The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 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 26 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
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
UK / Northern Ireland
Rank 39 - 20
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 3 0 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 1.32% - 2.56%
As % of the Application Platforms category 10.34% - 13.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Median daily rate £115 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -12.50% +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £24.58 £23.50
% change year-on-year -43.03% +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 Northern Ireland with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
Northern Ireland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 29 20 22
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 12.78% 16.67% 18.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 3 9
Median daily rate £275 £400 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -31.25% +60.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £350 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £400 £413
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Median hourly rate £12.00 £13.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £16.14
% change year-on-year -5.55% +11.52%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in Northern Ireland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Skype for Business in Northern Ireland.

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in Northern Ireland

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in Northern Ireland

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 Northern Ireland region over the 3 months to 26 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
County Antrim - 1 £115 - 1
Skype for Business
UK

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland

For the 6 months to 26 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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 8 (88.89%) Microsoft
2 7 (77.78%) Office 365
2 7 (77.78%) Skype
3 6 (66.67%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 6 (66.67%) Customer Requirements
3 6 (66.67%) MS Excel
3 6 (66.67%) PowerShell
4 4 (44.44%) Root Cause Analysis
4 4 (44.44%) Migration
4 4 (44.44%) Presales
5 3 (33.33%) Active Directory
6 1 (11.11%) Multimedia
6 1 (11.11%) SSH
6 1 (11.11%) Cisco IPT
6 1 (11.11%) Degree
6 1 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (11.11%) Office Communications Server
6 1 (11.11%) Android
6 1 (11.11%) Network Management
6 1 (11.11%) A+ Certification
6 1 (11.11%) Apple
6 1 (11.11%) Symantec
6 1 (11.11%) Blackberry
6 1 (11.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (11.11%) Configuration Management
6 1 (11.11%) Clearswift
6 1 (11.11%) MIMEsweeper
6 1 (11.11%) MS Office
6 1 (11.11%) Windows
6 1 (11.11%) MS Exchange

Skype for Business
Top Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland 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 1 (11.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2007
1 1 (11.11%) MS Exchange
1 1 (11.11%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 6 (66.67%) MS Excel
2 1 (11.11%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 7 (77.78%) Office 365
2 1 (11.11%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 7 (77.78%) Skype
2 1 (11.11%) ADSL
2 1 (11.11%) Cisco IPT
2 1 (11.11%) LAN
2 1 (11.11%) SSH
General
1 1 (11.11%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 6 (66.67%) Architect
1 6 (66.67%) Exchange Architect
2 4 (44.44%) Office 365 Architect
3 3 (33.33%) Messaging Architect
4 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Solutions Architect
4 2 (22.22%) Solutions Architect
5 1 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
5 1 (11.11%) Analyst
5 1 (11.11%) Deskside Engineer
5 1 (11.11%) Deskside Support
5 1 (11.11%) Deskside Support Engineer
5 1 (11.11%) IT Support
5 1 (11.11%) Support Analyst
5 1 (11.11%) Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Android
1 1 (11.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (66.67%) Customer Requirements
2 4 (44.44%) Migration
2 4 (44.44%) Presales
2 4 (44.44%) Root Cause Analysis
3 1 (11.11%) Configuration Management
3 1 (11.11%) Email Management
3 1 (11.11%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (66.67%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) A+ Certification
1 1 (11.11%) Degree
System Software
1 3 (33.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (66.67%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 1 (11.11%) MIMEsweeper
2 1 (11.11%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 8 (88.89%) Microsoft
2 1 (11.11%) Apple
2 1 (11.11%) Cisco
2 1 (11.11%) Clearswift
2 1 (11.11%) MobileIron
2 1 (11.11%) Symantec