Period
to 25 January 2020

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 25 January 2020 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
25 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 528 671 682
Rank change year-on-year +143 +11 -56
Contract jobs citing WSUS 194 181 176
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.30% 0.20% 0.19%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.07% 1.33% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 128 110 114
England median daily rate £411 £339 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.40% -3.21% +5.11%
10th Percentile £185 £200 £143
90th Percentile £550 £475 £538
UK median daily rate £410 £345 £350
% change year-on-year +18.84% -1.43% +6.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 12 15
England median hourly rate £16.50 £18.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.81% -7.50% -55.56%
10th Percentile £16.20 £15.03 £16.31
90th Percentile £42.00 £27.90 £29.65
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £18.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -10.81% -7.50% -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 9,394 13,628 11,212
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 14.43% 14.94% 12.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,387 9,198 7,695
England median daily rate £500 £500 £480
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.17% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £313 £269
90th Percentile £675 £655 £625
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 264 335 252
England median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.82
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +4.07% -15.93%
10th Percentile £12.44 £12.14 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.71 £47.00 £47.42
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +11.43% - -12.50%

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 25 January 2020.

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 25 January 2020.

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 25 January 2020. 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 +131 59 £275 -26.67% 14
South East +66 42 £450 +40.63% 28
North of England +57 40 £394 +12.50% 13
Midlands +59 29 £425 +36.00% 7
North West +43 24 £450 +125.00% 6
South West +8 19 £550 +100.00% 11
West Midlands +45 16 £425 +54.55% 4
Yorkshire +40 12 £320 -28.89% 6
East Midlands +29 11 £413 +14.58% 3
East of England +30 5 £500 +33.33% 3
North East +22 4 £375 -6.25% 1
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 25 January 2020, 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.

1 160 (82.47%) Windows
2 137 (70.62%) Active Directory
3 113 (58.25%) VMware
4 106 (54.64%) SCCM
5 104 (53.61%) Microsoft
6 101 (52.06%) Windows Server
7 64 (32.99%) DHCP
7 64 (32.99%) DNS
8 62 (31.96%) Windows 10
9 60 (30.93%) Windows Server 2012
10 59 (30.41%) Security Cleared
11 57 (29.38%) VMware Infrastructure
12 55 (28.35%) PowerShell
12 55 (28.35%) Hyper-V
13 53 (27.32%) ITIL
14 48 (24.74%) Azure
15 47 (24.23%) Office 365
16 43 (22.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 42 (21.65%) Cisco
18 40 (20.62%) Firewall
19 38 (19.59%) SCOM
20 36 (18.56%) Linux
21 34 (17.53%) LAN
21 34 (17.53%) SC Cleared
21 34 (17.53%) VMware ESXi
22 33 (17.01%) Windows Server 2008
22 33 (17.01%) Microsoft Certification
23 31 (15.98%) Analytical Skills
24 30 (15.46%) Microsoft App-V
25 28 (14.43%) SharePoint

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 28 (14.43%) SharePoint
2 23 (11.86%) MS Exchange
3 16 (8.25%) Exchange Server 2013
4 15 (7.73%) Exchange Server 2010
4 15 (7.73%) IIS
5 7 (3.61%) Apache
5 7 (3.61%) Skype for Business
5 7 (3.61%) Tomcat
6 6 (3.09%) OpenStack
7 4 (2.06%) Confluence
7 4 (2.06%) SharePoint Server
8 2 (1.03%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (1.03%) nginx
9 1 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.52%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 19 (9.79%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.55%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (1.03%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.52%) Mozilla Thunderbird
4 1 (0.52%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.52%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 48 (24.74%) Azure
2 47 (24.23%) Office 365
3 19 (9.79%) AWS
4 15 (7.73%) IaaS
5 9 (4.64%) PaaS
6 6 (3.09%) SaaS
7 3 (1.55%) GCP
7 3 (1.55%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 2 (1.03%) G Suite
8 2 (1.03%) OneDrive
8 2 (1.03%) Slack
8 2 (1.03%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 64 (32.99%) DHCP
1 64 (32.99%) DNS
2 40 (20.62%) Firewall
3 34 (17.53%) LAN
4 28 (14.43%) SAN
5 21 (10.82%) VPN
6 20 (10.31%) TCP/IP
6 20 (10.31%) WAN
7 11 (5.67%) Cisco ASA
8 9 (4.64%) MPLS
8 9 (4.64%) NaaS
9 8 (4.12%) iSCSI
9 8 (4.12%) Remote Desktop
9 8 (4.12%) Wi-Fi
10 7 (3.61%) Wireless
10 7 (3.61%) WLAN
11 6 (3.09%) 802.11
11 6 (3.09%) BGP
11 6 (3.09%) EIGRP
11 6 (3.09%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (10.31%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.58%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (2.06%) MySQL
3 4 (2.06%) PostgreSQL
4 3 (1.55%) EDMS
4 3 (1.55%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (1.03%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 14 (7.22%) InstallShield
2 11 (5.67%) JIRA
2 11 (5.67%) MSI
3 9 (4.64%) AdminStudio
4 5 (2.58%) Git (software)
5 4 (2.06%) Jenkins
5 4 (2.06%) Subversion
5 4 (2.06%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (2.06%) WinDbg
6 1 (0.52%) TeamCity
General
1 21 (10.82%) Finance
2 10 (5.15%) Public Sector
3 9 (4.64%) Law
3 9 (4.64%) Legal
3 9 (4.64%) Telecoms
4 8 (4.12%) Back Office
5 4 (2.06%) Automotive
5 4 (2.06%) Financial Institution
5 4 (2.06%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.06%) Retail
6 1 (0.52%) Banking
6 1 (0.52%) Electronics
6 1 (0.52%) Games
6 1 (0.52%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.52%) Local Government
6 1 (0.52%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 31 (15.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 25 (12.89%) Support Engineer
3 18 (9.28%) Analyst
3 18 (9.28%) IT Engineer
3 18 (9.28%) Wintel Engineer
4 17 (8.76%) Infrastructure Support
5 14 (7.22%) IT Support
5 14 (7.22%) Windows Engineer
6 13 (6.70%) Administrator
6 13 (6.70%) Systems Administrator
7 12 (6.19%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 12 (6.19%) Field Engineer
7 12 (6.19%) Support Analyst
8 11 (5.67%) Desktop Engineer
9 10 (5.15%) Consultant
9 10 (5.15%) Infrastructure Specialist
10 9 (4.64%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 9 (4.64%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
10 9 (4.64%) Server Engineer
11 8 (4.12%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.09%) 802.1X
2 3 (1.55%) .NET
2 3 (1.55%) FIX Protocol
2 3 (1.55%) LDAP
3 2 (1.03%) Apache NiFi
3 2 (1.03%) LAMP
4 1 (0.52%) Middleware
4 1 (0.52%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 31 (15.98%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (10.31%) Data Centre
2 20 (10.31%) Management Information System
3 17 (8.76%) Clustering
4 12 (6.19%) PKI
5 10 (5.15%) User Experience
6 7 (3.61%) Driving Licence
7 5 (2.58%) Blackberry
7 5 (2.58%) Self-Motivation
8 4 (2.06%) Client/Server
8 4 (2.06%) Enterprise Storage
9 3 (1.55%) CMDB
9 3 (1.55%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (1.55%) HP StoreVirtual
9 3 (1.55%) Public Cloud
9 3 (1.55%) SWIFT
10 2 (1.03%) Life Science
10 2 (1.03%) N-Tier
11 1 (0.52%) NHS
11 1 (0.52%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 160 (82.47%) Windows
2 101 (52.06%) Windows Server
3 62 (31.96%) Windows 10
4 60 (30.93%) Windows Server 2012
5 36 (18.56%) Linux
6 33 (17.01%) Windows Server 2008
7 23 (11.86%) Windows 7
8 14 (7.22%) Windows XP
9 13 (6.70%) CentOS
9 13 (6.70%) Windows 8
10 11 (5.67%) Unix
11 9 (4.64%) Ubuntu
11 9 (4.64%) Windows Server 2003
12 7 (3.61%) Mac OS X
12 7 (3.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 5 (2.58%) Apple iOS
13 5 (2.58%) Debian
14 4 (2.06%) Mac OS
14 4 (2.06%) VMS
15 3 (1.55%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (27.32%) ITIL
2 43 (22.16%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 28 (14.43%) Patch Management
4 26 (13.40%) Project Management
4 26 (13.40%) Service Management
5 19 (9.79%) Problem Management
5 19 (9.79%) Project Delivery
6 17 (8.76%) Problem-Solving
7 16 (8.25%) IT Strategy
8 15 (7.73%) Migration
9 14 (7.22%) Data Protection
9 14 (7.22%) Information Security
10 13 (6.70%) Application Packaging
10 13 (6.70%) Configuration Management
10 13 (6.70%) ITSM
11 12 (6.19%) Asset Management
11 12 (6.19%) Load Balancing
11 12 (6.19%) Server Management
12 11 (5.67%) Change Management
13 10 (5.15%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 55 (28.35%) PowerShell
2 22 (11.34%) SQL
3 13 (6.70%) VB
4 10 (5.15%) Python
5 9 (4.64%) Java
5 9 (4.64%) VBScript
6 5 (2.58%) Bash Shell
7 4 (2.06%) PHP
8 3 (1.55%) C
8 3 (1.55%) JavaScript
9 2 (1.03%) C#
9 2 (1.03%) Perl
9 2 (1.03%) Ruby
10 1 (0.52%) C++
10 1 (0.52%) VBA
Qualifications
1 59 (30.41%) Security Cleared
2 34 (17.53%) SC Cleared
3 33 (17.01%) Microsoft Certification
4 28 (14.43%) DV Cleared
5 19 (9.79%) MCSE
6 16 (8.25%) MCSA
7 11 (5.67%) CCNA
7 11 (5.67%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (5.15%) MCITP
9 6 (3.09%) Degree
10 4 (2.06%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 4 (2.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (1.55%) RHCE
12 2 (1.03%) CCENT
12 2 (1.03%) DBS Check
12 2 (1.03%) ITIL Certification
12 2 (1.03%) Network+ Certification
13 1 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
13 1 (0.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 1 (0.52%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.09%) SLA
2 2 (1.03%) GDPR
2 2 (1.03%) Government Security Classifications
2 2 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 2 (1.03%) NCSC
2 2 (1.03%) QA
3 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 137 (70.62%) Active Directory
2 57 (29.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 55 (28.35%) Hyper-V
4 34 (17.53%) VMware ESXi
5 30 (15.46%) Microsoft App-V
6 16 (8.25%) Virtual Desktop
7 15 (7.73%) Virtual Machines
8 14 (7.22%) DFS Replication
8 14 (7.22%) vSphere
9 9 (4.64%) Virtual Servers
10 6 (3.09%) VMware Server
10 6 (3.09%) Xen
11 5 (2.58%) Docker
11 5 (2.58%) vCloud
11 5 (2.58%) XenApp
12 4 (2.06%) pfSense
12 4 (2.06%) XenDesktop
13 3 (1.55%) BitLocker
14 2 (1.03%) Firmware
15 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 106 (54.64%) SCCM
2 38 (19.59%) SCOM
3 20 (10.31%) Norton AntiVirus
4 17 (8.76%) Microsoft Clustering
5 12 (6.19%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 12 (6.19%) Puppet
6 11 (5.67%) NetBackup
7 10 (5.15%) Failover Clustering
8 9 (4.64%) ThinApp
8 9 (4.64%) vCenter Server
9 8 (4.12%) Ansible
9 8 (4.12%) Microsoft Intune
9 8 (4.12%) Nagios
9 8 (4.12%) SCDPM
9 8 (4.12%) SCSM
9 8 (4.12%) SCVMM
10 7 (3.61%) Jamf Pro
11 6 (3.09%) Terraform
12 5 (2.58%) Kubernetes
12 5 (2.58%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 113 (58.25%) VMware
2 104 (53.61%) Microsoft
3 42 (21.65%) Cisco
4 27 (13.92%) Citrix
5 26 (13.40%) McAfee
6 24 (12.37%) Symantec
7 21 (10.82%) Dell
8 20 (10.31%) HP
9 19 (9.79%) Ivanti
10 16 (8.25%) Veeam
11 13 (6.70%) EMC
11 13 (6.70%) Meraki
11 13 (6.70%) Sophos
12 11 (5.67%) Red Hat
13 10 (5.15%) Splunk
14 9 (4.64%) Adobe
14 9 (4.64%) ArcSight
14 9 (4.64%) F5
14 9 (4.64%) Sony
15 7 (3.61%) Lumension