Period
to 23 July 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 23 July 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
6 months to
23 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 601 624 663
Rank change year-on-year +23 +39 -21
Contract jobs citing WSUS 236 291 199
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.28% 0.21%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.73% 2.13% 1.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 197 129
UK median daily rate £400 £335 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.40% +1.52% -2.22%
10th Percentile £227 £180 £189
90th Percentile £488 £488 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +23.08% -1.52% -1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 13 8
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.50 £18.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.41% +1.37% -26.72%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year -7.89% +15.15% -33.75%

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 with a requirement for systems management skills.

All Systems Management Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 13,654 13,687 10,543
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.83% 13.25% 11.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,157 9,102 6,949
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £638 £602
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +8.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 337 374 233
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £19.25 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +4.05% -17.78%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.06 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £49.35 £47.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - -24.73%

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing WSUS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WSUS over the 6 months to 23 July 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing WSUS over the 6 months to 23 July 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Top 16 Contract Locations

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 over the 6 months to 23 July 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
England +3 222 £400 +19.40% 78
UK excluding London +20 160 £400 +23.08% 67
London +31 73 £375 +7.14% 15
South West +13 60 £400 +4.92% 12
South East +3 40 £400 +45.45% 13
Midlands -6 22 £438 +16.67% 12
North of England +6 15 £300 -14.29% 23
East Midlands +19 13 £426 +34.23% 5
East of England +2 12 £410 +26.15% 3
North West +16 11 £338 +3.85% 13
West Midlands -12 9 £438 - 7
Scotland +23 5 £363 -3.33% 3
Wales +2 5 £460 +2.22% 1
Yorkshire +18 3 £275 -21.43% 8
Channel Islands - 2 £400 -
North East - 1 £147 - 2

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 with a requirement for WSUS.

1 187 (79.24%) Windows
2 159 (67.37%) Active Directory
3 138 (58.47%) Microsoft
4 133 (56.36%) Windows Server
5 106 (44.92%) SCCM
6 95 (40.25%) VMware
7 94 (39.83%) PowerShell
8 92 (38.98%) Windows Server 2012
9 78 (33.05%) Security Cleared
10 73 (30.93%) DNS
11 70 (29.66%) DHCP
12 68 (28.81%) Windows Server 2008
13 64 (27.12%) Hyper-V
14 57 (24.15%) Windows 10
15 55 (23.31%) Linux
16 53 (22.46%) Office 365
17 52 (22.03%) VMware ESXi
18 50 (21.19%) Microsoft Azure
19 49 (20.76%) VMware Infrastructure
19 49 (20.76%) DV Cleared
20 48 (20.34%) HP
21 45 (19.07%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 41 (17.37%) MS Exchange
22 41 (17.37%) SQL
23 40 (16.95%) ITIL
24 38 (16.10%) Data Centre
25 37 (15.68%) SCOM
26 36 (15.25%) User Experience
26 36 (15.25%) Migration
27 35 (14.83%) SQL Server

WSUS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 41 (17.37%) MS Exchange
2 28 (11.86%) SharePoint
3 21 (8.90%) IIS
4 18 (7.63%) Exchange Server 2010
5 14 (5.93%) Apache
6 11 (4.66%) Skype for Business
7 8 (3.39%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (2.12%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.85%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.85%) nginx
9 2 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.85%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.42%) JBoss
10 1 (0.42%) SAS
Applications
1 9 (3.81%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.85%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.42%) FileZilla
3 1 (0.42%) Stata
Cloud Services
1 53 (22.46%) Office 365
2 50 (21.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (12.29%) Amazon AWS
4 22 (9.32%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (2.54%) SaaS
6 4 (1.69%) IaaS
7 3 (1.27%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (1.27%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.85%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.85%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (0.85%) Dropbox
8 2 (0.85%) Mimecast
8 2 (0.85%) OneDrive
8 2 (0.85%) Route 53
8 2 (0.85%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 1 (0.42%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 73 (30.93%) DNS
2 70 (29.66%) DHCP
3 35 (14.83%) SAN
4 21 (8.90%) Firewall
5 15 (6.36%) LAN
6 13 (5.51%) TCP/IP
7 12 (5.08%) WAN
8 11 (4.66%) Remote Desktop
9 7 (2.97%) VPN
10 6 (2.54%) NAS
10 6 (2.54%) Skype
11 5 (2.12%) Network Security
11 5 (2.12%) VLAN
12 4 (1.69%) Cisco ASA
12 4 (1.69%) MPLS
12 4 (1.69%) NetScaler
12 4 (1.69%) VoIP
12 4 (1.69%) Wireless
13 3 (1.27%) SMTP
13 3 (1.27%) X.400
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (14.83%) SQL Server
2 14 (5.93%) MySQL
2 14 (5.93%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (5.08%) SQL Server 2014
3 12 (5.08%) SQL Server 2016
4 5 (2.12%) SQL Server 2005
5 4 (1.69%) Amazon RDS
5 4 (1.69%) SQL Server 2017
6 1 (0.42%) Electronic Patient Records
6 1 (0.42%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 16 (6.78%) Metasploit
2 15 (6.36%) MSI
3 14 (5.93%) Git (software)
4 9 (3.81%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (2.12%) Jenkins
5 5 (2.12%) Visual Studio
5 5 (2.12%) WinDbg
6 3 (1.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (1.27%) CircleCI
6 3 (1.27%) GitLab
6 3 (1.27%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (1.27%) Subversion
6 3 (1.27%) Travis CI
7 2 (0.85%) Artifactory
7 2 (0.85%) Burp Suite
7 2 (0.85%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.42%) ClearCase
8 1 (0.42%) ClearQuest
8 1 (0.42%) JMeter
8 1 (0.42%) Selenium
General
1 15 (6.36%) Law
2 11 (4.66%) Finance
3 4 (1.69%) Legal
4 3 (1.27%) Military
4 3 (1.27%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.85%) Advertising
5 2 (0.85%) Back Office
5 2 (0.85%) Banking
5 2 (0.85%) Online Betting
5 2 (0.85%) Retail
6 1 (0.42%) Electronics
6 1 (0.42%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.42%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.42%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.42%) Marketing
6 1 (0.42%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 31 (13.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 24 (10.17%) Analyst
3 22 (9.32%) Server Engineer
4 21 (8.90%) Systems Engineer
5 18 (7.63%) Windows Engineer
6 17 (7.20%) Support Engineer
7 16 (6.78%) Tester
8 15 (6.36%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 15 (6.36%) IT Engineer
9 14 (5.93%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 12 (5.08%) Applications Packager
10 12 (5.08%) Wintel Engineer
11 11 (4.66%) Infrastructure Support
12 9 (3.81%) Administrator
12 9 (3.81%) Junior
12 9 (3.81%) SCCM Engineer
12 9 (3.81%) Support Analyst
13 8 (3.39%) Consultant
13 8 (3.39%) Security Tester
13 8 (3.39%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (5.93%) Gherkin
2 11 (4.66%) .NET
3 6 (2.54%) LDAP
4 5 (2.12%) AngularJS
4 5 (2.12%) Django
4 5 (2.12%) React
4 5 (2.12%) Software Packaging
5 4 (1.69%) D3.js
5 4 (1.69%) Vue.js
5 4 (1.69%) XML
6 3 (1.27%) .NET Framework
6 3 (1.27%) OpenLayers
6 3 (1.27%) Spring
7 2 (0.85%) 802.1X
7 2 (0.85%) Elastic Stack
7 2 (0.85%) JSON
7 2 (0.85%) Middleware
7 2 (0.85%) YAML
8 1 (0.42%) HTML
8 1 (0.42%) PostGIS
Miscellaneous
1 38 (16.10%) Data Centre
2 36 (15.25%) User Experience
3 32 (13.56%) Clustering
4 26 (11.02%) Management Information System
5 17 (7.20%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (5.51%) Private Cloud
6 13 (5.51%) Public Cloud
7 4 (1.69%) Fat Client
7 4 (1.69%) Hybrid Cloud
7 4 (1.69%) Thin Client
8 3 (1.27%) Acoustics
8 3 (1.27%) Algorithms
8 3 (1.27%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.27%) PKI
8 3 (1.27%) Replication
9 2 (0.85%) Driving Licence
9 2 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (0.85%) iPhone
9 2 (0.85%) Self-Motivation
9 2 (0.85%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 187 (79.24%) Windows
2 133 (56.36%) Windows Server
3 92 (38.98%) Windows Server 2012
4 68 (28.81%) Windows Server 2008
5 57 (24.15%) Windows 10
6 55 (23.31%) Linux
7 32 (13.56%) Windows 7
8 15 (6.36%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (3.81%) Unix
9 9 (3.81%) Windows 8
10 6 (2.54%) Windows XP
11 4 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.27%) Solaris
13 2 (0.85%) CentOS
13 2 (0.85%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.85%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.42%) Android
14 1 (0.42%) VMS
14 1 (0.42%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (19.07%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 40 (16.95%) ITIL
3 36 (15.25%) Migration
4 30 (12.71%) Data Protection
5 26 (11.02%) Agile Software Development
6 20 (8.47%) Disaster Recovery
6 20 (8.47%) Problem-Solving
7 19 (8.05%) Mentoring
7 19 (8.05%) Patch Management
8 17 (7.20%) Antivirus Management
8 17 (7.20%) Configuration Management
8 17 (7.20%) Information Security
9 16 (6.78%) Application Virtualisation
9 16 (6.78%) Incident Management
10 15 (6.36%) Root Cause Analysis
11 14 (5.93%) DevOps
11 14 (5.93%) Scrum
11 14 (5.93%) Security Patching
12 13 (5.51%) Information Security Management
12 13 (5.51%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 94 (39.83%) PowerShell
2 41 (17.37%) SQL
3 23 (9.75%) C#
4 19 (8.05%) Java
5 14 (5.93%) Python
6 6 (2.54%) C
6 6 (2.54%) VBScript
7 5 (2.12%) Bash Shell
7 5 (2.12%) JavaScript
8 4 (1.69%) TypeScript
9 3 (1.27%) T-SQL
9 3 (1.27%) VB
10 1 (0.42%) R
Qualifications
1 78 (33.05%) Security Cleared
2 49 (20.76%) DV Cleared
3 24 (10.17%) SC Cleared
4 14 (5.93%) Microsoft Certification
5 9 (3.81%) MCSA
6 6 (2.54%) MCSE
7 4 (1.69%) CCNA
7 4 (1.69%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (1.27%) Degree
8 3 (1.27%) IISP
8 3 (1.27%) MCITP
8 3 (1.27%) MCP
9 2 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (0.85%) CEH
9 2 (0.85%) CISSP
9 2 (0.85%) CREST Certified
9 2 (0.85%) DBS Check
9 2 (0.85%) GCIH
9 2 (0.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (0.85%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (6.78%) SLA
2 6 (2.54%) Cyber Essentials
3 4 (1.69%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 3 (1.27%) JSP 440
4 3 (1.27%) QA
5 2 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.85%) PMO
6 1 (0.42%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.42%) HL7
6 1 (0.42%) NCSC
6 1 (0.42%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 159 (67.37%) Active Directory
2 64 (27.12%) Hyper-V
3 52 (22.03%) VMware ESXi
4 49 (20.76%) VMware Infrastructure
5 31 (13.14%) Virtual Machines
6 29 (12.29%) Microsoft App-V
7 23 (9.75%) vSphere
8 22 (9.32%) Virtual Desktop
9 15 (6.36%) DFS Replication
10 12 (5.08%) Shibboleth
10 12 (5.08%) Virtual Servers
10 12 (5.08%) VMware NSX
11 8 (3.39%) XenApp
12 7 (2.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 5 (2.12%) BitLocker
14 4 (1.69%) Docker
15 3 (1.27%) VMware Server
16 1 (0.42%) KVM
16 1 (0.42%) vCloud
16 1 (0.42%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 106 (44.92%) SCCM
2 37 (15.68%) SCOM
3 27 (11.44%) Microsoft Clustering
4 25 (10.59%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 20 (8.47%) Nessus
5 20 (8.47%) SCVMM
6 17 (7.20%) Failover Clustering
7 16 (6.78%) Nmap
7 16 (6.78%) Red Hat Satellite
7 16 (6.78%) SCDPM
8 15 (6.36%) SCSM
9 12 (5.08%) Single Sign-On
10 10 (4.24%) Terraform
11 7 (2.97%) vMotion
12 5 (2.12%) Ansible
12 5 (2.12%) Backup Exec
12 5 (2.12%) Perfmon
12 5 (2.12%) WMI
13 3 (1.27%) Norton AntiVirus
13 3 (1.27%) Packer
Vendors
1 138 (58.47%) Microsoft
2 95 (40.25%) VMware
3 48 (20.34%) HP
4 27 (11.44%) Cisco
5 22 (9.32%) Red Hat
6 19 (8.05%) Citrix
7 16 (6.78%) BMC
7 16 (6.78%) Tripwire
8 12 (5.08%) NetApp
8 12 (5.08%) Sony
8 12 (5.08%) Veeam
9 11 (4.66%) Sophos
10 10 (4.24%) SolarWinds
11 9 (3.81%) Remedy
12 8 (3.39%) McAfee
13 7 (2.97%) Dell
13 7 (2.97%) Proofpoint
14 5 (2.12%) Meraki
14 5 (2.12%) Symantec
15 4 (1.69%) Adobe