Period
to 30 July 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for Problem-Solving skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Problem-Solving over the 6 months to 30 July 2021 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.

Problem-Solving
West Midlands > Birmingham
6 months to
30 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 16 26 35
Rank change year-on-year +10 +9 +23
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 69 33 66
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Birmingham 7.35% 6.51% 4.78%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.56% 7.78% 5.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 22 36
10th Percentile £138 £166 £119
25th Percentile £313 £319 £322
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £483 £419 £425
Median % change year-on-year +15.22% -1.47% +21.43%
75th Percentile £538 £488 £474
90th Percentile £588 £538 £538
West Midlands median daily rate £465 £420 £411
% change year-on-year +10.65% +2.19% +8.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 0 2
Median hourly rate £18.00 - £14.00
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £12.75
% change year-on-year +2.86% +37.25% -9.64%

Problem-Solving is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Birmingham
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 806 424 1,183
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 85.84% 83.63% 85.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 595 254 822
10th Percentile £246 £227 £235
25th Percentile £350 £356 £327
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £438 £450 £425
Median % change year-on-year -2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
75th Percentile £538 £568 £513
90th Percentile £638 £650 £588
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £440 £450
% change year-on-year +2.27% -2.22% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 20 24
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.70 £10.29
25th Percentile £12.12 £14.50 £11.17
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.98 £14.50
Median % change year-on-year -9.90% +37.78% -3.33%
75th Percentile " £44.06 £20.00
90th Percentile £20.90 £47.63 £37.73
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -11.11% +2.86% +16.67%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in Birmingham

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in Birmingham.

Daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in Birmingham

Problem-Solving
Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving in Birmingham over the 6 months to 30 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in Birmingham

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in Birmingham.

Hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 30 July 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Problem-Solving 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 Birmingham region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 41 (59.42%) Social Skills
2 23 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 19 (27.54%) SQL
3 19 (27.54%) Windows
3 19 (27.54%) Azure
4 14 (20.29%) Public Sector
4 14 (20.29%) Windows 10
5 13 (18.84%) Windows 8
5 13 (18.84%) SCCM
5 13 (18.84%) Windows 7
5 13 (18.84%) Apple
6 12 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
7 11 (15.94%) ITIL
8 10 (14.49%) Microsoft 365
8 10 (14.49%) Microsoft Office
8 10 (14.49%) Project Management
8 10 (14.49%) Change Management
8 10 (14.49%) DevOps
9 9 (13.04%) SQL Server
9 9 (13.04%) SaaS
10 8 (11.59%) Firewall
11 7 (10.14%) Business Intelligence
11 7 (10.14%) Continuous Improvement
11 7 (10.14%) PowerShell
11 7 (10.14%) Degree
12 6 (8.70%) Agile Software Development
12 6 (8.70%) Microsoft Excel
12 6 (8.70%) Active Directory
12 6 (8.70%) ServiceNow
12 6 (8.70%) Requirements Gathering

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham 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 (4.35%) SAS
2 2 (2.90%) IBM Notes
2 2 (2.90%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.45%) ArcGIS
3 1 (1.45%) CMS
3 1 (1.45%) Headless CMS
3 1 (1.45%) IIS
Applications
1 10 (14.49%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (8.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (4.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.45%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (1.45%) Salesforce.com CRM
1 1 (1.45%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 19 (27.54%) Azure
2 10 (14.49%) Microsoft 365
3 9 (13.04%) SaaS
4 5 (7.25%) AWS
4 5 (7.25%) Power Platform
5 4 (5.80%) Amazon ECS
5 4 (5.80%) Amazon EKS
5 4 (5.80%) GCP
6 2 (2.90%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (2.90%) Azure Data Factory
6 2 (2.90%) Boomi
7 1 (1.45%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (1.45%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (1.45%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 8 (11.59%) Firewall
2 5 (7.25%) DHCP
2 5 (7.25%) DNS
2 5 (7.25%) TCP/IP
3 4 (5.80%) LAN
3 4 (5.80%) WAN
4 3 (4.35%) 3G
4 3 (4.35%) 4G
4 3 (4.35%) 5G
5 2 (2.90%) 2G
5 2 (2.90%) VoIP
6 1 (1.45%) 2.5G
6 1 (1.45%) Cisco IOS
6 1 (1.45%) LTE
6 1 (1.45%) SAN
6 1 (1.45%) SMS
6 1 (1.45%) SSL
6 1 (1.45%) VoLTE
6 1 (1.45%) VoWiFi
6 1 (1.45%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (13.04%) SQL Server
2 5 (7.25%) Power BI
3 4 (5.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (2.90%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (2.90%) Data Lake
4 2 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 2 (2.90%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (2.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.90%) Star Schema
5 1 (1.45%) DB2
5 1 (1.45%) MS Access
5 1 (1.45%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (1.45%) QGIS
5 1 (1.45%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.45%) Sybase ASE
5 1 (1.45%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 5 (7.25%) GitLab
1 5 (7.25%) Jenkins
2 4 (5.80%) CircleCI
3 3 (4.35%) Git (software)
4 2 (2.90%) Appium
4 2 (2.90%) JIRA
4 2 (2.90%) JMeter
4 2 (2.90%) REST Assured
4 2 (2.90%) Selenium
4 2 (2.90%) SpecFlow
5 1 (1.45%) NUnit
5 1 (1.45%) Octopus Deploy
5 1 (1.45%) TeamCity
General
1 41 (59.42%) Social Skills
2 14 (20.29%) Public Sector
3 12 (17.39%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (7.25%) Telecoms
5 3 (4.35%) Presentation Skills
6 2 (2.90%) Billing
6 2 (2.90%) Finance
6 2 (2.90%) Influencing Skills
6 2 (2.90%) Retail
7 1 (1.45%) Banking
7 1 (1.45%) French Language
7 1 (1.45%) Inclusion and Diversity
7 1 (1.45%) Marketing
7 1 (1.45%) Organisational Skills
7 1 (1.45%) Retail Banking
7 1 (1.45%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 21 (30.43%) Analyst
2 11 (15.94%) Desktop Engineer
3 10 (14.49%) Support Engineer
4 6 (8.70%) Developer
5 5 (7.25%) Business Analyst
5 5 (7.25%) DevOps Engineer
5 5 (7.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (7.25%) Infrastructure Support
5 5 (7.25%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
5 5 (7.25%) IT Support
6 4 (5.80%) IT Engineer
6 4 (5.80%) Project Manager
7 3 (4.35%) Architect
7 3 (4.35%) Business Intelligence Analyst
7 3 (4.35%) Desktop Support
7 3 (4.35%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 3 (4.35%) Support Analyst
8 2 (2.90%) Applications Support Analyst
8 2 (2.90%) IT Support Engineer
8 2 (2.90%) Risk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.80%) .NET
2 3 (4.35%) REST
3 2 (2.90%) .NET Core
3 2 (2.90%) .NET Framework
3 2 (2.90%) React
3 2 (2.90%) SOAP
4 1 (1.45%) Ajax
4 1 (1.45%) AngularJS
4 1 (1.45%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.45%) ASP.NET Core
4 1 (1.45%) CSS
4 1 (1.45%) EDI
4 1 (1.45%) HTML
4 1 (1.45%) JSON
4 1 (1.45%) LESS
4 1 (1.45%) MediatR
4 1 (1.45%) Middleware
4 1 (1.45%) Node.js
4 1 (1.45%) Spring
4 1 (1.45%) SVG
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.25%) User Experience
2 4 (5.80%) Virtual Team
3 3 (4.35%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.90%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.90%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (2.90%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.90%) Video\Live Streaming
5 1 (1.45%) Analytical Mindset
5 1 (1.45%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.45%) EPoS
5 1 (1.45%) Learning Management System
5 1 (1.45%) Legacy Systems
5 1 (1.45%) Replication
5 1 (1.45%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.45%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 19 (27.54%) Windows
2 14 (20.29%) Windows 10
3 13 (18.84%) Windows 7
3 13 (18.84%) Windows 8
4 3 (4.35%) Windows Server
5 2 (2.90%) Android
5 2 (2.90%) Linux
5 2 (2.90%) Unix
5 2 (2.90%) Windows Phone
6 1 (1.45%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (15.94%) ITIL
2 10 (14.49%) Change Management
2 10 (14.49%) DevOps
2 10 (14.49%) Project Management
3 7 (10.14%) Business Intelligence
3 7 (10.14%) Continuous Improvement
4 6 (8.70%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (8.70%) Requirements Gathering
5 5 (7.25%) Analytics
5 5 (7.25%) Business Analysis
5 5 (7.25%) Data Privacy
5 5 (7.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 5 (7.25%) Preventative Maintenance
5 5 (7.25%) Process Improvement
5 5 (7.25%) Project Delivery
5 5 (7.25%) Scrum
5 5 (7.25%) Service Delivery
6 4 (5.80%) Business Process Improvement
6 4 (5.80%) Computer Science
6 4 (5.80%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (27.54%) SQL
2 7 (10.14%) PowerShell
3 5 (7.25%) Python
3 5 (7.25%) T-SQL
4 3 (4.35%) C#
4 3 (4.35%) Java
5 2 (2.90%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
5 2 (2.90%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.45%) C
6 1 (1.45%) C++
6 1 (1.45%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.45%) MATLAB
6 1 (1.45%) Perl
6 1 (1.45%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.45%) Scala
6 1 (1.45%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (10.14%) Degree
2 5 (7.25%) Security Cleared
3 3 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (4.35%) ISTQB
4 2 (2.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.45%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.45%) CCNA
5 1 (1.45%) CCSP
5 1 (1.45%) CISM
5 1 (1.45%) CISSP
5 1 (1.45%) Computer Science Degree
5 1 (1.45%) CRISC
5 1 (1.45%) DBS Check
5 1 (1.45%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.45%) GCIA
5 1 (1.45%) GCIH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.25%) PMO
2 3 (4.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (2.90%) Data Quality
3 2 (2.90%) SLA
4 1 (1.45%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.45%) PCI DSS
4 1 (1.45%) QA
4 1 (1.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 6 (8.70%) Active Directory
2 4 (5.80%) Docker
3 1 (1.45%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.45%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 13 (18.84%) SCCM
2 4 (5.80%) Kubernetes
2 4 (5.80%) Rancher
2 4 (5.80%) Terraform
3 1 (1.45%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 23 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 13 (18.84%) Apple
3 6 (8.70%) ServiceNow
4 5 (7.25%) CheckPoint
4 5 (7.25%) Juniper
5 4 (5.80%) Oracle
6 3 (4.35%) SAP
7 2 (2.90%) BT
7 2 (2.90%) Cisco
7 2 (2.90%) Dell
7 2 (2.90%) Google
7 2 (2.90%) HP
7 2 (2.90%) IBM
7 2 (2.90%) Intapp
7 2 (2.90%) Xamarin
8 1 (1.45%) Brocade
8 1 (1.45%) Teradata
8 1 (1.45%) Veeam
8 1 (1.45%) VMware
8 1 (1.45%) Workday