Period
to 17 October 2017

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 6 months to 17 October 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)
UK
6 months to
17 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 290 262 261
Rank change year-on-year -28 -1 +26
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 828 1037 1048
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.83% 0.97% 0.93%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.99% 5.21% 5.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 547 654 655
UK median daily rate £367 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.71% +0.14% -12.52%
10th Percentile £195 £206 £155
90th Percentile £525 £500 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £362 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +11.38% - -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 50 49
UK median hourly rate £15.69 £17.55 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.60% +9.69% +6.67%
10th Percentile £11.10 £12.25 £11.20
90th Percentile £46.00 £37.55 £32.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £24.75 £15.75
% change year-on-year -41.41% +57.14% +5.00%

Skype for Business is in the Application Platforms category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills.

All Application Platform Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 16590 19900 20250
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 16.71% 18.66% 17.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 10818 13034 12763
UK median daily rate £440 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £225
90th Percentile £600 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 411 521 634
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +11.43%
10th Percentile £11.00 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.25 £42.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.89 £19.00
% change year-on-year -4.26% +9.95% +8.57%

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Skype for Business as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 17 October 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 17 October 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Top 16 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 6 months to 17 October 2017. 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
England -26 766 £375 +7.14% 96
UK excluding London +17 515 £362 +11.38% 58
London -89 284 £375 -6.25% 40
South East +21 187 £400 +14.29% 17
North of England +20 107 £290 -9.38% 16
East of England +10 72 £450 +50.00% 5
Midlands +23 63 £350 -6.67% 11
South West -5 51 £375 +15.38% 6
West Midlands +24 49 £375 +15.38% 3
North East +30 43 £278 -4.31% 2
North West +18 42 £310 -4.62% 11
Scotland -20 27 £340 - 2
Yorkshire +10 24 £250 -28.57% 3
East Midlands +5 16 £250 -37.50% 8
Wales +4 8 £110 -67.41%
Northern Ireland -49 7 £325 - 1

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 586 (70.77%) Skype
2 446 (53.86%) Microsoft
3 421 (50.85%) Office 365
4 417 (50.36%) Windows
5 333 (40.22%) Active Directory
6 267 (32.25%) MS Exchange
7 244 (29.47%) SharePoint
8 180 (21.74%) PowerShell
9 179 (21.62%) Windows Server
10 176 (21.26%) Exchange Server 2010
11 170 (20.53%) Migration
12 167 (20.17%) Citrix
13 166 (20.05%) VMware
14 146 (17.63%) Cisco
15 134 (16.18%) Microsoft Office
16 131 (15.82%) ITIL
17 130 (15.70%) Microsoft Azure
18 127 (15.34%) Windows 10
19 124 (14.98%) Finance
20 120 (14.49%) SCCM
21 113 (13.65%) Windows Server 2008
22 108 (13.04%) Security Cleared
23 104 (12.56%) Exchange Server 2013
24 88 (10.63%) Unified Communications
25 87 (10.51%) Hyper-V
26 86 (10.39%) Windows Server 2012
27 83 (10.02%) Windows 7
28 79 (9.54%) SC Cleared
29 77 (9.30%) Microsoft Certification
30 76 (9.18%) XenDesktop

Skype for Business
Co-occurring 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
1 267 (32.25%) MS Exchange
2 244 (29.47%) SharePoint
3 176 (21.26%) Exchange Server 2010
4 104 (12.56%) Exchange Server 2013
5 43 (5.19%) Exchange Server 2007
6 41 (4.95%) SharePoint 2013
7 30 (3.62%) SharePoint 2010
8 18 (2.17%) Office Communications Server
9 15 (1.81%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 12 (1.45%) IIS
11 11 (1.33%) BizTalk Server
12 10 (1.21%) CMS
12 10 (1.21%) IBM Notes
13 9 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2003
14 8 (0.97%) OpenStack
15 4 (0.48%) SharePoint Server
16 3 (0.36%) IBM Domino
16 3 (0.36%) Live Communications Server
17 1 (0.12%) JBoss
17 1 (0.12%) Tomcat
Applications
1 134 (16.18%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (2.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (2.05%) MS Visio
3 10 (1.21%) Microsoft Project
4 7 (0.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 16 (1.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.48%) Unit4 Business World
3 2 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.12%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 421 (50.85%) Office 365
2 130 (15.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 68 (8.21%) OneDrive
4 48 (5.80%) IaaS
5 37 (4.47%) Azure Active Directory
6 35 (4.23%) PaaS
7 32 (3.86%) Yammer
8 22 (2.66%) Amazon AWS
9 10 (1.21%) Dynamics 365
10 9 (1.09%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 8 (0.97%) SaaS
12 7 (0.85%) Mimecast
13 4 (0.48%) Slack
14 2 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
15 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Cloud
15 1 (0.12%) Azure Data Factory
15 1 (0.12%) Data Lake Analytics
15 1 (0.12%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 586 (70.77%) Skype
2 88 (10.63%) Unified Communications
3 75 (9.06%) Firewall
4 73 (8.82%) DNS
5 63 (7.61%) VoIP
6 56 (6.76%) LAN
7 53 (6.40%) NetScaler
8 50 (6.04%) DHCP
8 50 (6.04%) WAN
9 38 (4.59%) SAN
10 37 (4.47%) Wireless
11 34 (4.11%) VPN
12 28 (3.38%) TCP/IP
13 26 (3.14%) PBX
14 21 (2.54%) Cisco IOS
15 19 (2.29%) BGP
16 17 (2.05%) Internet
17 16 (1.93%) Wi-Fi
18 15 (1.81%) OSPF
19 14 (1.69%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (8.45%) SQL Server
2 15 (1.81%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (1.45%) Blockchain
4 10 (1.21%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (0.60%) Azure SQL Database
5 5 (0.60%) SQL Server 2016
6 4 (0.48%) EDRMS
7 2 (0.24%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.24%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.24%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.12%) Big Data
8 1 (0.12%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.12%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.12%) HDInsight
8 1 (0.12%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.12%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.12%) Power BI
8 1 (0.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 12 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (1.09%) Visual Studio
3 5 (0.60%) MSI
3 5 (0.60%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 2 (0.24%) Ant
4 2 (0.24%) Cucumber
4 2 (0.24%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.24%) Maven
4 2 (0.24%) MSBuild
4 2 (0.24%) SpecFlow
4 2 (0.24%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 124 (14.98%) Finance
2 62 (7.49%) Banking
3 39 (4.71%) Telecoms
4 26 (3.14%) Legal
5 18 (2.17%) Retail
6 13 (1.57%) Local Government
7 10 (1.21%) Manufacturing
8 7 (0.85%) Marketing
9 6 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.60%) French Language
10 5 (0.60%) Law
11 4 (0.48%) Advertising
11 4 (0.48%) Back Office
11 4 (0.48%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.24%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.24%) Automotive
12 2 (0.24%) Electronics
12 2 (0.24%) Publishing
12 2 (0.24%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.12%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 114 (13.77%) Analyst
2 104 (12.56%) Consultant
3 59 (7.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 55 (6.64%) Architect
5 49 (5.92%) Project Manager
6 48 (5.80%) Support Engineer
7 38 (4.59%) Support Analyst
8 36 (4.35%) Designer
9 35 (4.23%) Desktop Support
10 34 (4.11%) Office 365 Engineer
11 33 (3.99%) Messaging Engineer
11 33 (3.99%) Network Engineer
12 29 (3.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 29 (3.50%) Solutions Designer
13 27 (3.26%) Office 365 Consultant
13 27 (3.26%) Trainer
14 26 (3.14%) Lync Engineer
14 26 (3.14%) Unified Communications Engineer
15 25 (3.02%) Cisco Engineer
16 23 (2.78%) IT Trainer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (2.66%) XMPP
2 17 (2.05%) .NET
3 8 (0.97%) XML
4 5 (0.60%) 802.1X
4 5 (0.60%) OAuth
5 4 (0.48%) Software Packaging
6 3 (0.36%) ASP.NET
6 3 (0.36%) Web Services
7 2 (0.24%) COM
7 2 (0.24%) Gherkin
7 2 (0.24%) Middleware
7 2 (0.24%) RESTful
7 2 (0.24%) SAML
7 2 (0.24%) Velocity
7 2 (0.24%) Windows SharePoint Services
8 1 (0.12%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.12%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (0.12%) Entity Framework
8 1 (0.12%) REST
8 1 (0.12%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 45 (5.43%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (5.07%) Video Conferencing
3 36 (4.35%) Data Centre
4 35 (4.23%) Blackberry
5 27 (3.26%) Clustering
6 20 (2.42%) CESG
7 18 (2.17%) PKI
8 17 (2.05%) Management Information System
9 15 (1.81%) Replication
10 13 (1.57%) Computer Science
10 13 (1.57%) User Experience
11 12 (1.45%) PDA
12 11 (1.33%) EMC VNX
12 11 (1.33%) IVR
13 10 (1.21%) Greenfield Project
14 9 (1.09%) Data Protection Act
14 9 (1.09%) Private Cloud
15 8 (0.97%) iPhone
16 7 (0.85%) BYOD
17 6 (0.72%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 417 (50.36%) Windows
2 179 (21.62%) Windows Server
3 127 (15.34%) Windows 10
4 113 (13.65%) Windows Server 2008
5 86 (10.39%) Windows Server 2012
6 83 (10.02%) Windows 7
7 29 (3.50%) Linux
8 28 (3.38%) Android
9 25 (3.02%) Windows 8
10 22 (2.66%) Windows Server 2003
11 14 (1.69%) Apple iOS
12 8 (0.97%) Mac OS
12 8 (0.97%) Unix
13 7 (0.85%) Mac OS X
14 5 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (0.60%) SUSE
15 4 (0.48%) Windows 2000 Server
16 3 (0.36%) Solaris
16 3 (0.36%) Windows XP
17 2 (0.24%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 170 (20.53%) Migration
2 131 (15.82%) ITIL
3 52 (6.28%) Project Management
4 46 (5.56%) Agile Software Development
5 45 (5.43%) Change Management
6 42 (5.07%) TOGAF
7 39 (4.71%) Stakeholder Management
8 36 (4.35%) Service Delivery
9 30 (3.62%) Presales
10 28 (3.38%) Service Management
11 27 (3.26%) PRINCE2
12 26 (3.14%) Problem Management
13 23 (2.78%) Customer Requirements
14 22 (2.66%) Business Intelligence
15 21 (2.54%) Disaster Recovery
16 20 (2.42%) ITSM
17 19 (2.29%) Desktop Virtualisation
17 19 (2.29%) Disk Encryption
18 18 (2.17%) CRM
18 18 (2.17%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 180 (21.74%) PowerShell
2 54 (6.52%) SQL
3 28 (3.38%) VBScript
4 11 (1.33%) C#
5 9 (1.09%) VB
6 8 (0.97%) JavaScript
7 7 (0.85%) C
8 3 (0.36%) Python
9 2 (0.24%) Bash Shell
9 2 (0.24%) Java
10 1 (0.12%) R
10 1 (0.12%) VBA
Qualifications
1 108 (13.04%) Security Cleared
2 79 (9.54%) SC Cleared
3 77 (9.30%) Microsoft Certification
4 58 (7.00%) MCSE
5 39 (4.71%) Cisco Certification
6 35 (4.23%) Degree
7 30 (3.62%) CCNP
8 28 (3.38%) DV Cleared
9 21 (2.54%) MCSA
10 19 (2.29%) BPSS Clearance
11 17 (2.05%) ITIL Certification
12 15 (1.81%) Citrix Certification
13 14 (1.69%) CCIE
14 12 (1.45%) CCNA
14 12 (1.45%) MCP
15 9 (1.09%) Computer Science Degree
15 9 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
16 8 (0.97%) PMI Certification
17 7 (0.85%) CCVP
17 7 (0.85%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (3.14%) PMO
2 24 (2.90%) SLA
3 13 (1.57%) Disclosure Scotland
4 8 (0.97%) GDPR
5 3 (0.36%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.24%) QA
6 2 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.12%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 333 (40.22%) Active Directory
2 87 (10.51%) Hyper-V
3 76 (9.18%) XenDesktop
4 74 (8.94%) VMware Infrastructure
5 73 (8.82%) XenApp
6 54 (6.52%) Microsoft App-V
7 52 (6.28%) XenServer
8 51 (6.16%) VMware ESXi
9 21 (2.54%) BitLocker
10 14 (1.69%) Terminal Services
11 13 (1.57%) vSphere
12 12 (1.45%) Virtual Desktop
13 10 (1.21%) ProxySG
14 9 (1.09%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 8 (0.97%) Brightmail
15 8 (0.97%) Virtual Servers
16 7 (0.85%) Virtual Machines
17 5 (0.60%) VMware Workstation
18 4 (0.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
18 4 (0.48%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 120 (14.49%) SCCM
2 49 (5.92%) SCOM
3 37 (4.47%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 30 (3.62%) Microsoft Intune
5 27 (3.26%) Norton AntiVirus
6 25 (3.02%) AirWatch
6 25 (3.02%) Cisco CUCM
7 20 (2.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 16 (1.93%) NetBackup
9 14 (1.69%) Microsoft Clustering
10 12 (1.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 11 (1.33%) Cisco UCCX
12 10 (1.21%) Cisco UCCE
13 9 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
14 7 (0.85%) Failover Clustering
14 7 (0.85%) WSUS
15 6 (0.72%) AppDNA
15 6 (0.72%) Backup Exec
15 6 (0.72%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 6 (0.72%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 446 (53.86%) Microsoft
2 167 (20.17%) Citrix
3 166 (20.05%) VMware
4 146 (17.63%) Cisco
5 70 (8.45%) Symantec
6 46 (5.56%) HP
7 45 (5.43%) Avaya
8 39 (4.71%) AppSense
9 35 (4.23%) Polycom
10 28 (3.38%) ServiceNow
11 27 (3.26%) Altiris
11 27 (3.26%) Dell
12 23 (2.78%) LANDesk
13 22 (2.66%) MobileIron
14 18 (2.17%) F5
14 18 (2.17%) NetApp
14 18 (2.17%) Palo Alto
15 17 (2.05%) EMC
16 16 (1.93%) CheckPoint
17 15 (1.81%) Juniper