Period
to 21 September 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 September 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 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 26 44 34
Rank change year-on-year +18 -10 -3
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 89 48 86
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 6.92% 3.85% 5.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.88% 4.66% 5.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 32 60
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £369 £439
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.69% -15.95% +9.69%
10th Percentile £243 £265 £300
90th Percentile £452 £480 £675
North West median daily rate £375 £375 £420
% change year-on-year - -10.71% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 7
Cheshire median hourly rate £20.00 £65.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -69.23% +333.33% -60.00%
10th Percentile £11.18 £40.50 £14.50
90th Percentile £65.00 £67.10 £16.30
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £40.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year -50.00% +166.67% -49.53%

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 1,130 1,029 1,486
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 87.87% 82.52% 86.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 751 718 1,068
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -3.03% -
10th Percentile £280 £263 £263
90th Percentile £538 £525 £597
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 43 33
Cheshire median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76% -0.96%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.50 £13.00
90th Percentile £45.00 £53.00 £38.35
North West median hourly rate £22.18 £30.00 £21.75
% change year-on-year -26.06% +37.93% -26.82%

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 September 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 September 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 September 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 +12 20 £365 -8.75% 3
Chester +11 20 £375 +9.89% 11
Warrington +6 14 £405 +35.00% 15
Ellesmere Port - 7 £250 - 1
Crewe -20 6 £397 +5.87% 1
Macclesfield - 5 £575 - 3
Runcorn - 1 - - 6
Alderley Edge - 1 £325 - 1
Problem-Solving
North West

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 40 (44.94%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (34.83%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (29.21%) SQL Server
4 25 (28.09%) Project Management
5 24 (26.97%) Finance
6 21 (23.60%) Windows
6 21 (23.60%) Decision-Making
7 20 (22.47%) SQL
7 20 (22.47%) .NET
8 18 (20.22%) C#
8 18 (20.22%) Stakeholder Management
8 18 (20.22%) SDLC
9 17 (19.10%) Microsoft Azure
9 17 (19.10%) Web Services
10 16 (17.98%) Microsoft
10 16 (17.98%) Relational Database
10 16 (17.98%) Docker
11 15 (16.85%) ASP.NET
11 15 (16.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 14 (15.73%) Teradata
12 14 (15.73%) .NET Framework
12 14 (15.73%) Visual Studio
12 14 (15.73%) DB2
12 14 (15.73%) Business Intelligence
12 14 (15.73%) NoSQL
12 14 (15.73%) Entity Framework
12 14 (15.73%) Redis
12 14 (15.73%) .NET Core
13 13 (14.61%) Linux
14 11 (12.36%) ITIL

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 9 (10.11%) Exchange Server 2010
1 9 (10.11%) MS Exchange
1 9 (10.11%) SharePoint
2 7 (7.87%) SharePoint 2013
3 4 (4.49%) IIS
3 4 (4.49%) Skype for Business
4 3 (3.37%) CICS
4 3 (3.37%) Confluence
4 3 (3.37%) Tomcat
5 2 (2.25%) Apache
5 2 (2.25%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (2.25%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (2.25%) JBoss
5 2 (2.25%) WebLogic
6 1 (1.12%) CMS
6 1 (1.12%) OpenEdge
6 1 (1.12%) SAS
6 1 (1.12%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (8.99%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (6.74%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (3.37%) Fireworks
3 3 (3.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (3.37%) Photoshop
3 3 (3.37%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (2.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (1.12%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (3.37%) HFM
1 3 (3.37%) SAP CO
1 3 (3.37%) SAP FI
1 3 (3.37%) SAP FI/CO
2 2 (2.25%) Line 50
2 2 (2.25%) Sage X3
3 1 (1.12%) Finacle
Cloud Services
1 17 (19.10%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (10.11%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (8.99%) Office 365
4 3 (3.37%) Yarn
5 2 (2.25%) GitHub
5 2 (2.25%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (2.25%) OneDrive
5 2 (2.25%) OpenShift
5 2 (2.25%) PaaS
6 1 (1.12%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.49%) DNS
1 4 (4.49%) Skype
2 3 (3.37%) DMZ
2 3 (3.37%) Ethernet
2 3 (3.37%) IPsec
2 3 (3.37%) LAN
2 3 (3.37%) NAS
2 3 (3.37%) SAN
2 3 (3.37%) TCP/IP
2 3 (3.37%) WAN
3 2 (2.25%) HTTP
3 2 (2.25%) VoIP
4 1 (1.12%) MD110
4 1 (1.12%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (29.21%) SQL Server
2 16 (17.98%) Relational Database
3 15 (16.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (15.73%) DB2
4 14 (15.73%) NoSQL
4 14 (15.73%) Redis
5 7 (7.87%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (2.25%) Power BI
7 1 (1.12%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (1.12%) Big Data
7 1 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (1.12%) MongoDB
7 1 (1.12%) MS Access
7 1 (1.12%) MySQL
7 1 (1.12%) Oracle Database
7 1 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 14 (15.73%) Visual Studio
2 4 (4.49%) Jenkins
2 4 (4.49%) JIRA
3 3 (3.37%) Axure RP
3 3 (3.37%) Git (software)
3 3 (3.37%) Grunt
3 3 (3.37%) gulp
3 3 (3.37%) Karma Test Runner
3 3 (3.37%) Mocha
3 3 (3.37%) Selenium
4 2 (2.25%) Cucumber
4 2 (2.25%) GitLab
4 2 (2.25%) JMeter
5 1 (1.12%) Eclipse
5 1 (1.12%) Gradle
5 1 (1.12%) HP UFT
5 1 (1.12%) IntelliJ
5 1 (1.12%) LoadRunner
5 1 (1.12%) LoadUI
5 1 (1.12%) Maven
General
1 24 (26.97%) Finance
2 5 (5.62%) Banking
3 4 (4.49%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.25%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.12%) Advertising
5 1 (1.12%) Back Office
5 1 (1.12%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.12%) Games
5 1 (1.12%) Legal
5 1 (1.12%) Retail
5 1 (1.12%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 24 (26.97%) Developer
2 14 (15.73%) Lead Developer
3 8 (8.99%) Analyst
3 8 (8.99%) User Researcher
4 7 (7.87%) .NET Developer
4 7 (7.87%) Lead .NET Developer
4 7 (7.87%) Systems Engineer
5 5 (5.62%) Delivery Manager
5 5 (5.62%) Infrastructure Delivery Manager
5 5 (5.62%) Infrastructure Manager
6 3 (3.37%) Business Analyst
6 3 (3.37%) COBOL Developer
6 3 (3.37%) Project Manager
7 2 (2.25%) Architect
7 2 (2.25%) Consultant
7 2 (2.25%) Senior Manager
7 2 (2.25%) Solutions Architect
7 2 (2.25%) Support Engineer
7 2 (2.25%) Test Analyst
7 2 (2.25%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (22.47%) .NET
2 17 (19.10%) Web Services
3 15 (16.85%) ASP.NET
4 14 (15.73%) .NET Core
4 14 (15.73%) .NET Framework
4 14 (15.73%) Entity Framework
5 6 (6.74%) CSS
5 6 (6.74%) HTML
6 5 (5.62%) CSS3
6 5 (5.62%) HTML5
6 5 (5.62%) jQuery
6 5 (5.62%) SOAP
6 5 (5.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 3 (3.37%) Ajax
7 3 (3.37%) AngularJS
7 3 (3.37%) Chai
7 3 (3.37%) Node.js
7 3 (3.37%) React
7 3 (3.37%) Sass
7 3 (3.37%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 31 (34.83%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (8.99%) Mobile App
2 8 (8.99%) User Experience
3 6 (6.74%) Computer Science
3 6 (6.74%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (5.62%) PMI
5 3 (3.37%) IBM Mainframe
5 3 (3.37%) Mainframe
5 3 (3.37%) VSAM
6 2 (2.25%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.25%) Clustering
6 2 (2.25%) Data Structures
6 2 (2.25%) Handset
6 2 (2.25%) Smartphone
6 2 (2.25%) Virtual Team
7 1 (1.12%) Algorithms
7 1 (1.12%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.12%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.12%) Photography
7 1 (1.12%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 21 (23.60%) Windows
2 13 (14.61%) Linux
3 10 (11.24%) Unix
4 7 (7.87%) Android
4 7 (7.87%) Apple iOS
5 6 (6.74%) Windows 7
6 3 (3.37%) Windows 10
6 3 (3.37%) Windows Server
6 3 (3.37%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (3.37%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (2.25%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (44.94%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (28.09%) Project Management
3 21 (23.60%) Decision-Making
4 18 (20.22%) SDLC
4 18 (20.22%) Stakeholder Management
5 14 (15.73%) Business Intelligence
6 11 (12.36%) ITIL
6 11 (12.36%) Migration
6 11 (12.36%) Scrum
7 8 (8.99%) Change Management
7 8 (8.99%) Qualitative Research
7 8 (8.99%) Risk Management
7 8 (8.99%) Service Delivery
8 7 (7.87%) Programme Management
8 7 (7.87%) Waterfall
9 6 (6.74%) Configuration Management
9 6 (6.74%) Customer Insight
9 6 (6.74%) OO
9 6 (6.74%) Time Management
9 6 (6.74%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (22.47%) SQL
2 18 (20.22%) C#
3 7 (7.87%) Java
4 6 (6.74%) JavaScript
5 5 (5.62%) Python
6 3 (3.37%) COBOL
6 3 (3.37%) JCL
6 3 (3.37%) PowerShell
7 2 (2.25%) Apple Swift
7 2 (2.25%) Bash Shell
7 2 (2.25%) Objective-C
7 2 (2.25%) Perl
7 2 (2.25%) PHP
7 2 (2.25%) Ruby
7 2 (2.25%) T-SQL
7 2 (2.25%) VB.NET
8 1 (1.12%) ANSI SQL
8 1 (1.12%) OpenEdge ABL
8 1 (1.12%) VB
8 1 (1.12%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (5.62%) PMI Certification
2 4 (4.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
2 4 (4.49%) SC Cleared
2 4 (4.49%) Security Cleared
3 3 (3.37%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (2.25%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (2.25%) Degree
4 2 (2.25%) ISEB
4 2 (2.25%) MCSA
4 2 (2.25%) MCSE
4 2 (2.25%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.12%) DBS Check
5 1 (1.12%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.12%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 1 (1.12%) Numerate Degree
5 1 (1.12%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.74%) SLA
2 2 (2.25%) QA
3 1 (1.12%) COBIT
3 1 (1.12%) COSO
3 1 (1.12%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.12%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.12%) PMO
3 1 (1.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 16 (17.98%) Docker
2 5 (5.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (4.49%) Active Directory
4 3 (3.37%) Time Sharing Option
4 3 (3.37%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (3.37%) XenApp
5 2 (2.25%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (2.25%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 3 (3.37%) Norton AntiVirus
1 3 (3.37%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (3.37%) SCCM
1 3 (3.37%) Single Sign-On
2 2 (2.25%) Kubernetes
2 2 (2.25%) Microsoft Intune
2 2 (2.25%) PaperCut
3 1 (1.12%) BladeLogic
3 1 (1.12%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (17.98%) Microsoft
2 14 (15.73%) Teradata
3 7 (7.87%) Oracle
4 6 (6.74%) IBM
5 5 (5.62%) VMware
6 4 (4.49%) HP
6 4 (4.49%) SAP
7 3 (3.37%) Adobe
7 3 (3.37%) Citrix
7 3 (3.37%) Hyperion
7 3 (3.37%) Pega
7 3 (3.37%) Symantec
8 2 (2.25%) Google
8 2 (2.25%) Red Hat
8 2 (2.25%) Sage
8 2 (2.25%) Siemens
8 2 (2.25%) Splunk
8 2 (2.25%) Twitter
9 1 (1.12%) Progress
9 1 (1.12%) Sybase