Period
to 23 April 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 23 April 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
North West > Lancashire
6 months to
23 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 25 22 14
Rank change year-on-year -3 -8 +9
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 52 41 50
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 6.82% 7.82% 9.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.75% 8.82% 10.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 25 32
Lancashire median daily rate £425 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +13.33% -
10th Percentile £313 £269 £325
90th Percentile £564 £591 £550
North West median daily rate £413 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +6.45% -3.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 12
Lancashire median hourly rate £41.50 - £42.75
10th Percentile £40.25 - £13.55
90th Percentile £43.80 - £49.75
North West median hourly rate £20.56 £23.01 £41.86
% change year-on-year -10.63% -45.05% +85.44%

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 Lancashire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Lancashire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 671 465 498
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 87.94% 88.74% 90.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 476 283 296
Lancashire median daily rate £450 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £300 £256 £250
90th Percentile £675 £588 £540
North West median daily rate £425 £402 £400
% change year-on-year +5.77% +0.46% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 48 67
Lancashire median hourly rate £36.23 £36.25 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.07% -14.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £16.25 £11.05 £25.13
90th Percentile £44.10 £63.00 £53.00
North West median hourly rate £26.21 £21.60 £35.00
% change year-on-year +21.34% -38.29% -

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Lancashire.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in Lancashire

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Problem-Solving in Lancashire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in Lancashire

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in Lancashire over the 6 months to 23 April 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in Lancashire

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in Lancashire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in Lancashire

Problem-Solving
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

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 Lancashire region over the 6 months to 23 April 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
Preston +8 25 £363 +17.50% 2
Chorley -5 8 £469 -6.25%
Blackpool +2 7 £450 +5.88% 1
Skelmersdale - 4 £425 -
Lancaster - 2 £375 -
Morecambe - 1 - -
Problem-Solving
North West

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 24 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (34.62%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (30.77%) Stakeholder Management
3 16 (30.77%) CRM
4 14 (26.92%) Business Process Modelling
4 14 (26.92%) BPMN
5 13 (25.00%) Degree
6 12 (23.08%) Project Management
6 12 (23.08%) Scrum
7 11 (21.15%) Windows
8 10 (19.23%) ITIL
9 8 (15.38%) VMware
9 8 (15.38%) Disaster Recovery
9 8 (15.38%) ERP
9 8 (15.38%) SQL Server
10 7 (13.46%) TCP/IP
10 7 (13.46%) Microsoft Excel
10 7 (13.46%) Active Directory
10 7 (13.46%) Migration
10 7 (13.46%) Information Security
10 7 (13.46%) Microsoft Azure
10 7 (13.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
10 7 (13.46%) SDLC
11 6 (11.54%) Business Analysis
11 6 (11.54%) Software Testing
11 6 (11.54%) Microsoft
11 6 (11.54%) Citrix
11 6 (11.54%) DNS
11 6 (11.54%) DHCP
11 6 (11.54%) SAP

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 5 (9.62%) IIS
2 2 (3.85%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.92%) Confluence
3 1 (1.92%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.92%) SAS
Applications
1 7 (13.46%) Microsoft Excel
1 7 (13.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.92%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (5.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.92%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 7 (13.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (9.62%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (9.62%) Azure Active Directory
2 5 (9.62%) IaaS
2 5 (9.62%) Office 365
2 5 (9.62%) PaaS
3 1 (1.92%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 7 (13.46%) TCP/IP
2 6 (11.54%) DHCP
2 6 (11.54%) DNS
3 5 (9.62%) VPN
4 2 (3.85%) FTP
4 2 (3.85%) HTTP
4 2 (3.85%) LAN
5 1 (1.92%) Firewall
5 1 (1.92%) PBX
5 1 (1.92%) SAN
5 1 (1.92%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (15.38%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 5 (9.62%) MSI
2 3 (5.77%) Git (software)
2 3 (5.77%) LoadRunner
2 3 (5.77%) Rational Statemate
2 3 (5.77%) Selenium
3 2 (3.85%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.92%) HP UFT
4 1 (1.92%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.92%) JIRA
4 1 (1.92%) JMeter
4 1 (1.92%) Rational DOORS
4 1 (1.92%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 4 (7.69%) Avionics
2 3 (5.77%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.85%) Legal
3 2 (3.85%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.92%) Banking
4 1 (1.92%) Finance
4 1 (1.92%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (34.62%) Analyst
2 13 (25.00%) CRM Analyst
3 12 (23.08%) Business Analyst
4 10 (19.23%) CRM Business Analyst
5 8 (15.38%) Architect
6 6 (11.54%) Consultant
7 4 (7.69%) Network Architect
7 4 (7.69%) Project Consultant
7 4 (7.69%) SAP Consultant
7 4 (7.69%) Systems Analyst
7 4 (7.69%) Systems Engineer
8 3 (5.77%) .NET Developer
8 3 (5.77%) C# .NET Developer
8 3 (5.77%) C# Developer
8 3 (5.77%) CRM Systems Analyst
8 3 (5.77%) Developer
8 3 (5.77%) SAP PS Consultant
8 3 (5.77%) Senior Systems Engineer
8 3 (5.77%) Test Manager
9 2 (3.85%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.62%) .NET
1 5 (9.62%) XML
2 4 (7.69%) Web Services
3 3 (5.77%) ASP.NET
3 3 (5.77%) CSS
3 3 (5.77%) HTML
3 3 (5.77%) XHTML
4 2 (3.85%) SAML
4 2 (3.85%) SOAP
4 2 (3.85%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 18 (34.62%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (9.62%) Private Cloud
2 5 (9.62%) Public Cloud
3 3 (5.77%) Management Information System
4 2 (3.85%) Blog
4 2 (3.85%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (3.85%) PMI
5 1 (1.92%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 11 (21.15%) Windows
2 5 (9.62%) Android
2 5 (9.62%) Apple iOS
3 2 (3.85%) Linux
3 2 (3.85%) Unix
3 2 (3.85%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.92%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.92%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (30.77%) CRM
2 16 (30.77%) Stakeholder Management
3 14 (26.92%) BPMN
3 14 (26.92%) Business Process Modelling
4 12 (23.08%) Project Management
4 12 (23.08%) Scrum
5 10 (19.23%) ITIL
6 8 (15.38%) Disaster Recovery
6 8 (15.38%) ERP
7 7 (13.46%) Information Security
7 7 (13.46%) Migration
7 7 (13.46%) SDLC
8 6 (11.54%) Business Analysis
8 6 (11.54%) Software Testing
9 5 (9.62%) High Availability
9 5 (9.62%) Load Balancing
9 5 (9.62%) Software Engineering
9 5 (9.62%) Technical Architecture
9 5 (9.62%) Translating Business Requirements
Programming Languages
1 3 (5.77%) C#
1 3 (5.77%) SQL
2 1 (1.92%) Ada
2 1 (1.92%) C
2 1 (1.92%) Perl
Qualifications
1 13 (25.00%) Degree
2 5 (9.62%) Security Cleared
3 4 (7.69%) ISEB
4 3 (5.77%) SC Cleared
5 2 (3.85%) CISMP
5 2 (3.85%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (3.85%) ISTQB
5 2 (3.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (3.85%) PMI Certification
5 2 (3.85%) PMP
6 1 (1.92%) BC Cleared
6 1 (1.92%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.92%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (9.62%) QA
2 1 (1.92%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 7 (13.46%) Active Directory
2 5 (9.62%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (3.85%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (3.85%) SCCM
1 2 (3.85%) Single Sign-On
2 1 (1.92%) Backup Exec
2 1 (1.92%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 8 (15.38%) VMware
2 6 (11.54%) Citrix
2 6 (11.54%) Microsoft
2 6 (11.54%) SAP
3 2 (3.85%) Cisco
3 2 (3.85%) HP
3 2 (3.85%) Oracle
3 2 (3.85%) Sitecore
4 1 (1.92%) Avaya
4 1 (1.92%) Nintex