Period
to 8 August 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 8 August 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
8 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 439 592 598
Rank change year-on-year +153 +6 +76
Contract jobs citing WSUS 82 230 281
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.26% 0.28% 0.30%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.72% 1.84% 2.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 134 192
Median daily rate £403 £400 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.63% +19.40% +6.35%
10th Percentile £215 £220 £185
90th Percentile £526 £500 £488
UK median daily rate £403 £400 £350
% change year-on-year +0.63% +14.29% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 11
Median hourly rate £35.00 £52.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% +176.32% +9.35%
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +171.43% -7.89% +9.35%

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 4,755 12,469 12,815
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.22% 15.01% 13.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,103 8,429 8,671
Median daily rate £500 £500 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +2.63%
10th Percentile £306 £300 £288
90th Percentile £675 £675 £644
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +3.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 117 279 357
Median hourly rate £35.00 £20.00 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +75.00% +3.90% +10.79%
10th Percentile £13.66 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £47.63 £49.13 £50.10
Median hourly rate £35.00 £21.00 £19.13
% change year-on-year +66.67% +9.80% +9.29%

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 8 August 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
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 8 August 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
South East +149 21 £395 -1.25% 8
London +148 20 £350 -6.67% 1
South West +51 20 £481 +20.19% 5
North of England +120 10 £394 +31.25% 10
North West +80 9 £394 +5.00% 5
Midlands +76 6 £350 -17.65% 6
East of England +78 5 £293 -27.78% 3
West Midlands +58 2 £450 +5.88% 4
East Midlands +43 2 £350 -17.74% 2
Yorkshire +74 1 - - 1
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 8 August 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 67 (81.71%) Windows
2 66 (80.49%) Active Directory
3 61 (74.39%) SCCM
4 45 (54.88%) Security Cleared
4 45 (54.88%) Microsoft
5 43 (52.44%) Windows Server
6 38 (46.34%) Windows 10
7 32 (39.02%) VMware
8 30 (36.59%) Windows Server 2012
9 28 (34.15%) SC Cleared
10 27 (32.93%) VMware Infrastructure
10 27 (32.93%) Windows Server 2008
11 24 (29.27%) PowerShell
12 22 (26.83%) DV Cleared
13 21 (25.61%) ITIL
13 21 (25.61%) DHCP
14 20 (24.39%) Hyper-V
14 20 (24.39%) Windows Server 2016
15 19 (23.17%) DNS
15 19 (23.17%) Citrix
16 17 (20.73%) SQL Server
17 16 (19.51%) MS Exchange
17 16 (19.51%) Management Information System
17 16 (19.51%) Patch Management
17 16 (19.51%) Application Virtualisation
18 14 (17.07%) Virtual Machines
18 14 (17.07%) Data Protection
18 14 (17.07%) SCOM
18 14 (17.07%) Microsoft App-V
18 14 (17.07%) SAN

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 16 (19.51%) MS Exchange
2 10 (12.20%) IIS
3 9 (10.98%) SharePoint
4 8 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (3.66%) IBM Notes
6 2 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (2.44%) Skype for Business
7 1 (1.22%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 6 (7.32%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (4.88%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 12 (14.63%) Azure
2 10 (12.20%) SaaS
3 6 (7.32%) AWS
3 6 (7.32%) Office 365
4 4 (4.88%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (2.44%) OneDrive
6 1 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (1.22%) G Suite
6 1 (1.22%) IaaS
6 1 (1.22%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (25.61%) DHCP
2 19 (23.17%) DNS
3 14 (17.07%) SAN
4 11 (13.41%) Firewall
4 11 (13.41%) VoIP
5 9 (10.98%) Skype
6 7 (8.54%) IPv4
6 7 (8.54%) LAN
7 6 (7.32%) WAN
8 3 (3.66%) IPsec
8 3 (3.66%) TCP/IP
8 3 (3.66%) Wireless
9 2 (2.44%) Cisco Firepower
9 2 (2.44%) Internet
9 2 (2.44%) Junos
9 2 (2.44%) NAS
9 2 (2.44%) NetScaler
10 1 (1.22%) Cisco Nexus
10 1 (1.22%) Cisco Wireless
10 1 (1.22%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (20.73%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.44%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (2.44%) SQL Server 2017
3 1 (1.22%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 7 (8.54%) MSI
2 3 (3.66%) ClearCase
2 3 (3.66%) ClearQuest
3 2 (2.44%) Hudson
General
1 10 (12.20%) Public Sector
2 8 (9.76%) Finance
3 3 (3.66%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.22%) Advertising
4 1 (1.22%) Electronics
4 1 (1.22%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.22%) Marketing
4 1 (1.22%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (13.41%) Support Engineer
2 9 (10.98%) Applications Packager
2 9 (10.98%) Technical Support
3 7 (8.54%) Windows Engineer
4 6 (7.32%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 6 (7.32%) 3rd Line Support
4 6 (7.32%) Consultant
4 6 (7.32%) IAM Consultant
4 6 (7.32%) Server Engineer
5 5 (6.10%) Desktop Support
5 5 (6.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (6.10%) IT Support
5 5 (6.10%) Support Officer
5 5 (6.10%) Technical Support Officer
6 4 (4.88%) Architect
6 4 (4.88%) Desktop Engineer
6 4 (4.88%) Infrastructure Architect
7 3 (3.66%) Author
7 3 (3.66%) Software Engineer
7 3 (3.66%) Technical Author
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.10%) Software Packaging
2 3 (3.66%) AngularJS
2 3 (3.66%) Node.js
2 3 (3.66%) OAuth
2 3 (3.66%) OpenID
2 3 (3.66%) React
2 3 (3.66%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (19.51%) Management Information System
2 11 (13.41%) Clustering
3 10 (12.20%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (8.54%) HP StoreVirtual
5 6 (7.32%) User Experience
6 4 (4.88%) Client/Server
7 3 (3.66%) Data Centre
7 3 (3.66%) Replication
8 1 (1.22%) Driving Licence
8 1 (1.22%) EMC VNX
8 1 (1.22%) FlexPod
8 1 (1.22%) PKI
8 1 (1.22%) Public Cloud
8 1 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 67 (81.71%) Windows
2 43 (52.44%) Windows Server
3 38 (46.34%) Windows 10
4 30 (36.59%) Windows Server 2012
5 27 (32.93%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (24.39%) Windows Server 2016
7 10 (12.20%) Windows 7
7 10 (12.20%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (7.32%) Apple iOS
8 6 (7.32%) Linux
8 6 (7.32%) Windows Vista
9 5 (6.10%) Windows 8
9 5 (6.10%) Windows XP
10 3 (3.66%) AIX
10 3 (3.66%) Mac OS X
11 2 (2.44%) Unix
11 2 (2.44%) Windows Server 2019
12 1 (1.22%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (25.61%) ITIL
2 16 (19.51%) Application Virtualisation
2 16 (19.51%) Patch Management
3 14 (17.07%) Data Protection
4 13 (15.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 11 (13.41%) Cybersecurity
6 9 (10.98%) Continuous Improvement
6 9 (10.98%) High Availability
6 9 (10.98%) Identity Access Management
7 8 (9.76%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (9.76%) Application Packaging
7 8 (9.76%) Information Security
8 7 (8.54%) Asset Management
8 7 (8.54%) Security Patching
8 7 (8.54%) Service Management
9 6 (7.32%) Network Management
9 6 (7.32%) Problem Management
9 6 (7.32%) Software Asset Management
10 5 (6.10%) Integration Testing
10 5 (6.10%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (29.27%) PowerShell
2 9 (10.98%) Java
2 9 (10.98%) JavaScript
2 9 (10.98%) Python
2 9 (10.98%) VB
3 8 (9.76%) VBScript
4 5 (6.10%) SQL
5 3 (3.66%) C
Qualifications
1 45 (54.88%) Security Cleared
2 28 (34.15%) SC Cleared
3 22 (26.83%) DV Cleared
4 11 (13.41%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (7.32%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (4.88%) DBS Check
6 4 (4.88%) MCSA
7 3 (3.66%) CCNA
7 3 (3.66%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (3.66%) Degree
7 3 (3.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.22%) HND
8 1 (1.22%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.54%) Government Security Classifications
1 7 (8.54%) NCSC
2 4 (4.88%) SLA
3 3 (3.66%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (1.22%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 66 (80.49%) Active Directory
2 27 (32.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (24.39%) Hyper-V
4 14 (17.07%) Microsoft App-V
4 14 (17.07%) Virtual Machines
5 12 (14.63%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (13.41%) Virtual Desktop
7 6 (7.32%) DFS Replication
7 6 (7.32%) Virtual Servers
7 6 (7.32%) vSphere
8 4 (4.88%) XenApp
9 3 (3.66%) OpenAM
9 3 (3.66%) Terminal Server
9 3 (3.66%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (1.22%) Firmware
10 1 (1.22%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (1.22%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 61 (74.39%) SCCM
2 14 (17.07%) SCOM
3 13 (15.85%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 10 (12.20%) Microsoft Clustering
5 9 (10.98%) Single Sign-On
6 8 (9.76%) Norton AntiVirus
7 7 (8.54%) Failover Clustering
8 6 (7.32%) McAfee ePO
8 6 (7.32%) SCDPM
8 6 (7.32%) SCSM
8 6 (7.32%) SCVMM
9 5 (6.10%) BladeLogic
9 5 (6.10%) Microsoft Intune
9 5 (6.10%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 4 (4.88%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 3 (3.66%) Backup Exec
11 3 (3.66%) FreeIPA
11 3 (3.66%) Tivoli
11 3 (3.66%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 3 (3.66%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 45 (54.88%) Microsoft
2 32 (39.02%) VMware
3 19 (23.17%) Citrix
4 13 (15.85%) HP
4 13 (15.85%) McAfee
4 13 (15.85%) Symantec
5 10 (12.20%) Sophos
6 8 (9.76%) Cisco
6 8 (9.76%) Lumension
6 8 (9.76%) ServiceNow
7 7 (8.54%) SolarWinds
8 6 (7.32%) Apple
8 6 (7.32%) ArcSight
8 6 (7.32%) Dell
9 5 (6.10%) Veeam
10 4 (4.88%) NetApp
10 4 (4.88%) Remedy
11 3 (3.66%) Avaya
11 3 (3.66%) EMC
11 3 (3.66%) Lotus