Period
to 17 October 2019

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 17 October 2019 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
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 570 636 655
Rank change year-on-year +66 +19 -25
Contract jobs citing WSUS 242 280 218
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.27% 0.22%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.94% 1.93% 1.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 152 182 129
UK median daily rate £400 £350 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +2.94% +4.62%
10th Percentile £187 £200 £161
90th Percentile £538 £488 £453
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £335 £335
% change year-on-year +26.87% - +6.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 12 21
UK median hourly rate £40.75 £18.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +117.33% -6.25% -53.49%
10th Percentile £17.50 £12.53 £13.51
90th Percentile £47.88 £28.25 £31.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.75 £18.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year +117.33% -6.25% -53.49%

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 12,462 14,535 11,447
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.65% 14.09% 11.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,417 9,783 7,604
UK median daily rate £500 £498 £469
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.50% +6.13% +9.01%
10th Percentile £275 £290 £263
90th Percentile £675 £650 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £430 £413
% change year-on-year +4.65% +4.24% +5.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 390 271
UK median hourly rate £21.15 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.86% - -29.29%
10th Percentile £12.76 £12.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.90 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +19.40% +9.38% -40.74%

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 17 October 2019.

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 17 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Top 16 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 17 October 2019. 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 +49 226 £400 +14.29% 88
UK excluding London +55 163 £425 +26.87% 82
London +61 74 £288 -23.33% 13
South East +38 57 £450 +67.29% 20
South West +17 47 £450 +38.46% 14
Midlands +17 21 £438 +16.67% 14
North of England +23 18 £375 +7.14% 16
West Midlands +10 15 £425 +6.25% 8
North West +30 13 £375 +17.19% 9
East of England +24 8 £400 +18.37% 11
East Midlands +30 6 £450 +41.07% 6
Wales +23 6 £460 +31.43% 3
Scotland +31 5 £363 -3.33% 3
Yorkshire +18 4 £233 -33.57% 5
Channel Islands - 2 £400 -
North East - 1 £147 - 2

For the 6 months to 17 October 2019, 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.

1 196 (80.99%) Windows
2 158 (65.29%) Active Directory
3 135 (55.79%) Microsoft
4 133 (54.96%) Windows Server
5 115 (47.52%) VMware
6 110 (45.45%) SCCM
7 92 (38.02%) Windows Server 2012
8 74 (30.58%) Security Cleared
9 73 (30.17%) PowerShell
10 71 (29.34%) DNS
11 69 (28.51%) DHCP
12 68 (28.10%) Windows 10
13 67 (27.69%) Hyper-V
14 60 (24.79%) Office 365
15 59 (24.38%) VMware Infrastructure
16 57 (23.55%) Windows Server 2008
17 50 (20.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 49 (20.25%) VMware ESXi
19 48 (19.83%) DV Cleared
20 47 (19.42%) HP
20 47 (19.42%) ITIL
21 46 (19.01%) Firewall
21 46 (19.01%) Azure
22 44 (18.18%) Cisco
23 41 (16.94%) SCOM
24 36 (14.88%) Windows 7
25 35 (14.46%) Microsoft App-V
26 34 (14.05%) SQL Server
26 34 (14.05%) Linux
27 33 (13.64%) MS Exchange

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 33 (13.64%) MS Exchange
2 31 (12.81%) SharePoint
3 22 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2013
4 19 (7.85%) Exchange Server 2010
5 17 (7.02%) IIS
6 10 (4.13%) Skype for Business
7 6 (2.48%) SharePoint Server
8 5 (2.07%) Apache
8 5 (2.07%) OpenStack
8 5 (2.07%) Tomcat
9 4 (1.65%) Confluence
9 4 (1.65%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (1.65%) nginx
10 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 16 (6.61%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.24%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.41%) FileZilla
Business Applications
1 1 (0.41%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 60 (24.79%) Office 365
2 46 (19.01%) Azure
3 26 (10.74%) AWS
4 4 (1.65%) IaaS
4 4 (1.65%) OneDrive
5 3 (1.24%) GCP
5 3 (1.24%) PaaS
5 3 (1.24%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 2 (0.83%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.83%) Dropbox
6 2 (0.83%) G Suite
6 2 (0.83%) SaaS
6 2 (0.83%) Slack
6 2 (0.83%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 71 (29.34%) DNS
2 69 (28.51%) DHCP
3 46 (19.01%) Firewall
4 33 (13.64%) LAN
5 27 (11.16%) SAN
5 27 (11.16%) WAN
6 19 (7.85%) VPN
7 15 (6.20%) Cisco ASA
8 12 (4.96%) NaaS
9 11 (4.55%) TCP/IP
10 10 (4.13%) Remote Desktop
11 9 (3.72%) MPLS
11 9 (3.72%) Wireless
12 8 (3.31%) VLAN
12 8 (3.31%) Wi-Fi
12 8 (3.31%) WLAN
13 7 (2.89%) SSH
14 6 (2.48%) 802.11
14 6 (2.48%) Ethernet
14 6 (2.48%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (14.05%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.89%) MySQL
2 7 (2.89%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (1.65%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (1.65%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (1.65%) SQL Server 2005
3 4 (1.65%) SQL Server 2014
3 4 (1.65%) SQL Server 2017
4 3 (1.24%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.41%) EDMS
5 1 (0.41%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 18 (7.44%) MSI
2 11 (4.55%) Git (software)
2 11 (4.55%) JIRA
2 11 (4.55%) Metasploit
3 6 (2.48%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (2.07%) WinDbg
5 4 (1.65%) InstallShield
5 4 (1.65%) Subversion
6 3 (1.24%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.41%) ClearCase
7 1 (0.41%) ClearQuest
7 1 (0.41%) Fiddler
7 1 (0.41%) JMeter
7 1 (0.41%) Selenium
7 1 (0.41%) TeamCity
General
1 17 (7.02%) Finance
2 15 (6.20%) Public Sector
3 14 (5.79%) Law
4 13 (5.37%) Legal
5 9 (3.72%) Telecoms
6 5 (2.07%) Financial Institution
7 4 (1.65%) Automotive
7 4 (1.65%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.65%) Retail
8 3 (1.24%) Back Office
8 3 (1.24%) Banking
8 3 (1.24%) Military
9 2 (0.83%) Advertising
9 2 (0.83%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.41%) Electronics
10 1 (0.41%) Games
10 1 (0.41%) Local Government
10 1 (0.41%) Marketing
10 1 (0.41%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 39 (16.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 28 (11.57%) Analyst
3 24 (9.92%) IT Engineer
4 23 (9.50%) Server Engineer
5 22 (9.09%) Support Engineer
6 21 (8.68%) Infrastructure Support
7 19 (7.85%) Support Analyst
8 18 (7.44%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 17 (7.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 16 (6.61%) Administrator
10 16 (6.61%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
11 15 (6.20%) Windows Engineer
12 14 (5.79%) IT Support
13 13 (5.37%) Applications Packager
13 13 (5.37%) Systems Administrator
14 12 (4.96%) Consultant
15 11 (4.55%) Field Engineer
15 11 (4.55%) Tester
16 10 (4.13%) 3rd Line Support
17 9 (3.72%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (4.55%) Gherkin
2 8 (3.31%) 802.1X
3 7 (2.89%) .NET
4 3 (1.24%) AngularJS
4 3 (1.24%) Django
4 3 (1.24%) LDAP
4 3 (1.24%) Middleware
4 3 (1.24%) React
4 3 (1.24%) Software Packaging
5 2 (0.83%) D3.js
5 2 (0.83%) Elastic Stack
5 2 (0.83%) LAMP
5 2 (0.83%) OpenLayers
5 2 (0.83%) Vue.js
6 1 (0.41%) COM
6 1 (0.41%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 28 (11.57%) Clustering
1 28 (11.57%) Management Information System
2 26 (10.74%) User Experience
3 25 (10.33%) Analytical Skills
4 22 (9.09%) Data Centre
5 11 (4.55%) Public Cloud
6 8 (3.31%) Client/Server
7 7 (2.89%) Driving Licence
7 7 (2.89%) PKI
8 5 (2.07%) Blackberry
8 5 (2.07%) CMDB
9 4 (1.65%) Self-Motivation
10 3 (1.24%) Acoustics
10 3 (1.24%) Algorithms
10 3 (1.24%) Fat Client
10 3 (1.24%) HP StoreVirtual
10 3 (1.24%) Replication
10 3 (1.24%) Thin Client
11 2 (0.83%) Life Science
11 2 (0.83%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 196 (80.99%) Windows
2 133 (54.96%) Windows Server
3 92 (38.02%) Windows Server 2012
4 68 (28.10%) Windows 10
5 57 (23.55%) Windows Server 2008
6 36 (14.88%) Windows 7
7 34 (14.05%) Linux
8 19 (7.85%) Windows Server 2003
9 16 (6.61%) Windows XP
10 15 (6.20%) Windows 8
11 13 (5.37%) CentOS
12 9 (3.72%) Ubuntu
13 7 (2.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 6 (2.48%) Mac OS X
15 5 (2.07%) Debian
16 4 (1.65%) Apple iOS
16 4 (1.65%) Mac OS
16 4 (1.65%) Solaris
16 4 (1.65%) Unix
17 3 (1.24%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (20.66%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 47 (19.42%) ITIL
3 21 (8.68%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (8.68%) Data Protection
3 21 (8.68%) Patch Management
3 21 (8.68%) Problem Management
3 21 (8.68%) Problem-Solving
4 19 (7.85%) Configuration Management
4 19 (7.85%) Service Management
5 18 (7.44%) Application Packaging
5 18 (7.44%) Information Security
6 15 (6.20%) Application Virtualisation
6 15 (6.20%) Mentoring
6 15 (6.20%) Migration
6 15 (6.20%) Service Delivery
7 14 (5.79%) Project Management
8 13 (5.37%) Change Management
8 13 (5.37%) Information Security Management
8 13 (5.37%) ISMS
8 13 (5.37%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 73 (30.17%) PowerShell
2 31 (12.81%) SQL
3 23 (9.50%) Java
4 19 (7.85%) Python
5 14 (5.79%) C#
6 9 (3.72%) C
7 8 (3.31%) VBScript
8 5 (2.07%) Bash Shell
9 4 (1.65%) JavaScript
10 2 (0.83%) PHP
10 2 (0.83%) Ruby
10 2 (0.83%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.41%) Perl
Qualifications
1 74 (30.58%) Security Cleared
2 48 (19.83%) DV Cleared
3 27 (11.16%) SC Cleared
4 24 (9.92%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (6.61%) MCSA
6 14 (5.79%) CCNA
6 14 (5.79%) Cisco Certification
7 13 (5.37%) MCITP
8 9 (3.72%) Degree
8 9 (3.72%) MCSE
9 4 (1.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 3 (1.24%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (1.24%) DBS Check
10 3 (1.24%) IISP
10 3 (1.24%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (1.24%) RHCE
11 2 (0.83%) MCP
12 1 (0.41%) MCTS
12 1 (0.41%) Novell Certification
12 1 (0.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (5.37%) SLA
2 6 (2.48%) Cyber Essentials
3 5 (2.07%) QA
4 3 (1.24%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.24%) Government Security Classifications
4 3 (1.24%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 3 (1.24%) JSP 440
4 3 (1.24%) NCSC
5 1 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 158 (65.29%) Active Directory
2 67 (27.69%) Hyper-V
3 59 (24.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 49 (20.25%) VMware ESXi
5 35 (14.46%) Microsoft App-V
6 25 (10.33%) Virtual Machines
7 22 (9.09%) vSphere
8 21 (8.68%) Virtual Desktop
9 17 (7.02%) DFS Replication
10 12 (4.96%) Virtual Servers
11 10 (4.13%) XenApp
12 6 (2.48%) Xen
12 6 (2.48%) XenDesktop
13 5 (2.07%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 5 (2.07%) vCloud
14 4 (1.65%) Docker
14 4 (1.65%) pfSense
14 4 (1.65%) VMware Server
15 3 (1.24%) BitLocker
16 2 (0.83%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 110 (45.45%) SCCM
2 41 (16.94%) SCOM
3 24 (9.92%) Microsoft Clustering
4 23 (9.50%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 15 (6.20%) Nessus
6 14 (5.79%) Red Hat Satellite
6 14 (5.79%) SCDPM
7 13 (5.37%) Failover Clustering
7 13 (5.37%) SCSM
7 13 (5.37%) SCVMM
8 11 (4.55%) Nmap
9 10 (4.13%) Ansible
9 10 (4.13%) Norton AntiVirus
10 8 (3.31%) vCenter Server
11 7 (2.89%) Microsoft Intune
11 7 (2.89%) vMotion
12 6 (2.48%) Backup Exec
12 6 (2.48%) McAfee ePO
12 6 (2.48%) Nagios
12 6 (2.48%) Puppet
Vendors
1 135 (55.79%) Microsoft
2 115 (47.52%) VMware
3 47 (19.42%) HP
4 44 (18.18%) Cisco
5 31 (12.81%) Citrix
6 22 (9.09%) Red Hat
7 20 (8.26%) McAfee
7 20 (8.26%) Veeam
8 19 (7.85%) Sophos
9 16 (6.61%) Meraki
10 15 (6.20%) Dell
11 14 (5.79%) Ivanti
12 13 (5.37%) Adobe
12 13 (5.37%) Sony
12 13 (5.37%) Splunk
13 12 (4.96%) Symantec
14 11 (4.55%) BMC
14 11 (4.55%) F5
14 11 (4.55%) Lumension
14 11 (4.55%) Tripwire