Period
to 21 November 2018

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 21 November 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
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
21 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 41 39 33
Rank change year-on-year -2 -6 -1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 64 59 76
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 4.97% 4.39% 5.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.78% 5.21% 6.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 43 54
Cheshire median daily rate £364 £350 £451
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% -22.44% +9.06%
10th Percentile £205 £217 £300
90th Percentile £453 £488 £675
North West median daily rate £380 £370 £425
% change year-on-year +2.84% -13.06% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 2
Cheshire median hourly rate £27.50 - £15.00
10th Percentile £9.71 - £14.50
90th Percentile £70.00 - £15.50
North West median hourly rate £19.29 £40.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year -51.78% +185.71% -61.38%

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 1,107 1,133 1,262
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 85.88% 84.36% 86.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 729 812 905
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% -5.88%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £249
90th Percentile £538 £618 £620
North West median daily rate £405 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +1.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 40 31
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.60 £13.00 £19.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.38% -33.76% +12.14%
10th Percentile £13.45 £11.03 £13.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £35.00 £33.75
North West median hourly rate £21.76 £28.00 £21.05
% change year-on-year -22.29% +33.05% -30.20%

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 21 November 2018.

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 21 November 2018.

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 21 November 2018. 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
Knutsford +1 17 £410 +17.14% 6
Warrington +2 12 £325 +8.33% 12
Chester -5 8 £350 +36.59% 5
Ellesmere Port - 7 £250 -
Crewe -18 6 £374 -0.40%
Macclesfield - 3 £575 - 1
Alderley Edge +1 1 £325 -23.53% 1
Runcorn - 1 - - 7
Problem-Solving
North West

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 24 (37.50%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (32.81%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (28.13%) Finance
3 18 (28.13%) Decision-Making
4 14 (21.88%) Microsoft
5 13 (20.31%) SDLC
6 12 (18.75%) Windows
6 12 (18.75%) SQL
6 12 (18.75%) SQL Server
6 12 (18.75%) Project Management
7 11 (17.19%) MS Exchange
7 11 (17.19%) Exchange Server 2010
8 10 (15.63%) Risk Management
9 9 (14.06%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (14.06%) Linux
9 9 (14.06%) ITIL
9 9 (14.06%) Office 365
10 8 (12.50%) Banking
10 8 (12.50%) SharePoint
10 8 (12.50%) Migration
10 8 (12.50%) Service Delivery
11 7 (10.94%) Scrum
11 7 (10.94%) .NET
11 7 (10.94%) HTML
11 7 (10.94%) Amazon AWS
11 7 (10.94%) SQL Server 2008
11 7 (10.94%) SharePoint 2013
11 7 (10.94%) Mobile App
12 6 (9.38%) Customer Insight
12 6 (9.38%) Qualitative Research

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 11 (17.19%) Exchange Server 2010
1 11 (17.19%) MS Exchange
2 8 (12.50%) SharePoint
3 7 (10.94%) SharePoint 2013
4 5 (7.81%) Skype for Business
5 4 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (4.69%) CICS
7 1 (1.56%) Confluence
7 1 (1.56%) IIS
7 1 (1.56%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (1.56%) SAS
7 1 (1.56%) Tomcat
7 1 (1.56%) WebSphere
Applications
1 6 (9.38%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (4.69%) Fireworks
2 3 (4.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (4.69%) Photoshop
2 3 (4.69%) Spreadsheet
3 2 (3.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (3.13%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.56%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.56%) Finacle
1 1 (1.56%) HFM
1 1 (1.56%) Line 50
1 1 (1.56%) Sage X3
1 1 (1.56%) SAP CO
1 1 (1.56%) SAP FI
1 1 (1.56%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 9 (14.06%) Office 365
2 7 (10.94%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (9.38%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (4.69%) Yarn
5 1 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.56%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.81%) DNS
1 5 (7.81%) Skype
2 1 (1.56%) DHCP
2 1 (1.56%) MD110
2 1 (1.56%) PBX
2 1 (1.56%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 7 (10.94%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (6.25%) Relational Database
4 3 (4.69%) DB2
5 2 (3.13%) NoSQL
5 2 (3.13%) Redis
5 2 (3.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.56%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.56%) GIS
6 1 (1.56%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.56%) MS Access
6 1 (1.56%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.56%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 3 (4.69%) Axure RP
1 3 (4.69%) Grunt
1 3 (4.69%) gulp
1 3 (4.69%) Karma Test Runner
1 3 (4.69%) Mocha
1 3 (4.69%) Selenium
1 3 (4.69%) Zephyr
2 2 (3.13%) Cucumber
2 2 (3.13%) Jenkins
2 2 (3.13%) JIRA
2 2 (3.13%) JMeter
2 2 (3.13%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.56%) Ant
3 1 (1.56%) Eclipse
3 1 (1.56%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.56%) Gradle
3 1 (1.56%) HP UFT
3 1 (1.56%) IntelliJ
3 1 (1.56%) LoadRunner
3 1 (1.56%) Maven
General
1 18 (28.13%) Finance
2 8 (12.50%) Banking
3 4 (6.25%) Manufacturing
4 3 (4.69%) Investment Banking
4 3 (4.69%) Law
5 1 (1.56%) Advertising
5 1 (1.56%) Back Office
5 1 (1.56%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.56%) Games
5 1 (1.56%) Retail
5 1 (1.56%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (15.63%) Developer
2 7 (10.94%) Systems Engineer
3 6 (9.38%) User Researcher
4 5 (7.81%) Analyst
5 4 (6.25%) Tester
6 3 (4.69%) Applications Support
6 3 (4.69%) Architect
6 3 (4.69%) COBOL Developer
6 3 (4.69%) Manual Tester
6 3 (4.69%) Solutions Architect
7 2 (3.13%) Business Analyst
7 2 (3.13%) Consultant
7 2 (3.13%) Lead Developer
7 2 (3.13%) Linux Consultant
7 2 (3.13%) Mobile Solutions Architect
7 2 (3.13%) Project Manager
7 2 (3.13%) Senior Manager
7 2 (3.13%) Senior UX Designer
7 2 (3.13%) Test Analyst
7 2 (3.13%) Unix Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (10.94%) .NET
1 7 (10.94%) HTML
2 6 (9.38%) SOAP
3 5 (7.81%) CSS
4 4 (6.25%) CSS3
4 4 (6.25%) HTML5
4 4 (6.25%) jQuery
4 4 (6.25%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 3 (4.69%) Ajax
5 3 (4.69%) AngularJS
5 3 (4.69%) Chai
5 3 (4.69%) Node.js
5 3 (4.69%) React
5 3 (4.69%) Sass
5 3 (4.69%) Web Services
5 3 (4.69%) XML
6 2 (3.13%) .NET Core
6 2 (3.13%) .NET Framework
6 2 (3.13%) Entity Framework
6 2 (3.13%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 24 (37.50%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (10.94%) Mobile App
3 6 (9.38%) User Experience
4 5 (7.81%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (4.69%) Computer Science
5 3 (4.69%) IBM Mainframe
5 3 (4.69%) Mainframe
5 3 (4.69%) VSAM
6 2 (3.13%) Client/Server
6 2 (3.13%) Handset
6 2 (3.13%) PMI
6 2 (3.13%) Smartphone
6 2 (3.13%) Virtual Team
7 1 (1.56%) Algorithms
7 1 (1.56%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.56%) Data Structures
7 1 (1.56%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (1.56%) Photography
7 1 (1.56%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 12 (18.75%) Windows
2 9 (14.06%) Linux
3 6 (9.38%) Apple iOS
3 6 (9.38%) Unix
3 6 (9.38%) Windows 7
4 5 (7.81%) Android
5 3 (4.69%) Windows 10
6 1 (1.56%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.56%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (1.56%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.56%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (32.81%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (28.13%) Decision-Making
3 13 (20.31%) SDLC
4 12 (18.75%) Project Management
5 10 (15.63%) Risk Management
6 9 (14.06%) ITIL
6 9 (14.06%) Stakeholder Management
7 8 (12.50%) Migration
7 8 (12.50%) Service Delivery
8 7 (10.94%) Scrum
9 6 (9.38%) Customer Insight
9 6 (9.38%) Qualitative Research
9 6 (9.38%) Quantitative Research
9 6 (9.38%) Usability Testing
10 5 (7.81%) ITSM
10 5 (7.81%) OO
10 5 (7.81%) Process Management
10 5 (7.81%) Programme Management
10 5 (7.81%) Test Automation
11 4 (6.25%) Front End Development
Programming Languages
1 12 (18.75%) SQL
2 5 (7.81%) Java
2 5 (7.81%) JavaScript
3 4 (6.25%) C#
3 4 (6.25%) PowerShell
4 3 (4.69%) COBOL
4 3 (4.69%) JCL
5 2 (3.13%) Perl
5 2 (3.13%) PL/SQL
5 2 (3.13%) Python
6 1 (1.56%) ANSI SQL
6 1 (1.56%) Apple Swift
6 1 (1.56%) C
6 1 (1.56%) Objective-C
6 1 (1.56%) PHP
6 1 (1.56%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.56%) VB
6 1 (1.56%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (9.38%) SC Cleared
1 6 (9.38%) Security Cleared
2 3 (4.69%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (3.13%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (3.13%) Degree
3 2 (3.13%) ISEB
3 2 (3.13%) ITIL Certification
3 2 (3.13%) MCITP
3 2 (3.13%) MCSA
3 2 (3.13%) MCSE
3 2 (3.13%) PMI Certification
4 1 (1.56%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (1.56%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.56%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (1.56%) MCP
4 1 (1.56%) MCTS
4 1 (1.56%) Numerate Degree
4 1 (1.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (1.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.38%) SLA
2 4 (6.25%) QA
3 1 (1.56%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 1 (1.56%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.56%) PMO
System Software
1 6 (9.38%) Active Directory
2 3 (4.69%) Time Sharing Option
3 2 (3.13%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (6.25%) Microsoft Intune
1 4 (6.25%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (1.56%) BladeLogic
2 1 (1.56%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.56%) PaperCut
Vendors
1 14 (21.88%) Microsoft
2 5 (7.81%) Oracle
3 4 (6.25%) IBM
3 4 (6.25%) Pega
4 3 (4.69%) Adobe
4 3 (4.69%) Splunk
5 2 (3.13%) SAP
5 2 (3.13%) Teradata
6 1 (1.56%) Fortinet
6 1 (1.56%) HP
6 1 (1.56%) Hyperion
6 1 (1.56%) IronPort
6 1 (1.56%) Remedy
6 1 (1.56%) Sage
6 1 (1.56%) Siemens
6 1 (1.56%) Sybase
6 1 (1.56%) Twitter