Period
to 2 March 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Skype skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Skype over the 6 months to 2 March 2021 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
UK > England
6 months to
2 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 379 234 277
Rank change year-on-year -145 +43 +67
Contract jobs citing Skype 204 660 876
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.53% 1.10% 0.98%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.53% 8.27% 7.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 487 546
Median daily rate £448 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.00% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £172 £183 £156
90th Percentile £638 £525 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +12.50% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 29 42
Median hourly rate £14.00 £17.50 £15.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +13.86% -24.00%
UK median hourly rate £14.00 £17.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% +25.00% -30.78%

Skype is in the Communications and Computer Networking 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 communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 4,508 7,980 11,548
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.66% 13.28% 12.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,855 5,007 7,163
Median daily rate £430 £415 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.61% -2.35% +3.03%
10th Percentile £204 £181 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £440 £415 £425
% change year-on-year +6.02% -2.35% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 228 421 488
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +11.11% -7.69%
10th Percentile £12.93 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £59.13 £51.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £31.00 £20.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +51.22% +13.89% -5.26%

Skype
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Skype as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Skype in England

Skype
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Daily rate trend for Skype in England

Skype
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Skype in England over the 6 months to 2 March 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Skype in England

Skype
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Hourly rate trend for Skype in England

Skype
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Skype in England over the 6 months to 2 March 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Skype in England

Skype
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 within the England region over the 6 months to 2 March 2021. 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 -63 98 £475 +18.75% 15
South East -12 24 £400 -5.88% 11
Midlands +33 23 £475 +26.67% 10
North of England -7 22 £204 -47.18% 14
West Midlands +34 19 £478 +27.33% 9
South West +9 15 £425 +6.25% 7
North West -2 14 £275 -28.80% 4
East of England +7 11 £281 -29.69% 2
North East +25 6 £85 -82.14% 1
East Midlands +19 4 £172 -61.74% 1
Yorkshire +10 2 £346 +2.54% 9
Skype
UK

For the 6 months to 2 March 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Skype 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.

1 133 (65.20%) Skype for Business
2 120 (58.82%) Microsoft
3 108 (52.94%) Microsoft 365
4 90 (44.12%) Windows
5 86 (42.16%) Active Directory
6 76 (37.25%) Azure
7 51 (25.00%) Windows 10
7 51 (25.00%) SharePoint
8 50 (24.51%) Migration
9 47 (23.04%) Cisco
9 47 (23.04%) Security Cleared
10 43 (21.08%) Finance
11 39 (19.12%) SC Cleared
12 38 (18.63%) Microsoft Office
13 36 (17.65%) WAN
13 36 (17.65%) Firewall
13 36 (17.65%) PowerShell
14 35 (17.16%) VMware
15 33 (16.18%) LAN
15 33 (16.18%) Windows Server
16 31 (15.20%) DNS
17 30 (14.71%) ITIL
17 30 (14.71%) Video Conferencing
18 28 (13.73%) OneDrive
19 27 (13.24%) Agile Software Development
20 26 (12.75%) MS Exchange
20 26 (12.75%) Public Sector
21 23 (11.27%) Microsoft Intune
21 23 (11.27%) Unified Communications
22 22 (10.78%) SQL

Skype
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
1 133 (65.20%) Skype for Business
2 51 (25.00%) SharePoint
3 26 (12.75%) MS Exchange
4 11 (5.39%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (5.39%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (3.43%) Confluence
6 4 (1.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 4 (1.96%) CMS
6 4 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2003
7 3 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.47%) JBoss
7 3 (1.47%) NetWeaver
7 3 (1.47%) SharePoint 2013
7 3 (1.47%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.98%) IIS
9 1 (0.49%) nginx
9 1 (0.49%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (0.49%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 38 (18.63%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (9.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (6.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (1.96%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.49%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.49%) assyst
1 1 (0.49%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 108 (52.94%) Microsoft 365
2 76 (37.25%) Azure
3 28 (13.73%) OneDrive
4 19 (9.31%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (6.86%) IaaS
6 11 (5.39%) AWS
6 11 (5.39%) SaaS
7 10 (4.90%) Yammer
8 9 (4.41%) PaaS
9 7 (3.43%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 7 (3.43%) Power Platform
10 5 (2.45%) PowerApps
11 3 (1.47%) Logic Apps
12 2 (0.98%) AWS Lambda
12 2 (0.98%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (0.98%) Serverless
12 2 (0.98%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 1 (0.49%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.49%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 1 (0.49%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (17.65%) Firewall
1 36 (17.65%) WAN
2 33 (16.18%) LAN
3 31 (15.20%) DNS
4 23 (11.27%) Unified Communications
5 17 (8.33%) VPN
6 16 (7.84%) PBX
6 16 (7.84%) VoIP
7 13 (6.37%) Wireless
8 12 (5.88%) DHCP
8 12 (5.88%) Wi-Fi
9 11 (5.39%) Internet
10 7 (3.43%) DMZ
10 7 (3.43%) Ethernet
10 7 (3.43%) TCP/IP
10 7 (3.43%) WebEx
11 5 (2.45%) IP Telephony
11 5 (2.45%) Remote Desktop
11 5 (2.45%) WLAN
12 4 (1.96%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (7.84%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.43%) Power BI
3 6 (2.94%) MySQL
4 4 (1.96%) Azure SQL Database
4 4 (1.96%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (1.47%) Cosmos DB
5 3 (1.47%) DB2
5 3 (1.47%) SAP HANA
6 2 (0.98%) Big Data
6 2 (0.98%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.49%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.49%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.49%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.49%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.49%) Spatial Data
7 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (3.43%) JIRA
2 2 (0.98%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.49%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.49%) Hudson
3 1 (0.49%) MSI
3 1 (0.49%) NSubstitute
General
1 43 (21.08%) Finance
2 26 (12.75%) Public Sector
3 15 (7.35%) Banking
4 14 (6.86%) Legal
5 11 (5.39%) Telecoms
6 7 (3.43%) Financial Institution
7 4 (1.96%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.96%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.98%) Electronics
8 2 (0.98%) French Language
8 2 (0.98%) Marketing
8 2 (0.98%) Retail
8 2 (0.98%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.49%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.49%) German Language
9 1 (0.49%) International Banking
9 1 (0.49%) Italian Language
9 1 (0.49%) Polish Language
9 1 (0.49%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.49%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 29 (14.22%) Architect
2 17 (8.33%) Analyst
3 15 (7.35%) Project Manager
4 14 (6.86%) Network Engineer
5 11 (5.39%) Infrastructure Manager
5 11 (5.39%) Infrastructure Project Manager
6 10 (4.90%) Consultant
6 10 (4.90%) Voice Engineer
7 9 (4.41%) Support Engineer
8 7 (3.43%) Desktop Support
8 7 (3.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (3.43%) Service Analyst
8 7 (3.43%) Solutions Architect
8 7 (3.43%) Unified Communications Engineer
9 6 (2.94%) 2nd Line Support
9 6 (2.94%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 6 (2.94%) Security Architect
9 6 (2.94%) Support Technician
10 5 (2.45%) Citrix Engineer
10 5 (2.45%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.94%) Node.js
1 6 (2.94%) WebRTC
2 3 (1.47%) Middleware
2 3 (1.47%) SAP Basis
3 2 (0.98%) .NET
3 2 (0.98%) CSS
3 2 (0.98%) CSS3
3 2 (0.98%) HTML
3 2 (0.98%) HTML5
3 2 (0.98%) REST
4 1 (0.49%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (0.49%) JSON
4 1 (0.49%) RESTful
4 1 (0.49%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.49%) Swagger
4 1 (0.49%) Visualforce
4 1 (0.49%) Web Services
4 1 (0.49%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 30 (14.71%) Video Conferencing
2 12 (5.88%) PKI
3 10 (4.90%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (4.90%) Tandem
4 8 (3.92%) Data Centre
4 8 (3.92%) Private Cloud
5 7 (3.43%) Replication
5 7 (3.43%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (2.94%) Media Streaming
7 5 (2.45%) Mobile App
7 5 (2.45%) NHS
7 5 (2.45%) Public Cloud
7 5 (2.45%) Smartphone
8 4 (1.96%) Fat Client
8 4 (1.96%) Hybrid Cloud
8 4 (1.96%) Thin Client
8 4 (1.96%) User Experience
9 3 (1.47%) Blackberry
9 3 (1.47%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (1.47%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 90 (44.12%) Windows
2 51 (25.00%) Windows 10
3 33 (16.18%) Windows Server
4 21 (10.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 16 (7.84%) Linux
6 15 (7.35%) Windows Server 2016
7 14 (6.86%) Apple iOS
8 12 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (3.43%) Android
9 7 (3.43%) Windows 7
10 5 (2.45%) Mac OS
10 5 (2.45%) Unix
11 4 (1.96%) Windows Mobile
12 3 (1.47%) AIX
12 3 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (1.47%) Windows Server 2019
13 1 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.49%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (24.51%) Migration
2 30 (14.71%) ITIL
3 27 (13.24%) Agile Software Development
4 22 (10.78%) Problem-Solving
5 17 (8.33%) Service Management
6 16 (7.84%) Change Management
7 15 (7.35%) Identity Management
7 15 (7.35%) Project Management
8 14 (6.86%) Business Case
8 14 (6.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 14 (6.86%) Service Delivery
9 12 (5.88%) Project Delivery
10 10 (4.90%) Data Protection
10 10 (4.90%) Load Balancing
11 9 (4.41%) Capacity Planning
11 9 (4.41%) Mobile Device Management
12 8 (3.92%) Collaborative Working
12 8 (3.92%) DevOps
12 8 (3.92%) ITSM
12 8 (3.92%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 36 (17.65%) PowerShell
2 22 (10.78%) SQL
3 9 (4.41%) Python
4 7 (3.43%) C
5 6 (2.94%) Java
6 3 (1.47%) JavaScript
7 2 (0.98%) C#
8 1 (0.49%) Apex Code
8 1 (0.49%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 47 (23.04%) Security Cleared
2 39 (19.12%) SC Cleared
3 17 (8.33%) Degree
4 15 (7.35%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (5.88%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (4.90%) MCSE
7 7 (3.43%) DV Cleared
8 6 (2.94%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (2.94%) CISSP
8 6 (2.94%) SSCP
9 5 (2.45%) CCNP
9 5 (2.45%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (2.45%) MCP
10 4 (1.96%) CCIE
10 4 (1.96%) MCSA
10 4 (1.96%) PMI Certification
10 4 (1.96%) PMP
11 3 (1.47%) DBS Check
11 3 (1.47%) MCTS
11 3 (1.47%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (7.35%) SLA
2 6 (2.94%) GDPR
3 3 (1.47%) COBIT
3 3 (1.47%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.98%) QA
4 2 (0.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.49%) NCSC
5 1 (0.49%) PMO
System Software
1 86 (42.16%) Active Directory
2 19 (9.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (5.39%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (3.92%) Hyper-V
5 7 (3.43%) vSphere
6 6 (2.94%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (2.94%) VMware NSX
7 4 (1.96%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (1.47%) Docker
8 3 (1.47%) XenApp
9 2 (0.98%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.98%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 1 (0.49%) UAG
10 1 (0.49%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 23 (11.27%) Microsoft Intune
2 14 (6.86%) SCCM
3 12 (5.88%) NetBackup
4 7 (3.43%) Cisco CUCM
4 7 (3.43%) Kubernetes
5 5 (2.45%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (1.96%) SCOM
6 4 (1.96%) Single Sign-On
6 4 (1.96%) vCenter Server
6 4 (1.96%) WSUS
7 3 (1.47%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (0.98%) AirWatch
8 2 (0.98%) Jamf Pro
8 2 (0.98%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 2 (0.98%) OfficeScan
8 2 (0.98%) PowerCLI
8 2 (0.98%) Trend Micro Deep Security
8 2 (0.98%) vRealize
9 1 (0.49%) HAProxy
9 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 120 (58.82%) Microsoft
2 47 (23.04%) Cisco
3 35 (17.16%) VMware
4 15 (7.35%) Citrix
4 15 (7.35%) Polycom
5 12 (5.88%) Avaya
6 11 (5.39%) Oracle
7 9 (4.41%) Palo Alto
8 8 (3.92%) CheckPoint
9 7 (3.43%) Apple
9 7 (3.43%) HP
10 5 (2.45%) McAfee
10 5 (2.45%) SAP
11 4 (1.96%) Altiris
11 4 (1.96%) Ivanti
11 4 (1.96%) Red Hat
11 4 (1.96%) ServiceNow
11 4 (1.96%) Splunk
12 3 (1.47%) Aruba
12 3 (1.47%) SolarWinds