Period
to 19 October 2021

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 19 October 2021 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 535 247 229
Rank change year-on-year -288 -18 +59
Contract jobs citing Skype 293 330 1,051
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 1.06% 1.24%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.11% 7.96% 9.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 178 223 693
10th Percentile £200 £201 £171
25th Percentile £331 £315 £278
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £450 £400
Median % change year-on-year -5.56% +12.50% +6.67%
75th Percentile £538 £538 £488
90th Percentile £622 £625 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £450 £395
% change year-on-year -11.11% +13.92% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 8 38
10th Percentile £11.84 £12.89 £12.50
25th Percentile £15.71 £13.75 £15.00
Median hourly rate £46.00 £15.00 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year +206.67% -14.29% +12.00%
75th Percentile £72.50 £18.13 £21.34
90th Percentile £74.25 £22.63 £47.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.00 £18.00 £16.74
% change year-on-year +200.00% +7.56% -6.38%

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 9,421 4,144 11,208
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.19% 13.29% 13.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,087 2,602 6,926
10th Percentile £213 £210 £193
25th Percentile £363 £325 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £444 £425
Median % change year-on-year +7.04% +4.41% -
75th Percentile £581 £538 £525
90th Percentile £675 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 406 180 592
10th Percentile £12.00 £14.00 £13.50
25th Percentile £14.25 £17.19 £16.25
Median hourly rate £22.00 £31.50 £25.84
Median % change year-on-year -30.16% +21.90% +38.18%
75th Percentile £48.75 £46.40 £46.10
90th Percentile £65.00 £54.10 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £30.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -33.33% +27.66% +27.03%

Skype
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Skype as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Skype in the UK

Skype
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Skype.

Daily rate trend for Skype in the UK

Skype
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Skype over the 6 months to 19 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Skype in the UK

Skype
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Skype.

Hourly rate trend for Skype in the UK

Skype
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Skype over the 6 months to 19 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Skype in the UK

Skype
Top 17 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 19 October 2021. 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 -271 231 £425 -5.56% 63
UK excluding London -191 154 £400 -11.11% 49
London -219 81 £450 -10.00% 15
Work from Home -237 60 £445 -5.07% 8
South East -96 42 £463 +15.63% 14
South West -52 38 £438 -7.89% 4
North of England -86 24 £300 -27.27% 17
Scotland -87 23 £416 -7.56% 1
North West -68 17 £263 -36.94% 8
East of England -48 12 £343 +5.38% 6
Midlands -107 12 £111 -76.74% 7
East Midlands -32 7 £540 - 2
Yorkshire -45 5 £450 +9.09% 5
West Midlands -91 5 £109 -77.00% 5
Wales -34 4 £488 +68.10%
Northern Ireland -5 2 £140 -
North East -10 2 £331 - 4

For the 6 months to 19 October 2021, 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.

1 190 (64.85%) Microsoft
2 159 (54.27%) Microsoft 365
3 158 (53.92%) Skype for Business
4 139 (47.44%) Active Directory
5 136 (46.42%) Windows
6 92 (31.40%) Azure
7 90 (30.72%) Migration
8 85 (29.01%) SharePoint
9 80 (27.30%) Security Cleared
10 73 (24.91%) Social Skills
11 67 (22.87%) SC Cleared
11 67 (22.87%) Windows Server
12 60 (20.48%) Windows 10
13 58 (19.80%) Microsoft Office
14 52 (17.75%) ITIL
14 52 (17.75%) VMware
14 52 (17.75%) Finance
15 50 (17.06%) Citrix
16 49 (16.72%) Agile Software Development
17 48 (16.38%) MS Exchange
18 47 (16.04%) SCCM
19 46 (15.70%) DNS
20 45 (15.36%) PowerShell
21 41 (13.99%) VMware Infrastructure
22 38 (12.97%) Microsoft Intune
22 38 (12.97%) SQL Server
23 35 (11.95%) OneDrive
24 34 (11.60%) Problem-Solving
25 32 (10.92%) Firewall
26 31 (10.58%) Public Sector

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
1 158 (53.92%) Skype for Business
2 85 (29.01%) SharePoint
3 48 (16.38%) MS Exchange
4 15 (5.12%) Exchange Server 2013
5 12 (4.10%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (2.39%) SharePoint 2013
7 6 (2.05%) Confluence
8 5 (1.71%) JBoss
8 5 (1.71%) NetWeaver
8 5 (1.71%) WebSphere
9 4 (1.37%) Office Communications Server
10 3 (1.02%) IIS
11 2 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2007
11 2 (0.68%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.34%) CMS
12 1 (0.34%) IBM Domino
12 1 (0.34%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 58 (19.80%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (5.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (4.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (2.39%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (1.71%) Camtasia
6 3 (1.02%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.68%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.34%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 5 (1.71%) assyst
2 4 (1.37%) Maximo
2 4 (1.37%) SAP MM
2 4 (1.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (1.37%) SAP PP
3 1 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 159 (54.27%) Microsoft 365
2 92 (31.40%) Azure
3 35 (11.95%) OneDrive
4 29 (9.90%) Azure Active Directory
5 26 (8.87%) AWS
6 17 (5.80%) SaaS
7 15 (5.12%) IaaS
8 12 (4.10%) PaaS
9 9 (3.07%) Power Platform
9 9 (3.07%) Yammer
10 8 (2.73%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 6 (2.05%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 4 (1.37%) BlazeMeter
12 4 (1.37%) Power Automate
12 4 (1.37%) PowerApps
13 3 (1.02%) GitHub
13 3 (1.02%) Slack
14 2 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
14 2 (0.68%) GCP
14 2 (0.68%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 46 (15.70%) DNS
2 32 (10.92%) Firewall
3 30 (10.24%) VPN
4 28 (9.56%) DHCP
5 25 (8.53%) VoIP
6 21 (7.17%) Wi-Fi
7 20 (6.83%) Wireless
8 18 (6.14%) PBX
8 18 (6.14%) TCP/IP
9 17 (5.80%) WebEx
10 16 (5.46%) Internet
10 16 (5.46%) Unified Communications
11 15 (5.12%) WAN
12 11 (3.75%) PSTN
13 9 (3.07%) LAN
14 8 (2.73%) MPLS
14 8 (2.73%) SD-WAN
15 7 (2.39%) Remote Desktop
15 7 (2.39%) VLAN
16 6 (2.05%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (12.97%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.07%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (2.05%) MySQL
4 5 (1.71%) Azure SQL Database
4 5 (1.71%) DB2
4 5 (1.71%) SAP HANA
5 3 (1.02%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (1.02%) SQL Server 2019
6 2 (0.68%) Big Data
6 2 (0.68%) Power BI
6 2 (0.68%) Tableau
7 1 (0.34%) Amazon Aurora
7 1 (0.34%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.34%) MariaDB
7 1 (0.34%) Power Query
Development Applications
1 9 (3.07%) JIRA
2 4 (1.37%) Bitbucket
2 4 (1.37%) JMeter
3 3 (1.02%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.34%) Fiddler
4 1 (0.34%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.34%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 73 (24.91%) Social Skills
2 52 (17.75%) Finance
3 31 (10.58%) Public Sector
4 25 (8.53%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (5.12%) Presentation Skills
6 12 (4.10%) Banking
7 8 (2.73%) Telecoms
8 6 (2.05%) Back Office
8 6 (2.05%) Documentation Skills
9 5 (1.71%) Financial Institution
9 5 (1.71%) Legal
10 4 (1.37%) Japanese Language
10 4 (1.37%) Local Government
11 3 (1.02%) Influencing Skills
11 3 (1.02%) Military
12 2 (0.68%) Billing
12 2 (0.68%) Organisational Skills
13 1 (0.34%) Environmental Health
13 1 (0.34%) French Language
13 1 (0.34%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 48 (16.38%) Architect
2 32 (10.92%) Consultant
3 26 (8.87%) Analyst
4 24 (8.19%) Support Engineer
5 19 (6.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 18 (6.14%) Microsoft Consultant
7 14 (4.78%) Wintel Engineer
8 13 (4.44%) Desktop Engineer
8 13 (4.44%) Microsoft 365 Architect
9 11 (3.75%) Desktop Support
9 11 (3.75%) Developer
10 10 (3.41%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 10 (3.41%) Designer
11 9 (3.07%) Infrastructure Designer
11 9 (3.07%) Microsoft 365 Consultant
12 8 (2.73%) IT Analyst
12 8 (2.73%) Project Manager
13 7 (2.39%) IT Engineer
13 7 (2.39%) IT Support
13 7 (2.39%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.39%) Web Services
2 5 (1.71%) Middleware
2 5 (1.71%) SAP Basis
3 3 (1.02%) Microsoft Graph
3 3 (1.02%) Software Packaging
4 2 (0.68%) .NET
4 2 (0.68%) HTML
4 2 (0.68%) XMPP
5 1 (0.34%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.34%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (0.34%) Express
5 1 (0.34%) Ruby on Rails
5 1 (0.34%) SAML
5 1 (0.34%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 27 (9.22%) PKI
2 25 (8.53%) Video Conferencing
3 17 (5.80%) Data Centre
4 11 (3.75%) Virtual Team
5 9 (3.07%) Data Protection Act
5 9 (3.07%) Self-Motivation
6 8 (2.73%) Blackberry
7 7 (2.39%) CMDB
7 7 (2.39%) Handset
7 7 (2.39%) Legacy Systems
8 6 (2.05%) Greenfield Project
8 6 (2.05%) Private Cloud
8 6 (2.05%) User Experience
9 5 (1.71%) e-Learning
9 5 (1.71%) Public Cloud
10 4 (1.37%) Client/Server
10 4 (1.37%) Clustering
10 4 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (1.37%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 136 (46.42%) Windows
2 67 (22.87%) Windows Server
3 60 (20.48%) Windows 10
4 28 (9.56%) Windows 7
5 25 (8.53%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (7.85%) Android
7 22 (7.51%) Apple iOS
7 22 (7.51%) Linux
8 19 (6.48%) Windows Server 2008
9 18 (6.14%) Windows Server 2016
9 18 (6.14%) Windows Server 2019
10 14 (4.78%) Mac OS
11 10 (3.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 10 (3.41%) Unix
12 5 (1.71%) AIX
12 5 (1.71%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (1.37%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.34%) Amazon Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (30.72%) Migration
2 52 (17.75%) ITIL
3 49 (16.72%) Agile Software Development
4 34 (11.60%) Problem-Solving
5 26 (8.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 21 (7.17%) Project Delivery
7 19 (6.48%) Incident Management
8 17 (5.80%) Data Protection
8 17 (5.80%) Service Delivery
9 16 (5.46%) Decision-Making
9 16 (5.46%) Problem Management
9 16 (5.46%) Service Management
10 14 (4.78%) Change Management
10 14 (4.78%) Project Management
11 13 (4.44%) Continuous Improvement
11 13 (4.44%) Mobile Device Management
11 13 (4.44%) Storage Management
12 11 (3.75%) Identity Management
12 11 (3.75%) Mentoring
12 11 (3.75%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 45 (15.36%) PowerShell
2 28 (9.56%) SQL
3 5 (1.71%) JavaScript
4 4 (1.37%) TypeScript
4 4 (1.37%) VB
4 4 (1.37%) VBA
5 3 (1.02%) C
6 2 (0.68%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.34%) C#
7 1 (0.34%) Python
7 1 (0.34%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 80 (27.30%) Security Cleared
2 67 (22.87%) SC Cleared
3 26 (8.87%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (5.80%) MCSE
5 16 (5.46%) Degree
6 15 (5.12%) DV Cleared
7 9 (3.07%) MCITP
7 9 (3.07%) MCSA
7 9 (3.07%) MCTS
8 7 (2.39%) MCP
9 5 (1.71%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (1.37%) CCNP
10 4 (1.37%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (1.02%) CCDP
12 2 (0.68%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.68%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (0.68%) MCT
12 2 (0.68%) PMP
12 2 (0.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 1 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (5.80%) SLA
2 5 (1.71%) COBIT
2 5 (1.71%) GDPR
2 5 (1.71%) PCI DSS
2 5 (1.71%) PMO
2 5 (1.71%) QA
3 4 (1.37%) NCSC
4 2 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.34%) Def Stans
System Software
1 139 (47.44%) Active Directory
2 41 (13.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (4.10%) VMware ESXi
3 12 (4.10%) vSphere
4 11 (3.75%) Hyper-V
5 10 (3.41%) Virtual Desktop
6 8 (2.73%) Docker
7 6 (2.05%) XenApp
8 4 (1.37%) XenDesktop
9 3 (1.02%) BitLocker
9 3 (1.02%) VMware NSX
10 2 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (0.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.68%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 47 (16.04%) SCCM
2 38 (12.97%) Microsoft Intune
3 21 (7.17%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 14 (4.78%) AirWatch
5 10 (3.41%) Single Sign-On
6 8 (2.73%) WSUS
7 6 (2.05%) Kubernetes
7 6 (2.05%) vRealize
8 4 (1.37%) Cisco CUCM
8 4 (1.37%) Grafana
9 3 (1.02%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (1.02%) PingFederate
9 3 (1.02%) SCOM
9 3 (1.02%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 3 (1.02%) vCenter Server
10 2 (0.68%) Ansible
10 2 (0.68%) FortiGate
10 2 (0.68%) Jamf Pro
10 2 (0.68%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.68%) Puppet
Vendors
1 190 (64.85%) Microsoft
2 52 (17.75%) VMware
3 50 (17.06%) Citrix
4 26 (8.87%) Cisco
5 21 (7.17%) Apple
6 17 (5.80%) Polycom
7 16 (5.46%) ServiceNow
8 15 (5.12%) Sonus
9 14 (4.78%) Oracle
10 13 (4.44%) Avaya
11 12 (4.10%) Red Hat
12 9 (3.07%) SAP
13 8 (2.73%) Blue Coat
13 8 (2.73%) HP
13 8 (2.73%) Lumension
13 8 (2.73%) Symantec
14 7 (2.39%) MobileIron
15 6 (2.05%) Google
15 6 (2.05%) Ivanti
15 6 (2.05%) Proofpoint