Period
to 27 May 2019

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 27 May 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
UK > England
6 months to
27 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 31 33 32
Rank change year-on-year +2 -1 0
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 5,134 5,712 5,020
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.19% 6.20% 5.97%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.10% 7.16% 6.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,018 3,549 2,925
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +1.19%
10th Percentile £263 £225 £250
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 192 247 193
England median hourly rate £22.40 £21.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.19% -4.44% +12.56%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.90 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £20.50 £21.02
% change year-on-year +9.76% -2.47% +5.10%

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 72,302 79,773 71,904
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 87.22% 86.62% 85.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 48,131 52,971 47,434
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £306 £300 £275
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,859 2,116 1,907
England median hourly rate £25.00 £22.00 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.64% -13.73% +8.51%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.18 £11.61
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £51.35
UK median hourly rate £24.95 £22.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +13.41% -12.00% -

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 27 May 2019.

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 27 May 2019.

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 27 May 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
London -6 2,314 £500 - 224
South East -4 941 £438 +9.38% 116
North of England +1 670 £425 +6.25% 121
Midlands +4 449 £400 +6.67% 70
South West +15 440 £425 +6.25% 68
West Midlands +7 300 £413 +5.77% 41
North West -1 295 £413 +8.55% 65
East of England +1 286 £420 -1.18% 69
Yorkshire +8 277 £425 - 48
East Midlands +3 143 £375 +4.17% 29
North East +1 100 £406 +1.56% 8
South Coast -3 1 - -
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 England region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 2,034 (39.62%) Agile Software Development
2 1,832 (35.68%) Analytical Skills
3 1,131 (22.03%) Finance
4 1,019 (19.85%) SQL
5 860 (16.75%) Java
6 853 (16.61%) Microsoft
7 803 (15.64%) Windows
8 703 (13.69%) Scrum
9 650 (12.66%) Linux
10 640 (12.47%) Degree
11 578 (11.26%) DevOps
12 562 (10.95%) JavaScript
13 554 (10.79%) Project Management
14 533 (10.38%) Test Automation
15 516 (10.05%) Microsoft Azure
16 498 (9.70%) JIRA
16 498 (9.70%) Python
17 488 (9.51%) Git (software)
18 469 (9.14%) Oracle
19 456 (8.88%) Security Cleared
20 446 (8.69%) Analytics
21 445 (8.67%) Amazon AWS
22 432 (8.41%) HTML
23 425 (8.28%) SQL Server
24 414 (8.06%) Stakeholder Management
25 409 (7.97%) Jenkins
26 398 (7.75%) TDD
27 395 (7.69%) User Experience
28 389 (7.58%) CSS
29 388 (7.56%) Active Directory

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
1 271 (5.28%) Confluence
2 137 (2.67%) SharePoint
3 114 (2.22%) Apache Spark
4 95 (1.85%) CMS
5 77 (1.50%) WebLogic
6 75 (1.46%) WebSphere
7 70 (1.36%) Apache
8 65 (1.27%) IIS
9 60 (1.17%) MS Exchange
9 60 (1.17%) SAS
10 51 (0.99%) JBoss
10 51 (0.99%) Tomcat
11 43 (0.84%) Skype for Business
12 34 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
12 34 (0.66%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 33 (0.64%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 29 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2010
15 24 (0.47%) WebSphere Application Server
16 23 (0.45%) nginx
17 21 (0.41%) Drupal
Applications
1 301 (5.86%) Microsoft Office
2 289 (5.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 109 (2.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 83 (1.62%) MS Visio
5 56 (1.09%) Microsoft Project
6 33 (0.64%) Sketch
7 31 (0.60%) Spreadsheet
8 30 (0.58%) InVision
9 23 (0.45%) Photoshop
10 12 (0.23%) AutoCAD
11 11 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 9 (0.18%) Chatbot
12 9 (0.18%) Simulink
13 8 (0.16%) CATIA
13 8 (0.16%) Pro/ENGINEER
13 8 (0.16%) PTC Creo
13 8 (0.16%) Zeplin
14 6 (0.12%) Fireworks
15 5 (0.097%) Maya
16 4 (0.078%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 63 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 45 (0.88%) Workday HCM
3 23 (0.45%) Magento
4 16 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
5 14 (0.27%) NetSuite
5 14 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
5 14 (0.27%) SAP ERP
5 14 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
6 12 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
7 11 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
7 11 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 10 (0.19%) SAP HR
9 9 (0.18%) Infor M3
9 9 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
10 8 (0.16%) BASE24
10 8 (0.16%) Maximo
11 7 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
11 7 (0.14%) SAP IS-U
12 6 (0.12%) BusinessWorks
12 6 (0.12%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 516 (10.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 445 (8.67%) Amazon AWS
3 262 (5.10%) Office 365
4 140 (2.73%) Power Platform
5 137 (2.67%) Google Cloud Platform
6 95 (1.85%) SaaS
7 83 (1.62%) GitHub
8 82 (1.60%) Serverless
9 78 (1.52%) PaaS
10 67 (1.31%) IaaS
11 64 (1.25%) Cloud Computing
12 58 (1.13%) Google Analytics
13 50 (0.97%) Azure Active Directory
14 49 (0.95%) Amazon S3
15 47 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
16 39 (0.76%) AWS CloudFormation
17 38 (0.74%) AWS Lambda
17 38 (0.74%) OpenShift
18 37 (0.72%) Amazon EC2
19 29 (0.56%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 200 (3.90%) Firewall
2 146 (2.84%) DNS
3 135 (2.63%) HTTP
4 120 (2.34%) TCP/IP
5 105 (2.05%) Internet
6 96 (1.87%) VPN
7 88 (1.71%) DHCP
7 88 (1.71%) WAN
8 79 (1.54%) LAN
9 66 (1.29%) SSL
10 56 (1.09%) Wireless
11 50 (0.97%) Skype
12 42 (0.82%) SAN
13 41 (0.80%) FTP
14 39 (0.76%) Network Security
15 34 (0.66%) IPsec
16 30 (0.58%) VLAN
17 28 (0.55%) BGP
18 27 (0.53%) Intranet
18 27 (0.53%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 425 (8.28%) SQL Server
2 213 (4.15%) Relational Database
3 205 (3.99%) Big Data
4 179 (3.49%) Data Warehouse
5 174 (3.39%) NoSQL
6 158 (3.08%) MySQL
7 144 (2.80%) MongoDB
8 135 (2.63%) Power BI
9 126 (2.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 124 (2.42%) Hadoop
11 119 (2.32%) Oracle Database
12 105 (2.05%) PostgreSQL
13 95 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 71 (1.38%) DB2
15 53 (1.03%) Apache Cassandra
16 52 (1.01%) Data Lake
16 52 (1.01%) RDBMS
17 48 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 47 (0.92%) SQL Server 2008
19 42 (0.82%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 498 (9.70%) JIRA
2 488 (9.51%) Git (software)
3 409 (7.97%) Jenkins
4 176 (3.43%) Selenium
5 150 (2.92%) JUnit
6 122 (2.38%) Subversion
7 118 (2.30%) Maven
8 113 (2.20%) Cucumber
9 104 (2.03%) Visual Studio Team System
10 93 (1.81%) Visual Studio
11 91 (1.77%) Team Foundation Server
12 74 (1.44%) Bitbucket
13 72 (1.40%) TeamCity
14 56 (1.09%) Grunt
15 54 (1.05%) gulp
16 51 (0.99%) Mockito
17 50 (0.97%) Ant
18 49 (0.95%) Eclipse
18 49 (0.95%) SoapUI
18 49 (0.95%) SpecFlow
General
1 1,131 (22.03%) Finance
2 361 (7.03%) Banking
3 205 (3.99%) Retail
4 186 (3.62%) Marketing
5 169 (3.29%) Telecoms
6 126 (2.45%) Legal
7 90 (1.75%) Investment Banking
8 86 (1.68%) Manufacturing
9 81 (1.58%) Front Office
10 77 (1.50%) Financial Institution
11 76 (1.48%) Games
12 53 (1.03%) Back Office
13 48 (0.93%) Electronics
14 44 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
15 40 (0.78%) Law
16 38 (0.74%) Advertising
17 36 (0.70%) Retail Banking
18 31 (0.60%) Publishing
19 28 (0.55%) Aerospace
20 21 (0.41%) French Language
Job Titles
1 1,115 (21.72%) Developer
2 801 (15.60%) Analyst
3 326 (6.35%) Architect
4 306 (5.96%) Business Analyst
5 242 (4.71%) Consultant
6 223 (4.34%) Project Manager
7 196 (3.82%) Java Developer
8 166 (3.23%) DevOps Engineer
9 148 (2.88%) Senior Developer
10 137 (2.67%) Designer
11 135 (2.63%) Support Engineer
12 112 (2.18%) Software Engineer
13 109 (2.12%) Administrator
14 101 (1.97%) Data Analyst
14 101 (1.97%) IT Support
15 100 (1.95%) User Researcher
16 99 (1.93%) C# Developer
17 95 (1.85%) .NET Developer
17 95 (1.85%) Solutions Architect
18 91 (1.77%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 432 (8.41%) HTML
2 389 (7.58%) CSS
3 346 (6.74%) .NET
4 271 (5.28%) Web Services
5 248 (4.83%) REST
6 241 (4.69%) Spring
7 218 (4.25%) AngularJS
7 218 (4.25%) XML
8 198 (3.86%) RESTful
9 170 (3.31%) HTML5
10 162 (3.16%) JSON
11 159 (3.10%) Node.js
12 154 (3.00%) React
13 149 (2.90%) SOAP
14 131 (2.55%) jQuery
15 120 (2.34%) Middleware
16 119 (2.32%) Kafka
17 100 (1.95%) J2EE
18 90 (1.75%) Sass
19 80 (1.56%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 1,832 (35.68%) Analytical Skills
2 395 (7.69%) User Experience
3 341 (6.64%) Self-Motivation
4 207 (4.03%) Management Information System
5 138 (2.69%) Algorithms
6 128 (2.49%) Data Structures
7 122 (2.38%) Data Centre
8 96 (1.87%) Mobile App
9 77 (1.50%) Enterprise Software
10 71 (1.38%) Fintech
10 71 (1.38%) Virtual Team
11 60 (1.17%) Mainframe
12 58 (1.13%) Clustering
13 52 (1.01%) Greenfield Project
14 48 (0.93%) Hedge funds
15 45 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
16 41 (0.80%) NHS
16 41 (0.80%) PKI
17 40 (0.78%) Data Protection Act
18 38 (0.74%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 803 (15.64%) Windows
2 650 (12.66%) Linux
3 327 (6.37%) Unix
4 275 (5.36%) Windows Server
5 214 (4.17%) Windows 10
6 156 (3.04%) Android
7 125 (2.43%) Windows 7
8 107 (2.08%) Windows Server 2008
9 102 (1.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 89 (1.73%) Windows Server 2012
11 83 (1.62%) Apple iOS
12 46 (0.90%) Solaris
13 42 (0.82%) Mac OS X
14 41 (0.80%) CentOS
15 38 (0.74%) Ubuntu
16 27 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
17 26 (0.51%) Windows 8
18 19 (0.37%) Windows XP
19 16 (0.31%) AIX
20 8 (0.16%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,034 (39.62%) Agile Software Development
2 703 (13.69%) Scrum
3 578 (11.26%) DevOps
4 554 (10.79%) Project Management
5 533 (10.38%) Test Automation
6 446 (8.69%) Analytics
7 414 (8.06%) Stakeholder Management
8 398 (7.75%) TDD
9 373 (7.27%) Software Engineering
10 368 (7.17%) ITIL
11 365 (7.11%) Continuous Integration
12 354 (6.90%) SDLC
13 348 (6.78%) Computer Science
14 340 (6.62%) Decision-Making
14 340 (6.62%) Migration
15 320 (6.23%) Continuous Improvement
16 297 (5.78%) Business Intelligence
17 284 (5.53%) Configuration Management
18 267 (5.20%) Time Management
19 256 (4.99%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 1,019 (19.85%) SQL
2 860 (16.75%) Java
3 562 (10.95%) JavaScript
4 498 (9.70%) Python
5 377 (7.34%) C#
6 207 (4.03%) C
7 196 (3.82%) C++
8 177 (3.45%) PowerShell
9 166 (3.23%) Scala
10 141 (2.75%) Ruby
11 116 (2.26%) Perl
12 112 (2.18%) T-SQL
13 109 (2.12%) PL/SQL
14 99 (1.93%) Bash Shell
15 95 (1.85%) Java 8
16 93 (1.81%) TypeScript
17 88 (1.71%) R
18 76 (1.48%) Shell Script
19 75 (1.46%) PHP
20 56 (1.09%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 640 (12.47%) Degree
2 456 (8.88%) Security Cleared
3 319 (6.21%) SC Cleared
4 130 (2.53%) Computer Science Degree
5 106 (2.06%) Cisco Certification
6 104 (2.03%) Microsoft Certification
7 102 (1.99%) DV Cleared
8 85 (1.66%) MCSE
9 67 (1.31%) CCNA
10 63 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
11 61 (1.19%) MCSA
12 44 (0.86%) ISTQB
12 44 (0.86%) ITIL Certification
13 43 (0.84%) CISSP
13 43 (0.84%) PMI Certification
14 36 (0.70%) CCNP
14 36 (0.70%) Master's Degree
15 35 (0.68%) ISEB
15 35 (0.68%) PhD
16 28 (0.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 247 (4.81%) QA
2 119 (2.32%) Data Quality
3 116 (2.26%) SLA
4 85 (1.66%) PMO
5 59 (1.15%) GDPR
6 36 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 25 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 17 (0.33%) PCI DSS
9 13 (0.25%) DO-178B
10 12 (0.23%) MiFID
10 12 (0.23%) MISRA
10 12 (0.23%) MISRA C
11 10 (0.19%) COBIT
11 10 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
11 10 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 10 (0.19%) JSP 440
12 9 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
12 9 (0.18%) HL7
13 8 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 7 (0.14%) EMIR
System Software
1 388 (7.56%) Active Directory
2 303 (5.90%) Docker
3 151 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
4 58 (1.13%) Hyper-V
5 52 (1.01%) VMware ESXi
6 44 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
7 38 (0.74%) XenApp
8 37 (0.72%) vSphere
9 24 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
10 18 (0.35%) Apache Flume
11 16 (0.31%) Virtual Desktop
12 15 (0.29%) Firmware
13 12 (0.23%) Oracle RAC
14 10 (0.19%) NFS
14 10 (0.19%) Terminal Services
14 10 (0.19%) Time Sharing Option
15 9 (0.18%) BitLocker
15 9 (0.18%) VMware Workstation
15 9 (0.18%) XenDesktop
16 8 (0.16%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 212 (4.13%) Ansible
2 150 (2.92%) SCCM
3 135 (2.63%) Terraform
4 131 (2.55%) Puppet
5 130 (2.53%) Kubernetes
6 109 (2.12%) Opscode Chef
7 37 (0.72%) vCenter Server
8 34 (0.66%) SCOM
9 32 (0.62%) Kibana
10 31 (0.60%) Single Sign-On
11 30 (0.58%) ZABBIX
12 29 (0.56%) Grafana
13 24 (0.47%) Docker Swarm
13 24 (0.47%) Microsoft Intune
14 23 (0.45%) Control-M
14 23 (0.45%) PowerCLI
15 22 (0.43%) Nagios
16 17 (0.33%) Amdocs OSS
17 16 (0.31%) NetBackup
17 16 (0.31%) WSUS
Vendors
1 853 (16.61%) Microsoft
2 469 (9.14%) Oracle
3 234 (4.56%) VMware
4 222 (4.32%) SAP
5 217 (4.23%) Google
6 168 (3.27%) Cisco
7 154 (3.00%) IBM
8 135 (2.63%) Red Hat
9 115 (2.24%) Adobe
10 109 (2.12%) Citrix
11 108 (2.10%) Tableau
12 102 (1.99%) HP
13 85 (1.66%) Atlassian
14 68 (1.32%) Workday
15 67 (1.31%) Splunk
16 62 (1.21%) Salesforce.com
17 60 (1.17%) ServiceNow
18 58 (1.13%) Apple
19 54 (1.05%) EMC
20 50 (0.97%) NetApp