Period
to 15 July 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 15 July 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
15 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 222 238 279
Rank change year-on-year +16 +41 +72
Contract jobs citing Skype 406 980 880
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.15% 1.16% 0.93%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.77% 9.10% 6.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 292 618 586
Median daily rate £438 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.38% +6.67% -6.83%
10th Percentile £220 £163 £173
90th Percentile £575 £585 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 45 56
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.46 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.32% -17.70% +12.68%
10th Percentile £12.74 £12.20 £10.88
90th Percentile £30.20 £49.00 £50.88
UK median hourly rate £17.75 £16.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.58% -17.50% +10.34%

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 4,630 10,774 12,609
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.08% 12.70% 13.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,684 6,686 7,773
Median daily rate £438 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.74% +1.18% +2.41%
10th Percentile £204 £204 £205
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £427 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +0.47% - +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 242 493 695
Median hourly rate £29.50 £21.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.48% +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £14.01 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £50.00 £47.83
Median hourly rate £32.53 £21.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +51.28% +7.50% +1.18%

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 15 July 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 15 July 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 15 July 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 +2 145 £440 +3.53% 19
South East +35 87 £430 +1.18% 25
North of England +34 57 £385 -0.65% 9
Midlands +71 50 £450 +12.50% 6
North West +51 43 £415 +7.10% 5
West Midlands +72 42 £450 - 4
South West +65 42 £450 +18.03% 8
East of England +24 16 £335 -7.59% 9
Yorkshire +40 13 £350 -12.55% 4
East Midlands +47 8 £500 +36.99% 2
North East +16 1 - -
Skype
UK

For the 6 months to 15 July 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.

1 239 (58.87%) Microsoft
2 221 (54.43%) Skype for Business
3 170 (41.87%) Office 365
4 165 (40.64%) Windows
5 160 (39.41%) Active Directory
6 126 (31.03%) Azure
7 94 (23.15%) SharePoint
8 88 (21.67%) Security Cleared
9 87 (21.43%) Migration
10 84 (20.69%) Windows Server
11 75 (18.47%) VMware
12 73 (17.98%) Cisco
13 72 (17.73%) Windows 10
14 67 (16.50%) Agile Software Development
15 63 (15.52%) SC Cleared
16 60 (14.78%) DNS
17 59 (14.53%) Microsoft Intune
18 55 (13.55%) Finance
19 53 (13.05%) Microsoft Office
20 52 (12.81%) VMware Infrastructure
21 50 (12.32%) Firewall
22 49 (12.07%) PowerShell
23 48 (11.82%) Unified Communications
23 48 (11.82%) OneDrive
24 47 (11.58%) VoIP
25 46 (11.33%) SCCM
26 45 (11.08%) ITIL
27 43 (10.59%) DHCP
28 42 (10.34%) Azure Active Directory
29 41 (10.10%) AWS

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
1 221 (54.43%) Skype for Business
2 94 (23.15%) SharePoint
3 41 (10.10%) MS Exchange
4 16 (3.94%) Exchange Server 2013
5 15 (3.69%) Exchange Server 2010
6 10 (2.46%) Confluence
7 7 (1.72%) CMS
8 4 (0.99%) Apache
9 3 (0.74%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (0.74%) IIS
9 3 (0.74%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (0.49%) IBM Notes
10 2 (0.49%) JBoss
10 2 (0.49%) nginx
10 2 (0.49%) Office Communications Server
10 2 (0.49%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.49%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 53 (13.05%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (1.23%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.49%) InVision
4 2 (0.49%) Sketch
5 1 (0.25%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.25%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.25%) Camtasia
5 1 (0.25%) Figma
5 1 (0.25%) Marvel
5 1 (0.25%) Maya
5 1 (0.25%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.25%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.25%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 4 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.74%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.49%) assyst
3 2 (0.49%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.25%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.25%) Exstream
4 1 (0.25%) ResourceLink
4 1 (0.25%) SAP PP
4 1 (0.25%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.25%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 170 (41.87%) Office 365
2 126 (31.03%) Azure
3 48 (11.82%) OneDrive
4 42 (10.34%) Azure Active Directory
5 41 (10.10%) AWS
6 29 (7.14%) Yammer
7 22 (5.42%) SaaS
8 17 (4.19%) PaaS
9 16 (3.94%) IaaS
10 14 (3.45%) GCP
10 14 (3.45%) Power Platform
11 10 (2.46%) Amazon EC2
12 9 (2.22%) Amazon S3
12 9 (2.22%) PowerApps
13 7 (1.72%) AWS CloudFormation
14 6 (1.48%) Amazon EMR
15 4 (0.99%) Adobe Analytics
15 4 (0.99%) Google Analytics
15 4 (0.99%) Power Automate
16 3 (0.74%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 60 (14.78%) DNS
2 50 (12.32%) Firewall
3 48 (11.82%) Unified Communications
4 47 (11.58%) VoIP
5 43 (10.59%) DHCP
6 41 (10.10%) PBX
7 26 (6.40%) VPN
8 22 (5.42%) WAN
9 15 (3.69%) LAN
9 15 (3.69%) TCP/IP
10 14 (3.45%) Cisco IOS
11 13 (3.20%) Wireless
12 11 (2.71%) SMTP
12 11 (2.71%) Wi-Fi
13 10 (2.46%) IP Telephony
13 10 (2.46%) WebEx
14 9 (2.22%) Internet
14 9 (2.22%) MPLS
15 7 (1.72%) NetScaler
15 7 (1.72%) Telepresence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (6.90%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.72%) Power BI
3 6 (1.48%) MySQL
4 5 (1.23%) Cosmos DB
4 5 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (0.99%) Big Data
5 4 (0.99%) MongoDB
6 3 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (0.74%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (0.74%) Crystal Reports
6 3 (0.74%) Data Lake
6 3 (0.74%) DB2
7 2 (0.49%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.25%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.25%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.25%) Redis
8 1 (0.25%) SAP HANA
8 1 (0.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 13 (3.20%) JIRA
2 11 (2.71%) Jenkins
3 7 (1.72%) Git (software)
4 6 (1.48%) Mockito
5 5 (1.23%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.74%) JUnit
6 3 (0.74%) MSI
6 3 (0.74%) Selenium
6 3 (0.74%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.49%) Bitbucket Server
7 2 (0.49%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.49%) DbUnit
7 2 (0.49%) Hudson
7 2 (0.49%) jMock
7 2 (0.49%) Maven
7 2 (0.49%) SonarQube
7 2 (0.49%) Subversion
7 2 (0.49%) WebDriver
8 1 (0.25%) gulp
8 1 (0.25%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 55 (13.55%) Finance
2 26 (6.40%) Public Sector
3 16 (3.94%) Telecoms
4 12 (2.96%) Pharmaceutical
5 11 (2.71%) Legal
6 10 (2.46%) Manufacturing
7 9 (2.22%) Law
8 8 (1.97%) Banking
8 8 (1.97%) Retail
9 6 (1.48%) French Language
9 6 (1.48%) German Language
9 6 (1.48%) Marketing
10 5 (1.23%) Electronics
10 5 (1.23%) Police
11 3 (0.74%) Automotive
11 3 (0.74%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.74%) Local Government
11 3 (0.74%) Military
12 2 (0.49%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.25%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 52 (12.81%) Architect
2 36 (8.87%) Analyst
3 34 (8.37%) Support Engineer
4 28 (6.90%) Consultant
4 28 (6.90%) Office 365 Engineer
5 20 (4.93%) Developer
5 20 (4.93%) Project Manager
6 16 (3.94%) Unified Communications Engineer
7 14 (3.45%) 2nd Line Support
8 13 (3.20%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 13 (3.20%) Desktop Support
8 13 (3.20%) Technical Architect
9 11 (2.71%) Support Analyst
10 10 (2.46%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 10 (2.46%) Infrastructure Architect
10 10 (2.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 9 (2.22%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 9 (2.22%) 3rd Line Support
11 9 (2.22%) Office 365 Manager
11 9 (2.22%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (5.17%) .NET
2 7 (1.72%) LDAP
3 6 (1.48%) Web Services
4 5 (1.23%) AngularJS
4 5 (1.23%) JSON
4 5 (1.23%) SailPoint
5 4 (0.99%) ActiveMQ
5 4 (0.99%) JAX-RS
5 4 (0.99%) REST
5 4 (0.99%) XMPP
6 3 (0.74%) .NET Framework
6 3 (0.74%) CSS
6 3 (0.74%) HTML
6 3 (0.74%) OAuth
6 3 (0.74%) OAuth2
6 3 (0.74%) OpenID
6 3 (0.74%) RESTful
6 3 (0.74%) SAML
6 3 (0.74%) SOAP
6 3 (0.74%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 37 (9.11%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (6.90%) Data Centre
2 28 (6.90%) PKI
3 20 (4.93%) Video Conferencing
4 17 (4.19%) Management Information System
5 11 (2.71%) Public Cloud
5 11 (2.71%) Self-Motivation
6 9 (2.22%) Blackberry
7 7 (1.72%) Handset
7 7 (1.72%) Replication
7 7 (1.72%) Tandem
8 6 (1.48%) Virtual Team
9 5 (1.23%) NHS
10 4 (0.99%) Mobile App
10 4 (0.99%) User Experience
10 4 (0.99%) Video\Live Streaming
11 3 (0.74%) BYOD
11 3 (0.74%) Fat Client
11 3 (0.74%) IVR
11 3 (0.74%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 165 (40.64%) Windows
2 84 (20.69%) Windows Server
3 72 (17.73%) Windows 10
4 40 (9.85%) Windows Server 2016
5 38 (9.36%) Windows Server 2012
6 28 (6.90%) Windows Server 2008
7 24 (5.91%) Windows 7
8 14 (3.45%) Apple iOS
9 13 (3.20%) Android
10 12 (2.96%) Linux
11 9 (2.22%) Windows Server 2019
12 5 (1.23%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (0.99%) Unix
13 4 (0.99%) Windows Mobile
14 2 (0.49%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.25%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.25%) VMS
15 1 (0.25%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (21.43%) Migration
2 67 (16.50%) Agile Software Development
3 45 (11.08%) ITIL
4 33 (8.13%) Problem-Solving
5 30 (7.39%) Project Management
6 22 (5.42%) Service Management
7 21 (5.17%) Analytics
7 21 (5.17%) Disaster Recovery
8 19 (4.68%) High Availability
8 19 (4.68%) Scrum
9 18 (4.43%) DevOps
9 18 (4.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 17 (4.19%) Change Management
10 17 (4.19%) Enterprise Architecture
10 17 (4.19%) TOGAF
10 17 (4.19%) Validation
11 16 (3.94%) Mentoring
12 15 (3.69%) Application Virtualisation
12 15 (3.69%) Multi-Factor Authentication
13 14 (3.45%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 49 (12.07%) PowerShell
2 24 (5.91%) SQL
3 13 (3.20%) Python
4 10 (2.46%) Java
5 9 (2.22%) JavaScript
6 7 (1.72%) C
7 5 (1.23%) C#
8 4 (0.99%) Java 8
9 3 (0.74%) TypeScript
10 2 (0.49%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.49%) C++
10 2 (0.49%) R
10 2 (0.49%) Ruby
10 2 (0.49%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.25%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.25%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.25%) VB
11 1 (0.25%) VBA
Qualifications
1 88 (21.67%) Security Cleared
2 63 (15.52%) SC Cleared
3 38 (9.36%) Microsoft Certification
4 28 (6.90%) Cisco Certification
5 22 (5.42%) DV Cleared
6 17 (4.19%) CCNP
7 16 (3.94%) CISSP
8 14 (3.45%) Degree
9 13 (3.20%) CCIE
10 12 (2.96%) CCIE Collaboration
11 9 (2.22%) MCSE
12 8 (1.97%) MCP
12 8 (1.97%) MCSA
13 7 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
14 6 (1.48%) CCNA
15 4 (0.99%) APMP
15 4 (0.99%) CCA
16 3 (0.74%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 3 (0.74%) MCITP
17 2 (0.49%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (7.14%) SLA
2 6 (1.48%) QA
3 4 (0.99%) GDPR
3 4 (0.99%) P3O
4 3 (0.74%) PMO
5 2 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 2 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.49%) NCSC
6 1 (0.25%) COBIT
6 1 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.25%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 160 (39.41%) Active Directory
2 52 (12.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (8.87%) Hyper-V
4 16 (3.94%) vSphere
5 13 (3.20%) XenApp
6 11 (2.71%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (1.97%) Docker
8 7 (1.72%) BitLocker
9 6 (1.48%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (1.48%) XenDesktop
10 5 (1.23%) Microsoft App-V
11 4 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
12 3 (0.74%) VMware Workstation
13 2 (0.49%) NDS
13 2 (0.49%) NetIQ eDirectory
13 2 (0.49%) VMware NSX
14 1 (0.25%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 1 (0.25%) GFS2
14 1 (0.25%) Samba
14 1 (0.25%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 59 (14.53%) Microsoft Intune
2 46 (11.33%) SCCM
3 11 (2.71%) SCOM
4 10 (2.46%) Ansible
5 9 (2.22%) WSUS
6 7 (1.72%) AirWatch
6 7 (1.72%) Terraform
7 6 (1.48%) Kubernetes
8 5 (1.23%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 5 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
8 5 (1.23%) vRealize
9 3 (0.74%) NetIQ Identity Manager
9 3 (0.74%) Norton AntiVirus
9 3 (0.74%) Tivoli
9 3 (0.74%) vCenter Server
10 2 (0.49%) Cisco CUCM
10 2 (0.49%) HAProxy
10 2 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
11 1 (0.25%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 1 (0.25%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 239 (58.87%) Microsoft
2 75 (18.47%) VMware
3 73 (17.98%) Cisco
4 38 (9.36%) Citrix
5 25 (6.16%) Oracle
6 20 (4.93%) Sonus
7 18 (4.43%) Avaya
7 18 (4.43%) Google
8 17 (4.19%) McAfee
9 16 (3.94%) ServiceNow
10 13 (3.20%) Polycom
11 11 (2.71%) Apple
12 10 (2.46%) Adobe
12 10 (2.46%) SAP
13 8 (1.97%) MobileIron
14 7 (1.72%) Mitel
14 7 (1.72%) OpenText
14 7 (1.72%) Verint
15 6 (1.48%) RightFax
15 6 (1.48%) Symantec