Period
to 19 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 19 October 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 > UK excluding London
6 months to
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 481 480 488
Rank change year-on-year -1 +8 +68
Contract jobs citing WSUS 181 163 192
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.33% 0.31% 0.32%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.52% 2.81% 2.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 98 106
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +11.79%
10th Percentile £200 £161 £181
90th Percentile £475 £450 £475
UK median daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year +2.94% +4.62% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 20 24
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.75 £20.00 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% -49.04% +121.13%
10th Percentile £12.53 £13.51 £11.70
90th Percentile £28.25 £29.03 £45.70
UK median hourly rate £18.75 £20.00 £39.25
% change year-on-year -6.25% -49.04% +101.28%

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 the UK excluding London with a requirement for systems management skills.

All Systems Management Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 7,186 5,804 6,716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 13.10% 11.11% 11.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,371 3,547 4,112
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £413 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.45% +5.77% +4.00%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £233
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £500 £470 £430
% change year-on-year +6.38% +9.30% +7.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 300 220 218
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.89 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.61% -36.26% +26.19%
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.40 £12.68
90th Percentile £47.00 £43.75 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year - -25.53% +16.42%

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing WSUS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for WSUS in the UK excluding London

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing WSUS in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for WSUS in the UK excluding London

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WSUS in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WSUS in the UK excluding London

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WSUS in the UK excluding London

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing WSUS in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WSUS in the UK excluding London

WSUS
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WSUS within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 19 October 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
Midlands +23 51 £375 +19.05% 9
South East -8 49 £260 -25.86% 4
West Midlands -3 39 £400 +26.98% 8
North of England -24 30 £350 +7.69% 13
South West -12 25 £297 +18.80% 1
East of England +10 20 £338 -20.59% 2
Yorkshire -6 17 £350 +5.66% 6
North West -22 13 £315 -3.08% 5
East Midlands - 12 £319 - 1
Wales -14 5 £350 +19.66%
Scotland -48 2 £375 -3.85%
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for WSUS.

1 152 (83.98%) Windows
2 113 (62.43%) Active Directory
3 106 (58.56%) Microsoft
4 100 (55.25%) Windows Server
5 86 (47.51%) VMware
6 83 (45.86%) SCCM
7 59 (32.60%) ITIL
8 58 (32.04%) VMware Infrastructure
9 56 (30.94%) Windows Server 2012
10 52 (28.73%) PowerShell
11 47 (25.97%) Windows 7
11 47 (25.97%) DNS
12 44 (24.31%) MS Exchange
13 43 (23.76%) Microsoft Azure
14 41 (22.65%) Linux
15 40 (22.10%) Security Cleared
16 39 (21.55%) DHCP
16 39 (21.55%) McAfee
17 38 (20.99%) Hyper-V
18 35 (19.34%) Windows Server 2008
19 34 (18.78%) Office 365
20 33 (18.23%) Windows 10
21 32 (17.68%) VMware ESXi
21 32 (17.68%) SQL
22 31 (17.13%) Microsoft Certification
23 30 (16.57%) SQL Server
23 30 (16.57%) Cisco
24 29 (16.02%) Change Management
24 29 (16.02%) SCOM
25 27 (14.92%) Infrastructure Engineering

WSUS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 44 (24.31%) MS Exchange
2 17 (9.39%) IIS
3 16 (8.84%) SharePoint
4 13 (7.18%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (4.42%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (3.87%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 6 (3.31%) Apache
8 5 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (2.76%) SharePoint Server
9 3 (1.66%) Skype for Business
10 2 (1.10%) MS Project Server
11 1 (0.55%) CMS
11 1 (0.55%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.55%) WordPress
Applications
1 20 (11.05%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.55%) Sage 200
1 1 (0.55%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 43 (23.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (18.78%) Office 365
3 22 (12.15%) IaaS
4 14 (7.73%) PaaS
5 13 (7.18%) Cloud Computing
6 12 (6.63%) SaaS
7 11 (6.08%) Azure Active Directory
8 5 (2.76%) Amazon AWS
9 2 (1.10%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.55%) G Suite
10 1 (0.55%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 47 (25.97%) DNS
2 39 (21.55%) DHCP
3 25 (13.81%) Firewall
4 19 (10.50%) LAN
5 18 (9.94%) SAN
6 15 (8.29%) VPN
7 11 (6.08%) WAN
8 10 (5.52%) Cisco Firepower
9 8 (4.42%) Internet
9 8 (4.42%) Network Security
10 4 (2.21%) IP Telephony
10 4 (2.21%) iSCSI
10 4 (2.21%) NAS
10 4 (2.21%) TCP/IP
11 3 (1.66%) Kerberos
11 3 (1.66%) Skype
11 3 (1.66%) VLAN
11 3 (1.66%) VSAN
12 2 (1.10%) DMZ
12 2 (1.10%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (16.57%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.21%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (1.66%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (1.66%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (1.10%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (1.10%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.55%) Firebird
5 1 (0.55%) MySQL
5 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 16 (8.84%) Team Foundation Server
1 16 (8.84%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.66%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (1.10%) AdminStudio
3 2 (1.10%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.10%) MSI
4 1 (0.55%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.55%) JIRA
4 1 (0.55%) WinDbg
General
1 17 (9.39%) Finance
2 8 (4.42%) Back Office
3 7 (3.87%) Law
4 6 (3.31%) Retail
5 5 (2.76%) Military
6 4 (2.21%) Marketing
7 2 (1.10%) Electronics
7 2 (1.10%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (1.10%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.55%) Banking
8 1 (0.55%) Billing
8 1 (0.55%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.55%) Local Government
8 1 (0.55%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 27 (14.92%) Analyst
2 24 (13.26%) Administrator
3 22 (12.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 18 (9.94%) Support Engineer
5 14 (7.73%) Server Engineer
6 13 (7.18%) DevOps Engineer
6 13 (7.18%) Infrastructure Support
6 13 (7.18%) Security Engineer
7 12 (6.63%) Support Analyst
8 11 (6.08%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 11 (6.08%) Systems Administrator
8 11 (6.08%) Windows Engineer
9 10 (5.52%) 3rd Line Support
9 10 (5.52%) Windows Administrator
9 10 (5.52%) Wintel Engineer
10 9 (4.97%) Consultant
10 9 (4.97%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 9 (4.97%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
11 8 (4.42%) Cybersecurity Engineer
11 8 (4.42%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (8.29%) .NET
2 5 (2.76%) JSON
3 3 (1.66%) LDAP
3 3 (1.66%) OAuth
3 3 (1.66%) SAML
4 2 (1.10%) Apache Axis
5 1 (0.55%) COM
5 1 (0.55%) HTML
5 1 (0.55%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 19 (10.50%) Data Centre
2 16 (8.84%) Fat Client
2 16 (8.84%) Thin Client
3 14 (7.73%) PKI
4 13 (7.18%) Clustering
5 12 (6.63%) Public Cloud
6 10 (5.52%) Self-Motivation
7 8 (4.42%) Analytical Skills
8 7 (3.87%) Blackberry
9 6 (3.31%) Management Information System
10 4 (2.21%) EMC VNX
11 3 (1.66%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (1.66%) User Experience
12 2 (1.10%) CESG
12 2 (1.10%) Computer Science
12 2 (1.10%) Data Protection Act
12 2 (1.10%) EMC VNXe
12 2 (1.10%) Life Science
12 2 (1.10%) NHS
13 1 (0.55%) VAX
Operating Systems
1 152 (83.98%) Windows
2 100 (55.25%) Windows Server
3 56 (30.94%) Windows Server 2012
4 47 (25.97%) Windows 7
5 41 (22.65%) Linux
6 35 (19.34%) Windows Server 2008
7 33 (18.23%) Windows 10
8 25 (13.81%) Windows Server 2003
9 15 (8.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 14 (7.73%) Unix
11 6 (3.31%) Solaris
12 5 (2.76%) Windows XP
13 4 (2.21%) AIX
14 3 (1.66%) CentOS
15 2 (1.10%) Windows 2000 Server
16 1 (0.55%) Android
16 1 (0.55%) OS/2
16 1 (0.55%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (32.60%) ITIL
2 29 (16.02%) Change Management
3 27 (14.92%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 24 (13.26%) Patch Management
5 21 (11.60%) ITIL V3
6 18 (9.94%) Migration
7 16 (8.84%) DevOps
8 14 (7.73%) Configuration Management
9 13 (7.18%) Problem Management
9 13 (7.18%) Problem-Solving
10 11 (6.08%) Incident Management
10 11 (6.08%) Root Cause Analysis
11 10 (5.52%) Change Control
11 10 (5.52%) Cybersecurity
12 9 (4.97%) Integration Testing
12 9 (4.97%) Line Management
13 8 (4.42%) Agile Software Development
13 8 (4.42%) Mobile Device Management
13 8 (4.42%) Security Management
14 7 (3.87%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 52 (28.73%) PowerShell
2 32 (17.68%) SQL
3 15 (8.29%) C#
4 13 (7.18%) T-SQL
5 10 (5.52%) VBScript
6 9 (4.97%) Java
7 7 (3.87%) VB
8 6 (3.31%) Bash Shell
9 5 (2.76%) Shell Script
10 4 (2.21%) C
11 2 (1.10%) PHP
12 1 (0.55%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.55%) Perl
12 1 (0.55%) Python
Qualifications
1 40 (22.10%) Security Cleared
2 31 (17.13%) Microsoft Certification
3 26 (14.36%) SC Cleared
4 19 (10.50%) MCSE
5 18 (9.94%) DV Cleared
6 17 (9.39%) MCSA
7 7 (3.87%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (3.31%) Degree
9 5 (2.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 5 (2.76%) MCP
10 4 (2.21%) DBS Check
11 3 (1.66%) BC Cleared
11 3 (1.66%) MCITP
12 2 (1.10%) CCA
12 2 (1.10%) Citrix Certification
12 2 (1.10%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (0.55%) AWS Certification
13 1 (0.55%) CCNP
13 1 (0.55%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.52%) QA
2 5 (2.76%) SLA
3 2 (1.10%) RMADS
4 1 (0.55%) PMO
System Software
1 113 (62.43%) Active Directory
2 58 (32.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (20.99%) Hyper-V
4 32 (17.68%) VMware ESXi
5 19 (10.50%) vSphere
6 17 (9.39%) Microsoft App-V
7 13 (7.18%) Virtual Machines
8 11 (6.08%) VMware Workstation
9 9 (4.97%) Virtual Servers
10 8 (4.42%) Xen
11 7 (3.87%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 7 (3.87%) Terminal Services
11 7 (3.87%) XenServer
12 6 (3.31%) XenDesktop
13 5 (2.76%) DFS Replication
14 4 (2.21%) VMware Server
14 4 (2.21%) XenApp
15 3 (1.66%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 3 (1.66%) Virtual Desktop
16 2 (1.10%) Docker
Systems Management
1 83 (45.86%) SCCM
2 29 (16.02%) SCOM
3 23 (12.71%) McAfee ePO
4 12 (6.63%) vCenter Server
5 9 (4.97%) Backup Exec
6 8 (4.42%) Microsoft Clustering
7 6 (3.31%) SafeCom
8 5 (2.76%) NetBackup
8 5 (2.76%) Norton AntiVirus
8 5 (2.76%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (2.21%) Single Sign-On
10 3 (1.66%) EMC NetWorker
10 3 (1.66%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 3 (1.66%) HP SIM
10 3 (1.66%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 3 (1.66%) SCOrch
10 3 (1.66%) SCVMM
11 2 (1.10%) Nagios
11 2 (1.10%) Nessus
11 2 (1.10%) SCSM
Vendors
1 106 (58.56%) Microsoft
2 86 (47.51%) VMware
3 39 (21.55%) McAfee
4 30 (16.57%) Cisco
5 21 (11.60%) HP
6 18 (9.94%) Citrix
6 18 (9.94%) Splunk
7 17 (9.39%) Red Hat
8 11 (6.08%) F5
8 11 (6.08%) Wyse
9 10 (5.52%) CheckPoint
9 10 (5.52%) Dell
10 9 (4.97%) Adobe
11 8 (4.42%) Sophos
11 8 (4.42%) Symantec
12 7 (3.87%) IBM
12 7 (3.87%) Sony
13 6 (3.31%) SolarWinds
14 5 (2.76%) EMC
14 5 (2.76%) Teradici