Period
to 20 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for Skype for Business skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Skype for Business over the 6 months to 20 November 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 for Business (formerly Microsoft Lync)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 182 142 150
Rank change year-on-year -40 +8 -18
Contract jobs citing Skype for Business 24 47 64
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.47% 0.98% 1.04%
As % of the Application Platforms category 2.83% 6.54% 6.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 43 40
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £375 £353
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.16% -13.84%
10th Percentile £170 £195 £255
90th Percentile £448 £517 £491
England median daily rate £390 £364 £360
% change year-on-year +7.22% +1.04% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 1 2
West Midlands median hourly rate £20.00 £45.00 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.56% +176.92% -
10th Percentile £10.95 £40.00 £15.58
90th Percentile £21.50 £50.00 £16.73
England median hourly rate £16.25 £17.00 £16.80
% change year-on-year -4.41% +1.19% +8.39%

Skype for Business is in the Application Platforms category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for application platform skills.

All Application Platform Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 848 719 1,058
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 16.52% 14.97% 17.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 475 463 614
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £250 £209 £238
90th Percentile £563 £563 £534
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 29 28
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £15.46
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +29.35% -11.64%
10th Percentile £10.94 £13.04 £10.60
90th Percentile £38.88 £42.20 £24.00
England median hourly rate £22.00 £20.71 £20.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.53% +2.56%

Skype for Business
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Skype for Business as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Skype for Business in the West Midlands

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Skype for Business in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Skype for Business in the West Midlands

Skype for Business
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Skype for Business in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 20 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Skype for Business in the West Midlands

Skype for Business
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Skype for Business in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Skype for Business in the West Midlands

Skype for Business
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Skype for Business within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 20 November 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
Birmingham -23 9 £250 -33.33% 2
Herefordshire -9 6 £375 -42.31% 1
Coventry -12 5 £324 +66.03% 1
Solihull - 3 - -
Staffordshire -7 1 £200 -60.00%
Shropshire -50 1 - -
Skype for Business
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Skype for Business 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Skype for Business.

1 17 (70.83%) Skype
2 14 (58.33%) Office 365
3 12 (50.00%) ITIL
3 12 (50.00%) Windows
4 11 (45.83%) Microsoft
5 9 (37.50%) Active Directory
6 8 (33.33%) Windows Server
7 7 (29.17%) SCCM
7 7 (29.17%) Migration
7 7 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (25.00%) Project Management
8 6 (25.00%) OneDrive
9 5 (20.83%) Windows 10
9 5 (20.83%) Service Delivery Management
9 5 (20.83%) CISMP
9 5 (20.83%) JSP 440
9 5 (20.83%) APMP
9 5 (20.83%) CISSP
9 5 (20.83%) Microsoft Certification
9 5 (20.83%) MCSE
9 5 (20.83%) MCP
9 5 (20.83%) PRINCE2
9 5 (20.83%) SharePoint
9 5 (20.83%) MCITP
9 5 (20.83%) Military
9 5 (20.83%) Service Delivery
9 5 (20.83%) Problem-Solving
10 4 (16.67%) Citrix
10 4 (16.67%) MS Exchange
11 3 (12.50%) SOA

Skype for Business
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 5 (20.83%) SharePoint
2 4 (16.67%) MS Exchange
3 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Chatbot
Cloud Services
1 14 (58.33%) Office 365
2 6 (25.00%) OneDrive
3 2 (8.33%) IaaS
3 2 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (4.17%) Apigee
4 1 (4.17%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (4.17%) Azure Functions
4 1 (4.17%) PaaS
4 1 (4.17%) Serverless
4 1 (4.17%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 17 (70.83%) Skype
2 2 (8.33%) Firewall
2 2 (8.33%) SSL
2 2 (8.33%) VLAN
3 1 (4.17%) Cisco IOS
3 1 (4.17%) DHCP
3 1 (4.17%) DNS
3 1 (4.17%) IMAP
3 1 (4.17%) Internet
3 1 (4.17%) LAN
3 1 (4.17%) PBX
3 1 (4.17%) POP3
3 1 (4.17%) SMTP
3 1 (4.17%) TCP/IP
3 1 (4.17%) Unified Communications
3 1 (4.17%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.17%) SQL Server
General
1 5 (20.83%) Military
Job Titles
1 8 (33.33%) 2nd Line Support
2 5 (20.83%) Project Manager
3 4 (16.67%) Technical Manager
3 4 (16.67%) Technical Project Manager
4 3 (12.50%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 3 (12.50%) Consultant
4 3 (12.50%) Support Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) 1st/2nd Line Support
5 2 (8.33%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
5 2 (8.33%) DV Cleared Project Manager
6 1 (4.17%) Active Directory Consultant
6 1 (4.17%) Active Directory Migration Consultant
6 1 (4.17%) Active Directory Support
6 1 (4.17%) Azure Consultant
6 1 (4.17%) Azure Developer
6 1 (4.17%) HTML Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Office 365 Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Security Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Unified Communications Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.33%) Software Packaging
2 1 (4.17%) AngularJS
2 1 (4.17%) HTML
2 1 (4.17%) HTML5
2 1 (4.17%) jQuery
2 1 (4.17%) JSON
2 1 (4.17%) MAPI
2 1 (4.17%) Natural Language Processing
2 1 (4.17%) Node.js
2 1 (4.17%) React
2 1 (4.17%) RESTful
2 1 (4.17%) SignalR
2 1 (4.17%) SOAP
2 1 (4.17%) WebSockets
2 1 (4.17%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) iPad
1 2 (8.33%) iPhone
2 1 (4.17%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (4.17%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.17%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 12 (50.00%) Windows
2 8 (33.33%) Windows Server
3 5 (20.83%) Windows 10
4 2 (8.33%) Linux
5 1 (4.17%) Android
5 1 (4.17%) Apple iOS
5 1 (4.17%) CentOS
5 1 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (50.00%) ITIL
2 7 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (29.17%) Migration
3 6 (25.00%) Project Management
4 5 (20.83%) PRINCE2
4 5 (20.83%) Problem-Solving
4 5 (20.83%) Service Delivery
4 5 (20.83%) Service Delivery Management
5 3 (12.50%) SOA
6 2 (8.33%) Change Management
6 2 (8.33%) Server Building
6 2 (8.33%) TOGAF
7 1 (4.17%) Artificial Intelligence
7 1 (4.17%) Collaborative Working
7 1 (4.17%) Conflict Management
7 1 (4.17%) Data Security
7 1 (4.17%) Sentiment Analysis
7 1 (4.17%) Speech Recognition
7 1 (4.17%) Time Management
7 1 (4.17%) Trend Analysis
Programming Languages
1 3 (12.50%) PowerShell
2 1 (4.17%) Bash Shell
2 1 (4.17%) Java
2 1 (4.17%) JavaScript
2 1 (4.17%) Python
2 1 (4.17%) R
2 1 (4.17%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (20.83%) APMP
1 5 (20.83%) CISMP
1 5 (20.83%) CISSP
1 5 (20.83%) MCITP
1 5 (20.83%) MCP
1 5 (20.83%) MCSE
1 5 (20.83%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (12.50%) DV Cleared
2 3 (12.50%) Security Cleared
3 1 (4.17%) CCIE
3 1 (4.17%) CCIE Collaboration
3 1 (4.17%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (4.17%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (20.83%) JSP 440
2 1 (4.17%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (37.50%) Active Directory
2 2 (8.33%) Hyper-V
3 1 (4.17%) BitLocker
3 1 (4.17%) Docker
Systems Management
1 7 (29.17%) SCCM
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Intune
2 1 (4.17%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 11 (45.83%) Microsoft
2 4 (16.67%) Citrix
3 2 (8.33%) Dell
3 2 (8.33%) VMware
4 1 (4.17%) Avaya
4 1 (4.17%) Cisco
4 1 (4.17%) Google
4 1 (4.17%) Kaspersky
4 1 (4.17%) Progress
4 1 (4.17%) ServiceNow
4 1 (4.17%) SonicWALL