Period
to 17 October 2021

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 October 2021 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 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 22 30 32
Rank change year-on-year +8 +2 0
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 4,644 1,548 4,506
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.98% 5.83% 5.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.81% 6.66% 6.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,812 964 2,709
10th Percentile £270 £240 £203
25th Percentile £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
75th Percentile £608 £550 £550
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 244 86 230
10th Percentile £10.40 £10.41 £11.98
25th Percentile £12.30 £15.50 £14.92
Median hourly rate £18.00 £26.25 £20.21
Median % change year-on-year -31.43% +29.92% -8.16%
75th Percentile £47.96 £42.45 £43.75
90th Percentile £61.23 £54.38 £52.55
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £22.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year -18.18% - +2.33%

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 59,473 23,229 68,092
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 89.34% 87.46% 87.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 41,762 15,984 46,124
10th Percentile £317 £300 £300
25th Percentile £413 £381 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +9.47% - +2.15%
75th Percentile £623 £588 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £510 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +7.37% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,477 653 1,900
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.36
25th Percentile £14.42 £15.50 £14.38
Median hourly rate £24.08 £25.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -3.68% +11.11% +12.50%
75th Percentile £49.50 £45.00 £46.00
90th Percentile £63.00 £55.00 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £24.90 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -0.40% +11.11% +15.38%

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 October 2021.

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 October 2021.

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 October 2021. 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 +21 2,359 £550 +10.00% 838
South East +1 593 £450 +11.11% 437
Midlands +13 472 £450 +18.42% 389
North of England +8 437 £425 +13.33% 524
West Midlands +15 375 £490 +21.74% 244
South West +23 288 £450 -1.47% 289
North West 0 265 £425 +19.38% 278
East of England +4 206 £425 +8.97% 195
Yorkshire +4 138 £425 -5.56% 161
East Midlands 0 96 £403 +24.23% 142
North East +9 33 £337 -10.27% 85
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 17 October 2021, 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 2,464 (53.06%) Social Skills
2 1,716 (36.95%) Agile Software Development
3 1,580 (34.02%) Analytical Skills
4 1,088 (23.43%) Finance
5 889 (19.14%) SQL
6 821 (17.68%) Microsoft
7 745 (16.04%) Azure
8 669 (14.41%) DevOps
9 639 (13.76%) Java
10 604 (13.01%) Scrum
11 589 (12.68%) Windows
12 586 (12.62%) Python
13 561 (12.08%) AWS
14 534 (11.50%) Project Management
15 522 (11.24%) Degree
16 520 (11.20%) JIRA
17 493 (10.62%) Stakeholder Management
18 473 (10.19%) Linux
19 465 (10.01%) JavaScript
20 440 (9.47%) Analytics
21 417 (8.98%) Decision-Making
22 406 (8.74%) Git (software)
22 406 (8.74%) Security Cleared
23 377 (8.12%) HTML
24 373 (8.03%) ITIL
25 354 (7.62%) Presentation Skills
26 352 (7.58%) Oracle
27 342 (7.36%) Continuous Improvement
28 340 (7.32%) Test Automation
29 332 (7.15%) Migration

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
1 270 (5.81%) Confluence
2 153 (3.29%) SharePoint
3 78 (1.68%) Apache Spark
4 69 (1.49%) CMS
5 64 (1.38%) Apache
6 53 (1.14%) WebLogic
7 45 (0.97%) SAS
8 43 (0.93%) Tomcat
9 33 (0.71%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 32 (0.69%) IIS
11 28 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
12 27 (0.58%) MS Exchange
13 23 (0.50%) JBoss
14 22 (0.47%) WebSphere
15 21 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
16 18 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 16 (0.34%) DataSynapse
17 16 (0.34%) WordPress
18 15 (0.32%) Apache Airflow
18 15 (0.32%) Jupyter
Applications
1 328 (7.06%) Microsoft Office
2 256 (5.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 140 (3.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 71 (1.53%) MS Visio
5 59 (1.27%) Microsoft Project
6 40 (0.86%) Sketch
7 32 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
8 29 (0.62%) Photoshop
9 25 (0.54%) InVision
10 20 (0.43%) Figma
11 13 (0.28%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 12 (0.26%) Zeplin
13 11 (0.24%) Adobe XD
14 9 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
14 9 (0.19%) Chatbot
15 5 (0.11%) FrameMaker
15 5 (0.11%) Maya
15 5 (0.11%) UXPin
16 4 (0.086%) Simulink
17 3 (0.065%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 30 (0.65%) Magento
2 29 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
3 22 (0.47%) SAP Hybris
4 15 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 12 (0.26%) SAP S/4HANA
6 11 (0.24%) Workday HCM
7 9 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
8 8 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
9 7 (0.15%) Adobe Campaign
9 7 (0.15%) Workfront
10 6 (0.13%) NetSuite
10 6 (0.13%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 6 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
10 6 (0.13%) Relativity
10 6 (0.13%) Teamcenter
11 5 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
11 5 (0.11%) Oracle ERP
12 4 (0.086%) Dynamics AX
12 4 (0.086%) JDE OneWorld
12 4 (0.086%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 745 (16.04%) Azure
2 561 (12.08%) AWS
3 250 (5.38%) Microsoft 365
4 186 (4.01%) Power Platform
5 160 (3.45%) GCP
6 145 (3.12%) GitHub
7 138 (2.97%) SaaS
8 105 (2.26%) PaaS
9 81 (1.74%) IaaS
10 75 (1.61%) Serverless
11 53 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
12 51 (1.10%) Amazon S3
13 48 (1.03%) Azure Active Directory
14 46 (0.99%) Azure Data Factory
15 37 (0.80%) AWS Lambda
15 37 (0.80%) Dynamics 365
16 35 (0.75%) Amazon EKS
17 32 (0.69%) OpenShift
17 32 (0.69%) PowerApps
18 29 (0.62%) Amazon ECS
Communications & Networking
1 133 (2.86%) Firewall
2 121 (2.61%) DNS
3 84 (1.81%) WAN
4 71 (1.53%) LAN
5 70 (1.51%) TCP/IP
6 68 (1.46%) VPN
7 67 (1.44%) DHCP
8 66 (1.42%) Internet
9 59 (1.27%) HTTP
10 58 (1.25%) Wireless
11 51 (1.10%) Network Security
12 40 (0.86%) 5G
13 38 (0.82%) 4G
14 35 (0.75%) 3G
15 34 (0.73%) VoIP
16 30 (0.65%) RTMP
16 30 (0.65%) SAN
17 28 (0.60%) Radio Access Network
17 28 (0.60%) Wi-Fi
18 27 (0.58%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 324 (6.98%) SQL Server
2 209 (4.50%) Relational Database
3 179 (3.85%) Data Warehouse
4 158 (3.40%) Power BI
5 134 (2.89%) NoSQL
6 118 (2.54%) MySQL
7 111 (2.39%) Big Data
8 94 (2.02%) Tableau
9 91 (1.96%) Oracle Database
10 88 (1.89%) MongoDB
11 82 (1.77%) Data Lake
12 63 (1.36%) Hadoop
13 62 (1.34%) PostgreSQL
14 60 (1.29%) RDBMS
15 56 (1.21%) Azure SQL Database
16 50 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 45 (0.97%) Apache Cassandra
18 44 (0.95%) Apache Hive
19 42 (0.90%) Metadata
20 35 (0.75%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 520 (11.20%) JIRA
2 406 (8.74%) Git (software)
3 321 (6.91%) Jenkins
4 101 (2.17%) Selenium
5 97 (2.09%) Maven
6 95 (2.05%) GitLab
7 93 (2.00%) Subversion
8 88 (1.89%) Cucumber
9 80 (1.72%) Bitbucket
10 74 (1.59%) Visual Studio
11 69 (1.49%) JUnit
12 61 (1.31%) TeamCity
13 47 (1.01%) Postman
14 42 (0.90%) Sonatype Nexus
15 41 (0.88%) webpack
16 36 (0.78%) JMeter
17 32 (0.69%) Visual Studio Team System
18 31 (0.67%) Gradle
19 30 (0.65%) Artifactory
20 29 (0.62%) Mockito
General
1 2,464 (53.06%) Social Skills
2 1,580 (34.02%) Analytical Skills
3 1,088 (23.43%) Finance
4 354 (7.62%) Presentation Skills
5 323 (6.96%) Public Sector
6 319 (6.87%) Banking
7 247 (5.32%) Marketing
8 228 (4.91%) Influencing Skills
9 200 (4.31%) Organisational Skills
10 185 (3.98%) Retail
11 179 (3.85%) Front Office
12 146 (3.14%) Telecoms
13 139 (2.99%) Legal
14 92 (1.98%) Investment Banking
15 70 (1.51%) Documentation Skills
16 56 (1.21%) Law
17 48 (1.03%) Automotive
17 48 (1.03%) Manufacturing
18 44 (0.95%) Billing
19 42 (0.90%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 943 (20.31%) Developer
2 777 (16.73%) Analyst
3 332 (7.15%) Architect
4 299 (6.44%) Project Manager
5 295 (6.35%) Business Analyst
6 185 (3.98%) Java Developer
7 173 (3.73%) Consultant
8 142 (3.06%) DevOps Engineer
9 134 (2.89%) Support Engineer
10 130 (2.80%) Solutions Architect
11 118 (2.54%) Designer
12 116 (2.50%) Service Analyst
13 113 (2.43%) Senior Developer
14 106 (2.28%) Software Engineer
15 105 (2.26%) Data Analyst
16 93 (2.00%) Data Engineer
16 93 (2.00%) Python Developer
17 91 (1.96%) Service Desk Analyst
18 84 (1.81%) Full Stack Developer
19 75 (1.61%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 377 (8.12%) HTML
2 329 (7.08%) CSS
3 270 (5.81%) .NET
4 245 (5.28%) React
5 202 (4.35%) AngularJS
6 187 (4.03%) Web Services
7 178 (3.83%) JSON
8 173 (3.73%) REST
9 162 (3.49%) RESTful
10 156 (3.36%) Node.js
11 153 (3.29%) Spring
12 152 (3.27%) HTML5
13 151 (3.25%) XML
14 115 (2.48%) Kafka
15 93 (2.00%) CSS3
16 75 (1.61%) SOAP
17 74 (1.59%) ASP.NET
18 73 (1.57%) Spring Boot
19 68 (1.46%) J2EE
20 62 (1.34%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 317 (6.83%) User Experience
2 275 (5.92%) Self-Motivation
3 173 (3.73%) Management Information System
4 128 (2.76%) Algorithms
5 104 (2.24%) Virtual Team
6 95 (2.05%) Data Structures
7 79 (1.70%) Mobile App
8 68 (1.46%) Data Centre
9 64 (1.38%) Data Protection Act
9 64 (1.38%) Fixed Income
9 64 (1.38%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 64 (1.38%) Social Media
10 58 (1.25%) Public Cloud
11 49 (1.06%) Analytical Mindset
11 49 (1.06%) Legacy Systems
12 45 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
13 44 (0.95%) Equities
14 41 (0.88%) Wiki
15 39 (0.84%) NHS
16 34 (0.73%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 589 (12.68%) Windows
2 473 (10.19%) Linux
3 212 (4.57%) Unix
4 151 (3.25%) Windows 10
5 133 (2.86%) Windows Server
6 119 (2.56%) Android
7 100 (2.15%) Apple iOS
8 80 (1.72%) Windows 7
9 41 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 38 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
11 32 (0.69%) Windows Server 2016
12 27 (0.58%) Mac OS
13 26 (0.56%) Mac OS X
13 26 (0.56%) Ubuntu
13 26 (0.56%) Windows 8
14 24 (0.52%) Windows Server 2019
15 21 (0.45%) Windows Server 2008
16 20 (0.43%) Solaris
17 18 (0.39%) AIX
18 16 (0.34%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,716 (36.95%) Agile Software Development
2 669 (14.41%) DevOps
3 604 (13.01%) Scrum
4 534 (11.50%) Project Management
5 493 (10.62%) Stakeholder Management
6 440 (9.47%) Analytics
7 417 (8.98%) Decision-Making
8 373 (8.03%) ITIL
9 342 (7.36%) Continuous Improvement
10 340 (7.32%) Test Automation
11 332 (7.15%) Migration
12 329 (7.08%) Software Engineering
13 316 (6.80%) Business Intelligence
14 294 (6.33%) Data Modelling
15 290 (6.24%) Microservices
16 281 (6.05%) TDD
17 272 (5.86%) Change Management
18 269 (5.79%) Continuous Integration
19 263 (5.66%) Business Analysis
20 260 (5.60%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 889 (19.14%) SQL
2 639 (13.76%) Java
3 586 (12.62%) Python
4 465 (10.01%) JavaScript
5 292 (6.29%) C#
6 182 (3.92%) PowerShell
7 148 (3.19%) TypeScript
8 124 (2.67%) C++
9 113 (2.43%) C
10 110 (2.37%) Java 8
11 109 (2.35%) Bash Shell
12 106 (2.28%) PL/SQL
13 105 (2.26%) Scala
14 88 (1.89%) Shell Script
15 80 (1.72%) PHP
16 78 (1.68%) R
17 75 (1.61%) Perl
18 59 (1.27%) Go
18 59 (1.27%) T-SQL
19 56 (1.21%) VBA
Qualifications
1 522 (11.24%) Degree
2 406 (8.74%) Security Cleared
3 288 (6.20%) SC Cleared
4 97 (2.09%) Computer Science Degree
5 71 (1.53%) Cisco Certification
6 60 (1.29%) Microsoft Certification
7 55 (1.18%) Master's Degree
8 52 (1.12%) DV Cleared
9 49 (1.06%) PMP
10 47 (1.01%) PMI Certification
11 44 (0.95%) MCP
12 42 (0.90%) CCNA
12 42 (0.90%) ISTQB
13 38 (0.82%) CISSP
14 34 (0.73%) BPSS Clearance
15 33 (0.71%) ISEB
16 29 (0.62%) MCSE
17 26 (0.56%) CCNP
18 24 (0.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 20 (0.43%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 251 (5.40%) QA
2 132 (2.84%) SLA
3 131 (2.82%) PMO
4 116 (2.50%) Accessibility
5 98 (2.11%) Data Quality
6 94 (2.02%) GDPR
7 35 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 30 (0.65%) WCAG
9 25 (0.54%) PCI DSS
10 20 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 19 (0.41%) COBIT
11 19 (0.41%) NIST
12 15 (0.32%) GRC
13 12 (0.26%) ISO 9001
14 10 (0.22%) DO-178B
14 10 (0.22%) IEC 61508
15 9 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
16 8 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
16 8 (0.17%) MiFID
17 7 (0.15%) JTAG
System Software
1 308 (6.63%) Active Directory
2 292 (6.29%) Docker
3 104 (2.24%) VMware Infrastructure
4 30 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
5 29 (0.62%) vSphere
6 25 (0.54%) NFS
7 23 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
8 21 (0.45%) XenApp
9 20 (0.43%) HDFS
10 19 (0.41%) Virtual Desktop
11 14 (0.30%) XenDesktop
12 10 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
13 9 (0.19%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 8 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
15 7 (0.15%) Ceph
15 7 (0.15%) VirtualBox
16 6 (0.13%) GPFS
16 6 (0.13%) Hyper-V
16 6 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
17 5 (0.11%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 242 (5.21%) Kubernetes
2 205 (4.41%) Ansible
3 184 (3.96%) Terraform
4 135 (2.91%) SCCM
5 60 (1.29%) Microsoft Intune
6 53 (1.14%) Puppet
7 28 (0.60%) Opscode Chef
8 23 (0.50%) Single Sign-On
9 21 (0.45%) Active Directory Federation Services
10 20 (0.43%) Prometheus
11 19 (0.41%) Nagios
12 17 (0.37%) Grafana
13 15 (0.32%) Docker Swarm
13 15 (0.32%) Icinga
14 14 (0.30%) Control-M
14 14 (0.30%) Data Guard
15 13 (0.28%) Jamf Pro
15 13 (0.28%) Oracle RMAN
15 13 (0.28%) Tivoli
15 13 (0.28%) WSUS
Vendors
1 821 (17.68%) Microsoft
2 352 (7.58%) Oracle
3 157 (3.38%) Salesforce.com
4 156 (3.36%) SAP
5 147 (3.17%) ServiceNow
6 143 (3.08%) VMware
7 137 (2.95%) Google
8 117 (2.52%) Adobe
9 115 (2.48%) Cisco
10 75 (1.61%) Apple
11 70 (1.51%) Atlassian
11 70 (1.51%) Citrix
12 65 (1.40%) Databricks
13 61 (1.31%) IBM
14 52 (1.12%) Informatica
14 52 (1.12%) Splunk
15 48 (1.03%) Red Hat
16 43 (0.93%) HP
17 40 (0.86%) Alteryx
18 35 (0.75%) Cloudera