Period
to 27 November 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 27 November 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
27 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 34 29 33
Rank change year-on-year -5 +4 -1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 1,736 4,374 5,843
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.62% 5.82% 6.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.51% 6.74% 7.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,142 2,593 3,545
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £243 £200 £231
90th Percentile £650 £638 £643
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 260 239
Median hourly rate £26.50 £21.42 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.75% -24.86% +14.00%
10th Percentile £10.56 £12.75 £10.47
90th Percentile £55.38 £53.75 £51.00
UK median hourly rate £23.75 £23.00 £29.25
% change year-on-year +3.26% -21.37% +21.88%

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 26,661 64,930 83,052
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.24% 86.37% 87.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,052 42,889 55,663
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,021 2,030 2,135
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.83% +9.09% -4.93%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £57.50 £53.75 £50.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year +45.83% +9.09% -4.35%

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 27 November 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 27 November 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 27 November 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 -10 879 £500 +5.26% 412
South East +4 257 £400 -6.21% 189
North of England -12 200 £400 -5.88% 265
Midlands +6 146 £380 -6.17% 162
North West +5 125 £356 -20.89% 149
West Midlands +6 111 £400 - 109
East of England +13 108 £425 -5.56% 120
South West +3 95 £465 +5.68% 95
Yorkshire -21 61 £425 +0.59% 85
East Midlands +1 34 £360 -10.00% 53
North East -14 14 £450 +36.36% 31
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 27 November 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.

1 656 (37.79%) Agile Software Development
2 640 (36.87%) Analytical Skills
3 391 (22.52%) Finance
4 360 (20.74%) SQL
5 294 (16.94%) Microsoft
6 284 (16.36%) Java
7 254 (14.63%) Azure
8 233 (13.42%) Scrum
9 223 (12.85%) Degree
9 223 (12.85%) Security Cleared
10 208 (11.98%) Windows
10 208 (11.98%) Linux
11 206 (11.87%) Python
12 205 (11.81%) DevOps
13 186 (10.71%) Git (software)
14 180 (10.37%) AWS
14 180 (10.37%) JavaScript
15 170 (9.79%) JIRA
16 165 (9.50%) SC Cleared
17 164 (9.45%) Banking
18 160 (9.22%) HTML
19 159 (9.16%) Project Management
20 158 (9.10%) Public Sector
21 157 (9.04%) Computer Science
22 155 (8.93%) Oracle
23 145 (8.35%) Stakeholder Management
23 145 (8.35%) TDD
24 144 (8.29%) Test Automation
25 139 (8.01%) Microservices
26 137 (7.89%) 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 94 (5.41%) Confluence
2 63 (3.63%) SharePoint
3 52 (3.00%) Apache
4 31 (1.79%) Apache Spark
5 26 (1.50%) WebLogic
6 22 (1.27%) JBoss
7 20 (1.15%) IIS
8 19 (1.09%) CMS
9 18 (1.04%) Tomcat
10 15 (0.86%) MS Exchange
10 15 (0.86%) SAS
11 12 (0.69%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 12 (0.69%) WebSphere
12 10 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
13 9 (0.52%) Moodle
14 8 (0.46%) Skype for Business
15 7 (0.40%) Appian
15 7 (0.40%) Cloud Foundry
15 7 (0.40%) nginx
16 6 (0.35%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 117 (6.74%) Microsoft Office
2 100 (5.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 50 (2.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 34 (1.96%) MS Visio
5 24 (1.38%) Spreadsheet
6 12 (0.69%) Microsoft Project
7 7 (0.40%) InVision
8 6 (0.35%) Simulink
8 6 (0.35%) Sketch
9 5 (0.29%) Maya
10 4 (0.23%) Figma
11 3 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
11 3 (0.17%) Zeplin
12 2 (0.12%) Adobe XD
12 2 (0.12%) Photoshop
13 1 (0.058%) Acrobat
13 1 (0.058%) Adobe Premiere
13 1 (0.058%) AutoCAD
13 1 (0.058%) Chatbot
13 1 (0.058%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 13 (0.75%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.69%) Payment Gateway
3 11 (0.63%) Magento
4 9 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
5 8 (0.46%) Oracle ERP
6 6 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
6 6 (0.35%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 4 (0.23%) BASE24
7 4 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
7 4 (0.23%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 4 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
8 3 (0.17%) Endur
8 3 (0.17%) SAP CO
8 3 (0.17%) SAP ERP
8 3 (0.17%) SAP FI
8 3 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
8 3 (0.17%) SAP IS-U
8 3 (0.17%) Shopify
9 2 (0.12%) SAP Retail
9 2 (0.12%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 254 (14.63%) Azure
2 180 (10.37%) AWS
3 85 (4.90%) Office 365
4 55 (3.17%) Power Platform
5 39 (2.25%) GCP
6 34 (1.96%) SaaS
7 32 (1.84%) Dynamics 365
8 29 (1.67%) PaaS
9 27 (1.56%) Amazon S3
10 25 (1.44%) GitHub
10 25 (1.44%) Serverless
11 19 (1.09%) AWS Lambda
12 18 (1.04%) Cloud Computing
13 14 (0.81%) Amazon EC2
13 14 (0.81%) npm
14 12 (0.69%) Amazon EKS
14 12 (0.69%) Azure Active Directory
14 12 (0.69%) Azure Functions
14 12 (0.69%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 11 (0.63%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 55 (3.17%) Firewall
2 52 (3.00%) TCP/IP
3 43 (2.48%) DNS
4 39 (2.25%) DHCP
4 39 (2.25%) HTTP
5 30 (1.73%) Network Security
5 30 (1.73%) VPN
6 29 (1.67%) Wi-Fi
7 25 (1.44%) LAN
8 23 (1.32%) SSL
9 22 (1.27%) WAN
10 20 (1.15%) IPv6
11 19 (1.09%) IPv4
11 19 (1.09%) VoIP
12 16 (0.92%) Skype
13 14 (0.81%) SNMP
13 14 (0.81%) VLAN
13 14 (0.81%) Wireless
14 13 (0.75%) Internet
15 12 (0.69%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 125 (7.20%) SQL Server
2 82 (4.72%) Relational Database
3 79 (4.55%) MySQL
4 73 (4.21%) NoSQL
5 59 (3.40%) Big Data
6 53 (3.05%) Data Warehouse
7 50 (2.88%) Power BI
8 46 (2.65%) MongoDB
9 45 (2.59%) Hadoop
10 36 (2.07%) Oracle Database
11 31 (1.79%) Data Lake
11 31 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
12 27 (1.56%) Apache Hive
13 25 (1.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 24 (1.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 24 (1.38%) Tableau
15 22 (1.27%) Pentaho
16 21 (1.21%) Impala
17 15 (0.86%) Amazon RDS
18 13 (0.75%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 186 (10.71%) Git (software)
2 170 (9.79%) JIRA
3 123 (7.09%) Jenkins
4 35 (2.02%) Maven
5 25 (1.44%) Subversion
6 24 (1.38%) Selenium
7 21 (1.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 21 (1.21%) Bitbucket
7 21 (1.21%) Visual Studio
8 18 (1.04%) GitLab
8 18 (1.04%) Grunt
9 17 (0.98%) webpack
10 16 (0.92%) JUnit
10 16 (0.92%) Mocha
10 16 (0.92%) Visual Studio Team System
11 15 (0.86%) Cucumber
11 15 (0.86%) Jasmine
12 13 (0.75%) gulp
13 12 (0.69%) GDB
13 12 (0.69%) Gradle
General
1 391 (22.52%) Finance
2 164 (9.45%) Banking
3 158 (9.10%) Public Sector
4 72 (4.15%) Front Office
5 61 (3.51%) Investment Banking
5 61 (3.51%) Marketing
6 47 (2.71%) Telecoms
7 41 (2.36%) Legal
8 39 (2.25%) Retail
9 33 (1.90%) Manufacturing
10 21 (1.21%) Financial Institution
11 15 (0.86%) Games
12 14 (0.81%) Electronics
12 14 (0.81%) Pharmaceutical
13 13 (0.75%) Local Government
14 10 (0.58%) Law
14 10 (0.58%) Retail Banking
15 9 (0.52%) Back Office
16 8 (0.46%) Advertising
17 6 (0.35%) Billing
Job Titles
1 433 (24.94%) Developer
2 275 (15.84%) Analyst
3 114 (6.57%) Architect
4 111 (6.39%) Business Analyst
5 87 (5.01%) Java Developer
6 76 (4.38%) Senior Developer
7 57 (3.28%) Consultant
8 50 (2.88%) Project Manager
8 50 (2.88%) Software Engineer
9 40 (2.30%) DevOps Engineer
10 36 (2.07%) Support Analyst
11 35 (2.02%) Designer
11 35 (2.02%) Support Engineer
12 32 (1.84%) .NET Developer
12 32 (1.84%) Data Analyst
12 32 (1.84%) Solutions Architect
13 30 (1.73%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
13 30 (1.73%) Technical Analyst
14 29 (1.67%) Full Stack Developer
14 29 (1.67%) Python Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 160 (9.22%) HTML
2 126 (7.26%) .NET
3 123 (7.09%) CSS
4 80 (4.61%) AngularJS
4 80 (4.61%) Web Services
5 73 (4.21%) REST
6 72 (4.15%) HTML5
6 72 (4.15%) Spring
7 67 (3.86%) Node.js
7 67 (3.86%) RESTful
8 60 (3.46%) Kafka
9 55 (3.17%) React
10 47 (2.71%) Middleware
11 46 (2.65%) XML
12 41 (2.36%) JSON
13 39 (2.25%) Spring Boot
14 37 (2.13%) jQuery
15 36 (2.07%) .NET Framework
16 34 (1.96%) .NET Core
17 30 (1.73%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 640 (36.87%) Analytical Skills
2 126 (7.26%) User Experience
3 95 (5.47%) Management Information System
3 95 (5.47%) Self-Motivation
4 47 (2.71%) Data Structures
5 35 (2.02%) Virtual Team
6 32 (1.84%) Algorithms
6 32 (1.84%) Data Centre
7 30 (1.73%) Derivative
8 28 (1.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 28 (1.61%) Mobile App
9 27 (1.56%) Linux Command Line
10 26 (1.50%) Greenfield Project
11 24 (1.38%) Public Cloud
12 23 (1.32%) Device Driver
12 23 (1.32%) Market Risk
13 22 (1.27%) Fixed Income
14 21 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
15 19 (1.09%) Clustering
16 18 (1.04%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 208 (11.98%) Linux
1 208 (11.98%) Windows
2 100 (5.76%) Unix
3 57 (3.28%) Windows Server
4 53 (3.05%) Windows 10
5 41 (2.36%) Android
6 32 (1.84%) Apple iOS
7 27 (1.56%) Windows 7
8 22 (1.27%) Windows Server 2012
9 21 (1.21%) Mac OS X
10 19 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 15 (0.86%) Windows Server 2008
11 15 (0.86%) Windows Server 2016
12 9 (0.52%) CentOS
12 9 (0.52%) Windows Server 2019
13 8 (0.46%) AIX
13 8 (0.46%) Solaris
14 7 (0.40%) Windows 8
15 5 (0.29%) Windows XP
15 5 (0.29%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 656 (37.79%) Agile Software Development
2 233 (13.42%) Scrum
3 205 (11.81%) DevOps
4 159 (9.16%) Project Management
5 157 (9.04%) Computer Science
6 145 (8.35%) Stakeholder Management
6 145 (8.35%) TDD
7 144 (8.29%) Test Automation
8 139 (8.01%) Microservices
9 137 (7.89%) ITIL
10 130 (7.49%) Decision-Making
11 123 (7.09%) Software Engineering
12 120 (6.91%) Analytics
12 120 (6.91%) Data Modelling
13 117 (6.74%) Project Delivery
14 115 (6.62%) User Stories
15 114 (6.57%) Migration
16 113 (6.51%) Business Intelligence
17 112 (6.45%) SDLC
18 104 (5.99%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 360 (20.74%) SQL
2 284 (16.36%) Java
3 206 (11.87%) Python
4 180 (10.37%) JavaScript
5 137 (7.89%) C#
6 83 (4.78%) C
7 82 (4.72%) C++
8 74 (4.26%) PowerShell
9 48 (2.76%) Java 8
9 48 (2.76%) Shell Script
10 40 (2.30%) Scala
11 38 (2.19%) Perl
12 32 (1.84%) TypeScript
13 30 (1.73%) VB
14 28 (1.61%) PL/SQL
15 27 (1.56%) Bash Shell
16 22 (1.27%) PHP
16 22 (1.27%) R
16 22 (1.27%) VBA
17 21 (1.21%) ES6
Qualifications
1 223 (12.85%) Degree
1 223 (12.85%) Security Cleared
2 165 (9.50%) SC Cleared
3 62 (3.57%) Computer Science Degree
4 38 (2.19%) Master's Degree
5 32 (1.84%) Cisco Certification
6 29 (1.67%) DV Cleared
7 24 (1.38%) BPSS Clearance
8 23 (1.32%) Microsoft Certification
9 22 (1.27%) CCNP
9 22 (1.27%) CISSP
10 19 (1.09%) DBS Check
11 17 (0.98%) CCNA
12 16 (0.92%) MCSE
13 15 (0.86%) Numerate Degree
14 13 (0.75%) ISEB
15 12 (0.69%) PMI Certification
16 11 (0.63%) ISTQB
16 11 (0.63%) MCP
17 10 (0.58%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 123 (7.09%) QA
2 54 (3.11%) SLA
3 37 (2.13%) Data Quality
4 29 (1.67%) PMO
5 24 (1.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 22 (1.27%) NIST
7 20 (1.15%) GDPR
8 12 (0.69%) PCI DSS
8 12 (0.69%) WCAG
9 9 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 9 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 7 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 6 (0.35%) MiFID
12 5 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
13 4 (0.23%) NCSC
13 4 (0.23%) PSD2
14 3 (0.17%) COBIT
15 2 (0.12%) DICOM
15 2 (0.12%) HL7
15 2 (0.12%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 116 (6.68%) Active Directory
2 113 (6.51%) Docker
3 37 (2.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (1.44%) HDFS
5 13 (0.75%) Virtual Machines
6 10 (0.58%) vSphere
7 8 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
7 8 (0.46%) NFS
8 7 (0.40%) XenApp
9 5 (0.29%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 5 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
10 4 (0.23%) Hyper-V
10 4 (0.23%) VirtualBox
11 3 (0.17%) Terminal Server
11 3 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.17%) VMware ESXi
11 3 (0.17%) VMware NSX
11 3 (0.17%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.12%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 2 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 68 (3.92%) Kubernetes
2 50 (2.88%) Ansible
3 40 (2.30%) Terraform
4 36 (2.07%) SCCM
5 27 (1.56%) Puppet
6 20 (1.15%) Opscode Chef
7 15 (0.86%) Microsoft Intune
8 10 (0.58%) Single Sign-On
8 10 (0.58%) Tivoli
9 9 (0.52%) Cisco CUCM
10 8 (0.46%) Netcool
11 7 (0.40%) Jamf Pro
11 7 (0.40%) SCOM
12 6 (0.35%) CASB
12 6 (0.35%) Kibana
13 5 (0.29%) Grafana
13 5 (0.29%) HP ALM
13 5 (0.29%) Microsoft Clustering
13 5 (0.29%) Netcool/OMNIbus
13 5 (0.29%) Netcool/Webtop
Vendors
1 294 (16.94%) Microsoft
2 155 (8.93%) Oracle
3 62 (3.57%) SAP
4 58 (3.34%) Cisco
5 50 (2.88%) Google
6 46 (2.65%) VMware
7 44 (2.53%) Databricks
8 39 (2.25%) Salesforce.com
9 36 (2.07%) Red Hat
10 32 (1.84%) Apple
11 31 (1.79%) IBM
12 30 (1.73%) Atlassian
13 29 (1.67%) HP
14 28 (1.61%) ServiceNow
14 28 (1.61%) Splunk
15 20 (1.15%) Informatica
16 18 (1.04%) Cloudera
17 17 (0.98%) Adobe
17 17 (0.98%) F5
18 15 (0.86%) Remedy