Period
to 22 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 22 October 2018 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)
England > West Midlands
6 months to
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 161 161 206
Rank change year-on-year 0 +45 -31
Contract jobs citing WSUS 39 21 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.77% 0.45% 0.16%
As % of the Systems Management category 6.36% 4.51% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 12 7
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £315 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.98% -30.00% +38.46%
10th Percentile £310 £112 £285
90th Percentile £481 £425 £531
England median daily rate £350 £330 £325
% change year-on-year +6.06% +1.54% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 8 1
West Midlands median hourly rate £21.50 £16.86 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.54% +34.86% -
10th Percentile £14.65 £13.21 £11.25
90th Percentile £28.25 £21.00 £13.75
England median hourly rate £18.75 £20.00 £39.25
% change year-on-year -6.25% -49.04% +121.13%

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for systems management skills.

All Systems Management Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 613 466 551
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.04% 10.06% 8.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 361 290 303
West Midlands median daily rate £430 £440 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.27% +8.64% +35.00%
10th Percentile £275 £225 £300
90th Percentile £575 £588 £525
England median daily rate £500 £475 £440
% change year-on-year +5.26% +7.95% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 27 10
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.25 £14.53 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.65% +0.17% -31.76%
10th Percentile £12.88 £12.96 £12.38
90th Percentile £25.63 £51.50 £21.15
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year - -22.22% +7.14%

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing WSUS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for WSUS in the West Midlands

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing WSUS in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for WSUS in the West Midlands

WSUS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing WSUS in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 22 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for WSUS in the West Midlands

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing WSUS in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for WSUS in the West Midlands

WSUS
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing WSUS in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 22 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for WSUS in the West Midlands

WSUS
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing WSUS within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 22 October 2018. 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
Coventry -9 11 £450 +160.87% 2
Solihull +3 8 £350 -14.11% 1
Birmingham 0 6 £325 -25.71% 3
Warwickshire - 1 - -
Herefordshire - 1 £325 -
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £350 -
WSUS
England

For the 6 months to 22 October 2018, 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for WSUS.

1 38 (97.44%) Windows
2 30 (76.92%) Windows Server
3 29 (74.36%) Microsoft
4 26 (66.67%) Active Directory
5 22 (56.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 17 (43.59%) VMware
6 17 (43.59%) PowerShell
7 16 (41.03%) DevOps
8 15 (38.46%) Microsoft Azure
8 15 (38.46%) SQL
8 15 (38.46%) C#
8 15 (38.46%) .NET
8 15 (38.46%) SQL Server
9 14 (35.90%) Visual Studio
9 14 (35.90%) IaaS
10 13 (33.33%) T-SQL
11 12 (30.77%) Cloud Computing
11 12 (30.77%) Hyper-V
11 12 (30.77%) Team Foundation Server
11 12 (30.77%) SCCM
11 12 (30.77%) Security Cleared
11 12 (30.77%) Microsoft App-V
11 12 (30.77%) Public Cloud
11 12 (30.77%) SaaS
11 12 (30.77%) PaaS
12 11 (28.21%) MS Exchange
13 10 (25.64%) Thin Client
13 10 (25.64%) Wyse
13 10 (25.64%) VMware Infrastructure
13 10 (25.64%) Fat Client

WSUS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 11 (28.21%) MS Exchange
2 5 (12.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 3 (7.69%) IIS
4 2 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (5.13%) MS Project Server
5 1 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (2.56%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 15 (38.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (35.90%) IaaS
3 12 (30.77%) Cloud Computing
3 12 (30.77%) PaaS
3 12 (30.77%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (7.69%) DHCP
1 3 (7.69%) DNS
1 3 (7.69%) SAN
2 2 (5.13%) DKIM
2 2 (5.13%) Firewall
2 2 (5.13%) iSCSI
2 2 (5.13%) SSL
3 1 (2.56%) DMZ
3 1 (2.56%) IP Telephony
3 1 (2.56%) LAN
3 1 (2.56%) NetScaler
3 1 (2.56%) VoIP
3 1 (2.56%) VPN
3 1 (2.56%) WAN
3 1 (2.56%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (38.46%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.13%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (2.56%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (2.56%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 14 (35.90%) Visual Studio
2 12 (30.77%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.56%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 4 (10.26%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (33.33%) DevOps Engineer
2 8 (20.51%) Cybersecurity Engineer
2 8 (20.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 8 (20.51%) Security Engineer
3 4 (10.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 4 (10.26%) IT Engineer
3 4 (10.26%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
3 4 (10.26%) Support Engineer
4 3 (7.69%) 3rd Line Support
4 3 (7.69%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 3 (7.69%) Azure Engineer
4 3 (7.69%) Technical Engineer
5 2 (5.13%) 3rd Line Technical Engineer
5 2 (5.13%) Azure DevOps
5 2 (5.13%) Azure DevOps Engineer
5 2 (5.13%) Server Engineer
6 1 (2.56%) Azure Software Engineer
6 1 (2.56%) Exchange Migration Engineer
6 1 (2.56%) Infrastructure Support
6 1 (2.56%) Server Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (38.46%) .NET
2 3 (7.69%) JSON
3 1 (2.56%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 12 (30.77%) Public Cloud
2 10 (25.64%) Data Centre
2 10 (25.64%) Fat Client
2 10 (25.64%) Thin Client
3 5 (12.82%) Blackberry
4 3 (7.69%) Clustering
5 2 (5.13%) EMC VNX
5 2 (5.13%) EMC VNXe
5 2 (5.13%) User Experience
6 1 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (2.56%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (2.56%) Management Information System
6 1 (2.56%) PKI
6 1 (2.56%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 38 (97.44%) Windows
2 30 (76.92%) Windows Server
3 22 (56.41%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (25.64%) Windows 7
5 7 (17.95%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (15.38%) Windows 10
7 5 (12.82%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (7.69%) Linux
8 3 (7.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (7.69%) Windows XP
9 2 (5.13%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (2.56%) CentOS
10 1 (2.56%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (41.03%) DevOps
2 9 (23.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 9 (23.08%) Integration Testing
2 9 (23.08%) Line Management
3 8 (20.51%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (20.51%) Cybersecurity
4 7 (17.95%) ITIL
5 6 (15.38%) Coaching
5 6 (15.38%) Migration
5 6 (15.38%) Mobile Device Management
5 6 (15.38%) Software Deployment
6 5 (12.82%) Asset Management
6 5 (12.82%) Configuration Management
6 5 (12.82%) Service Delivery
7 4 (10.26%) Release Management
8 3 (7.69%) Open Source
9 2 (5.13%) Application Virtualisation
9 2 (5.13%) Continuous Deployment
9 2 (5.13%) Infrastructure Management
9 2 (5.13%) Server Building
Programming Languages
1 17 (43.59%) PowerShell
2 15 (38.46%) C#
2 15 (38.46%) SQL
3 13 (33.33%) T-SQL
4 4 (10.26%) VB
4 4 (10.26%) VBScript
5 2 (5.13%) Java
Qualifications
1 12 (30.77%) Security Cleared
2 7 (17.95%) SC Cleared
3 5 (12.82%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 5 (12.82%) MCP
3 5 (12.82%) MCSE
3 5 (12.82%) Microsoft Certification
4 3 (7.69%) BC Cleared
4 3 (7.69%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (2.56%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.56%) SLA
System Software
1 26 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 12 (30.77%) Hyper-V
2 12 (30.77%) Microsoft App-V
3 10 (25.64%) VMware ESXi
3 10 (25.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (17.95%) Terminal Services
5 6 (15.38%) VMware Workstation
6 4 (10.26%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (5.13%) DFS Replication
7 2 (5.13%) Firmware
7 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (5.13%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (2.56%) Docker
8 1 (2.56%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (2.56%) VMware Server
8 1 (2.56%) vSphere
8 1 (2.56%) XenApp
8 1 (2.56%) XenDesktop
8 1 (2.56%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 12 (30.77%) SCCM
2 6 (15.38%) SafeCom
3 5 (12.82%) Backup Exec
4 2 (5.13%) EMC NetWorker
4 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (5.13%) Nessus
4 2 (5.13%) SCOM
4 2 (5.13%) SCVMM
4 2 (5.13%) vCenter Server
5 1 (2.56%) AirWatch
5 1 (2.56%) EdgeSight
5 1 (2.56%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (2.56%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (2.56%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (2.56%) SCDPM
5 1 (2.56%) SCOrch
5 1 (2.56%) SCSM
Vendors
1 29 (74.36%) Microsoft
2 17 (43.59%) VMware
3 10 (25.64%) Wyse
4 8 (20.51%) HP
5 6 (15.38%) Cisco
6 3 (7.69%) Sophos
6 3 (7.69%) Symantec
7 2 (5.13%) Adobe
7 2 (5.13%) Citrix
7 2 (5.13%) Dell
7 2 (5.13%) EMC
7 2 (5.13%) IBM
7 2 (5.13%) Red Hat
7 2 (5.13%) Tripwire
8 1 (2.56%) Avaya
8 1 (2.56%) Huawei
8 1 (2.56%) NetApp
8 1 (2.56%) Qualys
8 1 (2.56%) SolarWinds
8 1 (2.56%) Veeam