Period
to 19 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Skype skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Skype over the 6 months to 19 August 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
England > North West
6 months to
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 140 162 170
Rank change year-on-year +22 +8 +72
Contract jobs citing Skype 75 45 72
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.23% 0.78% 0.96%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.46% 5.43% 6.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 33 40
North West median daily rate £350 £350 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -17.65% -23.42%
10th Percentile £179 £119 £288
90th Percentile £475 £488 £528
England median daily rate £375 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -6.25% - +16.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 4
North West median hourly rate £110.00 £40.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +175.00% +48.15% -
10th Percentile £19.40 £35.80 £13.50
90th Percentile £185.00 £44.20 £46.83
England median hourly rate £20.00 £16.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year +25.00% -33.33% +20.00%

Skype is in the Communications and Computer Networking 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 communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 793 829 1,129
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.03% 14.35% 15.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 466 474 648
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £210 £218 £250
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 72 50
North West median hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.68% - -4.08%
10th Percentile £12.45 £11.00 £10.95
90th Percentile £43.03 £51.04 £42.33
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.05 £25.00
% change year-on-year +10.80% -27.80% +21.95%

Skype
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Skype as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Skype in the North West

Skype
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 in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype in the North West

Skype
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype in the North West over the 6 months to 19 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype in the North West

Skype
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 in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype in the North West

Skype
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype in the North West over the 6 months to 19 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Skype in the North West

Skype
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 within the North West region over the 6 months to 19 August 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 +2 46 £350 -17.65% 6
Cheshire -4 19 £275 -24.14%
Merseyside +19 6 £475 +75.93% 3
Skype
England

For the 6 months to 19 August 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Skype 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.

1 48 (64.00%) Office 365
2 47 (62.67%) Skype for Business
3 33 (44.00%) Windows
4 32 (42.67%) Active Directory
5 28 (37.33%) Microsoft
6 23 (30.67%) Cisco
6 23 (30.67%) Microsoft Azure
7 20 (26.67%) Windows Server
7 20 (26.67%) MS Exchange
8 18 (24.00%) LAN
9 17 (22.67%) WAN
9 17 (22.67%) ITIL
10 16 (21.33%) VMware
11 15 (20.00%) DNS
11 15 (20.00%) SCCM
11 15 (20.00%) PowerShell
12 14 (18.67%) SC Cleared
12 14 (18.67%) Security Cleared
12 14 (18.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 14 (18.67%) DHCP
12 14 (18.67%) Citrix
13 13 (17.33%) SharePoint
13 13 (17.33%) Firewall
14 12 (16.00%) Migration
15 11 (14.67%) VMware Infrastructure
16 10 (13.33%) Microsoft Intune
17 9 (12.00%) Blackberry
17 9 (12.00%) Linux
18 8 (10.67%) SQL
18 8 (10.67%) Disaster Recovery

Skype
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 47 (62.67%) Skype for Business
2 20 (26.67%) MS Exchange
3 13 (17.33%) SharePoint
4 6 (8.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (6.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (2.67%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (2.67%) Office Communications Server
6 2 (2.67%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (1.33%) IBM Notes
7 1 (1.33%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 6 (8.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.67%) Dynamics NAV
1 2 (2.67%) Line 50
1 2 (2.67%) Sage X3
2 1 (1.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.33%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 48 (64.00%) Office 365
2 23 (30.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (10.67%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (5.33%) OneDrive
5 3 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (2.67%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (2.67%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 18 (24.00%) LAN
2 17 (22.67%) WAN
3 15 (20.00%) DNS
4 14 (18.67%) DHCP
5 13 (17.33%) Firewall
6 7 (9.33%) VoIP
7 6 (8.00%) Unified Communications
7 6 (8.00%) VPN
8 5 (6.67%) SAN
9 4 (5.33%) DMZ
9 4 (5.33%) MPLS
9 4 (5.33%) TCP/IP
9 4 (5.33%) Wireless
9 4 (5.33%) WLAN
10 3 (4.00%) Network Security
10 3 (4.00%) SMTP
11 2 (2.67%) PBX
12 1 (1.33%) ISDN
12 1 (1.33%) Structured Cabling
12 1 (1.33%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.00%) Power BI
3 2 (2.67%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (2.67%) JIRA
General
1 6 (8.00%) Law
1 6 (8.00%) Legal
2 2 (2.67%) Back Office
2 2 (2.67%) Finance
2 2 (2.67%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.33%) Billing
3 1 (1.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (17.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 11 (14.67%) Analyst
3 8 (10.67%) Business Analyst
4 6 (8.00%) Office 365 Engineer
4 6 (8.00%) Support Engineer
4 6 (8.00%) Telephony Analyst
5 5 (6.67%) Network Engineer
5 5 (6.67%) SCCM Engineer
5 5 (6.67%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (6.67%) Service Desk Specialist
6 4 (5.33%) Administrator
6 4 (5.33%) Business Systems Analyst
6 4 (5.33%) Infrastructure Support
6 4 (5.33%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
6 4 (5.33%) Office 365 Administrator
6 4 (5.33%) Server Engineer
7 3 (4.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 3 (4.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 3 (4.00%) IT Engineer
7 3 (4.00%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.33%) LDAP
2 1 (1.33%) OAuth
2 1 (1.33%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (12.00%) Blackberry
2 5 (6.67%) Management Information System
3 4 (5.33%) Public Cloud
4 3 (4.00%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (2.67%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.33%) iPhone
6 1 (1.33%) IPTV
6 1 (1.33%) PKI
6 1 (1.33%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 33 (44.00%) Windows
2 20 (26.67%) Windows Server
3 9 (12.00%) Linux
4 8 (10.67%) Windows 10
5 3 (4.00%) Apple iOS
5 3 (4.00%) SUSE
5 3 (4.00%) Windows 7
5 3 (4.00%) Windows 8
5 3 (4.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (4.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (2.67%) Android
7 1 (1.33%) AIX
7 1 (1.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (22.67%) ITIL
2 14 (18.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 12 (16.00%) Migration
4 8 (10.67%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (8.00%) Business Analysis
5 6 (8.00%) Data Analysis
5 6 (8.00%) Email Filtering
5 6 (8.00%) Kalman Filter
5 6 (8.00%) Test Management
6 5 (6.67%) BCP
6 5 (6.67%) Continuous Improvement
6 5 (6.67%) Infrastructure Management
6 5 (6.67%) Problem-Solving
6 5 (6.67%) Project Management
6 5 (6.67%) Stakeholder Analysis
7 4 (5.33%) Capacity Management
7 4 (5.33%) DevOps
7 4 (5.33%) Procure-to-Pay
7 4 (5.33%) Service Delivery
7 4 (5.33%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 15 (20.00%) PowerShell
2 8 (10.67%) SQL
3 6 (8.00%) VB
3 6 (8.00%) VBScript
4 1 (1.33%) C
Qualifications
1 14 (18.67%) SC Cleared
1 14 (18.67%) Security Cleared
2 3 (4.00%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (4.00%) MCITP
2 3 (4.00%) MCSE
2 3 (4.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (2.67%) CompTIA Security+
3 2 (2.67%) Degree
3 2 (2.67%) ITIL Certification
3 2 (2.67%) MBA
4 1 (1.33%) CCNA
4 1 (1.33%) CCNP
4 1 (1.33%) HP ASE
4 1 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.67%) SLA
System Software
1 32 (42.67%) Active Directory
2 11 (14.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (9.33%) vSphere
4 6 (8.00%) Hyper-V
4 6 (8.00%) XenApp
4 6 (8.00%) XenDesktop
5 5 (6.67%) Forefront TMG
5 5 (6.67%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 15 (20.00%) SCCM
2 10 (13.33%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (6.67%) SafeCom
4 3 (4.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 3 (4.00%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (2.67%) PaperCut
6 1 (1.33%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.33%) HP SIM
6 1 (1.33%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (1.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 28 (37.33%) Microsoft
2 23 (30.67%) Cisco
3 16 (21.33%) VMware
4 14 (18.67%) Citrix
5 6 (8.00%) ServiceNow
6 5 (6.67%) MobileIron
7 4 (5.33%) Clearswift
7 4 (5.33%) IronPort
7 4 (5.33%) NetApp
8 3 (4.00%) ForeScout
8 3 (4.00%) HP
8 3 (4.00%) Micro Focus
8 3 (4.00%) Sage
9 2 (2.67%) Avaya
9 2 (2.67%) Polycom
9 2 (2.67%) Siemens
9 2 (2.67%) WatchGuard
10 1 (1.33%) IBM
10 1 (1.33%) Lotus
10 1 (1.33%) Symantec