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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 29 June 2022 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
29 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 696 642 479
Rank change year-on-year -54 -163 +171
Contract jobs citing WSUS 142 105 119
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.16% 0.29%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.02% 1.01% 1.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 101 83 87
10th Percentile £218 £228 £220
25th Percentile £363 £306 £297
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £403 £405
Median % change year-on-year +11.80% -0.62% +3.85%
75th Percentile £530 £475 £475
90th Percentile £588 £529 £532
UK excluding London median daily rate £457 £403 £415
% change year-on-year +13.54% -3.01% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 4
10th Percentile £20.00 £29.40 £44.25
25th Percentile £36.25 £51.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £54.00 £52.00 £53.75
Median % change year-on-year +3.85% -3.26% +246.77%
75th Percentile £55.75 £54.00 £55.00
90th Percentile £67.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £15.00 -
% change year-on-year +33.33% - -

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 13,935 10,415 6,291
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.78% 16.09% 15.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,073 7,340 4,374
10th Percentile £363 £350 £304
25th Percentile £463 £425 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £570 £522 £500
Median % change year-on-year +9.27% +4.33% -
75th Percentile £675 £600 £600
90th Percentile £750 £688 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £460
% change year-on-year +11.11% -2.17% +2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 188 148 150
10th Percentile £13.18 £15.00 £12.50
25th Percentile £15.75 £18.00 £14.56
Median hourly rate £22.50 £35.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year -35.71% +75.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £47.61 £51.00 £35.00
90th Percentile £67.50 £63.45 £50.21
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £22.63 £19.50
% change year-on-year -11.62% +16.05% +14.50%

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 29 June 2022.

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 29 June 2022.

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 29 June 2022. 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
Jobs
England -78 111 £460 +15.00% 57
UK excluding London -49 87 £457 +13.54% 50
Work from Home -87 42 £500 +11.11% 15
South East -7 40 £480 +18.52% 11
London -43 38 £350 +3.70% 11
Scotland -9 11 £405 -10.00% 5
North of England -59 11 £450 +12.50% 19
South West -16 10 £470 +4.44% 8
Yorkshire -35 8 £463 +74.53% 11
Wales - 8 £450 -
West Midlands -46 5 £375 -6.83% 4
Midlands -47 5 £375 - 6
North West -49 3 £425 -8.85% 5
East of England -24 2 £425 +157.58% 1

For the 6 months to 29 June 2022, 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.

1 116 (81.69%) Windows
2 105 (73.94%) Active Directory
3 89 (62.68%) VMware
4 75 (52.82%) Microsoft
5 68 (47.89%) Windows Server
6 63 (44.37%) PowerShell
7 61 (42.96%) Azure
8 54 (38.03%) Security Cleared
8 54 (38.03%) DNS
9 53 (37.32%) VMware Infrastructure
10 50 (35.21%) Firewall
11 48 (33.80%) SCCM
12 43 (30.28%) Microsoft 365
13 42 (29.58%) DHCP
14 41 (28.87%) ITIL
15 38 (26.76%) SC Cleared
15 38 (26.76%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 37 (26.06%) Windows Server 2012
17 33 (23.24%) VMware ESXi
17 33 (23.24%) HP
17 33 (23.24%) Dell
18 30 (21.13%) Windows Server 2016
19 29 (20.42%) Social Skills
20 28 (19.72%) SQL Server
21 25 (17.61%) Service Management
21 25 (17.61%) NetBackup
21 25 (17.61%) Windows 10
22 24 (16.90%) SAN
23 23 (16.20%) Citrix
24 22 (15.49%) SCOM

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 14 (9.86%) IIS
2 5 (3.52%) SharePoint
3 4 (2.82%) MS Exchange
4 3 (2.11%) Confluence
4 3 (2.11%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.70%) Apache
5 1 (0.70%) JBoss
5 1 (0.70%) Tomcat
5 1 (0.70%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.70%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.70%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 20 (14.08%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.41%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 61 (42.96%) Azure
2 43 (30.28%) Microsoft 365
3 19 (13.38%) AWS
4 16 (11.27%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (4.93%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (4.93%) Power Platform
6 6 (4.23%) Azure Monitor
7 4 (2.82%) IaaS
7 4 (2.82%) Power Automate
8 3 (2.11%) GCP
8 3 (2.11%) PaaS
8 3 (2.11%) SaaS
9 2 (1.41%) Azure Storage
10 1 (0.70%) Azure Sentinel
10 1 (0.70%) Azure Stack
10 1 (0.70%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.70%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 54 (38.03%) DNS
2 50 (35.21%) Firewall
3 42 (29.58%) DHCP
4 24 (16.90%) SAN
5 20 (14.08%) TCP/IP
6 15 (10.56%) Wireless
7 9 (6.34%) VPN
7 9 (6.34%) WAN
8 8 (5.63%) VLAN
9 7 (4.93%) VSAN
10 6 (4.23%) BGP
10 6 (4.23%) MPLS
10 6 (4.23%) NAS
10 6 (4.23%) OSPF
11 5 (3.52%) Network Security
11 5 (3.52%) SD-WAN
12 4 (2.82%) Internet
12 4 (2.82%) LAN
12 4 (2.82%) Skype
12 4 (2.82%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (19.72%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.93%) Power BI
3 1 (0.70%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 11 (7.75%) Jenkins
2 6 (4.23%) Git (software)
2 6 (4.23%) GitLab
2 6 (4.23%) JIRA
3 2 (1.41%) Axure RP
3 2 (1.41%) Fiddler
4 1 (0.70%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.70%) MSI
General
1 29 (20.42%) Social Skills
2 12 (8.45%) Finance
3 11 (7.75%) Public Sector
4 9 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (6.34%) Documentation Skills
5 6 (4.23%) Influencing Skills
5 6 (4.23%) Telecoms
6 5 (3.52%) Financial Institution
7 3 (2.11%) Banking
8 2 (1.41%) Back Office
8 2 (1.41%) Front Office
8 2 (1.41%) Law
8 2 (1.41%) Legal
8 2 (1.41%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.70%) Electronics
9 1 (0.70%) Local Government
9 1 (0.70%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.70%) Marketing
9 1 (0.70%) Military
9 1 (0.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 31 (21.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 14 (9.86%) Analyst
3 12 (8.45%) Consultant
4 11 (7.75%) Wintel Engineer
5 8 (5.63%) VMware Engineer
6 7 (4.93%) Server Engineer
7 6 (4.23%) 2nd Line Support
7 6 (4.23%) Active Directory Specialist
7 6 (4.23%) Desktop Support
7 6 (4.23%) Support Analyst
7 6 (4.23%) Technical Manager
8 5 (3.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 5 (3.52%) Architect
8 5 (3.52%) Automation Consultant
8 5 (3.52%) Delivery Manager
8 5 (3.52%) Integration Consultant
8 5 (3.52%) Network Engineer
8 5 (3.52%) Senior Wintel Engineer
8 5 (3.52%) Support Engineer
8 5 (3.52%) Technical Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (0.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (11.27%) Clustering
2 15 (10.56%) Data Centre
3 11 (7.75%) PKI
4 8 (5.63%) User Experience
5 7 (4.93%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (4.23%) Linux Command Line
6 6 (4.23%) Management Information System
7 5 (3.52%) Public Cloud
8 3 (2.11%) Client/Server
8 3 (2.11%) Wiki
9 2 (1.41%) Blackberry
9 2 (1.41%) CMDB
9 2 (1.41%) Driving Licence
9 2 (1.41%) Hedge funds
9 2 (1.41%) NHS
9 2 (1.41%) Replication
9 2 (1.41%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.70%) Digital Media
10 1 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.70%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 116 (81.69%) Windows
2 68 (47.89%) Windows Server
3 37 (26.06%) Windows Server 2012
4 30 (21.13%) Windows Server 2016
5 25 (17.61%) Windows 10
6 20 (14.08%) Windows Server 2008
7 17 (11.97%) Linux
8 12 (8.45%) Windows 7
8 12 (8.45%) Windows Server 2019
9 8 (5.63%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (4.93%) Windows 8
11 4 (2.82%) Mac OS
12 3 (2.11%) Android
12 3 (2.11%) VMS
13 2 (1.41%) Apple iOS
13 2 (1.41%) Data ONTAP
13 2 (1.41%) Ubuntu
13 2 (1.41%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.70%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.70%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (28.87%) ITIL
2 38 (26.76%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 25 (17.61%) Service Management
4 16 (11.27%) Patch Management
5 15 (10.56%) Problem-Solving
6 14 (9.86%) Collaborative Working
6 14 (9.86%) Migration
6 14 (9.86%) Problem Management
7 12 (8.45%) Agile
7 12 (8.45%) Project Management
7 12 (8.45%) Server Patching
8 11 (7.75%) Business Intelligence
8 11 (7.75%) Project Delivery
8 11 (7.75%) Security Hardening
9 10 (7.04%) ITSM
9 10 (7.04%) Server Management
9 10 (7.04%) Validation
10 9 (6.34%) Change Control
10 9 (6.34%) Time Management
11 8 (5.63%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 63 (44.37%) PowerShell
2 20 (14.08%) SQL
3 12 (8.45%) VBScript
4 7 (4.93%) VB
5 6 (4.23%) C
5 6 (4.23%) C#
5 6 (4.23%) JavaScript
5 6 (4.23%) Python
6 1 (0.70%) Perl
Qualifications
1 54 (38.03%) Security Cleared
2 38 (26.76%) SC Cleared
3 16 (11.27%) Microsoft Certification
4 14 (9.86%) DV Cleared
5 7 (4.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 6 (4.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 6 (4.23%) MCSA
7 5 (3.52%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (3.52%) MCSE
8 3 (2.11%) CCA
8 3 (2.11%) CCAA
8 3 (2.11%) Citrix Certification
9 2 (1.41%) CCNA
9 2 (1.41%) CCNP
9 2 (1.41%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (1.41%) Degree
9 2 (1.41%) VCP5
9 2 (1.41%) VCP6
9 2 (1.41%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.70%) CIPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.82%) GDPR
2 3 (2.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.41%) COBIT
3 2 (1.41%) ISO 9001
3 2 (1.41%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.41%) QA
3 2 (1.41%) SLA
4 1 (0.70%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.70%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
4 1 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.70%) JSP 440
System Software
1 105 (73.94%) Active Directory
2 53 (37.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 33 (23.24%) VMware ESXi
4 22 (15.49%) Hyper-V
5 21 (14.79%) vSphere
6 12 (8.45%) Virtual Machines
7 11 (7.75%) XenApp
8 8 (5.63%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (4.23%) Virtual Servers
10 4 (2.82%) BitLocker
10 4 (2.82%) Microsoft App-V
10 4 (2.82%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 4 (2.82%) NFS
10 4 (2.82%) VMware NSX
11 3 (2.11%) XenDesktop
12 2 (1.41%) VMware Workstation
13 1 (0.70%) Firmware
13 1 (0.70%) Terminal Services
13 1 (0.70%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 48 (33.80%) SCCM
2 25 (17.61%) NetBackup
3 22 (15.49%) SCOM
4 16 (11.27%) vCenter Server
5 15 (10.56%) Microsoft Intune
6 11 (7.75%) Norton AntiVirus
7 10 (7.04%) Microsoft Clustering
8 9 (6.34%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 6 (4.23%) Ansible
9 6 (4.23%) Failover Clustering
9 6 (4.23%) Nessus
10 5 (3.52%) FortiGate
10 5 (3.52%) Kubernetes
10 5 (3.52%) Terraform
10 5 (3.52%) vRealize
11 4 (2.82%) AirWatch
11 4 (2.82%) McAfee ePO
11 4 (2.82%) SCVMM
11 4 (2.82%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 4 (2.82%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 89 (62.68%) VMware
2 75 (52.82%) Microsoft
3 33 (23.24%) Dell
3 33 (23.24%) HP
4 23 (16.20%) Citrix
5 21 (14.79%) Cisco
6 20 (14.08%) Symantec
7 14 (9.86%) McAfee
8 10 (7.04%) SolarWinds
9 9 (6.34%) Qualys
9 9 (6.34%) Splunk
10 8 (5.63%) Apple
10 8 (5.63%) Avaya
10 8 (5.63%) Veeam
11 7 (4.93%) Commvault
11 7 (4.93%) Oracle
11 7 (4.93%) Trend Micro
11 7 (4.93%) Zscaler
12 6 (4.23%) NetApp
12 6 (4.23%) Veritas