Period
to 18 August 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 18 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 West
6 months to
18 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 36 25 41
Rank change year-on-year -11 +16 -11
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 287 411 246
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.41% 6.70% 4.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.36% 7.89% 5.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 229 135
North West median daily rate £450 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% - -6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £165 £228
90th Percentile £585 £520 £488
England median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 32 26
North West median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -52.94% +183.33%
10th Percentile £12.21 £12.44 £17.35
90th Percentile £59.50 £47.50 £61.25
England median hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £22.62
% change year-on-year +10.00% -11.58% +25.67%

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 West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,513 5,210 4,784
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 85.10% 84.91% 82.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,959 3,297 2,920
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £263
90th Percentile £595 £575 £550
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 254 200
North West median hourly rate £24.50 £23.65 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.59% -32.43% +29.63%
10th Percentile £12.71 £11.19 £11.75
90th Percentile £53.75 £51.25 £52.55
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 West

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

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the North West

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the North West

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the North West over the 6 months to 18 August 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the North West

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the North West

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the North West over the 6 months to 18 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the North West

Problem-Solving
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West region over the 6 months to 18 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
Manchester -21 136 £450 +20.00% 180
Lancashire +7 53 £460 +8.24% 28
Cheshire -8 50 £338 -10.00% 68
Merseyside -1 28 £400 -5.88% 33
Cumbria +10 20 £475 +26.67% 9
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 18 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 West region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 94 (32.75%) Analytical Skills
2 85 (29.62%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (16.38%) SQL
4 46 (16.03%) Microsoft
5 44 (15.33%) Windows
6 42 (14.63%) Stakeholder Management
7 41 (14.29%) Finance
8 40 (13.94%) Java
8 40 (13.94%) Security Cleared
9 38 (13.24%) JavaScript
10 37 (12.89%) SAP
10 37 (12.89%) Business Analysis
11 36 (12.54%) SC Cleared
12 35 (12.20%) HTML
13 33 (11.50%) CSS
14 32 (11.15%) ERP
15 29 (10.10%) Project Management
16 28 (9.76%) Decision-Making
17 26 (9.06%) Test Automation
17 26 (9.06%) Translating Business Requirements
18 23 (8.01%) DevOps
19 22 (7.67%) Linux
19 22 (7.67%) Degree
19 22 (7.67%) JIRA
20 21 (7.32%) .NET
20 21 (7.32%) Active Directory
20 21 (7.32%) Amazon AWS
21 20 (6.97%) Microsoft Azure
21 20 (6.97%) Jenkins
21 20 (6.97%) React

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 7 (2.44%) Confluence
1 7 (2.44%) IIS
1 7 (2.44%) SharePoint
2 6 (2.09%) MS Exchange
3 4 (1.39%) Tomcat
4 3 (1.05%) JBoss
4 3 (1.05%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (0.70%) Apache
5 2 (0.70%) CMS
5 2 (0.70%) ColdFusion
5 2 (0.70%) NetWeaver
6 1 (0.35%) Apache Solr
6 1 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (0.35%) LiveLink
6 1 (0.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.35%) SAS
6 1 (0.35%) SilverStripe
6 1 (0.35%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.35%) WebSphere
Applications
1 20 (6.97%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (5.92%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (2.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 8 (2.79%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (1.39%) Adobe Illustrator
4 4 (1.39%) InVision
4 4 (1.39%) Photoshop
4 4 (1.39%) Sketch
5 3 (1.05%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.05%) UXPin
6 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 10 (3.48%) SAP SD
2 9 (3.14%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (2.09%) SAP CO
3 6 (2.09%) SAP FI
3 6 (2.09%) SAP FI/CO
3 6 (2.09%) SAP PS
4 5 (1.74%) Maximo
4 5 (1.74%) SAP MM
5 3 (1.05%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.70%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.70%) SAP HCM
6 2 (0.70%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.70%) SAP SRM
7 1 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.35%) SAP APO
7 1 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.35%) SAP Payroll
7 1 (0.35%) Teamcenter
7 1 (0.35%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 21 (7.32%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (6.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (5.57%) Office 365
4 7 (2.44%) GitHub
5 5 (1.74%) Dynamics 365
5 5 (1.74%) Google Analytics
6 4 (1.39%) PaaS
6 4 (1.39%) Slack
7 3 (1.05%) AWS CloudFormation
7 3 (1.05%) OpenShift
7 3 (1.05%) Power Platform
8 2 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.70%) G Suite
8 2 (0.70%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.70%) npm
8 2 (0.70%) SaaS
8 2 (0.70%) Trello
9 1 (0.35%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.35%) IaaS
9 1 (0.35%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 14 (4.88%) DNS
2 12 (4.18%) DHCP
3 6 (2.09%) TCP/IP
4 5 (1.74%) FTP
4 5 (1.74%) HTTP
5 4 (1.39%) Firewall
5 4 (1.39%) Internet
5 4 (1.39%) IPsec
6 3 (1.05%) Intrusion Detection
6 3 (1.05%) LAN
6 3 (1.05%) Network Security
6 3 (1.05%) SAN
6 3 (1.05%) SSL
6 3 (1.05%) WAN
7 2 (0.70%) Intranet
7 2 (0.70%) IP Telephony
7 2 (0.70%) PBX
7 2 (0.70%) VoIP
7 2 (0.70%) WebEx
7 2 (0.70%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (5.92%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.14%) MongoDB
2 9 (3.14%) NoSQL
2 9 (3.14%) Oracle Database
2 9 (3.14%) Relational Database
3 8 (2.79%) Pentaho
4 7 (2.44%) BusinessObjects
4 7 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (2.44%) Oracle BI EE
4 7 (2.44%) Oracle Database 10g
4 7 (2.44%) Oracle Database 11g
4 7 (2.44%) Oracle Database 12c
4 7 (2.44%) Oracle ODI
5 6 (2.09%) MySQL
6 5 (1.74%) Hadoop
6 5 (1.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (1.05%) DB2
7 3 (1.05%) Power BI
7 3 (1.05%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 22 (7.67%) JIRA
2 20 (6.97%) Jenkins
3 19 (6.62%) Git (software)
4 11 (3.83%) JUnit
5 7 (2.44%) Selenium
6 6 (2.09%) Maven
6 6 (2.09%) Mockito
7 5 (1.74%) Visual Studio
8 4 (1.39%) Subversion
9 3 (1.05%) Gradle
9 3 (1.05%) Mercurial
10 2 (0.70%) Appium
10 2 (0.70%) Babel
10 2 (0.70%) Bitbucket
10 2 (0.70%) Cucumber
10 2 (0.70%) SoapUI
10 2 (0.70%) TestNG
10 2 (0.70%) Travis CI
10 2 (0.70%) Visual Studio Coded UI
10 2 (0.70%) webpack
General
1 41 (14.29%) Finance
2 17 (5.92%) Banking
3 12 (4.18%) Legal
4 11 (3.83%) Public Sector
5 10 (3.48%) Retail
6 8 (2.79%) Manufacturing
7 6 (2.09%) Investment Banking
7 6 (2.09%) Pharmaceutical
8 5 (1.74%) Games
9 4 (1.39%) French Language
10 2 (0.70%) Avionics
10 2 (0.70%) Dutch Language
10 2 (0.70%) Electronics
10 2 (0.70%) German Language
10 2 (0.70%) Italian Language
10 2 (0.70%) Law
10 2 (0.70%) Marketing
10 2 (0.70%) Portuguese Language
10 2 (0.70%) Russian Language
10 2 (0.70%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 61 (21.25%) Developer
2 56 (19.51%) Analyst
3 27 (9.41%) Consultant
4 24 (8.36%) Business Analyst
5 17 (5.92%) Java Developer
6 16 (5.57%) SAP Consultant
7 14 (4.88%) Architect
8 9 (3.14%) DevOps Engineer
8 9 (3.14%) Full Stack Developer
9 8 (2.79%) SAP Analyst
10 7 (2.44%) C# Developer
10 7 (2.44%) Project Manager
10 7 (2.44%) Solutions Architect
10 7 (2.44%) Test Manager
11 6 (2.09%) .NET Developer
11 6 (2.09%) Administrator
11 6 (2.09%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 6 (2.09%) C# .NET Developer
11 6 (2.09%) Data Analyst
11 6 (2.09%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (12.20%) HTML
2 33 (11.50%) CSS
3 21 (7.32%) .NET
4 20 (6.97%) React
5 17 (5.92%) jQuery
6 14 (4.88%) REST
7 13 (4.53%) Spring
8 12 (4.18%) CSS3
8 12 (4.18%) HTML5
9 11 (3.83%) Spring Boot
10 10 (3.48%) Servlets
11 9 (3.14%) AngularJS
12 8 (2.79%) ASP.NET
13 7 (2.44%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 7 (2.44%) XML
14 6 (2.09%) Sass
15 5 (1.74%) J2EE
15 5 (1.74%) JAX-RS
15 5 (1.74%) JSON
16 4 (1.39%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 94 (32.75%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (5.92%) Management Information System
3 16 (5.57%) Self-Motivation
4 12 (4.18%) User Experience
5 7 (2.44%) Enterprise Software
5 7 (2.44%) Public Cloud
6 6 (2.09%) Clustering
7 4 (1.39%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 3 (1.05%) Derivative
8 3 (1.05%) Mainframe
8 3 (1.05%) Mobile App
8 3 (1.05%) Mobile Games
8 3 (1.05%) Online Games
8 3 (1.05%) OTC Derivatives
8 3 (1.05%) PMI
8 3 (1.05%) Virtual Team
9 2 (0.70%) Life Science
9 2 (0.70%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.70%) Taxonomies
9 2 (0.70%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 44 (15.33%) Windows
2 22 (7.67%) Linux
3 18 (6.27%) Windows Server
4 10 (3.48%) Unix
5 8 (2.79%) Windows 10
5 8 (2.79%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (2.79%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (2.44%) Windows 7
7 6 (2.09%) Mac OS X
8 5 (1.74%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (1.39%) Apple iOS
9 4 (1.39%) Solaris
10 3 (1.05%) SUSE
11 2 (0.70%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.35%) AIX
12 1 (0.35%) Android
12 1 (0.35%) MVS
12 1 (0.35%) VME
12 1 (0.35%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.35%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (29.62%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (14.63%) Stakeholder Management
3 37 (12.89%) Business Analysis
4 32 (11.15%) ERP
5 29 (10.10%) Project Management
6 28 (9.76%) Decision-Making
7 26 (9.06%) Test Automation
7 26 (9.06%) Translating Business Requirements
8 23 (8.01%) DevOps
9 19 (6.62%) Business Intelligence
9 19 (6.62%) Change Management
9 19 (6.62%) ITIL
9 19 (6.62%) Scrum
10 17 (5.92%) TDD
11 16 (5.57%) Analytics
11 16 (5.57%) Mentoring
12 15 (5.23%) CRM
12 15 (5.23%) SDLC
12 15 (5.23%) Software Engineering
12 15 (5.23%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 47 (16.38%) SQL
2 40 (13.94%) Java
3 38 (13.24%) JavaScript
4 13 (4.53%) C#
5 9 (3.14%) Python
6 7 (2.44%) PowerShell
7 5 (1.74%) C
7 5 (1.74%) Java 8
8 4 (1.39%) C++
8 4 (1.39%) Groovy
8 4 (1.39%) TypeScript
8 4 (1.39%) VBScript
9 3 (1.05%) Bash Shell
9 3 (1.05%) Ruby
9 3 (1.05%) T-SQL
10 2 (0.70%) ABAP
10 2 (0.70%) Clojure
10 2 (0.70%) ES6
10 2 (0.70%) Scala
10 2 (0.70%) VB
Qualifications
1 40 (13.94%) Security Cleared
2 36 (12.54%) SC Cleared
3 22 (7.67%) Degree
4 8 (2.79%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (1.39%) ISEB
5 4 (1.39%) ISTQB
5 4 (1.39%) PMI Certification
6 3 (1.05%) Computer Science Degree
6 3 (1.05%) HNC
6 3 (1.05%) HND
6 3 (1.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (1.05%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (1.05%) PMP
7 2 (0.70%) APMP
7 2 (0.70%) CISA
7 2 (0.70%) CISM
7 2 (0.70%) CISMP
7 2 (0.70%) CISSP
7 2 (0.70%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (0.35%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (6.27%) QA
2 10 (3.48%) PMO
2 10 (3.48%) SLA
3 5 (1.74%) EMIR
4 4 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.70%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.70%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.70%) GDPR
5 2 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 2 (0.70%) MiFID
5 2 (0.70%) NIST
6 1 (0.35%) Actionable Recommendations
6 1 (0.35%) COBIT
6 1 (0.35%) COSO
6 1 (0.35%) GxP
6 1 (0.35%) HL7
6 1 (0.35%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 21 (7.32%) Active Directory
2 10 (3.48%) Virtual Machines
3 9 (3.14%) Docker
4 6 (2.09%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (2.09%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (1.39%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 3 (1.05%) VMware NSX
7 1 (0.35%) Time Sharing Option
7 1 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 7 (2.44%) Kubernetes
2 6 (2.09%) SCCM
3 5 (1.74%) Ansible
3 5 (1.74%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (1.39%) Puppet
4 4 (1.39%) Terraform
5 2 (0.70%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (0.70%) Salt
5 2 (0.70%) WSUS
6 1 (0.35%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.35%) BladeLogic
6 1 (0.35%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.35%) Cisco UCCX
6 1 (0.35%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 46 (16.03%) Microsoft
2 37 (12.89%) SAP
3 17 (5.92%) Oracle
4 14 (4.88%) Google
5 13 (4.53%) VMware
6 11 (3.83%) Cisco
7 8 (2.79%) Citrix
7 8 (2.79%) Tableau
8 7 (2.44%) Apple
8 7 (2.44%) HP
9 5 (1.74%) Cloudera
10 3 (1.05%) EMC
10 3 (1.05%) Palo Alto
10 3 (1.05%) Sun
11 2 (0.70%) Atlassian
11 2 (0.70%) Cognos
11 2 (0.70%) Hyland
11 2 (0.70%) IBM
11 2 (0.70%) JD Edwards
11 2 (0.70%) OpenText