Period
to 24 July 2021

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 24 July 2021 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
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 631 482 636
Rank change year-on-year -149 +154 -17
Contract jobs citing WSUS 119 92 236
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.25% 0.26%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.05% 1.62% 1.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 67 146
10th Percentile £206 £208 £233
25th Percentile £296 £221 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £395 £400
Median % change year-on-year +1.27% -1.25% +19.40%
75th Percentile £478 £478 £470
90th Percentile £530 £530 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £398 £400
% change year-on-year +1.26% -0.63% +23.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 3
Median hourly rate £52.00 £53.75 £17.50
Median % change year-on-year -3.26% +207.14% -5.41%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.75 - £17.50

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 11,377 5,687 13,818
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.98% 15.16% 15.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,020 3,944 9,420
10th Percentile £350 £306 £300
25th Percentile £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £603 £600 £600
90th Percentile £688 £675 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £465 £467 £450
% change year-on-year -0.32% +3.67% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 159 126 309
10th Percentile £15.00 £12.46 £12.00
25th Percentile £18.00 £14.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate £32.50 £19.50 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +66.67% -2.50% +5.26%
75th Percentile £51.00 £39.67 £27.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £52.50 £47.57
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £19.13 £17.50
% change year-on-year +15.03% +9.29% -

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing WSUS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing WSUS.

Daily rate trend for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing WSUS over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing WSUS.

Hourly rate trend for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing WSUS over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for WSUS in the UK

WSUS
Top 15 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 24 July 2021. 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 -118 100 £388 -3.13% 44
UK excluding London -53 90 £403 +1.26% 45
North of England -14 32 £400 -5.88% 12
South East -26 23 £388 -1.90% 15
Work from Home - 17 £479 - 4
North West -14 16 £491 +15.59% 8
London -133 16 £300 -20.00% 3
Yorkshire -5 14 £263 - 2
South West -24 13 £450 -2.17% 1
Midlands -30 11 £389 +11.07% 9
Scotland -48 11 £444 +133.55% 2
West Midlands -34 8 £403 -10.56% 6
East Midlands -15 3 £345 -1.43% 3
North East - 2 £160 - 2
East of England -23 1 £165 +3.13% 4

For the 6 months to 24 July 2021, 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.

1 101 (84.87%) Windows
2 79 (66.39%) Active Directory
3 73 (61.34%) VMware
4 61 (51.26%) Windows Server
5 56 (47.06%) DNS
6 55 (46.22%) SCCM
6 55 (46.22%) PowerShell
7 53 (44.54%) Microsoft
8 50 (42.02%) DHCP
9 42 (35.29%) VMware Infrastructure
9 42 (35.29%) Windows Server 2012
10 40 (33.61%) Security Cleared
11 37 (31.09%) VMware ESXi
12 36 (30.25%) ITIL
12 36 (30.25%) Windows Server 2016
13 31 (26.05%) Windows 10
14 30 (25.21%) Windows Server 2019
15 29 (24.37%) SQL
15 29 (24.37%) vSphere
16 25 (21.01%) Hyper-V
16 25 (21.01%) SQL Server
17 24 (20.17%) Microsoft Certification
18 22 (18.49%) Dell
18 22 (18.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 21 (17.65%) Social Skills
20 20 (16.81%) VPN
20 20 (16.81%) MS Exchange
20 20 (16.81%) Microsoft App-V
21 19 (15.97%) Microsoft 365
21 19 (15.97%) SC Cleared

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 20 (16.81%) MS Exchange
2 18 (15.13%) SharePoint
3 7 (5.88%) IIS
4 3 (2.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 2 (1.68%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (1.68%) Site Server
5 2 (1.68%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.84%) Tomcat
Applications
1 4 (3.36%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.84%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 19 (15.97%) Microsoft 365
2 12 (10.08%) Azure
3 2 (1.68%) IaaS
3 2 (1.68%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 56 (47.06%) DNS
2 50 (42.02%) DHCP
3 20 (16.81%) VPN
4 18 (15.13%) SAN
5 14 (11.76%) Firewall
6 12 (10.08%) Network Security
6 12 (10.08%) TCP/IP
7 9 (7.56%) LAN
7 9 (7.56%) WAN
8 6 (5.04%) Fibre Channel
9 4 (3.36%) HTTP
9 4 (3.36%) HTTPS
9 4 (3.36%) NAS
9 4 (3.36%) VoIP
10 3 (2.52%) IPsec
10 3 (2.52%) VSAN
11 2 (1.68%) NetScaler
11 2 (1.68%) Skype
12 1 (0.84%) Cisco ASA
12 1 (0.84%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (21.01%) SQL Server
2 14 (11.76%) SQL Server 2012
2 14 (11.76%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (1.68%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.68%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (1.68%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 3 (2.52%) MSI
2 2 (1.68%) Bitbucket
2 2 (1.68%) git-flow
2 2 (1.68%) Rational Team Concert
General
1 21 (17.65%) Social Skills
2 7 (5.88%) Public Sector
3 4 (3.36%) Documentation Skills
4 3 (2.52%) Finance
5 2 (1.68%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (1.68%) Legal
5 2 (1.68%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.84%) Automotive
6 1 (0.84%) Back Office
6 1 (0.84%) Electronics
6 1 (0.84%) Games
6 1 (0.84%) Local Government
6 1 (0.84%) Marketing
6 1 (0.84%) Organisational Skills
6 1 (0.84%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.84%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 18 (15.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 16 (13.45%) Support Engineer
3 14 (11.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 13 (10.92%) Windows Engineer
5 10 (8.40%) Infrastructure Specialist
5 10 (8.40%) Server Engineer
5 10 (8.40%) Systems Engineer
5 10 (8.40%) Wintel Engineer
6 9 (7.56%) Analyst
6 9 (7.56%) IT Engineer
7 8 (6.72%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
7 8 (6.72%) 3rd Line Support
8 7 (5.88%) Network Engineer
8 7 (5.88%) SCCM Engineer
9 6 (5.04%) IT Support
10 5 (4.20%) IT Support Engineer
10 5 (4.20%) Senior Technician
11 4 (3.36%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 4 (3.36%) Build Engineer
11 4 (3.36%) Windows Build Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (14.29%) LDAP
2 2 (1.68%) .NET
2 2 (1.68%) HTML
3 1 (0.84%) JSON
3 1 (0.84%) WF
3 1 (0.84%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 17 (14.29%) Data Centre
2 13 (10.92%) Clustering
3 11 (9.24%) CMDB
4 10 (8.40%) User Experience
5 4 (3.36%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (3.36%) NHS
6 3 (2.52%) Blackberry
6 3 (2.52%) PKI
6 3 (2.52%) RSA SecurID
7 2 (1.68%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.68%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.68%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.84%) Cyberattack
8 1 (0.84%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.84%) Device Driver
8 1 (0.84%) Freedom of Information
8 1 (0.84%) Freedom of Information Act
8 1 (0.84%) Replication
8 1 (0.84%) Self-Motivation
8 1 (0.84%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 101 (84.87%) Windows
2 61 (51.26%) Windows Server
3 42 (35.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 36 (30.25%) Windows Server 2016
5 31 (26.05%) Windows 10
6 30 (25.21%) Windows Server 2019
7 18 (15.13%) Linux
7 18 (15.13%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (8.40%) Windows 7
9 8 (6.72%) VMS
10 5 (4.20%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (2.52%) Mac OS X
12 2 (1.68%) Android
12 2 (1.68%) Apple iOS
12 2 (1.68%) CentOS
12 2 (1.68%) Ubuntu
12 2 (1.68%) Unix
13 1 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.84%) Solaris
13 1 (0.84%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (30.25%) ITIL
2 22 (18.49%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 12 (10.08%) Patch Management
4 11 (9.24%) Data Protection
5 10 (8.40%) Application Virtualisation
5 10 (8.40%) Computer Science
5 10 (8.40%) Project Management
5 10 (8.40%) Server Management
6 9 (7.56%) Server Building
7 8 (6.72%) Incident Management
7 8 (6.72%) Problem-Solving
7 8 (6.72%) Project Delivery
8 7 (5.88%) Break/Fix
8 7 (5.88%) Software Distribution
9 6 (5.04%) Change Control
9 6 (5.04%) Migration
9 6 (5.04%) Performance Tuning
9 6 (5.04%) Virtual Environments
10 5 (4.20%) Configuration Management
10 5 (4.20%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 55 (46.22%) PowerShell
2 29 (24.37%) SQL
3 12 (10.08%) VBScript
4 11 (9.24%) Python
5 8 (6.72%) VB
6 2 (1.68%) Bash Shell
6 2 (1.68%) C#
6 2 (1.68%) Java
6 2 (1.68%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.84%) C++
7 1 (0.84%) PHP
Qualifications
1 40 (33.61%) Security Cleared
2 24 (20.17%) Microsoft Certification
3 19 (15.97%) SC Cleared
4 17 (14.29%) CCNA
4 17 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
5 15 (12.61%) DV Cleared
5 15 (12.61%) MCSE
6 13 (10.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 12 (10.08%) Degree
8 5 (4.20%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (4.20%) MCSA
9 3 (2.52%) MCP
10 2 (1.68%) Computer Science Degree
11 1 (0.84%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.04%) SLA
2 3 (2.52%) ISO 9001
2 3 (2.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (2.52%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.84%) Cyber Essentials
3 1 (0.84%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
3 1 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 79 (66.39%) Active Directory
2 42 (35.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (31.09%) VMware ESXi
4 29 (24.37%) vSphere
5 25 (21.01%) Hyper-V
6 20 (16.81%) Microsoft App-V
7 18 (15.13%) Virtual Machines
8 10 (8.40%) DFS Replication
8 10 (8.40%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (5.04%) VMware NSX
10 4 (3.36%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (2.52%) VMware Server
12 2 (1.68%) BitLocker
12 2 (1.68%) Docker
12 2 (1.68%) Firmware
12 2 (1.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (1.68%) NFS
12 2 (1.68%) XenApp
13 1 (0.84%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 1 (0.84%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 55 (46.22%) SCCM
2 19 (15.97%) SCOM
3 15 (12.61%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 13 (10.92%) Microsoft Clustering
5 10 (8.40%) Failover Clustering
5 10 (8.40%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 10 (8.40%) SCDPM
5 10 (8.40%) SCSM
5 10 (8.40%) SCVMM
6 9 (7.56%) Ansible
7 7 (5.88%) vCenter Server
8 4 (3.36%) McAfee ePO
8 4 (3.36%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 3 (2.52%) Kubernetes
9 3 (2.52%) Puppet
10 2 (1.68%) MobiControl
10 2 (1.68%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (1.68%) Terraform
10 2 (1.68%) vMotion
10 2 (1.68%) vRealize
Vendors
1 73 (61.34%) VMware
2 53 (44.54%) Microsoft
3 22 (18.49%) Dell
4 17 (14.29%) McAfee
5 14 (11.76%) Citrix
5 14 (11.76%) Fortinet
6 12 (10.08%) HP
6 12 (10.08%) NetApp
7 11 (9.24%) Juniper
8 10 (8.40%) ArcSight
8 10 (8.40%) Cisco
8 10 (8.40%) EMC
9 7 (5.88%) SolarWinds
10 6 (5.04%) Brocade
10 6 (5.04%) CA
10 6 (5.04%) QNAP
11 5 (4.20%) Red Hat
11 5 (4.20%) Veeam
12 4 (3.36%) Zscaler
13 3 (2.52%) ServiceNow