Period
to 21 April 2019

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 21 April 2019 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
21 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 255 304 344
Rank change year-on-year +49 +40 +114
Contract jobs citing Skype 1,005 849 613
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.05% 0.84% 0.67%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 8.31% 6.35% 4.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 602 529 397
UK median daily rate £400 £370 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.11% -7.50% -
10th Percentile £163 £159 £213
90th Percentile £574 £538 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £414 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +18.21% +2.94% -15.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 50 21
UK median hourly rate £14.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.00% +14.29% -28.79%
10th Percentile £10.88 £11.81 £12.00
90th Percentile £44.40 £45.50 £23.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.00 £20.00 £12.00
% change year-on-year -35.00% +66.67% -53.53%

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 12,097 13,379 13,146
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.64% 13.23% 14.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,467 8,269 7,995
UK median daily rate £425 £415 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +2.47% +1.25%
10th Percentile £201 £200 £209
90th Percentile £608 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £385 £380
% change year-on-year +5.19% +1.32% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 565 739 731
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £19.49 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.03% -11.43% -12.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.50 £47.50 £51.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.25 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -9.21% -9.52% -16.00%

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 21 April 2019.

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 21 April 2019.

Contractor 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 21 April 2019. 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 +37 910 £400 +6.67% 47
UK excluding London +77 624 £414 +18.21% 32
London +9 337 £388 +1.97% 20
South East +64 214 £425 +20.74% 4
North of England +102 179 £450 +20.00% 5
North West +37 72 £360 -4.00% 3
Midlands +24 63 £365 +19.18% 5
Yorkshire +45 62 £463 +42.31% 2
South West -56 59 £375 +8.70% 9
Scotland +22 50 £425 +41.67% 1
North East +30 45 £465 +10.71%
West Midlands -2 43 £375 +25.00% 5
East of England +19 40 £325 -7.14% 4
East Midlands +28 20 £325 +30.00%
Wales -1 20 £350 +16.67% 3
Northern Ireland - 2 £400 - 1

For the 6 months to 21 April 2019, 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.

1 740 (73.63%) Skype for Business
2 561 (55.82%) Office 365
3 479 (47.66%) Microsoft
4 447 (44.48%) Windows
5 429 (42.69%) Active Directory
6 268 (26.67%) SharePoint
7 242 (24.08%) Microsoft Azure
8 239 (23.78%) Windows 10
9 197 (19.60%) Cisco
9 197 (19.60%) Migration
10 194 (19.30%) PowerShell
11 191 (19.00%) SCCM
12 189 (18.81%) MS Exchange
13 173 (17.21%) Windows Server
14 158 (15.72%) Security Cleared
15 155 (15.42%) Microsoft Office
16 152 (15.12%) ITIL
17 148 (14.73%) Finance
18 143 (14.23%) VMware
19 142 (14.13%) Citrix
20 139 (13.83%) OneDrive
21 123 (12.24%) SC Cleared
21 123 (12.24%) Windows 7
21 123 (12.24%) DNS
22 97 (9.65%) Microsoft Intune
23 96 (9.55%) Agile Software Development
24 95 (9.45%) DHCP
25 94 (9.35%) Unified Communications
26 90 (8.96%) Azure Active Directory
27 89 (8.86%) Exchange Server 2010

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
1 740 (73.63%) Skype for Business
2 268 (26.67%) SharePoint
3 189 (18.81%) MS Exchange
4 89 (8.86%) Exchange Server 2010
5 48 (4.78%) Exchange Server 2013
6 19 (1.89%) Confluence
7 18 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2007
8 15 (1.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 11 (1.09%) SharePoint 2013
10 10 (1.00%) IIS
11 7 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
12 6 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2003
12 6 (0.60%) Office Communications Server
13 4 (0.40%) Apache
13 4 (0.40%) Umbraco
14 3 (0.30%) IBM Notes
15 2 (0.20%) CMS
15 2 (0.20%) IBM Domino
15 2 (0.20%) Tomcat
16 1 (0.100%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 155 (15.42%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (3.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 30 (2.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 28 (2.79%) MS Visio
5 27 (2.69%) Microsoft Project
6 17 (1.69%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.20%) Shockwave
8 1 (0.100%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 5 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.30%) Eikon
3 2 (0.20%) assyst
3 2 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.100%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.100%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.100%) Magento
4 1 (0.100%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 561 (55.82%) Office 365
2 242 (24.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 139 (13.83%) OneDrive
4 90 (8.96%) Azure Active Directory
5 44 (4.38%) IaaS
6 34 (3.38%) PaaS
7 33 (3.28%) Yammer
8 30 (2.99%) Amazon AWS
9 27 (2.69%) Mimecast
10 25 (2.49%) SaaS
11 23 (2.29%) Slack
12 19 (1.89%) Cloud Computing
13 18 (1.79%) Apigee
14 6 (0.60%) Dynamics 365
14 6 (0.60%) Google Cloud Platform
15 5 (0.50%) Trello
16 4 (0.40%) GitHub
16 4 (0.40%) Google Analytics
17 3 (0.30%) Azure ExpressRoute
17 3 (0.30%) GoToWebinar
Communications & Networking
1 123 (12.24%) DNS
2 95 (9.45%) DHCP
3 94 (9.35%) Unified Communications
4 85 (8.46%) Firewall
5 77 (7.66%) LAN
6 59 (5.87%) WAN
7 47 (4.68%) SAN
8 46 (4.58%) VoIP
9 44 (4.38%) VPN
10 42 (4.18%) TCP/IP
11 36 (3.58%) Wireless
12 28 (2.79%) NetScaler
12 28 (2.79%) PBX
13 27 (2.69%) Cisco IOS
13 27 (2.69%) SSL
13 27 (2.69%) Wi-Fi
14 26 (2.59%) SMTP
15 24 (2.39%) Internet
16 22 (2.19%) WebEx
17 19 (1.89%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (4.48%) SQL Server
2 9 (0.90%) Power BI
3 7 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
3 7 (0.70%) SQL Server 2016
4 6 (0.60%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (0.40%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.30%) MongoDB
6 3 (0.30%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.20%) Azure SQL Database
7 2 (0.20%) RDBMS
7 2 (0.20%) SAP HANA
8 1 (0.100%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.100%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.100%) Big Data
8 1 (0.100%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.100%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.100%) MySQL
8 1 (0.100%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.100%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.100%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 27 (2.69%) JIRA
2 10 (1.00%) Git (software)
3 6 (0.60%) Selenium
4 4 (0.40%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 4 (0.40%) Bitbucket
4 4 (0.40%) Cucumber
4 4 (0.40%) gulp
4 4 (0.40%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.30%) AdminStudio
5 3 (0.30%) Artifactory
5 3 (0.30%) Gatling
5 3 (0.30%) InstallShield
5 3 (0.30%) IntelliJ
5 3 (0.30%) Sublime Text
5 3 (0.30%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.30%) Visual Studio Code
5 3 (0.30%) WebDriver
6 2 (0.20%) Hudson
6 2 (0.20%) MSTest
6 2 (0.20%) NUnit
General
1 148 (14.73%) Finance
2 45 (4.48%) Telecoms
3 32 (3.18%) Banking
4 27 (2.69%) Legal
5 22 (2.19%) Law
6 12 (1.19%) Marketing
7 11 (1.09%) Retail
8 10 (1.00%) Investment Banking
9 8 (0.80%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.60%) Military
11 5 (0.50%) Local Government
12 4 (0.40%) Billing
13 3 (0.30%) Advertising
13 3 (0.30%) Back Office
13 3 (0.30%) Manufacturing
13 3 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.20%) Electronics
14 2 (0.20%) French Language
14 2 (0.20%) Games
14 2 (0.20%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 93 (9.25%) Architect
2 88 (8.76%) Consultant
3 82 (8.16%) Analyst
4 78 (7.76%) Office 365 Engineer
5 56 (5.57%) Support Engineer
6 52 (5.17%) Project Manager
7 51 (5.07%) IT Support
8 50 (4.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 45 (4.48%) Developer
10 42 (4.18%) 3rd Line Support
11 33 (3.28%) Desktop Engineer
12 32 (3.18%) Messaging Engineer
13 31 (3.08%) Office 365 Architect
14 30 (2.99%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 30 (2.99%) Network Engineer
15 29 (2.89%) Desktop Support
15 29 (2.89%) Exchange Engineer
16 25 (2.49%) IT Engineer
16 25 (2.49%) Technical Architect
17 22 (2.19%) Unified Communications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (2.59%) AngularJS
2 25 (2.49%) HTML
2 25 (2.49%) Node.js
3 21 (2.09%) HTML5
3 21 (2.09%) RESTful
4 20 (1.99%) jQuery
4 20 (1.99%) JSON
5 19 (1.89%) SOAP
6 18 (1.79%) React
6 18 (1.79%) SignalR
6 18 (1.79%) WebSockets
6 18 (1.79%) XML
7 16 (1.59%) Natural Language Processing
8 11 (1.09%) .NET
8 11 (1.09%) WAP
9 10 (1.00%) Software Packaging
10 8 (0.80%) CSS
11 7 (0.70%) REST
12 6 (0.60%) LDAP
12 6 (0.60%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 61 (6.07%) Analytical Skills
2 59 (5.87%) Video Conferencing
3 56 (5.57%) Data Centre
4 42 (4.18%) User Experience
5 39 (3.88%) PKI
6 32 (3.18%) Blackberry
7 27 (2.69%) Self-Motivation
7 27 (2.69%) Smartphone
8 26 (2.59%) Public Cloud
9 22 (2.19%) Fat Client
9 22 (2.19%) Thin Client
10 20 (1.99%) Mobile App
11 17 (1.69%) Clustering
12 16 (1.59%) Virtual Team
13 14 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
13 14 (1.39%) iPhone
14 13 (1.29%) iPad
15 8 (0.80%) Hedge funds
16 7 (0.70%) Driving Licence
16 7 (0.70%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 447 (44.48%) Windows
2 239 (23.78%) Windows 10
3 173 (17.21%) Windows Server
4 123 (12.24%) Windows 7
5 80 (7.96%) Windows Server 2008
6 72 (7.16%) Windows Server 2012
7 59 (5.87%) Linux
8 57 (5.67%) Android
9 41 (4.08%) Apple iOS
10 22 (2.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 17 (1.69%) Windows 8
12 15 (1.49%) CentOS
13 11 (1.09%) Mac OS
14 10 (1.00%) Mac OS X
15 8 (0.80%) Windows Server 2003
15 8 (0.80%) Windows XP
16 6 (0.60%) Unix
17 5 (0.50%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
18 3 (0.30%) Solaris
18 3 (0.30%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 197 (19.60%) Migration
2 152 (15.12%) ITIL
3 96 (9.55%) Agile Software Development
4 67 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 65 (6.47%) Problem-Solving
6 57 (5.67%) Project Management
7 51 (5.07%) Mobile Device Management
8 48 (4.78%) Service Management
9 43 (4.28%) Continuous Improvement
10 37 (3.68%) Service Delivery
11 36 (3.58%) Stakeholder Management
12 29 (2.89%) Analytics
13 27 (2.69%) Change Management
14 26 (2.59%) Decision-Making
15 24 (2.39%) Technical Leadership
16 23 (2.29%) ITSM
17 22 (2.19%) Data Protection
17 22 (2.19%) High Availability
18 21 (2.09%) Disaster Recovery
18 21 (2.09%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 194 (19.30%) PowerShell
2 59 (5.87%) SQL
3 35 (3.48%) JavaScript
4 29 (2.89%) Python
5 24 (2.39%) Java
6 22 (2.19%) Bash Shell
7 18 (1.79%) R
8 14 (1.39%) C
9 12 (1.19%) C#
10 6 (0.60%) PHP
10 6 (0.60%) TypeScript
11 5 (0.50%) Perl
11 5 (0.50%) Ruby
11 5 (0.50%) VB
12 4 (0.40%) Shell Script
12 4 (0.40%) VBA
12 4 (0.40%) VBScript
13 3 (0.30%) C++
13 3 (0.30%) Groovy
13 3 (0.30%) Scala
Qualifications
1 158 (15.72%) Security Cleared
2 123 (12.24%) SC Cleared
3 61 (6.07%) Microsoft Certification
4 42 (4.18%) Degree
5 35 (3.48%) MCSE
6 32 (3.18%) MCSA
7 29 (2.89%) Cisco Certification
8 22 (2.19%) CCNA
9 21 (2.09%) MCP
10 20 (1.99%) DV Cleared
11 16 (1.59%) Computer Science Degree
12 15 (1.49%) ITIL Certification
13 13 (1.29%) CCNP
14 11 (1.09%) CCA
14 11 (1.09%) Citrix Certification
15 10 (1.00%) PMI Certification
16 8 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
17 7 (0.70%) MCITP
18 6 (0.60%) MCTS
18 6 (0.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (3.48%) SLA
2 17 (1.69%) GDPR
3 15 (1.49%) MiFID
4 13 (1.29%) PMO
5 10 (1.00%) QA
6 9 (0.90%) Dodd-Frank
7 6 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 4 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 2 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
9 2 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.100%) JSP 440
10 1 (0.100%) RMADS
System Software
1 429 (42.69%) Active Directory
2 86 (8.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (4.78%) Hyper-V
4 47 (4.68%) XenDesktop
5 44 (4.38%) XenApp
6 40 (3.98%) VMware ESXi
7 27 (2.69%) Microsoft App-V
8 21 (2.09%) vSphere
9 20 (1.99%) Virtual Machines
10 13 (1.29%) XenServer
11 11 (1.09%) BitLocker
11 11 (1.09%) Virtual Desktop
12 10 (1.00%) Firmware
13 9 (0.90%) Virtual Servers
14 8 (0.80%) VMware Workstation
15 7 (0.70%) DFS Replication
15 7 (0.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 6 (0.60%) Docker
16 6 (0.60%) Xen
17 4 (0.40%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 191 (19.00%) SCCM
2 97 (9.65%) Microsoft Intune
3 39 (3.88%) AirWatch
4 28 (2.79%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 25 (2.49%) Single Sign-On
6 19 (1.89%) NetBackup
7 14 (1.39%) SCOM
8 12 (1.19%) vCenter Server
9 10 (1.00%) Cisco UCCX
10 9 (0.90%) Cisco CUCM
11 8 (0.80%) Cisco UCCE
11 8 (0.80%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 8 (0.80%) WSUS
12 7 (0.70%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 6 (0.60%) XenMobile
14 5 (0.50%) EMC NetWorker
14 5 (0.50%) Norton AntiVirus
15 4 (0.40%) McAfee ePO
15 4 (0.40%) Microsoft Clustering
15 4 (0.40%) PaperCut
Vendors
1 479 (47.66%) Microsoft
2 197 (19.60%) Cisco
3 143 (14.23%) VMware
4 142 (14.13%) Citrix
5 51 (5.07%) ServiceNow
6 49 (4.88%) Symantec
7 44 (4.38%) IronPort
8 43 (4.28%) Dell
9 35 (3.48%) Apple
10 30 (2.99%) HP
11 28 (2.79%) Avaya
12 22 (2.19%) Juniper
12 22 (2.19%) Polycom
13 20 (1.99%) Veritas
14 19 (1.89%) Proofpoint
15 18 (1.79%) Google
15 18 (1.79%) Ivanti
15 18 (1.79%) Palo Alto
16 16 (1.59%) EMC
17 15 (1.49%) Mitel