Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 170 186 182
Rank change year-on-year +16 -4 +3
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 34 30 67
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.64% 0.49% 0.80%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.14% 2.98% 4.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 21 28
North West median daily rate £300 £325 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% -12.16% +7.25%
10th Percentile £263 £163 £126
90th Percentile £588 £475 £460
England median daily rate £363 £365 £361
% change year-on-year -0.68% +1.04% -3.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 18
North West median hourly rate £27.85 £14.88 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +87.19% -15.00% -36.36%
10th Percentile £17.31 £14.38 £11.00
90th Percentile £42.10 £17.14 £40.00
England median hourly rate £17.00 £16.29 £17.50
% change year-on-year +4.36% -6.91% -2.78%

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 822 1,006 1,368
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 15.38% 16.57% 16.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 538 649 796
North West median daily rate £400 £380 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +14.29%
10th Percentile £250 £258 £225
90th Percentile £598 £556 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 29 80
North West median hourly rate £14.46 £15.00 £18.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.60% -17.81% +6.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.00 £19.15 £40.00
England median hourly rate £19.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -2.50% - +11.11%

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 21 January 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 21 January 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 21 January 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 +6 13 £450 +41.73% 10
Cheshire +4 12 £300 -20.00%
Lancashire - 4 £575 -
Merseyside - 1 - -
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 North West region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 28 (82.35%) Skype
2 24 (70.59%) Microsoft
3 23 (67.65%) Office 365
4 17 (50.00%) Windows
5 16 (47.06%) Active Directory
6 14 (41.18%) SharePoint
7 12 (35.29%) MS Exchange
7 12 (35.29%) ITIL
7 12 (35.29%) Citrix
8 11 (32.35%) DHCP
8 11 (32.35%) DNS
9 10 (29.41%) Cisco
9 10 (29.41%) Windows Server
10 9 (26.47%) SCCM
11 7 (20.59%) VMware
11 7 (20.59%) Blackberry
11 7 (20.59%) Data Centre
12 6 (17.65%) Kalman Filter
12 6 (17.65%) Email Filtering
12 6 (17.65%) Quality Management
12 6 (17.65%) Microsoft Excel
12 6 (17.65%) Migration
12 6 (17.65%) e-Learning
12 6 (17.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 6 (17.65%) SC Cleared
12 6 (17.65%) Security Cleared
13 5 (14.71%) IronPort
13 5 (14.71%) WSUS
13 5 (14.71%) Business Continuity
13 5 (14.71%) SUSE

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 14 (41.18%) SharePoint
2 12 (35.29%) MS Exchange
3 5 (14.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 6 (17.65%) Microsoft Excel
1 6 (17.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle General Ledger
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 23 (67.65%) Office 365
2 5 (14.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (8.82%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (8.82%) IaaS
4 2 (5.88%) PaaS
4 2 (5.88%) SaaS
5 1 (2.94%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 28 (82.35%) Skype
2 11 (32.35%) DHCP
2 11 (32.35%) DNS
3 4 (11.76%) VoIP
4 3 (8.82%) Firewall
4 3 (8.82%) Internet
5 2 (5.88%) LAN
5 2 (5.88%) NAS
5 2 (5.88%) PBX
5 2 (5.88%) SAN
5 2 (5.88%) Structured Cabling
5 2 (5.88%) VPN
5 2 (5.88%) WAN
6 1 (2.94%) PABX
6 1 (2.94%) PSTN
6 1 (2.94%) SMS
6 1 (2.94%) TCP/IP
6 1 (2.94%) Unified Communications
6 1 (2.94%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (2.94%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.82%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.88%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.94%) Big Data
General
1 1 (2.94%) Finance
1 1 (2.94%) Law
1 1 (2.94%) Local Government
1 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (20.59%) 3rd Line Support
2 5 (14.71%) 3rd Line Technical Support
2 5 (14.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 5 (14.71%) Technical Support
2 5 (14.71%) Trainer
3 4 (11.76%) 3rd Line Support Specialist
3 4 (11.76%) Support Specialist
3 4 (11.76%) Technical Specialist
3 4 (11.76%) Technical Support Specialist
4 3 (8.82%) Infrastructure Operations Engineer
4 3 (8.82%) Lync Engineer
4 3 (8.82%) Project Manager
4 3 (8.82%) Systems Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) Data Centre Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) Data Centre Operations Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) Exchange Migration Consultant
5 2 (5.88%) IT Support
5 2 (5.88%) Office 365 Consultant
5 2 (5.88%) Transformation Project Manager
5 2 (5.88%) Unified Communications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.88%) Velocity
2 1 (2.94%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (20.59%) Blackberry
1 7 (20.59%) Data Centre
2 6 (17.65%) e-Learning
3 5 (14.71%) Management Information System
4 4 (11.76%) PKI
5 2 (5.88%) Computer Science
6 1 (2.94%) BYOD
6 1 (2.94%) Fat Client
6 1 (2.94%) Learning Management System
6 1 (2.94%) Mobile App
6 1 (2.94%) NHS
6 1 (2.94%) Public Cloud
6 1 (2.94%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 17 (50.00%) Windows
2 10 (29.41%) Windows Server
3 5 (14.71%) Linux
3 5 (14.71%) SUSE
3 5 (14.71%) Windows 10
4 1 (2.94%) Android
4 1 (2.94%) Apple iOS
4 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (35.29%) ITIL
2 6 (17.65%) Email Filtering
2 6 (17.65%) Kalman Filter
2 6 (17.65%) Migration
2 6 (17.65%) Quality Management
3 5 (14.71%) Business Continuity
3 5 (14.71%) Disaster Recovery
3 5 (14.71%) Identity Management
3 5 (14.71%) Project Management
3 5 (14.71%) Task Automation
4 4 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (11.76%) Continuous Improvement
4 4 (11.76%) Service Management
5 3 (8.82%) PRINCE2
6 2 (5.88%) Change Management
6 2 (5.88%) Data Management
6 2 (5.88%) Network Design
6 2 (5.88%) Problem Management
6 2 (5.88%) QMS
6 2 (5.88%) Resource Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (8.82%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.94%) SQL
2 1 (2.94%) VB
2 1 (2.94%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (17.65%) SC Cleared
1 6 (17.65%) Security Cleared
2 4 (11.76%) CIPD
2 4 (11.76%) ITIL Certification
3 3 (8.82%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (8.82%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (5.88%) CCDP
4 2 (5.88%) CCNP
4 2 (5.88%) Chartered Engineer
4 2 (5.88%) CISM
4 2 (5.88%) CISSP
4 2 (5.88%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (5.88%) Degree
4 2 (5.88%) MCITP
4 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (5.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (2.94%) CCNA
5 1 (2.94%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.82%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (5.88%) QA
3 1 (2.94%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (47.06%) Active Directory
2 5 (14.71%) XenApp
3 4 (11.76%) XenDesktop
4 3 (8.82%) Hyper-V
4 3 (8.82%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (8.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (8.82%) XenServer
5 2 (5.88%) vSphere
6 1 (2.94%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (2.94%) Forefront TMG
6 1 (2.94%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 9 (26.47%) SCCM
2 5 (14.71%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 5 (14.71%) McAfee ePO
2 5 (14.71%) WSUS
3 4 (11.76%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (2.94%) SCOM
Vendors
1 24 (70.59%) Microsoft
2 12 (35.29%) Citrix
3 10 (29.41%) Cisco
4 7 (20.59%) VMware
5 5 (14.71%) Clearswift
5 5 (14.71%) IronPort
5 5 (14.71%) Lumension
5 5 (14.71%) McAfee
5 5 (14.71%) Micro Focus
5 5 (14.71%) MobileIron
5 5 (14.71%) NetApp
6 3 (8.82%) Ivanti
6 3 (8.82%) Oracle
7 1 (2.94%) Avaya
7 1 (2.94%) HP
7 1 (2.94%) Meraki
7 1 (2.94%) Mitel
7 1 (2.94%) Palo Alto