Period
to 14 December 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 14 December 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
14 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 27 32 33
Rank change year-on-year +5 +1 -3
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 4,249 5,927 5,756
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.89% 6.17% 6.06%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.85% 7.09% 7.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,477 3,525 3,656
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.82% +0.06%
10th Percentile £190 £225 £235
90th Percentile £638 £650 £631
UK median daily rate £450 £448 £425
% change year-on-year +0.56% +5.29% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 260 239 213
England median hourly rate £23.00 £28.50 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.30% +5.56% +68.75%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.75 £11.50
90th Percentile £51.80 £51.00 £54.40
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £30.00 £26.78
% change year-on-year -20.00% +12.04% +62.27%

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 62,011 83,648 82,082
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 85.91% 87.15% 86.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 41,007 56,124 55,297
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.45%
10th Percentile £294 £300 £281
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £465 £450
% change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,947 2,089 1,889
England median hourly rate £23.50 £22.20 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -11.22% +9.06%
10th Percentile £11.98 £11.25 £11.35
90th Percentile £53.11 £50.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £22.47 £24.00
% change year-on-year +4.61% -6.40% +6.67%

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 14 December 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 14 December 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 14 December 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 +3 1,871 £475 -5.00% 798
South East +10 887 £425 +1.19% 492
North of England +3 621 £425 +4.94% 479
Midlands +1 333 £420 +1.51% 324
North West +1 295 £450 +20.00% 275
South West -30 281 £445 +4.71% 248
Yorkshire +9 246 £425 - 140
West Midlands +3 234 £415 - 186
East of England -1 224 £450 +7.14% 233
East Midlands +1 94 £400 -3.03% 137
North East -8 79 £275 -37.68% 64
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 14 December 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 1,515 (35.66%) Analytical Skills
2 1,391 (32.74%) Agile Software Development
3 864 (20.33%) Microsoft
4 811 (19.09%) Finance
5 738 (17.37%) SQL
5 738 (17.37%) Windows
6 521 (12.26%) Java
7 492 (11.58%) Degree
8 487 (11.46%) Scrum
9 481 (11.32%) Azure
10 468 (11.01%) Security Cleared
11 414 (9.74%) Linux
11 414 (9.74%) Python
12 409 (9.63%) Active Directory
13 396 (9.32%) JavaScript
14 388 (9.13%) ITIL
15 377 (8.87%) DevOps
16 360 (8.47%) AWS
17 358 (8.43%) Stakeholder Management
18 355 (8.35%) JIRA
19 353 (8.31%) Project Management
20 344 (8.10%) Microsoft Office
21 343 (8.07%) HTML
22 335 (7.88%) SQL Server
23 332 (7.81%) Analytics
24 329 (7.74%) C#
25 324 (7.63%) .NET
26 322 (7.58%) Test Automation
27 320 (7.53%) SC Cleared
28 317 (7.46%) Decision-Making

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
1 196 (4.61%) Confluence
2 143 (3.37%) SharePoint
3 91 (2.14%) MS Exchange
4 87 (2.05%) Apache Spark
5 86 (2.02%) IIS
6 67 (1.58%) Apache
7 49 (1.15%) WebSphere
8 45 (1.06%) SAS
9 43 (1.01%) CMS
10 41 (0.96%) WebLogic
11 39 (0.92%) Skype for Business
12 37 (0.87%) OpenStack
13 35 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2007
14 32 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2013
15 28 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2010
16 26 (0.61%) JBoss
17 23 (0.54%) Tomcat
18 22 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
18 22 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 19 (0.45%) nginx
Applications
1 344 (8.10%) Microsoft Office
2 309 (7.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 131 (3.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 107 (2.52%) MS Visio
5 68 (1.60%) Microsoft Project
6 41 (0.96%) Sketch
7 31 (0.73%) Spreadsheet
8 29 (0.68%) Photoshop
9 27 (0.64%) InVision
10 11 (0.26%) Acrobat
11 10 (0.24%) Adobe Illustrator
11 10 (0.24%) Zeplin
12 8 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 7 (0.16%) Simulink
13 7 (0.16%) UserZoom
14 6 (0.14%) CATIA
15 5 (0.12%) Adobe XD
15 5 (0.12%) SPSS
16 4 (0.094%) Siemens NX
17 3 (0.071%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 51 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (0.87%) Magento
3 24 (0.56%) Remedy ITSM
4 21 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
5 19 (0.45%) assyst
6 17 (0.40%) SAP S/4HANA
7 15 (0.35%) Teamcenter
8 14 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
9 12 (0.28%) SAP SD
10 11 (0.26%) NetSuite
10 11 (0.26%) SessionCam
11 10 (0.24%) SAP CO
11 10 (0.24%) SAP FI
11 10 (0.24%) SAP FI/CO
11 10 (0.24%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
12 9 (0.21%) Eloqua
12 9 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
12 9 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
12 9 (0.21%) SAP ERP
12 9 (0.21%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 481 (11.32%) Azure
2 360 (8.47%) AWS
3 279 (6.57%) Office 365
4 107 (2.52%) Power Platform
5 103 (2.42%) GCP
6 95 (2.24%) PaaS
7 90 (2.12%) SaaS
8 71 (1.67%) IaaS
9 66 (1.55%) GitHub
10 48 (1.13%) Serverless
11 42 (0.99%) Dynamics 365
12 37 (0.87%) OpenShift
13 33 (0.78%) Cloud Computing
13 33 (0.78%) Google Analytics
14 29 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
15 28 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
16 25 (0.59%) Azure Active Directory
16 25 (0.59%) npm
17 23 (0.54%) Azure Data Factory
18 20 (0.47%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 164 (3.86%) Firewall
2 148 (3.48%) WAN
3 145 (3.41%) DNS
4 115 (2.71%) LAN
5 110 (2.59%) TCP/IP
6 102 (2.40%) VPN
7 95 (2.24%) DHCP
8 94 (2.21%) Wireless
9 84 (1.98%) HTTP
10 81 (1.91%) Wi-Fi
11 75 (1.77%) Internet
12 56 (1.32%) Skype
13 52 (1.22%) BGP
13 52 (1.22%) VoIP
14 46 (1.08%) Network Security
15 45 (1.06%) SAN
16 41 (0.96%) Remote Desktop
17 32 (0.75%) MPLS
18 27 (0.64%) SNMP
18 27 (0.64%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 335 (7.88%) SQL Server
2 184 (4.33%) Relational Database
3 163 (3.84%) Big Data
4 122 (2.87%) Data Warehouse
5 110 (2.59%) NoSQL
6 102 (2.40%) Hadoop
7 100 (2.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 98 (2.31%) Power BI
9 96 (2.26%) MySQL
10 77 (1.81%) Oracle Database
11 76 (1.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 74 (1.74%) MongoDB
12 74 (1.74%) PostgreSQL
13 48 (1.13%) RDBMS
14 41 (0.96%) Data Lake
14 41 (0.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 31 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
15 31 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
16 30 (0.71%) Apache Hive
17 29 (0.68%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 355 (8.35%) JIRA
2 309 (7.27%) Git (software)
3 203 (4.78%) Jenkins
4 100 (2.35%) Selenium
5 79 (1.86%) Cucumber
6 65 (1.53%) TeamCity
7 61 (1.44%) Bitbucket
8 59 (1.39%) Subversion
9 58 (1.37%) Visual Studio
10 54 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
11 40 (0.94%) JUnit
12 39 (0.92%) Grunt
13 38 (0.89%) Visual Studio Team System
14 36 (0.85%) GitLab
14 36 (0.85%) webpack
15 35 (0.82%) Karma Test Runner
16 34 (0.80%) NUnit
16 34 (0.80%) SoapUI
17 32 (0.75%) gulp
18 31 (0.73%) Jasmine
General
1 811 (19.09%) Finance
2 248 (5.84%) Banking
3 206 (4.85%) Public Sector
4 156 (3.67%) Marketing
5 152 (3.58%) Retail
6 139 (3.27%) Telecoms
7 103 (2.42%) Front Office
8 91 (2.14%) Manufacturing
9 76 (1.79%) Legal
10 70 (1.65%) Games
11 68 (1.60%) Investment Banking
12 48 (1.13%) Law
13 44 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
14 36 (0.85%) Back Office
14 36 (0.85%) Electronics
14 36 (0.85%) German Language
15 27 (0.64%) Financial Institution
16 26 (0.61%) Automotive
17 25 (0.59%) Aerospace
17 25 (0.59%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 847 (19.93%) Developer
2 712 (16.76%) Analyst
3 274 (6.45%) Business Analyst
4 270 (6.35%) Architect
5 195 (4.59%) Consultant
6 177 (4.17%) Support Engineer
7 151 (3.55%) Project Manager
8 134 (3.15%) Senior Developer
9 125 (2.94%) Administrator
10 118 (2.78%) Designer
11 111 (2.61%) Solutions Architect
12 107 (2.52%) DevOps Engineer
13 106 (2.49%) Data Analyst
14 104 (2.45%) Java Developer
15 102 (2.40%) Service Analyst
16 98 (2.31%) C# Developer
17 95 (2.24%) .NET Developer
18 89 (2.09%) Desktop Support
19 80 (1.88%) Service Desk Analyst
20 79 (1.86%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 343 (8.07%) HTML
2 324 (7.63%) .NET
3 299 (7.04%) CSS
4 210 (4.94%) Web Services
5 177 (4.17%) AngularJS
6 165 (3.88%) REST
7 146 (3.44%) JSON
8 144 (3.39%) RESTful
9 137 (3.22%) HTML5
10 130 (3.06%) Spring
11 117 (2.75%) XML
12 116 (2.73%) React
13 106 (2.49%) jQuery
14 103 (2.42%) .NET Framework
15 99 (2.33%) Node.js
16 84 (1.98%) .NET Core
17 81 (1.91%) SOAP
18 70 (1.65%) Sass
19 69 (1.62%) Kafka
20 67 (1.58%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 1,515 (35.66%) Analytical Skills
2 262 (6.17%) User Experience
3 252 (5.93%) Self-Motivation
4 169 (3.98%) Management Information System
5 121 (2.85%) Data Centre
6 103 (2.42%) Algorithms
7 102 (2.40%) Data Structures
8 58 (1.37%) Mobile App
8 58 (1.37%) Virtual Team
9 57 (1.34%) Driving Licence
9 57 (1.34%) Enterprise Software
10 56 (1.32%) Greenfield Project
11 53 (1.25%) PKI
12 39 (0.92%) Public Cloud
13 36 (0.85%) Clustering
13 36 (0.85%) NHS
14 35 (0.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 34 (0.80%) Derivative
16 31 (0.73%) Client/Server
16 31 (0.73%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 738 (17.37%) Windows
2 414 (9.74%) Linux
3 234 (5.51%) Windows Server
4 232 (5.46%) Windows 10
5 175 (4.12%) Windows 7
6 164 (3.86%) Unix
7 102 (2.40%) Windows Server 2008
8 101 (2.38%) Android
9 83 (1.95%) Windows Server 2012
10 78 (1.84%) Apple iOS
11 72 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 51 (1.20%) Windows 8
13 36 (0.85%) Mac OS X
14 34 (0.80%) Windows Server 2003
15 30 (0.71%) Windows XP
16 22 (0.52%) CentOS
17 21 (0.49%) Windows Vista
18 20 (0.47%) Mac OS
19 17 (0.40%) Ubuntu
20 15 (0.35%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,391 (32.74%) Agile Software Development
2 487 (11.46%) Scrum
3 388 (9.13%) ITIL
4 377 (8.87%) DevOps
5 358 (8.43%) Stakeholder Management
6 353 (8.31%) Project Management
7 332 (7.81%) Analytics
8 322 (7.58%) Test Automation
9 317 (7.46%) Decision-Making
10 298 (7.01%) Continuous Integration
11 296 (6.97%) Migration
12 266 (6.26%) Business Intelligence
13 263 (6.19%) SDLC
14 249 (5.86%) TDD
15 238 (5.60%) Time Management
16 236 (5.55%) Continuous Improvement
17 233 (5.48%) Software Engineering
18 227 (5.34%) Business Analysis
19 223 (5.25%) Computer Science
20 213 (5.01%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 738 (17.37%) SQL
2 521 (12.26%) Java
3 414 (9.74%) Python
4 396 (9.32%) JavaScript
5 329 (7.74%) C#
6 166 (3.91%) PowerShell
7 134 (3.15%) C
8 109 (2.57%) Scala
9 92 (2.17%) Bash Shell
9 92 (2.17%) PL/SQL
10 88 (2.07%) T-SQL
11 86 (2.02%) Ruby
12 85 (2.00%) C++
13 70 (1.65%) Perl
14 66 (1.55%) PHP
14 66 (1.55%) TypeScript
15 60 (1.41%) Shell Script
16 54 (1.27%) Java 8
17 47 (1.11%) Groovy
17 47 (1.11%) R
Qualifications
1 492 (11.58%) Degree
2 468 (11.01%) Security Cleared
3 320 (7.53%) SC Cleared
4 95 (2.24%) Microsoft Certification
5 92 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
6 75 (1.77%) DV Cleared
7 74 (1.74%) Computer Science Degree
8 61 (1.44%) CCNA
9 56 (1.32%) CCNP
9 56 (1.32%) CISSP
9 56 (1.32%) MCSE
10 43 (1.01%) Master's Degree
10 43 (1.01%) PMI Certification
11 38 (0.89%) MCP
12 35 (0.82%) ISEB
13 34 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
14 29 (0.68%) CISM
15 28 (0.66%) ISTQB
15 28 (0.66%) PMP
16 24 (0.56%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 216 (5.08%) QA
2 163 (3.84%) SLA
3 86 (2.02%) PMO
4 65 (1.53%) Data Quality
5 43 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 35 (0.82%) PCI DSS
7 26 (0.61%) NIST
8 23 (0.54%) GDPR
9 16 (0.38%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 15 (0.35%) MiFID
11 13 (0.31%) NCSC
11 13 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 11 (0.26%) WCAG
13 8 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
13 8 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
13 8 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 7 (0.16%) JSP 440
15 6 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 5 (0.12%) DO-178B
17 4 (0.094%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 409 (9.63%) Active Directory
2 209 (4.92%) Docker
3 131 (3.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 44 (1.04%) Virtual Machines
5 42 (0.99%) XenApp
6 41 (0.96%) VMware ESXi
7 37 (0.87%) Hyper-V
8 27 (0.64%) vSphere
9 25 (0.59%) Microsoft App-V
10 16 (0.38%) HDFS
11 15 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
12 13 (0.31%) XenDesktop
13 11 (0.26%) BitLocker
13 11 (0.26%) Firmware
14 10 (0.24%) NFS
15 9 (0.21%) LXC
15 9 (0.21%) VMware NSX
16 7 (0.16%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 7 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
17 6 (0.14%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 171 (4.02%) SCCM
2 141 (3.32%) Kubernetes
3 127 (2.99%) Ansible
4 87 (2.05%) Terraform
5 72 (1.69%) Puppet
6 68 (1.60%) Opscode Chef
7 27 (0.64%) Kibana
8 26 (0.61%) SCOM
9 23 (0.54%) HP Quality Center
10 21 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
10 21 (0.49%) vCenter Server
11 18 (0.42%) CASB
11 18 (0.42%) WSUS
12 17 (0.40%) HP ALM
12 17 (0.40%) Salt
13 16 (0.38%) Grafana
13 16 (0.38%) McAfee ePO
13 16 (0.38%) Prometheus
14 15 (0.35%) Amdocs OSS
14 15 (0.35%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 864 (20.33%) Microsoft
2 310 (7.30%) Oracle
3 201 (4.73%) SAP
4 198 (4.66%) VMware
5 190 (4.47%) Cisco
6 154 (3.62%) Google
7 126 (2.97%) HP
8 119 (2.80%) Citrix
9 96 (2.26%) Salesforce.com
10 85 (2.00%) IBM
11 80 (1.88%) Adobe
12 75 (1.77%) ServiceNow
13 68 (1.60%) Apple
14 62 (1.46%) Tableau
15 60 (1.41%) Atlassian
16 58 (1.37%) Red Hat
17 44 (1.04%) Remedy
18 42 (0.99%) webMethods
19 41 (0.96%) Cloudera
19 41 (0.96%) Splunk