Period
to 10 May 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 10 May 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
10 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 27 29 33
Rank change year-on-year +2 +4 0
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 2,860 2,840 5,270
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.47% 6.10% 6.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.39% 7.13% 7.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,703 1,667 3,177
10th Percentile £260 £200 £263
25th Percentile £363 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £465 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +3.33% - +4.05%
75th Percentile £575 £538 £550
90th Percentile £675 £625 £650
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 183 180 194
10th Percentile £10.81 £12.02 £12.00
25th Percentile £12.31 £18.70 £15.00
Median hourly rate £18.78 £25.00 £22.38
Median % change year-on-year -24.90% +11.72% +4.08%
75th Percentile £43.75 £43.81 £42.75
90th Percentile £57.90 £51.75 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £19.95 £26.50 £22.40
% change year-on-year -24.72% +18.30% +6.62%

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 38,720 39,840 74,649
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 87.54% 85.58% 87.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,647 26,810 50,731
10th Percentile £309 £300 £306
25th Percentile £400 £388 £388
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +2.70%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £490 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +3.16% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,220 1,164 1,810
10th Percentile £11.75 £12.36 £11.62
25th Percentile £15.50 £15.83 £14.50
Median hourly rate £25.07 £21.50 £22.60
Median % change year-on-year +16.60% -4.85% +5.74%
75th Percentile £46.50 £45.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £58.71 £53.93 £51.25
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £22.00 £22.88
% change year-on-year +20.45% -3.83% +10.75%

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 10 May 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 10 May 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 10 May 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 +9 1,473 £500 +2.83% 570
South East +4 411 £450 +2.86% 291
North of England 0 295 £425 - 393
Midlands +9 233 £405 -8.06% 281
North West -2 185 £423 +5.63% 215
West Midlands +5 181 £405 -9.09% 176
South West +22 163 £450 +4.01% 199
East of England 0 124 £388 -13.89% 147
Yorkshire -2 93 £425 -5.56% 121
East Midlands +1 53 £360 -15.29% 103
North East -9 17 £350 -17.65% 57
South Coast - 1 - -
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 10 May 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 1,433 (50.10%) Social Skills
2 1,016 (35.52%) Agile Software Development
3 982 (34.34%) Analytical Skills
4 641 (22.41%) Finance
5 615 (21.50%) SQL
6 453 (15.84%) Azure
7 410 (14.34%) Microsoft
8 403 (14.09%) Degree
9 388 (13.57%) Scrum
10 387 (13.53%) Java
11 369 (12.90%) DevOps
12 340 (11.89%) AWS
13 339 (11.85%) Python
14 333 (11.64%) Windows
15 326 (11.40%) Security Cleared
16 315 (11.01%) Project Management
17 295 (10.31%) JIRA
18 284 (9.93%) Stakeholder Management
19 280 (9.79%) Analytics
20 275 (9.62%) Oracle
21 273 (9.55%) Test Automation
22 269 (9.41%) Banking
23 263 (9.20%) SC Cleared
24 262 (9.16%) Linux
25 259 (9.06%) Decision-Making
26 248 (8.67%) Git (software)
27 240 (8.39%) Computer Science
28 238 (8.32%) TDD
29 232 (8.11%) Public Sector
30 219 (7.66%) Change Management

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
1 146 (5.10%) Confluence
2 92 (3.22%) SharePoint
3 43 (1.50%) Apache
4 40 (1.40%) Apache Spark
5 33 (1.15%) CMS
5 33 (1.15%) WebLogic
6 31 (1.08%) IIS
7 25 (0.87%) SAS
8 24 (0.84%) WebSphere
9 20 (0.70%) Skype for Business
9 20 (0.70%) Tomcat
10 19 (0.66%) MS Exchange
11 17 (0.59%) IBM Domino
12 16 (0.56%) Elasticsearch
13 12 (0.42%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 12 (0.42%) JBoss
13 12 (0.42%) WordPress
14 11 (0.38%) Jupyter
15 10 (0.35%) DNN
15 10 (0.35%) nginx
Applications
1 196 (6.85%) Microsoft Office
2 140 (4.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 87 (3.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 56 (1.96%) MS Visio
5 40 (1.40%) Microsoft Project
6 25 (0.87%) Sketch
7 21 (0.73%) InVision
8 18 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
9 17 (0.59%) Adobe XD
9 17 (0.59%) Zeplin
10 16 (0.56%) Photoshop
11 9 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
12 8 (0.28%) AutoCAD
12 8 (0.28%) Chatbot
13 6 (0.21%) Figma
14 4 (0.14%) Maya
14 4 (0.14%) Stata
14 4 (0.14%) UserZoom
15 3 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
15 3 (0.10%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 27 (0.94%) Magento
2 14 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
3 9 (0.31%) SAP S/4HANA
4 8 (0.28%) Adobe Campaign
4 8 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 8 (0.28%) SAP Hybris
5 7 (0.24%) assyst
6 5 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (0.14%) NetSuite
7 4 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
7 4 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
7 4 (0.14%) SAP MDG
7 4 (0.14%) SAP MM
7 4 (0.14%) SAP PP
7 4 (0.14%) Shopify
8 3 (0.10%) ION MarketView
8 3 (0.10%) SAP ERP
8 3 (0.10%) SAP IS-U
8 3 (0.10%) SAP SCM
Cloud Services
1 453 (15.84%) Azure
2 340 (11.89%) AWS
3 182 (6.36%) Microsoft 365
4 115 (4.02%) Power Platform
5 85 (2.97%) GCP
6 79 (2.76%) SaaS
7 60 (2.10%) PaaS
8 45 (1.57%) GitHub
8 45 (1.57%) IaaS
9 42 (1.47%) Serverless
10 31 (1.08%) Azure Active Directory
11 30 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
12 26 (0.91%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 26 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
12 26 (0.91%) Heroku
13 25 (0.87%) Amazon S3
14 23 (0.80%) AWS Lambda
15 21 (0.73%) OneDrive
16 18 (0.63%) OpenShift
17 17 (0.59%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 72 (2.52%) DNS
2 70 (2.45%) Firewall
3 50 (1.75%) Internet
4 41 (1.43%) LAN
5 40 (1.40%) WAN
6 39 (1.36%) VPN
7 35 (1.22%) DHCP
8 32 (1.12%) Network Security
8 32 (1.12%) TCP/IP
9 30 (1.05%) HTTP
10 26 (0.91%) Skype
10 26 (0.91%) Wireless
11 25 (0.87%) SAN
12 23 (0.80%) FTP
13 22 (0.77%) Wi-Fi
14 21 (0.73%) Ethernet
15 19 (0.66%) Kerberos
16 18 (0.63%) SSL
16 18 (0.63%) Unified Communications
16 18 (0.63%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 183 (6.40%) SQL Server
2 122 (4.27%) Data Warehouse
2 122 (4.27%) Relational Database
3 99 (3.46%) Power BI
4 96 (3.36%) Tableau
5 90 (3.15%) MySQL
6 89 (3.11%) Big Data
7 82 (2.87%) NoSQL
8 66 (2.31%) Hadoop
9 53 (1.85%) Oracle Database
10 52 (1.82%) PostgreSQL
11 43 (1.50%) MongoDB
12 40 (1.40%) Data Lake
13 38 (1.33%) Apache Hive
14 30 (1.05%) Data Mining
15 29 (1.01%) SAP BW
16 28 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 25 (0.87%) Impala
18 24 (0.84%) Apache Cassandra
18 24 (0.84%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 295 (10.31%) JIRA
2 248 (8.67%) Git (software)
3 201 (7.03%) Jenkins
4 57 (1.99%) GitLab
5 54 (1.89%) Cucumber
6 46 (1.61%) Subversion
7 43 (1.50%) Selenium
8 42 (1.47%) Maven
9 39 (1.36%) JUnit
10 38 (1.33%) Bitbucket
11 36 (1.26%) Octopus Deploy
12 35 (1.22%) TeamCity
13 32 (1.12%) webpack
14 29 (1.01%) Visual Studio
15 23 (0.80%) CA Gen
16 21 (0.73%) Axure RP
17 18 (0.63%) Gradle
18 17 (0.59%) Artifactory
18 17 (0.59%) GDB
18 17 (0.59%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1,433 (50.10%) Social Skills
2 982 (34.34%) Analytical Skills
3 641 (22.41%) Finance
4 269 (9.41%) Banking
5 232 (8.11%) Public Sector
6 204 (7.13%) Presentation Skills
7 134 (4.69%) Influencing Skills
8 111 (3.88%) Retail
9 108 (3.78%) Telecoms
10 99 (3.46%) Organisational Skills
11 96 (3.36%) Marketing
12 81 (2.83%) Front Office
13 78 (2.73%) Investment Banking
14 66 (2.31%) Legal
15 41 (1.43%) Manufacturing
16 26 (0.91%) French Language
16 26 (0.91%) Law
17 25 (0.87%) Electronics
18 24 (0.84%) Games
19 23 (0.80%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 580 (20.28%) Developer
2 511 (17.87%) Analyst
3 192 (6.71%) Architect
4 191 (6.68%) Business Analyst
5 152 (5.31%) Project Manager
6 119 (4.16%) Consultant
7 99 (3.46%) Senior Developer
8 94 (3.29%) Data Analyst
9 91 (3.18%) Java Developer
10 75 (2.62%) Designer
11 74 (2.59%) Software Engineer
12 68 (2.38%) DevOps Engineer
13 65 (2.27%) Python Developer
14 63 (2.20%) Solutions Architect
15 59 (2.06%) Full Stack Developer
16 52 (1.82%) Service Analyst
17 48 (1.68%) C# Developer
17 48 (1.68%) Data Engineer
18 47 (1.64%) React Developer
19 43 (1.50%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 192 (6.71%) .NET
2 159 (5.56%) HTML
3 134 (4.69%) REST
4 128 (4.48%) CSS
5 106 (3.71%) Web Services
6 97 (3.39%) Node.js
7 96 (3.36%) AngularJS
8 92 (3.22%) Spring
9 87 (3.04%) RESTful
10 85 (2.97%) React
11 69 (2.41%) JSON
12 58 (2.03%) Middleware
13 55 (1.92%) .NET Core
14 50 (1.75%) Kafka
15 49 (1.71%) XML
16 47 (1.64%) Redux
17 44 (1.54%) HTML5
18 43 (1.50%) GraphQL
19 42 (1.47%) Spring Boot
20 39 (1.36%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 197 (6.89%) User Experience
2 185 (6.47%) Self-Motivation
3 116 (4.06%) Management Information System
4 108 (3.78%) Algorithms
5 80 (2.80%) Data Structures
6 66 (2.31%) Virtual Team
7 57 (1.99%) Fixed Income
8 50 (1.75%) Mobile App
9 49 (1.71%) Data Centre
10 46 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
11 37 (1.29%) Analytical Mindset
12 35 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
13 34 (1.19%) Social Media
14 33 (1.15%) Clustering
15 31 (1.08%) Tandem
16 29 (1.01%) Derivative
16 29 (1.01%) NHS
17 27 (0.94%) Hedge funds
18 25 (0.87%) Equities
18 25 (0.87%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 333 (11.64%) Windows
2 262 (9.16%) Linux
3 155 (5.42%) Unix
4 94 (3.29%) Windows 10
5 93 (3.25%) Windows Server
6 89 (3.11%) Android
7 57 (1.99%) Apple iOS
8 43 (1.50%) Windows 7
9 30 (1.05%) Windows Server 2012
10 26 (0.91%) Windows Server 2008
11 20 (0.70%) Mac OS X
11 20 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 20 (0.70%) Windows 8
12 19 (0.66%) Windows Server 2016
12 19 (0.66%) Windows Server 2019
13 16 (0.56%) AIX
14 13 (0.45%) OpenWrt
15 12 (0.42%) Windows XP
16 11 (0.38%) zOS
17 9 (0.31%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,016 (35.52%) Agile Software Development
2 388 (13.57%) Scrum
3 369 (12.90%) DevOps
4 315 (11.01%) Project Management
5 284 (9.93%) Stakeholder Management
6 280 (9.79%) Analytics
7 273 (9.55%) Test Automation
8 259 (9.06%) Decision-Making
9 240 (8.39%) Computer Science
10 238 (8.32%) TDD
11 219 (7.66%) Change Management
12 218 (7.62%) ITIL
13 214 (7.48%) Data Modelling
14 207 (7.24%) Software Engineering
15 201 (7.03%) Migration
16 197 (6.89%) Business Intelligence
17 187 (6.54%) Microservices
17 187 (6.54%) User Stories
18 182 (6.36%) Continuous Integration
19 172 (6.01%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 615 (21.50%) SQL
2 387 (13.53%) Java
3 339 (11.85%) Python
4 203 (7.10%) JavaScript
5 154 (5.38%) C#
6 126 (4.41%) PowerShell
7 90 (3.15%) C
8 89 (3.11%) C++
9 73 (2.55%) TypeScript
10 70 (2.45%) Shell Script
11 69 (2.41%) PL/SQL
12 62 (2.17%) Bash Shell
13 58 (2.03%) Java 8
14 53 (1.85%) Scala
15 52 (1.82%) Ruby
16 51 (1.78%) R
17 37 (1.29%) ES6
18 36 (1.26%) T-SQL
19 34 (1.19%) Perl
19 34 (1.19%) PHP
Qualifications
1 403 (14.09%) Degree
2 326 (11.40%) Security Cleared
3 263 (9.20%) SC Cleared
4 91 (3.18%) Computer Science Degree
5 43 (1.50%) DV Cleared
6 41 (1.43%) Master's Degree
7 39 (1.36%) Microsoft Certification
8 32 (1.12%) ISTQB
9 31 (1.08%) CISSP
10 28 (0.98%) PMP
11 26 (0.91%) ISEB
11 26 (0.91%) PMI Certification
12 25 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
13 20 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
14 19 (0.66%) MCSE
15 17 (0.59%) DBS Check
16 16 (0.56%) CISM
17 15 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
18 13 (0.45%) MCP
19 12 (0.42%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 159 (5.56%) QA
2 96 (3.36%) SLA
3 61 (2.13%) Data Quality
4 44 (1.54%) PMO
5 37 (1.29%) GDPR
6 26 (0.91%) PCI DSS
7 25 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 18 (0.63%) WCAG
9 16 (0.56%) MiFID
10 15 (0.52%) NIST
11 12 (0.42%) COBIT
11 12 (0.42%) DO-178B
11 12 (0.42%) IFRS
12 11 (0.38%) JTAG
13 7 (0.24%) GRC
14 6 (0.21%) GPG13
15 5 (0.17%) AIFMD
15 5 (0.17%) GxP
15 5 (0.17%) UCITS
16 4 (0.14%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 177 (6.19%) Active Directory
2 155 (5.42%) Docker
3 51 (1.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 25 (0.87%) Virtual Machines
5 24 (0.84%) HDFS
6 13 (0.45%) Hyper-V
7 12 (0.42%) VMware ESXi
8 10 (0.35%) XenApp
9 8 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
10 7 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
10 7 (0.24%) vSphere
11 6 (0.21%) ACF2
11 6 (0.21%) Firmware
11 6 (0.21%) RACF
11 6 (0.21%) Time Sharing Option
11 6 (0.21%) XenDesktop
12 5 (0.17%) OpenAM
13 4 (0.14%) VMware Server
14 3 (0.10%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 3 (0.10%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 119 (4.16%) Kubernetes
2 96 (3.36%) Ansible
3 77 (2.69%) SCCM
4 68 (2.38%) Terraform
5 35 (1.22%) Puppet
6 28 (0.98%) Microsoft Intune
7 23 (0.80%) Opscode Chef
8 22 (0.77%) Single Sign-On
9 17 (0.59%) SCOM
10 10 (0.35%) Cisco CUCM
11 9 (0.31%) Packer
12 8 (0.28%) Grafana
12 8 (0.28%) Kibana
13 7 (0.24%) HP Data Protector
13 7 (0.24%) HP Quality Center
13 7 (0.24%) IBM BigFix
13 7 (0.24%) Istio
13 7 (0.24%) Microsoft Clustering
14 6 (0.21%) FortiGate
14 6 (0.21%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 410 (14.34%) Microsoft
2 275 (9.62%) Oracle
3 101 (3.53%) Salesforce.com
4 100 (3.50%) SAP
5 81 (2.83%) Google
6 74 (2.59%) ServiceNow
7 73 (2.55%) VMware
8 62 (2.17%) IBM
9 61 (2.13%) Adobe
10 52 (1.82%) Cisco
11 43 (1.50%) Atlassian
12 42 (1.47%) Splunk
13 38 (1.33%) Citrix
14 36 (1.26%) HP
15 35 (1.22%) Apple
16 29 (1.01%) Databricks
16 29 (1.01%) Red Hat
17 28 (0.98%) webMethods
18 27 (0.94%) Cloudera
19 26 (0.91%) hybris