Period
to 17 October 2019

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 17 October 2019 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
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 271 318 306
Rank change year-on-year +47 -12 -36
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 834 845 829
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.98% 0.82% 0.83%
As % of the Application Platforms category 6.56% 4.90% 4.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 553 552 547
UK median daily rate £400 £380 £367
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.68% +4.71%
10th Percentile £196 £164 £195
90th Percentile £538 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £394 £375 £362
% change year-on-year +5.00% +3.59% +11.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 55 29
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £14.00 £15.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.71% -10.77% -10.60%
10th Percentile £12.60 £10.50 £11.10
90th Percentile £61.00 £41.50 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.13 £14.75 £14.50
% change year-on-year +16.10% +1.72% -41.41%

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 12,720 17,244 16,623
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.95% 16.71% 16.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,216 11,218 10,836
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £445
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.06% +1.12% +5.95%
10th Percentile £263 £273 £263
90th Percentile £631 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 411 411
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £21.25 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £12.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.25 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.74 £21.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -1.25% +5.00% -4.26%

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 17 October 2019.

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 17 October 2019.

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 17 October 2019. 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 +61 779 £400 +5.96% 154
UK excluding London +70 521 £394 +5.00% 129
London +33 301 £425 +6.25% 51
South East +28 165 £390 +4.00% 29
North of England +37 111 £398 +13.57% 19
East of England +65 74 £375 - 13
South West +22 71 £375 -3.85% 26
North West +23 63 £400 +29.03% 7
Midlands +63 53 £450 +20.00% 16
Scotland +19 37 £410 +0.37% 10
West Midlands +40 36 £439 +17.00% 10
Yorkshire +38 32 £338 -18.18% 8
East Midlands +46 17 £450 +93.55% 6
North East +24 16 £475 -9.52% 4
Wales +13 8 £360 -4.00% 15
Northern Ireland +7 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 17 October 2019, 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.

1 729 (87.41%) Skype
2 493 (59.11%) Office 365
3 458 (54.92%) Microsoft
4 414 (49.64%) Windows
5 388 (46.52%) Active Directory
6 233 (27.94%) Windows 10
7 229 (27.46%) SharePoint
8 226 (27.10%) Azure
9 198 (23.74%) Windows Server
10 191 (22.90%) SCCM
11 178 (21.34%) PowerShell
12 166 (19.90%) MS Exchange
12 166 (19.90%) VMware
13 165 (19.78%) ITIL
13 165 (19.78%) Cisco
14 157 (18.82%) Migration
15 156 (18.71%) Citrix
16 139 (16.67%) DNS
17 138 (16.55%) Microsoft Office
18 125 (14.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 123 (14.75%) Unified Communications
20 118 (14.15%) Finance
21 117 (14.03%) DHCP
21 117 (14.03%) Security Cleared
22 113 (13.55%) VMware Infrastructure
23 96 (11.51%) Windows Server 2008
24 94 (11.27%) Firewall
25 91 (10.91%) Windows Server 2012
26 90 (10.79%) Windows 7
27 89 (10.67%) OneDrive

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
1 229 (27.46%) SharePoint
2 166 (19.90%) MS Exchange
3 71 (8.51%) Exchange Server 2013
4 60 (7.19%) Exchange Server 2010
5 31 (3.72%) Exchange Server 2003
6 22 (2.64%) IIS
7 17 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2007
8 9 (1.08%) SharePoint 2010
9 8 (0.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 8 (0.96%) CMS
10 6 (0.72%) IBM Notes
10 6 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
11 5 (0.60%) IBM Domino
11 5 (0.60%) SharePoint Server
12 4 (0.48%) Confluence
12 4 (0.48%) Office Communications Server
13 1 (0.12%) Apache
13 1 (0.12%) Drupal
13 1 (0.12%) Live Communications Server
13 1 (0.12%) Tomcat
Applications
1 138 (16.55%) Microsoft Office
2 47 (5.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 38 (4.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (1.56%) MS Visio
5 9 (1.08%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.12%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 11 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.60%) Oracle CRM
3 4 (0.48%) Veritas eDiscovery
4 3 (0.36%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 2 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.12%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 493 (59.11%) Office 365
2 226 (27.10%) Azure
3 89 (10.67%) OneDrive
4 50 (6.00%) AWS
5 45 (5.40%) Azure Active Directory
6 30 (3.60%) IaaS
6 30 (3.60%) Yammer
7 21 (2.52%) PaaS
8 18 (2.16%) Power Platform
9 16 (1.92%) SaaS
10 11 (1.32%) Azure Stack
11 10 (1.20%) Mimecast
12 9 (1.08%) Dynamics 365
13 5 (0.60%) GCP
14 3 (0.36%) PowerApps
15 2 (0.24%) Dropbox
15 2 (0.24%) OpenShift
15 2 (0.24%) Slack
16 1 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
16 1 (0.12%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 729 (87.41%) Skype
2 139 (16.67%) DNS
3 123 (14.75%) Unified Communications
4 117 (14.03%) DHCP
5 94 (11.27%) Firewall
6 78 (9.35%) WAN
7 76 (9.11%) LAN
8 55 (6.59%) VoIP
9 45 (5.40%) SAN
10 42 (5.04%) VPN
11 37 (4.44%) Wireless
12 36 (4.32%) PBX
13 31 (3.72%) Wi-Fi
14 25 (3.00%) TCP/IP
15 24 (2.88%) Cisco IOS
15 24 (2.88%) Internet
15 24 (2.88%) VLAN
16 19 (2.28%) ISDN
17 17 (2.04%) H.323
18 15 (1.80%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (10.67%) SQL Server
2 15 (1.80%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (1.44%) Power BI
4 7 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (0.84%) SQL Server 2016
5 6 (0.72%) Big Data
5 6 (0.72%) Oracle Database
6 4 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (0.36%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (0.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.12%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.12%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.12%) MySQL
9 1 (0.12%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 9 (1.08%) JIRA
2 7 (0.84%) MSI
3 3 (0.36%) Hudson
3 3 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (0.36%) WiX
4 2 (0.24%) GitLab
4 2 (0.24%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.24%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (0.12%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.12%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.12%) Maven
5 1 (0.12%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.12%) Visual Studio
General
1 118 (14.15%) Finance
2 62 (7.43%) Public Sector
3 40 (4.80%) Telecoms
4 32 (3.84%) Banking
5 29 (3.48%) Legal
6 17 (2.04%) Local Government
7 14 (1.68%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.44%) Retail
9 10 (1.20%) Marketing
10 8 (0.96%) Electronics
11 6 (0.72%) Advertising
11 6 (0.72%) Investment Banking
11 6 (0.72%) Law
12 4 (0.48%) Aerospace
12 4 (0.48%) Back Office
12 4 (0.48%) Publishing
13 3 (0.36%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.24%) Billing
14 2 (0.24%) French Language
14 2 (0.24%) Games
Job Titles
1 102 (12.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 84 (10.07%) Architect
3 83 (9.95%) Analyst
4 67 (8.03%) Support Engineer
5 50 (6.00%) 2nd Line Support
6 48 (5.76%) Consultant
7 46 (5.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 44 (5.28%) Desktop Support
9 43 (5.16%) Windows Engineer
10 38 (4.56%) Unified Communications Engineer
11 35 (4.20%) Office 365 Engineer
12 34 (4.08%) Support Analyst
13 32 (3.84%) Office 365 Architect
14 28 (3.36%) Desktop Engineer
14 28 (3.36%) Service Analyst
15 27 (3.24%) 3rd Line Support
16 26 (3.12%) Project Manager
17 23 (2.76%) Server Engineer
18 22 (2.64%) Network Engineer
19 20 (2.40%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (1.44%) Software Packaging
2 11 (1.32%) Web Services
3 9 (1.08%) LDAP
4 6 (0.72%) Middleware
5 5 (0.60%) .NET
5 5 (0.60%) 802.1X
6 4 (0.48%) HTML
7 3 (0.36%) HTML5
7 3 (0.36%) XMPP
8 2 (0.24%) ASP.NET Web API
9 1 (0.12%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.12%) COM
9 1 (0.12%) CSS
9 1 (0.12%) CSS3
9 1 (0.12%) jQuery
9 1 (0.12%) MAPI
9 1 (0.12%) SAML
9 1 (0.12%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 55 (6.59%) Data Centre
2 46 (5.52%) Video Conferencing
3 43 (5.16%) Blackberry
4 35 (4.20%) PKI
5 28 (3.36%) Management Information System
6 22 (2.64%) Analytical Skills
6 22 (2.64%) Fat Client
6 22 (2.64%) Thin Client
7 19 (2.28%) iPad
7 19 (2.28%) iPhone
8 18 (2.16%) Self-Motivation
9 17 (2.04%) User Experience
10 16 (1.92%) Replication
11 14 (1.68%) Smartphone
12 13 (1.56%) Clustering
13 11 (1.32%) Public Cloud
14 9 (1.08%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 9 (1.08%) Mobile Computing
15 8 (0.96%) Social Media
16 7 (0.84%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 414 (49.64%) Windows
2 233 (27.94%) Windows 10
3 198 (23.74%) Windows Server
4 96 (11.51%) Windows Server 2008
5 91 (10.91%) Windows Server 2012
6 90 (10.79%) Windows 7
7 50 (6.00%) Android
8 38 (4.56%) Apple iOS
9 27 (3.24%) Windows 8
10 25 (3.00%) Windows Server 2003
11 20 (2.40%) Linux
12 9 (1.08%) Windows 2000
13 5 (0.60%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.48%) VMS
15 3 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.36%) Unix
15 3 (0.36%) Windows Phone
15 3 (0.36%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.24%) CentOS
16 2 (0.24%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (19.78%) ITIL
2 157 (18.82%) Migration
3 125 (14.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 62 (7.43%) Project Delivery
5 56 (6.71%) Problem-Solving
5 56 (6.71%) Service Management
6 53 (6.35%) Service Delivery
7 52 (6.24%) Agile Software Development
8 51 (6.12%) Change Management
9 44 (5.28%) Mobile Device Management
9 44 (5.28%) Project Management
10 38 (4.56%) Stakeholder Management
11 37 (4.44%) Continuous Improvement
12 36 (4.32%) Asset Management
13 31 (3.72%) Incident Management
14 30 (3.60%) Computer Science
15 28 (3.36%) Problem Management
16 27 (3.24%) Disaster Recovery
17 25 (3.00%) Data Protection
18 24 (2.88%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 178 (21.34%) PowerShell
2 53 (6.35%) SQL
3 13 (1.56%) VB
3 13 (1.56%) VBScript
4 8 (0.96%) C
4 8 (0.96%) Python
5 3 (0.36%) Bash Shell
5 3 (0.36%) C#
5 3 (0.36%) C++
5 3 (0.36%) Java
5 3 (0.36%) JavaScript
5 3 (0.36%) PHP
6 2 (0.24%) Kotlin
7 1 (0.12%) VBA
Qualifications
1 117 (14.03%) Security Cleared
2 87 (10.43%) SC Cleared
3 69 (8.27%) Degree
4 54 (6.47%) Microsoft Certification
5 42 (5.04%) Cisco Certification
6 34 (4.08%) MCSE
7 26 (3.12%) CCNA
8 22 (2.64%) DV Cleared
9 19 (2.28%) CCA
9 19 (2.28%) Citrix Certification
10 16 (1.92%) CCNP
11 12 (1.44%) MCSA
12 11 (1.32%) MCP
13 10 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
13 10 (1.20%) Computer Science Degree
13 10 (1.20%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 9 (1.08%) CCIE
15 7 (0.84%) MCITP
16 6 (0.72%) ITIL Certification
17 5 (0.60%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (6.47%) SLA
2 16 (1.92%) QA
3 5 (0.60%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 5 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.60%) PMO
4 3 (0.36%) GDPR
5 2 (0.24%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.24%) NCSC
5 2 (0.24%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.12%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 19770
6 1 (0.12%) NIST
6 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 388 (46.52%) Active Directory
2 113 (13.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (9.47%) Hyper-V
4 77 (9.23%) XenApp
5 62 (7.43%) XenDesktop
6 49 (5.88%) VMware ESXi
7 33 (3.96%) vSphere
8 25 (3.00%) Virtual Machines
9 19 (2.28%) DFS Replication
10 12 (1.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 11 (1.32%) Microsoft App-V
12 10 (1.20%) Virtual Servers
13 8 (0.96%) Firmware
14 7 (0.84%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 6 (0.72%) BitLocker
15 6 (0.72%) Virtual Desktop
16 5 (0.60%) VMware Workstation
17 3 (0.36%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 3 (0.36%) vCloud
17 3 (0.36%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 191 (22.90%) SCCM
2 85 (10.19%) Microsoft Intune
3 40 (4.80%) SCOM
4 24 (2.88%) AirWatch
5 22 (2.64%) Single Sign-On
6 15 (1.80%) Cisco CUCM
7 11 (1.32%) Microsoft Clustering
7 11 (1.32%) Norton AntiVirus
7 11 (1.32%) vCenter Server
8 10 (1.20%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 10 (1.20%) WSUS
9 9 (1.08%) FortiGate
10 8 (0.96%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 7 (0.84%) Cisco UCCX
11 7 (0.84%) NetBackup
12 6 (0.72%) SCOrch
12 6 (0.72%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
13 5 (0.60%) Backup Exec
13 5 (0.60%) Cisco Prime
13 5 (0.60%) SafeCom
Vendors
1 458 (54.92%) Microsoft
2 166 (19.90%) VMware
3 165 (19.78%) Cisco
4 156 (18.71%) Citrix
5 38 (4.56%) HP
6 37 (4.44%) Dell
7 35 (4.20%) Symantec
8 28 (3.36%) Apple
9 27 (3.24%) Sonus
10 25 (3.00%) Avaya
10 25 (3.00%) Polycom
10 25 (3.00%) ServiceNow
11 23 (2.76%) Meraki
12 22 (2.64%) Sophos
13 21 (2.52%) Adobe
14 20 (2.40%) Ivanti
15 17 (2.04%) McAfee
16 16 (1.92%) ShoreTel
17 15 (1.80%) CheckPoint
17 15 (1.80%) Palo Alto