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 3 months to 26 June 2017 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 504 511 534
Rank change year-on-year +7 +23  
Contract jobs citing WSUS 85 112 102
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.23% 0.20%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.82% 2.04% 2.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 55 61
Median daily rate £325 £350 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £221 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £490 £445
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £308 £291
% change year-on-year +2.43% +5.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 16 6
Median hourly rate £20.86 £24.91 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.25% -37.73%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.22 £16.92 £13.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £44.64 £80.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £24.91 £40.00
% change year-on-year +10.41% -37.73%  

WSUS is in the systems management skills category. The next 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.

Systems Management Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 4683 5498 4440
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 10.85% 11.28% 8.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 3093 3618 2758
Median daily rate £488 £450 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% +9.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £290 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £447 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +11.62% +5.40%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 112 150
Median hourly rate £17.77 £28.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.53% +33.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £17.09 £12.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £34.85 £20.19
% change year-on-year -49.78% +72.65%  

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing WSUS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Systems Management category.

Job vacancy trend for WSUS in England

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for WSUS in England

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WSUS in England over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WSUS in England

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WSUS in England

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing WSUS in England over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor 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 3 months to 26 June 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
South East +27 22 £360 -7.69% 2
London -38 19 £340 -6.20% 10
South West +16 18 £295 -46.36% 1
West Midlands +24 7 £113 -59.09% 4
Yorkshire - 7 £313 - 4
North West +19 5 £301 -10.96% 2
East of England -8 5 £475 +190.51% 1
East Midlands - 2 £215 - 1
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 across the England region with a requirement for WSUS.

1 137 (88.39%) Windows
2 116 (74.84%) Active Directory
3 80 (51.61%) Windows Server
4 79 (50.97%) Microsoft
5 62 (40.00%) VMware
6 61 (39.35%) SCCM
7 59 (38.06%) Windows Server 2012
8 55 (35.48%) Windows Server 2008
8 55 (35.48%) DNS
9 51 (32.90%) PowerShell
10 46 (29.68%) DHCP
11 38 (24.52%) ITIL
12 36 (23.23%) Windows 7
13 34 (21.94%) MS Exchange
14 29 (18.71%) SAN
14 29 (18.71%) SQL
14 29 (18.71%) Windows 10
15 28 (18.06%) Windows Server 2003
16 27 (17.42%) SQL Server
16 27 (17.42%) Patch Management
16 27 (17.42%) Hyper-V
16 27 (17.42%) VMware Infrastructure
17 26 (16.77%) Finance
18 25 (16.13%) Migration
18 25 (16.13%) Cisco
18 25 (16.13%) LAN
18 25 (16.13%) Security Cleared
19 24 (15.48%) Citrix
20 23 (14.84%) Linux
21 21 (13.55%) Symantec

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 34 (21.94%) MS Exchange
2 18 (11.61%) Exchange Server 2010
3 15 (9.68%) Exchange Server 2013
4 13 (8.39%) IIS
5 11 (7.10%) SharePoint
6 8 (5.16%) Exchange Server 2007
7 7 (4.52%) Skype for Business
8 4 (2.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (2.58%) Tomcat
9 3 (1.94%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (1.94%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (1.29%) Apache
11 1 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 11 (7.10%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.94%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.65%) Acrobat
3 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.65%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (3.87%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (1.94%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.65%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.65%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 14 (9.03%) Office 365
2 9 (5.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (3.87%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.94%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.65%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.65%) G Suite
5 1 (0.65%) IaaS
5 1 (0.65%) iTunes
5 1 (0.65%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.65%) SaaS
5 1 (0.65%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 55 (35.48%) DNS
2 46 (29.68%) DHCP
3 29 (18.71%) SAN
4 25 (16.13%) LAN
5 17 (10.97%) Firewall
5 17 (10.97%) WAN
6 14 (9.03%) Remote Desktop
7 12 (7.74%) TCP/IP
8 10 (6.45%) Internet
8 10 (6.45%) VPN
9 9 (5.81%) Cisco IOS
9 9 (5.81%) SMTP
10 8 (5.16%) NAS
11 7 (4.52%) Cisco ASA
11 7 (4.52%) IP Telephony
12 6 (3.87%) Skype
13 5 (3.23%) Network Security
14 4 (2.58%) MPLS
15 3 (1.94%) FTP
15 3 (1.94%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (17.42%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.58%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.29%) MySQL
3 2 (1.29%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.29%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.65%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.65%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 3 (1.94%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 26 (16.77%) Finance
2 6 (3.87%) Back Office
2 6 (3.87%) Manufacturing
3 5 (3.23%) Electronics
3 5 (3.23%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.58%) Marketing
5 3 (1.94%) Retail
6 1 (0.65%) Banking
6 1 (0.65%) Legal
6 1 (0.65%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 26 (16.77%) Consultant
1 26 (16.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 18 (11.61%) Analyst
3 15 (9.68%) Support Engineer
3 15 (9.68%) Windows Consultant
4 13 (8.39%) 3rd Line Support
4 13 (8.39%) Windows Engineer
5 12 (7.74%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 11 (7.10%) Desktop Support
6 11 (7.10%) Support Analyst
7 10 (6.45%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 10 (6.45%) Administrator
7 10 (6.45%) VMware Engineer
8 9 (5.81%) Active Directory Consultant
8 9 (5.81%) Server Engineer
9 8 (5.16%) Active Directory Engineer
9 8 (5.16%) Infrastructure Support
10 7 (4.52%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 7 (4.52%) Deployment Specialist
10 7 (4.52%) SCCM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.29%) .NET
1 2 (1.29%) Web Services
2 1 (0.65%) Middleware
2 1 (0.65%) WAP
2 1 (0.65%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 17 (10.97%) Clustering
2 12 (7.74%) Data Centre
3 9 (5.81%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (5.81%) Management Information System
4 8 (5.16%) Client/Server
5 6 (3.87%) PKI
5 6 (3.87%) Replication
6 4 (2.58%) Blackberry
6 4 (2.58%) EMC VNX
6 4 (2.58%) Fat Client
6 4 (2.58%) Thin Client
7 3 (1.94%) HP Storage
7 3 (1.94%) iPad
7 3 (1.94%) VAX
8 2 (1.29%) Driving Licence
8 2 (1.29%) Life Science
8 2 (1.29%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.65%) Cloud Native
9 1 (0.65%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.65%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 137 (88.39%) Windows
2 80 (51.61%) Windows Server
3 59 (38.06%) Windows Server 2012
4 55 (35.48%) Windows Server 2008
5 36 (23.23%) Windows 7
6 29 (18.71%) Windows 10
7 28 (18.06%) Windows Server 2003
8 23 (14.84%) Linux
9 12 (7.74%) Windows 8
10 10 (6.45%) Android
11 6 (3.87%) Unix
11 6 (3.87%) Windows 2000 Server
11 6 (3.87%) Windows Vista
12 3 (1.94%) CentOS
13 2 (1.29%) AIX
13 2 (1.29%) Mac OS X
13 2 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (1.29%) Ubuntu
13 2 (1.29%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.65%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (24.52%) ITIL
2 27 (17.42%) Patch Management
3 25 (16.13%) Migration
4 14 (9.03%) Security Patching
5 13 (8.39%) Change Management
5 13 (8.39%) Disaster Recovery
5 13 (8.39%) Mobile Device Management
5 13 (8.39%) Service Management
6 11 (7.10%) Application Packaging
6 11 (7.10%) Software Deployment
7 9 (5.81%) Infrastructure Monitoring
7 9 (5.81%) Problem Management
8 8 (5.16%) Customer Engagement
8 8 (5.16%) Server Building
9 6 (3.87%) Configuration Management
9 6 (3.87%) Stakeholder Management
9 6 (3.87%) Task Automation
9 6 (3.87%) Virtual Infrastructure
10 5 (3.23%) Asset Management
10 5 (3.23%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 51 (32.90%) PowerShell
2 29 (18.71%) SQL
3 20 (12.90%) VB
4 18 (11.61%) VBScript
5 3 (1.94%) Bash Shell
5 3 (1.94%) C#
5 3 (1.94%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.29%) C
6 2 (1.29%) Java
6 2 (1.29%) Python
6 2 (1.29%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.65%) Perl
Qualifications
1 25 (16.13%) Security Cleared
2 15 (9.68%) Microsoft Certification
3 14 (9.03%) Degree
4 13 (8.39%) DV Cleared
5 11 (7.10%) MCITP
5 11 (7.10%) SC Cleared
6 7 (4.52%) MCSE
6 7 (4.52%) MCTS
7 3 (1.94%) CCNA
7 3 (1.94%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (1.29%) CISSP
8 2 (1.29%) DBS Check
8 2 (1.29%) GCIH
8 2 (1.29%) MCDST
8 2 (1.29%) MCP
9 1 (0.65%) GCIA
9 1 (0.65%) GIAC
9 1 (0.65%) GISP
9 1 (0.65%) MCSA
9 1 (0.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.52%) SLA
2 3 (1.94%) COBIT
2 3 (1.94%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.65%) COSO
4 1 (0.65%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.65%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.65%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.65%) PMO
4 1 (0.65%) RMADS
System Software
1 116 (74.84%) Active Directory
2 27 (17.42%) Hyper-V
2 27 (17.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (9.03%) Microsoft App-V
3 14 (9.03%) vSphere
4 10 (6.45%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (5.16%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (4.52%) XenApp
7 6 (3.87%) Terminal Services
7 6 (3.87%) XenDesktop
8 4 (2.58%) VMware Workstation
9 3 (1.94%) BitLocker
9 3 (1.94%) DFS Replication
9 3 (1.94%) vCloud
10 2 (1.29%) Terminal Server
10 2 (1.29%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (1.29%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (1.29%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.65%) Docker
11 1 (0.65%) Xen
Systems Management
1 61 (39.35%) SCCM
2 14 (9.03%) McAfee ePO
3 13 (8.39%) Norton AntiVirus
4 11 (7.10%) Backup Exec
5 10 (6.45%) NetBackup
6 9 (5.81%) AirWatch
7 8 (5.16%) SCOM
8 7 (4.52%) BladeLogic
9 6 (3.87%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 5 (3.23%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 4 (2.58%) Puppet
11 4 (2.58%) SafeCom
12 2 (1.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 2 (1.29%) HP Data Protector
12 2 (1.29%) HP SIM
12 2 (1.29%) Microsoft Clustering
12 2 (1.29%) Opscode Chef
12 2 (1.29%) SmoothWall
12 2 (1.29%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 2 (1.29%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 79 (50.97%) Microsoft
2 62 (40.00%) VMware
3 25 (16.13%) Cisco
4 24 (15.48%) Citrix
5 21 (13.55%) Symantec
6 19 (12.26%) HP
7 18 (11.61%) McAfee
8 14 (9.03%) Veeam
9 11 (7.10%) Dell
10 9 (5.81%) MobileIron
10 9 (5.81%) NetApp
11 8 (5.16%) Oracle
12 6 (3.87%) IBM
12 6 (3.87%) SAP
12 6 (3.87%) SolarWinds
13 5 (3.23%) Nimble Storage
14 4 (2.58%) Dell Compellent
14 4 (2.58%) EMC
14 4 (2.58%) Sage
14 4 (2.58%) Sophos
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