The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for Systems Management Server (SMS) skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Systems Management Server (SMS) over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 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 Systems Management Server (SMS)
England / South West
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 134 147
Contract jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) 0 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West - 0.069% 0.064%
As % of the Systems Management category - 0.83% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 0
Median daily rate - £363 -
UK excluding London median daily rate £210 £350 £260
% change year-on-year -40.00% +34.61%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £20.53
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.10 £38.33
% change year-on-year +2.48% -57.99%  

Systems Management Server (SMS) is in the systems management skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for systems management skills.

Systems Management Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 175 240 216
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 6.79% 8.26% 6.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 109 161 135
Median daily rate £430 £375 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.66% -5.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £225 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 13
Median hourly rate £21.30 £17.00 £20.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.29% -15.51%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.34 £10.45 £12.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.26 £19.35 £36.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year -15.55% +9.75%  

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing Systems Management Server (SMS) as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Systems Management category.

Job vacancy trend for Systems Management Server (SMS) in the South West

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Systems Management Server (SMS) in the South West

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Systems Management Server (SMS) in the South West