Period
to 18 July 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 18 July 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
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 587 655 629
Rank change year-on-year +68 -26 +27
Contract jobs citing WSUS 282 164 261
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.30% 0.19% 0.26%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.24% 1.70% 2.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 191 103 155
England median daily rate £335 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.08% -7.14% +9.38%
10th Percentile £180 £200 £250
90th Percentile £501 £480 £469
UK median daily rate £335 £330 £350
% change year-on-year +1.52% -5.71% +9.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 7 29
England median hourly rate £18.50 £16.50 £25.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.12% -35.92% +14.44%
10th Percentile £12.35 £13.51 £12.45
90th Percentile £28.25 £34.75 £45.60
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.25 £25.75
% change year-on-year +1.37% -29.13% +14.44%

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 12,580 9,648 11,299
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 13.33% 11.02% 11.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,441 6,415 7,399
England median daily rate £488 £465 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.84% +9.41% +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £588
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 346 216 241
England median hourly rate £19.20 £17.89 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.35% -18.70% +8.99%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.22 £12.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.00 £51.25
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - -15.56% +12.16%

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 18 July 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 18 July 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 18 July 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 +26 91 £343 -2.14% 17
South East -17 54 £281 -14.77% 5
Midlands +28 52 £375 +15.38% 8
West Midlands +4 39 £438 +20.69% 6
North of England -11 31 £350 +16.57% 6
South West +6 30 £381 +29.24% 6
East of England +20 24 £325 -23.53% 5
North West -17 21 £325 +8.33% 1
East Midlands +20 13 £317 +44.09% 2
Yorkshire -25 10 £350 +12.00% 5
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 18 July 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.

1 251 (89.01%) Windows
2 193 (68.44%) Active Directory
3 172 (60.99%) Microsoft
4 169 (59.93%) Windows Server
5 132 (46.81%) SCCM
6 128 (45.39%) VMware
7 94 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
8 87 (30.85%) PowerShell
9 84 (29.79%) VMware Infrastructure
9 84 (29.79%) DNS
10 81 (28.72%) Windows Server 2008
11 79 (28.01%) ITIL
12 78 (27.66%) Windows 7
13 69 (24.47%) Hyper-V
14 64 (22.70%) DHCP
15 62 (21.99%) Office 365
16 59 (20.92%) Microsoft Azure
16 59 (20.92%) Security Cleared
17 57 (20.21%) SQL
18 55 (19.50%) Windows 10
19 54 (19.15%) VMware ESXi
20 52 (18.44%) MS Exchange
21 50 (17.73%) SQL Server
21 50 (17.73%) Linux
22 49 (17.38%) Cisco
23 48 (17.02%) Citrix
24 43 (15.25%) McAfee
25 41 (14.54%) Windows Server 2003
26 40 (14.18%) Microsoft Certification
26 40 (14.18%) LAN

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 52 (18.44%) MS Exchange
2 33 (11.70%) IIS
3 21 (7.45%) Exchange Server 2010
4 18 (6.38%) SharePoint
5 15 (5.32%) Exchange Server 2013
6 13 (4.61%) Skype for Business
7 12 (4.26%) Apache
8 9 (3.19%) Exchange Server 2007
9 7 (2.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (2.13%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.35%) MS Project Server
11 1 (0.35%) OpenStack
Applications
1 31 (10.99%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.35%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.35%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 62 (21.99%) Office 365
2 59 (20.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (10.28%) IaaS
4 22 (7.80%) PaaS
5 17 (6.03%) SaaS
6 16 (5.67%) Amazon AWS
6 16 (5.67%) Cloud Computing
7 14 (4.96%) Azure Active Directory
8 8 (2.84%) Amazon EC2
8 8 (2.84%) Amazon ELB
8 8 (2.84%) Route 53
8 8 (2.84%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 4 (1.42%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.71%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (0.35%) G Suite
11 1 (0.35%) GitHub
11 1 (0.35%) Google Drive
11 1 (0.35%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 84 (29.79%) DNS
2 64 (22.70%) DHCP
3 40 (14.18%) LAN
4 39 (13.83%) SAN
5 38 (13.48%) Firewall
6 28 (9.93%) WAN
7 22 (7.80%) TCP/IP
8 20 (7.09%) VPN
9 11 (3.90%) Internet
10 10 (3.55%) Cisco Firepower
10 10 (3.55%) Wireless
11 8 (2.84%) NAS
12 7 (2.48%) Cisco ASA
13 6 (2.13%) DMZ
13 6 (2.13%) Skype
14 5 (1.77%) Network Security
14 5 (1.77%) Reverse Proxy
14 5 (1.77%) SMS
15 4 (1.42%) NetScaler
16 3 (1.06%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (17.73%) SQL Server
2 15 (5.32%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (1.42%) SQLPlus
4 3 (1.06%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (0.71%) Blockchain
5 2 (0.71%) MySQL
5 2 (0.71%) Power BI
5 2 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.35%) InfluxDB
6 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 25 (8.87%) Visual Studio
2 24 (8.51%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (2.84%) Git (software)
4 7 (2.48%) MSI
4 7 (2.48%) Visual Studio Team System
5 4 (1.42%) WinDbg
6 3 (1.06%) Subversion
7 2 (0.71%) AdminStudio
7 2 (0.71%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.35%) Gerrit
8 1 (0.35%) Hudson
8 1 (0.35%) InstallShield
8 1 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 38 (13.48%) Finance
2 8 (2.84%) Banking
2 8 (2.84%) Retail
3 7 (2.48%) Back Office
4 5 (1.77%) Local Government
4 5 (1.77%) Marketing
5 4 (1.42%) Military
6 2 (0.71%) Advertising
6 2 (0.71%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.71%) Law
7 1 (0.35%) Billing
7 1 (0.35%) Electronics
7 1 (0.35%) Front Office
7 1 (0.35%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.35%) Publishing
7 1 (0.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 40 (14.18%) Server Engineer
2 39 (13.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 32 (11.35%) Analyst
3 32 (11.35%) Windows Engineer
4 29 (10.28%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 29 (10.28%) Support Engineer
5 23 (8.16%) Administrator
6 22 (7.80%) Windows Server Engineer
7 19 (6.74%) DevOps Engineer
7 19 (6.74%) Security Engineer
8 16 (5.67%) Desktop Support
9 15 (5.32%) Citrix Engineer
9 15 (5.32%) Consultant
10 14 (4.96%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
10 14 (4.96%) Citrix Server Engineer
11 13 (4.61%) 3rd Line Support
12 12 (4.26%) Architect
12 12 (4.26%) IT Support
12 12 (4.26%) SCCM Engineer
13 11 (3.90%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (6.74%) .NET
2 8 (2.84%) JSON
2 8 (2.84%) Web Services
3 5 (1.77%) LDAP
3 5 (1.77%) Node.js
4 3 (1.06%) OAuth
4 3 (1.06%) SAML
4 3 (1.06%) XMPP
5 1 (0.35%) COM
5 1 (0.35%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.35%) REST
5 1 (0.35%) Sensu
5 1 (0.35%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 26 (9.22%) PKI
2 21 (7.45%) Clustering
2 21 (7.45%) Data Centre
3 17 (6.03%) Public Cloud
4 13 (4.61%) Fat Client
4 13 (4.61%) Thin Client
5 10 (3.55%) Blackberry
6 9 (3.19%) User Experience
7 8 (2.84%) Self-Motivation
8 5 (1.77%) Analytical Skills
9 4 (1.42%) CMDB
9 4 (1.42%) Management Information System
9 4 (1.42%) Replication
10 3 (1.06%) iPhone
11 2 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
11 2 (0.71%) Hybrid Cloud
11 2 (0.71%) Smartphone
12 1 (0.35%) Computer Science
12 1 (0.35%) Data Protection Act
12 1 (0.35%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 251 (89.01%) Windows
2 169 (59.93%) Windows Server
3 94 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 81 (28.72%) Windows Server 2008
5 78 (27.66%) Windows 7
6 55 (19.50%) Windows 10
7 50 (17.73%) Linux
8 41 (14.54%) Windows Server 2003
9 12 (4.26%) Unix
10 10 (3.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (2.48%) Mac OS X
11 7 (2.48%) Solaris
12 5 (1.77%) Android
12 5 (1.77%) CentOS
12 5 (1.77%) SUSE
12 5 (1.77%) Windows XP
13 4 (1.42%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 4 (1.42%) Ubuntu
14 3 (1.06%) AIX
14 3 (1.06%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (28.01%) ITIL
2 38 (13.48%) Patch Management
3 30 (10.64%) Migration
4 29 (10.28%) Configuration Management
5 27 (9.57%) Root Cause Analysis
6 26 (9.22%) DevOps
7 23 (8.16%) Change Management
8 22 (7.80%) Agile Software Development
9 16 (5.67%) Application Packaging
9 16 (5.67%) ITIL V3
10 13 (4.61%) Cybersecurity
10 13 (4.61%) Incident Management
10 13 (4.61%) Problem-Solving
10 13 (4.61%) Security Management
10 13 (4.61%) Virtual Environments
11 12 (4.26%) Service Management
12 11 (3.90%) Business Intelligence
12 11 (3.90%) Release Management
13 10 (3.55%) Continuous Improvement
13 10 (3.55%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 87 (30.85%) PowerShell
2 57 (20.21%) SQL
3 19 (6.74%) C#
3 19 (6.74%) VBScript
4 17 (6.03%) T-SQL
5 15 (5.32%) Bash Shell
6 10 (3.55%) C
6 10 (3.55%) VB
7 6 (2.13%) JavaScript
8 5 (1.77%) Shell Script
9 4 (1.42%) Python
10 3 (1.06%) Perl
10 3 (1.06%) PHP
11 1 (0.35%) Java
11 1 (0.35%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 59 (20.92%) Security Cleared
2 40 (14.18%) Microsoft Certification
3 37 (13.12%) SC Cleared
4 26 (9.22%) MCSA
5 20 (7.09%) DV Cleared
6 18 (6.38%) MCSE
7 10 (3.55%) MCP
8 9 (3.19%) MCITP
9 8 (2.84%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (2.48%) BPSS Clearance
10 7 (2.48%) CCNA
11 6 (2.13%) CCNP
12 5 (1.77%) DBS Check
13 4 (1.42%) A+ Certification
13 4 (1.42%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 4 (1.42%) MCTS
13 4 (1.42%) Network+ Certification
14 3 (1.06%) Degree
14 3 (1.06%) MOS
14 3 (1.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.19%) SLA
2 6 (2.13%) QA
3 4 (1.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.71%) RMADS
5 1 (0.35%) GDPR
5 1 (0.35%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 193 (68.44%) Active Directory
2 84 (29.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 69 (24.47%) Hyper-V
4 54 (19.15%) VMware ESXi
5 32 (11.35%) vSphere
6 28 (9.93%) Microsoft App-V
7 25 (8.87%) Virtual Machines
8 23 (8.16%) XenDesktop
9 21 (7.45%) XenServer
10 14 (4.96%) XenApp
11 9 (3.19%) BitLocker
11 9 (3.19%) Virtual Servers
12 8 (2.84%) VMware Server
12 8 (2.84%) Xen
13 6 (2.13%) Docker
13 6 (2.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 6 (2.13%) Terminal Services
13 6 (2.13%) Virtual Desktop
14 5 (1.77%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 5 (1.77%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 132 (46.81%) SCCM
2 36 (12.77%) SCOM
3 26 (9.22%) McAfee ePO
4 14 (4.96%) vCenter Server
5 13 (4.61%) Backup Exec
6 10 (3.55%) Microsoft Clustering
7 9 (3.19%) Terraform
8 8 (2.84%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 8 (2.84%) Single Sign-On
9 6 (2.13%) FortiGate
9 6 (2.13%) Nagios
9 6 (2.13%) Opscode Chef
9 6 (2.13%) Puppet
10 5 (1.77%) HP SIM
10 5 (1.77%) NetBackup
11 4 (1.42%) Malwarebytes
11 4 (1.42%) Microsoft Intune
11 4 (1.42%) SafeCom
11 4 (1.42%) SCVMM
11 4 (1.42%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 172 (60.99%) Microsoft
2 128 (45.39%) VMware
3 49 (17.38%) Cisco
4 48 (17.02%) Citrix
5 43 (15.25%) McAfee
6 29 (10.28%) HP
7 19 (6.74%) Ivanti
8 18 (6.38%) Red Hat
9 16 (5.67%) Splunk
9 16 (5.67%) Symantec
10 14 (4.96%) Sophos
11 12 (4.26%) F5
12 11 (3.90%) CheckPoint
13 10 (3.55%) Dell
13 10 (3.55%) NetApp
13 10 (3.55%) SolarWinds
14 9 (3.19%) IBM
14 9 (3.19%) Veritas
15 8 (2.84%) Qualys
15 8 (2.84%) Wyse