Period
to 26 October 2020

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 26 October 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 > South East
6 months to
26 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 22 28 29
Rank change year-on-year +6 +1 -4
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 244 877 1,062
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 6.80% 6.41% 6.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.93% 7.40% 7.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 469 615
Median daily rate £400 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £163 £190 £233
90th Percentile £548 £630 £575
England median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 69 72
Median hourly rate £30.00 £23.25 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +29.03% -43.29% +105.00%
10th Percentile £12.35 £11.35 £10.34
90th Percentile £54.50 £48.75 £51.00
England median hourly rate £31.75 £21.00 £23.98
% change year-on-year +51.19% -12.43% -0.08%

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 3,076 11,856 14,321
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 85.75% 86.65% 86.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,827 7,003 8,610
Median daily rate £463 £450 £433
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +4.05% +1.76%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £275
90th Percentile £638 £602 £588
England median daily rate £475 £475 £473
% change year-on-year - +0.53% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 204 495 496
Median hourly rate £31.61 £31.50 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.35% +16.67% +22.73%
10th Percentile £11.34 £13.05 £11.85
90th Percentile £57.50 £71.70 £51.88
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +45.83% +14.29% -11.58%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the South East

Problem-Solving
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving in the South East over the 6 months to 26 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the South East

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the South East

Problem-Solving
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Problem-Solving in the South East over the 6 months to 26 October 2020.

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 26 October 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
Thames Valley -1 96 £330 -17.50% 67
Hampshire +15 85 £405 -7.43% 41
Berkshire +4 67 £375 -6.25% 25
Buckinghamshire +2 27 £325 -20.25% 26
Surrey +14 24 £278 -40.13% 32
West Sussex +4 18 £450 - 7
Kent +22 12 £364 +3.93% 9
East Sussex +11 7 £257 -36.90% 13
Oxfordshire +10 1 £425 -4.23% 16
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 26 October 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 South East region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 73 (29.92%) Analytical Skills
2 68 (27.87%) Agile Software Development
3 45 (18.44%) Security Cleared
4 44 (18.03%) Windows
5 40 (16.39%) Stakeholder Management
6 39 (15.98%) Degree
7 38 (15.57%) ITIL
8 36 (14.75%) Microsoft
9 35 (14.34%) SC Cleared
10 34 (13.93%) Linux
11 33 (13.52%) Decision-Making
12 32 (13.11%) Java
13 29 (11.89%) Finance
14 27 (11.07%) JavaScript
15 26 (10.66%) SQL
15 26 (10.66%) AWS
16 25 (10.25%) Azure
16 25 (10.25%) Active Directory
17 24 (9.84%) Oracle
18 23 (9.43%) Scrum
18 23 (9.43%) Software Engineering
19 22 (9.02%) JIRA
19 22 (9.02%) SQL Server
19 22 (9.02%) Microsoft Office
20 21 (8.61%) Continuous Integration
21 20 (8.20%) HTML
21 20 (8.20%) Configuration Management
21 20 (8.20%) DevOps
22 19 (7.79%) Project Management
22 19 (7.79%) Python

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 13 (5.33%) Apache
1 13 (5.33%) Confluence
2 10 (4.10%) SharePoint
3 8 (3.28%) JBoss
4 7 (2.87%) Tomcat
5 5 (2.05%) nginx
6 4 (1.64%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (1.64%) CMS
6 4 (1.64%) MS Exchange
6 4 (1.64%) WebLogic
7 3 (1.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 2 (0.82%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.82%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.41%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.41%) NetWeaver
9 1 (0.41%) Oracle Application Server
9 1 (0.41%) Predix
9 1 (0.41%) WebSphere
Applications
1 22 (9.02%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (4.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (2.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (2.05%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.23%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (1.23%) Simulink
6 2 (0.82%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.41%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.41%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.41%) CPLEX
7 1 (0.41%) FrameMaker
7 1 (0.41%) InVision
7 1 (0.41%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.41%) Siemens NX
7 1 (0.41%) Sketch
7 1 (0.41%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 10 (4.10%) Payment Gateway
2 5 (2.05%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (1.23%) Magento
4 2 (0.82%) Oracle BPM
5 1 (0.41%) BASE24
5 1 (0.41%) Hyperion Planning
5 1 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.41%) Oracle General Ledger
5 1 (0.41%) SAP Forecasting and Replenishment
5 1 (0.41%) SAP IS-U
5 1 (0.41%) SAP Retail
5 1 (0.41%) SmartPlant
5 1 (0.41%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.41%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.41%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 26 (10.66%) AWS
2 25 (10.25%) Azure
3 17 (6.97%) Office 365
4 7 (2.87%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (2.46%) OpenShift
5 6 (2.46%) PaaS
5 6 (2.46%) SaaS
6 3 (1.23%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 3 (1.23%) Amazon S3
6 3 (1.23%) GitHub
6 3 (1.23%) npm
7 2 (0.82%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.82%) Coveralls
7 2 (0.82%) Power Platform
8 1 (0.41%) Adobe Creative Cloud
8 1 (0.41%) Apigee
8 1 (0.41%) Asana
8 1 (0.41%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.41%) IaaS
8 1 (0.41%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 17 (6.97%) DNS
2 13 (5.33%) VPN
3 12 (4.92%) Firewall
4 10 (4.10%) LAN
5 8 (3.28%) MPLS
5 8 (3.28%) Network Security
6 7 (2.87%) DHCP
6 7 (2.87%) iSCSI
6 7 (2.87%) WAN
7 6 (2.46%) BGP
7 6 (2.46%) DSL
7 6 (2.46%) HTTP
7 6 (2.46%) SSL
8 5 (2.05%) VoIP
9 4 (1.64%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
9 4 (1.64%) NetScaler
9 4 (1.64%) VLAN
9 4 (1.64%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (1.23%) SSH
10 3 (1.23%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (9.02%) SQL Server
2 18 (7.38%) Relational Database
3 15 (6.15%) MySQL
4 8 (3.28%) MongoDB
5 6 (2.46%) NoSQL
5 6 (2.46%) Oracle Database
5 6 (2.46%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (2.05%) Big Data
6 5 (2.05%) RDBMS
7 4 (1.64%) SAP HANA
7 4 (1.64%) SQL Server 2016
8 3 (1.23%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (1.23%) Hadoop
8 3 (1.23%) Redis
8 3 (1.23%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.82%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.82%) DB2
9 2 (0.82%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (0.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 2 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 22 (9.02%) JIRA
2 16 (6.56%) Jenkins
3 15 (6.15%) Git (software)
4 8 (3.28%) Ant
4 8 (3.28%) Maven
4 8 (3.28%) Selenium
5 7 (2.87%) SonarQube
6 6 (2.46%) Eclipse
6 6 (2.46%) GitLab
6 6 (2.46%) Visual Studio
7 5 (2.05%) Bitbucket
8 4 (1.64%) JUnit
9 3 (1.23%) Cypress.io
9 3 (1.23%) Grunt
9 3 (1.23%) Mocha
9 3 (1.23%) Oracle APEX
9 3 (1.23%) Postman
9 3 (1.23%) Toad
9 3 (1.23%) webpack
10 2 (0.82%) Bitbucket Server
General
1 29 (11.89%) Finance
2 18 (7.38%) Telecoms
3 12 (4.92%) Public Sector
4 7 (2.87%) Marketing
5 6 (2.46%) Manufacturing
6 5 (2.05%) Banking
6 5 (2.05%) Electronics
7 4 (1.64%) Legal
7 4 (1.64%) Military
7 4 (1.64%) Retail
8 1 (0.41%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.41%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.41%) General Ledger
8 1 (0.41%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 38 (15.57%) Analyst
2 35 (14.34%) Developer
3 20 (8.20%) Architect
4 13 (5.33%) Support Engineer
5 12 (4.92%) Business Analyst
6 11 (4.51%) Software Engineer
6 11 (4.51%) Support Analyst
7 8 (3.28%) IT Support
7 8 (3.28%) Network Engineer
8 7 (2.87%) Senior Developer
8 7 (2.87%) User Researcher
9 6 (2.46%) 2nd Line Support
9 6 (2.46%) Administrator
9 6 (2.46%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 6 (2.46%) Linux Engineer
9 6 (2.46%) Solutions Architect
9 6 (2.46%) Technical Support
9 6 (2.46%) Test Engineer
10 5 (2.05%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
10 5 (2.05%) JavaScript Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (8.20%) HTML
2 17 (6.97%) CSS
2 17 (6.97%) Web Services
3 12 (4.92%) JSON
3 12 (4.92%) React
3 12 (4.92%) REST
4 11 (4.51%) AngularJS
4 11 (4.51%) RESTful
5 10 (4.10%) Node.js
6 8 (3.28%) .NET
6 8 (3.28%) Spring
7 7 (2.87%) HTML5
7 7 (2.87%) SOAP
8 6 (2.46%) XML
9 5 (2.05%) CSS3
9 5 (2.05%) Django
9 5 (2.05%) Middleware
9 5 (2.05%) OpenLayers
9 5 (2.05%) Sass
9 5 (2.05%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 73 (29.92%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (6.97%) Management Information System
3 14 (5.74%) User Experience
4 13 (5.33%) Data Centre
5 8 (3.28%) Public Cloud
6 6 (2.46%) Life Science
6 6 (2.46%) Linux Command Line
6 6 (2.46%) Self-Motivation
7 5 (2.05%) Data Structures
7 5 (2.05%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (2.05%) Mobile App
7 5 (2.05%) Replication
8 4 (1.64%) Algorithms
9 3 (1.23%) Driving Licence
9 3 (1.23%) Embedded Systems
9 3 (1.23%) Fibre Optics
9 3 (1.23%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (1.23%) Mainframe
9 3 (1.23%) NHS
9 3 (1.23%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 44 (18.03%) Windows
2 34 (13.93%) Linux
3 10 (4.10%) Unix
4 9 (3.69%) Windows 10
5 7 (2.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (2.87%) Windows 7
6 6 (2.46%) Android
6 6 (2.46%) Windows Server
7 4 (1.64%) Apple iOS
7 4 (1.64%) OpenVMS
8 3 (1.23%) Check Point GAiA
8 3 (1.23%) Windows Server 2016
8 3 (1.23%) Windows Server 2019
9 2 (0.82%) AIX
9 2 (0.82%) CentOS
9 2 (0.82%) Solaris
9 2 (0.82%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.41%) HPUX
10 1 (0.41%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (27.87%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (16.39%) Stakeholder Management
3 38 (15.57%) ITIL
4 33 (13.52%) Decision-Making
5 23 (9.43%) Scrum
5 23 (9.43%) Software Engineering
6 21 (8.61%) Continuous Integration
7 20 (8.20%) Configuration Management
7 20 (8.20%) DevOps
8 19 (7.79%) Project Management
8 19 (7.79%) Test Automation
9 17 (6.97%) Migration
9 17 (6.97%) Project Delivery
9 17 (6.97%) Service Management
10 15 (6.15%) Disaster Recovery
11 14 (5.74%) Business Continuity
12 13 (5.33%) Requirements Gathering
12 13 (5.33%) User Stories
13 12 (4.92%) Tech Ops
13 12 (4.92%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 32 (13.11%) Java
2 27 (11.07%) JavaScript
3 26 (10.66%) SQL
4 19 (7.79%) Python
5 14 (5.74%) C
6 12 (4.92%) C++
7 9 (3.69%) Perl
8 8 (3.28%) C#
8 8 (3.28%) PowerShell
9 5 (2.05%) ES6
10 4 (1.64%) Apple Swift
10 4 (1.64%) Java 8
10 4 (1.64%) Kotlin
10 4 (1.64%) Objective-C
10 4 (1.64%) PHP
10 4 (1.64%) PL/SQL
10 4 (1.64%) Scala
10 4 (1.64%) T-SQL
11 3 (1.23%) Bash Shell
11 3 (1.23%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 45 (18.44%) Security Cleared
2 39 (15.98%) Degree
3 35 (14.34%) SC Cleared
4 7 (2.87%) ISEB
5 6 (2.46%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (2.46%) Microsoft Certification
6 5 (2.05%) CCNP
6 5 (2.05%) DBS Check
6 5 (2.05%) HND
6 5 (2.05%) ISTQB
6 5 (2.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (2.05%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (2.05%) MCSE
6 5 (2.05%) Numerate Degree
7 4 (1.64%) DV Cleared
7 4 (1.64%) HNC
8 3 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (1.23%) VCP6
8 3 (1.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.82%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (6.56%) QA
2 14 (5.74%) SLA
3 5 (2.05%) PMO
4 4 (1.64%) NIST
4 4 (1.64%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.82%) COBIT
5 2 (0.82%) GDPR
5 2 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.82%) NCSC
6 1 (0.41%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.41%) DICOM
6 1 (0.41%) GMP
6 1 (0.41%) Government Security Classifications
6 1 (0.41%) HL7
6 1 (0.41%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.41%) WCAG
System Software
1 25 (10.25%) Active Directory
2 14 (5.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.87%) NFS
4 4 (1.64%) vSphere
5 3 (1.23%) Docker
6 2 (0.82%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.82%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (0.82%) RACF
6 2 (0.82%) vCloud
6 2 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
6 2 (0.82%) VMware NSX
6 2 (0.82%) XenApp
7 1 (0.41%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 1 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.41%) Time Sharing Option
7 1 (0.41%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 12 (4.92%) SCCM
2 7 (2.87%) Puppet
3 6 (2.46%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (2.05%) Ansible
5 4 (1.64%) Jamf Pro
6 3 (1.23%) Cisco CUCM
6 3 (1.23%) Cisco UCCX
6 3 (1.23%) Kibana
6 3 (1.23%) Microsoft Intune
6 3 (1.23%) vRealize
7 2 (0.82%) Ambari
7 2 (0.82%) CASB
7 2 (0.82%) FortiGate
7 2 (0.82%) HAProxy
7 2 (0.82%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (0.82%) ZABBIX
8 1 (0.41%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 1 (0.41%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 36 (14.75%) Microsoft
2 24 (9.84%) Oracle
3 16 (6.56%) VMware
4 15 (6.15%) Cisco
5 14 (5.74%) Red Hat
6 12 (4.92%) SAP
7 8 (3.28%) CheckPoint
8 7 (2.87%) F5
8 7 (2.87%) HP
9 6 (2.46%) Apple
9 6 (2.46%) BMC
9 6 (2.46%) Ingenico
9 6 (2.46%) Juniper
9 6 (2.46%) Remedy
10 5 (2.05%) Talend
11 4 (1.64%) Adobe
11 4 (1.64%) Atlassian
11 4 (1.64%) Citrix
11 4 (1.64%) SolarWinds
11 4 (1.64%) Xamarin