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 22 June 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
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 521 517 538
Rank change year-on-year -4 +21  
Contract jobs citing WSUS 94 128 105
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.24% 0.19%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.85% 2.11% 2.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 58 61
Median daily rate £325 £331 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.88% +3.51%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £217 £229 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £483 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £303 £295
% change year-on-year +4.13% +2.54%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 15 8
Median hourly rate £27.50 £24.06 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -39.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.22 £16.03 £13.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.20 £44.80 £56.66
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £24.06 £40.00
% change year-on-year +14.29% -39.85%  

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 5072 6056 4813
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.82% 11.23% 8.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 3329 3894 2965
Median daily rate £475 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £439 £400 £377
% change year-on-year +9.75% +5.99%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 136 164
Median hourly rate £20.88 £28.75 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.38% +42.43%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £17.45 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £46.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £35.00 £20.19
% change year-on-year -50.00% +73.39%  

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 22 June 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 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 22 June 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 +20 83 £328 -6.42% 24
South East +19 22 £360 -7.69% 2
London -19 18 £345 -8.00% 8
South West +23 17 £298 -45.90% 1
Dorset - 12 £300 -
Berkshire +20 11 £360 -28.00% 1
Bournemouth - 9 £300 -
West Midlands +27 7 £113 -59.09% 4
Yorkshire - 7 £313 - 4
North West +20 5 £301 -10.96% 3
Reading +15 5 £315 -37.00%
East of England -7 5 £475 +190.51% 1
Birmingham +14 4 £400 +45.45% 3
Hertfordshire +3 4 £550 - 1
Maidenhead - 4 £360 -
West Yorkshire - 4 £294 - 2
West Sussex +14 3 £365 -15.11% 1
City of London 0 3 £450 +60.71% 2
Hemel Hempstead - 3 £475 -
Sheffield - 3 £350 -
South Yorkshire - 3 £350 -
Wales - 3 £300 -
Cheshire +24 2 £325 +8.41% 1
Scotland +18 2 - - 2
Hampshire +5 2 £419 +35.08%
Crawley +4 2 £366 - 1
Basingstoke -4 2 £419 -
Bristol -4 2 - -
Wolverhampton - 2 £113 -
Cardiff - 2 £205 -

For the 6 months to 22 June 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.

1 150 (86.21%) Windows
2 127 (72.99%) Active Directory
3 89 (51.15%) Microsoft
4 84 (48.28%) Windows Server
5 74 (42.53%) VMware
6 72 (41.38%) SCCM
7 66 (37.93%) Windows Server 2012
8 61 (35.06%) Windows Server 2008
9 57 (32.76%) DNS
10 56 (32.18%) PowerShell
11 51 (29.31%) ITIL
12 48 (27.59%) DHCP
13 41 (23.56%) Windows 7
14 35 (20.11%) VMware Infrastructure
15 34 (19.54%) MS Exchange
15 34 (19.54%) SQL
16 32 (18.39%) Cisco
17 31 (17.82%) SAN
17 31 (17.82%) Windows Server 2003
18 30 (17.24%) Citrix
18 30 (17.24%) Linux
19 29 (16.67%) Windows 10
20 28 (16.09%) Hyper-V
20 28 (16.09%) Finance
21 27 (15.52%) SQL Server
22 26 (14.94%) LAN
22 26 (14.94%) Security Cleared
22 26 (14.94%) Patch Management
23 25 (14.37%) Migration
24 23 (13.22%) Firewall

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 34 (19.54%) MS Exchange
2 18 (10.34%) Exchange Server 2010
3 15 (8.62%) Exchange Server 2013
4 13 (7.47%) IIS
5 11 (6.32%) SharePoint
6 9 (5.17%) Exchange Server 2007
7 7 (4.02%) Skype for Business
8 4 (2.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (2.30%) Tomcat
9 3 (1.72%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (1.72%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (1.15%) Apache
11 1 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 14 (8.05%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.72%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.57%) Acrobat
3 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.57%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (3.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.57%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.57%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 15 (8.62%) Office 365
2 11 (6.32%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (4.02%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.72%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.57%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (0.57%) AWS CloudFormation
5 1 (0.57%) G Suite
5 1 (0.57%) IaaS
5 1 (0.57%) iTunes
5 1 (0.57%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.57%) SaaS
5 1 (0.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 57 (32.76%) DNS
2 48 (27.59%) DHCP
3 31 (17.82%) SAN
4 26 (14.94%) LAN
5 23 (13.22%) Firewall
6 18 (10.34%) WAN
7 14 (8.05%) Remote Desktop
7 14 (8.05%) VPN
8 13 (7.47%) TCP/IP
9 10 (5.75%) Internet
10 9 (5.17%) Cisco IOS
10 9 (5.17%) SMTP
11 8 (4.60%) Cisco ASA
11 8 (4.60%) NAS
12 7 (4.02%) IP Telephony
13 6 (3.45%) Skype
14 5 (2.87%) Network Security
15 4 (2.30%) MPLS
16 3 (1.72%) FTP
16 3 (1.72%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (15.52%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.30%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.15%) MySQL
3 2 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.15%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 3 (1.72%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.57%) HP UFT
2 1 (0.57%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.57%) LoadRunner
2 1 (0.57%) TestDirector
General
1 28 (16.09%) Finance
2 7 (4.02%) Manufacturing
2 7 (4.02%) Telecoms
3 6 (3.45%) Back Office
4 5 (2.87%) Electronics
5 4 (2.30%) Marketing
6 2 (1.15%) Legal
6 2 (1.15%) Retail
7 1 (0.57%) Banking
7 1 (0.57%) Law
7 1 (0.57%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 33 (18.97%) Consultant
2 27 (15.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 23 (13.22%) Analyst
4 16 (9.20%) Support Engineer
5 15 (8.62%) Windows Consultant
6 14 (8.05%) 3rd Line Support
6 14 (8.05%) Desktop Support
6 14 (8.05%) Support Analyst
6 14 (8.05%) Windows Engineer
7 12 (6.90%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 12 (6.90%) VMware Engineer
8 11 (6.32%) Server Engineer
9 10 (5.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 9 (5.17%) Active Directory Consultant
10 9 (5.17%) Administrator
10 9 (5.17%) Infrastructure Support
11 8 (4.60%) Active Directory Engineer
11 8 (4.60%) SCCM Engineer
11 8 (4.60%) Server Support
12 7 (4.02%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.15%) .NET
1 2 (1.15%) Web Services
2 1 (0.57%) Elastic Stack
2 1 (0.57%) Middleware
2 1 (0.57%) WAP
2 1 (0.57%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 18 (10.34%) Clustering
2 14 (8.05%) Data Centre
3 13 (7.47%) Analytical Skills
4 10 (5.75%) Management Information System
5 8 (4.60%) Client/Server
6 6 (3.45%) PKI
6 6 (3.45%) Replication
7 4 (2.30%) Blackberry
7 4 (2.30%) EMC VNX
7 4 (2.30%) Fat Client
7 4 (2.30%) Private Cloud
7 4 (2.30%) Thin Client
8 3 (1.72%) Computer Science
8 3 (1.72%) HP Storage
8 3 (1.72%) iPad
8 3 (1.72%) VAX
9 2 (1.15%) Driving Licence
9 2 (1.15%) Life Science
9 2 (1.15%) NHS
9 2 (1.15%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 150 (86.21%) Windows
2 84 (48.28%) Windows Server
3 66 (37.93%) Windows Server 2012
4 61 (35.06%) Windows Server 2008
5 41 (23.56%) Windows 7
6 31 (17.82%) Windows Server 2003
7 30 (17.24%) Linux
8 29 (16.67%) Windows 10
9 14 (8.05%) Windows 8
10 10 (5.75%) Android
11 9 (5.17%) Unix
12 6 (3.45%) Windows 2000 Server
12 6 (3.45%) Windows Vista
13 5 (2.87%) CentOS
14 4 (2.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (1.72%) AIX
15 3 (1.72%) Mac OS X
16 2 (1.15%) Ubuntu
16 2 (1.15%) Windows XP
17 1 (0.57%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (29.31%) ITIL
2 26 (14.94%) Patch Management
3 25 (14.37%) Migration
4 19 (10.92%) Service Management
5 15 (8.62%) Change Management
6 14 (8.05%) Disaster Recovery
6 14 (8.05%) Security Patching
7 13 (7.47%) Mobile Device Management
8 11 (6.32%) Application Packaging
8 11 (6.32%) Software Deployment
9 9 (5.17%) Change Control
9 9 (5.17%) Infrastructure Monitoring
9 9 (5.17%) Problem Management
9 9 (5.17%) Server Building
10 8 (4.60%) Configuration Management
10 8 (4.60%) Customer Engagement
11 7 (4.02%) ITSM
12 6 (3.45%) Task Automation
12 6 (3.45%) Virtual Infrastructure
13 5 (2.87%) Cybersecurity
Programming Languages
1 56 (32.18%) PowerShell
2 34 (19.54%) SQL
3 20 (11.49%) VB
4 18 (10.34%) VBScript
5 3 (1.72%) Bash Shell
5 3 (1.72%) C
5 3 (1.72%) C#
5 3 (1.72%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.15%) Java
6 2 (1.15%) Python
6 2 (1.15%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.15%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.57%) Perl
Qualifications
1 26 (14.94%) Security Cleared
2 19 (10.92%) Microsoft Certification
3 14 (8.05%) Degree
3 14 (8.05%) DV Cleared
4 12 (6.90%) MCITP
4 12 (6.90%) SC Cleared
5 9 (5.17%) MCSE
6 8 (4.60%) MCTS
7 5 (2.87%) CCNA
7 5 (2.87%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (2.30%) MCSA
8 4 (2.30%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (1.72%) CCNP
10 2 (1.15%) CISSP
10 2 (1.15%) DBS Check
10 2 (1.15%) GCIH
10 2 (1.15%) MCDST
10 2 (1.15%) MCP
11 1 (0.57%) GISP
11 1 (0.57%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.02%) SLA
2 5 (2.87%) COBIT
3 3 (1.72%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.57%) COSO
5 1 (0.57%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.57%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (0.57%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.57%) PMO
5 1 (0.57%) RMADS
System Software
1 127 (72.99%) Active Directory
2 35 (20.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (16.09%) Hyper-V
4 17 (9.77%) Microsoft App-V
4 17 (9.77%) vSphere
5 13 (7.47%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (4.60%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (4.02%) XenApp
8 6 (3.45%) Terminal Services
8 6 (3.45%) XenDesktop
9 4 (2.30%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (1.72%) BitLocker
10 3 (1.72%) DFS Replication
10 3 (1.72%) vCloud
10 3 (1.72%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (1.72%) VMware Server
11 2 (1.15%) Terminal Server
11 2 (1.15%) Virtual Desktop
11 2 (1.15%) XenServer
12 1 (0.57%) UAG
Systems Management
1 72 (41.38%) SCCM
2 15 (8.62%) SCOM
3 14 (8.05%) McAfee ePO
4 13 (7.47%) Norton AntiVirus
5 11 (6.32%) Backup Exec
6 10 (5.75%) NetBackup
7 9 (5.17%) AirWatch
8 7 (4.02%) BladeLogic
9 6 (3.45%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 5 (2.87%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 5 (2.87%) Puppet
11 4 (2.30%) HP SIM
11 4 (2.30%) SafeCom
12 3 (1.72%) Microsoft Clustering
13 2 (1.15%) Failover Clustering
13 2 (1.15%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 2 (1.15%) HP Data Protector
13 2 (1.15%) HP Quality Center
13 2 (1.15%) SmoothWall
13 2 (1.15%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 89 (51.15%) Microsoft
2 74 (42.53%) VMware
3 32 (18.39%) Cisco
4 30 (17.24%) Citrix
5 21 (12.07%) HP
5 21 (12.07%) McAfee
5 21 (12.07%) Symantec
6 15 (8.62%) Veeam
7 12 (6.90%) Dell
8 9 (5.17%) MobileIron
9 8 (4.60%) IBM
9 8 (4.60%) NetApp
9 8 (4.60%) Oracle
9 8 (4.60%) Sophos
10 7 (4.02%) SAP
11 6 (3.45%) Remedy
11 6 (3.45%) SolarWinds
12 5 (2.87%) Nimble Storage
12 5 (2.87%) Red Hat
13 4 (2.30%) Sage
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