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 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
UK
Rank 513 510 541
Rank change year-on-year -3 +31  
Contract jobs citing WSUS 80 134 83
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.25% 0.16%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.77% 2.72% 1.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 83 44
Median daily rate £332 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.28% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £275 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £450 £390
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £384 £314
% change year-on-year -8.79% +22.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 15
Median hourly rate £16.50 £43.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -61.62% +91.11%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £43.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -61.62% +91.11%  

WSUS is in the systems management skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills.

Systems Management Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 4531 4928 4422
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.00% 9.26% 8.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 3033 3122 2621
Median daily rate £465 £450 £417
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +7.91%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 133 169
Median hourly rate £23.88 £22.50 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.11% +11.46%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.10 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.00 £38.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year -15.55% +4.65%  

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing WSUS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Systems Management category.

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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Top 30 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -19 71 £325 -7.14% 28
South East -8 28 £350 -15.15% 5
London +15 18 £288 -11.53% 6
South West -2 8 £250 -34.42% 2
Berkshire +7 7 £394 -7.35% 2
Buckinghamshire - 7 £362 -
North West +28 6 £300 - 4
Scotland +19 6 £400 +2.56% 1
City of London +8 6 £288 -
West Midlands +8 5 £600 +84.61% 3
Bristol - 5 £250 - 1
Milton Keynes - 5 £350 -
Reading +4 4 £362 -17.20% 1
Colchester - 4 £425 -
East of England - 4 £425 - 2
Herefordshire - 4 £625 -
Essex - 4 £425 -
Glasgow - 4 £400 -
Hampshire +5 3 £275 -17.91% 1
Lancashire +17 2 - -
Edinburgh +17 2 £344 -
Manchester +14 2 £190 - 2
Slough +7 2 £394 +11.70% 1
West Sussex +3 2 £400 - 1
East Sussex - 2 - -
Middlesex - 2 - -
East Midlands - 2 £325 -
Warrington - 2 £300 - 1
Brighton - 2 - -
Cheshire - 2 £300 - 2

WSUS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 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.

1 161 (82.56%) Windows
2 146 (74.87%) Active Directory
3 116 (59.49%) Microsoft
4 100 (51.28%) Windows Server
5 86 (44.10%) SCCM
6 76 (38.97%) Windows Server 2012
6 76 (38.97%) VMware
7 71 (36.41%) ITIL
8 69 (35.38%) PowerShell
8 69 (35.38%) Windows Server 2008
9 60 (30.77%) DNS
10 54 (27.69%) Citrix
11 50 (25.64%) Windows 7
12 47 (24.10%) VMware Infrastructure
13 45 (23.08%) DHCP
14 37 (18.97%) HP
15 34 (17.44%) Linux
16 33 (16.92%) SQL
16 33 (16.92%) Dell
16 33 (16.92%) Finance
16 33 (16.92%) Security Cleared
17 31 (15.90%) Cisco
17 31 (15.90%) Windows Server 2003
18 30 (15.38%) Firewall
19 28 (14.36%) Windows 10
20 26 (13.33%) MS Exchange
20 26 (13.33%) Patch Management
20 26 (13.33%) Hyper-V
21 25 (12.82%) SCOM
22 24 (12.31%) Symantec

WSUS
Top Related 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 26 (13.33%) MS Exchange
2 23 (11.79%) Exchange Server 2010
3 16 (8.21%) IIS
4 10 (5.13%) Skype for Business
5 7 (3.59%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (3.08%) SharePoint
7 5 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2007
8 4 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (1.03%) Apache
9 2 (1.03%) Exchange Server 5.5
9 2 (1.03%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.51%) IBM Domino
10 1 (0.51%) Tomcat
Applications
1 23 (11.79%) MS Excel
2 10 (5.13%) MS Office
3 4 (2.05%) MS PowerPoint
3 4 (2.05%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.03%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (3.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 20 (10.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (6.15%) Office 365
3 7 (3.59%) G Suite
4 5 (2.56%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (2.56%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (2.05%) SaaS
6 2 (1.03%) IaaS
7 1 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.51%) iTunes
7 1 (0.51%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 60 (30.77%) DNS
2 45 (23.08%) DHCP
3 30 (15.38%) Firewall
4 17 (8.72%) SAN
5 11 (5.64%) LAN
5 11 (5.64%) WAN
6 9 (4.62%) Skype
7 8 (4.10%) Network Security
8 7 (3.59%) Internet
9 6 (3.08%) IP Telephony
9 6 (3.08%) NAS
9 6 (3.08%) TCP/IP
10 5 (2.56%) Cisco IOS
10 5 (2.56%) SMTP
11 4 (2.05%) Kerberos
11 4 (2.05%) LDAP
11 4 (2.05%) VPN
12 3 (1.54%) Intrusion Detection
12 3 (1.54%) MPLS
12 3 (1.54%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (12.31%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.59%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (3.59%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.51%) MySQL
3 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (2.05%) MSI
2 2 (1.03%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.51%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.51%) HP UFT
3 1 (0.51%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.51%) LoadRunner
General
1 33 (16.92%) Finance
2 10 (5.13%) Legal
3 8 (4.10%) Banking
3 8 (4.10%) Law
4 7 (3.59%) Manufacturing
5 4 (2.05%) Electronics
5 4 (2.05%) Marketing
5 4 (2.05%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.54%) Advertising
6 3 (1.54%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.03%) Back Office
7 2 (1.03%) Retail
8 1 (0.51%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.51%) Games
8 1 (0.51%) Military
8 1 (0.51%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 27 (13.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 25 (12.82%) Analyst
2 25 (12.82%) Consultant
3 22 (11.28%) Support Analyst
4 18 (9.23%) Administrator
5 17 (8.72%) Desktop Support
6 16 (8.21%) Desktop Analyst
6 16 (8.21%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 15 (7.69%) Systems Administrator
8 14 (7.18%) SCCM Engineer
8 14 (7.18%) Windows Engineer
9 12 (6.15%) Systems Engineer
10 11 (5.64%) Support Engineer
11 10 (5.13%) VMware Engineer
12 9 (4.62%) 3rd Line Support
13 8 (4.10%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 8 (4.10%) Active Directory Engineer
13 8 (4.10%) Design Engineer
13 8 (4.10%) Server Engineer
14 7 (3.59%) Microsoft Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.54%) OAuth
1 3 (1.54%) SAML
2 2 (1.03%) .NET
2 2 (1.03%) Middleware
2 2 (1.03%) Web Services
3 1 (0.51%) REST
3 1 (0.51%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 19 (9.74%) Data Centre
2 15 (7.69%) Clustering
3 14 (7.18%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (5.64%) Management Information System
5 7 (3.59%) Client/Server
5 7 (3.59%) Cloud Native
5 7 (3.59%) Private Cloud
6 5 (2.56%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (2.05%) EMC VNX
7 4 (2.05%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (2.05%) PKI
8 3 (1.54%) Driving Licence
8 3 (1.54%) Smartphone
9 2 (1.03%) Computer Science
9 2 (1.03%) Life Science
9 2 (1.03%) Replication
10 1 (0.51%) CMDB
10 1 (0.51%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.51%) Mobile App
10 1 (0.51%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 161 (82.56%) Windows
2 100 (51.28%) Windows Server
3 76 (38.97%) Windows Server 2012
4 69 (35.38%) Windows Server 2008
5 50 (25.64%) Windows 7
6 34 (17.44%) Linux
7 31 (15.90%) Windows Server 2003
8 28 (14.36%) Windows 10
9 16 (8.21%) Android
10 13 (6.67%) Windows 8
11 11 (5.64%) Apple iOS
12 9 (4.62%) Mac OS X
13 8 (4.10%) Ubuntu
14 6 (3.08%) Windows Vista
15 5 (2.56%) Unix
16 3 (1.54%) CentOS
17 2 (1.03%) AIX
17 2 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 1 (0.51%) Mac OS
18 1 (0.51%) Mac OS X Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (36.41%) ITIL
2 26 (13.33%) Patch Management
3 18 (9.23%) Change Management
3 18 (9.23%) Software Deployment
4 17 (8.72%) Migration
5 16 (8.21%) Service Management
6 14 (7.18%) Software Distribution
7 13 (6.67%) Configuration Management
8 11 (5.64%) Change Control
8 11 (5.64%) Security Patching
9 9 (4.62%) Application Packaging
9 9 (4.62%) Mobile Device Management
9 9 (4.62%) Virtual Infrastructure
10 8 (4.10%) Infrastructure Management
10 8 (4.10%) ITIL V3
10 8 (4.10%) Problem Management
10 8 (4.10%) Release Management
11 7 (3.59%) DevOps
11 7 (3.59%) Root Cause Analysis
11 7 (3.59%) Translating Business Requirements
Programming Languages
1 69 (35.38%) PowerShell
2 33 (16.92%) SQL
3 21 (10.77%) VB
3 21 (10.77%) VBScript
4 10 (5.13%) Python
5 9 (4.62%) Bash Shell
6 4 (2.05%) C#
6 4 (2.05%) T-SQL
7 3 (1.54%) C
8 2 (1.03%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.03%) Perl
8 2 (1.03%) VB6
9 1 (0.51%) Korn
9 1 (0.51%) PHP
Qualifications
1 33 (16.92%) Security Cleared
2 24 (12.31%) SC Cleared
3 18 (9.23%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (6.67%) Degree
4 13 (6.67%) DV Cleared
5 11 (5.64%) MCSE
6 7 (3.59%) MCITP
7 6 (3.08%) MCP
7 6 (3.08%) MCTS
8 4 (2.05%) A+ Certification
8 4 (2.05%) CISSP
8 4 (2.05%) GCIH
8 4 (2.05%) GIAC
8 4 (2.05%) MCDST
8 4 (2.05%) MCSA
9 2 (1.03%) CCNA
9 2 (1.03%) Cisco Certification
9 2 (1.03%) DBS Check
9 2 (1.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (0.51%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.10%) SLA
2 5 (2.56%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (2.05%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.03%) QA
5 1 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (0.51%) PMO
5 1 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 146 (74.87%) Active Directory
2 47 (24.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (13.33%) Hyper-V
4 23 (11.79%) XenDesktop
5 18 (9.23%) vSphere
6 17 (8.72%) XenApp
7 15 (7.69%) Microsoft App-V
8 13 (6.67%) VMware ESX
9 12 (6.15%) VMware ESXi
10 8 (4.10%) BitLocker
10 8 (4.10%) Xen
11 7 (3.59%) Virtual Machines
12 5 (2.56%) Virtual Servers
12 5 (2.56%) XenServer
13 4 (2.05%) Docker
13 4 (2.05%) VMware Server
14 2 (1.03%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (1.03%) Terminal Services
14 2 (1.03%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 86 (44.10%) SCCM
2 25 (12.82%) SCOM
3 14 (7.18%) McAfee ePO
4 11 (5.64%) Norton AntiVirus
5 9 (4.62%) AirWatch
6 8 (4.10%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 7 (3.59%) Backup Exec
8 6 (3.08%) BladeLogic
8 6 (3.08%) NetBackup
8 6 (3.08%) Puppet
9 5 (2.56%) Sysprep
10 4 (2.05%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 4 (2.05%) NetVault Backup
10 4 (2.05%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 3 (1.54%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 3 (1.54%) Microsoft Intune
12 2 (1.03%) HP Operations Orchestration
12 2 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
12 2 (1.03%) SCOrch
12 2 (1.03%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 116 (59.49%) Microsoft
2 76 (38.97%) VMware
3 54 (27.69%) Citrix
4 37 (18.97%) HP
5 33 (16.92%) Dell
6 31 (15.90%) Cisco
7 24 (12.31%) Symantec
8 22 (11.28%) Intel Security
9 11 (5.64%) Apple
10 9 (4.62%) LANDesk
10 9 (4.62%) NetApp
10 9 (4.62%) Sophos
11 8 (4.10%) Google
11 8 (4.10%) ServiceNow
12 6 (3.08%) Remedy
12 6 (3.08%) SAP
13 5 (2.56%) arcserve
13 5 (2.56%) IBM
13 5 (2.56%) Juniper
13 5 (2.56%) Oracle
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