Period
to 19 December 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 December 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 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 499 501 483
Rank change year-on-year +2 -18 +65
Contract jobs citing WSUS 160 158 179
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.29% 0.29% 0.32%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.13% 2.60% 3.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 97 110
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.38% +6.67%
10th Percentile £200 £153 £181
90th Percentile £488 £442 £475
UK median daily rate £368 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +5.21% +7.69% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 19 14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £20.00 £43.28
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.50% -53.79% +116.40%
10th Percentile £15.05 £13.51 £12.75
90th Percentile £28.25 £27.80 £48.15
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £43.28
% change year-on-year -5.00% -53.79% +116.40%

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 7,520 6,066 5,957
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 13.49% 11.32% 10.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,553 3,780 3,663
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £225
90th Percentile £588 £588 £550
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 287 212 201
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.45 £20.73
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.37% -20.63% +8.93%
10th Percentile £12.18 £10.75 £12.50
90th Percentile £47.00 £43.68 £55.25
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £20.73
% change year-on-year - -15.58% +3.65%

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 December 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 December 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 December 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
South East -5 53 £334 -1.84% 4
North of England -20 36 £350 - 5
Midlands -12 32 £400 +26.98% 12
West Midlands -6 29 £400 +25.00% 11
Yorkshire +2 22 £375 +7.14% 3
South West -11 22 £275 +10.00% 4
North West -18 14 £255 -34.19% 1
East of England -2 11 £375 +100.00% 3
Wales -21 7 £350 -3.45%
East Midlands +15 3 £405 +244.47% 1
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 138 (86.25%) Windows
2 93 (58.13%) SCCM
3 92 (57.50%) Active Directory
4 83 (51.88%) Windows Server
5 76 (47.50%) Microsoft
6 72 (45.00%) VMware
7 50 (31.25%) ITIL
8 46 (28.75%) VMware Infrastructure
9 44 (27.50%) PowerShell
9 44 (27.50%) DNS
10 39 (24.38%) SCOM
11 36 (22.50%) Hyper-V
12 35 (21.88%) Security Cleared
12 35 (21.88%) MS Exchange
13 33 (20.63%) Windows 10
14 32 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
15 31 (19.38%) SQL Server
15 31 (19.38%) DHCP
16 30 (18.75%) Linux
16 30 (18.75%) Office 365
17 29 (18.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 28 (17.50%) Windows Server 2008
19 27 (16.88%) McAfee
20 26 (16.25%) Windows 7
20 26 (16.25%) vSphere
21 24 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
22 23 (14.38%) HP
23 22 (13.75%) SQL
23 22 (13.75%) VMware ESXi
24 21 (13.13%) SharePoint

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 35 (21.88%) MS Exchange
2 21 (13.13%) SharePoint
3 15 (9.38%) IIS
4 14 (8.75%) Exchange Server 2010
5 11 (6.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 7 (4.38%) Exchange Server 2013
7 6 (3.75%) Apache
8 5 (3.13%) SharePoint Server
9 3 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (1.25%) MS Project Server
10 2 (1.25%) Skype for Business
11 1 (0.63%) CMS
11 1 (0.63%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.63%) WordPress
Applications
1 15 (9.38%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.63%) Sage 200
1 1 (0.63%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 30 (18.75%) Office 365
2 24 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (8.75%) IaaS
4 10 (6.25%) PaaS
5 5 (3.13%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (3.13%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (3.13%) SaaS
6 4 (2.50%) Amazon AWS
7 2 (1.25%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 44 (27.50%) DNS
2 31 (19.38%) DHCP
3 15 (9.38%) LAN
4 14 (8.75%) Firewall
5 12 (7.50%) SAN
6 11 (6.88%) WAN
7 10 (6.25%) Internet
8 6 (3.75%) Network Security
9 5 (3.13%) Intranet
9 5 (3.13%) TCP/IP
9 5 (3.13%) VLAN
9 5 (3.13%) VPN
10 4 (2.50%) iSCSI
10 4 (2.50%) VSAN
11 3 (1.88%) NetScaler
11 3 (1.88%) SSL
12 2 (1.25%) DKIM
12 2 (1.25%) FTP
12 2 (1.25%) IP Telephony
12 2 (1.25%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (19.38%) SQL Server
2 9 (5.63%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (2.50%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (1.88%) Amazon RDS
4 3 (1.88%) Oracle Database
4 3 (1.88%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.63%) Firebird
5 1 (0.63%) MySQL
5 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.63%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 7 (4.38%) Team Foundation Server
1 7 (4.38%) Visual Studio
2 4 (2.50%) MSI
3 3 (1.88%) InstallShield
3 3 (1.88%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (1.88%) WinDbg
4 2 (1.25%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.63%) JIRA
5 1 (0.63%) Metasploit
General
1 13 (8.13%) Finance
2 7 (4.38%) Law
3 5 (3.13%) Back Office
3 5 (3.13%) Military
4 3 (1.88%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.25%) Electronics
5 2 (1.25%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.25%) Marketing
5 2 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.63%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.63%) Banking
6 1 (0.63%) Billing
6 1 (0.63%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.63%) Local Government
6 1 (0.63%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 27 (16.88%) Administrator
2 25 (15.63%) Analyst
2 25 (15.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 18 (11.25%) Support Analyst
4 17 (10.63%) Systems Administrator
5 14 (8.75%) Infrastructure Support
5 14 (8.75%) Support Engineer
6 13 (8.13%) Windows Administrator
7 11 (6.88%) 3rd Line Support
7 11 (6.88%) Wintel Engineer
8 10 (6.25%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 9 (5.63%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
9 9 (5.63%) Consultant
9 9 (5.63%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
10 8 (5.00%) Windows Engineer
11 7 (4.38%) IT Engineer
11 7 (4.38%) Server Analyst
11 7 (4.38%) Windows Server Analyst
11 7 (4.38%) Windows Systems Administrator
11 7 (4.38%) Wintel Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.75%) .NET
1 6 (3.75%) Middleware
2 5 (3.13%) JSON
3 4 (2.50%) Apache Axis
4 1 (0.63%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (12.50%) Fat Client
1 20 (12.50%) Thin Client
2 19 (11.88%) Data Centre
3 16 (10.00%) PKI
4 11 (6.88%) Blackberry
4 11 (6.88%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (6.25%) Management Information System
6 8 (5.00%) Clustering
7 7 (4.38%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (3.13%) Public Cloud
9 4 (2.50%) CESG
9 4 (2.50%) EMC VNX
10 3 (1.88%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (1.88%) Private Cloud
10 3 (1.88%) Replication
11 2 (1.25%) Data Protection Act
11 2 (1.25%) Driving Licence
11 2 (1.25%) EMC VNXe
11 2 (1.25%) Life Science
11 2 (1.25%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 138 (86.25%) Windows
2 83 (51.88%) Windows Server
3 33 (20.63%) Windows 10
4 32 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 30 (18.75%) Linux
6 28 (17.50%) Windows Server 2008
7 26 (16.25%) Windows 7
8 14 (8.75%) Unix
8 14 (8.75%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (4.38%) AIX
9 7 (4.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (3.13%) Solaris
11 4 (2.50%) CentOS
12 1 (0.63%) Android
12 1 (0.63%) OS/2
12 1 (0.63%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.63%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.63%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (31.25%) ITIL
2 29 (18.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 20 (12.50%) Change Management
3 20 (12.50%) Patch Management
4 15 (9.38%) Change Control
4 15 (9.38%) Problem-Solving
5 14 (8.75%) ITIL V3
5 14 (8.75%) Migration
6 13 (8.13%) Configuration Management
7 12 (7.50%) Problem Management
8 10 (6.25%) Incident Management
8 10 (6.25%) Integration Testing
8 10 (6.25%) Line Management
9 9 (5.63%) Antivirus Management
9 9 (5.63%) Service Delivery
10 8 (5.00%) Root Cause Analysis
11 7 (4.38%) Coaching
11 7 (4.38%) E-Commerce
11 7 (4.38%) Identity Management
11 7 (4.38%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 44 (27.50%) PowerShell
2 22 (13.75%) SQL
3 14 (8.75%) VBScript
4 9 (5.63%) Java
5 8 (5.00%) VB
6 6 (3.75%) C#
6 6 (3.75%) T-SQL
7 4 (2.50%) C
8 1 (0.63%) PHP
Qualifications
1 35 (21.88%) Security Cleared
2 21 (13.13%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (13.13%) SC Cleared
3 17 (10.63%) MCSE
4 16 (10.00%) DV Cleared
5 8 (5.00%) MCSA
6 5 (3.13%) Degree
6 5 (3.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 5 (3.13%) MCP
7 3 (1.88%) HNC
8 2 (1.25%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (1.25%) CCA
8 2 (1.25%) Citrix Certification
8 2 (1.25%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (1.25%) MCITP
8 2 (1.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (0.63%) AWS Certification
9 1 (0.63%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.63%) CISSP
9 1 (0.63%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.13%) SLA
2 4 (2.50%) QA
3 1 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.63%) PMO
System Software
1 92 (57.50%) Active Directory
2 46 (28.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (22.50%) Hyper-V
4 26 (16.25%) vSphere
5 22 (13.75%) VMware ESXi
6 19 (11.88%) Microsoft App-V
7 10 (6.25%) VMware Workstation
8 9 (5.63%) Virtual Machines
9 7 (4.38%) Virtual Servers
10 6 (3.75%) Terminal Services
11 5 (3.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 5 (3.13%) XenApp
12 3 (1.88%) VMware Server
12 3 (1.88%) XenServer
13 2 (1.25%) DFS Replication
13 2 (1.25%) Firmware
13 2 (1.25%) NFS
13 2 (1.25%) XenDesktop
14 1 (0.63%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 1 (0.63%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 93 (58.13%) SCCM
2 39 (24.38%) SCOM
3 12 (7.50%) vCenter Server
4 11 (6.88%) McAfee ePO
5 9 (5.63%) NetBackup
6 8 (5.00%) Backup Exec
7 7 (4.38%) Microsoft Clustering
8 6 (3.75%) Norton AntiVirus
8 6 (3.75%) SafeCom
9 3 (1.88%) EMC NetWorker
9 3 (1.88%) HP SIM
9 3 (1.88%) Nessus
9 3 (1.88%) OVSD
9 3 (1.88%) Perfmon
10 2 (1.25%) AirWatch
10 2 (1.25%) SCOrch
10 2 (1.25%) ZABBIX
11 1 (0.63%) Cisco CUCM
11 1 (0.63%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 76 (47.50%) Microsoft
2 72 (45.00%) VMware
3 27 (16.88%) McAfee
4 23 (14.38%) HP
5 18 (11.25%) Cisco
6 15 (9.38%) Symantec
6 15 (9.38%) Wyse
7 14 (8.75%) Citrix
7 14 (8.75%) Red Hat
8 10 (6.25%) Dell
8 10 (6.25%) Veeam
9 9 (5.63%) Adobe
9 9 (5.63%) Splunk
10 8 (5.00%) NetApp
11 7 (4.38%) Sony
11 7 (4.38%) Sophos
12 5 (3.13%) Clearswift
12 5 (3.13%) EMC
12 5 (3.13%) IBM
12 5 (3.13%) Teradici