Period
to 22 October 2019

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 October 2019 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 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 563 601 674
Rank change year-on-year +38 +73 -60
Contract jobs citing WSUS 226 258 177
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.29% 0.27% 0.19%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.00% 1.91% 1.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 168 104
England median daily rate £403 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.00% +6.06% +1.54%
10th Percentile £185 £200 £159
90th Percentile £538 £488 £473
UK median daily rate £400 £350 £345
% change year-on-year +14.29% +1.45% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 19
England median hourly rate £42.00 £18.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +124.00% -6.25% -49.04%
10th Percentile £39.38 £12.53 £13.51
90th Percentile £50.23 £28.25 £29.30
UK median hourly rate £40.75 £18.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year +117.33% -6.25% -49.04%

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 11,277 13,536 10,582
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.57% 14.34% 11.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,726 9,204 7,135
England median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +7.95%
10th Percentile £281 £300 £263
90th Percentile £675 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £470
% change year-on-year - +6.38% +9.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 262 378 242
England median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - -22.22%
10th Percentile £12.53 £12.25 £10.75
90th Percentile £53.60 £47.00 £47.80
UK median hourly rate £21.25 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +21.43% -2.78% -23.40%

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 October 2019.

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 October 2019.

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 October 2019. 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 +46 72 £288 -23.33% 11
South East +57 57 £450 +80.00% 20
South West +16 47 £450 +51.52% 12
Midlands +25 22 £450 +20.00% 13
North of England +24 19 £375 +7.14% 17
West Midlands +5 16 £425 +6.25% 7
North West +6 13 £375 +19.05% 8
East of England +15 8 £400 +18.37% 10
East Midlands +19 6 £450 +41.07% 6
Yorkshire +20 5 £340 -2.86% 3
North East - 1 £147 - 6
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 22 October 2019, 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.

1 181 (80.09%) Windows
2 146 (64.60%) Active Directory
3 123 (54.42%) Microsoft
3 123 (54.42%) Windows Server
4 106 (46.90%) VMware
5 94 (41.59%) SCCM
6 90 (39.82%) Windows Server 2012
7 73 (32.30%) Security Cleared
8 68 (30.09%) DNS
9 67 (29.65%) DHCP
10 66 (29.20%) PowerShell
11 63 (27.88%) Hyper-V
12 61 (26.99%) Windows 10
13 53 (23.45%) VMware Infrastructure
14 52 (23.01%) Office 365
15 51 (22.57%) Windows Server 2008
16 50 (22.12%) DV Cleared
17 47 (20.80%) VMware ESXi
17 47 (20.80%) HP
18 45 (19.91%) Cisco
18 45 (19.91%) ITIL
18 45 (19.91%) Firewall
18 45 (19.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 40 (17.70%) Azure
20 38 (16.81%) SCOM
21 33 (14.60%) Microsoft App-V
21 33 (14.60%) Linux
21 33 (14.60%) LAN
22 32 (14.16%) MS Exchange
22 32 (14.16%) Windows 7

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 32 (14.16%) MS Exchange
2 31 (13.72%) SharePoint
3 22 (9.73%) Exchange Server 2013
4 19 (8.41%) Exchange Server 2010
5 17 (7.52%) IIS
6 11 (4.87%) Skype for Business
7 6 (2.65%) SharePoint Server
8 5 (2.21%) OpenStack
8 5 (2.21%) Tomcat
9 4 (1.77%) Apache
9 4 (1.77%) Confluence
9 4 (1.77%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (1.77%) nginx
10 2 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 16 (7.08%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.33%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.44%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 52 (23.01%) Office 365
2 40 (17.70%) Azure
3 22 (9.73%) AWS
4 4 (1.77%) OneDrive
5 3 (1.33%) GCP
5 3 (1.33%) IaaS
5 3 (1.33%) PaaS
5 3 (1.33%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 2 (0.88%) Dropbox
6 2 (0.88%) G Suite
6 2 (0.88%) SaaS
6 2 (0.88%) Slack
6 2 (0.88%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 68 (30.09%) DNS
2 67 (29.65%) DHCP
3 45 (19.91%) Firewall
4 33 (14.60%) LAN
5 27 (11.95%) WAN
6 26 (11.50%) SAN
7 19 (8.41%) VPN
8 15 (6.64%) Cisco ASA
9 12 (5.31%) NaaS
10 10 (4.42%) TCP/IP
11 9 (3.98%) MPLS
11 9 (3.98%) Wireless
12 8 (3.54%) VLAN
12 8 (3.54%) Wi-Fi
12 8 (3.54%) WLAN
13 7 (3.10%) Remote Desktop
14 6 (2.65%) 802.11
14 6 (2.65%) BGP
14 6 (2.65%) HSRP
14 6 (2.65%) Spanning Tree
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (13.27%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.65%) MySQL
3 5 (2.21%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (1.77%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (1.77%) PostgreSQL
4 4 (1.77%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (1.77%) SQL Server 2017
5 2 (0.88%) EDMS
5 2 (0.88%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (0.88%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 18 (7.96%) MSI
2 11 (4.87%) Git (software)
2 11 (4.87%) JIRA
2 11 (4.87%) Metasploit
3 7 (3.10%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (2.21%) WinDbg
5 4 (1.77%) InstallShield
5 4 (1.77%) Subversion
6 3 (1.33%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.44%) JMeter
7 1 (0.44%) Selenium
7 1 (0.44%) TeamCity
General
1 16 (7.08%) Finance
2 13 (5.75%) Law
2 13 (5.75%) Legal
2 13 (5.75%) Public Sector
3 9 (3.98%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.21%) Financial Institution
5 4 (1.77%) Automotive
5 4 (1.77%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.77%) Retail
6 3 (1.33%) Back Office
6 3 (1.33%) Banking
6 3 (1.33%) Military
7 2 (0.88%) Advertising
7 2 (0.88%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.44%) Electronics
8 1 (0.44%) Games
8 1 (0.44%) Local Government
8 1 (0.44%) Marketing
8 1 (0.44%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 35 (15.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 27 (11.95%) Analyst
3 25 (11.06%) IT Engineer
4 23 (10.18%) Server Engineer
5 21 (9.29%) Infrastructure Support
6 19 (8.41%) Support Analyst
6 19 (8.41%) Support Engineer
7 17 (7.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 17 (7.52%) Administrator
7 17 (7.52%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 16 (7.08%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
9 14 (6.19%) IT Support
9 14 (6.19%) Systems Administrator
10 13 (5.75%) Applications Packager
10 13 (5.75%) Windows Engineer
11 11 (4.87%) Field Engineer
11 11 (4.87%) Tester
12 10 (4.42%) 3rd Line Support
13 9 (3.98%) Consultant
13 9 (3.98%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (4.87%) Gherkin
2 8 (3.54%) 802.1X
3 7 (3.10%) .NET
4 3 (1.33%) AngularJS
4 3 (1.33%) Django
4 3 (1.33%) LDAP
4 3 (1.33%) Middleware
4 3 (1.33%) React
5 2 (0.88%) D3.js
5 2 (0.88%) Elastic Stack
5 2 (0.88%) LAMP
5 2 (0.88%) OpenLayers
5 2 (0.88%) Software Packaging
5 2 (0.88%) Vue.js
6 1 (0.44%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 27 (11.95%) Management Information System
2 26 (11.50%) Clustering
2 26 (11.50%) User Experience
3 22 (9.73%) Analytical Skills
4 21 (9.29%) Data Centre
5 11 (4.87%) Public Cloud
6 7 (3.10%) Client/Server
6 7 (3.10%) Driving Licence
6 7 (3.10%) PKI
7 5 (2.21%) Blackberry
8 4 (1.77%) Self-Motivation
9 3 (1.33%) Acoustics
9 3 (1.33%) Algorithms
9 3 (1.33%) CMDB
9 3 (1.33%) Fat Client
9 3 (1.33%) HP StoreVirtual
9 3 (1.33%) Replication
9 3 (1.33%) Thin Client
10 2 (0.88%) Life Science
10 2 (0.88%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 181 (80.09%) Windows
2 123 (54.42%) Windows Server
3 90 (39.82%) Windows Server 2012
4 61 (26.99%) Windows 10
5 51 (22.57%) Windows Server 2008
6 33 (14.60%) Linux
7 32 (14.16%) Windows 7
8 18 (7.96%) Windows Server 2003
9 15 (6.64%) Windows 8
9 15 (6.64%) Windows XP
10 13 (5.75%) CentOS
11 9 (3.98%) Ubuntu
12 7 (3.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (2.65%) Mac OS X
14 5 (2.21%) Debian
15 4 (1.77%) Apple iOS
15 4 (1.77%) Mac OS
15 4 (1.77%) Solaris
16 3 (1.33%) Android
16 3 (1.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (19.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
1 45 (19.91%) ITIL
2 21 (9.29%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (9.29%) Data Protection
2 21 (9.29%) Patch Management
2 21 (9.29%) Problem Management
3 18 (7.96%) Problem-Solving
4 17 (7.52%) Information Security
5 16 (7.08%) Configuration Management
5 16 (7.08%) Service Management
6 15 (6.64%) Application Packaging
6 15 (6.64%) Application Virtualisation
6 15 (6.64%) Mentoring
6 15 (6.64%) Service Delivery
7 14 (6.19%) Project Management
8 13 (5.75%) Change Management
9 12 (5.31%) E-Commerce
9 12 (5.31%) Information Security Management
9 12 (5.31%) Migration
9 12 (5.31%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 66 (29.20%) PowerShell
2 27 (11.95%) SQL
3 23 (10.18%) Java
4 19 (8.41%) Python
5 14 (6.19%) C#
6 8 (3.54%) C
6 8 (3.54%) VBScript
7 6 (2.65%) Bash Shell
8 4 (1.77%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.88%) PHP
9 2 (0.88%) Ruby
9 2 (0.88%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.44%) Perl
Qualifications
1 73 (32.30%) Security Cleared
2 50 (22.12%) DV Cleared
3 24 (10.62%) SC Cleared
4 22 (9.73%) Microsoft Certification
5 15 (6.64%) MCSA
6 14 (6.19%) CCNA
6 14 (6.19%) Cisco Certification
7 13 (5.75%) MCITP
8 9 (3.98%) Degree
9 8 (3.54%) MCSE
10 4 (1.77%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 3 (1.33%) DBS Check
11 3 (1.33%) IISP
11 3 (1.33%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (1.33%) RHCE
12 2 (0.88%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.88%) MCP
13 1 (0.44%) Computer Science Degree
13 1 (0.44%) MOS
13 1 (0.44%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.54%) SLA
2 5 (2.21%) Cyber Essentials
2 5 (2.21%) QA
3 3 (1.33%) Government Security Classifications
3 3 (1.33%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 3 (1.33%) JSP 440
3 3 (1.33%) NCSC
4 1 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 146 (64.60%) Active Directory
2 63 (27.88%) Hyper-V
3 53 (23.45%) VMware Infrastructure
4 47 (20.80%) VMware ESXi
5 33 (14.60%) Microsoft App-V
6 26 (11.50%) Virtual Machines
7 23 (10.18%) vSphere
8 20 (8.85%) Virtual Desktop
9 17 (7.52%) DFS Replication
10 9 (3.98%) Virtual Servers
10 9 (3.98%) XenApp
11 6 (2.65%) vCloud
11 6 (2.65%) Xen
12 5 (2.21%) XenDesktop
13 4 (1.77%) Docker
13 4 (1.77%) pfSense
14 3 (1.33%) BitLocker
14 3 (1.33%) VMware Server
15 2 (0.88%) Firmware
16 1 (0.44%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 94 (41.59%) SCCM
2 38 (16.81%) SCOM
3 23 (10.18%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 22 (9.73%) Microsoft Clustering
5 15 (6.64%) Nessus
6 14 (6.19%) Red Hat Satellite
6 14 (6.19%) SCDPM
7 13 (5.75%) Failover Clustering
7 13 (5.75%) SCSM
7 13 (5.75%) SCVMM
8 11 (4.87%) Nmap
9 10 (4.42%) Ansible
9 10 (4.42%) vCenter Server
10 9 (3.98%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (2.65%) Microsoft Intune
11 6 (2.65%) Nagios
11 6 (2.65%) Puppet
11 6 (2.65%) vMotion
12 5 (2.21%) Kubernetes
12 5 (2.21%) Terraform
Vendors
1 123 (54.42%) Microsoft
2 106 (46.90%) VMware
3 47 (20.80%) HP
4 45 (19.91%) Cisco
5 26 (11.50%) Citrix
6 22 (9.73%) Red Hat
7 21 (9.29%) Veeam
8 17 (7.52%) McAfee
8 17 (7.52%) Sophos
9 16 (7.08%) Meraki
10 15 (6.64%) Dell
11 13 (5.75%) Adobe
11 13 (5.75%) Splunk
12 12 (5.31%) Ivanti
12 12 (5.31%) Sony
13 11 (4.87%) BMC
13 11 (4.87%) F5
13 11 (4.87%) Symantec
13 11 (4.87%) Tripwire
14 10 (4.42%) Lumension