Period
to 20 September 2018

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 20 September 2018 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
20 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 31 31
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 5,711 5,560 5,927
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 6.07% 6.12% 5.94%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.04% 7.13% 6.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,529 3,430 3,610
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £240 £250 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK median daily rate £433 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +1.76% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 249 176 257
England median hourly rate £22.50 £23.35 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.64% +33.43% -11.39%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.87 £10.90
90th Percentile £51.00 £56.58 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -6.25% +33.33% -5.66%

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 81,105 77,935 85,078
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.25% 85.78% 85.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,098 51,736 56,875
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £606
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,220 1,899 2,139
England median hourly rate £21.00 £23.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.70% - +4.55%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £24.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -14.58% +4.35% +4.55%

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 20 September 2018.

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 20 September 2018.

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 20 September 2018. 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 2,715 £500 +2.04% 832
South East -5 1,058 £413 +3.13% 470
North of England +9 796 £400 - 432
Midlands -7 438 £400 +3.23% 331
North West +15 400 £375 - 259
South West +2 374 £400 -3.03% 268
East of England -10 309 £420 -1.18% 230
Yorkshire -6 273 £425 +1.19% 118
West Midlands -8 267 £400 - 175
East Midlands -6 167 £400 +12.68% 156
North East +7 129 £400 - 55
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 20 September 2018, 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 2,132 (37.33%) Analytical Skills
2 2,097 (36.72%) Agile Software Development
3 1,350 (23.64%) Finance
4 1,102 (19.30%) SQL
5 1,025 (17.95%) Microsoft
6 958 (16.77%) Java
7 899 (15.74%) Windows
8 761 (13.33%) JavaScript
9 727 (12.73%) Degree
10 700 (12.26%) Scrum
11 698 (12.22%) Linux
12 685 (11.99%) C#
13 656 (11.49%) Project Management
14 598 (10.47%) .NET
15 592 (10.37%) HTML
16 541 (9.47%) ITIL
17 536 (9.39%) Test Automation
18 529 (9.26%) Git (software)
19 521 (9.12%) DevOps
20 518 (9.07%) Python
21 507 (8.88%) SQL Server
22 504 (8.83%) CSS
23 494 (8.65%) Oracle
24 488 (8.54%) Continuous Integration
25 481 (8.42%) JIRA
26 476 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
27 474 (8.30%) TDD
28 471 (8.25%) Security Cleared
29 426 (7.46%) Banking
30 415 (7.27%) Microsoft Azure

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
1 273 (4.78%) Confluence
2 222 (3.89%) SharePoint
3 98 (1.72%) Apache
4 96 (1.68%) MS Exchange
5 85 (1.49%) Apache Spark
6 81 (1.42%) CMS
7 74 (1.30%) Tomcat
8 71 (1.24%) IIS
9 69 (1.21%) Elasticsearch
10 63 (1.10%) Skype for Business
11 56 (0.98%) WebLogic
12 54 (0.95%) JBoss
13 53 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2010
14 47 (0.82%) SAS
15 40 (0.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 39 (0.68%) WebSphere
17 35 (0.61%) Apache Solr
17 35 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
18 28 (0.49%) Drupal
19 24 (0.42%) nginx
Applications
1 376 (6.58%) Microsoft Excel
2 370 (6.48%) Microsoft Office
3 162 (2.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 127 (2.22%) MS Visio
5 97 (1.70%) Microsoft Project
6 52 (0.91%) Photoshop
7 38 (0.67%) Spreadsheet
8 26 (0.46%) InVision
9 16 (0.28%) InfoPath
10 11 (0.19%) Fireworks
11 9 (0.16%) OmniGraffle
12 8 (0.14%) Chatbot
13 7 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
13 7 (0.12%) AutoCAD
13 7 (0.12%) Maya
14 6 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
15 5 (0.088%) Adobe After Effects
16 3 (0.053%) 3ds Max
16 3 (0.053%) Final Cut Pro
17 2 (0.035%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 38 (0.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 28 (0.49%) Workday HCM
3 22 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
4 21 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
4 21 (0.37%) SAP HR
5 18 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
6 15 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
6 15 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
6 15 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 14 (0.25%) Oracle Financials
8 13 (0.23%) Oracle BPM
9 11 (0.19%) NetSuite
9 11 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
9 11 (0.19%) Sonata
10 10 (0.18%) Magento
10 10 (0.18%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 10 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
11 8 (0.14%) SAP HCM
11 8 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
12 7 (0.12%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 415 (7.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 410 (7.18%) Amazon AWS
3 269 (4.71%) Office 365
4 103 (1.80%) SaaS
5 99 (1.73%) GitHub
6 88 (1.54%) Google Cloud Platform
7 65 (1.14%) PaaS
8 57 (1.00%) Cloud Computing
9 56 (0.98%) IaaS
10 51 (0.89%) npm
11 49 (0.86%) Serverless
12 45 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
13 38 (0.67%) AWS Lambda
14 30 (0.53%) Amazon S3
15 28 (0.49%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 28 (0.49%) Amazon EC2
16 27 (0.47%) Google Analytics
16 27 (0.47%) Heroku
17 23 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
18 21 (0.37%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 235 (4.11%) Firewall
2 200 (3.50%) HTTP
3 144 (2.52%) Internet
4 143 (2.50%) DNS
5 141 (2.47%) TCP/IP
6 123 (2.15%) WAN
7 115 (2.01%) LAN
8 89 (1.56%) Wireless
9 82 (1.44%) DHCP
9 82 (1.44%) VPN
10 75 (1.31%) SAN
11 71 (1.24%) Network Security
12 60 (1.05%) SSL
13 55 (0.96%) Skype
13 55 (0.96%) SMS
14 49 (0.86%) Wi-Fi
15 45 (0.79%) Kerberos
16 39 (0.68%) Intranet
17 38 (0.67%) FTP
17 38 (0.67%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 507 (8.88%) SQL Server
2 317 (5.55%) Relational Database
3 221 (3.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 202 (3.54%) MySQL
5 191 (3.34%) Data Warehouse
6 177 (3.10%) Big Data
7 170 (2.98%) NoSQL
8 153 (2.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 138 (2.42%) Hadoop
10 135 (2.36%) MongoDB
11 111 (1.94%) PostgreSQL
12 109 (1.91%) Power BI
13 87 (1.52%) Oracle Database
14 78 (1.37%) Apache Cassandra
15 71 (1.24%) DB2
16 61 (1.07%) RDBMS
17 60 (1.05%) Data Mining
18 59 (1.03%) BusinessObjects
18 59 (1.03%) HBase
19 54 (0.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 529 (9.26%) Git (software)
2 481 (8.42%) JIRA
3 392 (6.86%) Jenkins
4 210 (3.68%) Selenium
5 133 (2.33%) Cucumber
6 130 (2.28%) Subversion
7 116 (2.03%) Team Foundation Server
7 116 (2.03%) Visual Studio
8 110 (1.93%) JUnit
9 102 (1.79%) Maven
10 100 (1.75%) TeamCity
11 99 (1.73%) SoapUI
12 77 (1.35%) webpack
13 68 (1.19%) JMeter
14 61 (1.07%) SpecFlow
15 60 (1.05%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 59 (1.03%) Octopus Deploy
17 58 (1.02%) Grunt
18 57 (1.00%) Eclipse
19 54 (0.95%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1,350 (23.64%) Finance
2 426 (7.46%) Banking
3 250 (4.38%) Retail
4 204 (3.57%) Marketing
5 191 (3.34%) Telecoms
6 156 (2.73%) Legal
7 133 (2.33%) Front Office
7 133 (2.33%) Manufacturing
8 92 (1.61%) Investment Banking
9 82 (1.44%) Financial Institution
10 76 (1.33%) Games
11 72 (1.26%) Advertising
12 67 (1.17%) Pharmaceutical
13 61 (1.07%) Back Office
14 60 (1.05%) Publishing
15 56 (0.98%) Law
16 46 (0.81%) Electronics
17 42 (0.74%) Automotive
18 27 (0.47%) General Ledger
19 21 (0.37%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,499 (26.25%) Developer
2 984 (17.23%) Analyst
3 373 (6.53%) Business Analyst
4 305 (5.34%) Architect
5 297 (5.20%) Project Manager
6 265 (4.64%) Java Developer
7 237 (4.15%) .NET Developer
8 225 (3.94%) C# Developer
9 213 (3.73%) Consultant
10 157 (2.75%) Administrator
11 143 (2.50%) DevOps Engineer
12 141 (2.47%) Software Engineer
13 134 (2.35%) Senior Developer
14 133 (2.33%) Service Analyst
15 123 (2.15%) C# .NET Developer
16 120 (2.10%) Support Engineer
17 116 (2.03%) Designer
18 108 (1.89%) Tester
19 101 (1.77%) Service Desk Analyst
20 100 (1.75%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 598 (10.47%) .NET
2 592 (10.37%) HTML
3 504 (8.83%) CSS
4 343 (6.01%) Web Services
5 329 (5.76%) AngularJS
6 289 (5.06%) REST
7 284 (4.97%) ASP.NET
8 253 (4.43%) RESTful
9 240 (4.20%) XML
10 231 (4.04%) HTML5
11 199 (3.48%) Spring
12 180 (3.15%) JSON
13 178 (3.12%) ASP.NET MVC
13 178 (3.12%) Node.js
14 177 (3.10%) WCF
15 171 (2.99%) jQuery
16 160 (2.80%) .NET Framework
17 159 (2.78%) React
18 155 (2.71%) SOAP
19 139 (2.43%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 2,132 (37.33%) Analytical Skills
2 377 (6.60%) Computer Science
3 366 (6.41%) Self-Motivation
4 327 (5.73%) User Experience
5 228 (3.99%) Management Information System
6 153 (2.68%) Algorithms
7 127 (2.22%) Data Centre
8 119 (2.08%) Mobile App
9 115 (2.01%) Data Structures
10 100 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
11 83 (1.45%) Fixed Income
12 81 (1.42%) Virtual Team
13 80 (1.40%) Greenfield Project
14 71 (1.24%) Derivative
15 62 (1.09%) Clustering
16 61 (1.07%) Equities
17 53 (0.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 51 (0.89%) PMI
19 47 (0.82%) Replication
20 44 (0.77%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 899 (15.74%) Windows
2 698 (12.22%) Linux
3 356 (6.23%) Unix
4 230 (4.03%) Windows Server
5 179 (3.13%) Windows 7
6 172 (3.01%) Windows 10
7 109 (1.91%) Android
8 101 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 99 (1.73%) Apple iOS
10 84 (1.47%) Windows Server 2008
11 63 (1.10%) Windows Server 2012
12 54 (0.95%) CentOS
13 53 (0.93%) Ubuntu
14 52 (0.91%) Solaris
15 45 (0.79%) Windows 8
16 37 (0.65%) AIX
16 37 (0.65%) Mac OS X
17 35 (0.61%) Windows XP
18 29 (0.51%) Embedded Linux
19 26 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,097 (36.72%) Agile Software Development
2 700 (12.26%) Scrum
3 656 (11.49%) Project Management
4 541 (9.47%) ITIL
5 536 (9.39%) Test Automation
6 521 (9.12%) DevOps
7 488 (8.54%) Continuous Integration
8 476 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
9 474 (8.30%) TDD
10 409 (7.16%) Decision-Making
11 381 (6.67%) Analytics
11 381 (6.67%) SDLC
12 379 (6.64%) MVC
13 364 (6.37%) Continuous Improvement
14 358 (6.27%) Business Intelligence
15 341 (5.97%) Migration
16 337 (5.90%) Change Management
17 333 (5.83%) Software Engineering
18 326 (5.71%) OO
19 317 (5.55%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 1,102 (19.30%) SQL
2 958 (16.77%) Java
3 761 (13.33%) JavaScript
4 685 (11.99%) C#
5 518 (9.07%) Python
6 213 (3.73%) C++
7 205 (3.59%) Scala
8 187 (3.27%) PowerShell
9 154 (2.70%) Perl
10 148 (2.59%) Bash Shell
11 135 (2.36%) T-SQL
12 131 (2.29%) C
13 130 (2.28%) Shell Script
14 125 (2.19%) Ruby
15 117 (2.05%) PHP
16 108 (1.89%) PL/SQL
17 95 (1.66%) Groovy
18 92 (1.61%) Java 8
19 84 (1.47%) R
20 83 (1.45%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 727 (12.73%) Degree
2 471 (8.25%) Security Cleared
3 363 (6.36%) SC Cleared
4 155 (2.71%) Computer Science Degree
5 102 (1.79%) Microsoft Certification
6 101 (1.77%) Cisco Certification
7 91 (1.59%) PMI Certification
8 81 (1.42%) MCSE
8 81 (1.42%) PMP
9 78 (1.37%) DV Cleared
10 71 (1.24%) CISSP
11 70 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
12 57 (1.00%) Master's Degree
13 56 (0.98%) ISEB
14 52 (0.91%) CCNP
15 47 (0.82%) ITIL Certification
16 43 (0.75%) MCSA
17 42 (0.74%) CCNA
17 42 (0.74%) ISTQB
18 40 (0.70%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 306 (5.36%) QA
2 136 (2.38%) SLA
3 103 (1.80%) PMO
4 96 (1.68%) Data Quality
5 68 (1.19%) GDPR
6 37 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 33 (0.58%) GCP
8 28 (0.49%) PCI DSS
9 18 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 13 (0.23%) JSP 440
11 12 (0.21%) COBIT
11 12 (0.21%) WCAG
12 8 (0.14%) ISO 8583
13 7 (0.12%) COSO
13 7 (0.12%) MiFID
14 6 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 6 (0.11%) PSD2
15 5 (0.088%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 5 (0.088%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 5 (0.088%) IFRS
System Software
1 361 (6.32%) Active Directory
2 283 (4.96%) Docker
3 162 (2.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 62 (1.09%) Hyper-V
5 61 (1.07%) Virtual Machines
6 34 (0.60%) HDFS
7 33 (0.58%) vSphere
8 32 (0.56%) Virtual Desktop
9 22 (0.39%) XenApp
10 20 (0.35%) VirtualBox
11 19 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
11 19 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
12 17 (0.30%) BitLocker
13 14 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
14 13 (0.23%) Apache Flume
14 13 (0.23%) XenDesktop
15 12 (0.21%) NFS
16 11 (0.19%) Oracle RAC
16 11 (0.19%) VMware NSX
17 9 (0.16%) KVM
Systems Management
1 212 (3.71%) Ansible
2 169 (2.96%) Puppet
3 158 (2.77%) Kubernetes
4 133 (2.33%) SCCM
5 98 (1.72%) Opscode Chef
6 84 (1.47%) Terraform
7 43 (0.75%) Single Sign-On
8 34 (0.60%) Kibana
9 31 (0.54%) HP ALM
9 31 (0.54%) Nagios
10 28 (0.49%) vCenter Server
11 26 (0.46%) HP Quality Center
11 26 (0.46%) ZABBIX
12 25 (0.44%) Packer
13 23 (0.40%) Grafana
14 22 (0.39%) Microsoft Intune
15 21 (0.37%) Docker Swarm
16 18 (0.32%) McAfee ePO
17 16 (0.28%) logstash
17 16 (0.28%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 1,025 (17.95%) Microsoft
2 494 (8.65%) Oracle
3 265 (4.64%) SAP
4 227 (3.97%) VMware
5 189 (3.31%) Cisco
6 183 (3.20%) Google
7 139 (2.43%) Citrix
8 130 (2.28%) IBM
9 123 (2.15%) HP
10 113 (1.98%) Red Hat
11 104 (1.82%) Adobe
11 104 (1.82%) Salesforce.com
12 81 (1.42%) Atlassian
13 74 (1.30%) Splunk
14 66 (1.16%) Apple
15 65 (1.14%) ServiceNow
15 65 (1.14%) Tableau
16 58 (1.02%) McAfee
17 56 (0.98%) Remedy
18 55 (0.96%) Workday