Period
to 20 August 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Skype skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Skype over the 6 months to 20 August 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
UK
6 months to
20 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 237 276 355
Rank change year-on-year +39 +79 +11
Contract jobs citing Skype 1,060 986 674
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.18% 0.96% 0.70%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.10% 7.17% 5.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 643 624 432
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -6.25% -
10th Percentile £174 £169 £200
90th Percentile £586 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +3.33% - -1.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 64 27
UK median hourly rate £16.75 £20.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.25% +17.65% -29.61%
10th Percentile £12.30 £10.73 £12.00
90th Percentile £45.00 £160.88 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £20.00 £14.25
% change year-on-year -17.50% +40.35% -43.00%

Skype is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 11,646 13,745 12,996
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.94% 13.45% 13.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,085 8,421 7,799
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £200 £203 £200
90th Percentile £603 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 604 762 736
UK median hourly rate £24.13 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.63% +5.26% -24.00%
10th Percentile £12.54 £12.23 £11.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.83 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +23.68% +5.56% -28.00%

Skype
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Skype as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Skype in the UK

Skype
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Skype.

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype in the UK

Skype
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype over the 6 months to 20 August 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype in the UK

Skype
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Skype.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype in the UK

Skype
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype over the 6 months to 20 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Skype in the UK

Skype
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 within the UK over the 6 months to 20 August 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 +37 969 £400 +6.67% 189
UK excluding London +73 634 £388 +3.33% 137
London +18 395 £430 +11.69% 63
South East +68 228 £400 +10.34% 42
North of England +65 130 £388 +3.33% 31
East of England +45 76 £368 +50.00% 16
South West -1 70 £378 +11.85% 16
North West +4 63 £425 +21.43% 15
Midlands +42 60 £450 +50.00% 21
Scotland +35 56 £513 +25.46% 5
Yorkshire +52 52 £375 -11.76% 14
West Midlands +9 37 £540 +80.00% 15
East Midlands +42 23 £381 +52.50% 6
North East +25 15 £175 -57.19% 2
Wales -3 11 £350 -12.50% 6
Northern Ireland - 4 - -

For the 6 months to 20 August 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Skype 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.

1 720 (67.92%) Skype for Business
2 609 (57.45%) Office 365
3 519 (48.96%) Microsoft
4 466 (43.96%) Windows
5 417 (39.34%) Active Directory
6 284 (26.79%) Windows 10
7 277 (26.13%) SharePoint
8 264 (24.91%) Microsoft Azure
9 210 (19.81%) ITIL
10 198 (18.68%) Cisco
11 194 (18.30%) Finance
12 189 (17.83%) SCCM
13 183 (17.26%) Migration
14 177 (16.70%) Windows Server
15 175 (16.51%) Microsoft Office
16 170 (16.04%) PowerShell
17 164 (15.47%) MS Exchange
18 160 (15.09%) VMware
19 153 (14.43%) Citrix
20 151 (14.25%) OneDrive
21 132 (12.45%) DNS
22 131 (12.36%) Security Cleared
23 124 (11.70%) Unified Communications
23 124 (11.70%) Windows 7
24 121 (11.42%) Microsoft Intune
25 113 (10.66%) DHCP
26 105 (9.91%) Agile Software Development
26 105 (9.91%) SC Cleared
27 99 (9.34%) VMware Infrastructure
28 98 (9.25%) Infrastructure Engineering

Skype
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
1 720 (67.92%) Skype for Business
2 277 (26.13%) SharePoint
3 164 (15.47%) MS Exchange
4 65 (6.13%) Exchange Server 2010
5 38 (3.58%) Exchange Server 2013
6 28 (2.64%) Confluence
7 20 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2003
8 17 (1.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 17 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2007
9 10 (0.94%) IIS
10 9 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
11 6 (0.57%) Alfresco
11 6 (0.57%) IBM Notes
11 6 (0.57%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.28%) Apache
12 3 (0.28%) CMS
12 3 (0.28%) Umbraco
13 2 (0.19%) Drupal
13 2 (0.19%) Office Communications Server
13 2 (0.19%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 175 (16.51%) Microsoft Office
2 59 (5.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 51 (4.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (1.04%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.75%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.094%) Chatbot
6 1 (0.094%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.47%) Oracle CRM
3 3 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.28%) SAP S/4HANA
3 3 (0.28%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 2 (0.19%) Eikon
4 2 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.094%) Magento
5 1 (0.094%) Maximo
5 1 (0.094%) OpenCart
5 1 (0.094%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.094%) Primavera
5 1 (0.094%) SAP CO
5 1 (0.094%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.094%) SAP FI/CO
5 1 (0.094%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 609 (57.45%) Office 365
2 264 (24.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 151 (14.25%) OneDrive
4 73 (6.89%) Azure Active Directory
5 67 (6.32%) Amazon AWS
6 35 (3.30%) Slack
7 33 (3.11%) Power Platform
8 31 (2.92%) Yammer
9 27 (2.55%) IaaS
10 23 (2.17%) SaaS
11 22 (2.08%) PaaS
12 19 (1.79%) Google Docs
13 18 (1.70%) Dynamics 365
14 16 (1.51%) Cloud Computing
15 15 (1.42%) Mimecast
16 10 (0.94%) Google Cloud Platform
17 9 (0.85%) Azure Stack
18 5 (0.47%) Serverless
19 4 (0.38%) PowerApps
20 3 (0.28%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 132 (12.45%) DNS
2 124 (11.70%) Unified Communications
3 113 (10.66%) DHCP
4 88 (8.30%) Firewall
5 73 (6.89%) WAN
6 72 (6.79%) LAN
7 58 (5.47%) VPN
8 46 (4.34%) VoIP
9 34 (3.21%) PBX
9 34 (3.21%) Wireless
10 31 (2.92%) VLAN
11 30 (2.83%) TCP/IP
12 28 (2.64%) SAN
12 28 (2.64%) Wi-Fi
13 25 (2.36%) H.323
14 24 (2.26%) Cisco IOS
15 23 (2.17%) Internet
16 21 (1.98%) WebEx
17 19 (1.79%) Intranet
17 19 (1.79%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (4.91%) SQL Server
2 23 (2.17%) Power BI
3 17 (1.60%) MySQL
4 7 (0.66%) Relational Database
5 6 (0.57%) MariaDB
5 6 (0.57%) Oracle Database
5 6 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (0.57%) RDBMS
6 5 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (0.47%) SQL Server 2017
7 3 (0.28%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 3 (0.28%) Big Data
7 3 (0.28%) Cosmos DB
7 3 (0.28%) SAP HANA
7 3 (0.28%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.19%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.19%) InfluxDB
8 2 (0.19%) Redis
8 2 (0.19%) SQL Server 2016
9 1 (0.094%) HDInsight
Development Applications
1 40 (3.77%) JIRA
2 19 (1.79%) Git (software)
3 7 (0.66%) Visual Studio
4 6 (0.57%) Gradle
4 6 (0.57%) JUnit
5 4 (0.38%) webpack
6 3 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.19%) Grunt
7 2 (0.19%) Jasmine
7 2 (0.19%) MSI
7 2 (0.19%) MSTest
7 2 (0.19%) NUnit
7 2 (0.19%) Visual Studio Code
8 1 (0.094%) GitLab
8 1 (0.094%) gulp
8 1 (0.094%) Karma Test Runner
8 1 (0.094%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (0.094%) Subversion
8 1 (0.094%) TestRail
8 1 (0.094%) Zephyr
General
1 194 (18.30%) Finance
2 55 (5.19%) Public Sector
3 49 (4.62%) Telecoms
4 34 (3.21%) Banking
5 25 (2.36%) Legal
6 24 (2.26%) Retail
7 19 (1.79%) Marketing
8 15 (1.42%) Manufacturing
9 13 (1.23%) Law
10 11 (1.04%) Investment Banking
11 10 (0.94%) Advertising
12 9 (0.85%) Electronics
13 7 (0.66%) Local Government
14 6 (0.57%) German Language
14 6 (0.57%) Publishing
15 5 (0.47%) Games
16 4 (0.38%) Financial Institution
16 4 (0.38%) French Language
17 3 (0.28%) Billing
17 3 (0.28%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 110 (10.38%) Analyst
2 106 (10.00%) Architect
3 92 (8.68%) Support Engineer
4 81 (7.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 67 (6.32%) Consultant
6 62 (5.85%) Desktop Support
7 60 (5.66%) 2nd Line Support
8 55 (5.19%) Project Manager
9 47 (4.43%) Desktop Engineer
10 46 (4.34%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 45 (4.25%) Office 365 Architect
12 44 (4.15%) Office 365 Engineer
13 41 (3.87%) Developer
14 40 (3.77%) Support Analyst
15 38 (3.58%) Unified Communications Engineer
16 36 (3.40%) 3rd Line Support
17 34 (3.21%) Service Analyst
18 33 (3.11%) 1st/2nd Line Support
19 31 (2.92%) Desktop Support Engineer
19 31 (2.92%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (1.23%) Web Services
2 12 (1.13%) REST
2 12 (1.13%) Spring
2 12 (1.13%) Spring Boot
3 11 (1.04%) .NET
3 11 (1.04%) Software Packaging
4 10 (0.94%) AngularJS
4 10 (0.94%) Node.js
5 8 (0.75%) HTML
6 7 (0.66%) CSS
6 7 (0.66%) JSON
6 7 (0.66%) WebRTC
7 6 (0.57%) HTML5
7 6 (0.57%) Middleware
8 5 (0.47%) React
9 4 (0.38%) .NET Core
9 4 (0.38%) ASP.NET Web API
9 4 (0.38%) LDAP
10 3 (0.28%) .NET Framework
10 3 (0.28%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 73 (6.89%) Video Conferencing
2 62 (5.85%) Data Centre
3 50 (4.72%) Analytical Skills
4 45 (4.25%) Self-Motivation
4 45 (4.25%) User Experience
5 32 (3.02%) Smartphone
6 30 (2.83%) Blackberry
7 29 (2.74%) Public Cloud
8 24 (2.26%) Management Information System
9 22 (2.08%) Virtual Team
10 20 (1.89%) Fat Client
10 20 (1.89%) iPhone
10 20 (1.89%) Thin Client
11 19 (1.79%) iPad
12 17 (1.60%) PKI
13 14 (1.32%) Mobile Computing
14 11 (1.04%) Handset
15 10 (0.94%) Client/Server
16 8 (0.75%) Social Media
17 7 (0.66%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 466 (43.96%) Windows
2 284 (26.79%) Windows 10
3 177 (16.70%) Windows Server
4 124 (11.70%) Windows 7
5 79 (7.45%) Windows Server 2008
6 72 (6.79%) Android
7 70 (6.60%) Windows Server 2012
8 60 (5.66%) Linux
9 59 (5.57%) Apple iOS
10 21 (1.98%) Windows 8
11 14 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
12 9 (0.85%) Mac OS X
12 9 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (0.75%) Mac OS
14 6 (0.57%) Windows 2000
15 5 (0.47%) CentOS
15 5 (0.47%) Windows Phone
16 3 (0.28%) Solaris
16 3 (0.28%) Unix
17 2 (0.19%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 210 (19.81%) ITIL
2 183 (17.26%) Migration
3 105 (9.91%) Agile Software Development
4 98 (9.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 73 (6.89%) Service Delivery
6 72 (6.79%) Project Delivery
7 71 (6.70%) Problem-Solving
8 67 (6.32%) Mobile Device Management
9 64 (6.04%) Project Management
10 59 (5.57%) Data Protection
11 56 (5.28%) Service Management
12 55 (5.19%) Continuous Improvement
13 54 (5.09%) Stakeholder Management
14 53 (5.00%) Change Management
15 46 (4.34%) Computer Science
16 40 (3.77%) Asset Management
17 39 (3.68%) Mentoring
18 32 (3.02%) Technical Leadership
19 30 (2.83%) Problem Management
20 29 (2.74%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 170 (16.04%) PowerShell
2 46 (4.34%) SQL
3 38 (3.58%) JavaScript
4 18 (1.70%) C#
4 18 (1.70%) TypeScript
5 16 (1.51%) Java
6 15 (1.42%) C
6 15 (1.42%) Python
7 11 (1.04%) VBScript
8 10 (0.94%) PHP
9 8 (0.75%) VB
10 6 (0.57%) Groovy
10 6 (0.57%) Java 8
10 6 (0.57%) Shell Script
11 3 (0.28%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.19%) ES6
13 1 (0.094%) Go
13 1 (0.094%) Perl
13 1 (0.094%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.094%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 131 (12.36%) Security Cleared
2 105 (9.91%) SC Cleared
3 89 (8.40%) Degree
4 46 (4.34%) Microsoft Certification
5 39 (3.68%) Cisco Certification
6 24 (2.26%) CCNA
6 24 (2.26%) MCSE
7 22 (2.08%) Computer Science Degree
8 19 (1.79%) DV Cleared
8 19 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
9 17 (1.60%) CCA
9 17 (1.60%) Citrix Certification
10 15 (1.42%) MCP
10 15 (1.42%) MCSA
11 13 (1.23%) PMI Certification
12 12 (1.13%) CCNP
12 12 (1.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 9 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
13 9 (0.85%) PMP
14 8 (0.75%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (3.11%) SLA
2 20 (1.89%) QA
3 11 (1.04%) GDPR
4 9 (0.85%) PMO
5 3 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.19%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.19%) MiFID
7 1 (0.094%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.094%) NIST
7 1 (0.094%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.094%) PMBOK
System Software
1 417 (39.34%) Active Directory
2 99 (9.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 62 (5.85%) XenApp
4 58 (5.47%) XenDesktop
5 57 (5.38%) Hyper-V
6 42 (3.96%) VMware ESXi
7 32 (3.02%) vSphere
8 15 (1.42%) Virtual Machines
9 14 (1.32%) Firmware
10 12 (1.13%) DFS Replication
11 11 (1.04%) Microsoft App-V
12 10 (0.94%) VMware Workstation
13 8 (0.75%) BitLocker
14 7 (0.66%) Virtual Desktop
15 6 (0.57%) VMware NSX
16 5 (0.47%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 5 (0.47%) Virtual Servers
17 4 (0.38%) Docker
18 3 (0.28%) vCloud
18 3 (0.28%) Xen
Systems Management
1 189 (17.83%) SCCM
2 121 (11.42%) Microsoft Intune
3 37 (3.49%) AirWatch
4 22 (2.08%) Single Sign-On
5 16 (1.51%) SCOM
6 11 (1.04%) vCenter Server
7 10 (0.94%) Terraform
8 9 (0.85%) Cisco CUCM
8 9 (0.85%) FortiGate
8 9 (0.85%) Norton AntiVirus
9 8 (0.75%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 6 (0.57%) Cisco UCCX
10 6 (0.57%) PaperCut
10 6 (0.57%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 6 (0.57%) WSUS
11 5 (0.47%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 4 (0.38%) NetBackup
13 3 (0.28%) Cisco Prime
13 3 (0.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 3 (0.28%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 519 (48.96%) Microsoft
2 198 (18.68%) Cisco
3 160 (15.09%) VMware
4 153 (14.43%) Citrix
5 49 (4.62%) Apple
6 45 (4.25%) Dell
7 37 (3.49%) HP
8 34 (3.21%) Google
9 33 (3.11%) ServiceNow
10 32 (3.02%) Polycom
11 27 (2.55%) Avaya
11 27 (2.55%) Meraki
11 27 (2.55%) Symantec
12 19 (1.79%) Samsung
12 19 (1.79%) SAP
13 18 (1.70%) Oracle
13 18 (1.70%) Proofpoint
14 17 (1.60%) Ivanti
14 17 (1.60%) Mitel
15 16 (1.51%) Sophos