Period
to 24 June 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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 602 613 654
Rank change year-on-year +11 +41 -29
Contract jobs citing WSUS 204 242 154
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.25% 0.26% 0.18%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.65% 2.00% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 174 97
England median daily rate £400 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.08% - -7.14%
10th Percentile £218 £180 £209
90th Percentile £500 £488 £484
UK median daily rate £396 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +21.92% - -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 7
England median hourly rate £15.37 £15.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.47% -9.09% -53.52%
10th Percentile £14.62 £12.75 £13.51
90th Percentile £38.45 £73.63 £34.75
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £15.00 £18.25
% change year-on-year +3.33% -17.81% -48.59%

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 12,373 12,078 9,171
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.90% 13.20% 10.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,269 8,083 6,073
England median daily rate £500 £488 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +5.41% +8.82%
10th Percentile £313 £286 £275
90th Percentile £675 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 306 313 207
England median hourly rate £19.57 £19.40 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.88% +7.78% -20.00%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.22
90th Percentile £48.29 £50.00 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £19.20 £19.50
% change year-on-year +6.77% -1.54% -17.02%

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 24 June 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 24 June 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 24 June 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 +31 65 £380 +11.76% 6
South West +9 57 £400 +3.23% 1
South East +19 36 £388 +42.46% 2
Midlands -2 21 £401 +21.52% 8
East Midlands +20 14 £325 +3.17%
North of England +12 14 £322 -0.92% 2
East of England -9 12 £410 +26.15% 2
North West +7 9 £322 +9.15% 1
West Midlands -16 7 £405 +11.72% 8
Yorkshire +15 3 £275 -15.38% 1
North East - 2 £274 -
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 164 (80.39%) Windows
2 143 (70.10%) Active Directory
3 125 (61.27%) Microsoft
4 113 (55.39%) Windows Server
5 90 (44.12%) VMware
6 86 (42.16%) Windows Server 2012
7 85 (41.67%) SCCM
7 85 (41.67%) PowerShell
8 71 (34.80%) DNS
9 70 (34.31%) Security Cleared
10 64 (31.37%) DHCP
11 62 (30.39%) Windows Server 2008
12 51 (25.00%) Hyper-V
12 51 (25.00%) Linux
13 48 (23.53%) Windows 10
14 44 (21.57%) VMware Infrastructure
14 44 (21.57%) HP
15 43 (21.08%) Office 365
15 43 (21.08%) VMware ESXi
16 42 (20.59%) Microsoft Azure
16 42 (20.59%) MS Exchange
16 42 (20.59%) ITIL
17 39 (19.12%) DV Cleared
18 35 (17.16%) Windows 7
18 35 (17.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 34 (16.67%) Data Centre
19 34 (16.67%) SQL Server
20 33 (16.18%) Cisco
20 33 (16.18%) SAN
21 31 (15.20%) SQL

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 42 (20.59%) MS Exchange
2 29 (14.22%) SharePoint
3 18 (8.82%) Exchange Server 2010
4 17 (8.33%) IIS
5 14 (6.86%) Apache
5 14 (6.86%) Skype for Business
6 7 (3.43%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (1.96%) IBM Domino
7 4 (1.96%) Tomcat
8 3 (1.47%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.98%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.49%) JBoss
10 1 (0.49%) nginx
10 1 (0.49%) SAS
Applications
1 10 (4.90%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.49%) Stata
Cloud Services
1 43 (21.08%) Office 365
2 42 (20.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (10.78%) Amazon AWS
3 22 (10.78%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (2.94%) SaaS
5 4 (1.96%) IaaS
6 3 (1.47%) AWS CloudFormation
6 3 (1.47%) Google Cloud Platform
7 2 (0.98%) Amazon EC2
7 2 (0.98%) Amazon ELB
7 2 (0.98%) Dropbox
7 2 (0.98%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.98%) OneDrive
7 2 (0.98%) Route 53
7 2 (0.98%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 1 (0.49%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 71 (34.80%) DNS
2 64 (31.37%) DHCP
3 33 (16.18%) SAN
4 23 (11.27%) Firewall
5 20 (9.80%) LAN
6 17 (8.33%) WAN
7 15 (7.35%) TCP/IP
8 10 (4.90%) VPN
9 9 (4.41%) Skype
10 8 (3.92%) Remote Desktop
11 6 (2.94%) NAS
12 5 (2.45%) Network Security
12 5 (2.45%) VLAN
13 4 (1.96%) Cisco ASA
13 4 (1.96%) HTTP
13 4 (1.96%) MPLS
13 4 (1.96%) NetScaler
13 4 (1.96%) VoIP
13 4 (1.96%) Wireless
14 3 (1.47%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 15 (7.35%) SQL Server 2012
2 15 (7.35%) SQL Server 2016
3 13 (6.37%) MySQL
4 12 (5.88%) SQL Server 2014
5 3 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (0.98%) Electronic Patient Records
6 2 (0.98%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (0.98%) SQL Server 2008
7 1 (0.49%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 15 (7.35%) Metasploit
2 14 (6.86%) Git (software)
2 14 (6.86%) MSI
3 9 (4.41%) Team Foundation Server
4 6 (2.94%) WinDbg
5 5 (2.45%) InstallShield
5 5 (2.45%) Jenkins
5 5 (2.45%) Visual Studio
6 4 (1.96%) AdminStudio
7 3 (1.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 3 (1.47%) CircleCI
7 3 (1.47%) GitLab
7 3 (1.47%) Octopus Deploy
7 3 (1.47%) Subversion
7 3 (1.47%) Travis CI
8 2 (0.98%) Artifactory
8 2 (0.98%) Burp Suite
8 2 (0.98%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.49%) Chocolatey
General
1 13 (6.37%) Law
2 12 (5.88%) Finance
3 5 (2.45%) Military
4 2 (0.98%) Advertising
4 2 (0.98%) Back Office
4 2 (0.98%) Banking
4 2 (0.98%) Legal
4 2 (0.98%) Online Betting
4 2 (0.98%) Retail
4 2 (0.98%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.49%) Financial Institution
5 1 (0.49%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 24 (11.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 22 (10.78%) Analyst
3 17 (8.33%) Systems Engineer
3 17 (8.33%) Windows Engineer
4 16 (7.84%) Server Engineer
4 16 (7.84%) Wintel Engineer
5 15 (7.35%) Tester
6 13 (6.37%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 11 (5.39%) Support Engineer
8 10 (4.90%) Administrator
8 10 (4.90%) Applications Packager
9 9 (4.41%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 9 (4.41%) Support Analyst
10 8 (3.92%) IT Engineer
10 8 (3.92%) Junior
10 8 (3.92%) SCCM Engineer
10 8 (3.92%) Security Tester
10 8 (3.92%) Systems Administrator
11 7 (3.43%) Linux Engineer
11 7 (3.43%) Penetration Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (6.37%) Gherkin
2 9 (4.41%) .NET
3 7 (3.43%) Software Packaging
4 6 (2.94%) LDAP
5 4 (1.96%) XML
6 3 (1.47%) .NET Framework
6 3 (1.47%) AngularJS
6 3 (1.47%) D3.js
6 3 (1.47%) Django
6 3 (1.47%) React
6 3 (1.47%) Spring
6 3 (1.47%) Vue.js
7 2 (0.98%) 802.1X
7 2 (0.98%) JSON
7 2 (0.98%) YAML
8 1 (0.49%) Elastic Stack
8 1 (0.49%) HTML
8 1 (0.49%) Middleware
8 1 (0.49%) OpenLayers
8 1 (0.49%) PostGIS
Miscellaneous
1 34 (16.67%) Data Centre
2 30 (14.71%) User Experience
3 25 (12.25%) Management Information System
4 24 (11.76%) Clustering
5 14 (6.86%) Private Cloud
6 12 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
7 10 (4.90%) PKI
8 6 (2.94%) Public Cloud
9 5 (2.45%) Fat Client
9 5 (2.45%) Thin Client
10 4 (1.96%) Blackberry
10 4 (1.96%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (1.47%) Acoustics
11 3 (1.47%) Client/Server
12 2 (0.98%) e-Health
12 2 (0.98%) Greenfield Project
12 2 (0.98%) LIMS
12 2 (0.98%) NHS
12 2 (0.98%) PACS
12 2 (0.98%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 164 (80.39%) Windows
2 113 (55.39%) Windows Server
3 86 (42.16%) Windows Server 2012
4 62 (30.39%) Windows Server 2008
5 51 (25.00%) Linux
6 48 (23.53%) Windows 10
7 35 (17.16%) Windows 7
8 10 (4.90%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (4.41%) Unix
10 7 (3.43%) Windows 8
11 5 (2.45%) CentOS
11 5 (2.45%) Solaris
11 5 (2.45%) Ubuntu
11 5 (2.45%) Windows XP
12 3 (1.47%) Android
13 2 (0.98%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (0.49%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (20.59%) ITIL
2 35 (17.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 31 (15.20%) Migration
4 23 (11.27%) Agile Software Development
4 23 (11.27%) Data Protection
5 21 (10.29%) Incident Management
6 20 (9.80%) Disaster Recovery
7 19 (9.31%) Root Cause Analysis
8 18 (8.82%) Antivirus Management
8 18 (8.82%) Mentoring
9 17 (8.33%) Patch Management
10 16 (7.84%) Information Security
10 16 (7.84%) Problem-Solving
11 14 (6.86%) Scrum
12 13 (6.37%) Configuration Management
12 13 (6.37%) Security Management
12 13 (6.37%) Storage Management
13 12 (5.88%) Information Security Management
13 12 (5.88%) Server Management
13 12 (5.88%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 85 (41.67%) PowerShell
2 31 (15.20%) SQL
3 20 (9.80%) C#
4 17 (8.33%) Java
5 12 (5.88%) Python
6 8 (3.92%) C
6 8 (3.92%) VBScript
7 7 (3.43%) VB
8 6 (2.94%) Bash Shell
9 3 (1.47%) JavaScript
9 3 (1.47%) T-SQL
9 3 (1.47%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.49%) R
Qualifications
1 70 (34.31%) Security Cleared
2 39 (19.12%) DV Cleared
3 26 (12.75%) SC Cleared
4 19 (9.31%) Microsoft Certification
5 13 (6.37%) MCSA
6 10 (4.90%) MCSE
7 5 (2.45%) CCNA
7 5 (2.45%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (1.96%) Degree
9 3 (1.47%) IISP
9 3 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (1.47%) MCITP
9 3 (1.47%) MCP
9 3 (1.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (0.98%) CEH
10 2 (0.98%) CISSP
10 2 (0.98%) CREST Certified
10 2 (0.98%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.98%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (0.98%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.39%) SLA
2 3 (1.47%) Cyber Essentials
2 3 (1.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 3 (1.47%) JSP 440
2 3 (1.47%) QA
3 2 (0.98%) HL7
3 2 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.98%) PMO
4 1 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.49%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 143 (70.10%) Active Directory
2 51 (25.00%) Hyper-V
3 44 (21.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 43 (21.08%) VMware ESXi
5 26 (12.75%) Microsoft App-V
5 26 (12.75%) Virtual Machines
6 22 (10.78%) vSphere
7 13 (6.37%) Virtual Desktop
8 12 (5.88%) Shibboleth
8 12 (5.88%) VMware NSX
9 11 (5.39%) DFS Replication
10 8 (3.92%) BitLocker
11 6 (2.94%) Virtual Servers
11 6 (2.94%) XenApp
12 4 (1.96%) Docker
13 3 (1.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 3 (1.47%) Terminal Server
13 3 (1.47%) VMware Server
14 2 (0.98%) Firmware
15 1 (0.49%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 85 (41.67%) SCCM
2 29 (14.22%) SCOM
3 21 (10.29%) Microsoft Clustering
3 21 (10.29%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 17 (8.33%) SCVMM
5 16 (7.84%) Nessus
6 15 (7.35%) Nmap
6 15 (7.35%) Red Hat Satellite
7 13 (6.37%) Failover Clustering
8 12 (5.88%) SCDPM
8 12 (5.88%) Single Sign-On
9 11 (5.39%) SCSM
10 7 (3.43%) Terraform
11 6 (2.94%) Backup Exec
11 6 (2.94%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (2.94%) Perfmon
11 6 (2.94%) vMotion
12 4 (1.96%) Ansible
12 4 (1.96%) ThinApp
12 4 (1.96%) WMI
Vendors
1 125 (61.27%) Microsoft
2 90 (44.12%) VMware
3 44 (21.57%) HP
4 33 (16.18%) Cisco
5 19 (9.31%) Red Hat
6 15 (7.35%) BMC
6 15 (7.35%) Tripwire
7 11 (5.39%) Citrix
7 11 (5.39%) NetApp
7 11 (5.39%) Sony
7 11 (5.39%) Sophos
7 11 (5.39%) Veeam
8 9 (4.41%) McAfee
8 9 (4.41%) SolarWinds
9 7 (3.43%) Proofpoint
9 7 (3.43%) Remedy
9 7 (3.43%) Symantec
10 6 (2.94%) Ivanti
10 6 (2.94%) Oracle
11 5 (2.45%) Dell