Period
to 15 October 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 15 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
England > North West
6 months to
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 138 162 215
Rank change year-on-year +24 +53 +19
Contract jobs citing Skype 82 43 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.38% 0.77% 0.33%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.95% 5.23% 2.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 26 16
North West median daily rate £330 £350 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.71% -9.68% -30.18%
10th Percentile £186 £115 £124
90th Percentile £488 £488 £561
England median daily rate £375 £388 £375
% change year-on-year -3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 2
North West median hourly rate £110.00 £40.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +175.00% +185.71% -44.00%
10th Percentile £19.40 £35.80 £13.50
90th Percentile £185.00 £44.20 £14.50
England median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +17.65% -15.00% -11.11%

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 824 822 1,060
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.92% 14.71% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 488 492 617
North West median daily rate £398 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.63% -3.03% +10.00%
10th Percentile £206 £180 £213
90th Percentile £554 £543 £575
England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 60 57
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £15.85 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.44% -0.97% -5.44%
10th Percentile £12.45 £11.75 £11.25
90th Percentile £43.10 £53.04 £40.00
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.95% -16.89% +12.50%

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 15 October 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 15 October 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 15 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 +3 45 £350 -22.22% 7
Cheshire -6 24 £275 -18.52% 4
Merseyside +16 9 £350 - 4
Lancashire -16 1 £250 -41.18% 2
Skype
England

For the 6 months to 15 October 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 57 (69.51%) Skype for Business
2 55 (67.07%) Office 365
3 44 (53.66%) Active Directory
4 35 (42.68%) Windows
5 34 (41.46%) Microsoft
6 30 (36.59%) Microsoft Azure
7 27 (32.93%) MS Exchange
8 26 (31.71%) Cisco
9 23 (28.05%) Citrix
10 22 (26.83%) ITIL
11 21 (25.61%) Windows Server
12 20 (24.39%) VMware
13 19 (23.17%) LAN
14 18 (21.95%) WAN
14 18 (21.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 18 (21.95%) PowerShell
15 17 (20.73%) SC Cleared
15 17 (20.73%) Security Cleared
15 17 (20.73%) Migration
16 16 (19.51%) DNS
16 16 (19.51%) SCCM
17 15 (18.29%) DHCP
17 15 (18.29%) SharePoint
17 15 (18.29%) Firewall
18 14 (17.07%) VMware Infrastructure
19 13 (15.85%) Microsoft Intune
20 12 (14.63%) Blackberry
21 11 (13.41%) Windows 10
22 10 (12.20%) Azure Active Directory
23 9 (10.98%) Microsoft Office

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 57 (69.51%) Skype for Business
2 27 (32.93%) MS Exchange
3 15 (18.29%) SharePoint
4 8 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (6.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 4 (4.88%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (2.44%) Office Communications Server
7 2 (2.44%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (1.22%) IBM Notes
8 1 (1.22%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 9 (10.98%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.66%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.22%) Line 50
1 1 (1.22%) Magento
1 1 (1.22%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 55 (67.07%) Office 365
2 30 (36.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (12.20%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (3.66%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (3.66%) OneDrive
5 2 (2.44%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (2.44%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (1.22%) Mimecast
6 1 (1.22%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 19 (23.17%) LAN
2 18 (21.95%) WAN
3 16 (19.51%) DNS
4 15 (18.29%) DHCP
4 15 (18.29%) Firewall
5 6 (7.32%) SAN
5 6 (7.32%) VPN
6 5 (6.10%) Unified Communications
6 5 (6.10%) VoIP
7 4 (4.88%) DMZ
7 4 (4.88%) MPLS
7 4 (4.88%) TCP/IP
8 3 (3.66%) Internet
8 3 (3.66%) Intranet
8 3 (3.66%) SMTP
8 3 (3.66%) Wi-Fi
8 3 (3.66%) Wireless
8 3 (3.66%) WLAN
9 2 (2.44%) PBX
9 2 (2.44%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.88%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.44%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.22%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 2 (2.44%) JIRA
2 1 (1.22%) Git (software)
General
1 3 (3.66%) Law
1 3 (3.66%) Legal
2 2 (2.44%) Back Office
2 2 (2.44%) Finance
3 1 (1.22%) Advertising
3 1 (1.22%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (19.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 8 (9.76%) Analyst
3 7 (8.54%) Administrator
3 7 (8.54%) Office 365 Administrator
4 6 (7.32%) Network Engineer
4 6 (7.32%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
4 6 (7.32%) Server Engineer
4 6 (7.32%) Support Engineer
5 5 (6.10%) Business Analyst
5 5 (6.10%) Consultant
5 5 (6.10%) Infrastructure Support
5 5 (6.10%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
5 5 (6.10%) SCCM Engineer
5 5 (6.10%) Service Desk Specialist
6 4 (4.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 4 (4.88%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (3.66%) IT Support Engineer
7 3 (3.66%) Network Specialist
7 3 (3.66%) Project Manager
7 3 (3.66%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.88%) LDAP
2 1 (1.22%) CSS
2 1 (1.22%) HTML
2 1 (1.22%) OAuth
2 1 (1.22%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.63%) Blackberry
2 7 (8.54%) Data Centre
3 4 (4.88%) Public Cloud
4 3 (3.66%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.22%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.22%) iPhone
5 1 (1.22%) IPTV
5 1 (1.22%) NHS
5 1 (1.22%) PKI
5 1 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 35 (42.68%) Windows
2 21 (25.61%) Windows Server
3 11 (13.41%) Windows 10
4 8 (9.76%) Linux
5 4 (4.88%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (3.66%) Windows 7
6 3 (3.66%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (2.44%) SUSE
8 1 (1.22%) AIX
8 1 (1.22%) Android
8 1 (1.22%) Apple iOS
8 1 (1.22%) Windows 8
8 1 (1.22%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (26.83%) ITIL
2 18 (21.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 17 (20.73%) Migration
4 9 (10.98%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (7.32%) Problem-Solving
6 5 (6.10%) BCP
6 5 (6.10%) Continuous Improvement
6 5 (6.10%) Cybersecurity
6 5 (6.10%) Email Filtering
6 5 (6.10%) Infrastructure Management
6 5 (6.10%) Kalman Filter
6 5 (6.10%) Project Management
7 4 (4.88%) Capacity Management
7 4 (4.88%) Procure-to-Pay
7 4 (4.88%) Service Management
7 4 (4.88%) Test Scripting
8 3 (3.66%) Business Continuity
8 3 (3.66%) Change Management
8 3 (3.66%) Data Analysis
8 3 (3.66%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 18 (21.95%) PowerShell
2 8 (9.76%) SQL
3 7 (8.54%) VB
3 7 (8.54%) VBScript
4 1 (1.22%) C
4 1 (1.22%) PHP
Qualifications
1 17 (20.73%) SC Cleared
1 17 (20.73%) Security Cleared
2 4 (4.88%) MCSE
2 4 (4.88%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (3.66%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (3.66%) Degree
3 3 (3.66%) ITIL Certification
3 3 (3.66%) MCITP
4 2 (2.44%) CompTIA Security+
4 2 (2.44%) MBA
5 1 (1.22%) CCNA
5 1 (1.22%) CCNP
5 1 (1.22%) HP ASE
5 1 (1.22%) MCP
5 1 (1.22%) MCSA
5 1 (1.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (1.22%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.66%) GDPR
2 1 (1.22%) SLA
System Software
1 44 (53.66%) Active Directory
2 14 (17.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (9.76%) vSphere
4 7 (8.54%) XenApp
4 7 (8.54%) XenDesktop
5 6 (7.32%) Forefront TMG
5 6 (7.32%) Hyper-V
6 5 (6.10%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 16 (19.51%) SCCM
2 13 (15.85%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (6.10%) SafeCom
4 2 (2.44%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 2 (2.44%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (1.22%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.22%) HP SIM
5 1 (1.22%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (1.22%) PaperCut
5 1 (1.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 34 (41.46%) Microsoft
2 26 (31.71%) Cisco
3 23 (28.05%) Citrix
4 20 (24.39%) VMware
5 6 (7.32%) ServiceNow
6 5 (6.10%) MobileIron
7 4 (4.88%) NetApp
8 3 (3.66%) Clearswift
8 3 (3.66%) HP
8 3 (3.66%) IronPort
8 3 (3.66%) Veeam
9 2 (2.44%) Avaya
9 2 (2.44%) ForeScout
9 2 (2.44%) Micro Focus
9 2 (2.44%) Polycom
9 2 (2.44%) WatchGuard
10 1 (1.22%) Dell
10 1 (1.22%) IBM
10 1 (1.22%) Samsung
10 1 (1.22%) Zscaler