Period
to 3 August 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 3 August 2021 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
UK > England
6 months to
3 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 23 30 33
Rank change year-on-year +7 +3 0
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 3,853 1,963 5,011
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.67% 6.13% 5.98%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.50% 7.04% 6.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,296 1,224 3,025
10th Percentile £266 £225 £251
25th Percentile £381 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £481 £460 £450
Median % change year-on-year +4.73% +2.11% +2.39%
75th Percentile £596 £556 £550
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 222 108 207
10th Percentile £10.19 £11.75 £11.90
25th Percentile £12.25 £17.83 £14.94
Median hourly rate £18.00 £23.25 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year -22.58% +16.25% +5.26%
75th Percentile £44.94 £39.67 £40.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £49.13 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £24.85 £20.00
% change year-on-year -27.56% +24.24% +6.95%

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 England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 51,381 27,873 73,706
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 88.98% 87.08% 87.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 35,669 18,937 49,828
10th Percentile £313 £300 £300
25th Percentile £410 £400 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £488 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +2.70%
75th Percentile £600 £588 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,472 767 1,936
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.40 £11.72
25th Percentile £14.50 £16.13 £14.38
Median hourly rate £22.95 £25.00 £22.63
Median % change year-on-year -8.22% +10.50% +13.13%
75th Percentile £46.75 £46.22 £46.00
90th Percentile £60.45 £55.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £23.41 £24.95 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.17% +10.89% +12.50%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in England

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in England.

Daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in England

Problem-Solving
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving in England over the 6 months to 3 August 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in England

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in England.

Hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in England

Problem-Solving
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Problem-Solving in England over the 6 months to 3 August 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in England

Problem-Solving
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 6 months to 3 August 2021. 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
London +9 1,956 £525 +5.00% 787
South East +2 523 £450 - 398
Midlands +7 363 £450 +11.80% 332
North of England +1 358 £425 +8.01% 493
West Midlands +10 287 £465 +12.73% 218
South West +25 260 £450 -0.74% 225
North West -1 226 £418 +16.62% 268
East of England -1 162 £328 -22.83% 204
Yorkshire -5 111 £445 -1.11% 174
East Midlands -5 77 £384 -4.06% 112
North East +2 20 £510 +31.61% 51
South Coast - 1 - -
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 3 August 2021, 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 England region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 1,958 (50.82%) Social Skills
2 1,392 (36.13%) Agile Software Development
3 1,280 (33.22%) Analytical Skills
4 833 (21.62%) SQL
5 825 (21.41%) Finance
6 626 (16.25%) Azure
7 621 (16.12%) Microsoft
8 554 (14.38%) Java
9 522 (13.55%) Scrum
10 509 (13.21%) DevOps
11 507 (13.16%) Degree
12 495 (12.85%) AWS
13 492 (12.77%) Python
14 476 (12.35%) Windows
15 434 (11.26%) Project Management
16 426 (11.06%) JIRA
17 406 (10.54%) Analytics
18 388 (10.07%) Stakeholder Management
19 383 (9.94%) Linux
20 376 (9.76%) Security Cleared
21 352 (9.14%) JavaScript
22 339 (8.80%) Test Automation
23 338 (8.77%) Oracle
24 325 (8.43%) Git (software)
25 317 (8.23%) Decision-Making
26 305 (7.92%) ITIL
27 303 (7.86%) HTML
28 299 (7.76%) Presentation Skills
29 294 (7.63%) Banking
30 292 (7.58%) Software Engineering

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 217 (5.63%) Confluence
2 138 (3.58%) SharePoint
3 59 (1.53%) Apache Spark
4 56 (1.45%) CMS
5 50 (1.30%) Apache
6 49 (1.27%) WebLogic
7 38 (0.99%) Tomcat
8 37 (0.96%) IIS
9 34 (0.88%) SAS
10 30 (0.78%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 24 (0.62%) MS Exchange
11 24 (0.62%) WebSphere
12 21 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
13 19 (0.49%) JBoss
14 17 (0.44%) Jupyter
14 17 (0.44%) Skype for Business
15 16 (0.42%) IBM Domino
16 14 (0.36%) nginx
16 14 (0.36%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 14 (0.36%) WordPress
Applications
1 267 (6.93%) Microsoft Office
2 213 (5.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 131 (3.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 68 (1.76%) MS Visio
5 51 (1.32%) Microsoft Project
6 31 (0.80%) Sketch
7 28 (0.73%) Photoshop
8 25 (0.65%) InVision
9 20 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
10 14 (0.36%) Figma
10 14 (0.36%) Zeplin
11 11 (0.29%) Adobe XD
12 9 (0.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 9 (0.23%) Chatbot
13 7 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
13 7 (0.18%) UserZoom
14 5 (0.13%) Maya
14 5 (0.13%) UXPin
15 3 (0.078%) AutoCAD
15 3 (0.078%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 36 (0.93%) Magento
2 23 (0.60%) SAP Hybris
3 22 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
4 13 (0.34%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 13 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
5 11 (0.29%) Adobe Campaign
6 9 (0.23%) Workday HCM
7 8 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
8 7 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
8 7 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
8 7 (0.18%) Teamcenter
9 6 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
9 6 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
9 6 (0.16%) Relativity
9 6 (0.16%) SAP SCM
10 5 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
10 5 (0.13%) Workfront
11 4 (0.10%) assyst
11 4 (0.10%) SAP MM
11 4 (0.10%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 626 (16.25%) Azure
2 495 (12.85%) AWS
3 235 (6.10%) Microsoft 365
4 166 (4.31%) Power Platform
5 122 (3.17%) SaaS
6 118 (3.06%) GCP
7 87 (2.26%) GitHub
8 86 (2.23%) PaaS
9 65 (1.69%) IaaS
10 47 (1.22%) Serverless
11 42 (1.09%) Azure Active Directory
12 35 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
13 34 (0.88%) Dynamics 365
14 32 (0.83%) Amazon S3
15 30 (0.78%) Azure Data Factory
16 28 (0.73%) Adobe Analytics
17 24 (0.62%) Azure Cosmos DB
18 23 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
19 22 (0.57%) Amazon EKS
19 22 (0.57%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 121 (3.14%) Firewall
2 100 (2.60%) DNS
3 77 (2.00%) Internet
4 66 (1.71%) LAN
5 65 (1.69%) WAN
6 55 (1.43%) Network Security
7 52 (1.35%) DHCP
8 50 (1.30%) TCP/IP
8 50 (1.30%) VPN
9 44 (1.14%) HTTP
10 37 (0.96%) Wireless
11 32 (0.83%) SAN
12 28 (0.73%) Ethernet
12 28 (0.73%) VoIP
13 25 (0.65%) FTP
13 25 (0.65%) Kerberos
13 25 (0.65%) Skype
14 23 (0.60%) 3G
15 22 (0.57%) 4G
15 22 (0.57%) 5G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 254 (6.59%) SQL Server
2 171 (4.44%) Relational Database
3 162 (4.20%) Data Warehouse
4 140 (3.63%) Power BI
5 119 (3.09%) NoSQL
6 116 (3.01%) Big Data
7 106 (2.75%) MySQL
7 106 (2.75%) Tableau
8 73 (1.89%) Oracle Database
9 72 (1.87%) MongoDB
10 66 (1.71%) Hadoop
11 62 (1.61%) PostgreSQL
12 54 (1.40%) Data Lake
13 49 (1.27%) Metadata
13 49 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 44 (1.14%) RDBMS
15 43 (1.12%) Data Mining
16 38 (0.99%) Apache Hive
16 38 (0.99%) Azure SQL Database
17 35 (0.91%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 426 (11.06%) JIRA
2 325 (8.43%) Git (software)
3 269 (6.98%) Jenkins
4 83 (2.15%) GitLab
4 83 (2.15%) Maven
5 81 (2.10%) Cucumber
6 80 (2.08%) Subversion
7 77 (2.00%) Selenium
8 65 (1.69%) JUnit
9 64 (1.66%) Bitbucket
10 59 (1.53%) Visual Studio
11 57 (1.48%) TeamCity
12 41 (1.06%) Octopus Deploy
13 37 (0.96%) webpack
14 29 (0.75%) Sonatype Nexus
15 27 (0.70%) Postman
16 25 (0.65%) JMeter
17 24 (0.62%) Artifactory
17 24 (0.62%) Gradle
18 20 (0.52%) Mockito
General
1 1,958 (50.82%) Social Skills
2 1,280 (33.22%) Analytical Skills
3 825 (21.41%) Finance
4 299 (7.76%) Presentation Skills
5 294 (7.63%) Banking
6 272 (7.06%) Public Sector
7 203 (5.27%) Influencing Skills
8 179 (4.65%) Marketing
9 162 (4.20%) Retail
10 148 (3.84%) Organisational Skills
11 136 (3.53%) Front Office
12 133 (3.45%) Telecoms
13 107 (2.78%) Legal
14 77 (2.00%) Investment Banking
15 69 (1.79%) Documentation Skills
16 50 (1.30%) Manufacturing
17 40 (1.04%) French Language
18 38 (0.99%) Law
19 29 (0.75%) Billing
19 29 (0.75%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 792 (20.56%) Developer
2 702 (18.22%) Analyst
3 259 (6.72%) Architect
4 244 (6.33%) Business Analyst
5 241 (6.25%) Project Manager
6 149 (3.87%) Java Developer
7 135 (3.50%) Consultant
8 112 (2.91%) Data Analyst
9 108 (2.80%) Solutions Architect
10 106 (2.75%) Senior Developer
11 101 (2.62%) DevOps Engineer
12 92 (2.39%) Software Engineer
13 88 (2.28%) Python Developer
14 82 (2.13%) Designer
15 80 (2.08%) Service Analyst
16 79 (2.05%) Data Engineer
16 79 (2.05%) Support Engineer
17 72 (1.87%) Full Stack Developer
18 62 (1.61%) Service Desk Analyst
19 58 (1.51%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 303 (7.86%) HTML
2 252 (6.54%) CSS
3 239 (6.20%) .NET
4 177 (4.59%) React
5 171 (4.44%) REST
6 169 (4.39%) Web Services
7 159 (4.13%) AngularJS
8 146 (3.79%) Spring
9 130 (3.37%) Node.js
10 127 (3.30%) RESTful
11 123 (3.19%) JSON
12 110 (2.85%) HTML5
13 104 (2.70%) XML
14 94 (2.44%) Kafka
15 70 (1.82%) CSS3
16 64 (1.66%) SOAP
17 62 (1.61%) Spring Boot
18 61 (1.58%) GraphQL
19 57 (1.48%) J2EE
20 56 (1.45%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 269 (6.98%) User Experience
2 259 (6.72%) Self-Motivation
3 148 (3.84%) Management Information System
4 143 (3.71%) Algorithms
5 111 (2.88%) Data Structures
6 97 (2.52%) Virtual Team
7 71 (1.84%) Fixed Income
8 70 (1.82%) Mobile App
9 55 (1.43%) Analytical Mindset
9 55 (1.43%) Social Media
10 51 (1.32%) Data Centre
10 51 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
11 41 (1.06%) Data Protection Act
12 40 (1.04%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 39 (1.01%) Legacy Systems
14 35 (0.91%) Tandem
15 33 (0.86%) Replication
16 30 (0.78%) Clustering
16 30 (0.78%) NHS
16 30 (0.78%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 476 (12.35%) Windows
2 383 (9.94%) Linux
3 188 (4.88%) Unix
4 117 (3.04%) Windows Server
5 116 (3.01%) Windows 10
6 108 (2.80%) Android
7 80 (2.08%) Apple iOS
8 59 (1.53%) Windows 7
9 38 (0.99%) Windows Server 2012
10 30 (0.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 29 (0.75%) Windows 8
11 29 (0.75%) Windows Server 2016
12 24 (0.62%) Windows Server 2019
13 23 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
14 22 (0.57%) AIX
15 21 (0.55%) Mac OS X
16 17 (0.44%) Solaris
17 16 (0.42%) SUSE
18 15 (0.39%) Ubuntu
19 14 (0.36%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,392 (36.13%) Agile Software Development
2 522 (13.55%) Scrum
3 509 (13.21%) DevOps
4 434 (11.26%) Project Management
5 406 (10.54%) Analytics
6 388 (10.07%) Stakeholder Management
7 339 (8.80%) Test Automation
8 317 (8.23%) Decision-Making
9 305 (7.92%) ITIL
10 292 (7.58%) Software Engineering
11 280 (7.27%) TDD
12 279 (7.24%) Continuous Improvement
13 278 (7.22%) Change Management
13 278 (7.22%) Migration
14 266 (6.90%) Computer Science
15 264 (6.85%) Data Modelling
16 249 (6.46%) Business Intelligence
17 229 (5.94%) Continuous Integration
18 226 (5.87%) Project Delivery
19 225 (5.84%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 833 (21.62%) SQL
2 554 (14.38%) Java
3 492 (12.77%) Python
4 352 (9.14%) JavaScript
5 224 (5.81%) C#
6 169 (4.39%) PowerShell
7 110 (2.85%) TypeScript
8 107 (2.78%) C++
9 101 (2.62%) C
10 89 (2.31%) Java 8
11 84 (2.18%) Bash Shell
12 83 (2.15%) PL/SQL
12 83 (2.15%) Shell Script
13 79 (2.05%) Scala
14 74 (1.92%) R
15 66 (1.71%) PHP
16 53 (1.38%) Kotlin
16 53 (1.38%) Ruby
17 52 (1.35%) Perl
18 51 (1.32%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 507 (13.16%) Degree
2 376 (9.76%) Security Cleared
3 283 (7.34%) SC Cleared
4 96 (2.49%) Computer Science Degree
5 64 (1.66%) DV Cleared
6 56 (1.45%) Microsoft Certification
7 48 (1.25%) ISTQB
8 47 (1.22%) Cisco Certification
9 44 (1.14%) PMP
10 40 (1.04%) Master's Degree
11 39 (1.01%) PMI Certification
12 35 (0.91%) CISSP
12 35 (0.91%) ISEB
13 29 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
13 29 (0.75%) CCNA
14 27 (0.70%) MCP
15 26 (0.67%) MCSE
16 23 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
17 20 (0.52%) DBS Check
17 20 (0.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 220 (5.71%) QA
2 117 (3.04%) SLA
3 92 (2.39%) PMO
4 89 (2.31%) Accessibility
5 75 (1.95%) Data Quality
6 68 (1.76%) GDPR
7 32 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 26 (0.67%) PCI DSS
9 18 (0.47%) WCAG
10 16 (0.42%) DO-178B
10 16 (0.42%) NIST
11 13 (0.34%) GRC
11 13 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 11 (0.29%) COBIT
12 11 (0.29%) MiFID
13 10 (0.26%) ISO 9001
14 8 (0.21%) JTAG
15 7 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
15 7 (0.18%) GPG13
16 6 (0.16%) EMIR
System Software
1 252 (6.54%) Active Directory
2 240 (6.23%) Docker
3 87 (2.26%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
5 24 (0.62%) XenApp
6 22 (0.57%) vSphere
7 21 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
8 18 (0.47%) HDFS
9 16 (0.42%) XenDesktop
10 13 (0.34%) Hyper-V
11 11 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
12 10 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
13 9 (0.23%) NFS
14 8 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 5 (0.13%) Firmware
15 5 (0.13%) Oracle RAC
15 5 (0.13%) RACF
15 5 (0.13%) VMware Server
16 4 (0.10%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 4 (0.10%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 203 (5.27%) Kubernetes
2 136 (3.53%) Ansible
3 129 (3.35%) Terraform
4 109 (2.83%) SCCM
5 54 (1.40%) Puppet
6 44 (1.14%) Microsoft Intune
7 28 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
8 23 (0.60%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 19 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
10 17 (0.44%) SCOM
11 14 (0.36%) Data Guard
12 12 (0.31%) Oracle RMAN
13 11 (0.29%) Cisco CUCM
13 11 (0.29%) Istio
13 11 (0.29%) Rancher
14 10 (0.26%) Control-M
14 10 (0.26%) FortiGate
14 10 (0.26%) Icinga
15 9 (0.23%) Kibana
15 9 (0.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 621 (16.12%) Microsoft
2 338 (8.77%) Oracle
3 152 (3.94%) Salesforce.com
4 144 (3.74%) SAP
5 117 (3.04%) ServiceNow
6 115 (2.98%) VMware
7 113 (2.93%) Adobe
8 109 (2.83%) Google
9 84 (2.18%) Cisco
10 65 (1.69%) IBM
11 53 (1.38%) Citrix
12 52 (1.35%) Apple
13 47 (1.22%) Splunk
14 46 (1.19%) Atlassian
15 41 (1.06%) Databricks
15 41 (1.06%) hybris
16 40 (1.04%) HP
17 37 (0.96%) Informatica
18 33 (0.86%) Red Hat
19 32 (0.83%) webMethods