Period
to 24 January 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 24 January 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
24 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 31 37 25
Rank change year-on-year +6 -12 +5
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 341 267 379
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 5.99% 4.92% 6.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.13% 5.87% 7.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 193 142 238
North West median daily rate £397 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.87% -6.25% -2.44%
10th Percentile £200 £190 £250
90th Percentile £538 £568 £588
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 29 18
North West median hourly rate £19.59 £40.00 £17.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -51.03% +125.35% -43.65%
10th Percentile £13.38 £13.50 £11.10
90th Percentile £42.93 £60.81 £48.25
England median hourly rate £25.00 £26.78 £18.00
% change year-on-year -6.63% +48.75% -10.00%

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 4,783 4,550 5,251
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.99% 83.79% 85.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,028 2,951 3,385
North West median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £588 £600 £575
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 265 213 154
North West median hourly rate £24.33 £21.78 £21.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.71% +1.20% -29.48%
10th Percentile £12.83 £11.80 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.04 £52.85 £49.93
England median hourly rate £23.50 £23.14 £23.78
% change year-on-year +1.56% -2.67% +3.37%

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 24 January 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 24 January 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 24 January 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 +19 191 £400 +6.67% 171
Cheshire +9 65 £375 -1.64% 62
Lancashire +6 48 £448 +15.48% 30
Merseyside -19 22 £350 -15.15% 31
Cumbria -9 3 - - 4
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 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 99 (29.03%) Analytical Skills
2 98 (28.74%) Agile Software Development
3 79 (23.17%) Microsoft
4 76 (22.29%) Windows
5 61 (17.89%) ITIL
6 58 (17.01%) SQL
7 54 (15.84%) .NET
8 52 (15.25%) Finance
9 50 (14.66%) Microsoft Azure
10 42 (12.32%) Amazon AWS
11 41 (12.02%) Java
12 37 (10.85%) Test Automation
13 35 (10.26%) Active Directory
14 34 (9.97%) Project Management
15 32 (9.38%) Internet
16 31 (9.09%) Degree
16 31 (9.09%) Security Cleared
17 30 (8.80%) Stakeholder Management
17 30 (8.80%) Linux
18 29 (8.50%) Migration
18 29 (8.50%) DevOps
18 29 (8.50%) Office 365
19 28 (8.21%) SDLC
19 28 (8.21%) Scrum
19 28 (8.21%) HTML
19 28 (8.21%) Continuous Integration
20 25 (7.33%) SQL Server
20 25 (7.33%) Decision-Making
21 24 (7.04%) CSS
21 24 (7.04%) C#

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 15 (4.40%) MS Exchange
2 11 (3.23%) Exchange Server 2010
2 11 (3.23%) SharePoint
3 10 (2.93%) IIS
4 9 (2.64%) Confluence
5 8 (2.35%) NetWeaver
6 6 (1.76%) CICS
6 6 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (1.76%) Skype for Business
7 5 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (1.47%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (1.17%) Apache
8 4 (1.17%) ArcGIS
8 4 (1.17%) Tomcat
8 4 (1.17%) WebSphere
9 3 (0.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (0.88%) JBoss
10 2 (0.59%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.29%) IBM HTTP Server
11 1 (0.29%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 19 (5.57%) Microsoft Excel
1 19 (5.57%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (3.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (1.47%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (1.17%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.88%) AutoCAD
5 3 (0.88%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.59%) Fireworks
6 2 (0.59%) InVision
6 2 (0.59%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 7 (2.05%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.88%) Eikon
3 2 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.29%) Finacle
4 1 (0.29%) Hyperion Planning
4 1 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 50 (14.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 42 (12.32%) Amazon AWS
3 29 (8.50%) Office 365
4 13 (3.81%) IaaS
5 9 (2.64%) Google Cloud Platform
5 9 (2.64%) PaaS
6 7 (2.05%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (2.05%) GitHub
7 6 (1.76%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (1.76%) Dynamics 365
8 5 (1.47%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.59%) Google Analytics
9 2 (0.59%) Google Tag Manager
9 2 (0.59%) SaaS
9 2 (0.59%) Yarn
10 1 (0.29%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.29%) Google App Engine
10 1 (0.29%) OneDrive
10 1 (0.29%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 32 (9.38%) Internet
2 22 (6.45%) TCP/IP
3 21 (6.16%) DNS
4 20 (5.87%) Intranet
5 17 (4.99%) DHCP
6 12 (3.52%) Firewall
6 12 (3.52%) HTTP
7 10 (2.93%) SAN
8 9 (2.64%) VPN
9 8 (2.35%) FTP
10 6 (1.76%) IPsec
10 6 (1.76%) LAN
10 6 (1.76%) Skype
11 5 (1.47%) Reverse Proxy
12 4 (1.17%) Intrusion Detection
12 4 (1.17%) WAN
12 4 (1.17%) Wireless
13 3 (0.88%) Sourcefire
14 2 (0.59%) SSL
15 1 (0.29%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (7.33%) SQL Server
2 12 (3.52%) DB2
2 12 (3.52%) MySQL
3 8 (2.35%) Hadoop
3 8 (2.35%) SAP BW
3 8 (2.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (2.05%) MongoDB
5 6 (1.76%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (1.76%) RavenDB
6 5 (1.47%) Power BI
6 5 (1.47%) Relational Database
6 5 (1.47%) SQL Server 2008
7 4 (1.17%) Ingres
7 4 (1.17%) NoSQL
7 4 (1.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.88%) Azure SQL Database
8 3 (0.88%) Pentaho
8 3 (0.88%) RDBMS
8 3 (0.88%) SQL Server 2016
9 2 (0.59%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 23 (6.74%) Git (software)
2 22 (6.45%) Jenkins
3 18 (5.28%) JIRA
4 15 (4.40%) Selenium
5 8 (2.35%) Visual Studio
6 6 (1.76%) Eclipse
6 6 (1.76%) MSI
7 4 (1.17%) LoadRunner
7 4 (1.17%) Visual Studio Coded UI
7 4 (1.17%) Zephyr
8 3 (0.88%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.88%) Cucumber
8 3 (0.88%) JUnit
8 3 (0.88%) Metasploit
8 3 (0.88%) Rational Statemate
8 3 (0.88%) SoapUI
8 3 (0.88%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.59%) Ant
9 2 (0.59%) Mercurial
9 2 (0.59%) Mocha
General
1 52 (15.25%) Finance
2 23 (6.74%) Retail
3 20 (5.87%) Banking
4 13 (3.81%) Manufacturing
5 11 (3.23%) Games
6 9 (2.64%) Investment Banking
6 9 (2.64%) Law
7 7 (2.05%) Legal
7 7 (2.05%) Telecoms
8 5 (1.47%) Avionics
8 5 (1.47%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.88%) Aerospace
9 3 (0.88%) Back Office
9 3 (0.88%) Front Office
9 3 (0.88%) German Language
9 3 (0.88%) Military
10 2 (0.59%) Automotive
10 2 (0.59%) Marketing
11 1 (0.29%) French Language
11 1 (0.29%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 73 (21.41%) Analyst
2 59 (17.30%) Developer
3 29 (8.50%) Architect
4 23 (6.74%) Service Analyst
5 22 (6.45%) Service Desk Analyst
6 20 (5.87%) Consultant
7 16 (4.69%) Business Analyst
8 13 (3.81%) User Researcher
9 12 (3.52%) Project Manager
10 11 (3.23%) .NET Developer
10 11 (3.23%) Administrator
10 11 (3.23%) DevOps Engineer
10 11 (3.23%) SAP Analyst
10 11 (3.23%) Tester
11 10 (2.93%) AWS Engineer
11 10 (2.93%) Solutions Architect
12 8 (2.35%) IT Analyst
12 8 (2.35%) React Developer
12 8 (2.35%) Systems Engineer
13 7 (2.05%) AWS DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (15.84%) .NET
2 28 (8.21%) HTML
3 24 (7.04%) CSS
4 20 (5.87%) SOAP
4 20 (5.87%) Web Services
5 15 (4.40%) HTML5
6 14 (4.11%) React
7 13 (3.81%) XML
8 11 (3.23%) CSS3
8 11 (3.23%) Middleware
8 11 (3.23%) Sass
9 10 (2.93%) ASP.NET
9 10 (2.93%) RESTful
9 10 (2.93%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 8 (2.35%) jQuery
10 8 (2.35%) Spring
11 6 (1.76%) ASP.NET Core
11 6 (1.76%) J2EE
11 6 (1.76%) REST
12 4 (1.17%) Web Dynpro
Miscellaneous
1 99 (29.03%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (5.87%) NHS
3 18 (5.28%) Self-Motivation
4 13 (3.81%) Management Information System
5 12 (3.52%) Mainframe
5 12 (3.52%) User Experience
6 7 (2.05%) Mobile App
6 7 (2.05%) RIA
7 6 (1.76%) Blackberry
7 6 (1.76%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (1.76%) Greenfield Project
7 6 (1.76%) IBM Mainframe
7 6 (1.76%) Private Cloud
7 6 (1.76%) Public Cloud
7 6 (1.76%) VSAM
8 5 (1.47%) Client/Server
8 5 (1.47%) Data Centre
8 5 (1.47%) Replication
8 5 (1.47%) Semantic Web
8 5 (1.47%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 76 (22.29%) Windows
2 30 (8.80%) Linux
3 23 (6.74%) Windows Server
4 21 (6.16%) Windows 10
5 14 (4.11%) Unix
6 13 (3.81%) Android
6 13 (3.81%) Apple iOS
6 13 (3.81%) Windows 7
7 7 (2.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (1.47%) Windows XP
9 4 (1.17%) Solaris
9 4 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.88%) Windows Server 2012
11 2 (0.59%) AIX
11 2 (0.59%) CentOS
11 2 (0.59%) HPUX
11 2 (0.59%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.29%) MVS
12 1 (0.29%) Oracle Linux
12 1 (0.29%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (28.74%) Agile Software Development
2 61 (17.89%) ITIL
3 37 (10.85%) Test Automation
4 34 (9.97%) Project Management
5 30 (8.80%) Stakeholder Management
6 29 (8.50%) DevOps
6 29 (8.50%) Migration
7 28 (8.21%) Continuous Integration
7 28 (8.21%) Scrum
7 28 (8.21%) SDLC
8 25 (7.33%) Decision-Making
9 21 (6.16%) Information Security
9 21 (6.16%) TDD
10 19 (5.57%) Kalman Filter
10 19 (5.57%) Service Management
11 18 (5.28%) Software Engineering
11 18 (5.28%) Unit Testing
11 18 (5.28%) Web Filtering
12 17 (4.99%) CRM
13 16 (4.69%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 58 (17.01%) SQL
2 41 (12.02%) Java
3 24 (7.04%) C#
4 22 (6.45%) JavaScript
5 10 (2.93%) Bash Shell
6 8 (2.35%) PHP
6 8 (2.35%) PowerShell
7 7 (2.05%) ES6
7 7 (2.05%) JCL
7 7 (2.05%) Python
7 7 (2.05%) Shell Script
8 6 (1.76%) ABAP
8 6 (1.76%) C
8 6 (1.76%) COBOL
9 5 (1.47%) C++
9 5 (1.47%) R
9 5 (1.47%) VB.NET
10 4 (1.17%) Perl
10 4 (1.17%) TypeScript
10 4 (1.17%) VB
Qualifications
1 31 (9.09%) Degree
1 31 (9.09%) Security Cleared
2 21 (6.16%) SC Cleared
3 14 (4.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 8 (2.35%) CISSP
4 8 (2.35%) Microsoft Certification
5 6 (1.76%) MCSE
6 5 (1.47%) Computer Science Degree
6 5 (1.47%) MCP
7 4 (1.17%) CEH
8 3 (0.88%) CCNA
8 3 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (0.88%) CISM
8 3 (0.88%) CREST Certified
8 3 (0.88%) MCSA
8 3 (0.88%) MCTS
8 3 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (0.59%) ISEB
9 2 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (0.59%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (5.87%) SLA
2 18 (5.28%) QA
3 8 (2.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (1.47%) COBIT
4 5 (1.47%) COSO
5 2 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 2 (0.59%) PMO
6 1 (0.29%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.29%) GDPR
6 1 (0.29%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 35 (10.26%) Active Directory
2 10 (2.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (1.76%) Microsoft App-V
3 6 (1.76%) Time Sharing Option
3 6 (1.76%) vSphere
4 4 (1.17%) Docker
5 3 (0.88%) Terminal Services
6 2 (0.59%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.59%) NFS
6 2 (0.59%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.59%) VMware NSX
6 2 (0.59%) XenApp
7 1 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.29%) Xen
7 1 (0.29%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (3.81%) Puppet
2 11 (3.23%) Ansible
3 10 (2.93%) Terraform
4 9 (2.64%) Opscode Chef
5 8 (2.35%) SCCM
6 7 (2.05%) Microsoft Intune
7 6 (1.76%) CA Service Virtualization
8 5 (1.47%) Grafana
8 5 (1.47%) Salt
9 4 (1.17%) QRadar
9 4 (1.17%) Single Sign-On
9 4 (1.17%) vRealize
10 3 (0.88%) Prometheus
10 3 (0.88%) ZABBIX
11 2 (0.59%) HP Quality Center
11 2 (0.59%) Nagios
11 2 (0.59%) NetBackup
11 2 (0.59%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 2 (0.59%) vMotion
12 1 (0.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 79 (23.17%) Microsoft
2 22 (6.45%) VMware
3 17 (4.99%) Oracle
3 17 (4.99%) SAP
4 15 (4.40%) Citrix
5 14 (4.11%) HP
6 12 (3.52%) IBM
7 11 (3.23%) Google
8 6 (1.76%) CA
8 6 (1.76%) Cisco
8 6 (1.76%) Dell
9 5 (1.47%) McAfee
9 5 (1.47%) Pega
9 5 (1.47%) Red Hat
9 5 (1.47%) ServiceNow
9 5 (1.47%) Sun
10 4 (1.17%) BMC
10 4 (1.17%) CheckPoint
10 4 (1.17%) IronPort
11 3 (0.88%) StorageTek