Period
to 19 June 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 19 June 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
19 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 515 325 294
Rank change year-on-year -190 -31 +21
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 196 308 849
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.31% 0.72% 0.94%
As % of the Application Platforms category 2.38% 4.93% 5.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 197 538
10th Percentile £213 £208 £200
25th Percentile £315 £319 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £425 £425
75th Percentile £485 £494 £500
90th Percentile £538 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +19.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 7 43
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.00 £12.10
25th Percentile £15.71 £13.25 £12.50
Median hourly rate £20.75 £17.50 £15.80
Median % change year-on-year +18.57% +10.76% -21.00%
75th Percentile £54.19 " £19.50
90th Percentile £74.25 £23.30 £38.92
UK excluding London median hourly rate £59.25 £15.75 £15.00
% change year-on-year +276.19% +5.00% -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 8,241 6,251 14,268
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.19% 14.70% 15.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,574 4,190 9,232
10th Percentile £300 £290 £275
25th Percentile £400 £379 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.63% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £563 £575
90th Percentile £660 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £433
% change year-on-year - +4.05% +4.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 167 130 296
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.63 £12.00
25th Percentile £16.25 £15.61 £12.50
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year +25.00% +6.67% +4.17%
75th Percentile £51.00 £33.56 £39.00
90th Percentile £65.52 £53.88 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £19.67 £16.74
% change year-on-year +16.93% +17.49% -4.33%

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 19 June 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 19 June 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Skype for Business in the UK

Skype for Business
Top 15 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 19 June 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 -161 148 £422 -0.71% 37
UK excluding London -85 107 £450 +5.88% 25
London -106 64 £390 -12.36% 14
Work from Home -259 47 £475 +5.56% 24
Scotland -40 27 £444 +73.17% 1
South East -46 19 £413 -8.33% 4
South West +14 16 £469 +4.17% 8
North of England -13 16 £357 +5.70% 6
West Midlands -33 14 £480 -11.52% 2
Midlands -37 14 £480 -4.00% 4
East of England +2 11 £325 -23.53% 1
North West -12 11 £300 -14.29% 4
Yorkshire +3 5 £450 +35.85%
Channel Islands - 3 - -
Wales 0 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 19 June 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.

1 182 (92.86%) Skype
2 151 (77.04%) Microsoft 365
3 123 (62.76%) Microsoft
4 103 (52.55%) Active Directory
5 100 (51.02%) Windows
6 90 (45.92%) SharePoint
7 77 (39.29%) PowerShell
8 75 (38.27%) Azure
9 71 (36.22%) Migration
10 56 (28.57%) MS Exchange
10 56 (28.57%) Windows Server
11 54 (27.55%) Security Cleared
12 44 (22.45%) Social Skills
13 39 (19.90%) OneDrive
14 38 (19.39%) Finance
15 37 (18.88%) VMware
15 37 (18.88%) SC Cleared
15 37 (18.88%) Exchange Server 2010
15 37 (18.88%) Windows 10
16 36 (18.37%) Windows Server 2012
16 36 (18.37%) Microsoft Office
17 35 (17.86%) DNS
18 34 (17.35%) Windows Server 2008
18 34 (17.35%) Exchange Server 2013
19 32 (16.33%) Public Sector
20 31 (15.82%) Microsoft Intune
21 29 (14.80%) Azure Active Directory
21 29 (14.80%) Agile Software Development
21 29 (14.80%) WAN
22 28 (14.29%) LAN

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 90 (45.92%) SharePoint
2 56 (28.57%) MS Exchange
3 37 (18.88%) Exchange Server 2010
4 34 (17.35%) Exchange Server 2013
5 19 (9.69%) Exchange Server 2003
5 19 (9.69%) Exchange Server 2007
6 9 (4.59%) Office Communications Server
7 8 (4.08%) SharePoint 2013
8 5 (2.55%) Confluence
9 4 (2.04%) OpenStack
10 2 (1.02%) CMS
11 1 (0.51%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.51%) nginx
11 1 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 36 (18.37%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (5.10%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (5.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.53%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.51%) InfoPath
Cloud Services
1 151 (77.04%) Microsoft 365
2 75 (38.27%) Azure
3 39 (19.90%) OneDrive
4 29 (14.80%) Azure Active Directory
5 15 (7.65%) Yammer
6 11 (5.61%) AWS
7 9 (4.59%) Power Platform
8 6 (3.06%) PowerApps
9 4 (2.04%) Azure Cosmos DB
9 4 (2.04%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 4 (2.04%) Power Automate
10 3 (1.53%) GCP
10 3 (1.53%) IaaS
10 3 (1.53%) Mimecast
10 3 (1.53%) SaaS
11 2 (1.02%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
11 2 (1.02%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (1.02%) PaaS
11 2 (1.02%) Twilio
11 2 (1.02%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 182 (92.86%) Skype
2 35 (17.86%) DNS
3 29 (14.80%) WAN
4 28 (14.29%) LAN
5 24 (12.24%) Unified Communications
6 21 (10.71%) Firewall
7 17 (8.67%) DHCP
8 13 (6.63%) Internet
9 11 (5.61%) VoIP
10 10 (5.10%) VPN
11 9 (4.59%) Ethernet
12 8 (4.08%) PBX
12 8 (4.08%) TCP/IP
13 7 (3.57%) Wireless
14 6 (3.06%) PSTN
15 5 (2.55%) NetScaler
15 5 (2.55%) Wi-Fi
16 3 (1.53%) FTP
16 3 (1.53%) GoToMeeting
16 3 (1.53%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (13.78%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.10%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (2.55%) Power BI
4 2 (1.02%) MySQL
4 2 (1.02%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (2.55%) JIRA
2 1 (0.51%) Fiddler
2 1 (0.51%) Hudson
2 1 (0.51%) MSI
General
1 44 (22.45%) Social Skills
2 38 (19.39%) Finance
3 32 (16.33%) Public Sector
4 11 (5.61%) Legal
5 7 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (3.06%) Banking
6 6 (3.06%) Telecoms
7 4 (2.04%) Presentation Skills
8 3 (1.53%) Electronics
9 2 (1.02%) Billing
9 2 (1.02%) International Banking
9 2 (1.02%) Manufacturing
9 2 (1.02%) Marketing
9 2 (1.02%) Organisational Skills
10 1 (0.51%) Documentation Skills
10 1 (0.51%) French Language
10 1 (0.51%) Local Government
10 1 (0.51%) Police
10 1 (0.51%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.51%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 19 (9.69%) Architect
2 16 (8.16%) Consultant
3 15 (7.65%) Support Engineer
4 14 (7.14%) Analyst
5 13 (6.63%) Infrastructure Manager
5 13 (6.63%) Infrastructure Project Manager
5 13 (6.63%) Project Manager
6 11 (5.61%) Voice Engineer
7 9 (4.59%) 2nd Line Support
7 9 (4.59%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 9 (4.59%) Desktop Support
8 8 (4.08%) Microsoft Consultant
9 7 (3.57%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
10 6 (3.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 6 (3.06%) Microsoft Engineer
11 5 (2.55%) 3rd Line Support
11 5 (2.55%) Designer
11 5 (2.55%) Infrastructure Designer
11 5 (2.55%) Technical Leader
11 5 (2.55%) Unified Communications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.06%) Node.js
2 4 (2.04%) Microsoft Graph
3 2 (1.02%) XMPP
4 1 (0.51%) .NET
4 1 (0.51%) JSON
4 1 (0.51%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.51%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 26 (13.27%) Video Conferencing
2 12 (6.12%) PKI
3 11 (5.61%) Self-Motivation
4 9 (4.59%) Tandem
5 6 (3.06%) Clustering
5 6 (3.06%) Media Streaming
6 5 (2.55%) Mobile App
7 4 (2.04%) Replication
7 4 (2.04%) User Experience
8 3 (1.53%) Blackberry
8 3 (1.53%) BYOD
8 3 (1.53%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (1.53%) Greenfield Project
8 3 (1.53%) iPad
8 3 (1.53%) iPhone
8 3 (1.53%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.53%) Video on Demand
8 3 (1.53%) Virtual Team
9 2 (1.02%) Fat Client
9 2 (1.02%) Microsoft Licensing
Operating Systems
1 100 (51.02%) Windows
2 56 (28.57%) Windows Server
3 37 (18.88%) Windows 10
4 36 (18.37%) Windows Server 2012
5 34 (17.35%) Windows Server 2008
6 21 (10.71%) Windows Server 2003
7 16 (8.16%) Windows Server 2016
8 14 (7.14%) Apple iOS
9 12 (6.12%) Windows 7
10 11 (5.61%) Linux
10 11 (5.61%) Windows Server 2019
11 10 (5.10%) Android
12 6 (3.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (2.04%) Mac OS X
13 4 (2.04%) Windows Mobile
14 3 (1.53%) Windows 8
15 2 (1.02%) Unix
16 1 (0.51%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (36.22%) Migration
2 29 (14.80%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (12.24%) ITIL
4 23 (11.73%) Load Balancing
5 21 (10.71%) Problem-Solving
6 15 (7.65%) Change Management
7 14 (7.14%) Asset Management
8 13 (6.63%) Computer Science
8 13 (6.63%) Incident Management
9 12 (6.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 12 (6.12%) Project Delivery
9 12 (6.12%) Project Management
10 11 (5.61%) Business Case
10 11 (5.61%) Resource Management
11 10 (5.10%) Capacity Planning
12 9 (4.59%) Collaborative Working
13 7 (3.57%) Decision-Making
13 7 (3.57%) Identity Management
13 7 (3.57%) Mentoring
13 7 (3.57%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 77 (39.29%) PowerShell
2 15 (7.65%) SQL
3 6 (3.06%) Java
3 6 (3.06%) Python
Qualifications
1 54 (27.55%) Security Cleared
2 37 (18.88%) SC Cleared
3 24 (12.24%) Degree
4 22 (11.22%) MCSE
4 22 (11.22%) Microsoft Certification
5 17 (8.67%) DV Cleared
6 11 (5.61%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (2.04%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 4 (2.04%) MCP
8 3 (1.53%) A+ Certification
8 3 (1.53%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (1.02%) DBS Check
9 2 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (1.02%) MCSA
10 1 (0.51%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.51%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.08%) SLA
2 4 (2.04%) GDPR
3 2 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.02%) NCSC
3 2 (1.02%) QA
System Software
1 103 (52.55%) Active Directory
2 19 (9.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (6.12%) XenApp
4 10 (5.10%) VMware ESXi
5 9 (4.59%) Virtual Desktop
5 9 (4.59%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (4.59%) XenDesktop
6 8 (4.08%) Microsoft App-V
7 7 (3.57%) Hyper-V
8 3 (1.53%) vSphere
9 2 (1.02%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (1.02%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 31 (15.82%) Microsoft Intune
2 18 (9.18%) SCCM
3 13 (6.63%) NetBackup
4 12 (6.12%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 11 (5.61%) Cisco CUCM
6 5 (2.55%) Single Sign-On
7 4 (2.04%) Kubernetes
7 4 (2.04%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (1.53%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 2 (1.02%) SafeCom
9 2 (1.02%) SCOM
9 2 (1.02%) WSUS
10 1 (0.51%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.51%) Cisco UCCX
10 1 (0.51%) EMC NetWorker
10 1 (0.51%) Jamf Pro
10 1 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 1 (0.51%) SCVMM
10 1 (0.51%) WMI
Vendors
1 123 (62.76%) Microsoft
2 37 (18.88%) VMware
3 24 (12.24%) Citrix
4 18 (9.18%) Sonus
5 16 (8.16%) Cisco
6 13 (6.63%) IronPort
7 12 (6.12%) Oracle
8 10 (5.10%) Ivanti
9 9 (4.59%) CheckPoint
9 9 (4.59%) Polycom
10 7 (3.57%) HP
11 6 (3.06%) Red Hat
12 5 (2.55%) ServiceNow
12 5 (2.55%) Symantec
13 4 (2.04%) Apple
13 4 (2.04%) Avaya
13 4 (2.04%) CA
13 4 (2.04%) Trend Micro
14 3 (1.53%) Mitel
14 3 (1.53%) Veeam