Period
to 25 January 2022

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 25 January 2022 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
25 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 723 518 563
Rank change year-on-year -205 +45 +157
Contract jobs citing WSUS 125 83 202
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.20% 0.28%
As % of the Systems Management category 0.87% 1.17% 1.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 87 49 136
10th Percentile £208 £252 £185
25th Percentile £350 £313 £297
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £438 £388 £405
Median % change year-on-year +12.90% -4.32% +16.55%
75th Percentile £500 £469 £475
90th Percentile £575 £488 £544
UK excluding London median daily rate £427 £386 £425
% change year-on-year +10.56% -9.12% +30.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 14
10th Percentile £28.10 - £16.20
25th Percentile £37.25 £51.00 £16.28
Median hourly rate £44.69 £53.00 £16.50
Median % change year-on-year -15.68% +221.21% -10.81%
75th Percentile £54.00 £54.00 £41.69
90th Percentile - - £45.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.00 £52.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +3.85% +215.15% -2.94%

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 14,305 7,069 10,504
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 16.30% 16.90% 14.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,312 4,992 7,248
10th Percentile £363 £313 £263
25th Percentile £463 £406 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
75th Percentile £650 £575 £588
90th Percentile £719 £650 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +10.00% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 183 158 279
10th Percentile £14.25 £12.65 £12.44
25th Percentile £15.50 £16.25 £14.06
Median hourly rate £20.00 £31.75 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year -37.01% +76.39% +2.86%
75th Percentile £45.60 £53.56 £28.50
90th Percentile £70.35 £63.63 £48.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £24.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -22.92% +37.14% -

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 25 January 2022.

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 25 January 2022.

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 25 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -173 102 £439 +17.00% 66
UK excluding London -81 93 £427 +10.56% 54
South East -36 45 £483 +7.22% 10
Work from Home -153 25 £477 +21.14% 10
London -189 19 £425 +9.68% 15
South West -48 15 £463 +42.31% 6
Wales - 12 £427 - 2
North of England -56 8 £200 -33.33% 18
Midlands -68 7 £438 +51.52% 12
East of England -38 5 £475 +26.67% 5
West Midlands -56 4 £383 +39.09% 8
Yorkshire - 4 £200 - 9
East Midlands -33 3 £438 +44.63% 4
Scotland -61 3 £300 -29.41% 1
North East -3 2 £150 - 1
North West -50 2 £170 -43.33% 8

For the 6 months to 25 January 2022, 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.

1 105 (84.00%) Windows
2 87 (69.60%) Active Directory
3 74 (59.20%) VMware
4 68 (54.40%) Microsoft
5 59 (47.20%) PowerShell
6 58 (46.40%) DNS
7 57 (45.60%) Windows Server
8 51 (40.80%) Security Cleared
9 47 (37.60%) SC Cleared
10 44 (35.20%) Firewall
11 43 (34.40%) DHCP
11 43 (34.40%) SQL Server
12 42 (33.60%) VMware Infrastructure
13 37 (29.60%) Azure
14 35 (28.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 33 (26.40%) Social Skills
16 32 (25.60%) Windows Server 2012
17 31 (24.80%) SCCM
18 30 (24.00%) Hyper-V
19 29 (23.20%) Microsoft 365
20 28 (22.40%) Microsoft Certification
20 28 (22.40%) McAfee
21 27 (21.60%) Windows Server 2016
22 26 (20.80%) HP
23 24 (19.20%) SQL
23 24 (19.20%) Linux
23 24 (19.20%) Windows 10
24 23 (18.40%) ITIL
24 23 (18.40%) Dell
24 23 (18.40%) vSphere

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 17 (13.60%) SharePoint
2 15 (12.00%) IIS
3 13 (10.40%) MS Exchange
4 4 (3.20%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (2.40%) Apache
6 2 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.60%) Site Server
6 2 (1.60%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.80%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 9 (7.20%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.60%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 37 (29.60%) Azure
2 29 (23.20%) Microsoft 365
3 7 (5.60%) Azure Active Directory
3 7 (5.60%) Power Platform
4 6 (4.80%) IaaS
4 6 (4.80%) PaaS
5 4 (3.20%) AWS
5 4 (3.20%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (2.40%) Azure Monitor
6 3 (2.40%) Power Automate
7 2 (1.60%) SaaS
8 1 (0.80%) Azure Storage
8 1 (0.80%) GCP
8 1 (0.80%) GitHub
8 1 (0.80%) Google Workspace
8 1 (0.80%) Nutanix
8 1 (0.80%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 58 (46.40%) DNS
2 44 (35.20%) Firewall
3 43 (34.40%) DHCP
4 17 (13.60%) SAN
4 17 (13.60%) TCP/IP
5 13 (10.40%) VSAN
6 10 (8.00%) Wireless
7 9 (7.20%) Skype
8 8 (6.40%) WAN
9 6 (4.80%) VLAN
9 6 (4.80%) VPN
10 5 (4.00%) Internet
10 5 (4.00%) NAS
10 5 (4.00%) VoIP
11 4 (3.20%) Cisco ISE
11 4 (3.20%) Cisco Nexus
11 4 (3.20%) EIGRP
11 4 (3.20%) Fibre Channel
11 4 (3.20%) iSCSI
11 4 (3.20%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (34.40%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.60%) Power BI
3 5 (4.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (4.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (4.00%) SQL Server 2014
3 5 (4.00%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (2.40%) SQL Server 2017
5 1 (0.80%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 6 (4.80%) Terragrunt
2 4 (3.20%) JIRA
2 4 (3.20%) Sonatype Nexus
3 3 (2.40%) Chocolatey
3 3 (2.40%) Git (software)
3 3 (2.40%) GitLab
3 3 (2.40%) Jenkins
4 2 (1.60%) ClearCase
4 2 (1.60%) ClearQuest
5 1 (0.80%) JMeter
General
1 33 (26.40%) Social Skills
2 9 (7.20%) Public Sector
3 4 (3.20%) Finance
4 3 (2.40%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.40%) Financial Institution
4 3 (2.40%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.60%) Banking
5 2 (1.60%) Legal
6 1 (0.80%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.80%) Documentation Skills
6 1 (0.80%) Environmental Health
6 1 (0.80%) Front Office
6 1 (0.80%) Games
6 1 (0.80%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 27 (21.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 13 (10.40%) Wintel Engineer
3 12 (9.60%) Administrator
4 10 (8.00%) IT Engineer
4 10 (8.00%) Network Engineer
5 9 (7.20%) Support Engineer
6 7 (5.60%) Azure Engineer
6 7 (5.60%) Server Engineer
6 7 (5.60%) Windows Administrator
7 5 (4.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 5 (4.00%) Active Directory Engineer
7 5 (4.00%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
7 5 (4.00%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (4.00%) Technical Manager
7 5 (4.00%) Windows Engineer
8 4 (3.20%) Senior Wintel Engineer
8 4 (3.20%) Server Support
8 4 (3.20%) Technical Delivery Manager
8 4 (3.20%) Test Manager
8 4 (3.20%) Verification Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (4.00%) LDAP
2 3 (2.40%) .NET
3 2 (1.60%) ARM Templates
3 2 (1.60%) COM
4 1 (0.80%) ASP.NET
4 1 (0.80%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (0.80%) HTML
4 1 (0.80%) JSON
4 1 (0.80%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (16.00%) Clustering
2 16 (12.80%) PKI
3 9 (7.20%) Data Centre
4 8 (6.40%) Replication
5 7 (5.60%) Management Information System
6 5 (4.00%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (4.00%) Smartphone
7 4 (3.20%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (1.60%) Blackberry
8 2 (1.60%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.60%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.80%) Data Protection Act
9 1 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.80%) FMCG
9 1 (0.80%) Hedge funds
9 1 (0.80%) Legacy Applications
9 1 (0.80%) Legacy Systems
9 1 (0.80%) NHS
9 1 (0.80%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.80%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 105 (84.00%) Windows
2 57 (45.60%) Windows Server
3 32 (25.60%) Windows Server 2012
4 27 (21.60%) Windows Server 2016
5 24 (19.20%) Linux
5 24 (19.20%) Windows 10
6 20 (16.00%) Windows Server 2019
7 14 (11.20%) Windows 7
8 12 (9.60%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (8.00%) Windows Server 2003
10 9 (7.20%) VMS
11 7 (5.60%) Android
12 6 (4.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (4.80%) Windows 2000 Server
13 3 (2.40%) Apple iOS
13 3 (2.40%) CentOS
13 3 (2.40%) Ubuntu
14 2 (1.60%) Data ONTAP
14 2 (1.60%) Windows 8
15 1 (0.80%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (28.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 23 (18.40%) ITIL
3 17 (13.60%) Migration
4 15 (12.00%) Problem-Solving
5 14 (11.20%) Server Management
6 12 (9.60%) High Availability
7 11 (8.80%) Business Intelligence
8 10 (8.00%) Agile Software Development
8 10 (8.00%) Patch Management
9 9 (7.20%) Disaster Recovery
9 9 (7.20%) RBAC
9 9 (7.20%) Security Patching
9 9 (7.20%) Server Building
10 8 (6.40%) Network Management
10 8 (6.40%) Performance Tuning
10 8 (6.40%) Project Management
10 8 (6.40%) Service Management
10 8 (6.40%) SIEM
11 7 (5.60%) Cryptography
11 7 (5.60%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 59 (47.20%) PowerShell
2 24 (19.20%) SQL
3 15 (12.00%) VBScript
4 6 (4.80%) C#
5 5 (4.00%) VB
6 4 (3.20%) Python
7 2 (1.60%) Bash
7 2 (1.60%) Groovy
7 2 (1.60%) Java
7 2 (1.60%) R
8 1 (0.80%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.80%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 51 (40.80%) Security Cleared
2 47 (37.60%) SC Cleared
3 28 (22.40%) Microsoft Certification
4 14 (11.20%) DV Cleared
5 12 (9.60%) MCSA
6 11 (8.80%) MCSE
7 7 (5.60%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (4.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 5 (4.00%) MCP
9 5 (4.00%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
10 4 (3.20%) CCNA
11 3 (2.40%) CCNP
11 3 (2.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (1.60%) Degree
12 2 (1.60%) HND
12 2 (1.60%) ISEB
12 2 (1.60%) PRNE
13 1 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
13 1 (0.80%) DBS Check
13 1 (0.80%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.20%) ISO 9001
1 4 (3.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 4 (3.20%) PCI DSS
2 2 (1.60%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.60%) SLA
3 1 (0.80%) GDPR
3 1 (0.80%) Government Security Classifications
3 1 (0.80%) JSP 440
3 1 (0.80%) QA
System Software
1 87 (69.60%) Active Directory
2 42 (33.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (24.00%) Hyper-V
4 23 (18.40%) vSphere
5 17 (13.60%) VMware ESXi
6 16 (12.80%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (7.20%) XenApp
8 8 (6.40%) NFS
9 7 (5.60%) BitLocker
10 6 (4.80%) VMware NSX
11 5 (4.00%) VMware Workstation
12 4 (3.20%) Terminal Services
12 4 (3.20%) Virtual Servers
13 3 (2.40%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 3 (2.40%) Virtual Desktop
14 2 (1.60%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (1.60%) vCloud
15 1 (0.80%) Forefront TMG
15 1 (0.80%) ISA Server
15 1 (0.80%) Samba
Systems Management
1 31 (24.80%) SCCM
2 18 (14.40%) Microsoft Clustering
2 18 (14.40%) NetBackup
3 16 (12.80%) vCenter Server
4 15 (12.00%) Failover Clustering
5 14 (11.20%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 12 (9.60%) McAfee ePO
7 11 (8.80%) SCOM
8 10 (8.00%) Ansible
9 7 (5.60%) Norton AntiVirus
9 7 (5.60%) Terraform
10 6 (4.80%) MobiControl
10 6 (4.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 6 (4.80%) vMotion
11 5 (4.00%) Backup Exec
11 5 (4.00%) Puppet
12 4 (3.20%) Nessus
13 3 (2.40%) Microsoft Intune
13 3 (2.40%) Single Sign-On
14 2 (1.60%) vRealize
Vendors
1 74 (59.20%) VMware
2 68 (54.40%) Microsoft
3 28 (22.40%) McAfee
4 26 (20.80%) HP
5 23 (18.40%) Dell
6 21 (16.80%) Cisco
7 17 (13.60%) Splunk
8 14 (11.20%) NetApp
8 14 (11.20%) SolarWinds
9 12 (9.60%) Citrix
9 12 (9.60%) Juniper
10 9 (7.20%) Symantec
10 9 (7.20%) Veritas
10 9 (7.20%) Zscaler
11 8 (6.40%) IBM
12 7 (5.60%) CA
12 7 (5.60%) CheckPoint
13 6 (4.80%) SOTI
14 5 (4.00%) CrowdStrike
14 5 (4.00%) Polycom