Period
to 15 November 2018

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 15 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
UK > England
6 months to
15 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 32 32 30
Rank change year-on-year 0 -2 +1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 5,853 5,770 6,031
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.15% 6.09% 6.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.11% 7.09% 7.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,533 3,640 3,611
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.12%
10th Percentile £226 £240 £250
90th Percentile £650 £631 £588
UK median daily rate £440 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +2.33% +3.61% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 243 203 284
England median hourly rate £25.00 £24.49 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.10% +53.03% -20.00%
10th Percentile £10.56 £11.07 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.00 £51.85 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £24.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +4.17% +50.00% -20.00%

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 82,271 81,375 84,449
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.38% 85.91% 85.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 55,116 54,618 56,145
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £645 £638 £608
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,111 1,937 2,260
England median hourly rate £22.00 £23.50 £22.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.38% +2.91% +3.80%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £23.14 £22.50
% change year-on-year -4.93% +2.84% +2.27%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in England

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Problem-Solving in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in England

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in England over the 6 months to 15 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in England

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in England

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in England over the 6 months to 15 November 2018.

Contractor 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 15 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
London -4 2,707 £500 - 899
South East -3 1,080 £424 +6.00% 480
North of England +10 804 £405 +1.25% 522
Midlands -4 462 £413 +4.43% 347
South West +3 458 £425 +3.66% 249
North West +12 377 £375 - 277
West Midlands +4 333 £400 -4.88% 216
East of England -3 328 £400 -3.03% 268
Yorkshire 0 284 £425 +0.59% 182
North East +11 149 £425 - 63
East Midlands -22 123 £425 +21.43% 130
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 15 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 England region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 2,150 (36.73%) Agile Software Development
2 2,123 (36.27%) Analytical Skills
3 1,333 (22.77%) Finance
4 1,046 (17.87%) SQL
5 1,032 (17.63%) Microsoft
6 975 (16.66%) Java
7 940 (16.06%) Windows
8 748 (12.78%) Scrum
9 717 (12.25%) Degree
10 712 (12.16%) JavaScript
11 701 (11.98%) Linux
12 665 (11.36%) Project Management
13 627 (10.71%) Test Automation
14 618 (10.56%) C#
15 607 (10.37%) Security Cleared
16 602 (10.29%) DevOps
17 593 (10.13%) Git (software)
18 592 (10.11%) ITIL
19 578 (9.88%) .NET
19 578 (9.88%) JIRA
20 575 (9.82%) HTML
21 530 (9.06%) SQL Server
22 525 (8.97%) Oracle
23 509 (8.70%) Continuous Integration
24 507 (8.66%) TDD
25 494 (8.44%) Python
26 479 (8.18%) CSS
27 465 (7.94%) Stakeholder Management
28 452 (7.72%) SC Cleared
28 452 (7.72%) Jenkins

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
1 341 (5.83%) Confluence
2 259 (4.43%) SharePoint
3 116 (1.98%) MS Exchange
4 96 (1.64%) Apache
5 90 (1.54%) Apache Spark
6 76 (1.30%) IIS
7 74 (1.26%) CMS
8 68 (1.16%) SAS
8 68 (1.16%) WebLogic
9 64 (1.09%) Elasticsearch
10 57 (0.97%) JBoss
11 56 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2010
11 56 (0.96%) Skype for Business
12 50 (0.85%) Tomcat
13 48 (0.82%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 43 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
15 37 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2007
16 33 (0.56%) WebSphere
17 31 (0.53%) Drupal
18 28 (0.48%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 404 (6.90%) Microsoft Excel
2 388 (6.63%) Microsoft Office
3 178 (3.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 127 (2.17%) MS Visio
5 96 (1.64%) Microsoft Project
6 55 (0.94%) Photoshop
7 44 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
8 24 (0.41%) InVision
9 17 (0.29%) InfoPath
10 14 (0.24%) Fireworks
11 12 (0.21%) AutoCAD
12 10 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
13 9 (0.15%) OmniGraffle
14 8 (0.14%) Maya
15 7 (0.12%) Chatbot
16 6 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
17 4 (0.068%) Adobe After Effects
17 4 (0.068%) Final Cut Pro
17 4 (0.068%) Simulink
18 3 (0.051%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 48 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 32 (0.55%) Workday HCM
3 24 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
4 23 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
4 23 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
5 22 (0.38%) SAP HR
6 19 (0.32%) Oracle EBS R12
7 15 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
7 15 (0.26%) Oracle BPM
8 14 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 13 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
10 12 (0.21%) NetSuite
11 11 (0.19%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
12 10 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
13 9 (0.15%) Oracle Receivables
14 8 (0.14%) Teamcenter
15 7 (0.12%) Hyperion Planning
15 7 (0.12%) SAP HCM
15 7 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
16 6 (0.10%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 433 (7.40%) Amazon AWS
2 410 (7.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 275 (4.70%) Office 365
4 111 (1.90%) GitHub
5 104 (1.78%) SaaS
6 94 (1.61%) Google Cloud Platform
7 73 (1.25%) PaaS
8 66 (1.13%) Cloud Computing
9 58 (0.99%) IaaS
10 55 (0.94%) Serverless
11 54 (0.92%) npm
12 45 (0.77%) AWS Lambda
13 35 (0.60%) Amazon S3
14 34 (0.58%) Amazon EC2
15 32 (0.55%) AWS CloudFormation
16 29 (0.50%) Dynamics 365
17 28 (0.48%) Heroku
18 26 (0.44%) OpenShift
19 25 (0.43%) Google Analytics
20 20 (0.34%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 239 (4.08%) Firewall
2 203 (3.47%) HTTP
3 167 (2.85%) Internet
4 154 (2.63%) DNS
5 133 (2.27%) TCP/IP
6 117 (2.00%) WAN
7 103 (1.76%) LAN
8 98 (1.67%) Wireless
9 84 (1.44%) VPN
10 82 (1.40%) DHCP
11 70 (1.20%) SSL
12 67 (1.14%) SAN
13 55 (0.94%) Intranet
13 55 (0.94%) Network Security
14 54 (0.92%) Skype
15 51 (0.87%) Kerberos
16 43 (0.73%) Wi-Fi
17 37 (0.63%) MPLS
18 36 (0.62%) VLAN
19 34 (0.58%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 530 (9.06%) SQL Server
2 282 (4.82%) Relational Database
3 196 (3.35%) Data Warehouse
4 193 (3.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 191 (3.26%) MySQL
6 159 (2.72%) NoSQL
7 155 (2.65%) Big Data
8 146 (2.49%) Hadoop
9 136 (2.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 127 (2.17%) PostgreSQL
11 124 (2.12%) MongoDB
12 103 (1.76%) Power BI
13 83 (1.42%) Oracle Database
14 77 (1.32%) Apache Cassandra
15 68 (1.16%) BusinessObjects
16 61 (1.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 58 (0.99%) RDBMS
18 53 (0.91%) DB2
19 49 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
20 48 (0.82%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 593 (10.13%) Git (software)
2 578 (9.88%) JIRA
3 452 (7.72%) Jenkins
4 239 (4.08%) Selenium
5 147 (2.51%) Subversion
6 146 (2.49%) Cucumber
7 140 (2.39%) JUnit
8 133 (2.27%) Maven
9 108 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
10 106 (1.81%) SoapUI
11 102 (1.74%) Visual Studio
12 94 (1.61%) TeamCity
13 75 (1.28%) webpack
14 69 (1.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 66 (1.13%) Eclipse
15 66 (1.13%) WebDriver
16 65 (1.11%) Hudson
17 64 (1.09%) Bitbucket
17 64 (1.09%) JMeter
18 62 (1.06%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1,333 (22.77%) Finance
2 381 (6.51%) Banking
3 252 (4.31%) Retail
4 206 (3.52%) Telecoms
5 200 (3.42%) Marketing
6 143 (2.44%) Front Office
7 140 (2.39%) Legal
8 126 (2.15%) Manufacturing
9 83 (1.42%) Investment Banking
10 74 (1.26%) Back Office
11 70 (1.20%) Advertising
12 69 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
13 66 (1.13%) Law
13 66 (1.13%) Publishing
14 63 (1.08%) Financial Institution
15 55 (0.94%) Games
16 51 (0.87%) Electronics
17 40 (0.68%) Automotive
18 26 (0.44%) Aerospace
19 25 (0.43%) Military
Job Titles
1 1,441 (24.62%) Developer
2 1,043 (17.82%) Analyst
3 359 (6.13%) Business Analyst
4 349 (5.96%) Architect
5 285 (4.87%) Java Developer
6 274 (4.68%) Project Manager
7 218 (3.72%) .NET Developer
8 208 (3.55%) C# Developer
9 206 (3.52%) Consultant
10 198 (3.38%) DevOps Engineer
11 150 (2.56%) Administrator
12 147 (2.51%) Service Analyst
12 147 (2.51%) Software Engineer
13 136 (2.32%) Senior Developer
14 135 (2.31%) Support Engineer
15 123 (2.10%) Designer
16 116 (1.98%) Solutions Architect
17 115 (1.96%) Tester
18 113 (1.93%) Service Desk Analyst
19 111 (1.90%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 578 (9.88%) .NET
2 575 (9.82%) HTML
3 479 (8.18%) CSS
4 346 (5.91%) Web Services
5 287 (4.90%) REST
6 284 (4.85%) AngularJS
7 278 (4.75%) RESTful
8 243 (4.15%) XML
9 228 (3.90%) Spring
10 222 (3.79%) ASP.NET
11 221 (3.78%) HTML5
12 210 (3.59%) JSON
13 172 (2.94%) Node.js
14 169 (2.89%) SOAP
15 160 (2.73%) .NET Framework
16 158 (2.70%) React
17 157 (2.68%) jQuery
18 146 (2.49%) WCF
19 138 (2.36%) Middleware
20 130 (2.22%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 2,123 (36.27%) Analytical Skills
2 380 (6.49%) Self-Motivation
3 376 (6.42%) Computer Science
4 350 (5.98%) User Experience
5 235 (4.02%) Management Information System
6 155 (2.65%) Data Centre
7 153 (2.61%) Algorithms
8 120 (2.05%) Mobile App
9 112 (1.91%) Data Structures
10 92 (1.57%) Enterprise Software
11 85 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
12 83 (1.42%) Fixed Income
13 75 (1.28%) Equities
14 74 (1.26%) Derivative
15 64 (1.09%) Virtual Team
16 62 (1.06%) NHS
17 60 (1.03%) Clustering
18 54 (0.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 54 (0.92%) PMI
19 51 (0.87%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 940 (16.06%) Windows
2 701 (11.98%) Linux
3 341 (5.83%) Unix
4 246 (4.20%) Windows Server
5 207 (3.54%) Windows 10
6 190 (3.25%) Windows 7
7 123 (2.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 94 (1.61%) Windows Server 2008
9 90 (1.54%) Android
10 84 (1.44%) Apple iOS
11 69 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
12 44 (0.75%) Windows 8
13 43 (0.73%) Solaris
14 39 (0.67%) Ubuntu
15 37 (0.63%) Embedded Linux
16 36 (0.62%) CentOS
17 35 (0.60%) Mac OS X
18 29 (0.50%) Windows XP
19 28 (0.48%) Windows Server 2003
20 22 (0.38%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,150 (36.73%) Agile Software Development
2 748 (12.78%) Scrum
3 665 (11.36%) Project Management
4 627 (10.71%) Test Automation
5 602 (10.29%) DevOps
6 592 (10.11%) ITIL
7 509 (8.70%) Continuous Integration
8 507 (8.66%) TDD
9 465 (7.94%) Stakeholder Management
10 396 (6.77%) Decision-Making
11 392 (6.70%) Analytics
12 383 (6.54%) Continuous Improvement
13 369 (6.30%) Software Engineering
14 365 (6.24%) SDLC
15 358 (6.12%) Migration
16 347 (5.93%) Business Intelligence
17 346 (5.91%) Change Management
18 323 (5.52%) MVC
19 318 (5.43%) Open Source
20 308 (5.26%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 1,046 (17.87%) SQL
2 975 (16.66%) Java
3 712 (12.16%) JavaScript
4 618 (10.56%) C#
5 494 (8.44%) Python
6 219 (3.74%) Scala
7 210 (3.59%) PowerShell
8 200 (3.42%) C++
9 161 (2.75%) Perl
10 157 (2.68%) Ruby
11 140 (2.39%) Bash Shell
12 139 (2.37%) C
13 128 (2.19%) Shell Script
14 107 (1.83%) T-SQL
15 103 (1.76%) Groovy
16 98 (1.67%) PL/SQL
17 91 (1.55%) TypeScript
18 83 (1.42%) Java 8
18 83 (1.42%) PHP
19 72 (1.23%) ES6
Qualifications
1 717 (12.25%) Degree
2 607 (10.37%) Security Cleared
3 452 (7.72%) SC Cleared
4 150 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
5 122 (2.08%) Microsoft Certification
6 110 (1.88%) DV Cleared
7 99 (1.69%) Cisco Certification
8 94 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
9 93 (1.59%) MCSE
10 82 (1.40%) PMI Certification
11 73 (1.25%) PMP
12 61 (1.04%) CISSP
13 60 (1.03%) ISEB
14 56 (0.96%) Master's Degree
15 53 (0.91%) CCNA
16 50 (0.85%) CCNP
17 47 (0.80%) ISTQB
17 47 (0.80%) MCSA
18 41 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
19 39 (0.67%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 311 (5.31%) QA
2 150 (2.56%) SLA
3 113 (1.93%) PMO
4 111 (1.90%) Data Quality
5 54 (0.92%) GDPR
6 35 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 28 (0.48%) PCI DSS
8 23 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 20 (0.34%) COBIT
10 13 (0.22%) JSP 440
11 11 (0.19%) WCAG
12 10 (0.17%) COSO
13 7 (0.12%) MiFID
14 6 (0.10%) Disclosure Scotland
14 6 (0.10%) HL7
14 6 (0.10%) IFRS
14 6 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 5 (0.085%) Government Security Classifications
15 5 (0.085%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 5 (0.085%) Solvency II
System Software
1 419 (7.16%) Active Directory
2 328 (5.60%) Docker
3 157 (2.68%) VMware Infrastructure
4 51 (0.87%) Hyper-V
5 48 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
6 34 (0.58%) Virtual Desktop
7 30 (0.51%) HDFS
8 29 (0.50%) vSphere
9 22 (0.38%) XenApp
10 18 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
11 17 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
11 17 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
12 14 (0.24%) Apache Flume
13 13 (0.22%) NFS
13 13 (0.22%) Xen
14 12 (0.21%) BitLocker
15 11 (0.19%) KVM
16 10 (0.17%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 10 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
16 10 (0.17%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 252 (4.31%) Ansible
2 189 (3.23%) Puppet
3 177 (3.02%) Kubernetes
4 128 (2.19%) SCCM
5 99 (1.69%) Terraform
6 89 (1.52%) Opscode Chef
7 63 (1.08%) ZABBIX
8 46 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
9 42 (0.72%) Kibana
10 38 (0.65%) Nagios
11 34 (0.58%) Grafana
11 34 (0.58%) HP ALM
12 32 (0.55%) HP Quality Center
13 31 (0.53%) Microsoft Intune
14 29 (0.50%) Docker Swarm
15 28 (0.48%) vCenter Server
16 22 (0.38%) Packer
17 20 (0.34%) CA Single Sign-On
17 20 (0.34%) Mesos
18 18 (0.31%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 1,032 (17.63%) Microsoft
2 525 (8.97%) Oracle
3 260 (4.44%) SAP
4 243 (4.15%) VMware
5 217 (3.71%) Google
6 170 (2.90%) Cisco
7 137 (2.34%) HP
8 126 (2.15%) Citrix
9 122 (2.08%) Red Hat
10 118 (2.02%) IBM
11 101 (1.73%) Atlassian
12 96 (1.64%) Adobe
13 95 (1.62%) Salesforce.com
14 85 (1.45%) Apple
15 82 (1.40%) Splunk
16 70 (1.20%) Workday
17 69 (1.18%) ServiceNow
18 68 (1.16%) Remedy
19 59 (1.01%) Tableau
20 57 (0.97%) McAfee