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 27 February 2015 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS)
Rank 510 466 451
Rank change year-on-year
-44 -15
Contract jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) 66 101 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.20% 0.19%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.59% 2.75% 3.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 49 58
Average daily rate
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£275 £343 £260
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.70% +31.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £98 £218 £114
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £455 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £270 £343 £230
% change year-on-year
-21.16% +48.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 4
Average hourly rate £55.65 £14.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+283.79% -44.23%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £55.65 £14.50 £60.00
% change year-on-year
+283.79% -75.83%

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
4142 3676 2863
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.89% 7.31% 6.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 2467 2033 1607
Average daily rate £417 £380 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.73% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £513 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £343 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.02% -2.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 149 158 183
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.50 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £40.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +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 27 February 2015.

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 27 February 2015.

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 27 February 2015. 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 -40 58 £275 -19.70% 17
London -19 20 £275 -10.56% 6
South East -36 18 £325 -13.33% 2
Cheshire +10 12 £110 -
Warrington +1 12 £110 -
North West -9 12 £110 -51.11% 3
Reading +9 7 - - 1
Berkshire 0 7 - - 1
Hampshire -23 7 £300 -22.58% 1
Scotland -18 5 £270 -34.54%
City of London +17 4 £519 +132.62%
South West -30 4 £325 +8.33% 2
Glasgow -6 3 £270 -42.70%
East of England +3 2 £400 +300.00% 2
Gloucestershire -26 2 £325 +8.33% 1
Hertfordshire - 2 £400 - 2
Wiltshire - 2 - - 1
Swindon - 2 - - 1
Basingstoke - 2 - -
West Midlands -8 1 £200 -55.80% 1
Hemel Hempstead - 1 - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Surrey - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Bolton - - - -
Bracknell - - - -
Brentford - - - - 1
Bristol - - - -
Cambridge - - - -

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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).

1 126 (85.71%) Microsoft
2 94 (63.95%) Windows
3 78 (53.06%) Active Directory
4 74 (50.34%) MS Excel
5 64 (43.54%) SCCM
6 59 (40.14%) MS Office
7 53 (36.05%) Security Cleared
8 49 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
8 49 (33.33%) VMware
9 48 (32.65%) Windows Server 2008
9 48 (32.65%) Windows 7
10 45 (30.61%) HP
11 43 (29.25%) Windows XP
12 42 (28.57%) ITIL
13 39 (26.53%) SQL
14 38 (25.85%) SC Cleared
15 36 (24.49%) MCP
15 36 (24.49%) SLA
15 36 (24.49%) Service Management
16 34 (23.13%) VMware Infrastructure
17 29 (19.73%) Lotus
17 29 (19.73%) IBM Notes
18 28 (19.05%) DNS
19 26 (17.69%) OpenView
20 25 (17.01%) PowerShell
21 23 (15.65%) DHCP
21 23 (15.65%) VB
22 22 (14.97%) VBScript
22 22 (14.97%) OpenView Configuration Management
22 22 (14.97%) Hyper-V

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

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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 29 (19.73%) IBM Notes
2 19 (12.93%) MS Exchange
3 13 (8.84%) SharePoint
4 12 (8.16%) Exchange Server 2003
5 8 (5.44%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (4.76%) OpenStack
6 7 (4.76%) IIS
7 6 (4.08%) SharePoint Server
8 3 (2.04%) Documentum
8 3 (2.04%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (2.04%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (1.36%) Confluence
Applications
1 74 (50.34%) MS Excel
2 59 (40.14%) MS Office
3 12 (8.16%) MS Project
4 6 (4.08%) MS Visio
5 5 (3.40%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.36%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.36%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.68%) GoldMine
2 1 (0.68%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.68%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 7 (4.76%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (2.04%) OpenShift
3 1 (0.68%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 28 (19.05%) DNS
2 23 (15.65%) DHCP
3 13 (8.84%) SAN
3 13 (8.84%) WAN
4 12 (8.16%) LAN
5 11 (7.48%) Firewall
6 9 (6.12%) TCP/IP
7 7 (4.76%) NAS
8 5 (3.40%) Junos
8 5 (3.40%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 5 (3.40%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 5 (3.40%) Cisco IOS
8 5 (3.40%) Network Security
8 5 (3.40%) Cisco ASA
8 5 (3.40%) VPN
8 5 (3.40%) SSL
8 5 (3.40%) Broadband
8 5 (3.40%) VoIP
9 3 (2.04%) WLAN
9 3 (2.04%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (8.84%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.40%) MySQL
3 4 (2.72%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (2.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (2.04%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (2.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (2.04%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 2 (1.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.36%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.36%) OLAP
5 2 (1.36%) MS Access
5 2 (1.36%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.36%) Data Mining
5 2 (1.36%) SQL Server 2000
5 2 (1.36%) Oracle OLAP
5 2 (1.36%) QlikView
5 2 (1.36%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.36%) OLAP Cube
6 1 (0.68%) IDOL
Development Applications
1 12 (8.16%) StarTeam
2 11 (7.48%) MSI
3 3 (2.04%) Wise Package Studio
4 2 (1.36%) JIRA
4 2 (1.36%) QuickTest Pro
4 2 (1.36%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.68%) Eclipse
General
1 14 (9.52%) Finance
2 12 (8.16%) Telecoms
3 6 (4.08%) Banking
4 4 (2.72%) Investment Banking
4 4 (2.72%) French Language
5 2 (1.36%) Retail
5 2 (1.36%) Front Office
6 1 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.68%) Legal
6 1 (0.68%) Publishing
6 1 (0.68%) Multimedia
6 1 (0.68%) Marketing
6 1 (0.68%) Dutch Language
6 1 (0.68%) German Language
6 1 (0.68%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 35 (23.81%) Analyst
2 26 (17.69%) Service Analyst
2 26 (17.69%) Service Desk Analyst
3 13 (8.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 11 (7.48%) Support Engineer
4 11 (7.48%) Consultant
5 9 (6.12%) Integration Engineer
6 8 (5.44%) Desktop Engineer
6 8 (5.44%) Administrator
7 7 (4.76%) Build Engineer
8 6 (4.08%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 6 (4.08%) Senior Manager
8 6 (4.08%) Desktop Support
9 5 (3.40%) Architect
9 5 (3.40%) Network Engineer
9 5 (3.40%) 1st Line Support
9 5 (3.40%) 3rd Line Support
9 5 (3.40%) Windows Administrator
10 4 (2.72%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 4 (2.72%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.08%) Application Packaging
2 5 (3.40%) .NET
3 4 (2.72%) Software Packaging
4 2 (1.36%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.68%) XML
5 1 (0.68%) WSH
5 1 (0.68%) Spring
5 1 (0.68%) JSON
5 1 (0.68%) jQuery
5 1 (0.68%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (6.80%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (6.12%) Open Source
3 7 (4.76%) Management Information System
4 6 (4.08%) Replication
4 6 (4.08%) Clustering
4 6 (4.08%) Enterprise Storage
5 5 (3.40%) Cryptography
6 4 (2.72%) Client/Server
6 4 (2.72%) Blackberry
7 3 (2.04%) Thin Client
7 3 (2.04%) PKI
7 3 (2.04%) Fat Client
8 2 (1.36%) iPhone
8 2 (1.36%) iPad
8 2 (1.36%) Smartphone
8 2 (1.36%) IVR
8 2 (1.36%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.68%) Mobile Banking
9 1 (0.68%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.68%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 94 (63.95%) Windows
2 49 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 48 (32.65%) Windows Server 2008
3 48 (32.65%) Windows 7
4 43 (29.25%) Windows XP
5 17 (11.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 15 (10.20%) Windows Vista
7 14 (9.52%) Windows 8
8 13 (8.84%) Windows 2000
9 12 (8.16%) Linux
10 7 (4.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (2.72%) UNIX
12 3 (2.04%) Windows 2000 Server
12 3 (2.04%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.68%) Windows CE
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (28.57%) ITIL
2 36 (24.49%) Service Management
3 15 (10.20%) Configuration Management
3 15 (10.20%) Time Management
4 11 (7.48%) Service Delivery
5 9 (6.12%) Software Deployment
6 8 (5.44%) Network Management
6 8 (5.44%) Project Management
7 7 (4.76%) Change Management
7 7 (4.76%) System Testing
7 7 (4.76%) Mentoring
7 7 (4.76%) Coaching
8 6 (4.08%) Migration
8 6 (4.08%) Incident Management
9 5 (3.40%) Load Balancing
9 5 (3.40%) Problem Management
9 5 (3.40%) Agile Software Development
9 5 (3.40%) Asset Management
9 5 (3.40%) Network Design
9 5 (3.40%) Software Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 39 (26.53%) SQL
2 25 (17.01%) PowerShell
3 23 (15.65%) VB
4 22 (14.97%) VBScript
5 7 (4.76%) Shell Script
6 3 (2.04%) C#
6 3 (2.04%) Java
7 2 (1.36%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.68%) C
8 1 (0.68%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.68%) Perl
8 1 (0.68%) PHP
8 1 (0.68%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.68%) VBA
8 1 (0.68%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 53 (36.05%) Security Cleared
2 38 (25.85%) SC Cleared
3 36 (24.49%) MCP
4 15 (10.20%) DV Cleared
5 14 (9.52%) Microsoft Certification
6 12 (8.16%) MCSE
7 7 (4.76%) RHCE
7 7 (4.76%) RHCA
7 7 (4.76%) RHCSA
8 4 (2.72%) CCNA
8 4 (2.72%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (2.72%) Degree
9 1 (0.68%) VCP4
9 1 (0.68%) AAT
9 1 (0.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.68%) ISEB
9 1 (0.68%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.68%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (24.49%) SLA
2 5 (3.40%) QA
2 5 (3.40%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.68%) P3O
System Software
1 78 (53.06%) Active Directory
2 34 (23.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (14.97%) Hyper-V
4 12 (8.16%) Microsoft App-V
5 11 (7.48%) XenApp
6 8 (5.44%) vSphere
6 8 (5.44%) VMware ESX
7 6 (4.08%) XenDesktop
8 5 (3.40%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (2.72%) Terminal Services
10 3 (2.04%) ISA Server
10 3 (2.04%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (2.04%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (2.04%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 2 (1.36%) XenServer
11 2 (1.36%) Sendmail
12 1 (0.68%) UAG
12 1 (0.68%) Novell eDirectory
12 1 (0.68%) VMware GSX
12 1 (0.68%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 64 (43.54%) SCCM
2 26 (17.69%) OpenView
3 22 (14.97%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 13 (8.84%) SCOM
5 7 (4.76%) Norton AntiVirus
5 7 (4.76%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 5 (3.40%) WhatsUp Gold
6 5 (3.40%) Backup Exec
7 4 (2.72%) HP Data Protector
7 4 (2.72%) BMC Marimba
8 3 (2.04%) HP SIM
8 3 (2.04%) SCOrch
8 3 (2.04%) SCSM
8 3 (2.04%) Data Guard
8 3 (2.04%) BladeLogic
8 3 (2.04%) ARCserve
8 3 (2.04%) Unicenter
8 3 (2.04%) Legato
8 3 (2.04%) MOM
9 2 (1.36%) WSUS
Vendors
1 126 (85.71%) Microsoft
2 49 (33.33%) VMware
3 45 (30.61%) HP
4 29 (19.73%) Lotus
5 21 (14.29%) Oracle
6 20 (13.61%) Citrix
7 17 (11.56%) Altiris
8 15 (10.20%) Symantec
9 12 (8.16%) Cisco
10 9 (6.12%) EMC
10 9 (6.12%) McAfee
11 8 (5.44%) Borland
11 8 (5.44%) CheckPoint
12 7 (4.76%) Red Hat
13 6 (4.08%) Juniper
13 6 (4.08%) F5
14 5 (3.40%) 3PAR
14 5 (3.40%) LANDesk
14 5 (3.40%) TippingPoint
14 5 (3.40%) BMC
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