Period
to 17 August 2019

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 17 August 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
England > North of England
6 months to
17 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 25 26 38
Rank change year-on-year +1 +12 -15
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 666 812 567
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North of England 6.36% 6.59% 5.06%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.42% 7.64% 6.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 362 510 327
North of England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.32% -0.06% -
10th Percentile £256 £200 £250
90th Percentile £547 £538 £518
England median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 41 39
North of England median hourly rate £18.00 £19.40 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.22% -51.50% +150.00%
10th Percentile £12.74 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £59.25 £48.75 £57.50
England median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £22.56
% change year-on-year +10.00% -11.35% +20.32%

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 8,973 10,627 9,456
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North of England 85.69% 86.22% 84.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,885 6,924 5,964
North of England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +1.91%
10th Percentile £263 £268 £263
90th Percentile £580 £563 £550
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 382 396 337
North of England median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.00% -11.11% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.26 £11.17 £10.50
90th Percentile £52.48 £50.00 £47.90
England median hourly rate £25.00 £21.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year +16.28% -10.42% +2.13%

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 17 August 2019.

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 17 August 2019.

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 17 August 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
Yorkshire +10 297 £425 - 203
North West -10 291 £450 +20.00% 320
North East +1 80 £340 -15.00% 72
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 North of England region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 236 (35.44%) Agile Software Development
2 195 (29.28%) Analytical Skills
3 140 (21.02%) SQL
4 126 (18.92%) Java
5 121 (18.17%) Microsoft
6 113 (16.97%) Finance
7 105 (15.77%) Windows
8 92 (13.81%) Linux
9 71 (10.66%) Scrum
10 70 (10.51%) Test Automation
11 67 (10.06%) Stakeholder Management
12 61 (9.16%) Software Engineering
12 61 (9.16%) Degree
13 60 (9.01%) ITIL
14 58 (8.71%) Business Analysis
14 58 (8.71%) Security Cleared
15 54 (8.11%) Microsoft Azure
15 54 (8.11%) Amazon AWS
15 54 (8.11%) DevOps
15 54 (8.11%) SQL Server
16 53 (7.96%) C
16 53 (7.96%) Project Management
17 52 (7.81%) Analytics
18 50 (7.51%) JavaScript
19 49 (7.36%) HTML
19 49 (7.36%) JIRA
20 48 (7.21%) SC Cleared
20 48 (7.21%) CSS
21 47 (7.06%) Banking
22 46 (6.91%) TDD

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 21 (3.15%) SAS
2 13 (1.95%) Confluence
2 13 (1.95%) SharePoint
3 12 (1.80%) IIS
3 12 (1.80%) MS Exchange
4 8 (1.20%) CMS
4 8 (1.20%) WebSphere
5 6 (0.90%) CICS
6 5 (0.75%) Cloud Foundry
6 5 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2010
6 5 (0.75%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.60%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (0.60%) WebSphere Application Server
8 3 (0.45%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.45%) Drupal
8 3 (0.45%) JBoss
8 3 (0.45%) Skype for Business
9 2 (0.30%) Apache
9 2 (0.30%) Apache Solr
9 2 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 40 (6.01%) Microsoft Office
2 35 (5.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (2.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (1.35%) Spreadsheet
5 8 (1.20%) Microsoft Project
5 8 (1.20%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.75%) Photoshop
7 4 (0.60%) Adobe Illustrator
7 4 (0.60%) InVision
7 4 (0.60%) Sketch
8 3 (0.45%) UXPin
9 1 (0.15%) Fireworks
9 1 (0.15%) SPSS
9 1 (0.15%) Stata
Business Applications
1 10 (1.50%) Dynamics CRM
1 10 (1.50%) SAP SD
2 6 (0.90%) SAP CO
2 6 (0.90%) SAP FI
2 6 (0.90%) SAP FI/CO
2 6 (0.90%) SAP PS
3 5 (0.75%) Maximo
3 5 (0.75%) SAP MM
3 5 (0.75%) WebTrends
4 4 (0.60%) Payment Gateway
5 3 (0.45%) NetSuite
5 3 (0.45%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.30%) JDE World
6 2 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.30%) SAP HCM
6 2 (0.30%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.30%) SAP SRM
6 2 (0.30%) Workday HCM
7 1 (0.15%) SAP Payroll
7 1 (0.15%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 54 (8.11%) Amazon AWS
1 54 (8.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 29 (4.35%) Office 365
3 22 (3.30%) Google Cloud Platform
4 7 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
4 7 (1.05%) Dynamics 365
4 7 (1.05%) GitHub
4 7 (1.05%) PaaS
5 5 (0.75%) Google Analytics
5 5 (0.75%) IaaS
5 5 (0.75%) Power Platform
6 4 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
6 4 (0.60%) Slack
7 3 (0.45%) OpenShift
7 3 (0.45%) Serverless
8 2 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (0.30%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.30%) G Suite
8 2 (0.30%) SaaS
8 2 (0.30%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 24 (3.60%) Firewall
2 23 (3.45%) LAN
3 19 (2.85%) WAN
4 18 (2.70%) DNS
5 14 (2.10%) DHCP
6 13 (1.95%) VPN
7 12 (1.80%) Internet
8 10 (1.50%) SAN
8 10 (1.50%) TCP/IP
9 9 (1.35%) Wi-Fi
9 9 (1.35%) Wireless
10 8 (1.20%) IP Telephony
11 7 (1.05%) HTTP
11 7 (1.05%) Network Security
11 7 (1.05%) VoIP
12 6 (0.90%) FTP
12 6 (0.90%) NAS
12 6 (0.90%) NetScaler
13 5 (0.75%) IPsec
13 5 (0.75%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (8.11%) SQL Server
2 24 (3.60%) MongoDB
3 22 (3.30%) Pentaho
4 21 (3.15%) Hadoop
4 21 (3.15%) NoSQL
5 18 (2.70%) Big Data
6 17 (2.55%) Oracle Database
6 17 (2.55%) Qlik Sense
6 17 (2.55%) QlikView
6 17 (2.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 16 (2.40%) Relational Database
8 14 (2.10%) BigQuery
8 14 (2.10%) Data Warehouse
8 14 (2.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 12 (1.80%) MySQL
10 10 (1.50%) DB2
11 8 (1.20%) BusinessObjects
11 8 (1.20%) Oracle Database 11g
11 8 (1.20%) Oracle Database 12c
12 7 (1.05%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 49 (7.36%) JIRA
2 37 (5.56%) Jenkins
3 31 (4.65%) Git (software)
4 15 (2.25%) Mockito
4 15 (2.25%) Selenium
5 14 (2.10%) ProC
6 12 (1.80%) Team Foundation Server
7 11 (1.65%) JUnit
8 10 (1.50%) Cucumber
9 8 (1.20%) Maven
9 8 (1.20%) SoapUI
10 7 (1.05%) Subversion
10 7 (1.05%) Visual Studio
11 6 (0.90%) HP UFT
12 4 (0.60%) FitNesse
12 4 (0.60%) Grunt
12 4 (0.60%) gulp
12 4 (0.60%) Jasmine
12 4 (0.60%) Mocha
12 4 (0.60%) SpecFlow
General
1 113 (16.97%) Finance
2 47 (7.06%) Banking
3 30 (4.50%) Retail
4 24 (3.60%) Legal
5 20 (3.00%) Manufacturing
6 11 (1.65%) Financial Institution
7 9 (1.35%) Telecoms
8 8 (1.20%) Games
8 8 (1.20%) Investment Banking
9 7 (1.05%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.75%) French Language
11 4 (0.60%) German Language
11 4 (0.60%) Marketing
12 3 (0.45%) Digital Economy
12 3 (0.45%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.30%) Dutch Language
13 2 (0.30%) Italian Language
13 2 (0.30%) Portuguese Language
13 2 (0.30%) Russian Language
13 2 (0.30%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 159 (23.87%) Developer
2 108 (16.22%) Analyst
3 41 (6.16%) Business Analyst
3 41 (6.16%) Consultant
4 39 (5.86%) Java Developer
5 31 (4.65%) Architect
6 22 (3.30%) Software Engineer
7 21 (3.15%) Linux Developer
8 20 (3.00%) DevOps Engineer
8 20 (3.00%) Project Manager
9 18 (2.70%) Embedded Engineer
9 18 (2.70%) Embedded Software Engineer
9 18 (2.70%) SQL Developer
9 18 (2.70%) Support Engineer
10 17 (2.55%) SAP Consultant
11 16 (2.40%) Android Developer
11 16 (2.40%) User Researcher
12 15 (2.25%) C++ Developer
13 14 (2.10%) Solutions Architect
13 14 (2.10%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (7.36%) HTML
2 48 (7.21%) CSS
3 43 (6.46%) .NET
4 31 (4.65%) Spring
5 25 (3.75%) React
6 23 (3.45%) jQuery
6 23 (3.45%) Spring Boot
7 20 (3.00%) HTML5
8 18 (2.70%) REST
8 18 (2.70%) XML
9 17 (2.55%) CSS3
9 17 (2.55%) Web Services
10 15 (2.25%) ActiveMQ
11 14 (2.10%) JAX-RS
12 13 (1.95%) AngularJS
13 12 (1.80%) SOAP
14 11 (1.65%) JSON
15 10 (1.50%) Kafka
15 10 (1.50%) Node.js
15 10 (1.50%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 195 (29.28%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (5.11%) Self-Motivation
3 27 (4.05%) User Experience
4 24 (3.60%) Management Information System
5 21 (3.15%) Virtual Team
6 17 (2.55%) Driving Licence
7 16 (2.40%) Data Centre
8 12 (1.80%) Clustering
9 9 (1.35%) Mainframe
9 9 (1.35%) Mobile App
10 8 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (1.20%) NHS
10 8 (1.20%) Smartphone
11 7 (1.05%) PKI
11 7 (1.05%) Public Cloud
12 5 (0.75%) iPhone
12 5 (0.75%) PMI
12 5 (0.75%) Private Cloud
13 4 (0.60%) Replication
13 4 (0.60%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 105 (15.77%) Windows
2 92 (13.81%) Linux
3 43 (6.46%) Android
4 41 (6.16%) Unix
5 35 (5.26%) Windows Server
6 24 (3.60%) Windows 10
7 18 (2.70%) Mac OS X
7 18 (2.70%) Windows 7
8 15 (2.25%) Solaris
9 14 (2.10%) Windows Server 2012
10 12 (1.80%) Windows Server 2008
11 8 (1.20%) Apple iOS
12 6 (0.90%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (0.60%) SUSE
13 4 (0.60%) Windows 8
14 3 (0.45%) Oracle Linux
14 3 (0.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.15%) MVS
15 1 (0.15%) VME
15 1 (0.15%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 236 (35.44%) Agile Software Development
2 71 (10.66%) Scrum
3 70 (10.51%) Test Automation
4 67 (10.06%) Stakeholder Management
5 61 (9.16%) Software Engineering
6 60 (9.01%) ITIL
7 58 (8.71%) Business Analysis
8 54 (8.11%) DevOps
9 53 (7.96%) Project Management
10 52 (7.81%) Analytics
11 46 (6.91%) Decision-Making
11 46 (6.91%) TDD
12 45 (6.76%) Change Management
13 42 (6.31%) Continuous Integration
14 41 (6.16%) Migration
15 37 (5.56%) ERP
15 37 (5.56%) Microservices
16 36 (5.41%) Multithreading
17 34 (5.11%) Business Intelligence
18 33 (4.95%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 140 (21.02%) SQL
2 126 (18.92%) Java
3 53 (7.96%) C
4 50 (7.51%) JavaScript
5 41 (6.16%) C++
6 34 (5.11%) Python
7 24 (3.60%) C#
8 17 (2.55%) Java 8
9 16 (2.40%) PowerShell
10 13 (1.95%) PL/SQL
11 11 (1.65%) Perl
11 11 (1.65%) Ruby
12 10 (1.50%) Korn
13 9 (1.35%) COBOL
14 8 (1.20%) PHP
15 7 (1.05%) IronPython
15 7 (1.05%) XAML
16 6 (0.90%) Groovy
16 6 (0.90%) JCL
16 6 (0.90%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 61 (9.16%) Degree
2 58 (8.71%) Security Cleared
3 48 (7.21%) SC Cleared
4 21 (3.15%) BPSS Clearance
5 13 (1.95%) ISEB
5 13 (1.95%) Microsoft Certification
6 12 (1.80%) ISTQB
7 10 (1.50%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (1.35%) CCNP
9 8 (1.20%) CCNA
10 7 (1.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 7 (1.05%) MCITP
11 6 (0.90%) CISM
11 6 (0.90%) CISSP
11 6 (0.90%) PMI Certification
12 4 (0.60%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 4 (0.60%) Master's Degree
13 3 (0.45%) APMP
13 3 (0.45%) CBAP
13 3 (0.45%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (4.65%) QA
2 24 (3.60%) SLA
3 19 (2.85%) PMO
4 8 (1.20%) GDPR
4 8 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (1.05%) Data Quality
6 6 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 5 (0.75%) EMIR
8 3 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
8 3 (0.45%) WCAG
9 2 (0.30%) Dodd-Frank
9 2 (0.30%) MiFID
9 2 (0.30%) NIST
9 2 (0.30%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.15%) COBIT
10 1 (0.15%) COSO
10 1 (0.15%) GxP
10 1 (0.15%) HL7
10 1 (0.15%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.15%) P3O
System Software
1 44 (6.61%) Active Directory
2 31 (4.65%) Docker
3 16 (2.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (2.10%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (1.05%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (0.90%) BitLocker
7 5 (0.75%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 5 (0.75%) Firmware
8 4 (0.60%) NFS
9 3 (0.45%) VMware NSX
9 3 (0.45%) XenApp
10 2 (0.30%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 2 (0.30%) Hyper-V
10 2 (0.30%) iptables
10 2 (0.30%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.15%) NetIQ eDirectory
11 1 (0.15%) OpenAM
11 1 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
11 1 (0.15%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 20 (3.00%) Kubernetes
2 18 (2.70%) Opscode Chef
3 13 (1.95%) Puppet
3 13 (1.95%) SCCM
4 11 (1.65%) Ansible
5 9 (1.35%) Terraform
6 6 (0.90%) HP Quality Center
6 6 (0.90%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (0.60%) CASB
7 4 (0.60%) SCOM
8 3 (0.45%) WSUS
9 2 (0.30%) HAProxy
9 2 (0.30%) Kibana
9 2 (0.30%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.30%) Nagios
9 2 (0.30%) PingFederate
9 2 (0.30%) Salt
9 2 (0.30%) WhatsUp Gold
10 1 (0.15%) Docker Swarm
10 1 (0.15%) EMC VPLEX
Vendors
1 121 (18.17%) Microsoft
2 45 (6.76%) Oracle
2 45 (6.76%) SAP
3 38 (5.71%) Google
4 30 (4.50%) Citrix
5 25 (3.75%) VMware
6 23 (3.45%) Cisco
7 17 (2.55%) IBM
8 15 (2.25%) HP
9 13 (1.95%) Tableau
10 12 (1.80%) Palo Alto
11 9 (1.35%) EMC
12 8 (1.20%) Apple
12 8 (1.20%) ServiceNow
13 7 (1.05%) McAfee
14 6 (0.90%) Avaya
14 6 (0.90%) BT
15 5 (0.75%) Adobe
15 5 (0.75%) NetApp
15 5 (0.75%) TOWER Software