The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 / South East
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 226 211 250
Rank change year-on-year -15 +39  
Contract jobs citing WSUS 28 56 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.36% 0.60% 0.21%
As % of the Systems Management category 3.56% 5.58% 1.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 32 12
Median daily rate £325 £413 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -21.21% +26.92%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £325 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £450 £395
UK excluding London median daily rate £344 £384 £314
% change year-on-year -10.42% +22.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 0
Median hourly rate £16.50 £43.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -61.62% -  
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 South East with a requirement for systems management skills.

Systems Management Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 786 1004 1064
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 10.03% 10.82% 10.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 485 608 554
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £290 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 45 32
Median hourly rate £16.50 £45.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -63.33% +109.30%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £16.16 £13.59
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.30 £58.59 £55.65
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 South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 South East

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for WSUS in the South East

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for WSUS in the South East

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WSUS in the South East

WSUS
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WSUS within the South East 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
Berkshire +8 8 £363 -14.70% 1
Buckinghamshire - 7 £362 -
Hampshire +5 3 £275 -17.91% 1
West Sussex +8 2 £400 - 1
East Sussex - 2 - -
Oxfordshire -2 1 £200 -33.33%
Middlesex - 1 - -
WSUS
England

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 South East region with a requirement for WSUS.

1 46 (93.88%) Active Directory
2 44 (89.80%) Windows
3 34 (69.39%) Microsoft
4 26 (53.06%) VMware
5 23 (46.94%) Windows Server 2008
6 21 (42.86%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (42.86%) Windows Server
7 19 (38.78%) DNS
7 19 (38.78%) Windows Server 2003
8 18 (36.73%) ITIL
9 17 (34.69%) Windows 7
10 16 (32.65%) Security Cleared
11 15 (30.61%) HP
12 14 (28.57%) Citrix
13 13 (26.53%) Cisco
13 13 (26.53%) VMware Infrastructure
13 13 (26.53%) PowerShell
13 13 (26.53%) SCCM
13 13 (26.53%) SC Cleared
14 12 (24.49%) SQL
14 12 (24.49%) VB
15 11 (22.45%) DHCP
15 11 (22.45%) Patch Management
16 9 (18.37%) Finance
16 9 (18.37%) Security Patching
16 9 (18.37%) Data Centre
17 8 (16.33%) Problem Management
17 8 (16.33%) Change Management
17 8 (16.33%) Management Information System
17 8 (16.33%) Symantec

WSUS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 6 (12.24%) Exchange Server 2007
1 6 (12.24%) Exchange Server 2010
1 6 (12.24%) Exchange Server 2013
1 6 (12.24%) MS Exchange
1 6 (12.24%) Skype for Business
2 4 (8.16%) IIS
3 1 (2.04%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 5 (10.20%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.16%) SaaS
2 3 (6.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (4.08%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (4.08%) Office 365
4 1 (2.04%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (2.04%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (2.04%) IaaS
4 1 (2.04%) iTunes
4 1 (2.04%) OneDrive
4 1 (2.04%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 19 (38.78%) DNS
2 11 (22.45%) DHCP
3 8 (16.33%) LAN
4 6 (12.24%) Cisco IOS
4 6 (12.24%) Internet
4 6 (12.24%) Skype
4 6 (12.24%) SMTP
4 6 (12.24%) WAN
5 4 (8.16%) Firewall
6 3 (6.12%) Intrusion Detection
6 3 (6.12%) MPLS
6 3 (6.12%) NetScaler
7 2 (4.08%) TCP/IP
8 1 (2.04%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.20%) SQL Server
2 4 (8.16%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (8.16%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 9 (18.37%) Finance
2 7 (14.29%) Legal
3 1 (2.04%) Back Office
3 1 (2.04%) Military
3 1 (2.04%) Online Betting
3 1 (2.04%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (24.49%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 11 (22.45%) Analyst
3 10 (20.41%) Support Analyst
4 9 (18.37%) Desktop Analyst
4 9 (18.37%) Desktop Support
4 9 (18.37%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 8 (16.33%) VMware Engineer
6 6 (12.24%) 3rd Line Support
6 6 (12.24%) Active Directory Engineer
7 5 (10.20%) Deployment Specialist
7 5 (10.20%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 4 (8.16%) Consultant
8 4 (8.16%) SCCM Engineer
8 4 (8.16%) Senior Active Directory Engineer
8 4 (8.16%) Senior VMware Engineer
8 4 (8.16%) Windows Engineer
8 4 (8.16%) Windows Specialist
9 3 (6.12%) CISSP Engineer
9 3 (6.12%) SIEM Engineer
9 3 (6.12%) Windows Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.08%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (18.37%) Data Centre
2 8 (16.33%) Management Information System
3 4 (8.16%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (6.12%) Driving Licence
5 2 (4.08%) Clustering
5 2 (4.08%) Replication
6 1 (2.04%) Computer Science
6 1 (2.04%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 44 (89.80%) Windows
2 23 (46.94%) Windows Server 2008
3 21 (42.86%) Windows Server
3 21 (42.86%) Windows Server 2012
4 19 (38.78%) Windows Server 2003
5 17 (34.69%) Windows 7
6 6 (12.24%) Android
6 6 (12.24%) Windows 8
6 6 (12.24%) Windows Vista
7 4 (8.16%) Linux
7 4 (8.16%) Windows 10
8 2 (4.08%) AIX
8 2 (4.08%) CentOS
9 1 (2.04%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (36.73%) ITIL
2 11 (22.45%) Patch Management
3 9 (18.37%) Security Patching
4 8 (16.33%) Change Management
4 8 (16.33%) Problem Management
5 6 (12.24%) Infrastructure Monitoring
5 6 (12.24%) Migration
5 6 (12.24%) Mobile Device Management
6 5 (10.20%) Incident Management
6 5 (10.20%) Service Management
6 5 (10.20%) Software Deployment
7 4 (8.16%) Data Centre Operations
7 4 (8.16%) Information Assurance
7 4 (8.16%) Multi-Factor Authentication
7 4 (8.16%) Project Management
7 4 (8.16%) Server Hardening
7 4 (8.16%) SIEM
7 4 (8.16%) Two-Factor Authentication
8 3 (6.12%) Disk Encryption
8 3 (6.12%) Security Operations
Programming Languages
1 13 (26.53%) PowerShell
2 12 (24.49%) SQL
2 12 (24.49%) VB
3 6 (12.24%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 16 (32.65%) Security Cleared
2 13 (26.53%) SC Cleared
3 4 (8.16%) CISSP
3 4 (8.16%) DV Cleared
3 4 (8.16%) GCIH
3 4 (8.16%) GIAC
4 3 (6.12%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (8.16%) Disclosure Scotland
1 4 (8.16%) PCI DSS
1 4 (8.16%) SLA
2 2 (4.08%) QA
3 1 (2.04%) PMO
System Software
1 46 (93.88%) Active Directory
2 13 (26.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (10.20%) vSphere
4 4 (8.16%) XenApp
5 3 (6.12%) XenDesktop
6 2 (4.08%) Hyper-V
6 2 (4.08%) vCloud
6 2 (4.08%) VMware ESX
6 2 (4.08%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (2.04%) Squid
7 1 (2.04%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 13 (26.53%) SCCM
2 8 (16.33%) Norton AntiVirus
3 7 (14.29%) NetBackup
4 6 (12.24%) AirWatch
4 6 (12.24%) BladeLogic
4 6 (12.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 4 (8.16%) McAfee ePO
5 4 (8.16%) Puppet
6 2 (4.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (2.04%) Backup Exec
7 1 (2.04%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (2.04%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (2.04%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (2.04%) SCOM
Vendors
1 34 (69.39%) Microsoft
2 26 (53.06%) VMware
3 15 (30.61%) HP
4 14 (28.57%) Citrix
5 13 (26.53%) Cisco
6 8 (16.33%) Symantec
7 7 (14.29%) Dell
7 7 (14.29%) Intel Security
7 7 (14.29%) Sophos
8 6 (12.24%) MobileIron
9 4 (8.16%) Remedy
10 3 (6.12%) Lumension
11 2 (4.08%) Altiris
11 2 (4.08%) IBM
12 1 (2.04%) EMC
12 1 (2.04%) Lotus