Period
to 22 April 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 22 April 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
22 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 649 662 640
Rank change year-on-year +13 -22 +27
Contract jobs citing WSUS 201 154 213
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.22% 0.18% 0.22%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.67% 1.69% 2.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 139 98 130
England median daily rate £350 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £170 £210 £262
90th Percentile £528 £475 £478
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £350
% change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 27
England median hourly rate £15.50 £18.25 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.07% -47.86% +55.56%
10th Percentile £13.25 £14.75 £17.38
90th Percentile £87.60 £39.48 £46.00
UK median hourly rate £18.25 £45.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year -59.89% +30.00% +55.56%

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 12,067 9,100 9,751
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.02% 10.68% 9.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,112 6,073 6,214
England median daily rate £500 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £286 £281 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £588
UK median daily rate £485 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +7.78% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 271 211 261
England median hourly rate £17.50 £21.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +5.00% +6.95%
10th Percentile £11.61 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £55.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £21.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% - +12.30%

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 22 April 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 22 April 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 22 April 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 -24 74 £360 +0.70% 17
South East -24 45 £325 +6.56% 4
Midlands +1 28 £325 -18.24% 4
West Midlands +4 22 £350 -22.22% 4
North West +1 22 £400 +33.33% 7
North of England -2 22 £400 +33.33% 13
South West +13 19 £388 +30.25% 4
East of England -9 13 £280 -34.12% 7
East Midlands +2 6 £118 -46.59%
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 22 April 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.

1 184 (91.54%) Windows
2 152 (75.62%) Active Directory
3 126 (62.69%) Windows Server
4 124 (61.69%) Microsoft
5 93 (46.27%) VMware
6 90 (44.78%) Windows Server 2012
7 80 (39.80%) SCCM
8 74 (36.82%) DNS
8 74 (36.82%) Windows Server 2008
9 62 (30.85%) VMware Infrastructure
10 55 (27.36%) Windows 7
11 54 (26.87%) PowerShell
12 49 (24.38%) DHCP
12 49 (24.38%) Security Cleared
13 48 (23.88%) Hyper-V
14 46 (22.89%) ITIL
15 44 (21.89%) Citrix
16 42 (20.90%) Linux
17 41 (20.40%) Office 365
18 39 (19.40%) Cisco
19 37 (18.41%) TCP/IP
19 37 (18.41%) VMware ESXi
20 35 (17.41%) Microsoft Azure
21 34 (16.92%) SAN
21 34 (16.92%) SC Cleared
22 33 (16.42%) SQL
23 31 (15.42%) PKI
24 30 (14.93%) SQL Server
24 30 (14.93%) MS Exchange
24 30 (14.93%) 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 30 (14.93%) MS Exchange
2 27 (13.43%) IIS
3 17 (8.46%) SharePoint
4 16 (7.96%) Skype for Business
5 10 (4.98%) Exchange Server 2010
5 10 (4.98%) Exchange Server 2013
6 9 (4.48%) Apache
7 7 (3.48%) SharePoint Server
8 5 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (1.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 21 (10.45%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.00%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.50%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 41 (20.40%) Office 365
2 35 (17.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (7.96%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (5.47%) Amazon EC2
4 11 (5.47%) Amazon ELB
4 11 (5.47%) Route 53
4 11 (5.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 7 (3.48%) IaaS
6 6 (2.99%) Azure Active Directory
6 6 (2.99%) PaaS
6 6 (2.99%) SaaS
7 4 (1.99%) Cloud Computing
8 3 (1.49%) OneDrive
9 2 (1.00%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.50%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 74 (36.82%) DNS
2 49 (24.38%) DHCP
3 37 (18.41%) TCP/IP
4 34 (16.92%) SAN
5 30 (14.93%) Firewall
6 28 (13.93%) LAN
7 16 (7.96%) WAN
8 12 (5.97%) Internet
9 9 (4.48%) Skype
9 9 (4.48%) Wireless
10 7 (3.48%) Cisco ASA
10 7 (3.48%) VPN
11 6 (2.99%) DMZ
12 5 (2.49%) Reverse Proxy
12 5 (2.49%) VoIP
13 4 (1.99%) SMS
14 2 (1.00%) Intranet
14 2 (1.00%) iSCSI
14 2 (1.00%) MPLS
14 2 (1.00%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (14.93%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.97%) Amazon RDS
3 8 (3.98%) Power BI
4 4 (1.99%) SQLPlus
5 2 (1.00%) MySQL
5 2 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 11 (5.47%) Artifactory
1 11 (5.47%) Git (software)
1 11 (5.47%) Jenkins
1 11 (5.47%) Sonatype Nexus
2 8 (3.98%) MSI
2 8 (3.98%) Visual Studio
3 7 (3.48%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (1.49%) InstallShield
5 2 (1.00%) Chocolatey
5 2 (1.00%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.50%) WinDbg
General
1 18 (8.96%) Finance
2 6 (2.99%) Local Government
3 4 (1.99%) Military
4 3 (1.49%) Banking
5 2 (1.00%) Law
5 2 (1.00%) Retail
6 1 (0.50%) French Language
6 1 (0.50%) Front Office
6 1 (0.50%) Legal
6 1 (0.50%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.50%) Publishing
6 1 (0.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 29 (14.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 26 (12.94%) Server Engineer
3 25 (12.44%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 20 (9.95%) Analyst
4 20 (9.95%) DevOps Engineer
5 19 (9.45%) Windows Engineer
6 18 (8.96%) Support Engineer
7 15 (7.46%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
7 15 (7.46%) Windows Server Engineer
8 14 (6.97%) 3rd Line Support
9 13 (6.47%) Citrix Engineer
9 13 (6.47%) Citrix Server Engineer
10 12 (5.97%) SCCM Engineer
10 12 (5.97%) Technical Support
11 10 (4.98%) Desktop Support
11 10 (4.98%) Wintel Engineer
12 9 (4.48%) Technical Engineer
12 9 (4.48%) VMware Engineer
13 8 (3.98%) 3rd Line Technical Support
13 8 (3.98%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.47%) JSON
1 11 (5.47%) YAML
2 9 (4.48%) .NET
3 6 (2.99%) Web Services
4 5 (2.49%) Node.js
5 4 (1.99%) LDAP
6 2 (1.00%) XMPP
7 1 (0.50%) Middleware
7 1 (0.50%) OAuth
7 1 (0.50%) REST
7 1 (0.50%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 31 (15.42%) PKI
2 13 (6.47%) Clustering
3 10 (4.98%) Data Centre
4 8 (3.98%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (3.48%) Blackberry
6 6 (2.99%) Public Cloud
6 6 (2.99%) User Experience
7 5 (2.49%) Management Information System
8 4 (1.99%) CMDB
8 4 (1.99%) Fintech
9 3 (1.49%) Self-Motivation
10 1 (0.50%) BYOD
10 1 (0.50%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.50%) Device Driver
10 1 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.50%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.50%) FMCG
10 1 (0.50%) iPhone
10 1 (0.50%) Linux Command Line
10 1 (0.50%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 184 (91.54%) Windows
2 126 (62.69%) Windows Server
3 90 (44.78%) Windows Server 2012
4 74 (36.82%) Windows Server 2008
5 55 (27.36%) Windows 7
6 42 (20.90%) Linux
7 27 (13.43%) Windows Server 2003
8 24 (11.94%) Windows 10
9 10 (4.98%) SUSE
10 8 (3.98%) Windows XP
11 7 (3.48%) Solaris
11 7 (3.48%) Unix
12 6 (2.99%) Mac OS X
13 5 (2.49%) Ubuntu
14 4 (1.99%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 3 (1.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (1.00%) CentOS
17 1 (0.50%) Android
17 1 (0.50%) Apple iOS
17 1 (0.50%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (22.89%) ITIL
2 25 (12.44%) Configuration Management
2 25 (12.44%) Root Cause Analysis
3 21 (10.45%) DevOps
4 19 (9.45%) Migration
5 18 (8.96%) Agile Software Development
6 17 (8.46%) Problem-Solving
7 15 (7.46%) Business Intelligence
8 14 (6.97%) Patch Management
9 13 (6.47%) Build Automation
9 13 (6.47%) Problem Management
10 12 (5.97%) Release Management
10 12 (5.97%) Virtual Environments
11 11 (5.47%) Incident Management
11 11 (5.47%) Mentoring
12 10 (4.98%) Service Delivery
13 9 (4.48%) Change Management
13 9 (4.48%) Service Management
14 8 (3.98%) Cybersecurity
14 8 (3.98%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 54 (26.87%) PowerShell
2 33 (16.42%) SQL
3 8 (3.98%) Bash Shell
3 8 (3.98%) C
4 6 (2.99%) VBScript
5 5 (2.49%) C#
5 5 (2.49%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.49%) T-SQL
6 4 (1.99%) VB
7 2 (1.00%) Perl
7 2 (1.00%) PHP
7 2 (1.00%) Python
8 1 (0.50%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 49 (24.38%) Security Cleared
2 34 (16.92%) SC Cleared
3 20 (9.95%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (6.47%) DV Cleared
5 11 (5.47%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (4.98%) MCSA
6 10 (4.98%) MCSE
7 9 (4.48%) CCNA
8 8 (3.98%) CCNP
8 8 (3.98%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (2.49%) MCP
10 4 (1.99%) A+ Certification
10 4 (1.99%) MCITP
10 4 (1.99%) Network+ Certification
10 4 (1.99%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (1.49%) Degree
12 2 (1.00%) MCTS
12 2 (1.00%) MOS
12 2 (1.00%) VCAP
13 1 (0.50%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.00%) SLA
2 1 (0.50%) GDPR
2 1 (0.50%) Government Security Classifications
2 1 (0.50%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.50%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 152 (75.62%) Active Directory
2 62 (30.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 48 (23.88%) Hyper-V
4 37 (18.41%) VMware ESXi
5 30 (14.93%) vSphere
6 18 (8.96%) Virtual Machines
6 18 (8.96%) XenApp
7 14 (6.97%) Microsoft App-V
7 14 (6.97%) XenDesktop
8 13 (6.47%) Docker
9 12 (5.97%) XenServer
10 8 (3.98%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (2.49%) BitLocker
11 5 (2.49%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 5 (2.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 5 (2.49%) VMware Workstation
12 4 (1.99%) KVM
13 3 (1.49%) Firmware
14 2 (1.00%) NFS
14 2 (1.00%) Xen
Systems Management
1 80 (39.80%) SCCM
2 28 (13.93%) SCOM
3 17 (8.46%) McAfee ePO
4 15 (7.46%) Puppet
5 10 (4.98%) Ansible
6 9 (4.48%) vCenter Server
7 7 (3.48%) Backup Exec
7 7 (3.48%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 6 (2.99%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 6 (2.99%) FortiGate
9 5 (2.49%) NetBackup
9 5 (2.49%) Single Sign-On
10 4 (1.99%) Malwarebytes
10 4 (1.99%) Microsoft Clustering
10 4 (1.99%) Microsoft Intune
10 4 (1.99%) Nagios
10 4 (1.99%) SmoothWall
10 4 (1.99%) Terraform
11 3 (1.49%) HP SIM
11 3 (1.49%) vMotion
Vendors
1 124 (61.69%) Microsoft
2 93 (46.27%) VMware
3 44 (21.89%) Citrix
4 39 (19.40%) Cisco
5 23 (11.44%) HP
6 21 (10.45%) McAfee
7 18 (8.96%) Ivanti
8 14 (6.97%) Qualys
8 14 (6.97%) Sophos
9 13 (6.47%) Symantec
10 12 (5.97%) NetApp
11 10 (4.98%) Remedy
11 10 (4.98%) SolarWinds
12 8 (3.98%) IBM
12 8 (3.98%) Lumension
12 8 (3.98%) Red Hat
13 7 (3.48%) Apple
13 7 (3.48%) IronPort
13 7 (3.48%) Splunk
13 7 (3.48%) Veritas