Period
to 16 November 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 16 November 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
16 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 25 32 26
Rank change year-on-year +7 -6 +5
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 910 1,069 1,147
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 6.75% 6.41% 6.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.86% 7.38% 8.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 475 606 677
South East median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +0.31%
10th Percentile £176 £238 £185
90th Percentile £616 £575 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 74 43
South East median hourly rate £22.88 £41.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -44.21% +105.00% +31.15%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.10 £12.45
90th Percentile £47.12 £51.00 £48.57
England median hourly rate £21.42 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year -14.34% +4.17% +50.00%

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 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 11,583 14,477 14,301
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.91% 86.83% 84.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,833 8,724 8,541
South East median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £263 £279 £263
90th Percentile £603 £588 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 505 469 474
South East median hourly rate £27.50 £28.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.51% +23.91% -6.12%
10th Percentile £13.02 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £64.50 £52.50 £50.00
England median hourly rate £24.00 £22.00 £23.32
% change year-on-year +9.09% -5.66% +2.12%

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 16 November 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 16 November 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 16 November 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 +11 431 £400 - 243
Berkshire +9 300 £391 -2.19% 115
Hampshire +7 196 £432 +7.88% 104
Surrey +4 117 £475 +5.56% 78
Buckinghamshire -5 94 £416 +3.94% 75
West Sussex -2 78 £450 +4.35% 27
Oxfordshire +10 38 £450 -10.00% 53
East Sussex -3 35 £400 -12.09% 22
Kent +1 25 £340 -28.42% 43
Sussex - 6 £488 -
Home Counties +3 2 - -
Middlesex +7 1 £130 -80.74% 1
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 16 November 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.

1 331 (36.37%) Analytical Skills
2 254 (27.91%) Agile Software Development
3 198 (21.76%) Microsoft
4 179 (19.67%) Windows
5 151 (16.59%) SQL
6 135 (14.84%) Finance
7 115 (12.64%) Security Cleared
8 110 (12.09%) Decision-Making
9 100 (10.99%) Stakeholder Management
10 98 (10.77%) Java
10 98 (10.77%) Degree
11 95 (10.44%) Oracle
12 91 (10.00%) Scrum
13 89 (9.78%) Active Directory
13 89 (9.78%) Azure
14 88 (9.67%) DevOps
15 85 (9.34%) Microsoft Office
15 85 (9.34%) ITIL
16 84 (9.23%) Microsoft Excel
17 81 (8.90%) Migration
18 78 (8.57%) Python
18 78 (8.57%) Linux
18 78 (8.57%) Project Management
19 73 (8.02%) HTML
20 72 (7.91%) SQL Server
21 70 (7.69%) Configuration Management
21 70 (7.69%) Analytics
22 69 (7.58%) Windows Server
22 69 (7.58%) C#
23 68 (7.47%) JavaScript

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 45 (4.95%) Confluence
2 38 (4.18%) WebLogic
3 29 (3.19%) SharePoint
4 27 (2.97%) MS Exchange
5 14 (1.54%) Apache
5 14 (1.54%) Apache Spark
6 11 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2007
6 11 (1.21%) SAS
6 11 (1.21%) Skype for Business
7 8 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2003
7 8 (0.88%) Exchange Server 2013
7 8 (0.88%) IIS
7 8 (0.88%) JBoss
8 7 (0.77%) OpenStack
8 7 (0.77%) Tomcat
9 6 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2010
10 5 (0.55%) nginx
10 5 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 4 (0.44%) SAP Portal
11 4 (0.44%) WordPress
Applications
1 85 (9.34%) Microsoft Office
2 84 (9.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 38 (4.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 22 (2.42%) MS Visio
5 19 (2.09%) Microsoft Project
6 16 (1.76%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.88%) Simulink
8 6 (0.66%) Acrobat
9 5 (0.55%) Sketch
9 5 (0.55%) Zeplin
10 4 (0.44%) InVision
11 3 (0.33%) UserZoom
12 2 (0.22%) Photoshop
13 1 (0.11%) Adobe XD
13 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 16 (1.76%) Remedy ITSM
2 11 (1.21%) SessionCam
3 7 (0.77%) Eloqua
3 7 (0.77%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 6 (0.66%) Sonata
5 5 (0.55%) Oracle Applications
5 5 (0.55%) SAP S/4HANA
6 4 (0.44%) assyst
6 4 (0.44%) Oracle Cash Management
6 4 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
6 4 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (0.44%) Oracle Payables
6 4 (0.44%) SAP PSCD
7 3 (0.33%) SAP HCM
7 3 (0.33%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.22%) BusinessWorks
8 2 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
8 2 (0.22%) NetSuite
8 2 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.22%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 89 (9.78%) Azure
2 57 (6.26%) AWS
3 55 (6.04%) Office 365
4 23 (2.53%) SaaS
5 22 (2.42%) Google Analytics
6 18 (1.98%) PaaS
7 16 (1.76%) GitHub
7 16 (1.76%) OpenShift
8 13 (1.43%) Power Platform
9 10 (1.10%) Dynamics 365
9 10 (1.10%) IaaS
10 8 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (0.66%) Azure Data Factory
11 6 (0.66%) npm
11 6 (0.66%) NuGet
12 5 (0.55%) AWS Lambda
12 5 (0.55%) Serverless
13 4 (0.44%) Adobe Creative Cloud
13 4 (0.44%) Google Tag Manager
13 4 (0.44%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 35 (3.85%) WAN
2 32 (3.52%) LAN
3 30 (3.30%) DNS
4 28 (3.08%) Firewall
5 27 (2.97%) Wireless
6 20 (2.20%) HTTP
7 17 (1.87%) 5G
8 16 (1.76%) Radio Access Network
8 16 (1.76%) Remote Desktop
8 16 (1.76%) SNMP
9 15 (1.65%) Network Security
10 14 (1.54%) 4G
10 14 (1.54%) Internet
10 14 (1.54%) Skype
10 14 (1.54%) TCP/IP
11 13 (1.43%) MPLS
12 12 (1.32%) 3G
12 12 (1.32%) DHCP
12 12 (1.32%) VPN
12 12 (1.32%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (7.91%) SQL Server
2 52 (5.71%) Relational Database
3 21 (2.31%) Data Warehouse
4 18 (1.98%) NoSQL
5 16 (1.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 15 (1.65%) Big Data
6 15 (1.65%) MongoDB
6 15 (1.65%) Oracle Database
7 14 (1.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 13 (1.43%) Power BI
8 13 (1.43%) RDBMS
9 12 (1.32%) MySQL
10 11 (1.21%) Data Lake
10 11 (1.21%) Hadoop
10 11 (1.21%) SQL Server 2008
10 11 (1.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 9 (0.99%) OLAP
11 9 (0.99%) SQL Server 2016
12 8 (0.88%) Impala
12 8 (0.88%) Oracle Smart View
Development Applications
1 62 (6.81%) Git (software)
2 61 (6.70%) JIRA
3 34 (3.74%) Jenkins
4 21 (2.31%) Bitbucket
4 21 (2.31%) Subversion
4 21 (2.31%) TeamCity
5 16 (1.76%) Selenium
6 15 (1.65%) MSI
6 15 (1.65%) Visual Studio Team System
7 14 (1.54%) NUnit
8 11 (1.21%) Ant
8 11 (1.21%) MSBuild
9 10 (1.10%) InstallShield
10 9 (0.99%) Cucumber
10 9 (0.99%) Grunt
11 8 (0.88%) Eclipse
11 8 (0.88%) Oracle Forms
11 8 (0.88%) Visual Studio
12 7 (0.77%) ClearCase
12 7 (0.77%) JUnit
General
1 135 (14.84%) Finance
2 63 (6.92%) Telecoms
3 38 (4.18%) Marketing
4 27 (2.97%) Banking
4 27 (2.97%) Public Sector
5 23 (2.53%) Retail
6 20 (2.20%) Legal
7 14 (1.54%) Publishing
8 12 (1.32%) Military
9 11 (1.21%) Pharmaceutical
10 9 (0.99%) Electronics
10 9 (0.99%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.88%) Billing
12 6 (0.66%) Law
13 5 (0.55%) French Language
13 5 (0.55%) General Ledger
13 5 (0.55%) Police
14 4 (0.44%) Aerospace
14 4 (0.44%) Back Office
15 3 (0.33%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 149 (16.37%) Developer
2 142 (15.60%) Analyst
3 74 (8.13%) Architect
4 50 (5.49%) Consultant
5 42 (4.62%) Business Analyst
6 38 (4.18%) Designer
6 38 (4.18%) Project Manager
7 33 (3.63%) .NET Developer
7 33 (3.63%) Support Engineer
8 27 (2.97%) Solutions Architect
9 26 (2.86%) C# Developer
9 26 (2.86%) Software Developer
10 25 (2.75%) Administrator
11 24 (2.64%) Service Analyst
12 21 (2.31%) 1st Line Support
12 21 (2.31%) Scala Developer
13 20 (2.20%) 2nd Line Support
13 20 (2.20%) DevOps Engineer
14 19 (2.09%) Product Owner
14 19 (2.09%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (8.02%) HTML
2 66 (7.25%) .NET
3 60 (6.59%) CSS
4 56 (6.15%) Web Services
5 41 (4.51%) REST
6 39 (4.29%) J2EE
7 37 (4.07%) HTML5
8 33 (3.63%) JSON
9 31 (3.41%) RESTful
10 29 (3.19%) .NET Framework
11 28 (3.08%) AngularJS
11 28 (3.08%) Spring
12 27 (2.97%) XML
13 24 (2.64%) SOAP
14 23 (2.53%) jQuery
15 18 (1.98%) .NET Core
15 18 (1.98%) JMS
15 18 (1.98%) Node.js
15 18 (1.98%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 15 (1.65%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 331 (36.37%) Analytical Skills
2 52 (5.71%) Self-Motivation
3 44 (4.84%) User Experience
4 37 (4.07%) Management Information System
5 23 (2.53%) Data Centre
6 19 (2.09%) Data Structures
7 14 (1.54%) Mobile App
7 14 (1.54%) Virtual Team
8 10 (1.10%) Smartphone
9 9 (0.99%) Algorithms
10 8 (0.88%) Client/Server
10 8 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
11 7 (0.77%) Analytical Mindset
11 7 (0.77%) Derivative
11 7 (0.77%) Driving Licence
12 6 (0.66%) Blackberry
12 6 (0.66%) NHS
12 6 (0.66%) PDA
12 6 (0.66%) PKI
13 5 (0.55%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 179 (19.67%) Windows
2 78 (8.57%) Linux
3 69 (7.58%) Windows Server
4 48 (5.27%) Windows 10
5 40 (4.40%) Windows Server 2008
6 39 (4.29%) Unix
6 39 (4.29%) Windows 7
7 21 (2.31%) Windows 8
8 20 (2.20%) Windows Server 2012
9 18 (1.98%) Windows Server 2003
9 18 (1.98%) Windows Vista
10 15 (1.65%) Apple iOS
11 14 (1.54%) Windows XP
12 12 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (0.88%) Android
13 8 (0.88%) Windows 2000
14 6 (0.66%) Mac OS X
15 5 (0.55%) Mac OS
15 5 (0.55%) Solaris
16 4 (0.44%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 254 (27.91%) Agile Software Development
2 110 (12.09%) Decision-Making
3 100 (10.99%) Stakeholder Management
4 91 (10.00%) Scrum
5 88 (9.67%) DevOps
6 85 (9.34%) ITIL
7 81 (8.90%) Migration
8 78 (8.57%) Project Management
9 70 (7.69%) Analytics
9 70 (7.69%) Configuration Management
10 63 (6.92%) Time Management
11 58 (6.37%) Software Engineering
12 57 (6.26%) Continuous Improvement
13 52 (5.71%) Business Intelligence
13 52 (5.71%) Test Automation
14 47 (5.16%) User Stories
15 46 (5.05%) SDLC
16 44 (4.84%) Continuous Integration
16 44 (4.84%) Incident Management
17 43 (4.73%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 151 (16.59%) SQL
2 98 (10.77%) Java
3 78 (8.57%) Python
4 69 (7.58%) C#
5 68 (7.47%) JavaScript
6 49 (5.38%) PL/SQL
7 39 (4.29%) PowerShell
8 37 (4.07%) Scala
9 33 (3.63%) C
10 22 (2.42%) Perl
11 21 (2.31%) C++
11 21 (2.31%) Groovy
12 18 (1.98%) Ruby
13 17 (1.87%) PHP
13 17 (1.87%) Shell Script
14 16 (1.76%) T-SQL
15 12 (1.32%) ABAP
16 11 (1.21%) Bash Shell
17 10 (1.10%) R
18 9 (0.99%) VBA
Qualifications
1 115 (12.64%) Security Cleared
2 98 (10.77%) Degree
3 63 (6.92%) SC Cleared
4 31 (3.41%) Microsoft Certification
5 30 (3.30%) DV Cleared
6 22 (2.42%) Cisco Certification
7 21 (2.31%) MCSE
8 16 (1.76%) CCNA
9 13 (1.43%) CCNP
9 13 (1.43%) Computer Science Degree
10 12 (1.32%) ISEB
10 12 (1.32%) ISTQB
11 11 (1.21%) MCP
11 11 (1.21%) PMI Certification
12 10 (1.10%) Master's Degree
13 9 (0.99%) Numerate Degree
13 9 (0.99%) PMP
14 8 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
15 7 (0.77%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 7 (0.77%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (6.04%) QA
2 47 (5.16%) SLA
3 20 (2.20%) PMO
4 10 (1.10%) Data Quality
5 6 (0.66%) WCAG
6 5 (0.55%) GDPR
6 5 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.44%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 2 (0.22%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.22%) NIST
8 2 (0.22%) RMADS
9 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.11%) FedRAMP
9 1 (0.11%) HAZOP
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 31000
9 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.11%) NCSC
System Software
1 89 (9.78%) Active Directory
2 36 (3.96%) Docker
3 32 (3.52%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (1.21%) XenApp
5 10 (1.10%) Microsoft App-V
5 10 (1.10%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (0.66%) LXC
7 4 (0.44%) vCloud
8 3 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
8 3 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.22%) Hyper-V
9 2 (0.22%) NDS
9 2 (0.22%) NetIQ eDirectory
9 2 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.22%) vSphere
9 2 (0.22%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.11%) Apache Flume
10 1 (0.11%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.11%) NFS
10 1 (0.11%) UAG
Systems Management
1 32 (3.52%) Kubernetes
2 27 (2.97%) SCCM
3 26 (2.86%) Ansible
4 25 (2.75%) Amdocs OSS
5 18 (1.98%) Puppet
6 10 (1.10%) Terraform
7 9 (0.99%) WSUS
8 8 (0.88%) HP ALM
8 8 (0.88%) Netcool
8 8 (0.88%) Netcool/OMNIbus
8 8 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
8 8 (0.88%) ServiceCenter
9 7 (0.77%) EMC NetWorker
9 7 (0.77%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 6 (0.66%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 6 (0.66%) Norton AntiVirus
10 6 (0.66%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 5 (0.55%) Prometheus
12 4 (0.44%) McAfee ePO
12 4 (0.44%) SCOM
Vendors
1 198 (21.76%) Microsoft
2 95 (10.44%) Oracle
3 58 (6.37%) Cisco
4 48 (5.27%) VMware
5 40 (4.40%) Google
6 38 (4.18%) SAP
7 35 (3.85%) HP
8 28 (3.08%) ServiceNow
9 27 (2.97%) Apple
9 27 (2.97%) Remedy
10 25 (2.75%) Cramer
11 24 (2.64%) webMethods
12 21 (2.31%) Adobe
13 20 (2.20%) Citrix
14 19 (2.09%) IBM
14 19 (2.09%) Tableau
15 18 (1.98%) Huawei
15 18 (1.98%) McAfee
16 17 (1.87%) Atlassian
17 16 (1.76%) Salesforce.com