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 3 months to 26 April 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
UK
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 308 355 607
Rank change year-on-year +47 +252  
Contract jobs citing Skype 327 341 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.61% 0.081%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.13% 4.02% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 209 22
Median daily rate £400 £413 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.20% -21.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £258 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £500 £639
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £450
% change year-on-year -12.50% -11.11%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 0
Median hourly rate £18.50 £28.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.92% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £28.00 -
% change year-on-year -57.14% -  

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

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 6380 8486 8228
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.73% 15.19% 14.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 3873 5131 4503
Median daily rate £400 £387 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.29% +10.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £363 £340
% change year-on-year +6.89% +6.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 360 446
Median hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.79% +0.86%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -28.57% +16.66%  

Skype
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Skype as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 3 months to 26 April 2017.

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
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +56 307 £400 - 77
London +59 139 £450 +5.88% 28
South East +22 62 £328 -18.12% 16
East of England +19 22 £425 +54.54% 12
Hampshire +24 21 £323 -14.00% 3
City of London +2 19 £438 +1.44% 6
West Midlands +31 16 £420 +20.00% 7
North East +28 16 £275 -3.16% 5
Berkshire +11 16 £300 -25.12% 5
North West -16 15 £350 -19.54% 4
South West -10 13 £375 +5.26% 3
Yorkshire +23 11 £425 +30.76% 2
Surrey +13 11 £525 +82.60%
East Midlands 0 11 £350 -15.15%
Scotland +7 9 £395 -10.22% 1
Havant +5 9 £300 -
Birmingham +16 8 £425 +30.76% 3
Tyne and Wear +15 8 £225 -20.77% 3
Bristol -2 8 £680 +78.94%
South Yorkshire - 8 £425 - 1
Cambridgeshire +18 7 £350 - 3
Reading +11 7 £300 -25.12% 3
Sheffield - 7 £475 -
Hook +15 6 £315 -26.74%
Luton +12 6 £473 +237.50%
Newcastle upon Tyne +11 6 £225 -20.77% 3
Staines +5 6 - -
Bedfordshire +2 6 £473 +237.50%
Cheshire -1 6 £388 -11.17%
Buckinghamshire -9 6 £100 -80.00% 2

For the 6 months to 26 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Skype 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.

1 513 (83.41%) Skype for Business
2 305 (49.59%) Office 365
3 287 (46.67%) Microsoft
4 226 (36.75%) Windows
5 203 (33.01%) Active Directory
6 186 (30.24%) SharePoint
7 147 (23.90%) MS Exchange
8 121 (19.67%) Migration
9 116 (18.86%) Cisco
10 109 (17.72%) Microsoft Azure
11 92 (14.96%) Windows 10
12 89 (14.47%) Microsoft Office
13 86 (13.98%) Windows Server
14 82 (13.33%) Security Cleared
15 79 (12.85%) DNS
16 78 (12.68%) OneDrive
16 78 (12.68%) Exchange Server 2010
17 77 (12.52%) Exchange Server 2013
18 76 (12.36%) ITIL
19 71 (11.54%) Microsoft Certification
19 71 (11.54%) PowerShell
20 69 (11.22%) Windows 7
20 69 (11.22%) SC Cleared
21 68 (11.06%) VMware
22 67 (10.89%) Finance
22 67 (10.89%) Windows Server 2008
23 65 (10.57%) Unified Communications
24 59 (9.59%) Agile Software Development
25 58 (9.43%) SCCM
26 57 (9.27%) SQL Server

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
1 513 (83.41%) Skype for Business
2 186 (30.24%) SharePoint
3 147 (23.90%) MS Exchange
4 78 (12.68%) Exchange Server 2010
5 77 (12.52%) Exchange Server 2013
6 45 (7.32%) SharePoint 2013
7 28 (4.55%) Office Communications Server
8 24 (3.90%) SharePoint 2010
9 22 (3.58%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (1.30%) CMS
11 7 (1.14%) Apache Spark
11 7 (1.14%) IIS
11 7 (1.14%) SharePoint Server
12 6 (0.98%) Apache
12 6 (0.98%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
14 4 (0.65%) Apache Solr
14 4 (0.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 4 (0.65%) Confluence
14 4 (0.65%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 89 (14.47%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (3.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (0.49%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.16%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.16%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (1.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle Utilities
Cloud Services
1 305 (49.59%) Office 365
2 109 (17.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 78 (12.68%) OneDrive
4 40 (6.50%) Yammer
5 36 (5.85%) Azure Active Directory
6 23 (3.74%) Amazon AWS
7 13 (2.11%) IaaS
8 11 (1.79%) Slack
9 7 (1.14%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 6 (0.98%) GitHub
11 5 (0.81%) SaaS
12 3 (0.49%) Heroku
13 2 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
13 2 (0.33%) PaaS
14 1 (0.16%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 79 (12.85%) DNS
2 65 (10.57%) Unified Communications
3 50 (8.13%) Firewall
4 47 (7.64%) DHCP
5 42 (6.83%) PBX
6 41 (6.67%) WAN
7 39 (6.34%) LAN
8 34 (5.53%) SAN
8 34 (5.53%) VoIP
9 18 (2.93%) VPN
10 15 (2.44%) Intranet
11 12 (1.95%) Internet
11 12 (1.95%) Remote Desktop
11 12 (1.95%) Telepresence
12 11 (1.79%) ISDN
13 10 (1.63%) Cisco IOS
13 10 (1.63%) PSTN
13 10 (1.63%) TCP/IP
14 9 (1.46%) WebEx
15 8 (1.30%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (9.27%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.14%) Big Data
3 6 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (0.81%) NoSQL
4 5 (0.81%) SQL Server 2005
4 5 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (0.65%) Amazon RDS
5 4 (0.65%) Apache Cassandra
5 4 (0.65%) DataStax
5 4 (0.65%) MySQL
5 4 (0.65%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (0.65%) Power BI
6 3 (0.49%) Amazon Redshift
6 3 (0.49%) Apache Hive
6 3 (0.49%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (0.49%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.33%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.16%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.16%) Oracle ODI
8 1 (0.16%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 13 (2.11%) Git (software)
2 12 (1.95%) JIRA
3 6 (0.98%) Jenkins
4 4 (0.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 4 (0.65%) Bitbucket
4 4 (0.65%) Karma Test Runner
4 4 (0.65%) Zephyr
5 2 (0.33%) Ant
5 2 (0.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.16%) Axure RP
6 1 (0.16%) Grunt
6 1 (0.16%) gulp
6 1 (0.16%) HP UFT
6 1 (0.16%) Maven
6 1 (0.16%) NuGet
6 1 (0.16%) Selenium
6 1 (0.16%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.16%) WebDriver
General
1 67 (10.89%) Finance
2 24 (3.90%) Legal
3 19 (3.09%) Law
4 16 (2.60%) Manufacturing
5 14 (2.28%) Retail
6 13 (2.11%) Banking
7 12 (1.95%) Advertising
7 12 (1.95%) Telecoms
8 6 (0.98%) Back Office
9 4 (0.65%) Electronics
9 4 (0.65%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.65%) Marketing
9 4 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.49%) Billing
10 3 (0.49%) French Language
10 3 (0.49%) Games
10 3 (0.49%) Local Government
10 3 (0.49%) Publishing
10 3 (0.49%) Spanish Language
11 2 (0.33%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 101 (16.42%) Architect
2 79 (12.85%) Consultant
3 53 (8.62%) Project Manager
4 42 (6.83%) Analyst
5 41 (6.67%) Office 365 Architect
5 41 (6.67%) Support Engineer
6 35 (5.69%) Solutions Architect
7 29 (4.72%) Developer
7 29 (4.72%) Office 365 Engineer
8 26 (4.23%) Business Consultant
8 26 (4.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 26 (4.23%) Messaging Engineer
8 26 (4.23%) Messaging Support
9 25 (4.07%) Trainer
10 21 (3.41%) Technical Architect
11 20 (3.25%) Office 365 Consultant
12 19 (3.09%) Voice Engineer
13 18 (2.93%) Lead Architect
14 17 (2.76%) Lead Solutions Architect
14 17 (2.76%) Lync Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (2.60%) XML
2 11 (1.79%) AngularJS
2 11 (1.79%) XMPP
3 8 (1.30%) .NET
3 8 (1.30%) HTML
3 8 (1.30%) Web Services
4 7 (1.14%) CSS
5 6 (0.98%) Hibernate
5 6 (0.98%) Spring
6 5 (0.81%) DOM
6 5 (0.81%) HTML5
6 5 (0.81%) jQuery
6 5 (0.81%) REST
7 4 (0.65%) ASP.NET
7 4 (0.65%) Flask
7 4 (0.65%) Node.js
7 4 (0.65%) WebRTC
8 3 (0.49%) .NET Framework
8 3 (0.49%) Cocoa
8 3 (0.49%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 35 (5.69%) Data Centre
2 31 (5.04%) Video Conferencing
3 21 (3.41%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (3.09%) Management Information System
5 16 (2.60%) Computer Science
6 13 (2.11%) Blackberry
6 13 (2.11%) Replication
7 12 (1.95%) e-Learning
8 10 (1.63%) Client/Server
9 8 (1.30%) Mobile App
9 8 (1.30%) PKI
9 8 (1.30%) Virtual Team
10 7 (1.14%) Hybrid Cloud
10 7 (1.14%) Smartphone
11 6 (0.98%) BYOD
11 6 (0.98%) IVR
11 6 (0.98%) User Experience
12 5 (0.81%) Driving Licence
12 5 (0.81%) iPhone
13 4 (0.65%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 226 (36.75%) Windows
2 92 (14.96%) Windows 10
3 86 (13.98%) Windows Server
4 69 (11.22%) Windows 7
5 67 (10.89%) Windows Server 2008
6 50 (8.13%) Windows Server 2012
7 30 (4.88%) Windows Server 2003
8 29 (4.72%) Android
9 24 (3.90%) Apple iOS
10 20 (3.25%) Linux
11 14 (2.28%) Windows 8
12 10 (1.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 9 (1.46%) Mac OS X
14 5 (0.81%) Mac OS
14 5 (0.81%) Windows XP
15 2 (0.33%) CentOS
15 2 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.16%) AIX
16 1 (0.16%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (19.67%) Migration
2 76 (12.36%) ITIL
3 59 (9.59%) Agile Software Development
4 46 (7.48%) Stakeholder Management
5 43 (6.99%) Project Management
6 35 (5.69%) PRINCE2
7 28 (4.55%) Service Management
8 24 (3.90%) Change Management
9 21 (3.41%) Information Security
10 20 (3.25%) Identity Management
11 19 (3.09%) Business Intelligence
12 17 (2.76%) Content Management
13 16 (2.60%) Capacity Planning
13 16 (2.60%) Mobile Device Management
14 15 (2.44%) Continuous Improvement
14 15 (2.44%) Customer Requirements
14 15 (2.44%) Enterprise Architecture
14 15 (2.44%) IT Strategy
15 14 (2.28%) Business Analysis
15 14 (2.28%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 71 (11.54%) PowerShell
2 35 (5.69%) SQL
3 19 (3.09%) VBScript
4 16 (2.60%) C
5 15 (2.44%) Java
6 10 (1.63%) VB
7 9 (1.46%) Python
8 8 (1.30%) C#
8 8 (1.30%) JavaScript
9 3 (0.49%) Apple Swift
9 3 (0.49%) PL/SQL
9 3 (0.49%) Ruby
9 3 (0.49%) Scala
10 2 (0.33%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.33%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.16%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.16%) Perl
11 1 (0.16%) PHP
11 1 (0.16%) Tcl
11 1 (0.16%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 82 (13.33%) Security Cleared
2 71 (11.54%) Microsoft Certification
3 69 (11.22%) SC Cleared
4 40 (6.50%) MCSE
5 26 (4.23%) Degree
6 24 (3.90%) MCSA
7 22 (3.58%) MCITP
8 19 (3.09%) Cisco Certification
9 11 (1.79%) CCNP
10 7 (1.14%) CCIE
10 7 (1.14%) CCNA
10 7 (1.14%) DV Cleared
11 6 (0.98%) Citrix Certification
11 6 (0.98%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 6 (0.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (0.81%) CCVP
12 5 (0.81%) MCP
12 5 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 4 (0.65%) CCNP Voice
13 4 (0.65%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (2.76%) SLA
2 8 (1.30%) QA
3 5 (0.81%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.49%) PMO
4 3 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.16%) GxP
6 1 (0.16%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.16%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 203 (33.01%) Active Directory
2 46 (7.48%) Hyper-V
3 45 (7.32%) VMware Infrastructure
4 23 (3.74%) Microsoft App-V
5 20 (3.25%) VMware ESXi
5 20 (3.25%) XenApp
6 19 (3.09%) VMware ESX
7 13 (2.11%) vSphere
8 12 (1.95%) Virtual Desktop
9 8 (1.30%) DFS Replication
10 7 (1.14%) ProxySG
11 6 (0.98%) XenDesktop
12 5 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
13 4 (0.65%) ISA Server
14 3 (0.49%) Forefront TMG
15 2 (0.33%) VirtualBox
16 1 (0.16%) BitLocker
16 1 (0.16%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 58 (9.43%) SCCM
2 27 (4.39%) SCOM
3 22 (3.58%) Microsoft Intune
4 15 (2.44%) AirWatch
5 12 (1.95%) NetBackup
6 11 (1.79%) Cisco CUCM
6 11 (1.79%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 10 (1.63%) vCenter Server
8 9 (1.46%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 9 (1.46%) WSUS
9 8 (1.30%) vMotion
10 7 (1.14%) Cisco UCCX
10 7 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (0.98%) WMI
12 5 (0.81%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 4 (0.65%) AppDNA
13 4 (0.65%) EdgeSight
14 3 (0.49%) SCOrch
14 3 (0.49%) SCVMM
15 2 (0.33%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 287 (46.67%) Microsoft
2 116 (18.86%) Cisco
3 68 (11.06%) VMware
4 50 (8.13%) Citrix
5 31 (5.04%) Polycom
6 19 (3.09%) Avaya
7 17 (2.76%) HP
7 17 (2.76%) NetApp
8 13 (2.11%) Symantec
9 12 (1.95%) Apple
10 11 (1.79%) Intel Security
10 11 (1.79%) Oracle
10 11 (1.79%) Red Hat
10 11 (1.79%) Remedy
11 10 (1.63%) CheckPoint
11 10 (1.63%) SAP
12 9 (1.46%) Dell
12 9 (1.46%) F5
12 9 (1.46%) Juniper
12 9 (1.46%) ServiceNow
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