The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Systems Management category.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
Rank 481 424 537
Rank change year-on-year
-57 +113
Contract jobs citing WSUS 106 120 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.25% 0.084%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.58% 3.80% 1.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 67 32
Average daily rate £361 £400 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.68% +33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £217 £196 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £468 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £356 £270 £300
% change year-on-year
+31.66% -10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 2
Average hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £28.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.70% -39.82%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £28.25
% change year-on-year
+14.70% -39.82%
Systems Management Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Systems Management category
4115 3159 3757
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.31% 6.62% 6.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 2371 1814 2011
Average daily rate £388 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 155 158 161
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.50 £42.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +8.10%

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 18 April 2014.

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
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 18 April 2014. 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 each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -106 97 £356 -11.12% 24
London -46 36 £375 -14.28% 2
South East -9 21 £336 +24.25% 11
South West -13 11 £293 -34.92% 3
Yorkshire -17 10 £313 +4.16% 2
Hampshire +12 9 £450 +45.16%
Scotland -3 7 £450 - 1
North West -18 6 £375 +36.36% 2
City of London -22 6 £361 -19.72%
Manchester - 6 £375 - 2
Berkshire -10 5 £193 -28.70% 4
York - 5 £400 - 2
West Yorkshire - 5 £225 -
North Yorkshire - 5 £400 - 2
Leeds - 5 £225 -
Surrey -10 4 £338 +77.63% 5
West Midlands -12 4 £250 +25.00% 3
East of England -35 4 £253 +32.89%
Wiltshire - 4 - - 1
Croydon -9 3 £375 -11.76%
Cambridgeshire -16 3 £365 -
Midlands - 3 - -
Cambridge -4 2 - -
North East -26 2 - - 1
Edinburgh -28 2 £285 -
Slough - 2 £210 - 1
West Sussex -1 1 - -
Bedfordshire -17 1 £140 -25.33%
Buckinghamshire -18 1 - -
Luton - 1 £140 -

WSUS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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.

1 190 (86.36%) Windows
2 144 (65.45%) Active Directory
3 143 (65.00%) SCCM
4 133 (60.45%) Microsoft
5 106 (48.18%) Windows 7
6 94 (42.73%) VMware
7 85 (38.64%) Windows Server 2008
8 68 (30.91%) Security Cleared
9 66 (30.00%) Windows Server 2003
10 62 (28.18%) HP
11 61 (27.73%) DNS
12 57 (25.91%) VMware Infrastructure
13 54 (24.55%) PowerShell
14 53 (24.09%) SQL Server
15 49 (22.27%) DHCP
16 47 (21.36%) ITIL
16 47 (21.36%) SQL
17 46 (20.91%) SAN
18 45 (20.45%) MS Excel
18 45 (20.45%) MS Exchange
19 44 (20.00%) Windows 8
20 43 (19.55%) Citrix
21 41 (18.64%) SC Cleared
22 39 (17.73%) Cisco
23 37 (16.82%) MS Office
24 35 (15.91%) Migration
25 33 (15.00%) vSphere
26 29 (13.18%) Windows XP
26 29 (13.18%) VPN
27 28 (12.73%) Systems Management Server (SMS)

WSUS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 45 (20.45%) MS Exchange
2 23 (10.45%) IIS
2 23 (10.45%) Exchange Server 2010
2 23 (10.45%) Exchange Server 2007
3 13 (5.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 7 (3.18%) Lync
4 7 (3.18%) Exchange Server 2003
4 7 (3.18%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.36%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (1.36%) Tomcat
6 2 (0.91%) Apache
7 1 (0.45%) Exchange Server 5.5
7 1 (0.45%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.45%) Site Server
7 1 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 45 (20.45%) MS Excel
2 37 (16.82%) MS Office
3 2 (0.91%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (0.91%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 1 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.91%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (0.91%) SaaS
1 2 (0.91%) Office 365
2 1 (0.45%) Google Apps
2 1 (0.45%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 61 (27.73%) DNS
2 49 (22.27%) DHCP
3 46 (20.91%) SAN
4 29 (13.18%) VPN
5 27 (12.27%) Firewall
6 25 (11.36%) LAN
7 22 (10.00%) Internet
8 17 (7.73%) WAN
9 15 (6.82%) MPLS
10 13 (5.91%) LDAP
10 13 (5.91%) TCP/IP
11 10 (4.55%) SMTP
11 10 (4.55%) HTTP
12 8 (3.64%) Fibre Channel
13 6 (2.73%) Wireless
13 6 (2.73%) VLAN
14 5 (2.27%) Network Security
15 4 (1.82%) NAS
16 3 (1.36%) iSCSI
16 3 (1.36%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (24.09%) SQL Server
2 20 (9.09%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (6.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 13 (5.91%) SQL Server 2000
5 3 (1.36%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (0.91%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.91%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 24 (10.91%) MSI
2 20 (9.09%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.45%) JIRA
3 1 (0.45%) Ant
General
1 21 (9.55%) French Language
2 13 (5.91%) Finance
3 11 (5.00%) Telecoms
4 6 (2.73%) Japanese Language
5 5 (2.27%) German Language
5 5 (2.27%) Italian Language
6 4 (1.82%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.82%) Banking
7 2 (0.91%) Legal
8 1 (0.45%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.45%) Back Office
8 1 (0.45%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 23 (10.45%) Analyst
2 22 (10.00%) SCCM Engineer
3 21 (9.55%) Support Engineer
4 20 (9.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 20 (9.09%) Consultant
5 17 (7.73%) Desktop Support
6 15 (6.82%) Administrator
7 14 (6.36%) Desktop Engineer
8 13 (5.91%) Systems Administrator
9 12 (5.45%) Technical Specialist
10 11 (5.00%) SCCM Specialist
10 11 (5.00%) Support Analyst
10 11 (5.00%) Team Leader
11 10 (4.55%) Infrastructure Team Leader
12 9 (4.09%) Server Engineer
12 9 (4.09%) Windows Administrator
13 8 (3.64%) Desktop Support Analyst
13 8 (3.64%) Desktop Analyst
13 8 (3.64%) Wintel Engineer
13 8 (3.64%) Build Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (7.27%) .NET
2 7 (3.18%) JSP
3 1 (0.45%) Application Packaging
3 1 (0.45%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.45%) X-Windows
3 1 (0.45%) Middleware
3 1 (0.45%) WAP
3 1 (0.45%) CGI
3 1 (0.45%) Web Services
3 1 (0.45%) EDI
3 1 (0.45%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 20 (9.09%) Blackberry
2 15 (6.82%) Clustering
3 6 (2.73%) Replication
4 4 (1.82%) Client/Server
4 4 (1.82%) Thin Client
4 4 (1.82%) Fat Client
5 3 (1.36%) Wiki
5 3 (1.36%) Video Conferencing
5 3 (1.36%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.36%) CLARiiON
6 2 (0.91%) PKI
6 2 (0.91%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.45%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.45%) Firmware
7 1 (0.45%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 190 (86.36%) Windows
2 106 (48.18%) Windows 7
3 85 (38.64%) Windows Server 2008
4 66 (30.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 44 (20.00%) Windows 8
6 29 (13.18%) Windows XP
7 18 (8.18%) Linux
8 16 (7.27%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (3.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (2.73%) UNIX
10 6 (2.73%) Windows Vista
11 3 (1.36%) Windows NT
11 3 (1.36%) Windows 2000
11 3 (1.36%) AIX
11 3 (1.36%) Solaris
12 2 (0.91%) Windows Mobile
12 2 (0.91%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.91%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.45%) CentOS
13 1 (0.45%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (21.36%) ITIL
2 35 (15.91%) Migration
3 26 (11.82%) Problem Management
4 19 (8.64%) Project Management
5 15 (6.82%) Disaster Recovery
6 13 (5.91%) Service Management
7 12 (5.45%) Software Distribution
8 8 (3.64%) Change Management
8 8 (3.64%) Configuration Management
8 8 (3.64%) Customer Engagement
8 8 (3.64%) Capacity Planning
9 7 (3.18%) ITIL V3
9 7 (3.18%) Data Protection
9 7 (3.18%) Vulnerability Assessment
9 7 (3.18%) Security Management
10 5 (2.27%) Release Management
10 5 (2.27%) Incident Management
11 4 (1.82%) ERP
11 4 (1.82%) Performance Tuning
11 4 (1.82%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 54 (24.55%) PowerShell
2 47 (21.36%) SQL
3 20 (9.09%) C#
4 14 (6.36%) VBScript
5 6 (2.73%) VB
6 2 (0.91%) Java
7 1 (0.45%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.45%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.45%) Perl
7 1 (0.45%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.45%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 68 (30.91%) Security Cleared
2 41 (18.64%) SC Cleared
3 24 (10.91%) Microsoft Certification
4 23 (10.45%) DV Cleared
5 11 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (5.00%) MCITP
6 10 (4.55%) MCSE
6 10 (4.55%) Degree
7 9 (4.09%) CCNA
8 8 (3.64%) MCTS
8 8 (3.64%) MCSA
9 7 (3.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 4 (1.82%) CCNP
11 2 (0.91%) CCSA
11 2 (0.91%) SCSA
11 2 (0.91%) MCP
11 2 (0.91%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.45%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.55%) SLA
2 8 (3.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.91%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 144 (65.45%) Active Directory
2 57 (25.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (15.00%) vSphere
4 25 (11.36%) XenApp
5 18 (8.18%) Hyper-V
6 15 (6.82%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (5.00%) Terminal Server
8 8 (3.64%) VMware ESX
9 5 (2.27%) Terminal Services
9 5 (2.27%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.36%) Forefront TMG
10 3 (1.36%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 3 (1.36%) VMware Server
10 3 (1.36%) XenDesktop
11 2 (0.91%) VMware Workstation
11 2 (0.91%) VMware GSX
11 2 (0.91%) Samba
11 2 (0.91%) NFS
11 2 (0.91%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 2 (0.91%) Veritas File System
Systems Management
1 143 (65.00%) SCCM
2 28 (12.73%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 20 (9.09%) SCOM
3 20 (9.09%) NetBackup
4 15 (6.82%) Norton AntiVirus
5 9 (4.09%) Backup Exec
6 5 (2.27%) SCSM
7 4 (1.82%) SCOrch
7 4 (1.82%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (1.36%) Red Hat Spacewalk
8 3 (1.36%) HP SIM
8 3 (1.36%) ARCserve
9 2 (0.91%) WMI
9 2 (0.91%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 2 (0.91%) Veritas Storage Foundation
9 2 (0.91%) YUM
9 2 (0.91%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 1 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.45%) Puppet
10 1 (0.45%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 133 (60.45%) Microsoft
2 94 (42.73%) VMware
3 62 (28.18%) HP
4 43 (19.55%) Citrix
5 39 (17.73%) Cisco
6 25 (11.36%) Symantec
7 21 (9.55%) McAfee
8 15 (6.82%) Dell
9 14 (6.36%) CA
10 12 (5.45%) CheckPoint
11 10 (4.55%) Blue Coat
11 10 (4.55%) Veritas
12 9 (4.09%) Apple
12 9 (4.09%) CommVault
12 9 (4.09%) EMC
13 8 (3.64%) Brocade
13 8 (3.64%) NetApp
13 8 (3.64%) Sophos
13 8 (3.64%) MobileIron
14 6 (2.73%) IBM
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