Period
to 2 July 2020

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 2 July 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 for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
UK
6 months to
2 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 316 283 303
Rank change year-on-year -33 +20 0
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 300 875 869
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.73% 0.95% 0.85%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.92% 6.01% 5.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 205 580 570
Median daily rate £425 £425 £362
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +17.40% -9.50%
10th Percentile £213 £200 £169
90th Percentile £568 £576 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £420 £350
% change year-on-year -4.70% +20.00% -3.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 45 46
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.80 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.76% -21.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £25.88 £58.25 £43.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £15.37 £20.00
% change year-on-year +13.86% -23.15% +42.86%

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 6,096 14,548 16,863
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.77% 15.74% 16.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,796 9,265 11,113
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £428 £415
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.01% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 159 331 395
Median hourly rate £24.10 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.50% - +2.56%
10th Percentile £12.97 £12.00 £11.73
90th Percentile £51.75 £49.50 £50.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year +11.11% -2.70% -2.63%

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Skype for Business.

Daily rate trend for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Skype for Business over the 6 months to 2 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Skype for Business.

Hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Skype for Business over the 6 months to 2 July 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Top 17 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 2 July 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
England -28 257 £430 +1.18% 42
UK excluding London +6 186 £400 -4.70% 35
London +1 97 £450 - 12
South East +27 61 £450 +5.88% 11
Work from Home +8 40 £444 -1.39% 6
Midlands +73 33 £488 +8.33% 2
North of England +32 30 £350 -22.22% 8
West Midlands +66 29 £535 +20.22% 2
Scotland +38 24 £163 -61.76%
South West +52 19 £450 +24.14% 7
North West +29 18 £370 -4.52% 5
East of England +29 12 £355 -1.05% 3
Yorkshire +66 11 £338 -28.57% 2
East Midlands +39 4 £363 -19.44%
Northern Ireland +18 4 £310 - 1
Wales +29 3 £115 -64.34% 4
North East +17 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 2 July 2020, 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.

1 269 (89.67%) Skype
2 206 (68.67%) Microsoft
3 162 (54.00%) Office 365
4 140 (46.67%) Windows
5 134 (44.67%) Active Directory
6 94 (31.33%) Azure
7 84 (28.00%) Migration
8 77 (25.67%) SharePoint
9 73 (24.33%) Windows Server
10 65 (21.67%) VMware
11 61 (20.33%) Security Cleared
12 59 (19.67%) DNS
13 56 (18.67%) PowerShell
14 55 (18.33%) MS Exchange
15 54 (18.00%) Cisco
16 51 (17.00%) Unified Communications
17 50 (16.67%) Windows 10
18 49 (16.33%) Microsoft Office
19 43 (14.33%) Microsoft Certification
19 43 (14.33%) Windows Server 2012
20 42 (14.00%) PBX
21 40 (13.33%) Finance
21 40 (13.33%) Windows Server 2016
22 39 (13.00%) OneDrive
23 38 (12.67%) Microsoft Intune
23 38 (12.67%) VMware Infrastructure
23 38 (12.67%) SC Cleared
24 37 (12.33%) Firewall
25 36 (12.00%) DHCP
26 34 (11.33%) Azure Active Directory

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 77 (25.67%) SharePoint
2 55 (18.33%) MS Exchange
3 30 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 17 (5.67%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2007
5 6 (2.00%) IIS
6 5 (1.67%) Office Communications Server
7 4 (1.33%) Confluence
7 4 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (1.33%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (1.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.67%) CMS
9 2 (0.67%) nginx
9 2 (0.67%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.33%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 49 (16.33%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (1.33%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (1.00%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.67%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.33%) Adobe Captivate
6 1 (0.33%) Camtasia
6 1 (0.33%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 3 (1.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.67%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.33%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.33%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 162 (54.00%) Office 365
2 94 (31.33%) Azure
3 39 (13.00%) OneDrive
4 34 (11.33%) Azure Active Directory
5 19 (6.33%) Yammer
6 14 (4.67%) IaaS
6 14 (4.67%) PaaS
7 13 (4.33%) SaaS
8 9 (3.00%) AWS
9 7 (2.33%) Power Platform
10 6 (2.00%) PowerApps
11 4 (1.33%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.67%) Azure Data Factory
12 2 (0.67%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (0.67%) GCP
13 1 (0.33%) WhatsApp
Communications & Networking
1 269 (89.67%) Skype
2 59 (19.67%) DNS
3 51 (17.00%) Unified Communications
4 42 (14.00%) PBX
5 37 (12.33%) Firewall
6 36 (12.00%) DHCP
7 22 (7.33%) VoIP
8 18 (6.00%) VPN
9 16 (5.33%) LAN
10 15 (5.00%) WAN
11 12 (4.00%) Cisco IOS
12 10 (3.33%) TCP/IP
12 10 (3.33%) Wi-Fi
13 9 (3.00%) H.323
13 9 (3.00%) IP Telephony
13 9 (3.00%) SAN
14 8 (2.67%) Internet
14 8 (2.67%) NetScaler
14 8 (2.67%) SMTP
15 6 (2.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (9.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.00%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (1.00%) Crystal Reports
3 2 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
3 2 (0.67%) MySQL
3 2 (0.67%) NoSQL
3 2 (0.67%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.33%) Power BI
4 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2017
4 1 (0.33%) SQL Server 2019
4 1 (0.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (1.67%) JIRA
2 4 (1.33%) Bitbucket
3 3 (1.00%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.33%) MSI
General
1 40 (13.33%) Finance
2 28 (9.33%) Public Sector
3 13 (4.33%) Banking
4 12 (4.00%) Telecoms
5 10 (3.33%) Legal
6 8 (2.67%) Manufacturing
7 6 (2.00%) French Language
7 6 (2.00%) German Language
8 5 (1.67%) Electronics
8 5 (1.67%) Law
8 5 (1.67%) Marketing
9 4 (1.33%) Police
10 3 (1.00%) Automotive
10 3 (1.00%) Local Government
10 3 (1.00%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (1.00%) Retail
11 2 (0.67%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.67%) Billing
11 2 (0.67%) International Banking
12 1 (0.33%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 36 (12.00%) Support Engineer
2 32 (10.67%) Office 365 Engineer
3 31 (10.33%) Consultant
4 26 (8.67%) Analyst
4 26 (8.67%) Architect
5 21 (7.00%) Unified Communications Engineer
6 17 (5.67%) 2nd Line Support
7 16 (5.33%) Desktop Support
8 14 (4.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 12 (4.00%) Project Manager
10 11 (3.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 11 (3.67%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 10 (3.33%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 10 (3.33%) Technical Architect
12 9 (3.00%) Microsoft Engineer
12 9 (3.00%) Service Analyst
12 9 (3.00%) Support Analyst
13 8 (2.67%) 3rd Line Support
13 8 (2.67%) Administrator
13 8 (2.67%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (5.00%) .NET
2 9 (3.00%) LDAP
3 4 (1.33%) JSON
4 2 (0.67%) FIX Protocol
4 2 (0.67%) SailPoint
4 2 (0.67%) Web Services
4 2 (0.67%) XMPP
5 1 (0.33%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.33%) COM
5 1 (0.33%) OAuth
5 1 (0.33%) OAuth2
5 1 (0.33%) OpenID
5 1 (0.33%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 32 (10.67%) Data Centre
2 28 (9.33%) PKI
3 25 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (7.33%) Video Conferencing
5 13 (4.33%) Blackberry
6 12 (4.00%) Self-Motivation
7 8 (2.67%) Management Information System
8 7 (2.33%) Clustering
8 7 (2.33%) Handset
8 7 (2.33%) Tandem
9 6 (2.00%) User Experience
10 5 (1.67%) iPhone
10 5 (1.67%) Replication
11 4 (1.33%) BYOD
11 4 (1.33%) iPad
11 4 (1.33%) Mobile App
11 4 (1.33%) Private Cloud
11 4 (1.33%) Video\Live Streaming
11 4 (1.33%) Virtual Team
12 3 (1.00%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 140 (46.67%) Windows
2 73 (24.33%) Windows Server
3 50 (16.67%) Windows 10
4 43 (14.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 40 (13.33%) Windows Server 2016
6 27 (9.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 23 (7.67%) Windows 7
8 18 (6.00%) Android
8 18 (6.00%) Apple iOS
9 12 (4.00%) Windows Server 2019
10 9 (3.00%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (1.67%) Linux
11 5 (1.67%) Windows 8
12 4 (1.33%) VMS
12 4 (1.33%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.33%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (28.00%) Migration
2 25 (8.33%) ITIL
3 20 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
3 20 (6.67%) Problem-Solving
3 20 (6.67%) Project Management
4 19 (6.33%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (5.67%) High Availability
5 17 (5.67%) Validation
6 16 (5.33%) Enterprise Architecture
7 15 (5.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 15 (5.00%) Project Delivery
8 14 (4.67%) Mobile Device Management
8 14 (4.67%) TOGAF
9 13 (4.33%) Incident Management
9 13 (4.33%) Zachman Framework
10 12 (4.00%) Change Management
11 11 (3.67%) Load Balancing
11 11 (3.67%) Service Delivery
12 10 (3.33%) Problem Management
13 9 (3.00%) Preventative Maintenance
Programming Languages
1 56 (18.67%) PowerShell
2 14 (4.67%) SQL
3 2 (0.67%) C
4 1 (0.33%) C++
4 1 (0.33%) VB
4 1 (0.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 61 (20.33%) Security Cleared
2 43 (14.33%) Microsoft Certification
3 38 (12.67%) SC Cleared
4 25 (8.33%) Cisco Certification
5 24 (8.00%) DV Cleared
6 15 (5.00%) CCNP
7 14 (4.67%) CISSP
8 13 (4.33%) CCIE
8 13 (4.33%) MCSE
9 12 (4.00%) CCIE Collaboration
9 12 (4.00%) MCSA
10 9 (3.00%) Degree
11 8 (2.67%) MCP
12 5 (1.67%) CCNA
13 4 (1.33%) MCITP
14 3 (1.00%) MCTS
15 2 (0.67%) ISEB
15 2 (0.67%) ISTQB
15 2 (0.67%) ITIL Certification
15 2 (0.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (6.67%) SLA
2 3 (1.00%) PMO
3 2 (0.67%) NCSC
3 2 (0.67%) QA
4 1 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.33%) GDPR
4 1 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 134 (44.67%) Active Directory
2 38 (12.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (10.33%) Hyper-V
4 15 (5.00%) XenApp
5 13 (4.33%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (3.33%) vSphere
6 10 (3.33%) XenDesktop
7 4 (1.33%) BitLocker
8 3 (1.00%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (1.00%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.67%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 2 (0.67%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.67%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (0.67%) VMware Server
10 1 (0.33%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 1 (0.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.33%) UAG
10 1 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 38 (12.67%) Microsoft Intune
2 28 (9.33%) SCCM
3 7 (2.33%) SCOM
4 5 (1.67%) Microsoft Clustering
4 5 (1.67%) Single Sign-On
4 5 (1.67%) WSUS
5 4 (1.33%) AirWatch
5 4 (1.33%) vCenter Server
6 3 (1.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (1.00%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (0.67%) Ansible
7 2 (0.67%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.67%) FortiGate
7 2 (0.67%) HAProxy
8 1 (0.33%) CASB
8 1 (0.33%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.33%) MaaS360
8 1 (0.33%) SCSM
8 1 (0.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.33%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 206 (68.67%) Microsoft
2 65 (21.67%) VMware
3 54 (18.00%) Cisco
4 29 (9.67%) Citrix
5 20 (6.67%) Oracle
5 20 (6.67%) Sonus
6 19 (6.33%) Polycom
7 16 (5.33%) Avaya
8 10 (3.33%) ServiceNow
9 9 (3.00%) Mitel
10 7 (2.33%) Adobe
10 7 (2.33%) Clearswift
10 7 (2.33%) Dell
11 6 (2.00%) Google
11 6 (2.00%) HP
12 5 (1.67%) Ivanti
12 5 (1.67%) Remedy
12 5 (1.67%) Samsung
12 5 (1.67%) SAP
13 4 (1.33%) Symantec