Period
to 24 July 2021

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 July 2021 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 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 586 468 620
Rank change year-on-year -118 +152 -18
Contract jobs citing WSUS 100 84 222
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.18% 0.25% 0.27%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.12% 1.64% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 64 137
10th Percentile £201 £213 £234
25th Percentile £283 £222 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £388 £400 £400
Median % change year-on-year -3.13% - +20.30%
75th Percentile £481 £481 £475
90th Percentile £530 £534 £493
UK median daily rate £400 £395 £400
% change year-on-year +1.27% -1.25% +19.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 1
10th Percentile £16.25 " "
25th Percentile £18.13 £41.25 £51.25
Median hourly rate £22.50 £42.50 £52.50
Median % change year-on-year -47.06% -19.05% +183.78%
75th Percentile £38.38 £43.75 £53.75
90th Percentile £47.15 " "
UK median hourly rate £52.00 £53.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year -3.26% +207.14% -5.41%

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 8,966 5,132 12,722
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.84% 15.37% 15.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,335 3,629 8,736
10th Percentile £350 £306 £300
25th Percentile £431 £413 £409
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% - +2.56%
75th Percentile £613 £600 £600
90th Percentile £694 £675 £675
UK median daily rate £525 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 122 97 267
10th Percentile £14.78 £12.42 £12.00
25th Percentile £16.26 £14.50 £13.81
Median hourly rate £22.00 £19.39 £18.80
Median % change year-on-year +13.46% +3.14% -1.05%
75th Percentile £47.34 £35.00 £26.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £47.83 £47.63
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £19.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +66.67% -2.50% +5.26%

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing WSUS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for WSUS in England

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing WSUS in England.

Daily rate trend for WSUS in England

WSUS
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WSUS in England over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for WSUS in England

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing WSUS in England.

Hourly rate trend for WSUS in England

WSUS
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing WSUS in England over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

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 July 2021. 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
North of England -14 32 £400 -5.88% 12
South East -26 23 £388 -1.90% 15
North West -14 16 £491 +15.59% 8
London -133 16 £300 -20.00% 3
Yorkshire -5 14 £263 - 2
South West -24 13 £450 -2.17% 1
Midlands -30 11 £389 +11.07% 9
West Midlands -34 8 £403 -10.56% 6
East Midlands -15 3 £345 -1.43% 3
North East - 2 £160 - 2
East of England -23 1 £165 +3.13% 4
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 24 July 2021, 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 84 (84.00%) Windows
2 61 (61.00%) Active Directory
3 57 (57.00%) VMware
4 48 (48.00%) Windows Server
5 46 (46.00%) DHCP
6 45 (45.00%) Microsoft
7 44 (44.00%) DNS
8 40 (40.00%) SCCM
8 40 (40.00%) PowerShell
9 33 (33.00%) Windows Server 2012
10 30 (30.00%) Security Cleared
11 29 (29.00%) Windows 10
12 28 (28.00%) VMware Infrastructure
13 27 (27.00%) vSphere
13 27 (27.00%) Windows Server 2016
14 26 (26.00%) VMware ESXi
15 25 (25.00%) SQL
16 24 (24.00%) Hyper-V
17 23 (23.00%) ITIL
17 23 (23.00%) SQL Server
18 22 (22.00%) Dell
18 22 (22.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 21 (21.00%) Microsoft Certification
20 19 (19.00%) VPN
20 19 (19.00%) MS Exchange
20 19 (19.00%) SCOM
20 19 (19.00%) Windows Server 2019
21 18 (18.00%) Virtual Machines
21 18 (18.00%) SharePoint
22 17 (17.00%) Microsoft App-V

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 19 (19.00%) MS Exchange
2 18 (18.00%) SharePoint
3 7 (7.00%) IIS
4 3 (3.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 2 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (2.00%) Site Server
6 1 (1.00%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (4.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.00%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 16 (16.00%) Microsoft 365
2 10 (10.00%) Azure
3 2 (2.00%) IaaS
3 2 (2.00%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 46 (46.00%) DHCP
2 44 (44.00%) DNS
3 19 (19.00%) VPN
4 14 (14.00%) Firewall
5 12 (12.00%) TCP/IP
6 11 (11.00%) Network Security
7 10 (10.00%) SAN
8 8 (8.00%) LAN
8 8 (8.00%) WAN
9 6 (6.00%) Fibre Channel
10 4 (4.00%) NAS
10 4 (4.00%) VoIP
11 3 (3.00%) VSAN
12 2 (2.00%) HTTP
12 2 (2.00%) HTTPS
12 2 (2.00%) NetScaler
13 1 (1.00%) Cisco ASA
13 1 (1.00%) IPsec
13 1 (1.00%) Junos
13 1 (1.00%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (23.00%) SQL Server
2 13 (13.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 13 (13.00%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (2.00%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.00%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (2.00%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 3 (3.00%) MSI
2 2 (2.00%) Bitbucket
2 2 (2.00%) git-flow
2 2 (2.00%) Rational Team Concert
General
1 9 (9.00%) Social Skills
2 7 (7.00%) Public Sector
3 3 (3.00%) Finance
4 2 (2.00%) Legal
5 1 (1.00%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.00%) Automotive
5 1 (1.00%) Back Office
5 1 (1.00%) Documentation Skills
5 1 (1.00%) Electronics
5 1 (1.00%) Games
5 1 (1.00%) Local Government
5 1 (1.00%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.00%) Marketing
5 1 (1.00%) Organisational Skills
5 1 (1.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 18 (18.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 15 (15.00%) Support Engineer
3 12 (12.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 11 (11.00%) Windows Engineer
5 10 (10.00%) Systems Engineer
6 9 (9.00%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 9 (9.00%) IT Engineer
6 9 (9.00%) Server Engineer
7 8 (8.00%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (7.00%) Network Engineer
9 6 (6.00%) 3rd Line Support
9 6 (6.00%) Analyst
10 5 (5.00%) IT Support
10 5 (5.00%) IT Support Engineer
10 5 (5.00%) SCCM Engineer
10 5 (5.00%) Senior Technician
11 4 (4.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 4 (4.00%) 2nd Line Support
11 4 (4.00%) Support Analyst
11 4 (4.00%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (14.00%) LDAP
2 2 (2.00%) .NET
2 2 (2.00%) HTML
3 1 (1.00%) JSON
3 1 (1.00%) WF
3 1 (1.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (14.00%) Data Centre
2 13 (13.00%) Clustering
3 10 (10.00%) User Experience
4 4 (4.00%) NHS
5 3 (3.00%) Blackberry
5 3 (3.00%) CMDB
5 3 (3.00%) RSA SecurID
6 2 (2.00%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (2.00%) Management Information System
6 2 (2.00%) PKI
6 2 (2.00%) Smartphone
7 1 (1.00%) Cyberattack
7 1 (1.00%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.00%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (1.00%) Freedom of Information Act
7 1 (1.00%) Replication
7 1 (1.00%) Self-Motivation
7 1 (1.00%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 84 (84.00%) Windows
2 48 (48.00%) Windows Server
3 33 (33.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 29 (29.00%) Windows 10
5 27 (27.00%) Windows Server 2016
6 19 (19.00%) Windows Server 2019
7 17 (17.00%) Linux
8 10 (10.00%) Windows 7
9 9 (9.00%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (8.00%) VMS
11 5 (5.00%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (3.00%) Mac OS X
13 2 (2.00%) Android
13 2 (2.00%) Apple iOS
13 2 (2.00%) CentOS
13 2 (2.00%) Ubuntu
13 2 (2.00%) Unix
14 1 (1.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 1 (1.00%) Solaris
14 1 (1.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (23.00%) ITIL
2 22 (22.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 11 (11.00%) Data Protection
4 10 (10.00%) Application Virtualisation
5 9 (9.00%) Server Management
6 8 (8.00%) Patch Management
7 7 (7.00%) Computer Science
7 7 (7.00%) Problem-Solving
8 6 (6.00%) Migration
8 6 (6.00%) Performance Tuning
9 5 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
9 5 (5.00%) Break/Fix
9 5 (5.00%) Change Control
9 5 (5.00%) Configuration Management
9 5 (5.00%) Incident Management
9 5 (5.00%) Security Patching
9 5 (5.00%) Software Distribution
9 5 (5.00%) User Acceptance Testing
10 4 (4.00%) Asset Management
10 4 (4.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (40.00%) PowerShell
2 25 (25.00%) SQL
3 10 (10.00%) VBScript
4 6 (6.00%) VB
5 3 (3.00%) Python
6 2 (2.00%) Bash Shell
6 2 (2.00%) C#
6 2 (2.00%) Java
6 2 (2.00%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.00%) C++
7 1 (1.00%) PHP
Qualifications
1 30 (30.00%) Security Cleared
2 21 (21.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 16 (16.00%) CCNA
3 16 (16.00%) Cisco Certification
4 14 (14.00%) MCSE
5 13 (13.00%) SC Cleared
6 12 (12.00%) DV Cleared
6 12 (12.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 9 (9.00%) Degree
8 5 (5.00%) MCSA
9 3 (3.00%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (3.00%) MCP
10 1 (1.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.00%) SLA
2 3 (3.00%) ISO 9001
2 3 (3.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (3.00%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.00%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (1.00%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 1 (1.00%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 61 (61.00%) Active Directory
2 28 (28.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (27.00%) vSphere
4 26 (26.00%) VMware ESXi
5 24 (24.00%) Hyper-V
6 18 (18.00%) Virtual Machines
7 17 (17.00%) Microsoft App-V
8 10 (10.00%) DFS Replication
8 10 (10.00%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (6.00%) VMware NSX
10 3 (3.00%) VMware Server
11 2 (2.00%) BitLocker
11 2 (2.00%) Docker
11 2 (2.00%) Firmware
11 2 (2.00%) NFS
11 2 (2.00%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (2.00%) XenApp
12 1 (1.00%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 1 (1.00%) VMware Workstation
12 1 (1.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 40 (40.00%) SCCM
2 19 (19.00%) SCOM
3 13 (13.00%) Microsoft Clustering
4 12 (12.00%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 10 (10.00%) Failover Clustering
5 10 (10.00%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 10 (10.00%) SCDPM
5 10 (10.00%) SCSM
5 10 (10.00%) SCVMM
6 9 (9.00%) Ansible
7 7 (7.00%) vCenter Server
8 4 (4.00%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (3.00%) Kubernetes
9 3 (3.00%) Puppet
10 2 (2.00%) Microsoft Intune
10 2 (2.00%) MobiControl
10 2 (2.00%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (2.00%) Terraform
10 2 (2.00%) vMotion
10 2 (2.00%) vRealize
Vendors
1 57 (57.00%) VMware
2 45 (45.00%) Microsoft
3 22 (22.00%) Dell
4 16 (16.00%) McAfee
5 13 (13.00%) Fortinet
6 12 (12.00%) Citrix
7 11 (11.00%) HP
7 11 (11.00%) Juniper
8 10 (10.00%) ArcSight
8 10 (10.00%) Cisco
9 7 (7.00%) SolarWinds
10 6 (6.00%) Brocade
10 6 (6.00%) QNAP
11 5 (5.00%) Red Hat
11 5 (5.00%) Veeam
12 4 (4.00%) CA
12 4 (4.00%) Zscaler
13 3 (3.00%) CheckPoint
13 3 (3.00%) NetApp
13 3 (3.00%) SAP