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 3 months to 30 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.

Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
England / South East
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 172 210 150
Rank change year-on-year +38 -60  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 76 57 121
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.96% 0.61% 1.23%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.91% 3.45% 7.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 35 75
Median daily rate £375 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.76% +13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £314 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £485 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £410 £350
% change year-on-year -14.63% +17.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 4
Median hourly rate £12.75 £22.50 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.33% +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.65 £22.50 £16.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.85 £22.50 £26.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £24.08 £26.50
% change year-on-year -41.84% -9.15%  

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 the South East with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 1286 1651 1656
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 16.24% 17.56% 16.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 727 1076 922
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +3.89% +2.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 48 77
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.71% -7.89%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.60 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.75 £48.50 £42.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.84
% change year-on-year - +3.91%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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 3 months to 30 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
Hampshire +31 29 £335 -27.17% 6
Berkshire +21 14 £300 -25.12% 3
Surrey +13 12 £425 -26.08% 2
Buckinghamshire +4 12 £394 -7.89%
Oxfordshire -10 3 £475 +41.79% 5
Kent +11 2 £400 -13.04% 1
Middlesex - 2 £455 -
West Sussex 0 1 - -
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 30 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 South East region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 117 (68.42%) Skype
2 106 (61.99%) Windows
3 100 (58.48%) Microsoft
4 75 (43.86%) Active Directory
5 67 (39.18%) Office 365
6 62 (36.26%) Windows Server
7 58 (33.92%) MS Exchange
8 54 (31.58%) VMware
8 54 (31.58%) Windows Server 2008
9 49 (28.65%) PowerShell
10 46 (26.90%) Cisco
11 44 (25.73%) SharePoint
12 43 (25.15%) Exchange Server 2010
13 42 (24.56%) Security Cleared
14 39 (22.81%) SC Cleared
15 38 (22.22%) Citrix
15 38 (22.22%) Windows 7
16 37 (21.64%) ITIL
17 33 (19.30%) Hyper-V
18 31 (18.13%) VMware Infrastructure
18 31 (18.13%) Windows Server 2012
19 29 (16.96%) Migration
19 29 (16.96%) DNS
20 28 (16.37%) Microsoft Certification
21 24 (14.04%) Exchange Server 2013
22 23 (13.45%) SQL
23 22 (12.87%) Firewall
23 22 (12.87%) Windows 10
23 22 (12.87%) Microsoft Azure
24 21 (12.28%) SQL Server

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 58 (33.92%) MS Exchange
2 44 (25.73%) SharePoint
3 43 (25.15%) Exchange Server 2010
4 24 (14.04%) Exchange Server 2013
5 11 (6.43%) Exchange Server 2007
6 9 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2003
6 9 (5.26%) SharePoint 2013
7 7 (4.09%) Office Communications Server
8 5 (2.92%) IBM Notes
9 4 (2.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 3 (1.75%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 18 (10.53%) MS Office
2 15 (8.77%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.17%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.58%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 67 (39.18%) Office 365
2 22 (12.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (7.02%) OneDrive
4 7 (4.09%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (4.09%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (2.34%) Yammer
6 3 (1.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 2 (1.17%) IaaS
8 1 (0.58%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.58%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.58%) AWS CloudTrail
8 1 (0.58%) CloudFront
8 1 (0.58%) G Suite
8 1 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 117 (68.42%) Skype
2 29 (16.96%) DNS
3 22 (12.87%) Firewall
4 21 (12.28%) DHCP
4 21 (12.28%) VoIP
5 19 (11.11%) SAN
6 18 (10.53%) Unified Communications
7 16 (9.36%) LAN
8 14 (8.19%) NetScaler
9 12 (7.02%) PBX
9 12 (7.02%) WAN
10 10 (5.85%) Internet
11 8 (4.68%) VPN
12 7 (4.09%) SMTP
13 6 (3.51%) Cisco IOS
13 6 (3.51%) ISDN
14 5 (2.92%) Reverse Proxy
14 5 (2.92%) Wireshark
15 4 (2.34%) Cisco Nexus
16 3 (1.75%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (12.28%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.92%) Amazon RDS
2 5 (2.92%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (2.34%) Big Data
3 4 (2.34%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.58%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.58%) MySQL
4 1 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 1 (0.58%) MSI
General
1 7 (4.09%) French Language
2 6 (3.51%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.34%) Spanish Language
4 3 (1.75%) Italian Language
4 3 (1.75%) Publishing
4 3 (1.75%) Retail
5 2 (1.17%) Finance
5 2 (1.17%) German Language
5 2 (1.17%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.58%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 25 (14.62%) Architect
2 19 (11.11%) Consultant
3 17 (9.94%) Office 365 Architect
4 14 (8.19%) Wintel Engineer
5 12 (7.02%) Analyst
5 12 (7.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 11 (6.43%) Designer
6 11 (6.43%) Lync Engineer
6 11 (6.43%) Solutions Designer
7 10 (5.85%) Messaging Support
8 9 (5.26%) Unified Communications Engineer
9 8 (4.68%) Active Directory Engineer
9 8 (4.68%) Server Engineer
10 7 (4.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 7 (4.09%) Office 365 Consultant
10 7 (4.09%) VMware Engineer
10 7 (4.09%) Voice Engineer
11 6 (3.51%) Support Engineer
11 6 (3.51%) Windows Engineer
11 6 (3.51%) Wintel Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (8.19%) XML
2 6 (3.51%) Web Services
3 4 (2.34%) ADO
4 2 (1.17%) SAP Smart Forms
5 1 (0.58%) .NET
5 1 (0.58%) HTML
5 1 (0.58%) OAuth
5 1 (0.58%) OpenID
5 1 (0.58%) REST
5 1 (0.58%) RFC 2833
5 1 (0.58%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (5.26%) Data Centre
2 8 (4.68%) Blackberry
2 8 (4.68%) Computer Science
3 7 (4.09%) Private Cloud
4 6 (3.51%) Replication
5 4 (2.34%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (2.34%) BYOD
5 4 (2.34%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.34%) User Experience
6 3 (1.75%) Clustering
6 3 (1.75%) IVR
6 3 (1.75%) PKI
6 3 (1.75%) Virtual Team
7 2 (1.17%) Fat Client
7 2 (1.17%) Mobile App
7 2 (1.17%) Social Network
7 2 (1.17%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.58%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.58%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.58%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 106 (61.99%) Windows
2 62 (36.26%) Windows Server
3 54 (31.58%) Windows Server 2008
4 38 (22.22%) Windows 7
5 31 (18.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 22 (12.87%) Windows 10
7 11 (6.43%) Windows 8
8 8 (4.68%) Android
9 7 (4.09%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (3.51%) Windows XP
11 5 (2.92%) Linux
12 3 (1.75%) Mac OS
12 3 (1.75%) Unix
13 2 (1.17%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.58%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (21.64%) ITIL
2 29 (16.96%) Migration
3 16 (9.36%) Service Management
4 13 (7.60%) TOGAF
5 12 (7.02%) Change Management
6 9 (5.26%) Infrastructure Monitoring
6 9 (5.26%) Mobile Device Management
7 8 (4.68%) Customer Requirements
7 8 (4.68%) ITSM
8 7 (4.09%) High Availability
8 7 (4.09%) Identity Management
8 7 (4.09%) Presales
9 6 (3.51%) Application Virtualisation
9 6 (3.51%) Identity Access Management
9 6 (3.51%) Mentoring
9 6 (3.51%) Service Delivery
9 6 (3.51%) Validation
10 5 (2.92%) Agile Software Development
10 5 (2.92%) Enterprise Architecture
10 5 (2.92%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 49 (28.65%) PowerShell
2 23 (13.45%) SQL
3 15 (8.77%) VBScript
4 7 (4.09%) VB
5 5 (2.92%) C
6 1 (0.58%) C#
Qualifications
1 42 (24.56%) Security Cleared
2 39 (22.81%) SC Cleared
3 28 (16.37%) Microsoft Certification
4 20 (11.70%) MCSA
5 14 (8.19%) MCITP
6 9 (5.26%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (4.68%) CCNP
7 8 (4.68%) Degree
7 8 (4.68%) MCSE
8 4 (2.34%) CCIE
8 4 (2.34%) DV Cleared
9 3 (1.75%) CCNP Voice
9 3 (1.75%) CCVP
9 3 (1.75%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 3 (1.75%) MCP
10 2 (1.17%) CCNA
11 1 (0.58%) CCDA
11 1 (0.58%) CISA
11 1 (0.58%) CISSP
11 1 (0.58%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.85%) SLA
2 3 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.17%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.58%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.58%) PMO
4 1 (0.58%) QA
System Software
1 75 (43.86%) Active Directory
2 33 (19.30%) Hyper-V
3 31 (18.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (11.70%) XenDesktop
5 17 (9.94%) VMware ESX
6 16 (9.36%) VMware ESXi
7 13 (7.60%) XenServer
8 11 (6.43%) vSphere
8 11 (6.43%) XenApp
9 10 (5.85%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (5.85%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (1.75%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (1.17%) BitLocker
11 2 (1.17%) ProxySG
12 1 (0.58%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.58%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.58%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.58%) Xen
Systems Management
1 13 (7.60%) SCOM
2 11 (6.43%) AirWatch
2 11 (6.43%) SCCM
3 9 (5.26%) NetBackup
4 6 (3.51%) Microsoft Intune
4 6 (3.51%) Norton AntiVirus
4 6 (3.51%) WSUS
5 5 (2.92%) EdgeSight
6 4 (2.34%) AppDNA
6 4 (2.34%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (1.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (1.17%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.58%) Ansible
8 1 (0.58%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 1 (0.58%) Nagios
8 1 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.58%) Puppet
Vendors
1 100 (58.48%) Microsoft
2 54 (31.58%) VMware
3 46 (26.90%) Cisco
4 38 (22.22%) Citrix
5 15 (8.77%) NetApp
6 12 (7.02%) ServiceNow
7 11 (6.43%) HP
7 11 (6.43%) Symantec
8 9 (5.26%) Remedy
9 6 (3.51%) MobileIron
9 6 (3.51%) Sonus
10 5 (2.92%) CheckPoint
10 5 (2.92%) F5
10 5 (2.92%) Lotus
11 4 (2.34%) Apple
11 4 (2.34%) Genesys
11 4 (2.34%) Oracle
12 3 (1.75%) Avaya
12 3 (1.75%) EMC
12 3 (1.75%) SAP
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