Period
to 16 May 2021

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 16 May 2021 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
16 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 541 480 639
Rank change year-on-year -61 +159 +29
Contract jobs citing WSUS 61 128 188
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.14% 0.29% 0.23%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.85% 1.92% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 97 113
10th Percentile £202 £221 £250
25th Percentile £307 £310 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £375 £410 £400
Median % change year-on-year -8.54% +2.50% +21.21%
75th Percentile £442 £475 £463
90th Percentile £488 £532 £498
UK median daily rate £400 £405 £400
% change year-on-year -1.23% +1.25% +19.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 6
10th Percentile £22.20 £16.32 £14.68
25th Percentile £33.00 " £15.28
Median hourly rate £52.00 £16.50 £15.44
Median % change year-on-year +215.15% +6.90% +6.45%
75th Percentile £53.00 " £20.19
90th Percentile " £34.80 £36.00
UK median hourly rate £52.00 £31.75 £15.44
% change year-on-year +63.78% +105.70% -0.42%

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 7,180 6,653 12,477
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.91% 14.87% 14.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,129 4,647 8,524
10th Percentile £341 £281 £313
25th Percentile £420 £400 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +2.50% - +0.50%
75th Percentile £600 £600 £600
90th Percentile £675 £675 £675
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 162 283
10th Percentile £15.10 £12.42 £12.00
25th Percentile £18.00 £14.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate £24.00 £18.85 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year +27.32% +1.89% +5.71%
75th Percentile £53.00 £25.29 £32.13
90th Percentile £61.94 £47.23 £49.50
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £19.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year +102.56% +5.41% +5.71%

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 16 May 2021.

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 16 May 2021.

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 16 May 2021. 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 +13 12 £440 +8.64% 11
Midlands -5 12 £375 -6.25% 4
South West +31 11 £413 -4.40% 3
North of England +7 10 £375 -11.76% 3
London -48 9 £381 -1.61% 5
West Midlands -2 8 £403 -8.00% 3
North West -5 5 £350 -22.22% 3
East Midlands +14 4 £325 -16.13% 1
East of England +28 3 £165 -62.29% 2
Yorkshire +26 3 £400 +41.59%
North East - 2 £160 -
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 16 May 2021, 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 53 (86.89%) Windows
2 38 (62.30%) Active Directory
3 33 (54.10%) SCCM
4 32 (52.46%) Microsoft
5 31 (50.82%) VMware
6 27 (44.26%) Windows Server
7 24 (39.34%) Security Cleared
7 24 (39.34%) Hyper-V
8 23 (37.70%) VMware ESXi
9 22 (36.07%) PowerShell
10 19 (31.15%) Windows 10
10 19 (31.15%) SQL
11 18 (29.51%) ITIL
11 18 (29.51%) SCOM
12 17 (27.87%) VMware Infrastructure
12 17 (27.87%) DNS
13 15 (24.59%) DHCP
13 15 (24.59%) SharePoint
13 15 (24.59%) Microsoft App-V
14 14 (22.95%) Windows Server 2012
14 14 (22.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 13 (21.31%) Windows Server 2016
15 13 (21.31%) Data Centre
16 12 (19.67%) McAfee
16 12 (19.67%) Virtual Machines
17 11 (18.03%) Microsoft Clustering
17 11 (18.03%) Clustering
17 11 (18.03%) Linux
18 10 (16.39%) Microsoft 365
18 10 (16.39%) Social Skills

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 15 (24.59%) SharePoint
2 8 (13.11%) MS Exchange
3 7 (11.48%) IIS
4 3 (4.92%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 2 (3.28%) Site Server
6 1 (1.64%) Apache
6 1 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.64%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.64%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.64%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.64%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.64%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 10 (16.39%) Microsoft 365
2 8 (13.11%) Azure
3 4 (6.56%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (1.64%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (1.64%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (27.87%) DNS
2 15 (24.59%) DHCP
3 8 (13.11%) Firewall
4 7 (11.48%) TCP/IP
5 6 (9.84%) SAN
6 5 (8.20%) NAS
6 5 (8.20%) VPN
7 4 (6.56%) LAN
7 4 (6.56%) NetScaler
7 4 (6.56%) WAN
8 2 (3.28%) HTTP
8 2 (3.28%) HTTPS
8 2 (3.28%) IPsec
8 2 (3.28%) VoIP
9 1 (1.64%) Cisco ASA
9 1 (1.64%) Internet
9 1 (1.64%) Intrusion Detection
9 1 (1.64%) Network Security
9 1 (1.64%) Skype
9 1 (1.64%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (13.11%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server 2017
3 1 (1.64%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.64%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 3 (4.92%) GitLab
1 3 (4.92%) Jenkins
1 3 (4.92%) MSI
2 2 (3.28%) Rational Team Concert
3 1 (1.64%) Git (software)
General
1 10 (16.39%) Social Skills
2 3 (4.92%) Aerospace
3 2 (3.28%) Documentation Skills
3 2 (3.28%) Finance
3 2 (3.28%) Legal
3 2 (3.28%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.64%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.64%) Automotive
4 1 (1.64%) Back Office
4 1 (1.64%) Local Government
4 1 (1.64%) Organisational Skills
4 1 (1.64%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 12 (19.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 11 (18.03%) Windows Engineer
3 8 (13.11%) Systems Engineer
4 7 (11.48%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 7 (11.48%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
5 6 (9.84%) Server Engineer
6 4 (6.56%) Consultant
6 4 (6.56%) IT Engineer
6 4 (6.56%) Support Engineer
7 3 (4.92%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (4.92%) Active Directory Engineer
7 3 (4.92%) Build Engineer
7 3 (4.92%) Network Engineer
7 3 (4.92%) SCCM Engineer
7 3 (4.92%) Windows Build Engineer
8 2 (3.28%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
8 2 (3.28%) DevOps Engineer
8 2 (3.28%) IT Support
8 2 (3.28%) IT Support Engineer
8 2 (3.28%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.92%) LDAP
2 2 (3.28%) .NET
3 1 (1.64%) HTML
3 1 (1.64%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 13 (21.31%) Data Centre
2 11 (18.03%) Clustering
3 8 (13.11%) User Experience
4 5 (8.20%) PKI
5 3 (4.92%) Blackberry
5 3 (4.92%) Replication
5 3 (4.92%) RSA SecurID
6 2 (3.28%) Client/Server
6 2 (3.28%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (3.28%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.64%) CMDB
7 1 (1.64%) Cyberattack
7 1 (1.64%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.64%) Fat Client
7 1 (1.64%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (1.64%) Freedom of Information Act
7 1 (1.64%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (1.64%) Thin Client
7 1 (1.64%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 53 (86.89%) Windows
2 27 (44.26%) Windows Server
3 19 (31.15%) Windows 10
4 14 (22.95%) Windows Server 2012
5 13 (21.31%) Windows Server 2016
6 11 (18.03%) Linux
7 8 (13.11%) Windows Server 2019
8 6 (9.84%) Windows Server 2008
9 4 (6.56%) CentOS
9 4 (6.56%) Windows 7
10 3 (4.92%) Mac OS X
10 3 (4.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (3.28%) Apple iOS
11 2 (3.28%) Unix
11 2 (3.28%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (29.51%) ITIL
2 14 (22.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 9 (14.75%) Data Protection
4 8 (13.11%) Application Virtualisation
5 7 (11.48%) Server Management
6 6 (9.84%) Service Delivery
7 5 (8.20%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (8.20%) Break/Fix
7 5 (8.20%) Disaster Recovery
7 5 (8.20%) Patch Management
7 5 (8.20%) Virtual Environments
8 4 (6.56%) Change Control
8 4 (6.56%) Migration
8 4 (6.56%) Performance Tuning
8 4 (6.56%) Problem-Solving
8 4 (6.56%) Virtual Infrastructure
9 3 (4.92%) Application Packaging
9 3 (4.92%) Continuous Improvement
9 3 (4.92%) Project Management
9 3 (4.92%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (36.07%) PowerShell
2 19 (31.15%) SQL
3 6 (9.84%) VBScript
4 5 (8.20%) VB
5 4 (6.56%) Python
6 3 (4.92%) Bash Shell
6 3 (4.92%) Groovy
7 2 (3.28%) C#
7 2 (3.28%) Java
8 1 (1.64%) C++
8 1 (1.64%) PHP
Qualifications
1 24 (39.34%) Security Cleared
2 9 (14.75%) DV Cleared
2 9 (14.75%) SC Cleared
3 8 (13.11%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (6.56%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (4.92%) MCSE
6 2 (3.28%) CCNA
6 2 (3.28%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (3.28%) Degree
6 2 (3.28%) MCSA
7 1 (1.64%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.64%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (1.64%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (1.64%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (13.11%) SLA
2 2 (3.28%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (1.64%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 1 (1.64%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 38 (62.30%) Active Directory
2 24 (39.34%) Hyper-V
3 23 (37.70%) VMware ESXi
4 17 (27.87%) VMware Infrastructure
5 15 (24.59%) Microsoft App-V
6 12 (19.67%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (14.75%) Virtual Desktop
8 8 (13.11%) DFS Replication
9 5 (8.20%) vSphere
10 3 (4.92%) VMware NSX
11 2 (3.28%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 2 (3.28%) Firmware
11 2 (3.28%) VMware Server
12 1 (1.64%) BitLocker
12 1 (1.64%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (1.64%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (1.64%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 33 (54.10%) SCCM
2 18 (29.51%) SCOM
3 11 (18.03%) Microsoft Clustering
4 9 (14.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 8 (13.11%) Failover Clustering
5 8 (13.11%) SCDPM
5 8 (13.11%) SCSM
5 8 (13.11%) SCVMM
6 7 (11.48%) Ansible
7 4 (6.56%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (6.56%) Puppet
7 4 (6.56%) vCenter Server
8 3 (4.92%) Backup Exec
8 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Intune
9 2 (3.28%) NetBackup
9 2 (3.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 2 (3.28%) vMotion
10 1 (1.64%) Nagios
10 1 (1.64%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (1.64%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 32 (52.46%) Microsoft
2 31 (50.82%) VMware
3 12 (19.67%) McAfee
4 9 (14.75%) Citrix
4 9 (14.75%) Dell
5 8 (13.11%) ArcSight
6 6 (9.84%) SolarWinds
7 5 (8.20%) Cisco
8 4 (6.56%) Juniper
9 3 (4.92%) CA
9 3 (4.92%) HP
9 3 (4.92%) Ivanti
9 3 (4.92%) Red Hat
9 3 (4.92%) Sophos
9 3 (4.92%) Veeam
10 2 (3.28%) Apple
10 2 (3.28%) SAP
10 2 (3.28%) ServiceNow
10 2 (3.28%) Splunk
10 2 (3.28%) Symantec