Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 592 676 628
Rank change year-on-year +84 -48 +43
Contract jobs citing WSUS 268 175 257
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.29% 0.19% 0.26%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.09% 1.69% 2.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 181 109 153
England median daily rate £335 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.08% - +4.00%
10th Percentile £200 £161 £188
90th Percentile £488 £450 £485
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +7.69% - +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 18 27
England median hourly rate £18.50 £20.00 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.50% -43.66% +78.84%
10th Percentile £12.25 £13.51 £12.15
90th Percentile £28.25 £29.58 £47.10
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £20.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year -7.50% -43.66% +39.22%

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 12,853 10,325 11,462
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.91% 11.46% 11.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,723 6,933 7,431
England median daily rate £500 £475 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +8.57% +9.38%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
90th Percentile £650 £613 £588
UK median daily rate £488 £463 £425
% change year-on-year +5.41% +8.82% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 368 237 248
England median hourly rate £18.70 £17.50 £22.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.86% -21.79% +10.85%
10th Percentile £12.25 £10.65 £13.00
90th Percentile £47.00 £47.83 £47.76
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £23.78
% change year-on-year +3.89% -24.31% +18.90%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 +29 86 £335 -4.29% 10
South East -11 54 £275 -19.12% 4
Midlands +16 51 £400 +90.48% 11
West Midlands -7 39 £438 +153.62% 7
North of England -19 30 £350 +7.69% 6
South West -12 26 £325 +10.17% 10
East of England +10 21 £325 -21.21% 1
North West -7 16 £325 - 2
Yorkshire -10 14 £350 - 3
East Midlands +13 12 £319 +48.37% 4
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 23 September 2018, 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.

1 242 (90.30%) Windows
2 180 (67.16%) Active Directory
3 158 (58.96%) Microsoft
4 153 (57.09%) Windows Server
5 126 (47.01%) SCCM
6 120 (44.78%) VMware
7 86 (32.09%) Windows 7
8 83 (30.97%) PowerShell
9 80 (29.85%) DNS
10 76 (28.36%) VMware Infrastructure
11 73 (27.24%) Windows Server 2012
12 68 (25.37%) ITIL
13 66 (24.63%) Windows 10
14 63 (23.51%) DHCP
15 61 (22.76%) MS Exchange
16 59 (22.01%) Windows Server 2008
17 56 (20.90%) Microsoft Azure
18 53 (19.78%) Security Cleared
18 53 (19.78%) Hyper-V
18 53 (19.78%) McAfee
19 50 (18.66%) Office 365
20 48 (17.91%) Cisco
21 45 (16.79%) SQL Server
22 43 (16.04%) Linux
22 43 (16.04%) SQL
22 43 (16.04%) Patch Management
22 43 (16.04%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 42 (15.67%) SCOM
24 41 (15.30%) Microsoft Office
24 41 (15.30%) Citrix

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 61 (22.76%) MS Exchange
2 21 (7.84%) Exchange Server 2010
2 21 (7.84%) IIS
3 17 (6.34%) SharePoint
4 12 (4.48%) Exchange Server 2013
5 11 (4.10%) Apache
6 7 (2.61%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 7 (2.61%) Exchange Server 2007
6 7 (2.61%) SharePoint Server
6 7 (2.61%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.75%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.37%) OpenStack
Applications
1 41 (15.30%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (3.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.37%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.37%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 56 (20.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 50 (18.66%) Office 365
3 28 (10.45%) IaaS
4 20 (7.46%) PaaS
5 16 (5.97%) Cloud Computing
5 16 (5.97%) SaaS
6 14 (5.22%) Amazon AWS
7 13 (4.85%) Azure Active Directory
8 8 (2.99%) Amazon EC2
8 8 (2.99%) Amazon ELB
8 8 (2.99%) Route 53
8 8 (2.99%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 7 (2.61%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.37%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.37%) G Suite
10 1 (0.37%) GitHub
10 1 (0.37%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.37%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 80 (29.85%) DNS
2 63 (23.51%) DHCP
3 35 (13.06%) LAN
4 34 (12.69%) Firewall
5 28 (10.45%) SAN
6 27 (10.07%) WAN
7 26 (9.70%) VPN
8 12 (4.48%) Internet
9 10 (3.73%) Cisco Firepower
10 9 (3.36%) Cisco IOS
10 9 (3.36%) Structured Cabling
11 8 (2.99%) NAS
11 8 (2.99%) TCP/IP
12 7 (2.61%) Network Security
13 4 (1.49%) IP Telephony
13 4 (1.49%) NetScaler
13 4 (1.49%) Skype
14 3 (1.12%) iSCSI
14 3 (1.12%) SSH
14 3 (1.12%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (16.79%) SQL Server
2 14 (5.22%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (1.87%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (1.12%) Power BI
5 2 (0.75%) Blockchain
5 2 (0.75%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.37%) InfluxDB
6 1 (0.37%) MySQL
6 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 24 (8.96%) Visual Studio
2 23 (8.58%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (2.99%) Git (software)
4 7 (2.61%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (1.12%) Subversion
5 3 (1.12%) WinDbg
6 2 (0.75%) AdminStudio
6 2 (0.75%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.75%) MSI
7 1 (0.37%) Gerrit
7 1 (0.37%) Hudson
7 1 (0.37%) JIRA
7 1 (0.37%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 39 (14.55%) Finance
2 10 (3.73%) Back Office
3 8 (2.99%) Banking
3 8 (2.99%) Law
4 7 (2.61%) Marketing
5 6 (2.24%) Military
5 6 (2.24%) Retail
6 3 (1.12%) Electronics
6 3 (1.12%) Financial Institution
6 3 (1.12%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.12%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.75%) Advertising
7 2 (0.75%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.37%) Billing
8 1 (0.37%) Front Office
8 1 (0.37%) Local Government
8 1 (0.37%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 45 (16.79%) Analyst
2 34 (12.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 30 (11.19%) Server Engineer
4 25 (9.33%) Administrator
4 25 (9.33%) Support Engineer
4 25 (9.33%) Windows Engineer
5 24 (8.96%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 22 (8.21%) Support Analyst
7 19 (7.09%) Infrastructure Support
7 19 (7.09%) Security Engineer
8 18 (6.72%) DevOps Engineer
9 17 (6.34%) Desktop Support
9 17 (6.34%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 16 (5.97%) Windows Server Engineer
11 15 (5.60%) Consultant
12 14 (5.22%) IT Support
13 13 (4.85%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
14 12 (4.48%) 3rd Line Support
14 12 (4.48%) Systems Administrator
14 12 (4.48%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (6.72%) .NET
2 9 (3.36%) JSON
3 3 (1.12%) LDAP
3 3 (1.12%) OAuth
3 3 (1.12%) SAML
4 2 (0.75%) Web Services
5 1 (0.37%) COM
5 1 (0.37%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.37%) HTML
5 1 (0.37%) Sensu
5 1 (0.37%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.37%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 17 (6.34%) Clustering
2 16 (5.97%) Blackberry
2 16 (5.97%) Data Centre
2 16 (5.97%) Fat Client
2 16 (5.97%) PKI
2 16 (5.97%) Thin Client
3 15 (5.60%) Public Cloud
4 10 (3.73%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (1.87%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (1.87%) Management Information System
6 4 (1.49%) EMC VNX
6 4 (1.49%) Replication
6 4 (1.49%) User Experience
7 3 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.12%) iPhone
8 2 (0.75%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (0.75%) EMC VNXe
8 2 (0.75%) Life Science
8 2 (0.75%) NHS
8 2 (0.75%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 242 (90.30%) Windows
2 153 (57.09%) Windows Server
3 86 (32.09%) Windows 7
4 73 (27.24%) Windows Server 2012
5 66 (24.63%) Windows 10
6 59 (22.01%) Windows Server 2008
7 43 (16.04%) Linux
8 29 (10.82%) Windows Server 2003
9 16 (5.97%) Unix
10 12 (4.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 11 (4.10%) Android
12 8 (2.99%) Solaris
13 6 (2.24%) CentOS
14 5 (1.87%) Windows XP
15 4 (1.49%) AIX
15 4 (1.49%) Mac OS X
16 3 (1.12%) Windows 8
17 2 (0.75%) Windows 2000 Server
18 1 (0.37%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (25.37%) ITIL
2 43 (16.04%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 43 (16.04%) Patch Management
3 34 (12.69%) Change Management
4 29 (10.82%) Migration
5 27 (10.07%) Root Cause Analysis
6 25 (9.33%) Configuration Management
6 25 (9.33%) DevOps
7 22 (8.21%) Agile Software Development
8 21 (7.84%) ITIL V3
9 16 (5.97%) Problem Management
10 15 (5.60%) Cybersecurity
11 14 (5.22%) Application Packaging
11 14 (5.22%) Continuous Improvement
11 14 (5.22%) Server Management
12 13 (4.85%) Incident Management
12 13 (4.85%) Service Management
13 12 (4.48%) Server Building
14 11 (4.10%) Problem-Solving
15 10 (3.73%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 83 (30.97%) PowerShell
2 43 (16.04%) SQL
3 18 (6.72%) C#
4 17 (6.34%) VBScript
5 16 (5.97%) T-SQL
6 10 (3.73%) Bash Shell
7 9 (3.36%) Java
8 8 (2.99%) C
9 7 (2.61%) VB
10 5 (1.87%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.75%) PHP
11 2 (0.75%) Python
12 1 (0.37%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.37%) Perl
12 1 (0.37%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 53 (19.78%) Security Cleared
2 35 (13.06%) Microsoft Certification
3 31 (11.57%) SC Cleared
4 25 (9.33%) MCSA
5 22 (8.21%) DV Cleared
6 17 (6.34%) MCSE
7 8 (2.99%) MCITP
8 7 (2.61%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (2.61%) MCP
9 4 (1.49%) DBS Check
9 4 (1.49%) Degree
9 4 (1.49%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 4 (1.49%) MCTS
10 3 (1.12%) BC Cleared
10 3 (1.12%) CCNA
10 3 (1.12%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (1.12%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.75%) CCA
11 2 (0.75%) Citrix Certification
11 2 (0.75%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (6.34%) SLA
2 10 (3.73%) QA
3 3 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.75%) RMADS
5 1 (0.37%) GDPR
5 1 (0.37%) PMO
System Software
1 180 (67.16%) Active Directory
2 76 (28.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 53 (19.78%) Hyper-V
4 38 (14.18%) VMware ESXi
5 29 (10.82%) Microsoft App-V
6 23 (8.58%) vSphere
7 20 (7.46%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (7.09%) XenDesktop
9 16 (5.97%) XenServer
10 13 (4.85%) VMware Server
11 9 (3.36%) DFS Replication
11 9 (3.36%) XenApp
12 8 (2.99%) BitLocker
12 8 (2.99%) Xen
13 7 (2.61%) Virtual Desktop
13 7 (2.61%) Virtual Servers
14 6 (2.24%) Firmware
14 6 (2.24%) Terminal Services
15 5 (1.87%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 5 (1.87%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 126 (47.01%) SCCM
2 42 (15.67%) SCOM
3 24 (8.96%) McAfee ePO
4 16 (5.97%) Backup Exec
5 11 (4.10%) vCenter Server
6 10 (3.73%) Microsoft Clustering
7 9 (3.36%) Terraform
8 6 (2.24%) Opscode Chef
9 5 (1.87%) SafeCom
9 5 (1.87%) Single Sign-On
10 4 (1.49%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 4 (1.49%) Microsoft Intune
10 4 (1.49%) SCVMM
11 3 (1.12%) EMC NetWorker
11 3 (1.12%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 3 (1.12%) IBM BigFix
11 3 (1.12%) Perfmon
11 3 (1.12%) SCDPM
11 3 (1.12%) SCOrch
11 3 (1.12%) SCSM
Vendors
1 158 (58.96%) Microsoft
2 120 (44.78%) VMware
3 53 (19.78%) McAfee
4 48 (17.91%) Cisco
5 41 (15.30%) Citrix
6 24 (8.96%) HP
7 19 (7.09%) Splunk
8 18 (6.72%) Sophos
9 16 (5.97%) Ivanti
10 14 (5.22%) Red Hat
11 13 (4.85%) Dell
12 11 (4.10%) F5
12 11 (4.10%) IBM
12 11 (4.10%) Wyse
13 10 (3.73%) Adobe
13 10 (3.73%) CheckPoint
13 10 (3.73%) Veeam
14 9 (3.36%) NetApp
14 9 (3.36%) Shavlik
15 8 (2.99%) Symantec