Period
to 11 May 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 11 May 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
11 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 390 236 271
Rank change year-on-year -154 +35 +44
Contract jobs citing Skype 224 525 891
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.50% 1.14% 1.05%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.46% 8.45% 8.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 144 342 538
10th Percentile £180 £204 £170
25th Percentile £301 £308 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £411 £400
Median % change year-on-year +3.34% +2.81% +6.67%
75th Percentile £488 £500 £493
90th Percentile £534 £575 £576
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 25 44
10th Percentile £15.45 " £11.00
25th Percentile £17.63 £13.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £15.44
Median % change year-on-year +28.57% +13.38% -22.83%
75th Percentile £45.00 £20.75 £19.63
90th Percentile £57.75 £41.98 £42.63
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year +28.57% +25.00% -30.00%

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 5,024 6,212 10,648
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.31% 13.45% 12.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,249 3,848 6,748
10th Percentile £220 £181 £206
25th Percentile £340 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £438 £425 £429
Median % change year-on-year +2.94% -0.93% +0.94%
75th Percentile £530 £525 £538
90th Percentile £625 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 236 329 467
10th Percentile £12.55 £13.00 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.44 £15.25 £14.27
Median hourly rate £25.00 £19.50 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year +28.21% +4.00% -1.03%
75th Percentile £50.00 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £28.00 £21.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year +33.33% +10.53% +1.60%

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 11 May 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 11 May 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 11 May 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 -121 90 £425 +0.59% 18
South East -39 31 £425 - 11
North of England -7 26 £204 -39.33% 14
Midlands -11 24 £478 -4.50% 12
South West +12 21 £450 -1.37% 12
West Midlands -24 19 £480 -10.28% 8
North West -11 18 £250 -24.24% 8
East of England +27 16 £315 -23.64% 7
North East +32 6 £85 -76.60% 3
East Midlands +11 5 £324 -35.29% 4
Yorkshire +10 2 £192 -44.10% 3
Skype
UK

For the 6 months to 11 May 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.

1 135 (60.27%) Skype for Business
2 129 (57.59%) Microsoft 365
3 118 (52.68%) Microsoft
4 85 (37.95%) Active Directory
5 83 (37.05%) Windows
6 79 (35.27%) SharePoint
6 79 (35.27%) Azure
7 64 (28.57%) Migration
8 60 (26.79%) Security Cleared
9 56 (25.00%) PowerShell
10 47 (20.98%) SC Cleared
11 43 (19.20%) Windows Server
12 42 (18.75%) VMware
12 42 (18.75%) WAN
13 40 (17.86%) LAN
13 40 (17.86%) OneDrive
14 38 (16.96%) Microsoft Office
14 38 (16.96%) Social Skills
15 36 (16.07%) Cisco
16 35 (15.63%) MS Exchange
16 35 (15.63%) Agile Software Development
17 34 (15.18%) Windows 10
18 32 (14.29%) Firewall
19 31 (13.84%) Finance
20 29 (12.95%) DNS
20 29 (12.95%) Azure Active Directory
21 28 (12.50%) ITIL
21 28 (12.50%) Public Sector
22 26 (11.61%) Problem-Solving
22 26 (11.61%) Video Conferencing

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
1 135 (60.27%) Skype for Business
2 79 (35.27%) SharePoint
3 35 (15.63%) MS Exchange
4 23 (10.27%) Exchange Server 2013
5 17 (7.59%) Exchange Server 2010
6 10 (4.46%) SharePoint 2013
7 6 (2.68%) Confluence
8 5 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2003
8 5 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (1.79%) JBoss
9 4 (1.79%) NetWeaver
9 4 (1.79%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.89%) IBM Domino
10 2 (0.89%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.89%) IIS
10 2 (0.89%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.45%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 38 (16.96%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (6.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (5.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (2.23%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.34%) Camtasia
6 1 (0.45%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.45%) assyst
1 1 (0.45%) Salesforce.com CRM
1 1 (0.45%) SAP MM
1 1 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.45%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 129 (57.59%) Microsoft 365
2 79 (35.27%) Azure
3 40 (17.86%) OneDrive
4 29 (12.95%) Azure Active Directory
5 18 (8.04%) Yammer
6 16 (7.14%) AWS
7 10 (4.46%) Power Platform
8 8 (3.57%) Azure Cosmos DB
8 8 (3.57%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 8 (3.57%) IaaS
9 6 (2.68%) PowerApps
9 6 (2.68%) SaaS
10 5 (2.23%) PaaS
10 5 (2.23%) Power Automate
11 3 (1.34%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (1.34%) GCP
12 2 (0.89%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 2 (0.89%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (0.89%) Twilio
12 2 (0.89%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 42 (18.75%) WAN
2 40 (17.86%) LAN
3 32 (14.29%) Firewall
4 29 (12.95%) DNS
5 25 (11.16%) Unified Communications
6 16 (7.14%) VPN
6 16 (7.14%) WebEx
7 15 (6.70%) VoIP
8 14 (6.25%) Internet
8 14 (6.25%) PBX
8 14 (6.25%) Wi-Fi
8 14 (6.25%) Wireless
9 12 (5.36%) DHCP
10 9 (4.02%) Ethernet
11 6 (2.68%) TCP/IP
12 5 (2.23%) IP Telephony
12 5 (2.23%) SD-WAN
13 4 (1.79%) MPLS
14 3 (1.34%) Cisco IOS
14 3 (1.34%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (9.82%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.57%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (2.68%) MySQL
3 6 (2.68%) Power BI
4 4 (1.79%) Azure SQL Database
4 4 (1.79%) DB2
4 4 (1.79%) SAP HANA
5 1 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.45%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (3.13%) JIRA
2 1 (0.45%) Bitbucket
2 1 (0.45%) Hudson
2 1 (0.45%) MSI
2 1 (0.45%) NSubstitute
General
1 38 (16.96%) Social Skills
2 31 (13.84%) Finance
3 28 (12.50%) Public Sector
4 12 (5.36%) Telecoms
5 11 (4.91%) Analytical Skills
6 10 (4.46%) Legal
7 6 (2.68%) Banking
8 4 (1.79%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.79%) Organisational Skills
9 3 (1.34%) Billing
9 3 (1.34%) Electronics
9 3 (1.34%) Marketing
10 2 (0.89%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.89%) Presentation Skills
10 2 (0.89%) Retail
11 1 (0.45%) Automotive
11 1 (0.45%) Documentation Skills
11 1 (0.45%) Environmental Health
11 1 (0.45%) Police
11 1 (0.45%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 20 (8.93%) Architect
2 19 (8.48%) Consultant
2 19 (8.48%) Project Manager
3 18 (8.04%) Analyst
4 14 (6.25%) Infrastructure Manager
4 14 (6.25%) Infrastructure Project Manager
4 14 (6.25%) Voice Engineer
5 12 (5.36%) Microsoft Consultant
6 11 (4.91%) Network Engineer
7 10 (4.46%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 9 (4.02%) Support Engineer
9 8 (3.57%) Developer
10 6 (2.68%) Microsoft 365 Architect
10 6 (2.68%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
10 6 (2.68%) Microsoft Engineer
11 5 (2.23%) 3rd Line Support
11 5 (2.23%) Administrator
11 5 (2.23%) Product Owner
11 5 (2.23%) Technical Architect
11 5 (2.23%) Unified Communications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.68%) Node.js
2 4 (1.79%) .NET
2 4 (1.79%) Middleware
2 4 (1.79%) SAP Basis
3 3 (1.34%) Microsoft Graph
4 2 (0.89%) .NET Core
5 1 (0.45%) CSS
5 1 (0.45%) CSS3
5 1 (0.45%) HTML
5 1 (0.45%) HTML5
5 1 (0.45%) JSON
5 1 (0.45%) REST
5 1 (0.45%) RESTful
5 1 (0.45%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.45%) Swagger
5 1 (0.45%) Visualforce
5 1 (0.45%) WebRTC
5 1 (0.45%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 26 (11.61%) Video Conferencing
2 15 (6.70%) PKI
3 11 (4.91%) Tandem
4 10 (4.46%) Self-Motivation
5 7 (3.13%) Data Centre
5 7 (3.13%) Mobile App
6 6 (2.68%) Media Streaming
6 6 (2.68%) Virtual Team
7 5 (2.23%) Public Cloud
7 5 (2.23%) User Experience
8 4 (1.79%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (1.34%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (1.34%) e-Learning
9 3 (1.34%) Fat Client
9 3 (1.34%) Management Information System
9 3 (1.34%) Replication
9 3 (1.34%) Thin Client
9 3 (1.34%) Video on Demand
10 2 (0.89%) iPhone
10 2 (0.89%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 83 (37.05%) Windows
2 43 (19.20%) Windows Server
3 34 (15.18%) Windows 10
4 24 (10.71%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (8.04%) Windows Server 2008
6 17 (7.59%) Linux
7 15 (6.70%) Windows Server 2016
8 11 (4.91%) Apple iOS
9 8 (3.57%) Android
10 7 (3.13%) Unix
10 7 (3.13%) Windows 7
11 6 (2.68%) Windows Mobile
11 6 (2.68%) Windows Server 2003
12 5 (2.23%) Mac OS
13 4 (1.79%) AIX
13 4 (1.79%) Windows Server 2019
14 1 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (28.57%) Migration
2 35 (15.63%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (12.50%) ITIL
4 26 (11.61%) Problem-Solving
5 19 (8.48%) Change Management
6 17 (7.59%) Project Management
7 14 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 13 (5.80%) Project Delivery
8 13 (5.80%) Service Management
9 12 (5.36%) Resource Management
10 11 (4.91%) Business Case
11 10 (4.46%) Asset Management
11 10 (4.46%) Capacity Planning
11 10 (4.46%) Collaborative Working
11 10 (4.46%) Data Protection
11 10 (4.46%) Identity Management
11 10 (4.46%) Load Balancing
12 9 (4.02%) Decision-Making
12 9 (4.02%) Stakeholder Management
13 8 (3.57%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 56 (25.00%) PowerShell
2 22 (9.82%) SQL
3 7 (3.13%) Python
4 6 (2.68%) Java
5 2 (0.89%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.45%) Apex Code
6 1 (0.45%) C
6 1 (0.45%) C#
Qualifications
1 60 (26.79%) Security Cleared
2 47 (20.98%) SC Cleared
3 16 (7.14%) Degree
4 13 (5.80%) DV Cleared
5 10 (4.46%) Microsoft Certification
6 7 (3.13%) MCSE
7 6 (2.68%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (2.23%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (2.23%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (1.79%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (1.34%) CCNP
11 2 (0.89%) CCDP
11 2 (0.89%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (0.89%) MCITP
11 2 (0.89%) MCTS
12 1 (0.45%) CCNA
12 1 (0.45%) ISEB
12 1 (0.45%) MBA
12 1 (0.45%) MCP
12 1 (0.45%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.02%) SLA
2 7 (3.13%) GDPR
3 4 (1.79%) COBIT
3 4 (1.79%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.34%) QA
5 1 (0.45%) PMO
5 1 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 85 (37.95%) Active Directory
2 21 (9.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (4.02%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (3.13%) Hyper-V
4 7 (3.13%) vSphere
4 7 (3.13%) XenApp
5 6 (2.68%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (2.23%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (1.79%) Docker
8 3 (1.34%) VMware NSX
9 2 (0.89%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.89%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.45%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.45%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 19 (8.48%) Microsoft Intune
1 19 (8.48%) SCCM
2 13 (5.80%) NetBackup
3 10 (4.46%) Cisco CUCM
4 8 (3.57%) Kubernetes
5 6 (2.68%) AirWatch
6 5 (2.23%) Single Sign-On
6 5 (2.23%) vRealize
7 3 (1.34%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (1.34%) vCenter Server
8 2 (0.89%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 2 (0.89%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (0.89%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.45%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.45%) Jamf Pro
9 1 (0.45%) OPNET
9 1 (0.45%) PowerCLI
9 1 (0.45%) SCOM
9 1 (0.45%) WhatsUp Gold
9 1 (0.45%) WMI
Vendors
1 118 (52.68%) Microsoft
2 42 (18.75%) VMware
3 36 (16.07%) Cisco
4 23 (10.27%) Citrix
5 14 (6.25%) CheckPoint
6 12 (5.36%) Oracle
6 12 (5.36%) Sonus
7 11 (4.91%) Avaya
8 10 (4.46%) Polycom
9 8 (3.57%) SAP
10 6 (2.68%) Ivanti
10 6 (2.68%) Red Hat
11 5 (2.23%) Apple
11 5 (2.23%) EMC
11 5 (2.23%) Salesforce.com
11 5 (2.23%) Symantec
12 4 (1.79%) HP
12 4 (1.79%) McAfee
12 4 (1.79%) ServiceNow
12 4 (1.79%) Software AG