Period
to 26 April 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 6 months to 26 April 2018 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 > North West
6 months to
26 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 173 159 137
Rank change year-on-year -14 -22 +67
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 45 37 106
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.78% 0.69% 1.35%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.27% 4.46% 8.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 27 56
North West median daily rate £350 £325 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -23.53% -2.86%
10th Percentile £258 £174 £257
90th Percentile £588 £438 £460
England median daily rate £363 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -9.38% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 17
North West median hourly rate £43.00 £16.00 £24.15
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +168.75% -33.75% -51.21%
10th Percentile £24.10 £15.10 £11.00
90th Percentile £45.50 £17.70 £40.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.25 £22.50
% change year-on-year +9.59% -18.89% +28.57%

Skype for Business is in the Application Platforms category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for application platform skills.

All Application Platform Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 854 829 1,315
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.82% 15.41% 16.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 561 525 739
North West median daily rate £400 £370 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.11% -5.13% +11.43%
10th Percentile £250 £235 £231
90th Percentile £580 £500 £504
England median daily rate £455 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +7.06% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 32 71
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% -36.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £52.45 £18.61 £40.00
England median hourly rate £19.50 £20.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -4.88% +2.50% +6.95%

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Skype for Business as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Skype for Business in the North West

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in the North West

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in the North West over the 6 months to 26 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in the North West

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in the North West

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in the North West over the 6 months to 26 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Skype for Business in the North West

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 6 months to 26 April 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +4 25 £398 +41.33% 12
Cheshire -20 16 £280 -20.00% 7
Lancashire -6 2 £575 +35.29% 2
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 26 April 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 32 (71.11%) Office 365
1 32 (71.11%) Skype
2 31 (68.89%) Microsoft
3 28 (62.22%) Windows
4 26 (57.78%) Active Directory
5 24 (53.33%) Cisco
6 23 (51.11%) Windows Server
7 21 (46.67%) ITIL
8 20 (44.44%) MS Exchange
9 18 (40.00%) Citrix
10 15 (33.33%) Migration
11 14 (31.11%) DNS
11 14 (31.11%) SCCM
12 13 (28.89%) DHCP
12 13 (28.89%) SQL Server
12 13 (28.89%) VMware
13 12 (26.67%) WSUS
13 12 (26.67%) XenApp
13 12 (26.67%) Data Centre
14 11 (24.44%) VMware Infrastructure
14 11 (24.44%) IronPort
14 11 (24.44%) PKI
14 11 (24.44%) Microsoft Azure
14 11 (24.44%) SharePoint
15 10 (22.22%) Windows Server 2003
15 10 (22.22%) Local Government
15 10 (22.22%) Blackberry
15 10 (22.22%) SCOM
15 10 (22.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 10 (22.22%) Kalman Filter

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 20 (44.44%) MS Exchange
2 11 (24.44%) SharePoint
3 9 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2003
5 5 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (11.11%) IIS
6 1 (2.22%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 3 (6.67%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (4.44%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (4.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (2.22%) Line 50
1 1 (2.22%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (2.22%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 32 (71.11%) Office 365
2 11 (24.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (13.33%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (6.67%) IaaS
4 3 (6.67%) OneDrive
5 2 (4.44%) PaaS
5 2 (4.44%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 32 (71.11%) Skype
2 14 (31.11%) DNS
3 13 (28.89%) DHCP
4 6 (13.33%) LAN
4 6 (13.33%) SAN
5 5 (11.11%) Reverse Proxy
5 5 (11.11%) VoIP
5 5 (11.11%) WAN
6 3 (6.67%) Firewall
7 2 (4.44%) DMZ
7 2 (4.44%) PBX
7 2 (4.44%) PSTN
7 2 (4.44%) SMTP
7 2 (4.44%) Structured Cabling
7 2 (4.44%) Unified Communications
8 1 (2.22%) Internet
8 1 (2.22%) ISDN
8 1 (2.22%) PABX
8 1 (2.22%) VPN
8 1 (2.22%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (28.89%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.44%) Power BI
3 1 (2.22%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.22%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 10 (22.22%) Local Government
2 2 (4.44%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.22%) Back Office
3 1 (2.22%) Billing
Job Titles
1 11 (24.44%) Server Engineer
2 7 (15.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 5 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support
3 5 (11.11%) 3rd Line Technical Support
3 5 (11.11%) Technical Support
4 4 (8.89%) 3rd Line Support Specialist
4 4 (8.89%) Analyst
4 4 (8.89%) Office 365 Engineer
4 4 (8.89%) Support Specialist
4 4 (8.89%) Technical Specialist
4 4 (8.89%) Technical Support Specialist
5 3 (6.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Lync Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Storage Engineer
5 3 (6.67%) Unified Communications Engineer
6 2 (4.44%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 2 (4.44%) Data Centre Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (4.44%) Data Centre Operations Engineer
6 2 (4.44%) Infrastructure Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.22%) OAuth
1 1 (2.22%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (26.67%) Data Centre
2 11 (24.44%) PKI
3 10 (22.22%) Blackberry
4 7 (15.56%) Management Information System
5 3 (6.67%) Clustering
6 2 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (4.44%) e-Learning
6 2 (4.44%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (4.44%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 28 (62.22%) Windows
2 23 (51.11%) Windows Server
3 10 (22.22%) Windows Server 2003
4 9 (20.00%) Linux
5 8 (17.78%) SUSE
6 7 (15.56%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (6.67%) Apple iOS
9 2 (4.44%) Windows 10
9 2 (4.44%) Windows 8
10 1 (2.22%) AIX
10 1 (2.22%) Android
10 1 (2.22%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (46.67%) ITIL
2 15 (33.33%) Migration
3 10 (22.22%) Email Filtering
3 10 (22.22%) Kalman Filter
4 9 (20.00%) Problem-Solving
5 8 (17.78%) Identity Management
5 8 (17.78%) PRINCE2
5 8 (17.78%) Service Management
6 7 (15.56%) Business Continuity
6 7 (15.56%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (15.56%) Task Automation
7 6 (13.33%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (11.11%) Server Building
9 4 (8.89%) Change Management
9 4 (8.89%) Problem Management
9 4 (8.89%) Project Management
10 3 (6.67%) High Availability
10 3 (6.67%) Network Virtualisation
11 2 (4.44%) DevOps
11 2 (4.44%) Privileged Access Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (20.00%) PowerShell
2 6 (13.33%) SQL
3 4 (8.89%) VBScript
4 2 (4.44%) VB
Qualifications
1 6 (13.33%) ITIL Certification
2 4 (8.89%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (8.89%) SC Cleared
2 4 (8.89%) Security Cleared
3 3 (6.67%) CCNP
3 3 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (6.67%) MCITP
3 3 (6.67%) MCSE
4 2 (4.44%) CCDP
4 2 (4.44%) Chartered Engineer
4 2 (4.44%) CIPD
4 2 (4.44%) CISM
4 2 (4.44%) CISSP
4 2 (4.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (2.22%) CCNA
5 1 (2.22%) CompTIA Security+
5 1 (2.22%) HP ASE
5 1 (2.22%) MCDST
5 1 (2.22%) MCP
5 1 (2.22%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.22%) QA
1 1 (2.22%) SLA
System Software
1 26 (57.78%) Active Directory
2 12 (26.67%) XenApp
3 11 (24.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (22.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 7 (15.56%) vSphere
6 6 (13.33%) Hyper-V
7 3 (6.67%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (6.67%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (4.44%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (4.44%) XenDesktop
9 1 (2.22%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 14 (31.11%) SCCM
2 12 (26.67%) WSUS
3 10 (22.22%) SCOM
4 9 (20.00%) McAfee ePO
5 8 (17.78%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 4 (8.89%) HP SIM
6 4 (8.89%) SmoothWall
7 3 (6.67%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (6.67%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (6.67%) vCenter Server
7 3 (6.67%) vMotion
8 2 (4.44%) MaaS360
8 2 (4.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (2.22%) AirWatch
9 1 (2.22%) PaperCut
Vendors
1 31 (68.89%) Microsoft
2 24 (53.33%) Cisco
3 18 (40.00%) Citrix
4 13 (28.89%) VMware
5 11 (24.44%) IronPort
6 9 (20.00%) Clearswift
6 9 (20.00%) McAfee
7 8 (17.78%) Avaya
7 8 (17.78%) Micro Focus
7 8 (17.78%) NetApp
8 6 (13.33%) HP
9 5 (11.11%) Lumension
9 5 (11.11%) MobileIron
10 3 (6.67%) Altiris
10 3 (6.67%) IBM
11 2 (4.44%) Ivanti
11 2 (4.44%) Oracle
11 2 (4.44%) Polycom
11 2 (4.44%) Sage
12 1 (2.22%) ProCurve