Period
to 18 September 2020

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 18 September 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
UK > England
6 months to
18 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 204 224 275
Rank change year-on-year +20 +51 +52
Contract jobs citing Skype 329 994 906
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.26% 1.22% 0.96%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.18% 9.29% 7.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 246 660 593
Median daily rate £450 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £221 £175 £163
90th Percentile £625 £588 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 40 65
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.13 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.19% -14.38% +25.00%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.45 £10.50
90th Percentile £34.25 £51.38 £142.50
UK median hourly rate £17.75 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +1.43% -12.50% +25.00%

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 3,584 10,702 12,574
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.71% 13.10% 13.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,092 6,586 7,659
Median daily rate £432 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.59% - +3.66%
10th Percentile £205 £200 £200
90th Percentile £625 £610 £613
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 199 519 657
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.12 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.33% +25.60% +10.01%
10th Percentile £14.45 £12.60 £12.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £27.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +29.63% +35.00% +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 18 September 2020.

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 18 September 2020.

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 18 September 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 +2 116 £425 +1.49% 20
South East +50 52 £415 +3.75% 21
South West +78 46 £475 +25.00% 16
Midlands +95 44 £475 +5.56% 7
North of England +58 41 £370 -1.33% 19
West Midlands +82 38 £463 -10.19% 6
North West +65 35 £370 -12.94% 11
East of England +32 17 £333 -12.50% 6
East Midlands +44 6 £500 +17.65% 1
Yorkshire +43 5 £413 +26.92% 8
North East +20 1 - -
Skype
UK

For the 6 months to 18 September 2020, 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.

1 203 (61.70%) Microsoft
2 175 (53.19%) Skype for Business
3 131 (39.82%) Active Directory
4 124 (37.69%) Office 365
5 122 (37.08%) Windows
6 104 (31.61%) Azure
7 96 (29.18%) Security Cleared
8 72 (21.88%) Migration
9 70 (21.28%) SC Cleared
10 69 (20.97%) Agile Software Development
10 69 (20.97%) Cisco
11 67 (20.36%) SharePoint
12 56 (17.02%) VMware
12 56 (17.02%) Windows Server
13 52 (15.81%) Finance
13 52 (15.81%) Windows 10
14 50 (15.20%) Microsoft Intune
14 50 (15.20%) DNS
15 46 (13.98%) VoIP
16 43 (13.07%) Firewall
17 40 (12.16%) Azure Active Directory
18 39 (11.85%) VMware Infrastructure
19 37 (11.25%) SCCM
19 37 (11.25%) AWS
19 37 (11.25%) SQL
19 37 (11.25%) ITIL
20 36 (10.94%) PowerShell
21 35 (10.64%) DHCP
21 35 (10.64%) Unified Communications
22 34 (10.33%) OneDrive

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
1 175 (53.19%) Skype for Business
2 67 (20.36%) SharePoint
3 27 (8.21%) MS Exchange
4 12 (3.65%) Confluence
5 11 (3.34%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (1.52%) JBoss
6 5 (1.52%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (1.22%) NetWeaver
7 4 (1.22%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.91%) Apache
8 3 (0.91%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (0.91%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.61%) CMS
9 2 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.61%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.61%) IIS
9 2 (0.61%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 23 (6.99%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (3.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.30%) Figma
4 1 (0.30%) InVision
4 1 (0.30%) Marvel
4 1 (0.30%) Maya
4 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.30%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.30%) Sketch
4 1 (0.30%) Stata
Business Applications
1 3 (0.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.61%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.30%) assyst
3 1 (0.30%) ResourceLink
3 1 (0.30%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 124 (37.69%) Office 365
2 104 (31.61%) Azure
3 40 (12.16%) Azure Active Directory
4 37 (11.25%) AWS
5 34 (10.33%) OneDrive
6 21 (6.38%) SaaS
7 19 (5.78%) Yammer
8 18 (5.47%) PaaS
9 17 (5.17%) IaaS
10 11 (3.34%) Amazon EC2
10 11 (3.34%) GCP
11 9 (2.74%) Amazon S3
12 7 (2.13%) Power Platform
13 6 (1.82%) AWS CloudFormation
14 5 (1.52%) Amazon EMR
14 5 (1.52%) Azure ExpressRoute
15 4 (1.22%) PowerApps
15 4 (1.22%) Route 53
16 3 (0.91%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
16 3 (0.91%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 50 (15.20%) DNS
2 46 (13.98%) VoIP
3 43 (13.07%) Firewall
4 35 (10.64%) DHCP
4 35 (10.64%) Unified Communications
5 28 (8.51%) PBX
6 27 (8.21%) VPN
7 24 (7.29%) WAN
8 15 (4.56%) LAN
9 13 (3.95%) MPLS
10 12 (3.65%) Cisco IOS
10 12 (3.65%) Wireless
11 9 (2.74%) TCP/IP
12 8 (2.43%) SMTP
13 7 (2.13%) Internet
13 7 (2.13%) Wi-Fi
14 6 (1.82%) Cisco ASA
14 6 (1.82%) H.323
14 6 (1.82%) WebEx
15 5 (1.52%) PABX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (8.81%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.43%) Cosmos DB
2 8 (2.43%) MySQL
3 7 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (1.82%) Azure SQL Database
5 5 (1.52%) DB2
5 5 (1.52%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (1.22%) Amazon RDS
6 4 (1.22%) Big Data
6 4 (1.22%) MongoDB
6 4 (1.22%) Power BI
6 4 (1.22%) SAP HANA
7 2 (0.61%) Data Lake
7 2 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.30%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.30%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.30%) Spatial Data
8 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2019
8 1 (0.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 15 (4.56%) JIRA
2 12 (3.65%) Jenkins
3 8 (2.43%) Bitbucket
4 6 (1.82%) Git (software)
4 6 (1.82%) Mockito
5 3 (0.91%) JUnit
5 3 (0.91%) MSI
5 3 (0.91%) Selenium
6 2 (0.61%) Bitbucket Server
6 2 (0.61%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.61%) DbUnit
6 2 (0.61%) Hudson
6 2 (0.61%) jMock
6 2 (0.61%) Maven
6 2 (0.61%) SonarQube
6 2 (0.61%) Subversion
6 2 (0.61%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.61%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.30%) Balsamiq
7 1 (0.30%) Jasmine
General
1 52 (15.81%) Finance
2 26 (7.90%) Public Sector
3 18 (5.47%) Telecoms
4 13 (3.95%) Banking
5 11 (3.34%) Pharmaceutical
6 9 (2.74%) Legal
7 6 (1.82%) French Language
7 6 (1.82%) German Language
7 6 (1.82%) Law
7 6 (1.82%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.52%) Electronics
8 5 (1.52%) Financial Institution
8 5 (1.52%) Marketing
8 5 (1.52%) Military
9 4 (1.22%) Retail
10 3 (0.91%) Police
11 2 (0.61%) Automotive
11 2 (0.61%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.30%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.30%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 55 (16.72%) Architect
2 22 (6.69%) Support Engineer
3 19 (5.78%) Analyst
3 19 (5.78%) Office 365 Engineer
4 16 (4.86%) Developer
4 16 (4.86%) Unified Communications Engineer
5 14 (4.26%) Consultant
6 13 (3.95%) Infrastructure Architect
6 13 (3.95%) Project Manager
7 12 (3.65%) Technical Architect
8 11 (3.34%) Network Engineer
9 9 (2.74%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 9 (2.74%) Cloud Engineer
9 9 (2.74%) Solutions Architect
10 8 (2.43%) Administrator
10 8 (2.43%) DevOps Engineer
10 8 (2.43%) Enterprise Architect
10 8 (2.43%) Voice Engineer
11 7 (2.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 7 (2.13%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (5.17%) .NET
2 9 (2.74%) LDAP
3 7 (2.13%) REST
3 7 (2.13%) Web Services
4 6 (1.82%) XMPP
5 5 (1.52%) .NET Framework
5 5 (1.52%) CSS
5 5 (1.52%) HTML
5 5 (1.52%) Middleware
6 4 (1.22%) ActiveMQ
6 4 (1.22%) CSS3
6 4 (1.22%) HTML5
6 4 (1.22%) JAX-RS
6 4 (1.22%) SAP Basis
7 3 (0.91%) Keras
7 3 (0.91%) OAuth2
7 3 (0.91%) OpenID
7 3 (0.91%) RESTful
7 3 (0.91%) SailPoint
7 3 (0.91%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 24 (7.29%) Analytical Skills
1 24 (7.29%) Video Conferencing
2 22 (6.69%) Data Centre
3 21 (6.38%) PKI
4 14 (4.26%) Management Information System
5 13 (3.95%) Public Cloud
6 12 (3.65%) Replication
7 8 (2.43%) User Experience
8 7 (2.13%) IVR
8 7 (2.13%) NHS
9 6 (1.82%) Handset
9 6 (1.82%) Mobile App
10 5 (1.52%) Blackberry
10 5 (1.52%) Private Cloud
10 5 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
11 4 (1.22%) Client/Server
11 4 (1.22%) Tandem
11 4 (1.22%) Virtual Team
12 3 (0.91%) Greenfield Project
12 3 (0.91%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 122 (37.08%) Windows
2 56 (17.02%) Windows Server
3 52 (15.81%) Windows 10
4 33 (10.03%) Windows Server 2016
5 29 (8.81%) Windows Server 2012
6 19 (5.78%) Windows Server 2008
7 18 (5.47%) Linux
8 13 (3.95%) Windows 7
9 12 (3.65%) Windows Server 2019
10 11 (3.34%) Unix
11 6 (1.82%) Apple iOS
11 6 (1.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (1.82%) Windows Mobile
12 5 (1.52%) VMS
13 4 (1.22%) Android
13 4 (1.22%) Debian
13 4 (1.22%) Fedora
13 4 (1.22%) NetWare
13 4 (1.22%) Solaris
13 4 (1.22%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (21.88%) Migration
2 69 (20.97%) Agile Software Development
3 37 (11.25%) ITIL
4 33 (10.03%) Project Management
5 21 (6.38%) Service Management
6 20 (6.08%) DevOps
6 20 (6.08%) Enterprise Architecture
7 19 (5.78%) Change Management
7 19 (5.78%) Problem-Solving
7 19 (5.78%) TOGAF
8 18 (5.47%) Multi-Factor Authentication
9 17 (5.17%) Disaster Recovery
10 16 (4.86%) Service Delivery
11 15 (4.56%) Data Protection
11 15 (4.56%) Identity Access Management
12 13 (3.95%) Application Virtualisation
12 13 (3.95%) Identity Management
12 13 (3.95%) Microservices
12 13 (3.95%) Scrum
12 13 (3.95%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 37 (11.25%) SQL
2 36 (10.94%) PowerShell
3 15 (4.56%) Python
4 9 (2.74%) Java
5 8 (2.43%) JavaScript
6 7 (2.13%) C#
7 4 (1.22%) Java 8
8 3 (0.91%) C
9 2 (0.61%) Bash Shell
9 2 (0.61%) R
9 2 (0.61%) Ruby
9 2 (0.61%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.30%) C++
10 1 (0.30%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.30%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.30%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.30%) VB
10 1 (0.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 96 (29.18%) Security Cleared
2 70 (21.28%) SC Cleared
3 30 (9.12%) Microsoft Certification
4 23 (6.99%) Cisco Certification
4 23 (6.99%) DV Cleared
5 19 (5.78%) CISSP
6 18 (5.47%) CCNP
7 14 (4.26%) CCIE
8 12 (3.65%) CCIE Collaboration
9 10 (3.04%) Degree
10 9 (2.74%) MCSE
11 7 (2.13%) MCSA
12 5 (1.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 4 (1.22%) CCA
13 4 (1.22%) ITIL Certification
14 3 (0.91%) APMP
14 3 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
14 3 (0.91%) CCNP Voice
14 3 (0.91%) SSCP
15 2 (0.61%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (5.78%) SLA
2 6 (1.82%) GDPR
3 4 (1.22%) COBIT
3 4 (1.22%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.91%) PMO
4 3 (0.91%) QA
5 2 (0.61%) NCSC
6 1 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 131 (39.82%) Active Directory
2 39 (11.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (9.12%) Hyper-V
4 10 (3.04%) Docker
5 9 (2.74%) vSphere
6 6 (1.82%) Virtual Machines
7 5 (1.52%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (1.52%) VMware NSX
8 4 (1.22%) BitLocker
8 4 (1.22%) XenApp
9 3 (0.91%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (0.91%) VMware Workstation
10 2 (0.61%) NDS
10 2 (0.61%) NetIQ eDirectory
10 2 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.30%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 1 (0.30%) GFS2
11 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.30%) Samba
11 1 (0.30%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 50 (15.20%) Microsoft Intune
2 37 (11.25%) SCCM
3 13 (3.95%) Ansible
4 11 (3.34%) SCOM
5 9 (2.74%) Kubernetes
5 9 (2.74%) WSUS
6 7 (2.13%) Terraform
7 5 (1.52%) Tivoli
8 4 (1.22%) PowerCLI
9 3 (0.91%) AirWatch
9 3 (0.91%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 3 (0.91%) Netcool
9 3 (0.91%) NetIQ Identity Manager
9 3 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (0.91%) Puppet
10 2 (0.61%) Cisco CUCM
10 2 (0.61%) HAProxy
10 2 (0.61%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.61%) vCenter Server
10 2 (0.61%) vRealize
Vendors
1 203 (61.70%) Microsoft
2 69 (20.97%) Cisco
3 56 (17.02%) VMware
4 24 (7.29%) Oracle
5 22 (6.69%) Citrix
6 17 (5.17%) Avaya
7 13 (3.95%) McAfee
8 12 (3.65%) SAP
9 11 (3.34%) Google
10 10 (3.04%) Sonus
11 9 (2.74%) Apple
12 6 (1.82%) F5
12 6 (1.82%) Novell
12 6 (1.82%) Polycom
12 6 (1.82%) Red Hat
12 6 (1.82%) ServiceNow
13 5 (1.52%) Clearswift
13 5 (1.52%) MobileIron
14 4 (1.22%) Dell
14 4 (1.22%) Juniper