Period
to 22 October 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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 423 566 602
Rank change year-on-year +143 +36 +74
Contract jobs citing WSUS 68 226 258
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.25% 0.29% 0.27%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.57% 2.00% 1.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 143 169
Median daily rate £381 £405 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.86% +15.71% +6.06%
10th Percentile £221 £185 £200
90th Percentile £488 £548 £488
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year - +14.29% +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 12
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +124.00% -6.25%
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £40.75 £18.75
% change year-on-year +4.29% +117.33% -6.25%

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 4,328 11,281 13,543
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 15.84% 14.57% 14.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,757 7,727 9,209
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £306 £281 £300
90th Percentile £663 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 125 262 378
Median hourly rate £35.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +75.00% +14.29% -
10th Percentile £13.12 £12.53 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.20 £53.60 £47.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £21.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year +64.71% +21.43% -2.78%

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 22 October 2020.

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 22 October 2020.

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 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 +163 25 £375 +30.43% 2
South West +82 15 £481 +6.83% 2
South East +129 10 £350 -22.22% 7
North of England +109 7 £319 -15.00% 9
North West +88 6 £319 -15.00% 5
East of England +89 5 £363 -9.26% 1
Midlands +69 4 £225 -50.00%
West Midlands +60 4 £225 -47.06%
North East +37 1 - - 3
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 52 (76.47%) Windows
1 52 (76.47%) Active Directory
2 40 (58.82%) SCCM
3 38 (55.88%) Microsoft
4 32 (47.06%) Security Cleared
5 31 (45.59%) PowerShell
5 31 (45.59%) Windows Server
6 29 (42.65%) Windows 10
7 28 (41.18%) VMware
8 26 (38.24%) DNS
9 25 (36.76%) DHCP
10 24 (35.29%) VMware Infrastructure
11 23 (33.82%) Azure
12 22 (32.35%) SC Cleared
13 19 (27.94%) Patch Management
14 17 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
14 17 (25.00%) Citrix
14 17 (25.00%) SAN
15 15 (22.06%) ITIL
15 15 (22.06%) SQL Server
16 14 (20.59%) IIS
16 14 (20.59%) SolarWinds
17 13 (19.12%) Hyper-V
17 13 (19.12%) Windows Server 2008
17 13 (19.12%) SaaS
17 13 (19.12%) Cybersecurity
18 12 (17.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 11 (16.18%) Virtual Machines
19 11 (16.18%) Microsoft Intune
19 11 (16.18%) DV Cleared

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 14 (20.59%) IIS
2 10 (14.71%) MS Exchange
3 8 (11.76%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (7.35%) Skype for Business
5 4 (5.88%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.47%) IBM Notes
6 1 (1.47%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 5 (7.35%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.94%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 23 (33.82%) Azure
2 13 (19.12%) SaaS
3 10 (14.71%) Office 365
4 6 (8.82%) AWS
4 6 (8.82%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (5.88%) IaaS
5 4 (5.88%) PaaS
6 2 (2.94%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 26 (38.24%) DNS
2 25 (36.76%) DHCP
3 17 (25.00%) SAN
4 11 (16.18%) Firewall
5 9 (13.24%) Skype
5 9 (13.24%) VoIP
6 7 (10.29%) IPv4
7 5 (7.35%) TCP/IP
8 4 (5.88%) LAN
9 3 (4.41%) NAS
9 3 (4.41%) WAN
10 2 (2.94%) Cisco Firepower
10 2 (2.94%) Junos
10 2 (2.94%) NetScaler
10 2 (2.94%) VSAN
11 1 (1.47%) Cisco Nexus
11 1 (1.47%) DSL
11 1 (1.47%) Internet
11 1 (1.47%) Wi-Fi
11 1 (1.47%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (22.06%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.88%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (2.94%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (2.94%) SQL Server 2017
4 1 (1.47%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 4 (5.88%) MSI
2 1 (1.47%) ClearCase
2 1 (1.47%) ClearQuest
General
1 6 (8.82%) Finance
2 3 (4.41%) Advertising
3 2 (2.94%) Front Office
3 2 (2.94%) Military
4 1 (1.47%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (13.24%) 3rd Line Support
2 8 (11.76%) Technical Support
3 7 (10.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 6 (8.82%) Architect
4 6 (8.82%) Consultant
4 6 (8.82%) IAM Consultant
4 6 (8.82%) Support Engineer
5 5 (7.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 5 (7.35%) IT Engineer
5 5 (7.35%) Support Officer
5 5 (7.35%) Technical Support Officer
5 5 (7.35%) Windows Engineer
6 4 (5.88%) Analyst
6 4 (5.88%) Infrastructure Architect
6 4 (5.88%) Infrastructure Support
6 4 (5.88%) Systems Engineer
7 3 (4.41%) 3rd Line Technical Support
7 3 (4.41%) Desktop Support
7 3 (4.41%) IAM Specialist
7 3 (4.41%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.41%) AngularJS
1 3 (4.41%) Node.js
1 3 (4.41%) OAuth
1 3 (4.41%) OpenID
1 3 (4.41%) React
1 3 (4.41%) SAML
2 2 (2.94%) LDAP
2 2 (2.94%) Software Packaging
3 1 (1.47%) .NET
3 1 (1.47%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 10 (14.71%) Management Information System
2 7 (10.29%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (10.29%) HP StoreVirtual
3 4 (5.88%) Client/Server
3 4 (5.88%) Clustering
3 4 (5.88%) Replication
4 3 (4.41%) PKI
4 3 (4.41%) Public Cloud
5 2 (2.94%) Data Centre
5 2 (2.94%) Fat Client
5 2 (2.94%) Thin Client
5 2 (2.94%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.47%) EMC VNX
6 1 (1.47%) FlexPod
6 1 (1.47%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 52 (76.47%) Windows
2 31 (45.59%) Windows Server
3 29 (42.65%) Windows 10
4 17 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 13 (19.12%) Windows Server 2008
6 10 (14.71%) Windows Server 2016
7 6 (8.82%) Windows 7
7 6 (8.82%) Windows Server 2019
8 5 (7.35%) Linux
9 4 (5.88%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (4.41%) Solaris
11 2 (2.94%) Apple iOS
11 2 (2.94%) Mac OS X
11 2 (2.94%) Ubuntu
11 2 (2.94%) Unix
11 2 (2.94%) Windows 8
11 2 (2.94%) Windows XP
12 1 (1.47%) AIX
12 1 (1.47%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (27.94%) Patch Management
2 15 (22.06%) ITIL
3 13 (19.12%) Cybersecurity
4 12 (17.65%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 10 (14.71%) Continuous Improvement
5 10 (14.71%) Identity Access Management
6 9 (13.24%) Data Protection
6 9 (13.24%) High Availability
7 7 (10.29%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (10.29%) Application Packaging
7 7 (10.29%) Application Virtualisation
7 7 (10.29%) Information Security
7 7 (10.29%) Mentoring
7 7 (10.29%) Network Management
8 6 (8.82%) Asset Management
8 6 (8.82%) Migration
8 6 (8.82%) Software Asset Management
9 5 (7.35%) Virtual Environments
10 4 (5.88%) Desktop Virtualisation
10 4 (5.88%) Security Patching
Programming Languages
1 31 (45.59%) PowerShell
2 9 (13.24%) Java
2 9 (13.24%) JavaScript
2 9 (13.24%) Python
3 5 (7.35%) SQL
4 3 (4.41%) C
5 2 (2.94%) T-SQL
5 2 (2.94%) VBScript
6 1 (1.47%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.47%) C++
6 1 (1.47%) VB
6 1 (1.47%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 32 (47.06%) Security Cleared
2 22 (32.35%) SC Cleared
3 11 (16.18%) DV Cleared
4 9 (13.24%) Microsoft Certification
5 7 (10.29%) ITIL Certification
6 6 (8.82%) CCNA
6 6 (8.82%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (5.88%) DBS Check
7 4 (5.88%) Degree
8 3 (4.41%) MCSA
9 2 (2.94%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (1.47%) CISSP
10 1 (1.47%) CREST Certified
10 1 (1.47%) MCP
10 1 (1.47%) MCSE
10 1 (1.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (10.29%) Government Security Classifications
1 7 (10.29%) NCSC
2 6 (8.82%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 3 (4.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (2.94%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (2.94%) ISO 9001
4 2 (2.94%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (1.47%) SLA
System Software
1 52 (76.47%) Active Directory
2 24 (35.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (19.12%) Hyper-V
4 11 (16.18%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (13.24%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (11.76%) vSphere
7 5 (7.35%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (5.88%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (4.41%) OpenAM
10 2 (2.94%) Terminal Server
10 2 (2.94%) VMware NSX
10 2 (2.94%) XenApp
11 1 (1.47%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 1 (1.47%) DFS Replication
11 1 (1.47%) Firmware
11 1 (1.47%) Terminal Services
11 1 (1.47%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 40 (58.82%) SCCM
2 11 (16.18%) Microsoft Intune
3 10 (14.71%) SCOM
4 9 (13.24%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 9 (13.24%) Single Sign-On
5 7 (10.29%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (5.88%) vCenter Server
7 3 (4.41%) Failover Clustering
7 3 (4.41%) FreeIPA
7 3 (4.41%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (2.94%) Backup Exec
8 2 (2.94%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (2.94%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (1.47%) MIMEsweeper
9 1 (1.47%) Nessus
9 1 (1.47%) SCDPM
9 1 (1.47%) SCSM
9 1 (1.47%) SCVMM
9 1 (1.47%) Tivoli
9 1 (1.47%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 38 (55.88%) Microsoft
2 28 (41.18%) VMware
3 17 (25.00%) Citrix
4 14 (20.59%) SolarWinds
5 10 (14.71%) HP
5 10 (14.71%) Symantec
6 9 (13.24%) McAfee
7 8 (11.76%) Cisco
7 8 (11.76%) Sophos
8 7 (10.29%) Lumension
8 7 (10.29%) ServiceNow
9 3 (4.41%) Dell
9 3 (4.41%) IBM
9 3 (4.41%) NetApp
9 3 (4.41%) Tanium
10 2 (2.94%) Apple
10 2 (2.94%) CA
10 2 (2.94%) Juniper
10 2 (2.94%) MobileIron
10 2 (2.94%) Remedy