Period
to 24 May 2020

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 24 May 2020 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
24 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 221 249 287
Rank change year-on-year +28 +38 +61
Contract jobs citing Skype 557 1,006 881
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.16% 1.10% 0.87%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.55% 8.73% 6.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 387 634 569
Median daily rate £438 £410 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.84% +9.20% -6.25%
10th Percentile £204 £163 £158
90th Percentile £575 £580 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £415 £361
% change year-on-year +5.42% +14.88% +3.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 53 45
Median hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -25.00% +12.68%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.88 £12.70
90th Percentile £35.00 £39.00 £45.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £13.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +38.46% -35.00% +66.67%

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 6,514 11,526 13,495
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.52% 12.57% 13.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,766 7,128 8,345
Median daily rate £425 £429 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.93% +1.06% +3.03%
10th Percentile £180 £205 £203
90th Percentile £620 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £390
% change year-on-year -3.03% +5.77% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 391 544 742
Median hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £19.49
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% +2.64% -4.95%
10th Percentile £13.75 £12.00 £11.89
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £47.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £19.24
% change year-on-year +14.29% -9.06% -3.30%

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 24 May 2020.

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 24 May 2020.

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 24 May 2020. 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 +10 476 £438 +8.16% 99
UK excluding London +18 346 £438 +5.42% 82
London +44 184 £450 +12.50% 21
South East +10 99 £450 +2.27% 15
North of England +10 72 £363 -14.71% 28
Work from Home +33 69 £450 +2.27% 21
Scotland +38 53 £450 - 4
South West +35 48 £469 +20.58% 15
Midlands +61 47 £518 +41.78% 12
North West +36 47 £361 -5.25% 16
West Midlands +64 35 £550 +44.74% 7
Yorkshire +31 22 £385 -16.76% 8
East of England +24 17 £425 +19.72% 8
East Midlands +35 12 £450 +38.46% 5
Wales +17 6 £345 +4.15%
Northern Ireland +18 4 £310 -22.50%
North East -9 3 - - 4

For the 6 months to 24 May 2020, 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.

1 316 (56.73%) Skype for Business
2 298 (53.50%) Microsoft
3 261 (46.86%) Office 365
4 230 (41.29%) Windows
5 204 (36.62%) Active Directory
6 160 (28.73%) Azure
7 128 (22.98%) SharePoint
8 105 (18.85%) Security Cleared
8 105 (18.85%) Windows 10
9 102 (18.31%) Microsoft Office
10 95 (17.06%) Windows Server
11 94 (16.88%) Migration
12 93 (16.70%) Cisco
13 87 (15.62%) Agile Software Development
14 81 (14.54%) SCCM
15 74 (13.29%) VMware
16 73 (13.11%) SC Cleared
17 71 (12.75%) DNS
18 67 (12.03%) Finance
18 67 (12.03%) OneDrive
19 61 (10.95%) Unified Communications
19 61 (10.95%) PowerShell
20 58 (10.41%) ITIL
21 57 (10.23%) MS Exchange
22 54 (9.69%) Microsoft Intune
23 53 (9.52%) Problem-Solving
23 53 (9.52%) Public Sector
24 51 (9.16%) Firewall
25 50 (8.98%) Citrix
26 49 (8.80%) Windows 7

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
1 316 (56.73%) Skype for Business
2 128 (22.98%) SharePoint
3 57 (10.23%) MS Exchange
4 25 (4.49%) Exchange Server 2010
5 22 (3.95%) Exchange Server 2013
6 15 (2.69%) Confluence
7 8 (1.44%) CMS
8 5 (0.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (0.72%) IIS
10 3 (0.54%) Apache
10 3 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2003
10 3 (0.54%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.36%) Apache Spark
11 2 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2007
11 2 (0.36%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.18%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.18%) JBoss
12 1 (0.18%) nginx
12 1 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.18%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 102 (18.31%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (3.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (2.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.44%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.36%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.36%) InVision
6 2 (0.36%) Sketch
7 1 (0.18%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.18%) Camtasia
7 1 (0.18%) Figma
7 1 (0.18%) Marvel
7 1 (0.18%) Maya
7 1 (0.18%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.18%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 10 (1.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.54%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.36%) assyst
3 2 (0.36%) Elite 3E
3 2 (0.36%) OpenCart
3 2 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.18%) Exstream
4 1 (0.18%) ResourceLink
4 1 (0.18%) SAP PP
4 1 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.18%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.18%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 261 (46.86%) Office 365
2 160 (28.73%) Azure
3 67 (12.03%) OneDrive
4 48 (8.62%) AWS
5 47 (8.44%) Azure Active Directory
6 27 (4.85%) Yammer
7 23 (4.13%) Power Platform
8 22 (3.95%) SaaS
9 16 (2.87%) IaaS
9 16 (2.87%) PaaS
10 14 (2.51%) PowerApps
11 12 (2.15%) GCP
12 8 (1.44%) Amazon EC2
12 8 (1.44%) AWS CloudFormation
13 7 (1.26%) Amazon S3
13 7 (1.26%) GitHub
14 6 (1.08%) Amazon EMR
15 5 (0.90%) Mimecast
16 4 (0.72%) Adobe Analytics
16 4 (0.72%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 71 (12.75%) DNS
2 61 (10.95%) Unified Communications
3 51 (9.16%) Firewall
4 48 (8.62%) DHCP
5 40 (7.18%) VoIP
6 36 (6.46%) VPN
7 34 (6.10%) PBX
8 28 (5.03%) TCP/IP
8 28 (5.03%) WAN
9 26 (4.67%) LAN
10 16 (2.87%) Cisco IOS
10 16 (2.87%) Internet
10 16 (2.87%) Remote Desktop
10 16 (2.87%) WebEx
10 16 (2.87%) Wireless
11 15 (2.69%) Wi-Fi
12 13 (2.33%) MPLS
13 12 (2.15%) H.323
13 12 (2.15%) NetScaler
14 11 (1.97%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (5.39%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.51%) Power BI
3 7 (1.26%) MySQL
4 4 (0.72%) MongoDB
4 4 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (0.54%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (0.54%) BusinessObjects
5 3 (0.54%) Crystal Reports
5 3 (0.54%) Data Lake
5 3 (0.54%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.36%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (0.36%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.36%) Big Data
6 2 (0.36%) Cosmos DB
6 2 (0.36%) DB2
6 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.18%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.18%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.18%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 18 (3.23%) JIRA
2 12 (2.15%) Jenkins
3 10 (1.80%) Git (software)
4 8 (1.44%) Bitbucket
5 7 (1.26%) Visual Studio
6 6 (1.08%) Mockito
7 2 (0.36%) Bitbucket Server
7 2 (0.36%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.36%) DbUnit
7 2 (0.36%) Hudson
7 2 (0.36%) jMock
7 2 (0.36%) JUnit
7 2 (0.36%) Maven
7 2 (0.36%) Selenium
7 2 (0.36%) SonarQube
7 2 (0.36%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (0.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.18%) Oracle APEX
8 1 (0.18%) StarTeam
8 1 (0.18%) Subversion
General
1 67 (12.03%) Finance
2 53 (9.52%) Public Sector
3 13 (2.33%) German Language
3 13 (2.33%) Telecoms
4 12 (2.15%) Pharmaceutical
5 10 (1.80%) Banking
5 10 (1.80%) Legal
5 10 (1.80%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.62%) Law
7 8 (1.44%) Retail
8 6 (1.08%) Marketing
8 6 (1.08%) Police
9 5 (0.90%) Electronics
9 5 (0.90%) Financial Institution
9 5 (0.90%) French Language
10 4 (0.72%) Back Office
10 4 (0.72%) Local Government
11 3 (0.54%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.54%) Automotive
11 3 (0.54%) Military
Job Titles
1 60 (10.77%) Support Engineer
2 53 (9.52%) Analyst
3 45 (8.08%) Architect
4 42 (7.54%) Consultant
5 37 (6.64%) Office 365 Engineer
6 26 (4.67%) Desktop Support
6 26 (4.67%) Developer
7 24 (4.31%) 2nd Line Support
8 23 (4.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 21 (3.77%) Service Analyst
10 20 (3.59%) Unified Communications Engineer
11 18 (3.23%) Desktop Engineer
11 18 (3.23%) Project Manager
12 17 (3.05%) IT Support
13 16 (2.87%) Service Desk Analyst
14 15 (2.69%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 15 (2.69%) Support Analyst
14 15 (2.69%) Technical Architect
15 14 (2.51%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 13 (2.33%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (3.77%) .NET
2 11 (1.97%) LDAP
3 7 (1.26%) AngularJS
3 7 (1.26%) Velocity
4 6 (1.08%) CSS
4 6 (1.08%) HTML
4 6 (1.08%) JSON
5 5 (0.90%) Ruby on Rails
5 5 (0.90%) Web Services
6 4 (0.72%) .NET Framework
6 4 (0.72%) ActiveMQ
6 4 (0.72%) JAX-RS
6 4 (0.72%) REST
6 4 (0.72%) SailPoint
7 3 (0.54%) OAuth
7 3 (0.54%) RESTful
7 3 (0.54%) SOAP
7 3 (0.54%) XMPP
8 2 (0.36%) J2EE
8 2 (0.36%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 42 (7.54%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (5.75%) PKI
3 31 (5.57%) Video Conferencing
4 26 (4.67%) Self-Motivation
5 24 (4.31%) Data Centre
6 21 (3.77%) Management Information System
7 13 (2.33%) Blackberry
7 13 (2.33%) User Experience
8 12 (2.15%) Virtual Team
9 11 (1.97%) Handset
9 11 (1.97%) Public Cloud
10 8 (1.44%) NHS
11 7 (1.26%) Tandem
12 5 (0.90%) Blog
12 5 (0.90%) Clustering
12 5 (0.90%) Fat Client
12 5 (0.90%) Replication
12 5 (0.90%) Thin Client
13 4 (0.72%) Smartphone
13 4 (0.72%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 230 (41.29%) Windows
2 105 (18.85%) Windows 10
3 95 (17.06%) Windows Server
4 49 (8.80%) Windows 7
5 41 (7.36%) Windows Server 2012
5 41 (7.36%) Windows Server 2016
6 34 (6.10%) Apple iOS
7 33 (5.92%) Android
7 33 (5.92%) Windows Server 2008
8 19 (3.41%) Linux
9 9 (1.62%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (1.44%) Windows Server 2019
11 7 (1.26%) Windows 8
12 5 (0.90%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.72%) Windows Mobile
14 2 (0.36%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.36%) Unix
14 2 (0.36%) VMS
14 2 (0.36%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (16.88%) Migration
2 87 (15.62%) Agile Software Development
3 58 (10.41%) ITIL
4 53 (9.52%) Problem-Solving
5 30 (5.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 29 (5.21%) Scrum
7 28 (5.03%) DevOps
8 26 (4.67%) Service Management
9 23 (4.13%) Project Management
10 22 (3.95%) Analytics
10 22 (3.95%) Mobile Device Management
11 21 (3.77%) Change Management
11 21 (3.77%) Disaster Recovery
12 19 (3.41%) Mentoring
13 18 (3.23%) Enterprise Architecture
13 18 (3.23%) Incident Management
13 18 (3.23%) ITSM
13 18 (3.23%) Stakeholder Management
14 17 (3.05%) Business Intelligence
14 17 (3.05%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 61 (10.95%) PowerShell
2 29 (5.21%) SQL
3 14 (2.51%) Python
4 13 (2.33%) JavaScript
5 12 (2.15%) Java
6 8 (1.44%) C#
7 7 (1.26%) C
8 5 (0.90%) Ruby
9 4 (0.72%) Java 8
10 3 (0.54%) Objective-C
10 3 (0.54%) R
10 3 (0.54%) TypeScript
10 3 (0.54%) VB
11 2 (0.36%) C++
11 2 (0.36%) PHP
11 2 (0.36%) T-SQL
11 2 (0.36%) VBA
12 1 (0.18%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.18%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.18%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 105 (18.85%) Security Cleared
2 73 (13.11%) SC Cleared
3 43 (7.72%) Microsoft Certification
4 32 (5.75%) Cisco Certification
5 25 (4.49%) DV Cleared
6 18 (3.23%) CCNP
7 16 (2.87%) CISSP
7 16 (2.87%) Degree
8 13 (2.33%) CCIE
9 12 (2.15%) CCIE Collaboration
10 11 (1.97%) MCSE
11 10 (1.80%) MCP
12 9 (1.62%) CCNA
12 9 (1.62%) ITIL Certification
13 8 (1.44%) MCSA
14 5 (0.90%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 4 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
15 4 (0.72%) MCITP
16 3 (0.54%) CCNP Voice
16 3 (0.54%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (5.57%) SLA
2 10 (1.80%) QA
3 6 (1.08%) GDPR
4 4 (0.72%) P3O
5 3 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.54%) PMO
6 2 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 1 (0.18%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.18%) NCSC
7 1 (0.18%) NIST
7 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 204 (36.62%) Active Directory
2 48 (8.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (7.36%) Hyper-V
4 17 (3.05%) XenApp
5 16 (2.87%) BitLocker
6 15 (2.69%) VMware ESXi
6 15 (2.69%) vSphere
7 11 (1.97%) XenDesktop
8 10 (1.80%) Virtual Desktop
9 9 (1.62%) Docker
10 3 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.54%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.36%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 2 (0.36%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.36%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.18%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 1 (0.18%) GFS2
12 1 (0.18%) Postfix
12 1 (0.18%) UAG
Systems Management
1 81 (14.54%) SCCM
2 54 (9.69%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (2.33%) SCOM
4 12 (2.15%) Ansible
5 9 (1.62%) AirWatch
6 8 (1.44%) Terraform
7 6 (1.08%) Kubernetes
7 6 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
8 5 (0.90%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 5 (0.90%) Norton AntiVirus
8 5 (0.90%) vRealize
9 4 (0.72%) Cisco CUCM
9 4 (0.72%) FortiGate
9 4 (0.72%) Jamf Pro
9 4 (0.72%) WSUS
10 3 (0.54%) Cisco UCCX
10 3 (0.54%) Microsoft Clustering
10 3 (0.54%) Puppet
10 3 (0.54%) vCenter Server
11 2 (0.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 298 (53.50%) Microsoft
2 93 (16.70%) Cisco
3 74 (13.29%) VMware
4 50 (8.98%) Citrix
5 30 (5.39%) Oracle
6 28 (5.03%) ServiceNow
7 26 (4.67%) Polycom
8 23 (4.13%) Sonus
9 21 (3.77%) Avaya
10 18 (3.23%) Google
11 15 (2.69%) Apple
12 13 (2.33%) Adobe
13 10 (1.80%) Mitel
14 9 (1.62%) Dell
14 9 (1.62%) HP
14 9 (1.62%) SAP
15 8 (1.44%) Progress
15 8 (1.44%) Symantec
15 8 (1.44%) Verint
16 7 (1.26%) MobileIron