Period
to 3 March 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 3 March 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
3 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 389 225 274
Rank change year-on-year -164 +49 +59
Contract jobs citing Skype 257 780 945
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.53% 1.17% 0.97%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.50% 8.64% 7.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 222 553 595
Median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - +14.29%
10th Percentile £167 £184 £156
90th Percentile £617 £530 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -6.25% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 36 47
Median hourly rate £14.00 £17.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +25.00% -30.78%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £62.50 £17.50 £13.00
% change year-on-year +257.14% +34.62% -44.68%

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 5,716 9,029 12,452
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.84% 13.49% 12.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,612 5,583 7,677
Median daily rate £440 £415 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.02% -2.35% +6.12%
10th Percentile £213 £178 £200
90th Percentile £613 £600 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 281 498 554
Median hourly rate £30.00 £21.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.86% +16.67% -5.26%
10th Percentile £12.98 £13.34 £12.00
90th Percentile £61.00 £51.98 £48.75
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £17.23
% change year-on-year +25.00% +16.09% -12.99%

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 3 March 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 3 March 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Skype in the UK

Skype
Top 18 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 3 March 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 -143 201 £450 +12.50% 59
UK excluding London -88 130 £375 -6.25% 46
London -72 96 £490 +22.50% 16
Work from Home -211 64 £475 +5.56% 10
Scotland -22 33 £425 -8.11% 3
South East -6 24 £400 -5.88% 11
Midlands +36 23 £475 +26.67% 10
North of England -14 21 £204 -47.18% 13
West Midlands +35 19 £478 +27.33% 9
South West +15 15 £425 +6.25% 7
North West -1 14 £275 -28.80% 3
East of England +17 11 £281 -29.69% 2
North East +23 6 £85 -82.14% 1
East Midlands +19 4 £172 -61.74% 1
Wales +6 4 £240 +6.67%
Yorkshire +10 1 £192 -43.07% 9
Northern Ireland +8 1 - -
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 168 (65.37%) Skype for Business
2 152 (59.14%) Microsoft
3 141 (54.86%) Microsoft 365
4 119 (46.30%) Windows
5 117 (45.53%) Active Directory
6 81 (31.52%) Azure
7 70 (27.24%) SharePoint
8 68 (26.46%) Migration
8 68 (26.46%) Security Cleared
9 60 (23.35%) Windows 10
10 59 (22.96%) Cisco
11 57 (22.18%) SC Cleared
12 54 (21.01%) Windows Server
13 52 (20.23%) PowerShell
14 48 (18.68%) Microsoft Office
15 47 (18.29%) Finance
16 43 (16.73%) MS Exchange
17 42 (16.34%) VMware
18 39 (15.18%) WAN
18 39 (15.18%) Video Conferencing
19 38 (14.79%) Firewall
20 37 (14.40%) DNS
21 36 (14.01%) LAN
21 36 (14.01%) Public Sector
22 34 (13.23%) Agile Software Development
23 33 (12.84%) ITIL
23 33 (12.84%) Windows Server 2012
24 31 (12.06%) OneDrive
25 29 (11.28%) Unified Communications
26 27 (10.51%) Microsoft Excel

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
1 168 (65.37%) Skype for Business
2 70 (27.24%) SharePoint
3 43 (16.73%) MS Exchange
4 22 (8.56%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (8.56%) Exchange Server 2013
5 15 (5.84%) Exchange Server 2003
6 14 (5.45%) Exchange Server 2007
7 10 (3.89%) Confluence
8 6 (2.33%) Office Communications Server
9 5 (1.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (1.56%) CMS
11 3 (1.17%) JBoss
11 3 (1.17%) NetWeaver
11 3 (1.17%) OpenStack
11 3 (1.17%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (1.17%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.78%) IIS
12 2 (0.78%) nginx
13 1 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
13 1 (0.39%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 48 (18.68%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (10.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (5.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (2.72%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.39%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.78%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.39%) assyst
2 1 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.39%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 141 (54.86%) Microsoft 365
2 81 (31.52%) Azure
3 31 (12.06%) OneDrive
4 21 (8.17%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (5.45%) IaaS
6 13 (5.06%) AWS
7 12 (4.67%) Yammer
8 11 (4.28%) SaaS
9 9 (3.50%) PaaS
9 9 (3.50%) Power Platform
10 7 (2.72%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 5 (1.95%) PowerApps
12 4 (1.56%) Slack
13 3 (1.17%) Dynamics 365
13 3 (1.17%) Google Docs
13 3 (1.17%) Logic Apps
14 2 (0.78%) Amazon ECS
14 2 (0.78%) Amazon EKS
14 2 (0.78%) AWS Lambda
14 2 (0.78%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 39 (15.18%) WAN
2 38 (14.79%) Firewall
3 37 (14.40%) DNS
4 36 (14.01%) LAN
5 29 (11.28%) Unified Communications
6 19 (7.39%) VoIP
7 18 (7.00%) VPN
8 17 (6.61%) DHCP
8 17 (6.61%) PBX
9 15 (5.84%) Internet
9 15 (5.84%) Wireless
10 12 (4.67%) Wi-Fi
11 8 (3.11%) WebEx
12 7 (2.72%) DMZ
12 7 (2.72%) Ethernet
12 7 (2.72%) TCP/IP
13 6 (2.33%) IP Telephony
14 5 (1.95%) H.323
14 5 (1.95%) SAN
14 5 (1.95%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (7.00%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.89%) MySQL
3 8 (3.11%) Power BI
4 4 (1.56%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (1.56%) Azure SQL Database
4 4 (1.56%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (1.17%) Cosmos DB
5 3 (1.17%) DB2
5 3 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (1.17%) SAP HANA
6 2 (0.78%) Amazon Aurora
6 2 (0.78%) Big Data
6 2 (0.78%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.39%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.39%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.39%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.39%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.39%) Spatial Data
7 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.39%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 10 (3.89%) JIRA
2 4 (1.56%) Bitbucket
3 2 (0.78%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.78%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.78%) MSI
3 2 (0.78%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 1 (0.39%) Hudson
4 1 (0.39%) NSubstitute
General
1 47 (18.29%) Finance
2 36 (14.01%) Public Sector
3 15 (5.84%) Banking
3 15 (5.84%) Legal
4 10 (3.89%) Telecoms
5 7 (2.72%) Financial Institution
6 4 (1.56%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.56%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (1.17%) French Language
8 2 (0.78%) Electronics
8 2 (0.78%) German Language
8 2 (0.78%) Italian Language
8 2 (0.78%) Marketing
8 2 (0.78%) Polish Language
8 2 (0.78%) Retail
8 2 (0.78%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.39%) Back Office
9 1 (0.39%) International Banking
9 1 (0.39%) Law
9 1 (0.39%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 37 (14.40%) Architect
2 24 (9.34%) Analyst
3 18 (7.00%) Consultant
4 16 (6.23%) Network Engineer
5 15 (5.84%) Project Manager
6 13 (5.06%) Support Engineer
7 12 (4.67%) Desktop Support
8 11 (4.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 11 (4.28%) Infrastructure Manager
8 11 (4.28%) Infrastructure Project Manager
9 10 (3.89%) Voice Engineer
10 9 (3.50%) Service Analyst
11 8 (3.11%) Solutions Architect
12 7 (2.72%) Deskside Support
12 7 (2.72%) Implementation Engineer
12 7 (2.72%) Support Technician
12 7 (2.72%) Unified Communications Engineer
13 6 (2.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 6 (2.33%) Microsoft Engineer
13 6 (2.33%) Office 365 Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (2.33%) Node.js
1 6 (2.33%) WebRTC
2 5 (1.95%) XMPP
3 3 (1.17%) .NET
3 3 (1.17%) Middleware
3 3 (1.17%) SAP Basis
4 2 (0.78%) CSS
4 2 (0.78%) CSS3
4 2 (0.78%) HTML
4 2 (0.78%) HTML5
4 2 (0.78%) REST
4 2 (0.78%) Visualforce
5 1 (0.39%) J2EE
5 1 (0.39%) JSON
5 1 (0.39%) LDAP
5 1 (0.39%) RESTful
5 1 (0.39%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.39%) Swagger
5 1 (0.39%) Web Services
5 1 (0.39%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 39 (15.18%) Video Conferencing
2 15 (5.84%) PKI
3 12 (4.67%) Data Centre
4 11 (4.28%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (3.89%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (3.89%) Tandem
6 9 (3.50%) Smartphone
7 8 (3.11%) Private Cloud
7 8 (3.11%) Replication
8 6 (2.33%) Media Streaming
9 5 (1.95%) Fat Client
9 5 (1.95%) Hybrid Cloud
9 5 (1.95%) Management Information System
9 5 (1.95%) Mobile App
9 5 (1.95%) Public Cloud
9 5 (1.95%) Thin Client
10 4 (1.56%) Blackberry
10 4 (1.56%) NHS
10 4 (1.56%) User Experience
11 3 (1.17%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 119 (46.30%) Windows
2 60 (23.35%) Windows 10
3 54 (21.01%) Windows Server
4 33 (12.84%) Windows Server 2012
5 24 (9.34%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (7.78%) Linux
7 16 (6.23%) Windows Server 2016
8 15 (5.84%) Apple iOS
9 14 (5.45%) Windows Server 2003
10 9 (3.50%) Windows 7
11 8 (3.11%) Android
12 5 (1.95%) Mac OS
12 5 (1.95%) Unix
12 5 (1.95%) Windows Server 2019
13 4 (1.56%) Windows Mobile
14 3 (1.17%) AIX
14 3 (1.17%) Amazon Linux
14 3 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.78%) Windows 8
16 1 (0.39%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (26.46%) Migration
2 34 (13.23%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (12.84%) ITIL
4 25 (9.73%) Problem-Solving
5 21 (8.17%) Load Balancing
6 20 (7.78%) Service Management
7 17 (6.61%) Change Management
7 17 (6.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 17 (6.61%) Project Management
8 15 (5.84%) Identity Management
9 14 (5.45%) Business Case
9 14 (5.45%) Service Delivery
10 12 (4.67%) Data Protection
10 12 (4.67%) Project Delivery
11 11 (4.28%) DevOps
12 10 (3.89%) Requirements Gathering
13 9 (3.50%) Capacity Planning
13 9 (3.50%) Collaborative Working
13 9 (3.50%) Disaster Recovery
13 9 (3.50%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 52 (20.23%) PowerShell
2 23 (8.95%) SQL
3 12 (4.67%) Python
4 7 (2.72%) C
4 7 (2.72%) Java
5 4 (1.56%) JavaScript
6 2 (0.78%) Apex Code
6 2 (0.78%) C#
7 1 (0.39%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.39%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 68 (26.46%) Security Cleared
2 57 (22.18%) SC Cleared
3 26 (10.12%) Microsoft Certification
4 22 (8.56%) Degree
5 21 (8.17%) MCSE
6 12 (4.67%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (4.67%) DV Cleared
7 9 (3.50%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (2.33%) CISSP
8 6 (2.33%) MCP
8 6 (2.33%) SSCP
9 5 (1.95%) CCNP
9 5 (1.95%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (1.56%) CCIE
10 4 (1.56%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (1.56%) MCSA
10 4 (1.56%) PMI Certification
10 4 (1.56%) PMP
11 3 (1.17%) DBS Check
11 3 (1.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (7.00%) SLA
2 6 (2.33%) GDPR
3 3 (1.17%) COBIT
3 3 (1.17%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (1.17%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.17%) PMO
4 2 (0.78%) NCSC
4 2 (0.78%) QA
4 2 (0.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 117 (45.53%) Active Directory
2 25 (9.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (4.28%) Hyper-V
3 11 (4.28%) Virtual Machines
4 9 (3.50%) vSphere
5 7 (2.72%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (2.33%) VMware NSX
7 5 (1.95%) Docker
7 5 (1.95%) Virtual Desktop
8 4 (1.56%) BitLocker
8 4 (1.56%) XenApp
9 2 (0.78%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 1 (0.39%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.39%) UAG
10 1 (0.39%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.39%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 25 (9.73%) Microsoft Intune
2 20 (7.78%) SCCM
3 12 (4.67%) NetBackup
4 11 (4.28%) Cisco CUCM
5 9 (3.50%) Kubernetes
6 7 (2.72%) SCOM
7 6 (2.33%) WSUS
8 5 (1.95%) McAfee ePO
9 4 (1.56%) Single Sign-On
9 4 (1.56%) vCenter Server
10 3 (1.17%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 3 (1.17%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 2 (0.78%) Ansible
11 2 (0.78%) HAProxy
11 2 (0.78%) Jamf Pro
11 2 (0.78%) PowerCLI
11 2 (0.78%) Puppet
11 2 (0.78%) Terraform
11 2 (0.78%) Trend Micro Deep Security
11 2 (0.78%) vRealize
Vendors
1 152 (59.14%) Microsoft
2 59 (22.96%) Cisco
3 42 (16.34%) VMware
4 18 (7.00%) Citrix
5 15 (5.84%) Polycom
6 14 (5.45%) Oracle
7 13 (5.06%) Avaya
8 9 (3.50%) HP
8 9 (3.50%) IronPort
8 9 (3.50%) Palo Alto
9 8 (3.11%) CheckPoint
10 7 (2.72%) Apple
11 6 (2.33%) McAfee
11 6 (2.33%) SAP
12 5 (1.95%) Red Hat
12 5 (1.95%) ServiceNow
13 4 (1.56%) Altiris
13 4 (1.56%) Ivanti
13 4 (1.56%) Splunk
14 3 (1.17%) Mitel