Period
to 22 August 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 22 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 > South East
6 months to
22 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 31 30 24
Rank change year-on-year -1 -6 +7
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 866 1,059 1,085
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 5.96% 6.39% 6.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.82% 7.40% 8.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 487 593 613
South East median daily rate £435 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.82% +3.75% -
10th Percentile £201 £251 £210
90th Percentile £625 £563 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 67 42
South East median hourly rate £22.40 £40.00 £19.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.00% +101.89% +41.52%
10th Percentile £11.80 £10.73 £12.08
90th Percentile £47.88 £51.00 £54.96
England median hourly rate £22.40 £20.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year +12.00% -16.67% +33.33%

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 South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 12,691 14,303 13,541
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 87.39% 86.26% 84.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,534 8,538 7,860
South East median daily rate £450 £430 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +3.75%
10th Percentile £275 £279 £262
90th Percentile £610 £588 £569
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 473 504 489
South East median hourly rate £31.50 £24.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% +22.50% -11.11%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.17 £11.25
90th Percentile £61.31 £51.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £24.92 £21.25 £23.50
% change year-on-year +17.25% -9.57% +1.08%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the South East

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the South East

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the South East over the 6 months to 22 August 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the South East

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the South East

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the South East over the 6 months to 22 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the South East

Problem-Solving
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 6 months to 22 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
Thames Valley +3 401 £420 +2.13% 231
Berkshire -4 244 £423 +5.63% 102
Hampshire -5 178 £435 +11.54% 139
Surrey +9 140 £492 +20.74% 93
Buckinghamshire +9 107 £375 -6.25% 58
West Sussex -16 57 £423 -2.87% 44
Oxfordshire +17 51 £475 -5.00% 71
East Sussex +4 45 £425 -4.23% 23
Kent -1 28 £340 -30.26% 44
Middlesex +13 5 £284 -35.14% 3
Sussex +3 3 £475 +1.06%
Home Counties +1 2 - -
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 22 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 South East region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 324 (37.41%) Analytical Skills
2 264 (30.48%) Agile Software Development
3 200 (23.09%) Microsoft
4 170 (19.63%) Windows
5 157 (18.13%) SQL
6 120 (13.86%) Finance
6 120 (13.86%) Scrum
7 107 (12.36%) Java
7 107 (12.36%) Security Cleared
8 105 (12.12%) Active Directory
8 105 (12.12%) DevOps
9 98 (11.32%) Linux
10 97 (11.20%) Azure
11 93 (10.74%) Degree
11 93 (10.74%) Project Management
11 93 (10.74%) Decision-Making
12 85 (9.82%) Oracle
13 79 (9.12%) Microsoft Office
14 78 (9.01%) Migration
14 78 (9.01%) Stakeholder Management
15 77 (8.89%) SQL Server
16 76 (8.78%) ITIL
17 71 (8.20%) JIRA
18 70 (8.08%) Python
18 70 (8.08%) Analytics
19 69 (7.97%) Git (software)
20 68 (7.85%) Self-Motivation
21 65 (7.51%) Microsoft Excel
22 64 (7.39%) Software Engineering
23 62 (7.16%) SC Cleared

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 36 (4.16%) Confluence
2 29 (3.35%) SharePoint
3 27 (3.12%) WebLogic
4 17 (1.96%) IIS
5 16 (1.85%) Apache Spark
6 15 (1.73%) CMS
7 14 (1.62%) MS Exchange
7 14 (1.62%) Skype for Business
8 12 (1.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 11 (1.27%) Tomcat
9 11 (1.27%) WebSphere
10 10 (1.15%) SAS
11 9 (1.04%) Apache
12 8 (0.92%) Exchange Server 2010
12 8 (0.92%) JBoss
13 5 (0.58%) Apache Airflow
13 5 (0.58%) Luigi
14 4 (0.46%) Elasticsearch
14 4 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2003
14 4 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 79 (9.12%) Microsoft Office
2 65 (7.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 29 (3.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 15 (1.73%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (1.62%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.81%) Sketch
7 6 (0.69%) Simulink
8 5 (0.58%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.35%) InVision
9 3 (0.35%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.35%) Zeplin
10 2 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
11 1 (0.12%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.12%) Adobe XD
11 1 (0.12%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 8 (0.92%) Eloqua
1 8 (0.92%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 6 (0.69%) BusinessWorks
2 6 (0.69%) SAP HR
2 6 (0.69%) SAP S/4HANA
2 6 (0.69%) Sonata
3 5 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.58%) Oracle BPM
4 4 (0.46%) Oracle Applications
4 4 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.46%) SessionCam
5 3 (0.35%) SAP HCM
5 3 (0.35%) Workday HCM
6 2 (0.23%) assyst
6 2 (0.23%) HFM
6 2 (0.23%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.23%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.23%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 97 (11.20%) Azure
2 54 (6.24%) AWS
3 41 (4.73%) Office 365
4 35 (4.04%) SaaS
5 31 (3.58%) PaaS
6 26 (3.00%) Google Analytics
7 17 (1.96%) Azure Active Directory
8 16 (1.85%) OpenShift
9 15 (1.73%) GitHub
9 15 (1.73%) Power Platform
10 12 (1.39%) IaaS
11 11 (1.27%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 9 (1.04%) Amazon S3
13 7 (0.81%) Dynamics 365
13 7 (0.81%) NuGet
14 6 (0.69%) Amazon Kinesis
14 6 (0.69%) AWS CloudFormation
14 6 (0.69%) IBM Blueworks
15 5 (0.58%) Apigee
15 5 (0.58%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 37 (4.27%) Firewall
2 25 (2.89%) DNS
3 23 (2.66%) Internet
4 22 (2.54%) LAN
5 19 (2.19%) WAN
6 17 (1.96%) Skype
7 16 (1.85%) HTTP
8 15 (1.73%) Network Security
9 13 (1.50%) TCP/IP
10 12 (1.39%) Wireless
11 11 (1.27%) SNMP
11 11 (1.27%) Wi-Fi
12 10 (1.15%) MPLS
12 10 (1.15%) Remote Desktop
12 10 (1.15%) VPN
13 9 (1.04%) DHCP
14 8 (0.92%) Intranet
14 8 (0.92%) SSL
14 8 (0.92%) VLAN
14 8 (0.92%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (8.89%) SQL Server
2 34 (3.93%) Relational Database
3 25 (2.89%) PostgreSQL
4 21 (2.42%) Oracle Database
5 19 (2.19%) Data Warehouse
5 19 (2.19%) MySQL
5 19 (2.19%) NoSQL
6 17 (1.96%) Big Data
7 16 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 15 (1.73%) Hadoop
8 15 (1.73%) Power BI
8 15 (1.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 12 (1.39%) DB2
9 12 (1.39%) SAP BW
10 11 (1.27%) MongoDB
10 11 (1.27%) RDBMS
11 10 (1.15%) SQL Server 2008
11 10 (1.15%) SQL Server 2014
11 10 (1.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 9 (1.04%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 71 (8.20%) JIRA
2 69 (7.97%) Git (software)
3 49 (5.66%) Jenkins
4 22 (2.54%) Subversion
4 22 (2.54%) Visual Studio Team System
5 21 (2.42%) Eclipse
6 19 (2.19%) Team Foundation Server
7 18 (2.08%) Bitbucket
8 17 (1.96%) Selenium
8 17 (1.96%) TeamCity
9 15 (1.73%) MSI
10 14 (1.62%) Ant
11 13 (1.50%) Visual Studio
12 12 (1.39%) JUnit
13 11 (1.27%) Maven
14 10 (1.15%) NUnit
15 9 (1.04%) InstallShield
16 7 (0.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 7 (0.81%) ClearCase
16 7 (0.81%) CppUnit
General
1 120 (13.86%) Finance
2 61 (7.04%) Telecoms
3 34 (3.93%) Marketing
4 32 (3.70%) Public Sector
5 26 (3.00%) Banking
6 23 (2.66%) Legal
7 22 (2.54%) Retail
8 17 (1.96%) Publishing
9 15 (1.73%) Pharmaceutical
10 11 (1.27%) Billing
10 11 (1.27%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.92%) French Language
11 8 (0.92%) Military
12 7 (0.81%) Electronics
13 6 (0.69%) Law
14 4 (0.46%) Aerospace
14 4 (0.46%) Games
14 4 (0.46%) Mandarin Language
14 4 (0.46%) Police
15 2 (0.23%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 149 (17.21%) Analyst
2 126 (14.55%) Developer
3 76 (8.78%) Architect
4 50 (5.77%) Business Analyst
4 50 (5.77%) Consultant
5 37 (4.27%) Project Manager
6 31 (3.58%) Designer
7 28 (3.23%) DevOps Engineer
8 27 (3.12%) Support Engineer
9 21 (2.42%) IT Analyst
10 20 (2.31%) IT Support
10 20 (2.31%) Software Developer
11 17 (1.96%) Solutions Architect
11 17 (1.96%) Support Analyst
11 17 (1.96%) Technical Analyst
12 16 (1.85%) Administrator
13 15 (1.73%) C# Developer
13 15 (1.73%) Network Engineer
13 15 (1.73%) SQL Developer
13 15 (1.73%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (7.04%) HTML
1 61 (7.04%) Web Services
2 50 (5.77%) .NET
3 48 (5.54%) CSS
4 36 (4.16%) Spring
5 27 (3.12%) J2EE
5 27 (3.12%) JSON
5 27 (3.12%) XML
6 26 (3.00%) REST
7 24 (2.77%) AngularJS
8 23 (2.66%) JMS
8 23 (2.66%) jQuery
9 20 (2.31%) .NET Framework
9 20 (2.31%) HTML5
9 20 (2.31%) Node.js
9 20 (2.31%) RESTful
10 19 (2.19%) Kafka
10 19 (2.19%) SOAP
11 18 (2.08%) .NET Core
12 13 (1.50%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 324 (37.41%) Analytical Skills
2 68 (7.85%) Self-Motivation
3 45 (5.20%) User Experience
4 40 (4.62%) Management Information System
5 21 (2.42%) Data Centre
6 13 (1.50%) Driving Licence
6 13 (1.50%) Mobile App
7 12 (1.39%) Data Structures
7 12 (1.39%) Mainframe
8 10 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (1.15%) Virtual Team
9 9 (1.04%) NHS
10 8 (0.92%) Algorithms
11 7 (0.81%) Client/Server
11 7 (0.81%) Derivative
11 7 (0.81%) Linux Command Line
12 6 (0.69%) Data Protection Act
12 6 (0.69%) iSeries
12 6 (0.69%) PKI
12 6 (0.69%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 170 (19.63%) Windows
2 98 (11.32%) Linux
3 53 (6.12%) Windows Server
4 51 (5.89%) Windows 10
5 46 (5.31%) Unix
6 34 (3.93%) Windows 7
7 28 (3.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 20 (2.31%) Windows 8
8 20 (2.31%) Windows Server 2012
9 18 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 16 (1.85%) Apple iOS
11 13 (1.50%) Android
12 9 (1.04%) Windows Vista
13 8 (0.92%) Solaris
14 7 (0.81%) Windows XP
15 5 (0.58%) AIX
16 4 (0.46%) Mac OS
16 4 (0.46%) Mac OS X
16 4 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
17 2 (0.23%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 264 (30.48%) Agile Software Development
2 120 (13.86%) Scrum
3 105 (12.12%) DevOps
4 93 (10.74%) Decision-Making
4 93 (10.74%) Project Management
5 78 (9.01%) Migration
5 78 (9.01%) Stakeholder Management
6 76 (8.78%) ITIL
7 70 (8.08%) Analytics
8 64 (7.39%) Software Engineering
9 58 (6.70%) Time Management
10 57 (6.58%) Test Automation
11 56 (6.47%) Configuration Management
12 53 (6.12%) Continuous Improvement
13 50 (5.77%) Change Management
14 47 (5.43%) SDLC
15 46 (5.31%) User Stories
16 42 (4.85%) Continuous Integration
16 42 (4.85%) Critical Thinking
17 41 (4.73%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 157 (18.13%) SQL
2 107 (12.36%) Java
3 70 (8.08%) Python
4 57 (6.58%) C#
5 55 (6.35%) JavaScript
6 46 (5.31%) PowerShell
7 40 (4.62%) PL/SQL
8 24 (2.77%) C
9 17 (1.96%) C++
10 16 (1.85%) PHP
10 16 (1.85%) Scala
10 16 (1.85%) Shell Script
11 14 (1.62%) Perl
11 14 (1.62%) R
12 13 (1.50%) Ruby
13 12 (1.39%) Groovy
13 12 (1.39%) T-SQL
14 10 (1.15%) Java 8
15 9 (1.04%) VBA
16 8 (0.92%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 107 (12.36%) Security Cleared
2 93 (10.74%) Degree
3 62 (7.16%) SC Cleared
4 29 (3.35%) Microsoft Certification
5 28 (3.23%) DV Cleared
6 21 (2.42%) MCSE
7 15 (1.73%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (1.73%) ISTQB
8 14 (1.62%) ISEB
9 12 (1.39%) ITIL Certification
10 11 (1.27%) CCNA
11 10 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 8 (0.92%) CCNP
12 8 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
13 7 (0.81%) CISSP
14 6 (0.69%) CESG Certified Professional
14 6 (0.69%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
14 6 (0.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 6 (0.69%) Master's Degree
14 6 (0.69%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (6.35%) QA
2 44 (5.08%) SLA
3 19 (2.19%) PMO
4 14 (1.62%) GDPR
4 14 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 12 (1.39%) Data Quality
6 10 (1.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 7 (0.81%) Cyber Essentials
7 7 (0.81%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 7 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 6 (0.69%) JSP 440
8 6 (0.69%) RMADS
9 4 (0.46%) MISRA
9 4 (0.46%) MISRA C
9 4 (0.46%) PCI DSS
10 3 (0.35%) DO-178B
10 3 (0.35%) Government Security Classifications
10 3 (0.35%) WCAG
11 2 (0.23%) ARP4754
11 2 (0.23%) DO-254
System Software
1 105 (12.12%) Active Directory
2 38 (4.39%) Docker
3 24 (2.77%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.04%) Microsoft App-V
4 9 (1.04%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (0.92%) XenApp
6 6 (0.69%) Apache Flume
6 6 (0.69%) LXC
7 5 (0.58%) RACF
7 5 (0.58%) vSphere
8 4 (0.46%) Hyper-V
9 3 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
9 3 (0.35%) VMware Server
10 2 (0.23%) NDS
10 2 (0.23%) NetIQ eDirectory
10 2 (0.23%) NFS
10 2 (0.23%) Terminal Server
10 2 (0.23%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.23%) Time Sharing Option
10 2 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 38 (4.39%) SCCM
2 32 (3.70%) Kubernetes
3 24 (2.77%) Amdocs OSS
4 22 (2.54%) Ansible
5 19 (2.19%) Puppet
6 11 (1.27%) SCOM
7 10 (1.15%) Opscode Chef
8 9 (1.04%) HP ALM
8 9 (1.04%) Terraform
9 8 (0.92%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 7 (0.81%) EMC NetWorker
10 7 (0.81%) Kibana
11 6 (0.69%) Control-M
12 5 (0.58%) AirWatch
12 5 (0.58%) ZABBIX
13 4 (0.46%) Ambari
13 4 (0.46%) Data Guard
13 4 (0.46%) Grafana
13 4 (0.46%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 4 (0.46%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 200 (23.09%) Microsoft
2 85 (9.82%) Oracle
3 46 (5.31%) SAP
4 45 (5.20%) Cisco
5 36 (4.16%) Google
5 36 (4.16%) VMware
6 27 (3.12%) HP
6 27 (3.12%) IBM
7 24 (2.77%) Cramer
8 23 (2.66%) TIBCO
9 22 (2.54%) Atlassian
10 21 (2.42%) Apple
10 21 (2.42%) Salesforce.com
11 19 (2.19%) Citrix
12 16 (1.85%) McAfee
12 16 (1.85%) Red Hat
13 14 (1.62%) Remedy
13 14 (1.62%) ServiceNow
13 14 (1.62%) Workday
14 13 (1.50%) Dell