Period
to 22 September 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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 31 33 30
Rank change year-on-year +2 -3 +1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 4,696 5,662 5,559
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.88% 6.08% 6.13%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.76% 7.00% 7.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,786 3,493 3,438
England median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £213 £241 £249
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £450 £432 £425
% change year-on-year +4.17% +1.65% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 238 246 173
England median hourly rate £22.40 £23.44 £24.49
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.44% -4.27% +39.91%
10th Percentile £12.02 £11.17 £10.86
90th Percentile £53.75 £51.00 £57.50
UK median hourly rate £23.63 £23.44 £24.00
% change year-on-year +0.79% -2.33% +28.86%

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 69,434 80,909 78,284
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.88% 86.87% 86.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 46,078 53,969 52,032
England median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £281
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,980 2,217 1,908
England median hourly rate £24.68 £20.50 £23.07
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.38% -11.14% +1.01%
10th Percentile £11.84 £11.18 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.25 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £24.08 £20.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year +17.46% -14.58% +5.10%

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 22 September 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 0 2,120 £485 -3.00% 728
South East 0 881 £438 +6.06% 545
North of England -1 623 £425 +6.25% 475
Midlands +9 404 £400 - 347
South West -6 363 £450 +12.50% 280
Yorkshire +13 290 £415 -2.35% 160
West Midlands +14 276 £400 - 203
North West -12 274 £461 +23.00% 256
East of England +6 260 £450 +7.14% 240
East Midlands +1 122 £360 -10.00% 142
North East -11 59 £355 -11.25% 59
South Coast - 1 - -
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 1,655 (35.24%) Agile Software Development
2 1,569 (33.41%) Analytical Skills
3 930 (19.80%) Finance
4 909 (19.36%) Microsoft
5 883 (18.80%) SQL
6 774 (16.48%) Windows
7 660 (14.05%) Java
8 598 (12.73%) Scrum
9 547 (11.65%) Linux
10 528 (11.24%) Degree
11 524 (11.16%) Azure
12 498 (10.60%) DevOps
13 464 (9.88%) Python
14 458 (9.75%) Security Cleared
15 448 (9.54%) JavaScript
16 444 (9.45%) Project Management
17 435 (9.26%) Active Directory
18 425 (9.05%) AWS
19 408 (8.69%) JIRA
20 393 (8.37%) Analytics
21 384 (8.18%) ITIL
22 380 (8.09%) HTML
23 378 (8.05%) Test Automation
23 378 (8.05%) Git (software)
24 375 (7.99%) Stakeholder Management
25 364 (7.75%) SQL Server
26 361 (7.69%) Oracle
26 361 (7.69%) C#
27 354 (7.54%) Migration
28 344 (7.33%) TDD

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
1 218 (4.64%) Confluence
2 125 (2.66%) SharePoint
3 123 (2.62%) Apache Spark
4 84 (1.79%) Apache
5 76 (1.62%) IIS
6 70 (1.49%) WebSphere
7 68 (1.45%) CMS
8 67 (1.43%) MS Exchange
9 60 (1.28%) SAS
10 46 (0.98%) Skype for Business
11 42 (0.89%) WebLogic
12 35 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2010
13 32 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
13 32 (0.68%) JBoss
14 30 (0.64%) OpenStack
15 29 (0.62%) Tomcat
16 25 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 21 (0.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 21 (0.45%) nginx
17 21 (0.45%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 334 (7.11%) Microsoft Office
2 303 (6.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 134 (2.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 87 (1.85%) MS Visio
5 59 (1.26%) Microsoft Project
6 28 (0.60%) Photoshop
6 28 (0.60%) Sketch
7 23 (0.49%) InVision
7 23 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
8 15 (0.32%) CATIA
9 11 (0.23%) Pro/ENGINEER
9 11 (0.23%) PTC Creo
10 10 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
10 10 (0.21%) Zeplin
11 8 (0.17%) AutoCAD
11 8 (0.17%) Simulink
12 7 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 6 (0.13%) Adobe XD
13 6 (0.13%) Figma
14 4 (0.085%) Mozilla Thunderbird
Business Applications
1 65 (1.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (0.85%) Magento
3 19 (0.40%) Dynamics AX
4 18 (0.38%) SAP S/4HANA
5 16 (0.34%) NetSuite
6 14 (0.30%) assyst
7 13 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
7 13 (0.28%) SAP SD
8 12 (0.26%) Eloqua
9 11 (0.23%) SAP CO
9 11 (0.23%) SAP FI
9 11 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
9 11 (0.23%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 10 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
10 10 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
11 9 (0.19%) BASE24
11 9 (0.19%) BusinessWorks
11 9 (0.19%) Oracle BPM
11 9 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 8 (0.17%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 524 (11.16%) Azure
2 425 (9.05%) AWS
3 253 (5.39%) Office 365
4 128 (2.73%) GCP
5 107 (2.28%) Power Platform
6 104 (2.21%) PaaS
7 101 (2.15%) SaaS
8 82 (1.75%) Serverless
9 76 (1.62%) GitHub
9 76 (1.62%) IaaS
10 52 (1.11%) AWS Lambda
11 51 (1.09%) Google Analytics
11 51 (1.09%) OpenShift
12 46 (0.98%) Dynamics 365
13 40 (0.85%) Amazon S3
13 40 (0.85%) Azure Active Directory
14 39 (0.83%) AWS CloudFormation
15 36 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
16 33 (0.70%) Amazon CloudWatch
17 25 (0.53%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 168 (3.58%) Firewall
2 147 (3.13%) DNS
3 116 (2.47%) WAN
4 105 (2.24%) LAN
5 102 (2.17%) VPN
6 98 (2.09%) TCP/IP
7 87 (1.85%) Internet
8 84 (1.79%) Wireless
9 83 (1.77%) DHCP
10 75 (1.60%) HTTP
11 65 (1.38%) Wi-Fi
12 60 (1.28%) Skype
13 46 (0.98%) BGP
14 44 (0.94%) Network Security
14 44 (0.94%) SAN
14 44 (0.94%) SSL
15 41 (0.87%) VoIP
16 36 (0.77%) VLAN
17 32 (0.68%) Remote Desktop
18 26 (0.55%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 364 (7.75%) SQL Server
2 220 (4.68%) Big Data
3 166 (3.53%) Relational Database
4 142 (3.02%) Hadoop
5 134 (2.85%) MySQL
6 129 (2.75%) Data Warehouse
7 122 (2.60%) NoSQL
8 111 (2.36%) MongoDB
9 110 (2.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 99 (2.11%) Power BI
11 98 (2.09%) Oracle Database
12 96 (2.04%) PostgreSQL
13 88 (1.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 58 (1.24%) Data Lake
15 45 (0.96%) Apache Cassandra
16 42 (0.89%) DB2
17 41 (0.87%) RDBMS
18 40 (0.85%) QlikView
18 40 (0.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 35 (0.75%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 408 (8.69%) JIRA
2 378 (8.05%) Git (software)
3 287 (6.11%) Jenkins
4 134 (2.85%) Selenium
5 90 (1.92%) TeamCity
6 82 (1.75%) Subversion
6 82 (1.75%) Visual Studio
7 76 (1.62%) Visual Studio Team System
8 75 (1.60%) Cucumber
9 63 (1.34%) JUnit
10 62 (1.32%) Team Foundation Server
11 59 (1.26%) Bitbucket
12 47 (1.00%) Grunt
13 45 (0.96%) Mockito
13 45 (0.96%) NUnit
14 43 (0.92%) Maven
15 40 (0.85%) SoapUI
16 39 (0.83%) MSI
17 38 (0.81%) Jasmine
18 37 (0.79%) SpecFlow
General
1 930 (19.80%) Finance
2 298 (6.35%) Banking
3 243 (5.17%) Public Sector
4 210 (4.47%) Retail
5 180 (3.83%) Marketing
6 155 (3.30%) Telecoms
7 118 (2.51%) Legal
8 99 (2.11%) Manufacturing
9 96 (2.04%) Front Office
10 95 (2.02%) Games
11 85 (1.81%) Investment Banking
12 53 (1.13%) Financial Institution
13 47 (1.00%) Law
14 45 (0.96%) Back Office
15 40 (0.85%) Electronics
15 40 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
16 36 (0.77%) Publishing
17 34 (0.72%) Automotive
18 32 (0.68%) Aerospace
19 27 (0.57%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 913 (19.44%) Developer
2 830 (17.67%) Analyst
3 317 (6.75%) Architect
4 293 (6.24%) Business Analyst
5 201 (4.28%) Consultant
6 183 (3.90%) Project Manager
7 158 (3.36%) Support Engineer
8 150 (3.19%) DevOps Engineer
9 147 (3.13%) Java Developer
10 121 (2.58%) Data Analyst
11 112 (2.39%) Administrator
12 108 (2.30%) Senior Developer
12 108 (2.30%) Solutions Architect
13 107 (2.28%) Software Engineer
14 99 (2.11%) C# Developer
15 96 (2.04%) Support Analyst
16 93 (1.98%) Designer
17 89 (1.90%) IT Support
18 88 (1.87%) Desktop Support
19 82 (1.75%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 380 (8.09%) HTML
2 333 (7.09%) .NET
3 320 (6.81%) CSS
4 231 (4.92%) Web Services
5 207 (4.41%) AngularJS
6 152 (3.24%) REST
7 151 (3.22%) JSON
8 145 (3.09%) XML
9 136 (2.90%) React
10 135 (2.87%) Spring
11 134 (2.85%) jQuery
12 124 (2.64%) HTML5
13 117 (2.49%) Node.js
13 117 (2.49%) RESTful
14 109 (2.32%) .NET Framework
15 103 (2.19%) .NET Core
16 93 (1.98%) Kafka
16 93 (1.98%) Sass
17 89 (1.90%) SOAP
18 74 (1.58%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1,569 (33.41%) Analytical Skills
2 305 (6.49%) Self-Motivation
3 293 (6.24%) User Experience
4 160 (3.41%) Management Information System
5 112 (2.39%) Data Centre
6 107 (2.28%) Algorithms
7 80 (1.70%) Data Structures
8 74 (1.58%) Enterprise Software
9 73 (1.55%) Virtual Team
10 62 (1.32%) PKI
11 58 (1.24%) Greenfield Project
12 56 (1.19%) Driving Licence
13 54 (1.15%) Mobile App
14 52 (1.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 51 (1.09%) Clustering
16 41 (0.87%) Derivative
17 40 (0.85%) Analytical Mindset
17 40 (0.85%) Public Cloud
18 39 (0.83%) Linux Command Line
19 35 (0.75%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 774 (16.48%) Windows
2 547 (11.65%) Linux
3 256 (5.45%) Unix
4 237 (5.05%) Windows 10
5 230 (4.90%) Windows Server
6 176 (3.75%) Windows 7
7 108 (2.30%) Android
8 106 (2.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 99 (2.11%) Windows Server 2008
10 83 (1.77%) Windows Server 2012
11 63 (1.34%) Apple iOS
12 60 (1.28%) Windows 8
13 52 (1.11%) Mac OS X
14 33 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
15 30 (0.64%) CentOS
16 29 (0.62%) Solaris
17 22 (0.47%) Windows XP
18 19 (0.40%) Ubuntu
19 18 (0.38%) AIX
20 17 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,655 (35.24%) Agile Software Development
2 598 (12.73%) Scrum
3 498 (10.60%) DevOps
4 444 (9.45%) Project Management
5 393 (8.37%) Analytics
6 384 (8.18%) ITIL
7 378 (8.05%) Test Automation
8 375 (7.99%) Stakeholder Management
9 354 (7.54%) Migration
10 344 (7.33%) TDD
11 336 (7.16%) Continuous Integration
12 333 (7.09%) SDLC
13 332 (7.07%) Decision-Making
14 305 (6.49%) Software Engineering
15 285 (6.07%) Time Management
16 280 (5.96%) Continuous Improvement
17 260 (5.54%) Business Intelligence
18 250 (5.32%) Business Analysis
19 233 (4.96%) User Stories
20 229 (4.88%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 883 (18.80%) SQL
2 660 (14.05%) Java
3 464 (9.88%) Python
4 448 (9.54%) JavaScript
5 361 (7.69%) C#
6 178 (3.79%) PowerShell
7 164 (3.49%) C
8 132 (2.81%) C++
9 105 (2.24%) Bash Shell
10 93 (1.98%) T-SQL
11 89 (1.90%) PL/SQL
12 83 (1.77%) Ruby
13 82 (1.75%) Java 8
14 81 (1.72%) Perl
15 73 (1.55%) Scala
15 73 (1.55%) TypeScript
16 69 (1.47%) Shell Script
17 68 (1.45%) PHP
18 59 (1.26%) R
19 50 (1.06%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 528 (11.24%) Degree
2 458 (9.75%) Security Cleared
3 284 (6.05%) SC Cleared
4 114 (2.43%) Microsoft Certification
5 101 (2.15%) Computer Science Degree
6 99 (2.11%) DV Cleared
7 95 (2.02%) Cisco Certification
8 79 (1.68%) MCSE
9 66 (1.41%) CCNA
10 48 (1.02%) BPSS Clearance
10 48 (1.02%) MCSA
11 46 (0.98%) CCNP
12 43 (0.92%) CISSP
13 36 (0.77%) ISEB
14 34 (0.72%) ISTQB
14 34 (0.72%) PMI Certification
15 30 (0.64%) AWS Certification
16 29 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
17 28 (0.60%) Master's Degree
17 28 (0.60%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 221 (4.71%) QA
2 156 (3.32%) SLA
3 98 (2.09%) PMO
4 91 (1.94%) Data Quality
5 38 (0.81%) GDPR
6 34 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 30 (0.64%) PCI DSS
8 21 (0.45%) MiFID
9 18 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 15 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 14 (0.30%) NIST
12 13 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
12 13 (0.28%) MISRA
12 13 (0.28%) MISRA C
13 11 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
14 10 (0.21%) DO-178B
14 10 (0.21%) WCAG
15 9 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 9 (0.19%) EMIR
16 5 (0.11%) GxP
System Software
1 435 (9.26%) Active Directory
2 266 (5.66%) Docker
3 133 (2.83%) VMware Infrastructure
4 60 (1.28%) XenApp
5 56 (1.19%) VMware ESXi
6 42 (0.89%) Hyper-V
7 37 (0.79%) Virtual Machines
8 36 (0.77%) vSphere
9 29 (0.62%) Microsoft App-V
10 18 (0.38%) Oracle RAC
11 14 (0.30%) BitLocker
12 13 (0.28%) Firmware
13 12 (0.26%) XenDesktop
14 11 (0.23%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 11 (0.23%) HDFS
14 11 (0.23%) NFS
15 10 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
16 9 (0.19%) VMware NSX
17 8 (0.17%) RACF
18 7 (0.15%) LXC
Systems Management
1 182 (3.88%) Ansible
2 173 (3.68%) Kubernetes
3 158 (3.36%) SCCM
4 121 (2.58%) Terraform
5 118 (2.51%) Opscode Chef
6 87 (1.85%) Puppet
7 24 (0.51%) SCOM
8 23 (0.49%) Microsoft Intune
9 22 (0.47%) Amdocs OSS
9 22 (0.47%) CASB
10 21 (0.45%) Kibana
10 21 (0.45%) vCenter Server
11 20 (0.43%) Salt
12 19 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
12 19 (0.40%) WSUS
13 16 (0.34%) HP ALM
14 15 (0.32%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
15 14 (0.30%) Grafana
15 14 (0.30%) Hadoop YARN
16 13 (0.28%) logstash
Vendors
1 909 (19.36%) Microsoft
2 361 (7.69%) Oracle
3 241 (5.13%) SAP
4 198 (4.22%) Cisco
5 192 (4.09%) VMware
6 189 (4.02%) Google
7 122 (2.60%) IBM
8 117 (2.49%) Citrix
9 113 (2.41%) HP
10 111 (2.36%) Red Hat
11 89 (1.90%) Tableau
12 86 (1.83%) Salesforce.com
13 85 (1.81%) Adobe
14 74 (1.58%) Apple
15 72 (1.53%) Atlassian
16 67 (1.43%) ServiceNow
17 50 (1.06%) Splunk
18 44 (0.94%) Cloudera
19 38 (0.81%) McAfee
20 37 (0.79%) NetApp