Period
to 13 July 2020

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 13 July 2020 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
13 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 30 32 32
Rank change year-on-year +2 0 0
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 2,223 5,191 5,931
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.16% 6.05% 6.21%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.14% 6.92% 7.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,348 3,104 3,718
Median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% -0.57%
10th Percentile £239 £260 £232
90th Percentile £650 £643 £638
UK median daily rate £453 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +0.59% +5.88% -0.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 208 271
Median hourly rate £26.50 £20.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.50% -6.98% -2.27%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.01 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £51.00
UK median hourly rate £26.87 £20.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +31.07% +2.50% -6.98%

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 31,133 74,973 83,109
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.24% 87.43% 87.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,928 49,929 55,225
Median daily rate £481 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.21% +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £304 £306 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,025 2,039 2,285
Median hourly rate £31.94 £25.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.76% +13.64% -12.00%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.00 £50.25
Median hourly rate £31.61 £25.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year +26.44% +16.28% -14.00%

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 13 July 2020.

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 13 July 2020.

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 13 July 2020. 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 -1 1,034 £500 - 236
South East 0 372 £425 -4.76% 147
North of England +7 340 £425 - 173
North West +14 202 £400 -11.11% 101
Midlands +6 179 £429 +7.19% 103
East of England +1 143 £450 +7.14% 62
South West -20 139 £457 +7.46% 77
West Midlands +4 112 £441 +7.11% 73
Yorkshire +3 112 £450 +5.88% 50
East Midlands +9 67 £403 +7.33% 30
North East -3 27 £441 +14.61% 22
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 13 July 2020, 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.

1 845 (38.01%) Analytical Skills
2 784 (35.27%) Agile Software Development
3 491 (22.09%) Finance
4 461 (20.74%) Microsoft
5 423 (19.03%) Windows
6 411 (18.49%) SQL
7 372 (16.73%) Java
8 345 (15.52%) Azure
9 280 (12.60%) Degree
10 279 (12.55%) Linux
11 274 (12.33%) Security Cleared
12 264 (11.88%) ITIL
13 253 (11.38%) AWS
14 243 (10.93%) Active Directory
15 230 (10.35%) Scrum
16 221 (9.94%) SQL Server
17 219 (9.85%) JavaScript
18 218 (9.81%) Banking
19 217 (9.76%) Python
20 209 (9.40%) SC Cleared
21 208 (9.36%) Stakeholder Management
22 206 (9.27%) Decision-Making
23 201 (9.04%) Microsoft Office
24 192 (8.64%) Oracle
25 187 (8.41%) Migration
26 183 (8.23%) Test Automation
27 182 (8.19%) Office 365
28 178 (8.01%) Public Sector
29 175 (7.87%) Project Management
30 170 (7.65%) HTML

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 76 (3.42%) Confluence
2 73 (3.28%) SharePoint
3 45 (2.02%) MS Exchange
4 40 (1.80%) IIS
5 37 (1.66%) Tomcat
6 27 (1.21%) Apache
7 23 (1.03%) Apache Spark
8 22 (0.99%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 21 (0.94%) WebLogic
10 18 (0.81%) SAS
10 18 (0.81%) WebSphere
11 15 (0.67%) Skype for Business
12 13 (0.58%) Apache Solr
12 13 (0.58%) CMS
13 12 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
13 12 (0.54%) JBoss
14 11 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2007
15 10 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2010
16 9 (0.40%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 8 (0.36%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 201 (9.04%) Microsoft Office
2 152 (6.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 74 (3.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 46 (2.07%) MS Visio
5 37 (1.66%) Microsoft Project
6 26 (1.17%) Sketch
7 10 (0.45%) InVision
8 9 (0.40%) Figma
8 9 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
9 8 (0.36%) Photoshop
10 7 (0.31%) Acrobat
11 4 (0.18%) Adobe XD
11 4 (0.18%) Zeplin
12 2 (0.090%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.090%) OmniGraffle
12 2 (0.090%) SPSS
12 2 (0.090%) Stata
13 1 (0.045%) CINEMA 4D
13 1 (0.045%) InDesign
13 1 (0.045%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 29 (1.30%) Remedy ITSM
2 14 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (0.54%) Magento
4 8 (0.36%) SAP S/4HANA
5 7 (0.31%) assyst
6 5 (0.22%) Elite 3E
6 5 (0.22%) Oracle General Ledger
6 5 (0.22%) Payment Gateway
6 5 (0.22%) SAP HR
6 5 (0.22%) Sentinel
6 5 (0.22%) Shopify
6 5 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
7 4 (0.18%) BASE24
7 4 (0.18%) Hyperion Planning
7 4 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (0.18%) SAP FI
7 4 (0.18%) Workday HCM
8 3 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
8 3 (0.13%) SAP CO
8 3 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 345 (15.52%) Azure
2 253 (11.38%) AWS
3 182 (8.19%) Office 365
4 55 (2.47%) Power Platform
5 51 (2.29%) GCP
6 45 (2.02%) SaaS
7 37 (1.66%) GitHub
8 36 (1.62%) PaaS
9 24 (1.08%) Azure Active Directory
9 24 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
9 24 (1.08%) IaaS
10 19 (0.85%) G Suite
10 19 (0.85%) Serverless
11 16 (0.72%) Amazon S3
12 15 (0.67%) Amazon SQS
13 14 (0.63%) OneDrive
14 12 (0.54%) npm
15 11 (0.49%) AWS Lambda
15 11 (0.49%) Boomi
15 11 (0.49%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 114 (5.13%) DNS
2 93 (4.18%) Firewall
3 70 (3.15%) DHCP
4 68 (3.06%) TCP/IP
5 65 (2.92%) HTTP
6 60 (2.70%) WAN
7 56 (2.52%) LAN
8 50 (2.25%) Wireless
9 49 (2.20%) Wi-Fi
10 48 (2.16%) Internet
11 45 (2.02%) VPN
12 37 (1.66%) SSL
13 33 (1.48%) Skype
14 29 (1.30%) Network Security
15 24 (1.08%) MPLS
15 24 (1.08%) VoIP
16 23 (1.03%) HTTPS
16 23 (1.03%) SAN
16 23 (1.03%) VLAN
17 22 (0.99%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 221 (9.94%) SQL Server
2 78 (3.51%) MySQL
3 77 (3.46%) MongoDB
4 66 (2.97%) Relational Database
5 56 (2.52%) NoSQL
6 55 (2.47%) Big Data
7 54 (2.43%) Power BI
8 53 (2.38%) Data Warehouse
9 48 (2.16%) Oracle Database
10 43 (1.93%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 39 (1.75%) PostgreSQL
12 36 (1.62%) SQL Server 2016
12 36 (1.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 28 (1.26%) Hadoop
14 27 (1.21%) SQL Server 2012
15 20 (0.90%) BusinessObjects
16 18 (0.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 17 (0.76%) RDBMS
18 16 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
18 16 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 169 (7.60%) JIRA
2 155 (6.97%) Git (software)
3 114 (5.13%) Jenkins
4 60 (2.70%) Selenium
5 39 (1.75%) Cucumber
6 36 (1.62%) Eclipse
6 36 (1.62%) Octopus Deploy
7 34 (1.53%) Subversion
8 32 (1.44%) Mockito
9 24 (1.08%) Team Foundation Server
10 22 (0.99%) TeamCity
11 21 (0.94%) Visual Studio
12 20 (0.90%) Jasmine
12 20 (0.90%) Maven
13 19 (0.85%) SonarQube
14 18 (0.81%) Grunt
14 18 (0.81%) JMeter
15 17 (0.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 17 (0.76%) JUnit
15 17 (0.76%) webpack
General
1 491 (22.09%) Finance
2 218 (9.81%) Banking
3 178 (8.01%) Public Sector
4 87 (3.91%) Telecoms
5 70 (3.15%) Investment Banking
6 69 (3.10%) Front Office
7 64 (2.88%) Marketing
8 46 (2.07%) Retail
9 42 (1.89%) Manufacturing
10 36 (1.62%) Legal
11 28 (1.26%) Games
12 23 (1.03%) Electronics
13 21 (0.94%) Pharmaceutical
14 20 (0.90%) Law
15 18 (0.81%) Back Office
16 17 (0.76%) Billing
16 17 (0.76%) Financial Institution
17 14 (0.63%) Publishing
18 12 (0.54%) Advertising
19 10 (0.45%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 494 (22.22%) Developer
2 383 (17.23%) Analyst
3 149 (6.70%) Architect
4 116 (5.22%) Java Developer
5 114 (5.13%) Business Analyst
6 97 (4.36%) Project Manager
7 66 (2.97%) Support Engineer
8 62 (2.79%) Designer
9 59 (2.65%) Consultant
10 55 (2.47%) Senior Developer
11 47 (2.11%) Data Analyst
12 43 (1.93%) Support Analyst
13 41 (1.84%) Solutions Architect
14 40 (1.80%) DevOps Engineer
14 40 (1.80%) Network Engineer
15 38 (1.71%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
16 36 (1.62%) .NET Developer
16 36 (1.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 36 (1.62%) React Developer
16 36 (1.62%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 170 (7.65%) HTML
2 142 (6.39%) CSS
3 141 (6.34%) .NET
4 110 (4.95%) Web Services
5 97 (4.36%) AngularJS
6 93 (4.18%) Node.js
7 86 (3.87%) XML
8 80 (3.60%) REST
9 75 (3.37%) React
10 65 (2.92%) SOAP
11 57 (2.56%) JSON
12 54 (2.43%) HTML5
12 54 (2.43%) Middleware
13 49 (2.20%) Spring
14 44 (1.98%) RESTful
15 43 (1.93%) Sass
16 40 (1.80%) jQuery
17 36 (1.62%) Kafka
18 32 (1.44%) Velocity
19 31 (1.39%) JAX-RS
Miscellaneous
1 845 (38.01%) Analytical Skills
2 152 (6.84%) Self-Motivation
3 142 (6.39%) User Experience
4 117 (5.26%) Management Information System
5 70 (3.15%) Data Centre
6 53 (2.38%) Data Structures
7 48 (2.16%) Algorithms
8 46 (2.07%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 27 (1.21%) Greenfield Project
9 27 (1.21%) Mobile App
10 26 (1.17%) Social Media
10 26 (1.17%) W3C
11 25 (1.12%) NHS
11 25 (1.12%) Virtual Team
12 23 (1.03%) Derivative
13 22 (0.99%) Clustering
14 20 (0.90%) Replication
15 18 (0.81%) Device Driver
15 18 (0.81%) Fixed Income
16 17 (0.76%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 423 (19.03%) Windows
2 279 (12.55%) Linux
3 156 (7.02%) Windows Server
4 137 (6.16%) Unix
5 132 (5.94%) Windows 10
6 67 (3.01%) Windows 7
7 53 (2.38%) Mac OS X
8 50 (2.25%) Windows Server 2012
9 42 (1.89%) Apple iOS
9 42 (1.89%) Windows Server 2008
9 42 (1.89%) Windows Server 2016
10 41 (1.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 39 (1.75%) Android
12 19 (0.85%) Solaris
13 14 (0.63%) Windows XP
14 13 (0.58%) Windows 8
15 10 (0.45%) Windows Server 2003
15 10 (0.45%) Windows Vista
16 9 (0.40%) Mac OS
16 9 (0.40%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 784 (35.27%) Agile Software Development
2 264 (11.88%) ITIL
3 230 (10.35%) Scrum
4 208 (9.36%) Stakeholder Management
5 206 (9.27%) Decision-Making
6 187 (8.41%) Migration
7 183 (8.23%) Test Automation
8 175 (7.87%) Project Management
9 170 (7.65%) DevOps
10 160 (7.20%) TDD
11 141 (6.34%) Continuous Integration
12 140 (6.30%) Change Management
13 139 (6.25%) Project Delivery
14 136 (6.12%) Continuous Improvement
15 127 (5.71%) Computer Science
16 118 (5.31%) Business Intelligence
16 118 (5.31%) Microservices
17 112 (5.04%) BDD
18 111 (4.99%) SDLC
19 110 (4.95%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 411 (18.49%) SQL
2 372 (16.73%) Java
3 219 (9.85%) JavaScript
4 217 (9.76%) Python
5 160 (7.20%) C#
6 134 (6.03%) PowerShell
7 91 (4.09%) C
8 60 (2.70%) Java 8
9 58 (2.61%) Shell Script
10 57 (2.56%) C++
11 49 (2.20%) Perl
12 38 (1.71%) Bash Shell
13 37 (1.66%) PL/SQL
14 34 (1.53%) T-SQL
14 34 (1.53%) TypeScript
15 32 (1.44%) PHP
16 28 (1.26%) R
17 26 (1.17%) Ruby
17 26 (1.17%) VBA
18 25 (1.12%) ES6
Qualifications
1 280 (12.60%) Degree
2 274 (12.33%) Security Cleared
3 209 (9.40%) SC Cleared
4 44 (1.98%) BPSS Clearance
5 43 (1.93%) Cisco Certification
6 42 (1.89%) Computer Science Degree
7 37 (1.66%) Microsoft Certification
8 30 (1.35%) ISTQB
9 29 (1.30%) DV Cleared
9 29 (1.30%) ISEB
10 28 (1.26%) MCSE
11 25 (1.12%) CCNP
11 25 (1.12%) CISSP
11 25 (1.12%) DBS Check
12 22 (0.99%) Master's Degree
13 19 (0.85%) CCNA
14 17 (0.76%) PMI Certification
15 12 (0.54%) HND
15 12 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
15 12 (0.54%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (4.14%) QA
2 89 (4.00%) SLA
3 43 (1.93%) GDPR
4 31 (1.39%) PMO
5 27 (1.21%) Data Quality
6 26 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 24 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 16 (0.72%) PCI DSS
8 16 (0.72%) WCAG
9 13 (0.58%) NIST
10 12 (0.54%) HIPAA
11 11 (0.49%) COBIT
11 11 (0.49%) Cyber Essentials
12 7 (0.31%) MiFID
13 5 (0.22%) EMIR
13 5 (0.22%) P3O
13 5 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 4 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 4 (0.18%) JSP 440
15 3 (0.13%) IFRS
System Software
1 243 (10.93%) Active Directory
2 131 (5.89%) Docker
3 83 (3.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 21 (0.94%) Virtual Machines
5 19 (0.85%) vSphere
6 16 (0.72%) Microsoft App-V
6 16 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (0.63%) Hyper-V
8 11 (0.49%) Oracle RAC
9 10 (0.45%) XenApp
10 9 (0.40%) NFS
11 7 (0.31%) RACF
11 7 (0.31%) VMware NSX
12 5 (0.22%) Squid
12 5 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
13 4 (0.18%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 4 (0.18%) vCloud
13 4 (0.18%) XenDesktop
14 3 (0.13%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
14 3 (0.13%) UAG
Systems Management
1 86 (3.87%) Kubernetes
2 64 (2.88%) SCCM
3 57 (2.56%) Ansible
4 47 (2.11%) Terraform
5 38 (1.71%) Microsoft Intune
5 38 (1.71%) Puppet
6 28 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
7 22 (0.99%) Rancher
8 17 (0.76%) Netcool
9 16 (0.72%) Netcool/OMNIbus
9 16 (0.72%) SCOM
10 13 (0.58%) Data Guard
10 13 (0.58%) McAfee ePO
10 13 (0.58%) Oracle RMAN
11 11 (0.49%) Prometheus
12 10 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
13 9 (0.40%) Amdocs OSS
13 9 (0.40%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 9 (0.40%) Tivoli
14 7 (0.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 461 (20.74%) Microsoft
2 192 (8.64%) Oracle
3 133 (5.98%) VMware
4 105 (4.72%) SAP
5 86 (3.87%) Cisco
6 74 (3.33%) Google
7 56 (2.52%) IBM
8 55 (2.47%) HP
9 50 (2.25%) Red Hat
10 48 (2.16%) Apple
10 48 (2.16%) Remedy
10 48 (2.16%) ServiceNow
11 40 (1.80%) Citrix
12 37 (1.66%) Dell
12 37 (1.66%) Tableau
13 36 (1.62%) Salesforce.com
14 31 (1.39%) Adobe
15 29 (1.30%) CheckPoint
15 29 (1.30%) Informatica
16 26 (1.17%) Juniper