Period
to 25 July 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 25 July 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
25 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 647 647 671
Rank change year-on-year 0 +24 -15
Contract jobs citing WSUS 195 269 220
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.24% 0.19%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.92% 2.29% 2.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 151 140
UK median daily rate £330 £338 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.22% +5.47% -1.54%
10th Percentile £196 £250 £200
90th Percentile £450 £469 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £330 £300
% change year-on-year - +10.00% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 28 26
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £24.91 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.69% +10.69% +7.14%
10th Percentile £13.51 £12.30 £13.36
90th Percentile £45.05 £44.95 £45.92
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.11 £24.91 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.31% +10.69% +7.14%

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 10130 11767 9741
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.65% 10.71% 8.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 6700 7604 5936
UK median daily rate £460 £425 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.24% +7.59% +5.33%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £216
90th Percentile £600 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £388 £363
% change year-on-year +8.39% +6.90% +7.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 221 258 344
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £22.50 £20.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +11.82% +3.19%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.68 £12.00
90th Percentile £47.00 £44.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £22.50 £20.19
% change year-on-year -22.22% +11.47% +0.93%

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 25 July 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 25 July 2017.

Contractor 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 25 July 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 -2 165 £320 -5.19% 32
UK excluding London +35 152 £330 - 23
South East +20 56 £330 -13.16% 6
London -38 34 £350 +3.70% 10
South West +15 30 £298 -17.93% 3
North of England +60 19 £301 -4.60% 7
Scotland +35 19 £400 +31.15% 1
Midlands +28 15 £220 -29.60% 4
North West +31 12 £300 -7.62% 3
West Midlands +30 11 £219 -30.00% 3
East of England -20 10 £425 +129.73% 2
Yorkshire +27 7 £313 +13.64% 4
East Midlands - 4 £220 - 1
Wales - 3 £300 -

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

1 167 (85.64%) Windows
2 136 (69.74%) Active Directory
3 107 (54.87%) Windows Server
4 96 (49.23%) Microsoft
5 79 (40.51%) SCCM
6 78 (40.00%) VMware
7 73 (37.44%) PowerShell
8 69 (35.38%) Windows Server 2012
9 63 (32.31%) DNS
10 60 (30.77%) DHCP
11 58 (29.74%) Windows Server 2008
12 54 (27.69%) ITIL
13 43 (22.05%) Linux
13 43 (22.05%) SQL
13 43 (22.05%) MS Exchange
13 43 (22.05%) VMware Infrastructure
13 43 (22.05%) Windows 7
14 39 (20.00%) Windows 10
15 36 (18.46%) Citrix
15 36 (18.46%) SAN
16 35 (17.95%) Cisco
17 33 (16.92%) Security Cleared
18 30 (15.38%) Hyper-V
18 30 (15.38%) SQL Server
18 30 (15.38%) Microsoft App-V
18 30 (15.38%) Firewall
18 30 (15.38%) Migration
19 28 (14.36%) Windows Server 2003
20 27 (13.85%) Finance
21 26 (13.33%) IIS

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 43 (22.05%) MS Exchange
2 26 (13.33%) IIS
3 22 (11.28%) Exchange Server 2010
4 16 (8.21%) Exchange Server 2013
5 14 (7.18%) SharePoint
6 11 (5.64%) Exchange Server 2007
7 10 (5.13%) Skype for Business
8 6 (3.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 6 (3.08%) SharePoint 2010
8 6 (3.08%) Tomcat
9 2 (1.03%) Apache
9 2 (1.03%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 17 (8.72%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.54%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.51%) Acrobat
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.51%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.03%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.51%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.51%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 23 (11.79%) Office 365
2 13 (6.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (4.10%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (2.05%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (1.03%) G Suite
6 1 (0.51%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.51%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.51%) SaaS
6 1 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 63 (32.31%) DNS
2 60 (30.77%) DHCP
3 36 (18.46%) SAN
4 30 (15.38%) Firewall
5 26 (13.33%) LAN
6 22 (11.28%) VPN
7 16 (8.21%) WAN
8 15 (7.69%) Remote Desktop
9 13 (6.67%) HTTP
10 11 (5.64%) Cisco ASA
10 11 (5.64%) Internet
10 11 (5.64%) SSL
10 11 (5.64%) TCP/IP
11 10 (5.13%) Cisco IOS
11 10 (5.13%) HTTPS
11 10 (5.13%) NAS
11 10 (5.13%) Skype
11 10 (5.13%) SMTP
12 7 (3.59%) IP Telephony
13 5 (2.56%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.05%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.03%) MySQL
3 2 (1.03%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.03%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 3 (1.54%) MSI
1 3 (1.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.51%) HP UFT
2 1 (0.51%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.51%) LoadRunner
2 1 (0.51%) TestDirector
General
1 27 (13.85%) Finance
2 7 (3.59%) Manufacturing
3 6 (3.08%) Back Office
3 6 (3.08%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.05%) Electronics
5 3 (1.54%) Marketing
5 3 (1.54%) Retail
6 1 (0.51%) Legal
6 1 (0.51%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 34 (17.44%) Consultant
2 29 (14.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 20 (10.26%) Support Engineer
4 19 (9.74%) Analyst
5 15 (7.69%) Windows Consultant
6 14 (7.18%) Server Engineer
6 14 (7.18%) Windows Engineer
7 13 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
7 13 (6.67%) Administrator
8 12 (6.15%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 12 (6.15%) IT Engineer
9 11 (5.64%) Desktop Support
9 11 (5.64%) VMware Engineer
10 10 (5.13%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 9 (4.62%) Infrastructure Support
11 9 (4.62%) IT Support
11 9 (4.62%) Server Support
11 9 (4.62%) Support Analyst
12 8 (4.10%) Active Directory Consultant
13 7 (3.59%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.54%) Software Packaging
2 2 (1.03%) .NET
3 1 (0.51%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (0.51%) Middleware
3 1 (0.51%) WAP
3 1 (0.51%) Web Services
3 1 (0.51%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 20 (10.26%) Clustering
2 15 (7.69%) Data Centre
3 10 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (4.10%) CMDB
5 7 (3.59%) Management Information System
6 6 (3.08%) Blackberry
6 6 (3.08%) Client/Server
6 6 (3.08%) PKI
7 5 (2.56%) Fat Client
7 5 (2.56%) Thin Client
8 4 (2.05%) EMC VNX
8 4 (2.05%) Replication
9 3 (1.54%) Computer Science
9 3 (1.54%) Driving Licence
9 3 (1.54%) HP Storage
9 3 (1.54%) iPad
9 3 (1.54%) Life Science
9 3 (1.54%) VAX
10 2 (1.03%) Private Cloud
10 2 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 167 (85.64%) Windows
2 107 (54.87%) Windows Server
3 69 (35.38%) Windows Server 2012
4 58 (29.74%) Windows Server 2008
5 43 (22.05%) Linux
5 43 (22.05%) Windows 7
6 39 (20.00%) Windows 10
7 28 (14.36%) Windows Server 2003
8 12 (6.15%) Android
9 9 (4.62%) Unix
9 9 (4.62%) Windows 8
10 6 (3.08%) Windows 2000 Server
11 5 (2.56%) CentOS
12 4 (2.05%) Mac OS X
13 3 (1.54%) AIX
13 3 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (1.03%) Solaris
14 2 (1.03%) Ubuntu
14 2 (1.03%) Windows XP
15 1 (0.51%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (27.69%) ITIL
2 30 (15.38%) Migration
3 22 (11.28%) Change Management
4 20 (10.26%) Patch Management
5 18 (9.23%) Configuration Management
6 16 (8.21%) Virtual Infrastructure
7 15 (7.69%) Disaster Recovery
7 15 (7.69%) Mobile Device Management
7 15 (7.69%) Service Management
8 10 (5.13%) Infrastructure Monitoring
8 10 (5.13%) Prototyping
9 9 (4.62%) Application Packaging
9 9 (4.62%) Server Patching
9 9 (4.62%) Software Distribution
9 9 (4.62%) Virtual Environments
10 8 (4.10%) Customer Engagement
10 8 (4.10%) Security Patching
10 8 (4.10%) Server Building
10 8 (4.10%) Software Deployment
10 8 (4.10%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 73 (37.44%) PowerShell
2 43 (22.05%) SQL
3 17 (8.72%) VB
4 14 (7.18%) VBScript
5 3 (1.54%) Bash Shell
5 3 (1.54%) C
5 3 (1.54%) C#
5 3 (1.54%) T-SQL
6 2 (1.03%) Java
6 2 (1.03%) Python
6 2 (1.03%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.03%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.51%) Perl
Qualifications
1 33 (16.92%) Security Cleared
2 20 (10.26%) Microsoft Certification
3 17 (8.72%) SC Cleared
4 15 (7.69%) DV Cleared
5 13 (6.67%) Degree
5 13 (6.67%) MCITP
6 10 (5.13%) MCSE
7 8 (4.10%) MCTS
8 6 (3.08%) CCNA
8 6 (3.08%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (2.05%) MCSA
9 4 (2.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (1.54%) CCNP
10 3 (1.54%) CISSP
11 2 (1.03%) DBS Check
11 2 (1.03%) GCIH
11 2 (1.03%) MCP
12 1 (0.51%) GISP
12 1 (0.51%) PCI QSA
12 1 (0.51%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.08%) PCI DSS
2 5 (2.56%) COBIT
2 5 (2.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (2.05%) SLA
4 3 (1.54%) QA
5 2 (1.03%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (1.03%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.51%) COSO
6 1 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.51%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.51%) PMO
6 1 (0.51%) RMADS
System Software
1 136 (69.74%) Active Directory
2 43 (22.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (15.38%) Hyper-V
3 30 (15.38%) Microsoft App-V
4 21 (10.77%) vSphere
5 15 (7.69%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (4.10%) Virtual Machines
6 8 (4.10%) XenApp
7 7 (3.59%) Terminal Services
7 7 (3.59%) XenDesktop
8 5 (2.56%) VMware Workstation
9 4 (2.05%) vCloud
10 3 (1.54%) BitLocker
10 3 (1.54%) DFS Replication
10 3 (1.54%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (1.54%) VMware Server
11 2 (1.03%) Forefront TMG
11 2 (1.03%) Terminal Server
11 2 (1.03%) Virtual Desktop
11 2 (1.03%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 79 (40.51%) SCCM
2 16 (8.21%) Norton AntiVirus
2 16 (8.21%) Puppet
3 15 (7.69%) SCOM
4 14 (7.18%) McAfee ePO
5 12 (6.15%) Backup Exec
6 11 (5.64%) NetBackup
7 10 (5.13%) AirWatch
8 8 (4.10%) Nmap
8 8 (4.10%) OpenVAS
9 6 (3.08%) vCenter Server
10 5 (2.56%) Microsoft Clustering
10 5 (2.56%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 5 (2.56%) SafeCom
11 4 (2.05%) HP SIM
11 4 (2.05%) Nagios
12 3 (1.54%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 3 (1.54%) HP Data Protector
12 3 (1.54%) Opscode Chef
12 3 (1.54%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 96 (49.23%) Microsoft
2 78 (40.00%) VMware
3 36 (18.46%) Citrix
4 35 (17.95%) Cisco
5 25 (12.82%) McAfee
5 25 (12.82%) Symantec
6 15 (7.69%) HP
6 15 (7.69%) Veeam
7 12 (6.15%) Dell
7 12 (6.15%) NetApp
8 10 (5.13%) MobileIron
8 10 (5.13%) Oracle
9 9 (4.62%) IBM
9 9 (4.62%) Sophos
10 7 (3.59%) SolarWinds
11 6 (3.08%) SAP
12 5 (2.56%) Apple
12 5 (2.56%) Nimble Storage
12 5 (2.56%) Wyse
13 4 (2.05%) Dell Compellent
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