The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for WSUS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited WSUS over the 3 months to 28 March 2017 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)
England / North West
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 126 155 153
Rank change year-on-year +29 -2  
Contract jobs citing WSUS 6 5 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.23% 0.13% 0.082%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.49% 1.54% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 1
Median daily rate £300 - £325
UK excluding London median daily rate £344 £384 £314
% change year-on-year -10.42% +22.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Median hourly rate - £41.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +176.66%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £43.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -61.62% +91.11%  

WSUS is in the systems management skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for systems management skills.

Systems Management Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 241 325 295
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 9.33% 8.45% 8.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 171 138
Median daily rate £400 £422 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.21% -6.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £275 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 10 12
Median hourly rate £29.38 £20.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.87% +33.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.85 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.10 £116.50 £20.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £20.50
% change year-on-year -15.55% +9.75%  

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing WSUS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Systems Management category.

Job vacancy trend for WSUS in the North West

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing WSUS in the North West.

Contractor daily rate trend for WSUS in the North West

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WSUS in the North West over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WSUS in the North West

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing WSUS in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for WSUS in the North West

WSUS
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WSUS within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire +21 2 - -
Manchester +12 2 £190 - 3
Cheshire - 2 £300 - 2
WSUS
England

WSUS
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WSUS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for WSUS.

1 14 (77.78%) SCCM
2 12 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 12 (66.67%) Citrix
3 10 (55.56%) Intel Security
3 10 (55.56%) Finance
3 10 (55.56%) XenDesktop
3 10 (55.56%) McAfee ePO
4 8 (44.44%) Software Deployment
4 8 (44.44%) Active Directory
4 8 (44.44%) Windows
5 7 (38.89%) Banking
6 4 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (22.22%) PowerShell
6 4 (22.22%) SolarWinds
6 4 (22.22%) ITIL
6 4 (22.22%) Hyper-V
6 4 (22.22%) NAS
6 4 (22.22%) VMware
6 4 (22.22%) SAN
6 4 (22.22%) MS Exchange
7 3 (16.67%) Investment Banking
7 3 (16.67%) Windows Server
8 2 (11.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (11.11%) MCITP
8 2 (11.11%) Exchange Server 5.5
8 2 (11.11%) Life Science
8 2 (11.11%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 2 (11.11%) Release Management
8 2 (11.11%) IP Telephony
8 2 (11.11%) VB6

WSUS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 4 (22.22%) MS Exchange
2 2 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (11.11%) Exchange Server 5.5
2 2 (11.11%) IIS
Business Applications
1 2 (11.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (22.22%) NAS
1 4 (22.22%) SAN
2 2 (11.11%) DHCP
2 2 (11.11%) DNS
2 2 (11.11%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.11%) SQL Server
1 2 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (11.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 10 (55.56%) Finance
2 7 (38.89%) Banking
3 3 (16.67%) Investment Banking
4 2 (11.11%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 7 (38.89%) Consultant
2 3 (16.67%) SCCM Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Active Directory Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Field Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Wintel Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Administrator
4 1 (5.56%) Citrix Consultant
4 1 (5.56%) Field Service Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Infrastructure Consultant
4 1 (5.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) SCCM Consultant
4 1 (5.56%) Security Consultant
4 1 (5.56%) Security Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Server Administrator
4 1 (5.56%) VMware Specialist
4 1 (5.56%) Windows Administrator
4 1 (5.56%) Windows Server Administrator
4 1 (5.56%) Wintel Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (11.11%) Clustering
1 2 (11.11%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 8 (44.44%) Windows
2 3 (16.67%) Windows Server
3 2 (11.11%) Windows 7
3 2 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (5.56%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (5.56%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (44.44%) Software Deployment
2 4 (22.22%) ITIL
3 2 (11.11%) Change Management
3 2 (11.11%) ERP
3 2 (11.11%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (22.22%) PowerShell
2 2 (11.11%) VB
2 2 (11.11%) VB6
2 2 (11.11%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 2 (11.11%) MCITP
1 2 (11.11%) MCSE
1 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (5.56%) DBS Check
System Software
1 10 (55.56%) XenDesktop
2 8 (44.44%) Active Directory
3 4 (22.22%) Hyper-V
3 4 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (11.11%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 2 (11.11%) VMware ESX
4 2 (11.11%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (11.11%) VMware GSX
Systems Management
1 14 (77.78%) SCCM
2 10 (55.56%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (11.11%) Backup Exec
3 2 (11.11%) MOM
3 2 (11.11%) SCOM
3 2 (11.11%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 2 (11.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 12 (66.67%) Citrix
1 12 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 10 (55.56%) Intel Security
3 4 (22.22%) SolarWinds
3 4 (22.22%) VMware
4 2 (11.11%) Cisco
4 2 (11.11%) HP
4 2 (11.11%) Kaseya
4 2 (11.11%) Kaspersky
4 2 (11.11%) NetApp
4 2 (11.11%) Oracle
4 2 (11.11%) SAP
4 2 (11.11%) Symantec