Period
to 24 June 2018

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 June 2018 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 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 283 349 408
Rank change year-on-year +66 +59 +358
Contract jobs citing Skype 913 649 606
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.91% 0.71% 0.57%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 6.85% 5.11% 3.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 583 422 385
UK median daily rate £375 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.71% +5.00% +7.38%
10th Percentile £170 £208 £217
90th Percentile £525 £594 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £400
% change year-on-year +7.14% -12.50% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 22 28
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £14.75 £24.58
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.59% -39.98% -
10th Percentile £12.13 £11.33 £11.25
90th Percentile £44.45 £23.40 £42.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £12.50 £24.58
% change year-on-year +60.00% -49.14% -

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 13,328 12,708 16,275
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.29% 13.87% 15.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,195 7,701 9,770
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +6.67%
10th Percentile £205 £206 £218
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +1.30% +2.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 734 748 755
UK median hourly rate £19.06 £19.90 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.22% -23.46% +20.93%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £51.25 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £27.05
% change year-on-year - -29.76% +20.22%

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 24 June 2018.

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 24 June 2018.

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 24 June 2018. 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 +39 818 £375 -11.76% 135
UK excluding London +18 465 £375 +7.14% 95
London +62 424 £380 -15.56% 50
South East -6 147 £375 -6.25% 27
North of England -21 87 £375 +29.87% 29
South West +41 64 £350 -17.65% 7
North West +10 61 £365 +4.29% 18
Scotland +3 59 £400 +17.65% 5
Midlands -15 51 £306 -26.20% 13
West Midlands -11 42 £338 -20.59% 11
East of England -16 41 £265 -46.19% 7
Wales +4 21 £400 +1.27% 7
Yorkshire -24 17 £400 +14.29% 7
East Midlands -2 11 £250 -28.57% 2
North East -23 9 £420 +52.73% 4

For the 6 months to 24 June 2018, 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.

1 669 (73.27%) Skype for Business
2 519 (56.85%) Office 365
3 427 (46.77%) Windows
4 425 (46.55%) Microsoft
5 330 (36.14%) Active Directory
6 232 (25.41%) SharePoint
7 218 (23.88%) Windows 10
8 211 (23.11%) Migration
9 180 (19.72%) Microsoft Azure
10 178 (19.50%) MS Exchange
11 171 (18.73%) Microsoft Office
12 166 (18.18%) Windows Server
13 153 (16.76%) Finance
14 150 (16.43%) PowerShell
15 141 (15.44%) Security Cleared
16 136 (14.90%) Cisco
17 131 (14.35%) SCCM
18 127 (13.91%) Citrix
19 120 (13.14%) ITIL
19 120 (13.14%) OneDrive
20 119 (13.03%) VMware
21 118 (12.92%) SC Cleared
22 111 (12.16%) Windows 7
23 96 (10.51%) Exchange Server 2010
24 95 (10.41%) DNS
25 90 (9.86%) Firewall
26 89 (9.75%) VMware Infrastructure
27 85 (9.31%) Windows Server 2008
28 82 (8.98%) Unified Communications
29 79 (8.65%) DHCP

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
1 669 (73.27%) Skype for Business
2 232 (25.41%) SharePoint
3 178 (19.50%) MS Exchange
4 96 (10.51%) Exchange Server 2010
5 54 (5.91%) Exchange Server 2013
6 28 (3.07%) Office Communications Server
7 18 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2007
8 16 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2003
9 12 (1.31%) IIS
9 12 (1.31%) SharePoint 2013
10 8 (0.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 6 (0.66%) CMS
12 5 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
12 5 (0.55%) IBM Notes
12 5 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
13 4 (0.44%) OpenStack
14 3 (0.33%) Confluence
14 3 (0.33%) IBM Domino
15 2 (0.22%) Apache Solr
15 2 (0.22%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 171 (18.73%) Microsoft Office
2 45 (4.93%) Microsoft Excel
3 37 (4.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 18 (1.97%) MS Visio
5 13 (1.42%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.33%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (1.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.44%) Eikon
4 3 (0.33%) Oracle Utilities
5 2 (0.22%) Line 50
5 2 (0.22%) Magento
5 2 (0.22%) Sage X3
6 1 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.11%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.11%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.11%) SAP MDG
6 1 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
6 1 (0.11%) Shopify
6 1 (0.11%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.11%) Veritas eDiscovery
Cloud Services
1 519 (56.85%) Office 365
2 180 (19.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 120 (13.14%) OneDrive
4 54 (5.91%) Azure Active Directory
5 44 (4.82%) Yammer
6 26 (2.85%) Amazon AWS
7 16 (1.75%) IaaS
8 13 (1.42%) SaaS
9 11 (1.20%) Mimecast
10 8 (0.88%) PaaS
11 6 (0.66%) Dynamics 365
12 5 (0.55%) Slack
13 3 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
13 3 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (0.33%) Heroku
14 2 (0.22%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Cloud
15 1 (0.11%) G Suite
15 1 (0.11%) GoToWebinar
15 1 (0.11%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 95 (10.41%) DNS
2 90 (9.86%) Firewall
3 82 (8.98%) Unified Communications
4 79 (8.65%) DHCP
5 77 (8.43%) VoIP
6 62 (6.79%) WAN
7 53 (5.81%) LAN
8 49 (5.37%) VPN
9 48 (5.26%) SAN
10 28 (3.07%) IP Telephony
11 25 (2.74%) PSTN
12 24 (2.63%) PBX
12 24 (2.63%) Telepresence
13 19 (2.08%) Wireless
14 18 (1.97%) TCP/IP
15 15 (1.64%) VLAN
16 13 (1.42%) NetScaler
16 13 (1.42%) Wi-Fi
17 12 (1.31%) Internet
17 12 (1.31%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (6.02%) SQL Server
2 16 (1.75%) Power BI
3 4 (0.44%) MongoDB
3 4 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (0.33%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (0.33%) MySQL
4 3 (0.33%) Oracle BI EE
4 3 (0.33%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (0.33%) Star Schema
5 2 (0.22%) Blockchain
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.11%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.11%) Big Data
6 1 (0.11%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.11%) phpMyAdmin
6 1 (0.11%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.11%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.11%) SAP HANA
6 1 (0.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 15 (1.64%) JIRA
2 11 (1.20%) Selenium
3 5 (0.55%) Git (software)
3 5 (0.55%) Jenkins
4 4 (0.44%) MSI
5 2 (0.22%) Ant
5 2 (0.22%) Bitbucket
5 2 (0.22%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.22%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.11%) Hudson
6 1 (0.11%) Subversion
6 1 (0.11%) TortoiseSVN
6 1 (0.11%) Zephyr
General
1 153 (16.76%) Finance
2 34 (3.72%) Legal
3 30 (3.29%) Banking
4 28 (3.07%) Retail
5 24 (2.63%) Telecoms
6 19 (2.08%) Law
7 14 (1.53%) German Language
8 11 (1.20%) Manufacturing
9 10 (1.10%) French Language
10 7 (0.77%) Marketing
11 6 (0.66%) Investment Banking
12 5 (0.55%) Billing
12 5 (0.55%) Games
12 5 (0.55%) Italian Language
12 5 (0.55%) Spanish Language
13 4 (0.44%) Advertising
13 4 (0.44%) Military
14 3 (0.33%) Dutch Language
14 3 (0.33%) Electronics
14 3 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 106 (11.61%) Analyst
2 81 (8.87%) Support Engineer
3 79 (8.65%) Architect
4 70 (7.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 67 (7.34%) Project Manager
6 62 (6.79%) Consultant
7 53 (5.81%) Trainer
8 48 (5.26%) Unified Communications Engineer
9 47 (5.15%) Desktop Support
10 45 (4.93%) Developer
11 44 (4.82%) 2nd Line Support
12 43 (4.71%) Office 365 Engineer
13 37 (4.05%) IT Support
14 33 (3.61%) 1st/2nd Line Support
14 33 (3.61%) Support Analyst
15 31 (3.40%) IT Engineer
16 30 (3.29%) Office 365 Architect
16 30 (3.29%) Service Analyst
17 26 (2.85%) Service Desk Analyst
17 26 (2.85%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (1.75%) .NET
2 14 (1.53%) LDAP
3 8 (0.88%) AngularJS
3 8 (0.88%) HTML
3 8 (0.88%) XMPP
4 6 (0.66%) CSS
5 5 (0.55%) Redux
6 4 (0.44%) jQuery
6 4 (0.44%) Node.js
6 4 (0.44%) React
6 4 (0.44%) React Native
6 4 (0.44%) Ruby on Rails
6 4 (0.44%) Web Services
7 3 (0.33%) 802.1X
7 3 (0.33%) Ajax
7 3 (0.33%) ASP.NET
7 3 (0.33%) HTML5
7 3 (0.33%) Jest
7 3 (0.33%) Oracle GoldenGate
8 2 (0.22%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 53 (5.81%) Video Conferencing
2 39 (4.27%) Self-Motivation
3 37 (4.05%) Data Centre
4 31 (3.40%) Computer Science
5 30 (3.29%) Analytical Skills
6 29 (3.18%) Clustering
7 27 (2.96%) iPhone
8 25 (2.74%) Blackberry
9 23 (2.52%) PKI
10 18 (1.97%) Fat Client
10 18 (1.97%) Thin Client
11 16 (1.75%) Management Information System
12 15 (1.64%) BYOD
12 15 (1.64%) e-Learning
12 15 (1.64%) User Experience
12 15 (1.64%) Video\Live Streaming
13 14 (1.53%) Virtual Team
14 10 (1.10%) iPad
15 9 (0.99%) Smartphone
16 8 (0.88%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 427 (46.77%) Windows
2 218 (23.88%) Windows 10
3 166 (18.18%) Windows Server
4 111 (12.16%) Windows 7
5 85 (9.31%) Windows Server 2008
6 64 (7.01%) Windows Server 2012
7 46 (5.04%) Android
8 39 (4.27%) Linux
9 38 (4.16%) Apple iOS
10 29 (3.18%) Windows Server 2003
11 25 (2.74%) Windows 8
12 11 (1.20%) Windows XP
13 9 (0.99%) Mac OS
14 8 (0.88%) Unix
15 5 (0.55%) Solaris
16 4 (0.44%) AIX
16 4 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 4 (0.44%) SUSE
16 4 (0.44%) Windows 2000 Server
17 2 (0.22%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 211 (23.11%) Migration
2 120 (13.14%) ITIL
3 77 (8.43%) Project Management
4 66 (7.23%) Problem-Solving
4 66 (7.23%) Stakeholder Management
5 57 (6.24%) Agile Software Development
6 39 (4.27%) PRINCE2
7 35 (3.83%) Change Management
8 31 (3.40%) Service Management
9 30 (3.29%) CRM
9 30 (3.29%) Disaster Recovery
10 24 (2.63%) Incident Management
11 21 (2.30%) Continuous Improvement
12 20 (2.19%) Business Analysis
13 19 (2.08%) Kalman Filter
14 18 (1.97%) Mobile Device Management
15 17 (1.86%) Business Intelligence
15 17 (1.86%) DevOps
15 17 (1.86%) Mentoring
16 16 (1.75%) Email Filtering
Programming Languages
1 150 (16.43%) PowerShell
2 45 (4.93%) SQL
3 20 (2.19%) Java
4 14 (1.53%) C
4 14 (1.53%) C#
4 14 (1.53%) JavaScript
5 8 (0.88%) Java 8
6 7 (0.77%) VBScript
7 6 (0.66%) PL/SQL
8 5 (0.55%) Ruby
8 5 (0.55%) VB
9 4 (0.44%) PHP
9 4 (0.44%) Python
10 2 (0.22%) Perl
10 2 (0.22%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.11%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.11%) F#
11 1 (0.11%) LINC
11 1 (0.11%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.11%) R
Qualifications
1 141 (15.44%) Security Cleared
2 118 (12.92%) SC Cleared
3 61 (6.68%) Microsoft Certification
4 52 (5.70%) Degree
5 34 (3.72%) MCSE
6 25 (2.74%) Cisco Certification
7 19 (2.08%) CCNA
8 18 (1.97%) MCSA
9 14 (1.53%) CCNP
9 14 (1.53%) ITIL Certification
10 12 (1.31%) Computer Science Degree
11 11 (1.20%) Citrix Certification
12 10 (1.10%) BPSS Clearance
12 10 (1.10%) CCA
12 10 (1.10%) MCITP
12 10 (1.10%) MCP
12 10 (1.10%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 8 (0.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 7 (0.77%) PMP
15 6 (0.66%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (2.30%) PMO
2 19 (2.08%) SLA
3 15 (1.64%) QA
4 5 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.33%) GDPR
5 3 (0.33%) GxP
6 2 (0.22%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.22%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.11%) GCP
7 1 (0.11%) GMP
System Software
1 330 (36.14%) Active Directory
2 89 (9.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (5.26%) Hyper-V
4 42 (4.60%) XenApp
5 38 (4.16%) XenDesktop
6 30 (3.29%) VMware ESXi
7 24 (2.63%) vSphere
8 18 (1.97%) Microsoft App-V
9 12 (1.31%) Virtual Machines
10 10 (1.10%) BitLocker
10 10 (1.10%) DFS Replication
11 9 (0.99%) Virtual Desktop
12 8 (0.88%) XenServer
13 5 (0.55%) Forefront TMG
13 5 (0.55%) ISA Server
13 5 (0.55%) Terminal Services
14 4 (0.44%) Docker
15 3 (0.33%) VirtualBox
16 2 (0.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 2 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 131 (14.35%) SCCM
2 57 (6.24%) Microsoft Intune
3 29 (3.18%) Cisco CUCM
4 26 (2.85%) SCOM
5 13 (1.42%) Single Sign-On
6 12 (1.31%) AirWatch
6 12 (1.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 11 (1.20%) Microsoft Clustering
7 11 (1.20%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 10 (1.10%) Backup Exec
9 9 (0.99%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 7 (0.77%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (0.66%) Netcool
11 6 (0.66%) vRealize
12 5 (0.55%) Ansible
12 5 (0.55%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 5 (0.55%) WSUS
13 4 (0.44%) NetBackup
13 4 (0.44%) Netcool/OMNIbus
13 4 (0.44%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 425 (46.55%) Microsoft
2 136 (14.90%) Cisco
3 127 (13.91%) Citrix
4 119 (13.03%) VMware
5 45 (4.93%) Avaya
6 44 (4.82%) Polycom
7 35 (3.83%) Apple
8 32 (3.50%) Symantec
9 31 (3.40%) HP
10 29 (3.18%) ServiceNow
11 28 (3.07%) Dell
12 22 (2.41%) Remedy
13 20 (2.19%) SAP
14 19 (2.08%) Oracle
15 18 (1.97%) Mitel
16 16 (1.75%) SolarWinds
17 15 (1.64%) NetApp
18 13 (1.42%) Ivanti
18 13 (1.42%) Veeam
19 12 (1.31%) Sonus