The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for SCOM skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited SCOM over the 3 months to 26 May 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 System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
UK
3 months to
26 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 408 316 370
Rank change year-on-year -92 +54  
Contract jobs citing SCOM 204 396 289
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.74% 0.53%
As % of the Systems Management category 4.18% 6.75% 6.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 237 177
Median daily rate £425 £400 £349
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +14.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £300 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £484
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £400 £337
% change year-on-year -5.00% +18.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 15 12
Median hourly rate £29.75 £26.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.42% +10.63%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.75 £19.00 £20.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.70 £36.90 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.75 £35.75 £23.50
% change year-on-year -16.78% +52.12%  

SCOM 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 with a requirement for systems management skills.

Systems Management Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 4875 5864 4529
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.54% 10.91% 8.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 3217 3746 2812
Median daily rate £475 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +12.50% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 124 183
Median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +36.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £15.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £46.90 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £35.00 £20.19
% change year-on-year -40.00% +73.39%  

SCOM
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing SCOM as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Systems Management category.

Job vacancy trend for SCOM in the UK

SCOM
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing SCOM.

Contractor daily rate trend for SCOM in the UK

SCOM
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing SCOM over the 3 months to 26 May 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for SCOM in the UK

SCOM
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing SCOM.

Contractor hourly rate trend for SCOM in the UK

SCOM
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing SCOM over the 3 months to 26 May 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for SCOM in the UK

SCOM
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing SCOM within the UK over the 3 months to 26 May 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -71 192 £418 +0.60% 45
London -38 81 £435 +8.75% 15
South East -36 42 £440 -2.22% 7
Hampshire -3 20 £435 -8.42%
North West -14 17 £295 -32.18% 4
East of England +4 16 £475 +15.15% 2
City of London -23 13 £475 +26.66% 3
Milton Keynes -10 11 £458 -3.57%
Buckinghamshire -18 11 £458 -3.57%
Scotland +23 10 £425 +41.66%
Hertfordshire +12 9 £550 +29.41% 1
South West +1 9 £331 +0.37% 4
Cheshire -3 9 £295 -32.57%
Chester +13 8 £295 -32.18%
East Midlands -6 8 £313 - 3
Glasgow +11 7 £425 +78.94%
Yorkshire +10 7 £325 -5.10% 4
West Midlands +4 7 £388 +3.33% 6
Essex -6 7 £450 +5.88% 1
Berkshire +15 6 £335 -16.25% 4
Watford +1 6 - -
North East +50 5 - -
Colchester +13 5 £450 +5.88% 1
Reading +12 5 - - 1
Durham - 5 - -
West End of London - 5 £445 - 1
Basingstoke +2 4 £450 +66.66%
Bristol -2 4 £275 -17.91% 4
Oxfordshire -4 4 £450 +39.53% 3
Birmingham +13 3 £388 +6.89% 1

For the 6 months to 26 May 2017, IT contractor jobs citing SCOM also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for SCOM.

1 262 (66.16%) Windows
2 225 (56.82%) Microsoft
3 203 (51.26%) SCCM
4 186 (46.97%) Active Directory
5 138 (34.85%) VMware
6 137 (34.60%) Windows Server
7 121 (30.56%) PowerShell
8 119 (30.05%) Microsoft Azure
9 109 (27.53%) SQL
10 105 (26.52%) Office 365
11 103 (26.01%) SQL Server
12 101 (25.51%) ITIL
13 98 (24.75%) VMware Infrastructure
14 92 (23.23%) Hyper-V
15 82 (20.71%) Windows Server 2012
16 74 (18.69%) DNS
17 72 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
18 68 (17.17%) Microsoft Certification
19 62 (15.66%) Firewall
20 60 (15.15%) MS Exchange
21 59 (14.90%) HP
21 59 (14.90%) Security Cleared
22 55 (13.89%) DHCP
23 54 (13.64%) VPN
23 54 (13.64%) Linux
24 53 (13.38%) Finance
25 52 (13.13%) Citrix
25 52 (13.13%) SAN
26 49 (12.37%) SC Cleared
27 47 (11.87%) PKI

SCOM
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 60 (15.15%) MS Exchange
2 46 (11.62%) Skype for Business
3 34 (8.59%) SharePoint
4 32 (8.08%) Exchange Server 2013
5 25 (6.31%) IIS
6 20 (5.05%) Exchange Server 2010
7 9 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2007
8 6 (1.52%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2003
9 3 (0.76%) Apache
9 3 (0.76%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (0.76%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.51%) Confluence
10 2 (0.51%) Exchange Server 5.5
10 2 (0.51%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.25%) CMS
11 1 (0.25%) GroupWise
11 1 (0.25%) IBM Domino
11 1 (0.25%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 29 (7.32%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (3.28%) MS Visio
3 8 (2.02%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (2.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.25%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 119 (30.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 105 (26.52%) Office 365
3 39 (9.85%) IaaS
4 29 (7.32%) Amazon AWS
5 17 (4.29%) Azure Active Directory
6 11 (2.78%) PaaS
7 6 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (1.52%) SaaS
8 4 (1.01%) GitHub
8 4 (1.01%) Mimecast
9 3 (0.76%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.51%) Google Cloud Platform
10 2 (0.51%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 74 (18.69%) DNS
2 62 (15.66%) Firewall
3 55 (13.89%) DHCP
4 54 (13.64%) VPN
5 52 (13.13%) SAN
6 38 (9.60%) WAN
7 27 (6.82%) LAN
8 24 (6.06%) Skype
9 12 (3.03%) NAS
9 12 (3.03%) TCP/IP
10 10 (2.53%) NetScaler
10 10 (2.53%) Network Security
11 9 (2.27%) iSCSI
12 8 (2.02%) LDAP
13 7 (1.77%) Cisco ASA
13 7 (1.77%) VSAN
14 6 (1.52%) Fibre Channel
14 6 (1.52%) Reverse Proxy
14 6 (1.52%) SNMP
14 6 (1.52%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (26.01%) SQL Server
2 15 (3.79%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (3.28%) Big Data
4 12 (3.03%) SQL Server 2005
4 12 (3.03%) SQL Server 2008
4 12 (3.03%) SQL Server 2014
5 9 (2.27%) Power BI
6 7 (1.77%) Oracle Database
6 7 (1.77%) SQL Server 2016
7 6 (1.52%) Azure SQL Database
8 4 (1.01%) Hadoop
8 4 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (0.76%) Data Lake
9 3 (0.76%) DocumentDB
9 3 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 2 (0.51%) MySQL
10 2 (0.51%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.51%) Relational Database
10 2 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (0.51%) Sybase ASE
Development Applications
1 8 (2.02%) Jenkins
1 8 (2.02%) Visual Studio
2 7 (1.77%) Introscope
3 5 (1.26%) Git (software)
4 4 (1.01%) JIRA
5 2 (0.51%) Ant
5 2 (0.51%) Hudson
5 2 (0.51%) Maven
5 2 (0.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 2 (0.51%) Subversion
6 1 (0.25%) FxCop
6 1 (0.25%) MSI
6 1 (0.25%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.25%) StyleCop
6 1 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 53 (13.38%) Finance
2 9 (2.27%) Banking
2 9 (2.27%) Local Government
3 5 (1.26%) Financial Institution
3 5 (1.26%) Publishing
4 3 (0.76%) Legal
4 3 (0.76%) Manufacturing
4 3 (0.76%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.51%) Electronics
5 2 (0.51%) Investment Banking
5 2 (0.51%) Law
5 2 (0.51%) Retail
6 1 (0.25%) Advertising
6 1 (0.25%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.25%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 51 (12.88%) Architect
2 46 (11.62%) Consultant
3 38 (9.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 34 (8.59%) Technical Architect
5 28 (7.07%) Analyst
6 24 (6.06%) Administrator
7 22 (5.56%) Server Engineer
8 20 (5.05%) Monitoring Specialist
9 18 (4.55%) DBA
9 18 (4.55%) Infrastructure Architect
10 17 (4.29%) Infrastructure Specialist
10 17 (4.29%) Systems Administrator
11 16 (4.04%) Azure Engineer
11 16 (4.04%) Systems Engineer
12 15 (3.79%) SQL DBA
12 15 (3.79%) Support Analyst
12 15 (3.79%) Support Engineer
13 14 (3.54%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 14 (3.54%) Windows Engineer
14 13 (3.28%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (2.27%) .NET
1 9 (2.27%) HTML
2 8 (2.02%) Middleware
2 8 (2.02%) Web Services
3 6 (1.52%) WAP
3 6 (1.52%) XML
4 4 (1.01%) ASP.NET
5 3 (0.76%) Elastic Stack
6 2 (0.51%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.25%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.25%) MSMQ
Miscellaneous
1 47 (11.87%) PKI
2 42 (10.61%) Data Centre
3 36 (9.09%) Clustering
4 29 (7.32%) Replication
5 25 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
6 17 (4.29%) Private Cloud
7 13 (3.28%) Management Information System
8 12 (3.03%) Virtual Team
9 10 (2.53%) Hybrid Cloud
10 9 (2.27%) Public Cloud
11 8 (2.02%) Mainframe
12 7 (1.77%) e-Health
13 6 (1.52%) Blackberry
13 6 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (1.52%) Enterprise Storage
14 5 (1.26%) iPad
14 5 (1.26%) iPhone
15 4 (1.01%) CESG
15 4 (1.01%) Client/Server
15 4 (1.01%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 262 (66.16%) Windows
2 137 (34.60%) Windows Server
3 82 (20.71%) Windows Server 2012
4 72 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
5 54 (13.64%) Linux
6 43 (10.86%) Windows 10
7 32 (8.08%) Windows Server 2003
8 23 (5.81%) Windows 7
9 21 (5.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 20 (5.05%) AIX
11 18 (4.55%) Solaris
11 18 (4.55%) Unix
12 9 (2.27%) Windows 8
13 7 (1.77%) HPUX
13 7 (1.77%) Windows Vista
14 3 (0.76%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.51%) CentOS
15 2 (0.51%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.51%) Windows 2000 Server
15 2 (0.51%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (25.51%) ITIL
2 46 (11.62%) Migration
3 42 (10.61%) DevOps
4 37 (9.34%) Disaster Recovery
5 34 (8.59%) Agile Software Development
6 32 (8.08%) Service Management
7 26 (6.57%) High Availability
8 21 (5.30%) Asset Management
9 20 (5.05%) Configuration Management
10 19 (4.80%) Change Management
11 18 (4.55%) Root Cause Analysis
11 18 (4.55%) Server Building
11 18 (4.55%) Service Delivery
12 17 (4.29%) Problem Management
12 17 (4.29%) Stakeholder Management
12 17 (4.29%) TOGAF
13 16 (4.04%) Performance Management
14 14 (3.54%) Incident Management
14 14 (3.54%) ITIL V3
14 14 (3.54%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 121 (30.56%) PowerShell
2 109 (27.53%) SQL
3 21 (5.30%) C
4 17 (4.29%) T-SQL
5 16 (4.04%) Java
6 13 (3.28%) VBScript
7 12 (3.03%) Shell Script
8 11 (2.78%) Perl
9 10 (2.53%) Ruby
10 9 (2.27%) Bash Shell
10 9 (2.27%) VB
11 6 (1.52%) C#
11 6 (1.52%) PL/SQL
11 6 (1.52%) Python
12 5 (1.26%) JavaScript
13 2 (0.51%) C++
13 2 (0.51%) VB6
Qualifications
1 68 (17.17%) Microsoft Certification
2 59 (14.90%) Security Cleared
3 49 (12.37%) SC Cleared
4 45 (11.36%) MCSE
5 23 (5.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 18 (4.55%) MCITP
7 13 (3.28%) CCNA
7 13 (3.28%) Cisco Certification
7 13 (3.28%) DV Cleared
8 10 (2.53%) ITIL Certification
9 8 (2.02%) MCSA
10 6 (1.52%) MCP
10 6 (1.52%) VCP6
11 5 (1.26%) Degree
12 4 (1.01%) CCSP
12 4 (1.01%) ISEB
12 4 (1.01%) MCSD
13 3 (0.76%) MCDBA
14 2 (0.51%) Citrix Certification
14 2 (0.51%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (6.31%) SLA
2 16 (4.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.26%) QA
4 4 (1.01%) COBIT
5 1 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.25%) PMO
System Software
1 186 (46.97%) Active Directory
2 98 (24.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 92 (23.23%) Hyper-V
4 35 (8.84%) vSphere
5 33 (8.33%) XenApp
6 23 (5.81%) Virtual Machines
7 14 (3.54%) VMware ESXi
8 13 (3.28%) XenDesktop
9 9 (2.27%) Virtual Servers
10 8 (2.02%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 8 (2.02%) Squid
11 7 (1.77%) DFS Replication
11 7 (1.77%) ISA Server
11 7 (1.77%) Virtual Desktop
12 6 (1.52%) BitLocker
12 6 (1.52%) Docker
13 5 (1.26%) vCloud
14 4 (1.01%) NFS
15 3 (0.76%) Forefront TMG
16 2 (0.51%) UAG
Systems Management
1 203 (51.26%) SCCM
2 30 (7.58%) SCOrch
3 25 (6.31%) SCVMM
4 24 (6.06%) Microsoft Intune
4 24 (6.06%) vCenter Server
5 21 (5.30%) Microsoft Clustering
6 20 (5.05%) WSUS
7 16 (4.04%) Opscode Chef
7 16 (4.04%) Puppet
8 14 (3.54%) Nagios
9 12 (3.03%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 11 (2.78%) Failover Clustering
10 11 (2.78%) SCSM
11 10 (2.53%) EMC NetWorker
12 9 (2.27%) NetBackup
12 9 (2.27%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 8 (2.02%) SELinux
14 7 (1.77%) CA Wily
14 7 (1.77%) Netcool
14 7 (1.77%) vRealize
Vendors
1 225 (56.82%) Microsoft
2 138 (34.85%) VMware
3 59 (14.90%) HP
4 52 (13.13%) Citrix
5 37 (9.34%) Cisco
6 24 (6.06%) Oracle
7 23 (5.81%) SolarWinds
8 22 (5.56%) EMC
9 21 (5.30%) Dell
9 21 (5.30%) NetApp
10 18 (4.55%) CA
11 17 (4.29%) ServiceNow
11 17 (4.29%) Symantec
12 16 (4.04%) Red Hat
13 15 (3.79%) IBM
14 14 (3.54%) Juniper
15 13 (3.28%) Remedy
16 11 (2.78%) Veeam
17 9 (2.27%) CheckPoint
18 8 (2.02%) Sophos
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