Period
to 18 February 2019

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 18 February 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
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
18 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 27 32 22
Rank change year-on-year +5 -10 +13
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 70 65 80
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 5.90% 5.02% 6.55%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.88% 5.85% 7.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 43 53
Cheshire median daily rate £397 £375 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.87% -10.71% -1.18%
10th Percentile £263 £195 £235
90th Percentile £588 £520 £648
North West median daily rate £401 £375 £400
% change year-on-year +6.80% -6.25% -2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 4
Cheshire median hourly rate £35.00 - £17.75
North West median hourly rate £20.28 £30.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -32.40% -25.00% +37.93%

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 1,018 1,111 1,043
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 85.83% 85.79% 85.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 642 790 757
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £414 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.32% +3.44% -5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £213
90th Percentile £550 £625 £600
North West median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 40 38
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.60 £19.25 £20.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.57% -7.51% +17.12%
10th Percentile £17.43 £11.13 £13.93
90th Percentile £45.50 £39.63 £44.11
North West median hourly rate £24.50 £24.56 £25.00
% change year-on-year -0.24% -1.76% -17.08%

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 18 February 2019.

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
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 18 February 2019. 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 +3 32 £365 -2.67% 4
Warrington +4 7 £300 -14.29% 22
Macclesfield 0 6 £575 +10.58% 5
Chester -2 5 £250 -2.44% 12
Crewe -7 4 £374 -21.37% 4
Wilmslow - 2 £450 - 6
Problem-Solving
North West

For the 6 months to 18 February 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 25 (35.71%) Finance
2 19 (27.14%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (25.71%) Test Automation
4 15 (21.43%) Mainframe
5 14 (20.00%) Migration
5 14 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (20.00%) Decision-Making
6 12 (17.14%) DevOps
6 12 (17.14%) SDLC
7 11 (15.71%) OO
8 10 (14.29%) SOAP
8 10 (14.29%) IBM
8 10 (14.29%) Banking
8 10 (14.29%) Project Management
8 10 (14.29%) Risk Management
8 10 (14.29%) Jenkins
8 10 (14.29%) JIRA
8 10 (14.29%) QA
9 9 (12.86%) Selenium
9 9 (12.86%) Performance Testing
9 9 (12.86%) Unit Testing
9 9 (12.86%) Mobile App
9 9 (12.86%) CA Service Virtualization
9 9 (12.86%) JCL
9 9 (12.86%) CA
10 8 (11.43%) CICS
10 8 (11.43%) COBOL
10 8 (11.43%) HTML
10 8 (11.43%) Java
10 8 (11.43%) JavaScript

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 8 (11.43%) CICS
2 5 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2007
2 5 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2010
2 5 (7.14%) MS Exchange
3 4 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (5.71%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.43%) IIS
4 1 (1.43%) Office Communications Server
4 1 (1.43%) Tomcat
4 1 (1.43%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (5.71%) Fireworks
1 4 (5.71%) Photoshop
2 3 (4.29%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (1.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.43%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
1 5 (7.14%) Office 365
2 3 (4.29%) Yarn
3 2 (2.86%) Slack
3 2 (2.86%) Veeva
4 1 (1.43%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.71%) Skype
2 2 (2.86%) DNS
2 2 (2.86%) WebEx
3 1 (1.43%) DHCP
3 1 (1.43%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (10.00%) DB2
2 6 (8.57%) MongoDB
3 4 (5.71%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.43%) Data Mining
4 1 (1.43%) GIS
4 1 (1.43%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 10 (14.29%) Jenkins
1 10 (14.29%) JIRA
2 9 (12.86%) Selenium
3 6 (8.57%) JUnit
4 5 (7.14%) Karma Test Runner
4 5 (7.14%) Mocha
5 3 (4.29%) Axure RP
5 3 (4.29%) Grunt
5 3 (4.29%) gulp
5 3 (4.29%) Zephyr
6 2 (2.86%) Jasmine
6 2 (2.86%) Protractor
7 1 (1.43%) CA Release Automation
7 1 (1.43%) Rational Rose
General
1 25 (35.71%) Finance
2 10 (14.29%) Banking
3 6 (8.57%) Investment Banking
3 6 (8.57%) Law
4 3 (4.29%) Financial Institution
5 2 (2.86%) Retail
6 1 (1.43%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.43%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.43%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 14 (20.00%) Developer
2 9 (12.86%) Tester
3 8 (11.43%) COBOL Developer
3 8 (11.43%) Designer
4 7 (10.00%) Analyst
4 7 (10.00%) Architect
4 7 (10.00%) Automation Tester
5 6 (8.57%) Solutions Architect
6 4 (5.71%) UI Developer
6 4 (5.71%) UX Developer
7 3 (4.29%) Automation Test Analyst
7 3 (4.29%) Business Analyst
7 3 (4.29%) Manual Tester
7 3 (4.29%) Project Manager
7 3 (4.29%) Test Analyst
7 3 (4.29%) User Researcher
8 2 (2.86%) Applications Support
8 2 (2.86%) IT Manager
8 2 (2.86%) IT Project Manager
8 2 (2.86%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (14.29%) SOAP
2 8 (11.43%) HTML
2 8 (11.43%) jQuery
2 8 (11.43%) REST
3 7 (10.00%) Middleware
4 6 (8.57%) Ajax
4 6 (8.57%) AngularJS
4 6 (8.57%) CSS
4 6 (8.57%) CSS3
4 6 (8.57%) Hibernate
4 6 (8.57%) HTML5
4 6 (8.57%) J2EE
4 6 (8.57%) Java EE
4 6 (8.57%) JPA
4 6 (8.57%) React
4 6 (8.57%) Sass
4 6 (8.57%) Spring
4 6 (8.57%) Spring Boot
4 6 (8.57%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 6 (8.57%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 19 (27.14%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (21.43%) Mainframe
3 9 (12.86%) Mobile App
4 8 (11.43%) IBM Mainframe
4 8 (11.43%) VSAM
5 7 (10.00%) User Experience
6 5 (7.14%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (2.86%) Algorithms
7 2 (2.86%) Client/Server
7 2 (2.86%) Data Structures
7 2 (2.86%) Handset
7 2 (2.86%) Smartphone
7 2 (2.86%) Virtual Team
8 1 (1.43%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.57%) Windows
2 4 (5.71%) Linux
3 3 (4.29%) Apple iOS
4 2 (2.86%) Android
4 2 (2.86%) Unix
4 2 (2.86%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.43%) MVS
5 1 (1.43%) Windows 10
5 1 (1.43%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.43%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.43%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (25.71%) Test Automation
2 14 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (20.00%) Decision-Making
2 14 (20.00%) Migration
3 12 (17.14%) DevOps
3 12 (17.14%) SDLC
4 11 (15.71%) OO
5 10 (14.29%) Project Management
5 10 (14.29%) Risk Management
6 9 (12.86%) Performance Testing
6 9 (12.86%) Unit Testing
7 6 (8.57%) API Design
7 6 (8.57%) Data Modelling
7 6 (8.57%) Front End Development
7 6 (8.57%) ITIL
7 6 (8.57%) Microservices
7 6 (8.57%) Performance Tuning
7 6 (8.57%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (8.57%) TDD
7 6 (8.57%) Wealth Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (12.86%) JCL
2 8 (11.43%) COBOL
2 8 (11.43%) Java
2 8 (11.43%) JavaScript
2 8 (11.43%) SQL
3 6 (8.57%) Java 8
4 4 (5.71%) PowerShell
5 2 (2.86%) ES7
5 2 (2.86%) ES8
5 2 (2.86%) PL/SQL
5 2 (2.86%) TypeScript
6 1 (1.43%) C
6 1 (1.43%) REXX
Qualifications
1 4 (5.71%) Degree
1 4 (5.71%) SC Cleared
1 4 (5.71%) Security Cleared
2 3 (4.29%) Computer Science Degree
3 2 (2.86%) MCITP
3 2 (2.86%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.43%) CISM
4 1 (1.43%) CISSP
4 1 (1.43%) CRISC
4 1 (1.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (1.43%) MCP
4 1 (1.43%) MCSA
4 1 (1.43%) MCSE
4 1 (1.43%) MCTS
4 1 (1.43%) Numerate Degree
4 1 (1.43%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 1 (1.43%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (14.29%) QA
2 5 (7.14%) SLA
3 3 (4.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (2.86%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 8 (11.43%) Time Sharing Option
2 6 (8.57%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (12.86%) CA Service Virtualization
2 4 (5.71%) Microsoft Intune
2 4 (5.71%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (1.43%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 10 (14.29%) IBM
2 9 (12.86%) CA
3 6 (8.57%) Microsoft
4 4 (5.71%) Adobe
4 4 (5.71%) Pega
5 2 (2.86%) Cisco
5 2 (2.86%) DevExpress
5 2 (2.86%) Infragistics
5 2 (2.86%) Oracle
5 2 (2.86%) Workday
6 1 (1.43%) Casewise
6 1 (1.43%) IronPort
6 1 (1.43%) Splunk
6 1 (1.43%) Sybase