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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 507 506 531
Rank change year-on-year -1 +25  
Contract jobs citing WSUS 70 120 75
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.17% 0.24% 0.15%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.68% 2.57% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 78 36
Median daily rate £325 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £275 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £450 £366
UK excluding London median daily rate £344 £388 £314
% change year-on-year -11.29% +23.50%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 12 15
Median hourly rate £16.50 £43.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -61.62% +91.11%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £43.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -61.62% +91.11%  

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 4160 4663 4117
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 9.97% 9.39% 8.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 2802 2991 2462
Median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £313 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 125 168
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +11.46%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.90 £12.91 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.00 £37.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year -15.55% +9.75%  

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 29 March 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
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 29 March 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 -9 28 £325 -23.52% 3
London +10 16 £307 -5.69% 8
South West -11 8 £250 -34.42% 1
North West +31 6 £300 - 5
West Midlands +11 6 £600 +84.61% 1
East of England - 4 £425 - 1
East Midlands - 2 £325 -
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 29 March 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.

1 130 (80.75%) Windows
2 129 (80.12%) Active Directory
3 99 (61.49%) Microsoft
4 77 (47.83%) Windows Server
5 71 (44.10%) SCCM
6 62 (38.51%) Windows Server 2012
7 61 (37.89%) VMware
8 54 (33.54%) DNS
8 54 (33.54%) PowerShell
8 54 (33.54%) Windows Server 2008
9 52 (32.30%) ITIL
10 44 (27.33%) Citrix
11 43 (26.71%) Windows 7
12 39 (24.22%) DHCP
13 33 (20.50%) VMware Infrastructure
14 32 (19.88%) HP
15 30 (18.63%) Security Cleared
16 29 (18.01%) Dell
17 28 (17.39%) Windows Server 2003
18 27 (16.77%) Finance
19 26 (16.15%) Linux
19 26 (16.15%) SQL
19 26 (16.15%) Patch Management
19 26 (16.15%) Windows 10
20 25 (15.53%) Symantec
21 23 (14.29%) Cisco
21 23 (14.29%) XenDesktop
22 22 (13.66%) VB
22 22 (13.66%) SQL Server
22 22 (13.66%) Firewall

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 21 (13.04%) MS Exchange
2 18 (11.18%) Exchange Server 2010
3 13 (8.07%) IIS
4 11 (6.83%) Skype for Business
5 8 (4.97%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (3.73%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (3.11%) SharePoint
8 2 (1.24%) Apache
8 2 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (1.24%) Exchange Server 5.5
8 2 (1.24%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.62%) IBM Domino
9 1 (0.62%) Tomcat
Applications
1 15 (9.32%) MS Excel
2 8 (4.97%) MS Office
3 4 (2.48%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (2.48%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.24%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (3.73%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 17 (10.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (6.21%) Office 365
3 7 (4.35%) G Suite
4 5 (3.11%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (3.11%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (2.48%) SaaS
6 2 (1.24%) IaaS
7 1 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.62%) iTunes
7 1 (0.62%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.62%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 54 (33.54%) DNS
2 39 (24.22%) DHCP
3 22 (13.66%) Firewall
4 13 (8.07%) SAN
5 12 (7.45%) LAN
6 10 (6.21%) Skype
7 9 (5.59%) WAN
8 8 (4.97%) Network Security
9 7 (4.35%) Internet
9 7 (4.35%) NAS
10 6 (3.73%) Cisco IOS
10 6 (3.73%) IP Telephony
10 6 (3.73%) SMTP
10 6 (3.73%) TCP/IP
11 4 (2.48%) Kerberos
11 4 (2.48%) LDAP
12 3 (1.86%) Bluetooth
12 3 (1.86%) Intrusion Detection
12 3 (1.86%) MPLS
12 3 (1.86%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (13.66%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.35%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (4.35%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.62%) MySQL
3 1 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (2.48%) MSI
2 2 (1.24%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.62%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.62%) InstallShield
General
1 27 (16.77%) Finance
2 8 (4.97%) Banking
2 8 (4.97%) Legal
3 6 (3.73%) Manufacturing
4 4 (2.48%) Electronics
4 4 (2.48%) Law
4 4 (2.48%) Marketing
4 4 (2.48%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.86%) Advertising
5 3 (1.86%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.24%) Back Office
6 2 (1.24%) Retail
7 1 (0.62%) Games
7 1 (0.62%) Military
7 1 (0.62%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 22 (13.66%) Consultant
1 22 (13.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 15 (9.32%) Administrator
2 15 (9.32%) Analyst
3 14 (8.70%) Support Analyst
4 12 (7.45%) Desktop Analyst
4 12 (7.45%) Desktop Support
4 12 (7.45%) Desktop Support Analyst
4 12 (7.45%) Systems Administrator
5 11 (6.83%) SCCM Engineer
6 9 (5.59%) Active Directory Engineer
6 9 (5.59%) Support Engineer
6 9 (5.59%) VMware Engineer
6 9 (5.59%) Windows Engineer
7 8 (4.97%) Design Engineer
7 8 (4.97%) Systems Engineer
8 6 (3.73%) 3rd Line Support
8 6 (3.73%) Deployment Engineer
8 6 (3.73%) Server Engineer
8 6 (3.73%) Windows Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.86%) OAuth
1 3 (1.86%) SAML
2 2 (1.24%) .NET
2 2 (1.24%) Middleware
2 2 (1.24%) Web Services
3 1 (0.62%) REST
3 1 (0.62%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.62%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (9.32%) Data Centre
2 13 (8.07%) Clustering
3 9 (5.59%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (5.59%) Management Information System
4 7 (4.35%) Client/Server
4 7 (4.35%) Cloud Native
5 4 (2.48%) EMC VNX
5 4 (2.48%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (2.48%) PKI
6 3 (1.86%) Driving Licence
6 3 (1.86%) Smartphone
6 3 (1.86%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.24%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.24%) Life Science
7 2 (1.24%) Replication
8 1 (0.62%) CCTV
8 1 (0.62%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.62%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.62%) NHS
8 1 (0.62%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 130 (80.75%) Windows
2 77 (47.83%) Windows Server
3 62 (38.51%) Windows Server 2012
4 54 (33.54%) Windows Server 2008
5 43 (26.71%) Windows 7
6 28 (17.39%) Windows Server 2003
7 26 (16.15%) Linux
7 26 (16.15%) Windows 10
8 17 (10.56%) Android
9 11 (6.83%) Apple iOS
10 9 (5.59%) Mac OS X
10 9 (5.59%) Windows 8
11 8 (4.97%) Ubuntu
12 6 (3.73%) Windows Vista
13 3 (1.86%) Unix
14 2 (1.24%) AIX
14 2 (1.24%) CentOS
14 2 (1.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.62%) Mac OS X Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (32.30%) ITIL
2 26 (16.15%) Patch Management
3 19 (11.80%) Change Management
4 18 (11.18%) Software Deployment
5 15 (9.32%) Migration
6 14 (8.70%) Software Distribution
7 10 (6.21%) Mobile Device Management
7 10 (6.21%) Security Patching
8 9 (5.59%) Application Packaging
8 9 (5.59%) Infrastructure Management
8 9 (5.59%) Service Management
8 9 (5.59%) Virtual Infrastructure
9 8 (4.97%) Problem Management
9 8 (4.97%) Release Management
10 7 (4.35%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (4.35%) DevOps
10 7 (4.35%) Disk Encryption
10 7 (4.35%) Translating Business Requirements
10 7 (4.35%) Use Case
11 6 (3.73%) Infrastructure Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 54 (33.54%) PowerShell
2 26 (16.15%) SQL
3 22 (13.66%) VB
4 21 (13.04%) VBScript
5 10 (6.21%) Python
6 9 (5.59%) Bash Shell
7 4 (2.48%) C#
7 4 (2.48%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.24%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.24%) Perl
8 2 (1.24%) VB6
9 1 (0.62%) C
9 1 (0.62%) Korn
9 1 (0.62%) PHP
Qualifications
1 30 (18.63%) Security Cleared
2 21 (13.04%) SC Cleared
3 15 (9.32%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (6.83%) Degree
4 11 (6.83%) DV Cleared
5 9 (5.59%) MCSE
6 8 (4.97%) MCITP
7 6 (3.73%) MCTS
8 4 (2.48%) CISSP
8 4 (2.48%) GCIH
8 4 (2.48%) GIAC
8 4 (2.48%) MCDST
9 3 (1.86%) MCP
10 2 (1.24%) DBS Check
10 2 (1.24%) MCSA
10 2 (1.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 1 (0.62%) ACMT
11 1 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (0.62%) CCNP
11 1 (0.62%) GISP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.11%) Disclosure Scotland
2 4 (2.48%) PCI DSS
2 4 (2.48%) SLA
3 2 (1.24%) QA
4 1 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.62%) PMO
4 1 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 129 (80.12%) Active Directory
2 33 (20.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (14.29%) XenDesktop
4 20 (12.42%) Hyper-V
5 15 (9.32%) vSphere
6 14 (8.70%) XenApp
7 13 (8.07%) Microsoft App-V
8 12 (7.45%) VMware ESX
9 9 (5.59%) VMware ESXi
10 8 (4.97%) BitLocker
10 8 (4.97%) Xen
11 7 (4.35%) Virtual Machines
12 4 (2.48%) Docker
13 3 (1.86%) Virtual Servers
14 2 (1.24%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 2 (1.24%) Terminal Services
14 2 (1.24%) vCloud
14 2 (1.24%) VMware GSX
15 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 1 (0.62%) Squid
Systems Management
1 71 (44.10%) SCCM
2 14 (8.70%) McAfee ePO
2 14 (8.70%) SCOM
3 12 (7.45%) Norton AntiVirus
4 10 (6.21%) AirWatch
5 8 (4.97%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 7 (4.35%) Backup Exec
6 7 (4.35%) NetBackup
7 6 (3.73%) BladeLogic
7 6 (3.73%) Puppet
8 5 (3.11%) Sysprep
9 4 (2.48%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 4 (2.48%) NetVault Backup
9 4 (2.48%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 3 (1.86%) Microsoft Intune
11 2 (1.24%) HP Operations Orchestration
11 2 (1.24%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 2 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
11 2 (1.24%) SCOrch
11 2 (1.24%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 99 (61.49%) Microsoft
2 61 (37.89%) VMware
3 44 (27.33%) Citrix
4 32 (19.88%) HP
5 29 (18.01%) Dell
6 25 (15.53%) Symantec
7 23 (14.29%) Cisco
8 18 (11.18%) Intel Security
9 10 (6.21%) Apple
10 9 (5.59%) LANDesk
11 8 (4.97%) Google
11 8 (4.97%) Sophos
12 7 (4.35%) NetApp
12 7 (4.35%) ServiceNow
13 6 (3.73%) MobileIron
13 6 (3.73%) SAP
14 5 (3.11%) Lumension
14 5 (3.11%) Oracle
15 4 (2.48%) Dell Compellent
15 4 (2.48%) SolarWinds
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