The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Kent with a requirement for Skype for Business skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Skype for Business over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 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 for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
South East / Kent
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 45 56 40
Rank change year-on-year +11 -16  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 2 2 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 0.66% 0.42% 0.38%
As % of the Application Platforms category 22.22% 2.44% 3.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 1
Median daily rate £400 £460 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.04% +31.42%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £410 £350
% change year-on-year -14.63% +17.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £24.08 £26.50
% change year-on-year -41.84% -9.15%  

Skype for Business is in the application platform skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Kent with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
Kent
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 9 82 33
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Kent 2.97% 17.23% 12.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 68 23
Median daily rate £375 £460 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.47% +35.29%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £188 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £398 £650 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Median hourly rate - £13.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -18.75%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +6.06%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Kent citing Skype for Business as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Application Platforms category.

Job vacancy trend for Skype for Business in Kent

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Kent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Skype for Business in Kent.

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in Kent

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Kent

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Skype for Business in Kent.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in Kent

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in Kent

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Skype for Business within the Kent region over the 3 months to 29 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Canterbury - 1 £400 -
Skype for Business
South East

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Kent region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 3 (75.00%) VPN
1 3 (75.00%) DNS
1 3 (75.00%) Cisco
1 3 (75.00%) Microsoft
1 3 (75.00%) Windows
1 3 (75.00%) VMware
1 3 (75.00%) CheckPoint
1 3 (75.00%) XenDesktop
1 3 (75.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 3 (75.00%) Windows Server
2 2 (50.00%) Application Virtualisation
2 2 (50.00%) MS Office
2 2 (50.00%) BitLocker
2 2 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (50.00%) XenApp
2 2 (50.00%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (50.00%) Windows 7
2 2 (50.00%) Wyse
2 2 (50.00%) Incident Management
2 2 (50.00%) Fat Client
2 2 (50.00%) SCCM
2 2 (50.00%) VMware ESX
2 2 (50.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (50.00%) AppSense
2 2 (50.00%) CA
2 2 (50.00%) Thin Client
2 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (50.00%) Citrix
2 2 (50.00%) Symantec
3 1 (25.00%) BGP

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in Kent 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:

Applications
1 2 (50.00%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (25.00%) Office 365
1 1 (25.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (75.00%) DNS
1 3 (75.00%) VPN
2 1 (25.00%) BGP
2 1 (25.00%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
2 1 (25.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
2 1 (25.00%) Firewall
2 1 (25.00%) IPsec
2 1 (25.00%) LAN
2 1 (25.00%) NetScaler
2 1 (25.00%) Skype
2 1 (25.00%) WAN
Job Titles
1 1 (25.00%) 3rd Line Support
1 1 (25.00%) 3rd Line Technical Support
1 1 (25.00%) Analyst
1 1 (25.00%) Designer
1 1 (25.00%) Firewall Engineer
1 1 (25.00%) Juniper Engineer
1 1 (25.00%) Migration Analyst
1 1 (25.00%) Network Engineer
1 1 (25.00%) Solutions Designer
1 1 (25.00%) Support Analyst
1 1 (25.00%) Technical Support
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Fat Client
1 2 (50.00%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 3 (75.00%) Windows
1 3 (75.00%) Windows Server
1 3 (75.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (50.00%) Windows 7
3 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Application Virtualisation
1 2 (50.00%) Incident Management
2 1 (25.00%) Migration
2 1 (25.00%) Performance Management
2 1 (25.00%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) PowerShell
System Software
1 3 (75.00%) XenDesktop
2 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (50.00%) BitLocker
2 2 (50.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 2 (50.00%) VMware ESX
2 2 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (50.00%) XenApp
3 1 (25.00%) Hyper-V
3 1 (25.00%) ProxySG
3 1 (25.00%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (25.00%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (25.00%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 2 (50.00%) SCCM
1 2 (50.00%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 3 (75.00%) CheckPoint
1 3 (75.00%) Cisco
1 3 (75.00%) Microsoft
1 3 (75.00%) VMware
2 2 (50.00%) AppSense
2 2 (50.00%) CA
2 2 (50.00%) Citrix
2 2 (50.00%) Symantec
2 2 (50.00%) Wyse
3 1 (25.00%) Blue Coat
3 1 (25.00%) F5
3 1 (25.00%) Juniper
3 1 (25.00%) Palo Alto