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 3 months to 28 June 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 319 355 585
Rank change year-on-year +36 +230  
Contract jobs citing Skype 325 326 60
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.69% 0.61% 0.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 5.04% 3.74% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 211 216 43
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £213 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year - +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 18 0
Median hourly rate £14.50 £22.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.55% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.75 £24.50 -
% change year-on-year -39.79% -  

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 6449 8728 7938
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 13.69% 16.21% 14.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 10114 13811 12506
Median daily rate £400 £390 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +9.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £230 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1013 1078 1091
Median hourly rate £29.00 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.75% +23.91%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £31.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year -12.69% +34.04%  

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 3 months to 28 June 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 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Skype in the UK

Skype
Top 10 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 3 months to 28 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +38 312 £400 - 77
UK excluding London +56 192 £400 - 40
London -15 123 £408 +1.87% 38
South East +46 67 £413 -9.58% 14
East of England +39 49 £500 +92.30% 1
North of England +48 40 £275 -15.38% 10
Midlands +23 18 £425 -10.52% 10
South West -14 13 £400 +28.00% 3
Wales -3 4 £488 +18.18%
Scotland +21 3 £475 +7.95% 2

For the 6 months to 28 June 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.

1 526 (80.80%) Skype for Business
2 304 (46.70%) Office 365
3 286 (43.93%) Microsoft
4 238 (36.56%) Windows
5 211 (32.41%) Active Directory
6 197 (30.26%) SharePoint
7 152 (23.35%) MS Exchange
8 125 (19.20%) Migration
9 112 (17.20%) Microsoft Azure
10 111 (17.05%) Cisco
11 108 (16.59%) Windows 10
12 92 (14.13%) Microsoft Office
12 92 (14.13%) Exchange Server 2010
13 89 (13.67%) Exchange Server 2013
14 86 (13.21%) PowerShell
15 82 (12.60%) Windows Server
16 77 (11.83%) Security Cleared
17 76 (11.67%) ITIL
18 75 (11.52%) Finance
19 72 (11.06%) DNS
19 72 (11.06%) Agile Software Development
19 72 (11.06%) OneDrive
20 67 (10.29%) Microsoft Certification
21 65 (9.98%) VMware
22 64 (9.83%) Windows 7
23 62 (9.52%) Citrix
24 61 (9.37%) Project Management
24 61 (9.37%) Windows Server 2008
25 60 (9.22%) Unified Communications
26 59 (9.06%) Firewall

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
1 526 (80.80%) Skype for Business
2 197 (30.26%) SharePoint
3 152 (23.35%) MS Exchange
4 92 (14.13%) Exchange Server 2010
5 89 (13.67%) Exchange Server 2013
6 47 (7.22%) SharePoint 2013
7 26 (3.99%) Exchange Server 2007
8 25 (3.84%) Office Communications Server
9 21 (3.23%) SharePoint 2010
10 9 (1.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 9 (1.38%) CMS
11 8 (1.23%) Apache Spark
11 8 (1.23%) IIS
12 6 (0.92%) Apache
12 6 (0.92%) BizTalk Server
12 6 (0.92%) IBM Notes
13 4 (0.61%) Apache Solr
13 4 (0.61%) Confluence
13 4 (0.61%) nginx
13 4 (0.61%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 92 (14.13%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (2.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (0.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.31%) AutoCAD
4 2 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.31%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.15%) Adobe After Effects
5 1 (0.15%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.15%) Adobe Premiere
5 1 (0.15%) InDesign
5 1 (0.15%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 9 (1.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.15%) Magento
3 1 (0.15%) Oracle Utilities
3 1 (0.15%) SAP Business One
3 1 (0.15%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 304 (46.70%) Office 365
2 112 (17.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 72 (11.06%) OneDrive
4 42 (6.45%) Yammer
5 40 (6.14%) Azure Active Directory
6 26 (3.99%) Amazon AWS
7 22 (3.38%) IaaS
8 12 (1.84%) PaaS
8 12 (1.84%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 8 (1.23%) Dynamics 365
9 8 (1.23%) Slack
10 5 (0.77%) SaaS
11 3 (0.46%) GitHub
11 3 (0.46%) Heroku
12 1 (0.15%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.15%) Amazon SQS
12 1 (0.15%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.15%) Google Analytics
12 1 (0.15%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 72 (11.06%) DNS
2 60 (9.22%) Unified Communications
3 59 (9.06%) Firewall
4 47 (7.22%) LAN
5 43 (6.61%) WAN
6 36 (5.53%) DHCP
6 36 (5.53%) PBX
7 35 (5.38%) VoIP
8 26 (3.99%) VPN
9 21 (3.23%) SAN
10 17 (2.61%) Internet
11 14 (2.15%) Cisco IOS
11 14 (2.15%) NetScaler
12 12 (1.84%) Intranet
12 12 (1.84%) Wireless
13 11 (1.69%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
13 11 (1.69%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
13 11 (1.69%) PSTN
13 11 (1.69%) Remote Desktop
13 11 (1.69%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (8.45%) SQL Server
2 6 (0.92%) NoSQL
2 6 (0.92%) Oracle Database
3 5 (0.77%) Oracle Database 11g
3 5 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
3 5 (0.77%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (0.61%) Amazon Redshift
4 4 (0.61%) Apache Cassandra
4 4 (0.61%) Apache Hive
4 4 (0.61%) Big Data
4 4 (0.61%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (0.61%) DataStax
4 4 (0.61%) Hadoop
4 4 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (0.46%) MySQL
5 3 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (0.31%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (0.31%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.15%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.15%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 10 (1.54%) Git (software)
2 8 (1.23%) JIRA
3 6 (0.92%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (0.61%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 4 (0.61%) Bitbucket
4 4 (0.61%) Jenkins
4 4 (0.61%) Karma Test Runner
5 3 (0.46%) Ant
5 3 (0.46%) Eclipse
5 3 (0.46%) Maven
6 2 (0.31%) MSBuild
6 2 (0.31%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.15%) Axure RP
7 1 (0.15%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.15%) Selenium
7 1 (0.15%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.15%) WebDriver
General
1 75 (11.52%) Finance
2 20 (3.07%) Legal
2 20 (3.07%) Telecoms
3 18 (2.76%) Manufacturing
4 17 (2.61%) Banking
5 15 (2.30%) Law
5 15 (2.30%) Retail
6 13 (2.00%) Marketing
7 8 (1.23%) Local Government
8 7 (1.08%) Advertising
8 7 (1.08%) Electronics
9 5 (0.77%) Back Office
10 4 (0.61%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.61%) Publishing
11 3 (0.46%) Billing
11 3 (0.46%) French Language
11 3 (0.46%) Games
11 3 (0.46%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.31%) German Language
12 2 (0.31%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 98 (15.05%) Architect
2 74 (11.37%) Consultant
3 62 (9.52%) Project Manager
4 49 (7.53%) Support Engineer
5 45 (6.91%) Analyst
6 39 (5.99%) Developer
7 38 (5.84%) Office 365 Architect
8 37 (5.68%) Messaging Engineer
9 32 (4.92%) Solutions Architect
10 23 (3.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 22 (3.38%) Messaging Support
11 22 (3.38%) Network Engineer
11 22 (3.38%) Office 365 Engineer
12 20 (3.07%) Lync Engineer
12 20 (3.07%) Technical Architect
12 20 (3.07%) Trainer
13 19 (2.92%) Lead Architect
14 18 (2.76%) Office 365 Manager
15 17 (2.61%) Lead Solutions Architect
15 17 (2.61%) Unified Communications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (2.15%) XMPP
2 11 (1.69%) .NET
3 10 (1.54%) CSS
3 10 (1.54%) HTML
3 10 (1.54%) XML
4 8 (1.23%) AngularJS
4 8 (1.23%) Web Services
5 7 (1.08%) REST
6 6 (0.92%) 802.1X
6 6 (0.92%) Hibernate
6 6 (0.92%) OAuth
6 6 (0.92%) React
6 6 (0.92%) Spring
7 4 (0.61%) Flask
7 4 (0.61%) HTML5
7 4 (0.61%) Node.js
7 4 (0.61%) SAML
7 4 (0.61%) WebRTC
8 3 (0.46%) Entity Framework
8 3 (0.46%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 35 (5.38%) Data Centre
2 28 (4.30%) Analytical Skills
3 25 (3.84%) Video Conferencing
4 19 (2.92%) Blackberry
5 17 (2.61%) Management Information System
6 15 (2.30%) Computer Science
7 10 (1.54%) Client/Server
7 10 (1.54%) e-Learning
7 10 (1.54%) Replication
8 8 (1.23%) Mobile App
9 7 (1.08%) Data Protection Act
9 7 (1.08%) User Experience
10 6 (0.92%) BYOD
10 6 (0.92%) CESG
10 6 (0.92%) Hybrid Cloud
10 6 (0.92%) IVR
10 6 (0.92%) Smartphone
11 5 (0.77%) iPhone
12 4 (0.61%) PKI
12 4 (0.61%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 238 (36.56%) Windows
2 108 (16.59%) Windows 10
3 82 (12.60%) Windows Server
4 64 (9.83%) Windows 7
5 61 (9.37%) Windows Server 2008
6 46 (7.07%) Windows Server 2012
7 26 (3.99%) Android
7 26 (3.99%) Windows Server 2003
8 25 (3.84%) Linux
9 21 (3.23%) Apple iOS
10 13 (2.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 11 (1.69%) Windows 8
12 8 (1.23%) Mac OS X
13 5 (0.77%) Mac OS
14 4 (0.61%) CentOS
15 3 (0.46%) Debian
15 3 (0.46%) Windows XP
16 2 (0.31%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (19.20%) Migration
2 76 (11.67%) ITIL
3 72 (11.06%) Agile Software Development
4 61 (9.37%) Project Management
5 50 (7.68%) Stakeholder Management
6 42 (6.45%) PRINCE2
7 23 (3.53%) Information Security
7 23 (3.53%) Service Management
8 22 (3.38%) Change Management
9 21 (3.23%) Data Protection
10 19 (2.92%) Customer Requirements
10 19 (2.92%) DevOps
11 18 (2.76%) Business Intelligence
11 18 (2.76%) Programme Management
12 16 (2.46%) Capacity Planning
12 16 (2.46%) Content Management
12 16 (2.46%) Enterprise Architecture
13 15 (2.30%) SDLC
14 14 (2.15%) Presales
14 14 (2.15%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 86 (13.21%) PowerShell
2 36 (5.53%) SQL
3 21 (3.23%) Java
4 19 (2.92%) Python
5 18 (2.76%) VBScript
6 15 (2.30%) C
7 14 (2.15%) JavaScript
8 9 (1.38%) VB
9 8 (1.23%) C#
10 6 (0.92%) PL/SQL
11 4 (0.61%) Scala
12 3 (0.46%) Apple Swift
12 3 (0.46%) Bash Shell
12 3 (0.46%) Ruby
13 2 (0.31%) PHP
13 2 (0.31%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.15%) Objective-C
14 1 (0.15%) R
14 1 (0.15%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.15%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 77 (11.83%) Security Cleared
2 67 (10.29%) Microsoft Certification
3 54 (8.29%) SC Cleared
4 41 (6.30%) MCSE
5 18 (2.76%) Cisco Certification
5 18 (2.76%) Degree
6 15 (2.30%) MCITP
7 14 (2.15%) DV Cleared
8 12 (1.84%) CCNP
8 12 (1.84%) Citrix Certification
8 12 (1.84%) MCSA
9 10 (1.54%) Computer Science Degree
9 10 (1.54%) MCP
9 10 (1.54%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 8 (1.23%) CCIE
10 8 (1.23%) PMI Certification
11 6 (0.92%) PMP
11 6 (0.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (0.77%) CCNA
12 5 (0.77%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (1.38%) PMO
2 8 (1.23%) QA
3 7 (1.08%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (1.08%) SLA
4 6 (0.92%) GDPR
5 4 (0.61%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.15%) GxP
7 1 (0.15%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.15%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 211 (32.41%) Active Directory
2 43 (6.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (5.07%) Hyper-V
4 28 (4.30%) Microsoft App-V
5 24 (3.69%) XenApp
6 15 (2.30%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (2.15%) Virtual Desktop
8 12 (1.84%) ProxySG
9 11 (1.69%) XenDesktop
10 8 (1.23%) DFS Replication
11 7 (1.08%) BitLocker
11 7 (1.08%) vSphere
12 5 (0.77%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 5 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
12 5 (0.77%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.61%) ISA Server
14 3 (0.46%) Forefront TMG
15 1 (0.15%) Docker
15 1 (0.15%) UAG
15 1 (0.15%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 53 (8.14%) SCCM
2 21 (3.23%) SCOM
3 20 (3.07%) Microsoft Intune
3 20 (3.07%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 16 (2.46%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 13 (2.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 12 (1.84%) AirWatch
6 12 (1.84%) Cisco CUCM
7 11 (1.69%) Norton AntiVirus
7 11 (1.69%) vCenter Server
8 9 (1.38%) Cisco UCCX
8 9 (1.38%) NetBackup
9 8 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
10 6 (0.92%) Cacti
10 6 (0.92%) OpenView
10 6 (0.92%) QRadar
10 6 (0.92%) SolarWinds Orion
10 6 (0.92%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 6 (0.92%) vMotion
10 6 (0.92%) WSUS
Vendors
1 286 (43.93%) Microsoft
2 111 (17.05%) Cisco
3 65 (9.98%) VMware
4 62 (9.52%) Citrix
5 31 (4.76%) Symantec
6 28 (4.30%) Polycom
7 25 (3.84%) Avaya
8 21 (3.23%) HP
9 19 (2.92%) Palo Alto
10 15 (2.30%) Dell
10 15 (2.30%) McAfee
11 14 (2.15%) CheckPoint
11 14 (2.15%) SAP
12 13 (2.00%) Blue Coat
12 13 (2.00%) Juniper
13 12 (1.84%) Apple
13 12 (1.84%) MobileIron
14 11 (1.69%) F5
14 11 (1.69%) LANDesk
14 11 (1.69%) Trustwave
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