Period
to 21 September 2017

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 21 September 2017 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
21 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 639 620 681
Rank change year-on-year -19 +61 +13
Contract jobs citing WSUS 210 275 217
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.26% 0.19%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.93% 2.32% 2.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 155 140
UK median daily rate £325 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.33% -6.25%
10th Percentile £161 £200 £199
90th Percentile £450 £483 £448
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £315 £285
% change year-on-year +3.17% +10.53% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 27 17
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £35.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.66% +18.33% +42.86%
10th Percentile £13.51 £12.15 £12.90
90th Percentile £33.95 £47.10 £70.41
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £35.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -43.66% -11.25% +92.77%

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 10897 11872 9622
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.03% 11.03% 8.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 7227 7599 5946
UK median daily rate £470 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.59% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £225
90th Percentile £613 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £390 £370
% change year-on-year +5.77% +5.41% +9.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 261 266 347
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £23.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.74% +15.00% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £13.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £43.14 £40.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.38 £26.25 £20.19
% change year-on-year -33.78% +30.05% +0.93%

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 21 September 2017.

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 21 September 2017.

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 21 September 2017. 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 -33 174 £325 - 20
UK excluding London +30 164 £325 +3.17% 15
South East +23 51 £340 +3.03% 7
London -31 38 £350 - 6
North of England +45 29 £325 -0.76% 4
South West +7 25 £295 -10.61% 1
Scotland +29 23 £395 +31.67%
Midlands +36 22 £215 -28.33%
West Midlands +47 19 £173 -54.00%
North West +22 16 £325 -5.80% 2
Yorkshire +42 11 £350 +3.63%
East of England -13 9 £413 +121.48% 2
Wales - 4 £300 - 1
East Midlands +1 3 £220 -7.37%
North East +68 2 £338 +9.76% 2
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 September 2017, IT contractor jobs citing WSUS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for WSUS.

1 177 (84.29%) Windows
2 138 (65.71%) Active Directory
3 118 (56.19%) Microsoft
4 110 (52.38%) Windows Server
5 97 (46.19%) SCCM
6 89 (42.38%) VMware
7 76 (36.19%) PowerShell
8 58 (27.62%) Windows Server 2008
9 56 (26.67%) Windows 7
10 55 (26.19%) VMware Infrastructure
11 53 (25.24%) DNS
12 51 (24.29%) MS Exchange
13 49 (23.33%) DHCP
14 48 (22.86%) Windows Server 2012
15 46 (21.90%) ITIL
16 45 (21.43%) SQL
17 43 (20.48%) Linux
17 43 (20.48%) Cisco
18 42 (20.00%) SAN
19 41 (19.52%) McAfee
20 38 (18.10%) SQL Server
21 35 (16.67%) Windows 10
22 34 (16.19%) Firewall
23 33 (15.71%) Citrix
24 32 (15.24%) Security Cleared
25 31 (14.76%) LAN
25 31 (14.76%) Symantec
26 30 (14.29%) Microsoft App-V
27 29 (13.81%) Finance
28 26 (12.38%) Office 365

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 51 (24.29%) MS Exchange
2 24 (11.43%) IIS
3 20 (9.52%) Exchange Server 2010
4 19 (9.05%) SharePoint
5 18 (8.57%) Exchange Server 2013
6 12 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2007
7 11 (5.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 9 (4.29%) SharePoint 2010
9 8 (3.81%) Skype for Business
10 6 (2.86%) Tomcat
11 2 (0.95%) Apache
12 1 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.48%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 24 (11.43%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.48%) Acrobat
2 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.48%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (1.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.48%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.48%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 26 (12.38%) Office 365
2 11 (5.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.33%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.43%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (1.43%) Mimecast
4 3 (1.43%) SaaS
5 1 (0.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (0.48%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 53 (25.24%) DNS
2 49 (23.33%) DHCP
3 42 (20.00%) SAN
4 34 (16.19%) Firewall
5 31 (14.76%) LAN
6 22 (10.48%) WAN
7 21 (10.00%) TCP/IP
7 21 (10.00%) VPN
8 16 (7.62%) SSL
9 14 (6.67%) Remote Desktop
10 13 (6.19%) HTTP
11 11 (5.24%) Cisco ASA
12 10 (4.76%) HTTPS
13 9 (4.29%) Cisco IOS
13 9 (4.29%) Skype
13 9 (4.29%) SMTP
14 8 (3.81%) Internet
14 8 (3.81%) NAS
15 7 (3.33%) Wireless
16 6 (2.86%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (18.10%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.38%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (0.95%) MySQL
3 2 (0.95%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (0.95%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (0.95%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.48%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.48%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.48%) Power BI
4 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (2.38%) MSI
1 5 (2.38%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (0.95%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.48%) HP UFT
3 1 (0.48%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.48%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.48%) TestDirector
General
1 29 (13.81%) Finance
2 5 (2.38%) Back Office
3 3 (1.43%) Manufacturing
3 3 (1.43%) Telecoms
4 2 (0.95%) Automotive
5 1 (0.48%) Electronics
5 1 (0.48%) Legal
5 1 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.48%) Retail
Job Titles
1 31 (14.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 24 (11.43%) Consultant
3 20 (9.52%) Analyst
3 20 (9.52%) Support Engineer
4 17 (8.10%) Windows Engineer
5 16 (7.62%) Administrator
6 14 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
6 14 (6.67%) Server Engineer
7 12 (5.71%) IT Engineer
8 11 (5.24%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 10 (4.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 10 (4.76%) Desktop Support
9 10 (4.76%) Windows Consultant
10 9 (4.29%) VMware Engineer
10 9 (4.29%) Windows Administrator
11 8 (3.81%) Infrastructure Support
11 8 (3.81%) Systems Administrator
12 7 (3.33%) IT Support
12 7 (3.33%) SCCM Engineer
12 7 (3.33%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.90%) Software Packaging
2 3 (1.43%) .NET
3 1 (0.48%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (0.48%) Middleware
3 1 (0.48%) WAP
3 1 (0.48%) Web Services
3 1 (0.48%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 22 (10.48%) Data Centre
2 16 (7.62%) Clustering
3 13 (6.19%) Management Information System
4 11 (5.24%) Blackberry
5 10 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
5 10 (4.76%) Fat Client
5 10 (4.76%) Thin Client
6 9 (4.29%) CMDB
6 9 (4.29%) PKI
6 9 (4.29%) Replication
7 3 (1.43%) Driving Licence
7 3 (1.43%) HP Storage
7 3 (1.43%) iPad
7 3 (1.43%) VAX
8 2 (0.95%) Client/Server
8 2 (0.95%) Computer Science
8 2 (0.95%) NHS
8 2 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.48%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.48%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 177 (84.29%) Windows
2 110 (52.38%) Windows Server
3 58 (27.62%) Windows Server 2008
4 56 (26.67%) Windows 7
5 48 (22.86%) Windows Server 2012
6 43 (20.48%) Linux
7 35 (16.67%) Windows 10
8 23 (10.95%) Windows Server 2003
9 13 (6.19%) Android
10 10 (4.76%) Windows 8
11 9 (4.29%) Unix
12 6 (2.86%) Windows 2000 Server
13 4 (1.90%) Mac OS X
14 3 (1.43%) Apple iOS
14 3 (1.43%) CentOS
14 3 (1.43%) Windows XP
15 2 (0.95%) AIX
15 2 (0.95%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.95%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (21.90%) ITIL
2 25 (11.90%) Configuration Management
3 24 (11.43%) Migration
4 20 (9.52%) Mobile Device Management
5 19 (9.05%) Patch Management
6 17 (8.10%) Change Management
7 15 (7.14%) Virtual Infrastructure
8 14 (6.67%) Asset Management
9 13 (6.19%) Disaster Recovery
10 12 (5.71%) Software Deployment
10 12 (5.71%) Software Distribution
11 11 (5.24%) Data Protection
11 11 (5.24%) Integration Testing
11 11 (5.24%) Service Management
12 10 (4.76%) Application Packaging
12 10 (4.76%) Prototyping
13 9 (4.29%) Infrastructure Monitoring
13 9 (4.29%) Service Delivery
13 9 (4.29%) Virtual Environments
14 8 (3.81%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 76 (36.19%) PowerShell
2 45 (21.43%) SQL
3 18 (8.57%) VBScript
4 13 (6.19%) VB
5 6 (2.86%) Shell Script
6 3 (1.43%) C
7 2 (0.95%) Bash Shell
7 2 (0.95%) C#
7 2 (0.95%) Java
7 2 (0.95%) Perl
7 2 (0.95%) Python
7 2 (0.95%) T-SQL
7 2 (0.95%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 32 (15.24%) Security Cleared
2 21 (10.00%) SC Cleared
3 16 (7.62%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (5.71%) DV Cleared
5 11 (5.24%) Degree
6 9 (4.29%) MCITP
6 9 (4.29%) MCSE
7 6 (2.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 5 (2.38%) CCNA
8 5 (2.38%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (2.38%) CISSP
8 5 (2.38%) MCTS
9 4 (1.90%) MCSA
10 2 (0.95%) A+ Certification
10 2 (0.95%) CCNP
10 2 (0.95%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.95%) GCIH
10 2 (0.95%) MCP
10 2 (0.95%) VCP5
11 1 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.24%) PCI DSS
2 9 (4.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (3.33%) SLA
4 6 (2.86%) COBIT
5 5 (2.38%) QA
6 3 (1.43%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (1.43%) GDPR
7 2 (0.95%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.48%) COSO
8 1 (0.48%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.48%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.48%) RMADS
System Software
1 138 (65.71%) Active Directory
2 55 (26.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (14.29%) Microsoft App-V
4 25 (11.90%) Hyper-V
5 19 (9.05%) vSphere
6 18 (8.57%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (5.24%) Terminal Services
7 11 (5.24%) VMware Workstation
8 8 (3.81%) XenApp
9 6 (2.86%) XenDesktop
10 4 (1.90%) Virtual Machines
11 3 (1.43%) BitLocker
11 3 (1.43%) DFS Replication
11 3 (1.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 3 (1.43%) Terminal Server
11 3 (1.43%) Virtual Servers
11 3 (1.43%) VMware NSX
11 3 (1.43%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.95%) Samba
12 2 (0.95%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 97 (46.19%) SCCM
2 24 (11.43%) Norton AntiVirus
3 23 (10.95%) McAfee ePO
4 21 (10.00%) SCOM
5 15 (7.14%) Puppet
6 14 (6.67%) Backup Exec
7 12 (5.71%) Microsoft Clustering
8 10 (4.76%) AirWatch
8 10 (4.76%) NetBackup
8 10 (4.76%) SafeCom
9 8 (3.81%) Nmap
9 8 (3.81%) OpenVAS
9 8 (3.81%) vCenter Server
10 7 (3.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 5 (2.38%) Nagios
12 4 (1.90%) HP SIM
13 2 (0.95%) Cisco LMS
13 2 (0.95%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 2 (0.95%) HP Data Protector
13 2 (0.95%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 118 (56.19%) Microsoft
2 89 (42.38%) VMware
3 43 (20.48%) Cisco
4 41 (19.52%) McAfee
5 33 (15.71%) Citrix
6 31 (14.76%) Symantec
7 20 (9.52%) NetApp
8 18 (8.57%) HP
8 18 (8.57%) Veeam
9 17 (8.10%) Sophos
10 12 (5.71%) Dell
10 12 (5.71%) IBM
11 10 (4.76%) Wyse
12 9 (4.29%) MobileIron
13 8 (3.81%) EMC
13 8 (3.81%) Oracle
14 7 (3.33%) SolarWinds
15 5 (2.38%) Apple
15 5 (2.38%) Meraki
16 4 (1.90%) Sage