Period
to 19 April 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 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 666 650 659
Rank change year-on-year -16 +9 +27
Contract jobs citing WSUS 211 179 234
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.19% 0.22%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.62% 1.80% 2.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 146 112 137
UK median daily rate £350 £323 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.53% -7.86% +7.69%
10th Percentile £173 £208 £263
90th Percentile £531 £473 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £310 £373
% change year-on-year +4.84% -16.78% +23.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 8 23
UK median hourly rate £18.25 £45.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -59.89% +30.00% +55.56%
10th Percentile £13.25 £14.75 £19.00
90th Percentile £59.55 £47.00 £45.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.75 £18.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year +19.18% -47.86% +55.56%

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 13,025 9,955 10,517
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.88% 10.74% 9.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,719 6,592 6,607
UK median daily rate £485 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.78% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £270 £258
90th Percentile £625 £606 £587
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +6.25% +4.58% +5.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 295 234 280
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £21.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% - +12.30%
10th Percentile £11.61 £12.00 £11.74
90th Percentile £47.35 £53.75 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £19.94 £20.00
% change year-on-year -19.75% -0.31% -0.15%

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 19 April 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 19 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Top 13 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 19 April 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 -7 199 £350 +7.69% 47
UK excluding London -13 133 £325 +4.84% 35
London -7 75 £370 +5.71% 14
South East -28 44 £325 +6.56% 3
Midlands +16 28 £325 -18.24% 2
West Midlands -4 22 £350 -22.22% 1
North of England +8 21 £400 +29.03% 13
North West -6 21 £400 +33.33% 7
South West +8 19 £388 +30.25% 6
East of England -7 12 £280 -34.12% 9
East Midlands -1 6 £118 -46.59% 1
Wales -7 6 £363 +20.83%
Scotland -44 3 £425 +33.33% 1

For the 6 months to 19 April 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.

1 196 (92.89%) Windows
2 159 (75.36%) Active Directory
3 132 (62.56%) Windows Server
4 124 (58.77%) Microsoft
5 98 (46.45%) VMware
6 91 (43.13%) Windows Server 2012
7 90 (42.65%) SCCM
8 76 (36.02%) Windows Server 2008
9 75 (35.55%) DNS
10 66 (31.28%) VMware Infrastructure
11 60 (28.44%) Windows 7
12 55 (26.07%) PowerShell
13 52 (24.64%) Security Cleared
14 49 (23.22%) Hyper-V
14 49 (23.22%) DHCP
15 48 (22.75%) ITIL
16 44 (20.85%) Linux
16 44 (20.85%) Citrix
17 42 (19.91%) TCP/IP
18 41 (19.43%) Office 365
19 40 (18.96%) Cisco
20 37 (17.54%) SAN
20 37 (17.54%) SC Cleared
21 36 (17.06%) Microsoft Azure
21 36 (17.06%) VMware ESXi
22 35 (16.59%) SQL
23 34 (16.11%) Firewall
24 33 (15.64%) SQL Server
24 33 (15.64%) vSphere
25 31 (14.69%) SCOM

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 31 (14.69%) MS Exchange
2 28 (13.27%) IIS
3 18 (8.53%) SharePoint
4 15 (7.11%) Skype for Business
5 12 (5.69%) Exchange Server 2013
6 10 (4.74%) Exchange Server 2010
7 9 (4.27%) Apache
8 7 (3.32%) SharePoint Server
9 5 (2.37%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (0.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.47%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 21 (9.95%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.95%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.47%) Adobe Creative Suite
3 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.95%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 41 (19.43%) Office 365
2 36 (17.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (9.00%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (5.69%) Amazon EC2
4 12 (5.69%) Amazon ELB
4 12 (5.69%) Route 53
4 12 (5.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
5 7 (3.32%) IaaS
6 6 (2.84%) PaaS
6 6 (2.84%) SaaS
7 5 (2.37%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (1.90%) Cloud Computing
9 3 (1.42%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.95%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.47%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 75 (35.55%) DNS
2 49 (23.22%) DHCP
3 42 (19.91%) TCP/IP
4 37 (17.54%) SAN
5 34 (16.11%) Firewall
6 28 (13.27%) LAN
7 16 (7.58%) WAN
8 12 (5.69%) Internet
9 9 (4.27%) Skype
9 9 (4.27%) Wireless
10 7 (3.32%) Cisco ASA
10 7 (3.32%) VPN
11 6 (2.84%) DMZ
12 5 (2.37%) Reverse Proxy
12 5 (2.37%) VoIP
13 4 (1.90%) SMS
14 3 (1.42%) VSAN
15 2 (0.95%) Cisco IOS
15 2 (0.95%) Fibre Channel
15 2 (0.95%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (15.64%) SQL Server
2 15 (7.11%) Amazon RDS
3 9 (4.27%) Power BI
4 4 (1.90%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (1.90%) SQLPlus
5 2 (0.95%) MySQL
5 2 (0.95%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 12 (5.69%) Artifactory
1 12 (5.69%) Git (software)
1 12 (5.69%) Jenkins
1 12 (5.69%) Sonatype Nexus
2 8 (3.79%) MSI
2 8 (3.79%) Visual Studio
3 7 (3.32%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (1.42%) InstallShield
5 2 (0.95%) Chocolatey
5 2 (0.95%) HP UFT
5 2 (0.95%) LoadRunner
5 2 (0.95%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.47%) Rational Team Concert
6 1 (0.47%) WinDbg
General
1 18 (8.53%) Finance
2 6 (2.84%) Local Government
3 4 (1.90%) Military
4 3 (1.42%) Banking
5 2 (0.95%) Law
5 2 (0.95%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.95%) Retail
6 1 (0.47%) French Language
6 1 (0.47%) Front Office
6 1 (0.47%) Legal
6 1 (0.47%) Publishing
6 1 (0.47%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (14.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 26 (12.32%) Server Engineer
3 24 (11.37%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 22 (10.43%) Analyst
5 21 (9.95%) DevOps Engineer
6 19 (9.00%) Windows Engineer
7 18 (8.53%) Support Engineer
8 15 (7.11%) Windows Server Engineer
9 14 (6.64%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
9 14 (6.64%) 3rd Line Support
10 12 (5.69%) Citrix Engineer
10 12 (5.69%) Citrix Server Engineer
10 12 (5.69%) SCCM Engineer
10 12 (5.69%) Technical Support
11 11 (5.21%) Desktop Support
11 11 (5.21%) Wintel Engineer
12 10 (4.74%) VMware Engineer
13 9 (4.27%) Technical Engineer
14 8 (3.79%) Architect
14 8 (3.79%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (5.69%) JSON
1 12 (5.69%) YAML
2 9 (4.27%) .NET
3 6 (2.84%) Web Services
4 5 (2.37%) Node.js
5 3 (1.42%) LDAP
6 2 (0.95%) XMPP
7 1 (0.47%) Middleware
7 1 (0.47%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 30 (14.22%) PKI
2 12 (5.69%) Clustering
3 11 (5.21%) Data Centre
4 10 (4.74%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (3.32%) Blackberry
6 6 (2.84%) CMDB
6 6 (2.84%) Public Cloud
6 6 (2.84%) User Experience
7 5 (2.37%) Management Information System
8 4 (1.90%) Fintech
9 3 (1.42%) Self-Motivation
10 1 (0.47%) BYOD
10 1 (0.47%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.47%) Device Driver
10 1 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.47%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.47%) FMCG
10 1 (0.47%) iPhone
10 1 (0.47%) Linux Command Line
10 1 (0.47%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 196 (92.89%) Windows
2 132 (62.56%) Windows Server
3 91 (43.13%) Windows Server 2012
4 76 (36.02%) Windows Server 2008
5 60 (28.44%) Windows 7
6 44 (20.85%) Linux
7 29 (13.74%) Windows 10
8 26 (12.32%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (4.74%) SUSE
10 8 (3.79%) Windows XP
11 7 (3.32%) Solaris
11 7 (3.32%) Unix
12 6 (2.84%) Mac OS X
13 5 (2.37%) Ubuntu
14 4 (1.90%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 4 (1.90%) Windows 8
15 3 (1.42%) Android
15 3 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (0.95%) CentOS
17 1 (0.47%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (22.75%) ITIL
2 27 (12.80%) Configuration Management
3 23 (10.90%) Root Cause Analysis
4 22 (10.43%) DevOps
5 20 (9.48%) Migration
6 19 (9.00%) Agile Software Development
7 18 (8.53%) Problem-Solving
8 16 (7.58%) Business Intelligence
9 15 (7.11%) Patch Management
10 14 (6.64%) Build Automation
10 14 (6.64%) Release Management
11 12 (5.69%) Problem Management
11 12 (5.69%) Service Delivery
11 12 (5.69%) Service Management
12 11 (5.21%) Change Management
12 11 (5.21%) Mentoring
12 11 (5.21%) Virtual Environments
13 10 (4.74%) Application Packaging
13 10 (4.74%) Incident Management
14 8 (3.79%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 55 (26.07%) PowerShell
2 35 (16.59%) SQL
3 8 (3.79%) Bash Shell
3 8 (3.79%) C
4 6 (2.84%) VBScript
5 5 (2.37%) C#
5 5 (2.37%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.37%) T-SQL
6 4 (1.90%) VB
7 2 (0.95%) Perl
7 2 (0.95%) PHP
7 2 (0.95%) Python
8 1 (0.47%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 52 (24.64%) Security Cleared
2 37 (17.54%) SC Cleared
3 23 (10.90%) Microsoft Certification
4 13 (6.16%) DV Cleared
4 13 (6.16%) MCSE
5 11 (5.21%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (5.21%) MCSA
6 9 (4.27%) CCNA
7 8 (3.79%) CCNP
7 8 (3.79%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (2.37%) Degree
8 5 (2.37%) MCP
8 5 (2.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 4 (1.90%) A+ Certification
9 4 (1.90%) MCITP
9 4 (1.90%) Network+ Certification
10 3 (1.42%) MCTS
11 2 (0.95%) HNC
11 2 (0.95%) MOS
11 2 (0.95%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (0.95%) QA
1 2 (0.95%) SLA
2 1 (0.47%) GDPR
2 1 (0.47%) Government Security Classifications
2 1 (0.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
2 1 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.47%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 159 (75.36%) Active Directory
2 66 (31.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 49 (23.22%) Hyper-V
4 36 (17.06%) VMware ESXi
5 33 (15.64%) vSphere
6 18 (8.53%) Virtual Machines
6 18 (8.53%) XenApp
7 14 (6.64%) Docker
7 14 (6.64%) Microsoft App-V
8 13 (6.16%) XenDesktop
9 12 (5.69%) XenServer
10 8 (3.79%) Virtual Servers
11 7 (3.32%) VMware Workstation
12 6 (2.84%) BitLocker
13 5 (2.37%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 5 (2.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 4 (1.90%) KVM
15 3 (1.42%) Firmware
16 2 (0.95%) NFS
16 2 (0.95%) Xen
Systems Management
1 90 (42.65%) SCCM
2 31 (14.69%) SCOM
3 19 (9.00%) McAfee ePO
4 16 (7.58%) Puppet
5 11 (5.21%) vCenter Server
6 10 (4.74%) Ansible
7 9 (4.27%) Backup Exec
8 7 (3.32%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 7 (3.32%) NetBackup
9 6 (2.84%) FortiGate
10 5 (2.37%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 5 (2.37%) Norton AntiVirus
10 5 (2.37%) Terraform
11 4 (1.90%) Malwarebytes
11 4 (1.90%) Microsoft Clustering
11 4 (1.90%) Microsoft Intune
11 4 (1.90%) Nagios
11 4 (1.90%) Single Sign-On
11 4 (1.90%) SmoothWall
12 3 (1.42%) vMotion
Vendors
1 124 (58.77%) Microsoft
2 98 (46.45%) VMware
3 44 (20.85%) Citrix
4 40 (18.96%) Cisco
5 26 (12.32%) HP
6 24 (11.37%) McAfee
7 17 (8.06%) Ivanti
8 16 (7.58%) Symantec
9 14 (6.64%) Qualys
9 14 (6.64%) Sophos
10 13 (6.16%) NetApp
11 12 (5.69%) Remedy
12 10 (4.74%) IBM
12 10 (4.74%) SolarWinds
13 8 (3.79%) Lumension
13 8 (3.79%) Red Hat
14 7 (3.32%) Apple
14 7 (3.32%) Splunk
14 7 (3.32%) Veritas
15 6 (2.84%) MobileIron