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 30 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)
UK
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 580 605 581
Rank change year-on-year +25 -24  
Contract jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) 20 35 44
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.044% 0.065% 0.082%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.44% 0.69% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 16 14
Median daily rate £243 £350 £270
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -30.71% +29.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £139 £203 £129
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £475 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £210 £350 £250
% change year-on-year -40.00% +40.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 6
Median hourly rate £16.50 £16.10 £38.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.48% -57.99%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.66 £13.00 £16.28
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.30 £17.50 £55.65
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 with a requirement for systems management skills.

Systems Management Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 4575 5041 4500
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.05% 9.31% 8.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 3071 3209 2691
Median daily rate £468 £450 £417
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.88% +7.86%  
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 96 132 175
Median hourly rate £23.38 £22.50 £20.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.88% +12.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.00 £37.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £20.19
% change year-on-year -15.55% +11.46%  

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 30 March 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)
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Systems Management Server (SMS) over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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

Systems Management Server (SMS)
Top 16 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 30 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 +35 20 £243 -30.71% 10
South East +18 12 £400 +14.28% 2
Buckinghamshire +6 9 £475 -
Milton Keynes +6 8 £475 -
London +32 4 £550 +29.41% 5
Cheshire +35 3 £140 -
North West +30 3 £140 -
Warrington - 3 £140 -
Hampshire +11 2 £275 -15.38%
Surrey +6 1 £210 -
Cambridge +5 1 £200 - 1
Cambridgeshire +3 1 £200 - 1
East of England -3 1 £200 - 2
Farnborough - 1 £275 -
Guildford - 1 £210 -
High Wycombe - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 56 (81.16%) Microsoft
2 45 (65.22%) Windows
3 33 (47.83%) SCCM
4 32 (46.38%) Active Directory
5 29 (42.03%) Security Cleared
6 28 (40.58%) ITIL
7 22 (31.88%) MS Excel
8 19 (27.54%) VMware
8 19 (27.54%) MS Office
8 19 (27.54%) SC Cleared
9 17 (24.64%) Windows 7
9 17 (24.64%) Citrix
9 17 (24.64%) Software Delivery
10 16 (23.19%) DNS
10 16 (23.19%) Microsoft App-V
11 15 (21.74%) AppSense
11 15 (21.74%) MSI
11 15 (21.74%) DHCP
11 15 (21.74%) XenApp
11 15 (21.74%) Incident Management
12 13 (18.84%) Change Management
13 11 (15.94%) Service Management
13 11 (15.94%) Lotus
13 11 (15.94%) IBM Notes
13 11 (15.94%) SQL
13 11 (15.94%) Oracle
13 11 (15.94%) Release Management
13 11 (15.94%) VMware Infrastructure
13 11 (15.94%) PowerShell
13 11 (15.94%) Analytical Skills

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 11 (15.94%) IBM Notes
2 10 (14.49%) MS Exchange
3 6 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (7.25%) Skype for Business
5 3 (4.35%) Apache
6 2 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (2.90%) Exchange Server 5.5
6 2 (2.90%) Tomcat
6 2 (2.90%) WebLogic
7 1 (1.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 1 (1.45%) CMS
7 1 (1.45%) phpBB
7 1 (1.45%) SAS
7 1 (1.45%) SharePoint
7 1 (1.45%) WordPress
Applications
1 22 (31.88%) MS Excel
2 19 (27.54%) MS Office
3 1 (1.45%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.45%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 7 (10.14%) Oracle EBS
1 7 (10.14%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (1.45%) Adobe Campaign
2 1 (1.45%) FastStats
2 1 (1.45%) FastStats PeopleStage
2 1 (1.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.45%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.90%) IaaS
1 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (2.90%) PaaS
2 1 (1.45%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.45%) Amazon ELB
2 1 (1.45%) Amazon S3
2 1 (1.45%) Amazon SQS
2 1 (1.45%) Silverpop
Communications & Networking
1 16 (23.19%) DNS
2 15 (21.74%) DHCP
3 9 (13.04%) Wi-Fi
4 8 (11.59%) Firewall
4 8 (11.59%) WLAN
5 7 (10.14%) 3G
6 6 (8.70%) Cisco ASA
6 6 (8.70%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
6 6 (8.70%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
6 6 (8.70%) VPN
7 4 (5.80%) NAS
7 4 (5.80%) SAN
8 3 (4.35%) LAN
8 3 (4.35%) Remote Desktop
8 3 (4.35%) VoIP
8 3 (4.35%) WAN
9 2 (2.90%) ADSL
9 2 (2.90%) DMZ
9 2 (2.90%) MPLS
9 2 (2.90%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.70%) Oracle Reports
2 5 (7.25%) MySQL
3 3 (4.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (21.74%) MSI
2 3 (4.35%) Visual Studio
3 2 (2.90%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.45%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.45%) JIRA
4 1 (1.45%) MSBuild
4 1 (1.45%) MSTest
4 1 (1.45%) NUnit
4 1 (1.45%) Subversion
4 1 (1.45%) TeamCity
4 1 (1.45%) Vagrant
4 1 (1.45%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 10 (14.49%) Finance
2 4 (5.80%) Military
3 2 (2.90%) Banking
4 1 (1.45%) Marketing
4 1 (1.45%) Multimedia
4 1 (1.45%) Publishing
4 1 (1.45%) Retail
Job Titles
1 22 (31.88%) Analyst
2 13 (18.84%) Service Analyst
2 13 (18.84%) Service Desk Analyst
3 10 (14.49%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
3 10 (14.49%) Test Manager
4 9 (13.04%) Desktop Support
5 6 (8.70%) 2nd Line Support
5 6 (8.70%) Desktop Engineer
5 6 (8.70%) SOC Analyst
6 4 (5.80%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
6 4 (5.80%) IT Analyst
6 4 (5.80%) Support Engineer
6 4 (5.80%) UAT Manager
6 4 (5.80%) UAT Test Manager
7 3 (4.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 3 (4.35%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 3 (4.35%) Developer
7 3 (4.35%) E-Business Manager
7 3 (4.35%) Security Analyst
8 2 (2.90%) ITIL Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.90%) CSS
1 2 (2.90%) HTML
1 2 (2.90%) J2EE
2 1 (1.45%) .NET
2 1 (1.45%) .NET Framework
2 1 (1.45%) Ajax
2 1 (1.45%) Apache Tika
2 1 (1.45%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.45%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (1.45%) LAMP
2 1 (1.45%) LINQ
2 1 (1.45%) Smarty
2 1 (1.45%) SOAP
2 1 (1.45%) WCF
2 1 (1.45%) Web Services
2 1 (1.45%) WPF
2 1 (1.45%) XML
2 1 (1.45%) XSLT
2 1 (1.45%) Zend Framework
Miscellaneous
1 11 (15.94%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (13.04%) Computer Science
3 7 (10.14%) Fat Client
3 7 (10.14%) Thin Client
4 6 (8.70%) Management Information System
4 6 (8.70%) PKI
5 4 (5.80%) Blackberry
6 3 (4.35%) Data Centre
6 3 (4.35%) Security Operations Centre
6 3 (4.35%) Virtual Team
7 2 (2.90%) Clustering
7 2 (2.90%) Smartphone
8 1 (1.45%) Mainframe
8 1 (1.45%) Mobile Payment
8 1 (1.45%) Streaming Media
8 1 (1.45%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 45 (65.22%) Windows
2 17 (24.64%) Windows 7
3 10 (14.49%) Windows Server
3 10 (14.49%) Windows Server 2008
4 9 (13.04%) Windows 10
5 8 (11.59%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (10.14%) Windows 8
6 7 (10.14%) Windows Vista
7 4 (5.80%) Linux
8 2 (2.90%) Unix
9 1 (1.45%) Android
9 1 (1.45%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.45%) Mac OS
9 1 (1.45%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (1.45%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (40.58%) ITIL
2 17 (24.64%) Software Delivery
3 15 (21.74%) Incident Management
4 13 (18.84%) Change Management
5 11 (15.94%) Release Management
5 11 (15.94%) Service Management
6 10 (14.49%) Migration
6 10 (14.49%) Problem Management
7 9 (13.04%) Application Packaging
7 9 (13.04%) PRINCE2
8 7 (10.14%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (8.70%) Information Security
9 6 (8.70%) Multi-Factor Authentication
9 6 (8.70%) Process Improvement
9 6 (8.70%) SIEM
9 6 (8.70%) Two-Factor Authentication
9 6 (8.70%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 5 (7.25%) Infrastructure Management
10 5 (7.25%) Software Deployment
10 5 (7.25%) Trend Analysis
Programming Languages
1 11 (15.94%) PowerShell
1 11 (15.94%) SQL
2 9 (13.04%) VB
3 7 (10.14%) VBScript
4 3 (4.35%) T-SQL
5 2 (2.90%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.90%) VB6
6 1 (1.45%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.45%) C#
6 1 (1.45%) PHP
6 1 (1.45%) Python
6 1 (1.45%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 29 (42.03%) Security Cleared
2 19 (27.54%) SC Cleared
3 10 (14.49%) DV Cleared
4 5 (7.25%) BPSS Clearance
4 5 (7.25%) Degree
4 5 (7.25%) ISEB
4 5 (7.25%) MCP
5 3 (4.35%) CISSP
6 2 (2.90%) MCITP
6 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (1.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (7.25%) Disclosure Scotland
2 5 (7.25%) QA
3 1 (1.45%) ISO 8583
3 1 (1.45%) SLA
System Software
1 32 (46.38%) Active Directory
2 16 (23.19%) Microsoft App-V
3 15 (21.74%) XenApp
4 11 (15.94%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (11.59%) Hyper-V
6 7 (10.14%) XenDesktop
6 7 (10.14%) XenServer
7 2 (2.90%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 2 (2.90%) Sendmail
7 2 (2.90%) VMware ESX
7 2 (2.90%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (2.90%) VMware GSX
8 1 (1.45%) Docker
8 1 (1.45%) Shibboleth
8 1 (1.45%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 33 (47.83%) SCCM
2 9 (13.04%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 6 (8.70%) Nessus
3 6 (8.70%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 5 (7.25%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (5.80%) WSUS
6 3 (4.35%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 2 (2.90%) MOM
7 2 (2.90%) SCOM
7 2 (2.90%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (1.45%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (1.45%) Piwik
8 1 (1.45%) Puppet
8 1 (1.45%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 56 (81.16%) Microsoft
2 19 (27.54%) VMware
3 17 (24.64%) Citrix
4 15 (21.74%) AppSense
5 11 (15.94%) Lotus
5 11 (15.94%) Oracle
6 9 (13.04%) Cisco
7 8 (11.59%) Symantec
8 6 (8.70%) CheckPoint
8 6 (8.70%) F5
8 6 (8.70%) ScanSafe
8 6 (8.70%) Sourcefire
8 6 (8.70%) Splunk
8 6 (8.70%) ThinPrint
9 3 (4.35%) Altiris
9 3 (4.35%) HP
10 2 (2.90%) NetApp
10 2 (2.90%) ServiceNow
10 2 (2.90%) SolarWinds
10 2 (2.90%) Trend Micro
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