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 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
England / North West
Rank 106 84 138
Rank change year-on-year -22 +54  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 24 76 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.92% 1.99% 0.34%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.94% 11.19% 2.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 37 4
Median daily rate £313 £422 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.94% -3.54%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £226 £264 £176
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £460 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -12.50% +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 8 3
Median hourly rate £17.00 £24.58 £49.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.82% -50.35%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.75 £24.58 £23.50
% change year-on-year -44.04% +4.57%  

Skype for Business is in the application platform skills category. The next 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.

Contract Application Platform Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 404 679 586
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 15.54% 17.76% 16.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 264 373 288
Median daily rate £360 £385 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.49% +2.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £252 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £483 £503
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 38 30
Median hourly rate £16.00 £24.15 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.74% -12.18%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £11.70 £10.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.68 £57.75 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £16.07
% change year-on-year -2.85% +8.89%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Skype for Business as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Application Platforms category.

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 3 months to 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +6 10 £275 -14.06% 1
Cheshire -3 8 £400 -5.88%
Merseyside +3 4 £300 - 2
Skype for Business
England

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 21 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 20 (57.14%) Office 365
2 20 (57.14%) Skype
3 16 (45.71%) Active Directory
4 15 (42.86%) MS Exchange
5 10 (28.57%) SharePoint
5 10 (28.57%) Windows
5 10 (28.57%) Migration
5 10 (28.57%) VMware
6 9 (25.71%) Exchange Server 2010
7 8 (22.86%) PowerShell
8 7 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (17.14%) VMware Infrastructure
9 6 (17.14%) DNS
10 5 (14.29%) Citrix
10 5 (14.29%) Intel Security
10 5 (14.29%) SCCM
11 4 (11.43%) Azure Active Directory
11 4 (11.43%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 4 (11.43%) XenApp
11 4 (11.43%) Microsoft Azure
11 4 (11.43%) PKI
11 4 (11.43%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (11.43%) Finance
11 4 (11.43%) Dell
11 4 (11.43%) SAN
11 4 (11.43%) LAN
12 3 (8.57%) WLAN
12 3 (8.57%) SSL
12 3 (8.57%) MS Excel

Skype for Business
Top Related 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 15 (42.86%) MS Exchange
2 10 (28.57%) SharePoint
3 9 (25.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (11.43%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (2.86%) IBM Notes
6 1 (2.86%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (8.57%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.86%) Adobe Captivate
2 1 (2.86%) MS Office
2 1 (2.86%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (2.86%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 20 (57.14%) Office 365
2 4 (11.43%) Azure Active Directory
2 4 (11.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (8.57%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (8.57%) Yammer
4 2 (5.71%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 20 (57.14%) Skype
2 6 (17.14%) DNS
3 4 (11.43%) LAN
3 4 (11.43%) SAN
4 3 (8.57%) NAS
4 3 (8.57%) SSL
4 3 (8.57%) WLAN
5 2 (5.71%) VPN
6 1 (2.86%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (2.86%) Firewall
6 1 (2.86%) IP Telephony
6 1 (2.86%) IPv4
6 1 (2.86%) Network Security
6 1 (2.86%) Unified Communications
6 1 (2.86%) VPLS
6 1 (2.86%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.57%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.86%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 4 (11.43%) Finance
2 2 (5.71%) Local Government
3 1 (2.86%) Advertising
3 1 (2.86%) Banking
3 1 (2.86%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (14.29%) Consultant
1 5 (14.29%) Office 365 Engineer
2 4 (11.43%) Architect
2 4 (11.43%) Installations Engineer
3 3 (8.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (8.57%) Infrastructure Specialist
3 3 (8.57%) Office 365 Architect
4 2 (5.71%) Analyst
4 2 (5.71%) Deployment Engineer
4 2 (5.71%) Exchange Architect
4 2 (5.71%) Implementation Engineer
4 2 (5.71%) Infrastructure Consultant
4 2 (5.71%) Messaging Architect
4 2 (5.71%) Microsoft Consultant
4 2 (5.71%) Microsoft Infrastructure Consultant
4 2 (5.71%) Migration Engineer
4 2 (5.71%) Technical Architect
4 2 (5.71%) Trainer
5 1 (2.86%) 1st Line Support Engineer
5 1 (2.86%) Windows Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.43%) PKI
2 3 (8.57%) Data Centre
2 3 (8.57%) Replication
2 3 (8.57%) Video Conferencing
3 2 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.71%) Smartphone
4 1 (2.86%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.86%) Fat Client
4 1 (2.86%) iPad
4 1 (2.86%) iPhone
4 1 (2.86%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.86%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.86%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 10 (28.57%) Windows
2 3 (8.57%) Android
2 3 (8.57%) Apple iOS
2 3 (8.57%) Linux
2 3 (8.57%) Windows Server
3 2 (5.71%) Windows 10
3 2 (5.71%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (5.71%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (2.86%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.86%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (28.57%) Migration
2 3 (8.57%) Customer Requirements
2 3 (8.57%) Data Protection
3 2 (5.71%) Change Control
3 2 (5.71%) ITIL
3 2 (5.71%) Mobile Device Management
3 2 (5.71%) Multi-Factor Authentication
3 2 (5.71%) PRINCE2
3 2 (5.71%) Server Building
3 2 (5.71%) Two-Factor Authentication
4 1 (2.86%) Change Management
4 1 (2.86%) GAP Analysis
4 1 (2.86%) Incident Management
4 1 (2.86%) ITIL V3
4 1 (2.86%) Project Management
4 1 (2.86%) Project Planning
4 1 (2.86%) Risk Analysis
4 1 (2.86%) Service Delivery
4 1 (2.86%) Software Deployment
4 1 (2.86%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (22.86%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.86%) SQL
2 1 (2.86%) VB
2 1 (2.86%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (8.57%) SC Cleared
1 3 (8.57%) Security Cleared
2 2 (5.71%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (2.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
System Software
1 16 (45.71%) Active Directory
2 6 (17.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (11.43%) XenApp
4 3 (8.57%) vSphere
4 3 (8.57%) XenDesktop
5 2 (5.71%) BitLocker
6 1 (2.86%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (2.86%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (2.86%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (2.86%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 5 (14.29%) SCCM
2 4 (11.43%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 3 (8.57%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 3 (8.57%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (5.71%) AirWatch
5 1 (2.86%) BladeLogic
5 1 (2.86%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (2.86%) SCOM
Vendors
1 21 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 10 (28.57%) VMware
3 5 (14.29%) Citrix
3 5 (14.29%) Intel Security
4 4 (11.43%) Dell
5 3 (8.57%) Splunk
5 3 (8.57%) Symantec
5 3 (8.57%) Trustwave
6 2 (5.71%) AppSense
6 2 (5.71%) HP
6 2 (5.71%) Polycom
7 1 (2.86%) Adobe
7 1 (2.86%) BMC
7 1 (2.86%) F5
7 1 (2.86%) IronPort
7 1 (2.86%) Juniper
7 1 (2.86%) Motorola
7 1 (2.86%) Pega
7 1 (2.86%) Remedy
7 1 (2.86%) Sophos
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