Period
to 7 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for WSUS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited WSUS over the 6 months to 7 April 2020 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.

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
UK > England
6 months to
7 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 509 660 679
Rank change year-on-year +151 +19 -19
Contract jobs citing WSUS 156 195 192
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.29% 0.22% 0.21%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.97% 1.46% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 122 131
Median daily rate £405 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.00% +7.14% -
10th Percentile £220 £200 £165
90th Percentile £538 £488 £538
UK median daily rate £405 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +8.00% +7.14% +7.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 9 5
Median hourly rate £16.50 £18.50 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.81% -29.52% +43.84%
10th Percentile £16.20 £15.02 £13.25
90th Percentile £22.60 £29.85 £87.60
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £18.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year -10.81% -11.90% -53.85%

WSUS is in the Systems Management category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for systems management skills.

All Systems Management Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 7,916 13,349 12,046
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.48% 15.06% 12.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,249 8,964 8,130
Median daily rate £500 £500 £495
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.01% +10.00%
10th Percentile £263 £313 £281
90th Percentile £675 £675 £625
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £483
% change year-on-year - +3.63% +7.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 248 317 260
Median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.60% +6.86% -13.58%
10th Percentile £12.44 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £47.00 £50.00 £47.53
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.56% +11.43% -13.58%

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing WSUS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for WSUS in England

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing WSUS in England.

Daily rate trend for WSUS in England

WSUS
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WSUS in England over the 6 months to 7 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for WSUS in England

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing WSUS in England.

Hourly rate trend for WSUS in England

WSUS
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing WSUS in England over the 6 months to 7 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for WSUS in England

WSUS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WSUS within the England region over the 6 months to 7 April 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
North of England +95 40 £400 +23.08% 6
London +111 33 £365 -8.75% 11
South East +108 31 £427 +23.05% 10
Midlands +67 26 £425 +25.93% 7
North West +61 25 £450 +132.26% 2
South West +20 20 £221 -33.28% 7
East Midlands +30 13 £400 +16.79% 3
Yorkshire +50 11 £315 -30.00% 2
West Midlands +58 9 £450 +33.33% 4
East of England +25 7 £438 +16.67% 7
North East +35 4 £375 -6.25% 2
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 7 April 2020, IT contractor jobs citing WSUS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for WSUS.

1 129 (82.69%) Windows
2 123 (78.85%) Active Directory
3 101 (64.74%) SCCM
4 85 (54.49%) VMware
5 80 (51.28%) Microsoft
6 79 (50.64%) Windows Server
7 65 (41.67%) Security Cleared
8 57 (36.54%) Windows 10
9 52 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
9 52 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
10 49 (31.41%) DHCP
11 47 (30.13%) Windows Server 2008
12 46 (29.49%) Hyper-V
12 46 (29.49%) PowerShell
13 44 (28.21%) ITIL
14 41 (26.28%) DNS
15 38 (24.36%) Windows Server 2016
16 37 (23.72%) SC Cleared
17 35 (22.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 34 (21.79%) DV Cleared
19 30 (19.23%) Microsoft App-V
19 30 (19.23%) Patch Management
20 29 (18.59%) Azure
21 28 (17.95%) SCOM
21 28 (17.95%) SAN
21 28 (17.95%) Linux
22 26 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
23 25 (16.03%) Citrix
23 25 (16.03%) Symantec
24 24 (15.38%) VMware ESXi

WSUS
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 21 (13.46%) SharePoint
2 13 (8.33%) IIS
2 13 (8.33%) MS Exchange
3 6 (3.85%) Skype for Business
4 5 (3.21%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (3.21%) Tomcat
5 4 (2.56%) Apache
6 3 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.28%) IBM Notes
7 2 (1.28%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.64%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 13 (8.33%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.56%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.92%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.64%) Mozilla Thunderbird
4 1 (0.64%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 29 (18.59%) Azure
2 18 (11.54%) Office 365
3 12 (7.69%) IaaS
4 8 (5.13%) AWS
5 6 (3.85%) PaaS
6 4 (2.56%) SaaS
7 1 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.64%) G Suite
7 1 (0.64%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 49 (31.41%) DHCP
2 41 (26.28%) DNS
3 28 (17.95%) SAN
4 20 (12.82%) Firewall
4 20 (12.82%) LAN
5 16 (10.26%) TCP/IP
6 9 (5.77%) WAN
7 8 (5.13%) iSCSI
8 7 (4.49%) Remote Desktop
8 7 (4.49%) VPN
9 5 (3.21%) IPv4
10 4 (2.56%) Fibre Channel
10 4 (2.56%) Network Security
10 4 (2.56%) VoIP
11 3 (1.92%) MPLS
11 3 (1.92%) NetScaler
11 3 (1.92%) VLAN
11 3 (1.92%) Wireless
12 2 (1.28%) IPsec
12 2 (1.28%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (10.90%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.28%) EDMS
2 2 (1.28%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.64%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 11 (7.05%) InstallShield
2 10 (6.41%) MSI
3 9 (5.77%) AdminStudio
4 4 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (1.28%) ClearCase
5 2 (1.28%) ClearQuest
5 2 (1.28%) Hudson
5 2 (1.28%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.64%) WinDbg
General
1 19 (12.18%) Public Sector
2 16 (10.26%) Finance
3 5 (3.21%) Back Office
4 3 (1.92%) Manufacturing
4 3 (1.92%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.28%) Electronics
5 2 (1.28%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.28%) Marketing
6 1 (0.64%) Local Government
6 1 (0.64%) Retail
Job Titles
1 23 (14.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 23 (14.74%) Support Engineer
2 19 (12.18%) Wintel Engineer
3 15 (9.62%) Windows Engineer
4 13 (8.33%) Applications Packager
5 11 (7.05%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 9 (5.77%) Desktop Engineer
6 9 (5.77%) VMware Engineer
7 8 (5.13%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 8 (5.13%) Server Engineer
8 7 (4.49%) Infrastructure Support
8 7 (4.49%) IT Support
8 7 (4.49%) Software Engineer
8 7 (4.49%) Technical Support
9 6 (3.85%) Architect
9 6 (3.85%) Consultant
9 6 (3.85%) Desktop Support
9 6 (3.85%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 6 (3.85%) IT Engineer
9 6 (3.85%) SCCM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.21%) Software Packaging
2 3 (1.92%) .NET
2 3 (1.92%) FIX Protocol
3 2 (1.28%) Apache NiFi
4 1 (0.64%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 26 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (12.82%) Clustering
3 19 (12.18%) Data Centre
4 12 (7.69%) Management Information System
5 11 (7.05%) User Experience
6 9 (5.77%) PKI
7 6 (3.85%) Client/Server
8 5 (3.21%) HP StoreVirtual
9 4 (2.56%) Enterprise Storage
10 3 (1.92%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (1.92%) Replication
10 3 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
10 3 (1.92%) SWIFT
11 2 (1.28%) Driving Licence
11 2 (1.28%) N-Tier
12 1 (0.64%) Blackberry
12 1 (0.64%) Linux Command Line
12 1 (0.64%) NHS
12 1 (0.64%) Private Cloud
12 1 (0.64%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 129 (82.69%) Windows
2 79 (50.64%) Windows Server
3 57 (36.54%) Windows 10
4 52 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 47 (30.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 38 (24.36%) Windows Server 2016
7 28 (17.95%) Linux
8 15 (9.62%) Windows 7
9 13 (8.33%) Unix
10 9 (5.77%) Windows 8
11 7 (4.49%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (4.49%) Windows XP
12 6 (3.85%) Windows Vista
13 5 (3.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (2.56%) Apple iOS
14 4 (2.56%) VMS
15 3 (1.92%) Mac OS X
16 2 (1.28%) AIX
16 2 (1.28%) Solaris
16 2 (1.28%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (28.21%) ITIL
2 35 (22.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 30 (19.23%) Patch Management
4 18 (11.54%) Data Protection
5 17 (10.90%) Project Delivery
5 17 (10.90%) Service Management
6 16 (10.26%) Project Management
7 15 (9.62%) Application Virtualisation
8 14 (8.97%) Asset Management
9 13 (8.33%) IT Strategy
10 12 (7.69%) Application Packaging
10 12 (7.69%) Migration
10 12 (7.69%) Problem Management
10 12 (7.69%) Problem-Solving
10 12 (7.69%) Security Patching
11 9 (5.77%) Antivirus Management
11 9 (5.77%) Mobile Device Management
12 8 (5.13%) ITSM
12 8 (5.13%) Server Building
12 8 (5.13%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 46 (29.49%) PowerShell
2 21 (13.46%) VB
3 18 (11.54%) SQL
4 12 (7.69%) VBScript
5 3 (1.92%) Bash Shell
5 3 (1.92%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.92%) Python
6 2 (1.28%) C#
6 2 (1.28%) Perl
6 2 (1.28%) PHP
7 1 (0.64%) C
7 1 (0.64%) C++
7 1 (0.64%) VBA
Qualifications
1 65 (41.67%) Security Cleared
2 37 (23.72%) SC Cleared
3 34 (21.79%) DV Cleared
4 23 (14.74%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (8.33%) MCSE
6 8 (5.13%) MCSA
7 4 (2.56%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (2.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (1.28%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.64%) CCENT
9 1 (0.64%) CCNA
9 1 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.64%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.64%) Degree
9 1 (0.64%) HND
9 1 (0.64%) MCP
9 1 (0.64%) Network+ Certification
9 1 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.85%) SLA
2 4 (2.56%) Government Security Classifications
2 4 (2.56%) NCSC
3 2 (1.28%) GDPR
3 2 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.64%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 123 (78.85%) Active Directory
2 52 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (29.49%) Hyper-V
4 30 (19.23%) Microsoft App-V
5 24 (15.38%) VMware ESXi
6 20 (12.82%) Virtual Desktop
7 15 (9.62%) Virtual Machines
8 13 (8.33%) Virtual Servers
9 12 (7.69%) DFS Replication
10 7 (4.49%) vSphere
11 5 (3.21%) vCloud
12 4 (2.56%) VMware Server
12 4 (2.56%) XenApp
13 2 (1.28%) Docker
13 2 (1.28%) Terminal Server
14 1 (0.64%) BitLocker
14 1 (0.64%) Forefront TMG
14 1 (0.64%) VMware Workstation
14 1 (0.64%) Xen
14 1 (0.64%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 101 (64.74%) SCCM
2 28 (17.95%) SCOM
3 19 (12.18%) Microsoft Clustering
3 19 (12.18%) Norton AntiVirus
4 14 (8.97%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 12 (7.69%) NetBackup
6 11 (7.05%) Failover Clustering
7 10 (6.41%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 9 (5.77%) SCDPM
8 9 (5.77%) SCSM
8 9 (5.77%) SCVMM
8 9 (5.77%) ThinApp
9 7 (4.49%) Puppet
10 5 (3.21%) BladeLogic
10 5 (3.21%) Microsoft Intune
10 5 (3.21%) Terraform
11 4 (2.56%) Jamf Pro
11 4 (2.56%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (2.56%) Tivoli
11 4 (2.56%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 85 (54.49%) VMware
2 80 (51.28%) Microsoft
3 25 (16.03%) Citrix
3 25 (16.03%) Symantec
4 20 (12.82%) HP
4 20 (12.82%) McAfee
5 18 (11.54%) Cisco
6 16 (10.26%) Dell
7 15 (9.62%) EMC
8 10 (6.41%) ArcSight
8 10 (6.41%) Ivanti
9 8 (5.13%) Sophos
10 7 (4.49%) Lumension
10 7 (4.49%) Veeam
11 6 (3.85%) Red Hat
12 5 (3.21%) Remedy
13 4 (2.56%) Apple
14 3 (1.92%) IBM
14 3 (1.92%) NetApp
14 3 (1.92%) Oracle