Period
to 16 August 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 16 August 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
16 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 312 271 249
Rank change year-on-year -41 -22 +79
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 768 1046 1096
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.80% 0.96% 0.97%
As % of the Application Platforms category 4.77% 5.25% 5.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 502 639 685
UK median daily rate £376 £375 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.33% +11.94% -10.67%
10th Percentile £195 £206 £156
90th Percentile £538 £500 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £360 £325
% change year-on-year -2.71% +10.69% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 42 56
UK median hourly rate £17.25 £24.50 £17.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.59% +41.21% +15.67%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.25 £12.13
90th Percentile £41.00 £40.00 £63.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £26.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year -43.93% +52.86% +16.67%

Skype for Business is in the application platform skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 16103 19929 20137
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 16.84% 18.28% 17.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 10421 13107 12458
UK median daily rate £435 £420 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.57% +8.39% +3.33%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £225
90th Percentile £600 £588 £556
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 404 489 696
UK median hourly rate £19.56 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.19% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £45.00 £42.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.63 £20.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -4.27% +2.50% +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 16 August 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 16 August 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 16 August 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 -28 707 £393 +4.73% 85
UK excluding London -31 438 £350 -2.71% 49
London -38 297 £405 -1.82% 37
South East +8 166 £400 - 12
North of England -16 103 £280 -17.65% 15
East of England +23 60 £450 +50.00% 5
North West -6 57 £305 -26.33% 7
Midlands +4 48 £350 -12.50% 7
West Midlands +23 38 £400 +19.40% 3
North East +17 34 £275 -1.79% 1
South West -35 27 £373 +12.88% 8
Scotland +5 23 £340 -16.05% 2
Yorkshire +12 14 £195 -55.68% 7
East Midlands -12 12 £195 -52.73% 4
Wales -1 8 £243 +7.78%
Northern Ireland -44 7 £325 -

For the 6 months to 16 August 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.

1 539 (70.18%) Skype
2 416 (54.17%) Microsoft
3 372 (48.44%) Windows
4 368 (47.92%) Office 365
5 324 (42.19%) Active Directory
6 221 (28.78%) SharePoint
6 221 (28.78%) MS Exchange
7 162 (21.09%) Windows Server
8 156 (20.31%) Cisco
9 148 (19.27%) PowerShell
10 146 (19.01%) Microsoft Azure
10 146 (19.01%) Migration
11 145 (18.88%) VMware
12 143 (18.62%) Citrix
13 138 (17.97%) Exchange Server 2010
14 127 (16.54%) Microsoft Office
15 114 (14.84%) Windows Server 2008
16 109 (14.19%) Windows 10
16 109 (14.19%) Finance
17 102 (13.28%) Exchange Server 2013
18 100 (13.02%) SCCM
19 97 (12.63%) ITIL
20 90 (11.72%) Hyper-V
21 86 (11.20%) Windows 7
21 86 (11.20%) Security Cleared
22 84 (10.94%) DNS
23 83 (10.81%) Firewall
24 82 (10.68%) SQL Server
25 75 (9.77%) Unified Communications
26 73 (9.51%) 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
1 221 (28.78%) MS Exchange
1 221 (28.78%) SharePoint
2 138 (17.97%) Exchange Server 2010
3 102 (13.28%) Exchange Server 2013
4 35 (4.56%) Exchange Server 2007
5 34 (4.43%) SharePoint 2013
6 21 (2.73%) Office Communications Server
7 19 (2.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 18 (2.34%) BizTalk Server
9 15 (1.95%) Exchange Server 2003
10 14 (1.82%) CMS
11 13 (1.69%) SharePoint 2010
12 11 (1.43%) IBM Notes
12 11 (1.43%) IIS
13 6 (0.78%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.52%) IBM Domino
15 2 (0.26%) Apache
15 2 (0.26%) Live Communications Server
16 1 (0.13%) Oracle Service Bus
16 1 (0.13%) WebSphere
Applications
1 127 (16.54%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (1.95%) MS Visio
3 9 (1.17%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (1.04%) Microsoft Project
5 7 (0.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.13%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 24 (3.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.52%) Unit4 Business World
3 2 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.13%) Adobe Campaign
4 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle Utilities
4 1 (0.13%) SAP Business One
4 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.13%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 368 (47.92%) Office 365
2 146 (19.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 53 (6.90%) OneDrive
4 46 (5.99%) Azure Active Directory
5 43 (5.60%) IaaS
5 43 (5.60%) Yammer
6 28 (3.65%) PaaS
7 23 (2.99%) Amazon AWS
8 12 (1.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 9 (1.17%) Mimecast
10 8 (1.04%) Dynamics 365
11 5 (0.65%) SaaS
12 2 (0.26%) Slack
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon S3
13 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
13 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
13 1 (0.13%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 539 (70.18%) Skype
2 84 (10.94%) DNS
3 83 (10.81%) Firewall
4 75 (9.77%) Unified Communications
5 68 (8.85%) LAN
6 55 (7.16%) VoIP
7 53 (6.90%) WAN
8 49 (6.38%) DHCP
9 45 (5.86%) NetScaler
10 38 (4.95%) SAN
11 36 (4.69%) VPN
12 30 (3.91%) PBX
13 29 (3.78%) Wireless
14 23 (2.99%) Cisco IOS
15 22 (2.86%) BGP
16 18 (2.34%) TCP/IP
16 18 (2.34%) Wi-Fi
16 18 (2.34%) WLAN
17 15 (1.95%) Internet
17 15 (1.95%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (10.68%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.69%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (1.56%) SQL Server 2008
4 6 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
5 5 (0.65%) Azure SQL Database
5 5 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
5 5 (0.65%) SQL Server 2016
6 4 (0.52%) EDRMS
6 4 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (0.39%) SQL Server 2014
7 3 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.26%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.13%) Big Data
9 1 (0.13%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.13%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle BI EE
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle ODI
9 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (0.78%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 4 (0.52%) MSI
3 3 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.26%) Ant
4 2 (0.26%) Cucumber
4 2 (0.26%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.26%) Maven
4 2 (0.26%) MSBuild
4 2 (0.26%) SpecFlow
4 2 (0.26%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.13%) HP UFT
5 1 (0.13%) JIRA
5 1 (0.13%) Visual Studio
General
1 109 (14.19%) Finance
2 46 (5.99%) Banking
3 36 (4.69%) Telecoms
4 25 (3.26%) Retail
5 23 (2.99%) Legal
6 15 (1.95%) Local Government
7 8 (1.04%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.04%) Marketing
8 7 (0.91%) Advertising
9 6 (0.78%) Investment Banking
9 6 (0.78%) Law
10 5 (0.65%) French Language
10 5 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.52%) Back Office
11 4 (0.52%) Billing
11 4 (0.52%) Retail Banking
12 3 (0.39%) Games
12 3 (0.39%) Publishing
13 2 (0.26%) Automotive
13 2 (0.26%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 94 (12.24%) Analyst
1 94 (12.24%) Consultant
2 74 (9.64%) Architect
3 50 (6.51%) Project Manager
4 49 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 48 (6.25%) Support Engineer
6 32 (4.17%) Designer
6 32 (4.17%) Messaging Engineer
7 29 (3.78%) Cisco Engineer
8 28 (3.65%) Network Engineer
8 28 (3.65%) Unified Communications Engineer
9 27 (3.52%) 2nd Line Support
9 27 (3.52%) Lync Engineer
10 26 (3.39%) Desktop Support
10 26 (3.39%) Office 365 Architect
10 26 (3.39%) Office 365 Engineer
10 26 (3.39%) Solutions Architect
10 26 (3.39%) Support Analyst
11 24 (3.13%) Solutions Designer
12 22 (2.86%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (2.60%) XMPP
2 9 (1.17%) .NET
3 7 (0.91%) COM
3 7 (0.91%) Web Services
4 6 (0.78%) 802.1X
4 6 (0.78%) OAuth
5 4 (0.52%) SAML
5 4 (0.52%) Software Packaging
6 3 (0.39%) LAMP
6 3 (0.39%) REST
6 3 (0.39%) WAP
7 2 (0.26%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.26%) CSS
7 2 (0.26%) Entity Framework
7 2 (0.26%) Gherkin
7 2 (0.26%) RESTful
7 2 (0.26%) XML
8 1 (0.13%) JSON
8 1 (0.13%) LINQ
8 1 (0.13%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 47 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
2 40 (5.21%) Data Centre
3 36 (4.69%) Video Conferencing
4 32 (4.17%) Blackberry
5 27 (3.52%) Clustering
6 20 (2.60%) PKI
7 19 (2.47%) Replication
8 18 (2.34%) Management Information System
9 14 (1.82%) Computer Science
10 12 (1.56%) PDA
11 11 (1.43%) CESG
12 9 (1.17%) IVR
13 8 (1.04%) Data Protection Act
13 8 (1.04%) iPhone
13 8 (1.04%) Private Cloud
14 7 (0.91%) e-Learning
15 6 (0.78%) BYOD
15 6 (0.78%) User Experience
16 5 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
16 5 (0.65%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 372 (48.44%) Windows
2 162 (21.09%) Windows Server
3 114 (14.84%) Windows Server 2008
4 109 (14.19%) Windows 10
5 86 (11.20%) Windows 7
6 73 (9.51%) Windows Server 2012
7 33 (4.30%) Windows Server 2003
8 23 (2.99%) Linux
8 23 (2.99%) Windows 8
9 21 (2.73%) Android
10 9 (1.17%) Mac OS X
11 8 (1.04%) Unix
12 7 (0.91%) Apple iOS
13 4 (0.52%) CentOS
13 4 (0.52%) Mac OS
13 4 (0.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.52%) Windows 2000 Server
13 4 (0.52%) Windows XP
14 2 (0.26%) Debian
14 2 (0.26%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (19.01%) Migration
2 97 (12.63%) ITIL
3 59 (7.68%) Project Management
4 58 (7.55%) Agile Software Development
5 43 (5.60%) Stakeholder Management
5 43 (5.60%) TOGAF
6 33 (4.30%) PRINCE2
7 31 (4.04%) Service Management
8 28 (3.65%) Service Delivery
9 27 (3.52%) CRM
10 25 (3.26%) Disaster Recovery
11 24 (3.13%) Customer Requirements
12 23 (2.99%) Business Intelligence
12 23 (2.99%) Change Management
12 23 (2.99%) Presales
13 20 (2.60%) DevOps
14 19 (2.47%) Data Protection
15 18 (2.34%) Document Management
15 18 (2.34%) Information Security
15 18 (2.34%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 148 (19.27%) PowerShell
2 58 (7.55%) SQL
3 18 (2.34%) VBScript
4 13 (1.69%) VB
5 7 (0.91%) C
5 7 (0.91%) C#
6 3 (0.39%) Java
6 3 (0.39%) Python
7 2 (0.26%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.13%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.13%) PHP
8 1 (0.13%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.13%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 86 (11.20%) Security Cleared
2 63 (8.20%) Microsoft Certification
2 63 (8.20%) SC Cleared
3 43 (5.60%) MCSE
4 34 (4.43%) Cisco Certification
5 32 (4.17%) Degree
6 23 (2.99%) CCNP
7 20 (2.60%) BPSS Clearance
7 20 (2.60%) DV Cleared
8 16 (2.08%) ITIL Certification
8 16 (2.08%) MCP
9 15 (1.95%) CCIE
10 11 (1.43%) CCNA
10 11 (1.43%) MCSA
11 10 (1.30%) Citrix Certification
11 10 (1.30%) PMI Certification
12 9 (1.17%) CCVP
12 9 (1.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 8 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
14 7 (0.91%) CCNP Voice
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (3.78%) SLA
2 20 (2.60%) PMO
3 14 (1.82%) Disclosure Scotland
4 6 (0.78%) GDPR
5 5 (0.65%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.52%) QA
7 3 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.13%) GxP
9 1 (0.13%) ISO 22301
9 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 324 (42.19%) Active Directory
2 90 (11.72%) Hyper-V
3 64 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 61 (7.94%) XenDesktop
5 59 (7.68%) XenApp
6 40 (5.21%) XenServer
7 37 (4.82%) VMware ESXi
8 36 (4.69%) Microsoft App-V
9 16 (2.08%) vSphere
10 14 (1.82%) Virtual Machines
11 13 (1.69%) BitLocker
12 12 (1.56%) ProxySG
12 12 (1.56%) Virtual Desktop
13 10 (1.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 8 (1.04%) Virtual Servers
15 7 (0.91%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 5 (0.65%) VMware NSX
16 5 (0.65%) VMware Workstation
17 3 (0.39%) ISA Server
18 2 (0.26%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 100 (13.02%) SCCM
2 49 (6.38%) SCOM
3 32 (4.17%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 28 (3.65%) Cisco CUCM
5 23 (2.99%) AirWatch
5 23 (2.99%) Microsoft Intune
6 20 (2.60%) Norton AntiVirus
7 19 (2.47%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 16 (2.08%) NetBackup
9 15 (1.95%) Cisco UCCX
10 12 (1.56%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 12 (1.56%) Microsoft Clustering
11 11 (1.43%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 10 (1.30%) WSUS
13 9 (1.17%) Cisco UCCE
13 9 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
13 9 (1.17%) SCOrch
14 8 (1.04%) Failover Clustering
14 8 (1.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 8 (1.04%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 416 (54.17%) Microsoft
2 156 (20.31%) Cisco
3 145 (18.88%) VMware
4 143 (18.62%) Citrix
5 55 (7.16%) Symantec
6 52 (6.77%) HP
7 44 (5.73%) Avaya
8 31 (4.04%) ServiceNow
9 26 (3.39%) AppSense
10 24 (3.13%) Dell
11 21 (2.73%) MobileIron
12 20 (2.60%) Palo Alto
12 20 (2.60%) Polycom
13 18 (2.34%) CheckPoint
13 18 (2.34%) F5
14 17 (2.21%) Apple
14 17 (2.21%) Juniper
14 17 (2.21%) McAfee
15 16 (2.08%) Altiris
15 16 (2.08%) LANDesk