The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 23 June 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)
North West / Lancashire
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 41 39 -
Rank change year-on-year -2 -  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 2 8 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 0.59% 1.79% -
As % of the Application Platforms category 6.25% 7.62% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 5 0
Median daily rate £425 £375 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £320
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £14.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% -12.50%  

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 Lancashire with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 32 105 64
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 9.50% 23.54% 15.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 66 49
Median daily rate £431 £373 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.77% +24.16%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £333 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £485 £466
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £350
% change year-on-year +2.69% +11.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 1
Median hourly rate - £16.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -23.80%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £23.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +8.69% +9.52%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire 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 Lancashire

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in Lancashire

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) MS Exchange
1 2 (100.00%) SCCM
1 2 (100.00%) Office 365
1 2 (100.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (50.00%) BeyondTrust
2 1 (50.00%) Windows 8
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 1 (50.00%) SharePoint 2013
2 1 (50.00%) MobileIron
2 1 (50.00%) ScanSafe
2 1 (50.00%) Line Management
2 1 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (50.00%) IT Asset Management
2 1 (50.00%) Skype
2 1 (50.00%) Mimecast
2 1 (50.00%) BitLocker
2 1 (50.00%) Canon
2 1 (50.00%) SCOM
2 1 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (50.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (50.00%) ITIL V3
2 1 (50.00%) DHCP
2 1 (50.00%) DNS
2 1 (50.00%) SLA
2 1 (50.00%) Cisco

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 2 (100.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (50.00%) SharePoint 2013
Business Applications
1 1 (50.00%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (50.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (100.00%) Office 365
2 1 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (50.00%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 1 (50.00%) DHCP
1 1 (50.00%) DNS
1 1 (50.00%) Skype
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Azure Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) IT Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) Service Desk Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (50.00%) Blackberry
1 1 (50.00%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (50.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (50.00%) Windows 8
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Asset Management
1 1 (50.00%) CRM
1 1 (50.00%) Information Security
1 1 (50.00%) IT Asset Management
1 1 (50.00%) ITIL
1 1 (50.00%) ITIL V3
1 1 (50.00%) Line Management
1 1 (50.00%) Service Delivery
1 1 (50.00%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 1 (50.00%) MCP
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (50.00%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (50.00%) BitLocker
2 1 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (100.00%) SCCM
2 1 (50.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) BeyondTrust
1 1 (50.00%) Canon
1 1 (50.00%) Cisco
1 1 (50.00%) Citrix
1 1 (50.00%) HP
1 1 (50.00%) IBM
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (50.00%) MobileIron
1 1 (50.00%) NetApp
1 1 (50.00%) ScanSafe
1 1 (50.00%) VMware