Period
to 28 January 2022

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 28 January 2022 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
28 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 650 436 274
Rank change year-on-year -214 -162 +53
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 175 177 698
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.42% 0.97%
As % of the Application Platforms category 1.62% 2.89% 6.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 120 468
10th Percentile £185 £259 £165
25th Percentile £360 £353 £277
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £463 £400
Median % change year-on-year -8.11% +15.63% -
75th Percentile £488 £539 £475
90th Percentile £588 £619 £529
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 39
10th Percentile £15.33 - £13.00
25th Percentile £21.66 £14.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate £52.03 £55.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.41% +214.29% +25.00%
75th Percentile £69.05 £66.25 £21.44
90th Percentile - - £45.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £69.05 £62.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +10.48% +267.65% +21.43%

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 10,790 6,133 10,315
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.29% 14.39% 14.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,417 4,193 6,860
10th Percentile £313 £275 £250
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +5.56% -5.26%
75th Percentile £625 £569 £550
90th Percentile £706 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £460 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +6.98% +1.18% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 172 174 233
10th Percentile £14.25 £14.15 £11.03
25th Percentile £16.53 £20.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate £24.68 £26.73 £19.41
Median % change year-on-year -7.67% +37.71% +3.52%
75th Percentile £51.00 £56.78 £36.70
90th Percentile £65.50 £64.50 £51.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £24.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -20.83% +33.33% +2.86%

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 28 January 2022.

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 28 January 2022.

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 28 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -200 149 £425 -5.56% 33
UK excluding London -103 89 £425 +6.25% 30
London -201 50 £423 -11.05% 7
Work from Home -189 32 £414 -12.89% 34
South West -50 21 £450 -4.00% 7
East of England -32 19 £450 +36.36%
North of England -48 18 £250 +22.55% 6
North West -29 16 £250 +22.55% 3
South East -74 14 £447 +19.25% 7
Wales -22 7 £231 -17.41% 2
Scotland -68 5 £420 -10.03% 1
Midlands -67 4 £400 -15.79% 6
West Midlands -58 3 £400 -15.79% 4
Northern Ireland -4 2 £140 - 1
Yorkshire -35 2 - - 1
East Midlands - 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 28 January 2022, 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.

1 168 (96.00%) Skype
2 119 (68.00%) Microsoft
3 110 (62.86%) Windows
4 100 (57.14%) Microsoft 365
5 82 (46.86%) Active Directory
6 55 (31.43%) Azure
7 53 (30.29%) Windows Server
8 50 (28.57%) Security Cleared
9 49 (28.00%) SharePoint
10 47 (26.86%) PowerShell
11 43 (24.57%) Social Skills
12 41 (23.43%) Windows 10
13 40 (22.86%) Windows Server 2012
13 40 (22.86%) SC Cleared
13 40 (22.86%) ITIL
13 40 (22.86%) DNS
14 38 (21.71%) Migration
15 34 (19.43%) VMware
16 33 (18.86%) Microsoft Office
17 32 (18.29%) SCCM
17 32 (18.29%) OneDrive
18 31 (17.71%) Microsoft Intune
18 31 (17.71%) DHCP
19 30 (17.14%) Windows 7
20 27 (15.43%) MS Exchange
20 27 (15.43%) SQL
20 27 (15.43%) SLA
21 26 (14.86%) Incident Management
22 25 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
22 25 (14.29%) SQL Server

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 49 (28.00%) SharePoint
2 27 (15.43%) MS Exchange
3 20 (11.43%) Exchange Server 2013
4 7 (4.00%) SharePoint 2013
5 5 (2.86%) IIS
6 4 (2.29%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (1.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (1.71%) Office Communications Server
8 2 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (1.14%) Site Server
9 1 (0.57%) Confluence
9 1 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
9 1 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 33 (18.86%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (5.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (5.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (4.00%) MS Visio
5 5 (2.86%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (1.14%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 1 (0.57%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 100 (57.14%) Microsoft 365
2 55 (31.43%) Azure
3 32 (18.29%) OneDrive
4 22 (12.57%) Azure Active Directory
5 20 (11.43%) AWS
6 13 (7.43%) PaaS
7 12 (6.86%) IaaS
8 11 (6.29%) Amazon EC2
8 11 (6.29%) Amazon S3
8 11 (6.29%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
8 11 (6.29%) AWS Lambda
8 11 (6.29%) Route 53
8 11 (6.29%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 10 (5.71%) Azure Cosmos DB
10 6 (3.43%) SaaS
11 3 (1.71%) Power Platform
11 3 (1.71%) Yammer
12 2 (1.14%) GCP
13 1 (0.57%) GitHub
13 1 (0.57%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 168 (96.00%) Skype
2 40 (22.86%) DNS
3 31 (17.71%) DHCP
4 19 (10.86%) Unified Communications
5 14 (8.00%) Firewall
6 13 (7.43%) Cisco IOS
7 11 (6.29%) VoIP
8 10 (5.71%) VPN
8 10 (5.71%) Wi-Fi
9 9 (5.14%) Internet
10 8 (4.57%) Telepresence
11 6 (3.43%) TCP/IP
12 5 (2.86%) PBX
12 5 (2.86%) WAN
13 4 (2.29%) LAN
13 4 (2.29%) NetScaler
13 4 (2.29%) PSTN
13 4 (2.29%) Remote Desktop
13 4 (2.29%) SAN
14 3 (1.71%) DKIM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.86%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (1.71%) Power BI
4 2 (1.14%) Big Data
4 2 (1.14%) Tableau
5 1 (0.57%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.57%) GIS
5 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 4 (2.29%) JIRA
2 3 (1.71%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.57%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.57%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.57%) MSI
General
1 43 (24.57%) Social Skills
2 23 (13.14%) Public Sector
3 16 (9.14%) Finance
4 12 (6.86%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (4.57%) Local Government
6 6 (3.43%) Banking
7 4 (2.29%) Investment Banking
7 4 (2.29%) Organisational Skills
8 3 (1.71%) Publishing
9 2 (1.14%) Documentation Skills
9 2 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.57%) Influencing Skills
10 1 (0.57%) Legal
10 1 (0.57%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 29 (16.57%) Support Engineer
2 21 (12.00%) Architect
3 20 (11.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 19 (10.86%) Cloud Engineer
5 18 (10.29%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 16 (9.14%) Desktop Support
7 14 (8.00%) Analyst
8 13 (7.43%) Desktop Engineer
9 12 (6.86%) IT Support
10 8 (4.57%) Applications Engineer
10 8 (4.57%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 8 (4.57%) IT Engineer
10 8 (4.57%) IT Support Engineer
10 8 (4.57%) Microsoft 365 Architect
11 7 (4.00%) Project Manager
12 6 (3.43%) Azure Engineer
12 6 (3.43%) Infrastructure Support
12 6 (3.43%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
12 6 (3.43%) IT Analyst
13 5 (2.86%) Telephony Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.71%) JSON
2 2 (1.14%) .NET
3 1 (0.57%) ARM Templates
3 1 (0.57%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (0.57%) SAML
3 1 (0.57%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 20 (11.43%) Replication
2 14 (8.00%) Video Conferencing
3 10 (5.71%) PKI
4 9 (5.14%) Blackberry
4 9 (5.14%) Legacy Systems
5 8 (4.57%) Data Centre
6 7 (4.00%) CMDB
7 4 (2.29%) iPhone
7 4 (2.29%) Smartphone
7 4 (2.29%) Virtual Team
8 3 (1.71%) Clustering
8 3 (1.71%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (1.71%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.71%) Greenfield Project
8 3 (1.71%) Handset
8 3 (1.71%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.14%) Mobile App
10 1 (0.57%) BYOD
10 1 (0.57%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.57%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 110 (62.86%) Windows
2 53 (30.29%) Windows Server
3 41 (23.43%) Windows 10
4 40 (22.86%) Windows Server 2012
5 30 (17.14%) Windows 7
6 22 (12.57%) Windows Server 2016
7 16 (9.14%) Windows Server 2019
8 15 (8.57%) Windows Server 2008
9 12 (6.86%) Android
9 12 (6.86%) Linux
10 8 (4.57%) CentOS
10 8 (4.57%) Ubuntu
11 5 (2.86%) Apple iOS
11 5 (2.86%) Mac OS
12 4 (2.29%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (1.71%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.57%) SUSE
14 1 (0.57%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (22.86%) ITIL
2 38 (21.71%) Migration
3 26 (14.86%) Incident Management
4 24 (13.71%) Agile Software Development
5 22 (12.57%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 22 (12.57%) Service Delivery
6 21 (12.00%) Problem-Solving
7 20 (11.43%) Change Management
8 18 (10.29%) Identity Management
9 15 (8.57%) Project Delivery
10 14 (8.00%) Mentoring
11 13 (7.43%) Mobile Device Management
12 12 (6.86%) ITSM
12 12 (6.86%) Problem Management
13 10 (5.71%) Project Management
13 10 (5.71%) Waterfall
14 8 (4.57%) Disaster Recovery
14 8 (4.57%) Storage Management
15 7 (4.00%) Configuration Management
15 7 (4.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 47 (26.86%) PowerShell
2 27 (15.43%) SQL
3 6 (3.43%) Bash
4 4 (2.29%) VBScript
5 3 (1.71%) T-SQL
6 1 (0.57%) C#
6 1 (0.57%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 50 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 40 (22.86%) SC Cleared
3 20 (11.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 15 (8.57%) DV Cleared
4 15 (8.57%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (7.43%) MCSE
6 7 (4.00%) MCSA
7 6 (3.43%) Degree
8 5 (2.86%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (2.86%) MCP
9 4 (2.29%) CCNA
10 3 (1.71%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (1.71%) MCITP
10 3 (1.71%) MCTS
11 2 (1.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 1 (0.57%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.57%) CCA
12 1 (0.57%) CCNP
12 1 (0.57%) Citrix Certification
12 1 (0.57%) DCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (15.43%) SLA
2 7 (4.00%) JSP 440
3 2 (1.14%) GxP
4 1 (0.57%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.57%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.57%) PMO
4 1 (0.57%) QA
System Software
1 82 (46.86%) Active Directory
2 25 (14.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (6.86%) Hyper-V
3 12 (6.86%) vSphere
4 11 (6.29%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (2.86%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (1.71%) BitLocker
6 3 (1.71%) Virtual Desktop
6 3 (1.71%) XenApp
7 2 (1.14%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.57%) Firmware
8 1 (0.57%) Forefront TMG
8 1 (0.57%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.57%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.57%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.57%) UAG
8 1 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.57%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 32 (18.29%) SCCM
2 31 (17.71%) Microsoft Intune
3 22 (12.57%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 11 (6.29%) AirWatch
5 8 (4.57%) SCVMM
6 5 (2.86%) SCOM
6 5 (2.86%) Single Sign-On
7 4 (2.29%) Nagios
8 3 (1.71%) WSUS
9 2 (1.14%) Backup Exec
9 2 (1.14%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.57%) Ansible
10 1 (0.57%) Cisco UCCX
10 1 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 1 (0.57%) MIMEsweeper
10 1 (0.57%) Terraform
10 1 (0.57%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 119 (68.00%) Microsoft
2 34 (19.43%) VMware
3 23 (13.14%) Citrix
4 22 (12.57%) Cisco
5 20 (11.43%) Polycom
6 16 (9.14%) Apple
7 11 (6.29%) CloudEndure
7 11 (6.29%) ServiceNow
8 8 (4.57%) Blue Coat
8 8 (4.57%) Clearswift
8 8 (4.57%) Lumension
9 7 (4.00%) Avaya
9 7 (4.00%) HP
9 7 (4.00%) Red Hat
9 7 (4.00%) SolarWinds
10 6 (3.43%) Forcepoint
10 6 (3.43%) Ivanti
11 5 (2.86%) Palo Alto
12 4 (2.29%) Sonus
12 4 (2.29%) Veeam