Period
to 5 April 2020

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 5 April 2020 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
5 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 288 308 354
Rank change year-on-year +20 +46 -71
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 467 766 679
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.84% 0.86% 0.73%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.92% 5.36% 4.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 326 484 452
Median daily rate £404 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.88% +21.43% -12.50%
10th Percentile £184 £200 £169
90th Percentile £544 £575 £525
UK median daily rate £400 £425 £350
% change year-on-year -5.88% +21.43% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 49 32
Median hourly rate £15.50 £15.37 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.85% -23.15% +11.11%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.98 £11.94
90th Percentile £31.75 £41.40 £44.10
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.37 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.35% -23.15% +9.59%

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 7,893 14,283 15,357
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.24% 16.12% 16.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,066 9,294 10,238
Median daily rate £473 £475 £455
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.53% +4.40% +7.06%
10th Percentile £263 £290 £270
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 209 286 340
Median hourly rate £21.25 £18.76 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.30% -1.29% -5.00%
10th Percentile £11.61 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.38 £47.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.76 £18.80
% change year-on-year +19.97% -0.21% -1.08%

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Skype for Business as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Skype for Business in England.

Daily rate trend for Skype for Business in England

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Skype for Business in England over the 6 months to 5 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in England

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Skype for Business in England.

Hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in England

Skype for Business
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Skype for Business in England over the 6 months to 5 April 2020.

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 5 April 2020. 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 +61 183 £425 +2.10% 20
South East +6 99 £425 -2.02% 7
North of England +2 74 £325 -29.73% 25
South West +39 52 £463 +32.14% 9
North West +31 52 £325 -9.72% 6
East of England +26 31 £425 +30.77% 4
Midlands +51 25 £400 +6.67% 3
Yorkshire +22 21 £325 -30.85% 18
West Midlands +58 17 £400 +5.96% 1
East Midlands +19 8 £400 +17.65% 2
North East -10 1 £150 -67.74% 1
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 5 April 2020, 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.

1 421 (90.15%) Skype
2 280 (59.96%) Microsoft
3 249 (53.32%) Office 365
4 230 (49.25%) Windows
5 217 (46.47%) Active Directory
6 129 (27.62%) Azure
7 120 (25.70%) SharePoint
8 114 (24.41%) Windows Server
9 99 (21.20%) Migration
10 97 (20.77%) PowerShell
11 96 (20.56%) Windows 10
12 91 (19.49%) SCCM
13 88 (18.84%) VMware
13 88 (18.84%) Microsoft Office
14 82 (17.56%) MS Exchange
15 81 (17.34%) DNS
16 76 (16.27%) Cisco
17 71 (15.20%) Security Cleared
18 63 (13.49%) DHCP
19 62 (13.28%) ITIL
20 59 (12.63%) Unified Communications
21 57 (12.21%) Windows Server 2012
22 55 (11.78%) SQL Server
23 54 (11.56%) VMware Infrastructure
24 53 (11.35%) SC Cleared
24 53 (11.35%) Citrix
24 53 (11.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 52 (11.13%) Finance
26 50 (10.71%) Firewall
27 48 (10.28%) Microsoft Intune

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
1 120 (25.70%) SharePoint
2 82 (17.56%) MS Exchange
3 35 (7.49%) Exchange Server 2013
4 34 (7.28%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (3.21%) IIS
6 9 (1.93%) Confluence
7 6 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2003
7 6 (1.28%) Office Communications Server
8 5 (1.07%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.07%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (0.86%) CMS
9 4 (0.86%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.64%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.21%) GroupWise
11 1 (0.21%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 88 (18.84%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.86%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.43%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.21%) Adobe Captivate
6 1 (0.21%) Camtasia
6 1 (0.21%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.21%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 15 (3.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.64%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.21%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.21%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 249 (53.32%) Office 365
2 129 (27.62%) Azure
3 44 (9.42%) OneDrive
4 41 (8.78%) Azure Active Directory
5 30 (6.42%) AWS
6 22 (4.71%) IaaS
6 22 (4.71%) PaaS
7 21 (4.50%) Yammer
8 19 (4.07%) SaaS
9 14 (3.00%) Mimecast
10 12 (2.57%) Power Platform
11 9 (1.93%) Dynamics 365
12 8 (1.71%) PowerApps
13 4 (0.86%) GCP
14 3 (0.64%) Azure Stack
15 2 (0.43%) Azure Data Factory
16 1 (0.21%) Azure Functions
16 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Flow
16 1 (0.21%) OpenShift
16 1 (0.21%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 421 (90.15%) Skype
2 81 (17.34%) DNS
3 63 (13.49%) DHCP
4 59 (12.63%) Unified Communications
5 50 (10.71%) Firewall
6 43 (9.21%) LAN
7 42 (8.99%) PBX
8 39 (8.35%) WAN
9 32 (6.85%) VPN
10 27 (5.78%) VoIP
11 21 (4.50%) MPLS
11 21 (4.50%) SAN
11 21 (4.50%) TCP/IP
12 20 (4.28%) NetScaler
12 20 (4.28%) Wi-Fi
13 19 (4.07%) Wireless
14 14 (3.00%) Internet
15 13 (2.78%) ISDN
15 13 (2.78%) PSTN
15 13 (2.78%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (11.78%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.28%) Power BI
2 6 (1.28%) SQL Server 2016
3 4 (0.86%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (0.64%) BusinessObjects
4 3 (0.64%) Crystal Reports
4 3 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (0.43%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.43%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (0.43%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.21%) Big Data
6 1 (0.21%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.21%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 10 (2.14%) JIRA
2 9 (1.93%) Bitbucket
3 5 (1.07%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (0.86%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.21%) GitLab
5 1 (0.21%) Hudson
5 1 (0.21%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.21%) Maven
5 1 (0.21%) MSI
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.21%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.21%) WiX
General
1 52 (11.13%) Finance
2 35 (7.49%) Public Sector
3 15 (3.21%) Local Government
4 12 (2.57%) Banking
4 12 (2.57%) Telecoms
5 10 (2.14%) Legal
6 6 (1.28%) German Language
6 6 (1.28%) Law
6 6 (1.28%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.28%) Retail
7 5 (1.07%) French Language
7 5 (1.07%) Marketing
8 4 (0.86%) Electronics
9 3 (0.64%) Aerospace
9 3 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.64%) Police
10 2 (0.43%) Back Office
10 2 (0.43%) Billing
11 1 (0.21%) Automotive
11 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 58 (12.42%) Analyst
2 56 (11.99%) Support Engineer
3 55 (11.78%) Consultant
4 45 (9.64%) Architect
5 39 (8.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 38 (8.14%) 2nd Line Support
7 32 (6.85%) Support Analyst
8 30 (6.42%) Office 365 Engineer
9 22 (4.71%) Desktop Support
9 22 (4.71%) IT Support
10 21 (4.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 18 (3.85%) Active Directory Engineer
12 17 (3.64%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 17 (3.64%) Service Analyst
12 17 (3.64%) Windows Engineer
13 14 (3.00%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 14 (3.00%) Business Consultant
13 14 (3.00%) Server Engineer
13 14 (3.00%) Unified Communications Engineer
14 13 (2.78%) Office 365 Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.14%) .NET
2 7 (1.50%) LDAP
3 4 (0.86%) 802.1X
3 4 (0.86%) JSON
3 4 (0.86%) Web Services
4 3 (0.64%) FIX Protocol
5 2 (0.43%) ASP.NET
5 2 (0.43%) COM
5 2 (0.43%) SailPoint
6 1 (0.21%) OLE
6 1 (0.21%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.21%) XMPP
6 1 (0.21%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 37 (7.92%) Data Centre
2 34 (7.28%) Video Conferencing
3 30 (6.42%) PKI
4 28 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
5 14 (3.00%) Blackberry
6 13 (2.78%) Replication
7 11 (2.36%) Management Information System
8 10 (2.14%) iPhone
8 10 (2.14%) Self-Motivation
9 9 (1.93%) Handset
9 9 (1.93%) User Experience
10 8 (1.71%) iPad
11 7 (1.50%) Clustering
11 7 (1.50%) Enterprise Software
11 7 (1.50%) Mobile Computing
11 7 (1.50%) Tandem
12 5 (1.07%) NHS
12 5 (1.07%) Private Cloud
13 4 (0.86%) Thin Client
13 4 (0.86%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 230 (49.25%) Windows
2 114 (24.41%) Windows Server
3 96 (20.56%) Windows 10
4 57 (12.21%) Windows Server 2012
5 47 (10.06%) Windows Server 2016
6 37 (7.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 36 (7.71%) Windows 7
8 32 (6.85%) Android
9 24 (5.14%) Apple iOS
10 17 (3.64%) Windows Server 2019
11 12 (2.57%) Mac OS X
12 9 (1.93%) VMS
12 9 (1.93%) Windows Server 2003
13 8 (1.71%) Windows 8
14 7 (1.50%) Linux
14 7 (1.50%) Unix
15 4 (0.86%) Windows Mobile
16 2 (0.43%) CentOS
16 2 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 1 (0.21%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (21.20%) Migration
2 62 (13.28%) ITIL
3 53 (11.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 38 (8.14%) Change Management
5 26 (5.57%) Problem Management
6 25 (5.35%) Problem-Solving
7 24 (5.14%) Agile Software Development
8 22 (4.71%) Service Management
9 20 (4.28%) Service Delivery
10 16 (3.43%) High Availability
10 16 (3.43%) Incident Management
10 16 (3.43%) Project Delivery
10 16 (3.43%) Validation
11 15 (3.21%) CRM
12 14 (3.00%) Disaster Recovery
13 13 (2.78%) Continuous Improvement
13 13 (2.78%) ITSM
13 13 (2.78%) Load Balancing
14 11 (2.36%) DevOps
14 11 (2.36%) Preventative Maintenance
Programming Languages
1 97 (20.77%) PowerShell
2 26 (5.57%) SQL
3 8 (1.71%) VB
4 2 (0.43%) Bash Shell
4 2 (0.43%) C#
4 2 (0.43%) VBScript
5 1 (0.21%) C
5 1 (0.21%) C++
5 1 (0.21%) Java
5 1 (0.21%) Python
5 1 (0.21%) VBA
Qualifications
1 71 (15.20%) Security Cleared
2 53 (11.35%) SC Cleared
3 34 (7.28%) Microsoft Certification
4 24 (5.14%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (3.43%) MCSE
6 15 (3.21%) DV Cleared
7 13 (2.78%) CCNA
8 12 (2.57%) Degree
9 11 (2.36%) MCP
10 10 (2.14%) CCNP
11 8 (1.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 7 (1.50%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (1.50%) MCSA
13 5 (1.07%) CCNP Voice
14 4 (0.86%) CCA
14 4 (0.86%) CTC Cleared
14 4 (0.86%) MCITP
15 3 (0.64%) BC Cleared
15 3 (0.64%) Citrix Certification
15 3 (0.64%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (9.85%) SLA
2 7 (1.50%) NCSC
3 4 (0.86%) GDPR
4 3 (0.64%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (0.64%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 3 (0.64%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 3 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.64%) QA
5 1 (0.21%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 19770
5 1 (0.21%) PMO
System Software
1 217 (46.47%) Active Directory
2 54 (11.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (7.92%) Hyper-V
4 26 (5.57%) VMware ESXi
5 25 (5.35%) XenApp
6 21 (4.50%) XenDesktop
7 11 (2.36%) BitLocker
7 11 (2.36%) vSphere
8 9 (1.93%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (1.28%) Virtual Machines
9 6 (1.28%) Virtual Servers
10 5 (1.07%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 5 (1.07%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 4 (0.86%) Firmware
11 4 (0.86%) VMware Server
12 3 (0.64%) Microsoft App-V
13 2 (0.43%) DFS Replication
13 2 (0.43%) Terminal Services
14 1 (0.21%) Postfix
14 1 (0.21%) UAG
Systems Management
1 91 (19.49%) SCCM
2 48 (10.28%) Microsoft Intune
3 28 (6.00%) SCOM
4 10 (2.14%) Cisco CUCM
4 10 (2.14%) Cisco UCCX
4 10 (2.14%) FortiGate
4 10 (2.14%) Norton AntiVirus
5 8 (1.71%) Single Sign-On
6 7 (1.50%) AirWatch
7 6 (1.28%) WSUS
8 5 (1.07%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 5 (1.07%) Microsoft Clustering
9 4 (0.86%) EMC NetWorker
9 4 (0.86%) Jamf Pro
9 4 (0.86%) vCenter Server
10 2 (0.43%) Ansible
10 2 (0.43%) HP Operations Orchestration
10 2 (0.43%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 2 (0.43%) Puppet
10 2 (0.43%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 280 (59.96%) Microsoft
2 88 (18.84%) VMware
3 76 (16.27%) Cisco
4 53 (11.35%) Citrix
5 30 (6.42%) Sonus
6 22 (4.71%) Polycom
7 19 (4.07%) Avaya
8 17 (3.64%) HP
9 16 (3.43%) Dell
10 15 (3.21%) Oracle
11 14 (3.00%) Mitel
11 14 (3.00%) Symantec
12 13 (2.78%) Adobe
12 13 (2.78%) Apple
13 12 (2.57%) McAfee
13 12 (2.57%) Palo Alto
14 11 (2.36%) Samsung
15 10 (2.14%) Clearswift
15 10 (2.14%) ServiceNow
16 9 (1.93%) EMC