Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 164 158 177
Rank change year-on-year -6 +19 +13
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 56 44 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.93% 0.77% 0.74%
As % of the Application Platforms category 6.33% 5.04% 4.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 26 32
North West median daily rate £325 £303 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.44% -6.92% -
10th Percentile £136 £263 £164
90th Percentile £475 £475 £475
England median daily rate £400 £362 £360
% change year-on-year +10.65% +0.42% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 3
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.00% +171.19% +22.92%
10th Percentile £10.14 £21.24 £14.38
90th Percentile £32.25 £43.80 £15.13
England median hourly rate £15.00 £17.00 £16.80
% change year-on-year -11.76% +1.19% +8.39%

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 885 873 1,068
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.72% 15.36% 16.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 544 558 684
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% -3.13%
10th Percentile £166 £243 £263
90th Percentile £645 £600 £556
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 30 33
North West median hourly rate £20.50 £22.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.89% +50.00% -14.29%
10th Percentile £12.83 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £50.75 £20.73
England median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.50% - +5.26%

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 -7 26 £360 -20.00% 3
Cheshire +9 25 £280 -6.67% 2
Merseyside -3 5 £380 - 2
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 45 (80.36%) Skype
2 37 (66.07%) Office 365
3 36 (64.29%) Active Directory
4 28 (50.00%) Windows
5 26 (46.43%) Microsoft
6 25 (44.64%) MS Exchange
7 20 (35.71%) Migration
8 19 (33.93%) Citrix
8 19 (33.93%) Microsoft Azure
9 16 (28.57%) Security Cleared
10 15 (26.79%) SC Cleared
10 15 (26.79%) ITIL
11 14 (25.00%) PowerShell
11 14 (25.00%) Windows Server
11 14 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 13 (23.21%) SharePoint
13 12 (21.43%) Microsoft Office
14 11 (19.64%) SCCM
14 11 (19.64%) Firewall
14 11 (19.64%) Data Centre
14 11 (19.64%) Windows 10
15 10 (17.86%) Exchange Server 2010
15 10 (17.86%) VMware
15 10 (17.86%) Windows Server 2003
16 9 (16.07%) Cisco
16 9 (16.07%) ITSM
16 9 (16.07%) XenApp
17 8 (14.29%) Decision-Making
18 7 (12.50%) Azure Active Directory
18 7 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2013

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 25 (44.64%) MS Exchange
2 13 (23.21%) SharePoint
3 10 (17.86%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2007
4 7 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (8.93%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (5.36%) IIS
7 1 (1.79%) IBM Notes
7 1 (1.79%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (1.79%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 12 (21.43%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (3.57%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 37 (66.07%) Office 365
2 19 (33.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (12.50%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (1.79%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.79%) Mimecast
4 1 (1.79%) OneDrive
4 1 (1.79%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 45 (80.36%) Skype
2 11 (19.64%) Firewall
3 7 (12.50%) DHCP
3 7 (12.50%) DNS
4 5 (8.93%) SMTP
5 4 (7.14%) DMZ
5 4 (7.14%) LAN
5 4 (7.14%) WAN
6 3 (5.36%) Internet
6 3 (5.36%) PSTN
6 3 (5.36%) SSL
7 2 (3.57%) HTTP
7 2 (3.57%) Intranet
7 2 (3.57%) NAS
7 2 (3.57%) SAN
7 2 (3.57%) TCP/IP
7 2 (3.57%) Unified Communications
7 2 (3.57%) VPN
7 2 (3.57%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (1.79%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (12.50%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.79%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 6 (10.71%) Local Government
2 3 (5.36%) Finance
3 1 (1.79%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 10 (17.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 9 (16.07%) Consultant
3 7 (12.50%) Server Engineer
4 5 (8.93%) Administrator
4 5 (8.93%) Office 365 Administrator
5 3 (5.36%) 3rd Line Support
5 3 (5.36%) Analyst
5 3 (5.36%) Architect
5 3 (5.36%) Office 365 Engineer
6 2 (3.57%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (3.57%) Business Consultant
6 2 (3.57%) Management Consultant
6 2 (3.57%) Migration Engineer
6 2 (3.57%) Network Engineer
6 2 (3.57%) Project Manager
6 2 (3.57%) Senior Network Engineer
6 2 (3.57%) Service Analyst
6 2 (3.57%) Service Desk Analyst
6 2 (3.57%) Service Management Consultant
6 2 (3.57%) Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 11 (19.64%) Data Centre
2 6 (10.71%) Blackberry
2 6 (10.71%) PKI
3 1 (1.79%) Algorithms
3 1 (1.79%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.79%) Clustering
3 1 (1.79%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (1.79%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.79%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 28 (50.00%) Windows
2 14 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 11 (19.64%) Windows 10
4 10 (17.86%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (5.36%) Windows 7
5 3 (5.36%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (3.57%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.79%) Android
7 1 (1.79%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (35.71%) Migration
2 15 (26.79%) ITIL
3 14 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 9 (16.07%) ITSM
5 8 (14.29%) Decision-Making
6 7 (12.50%) Service Management
7 6 (10.71%) Problem-Solving
8 5 (8.93%) Problem Management
8 5 (8.93%) Server Building
9 4 (7.14%) Incident Management
9 4 (7.14%) Project Management
10 3 (5.36%) Email Filtering
10 3 (5.36%) Kalman Filter
10 3 (5.36%) Stakeholder Management
11 2 (3.57%) Business Continuity
11 2 (3.57%) Change Management
11 2 (3.57%) Disaster Recovery
11 2 (3.57%) PRINCE2
11 2 (3.57%) Target Operating Model
11 2 (3.57%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 14 (25.00%) PowerShell
2 4 (7.14%) VBScript
3 3 (5.36%) VB
4 2 (3.57%) C
4 2 (3.57%) SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 15 (26.79%) SC Cleared
3 6 (10.71%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (3.57%) MCP
4 2 (3.57%) MCSA
4 2 (3.57%) MCSE
4 2 (3.57%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.79%) Degree
5 1 (1.79%) MCITP
5 1 (1.79%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.93%) SLA
2 2 (3.57%) GDPR
System Software
1 36 (64.29%) Active Directory
2 9 (16.07%) XenApp
3 7 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (10.71%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 5 (8.93%) vSphere
6 4 (7.14%) Hyper-V
7 3 (5.36%) XenDesktop
8 2 (3.57%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (1.79%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 11 (19.64%) SCCM
2 6 (10.71%) Microsoft Intune
2 6 (10.71%) SCOM
3 2 (3.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.79%) HP SIM
4 1 (1.79%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (1.79%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (1.79%) SmoothWall
4 1 (1.79%) WSUS
Vendors
1 26 (46.43%) Microsoft
2 19 (33.93%) Citrix
3 10 (17.86%) VMware
4 9 (16.07%) Cisco
5 4 (7.14%) McAfee
6 3 (5.36%) IronPort
6 3 (5.36%) Juniper
6 3 (5.36%) SolarWinds
7 2 (3.57%) HP
7 2 (3.57%) Veeam
8 1 (1.79%) Altiris
8 1 (1.79%) Avaya
8 1 (1.79%) Brocade
8 1 (1.79%) Lotus
8 1 (1.79%) Lumension
8 1 (1.79%) Meraki
8 1 (1.79%) Zscaler