Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 154 147 134
Rank change year-on-year -7 -13 +61
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 68 54 105
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.11% 0.95% 1.37%
As % of the Application Platforms category 7.44% 6.31% 8.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 39 60
North West median daily rate £300 £325 £424
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% -23.26% +36.61%
10th Percentile £215 £231 £288
90th Percentile £475 £478 £475
England median daily rate £363 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -9.38% - +18.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 2 7
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.00% +128.57% -64.65%
10th Percentile £11.55 £39.00 £13.50
90th Percentile £45.50 £41.00 £32.50
England median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.15
% change year-on-year +14.29% -27.54% +39.19%

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 914 856 1,286
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.86% 15.09% 16.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 582 534 751
North West median daily rate £400 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -3.23% -
10th Percentile £225 £231 £228
90th Percentile £588 £538 £525
England median daily rate £450 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +8.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 41 59
North West median hourly rate £28.00 £16.00 £20.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +75.00% -21.53% -2.90%
10th Percentile £12.25 £10.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £41.00 £42.35
England median hourly rate £20.50 £19.99 £20.00
% change year-on-year +2.58% -0.08% +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 23 July 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 23 July 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 23 July 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 -14 31 £350 - 3
Cheshire +4 30 £280 -12.50% 2
Merseyside +14 4 £475 +58.33% 3
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 51 (75.00%) Office 365
2 49 (72.06%) Windows
3 48 (70.59%) Skype
4 47 (69.12%) Active Directory
5 38 (55.88%) Microsoft
6 35 (51.47%) Windows Server
7 32 (47.06%) MS Exchange
8 24 (35.29%) Cisco
8 24 (35.29%) Citrix
8 24 (35.29%) Migration
9 22 (32.35%) VMware
10 19 (27.94%) SCCM
10 19 (27.94%) XenApp
11 18 (26.47%) PowerShell
12 17 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
12 17 (25.00%) SharePoint
12 17 (25.00%) ITIL
12 17 (25.00%) SQL Server
13 16 (23.53%) DHCP
13 16 (23.53%) DNS
13 16 (23.53%) Windows Server 2003
14 15 (22.06%) Microsoft Azure
15 14 (20.59%) PKI
16 13 (19.12%) Local Government
16 13 (19.12%) Security Cleared
16 13 (19.12%) SCOM
16 13 (19.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 13 (19.12%) Data Centre
17 12 (17.65%) vSphere
17 12 (17.65%) SC Cleared

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 32 (47.06%) MS Exchange
2 17 (25.00%) SharePoint
3 10 (14.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (11.76%) Exchange Server 2003
5 7 (10.29%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (10.29%) IIS
6 5 (7.35%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (2.94%) Office Communications Server
7 2 (2.94%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (1.47%) IBM Notes
8 1 (1.47%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 8 (11.76%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.94%) Line 50
1 2 (2.94%) Sage X3
2 1 (1.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.47%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 51 (75.00%) Office 365
2 15 (22.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (8.82%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (5.88%) OneDrive
5 3 (4.41%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (2.94%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (2.94%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 48 (70.59%) Skype
2 16 (23.53%) DHCP
2 16 (23.53%) DNS
3 11 (16.18%) LAN
4 10 (14.71%) Firewall
4 10 (14.71%) WAN
5 9 (13.24%) SAN
5 9 (13.24%) VoIP
6 6 (8.82%) TCP/IP
6 6 (8.82%) VPN
7 5 (7.35%) Reverse Proxy
8 4 (5.88%) MPLS
8 4 (5.88%) SMTP
8 4 (5.88%) Unified Communications
9 2 (2.94%) DMZ
9 2 (2.94%) HTTP
9 2 (2.94%) NAS
9 2 (2.94%) PSTN
9 2 (2.94%) SSL
10 1 (1.47%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.41%) Power BI
3 2 (2.94%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 13 (19.12%) Local Government
2 2 (2.94%) Back Office
2 2 (2.94%) Finance
3 1 (1.47%) Billing
3 1 (1.47%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 17 (25.00%) Server Engineer
2 8 (11.76%) Analyst
3 5 (7.35%) Office 365 Engineer
3 5 (7.35%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
3 5 (7.35%) Support Engineer
4 4 (5.88%) Infrastructure Support
4 4 (5.88%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
4 4 (5.88%) IT Engineer
5 3 (4.41%) 2nd Line Engineer
5 3 (4.41%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 3 (4.41%) Administrator
5 3 (4.41%) Citrix Engineer
5 3 (4.41%) IT Support
5 3 (4.41%) IT Support Engineer
5 3 (4.41%) Office 365 Administrator
5 3 (4.41%) Project Manager
5 3 (4.41%) Storage Engineer
6 2 (2.94%) Service Analyst
6 2 (2.94%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.88%) LDAP
2 1 (1.47%) OAuth
2 1 (1.47%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (20.59%) PKI
2 13 (19.12%) Data Centre
3 9 (13.24%) Blackberry
4 4 (5.88%) Public Cloud
5 3 (4.41%) Clustering
5 3 (4.41%) Management Information System
5 3 (4.41%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.94%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.47%) iPhone
7 1 (1.47%) IPTV
Operating Systems
1 49 (72.06%) Windows
2 35 (51.47%) Windows Server
3 16 (23.53%) Windows Server 2003
4 9 (13.24%) Linux
5 8 (11.76%) Windows 10
5 8 (11.76%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (11.76%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (5.88%) Apple iOS
7 3 (4.41%) Android
7 3 (4.41%) SUSE
7 3 (4.41%) Windows 7
7 3 (4.41%) Windows 8
8 1 (1.47%) AIX
8 1 (1.47%) Mac OS X
8 1 (1.47%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (35.29%) Migration
2 17 (25.00%) ITIL
3 8 (11.76%) Disaster Recovery
3 8 (11.76%) Server Building
4 6 (8.82%) PRINCE2
4 6 (8.82%) Problem-Solving
5 5 (7.35%) Change Management
5 5 (7.35%) Email Filtering
5 5 (7.35%) Infrastructure Management
5 5 (7.35%) Kalman Filter
6 4 (5.88%) Asset Management
6 4 (5.88%) Capacity Management
6 4 (5.88%) Procure-to-Pay
6 4 (5.88%) Project Management
6 4 (5.88%) Service Management
6 4 (5.88%) Test Scripting
7 3 (4.41%) High Availability
7 3 (4.41%) Identity Management
7 3 (4.41%) Root Cause Analysis
7 3 (4.41%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (26.47%) PowerShell
2 8 (11.76%) VBScript
3 7 (10.29%) SQL
4 6 (8.82%) VB
5 1 (1.47%) C
Qualifications
1 13 (19.12%) Security Cleared
2 12 (17.65%) SC Cleared
3 4 (5.88%) MCSE
3 4 (5.88%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (4.41%) MCITP
5 2 (2.94%) CompTIA Security+
5 2 (2.94%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (1.47%) CCNA
6 1 (1.47%) CCNP
6 1 (1.47%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.47%) Degree
6 1 (1.47%) HP ASE
6 1 (1.47%) MCDST
6 1 (1.47%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.88%) SLA
2 1 (1.47%) GDPR
System Software
1 47 (69.12%) Active Directory
2 19 (27.94%) XenApp
3 17 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (19.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 12 (17.65%) vSphere
6 11 (16.18%) Hyper-V
7 6 (8.82%) XenDesktop
8 5 (7.35%) Forefront TMG
9 3 (4.41%) Virtual Machines
9 3 (4.41%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (1.47%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 19 (27.94%) SCCM
2 13 (19.12%) SCOM
3 7 (10.29%) WSUS
4 5 (7.35%) Microsoft Intune
4 5 (7.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 4 (5.88%) HP SIM
5 4 (5.88%) McAfee ePO
5 4 (5.88%) SmoothWall
6 3 (4.41%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (4.41%) MaaS360
6 3 (4.41%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (4.41%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (4.41%) vCenter Server
6 3 (4.41%) vMotion
7 2 (2.94%) PaperCut
8 1 (1.47%) AirWatch
8 1 (1.47%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 38 (55.88%) Microsoft
2 24 (35.29%) Cisco
2 24 (35.29%) Citrix
3 22 (32.35%) VMware
4 8 (11.76%) IronPort
5 7 (10.29%) Avaya
6 6 (8.82%) HP
6 6 (8.82%) McAfee
7 4 (5.88%) Clearswift
7 4 (5.88%) IBM
7 4 (5.88%) NetApp
8 3 (4.41%) Altiris
8 3 (4.41%) Micro Focus
8 3 (4.41%) Sage
9 2 (2.94%) Ivanti
9 2 (2.94%) Polycom
9 2 (2.94%) Siemens
9 2 (2.94%) SolarWinds
9 2 (2.94%) WatchGuard
10 1 (1.47%) Lotus