Period
to 23 July 2019

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 July 2019 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 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 279 299 303
Rank change year-on-year +20 +4 -27
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 845 912 777
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.92% 0.88% 0.82%
As % of the Application Platforms category 5.86% 5.32% 4.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 527 592 516
UK median daily rate £425 £365 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.44% -6.47% -2.44%
10th Percentile £200 £169 £196
90th Percentile £575 £519 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £361 £350
% change year-on-year +10.83% +3.12% -6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 56 29
UK median hourly rate £16.75 £20.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.25% +8.11% -24.72%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.75 £11.10
90th Percentile £63.75 £37.00 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.75 £18.89 £14.00
% change year-on-year -16.62% +34.93% -41.24%

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 14,410 17,136 16,130
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.65% 16.59% 16.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,143 11,244 10,419
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +2.38%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £260
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 323 402 392
UK median hourly rate £20.86 £20.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.28% +2.56% -4.36%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.25 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year - +5.26% -7.32%

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 July 2019.

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 July 2019.

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 July 2019. 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 +9 765 £425 +17.24% 149
UK excluding London +32 504 £400 +10.83% 136
London -12 316 £450 +20.00% 34
South East +29 188 £425 +17.24% 36
North of England +20 98 £401 +31.31% 27
North West +18 62 £388 +29.17% 19
Scotland +3 55 £425 +9.68% 11
South West -14 53 £363 +2.11% 20
Midlands +35 50 £450 +50.00% 20
East of England +23 47 £363 +72.62% 12
West Midlands +24 36 £495 +32.00% 10
Yorkshire +24 24 £450 +12.50% 5
East Midlands +24 14 £425 +41.67% 10
North East +23 12 £425 +6.25% 3
Wales -11 11 £350 -12.50% 10
Northern Ireland +4 2 - -

For the 6 months to 23 July 2019, 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.

1 720 (85.21%) Skype
2 505 (59.76%) Office 365
3 477 (56.45%) Microsoft
4 427 (50.53%) Active Directory
5 421 (49.82%) Windows
6 238 (28.17%) SharePoint
7 228 (26.98%) Windows 10
8 223 (26.39%) Microsoft Azure
9 203 (24.02%) Windows Server
10 195 (23.08%) MS Exchange
11 189 (22.37%) Finance
11 189 (22.37%) PowerShell
12 184 (21.78%) Citrix
13 182 (21.54%) SCCM
14 179 (21.18%) Cisco
14 179 (21.18%) ITIL
15 162 (19.17%) VMware
16 159 (18.82%) Migration
16 159 (18.82%) Microsoft Office
17 141 (16.69%) DNS
18 118 (13.96%) Unified Communications
19 110 (13.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 107 (12.66%) DHCP
21 105 (12.43%) VMware Infrastructure
22 97 (11.48%) Windows 7
23 92 (10.89%) Hyper-V
23 92 (10.89%) Firewall
24 91 (10.77%) Microsoft Intune
25 88 (10.41%) Security Cleared
26 83 (9.82%) XenApp

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
1 238 (28.17%) SharePoint
2 195 (23.08%) MS Exchange
3 58 (6.86%) Exchange Server 2010
4 39 (4.62%) Exchange Server 2013
5 29 (3.43%) IIS
6 17 (2.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 16 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2003
8 14 (1.66%) SharePoint 2013
9 10 (1.18%) Confluence
9 10 (1.18%) SharePoint 2010
10 8 (0.95%) CMS
11 7 (0.83%) IBM Notes
12 6 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2007
13 5 (0.59%) Office Communications Server
14 4 (0.47%) IBM Domino
14 4 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.47%) Tomcat
15 2 (0.24%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
15 2 (0.24%) WebLogic
16 1 (0.12%) Apache
Applications
1 159 (18.82%) Microsoft Office
2 47 (5.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 39 (4.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (1.54%) MS Visio
5 12 (1.42%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.12%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.12%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 4 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (0.47%) Veritas eDiscovery
2 3 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.36%) Eikon
2 3 (0.36%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 505 (59.76%) Office 365
2 223 (26.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 76 (8.99%) OneDrive
4 66 (7.81%) Azure Active Directory
5 51 (6.04%) Amazon AWS
6 33 (3.91%) IaaS
7 29 (3.43%) Yammer
8 27 (3.20%) PaaS
9 20 (2.37%) SaaS
10 17 (2.01%) Power Platform
11 14 (1.66%) Mimecast
12 12 (1.42%) Slack
13 11 (1.30%) Azure Stack
14 10 (1.18%) Dynamics 365
15 9 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
16 3 (0.36%) Google Analytics
17 2 (0.24%) Dropbox
17 2 (0.24%) PowerApps
18 1 (0.12%) Algolia
18 1 (0.12%) Azure ExpressRoute
Communications & Networking
1 720 (85.21%) Skype
2 141 (16.69%) DNS
3 118 (13.96%) Unified Communications
4 107 (12.66%) DHCP
5 92 (10.89%) Firewall
6 71 (8.40%) WAN
7 64 (7.57%) LAN
8 61 (7.22%) SAN
9 40 (4.73%) VoIP
10 39 (4.62%) VPN
11 38 (4.50%) PBX
12 32 (3.79%) Wireless
13 26 (3.08%) Cisco IOS
13 26 (3.08%) TCP/IP
14 23 (2.72%) Internet
14 23 (2.72%) NetScaler
15 21 (2.49%) VLAN
16 20 (2.37%) ISDN
17 18 (2.13%) Intranet
17 18 (2.13%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (8.40%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.42%) Big Data
3 9 (1.07%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (0.95%) Power BI
5 7 (0.83%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.36%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.24%) PostgreSQL
7 2 (0.24%) RDBMS
7 2 (0.24%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.24%) SQL Server 2017
8 1 (0.12%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.12%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.12%) MySQL
8 1 (0.12%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 15 (1.78%) JIRA
2 12 (1.42%) MSI
3 10 (1.18%) WiX
4 4 (0.47%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.36%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.12%) Hudson
7 1 (0.12%) Jasmine
7 1 (0.12%) Karma Test Runner
7 1 (0.12%) MSTest
7 1 (0.12%) NUnit
7 1 (0.12%) Selenium
7 1 (0.12%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.12%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 189 (22.37%) Finance
2 42 (4.97%) Banking
3 38 (4.50%) Telecoms
4 36 (4.26%) Legal
5 16 (1.89%) Law
6 14 (1.66%) Local Government
7 13 (1.54%) Investment Banking
7 13 (1.54%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.42%) Marketing
9 10 (1.18%) Retail
10 8 (0.95%) Electronics
11 7 (0.83%) Advertising
12 5 (0.59%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.47%) Publishing
14 3 (0.36%) Billing
14 3 (0.36%) French Language
14 3 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.36%) Spanish Language
15 2 (0.24%) German Language
15 2 (0.24%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 106 (12.54%) Architect
2 86 (10.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 81 (9.59%) Analyst
4 67 (7.93%) Support Engineer
5 61 (7.22%) Consultant
6 55 (6.51%) Office 365 Engineer
7 46 (5.44%) Office 365 Architect
8 39 (4.62%) Unified Communications Engineer
9 38 (4.50%) Desktop Support
10 37 (4.38%) 3rd Line Support
11 36 (4.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 31 (3.67%) Desktop Engineer
12 31 (3.67%) Exchange Engineer
13 30 (3.55%) Service Analyst
14 28 (3.31%) Messaging Engineer
15 27 (3.20%) IT Support
16 26 (3.08%) Windows Engineer
17 25 (2.96%) 2nd Line Support
18 23 (2.72%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
18 23 (2.72%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.49%) .NET
2 19 (2.25%) Software Packaging
3 8 (0.95%) Middleware
4 7 (0.83%) LDAP
5 5 (0.59%) ASP.NET Web API
5 5 (0.59%) HTML
6 4 (0.47%) HTML5
7 3 (0.36%) CSS
7 3 (0.36%) REST
7 3 (0.36%) RESTful
7 3 (0.36%) Web Services
8 2 (0.24%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.24%) 802.1X
8 2 (0.24%) CSS3
8 2 (0.24%) Entity Framework
8 2 (0.24%) JSON
8 2 (0.24%) Node.js
8 2 (0.24%) SailPoint
9 1 (0.12%) .NET Core
9 1 (0.12%) Code First Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 61 (7.22%) Video Conferencing
2 58 (6.86%) Data Centre
3 49 (5.80%) Blackberry
4 42 (4.97%) Analytical Skills
5 37 (4.38%) PKI
6 36 (4.26%) User Experience
7 30 (3.55%) Self-Motivation
8 27 (3.20%) Management Information System
9 24 (2.84%) Clustering
10 18 (2.13%) Fat Client
10 18 (2.13%) Public Cloud
10 18 (2.13%) Smartphone
10 18 (2.13%) Thin Client
11 16 (1.89%) iPad
11 16 (1.89%) iPhone
11 16 (1.89%) Virtual Team
12 13 (1.54%) Mobile Computing
13 12 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
14 9 (1.07%) Social Media
15 7 (0.83%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 421 (49.82%) Windows
2 228 (26.98%) Windows 10
3 203 (24.02%) Windows Server
4 97 (11.48%) Windows 7
5 68 (8.05%) Windows Server 2008
6 67 (7.93%) Windows Server 2012
7 48 (5.68%) Android
8 37 (4.38%) Apple iOS
9 29 (3.43%) Linux
10 18 (2.13%) Windows 8
11 16 (1.89%) Windows Server 2003
12 9 (1.07%) Mac OS X
12 9 (1.07%) Windows XP
13 7 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 6 (0.71%) Windows Phone
15 4 (0.47%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.36%) Unix
17 2 (0.24%) Solaris
17 2 (0.24%) Ubuntu
17 2 (0.24%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 179 (21.18%) ITIL
2 159 (18.82%) Migration
3 110 (13.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 64 (7.57%) Agile Software Development
5 63 (7.46%) Continuous Improvement
6 62 (7.34%) Service Management
7 58 (6.86%) Problem-Solving
7 58 (6.86%) Service Delivery
8 49 (5.80%) Project Management
9 43 (5.09%) Data Protection
10 42 (4.97%) Change Management
10 42 (4.97%) Mobile Device Management
11 41 (4.85%) Stakeholder Management
12 33 (3.91%) Computer Science
13 30 (3.55%) Mentoring
14 27 (3.20%) Disaster Recovery
15 24 (2.84%) Incident Management
16 23 (2.72%) Application Packaging
16 23 (2.72%) Service Delivery Management
17 22 (2.60%) Technical Leadership
Programming Languages
1 189 (22.37%) PowerShell
2 56 (6.63%) SQL
3 22 (2.60%) VB
4 15 (1.78%) VBScript
5 9 (1.07%) C
5 9 (1.07%) C#
6 7 (0.83%) JavaScript
7 5 (0.59%) Java
8 4 (0.47%) PHP
9 3 (0.36%) Kotlin
9 3 (0.36%) Python
10 2 (0.24%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.12%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.12%) Perl
11 1 (0.12%) VBA
Qualifications
1 88 (10.41%) Security Cleared
2 64 (7.57%) Degree
3 60 (7.10%) SC Cleared
4 56 (6.63%) Microsoft Certification
5 36 (4.26%) Cisco Certification
6 29 (3.43%) CCNA
7 28 (3.31%) MCSE
8 25 (2.96%) MCSA
9 21 (2.49%) DV Cleared
10 15 (1.78%) Computer Science Degree
10 15 (1.78%) MCP
11 12 (1.42%) ITIL Certification
12 11 (1.30%) CCIE
13 10 (1.18%) CCNP
13 10 (1.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 8 (0.95%) CCA
14 8 (0.95%) Citrix Certification
15 7 (0.83%) CCIE Collaboration
16 6 (0.71%) MCITP
16 6 (0.71%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (4.50%) SLA
2 18 (2.13%) QA
3 7 (0.83%) PMO
4 3 (0.36%) GDPR
4 3 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.12%) HIPAA
5 1 (0.12%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.12%) MiFID
5 1 (0.12%) NIST
5 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 427 (50.53%) Active Directory
2 105 (12.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 92 (10.89%) Hyper-V
4 83 (9.82%) XenApp
5 60 (7.10%) XenDesktop
6 46 (5.44%) VMware ESXi
7 41 (4.85%) vSphere
8 27 (3.20%) Virtual Machines
9 22 (2.60%) Microsoft App-V
10 11 (1.30%) Firmware
10 11 (1.30%) VMware Workstation
11 10 (1.18%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 9 (1.07%) Virtual Desktop
12 9 (1.07%) Virtual Servers
13 8 (0.95%) BitLocker
13 8 (0.95%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 7 (0.83%) DFS Replication
15 5 (0.59%) vCloud
16 4 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 4 (0.47%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 182 (21.54%) SCCM
2 91 (10.77%) Microsoft Intune
3 41 (4.85%) SCOM
4 29 (3.43%) AirWatch
5 23 (2.72%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 19 (2.25%) Single Sign-On
7 18 (2.13%) Microsoft Clustering
7 18 (2.13%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 14 (1.66%) NetBackup
8 14 (1.66%) QRadar
9 13 (1.54%) SCOrch
9 13 (1.54%) vCenter Server
10 11 (1.30%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 11 (1.30%) WSUS
11 9 (1.07%) Norton AntiVirus
12 7 (0.83%) Cisco UCCX
13 6 (0.71%) Cisco CUCM
13 6 (0.71%) PaperCut
14 5 (0.59%) Backup Exec
14 5 (0.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 477 (56.45%) Microsoft
2 184 (21.78%) Citrix
3 179 (21.18%) Cisco
4 162 (19.17%) VMware
5 51 (6.04%) Symantec
6 46 (5.44%) HP
7 37 (4.38%) Dell
8 33 (3.91%) ServiceNow
9 30 (3.55%) Apple
10 24 (2.84%) Avaya
11 22 (2.60%) F5
11 22 (2.60%) IronPort
11 22 (2.60%) Meraki
11 22 (2.60%) Polycom
12 21 (2.49%) Ivanti
13 20 (2.37%) Proofpoint
14 17 (2.01%) Adobe
14 17 (2.01%) ShoreTel
15 15 (1.78%) CheckPoint
16 14 (1.66%) EMC