Period
to 20 January 2018

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 20 January 2018 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
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 663 614 673
Rank change year-on-year -49 +59 +35
Contract jobs citing WSUS 174 218 166
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.19% 0.24% 0.17%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.65% 2.27% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 137 98
England median daily rate £350 £331 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.74% +1.85% +1.56%
10th Percentile £137 £184 £202
90th Percentile £538 £496 £450
UK median daily rate £350 £326 £325
% change year-on-year +7.53% +0.15% +0.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 8 19
England median hourly rate £20.00 £45.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.56% +114.29% -16.00%
10th Percentile £16.31 £34.72 £14.78
90th Percentile £29.65 £83.25 £49.00
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £45.75 £28.00
% change year-on-year -56.28% +63.39% +1.82%

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 10,531 9,623 8,473
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 11.50% 10.70% 8.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,276 6,175 5,264
England median daily rate £485 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.78% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £268 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £418
% change year-on-year +5.56% +7.78% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 241 225 314
England median hourly rate £17.00 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.00% - -
10th Percentile £11.00 £13.00 £11.19
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% - -

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

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 6 months to 20 January 2018.

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 6 months to 20 January 2018.

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 6 months to 20 January 2018. 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
London -30 69 £425 +21.43% 15
Midlands +25 33 £320 -28.89% 8
West Midlands +37 28 £325 -29.73% 6
South East -48 28 £350 +7.69% 15
North of England +17 26 £350 -6.67% 11
North West +6 17 £394 -9.48% 7
East of England -16 12 £283 +63.77% 7
South West 0 7 £225 -30.77% 8
Yorkshire +11 6 £350 +3.63% 4
East Midlands +6 5 £118 -50.53% 2
North East +35 3 £325 +8.33%
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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.

1 158 (90.80%) Windows
2 131 (75.29%) Active Directory
3 105 (60.34%) Microsoft
4 104 (59.77%) Windows Server
5 79 (45.40%) VMware
6 62 (35.63%) DNS
7 61 (35.06%) Windows Server 2012
8 55 (31.61%) SCCM
9 52 (29.89%) Linux
10 51 (29.31%) Windows Server 2008
11 50 (28.74%) Windows 7
12 49 (28.16%) VMware Infrastructure
13 41 (23.56%) PowerShell
14 37 (21.26%) SQL Server
15 35 (20.11%) TCP/IP
15 35 (20.11%) SAN
16 34 (19.54%) MS Exchange
16 34 (19.54%) Security Cleared
17 33 (18.97%) Cisco
17 33 (18.97%) Configuration Management
18 32 (18.39%) Firewall
19 30 (17.24%) DHCP
20 26 (14.94%) Citrix
20 26 (14.94%) McAfee
20 26 (14.94%) Microsoft Azure
21 25 (14.37%) SC Cleared
22 24 (13.79%) DevOps
23 23 (13.22%) Amazon AWS
23 23 (13.22%) SQL
24 22 (12.64%) ITIL

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 (19.54%) MS Exchange
2 13 (7.47%) SharePoint
3 8 (4.60%) Skype for Business
4 7 (4.02%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 6 (3.45%) SharePoint 2010
6 5 (2.87%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (2.87%) IIS
7 4 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (1.15%) Apache
8 2 (1.15%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 17 (9.77%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.57%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 26 (14.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (13.22%) Amazon AWS
3 19 (10.92%) Amazon EC2
3 19 (10.92%) Amazon ELB
3 19 (10.92%) Office 365
3 19 (10.92%) Route 53
3 19 (10.92%) Virtual Private Cloud
4 5 (2.87%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (1.72%) Mimecast
6 1 (0.57%) IaaS
6 1 (0.57%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 62 (35.63%) DNS
2 35 (20.11%) SAN
2 35 (20.11%) TCP/IP
3 32 (18.39%) Firewall
4 30 (17.24%) DHCP
5 20 (11.49%) LAN
6 11 (6.32%) WAN
7 8 (4.60%) Skype
8 7 (4.02%) SSL
9 6 (3.45%) Internet
9 6 (3.45%) VoIP
10 5 (2.87%) VPN
11 3 (1.72%) FTP
11 3 (1.72%) iSCSI
11 3 (1.72%) MPLS
12 2 (1.15%) Cisco IOS
12 2 (1.15%) SNMP
12 2 (1.15%) TACACS
12 2 (1.15%) VLAN
12 2 (1.15%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (21.26%) SQL Server
2 22 (12.64%) Amazon RDS
3 13 (7.47%) Power BI
4 4 (2.30%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 19 (10.92%) Artifactory
1 19 (10.92%) Git (software)
1 19 (10.92%) Jenkins
1 19 (10.92%) Sonatype Nexus
2 4 (2.30%) InstallShield
2 4 (2.30%) MSI
3 3 (1.72%) Chocolatey
3 3 (1.72%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.57%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.57%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 15 (8.62%) Finance
2 3 (1.72%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.15%) Automotive
3 2 (1.15%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.57%) Banking
4 1 (0.57%) Electronics
4 1 (0.57%) French Language
4 1 (0.57%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.57%) Legal
4 1 (0.57%) Local Government
4 1 (0.57%) Marketing
4 1 (0.57%) Military
4 1 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.57%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 24 (13.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 23 (13.22%) DevOps Engineer
3 14 (8.05%) Analyst
3 14 (8.05%) Support Engineer
4 13 (7.47%) 3rd Line Support
5 12 (6.90%) Technical Engineer
5 12 (6.90%) Technical Support
6 10 (5.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 10 (5.75%) SCCM Engineer
7 9 (5.17%) Server Engineer
8 8 (4.60%) 2nd Line Support
8 8 (4.60%) 3rd Line Technical Support
8 8 (4.60%) Administrator
8 8 (4.60%) Security Analyst
9 7 (4.02%) Windows Administrator
9 7 (4.02%) Windows Engineer
10 6 (3.45%) Desktop Support
10 6 (3.45%) Wintel Engineer
11 5 (2.87%) Consultant
11 5 (2.87%) Windows Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (10.92%) JSON
1 19 (10.92%) YAML
2 5 (2.87%) .NET
3 4 (2.30%) Web Services
4 1 (0.57%) LDAP
4 1 (0.57%) Middleware
4 1 (0.57%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 16 (9.20%) PKI
2 13 (7.47%) Data Centre
3 12 (6.90%) Blackberry
4 8 (4.60%) Management Information System
5 7 (4.02%) Replication
6 6 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (3.45%) Fat Client
6 6 (3.45%) Thin Client
7 4 (2.30%) Fintech
8 3 (1.72%) Clustering
8 3 (1.72%) NHS
9 2 (1.15%) Linux Command Line
10 1 (0.57%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.57%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.57%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.57%) FMCG
10 1 (0.57%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 1 (0.57%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 158 (90.80%) Windows
2 104 (59.77%) Windows Server
3 61 (35.06%) Windows Server 2012
4 52 (29.89%) Linux
5 51 (29.31%) Windows Server 2008
6 50 (28.74%) Windows 7
7 16 (9.20%) Windows 10
7 16 (9.20%) Windows Server 2003
8 9 (5.17%) Windows XP
9 6 (3.45%) Android
9 6 (3.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (2.87%) Apple iOS
10 5 (2.87%) SUSE
11 4 (2.30%) Windows 8
12 3 (1.72%) Mac OS
12 3 (1.72%) Mac OS X
12 3 (1.72%) Unix
13 2 (1.15%) CentOS
13 2 (1.15%) Solaris
13 2 (1.15%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (18.97%) Configuration Management
2 24 (13.79%) DevOps
3 22 (12.64%) ITIL
4 21 (12.07%) Build Automation
5 19 (10.92%) Business Intelligence
6 18 (10.34%) Agile Software Development
7 14 (8.05%) Migration
8 12 (6.90%) Patch Management
8 12 (6.90%) Release Management
9 11 (6.32%) Asset Management
10 9 (5.17%) Coaching
10 9 (5.17%) Problem Management
10 9 (5.17%) Vulnerability Assessment
11 8 (4.60%) Data Protection
11 8 (4.60%) Server Hardening
11 8 (4.60%) Service Delivery
12 7 (4.02%) Capacity Management
12 7 (4.02%) Mentoring
12 7 (4.02%) Mobile Device Management
12 7 (4.02%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 41 (23.56%) PowerShell
2 23 (13.22%) SQL
3 6 (3.45%) Shell Script
3 6 (3.45%) VBScript
4 4 (2.30%) Bash Shell
5 2 (1.15%) C
5 2 (1.15%) Perl
5 2 (1.15%) Python
6 1 (0.57%) VB
Qualifications
1 34 (19.54%) Security Cleared
2 25 (14.37%) SC Cleared
3 14 (8.05%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (6.32%) MCSE
5 9 (5.17%) DV Cleared
6 8 (4.60%) ITIL Certification
6 8 (4.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 7 (4.02%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (3.45%) CCNA
8 6 (3.45%) MCITP
9 5 (2.87%) CCA
9 5 (2.87%) Citrix Certification
9 5 (2.87%) Degree
10 4 (2.30%) CCNP
11 3 (1.72%) MCSA
12 2 (1.15%) ISEB
12 2 (1.15%) ISTQB
12 2 (1.15%) MCP
12 2 (1.15%) VCAP
13 1 (0.57%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.60%) SLA
2 3 (1.72%) PCI DSS
2 3 (1.72%) QA
3 2 (1.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.57%) COBIT
4 1 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.57%) GDPR
4 1 (0.57%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.57%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.57%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 131 (75.29%) Active Directory
2 49 (28.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (11.49%) VMware ESXi
4 18 (10.34%) Docker
5 14 (8.05%) vSphere
6 13 (7.47%) Microsoft App-V
7 12 (6.90%) Hyper-V
8 11 (6.32%) XenApp
9 10 (5.75%) VMware Workstation
10 9 (5.17%) Virtual Servers
11 7 (4.02%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 6 (3.45%) Terminal Services
13 4 (2.30%) BitLocker
14 3 (1.72%) Virtual Machines
14 3 (1.72%) Xen
14 3 (1.72%) XenDesktop
15 2 (1.15%) Samba
16 1 (0.57%) Firmware
16 1 (0.57%) ISA Server
16 1 (0.57%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 55 (31.61%) SCCM
2 18 (10.34%) Puppet
2 18 (10.34%) SCOM
3 17 (9.77%) Ansible
4 16 (9.20%) McAfee ePO
5 15 (8.62%) Norton AntiVirus
6 10 (5.75%) Terraform
7 9 (5.17%) Backup Exec
8 6 (3.45%) vCenter Server
9 5 (2.87%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 5 (2.87%) SafeCom
10 4 (2.30%) Microsoft Clustering
10 4 (2.30%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 4 (2.30%) NetBackup
11 3 (1.72%) Nagios
11 3 (1.72%) PowerCLI
12 2 (1.15%) Cisco LMS
12 2 (1.15%) Microsoft Intune
12 2 (1.15%) Opscode Chef
13 1 (0.57%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 105 (60.34%) Microsoft
2 79 (45.40%) VMware
3 33 (18.97%) Cisco
4 26 (14.94%) Citrix
4 26 (14.94%) McAfee
5 22 (12.64%) NetApp
6 19 (10.92%) HP
7 18 (10.34%) Symantec
8 16 (9.20%) Sophos
9 15 (8.62%) Qualys
10 10 (5.75%) Lumension
11 9 (5.17%) Dell
12 8 (4.60%) IBM
13 7 (4.02%) Apple
13 7 (4.02%) Remedy
14 6 (3.45%) MobileIron
14 6 (3.45%) Red Hat
14 6 (3.45%) Veeam
15 5 (2.87%) CommVault
15 5 (2.87%) SolarWinds