Period
to 29 March 2020

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 29 March 2020 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
29 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 122 160 183
Rank change year-on-year +38 +23 -14
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 53 56 38
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 1.26% 0.98% 0.67%
As % of the Application Platforms category 10.00% 7.04% 4.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 36 30
Median daily rate £325 £360 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.72% +20.00% -4.00%
10th Percentile £105 £194 £257
90th Percentile £458 £531 £588
England median daily rate £400 £425 £350
% change year-on-year -5.82% +21.43% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Median hourly rate £15.50 £12.85 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.60% -70.11% +186.67%
10th Percentile £14.75 £11.34 £40.50
90th Percentile £16.25 £14.28 £45.50
England median hourly rate £17.50 £15.19 £20.00
% change year-on-year +15.25% -24.08% +15.94%

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 530 796 815
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 12.62% 13.94% 14.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 320 531 543
Median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £187 £200 £230
90th Percentile £551 £625 £575
England median daily rate £463 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.53% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 18 40
Median hourly rate £50.00 £15.75 £14.48
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +217.46% +8.77% -9.50%
10th Percentile £18.00 £12.83 £10.76
90th Percentile £62.00 £39.33 £51.48
Median hourly rate £21.75 £18.73 £19.00
% change year-on-year +16.15% -1.45% -3.18%

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Skype for Business as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Skype for Business in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Skype for Business in the North West

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Skype for Business in the North West over the 6 months to 29 March 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in the North West

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Skype for Business in the North West.

Hourly rate trend 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 29 March 2020. 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 +26 28 £400 +3.23% 2
Cheshire +15 9 £230 -29.23%
Cumbria - 7 £450 - 2
Lancashire +35 5 £285 +14.00% 1
Merseyside +14 4 - - 1
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 29 March 2020, 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 48 (90.57%) Skype
2 25 (47.17%) Office 365
3 22 (41.51%) Windows
4 20 (37.74%) Microsoft
5 19 (35.85%) SharePoint
5 19 (35.85%) Active Directory
6 17 (32.08%) MS Exchange
7 15 (28.30%) Cisco
7 15 (28.30%) Migration
7 15 (28.30%) SCCM
8 14 (26.42%) SC Cleared
8 14 (26.42%) Security Cleared
8 14 (26.42%) Azure
9 13 (24.53%) Firewall
10 12 (22.64%) DNS
11 11 (20.75%) VMware
11 11 (20.75%) Windows Server
12 10 (18.87%) BitLocker
12 10 (18.87%) Unified Communications
12 10 (18.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 10 (18.87%) Citrix
13 9 (16.98%) Microsoft Office
13 9 (16.98%) SCOM
13 9 (16.98%) OneDrive
13 9 (16.98%) Windows 10
14 8 (15.09%) VMware ESXi
14 8 (15.09%) DHCP
14 8 (15.09%) Service Delivery
14 8 (15.09%) MPLS
14 8 (15.09%) Blackberry

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 19 (35.85%) SharePoint
2 17 (32.08%) MS Exchange
3 6 (11.32%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (7.55%) Office Communications Server
5 3 (5.66%) Exchange Server 2003
5 3 (5.66%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (3.77%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (3.77%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (3.77%) IIS
6 2 (3.77%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (16.98%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 25 (47.17%) Office 365
2 14 (26.42%) Azure
3 9 (16.98%) OneDrive
4 6 (11.32%) AWS
5 4 (7.55%) Mimecast
6 3 (5.66%) Yammer
7 2 (3.77%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (3.77%) Azure Data Factory
7 2 (3.77%) IaaS
7 2 (3.77%) PaaS
7 2 (3.77%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 48 (90.57%) Skype
2 13 (24.53%) Firewall
3 12 (22.64%) DNS
4 10 (18.87%) Unified Communications
5 8 (15.09%) DHCP
5 8 (15.09%) MPLS
6 6 (11.32%) BGP
6 6 (11.32%) NetScaler
6 6 (11.32%) OSPF
6 6 (11.32%) RIP
6 6 (11.32%) SAN
7 5 (9.43%) IP Telephony
7 5 (9.43%) LAN
7 5 (9.43%) Wireless
7 5 (9.43%) WLAN
8 4 (7.55%) Internet
8 4 (7.55%) Remote Desktop
8 4 (7.55%) SMTP
8 4 (7.55%) VoIP
9 3 (5.66%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (11.32%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.77%) Azure SQL Database
2 2 (3.77%) NoSQL
2 2 (3.77%) Power BI
General
1 4 (7.55%) Public Sector
2 3 (5.66%) Legal
2 3 (5.66%) Local Government
3 2 (3.77%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (16.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 6 (11.32%) Architect
3 5 (9.43%) 2nd Line Support
3 5 (9.43%) Analyst
3 5 (9.43%) Consultant
3 5 (9.43%) Service Analyst
3 5 (9.43%) Service Desk Analyst
4 4 (7.55%) Cisco Engineer
4 4 (7.55%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 4 (7.55%) Exchange Architect
5 3 (5.66%) 2nd Line Support Technician
5 3 (5.66%) Desktop Support
5 3 (5.66%) Exchange Engineer
5 3 (5.66%) Network Engineer
5 3 (5.66%) Office 365 Architect
5 3 (5.66%) Support Technician
6 2 (3.77%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
6 2 (3.77%) Help Desk Support
6 2 (3.77%) Support Engineer
6 2 (3.77%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.77%) LDAP
2 1 (1.89%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 8 (15.09%) Blackberry
2 5 (9.43%) Data Centre
3 4 (7.55%) Handset
4 3 (5.66%) PKI
4 3 (5.66%) User Experience
5 2 (3.77%) Clustering
5 2 (3.77%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 22 (41.51%) Windows
2 11 (20.75%) Windows Server
3 9 (16.98%) Windows 10
4 6 (11.32%) Android
4 6 (11.32%) Apple iOS
5 5 (9.43%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (7.55%) Windows 7
7 3 (5.66%) Windows Server 2016
7 3 (5.66%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (3.77%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (3.77%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (28.30%) Migration
2 10 (18.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 8 (15.09%) Service Delivery
4 6 (11.32%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (11.32%) PRINCE2
5 4 (7.55%) Email Filtering
5 4 (7.55%) ITIL
5 4 (7.55%) Kalman Filter
5 4 (7.55%) Performance Monitoring
5 4 (7.55%) Performance Tuning
5 4 (7.55%) Problem Management
5 4 (7.55%) Web Filtering
6 3 (5.66%) Data Management
6 3 (5.66%) Mentoring
6 3 (5.66%) Preventative Maintenance
6 3 (5.66%) Problem-Solving
6 3 (5.66%) Project Delivery
6 3 (5.66%) Server Building
6 3 (5.66%) Vulnerability Management
7 2 (3.77%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (7.55%) PowerShell
2 3 (5.66%) SQL
Qualifications
1 14 (26.42%) SC Cleared
1 14 (26.42%) Security Cleared
2 6 (11.32%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 3 (5.66%) CCNA
3 3 (5.66%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (3.77%) CCNP
4 2 (3.77%) MCITP
4 2 (3.77%) MCP
4 2 (3.77%) MCSA
4 2 (3.77%) MCSE
4 2 (3.77%) MCTS
4 2 (3.77%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.89%) CCIE
5 1 (1.89%) CCIE Routing and Switching
5 1 (1.89%) Degree
5 1 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.89%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (9.43%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (35.85%) Active Directory
2 10 (18.87%) BitLocker
3 8 (15.09%) VMware ESXi
4 7 (13.21%) XenDesktop
5 4 (7.55%) XenApp
6 3 (5.66%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 3 (5.66%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 15 (28.30%) SCCM
2 9 (16.98%) SCOM
3 5 (9.43%) FortiGate
3 5 (9.43%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (7.55%) AirWatch
4 4 (7.55%) Jamf Pro
5 2 (3.77%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (3.77%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (3.77%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 20 (37.74%) Microsoft
2 15 (28.30%) Cisco
3 11 (20.75%) VMware
4 10 (18.87%) Citrix
5 6 (11.32%) Brocade
5 6 (11.32%) Hitachi
6 5 (9.43%) HP
6 5 (9.43%) Palo Alto
6 5 (9.43%) Sonus
7 4 (7.55%) Clearswift
7 4 (7.55%) F5
7 4 (7.55%) Meraki
7 4 (7.55%) Samsung
7 4 (7.55%) Zscaler
8 3 (5.66%) Dell
8 3 (5.66%) Ivanti
8 3 (5.66%) McAfee
8 3 (5.66%) MobileIron
9 2 (3.77%) Arista
9 2 (3.77%) Capita