Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 2017 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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 307 265 286
Rank change year-on-year -42 +21 +4
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 845 997 973
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 0.95% 0.86%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.93% 5.13% 4.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 549 609 629
UK median daily rate £362 £360 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.42% +2.86% -6.67%
10th Percentile £195 £206 £155
90th Percentile £520 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £351 £335 £350
% change year-on-year +4.63% -4.29% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 51 42
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +6.45% -4.56%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £44.20 £36.00 £33.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.35 £22.50 £14.75
% change year-on-year -31.80% +52.54% -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 17146 19447 20002
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 16.63% 18.47% 17.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 11290 12594 12563
UK median daily rate £450 £424 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.26% +5.88% +5.89%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £230
90th Percentile £607 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 481 606
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £20.00
10th Percentile £11.00 £12.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.83 £48.75 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.73 £20.00
% change year-on-year -3.52% +3.65% +14.29%

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 23 November 2017.

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 23 November 2017.

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 23 November 2017. 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 -41 771 £364 +1.04% 90
UK excluding London +13 530 £351 +4.63% 61
London -91 288 £363 -9.38% 36
South East +17 187 £400 +14.29% 10
North of England +8 107 £300 -7.69% 14
South West +12 66 £375 +15.38% 6
Midlands +2 62 £351 -12.38% 16
East of England -5 58 £356 +18.75% 8
North West +23 50 £300 -7.69% 6
West Midlands +18 48 £388 +9.70% 7
Scotland -15 39 £350 +4.48% 5
North East +23 35 £304 +1.25%
Yorkshire +3 24 £250 -28.57% 8
East Midlands -6 16 £250 -39.39% 9
Wales +11 11 £238 -29.63% 1
Northern Ireland -37 8 £346 +41.02% 1

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 605 (71.60%) Skype
2 450 (53.25%) Windows
3 447 (52.90%) Microsoft
4 426 (50.41%) Office 365
5 366 (43.31%) Active Directory
6 253 (29.94%) MS Exchange
7 246 (29.11%) SharePoint
8 192 (22.72%) Windows Server
9 183 (21.66%) Citrix
9 183 (21.66%) VMware
10 182 (21.54%) PowerShell
11 171 (20.24%) Migration
12 160 (18.93%) Cisco
13 153 (18.11%) Exchange Server 2010
14 145 (17.16%) SCCM
14 145 (17.16%) Windows 10
14 145 (17.16%) ITIL
15 128 (15.15%) Finance
15 128 (15.15%) Microsoft Office
16 126 (14.91%) Microsoft Azure
17 118 (13.96%) Security Cleared
18 114 (13.49%) Windows Server 2008
19 101 (11.95%) Exchange Server 2013
20 97 (11.48%) Unified Communications
21 96 (11.36%) Windows Server 2012
22 95 (11.24%) Windows 7
23 89 (10.53%) Hyper-V
24 87 (10.30%) DNS
25 84 (9.94%) Firewall
25 84 (9.94%) VMware Infrastructure

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
1 253 (29.94%) MS Exchange
2 246 (29.11%) SharePoint
3 153 (18.11%) Exchange Server 2010
4 101 (11.95%) Exchange Server 2013
5 39 (4.62%) Exchange Server 2007
6 28 (3.31%) SharePoint 2013
7 23 (2.72%) SharePoint 2010
8 14 (1.66%) Office Communications Server
9 12 (1.42%) BizTalk Server
9 12 (1.42%) IIS
10 10 (1.18%) CMS
10 10 (1.18%) IBM Notes
11 9 (1.07%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 8 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2003
12 8 (0.95%) OpenStack
13 5 (0.59%) IBM Domino
14 4 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
15 3 (0.36%) Live Communications Server
Applications
1 128 (15.15%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (3.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (2.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 17 (2.01%) MS Visio
5 9 (1.07%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 24 (2.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.47%) Unit4 Business World
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.12%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 426 (50.41%) Office 365
2 126 (14.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 68 (8.05%) OneDrive
4 44 (5.21%) IaaS
5 34 (4.02%) PaaS
6 33 (3.91%) Azure Active Directory
7 29 (3.43%) Yammer
8 24 (2.84%) Amazon AWS
9 11 (1.30%) Mimecast
10 10 (1.18%) Dynamics 365
11 5 (0.59%) SaaS
12 4 (0.47%) Slack
12 4 (0.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Cloud
13 2 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
14 1 (0.12%) Azure Data Factory
14 1 (0.12%) Data Lake Analytics
14 1 (0.12%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 605 (71.60%) Skype
2 97 (11.48%) Unified Communications
3 87 (10.30%) DNS
4 84 (9.94%) Firewall
5 69 (8.17%) DHCP
6 59 (6.98%) VoIP
7 53 (6.27%) NetScaler
7 53 (6.27%) SAN
8 48 (5.68%) WAN
9 47 (5.56%) LAN
10 39 (4.62%) Wireless
11 38 (4.50%) VPN
12 35 (4.14%) TCP/IP
13 25 (2.96%) PBX
14 24 (2.84%) Cisco IOS
15 22 (2.60%) NAS
16 20 (2.37%) OSPF
17 19 (2.25%) BGP
18 16 (1.89%) SMS
18 16 (1.89%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (8.76%) SQL Server
2 15 (1.78%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (1.42%) Azure SQL Database
3 12 (1.42%) Blockchain
4 10 (1.18%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (0.71%) SQL Server 2005
6 4 (0.47%) EDRMS
7 3 (0.36%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (0.24%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.24%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.24%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (0.24%) Power BI
8 2 (0.24%) SQL Server 2014
8 2 (0.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.12%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.12%) EDMS
9 1 (0.12%) MySQL
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.12%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 11 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
2 10 (1.18%) Visual Studio
3 5 (0.59%) MSI
4 3 (0.36%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 2 (0.24%) Cucumber
5 2 (0.24%) JIRA
5 2 (0.24%) SpecFlow
5 2 (0.24%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 128 (15.15%) Finance
2 67 (7.93%) Banking
3 38 (4.50%) Telecoms
4 23 (2.72%) Legal
5 10 (1.18%) Retail Banking
6 9 (1.07%) Manufacturing
7 8 (0.95%) Pharmaceutical
7 8 (0.95%) Retail
8 7 (0.83%) Local Government
9 6 (0.71%) Back Office
9 6 (0.71%) Law
10 3 (0.36%) Advertising
10 3 (0.36%) French Language
10 3 (0.36%) Investment Banking
10 3 (0.36%) Marketing
11 2 (0.24%) Automotive
11 2 (0.24%) Electronics
12 1 (0.12%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.12%) German Language
12 1 (0.12%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 137 (16.21%) Analyst
2 104 (12.31%) Consultant
3 61 (7.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 54 (6.39%) Architect
5 50 (5.92%) Support Analyst
6 48 (5.68%) Project Manager
7 47 (5.56%) Support Engineer
8 43 (5.09%) Desktop Support
9 38 (4.50%) Office 365 Engineer
10 34 (4.02%) Trainer
11 32 (3.79%) Designer
12 31 (3.67%) Unified Communications Engineer
13 28 (3.31%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 28 (3.31%) Solutions Designer
14 27 (3.20%) 2nd Line Support
15 26 (3.08%) IT Support
15 26 (3.08%) Office 365 Consultant
16 25 (2.96%) 3rd Line Support
16 25 (2.96%) IT Trainer
16 25 (2.96%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.49%) XMPP
2 17 (2.01%) .NET
3 10 (1.18%) 802.1X
4 8 (0.95%) XML
5 6 (0.71%) ASP.NET
6 4 (0.47%) Software Packaging
7 2 (0.24%) COM
7 2 (0.24%) Gherkin
7 2 (0.24%) Middleware
7 2 (0.24%) OAuth
7 2 (0.24%) Velocity
7 2 (0.24%) Windows SharePoint Services
8 1 (0.12%) ADO
8 1 (0.12%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.12%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (0.12%) CSS
8 1 (0.12%) Elastic Stack
8 1 (0.12%) LAMP
8 1 (0.12%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 1 (0.12%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 54 (6.39%) Analytical Skills
2 48 (5.68%) Video Conferencing
3 35 (4.14%) Blackberry
4 32 (3.79%) Data Centre
5 30 (3.55%) Clustering
6 26 (3.08%) PKI
7 25 (2.96%) Management Information System
8 20 (2.37%) CESG
8 20 (2.37%) Replication
9 16 (1.89%) User Experience
10 13 (1.54%) EMC VNX
11 10 (1.18%) Greenfield Project
11 10 (1.18%) iPhone
12 9 (1.07%) Computer Science
13 8 (0.95%) IVR
14 7 (0.83%) e-Learning
14 7 (0.83%) PDA
14 7 (0.83%) Private Cloud
15 6 (0.71%) BYOD
15 6 (0.71%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 450 (53.25%) Windows
2 192 (22.72%) Windows Server
3 145 (17.16%) Windows 10
4 114 (13.49%) Windows Server 2008
5 96 (11.36%) Windows Server 2012
6 95 (11.24%) Windows 7
7 36 (4.26%) Linux
8 25 (2.96%) Android
8 25 (2.96%) Windows 8
9 14 (1.66%) Apple iOS
10 12 (1.42%) Windows Server 2003
11 10 (1.18%) SUSE
12 8 (0.95%) Mac OS
13 6 (0.71%) Mac OS X
14 5 (0.59%) Unix
15 4 (0.47%) Solaris
15 4 (0.47%) Windows 2000 Server
15 4 (0.47%) Windows Vista
16 3 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 2 (0.24%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (20.24%) Migration
2 145 (17.16%) ITIL
3 51 (6.04%) Change Management
4 50 (5.92%) Agile Software Development
5 47 (5.56%) Project Management
6 41 (4.85%) Service Delivery
7 37 (4.38%) Stakeholder Management
7 37 (4.38%) TOGAF
8 31 (3.67%) Problem Management
9 30 (3.55%) Service Management
10 26 (3.08%) CRM
10 26 (3.08%) Disaster Recovery
10 26 (3.08%) PRINCE2
11 25 (2.96%) Presales
12 23 (2.72%) Business Intelligence
13 21 (2.49%) Disk Encryption
14 20 (2.37%) Continuous Improvement
14 20 (2.37%) Customer Requirements
14 20 (2.37%) Desktop Virtualisation
14 20 (2.37%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 182 (21.54%) PowerShell
2 62 (7.34%) SQL
3 32 (3.79%) VBScript
4 9 (1.07%) C#
5 8 (0.95%) JavaScript
6 6 (0.71%) C
6 6 (0.71%) VB
7 2 (0.24%) Java
8 1 (0.12%) R
8 1 (0.12%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.12%) VBA
Qualifications
1 118 (13.96%) Security Cleared
2 83 (9.82%) SC Cleared
3 76 (8.99%) Microsoft Certification
4 57 (6.75%) MCSE
5 49 (5.80%) Cisco Certification
6 38 (4.50%) DV Cleared
7 31 (3.67%) Degree
8 30 (3.55%) CCNP
9 27 (3.20%) MCSA
10 24 (2.84%) CCIE
11 21 (2.49%) ITIL Certification
12 20 (2.37%) BPSS Clearance
13 16 (1.89%) CCNA
14 11 (1.30%) Citrix Certification
14 11 (1.30%) MCP
15 9 (1.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 8 (0.95%) Computer Science Degree
17 7 (0.83%) CCNP Voice
17 7 (0.83%) CCVP
17 7 (0.83%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (3.31%) PMO
2 17 (2.01%) SLA
3 12 (1.42%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.36%) GDPR
4 3 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.36%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.24%) QA
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.12%) NIST 800
System Software
1 366 (43.31%) Active Directory
2 89 (10.53%) Hyper-V
3 84 (9.94%) VMware Infrastructure
4 78 (9.23%) XenApp
5 74 (8.76%) XenDesktop
6 62 (7.34%) Microsoft App-V
7 51 (6.04%) XenServer
8 50 (5.92%) VMware ESXi
9 23 (2.72%) BitLocker
10 18 (2.13%) vSphere
11 16 (1.89%) Terminal Services
12 14 (1.66%) Virtual Desktop
13 8 (0.95%) Brightmail
13 8 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
14 5 (0.59%) DFS Replication
14 5 (0.59%) NFS
14 5 (0.59%) ProxySG
14 5 (0.59%) VMware Workstation
15 4 (0.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 4 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 145 (17.16%) SCCM
2 60 (7.10%) SCOM
3 36 (4.26%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 30 (3.55%) Microsoft Intune
5 29 (3.43%) Norton AntiVirus
6 27 (3.20%) Cisco CUCM
7 25 (2.96%) AirWatch
8 22 (2.60%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 16 (1.89%) McAfee ePO
10 15 (1.78%) NetBackup
11 14 (1.66%) Microsoft Clustering
12 13 (1.54%) Cisco UCCE
12 13 (1.54%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 12 (1.42%) Cisco UCCX
14 10 (1.18%) Backup Exec
14 10 (1.18%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 9 (1.07%) WSUS
16 8 (0.95%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 7 (0.83%) Failover Clustering
18 6 (0.71%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 447 (52.90%) Microsoft
2 183 (21.66%) Citrix
2 183 (21.66%) VMware
3 160 (18.93%) Cisco
4 69 (8.17%) Symantec
5 52 (6.15%) HP
6 45 (5.33%) Avaya
7 41 (4.85%) AppSense
8 33 (3.91%) Polycom
9 32 (3.79%) ServiceNow
10 30 (3.55%) NetApp
11 28 (3.31%) Dell
12 27 (3.20%) Altiris
13 21 (2.49%) McAfee
14 20 (2.37%) LANDesk
14 20 (2.37%) MobileIron
15 17 (2.01%) EMC
15 17 (2.01%) IBM
16 15 (1.78%) Apple
16 15 (1.78%) IronPort