The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 28 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 Systems Management Server (SMS)
UK
3 months to
28 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 576 569 612
Rank change year-on-year -7 +43  
Contract jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) 19 92 44
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.042% 0.17% 0.080%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.40% 1.55% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 48 19
Median daily rate £208 £293 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -29.12% -21.93%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £182 £219 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £400 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £208 £293 £375
% change year-on-year -29.12% -21.93%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 13 9
Median hourly rate £17.00 £36.00 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -52.77% +78.35%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.89 £15.10 £12.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £41.00 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £36.00 £20.19
% change year-on-year -51.38% +78.35%  

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 with a requirement for systems management skills.

Systems Management Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 4717 5938 4616
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.54% 10.89% 8.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 3117 3792 2857
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 102 125 187
Median hourly rate £27.50 £27.75 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.90% +37.47%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £15.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £46.75 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £35.00 £20.19
% change year-on-year -38.57% +73.39%  

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 UK

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

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

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) over the 3 months to 28 May 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Systems Management Server (SMS) in the UK

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

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

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) within the UK over the 3 months to 28 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 -8 19 £208 -27.19% 7
South East +24 10 £475 +26.66% 2
Buckinghamshire - 10 £475 -
Milton Keynes - 9 £475 -
North East +10 3 £200 -24.52%
Cambridgeshire +8 3 £200 -
Cambridge +8 3 £200 -
East of England -1 3 £200 - 1
London +34 2 - - 2
Warrington +30 1 £140 -
Cheshire +29 1 £140 -
North West +23 1 £140 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne +18 1 £215 -18.86%
Tyne and Wear +15 1 £215 -18.86%
High Wycombe - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 28 May 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) 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 Systems Management Server (SMS).

1 27 (69.23%) Windows
2 24 (61.54%) Microsoft
2 24 (61.54%) SCCM
3 20 (51.28%) ITIL
4 18 (46.15%) Security Cleared
5 17 (43.59%) Active Directory
6 13 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
6 13 (33.33%) Release Management
7 11 (28.21%) Application Packaging
7 11 (28.21%) SC Cleared
7 11 (28.21%) Finance
8 10 (25.64%) Oracle
8 10 (25.64%) Windows Vista
8 10 (25.64%) Windows 7
9 9 (23.08%) Oracle EBS R12
9 9 (23.08%) DV Cleared
9 9 (23.08%) PRINCE2
9 9 (23.08%) MSI
9 9 (23.08%) Oracle EBS
10 8 (20.51%) Change Management
10 8 (20.51%) VMware
10 8 (20.51%) Oracle Reports
10 8 (20.51%) User Acceptance Testing
11 7 (17.95%) VMware Infrastructure
11 7 (17.95%) IBM Notes
11 7 (17.95%) ISEB
11 7 (17.95%) Citrix
11 7 (17.95%) Lotus
11 7 (17.95%) Service Management
12 6 (15.38%) Microsoft App-V

Systems Management Server (SMS)
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 7 (17.95%) IBM Notes
2 6 (15.38%) MS Exchange
3 2 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (5.13%) Exchange Server 5.5
4 1 (2.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (2.56%) Apache
4 1 (2.56%) CMS
4 1 (2.56%) phpBB
4 1 (2.56%) SAS
4 1 (2.56%) SharePoint
4 1 (2.56%) Skype for Business
4 1 (2.56%) WordPress
Applications
1 13 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (7.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (2.56%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 9 (23.08%) Oracle EBS
1 9 (23.08%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (2.56%) Adobe Campaign
2 1 (2.56%) FastStats
2 1 (2.56%) FastStats PeopleStage
2 1 (2.56%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.13%) IaaS
1 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (5.13%) PaaS
2 1 (2.56%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.56%) Amazon ELB
2 1 (2.56%) Amazon S3
2 1 (2.56%) Amazon SQS
2 1 (2.56%) Silverpop
Communications & Networking
1 6 (15.38%) DNS
2 5 (12.82%) 3G
2 5 (12.82%) DHCP
2 5 (12.82%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (5.13%) NAS
3 2 (5.13%) SAN
4 1 (2.56%) Internet
4 1 (2.56%) IP Telephony
4 1 (2.56%) LAN
4 1 (2.56%) Network Security
4 1 (2.56%) NFC
4 1 (2.56%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (2.56%) SMPP
4 1 (2.56%) VoIP
4 1 (2.56%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (20.51%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (7.69%) SQL Server
3 2 (5.13%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 9 (23.08%) MSI
2 3 (7.69%) Visual Studio
3 2 (5.13%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (2.56%) Git (software)
4 1 (2.56%) JIRA
4 1 (2.56%) MSBuild
4 1 (2.56%) MSTest
4 1 (2.56%) NUnit
4 1 (2.56%) Subversion
4 1 (2.56%) TeamCity
4 1 (2.56%) Vagrant
4 1 (2.56%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 11 (28.21%) Finance
2 2 (5.13%) Banking
3 1 (2.56%) Marketing
3 1 (2.56%) Military
3 1 (2.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (23.08%) Test Manager
2 8 (20.51%) Analyst
2 8 (20.51%) Service Analyst
2 8 (20.51%) Service Desk Analyst
3 7 (17.95%) Desktop Support
4 6 (15.38%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
5 5 (12.82%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (10.26%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
6 4 (10.26%) E-Business Manager
6 4 (10.26%) UAT Manager
6 4 (10.26%) UAT Test Manager
7 3 (7.69%) Developer
7 3 (7.69%) Support Engineer
8 2 (5.13%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 2 (5.13%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 2 (5.13%) Desktop Engineer
8 2 (5.13%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 2 (5.13%) IT Support
8 2 (5.13%) ITIL Service Analyst
8 2 (5.13%) ITIL Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.13%) CSS
1 2 (5.13%) HTML
2 1 (2.56%) .NET
2 1 (2.56%) .NET Framework
2 1 (2.56%) Ajax
2 1 (2.56%) Apache Tika
2 1 (2.56%) ASP.NET
2 1 (2.56%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (2.56%) LAMP
2 1 (2.56%) LINQ
2 1 (2.56%) Smarty
2 1 (2.56%) SOAP
2 1 (2.56%) WCF
2 1 (2.56%) Web Services
2 1 (2.56%) WPF
2 1 (2.56%) XML
2 1 (2.56%) XSLT
2 1 (2.56%) Zend Framework
Miscellaneous
1 6 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (12.82%) Fat Client
2 5 (12.82%) Thin Client
3 3 (7.69%) Blackberry
4 2 (5.13%) Computer Science
4 2 (5.13%) Smartphone
5 1 (2.56%) Data Centre
5 1 (2.56%) Mainframe
5 1 (2.56%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.56%) Mobile Payment
5 1 (2.56%) Streaming Media
5 1 (2.56%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 27 (69.23%) Windows
2 10 (25.64%) Windows 7
2 10 (25.64%) Windows Vista
3 6 (15.38%) Windows 8
3 6 (15.38%) Windows Server
3 6 (15.38%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (12.82%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (10.26%) Windows 10
6 2 (5.13%) Apple iOS
6 2 (5.13%) Linux
6 2 (5.13%) Mac OS
7 1 (2.56%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (51.28%) ITIL
2 13 (33.33%) Release Management
3 11 (28.21%) Application Packaging
4 9 (23.08%) PRINCE2
5 8 (20.51%) Change Management
5 8 (20.51%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (17.95%) Service Management
7 6 (15.38%) Incident Management
7 6 (15.38%) Problem Management
7 6 (15.38%) Software Delivery
7 6 (15.38%) Software Deployment
8 5 (12.82%) Infrastructure Management
9 3 (7.69%) Migration
9 3 (7.69%) Risk Management
10 2 (5.13%) Agile Software Development
10 2 (5.13%) Email Management
10 2 (5.13%) Patch Management
10 2 (5.13%) Performance Monitoring
10 2 (5.13%) Project Management
10 2 (5.13%) Statistics
Programming Languages
1 6 (15.38%) PowerShell
2 4 (10.26%) SQL
2 4 (10.26%) VB
3 2 (5.13%) JavaScript
3 2 (5.13%) VB6
3 2 (5.13%) VBScript
4 1 (2.56%) Bash Shell
4 1 (2.56%) C#
4 1 (2.56%) PHP
4 1 (2.56%) Python
4 1 (2.56%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 18 (46.15%) Security Cleared
2 11 (28.21%) SC Cleared
3 9 (23.08%) DV Cleared
4 7 (17.95%) ISEB
5 2 (5.13%) Degree
5 2 (5.13%) MCITP
5 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (2.56%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (2.56%) MCP
6 1 (2.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.13%) SLA
2 1 (2.56%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.56%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 17 (43.59%) Active Directory
2 7 (17.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (15.38%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (12.82%) XenApp
5 2 (5.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 2 (5.13%) Hyper-V
5 2 (5.13%) Sendmail
5 2 (5.13%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (5.13%) VMware GSX
6 1 (2.56%) Docker
6 1 (2.56%) Shibboleth
6 1 (2.56%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 24 (61.54%) SCCM
2 4 (10.26%) WSUS
3 2 (5.13%) MOM
3 2 (5.13%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (5.13%) SCOM
3 2 (5.13%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 1 (2.56%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (2.56%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (2.56%) Piwik
4 1 (2.56%) Puppet
Vendors
1 24 (61.54%) Microsoft
2 10 (25.64%) Oracle
3 8 (20.51%) VMware
4 7 (17.95%) Citrix
4 7 (17.95%) Lotus
5 5 (12.82%) AppSense
6 4 (10.26%) ThinPrint
7 3 (7.69%) HP
8 2 (5.13%) Apple
8 2 (5.13%) Cisco
8 2 (5.13%) NetApp
8 2 (5.13%) ServiceNow
8 2 (5.13%) SolarWinds
8 2 (5.13%) Symantec
8 2 (5.13%) Trend Micro
9 1 (2.56%) Altiris
9 1 (2.56%) Polycom
9 1 (2.56%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
9 1 (2.56%) Wyse
9 1 (2.56%) Zend
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