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 April 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 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 287 269 241
Rank change year-on-year -18 -28  
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 361 462 516
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.77% 0.83% 0.93%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.49% 4.76% 5.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 276 306
Median daily rate £400 £414 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.38% +18.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £198 £269 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £568 £513 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £401 £350
% change year-on-year -12.60% +14.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 16 32
Median hourly rate £19.00 £24.58 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.68% +36.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.70 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £40.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £24.08 £18.75
% change year-on-year -21.07% +28.40%  

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 8045 9711 9895
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 17.06% 17.38% 17.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 5213 6307 5936
Median daily rate £425 £420 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +8.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £571 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 187 213 382
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% -12.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.30 £11.81
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £44.50 £40.09
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.25 £16.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +16.66% -17.50%  

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 28 April 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 April 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 28 April 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 +4 332 £415 +1.21% 100
London +38 159 £450 +5.88% 27
South East +8 68 £375 -6.25% 16
Hampshire +26 30 £340 -2.85% 5
City of London +2 27 £450 +5.88% 7
East of England +9 24 £438 +25.00% 15
North West -14 23 £300 -29.41% 6
Berkshire +11 14 £300 -25.12% 4
North East +10 14 £275 -2.65% 5
South West -17 14 £318 -10.87% 11
Reading +19 10 £300 -25.12% 3
West Midlands +14 10 £425 +26.86% 12
Bristol +2 10 £318 -7.97% 6
Surrey 0 10 £525 +5.00% 1
East Midlands -7 10 £245 -18.33% 4
Cambridgeshire +11 9 £350 - 2
Havant +4 9 £300 -38.46%
Scotland -6 9 £395 -8.13% 1
Yorkshire +17 8 £475 -14.02% 4
Manchester +9 8 £275 -14.06% 4
Cheshire -2 8 £350 -19.77%
Birmingham +9 7 £425 +30.76%
Tyne and Wear +8 7 £198 -29.46% 3
Essex -10 7 £450 +28.57% 4
Hook +14 6 £315 -26.74%
Hertfordshire +10 6 £650 - 9
Cambridge +8 6 £350 -
Newcastle upon Tyne +3 6 £244 -12.94% 3
Buckinghamshire -20 6 £550 +29.41% 1
Kent +17 5 £463 +0.54% 1

For the 6 months to 28 April 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.

1 510 (67.91%) Skype
2 453 (60.32%) Microsoft
3 371 (49.40%) Office 365
4 363 (48.34%) Windows
5 287 (38.22%) Active Directory
6 253 (33.69%) SharePoint
7 206 (27.43%) MS Exchange
8 161 (21.44%) Microsoft Azure
9 157 (20.91%) Cisco
10 145 (19.31%) Windows Server
11 126 (16.78%) Windows Server 2008
12 125 (16.64%) Exchange Server 2010
13 122 (16.25%) Microsoft Office
14 121 (16.11%) PowerShell
15 116 (15.45%) Migration
15 116 (15.45%) VMware
16 109 (14.51%) Exchange Server 2013
17 108 (14.38%) SQL Server
18 107 (14.25%) SCCM
19 106 (14.11%) Citrix
20 103 (13.72%) Windows 7
21 102 (13.58%) Hyper-V
21 102 (13.58%) ITIL
22 99 (13.18%) DNS
23 97 (12.92%) Security Cleared
24 96 (12.78%) Microsoft Certification
25 94 (12.52%) Windows 10
26 87 (11.58%) Windows Server 2012
27 84 (11.19%) SC Cleared
28 83 (11.05%) 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
1 253 (33.69%) SharePoint
2 206 (27.43%) MS Exchange
3 125 (16.64%) Exchange Server 2010
4 109 (14.51%) Exchange Server 2013
5 54 (7.19%) SharePoint 2013
6 50 (6.66%) Office Communications Server
7 45 (5.99%) Exchange Server 2007
8 35 (4.66%) BizTalk Server
9 28 (3.73%) SharePoint 2010
10 22 (2.93%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 22 (2.93%) IIS
11 20 (2.66%) Exchange Server 2003
12 10 (1.33%) CMS
13 9 (1.20%) IBM Notes
14 7 (0.93%) SharePoint Server
15 5 (0.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 4 (0.53%) IBM Domino
17 3 (0.40%) Apache
18 1 (0.13%) Oracle Service Bus
18 1 (0.13%) WebLogic
Applications
1 122 (16.25%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (2.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.40%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 45 (5.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.67%) Adobe Campaign
3 5 (0.67%) Unica
4 3 (0.40%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Utilities
5 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 371 (49.40%) Office 365
2 161 (21.44%) Microsoft Azure
3 64 (8.52%) OneDrive
3 64 (8.52%) Yammer
4 41 (5.46%) Azure Active Directory
5 20 (2.66%) Amazon AWS
6 19 (2.53%) IaaS
7 17 (2.26%) Mimecast
8 8 (1.07%) SaaS
8 8 (1.07%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 5 (0.67%) GitHub
10 4 (0.53%) Adobe Analytics
11 2 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.27%) PaaS
12 1 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.13%) Amazon S3
12 1 (0.13%) CloudFront
12 1 (0.13%) G Suite
12 1 (0.13%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 510 (67.91%) Skype
2 99 (13.18%) DNS
3 83 (11.05%) Unified Communications
4 72 (9.59%) Firewall
5 60 (7.99%) LAN
6 59 (7.86%) DHCP
7 58 (7.72%) WAN
8 53 (7.06%) SAN
9 47 (6.26%) VoIP
10 45 (5.99%) PBX
11 33 (4.39%) VPN
12 22 (2.93%) NetScaler
13 18 (2.40%) Internet
14 15 (2.00%) PSTN
15 14 (1.86%) Intranet
16 13 (1.73%) ISDN
16 13 (1.73%) Remote Desktop
16 13 (1.73%) TCP/IP
17 12 (1.60%) Telepresence
17 12 (1.60%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 108 (14.38%) SQL Server
2 15 (2.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 12 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
4 11 (1.46%) Oracle Reports
4 11 (1.46%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (0.67%) Amazon RDS
5 5 (0.67%) SQL Server 2005
5 5 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (0.53%) Big Data
6 4 (0.53%) BusinessObjects
6 4 (0.53%) Hadoop
6 4 (0.53%) Oracle Database
6 4 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (0.53%) Power BI
7 2 (0.27%) MySQL
8 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.13%) Oracle BI EE
8 1 (0.13%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.13%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.13%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 9 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (0.67%) JIRA
3 4 (0.53%) Zephyr
4 3 (0.40%) CruiseControl
4 3 (0.40%) TeamCity
4 3 (0.40%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (0.27%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (0.27%) WinDbg
6 1 (0.13%) HP UFT
6 1 (0.13%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.13%) JUnit
6 1 (0.13%) MorphX
6 1 (0.13%) MSI
6 1 (0.13%) Xcode
General
1 68 (9.05%) Finance
2 40 (5.33%) Retail
3 25 (3.33%) Law
4 24 (3.20%) Legal
5 22 (2.93%) Telecoms
6 15 (2.00%) Banking
7 12 (1.60%) Advertising
7 12 (1.60%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
9 7 (0.93%) Local Government
10 6 (0.80%) Back Office
10 6 (0.80%) Investment Banking
11 4 (0.53%) Publishing
12 3 (0.40%) Billing
12 3 (0.40%) French Language
12 3 (0.40%) Games
12 3 (0.40%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.27%) German Language
13 2 (0.27%) Italian Language
13 2 (0.27%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 116 (15.45%) Architect
2 102 (13.58%) Consultant
3 83 (11.05%) Analyst
4 53 (7.06%) Project Manager
5 48 (6.39%) Support Engineer
6 47 (6.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 41 (5.46%) Office 365 Architect
8 36 (4.79%) Solutions Architect
9 33 (4.39%) Microsoft Consultant
10 32 (4.26%) Messaging Support
11 31 (4.13%) Office 365 Engineer
12 29 (3.86%) Messaging Engineer
13 28 (3.73%) Support Analyst
14 27 (3.60%) Technical Architect
15 26 (3.46%) Business Consultant
16 23 (3.06%) Trainer
17 21 (2.80%) Administrator
18 20 (2.66%) IT Support
18 20 (2.66%) Lync Engineer
19 19 (2.53%) Office 365 Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (3.99%) COM
2 26 (3.46%) XML
3 24 (3.20%) .NET
4 16 (2.13%) XMPP
5 14 (1.86%) Web Services
6 9 (1.20%) HTML
7 8 (1.07%) WCF
8 6 (0.80%) CSS
8 6 (0.80%) JSON
9 5 (0.67%) XML Messaging
9 5 (0.67%) XSD
10 4 (0.53%) ASP.NET
10 4 (0.53%) WAP
11 3 (0.40%) .NET Framework
11 3 (0.40%) REST
11 3 (0.40%) WF
12 2 (0.27%) Entity Framework
12 2 (0.27%) OAuth
12 2 (0.27%) SAML
12 2 (0.27%) SAP Smart Forms
Miscellaneous
1 56 (7.46%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (7.06%) Video Conferencing
3 47 (6.26%) Data Centre
4 42 (5.59%) Blackberry
5 23 (3.06%) Clustering
6 22 (2.93%) Replication
7 16 (2.13%) Management Information System
8 15 (2.00%) PKI
9 14 (1.86%) Computer Science
10 11 (1.46%) Client/Server
10 11 (1.46%) e-Learning
10 11 (1.46%) Smartphone
11 9 (1.20%) PDA
12 8 (1.07%) Fat Client
12 8 (1.07%) Hybrid Cloud
12 8 (1.07%) Thin Client
13 7 (0.93%) BYOD
13 7 (0.93%) iPhone
14 6 (0.80%) IVR
15 5 (0.67%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 363 (48.34%) Windows
2 145 (19.31%) Windows Server
3 126 (16.78%) Windows Server 2008
4 103 (13.72%) Windows 7
5 94 (12.52%) Windows 10
6 87 (11.58%) Windows Server 2012
7 42 (5.59%) Windows Server 2003
8 29 (3.86%) Android
9 24 (3.20%) Windows 8
10 22 (2.93%) Linux
11 18 (2.40%) Apple iOS
12 10 (1.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 9 (1.20%) Mac OS X
13 9 (1.20%) Unix
13 9 (1.20%) Windows XP
14 5 (0.67%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.27%) CentOS
16 1 (0.13%) Windows 2000
16 1 (0.13%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.13%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (15.45%) Migration
2 102 (13.58%) ITIL
3 63 (8.39%) Agile Software Development
4 50 (6.66%) CRM
4 50 (6.66%) Project Management
5 47 (6.26%) Stakeholder Management
6 43 (5.73%) Business Intelligence
7 40 (5.33%) TOGAF
8 38 (5.06%) Change Management
9 37 (4.93%) Document Management
10 32 (4.26%) PRINCE2
10 32 (4.26%) Service Management
11 31 (4.13%) Case Management
11 31 (4.13%) Data Management
12 26 (3.46%) SDLC
13 25 (3.33%) Business Analysis
13 25 (3.33%) Presales
14 24 (3.20%) Enterprise Architecture
15 22 (2.93%) Waterfall
16 21 (2.80%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 121 (16.11%) PowerShell
2 63 (8.39%) SQL
3 21 (2.80%) C
3 21 (2.80%) C#
4 20 (2.66%) VBScript
5 12 (1.60%) VB
6 7 (0.93%) JavaScript
7 6 (0.80%) Java
8 5 (0.67%) PHP
9 1 (0.13%) Apple Swift
9 1 (0.13%) C++
9 1 (0.13%) Objective-C
9 1 (0.13%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.13%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.13%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.13%) X++
Qualifications
1 97 (12.92%) Security Cleared
2 96 (12.78%) Microsoft Certification
3 84 (11.19%) SC Cleared
4 58 (7.72%) MCSE
5 47 (6.26%) Degree
6 34 (4.53%) Cisco Certification
7 28 (3.73%) MCITP
8 26 (3.46%) MCSA
9 20 (2.66%) CCNA
10 18 (2.40%) CCNP
11 11 (1.46%) DV Cleared
11 11 (1.46%) MCP
12 9 (1.20%) CCIE
13 8 (1.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 7 (0.93%) CCVP
14 7 (0.93%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 6 (0.80%) Citrix Certification
16 5 (0.67%) BPSS Clearance
16 5 (0.67%) MCTS
16 5 (0.67%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (4.53%) SLA
2 8 (1.07%) QA
3 6 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.40%) PMO
6 2 (0.27%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.13%) GxP
System Software
1 287 (38.22%) Active Directory
2 102 (13.58%) Hyper-V
3 71 (9.45%) VMware Infrastructure
4 50 (6.66%) XenApp
5 36 (4.79%) VMware ESXi
6 33 (4.39%) Microsoft App-V
6 33 (4.39%) XenDesktop
7 30 (3.99%) VMware ESX
8 19 (2.53%) Virtual Desktop
9 18 (2.40%) vSphere
10 16 (2.13%) Virtual Machines
11 13 (1.73%) XenServer
12 8 (1.07%) DFS Replication
13 7 (0.93%) ProxySG
14 6 (0.80%) BitLocker
15 4 (0.53%) ISA Server
15 4 (0.53%) VMware Workstation
16 3 (0.40%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 3 (0.40%) Forefront TMG
17 2 (0.27%) Xen
Systems Management
1 107 (14.25%) SCCM
2 51 (6.79%) SCOM
3 25 (3.33%) Microsoft Intune
4 22 (2.93%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 20 (2.66%) AirWatch
6 18 (2.40%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 18 (2.40%) NetBackup
7 16 (2.13%) Cisco CUCM
8 13 (1.73%) Microsoft Clustering
9 11 (1.46%) Norton AntiVirus
10 10 (1.33%) SCOrch
10 10 (1.33%) vCenter Server
10 10 (1.33%) WSUS
11 9 (1.20%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 9 (1.20%) SCVMM
12 8 (1.07%) vMotion
13 7 (0.93%) Cisco UCCX
13 7 (0.93%) MIMEsweeper
13 7 (0.93%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
14 6 (0.80%) WMI
Vendors
1 453 (60.32%) Microsoft
2 157 (20.91%) Cisco
3 116 (15.45%) VMware
4 106 (14.11%) Citrix
5 40 (5.33%) Oracle
5 40 (5.33%) Polycom
5 40 (5.33%) Symantec
6 37 (4.93%) SAP
7 33 (4.39%) Salesforce.com
8 32 (4.26%) HP
9 30 (3.99%) Infor
10 25 (3.33%) NetApp
11 21 (2.80%) Avaya
12 18 (2.40%) Dell
13 17 (2.26%) Apple
14 16 (2.13%) ServiceNow
15 15 (2.00%) CheckPoint
15 15 (2.00%) Intel Security
16 14 (1.86%) Juniper
17 13 (1.73%) Remedy
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