Period
to 5 April 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 5 April 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
5 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 270 303 329
Rank change year-on-year +33 +26 -30
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 555 852 775
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.90% 0.88% 0.76%
As % of the Application Platforms category 6.27% 5.47% 4.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 365 547 510
Median daily rate £400 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +21.43% -12.50%
10th Percentile £164 £200 £169
90th Percentile £538 £575 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £339
% change year-on-year -5.88% +25.46% -3.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 49 33
Median hourly rate £16.50 £15.37 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.35% -23.15% +9.59%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.98 £12.00
90th Percentile £31.28 £41.40 £42.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £14.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +5.36% -30.00% +33.33%

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 8,848 15,577 16,680
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.37% 16.07% 16.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,552 10,026 11,055
Median daily rate £463 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £281 £263
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £430 £408
% change year-on-year -1.16% +5.52% +4.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 227 312 374
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.76 £18.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.97% -0.21% -1.08%
10th Percentile £11.85 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.75 £47.50
Median hourly rate £19.70 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +15.88% -2.86% -7.89%

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 5 April 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 5 April 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 5 April 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 +20 467 £404 -4.88% 68
UK excluding London +36 360 £400 -5.88% 55
London +61 183 £425 +2.10% 20
South East +6 99 £425 -2.02% 7
North of England +2 74 £325 -29.73% 25
Scotland +43 65 £425 -5.56% 7
South West +39 52 £463 +32.14% 9
North West +31 52 £325 -9.72% 6
Work from Home +22 45 £450 +3.75% 17
East of England +26 31 £425 +30.77% 4
Midlands +51 25 £400 +6.67% 3
Yorkshire +22 21 £325 -30.85% 18
West Midlands +58 17 £400 +5.96% 1
Wales +22 9 £225 -30.77% 1
East Midlands +19 8 £400 +17.65% 2
Northern Ireland - 5 £343 -
North East -10 1 £150 -67.74% 1

For the 6 months to 5 April 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.

1 498 (89.73%) Skype
2 329 (59.28%) Microsoft
3 290 (52.25%) Office 365
4 263 (47.39%) Windows
5 236 (42.52%) Active Directory
6 141 (25.41%) Azure
7 138 (24.86%) SharePoint
8 120 (21.62%) Migration
9 118 (21.26%) Windows 10
9 118 (21.26%) Windows Server
10 113 (20.36%) Microsoft Office
11 108 (19.46%) SCCM
12 101 (18.20%) PowerShell
13 95 (17.12%) VMware
14 91 (16.40%) MS Exchange
15 87 (15.68%) DNS
16 82 (14.77%) Cisco
17 78 (14.05%) Security Cleared
18 71 (12.79%) Unified Communications
19 69 (12.43%) ITIL
20 66 (11.89%) Citrix
21 65 (11.71%) DHCP
22 61 (10.99%) SQL Server
22 61 (10.99%) VMware Infrastructure
22 61 (10.99%) OneDrive
23 59 (10.63%) Windows Server 2012
23 59 (10.63%) SC Cleared
24 57 (10.27%) Finance
24 57 (10.27%) Windows 7
24 57 (10.27%) Infrastructure Engineering

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
1 138 (24.86%) SharePoint
2 91 (16.40%) MS Exchange
3 42 (7.57%) Exchange Server 2010
4 40 (7.21%) Exchange Server 2013
5 16 (2.88%) IIS
6 9 (1.62%) Confluence
7 6 (1.08%) Exchange Server 2003
7 6 (1.08%) Office Communications Server
8 5 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (0.72%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (0.72%) CMS
9 4 (0.72%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.54%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.18%) GroupWise
11 1 (0.18%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 113 (20.36%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (2.34%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (2.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (1.98%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.36%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.18%) Adobe Captivate
6 1 (0.18%) Camtasia
6 1 (0.18%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.18%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 15 (2.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.54%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.18%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.18%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 290 (52.25%) Office 365
2 141 (25.41%) Azure
3 61 (10.99%) OneDrive
4 47 (8.47%) Azure Active Directory
5 32 (5.77%) AWS
6 23 (4.14%) Yammer
7 22 (3.96%) IaaS
7 22 (3.96%) PaaS
8 19 (3.42%) SaaS
9 14 (2.52%) Mimecast
10 12 (2.16%) Power Platform
11 9 (1.62%) Dynamics 365
12 8 (1.44%) PowerApps
13 4 (0.72%) GCP
14 3 (0.54%) Azure Stack
15 2 (0.36%) Azure Data Factory
16 1 (0.18%) Azure Functions
16 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Flow
16 1 (0.18%) OpenShift
16 1 (0.18%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 498 (89.73%) Skype
2 87 (15.68%) DNS
3 71 (12.79%) Unified Communications
4 65 (11.71%) DHCP
5 50 (9.01%) Firewall
6 48 (8.65%) LAN
7 43 (7.75%) PBX
8 42 (7.57%) WAN
9 32 (5.77%) VPN
10 31 (5.59%) VoIP
11 22 (3.96%) TCP/IP
11 22 (3.96%) Wi-Fi
12 21 (3.78%) MPLS
12 21 (3.78%) SAN
13 20 (3.60%) NetScaler
13 20 (3.60%) Wireless
14 14 (2.52%) Internet
14 14 (2.52%) PSTN
15 13 (2.34%) H.323
15 13 (2.34%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (10.99%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.26%) SQL Server 2016
3 6 (1.08%) Power BI
3 6 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (0.90%) SQL Server 2017
5 4 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (0.54%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (0.54%) Crystal Reports
6 3 (0.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (0.36%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.36%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.36%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.18%) Big Data
8 1 (0.18%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 10 (1.80%) JIRA
2 9 (1.62%) Bitbucket
3 5 (0.90%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (0.72%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.18%) GitLab
5 1 (0.18%) Hudson
5 1 (0.18%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.18%) Maven
5 1 (0.18%) MSI
5 1 (0.18%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.18%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.18%) WiX
General
1 57 (10.27%) Finance
1 57 (10.27%) Public Sector
2 15 (2.70%) Banking
2 15 (2.70%) Local Government
3 12 (2.16%) Telecoms
4 10 (1.80%) Legal
5 7 (1.26%) German Language
5 7 (1.26%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.08%) Back Office
6 6 (1.08%) Law
6 6 (1.08%) Retail
7 5 (0.90%) French Language
7 5 (0.90%) Marketing
8 4 (0.72%) Electronics
9 3 (0.54%) Aerospace
9 3 (0.54%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (0.54%) Police
10 2 (0.36%) Billing
11 1 (0.18%) Automotive
11 1 (0.18%) Military
Job Titles
1 77 (13.87%) Support Engineer
2 62 (11.17%) Analyst
3 59 (10.63%) Consultant
4 53 (9.55%) Architect
5 48 (8.65%) 2nd Line Support
6 43 (7.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 40 (7.21%) Office 365 Engineer
8 36 (6.49%) Desktop Support
9 33 (5.95%) Support Analyst
10 25 (4.50%) IT Support
11 21 (3.78%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 21 (3.78%) Desktop Engineer
11 21 (3.78%) Unified Communications Engineer
12 20 (3.60%) Service Analyst
13 19 (3.42%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 19 (3.42%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 19 (3.42%) Windows Engineer
14 18 (3.24%) Active Directory Engineer
15 16 (2.88%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 15 (2.70%) Business Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (1.80%) .NET
2 7 (1.26%) LDAP
3 5 (0.90%) 802.1X
4 4 (0.72%) JSON
4 4 (0.72%) Web Services
5 3 (0.54%) FIX Protocol
6 2 (0.36%) ASP.NET
6 2 (0.36%) COM
6 2 (0.36%) SailPoint
7 1 (0.18%) OLE
7 1 (0.18%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.18%) XMPP
7 1 (0.18%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 39 (7.03%) Video Conferencing
2 37 (6.67%) Data Centre
3 31 (5.59%) PKI
4 28 (5.05%) Analytical Skills
5 23 (4.14%) Blackberry
6 18 (3.24%) User Experience
7 14 (2.52%) Self-Motivation
8 13 (2.34%) Replication
9 11 (1.98%) Handset
9 11 (1.98%) Management Information System
10 10 (1.80%) iPhone
11 9 (1.62%) iPad
12 8 (1.44%) Clustering
13 7 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (1.26%) Mobile Computing
13 7 (1.26%) Tandem
14 6 (1.08%) Fat Client
14 6 (1.08%) Thin Client
15 5 (0.90%) NHS
15 5 (0.90%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 263 (47.39%) Windows
2 118 (21.26%) Windows 10
2 118 (21.26%) Windows Server
3 59 (10.63%) Windows Server 2012
4 57 (10.27%) Windows 7
5 52 (9.37%) Android
6 48 (8.65%) Windows Server 2016
7 44 (7.93%) Apple iOS
8 38 (6.85%) Windows Server 2008
9 18 (3.24%) Windows Server 2019
10 13 (2.34%) Windows 8
11 12 (2.16%) Mac OS X
12 10 (1.80%) VMS
12 10 (1.80%) Windows Server 2003
13 7 (1.26%) Linux
13 7 (1.26%) Unix
14 4 (0.72%) Windows Mobile
15 2 (0.36%) CentOS
15 2 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 1 (0.18%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (21.62%) Migration
2 69 (12.43%) ITIL
3 57 (10.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 44 (7.93%) Agile Software Development
5 38 (6.85%) Change Management
6 32 (5.77%) Problem-Solving
6 32 (5.77%) Service Management
7 26 (4.68%) Problem Management
8 24 (4.32%) Incident Management
9 22 (3.96%) Preventative Maintenance
10 21 (3.78%) Service Delivery
11 20 (3.60%) Disaster Recovery
12 19 (3.42%) Data Management
13 17 (3.06%) ITSM
13 17 (3.06%) Project Delivery
13 17 (3.06%) Validation
14 16 (2.88%) High Availability
15 15 (2.70%) Continuous Improvement
15 15 (2.70%) CRM
16 13 (2.34%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 101 (18.20%) PowerShell
2 33 (5.95%) SQL
3 8 (1.44%) VB
4 3 (0.54%) VBScript
5 2 (0.36%) Bash Shell
5 2 (0.36%) C
5 2 (0.36%) C#
6 1 (0.18%) C++
6 1 (0.18%) Java
6 1 (0.18%) Python
6 1 (0.18%) VBA
Qualifications
1 78 (14.05%) Security Cleared
2 59 (10.63%) SC Cleared
3 34 (6.13%) Microsoft Certification
4 24 (4.32%) Cisco Certification
5 17 (3.06%) DV Cleared
6 16 (2.88%) MCSE
7 13 (2.34%) CCNA
7 13 (2.34%) Degree
8 11 (1.98%) MCP
9 10 (1.80%) CCNP
10 8 (1.44%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 7 (1.26%) ITIL Certification
11 7 (1.26%) MCSA
12 5 (0.90%) CCNP Voice
13 4 (0.72%) CCA
13 4 (0.72%) CTC Cleared
13 4 (0.72%) MCITP
14 3 (0.54%) BC Cleared
14 3 (0.54%) Citrix Certification
14 3 (0.54%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (8.29%) SLA
2 8 (1.44%) NCSC
3 4 (0.72%) GDPR
4 3 (0.54%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (0.54%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 3 (0.54%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 3 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.54%) QA
5 1 (0.18%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 19770
5 1 (0.18%) PMO
System Software
1 236 (42.52%) Active Directory
2 61 (10.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (6.85%) Hyper-V
4 27 (4.86%) XenApp
5 26 (4.68%) VMware ESXi
6 23 (4.14%) XenDesktop
7 15 (2.70%) BitLocker
8 12 (2.16%) vSphere
9 9 (1.62%) Virtual Desktop
10 8 (1.44%) Virtual Servers
11 7 (1.26%) Virtual Machines
12 6 (1.08%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 5 (0.90%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 4 (0.72%) Firmware
14 4 (0.72%) VMware Server
15 3 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
16 2 (0.36%) DFS Replication
16 2 (0.36%) Terminal Services
17 1 (0.18%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 1 (0.18%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 108 (19.46%) SCCM
2 52 (9.37%) Microsoft Intune
3 30 (5.41%) SCOM
4 10 (1.80%) Cisco CUCM
4 10 (1.80%) Cisco UCCX
4 10 (1.80%) FortiGate
4 10 (1.80%) Norton AntiVirus
5 8 (1.44%) Single Sign-On
6 7 (1.26%) AirWatch
6 7 (1.26%) WSUS
7 6 (1.08%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 6 (1.08%) Microsoft Clustering
8 5 (0.90%) EMC NetWorker
9 4 (0.72%) Jamf Pro
9 4 (0.72%) vCenter Server
10 2 (0.36%) Ansible
10 2 (0.36%) HP Operations Orchestration
10 2 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.36%) Puppet
10 2 (0.36%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 329 (59.28%) Microsoft
2 95 (17.12%) VMware
3 82 (14.77%) Cisco
4 66 (11.89%) Citrix
5 38 (6.85%) Sonus
6 29 (5.23%) Polycom
7 23 (4.14%) Dell
7 23 (4.14%) HP
8 22 (3.96%) Avaya
9 19 (3.42%) ServiceNow
10 17 (3.06%) Mitel
11 15 (2.70%) Oracle
12 14 (2.52%) Symantec
13 13 (2.34%) Adobe
13 13 (2.34%) Apple
14 12 (2.16%) McAfee
14 12 (2.16%) Palo Alto
15 11 (1.98%) Clearswift
15 11 (1.98%) Samsung
16 10 (1.80%) EMC