Period
to 28 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 6 months to 28 February 2020 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)
England > South East
6 months to
28 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 187 192 216
Rank change year-on-year +5 +24 -16
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 109 199 165
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.03% 1.24% 0.98%
As % of the Application Platforms category 7.08% 7.05% 5.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 112 86
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £150 £313 £159
90th Percentile £506 £524 £569
England median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year - +14.29% -9.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 17 7
South East median hourly rate £13.00 £13.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -21.21% +37.50%
England median hourly rate £15.50 £15.37 £20.23
% change year-on-year +0.85% -24.00% +24.16%

Skype for Business is in the Application Platforms category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for application platform skills.

All Application Platform Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 1,540 2,821 2,841
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 14.57% 17.61% 16.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 922 1,655 1,657
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £240 £263 £250
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
England median daily rate £463 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 93 88
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £16.50 £18.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.09% -11.06% -15.67%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £48.70 £50.00 £49.13
England median hourly rate £20.50 £19.82 £18.85
% change year-on-year +3.42% +5.16% -3.33%

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Skype for Business as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Skype for Business in the South East

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in the South East

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in the South East over the 6 months to 28 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in the South East

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Skype for Business in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in the South East

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 6 months to 28 February 2020. 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
Hampshire +49 42 £425 +6.92% 6
Thames Valley -31 34 £440 +3.53% 10
Berkshire +1 27 £495 +16.47% 3
Surrey +43 17 £393 -12.78% 15
Buckinghamshire -11 6 £150 -62.50% 5
West Sussex +20 4 - - 2
Middlesex - 4 £120 -
Kent +20 1 £128 -66.00%
Oxfordshire +15 1 £475 - 2
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 28 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business 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 South East region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 106 (97.25%) Skype
2 76 (69.72%) Microsoft
3 64 (58.72%) Windows
4 56 (51.38%) Active Directory
5 50 (45.87%) Office 365
6 38 (34.86%) Windows Server
7 36 (33.03%) VMware
8 31 (28.44%) VMware Infrastructure
8 31 (28.44%) PowerShell
9 27 (24.77%) DNS
9 27 (24.77%) Windows 10
10 25 (22.94%) SharePoint
11 24 (22.02%) Citrix
12 23 (21.10%) Azure
13 22 (20.18%) SCCM
14 21 (19.27%) DHCP
15 20 (18.35%) Microsoft Office
15 20 (18.35%) Microsoft Certification
16 19 (17.43%) Firewall
16 19 (17.43%) Migration
16 19 (17.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 18 (16.51%) Hyper-V
18 17 (15.60%) MS Exchange
19 16 (14.68%) SQL Server
19 16 (14.68%) XenApp
19 16 (14.68%) VMware ESXi
19 16 (14.68%) Data Centre
20 15 (13.76%) Windows Server 2012
20 15 (13.76%) Disaster Recovery
21 14 (12.84%) High Availability

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 25 (22.94%) SharePoint
2 17 (15.60%) MS Exchange
3 11 (10.09%) Exchange Server 2013
4 6 (5.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (3.67%) IIS
6 1 (0.92%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 20 (18.35%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.83%) Acrobat
2 2 (1.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.92%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (2.75%) Elite 3E
2 1 (0.92%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 50 (45.87%) Office 365
2 23 (21.10%) Azure
3 8 (7.34%) AWS
3 8 (7.34%) IaaS
4 7 (6.42%) Yammer
5 6 (5.50%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (5.50%) PaaS
6 5 (4.59%) Azure Stack
7 4 (3.67%) Power Platform
7 4 (3.67%) PowerApps
8 2 (1.83%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.92%) GCP
9 1 (0.92%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 106 (97.25%) Skype
2 27 (24.77%) DNS
3 21 (19.27%) DHCP
4 19 (17.43%) Firewall
5 13 (11.93%) PBX
6 8 (7.34%) SAN
6 8 (7.34%) Unified Communications
7 7 (6.42%) NetScaler
7 7 (6.42%) TCP/IP
7 7 (6.42%) VLAN
7 7 (6.42%) VoIP
8 6 (5.50%) LAN
9 5 (4.59%) VPN
9 5 (4.59%) WAN
10 4 (3.67%) Cisco ASA
11 3 (2.75%) Cisco Nexus
11 3 (2.75%) Network Security
11 3 (2.75%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (2.75%) Wireless
11 3 (2.75%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (14.68%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.67%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (1.83%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (0.92%) JIRA
General
1 7 (6.42%) Finance
1 7 (6.42%) Public Sector
2 5 (4.59%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.67%) Legal
3 4 (3.67%) Local Government
4 2 (1.83%) Electronics
4 2 (1.83%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.83%) Marketing
5 1 (0.92%) Law
5 1 (0.92%) Military
5 1 (0.92%) Police
Job Titles
1 28 (25.69%) Consultant
2 15 (13.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 12 (11.01%) Architect
4 11 (10.09%) Support Engineer
5 9 (8.26%) Office 365 Consultant
6 7 (6.42%) Business Consultant
7 6 (5.50%) 2nd Line Support
7 6 (5.50%) Cloud Consultant
7 6 (5.50%) Desktop Support
7 6 (5.50%) Infrastructure Consultant
7 6 (5.50%) IT Support
7 6 (5.50%) Windows Engineer
8 5 (4.59%) Analyst
8 5 (4.59%) IT Engineer
8 5 (4.59%) Microsoft Engineer
8 5 (4.59%) Office 365 Engineer
8 5 (4.59%) Unified Communications Consultant
9 4 (3.67%) Cloud Infrastructure Consultant
9 4 (3.67%) Messaging Consultant
9 4 (3.67%) Microsoft Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.50%) .NET
2 4 (3.67%) 802.1X
3 2 (1.83%) XMPP
4 1 (0.92%) SailPoint
4 1 (0.92%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 16 (14.68%) Data Centre
2 11 (10.09%) PKI
3 8 (7.34%) Fat Client
3 8 (7.34%) Thin Client
4 6 (5.50%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (5.50%) Private Cloud
5 5 (4.59%) Public Cloud
6 4 (3.67%) NHS
6 4 (3.67%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (2.75%) Blackberry
7 3 (2.75%) Clustering
7 3 (2.75%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.83%) iPad
8 2 (1.83%) PDA
8 2 (1.83%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.92%) Handset
9 1 (0.92%) PMI
9 1 (0.92%) Tandem
9 1 (0.92%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 64 (58.72%) Windows
2 38 (34.86%) Windows Server
3 27 (24.77%) Windows 10
4 15 (13.76%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (12.84%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (7.34%) Windows 7
7 7 (6.42%) Windows 8
8 5 (4.59%) VMS
9 4 (3.67%) Android
9 4 (3.67%) Apple iOS
10 2 (1.83%) Linux
11 1 (0.92%) CentOS
11 1 (0.92%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (17.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
1 19 (17.43%) Migration
2 15 (13.76%) Disaster Recovery
3 14 (12.84%) High Availability
4 10 (9.17%) ITIL
5 9 (8.26%) Validation
6 8 (7.34%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (7.34%) Application Packaging
7 7 (6.42%) Data Protection
7 7 (6.42%) Incident Management
7 7 (6.42%) Load Balancing
8 6 (5.50%) ITSM
8 6 (5.50%) PRINCE2
8 6 (5.50%) Time Management
9 5 (4.59%) Customer Requirements
9 5 (4.59%) Infrastructure Management
9 5 (4.59%) Project Delivery
9 5 (4.59%) Service Management
10 4 (3.67%) Proactive Maintenance
10 4 (3.67%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 31 (28.44%) PowerShell
2 7 (6.42%) VB
3 5 (4.59%) SQL
4 1 (0.92%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.92%) C
4 1 (0.92%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 20 (18.35%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (11.01%) Cisco Certification
3 11 (10.09%) CCNA
3 11 (10.09%) DV Cleared
3 11 (10.09%) MCSE
3 11 (10.09%) Security Cleared
4 9 (8.26%) Citrix Certification
5 8 (7.34%) CCA
6 4 (3.67%) MCP
7 3 (2.75%) MCSA
8 2 (1.83%) Degree
8 2 (1.83%) MCITP
9 1 (0.92%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.92%) CCNP
9 1 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.92%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.92%) MCTS
9 1 (0.92%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (6.42%) SLA
2 3 (2.75%) QA
3 2 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 56 (51.38%) Active Directory
2 31 (28.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (16.51%) Hyper-V
4 16 (14.68%) VMware ESXi
4 16 (14.68%) XenApp
5 14 (12.84%) XenDesktop
6 8 (7.34%) DFS Replication
7 7 (6.42%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (5.50%) Virtual Desktop
8 6 (5.50%) Virtual Servers
9 5 (4.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (2.75%) vSphere
11 1 (0.92%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 1 (0.92%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.92%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 22 (20.18%) SCCM
2 13 (11.93%) Microsoft Intune
3 8 (7.34%) SCOM
4 4 (3.67%) EMC NetWorker
5 3 (2.75%) AirWatch
5 3 (2.75%) FortiGate
5 3 (2.75%) WSUS
6 2 (1.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (1.83%) Microsoft Clustering
7 1 (0.92%) DameWare
7 1 (0.92%) HP Operations Orchestration
7 1 (0.92%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.92%) SCSM
7 1 (0.92%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.92%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.92%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 76 (69.72%) Microsoft
2 36 (33.03%) VMware
3 24 (22.02%) Citrix
4 14 (12.84%) Sonus
5 9 (8.26%) Cisco
5 9 (8.26%) HP
6 8 (7.34%) Polycom
7 7 (6.42%) Dell
8 5 (4.59%) Remedy
9 4 (3.67%) CA
9 4 (3.67%) Clearswift
9 4 (3.67%) EMC
9 4 (3.67%) Juniper
10 3 (2.75%) Avaya
10 3 (2.75%) iManage
10 3 (2.75%) Meraki
10 3 (2.75%) Mitel
11 2 (1.83%) 3PAR
11 2 (1.83%) SolarWinds
11 2 (1.83%) Yealink