Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 317 340 562
Rank change year-on-year +23 +222 +259
Contract jobs citing Skype 797 659 336
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.78% 0.69% 0.31%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.99% 4.65% 2.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 517 436 217
UK median daily rate £360 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.00% - +15.38%
10th Percentile £172 £213 £238
90th Percentile £538 £588 £566
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £340 £375
% change year-on-year +5.88% -9.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 28 18
UK median hourly rate £20.45 £16.29 £23.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.54% -30.16% +26.08%
10th Percentile £11.88 £11.78 £17.50
90th Percentile £45.50 £29.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £16.25 £25.00
% change year-on-year +32.31% -35.00% -

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 13,308 14,172 14,975
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.11% 14.87% 13.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,213 8,634 8,781
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £185 £213 £213
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 704 757 816
UK median hourly rate £19.45 £21.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.55% -4.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £11.01 £11.47 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.43 £50.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.52 £21.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -9.21% -2.27% -0.79%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 20 February 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 +17 726 £363 -3.33% 162
UK excluding London +29 451 £360 +5.88% 109
London +18 325 £356 -16.18% 61
South East -27 137 £375 +11.11% 26
North of England +22 87 £362 +12.97% 24
South West +59 75 £411 -8.61% 12
East of England +29 57 £421 +75.52% 13
Scotland -12 46 £303 -11.03% 8
Midlands -8 41 £350 -9.68% 25
North West +27 36 £350 +3.70% 11
Yorkshire +6 33 £325 -7.14% 10
West Midlands -3 28 £413 +1.23% 13
North East +17 19 £362 +20.50% 3
Wales +7 14 £236 -39.87% 1
East Midlands +2 13 £310 -11.43% 12

For the 6 months to 20 February 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.

1 581 (72.90%) Skype for Business
2 427 (53.58%) Office 365
3 366 (45.92%) Windows
4 344 (43.16%) Microsoft
5 307 (38.52%) Active Directory
6 215 (26.98%) SharePoint
7 167 (20.95%) MS Exchange
8 163 (20.45%) Migration
9 159 (19.95%) Windows 10
10 140 (17.57%) Microsoft Office
11 132 (16.56%) Microsoft Azure
12 126 (15.81%) Cisco
13 123 (15.43%) Windows Server
14 118 (14.81%) Finance
15 115 (14.43%) SCCM
16 112 (14.05%) VMware
17 111 (13.93%) PowerShell
18 101 (12.67%) OneDrive
19 99 (12.42%) Citrix
20 93 (11.67%) ITIL
21 88 (11.04%) Security Cleared
22 85 (10.66%) Windows 7
23 77 (9.66%) Exchange Server 2010
24 76 (9.54%) Unified Communications
25 74 (9.28%) VMware Infrastructure
26 73 (9.16%) DNS
27 69 (8.66%) Agile Software Development
28 68 (8.53%) Microsoft Certification
29 66 (8.28%) SC Cleared
29 66 (8.28%) 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
1 581 (72.90%) Skype for Business
2 215 (26.98%) SharePoint
3 167 (20.95%) MS Exchange
4 77 (9.66%) Exchange Server 2010
5 60 (7.53%) Exchange Server 2013
6 23 (2.89%) SharePoint 2010
6 23 (2.89%) SharePoint 2013
7 17 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2007
8 9 (1.13%) OpenStack
9 5 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.50%) Apache Solr
10 4 (0.50%) Drupal
10 4 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
10 4 (0.50%) IIS
10 4 (0.50%) Office Communications Server
11 3 (0.38%) IBM Domino
11 3 (0.38%) IBM Notes
12 2 (0.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2003
12 2 (0.25%) GroupWise
Applications
1 140 (17.57%) Microsoft Office
2 43 (5.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 34 (4.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (2.01%) Microsoft Project
5 13 (1.63%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.13%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.13%) HipChat
6 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.13%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (1.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.50%) Eikon
3 4 (0.50%) Oracle Utilities
4 3 (0.38%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.13%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 427 (53.58%) Office 365
2 132 (16.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 101 (12.67%) OneDrive
4 40 (5.02%) Azure Active Directory
5 27 (3.39%) PaaS
6 24 (3.01%) Amazon AWS
6 24 (3.01%) IaaS
7 19 (2.38%) SaaS
7 19 (2.38%) Yammer
8 8 (1.00%) Dynamics 365
9 5 (0.63%) Mimecast
10 4 (0.50%) Slack
11 3 (0.38%) Adobe Creative Cloud
12 2 (0.25%) Serverless
13 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
13 1 (0.13%) GitHub
13 1 (0.13%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 76 (9.54%) Unified Communications
2 73 (9.16%) DNS
3 62 (7.78%) DHCP
4 58 (7.28%) WAN
5 53 (6.65%) Firewall
6 49 (6.15%) LAN
7 45 (5.65%) VPN
8 38 (4.77%) SAN
8 38 (4.77%) VoIP
9 26 (3.26%) Wireless
10 21 (2.63%) TCP/IP
11 16 (2.01%) PBX
11 16 (2.01%) Wi-Fi
12 14 (1.76%) IP Telephony
12 14 (1.76%) NetScaler
13 13 (1.63%) Cisco IOS
13 13 (1.63%) OSPF
13 13 (1.63%) PSTN
13 13 (1.63%) VLAN
14 12 (1.51%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (6.40%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.63%) Azure SQL Database
3 12 (1.51%) Blockchain
4 8 (1.00%) SQL Server 2005
4 8 (1.00%) SQL Server 2012
5 5 (0.63%) MySQL
5 5 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
6 4 (0.50%) Oracle BI EE
6 4 (0.50%) Power BI
6 4 (0.50%) Star Schema
7 3 (0.38%) SQLite
8 2 (0.25%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.25%) Big Data
8 2 (0.25%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.25%) Oracle ODI
8 2 (0.25%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (0.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.13%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
9 1 (0.13%) SAP HANA
9 1 (0.13%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 13 (1.63%) Visual Studio
2 12 (1.51%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (1.38%) JIRA
4 8 (1.00%) Selenium
5 5 (0.63%) Git (software)
6 4 (0.50%) Vagrant
7 2 (0.25%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.25%) MSI
8 1 (0.13%) MSBuild
8 1 (0.13%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.13%) Zephyr
General
1 118 (14.81%) Finance
2 50 (6.27%) Banking
3 25 (3.14%) Telecoms
4 20 (2.51%) Retail
5 16 (2.01%) Legal
6 15 (1.88%) German Language
7 14 (1.76%) Manufacturing
8 13 (1.63%) Law
9 11 (1.38%) French Language
10 7 (0.88%) Advertising
10 7 (0.88%) Marketing
11 5 (0.63%) Electronics
11 5 (0.63%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.50%) Billing
13 3 (0.38%) Italian Language
13 3 (0.38%) Local Government
13 3 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.38%) Spanish Language
14 2 (0.25%) Publishing
15 1 (0.13%) Games
Job Titles
1 106 (13.30%) Analyst
2 88 (11.04%) Consultant
3 61 (7.65%) Architect
3 61 (7.65%) Project Manager
4 52 (6.52%) Support Engineer
5 47 (5.90%) Developer
6 46 (5.77%) Support Analyst
6 46 (5.77%) Trainer
7 43 (5.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 39 (4.89%) Office 365 Engineer
9 36 (4.52%) Desktop Support
10 33 (4.14%) IT Trainer
11 31 (3.89%) 2nd Line Support
12 30 (3.76%) IT Support
13 29 (3.64%) Unified Communications Engineer
14 28 (3.51%) Office 365 Consultant
15 26 (3.26%) Service Analyst
16 25 (3.14%) Service Desk Analyst
17 22 (2.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 22 (2.76%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (2.38%) .NET
2 15 (1.88%) HTML
3 12 (1.51%) XML
4 10 (1.25%) 802.1X
4 10 (1.25%) Redux
5 9 (1.13%) HTML5
5 9 (1.13%) jQuery
6 8 (1.00%) React
6 8 (1.00%) XMPP
7 7 (0.88%) CSS
7 7 (0.88%) Jest
7 7 (0.88%) React Native
8 6 (0.75%) Ajax
8 6 (0.75%) RESTful
9 5 (0.63%) AngularJS
10 4 (0.50%) CSS3
10 4 (0.50%) Oracle GoldenGate
11 3 (0.38%) Pandas
11 3 (0.38%) SQLAlchemy
11 3 (0.38%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 55 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
2 41 (5.14%) Video Conferencing
3 25 (3.14%) User Experience
4 24 (3.01%) Blackberry
5 23 (2.89%) Management Information System
6 18 (2.26%) Data Centre
7 16 (2.01%) e-Learning
8 15 (1.88%) CESG
8 15 (1.88%) iPhone
8 15 (1.88%) PKI
9 14 (1.76%) Mobile App
10 13 (1.63%) Greenfield Project
10 13 (1.63%) Virtual Team
11 11 (1.38%) BYOD
12 10 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
12 10 (1.25%) Smartphone
13 9 (1.13%) EMC VNX
13 9 (1.13%) NHS
14 8 (1.00%) Computer Science
15 6 (0.75%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 366 (45.92%) Windows
2 159 (19.95%) Windows 10
3 123 (15.43%) Windows Server
4 85 (10.66%) Windows 7
5 66 (8.28%) Windows Server 2012
6 59 (7.40%) Windows Server 2008
7 41 (5.14%) Android
7 41 (5.14%) Linux
8 39 (4.89%) Apple iOS
9 19 (2.38%) Windows 8
10 13 (1.63%) Mac OS
11 10 (1.25%) SUSE
12 6 (0.75%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.50%) Unix
13 4 (0.50%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
14 3 (0.38%) Windows XP
15 2 (0.25%) Windows 2000 Server
15 2 (0.25%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (20.45%) Migration
2 93 (11.67%) ITIL
3 69 (8.66%) Agile Software Development
4 59 (7.40%) Project Management
5 48 (6.02%) Change Management
6 43 (5.40%) Stakeholder Management
7 34 (4.27%) PRINCE2
8 29 (3.64%) Service Management
9 24 (3.01%) Business Intelligence
10 23 (2.89%) CRM
10 23 (2.89%) Service Delivery
11 21 (2.63%) Analytics
12 20 (2.51%) Continuous Improvement
12 20 (2.51%) Load Balancing
13 19 (2.38%) ITIL V3
13 19 (2.38%) Mentoring
14 18 (2.26%) DevOps
14 18 (2.26%) Disk Encryption
14 18 (2.26%) Time Management
15 17 (2.13%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 111 (13.93%) PowerShell
2 54 (6.78%) SQL
3 32 (4.02%) JavaScript
4 22 (2.76%) C#
5 19 (2.38%) VBScript
6 14 (1.76%) Java
7 6 (0.75%) PHP
8 5 (0.63%) Python
9 4 (0.50%) C
9 4 (0.50%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.25%) Ruby
10 2 (0.25%) T-SQL
10 2 (0.25%) TypeScript
10 2 (0.25%) VB
11 1 (0.13%) ES6
11 1 (0.13%) F#
11 1 (0.13%) MATLAB
11 1 (0.13%) R
11 1 (0.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 88 (11.04%) Security Cleared
2 68 (8.53%) Microsoft Certification
3 66 (8.28%) SC Cleared
4 44 (5.52%) MCSE
5 35 (4.39%) Cisco Certification
6 24 (3.01%) Degree
7 22 (2.76%) MCSA
8 20 (2.51%) DV Cleared
9 17 (2.13%) CCNA
10 16 (2.01%) CCNP
11 15 (1.88%) CCIE
12 10 (1.25%) MCP
13 9 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
13 9 (1.13%) MCITP
14 8 (1.00%) ITIL Certification
15 6 (0.75%) CIPD
16 5 (0.63%) CCDP
16 5 (0.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 5 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 4 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (2.89%) PMO
2 18 (2.26%) SLA
3 6 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.50%) GDPR
4 4 (0.50%) QA
5 3 (0.38%) GxP
6 1 (0.13%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 307 (38.52%) Active Directory
2 74 (9.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 43 (5.40%) XenApp
4 34 (4.27%) Microsoft App-V
5 31 (3.89%) vSphere
6 24 (3.01%) Hyper-V
7 23 (2.89%) XenDesktop
8 21 (2.63%) BitLocker
9 19 (2.38%) VMware ESXi
10 13 (1.63%) Virtual Desktop
11 10 (1.25%) DFS Replication
12 8 (1.00%) Brightmail
12 8 (1.00%) NFS
13 7 (0.88%) Terminal Services
14 4 (0.50%) ISA Server
14 4 (0.50%) Virtual Machines
14 4 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
15 2 (0.25%) Docker
16 1 (0.13%) Forefront TMG
16 1 (0.13%) UAG
Systems Management
1 115 (14.43%) SCCM
2 35 (4.39%) Microsoft Intune
3 34 (4.27%) SCOM
4 19 (2.38%) McAfee ePO
5 18 (2.26%) AirWatch
5 18 (2.26%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 17 (2.13%) Norton AntiVirus
6 17 (2.13%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 10 (1.25%) Cisco CUCM
8 8 (1.00%) vCenter Server
8 8 (1.00%) WSUS
9 7 (0.88%) Backup Exec
10 6 (0.75%) AppDNA
10 6 (0.75%) EMC NetWorker
10 6 (0.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 6 (0.75%) Netcool
10 6 (0.75%) Tivoli
11 5 (0.63%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 3 (0.38%) Cisco UCCX
12 3 (0.38%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 344 (43.16%) Microsoft
2 126 (15.81%) Cisco
3 112 (14.05%) VMware
4 99 (12.42%) Citrix
5 42 (5.27%) Symantec
6 38 (4.77%) Avaya
6 38 (4.77%) Polycom
7 32 (4.02%) HP
8 26 (3.26%) Ivanti
8 26 (3.26%) McAfee
9 23 (2.89%) NetApp
10 21 (2.63%) Apple
10 21 (2.63%) ServiceNow
11 20 (2.51%) Dell
11 20 (2.51%) EMC
12 18 (2.26%) IBM
13 17 (2.13%) Altiris
14 16 (2.01%) Juniper
14 16 (2.01%) SAP
15 14 (1.76%) MobileIron