.16%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 20 (2.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.52%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.13%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 399 (51.48%) Office 365
2 118 (15.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 64 (8.26%) OneDrive
4 46 (5.94%) IaaS
5 34 (4.39%) PaaS
6 31 (4.00%) Yammer
7 30 (3.87%) Azure Active Directory
8 23 (2.97%) Amazon AWS
9 8 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
10 7 (0.90%) SaaS
11 4 (0.52%) Slack
11 4 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 3 (0.39%) Mimecast
13 2 (0.26%) Adobe Creative Cloud
14 1 (0.13%) Azure Data Factory
14 1 (0.13%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 569 (73.42%) Skype
2 89 (11.48%) Unified Communications
3 85 (10.97%) DNS
4 80 (10.32%) Firewall
5 67 (8.65%) DHCP
6 58 (7.48%) VoIP
7 55 (7.10%) NetScaler
8 45 (5.81%) WAN
9 44 (5.68%) LAN
10 39 (5.03%) Wireless
11 38 (4.90%) SAN
12 35 (4.52%) VPN
13 28 (3.61%) TCP/IP
14 26 (3.35%) PBX
15 23 (2.97%) Cisco IOS
16 18 (2.32%) OSPF
17 17 (2.19%) BGP
17 17 (2.19%) NAS
18 16 (2.06%) Network Security
18 16 (2.06%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (9.03%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.81%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (1.55%) Azure SQL Database
3 12 (1.55%) Blockchain
4 9 (1.16%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (0.77%) SQL Server 2005
6 4 (0.52%) EDRMS
7 3 (0.39%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.26%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (0.26%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.13%) Big Data
9 1 (0.13%) Data Lake
9 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.13%) HDInsight
9 1 (0.13%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.13%) MySQL
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.13%) Power BI
9 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 10 (1.29%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (1.16%) Visual Studio
3 5 (0.65%) MSI
4 3 (0.39%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (0.26%) Cucumber
5 2 (0.26%) JIRA
5 2 (0.26%) SpecFlow
5 2 (0.26%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 111 (14.32%) Finance
2 66 (8.52%) Banking
3 35 (4.52%) Telecoms
4 18 (2.32%) Legal
5 10 (1.29%) Retail Banking
6 9 (1.16%) Manufacturing
7 7 (0.90%) Local Government
8 6 (0.77%) Law
8 6 (0.77%) Retail
9 4 (0.52%) Back Office
9 4 (0.52%) French Language
9 4 (0.52%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.39%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.39%) Marketing
11 2 (0.26%) Automotive
11 2 (0.26%) Electronics
12 1 (0.13%) Advertising
12 1 (0.13%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.13%) German Language
12 1 (0.13%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 108 (13.94%) Analyst
2 103 (13.29%) Consultant
3 54 (6.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 52 (6.71%) Architect
5 49 (6.32%) Project Manager
6 46 (5.94%) Support Engineer
7 42 (5.42%) Support Analyst
8 37 (4.77%) Office 365 Engineer
9 35 (4.52%) Desktop Support
10 33 (4.26%) Designer
11 31 (4.00%) Trainer
12 29 (3.74%) Solutions Designer
13 28 (3.61%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 28 (3.61%) Unified Communications Engineer
14 27 (3.48%) 2nd Line Support
15 26 (3.35%) Office 365 Consultant
16 24 (3.10%) 3rd Line Support
16 24 (3.10%) IT Trainer
17 23 (2.97%) IT Support
18 22 (2.84%) Lync Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.71%) XMPP
2 16 (2.06%) .NET
3 10 (1.29%) 802.1X
4 8 (1.03%) XML
5 5 (0.65%) ASP.NET
6 4 (0.52%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.26%) COM
7 2 (0.26%) Gherkin
7 2 (0.26%) OAuth
7 2 (0.26%) Velocity
7 2 (0.26%) Windows SharePoint Services
8 1 (0.13%) ADO
8 1 (0.13%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.13%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (0.13%) CSS
8 1 (0.13%) Middleware
8 1 (0.13%) SAML
8 1 (0.13%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 1 (0.13%) WAP
8 1 (0.13%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 53 (6.84%) Analytical Skills
2 48 (6.19%) Video Conferencing
3 31 (4.00%) Data Centre
4 30 (3.87%) Clustering
5 29 (3.74%) Blackberry
6 22 (2.84%) Management Information System
7 21 (2.71%) PKI
8 20 (2.58%) CESG
8 20 (2.58%) Replication
9 15 (1.94%) User Experience
10 11 (1.42%) Computer Science
11 10 (1.29%) Greenfield Project
11 10 (1.29%) iPhone
12 8 (1.03%) IVR
13 7 (0.90%) Private Cloud
14 6 (0.77%) BYOD
14 6 (0.77%) EMC VNX
14 6 (0.77%) Enterprise Software
15 5 (0.65%) Public Cloud
15 5 (0.65%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 421 (54.32%) Windows
2 175 (22.58%) Windows Server
3 137 (17.68%) Windows 10
4 110 (14.19%) Windows Server 2008
5 91 (11.74%) Windows 7
6 87 (11.23%) Windows Server 2012
7 31 (4.00%) Linux
8 23 (2.97%) Android
8 23 (2.97%) Windows 8
9 13 (1.68%) Windows Server 2003
10 11 (1.42%) Apple iOS
11 9 (1.16%) SUSE
12 8 (1.03%) Mac OS
13 5 (0.65%) Unix
14 4 (0.52%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.52%) Solaris
14 4 (0.52%) Windows 2000 Server
14 4 (0.52%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (20.65%) Migration
2 131 (16.90%) ITIL
3 48 (6.19%) Change Management
4 44 (5.68%) Project Management
5 40 (5.16%) Agile Software Development
6 39 (5.03%) TOGAF
7 32 (4.13%) Problem Management
7 32 (4.13%) Service Delivery
7 32 (4.13%) Stakeholder Management
8 29 (3.74%) Service Management
9 27 (3.48%) PRINCE2
10 25 (3.23%) Presales
11 23 (2.97%) Disaster Recovery
12 22 (2.84%) CRM
13 21 (2.71%) Business Intelligence
13 21 (2.71%) Disk Encryption
13 21 (2.71%) ITSM
14 20 (2.58%) Customer Requirements
14 20 (2.58%) Desktop Virtualisation
15 17 (2.19%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 165 (21.29%) PowerShell
2 55 (7.10%) SQL
3 32 (4.13%) VBScript
4 9 (1.16%) C#
5 8 (1.03%) JavaScript
6 7 (0.90%) C
7 6 (0.77%) VB
8 2 (0.26%) Java
9 1 (0.13%) R
9 1 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 111 (14.32%) Security Cleared
2 79 (10.19%) SC Cleared
3 71 (9.16%) Microsoft Certification
4 53 (6.84%) MCSE
5 47 (6.06%) Cisco Certification
6 38 (4.90%) DV Cleared
7 28 (3.61%) CCNP
8 24 (3.10%) CCIE
8 24 (3.10%) Degree
9 21 (2.71%) ITIL Certification
10 19 (2.45%) MCSA
11 17 (2.19%) BPSS Clearance
12 16 (2.06%) CCNA
13 12 (1.55%) Citrix Certification
13 12 (1.55%) MCP
14 9 (1.16%) Computer Science Degree
15 7 (0.90%) CCNP Voice
15 7 (0.90%) CCVP
15 7 (0.90%) PMI Certification
15 7 (0.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (3.61%) PMO
2 9 (1.16%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (0.90%) SLA
4 3 (0.39%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.26%) GDPR
5 2 (0.26%) QA
6 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 341 (44.00%) Active Directory
2 90 (11.61%) Hyper-V
3 81 (10.45%) VMware Infrastructure
4 80 (10.32%) XenApp
5 76 (9.81%) XenDesktop
6 62 (8.00%) Microsoft App-V
7 52 (6.71%) XenServer
8 45 (5.81%) VMware ESXi
9 23 (2.97%) BitLocker
10 17 (2.19%) vSphere
11 16 (2.06%) Terminal Services
12 14 (1.81%) Virtual Desktop
13 8 (1.03%) Brightmail
14 5 (0.65%) DFS Replication
14 5 (0.65%) NFS
14 5 (0.65%) ProxySG
14 5 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
14 5 (0.65%) VMware Workstation
15 4 (0.52%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 4 (0.52%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 140 (18.06%) SCCM
2 46 (5.94%) SCOM
3 30 (3.87%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 29 (3.74%) Microsoft Intune
5 28 (3.61%) Norton AntiVirus
6 25 (3.23%) AirWatch
7 22 (2.84%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 20 (2.58%) Cisco CUCM
9 14 (1.81%) McAfee ePO
9 14 (1.81%) Microsoft Clustering
10 13 (1.68%) Cisco UCCE
10 13 (1.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 12 (1.55%) Cisco UCCX
12 11 (1.42%) NetBackup
13 9 (1.16%) Backup Exec
13 9 (1.16%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 8 (1.03%) WSUS
15 7 (0.90%) Failover Clustering
15 7 (0.90%) vCenter Server
16 6 (0.77%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 409 (52.77%) Microsoft
2 174 (22.45%) Citrix
3 172 (22.19%) VMware
4 149 (19.23%) Cisco
5 62 (8.00%) Symantec
6 47 (6.06%) HP
7 42 (5.42%) AppSense
8 35 (4.52%) Avaya
9 34 (4.39%) Polycom
10 29 (3.74%) NetApp
11 28 (3.61%) Dell
12 27 (3.48%) Altiris
13 22 (2.84%) ServiceNow
14 21 (2.71%) LANDesk
15 20 (2.58%) McAfee
15 20 (2.58%) MobileIron
16 17 (2.19%) IBM
17 14 (1.81%) F5
17 14 (1.81%) Juniper
18 13 (1.68%) IronPort