Period
to 21 May 2019

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 21 May 2019 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
21 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 496 509 493
Rank change year-on-year +13 -16 +12
Contract jobs citing WSUS 133 138 115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.27% 0.26% 0.24%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.01% 2.06% 2.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 89 74
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.08% - -7.14%
10th Percentile £235 £165 £233
90th Percentile £488 £475 £446
UK median daily rate £400 £338 £325
% change year-on-year +18.52% +3.85% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 5
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.44 £21.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.03% +8.75% -50.00%
10th Percentile £14.68 £14.38 £14.75
90th Percentile £19.63 £96.95 £39.55
UK median hourly rate £15.44 £18.25 £44.50
% change year-on-year -15.42% -58.99% +11.25%

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 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 6,602 6,698 4,919
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 13.58% 12.65% 10.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,118 4,048 3,063
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £412
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.16% +7.01%
10th Percentile £263 £260 £225
90th Percentile £613 £588 £556
UK median daily rate £500 £483 £450
% change year-on-year +3.63% +7.22% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 221 208 165
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.11 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.65% -19.46% -6.24%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.15 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year +8.11% -19.57% +2.22%

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 21 May 2019.

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
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 21 May 2019. 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 West +1 45 £400 +14.29% 4
South East +11 26 £388 +19.23% 1
Midlands -1 24 £331 -1.12% 5
North of England +24 17 £413 +39.83% 2
East of England +8 15 £405 +33.33% 5
East Midlands +30 13 £325 +176.60%
West Midlands -11 11 £369 +5.36% 5
Yorkshire - 10 £450 -
North West +18 5 £173 -41.53% 2
Scotland +31 2 £363 -3.33%
Wales +5 2 £288 -25.81%
North East - 2 £274 -
Channel Islands - 2 £400 -
WSUS
UK

For the 6 months to 21 May 2019, 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.

1 109 (81.95%) Windows
2 93 (69.92%) Active Directory
3 77 (57.89%) Microsoft
4 70 (52.63%) Windows Server
5 62 (46.62%) SCCM
6 59 (44.36%) VMware
7 57 (42.86%) PowerShell
8 56 (42.11%) Windows Server 2012
9 50 (37.59%) DNS
10 48 (36.09%) Security Cleared
11 39 (29.32%) DHCP
12 36 (27.07%) ITIL
12 36 (27.07%) Windows 10
13 35 (26.32%) Windows Server 2008
13 35 (26.32%) Hyper-V
14 34 (25.56%) VMware Infrastructure
15 32 (24.06%) Linux
16 28 (21.05%) DV Cleared
16 28 (21.05%) SCOM
17 26 (19.55%) HP
18 25 (18.80%) Office 365
19 24 (18.05%) Cisco
20 23 (17.29%) VMware ESXi
21 22 (16.54%) Microsoft Azure
22 21 (15.79%) Virtual Machines
23 20 (15.04%) vSphere
23 20 (15.04%) Windows 7
23 20 (15.04%) Data Centre
23 20 (15.04%) MS Exchange
23 20 (15.04%) SQL Server

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 20 (15.04%) MS Exchange
2 18 (13.53%) SharePoint
3 14 (10.53%) IIS
4 13 (9.77%) Exchange Server 2010
5 12 (9.02%) Skype for Business
6 4 (3.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 4 (3.01%) IBM Domino
7 3 (2.26%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.50%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (1.50%) SharePoint Server
8 2 (1.50%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.75%) Apache
9 1 (0.75%) JBoss
Applications
1 4 (3.01%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 25 (18.80%) Office 365
2 22 (16.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (7.52%) Azure Active Directory
4 7 (5.26%) IaaS
5 3 (2.26%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (2.26%) PaaS
5 3 (2.26%) SaaS
6 2 (1.50%) Dropbox
6 2 (1.50%) Mimecast
6 2 (1.50%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.75%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 50 (37.59%) DNS
2 39 (29.32%) DHCP
3 15 (11.28%) SAN
4 12 (9.02%) LAN
5 10 (7.52%) Firewall
6 9 (6.77%) WAN
7 8 (6.02%) Skype
7 8 (6.02%) TCP/IP
8 5 (3.76%) NAS
8 5 (3.76%) Remote Desktop
9 4 (3.01%) Network Security
10 3 (2.26%) Cisco ASA
10 3 (2.26%) HTTP
10 3 (2.26%) HTTPS
10 3 (2.26%) Internet
10 3 (2.26%) MPLS
10 3 (2.26%) NetScaler
10 3 (2.26%) VPN
10 3 (2.26%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (2.26%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (15.04%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.26%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (2.26%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.50%) Electronic Patient Records
4 1 (0.75%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.75%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.75%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 8 (6.02%) InstallShield
2 6 (4.51%) Metasploit
3 4 (3.01%) AdminStudio
3 4 (3.01%) Git (software)
3 4 (3.01%) MSI
3 4 (3.01%) WinDbg
4 3 (2.26%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (2.26%) Visual Studio
5 2 (1.50%) Burp Suite
6 1 (0.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.75%) CircleCI
6 1 (0.75%) GitLab
6 1 (0.75%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.75%) Octopus Deploy
6 1 (0.75%) Subversion
6 1 (0.75%) Travis CI
General
1 5 (3.76%) Finance
2 2 (1.50%) Back Office
2 2 (1.50%) Law
2 2 (1.50%) Military
2 2 (1.50%) Online Betting
2 2 (1.50%) Retail
2 2 (1.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (12.78%) Administrator
2 15 (11.28%) Systems Administrator
3 14 (10.53%) Wintel Engineer
4 11 (8.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 10 (7.52%) Systems Engineer
6 8 (6.02%) Support Engineer
6 8 (6.02%) Windows Engineer
7 7 (5.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 7 (5.26%) Analyst
7 7 (5.26%) Server Engineer
8 6 (4.51%) Designer
8 6 (4.51%) Infrastructure Designer
8 6 (4.51%) Tester
8 6 (4.51%) Windows Administrator
9 5 (3.76%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 5 (3.76%) Windows Systems Administrator
10 4 (3.01%) Applications Packager
10 4 (3.01%) Consultant
10 4 (3.01%) Desktop Engineer
10 4 (3.01%) IT Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (3.76%) .NET
2 4 (3.01%) Gherkin
3 3 (2.26%) AngularJS
3 3 (2.26%) D3.js
3 3 (2.26%) Django
3 3 (2.26%) LDAP
3 3 (2.26%) React
3 3 (2.26%) Software Packaging
3 3 (2.26%) Vue.js
4 2 (1.50%) 802.1X
5 1 (0.75%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.75%) HTML
5 1 (0.75%) OpenLayers
5 1 (0.75%) PostGIS
Miscellaneous
1 20 (15.04%) Data Centre
2 15 (11.28%) Management Information System
3 13 (9.77%) Clustering
3 13 (9.77%) User Experience
4 11 (8.27%) PKI
5 6 (4.51%) Fat Client
5 6 (4.51%) Thin Client
6 5 (3.76%) Blackberry
6 5 (3.76%) Private Cloud
6 5 (3.76%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (3.01%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (3.01%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (2.26%) Driving Licence
9 2 (1.50%) Acoustics
9 2 (1.50%) Client/Server
9 2 (1.50%) EMC VNX
9 2 (1.50%) LIMS
9 2 (1.50%) NHS
9 2 (1.50%) Public Cloud
9 2 (1.50%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 109 (81.95%) Windows
2 70 (52.63%) Windows Server
3 56 (42.11%) Windows Server 2012
4 36 (27.07%) Windows 10
5 35 (26.32%) Windows Server 2008
6 32 (24.06%) Linux
7 20 (15.04%) Windows 7
8 5 (3.76%) Unix
8 5 (3.76%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (3.01%) CentOS
9 4 (3.01%) Ubuntu
10 3 (2.26%) AIX
10 3 (2.26%) Windows XP
11 2 (1.50%) Mac OS X
11 2 (1.50%) Solaris
11 2 (1.50%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.75%) Android
12 1 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.75%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (27.07%) ITIL
2 20 (15.04%) Data Protection
3 19 (14.29%) Migration
4 15 (11.28%) Antivirus Management
4 15 (11.28%) Incident Management
4 15 (11.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 13 (9.77%) Agile Software Development
6 11 (8.27%) Patch Management
6 11 (8.27%) Problem-Solving
7 9 (6.77%) Change Control
7 9 (6.77%) Mentoring
8 8 (6.02%) Application Virtualisation
8 8 (6.02%) Root Cause Analysis
8 8 (6.02%) Server Management
9 7 (5.26%) Configuration Management
9 7 (5.26%) Email Filtering
9 7 (5.26%) Kalman Filter
9 7 (5.26%) Service Delivery
10 6 (4.51%) Problem Management
10 6 (4.51%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 57 (42.86%) PowerShell
2 19 (14.29%) SQL
3 12 (9.02%) VBScript
4 10 (7.52%) VB
5 9 (6.77%) C#
6 6 (4.51%) C
6 6 (4.51%) Java
7 3 (2.26%) Bash Shell
7 3 (2.26%) JavaScript
7 3 (2.26%) Python
7 3 (2.26%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.26%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 48 (36.09%) Security Cleared
2 28 (21.05%) DV Cleared
3 16 (12.03%) SC Cleared
4 15 (11.28%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (6.77%) MCSA
5 9 (6.77%) MCSE
6 3 (2.26%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (2.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (1.50%) CCNA
7 2 (1.50%) CEH
7 2 (1.50%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (1.50%) CISSP
7 2 (1.50%) CREST Certified
7 2 (1.50%) Degree
7 2 (1.50%) GCIH
7 2 (1.50%) IISP
7 2 (1.50%) MCP
7 2 (1.50%) OSCP
8 1 (0.75%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.75%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.77%) SLA
2 3 (2.26%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (1.50%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.50%) HL7
3 2 (1.50%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 2 (1.50%) JSP 440
3 2 (1.50%) PMO
4 1 (0.75%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.75%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 93 (69.92%) Active Directory
2 35 (26.32%) Hyper-V
3 34 (25.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 23 (17.29%) VMware ESXi
5 21 (15.79%) Virtual Machines
6 20 (15.04%) vSphere
7 19 (14.29%) Microsoft App-V
8 9 (6.77%) Virtual Desktop
8 9 (6.77%) Virtual Servers
9 7 (5.26%) DFS Replication
10 6 (4.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 4 (3.01%) XenApp
12 3 (2.26%) BitLocker
12 3 (2.26%) Terminal Server
13 2 (1.50%) Firmware
14 1 (0.75%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 1 (0.75%) vCloud
14 1 (0.75%) VMware Workstation
14 1 (0.75%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 62 (46.62%) SCCM
2 28 (21.05%) SCOM
3 15 (11.28%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 13 (9.77%) SCVMM
5 11 (8.27%) Microsoft Clustering
6 9 (6.77%) Failover Clustering
7 7 (5.26%) Nessus
7 7 (5.26%) SCDPM
7 7 (5.26%) SCSM
8 6 (4.51%) Nmap
8 6 (4.51%) Norton AntiVirus
8 6 (4.51%) Red Hat Satellite
9 4 (3.01%) Perfmon
9 4 (3.01%) ThinApp
9 4 (3.01%) vCenter Server
10 3 (2.26%) FortiGate
10 3 (2.26%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (2.26%) WMI
11 2 (1.50%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 2 (1.50%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 77 (57.89%) Microsoft
2 59 (44.36%) VMware
3 26 (19.55%) HP
4 24 (18.05%) Cisco
5 11 (8.27%) Symantec
6 9 (6.77%) McAfee
6 9 (6.77%) Veeam
7 8 (6.02%) Red Hat
8 7 (5.26%) Citrix
8 7 (5.26%) Proofpoint
8 7 (5.26%) Remedy
9 6 (4.51%) BMC
9 6 (4.51%) Sophos
9 6 (4.51%) Tripwire
9 6 (4.51%) Wyse
10 5 (3.76%) Ivanti
11 4 (3.01%) Altiris
11 4 (3.01%) Dell
11 4 (3.01%) Lotus
11 4 (3.01%) NetApp