Period
to 29 October 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 29 October 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
29 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 444 589 624
Rank change year-on-year +145 +35 +49
Contract jobs citing WSUS 86 238 275
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.28% 0.27%
As % of the Systems Management category 1.64% 1.91% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 155 178
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.29% +2.94%
10th Percentile £254 £185 £200
90th Percentile £488 £538 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £419 £350
% change year-on-year -1.49% +19.64% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 6 13
Median hourly rate £42.50 £40.75 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.29% +120.27% -7.50%
10th Percentile £35.00 £17.50 £12.80
90th Percentile £54.00 £47.88 £28.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £40.75 £18.50
% change year-on-year +6.75% +120.27% -7.50%

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 5,232 12,480 14,740
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.99% 14.67% 14.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,261 8,451 9,947
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £310 £269 £298
90th Percentile £650 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £435
% change year-on-year - +3.45% +5.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 158 317 389
Median hourly rate £35.00 £21.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +66.67% +20.00% -
10th Percentile £12.71 £12.76 £12.25
90th Percentile £52.65 £50.10 £47.00
Median hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +30.00% +14.29% +8.01%

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 29 October 2020.

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 29 October 2020.

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 29 October 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 +122 70 £381 -4.69% 19
UK excluding London +151 53 £413 -1.49% 17
London +171 25 £375 +30.43% 2
South West +78 15 £481 +6.83% 1
South East +148 11 £375 -16.67% 4
Scotland +77 10 £463 +27.59%
Work from Home -101 10 £344 -37.50% 4
North of England +104 8 £275 -26.67% 7
North West +76 7 £275 -26.67% 4
East of England +83 5 £363 +3.65% 1
Midlands +68 4 £225 -50.00% 4
West Midlands +56 4 £225 -50.00% 4
North East +30 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 29 October 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 68 (79.07%) Windows
2 65 (75.58%) Active Directory
3 51 (59.30%) Microsoft
3 51 (59.30%) SCCM
4 45 (52.33%) Windows Server
5 44 (51.16%) Security Cleared
6 37 (43.02%) Windows 10
7 35 (40.70%) PowerShell
8 34 (39.53%) SC Cleared
9 33 (38.37%) VMware
10 28 (32.56%) DNS
10 28 (32.56%) VMware Infrastructure
11 27 (31.40%) DHCP
12 26 (30.23%) Azure
13 23 (26.74%) Windows Server 2012
14 22 (25.58%) Patch Management
15 20 (23.26%) ITIL
16 19 (22.09%) SAN
17 18 (20.93%) IIS
18 17 (19.77%) SQL Server
18 17 (19.77%) Citrix
19 15 (17.44%) Cybersecurity
20 14 (16.28%) SolarWinds
20 14 (16.28%) Windows Server 2008
20 14 (16.28%) Hyper-V
21 13 (15.12%) Windows 7
21 13 (15.12%) SaaS
21 13 (15.12%) MS Exchange
21 13 (15.12%) Firewall
21 13 (15.12%) McAfee

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 18 (20.93%) IIS
2 13 (15.12%) MS Exchange
3 8 (9.30%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (5.81%) Skype for Business
5 4 (4.65%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.16%) IBM Notes
6 1 (1.16%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 6 (6.98%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.33%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 26 (30.23%) Azure
2 13 (15.12%) SaaS
3 11 (12.79%) Office 365
4 7 (8.14%) AWS
4 7 (8.14%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (4.65%) IaaS
5 4 (4.65%) PaaS
6 3 (3.49%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 28 (32.56%) DNS
2 27 (31.40%) DHCP
3 19 (22.09%) SAN
4 13 (15.12%) Firewall
5 10 (11.63%) Skype
5 10 (11.63%) VoIP
6 8 (9.30%) LAN
7 7 (8.14%) IPv4
7 7 (8.14%) WAN
8 6 (6.98%) TCP/IP
9 5 (5.81%) NAS
10 4 (4.65%) HTTP
10 4 (4.65%) HTTPS
10 4 (4.65%) SSL
10 4 (4.65%) VSAN
11 2 (2.33%) Cisco Firepower
11 2 (2.33%) FCoE
11 2 (2.33%) Internet
11 2 (2.33%) Junos
11 2 (2.33%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (19.77%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.65%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (3.49%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (2.33%) SQL Server 2017
5 1 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 5 (5.81%) MSI
2 1 (1.16%) ClearCase
2 1 (1.16%) ClearQuest
General
1 6 (6.98%) Finance
2 3 (3.49%) Advertising
2 3 (3.49%) Military
2 3 (3.49%) Public Sector
3 2 (2.33%) Front Office
4 1 (1.16%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (10.47%) 3rd Line Support
2 8 (9.30%) Consultant
2 8 (9.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 8 (9.30%) Technical Support
3 7 (8.14%) Architect
4 6 (6.98%) IAM Consultant
4 6 (6.98%) Support Engineer
5 5 (5.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 5 (5.81%) Administrator
5 5 (5.81%) Infrastructure Architect
5 5 (5.81%) IT Engineer
5 5 (5.81%) Support Officer
5 5 (5.81%) Technical Support Officer
5 5 (5.81%) Windows Engineer
6 4 (4.65%) Analyst
6 4 (4.65%) Infrastructure Support
6 4 (4.65%) Systems Engineer
6 4 (4.65%) Windows Administrator
7 3 (3.49%) IAM Specialist
7 3 (3.49%) Windows Server Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.49%) AngularJS
1 3 (3.49%) Node.js
1 3 (3.49%) OAuth
1 3 (3.49%) OpenID
1 3 (3.49%) React
1 3 (3.49%) SAML
2 2 (2.33%) LDAP
2 2 (2.33%) Software Packaging
3 1 (1.16%) .NET
3 1 (1.16%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 10 (11.63%) Management Information System
2 7 (8.14%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (8.14%) HP StoreVirtual
3 5 (5.81%) Clustering
4 4 (4.65%) Client/Server
4 4 (4.65%) Data Centre
4 4 (4.65%) Public Cloud
4 4 (4.65%) Replication
5 3 (3.49%) PKI
6 2 (2.33%) Fat Client
6 2 (2.33%) RSA SecurID
6 2 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (2.33%) Thin Client
6 2 (2.33%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.16%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.16%) EMC VNX
7 1 (1.16%) FlexPod
7 1 (1.16%) Handset
7 1 (1.16%) NHS
7 1 (1.16%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 68 (79.07%) Windows
2 45 (52.33%) Windows Server
3 37 (43.02%) Windows 10
4 23 (26.74%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (16.28%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (15.12%) Windows 7
7 12 (13.95%) Windows Server 2016
8 10 (11.63%) Linux
9 6 (6.98%) Windows Server 2019
10 4 (4.65%) Solaris
10 4 (4.65%) Windows Server 2003
11 2 (2.33%) Apple iOS
11 2 (2.33%) CentOS
11 2 (2.33%) Mac OS X
11 2 (2.33%) Ubuntu
11 2 (2.33%) Unix
11 2 (2.33%) Windows 8
11 2 (2.33%) Windows XP
12 1 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (1.16%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (25.58%) Patch Management
2 20 (23.26%) ITIL
3 15 (17.44%) Cybersecurity
4 13 (15.12%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 10 (11.63%) Continuous Improvement
5 10 (11.63%) Identity Access Management
6 9 (10.47%) Data Protection
6 9 (10.47%) High Availability
6 9 (10.47%) Virtual Environments
7 8 (9.30%) Application Packaging
7 8 (9.30%) Application Virtualisation
7 8 (9.30%) Configuration Management
7 8 (9.30%) Mentoring
8 7 (8.14%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (8.14%) Information Security
8 7 (8.14%) Multi-Factor Authentication
8 7 (8.14%) Network Management
8 7 (8.14%) Software Distribution
9 6 (6.98%) Asset Management
9 6 (6.98%) Software Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 35 (40.70%) PowerShell
2 10 (11.63%) SQL
3 9 (10.47%) Java
3 9 (10.47%) JavaScript
3 9 (10.47%) Python
4 3 (3.49%) C
5 2 (2.33%) T-SQL
5 2 (2.33%) VBScript
6 1 (1.16%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.16%) C++
6 1 (1.16%) VB
6 1 (1.16%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 44 (51.16%) Security Cleared
2 34 (39.53%) SC Cleared
3 12 (13.95%) DV Cleared
4 10 (11.63%) Microsoft Certification
5 8 (9.30%) CCNA
5 8 (9.30%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (9.30%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (5.81%) Degree
7 4 (4.65%) DBS Check
7 4 (4.65%) MCSA
8 3 (3.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (2.33%) CCNP
9 2 (2.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (2.33%) MCSE
10 1 (1.16%) CISSP
10 1 (1.16%) CREST Certified
10 1 (1.16%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.14%) Government Security Classifications
1 7 (8.14%) NCSC
2 6 (6.98%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 3 (3.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 2 (2.33%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (2.33%) ISO 9001
4 2 (2.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (1.16%) QA
5 1 (1.16%) SLA
System Software
1 65 (75.58%) Active Directory
2 28 (32.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (16.28%) Hyper-V
4 12 (13.95%) vSphere
5 11 (12.79%) Microsoft App-V
5 11 (12.79%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (12.79%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (4.65%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (4.65%) VMware NSX
7 3 (3.49%) OpenAM
8 2 (2.33%) Terminal Server
8 2 (2.33%) vCloud
8 2 (2.33%) XenApp
9 1 (1.16%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 1 (1.16%) DFS Replication
9 1 (1.16%) Firmware
9 1 (1.16%) Terminal Services
9 1 (1.16%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 51 (59.30%) SCCM
2 12 (13.95%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (12.79%) SCOM
4 9 (10.47%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 9 (10.47%) Single Sign-On
5 7 (8.14%) Norton AntiVirus
6 6 (6.98%) vCenter Server
7 4 (4.65%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (3.49%) Failover Clustering
8 3 (3.49%) FreeIPA
8 3 (3.49%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (2.33%) AirWatch
9 2 (2.33%) Backup Exec
9 2 (2.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 2 (2.33%) vRealize
10 1 (1.16%) SCDPM
10 1 (1.16%) SCSM
10 1 (1.16%) Tivoli
10 1 (1.16%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 1 (1.16%) vMotion
Vendors
1 51 (59.30%) Microsoft
2 33 (38.37%) VMware
3 17 (19.77%) Citrix
4 14 (16.28%) SolarWinds
5 13 (15.12%) McAfee
6 11 (12.79%) Cisco
6 11 (12.79%) HP
7 10 (11.63%) Symantec
8 8 (9.30%) Lumension
8 8 (9.30%) Sophos
9 7 (8.14%) ServiceNow
10 5 (5.81%) Dell
11 4 (4.65%) Juniper
12 3 (3.49%) EMC
12 3 (3.49%) IBM
12 3 (3.49%) NetApp
12 3 (3.49%) Palo Alto
12 3 (3.49%) Tanium
13 2 (2.33%) LogRhythm
13 2 (2.33%) MobileIron