The table below looks at the statistics for WSUS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited WSUS over the 3 months to 13 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
Rank 488 504 450
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -54
Contract jobs citing WSUS 135 89 127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.27% 0.17% 0.25%
As % of the Systems Management category 3.13% 2.06% 3.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 48 61
Average daily rate £350 £331 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.66% -5.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £353 £325 £334
% change year-on-year
+8.46% -2.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 18 10
Average hourly rate £41.50 £22.50 £27.20
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+84.44% -17.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.10 £18.70 £14.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.90 £29.75 £28.98
UK excluding London average hourly rate £41.50 £22.50 £27.20
% change year-on-year
+84.44% -17.27%

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
4320 4325 3802
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.52% 8.46% 7.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 2737 2565 2116
Average daily rate £429 £425 £382
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.88% +11.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £363 £345
% change year-on-year
+10.34% +5.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 144 136
Average hourly rate £35.00 £20.06 £19.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+74.47% +4.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.05 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.65 £34.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.00 £23.20
% change year-on-year
+59.09% -5.17%

WSUS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing WSUS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 13 February 2016.

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 13 February 2016.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WSUS within the UK over the 3 months to 13 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +39 118 £350 +7.69% 26
South East +45 54 £366 +12.69% 5
London -6 27 £285 -16.17% 8
Surrey +9 20 £330 +5.60% 1
Berkshire - 19 £353 - 2
South West +6 14 £400 +77.77% 2
Reading - 13 £425 - 2
Wiltshire +9 12 £394 +96.87%
Scotland +5 11 £430 +22.85% 1
Edinburgh +1 10 - -
West Midlands -11 9 £325 +62.50% 3
Hampshire - 8 £395 -
North West -5 7 - - 3
Swindon - 7 £375 -
Birmingham +1 6 £325 +62.50%
Redhill - 6 - -
City of London +44 5 £325 -10.95% 1
Kent -7 5 £450 -1.63% 1
Durham - 5 £280 -
Peterlee - 5 £280 -
North East - 5 £280 -
South Wales -11 4 - -
Wales -14 4 - -
Cardiff -15 4 - -
Lancashire - 4 - - 1
Manchester - 3 - -
Leatherhead - 3 - -
Slough - 3 £353 -
Hook - 3 £388 -
Coventry -7 2 £325 +62.50% 3

WSUS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing WSUS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited WSUS.

1 204 (92.31%) Windows
2 150 (67.87%) Active Directory
3 135 (61.09%) Microsoft
4 134 (60.63%) Windows Server
5 94 (42.53%) VMware
6 85 (38.46%) SCCM
7 80 (36.20%) Windows Server 2008
8 69 (31.22%) DNS
9 63 (28.51%) DHCP
10 61 (27.60%) Windows Server 2012
11 59 (26.70%) VMware Infrastructure
12 54 (24.43%) ITIL
12 54 (24.43%) Windows Server 2003
13 53 (23.98%) Firewall
14 50 (22.62%) PowerShell
15 49 (22.17%) SQL Server
16 46 (20.81%) Microsoft Certification
16 46 (20.81%) Citrix
17 44 (19.91%) HP
17 44 (19.91%) Security Cleared
18 41 (18.55%) Cisco
19 39 (17.65%) MCSE
19 39 (17.65%) Windows 7
20 38 (17.19%) Intel Security
21 37 (16.74%) MS Excel
21 37 (16.74%) SQL
21 37 (16.74%) MS Exchange
22 34 (15.38%) SC Cleared
23 31 (14.03%) Linux
24 26 (11.76%) SAN

WSUS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing WSUS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited WSUS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 37 (16.74%) MS Exchange
2 22 (9.95%) IIS
3 21 (9.50%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (5.88%) Skype for Business
5 12 (5.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 10 (4.52%) Exchange Server 2007
7 8 (3.62%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (2.71%) SharePoint
9 5 (2.26%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.45%) Apache
10 1 (0.45%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (0.45%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.45%) Tomcat
Applications
1 37 (16.74%) MS Excel
2 24 (10.86%) MS Office
3 5 (2.26%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.45%) MS Project
4 1 (0.45%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 5 (2.26%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.90%) Infor CRM
3 1 (0.45%) SAP CCM
3 1 (0.45%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 22 (9.95%) Office 365
2 11 (4.98%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (1.81%) SaaS
4 3 (1.36%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.90%) Mimecast
5 2 (0.90%) PaaS
6 1 (0.45%) GitHub
6 1 (0.45%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 69 (31.22%) DNS
2 63 (28.51%) DHCP
3 53 (23.98%) Firewall
4 26 (11.76%) SAN
5 25 (11.31%) LAN
5 25 (11.31%) TCP/IP
6 22 (9.95%) WAN
7 21 (9.50%) VPN
8 18 (8.14%) Wireless
9 15 (6.79%) Internet
10 14 (6.33%) Cisco ASA
11 13 (5.88%) iSCSI
11 13 (5.88%) VoIP
12 12 (5.43%) NAS
13 11 (4.98%) Wi-Fi
14 10 (4.52%) VLAN
15 9 (4.07%) Intrusion Detection
16 8 (3.62%) HTTP
16 8 (3.62%) LDAP
17 7 (3.17%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (22.17%) SQL Server
2 16 (7.24%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (4.07%) SQL Server 2005
4 6 (2.71%) Oracle Database
4 6 (2.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (2.26%) SQL Server 2014
6 4 (1.81%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (1.36%) Big Data
8 2 (0.90%) MySQL
8 2 (0.90%) Relational Database
8 2 (0.90%) SQLPlus
9 1 (0.45%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.45%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.45%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 4 (1.81%) ClearCase
1 4 (1.81%) ClearQuest
1 4 (1.81%) HP UFT
1 4 (1.81%) LoadRunner
2 3 (1.36%) Fiddler
3 1 (0.45%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.45%) MSBuild
3 1 (0.45%) MSI
3 1 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.45%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 18 (8.14%) Finance
2 5 (2.26%) Banking
3 3 (1.36%) Manufacturing
4 2 (0.90%) Local Government
5 1 (0.45%) Back Office
5 1 (0.45%) Law
5 1 (0.45%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 47 (21.27%) Support Engineer
2 31 (14.03%) Analyst
3 29 (13.12%) Windows Engineer
4 28 (12.67%) 3rd Line Support
5 25 (11.31%) Consultant
6 19 (8.60%) Systems Engineer
7 17 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 16 (7.24%) Wintel Engineer
9 15 (6.79%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 15 (6.79%) Server Engineer
9 15 (6.79%) Wintel Support
10 14 (6.33%) Field Engineer
10 14 (6.33%) IT Engineer
10 14 (6.33%) Systems Administrator
11 12 (5.43%) Administrator
11 12 (5.43%) Support Analyst
11 12 (5.43%) Wintel Support Engineer
12 11 (4.98%) Applications Support
12 11 (4.98%) Server Support
12 11 (4.98%) Windows Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.17%) .NET
2 5 (2.26%) Middleware
2 5 (2.26%) Web Services
3 4 (1.81%) ELK Stack
4 3 (1.36%) 802.1X
4 3 (1.36%) WAP
5 2 (0.90%) COM
5 2 (0.90%) Windows Identity Foundation
6 1 (0.45%) ADSI
6 1 (0.45%) Flash
6 1 (0.45%) J2EE
6 1 (0.45%) LAMP
6 1 (0.45%) RabbitMQ
6 1 (0.45%) Regular Expression
6 1 (0.45%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.45%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 24 (10.86%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (7.24%) Clustering
2 16 (7.24%) Data Centre
3 9 (4.07%) Blackberry
3 9 (4.07%) PKI
4 8 (3.62%) Driving Licence
5 7 (3.17%) CMDB
5 7 (3.17%) Management Information System
6 6 (2.71%) Public Cloud
6 6 (2.71%) Replication
7 5 (2.26%) Client/Server
7 5 (2.26%) Device Driver
8 3 (1.36%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.36%) Enterprise Storage
8 3 (1.36%) EqualLogic
8 3 (1.36%) Grid Computing
8 3 (1.36%) Smartcard
9 2 (0.90%) NHS
9 2 (0.90%) Statistics
9 2 (0.90%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 204 (92.31%) Windows
2 134 (60.63%) Windows Server
3 80 (36.20%) Windows Server 2008
4 61 (27.60%) Windows Server 2012
5 54 (24.43%) Windows Server 2003
6 39 (17.65%) Windows 7
7 31 (14.03%) Linux
8 16 (7.24%) Windows XP
9 12 (5.43%) Windows 10
10 11 (4.98%) Mac OS X
10 11 (4.98%) Windows 8
11 10 (4.52%) Unix
12 9 (4.07%) Mac OS X Server
13 6 (2.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (1.81%) Android
14 4 (1.81%) Windows Phone
15 3 (1.36%) Apple iOS
15 3 (1.36%) CentOS
15 3 (1.36%) Oracle Linux
16 2 (0.90%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (24.43%) ITIL
2 22 (9.95%) Migration
3 17 (7.69%) Service Management
4 14 (6.33%) ITSM
5 13 (5.88%) Disaster Recovery
5 13 (5.88%) Open Source
6 12 (5.43%) Mentoring
7 11 (4.98%) Patch Management
8 10 (4.52%) CRM
8 10 (4.52%) Problem Management
9 9 (4.07%) Change Control
9 9 (4.07%) Project Management
9 9 (4.07%) Release Management
9 9 (4.07%) Software Distribution
10 8 (3.62%) Identity Management
10 8 (3.62%) Incident Management
10 8 (3.62%) Load Balancing
10 8 (3.62%) Security Management
11 7 (3.17%) Change Management
11 7 (3.17%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 50 (22.62%) PowerShell
2 37 (16.74%) SQL
3 15 (6.79%) Perl
3 15 (6.79%) VBScript
4 12 (5.43%) Python
5 8 (3.62%) Shell Script
6 6 (2.71%) VB
7 5 (2.26%) Java
7 5 (2.26%) JavaScript
8 3 (1.36%) Jython
9 1 (0.45%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.45%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 46 (20.81%) Microsoft Certification
2 44 (19.91%) Security Cleared
3 39 (17.65%) MCSE
4 34 (15.38%) SC Cleared
5 23 (10.41%) MCSA
6 16 (7.24%) MCP
7 14 (6.33%) MCITP
8 10 (4.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 7 (3.17%) DBS Check
10 6 (2.71%) DV Cleared
11 5 (2.26%) Degree
11 5 (2.26%) MCTS
12 3 (1.36%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (1.36%) CCNA
12 3 (1.36%) Cisco Certification
13 2 (0.90%) CISSP
13 2 (0.90%) Citrix Certification
13 2 (0.90%) GCIH
13 2 (0.90%) GIAC
13 2 (0.90%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (4.98%) PCI DSS
2 6 (2.71%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (1.81%) QA
3 4 (1.81%) SLA
4 3 (1.36%) Data Quality
System Software
1 150 (67.87%) Active Directory
2 59 (26.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (11.31%) Hyper-V
4 24 (10.86%) VMware ESX
5 22 (9.95%) vSphere
6 16 (7.24%) ISA Server
7 15 (6.79%) XenApp
8 9 (4.07%) XenDesktop
8 9 (4.07%) XenServer
9 8 (3.62%) Samba
9 8 (3.62%) Terminal Services
9 8 (3.62%) UAG
10 7 (3.17%) VMware ESXi
11 6 (2.71%) Microsoft App-V
11 6 (2.71%) Terminal Server
11 6 (2.71%) VMware Workstation
12 5 (2.26%) BitLocker
13 4 (1.81%) NFS
14 3 (1.36%) Forefront TMG
15 2 (0.90%) Squid
Systems Management
1 85 (38.46%) SCCM
2 26 (11.76%) McAfee ePO
2 26 (11.76%) SCOM
3 21 (9.50%) Backup Exec
4 18 (8.14%) NetBackup
5 10 (4.52%) Norton AntiVirus
5 10 (4.52%) Puppet
5 10 (4.52%) SCOrch
6 7 (3.17%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 6 (2.71%) AppDNA
7 6 (2.71%) Nagios
7 6 (2.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 6 (2.71%) Sysprep
8 4 (1.81%) BladeLogic
8 4 (1.81%) BMC Marimba
8 4 (1.81%) Cacti
8 4 (1.81%) HP Quality Center
8 4 (1.81%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 3 (1.36%) HP Operations Orchestration
9 3 (1.36%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 135 (61.09%) Microsoft
2 94 (42.53%) VMware
3 46 (20.81%) Citrix
4 44 (19.91%) HP
5 41 (18.55%) Cisco
6 38 (17.19%) Intel Security
7 25 (11.31%) Symantec
8 18 (8.14%) Oracle
9 16 (7.24%) Dell
9 16 (7.24%) SolarWinds
10 15 (6.79%) NetApp
11 13 (5.88%) CA
12 10 (4.52%) Spiceworks
12 10 (4.52%) Splunk
13 9 (4.07%) CommVault
13 9 (4.07%) IBM
14 8 (3.62%) BMC
15 7 (3.17%) Apple
15 7 (3.17%) CheckPoint
15 7 (3.17%) Red Hat
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