Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 337 357 726
Rank change year-on-year +20 +369 +83
Contract jobs citing Skype 680 736 178
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.68% 0.16%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.14% 4.30% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 434 440 123
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +17.65% -15.00%
10th Percentile £200 £208 £234
90th Percentile £552 £538 £564
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £386 £341
% change year-on-year -2.91% +13.19% -14.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 38 8
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £24.65 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.03% +23.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £16.25
90th Percentile £41.00 £41.50 £172.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.25 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -43.00% +25.00% -

Skype is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 13225 17127 16250
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.82% 15.74% 14.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 7928 10383 9139
UK median daily rate £408 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.88% +6.67% +1.35%
10th Percentile £200 £223 £205
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 743 825 962
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £25.00 £20.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.00% +21.65% +5.38%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £11.18
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £26.00 £20.77
% change year-on-year -28.85% +25.20% +6.50%

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 17 August 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 17 August 2017.

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 17 August 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 +27 642 £400 - 75
UK excluding London +43 377 £375 -2.91% 41
London +3 278 £425 +6.25% 34
South East +22 138 £406 +1.56% 10
North of England +30 87 £288 -22.82% 15
East of England +52 65 £480 +53.60% 6
Midlands +24 45 £400 - 4
North West 0 45 £350 -17.65% 6
West Midlands +36 34 £400 - 2
North East +49 24 £215 -23.21%
South West -30 21 £375 +8.70% 5
Yorkshire +39 20 £263 -19.23% 9
Scotland +26 19 £340 -20.93% 1
East Midlands -7 13 £195 -51.25% 2
Wales -12 5 £431 +79.69%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 August 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.

1 536 (78.82%) Skype for Business
2 330 (48.53%) Office 365
3 283 (41.62%) Microsoft
4 262 (38.53%) Windows
5 237 (34.85%) Active Directory
6 195 (28.68%) SharePoint
7 156 (22.94%) MS Exchange
8 153 (22.50%) Migration
9 129 (18.97%) Microsoft Azure
10 122 (17.94%) Cisco
11 103 (15.15%) Windows 10
12 102 (15.00%) Microsoft Office
13 97 (14.26%) PowerShell
14 96 (14.12%) Windows Server
15 94 (13.82%) Exchange Server 2010
16 89 (13.09%) Finance
17 73 (10.74%) SCCM
18 72 (10.59%) Exchange Server 2013
19 71 (10.44%) Windows 7
20 68 (10.00%) Unified Communications
21 64 (9.41%) VMware
22 63 (9.26%) ITIL
23 62 (9.12%) Citrix
24 61 (8.97%) Security Cleared
24 61 (8.97%) OneDrive
25 59 (8.68%) Project Management
26 58 (8.53%) DNS
27 56 (8.24%) Windows Server 2008
28 53 (7.79%) Windows Server 2012
28 53 (7.79%) LAN

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
1 536 (78.82%) Skype for Business
2 195 (28.68%) SharePoint
3 156 (22.94%) MS Exchange
4 94 (13.82%) Exchange Server 2010
5 72 (10.59%) Exchange Server 2013
6 32 (4.71%) SharePoint 2013
7 26 (3.82%) Exchange Server 2007
8 16 (2.35%) Office Communications Server
8 16 (2.35%) SharePoint 2010
9 8 (1.18%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (0.88%) SharePoint Server
11 5 (0.74%) CMS
11 5 (0.74%) IBM Notes
11 5 (0.74%) IIS
12 4 (0.59%) Apache Pig
12 4 (0.59%) Apache Spark
12 4 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2003
13 3 (0.44%) IBM Domino
14 2 (0.29%) Apache
Applications
1 102 (15.00%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.21%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (0.59%) AutoCAD
4 4 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.44%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.29%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.15%) Adobe After Effects
7 1 (0.15%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.15%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.15%) InDesign
7 1 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (1.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.59%) Unit4 Business World
3 1 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.15%) Magento
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle Utilities
3 1 (0.15%) SAP Business One
3 1 (0.15%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 330 (48.53%) Office 365
2 129 (18.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 61 (8.97%) OneDrive
4 46 (6.76%) Azure Active Directory
5 37 (5.44%) Yammer
6 27 (3.97%) Amazon AWS
7 26 (3.82%) IaaS
8 19 (2.79%) PaaS
9 12 (1.76%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 10 (1.47%) SaaS
11 9 (1.32%) Slack
12 8 (1.18%) Dynamics 365
13 4 (0.59%) GitHub
14 3 (0.44%) Mimecast
14 3 (0.44%) Trello
15 2 (0.29%) Heroku
16 1 (0.15%) Amazon SQS
16 1 (0.15%) AWS CloudFormation
16 1 (0.15%) Dropbox
16 1 (0.15%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 68 (10.00%) Unified Communications
2 58 (8.53%) DNS
3 53 (7.79%) LAN
4 50 (7.35%) Firewall
5 44 (6.47%) VoIP
6 43 (6.32%) WAN
7 32 (4.71%) DHCP
8 31 (4.56%) VPN
9 27 (3.97%) PBX
10 19 (2.79%) Wi-Fi
10 19 (2.79%) Wireless
11 16 (2.35%) NetScaler
12 14 (2.06%) Cisco IOS
12 14 (2.06%) H.323
12 14 (2.06%) PSTN
12 14 (2.06%) TCP/IP
13 12 (1.76%) Internet
13 12 (1.76%) WebEx
14 11 (1.62%) Cisco Nexus
14 11 (1.62%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (7.06%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.03%) NoSQL
2 7 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (0.88%) Oracle Database
3 6 (0.88%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (0.74%) Azure SQL Database
4 5 (0.74%) Big Data
4 5 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (0.59%) Amazon Redshift
5 4 (0.59%) Apache Hive
5 4 (0.59%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (0.59%) EDRMS
5 4 (0.59%) Hadoop
6 3 (0.44%) MongoDB
6 3 (0.44%) MySQL
6 3 (0.44%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (0.44%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (0.29%) Amazon RDS
7 2 (0.29%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 8 (1.18%) Git (software)
2 6 (0.88%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 5 (0.74%) JIRA
4 4 (0.59%) Eclipse
4 4 (0.59%) Jenkins
4 4 (0.59%) Maven
5 3 (0.44%) Ant
5 3 (0.44%) Cucumber
5 3 (0.44%) Selenium
5 3 (0.44%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (0.29%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.29%) MSBuild
6 2 (0.29%) SpecFlow
6 2 (0.29%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.29%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.29%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.15%) Axure RP
7 1 (0.15%) Gradle
7 1 (0.15%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.15%) TeamCity
General
1 89 (13.09%) Finance
2 36 (5.29%) Telecoms
3 34 (5.00%) Banking
4 20 (2.94%) Legal
5 15 (2.21%) Retail
6 13 (1.91%) Manufacturing
7 12 (1.76%) Marketing
8 9 (1.32%) Local Government
9 8 (1.18%) Law
10 7 (1.03%) Advertising
11 6 (0.88%) Electronics
11 6 (0.88%) Investment Banking
12 5 (0.74%) French Language
13 4 (0.59%) Publishing
14 3 (0.44%) Billing
14 3 (0.44%) Games
14 3 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
14 3 (0.44%) Retail Banking
15 1 (0.15%) Back Office
15 1 (0.15%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 89 (13.09%) Consultant
2 67 (9.85%) Architect
3 62 (9.12%) Project Manager
4 60 (8.82%) Analyst
5 47 (6.91%) Support Engineer
6 36 (5.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 35 (5.15%) Developer
8 32 (4.71%) Messaging Engineer
9 28 (4.12%) Unified Communications Engineer
10 25 (3.68%) Network Engineer
11 24 (3.53%) Office 365 Architect
11 24 (3.53%) Office 365 Engineer
12 23 (3.38%) Office 365 Consultant
13 22 (3.24%) Lync Engineer
14 21 (3.09%) Solutions Architect
15 20 (2.94%) Desktop Support
15 20 (2.94%) Trainer
16 18 (2.65%) 2nd Line Support
16 18 (2.65%) Cisco Engineer
17 17 (2.50%) Exchange Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (1.76%) .NET
1 12 (1.76%) XMPP
2 10 (1.47%) CSS
2 10 (1.47%) HTML
3 9 (1.32%) Web Services
4 7 (1.03%) OAuth
5 6 (0.88%) 802.1X
5 6 (0.88%) React
5 6 (0.88%) REST
6 4 (0.59%) AngularJS
6 4 (0.59%) Django
6 4 (0.59%) Hibernate
6 4 (0.59%) SAML
6 4 (0.59%) SOAP
6 4 (0.59%) Spring
7 3 (0.44%) LAMP
7 3 (0.44%) Node.js
7 3 (0.44%) RESTful
7 3 (0.44%) Spring Boot
8 2 (0.29%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 29 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (4.12%) Video Conferencing
3 27 (3.97%) Data Centre
4 17 (2.50%) Management Information System
5 15 (2.21%) Blackberry
6 11 (1.62%) CESG
6 11 (1.62%) Computer Science
7 9 (1.32%) e-Learning
7 9 (1.32%) IVR
8 8 (1.18%) Replication
8 8 (1.18%) User Experience
9 7 (1.03%) Data Protection Act
9 7 (1.03%) Private Cloud
10 6 (0.88%) BYOD
11 5 (0.74%) iPhone
11 5 (0.74%) Social Media
12 4 (0.59%) EMC VNX
12 4 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
12 4 (0.59%) Mobile App
12 4 (0.59%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 262 (38.53%) Windows
2 103 (15.15%) Windows 10
3 96 (14.12%) Windows Server
4 71 (10.44%) Windows 7
5 56 (8.24%) Windows Server 2008
6 53 (7.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 22 (3.24%) Android
8 17 (2.50%) Windows 8
9 15 (2.21%) Apple iOS
9 15 (2.21%) Linux
9 15 (2.21%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (1.18%) Mac OS X
11 4 (0.59%) CentOS
11 4 (0.59%) Mac OS
11 4 (0.59%) Windows 2000 Server
12 3 (0.44%) Debian
12 3 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.15%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.15%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 153 (22.50%) Migration
2 63 (9.26%) ITIL
3 59 (8.68%) Project Management
4 53 (7.79%) Agile Software Development
5 45 (6.62%) Stakeholder Management
6 35 (5.15%) PRINCE2
7 24 (3.53%) Service Management
8 23 (3.38%) Customer Requirements
9 20 (2.94%) Presales
10 19 (2.79%) DevOps
11 18 (2.65%) Disaster Recovery
11 18 (2.65%) Information Security
12 17 (2.50%) Data Protection
13 15 (2.21%) Change Management
13 15 (2.21%) CRM
14 14 (2.06%) Analytics
14 14 (2.06%) Business Intelligence
14 14 (2.06%) Configuration Management
14 14 (2.06%) Incident Management
14 14 (2.06%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 97 (14.26%) PowerShell
2 35 (5.15%) SQL
3 18 (2.65%) Python
4 17 (2.50%) Java
4 17 (2.50%) VBScript
5 14 (2.06%) JavaScript
6 12 (1.76%) VB
7 9 (1.32%) C
8 8 (1.18%) C#
9 6 (0.88%) PL/SQL
10 4 (0.59%) Scala
11 3 (0.44%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.44%) PHP
12 2 (0.29%) Apple Swift
12 2 (0.29%) R
13 1 (0.15%) C++
13 1 (0.15%) Ruby
13 1 (0.15%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.15%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.15%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 61 (8.97%) Security Cleared
2 51 (7.50%) Microsoft Certification
3 39 (5.74%) SC Cleared
4 38 (5.59%) MCSE
5 18 (2.65%) Cisco Certification
6 16 (2.35%) DV Cleared
7 13 (1.91%) CCNP
8 11 (1.62%) MCSA
9 10 (1.47%) Citrix Certification
9 10 (1.47%) MCP
9 10 (1.47%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 9 (1.32%) Degree
10 9 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
11 8 (1.18%) CCIE
11 8 (1.18%) PMI Certification
12 7 (1.03%) BPSS Clearance
13 6 (0.88%) PMP
14 4 (0.59%) CCA
14 4 (0.59%) CCNA
15 3 (0.44%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.65%) PMO
2 6 (0.88%) Disclosure Scotland
2 6 (0.88%) GDPR
3 5 (0.74%) QA
3 5 (0.74%) SLA
4 4 (0.59%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.15%) GLP
5 1 (0.15%) GxP
5 1 (0.15%) ISO 22301
5 1 (0.15%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 237 (34.85%) Active Directory
2 38 (5.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (5.15%) XenApp
4 31 (4.56%) Hyper-V
5 22 (3.24%) Microsoft App-V
6 20 (2.94%) XenDesktop
7 14 (2.06%) BitLocker
8 12 (1.76%) ProxySG
9 9 (1.32%) Virtual Desktop
10 8 (1.18%) vSphere
11 7 (1.03%) Virtual Servers
12 5 (0.74%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 5 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
12 5 (0.74%) VMware ESXi
13 3 (0.44%) Docker
13 3 (0.44%) Terminal Services
14 2 (0.29%) ISA Server
14 2 (0.29%) XenServer
15 1 (0.15%) Firmware
15 1 (0.15%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 73 (10.74%) SCCM
2 28 (4.12%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 27 (3.97%) SCOM
4 25 (3.68%) Microsoft Intune
5 21 (3.09%) Cisco CUCM
6 17 (2.50%) AirWatch
6 17 (2.50%) Norton AntiVirus
7 12 (1.76%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 11 (1.62%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 11 (1.62%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 10 (1.47%) WSUS
10 8 (1.18%) Cisco UCCX
10 8 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
11 7 (1.03%) NetBackup
11 7 (1.03%) vCenter Server
12 6 (0.88%) Cacti
12 6 (0.88%) Cisco Prime
12 6 (0.88%) OpenView
12 6 (0.88%) QRadar
12 6 (0.88%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 283 (41.62%) Microsoft
2 122 (17.94%) Cisco
3 64 (9.41%) VMware
4 62 (9.12%) Citrix
5 46 (6.76%) Avaya
6 45 (6.62%) Symantec
7 32 (4.71%) HP
8 19 (2.79%) Dell
8 19 (2.79%) Palo Alto
9 16 (2.35%) Altiris
9 16 (2.35%) Juniper
9 16 (2.35%) LANDesk
10 15 (2.21%) MobileIron
11 14 (2.06%) AppSense
11 14 (2.06%) F5
11 14 (2.06%) Polycom
11 14 (2.06%) ServiceNow
12 13 (1.91%) Blue Coat
13 12 (1.76%) Apple
13 12 (1.76%) McAfee