The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 27 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
UK
Rank 253 284 274
Rank change year-on-year +31 -10  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 397 431 429
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.88% 0.81% 0.79%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.09% 4.71% 4.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 259 256 237
Median daily rate £425 £410 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.65% +15.49%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £221 £153
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £510 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -12.50% +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 22 22
Median hourly rate £18.25 £24.08 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.19% +13.29%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.85 £16.91 £11.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.25 £40.00 £72.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £24.58 £26.50
% change year-on-year -43.03% -7.26%  

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 with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 7799 9160 9338
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.36% 17.21% 17.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 5106 5825 5538
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £560 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 165 226 346
Median hourly rate £18.68 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.60% +5.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £18.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year -5.55% +9.09%  

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 UK

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 27 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
England +45 377 £425 +3.03% 75
London +58 181 £450 +9.09% 29
South East +31 76 £375 -12.28% 17
City of London +17 30 £450 +5.88% 8
Hampshire +31 29 £335 -27.17% 3
North West -26 24 £313 -25.94% 4
South West -8 22 £525 +42.37% 5
Yorkshire +27 18 £350 +12.00% 3
North East +8 18 £275 -47.61% 3
Bristol +6 17 £525 +59.09% 3
East of England -1 17 £450 +143.24% 8
Berkshire +25 14 £300 -25.12% 5
Tyne and Wear - 13 £290 - 1
Surrey +11 12 £425 -26.08% 2
Buckinghamshire -2 12 £394 -7.89%
West Midlands 0 11 £475 +11.76% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 11 £290 -
South Yorkshire - 11 £350 -
Manchester +9 10 £275 -14.06% 1
Scotland -12 10 £340 -17.47% 5
Havant +4 9 £300 -
East Midlands -1 9 £275 -35.10% 3
Sheffield - 9 £475 -
Milton Keynes +3 8 £363 -15.20%
Essex +1 8 £450 +50.00%
Cheshire -6 8 £400 -5.88%
Reading +18 6 £258 -35.62% 2
Hook +12 6 £315 -26.74%
Glasgow -3 6 £300 -20.00% 3
Portsmouth - 6 £450 -

Skype for Business
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 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 with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 520 (65.99%) Skype
2 497 (63.07%) Microsoft
3 406 (51.52%) Windows
4 392 (49.75%) Office 365
5 327 (41.50%) Active Directory
6 264 (33.50%) SharePoint
7 209 (26.52%) MS Exchange
8 172 (21.83%) Microsoft Azure
9 164 (20.81%) Windows Server
10 161 (20.43%) MS Excel
11 158 (20.05%) Cisco
12 132 (16.75%) Migration
13 131 (16.62%) Windows Server 2008
14 129 (16.37%) VMware
15 128 (16.24%) MS Office
16 123 (15.61%) SQL Server
17 122 (15.48%) PowerShell
18 119 (15.10%) SCCM
19 115 (14.59%) Exchange Server 2010
19 115 (14.59%) Citrix
20 114 (14.47%) Hyper-V
21 113 (14.34%) DNS
21 113 (14.34%) ITIL
22 105 (13.32%) Security Cleared
23 104 (13.20%) Windows 7
24 102 (12.94%) Windows 10
25 101 (12.82%) Exchange Server 2013
26 97 (12.31%) Windows Server 2012
27 95 (12.06%) Microsoft Certification
28 90 (11.42%) Unified Communications

Skype for Business
Top Related IT Skills 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
1 264 (33.50%) SharePoint
2 209 (26.52%) MS Exchange
3 115 (14.59%) Exchange Server 2010
4 101 (12.82%) Exchange Server 2013
5 45 (5.71%) Office Communications Server
5 45 (5.71%) SharePoint 2013
6 41 (5.20%) Exchange Server 2007
7 40 (5.08%) BizTalk Server
8 30 (3.81%) IIS
9 24 (3.05%) SharePoint 2010
10 22 (2.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 19 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2003
12 11 (1.40%) IBM Notes
13 9 (1.14%) CMS
14 6 (0.76%) SharePoint Server
15 5 (0.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 4 (0.51%) IBM Domino
17 1 (0.13%) Apache
17 1 (0.13%) WebLogic
Applications
1 161 (20.43%) MS Excel
2 128 (16.24%) MS Office
3 12 (1.52%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.51%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 50 (6.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.76%) Adobe Campaign
2 6 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (0.76%) Unica
3 4 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 392 (49.75%) Office 365
2 172 (21.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 82 (10.41%) Yammer
4 75 (9.52%) OneDrive
5 42 (5.33%) Azure Active Directory
6 17 (2.16%) IaaS
6 17 (2.16%) SaaS
7 14 (1.78%) Mimecast
8 13 (1.65%) Amazon AWS
9 7 (0.89%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (0.89%) GitHub
10 5 (0.63%) Adobe Analytics
11 3 (0.38%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.25%) G Suite
12 2 (0.25%) PaaS
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.13%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 520 (65.99%) Skype
2 113 (14.34%) DNS
3 90 (11.42%) Unified Communications
4 75 (9.52%) DHCP
5 71 (9.01%) Firewall
6 59 (7.49%) VoIP
7 56 (7.11%) LAN
7 56 (7.11%) WAN
8 53 (6.73%) PBX
9 51 (6.47%) SAN
10 33 (4.19%) VPN
11 22 (2.79%) Internet
12 18 (2.28%) ISDN
13 16 (2.03%) NetScaler
14 15 (1.90%) TCP/IP
15 14 (1.78%) PSTN
16 13 (1.65%) Intranet
16 13 (1.65%) Remote Desktop
17 12 (1.52%) NAS
17 12 (1.52%) Telepresence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (15.61%) SQL Server
2 18 (2.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 14 (1.78%) SQL Server 2008
4 12 (1.52%) Oracle Reports
5 11 (1.40%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (0.76%) Power BI
7 5 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
7 5 (0.63%) BusinessObjects
7 5 (0.63%) Hadoop
7 5 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (0.51%) Big Data
8 4 (0.51%) Oracle Database
9 3 (0.38%) SQL Server 2005
10 2 (0.25%) MySQL
10 2 (0.25%) PostgreSQL
11 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.13%) Oracle Database 11g
11 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 10 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (0.76%) JIRA
3 5 (0.63%) Zephyr
4 4 (0.51%) CruiseControl
4 4 (0.51%) TeamCity
4 4 (0.51%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (0.25%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.25%) JUnit
5 2 (0.25%) WinDbg
5 2 (0.25%) Xcode
6 1 (0.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.13%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.13%) MorphX
6 1 (0.13%) MSI
General
1 72 (9.14%) Finance
2 46 (5.84%) Retail
3 25 (3.17%) Law
4 24 (3.05%) Telecoms
5 21 (2.66%) Legal
6 15 (1.90%) Banking
7 12 (1.52%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.02%) Advertising
8 8 (1.02%) French Language
9 7 (0.89%) Back Office
9 7 (0.89%) Pharmaceutical
9 7 (0.89%) Spanish Language
10 6 (0.76%) Local Government
11 5 (0.63%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.51%) German Language
12 4 (0.51%) Italian Language
13 3 (0.38%) Aerospace
13 3 (0.38%) Publishing
14 2 (0.25%) Electronics
14 2 (0.25%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 140 (17.77%) Architect
2 102 (12.94%) Consultant
3 80 (10.15%) Analyst
4 54 (6.85%) Support Engineer
5 52 (6.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 49 (6.22%) Office 365 Architect
7 45 (5.71%) Project Manager
8 41 (5.20%) Solutions Architect
9 33 (4.19%) Microsoft Consultant
10 31 (3.93%) Office 365 Engineer
11 30 (3.81%) Support Analyst
11 30 (3.81%) Technical Architect
12 28 (3.55%) Lync Engineer
13 27 (3.43%) Messaging Engineer
14 26 (3.30%) 2nd Line Support
15 25 (3.17%) Messaging Support
16 24 (3.05%) Business Consultant
17 23 (2.92%) Technical Consultant
18 22 (2.79%) 3rd Line Engineer
18 22 (2.79%) Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (4.57%) COM
2 28 (3.55%) XML
3 27 (3.43%) .NET
4 15 (1.90%) Web Services
4 15 (1.90%) XMPP
5 11 (1.40%) HTML
6 9 (1.14%) WCF
7 8 (1.02%) JSON
8 7 (0.89%) CSS
9 5 (0.63%) ASP.NET
9 5 (0.63%) XML Messaging
9 5 (0.63%) XSD
10 4 (0.51%) ADO
10 4 (0.51%) WF
11 3 (0.38%) WAP
12 2 (0.25%) .NET Framework
12 2 (0.25%) Cocoa
12 2 (0.25%) Core Animation
12 2 (0.25%) RESTful
12 2 (0.25%) SAP Smart Forms
Miscellaneous
1 60 (7.61%) Video Conferencing
2 56 (7.11%) Analytical Skills
3 49 (6.22%) Data Centre
4 40 (5.08%) Blackberry
5 23 (2.92%) Clustering
6 22 (2.79%) PKI
7 21 (2.66%) Replication
8 16 (2.03%) Fat Client
8 16 (2.03%) Management Information System
8 16 (2.03%) Thin Client
9 15 (1.90%) Computer Science
10 14 (1.78%) Smartphone
11 11 (1.40%) Client/Server
12 10 (1.27%) Virtual Team
13 9 (1.14%) Private Cloud
14 8 (1.02%) BYOD
14 8 (1.02%) Hybrid Cloud
15 7 (0.89%) e-Learning
15 7 (0.89%) iPhone
16 6 (0.76%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 406 (51.52%) Windows
2 164 (20.81%) Windows Server
3 131 (16.62%) Windows Server 2008
4 104 (13.20%) Windows 7
5 102 (12.94%) Windows 10
6 97 (12.31%) Windows Server 2012
7 43 (5.46%) Windows Server 2003
8 34 (4.31%) Android
9 23 (2.92%) Linux
10 21 (2.66%) Apple iOS
10 21 (2.66%) Windows 8
11 13 (1.65%) Unix
12 11 (1.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 10 (1.27%) Windows XP
14 9 (1.14%) Mac OS X
15 5 (0.63%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.13%) Solaris
16 1 (0.13%) Windows 2000
16 1 (0.13%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 132 (16.75%) Migration
2 113 (14.34%) ITIL
3 66 (8.38%) Agile Software Development
4 56 (7.11%) CRM
5 54 (6.85%) Business Intelligence
6 48 (6.09%) Stakeholder Management
7 45 (5.71%) Project Management
7 45 (5.71%) TOGAF
8 40 (5.08%) Document Management
9 38 (4.82%) Data Management
10 37 (4.70%) Case Management
10 37 (4.70%) Change Management
11 36 (4.57%) Service Management
12 32 (4.06%) PRINCE2
13 31 (3.93%) Presales
14 28 (3.55%) Identity Management
15 27 (3.43%) SDLC
16 25 (3.17%) Enterprise Architecture
17 23 (2.92%) Business Analysis
17 23 (2.92%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 122 (15.48%) PowerShell
2 76 (9.64%) SQL
3 26 (3.30%) C
4 25 (3.17%) C#
5 20 (2.54%) VBScript
6 12 (1.52%) VB
7 9 (1.14%) Java
7 9 (1.14%) JavaScript
8 6 (0.76%) PHP
9 4 (0.51%) T-SQL
10 2 (0.25%) Apple Swift
10 2 (0.25%) C++
10 2 (0.25%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.13%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.13%) X++
Qualifications
1 105 (13.32%) Security Cleared
2 95 (12.06%) Microsoft Certification
3 88 (11.17%) SC Cleared
4 56 (7.11%) MCSE
5 42 (5.33%) Degree
6 33 (4.19%) MCITP
7 30 (3.81%) Cisco Certification
7 30 (3.81%) MCSA
8 20 (2.54%) CCNA
9 16 (2.03%) CCNP
10 10 (1.27%) DV Cleared
11 9 (1.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 8 (1.02%) MCP
13 7 (0.89%) CCIE
14 6 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
14 6 (0.76%) CCVP
14 6 (0.76%) Citrix Certification
14 6 (0.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 6 (0.76%) MCTS
15 5 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (2.92%) SLA
2 7 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (0.89%) QA
3 5 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.25%) PMO
5 1 (0.13%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 327 (41.50%) Active Directory
2 114 (14.47%) Hyper-V
3 79 (10.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 58 (7.36%) XenApp
5 44 (5.58%) Microsoft App-V
5 44 (5.58%) XenDesktop
6 39 (4.95%) VMware ESX
7 34 (4.31%) VMware ESXi
8 22 (2.79%) Virtual Desktop
9 20 (2.54%) vSphere
10 17 (2.16%) XenServer
11 12 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
12 9 (1.14%) BitLocker
13 8 (1.02%) DFS Replication
14 4 (0.51%) ISA Server
14 4 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 4 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
15 3 (0.38%) Forefront TMG
15 3 (0.38%) Terminal Server
15 3 (0.38%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 119 (15.10%) SCCM
2 60 (7.61%) SCOM
3 32 (4.06%) Microsoft Intune
4 23 (2.92%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 21 (2.66%) AirWatch
6 18 (2.28%) NetBackup
7 15 (1.90%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 15 (1.90%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 14 (1.78%) Cisco CUCM
8 14 (1.78%) Microsoft Clustering
9 12 (1.52%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 10 (1.27%) WSUS
11 9 (1.14%) SCVMM
12 8 (1.02%) Nagios
12 8 (1.02%) Norton AntiVirus
13 7 (0.89%) MIMEsweeper
13 7 (0.89%) SCOrch
14 6 (0.76%) Cisco UCCX
14 6 (0.76%) SCSM
14 6 (0.76%) vMotion
Vendors
1 497 (63.07%) Microsoft
2 158 (20.05%) Cisco
3 129 (16.37%) VMware
4 115 (14.59%) Citrix
5 48 (6.09%) Oracle
6 45 (5.71%) Symantec
7 44 (5.58%) SAP
8 40 (5.08%) Polycom
8 40 (5.08%) Salesforce.com
9 36 (4.57%) Infor
10 27 (3.43%) HP
11 23 (2.92%) NetApp
12 22 (2.79%) Dell
13 20 (2.54%) AppSense
14 18 (2.28%) Apple
14 18 (2.28%) Avaya
15 17 (2.16%) CheckPoint
16 16 (2.03%) Juniper
17 14 (1.78%) Intel Security
17 14 (1.78%) Remedy
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