Period
to 26 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 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 26 February 2020 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
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
26 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 22 29 32
Rank change year-on-year +7 +3 -10
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 54 73 71
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 7.43% 6.11% 5.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.82% 7.14% 6.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 40 47
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £399 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.38% +6.27% -11.24%
10th Percentile £128 £263 £205
90th Percentile £591 £588 £510
North West median daily rate £418 £405 £375
% change year-on-year +3.09% +8.00% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 0
Cheshire median hourly rate £53.00 £35.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.43% - -
North West median hourly rate £44.00 £22.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +100.00% -26.67% -26.15%

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 Cheshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 612 1,022 1,133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 84.18% 85.59% 86.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 369 642 800
Cheshire median daily rate £415 £400 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% -4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £243 £263 £250
90th Percentile £600 £575 £625
North West median daily rate £425 £425 £410
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 45 42
Cheshire median hourly rate £50.00 £17.60 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +184.09% -7.37% -7.32%
10th Percentile £17.43 £17.43 £10.79
90th Percentile £53.75 £46.50 £38.75
North West median hourly rate £27.42 £25.00 £24.78
% change year-on-year +9.66% +0.89% -4.22%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in Cheshire

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in Cheshire

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in Cheshire over the 6 months to 26 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in Cheshire

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in Cheshire

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in Cheshire over the 6 months to 26 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in Cheshire

Problem-Solving
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 26 February 2020. 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
Chester +9 19 £488 +2.63% 15
Warrington +4 8 £209 -30.42% 15
Crewe +13 6 £375 +7.14% 10
Macclesfield +3 4 £625 +8.70% 5
Wilmslow +2 4 £500 +11.11% 11
Knutsford -6 2 - - 3
Nantwich - 2 £185 -
Runcorn - 1 - - 4
Congleton - 1 - -
Problem-Solving
North West

For the 6 months to 26 February 2020, 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 24 (44.44%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (37.04%) SQL
3 16 (29.63%) Business Intelligence
4 15 (27.78%) Windows
5 12 (22.22%) Finance
6 11 (20.37%) Active Directory
7 10 (18.52%) Power BI
7 10 (18.52%) Power Platform
8 9 (16.67%) Project Delivery
8 9 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
8 9 (16.67%) Analytics
9 8 (14.81%) REST
9 8 (14.81%) Open Source
9 8 (14.81%) Data Analysis
9 8 (14.81%) SOAP
10 7 (12.96%) Microsoft Excel
10 7 (12.96%) Project Management
10 7 (12.96%) Workflow
10 7 (12.96%) Stakeholder Management
10 7 (12.96%) Degree
10 7 (12.96%) JSON
10 7 (12.96%) Windows 10
11 6 (11.11%) Programme Delivery
11 6 (11.11%) Decision-Making
11 6 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
11 6 (11.11%) Git (software)
11 6 (11.11%) Office 365
11 6 (11.11%) Firewall
11 6 (11.11%) Management Information System
11 6 (11.11%) SOA

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 4 (7.41%) Apache ServiceMix
1 4 (7.41%) Apache Spark
1 4 (7.41%) JBoss
1 4 (7.41%) SharePoint
2 3 (5.56%) IIS
2 3 (5.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 3 (5.56%) Oracle Workflow
3 2 (3.70%) Red Hat Fuse
4 1 (1.85%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 7 (12.96%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (5.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (5.56%) Microsoft Project
3 2 (3.70%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (1.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.85%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 10 (18.52%) Power Platform
2 6 (11.11%) Office 365
3 3 (5.56%) Azure
3 3 (5.56%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (5.56%) OneDrive
4 2 (3.70%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.85%) G Suite
5 1 (1.85%) GitHub
5 1 (1.85%) Oracle Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 6 (11.11%) Firewall
2 4 (7.41%) FTP
2 4 (7.41%) HTTP
2 4 (7.41%) Skype
3 2 (3.70%) DHCP
3 2 (3.70%) DNS
3 2 (3.70%) VoIP
4 1 (1.85%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (1.85%) Cisco Wireless
4 1 (1.85%) LAN
4 1 (1.85%) MPLS
4 1 (1.85%) Network Security
4 1 (1.85%) SAN
4 1 (1.85%) VPN
4 1 (1.85%) WAN
4 1 (1.85%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (18.52%) Power BI
2 9 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (11.11%) SQL Server
4 5 (9.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (7.41%) Hadoop
5 4 (7.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database 12c
6 1 (1.85%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 6 (11.11%) Git (software)
2 3 (5.56%) JIRA
2 3 (5.56%) Selenium
3 2 (3.70%) JMeter
3 2 (3.70%) Postman
3 2 (3.70%) WebDriver
4 1 (1.85%) Eclipse
4 1 (1.85%) Mercurial
4 1 (1.85%) MSI
4 1 (1.85%) Oracle APEX
4 1 (1.85%) Subversion
4 1 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.85%) Visual Studio
General
1 12 (22.22%) Finance
2 4 (7.41%) Banking
3 3 (5.56%) Manufacturing
3 3 (5.56%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (3.70%) Marketing
5 1 (1.85%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.85%) Law
5 1 (1.85%) Legal
5 1 (1.85%) Local Government
5 1 (1.85%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 9 (16.67%) Developer
2 6 (11.11%) Support Engineer
3 4 (7.41%) 1st Line Engineer
3 4 (7.41%) 1st Line Support
3 4 (7.41%) 1st Line Support Engineer
3 4 (7.41%) Analyst
3 4 (7.41%) Data Scientist
3 4 (7.41%) SQL Developer
4 3 (5.56%) Architect
4 3 (5.56%) Build Engineer
4 3 (5.56%) Designer
4 3 (5.56%) First Line Help Desk Support
4 3 (5.56%) Help Desk Engineer
4 3 (5.56%) Help Desk Support
4 3 (5.56%) Help Desk Support Engineer
4 3 (5.56%) Interface Designer
4 3 (5.56%) Support Officer
4 3 (5.56%) Tester
5 2 (3.70%) Integration Architect
5 2 (3.70%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (14.81%) REST
1 8 (14.81%) SOAP
2 7 (12.96%) JSON
3 5 (9.26%) Middleware
3 5 (9.26%) Web Services
3 5 (9.26%) XML
4 4 (7.41%) .NET
4 4 (7.41%) EDI
5 2 (3.70%) HTML
5 2 (3.70%) RESTful
5 2 (3.70%) XML Schema
5 2 (3.70%) XSD
6 1 (1.85%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.85%) ActiveX
6 1 (1.85%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.85%) COM+
6 1 (1.85%) DCOM
6 1 (1.85%) React
6 1 (1.85%) Spring
6 1 (1.85%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 24 (44.44%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (11.11%) Management Information System
3 5 (9.26%) Enterprise Software
3 5 (9.26%) PKI
4 4 (7.41%) Data Structures
5 2 (3.70%) Driving Licence
5 2 (3.70%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.85%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.85%) Clustering
6 1 (1.85%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.85%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.85%) Mashup
6 1 (1.85%) Replication
6 1 (1.85%) Security Operations Centre
6 1 (1.85%) Smart Home
6 1 (1.85%) Smart Meter
6 1 (1.85%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 15 (27.78%) Windows
2 7 (12.96%) Windows 10
3 5 (9.26%) Windows 7
3 5 (9.26%) Windows Server
4 2 (3.70%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.85%) Android
5 1 (1.85%) Linux
5 1 (1.85%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (29.63%) Business Intelligence
2 9 (16.67%) Analytics
2 9 (16.67%) Project Delivery
3 8 (14.81%) Data Analysis
3 8 (14.81%) Open Source
4 7 (12.96%) Project Management
4 7 (12.96%) Stakeholder Management
4 7 (12.96%) Workflow
5 6 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (11.11%) Decision-Making
5 6 (11.11%) ITIL
5 6 (11.11%) Programme Delivery
5 6 (11.11%) SOA
6 5 (9.26%) CRM
6 5 (9.26%) Data Science
6 5 (9.26%) Enterprise Architecture
6 5 (9.26%) OO
6 5 (9.26%) Root Cause Analysis
6 5 (9.26%) Technical Debt
7 4 (7.41%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 20 (37.04%) SQL
2 5 (9.26%) Java
2 5 (9.26%) R
3 4 (7.41%) ActionScript
3 4 (7.41%) ActionScript 2.0
3 4 (7.41%) Python
4 3 (5.56%) C#
4 3 (5.56%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.85%) Apple Swift
5 1 (1.85%) Groovy
5 1 (1.85%) Objective-C
5 1 (1.85%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.85%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.85%) VB
5 1 (1.85%) VB6
Qualifications
1 7 (12.96%) Degree
2 3 (5.56%) ISTQB
2 3 (5.56%) PhD
3 2 (3.70%) ISEB
4 1 (1.85%) (ISC)2 CCSP
4 1 (1.85%) CCSP
4 1 (1.85%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.85%) CISM
4 1 (1.85%) CISSP
4 1 (1.85%) HND
4 1 (1.85%) IISP
4 1 (1.85%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
4 1 (1.85%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (1.85%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.85%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (11.11%) SLA
2 4 (7.41%) PMO
3 3 (5.56%) RMADS
4 2 (3.70%) QA
5 1 (1.85%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (1.85%) Data Quality
5 1 (1.85%) GDPR
5 1 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (1.85%) NCSC
System Software
1 11 (20.37%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.56%) BitLocker
3 1 (1.85%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (1.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.85%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (7.41%) SCCM
2 1 (1.85%) Backup Exec
2 1 (1.85%) WSUS
Vendors
1 5 (9.26%) Microsoft
2 4 (7.41%) Oracle
2 4 (7.41%) Red Hat
3 3 (5.56%) McAfee
3 3 (5.56%) Tableau
3 3 (5.56%) Talend
3 3 (5.56%) Wyse
4 2 (3.70%) CheckPoint
4 2 (3.70%) HP
5 1 (1.85%) Brocade
5 1 (1.85%) Cisco
5 1 (1.85%) Google
5 1 (1.85%) ProCurve
5 1 (1.85%) SAP
5 1 (1.85%) Sophos
5 1 (1.85%) Teradata
5 1 (1.85%) Varonis
5 1 (1.85%) Veeam
5 1 (1.85%) VMware