Period
to 2 December 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 2 December 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
2 Dec 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 296 224 304
Rank change year-on-year -72 +80 +22
Contract jobs citing Skype 243 914 841
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.77% 1.23% 0.90%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.00% 9.13% 6.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 166 616 551
Median daily rate £425 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £200 £181 £163
90th Percentile £638 £574 £563
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 45 53
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.76
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -6.72% +12.00%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.00 £10.58
90th Percentile £66.25 £47.18 £185.00
UK median hourly rate £24.75 £17.50 £18.73
% change year-on-year +41.43% -6.57% +18.92%

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 4,051 10,009 12,201
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 12.84% 13.52% 13.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,369 6,048 7,394
Median daily rate £435 £415 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.82% -2.35% +6.12%
10th Percentile £213 £185 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £432 £414 £425
% change year-on-year +4.35% -2.59% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 237 542 573
Median hourly rate £35.00 £22.96 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.46% +14.79% +7.17%
10th Percentile £14.40 £13.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £61.10 £53.75 £48.65
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +48.94% +17.50% +6.95%

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 December 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 2 December 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 2 December 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 -32 106 £490 +22.50% 12
South East +22 33 £375 - 14
South West +32 30 £490 +27.69% 13
Midlands +40 24 £375 -16.67% 9
North of England +4 23 £204 -48.35% 17
West Midlands +47 17 £375 -15.49% 5
North West +18 17 £194 -52.31% 10
East of England +19 16 £328 -18.13% 1
East Midlands +26 7 - - 4
Yorkshire +22 3 £350 +7.69% 5
North East +20 3 £85 -82.14% 2
Skype
UK

For the 6 months to 2 December 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.

1 173 (71.19%) Microsoft
2 147 (60.49%) Skype for Business
3 121 (49.79%) Active Directory
4 115 (47.33%) Windows
5 107 (44.03%) Office 365
6 89 (36.63%) Azure
7 66 (27.16%) Security Cleared
8 56 (23.05%) Cisco
9 55 (22.63%) Windows 10
10 53 (21.81%) SC Cleared
11 49 (20.16%) Migration
12 47 (19.34%) SharePoint
13 45 (18.52%) DNS
13 45 (18.52%) Finance
14 42 (17.28%) VMware
14 42 (17.28%) Windows Server
15 39 (16.05%) ITIL
15 39 (16.05%) SQL
16 36 (14.81%) Firewall
16 36 (14.81%) PowerShell
17 35 (14.40%) Agile Software Development
17 35 (14.40%) VoIP
18 34 (13.99%) Microsoft Office
18 34 (13.99%) VMware Infrastructure
18 34 (13.99%) Video Conferencing
18 34 (13.99%) Microsoft Intune
18 34 (13.99%) Azure Active Directory
19 33 (13.58%) SQL Server
20 30 (12.35%) DHCP
21 28 (11.52%) Unified Communications

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
1 147 (60.49%) Skype for Business
2 47 (19.34%) SharePoint
3 20 (8.23%) MS Exchange
4 8 (3.29%) Confluence
4 8 (3.29%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (2.47%) JBoss
5 6 (2.47%) NetWeaver
5 6 (2.47%) WebSphere
6 5 (2.06%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (1.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (1.65%) CMS
8 3 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (1.23%) IIS
9 2 (0.82%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.82%) nginx
10 1 (0.41%) Apache Spark
10 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.41%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.41%) SAS
10 1 (0.41%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 34 (13.99%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (6.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (3.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.41%) Stata
Business Applications
1 2 (0.82%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 107 (44.03%) Office 365
2 89 (36.63%) Azure
3 34 (13.99%) Azure Active Directory
4 20 (8.23%) AWS
5 19 (7.82%) SaaS
6 17 (7.00%) OneDrive
7 16 (6.58%) IaaS
7 16 (6.58%) PaaS
8 9 (3.70%) Yammer
9 6 (2.47%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 5 (2.06%) GCP
10 5 (2.06%) Power Platform
11 4 (1.65%) AWS Lambda
11 4 (1.65%) PowerApps
11 4 (1.65%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 3 (1.23%) Amazon EC2
12 3 (1.23%) Amazon S3
12 3 (1.23%) Logic Apps
12 3 (1.23%) Power Automate
12 3 (1.23%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 45 (18.52%) DNS
2 36 (14.81%) Firewall
3 35 (14.40%) VoIP
4 30 (12.35%) DHCP
5 28 (11.52%) Unified Communications
6 27 (11.11%) VPN
7 25 (10.29%) WAN
8 19 (7.82%) LAN
9 17 (7.00%) PBX
10 13 (5.35%) Wireless
11 10 (4.12%) MPLS
12 9 (3.70%) Wi-Fi
13 8 (3.29%) DMZ
13 8 (3.29%) TCP/IP
14 7 (2.88%) H.323
15 6 (2.47%) Cisco ASA
15 6 (2.47%) SAN
15 6 (2.47%) WLAN
16 5 (2.06%) Internet
16 5 (2.06%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (13.58%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.70%) Cosmos DB
3 8 (3.29%) MySQL
4 7 (2.88%) Azure SQL Database
4 7 (2.88%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (2.47%) DB2
5 6 (2.47%) SAP HANA
6 5 (2.06%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (1.65%) Amazon RDS
7 4 (1.65%) Big Data
7 4 (1.65%) Power BI
8 2 (0.82%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.82%) Spatial Data
9 1 (0.41%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.41%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.41%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 9 (3.70%) JIRA
2 7 (2.88%) Bitbucket
3 3 (1.23%) MSI
4 2 (0.82%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (0.41%) eggPlant
5 1 (0.41%) JMeter
5 1 (0.41%) JUnit
5 1 (0.41%) LoadUI
5 1 (0.41%) NeoLoad
5 1 (0.41%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (0.41%) Selenium
5 1 (0.41%) Subversion
5 1 (0.41%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.41%) WebDriver
General
1 45 (18.52%) Finance
2 16 (6.58%) Public Sector
3 13 (5.35%) Banking
4 12 (4.94%) Legal
4 12 (4.94%) Telecoms
5 10 (4.12%) Pharmaceutical
6 7 (2.88%) Financial Institution
7 4 (1.65%) French Language
7 4 (1.65%) German Language
7 4 (1.65%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.65%) Retail
8 3 (1.23%) Military
9 2 (0.82%) Italian Language
9 2 (0.82%) Law
10 1 (0.41%) Back Office
10 1 (0.41%) Electronics
10 1 (0.41%) Marketing
10 1 (0.41%) Polish Language
10 1 (0.41%) Russian Language
10 1 (0.41%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 49 (20.16%) Architect
2 16 (6.58%) Analyst
3 15 (6.17%) Infrastructure Architect
3 15 (6.17%) Support Engineer
4 14 (5.76%) Consultant
5 12 (4.94%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 11 (4.53%) Cloud Engineer
6 11 (4.53%) Network Engineer
6 11 (4.53%) Project Manager
7 10 (4.12%) Solutions Architect
7 10 (4.12%) Unified Communications Engineer
8 9 (3.70%) Desktop Support
8 9 (3.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 8 (3.29%) Voice Engineer
10 7 (2.88%) Enterprise Architect
10 7 (2.88%) Senior Manager
10 7 (2.88%) Service Analyst
11 6 (2.47%) 2nd Line Support
11 6 (2.47%) Office 365 Engineer
11 6 (2.47%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.47%) Middleware
1 6 (2.47%) SAP Basis
1 6 (2.47%) WebRTC
2 5 (2.06%) .NET
2 5 (2.06%) CSS
2 5 (2.06%) CSS3
2 5 (2.06%) HTML
2 5 (2.06%) HTML5
2 5 (2.06%) REST
3 4 (1.65%) LDAP
4 3 (1.23%) .NET Framework
4 3 (1.23%) Web Services
4 3 (1.23%) XMPP
5 2 (0.82%) Elastic Stack
5 2 (0.82%) Microsoft Graph
6 1 (0.41%) Keras
6 1 (0.41%) OAuth
6 1 (0.41%) OAuth2
6 1 (0.41%) TensorFlow
6 1 (0.41%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 34 (13.99%) Video Conferencing
2 18 (7.41%) PKI
3 16 (6.58%) Replication
4 15 (6.17%) Data Centre
5 12 (4.94%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (4.53%) Private Cloud
7 10 (4.12%) NHS
7 10 (4.12%) Public Cloud
8 7 (2.88%) Mobile App
9 6 (2.47%) IVR
9 6 (2.47%) Management Information System
10 5 (2.06%) Self-Motivation
10 5 (2.06%) Smartphone
10 5 (2.06%) Tandem
10 5 (2.06%) User Experience
11 4 (1.65%) Greenfield Project
12 3 (1.23%) Client/Server
12 3 (1.23%) Fat Client
12 3 (1.23%) Handset
12 3 (1.23%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 115 (47.33%) Windows
2 55 (22.63%) Windows 10
3 42 (17.28%) Windows Server
4 27 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
5 25 (10.29%) Windows Server 2016
6 14 (5.76%) Linux
6 14 (5.76%) Windows Server 2008
7 13 (5.35%) Windows Server 2019
8 12 (4.94%) Unix
9 9 (3.70%) Apple iOS
10 8 (3.29%) Windows 7
11 7 (2.88%) Windows Mobile
12 5 (2.06%) VMS
13 4 (1.65%) Debian
13 4 (1.65%) Fedora
13 4 (1.65%) NetWare
13 4 (1.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (1.65%) Solaris
13 4 (1.65%) Ubuntu
14 3 (1.23%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (20.16%) Migration
2 39 (16.05%) ITIL
3 35 (14.40%) Agile Software Development
4 26 (10.70%) Service Delivery
5 25 (10.29%) Service Management
6 21 (8.64%) Project Management
7 18 (7.41%) Change Management
8 17 (7.00%) Multi-Factor Authentication
8 17 (7.00%) Problem-Solving
9 16 (6.58%) Identity Management
10 14 (5.76%) Data Protection
11 13 (5.35%) Cybersecurity
12 12 (4.94%) Application Virtualisation
12 12 (4.94%) Desktop Virtualisation
12 12 (4.94%) DevOps
12 12 (4.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 11 (4.53%) ITSM
14 10 (4.12%) Analytics
14 10 (4.12%) Business Case
14 10 (4.12%) Identity Access Management
Programming Languages
1 39 (16.05%) SQL
2 36 (14.81%) PowerShell
3 10 (4.12%) Python
4 8 (3.29%) C
5 7 (2.88%) JavaScript
6 6 (2.47%) C#
7 2 (0.82%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.41%) Java
8 1 (0.41%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.41%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.41%) VB
8 1 (0.41%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.41%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 66 (27.16%) Security Cleared
2 53 (21.81%) SC Cleared
3 19 (7.82%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (7.00%) Degree
5 12 (4.94%) MCSE
6 9 (3.70%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (3.70%) DV Cleared
7 8 (3.29%) MCSA
8 6 (2.47%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (2.47%) CISSP
8 6 (2.47%) SSCP
9 5 (2.06%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 4 (1.65%) CCIE
10 4 (1.65%) CCNP
10 4 (1.65%) MCP
10 4 (1.65%) PMI Certification
10 4 (1.65%) PMP
11 3 (1.23%) CCNP Voice
11 3 (1.23%) DBS Check
11 3 (1.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (7.82%) SLA
2 6 (2.47%) COBIT
2 6 (2.47%) GDPR
2 6 (2.47%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.23%) PMO
4 2 (0.82%) NCSC
4 2 (0.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 121 (49.79%) Active Directory
2 34 (13.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (5.35%) Hyper-V
4 12 (4.94%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (3.70%) vSphere
6 8 (3.29%) VMware NSX
7 6 (2.47%) Docker
7 6 (2.47%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.82%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.82%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.82%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (0.82%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.82%) XenApp
9 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.41%) NDS
9 1 (0.41%) NetIQ eDirectory
9 1 (0.41%) UAG
9 1 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 34 (13.99%) Microsoft Intune
2 25 (10.29%) SCCM
3 12 (4.94%) SCOM
4 9 (3.70%) WSUS
5 6 (2.47%) Kubernetes
6 5 (2.06%) Cisco CUCM
6 5 (2.06%) PowerCLI
7 4 (1.65%) Tivoli
8 3 (1.23%) AirWatch
8 3 (1.23%) Ansible
8 3 (1.23%) Jamf Pro
8 3 (1.23%) Netcool
9 2 (0.82%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.82%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.82%) OfficeScan
9 2 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (0.82%) Puppet
9 2 (0.82%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.82%) Trend Micro Deep Security
9 2 (0.82%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 173 (71.19%) Microsoft
2 56 (23.05%) Cisco
3 42 (17.28%) VMware
4 19 (7.82%) Citrix
5 15 (6.17%) McAfee
6 14 (5.76%) Avaya
7 11 (4.53%) Polycom
8 9 (3.70%) SAP
9 8 (3.29%) Oracle
9 8 (3.29%) Palo Alto
10 7 (2.88%) Apple
10 7 (2.88%) F5
10 7 (2.88%) Red Hat
11 6 (2.47%) Google
12 5 (2.06%) Atlassian
12 5 (2.06%) Novell
12 5 (2.06%) Splunk
13 4 (1.65%) Blue Coat
13 4 (1.65%) Foundstone
13 4 (1.65%) Veeam