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 23 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
England / London
Rank 229 273 252
Rank change year-on-year +44 -21  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 181 149 160
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.94% 0.68% 0.77%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.94% 4.02% 4.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 100 95
Median daily rate £450 £413 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +13.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £618 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £353
% change year-on-year -12.50% +13.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 6 6
Median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.55% +47.54%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.23 £17.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £26.00 £24.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.75 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -45.00% +6.38%  

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 3662 3710 3668
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 19.06% 16.87% 17.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 2546 2558 2421
Median daily rate £465 £450 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +8.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 50 91
Median hourly rate £22.34 £22.50 £20.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.73% +10.05%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.11 £11.50 £13.16
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £101.50 £51.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -5.55% +12.50%  

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 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 23 March 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 23 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
City of London +20 28 £450 +5.88% 7
Canary Wharf -1 4 £350 -11.61%
Kingston Upon Thames - 3 £290 -
West End of London - 2 £281 - 1
Docklands, London - 1 - -
Hammersmith - 1 - -
Skype for Business
England

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

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

1 233 (66.01%) Microsoft
2 218 (61.76%) Skype
3 174 (49.29%) Windows
4 169 (47.88%) Office 365
5 138 (39.09%) Active Directory
6 131 (37.11%) SharePoint
7 101 (28.61%) Microsoft Azure
8 100 (28.33%) MS Excel
9 88 (24.93%) MS Exchange
10 81 (22.95%) SQL Server
11 78 (22.10%) Cisco
12 65 (18.41%) MS Office
13 61 (17.28%) Windows Server
14 57 (16.15%) Migration
15 55 (15.58%) SCCM
16 51 (14.45%) Unified Communications
17 49 (13.88%) Yammer
18 48 (13.60%) Hyper-V
18 48 (13.60%) Agile Software Development
19 47 (13.31%) Finance
20 45 (12.75%) Citrix
21 44 (12.46%) CRM
22 43 (12.18%) ITIL
22 43 (12.18%) PowerShell
23 41 (11.61%) Firewall
23 41 (11.61%) OneDrive
24 40 (11.33%) Windows 10
24 40 (11.33%) Video Conferencing
24 40 (11.33%) Dynamics CRM
25 39 (11.05%) Windows Server 2008

Skype for Business
Top Related 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
1 131 (37.11%) SharePoint
2 88 (24.93%) MS Exchange
3 33 (9.35%) Exchange Server 2013
4 28 (7.93%) BizTalk Server
4 28 (7.93%) IIS
5 27 (7.65%) Exchange Server 2010
6 20 (5.67%) Office Communications Server
7 18 (5.10%) Exchange Server 2007
8 12 (3.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 10 (2.83%) SharePoint 2013
10 9 (2.55%) CMS
11 6 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2003
11 6 (1.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 6 (1.70%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.85%) SharePoint 2010
13 1 (0.28%) Apache
13 1 (0.28%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.28%) WebLogic
Applications
1 100 (28.33%) MS Excel
2 65 (18.41%) MS Office
3 6 (1.70%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.57%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 40 (11.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.70%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 169 (47.88%) Office 365
2 101 (28.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 49 (13.88%) Yammer
4 41 (11.61%) OneDrive
5 21 (5.95%) Azure Active Directory
6 17 (4.82%) SaaS
7 14 (3.97%) IaaS
8 7 (1.98%) Mimecast
9 5 (1.42%) GitHub
10 1 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.28%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 218 (61.76%) Skype
2 51 (14.45%) Unified Communications
3 41 (11.61%) Firewall
4 22 (6.23%) DNS
4 22 (6.23%) SAN
5 20 (5.67%) WAN
6 18 (5.10%) VoIP
7 16 (4.53%) LAN
7 16 (4.53%) PBX
8 15 (4.25%) DHCP
9 12 (3.40%) Telepresence
10 10 (2.83%) Internet
11 9 (2.55%) VPN
12 8 (2.27%) Intranet
12 8 (2.27%) IP Telephony
12 8 (2.27%) ISDN
12 8 (2.27%) NAS
13 6 (1.70%) Cisco IPT
13 6 (1.70%) iSCSI
13 6 (1.70%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (22.95%) SQL Server
2 19 (5.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 12 (3.40%) Oracle Reports
4 6 (1.70%) Power BI
4 6 (1.70%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (1.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (1.42%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.85%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.28%) MySQL
7 1 (0.28%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.28%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 11 (3.12%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (1.42%) JIRA
2 5 (1.42%) Zephyr
3 4 (1.13%) CruiseControl
3 4 (1.13%) TeamCity
3 4 (1.13%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.28%) MorphX
General
1 47 (13.31%) Finance
2 33 (9.35%) Retail
3 21 (5.95%) Legal
4 19 (5.38%) Law
5 14 (3.97%) Banking
6 10 (2.83%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.70%) Back Office
8 5 (1.42%) Advertising
8 5 (1.42%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.57%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.57%) Front Office
10 2 (0.57%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.57%) Private Banking
10 2 (0.57%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.28%) Electronics
11 1 (0.28%) Local Government
11 1 (0.28%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 70 (19.83%) Architect
2 47 (13.31%) Consultant
3 34 (9.63%) Analyst
3 34 (9.63%) Project Manager
4 32 (9.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 26 (7.37%) Microsoft Consultant
6 25 (7.08%) Support Engineer
7 22 (6.23%) Solutions Architect
8 19 (5.38%) 2nd Line Support
9 17 (4.82%) CRM Consultant
9 17 (4.82%) Lead Architect
9 17 (4.82%) Lead Solutions Architect
10 15 (4.25%) Office 365 Architect
10 15 (4.25%) Office 365 Engineer
10 15 (4.25%) Technical Consultant
11 14 (3.97%) Exchange Engineer
11 14 (3.97%) IT Support
11 14 (3.97%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
11 14 (3.97%) Support Analyst
11 14 (3.97%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (7.08%) .NET
1 25 (7.08%) COM
2 13 (3.68%) XMPP
3 10 (2.83%) WCF
4 9 (2.55%) Web Services
5 7 (1.98%) XML
6 6 (1.70%) XML Messaging
6 6 (1.70%) XSD
7 5 (1.42%) ASP.NET
8 4 (1.13%) WF
9 3 (0.85%) WAP
10 2 (0.57%) HTML
11 1 (0.28%) .NET Framework
11 1 (0.28%) CSS
11 1 (0.28%) CSS3
11 1 (0.28%) HTML5
11 1 (0.28%) jQuery
11 1 (0.28%) SVG
11 1 (0.28%) WebGL
11 1 (0.28%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 40 (11.33%) Video Conferencing
2 33 (9.35%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (5.10%) Blackberry
4 16 (4.53%) Data Centre
5 13 (3.68%) Clustering
6 7 (1.98%) PKI
7 6 (1.70%) e-Learning
7 6 (1.70%) Hybrid Cloud
7 6 (1.70%) Replication
7 6 (1.70%) Smartphone
8 5 (1.42%) Life Science
9 4 (1.13%) NHS
9 4 (1.13%) Virtual Team
10 3 (0.85%) Fat Client
10 3 (0.85%) IVR
10 3 (0.85%) Management Information System
10 3 (0.85%) Thin Client
11 2 (0.57%) Data Protection Act
11 2 (0.57%) Handset
11 2 (0.57%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 174 (49.29%) Windows
2 61 (17.28%) Windows Server
3 40 (11.33%) Windows 10
4 39 (11.05%) Windows Server 2008
5 37 (10.48%) Windows 7
6 33 (9.35%) Windows Server 2012
7 17 (4.82%) Windows Server 2003
8 10 (2.83%) Windows 8
9 6 (1.70%) Android
9 6 (1.70%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.85%) Linux
10 3 (0.85%) Unix
10 3 (0.85%) Windows XP
11 2 (0.57%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.28%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.28%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (16.15%) Migration
2 48 (13.60%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (12.46%) CRM
4 43 (12.18%) ITIL
5 39 (11.05%) Business Intelligence
6 34 (9.63%) Project Management
6 34 (9.63%) Stakeholder Management
7 28 (7.93%) Document Management
7 28 (7.93%) TOGAF
8 27 (7.65%) Data Management
9 26 (7.37%) SDLC
10 25 (7.08%) Case Management
11 24 (6.80%) PRINCE2
12 22 (6.23%) Business Analysis
13 21 (5.95%) Waterfall
14 18 (5.10%) Presales
15 17 (4.82%) Enterprise Architecture
16 14 (3.97%) Change Management
17 13 (3.68%) Information Security
17 13 (3.68%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 43 (12.18%) PowerShell
2 33 (9.35%) SQL
3 25 (7.08%) C#
4 19 (5.38%) C
5 4 (1.13%) T-SQL
6 2 (0.57%) VB
7 1 (0.28%) Java
7 1 (0.28%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.28%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.28%) VBScript
7 1 (0.28%) X++
Qualifications
1 30 (8.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 25 (7.08%) MCSE
3 20 (5.67%) Degree
4 14 (3.97%) Cisco Certification
5 12 (3.40%) Security Cleared
6 11 (3.12%) CCNA
7 8 (2.27%) MCSA
8 7 (1.98%) MCITP
8 7 (1.98%) SC Cleared
8 7 (1.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 6 (1.70%) Citrix Certification
9 6 (1.70%) MCTS
10 5 (1.42%) CCNP
10 5 (1.42%) MCP
10 5 (1.42%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 4 (1.13%) HND
11 4 (1.13%) MCDST
12 3 (0.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 3 (0.85%) MCDBA
12 3 (0.85%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.13%) QA
2 3 (0.85%) SLA
3 1 (0.28%) PMO
System Software
1 138 (39.09%) Active Directory
2 48 (13.60%) Hyper-V
3 21 (5.95%) XenApp
4 20 (5.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 10 (2.83%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (2.27%) VMware ESX
7 7 (1.98%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (1.13%) vSphere
8 4 (1.13%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.85%) Forefront TMG
9 3 (0.85%) ISA Server
10 2 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.57%) UAG
11 1 (0.28%) Firmware
11 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.28%) Postfix
11 1 (0.28%) Squid
11 1 (0.28%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.28%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.28%) Xen
Systems Management
1 55 (15.58%) SCCM
2 23 (6.52%) SCOM
3 16 (4.53%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 13 (3.68%) Cisco CUCM
5 11 (3.12%) Microsoft Intune
6 9 (2.55%) NetBackup
7 7 (1.98%) Microsoft Clustering
7 7 (1.98%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 6 (1.70%) MIMEsweeper
8 6 (1.70%) SCVMM
8 6 (1.70%) vMotion
8 6 (1.70%) WMI
9 4 (1.13%) SCOrch
9 4 (1.13%) SCSM
10 3 (0.85%) Cisco UCCX
10 3 (0.85%) Failover Clustering
10 3 (0.85%) Norton AntiVirus
11 2 (0.57%) Backup Exec
11 2 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 2 (0.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 233 (66.01%) Microsoft
2 78 (22.10%) Cisco
3 45 (12.75%) Citrix
4 34 (9.63%) VMware
5 29 (8.22%) Salesforce.com
5 29 (8.22%) SAP
6 27 (7.65%) Oracle
7 25 (7.08%) Infor
8 21 (5.95%) Symantec
9 20 (5.67%) Polycom
10 13 (3.68%) Juniper
11 12 (3.40%) HP
12 10 (2.83%) Apple
13 9 (2.55%) Avaya
14 8 (2.27%) Dell
14 8 (2.27%) Intel Security
15 7 (1.98%) Mitel
15 7 (1.98%) NetApp
16 6 (1.70%) CheckPoint
16 6 (1.70%) Sonus
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