Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 33 31 33
Rank change year-on-year -2 +2 -2
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 1,491 4,741 5,716
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.77% 5.87% 6.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.64% 6.73% 6.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 960 2,866 3,574
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £242 £213 £247
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £433
% change year-on-year - +4.05% +1.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 240 249
Median hourly rate £34.98 £22.20 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +57.55% -3.48% -7.04%
10th Percentile £11.36 £12.02 £11.15
90th Percentile £51.35 £53.75 £51.00
UK median hourly rate £34.13 £24.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year +42.19% +4.35% -5.13%

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 22,440 70,396 81,816
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.83% 87.16% 87.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 14,382 46,709 54,611
Median daily rate £475 £475 £467
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.71% +3.78%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 787 2,011 2,218
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £20.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% +19.65% -11.05%
10th Percentile £12.62 £12.00 £11.18
90th Percentile £54.28 £53.75 £50.25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.58 £20.50
% change year-on-year +42.42% +19.88% -14.58%

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 25 September 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 25 September 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 25 September 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 -9 739 £500 +2.56% 371
South East +10 240 £405 -7.16% 171
North of England -6 183 £375 -11.76% 210
North West +15 125 £356 -22.61% 108
Midlands +2 121 £400 - 140
East of England +9 94 £395 -12.22% 102
South West -4 88 £457 +1.49% 97
West Midlands -1 84 £413 +3.13% 87
Yorkshire -21 49 £450 +8.76% 78
East Midlands +6 37 £345 -8.00% 53
North East -7 9 £350 -2.78% 24
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 569 (38.16%) Agile Software Development
2 532 (35.68%) Analytical Skills
3 334 (22.40%) Finance
4 309 (20.72%) SQL
5 298 (19.99%) Microsoft
6 282 (18.91%) Java
7 248 (16.63%) Azure
8 212 (14.22%) Windows
9 211 (14.15%) Security Cleared
10 197 (13.21%) Degree
10 197 (13.21%) Linux
11 184 (12.34%) Python
12 172 (11.54%) Scrum
13 170 (11.40%) AWS
14 161 (10.80%) DevOps
15 160 (10.73%) ITIL
16 154 (10.33%) SC Cleared
17 151 (10.13%) Git (software)
18 150 (10.06%) JavaScript
19 146 (9.79%) HTML
20 140 (9.39%) Stakeholder Management
21 139 (9.32%) Banking
22 134 (8.99%) TDD
23 132 (8.85%) Active Directory
23 132 (8.85%) Decision-Making
24 131 (8.79%) Microservices
25 128 (8.58%) Oracle
25 128 (8.58%) Public Sector
26 127 (8.52%) Test Automation
27 126 (8.45%) 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 74 (4.96%) Confluence
2 49 (3.29%) Apache
3 43 (2.88%) SharePoint
4 26 (1.74%) Tomcat
5 24 (1.61%) Apache Spark
6 22 (1.48%) MS Exchange
7 18 (1.21%) JBoss
8 14 (0.94%) CMS
9 13 (0.87%) Apache Solr
9 13 (0.87%) WebLogic
10 12 (0.80%) IIS
10 12 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 10 (0.67%) Skype for Business
12 9 (0.60%) Moodle
12 9 (0.60%) SAS
13 8 (0.54%) WebSphere
14 7 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2010
15 5 (0.34%) nginx
16 4 (0.27%) Appian
16 4 (0.27%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 113 (7.58%) Microsoft Office
2 96 (6.44%) Microsoft Excel
3 51 (3.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 33 (2.21%) MS Visio
5 15 (1.01%) Sketch
5 15 (1.01%) Spreadsheet
6 8 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
7 6 (0.40%) Maya
8 5 (0.34%) Figma
8 5 (0.34%) InVision
9 4 (0.27%) Simulink
10 2 (0.13%) Adobe XD
10 2 (0.13%) OmniGraffle
10 2 (0.13%) Zeplin
11 1 (0.067%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.067%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.067%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.067%) PTC Creo
11 1 (0.067%) Siemens NX
11 1 (0.067%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 13 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.74%) Payment Gateway
2 11 (0.74%) Remedy ITSM
3 8 (0.54%) Magento
4 7 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.34%) Oracle General Ledger
5 5 (0.34%) Sentinel
6 4 (0.27%) BASE24
6 4 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
6 4 (0.27%) Hyperion Planning
6 4 (0.27%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.20%) Endur
7 3 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
7 3 (0.20%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 3 (0.20%) SAP CO
7 3 (0.20%) SAP ERP
7 3 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
7 3 (0.20%) SAP S/4HANA
7 3 (0.20%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 2 (0.13%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
Cloud Services
1 248 (16.63%) Azure
2 170 (11.40%) AWS
3 94 (6.30%) Office 365
4 53 (3.55%) SaaS
5 44 (2.95%) Power Platform
6 34 (2.28%) PaaS
7 23 (1.54%) Amazon S3
7 23 (1.54%) Dynamics 365
7 23 (1.54%) GCP
7 23 (1.54%) Serverless
8 22 (1.48%) GitHub
9 16 (1.07%) Cloud Computing
10 15 (1.01%) AWS Lambda
11 14 (0.94%) IaaS
12 13 (0.87%) Azure Active Directory
12 13 (0.87%) npm
13 11 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
13 11 (0.74%) Azure Data Factory
14 10 (0.67%) Azure Functions
15 9 (0.60%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 66 (4.43%) DNS
2 57 (3.82%) Firewall
3 43 (2.88%) DHCP
3 43 (2.88%) TCP/IP
4 42 (2.82%) HTTP
5 31 (2.08%) LAN
6 30 (2.01%) Network Security
6 30 (2.01%) WAN
7 28 (1.88%) VPN
7 28 (1.88%) Wi-Fi
8 25 (1.68%) SSL
9 20 (1.34%) Wireless
10 19 (1.27%) VoIP
11 18 (1.21%) Skype
11 18 (1.21%) VLAN
12 16 (1.07%) Internet
12 16 (1.07%) IPv4
12 16 (1.07%) IPv6
13 13 (0.87%) MPLS
13 13 (0.87%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 116 (7.78%) SQL Server
2 73 (4.90%) Relational Database
3 65 (4.36%) MySQL
4 57 (3.82%) NoSQL
5 55 (3.69%) Big Data
6 51 (3.42%) MongoDB
7 47 (3.15%) Data Warehouse
8 44 (2.95%) Power BI
9 38 (2.55%) Hadoop
10 31 (2.08%) PostgreSQL
11 30 (2.01%) Oracle Database
12 28 (1.88%) Data Lake
13 27 (1.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 26 (1.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 23 (1.54%) Apache Hive
16 20 (1.34%) SQL Server 2016
17 14 (0.94%) Impala
17 14 (0.94%) RDBMS
17 14 (0.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 13 (0.87%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 151 (10.13%) Git (software)
2 116 (7.78%) JIRA
3 104 (6.98%) Jenkins
4 35 (2.35%) Maven
5 29 (1.95%) Selenium
6 27 (1.81%) Mockito
7 26 (1.74%) Subversion
8 23 (1.54%) Cucumber
9 19 (1.27%) Visual Studio
10 15 (1.01%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 14 (0.94%) Ant
11 14 (0.94%) Grunt
11 14 (0.94%) Mocha
11 14 (0.94%) SonarQube
12 13 (0.87%) JUnit
12 13 (0.87%) Visual Studio Team System
13 12 (0.80%) Bitbucket
13 12 (0.80%) Jasmine
14 11 (0.74%) gulp
14 11 (0.74%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 334 (22.40%) Finance
2 139 (9.32%) Banking
3 128 (8.58%) Public Sector
4 74 (4.96%) Front Office
5 59 (3.96%) Investment Banking
6 57 (3.82%) Telecoms
7 54 (3.62%) Marketing
8 36 (2.41%) Manufacturing
9 31 (2.08%) Legal
10 21 (1.41%) Electronics
11 20 (1.34%) Retail
12 11 (0.74%) Law
12 11 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
13 10 (0.67%) Games
14 9 (0.60%) Back Office
14 9 (0.60%) Local Government
15 8 (0.54%) Advertising
15 8 (0.54%) Billing
15 8 (0.54%) Financial Institution
16 6 (0.40%) Military
Job Titles
1 403 (27.03%) Developer
2 236 (15.83%) Analyst
3 104 (6.98%) Java Developer
4 94 (6.30%) Architect
5 90 (6.04%) Business Analyst
6 54 (3.62%) Senior Developer
7 41 (2.75%) Designer
8 40 (2.68%) Project Manager
9 38 (2.55%) Support Engineer
10 35 (2.35%) Consultant
11 32 (2.15%) Software Engineer
12 31 (2.08%) Data Engineer
13 30 (2.01%) DevOps Engineer
14 28 (1.88%) Solutions Architect
15 27 (1.81%) Azure Developer
16 26 (1.74%) C# Developer
16 26 (1.74%) Python Developer
17 25 (1.68%) .NET Developer
17 25 (1.68%) Support Analyst
18 24 (1.61%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 146 (9.79%) HTML
2 116 (7.78%) .NET
3 109 (7.31%) CSS
4 72 (4.83%) Web Services
5 70 (4.69%) AngularJS
6 64 (4.29%) HTML5
7 63 (4.23%) Node.js
8 54 (3.62%) REST
9 51 (3.42%) Spring
10 50 (3.35%) RESTful
11 45 (3.02%) React
12 43 (2.88%) Kafka
13 40 (2.68%) Middleware
13 40 (2.68%) XML
14 36 (2.41%) jQuery
15 34 (2.28%) JSON
16 30 (2.01%) .NET Framework
17 29 (1.95%) .NET Core
18 27 (1.81%) Redux
18 27 (1.81%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 532 (35.68%) Analytical Skills
2 92 (6.17%) Management Information System
2 92 (6.17%) User Experience
3 88 (5.90%) Self-Motivation
4 38 (2.55%) Data Centre
4 38 (2.55%) Data Structures
5 33 (2.21%) Algorithms
6 27 (1.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 26 (1.74%) Derivative
8 24 (1.61%) Fixed Income
8 24 (1.61%) Greenfield Project
9 22 (1.48%) Public Cloud
9 22 (1.48%) Social Media
10 21 (1.41%) Device Driver
10 21 (1.41%) Mobile App
11 20 (1.34%) Linux Command Line
12 16 (1.07%) Market Risk
12 16 (1.07%) Virtual Team
13 14 (0.94%) NHS
14 13 (0.87%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 212 (14.22%) Windows
2 197 (13.21%) Linux
3 90 (6.04%) Unix
4 64 (4.29%) Windows Server
5 61 (4.09%) Windows 10
6 40 (2.68%) Mac OS X
7 35 (2.35%) Android
8 30 (2.01%) Windows Server 2016
9 29 (1.95%) Windows 7
10 26 (1.74%) Apple iOS
11 25 (1.68%) Windows Server 2012
12 18 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 18 (1.21%) Windows Server 2008
13 9 (0.60%) Windows Server 2019
14 7 (0.47%) CentOS
15 6 (0.40%) Windows XP
16 5 (0.34%) AIX
16 5 (0.34%) Windows 8
17 4 (0.27%) OpenVMS
17 4 (0.27%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 569 (38.16%) Agile Software Development
2 172 (11.54%) Scrum
3 161 (10.80%) DevOps
4 160 (10.73%) ITIL
5 140 (9.39%) Stakeholder Management
6 134 (8.99%) TDD
7 132 (8.85%) Decision-Making
8 131 (8.79%) Microservices
9 127 (8.52%) Test Automation
10 126 (8.45%) Computer Science
11 122 (8.18%) Project Management
12 105 (7.04%) Continuous Integration
13 104 (6.98%) Migration
14 95 (6.37%) Project Delivery
15 94 (6.30%) Analytics
15 94 (6.30%) Software Engineering
16 90 (6.04%) Business Intelligence
17 89 (5.97%) BDD
18 88 (5.90%) Change Management
19 85 (5.70%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 309 (20.72%) SQL
2 282 (18.91%) Java
3 184 (12.34%) Python
4 150 (10.06%) JavaScript
5 126 (8.45%) C#
6 70 (4.69%) C++
6 70 (4.69%) PowerShell
7 67 (4.49%) C
8 63 (4.23%) Java 8
9 37 (2.48%) Shell Script
10 32 (2.15%) Perl
11 29 (1.95%) Scala
12 23 (1.54%) T-SQL
12 23 (1.54%) VB
13 22 (1.48%) VBA
14 20 (1.34%) R
15 18 (1.21%) PL/SQL
16 16 (1.07%) Bash Shell
16 16 (1.07%) PHP
17 13 (0.87%) ES6
Qualifications
1 211 (14.15%) Security Cleared
2 197 (13.21%) Degree
3 154 (10.33%) SC Cleared
4 40 (2.68%) Computer Science Degree
5 33 (2.21%) Master's Degree
6 31 (2.08%) Cisco Certification
7 29 (1.95%) CISSP
8 27 (1.81%) BPSS Clearance
9 26 (1.74%) DV Cleared
10 21 (1.41%) DBS Check
11 20 (1.34%) CCNP
12 19 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
13 17 (1.14%) CCNA
14 15 (1.01%) ISEB
15 14 (0.94%) MCSE
16 12 (0.80%) GIAC
16 12 (0.80%) Numerate Degree
16 12 (0.80%) PMI Certification
17 10 (0.67%) SANS
18 9 (0.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 91 (6.10%) QA
2 38 (2.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 38 (2.55%) SLA
3 33 (2.21%) GDPR
4 29 (1.95%) NIST
5 24 (1.61%) Data Quality
6 18 (1.21%) PMO
7 16 (1.07%) WCAG
8 15 (1.01%) Cyber Essentials
9 12 (0.80%) HIPAA
9 12 (0.80%) PCI DSS
10 11 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 8 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 7 (0.47%) COBIT
13 6 (0.40%) MiFID
13 6 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 4 (0.27%) EMIR
14 4 (0.27%) NCSC
15 2 (0.13%) AICPA
16 1 (0.067%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 132 (8.85%) Active Directory
2 114 (7.65%) Docker
3 38 (2.55%) VMware Infrastructure
4 18 (1.21%) HDFS
5 11 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
6 10 (0.67%) NFS
7 9 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
7 9 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
8 8 (0.54%) vSphere
9 6 (0.40%) Hyper-V
9 6 (0.40%) XenApp
10 5 (0.34%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 5 (0.34%) Oracle RAC
10 5 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.20%) VMware NSX
12 2 (0.13%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.13%) RACF
12 2 (0.13%) vCloud
12 2 (0.13%) XenDesktop
13 1 (0.067%) Citrix Hypervisor
Systems Management
1 72 (4.83%) Kubernetes
2 39 (2.62%) Ansible
3 31 (2.08%) SCCM
4 26 (1.74%) Microsoft Intune
4 26 (1.74%) Opscode Chef
5 24 (1.61%) Puppet
6 20 (1.34%) Terraform
7 9 (0.60%) Netcool
8 8 (0.54%) SCOM
9 7 (0.47%) Tivoli
10 6 (0.40%) CASB
10 6 (0.40%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 6 (0.40%) vMotion
11 5 (0.34%) Cisco CUCM
11 5 (0.34%) Single Sign-On
12 4 (0.27%) HP ALM
12 4 (0.27%) McAfee ePO
12 4 (0.27%) Netcool/Webtop
13 3 (0.20%) Failover Clustering
13 3 (0.20%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 298 (19.99%) Microsoft
2 128 (8.58%) Oracle
3 54 (3.62%) Cisco
3 54 (3.62%) SAP
4 47 (3.15%) VMware
5 46 (3.09%) Databricks
6 39 (2.62%) Google
7 33 (2.21%) Red Hat
8 32 (2.15%) HP
8 32 (2.15%) Splunk
9 31 (2.08%) ServiceNow
10 28 (1.88%) IBM
11 25 (1.68%) Apple
12 24 (1.61%) Tableau
13 20 (1.34%) Informatica
14 18 (1.21%) Citrix
15 17 (1.14%) Adobe
15 17 (1.14%) StreamSets
16 16 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
17 15 (1.01%) CheckPoint