The table below looks at the statistics for Systems Management Server (SMS) skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Systems Management Server (SMS) over the 3 months to 16 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS)
Rank 524 516 500
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -16
Contract jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) 82 76 109
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.14% 0.19%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.89% 2.00% 2.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 48 46
Average daily rate
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£290 £320 £168
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% +91.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £198 £107 £99
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £350 £338
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £320 £150
% change year-on-year
-14.06% +113.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 6 15
Average hourly rate £20.06 £17.25 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.28% +43.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.88 £12.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £30.75 £15.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.78 £17.25 £12.00
% change year-on-year
+8.86% +43.75%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Systems Management category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Systems Management Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Systems Management category
4343 3791 3789
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.55% 7.18% 6.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 2594 2234 1989
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £343 £313
% change year-on-year
+2.18% +9.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 151 148 168
Average hourly rate £21.74 £22.00 £19.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.18% +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £13.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.00 £21.75 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+1.14% +17.56%

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Systems Management category.

Systems Management Server (SMS) Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) within the UK.

Systems Management Server (SMS) Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) within the UK over the 3 months to 16 September 2014.

Systems Management Server (SMS) Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) within the UK.

Systems Management Server (SMS) Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) within the UK over the 3 months to 16 September 2014.

Systems Management Server (SMS) Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) within the UK over the 3 months to 16 September 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -14 62 £291 -9.06% 10
London 0 22 £291 -11.96% 2
Scotland +5 18 £259 -
South East -6 16 £390 +21.87% 5
North West +4 15 £110 -66.15%
Hampshire -1 9 £380 +18.75% 2
City of London +28 8 £286 +57.93%
South West -17 7 £275 -
Milton Keynes +1 6 - -
Buckinghamshire -2 6 - -
Wiltshire -11 4 - -
Swindon -3 3 - -
Manchester -11 2 - -
Glasgow - 1 £258 -
High Wycombe - - - -
King's Lynn - - - -
Littlehampton - - - -
Basingstoke - - - - 1
Bracknell - - - - 1
Canterbury - - - -
Chelmsford - - - -
Cheltenham - - - -
Croydon - - - -
Watford - - - -
Whitehaven - - - -
Wokingham - - - -
Berkshire - - - - 3
Nottingham - - - -
Portsmouth - - - -
Reading - - - - 2

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Systems Management Server (SMS) also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Systems Management Server (SMS).

1 131 (81.88%) Microsoft
2 108 (67.50%) Windows
3 71 (44.38%) MS Excel
4 69 (43.13%) Active Directory
5 68 (42.50%) MS Office
6 52 (32.50%) Security Cleared
7 46 (28.75%) HP
7 46 (28.75%) VMware
8 43 (26.88%) Windows XP
8 43 (26.88%) SCCM
9 41 (25.63%) Windows Server 2003
10 39 (24.38%) SC Cleared
10 39 (24.38%) Windows Server 2008
11 34 (21.25%) ITIL
12 33 (20.63%) Citrix
12 33 (20.63%) MS Exchange
13 32 (20.00%) SQL
14 31 (19.38%) OpenView Configuration Management
14 31 (19.38%) VMware Infrastructure
15 30 (18.75%) Analytical Skills
15 30 (18.75%) Altiris
16 28 (17.50%) Windows 7
17 27 (16.88%) Replication
18 26 (16.25%) Lotus
18 26 (16.25%) IBM Notes
18 26 (16.25%) DNS
19 25 (15.63%) SLA
19 25 (15.63%) MS Project
19 25 (15.63%) Project Management
20 22 (13.75%) DHCP

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Systems Management Server (SMS) also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Systems Management Server (SMS). Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 33 (20.63%) MS Exchange
2 26 (16.25%) IBM Notes
3 17 (10.63%) Exchange Server 2003
4 15 (9.38%) SharePoint
5 14 (8.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 11 (6.88%) IIS
7 8 (5.00%) Lotus Domino
8 5 (3.13%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (1.25%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (1.25%) CMS
10 2 (1.25%) Documentum
11 1 (0.63%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.63%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.63%) MS Project Server
11 1 (0.63%) WorkSite
11 1 (0.63%) Lync
Applications
1 71 (44.38%) MS Excel
2 68 (42.50%) MS Office
3 25 (15.63%) MS Project
4 10 (6.25%) MS Visio
4 10 (6.25%) MS PowerPoint
5 6 (3.75%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.63%) Khalix
1 1 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.63%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 10 (6.25%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 26 (16.25%) DNS
2 22 (13.75%) DHCP
3 14 (8.75%) TCP/IP
4 13 (8.13%) VoIP
5 12 (7.50%) Firewall
6 11 (6.88%) Broadband
7 10 (6.25%) WAN
7 10 (6.25%) VPN
8 9 (5.63%) LAN
8 9 (5.63%) Intranet
9 8 (5.00%) SMTP
10 7 (4.38%) PBX
10 7 (4.38%) SAN
11 6 (3.75%) 3G
12 5 (3.13%) LTE
13 4 (2.50%) Radio Access Network
14 3 (1.88%) NAS
14 3 (1.88%) Cisco IOS
15 2 (1.25%) Network Security
15 2 (1.25%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (7.50%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.38%) MS Access
3 5 (3.13%) SQL Server 2000
3 5 (3.13%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (1.25%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.25%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.63%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 12 (7.50%) MSI
2 8 (5.00%) Wise Package Studio
3 5 (3.13%) AdminStudio
4 4 (2.50%) InstallShield
5 2 (1.25%) StarTeam
General
1 21 (13.13%) Telecoms
2 10 (6.25%) Finance
3 8 (5.00%) Law
4 7 (4.38%) Legal
5 6 (3.75%) Banking
6 5 (3.13%) French Language
7 4 (2.50%) Back Office
7 4 (2.50%) Publishing
8 2 (1.25%) Retail
8 2 (1.25%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.63%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 41 (25.63%) Analyst
2 18 (11.25%) Build Engineer
3 17 (10.63%) Service Analyst
3 17 (10.63%) Service Desk Analyst
4 10 (6.25%) Systems Engineer
4 10 (6.25%) Applications Packager
5 9 (5.63%) Administrator
5 9 (5.63%) Systems Manager
6 8 (5.00%) Support Analyst
6 8 (5.00%) Technical Analyst
6 8 (5.00%) Messaging Analyst
7 7 (4.38%) Support Engineer
7 7 (4.38%) Desktop Support
8 6 (3.75%) Architect
8 6 (3.75%) Systems Administrator
8 6 (3.75%) 1st Line Support
8 6 (3.75%) Release Manager
8 6 (3.75%) 2nd Line Support
8 6 (3.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 5 (3.13%) Configuration Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (8.13%) Application Packaging
2 9 (5.63%) Software Packaging
3 4 (2.50%) .NET
3 4 (2.50%) XML
4 2 (1.25%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 30 (18.75%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (16.88%) Replication
3 18 (11.25%) Enterprise Storage
4 16 (10.00%) Management Information System
5 12 (7.50%) Blackberry
6 10 (6.25%) Client/Server
7 6 (3.75%) Computer Science
8 4 (2.50%) Clustering
9 3 (1.88%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (1.88%) iPhone
9 3 (1.88%) Social Media
9 3 (1.88%) iPad
9 3 (1.88%) Data Protection Act
10 2 (1.25%) User Experience
10 2 (1.25%) EPoS
10 2 (1.25%) Chip and PIN
10 2 (1.25%) EFT
10 2 (1.25%) NHS
11 1 (0.63%) Smartcard
11 1 (0.63%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 108 (67.50%) Windows
2 43 (26.88%) Windows XP
3 41 (25.63%) Windows Server 2003
4 39 (24.38%) Windows Server 2008
5 28 (17.50%) Windows 7
6 16 (10.00%) Windows Vista
7 14 (8.75%) Windows 2000
8 6 (3.75%) UNIX
9 4 (2.50%) Windows 2000 Server
10 3 (1.88%) Windows 8
10 3 (1.88%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.88%) Windows NT
11 2 (1.25%) Solaris
11 2 (1.25%) Linux
11 2 (1.25%) Android
11 2 (1.25%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (21.25%) ITIL
2 25 (15.63%) Project Management
3 22 (13.75%) Software Deployment
4 21 (13.13%) Service Management
5 17 (10.63%) Migration
6 14 (8.75%) Unit Testing
7 13 (8.13%) Configuration Management
8 12 (7.50%) Mentoring
9 11 (6.88%) Coaching
9 11 (6.88%) Service Delivery
9 11 (6.88%) Change Management
10 10 (6.25%) Software Distribution
10 10 (6.25%) Mobile Device Management
11 9 (5.63%) Disaster Recovery
12 7 (4.38%) ITSM
12 7 (4.38%) Validation
12 7 (4.38%) Incident Management
12 7 (4.38%) Email Migration
13 6 (3.75%) Build Automation
13 6 (3.75%) Network Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 32 (20.00%) SQL
2 17 (10.63%) PowerShell
3 13 (8.13%) VB
4 11 (6.88%) VBScript
5 4 (2.50%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.25%) Java
7 1 (0.63%) C
7 1 (0.63%) VBA
7 1 (0.63%) Winbatch
Qualifications
1 52 (32.50%) Security Cleared
2 39 (24.38%) SC Cleared
3 21 (13.13%) MCP
4 18 (11.25%) Microsoft Certification
5 11 (6.88%) MCSE
6 8 (5.00%) Degree
7 7 (4.38%) DV Cleared
8 6 (3.75%) MCDST
9 3 (1.88%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (1.88%) ISEB
10 2 (1.25%) MCSA
10 2 (1.25%) PMP
10 2 (1.25%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.63%) CISA
11 1 (0.63%) CISM
11 1 (0.63%) MOS
11 1 (0.63%) MCTS
11 1 (0.63%) RHCE
11 1 (0.63%) A+ Certification
11 1 (0.63%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (15.63%) SLA
2 4 (2.50%) QA
3 2 (1.25%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.63%) JSP 440
System Software
1 69 (43.13%) Active Directory
2 31 (19.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (6.25%) vSphere
3 10 (6.25%) Terminal Services
4 8 (5.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 8 (5.00%) Terminal Server
5 7 (4.38%) XenApp
6 5 (3.13%) MetaFrame
6 5 (3.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 5 (3.13%) ISA Server
6 5 (3.13%) VMware ESX
7 4 (2.50%) VMware Workstation
7 4 (2.50%) UAG
7 4 (2.50%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.88%) Novell eDirectory
8 3 (1.88%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (1.25%) XenDesktop
9 2 (1.25%) Forefront TMG
9 2 (1.25%) IAG
10 1 (0.63%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 43 (26.88%) SCCM
2 31 (19.38%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 17 (10.63%) OpenView
4 5 (3.13%) Norton AntiVirus
4 5 (3.13%) SCOM
4 5 (3.13%) BladeLogic
5 4 (2.50%) WSUS
6 3 (1.88%) HP Data Protector
6 3 (1.88%) Unicenter
6 3 (1.88%) MOM
6 3 (1.88%) ARCserve
6 3 (1.88%) HP SIM
7 2 (1.25%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (1.25%) SAP Afaria
7 2 (1.25%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (1.25%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (1.25%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (1.25%) ZENworks
7 2 (1.25%) OVSD
7 2 (1.25%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 131 (81.88%) Microsoft
2 46 (28.75%) HP
2 46 (28.75%) VMware
3 33 (20.63%) Citrix
4 30 (18.75%) Altiris
5 26 (16.25%) Lotus
6 9 (5.63%) McAfee
7 8 (5.00%) Symantec
8 7 (4.38%) MobileIron
9 6 (3.75%) Cisco
9 6 (3.75%) IBM
10 5 (3.13%) CA
10 5 (3.13%) Lumension
11 4 (2.50%) Oracle
11 4 (2.50%) Sophos
11 4 (2.50%) AppSense
11 4 (2.50%) LANDesk
12 3 (1.88%) Computacenter
12 3 (1.88%) Capita
12 3 (1.88%) Remedy
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