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 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 System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 398 383 376
Rank change year-on-year -15 -7  
Contract jobs citing SCOM 214 288 257
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.54% 0.48%
As % of the Systems Management category 4.71% 5.75% 5.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 152 166
Median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £290 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -12.50% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 13
Median hourly rate £52.50 £24.25 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +116.49% -10.18%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.37 £19.00 £23.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.02 £75.70 £55.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.08 £40.83 £26.50
% change year-on-year +32.45% +54.05%  

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 4539 5011 4462
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.03% 9.31% 8.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 3049 3182 2654
Median daily rate £465 £450 £417
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +7.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 135 172
Median hourly rate £24.50 £22.50 £20.03
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.88% +12.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.00 £37.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year -15.55% +9.75%  

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 29 March 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 29 March 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 29 March 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 -17 194 £425 +6.25% 36
London +41 97 £450 +14.28% 9
South East -15 37 £435 -3.33% 6
North West -7 20 £348 -17.65% 2
Hampshire +6 19 £425 -17.07%
City of London -9 16 £450 +13.92% 1
Scotland +31 15 £400 +45.45% 2
Cheshire +3 10 £345 -18.82%
East of England -2 10 £300 -7.69% 5
Milton Keynes -2 10 £473 -0.52%
Buckinghamshire -6 10 £473 -0.52%
East Midlands 0 9 £275 -12.00% 8
West Midlands -6 9 £363 +7.40% 1
Glasgow +6 7 £400 +236.13%
Edinburgh +17 6 £120 -65.34%
Hertfordshire -2 6 £300 -14.28% 4
West End of London - 6 £500 -
Manchester +15 5 £338 +3.84% 1
Yorkshire +11 5 £325 -11.56% 2
Derbyshire -3 5 £275 -12.00% 1
South West -5 5 £363 -19.44% 2
West Yorkshire +18 4 £336 -10.33% 2
Chester +8 4 £295 -16.90%
Watford +3 4 - - 3
Birmingham 0 4 £388 -28.89%
Oxfordshire -2 4 £450 +40.62% 4
County Antrim -10 4 £275 -
Belfast -13 4 £275 -
Northern Ireland -15 4 £275 -
Derby - 4 £275 -

For the 6 months to 29 March 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.

1 253 (64.21%) Windows
2 222 (56.35%) Microsoft
3 194 (49.24%) SCCM
4 183 (46.45%) Active Directory
5 133 (33.76%) SQL
6 129 (32.74%) PowerShell
7 126 (31.98%) Microsoft Azure
8 120 (30.46%) Windows Server
9 119 (30.20%) VMware
10 108 (27.41%) SQL Server
11 99 (25.13%) DNS
12 97 (24.62%) Office 365
13 92 (23.35%) ITIL
14 84 (21.32%) VMware Infrastructure
15 83 (21.07%) Hyper-V
15 83 (21.07%) Windows Server 2008
16 80 (20.30%) DHCP
17 76 (19.29%) Windows Server 2012
18 71 (18.02%) Security Cleared
19 65 (16.50%) Linux
20 63 (15.99%) Finance
21 60 (15.23%) SC Cleared
21 60 (15.23%) Skype for Business
22 54 (13.71%) MS Excel
23 52 (13.20%) VPN
24 51 (12.94%) Migration
24 51 (12.94%) PKI
25 50 (12.69%) Windows 10
26 49 (12.44%) MS Exchange
27 48 (12.18%) Firewall

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 (15.23%) Skype for Business
2 49 (12.44%) MS Exchange
3 36 (9.14%) SharePoint
4 25 (6.35%) Exchange Server 2013
5 21 (5.33%) Exchange Server 2010
6 19 (4.82%) IIS
7 6 (1.52%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (1.02%) Confluence
10 3 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.51%) Apache
11 2 (0.51%) Exchange Server 5.5
11 2 (0.51%) NServiceBus
11 2 (0.51%) Oracle Workflow
12 1 (0.25%) CMS
12 1 (0.25%) OpenStack
12 1 (0.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 1 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.25%) Tomcat
Applications
1 54 (13.71%) MS Excel
2 28 (7.11%) MS Office
3 8 (2.03%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.25%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (1.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.25%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 126 (31.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 97 (24.62%) Office 365
3 39 (9.90%) IaaS
4 28 (7.11%) Amazon AWS
5 19 (4.82%) Azure Active Directory
6 14 (3.55%) PaaS
7 11 (2.79%) OneDrive
8 9 (2.28%) Cloud Computing
9 6 (1.52%) GitHub
9 6 (1.52%) Yammer
10 2 (0.51%) Mimecast
10 2 (0.51%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.51%) SaaS
11 1 (0.25%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 99 (25.13%) DNS
2 80 (20.30%) DHCP
3 52 (13.20%) VPN
4 48 (12.18%) Firewall
5 38 (9.64%) SAN
6 35 (8.88%) Skype
7 27 (6.85%) WAN
8 15 (3.81%) LAN
8 15 (3.81%) Network Security
9 13 (3.30%) Unified Communications
10 11 (2.79%) iSCSI
10 11 (2.79%) TCP/IP
10 11 (2.79%) VoIP
11 10 (2.54%) LDAP
11 10 (2.54%) Reverse Proxy
12 9 (2.28%) Kerberos
13 8 (2.03%) PBX
14 6 (1.52%) SNMP
14 6 (1.52%) VLAN
15 5 (1.27%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 108 (27.41%) SQL Server
2 19 (4.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (3.55%) Oracle Database
4 10 (2.54%) SQL Server 2005
4 10 (2.54%) SQL Server 2012
4 10 (2.54%) SQL Server 2014
5 8 (2.03%) MySQL
5 8 (2.03%) Power BI
5 8 (2.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (1.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 6 (1.52%) Big Data
7 6 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
7 6 (1.52%) RDBMS
7 6 (1.52%) Relational Database
7 6 (1.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 6 (1.52%) Sybase ASE
7 6 (1.52%) Sybase IQ
8 5 (1.27%) Oracle Database 11g
8 5 (1.27%) Oracle Database 12c
8 5 (1.27%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 10 (2.54%) Jenkins
2 8 (2.03%) Git (software)
3 7 (1.78%) Introscope
4 5 (1.27%) JIRA
4 5 (1.27%) Visual Studio
5 4 (1.02%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (0.76%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.51%) FxCop
7 2 (0.51%) StyleCop
7 2 (0.51%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.51%) Vagrant
7 2 (0.51%) WinDbg
8 1 (0.25%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.25%) Hudson
8 1 (0.25%) InstallShield
8 1 (0.25%) Maven
8 1 (0.25%) MSI
8 1 (0.25%) NUnit
8 1 (0.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (0.25%) Subversion
General
1 63 (15.99%) Finance
2 12 (3.05%) Banking
3 6 (1.52%) Financial Institution
3 6 (1.52%) Law
4 5 (1.27%) Back Office
4 5 (1.27%) Local Government
5 4 (1.02%) Publishing
6 3 (0.76%) Legal
6 3 (0.76%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.76%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.51%) Advertising
7 2 (0.51%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.51%) Retail
8 1 (0.25%) Electronics
8 1 (0.25%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 54 (13.71%) Consultant
2 49 (12.44%) Architect
3 33 (8.38%) Analyst
4 31 (7.87%) Technical Architect
5 30 (7.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 23 (5.84%) Infrastructure Architect
7 22 (5.58%) DBA
8 20 (5.08%) Systems Engineer
9 18 (4.57%) Office 365 Architect
9 18 (4.57%) Windows Engineer
10 17 (4.31%) Administrator
10 17 (4.31%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
10 17 (4.31%) Monitoring Specialist
10 17 (4.31%) Support Analyst
10 17 (4.31%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
11 15 (3.81%) Infrastructure Specialist
11 15 (3.81%) SQL DBA
12 14 (3.55%) Server Engineer
13 13 (3.30%) Microsoft Consultant
13 13 (3.30%) SCCM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (3.81%) Web Services
2 12 (3.05%) .NET
2 12 (3.05%) HTML
3 10 (2.54%) XML
4 8 (2.03%) Middleware
5 6 (1.52%) Regular Expression
6 4 (1.02%) ASP.NET
6 4 (1.02%) WAP
7 3 (0.76%) Elastic Stack
7 3 (0.76%) Software Packaging
8 1 (0.25%) 802.1X
8 1 (0.25%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (0.25%) CSS
8 1 (0.25%) FIX Protocol
8 1 (0.25%) jQuery
8 1 (0.25%) MSMQ
8 1 (0.25%) Rendezvous
8 1 (0.25%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 51 (12.94%) PKI
2 39 (9.90%) Data Centre
3 31 (7.87%) Replication
4 24 (6.09%) Clustering
5 23 (5.84%) Analytical Skills
6 12 (3.05%) Management Information System
6 12 (3.05%) Private Cloud
7 8 (2.03%) Virtual Team
8 7 (1.78%) e-Health
8 7 (1.78%) Mainframe
8 7 (1.78%) Public Cloud
9 6 (1.52%) Blackberry
9 6 (1.52%) Oracle Licensing
10 5 (1.27%) Computer Science
10 5 (1.27%) Hybrid Cloud
11 4 (1.02%) BYOD
11 4 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (0.76%) CESG
12 3 (0.76%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.76%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 253 (64.21%) Windows
2 120 (30.46%) Windows Server
3 83 (21.07%) Windows Server 2008
4 76 (19.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 65 (16.50%) Linux
6 50 (12.69%) Windows 10
7 30 (7.61%) Windows 7
8 28 (7.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 27 (6.85%) Windows Server 2003
10 24 (6.09%) Unix
11 21 (5.33%) AIX
12 20 (5.08%) Solaris
13 13 (3.30%) HPUX
14 6 (1.52%) Windows XP
15 4 (1.02%) Windows 8
16 3 (0.76%) CentOS
16 3 (0.76%) VMS
17 2 (0.51%) Android
18 1 (0.25%) Mac OS
18 1 (0.25%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (23.35%) ITIL
2 51 (12.94%) Migration
3 36 (9.14%) DevOps
4 33 (8.38%) Disaster Recovery
5 29 (7.36%) Agile Software Development
5 29 (7.36%) Service Management
6 22 (5.58%) Root Cause Analysis
7 19 (4.82%) Problem Management
7 19 (4.82%) Server Building
8 18 (4.57%) TOGAF
9 17 (4.31%) Change Management
9 17 (4.31%) High Availability
10 16 (4.06%) Asset Management
10 16 (4.06%) Configuration Management
10 16 (4.06%) Performance Monitoring
11 15 (3.81%) SIEM
12 14 (3.55%) Capacity Planning
13 13 (3.30%) ITSM
13 13 (3.30%) Performance Tuning
13 13 (3.30%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 133 (33.76%) SQL
2 129 (32.74%) PowerShell
3 26 (6.60%) C
4 25 (6.35%) Java
5 24 (6.09%) T-SQL
6 21 (5.33%) Perl
7 15 (3.81%) VBScript
8 11 (2.79%) C#
8 11 (2.79%) Ruby
9 10 (2.54%) PL/SQL
10 9 (2.28%) JavaScript
10 9 (2.28%) Shell Script
11 8 (2.03%) VB
12 7 (1.78%) Korn
12 7 (1.78%) Python
13 6 (1.52%) Bourne shell
14 4 (1.02%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.51%) C++
15 2 (0.51%) VB6
16 1 (0.25%) PHP
Qualifications
1 71 (18.02%) Security Cleared
2 60 (15.23%) SC Cleared
3 46 (11.68%) Microsoft Certification
4 31 (7.87%) MCSE
5 18 (4.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 14 (3.55%) ITIL Certification
6 14 (3.55%) MCITP
7 13 (3.30%) DV Cleared
8 7 (1.78%) Degree
9 6 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (1.27%) CCNA
10 5 (1.27%) VCP6
11 4 (1.02%) MCSA
12 3 (0.76%) ISEB
12 3 (0.76%) MCDBA
12 3 (0.76%) MCP
12 3 (0.76%) MCSD
13 2 (0.51%) AWS Certification
13 2 (0.51%) Citrix Certification
14 1 (0.25%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (5.33%) SLA
2 10 (2.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (1.27%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.51%) PMO
5 1 (0.25%) GCP
5 1 (0.25%) QA
System Software
1 183 (46.45%) Active Directory
2 84 (21.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 83 (21.07%) Hyper-V
4 39 (9.90%) XenApp
5 32 (8.12%) vSphere
6 22 (5.58%) Virtual Machines
6 22 (5.58%) XenDesktop
7 17 (4.31%) VMware ESX
8 10 (2.54%) Microsoft App-V
9 9 (2.28%) Docker
9 9 (2.28%) Virtual Servers
9 9 (2.28%) VMware ESXi
10 7 (1.78%) Virtual Desktop
11 6 (1.52%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 6 (1.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 6 (1.52%) vCloud
12 5 (1.27%) DFS Replication
12 5 (1.27%) ISA Server
12 5 (1.27%) NFS
13 4 (1.02%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 194 (49.24%) SCCM
2 36 (9.14%) Microsoft Intune
3 30 (7.61%) SCOrch
4 25 (6.35%) Nagios
4 25 (6.35%) Puppet
4 25 (6.35%) SCVMM
5 20 (5.08%) WSUS
6 19 (4.82%) Opscode Chef
7 16 (4.06%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 15 (3.81%) Microsoft Clustering
9 14 (3.55%) Netcool
9 14 (3.55%) Tivoli
10 11 (2.79%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 10 (2.54%) NetBackup
11 10 (2.54%) SCSM
12 9 (2.28%) vRealize
13 8 (2.03%) Failover Clustering
13 8 (2.03%) HP SiteScope
13 8 (2.03%) ITRS Geneos
14 7 (1.78%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 222 (56.35%) Microsoft
2 119 (30.20%) VMware
3 47 (11.93%) Citrix
4 45 (11.42%) HP
5 37 (9.39%) Oracle
6 32 (8.12%) Cisco
7 26 (6.60%) CA
8 24 (6.09%) SolarWinds
9 22 (5.58%) Red Hat
10 21 (5.33%) Dell
10 21 (5.33%) NetApp
11 18 (4.57%) EMC
12 17 (4.31%) IBM
12 17 (4.31%) Symantec
13 15 (3.81%) ServiceNow
14 12 (3.05%) Remedy
15 11 (2.79%) Juniper
15 11 (2.79%) SAP
16 9 (2.28%) Veeam
17 8 (2.03%) Splunk
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