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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS)
Rank 507 523 491
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -32
Contract jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) 88 59 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.11% 0.13%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.93% 1.59% 2.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 40 37
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£201 £340 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-40.80% +51.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £225 £90
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £475 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £150 £388 £115
% change year-on-year
-61.29% +236.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 5
Average hourly rate £14.00 £18.50 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.32% +37.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.10 £10.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.18 £37.70 £18.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £18.50 £13.50
% change year-on-year
-24.32% +37.03%

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
4554 3718 3220
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.25% 7.20% 6.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2860 2242 1697
Average daily rate £415 £388 £373
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.09% +3.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £520 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £335 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.20% -4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 157 139 211
Average hourly rate £20.75 £19.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.41% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £12.42 £12.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.25 £38.71 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.28 £21.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-3.42% -6.66%

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 19 December 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)
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 19 December 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 +6 84 £150 -54.54% 7
South East -7 21 - - 3
London +14 20 £215 -34.84% 1
North West +9 18 £110 - 1
Cheshire +25 16 £110 -
Warrington -2 16 £110 -
East of England -8 12 £113 +12.50% 1
South West -18 10 £375 +36.36% 1
Hertfordshire - 8 £110 - 1
Swindon - 7 £413 - 1
Wiltshire - 7 £413 - 1
Berkshire +6 5 - - 2
West Midlands -13 5 £206 -54.41%
Hampshire -19 5 - -
Hemel Hempstead - 5 £110 -
Reading - 5 - -
Buckinghamshire -9 4 - -
Milton Keynes -10 4 - -
City of London +8 3 £275 -38.88% 1
Gloucestershire -21 3 £325 +18.18%
Basingstoke - 3 - -
Andover - 2 - -
Birmingham -5 1 - -
Manchester - 1 - - 1
Lancashire - 1 £275 -
Oxfordshire - - - - 1
Surrey - - - -
Essex - - - -
Witney - - - - 1
Woking - - - -

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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).

1 149 (84.66%) Microsoft
2 118 (67.05%) Windows
3 85 (48.30%) Active Directory
4 77 (43.75%) MS Excel
5 62 (35.23%) VMware
6 61 (34.66%) MS Office
7 60 (34.09%) SCCM
7 60 (34.09%) Security Cleared
8 57 (32.39%) Windows Server 2003
9 55 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
10 49 (27.84%) Windows 7
10 49 (27.84%) Windows XP
11 47 (26.70%) VMware Infrastructure
12 45 (25.57%) HP
13 42 (23.86%) SC Cleared
14 36 (20.45%) ITIL
15 35 (19.89%) SLA
16 34 (19.32%) DNS
17 33 (18.75%) MS Exchange
17 33 (18.75%) SQL
17 33 (18.75%) IBM Notes
17 33 (18.75%) Lotus
17 33 (18.75%) Service Management
18 29 (16.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
18 29 (16.48%) MCP
18 29 (16.48%) Citrix
19 28 (15.91%) DHCP
20 26 (14.77%) Altiris
21 25 (14.20%) PowerShell
22 23 (13.07%) Telecoms

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

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 (18.75%) MS Exchange
1 33 (18.75%) IBM Notes
2 16 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2003
3 13 (7.39%) SharePoint
4 11 (6.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 11 (6.25%) IIS
5 8 (4.55%) BizTalk Server
5 8 (4.55%) Lotus Domino
6 7 (3.98%) OpenStack
7 5 (2.84%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (2.27%) SharePoint Server
9 3 (1.70%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.57%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 77 (43.75%) MS Excel
2 61 (34.66%) MS Office
3 20 (11.36%) MS Project
4 11 (6.25%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.70%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (1.70%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.14%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.57%) Khalix
2 1 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.55%) Office 365
2 7 (3.98%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (1.70%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 34 (19.32%) DNS
2 28 (15.91%) DHCP
3 18 (10.23%) Firewall
4 16 (9.09%) Broadband
5 15 (8.52%) TCP/IP
5 15 (8.52%) SAN
6 14 (7.95%) WAN
7 13 (7.39%) LAN
8 11 (6.25%) Intranet
9 10 (5.68%) PBX
10 9 (5.11%) NAS
11 8 (4.55%) SMTP
12 6 (3.41%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 6 (3.41%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
12 6 (3.41%) Network Security
12 6 (3.41%) Cisco IOS
12 6 (3.41%) Cisco ASA
12 6 (3.41%) Junos
12 6 (3.41%) VPN
12 6 (3.41%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (6.82%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.41%) SQL Server 2005
3 5 (2.84%) SQL Server 2000
4 4 (2.27%) MySQL
5 2 (1.14%) QlikView
5 2 (1.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.14%) OLAP Cube
5 2 (1.14%) Oracle Database
5 2 (1.14%) Data Mining
5 2 (1.14%) OLAP
5 2 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.14%) MS Access
5 2 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.14%) Oracle OLAP
5 2 (1.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 2 (1.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.57%) IDOL
6 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 12 (6.82%) MSI
2 10 (5.68%) StarTeam
3 2 (1.14%) Wise Package Studio
3 2 (1.14%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (1.14%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.57%) InstallShield
General
1 23 (13.07%) Telecoms
2 11 (6.25%) Finance
3 6 (3.41%) Banking
4 4 (2.27%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.70%) French Language
6 2 (1.14%) Publishing
6 2 (1.14%) Front Office
7 1 (0.57%) German Language
7 1 (0.57%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.57%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.57%) Back Office
7 1 (0.57%) Law
7 1 (0.57%) Legal
7 1 (0.57%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.57%) Retail
7 1 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 39 (22.16%) Analyst
2 23 (13.07%) Service Analyst
2 23 (13.07%) Service Desk Analyst
3 14 (7.95%) Build Engineer
4 12 (6.82%) Consultant
5 11 (6.25%) Administrator
5 11 (6.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 9 (5.11%) Systems Manager
6 9 (5.11%) Support Engineer
7 8 (4.55%) Desktop Engineer
7 8 (4.55%) Messaging Analyst
8 7 (3.98%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 7 (3.98%) Technical Analyst
8 7 (3.98%) Integration Engineer
8 7 (3.98%) Desktop Support
8 7 (3.98%) Systems Engineer
8 7 (3.98%) SCCM Engineer
9 6 (3.41%) Network Engineer
9 6 (3.41%) 2nd Line Support
10 5 (2.84%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.84%) Application Packaging
2 4 (2.27%) .NET
3 2 (1.14%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.14%) XML
3 2 (1.14%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 21 (11.93%) Replication
1 21 (11.93%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (10.23%) Management Information System
3 13 (7.39%) Enterprise Storage
4 8 (4.55%) Open Source
5 7 (3.98%) Clustering
6 6 (3.41%) Cryptography
7 5 (2.84%) Blackberry
8 4 (2.27%) Client/Server
9 3 (1.70%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (1.70%) Thin Client
9 3 (1.70%) Fat Client
10 2 (1.14%) iPhone
10 2 (1.14%) iPad
10 2 (1.14%) Algorithms
10 2 (1.14%) Smartphone
11 1 (0.57%) PKI
11 1 (0.57%) Smartcard
11 1 (0.57%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 118 (67.05%) Windows
2 57 (32.39%) Windows Server 2003
3 55 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
4 49 (27.84%) Windows 7
4 49 (27.84%) Windows XP
5 22 (12.50%) Windows Vista
6 20 (11.36%) Windows 2000
7 15 (8.52%) Windows Server 2012
8 13 (7.39%) Windows 8
9 12 (6.82%) Linux
10 7 (3.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (3.41%) Windows 2000 Server
11 6 (3.41%) UNIX
11 6 (3.41%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.57%) Solaris
12 1 (0.57%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (20.45%) ITIL
2 33 (18.75%) Service Management
3 20 (11.36%) Software Deployment
4 17 (9.66%) Project Management
5 16 (9.09%) Migration
6 12 (6.82%) Time Management
6 12 (6.82%) Unit Testing
6 12 (6.82%) Configuration Management
6 12 (6.82%) Service Delivery
7 10 (5.68%) Change Management
7 10 (5.68%) Disaster Recovery
8 8 (4.55%) Mentoring
8 8 (4.55%) Coaching
9 7 (3.98%) System Testing
9 7 (3.98%) Email Migration
9 7 (3.98%) Mobile Device Management
10 6 (3.41%) Network Monitoring
10 6 (3.41%) Network Management
10 6 (3.41%) Network Design
10 6 (3.41%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 33 (18.75%) SQL
2 25 (14.20%) PowerShell
3 19 (10.80%) VB
4 18 (10.23%) VBScript
5 7 (3.98%) Shell Script
6 4 (2.27%) T-SQL
7 3 (1.70%) C#
8 1 (0.57%) C
8 1 (0.57%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 60 (34.09%) Security Cleared
2 42 (23.86%) SC Cleared
3 29 (16.48%) MCP
4 15 (8.52%) Microsoft Certification
5 14 (7.95%) DV Cleared
6 13 (7.39%) MCSE
7 7 (3.98%) RHCA
7 7 (3.98%) RHCE
7 7 (3.98%) RHCSA
8 5 (2.84%) Degree
9 4 (2.27%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (2.27%) CCNA
10 1 (0.57%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.57%) ISEB
10 1 (0.57%) AAT
10 1 (0.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (19.89%) SLA
2 6 (3.41%) JSP 440
2 6 (3.41%) QA
3 1 (0.57%) P3O
System Software
1 85 (48.30%) Active Directory
2 47 (26.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (10.80%) Hyper-V
4 14 (7.95%) vSphere
4 14 (7.95%) Microsoft App-V
5 11 (6.25%) Terminal Services
5 11 (6.25%) XenApp
6 9 (5.11%) VMware ESXi
7 8 (4.55%) XenDesktop
7 8 (4.55%) ISA Server
7 8 (4.55%) VMware ESX
7 8 (4.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 4 (2.27%) VMware Workstation
9 3 (1.70%) MetaFrame
9 3 (1.70%) Terminal Server
9 3 (1.70%) Novell eDirectory
10 2 (1.14%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 2 (1.14%) IAG
10 2 (1.14%) UAG
10 2 (1.14%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 60 (34.09%) SCCM
2 29 (16.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 22 (12.50%) OpenView
4 9 (5.11%) SCOM
4 9 (5.11%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 8 (4.55%) Norton AntiVirus
5 8 (4.55%) BladeLogic
6 6 (3.41%) WhatsUp Gold
7 4 (2.27%) BMC Marimba
8 3 (1.70%) SCOrch
9 2 (1.14%) HP Data Protector
9 2 (1.14%) HP SIM
9 2 (1.14%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (1.14%) SCSM
9 2 (1.14%) SAP Afaria
9 2 (1.14%) ARCserve
9 2 (1.14%) MOM
9 2 (1.14%) Unicenter
10 1 (0.57%) WMI
10 1 (0.57%) WSUS
Vendors
1 149 (84.66%) Microsoft
2 62 (35.23%) VMware
3 45 (25.57%) HP
4 33 (18.75%) Lotus
5 29 (16.48%) Citrix
6 26 (14.77%) Altiris
7 18 (10.23%) Oracle
8 15 (8.52%) Symantec
9 12 (6.82%) Cisco
9 12 (6.82%) McAfee
10 9 (5.11%) CheckPoint
11 7 (3.98%) Juniper
11 7 (3.98%) Red Hat
11 7 (3.98%) F5
11 7 (3.98%) MobileIron
12 6 (3.41%) TippingPoint
12 6 (3.41%) 3PAR
12 6 (3.41%) Borland
12 6 (3.41%) EMC
12 6 (3.41%) Intel