Period
to 14 December 2018

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 14 December 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.

Problem-Solving
West Midlands > Birmingham
6 months to
14 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 34 39 32
Rank change year-on-year +5 -7 -5
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 69 68 73
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 4.86% 4.17% 5.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.82% 5.01% 6.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 53 46
Birmingham median daily rate £400 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.23% +23.02%
10th Percentile £264 £267 £228
90th Percentile £500 £665 £519
West Midlands median daily rate £415 £421 £375
% change year-on-year -1.31% +12.13% +5.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 6
Birmingham median hourly rate £16.50 - £12.30
10th Percentile £16.10 - £10.60
90th Percentile £16.90 - £15.00
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.11 £24.59 £13.50
% change year-on-year -42.62% +82.15% -32.50%

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 1,186 1,357 1,205
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 83.58% 83.15% 83.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 812 995 751
Birmingham median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £213 £227 £250
90th Percentile £563 £530 £550
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 25 36
Birmingham median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -4.48% -4.29%
10th Percentile £10.77 £10.27 £10.60
90th Percentile £32.00 £48.95 £32.10
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £25.06 £17.50
% change year-on-year -36.75% +43.20% -12.50%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

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

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in Birmingham

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Problem-Solving in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in Birmingham

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in Birmingham over the 6 months to 14 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in Birmingham

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 14 December 2018, 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 35 (50.72%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (28.99%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (20.29%) SQL
4 12 (17.39%) Microsoft
5 11 (15.94%) Java
5 11 (15.94%) PL/SQL
5 11 (15.94%) Test Automation
5 11 (15.94%) RESTful
6 10 (14.49%) Security Cleared
6 10 (14.49%) Continuous Integration
6 10 (14.49%) JSON
6 10 (14.49%) JIRA
6 10 (14.49%) Selenium
6 10 (14.49%) Linux
6 10 (14.49%) Stakeholder Management
7 9 (13.04%) JMeter
7 9 (13.04%) Business Intelligence
7 9 (13.04%) Performance Testing
7 9 (13.04%) Cucumber
7 9 (13.04%) Jenkins
8 8 (11.59%) SoapUI
8 8 (11.59%) SC Cleared
8 8 (11.59%) Confluence
8 8 (11.59%) Windows
8 8 (11.59%) JavaScript
8 8 (11.59%) Management Information System
8 8 (11.59%) Migration
8 8 (11.59%) Regression Testing
9 7 (10.14%) PostgreSQL
9 7 (10.14%) Oracle

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 8 (11.59%) Confluence
2 4 (5.80%) nginx
3 2 (2.90%) Apache
3 2 (2.90%) SAS
4 1 (1.45%) CMS
4 1 (1.45%) JBoss
4 1 (1.45%) Oracle Service Bus
4 1 (1.45%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (1.45%) WebLogic
4 1 (1.45%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 6 (8.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.90%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (2.90%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.45%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (2.90%) Oracle ERP
1 2 (2.90%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
1 2 (2.90%) Remedy ITSM
1 2 (2.90%) Teamcenter
2 1 (1.45%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 6 (8.70%) GitHub
2 5 (7.25%) Google Cloud Platform
3 4 (5.80%) npm
3 4 (5.80%) SaaS
4 3 (4.35%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (4.35%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (2.90%) Office 365
6 1 (1.45%) Google Analytics
6 1 (1.45%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.25%) Firewall
1 5 (7.25%) Wireless
2 4 (5.80%) TCP/IP
3 3 (4.35%) Intranet
4 2 (2.90%) DSL
4 2 (2.90%) SMS
4 2 (2.90%) WAN
5 1 (1.45%) 4G
5 1 (1.45%) DNS
5 1 (1.45%) LAN
5 1 (1.45%) NAS
5 1 (1.45%) SAN
5 1 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (10.14%) Data Warehouse
1 7 (10.14%) PostgreSQL
2 6 (8.70%) MySQL
2 6 (8.70%) SQL Server
3 4 (5.80%) MariaDB
4 3 (4.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (2.90%) BusinessObjects
5 2 (2.90%) Oracle BI EE
5 2 (2.90%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (2.90%) Power BI
5 2 (2.90%) Relational Database
6 1 (1.45%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (1.45%) Base SAS
6 1 (1.45%) BigQuery
6 1 (1.45%) EDMS
6 1 (1.45%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.45%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (1.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.45%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 10 (14.49%) JIRA
1 10 (14.49%) Selenium
2 9 (13.04%) Cucumber
2 9 (13.04%) Jenkins
2 9 (13.04%) JMeter
3 8 (11.59%) SoapUI
4 6 (8.70%) WebDriver
5 4 (5.80%) Babel
5 4 (5.80%) webpack
6 2 (2.90%) Maven
7 1 (1.45%) Eclipse
7 1 (1.45%) GitLab
7 1 (1.45%) Hudson
7 1 (1.45%) JUnit
7 1 (1.45%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (1.45%) SpecFlow
7 1 (1.45%) Visual Studio
7 1 (1.45%) Xcode
General
1 6 (8.70%) Retail
2 5 (7.25%) Finance
3 2 (2.90%) Marketing
4 1 (1.45%) Banking
4 1 (1.45%) Publishing
4 1 (1.45%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.45%) Retail Finance
Job Titles
1 26 (37.68%) Analyst
2 12 (17.39%) Developer
3 11 (15.94%) Business Analyst
4 7 (10.14%) Tester
5 5 (7.25%) React Developer
6 4 (5.80%) Automation Tester
6 4 (5.80%) Data Analyst
6 4 (5.80%) Java Developer
6 4 (5.80%) JavaScript Developer
7 3 (4.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 3 (4.35%) Java Automation Tester
7 3 (4.35%) Network Engineer
7 3 (4.35%) Vulnerability Analyst
8 2 (2.90%) Administrator
8 2 (2.90%) AIX Systems Administrator
8 2 (2.90%) Applications Support
8 2 (2.90%) Digital Analyst
8 2 (2.90%) ERP Specialist
8 2 (2.90%) Support Engineer
8 2 (2.90%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (15.94%) RESTful
2 10 (14.49%) JSON
3 7 (10.14%) Web Services
4 6 (8.70%) CSS
4 6 (8.70%) Spring
4 6 (8.70%) XML
5 5 (7.25%) AngularJS
5 5 (7.25%) React
6 4 (5.80%) DOM
6 4 (5.80%) Immutable.js
6 4 (5.80%) Redux
6 4 (5.80%) REST
7 2 (2.90%) Middleware
8 1 (1.45%) .NET
8 1 (1.45%) CSS3
8 1 (1.45%) HTML
8 1 (1.45%) J2EE
8 1 (1.45%) J2ME
8 1 (1.45%) Node.js
8 1 (1.45%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 35 (50.72%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (11.59%) Management Information System
3 6 (8.70%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (5.80%) Data Structures
4 4 (5.80%) NHS
4 4 (5.80%) PKI
5 2 (2.90%) User Experience
6 1 (1.45%) CCTV
6 1 (1.45%) Credit Risk
6 1 (1.45%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.45%) iPhone
6 1 (1.45%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 10 (14.49%) Linux
2 8 (11.59%) Windows
3 5 (7.25%) Unix
4 2 (2.90%) AIX
4 2 (2.90%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.45%) Android
5 1 (1.45%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.45%) Windows 10
5 1 (1.45%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.45%) Windows 8
5 1 (1.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (28.99%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (15.94%) Test Automation
3 10 (14.49%) Continuous Integration
3 10 (14.49%) Stakeholder Management
4 9 (13.04%) Business Intelligence
4 9 (13.04%) Performance Testing
5 8 (11.59%) Migration
5 8 (11.59%) Regression Testing
6 7 (10.14%) Analytical Thinking
6 7 (10.14%) API Testing
6 7 (10.14%) Business Analysis
6 7 (10.14%) Creative Thinking
6 7 (10.14%) Exploratory Testing
6 7 (10.14%) Load Testing
6 7 (10.14%) Web Testing
7 6 (8.70%) Acceptance Criteria
7 6 (8.70%) Collaborative Working
7 6 (8.70%) Continuous Improvement
7 6 (8.70%) Functional Testing
7 6 (8.70%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 14 (20.29%) SQL
2 11 (15.94%) Java
2 11 (15.94%) PL/SQL
3 8 (11.59%) JavaScript
4 4 (5.80%) Python
4 4 (5.80%) XQuery
5 2 (2.90%) C
5 2 (2.90%) C#
5 2 (2.90%) COBOL
5 2 (2.90%) Korn
5 2 (2.90%) Perl
6 1 (1.45%) Apple Swift
6 1 (1.45%) C++
6 1 (1.45%) MATLAB
6 1 (1.45%) Objective-C
6 1 (1.45%) PHP
6 1 (1.45%) R
6 1 (1.45%) Ruby
6 1 (1.45%) VB
Qualifications
1 10 (14.49%) Security Cleared
2 8 (11.59%) SC Cleared
3 6 (8.70%) Degree
4 2 (2.90%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (2.90%) CCNA
4 2 (2.90%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.45%) DBS Check
5 1 (1.45%) ISEB
5 1 (1.45%) MCSA
5 1 (1.45%) MCSE
5 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.70%) GDPR
2 4 (5.80%) PMO
3 3 (4.35%) Data Quality
4 2 (2.90%) QA
4 2 (2.90%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (4.35%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.90%) Docker
2 2 (2.90%) Samba
2 2 (2.90%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (4.35%) Nessus
2 2 (2.90%) PTC Integrity
2 2 (2.90%) SCCM
3 1 (1.45%) Backup Exec
3 1 (1.45%) HockeyApp
3 1 (1.45%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 12 (17.39%) Microsoft
2 7 (10.14%) Oracle
3 6 (8.70%) Cisco
3 6 (8.70%) Google
4 5 (7.25%) Remedy
5 4 (5.80%) Apple
5 4 (5.80%) ArcSight
5 4 (5.80%) Qualys
5 4 (5.80%) Tableau
5 4 (5.80%) TIBCO
5 4 (5.80%) VMware
6 3 (4.35%) Meraki
6 3 (4.35%) Splunk
7 2 (2.90%) IBM
7 2 (2.90%) PTC
7 2 (2.90%) Siemens
8 1 (1.45%) Dell
8 1 (1.45%) HP
8 1 (1.45%) NetApp
8 1 (1.45%) Symantec