Period
to 28 October 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 28 October 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
28 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 251 221 304
Rank change year-on-year -30 +83 +26
Contract jobs citing Skype 316 1,059 915
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.97% 1.25% 0.89%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 7.41% 9.41% 6.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 741 599
Median daily rate £450 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £201 £180 £157
90th Percentile £625 £578 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 41 54
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.86% -9.70% +21.13%
10th Percentile £13.30 £12.50 £10.73
90th Percentile £56.88 £50.00 £172.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.75 £17.12 £20.00
% change year-on-year +44.59% -14.41% +37.93%

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 4,264 11,258 13,523
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.07% 13.32% 13.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,446 6,788 8,146
Median daily rate £440 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £211 £200 £200
90th Percentile £621 £600 £608
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 236 625 660
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.81% +50.00% -
10th Percentile £14.50 £13.43 £12.23
90th Percentile £56.00 £53.75 £48.30
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +48.94% +23.68% -1.30%

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 28 October 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 28 October 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 28 October 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 -44 260 £450 +12.50% 59
UK excluding London +11 194 £425 +6.25% 49
London -22 97 £500 +19.40% 13
Work from Home -111 63 £483 +4.32% 9
South West +59 40 £475 +25.00% 8
South East +50 40 £390 +4.00% 18
Scotland +32 30 £450 -10.00% 2
North of England +21 30 £463 +18.21% 12
Midlands +54 27 £375 -16.67% 8
North West +35 23 £463 +8.82% 7
West Midlands +53 20 £375 -16.67% 3
East of England +23 17 £333 -14.19% 1
Wales +41 11 £278 -30.63% 1
East Midlands +33 7 - - 5
Yorkshire +33 5 £413 +26.92% 4
North East +14 2 - - 1
Northern Ireland +8 1 - -
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 28 October 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.

1 214 (67.72%) Microsoft
2 178 (56.33%) Skype for Business
3 148 (46.84%) Active Directory
4 145 (45.89%) Windows
5 137 (43.35%) Office 365
6 91 (28.80%) Security Cleared
7 90 (28.48%) Azure
8 75 (23.73%) SC Cleared
9 71 (22.47%) Migration
10 68 (21.52%) Windows Server
11 65 (20.57%) Windows 10
11 65 (20.57%) SharePoint
12 60 (18.99%) Cisco
13 58 (18.35%) DNS
14 55 (17.41%) Agile Software Development
15 54 (17.09%) PowerShell
16 49 (15.51%) Finance
17 46 (14.56%) Firewall
18 44 (13.92%) VMware
18 44 (13.92%) ITIL
19 41 (12.97%) SQL
20 39 (12.34%) DHCP
20 39 (12.34%) Windows Server 2012
21 38 (12.03%) Microsoft Intune
21 38 (12.03%) VMware Infrastructure
21 38 (12.03%) SCCM
22 37 (11.71%) Video Conferencing
22 37 (11.71%) VoIP
23 35 (11.08%) Azure Active Directory
24 34 (10.76%) SQL Server

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
1 178 (56.33%) Skype for Business
2 65 (20.57%) SharePoint
3 30 (9.49%) MS Exchange
4 17 (5.38%) Exchange Server 2013
5 12 (3.80%) Confluence
6 11 (3.48%) Exchange Server 2010
7 10 (3.16%) Exchange Server 2003
8 9 (2.85%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (2.53%) Office Communications Server
10 6 (1.90%) JBoss
10 6 (1.90%) NetWeaver
10 6 (1.90%) WebSphere
11 5 (1.58%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (1.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 4 (1.27%) CMS
13 3 (0.95%) BizTalk Server
13 3 (0.95%) nginx
14 2 (0.63%) IBM Notes
14 2 (0.63%) OpenStack
14 2 (0.63%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 33 (10.44%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (5.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (2.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.63%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.32%) Maya
5 1 (0.32%) Stata
Business Applications
1 2 (0.63%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.32%) assyst
2 1 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 137 (43.35%) Office 365
2 90 (28.48%) Azure
3 35 (11.08%) Azure Active Directory
4 30 (9.49%) AWS
5 25 (7.91%) OneDrive
6 19 (6.01%) SaaS
7 16 (5.06%) IaaS
7 16 (5.06%) PaaS
8 12 (3.80%) Yammer
9 8 (2.53%) Power Platform
10 7 (2.22%) PowerApps
11 6 (1.90%) Amazon EC2
11 6 (1.90%) Amazon S3
11 6 (1.90%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 6 (1.90%) GCP
12 4 (1.27%) AWS CloudFormation
12 4 (1.27%) AWS Lambda
12 4 (1.27%) Power Automate
12 4 (1.27%) Route 53
12 4 (1.27%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 58 (18.35%) DNS
2 46 (14.56%) Firewall
3 39 (12.34%) DHCP
4 37 (11.71%) VoIP
5 31 (9.81%) WAN
6 27 (8.54%) Unified Communications
7 26 (8.23%) VPN
8 23 (7.28%) PBX
9 22 (6.96%) LAN
10 18 (5.70%) Wireless
11 14 (4.43%) MPLS
12 8 (2.53%) H.323
12 8 (2.53%) Internet
13 7 (2.22%) DMZ
13 7 (2.22%) TCP/IP
13 7 (2.22%) Wi-Fi
14 6 (1.90%) Cisco ASA
14 6 (1.90%) WebEx
14 6 (1.90%) WLAN
15 5 (1.58%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (10.76%) SQL Server
2 11 (3.48%) MySQL
3 9 (2.85%) Cosmos DB
4 7 (2.22%) Amazon RDS
4 7 (2.22%) Azure SQL Database
4 7 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (1.90%) DB2
5 6 (1.90%) PostgreSQL
5 6 (1.90%) Power BI
5 6 (1.90%) SAP HANA
6 4 (1.27%) Big Data
6 4 (1.27%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.63%) Amazon Aurora
7 2 (0.63%) Data Lake
7 2 (0.63%) MariaDB
7 2 (0.63%) Spatial Data
8 1 (0.32%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.32%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 13 (4.11%) JIRA
2 10 (3.16%) Bitbucket
3 7 (2.22%) Jenkins
4 6 (1.90%) MSI
5 4 (1.27%) Mockito
6 3 (0.95%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.63%) Selenium
7 2 (0.63%) Sonatype Nexus
7 2 (0.63%) WebDriver
8 1 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.32%) Bitbucket Server
8 1 (0.32%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.32%) eggPlant
8 1 (0.32%) Hudson
8 1 (0.32%) JMeter
8 1 (0.32%) JUnit
8 1 (0.32%) NeoLoad
8 1 (0.32%) Subversion
8 1 (0.32%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.32%) Visual Studio
General
1 49 (15.51%) Finance
2 28 (8.86%) Public Sector
3 13 (4.11%) Banking
4 10 (3.16%) Telecoms
5 9 (2.85%) Legal
6 8 (2.53%) Pharmaceutical
7 6 (1.90%) Financial Institution
8 4 (1.27%) French Language
8 4 (1.27%) German Language
8 4 (1.27%) Law
9 3 (0.95%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.95%) Military
9 3 (0.95%) Retail
10 2 (0.63%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.63%) Police
11 1 (0.32%) Marketing
11 1 (0.32%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.32%) Polish Language
11 1 (0.32%) Russian Language
11 1 (0.32%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 54 (17.09%) Architect
2 23 (7.28%) Analyst
3 20 (6.33%) Consultant
3 20 (6.33%) Support Engineer
4 17 (5.38%) Infrastructure Architect
5 15 (4.75%) Network Engineer
6 14 (4.43%) Unified Communications Engineer
7 12 (3.80%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 12 (3.80%) Project Manager
8 11 (3.48%) Administrator
8 11 (3.48%) Cloud Engineer
8 11 (3.48%) Developer
9 10 (3.16%) Desktop Support
9 10 (3.16%) Service Analyst
9 10 (3.16%) Solutions Architect
10 8 (2.53%) Enterprise Architect
10 8 (2.53%) Office 365 Engineer
10 8 (2.53%) Systems Administrator
11 7 (2.22%) Windows Engineer
11 7 (2.22%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (4.11%) .NET
2 7 (2.22%) CSS
2 7 (2.22%) HTML
2 7 (2.22%) LDAP
3 6 (1.90%) Middleware
3 6 (1.90%) REST
3 6 (1.90%) SAP Basis
4 5 (1.58%) CSS3
4 5 (1.58%) HTML5
4 5 (1.58%) Web Services
4 5 (1.58%) WebRTC
4 5 (1.58%) XMPP
5 4 (1.27%) ActiveMQ
5 4 (1.27%) JAX-RS
6 3 (0.95%) .NET Framework
6 3 (0.95%) OAuth
6 3 (0.95%) OAuth2
6 3 (0.95%) OpenID
6 3 (0.95%) SAML
7 2 (0.63%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 37 (11.71%) Video Conferencing
2 29 (9.18%) PKI
3 22 (6.96%) Data Centre
4 18 (5.70%) Analytical Skills
5 17 (5.38%) Replication
6 14 (4.43%) Public Cloud
7 12 (3.80%) Self-Motivation
8 9 (2.85%) Management Information System
8 9 (2.85%) NHS
8 9 (2.85%) Private Cloud
8 9 (2.85%) Smartphone
9 7 (2.22%) IVR
9 7 (2.22%) User Experience
10 5 (1.58%) Mobile App
10 5 (1.58%) Tandem
11 4 (1.27%) Blackberry
11 4 (1.27%) Client/Server
11 4 (1.27%) Fat Client
11 4 (1.27%) Thin Client
12 3 (0.95%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 145 (45.89%) Windows
2 68 (21.52%) Windows Server
3 65 (20.57%) Windows 10
4 39 (12.34%) Windows Server 2012
5 33 (10.44%) Windows Server 2016
6 22 (6.96%) Windows Server 2008
7 18 (5.70%) Linux
8 17 (5.38%) Windows Server 2019
9 12 (3.80%) Unix
9 12 (3.80%) Windows 7
10 10 (3.16%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (2.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (1.58%) VMS
12 5 (1.58%) Windows Mobile
13 4 (1.27%) Debian
13 4 (1.27%) Fedora
13 4 (1.27%) NetWare
13 4 (1.27%) Solaris
13 4 (1.27%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.95%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (22.47%) Migration
2 55 (17.41%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (13.92%) ITIL
4 30 (9.49%) Service Management
5 22 (6.96%) Project Management
6 21 (6.65%) Problem-Solving
6 21 (6.65%) Service Delivery
7 20 (6.33%) Change Management
7 20 (6.33%) Multi-Factor Authentication
8 18 (5.70%) DevOps
9 17 (5.38%) Data Protection
9 17 (5.38%) High Availability
10 16 (5.06%) Disaster Recovery
10 16 (5.06%) Identity Management
11 15 (4.75%) Application Virtualisation
12 14 (4.43%) Desktop Virtualisation
13 13 (4.11%) Cybersecurity
14 12 (3.80%) Load Balancing
14 12 (3.80%) Microservices
14 12 (3.80%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 54 (17.09%) PowerShell
2 41 (12.97%) SQL
3 14 (4.43%) Python
4 8 (2.53%) C#
4 8 (2.53%) JavaScript
5 7 (2.22%) C
5 7 (2.22%) Java
6 4 (1.27%) Java 8
7 2 (0.63%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.32%) C++
8 1 (0.32%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.32%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.32%) VB
8 1 (0.32%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.32%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 91 (28.80%) Security Cleared
2 75 (23.73%) SC Cleared
3 31 (9.81%) Microsoft Certification
4 19 (6.01%) MCSE
5 13 (4.11%) Degree
6 11 (3.48%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (3.16%) DV Cleared
7 10 (3.16%) MCSA
8 9 (2.85%) BPSS Clearance
9 6 (1.90%) CCNP
9 6 (1.90%) CISSP
9 6 (1.90%) SSCP
10 5 (1.58%) DBS Check
10 5 (1.58%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 4 (1.27%) CCIE
12 3 (0.95%) CCNP Voice
12 3 (0.95%) PMI Certification
12 3 (0.95%) PMP
13 2 (0.63%) APMP
13 2 (0.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (5.70%) SLA
2 6 (1.90%) COBIT
2 6 (1.90%) GDPR
2 6 (1.90%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.27%) PMO
4 3 (0.95%) NCSC
5 2 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.32%) QA
6 1 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 148 (46.84%) Active Directory
2 38 (12.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (4.75%) Hyper-V
4 12 (3.80%) Docker
4 12 (3.80%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (2.85%) vSphere
6 6 (1.90%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (1.90%) VMware NSX
7 4 (1.27%) BitLocker
7 4 (1.27%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.95%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.63%) NDS
9 2 (0.63%) NetIQ eDirectory
9 2 (0.63%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 2 (0.63%) XenApp
10 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.32%) UAG
10 1 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 38 (12.03%) Microsoft Intune
1 38 (12.03%) SCCM
2 15 (4.75%) SCOM
3 12 (3.80%) Kubernetes
4 10 (3.16%) WSUS
5 8 (2.53%) Ansible
6 6 (1.90%) Cisco CUCM
6 6 (1.90%) Terraform
6 6 (1.90%) Tivoli
7 5 (1.58%) PowerCLI
8 4 (1.27%) Netcool
8 4 (1.27%) Puppet
9 3 (0.95%) HAProxy
10 2 (0.63%) Docker Swarm
10 2 (0.63%) McAfee ePO
10 2 (0.63%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 2 (0.63%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.63%) OfficeScan
10 2 (0.63%) Single Sign-On
10 2 (0.63%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 214 (67.72%) Microsoft
2 60 (18.99%) Cisco
3 44 (13.92%) VMware
4 19 (6.01%) Citrix
5 18 (5.70%) McAfee
6 12 (3.80%) Polycom
7 11 (3.48%) Avaya
7 11 (3.48%) Oracle
8 9 (2.85%) SAP
9 8 (2.53%) Google
10 7 (2.22%) F5
10 7 (2.22%) IronPort
10 7 (2.22%) Palo Alto
10 7 (2.22%) Red Hat
10 7 (2.22%) Sonus
11 6 (1.90%) HP
11 6 (1.90%) Novell
12 5 (1.58%) Apple
12 5 (1.58%) Mitel
12 5 (1.58%) MobileIron