Period
to 31 October 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 31 October 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
31 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 351 267 336
Rank change year-on-year -84 +69 -17
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 184 843 814
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.56% 1.00% 0.79%
As % of the Application Platforms category 3.88% 6.68% 4.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 595 541
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £220 £200 £163
90th Percentile £587 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% +6.99%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 35 54
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £14.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +18.64% -9.76%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £66.25 £58.25 £37.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £17.50 £14.75
% change year-on-year +157.14% +18.64% -1.67%

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 4,744 12,629 17,416
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.52% 14.92% 16.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,921 8,142 11,376
Median daily rate £455 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.11% - -
10th Percentile £275 £263 £273
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £429 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +1.00% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 192 326 399
Median hourly rate £34.50 £22.25 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.06% +3.49% +7.50%
10th Percentile £13.06 £11.00 £12.23
90th Percentile £59.88 £52.38 £48.75
Median hourly rate £23.75 £21.00 £21.25
% change year-on-year +13.07% -1.18% +7.24%

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 31 October 2020.

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 31 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Top 17 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 31 October 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 -90 151 £413 +3.13% 26
UK excluding London -28 106 £375 -6.25% 19
London -13 61 £500 +17.65% 10
Work from Home -112 39 £475 +5.56% 8
South East +43 28 £400 +3.23% 9
South West +52 20 £469 +23.36% 2
Scotland +41 17 £450 +12.50% 2
East of England +27 14 £335 -12.42% 1
Midlands +52 11 £375 -16.67% 3
West Midlands +47 10 £375 -15.49% 1
North of England +11 9 £338 -14.56% 2
Wales +41 6 £240 -33.33%
North West +25 5 £200 -50.00% 1
Yorkshire +48 3 £350 +7.69% 1
East Midlands +34 1 - - 2
North East +26 1 - -
Northern Ireland +13 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 31 October 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.

1 176 (95.65%) Skype
2 145 (78.80%) Microsoft
3 105 (57.07%) Office 365
4 104 (56.52%) Active Directory
5 90 (48.91%) Windows
6 58 (31.52%) Azure
7 54 (29.35%) Security Cleared
8 52 (28.26%) Windows Server
9 51 (27.72%) Migration
10 49 (26.63%) SharePoint
11 47 (25.54%) PowerShell
12 43 (23.37%) SC Cleared
12 43 (23.37%) DNS
13 37 (20.11%) Cisco
14 34 (18.48%) MS Exchange
14 34 (18.48%) Finance
15 33 (17.93%) Microsoft Certification
15 33 (17.93%) Windows Server 2012
16 31 (16.85%) VMware
17 29 (15.76%) Firewall
17 29 (15.76%) DHCP
18 28 (15.22%) Windows 10
19 27 (14.67%) ITIL
20 26 (14.13%) SQL Server
21 25 (13.59%) Windows Server 2016
22 24 (13.04%) VMware Infrastructure
23 22 (11.96%) Video Conferencing
23 22 (11.96%) PKI
24 21 (11.41%) MCSE
24 21 (11.41%) Azure Active Directory

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 (26.63%) SharePoint
2 34 (18.48%) MS Exchange
3 17 (9.24%) Exchange Server 2013
4 14 (7.61%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (5.43%) Exchange Server 2003
6 9 (4.89%) Exchange Server 2007
7 8 (4.35%) Office Communications Server
8 6 (3.26%) Confluence
9 5 (2.72%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (2.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 3 (1.63%) nginx
12 2 (1.09%) OpenStack
13 1 (0.54%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.54%) IIS
13 1 (0.54%) SAS
13 1 (0.54%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 20 (10.87%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (2.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.09%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.54%) Stata
Cloud Services
1 105 (57.07%) Office 365
2 58 (31.52%) Azure
3 21 (11.41%) Azure Active Directory
4 19 (10.33%) OneDrive
5 14 (7.61%) AWS
6 10 (5.43%) IaaS
7 9 (4.89%) Yammer
8 7 (3.80%) PaaS
9 6 (3.26%) SaaS
10 4 (2.17%) AWS Lambda
10 4 (2.17%) GCP
10 4 (2.17%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 3 (1.63%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (1.63%) Amazon S3
11 3 (1.63%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 3 (1.63%) Logic Apps
11 3 (1.63%) Power Platform
11 3 (1.63%) PowerApps
11 3 (1.63%) Route 53
12 1 (0.54%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 176 (95.65%) Skype
2 43 (23.37%) DNS
3 29 (15.76%) DHCP
3 29 (15.76%) Firewall
4 20 (10.87%) Unified Communications
5 17 (9.24%) VPN
6 16 (8.70%) LAN
6 16 (8.70%) PBX
6 16 (8.70%) WAN
7 12 (6.52%) VoIP
8 10 (5.43%) Wireless
9 7 (3.80%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (3.26%) Cisco ASA
10 6 (3.26%) DMZ
10 6 (3.26%) SAN
11 5 (2.72%) Internet
11 5 (2.72%) TCP/IP
11 5 (2.72%) WLAN
12 4 (2.17%) ATM
12 4 (2.17%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (14.13%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.80%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (3.26%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (1.63%) Big Data
4 3 (1.63%) Cosmos DB
4 3 (1.63%) MySQL
4 3 (1.63%) Power BI
5 1 (0.54%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.54%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.54%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.54%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.54%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.54%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 6 (3.26%) Bitbucket
1 6 (3.26%) JIRA
2 2 (1.09%) MSI
3 1 (0.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.54%) Visual Studio
General
1 34 (18.48%) Finance
2 16 (8.70%) Public Sector
3 14 (7.61%) Banking
4 8 (4.35%) Legal
5 7 (3.80%) Telecoms
6 6 (3.26%) Financial Institution
7 5 (2.72%) French Language
7 5 (2.72%) German Language
8 3 (1.63%) Military
9 2 (1.09%) International Banking
9 2 (1.09%) Italian Language
9 2 (1.09%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.54%) Automotive
10 1 (0.54%) Electronics
10 1 (0.54%) Law
10 1 (0.54%) Marketing
10 1 (0.54%) Polish Language
10 1 (0.54%) Retail
10 1 (0.54%) Russian Language
10 1 (0.54%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 22 (11.96%) Architect
2 17 (9.24%) Consultant
3 16 (8.70%) Support Engineer
4 12 (6.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 12 (6.52%) Analyst
5 11 (5.98%) Cloud Engineer
6 10 (5.43%) Network Engineer
6 10 (5.43%) Unified Communications Engineer
7 8 (4.35%) Office 365 Engineer
7 8 (4.35%) Project Manager
7 8 (4.35%) Service Analyst
8 7 (3.80%) Administrator
9 6 (3.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (3.26%) Security Architect
9 6 (3.26%) Wintel Engineer
10 5 (2.72%) Azure Engineer
10 5 (2.72%) Chief Enterprise Architect
10 5 (2.72%) Chief Security Architect
10 5 (2.72%) Enterprise Architect
10 5 (2.72%) Enterprise Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.35%) .NET
2 6 (3.26%) LDAP
3 5 (2.72%) XMPP
4 3 (1.63%) Web Services
5 1 (0.54%) COM
5 1 (0.54%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.54%) OAuth
5 1 (0.54%) OAuth2
5 1 (0.54%) OpenID
5 1 (0.54%) SAML
5 1 (0.54%) Velocity
5 1 (0.54%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 22 (11.96%) PKI
1 22 (11.96%) Video Conferencing
2 16 (8.70%) Replication
3 14 (7.61%) Data Centre
4 10 (5.43%) Analytical Skills
5 9 (4.89%) Private Cloud
6 8 (4.35%) Management Information System
7 7 (3.80%) IVR
8 6 (3.26%) Blackberry
9 5 (2.72%) Mobile App
10 4 (2.17%) Self-Motivation
11 3 (1.63%) BYOD
11 3 (1.63%) Client/Server
11 3 (1.63%) Handset
11 3 (1.63%) iPad
11 3 (1.63%) iPhone
11 3 (1.63%) NHS
12 2 (1.09%) Data Protection Act
12 2 (1.09%) Fat Client
12 2 (1.09%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 90 (48.91%) Windows
2 52 (28.26%) Windows Server
3 33 (17.93%) Windows Server 2012
4 28 (15.22%) Windows 10
5 25 (13.59%) Windows Server 2016
6 19 (10.33%) Windows Server 2008
7 17 (9.24%) Windows Server 2019
8 10 (5.43%) Windows 7
8 10 (5.43%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (4.35%) Linux
10 5 (2.72%) VMS
10 5 (2.72%) Windows Mobile
11 4 (2.17%) Debian
11 4 (2.17%) Fedora
11 4 (2.17%) NetWare
11 4 (2.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (2.17%) Solaris
11 4 (2.17%) Ubuntu
11 4 (2.17%) Unix
12 1 (0.54%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (27.72%) Migration
2 27 (14.67%) ITIL
3 20 (10.87%) Service Delivery
4 16 (8.70%) Disaster Recovery
4 16 (8.70%) Project Management
5 12 (6.52%) Agile Software Development
6 11 (5.98%) Change Management
6 11 (5.98%) High Availability
6 11 (5.98%) Load Balancing
6 11 (5.98%) Service Management
7 10 (5.43%) Data Protection
7 10 (5.43%) Identity Management
7 10 (5.43%) Information Security
8 9 (4.89%) Identity Access Management
8 9 (4.89%) Problem-Solving
8 9 (4.89%) Project Delivery
9 8 (4.35%) Mobile Device Management
10 7 (3.80%) DevOps
10 7 (3.80%) E-Discovery
10 7 (3.80%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 47 (25.54%) PowerShell
2 20 (10.87%) SQL
3 5 (2.72%) Python
4 1 (0.54%) Bash Shell
4 1 (0.54%) C
4 1 (0.54%) VB
4 1 (0.54%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 54 (29.35%) Security Cleared
2 43 (23.37%) SC Cleared
3 33 (17.93%) Microsoft Certification
4 21 (11.41%) MCSE
5 12 (6.52%) MCSA
6 9 (4.89%) Degree
7 8 (4.35%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (3.80%) DV Cleared
9 6 (3.26%) CISSP
9 6 (3.26%) SSCP
10 5 (2.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 4 (2.17%) DBS Check
12 3 (1.63%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (1.63%) PMI Certification
12 3 (1.63%) PMP
13 2 (1.09%) CCA
13 2 (1.09%) CCNP
13 2 (1.09%) MCP
13 2 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 2 (1.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.07%) SLA
2 4 (2.17%) PMO
3 3 (1.63%) NCSC
4 2 (1.09%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 104 (56.52%) Active Directory
2 24 (13.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (5.43%) Hyper-V
4 8 (4.35%) vSphere
5 7 (3.80%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (2.17%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (1.63%) BitLocker
7 3 (1.63%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (1.09%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (1.09%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.54%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.54%) UAG
9 1 (0.54%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 20 (10.87%) SCCM
2 17 (9.24%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (3.80%) SCOM
4 5 (2.72%) WSUS
5 4 (2.17%) Netcool
5 4 (2.17%) Tivoli
6 3 (1.63%) HAProxy
7 2 (1.09%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (1.09%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (1.09%) NetBackup
7 2 (1.09%) OfficeScan
7 2 (1.09%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (1.09%) Trend Micro Deep Security
7 2 (1.09%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.54%) MaaS360
8 1 (0.54%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.54%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.54%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.54%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 145 (78.80%) Microsoft
2 37 (20.11%) Cisco
3 31 (16.85%) VMware
4 11 (5.98%) Avaya
5 7 (3.80%) Citrix
5 7 (3.80%) IronPort
5 7 (3.80%) Palo Alto
6 6 (3.26%) F5
6 6 (3.26%) Polycom
6 6 (3.26%) Sonus
7 5 (2.72%) HP
7 5 (2.72%) Mitel
7 5 (2.72%) Veeam
8 4 (2.17%) Blue Coat
8 4 (2.17%) Foundstone
8 4 (2.17%) Google
8 4 (2.17%) Ivanti
8 4 (2.17%) Juniper
8 4 (2.17%) Novell
8 4 (2.17%) Red Hat