Period
to 31 May 2020

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 31 May 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 West
6 months to
31 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 17 31 26
Rank change year-on-year +14 -5 +12
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 240 293 376
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 8.17% 5.63% 6.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 9.91% 6.54% 7.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 166 218
Median daily rate £400 £413 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +7.14% -3.75%
10th Percentile £220 £300 £189
90th Percentile £540 £600 £533
England median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 25 29
Median hourly rate £42.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +140.00% -12.50% -52.93%
10th Percentile £13.55 £12.02 £12.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £56.75 £47.75
England median hourly rate £28.00 £22.40 £20.50
% change year-on-year +25.00% +9.27% -4.65%

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 2,421 4,479 5,110
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.43% 86.08% 86.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,484 2,901 3,210
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £238 £265 £263
90th Percentile £638 £619 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 168 258
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.59 £22.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.80% +15.56% -36.74%
10th Percentile £12.33 £13.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £54.00 £50.45 £51.70
Median hourly rate £28.75 £25.00 £22.15
% change year-on-year +15.00% +12.87% -11.82%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the North West

Problem-Solving
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving in the North West over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the North West

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the North West

Problem-Solving
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Problem-Solving in the North West over the 6 months to 31 May 2020.

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 31 May 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
Manchester +17 129 £425 - 37
Cheshire +8 43 £338 -12.90% 28
Lancashire +14 25 £400 -5.88% 10
Merseyside +5 16 £363 +20.83% 1
Cumbria -8 14 £355 +1.43% 1
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 31 May 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 West region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 105 (43.75%) Analytical Skills
2 87 (36.25%) Agile Software Development
3 77 (32.08%) Windows
4 54 (22.50%) Microsoft
5 52 (21.67%) Windows Server
6 51 (21.25%) Azure
7 49 (20.42%) SQL
7 49 (20.42%) Finance
8 46 (19.17%) SQL Server
9 45 (18.75%) Linux
10 39 (16.25%) Stakeholder Management
10 39 (16.25%) AWS
11 37 (15.42%) Decision-Making
12 34 (14.17%) VMware
12 34 (14.17%) Microsoft Office
13 33 (13.75%) Active Directory
14 32 (13.33%) Java
14 32 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
14 32 (13.33%) Degree
15 31 (12.92%) MongoDB
15 31 (12.92%) Public Sector
16 29 (12.08%) MySQL
16 29 (12.08%) ITIL
17 26 (10.83%) Docker
18 25 (10.42%) Web Operations
19 24 (10.00%) Jenkins
19 24 (10.00%) High Availability
20 23 (9.58%) Office 365
21 22 (9.17%) Octopus Deploy
22 21 (8.75%) Rancher

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 16 (6.67%) SharePoint
2 7 (2.92%) IIS
3 5 (2.08%) JBoss
4 4 (1.67%) Apache ServiceMix
4 4 (1.67%) MS Exchange
4 4 (1.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 3 (1.25%) Oracle Workflow
6 2 (0.83%) CMS
6 2 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.83%) K2 blackpearl
6 2 (0.83%) Red Hat Fuse
6 2 (0.83%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (0.83%) Tuxedo
7 1 (0.42%) Apache
7 1 (0.42%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.42%) Appian
7 1 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.42%) Commerce Server
7 1 (0.42%) WebSphere
Applications
1 34 (14.17%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (8.33%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (6.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (2.50%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.25%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.42%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 3 (1.25%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.42%) SAP PS
Cloud Services
1 51 (21.25%) Azure
2 39 (16.25%) AWS
3 23 (9.58%) Office 365
4 13 (5.42%) Power Platform
5 6 (2.50%) GCP
6 4 (1.67%) GitHub
7 2 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.83%) Dynamics 365
7 2 (0.83%) IaaS
7 2 (0.83%) PaaS
7 2 (0.83%) SaaS
8 1 (0.42%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.42%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.42%) G Suite
8 1 (0.42%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.42%) Serverless
8 1 (0.42%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.00%) DNS
2 9 (3.75%) Firewall
3 8 (3.33%) WAN
4 7 (2.92%) DHCP
4 7 (2.92%) Skype
5 6 (2.50%) HTTP
5 6 (2.50%) LAN
5 6 (2.50%) MPLS
6 5 (2.08%) DMZ
7 4 (1.67%) FTP
7 4 (1.67%) VoIP
7 4 (1.67%) Wi-Fi
7 4 (1.67%) Wireless
8 3 (1.25%) BGP
8 3 (1.25%) Internet
8 3 (1.25%) Intranet
8 3 (1.25%) Structured Cabling
9 2 (0.83%) Extranet
9 2 (0.83%) IP Telephony
9 2 (0.83%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (19.17%) SQL Server
2 31 (12.92%) MongoDB
3 29 (12.08%) MySQL
4 12 (5.00%) Power BI
5 10 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (2.92%) Relational Database
7 6 (2.50%) DataStage
7 6 (2.50%) Oracle Database
8 4 (1.67%) DTS
8 4 (1.67%) Neo4j
8 4 (1.67%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (1.67%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (1.67%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (1.67%) SQL Server 2016
8 4 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (1.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 3 (1.25%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.42%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.42%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 24 (10.00%) Jenkins
2 22 (9.17%) Octopus Deploy
3 11 (4.58%) Git (software)
4 6 (2.50%) GitLab
5 5 (2.08%) JIRA
5 5 (2.08%) Mockito
6 4 (1.67%) Subversion
7 3 (1.25%) MSI
7 3 (1.25%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.83%) Eclipse
8 2 (0.83%) GCC
8 2 (0.83%) HP UFT
8 2 (0.83%) JMeter
8 2 (0.83%) LoadRunner
8 2 (0.83%) Postman
8 2 (0.83%) Rational DOORS
8 2 (0.83%) Selenium
8 2 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.83%) VectorCAST
8 2 (0.83%) WebDriver
General
1 49 (20.42%) Finance
2 31 (12.92%) Public Sector
3 15 (6.25%) Banking
4 8 (3.33%) Legal
5 4 (1.67%) Marketing
5 4 (1.67%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.25%) Avionics
6 3 (1.25%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (1.25%) Retail
7 2 (0.83%) Automotive
7 2 (0.83%) Electronics
7 2 (0.83%) Games
7 2 (0.83%) Local Government
7 2 (0.83%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.42%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.42%) Police
Job Titles
1 44 (18.33%) Analyst
2 33 (13.75%) Developer
3 24 (10.00%) WebOps Engineer
4 17 (7.08%) Architect
5 16 (6.67%) Web Engineer
6 15 (6.25%) Business Analyst
6 15 (6.25%) Operations Engineer
7 12 (5.00%) Systems Analyst
8 11 (4.58%) Technical Analyst
9 9 (3.75%) Designer
9 9 (3.75%) DevOps Engineer
10 8 (3.33%) Java Developer
10 8 (3.33%) Service Analyst
11 7 (2.92%) Project Manager
11 7 (2.92%) Support Engineer
11 7 (2.92%) Tester
12 6 (2.50%) Robotic Process Automation Developer
12 6 (2.50%) Software Engineer
13 5 (2.08%) Applications Support
13 5 (2.08%) AWS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (8.75%) .NET
2 14 (5.83%) XML
3 11 (4.58%) SOAP
4 10 (4.17%) REST
5 8 (3.33%) HTML
5 8 (3.33%) Web Services
6 7 (2.92%) CSS
6 7 (2.92%) JSON
6 7 (2.92%) RESTful
7 6 (2.50%) Middleware
7 6 (2.50%) XML Schema
8 5 (2.08%) JAX-RS
9 4 (1.67%) ActiveMQ
9 4 (1.67%) EDI
9 4 (1.67%) HTML5
9 4 (1.67%) React Native
9 4 (1.67%) Spring
9 4 (1.67%) Spring Boot
9 4 (1.67%) XSD
10 3 (1.25%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 105 (43.75%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (7.92%) Self-Motivation
3 15 (6.25%) Management Information System
4 14 (5.83%) User Experience
5 10 (4.17%) Data Centre
6 8 (3.33%) Mainframe
7 6 (2.50%) Robotics
8 5 (2.08%) Clustering
8 5 (2.08%) Data Structures
8 5 (2.08%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (2.08%) Mobile App
8 5 (2.08%) PKI
8 5 (2.08%) Smart Meter
9 3 (1.25%) Cloud Native
9 3 (1.25%) NHS
9 3 (1.25%) Smartphone
9 3 (1.25%) Social Media
9 3 (1.25%) Video Conferencing
10 2 (0.83%) Learning Management System
10 2 (0.83%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 77 (32.08%) Windows
2 52 (21.67%) Windows Server
3 45 (18.75%) Linux
4 14 (5.83%) Windows 10
5 12 (5.00%) Unix
6 10 (4.17%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (3.33%) Apple iOS
7 8 (3.33%) Mac OS X
8 6 (2.50%) Windows 7
9 5 (2.08%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (2.08%) Windows Server 2016
10 4 (1.67%) Android
10 4 (1.67%) Solaris
10 4 (1.67%) SUSE
11 2 (0.83%) VME
11 2 (0.83%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.83%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.42%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.42%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (36.25%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (16.25%) Stakeholder Management
3 37 (15.42%) Decision-Making
4 32 (13.33%) Continuous Integration
5 29 (12.08%) ITIL
6 25 (10.42%) Web Operations
7 24 (10.00%) High Availability
8 21 (8.75%) Business Intelligence
9 19 (7.92%) Change Management
10 18 (7.50%) Workflow
11 17 (7.08%) Project Management
11 17 (7.08%) Waterfall
12 16 (6.67%) Migration
13 15 (6.25%) Problem Management
13 15 (6.25%) Service Management
14 14 (5.83%) Test Automation
15 13 (5.42%) DevOps
16 12 (5.00%) Mentoring
16 12 (5.00%) Microservices
16 12 (5.00%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 49 (20.42%) SQL
2 32 (13.33%) Java
3 20 (8.33%) C
4 16 (6.67%) C#
5 11 (4.58%) C++
6 10 (4.17%) PowerShell
7 9 (3.75%) Python
8 6 (2.50%) JavaScript
9 5 (2.08%) VBScript
10 4 (1.67%) ActionScript
10 4 (1.67%) ActionScript 2.0
10 4 (1.67%) Ada
10 4 (1.67%) Java 8
10 4 (1.67%) Ruby
11 2 (0.83%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.83%) COBOL
11 2 (0.83%) PHP
11 2 (0.83%) VB
11 2 (0.83%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.83%) VBA
Qualifications
1 32 (13.33%) Degree
2 19 (7.92%) Security Cleared
3 17 (7.08%) SC Cleared
4 7 (2.92%) Computer Science Degree
4 7 (2.92%) ISEB
5 6 (2.50%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (2.08%) ISTQB
7 4 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (1.67%) MCP
7 4 (1.67%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (1.25%) DBS Check
8 3 (1.25%) HND
8 3 (1.25%) MCSE
8 3 (1.25%) TOGAF Certification
9 2 (0.83%) A+ Certification
9 2 (0.83%) Oracle Certification
9 2 (0.83%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.83%) PMP
9 2 (0.83%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (0.83%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (6.25%) SLA
2 8 (3.33%) QA
3 6 (2.50%) RMADS
4 4 (1.67%) GDPR
5 2 (0.83%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.42%) EMIR
6 1 (0.42%) GMP
System Software
1 33 (13.75%) Active Directory
2 26 (10.83%) Docker
3 7 (2.92%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.83%) XenApp
7 1 (0.42%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.42%) RACF
7 1 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.42%) VMware Server
7 1 (0.42%) vSphere
7 1 (0.42%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 21 (8.75%) Rancher
2 9 (3.75%) SCCM
3 7 (2.92%) Kubernetes
3 7 (2.92%) SCOM
4 3 (1.25%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (0.83%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 2 (0.83%) Oracle RMAN
5 2 (0.83%) Terraform
6 1 (0.42%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.42%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.42%) Grafana
6 1 (0.42%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.42%) Oracle Identity Management
6 1 (0.42%) Packer
6 1 (0.42%) Prometheus
6 1 (0.42%) PTC Integrity
6 1 (0.42%) Puppet
6 1 (0.42%) SafeCom
6 1 (0.42%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.42%) WSUS
Vendors
1 54 (22.50%) Microsoft
2 34 (14.17%) VMware
3 17 (7.08%) Oracle
4 10 (4.17%) Apple
4 10 (4.17%) Google
5 8 (3.33%) Cisco
5 8 (3.33%) MuleSoft
5 8 (3.33%) NetApp
6 7 (2.92%) Citrix
7 6 (2.50%) HP
7 6 (2.50%) Informatica
7 6 (2.50%) Pega
7 6 (2.50%) Sun
8 5 (2.08%) Automation Anywhere
8 5 (2.08%) Blue Prism
8 5 (2.08%) Red Hat
8 5 (2.08%) Tableau
9 4 (1.67%) Sage
9 4 (1.67%) ServiceNow
10 3 (1.25%) SAP