The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 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 27 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)
Buckinghamshire / Milton Keynes
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 68 52 59
Rank change year-on-year -16 +7  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 8 9 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 1.08% 1.35% 1.33%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.71% 7.32% 8.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 8 10
Median daily rate £525 £425 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.52% +14.86%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £483 £400 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £446 £453
UK excluding London median daily rate £366 £340 £320
% change year-on-year +7.50% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £23.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year -31.91% +46.87%  

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 Milton Keynes with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
Milton Keynes
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 170 123 127
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 22.94% 18.41% 15.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 71 73 87
Median daily rate £395 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £558 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £350
% change year-on-year +2.56% +11.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £15.25 £16.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -5.51%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +5.76% +23.80%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in Milton Keynes

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 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 Milton Keynes

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in Milton Keynes

For the 6 months to 27 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 Milton Keynes region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 14 (87.50%) Windows
2 13 (81.25%) ITIL
2 13 (81.25%) MS Exchange
3 12 (75.00%) SC Cleared
3 12 (75.00%) Security Cleared
3 12 (75.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (62.50%) PowerShell
4 10 (62.50%) VMware
4 10 (62.50%) MCSE
4 10 (62.50%) SQL
4 10 (62.50%) Citrix
4 10 (62.50%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (56.25%) Microsoft
5 9 (56.25%) Change Management
5 9 (56.25%) Windows Server 2008
5 9 (56.25%) VMware Infrastructure
6 8 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (50.00%) Active Directory
6 8 (50.00%) Linux
7 7 (43.75%) MCP
7 7 (43.75%) HP
7 7 (43.75%) SharePoint
7 7 (43.75%) Unix
7 7 (43.75%) Service Management
7 7 (43.75%) VMware Workstation
7 7 (43.75%) ITIL V3
7 7 (43.75%) Hyper-V
7 7 (43.75%) Exchange Server 2013
7 7 (43.75%) Windows Server
7 7 (43.75%) Virtual Environments

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in Milton Keynes 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 13 (81.25%) MS Exchange
2 12 (75.00%) Exchange Server 2010
3 7 (43.75%) Exchange Server 2013
3 7 (43.75%) SharePoint
4 5 (31.25%) Exchange Server 2003
4 5 (31.25%) Exchange Server 2007
4 5 (31.25%) Office Communications Server
4 5 (31.25%) SharePoint 2013
5 4 (25.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (37.50%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (37.50%) BIG-IP
2 1 (6.25%) DNS
2 1 (6.25%) Firewall
2 1 (6.25%) Network Security
2 1 (6.25%) SAN
2 1 (6.25%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (18.75%) SQL Server
1 3 (18.75%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 1 (6.25%) MSI
Job Titles
1 5 (31.25%) Messaging Specialist
2 3 (18.75%) Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Architect
2 3 (18.75%) Communications Specialist
2 3 (18.75%) Messaging Analyst
3 2 (12.50%) Consultant
3 2 (12.50%) Messaging Consultant
3 2 (12.50%) Messaging Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Messaging Support
4 1 (6.25%) Messaging Support Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Server Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Storage Architect
4 1 (6.25%) Support Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Technical Architect
Miscellaneous
1 6 (37.50%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (31.25%) Blackberry
3 2 (12.50%) Data Centre
4 1 (6.25%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 14 (87.50%) Windows
2 9 (56.25%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (50.00%) Linux
3 8 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (43.75%) Unix
4 7 (43.75%) Windows Server
5 3 (18.75%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (6.25%) Windows 10
6 1 (6.25%) Windows 7
6 1 (6.25%) Windows 8
6 1 (6.25%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (81.25%) ITIL
2 9 (56.25%) Change Management
3 7 (43.75%) ITIL V3
3 7 (43.75%) Service Management
3 7 (43.75%) Virtual Environments
4 6 (37.50%) Infrastructure Monitoring
4 6 (37.50%) ITSM
5 4 (25.00%) Mentoring
5 4 (25.00%) Project Management
6 3 (18.75%) Agile Project Management
6 3 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (18.75%) Presales
6 3 (18.75%) PRINCE2
6 3 (18.75%) Service Delivery
7 2 (12.50%) Server Monitoring
7 2 (12.50%) TOGAF
8 1 (6.25%) Email Filtering
8 1 (6.25%) Kalman Filter
8 1 (6.25%) Problem Management
8 1 (6.25%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 10 (62.50%) PowerShell
1 10 (62.50%) SQL
2 1 (6.25%) VB
2 1 (6.25%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 12 (75.00%) SC Cleared
1 12 (75.00%) Security Cleared
2 10 (62.50%) MCSE
2 10 (62.50%) Microsoft Certification
3 7 (43.75%) MCP
4 5 (31.25%) DV Cleared
5 2 (12.50%) GSAE
6 1 (6.25%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (6.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (56.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 7 (43.75%) Hyper-V
3 7 (43.75%) VMware Workstation
4 3 (18.75%) XenApp
5 2 (12.50%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (6.25%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (6.25%) Terminal Server
6 1 (6.25%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (6.25%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) EdgeSight
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Clustering
1 1 (6.25%) SCOM
Vendors
1 10 (62.50%) Citrix
1 10 (62.50%) VMware
2 9 (56.25%) Microsoft
3 7 (43.75%) HP
4 6 (37.50%) F5
4 6 (37.50%) ServiceNow
5 4 (25.00%) NetApp
6 2 (12.50%) Cisco
7 1 (6.25%) 3PAR
7 1 (6.25%) AppSense
7 1 (6.25%) CommVault
7 1 (6.25%) EMC
7 1 (6.25%) Genesys