Period
to 18 November 2017

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 18 November 2017 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
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 675 614 700
Rank change year-on-year -61 +86 +9
Contract jobs citing WSUS 217 278 204
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.26% 0.18%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.88% 2.39% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 171 135
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33% -6.25%
10th Percentile £161 £181 £200
90th Percentile £480 £475 £449
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £323 £300
% change year-on-year +8.53% +7.50% +4.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 19 14
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £43.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -53.49% +120.51% -48.00%
10th Percentile £13.51 £12.45 £13.90
90th Percentile £32.73 £45.75 £86.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £43.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -53.49% +138.89% -25.77%

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 11554 11638 9814
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.32% 11.01% 8.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 7815 7439 5986
UK median daily rate £475 £442 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.47% +10.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £263 £260 £230
90th Percentile £625 £588 £573
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +3.75% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 285 269 333
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £21.00 £19.03
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +10.35% -4.42%
10th Percentile £10.95 £12.75 £11.17
90th Percentile £47.30 £43.28 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.87 £23.50 £19.03
% change year-on-year -32.49% +23.49% -5.13%

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 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Top 15 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 18 November 2017. 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 -36 177 £350 +6.87% 23
UK excluding London +24 166 £350 +8.53% 21
South East +15 49 £350 +9.38% 4
London -62 45 £400 +12.68% 2
North of England +41 33 £350 -12.50% 7
Scotland +10 28 £395 +31.67%
West Midlands +47 22 £315 -37.00% 2
Midlands +36 22 £315 -33.68% 2
North West +19 20 £388 -10.40% 5
South West +9 15 £250 -23.08% 4
East of England -29 13 £450 +157.14% 4
Yorkshire +24 10 £331 -1.92% 2
Wales - 5 £205 -
North East +49 3 £325 +1.56%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 18 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WSUS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for WSUS.

1 188 (86.64%) Windows
2 156 (71.89%) Active Directory
3 122 (56.22%) Windows Server
4 119 (54.84%) Microsoft
5 99 (45.62%) SCCM
6 84 (38.71%) VMware
7 64 (29.49%) PowerShell
8 62 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
9 59 (27.19%) Linux
10 57 (26.27%) DNS
11 54 (24.88%) Windows 7
12 49 (22.58%) Firewall
13 48 (22.12%) SQL Server
13 48 (22.12%) Windows Server 2012
14 47 (21.66%) Windows Server 2008
15 44 (20.28%) Security Cleared
15 44 (20.28%) ITIL
15 44 (20.28%) SAN
16 43 (19.82%) Cisco
17 42 (19.35%) SQL
18 41 (18.89%) MS Exchange
18 41 (18.89%) DHCP
18 41 (18.89%) Citrix
18 41 (18.89%) Configuration Management
19 40 (18.43%) McAfee
20 35 (16.13%) TCP/IP
21 33 (15.21%) Windows 10
22 32 (14.75%) Microsoft App-V
23 31 (14.29%) Office 365
24 29 (13.36%) SC Cleared

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 (18.89%) MS Exchange
2 21 (9.68%) SharePoint
3 20 (9.22%) IIS
4 12 (5.53%) SharePoint 2010
5 11 (5.07%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 11 (5.07%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (3.69%) Skype for Business
7 7 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2010
8 5 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2007
9 4 (1.84%) Tomcat
Applications
1 20 (9.22%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.46%) Acrobat
2 1 (0.46%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.92%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 31 (14.29%) Office 365
2 26 (11.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (10.14%) Amazon AWS
4 13 (5.99%) Amazon EC2
4 13 (5.99%) Amazon ELB
4 13 (5.99%) Route 53
4 13 (5.99%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 4 (1.84%) Azure Active Directory
6 3 (1.38%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.92%) SaaS
8 1 (0.46%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 57 (26.27%) DNS
2 49 (22.58%) Firewall
3 44 (20.28%) SAN
4 41 (18.89%) DHCP
5 35 (16.13%) TCP/IP
6 26 (11.98%) LAN
7 21 (9.68%) WAN
8 18 (8.29%) VPN
9 17 (7.83%) SSL
10 11 (5.07%) Cisco ASA
11 10 (4.61%) HTTP
11 10 (4.61%) HTTPS
12 9 (4.15%) Skype
13 7 (3.23%) Internet
13 7 (3.23%) NAS
13 7 (3.23%) Network Security
13 7 (3.23%) Wireless
14 6 (2.76%) Remote Desktop
15 5 (2.30%) iSCSI
15 5 (2.30%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (22.12%) SQL Server
2 15 (6.91%) Amazon RDS
3 9 (4.15%) Power BI
4 6 (2.76%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (1.38%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.92%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 13 (5.99%) Artifactory
1 13 (5.99%) Git (software)
1 13 (5.99%) Jenkins
1 13 (5.99%) Sonatype Nexus
2 6 (2.76%) MSI
3 3 (1.38%) InstallShield
4 2 (0.92%) HP UFT
4 2 (0.92%) LoadRunner
4 2 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.46%) Chocolatey
General
1 26 (11.98%) Finance
2 5 (2.30%) Manufacturing
3 4 (1.84%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.38%) Back Office
5 2 (0.92%) Automotive
6 1 (0.46%) Banking
6 1 (0.46%) Electronics
6 1 (0.46%) French Language
6 1 (0.46%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.46%) Legal
6 1 (0.46%) Local Government
6 1 (0.46%) Marketing
6 1 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.46%) Private Banking
6 1 (0.46%) Retail
Job Titles
1 29 (13.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 18 (8.29%) Support Engineer
3 17 (7.83%) 3rd Line Support
3 17 (7.83%) DevOps Engineer
4 16 (7.37%) Analyst
5 14 (6.45%) Administrator
6 11 (5.07%) Consultant
6 11 (5.07%) IT Engineer
6 11 (5.07%) Server Engineer
6 11 (5.07%) Windows Engineer
7 10 (4.61%) Windows Administrator
8 9 (4.15%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 8 (3.69%) Desktop Support
9 8 (3.69%) SCCM Engineer
10 7 (3.23%) Architect
10 7 (3.23%) IT Support
10 7 (3.23%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 7 (3.23%) Technical Support
11 6 (2.76%) Linux Engineer
11 6 (2.76%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (5.99%) JSON
1 13 (5.99%) YAML
2 5 (2.30%) .NET
3 4 (1.84%) Software Packaging
3 4 (1.84%) Web Services
4 1 (0.46%) Middleware
4 1 (0.46%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (8.76%) Data Centre
2 15 (6.91%) Blackberry
3 14 (6.45%) Management Information System
4 12 (5.53%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (5.07%) CMDB
5 11 (5.07%) PKI
5 11 (5.07%) Replication
6 10 (4.61%) Fat Client
6 10 (4.61%) Thin Client
7 9 (4.15%) Clustering
8 4 (1.84%) Fintech
9 3 (1.38%) Client/Server
9 3 (1.38%) Computer Science
9 3 (1.38%) Driving Licence
9 3 (1.38%) HP Storage
9 3 (1.38%) NHS
9 3 (1.38%) VAX
10 1 (0.46%) FMCG
10 1 (0.46%) Life Science
10 1 (0.46%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 188 (86.64%) Windows
2 122 (56.22%) Windows Server
3 59 (27.19%) Linux
4 54 (24.88%) Windows 7
5 48 (22.12%) Windows Server 2012
6 47 (21.66%) Windows Server 2008
7 33 (15.21%) Windows 10
8 16 (7.37%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (4.61%) Windows 8
10 8 (3.69%) Unix
11 7 (3.23%) Android
12 6 (2.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 5 (2.30%) Windows 2000 Server
14 4 (1.84%) Apple iOS
14 4 (1.84%) Mac OS X
14 4 (1.84%) SUSE
15 3 (1.38%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.92%) CentOS
16 2 (0.92%) Windows Vista
16 2 (0.92%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (20.28%) ITIL
2 41 (18.89%) Configuration Management
3 22 (10.14%) Migration
4 21 (9.68%) DevOps
5 17 (7.83%) Service Management
6 16 (7.37%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (6.91%) Asset Management
8 14 (6.45%) Release Management
9 13 (5.99%) Build Automation
9 13 (5.99%) Business Intelligence
9 13 (5.99%) Mobile Device Management
9 13 (5.99%) Software Distribution
9 13 (5.99%) Virtual Infrastructure
10 12 (5.53%) Change Management
10 12 (5.53%) Software Deployment
11 11 (5.07%) Coaching
11 11 (5.07%) Data Protection
12 10 (4.61%) Patch Management
12 10 (4.61%) Prototyping
13 9 (4.15%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 64 (29.49%) PowerShell
2 42 (19.35%) SQL
3 13 (5.99%) VBScript
4 8 (3.69%) Shell Script
5 3 (1.38%) VB
6 2 (0.92%) Bash Shell
6 2 (0.92%) C
6 2 (0.92%) Perl
6 2 (0.92%) Python
7 1 (0.46%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 44 (20.28%) Security Cleared
2 29 (13.36%) SC Cleared
3 20 (9.22%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (6.91%) DV Cleared
5 13 (5.99%) Degree
5 13 (5.99%) MCSE
6 10 (4.61%) MCITP
6 10 (4.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 7 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (2.76%) CCNA
9 5 (2.30%) MCSA
9 5 (2.30%) MCTS
10 4 (1.84%) CCA
10 4 (1.84%) CCNP
10 4 (1.84%) Citrix Certification
10 4 (1.84%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (1.38%) CISSP
11 3 (1.38%) MCP
12 2 (0.92%) A+ Certification
12 2 (0.92%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (3.69%) PCI DSS
3 7 (3.23%) QA
3 7 (3.23%) SLA
4 3 (1.38%) GDPR
5 2 (0.92%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.46%) COBIT
6 1 (0.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.46%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.46%) RMADS
System Software
1 156 (71.89%) Active Directory
2 62 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (14.75%) Microsoft App-V
4 27 (12.44%) VMware ESXi
5 25 (11.52%) Hyper-V
6 20 (9.22%) vSphere
7 12 (5.53%) Docker
7 12 (5.53%) VMware Workstation
8 11 (5.07%) Terminal Services
9 9 (4.15%) XenApp
10 8 (3.69%) XenDesktop
11 7 (3.23%) Virtual Servers
12 6 (2.76%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 5 (2.30%) BitLocker
14 3 (1.38%) DFS Replication
14 3 (1.38%) Terminal Server
14 3 (1.38%) VMware NSX
15 2 (0.92%) Samba
15 2 (0.92%) Virtual Desktop
15 2 (0.92%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 99 (45.62%) SCCM
2 25 (11.52%) Puppet
3 24 (11.06%) SCOM
4 22 (10.14%) Norton AntiVirus
5 20 (9.22%) McAfee ePO
6 13 (5.99%) Backup Exec
7 12 (5.53%) Microsoft Clustering
8 11 (5.07%) Ansible
9 10 (4.61%) SafeCom
9 10 (4.61%) vCenter Server
10 8 (3.69%) Nmap
10 8 (3.69%) OpenVAS
11 7 (3.23%) Terraform
12 6 (2.76%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 5 (2.30%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 5 (2.30%) Nagios
13 5 (2.30%) NetBackup
14 4 (1.84%) AirWatch
15 3 (1.38%) Opscode Chef
15 3 (1.38%) PowerCLI
Vendors
1 119 (54.84%) Microsoft
2 84 (38.71%) VMware
3 43 (19.82%) Cisco
4 41 (18.89%) Citrix
5 40 (18.43%) McAfee
6 28 (12.90%) Symantec
7 27 (12.44%) NetApp
8 25 (11.52%) HP
9 17 (7.83%) Sophos
10 16 (7.37%) Dell
11 15 (6.91%) Veeam
12 13 (5.99%) IBM
13 10 (4.61%) Wyse
14 8 (3.69%) Lumension
15 7 (3.23%) Red Hat
15 7 (3.23%) SolarWinds
16 6 (2.76%) CommVault
16 6 (2.76%) MobileIron
16 6 (2.76%) Oracle
17 5 (2.30%) Meraki