Period
to 14 May 2021

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 14 May 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
UK
6 months to
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 406 223 262
Rank change year-on-year -183 +39 +43
Contract jobs citing Skype 282 594 965
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.49% 1.18% 1.06%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.33% 8.64% 8.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 182 371 583
10th Percentile £180 £189 £163
25th Percentile £311 £285 £294
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £420 £400
Median % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +6.67%
75th Percentile £488 £500 £497
90th Percentile £538 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +9.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 31 49
10th Percentile £16.18 £13.00 £10.88
25th Percentile £19.44 £13.25 £12.25
Median hourly rate £42.50 £17.50 £14.00
Median % change year-on-year +142.86% +25.00% -30.00%
75th Percentile £68.25 £19.75 £18.70
90th Percentile £71.85 £32.00 £35.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £68.00 £17.50 £13.00
% change year-on-year +288.57% +34.62% -35.00%

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 6,506 6,877 11,420
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.38% 13.64% 12.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,183 4,203 7,187
10th Percentile £225 £178 £202
25th Percentile £350 £313 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £425 £425
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £538
90th Percentile £625 £613 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £413
% change year-on-year - -3.03% +6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 296 394 525
10th Percentile £12.93 £13.38 £12.00
25th Percentile £15.50 £16.25 £14.43
Median hourly rate £27.00 £22.19 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year +21.69% +18.33% +0.27%
75th Percentile £50.00 £46.94 £43.75
90th Percentile £63.50 £53.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +23.08% +11.43% -4.76%

Skype
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Skype in the UK

Skype
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Skype.

Daily rate trend for Skype in the UK

Skype
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Skype over the 6 months to 14 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Skype in the UK

Skype
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Skype.

Hourly rate trend for Skype in the UK

Skype
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Skype over the 6 months to 14 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Skype in the UK

Skype
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 within the UK over the 6 months to 14 May 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 -150 225 £424 +0.83% 63
UK excluding London -101 155 £425 - 49
London -136 89 £425 +1.19% 18
Work from Home -260 68 £450 - 19
South East -53 31 £425 -3.41% 11
Scotland -43 29 £474 +5.33% 3
North of England -7 26 £204 -40.65% 13
Midlands -17 24 £478 -4.50% 10
South West +10 21 £450 -2.70% 6
West Midlands -14 19 £480 -11.52% 6
East of England +31 18 £315 -23.64% 5
North West -17 18 £250 -25.37% 6
North East +24 6 £85 -76.60% 3
East Midlands +6 5 £324 -35.29% 4
Wales +3 3 £320 -7.25% 1
Channel Islands - 3 - -
Yorkshire +16 2 £192 -45.10% 4

For the 6 months to 14 May 2021, 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.

1 174 (61.70%) Skype for Business
2 167 (59.22%) Microsoft 365
3 151 (53.55%) Microsoft
4 118 (41.84%) Active Directory
5 113 (40.07%) Windows
6 108 (38.30%) SharePoint
7 92 (32.62%) Azure
8 87 (30.85%) Migration
9 85 (30.14%) Security Cleared
10 77 (27.30%) PowerShell
11 69 (24.47%) Windows Server
12 67 (23.76%) SC Cleared
13 62 (21.99%) Social Skills
14 57 (20.21%) VMware
15 52 (18.44%) MS Exchange
16 46 (16.31%) OneDrive
17 45 (15.96%) Cisco
18 44 (15.60%) WAN
18 44 (15.60%) Agile Software Development
19 43 (15.25%) Microsoft Office
19 43 (15.25%) Windows 10
20 42 (14.89%) LAN
20 42 (14.89%) Finance
21 41 (14.54%) DNS
22 38 (13.48%) Windows Server 2012
23 37 (13.12%) Public Sector
24 36 (12.77%) Exchange Server 2013
25 35 (12.41%) VMware Infrastructure
26 34 (12.06%) ITIL
26 34 (12.06%) Problem-Solving

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
1 174 (61.70%) Skype for Business
2 108 (38.30%) SharePoint
3 52 (18.44%) MS Exchange
4 36 (12.77%) Exchange Server 2013
5 30 (10.64%) Exchange Server 2010
6 18 (6.38%) Exchange Server 2003
6 18 (6.38%) Exchange Server 2007
7 10 (3.55%) SharePoint 2013
8 9 (3.19%) Confluence
9 8 (2.84%) Office Communications Server
10 4 (1.42%) JBoss
10 4 (1.42%) NetWeaver
10 4 (1.42%) OpenStack
10 4 (1.42%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.71%) IBM Domino
11 2 (0.71%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.71%) IIS
12 1 (0.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.35%) nginx
12 1 (0.35%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 43 (15.25%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (6.74%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (5.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (1.77%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.06%) Camtasia
5 3 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.35%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 2 (0.71%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.35%) assyst
2 1 (0.35%) SAP MM
2 1 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.35%) SAP PP
2 1 (0.35%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 167 (59.22%) Microsoft 365
2 92 (32.62%) Azure
3 46 (16.31%) OneDrive
4 29 (10.28%) Azure Active Directory
5 24 (8.51%) AWS
6 18 (6.38%) Yammer
7 14 (4.96%) Power Platform
8 8 (2.84%) Azure Cosmos DB
8 8 (2.84%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 8 (2.84%) IaaS
9 7 (2.48%) PowerApps
10 6 (2.13%) Power Automate
10 6 (2.13%) SaaS
11 5 (1.77%) PaaS
12 3 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (1.06%) GCP
12 3 (1.06%) Google Docs
12 3 (1.06%) Slack
13 2 (0.71%) Dynamics 365
13 2 (0.71%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 44 (15.60%) WAN
2 42 (14.89%) LAN
3 41 (14.54%) DNS
4 33 (11.70%) Firewall
5 29 (10.28%) Unified Communications
6 21 (7.45%) DHCP
7 18 (6.38%) WebEx
8 16 (5.67%) Internet
8 16 (5.67%) PBX
9 15 (5.32%) VoIP
9 15 (5.32%) VPN
9 15 (5.32%) Wireless
10 12 (4.26%) Wi-Fi
11 11 (3.90%) TCP/IP
12 9 (3.19%) Ethernet
13 5 (1.77%) IP Telephony
13 5 (1.77%) SD-WAN
14 4 (1.42%) MPLS
15 3 (1.06%) FTP
15 3 (1.06%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (10.64%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.55%) MySQL
3 8 (2.84%) Power BI
3 8 (2.84%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (1.42%) Azure SQL Database
4 4 (1.42%) DB2
4 4 (1.42%) SAP HANA
5 3 (1.06%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (0.71%) Amazon Aurora
6 2 (0.71%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.35%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 10 (3.55%) JIRA
2 3 (1.06%) Bitbucket
3 2 (0.71%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.71%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.35%) Fiddler
4 1 (0.35%) Hudson
4 1 (0.35%) MSI
4 1 (0.35%) NSubstitute
General
1 62 (21.99%) Social Skills
2 42 (14.89%) Finance
3 37 (13.12%) Public Sector
4 16 (5.67%) Analytical Skills
5 12 (4.26%) Telecoms
6 10 (3.55%) Legal
7 7 (2.48%) Banking
8 4 (1.42%) Manufacturing
8 4 (1.42%) Organisational Skills
8 4 (1.42%) Presentation Skills
9 3 (1.06%) Back Office
9 3 (1.06%) Billing
9 3 (1.06%) Electronics
9 3 (1.06%) Marketing
10 2 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.35%) Automotive
11 1 (0.35%) International Banking
11 1 (0.35%) Local Government
11 1 (0.35%) Retail
11 1 (0.35%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (10.28%) Architect
2 28 (9.93%) Consultant
3 23 (8.16%) Analyst
4 19 (6.74%) Project Manager
5 15 (5.32%) Microsoft Consultant
6 14 (4.96%) Infrastructure Manager
6 14 (4.96%) Infrastructure Project Manager
6 14 (4.96%) Support Engineer
6 14 (4.96%) Voice Engineer
7 12 (4.26%) Network Engineer
8 10 (3.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 10 (3.55%) Developer
9 9 (3.19%) Designer
9 9 (3.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 8 (2.84%) Infrastructure Designer
10 8 (2.84%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
11 7 (2.48%) Implementation Engineer
11 7 (2.48%) Microsoft 365 Architect
12 6 (2.13%) 3rd Line Support
12 6 (2.13%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.13%) Node.js
2 4 (1.42%) .NET
2 4 (1.42%) Microsoft Graph
2 4 (1.42%) Middleware
2 4 (1.42%) SAP Basis
3 3 (1.06%) XMPP
4 2 (0.71%) .NET Core
4 2 (0.71%) Visualforce
5 1 (0.35%) CSS
5 1 (0.35%) CSS3
5 1 (0.35%) HTML
5 1 (0.35%) HTML5
5 1 (0.35%) JSON
5 1 (0.35%) REST
5 1 (0.35%) RESTful
5 1 (0.35%) SAML
5 1 (0.35%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.35%) Swagger
5 1 (0.35%) WebRTC
5 1 (0.35%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 31 (10.99%) Video Conferencing
2 18 (6.38%) PKI
3 12 (4.26%) Self-Motivation
4 11 (3.90%) Tandem
5 10 (3.55%) Data Centre
6 6 (2.13%) Media Streaming
6 6 (2.13%) Virtual Team
7 5 (1.77%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (1.77%) Mobile App
7 5 (1.77%) Public Cloud
7 5 (1.77%) User Experience
8 4 (1.42%) Replication
9 3 (1.06%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (1.06%) e-Learning
9 3 (1.06%) Fat Client
9 3 (1.06%) Management Information System
9 3 (1.06%) Thin Client
9 3 (1.06%) Video on Demand
10 2 (0.71%) EMC VNX
10 2 (0.71%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 113 (40.07%) Windows
2 69 (24.47%) Windows Server
3 43 (15.25%) Windows 10
4 38 (13.48%) Windows Server 2012
5 32 (11.35%) Windows Server 2008
6 26 (9.22%) Linux
7 19 (6.74%) Windows Server 2003
8 16 (5.67%) Windows Server 2016
9 12 (4.26%) Apple iOS
10 10 (3.55%) Windows 7
11 8 (2.84%) Android
11 8 (2.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 7 (2.48%) Unix
13 5 (1.77%) Mac OS
13 5 (1.77%) Windows Server 2019
14 4 (1.42%) AIX
14 4 (1.42%) Windows Mobile
15 3 (1.06%) Amazon Linux
15 3 (1.06%) Windows 8
16 1 (0.35%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (30.85%) Migration
2 44 (15.60%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (12.06%) ITIL
3 34 (12.06%) Problem-Solving
4 23 (8.16%) Load Balancing
5 21 (7.45%) Change Management
6 17 (6.03%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 17 (6.03%) Project Management
6 17 (6.03%) Service Management
7 14 (4.96%) Decision-Making
7 14 (4.96%) Project Delivery
7 14 (4.96%) Resource Management
8 13 (4.61%) Computer Science
9 11 (3.90%) Asset Management
9 11 (3.90%) Business Case
9 11 (3.90%) Collaborative Working
9 11 (3.90%) Incident Management
10 10 (3.55%) Data Protection
10 10 (3.55%) Identity Management
10 10 (3.55%) Requirements Gathering
Programming Languages
1 77 (27.30%) PowerShell
2 22 (7.80%) SQL
3 9 (3.19%) Python
4 6 (2.13%) Java
5 3 (1.06%) JavaScript
6 2 (0.71%) Apex Code
6 2 (0.71%) VB
6 2 (0.71%) VBA
7 1 (0.35%) C
7 1 (0.35%) C#
Qualifications
1 85 (30.14%) Security Cleared
2 67 (23.76%) SC Cleared
3 26 (9.22%) Degree
4 23 (8.16%) Microsoft Certification
5 20 (7.09%) MCSE
6 19 (6.74%) DV Cleared
7 10 (3.55%) Computer Science Degree
8 6 (2.13%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (1.77%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (1.42%) MCP
11 3 (1.06%) A+ Certification
11 3 (1.06%) CCNP
12 2 (0.71%) CCDP
12 2 (0.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (0.71%) MCITP
12 2 (0.71%) MCTS
13 1 (0.35%) CCNA
13 1 (0.35%) ISEB
13 1 (0.35%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (3.90%) SLA
2 7 (2.48%) GDPR
3 4 (1.42%) COBIT
3 4 (1.42%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.06%) PMO
4 3 (1.06%) QA
5 1 (0.35%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.35%) NCSC
5 1 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 118 (41.84%) Active Directory
2 35 (12.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (4.26%) VMware ESXi
4 10 (3.55%) Hyper-V
4 10 (3.55%) Virtual Machines
4 10 (3.55%) XenApp
5 8 (2.84%) Virtual Desktop
5 8 (2.84%) vSphere
6 6 (2.13%) Docker
7 5 (1.77%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.06%) VMware NSX
9 2 (0.71%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.35%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 23 (8.16%) SCCM
2 21 (7.45%) Microsoft Intune
3 14 (4.96%) Cisco CUCM
4 13 (4.61%) NetBackup
5 10 (3.55%) Kubernetes
6 8 (2.84%) Single Sign-On
7 6 (2.13%) AirWatch
8 5 (1.77%) vRealize
9 3 (1.06%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (1.06%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 3 (1.06%) vCenter Server
10 2 (0.71%) Ansible
10 2 (0.71%) Docker Swarm
10 2 (0.71%) Packer
10 2 (0.71%) Puppet
10 2 (0.71%) SCOM
10 2 (0.71%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 2 (0.71%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 2 (0.71%) Terraform
10 2 (0.71%) WSUS
Vendors
1 151 (53.55%) Microsoft
2 57 (20.21%) VMware
3 45 (15.96%) Cisco
4 29 (10.28%) Citrix
5 19 (6.74%) Oracle
6 14 (4.96%) CheckPoint
6 14 (4.96%) Sonus
7 12 (4.26%) Avaya
7 12 (4.26%) IronPort
7 12 (4.26%) Red Hat
8 10 (3.55%) Polycom
9 8 (2.84%) SAP
10 7 (2.48%) HP
11 6 (2.13%) Ivanti
11 6 (2.13%) Salesforce.com
12 5 (1.77%) Apple
12 5 (1.77%) EMC
12 5 (1.77%) Google
12 5 (1.77%) Symantec
13 4 (1.42%) Mitel