Period
to 9 April 2020

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 9 April 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
UK > England
6 months to
9 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 28 32 33
Rank change year-on-year +4 +1 -2
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 3,321 5,579 5,658
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.10% 6.30% 6.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.15% 7.19% 7.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,908 3,325 3,513
Median daily rate £450 £450 £433
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.05% +1.76%
10th Percentile £192 £263 £231
90th Percentile £638 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 230 203 259
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.40 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.77% -6.67% +28.88%
10th Percentile £13.61 £11.80 £11.50
90th Percentile £51.75 £50.00 £50.05
UK median hourly rate £29.00 £24.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year +20.83% +4.35% +24.32%

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 46,426 77,546 80,440
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 85.26% 87.60% 86.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,887 51,948 53,584
Median daily rate £475 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.70% +5.11%
10th Percentile £294 £305 £300
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,612 1,895 2,035
Median hourly rate £25.38 £25.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.53% +8.70% -8.00%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.68 £51.50 £50.15
Median hourly rate £25.68 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +2.72% +11.11% -10.00%

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 9 April 2020.

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 9 April 2020.

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 9 April 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
London +2 1,444 £488 -2.50% 379
South East +7 666 £438 +2.94% 259
North of England +9 536 £425 - 248
North West +10 289 £400 -3.03% 119
Midlands -1 249 £425 +4.94% 180
South West -21 208 £425 - 126
East of England -6 206 £450 +8.11% 141
Yorkshire +2 175 £438 +2.94% 73
West Midlands +1 172 £433 +4.22% 104
East Midlands -4 77 £425 +6.25% 76
North East -5 76 £405 -10.00% 56
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 9 April 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 England region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 1,344 (40.47%) Analytical Skills
2 1,107 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 717 (21.59%) Finance
4 652 (19.63%) Microsoft
5 596 (17.95%) Windows
6 533 (16.05%) SQL
7 440 (13.25%) Java
8 426 (12.83%) Degree
9 385 (11.59%) Security Cleared
10 379 (11.41%) Azure
11 341 (10.27%) Active Directory
12 334 (10.06%) ITIL
13 327 (9.85%) Microsoft Office
14 323 (9.73%) Scrum
15 319 (9.61%) Python
16 317 (9.55%) Linux
17 315 (9.49%) Stakeholder Management
18 312 (9.39%) JavaScript
19 301 (9.06%) Project Management
20 300 (9.03%) SC Cleared
21 288 (8.67%) AWS
22 286 (8.61%) SQL Server
23 280 (8.43%) Decision-Making
24 275 (8.28%) Migration
24 275 (8.28%) Office 365
25 271 (8.16%) Oracle
26 268 (8.07%) JIRA
27 258 (7.77%) Microsoft Excel
28 253 (7.62%) Test Automation
29 241 (7.26%) C#

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
1 130 (3.91%) SharePoint
2 120 (3.61%) Confluence
3 91 (2.74%) MS Exchange
4 57 (1.72%) IIS
5 47 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2007
6 41 (1.23%) Apache Spark
7 33 (0.99%) WebLogic
8 32 (0.96%) CMS
8 32 (0.96%) WebSphere
9 29 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2013
9 29 (0.87%) Tomcat
10 27 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 25 (0.75%) Skype for Business
12 23 (0.69%) Apache
12 23 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2003
12 23 (0.69%) SAS
13 21 (0.63%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 19 (0.57%) JBoss
15 17 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
16 15 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 327 (9.85%) Microsoft Office
2 258 (7.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 115 (3.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 88 (2.65%) MS Visio
5 76 (2.29%) Microsoft Project
6 37 (1.11%) Sketch
7 29 (0.87%) Spreadsheet
8 22 (0.66%) Acrobat
9 20 (0.60%) Photoshop
10 14 (0.42%) InVision
11 5 (0.15%) Simulink
11 5 (0.15%) SPSS
12 4 (0.12%) Adobe XD
12 4 (0.12%) Figma
12 4 (0.12%) Zeplin
13 3 (0.090%) Adobe Illustrator
13 3 (0.090%) AutoCAD
13 3 (0.090%) Stata
13 3 (0.090%) Windchill
14 2 (0.060%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 55 (1.66%) Remedy ITSM
2 25 (0.75%) Magento
3 24 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
4 15 (0.45%) BusinessWorks
5 14 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
5 14 (0.42%) Shopify
6 13 (0.39%) assyst
7 11 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
7 11 (0.33%) SAP S/4HANA
8 9 (0.27%) SAP ERP
9 8 (0.24%) SAP CRM
10 7 (0.21%) NetSuite
10 7 (0.21%) Oracle Financials
11 6 (0.18%) Elite 3E
11 6 (0.18%) Oracle ERP
11 6 (0.18%) Oracle General Ledger
11 6 (0.18%) Teamcenter
12 5 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
12 5 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
12 5 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 379 (11.41%) Azure
2 288 (8.67%) AWS
3 275 (8.28%) Office 365
4 100 (3.01%) Power Platform
5 72 (2.17%) GCP
6 52 (1.57%) PaaS
7 47 (1.42%) GitHub
8 44 (1.32%) SaaS
9 37 (1.11%) IaaS
10 32 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
11 30 (0.90%) Azure Active Directory
12 28 (0.84%) G Suite
13 27 (0.81%) Dynamics 365
14 25 (0.75%) Serverless
15 23 (0.69%) OneDrive
16 19 (0.57%) Heroku
17 18 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
18 17 (0.51%) Google Analytics
19 15 (0.45%) Salesforce Service Cloud
20 14 (0.42%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 132 (3.97%) Firewall
2 118 (3.55%) DNS
3 102 (3.07%) TCP/IP
4 101 (3.04%) WAN
5 99 (2.98%) HTTP
6 90 (2.71%) DHCP
7 88 (2.65%) LAN
8 78 (2.35%) Wireless
9 73 (2.20%) Internet
10 71 (2.14%) VPN
11 66 (1.99%) Wi-Fi
12 48 (1.45%) Skype
13 44 (1.32%) Wireshark
14 43 (1.29%) IPv6
15 42 (1.26%) Remote Desktop
16 37 (1.11%) Network Security
17 35 (1.05%) IPv4
17 35 (1.05%) Radio Access Network
18 34 (1.02%) HTTPS
18 34 (1.02%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 286 (8.61%) SQL Server
2 135 (4.07%) Relational Database
3 94 (2.83%) Power BI
4 93 (2.80%) Data Warehouse
5 83 (2.50%) MySQL
6 77 (2.32%) Big Data
7 70 (2.11%) NoSQL
8 61 (1.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 60 (1.81%) MongoDB
10 58 (1.75%) Oracle Database
11 57 (1.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 49 (1.48%) PostgreSQL
13 47 (1.42%) Hadoop
14 46 (1.39%) RDBMS
15 30 (0.90%) SQL Server 2012
15 30 (0.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 26 (0.78%) SQL Server 2016
17 23 (0.69%) Oracle Reports
18 22 (0.66%) DB2
18 22 (0.66%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 268 (8.07%) JIRA
2 200 (6.02%) Git (software)
3 157 (4.73%) Jenkins
4 72 (2.17%) Selenium
5 58 (1.75%) Cucumber
6 45 (1.36%) Team Foundation Server
7 40 (1.20%) Octopus Deploy
8 39 (1.17%) Eclipse
9 34 (1.02%) JUnit
9 34 (1.02%) Visual Studio
10 33 (0.99%) Bitbucket
11 32 (0.96%) Subversion
12 30 (0.90%) webpack
13 26 (0.78%) SpecFlow
13 26 (0.78%) TeamCity
14 24 (0.72%) Jasmine
15 23 (0.69%) Postman
16 22 (0.66%) GitLab
16 22 (0.66%) SoapUI
16 22 (0.66%) WebDriver
General
1 717 (21.59%) Finance
2 229 (6.90%) Banking
3 206 (6.20%) Public Sector
4 124 (3.73%) Telecoms
5 98 (2.95%) Marketing
6 91 (2.74%) Retail
7 75 (2.26%) Front Office
8 65 (1.96%) Manufacturing
9 61 (1.84%) Legal
10 58 (1.75%) Games
11 52 (1.57%) Investment Banking
12 39 (1.17%) Pharmaceutical
13 32 (0.96%) Law
14 31 (0.93%) Electronics
15 21 (0.63%) Publishing
16 20 (0.60%) Financial Institution
16 20 (0.60%) Local Government
17 19 (0.57%) Back Office
18 18 (0.54%) Aerospace
18 18 (0.54%) German Language
Job Titles
1 681 (20.51%) Developer
2 558 (16.80%) Analyst
3 222 (6.68%) Architect
4 196 (5.90%) Business Analyst
5 149 (4.49%) Project Manager
6 125 (3.76%) Support Engineer
7 122 (3.67%) Consultant
8 107 (3.22%) Designer
9 101 (3.04%) Senior Developer
10 95 (2.86%) Java Developer
11 93 (2.80%) Solutions Architect
12 77 (2.32%) React Developer
13 67 (2.02%) Service Analyst
14 64 (1.93%) .NET Developer
15 63 (1.90%) Desktop Support
16 60 (1.81%) Data Analyst
17 57 (1.72%) Service Desk Analyst
17 57 (1.72%) Support Analyst
18 55 (1.66%) Administrator
18 55 (1.66%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 229 (6.90%) HTML
2 223 (6.71%) CSS
3 216 (6.50%) .NET
4 182 (5.48%) Web Services
5 149 (4.49%) REST
6 131 (3.94%) XML
7 130 (3.91%) AngularJS
8 119 (3.58%) SOAP
9 113 (3.40%) Node.js
9 113 (3.40%) React
10 103 (3.10%) RESTful
11 96 (2.89%) JSON
12 92 (2.77%) Spring
13 80 (2.41%) HTML5
14 57 (1.72%) Middleware
15 54 (1.63%) Sass
16 52 (1.57%) .NET Framework
17 47 (1.42%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 45 (1.36%) jQuery
18 45 (1.36%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 1,344 (40.47%) Analytical Skills
2 231 (6.96%) User Experience
3 211 (6.35%) Self-Motivation
4 160 (4.82%) Management Information System
5 103 (3.10%) Data Centre
6 97 (2.92%) Algorithms
7 91 (2.74%) Data Structures
8 52 (1.57%) Mobile App
9 44 (1.32%) Virtual Team
10 40 (1.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 40 (1.20%) Greenfield Project
11 39 (1.17%) W3C
12 37 (1.11%) NHS
13 34 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
14 30 (0.90%) Social Media
15 29 (0.87%) Device Driver
15 29 (0.87%) Driving Licence
16 27 (0.81%) Blackberry
17 25 (0.75%) Derivative
18 24 (0.72%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 596 (17.95%) Windows
2 317 (9.55%) Linux
3 212 (6.38%) Windows Server
4 200 (6.02%) Windows 10
5 124 (3.73%) Unix
6 120 (3.61%) Windows 7
7 74 (2.23%) Android
8 72 (2.17%) Windows Server 2008
9 71 (2.14%) Apple iOS
10 63 (1.90%) Windows Server 2012
11 40 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 38 (1.14%) Mac OS X
13 37 (1.11%) Windows XP
14 36 (1.08%) Windows Server 2016
15 33 (0.99%) Windows Server 2003
16 29 (0.87%) Windows Vista
17 24 (0.72%) Windows 2000
18 19 (0.57%) Solaris
19 17 (0.51%) Mac OS
19 17 (0.51%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,107 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 334 (10.06%) ITIL
3 323 (9.73%) Scrum
4 315 (9.49%) Stakeholder Management
5 301 (9.06%) Project Management
6 280 (8.43%) Decision-Making
7 275 (8.28%) Migration
8 253 (7.62%) Test Automation
9 222 (6.68%) Continuous Integration
10 218 (6.56%) Business Intelligence
11 216 (6.50%) Continuous Improvement
12 213 (6.41%) DevOps
13 196 (5.90%) Analytics
14 193 (5.81%) SDLC
15 182 (5.48%) Project Delivery
16 179 (5.39%) Computer Science
17 174 (5.24%) Change Management
18 163 (4.91%) TDD
19 140 (4.22%) OO
20 138 (4.16%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 533 (16.05%) SQL
2 440 (13.25%) Java
3 319 (9.61%) Python
4 312 (9.39%) JavaScript
5 241 (7.26%) C#
6 157 (4.73%) PowerShell
7 144 (4.34%) C
8 75 (2.26%) Shell Script
9 70 (2.11%) PL/SQL
10 64 (1.93%) Perl
10 64 (1.93%) Scala
11 60 (1.81%) C++
11 60 (1.81%) TypeScript
12 54 (1.63%) PHP
13 53 (1.60%) Ruby
14 49 (1.48%) Java 8
15 48 (1.45%) T-SQL
16 44 (1.32%) Bash Shell
17 43 (1.29%) ES6
18 35 (1.05%) R
Qualifications
1 426 (12.83%) Degree
2 385 (11.59%) Security Cleared
3 300 (9.03%) SC Cleared
4 69 (2.08%) Cisco Certification
5 63 (1.90%) Microsoft Certification
6 51 (1.54%) CISSP
7 49 (1.48%) Computer Science Degree
8 45 (1.36%) ISTQB
9 40 (1.20%) ISEB
9 40 (1.20%) PMI Certification
10 38 (1.14%) MCSE
11 37 (1.11%) DV Cleared
12 36 (1.08%) CCNA
13 35 (1.05%) BPSS Clearance
13 35 (1.05%) CCNP
14 28 (0.84%) MCP
15 26 (0.78%) Master's Degree
16 25 (0.75%) Numerate Degree
17 24 (0.72%) CISM
18 23 (0.69%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (4.76%) QA
2 123 (3.70%) SLA
3 58 (1.75%) PMO
4 39 (1.17%) Data Quality
5 36 (1.08%) GDPR
6 34 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 27 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 24 (0.72%) NIST
9 23 (0.69%) PCI DSS
10 14 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 11 (0.33%) COBIT
11 11 (0.33%) WCAG
12 10 (0.30%) JSP 440
12 10 (0.30%) NCSC
13 6 (0.18%) EMIR
13 6 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 6 (0.18%) MiFID
13 6 (0.18%) P3O
13 6 (0.18%) RMADS
14 5 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 341 (10.27%) Active Directory
2 123 (3.70%) Docker
3 112 (3.37%) VMware Infrastructure
4 30 (0.90%) Virtual Machines
5 24 (0.72%) vSphere
6 20 (0.60%) Hyper-V
7 18 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
8 17 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
9 16 (0.48%) XenApp
10 13 (0.39%) Oracle RAC
11 8 (0.24%) HDFS
11 8 (0.24%) NFS
11 8 (0.24%) VMware NSX
11 8 (0.24%) XenDesktop
12 7 (0.21%) vCloud
13 6 (0.18%) RACF
14 5 (0.15%) BitLocker
14 5 (0.15%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 5 (0.15%) Squid
14 5 (0.15%) UAG
Systems Management
1 113 (3.40%) SCCM
2 82 (2.47%) Kubernetes
3 74 (2.23%) Terraform
4 71 (2.14%) Ansible
5 38 (1.14%) Puppet
6 31 (0.93%) Netcool
6 31 (0.93%) Netcool/OMNIbus
7 26 (0.78%) Microsoft Intune
8 25 (0.75%) Rancher
9 24 (0.72%) Amdocs OSS
9 24 (0.72%) ServiceCenter
10 22 (0.66%) SCOM
10 22 (0.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 21 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
12 20 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
13 18 (0.54%) Oracle RMAN
14 17 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
15 16 (0.48%) Data Guard
15 16 (0.48%) Prometheus
16 13 (0.39%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 652 (19.63%) Microsoft
2 271 (8.16%) Oracle
3 173 (5.21%) VMware
4 142 (4.28%) SAP
5 134 (4.03%) Cisco
6 112 (3.37%) Google
7 98 (2.95%) HP
8 86 (2.59%) Remedy
9 84 (2.53%) IBM
10 76 (2.29%) Citrix
11 75 (2.26%) Salesforce.com
11 75 (2.26%) ServiceNow
12 69 (2.08%) Adobe
13 60 (1.81%) Apple
14 48 (1.45%) Tableau
15 45 (1.36%) Dell
16 43 (1.29%) Red Hat
17 32 (0.96%) Atlassian
18 31 (0.93%) Huawei
18 31 (0.93%) McAfee