Period
to 18 February 2018

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 18 February 2018 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
18 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 323 273 316
Rank change year-on-year -50 +43 -46
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 744 849 804
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.74% 0.89% 0.74%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.58% 5.00% 4.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 492 549 520
UK median daily rate £350 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% - -
10th Percentile £181 £220 £162
90th Percentile £538 £573 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £363
% change year-on-year +2.94% -6.21% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 44 39
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £16.29 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.77% -6.91% -2.78%
10th Percentile £12.65 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £49.10 £29.28 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.23 £14.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year +37.12% -15.71% -

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 16,261 16,970 18,517
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 16.28% 17.82% 17.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,862 10,931 11,752
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +1.27%
10th Percentile £263 £254 £235
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £398
% change year-on-year - +0.63% +6.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 384 360 507
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -5.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.00 £10.98
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £47.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.05 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -4.99% - +8.82%

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 18 February 2018.

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 18 February 2018.

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 18 February 2018. 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 -56 673 £350 -6.67% 144
UK excluding London -2 465 £350 +2.94% 98
London -103 259 £350 -21.35% 53
South East -38 158 £400 +17.65% 24
North of England -5 78 £308 -3.67% 25
South West +40 70 £338 +3.85% 11
East of England -4 55 £350 - 11
Midlands +5 50 £350 -17.59% 20
Scotland -23 45 £303 -11.03% 5
North West +26 36 £300 -14.29% 16
West Midlands +1 29 £375 -14.29% 6
Yorkshire -12 23 £275 -21.43% 6
East Midlands +3 21 £320 -8.57% 14
North East +5 20 £350 +18.64% 3
Wales +2 10 £236 -40.06% 2
Northern Ireland -14 5 £385 +185.19%

For the 6 months to 18 February 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business 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 with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 570 (76.61%) Skype
2 405 (54.44%) Windows
3 393 (52.82%) Microsoft
4 391 (52.55%) Office 365
5 329 (44.22%) Active Directory
6 239 (32.12%) MS Exchange
7 223 (29.97%) SharePoint
8 182 (24.46%) VMware
9 179 (24.06%) Windows Server
10 178 (23.92%) PowerShell
11 175 (23.52%) Citrix
12 151 (20.30%) ITIL
13 149 (20.03%) Windows 10
14 143 (19.22%) Migration
15 142 (19.09%) SCCM
16 132 (17.74%) Cisco
17 128 (17.20%) Exchange Server 2010
18 124 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
19 121 (16.26%) Microsoft Office
20 103 (13.84%) Windows Server 2008
21 100 (13.44%) VMware Infrastructure
22 93 (12.50%) Security Cleared
23 92 (12.37%) DNS
24 91 (12.23%) Windows Server 2012
25 89 (11.96%) Finance
26 86 (11.56%) Windows 7
27 83 (11.16%) Microsoft Certification
28 82 (11.02%) DHCP
29 79 (10.62%) Hyper-V
30 77 (10.35%) Unified Communications

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
1 239 (32.12%) MS Exchange
2 223 (29.97%) SharePoint
3 128 (17.20%) Exchange Server 2010
4 77 (10.35%) Exchange Server 2013
5 37 (4.97%) Exchange Server 2007
6 26 (3.49%) SharePoint 2013
7 24 (3.23%) SharePoint 2010
8 15 (2.02%) IIS
8 15 (2.02%) Office Communications Server
9 8 (1.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 8 (1.08%) OpenStack
10 6 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2003
11 5 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.40%) IBM Domino
12 3 (0.40%) IBM Notes
13 2 (0.27%) Apache
13 2 (0.27%) GroupWise
14 1 (0.13%) CMS
14 1 (0.13%) Live Communications Server
14 1 (0.13%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 121 (16.26%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (4.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (3.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (1.48%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.67%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 16 (2.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.94%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 391 (52.55%) Office 365
2 124 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 77 (10.35%) OneDrive
4 37 (4.97%) IaaS
5 32 (4.30%) PaaS
6 24 (3.23%) Azure Active Directory
7 20 (2.69%) Amazon AWS
8 16 (2.15%) Yammer
9 14 (1.88%) SaaS
10 12 (1.61%) Dynamics 365
10 12 (1.61%) Mimecast
11 3 (0.40%) Adobe Creative Cloud
11 3 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.27%) Slack
13 1 (0.13%) Azure Data Factory
13 1 (0.13%) Data Lake Analytics
13 1 (0.13%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 570 (76.61%) Skype
2 92 (12.37%) DNS
3 82 (11.02%) DHCP
4 77 (10.35%) Firewall
4 77 (10.35%) Unified Communications
5 60 (8.06%) WAN
6 53 (7.12%) SAN
7 50 (6.72%) LAN
8 48 (6.45%) NetScaler
9 40 (5.38%) TCP/IP
9 40 (5.38%) VPN
10 38 (5.11%) VoIP
11 29 (3.90%) Wireless
12 25 (3.36%) iSCSI
13 21 (2.82%) Fibre Channel
13 21 (2.82%) NAS
14 19 (2.55%) PBX
15 16 (2.15%) IP Telephony
16 15 (2.02%) PSTN
17 14 (1.88%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (9.14%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.61%) Blockchain
3 9 (1.21%) Azure SQL Database
3 9 (1.21%) SQL Server 2005
3 9 (1.21%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (0.67%) Power BI
5 3 (0.40%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (0.27%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (0.27%) Data Lake
6 2 (0.27%) EDMS
6 2 (0.27%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.13%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
7 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.13%) HDInsight
7 1 (0.13%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.13%) MySQL
7 1 (0.13%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.13%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.13%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 10 (1.34%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (1.21%) Visual Studio
3 3 (0.40%) JIRA
4 2 (0.27%) MSI
General
1 89 (11.96%) Finance
2 35 (4.70%) Banking
3 22 (2.96%) Telecoms
4 13 (1.75%) Legal
4 13 (1.75%) Retail
5 9 (1.21%) Local Government
6 8 (1.08%) Manufacturing
7 7 (0.94%) Law
8 6 (0.81%) German Language
9 4 (0.54%) Electronics
9 4 (0.54%) French Language
9 4 (0.54%) Marketing
9 4 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.40%) Advertising
10 3 (0.40%) Investment Banking
11 2 (0.27%) Back Office
12 1 (0.13%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.13%) Automotive
12 1 (0.13%) Polish Language
12 1 (0.13%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 110 (14.78%) Analyst
2 81 (10.89%) Consultant
3 55 (7.39%) Architect
4 54 (7.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 47 (6.32%) Support Analyst
6 44 (5.91%) Support Engineer
7 40 (5.38%) Project Manager
7 40 (5.38%) Trainer
8 39 (5.24%) Desktop Support
9 38 (5.11%) Office 365 Engineer
10 34 (4.57%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 31 (4.17%) Unified Communications Engineer
12 28 (3.76%) IT Trainer
13 27 (3.63%) Office 365 Consultant
14 26 (3.49%) 2nd Line Support
15 25 (3.36%) Exchange Engineer
16 24 (3.23%) 3rd Line Support
16 24 (3.23%) Messaging Engineer
17 23 (3.09%) Designer
17 23 (3.09%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (2.28%) .NET
2 10 (1.34%) 802.1X
3 8 (1.08%) XML
4 7 (0.94%) XMPP
5 6 (0.81%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.27%) LDAP
6 2 (0.27%) Middleware
6 2 (0.27%) Velocity
7 1 (0.13%) CSS
7 1 (0.13%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (0.13%) HTML
7 1 (0.13%) LAMP
7 1 (0.13%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.13%) WebRTC
7 1 (0.13%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 58 (7.80%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (5.24%) Blackberry
3 38 (5.11%) Video Conferencing
4 26 (3.49%) Management Information System
5 24 (3.23%) Data Centre
6 23 (3.09%) Clustering
7 18 (2.42%) PKI
8 17 (2.28%) Replication
9 16 (2.15%) CESG
10 14 (1.88%) User Experience
11 13 (1.75%) e-Learning
12 12 (1.61%) iPhone
13 11 (1.48%) BYOD
13 11 (1.48%) Smartphone
14 10 (1.34%) EMC VNX
14 10 (1.34%) Greenfield Project
15 9 (1.21%) Computer Science
15 9 (1.21%) NHS
16 6 (0.81%) Data Protection Act
16 6 (0.81%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 405 (54.44%) Windows
2 179 (24.06%) Windows Server
3 149 (20.03%) Windows 10
4 103 (13.84%) Windows Server 2008
5 91 (12.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 86 (11.56%) Windows 7
7 40 (5.38%) Linux
8 30 (4.03%) Android
9 25 (3.36%) Apple iOS
10 19 (2.55%) Windows 8
11 18 (2.42%) Mac OS
12 16 (2.15%) Windows Server 2003
13 10 (1.34%) SUSE
14 8 (1.08%) Windows Vista
15 6 (0.81%) Mac OS X
15 6 (0.81%) Unix
16 2 (0.27%) Solaris
16 2 (0.27%) Windows 2000 Server
17 1 (0.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 1 (0.13%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (20.30%) ITIL
2 143 (19.22%) Migration
3 60 (8.06%) Change Management
4 51 (6.85%) Project Management
5 42 (5.65%) Agile Software Development
6 37 (4.97%) PRINCE2
7 34 (4.57%) Problem Management
7 34 (4.57%) Stakeholder Management
8 33 (4.44%) Service Delivery
9 32 (4.30%) TOGAF
10 26 (3.49%) ITIL V3
10 26 (3.49%) Service Management
11 19 (2.55%) Continuous Improvement
11 19 (2.55%) Load Balancing
12 18 (2.42%) Disk Encryption
13 17 (2.28%) Mentoring
14 16 (2.15%) CRM
14 16 (2.15%) Desktop Virtualisation
14 16 (2.15%) ITSM
14 16 (2.15%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 178 (23.92%) PowerShell
2 54 (7.26%) SQL
3 31 (4.17%) VBScript
4 8 (1.08%) C#
4 8 (1.08%) JavaScript
5 7 (0.94%) C
6 3 (0.40%) Java
7 2 (0.27%) VB
8 1 (0.13%) R
8 1 (0.13%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 93 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 83 (11.16%) Microsoft Certification
3 65 (8.74%) SC Cleared
4 53 (7.12%) MCSE
5 39 (5.24%) Degree
6 38 (5.11%) Cisco Certification
7 32 (4.30%) DV Cleared
8 30 (4.03%) MCSA
9 22 (2.96%) CCNP
10 17 (2.28%) ITIL Certification
11 16 (2.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 15 (2.02%) CCIE
13 14 (1.88%) CCNA
14 12 (1.61%) MCP
15 10 (1.34%) Citrix Certification
15 10 (1.34%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
16 9 (1.21%) MCITP
16 9 (1.21%) MCTS
17 6 (0.81%) BPSS Clearance
17 6 (0.81%) CIPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (2.96%) SLA
2 18 (2.42%) PMO
3 5 (0.67%) GDPR
4 4 (0.54%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (0.27%) QA
6 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.13%) NIST 800
System Software
1 329 (44.22%) Active Directory
2 100 (13.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (10.62%) Hyper-V
4 63 (8.47%) XenApp
5 52 (6.99%) VMware ESXi
5 52 (6.99%) XenDesktop
6 42 (5.65%) Microsoft App-V
7 32 (4.30%) XenServer
8 30 (4.03%) vSphere
9 20 (2.69%) BitLocker
10 19 (2.55%) Terminal Services
11 11 (1.48%) Virtual Desktop
12 10 (1.34%) DFS Replication
13 8 (1.08%) Brightmail
13 8 (1.08%) NFS
14 7 (0.94%) VMware Workstation
15 6 (0.81%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 4 (0.54%) ISA Server
17 3 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
18 1 (0.13%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 142 (19.09%) SCCM
2 57 (7.66%) SCOM
3 29 (3.90%) Microsoft Intune
4 28 (3.76%) Norton AntiVirus
5 25 (3.36%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 19 (2.55%) McAfee ePO
7 18 (2.42%) Backup Exec
7 18 (2.42%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 17 (2.28%) AirWatch
9 16 (2.15%) Microsoft Clustering
10 11 (1.48%) Cisco CUCM
10 11 (1.48%) HP Data Protector
10 11 (1.48%) NetBackup
10 11 (1.48%) WSUS
11 10 (1.34%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 10 (1.34%) vCenter Server
12 7 (0.94%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 6 (0.81%) AppDNA
13 6 (0.81%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 6 (0.81%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 393 (52.82%) Microsoft
2 182 (24.46%) VMware
3 175 (23.52%) Citrix
4 132 (17.74%) Cisco
5 62 (8.33%) Symantec
6 47 (6.32%) HP
7 39 (5.24%) Polycom
8 38 (5.11%) NetApp
9 35 (4.70%) Avaya
10 32 (4.30%) Ivanti
11 31 (4.17%) Dell
12 27 (3.63%) IBM
13 24 (3.23%) McAfee
14 22 (2.96%) SolarWinds
15 21 (2.82%) Altiris
16 20 (2.69%) Apple
16 20 (2.69%) EMC
17 19 (2.55%) ServiceNow
18 18 (2.42%) Clearswift
19 17 (2.28%) Veritas