Period
to 23 September 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Skype skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Skype over the 6 months to 23 September 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
23 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 136 197 260
Rank change year-on-year +61 +63 +30
Contract jobs citing Skype 227 638 539
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.66% 1.35% 1.00%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 10.46% 8.87% 6.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 426 336
Median daily rate £450 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £214 £181 £148
90th Percentile £574 £588 £500
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 26 43
Median hourly rate £17.75 £16.74 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.02% -16.29% +37.93%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £38.63 £43.50 £185.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year - -12.50% +25.00%

Skype is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 2,170 7,196 7,744
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.91% 15.23% 14.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,203 4,162 4,257
Median daily rate £408 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.88% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £180 £200 £200
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £432 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +1.66% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 171 450 543
Median hourly rate £34.00 £23.67 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +43.64% +24.58% +1.66%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.48 £12.20
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +27.27% +37.50% +5.26%

Skype
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Skype as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Skype in the UK excluding London

Skype
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Skype in the UK excluding London.

Daily rate trend for Skype in the UK excluding London

Skype
Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Skype in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 23 September 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Skype in the UK excluding London

Skype
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Skype in the UK excluding London.

Hourly rate trend for Skype in the UK excluding London

Skype
Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Skype in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 23 September 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Skype in the UK excluding London

Skype
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Skype within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 23 September 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
South East +47 52 £415 +3.75% 20
Midlands +91 44 £475 +5.56% 10
South West +76 43 £475 +25.00% 14
West Midlands +83 37 £475 -7.77% 9
North of England +43 36 £385 -0.65% 16
North West +57 30 £370 -12.94% 10
Scotland +46 22 £455 -9.00% 3
East of England +32 17 £333 -12.50% 5
Wales +46 10 £290 -22.67% 2
East Midlands +45 7 £500 +17.65% 1
Yorkshire +45 5 £413 +26.92% 6
Northern Ireland +15 2 £310 - 2
North East +14 1 - -
Channel Islands - 1 - -
Skype
UK

For the 6 months to 23 September 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Skype 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Skype.

1 147 (64.76%) Microsoft
2 119 (52.42%) Skype for Business
3 101 (44.49%) Active Directory
4 94 (41.41%) Windows
5 86 (37.89%) Security Cleared
6 82 (36.12%) Office 365
7 60 (26.43%) Azure
8 59 (25.99%) SC Cleared
9 57 (25.11%) Migration
10 55 (24.23%) Windows Server
11 53 (23.35%) SharePoint
12 52 (22.91%) Cisco
13 51 (22.47%) Agile Software Development
14 44 (19.38%) VMware
15 40 (17.62%) Windows 10
16 39 (17.18%) PowerShell
17 38 (16.74%) VoIP
18 34 (14.98%) Microsoft Certification
19 33 (14.54%) DNS
20 32 (14.10%) SQL
20 32 (14.10%) Windows Server 2012
21 31 (13.66%) ITIL
22 30 (13.22%) DHCP
23 29 (12.78%) Firewall
23 29 (12.78%) Microsoft Intune
23 29 (12.78%) VMware Infrastructure
24 27 (11.89%) SQL Server
25 26 (11.45%) Microsoft Office
25 26 (11.45%) Project Management
25 26 (11.45%) AWS

Skype
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 119 (52.42%) Skype for Business
2 53 (23.35%) SharePoint
3 22 (9.69%) MS Exchange
4 16 (7.05%) Exchange Server 2013
5 12 (5.29%) Confluence
6 10 (4.41%) Exchange Server 2010
7 9 (3.96%) Exchange Server 2007
8 8 (3.52%) Exchange Server 2003
8 8 (3.52%) Office Communications Server
9 6 (2.64%) JBoss
10 5 (2.20%) NetWeaver
10 5 (2.20%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (2.20%) WebSphere
11 3 (1.32%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (1.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.88%) nginx
12 2 (0.88%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.88%) Tomcat
13 1 (0.44%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 26 (11.45%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (4.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.44%) Maya
4 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.88%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.44%) assyst
3 1 (0.44%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 82 (36.12%) Office 365
2 60 (26.43%) Azure
3 26 (11.45%) AWS
4 22 (9.69%) OneDrive
5 19 (8.37%) Azure Active Directory
6 14 (6.17%) Yammer
7 12 (5.29%) SaaS
8 8 (3.52%) PaaS
8 8 (3.52%) Power Platform
9 7 (3.08%) IaaS
10 6 (2.64%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 6 (2.64%) GCP
11 5 (2.20%) Amazon EC2
11 5 (2.20%) Power Automate
11 5 (2.20%) PowerApps
12 4 (1.76%) Amazon S3
12 4 (1.76%) Route 53
13 3 (1.32%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
13 3 (1.32%) AWS Lambda
13 3 (1.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 38 (16.74%) VoIP
2 33 (14.54%) DNS
3 30 (13.22%) DHCP
4 29 (12.78%) Firewall
5 24 (10.57%) PBX
6 23 (10.13%) WAN
7 21 (9.25%) Unified Communications
8 17 (7.49%) Wireless
9 14 (6.17%) LAN
9 14 (6.17%) VPN
10 11 (4.85%) Cisco IOS
11 10 (4.41%) MPLS
12 6 (2.64%) IP Telephony
13 4 (1.76%) CTI
13 4 (1.76%) H.323
13 4 (1.76%) Internet
13 4 (1.76%) TCP/IP
14 3 (1.32%) PABX
14 3 (1.32%) SAN
14 3 (1.32%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (11.89%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.96%) Cosmos DB
2 9 (3.96%) MySQL
3 7 (3.08%) Azure SQL Database
4 6 (2.64%) DB2
4 6 (2.64%) Power BI
5 5 (2.20%) Amazon RDS
5 5 (2.20%) PostgreSQL
5 5 (2.20%) SAP HANA
6 4 (1.76%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.88%) Data Lake
7 2 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.88%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.44%) Amazon Aurora
8 1 (0.44%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.44%) Big Data
8 1 (0.44%) MariaDB
8 1 (0.44%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.44%) Spatial Data
8 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 14 (6.17%) JIRA
2 9 (3.96%) Bitbucket
3 6 (2.64%) Git (software)
3 6 (2.64%) Jenkins
4 4 (1.76%) MSI
5 3 (1.32%) Mockito
6 2 (0.88%) Bitbucket Server
6 2 (0.88%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.88%) Hudson
6 2 (0.88%) Selenium
6 2 (0.88%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.44%) jMock
7 1 (0.44%) JUnit
7 1 (0.44%) Maven
7 1 (0.44%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.44%) SonarQube
7 1 (0.44%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.44%) Subversion
7 1 (0.44%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.44%) WebDriver
General
1 23 (10.13%) Finance
2 19 (8.37%) Public Sector
3 14 (6.17%) Telecoms
4 6 (2.64%) Legal
4 6 (2.64%) Pharmaceutical
5 5 (2.20%) Law
5 5 (2.20%) Military
6 3 (1.32%) Banking
6 3 (1.32%) Police
7 2 (0.88%) Financial Institution
7 2 (0.88%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.88%) Retail
8 1 (0.44%) Electronics
8 1 (0.44%) French Language
8 1 (0.44%) German Language
8 1 (0.44%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 39 (17.18%) Architect
2 19 (8.37%) Support Engineer
3 14 (6.17%) Analyst
3 14 (6.17%) Infrastructure Architect
4 13 (5.73%) Technical Architect
5 12 (5.29%) Network Engineer
6 9 (3.96%) Developer
6 9 (3.96%) Project Manager
7 8 (3.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 8 (3.52%) Cloud Engineer
7 8 (3.52%) Consultant
7 8 (3.52%) Unified Communications Engineer
8 7 (3.08%) Office 365 Engineer
8 7 (3.08%) Service Analyst
9 6 (2.64%) Administrator
9 6 (2.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (2.64%) Service Desk Analyst
9 6 (2.64%) Solutions Architect
10 5 (2.20%) Voice Engineer
10 5 (2.20%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (6.61%) .NET
2 7 (3.08%) LDAP
2 7 (3.08%) REST
3 6 (2.64%) Middleware
3 6 (2.64%) Web Services
4 5 (2.20%) .NET Framework
4 5 (2.20%) CSS
4 5 (2.20%) HTML
4 5 (2.20%) SAP Basis
4 5 (2.20%) XMPP
5 4 (1.76%) CSS3
5 4 (1.76%) HTML5
6 3 (1.32%) SailPoint
7 2 (0.88%) ActiveMQ
7 2 (0.88%) JAX-RS
7 2 (0.88%) OAuth
7 2 (0.88%) OAuth2
7 2 (0.88%) OpenID
7 2 (0.88%) RESTful
7 2 (0.88%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 21 (9.25%) Video Conferencing
2 20 (8.81%) PKI
3 16 (7.05%) Data Centre
4 13 (5.73%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (4.85%) Public Cloud
5 11 (4.85%) Replication
6 9 (3.96%) User Experience
7 5 (2.20%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (1.76%) Client/Server
8 4 (1.76%) IVR
8 4 (1.76%) Management Information System
8 4 (1.76%) Virtual Team
9 3 (1.32%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (1.32%) NHS
9 3 (1.32%) Tandem
10 2 (0.88%) Blog
10 2 (0.88%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.88%) Private Cloud
11 1 (0.44%) Data Protection Act
11 1 (0.44%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 94 (41.41%) Windows
2 55 (24.23%) Windows Server
3 40 (17.62%) Windows 10
4 32 (14.10%) Windows Server 2012
5 23 (10.13%) Windows Server 2016
6 19 (8.37%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (4.41%) Windows 7
7 10 (4.41%) Windows Server 2019
8 9 (3.96%) Linux
8 9 (3.96%) Windows Server 2003
9 6 (2.64%) Unix
10 3 (1.32%) Apple iOS
10 3 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.88%) AIX
11 2 (0.88%) Android
12 1 (0.44%) Amazon Linux
12 1 (0.44%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.44%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (25.11%) Migration
2 51 (22.47%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (13.66%) ITIL
4 26 (11.45%) Project Management
5 21 (9.25%) Service Management
6 20 (8.81%) TOGAF
7 17 (7.49%) Enterprise Architecture
8 16 (7.05%) Multi-Factor Authentication
9 15 (6.61%) Disaster Recovery
9 15 (6.61%) Problem-Solving
10 14 (6.17%) High Availability
11 13 (5.73%) Service Delivery
11 13 (5.73%) Zachman Framework
12 12 (5.29%) Change Management
12 12 (5.29%) Identity Access Management
12 12 (5.29%) Load Balancing
13 11 (4.85%) Application Virtualisation
13 11 (4.85%) Data Protection
13 11 (4.85%) DevOps
13 11 (4.85%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 39 (17.18%) PowerShell
2 32 (14.10%) SQL
3 13 (5.73%) Python
4 6 (2.64%) C#
4 6 (2.64%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.20%) Java
6 2 (0.88%) Java 8
6 2 (0.88%) R
7 1 (0.44%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.44%) C++
7 1 (0.44%) VB
7 1 (0.44%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.44%) VBA
Qualifications
1 86 (37.89%) Security Cleared
2 59 (25.99%) SC Cleared
3 34 (14.98%) Microsoft Certification
4 22 (9.69%) DV Cleared
5 17 (7.49%) Cisco Certification
6 14 (6.17%) CCNP
6 14 (6.17%) CISSP
6 14 (6.17%) MCSE
7 12 (5.29%) CCIE
7 12 (5.29%) CCIE Collaboration
8 7 (3.08%) Degree
9 6 (2.64%) BPSS Clearance
9 6 (2.64%) MCSA
10 5 (2.20%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 4 (1.76%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (1.32%) APMP
13 2 (0.88%) CCA
14 1 (0.44%) MCP
14 1 (0.44%) OCP
14 1 (0.44%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (5.73%) SLA
2 5 (2.20%) COBIT
2 5 (2.20%) GDPR
2 5 (2.20%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.32%) QA
4 2 (0.88%) NCSC
4 2 (0.88%) PMO
5 1 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 101 (44.49%) Active Directory
2 29 (12.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (9.69%) Hyper-V
4 10 (4.41%) Docker
5 8 (3.52%) vSphere
6 5 (2.20%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (2.20%) VMware NSX
7 4 (1.76%) BitLocker
7 4 (1.76%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (1.32%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.88%) NDS
9 2 (0.88%) NetIQ eDirectory
9 2 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.88%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (0.44%) GFS2
10 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.44%) Samba
10 1 (0.44%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 29 (12.78%) Microsoft Intune
2 25 (11.01%) SCCM
3 9 (3.96%) Kubernetes
4 8 (3.52%) Ansible
4 8 (3.52%) SCOM
4 8 (3.52%) WSUS
5 5 (2.20%) Tivoli
6 4 (1.76%) PowerCLI
6 4 (1.76%) Puppet
7 3 (1.32%) Netcool
7 3 (1.32%) NetIQ Identity Manager
7 3 (1.32%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (1.32%) Terraform
8 2 (0.88%) HAProxy
8 2 (0.88%) vCenter Server
8 2 (0.88%) vRealize
9 1 (0.44%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.44%) Docker Swarm
9 1 (0.44%) Packer
9 1 (0.44%) SELinux
Vendors
1 147 (64.76%) Microsoft
2 52 (22.91%) Cisco
3 44 (19.38%) VMware
4 23 (10.13%) Oracle
5 14 (6.17%) Citrix
6 11 (4.85%) Avaya
6 11 (4.85%) McAfee
7 9 (3.96%) SAP
8 8 (3.52%) Google
9 7 (3.08%) IronPort
9 7 (3.08%) Sonus
10 6 (2.64%) Polycom
11 5 (2.20%) Apple
12 4 (1.76%) Atlassian
12 4 (1.76%) HP
12 4 (1.76%) Veeam
13 3 (1.32%) ForgeRock
13 3 (1.32%) Ivanti
13 3 (1.32%) Meraki
13 3 (1.32%) Trend Micro