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 3 months to 25 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)
England / West Midlands
3 months to
25 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 108 122 123
Rank change year-on-year +14 +1  
Contract jobs citing WSUS 4 11 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.18% 0.39% 0.073%
As % of the Systems Management category 2.47% 3.93% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 9 1
Median daily rate £325 £325 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -10.34%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £350 £303
% change year-on-year -14.28% +15.70%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Median hourly rate - £15.75 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -30.00%  
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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for systems management skills.

Systems Management Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for systems management skills 162 280 207
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 7.46% 9.81% 7.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 110 144 114
Median daily rate £475 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.75% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 27
Median hourly rate £14.20 £20.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.73% -8.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.10 £11.00 £13.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.40 £26.00 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £20.19
% change year-on-year -15.55% +11.46%  

WSUS
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 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 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
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 3 months to 25 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
Herefordshire - 2 - -
Coventry +7 1 £325 -
Shropshire - 1 - -
WSUS
England

For the 6 months to 25 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for WSUS.

1 13 (100.00%) Windows
2 10 (76.92%) Active Directory
2 10 (76.92%) Windows Server
3 7 (53.85%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (46.15%) Windows 10
5 5 (38.46%) DevOps
5 5 (38.46%) Microsoft
5 5 (38.46%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (38.46%) SCCM
5 5 (38.46%) PowerShell
5 5 (38.46%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (38.46%) Microsoft Azure
6 4 (30.77%) Root Cause Analysis
6 4 (30.77%) Office 365
6 4 (30.77%) DNS
6 4 (30.77%) Linux
6 4 (30.77%) Client/Server
6 4 (30.77%) SQL
6 4 (30.77%) SQL Server
7 3 (23.08%) C#
7 3 (23.08%) T-SQL
7 3 (23.08%) VBScript
7 3 (23.08%) VB
7 3 (23.08%) Bluetooth
7 3 (23.08%) Microsoft Excel
7 3 (23.08%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (23.08%) Apple iOS
7 3 (23.08%) Skype for Business
7 3 (23.08%) Android
7 3 (23.08%) LANDesk

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 3 (23.08%) Skype for Business
2 1 (7.69%) SharePoint
2 1 (7.69%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 3 (23.08%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 5 (38.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (30.77%) Office 365
3 1 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (30.77%) DNS
2 3 (23.08%) Bluetooth
2 3 (23.08%) Skype
3 1 (7.69%) DHCP
3 1 (7.69%) NAS
3 1 (7.69%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (30.77%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 3 (23.08%) Consultant
1 3 (23.08%) Deployment Engineer
1 3 (23.08%) DevOps Engineer
2 2 (15.38%) Active Directory Consultant
3 1 (7.69%) Active Directory Administrator
3 1 (7.69%) Active Directory Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Active Directory Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Administrator
3 1 (7.69%) Cloud Consultant
3 1 (7.69%) Cloud Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Cloud Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) DBA
3 1 (7.69%) Implementation Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Linux Administrator
3 1 (7.69%) Server Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) SharePoint Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) .NET
1 1 (7.69%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (30.77%) Client/Server
2 3 (23.08%) Video Conferencing
3 1 (7.69%) Clustering
3 1 (7.69%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 13 (100.00%) Windows
2 10 (76.92%) Windows Server
3 7 (53.85%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (46.15%) Windows 10
5 5 (38.46%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (30.77%) Linux
7 3 (23.08%) Android
7 3 (23.08%) Apple iOS
7 3 (23.08%) Windows 7
8 1 (7.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (7.69%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (38.46%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (38.46%) DevOps
2 4 (30.77%) Root Cause Analysis
3 3 (23.08%) Application Packaging
3 3 (23.08%) Computer Security
4 2 (15.38%) Change Management
4 2 (15.38%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (7.69%) Capacity Management
5 1 (7.69%) Continuous Deployment
5 1 (7.69%) Information Security
5 1 (7.69%) Information Security Management
5 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Management
5 1 (7.69%) ITIL
5 1 (7.69%) Knowledge Management
5 1 (7.69%) Mentoring
5 1 (7.69%) Project Management
5 1 (7.69%) Release Management
5 1 (7.69%) Remediation Plan
5 1 (7.69%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (38.46%) PowerShell
2 4 (30.77%) SQL
3 3 (23.08%) C#
3 3 (23.08%) T-SQL
3 3 (23.08%) VB
3 3 (23.08%) VBScript
4 1 (7.69%) C
Qualifications
1 3 (23.08%) DV Cleared
1 3 (23.08%) Security Cleared
2 2 (15.38%) MCITP
2 2 (15.38%) MCSA
2 2 (15.38%) MCSE
2 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 10 (76.92%) Active Directory
2 3 (23.08%) Docker
2 3 (23.08%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (15.38%) Hyper-V
3 2 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (7.69%) UAG
4 1 (7.69%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 5 (38.46%) SCCM
2 3 (23.08%) AirWatch
2 3 (23.08%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (23.08%) SCOM
3 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 5 (38.46%) Microsoft
2 3 (23.08%) LANDesk
3 2 (15.38%) VMware
4 1 (7.69%) Cisco
4 1 (7.69%) EMC
4 1 (7.69%) NetApp
4 1 (7.69%) Red Hat