Period
to 27 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North of 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 27 February 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
England > North of England
6 months to
27 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 23 27 34
Rank change year-on-year +4 +7 -5
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 565 793 656
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North of England 6.68% 6.60% 5.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.95% 7.66% 6.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 282 495 424
North of England median daily rate £425 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £181 £263 £187
90th Percentile £575 £575 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £430
% change year-on-year - +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 34 44
North of England median hourly rate £25.50 £18.65 £20.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.73% -10.45% +34.37%
10th Percentile £14.94 £11.58 £12.27
90th Percentile £55.00 £42.75 £56.14
England median hourly rate £28.00 £24.45 £26.78
% change year-on-year +14.54% -8.70% +50.85%

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 the North of England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North of England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 7,109 10,359 9,636
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North of England 84.08% 86.15% 85.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,503 6,864 6,290
North of England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £256 £275 £258
90th Percentile £593 £575 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 322 391 392
North of England median hourly rate £20.00 £20.25 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.21% -3.60% +0.14%
10th Percentile £11.26 £11.41 £11.17
90th Percentile £53.00 £48.50 £48.73
England median hourly rate £23.66 £24.08 £24.02
% change year-on-year -1.73% +0.25% -3.92%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the North of England

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

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the North of England

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North of England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the North of England

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the North of England over the 6 months to 27 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the North of England

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North of England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the North of England

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North of England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the North of England over the 6 months to 27 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the North of England

Problem-Solving
Contract Job Locations in the North of 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 North of England region over the 6 months to 27 February 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
North West +6 295 £425 +3.66% 297
Yorkshire +6 191 £438 +2.94% 203
North East -5 84 £325 -24.24% 59
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 North of England region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 228 (40.35%) Analytical Skills
2 203 (35.93%) Agile Software Development
3 119 (21.06%) Microsoft
4 114 (20.18%) Windows
5 101 (17.88%) Finance
6 80 (14.16%) Microsoft Office
6 80 (14.16%) Java
7 79 (13.98%) SQL
8 77 (13.63%) Degree
9 71 (12.57%) Azure
9 71 (12.57%) SQL Server
10 69 (12.21%) Linux
11 65 (11.50%) Windows Server
12 63 (11.15%) Public Sector
12 63 (11.15%) Scrum
13 62 (10.97%) Continuous Integration
14 61 (10.80%) AWS
14 61 (10.80%) Stakeholder Management
14 61 (10.80%) ITIL
14 61 (10.80%) Project Management
15 60 (10.62%) Git (software)
16 58 (10.27%) Security Cleared
17 57 (10.09%) Jenkins
18 52 (9.20%) Active Directory
19 51 (9.03%) Office 365
19 51 (9.03%) Decision-Making
20 50 (8.85%) SC Cleared
21 49 (8.67%) Test Automation
21 49 (8.67%) Docker
22 43 (7.61%) Relational Database

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North of 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 42 (7.43%) SharePoint
2 25 (4.42%) MS Exchange
3 19 (3.36%) Exchange Server 2007
4 16 (2.83%) Exchange Server 2013
5 15 (2.65%) IIS
6 9 (1.59%) Confluence
7 8 (1.42%) JBoss
7 8 (1.42%) SAS
8 7 (1.24%) Apache Spark
8 7 (1.24%) Skype for Business
9 6 (1.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 6 (1.06%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.71%) Apache ServiceMix
10 4 (0.71%) Cloud Foundry
10 4 (0.71%) K2 blackpearl
11 3 (0.53%) CMS
11 3 (0.53%) Commerce Server
11 3 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (0.53%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 80 (14.16%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (6.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (4.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (2.48%) Microsoft Project
5 13 (2.30%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.53%) Acrobat
6 3 (0.53%) Sketch
7 2 (0.35%) InVision
7 2 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
8 1 (0.18%) Marvel
8 1 (0.18%) MicroStation
8 1 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.18%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 15 (2.65%) BusinessWorks
2 5 (0.88%) Teamcenter
3 4 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
4 3 (0.53%) Primavera
4 3 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.35%) Dynamics GP
5 2 (0.35%) Magento
5 2 (0.35%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.35%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.35%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.35%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
6 1 (0.18%) SAP PS
6 1 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 71 (12.57%) Azure
2 61 (10.80%) AWS
3 51 (9.03%) Office 365
4 18 (3.19%) Power Platform
5 17 (3.01%) GCP
6 9 (1.59%) GitHub
7 7 (1.24%) IaaS
7 7 (1.24%) SaaS
8 6 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (1.06%) PaaS
8 6 (1.06%) Serverless
9 5 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
9 5 (0.88%) Azure Active Directory
10 4 (0.71%) Dynamics 365
10 4 (0.71%) OneDrive
10 4 (0.71%) Slack
11 3 (0.53%) Basecamp
11 3 (0.53%) OpenShift
12 2 (0.35%) Google Analytics
13 1 (0.18%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 27 (4.78%) HTTP
2 25 (4.42%) Firewall
3 19 (3.36%) WAN
4 18 (3.19%) LAN
5 16 (2.83%) DNS
6 15 (2.65%) Skype
6 15 (2.65%) Wireless
7 13 (2.30%) DHCP
8 12 (2.12%) VPN
9 9 (1.59%) Internet
10 8 (1.42%) IP Telephony
10 8 (1.42%) MPLS
11 7 (1.24%) BGP
11 7 (1.24%) TCP/IP
11 7 (1.24%) Unified Communications
11 7 (1.24%) WLAN
12 6 (1.06%) SAN
12 6 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
13 5 (0.88%) DMZ
13 5 (0.88%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (12.57%) SQL Server
2 43 (7.61%) Relational Database
3 35 (6.19%) MySQL
4 31 (5.49%) MongoDB
5 17 (3.01%) Data Warehouse
5 17 (3.01%) Power BI
6 14 (2.48%) RDBMS
7 12 (2.12%) NoSQL
8 10 (1.77%) Spotfire
9 9 (1.59%) Hadoop
9 9 (1.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 8 (1.42%) Oracle Database
11 7 (1.24%) Big Data
11 7 (1.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 4 (0.71%) DataStage
12 4 (0.71%) DTS
12 4 (0.71%) GIS
12 4 (0.71%) Neo4j
12 4 (0.71%) PostgreSQL
13 2 (0.35%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 60 (10.62%) Git (software)
2 57 (10.09%) Jenkins
3 22 (3.89%) Octopus Deploy
4 18 (3.19%) JIRA
5 9 (1.59%) GitLab
6 8 (1.42%) Maven
6 8 (1.42%) Subversion
6 8 (1.42%) Visual Studio
7 6 (1.06%) Selenium
8 5 (0.88%) Eclipse
8 5 (0.88%) JUnit
9 4 (0.71%) Cucumber
9 4 (0.71%) NUnit
9 4 (0.71%) SonarQube
10 3 (0.53%) Artifactory
10 3 (0.53%) Gerrit
10 3 (0.53%) MSI
10 3 (0.53%) Robot Framework
10 3 (0.53%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (0.53%) Vagrant
General
1 101 (17.88%) Finance
2 63 (11.15%) Public Sector
3 20 (3.54%) Banking
4 19 (3.36%) Retail
5 11 (1.95%) Legal
5 11 (1.95%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.59%) Financial Institution
7 7 (1.24%) Pharmaceutical
8 6 (1.06%) Games
9 5 (0.88%) Law
9 5 (0.88%) Local Government
10 4 (0.71%) Marketing
11 3 (0.53%) Automotive
11 3 (0.53%) Avionics
11 3 (0.53%) Telecoms
12 2 (0.35%) Aerospace
12 2 (0.35%) Housing Association
12 2 (0.35%) Multimedia
13 1 (0.18%) Billing
13 1 (0.18%) Police
Job Titles
1 115 (20.35%) Analyst
2 96 (16.99%) Developer
3 53 (9.38%) Business Analyst
4 26 (4.60%) Consultant
5 25 (4.42%) Architect
5 25 (4.42%) Java Developer
6 24 (4.25%) Support Engineer
6 24 (4.25%) WebOps Engineer
7 20 (3.54%) Project Manager
8 18 (3.19%) Designer
9 16 (2.83%) Web Engineer
10 15 (2.65%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 14 (2.48%) Operations Engineer
11 14 (2.48%) Service Analyst
11 14 (2.48%) TIBCO Developer
12 13 (2.30%) Administrator
12 13 (2.30%) IT Analyst
12 13 (2.30%) Software Engineer
13 12 (2.12%) 2nd Line Support
13 12 (2.12%) IT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (7.08%) XML
2 36 (6.37%) HTML
3 34 (6.02%) Web Services
4 33 (5.84%) CSS
5 30 (5.31%) Spring
6 28 (4.96%) SOAP
7 27 (4.78%) REST
8 25 (4.42%) HTML5
9 24 (4.25%) .NET
10 22 (3.89%) JSON
10 22 (3.89%) RESTful
11 21 (3.72%) Spring Boot
12 18 (3.19%) JMS
13 16 (2.83%) Ajax
13 16 (2.83%) JDBC
14 15 (2.65%) CSS3
14 15 (2.65%) TIBCO EMS
15 13 (2.30%) XSD
16 10 (1.77%) Node.js
17 9 (1.59%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 228 (40.35%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (5.66%) Self-Motivation
3 30 (5.31%) User Experience
4 28 (4.96%) NHS
5 18 (3.19%) Algorithms
5 18 (3.19%) Management Information System
6 14 (2.48%) Driving Licence
6 14 (2.48%) Enterprise Software
7 13 (2.30%) Mobile App
8 10 (1.77%) Virtual Team
9 9 (1.59%) Mainframe
10 8 (1.42%) Clustering
10 8 (1.42%) Data Centre
11 7 (1.24%) Data Structures
12 6 (1.06%) PKI
12 6 (1.06%) Smart Meter
13 4 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
13 4 (0.71%) Linux Command Line
13 4 (0.71%) Smartphone
14 3 (0.53%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 114 (20.18%) Windows
2 69 (12.21%) Linux
3 65 (11.50%) Windows Server
4 28 (4.96%) Windows 10
5 24 (4.25%) Unix
6 17 (3.01%) Windows 7
7 10 (1.77%) Android
8 9 (1.59%) Apple iOS
8 9 (1.59%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (1.24%) Windows Server 2008
10 5 (0.88%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (0.71%) Mac OS X
11 4 (0.71%) Solaris
11 4 (0.71%) SUSE
11 4 (0.71%) Windows 8
11 4 (0.71%) Windows XP
12 3 (0.53%) Oracle Linux
12 3 (0.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (0.53%) Windows 2000
12 3 (0.53%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 203 (35.93%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (11.15%) Scrum
3 62 (10.97%) Continuous Integration
4 61 (10.80%) ITIL
4 61 (10.80%) Project Management
4 61 (10.80%) Stakeholder Management
5 51 (9.03%) Decision-Making
6 49 (8.67%) Test Automation
7 43 (7.61%) Incident Management
8 38 (6.73%) Continuous Improvement
8 38 (6.73%) Mentoring
9 37 (6.55%) Business Analysis
9 37 (6.55%) Change Management
10 36 (6.37%) DevOps
11 33 (5.84%) Business Intelligence
11 33 (5.84%) Service Delivery
11 33 (5.84%) Software Delivery
11 33 (5.84%) TDD
12 32 (5.66%) Project Delivery
13 31 (5.49%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 80 (14.16%) Java
2 79 (13.98%) SQL
3 34 (6.02%) Python
4 24 (4.25%) JavaScript
5 23 (4.07%) C#
6 16 (2.83%) C
7 15 (2.65%) Scala
7 15 (2.65%) XPath
8 13 (2.30%) PowerShell
8 13 (2.30%) Ruby
9 11 (1.95%) Shell Script
10 10 (1.77%) Java 8
11 8 (1.42%) Bash Shell
11 8 (1.42%) ES6
11 8 (1.42%) R
12 7 (1.24%) C++
12 7 (1.24%) Go
13 6 (1.06%) Groovy
13 6 (1.06%) VB
14 5 (0.88%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 77 (13.63%) Degree
2 58 (10.27%) Security Cleared
3 50 (8.85%) SC Cleared
4 12 (2.12%) CISM
4 12 (2.12%) CISSP
5 11 (1.95%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (1.95%) ISEB
6 9 (1.59%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (1.42%) MCP
8 7 (1.24%) CCNA
8 7 (1.24%) ISTQB
8 7 (1.24%) PMI Certification
9 6 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
10 5 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
10 5 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (0.88%) MCSE
10 5 (0.88%) PMP
10 5 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 4 (0.71%) CCNP
11 4 (0.71%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (5.13%) SLA
2 16 (2.83%) QA
3 12 (2.12%) PCI DSS
4 11 (1.95%) GDPR
5 10 (1.77%) PMO
6 6 (1.06%) RMADS
7 5 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 4 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 3 (0.53%) Data Quality
10 2 (0.35%) GMP
11 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
11 1 (0.18%) EMIR
11 1 (0.18%) HL7
11 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.18%) NCSC
11 1 (0.18%) NIST
System Software
1 52 (9.20%) Active Directory
2 49 (8.67%) Docker
3 12 (2.12%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (1.95%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (0.88%) BitLocker
6 3 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.53%) RACF
6 3 (0.53%) vSphere
6 3 (0.53%) XenApp
7 2 (0.35%) ACF2
7 2 (0.35%) Firmware
7 2 (0.35%) Time Sharing Option
8 1 (0.18%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.18%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.18%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.18%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.18%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 41 (7.26%) SCCM
2 27 (4.78%) Rancher
3 23 (4.07%) Kubernetes
4 21 (3.72%) Ansible
5 15 (2.65%) Terraform
6 12 (2.12%) Puppet
7 9 (1.59%) Opscode Chef
8 8 (1.42%) Kibana
9 6 (1.06%) FortiGate
10 4 (0.71%) Grafana
10 4 (0.71%) Prometheus
11 3 (0.53%) ServiceCenter
11 3 (0.53%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 2 (0.35%) OMEGAMON
12 2 (0.35%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 2 (0.35%) Oracle RMAN
12 2 (0.35%) SCOM
13 1 (0.18%) HP Quality Center
13 1 (0.18%) Oracle Identity Management
13 1 (0.18%) WSUS
Vendors
1 119 (21.06%) Microsoft
2 40 (7.08%) Oracle
3 35 (6.19%) VMware
4 27 (4.78%) Google
5 24 (4.25%) Citrix
6 22 (3.89%) Cisco
7 17 (3.01%) MuleSoft
8 15 (2.65%) TIBCO
9 13 (2.30%) HP
9 13 (2.30%) webMethods
10 12 (2.12%) Apple
11 11 (1.95%) IBM
11 11 (1.95%) SAP
12 10 (1.77%) Axway
12 10 (1.77%) Splunk
13 8 (1.42%) TOWER Software
14 7 (1.24%) ServiceNow
15 6 (1.06%) Pega
15 6 (1.06%) Sun
15 6 (1.06%) Tableau