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 25 June 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.

Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
UK / Northern Ireland
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 64 18 -
Rank change year-on-year -46 -  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 4 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 1.13% 2.00% -
As % of the Application Platforms category 9.09% 12.50% -
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 0
Median daily rate £320 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £358 £340 £320
% change year-on-year +5.14% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £23.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £18.75 £16.00
% change year-on-year -30.66% +17.18%  

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 44 16 20
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 12.46% 16.00% 22.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 3 10
Median daily rate £365 £413 £200
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.51% +106.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £345 £126
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £350
% change year-on-year +2.56% +11.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Median hourly rate - £18.50 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -42.18%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year - +19.04%  

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 25 June 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 -41 2 £320 -
Skype for Business
UK

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 5 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 4 (57.14%) Active Directory
2 4 (57.14%) Windows
2 4 (57.14%) IBM Notes
2 4 (57.14%) SharePoint
2 4 (57.14%) Citrix
2 4 (57.14%) Lotus
2 4 (57.14%) TCP/IP
2 4 (57.14%) SCOM
2 4 (57.14%) Windows Server
3 3 (42.86%) Skype
3 3 (42.86%) Avaya Modular Messaging
3 3 (42.86%) NICE Systems
3 3 (42.86%) NAS
3 3 (42.86%) Office 365
3 3 (42.86%) CyberTech
3 3 (42.86%) ServiceNow
3 3 (42.86%) PKI
3 3 (42.86%) Finance
3 3 (42.86%) Avaya
3 3 (42.86%) SAN
3 3 (42.86%) HP
3 3 (42.86%) SQL
3 3 (42.86%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (28.57%) Change Management
4 2 (28.57%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (28.57%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (28.57%) Legal
4 2 (28.57%) NetBackup
4 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server

Skype for Business
Co-occurring 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 4 (57.14%) IBM Notes
1 4 (57.14%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (42.86%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (42.86%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (57.14%) TCP/IP
2 3 (42.86%) Avaya Modular Messaging
2 3 (42.86%) NAS
2 3 (42.86%) SAN
2 3 (42.86%) Skype
3 1 (14.29%) ADSL
General
1 3 (42.86%) Finance
2 2 (28.57%) Legal
2 2 (28.57%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Administrator
1 3 (42.86%) Systems Administrator
1 3 (42.86%) Wintel Administrator
1 3 (42.86%) Wintel Systems Administrator
2 2 (28.57%) Architect
2 2 (28.57%) Exchange Architect
2 2 (28.57%) Office 365 Architect
3 1 (14.29%) IT Support
3 1 (14.29%) Senior Support Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Senior Wintel Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Server Administrator
3 1 (14.29%) Support Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Wintel Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Wintel Server Administrator
3 1 (14.29%) Wintel Support
3 1 (14.29%) Wintel Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 3 (42.86%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 4 (57.14%) Windows
1 4 (57.14%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (28.57%) Change Management
1 2 (28.57%) Customer Requirements
1 2 (28.57%) Disaster Recovery
1 2 (28.57%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 3 (42.86%) SQL
2 2 (28.57%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) Degree
System Software
1 4 (57.14%) Active Directory
2 2 (28.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (14.29%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 4 (57.14%) SCOM
2 2 (28.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 2 (28.57%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 5 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 4 (57.14%) Citrix
2 4 (57.14%) Lotus
3 3 (42.86%) Avaya
3 3 (42.86%) CyberTech
3 3 (42.86%) HP
3 3 (42.86%) NICE Systems
3 3 (42.86%) ServiceNow