Period
to 16 January 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 16 January 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
16 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 33 31 31
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 5,640 5,632 5,420
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.19% 6.10% 6.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.12% 7.10% 7.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,316 3,558 3,224
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.13% +5.06%
10th Percentile £228 £228 £250
90th Percentile £650 £638 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 222 211 255
England median hourly rate £26.90 £26.60 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.15% +47.75% -10.00%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.17 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.00 £51.23 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +20.00% +38.89% -10.00%

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 79,259 79,369 76,677
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.96% 85.96% 85.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,940 53,613 51,048
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
10th Percentile £300 £286 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,949 1,842 2,154
England median hourly rate £23.50 £23.26 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.04% -2.07% +5.56%
10th Percentile £11.34 £11.26 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.50 £49.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £23.00 £22.92
% change year-on-year +2.17% +0.34% -0.34%

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 16 January 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 16 January 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 16 January 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 -6 2,530 £500 - 840
South East -4 1,034 £424 +6.00% 494
North of England +11 776 £413 - 473
Midlands +2 505 £415 +3.75% 348
South West 0 456 £425 +6.25% 230
West Midlands +7 366 £425 - 197
North West +14 343 £380 +1.33% 278
East of England +8 318 £420 +5.00% 217
Yorkshire +2 285 £413 -2.94% 144
North East +8 149 £450 +5.88% 51
East Midlands -16 134 £400 +14.29% 151
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 16 January 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 2,120 (37.59%) Agile Software Development
2 2,015 (35.73%) Analytical Skills
3 1,311 (23.24%) Finance
4 1,013 (17.96%) SQL
5 975 (17.29%) Microsoft
6 967 (17.15%) Windows
7 950 (16.84%) Java
8 747 (13.24%) Degree
9 712 (12.62%) Scrum
10 705 (12.50%) Linux
11 666 (11.81%) Project Management
12 659 (11.68%) Test Automation
13 648 (11.49%) JavaScript
14 637 (11.29%) Security Cleared
15 605 (10.73%) DevOps
16 566 (10.04%) ITIL
17 559 (9.91%) Git (software)
18 538 (9.54%) JIRA
19 518 (9.18%) Oracle
20 516 (9.15%) Python
21 515 (9.13%) SQL Server
22 510 (9.04%) HTML
23 498 (8.83%) C#
24 496 (8.79%) Continuous Integration
25 478 (8.48%) TDD
26 473 (8.39%) Jenkins
27 460 (8.16%) SC Cleared
28 451 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
29 449 (7.96%) Microsoft Azure
30 448 (7.94%) Amazon AWS

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
1 322 (5.71%) Confluence
2 239 (4.24%) SharePoint
3 109 (1.93%) MS Exchange
4 84 (1.49%) SAS
5 83 (1.47%) Apache
5 83 (1.47%) WebLogic
6 80 (1.42%) Apache Spark
7 74 (1.31%) IIS
8 69 (1.22%) CMS
9 63 (1.12%) Tomcat
10 62 (1.10%) JBoss
11 60 (1.06%) Skype for Business
12 50 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2010
13 49 (0.87%) WebSphere
14 47 (0.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 44 (0.78%) Elasticsearch
16 43 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2007
17 39 (0.69%) SharePoint 2013
18 35 (0.62%) nginx
19 31 (0.55%) Drupal
Applications
1 409 (7.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 375 (6.65%) Microsoft Office
3 168 (2.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 138 (2.45%) MS Visio
5 88 (1.56%) Microsoft Project
6 43 (0.76%) Photoshop
6 43 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
7 25 (0.44%) InVision
8 15 (0.27%) Fireworks
9 14 (0.25%) AutoCAD
10 12 (0.21%) InfoPath
11 9 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 9 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
12 8 (0.14%) Chatbot
13 6 (0.11%) Maya
13 6 (0.11%) OmniGraffle
14 4 (0.071%) Adobe After Effects
14 4 (0.071%) Final Cut Pro
15 3 (0.053%) Simulink
15 3 (0.053%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 51 (0.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 48 (0.85%) Workday HCM
3 21 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
4 16 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
4 16 (0.28%) NetSuite
4 16 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
5 15 (0.27%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 15 (0.27%) SAP HR
6 13 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
7 12 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
7 12 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 9 (0.16%) Oracle BPM
9 8 (0.14%) Magento
10 7 (0.12%) SAP S/4HANA
10 7 (0.12%) Teamcenter
11 6 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
11 6 (0.11%) SAP CRM
12 5 (0.089%) Eloqua
12 5 (0.089%) IntelliMatch
12 5 (0.089%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 449 (7.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 448 (7.94%) Amazon AWS
3 270 (4.79%) Office 365
4 118 (2.09%) Google Cloud Platform
5 108 (1.91%) GitHub
6 102 (1.81%) SaaS
7 88 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
8 72 (1.28%) IaaS
9 71 (1.26%) PaaS
10 60 (1.06%) Serverless
11 43 (0.76%) AWS Lambda
12 33 (0.59%) Google Analytics
13 31 (0.55%) AWS CloudFormation
14 29 (0.51%) Amazon S3
14 29 (0.51%) npm
15 28 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
16 27 (0.48%) Dynamics 365
17 26 (0.46%) Azure Active Directory
17 26 (0.46%) Heroku
17 26 (0.46%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 242 (4.29%) Firewall
2 209 (3.71%) HTTP
3 168 (2.98%) DNS
3 168 (2.98%) Internet
4 150 (2.66%) TCP/IP
5 123 (2.18%) WAN
6 112 (1.99%) LAN
7 97 (1.72%) VPN
8 94 (1.67%) DHCP
9 86 (1.52%) Wireless
10 80 (1.42%) SSL
11 62 (1.10%) Skype
12 60 (1.06%) SAN
13 52 (0.92%) Intranet
14 51 (0.90%) Wi-Fi
15 49 (0.87%) Network Security
15 49 (0.87%) VLAN
16 38 (0.67%) Kerberos
17 32 (0.57%) VoIP
18 31 (0.55%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 515 (9.13%) SQL Server
2 276 (4.89%) Relational Database
3 176 (3.12%) Data Warehouse
4 160 (2.84%) MySQL
5 146 (2.59%) NoSQL
6 144 (2.55%) MongoDB
7 140 (2.48%) Big Data
8 139 (2.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 113 (2.00%) Hadoop
10 103 (1.83%) Power BI
11 99 (1.76%) PostgreSQL
12 98 (1.74%) Oracle Database
13 93 (1.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 67 (1.19%) Apache Cassandra
15 54 (0.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 52 (0.92%) BusinessObjects
17 51 (0.90%) DB2
17 51 (0.90%) RDBMS
17 51 (0.90%) SQL Server 2008
18 40 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 559 (9.91%) Git (software)
2 538 (9.54%) JIRA
3 473 (8.39%) Jenkins
4 215 (3.81%) Selenium
5 167 (2.96%) Subversion
6 163 (2.89%) JUnit
7 147 (2.61%) Maven
8 139 (2.46%) Cucumber
9 107 (1.90%) Team Foundation Server
10 80 (1.42%) Visual Studio
11 74 (1.31%) Hudson
12 72 (1.28%) SoapUI
13 68 (1.21%) TeamCity
14 66 (1.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 65 (1.15%) Sonatype Nexus
16 63 (1.12%) Eclipse
17 62 (1.10%) Visual Studio Team System
18 60 (1.06%) WebDriver
19 55 (0.98%) gulp
20 51 (0.90%) Bitbucket
General
1 1,311 (23.24%) Finance
2 347 (6.15%) Banking
3 234 (4.15%) Retail
4 221 (3.92%) Telecoms
5 188 (3.33%) Marketing
6 146 (2.59%) Legal
7 124 (2.20%) Front Office
8 108 (1.91%) Manufacturing
9 83 (1.47%) Investment Banking
10 80 (1.42%) Financial Institution
11 69 (1.22%) Advertising
12 68 (1.21%) Back Office
13 62 (1.10%) Law
14 60 (1.06%) Pharmaceutical
15 57 (1.01%) Electronics
16 51 (0.90%) Publishing
17 42 (0.74%) Games
18 32 (0.57%) Aerospace
19 31 (0.55%) Retail Banking
20 30 (0.53%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,249 (22.15%) Developer
2 1,016 (18.01%) Analyst
3 363 (6.44%) Business Analyst
4 349 (6.19%) Architect
5 273 (4.84%) Project Manager
6 255 (4.52%) Java Developer
7 226 (4.01%) DevOps Engineer
8 211 (3.74%) Consultant
9 152 (2.70%) Support Engineer
10 149 (2.64%) C# Developer
11 147 (2.61%) Administrator
12 141 (2.50%) Software Engineer
13 139 (2.46%) .NET Developer
14 137 (2.43%) Senior Developer
15 130 (2.30%) Service Analyst
16 126 (2.23%) Data Analyst
17 115 (2.04%) User Researcher
18 104 (1.84%) Designer
18 104 (1.84%) Scala Developer
19 103 (1.83%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 510 (9.04%) HTML
2 448 (7.94%) .NET
3 424 (7.52%) CSS
4 307 (5.44%) Web Services
5 276 (4.89%) REST
6 256 (4.54%) RESTful
7 243 (4.31%) AngularJS
8 233 (4.13%) Spring
9 230 (4.08%) XML
10 229 (4.06%) JSON
11 209 (3.71%) HTML5
12 173 (3.07%) SOAP
13 169 (3.00%) Middleware
14 164 (2.91%) Node.js
15 146 (2.59%) React
16 140 (2.48%) jQuery
17 124 (2.20%) ASP.NET
18 122 (2.16%) .NET Framework
19 106 (1.88%) CSS3
20 101 (1.79%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 2,015 (35.73%) Analytical Skills
2 363 (6.44%) Self-Motivation
3 356 (6.31%) User Experience
4 243 (4.31%) Management Information System
5 166 (2.94%) Algorithms
6 144 (2.55%) Data Centre
7 137 (2.43%) Data Structures
8 108 (1.91%) Mobile App
9 80 (1.42%) Enterprise Software
10 75 (1.33%) Greenfield Project
11 73 (1.29%) Equities
12 72 (1.28%) Derivative
12 72 (1.28%) Fixed Income
13 68 (1.21%) NHS
14 61 (1.08%) PMI
15 55 (0.98%) Clustering
16 51 (0.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 51 (0.90%) Virtual Team
17 49 (0.87%) Fintech
18 46 (0.82%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 967 (17.15%) Windows
2 705 (12.50%) Linux
3 344 (6.10%) Unix
4 312 (5.53%) Windows Server
5 225 (3.99%) Windows 10
6 161 (2.85%) Windows 7
7 152 (2.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 108 (1.91%) Android
9 99 (1.76%) Windows Server 2008
10 81 (1.44%) Apple iOS
11 69 (1.22%) Windows Server 2012
12 45 (0.80%) Solaris
13 44 (0.78%) Ubuntu
14 40 (0.71%) CentOS
14 40 (0.71%) Mac OS X
14 40 (0.71%) Windows 8
15 39 (0.69%) Embedded Linux
16 27 (0.48%) Windows Server 2003
17 24 (0.43%) Windows XP
18 17 (0.30%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,120 (37.59%) Agile Software Development
2 712 (12.62%) Scrum
3 666 (11.81%) Project Management
4 659 (11.68%) Test Automation
5 605 (10.73%) DevOps
6 566 (10.04%) ITIL
7 496 (8.79%) Continuous Integration
8 478 (8.48%) TDD
9 451 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
10 415 (7.36%) Analytics
11 392 (6.95%) Computer Science
12 388 (6.88%) Decision-Making
13 362 (6.42%) Migration
14 356 (6.31%) Software Engineering
15 349 (6.19%) Continuous Improvement
16 336 (5.96%) Configuration Management
17 334 (5.92%) SDLC
18 330 (5.85%) Open Source
19 325 (5.76%) Business Intelligence
20 315 (5.59%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 1,013 (17.96%) SQL
2 950 (16.84%) Java
3 648 (11.49%) JavaScript
4 516 (9.15%) Python
5 498 (8.83%) C#
6 207 (3.67%) PowerShell
7 204 (3.62%) Scala
8 200 (3.55%) C++
9 187 (3.32%) Ruby
10 176 (3.12%) Perl
11 155 (2.75%) C
12 126 (2.23%) Bash Shell
13 115 (2.04%) Shell Script
14 110 (1.95%) T-SQL
15 100 (1.77%) PL/SQL
16 87 (1.54%) TypeScript
17 81 (1.44%) Groovy
18 76 (1.35%) PHP
19 75 (1.33%) R
20 68 (1.21%) Go
Qualifications
1 747 (13.24%) Degree
2 637 (11.29%) Security Cleared
3 460 (8.16%) SC Cleared
4 147 (2.61%) Computer Science Degree
5 125 (2.22%) DV Cleared
6 119 (2.11%) Microsoft Certification
7 101 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
8 95 (1.68%) Cisco Certification
9 88 (1.56%) MCSE
10 85 (1.51%) PMI Certification
11 71 (1.26%) PMP
12 58 (1.03%) Master's Degree
13 56 (0.99%) CCNA
14 55 (0.98%) CISSP
15 52 (0.92%) ISEB
16 51 (0.90%) CCNP
17 45 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
17 45 (0.80%) MCSA
18 42 (0.74%) PhD
19 38 (0.67%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 277 (4.91%) QA
2 143 (2.54%) SLA
3 138 (2.45%) Data Quality
4 115 (2.04%) PMO
5 67 (1.19%) GDPR
6 31 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 28 (0.50%) PCI DSS
8 21 (0.37%) COBIT
9 19 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 11 (0.20%) JSP 440
11 10 (0.18%) COSO
12 9 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
13 8 (0.14%) HL7
13 8 (0.14%) MiFID
14 6 (0.11%) DO-178B
14 6 (0.11%) P3O
14 6 (0.11%) PSD2
15 5 (0.089%) Government Security Classifications
15 5 (0.089%) IFRS
15 5 (0.089%) WCAG
System Software
1 435 (7.71%) Active Directory
2 338 (5.99%) Docker
3 162 (2.87%) VMware Infrastructure
4 59 (1.05%) Hyper-V
4 59 (1.05%) Virtual Machines
5 44 (0.78%) vSphere
6 25 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
7 24 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
8 22 (0.39%) Oracle RAC
9 20 (0.35%) XenApp
10 18 (0.32%) Xen
11 16 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
12 15 (0.27%) Firmware
13 14 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
14 12 (0.21%) Apache Flume
14 12 (0.21%) BitLocker
15 11 (0.20%) NFS
15 11 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
16 10 (0.18%) HDFS
17 9 (0.16%) KVM
Systems Management
1 276 (4.89%) Ansible
2 213 (3.78%) Puppet
3 158 (2.80%) Kubernetes
4 124 (2.20%) SCCM
5 110 (1.95%) Terraform
6 94 (1.67%) Opscode Chef
7 77 (1.37%) ZABBIX
8 50 (0.89%) Kibana
9 46 (0.82%) Grafana
10 42 (0.74%) Nagios
11 40 (0.71%) Single Sign-On
12 38 (0.67%) Docker Swarm
13 33 (0.59%) Microsoft Intune
14 32 (0.57%) vCenter Server
15 28 (0.50%) HP ALM
16 26 (0.46%) HP Quality Center
17 23 (0.41%) SCOM
18 22 (0.39%) Packer
19 18 (0.32%) Mesos
19 18 (0.32%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 975 (17.29%) Microsoft
2 518 (9.18%) Oracle
3 265 (4.70%) VMware
4 245 (4.34%) Google
5 233 (4.13%) SAP
6 167 (2.96%) Cisco
7 141 (2.50%) HP
7 141 (2.50%) Red Hat
8 127 (2.25%) IBM
9 110 (1.95%) Citrix
10 90 (1.60%) Tableau
11 88 (1.56%) Atlassian
12 84 (1.49%) Adobe
12 84 (1.49%) Apple
12 84 (1.49%) Salesforce.com
12 84 (1.49%) Splunk
13 74 (1.31%) Workday
14 72 (1.28%) ServiceNow
15 58 (1.03%) Remedy
16 56 (0.99%) McAfee