Period
to 22 February 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 22 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
22 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 180 240 279
Rank change year-on-year +60 +39 +37
Contract jobs citing Skype 524 588 439
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.39% 1.11% 0.83%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.03% 7.67% 5.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 313 350 262
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +11.11% +5.88%
10th Percentile £163 £163 £174
90th Percentile £529 £525 £550
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £360
% change year-on-year - +11.11% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 35 23
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -39.53% +34.38%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.22 £11.38
90th Percentile £20.75 £47.00 £57.10
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £14.00 £20.98
% change year-on-year +25.00% -33.25% +28.76%

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 5,806 7,664 7,826
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 15.36% 14.49% 14.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,253 4,326 4,483
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £170 £200 £163
90th Percentile £573 £563 £550
UK median daily rate £415 £425 £405
% change year-on-year -2.47% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 398 433 526
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.41 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.88% -12.95% -6.98%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £11.02
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.75 £46.09
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £19.50
% change year-on-year +12.30% -4.10% -9.30%

Skype
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Skype as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Skype in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype in the UK excluding London

Skype
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 22 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype in the UK excluding London

Skype
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Skype in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype in the UK excluding London

Skype
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 22 February 2020.

Contractor 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 22 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
South East +36 141 £425 +4.62% 44
North of England +10 110 £400 -9.86% 28
Scotland +70 85 £463 +8.82% 16
South West +33 80 £400 +6.67% 15
North West +32 61 £388 +7.64% 15
East of England +50 59 £400 +5.26% 13
Yorkshire +38 35 £344 -25.68% 11
Midlands +23 35 £400 +6.67% 30
West Midlands +18 21 £375 -0.66% 27
North East -8 14 £480 +3.23% 2
East Midlands +25 13 £450 +38.46% 3
Wales +20 13 £225 - 7
Northern Ireland +16 1 - - 4
Skype
UK

For the 6 months to 22 February 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.

1 395 (75.38%) Skype for Business
2 284 (54.20%) Microsoft
3 270 (51.53%) Office 365
4 265 (50.57%) Windows
5 228 (43.51%) Active Directory
6 132 (25.19%) Azure
7 129 (24.62%) SCCM
8 127 (24.24%) Windows 10
9 125 (23.85%) SharePoint
10 124 (23.66%) Security Cleared
10 124 (23.66%) Windows Server
11 109 (20.80%) PowerShell
12 104 (19.85%) DNS
13 103 (19.66%) VMware
14 96 (18.32%) Microsoft Office
15 89 (16.98%) SC Cleared
16 88 (16.79%) DHCP
17 86 (16.41%) Migration
18 79 (15.08%) ITIL
19 78 (14.89%) Agile Software Development
20 74 (14.12%) VMware Infrastructure
20 74 (14.12%) Citrix
21 70 (13.36%) Cisco
22 68 (12.98%) Unified Communications
23 64 (12.21%) MS Exchange
24 62 (11.83%) OneDrive
24 62 (11.83%) Windows Server 2012
24 62 (11.83%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 62 (11.83%) Public Sector
25 59 (11.26%) Windows 7

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
1 395 (75.38%) Skype for Business
2 125 (23.85%) SharePoint
3 64 (12.21%) MS Exchange
4 41 (7.82%) Exchange Server 2013
5 25 (4.77%) Confluence
5 25 (4.77%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (1.34%) IIS
7 4 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2007
7 4 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (0.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (0.57%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.38%) CMS
10 1 (0.19%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.19%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (0.19%) SAS
10 1 (0.19%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 96 (18.32%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (3.44%) MS Visio
3 15 (2.86%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (2.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.95%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.38%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 12 (2.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.57%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.19%) Exstream
3 1 (0.19%) Magento
3 1 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 270 (51.53%) Office 365
2 132 (25.19%) Azure
3 62 (11.83%) OneDrive
4 56 (10.69%) AWS
5 37 (7.06%) Azure Active Directory
6 25 (4.77%) Yammer
7 17 (3.24%) IaaS
7 17 (3.24%) PaaS
8 14 (2.67%) Google Docs
8 14 (2.67%) Power Platform
8 14 (2.67%) Slack
9 13 (2.48%) GitHub
10 12 (2.29%) Amazon EC2
10 12 (2.29%) SaaS
11 10 (1.91%) Dynamics 365
12 9 (1.72%) GCP
12 9 (1.72%) Mimecast
12 9 (1.72%) PowerApps
13 6 (1.15%) Azure Stack
14 3 (0.57%) Microsoft Flow
Communications & Networking
1 104 (19.85%) DNS
2 88 (16.79%) DHCP
3 68 (12.98%) Unified Communications
4 56 (10.69%) Firewall
5 35 (6.68%) LAN
6 31 (5.92%) WAN
7 26 (4.96%) VoIP
8 24 (4.58%) PBX
9 21 (4.01%) Wi-Fi
10 20 (3.82%) SAN
10 20 (3.82%) TCP/IP
10 20 (3.82%) Wireless
11 19 (3.63%) VPN
12 16 (3.05%) NetScaler
13 13 (2.48%) Internet
13 13 (2.48%) WLAN
14 12 (2.29%) IP Telephony
14 12 (2.29%) VLAN
15 10 (1.91%) MPLS
16 9 (1.72%) H.323
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (8.59%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.91%) Power BI
3 4 (0.76%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.38%) SQL Server 2017
5 2 (0.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.19%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.19%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.19%) DB2
6 1 (0.19%) MongoDB
6 1 (0.19%) MySQL
6 1 (0.19%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 28 (5.34%) JIRA
2 20 (3.82%) Bitbucket
3 14 (2.67%) Jenkins
4 12 (2.29%) Git (software)
5 11 (2.10%) Sonatype Nexus
6 3 (0.57%) StarTeam
6 3 (0.57%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.19%) GitLab
General
1 62 (11.83%) Public Sector
2 39 (7.44%) Finance
3 16 (3.05%) Telecoms
4 11 (2.10%) Legal
5 10 (1.91%) Local Government
6 7 (1.34%) Retail
7 6 (1.15%) Back Office
7 6 (1.15%) Manufacturing
8 5 (0.95%) German Language
8 5 (0.95%) Pharmaceutical
9 4 (0.76%) Banking
10 3 (0.57%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.57%) Police
11 2 (0.38%) Electronics
11 2 (0.38%) Law
11 2 (0.38%) Marketing
11 2 (0.38%) Military
12 1 (0.19%) Automotive
12 1 (0.19%) Games
12 1 (0.19%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 47 (8.97%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 46 (8.78%) Architect
3 45 (8.59%) Analyst
3 45 (8.59%) Support Engineer
4 42 (8.02%) Consultant
5 34 (6.49%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 28 (5.34%) Desktop Support
7 27 (5.15%) 2nd Line Support
7 27 (5.15%) Windows Engineer
8 23 (4.39%) Office 365 Engineer
9 22 (4.20%) Network Engineer
10 21 (4.01%) Active Directory Engineer
11 19 (3.63%) Desktop Engineer
11 19 (3.63%) Unified Communications Engineer
12 18 (3.44%) Support Analyst
13 17 (3.24%) 3rd Line Support
14 16 (3.05%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 16 (3.05%) IT Support
14 16 (3.05%) Server Engineer
15 15 (2.86%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (4.01%) LDAP
2 8 (1.53%) .NET
3 7 (1.34%) Web Services
4 5 (0.95%) Velocity
5 4 (0.76%) 802.1X
5 4 (0.76%) CSS
5 4 (0.76%) HTML
6 3 (0.57%) AngularJS
7 2 (0.38%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.38%) COM
7 2 (0.38%) CSS3
7 2 (0.38%) HTML5
7 2 (0.38%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (0.38%) React
7 2 (0.38%) RxJS
7 2 (0.38%) XMPP
8 1 (0.19%) LINQ
8 1 (0.19%) Software Packaging
8 1 (0.19%) Spring Boot
8 1 (0.19%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 40 (7.63%) PKI
2 33 (6.30%) Data Centre
3 27 (5.15%) Video Conferencing
4 25 (4.77%) Blackberry
5 17 (3.24%) Replication
6 15 (2.86%) Self-Motivation
7 13 (2.48%) Analytical Skills
7 13 (2.48%) Fat Client
7 13 (2.48%) Thin Client
8 12 (2.29%) Public Cloud
9 11 (2.10%) User Experience
10 9 (1.72%) iPad
11 8 (1.53%) Handset
12 7 (1.34%) Clustering
12 7 (1.34%) iPhone
12 7 (1.34%) Mobile Computing
12 7 (1.34%) NHS
12 7 (1.34%) Virtual Team
13 6 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (1.15%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 265 (50.57%) Windows
2 127 (24.24%) Windows 10
3 124 (23.66%) Windows Server
4 62 (11.83%) Windows Server 2012
5 59 (11.26%) Windows 7
6 52 (9.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 39 (7.44%) Android
8 36 (6.87%) Apple iOS
9 26 (4.96%) Linux
10 14 (2.67%) Windows 8
11 13 (2.48%) Amazon Linux
12 7 (1.34%) Windows Server 2003
13 6 (1.15%) Unix
14 5 (0.95%) VMS
15 4 (0.76%) Windows XP
16 3 (0.57%) AIX
16 3 (0.57%) Mac OS X
17 1 (0.19%) CentOS
17 1 (0.19%) Windows 2000
17 1 (0.19%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (16.41%) Migration
2 79 (15.08%) ITIL
3 78 (14.89%) Agile Software Development
4 62 (11.83%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 50 (9.54%) Problem-Solving
6 37 (7.06%) Service Management
7 35 (6.68%) Incident Management
8 34 (6.49%) Change Management
9 29 (5.53%) DevOps
10 28 (5.34%) Mentoring
11 26 (4.96%) Continuous Improvement
11 26 (4.96%) Technical Leadership
12 23 (4.39%) Mobile Device Management
13 22 (4.20%) Disaster Recovery
13 22 (4.20%) Problem Management
14 18 (3.44%) Service Delivery
15 17 (3.24%) Project Delivery
16 16 (3.05%) ITSM
16 16 (3.05%) PRINCE2
16 16 (3.05%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 109 (20.80%) PowerShell
2 34 (6.49%) SQL
3 17 (3.24%) Python
4 7 (1.34%) JavaScript
4 7 (1.34%) VB
5 3 (0.57%) Java
6 2 (0.38%) C
6 2 (0.38%) C#
6 2 (0.38%) TypeScript
7 1 (0.19%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.19%) ES6
7 1 (0.19%) PHP
7 1 (0.19%) R
7 1 (0.19%) VBA
7 1 (0.19%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 124 (23.66%) Security Cleared
2 89 (16.98%) SC Cleared
3 28 (5.34%) Microsoft Certification
4 24 (4.58%) Cisco Certification
5 23 (4.39%) DV Cleared
6 18 (3.44%) MCSE
7 17 (3.24%) CCNA
8 14 (2.67%) BPSS Clearance
9 12 (2.29%) Degree
10 10 (1.91%) CCNP
11 9 (1.72%) Citrix Certification
11 9 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
11 9 (1.72%) MCP
12 8 (1.53%) CCA
13 7 (1.34%) MCSA
13 7 (1.34%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 6 (1.15%) CCENT
14 6 (1.15%) MCITP
15 5 (0.95%) MCTS
16 3 (0.57%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (8.40%) SLA
2 8 (1.53%) NCSC
3 7 (1.34%) GDPR
3 7 (1.34%) QA
4 5 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.76%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 2 (0.38%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.19%) GxP
7 1 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 19770
7 1 (0.19%) NIST
7 1 (0.19%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.19%) PMO
System Software
1 228 (43.51%) Active Directory
2 74 (14.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 50 (9.54%) Hyper-V
4 28 (5.34%) VMware ESXi
5 26 (4.96%) XenDesktop
6 23 (4.39%) XenApp
7 18 (3.44%) BitLocker
7 18 (3.44%) vSphere
8 9 (1.72%) Virtual Desktop
9 8 (1.53%) DFS Replication
9 8 (1.53%) Virtual Machines
10 7 (1.34%) Firmware
10 7 (1.34%) Virtual Servers
10 7 (1.34%) VMware NSX
11 6 (1.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 5 (0.95%) Docker
13 2 (0.38%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 2 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
13 2 (0.38%) NetIQ eDirectory
13 2 (0.38%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 129 (24.62%) SCCM
2 34 (6.49%) Microsoft Intune
3 18 (3.44%) SCOM
4 15 (2.86%) AirWatch
5 14 (2.67%) Ansible
6 13 (2.48%) FortiGate
6 13 (2.48%) Puppet
7 8 (1.53%) Norton AntiVirus
7 8 (1.53%) Single Sign-On
8 6 (1.15%) Cisco UCCX
8 6 (1.15%) vRealize
9 5 (0.95%) EMC NetWorker
10 4 (0.76%) Cisco CUCM
10 4 (0.76%) Jamf Pro
10 4 (0.76%) NetBackup
10 4 (0.76%) vCenter Server
11 3 (0.57%) Cisco Prime
11 3 (0.57%) McAfee ePO
11 3 (0.57%) Microsoft Clustering
11 3 (0.57%) Terraform
Vendors
1 284 (54.20%) Microsoft
2 103 (19.66%) VMware
3 74 (14.12%) Citrix
4 70 (13.36%) Cisco
5 29 (5.53%) Sonus
6 24 (4.58%) HP
7 22 (4.20%) Dell
8 21 (4.01%) Google
9 17 (3.24%) Polycom
10 15 (2.86%) McAfee
10 15 (2.86%) Mitel
10 15 (2.86%) Red Hat
11 14 (2.67%) Palo Alto
11 14 (2.67%) ServiceNow
12 13 (2.48%) Samsung
12 13 (2.48%) Symantec
13 11 (2.10%) Adobe
13 11 (2.10%) Clearswift
13 11 (2.10%) Juniper
13 11 (2.10%) MobileIron