Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 November 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)
England > North West
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 149 175 183
Rank change year-on-year +26 +8 -14
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 50 48 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.89% 0.70% 0.71%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.60% 4.34% 4.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 30 30
North West median daily rate £300 £325 £311
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +4.42% -9.12%
10th Percentile £258 £178 £152
90th Percentile £475 £481 £516
England median daily rate £364 £360 £350
% change year-on-year +1.04% +2.86% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 10
North West median hourly rate £40.00 £14.38 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +178.26% +19.79% -20.00%
10th Percentile £21.24 £13.50 £10.90
90th Percentile £43.80 £15.13 £18.83
England median hourly rate £17.00 £17.10 £16.00
% change year-on-year -0.58% +6.88% -2.97%

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 893 1107 1359
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 15.81% 16.21% 15.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 560 709 785
North West median daily rate £395 £388 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.94% -6.63% +27.69%
10th Percentile £245 £257 £253
90th Percentile £588 £553 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 38 67
North West median hourly rate £22.00 £14.93 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.35% -14.69% +4.20%
10th Percentile £11.05 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £49.00 £20.73 £36.00
England median hourly rate £21.08 £20.00 £19.03
% change year-on-year +5.40% +5.10% +6.12%

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 19 November 2017.

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 19 November 2017.

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 19 November 2017. 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 +13 21 £450 +38.46% 3
Cheshire +25 20 £300 -38.46%
Merseyside +6 4 - -
Lancashire +8 2 £303 -19.33%
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 North West region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 35 (70.00%) Office 365
1 35 (70.00%) Skype
2 27 (54.00%) MS Exchange
2 27 (54.00%) Active Directory
3 25 (50.00%) Microsoft
4 22 (44.00%) Windows
5 19 (38.00%) SharePoint
6 17 (34.00%) Exchange Server 2010
7 15 (30.00%) Citrix
8 14 (28.00%) DNS
8 14 (28.00%) Migration
9 12 (24.00%) Windows Server
10 11 (22.00%) PKI
11 10 (20.00%) SC Cleared
11 10 (20.00%) Security Cleared
11 10 (20.00%) DHCP
11 10 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2013
12 9 (18.00%) Blackberry
13 8 (16.00%) Microsoft Office
13 8 (16.00%) ITIL
13 8 (16.00%) PowerShell
13 8 (16.00%) XenApp
13 8 (16.00%) Microsoft Azure
13 8 (16.00%) VMware
13 8 (16.00%) Data Centre
14 7 (14.00%) BPSS Clearance
14 7 (14.00%) SCCM
14 7 (14.00%) VoIP
15 6 (12.00%) Project Management
15 6 (12.00%) Disaster Recovery

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 27 (54.00%) MS Exchange
2 19 (38.00%) SharePoint
3 17 (34.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (8.00%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (6.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 8 (16.00%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (10.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (8.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (2.00%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (2.00%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (2.00%) Oracle General Ledger
1 1 (2.00%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (2.00%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 35 (70.00%) Office 365
2 8 (16.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (10.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (8.00%) OneDrive
5 1 (2.00%) IaaS
5 1 (2.00%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 35 (70.00%) Skype
2 14 (28.00%) DNS
3 10 (20.00%) DHCP
4 7 (14.00%) VoIP
5 6 (12.00%) Unified Communications
6 5 (10.00%) Internet
7 3 (6.00%) Firewall
7 3 (6.00%) PSTN
8 2 (4.00%) LAN
8 2 (4.00%) VPLS
8 2 (4.00%) VPN
8 2 (4.00%) WAN
9 1 (2.00%) NAS
9 1 (2.00%) PBX
9 1 (2.00%) SAN
9 1 (2.00%) SMS
9 1 (2.00%) TCP/IP
9 1 (2.00%) Wi-Fi
9 1 (2.00%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.00%) Big Data
2 1 (2.00%) Oracle Database
General
1 4 (8.00%) Local Government
2 1 (2.00%) Finance
2 1 (2.00%) Law
Job Titles
1 6 (12.00%) 3rd Line Support
1 6 (12.00%) Consultant
2 5 (10.00%) Server Engineer
3 4 (8.00%) 3rd Line Technical Support
3 4 (8.00%) Analyst
3 4 (8.00%) Exchange Consultant
3 4 (8.00%) Office 365 Engineer
3 4 (8.00%) Project Manager
3 4 (8.00%) Technical Support
3 4 (8.00%) Trainer
4 3 (6.00%) 3rd Line Support Specialist
4 3 (6.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 3 (6.00%) Support Specialist
4 3 (6.00%) Technical Specialist
4 3 (6.00%) Technical Support Specialist
4 3 (6.00%) Telephony Analyst
4 3 (6.00%) Unified Communications Engineer
5 2 (4.00%) Exchange Engineer
5 2 (4.00%) Migration Consultant
5 2 (4.00%) Migration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.00%) Velocity
2 1 (2.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 11 (22.00%) PKI
2 9 (18.00%) Blackberry
3 8 (16.00%) Data Centre
4 4 (8.00%) e-Learning
4 4 (8.00%) Replication
5 2 (4.00%) Computer Science
5 2 (4.00%) Management Information System
5 2 (4.00%) RSA SecurID
5 2 (4.00%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (2.00%) BYOD
6 1 (2.00%) Fat Client
6 1 (2.00%) Learning Management System
6 1 (2.00%) Mobile App
6 1 (2.00%) NHS
6 1 (2.00%) Public Cloud
6 1 (2.00%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 22 (44.00%) Windows
2 12 (24.00%) Windows Server
3 5 (10.00%) Windows 10
4 4 (8.00%) Android
4 4 (8.00%) Apple iOS
4 4 (8.00%) Linux
4 4 (8.00%) SUSE
4 4 (8.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (6.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (28.00%) Migration
2 8 (16.00%) ITIL
3 6 (12.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 6 (12.00%) Project Management
3 6 (12.00%) Task Automation
4 5 (10.00%) Email Filtering
4 5 (10.00%) Kalman Filter
5 4 (8.00%) Business Continuity
5 4 (8.00%) Identity Management
5 4 (8.00%) Quality Management
5 4 (8.00%) Server Building
6 3 (6.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (6.00%) Service Management
7 2 (4.00%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (4.00%) Change Management
7 2 (4.00%) DevOps
7 2 (4.00%) Email Migration
7 2 (4.00%) Mobile Device Management
7 2 (4.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 2 (4.00%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 8 (16.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.00%) SQL
2 1 (2.00%) VB
2 1 (2.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 10 (20.00%) SC Cleared
1 10 (20.00%) Security Cleared
2 7 (14.00%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (6.00%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (4.00%) CIPD
4 2 (4.00%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (4.00%) Degree
5 1 (2.00%) CCNA
5 1 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (2.00%) MCITP
5 1 (2.00%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (2.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.00%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.00%) QA
2 1 (2.00%) SLA
System Software
1 27 (54.00%) Active Directory
2 8 (16.00%) XenApp
3 5 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (8.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 4 (8.00%) XenDesktop
5 3 (6.00%) Hyper-V
5 3 (6.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (6.00%) XenServer
6 2 (4.00%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (4.00%) vSphere
7 1 (2.00%) Forefront TMG
7 1 (2.00%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 7 (14.00%) SCCM
2 4 (8.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 4 (8.00%) McAfee ePO
2 4 (8.00%) SCOM
2 4 (8.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 4 (8.00%) WSUS
3 3 (6.00%) AirWatch
3 3 (6.00%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 25 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 15 (30.00%) Citrix
3 8 (16.00%) VMware
4 5 (10.00%) Cisco
4 5 (10.00%) Proofpoint
5 4 (8.00%) Clearswift
5 4 (8.00%) IronPort
5 4 (8.00%) Lumension
5 4 (8.00%) McAfee
5 4 (8.00%) Micro Focus
5 4 (8.00%) MobileIron
5 4 (8.00%) NetApp
6 3 (6.00%) AppSense
6 3 (6.00%) Symantec
7 2 (4.00%) Adobe
7 2 (4.00%) F5
7 2 (4.00%) Juniper
7 2 (4.00%) Oracle
8 1 (2.00%) Meraki
8 1 (2.00%) Palo Alto