Period
to 17 January 2022

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 17 January 2022 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
17 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 21 32 28
Rank change year-on-year +11 -4 +6
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 5,007 1,929 3,917
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 7.26% 5.82% 5.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.14% 6.67% 6.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,103 1,176 2,332
10th Percentile £264 £250 £181
25th Percentile £412 £350 £331
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +15.56% - -
75th Percentile £638 £540 £538
90th Percentile £725 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 276 123 236
10th Percentile £10.78 £10.86 £13.06
25th Percentile £13.25 £13.34 £15.93
Median hourly rate £18.00 £22.50 £24.28
Median % change year-on-year -20.00% -7.34% -2.87%
75th Percentile £45.11 £40.88 £44.81
90th Percentile £54.80 £58.60 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £21.50 £26.00
% change year-on-year -16.28% -17.31% -1.23%

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 61,484 28,921 57,412
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 89.16% 87.29% 86.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 43,638 19,919 38,861
10th Percentile £325 £300 £288
25th Percentile £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% - -
75th Percentile £638 £575 £575
90th Percentile £725 £663 £650
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +10.53% - +0.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,437 958 1,712
10th Percentile £12.01 £11.97 £11.80
25th Percentile £15.00 £15.75 £14.93
Median hourly rate £25.00 £26.88 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -7.00% +28.01% -2.33%
75th Percentile £49.25 £47.50 £45.03
90th Percentile £63.75 £58.75 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £25.15 £27.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year -6.87% +28.57% -3.49%

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 17 January 2022.

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 17 January 2022.

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 17 January 2022. 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 +13 2,614 £550 +10.00% 822
South East +2 611 £470 +11.64% 355
North of England +7 499 £425 +6.25% 486
Midlands +11 472 £450 +12.50% 326
West Midlands +8 348 £450 +11.11% 199
South West +23 283 £475 +8.57% 220
North West +3 280 £428 +14.13% 242
East of England +2 239 £500 +17.65% 176
Yorkshire +18 178 £426 +0.24% 184
East Midlands +10 114 £375 +4.17% 123
North East +21 41 £400 +12.36% 60
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 17 January 2022, 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 2,651 (52.95%) Social Skills
2 1,810 (36.15%) Agile Software Development
3 1,693 (33.81%) Analytical Skills
4 1,198 (23.93%) Finance
5 995 (19.87%) Microsoft
6 908 (18.13%) SQL
7 821 (16.40%) Azure
8 786 (15.70%) DevOps
9 707 (14.12%) Windows
10 647 (12.92%) Python
11 640 (12.78%) Java
12 578 (11.54%) Scrum
13 567 (11.32%) Project Management
14 555 (11.08%) Linux
15 553 (11.04%) Stakeholder Management
16 547 (10.92%) AWS
17 500 (9.99%) Degree
18 483 (9.65%) Decision-Making
19 482 (9.63%) JavaScript
20 453 (9.05%) SQL Server
21 452 (9.03%) Security Cleared
22 442 (8.83%) JIRA
23 427 (8.53%) ITIL
24 409 (8.17%) Active Directory
25 407 (8.13%) Continuous Improvement
26 404 (8.07%) Analytics
27 402 (8.03%) HTML
28 400 (7.99%) Git (software)
29 396 (7.91%) Oracle
30 393 (7.85%) Public Sector

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
1 228 (4.55%) Confluence
2 164 (3.28%) SharePoint
3 81 (1.62%) Apache Spark
4 80 (1.60%) Apache
5 51 (1.02%) Tomcat
6 48 (0.96%) IIS
6 48 (0.96%) JBoss
7 46 (0.92%) Elasticsearch
8 45 (0.90%) CMS
9 41 (0.82%) WebLogic
10 32 (0.64%) SAS
11 29 (0.58%) Oracle Workflow
12 27 (0.54%) MS Exchange
13 26 (0.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 24 (0.48%) nginx
15 22 (0.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 22 (0.44%) WebSphere
16 19 (0.38%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 18 (0.36%) Apache Qpid
18 17 (0.34%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 335 (6.69%) Microsoft Office
2 288 (5.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 120 (2.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 77 (1.54%) MS Visio
5 62 (1.24%) Microsoft Project
6 37 (0.74%) Spreadsheet
7 34 (0.68%) Sketch
8 23 (0.46%) Chatbot
9 17 (0.34%) Photoshop
10 14 (0.28%) InVision
11 11 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 11 (0.22%) Adobe XD
12 7 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
13 6 (0.12%) Maya
13 6 (0.12%) Zeplin
14 5 (0.100%) FrameMaker
14 5 (0.100%) Simulink
14 5 (0.100%) UXPin
15 4 (0.080%) Stata
16 3 (0.060%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 31 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
3 15 (0.30%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 13 (0.26%) NetSuite
5 12 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
6 10 (0.20%) Magento
6 10 (0.20%) SAP Hybris
7 9 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
8 8 (0.16%) BondVision
9 7 (0.14%) Workday HCM
10 6 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
10 6 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
10 6 (0.12%) RMDS
10 6 (0.12%) SAP MDG
10 6 (0.12%) Sentinel
10 6 (0.12%) Shopify
10 6 (0.12%) Workfront
11 5 (0.100%) Dynamics AX
11 5 (0.100%) Oracle BPM
12 4 (0.080%) JDE EnterpriseOne
Cloud Services
1 821 (16.40%) Azure
2 547 (10.92%) AWS
3 265 (5.29%) Microsoft 365
4 222 (4.43%) Power Platform
5 197 (3.93%) GCP
6 163 (3.26%) GitHub
7 128 (2.56%) SaaS
8 120 (2.40%) PaaS
9 108 (2.16%) IaaS
10 82 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
11 80 (1.60%) Azure Active Directory
12 77 (1.54%) Serverless
13 62 (1.24%) Amazon S3
14 55 (1.10%) OpenShift
15 48 (0.96%) Amazon EKS
16 43 (0.86%) PowerApps
17 42 (0.84%) Azure Data Factory
18 38 (0.76%) Azure Cosmos DB
19 36 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
19 36 (0.72%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 160 (3.20%) DNS
2 134 (2.68%) Firewall
3 97 (1.94%) WAN
4 86 (1.72%) Wireless
5 85 (1.70%) VPN
6 83 (1.66%) DHCP
7 76 (1.52%) TCP/IP
8 59 (1.18%) Internet
8 59 (1.18%) Network Security
9 57 (1.14%) HTTP
10 56 (1.12%) LAN
11 42 (0.84%) 5G
12 38 (0.76%) SSL
13 37 (0.74%) VoIP
14 35 (0.70%) 4G
14 35 (0.70%) SAN
15 33 (0.66%) Wi-Fi
16 31 (0.62%) Radio Access Network
16 31 (0.62%) Skype
17 29 (0.58%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 453 (9.05%) SQL Server
2 223 (4.45%) Relational Database
3 192 (3.83%) Power BI
4 165 (3.30%) Data Warehouse
5 164 (3.28%) NoSQL
6 127 (2.54%) MySQL
7 118 (2.36%) Big Data
8 108 (2.16%) Oracle Database
8 108 (2.16%) Tableau
9 106 (2.12%) MongoDB
10 83 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
11 75 (1.50%) Data Lake
11 75 (1.50%) Hadoop
12 60 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 57 (1.14%) RDBMS
14 54 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
14 54 (1.08%) Metadata
15 53 (1.06%) Azure SQL Database
16 43 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
17 42 (0.84%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 442 (8.83%) JIRA
2 400 (7.99%) Git (software)
3 364 (7.27%) Jenkins
4 99 (1.98%) Selenium
5 88 (1.76%) GitLab
6 84 (1.68%) Visual Studio
7 76 (1.52%) Bitbucket
8 70 (1.40%) Maven
9 66 (1.32%) Cucumber
10 60 (1.20%) TeamCity
11 59 (1.18%) Subversion
12 57 (1.14%) SonarQube
13 55 (1.10%) Artifactory
14 48 (0.96%) webpack
15 45 (0.90%) Sonatype Nexus
16 42 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
17 40 (0.80%) JMeter
17 40 (0.80%) JUnit
18 38 (0.76%) Postman
19 31 (0.62%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 2,651 (52.95%) Social Skills
2 1,693 (33.81%) Analytical Skills
3 1,198 (23.93%) Finance
4 393 (7.85%) Public Sector
5 349 (6.97%) Banking
6 345 (6.89%) Presentation Skills
7 257 (5.13%) Influencing Skills
8 239 (4.77%) Organisational Skills
9 218 (4.35%) Marketing
10 199 (3.97%) Retail
11 195 (3.89%) Front Office
12 182 (3.63%) Telecoms
13 155 (3.10%) Legal
14 140 (2.80%) Investment Banking
15 76 (1.52%) Manufacturing
16 67 (1.34%) Financial Institution
17 66 (1.32%) Documentation Skills
18 57 (1.14%) Law
19 52 (1.04%) Back Office
20 48 (0.96%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,050 (20.97%) Developer
2 822 (16.42%) Analyst
3 373 (7.45%) Architect
4 317 (6.33%) Business Analyst
5 273 (5.45%) Project Manager
6 211 (4.21%) Java Developer
7 172 (3.44%) Consultant
8 167 (3.34%) DevOps Engineer
9 149 (2.98%) Support Engineer
10 146 (2.92%) Service Analyst
11 132 (2.64%) Solutions Architect
12 131 (2.62%) Python Developer
13 115 (2.30%) Software Engineer
14 114 (2.28%) Designer
14 114 (2.28%) Service Desk Analyst
15 110 (2.20%) Data Analyst
16 104 (2.08%) Senior Developer
17 98 (1.96%) Data Engineer
18 92 (1.84%) Administrator
19 83 (1.66%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 402 (8.03%) HTML
2 344 (6.87%) CSS
3 338 (6.75%) .NET
4 264 (5.27%) React
5 227 (4.53%) AngularJS
6 219 (4.37%) REST
7 215 (4.29%) JSON
8 178 (3.56%) Web Services
9 160 (3.20%) XML
10 153 (3.06%) RESTful
11 139 (2.78%) Node.js
12 130 (2.60%) HTML5
12 130 (2.60%) Kafka
13 124 (2.48%) Spring
14 112 (2.24%) ASP.NET
15 89 (1.78%) Middleware
16 81 (1.62%) CSS3
16 81 (1.62%) SOAP
17 79 (1.58%) Spring Boot
18 74 (1.48%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 281 (5.61%) User Experience
2 273 (5.45%) Self-Motivation
3 178 (3.56%) Management Information System
4 126 (2.52%) Virtual Team
5 114 (2.28%) Data Structures
6 107 (2.14%) Data Centre
7 106 (2.12%) Algorithms
8 76 (1.52%) Public Cloud
9 69 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
10 68 (1.36%) Cloud Native
11 62 (1.24%) Data Protection Act
12 61 (1.22%) Mobile App
13 60 (1.20%) Fixed Income
14 59 (1.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 55 (1.10%) Hedge funds
16 53 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
17 52 (1.04%) NHS
18 47 (0.94%) Equities
19 45 (0.90%) Analytical Mindset
20 43 (0.86%) Legacy Systems
Operating Systems
1 707 (14.12%) Windows
2 555 (11.08%) Linux
3 189 (3.77%) Unix
4 179 (3.57%) Windows Server
5 164 (3.28%) Windows 10
6 91 (1.82%) Apple iOS
7 89 (1.78%) Android
8 75 (1.50%) Windows 7
9 53 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 50 (1.00%) Windows Server 2012
11 42 (0.84%) Mac OS
11 42 (0.84%) Windows Server 2016
12 40 (0.80%) Windows Server 2008
13 35 (0.70%) Windows Server 2019
14 29 (0.58%) Mac OS X
15 25 (0.50%) Ubuntu
16 24 (0.48%) AIX
17 23 (0.46%) Solaris
18 19 (0.38%) Windows 8
19 17 (0.34%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,810 (36.15%) Agile Software Development
2 786 (15.70%) DevOps
3 578 (11.54%) Scrum
4 567 (11.32%) Project Management
5 553 (11.04%) Stakeholder Management
6 483 (9.65%) Decision-Making
7 427 (8.53%) ITIL
8 407 (8.13%) Continuous Improvement
9 404 (8.07%) Analytics
10 357 (7.13%) Software Engineering
11 352 (7.03%) Microservices
12 347 (6.93%) Business Intelligence
13 346 (6.91%) Migration
14 328 (6.55%) Test Automation
15 294 (5.87%) Continuous Integration
16 288 (5.75%) TDD
17 275 (5.49%) Change Management
18 273 (5.45%) Business Analysis
19 271 (5.41%) SDLC
20 256 (5.11%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 908 (18.13%) SQL
2 647 (12.92%) Python
3 640 (12.78%) Java
4 482 (9.63%) JavaScript
5 361 (7.21%) C#
6 213 (4.25%) PowerShell
7 153 (3.06%) TypeScript
8 136 (2.72%) C++
9 107 (2.14%) Bash
10 101 (2.02%) PL/SQL
11 98 (1.96%) C
12 94 (1.88%) Scala
13 71 (1.42%) Java 8
14 70 (1.40%) Perl
14 70 (1.40%) Shell Script
15 67 (1.34%) PHP
16 60 (1.20%) R
17 59 (1.18%) Go
18 57 (1.14%) T-SQL
19 52 (1.04%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 500 (9.99%) Degree
2 452 (9.03%) Security Cleared
3 329 (6.57%) SC Cleared
4 96 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
5 78 (1.56%) Cisco Certification
6 65 (1.30%) Master's Degree
7 64 (1.28%) MCP
8 56 (1.12%) DV Cleared
9 53 (1.06%) Microsoft Certification
9 53 (1.06%) PMI Certification
10 44 (0.88%) PMP
11 41 (0.82%) CCNA
12 37 (0.74%) CISSP
13 31 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
14 30 (0.60%) CCNP
15 28 (0.56%) ISTQB
16 27 (0.54%) MCSE
17 25 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
17 25 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
18 24 (0.48%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 290 (5.79%) QA
2 178 (3.56%) SLA
3 127 (2.54%) Data Quality
4 116 (2.32%) Accessibility
5 112 (2.24%) PMO
6 98 (1.96%) GDPR
7 46 (0.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 32 (0.64%) WCAG
9 23 (0.46%) PCI DSS
10 22 (0.44%) NIST
11 21 (0.42%) COBIT
12 20 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 15 (0.30%) GRC
13 15 (0.30%) IEC 61508
13 15 (0.30%) MISRA
13 15 (0.30%) MISRA C
14 13 (0.26%) Def Stans
15 9 (0.18%) ISO 9001
15 9 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 8 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 409 (8.17%) Active Directory
2 328 (6.55%) Docker
3 138 (2.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 43 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
5 35 (0.70%) VMware ESXi
6 34 (0.68%) vSphere
7 28 (0.56%) HDFS
8 26 (0.52%) Virtual Desktop
9 24 (0.48%) NFS
10 19 (0.38%) Hyper-V
11 15 (0.30%) Virtual Servers
12 12 (0.24%) Oracle RAC
13 11 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
14 10 (0.20%) XenApp
15 8 (0.16%) vCloud
16 7 (0.14%) BitLocker
16 7 (0.14%) XenDesktop
17 6 (0.12%) Ceph
17 6 (0.12%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 6 (0.12%) GPFS
Systems Management
1 308 (6.15%) Ansible
2 285 (5.69%) Kubernetes
3 224 (4.47%) Terraform
4 122 (2.44%) SCCM
5 75 (1.50%) Puppet
6 66 (1.32%) Microsoft Intune
7 37 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
8 35 (0.70%) ITRS Geneos
9 29 (0.58%) Prometheus
10 28 (0.56%) Grafana
11 27 (0.54%) Docker Swarm
11 27 (0.54%) Single Sign-On
12 26 (0.52%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 25 (0.50%) Kibana
14 24 (0.48%) Netcool
15 23 (0.46%) Nagios
16 21 (0.42%) AirWatch
16 21 (0.42%) Oracle RMAN
16 21 (0.42%) vCenter Server
17 19 (0.38%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 995 (19.87%) Microsoft
2 396 (7.91%) Oracle
3 187 (3.73%) Google
4 183 (3.65%) VMware
5 152 (3.04%) SAP
6 135 (2.70%) ServiceNow
7 134 (2.68%) Cisco
8 113 (2.26%) Citrix
9 97 (1.94%) Salesforce.com
10 90 (1.80%) Splunk
11 85 (1.70%) Apple
12 84 (1.68%) Adobe
13 80 (1.60%) IBM
14 76 (1.52%) Atlassian
15 70 (1.40%) Red Hat
16 62 (1.24%) Databricks
17 39 (0.78%) HP
17 39 (0.78%) Informatica
18 37 (0.74%) Dell
18 37 (0.74%) ION Trading