The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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 22 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)
England / London
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 290 243 209
Rank change year-on-year -47 -34  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 127 197 252
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.61% 0.91% 1.07%
As % of the Application Platforms category 3.58% 4.90% 5.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 142 158
Median daily rate £419 £400 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.68% +8.10%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £203 £275 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £524 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £345 £313
% change year-on-year +1.44% +10.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 6
Median hourly rate £14.75 £21.00 £17.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.76% +21.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.13 £20.20 £17.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £90.18 £25.00 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £14.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year -7.14% -11.11%  

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 London with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 3549 4022 4372
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 17.12% 18.53% 18.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 2495 2911 2912
Median daily rate £475 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £295 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £573
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £350
% change year-on-year +2.56% +11.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 44 103
Median hourly rate £22.00 £17.25 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.53% -9.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.55 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.70 £26.38 £37.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% +7.14%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London 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 London

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in London

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in London over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in London

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in London

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in London over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Skype for Business in London

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 3 months to 22 June 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
City of London -10 17 £425 +3.97% 13
Canary Wharf - 3 £350 -
Feltham +5 2 £425 -
Enfield - 2 - -
Uxbridge - 1 - -
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 22 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 London region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 215 (69.58%) Skype
2 183 (59.22%) Microsoft
3 144 (46.60%) Office 365
4 141 (45.63%) Windows
5 124 (40.13%) Active Directory
6 113 (36.57%) SharePoint
7 84 (27.18%) Microsoft Azure
8 80 (25.89%) Cisco
9 63 (20.39%) Microsoft Office
10 59 (19.09%) MS Exchange
11 54 (17.48%) SQL Server
12 52 (16.83%) PowerShell
13 51 (16.50%) SCCM
14 48 (15.53%) Windows Server
15 47 (15.21%) Exchange Server 2013
16 46 (14.89%) Citrix
17 44 (14.24%) ITIL
18 40 (12.94%) Finance
18 40 (12.94%) Hyper-V
18 40 (12.94%) Windows 7
18 40 (12.94%) Unified Communications
19 39 (12.62%) Migration
20 33 (10.68%) Project Management
20 33 (10.68%) Windows 10
21 32 (10.36%) Azure Active Directory
21 32 (10.36%) VMware
21 32 (10.36%) Windows Server 2008
22 30 (9.71%) Analytical Skills
23 29 (9.39%) Exchange Server 2010
23 29 (9.39%) Microsoft Certification

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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
1 113 (36.57%) SharePoint
2 59 (19.09%) MS Exchange
3 47 (15.21%) Exchange Server 2013
4 29 (9.39%) Exchange Server 2010
5 19 (6.15%) Exchange Server 2007
6 15 (4.85%) BizTalk Server
7 13 (4.21%) SharePoint 2013
8 10 (3.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 10 (3.24%) CMS
8 10 (3.24%) Office Communications Server
9 9 (2.91%) IIS
10 7 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.32%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.32%) WebLogic
Applications
1 63 (20.39%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.65%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 23 (7.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.97%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 144 (46.60%) Office 365
2 84 (27.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 32 (10.36%) Azure Active Directory
4 28 (9.06%) OneDrive
4 28 (9.06%) Yammer
5 15 (4.85%) IaaS
6 5 (1.62%) SaaS
7 4 (1.29%) Mimecast
8 3 (0.97%) PaaS
9 2 (0.65%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 215 (69.58%) Skype
2 40 (12.94%) Unified Communications
3 28 (9.06%) Firewall
4 27 (8.74%) LAN
4 27 (8.74%) WAN
5 23 (7.44%) DNS
6 22 (7.12%) SAN
7 21 (6.80%) VoIP
8 12 (3.88%) PBX
9 11 (3.56%) Cisco IOS
10 9 (2.91%) VPN
10 9 (2.91%) Wireless
10 9 (2.91%) Wireshark
11 8 (2.59%) Cisco ASA
11 8 (2.59%) DHCP
11 8 (2.59%) Intranet
11 8 (2.59%) Telepresence
12 7 (2.27%) Internet
12 7 (2.27%) iSCSI
12 7 (2.27%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (17.48%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.59%) Oracle Reports
2 8 (2.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (1.62%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (1.29%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (1.29%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (0.65%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.32%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.32%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 5 (1.62%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (1.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (0.97%) CruiseControl
3 3 (0.97%) TeamCity
3 3 (0.97%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.32%) HP UFT
4 1 (0.32%) MorphX
General
1 40 (12.94%) Finance
2 21 (6.80%) Legal
3 19 (6.15%) Retail
4 17 (5.50%) Law
5 13 (4.21%) Banking
6 7 (2.27%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.62%) Investment Banking
7 5 (1.62%) Marketing
8 4 (1.29%) Advertising
8 4 (1.29%) Back Office
9 3 (0.97%) Billing
9 3 (0.97%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.65%) French Language
10 2 (0.65%) Publishing
11 1 (0.32%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.32%) Front Office
11 1 (0.32%) Local Government
11 1 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 61 (19.74%) Architect
2 43 (13.92%) Consultant
3 32 (10.36%) Analyst
4 27 (8.74%) Project Manager
5 22 (7.12%) Solutions Architect
6 21 (6.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 21 (6.80%) Support Engineer
7 19 (6.15%) Office 365 Architect
8 18 (5.83%) Lead Architect
9 17 (5.50%) Lead Solutions Architect
10 15 (4.85%) Microsoft Consultant
11 14 (4.53%) 2nd Line Support
11 14 (4.53%) IT Support
11 14 (4.53%) Technical Consultant
12 13 (4.21%) Office 365 Consultant
12 13 (4.21%) Trainer
13 12 (3.88%) Office 365 Engineer
14 11 (3.56%) Cisco Engineer
14 11 (3.56%) IT Trainer
15 10 (3.24%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.18%) XMPP
2 13 (4.21%) .NET
3 11 (3.56%) COM
4 5 (1.62%) 802.1X
5 4 (1.29%) ASP.NET
5 4 (1.29%) SAML
6 3 (0.97%) OAuth
6 3 (0.97%) WAP
6 3 (0.97%) WCF
6 3 (0.97%) WF
7 2 (0.65%) HTML
8 1 (0.32%) CSS
8 1 (0.32%) CSS3
8 1 (0.32%) HTML5
8 1 (0.32%) HTML5 Canvas
8 1 (0.32%) SVG
8 1 (0.32%) Web Services
8 1 (0.32%) WebGL
8 1 (0.32%) XML
8 1 (0.32%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 30 (9.71%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (8.41%) Video Conferencing
3 24 (7.77%) Data Centre
4 19 (6.15%) Blackberry
5 15 (4.85%) Clustering
6 9 (2.91%) Management Information System
7 8 (2.59%) e-Learning
8 7 (2.27%) Computer Science
9 6 (1.94%) Hybrid Cloud
9 6 (1.94%) Smartphone
10 5 (1.62%) BYOD
11 4 (1.29%) iPhone
11 4 (1.29%) Replication
12 3 (0.97%) IVR
12 3 (0.97%) Mobile Banking
12 3 (0.97%) Mobile Computing
12 3 (0.97%) NHS
12 3 (0.97%) PMI
12 3 (0.97%) Private Cloud
13 2 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 141 (45.63%) Windows
2 48 (15.53%) Windows Server
3 40 (12.94%) Windows 7
4 33 (10.68%) Windows 10
5 32 (10.36%) Windows Server 2008
6 28 (9.06%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (4.53%) Windows Server 2003
8 12 (3.88%) Windows 8
9 7 (2.27%) Android
10 6 (1.94%) Mac OS X
11 4 (1.29%) Mac OS
12 3 (0.97%) Apple iOS
12 3 (0.97%) Linux
12 3 (0.97%) Windows XP
13 1 (0.32%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.32%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.32%) Windows Phone
13 1 (0.32%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (14.24%) ITIL
2 39 (12.62%) Migration
3 33 (10.68%) Project Management
4 28 (9.06%) Agile Software Development
4 28 (9.06%) Stakeholder Management
5 24 (7.77%) CRM
6 22 (7.12%) PRINCE2
6 22 (7.12%) TOGAF
7 21 (6.80%) Business Analysis
8 18 (5.83%) Document Management
9 17 (5.50%) Business Intelligence
10 16 (5.18%) SDLC
11 14 (4.53%) Enterprise Architecture
11 14 (4.53%) Information Security
12 13 (4.21%) Data Management
12 13 (4.21%) Presales
13 12 (3.88%) Case Management
13 12 (3.88%) Change Management
14 11 (3.56%) Disaster Recovery
14 11 (3.56%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 52 (16.83%) PowerShell
2 24 (7.77%) SQL
3 15 (4.85%) C
4 13 (4.21%) C#
5 4 (1.29%) VB
6 3 (0.97%) VBScript
7 1 (0.32%) Java
7 1 (0.32%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.32%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.32%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.32%) X++
Qualifications
1 29 (9.39%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (6.80%) MCSE
3 19 (6.15%) Cisco Certification
4 14 (4.53%) Security Cleared
5 13 (4.21%) Degree
6 10 (3.24%) CCNP
7 8 (2.59%) CCNA
7 8 (2.59%) MCP
8 7 (2.27%) CCIE
8 7 (2.27%) DV Cleared
8 7 (2.27%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 6 (1.94%) MCDST
9 6 (1.94%) MCITP
9 6 (1.94%) SC Cleared
10 5 (1.62%) MCTS
10 5 (1.62%) PMI Certification
10 5 (1.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 4 (1.29%) Citrix Certification
11 4 (1.29%) Computer Science Degree
12 3 (0.97%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (1.62%) SLA
2 4 (1.29%) PMO
3 3 (0.97%) QA
4 1 (0.32%) GxP
System Software
1 124 (40.13%) Active Directory
2 40 (12.94%) Hyper-V
3 20 (6.47%) XenApp
4 19 (6.15%) VMware Infrastructure
5 13 (4.21%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (1.94%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (1.94%) vSphere
7 4 (1.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 4 (1.29%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (0.97%) Forefront TMG
8 3 (0.97%) ISA Server
9 2 (0.65%) UAG
9 2 (0.65%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.32%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.32%) Firmware
10 1 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.32%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 51 (16.50%) SCCM
2 24 (7.77%) SCOM
3 18 (5.83%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 17 (5.50%) Cisco CUCM
5 12 (3.88%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 10 (3.24%) Microsoft Clustering
7 9 (2.91%) vCenter Server
8 8 (2.59%) SCVMM
9 7 (2.27%) NetBackup
10 6 (1.94%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 5 (1.62%) Cacti
11 5 (1.62%) Cisco Prime
11 5 (1.62%) Cisco UCCX
11 5 (1.62%) Failover Clustering
11 5 (1.62%) Microsoft Intune
11 5 (1.62%) OpenView
11 5 (1.62%) QRadar
11 5 (1.62%) SCOrch
11 5 (1.62%) SCSM
11 5 (1.62%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 183 (59.22%) Microsoft
2 80 (25.89%) Cisco
3 46 (14.89%) Citrix
4 32 (10.36%) VMware
5 24 (7.77%) Symantec
6 19 (6.15%) HP
7 17 (5.50%) Polycom
8 15 (4.85%) SAP
9 14 (4.53%) McAfee
9 14 (4.53%) Salesforce.com
10 13 (4.21%) Apple
11 12 (3.88%) Avaya
11 12 (3.88%) Oracle
12 11 (3.56%) Dell
12 11 (3.56%) Infor
13 8 (2.59%) NetApp
14 7 (2.27%) Mitel
14 7 (2.27%) MobileIron
14 7 (2.27%) Palo Alto
15 6 (1.94%) Trustwave
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