The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 April 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 West
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 120 105 113
Rank change year-on-year -15 +8  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 16 31 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.61% 1.04% 0.94%
As % of the Application Platforms category 3.47% 6.29% 5.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 22 21
Median daily rate £360 £356 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.05% +29.54%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £203 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £680 £539 £413
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -12.55% +14.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £125.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £24.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -20.83% +26.31%  

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 West with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 461 493 526
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 17.54% 16.55% 16.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 311 344 317
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £237 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £397 £375
% change year-on-year +0.75% +5.86%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 21 19
Median hourly rate £47.50 £21.00 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +126.19% +4.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £9.25 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.80 £37.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £17.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year +13.04% -13.75%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West 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 West

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

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

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in the South West over the 3 months to 26 April 2017.

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

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

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

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 26 April 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
Bristol -1 11 £325 -5.79% 2
Gloucestershire +7 2 £410 +59.22% 3
Wiltshire -4 2 £238 -36.45% 3
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 26 April 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 West region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 23 (74.19%) Skype
2 22 (70.97%) Windows
2 22 (70.97%) Active Directory
3 18 (58.06%) Microsoft App-V
4 17 (54.84%) DNS
5 14 (45.16%) Windows 10
6 12 (38.71%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (38.71%) Microsoft
7 11 (35.48%) Office 365
8 10 (32.26%) SCCM
8 10 (32.26%) Cisco
8 10 (32.26%) SharePoint
8 10 (32.26%) Windows Server
9 9 (29.03%) Microsoft Office
9 9 (29.03%) DHCP
9 9 (29.03%) VMware Infrastructure
9 9 (29.03%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (29.03%) VMware
10 8 (25.81%) VMware ESXi
10 8 (25.81%) Windows 7
10 8 (25.81%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (25.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (25.81%) Dell
10 8 (25.81%) Linux
10 8 (25.81%) Client/Server
10 8 (25.81%) Red Hat
10 8 (25.81%) Remote Desktop
11 7 (22.58%) SharePoint 2013
11 7 (22.58%) Analytical Skills
11 7 (22.58%) Virtual Desktop

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 12 (38.71%) Exchange Server 2013
2 10 (32.26%) SharePoint
3 7 (22.58%) SharePoint 2013
4 4 (12.90%) MS Exchange
5 1 (3.23%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 9 (29.03%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (3.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 11 (35.48%) Office 365
2 1 (3.23%) IaaS
2 1 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.23%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 23 (74.19%) Skype
2 17 (54.84%) DNS
3 9 (29.03%) DHCP
4 8 (25.81%) Remote Desktop
5 5 (16.13%) VPN
6 4 (12.90%) Unified Communications
7 3 (9.68%) LAN
7 3 (9.68%) WAN
8 1 (3.23%) Firewall
8 1 (3.23%) ISDN
8 1 (3.23%) MPLS
8 1 (3.23%) OpenScape
8 1 (3.23%) PBX
8 1 (3.23%) Structured Cabling
8 1 (3.23%) TCP/IP
8 1 (3.23%) VoIP
8 1 (3.23%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (3.23%) WLAN
General
1 7 (22.58%) Finance
2 4 (12.90%) Telecoms
3 1 (3.23%) Electronics
3 1 (3.23%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.23%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 10 (32.26%) Architect
2 7 (22.58%) Analyst
3 6 (19.35%) Citrix Analyst
4 5 (16.13%) Solutions Architect
4 5 (16.13%) Technical Architect
5 4 (12.90%) Active Directory Analyst
5 4 (12.90%) Technical Analyst
6 3 (9.68%) Desktop Analyst
6 3 (9.68%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 3 (9.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (6.45%) Active Directory Architect
7 2 (6.45%) Infrastructure Specialist
7 2 (6.45%) Migration Engineer
7 2 (6.45%) Office 365 Engineer
7 2 (6.45%) Support Engineer
7 2 (6.45%) Technical Engineer
7 2 (6.45%) Technical Support
7 2 (6.45%) Technical Support Engineer
7 2 (6.45%) Unified Communications Specialist
8 1 (3.23%) Azure Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 8 (25.81%) Client/Server
2 7 (22.58%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (22.58%) Fat Client
2 7 (22.58%) Thin Client
2 7 (22.58%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (9.68%) Management Information System
4 2 (6.45%) Digital Signage
5 1 (3.23%) Data Centre
5 1 (3.23%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (3.23%) Public Cloud
5 1 (3.23%) Replication
5 1 (3.23%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 22 (70.97%) Windows
2 14 (45.16%) Windows 10
3 10 (32.26%) Windows Server
4 9 (29.03%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (25.81%) Linux
5 8 (25.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 8 (25.81%) Windows 7
5 8 (25.81%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (22.58%) Incident Management
2 5 (16.13%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (16.13%) Information Security
3 4 (12.90%) Capacity Management
3 4 (12.90%) Change Management
3 4 (12.90%) Knowledge Management
3 4 (12.90%) Migration
4 3 (9.68%) Information Security Management
4 3 (9.68%) Project Management
4 3 (9.68%) Security Management
5 2 (6.45%) ITIL
6 1 (3.23%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (3.23%) Configuration Management
6 1 (3.23%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (3.23%) Identity Management
6 1 (3.23%) ITSM
6 1 (3.23%) PRINCE2
6 1 (3.23%) Quality Management
6 1 (3.23%) Service Delivery
6 1 (3.23%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 7 (22.58%) Security Cleared
2 5 (16.13%) SC Cleared
3 2 (6.45%) DV Cleared
3 2 (6.45%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (3.23%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (3.23%) CCDA
4 1 (3.23%) CCNA
4 1 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (3.23%) CNA
4 1 (3.23%) CNE
4 1 (3.23%) Degree
4 1 (3.23%) MCSA
4 1 (3.23%) MCSE
4 1 (3.23%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.23%) QA
System Software
1 22 (70.97%) Active Directory
2 18 (58.06%) Microsoft App-V
3 9 (29.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (25.81%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (22.58%) DFS Replication
5 7 (22.58%) Virtual Desktop
5 7 (22.58%) VMware ESX
5 7 (22.58%) XenApp
5 7 (22.58%) XenDesktop
6 2 (6.45%) BitLocker
7 1 (3.23%) ISA Server
7 1 (3.23%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 10 (32.26%) SCCM
2 2 (6.45%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 1 (3.23%) SCOM
3 1 (3.23%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 12 (38.71%) Microsoft
2 10 (32.26%) Cisco
3 9 (29.03%) VMware
4 8 (25.81%) Dell
4 8 (25.81%) Red Hat
5 7 (22.58%) AppSense
5 7 (22.58%) Wyse
6 6 (19.35%) Citrix
7 4 (12.90%) Xerox
8 2 (6.45%) CheckPoint
8 2 (6.45%) Polycom
8 2 (6.45%) Siemens
8 2 (6.45%) Symantec
9 1 (3.23%) HP
9 1 (3.23%) IBM
9 1 (3.23%) Lotus
9 1 (3.23%) Nortel
9 1 (3.23%) Novell
9 1 (3.23%) SAP
9 1 (3.23%) Tandberg