Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 148 161 183
Rank change year-on-year +13 +22 -2
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 70 45 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.19% 0.80% 0.68%
As % of the Application Platforms category 8.01% 5.18% 4.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 28 33
North West median daily rate £308 £320 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.91% -1.54% +4.42%
10th Percentile £263 £251 £180
90th Percentile £514 £488 £475
England median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 4
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £14.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.00% +178.26% +17.35%
10th Percentile £10.53 £21.24 £13.50
90th Percentile £28.15 £43.80 £15.13
England median hourly rate £15.50 £16.35 £17.55
% change year-on-year -5.17% -6.87% +6.36%

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 874 868 1,182
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 14.87% 15.48% 16.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 535 547 743
North West median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% -3.90%
10th Percentile £190 £229 £253
90th Percentile £608 £575 £550
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.22% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 36 48
North West median hourly rate £22.83 £27.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.46% +77.05% -9.44%
10th Percentile £12.01 £11.13 £11.70
90th Percentile £132.00 £47.50 £33.18
England median hourly rate £21.50 £20.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +4.88% +2.50% +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 20 October 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 20 October 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 20 October 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 +5 32 £350 -22.22% 4
Cheshire +9 28 £280 -3.45% 2
Merseyside +16 8 £443 - 5
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 55 (78.57%) Skype
2 54 (77.14%) Active Directory
3 53 (75.71%) Office 365
4 44 (62.86%) Windows
5 38 (54.29%) Microsoft
6 31 (44.29%) MS Exchange
7 30 (42.86%) Windows Server
8 26 (37.14%) Migration
9 25 (35.71%) Citrix
9 25 (35.71%) Microsoft Azure
10 23 (32.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 21 (30.00%) Cisco
12 20 (28.57%) VMware
13 19 (27.14%) SharePoint
13 19 (27.14%) PowerShell
14 17 (24.29%) Security Cleared
15 16 (22.86%) SC Cleared
15 16 (22.86%) SCCM
16 15 (21.43%) DHCP
16 15 (21.43%) ITIL
16 15 (21.43%) DNS
17 14 (20.00%) Firewall
17 14 (20.00%) XenApp
17 14 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
18 13 (18.57%) Data Centre
19 11 (15.71%) Windows Server 2003
19 11 (15.71%) Blackberry
19 11 (15.71%) SQL Server
20 10 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
20 10 (14.29%) WAN

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 31 (44.29%) MS Exchange
2 19 (27.14%) SharePoint
3 9 (12.86%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2003
5 5 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (4.29%) IIS
8 2 (2.86%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (1.43%) IBM Notes
9 1 (1.43%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (1.43%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 10 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.86%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.43%) Line 50
1 1 (1.43%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 53 (75.71%) Office 365
2 25 (35.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (14.29%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (4.29%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (4.29%) OneDrive
5 2 (2.86%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (2.86%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (1.43%) Mimecast
6 1 (1.43%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 55 (78.57%) Skype
2 15 (21.43%) DHCP
2 15 (21.43%) DNS
3 14 (20.00%) Firewall
4 10 (14.29%) LAN
4 10 (14.29%) WAN
5 7 (10.00%) SAN
5 7 (10.00%) VPN
6 6 (8.57%) TCP/IP
6 6 (8.57%) VoIP
7 5 (7.14%) MPLS
7 5 (7.14%) SMTP
8 4 (5.71%) DMZ
9 3 (4.29%) Internet
9 3 (4.29%) PSTN
9 3 (4.29%) SSL
9 3 (4.29%) Unified Communications
10 2 (2.86%) HTTP
10 2 (2.86%) ISDN
10 2 (2.86%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (15.71%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.43%) Power BI
2 1 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (1.43%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 8 (11.43%) Local Government
2 2 (2.86%) Finance
3 1 (1.43%) Advertising
3 1 (1.43%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 21 (30.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 13 (18.57%) Server Engineer
3 7 (10.00%) Administrator
3 7 (10.00%) Office 365 Administrator
4 5 (7.14%) Consultant
4 5 (7.14%) Support Engineer
5 4 (5.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 4 (5.71%) 3rd Line Support
5 4 (5.71%) Analyst
5 4 (5.71%) Infrastructure Support
5 4 (5.71%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
5 4 (5.71%) IT Engineer
5 4 (5.71%) Office 365 Engineer
5 4 (5.71%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (4.29%) IT Support
6 3 (4.29%) IT Support Engineer
7 2 (2.86%) Migration Engineer
7 2 (2.86%) Senior Network Engineer
7 2 (2.86%) Service Analyst
7 2 (2.86%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.71%) LDAP
2 1 (1.43%) OAuth
2 1 (1.43%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (18.57%) Data Centre
2 11 (15.71%) Blackberry
3 9 (12.86%) PKI
4 4 (5.71%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.43%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.43%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.43%) Clustering
5 1 (1.43%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.43%) iPhone
5 1 (1.43%) IPTV
5 1 (1.43%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.43%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 44 (62.86%) Windows
2 30 (42.86%) Windows Server
3 11 (15.71%) Windows Server 2003
4 10 (14.29%) Windows 10
5 8 (11.43%) Linux
6 5 (7.14%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (4.29%) Windows 7
7 3 (4.29%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (2.86%) Android
8 2 (2.86%) SUSE
9 1 (1.43%) AIX
9 1 (1.43%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.43%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.43%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (37.14%) Migration
2 23 (32.86%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 15 (21.43%) ITIL
4 9 (12.86%) Disaster Recovery
5 7 (10.00%) Server Building
6 6 (8.57%) Problem-Solving
7 5 (7.14%) Email Filtering
7 5 (7.14%) Kalman Filter
8 4 (5.71%) Capacity Management
8 4 (5.71%) Infrastructure Management
8 4 (5.71%) Procure-to-Pay
8 4 (5.71%) Service Management
8 4 (5.71%) Test Scripting
9 3 (4.29%) Asset Management
9 3 (4.29%) Business Continuity
9 3 (4.29%) Change Management
9 3 (4.29%) Continuous Improvement
9 3 (4.29%) ITSM
9 3 (4.29%) Task Automation
10 2 (2.86%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 19 (27.14%) PowerShell
2 7 (10.00%) VBScript
3 6 (8.57%) VB
4 3 (4.29%) SQL
5 2 (2.86%) C
Qualifications
1 17 (24.29%) Security Cleared
2 16 (22.86%) SC Cleared
3 3 (4.29%) ITIL Certification
3 3 (4.29%) MCSE
3 3 (4.29%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (2.86%) CompTIA Security+
4 2 (2.86%) MCITP
5 1 (1.43%) Degree
5 1 (1.43%) MCP
5 1 (1.43%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.29%) GDPR
1 3 (4.29%) SLA
System Software
1 54 (77.14%) Active Directory
2 14 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 14 (20.00%) XenApp
3 8 (11.43%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 8 (11.43%) vSphere
4 7 (10.00%) Hyper-V
5 6 (8.57%) XenDesktop
6 5 (7.14%) Forefront TMG
7 1 (1.43%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 16 (22.86%) SCCM
2 9 (12.86%) Microsoft Intune
3 8 (11.43%) SCOM
4 3 (4.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (2.86%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (2.86%) HP SIM
5 2 (2.86%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (1.43%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.43%) MaaS360
6 1 (1.43%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (1.43%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (1.43%) PaperCut
6 1 (1.43%) SmoothWall
6 1 (1.43%) WSUS
Vendors
1 38 (54.29%) Microsoft
2 25 (35.71%) Citrix
3 21 (30.00%) Cisco
4 20 (28.57%) VMware
5 5 (7.14%) IronPort
6 4 (5.71%) HP
6 4 (5.71%) McAfee
7 3 (4.29%) Avaya
7 3 (4.29%) Clearswift
7 3 (4.29%) NetApp
7 3 (4.29%) SolarWinds
8 2 (2.86%) Meraki
8 2 (2.86%) Micro Focus
8 2 (2.86%) Polycom
8 2 (2.86%) Veeam
8 2 (2.86%) WatchGuard
9 1 (1.43%) Altiris
9 1 (1.43%) Brocade
9 1 (1.43%) Siemens
9 1 (1.43%) Symantec