Period
to 21 June 2018

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 21 June 2018 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
21 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 296 298 294
Rank change year-on-year +2 -4 -31
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 836 762 946
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.84% 0.84% 0.89%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.09% 4.90% 5.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 544 500 607
UK median daily rate £363 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.38% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £169 £200 £208
90th Percentile £524 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £375
% change year-on-year - -6.67% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 28 40
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.75 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.68% -25.26% +36.30%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £12.25
90th Percentile £43.70 £25.75 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £13.75 £23.00
% change year-on-year +45.45% -40.22% +24.32%

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 16,429 15,541 18,856
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 16.42% 17.05% 17.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,882 10,052 12,295
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +4.43%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 371 363 468
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £19.00 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.32% -7.32% +7.89%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.50 £47.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.98 £20.50
% change year-on-year -7.80% -7.41% +17.14%

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 21 June 2018.

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 21 June 2018.

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 21 June 2018. 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 -28 726 £362 -9.50% 113
UK excluding London +18 449 £350 - 80
London +7 372 £375 -16.67% 41
South East -19 152 £365 -8.79% 24
North of England -54 78 £305 +8.93% 21
Scotland +23 75 £300 -11.76% 5
North West +5 59 £305 -6.15% 15
South West +17 47 £350 -11.95% 10
Midlands -15 37 £300 -25.00% 9
East of England -22 36 £300 -33.33% 8
West Midlands -12 26 £356 -20.39% 4
Wales +12 21 £400 +6.67% 3
Yorkshire -19 13 £300 -14.29% 4
East Midlands -3 11 £293 +6.36% 5
North East -33 6 £500 +81.82% 2
Northern Ireland +15 5 £481 +52.78%

For the 6 months to 21 June 2018, 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.

1 668 (79.90%) Skype
2 492 (58.85%) Office 365
3 455 (54.43%) Windows
4 448 (53.59%) Microsoft
5 391 (46.77%) Active Directory
6 278 (33.25%) MS Exchange
7 233 (27.87%) SharePoint
8 221 (26.44%) Windows Server
9 201 (24.04%) PowerShell
10 198 (23.68%) Migration
11 196 (23.44%) Windows 10
12 173 (20.69%) ITIL
13 167 (19.98%) Exchange Server 2010
14 165 (19.74%) VMware
15 163 (19.50%) Microsoft Office
16 159 (19.02%) Security Cleared
17 157 (18.78%) Microsoft Azure
18 152 (18.18%) Citrix
19 145 (17.34%) Cisco
20 142 (16.99%) DNS
21 140 (16.75%) SCCM
22 133 (15.91%) Windows 7
23 132 (15.79%) SC Cleared
24 129 (15.43%) Windows Server 2008
25 116 (13.88%) VMware Infrastructure
26 110 (13.16%) Finance
27 105 (12.56%) DHCP
28 97 (11.60%) Firewall
29 93 (11.12%) Unified Communications
30 87 (10.41%) Windows Server 2012

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
1 278 (33.25%) MS Exchange
2 233 (27.87%) SharePoint
3 167 (19.98%) Exchange Server 2010
4 66 (7.89%) Exchange Server 2013
5 40 (4.78%) Exchange Server 2007
6 29 (3.47%) SharePoint 2013
7 28 (3.35%) Office Communications Server
8 27 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2003
9 23 (2.75%) IIS
10 8 (0.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 6 (0.72%) CMS
12 5 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
12 5 (0.60%) SharePoint 2010
13 4 (0.48%) IBM Notes
14 3 (0.36%) OpenStack
15 2 (0.24%) Apache
15 2 (0.24%) Confluence
15 2 (0.24%) IBM Domino
15 2 (0.24%) JBoss
15 2 (0.24%) Tomcat
Applications
1 163 (19.50%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (4.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 27 (3.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 19 (2.27%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.84%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.36%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.12%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 23 (2.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.24%) Line 50
3 2 (0.24%) Sage X3
4 1 (0.12%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.12%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.12%) SAP MDG
4 1 (0.12%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.12%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 492 (58.85%) Office 365
2 157 (18.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 82 (9.81%) OneDrive
4 51 (6.10%) Azure Active Directory
5 28 (3.35%) Yammer
6 27 (3.23%) Mimecast
7 15 (1.79%) IaaS
8 14 (1.67%) Amazon AWS
9 12 (1.44%) PaaS
10 9 (1.08%) SaaS
11 4 (0.48%) Dynamics 365
12 3 (0.36%) Amazon EC2
12 3 (0.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
14 1 (0.12%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.12%) Amazon S3
14 1 (0.12%) AWS CloudFormation
14 1 (0.12%) AWS CloudTrail
14 1 (0.12%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
14 1 (0.12%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 668 (79.90%) Skype
2 142 (16.99%) DNS
3 105 (12.56%) DHCP
4 97 (11.60%) Firewall
5 93 (11.12%) Unified Communications
6 76 (9.09%) VoIP
7 72 (8.61%) WAN
8 61 (7.30%) LAN
9 58 (6.94%) SAN
10 40 (4.78%) VPN
11 29 (3.47%) SMTP
12 28 (3.35%) TCP/IP
13 26 (3.11%) IP Telephony
14 25 (2.99%) PSTN
15 24 (2.87%) NetScaler
15 24 (2.87%) Telepresence
16 22 (2.63%) PBX
16 22 (2.63%) Wireless
17 18 (2.15%) iSCSI
18 17 (2.03%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (9.93%) SQL Server
2 10 (1.20%) Power BI
3 7 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (0.36%) Oracle Database
4 3 (0.36%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (0.36%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.24%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.24%) Blockchain
5 2 (0.24%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.12%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.12%) Big Data
6 1 (0.12%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.12%) EDMS
6 1 (0.12%) MySQL
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Discoverer
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.12%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.12%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.12%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 9 (1.08%) JIRA
2 4 (0.48%) MSI
3 1 (0.12%) CruiseControl
3 1 (0.12%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.12%) Hudson
3 1 (0.12%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.12%) Subversion
3 1 (0.12%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.12%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.12%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 110 (13.16%) Finance
2 22 (2.63%) Banking
3 21 (2.51%) Legal
3 21 (2.51%) Telecoms
4 20 (2.39%) Retail
5 15 (1.79%) Local Government
6 12 (1.44%) Back Office
7 11 (1.32%) Law
8 6 (0.72%) Investment Banking
9 5 (0.60%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.60%) Marketing
10 4 (0.48%) German Language
10 4 (0.48%) Military
11 3 (0.36%) Dutch Language
11 3 (0.36%) Electronics
11 3 (0.36%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.36%) Games
12 2 (0.24%) Advertising
12 2 (0.24%) Retail Banking
13 1 (0.12%) French Language
Job Titles
1 108 (12.92%) Analyst
2 78 (9.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 71 (8.49%) Support Engineer
4 62 (7.42%) Architect
5 57 (6.82%) Unified Communications Engineer
6 51 (6.10%) Consultant
7 45 (5.38%) Project Manager
7 45 (5.38%) Trainer
8 43 (5.14%) Office 365 Engineer
9 42 (5.02%) Messaging Engineer
10 41 (4.90%) 2nd Line Support
11 38 (4.55%) Desktop Support
12 37 (4.43%) IT Support
13 36 (4.31%) Support Analyst
14 31 (3.71%) 1st/2nd Line Support
14 31 (3.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 29 (3.47%) Exchange Engineer
15 29 (3.47%) IT Analyst
15 29 (3.47%) Lync Engineer
16 27 (3.23%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (1.91%) LDAP
2 10 (1.20%) XMPP
3 7 (0.84%) .NET
4 3 (0.36%) 802.1X
4 3 (0.36%) Software Packaging
4 3 (0.36%) Web Services
5 2 (0.24%) ADSI
5 2 (0.24%) OAuth
5 2 (0.24%) SAML
6 1 (0.12%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.12%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.12%) COM
6 1 (0.12%) CSS
6 1 (0.12%) HTML
6 1 (0.12%) Middleware
6 1 (0.12%) Node.js
6 1 (0.12%) SOAP
6 1 (0.12%) WCF
6 1 (0.12%) WF
6 1 (0.12%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 56 (6.70%) Data Centre
2 46 (5.50%) Blackberry
2 46 (5.50%) Video Conferencing
3 43 (5.14%) Clustering
4 41 (4.90%) Self-Motivation
5 39 (4.67%) Analytical Skills
6 30 (3.59%) PKI
7 28 (3.35%) Computer Science
8 25 (2.99%) iPhone
9 22 (2.63%) Management Information System
10 18 (2.15%) Fat Client
10 18 (2.15%) Thin Client
11 15 (1.79%) Video\Live Streaming
12 14 (1.67%) BYOD
12 14 (1.67%) Replication
13 13 (1.56%) Handset
14 12 (1.44%) iPad
15 11 (1.32%) e-Learning
15 11 (1.32%) Smartphone
16 10 (1.20%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 455 (54.43%) Windows
2 221 (26.44%) Windows Server
3 196 (23.44%) Windows 10
4 133 (15.91%) Windows 7
5 129 (15.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 87 (10.41%) Windows Server 2012
7 50 (5.98%) Windows Server 2003
8 47 (5.62%) Android
9 40 (4.78%) Linux
10 39 (4.67%) Apple iOS
11 29 (3.47%) Windows 8
12 14 (1.67%) Unix
13 13 (1.56%) Mac OS
14 11 (1.32%) Windows XP
15 7 (0.84%) Solaris
15 7 (0.84%) Windows Vista
16 4 (0.48%) AIX
16 4 (0.48%) SUSE
16 4 (0.48%) Windows 2000 Server
17 2 (0.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 198 (23.68%) Migration
2 173 (20.69%) ITIL
3 71 (8.49%) Problem-Solving
4 63 (7.54%) Project Management
5 58 (6.94%) Change Management
6 46 (5.50%) Stakeholder Management
7 37 (4.43%) Agile Software Development
8 34 (4.07%) PRINCE2
8 34 (4.07%) Service Management
9 33 (3.95%) Disaster Recovery
10 31 (3.71%) CRM
11 26 (3.11%) Problem Management
12 24 (2.87%) ITIL V3
13 23 (2.75%) Incident Management
14 22 (2.63%) High Availability
15 21 (2.51%) Kalman Filter
16 20 (2.39%) Mobile Device Management
17 18 (2.15%) Continuous Improvement
17 18 (2.15%) TOGAF
18 17 (2.03%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 201 (24.04%) PowerShell
2 60 (7.18%) SQL
3 18 (2.15%) VBScript
4 13 (1.56%) C
5 5 (0.60%) VB
6 4 (0.48%) Java
7 2 (0.24%) Perl
7 2 (0.24%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.12%) C#
8 1 (0.12%) C++
8 1 (0.12%) Go
8 1 (0.12%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.12%) LINC
8 1 (0.12%) Python
8 1 (0.12%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 159 (19.02%) Security Cleared
2 132 (15.79%) SC Cleared
3 73 (8.73%) Microsoft Certification
4 56 (6.70%) Degree
5 41 (4.90%) MCSE
6 30 (3.59%) Cisco Certification
7 29 (3.47%) DV Cleared
8 24 (2.87%) CCNA
9 23 (2.75%) MCSA
10 20 (2.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 17 (2.03%) CCNP
11 17 (2.03%) ITIL Certification
12 14 (1.67%) Computer Science Degree
13 13 (1.56%) MCP
14 12 (1.44%) Citrix Certification
15 11 (1.32%) MCITP
16 10 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
16 10 (1.20%) CCA
17 6 (0.72%) CTC Cleared
17 6 (0.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (2.51%) SLA
2 12 (1.44%) QA
3 10 (1.20%) PMO
4 4 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.36%) GDPR
6 2 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.24%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.12%) GMP
System Software
1 391 (46.77%) Active Directory
2 116 (13.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 75 (8.97%) Hyper-V
4 62 (7.42%) VMware ESXi
5 61 (7.30%) XenApp
6 38 (4.55%) XenDesktop
7 24 (2.87%) vSphere
8 20 (2.39%) Microsoft App-V
9 17 (2.03%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 13 (1.56%) XenServer
11 12 (1.44%) Terminal Services
12 10 (1.20%) DFS Replication
12 10 (1.20%) Virtual Desktop
13 8 (0.96%) Forefront TMG
14 6 (0.72%) BitLocker
14 6 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
15 5 (0.60%) ISA Server
16 2 (0.24%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 2 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
16 2 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 140 (16.75%) SCCM
2 51 (6.10%) SCOM
3 40 (4.78%) Microsoft Intune
4 32 (3.83%) Cisco CUCM
5 21 (2.51%) Microsoft Clustering
5 21 (2.51%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 20 (2.39%) Backup Exec
7 15 (1.79%) Norton AntiVirus
8 13 (1.56%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 12 (1.44%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 11 (1.32%) NetBackup
10 11 (1.32%) Single Sign-On
10 11 (1.32%) WSUS
11 8 (0.96%) AirWatch
11 8 (0.96%) PingFederate
12 7 (0.84%) HP Data Protector
12 7 (0.84%) McAfee ePO
12 7 (0.84%) vCenter Server
13 6 (0.72%) Failover Clustering
13 6 (0.72%) Netcool
Vendors
1 448 (53.59%) Microsoft
2 165 (19.74%) VMware
3 152 (18.18%) Citrix
4 145 (17.34%) Cisco
5 59 (7.06%) HP
6 53 (6.34%) Symantec
7 50 (5.98%) Polycom
8 45 (5.38%) Avaya
9 40 (4.78%) Dell
10 33 (3.95%) Apple
11 25 (2.99%) NetApp
12 24 (2.87%) ServiceNow
12 24 (2.87%) SolarWinds
13 23 (2.75%) IBM
13 23 (2.75%) Remedy
14 22 (2.63%) Sonus
15 19 (2.27%) Veritas
16 18 (2.15%) Mitel
17 16 (1.91%) SAP
18 14 (1.67%) Oracle