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 29 July 2016 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
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
Rank 520 530 522
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -8
Contract jobs citing WSUS 142 119 111
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.26% 0.21% 0.20%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.35% 2.44% 2.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 83 67
Median daily rate £325 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £200 £184
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £275 £325
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 4 7
Median hourly rate £29.13 £72.25 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-59.68% +244.02%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £22.00 £19.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.20 £143.75 £189.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.13 £72.25 £21.00
% change year-on-year
-59.68% +244.02%

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
6048 4884 4500
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 11.23% 8.55% 8.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 3985 3010 2625
Median daily rate £450 £400 £382
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% +4.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £340
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 143 133
Median hourly rate £28.50 £21.61 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.89% +13.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £12.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.28 £44.64 £31.52
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £22.00 £20.06
% change year-on-year
+29.54% +9.67%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WSUS within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +8 123 £325 +5.69% 24
London +22 57 £355 +4.41% 8
North West +14 20 £330 +69.23% 1
Scotland +19 17 £300 - 1
Manchester - 15 £335 - 1
South East -18 14 £188 -36.44% 8
East of England +26 13 £185 -27.80% 3
Edinburgh +11 13 - -
South West -5 12 £325 -7.14% 2
City of London +42 10 £294 -10.98% 3
Norfolk - 8 £158 -
Hampshire -2 7 - -
Bristol +10 6 £315 -
Berkshire +1 5 - - 6
Lancashire -1 5 - -
Portsmouth - 5 - -
Wiltshire -4 4 £500 +25.00% 1
Erskine - 4 £300 -
Reading - 4 - - 4
Renfrewshire - 4 £300 -
Bedfordshire +5 3 £263 -8.69% 1
Luton +4 3 £263 -8.69%
West Midlands -23 3 £375 +18.11% 1
North East -47 2 £409 +48.81%
Newcastle upon Tyne -47 2 £409 +42.34%
Tyne and Wear -48 2 £409 +36.41%
Gloucestershire - 2 £325 - 1
Preston - 2 - -
Bolton - 2 £335 -
Hertfordshire +15 1 £188 -6.25% 1

WSUS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2016, 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.

1 239 (93.36%) Windows
2 199 (77.73%) Active Directory
3 164 (64.06%) Windows Server
4 154 (60.16%) Microsoft
5 137 (53.52%) VMware
6 124 (48.44%) SCCM
7 111 (43.36%) Windows Server 2008
8 109 (42.58%) VMware Infrastructure
9 78 (30.47%) PowerShell
10 75 (29.30%) Windows Server 2012
11 73 (28.52%) ITIL
12 67 (26.17%) DNS
13 65 (25.39%) Firewall
14 64 (25.00%) Citrix
15 57 (22.27%) Microsoft Certification
16 56 (21.88%) HP
17 55 (21.48%) SCOM
18 54 (21.09%) Windows Server 2003
19 53 (20.70%) MS Exchange
19 53 (20.70%) Linux
20 52 (20.31%) SQL Server
21 51 (19.92%) DHCP
22 48 (18.75%) Windows 7
23 43 (16.80%) MS Excel
24 40 (15.63%) SQL
25 39 (15.23%) MCSE
25 39 (15.23%) SAN
26 38 (14.84%) Security Cleared
27 37 (14.45%) VBScript
28 34 (13.28%) Dell

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 53 (20.70%) MS Exchange
2 27 (10.55%) IIS
3 17 (6.64%) Exchange Server 2010
3 17 (6.64%) SharePoint
4 15 (5.86%) Exchange Server 2013
5 13 (5.08%) Skype for Business
6 11 (4.30%) Apache
7 10 (3.91%) Exchange Server 2007
7 10 (3.91%) Tomcat
8 8 (3.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 5 (1.95%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2000
10 4 (1.56%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.39%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 43 (16.80%) MS Excel
2 33 (12.89%) MS Office
3 11 (4.30%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.39%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.39%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.39%) Dynamics GP
1 1 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 21 (8.20%) Office 365
2 8 (3.13%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (2.73%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (1.95%) Mimecast
5 4 (1.56%) SaaS
6 3 (1.17%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 67 (26.17%) DNS
2 65 (25.39%) Firewall
3 51 (19.92%) DHCP
4 39 (15.23%) SAN
5 20 (7.81%) Internet
6 16 (6.25%) LAN
6 16 (6.25%) TCP/IP
7 15 (5.86%) NetScaler
7 15 (5.86%) VoIP
7 15 (5.86%) WAN
8 14 (5.47%) VLAN
9 13 (5.08%) Remote Desktop
9 13 (5.08%) VPN
9 13 (5.08%) Wireless
10 10 (3.91%) Intrusion Detection
10 10 (3.91%) X.509
11 9 (3.52%) iSCSI
11 9 (3.52%) Wireless Security
12 7 (2.73%) Skype
13 6 (2.34%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (20.31%) SQL Server
2 12 (4.69%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (3.52%) SQL Server 2005
3 9 (3.52%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (1.56%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (0.78%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.39%) Apache Hive
6 1 (0.39%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.39%) MySQL
6 1 (0.39%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (3.13%) MSI
2 6 (2.34%) ClearCase
2 6 (2.34%) ClearQuest
2 6 (2.34%) InstallShield
3 5 (1.95%) WinDbg
4 3 (1.17%) Git (software)
4 3 (1.17%) GoCD
4 3 (1.17%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.78%) Fiddler
6 1 (0.39%) MSBuild
6 1 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.39%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 27 (10.55%) Finance
2 10 (3.91%) Back Office
3 9 (3.52%) Manufacturing
4 7 (2.73%) Banking
5 5 (1.95%) Financial Institution
5 5 (1.95%) Legal
6 3 (1.17%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.78%) Retail
8 1 (0.39%) Advertising
8 1 (0.39%) Electronics
8 1 (0.39%) Games
8 1 (0.39%) Marketing
8 1 (0.39%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 38 (14.84%) Windows Engineer
2 35 (13.67%) Support Engineer
3 33 (12.89%) Administrator
4 32 (12.50%) Analyst
5 28 (10.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 28 (10.94%) Systems Administrator
6 26 (10.16%) 3rd Line Support
7 21 (8.20%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 21 (8.20%) Server Engineer
8 18 (7.03%) Architect
9 17 (6.64%) Consultant
10 15 (5.86%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 15 (5.86%) Technical Analyst
10 15 (5.86%) Windows Administrator
11 14 (5.47%) Design Engineer
11 14 (5.47%) SCCM Engineer
11 14 (5.47%) Wintel Engineer
12 13 (5.08%) VMware Engineer
12 13 (5.08%) Windows Systems Administrator
13 11 (4.30%) Wintel Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.56%) Middleware
2 3 (1.17%) .NET
2 3 (1.17%) JSON
2 3 (1.17%) Web Services
3 2 (0.78%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.39%) DCOM
4 1 (0.39%) J2EE
4 1 (0.39%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 33 (12.89%) Clustering
2 26 (10.16%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (7.81%) Data Centre
4 17 (6.64%) PKI
5 11 (4.30%) Client/Server
6 8 (3.13%) Driving Licence
7 7 (2.73%) Blackberry
8 6 (2.34%) CMDB
8 6 (2.34%) Device Driver
8 6 (2.34%) EqualLogic
9 5 (1.95%) Cloud Native
9 5 (1.95%) Computer Science
9 5 (1.95%) EMC VNX
9 5 (1.95%) Replication
9 5 (1.95%) Video Conferencing
10 4 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (1.56%) Management Information System
10 4 (1.56%) Public Cloud
11 3 (1.17%) Life Science
11 3 (1.17%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 239 (93.36%) Windows
2 164 (64.06%) Windows Server
3 111 (43.36%) Windows Server 2008
4 75 (29.30%) Windows Server 2012
5 54 (21.09%) Windows Server 2003
6 53 (20.70%) Linux
7 48 (18.75%) Windows 7
8 23 (8.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 22 (8.59%) Unix
10 19 (7.42%) Windows 10
10 19 (7.42%) Windows XP
11 17 (6.64%) Windows 8
12 16 (6.25%) Mac OS X
13 11 (4.30%) Solaris
14 7 (2.73%) Mac OS X Server
14 7 (2.73%) Ubuntu
15 6 (2.34%) AIX
16 5 (1.95%) CentOS
16 5 (1.95%) Mac OS
17 4 (1.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (28.52%) ITIL
2 33 (12.89%) Virtual Environments
3 26 (10.16%) Patch Management
4 25 (9.77%) Configuration Management
5 19 (7.42%) Migration
5 19 (7.42%) Security Patching
6 17 (6.64%) Service Management
7 12 (4.69%) Performance Tuning
7 12 (4.69%) Service Delivery
8 11 (4.30%) ITSM
8 11 (4.30%) Kalman Filter
8 11 (4.30%) Project Management
9 10 (3.91%) Agile Software Development
9 10 (3.91%) Application Packaging
9 10 (3.91%) Disaster Recovery
9 10 (3.91%) Incident Management
9 10 (3.91%) SIEM
9 10 (3.91%) Software Distribution
10 9 (3.52%) Change Control
10 9 (3.52%) Network Architecture
Programming Languages
1 78 (30.47%) PowerShell
2 40 (15.63%) SQL
3 37 (14.45%) VBScript
4 21 (8.20%) Python
5 20 (7.81%) Bash Shell
6 17 (6.64%) Perl
7 10 (3.91%) PHP
8 9 (3.52%) Shell Script
9 6 (2.34%) VB
10 4 (1.56%) Java
10 4 (1.56%) JavaScript
10 4 (1.56%) Jython
11 2 (0.78%) Korn
11 2 (0.78%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.39%) C
12 1 (0.39%) C#
Qualifications
1 57 (22.27%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (15.23%) MCSE
3 38 (14.84%) Security Cleared
4 22 (8.59%) MCP
5 20 (7.81%) SC Cleared
6 19 (7.42%) MCSA
7 15 (5.86%) DV Cleared
8 12 (4.69%) MCTS
9 11 (4.30%) CISSP
9 11 (4.30%) Degree
10 10 (3.91%) ITIL Certification
11 9 (3.52%) MCITP
12 7 (2.73%) DBS Check
13 5 (1.95%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 5 (1.95%) SANS
13 5 (1.95%) SSCP
14 4 (1.56%) A+ Certification
14 4 (1.56%) CCA
14 4 (1.56%) Citrix Certification
14 4 (1.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (7.42%) SLA
2 14 (5.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (2.73%) PCI DSS
4 5 (1.95%) JSP 440
5 4 (1.56%) QA
6 3 (1.17%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.39%) DICOM
7 1 (0.39%) HL7
System Software
1 199 (77.73%) Active Directory
2 109 (42.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (12.11%) vSphere
4 29 (11.33%) Hyper-V
5 24 (9.38%) XenApp
6 23 (8.98%) BitLocker
7 22 (8.59%) VMware ESX
8 21 (8.20%) XenDesktop
9 18 (7.03%) Xen
10 16 (6.25%) Virtual Machines
11 12 (4.69%) Virtual Servers
12 11 (4.30%) ISA Server
12 11 (4.30%) Microsoft App-V
12 11 (4.30%) VMware ESXi
13 9 (3.52%) UAG
14 5 (1.95%) Samba
15 4 (1.56%) Terminal Server
15 4 (1.56%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 3 (1.17%) DFS Replication
16 3 (1.17%) Docker
Systems Management
1 124 (48.44%) SCCM
2 55 (21.48%) SCOM
3 25 (9.77%) Microsoft Clustering
4 22 (8.59%) Backup Exec
4 22 (8.59%) Puppet
5 18 (7.03%) McAfee ePO
6 16 (6.25%) Nagios
7 12 (4.69%) NetBackup
8 9 (3.52%) Norton AntiVirus
9 8 (3.13%) SCOrch
9 8 (3.13%) SCVMM
10 6 (2.34%) Failover Clustering
10 6 (2.34%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 5 (1.95%) CA Spectrum
11 5 (1.95%) Casper Suite
11 5 (1.95%) Perfmon
11 5 (1.95%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 5 (1.95%) WhatsUp Gold
12 4 (1.56%) FortiGate
12 4 (1.56%) HP Operations Orchestration
Vendors
1 154 (60.16%) Microsoft
2 137 (53.52%) VMware
3 64 (25.00%) Citrix
4 56 (21.88%) HP
5 34 (13.28%) Dell
5 34 (13.28%) Intel Security
5 34 (13.28%) Symantec
6 26 (10.16%) Cisco
6 26 (10.16%) Red Hat
7 23 (8.98%) Apple
8 21 (8.20%) NetApp
9 11 (4.30%) CA
10 10 (3.91%) LANDesk
10 10 (3.91%) Lumension
11 9 (3.52%) AppSense
11 9 (3.52%) Oracle
11 9 (3.52%) Splunk
12 8 (3.13%) IBM
13 7 (2.73%) Acronis
13 7 (2.73%) F5
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