The table below looks at the statistics for WSUS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited WSUS over the 3 months to 17 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
UK
Rank 489 522 542
Rank change year-on-year
+33 +20
Contract jobs citing WSUS 106 96 70
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.19% 0.14%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.23% 2.19% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 44 37
Median daily rate £350 £340 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +0.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £216 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £500 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £362 £353 £294
% change year-on-year
+2.55% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 12 12
Median hourly rate £46.50 £37.50 £29.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.00% +26.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.50 £16.20 £19.33
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £44.80 £39.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.50 £37.50 £29.75
% change year-on-year
+24.00% +26.05%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Systems Management category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Systems Management Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Systems Management category
4763 4392 4404
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 10.64% 8.80% 8.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 3143 2713 2647
Median daily rate £475 £435 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.19% +4.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +10.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 115 145 138
Median hourly rate £30.00 £22.85 £19.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.29% +17.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.10 £52.50 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £20.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.38%

WSUS
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing WSUS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Systems Management category.

WSUS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

WSUS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing WSUS within the UK.

WSUS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

WSUS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing WSUS within the UK over the 3 months to 17 January 2017.

WSUS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

WSUS
Hourly Rate Trend

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

WSUS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

WSUS
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing WSUS within the UK over the 3 months to 17 January 2017.

WSUS Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

WSUS
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 WSUS within the UK over the 3 months to 17 January 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 +27 91 £362 +9.54% 17
London +28 34 £350 +22.80% 6
South East +6 27 £350 -0.70% 2
North West +22 12 £469 - 3
Buckinghamshire - 12 £300 -
Scotland +24 10 £263 -34.37%
Glasgow - 10 £263 -
Manchester +22 8 £469 - 1
West Midlands -3 7 £425 +6.25% 1
City of London -4 7 £288 -11.53% 2
Milton Keynes - 7 £235 -
Middlesex - 7 - -
East of England - 7 £181 -
Hampshire +17 6 £420 -20.00%
Cambridge - 5 - -
Cambridgeshire - 5 - -
Cheshire - 4 £400 - 2
Coventry -11 3 £450 -
West Bromwich - 3 - -
Marlow - 3 £300 -
Yorkshire +16 2 - - 5
North Yorkshire +8 2 - -
York - 2 - -
Warrington - 2 £275 - 1
Cardiff +14 1 £300 -
South Wales +12 1 £300 -
Basingstoke +9 1 - -
Slough +9 1 £363 +2.83%
South West +5 1 - -
West Sussex +2 1 - - 1

WSUS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WSUS 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 WSUS.

1 203 (84.23%) Windows
2 182 (75.52%) Active Directory
3 168 (69.71%) Microsoft
4 129 (53.53%) Windows Server
5 111 (46.06%) SCCM
5 111 (46.06%) VMware
6 96 (39.83%) PowerShell
7 83 (34.44%) Windows Server 2008
8 82 (34.02%) Windows Server 2012
9 79 (32.78%) VMware Infrastructure
10 73 (30.29%) ITIL
11 72 (29.88%) DNS
12 61 (25.31%) HP
13 57 (23.65%) DHCP
14 55 (22.82%) SQL
14 55 (22.82%) Citrix
15 54 (22.41%) Windows 7
16 51 (21.16%) Firewall
17 46 (19.09%) Cisco
17 46 (19.09%) Security Cleared
18 43 (17.84%) MS Exchange
18 43 (17.84%) Windows Server 2003
19 40 (16.60%) Hyper-V
20 39 (16.18%) SQL Server
20 39 (16.18%) Linux
21 37 (15.35%) Dell
21 37 (15.35%) SCOM
22 35 (14.52%) Finance
23 34 (14.11%) VB
23 34 (14.11%) Exchange Server 2010

WSUS
Top Related 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 43 (17.84%) MS Exchange
2 34 (14.11%) Exchange Server 2010
3 32 (13.28%) IIS
4 16 (6.64%) Skype for Business
5 15 (6.22%) Exchange Server 2013
6 14 (5.81%) Exchange Server 2007
7 11 (4.56%) SharePoint
8 6 (2.49%) IBM Domino
9 5 (2.07%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (1.66%) Apache
11 3 (1.24%) Documentum
11 3 (1.24%) SharePoint Server
11 3 (1.24%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.83%) Exchange Server 5.5
Applications
1 33 (13.69%) MS Excel
2 29 (12.03%) MS Office
3 8 (3.32%) MS Visio
4 6 (2.49%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.41%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 25 (10.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (6.22%) Office 365
3 8 (3.32%) SaaS
4 7 (2.90%) G Suite
5 4 (1.66%) Amazon AWS
6 3 (1.24%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.41%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 72 (29.88%) DNS
2 57 (23.65%) DHCP
3 51 (21.16%) Firewall
4 24 (9.96%) LAN
5 23 (9.54%) SAN
5 23 (9.54%) WAN
6 15 (6.22%) TCP/IP
7 14 (5.81%) NAS
7 14 (5.81%) Skype
8 12 (4.98%) SMTP
9 11 (4.56%) Cisco IOS
10 10 (4.15%) Internet
10 10 (4.15%) Network Security
11 8 (3.32%) IP Telephony
12 7 (2.90%) MPLS
12 7 (2.90%) VoIP
12 7 (2.90%) VPN
13 6 (2.49%) Intrusion Detection
13 6 (2.49%) iSCSI
13 6 (2.49%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (16.18%) SQL Server
2 15 (6.22%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (5.39%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.83%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (0.83%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.41%) EDMS
5 1 (0.41%) MySQL
5 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (5.81%) MSI
2 4 (1.66%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.24%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.83%) AdminStudio
5 1 (0.41%) InstallShield
General
1 35 (14.52%) Finance
2 12 (4.98%) Banking
3 11 (4.56%) Legal
4 9 (3.73%) Law
5 6 (2.49%) Electronics
6 4 (1.66%) Advertising
6 4 (1.66%) Military
7 3 (1.24%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.24%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.83%) Games
8 2 (0.83%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.41%) Aerospace
9 1 (0.41%) Back Office
9 1 (0.41%) Local Government
9 1 (0.41%) Marketing
9 1 (0.41%) Retail
Job Titles
1 31 (12.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 30 (12.45%) Windows Engineer
3 29 (12.03%) Analyst
4 25 (10.37%) Administrator
5 23 (9.54%) Consultant
5 23 (9.54%) Support Analyst
6 20 (8.30%) Desktop Support
7 19 (7.88%) Systems Administrator
8 17 (7.05%) Desktop Analyst
8 17 (7.05%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 15 (6.22%) SCCM Engineer
9 15 (6.22%) Support Engineer
10 13 (5.39%) Systems Engineer
11 12 (4.98%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 11 (4.56%) VMware Engineer
13 9 (3.73%) 3rd Line Support
14 8 (3.32%) Azure Engineer
14 8 (3.32%) Deployment Engineer
14 8 (3.32%) DevOps Engineer
14 8 (3.32%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.90%) Web Services
2 5 (2.07%) .NET
3 4 (1.66%) Middleware
4 3 (1.24%) OAuth
4 3 (1.24%) SAML
5 1 (0.41%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.41%) REST
5 1 (0.41%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 30 (12.45%) Data Centre
2 17 (7.05%) Clustering
3 15 (6.22%) Management Information System
4 9 (3.73%) Enterprise Software
4 9 (3.73%) Private Cloud
5 8 (3.32%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (2.90%) Client/Server
6 7 (2.90%) Driving Licence
6 7 (2.90%) Video Conferencing
7 6 (2.49%) Cloud Native
7 6 (2.49%) Cryptography
8 4 (1.66%) EMC VNX
8 4 (1.66%) PKI
8 4 (1.66%) Smartphone
8 4 (1.66%) Statistics
9 3 (1.24%) CCTV
9 3 (1.24%) CMDB
9 3 (1.24%) Mobile App
10 2 (0.83%) Blackberry
10 2 (0.83%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 203 (84.23%) Windows
2 129 (53.53%) Windows Server
3 83 (34.44%) Windows Server 2008
4 82 (34.02%) Windows Server 2012
5 54 (22.41%) Windows 7
6 43 (17.84%) Windows Server 2003
7 39 (16.18%) Linux
8 29 (12.03%) Windows 10
9 23 (9.54%) Android
10 14 (5.81%) Windows 8
11 11 (4.56%) Apple iOS
12 8 (3.32%) Mac OS X
12 8 (3.32%) Windows XP
13 7 (2.90%) Ubuntu
13 7 (2.90%) Unix
13 7 (2.90%) Windows Vista
14 3 (1.24%) Mac OS X Server
14 3 (1.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.83%) AIX
15 2 (0.83%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (30.29%) ITIL
2 28 (11.62%) Software Deployment
3 26 (10.79%) Change Management
4 24 (9.96%) Migration
5 23 (9.54%) Patch Management
6 17 (7.05%) Mobile Device Management
7 16 (6.64%) Software Distribution
8 15 (6.22%) Change Control
8 15 (6.22%) Virtual Infrastructure
9 14 (5.81%) Configuration Management
9 14 (5.81%) Infrastructure Monitoring
9 14 (5.81%) Security Patching
10 13 (5.39%) Agile Software Development
10 13 (5.39%) Data Centre Operations
10 13 (5.39%) DevOps
11 12 (4.98%) Problem Management
11 12 (4.98%) Service Management
12 11 (4.56%) Multi-Factor Authentication
12 11 (4.56%) Two-Factor Authentication
13 10 (4.15%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 96 (39.83%) PowerShell
2 55 (22.82%) SQL
3 34 (14.11%) VB
4 27 (11.20%) VBScript
5 11 (4.56%) C#
6 10 (4.15%) Bash Shell
6 10 (4.15%) Python
6 10 (4.15%) T-SQL
7 5 (2.07%) JavaScript
8 4 (1.66%) PHP
9 3 (1.24%) C
9 3 (1.24%) Korn
9 3 (1.24%) Perl
10 2 (0.83%) VB6
11 1 (0.41%) Java
Qualifications
1 46 (19.09%) Security Cleared
2 33 (13.69%) SC Cleared
3 17 (7.05%) DV Cleared
4 16 (6.64%) Microsoft Certification
5 11 (4.56%) MCP
5 11 (4.56%) MCSE
6 6 (2.49%) A+ Certification
7 5 (2.07%) CISSP
7 5 (2.07%) Degree
7 5 (2.07%) GCIH
7 5 (2.07%) GIAC
7 5 (2.07%) MCSA
8 4 (1.66%) MCDST
9 3 (1.24%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (1.24%) DBS Check
9 3 (1.24%) MCITP
9 3 (1.24%) MCTS
10 2 (0.83%) GISP
11 1 (0.41%) ACMT
11 1 (0.41%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (6.64%) SLA
2 10 (4.15%) Disclosure Scotland
3 8 (3.32%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.24%) QA
4 3 (1.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 182 (75.52%) Active Directory
2 79 (32.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 40 (16.60%) Hyper-V
4 24 (9.96%) XenDesktop
5 17 (7.05%) VMware ESX
5 17 (7.05%) XenApp
6 14 (5.81%) vSphere
7 13 (5.39%) Microsoft App-V
8 11 (4.56%) VMware ESXi
9 8 (3.32%) BitLocker
9 8 (3.32%) Docker
10 7 (2.90%) Xen
11 5 (2.07%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (2.07%) VMware Server
11 5 (2.07%) XenServer
12 4 (1.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (1.66%) VMware Workstation
13 3 (1.24%) Virtual Machines
14 2 (0.83%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 2 (0.83%) VMware GSX
Systems Management
1 111 (46.06%) SCCM
2 37 (15.35%) SCOM
3 20 (8.30%) Norton AntiVirus
4 18 (7.47%) AirWatch
4 18 (7.47%) McAfee ePO
5 12 (4.98%) NetBackup
6 11 (4.56%) Puppet
7 10 (4.15%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 10 (4.15%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 8 (3.32%) SCVMM
9 6 (2.49%) BladeLogic
9 6 (2.49%) Sysprep
10 5 (2.07%) Backup Exec
10 5 (2.07%) Microsoft Clustering
11 4 (1.66%) HP Operations Orchestration
11 4 (1.66%) Nagios
11 4 (1.66%) NetVault Backup
12 3 (1.24%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 3 (1.24%) HAProxy
12 3 (1.24%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 168 (69.71%) Microsoft
2 111 (46.06%) VMware
3 61 (25.31%) HP
4 55 (22.82%) Citrix
5 46 (19.09%) Cisco
6 37 (15.35%) Dell
7 33 (13.69%) Symantec
8 32 (13.28%) Intel Security
9 13 (5.39%) Apple
9 13 (5.39%) MobileIron
10 10 (4.15%) EMC
10 10 (4.15%) Sophos
11 9 (3.73%) LANDesk
12 8 (3.32%) arcserve
12 8 (3.32%) CheckPoint
12 8 (3.32%) Google
13 7 (2.90%) NetApp
14 6 (2.49%) CA
14 6 (2.49%) Juniper
14 6 (2.49%) Lotus