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 28 June 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 296 247 225
Rank change year-on-year -49 -22  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 365 529 575
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.77% 0.98% 1.04%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.66% 5.43% 5.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 245 356 358
Median daily rate £388 £375 £339
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +10.70%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £164 £210 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £541 £525 £517
UK excluding London median daily rate £373 £340 £320
% change year-on-year +9.55% +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 17 26
Median hourly rate £14.75 £23.50 £17.08
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.23% +37.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.85 £13.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £61.48 £36.94 £28.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £24.75 £16.00
% change year-on-year -35.35% +54.68%  

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 7828 9742 9836
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 16.62% 18.09% 17.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 7939 10768 10228
Median daily rate £425 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £256 £258 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £588 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year - +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 331 422 509
Median hourly rate £23.50 £21.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.90% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.25 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £44.75 £40.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -3.84% +23.80%  

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 3 months to 28 June 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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Top 11 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 28 June 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 -43 336 £400 +6.66% 88
UK excluding London -14 218 £373 +9.55% 54
London -60 127 £401 +0.31% 39
South East +31 84 £402 +0.50% 10
East of England +18 45 £475 +58.33% 1
North of England +5 44 £275 -11.75% 13
Midlands +10 20 £350 -26.31% 16
South West -23 14 £400 +23.07% 7
Scotland +10 5 £538 +25.00% 4
Wales -2 4 £488 -
Northern Ireland -46 4 £320 - 3

For the 6 months to 28 June 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.

1 526 (69.03%) Skype
2 442 (58.01%) Microsoft
3 366 (48.03%) Office 365
4 365 (47.90%) Windows
5 302 (39.63%) Active Directory
6 252 (33.07%) SharePoint
7 214 (28.08%) MS Exchange
8 153 (20.08%) Windows Server
9 149 (19.55%) PowerShell
10 148 (19.42%) Microsoft Azure
11 146 (19.16%) Cisco
12 139 (18.24%) Exchange Server 2010
13 133 (17.45%) Citrix
14 130 (17.06%) Exchange Server 2013
15 127 (16.67%) VMware
16 126 (16.54%) Windows Server 2008
17 121 (15.88%) Migration
17 121 (15.88%) Microsoft Office
18 104 (13.65%) ITIL
19 103 (13.52%) Windows 10
20 99 (12.99%) Security Cleared
21 94 (12.34%) SQL Server
21 94 (12.34%) SCCM
22 91 (11.94%) DNS
23 88 (11.55%) Microsoft Certification
23 88 (11.55%) Hyper-V
23 88 (11.55%) Windows 7
24 83 (10.89%) Finance
25 81 (10.63%) Firewall
26 77 (10.10%) SC Cleared

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
1 252 (33.07%) SharePoint
2 214 (28.08%) MS Exchange
3 139 (18.24%) Exchange Server 2010
4 130 (17.06%) Exchange Server 2013
5 56 (7.35%) SharePoint 2013
6 44 (5.77%) Exchange Server 2007
7 41 (5.38%) Office Communications Server
8 26 (3.41%) BizTalk Server
9 23 (3.02%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 23 (3.02%) SharePoint 2010
10 22 (2.89%) Exchange Server 2003
11 14 (1.84%) IIS
12 13 (1.71%) IBM Notes
13 11 (1.44%) CMS
14 4 (0.52%) IBM Domino
14 4 (0.52%) SharePoint Server
15 2 (0.26%) Apache
16 1 (0.13%) Oracle Service Bus
16 1 (0.13%) Tomcat
16 1 (0.13%) WebSphere
Applications
1 121 (15.88%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.52%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 33 (4.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.66%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.52%) Adobe Campaign
3 4 (0.52%) Unica
4 3 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Utilities
5 1 (0.13%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 366 (48.03%) Office 365
2 148 (19.42%) Microsoft Azure
3 59 (7.74%) OneDrive
4 54 (7.09%) Yammer
5 47 (6.17%) Azure Active Directory
6 33 (4.33%) IaaS
7 20 (2.62%) Amazon AWS
8 18 (2.36%) PaaS
9 12 (1.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 9 (1.18%) Mimecast
11 8 (1.05%) Dynamics 365
12 5 (0.66%) SaaS
13 4 (0.52%) Adobe Analytics
14 1 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
14 1 (0.13%) Amazon S3
14 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudTrail
14 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
14 1 (0.13%) CloudFront
14 1 (0.13%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 526 (69.03%) Skype
2 91 (11.94%) DNS
3 81 (10.63%) Firewall
4 73 (9.58%) Unified Communications
5 65 (8.53%) LAN
6 58 (7.61%) WAN
7 47 (6.17%) VoIP
8 46 (6.04%) SAN
9 44 (5.77%) DHCP
10 39 (5.12%) PBX
11 36 (4.72%) VPN
12 35 (4.59%) NetScaler
13 19 (2.49%) Cisco IOS
14 17 (2.23%) Internet
15 15 (1.97%) Wireless
15 15 (1.97%) WLAN
16 14 (1.84%) BGP
17 13 (1.71%) PSTN
17 13 (1.71%) Remote Desktop
17 13 (1.71%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (12.34%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.31%) Oracle Reports
3 9 (1.18%) SQL Server 2008
4 8 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 7 (0.92%) SQL Server 2005
6 5 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (0.52%) BusinessObjects
7 4 (0.52%) Hadoop
7 4 (0.52%) Oracle Database
7 4 (0.52%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (0.26%) Azure SQL Database
8 2 (0.26%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.13%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.13%) MySQL
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle BI EE
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle ODI
9 1 (0.13%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 6 (0.79%) Team Foundation Server
1 6 (0.79%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 3 (0.39%) CruiseControl
2 3 (0.39%) TeamCity
2 3 (0.39%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (0.26%) Ant
3 2 (0.26%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.26%) Maven
3 2 (0.26%) MSBuild
3 2 (0.26%) MSI
4 1 (0.13%) HP UFT
4 1 (0.13%) JIRA
4 1 (0.13%) MorphX
General
1 83 (10.89%) Finance
2 30 (3.94%) Retail
3 24 (3.15%) Legal
4 21 (2.76%) Banking
4 21 (2.76%) Telecoms
5 19 (2.49%) Law
6 13 (1.71%) Manufacturing
7 12 (1.57%) Local Government
8 9 (1.18%) Marketing
9 7 (0.92%) Advertising
10 6 (0.79%) Investment Banking
10 6 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.66%) Back Office
12 4 (0.52%) Billing
12 4 (0.52%) Publishing
13 3 (0.39%) Electronics
13 3 (0.39%) French Language
13 3 (0.39%) Games
13 3 (0.39%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.26%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 115 (15.09%) Architect
2 98 (12.86%) Consultant
3 83 (10.89%) Analyst
4 51 (6.69%) Support Engineer
5 49 (6.43%) Project Manager
6 43 (5.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 40 (5.25%) Messaging Engineer
8 39 (5.12%) Office 365 Architect
9 36 (4.72%) Solutions Architect
10 28 (3.67%) Messaging Support
11 26 (3.41%) Office 365 Engineer
11 26 (3.41%) Technical Architect
12 24 (3.15%) Lync Engineer
12 24 (3.15%) Network Engineer
13 21 (2.76%) 2nd Line Support
13 21 (2.76%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 21 (2.76%) IT Support
13 21 (2.76%) Microsoft Consultant
13 21 (2.76%) Office 365 Consultant
14 20 (2.62%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.76%) XMPP
2 18 (2.36%) .NET
2 18 (2.36%) COM
3 13 (1.71%) XML
4 7 (0.92%) Web Services
5 6 (0.79%) 802.1X
5 6 (0.79%) HTML
6 5 (0.66%) CSS
6 5 (0.66%) OAuth
7 4 (0.52%) .NET Framework
7 4 (0.52%) ASP.NET
7 4 (0.52%) JSON
7 4 (0.52%) REST
7 4 (0.52%) SAML
8 3 (0.39%) Entity Framework
8 3 (0.39%) WAP
8 3 (0.39%) WCF
8 3 (0.39%) WF
9 2 (0.26%) LAMP
9 2 (0.26%) SAP Smart Forms
Miscellaneous
1 57 (7.48%) Analytical Skills
2 50 (6.56%) Data Centre
3 41 (5.38%) Blackberry
4 40 (5.25%) Video Conferencing
5 27 (3.54%) Clustering
6 23 (3.02%) Replication
7 19 (2.49%) PKI
8 16 (2.10%) Management Information System
9 13 (1.71%) Computer Science
10 12 (1.57%) Client/Server
11 11 (1.44%) PDA
12 10 (1.31%) Smartphone
13 9 (1.18%) e-Learning
14 8 (1.05%) Hybrid Cloud
15 7 (0.92%) Data Protection Act
15 7 (0.92%) User Experience
16 6 (0.79%) BYOD
16 6 (0.79%) CESG
16 6 (0.79%) IVR
17 5 (0.66%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 365 (47.90%) Windows
2 153 (20.08%) Windows Server
3 126 (16.54%) Windows Server 2008
4 103 (13.52%) Windows 10
5 88 (11.55%) Windows 7
6 74 (9.71%) Windows Server 2012
7 45 (5.91%) Windows Server 2003
8 31 (4.07%) Linux
9 26 (3.41%) Android
10 18 (2.36%) Windows 8
11 13 (1.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 12 (1.57%) Apple iOS
12 12 (1.57%) Unix
13 8 (1.05%) Mac OS X
14 5 (0.66%) Mac OS
15 4 (0.52%) CentOS
15 4 (0.52%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.26%) Debian
16 2 (0.26%) Windows Vista
17 1 (0.13%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (15.88%) Migration
2 104 (13.65%) ITIL
3 69 (9.06%) Agile Software Development
4 63 (8.27%) Project Management
5 47 (6.17%) TOGAF
6 46 (6.04%) Stakeholder Management
7 37 (4.86%) Change Management
7 37 (4.86%) CRM
8 36 (4.72%) PRINCE2
9 34 (4.46%) Service Management
10 31 (4.07%) Business Intelligence
11 26 (3.41%) Document Management
11 26 (3.41%) SDLC
12 25 (3.28%) Presales
13 23 (3.02%) Enterprise Architecture
14 22 (2.89%) Capacity Planning
14 22 (2.89%) Service Delivery
15 21 (2.76%) Business Analysis
15 21 (2.76%) Case Management
15 21 (2.76%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 149 (19.55%) PowerShell
2 61 (8.01%) SQL
3 19 (2.49%) C
3 19 (2.49%) VBScript
4 15 (1.97%) C#
5 11 (1.44%) VB
6 7 (0.92%) Java
7 5 (0.66%) JavaScript
8 4 (0.52%) PHP
9 3 (0.39%) Python
10 2 (0.26%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.13%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.13%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.13%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.13%) X++
Qualifications
1 99 (12.99%) Security Cleared
2 88 (11.55%) Microsoft Certification
3 77 (10.10%) SC Cleared
4 54 (7.09%) MCSE
5 37 (4.86%) Degree
6 28 (3.67%) Cisco Certification
7 19 (2.49%) DV Cleared
7 19 (2.49%) MCP
8 18 (2.36%) MCITP
9 16 (2.10%) CCNP
10 14 (1.84%) MCSA
11 12 (1.57%) CCNA
11 12 (1.57%) Citrix Certification
12 11 (1.44%) BPSS Clearance
12 11 (1.44%) CCIE
13 10 (1.31%) Computer Science Degree
14 8 (1.05%) PMI Certification
14 8 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 8 (1.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 6 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (3.67%) SLA
2 10 (1.31%) PMO
3 8 (1.05%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (1.05%) QA
4 6 (0.79%) GDPR
5 5 (0.66%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.13%) GxP
8 1 (0.13%) ISO 22301
8 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 302 (39.63%) Active Directory
2 88 (11.55%) Hyper-V
3 73 (9.58%) VMware Infrastructure
4 51 (6.69%) XenApp
5 44 (5.77%) VMware ESXi
6 37 (4.86%) XenDesktop
7 33 (4.33%) Microsoft App-V
8 20 (2.62%) Virtual Desktop
9 18 (2.36%) Virtual Machines
9 18 (2.36%) XenServer
10 13 (1.71%) vSphere
11 12 (1.57%) ProxySG
12 10 (1.31%) BitLocker
13 8 (1.05%) DFS Replication
13 8 (1.05%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 8 (1.05%) VMware Workstation
14 7 (0.92%) Virtual Servers
15 5 (0.66%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 4 (0.52%) ISA Server
17 3 (0.39%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 94 (12.34%) SCCM
2 48 (6.30%) SCOM
3 31 (4.07%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 22 (2.89%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 21 (2.76%) Microsoft Intune
6 19 (2.49%) AirWatch
7 18 (2.36%) Cisco CUCM
8 16 (2.10%) Microsoft Clustering
9 15 (1.97%) NetBackup
10 14 (1.84%) Norton AntiVirus
11 13 (1.71%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 12 (1.57%) SCOrch
13 11 (1.44%) SCVMM
13 11 (1.44%) vCenter Server
14 10 (1.31%) Cisco UCCX
15 9 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
16 7 (0.92%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 7 (0.92%) WSUS
17 6 (0.79%) Cacti
17 6 (0.79%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 442 (58.01%) Microsoft
2 146 (19.16%) Cisco
3 133 (17.45%) Citrix
4 127 (16.67%) VMware
5 49 (6.43%) Symantec
6 43 (5.64%) HP
7 38 (4.99%) Polycom
8 29 (3.81%) SAP
9 28 (3.67%) ServiceNow
10 25 (3.28%) Oracle
11 24 (3.15%) Avaya
12 22 (2.89%) Dell
13 21 (2.76%) McAfee
13 21 (2.76%) NetApp
13 21 (2.76%) Salesforce.com
14 20 (2.62%) Palo Alto
15 18 (2.36%) F5
15 18 (2.36%) Infor
15 18 (2.36%) MobileIron
16 17 (2.23%) CheckPoint
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