Period
to 22 November 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 22 November 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
22 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 214 290 324
Rank change year-on-year +76 +34 +27
Contract jobs citing Skype 1,058 948 800
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.29% 0.91% 0.78%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.49% 7.04% 5.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 657 594 517
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £184 £163 £195
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +5.33% +3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 55 33
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.76 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.72% +25.07% -16.67%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.65 £11.50
90th Percentile £47.16 £185.00 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £14.25
% change year-on-year -12.50% +40.35% -40.63%

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 11,150 13,464 13,993
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.57% 12.97% 13.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,672 8,117 8,529
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.12% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £191 £200 £181
90th Percentile £600 £606 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 644 637 746
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +5.26% -16.79%
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.50 £46.82
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £18.27
% change year-on-year +18.42% +4.00% -26.92%

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 22 November 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 22 November 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 22 November 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 +74 935 £400 +6.67% 159
UK excluding London +92 662 £395 +5.33% 130
London +58 365 £400 - 50
South East +41 176 £375 -1.32% 31
North of England +39 136 £395 +0.38% 33
South West +65 108 £380 +8.57% 17
Scotland +65 81 £500 +25.00% 12
East of England +53 80 £380 +31.03% 7
North West +30 76 £413 +37.50% 21
Midlands +60 63 £450 +38.46% 21
Yorkshire +37 39 £325 -25.71% 9
West Midlands +42 36 £450 +20.00% 19
East Midlands +37 26 £450 +44.00% 2
North East +16 21 £475 +2.15% 3
Wales +35 16 £356 +23.91% 9
Northern Ireland +4 2 - -

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 754 (71.27%) Skype for Business
2 595 (56.24%) Office 365
3 516 (48.77%) Microsoft
4 479 (45.27%) Windows
5 402 (38.00%) Active Directory
6 297 (28.07%) Windows 10
7 269 (25.43%) SharePoint
8 248 (23.44%) Azure
9 207 (19.57%) SCCM
10 194 (18.34%) ITIL
11 191 (18.05%) Security Cleared
11 191 (18.05%) Windows Server
12 182 (17.20%) PowerShell
13 178 (16.82%) Cisco
14 164 (15.50%) VMware
15 161 (15.22%) Migration
15 161 (15.22%) Microsoft Office
16 155 (14.65%) OneDrive
17 145 (13.71%) SC Cleared
18 144 (13.61%) DNS
19 143 (13.52%) MS Exchange
20 130 (12.29%) Finance
21 126 (11.91%) DHCP
21 126 (11.91%) Citrix
22 116 (10.96%) Windows 7
23 115 (10.87%) Unified Communications
24 112 (10.59%) VMware Infrastructure
25 101 (9.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
26 100 (9.45%) Agile Software Development
27 98 (9.26%) Windows Server 2012

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
1 754 (71.27%) Skype for Business
2 269 (25.43%) SharePoint
3 143 (13.52%) MS Exchange
4 62 (5.86%) Exchange Server 2013
5 56 (5.29%) Exchange Server 2010
6 42 (3.97%) Confluence
7 19 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2003
8 17 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2007
9 13 (1.23%) IIS
10 9 (0.85%) SharePoint 2010
11 8 (0.76%) SharePoint 2013
12 6 (0.57%) Alfresco
13 4 (0.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 3 (0.28%) CMS
14 3 (0.28%) Office Communications Server
15 1 (0.095%) BizTalk Server
15 1 (0.095%) Drupal
15 1 (0.095%) Live Communications Server
15 1 (0.095%) SAS
15 1 (0.095%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 161 (15.22%) Microsoft Office
2 53 (5.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 40 (3.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 15 (1.42%) MS Visio
5 12 (1.13%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.28%) Adobe Premiere
6 3 (0.28%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.095%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.095%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (1.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.47%) Magento
2 5 (0.47%) Oracle CRM
3 2 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.19%) SAP CO
3 2 (0.19%) SAP FI
3 2 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
3 2 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.095%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.095%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.095%) Eikon
4 1 (0.095%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.095%) OpenCart
4 1 (0.095%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 595 (56.24%) Office 365
2 248 (23.44%) Azure
3 155 (14.65%) OneDrive
4 72 (6.81%) AWS
5 61 (5.77%) Azure Active Directory
6 40 (3.78%) Yammer
7 34 (3.21%) Google Docs
8 33 (3.12%) Slack
9 32 (3.02%) Power Platform
10 28 (2.65%) IaaS
11 25 (2.36%) PaaS
12 22 (2.08%) SaaS
13 20 (1.89%) Dynamics 365
14 14 (1.32%) Amazon EC2
14 14 (1.32%) Azure Stack
15 13 (1.23%) GitHub
15 13 (1.23%) Mimecast
16 8 (0.76%) PowerApps
17 6 (0.57%) GCP
17 6 (0.57%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 144 (13.61%) DNS
2 126 (11.91%) DHCP
3 115 (10.87%) Unified Communications
4 89 (8.41%) Firewall
5 88 (8.32%) LAN
6 82 (7.75%) WAN
7 61 (5.77%) VoIP
8 51 (4.82%) VPN
9 41 (3.88%) Wi-Fi
10 38 (3.59%) TCP/IP
11 37 (3.50%) Wireless
12 34 (3.21%) PBX
13 33 (3.12%) SAN
14 28 (2.65%) Internet
14 28 (2.65%) VLAN
15 27 (2.55%) Cisco IOS
16 24 (2.27%) ISDN
17 20 (1.89%) WebEx
18 19 (1.80%) WLAN
19 17 (1.61%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (6.99%) SQL Server
2 29 (2.74%) Power BI
3 16 (1.51%) MySQL
4 7 (0.66%) SQL Server 2016
5 6 (0.57%) Oracle Database
6 5 (0.47%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (0.47%) MariaDB
6 5 (0.47%) RDBMS
6 5 (0.47%) Relational Database
6 5 (0.47%) SQL Server 2017
7 4 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (0.38%) SQL Server 2012
8 3 (0.28%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 3 (0.28%) Redis
9 2 (0.19%) Amazon RDS
9 2 (0.19%) Big Data
9 2 (0.19%) Cosmos DB
9 2 (0.19%) InfluxDB
9 2 (0.19%) SAP BW
10 1 (0.095%) Amazon QuickSight
Development Applications
1 50 (4.73%) JIRA
2 22 (2.08%) Git (software)
3 18 (1.70%) Bitbucket
4 16 (1.51%) Jenkins
5 11 (1.04%) Sonatype Nexus
6 6 (0.57%) Gradle
6 6 (0.57%) JUnit
7 4 (0.38%) GitLab
7 4 (0.38%) StarTeam
8 3 (0.28%) Hudson
8 3 (0.28%) Visual Studio
9 2 (0.19%) MSI
9 2 (0.19%) Visual Studio Code
10 1 (0.095%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 1 (0.095%) gulp
10 1 (0.095%) Jasmine
10 1 (0.095%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.095%) TestRail
10 1 (0.095%) webpack
10 1 (0.095%) Zephyr
General
1 130 (12.29%) Finance
2 70 (6.62%) Public Sector
3 45 (4.25%) Telecoms
4 27 (2.55%) Banking
5 22 (2.08%) Retail
6 17 (1.61%) Legal
7 14 (1.32%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.04%) Local Government
9 10 (0.95%) Marketing
10 7 (0.66%) Electronics
11 6 (0.57%) Games
11 6 (0.57%) Multimedia
12 5 (0.47%) Aerospace
12 5 (0.47%) German Language
12 5 (0.47%) Law
13 4 (0.38%) Advertising
14 3 (0.28%) Back Office
14 3 (0.28%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.28%) French Language
14 3 (0.28%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 122 (11.53%) Analyst
2 96 (9.07%) Support Engineer
3 91 (8.60%) 2nd Line Support
3 91 (8.60%) Architect
4 81 (7.66%) Consultant
4 81 (7.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 74 (6.99%) Desktop Support
6 60 (5.67%) Support Analyst
7 55 (5.20%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 50 (4.73%) Project Manager
9 43 (4.06%) 1st/2nd Line Support
9 43 (4.06%) Desktop Engineer
9 43 (4.06%) Windows Engineer
10 38 (3.59%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 38 (3.59%) Office 365 Engineer
11 37 (3.50%) Developer
12 32 (3.02%) 3rd Line Support
12 32 (3.02%) Network Engineer
12 32 (3.02%) Trainer
13 31 (2.93%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (1.89%) LDAP
2 17 (1.61%) Web Services
3 12 (1.13%) Spring
3 12 (1.13%) Spring Boot
4 10 (0.95%) REST
5 9 (0.85%) React
5 9 (0.85%) Software Packaging
6 8 (0.76%) Node.js
7 7 (0.66%) JSON
8 6 (0.57%) HTML
9 5 (0.47%) .NET
9 5 (0.47%) 802.1X
9 5 (0.47%) Middleware
9 5 (0.47%) XMPP
10 4 (0.38%) CSS
11 3 (0.28%) HTML5
11 3 (0.28%) RabbitMQ
11 3 (0.28%) Vue.js
12 2 (0.19%) Ruby on Rails
12 2 (0.19%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 64 (6.05%) Video Conferencing
2 54 (5.10%) Data Centre
3 36 (3.40%) User Experience
4 31 (2.93%) PKI
5 30 (2.84%) Blackberry
5 30 (2.84%) Self-Motivation
6 26 (2.46%) Management Information System
6 26 (2.46%) Smartphone
7 24 (2.27%) Analytical Skills
8 18 (1.70%) Fat Client
8 18 (1.70%) Thin Client
9 17 (1.61%) iPad
9 17 (1.61%) iPhone
10 16 (1.51%) Public Cloud
11 15 (1.42%) Replication
12 12 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (1.04%) Handset
14 10 (0.95%) Client/Server
14 10 (0.95%) Mobile Computing
15 9 (0.85%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
Operating Systems
1 479 (45.27%) Windows
2 297 (28.07%) Windows 10
3 191 (18.05%) Windows Server
4 116 (10.96%) Windows 7
5 98 (9.26%) Windows Server 2012
6 90 (8.51%) Windows Server 2008
7 76 (7.18%) Android
8 63 (5.95%) Apple iOS
9 51 (4.82%) Linux
10 28 (2.65%) Windows 8
11 14 (1.32%) Windows Server 2003
12 12 (1.13%) Amazon Linux
12 12 (1.13%) Mac OS X
13 7 (0.66%) Unix
13 7 (0.66%) Windows 2000
14 5 (0.47%) CentOS
14 5 (0.47%) VMS
15 4 (0.38%) Mac OS
15 4 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (0.38%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 194 (18.34%) ITIL
2 161 (15.22%) Migration
3 101 (9.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 100 (9.45%) Agile Software Development
5 75 (7.09%) Change Management
6 73 (6.90%) Service Management
7 68 (6.43%) Problem-Solving
8 64 (6.05%) Service Delivery
9 60 (5.67%) Mobile Device Management
10 54 (5.10%) Problem Management
11 49 (4.63%) Project Delivery
12 47 (4.44%) Project Management
13 46 (4.35%) Stakeholder Management
14 39 (3.69%) Incident Management
15 36 (3.40%) Continuous Improvement
15 36 (3.40%) Mentoring
16 34 (3.21%) Asset Management
16 34 (3.21%) Technical Leadership
17 30 (2.84%) DevOps
18 28 (2.65%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 182 (17.20%) PowerShell
2 61 (5.77%) SQL
3 27 (2.55%) JavaScript
4 24 (2.27%) Python
5 13 (1.23%) Java
6 9 (0.85%) PHP
7 8 (0.76%) C
7 8 (0.76%) TypeScript
8 6 (0.57%) Groovy
8 6 (0.57%) Java 8
8 6 (0.57%) VB
9 5 (0.47%) C#
9 5 (0.47%) Shell Script
9 5 (0.47%) VBScript
10 4 (0.38%) Bash Shell
11 3 (0.28%) C++
12 2 (0.19%) ES6
12 2 (0.19%) Ruby
13 1 (0.095%) Elixir
13 1 (0.095%) PHP 7
Qualifications
1 191 (18.05%) Security Cleared
2 145 (13.71%) SC Cleared
3 65 (6.14%) Degree
4 48 (4.54%) Microsoft Certification
5 44 (4.16%) Cisco Certification
6 36 (3.40%) MCSE
7 33 (3.12%) DV Cleared
8 23 (2.17%) CCNA
9 20 (1.89%) ITIL Certification
10 19 (1.80%) CCNP
11 17 (1.61%) CCA
11 17 (1.61%) Citrix Certification
12 16 (1.51%) BPSS Clearance
13 15 (1.42%) MCSA
14 14 (1.32%) MCP
15 10 (0.95%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 10 (0.95%) MCITP
16 9 (0.85%) CCENT
17 8 (0.76%) CCIE
18 7 (0.66%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (5.39%) SLA
2 15 (1.42%) GDPR
3 13 (1.23%) QA
4 8 (0.76%) NCSC
5 7 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
6 6 (0.57%) PMO
7 3 (0.28%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 2 (0.19%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.095%) GxP
9 1 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 19770
9 1 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.095%) NIST
9 1 (0.095%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 402 (38.00%) Active Directory
2 112 (10.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 72 (6.81%) Hyper-V
4 48 (4.54%) XenApp
5 45 (4.25%) XenDesktop
6 41 (3.88%) VMware ESXi
7 25 (2.36%) vSphere
8 19 (1.80%) Virtual Machines
9 14 (1.32%) DFS Replication
10 11 (1.04%) BitLocker
10 11 (1.04%) Firmware
10 11 (1.04%) VMware NSX
11 10 (0.95%) Virtual Desktop
11 10 (0.95%) Virtual Servers
12 9 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 7 (0.66%) Docker
14 6 (0.57%) Terminal Services
15 3 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
16 2 (0.19%) NDS
16 2 (0.19%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 207 (19.57%) SCCM
2 89 (8.41%) Microsoft Intune
3 24 (2.27%) AirWatch
3 24 (2.27%) Single Sign-On
4 23 (2.17%) SCOM
5 20 (1.89%) Cisco CUCM
6 18 (1.70%) FortiGate
7 16 (1.51%) Ansible
8 15 (1.42%) Norton AntiVirus
9 13 (1.23%) Terraform
9 13 (1.23%) vCenter Server
10 12 (1.13%) Puppet
11 11 (1.04%) Cisco UCCX
12 5 (0.47%) Cisco Prime
12 5 (0.47%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 5 (0.47%) Kubernetes
12 5 (0.47%) McAfee ePO
12 5 (0.47%) NetBackup
12 5 (0.47%) Netcool
13 4 (0.38%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 516 (48.77%) Microsoft
2 178 (16.82%) Cisco
3 164 (15.50%) VMware
4 126 (11.91%) Citrix
5 44 (4.16%) Apple
6 41 (3.88%) Google
7 38 (3.59%) HP
7 38 (3.59%) Sonus
8 37 (3.50%) Dell
9 34 (3.21%) ServiceNow
10 32 (3.02%) Polycom
11 31 (2.93%) Symantec
12 29 (2.74%) Avaya
13 26 (2.46%) Meraki
14 23 (2.17%) Mitel
15 22 (2.08%) Palo Alto
16 21 (1.98%) Oracle
17 20 (1.89%) Adobe
18 18 (1.70%) Juniper
18 18 (1.70%) Red Hat