Period
to 13 August 2020

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 13 August 2020 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
13 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 209 232 273
Rank change year-on-year +23 +41 +82
Contract jobs citing Skype 432 1,071 1,004
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.26% 1.18% 0.98%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 9.27% 9.15% 7.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 306 684 659
Median daily rate £438 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.38% +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £213 £174 £167
90th Percentile £575 £586 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £395 £375
% change year-on-year +11.39% +5.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 45 63
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -12.50% +17.65%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.20 £10.65
90th Percentile £35.00 £48.00 £163.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £16.74 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.56% -16.33% +40.35%

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 4,658 11,704 13,765
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.56% 12.90% 13.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,645 7,141 8,440
Median daily rate £425 £425 £425
10th Percentile £200 £200 £203
90th Percentile £625 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £402 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +0.38% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 283 594 773
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.67 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.87% +18.35% +5.26%
10th Percentile £14.58 £12.39 £12.20
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate £32.75 £22.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +45.56% +18.42% +2.70%

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 13 August 2020.

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 13 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Skype in the UK

Skype
Top 18 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 13 August 2020. 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 +21 369 £438 +9.38% 94
UK excluding London +61 274 £440 +11.39% 72
London +17 130 £439 +0.86% 26
Work from Home -4 78 £438 -2.78% 21
South East +45 68 £425 +6.25% 21
Midlands +81 50 £463 +10.12% 10
North of England +48 47 £370 -5.73% 16
South West +68 45 £463 +27.59% 12
West Midlands +73 41 £450 - 7
North West +62 39 £370 -12.94% 6
Scotland +47 33 £450 -14.29% 2
East of England +29 18 £335 -9.76% 8
East Midlands +50 9 £500 +48.15% 3
Wales +39 8 £290 -17.14% 3
Yorkshire +38 7 £413 +4.10% 9
Northern Ireland +17 4 £310 -22.50%
North East +23 1 - - 1
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 13 August 2020, 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.

1 251 (58.10%) Microsoft
2 226 (52.31%) Skype for Business
3 185 (42.82%) Office 365
4 182 (42.13%) Windows
5 170 (39.35%) Active Directory
6 124 (28.70%) Azure
7 110 (25.46%) Security Cleared
8 101 (23.38%) Migration
9 99 (22.92%) SharePoint
10 84 (19.44%) SC Cleared
10 84 (19.44%) Windows Server
11 79 (18.29%) Windows 10
12 78 (18.06%) Agile Software Development
13 77 (17.82%) Cisco
14 72 (16.67%) VMware
15 62 (14.35%) Microsoft Intune
16 60 (13.89%) DNS
17 57 (13.19%) Firewall
18 56 (12.96%) Finance
18 56 (12.96%) Microsoft Office
19 53 (12.27%) VoIP
20 51 (11.81%) VMware Infrastructure
21 48 (11.11%) OneDrive
22 47 (10.88%) PowerShell
23 46 (10.65%) SCCM
24 43 (9.95%) DHCP
24 43 (9.95%) Azure Active Directory
25 42 (9.72%) Microsoft Certification
26 41 (9.49%) MS Exchange
26 41 (9.49%) 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
1 226 (52.31%) Skype for Business
2 99 (22.92%) SharePoint
3 41 (9.49%) MS Exchange
4 19 (4.40%) Exchange Server 2013
5 15 (3.47%) Exchange Server 2010
6 13 (3.01%) Confluence
7 8 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2003
8 7 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2007
9 6 (1.39%) CMS
9 6 (1.39%) Office Communications Server
10 5 (1.16%) JBoss
11 4 (0.93%) NetWeaver
11 4 (0.93%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.69%) Apache
12 3 (0.69%) Apache Spark
12 3 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.69%) Tomcat
13 2 (0.46%) IBM Notes
13 2 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 56 (12.96%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (2.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (1.16%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.23%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.23%) Camtasia
5 1 (0.23%) Figma
5 1 (0.23%) InVision
5 1 (0.23%) Marvel
5 1 (0.23%) Maya
5 1 (0.23%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.23%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.23%) Sketch
5 1 (0.23%) Snagit
5 1 (0.23%) Stata
Business Applications
1 6 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.69%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.46%) assyst
4 1 (0.23%) Exstream
4 1 (0.23%) ResourceLink
4 1 (0.23%) SAP PP
4 1 (0.23%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.23%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 185 (42.82%) Office 365
2 124 (28.70%) Azure
3 48 (11.11%) OneDrive
4 43 (9.95%) Azure Active Directory
5 39 (9.03%) AWS
6 26 (6.02%) SaaS
7 23 (5.32%) Yammer
8 22 (5.09%) PaaS
9 19 (4.40%) IaaS
10 13 (3.01%) Power Platform
11 11 (2.55%) Amazon EC2
11 11 (2.55%) GCP
12 10 (2.31%) Amazon S3
13 9 (2.08%) PowerApps
14 7 (1.62%) AWS CloudFormation
15 6 (1.39%) Amazon EMR
15 6 (1.39%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 5 (1.16%) Power Automate
17 4 (0.93%) Adobe Analytics
17 4 (0.93%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 60 (13.89%) DNS
2 57 (13.19%) Firewall
3 53 (12.27%) VoIP
4 43 (9.95%) DHCP
5 40 (9.26%) Unified Communications
6 39 (9.03%) VPN
7 34 (7.87%) PBX
8 28 (6.48%) WAN
9 20 (4.63%) LAN
9 20 (4.63%) TCP/IP
9 20 (4.63%) Wireless
10 14 (3.24%) MPLS
11 13 (3.01%) Cisco IOS
12 11 (2.55%) Remote Desktop
12 11 (2.55%) WebEx
13 10 (2.31%) Internet
14 9 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
15 8 (1.85%) Broadband
15 8 (1.85%) SMTP
16 6 (1.39%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (7.64%) SQL Server
2 10 (2.31%) MySQL
3 9 (2.08%) Cosmos DB
4 8 (1.85%) Power BI
5 6 (1.39%) Azure SQL Database
5 6 (1.39%) DB2
5 6 (1.39%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
6 4 (0.93%) Big Data
6 4 (0.93%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.93%) SAP HANA
7 3 (0.69%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.46%) BusinessObjects
8 2 (0.46%) Crystal Reports
8 2 (0.46%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.23%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.23%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.23%) Spatial Data
9 1 (0.23%) SQL Server 2019
9 1 (0.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 16 (3.70%) JIRA
2 13 (3.01%) Jenkins
3 8 (1.85%) Bitbucket
4 7 (1.62%) Git (software)
5 6 (1.39%) Mockito
6 4 (0.93%) MSI
7 3 (0.69%) JUnit
7 3 (0.69%) Selenium
8 2 (0.46%) Bitbucket Server
8 2 (0.46%) Cucumber
8 2 (0.46%) DbUnit
8 2 (0.46%) Hudson
8 2 (0.46%) jMock
8 2 (0.46%) Maven
8 2 (0.46%) SonarQube
8 2 (0.46%) Subversion
8 2 (0.46%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.46%) WebDriver
9 1 (0.23%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.23%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 56 (12.96%) Finance
2 33 (7.64%) Public Sector
3 16 (3.70%) Telecoms
4 12 (2.78%) Pharmaceutical
5 11 (2.55%) Legal
6 9 (2.08%) Banking
6 9 (2.08%) Law
7 8 (1.85%) Manufacturing
8 7 (1.62%) Retail
9 6 (1.39%) French Language
9 6 (1.39%) German Language
9 6 (1.39%) Marketing
10 5 (1.16%) Electronics
11 4 (0.93%) Military
11 4 (0.93%) Police
12 3 (0.69%) Automotive
12 3 (0.69%) Financial Institution
13 1 (0.23%) Advertising
13 1 (0.23%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.23%) Games
Job Titles
1 55 (12.73%) Architect
2 39 (9.03%) Support Engineer
3 35 (8.10%) Analyst
4 31 (7.18%) Office 365 Engineer
5 23 (5.32%) Consultant
6 21 (4.86%) Developer
7 19 (4.40%) Desktop Support
7 19 (4.40%) Project Manager
8 17 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support
9 15 (3.47%) Unified Communications Engineer
10 14 (3.24%) Infrastructure Architect
10 14 (3.24%) Technical Architect
11 13 (3.01%) Desktop Engineer
12 12 (2.78%) Network Engineer
13 11 (2.55%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 11 (2.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 11 (2.55%) Service Analyst
14 10 (2.31%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 10 (2.31%) Windows Engineer
15 9 (2.08%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (4.86%) .NET
2 8 (1.85%) LDAP
3 7 (1.62%) Web Services
4 5 (1.16%) Middleware
4 5 (1.16%) XMPP
5 4 (0.93%) ActiveMQ
5 4 (0.93%) AngularJS
5 4 (0.93%) JAX-RS
5 4 (0.93%) SailPoint
5 4 (0.93%) SAP Basis
6 3 (0.69%) .NET Framework
6 3 (0.69%) Keras
6 3 (0.69%) OAuth
6 3 (0.69%) OAuth2
6 3 (0.69%) OpenID
6 3 (0.69%) REST
6 3 (0.69%) RESTful
6 3 (0.69%) Ruby on Rails
6 3 (0.69%) TensorFlow
6 3 (0.69%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 39 (9.03%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (6.48%) PKI
3 22 (5.09%) Data Centre
3 22 (5.09%) Video Conferencing
4 21 (4.86%) Management Information System
5 14 (3.24%) Public Cloud
6 13 (3.01%) Self-Motivation
7 11 (2.55%) User Experience
8 10 (2.31%) Replication
9 7 (1.62%) Blackberry
9 7 (1.62%) Handset
10 6 (1.39%) IVR
10 6 (1.39%) Mobile App
11 5 (1.16%) Client/Server
11 5 (1.16%) NHS
11 5 (1.16%) Virtual Team
12 4 (0.93%) Tandem
13 3 (0.69%) Fat Client
13 3 (0.69%) Life Science
13 3 (0.69%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 182 (42.13%) Windows
2 84 (19.44%) Windows Server
3 79 (18.29%) Windows 10
4 41 (9.49%) Windows Server 2012
5 38 (8.80%) Windows Server 2016
6 33 (7.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 25 (5.79%) Windows 7
8 19 (4.40%) Linux
9 17 (3.94%) Windows Server 2019
10 15 (3.47%) Apple iOS
11 14 (3.24%) Android
12 11 (2.55%) Unix
12 11 (2.55%) Windows Server 2003
13 6 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (1.39%) Windows Mobile
14 4 (0.93%) VMS
15 3 (0.69%) Debian
15 3 (0.69%) Fedora
15 3 (0.69%) NetWare
15 3 (0.69%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (23.38%) Migration
2 78 (18.06%) Agile Software Development
3 40 (9.26%) ITIL
4 36 (8.33%) Project Management
5 32 (7.41%) Problem-Solving
6 25 (5.79%) Service Management
7 21 (4.86%) Analytics
7 21 (4.86%) DevOps
8 20 (4.63%) Change Management
8 20 (4.63%) Project Delivery
8 20 (4.63%) TOGAF
9 18 (4.17%) Disaster Recovery
9 18 (4.17%) Enterprise Architecture
10 17 (3.94%) Mentoring
10 17 (3.94%) Scrum
11 16 (3.70%) Application Virtualisation
11 16 (3.70%) Multi-Factor Authentication
12 15 (3.47%) High Availability
12 15 (3.47%) Service Delivery
13 14 (3.24%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 47 (10.88%) PowerShell
2 32 (7.41%) SQL
3 13 (3.01%) Python
4 11 (2.55%) Java
5 9 (2.08%) JavaScript
6 7 (1.62%) C#
7 6 (1.39%) C
8 4 (0.93%) Java 8
9 3 (0.69%) Ruby
10 2 (0.46%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.46%) C++
10 2 (0.46%) R
10 2 (0.46%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.46%) TypeScript
10 2 (0.46%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.23%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.23%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.23%) VB
11 1 (0.23%) VBA
11 1 (0.23%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 110 (25.46%) Security Cleared
2 84 (19.44%) SC Cleared
3 42 (9.72%) Microsoft Certification
4 23 (5.32%) Cisco Certification
5 22 (5.09%) DV Cleared
6 19 (4.40%) MCSE
7 16 (3.70%) CCNP
7 16 (3.70%) CISSP
8 13 (3.01%) CCIE
8 13 (3.01%) Degree
9 12 (2.78%) CCIE Collaboration
10 11 (2.55%) MCSA
11 7 (1.62%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (1.62%) MCP
12 6 (1.39%) CCNA
12 6 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (1.16%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 4 (0.93%) APMP
14 4 (0.93%) CCA
15 3 (0.69%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (6.02%) SLA
2 7 (1.62%) GDPR
3 6 (1.39%) QA
4 4 (0.93%) COBIT
4 4 (0.93%) P3O
4 4 (0.93%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.69%) PMO
6 2 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials
6 2 (0.46%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 2 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.46%) NCSC
System Software
1 170 (39.35%) Active Directory
2 51 (11.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (8.33%) Hyper-V
4 14 (3.24%) vSphere
5 12 (2.78%) Docker
6 9 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (1.85%) Virtual Desktop
7 8 (1.85%) XenApp
8 7 (1.62%) Microsoft App-V
9 5 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
10 4 (0.93%) BitLocker
10 4 (0.93%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.69%) VMware Workstation
12 2 (0.46%) NDS
12 2 (0.46%) NetIQ eDirectory
12 2 (0.46%) VMware NSX
13 1 (0.23%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 1 (0.23%) GFS2
13 1 (0.23%) Samba
13 1 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 62 (14.35%) Microsoft Intune
2 46 (10.65%) SCCM
3 12 (2.78%) Ansible
4 10 (2.31%) Kubernetes
4 10 (2.31%) SCOM
4 10 (2.31%) WSUS
5 8 (1.85%) Terraform
6 5 (1.16%) AirWatch
7 4 (0.93%) Tivoli
8 3 (0.69%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (0.69%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 3 (0.69%) NetIQ Identity Manager
8 3 (0.69%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (0.69%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.46%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (0.46%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 2 (0.46%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.46%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.46%) Puppet
9 2 (0.46%) vRealize
Vendors
1 251 (58.10%) Microsoft
2 77 (17.82%) Cisco
3 72 (16.67%) VMware
4 31 (7.18%) Citrix
5 29 (6.71%) Oracle
6 20 (4.63%) ServiceNow
7 16 (3.70%) Avaya
7 16 (3.70%) Sonus
8 15 (3.47%) Google
8 15 (3.47%) McAfee
9 13 (3.01%) SAP
10 11 (2.55%) Apple
11 8 (1.85%) Polycom
11 8 (1.85%) Progress
12 7 (1.62%) MobileIron
13 6 (1.39%) Adobe
13 6 (1.39%) Dell
13 6 (1.39%) Mitel
14 5 (1.16%) HP
14 5 (1.16%) Novell