Period
to 28 October 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 28 October 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
28 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 625 437 573
Rank change year-on-year -188 +136 +49
Contract jobs citing WSUS 122 69 219
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.18% 0.25% 0.28%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.12% 1.54% 1.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 98 42 144
10th Percentile £200 £204 £185
25th Percentile £261 £291 £286
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £423 £381 £400
Median % change year-on-year +10.82% -4.69% +14.29%
75th Percentile £495 £481 £475
90th Percentile £547 £488 £538
UK median daily rate £420 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 4
10th Percentile £21.48 £42.23 £39.38
25th Percentile £21.81 £43.69 £41.06
Median hourly rate £39.00 £47.25 £42.00
Median % change year-on-year -17.46% +12.50% +127.03%
75th Percentile £54.00 £50.69 £44.94
90th Percentile " £52.08 £50.23
UK median hourly rate £39.00 £52.00 £40.75
% change year-on-year -25.00% +27.61% +120.27%

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 10,922 4,482 11,398
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.97% 16.07% 14.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,907 3,107 7,947
10th Percentile £350 £310 £275
25th Percentile £450 £405 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £600
90th Percentile £700 £663 £675
UK median daily rate £543 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +8.50% - +1.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 167 87 243
10th Percentile £14.25 £12.56 £12.44
25th Percentile £16.00 £14.38 £14.13
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.50 £18.75
Median % change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
75th Percentile £45.13 £36.63 £28.75
90th Percentile £61.80 £52.40 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £22.28 £19.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year +12.81% -1.25% +14.29%

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 28 October 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 28 October 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 28 October 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 -65 39 £450 +20.00% 8
North of England -57 32 £265 -16.86% 4
London -185 23 £300 -20.00% 6
Yorkshire - 16 £220 -
North West -43 13 £500 +56.86% 4
South West -54 12 £450 -6.40% 7
Midlands -66 9 £438 +94.44% 15
East of England -44 6 £385 +18.46% 3
West Midlands -66 5 £440 +95.56% 10
East Midlands - 4 £389 - 5
North East -4 3 £150 -
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 28 October 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.

1 103 (84.43%) Windows
2 82 (67.21%) Active Directory
3 68 (55.74%) VMware
4 58 (47.54%) DNS
5 55 (45.08%) Windows Server
6 52 (42.62%) DHCP
7 48 (39.34%) PowerShell
8 46 (37.70%) Microsoft
9 37 (30.33%) Windows Server 2012
10 35 (28.69%) vSphere
11 33 (27.05%) VMware Infrastructure
12 31 (25.41%) SCCM
12 31 (25.41%) Security Cleared
13 28 (22.95%) SQL Server
14 27 (22.13%) Linux
15 26 (21.31%) Dell
15 26 (21.31%) Microsoft 365
15 26 (21.31%) Windows 10
15 26 (21.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 25 (20.49%) Windows Server 2016
16 25 (20.49%) Microsoft Certification
16 25 (20.49%) Firewall
17 22 (18.03%) SC Cleared
17 22 (18.03%) Active Directory Federation Services
18 21 (17.21%) Social Skills
18 21 (17.21%) Cisco Certification
19 20 (16.39%) MS Exchange
19 20 (16.39%) Windows Server 2019
20 19 (15.57%) Cisco
20 19 (15.57%) Azure

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 20 (16.39%) MS Exchange
2 16 (13.11%) SharePoint
3 13 (10.66%) IIS
4 5 (4.10%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (2.46%) Apache
5 3 (2.46%) Site Server
6 1 (0.82%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.82%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (4.10%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 26 (21.31%) Microsoft 365
2 19 (15.57%) Azure
3 4 (3.28%) IaaS
3 4 (3.28%) PaaS
4 2 (1.64%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.82%) AWS
5 1 (0.82%) Azure Storage
5 1 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.82%) Google Workspace
5 1 (0.82%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 58 (47.54%) DNS
2 52 (42.62%) DHCP
3 25 (20.49%) Firewall
4 17 (13.93%) TCP/IP
4 17 (13.93%) VPN
5 13 (10.66%) SAN
6 12 (9.84%) Network Security
7 10 (8.20%) WAN
8 9 (7.38%) Fibre Channel
9 7 (5.74%) VSAN
9 7 (5.74%) Wireless
10 6 (4.92%) LAN
10 6 (4.92%) Skype
11 4 (3.28%) Cisco ISE
11 4 (3.28%) Cisco Nexus
11 4 (3.28%) EIGRP
11 4 (3.28%) NAS
12 3 (2.46%) SD-WAN
12 3 (2.46%) VLAN
12 3 (2.46%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (22.95%) SQL Server
2 14 (11.48%) SQL Server 2012
2 14 (11.48%) SQL Server 2016
3 3 (2.46%) SQL Server 2014
3 3 (2.46%) SQL Server 2017
4 1 (0.82%) MySQL
4 1 (0.82%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 4 (3.28%) Sonatype Nexus
2 3 (2.46%) Chocolatey
2 3 (2.46%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.64%) Bitbucket
3 2 (1.64%) git-flow
3 2 (1.64%) GitLab
3 2 (1.64%) Jenkins
General
1 21 (17.21%) Social Skills
2 10 (8.20%) Public Sector
3 5 (4.10%) Finance
4 4 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.64%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.64%) Games
5 2 (1.64%) Legal
6 1 (0.82%) Automotive
6 1 (0.82%) Banking
6 1 (0.82%) Electronics
6 1 (0.82%) Front Office
6 1 (0.82%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.82%) Marketing
6 1 (0.82%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (18.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 21 (17.21%) Support Engineer
3 14 (11.48%) IT Engineer
4 12 (9.84%) Network Engineer
5 11 (9.02%) Server Engineer
6 10 (8.20%) Administrator
6 10 (8.20%) Windows Engineer
7 8 (6.56%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 8 (6.56%) Active Directory Engineer
7 8 (6.56%) IT Support
7 8 (6.56%) Senior Technician
8 7 (5.74%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 7 (5.74%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 7 (5.74%) IT Support Engineer
8 7 (5.74%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (5.74%) Wintel Engineer
9 6 (4.92%) Analyst
10 5 (4.10%) 3rd Line Support
10 5 (4.10%) Network Support
10 5 (4.10%) Network Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (11.48%) LDAP
2 4 (3.28%) .NET
3 2 (1.64%) ARM Templates
3 2 (1.64%) HTML
3 2 (1.64%) JSON
3 2 (1.64%) XML
4 1 (0.82%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.82%) COM
4 1 (0.82%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 12 (9.84%) Clustering
2 11 (9.02%) PKI
3 9 (7.38%) Data Centre
4 4 (3.28%) Linux Command Line
4 4 (3.28%) NHS
5 3 (2.46%) Client/Server
5 3 (2.46%) Replication
5 3 (2.46%) Smartphone
5 3 (2.46%) User Experience
6 2 (1.64%) CMDB
6 2 (1.64%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.82%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.82%) Cyberattack
7 1 (0.82%) Driving Licence
7 1 (0.82%) Enterprise Cloud
7 1 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.82%) FMCG
7 1 (0.82%) Hedge funds
7 1 (0.82%) Hybrid Cloud
7 1 (0.82%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 103 (84.43%) Windows
2 55 (45.08%) Windows Server
3 37 (30.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 27 (22.13%) Linux
5 26 (21.31%) Windows 10
6 25 (20.49%) Windows Server 2016
7 20 (16.39%) Windows Server 2019
8 15 (12.30%) VMS
9 12 (9.84%) Windows 7
10 11 (9.02%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (4.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (4.10%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (3.28%) CentOS
13 3 (2.46%) Android
13 3 (2.46%) Apple iOS
13 3 (2.46%) Ubuntu
14 2 (1.64%) Mac OS X
14 2 (1.64%) Solaris
14 2 (1.64%) Windows 8
15 1 (0.82%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (21.31%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 17 (13.93%) ITIL
3 14 (11.48%) Problem-Solving
4 10 (8.20%) Configuration Management
5 9 (7.38%) Service Management
6 8 (6.56%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (5.74%) Server Management
7 7 (5.74%) Vulnerability Scanning
8 6 (4.92%) Computer Science
8 6 (4.92%) DevOps
8 6 (4.92%) Migration
8 6 (4.92%) Patch Management
8 6 (4.92%) Task Automation
9 5 (4.10%) Asset Management
9 5 (4.10%) Incident Management
9 5 (4.10%) Performance Tuning
9 5 (4.10%) Server Hardening
9 5 (4.10%) Service Delivery
9 5 (4.10%) User Acceptance Testing
10 4 (3.28%) Security Hardening
Programming Languages
1 48 (39.34%) PowerShell
2 18 (14.75%) SQL
3 12 (9.84%) VBScript
4 6 (4.92%) Python
5 4 (3.28%) Bash Shell
5 4 (3.28%) C#
5 4 (3.28%) VB
6 3 (2.46%) Java
6 3 (2.46%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.64%) Groovy
7 2 (1.64%) R
8 1 (0.82%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 31 (25.41%) Security Cleared
2 25 (20.49%) Microsoft Certification
3 22 (18.03%) SC Cleared
4 21 (17.21%) Cisco Certification
5 18 (14.75%) CCNA
5 18 (14.75%) MCSE
6 12 (9.84%) DV Cleared
6 12 (9.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 11 (9.02%) MCSA
8 8 (6.56%) Degree
9 7 (5.74%) MCP
10 3 (2.46%) CCNP
11 1 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (0.82%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.74%) ISO 9001
1 7 (5.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 7 (5.74%) PCI DSS
2 4 (3.28%) SLA
3 1 (0.82%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.82%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 1 (0.82%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.82%) GDPR
System Software
1 82 (67.21%) Active Directory
2 35 (28.69%) vSphere
3 33 (27.05%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (13.93%) Hyper-V
5 12 (9.84%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (7.38%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (7.38%) VMware NSX
7 8 (6.56%) NFS
8 7 (5.74%) XenApp
9 3 (2.46%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 3 (2.46%) BitLocker
9 3 (2.46%) DFS Replication
9 3 (2.46%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (2.46%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (1.64%) Docker
10 2 (1.64%) Firmware
10 2 (1.64%) vCloud
10 2 (1.64%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.82%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.82%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 31 (25.41%) SCCM
2 22 (18.03%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 13 (10.66%) Ansible
4 12 (9.84%) Microsoft Clustering
5 11 (9.02%) SCOM
6 10 (8.20%) Failover Clustering
7 9 (7.38%) vCenter Server
8 8 (6.56%) Puppet
9 7 (5.74%) MobiControl
10 4 (3.28%) Kubernetes
10 4 (3.28%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (3.28%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 4 (3.28%) NetBackup
11 3 (2.46%) Microsoft Intune
11 3 (2.46%) Nessus
11 3 (2.46%) Opscode Chef
11 3 (2.46%) SCDPM
11 3 (2.46%) SCSM
11 3 (2.46%) SCVMM
12 2 (1.64%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 68 (55.74%) VMware
2 46 (37.70%) Microsoft
3 26 (21.31%) Dell
4 19 (15.57%) Cisco
5 18 (14.75%) HP
5 18 (14.75%) Juniper
6 14 (11.48%) McAfee
7 13 (10.66%) Fortinet
8 12 (9.84%) Citrix
9 10 (8.20%) SolarWinds
10 9 (7.38%) Brocade
11 8 (6.56%) NetApp
11 8 (6.56%) QNAP
12 7 (5.74%) CheckPoint
12 7 (5.74%) SOTI
13 6 (4.92%) Splunk
14 5 (4.10%) CA
14 5 (4.10%) Veeam
14 5 (4.10%) Zscaler
15 4 (3.28%) EMC