Period
to 17 September 2021

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 September 2021 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 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 639 317 292
Rank change year-on-year -322 -25 +17
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 163 222 850
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.74% 0.95%
As % of the Application Platforms category 1.56% 4.89% 6.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 153 567
10th Percentile £250 £221 £194
25th Percentile £330 £318 £300
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £420 £440 £400
Median % change year-on-year -4.60% +10.00% +6.67%
75th Percentile £505 £500 £488
90th Percentile £588 £588 £566
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £450 £396
% change year-on-year -11.11% +13.78% +5.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 35
10th Percentile £10.94 £14.80 £12.20
25th Percentile £14.00 " £13.88
Median hourly rate £17.98 £17.50 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +2.74% - +7.53%
75th Percentile £23.75 £18.50 £21.47
90th Percentile £74.25 £26.60 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.25 £17.50 £16.74
% change year-on-year +164.29% +4.57% -1.56%

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 10,422 4,544 13,550
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.13% 15.07% 15.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,107 3,033 8,742
10th Percentile £300 £300 £263
25th Percentile £405 £383 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £456
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.16% +1.34%
75th Percentile £590 £560 £556
90th Percentile £675 £655 £630
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 184 114 314
10th Percentile £13.83 £12.63 £11.00
25th Percentile £16.27 £15.97 £14.00
Median hourly rate £24.50 £21.65 £20.86
Median % change year-on-year +13.16% +3.81% +4.28%
75th Percentile £51.69 £37.21 £40.00
90th Percentile £68.15 £59.25 £49.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.86 £20.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year +9.30% -2.44% +7.89%

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 17 September 2021.

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 17 September 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Top 14 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 September 2021. 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 -278 124 £425 -3.95% 45
UK excluding London -191 86 £400 -11.11% 35
London -210 46 £423 -0.59% 13
Work from Home -278 29 £480 +20.00% 11
South West -38 25 £463 - 3
Scotland -66 22 £413 -11.53% 1
North of England -67 19 £425 +26.87% 13
North West -51 14 £300 -9.09% 6
East of England -46 10 £320 -2.29% 1
South East -108 8 £375 -18.92% 6
Yorkshire -42 5 £450 +28.57% 3
Midlands -100 2 - - 9
East Midlands -40 1 - - 3
West Midlands -86 1 - - 6

For the 6 months to 17 September 2021, 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.

1 156 (95.71%) Skype
2 115 (70.55%) Microsoft
3 113 (69.33%) Microsoft 365
4 90 (55.21%) Windows
5 82 (50.31%) Active Directory
6 63 (38.65%) Azure
7 55 (33.74%) Migration
8 53 (32.52%) PowerShell
9 49 (30.06%) SharePoint
10 42 (25.77%) MS Exchange
11 39 (23.93%) Windows 10
11 39 (23.93%) Windows Server
12 36 (22.09%) Microsoft Office
13 33 (20.25%) Microsoft Intune
14 32 (19.63%) DNS
15 31 (19.02%) SQL Server
16 29 (17.79%) Citrix
16 29 (17.79%) Agile Software Development
17 28 (17.18%) Security Cleared
17 28 (17.18%) Social Skills
18 26 (15.95%) VMware
19 25 (15.34%) Finance
20 23 (14.11%) ITIL
20 23 (14.11%) Azure Active Directory
21 22 (13.50%) Windows Server 2012
21 22 (13.50%) Public Sector
22 20 (12.27%) OneDrive
22 20 (12.27%) DHCP
22 20 (12.27%) Windows Server 2008
22 20 (12.27%) Video Conferencing

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 (30.06%) SharePoint
2 42 (25.77%) MS Exchange
3 18 (11.04%) Exchange Server 2010
4 14 (8.59%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (4.29%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (3.07%) Office Communications Server
7 3 (1.84%) IIS
8 2 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.61%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.61%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 36 (22.09%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (4.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (3.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (2.45%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.23%) Chatbot
Cloud Services
1 113 (69.33%) Microsoft 365
2 63 (38.65%) Azure
3 23 (14.11%) Azure Active Directory
4 20 (12.27%) OneDrive
5 10 (6.13%) AWS
6 7 (4.29%) Power Platform
6 7 (4.29%) SaaS
7 6 (3.68%) IaaS
8 4 (2.45%) GCP
8 4 (2.45%) Power Automate
8 4 (2.45%) PowerApps
9 3 (1.84%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (1.84%) Mimecast
9 3 (1.84%) Yammer
10 2 (1.23%) PaaS
11 1 (0.61%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 1 (0.61%) Google Workspace
11 1 (0.61%) Route 53
11 1 (0.61%) Twilio
11 1 (0.61%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 156 (95.71%) Skype
2 32 (19.63%) DNS
3 20 (12.27%) DHCP
4 18 (11.04%) Internet
5 17 (10.43%) VoIP
6 16 (9.82%) Firewall
6 16 (9.82%) VPN
7 13 (7.98%) Unified Communications
8 11 (6.75%) PSTN
8 11 (6.75%) WAN
9 10 (6.13%) LAN
9 10 (6.13%) PBX
10 9 (5.52%) TCP/IP
10 9 (5.52%) Wi-Fi
11 7 (4.29%) Wireless
12 5 (3.07%) SMTP
13 4 (2.45%) Ethernet
13 4 (2.45%) NetScaler
14 3 (1.84%) IP Telephony
14 3 (1.84%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (19.02%) SQL Server
2 9 (5.52%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (1.84%) Power BI
4 2 (1.23%) Big Data
4 2 (1.23%) Tableau
5 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.61%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 3 (1.84%) JIRA
2 1 (0.61%) Fiddler
2 1 (0.61%) MSI
General
1 28 (17.18%) Social Skills
2 25 (15.34%) Finance
3 22 (13.50%) Public Sector
4 10 (6.13%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (4.29%) Telecoms
6 4 (2.45%) Legal
7 3 (1.84%) Banking
7 3 (1.84%) Documentation Skills
8 2 (1.23%) Back Office
8 2 (1.23%) Electronics
8 2 (1.23%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.23%) Marketing
8 2 (1.23%) Presentation Skills
9 1 (0.61%) Billing
9 1 (0.61%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.61%) French Language
9 1 (0.61%) Local Government
9 1 (0.61%) Organisational Skills
Job Titles
1 26 (15.95%) Architect
2 16 (9.82%) Consultant
3 15 (9.20%) Analyst
4 13 (7.98%) Support Engineer
5 11 (6.75%) Microsoft Consultant
6 9 (5.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 8 (4.91%) Wintel Engineer
8 7 (4.29%) Microsoft 365 Architect
8 7 (4.29%) Voice Engineer
9 6 (3.68%) 2nd Line Support
9 6 (3.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (3.68%) IT Support
10 5 (3.07%) 3rd Line Support
10 5 (3.07%) Designer
10 5 (3.07%) Desktop Support
10 5 (3.07%) Infrastructure Designer
10 5 (3.07%) IT Support Engineer
10 5 (3.07%) Microsoft 365 Consultant
10 5 (3.07%) Microsoft 365 Specialist
10 5 (3.07%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.45%) Microsoft Graph
2 3 (1.84%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.61%) .NET
3 1 (0.61%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (0.61%) HTML
3 1 (0.61%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 20 (12.27%) Video Conferencing
2 13 (7.98%) PKI
3 7 (4.29%) Clustering
3 7 (4.29%) Handset
4 6 (3.68%) Blackberry
4 6 (3.68%) Greenfield Project
4 6 (3.68%) Legacy Systems
5 5 (3.07%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (3.07%) User Experience
5 5 (3.07%) Virtual Team
6 4 (2.45%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (2.45%) Replication
6 4 (2.45%) Tandem
7 3 (1.84%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (1.84%) Fat Client
7 3 (1.84%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.84%) Microsoft Licensing
7 3 (1.84%) Thin Client
8 2 (1.23%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.61%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 90 (55.21%) Windows
2 39 (23.93%) Windows 10
2 39 (23.93%) Windows Server
3 22 (13.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 20 (12.27%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (10.43%) Windows Server 2016
6 15 (9.20%) Apple iOS
7 14 (8.59%) Android
7 14 (8.59%) Windows 7
7 14 (8.59%) Windows Server 2019
8 10 (6.13%) Linux
9 8 (4.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (3.68%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (3.07%) Mac OS
12 4 (2.45%) Mac OS X
13 3 (1.84%) Unix
14 2 (1.23%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (33.74%) Migration
2 29 (17.79%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (14.11%) ITIL
4 12 (7.36%) Problem-Solving
5 11 (6.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 10 (6.13%) Asset Management
7 9 (5.52%) Mentoring
7 9 (5.52%) Visualisation
8 8 (4.91%) Incident Management
8 8 (4.91%) Service Delivery
9 7 (4.29%) Data Protection
9 7 (4.29%) Problem Management
9 7 (4.29%) Use Case
10 6 (3.68%) Collaborative Working
10 6 (3.68%) Computer Science
10 6 (3.68%) Decision-Making
10 6 (3.68%) Mobile Device Management
10 6 (3.68%) Technology Roadmap
11 5 (3.07%) Proactive Monitoring
11 5 (3.07%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 53 (32.52%) PowerShell
2 19 (11.66%) SQL
3 2 (1.23%) C
3 2 (1.23%) Shell Script
4 1 (0.61%) C#
4 1 (0.61%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 28 (17.18%) Security Cleared
2 19 (11.66%) SC Cleared
3 13 (7.98%) Degree
4 12 (7.36%) Microsoft Certification
5 11 (6.75%) DV Cleared
6 10 (6.13%) MCSE
7 8 (4.91%) MCSA
8 7 (4.29%) MCP
9 4 (2.45%) CCNP
9 4 (2.45%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (1.84%) CCDP
10 3 (1.84%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (1.84%) DBS Check
10 3 (1.84%) MCITP
10 3 (1.84%) MCTS
11 1 (0.61%) CCNA
11 1 (0.61%) CCNP Voice
11 1 (0.61%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (0.61%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.75%) SLA
2 2 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.61%) GDPR
3 1 (0.61%) NCSC
3 1 (0.61%) PMO
System Software
1 82 (50.31%) Active Directory
2 19 (11.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (6.13%) VMware ESXi
4 9 (5.52%) XenApp
5 8 (4.91%) Hyper-V
5 8 (4.91%) Virtual Desktop
6 7 (4.29%) XenDesktop
7 5 (3.07%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (2.45%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (2.45%) vSphere
9 2 (1.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.61%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 33 (20.25%) Microsoft Intune
2 20 (12.27%) SCCM
3 12 (7.36%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 6 (3.68%) Single Sign-On
5 5 (3.07%) Cisco CUCM
5 5 (3.07%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (1.84%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (1.23%) Cisco UCCX
7 2 (1.23%) WSUS
8 1 (0.61%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.61%) SCOM
8 1 (0.61%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.61%) WMI
Vendors
1 115 (70.55%) Microsoft
2 29 (17.79%) Citrix
3 26 (15.95%) VMware
4 19 (11.66%) Sonus
5 14 (8.59%) Polycom
6 10 (6.13%) Cisco
7 9 (5.52%) Avaya
8 8 (4.91%) Apple
8 8 (4.91%) Ivanti
9 6 (3.68%) Oracle
10 5 (3.07%) Google
10 5 (3.07%) HP
10 5 (3.07%) Red Hat
11 4 (2.45%) CA
11 4 (2.45%) CheckPoint
11 4 (2.45%) Symantec
11 4 (2.45%) Yealink
12 3 (1.84%) Meraki
12 3 (1.84%) MobileIron
12 3 (1.84%) Samsung