Installed Skype from the standard package – all looks fine – but I’ve got to sort my microphone out first!
Did have a problem with menus being invisible (black text on black background). My fix was to simply change the settings of the current “style” and remove skype’s own ‘clean looks’ style with the ubuntu one.
Go to Options > General > Choose Style
and instead of “clean looks” choose “Desktop settings”. You will need to restart Skype.