Period
to 19 February 2020

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 February 2020 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 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 557 703 686
Rank change year-on-year +146 -17 -67
Contract jobs citing WSUS 187 171 204
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.17% 0.20%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.88% 1.18% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 104 125
UK median daily rate £400 £362 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.50% +3.43% +6.06%
10th Percentile £185 £200 £161
90th Percentile £550 £488 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £344 £325
% change year-on-year +23.64% +5.77% -1.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 15
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £18.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.81% -7.50% -56.04%
10th Percentile £16.20 £15.25 £13.55
90th Percentile £47.00 £28.25 £29.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £18.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -10.81% -7.50% -53.79%

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 9,952 14,500 12,168
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.44% 14.61% 12.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,644 9,688 8,231
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £274 £310 £271
90th Percentile £675 £656 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 319 358 272
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.43% - -12.50%
10th Percentile £12.70 £12.05 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.84 £47.83 £47.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.71% +16.67% -19.46%

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 February 2020.

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 February 2020.

Contractor 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 19 February 2020. 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 +180 180 £410 +13.26% 95
UK excluding London +112 135 £425 +23.64% 86
London +139 49 £275 -31.25% 14
North of England +81 40 £388 +21.09% 11
South East +81 36 £450 +35.85% 28
Midlands +58 29 £425 +19.72% 15
North West +55 23 £450 +125.00% 2
South West +19 20 £248 -19.02% 10
West Midlands +40 14 £450 +33.33% 9
Yorkshire +52 13 £320 -28.89% 7
East Midlands +37 12 £400 -0.25% 6
East of England +29 6 £550 +46.67% 17
North East +27 4 £375 -6.25% 2
Scotland - 4 £351 - 5
Wales +25 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 February 2020, 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.

1 153 (81.82%) Windows
2 136 (72.73%) Active Directory
3 107 (57.22%) VMware
4 106 (56.68%) SCCM
5 95 (50.80%) Microsoft
6 93 (49.73%) Windows Server
7 64 (34.22%) Windows 10
8 62 (33.16%) VMware Infrastructure
9 58 (31.02%) Security Cleared
10 56 (29.95%) PowerShell
11 55 (29.41%) Windows Server 2012
12 54 (28.88%) DHCP
13 51 (27.27%) DNS
14 50 (26.74%) Hyper-V
15 46 (24.60%) ITIL
16 43 (22.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 40 (21.39%) Windows Server 2008
17 40 (21.39%) Azure
18 39 (20.86%) SCOM
19 38 (20.32%) Office 365
20 34 (18.18%) VMware ESXi
20 34 (18.18%) Firewall
21 33 (17.65%) Microsoft App-V
22 32 (17.11%) Linux
22 32 (17.11%) Citrix
22 32 (17.11%) SC Cleared
23 31 (16.58%) Cisco
24 28 (14.97%) Microsoft Certification
24 28 (14.97%) LAN
24 28 (14.97%) DV 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 27 (14.44%) SharePoint
2 17 (9.09%) MS Exchange
3 13 (6.95%) IIS
4 10 (5.35%) Exchange Server 2010
5 9 (4.81%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (3.74%) Skype for Business
7 6 (3.21%) Apache
8 5 (2.67%) Tomcat
9 3 (1.60%) OpenStack
10 2 (1.07%) nginx
11 1 (0.53%) Confluence
11 1 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.53%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 15 (8.02%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.60%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (1.07%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.53%) Mozilla Thunderbird
4 1 (0.53%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 1 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
1 1 (0.53%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 40 (21.39%) Azure
2 38 (20.32%) Office 365
3 15 (8.02%) AWS
4 14 (7.49%) IaaS
5 8 (4.28%) PaaS
6 5 (2.67%) SaaS
7 2 (1.07%) G Suite
7 2 (1.07%) OneDrive
7 2 (1.07%) Slack
7 2 (1.07%) Trello
8 1 (0.53%) GCP
8 1 (0.53%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.53%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 54 (28.88%) DHCP
2 51 (27.27%) DNS
3 34 (18.18%) Firewall
4 28 (14.97%) LAN
5 27 (14.44%) SAN
6 18 (9.63%) TCP/IP
7 15 (8.02%) WAN
8 13 (6.95%) VPN
9 8 (4.28%) iSCSI
9 8 (4.28%) Remote Desktop
10 7 (3.74%) Cisco ASA
10 7 (3.74%) MPLS
10 7 (3.74%) NetScaler
11 5 (2.67%) NaaS
11 5 (2.67%) VLAN
11 5 (2.67%) VoIP
11 5 (2.67%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (2.67%) Wireless
11 5 (2.67%) WLAN
12 4 (2.14%) Spanning Tree
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (9.63%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.21%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (2.14%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.60%) EDMS
4 3 (1.60%) SQL Server 2014
5 2 (1.07%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (1.07%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.53%) MySQL
6 1 (0.53%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (7.49%) InstallShield
2 13 (6.95%) MSI
3 9 (4.81%) AdminStudio
4 4 (2.14%) Fiddler
4 4 (2.14%) Jenkins
4 4 (2.14%) JIRA
4 4 (2.14%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (2.14%) WinDbg
5 2 (1.07%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.53%) Rational Team Concert
6 1 (0.53%) Subversion
6 1 (0.53%) TeamCity
General
1 20 (10.70%) Finance
2 13 (6.95%) Public Sector
3 8 (4.28%) Back Office
4 7 (3.74%) Telecoms
5 5 (2.67%) Law
5 5 (2.67%) Legal
6 4 (2.14%) Financial Institution
6 4 (2.14%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.07%) Retail
8 1 (0.53%) Automotive
8 1 (0.53%) Electronics
8 1 (0.53%) Games
8 1 (0.53%) Local Government
8 1 (0.53%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 30 (16.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 26 (13.90%) Support Engineer
3 18 (9.63%) Wintel Engineer
4 17 (9.09%) Windows Engineer
5 14 (7.49%) Server Engineer
6 13 (6.95%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 13 (6.95%) IT Engineer
7 12 (6.42%) Analyst
7 12 (6.42%) Infrastructure Support
7 12 (6.42%) VMware Engineer
8 11 (5.88%) Desktop Engineer
9 10 (5.35%) Applications Packager
9 10 (5.35%) Infrastructure Specialist
10 9 (4.81%) Administrator
10 9 (4.81%) Consultant
10 9 (4.81%) IT Support
11 8 (4.28%) Desktop Support
11 8 (4.28%) Field Engineer
11 8 (4.28%) Systems Administrator
11 8 (4.28%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.14%) 802.1X
2 3 (1.60%) .NET
2 3 (1.60%) FIX Protocol
2 3 (1.60%) LDAP
2 3 (1.60%) Software Packaging
3 2 (1.07%) Apache NiFi
3 2 (1.07%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 28 (14.97%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (11.76%) Clustering
3 20 (10.70%) Data Centre
4 13 (6.95%) Management Information System
5 11 (5.88%) PKI
5 11 (5.88%) User Experience
6 8 (4.28%) Client/Server
7 7 (3.74%) CMDB
8 4 (2.14%) Blackberry
8 4 (2.14%) Driving Licence
8 4 (2.14%) Enterprise Storage
8 4 (2.14%) Self-Motivation
9 3 (1.60%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (1.60%) SWIFT
10 2 (1.07%) HP StoreVirtual
10 2 (1.07%) N-Tier
10 2 (1.07%) Private Cloud
11 1 (0.53%) Life Science
11 1 (0.53%) NHS
11 1 (0.53%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 153 (81.82%) Windows
2 93 (49.73%) Windows Server
3 64 (34.22%) Windows 10
4 55 (29.41%) Windows Server 2012
5 40 (21.39%) Windows Server 2008
6 32 (17.11%) Linux
7 21 (11.23%) Windows 7
8 11 (5.88%) Unix
9 10 (5.35%) Windows 8
10 9 (4.81%) Windows XP
11 8 (4.28%) CentOS
12 7 (3.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 5 (2.67%) Mac OS X
13 5 (2.67%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (2.14%) Mac OS
14 4 (2.14%) Ubuntu
14 4 (2.14%) VMS
15 3 (1.60%) Apple iOS
15 3 (1.60%) Debian
16 2 (1.07%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (24.60%) ITIL
2 43 (22.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 24 (12.83%) Patch Management
3 24 (12.83%) Project Management
4 23 (12.30%) Service Management
5 19 (10.16%) Application Packaging
6 17 (9.09%) Project Delivery
7 15 (8.02%) Problem-Solving
8 14 (7.49%) Data Protection
8 14 (7.49%) Migration
8 14 (7.49%) Problem Management
9 13 (6.95%) Antivirus Management
9 13 (6.95%) Application Virtualisation
9 13 (6.95%) Asset Management
9 13 (6.95%) IT Strategy
9 13 (6.95%) ITSM
10 12 (6.42%) Configuration Management
11 10 (5.35%) Load Balancing
11 10 (5.35%) Mobile Device Management
11 10 (5.35%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 56 (29.95%) PowerShell
2 19 (10.16%) SQL
3 13 (6.95%) VB
3 13 (6.95%) VBScript
4 8 (4.28%) Python
5 5 (2.67%) Bash Shell
5 5 (2.67%) Java
6 4 (2.14%) PHP
7 3 (1.60%) C
7 3 (1.60%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.07%) C#
8 2 (1.07%) Perl
8 2 (1.07%) Ruby
9 1 (0.53%) C++
9 1 (0.53%) VBA
Qualifications
1 58 (31.02%) Security Cleared
2 32 (17.11%) SC Cleared
3 28 (14.97%) DV Cleared
3 28 (14.97%) Microsoft Certification
4 19 (10.16%) MCSE
5 12 (6.42%) MCSA
6 7 (3.74%) CCNA
6 7 (3.74%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (3.21%) Degree
7 6 (3.21%) MCITP
8 4 (2.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 4 (2.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (1.60%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (1.07%) CCENT
10 2 (1.07%) Network+ Certification
11 1 (0.53%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.53%) MCP
11 1 (0.53%) MCTS
11 1 (0.53%) MOS
11 1 (0.53%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.60%) SLA
2 2 (1.07%) GDPR
2 2 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.53%) Government Security Classifications
3 1 (0.53%) NCSC
3 1 (0.53%) QA
System Software
1 136 (72.73%) Active Directory
2 62 (33.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 50 (26.74%) Hyper-V
4 34 (18.18%) VMware ESXi
5 33 (17.65%) Microsoft App-V
6 18 (9.63%) Virtual Desktop
7 15 (8.02%) DFS Replication
8 12 (6.42%) Virtual Machines
8 12 (6.42%) Virtual Servers
8 12 (6.42%) vSphere
9 9 (4.81%) XenApp
10 8 (4.28%) XenDesktop
11 6 (3.21%) Xen
12 5 (2.67%) vCloud
13 4 (2.14%) VMware Server
14 3 (1.60%) Docker
15 2 (1.07%) BitLocker
15 2 (1.07%) Firmware
16 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 1 (0.53%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 106 (56.68%) SCCM
2 39 (20.86%) SCOM
3 23 (12.30%) Norton AntiVirus
4 22 (11.76%) Microsoft Clustering
5 12 (6.42%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 11 (5.88%) Failover Clustering
6 11 (5.88%) NetBackup
7 10 (5.35%) Puppet
8 9 (4.81%) SCDPM
8 9 (4.81%) SCSM
8 9 (4.81%) SCVMM
8 9 (4.81%) ThinApp
9 7 (3.74%) Jamf Pro
9 7 (3.74%) Microsoft Intune
10 6 (3.21%) Ansible
10 6 (3.21%) Terraform
10 6 (3.21%) vCenter Server
11 5 (2.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 4 (2.14%) Perfmon
12 4 (2.14%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 107 (57.22%) VMware
2 95 (50.80%) Microsoft
3 32 (17.11%) Citrix
4 31 (16.58%) Cisco
5 27 (14.44%) Symantec
6 22 (11.76%) McAfee
7 21 (11.23%) Dell
7 21 (11.23%) Ivanti
8 17 (9.09%) EMC
9 16 (8.56%) HP
10 12 (6.42%) Veeam
11 10 (5.35%) ArcSight
11 10 (5.35%) Lumension
12 9 (4.81%) Red Hat
12 9 (4.81%) Sophos
13 7 (3.74%) NetApp
14 6 (3.21%) Meraki
14 6 (3.21%) Splunk
15 5 (2.67%) CheckPoint
15 5 (2.67%) F5