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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Skype
UK
Rank 304 371 583
Rank change year-on-year +67 +212  
Contract jobs citing Skype 328 288 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.72% 0.54% 0.072%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 4.96% 3.68% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 213 172 24
Median daily rate £425 £400 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +7.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £227 £240 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -12.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 11 0
Median hourly rate £18.00 £28.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.71% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year -70.00% -  

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 6618 7818 7780
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 14.61% 14.75% 14.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 4078 4664 4242
Median daily rate £400 £380 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £235 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £540 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £347
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.32%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 361 334 431
Median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £37.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year -39.18% +27.58%  

Skype
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Skype as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

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 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype in the UK

Skype
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Skype in the UK

Skype
Top 30 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 24 March 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 +86 307 £425 +6.25% 390
London +85 138 £488 +21.11% 29
South East +38 61 £330 -17.50% 110
Hampshire +37 28 £335 -22.09% 19
West Midlands +9 20 £425 -3.40% 37
Yorkshire +28 19 £350 +9.80% 31
City of London +9 18 £475 +61.01% 8
North East +3 17 £275 -47.61% 15
South West -7 17 £525 +38.15% 45
Berkshire +2 15 £262 -34.43% 13
North West -10 15 £364 -14.41% 44
South Yorkshire - 13 £350 - 4
Bristol +6 12 £603 +58.55% 1
Tyne and Wear - 11 £290 - 9
Havant +5 10 £313 - 1
East Midlands +4 10 £295 -1.66% 28
Scotland +4 10 £340 -20.93% 36
Sheffield - 10 £413 - 1
Surrey +19 9 £500 +150.00% 15
East of England +2 9 £350 +27.27% 49
Newcastle upon Tyne - 9 £290 - 2
Bracknell - 9 £225 - 1
Portsmouth - 7 £450 - 1
Hook +13 6 £315 -26.74%
Manchester +7 6 £306 -4.29% 11
Cheshire +1 6 £413 -4.06% 13
Staines +1 6 £575 +187.50%
Glasgow +6 5 £275 -26.80% 3
Reading +1 5 £207 -48.18% 3
Birmingham 0 5 £420 +29.23% 3

Skype
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 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.

1 528 (84.62%) Skype for Business
2 330 (52.88%) Office 365
3 321 (51.44%) Microsoft
4 244 (39.10%) Windows
5 225 (36.06%) Active Directory
6 184 (29.49%) SharePoint
7 150 (24.04%) MS Exchange
8 134 (21.47%) Migration
9 113 (18.11%) Cisco
10 112 (17.95%) Microsoft Azure
11 102 (16.35%) MS Excel
12 99 (15.87%) Windows 10
13 94 (15.06%) Windows Server
13 94 (15.06%) MS Office
14 87 (13.94%) OneDrive
15 80 (12.82%) Security Cleared
16 78 (12.50%) DNS
17 77 (12.34%) Microsoft Certification
18 76 (12.18%) ITIL
19 73 (11.70%) PowerShell
19 73 (11.70%) Unified Communications
20 70 (11.22%) Exchange Server 2013
21 69 (11.06%) SC Cleared
22 67 (10.74%) Exchange Server 2010
22 67 (10.74%) Windows 7
23 66 (10.58%) VMware
24 65 (10.42%) Windows Server 2008
25 63 (10.10%) SCCM
26 61 (9.78%) Agile Software Development
27 60 (9.62%) Finance

Skype
Top Related 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
1 528 (84.62%) Skype for Business
2 184 (29.49%) SharePoint
3 150 (24.04%) MS Exchange
4 70 (11.22%) Exchange Server 2013
5 67 (10.74%) Exchange Server 2010
6 36 (5.77%) SharePoint 2013
7 24 (3.85%) Office Communications Server
8 19 (3.04%) Exchange Server 2007
8 19 (3.04%) SharePoint 2010
9 9 (1.44%) IBM Notes
10 7 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2003
10 7 (1.12%) IIS
10 7 (1.12%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (0.96%) CMS
12 4 (0.64%) Apache
12 4 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (0.64%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 4 (0.64%) Confluence
12 4 (0.64%) IBM Domino
12 4 (0.64%) nginx
Applications
1 102 (16.35%) MS Excel
2 94 (15.06%) MS Office
3 10 (1.60%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.48%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.16%) Adobe Captivate
5 1 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.32%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 330 (52.88%) Office 365
2 112 (17.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 87 (13.94%) OneDrive
4 51 (8.17%) Yammer
5 38 (6.09%) Azure Active Directory
6 14 (2.24%) Amazon AWS
7 12 (1.92%) IaaS
8 11 (1.76%) Slack
9 8 (1.28%) GitHub
10 7 (1.12%) SaaS
11 6 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.32%) Heroku
12 2 (0.32%) PaaS
12 2 (0.32%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 1 (0.16%) Dropbox
13 1 (0.16%) G Suite
13 1 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.16%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 78 (12.50%) DNS
2 73 (11.70%) Unified Communications
3 55 (8.81%) DHCP
4 53 (8.49%) PBX
5 49 (7.85%) VoIP
6 47 (7.53%) Firewall
7 44 (7.05%) WAN
8 39 (6.25%) LAN
9 32 (5.13%) SAN
10 18 (2.88%) VPN
11 17 (2.72%) Internet
12 16 (2.56%) ISDN
13 14 (2.24%) Intranet
13 14 (2.24%) TCP/IP
14 12 (1.92%) Remote Desktop
14 12 (1.92%) Telepresence
15 11 (1.76%) LDAP
16 9 (1.44%) PSTN
16 9 (1.44%) WebEx
17 8 (1.28%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (9.29%) SQL Server
2 6 (0.96%) Power BI
2 6 (0.96%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (0.96%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (0.64%) Apache Cassandra
3 4 (0.64%) Big Data
3 4 (0.64%) DataStax
4 3 (0.48%) MySQL
4 3 (0.48%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.32%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 14 (2.24%) Git (software)
2 11 (1.76%) JIRA
3 5 (0.80%) Jenkins
3 5 (0.80%) Zephyr
4 4 (0.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 4 (0.64%) Bitbucket
4 4 (0.64%) Karma Test Runner
5 2 (0.32%) Ant
6 1 (0.16%) Android Studio
6 1 (0.16%) Axure RP
6 1 (0.16%) Grunt
6 1 (0.16%) gulp
6 1 (0.16%) NuGet
6 1 (0.16%) Visual Studio
General
1 60 (9.62%) Finance
2 21 (3.37%) Legal
3 17 (2.72%) Law
4 16 (2.56%) Manufacturing
5 15 (2.40%) Telecoms
6 12 (1.92%) Retail
7 11 (1.76%) Banking
8 9 (1.44%) Advertising
9 7 (1.12%) Spanish Language
10 6 (0.96%) Back Office
11 5 (0.80%) French Language
12 4 (0.64%) German Language
12 4 (0.64%) Italian Language
13 3 (0.48%) Electronics
13 3 (0.48%) Local Government
13 3 (0.48%) Marketing
13 3 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
14 2 (0.32%) Aerospace
14 2 (0.32%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.32%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 120 (19.23%) Architect
2 78 (12.50%) Consultant
3 48 (7.69%) Office 365 Architect
4 47 (7.53%) Support Engineer
5 44 (7.05%) Project Manager
6 38 (6.09%) Analyst
7 37 (5.93%) Solutions Architect
8 31 (4.97%) Office 365 Engineer
9 28 (4.49%) Developer
10 24 (3.85%) Business Consultant
10 24 (3.85%) Trainer
11 23 (3.69%) Office 365 Consultant
11 23 (3.69%) Technical Architect
12 22 (3.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 22 (3.53%) Messaging Support
13 19 (3.04%) Messaging Engineer
14 18 (2.88%) Lead Architect
14 18 (2.88%) Lync Engineer
14 18 (2.88%) Office 365 Manager
14 18 (2.88%) Voice Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (2.40%) XML
2 10 (1.60%) HTML
2 10 (1.60%) XMPP
3 9 (1.44%) AngularJS
3 9 (1.44%) CSS
4 8 (1.28%) jQuery
5 7 (1.12%) .NET
5 7 (1.12%) Web Services
6 6 (0.96%) Spring
7 5 (0.80%) DOM
7 5 (0.80%) Hibernate
7 5 (0.80%) HTML5
8 4 (0.64%) ASP.NET
8 4 (0.64%) Flask
8 4 (0.64%) WebRTC
9 3 (0.48%) Dojo
9 3 (0.48%) REST
10 2 (0.32%) D3.js
10 2 (0.32%) Entity Framework
10 2 (0.32%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 39 (6.25%) Video Conferencing
2 36 (5.77%) Data Centre
3 23 (3.69%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (2.88%) Management Information System
5 14 (2.24%) Blackberry
5 14 (2.24%) PKI
5 14 (2.24%) Virtual Team
6 13 (2.08%) Computer Science
6 13 (2.08%) Replication
7 12 (1.92%) Smartphone
8 10 (1.60%) Client/Server
9 8 (1.28%) e-Learning
9 8 (1.28%) Mobile App
9 8 (1.28%) User Experience
10 7 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
11 6 (0.96%) IVR
12 5 (0.80%) Clustering
12 5 (0.80%) Driving Licence
12 5 (0.80%) iPhone
13 4 (0.64%) BYOD
Operating Systems
1 244 (39.10%) Windows
2 99 (15.87%) Windows 10
3 94 (15.06%) Windows Server
4 67 (10.74%) Windows 7
5 65 (10.42%) Windows Server 2008
6 58 (9.29%) Windows Server 2012
7 33 (5.29%) Windows Server 2003
8 32 (5.13%) Android
9 25 (4.01%) Apple iOS
10 21 (3.37%) Linux
11 15 (2.40%) Windows 8
12 10 (1.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (1.28%) Mac OS X
14 6 (0.96%) Windows XP
15 4 (0.64%) Mac OS
15 4 (0.64%) Unix
16 3 (0.48%) Windows Mobile
17 2 (0.32%) Windows Phone
18 1 (0.16%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (21.47%) Migration
2 76 (12.18%) ITIL
3 61 (9.78%) Agile Software Development
4 44 (7.05%) Stakeholder Management
5 35 (5.61%) Project Management
6 31 (4.97%) PRINCE2
6 31 (4.97%) Service Management
7 26 (4.17%) Identity Management
8 23 (3.69%) Change Management
9 21 (3.37%) Information Security
10 20 (3.21%) Mentoring
11 19 (3.04%) Business Intelligence
12 18 (2.88%) Continuous Improvement
12 18 (2.88%) Customer Requirements
13 16 (2.56%) Mobile Device Management
13 16 (2.56%) Presales
14 15 (2.40%) IT Strategy
15 14 (2.24%) Capacity Planning
16 13 (2.08%) Data Protection
16 13 (2.08%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 73 (11.70%) PowerShell
2 36 (5.77%) SQL
3 19 (3.04%) C
3 19 (3.04%) VBScript
4 15 (2.40%) Java
5 10 (1.60%) C#
5 10 (1.60%) VB
6 8 (1.28%) JavaScript
7 7 (1.12%) Python
8 3 (0.48%) Apple Swift
8 3 (0.48%) PHP
8 3 (0.48%) Ruby
9 2 (0.32%) Bash Shell
9 2 (0.32%) Objective-C
9 2 (0.32%) PL/SQL
9 2 (0.32%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.32%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.16%) C++
10 1 (0.16%) Perl
10 1 (0.16%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 80 (12.82%) Security Cleared
2 77 (12.34%) Microsoft Certification
3 69 (11.06%) SC Cleared
4 39 (6.25%) MCSE
5 28 (4.49%) Degree
6 27 (4.33%) MCSA
7 26 (4.17%) MCITP
8 16 (2.56%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (1.28%) CCNA
9 8 (1.28%) CCNP
10 7 (1.12%) DV Cleared
11 6 (0.96%) Citrix Certification
11 6 (0.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (0.80%) CCIE
12 5 (0.80%) CCVP
12 5 (0.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 5 (0.80%) MCP
12 5 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 4 (0.64%) CCNP Voice
13 4 (0.64%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (2.88%) SLA
2 6 (0.96%) QA
3 4 (0.64%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.32%) PMO
6 1 (0.16%) MISRA
6 1 (0.16%) MISRA C
System Software
1 225 (36.06%) Active Directory
2 49 (7.85%) Hyper-V
3 48 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 22 (3.53%) Microsoft App-V
5 21 (3.37%) VMware ESX
6 18 (2.88%) VMware ESXi
7 17 (2.72%) XenApp
8 13 (2.08%) vSphere
9 11 (1.76%) Virtual Desktop
10 8 (1.28%) DFS Replication
11 5 (0.80%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.64%) ISA Server
13 3 (0.48%) Forefront TMG
13 3 (0.48%) Virtual Machines
14 2 (0.32%) ProxySG
14 2 (0.32%) VirtualBox
15 1 (0.16%) Firmware
15 1 (0.16%) UAG
Systems Management
1 63 (10.10%) SCCM
2 35 (5.61%) SCOM
3 27 (4.33%) Microsoft Intune
4 15 (2.40%) AirWatch
5 13 (2.08%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 11 (1.76%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 11 (1.76%) NetBackup
7 9 (1.44%) Cisco CUCM
7 9 (1.44%) WSUS
8 7 (1.12%) Nagios
9 6 (0.96%) Cisco UCCX
9 6 (0.96%) vMotion
9 6 (0.96%) WMI
10 5 (0.80%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.64%) AppDNA
11 4 (0.64%) Backup Exec
11 4 (0.64%) EdgeSight
11 4 (0.64%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 3 (0.48%) Microsoft Clustering
12 3 (0.48%) SCSM
Vendors
1 321 (51.44%) Microsoft
2 113 (18.11%) Cisco
3 66 (10.58%) VMware
4 48 (7.69%) Citrix
5 34 (5.45%) Polycom
6 16 (2.56%) NetApp
7 15 (2.40%) HP
7 15 (2.40%) Oracle
8 14 (2.24%) Avaya
9 13 (2.08%) Mitel
10 12 (1.92%) Intel Security
10 12 (1.92%) Symantec
11 11 (1.76%) Dell
11 11 (1.76%) Remedy
11 11 (1.76%) SAP
12 10 (1.60%) Apple
12 10 (1.60%) Lotus
12 10 (1.60%) Sonus
13 9 (1.44%) Red Hat
14 8 (1.28%) CheckPoint
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