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 3 months to 26 April 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
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 528 536 554
Rank change year-on-year +8 +18  
Contract jobs citing WSUS 72 119 98
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.21% 0.18%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.54% 2.11% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 70 52
Median daily rate £320 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.57% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £219 £275 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £374
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £350 £305
% change year-on-year -14.28% +14.75%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 14 15
Median hourly rate £20.00 £21.42 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.60% -4.82%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £21.42 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.60% -4.82%  

WSUS is in the systems management skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills.

Systems Management Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 4675 5633 4705
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 10.06% 10.08% 8.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 3104 3561 2855
Median daily rate £475 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 135 198
Median hourly rate £23.50 £21.42 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.73% +6.09%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £48.00 £36.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £20.19
% change year-on-year -15.55% +11.46%  

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing WSUS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Systems Management category.

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 3 months to 26 April 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
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +8 67 £300 -14.28% 30
London 0 20 £370 +5.71% 10
South East -9 17 £300 -29.41% 11
South West +8 15 £295 -27.38% 2
Dorset - 9 £300 -
Bournemouth - 9 £300 -
Berkshire +9 6 £307 -29.77% 4
Reading +8 6 £307 -31.72% 2
Scotland +31 4 £375 -3.84% 2
Bristol +5 4 £250 -31.03%
East of England +5 4 £425 -
East Midlands - 4 £220 - 1
Colchester - 4 £425 -
Essex - 4 £425 -
North West +29 3 £300 - 4
West Midlands +17 3 £325 - 1
East Sussex - 3 - - 1
Brighton - 3 - - 1
Nottingham - 3 £220 -
Nottinghamshire - 3 £220 -
West Sussex +14 2 £400 -6.97% 2
Edinburgh +12 2 £344 - 2
Crawley +7 2 £400 - 1
Lancashire +5 2 - -
City of London -1 2 £431 - 1
Glasgow - 2 £400 -
Yorkshire +20 1 £350 - 1
Somerset +9 1 £401 -11.00%
Coventry +8 1 £325 -
Herefordshire - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 26 April 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.

1 151 (87.28%) Windows
2 128 (73.99%) Active Directory
3 100 (57.80%) Microsoft
4 88 (50.87%) Windows Server
5 72 (41.62%) VMware
6 71 (41.04%) PowerShell
6 71 (41.04%) Windows Server 2012
7 70 (40.46%) SCCM
8 69 (39.88%) Windows Server 2008
9 64 (36.99%) ITIL
10 58 (33.53%) DNS
11 52 (30.06%) Windows 7
12 44 (25.43%) DHCP
13 43 (24.86%) Citrix
14 36 (20.81%) VMware Infrastructure
15 34 (19.65%) Patch Management
16 33 (19.08%) HP
16 33 (19.08%) Windows Server 2003
17 31 (17.92%) MS Exchange
18 30 (17.34%) Linux
18 30 (17.34%) Cisco
19 29 (16.76%) Windows 10
20 28 (16.18%) Finance
21 26 (15.03%) Dell
21 26 (15.03%) SQL
21 26 (15.03%) Exchange Server 2010
22 25 (14.45%) Security Cleared
22 25 (14.45%) SAN
23 24 (13.87%) Hyper-V
24 23 (13.29%) VB

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 (17.92%) MS Exchange
2 26 (15.03%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (6.94%) IIS
4 10 (5.78%) Skype for Business
5 8 (4.62%) Exchange Server 2007
5 8 (4.62%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (4.05%) SharePoint
7 3 (1.73%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (1.16%) Exchange Server 5.5
Applications
1 8 (4.62%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (2.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.73%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.16%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (3.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.58%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.58%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 17 (9.83%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (5.78%) Office 365
3 6 (3.47%) G Suite
4 5 (2.89%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (2.89%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (2.31%) SaaS
6 2 (1.16%) IaaS
7 1 (0.58%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.58%) iTunes
7 1 (0.58%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.58%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 58 (33.53%) DNS
2 44 (25.43%) DHCP
3 25 (14.45%) SAN
4 19 (10.98%) Firewall
5 15 (8.67%) LAN
6 13 (7.51%) WAN
7 9 (5.20%) Skype
8 8 (4.62%) TCP/IP
9 7 (4.05%) Internet
9 7 (4.05%) Remote Desktop
10 6 (3.47%) Cisco IOS
10 6 (3.47%) IP Telephony
10 6 (3.47%) SMTP
11 5 (2.89%) NAS
11 5 (2.89%) Network Security
11 5 (2.89%) VPN
12 4 (2.31%) Kerberos
13 3 (1.73%) Intrusion Detection
13 3 (1.73%) LDAP
13 3 (1.73%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (12.14%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.05%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (2.89%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.58%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.58%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.58%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 4 (2.31%) MSI
2 2 (1.16%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.58%) HP UFT
3 1 (0.58%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.58%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 28 (16.18%) Finance
2 8 (4.62%) Legal
3 7 (4.05%) Manufacturing
4 4 (2.31%) Electronics
4 4 (2.31%) Law
4 4 (2.31%) Marketing
4 4 (2.31%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.73%) Back Office
6 2 (1.16%) Advertising
6 2 (1.16%) Retail
7 1 (0.58%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.58%) Banking
7 1 (0.58%) Games
7 1 (0.58%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 28 (16.18%) Analyst
2 27 (15.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 21 (12.14%) Support Analyst
4 18 (10.40%) Consultant
5 16 (9.25%) Administrator
6 14 (8.09%) Desktop Support
6 14 (8.09%) Windows Engineer
7 13 (7.51%) Desktop Analyst
7 13 (7.51%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 13 (7.51%) Systems Administrator
7 13 (7.51%) VMware Engineer
8 12 (6.94%) SCCM Engineer
8 12 (6.94%) Support Engineer
9 11 (6.36%) 3rd Line Support
10 10 (5.78%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 10 (5.78%) Active Directory Engineer
10 10 (5.78%) Server Engineer
11 9 (5.20%) Infrastructure Analyst
12 7 (4.05%) Server Support
12 7 (4.05%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.73%) OAuth
1 3 (1.73%) SAML
2 2 (1.16%) Web Services
3 1 (0.58%) .NET
3 1 (0.58%) Middleware
3 1 (0.58%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (10.98%) Clustering
2 18 (10.40%) Data Centre
3 13 (7.51%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (5.20%) Management Information System
5 7 (4.05%) Client/Server
6 6 (3.47%) Cloud Native
6 6 (3.47%) Private Cloud
7 5 (2.89%) PKI
8 4 (2.31%) EMC VNX
8 4 (2.31%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (1.73%) Driving Licence
9 3 (1.73%) iPad
9 3 (1.73%) Smartphone
9 3 (1.73%) Video Conferencing
10 2 (1.16%) Computer Science
10 2 (1.16%) Life Science
10 2 (1.16%) Replication
11 1 (0.58%) CCTV
11 1 (0.58%) Mobile App
11 1 (0.58%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 151 (87.28%) Windows
2 88 (50.87%) Windows Server
3 71 (41.04%) Windows Server 2012
4 69 (39.88%) Windows Server 2008
5 52 (30.06%) Windows 7
6 33 (19.08%) Windows Server 2003
7 30 (17.34%) Linux
8 29 (16.76%) Windows 10
9 15 (8.67%) Android
9 15 (8.67%) Windows 8
10 9 (5.20%) Apple iOS
11 8 (4.62%) Mac OS X
12 7 (4.05%) Ubuntu
13 6 (3.47%) Windows Vista
14 4 (2.31%) CentOS
15 2 (1.16%) AIX
15 2 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 1 (0.58%) Solaris
16 1 (0.58%) Unix
16 1 (0.58%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 64 (36.99%) ITIL
2 34 (19.65%) Patch Management
3 23 (13.29%) Change Management
4 18 (10.40%) Migration
5 17 (9.83%) Security Patching
6 15 (8.67%) Application Packaging
7 14 (8.09%) Service Management
8 11 (6.36%) Software Distribution
9 10 (5.78%) Configuration Management
9 10 (5.78%) Disaster Recovery
10 9 (5.20%) Change Control
10 9 (5.20%) Release Management
11 8 (4.62%) Infrastructure Management
11 8 (4.62%) Infrastructure Monitoring
11 8 (4.62%) Problem Management
11 8 (4.62%) Virtual Infrastructure
12 7 (4.05%) Load Balancing
12 7 (4.05%) Mobile Device Management
12 7 (4.05%) Software Deployment
13 6 (3.47%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 71 (41.04%) PowerShell
2 26 (15.03%) SQL
3 23 (13.29%) VB
4 21 (12.14%) VBScript
5 9 (5.20%) Bash Shell
6 8 (4.62%) Python
7 4 (2.31%) C
7 4 (2.31%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.73%) C#
9 2 (1.16%) VB6
10 1 (0.58%) Perl
Qualifications
1 25 (14.45%) Security Cleared
2 18 (10.40%) Microsoft Certification
3 17 (9.83%) SC Cleared
4 12 (6.94%) Degree
4 12 (6.94%) DV Cleared
4 12 (6.94%) MCSE
5 9 (5.20%) MCITP
6 6 (3.47%) MCTS
7 5 (2.89%) CISSP
7 5 (2.89%) GCIH
8 4 (2.31%) GIAC
8 4 (2.31%) MCDST
8 4 (2.31%) MCSA
9 3 (1.73%) MCP
10 2 (1.16%) CCNA
10 2 (1.16%) Cisco Certification
10 2 (1.16%) DBS Check
10 2 (1.16%) GISP
10 2 (1.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 1 (0.58%) ACMT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.05%) SLA
2 5 (2.89%) PCI DSS
3 4 (2.31%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (1.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (1.16%) QA
6 1 (0.58%) COBIT
6 1 (0.58%) COSO
6 1 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.58%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.58%) PMO
System Software
1 128 (73.99%) Active Directory
2 36 (20.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (13.87%) Hyper-V
4 18 (10.40%) vSphere
5 15 (8.67%) XenApp
6 14 (8.09%) Microsoft App-V
6 14 (8.09%) XenDesktop
7 11 (6.36%) VMware ESXi
8 9 (5.20%) Virtual Machines
9 7 (4.05%) BitLocker
9 7 (4.05%) VMware ESX
9 7 (4.05%) Xen
10 5 (2.89%) VMware Server
10 5 (2.89%) XenServer
11 4 (2.31%) Virtual Servers
12 3 (1.73%) Docker
12 3 (1.73%) vCloud
13 2 (1.16%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 2 (1.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 2 (1.16%) VMware GSX
Systems Management
1 70 (40.46%) SCCM
2 18 (10.40%) SCOM
3 10 (5.78%) Backup Exec
3 10 (5.78%) McAfee ePO
3 10 (5.78%) Norton AntiVirus
4 8 (4.62%) AirWatch
5 7 (4.05%) BladeLogic
5 7 (4.05%) NetBackup
6 6 (3.47%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 5 (2.89%) Puppet
7 5 (2.89%) Sysprep
7 5 (2.89%) vCenter Server
8 4 (2.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 4 (2.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (1.16%) Jamf Pro
9 2 (1.16%) Microsoft Intune
9 2 (1.16%) MOM
9 2 (1.16%) Opscode Chef
9 2 (1.16%) SCOrch
9 2 (1.16%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 100 (57.80%) Microsoft
2 72 (41.62%) VMware
3 43 (24.86%) Citrix
4 33 (19.08%) HP
5 30 (17.34%) Cisco
6 26 (15.03%) Dell
7 20 (11.56%) Symantec
8 18 (10.40%) Intel Security
9 9 (5.20%) Apple
9 9 (5.20%) NetApp
9 9 (5.20%) Oracle
9 9 (5.20%) Sophos
10 8 (4.62%) LANDesk
10 8 (4.62%) Veeam
11 7 (4.05%) Google
11 7 (4.05%) ServiceNow
12 6 (3.47%) MobileIron
12 6 (3.47%) Remedy
12 6 (3.47%) SAP
13 5 (2.89%) Lumension
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