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 27 June 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
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 424 317 386
Rank change year-on-year -107 +69  
Contract jobs citing SCOM 188 386 276
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.40% 0.71% 0.50%
As % of the Systems Management category 3.68% 6.26% 5.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 253 173
Median daily rate £410 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £283 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year - +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 18 9
Median hourly rate £29.75 £35.75 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.78% +30.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £19.00 £20.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.11 £43.08 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.75 £36.00 £25.09
% change year-on-year -17.36% +43.46%  

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 5110 6167 4748
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.85% 11.42% 8.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3343 3963 2927
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 £285 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +12.50% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 114 146 159
Median hourly rate £18.00 £28.75 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.39% +36.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £17.50 £12.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.64 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £33.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year -46.96% +60.97%  

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 27 June 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 27 June 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 27 June 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 -111 170 £413 +3.12% 45
London -66 67 £435 +8.75% 17
South East -19 42 £425 -1.16% 6
Hampshire -3 18 £425 +23.54% 1
North West +10 14 £280 -32.93% 4
City of London -16 14 £475 +26.66% 3
East of England -6 13 £500 +17.64% 2
Berkshire +19 12 £269 -31.46% 3
Scotland +13 11 £425 +41.66% 3
South West -4 11 £350 -3.44% 5
Milton Keynes -11 10 £454 -7.34%
Buckinghamshire -13 10 £454 -7.34%
Yorkshire +16 9 £275 -4.34% 8
Hertfordshire +1 7 £550 +29.41%
North East +68 6 £450 +45.16%
Essex -16 6 £450 +2.85%
Cheshire +18 5 £280 -36.93% 1
Chester +17 5 £280 -35.63%
Colchester +15 5 £450 +5.88%
Glasgow +10 5 £425 +78.94%
Durham +1 5 - -
West Midlands 0 5 £425 +17.24% 3
East Midlands -4 5 £425 +30.76%
Basingstoke -11 5 £450 +66.66%
Dorset - 5 £413 -
Reading +13 4 - -
Edinburgh +12 4 - - 2
West Yorkshire +1 4 £275 -2.22% 6
Watford 0 4 - -
Bracknell - 4 £269 -

For the 6 months to 27 June 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.

1 269 (67.25%) Windows
2 232 (58.00%) Microsoft
3 213 (53.25%) SCCM
4 188 (47.00%) Active Directory
5 136 (34.00%) Windows Server
6 134 (33.50%) VMware
7 119 (29.75%) ITIL
8 118 (29.50%) PowerShell
9 107 (26.75%) Microsoft Azure
10 102 (25.50%) SQL
11 100 (25.00%) Office 365
12 97 (24.25%) Hyper-V
13 93 (23.25%) VMware Infrastructure
13 93 (23.25%) SQL Server
14 78 (19.50%) Microsoft Certification
15 76 (19.00%) Windows Server 2012
16 74 (18.50%) Firewall
17 68 (17.00%) HP
18 64 (16.00%) Windows Server 2008
19 63 (15.75%) Security Cleared
20 62 (15.50%) MS Exchange
21 60 (15.00%) DNS
22 57 (14.25%) SAN
23 56 (14.00%) Citrix
24 54 (13.50%) Linux
25 52 (13.00%) Finance
26 50 (12.50%) SC Cleared
27 49 (12.25%) Skype for Business
28 47 (11.75%) MCSE
29 46 (11.50%) Service Management

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 62 (15.50%) MS Exchange
2 49 (12.25%) Skype for Business
3 37 (9.25%) SharePoint
4 31 (7.75%) Exchange Server 2013
5 26 (6.50%) IIS
6 22 (5.50%) Exchange Server 2010
7 9 (2.25%) Exchange Server 2007
8 7 (1.75%) Apache
9 6 (1.50%) BizTalk Server
9 6 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (1.00%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.75%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.50%) GroupWise
12 2 (0.50%) IBM Domino
12 2 (0.50%) Oracle Workflow
13 1 (0.25%) NServiceBus
13 1 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
13 1 (0.25%) Tomcat
Applications
1 36 (9.00%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (3.25%) MS Visio
3 7 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 9 (2.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.75%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.75%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.25%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 107 (26.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 100 (25.00%) Office 365
3 41 (10.25%) IaaS
4 35 (8.75%) Amazon AWS
5 14 (3.50%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (3.50%) PaaS
6 6 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
6 6 (1.50%) SaaS
7 3 (0.75%) Mimecast
7 3 (0.75%) OneDrive
8 2 (0.50%) GitHub
8 2 (0.50%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.50%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 74 (18.50%) Firewall
2 60 (15.00%) DNS
3 57 (14.25%) SAN
4 43 (10.75%) VPN
5 41 (10.25%) DHCP
6 40 (10.00%) WAN
7 30 (7.50%) LAN
8 22 (5.50%) Skype
9 18 (4.50%) NAS
10 17 (4.25%) TCP/IP
11 9 (2.25%) NetScaler
11 9 (2.25%) Network Security
12 8 (2.00%) iSCSI
13 7 (1.75%) LDAP
13 7 (1.75%) VSAN
14 6 (1.50%) Remote Desktop
14 6 (1.50%) Reverse Proxy
14 6 (1.50%) VLAN
15 5 (1.25%) Cisco ASA
15 5 (1.25%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (23.25%) SQL Server
2 20 (5.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 17 (4.25%) Big Data
3 17 (4.25%) SQL Server 2005
4 12 (3.00%) SQL Server 2016
5 11 (2.75%) SQL Server 2014
6 9 (2.25%) SQL Server 2008
7 8 (2.00%) Hadoop
8 7 (1.75%) Azure SQL Database
9 6 (1.50%) Power BI
10 4 (1.00%) Oracle Database
11 3 (0.75%) Data Lake
11 3 (0.75%) DocumentDB
11 3 (0.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 2 (0.50%) DB2
12 2 (0.50%) SQL Server 2000
12 2 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 1 (0.25%) DTS
13 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 1 (0.25%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 7 (1.75%) Introscope
1 7 (1.75%) Jenkins
1 7 (1.75%) Visual Studio
2 4 (1.00%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.50%) Ant
3 2 (0.50%) Hudson
3 2 (0.50%) JIRA
3 2 (0.50%) Maven
3 2 (0.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 2 (0.50%) Subversion
4 1 (0.25%) FishEye
4 1 (0.25%) FxCop
4 1 (0.25%) MSI
4 1 (0.25%) Octopus Deploy
4 1 (0.25%) StyleCop
4 1 (0.25%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 52 (13.00%) Finance
2 10 (2.50%) Local Government
3 8 (2.00%) Banking
4 5 (1.25%) Legal
5 4 (1.00%) Publishing
6 3 (0.75%) Financial Institution
6 3 (0.75%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.75%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.50%) Electronics
7 2 (0.50%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (0.50%) Retail
8 1 (0.25%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.25%) Law
8 1 (0.25%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 54 (13.50%) Architect
2 41 (10.25%) Consultant
3 37 (9.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 35 (8.75%) Analyst
5 32 (8.00%) Technical Architect
6 29 (7.25%) Administrator
7 23 (5.75%) Server Engineer
7 23 (5.75%) Systems Administrator
8 21 (5.25%) Support Engineer
9 20 (5.00%) Monitoring Specialist
10 18 (4.50%) Windows Engineer
11 17 (4.25%) Azure Engineer
12 16 (4.00%) Infrastructure Specialist
13 15 (3.75%) Infrastructure Analyst
14 14 (3.50%) Infrastructure Architect
14 14 (3.50%) SCCM Engineer
14 14 (3.50%) Support Analyst
15 13 (3.25%) Systems Engineer
16 12 (3.00%) DBA
17 11 (2.75%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (2.50%) XML
2 9 (2.25%) .NET
3 8 (2.00%) Middleware
3 8 (2.00%) Web Services
4 6 (1.50%) HTML
5 5 (1.25%) WAP
6 4 (1.00%) ASP.NET
7 2 (0.50%) Software Packaging
8 1 (0.25%) 802.1X
8 1 (0.25%) Elastic Stack
8 1 (0.25%) MSMQ
Miscellaneous
1 45 (11.25%) Data Centre
2 42 (10.50%) Clustering
3 35 (8.75%) PKI
4 26 (6.50%) Analytical Skills
5 23 (5.75%) Replication
6 17 (4.25%) Private Cloud
7 14 (3.50%) Management Information System
8 12 (3.00%) Virtual Team
9 10 (2.50%) Hybrid Cloud
10 9 (2.25%) Public Cloud
11 8 (2.00%) Mainframe
12 7 (1.75%) Blackberry
12 7 (1.75%) e-Health
13 6 (1.50%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (1.50%) Enterprise Storage
14 5 (1.25%) iPad
14 5 (1.25%) iPhone
15 4 (1.00%) CESG
15 4 (1.00%) Client/Server
16 3 (0.75%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 269 (67.25%) Windows
2 136 (34.00%) Windows Server
3 76 (19.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 64 (16.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 54 (13.50%) Linux
6 37 (9.25%) Windows 10
7 32 (8.00%) Windows Server 2003
8 24 (6.00%) Windows 7
9 23 (5.75%) Solaris
10 22 (5.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 20 (5.00%) AIX
11 20 (5.00%) Unix
12 13 (3.25%) Windows 8
12 13 (3.25%) Windows Vista
13 7 (1.75%) HPUX
14 3 (0.75%) Mac OS
14 3 (0.75%) Windows XP
15 2 (0.50%) CentOS
15 2 (0.50%) VMS
15 2 (0.50%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (29.75%) ITIL
2 46 (11.50%) Service Management
3 44 (11.00%) Migration
4 43 (10.75%) DevOps
5 36 (9.00%) Agile Software Development
6 35 (8.75%) Disaster Recovery
7 28 (7.00%) High Availability
8 26 (6.50%) Change Management
9 25 (6.25%) Service Delivery
10 20 (5.00%) Asset Management
11 19 (4.75%) Server Building
12 18 (4.50%) Stakeholder Management
13 17 (4.25%) Configuration Management
13 17 (4.25%) ITIL V3
13 17 (4.25%) Project Management
13 17 (4.25%) Root Cause Analysis
14 16 (4.00%) Incident Management
14 16 (4.00%) Infrastructure Monitoring
14 16 (4.00%) Problem Management
15 15 (3.75%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 118 (29.50%) PowerShell
2 102 (25.50%) SQL
3 13 (3.25%) Java
4 12 (3.00%) Shell Script
5 11 (2.75%) C
6 10 (2.50%) Perl
6 10 (2.50%) T-SQL
7 9 (2.25%) Bash Shell
7 9 (2.25%) VBScript
8 8 (2.00%) Ruby
9 6 (1.50%) VB
10 5 (1.25%) C#
11 4 (1.00%) Python
12 3 (0.75%) PL/SQL
13 2 (0.50%) C++
13 2 (0.50%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 78 (19.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 63 (15.75%) Security Cleared
3 50 (12.50%) SC Cleared
4 47 (11.75%) MCSE
5 31 (7.75%) MCITP
6 26 (6.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 21 (5.25%) DV Cleared
8 15 (3.75%) CCNA
8 15 (3.75%) Cisco Certification
9 12 (3.00%) Degree
10 11 (2.75%) ITIL Certification
11 10 (2.50%) MCTS
12 9 (2.25%) MCSA
13 6 (1.50%) CCSP
13 6 (1.50%) MCP
13 6 (1.50%) VCP6
14 4 (1.00%) ISEB
15 3 (0.75%) MCDBA
15 3 (0.75%) MCSD
16 2 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (8.00%) SLA
2 18 (4.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.50%) QA
4 4 (1.00%) COBIT
5 1 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.25%) HMG Infosec
5 1 (0.25%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.25%) PMO
System Software
1 188 (47.00%) Active Directory
2 97 (24.25%) Hyper-V
3 93 (23.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 31 (7.75%) vSphere
4 31 (7.75%) XenApp
5 25 (6.25%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (2.50%) Virtual Servers
6 10 (2.50%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (2.50%) XenDesktop
7 8 (2.00%) Docker
7 8 (2.00%) Squid
8 7 (1.75%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 7 (1.75%) DFS Replication
8 7 (1.75%) ISA Server
8 7 (1.75%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (1.50%) BitLocker
10 3 (0.75%) Forefront TMG
10 3 (0.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (0.75%) NFS
10 3 (0.75%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 213 (53.25%) SCCM
2 30 (7.50%) SCOrch
3 27 (6.75%) Microsoft Clustering
3 27 (6.75%) SCVMM
4 25 (6.25%) vCenter Server
5 16 (4.00%) Opscode Chef
5 16 (4.00%) SCSM
6 15 (3.75%) WSUS
7 14 (3.50%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 13 (3.25%) Microsoft Intune
9 12 (3.00%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 11 (2.75%) EMC NetWorker
10 11 (2.75%) Failover Clustering
10 11 (2.75%) Puppet
11 10 (2.50%) AirWatch
11 10 (2.50%) Nagios
11 10 (2.50%) NetBackup
12 8 (2.00%) Netcool
12 8 (2.00%) SELinux
13 7 (1.75%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 232 (58.00%) Microsoft
2 134 (33.50%) VMware
3 68 (17.00%) HP
4 56 (14.00%) Citrix
5 40 (10.00%) Cisco
6 28 (7.00%) SolarWinds
7 23 (5.75%) EMC
8 22 (5.50%) ServiceNow
9 20 (5.00%) Symantec
10 19 (4.75%) Dell
11 18 (4.50%) CA
11 18 (4.50%) Oracle
12 17 (4.25%) Red Hat
13 16 (4.00%) NetApp
13 16 (4.00%) Remedy
14 15 (3.75%) IBM
15 12 (3.00%) Sun
16 11 (2.75%) Juniper
17 10 (2.50%) StorageTek
18 9 (2.25%) CheckPoint
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