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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 12 August 2022 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
12 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 598 486 202
Rank change year-on-year -112 -284 +41
Contract jobs citing Skype 247 319 436
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.43% 1.26%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.42% 3.78% 9.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 174 194 272
10th Percentile £165 £252 £213
25th Percentile £289 £363 £309
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £450 £438
Median % change year-on-year -5.56% +2.86% +9.38%
75th Percentile £525 £500 £502
90th Percentile £625 £596 £582
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £437 £440
% change year-on-year -2.76% -0.67% +13.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 11 19
10th Percentile £18.42 £11.17 £12.93
25th Percentile £19.71 £15.14 £15.61
Median hourly rate £26.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +36.84% +8.57% +4.48%
75th Percentile £42.81 £56.13 £18.75
90th Percentile £46.00 £74.25 £32.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.85 £38.00 £17.75
% change year-on-year -47.76% +114.08% +7.58%

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 10,200 8,439 4,692
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.50% 11.42% 13.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,840 5,389 2,905
10th Percentile £235 £250 £200
25th Percentile £388 £362 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £463 £438
Median % change year-on-year +8.11% +5.71% +2.94%
75th Percentile £625 £563 £538
90th Percentile £700 £650 £629
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 358 376 242
10th Percentile £15.25 £12.00 £14.30
25th Percentile £17.66 £15.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £32.25
Median % change year-on-year +55.56% -30.23% +43.33%
75th Percentile £57.50 £48.74 £46.40
90th Percentile £68.75 £64.75 £53.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.29 £20.00 £25.33
% change year-on-year +31.45% -21.04% +12.58%

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 12 August 2022.

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 12 August 2022.

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 12 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England -113 192 £425 -5.56% 42
UK excluding London -55 134 £425 -2.76% 37
Work from Home -99 97 £425 -4.49% 24
London -88 81 £425 -5.56% 10
East of England +14 33 £425 +30.77% 6
South East -27 30 £293 -35.93% 8
North of England -35 20 £313 -10.01% 9
Wales +15 19 £295 -
South West -17 18 £511 +13.58% 5
North West -34 15 £158 -47.50% 6
Scotland -23 12 £268 -34.15% 3
Yorkshire -25 4 £425 -5.56% 2
Midlands -47 3 £385 -19.79% 4
West Midlands -36 2 £625 +30.21% 4
East Midlands -7 1 £145 -69.47%
North East -9 1 £525 +16.67% 1

For the 6 months to 12 August 2022, 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 (68.02%) Skype for Business
2 143 (57.89%) Microsoft
3 109 (44.13%) Microsoft 365
4 107 (43.32%) Windows
5 85 (34.41%) Active Directory
6 70 (28.34%) ITIL
6 70 (28.34%) Security Cleared
7 69 (27.94%) Microsoft Office
8 67 (27.13%) Video Conferencing
9 66 (26.72%) Social Skills
10 64 (25.91%) Cisco
11 59 (23.89%) SC Cleared
12 52 (21.05%) SLA
13 49 (19.84%) Service Management
13 49 (19.84%) Azure
14 48 (19.43%) Windows Server
15 45 (18.22%) Windows 10
15 45 (18.22%) SharePoint
15 45 (18.22%) Agile
16 42 (17.00%) Wireless
16 42 (17.00%) Incident Management
16 42 (17.00%) Change Management
17 41 (16.60%) SCCM
18 40 (16.19%) Firewall
18 40 (16.19%) Project Management
19 39 (15.79%) WAN
20 38 (15.38%) DNS
20 38 (15.38%) VMware
21 35 (14.17%) DHCP
21 35 (14.17%) SQL

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 (68.02%) Skype for Business
2 45 (18.22%) SharePoint
3 21 (8.50%) Exchange Server 2013
4 11 (4.45%) MS Exchange
5 9 (3.64%) Confluence
6 3 (1.21%) SharePoint Server
7 2 (0.81%) Office Communications Server
7 2 (0.81%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.40%) Apache
8 1 (0.40%) IBM Connections
8 1 (0.40%) JBoss
8 1 (0.40%) Mattermost
8 1 (0.40%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 69 (27.94%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (5.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (4.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.21%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.40%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.40%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (2.83%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 109 (44.13%) Microsoft 365
2 49 (19.84%) Azure
3 31 (12.55%) Azure Active Directory
4 30 (12.15%) AWS
5 22 (8.91%) OneDrive
6 21 (8.50%) IaaS
7 20 (8.10%) PaaS
8 7 (2.83%) Power Platform
9 4 (1.62%) PowerApps
10 3 (1.21%) Azure DevOps
10 3 (1.21%) Slack
11 2 (0.81%) BlazeMeter
11 2 (0.81%) Dynamics 365
11 2 (0.81%) Power Automate
11 2 (0.81%) Yammer
12 1 (0.40%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 1 (0.40%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 1 (0.40%) GitHub
12 1 (0.40%) iTunes
12 1 (0.40%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 42 (17.00%) Wireless
2 40 (16.19%) Firewall
3 39 (15.79%) WAN
4 38 (15.38%) DNS
5 35 (14.17%) DHCP
6 23 (9.31%) LAN
7 19 (7.69%) Telepresence
8 18 (7.29%) Cisco IOS
9 16 (6.48%) Internet
10 12 (4.86%) VPN
10 12 (4.86%) WebEx
11 11 (4.45%) Network Security
12 9 (3.64%) TCP/IP
12 9 (3.64%) Unified Communications
13 8 (3.24%) VoIP
14 6 (2.43%) Wi-Fi
15 5 (2.02%) SMTP
15 5 (2.02%) SNMP
16 3 (1.21%) SAN
17 2 (0.81%) 802.11
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (11.34%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.21%) Power BI
3 2 (0.81%) SAP HANA
4 1 (0.40%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.40%) Data Mining
4 1 (0.40%) DB2
4 1 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.40%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 8 (3.24%) JIRA
2 3 (1.21%) Bitbucket
2 3 (1.21%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.21%) Jenkins
2 3 (1.21%) Zephyr
3 2 (0.81%) JMeter
4 1 (0.40%) Selenium
General
1 66 (26.72%) Social Skills
2 24 (9.72%) Finance
3 19 (7.69%) Public Sector
4 18 (7.29%) Analytical Skills
5 14 (5.67%) Law
6 10 (4.05%) Banking
7 8 (3.24%) Organisational Skills
8 7 (2.83%) Influencing Skills
9 6 (2.43%) Presentation Skills
9 6 (2.43%) Telecoms
10 5 (2.02%) Local Government
11 4 (1.62%) Investment Banking
11 4 (1.62%) Military
12 3 (1.21%) Back Office
12 3 (1.21%) Electronics
12 3 (1.21%) Front Office
12 3 (1.21%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.81%) Marketing
13 2 (0.81%) Retail
14 1 (0.40%) Legal
Job Titles
1 50 (20.24%) Support Engineer
2 33 (13.36%) Network Engineer
3 30 (12.15%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 26 (10.53%) Analyst
5 22 (8.91%) Applications Engineer
6 21 (8.50%) IT Engineer
7 20 (8.10%) Cloud Engineer
8 18 (7.29%) Operations Engineer
9 17 (6.88%) IT Support
9 17 (6.88%) IT Support Engineer
10 15 (6.07%) Network Operations Engineer
11 14 (5.67%) 2nd Line Support
11 14 (5.67%) Service Analyst
11 14 (5.67%) Service Desk Analyst
12 11 (4.45%) Project Manager
13 10 (4.05%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 10 (4.05%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 10 (4.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 9 (3.64%) SAP Delivery Manager
14 9 (3.64%) SC Cleared Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (3.64%) CSS
1 9 (3.64%) HTML
2 7 (2.83%) WebRTC
3 4 (1.62%) CSS3
3 4 (1.62%) HTML5
3 4 (1.62%) REST
4 3 (1.21%) JSON
5 2 (0.81%) .NET
5 2 (0.81%) 802.1X
5 2 (0.81%) J2EE
5 2 (0.81%) Microsoft Graph
5 2 (0.81%) SAP Basis
5 2 (0.81%) Web Services
6 1 (0.40%) COM
6 1 (0.40%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.40%) Flash
6 1 (0.40%) IBM Integration Bus
6 1 (0.40%) Kafka
6 1 (0.40%) Middleware
6 1 (0.40%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 67 (27.13%) Video Conferencing
2 30 (12.15%) PKI
3 24 (9.72%) Data Centre
4 19 (7.69%) Replication
5 15 (6.07%) Management Information System
6 10 (4.05%) Public Cloud
7 8 (3.24%) PMI
8 7 (2.83%) Data Protection Act
8 7 (2.83%) Digital Signage
8 7 (2.83%) Enterprise Software
8 7 (2.83%) IPTV
8 7 (2.83%) Video\Live Streaming
9 6 (2.43%) Hedge funds
9 6 (2.43%) iPhone
9 6 (2.43%) User Experience
10 4 (1.62%) BYOD
11 3 (1.21%) Driving Licence
11 3 (1.21%) Virtual Team
12 2 (0.81%) Client/Server
12 2 (0.81%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 107 (43.32%) Windows
2 48 (19.43%) Windows Server
3 45 (18.22%) Windows 10
4 29 (11.74%) Windows Server 2012
5 23 (9.31%) Android
6 21 (8.50%) Windows 7
7 9 (3.64%) Windows Server 2016
8 8 (3.24%) Linux
9 7 (2.83%) Apple iOS
10 6 (2.43%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (2.02%) Mac OS
12 3 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.21%) Solaris
12 3 (1.21%) Windows Server 2019
13 2 (0.81%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.40%) AIX
14 1 (0.40%) CentOS
14 1 (0.40%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.40%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (28.34%) ITIL
2 49 (19.84%) Service Management
3 45 (18.22%) Agile
4 42 (17.00%) Change Management
4 42 (17.00%) Incident Management
5 40 (16.19%) Project Management
6 28 (11.34%) ITSM
7 24 (9.72%) Service Delivery
8 22 (8.91%) Identity Management
8 22 (8.91%) PRINCE2
9 18 (7.29%) Project Delivery
10 17 (6.88%) Problem-Solving
11 16 (6.48%) Scrum
12 14 (5.67%) Break/Fix
12 14 (5.67%) DevOps
13 12 (4.86%) Mobile Device Management
13 12 (4.86%) Scaled Agile Framework
14 11 (4.45%) CRM
14 11 (4.45%) Product Management
14 11 (4.45%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 35 (14.17%) SQL
2 19 (7.69%) PowerShell
3 8 (3.24%) JavaScript
4 4 (1.62%) C#
4 4 (1.62%) Python
5 3 (1.21%) Java
6 2 (0.81%) TypeScript
7 1 (0.40%) Bash
7 1 (0.40%) C
7 1 (0.40%) COBOL
7 1 (0.40%) VB
7 1 (0.40%) VBA
Qualifications
1 70 (28.34%) Security Cleared
2 59 (23.89%) SC Cleared
3 17 (6.88%) CCNA
3 17 (6.88%) Cisco Certification
3 17 (6.88%) Degree
4 16 (6.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 12 (4.86%) DV Cleared
6 10 (4.05%) BPSS Clearance
6 10 (4.05%) PMI Certification
7 7 (2.83%) Microsoft Certification
8 5 (2.02%) ITIL Certification
9 4 (1.62%) A+ Certification
10 3 (1.21%) ISEB
10 3 (1.21%) ISTQB
10 3 (1.21%) MCSE
11 2 (0.81%) CompTIA Security+
11 2 (0.81%) MCITP
11 2 (0.81%) MCSA
11 2 (0.81%) Network+ Certification
11 2 (0.81%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (21.05%) SLA
2 9 (3.64%) QA
3 6 (2.43%) PMO
4 1 (0.40%) COBIT
4 1 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.40%) GDPR
4 1 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.40%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.40%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 85 (34.41%) Active Directory
2 35 (14.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (8.91%) Hyper-V
4 20 (8.10%) vSphere
5 8 (3.24%) Virtual Desktop
6 5 (2.02%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (1.62%) VMware NSX
8 3 (1.21%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.81%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.40%) Docker
10 1 (0.40%) Firmware
10 1 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.40%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.40%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 41 (16.60%) SCCM
2 19 (7.69%) SCVMM
3 14 (5.67%) Microsoft Intune
4 12 (4.86%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 11 (4.45%) SCOM
6 6 (2.43%) McAfee ePO
7 5 (2.02%) vCenter Server
8 4 (1.62%) AirWatch
8 4 (1.62%) PowerCLI
8 4 (1.62%) SCSM
9 3 (1.21%) HP ALM
9 3 (1.21%) OPNET
9 3 (1.21%) PaperCut
10 2 (0.81%) Ansible
10 2 (0.81%) Grafana
10 2 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.81%) Puppet
10 2 (0.81%) WSUS
11 1 (0.40%) FortiGate
11 1 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 143 (57.89%) Microsoft
2 64 (25.91%) Cisco
3 38 (15.38%) VMware
4 27 (10.93%) Apple
5 21 (8.50%) Polycom
6 20 (8.10%) Citrix
7 16 (6.48%) ServiceNow
8 15 (6.07%) SAP
9 14 (5.67%) SolarWinds
10 11 (4.45%) HP
11 9 (3.64%) McAfee
12 8 (3.24%) Remedy
13 7 (2.83%) Adobe
14 6 (2.43%) Dell
15 5 (2.02%) Red Hat
16 4 (1.62%) Atlassian
16 4 (1.62%) MobileIron
17 3 (1.21%) Juniper
17 3 (1.21%) Veeam
17 3 (1.21%) Xerox