Period
to 13 December 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 13 December 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
13 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 315 339 610
Rank change year-on-year +24 +271 +242
Contract jobs citing Skype 804 714 304
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.78% 0.69% 0.27%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.68% 4.52% 1.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 524 430 203
UK median daily rate £361 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.80% +7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £192 £205 £225
90th Percentile £524 £544 £554
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +2.86% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 39 18
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £20.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.00% -4.76% +20.00%
10th Percentile £11.88 £14.36 £16.25
90th Percentile £41.00 £29.50 £71.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £25.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year -45.10% +13.33% -

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 14144 15802 15885
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.69% 15.31% 14.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 8690 9581 9197
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +4.00%
10th Percentile £181 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 710 810 987
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.56% +7.14% +5.00%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.68 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.18 £48.75 £45.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -24.00% +21.95% -2.38%

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 13 December 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 13 December 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 13 December 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 +27 739 £363 -3.33% 83
UK excluding London +52 464 £360 +2.86% 46
London -8 313 £350 -12.50% 38
South East -20 150 £400 +12.68% 6
North of England +53 101 £340 +4.62% 15
South West +34 61 £425 +32.81% 5
East of England +22 59 £450 +28.57% 6
North West +39 51 £350 +9.80% 4
Midlands +17 50 £325 -18.75% 11
Scotland -13 38 £350 +2.94% 3
West Midlands +8 34 £338 -15.63% 9
Yorkshire +40 33 £281 -19.64% 9
North East +26 20 £325 +1.56% 2
East Midlands +7 18 £235 -43.03% 2
Wales +17 12 £300 +6.67%

For the 6 months to 13 December 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.

1 607 (75.50%) Skype for Business
2 433 (53.86%) Office 365
3 382 (47.51%) Windows
4 345 (42.91%) Microsoft
5 326 (40.55%) Active Directory
6 224 (27.86%) SharePoint
7 184 (22.89%) Migration
8 183 (22.76%) MS Exchange
9 153 (19.03%) Windows 10
10 139 (17.29%) Cisco
11 137 (17.04%) Windows Server
12 129 (16.04%) Microsoft Azure
12 129 (16.04%) SCCM
13 126 (15.67%) Microsoft Office
14 120 (14.93%) Finance
15 117 (14.55%) PowerShell
16 109 (13.56%) VMware
17 101 (12.56%) ITIL
18 95 (11.82%) Windows 7
19 93 (11.57%) Citrix
20 91 (11.32%) Exchange Server 2010
21 90 (11.19%) Unified Communications
22 88 (10.95%) OneDrive
23 87 (10.82%) Windows Server 2012
24 86 (10.70%) Security Cleared
25 73 (9.08%) Windows Server 2008
26 71 (8.83%) VMware Infrastructure
27 70 (8.71%) Exchange Server 2013
27 70 (8.71%) DNS
28 68 (8.46%) Microsoft Certification

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
1 607 (75.50%) Skype for Business
2 224 (27.86%) SharePoint
3 183 (22.76%) MS Exchange
4 91 (11.32%) Exchange Server 2010
5 70 (8.71%) Exchange Server 2013
6 24 (2.99%) SharePoint 2010
7 23 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2007
7 23 (2.86%) SharePoint 2013
8 8 (1.00%) OpenStack
9 5 (0.62%) Drupal
10 4 (0.50%) Apache Solr
10 4 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
10 4 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (0.50%) IBM Domino
10 4 (0.50%) SharePoint Server
11 3 (0.37%) IBM Notes
12 2 (0.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.25%) IIS
12 2 (0.25%) SAS
Applications
1 126 (15.67%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (4.60%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (2.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 11 (1.37%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.62%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.50%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe After Effects
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.12%) HipChat
7 1 (0.12%) InDesign
7 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 14 (1.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.50%) Unit4 Business World
4 3 (0.37%) Payment Gateway
5 2 (0.25%) Oracle Utilities
6 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.12%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 433 (53.86%) Office 365
2 129 (16.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 88 (10.95%) OneDrive
4 48 (5.97%) Azure Active Directory
5 32 (3.98%) PaaS
6 26 (3.23%) Amazon AWS
6 26 (3.23%) IaaS
7 23 (2.86%) Yammer
8 20 (2.49%) SaaS
9 8 (1.00%) Slack
10 6 (0.75%) Dynamics 365
10 6 (0.75%) Mimecast
11 3 (0.37%) GitHub
11 3 (0.37%) Trello
11 3 (0.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.25%) Adobe Creative Cloud
12 2 (0.25%) Serverless
13 1 (0.12%) Dropbox
13 1 (0.12%) Google Analytics
13 1 (0.12%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 90 (11.19%) Unified Communications
2 70 (8.71%) DNS
3 59 (7.34%) DHCP
4 55 (6.84%) WAN
5 52 (6.47%) Firewall
6 50 (6.22%) VoIP
7 47 (5.85%) LAN
8 43 (5.35%) VPN
9 30 (3.73%) SAN
10 28 (3.48%) Wireless
11 25 (3.11%) Wi-Fi
12 22 (2.74%) PBX
13 20 (2.49%) TCP/IP
14 16 (1.99%) Cisco IOS
15 15 (1.87%) IP Telephony
15 15 (1.87%) NetScaler
15 15 (1.87%) OSPF
16 14 (1.74%) BGP
16 14 (1.74%) IPsec
16 14 (1.74%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (5.97%) SQL Server
2 14 (1.74%) Azure SQL Database
3 12 (1.49%) Blockchain
3 12 (1.49%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (1.00%) SQL Server 2005
5 6 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (0.62%) MySQL
7 4 (0.50%) EDRMS
7 4 (0.50%) SQL Server 2014
8 3 (0.37%) Big Data
8 3 (0.37%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.37%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (0.37%) Power BI
9 2 (0.25%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.25%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.25%) Oracle BI EE
9 2 (0.25%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.25%) Oracle ODI
9 2 (0.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.25%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 14 (1.74%) Visual Studio
2 12 (1.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (1.12%) JIRA
4 6 (0.75%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.50%) Jenkins
5 4 (0.50%) Vagrant
6 3 (0.37%) Cucumber
6 3 (0.37%) MSI
6 3 (0.37%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (0.25%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.25%) Eclipse
7 2 (0.25%) Selenium
7 2 (0.25%) SpecFlow
8 1 (0.12%) Appium
8 1 (0.12%) Gradle
8 1 (0.12%) gulp
8 1 (0.12%) MSBuild
8 1 (0.12%) Octopus Deploy
8 1 (0.12%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.12%) WebDriver
General
1 120 (14.93%) Finance
2 60 (7.46%) Banking
3 36 (4.48%) Telecoms
4 23 (2.86%) Legal
5 16 (1.99%) Law
6 15 (1.87%) Retail
7 9 (1.12%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.00%) Advertising
9 5 (0.62%) Investment Banking
9 5 (0.62%) Marketing
10 4 (0.50%) French Language
10 4 (0.50%) German Language
10 4 (0.50%) Local Government
11 3 (0.37%) Back Office
12 2 (0.25%) Billing
12 2 (0.25%) Electronics
12 2 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.25%) Publishing
13 1 (0.12%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.12%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 125 (15.55%) Analyst
2 108 (13.43%) Consultant
3 55 (6.84%) Project Manager
4 51 (6.34%) Architect
5 48 (5.97%) Support Analyst
6 47 (5.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 47 (5.85%) Support Engineer
7 46 (5.72%) Trainer
8 37 (4.60%) Office 365 Engineer
9 36 (4.48%) Developer
10 35 (4.35%) Desktop Support
11 34 (4.23%) IT Trainer
12 31 (3.86%) Unified Communications Engineer
13 30 (3.73%) Office 365 Consultant
14 27 (3.36%) Service Analyst
15 26 (3.23%) Service Desk Analyst
16 25 (3.11%) 2nd Line Support
16 25 (3.11%) IT Support
17 24 (2.99%) Office 365 Trainer
18 23 (2.86%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (2.49%) .NET
2 15 (1.87%) HTML
3 13 (1.62%) XMPP
4 12 (1.49%) XML
5 11 (1.37%) 802.1X
6 9 (1.12%) jQuery
7 8 (1.00%) CSS
7 8 (1.00%) HTML5
8 7 (0.87%) React
8 7 (0.87%) Redux
9 6 (0.75%) Ajax
9 6 (0.75%) AngularJS
9 6 (0.75%) RESTful
10 4 (0.50%) CSS3
10 4 (0.50%) Jest
10 4 (0.50%) React Native
10 4 (0.50%) WebSockets
11 3 (0.37%) ASP.NET Web API
11 3 (0.37%) Pandas
11 3 (0.37%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 52 (6.47%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (5.35%) Video Conferencing
3 24 (2.99%) Management Information System
4 23 (2.86%) User Experience
5 22 (2.74%) Blackberry
6 20 (2.49%) Data Centre
7 18 (2.24%) CESG
8 17 (2.11%) e-Learning
9 13 (1.62%) EMC VNX
10 12 (1.49%) Greenfield Project
10 12 (1.49%) PKI
11 11 (1.37%) Mobile App
12 10 (1.24%) iPhone
13 9 (1.12%) Smartphone
13 9 (1.12%) Virtual Team
14 8 (1.00%) Replication
15 7 (0.87%) IVR
16 6 (0.75%) Clustering
16 6 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
16 6 (0.75%) Podcast
Operating Systems
1 382 (47.51%) Windows
2 153 (19.03%) Windows 10
3 137 (17.04%) Windows Server
4 95 (11.82%) Windows 7
5 87 (10.82%) Windows Server 2012
6 73 (9.08%) Windows Server 2008
7 37 (4.60%) Linux
8 33 (4.10%) Android
9 26 (3.23%) Apple iOS
10 24 (2.99%) Windows 8
11 10 (1.24%) SUSE
12 9 (1.12%) Mac OS
13 6 (0.75%) Mac OS X
14 4 (0.50%) Windows 2000 Server
14 4 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.37%) Windows Vista
16 1 (0.12%) Embedded Linux
16 1 (0.12%) Solaris
16 1 (0.12%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 184 (22.89%) Migration
2 101 (12.56%) ITIL
3 55 (6.84%) Agile Software Development
4 45 (5.60%) Project Management
5 36 (4.48%) Change Management
5 36 (4.48%) Service Management
6 31 (3.86%) Stakeholder Management
7 28 (3.48%) Service Delivery
8 25 (3.11%) CRM
9 23 (2.86%) PRINCE2
10 20 (2.49%) Disk Encryption
10 20 (2.49%) ITSM
10 20 (2.49%) Problem Management
11 19 (2.36%) Analytics
11 19 (2.36%) Desktop Virtualisation
11 19 (2.36%) Disaster Recovery
11 19 (2.36%) ITIL V3
12 18 (2.24%) Time Management
13 17 (2.11%) Business Intelligence
13 17 (2.11%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 117 (14.55%) PowerShell
2 53 (6.59%) SQL
3 29 (3.61%) JavaScript
4 24 (2.99%) VBScript
5 17 (2.11%) C#
6 8 (1.00%) Python
7 7 (0.87%) PHP
8 5 (0.62%) VB
9 4 (0.50%) Java
10 3 (0.37%) C
10 3 (0.37%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.25%) R
11 2 (0.25%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.12%) C++
12 1 (0.12%) ES6
12 1 (0.12%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.12%) VBA
Qualifications
1 86 (10.70%) Security Cleared
2 68 (8.46%) Microsoft Certification
3 62 (7.71%) SC Cleared
4 51 (6.34%) MCSE
5 33 (4.10%) Cisco Certification
6 26 (3.23%) DV Cleared
7 22 (2.74%) MCSA
8 15 (1.87%) CCIE
8 15 (1.87%) CCNA
8 15 (1.87%) CCNP
9 13 (1.62%) BPSS Clearance
9 13 (1.62%) ITIL Certification
10 12 (1.49%) MCP
11 11 (1.37%) Degree
12 6 (0.75%) CIPD
12 6 (0.75%) Citrix Certification
13 5 (0.62%) A+ Certification
13 5 (0.62%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 4 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 2 (0.25%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (3.36%) PMO
2 9 (1.12%) SLA
3 7 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.37%) GDPR
4 3 (0.37%) QA
5 2 (0.25%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.12%) GLP
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 326 (40.55%) Active Directory
2 71 (8.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (5.85%) XenApp
4 40 (4.98%) Microsoft App-V
5 27 (3.36%) XenDesktop
6 25 (3.11%) BitLocker
6 25 (3.11%) Hyper-V
7 24 (2.99%) vSphere
8 17 (2.11%) VMware ESXi
9 11 (1.37%) Virtual Desktop
10 10 (1.24%) DFS Replication
10 10 (1.24%) Terminal Services
11 8 (1.00%) Brightmail
11 8 (1.00%) NFS
12 5 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
13 4 (0.50%) Docker
13 4 (0.50%) ISA Server
13 4 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
14 3 (0.37%) ProxySG
15 2 (0.25%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 129 (16.04%) SCCM
2 43 (5.35%) SCOM
3 33 (4.10%) Microsoft Intune
4 24 (2.99%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 22 (2.74%) AirWatch
6 21 (2.61%) McAfee ePO
6 21 (2.61%) Norton AntiVirus
7 20 (2.49%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 19 (2.36%) Cisco CUCM
9 10 (1.24%) WSUS
10 8 (1.00%) vCenter Server
11 6 (0.75%) AppDNA
11 6 (0.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 5 (0.62%) Cisco UCCE
12 5 (0.62%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 4 (0.50%) Backup Exec
13 4 (0.50%) Cisco UCCX
13 4 (0.50%) EMC NetWorker
13 4 (0.50%) Failover Clustering
14 3 (0.37%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 345 (42.91%) Microsoft
2 139 (17.29%) Cisco
3 109 (13.56%) VMware
4 93 (11.57%) Citrix
5 47 (5.85%) Symantec
6 45 (5.60%) Avaya
7 37 (4.60%) HP
8 31 (3.86%) Polycom
9 27 (3.36%) ServiceNow
10 25 (3.11%) Altiris
10 25 (3.11%) AppSense
10 25 (3.11%) McAfee
11 23 (2.86%) NetApp
12 19 (2.36%) Dell
12 19 (2.36%) EMC
12 19 (2.36%) LANDesk
13 18 (2.24%) Juniper
14 16 (1.99%) Apple
14 16 (1.99%) MobileIron
15 13 (1.62%) IronPort