Period
to 7 March 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 7 March 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
7 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 455 274 310
Rank change year-on-year -181 +36 +26
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 175 595 835
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.36% 0.90% 0.86%
As % of the Application Platforms category 2.60% 6.30% 5.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 423 548
Median daily rate £465 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.25% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £243 £184 £188
90th Percentile £611 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £425
% change year-on-year - -5.88% +24.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 32 48
Median hourly rate £29.50 £16.50 £15.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +78.79% +7.35% -23.15%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.00 £10.96
90th Percentile £66.25 £46.46 £36.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £62.50 £14.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +346.43% -6.67% -25.00%

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 6,729 9,447 15,663
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.99% 14.30% 16.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,580 6,243 10,309
Median daily rate £475 £453 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.97% -4.74% +5.56%
10th Percentile £280 £256 £280
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £428 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +0.71% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 177 194 300
Median hourly rate £26.50 £19.95 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.83% +7.84% -
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.62 £12.00
90th Percentile £62.42 £53.53 £48.05
Median hourly rate £23.43 £18.50 £17.25
% change year-on-year +26.65% +7.25% -1.43%

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 7 March 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 7 March 2021.

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 7 March 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 -132 138 £470 +17.50% 29
UK excluding London -87 84 £400 - 18
London -42 68 £488 +19.63% 14
Work from Home -216 50 £475 +5.56% 16
South East +10 22 £400 -5.88% 7
Scotland -14 18 £438 +9.38% 2
Midlands +36 14 £480 +20.00% 1
West Midlands +31 14 £480 +23.87% 1
South West +36 12 £400 -11.11% 3
North of England -7 8 £300 -14.29% 5
North West +2 6 £300 -7.69% 4
East of England +22 5 £365 -13.10%
Wales +12 3 £280 +24.44% 1
North East +24 2 - -
Northern Ireland +5 1 - -
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 7 March 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.

1 165 (94.29%) Skype
2 116 (66.29%) Microsoft 365
3 115 (65.71%) Microsoft
4 87 (49.71%) Active Directory
5 81 (46.29%) Windows
6 65 (37.14%) Migration
6 65 (37.14%) Azure
7 63 (36.00%) SharePoint
8 47 (26.86%) PowerShell
9 44 (25.14%) Windows Server
10 42 (24.00%) MS Exchange
11 40 (22.86%) Security Cleared
12 38 (21.71%) Cisco
13 35 (20.00%) VMware
14 34 (19.43%) Finance
15 33 (18.86%) Microsoft Office
16 32 (18.29%) SC Cleared
16 32 (18.29%) Windows 10
17 30 (17.14%) OneDrive
18 29 (16.57%) Windows Server 2012
18 29 (16.57%) LAN
18 29 (16.57%) WAN
19 27 (15.43%) Public Sector
20 26 (14.86%) Firewall
21 25 (14.29%) DNS
22 24 (13.71%) Exchange Server 2010
22 24 (13.71%) Windows Server 2008
23 23 (13.14%) Unified Communications
23 23 (13.14%) Exchange Server 2013
23 23 (13.14%) Microsoft Certification

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 63 (36.00%) SharePoint
2 42 (24.00%) MS Exchange
3 24 (13.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 23 (13.14%) Exchange Server 2013
5 16 (9.14%) Exchange Server 2003
6 15 (8.57%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (3.43%) Confluence
7 6 (3.43%) Office Communications Server
8 3 (1.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (1.71%) IIS
8 3 (1.71%) OpenStack
8 3 (1.71%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (1.14%) nginx
10 1 (0.57%) CMS
10 1 (0.57%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 33 (18.86%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (9.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (7.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (3.43%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.57%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 116 (66.29%) Microsoft 365
2 65 (37.14%) Azure
3 30 (17.14%) OneDrive
4 19 (10.86%) Azure Active Directory
5 13 (7.43%) Yammer
6 10 (5.71%) IaaS
7 8 (4.57%) SaaS
8 7 (4.00%) AWS
8 7 (4.00%) Power Platform
9 6 (3.43%) PaaS
10 5 (2.86%) PowerApps
11 4 (2.29%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 3 (1.71%) Logic Apps
13 2 (1.14%) AWS Lambda
13 2 (1.14%) Dynamics 365
13 2 (1.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 1 (0.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.57%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
14 1 (0.57%) Mimecast
14 1 (0.57%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 165 (94.29%) Skype
2 29 (16.57%) LAN
2 29 (16.57%) WAN
3 26 (14.86%) Firewall
4 25 (14.29%) DNS
5 23 (13.14%) Unified Communications
6 14 (8.00%) PBX
7 12 (6.86%) DHCP
7 12 (6.86%) VPN
8 11 (6.29%) Wireless
9 9 (5.14%) Internet
9 9 (5.14%) VoIP
10 8 (4.57%) Wi-Fi
11 6 (3.43%) DMZ
11 6 (3.43%) IP Telephony
12 5 (2.86%) TCP/IP
13 4 (2.29%) SAN
13 4 (2.29%) WLAN
14 3 (1.71%) Ethernet
14 3 (1.71%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (9.14%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.00%) Power BI
3 4 (2.29%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (1.71%) Big Data
4 3 (1.71%) MySQL
4 3 (1.71%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (1.71%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.57%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.57%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.57%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 6 (3.43%) JIRA
2 1 (0.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (0.57%) Bitbucket
2 1 (0.57%) Hudson
2 1 (0.57%) MSI
General
1 34 (19.43%) Finance
2 27 (15.43%) Public Sector
3 14 (8.00%) Legal
4 13 (7.43%) Banking
5 6 (3.43%) Financial Institution
5 6 (3.43%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.71%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.14%) Electronics
7 2 (1.14%) French Language
7 2 (1.14%) International Banking
7 2 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.14%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.57%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.57%) German Language
8 1 (0.57%) Italian Language
8 1 (0.57%) Local Government
8 1 (0.57%) Marketing
8 1 (0.57%) Polish Language
8 1 (0.57%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.57%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 27 (15.43%) Architect
2 17 (9.71%) Analyst
3 14 (8.00%) Project Manager
4 13 (7.43%) Consultant
5 12 (6.86%) Infrastructure Manager
5 12 (6.86%) Infrastructure Project Manager
6 10 (5.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 10 (5.71%) Support Engineer
7 8 (4.57%) Voice Engineer
8 7 (4.00%) Implementation Engineer
9 6 (3.43%) Network Engineer
10 5 (2.86%) 2nd Line Support
10 5 (2.86%) 3rd Line Support
10 5 (2.86%) Azure Engineer
10 5 (2.86%) Cloud Engineer
10 5 (2.86%) Microsoft Engineer
10 5 (2.86%) Office 365 Engineer
10 5 (2.86%) Security Architect
10 5 (2.86%) Support Analyst
10 5 (2.86%) Unified Communications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.43%) Node.js
2 5 (2.86%) XMPP
3 2 (1.14%) .NET
3 2 (1.14%) Web Services
3 2 (1.14%) WebRTC
4 1 (0.57%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (0.57%) JSON
4 1 (0.57%) LDAP
4 1 (0.57%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 18 (10.29%) Video Conferencing
2 8 (4.57%) PKI
3 7 (4.00%) Replication
4 6 (3.43%) Blackberry
4 6 (3.43%) Media Streaming
4 6 (3.43%) Private Cloud
4 6 (3.43%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (3.43%) Tandem
5 5 (2.86%) Data Centre
5 5 (2.86%) Management Information System
5 5 (2.86%) Mobile App
6 4 (2.29%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (2.29%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.71%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (1.71%) iPhone
7 3 (1.71%) Video on Demand
8 2 (1.14%) Clustering
8 2 (1.14%) IVR
8 2 (1.14%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.14%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 81 (46.29%) Windows
2 44 (25.14%) Windows Server
3 32 (18.29%) Windows 10
4 29 (16.57%) Windows Server 2012
5 24 (13.71%) Windows Server 2008
6 15 (8.57%) Windows Server 2003
7 12 (6.86%) Windows Server 2016
8 10 (5.71%) Windows 7
9 9 (5.14%) Apple iOS
10 7 (4.00%) Linux
11 5 (2.86%) Android
11 5 (2.86%) Windows Server 2019
12 4 (2.29%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (1.14%) Unix
13 2 (1.14%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.57%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (37.14%) Migration
2 22 (12.57%) Load Balancing
3 21 (12.00%) ITIL
4 16 (9.14%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (9.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 16 (9.14%) Project Management
5 15 (8.57%) Change Management
6 13 (7.43%) Problem-Solving
6 13 (7.43%) Service Delivery
7 11 (6.29%) Identity Management
7 11 (6.29%) Project Delivery
8 10 (5.71%) Business Case
8 10 (5.71%) Requirements Gathering
8 10 (5.71%) Service Management
9 8 (4.57%) DevOps
10 7 (4.00%) Data Protection
10 7 (4.00%) Mobile Device Management
10 7 (4.00%) PRINCE2
11 6 (3.43%) Business Intelligence
11 6 (3.43%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 47 (26.86%) PowerShell
2 12 (6.86%) SQL
3 8 (4.57%) Python
4 6 (3.43%) Java
5 2 (1.14%) C
6 1 (0.57%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.57%) VB
6 1 (0.57%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 40 (22.86%) Security Cleared
2 32 (18.29%) SC Cleared
3 23 (13.14%) Microsoft Certification
4 19 (10.86%) MCSE
5 18 (10.29%) Degree
6 7 (4.00%) DV Cleared
7 6 (3.43%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (2.86%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (2.86%) CISSP
8 5 (2.86%) Computer Science Degree
8 5 (2.86%) MCSA
8 5 (2.86%) SSCP
9 3 (1.71%) CCNP
9 3 (1.71%) DBS Check
9 3 (1.71%) MCP
10 2 (1.14%) CCDP
10 2 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (1.14%) PMP
10 2 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.00%) SLA
2 3 (1.71%) GDPR
2 3 (1.71%) PMO
3 2 (1.14%) NCSC
3 2 (1.14%) QA
3 2 (1.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 87 (49.71%) Active Directory
2 18 (10.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (4.57%) Hyper-V
4 7 (4.00%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (4.00%) vSphere
5 5 (2.86%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (2.29%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (2.29%) XenApp
7 3 (1.71%) VMware NSX
8 2 (1.14%) BitLocker
8 2 (1.14%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.57%) UAG
9 1 (0.57%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 17 (9.71%) Microsoft Intune
2 14 (8.00%) NetBackup
3 11 (6.29%) SCCM
4 7 (4.00%) Cisco CUCM
5 5 (2.86%) SCOM
6 4 (2.29%) Kubernetes
6 4 (2.29%) Single Sign-On
6 4 (2.29%) WSUS
7 3 (1.71%) McAfee ePO
7 3 (1.71%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 3 (1.71%) vCenter Server
8 2 (1.14%) HAProxy
8 2 (1.14%) Jamf Pro
8 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (1.14%) OfficeScan
8 2 (1.14%) Trend Micro Deep Security
8 2 (1.14%) vRealize
9 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 1 (0.57%) SafeCom
9 1 (0.57%) Terraform
Vendors
1 115 (65.71%) Microsoft
2 38 (21.71%) Cisco
3 35 (20.00%) VMware
4 11 (6.29%) Avaya
4 11 (6.29%) Citrix
5 9 (5.14%) IronPort
5 9 (5.14%) Oracle
5 9 (5.14%) Polycom
6 8 (4.57%) HP
6 8 (4.57%) Palo Alto
7 5 (2.86%) CheckPoint
8 4 (2.29%) Altiris
8 4 (2.29%) Apple
8 4 (2.29%) Ivanti
8 4 (2.29%) ServiceNow
8 4 (2.29%) Symantec
9 3 (1.71%) F5
9 3 (1.71%) Mitel
9 3 (1.71%) Sonus
9 3 (1.71%) Trend Micro