Period
to 2 March 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 2 March 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
2 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 29 28 32
Rank change year-on-year -1 +4 0
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 2,338 3,601 5,632
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.05% 5.99% 6.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.96% 7.01% 7.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,712 2,198 3,486
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £259 £190 £250
90th Percentile £650 £638 £644
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 179 218 198
Median hourly rate £19.95 £26.00 £22.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.27% +17.12% -6.28%
10th Percentile £10.24 £13.50 £10.68
90th Percentile £58.00 £53.75 £50.25
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £26.85 £24.00
% change year-on-year -21.79% +11.88% +6.67%

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 33,590 51,374 78,755
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.89% 85.49% 87.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,916 34,828 53,621
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £300 £288 £300
90th Percentile £675 £656 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,136 1,506 1,888
Median hourly rate £26.00 £21.00 £22.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.81% -5.62% -1.11%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.41
90th Percentile £58.75 £52.50 £50.00
Median hourly rate £26.79 £21.00 £22.43
% change year-on-year +27.57% -6.38% +1.95%

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 2 March 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 2 March 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 2 March 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 -3 1,186 £500 +4.17% 518
South East 0 350 £450 +5.88% 285
North of England -3 257 £425 - 337
Midlands +3 187 £405 -4.71% 243
North West -2 158 £425 +1.80% 174
West Midlands +9 149 £405 -4.71% 154
South West +18 122 £450 +5.88% 143
East of England +13 118 £425 -5.56% 115
Yorkshire -7 78 £425 -5.56% 115
East Midlands -6 38 £360 -15.29% 88
North East -12 21 £450 +22.45% 48
South Coast - 1 - -
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 2 March 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.

1 830 (35.50%) Agile Software Development
2 827 (35.37%) Analytical Skills
3 514 (21.98%) Finance
4 468 (20.02%) SQL
5 352 (15.06%) Azure
6 336 (14.37%) Microsoft
7 322 (13.77%) Degree
8 319 (13.64%) Scrum
9 311 (13.30%) Java
10 290 (12.40%) DevOps
11 285 (12.19%) AWS
11 285 (12.19%) Security Cleared
12 264 (11.29%) Windows
13 257 (10.99%) Python
14 254 (10.86%) Linux
15 246 (10.52%) Oracle
16 243 (10.39%) Project Management
17 241 (10.31%) JIRA
18 231 (9.88%) Git (software)
19 227 (9.71%) Banking
20 226 (9.67%) SC Cleared
21 218 (9.32%) Public Sector
22 204 (8.73%) Computer Science
23 203 (8.68%) Test Automation
24 199 (8.51%) Stakeholder Management
24 199 (8.51%) JavaScript
25 184 (7.87%) TDD
26 182 (7.78%) Decision-Making
27 180 (7.70%) Microsoft Office
27 180 (7.70%) Analytics

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
1 115 (4.92%) Confluence
2 88 (3.76%) SharePoint
3 61 (2.61%) Apache
4 40 (1.71%) Apache Spark
5 33 (1.41%) WebLogic
6 27 (1.15%) IIS
7 24 (1.03%) SAS
8 21 (0.90%) CMS
8 21 (0.90%) Tomcat
9 19 (0.81%) Elasticsearch
10 18 (0.77%) MS Exchange
11 17 (0.73%) JBoss
11 17 (0.73%) WebSphere
12 14 (0.60%) Red Hat Fuse
13 11 (0.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 11 (0.47%) Skype for Business
13 11 (0.47%) WordPress
14 9 (0.38%) DNN
15 8 (0.34%) IBM Domino
15 8 (0.34%) nginx
Applications
1 180 (7.70%) Microsoft Office
2 125 (5.35%) Microsoft Excel
3 73 (3.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 58 (2.48%) MS Visio
5 30 (1.28%) Spreadsheet
6 27 (1.15%) Microsoft Project
7 16 (0.68%) Sketch
8 14 (0.60%) InVision
9 12 (0.51%) Zeplin
10 11 (0.47%) Adobe XD
11 8 (0.34%) Photoshop
12 7 (0.30%) Adobe Illustrator
12 7 (0.30%) AutoCAD
13 5 (0.21%) Figma
14 4 (0.17%) Stata
14 4 (0.17%) UserZoom
15 3 (0.13%) Simulink
16 2 (0.086%) Acrobat
16 2 (0.086%) Chatbot
16 2 (0.086%) Maya
Business Applications
1 16 (0.68%) Magento
2 15 (0.64%) Oracle ERP
3 14 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
4 8 (0.34%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 7 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
5 7 (0.30%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 6 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
7 5 (0.21%) assyst
7 5 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
7 5 (0.21%) SAP IS-U
8 4 (0.17%) ION MarketView
8 4 (0.17%) NetSuite
8 4 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
8 4 (0.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 4 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
8 4 (0.17%) SAP MDG
8 4 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
8 4 (0.17%) Shopify
9 3 (0.13%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 352 (15.06%) Azure
2 285 (12.19%) AWS
3 129 (5.52%) Microsoft 365
4 79 (3.38%) GCP
5 78 (3.34%) Power Platform
6 48 (2.05%) SaaS
7 41 (1.75%) GitHub
8 40 (1.71%) Serverless
9 36 (1.54%) PaaS
10 32 (1.37%) Amazon S3
11 29 (1.24%) AWS CloudFormation
12 27 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
13 26 (1.11%) AWS Lambda
13 26 (1.11%) IaaS
14 24 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
15 20 (0.86%) Azure Active Directory
16 19 (0.81%) Heroku
17 15 (0.64%) OneDrive
18 13 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
19 12 (0.51%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 67 (2.87%) Firewall
2 53 (2.27%) TCP/IP
3 49 (2.10%) DNS
4 38 (1.63%) VPN
5 36 (1.54%) DHCP
6 32 (1.37%) WAN
7 31 (1.33%) LAN
7 31 (1.33%) Network Security
7 31 (1.33%) Wi-Fi
8 29 (1.24%) HTTP
9 26 (1.11%) Internet
10 25 (1.07%) Wireless
11 22 (0.94%) Skype
12 19 (0.81%) SSL
13 18 (0.77%) IPv6
13 18 (0.77%) Multicast
14 17 (0.73%) IPv4
14 17 (0.73%) VLAN
15 15 (0.64%) Unified Communications
16 14 (0.60%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 140 (5.99%) SQL Server
2 108 (4.62%) Relational Database
3 96 (4.11%) MySQL
4 83 (3.55%) NoSQL
5 71 (3.04%) Big Data
5 71 (3.04%) Data Warehouse
6 62 (2.65%) Power BI
7 56 (2.40%) Hadoop
8 54 (2.31%) Tableau
9 50 (2.14%) MongoDB
10 47 (2.01%) Oracle Database
11 40 (1.71%) PostgreSQL
12 38 (1.63%) Apache Hive
13 32 (1.37%) Data Lake
14 31 (1.33%) Pentaho
15 30 (1.28%) Impala
16 22 (0.94%) Apache Cassandra
16 22 (0.94%) SAP BW
16 22 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 18 (0.77%) Cosmos DB
Development Applications
1 241 (10.31%) JIRA
2 231 (9.88%) Git (software)
3 169 (7.23%) Jenkins
4 47 (2.01%) GitLab
5 34 (1.45%) Bitbucket
6 31 (1.33%) JUnit
7 30 (1.28%) webpack
8 29 (1.24%) Selenium
9 28 (1.20%) Maven
10 26 (1.11%) Subversion
11 25 (1.07%) Cucumber
11 25 (1.07%) GDB
12 24 (1.03%) TeamCity
12 24 (1.03%) Visual Studio
13 23 (0.98%) CA Gen
14 22 (0.94%) Octopus Deploy
15 16 (0.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 15 (0.64%) Axure RP
16 15 (0.64%) Gradle
17 14 (0.60%) GCC
General
1 514 (21.98%) Finance
2 227 (9.71%) Banking
3 218 (9.32%) Public Sector
4 78 (3.34%) Front Office
5 71 (3.04%) Retail
5 71 (3.04%) Telecoms
6 70 (2.99%) Marketing
7 66 (2.82%) Investment Banking
8 55 (2.35%) Legal
9 40 (1.71%) Manufacturing
10 25 (1.07%) Local Government
11 22 (0.94%) Electronics
12 19 (0.81%) Financial Institution
12 19 (0.81%) Law
13 18 (0.77%) Games
14 16 (0.68%) Publishing
15 14 (0.60%) Pharmaceutical
15 14 (0.60%) Retail Banking
16 10 (0.43%) Back Office
17 8 (0.34%) French Language
Job Titles
1 515 (22.03%) Developer
2 397 (16.98%) Analyst
3 176 (7.53%) Architect
4 143 (6.12%) Business Analyst
5 104 (4.45%) Consultant
6 96 (4.11%) Senior Developer
7 84 (3.59%) Project Manager
8 79 (3.38%) Java Developer
9 70 (2.99%) Software Engineer
10 68 (2.91%) Data Analyst
11 57 (2.44%) DevOps Engineer
12 55 (2.35%) Solutions Architect
13 51 (2.18%) Full Stack Developer
14 49 (2.10%) Designer
15 46 (1.97%) Service Analyst
16 41 (1.75%) Python Developer
17 40 (1.71%) React Developer
18 36 (1.54%) Technical Analyst
19 35 (1.50%) Support Analyst
20 34 (1.45%) Data Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 155 (6.63%) HTML
2 153 (6.54%) .NET
3 123 (5.26%) REST
4 120 (5.13%) CSS
5 100 (4.28%) Web Services
6 92 (3.93%) AngularJS
7 82 (3.51%) Node.js
8 80 (3.42%) Spring
9 76 (3.25%) React
10 75 (3.21%) RESTful
11 60 (2.57%) Middleware
12 57 (2.44%) Kafka
13 56 (2.40%) .NET Core
14 55 (2.35%) HTML5
14 55 (2.35%) JSON
14 55 (2.35%) XML
15 46 (1.97%) Redux
16 41 (1.75%) Spring Boot
17 39 (1.67%) jQuery
18 38 (1.63%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 827 (35.37%) Analytical Skills
2 173 (7.40%) User Experience
3 126 (5.39%) Self-Motivation
4 111 (4.75%) Management Information System
5 69 (2.95%) Algorithms
6 62 (2.65%) Data Structures
7 50 (2.14%) Virtual Team
8 43 (1.84%) Mobile App
9 42 (1.80%) Data Centre
10 36 (1.54%) NHS
11 35 (1.50%) Fixed Income
12 34 (1.45%) Derivative
13 32 (1.37%) Clustering
13 32 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
14 31 (1.33%) Linux Command Line
15 28 (1.20%) Greenfield Project
16 25 (1.07%) Public Cloud
17 24 (1.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 24 (1.03%) Hedge funds
18 23 (0.98%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 264 (11.29%) Windows
2 254 (10.86%) Linux
3 141 (6.03%) Unix
4 80 (3.42%) Windows 10
5 77 (3.29%) Android
6 67 (2.87%) Windows Server
7 48 (2.05%) Apple iOS
8 38 (1.63%) Windows 7
9 22 (0.94%) Windows Server 2012
10 17 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 14 (0.60%) AIX
12 13 (0.56%) OpenWrt
12 13 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
12 13 (0.56%) zOS
13 12 (0.51%) Mac OS X
13 12 (0.51%) Windows 8
13 12 (0.51%) Windows XP
14 10 (0.43%) Windows Server 2019
15 8 (0.34%) CentOS
15 8 (0.34%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 830 (35.50%) Agile Software Development
2 319 (13.64%) Scrum
3 290 (12.40%) DevOps
4 243 (10.39%) Project Management
5 204 (8.73%) Computer Science
6 203 (8.68%) Test Automation
7 199 (8.51%) Stakeholder Management
8 184 (7.87%) TDD
9 182 (7.78%) Decision-Making
10 180 (7.70%) Analytics
11 179 (7.66%) Microservices
11 179 (7.66%) Software Engineering
12 176 (7.53%) Data Modelling
13 161 (6.89%) ITIL
14 159 (6.80%) Migration
15 154 (6.59%) Change Management
15 154 (6.59%) Continuous Integration
16 150 (6.42%) Business Intelligence
16 150 (6.42%) OO
17 148 (6.33%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 468 (20.02%) SQL
2 311 (13.30%) Java
3 257 (10.99%) Python
4 199 (8.51%) JavaScript
5 132 (5.65%) C#
6 100 (4.28%) C
6 100 (4.28%) PowerShell
7 75 (3.21%) C++
8 69 (2.95%) Shell Script
9 65 (2.78%) PL/SQL
10 59 (2.52%) TypeScript
11 55 (2.35%) Bash Shell
12 51 (2.18%) Java 8
13 50 (2.14%) Scala
14 42 (1.80%) Perl
15 37 (1.58%) Ruby
16 34 (1.45%) ES6
17 27 (1.15%) R
18 26 (1.11%) PHP
19 23 (0.98%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 322 (13.77%) Degree
2 285 (12.19%) Security Cleared
3 226 (9.67%) SC Cleared
4 84 (3.59%) Computer Science Degree
5 43 (1.84%) Master's Degree
6 32 (1.37%) CISSP
7 30 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
8 27 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
9 26 (1.11%) PMI Certification
10 24 (1.03%) ISTQB
10 24 (1.03%) PMP
11 23 (0.98%) DV Cleared
12 22 (0.94%) Microsoft Certification
13 19 (0.81%) CISM
14 17 (0.73%) ISEB
15 16 (0.68%) CCNP
16 15 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
16 15 (0.64%) MCSE
17 13 (0.56%) CCIE
17 13 (0.56%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 140 (5.99%) QA
2 72 (3.08%) SLA
3 48 (2.05%) Data Quality
4 35 (1.50%) PMO
5 30 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 25 (1.07%) GDPR
7 23 (0.98%) NIST
8 19 (0.81%) PCI DSS
9 14 (0.60%) MiFID
10 11 (0.47%) IFRS
11 10 (0.43%) JTAG
11 10 (0.43%) WCAG
12 8 (0.34%) COBIT
13 7 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
13 7 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 6 (0.26%) GPG13
14 6 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 5 (0.21%) AIFMD
15 5 (0.21%) PSD2
15 5 (0.21%) UCITS
System Software
1 143 (6.12%) Docker
2 127 (5.43%) Active Directory
3 35 (1.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 32 (1.37%) HDFS
5 16 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (0.38%) Hyper-V
7 6 (0.26%) Time Sharing Option
7 6 (0.26%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (0.21%) Firmware
8 5 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
8 5 (0.21%) VirtualBox
8 5 (0.21%) vSphere
8 5 (0.21%) XenApp
9 4 (0.17%) ACF2
9 4 (0.17%) OpenAM
9 4 (0.17%) RACF
9 4 (0.17%) Terminal Server
9 4 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (0.13%) KVM
10 3 (0.13%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 95 (4.06%) Kubernetes
2 76 (3.25%) Ansible
3 67 (2.87%) Terraform
4 51 (2.18%) SCCM
5 29 (1.24%) Puppet
6 19 (0.81%) Opscode Chef
7 18 (0.77%) Microsoft Intune
8 17 (0.73%) Single Sign-On
9 10 (0.43%) Cisco CUCM
9 10 (0.43%) SCOM
10 9 (0.38%) Kibana
11 7 (0.30%) FortiGate
11 7 (0.30%) Grafana
11 7 (0.30%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (0.30%) Istio
11 7 (0.30%) Jamf Pro
11 7 (0.30%) Microsoft Clustering
11 7 (0.30%) Packer
12 6 (0.26%) IBM BigFix
13 5 (0.21%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 336 (14.37%) Microsoft
2 246 (10.52%) Oracle
3 76 (3.25%) SAP
4 72 (3.08%) Google
5 63 (2.69%) Salesforce.com
6 55 (2.35%) VMware
7 54 (2.31%) Cisco
8 51 (2.18%) ServiceNow
9 48 (2.05%) IBM
10 39 (1.67%) Atlassian
11 38 (1.63%) Adobe
12 33 (1.41%) Splunk
13 29 (1.24%) Red Hat
14 28 (1.20%) Cloudera
15 27 (1.15%) Apple
16 26 (1.11%) Remedy
17 25 (1.07%) Databricks
17 25 (1.07%) webMethods
18 24 (1.03%) Citrix
19 22 (0.94%) HP