Period
to 20 July 2018

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 20 July 2018 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 614 656 639
Rank change year-on-year +42 -17 +38
Contract jobs citing WSUS 294 196 281
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.21% 0.26%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.13% 1.86% 2.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 197 127 158
UK median daily rate £335 £330 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.52% -4.35% +7.81%
10th Percentile £180 £200 £250
90th Percentile £493 £475 £469
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £334 £350
% change year-on-year -2.62% -4.64% +16.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 8 29
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.25 £25.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.37% -29.13% +14.44%
10th Percentile £12.35 £13.51 £12.45
90th Percentile £28.25 £44.73 £45.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.75 £16.50 £25.75
% change year-on-year +13.64% -35.92% +14.44%

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 13,790 10,550 12,282
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.24% 11.07% 11.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,166 6,969 7,922
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £602 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £419 £388
% change year-on-year +1.37% +8.19% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 373 233 272
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -15.56% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £12.78
90th Percentile £49.57 £47.90 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £23.25
% change year-on-year - -24.73% +15.18%

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 20 July 2018.

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 20 July 2018.

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 20 July 2018. 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 +83 281 £334 +2.69% 55
UK excluding London +6 197 £325 -2.62% 41
London +8 90 £335 -4.29% 19
South East -22 54 £281 -14.77% 5
Midlands +24 52 £375 +15.38% 8
West Midlands +2 39 £438 +20.69% 6
North of England -10 31 £350 +16.57% 11
South West +7 30 £381 +29.24% 6
East of England +17 24 £325 -23.53% 6
North West -5 21 £325 +8.33% 1
East Midlands +12 13 £317 +44.09% 2
Yorkshire -19 10 £350 +12.00% 10
Wales -10 3 £450 +50.00%
Scotland -59 3 £375 -6.25% 3

For the 6 months to 20 July 2018, 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.

1 260 (88.44%) Windows
2 205 (69.73%) Active Directory
3 179 (60.88%) Microsoft
4 176 (59.86%) Windows Server
5 140 (47.62%) SCCM
6 137 (46.60%) VMware
7 97 (32.99%) Windows Server 2012
8 93 (31.63%) PowerShell
9 91 (30.95%) VMware Infrastructure
10 84 (28.57%) DNS
10 84 (28.57%) ITIL
11 83 (28.23%) Windows 7
12 82 (27.89%) Windows Server 2008
13 72 (24.49%) Hyper-V
14 64 (21.77%) DHCP
15 63 (21.43%) Office 365
16 62 (21.09%) Microsoft Azure
17 61 (20.75%) Security Cleared
18 60 (20.41%) SQL
19 57 (19.39%) Windows 10
20 56 (19.05%) Linux
20 56 (19.05%) MS Exchange
21 55 (18.71%) VMware ESXi
22 54 (18.37%) SQL Server
23 53 (18.03%) Cisco
23 53 (18.03%) Citrix
24 49 (16.67%) McAfee
25 47 (15.99%) Microsoft Certification
26 44 (14.97%) Firewall
27 41 (13.95%) Finance

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 56 (19.05%) MS Exchange
2 36 (12.24%) IIS
3 22 (7.48%) Exchange Server 2010
4 21 (7.14%) SharePoint
5 18 (6.12%) Exchange Server 2013
6 13 (4.42%) Skype for Business
7 12 (4.08%) Apache
8 9 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2007
9 7 (2.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (2.04%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.34%) IBM Domino
11 1 (0.34%) MS Project Server
11 1 (0.34%) OpenStack
Applications
1 31 (10.54%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.34%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.34%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.34%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 63 (21.43%) Office 365
2 62 (21.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 29 (9.86%) IaaS
4 22 (7.48%) PaaS
5 17 (5.78%) SaaS
6 16 (5.44%) Amazon AWS
6 16 (5.44%) Azure Active Directory
6 16 (5.44%) Cloud Computing
7 8 (2.72%) Amazon EC2
7 8 (2.72%) Amazon ELB
7 8 (2.72%) Route 53
7 8 (2.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
8 4 (1.36%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.68%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.34%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.34%) G Suite
10 1 (0.34%) GitHub
10 1 (0.34%) Google Drive
10 1 (0.34%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 84 (28.57%) DNS
2 64 (21.77%) DHCP
3 44 (14.97%) Firewall
4 40 (13.61%) LAN
5 39 (13.27%) SAN
6 28 (9.52%) WAN
7 22 (7.48%) TCP/IP
8 20 (6.80%) VPN
9 11 (3.74%) Internet
10 10 (3.40%) Cisco Firepower
10 10 (3.40%) Wireless
11 8 (2.72%) NAS
12 7 (2.38%) Cisco ASA
13 6 (2.04%) DMZ
13 6 (2.04%) Skype
14 5 (1.70%) Network Security
14 5 (1.70%) Reverse Proxy
14 5 (1.70%) SMS
15 4 (1.36%) Cisco IOS
15 4 (1.36%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (18.37%) SQL Server
2 15 (5.10%) Amazon RDS
3 6 (2.04%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (1.70%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (1.36%) SQLPlus
6 3 (1.02%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (0.68%) Blockchain
7 2 (0.68%) MySQL
7 2 (0.68%) Power BI
8 1 (0.34%) InfluxDB
8 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 25 (8.50%) Visual Studio
2 24 (8.16%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (2.72%) Git (software)
4 7 (2.38%) MSI
4 7 (2.38%) Visual Studio Team System
5 4 (1.36%) WinDbg
6 3 (1.02%) Rational Team Concert
6 3 (1.02%) Subversion
7 2 (0.68%) AdminStudio
7 2 (0.68%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.34%) Gerrit
8 1 (0.34%) Hudson
8 1 (0.34%) InstallShield
8 1 (0.34%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 41 (13.95%) Finance
2 8 (2.72%) Banking
2 8 (2.72%) Retail
3 7 (2.38%) Back Office
4 5 (1.70%) Local Government
4 5 (1.70%) Marketing
5 4 (1.36%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.36%) Military
6 2 (0.68%) Advertising
6 2 (0.68%) Financial Institution
6 2 (0.68%) Law
7 1 (0.34%) Billing
7 1 (0.34%) Electronics
7 1 (0.34%) Front Office
7 1 (0.34%) Publishing
7 1 (0.34%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 43 (14.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 40 (13.61%) Server Engineer
3 33 (11.22%) Analyst
4 32 (10.88%) Windows Engineer
5 30 (10.20%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 30 (10.20%) Support Engineer
6 23 (7.82%) Administrator
7 22 (7.48%) Windows Server Engineer
8 19 (6.46%) DevOps Engineer
8 19 (6.46%) Security Engineer
9 17 (5.78%) Consultant
9 17 (5.78%) Desktop Support
10 15 (5.10%) Citrix Engineer
11 14 (4.76%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
11 14 (4.76%) 3rd Line Support
11 14 (4.76%) Citrix Server Engineer
12 12 (4.08%) Architect
12 12 (4.08%) IT Engineer
12 12 (4.08%) IT Support
12 12 (4.08%) SCCM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (6.46%) .NET
2 8 (2.72%) JSON
2 8 (2.72%) Web Services
3 5 (1.70%) LDAP
3 5 (1.70%) Node.js
4 3 (1.02%) OAuth
4 3 (1.02%) SAML
4 3 (1.02%) XMPP
5 2 (0.68%) Apache Axis
6 1 (0.34%) COM
6 1 (0.34%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (0.34%) REST
6 1 (0.34%) Sensu
6 1 (0.34%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 28 (9.52%) PKI
2 24 (8.16%) Data Centre
3 21 (7.14%) Clustering
4 17 (5.78%) Public Cloud
5 13 (4.42%) Fat Client
5 13 (4.42%) Thin Client
6 10 (3.40%) Blackberry
7 9 (3.06%) User Experience
8 8 (2.72%) Analytical Skills
8 8 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (2.04%) Management Information System
10 5 (1.70%) Replication
11 4 (1.36%) CMDB
12 3 (1.02%) iPhone
13 2 (0.68%) CESG
13 2 (0.68%) Greenfield Project
13 2 (0.68%) Hybrid Cloud
13 2 (0.68%) Microsoft Licensing
13 2 (0.68%) Smartphone
14 1 (0.34%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 260 (88.44%) Windows
2 176 (59.86%) Windows Server
3 97 (32.99%) Windows Server 2012
4 83 (28.23%) Windows 7
5 82 (27.89%) Windows Server 2008
6 57 (19.39%) Windows 10
7 56 (19.05%) Linux
8 41 (13.95%) Windows Server 2003
9 13 (4.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 12 (4.08%) Unix
11 7 (2.38%) Mac OS X
11 7 (2.38%) Solaris
12 6 (2.04%) Windows 8
13 5 (1.70%) Android
13 5 (1.70%) CentOS
13 5 (1.70%) SUSE
13 5 (1.70%) Windows XP
14 4 (1.36%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 4 (1.36%) Ubuntu
15 3 (1.02%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (28.57%) ITIL
2 39 (13.27%) Patch Management
3 33 (11.22%) Migration
4 32 (10.88%) Configuration Management
5 27 (9.18%) Root Cause Analysis
6 26 (8.84%) DevOps
7 24 (8.16%) Change Management
8 22 (7.48%) Agile Software Development
9 18 (6.12%) ITIL V3
9 18 (6.12%) Problem-Solving
10 16 (5.44%) Application Packaging
11 15 (5.10%) Cybersecurity
12 14 (4.76%) Service Management
12 14 (4.76%) Virtual Environments
13 13 (4.42%) Incident Management
13 13 (4.42%) Security Management
14 11 (3.74%) Business Intelligence
14 11 (3.74%) Release Management
15 10 (3.40%) High Availability
15 10 (3.40%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 93 (31.63%) PowerShell
2 60 (20.41%) SQL
3 19 (6.46%) C#
3 19 (6.46%) VBScript
4 17 (5.78%) T-SQL
5 15 (5.10%) Bash Shell
6 10 (3.40%) C
6 10 (3.40%) VB
7 6 (2.04%) JavaScript
8 5 (1.70%) Shell Script
9 4 (1.36%) Python
10 3 (1.02%) Perl
10 3 (1.02%) PHP
11 1 (0.34%) Java
11 1 (0.34%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 61 (20.75%) Security Cleared
2 47 (15.99%) Microsoft Certification
3 40 (13.61%) SC Cleared
4 27 (9.18%) MCSA
5 24 (8.16%) MCSE
6 19 (6.46%) DV Cleared
7 10 (3.40%) MCP
8 9 (3.06%) MCITP
9 8 (2.72%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (2.38%) BPSS Clearance
10 7 (2.38%) CCNA
10 7 (2.38%) Degree
11 6 (2.04%) CCNP
12 5 (1.70%) DBS Check
12 5 (1.70%) MCTS
13 4 (1.36%) A+ Certification
13 4 (1.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 4 (1.36%) Network+ Certification
14 3 (1.02%) BC Cleared
14 3 (1.02%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.06%) SLA
2 6 (2.04%) QA
3 4 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.68%) RMADS
5 1 (0.34%) GDPR
5 1 (0.34%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 205 (69.73%) Active Directory
2 91 (30.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 72 (24.49%) Hyper-V
4 55 (18.71%) VMware ESXi
5 35 (11.90%) vSphere
6 29 (9.86%) Microsoft App-V
7 25 (8.50%) Virtual Machines
8 24 (8.16%) XenServer
9 23 (7.82%) XenDesktop
10 15 (5.10%) XenApp
11 10 (3.40%) Virtual Servers
12 9 (3.06%) BitLocker
12 9 (3.06%) VMware Workstation
13 8 (2.72%) VMware Server
13 8 (2.72%) Xen
14 7 (2.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 6 (2.04%) Docker
15 6 (2.04%) Terminal Services
15 6 (2.04%) Virtual Desktop
16 5 (1.70%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 140 (47.62%) SCCM
2 40 (13.61%) SCOM
3 29 (9.86%) McAfee ePO
4 16 (5.44%) Backup Exec
4 16 (5.44%) vCenter Server
5 10 (3.40%) Microsoft Clustering
6 9 (3.06%) Terraform
7 8 (2.72%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 8 (2.72%) NetBackup
7 8 (2.72%) Single Sign-On
8 6 (2.04%) FortiGate
8 6 (2.04%) Nagios
8 6 (2.04%) Norton AntiVirus
8 6 (2.04%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (2.04%) Puppet
9 5 (1.70%) HP SIM
10 4 (1.36%) Malwarebytes
10 4 (1.36%) Microsoft Intune
10 4 (1.36%) Perfmon
10 4 (1.36%) SafeCom
Vendors
1 179 (60.88%) Microsoft
2 137 (46.60%) VMware
3 53 (18.03%) Cisco
3 53 (18.03%) Citrix
4 49 (16.67%) McAfee
5 29 (9.86%) HP
6 21 (7.14%) Red Hat
7 20 (6.80%) Symantec
8 19 (6.46%) Ivanti
9 16 (5.44%) Splunk
10 15 (5.10%) Sophos
11 12 (4.08%) F5
12 11 (3.74%) CheckPoint
12 11 (3.74%) SolarWinds
13 10 (3.40%) Dell
13 10 (3.40%) IBM
13 10 (3.40%) NetApp
14 9 (3.06%) Veritas
15 8 (2.72%) Qualys
15 8 (2.72%) Wyse