Period
to 20 November 2018

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 20 November 2018 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
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 28 39 27
Rank change year-on-year +11 -12 +6
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 370 256 391
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 6.19% 4.49% 5.76%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.47% 5.46% 6.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 209 132 252
North West median daily rate £375 £370 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.42% -13.00% +6.25%
10th Percentile £176 £175 £263
90th Percentile £550 £500 £588
England median daily rate £450 £438 £423
% change year-on-year +2.86% +3.49% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 26 18
North West median hourly rate £19.18 £40.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -52.06% +180.70% -60.69%
10th Percentile £11.98 £17.35 £10.85
90th Percentile £45.90 £57.50 £40.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +51.52% -17.50%

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 4,950 4,686 5,770
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.87% 82.27% 85.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,142 2,988 3,709
North West median daily rate £405 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% - -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £260
90th Percentile £575 £586 £556
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 279 209 175
North West median hourly rate £21.76 £28.00 £21.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.29% +33.05% -30.20%
10th Percentile £11.38 £11.69 £11.35
90th Percentile £51.05 £52.40 £53.00
England median hourly rate £22.00 £23.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year -6.38% +2.17% +4.55%

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 20 November 2018.

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 20 November 2018.

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 20 November 2018. 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 +18 220 £375 - 164
Cheshire -2 65 £364 +4.00% 46
Lancashire +9 49 £513 +43.86% 23
Merseyside +3 20 £400 +10.34% 30
Cumbria 0 7 £375 - 5
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 20 November 2018, 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.

1 127 (34.32%) Analytical Skills
2 94 (25.41%) Microsoft
3 93 (25.14%) Agile Software Development
4 85 (22.97%) Windows
5 63 (17.03%) ITIL
5 63 (17.03%) SQL
6 53 (14.32%) .NET
7 49 (13.24%) Finance
8 42 (11.35%) Microsoft Azure
9 41 (11.08%) SQL Server
10 39 (10.54%) Amazon AWS
11 36 (9.73%) Active Directory
12 35 (9.46%) Office 365
13 34 (9.19%) Security Cleared
13 34 (9.19%) Java
13 34 (9.19%) Project Management
13 34 (9.19%) Decision-Making
14 32 (8.65%) HTML
14 32 (8.65%) Linux
15 31 (8.38%) Internet
16 30 (8.11%) C#
16 30 (8.11%) Degree
17 28 (7.57%) JavaScript
17 28 (7.57%) Scrum
17 28 (7.57%) SDLC
18 27 (7.30%) Windows Server
18 27 (7.30%) VMware
19 26 (7.03%) Migration
19 26 (7.03%) SAP
19 26 (7.03%) CSS

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 26 (7.03%) MS Exchange
2 23 (6.22%) Exchange Server 2010
3 15 (4.05%) NetWeaver
4 14 (3.78%) SharePoint
5 10 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (2.70%) SharePoint 2013
6 7 (1.89%) Confluence
6 7 (1.89%) Skype for Business
7 6 (1.62%) ArcGIS
7 6 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.35%) IBM Notes
8 5 (1.35%) IIS
9 3 (0.81%) CICS
9 3 (0.81%) JBoss
9 3 (0.81%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.81%) WebSphere
10 2 (0.54%) Apache
10 2 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.54%) SAP Portal
11 1 (0.27%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 24 (6.49%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (6.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (2.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (1.35%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (1.35%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.81%) AutoCAD
5 3 (0.81%) Fireworks
5 3 (0.81%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.81%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.54%) InVision
Business Applications
1 5 (1.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.27%) Finacle
3 1 (0.27%) HFM
3 1 (0.27%) Hyperion Planning
3 1 (0.27%) Line 50
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.27%) Sage X3
3 1 (0.27%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.27%) SAP CO
3 1 (0.27%) SAP FI
3 1 (0.27%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (0.27%) Scribe Insight
Cloud Services
1 42 (11.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 39 (10.54%) Amazon AWS
3 35 (9.46%) Office 365
4 10 (2.70%) GitHub
5 9 (2.43%) IaaS
6 6 (1.62%) Google Cloud Platform
7 5 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (1.35%) PaaS
8 4 (1.08%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (0.81%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.81%) SaaS
9 3 (0.81%) Yarn
10 2 (0.54%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.54%) Google Tag Manager
10 2 (0.54%) IBM Cloud
11 1 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.27%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.27%) Google App Engine
11 1 (0.27%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.27%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 31 (8.38%) Internet
2 21 (5.68%) Intranet
3 20 (5.41%) DNS
4 11 (2.97%) Firewall
4 11 (2.97%) TCP/IP
5 10 (2.70%) DHCP
5 10 (2.70%) SAN
6 9 (2.43%) HTTP
7 8 (2.16%) LAN
7 8 (2.16%) WAN
8 7 (1.89%) Skype
8 7 (1.89%) VPN
8 7 (1.89%) Wireless
9 6 (1.62%) FTP
9 6 (1.62%) Reverse Proxy
9 6 (1.62%) SMS
10 4 (1.08%) IPsec
11 3 (0.81%) VoIP
12 2 (0.54%) SNMP
12 2 (0.54%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (11.08%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.78%) SAP BW
3 13 (3.51%) MySQL
4 11 (2.97%) SQL Server 2008
5 10 (2.70%) DB2
5 10 (2.70%) Relational Database
6 9 (2.43%) Hadoop
6 9 (2.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 8 (2.16%) NoSQL
8 6 (1.62%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (1.62%) RavenDB
9 5 (1.35%) GIS
9 5 (1.35%) MongoDB
9 5 (1.35%) Power BI
10 4 (1.08%) Azure SQL Database
10 4 (1.08%) Ingres
10 4 (1.08%) RDBMS
10 4 (1.08%) Star Schema
11 3 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 22 (5.95%) Git (software)
2 16 (4.32%) Jenkins
3 13 (3.51%) Eclipse
4 11 (2.97%) JIRA
5 10 (2.70%) Visual Studio
6 8 (2.16%) Selenium
7 5 (1.35%) LoadRunner
7 5 (1.35%) Mercurial
8 4 (1.08%) Subversion
8 4 (1.08%) Zephyr
9 3 (0.81%) Artifactory
9 3 (0.81%) Axure RP
9 3 (0.81%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.81%) Grunt
9 3 (0.81%) gulp
9 3 (0.81%) JMeter
9 3 (0.81%) Karma Test Runner
9 3 (0.81%) Mocha
9 3 (0.81%) SoapUI
9 3 (0.81%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 49 (13.24%) Finance
2 22 (5.95%) Retail
3 19 (5.14%) Manufacturing
4 15 (4.05%) Banking
5 7 (1.89%) Games
5 7 (1.89%) Legal
6 6 (1.62%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.35%) Law
7 5 (1.35%) Pharmaceutical
8 4 (1.08%) Aerospace
9 3 (0.81%) Back Office
9 3 (0.81%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.81%) German Language
9 3 (0.81%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.81%) Marketing
9 3 (0.81%) Military
9 3 (0.81%) Publishing
10 2 (0.54%) Local Government
10 2 (0.54%) Multimedia
11 1 (0.27%) Billing
Job Titles
1 78 (21.08%) Analyst
2 72 (19.46%) Developer
3 25 (6.76%) Service Analyst
4 24 (6.49%) Architect
4 24 (6.49%) Service Desk Analyst
5 21 (5.68%) Consultant
6 16 (4.32%) Business Analyst
7 15 (4.05%) .NET Developer
7 15 (4.05%) Project Manager
8 14 (3.78%) SAP Analyst
9 12 (3.24%) Administrator
9 12 (3.24%) Systems Engineer
9 12 (3.24%) User Researcher
10 11 (2.97%) IT Analyst
10 11 (2.97%) Solutions Architect
11 10 (2.70%) C# Developer
11 10 (2.70%) IT Support
12 9 (2.43%) C# .NET Developer
12 9 (2.43%) Desktop Support
12 9 (2.43%) DevOps Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (14.32%) .NET
2 32 (8.65%) HTML
3 26 (7.03%) CSS
4 22 (5.95%) SOAP
4 22 (5.95%) Web Services
5 19 (5.14%) HTML5
6 18 (4.86%) XML
7 15 (4.05%) ASP.NET
8 13 (3.51%) CSS3
8 13 (3.51%) RESTful
8 13 (3.51%) Web Dynpro
9 12 (3.24%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 11 (2.97%) jQuery
10 11 (2.97%) React
10 11 (2.97%) SAPUI5
11 10 (2.70%) Middleware
12 8 (2.16%) Sass
13 7 (1.89%) AngularJS
14 6 (1.62%) ASP.NET Core
14 6 (1.62%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 127 (34.32%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (6.22%) Self-Motivation
3 22 (5.95%) NHS
4 16 (4.32%) Mobile App
5 15 (4.05%) Management Information System
6 14 (3.78%) User Experience
7 9 (2.43%) Computer Science
7 9 (2.43%) Enterprise Software
8 7 (1.89%) Greenfield Project
9 5 (1.35%) Driving Licence
9 5 (1.35%) Fat Client
9 5 (1.35%) Replication
9 5 (1.35%) Semantic Web
9 5 (1.35%) Thin Client
10 4 (1.08%) Client/Server
10 4 (1.08%) Data Centre
10 4 (1.08%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 4 (1.08%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (1.08%) Mainframe
10 4 (1.08%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 85 (22.97%) Windows
2 32 (8.65%) Linux
3 27 (7.30%) Windows Server
4 23 (6.22%) Windows 10
4 23 (6.22%) Windows 7
5 21 (5.68%) Unix
6 12 (3.24%) Android
7 11 (2.97%) Windows XP
8 9 (2.43%) Apple iOS
9 7 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (1.89%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (1.35%) AIX
11 4 (1.08%) Solaris
11 4 (1.08%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.81%) CentOS
13 2 (0.54%) Debian
13 2 (0.54%) HPUX
13 2 (0.54%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.54%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 93 (25.14%) Agile Software Development
2 63 (17.03%) ITIL
3 34 (9.19%) Decision-Making
3 34 (9.19%) Project Management
4 28 (7.57%) Scrum
4 28 (7.57%) SDLC
5 26 (7.03%) Continuous Integration
5 26 (7.03%) Migration
6 25 (6.76%) DevOps
7 22 (5.95%) Continuous Improvement
8 21 (5.68%) Service Management
8 21 (5.68%) Stakeholder Management
9 20 (5.41%) Kalman Filter
9 20 (5.41%) TDD
9 20 (5.41%) Test Automation
10 19 (5.14%) Analytics
10 19 (5.14%) Service Delivery
10 19 (5.14%) Web Filtering
11 18 (4.86%) Change Management
12 17 (4.59%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 63 (17.03%) SQL
2 34 (9.19%) Java
3 30 (8.11%) C#
4 28 (7.57%) JavaScript
5 13 (3.51%) ABAP
6 12 (3.24%) PowerShell
7 10 (2.70%) T-SQL
7 10 (2.70%) VB
8 9 (2.43%) Python
9 7 (1.89%) Shell Script
10 6 (1.62%) ES6
10 6 (1.62%) PHP
10 6 (1.62%) Ruby
11 5 (1.35%) Bash Shell
11 5 (1.35%) C
11 5 (1.35%) C++
11 5 (1.35%) R
11 5 (1.35%) VB.NET
12 4 (1.08%) Perl
12 4 (1.08%) Scala
Qualifications
1 34 (9.19%) Security Cleared
2 30 (8.11%) Degree
3 26 (7.03%) SC Cleared
4 14 (3.78%) Microsoft Certification
5 11 (2.97%) MCSE
6 10 (2.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 8 (2.16%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (2.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 6 (1.62%) CCNA
8 6 (1.62%) MCSA
9 5 (1.35%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (1.35%) MCP
9 5 (1.35%) MCTS
9 5 (1.35%) PMI Certification
10 4 (1.08%) CISSP
10 4 (1.08%) ISEB
11 3 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (0.81%) Postgraduate
12 2 (0.54%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.54%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (4.32%) SLA
2 15 (4.05%) QA
3 5 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.08%) COBIT
4 4 (1.08%) COSO
5 2 (0.54%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.54%) GLP
5 2 (0.54%) ISO 13485
6 1 (0.27%) COSHH
6 1 (0.27%) GDPR
6 1 (0.27%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.27%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.27%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.27%) PMO
System Software
1 36 (9.73%) Active Directory
2 18 (4.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (2.16%) Hyper-V
4 6 (1.62%) Docker
4 6 (1.62%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (1.62%) vSphere
5 5 (1.35%) Virtual Desktop
5 5 (1.35%) VMware NSX
6 3 (0.81%) Time Sharing Option
7 2 (0.54%) KVM
7 2 (0.54%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.54%) Terminal Services
7 2 (0.54%) XenApp
8 1 (0.27%) Xen
8 1 (0.27%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 20 (5.41%) SCCM
2 13 (3.51%) Ansible
2 13 (3.51%) Puppet
3 11 (2.97%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (2.43%) Microsoft Intune
5 8 (2.16%) Terraform
5 8 (2.16%) ZABBIX
6 7 (1.89%) NetBackup
7 6 (1.62%) Grafana
7 6 (1.62%) Prometheus
7 6 (1.62%) Single Sign-On
8 5 (1.35%) Kubernetes
8 5 (1.35%) Salt
8 5 (1.35%) vMotion
8 5 (1.35%) vRealize
9 4 (1.08%) Nagios
10 3 (0.81%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (0.81%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 2 (0.54%) logstash
11 2 (0.54%) QRadar
Vendors
1 94 (25.41%) Microsoft
2 27 (7.30%) VMware
3 26 (7.03%) SAP
4 21 (5.68%) Oracle
5 18 (4.86%) Citrix
6 14 (3.78%) HP
7 12 (3.24%) Cisco
8 10 (2.70%) Red Hat
9 9 (2.43%) Google
10 8 (2.16%) IBM
11 6 (1.62%) ServiceNow
12 5 (1.35%) Altiris
12 5 (1.35%) Cloudera
12 5 (1.35%) Lotus
12 5 (1.35%) Pega
12 5 (1.35%) Splunk
12 5 (1.35%) Xerox
13 4 (1.08%) Adobe
13 4 (1.08%) BMC
13 4 (1.08%) Dynatrace