Period
to 17 June 2019

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 17 June 2019 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
17 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 39 56 28
Rank change year-on-year +17 -28 -2
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 52 48 60
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 3.96% 3.22% 4.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.69% 3.86% 5.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 33 39
Birmingham median daily rate £419 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.64% -12.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £282 £140 £258
90th Percentile £499 £510 £523
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £389 £400
% change year-on-year +6.11% -2.81% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Birmingham median hourly rate £10.00 £51.23 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -80.48% +28.06% +150.00%
West Midlands median hourly rate £12.50 £15.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -16.67% -16.67% +12.50%

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 1,109 1,243 1,026
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 84.40% 83.48% 82.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 770 844 687
Birmingham median daily rate £427 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.52% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £262 £260 £263
90th Percentile £588 £575 £525
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 44 17
Birmingham median hourly rate £16.53 £15.00 £14.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.20% +5.52% -6.79%
10th Percentile £10.56 £8.39 £10.75
90th Percentile £39.38 £42.50 £40.25
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.43 £15.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +69.50% -30.23% +17.65%

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 17 June 2019.

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 17 June 2019, 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 27 (51.92%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (32.69%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (21.15%) Microsoft
3 11 (21.15%) Continuous Integration
4 10 (19.23%) Finance
4 10 (19.23%) Degree
5 9 (17.31%) Java
5 9 (17.31%) Microsoft Excel
5 9 (17.31%) JIRA
6 8 (15.38%) RESTful
6 8 (15.38%) Cucumber
6 8 (15.38%) SoapUI
6 8 (15.38%) AngularJS
6 8 (15.38%) CSS
6 8 (15.38%) Spring
6 8 (15.38%) Java 8
6 8 (15.38%) Analytical Thinking
7 7 (13.46%) Analytics
7 7 (13.46%) Jenkins
7 7 (13.46%) WebDriver
7 7 (13.46%) Test Automation
7 7 (13.46%) Selenium
7 7 (13.46%) Security Cleared
8 6 (11.54%) Web Testing
8 6 (11.54%) Performance Testing
8 6 (11.54%) Confluence
8 6 (11.54%) API Testing
8 6 (11.54%) Retail
8 6 (11.54%) PostgreSQL
8 6 (11.54%) PL/SQL

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 6 (11.54%) Confluence
2 3 (5.77%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.92%) SAS
3 1 (1.92%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 9 (17.31%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (7.69%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (7.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (3.85%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (1.92%) InVision
4 1 (1.92%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.92%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 2 (3.85%) WebTrends
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (1.92%) SAP ERP
2 1 (1.92%) SAP IS-U
2 1 (1.92%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 5 (9.62%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (7.69%) Power Platform
3 2 (3.85%) Adobe Analytics
3 2 (3.85%) Google Analytics
3 2 (3.85%) Office 365
3 2 (3.85%) Serverless
4 1 (1.92%) Adobe Creative Cloud
4 1 (1.92%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (1.92%) Amazon ELB
4 1 (1.92%) Amazon S3
4 1 (1.92%) Azure ExpressRoute
4 1 (1.92%) Azure Functions
4 1 (1.92%) IaaS
4 1 (1.92%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.77%) Firewall
2 2 (3.85%) Unified Communications
3 1 (1.92%) DNS
3 1 (1.92%) Internet
3 1 (1.92%) ISDN
3 1 (1.92%) Multicast
3 1 (1.92%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (1.92%) Skype
3 1 (1.92%) Telepresence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (11.54%) PostgreSQL
1 6 (11.54%) SQL Server
2 4 (7.69%) Power BI
3 3 (5.77%) MS Access
3 3 (5.77%) Relational Database
3 3 (5.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (3.85%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
4 2 (3.85%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 2 (3.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.92%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (1.92%) DTS
5 1 (1.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 9 (17.31%) JIRA
2 8 (15.38%) Cucumber
2 8 (15.38%) SoapUI
3 7 (13.46%) Jenkins
3 7 (13.46%) Selenium
3 7 (13.46%) WebDriver
4 6 (11.54%) Visual Studio
5 5 (9.62%) JMeter
6 2 (3.85%) Mercurial
7 1 (1.92%) Maven
7 1 (1.92%) MSI
7 1 (1.92%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (1.92%) SilkTest
7 1 (1.92%) SpecFlow
General
1 10 (19.23%) Finance
2 6 (11.54%) Retail
3 2 (3.85%) Legal
4 1 (1.92%) Advertising
4 1 (1.92%) Banking
4 1 (1.92%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.92%) Retail Finance
Job Titles
1 16 (30.77%) Analyst
2 11 (21.15%) Developer
3 5 (9.62%) Java Developer
4 4 (7.69%) Developer in Test
4 4 (7.69%) Report Analyst
4 4 (7.69%) Risk Analyst
4 4 (7.69%) Tester
5 3 (5.77%) Automation Tester
5 3 (5.77%) Digital Product Manager
5 3 (5.77%) Java Developer in Test
5 3 (5.77%) Network Engineer
5 3 (5.77%) Product Manager
5 3 (5.77%) Test Automation Developer
6 2 (3.85%) .NET Developer
6 2 (3.85%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 2 (3.85%) Business Intelligence Analyst
6 2 (3.85%) Data Warehouse Analyst
6 2 (3.85%) Excel Analyst
6 2 (3.85%) JIRA Developer
6 2 (3.85%) Power BI Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (15.38%) AngularJS
1 8 (15.38%) CSS
1 8 (15.38%) RESTful
1 8 (15.38%) Spring
2 3 (5.77%) .NET
2 3 (5.77%) React
2 3 (5.77%) SOAP
3 2 (3.85%) ASP.NET
3 2 (3.85%) HTML
3 2 (3.85%) JSON
3 2 (3.85%) LDAP
3 2 (3.85%) LINQ
3 2 (3.85%) MDX
3 2 (3.85%) Node.js
3 2 (3.85%) Spring Boot
3 2 (3.85%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 2 (3.85%) WCF
4 1 (1.92%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.92%) OAuth
4 1 (1.92%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 27 (51.92%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (7.69%) Self-Motivation
2 4 (7.69%) User Experience
3 2 (3.85%) Virtual Team
4 1 (1.92%) Credit Risk
4 1 (1.92%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (1.92%) Digital Signage
4 1 (1.92%) IPTV
4 1 (1.92%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.92%) Smart Meter
4 1 (1.92%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.92%) Video on Demand
4 1 (1.92%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.69%) Linux
1 4 (7.69%) Windows
2 1 (1.92%) Android
2 1 (1.92%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.92%) Debian
2 1 (1.92%) Mac OS
2 1 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (1.92%) Ubuntu
2 1 (1.92%) Windows 10
2 1 (1.92%) Windows Server
2 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (32.69%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (21.15%) Continuous Integration
3 8 (15.38%) Analytical Thinking
4 7 (13.46%) Analytics
4 7 (13.46%) Test Automation
5 6 (11.54%) API Testing
5 6 (11.54%) Creative Thinking
5 6 (11.54%) Performance Testing
5 6 (11.54%) Project Management
5 6 (11.54%) Web Testing
6 5 (9.62%) Collaborative Working
6 5 (9.62%) Computer Science
6 5 (9.62%) Data Analysis
6 5 (9.62%) E-Commerce
6 5 (9.62%) Migration
6 5 (9.62%) Scrum
6 5 (9.62%) SDLC
7 4 (7.69%) DevOps
7 4 (7.69%) Load Testing
7 4 (7.69%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 9 (17.31%) Java
2 8 (15.38%) Java 8
3 6 (11.54%) PL/SQL
4 5 (9.62%) SQL
5 4 (7.69%) C#
6 3 (5.77%) JavaScript
7 2 (3.85%) Python
7 2 (3.85%) VB.NET
8 1 (1.92%) ABAP
8 1 (1.92%) MATLAB
8 1 (1.92%) Perl
8 1 (1.92%) PowerShell
8 1 (1.92%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.92%) VB
8 1 (1.92%) VBA
Qualifications
1 10 (19.23%) Degree
2 7 (13.46%) Security Cleared
3 5 (9.62%) SC Cleared
4 2 (3.85%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (3.85%) ISEB
5 1 (1.92%) CCIE
5 1 (1.92%) CCNA
5 1 (1.92%) CCNP
5 1 (1.92%) CCVP
5 1 (1.92%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.92%) PMO
1 1 (1.92%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.92%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (3.85%) SCCM
2 1 (1.92%) Kubernetes
2 1 (1.92%) Puppet
2 1 (1.92%) QRadar
2 1 (1.92%) Terraform
Vendors
1 11 (21.15%) Microsoft
2 5 (9.62%) Cisco
2 5 (9.62%) Oracle
3 3 (5.77%) Adobe
4 2 (3.85%) CheckPoint
4 2 (3.85%) F5
4 2 (3.85%) Google
4 2 (3.85%) SAP
5 1 (1.92%) Apple
5 1 (1.92%) Avaya
5 1 (1.92%) IBM
5 1 (1.92%) LogRhythm
5 1 (1.92%) ServiceNow