Period
to 20 October 2018

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 20 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
6 months to
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 619 665 618
Rank change year-on-year +46 -47 +77
Contract jobs citing WSUS 275 216 289
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.22% 0.27%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.91% 1.88% 2.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 178 127 167
UK median daily rate £350 £340 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +4.62% +8.33%
10th Percentile £200 £161 £181
90th Percentile £488 £455 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £340 £320
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +11.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 21 22
UK median hourly rate £18.75 £20.00 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% -43.66% +82.05%
10th Percentile £12.53 £13.51 £11.40
90th Percentile £28.25 £31.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.75 £20.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year -6.25% -43.66% +100.00%

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 14,420 11,460 12,279
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.09% 11.53% 11.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,703 7,648 7,829
UK median daily rate £500 £470 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +9.30% +7.50%
10th Percentile £298 £263 £263
90th Percentile £650 £613 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £413 £393
% change year-on-year +5.45% +5.10% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 388 267 278
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £23.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.78% -22.58% +13.41%
10th Percentile £12.25 £10.75 £13.00
90th Percentile £47.00 £47.50 £47.76
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.38 £26.25
% change year-on-year +0.72% -33.81% +25.00%

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 20 October 2018.

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 20 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Top 14 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 20 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
England +67 257 £350 +6.06% 41
UK excluding London -4 179 £350 +2.94% 31
London +26 84 £375 +3.38% 12
Midlands +12 51 £375 +19.05% 8
South East -7 49 £260 -25.86% 4
West Midlands +2 39 £400 +26.98% 6
North of England -26 29 £350 +7.69% 13
South West -13 25 £297 +18.80% 2
East of England +14 19 £338 -20.59% 2
Yorkshire -15 17 £350 +5.66% 7
North West -17 12 £315 -3.08% 4
East Midlands - 12 £319 - 2
Wales -18 5 £350 +19.66%
Scotland -46 2 £375 -3.85%

For the 6 months to 20 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 with a requirement for WSUS.

1 241 (87.64%) Windows
2 182 (66.18%) Active Directory
3 157 (57.09%) Microsoft
4 143 (52.00%) Windows Server
5 132 (48.00%) SCCM
6 131 (47.64%) VMware
7 90 (32.73%) PowerShell
8 89 (32.36%) Windows 7
9 82 (29.82%) VMware Infrastructure
10 74 (26.91%) Windows 10
10 74 (26.91%) DNS
11 70 (25.45%) Windows Server 2012
12 68 (24.73%) ITIL
13 63 (22.91%) MS Exchange
13 63 (22.91%) McAfee
14 58 (21.09%) DHCP
15 55 (20.00%) Cisco
16 54 (19.64%) Microsoft Azure
17 50 (18.18%) Security Cleared
17 50 (18.18%) Linux
18 49 (17.82%) Windows Server 2008
18 49 (17.82%) Hyper-V
18 49 (17.82%) Office 365
19 48 (17.45%) Patch Management
19 48 (17.45%) Citrix
20 47 (17.09%) SQL Server
21 46 (16.73%) SQL
22 44 (16.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 43 (15.64%) Firewall
23 43 (15.64%) Finance

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 63 (22.91%) MS Exchange
2 19 (6.91%) IIS
2 19 (6.91%) SharePoint
3 17 (6.18%) Exchange Server 2010
4 11 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2013
5 9 (3.27%) Apache
6 7 (2.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 7 (2.55%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (2.18%) Skype for Business
8 5 (1.82%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (0.73%) MS Project Server
10 1 (0.36%) CMS
10 1 (0.36%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.36%) WordPress
Applications
1 41 (14.91%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (4.36%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.36%) Sage 200
1 1 (0.36%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 54 (19.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 49 (17.82%) Office 365
3 26 (9.45%) IaaS
4 18 (6.55%) PaaS
5 15 (5.45%) Azure Active Directory
6 14 (5.09%) Amazon AWS
6 14 (5.09%) Cloud Computing
7 13 (4.73%) SaaS
8 8 (2.91%) Amazon EC2
8 8 (2.91%) Amazon ELB
8 8 (2.91%) Route 53
8 8 (2.91%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 6 (2.18%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.36%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.36%) G Suite
10 1 (0.36%) GitHub
10 1 (0.36%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 74 (26.91%) DNS
2 58 (21.09%) DHCP
3 43 (15.64%) Firewall
4 36 (13.09%) LAN
5 29 (10.55%) VPN
6 28 (10.18%) WAN
7 26 (9.45%) SAN
8 12 (4.36%) Cisco IOS
8 12 (4.36%) Structured Cabling
9 10 (3.64%) Cisco Firepower
10 9 (3.27%) Internet
10 9 (3.27%) Network Security
11 8 (2.91%) NAS
12 6 (2.18%) TCP/IP
13 5 (1.82%) iSCSI
13 5 (1.82%) Skype
14 4 (1.45%) FTP
14 4 (1.45%) IP Telephony
14 4 (1.45%) NetScaler
15 3 (1.09%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (17.09%) SQL Server
2 13 (4.73%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (1.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (1.82%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (1.82%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (1.09%) Power BI
5 2 (0.73%) Blockchain
5 2 (0.73%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.36%) Firebird
6 1 (0.36%) InfluxDB
6 1 (0.36%) MySQL
6 1 (0.36%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.36%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 20 (7.27%) Team Foundation Server
1 20 (7.27%) Visual Studio
2 8 (2.91%) Git (software)
3 6 (2.18%) Visual Studio Team System
4 4 (1.45%) MSI
4 4 (1.45%) Rational Team Concert
5 3 (1.09%) Subversion
5 3 (1.09%) WinDbg
6 2 (0.73%) AdminStudio
6 2 (0.73%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.73%) JIRA
7 1 (0.36%) Gerrit
7 1 (0.36%) Hudson
7 1 (0.36%) Metasploit
7 1 (0.36%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 43 (15.64%) Finance
2 10 (3.64%) Back Office
3 8 (2.91%) Law
4 7 (2.55%) Banking
4 7 (2.55%) Manufacturing
4 7 (2.55%) Marketing
5 6 (2.18%) Retail
6 5 (1.82%) Military
7 4 (1.45%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.09%) Electronics
8 3 (1.09%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.73%) Advertising
9 2 (0.73%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.36%) Billing
10 1 (0.36%) French Language
10 1 (0.36%) Local Government
10 1 (0.36%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 48 (17.45%) Analyst
2 36 (13.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 26 (9.45%) Server Engineer
4 24 (8.73%) Administrator
4 24 (8.73%) Support Analyst
4 24 (8.73%) Support Engineer
5 23 (8.36%) Infrastructure Support
6 22 (8.00%) Windows Engineer
7 19 (6.91%) Desktop Support
7 19 (6.91%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 17 (6.18%) Consultant
8 17 (6.18%) Security Engineer
9 16 (5.82%) DevOps Engineer
10 15 (5.45%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
11 14 (5.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 13 (4.73%) 3rd Line Support
12 13 (4.73%) IT Support
13 11 (4.00%) IT Engineer
13 11 (4.00%) Systems Administrator
13 11 (4.00%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.82%) .NET
2 9 (3.27%) JSON
3 4 (1.45%) LDAP
4 2 (0.73%) Apache Axis
4 2 (0.73%) OAuth
4 2 (0.73%) SAML
4 2 (0.73%) Web Services
5 1 (0.36%) COM
5 1 (0.36%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.36%) HTML
5 1 (0.36%) Middleware
5 1 (0.36%) Sensu
5 1 (0.36%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.36%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (6.91%) Blackberry
1 19 (6.91%) Data Centre
2 18 (6.55%) Fat Client
2 18 (6.55%) Thin Client
3 17 (6.18%) Clustering
4 15 (5.45%) PKI
5 13 (4.73%) Public Cloud
6 10 (3.64%) Self-Motivation
7 8 (2.91%) Analytical Skills
8 7 (2.55%) Management Information System
9 5 (1.82%) Replication
10 4 (1.45%) EMC VNX
10 4 (1.45%) User Experience
11 3 (1.09%) Hybrid Cloud
11 3 (1.09%) iPhone
12 2 (0.73%) Computer Science
12 2 (0.73%) Data Protection Act
12 2 (0.73%) EMC VNXe
12 2 (0.73%) Life Science
12 2 (0.73%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 241 (87.64%) Windows
2 143 (52.00%) Windows Server
3 89 (32.36%) Windows 7
4 74 (26.91%) Windows 10
5 70 (25.45%) Windows Server 2012
6 50 (18.18%) Linux
7 49 (17.82%) Windows Server 2008
8 26 (9.45%) Windows Server 2003
9 16 (5.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 16 (5.82%) Unix
10 15 (5.45%) Android
11 8 (2.91%) Solaris
12 6 (2.18%) AIX
12 6 (2.18%) CentOS
12 6 (2.18%) Windows 8
13 5 (1.82%) Windows XP
14 2 (0.73%) HPUX
14 2 (0.73%) Windows 2000 Server
15 1 (0.36%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.36%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (24.73%) ITIL
2 48 (17.45%) Patch Management
3 44 (16.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 33 (12.00%) Change Management
4 33 (12.00%) Migration
5 29 (10.55%) Configuration Management
6 23 (8.36%) DevOps
6 23 (8.36%) Root Cause Analysis
7 21 (7.64%) Agile Software Development
7 21 (7.64%) ITIL V3
8 19 (6.91%) Service Management
9 17 (6.18%) Continuous Improvement
9 17 (6.18%) Problem-Solving
10 16 (5.82%) Cybersecurity
11 14 (5.09%) Application Packaging
11 14 (5.09%) Problem Management
12 13 (4.73%) Asset Management
12 13 (4.73%) Server Building
12 13 (4.73%) Server Management
13 12 (4.36%) Proactive Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 90 (32.73%) PowerShell
2 46 (16.73%) SQL
3 20 (7.27%) VBScript
4 16 (5.82%) C#
5 14 (5.09%) T-SQL
6 10 (3.64%) Bash Shell
7 9 (3.27%) Java
8 8 (2.91%) VB
9 7 (2.55%) C
10 5 (1.82%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.73%) PHP
11 2 (0.73%) Python
12 1 (0.36%) JavaScript
12 1 (0.36%) Perl
12 1 (0.36%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 50 (18.18%) Security Cleared
2 39 (14.18%) Microsoft Certification
3 30 (10.91%) SC Cleared
4 23 (8.36%) MCSA
5 21 (7.64%) MCSE
6 19 (6.91%) DV Cleared
7 11 (4.00%) Degree
8 7 (2.55%) BPSS Clearance
8 7 (2.55%) MCP
9 6 (2.18%) MCITP
10 5 (1.82%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 4 (1.45%) DBS Check
12 3 (1.09%) BC Cleared
12 3 (1.09%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (1.09%) MCTS
13 2 (0.73%) CCA
13 2 (0.73%) Citrix Certification
13 2 (0.73%) Computer Science Degree
13 2 (0.73%) MCSD
13 2 (0.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (7.64%) SLA
2 11 (4.00%) QA
3 4 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.73%) RMADS
5 1 (0.36%) PMO
System Software
1 182 (66.18%) Active Directory
2 82 (29.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 49 (17.82%) Hyper-V
4 35 (12.73%) Microsoft App-V
4 35 (12.73%) VMware ESXi
5 26 (9.45%) vSphere
6 17 (6.18%) Virtual Machines
7 16 (5.82%) VMware Server
8 15 (5.45%) XenServer
9 13 (4.73%) XenDesktop
10 11 (4.00%) Virtual Servers
10 11 (4.00%) VMware Workstation
11 9 (3.27%) BitLocker
11 9 (3.27%) XenApp
12 8 (2.91%) DFS Replication
12 8 (2.91%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 8 (2.91%) Xen
13 7 (2.55%) Terminal Services
14 6 (2.18%) Virtual Desktop
15 4 (1.45%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 132 (48.00%) SCCM
2 40 (14.55%) SCOM
3 25 (9.09%) McAfee ePO
4 21 (7.64%) Backup Exec
5 14 (5.09%) vCenter Server
6 11 (4.00%) Microsoft Clustering
7 9 (3.27%) Terraform
8 6 (2.18%) NetBackup
8 6 (2.18%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (2.18%) SafeCom
9 5 (1.82%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (1.45%) Microsoft Intune
10 4 (1.45%) Red Hat Satellite
11 3 (1.09%) Ansible
11 3 (1.09%) EMC NetWorker
11 3 (1.09%) HP SIM
11 3 (1.09%) Nagios
11 3 (1.09%) Nessus
11 3 (1.09%) SCOrch
11 3 (1.09%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 157 (57.09%) Microsoft
2 131 (47.64%) VMware
3 63 (22.91%) McAfee
4 55 (20.00%) Cisco
5 48 (17.45%) Citrix
6 27 (9.82%) HP
7 21 (7.64%) Sophos
8 19 (6.91%) Red Hat
8 19 (6.91%) Splunk
9 16 (5.82%) Veeam
10 15 (5.45%) Ivanti
11 13 (4.73%) Dell
11 13 (4.73%) Wyse
12 12 (4.36%) CheckPoint
12 12 (4.36%) Shavlik
12 12 (4.36%) Symantec
13 11 (4.00%) F5
14 10 (3.64%) NetApp
14 10 (3.64%) Qualys
15 9 (3.27%) IBM