Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 259 310 316
Rank change year-on-year +51 +6 -17
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 706 797 800
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.98% 0.81% 0.80%
As % of the Application Platforms category 6.88% 4.90% 4.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 464 502 524
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £361
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.88% -1.50%
10th Percentile £183 £183 £195
90th Percentile £525 £561 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £362
% change year-on-year - +10.65% +7.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 56 26
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £14.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.69% -14.71% +4.36%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.88 £12.50
90th Percentile £45.00 £35.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £15.00 £15.69
% change year-on-year +13.33% -4.40% -7.71%

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 10,269 16,255 16,571
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.32% 16.46% 16.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,655 10,480 11,036
UK median daily rate £450 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.26% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £256 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £635 £623
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 247 351 398
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +2.56% +0.33%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £19.34
% change year-on-year +5.56% -6.93% -3.30%

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 19 January 2020.

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 19 January 2020.

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 19 January 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 +53 632 £400 - 134
UK excluding London +72 469 £400 - 113
London +69 228 £400 - 40
North of England +39 116 £369 -18.06% 18
South East +11 116 £400 - 44
South West +57 79 £380 +4.11% 13
North West +37 67 £338 +3.85% 9
East of England +57 65 £400 +6.67% 10
Scotland +65 55 £450 - 12
Yorkshire +33 37 £325 -29.73% 9
Midlands +47 27 £425 +13.33% 10
West Midlands +31 15 £413 +10.00% 7
East Midlands +26 12 £450 - 3
North East -6 12 £480 +3.23%
Wales +26 10 £225 - 7
Northern Ireland - 1 £375 -

For the 6 months to 19 January 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.

1 630 (89.24%) Skype
2 387 (54.82%) Microsoft
3 383 (54.25%) Office 365
4 342 (48.44%) Windows
5 316 (44.76%) Active Directory
6 179 (25.35%) SharePoint
7 175 (24.79%) Azure
8 173 (24.50%) Windows 10
9 171 (24.22%) SCCM
10 165 (23.37%) Windows Server
11 150 (21.25%) PowerShell
12 134 (18.98%) Migration
13 124 (17.56%) VMware
14 122 (17.28%) MS Exchange
15 121 (17.14%) Microsoft Office
16 117 (16.57%) Cisco
17 115 (16.29%) Security Cleared
18 111 (15.72%) DNS
19 108 (15.30%) ITIL
20 102 (14.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 101 (14.31%) Citrix
22 97 (13.74%) DHCP
23 85 (12.04%) SC Cleared
24 83 (11.76%) VMware Infrastructure
24 83 (11.76%) SQL Server
25 81 (11.47%) Unified Communications
26 79 (11.19%) OneDrive
26 79 (11.19%) Windows Server 2008
27 77 (10.91%) Windows Server 2012
28 74 (10.48%) Windows 7

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
1 179 (25.35%) SharePoint
2 122 (17.28%) MS Exchange
3 70 (9.92%) Exchange Server 2013
4 56 (7.93%) Exchange Server 2010
5 25 (3.54%) Exchange Server 2003
6 17 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2007
7 15 (2.12%) IIS
8 10 (1.42%) Confluence
9 7 (0.99%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.57%) CMS
12 3 (0.42%) IBM Domino
12 3 (0.42%) Office Communications Server
12 3 (0.42%) SharePoint Server
13 2 (0.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.14%) GroupWise
14 1 (0.14%) Oracle Workflow
14 1 (0.14%) Tomcat
Applications
1 121 (17.14%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (4.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (3.26%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (2.27%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.85%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.14%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.14%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.14%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 17 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.71%) Oracle CRM
3 2 (0.28%) Elite 3E
3 2 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 383 (54.25%) Office 365
2 175 (24.79%) Azure
3 79 (11.19%) OneDrive
4 49 (6.94%) AWS
5 36 (5.10%) Azure Active Directory
6 25 (3.54%) IaaS
6 25 (3.54%) Yammer
7 21 (2.97%) PaaS
8 20 (2.83%) SaaS
9 15 (2.12%) Mimecast
10 10 (1.42%) Dynamics 365
10 10 (1.42%) Power Platform
11 9 (1.27%) Azure Stack
12 6 (0.85%) GCP
13 4 (0.57%) PowerApps
14 3 (0.42%) OpenShift
15 2 (0.28%) Microsoft Flow
15 2 (0.28%) NuGet
16 1 (0.14%) Azure Functions
16 1 (0.14%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 630 (89.24%) Skype
2 111 (15.72%) DNS
3 97 (13.74%) DHCP
4 81 (11.47%) Unified Communications
5 69 (9.77%) LAN
6 65 (9.21%) Firewall
7 62 (8.78%) WAN
8 51 (7.22%) VoIP
9 34 (4.82%) Wi-Fi
10 33 (4.67%) SAN
11 32 (4.53%) VPN
11 32 (4.53%) Wireless
12 28 (3.97%) PBX
13 22 (3.12%) TCP/IP
14 19 (2.69%) NetScaler
15 17 (2.41%) Internet
15 17 (2.41%) MPLS
15 17 (2.41%) WebEx
16 16 (2.27%) VLAN
17 15 (2.12%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (11.76%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.13%) Power BI
2 8 (1.13%) SQL Server 2012
3 7 (0.99%) SQL Server 2016
4 5 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (0.57%) SQL Server 2017
6 3 (0.42%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (0.42%) Big Data
6 3 (0.42%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (0.28%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 12 (1.70%) JIRA
2 9 (1.27%) Bitbucket
3 5 (0.71%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (0.57%) MSI
4 4 (0.57%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.42%) GitLab
5 3 (0.42%) Hudson
5 3 (0.42%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.42%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.28%) Maven
6 2 (0.28%) WiX
7 1 (0.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.14%) Oracle Forms
General
1 65 (9.21%) Public Sector
2 63 (8.92%) Finance
3 30 (4.25%) Telecoms
4 19 (2.69%) Local Government
5 15 (2.12%) Banking
6 12 (1.70%) Legal
7 10 (1.42%) Back Office
7 10 (1.42%) Retail
8 4 (0.57%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.42%) Aerospace
9 3 (0.42%) German Language
9 3 (0.42%) Marketing
10 2 (0.28%) Electronics
10 2 (0.28%) French Language
10 2 (0.28%) Games
10 2 (0.28%) iGaming
10 2 (0.28%) Law
11 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.14%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.14%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 82 (11.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 72 (10.20%) Analyst
3 69 (9.77%) Support Engineer
4 68 (9.63%) Architect
5 58 (8.22%) 2nd Line Support
6 50 (7.08%) Consultant
7 40 (5.67%) Support Analyst
8 38 (5.38%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 35 (4.96%) Windows Engineer
10 34 (4.82%) Desktop Support
11 30 (4.25%) Office 365 Engineer
12 25 (3.54%) Network Engineer
13 24 (3.40%) Unified Communications Engineer
14 23 (3.26%) Service Analyst
15 22 (3.12%) Project Manager
16 21 (2.97%) Active Directory Engineer
16 21 (2.97%) Desktop Engineer
16 21 (2.97%) IT Support
16 21 (2.97%) Server Engineer
17 19 (2.69%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (1.70%) Web Services
2 6 (0.85%) LDAP
3 5 (0.71%) Software Packaging
4 4 (0.57%) .NET
4 4 (0.57%) 802.1X
5 3 (0.42%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.28%) COM
6 2 (0.28%) Middleware
6 2 (0.28%) XMPP
7 1 (0.14%) FIX Protocol
7 1 (0.14%) HTML
7 1 (0.14%) JSON
7 1 (0.14%) MAPI
7 1 (0.14%) OLE
7 1 (0.14%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 41 (5.81%) Video Conferencing
2 37 (5.24%) Data Centre
3 31 (4.39%) PKI
4 30 (4.25%) Blackberry
5 22 (3.12%) Replication
6 18 (2.55%) Analytical Skills
6 18 (2.55%) Fat Client
6 18 (2.55%) Thin Client
7 15 (2.12%) User Experience
8 14 (1.98%) iPad
9 13 (1.84%) iPhone
10 11 (1.56%) Management Information System
11 10 (1.42%) Clustering
11 10 (1.42%) Self-Motivation
11 10 (1.42%) Smartphone
12 9 (1.27%) Handset
13 7 (0.99%) Mobile Computing
13 7 (0.99%) Private Cloud
14 6 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
14 6 (0.85%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 342 (48.44%) Windows
2 173 (24.50%) Windows 10
3 165 (23.37%) Windows Server
4 79 (11.19%) Windows Server 2008
5 77 (10.91%) Windows Server 2012
6 74 (10.48%) Windows 7
7 46 (6.52%) Android
8 37 (5.24%) Apple iOS
9 20 (2.83%) Windows Server 2003
10 19 (2.69%) Windows 8
11 16 (2.27%) Linux
12 14 (1.98%) Mac OS X
13 9 (1.27%) Windows 2000
14 6 (0.85%) Unix
14 6 (0.85%) VMS
15 3 (0.42%) CentOS
15 3 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 1 (0.14%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.14%) Windows Embedded Compact
16 1 (0.14%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (18.98%) Migration
2 108 (15.30%) ITIL
3 102 (14.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 53 (7.51%) Agile Software Development
5 52 (7.37%) Change Management
6 42 (5.95%) Problem-Solving
7 39 (5.52%) Service Management
8 35 (4.96%) Problem Management
9 31 (4.39%) Service Delivery
10 28 (3.97%) Project Delivery
11 27 (3.82%) Asset Management
12 24 (3.40%) CRM
12 24 (3.40%) Disaster Recovery
12 24 (3.40%) Mobile Device Management
12 24 (3.40%) Project Management
13 21 (2.97%) Incident Management
14 20 (2.83%) Continuous Improvement
14 20 (2.83%) Stakeholder Management
15 18 (2.55%) ITSM
16 17 (2.41%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 150 (21.25%) PowerShell
2 48 (6.80%) SQL
3 9 (1.27%) VB
4 7 (0.99%) Python
5 6 (0.85%) C
6 4 (0.57%) Bash Shell
7 3 (0.42%) C#
7 3 (0.42%) C++
7 3 (0.42%) VBScript
8 2 (0.28%) Java
8 2 (0.28%) VBA
Qualifications
1 115 (16.29%) Security Cleared
2 85 (12.04%) SC Cleared
3 45 (6.37%) Microsoft Certification
4 34 (4.82%) Cisco Certification
5 32 (4.53%) Degree
6 31 (4.39%) MCSE
7 18 (2.55%) CCNA
7 18 (2.55%) CCNP
8 16 (2.27%) CCA
8 16 (2.27%) Citrix Certification
8 16 (2.27%) DV Cleared
9 12 (1.70%) BPSS Clearance
10 7 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
10 7 (0.99%) MCSA
10 7 (0.99%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 6 (0.85%) MCP
12 5 (0.71%) CCNP Voice
13 4 (0.57%) BC Cleared
13 4 (0.57%) CTC Cleared
13 4 (0.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (7.93%) SLA
2 8 (1.13%) NCSC
3 6 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.71%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 3 (0.42%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.42%) GDPR
6 2 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 2 (0.28%) PMBOK
6 2 (0.28%) QA
7 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 19770
7 1 (0.14%) PMO
System Software
1 316 (44.76%) Active Directory
2 83 (11.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 49 (6.94%) Hyper-V
3 49 (6.94%) XenApp
4 42 (5.95%) XenDesktop
5 36 (5.10%) VMware ESXi
6 16 (2.27%) DFS Replication
7 14 (1.98%) Virtual Machines
8 13 (1.84%) BitLocker
9 11 (1.56%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 10 (1.42%) vSphere
11 9 (1.27%) Virtual Desktop
12 6 (0.85%) Firmware
12 6 (0.85%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (0.71%) Microsoft App-V
13 5 (0.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 3 (0.42%) VMware Server
15 2 (0.28%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 2 (0.28%) Terminal Server
16 1 (0.14%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 171 (24.22%) SCCM
2 47 (6.66%) Microsoft Intune
3 41 (5.81%) SCOM
4 19 (2.69%) Cisco CUCM
5 16 (2.27%) Single Sign-On
6 13 (1.84%) FortiGate
7 12 (1.70%) AirWatch
7 12 (1.70%) Cisco UCCX
8 11 (1.56%) Norton AntiVirus
9 8 (1.13%) Microsoft Clustering
10 7 (0.99%) WSUS
11 5 (0.71%) Ansible
11 5 (0.71%) Cisco Prime
11 5 (0.71%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 5 (0.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 5 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
11 5 (0.71%) Puppet
11 5 (0.71%) SCOrch
12 4 (0.57%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 4 (0.57%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 387 (54.82%) Microsoft
2 124 (17.56%) VMware
3 117 (16.57%) Cisco
4 101 (14.31%) Citrix
5 40 (5.67%) Sonus
6 31 (4.39%) Polycom
7 30 (4.25%) Dell
8 26 (3.68%) Symantec
9 25 (3.54%) Apple
10 24 (3.40%) HP
11 20 (2.83%) Avaya
12 17 (2.41%) Oracle
12 17 (2.41%) Palo Alto
13 16 (2.27%) Ivanti
13 16 (2.27%) ServiceNow
14 15 (2.12%) McAfee
14 15 (2.12%) Meraki
15 14 (1.98%) Adobe
15 14 (1.98%) Mitel
15 14 (1.98%) Samsung