Period
to 23 January 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 23 January 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
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 665 621 668
Rank change year-on-year -44 +47 +50
Contract jobs citing WSUS 203 235 199
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.24% 0.19%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.76% 2.29% 2.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 145 108
UK median daily rate £350 £326 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.53% -1.36% +1.54%
10th Percentile £155 £181 £210
90th Percentile £530 £488 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +5.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 12 20
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £45.75 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -56.28% +63.39% +6.67%
10th Percentile £14.95 £43.25 £14.86
90th Percentile £27.80 £48.58 £45.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £45.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -55.56% +28.57% +33.33%

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 11,563 10,251 9,145
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.50% 10.67% 8.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,888 6,549 5,625
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +7.14% +5.00%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £238
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 277 250 328
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% - -
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.73 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.75 £47.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.60 £19.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year -20.03% +4.00% -8.54%

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 23 January 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 23 January 2018.

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 23 January 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 -56 178 £350 +5.74% 72
UK excluding London -15 132 £350 +7.69% 59
London -36 69 £425 +21.43% 15
Midlands +24 33 £320 -28.89% 10
South East -46 30 £350 +7.69% 19
West Midlands +29 28 £325 -29.73% 8
North of England +29 26 £350 -9.68% 11
North West +11 17 £394 -9.48% 7
East of England -16 13 £283 +63.77% 9
Scotland -19 13 £381 +38.64% 1
Wales +18 8 £363 +20.83% 1
South West +7 8 £225 -30.77% 8
Yorkshire +8 6 £350 -12.61% 4
East Midlands +6 5 £118 -50.53% 2
North East +32 3 £325 +8.33%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 January 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.

1 179 (88.18%) Windows
2 148 (72.91%) Active Directory
3 119 (58.62%) Microsoft
4 111 (54.68%) Windows Server
5 94 (46.31%) VMware
6 80 (39.41%) SCCM
7 65 (32.02%) DNS
8 62 (30.54%) Windows Server 2012
9 61 (30.05%) VMware Infrastructure
10 58 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
10 58 (28.57%) Windows 7
11 56 (27.59%) Linux
12 53 (26.11%) PowerShell
13 46 (22.66%) SQL Server
14 42 (20.69%) TCP/IP
15 40 (19.70%) Security Cleared
16 39 (19.21%) SAN
17 38 (18.72%) MS Exchange
18 37 (18.23%) Configuration Management
18 37 (18.23%) Firewall
19 35 (17.24%) Cisco
20 34 (16.75%) DHCP
20 34 (16.75%) ITIL
21 33 (16.26%) Citrix
22 30 (14.78%) SQL
22 30 (14.78%) SC Cleared
23 29 (14.29%) McAfee
24 28 (13.79%) SCOM
24 28 (13.79%) Microsoft Azure
25 27 (13.30%) VMware ESXi

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 38 (18.72%) MS Exchange
2 20 (9.85%) SharePoint
3 9 (4.43%) IIS
4 8 (3.94%) Exchange Server 2013
4 8 (3.94%) Skype for Business
5 7 (3.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 6 (2.96%) SharePoint 2010
7 5 (2.46%) Exchange Server 2007
8 4 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.99%) Apache
9 2 (0.99%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 17 (8.37%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.49%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.99%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 28 (13.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 25 (12.32%) Amazon AWS
3 23 (11.33%) Office 365
4 19 (9.36%) Amazon EC2
4 19 (9.36%) Amazon ELB
4 19 (9.36%) Route 53
4 19 (9.36%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 5 (2.46%) Azure Active Directory
6 3 (1.48%) Mimecast
7 2 (0.99%) SaaS
8 1 (0.49%) IaaS
8 1 (0.49%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 65 (32.02%) DNS
2 42 (20.69%) TCP/IP
3 39 (19.21%) SAN
4 37 (18.23%) Firewall
5 34 (16.75%) DHCP
6 22 (10.84%) LAN
7 13 (6.40%) WAN
8 8 (3.94%) Skype
9 7 (3.45%) SSL
10 6 (2.96%) Internet
10 6 (2.96%) VLAN
10 6 (2.96%) VoIP
11 5 (2.46%) NetScaler
11 5 (2.46%) VPN
12 4 (1.97%) VSAN
13 3 (1.48%) iSCSI
13 3 (1.48%) MPLS
13 3 (1.48%) Network Security
13 3 (1.48%) Wireless
14 2 (0.99%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (22.66%) SQL Server
2 22 (10.84%) Amazon RDS
3 13 (6.40%) Power BI
4 8 (3.94%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (2.46%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (1.48%) SQLPlus
7 2 (0.99%) MySQL
8 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 19 (9.36%) Artifactory
1 19 (9.36%) Git (software)
1 19 (9.36%) Jenkins
1 19 (9.36%) Sonatype Nexus
2 5 (2.46%) InstallShield
2 5 (2.46%) MSI
3 3 (1.48%) Chocolatey
3 3 (1.48%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.99%) HP UFT
4 2 (0.99%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.49%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.49%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 18 (8.87%) Finance
2 3 (1.48%) Manufacturing
3 2 (0.99%) Automotive
3 2 (0.99%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.49%) Banking
4 1 (0.49%) Electronics
4 1 (0.49%) French Language
4 1 (0.49%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.49%) Legal
4 1 (0.49%) Local Government
4 1 (0.49%) Marketing
4 1 (0.49%) Military
4 1 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.49%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 28 (13.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 23 (11.33%) DevOps Engineer
3 18 (8.87%) Analyst
4 17 (8.37%) Support Engineer
5 16 (7.88%) 3rd Line Support
6 13 (6.40%) Technical Engineer
6 13 (6.40%) Technical Support
7 12 (5.91%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 10 (4.93%) SCCM Engineer
8 10 (4.93%) Security Analyst
8 10 (4.93%) Server Engineer
9 9 (4.43%) Windows Engineer
10 8 (3.94%) 3rd Line Technical Support
10 8 (3.94%) Administrator
10 8 (3.94%) Desktop Support
10 8 (3.94%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
11 7 (3.45%) 2nd Line Support
11 7 (3.45%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 7 (3.45%) Windows Administrator
11 7 (3.45%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (9.36%) JSON
1 19 (9.36%) YAML
2 8 (3.94%) Web Services
3 5 (2.46%) .NET
4 4 (1.97%) Node.js
5 1 (0.49%) LDAP
5 1 (0.49%) Middleware
5 1 (0.49%) REST
5 1 (0.49%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 17 (8.37%) PKI
2 13 (6.40%) Data Centre
3 12 (5.91%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (5.91%) Blackberry
4 10 (4.93%) Management Information System
5 8 (3.94%) Clustering
6 7 (3.45%) Replication
7 6 (2.96%) CMDB
7 6 (2.96%) Fat Client
7 6 (2.96%) Thin Client
8 4 (1.97%) Fintech
9 3 (1.48%) Client/Server
9 3 (1.48%) NHS
10 2 (0.99%) Linux Command Line
11 1 (0.49%) Computer Science
11 1 (0.49%) Driving Licence
11 1 (0.49%) FMCG
11 1 (0.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 1 (0.49%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 179 (88.18%) Windows
2 111 (54.68%) Windows Server
3 62 (30.54%) Windows Server 2012
4 58 (28.57%) Windows 7
4 58 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
5 56 (27.59%) Linux
6 23 (11.33%) Windows 10
7 16 (7.88%) Windows Server 2003
8 9 (4.43%) SUSE
8 9 (4.43%) Windows XP
9 8 (3.94%) Android
10 7 (3.45%) Windows 8
11 6 (2.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (2.46%) Apple iOS
13 4 (1.97%) Ubuntu
14 3 (1.48%) Mac OS
14 3 (1.48%) Mac OS X
14 3 (1.48%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 3 (1.48%) Unix
15 2 (0.99%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (18.23%) Configuration Management
2 34 (16.75%) ITIL
3 24 (11.82%) DevOps
4 22 (10.84%) Business Intelligence
5 21 (10.34%) Build Automation
6 18 (8.87%) Agile Software Development
6 18 (8.87%) Migration
7 17 (8.37%) Release Management
8 12 (5.91%) Patch Management
8 12 (5.91%) Service Management
9 11 (5.42%) Application Packaging
9 11 (5.42%) Asset Management
9 11 (5.42%) Data Protection
9 11 (5.42%) Service Delivery
9 11 (5.42%) Vulnerability Assessment
10 9 (4.43%) Coaching
10 9 (4.43%) High Availability
10 9 (4.43%) Problem Management
11 8 (3.94%) Kalman Filter
11 8 (3.94%) Server Hardening
Programming Languages
1 53 (26.11%) PowerShell
2 30 (14.78%) SQL
3 11 (5.42%) VBScript
4 8 (3.94%) Bash Shell
5 6 (2.96%) Shell Script
6 4 (1.97%) JavaScript
6 4 (1.97%) Perl
6 4 (1.97%) Python
7 2 (0.99%) C
7 2 (0.99%) PHP
8 1 (0.49%) VB
Qualifications
1 40 (19.70%) Security Cleared
2 30 (14.78%) SC Cleared
3 18 (8.87%) Microsoft Certification
4 15 (7.39%) MCSE
5 11 (5.42%) Degree
5 11 (5.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 9 (4.43%) DV Cleared
7 8 (3.94%) ITIL Certification
8 7 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (2.96%) CCNA
9 6 (2.96%) MCITP
10 5 (2.46%) CCA
10 5 (2.46%) Citrix Certification
11 4 (1.97%) CCNP
11 4 (1.97%) HNC
12 3 (1.48%) MCSA
13 2 (0.99%) CISSP
13 2 (0.99%) ISEB
13 2 (0.99%) ISTQB
13 2 (0.99%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.94%) SLA
2 5 (2.46%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.97%) QA
4 3 (1.48%) GDPR
5 1 (0.49%) COBIT
5 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.49%) Government Security Classifications
5 1 (0.49%) HMG Security Policy Framework
5 1 (0.49%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 148 (72.91%) Active Directory
2 61 (30.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (13.30%) VMware ESXi
4 21 (10.34%) vSphere
5 18 (8.87%) Docker
6 17 (8.37%) Hyper-V
7 16 (7.88%) Microsoft App-V
7 16 (7.88%) XenApp
8 14 (6.90%) VMware Workstation
9 11 (5.42%) Virtual Servers
10 9 (4.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 8 (3.94%) XenDesktop
12 6 (2.96%) BitLocker
12 6 (2.96%) Terminal Services
13 5 (2.46%) Virtual Machines
14 3 (1.48%) Xen
15 2 (0.99%) Samba
16 1 (0.49%) Firmware
16 1 (0.49%) ISA Server
16 1 (0.49%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 80 (39.41%) SCCM
2 28 (13.79%) SCOM
3 22 (10.84%) Puppet
4 20 (9.85%) McAfee ePO
5 19 (9.36%) Norton AntiVirus
6 17 (8.37%) Ansible
7 13 (6.40%) Backup Exec
8 10 (4.93%) Terraform
8 10 (4.93%) vCenter Server
9 9 (4.43%) Microsoft Clustering
10 8 (3.94%) NetBackup
11 5 (2.46%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 5 (2.46%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 5 (2.46%) SafeCom
12 4 (1.97%) AirWatch
13 3 (1.48%) Nagios
13 3 (1.48%) PowerCLI
14 2 (0.99%) BMC Marimba
14 2 (0.99%) Cisco LMS
14 2 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 119 (58.62%) Microsoft
2 94 (46.31%) VMware
3 35 (17.24%) Cisco
4 33 (16.26%) Citrix
5 29 (14.29%) McAfee
6 27 (13.30%) Symantec
7 25 (12.32%) HP
7 25 (12.32%) NetApp
8 18 (8.87%) Sophos
9 15 (7.39%) Qualys
10 12 (5.91%) Dell
10 12 (5.91%) Remedy
11 10 (4.93%) IBM
11 10 (4.93%) Lumension
12 9 (4.43%) Red Hat
12 9 (4.43%) Veeam
13 7 (3.45%) Apple
13 7 (3.45%) SolarWinds
14 6 (2.96%) Ivanti
14 6 (2.96%) MobileIron