Period
to 20 October 2017

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 October 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
6 months to
20 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 322 344 671
Rank change year-on-year +22 +327 +140
Contract jobs citing Skype 763 740 235
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.77% 0.70% 0.21%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.58% 4.42% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 504 461 163
UK median daily rate £378 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.67% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £200 £208 £225
90th Percentile £534 £550 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% - -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 47 10
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.00% - +8.11%
10th Percentile £12.55 £13.00 £15.68
90th Percentile £41.00 £36.94 £172.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -41.00% +11.11% -

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 13666 16740 15917
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.76% 15.75% 13.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 8308 10177 9100
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +1.33%
10th Percentile £188 £220 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £361
% change year-on-year - +3.88% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 723 843 1042
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £23.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.95% +18.75% +0.23%
10th Percentile £11.32 £11.72 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -22.00% +25.00% -

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 October 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype over the 6 months to 20 October 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Skype in the UK

Skype
Top 15 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 October 2017. 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 +40 714 £388 +3.33% 68
UK excluding London +67 446 £375 +7.14% 47
London -17 291 £375 -6.25% 23
South East +23 144 £425 +13.33% 7
North of England +69 105 £322 -0.92% 15
East of England +47 79 £450 -2.70% 7
Midlands +41 51 £325 -18.75% 11
North West +44 46 £363 -6.45% 10
South West +12 40 £419 +34.00% 5
West Midlands +20 34 £350 -11.11% 2
Yorkshire +38 32 £288 -17.86% 4
North East +44 29 £275 -11.29% 1
Scotland 0 28 £340 -9.33% 1
East Midlands +13 19 £235 -41.25% 9
Wales +6 6 £444 +57.78% 1

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 585 (76.67%) Skype for Business
2 408 (53.47%) Office 365
3 323 (42.33%) Microsoft
4 319 (41.81%) Windows
5 273 (35.78%) Active Directory
6 221 (28.96%) SharePoint
7 194 (25.43%) MS Exchange
8 190 (24.90%) Migration
9 130 (17.04%) Microsoft Azure
10 126 (16.51%) Windows 10
11 119 (15.60%) Exchange Server 2010
12 117 (15.33%) Cisco
13 112 (14.68%) PowerShell
14 111 (14.55%) Microsoft Office
14 111 (14.55%) Finance
15 108 (14.15%) Windows Server
16 89 (11.66%) SCCM
17 83 (10.88%) Unified Communications
18 82 (10.75%) ITIL
19 80 (10.48%) OneDrive
20 78 (10.22%) Citrix
20 78 (10.22%) VMware
21 75 (9.83%) Exchange Server 2013
21 75 (9.83%) Security Cleared
21 75 (9.83%) Windows 7
22 72 (9.44%) Windows Server 2012
23 70 (9.17%) Microsoft Certification
24 56 (7.34%) VoIP
24 56 (7.34%) MCSE
25 55 (7.21%) Symantec

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
1 585 (76.67%) Skype for Business
2 221 (28.96%) SharePoint
3 194 (25.43%) MS Exchange
4 119 (15.60%) Exchange Server 2010
5 75 (9.83%) Exchange Server 2013
6 37 (4.85%) SharePoint 2013
7 32 (4.19%) SharePoint 2010
8 27 (3.54%) Exchange Server 2007
9 9 (1.18%) Office Communications Server
10 8 (1.05%) OpenStack
11 7 (0.92%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 5 (0.66%) Drupal
12 5 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
13 4 (0.52%) Apache Solr
13 4 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2003
13 4 (0.52%) IBM Notes
13 4 (0.52%) IIS
13 4 (0.52%) SharePoint Server
14 3 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
15 2 (0.26%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 111 (14.55%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (3.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (1.31%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.66%) AutoCAD
5 5 (0.66%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.26%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.13%) Adobe After Effects
7 1 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.13%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.13%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 7 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.52%) Unit4 Business World
3 3 (0.39%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.13%) Magento
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
5 1 (0.13%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.13%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 408 (53.47%) Office 365
2 130 (17.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 80 (10.48%) OneDrive
4 46 (6.03%) Azure Active Directory
5 30 (3.93%) IaaS
5 30 (3.93%) PaaS
6 27 (3.54%) Amazon AWS
7 23 (3.01%) Yammer
8 21 (2.75%) SaaS
9 10 (1.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 9 (1.18%) Dynamics 365
11 8 (1.05%) Slack
12 4 (0.52%) Mimecast
13 3 (0.39%) GitHub
13 3 (0.39%) Trello
14 1 (0.13%) Amazon SQS
14 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
14 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
14 1 (0.13%) Dropbox
14 1 (0.13%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 83 (10.88%) Unified Communications
2 56 (7.34%) VoIP
3 51 (6.68%) DNS
4 47 (6.16%) Firewall
5 45 (5.90%) WAN
6 44 (5.77%) LAN
7 36 (4.72%) VPN
8 31 (4.06%) DHCP
9 28 (3.67%) Wireless
10 23 (3.01%) PBX
11 21 (2.75%) Wi-Fi
12 17 (2.23%) NetScaler
12 17 (2.23%) TCP/IP
13 15 (1.97%) SAN
14 14 (1.83%) H.323
15 13 (1.70%) IP Telephony
16 12 (1.57%) Cisco IOS
16 12 (1.57%) Internet
17 11 (1.44%) BGP
17 11 (1.44%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (5.64%) SQL Server
2 12 (1.57%) Blockchain
2 12 (1.57%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (0.79%) Azure SQL Database
3 6 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (0.66%) MySQL
5 4 (0.52%) EDRMS
5 4 (0.52%) Oracle Database
5 4 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
5 4 (0.52%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (0.39%) Big Data
6 3 (0.39%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (0.26%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.26%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.26%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.13%) Amazon Redshift
8 1 (0.13%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.13%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.13%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 13 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (1.44%) Visual Studio
3 8 (1.05%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 4 (0.52%) Eclipse
5 4 (0.52%) Vagrant
6 3 (0.39%) Ant
6 3 (0.39%) Cucumber
6 3 (0.39%) Maven
6 3 (0.39%) MSBuild
6 3 (0.39%) MSI
6 3 (0.39%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (0.26%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.26%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.26%) JIRA
7 2 (0.26%) Selenium
7 2 (0.26%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.13%) Appium
8 1 (0.13%) Gradle
8 1 (0.13%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 111 (14.55%) Finance
2 54 (7.08%) Banking
3 39 (5.11%) Telecoms
4 23 (3.01%) Legal
5 16 (2.10%) Retail
6 11 (1.44%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.31%) Marketing
8 9 (1.18%) Local Government
9 8 (1.05%) Law
10 7 (0.92%) Advertising
11 5 (0.66%) French Language
12 4 (0.52%) Investment Banking
13 3 (0.39%) Electronics
13 3 (0.39%) Publishing
14 2 (0.26%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.26%) Automotive
14 2 (0.26%) Back Office
14 2 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
15 1 (0.13%) Dutch Language
15 1 (0.13%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 110 (14.42%) Consultant
2 89 (11.66%) Analyst
3 63 (8.26%) Project Manager
4 55 (7.21%) Architect
5 48 (6.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 46 (6.03%) Support Engineer
7 37 (4.85%) Support Analyst
8 35 (4.59%) Developer
9 31 (4.06%) Office 365 Engineer
10 30 (3.93%) Trainer
11 29 (3.80%) Messaging Engineer
11 29 (3.80%) Office 365 Consultant
12 26 (3.41%) IT Trainer
12 26 (3.41%) Unified Communications Engineer
13 25 (3.28%) Network Engineer
14 24 (3.15%) Desktop Support
15 22 (2.88%) IT Support
16 21 (2.75%) Lync Engineer
17 19 (2.49%) Azure Consultant
17 19 (2.49%) Exchange Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (2.75%) .NET
2 17 (2.23%) HTML
3 14 (1.83%) XMPP
4 12 (1.57%) XML
5 11 (1.44%) CSS
6 7 (0.92%) jQuery
6 7 (0.92%) React
7 6 (0.79%) 802.1X
7 6 (0.79%) Ajax
7 6 (0.79%) HTML5
7 6 (0.79%) RESTful
7 6 (0.79%) Web Services
8 5 (0.66%) OAuth
9 4 (0.52%) AngularJS
9 4 (0.52%) Django
9 4 (0.52%) Redux
10 3 (0.39%) Middleware
10 3 (0.39%) REST
10 3 (0.39%) SOAP
11 2 (0.26%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 38 (4.98%) Video Conferencing
2 35 (4.59%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (3.67%) Data Centre
4 21 (2.75%) Blackberry
5 19 (2.49%) CESG
6 16 (2.10%) Management Information System
7 13 (1.70%) User Experience
8 11 (1.44%) Greenfield Project
8 11 (1.44%) IVR
9 9 (1.18%) EMC VNX
10 8 (1.05%) Private Cloud
11 7 (0.92%) Computer Science
11 7 (0.92%) Data Protection Act
11 7 (0.92%) e-Learning
12 6 (0.79%) Mobile App
12 6 (0.79%) PKI
12 6 (0.79%) Virtual Team
13 5 (0.66%) BYOD
13 5 (0.66%) iPhone
13 5 (0.66%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 319 (41.81%) Windows
2 126 (16.51%) Windows 10
3 108 (14.15%) Windows Server
4 75 (9.83%) Windows 7
5 72 (9.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 52 (6.82%) Windows Server 2008
7 30 (3.93%) Android
8 27 (3.54%) Linux
9 24 (3.15%) Apple iOS
10 21 (2.75%) Windows 8
11 9 (1.18%) Windows Server 2003
12 8 (1.05%) Mac OS
13 6 (0.79%) Mac OS X
14 5 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (0.66%) SUSE
15 4 (0.52%) Windows 2000 Server
16 3 (0.39%) Debian
17 2 (0.26%) CentOS
18 1 (0.13%) Embedded Linux
18 1 (0.13%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 190 (24.90%) Migration
2 82 (10.75%) ITIL
3 53 (6.95%) Project Management
4 50 (6.55%) Agile Software Development
5 38 (4.98%) Stakeholder Management
6 28 (3.67%) PRINCE2
7 24 (3.15%) Service Management
8 23 (3.01%) Change Management
8 23 (3.01%) Customer Requirements
8 23 (3.01%) Presales
8 23 (3.01%) Service Delivery
9 19 (2.49%) Desktop Virtualisation
9 19 (2.49%) DevOps
9 19 (2.49%) Disk Encryption
10 16 (2.10%) Analytics
10 16 (2.10%) Coaching
10 16 (2.10%) CRM
10 16 (2.10%) Disaster Recovery
10 16 (2.10%) Problem Management
11 15 (1.97%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 112 (14.68%) PowerShell
2 42 (5.50%) SQL
3 27 (3.54%) JavaScript
4 24 (3.15%) VBScript
5 17 (2.23%) C#
6 14 (1.83%) Python
7 10 (1.31%) Java
8 8 (1.05%) PHP
8 8 (1.05%) VB
9 5 (0.66%) C
9 5 (0.66%) PL/SQL
10 3 (0.39%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.26%) R
12 1 (0.13%) C++
12 1 (0.13%) ES6
12 1 (0.13%) Scala
12 1 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 75 (9.83%) Security Cleared
2 70 (9.17%) Microsoft Certification
3 56 (7.34%) MCSE
4 53 (6.95%) SC Cleared
5 25 (3.28%) Cisco Certification
6 19 (2.49%) MCSA
7 18 (2.36%) CCNP
8 16 (2.10%) DV Cleared
9 14 (1.83%) Citrix Certification
10 13 (1.70%) Degree
11 11 (1.44%) CCNA
12 10 (1.31%) BPSS Clearance
12 10 (1.31%) ITIL Certification
12 10 (1.31%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 9 (1.18%) MCP
14 7 (0.92%) CCIE
14 7 (0.92%) PMI Certification
14 7 (0.92%) PMP
15 5 (0.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 4 (0.52%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (3.41%) PMO
2 8 (1.05%) GDPR
3 5 (0.66%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.39%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.39%) SLA
5 1 (0.13%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.13%) GLP
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 22301
5 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.13%) QA
5 1 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 273 (35.78%) Active Directory
2 53 (6.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (5.90%) XenApp
4 35 (4.59%) Microsoft App-V
5 27 (3.54%) XenDesktop
6 23 (3.01%) BitLocker
7 21 (2.75%) Hyper-V
8 10 (1.31%) ProxySG
8 10 (1.31%) Terminal Services
8 10 (1.31%) Virtual Desktop
9 9 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
9 9 (1.18%) vSphere
10 8 (1.05%) Brightmail
11 7 (0.92%) Virtual Servers
12 5 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 3 (0.39%) Docker
13 3 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
14 2 (0.26%) UAG
14 2 (0.26%) VMware NSX
14 2 (0.26%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 89 (11.66%) SCCM
2 33 (4.33%) Microsoft Intune
3 31 (4.06%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 30 (3.93%) SCOM
5 22 (2.88%) Norton AntiVirus
6 19 (2.49%) AirWatch
6 19 (2.49%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 18 (2.36%) Cisco CUCM
8 9 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
9 7 (0.92%) WSUS
10 6 (0.79%) AppDNA
10 6 (0.79%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 5 (0.66%) Cacti
11 5 (0.66%) Cisco Prime
11 5 (0.66%) Failover Clustering
11 5 (0.66%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 5 (0.66%) McAfee ePO
11 5 (0.66%) OpenView
11 5 (0.66%) QRadar
11 5 (0.66%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 323 (42.33%) Microsoft
2 117 (15.33%) Cisco
3 78 (10.22%) Citrix
3 78 (10.22%) VMware
4 55 (7.21%) Symantec
5 49 (6.42%) Avaya
6 29 (3.80%) Polycom
7 28 (3.67%) HP
8 26 (3.41%) Altiris
9 23 (3.01%) AppSense
9 23 (3.01%) LANDesk
10 19 (2.49%) Dell
11 17 (2.23%) Palo Alto
12 16 (2.10%) MobileIron
13 15 (1.97%) F5
13 15 (1.97%) Juniper
14 14 (1.83%) CheckPoint
14 14 (1.83%) EMC
15 13 (1.70%) ServiceNow
16 12 (1.57%) McAfee