Period
to 4 June 2020

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 4 June 2020 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
4 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 493 636 633
Rank change year-on-year +143 -3 +34
Contract jobs citing WSUS 121 195 256
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.22% 0.26%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.83% 1.47% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 112 186
Median daily rate £405 £396 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.21% +21.92% -0.15%
10th Percentile £220 £220 £179
90th Percentile £520 £500 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £325
% change year-on-year +6.25% +23.08% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 7
Median hourly rate £53.75 £15.44 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +248.23% +2.90% -58.33%
10th Percentile £39.88 £14.74 £12.85
90th Percentile £55.00 £17.50 £63.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £15.44 £15.50
% change year-on-year +126.76% -0.42% -15.07%

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 6,627 13,240 13,088
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.76% 14.73% 13.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,337 8,794 8,709
Median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £300 £308 £275
90th Percentile £675 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 211 337 311
Median hourly rate £22.55 £20.00 £18.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.73% +6.89% -18.65%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £11.81
90th Percentile £49.19 £49.70 £50.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +14.29% +2.94% -15.00%

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing WSUS.

Daily rate trend for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WSUS over the 6 months to 4 June 2020.

Daily rate histogram for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing WSUS.

Hourly rate trend for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing WSUS over the 6 months to 4 June 2020.

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 4 June 2020. 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 +157 111 £410 +2.50% 22
UK excluding London +156 95 £425 +6.25% 17
North of England +111 29 £450 +103.85% 3
London +128 23 £375 - 5
South West +29 23 £446 +11.44% 1
South East +133 22 £405 +9.83% 8
North West +71 21 £450 +160.87%
Midlands +69 10 £350 +7.69%
Yorkshire +72 8 £283 -33.53% 2
Scotland +53 6 £190 -47.59%
West Midlands +63 4 £450 +33.33%
East of England +56 4 £293 -28.66% 5
East Midlands +31 2 £350 +7.69%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 4 June 2020, 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 94 (77.69%) Active Directory
2 89 (73.55%) Windows
3 80 (66.12%) SCCM
4 67 (55.37%) VMware
5 65 (53.72%) Microsoft
6 60 (49.59%) Security Cleared
7 59 (48.76%) Windows Server
8 45 (37.19%) VMware Infrastructure
9 43 (35.54%) SC Cleared
10 42 (34.71%) Windows Server 2008
11 41 (33.88%) Windows 10
12 39 (32.23%) Windows Server 2012
13 36 (29.75%) PowerShell
14 27 (22.31%) Hyper-V
14 27 (22.31%) ITIL
15 25 (20.66%) DHCP
15 25 (20.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 24 (19.83%) Linux
17 23 (19.01%) Citrix
17 23 (19.01%) VMware ESXi
17 23 (19.01%) Windows Server 2016
18 22 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
18 22 (18.18%) Azure
18 22 (18.18%) DV Cleared
18 22 (18.18%) Microsoft Certification
18 22 (18.18%) DNS
19 21 (17.36%) SAN
19 21 (17.36%) SCOM
20 20 (16.53%) Patch Management
21 19 (15.70%) 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 16 (13.22%) MS Exchange
2 10 (8.26%) SharePoint
3 8 (6.61%) IIS
4 5 (4.13%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (3.31%) Apache
5 4 (3.31%) Skype for Business
5 4 (3.31%) Tomcat
6 3 (2.48%) IBM Notes
7 2 (1.65%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 7 (5.79%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (4.96%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.83%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 22 (18.18%) Azure
2 11 (9.09%) SaaS
3 9 (7.44%) AWS
4 8 (6.61%) IaaS
4 8 (6.61%) Office 365
5 5 (4.13%) PaaS
6 1 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.83%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 25 (20.66%) DHCP
2 22 (18.18%) DNS
3 21 (17.36%) SAN
4 16 (13.22%) Firewall
5 7 (5.79%) LAN
5 7 (5.79%) WAN
6 5 (4.13%) IPv4
6 5 (4.13%) Skype
6 5 (4.13%) TCP/IP
6 5 (4.13%) VoIP
7 4 (3.31%) Fibre Channel
7 4 (3.31%) Wireshark
8 3 (2.48%) IPsec
8 3 (2.48%) NetScaler
8 3 (2.48%) Network Security
8 3 (2.48%) Remote Desktop
8 3 (2.48%) Wireless
9 2 (1.65%) FTP
9 2 (1.65%) MPLS
9 2 (1.65%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (15.70%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.48%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.65%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.65%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (5.79%) MSI
2 3 (2.48%) ClearCase
2 3 (2.48%) ClearQuest
2 3 (2.48%) Fiddler
3 2 (1.65%) Hudson
3 2 (1.65%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.65%) Rational Team Concert
3 2 (1.65%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 14 (11.57%) Public Sector
2 12 (9.92%) Finance
3 5 (4.13%) Back Office
4 3 (2.48%) Financial Institution
4 3 (2.48%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.65%) Housing Association
6 1 (0.83%) Electronics
6 1 (0.83%) Marketing
6 1 (0.83%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 18 (14.88%) Wintel Engineer
2 16 (13.22%) Support Engineer
3 15 (12.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 15 (12.40%) Windows Engineer
4 13 (10.74%) VMware Engineer
5 11 (9.09%) Applications Packager
5 11 (9.09%) Server Engineer
6 9 (7.44%) Infrastructure Specialist
7 8 (6.61%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 7 (5.79%) Technical Support
9 6 (4.96%) Administrator
9 6 (4.96%) IT Support
9 6 (4.96%) Server Support
10 5 (4.13%) Consultant
10 5 (4.13%) IAM Consultant
10 5 (4.13%) Infrastructure Support
10 5 (4.13%) Software Engineer
10 5 (4.13%) VMware Support Engineer
10 5 (4.13%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
10 5 (4.13%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.13%) Software Packaging
2 3 (2.48%) AngularJS
2 3 (2.48%) Node.js
2 3 (2.48%) OAuth
2 3 (2.48%) OpenID
2 3 (2.48%) React
2 3 (2.48%) SAML
3 2 (1.65%) Apache NiFi
3 2 (1.65%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 22 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (12.40%) Clustering
2 15 (12.40%) Management Information System
3 7 (5.79%) User Experience
4 6 (4.96%) Client/Server
5 5 (4.13%) Data Centre
5 5 (4.13%) HP StoreVirtual
6 4 (3.31%) Enterprise Storage
6 4 (3.31%) PKI
6 4 (3.31%) Self-Motivation
7 3 (2.48%) CMDB
8 2 (1.65%) N-Tier
8 2 (1.65%) Replication
8 2 (1.65%) SWIFT
9 1 (0.83%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 89 (73.55%) Windows
2 59 (48.76%) Windows Server
3 42 (34.71%) Windows Server 2008
4 41 (33.88%) Windows 10
5 39 (32.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 24 (19.83%) Linux
7 23 (19.01%) Windows Server 2016
8 14 (11.57%) Windows 7
9 13 (10.74%) Unix
10 10 (8.26%) Windows Server 2003
11 8 (6.61%) Windows 8
12 6 (4.96%) Windows Vista
13 5 (4.13%) Windows XP
14 4 (3.31%) Apple iOS
15 3 (2.48%) AIX
15 3 (2.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (1.65%) CentOS
16 2 (1.65%) Solaris
16 2 (1.65%) VMS
17 1 (0.83%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (22.31%) ITIL
2 25 (20.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 20 (16.53%) Patch Management
4 16 (13.22%) Project Delivery
5 13 (10.74%) Application Virtualisation
5 13 (10.74%) Data Protection
5 13 (10.74%) IT Strategy
6 11 (9.09%) Service Management
7 9 (7.44%) Application Packaging
7 9 (7.44%) Configuration Management
7 9 (7.44%) Information Security
8 8 (6.61%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (6.61%) Cybersecurity
8 8 (6.61%) Identity Access Management
8 8 (6.61%) Problem Management
8 8 (6.61%) Server Building
9 7 (5.79%) Continuous Improvement
9 7 (5.79%) High Availability
10 6 (4.96%) Asset Management
10 6 (4.96%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 36 (29.75%) PowerShell
2 13 (10.74%) VBScript
3 12 (9.92%) SQL
4 10 (8.26%) JavaScript
4 10 (8.26%) Python
5 9 (7.44%) VB
6 8 (6.61%) Java
7 2 (1.65%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.65%) Perl
7 2 (1.65%) PHP
8 1 (0.83%) C
Qualifications
1 60 (49.59%) Security Cleared
2 43 (35.54%) SC Cleared
3 22 (18.18%) DV Cleared
3 22 (18.18%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (9.92%) MCSE
5 8 (6.61%) MCSA
6 4 (3.31%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (3.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (2.48%) Degree
7 3 (2.48%) HND
8 2 (1.65%) DBS Check
8 2 (1.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.31%) Government Security Classifications
1 4 (3.31%) NCSC
1 4 (3.31%) SLA
2 1 (0.83%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.83%) GDPR
2 1 (0.83%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 94 (77.69%) Active Directory
2 45 (37.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (22.31%) Hyper-V
4 23 (19.01%) VMware ESXi
5 13 (10.74%) Microsoft App-V
5 13 (10.74%) Virtual Desktop
6 12 (9.92%) Virtual Machines
6 12 (9.92%) Virtual Servers
7 7 (5.79%) DFS Replication
7 7 (5.79%) XenApp
8 5 (4.13%) vSphere
9 3 (2.48%) OpenAM
9 3 (2.48%) Terminal Server
9 3 (2.48%) VMware Workstation
9 3 (2.48%) XenDesktop
10 2 (1.65%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 2 (1.65%) Docker
10 2 (1.65%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.83%) Forefront TMG
11 1 (0.83%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 80 (66.12%) SCCM
2 21 (17.36%) SCOM
3 14 (11.57%) Microsoft Clustering
4 12 (9.92%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 12 (9.92%) NetBackup
5 11 (9.09%) Norton AntiVirus
6 8 (6.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 8 (6.61%) Single Sign-On
7 7 (5.79%) Failover Clustering
7 7 (5.79%) Puppet
7 7 (5.79%) SCDPM
7 7 (5.79%) SCSM
7 7 (5.79%) SCVMM
8 6 (4.96%) McAfee ePO
9 5 (4.13%) BladeLogic
9 5 (4.13%) Terraform
9 5 (4.13%) Tivoli
10 4 (3.31%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 3 (2.48%) FreeIPA
11 3 (2.48%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 67 (55.37%) VMware
2 65 (53.72%) Microsoft
3 23 (19.01%) Citrix
4 15 (12.40%) EMC
4 15 (12.40%) Symantec
5 14 (11.57%) HP
6 12 (9.92%) McAfee
7 11 (9.09%) Cisco
7 11 (9.09%) Ivanti
8 9 (7.44%) Lumension
8 9 (7.44%) Sophos
9 8 (6.61%) Dell
10 7 (5.79%) ArcSight
10 7 (5.79%) ServiceNow
11 5 (4.13%) IBM
11 5 (4.13%) Remedy
11 5 (4.13%) Veeam
12 4 (3.31%) Juniper
12 4 (3.31%) NetApp
12 4 (3.31%) Red Hat