Period
to 30 March 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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 22 28 27
Rank change year-on-year +6 -1 +4
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 681 1,008 1,095
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 6.94% 6.38% 6.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.29% 7.28% 7.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 381 575 602
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £160 £215 £221
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 55 44
Median hourly rate £23.25 £23.50 £33.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.06% -29.32% +101.52%
10th Percentile £14.33 £12.20 £10.00
90th Percentile £44.53 £50.25 £50.25
England median hourly rate £26.50 £22.40 £24.50
% change year-on-year +18.30% -8.57% +32.43%

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 8,210 13,840 14,386
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 83.62% 87.59% 85.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,787 8,365 8,453
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £255 £275 £281
90th Percentile £600 £606 £588
England median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +5.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 402 486 445
Median hourly rate £24.50 £24.47 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +8.77% -0.09%
10th Percentile £12.83 £12.00 £10.88
90th Percentile £54.88 £52.50 £50.75
Median hourly rate £25.00 £24.09 £23.50
% change year-on-year +3.78% +2.51% -6.00%

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 30 March 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 30 March 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 30 March 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 +14 322 £400 - 158
Berkshire +23 234 £400 - 73
Hampshire +6 185 £450 +5.88% 90
Buckinghamshire -3 72 £375 +7.14% 45
Surrey +1 70 £500 +5.04% 49
West Sussex -4 49 £500 +21.21% 24
Kent +7 25 £138 -69.27% 34
East Sussex -7 20 £425 -5.56% 10
Oxfordshire -3 16 £550 +29.41% 40
Sussex -1 4 £488 +8.33%
Middlesex +10 1 £130 -69.32% 1
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 274 (40.23%) Analytical Skills
2 172 (25.26%) Windows
3 167 (24.52%) Agile Software Development
4 147 (21.59%) Microsoft
5 115 (16.89%) Security Cleared
6 113 (16.59%) SQL
7 104 (15.27%) Active Directory
8 90 (13.22%) SC Cleared
9 87 (12.78%) Finance
10 85 (12.48%) Java
10 85 (12.48%) Decision-Making
11 83 (12.19%) Microsoft Office
12 82 (12.04%) Migration
13 81 (11.89%) Stakeholder Management
13 81 (11.89%) Python
14 79 (11.60%) Degree
15 72 (10.57%) ITIL
16 71 (10.43%) Windows Server
17 67 (9.84%) Microsoft Excel
18 65 (9.54%) SQL Server
19 64 (9.40%) Oracle
20 61 (8.96%) Office 365
20 61 (8.96%) Self-Motivation
21 60 (8.81%) Linux
22 59 (8.66%) Remedy
22 59 (8.66%) Management Information System
23 58 (8.52%) Project Management
24 57 (8.37%) Telecoms
25 56 (8.22%) JavaScript
26 55 (8.08%) Business Intelligence

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 47 (6.90%) MS Exchange
2 35 (5.14%) SharePoint
3 28 (4.11%) Exchange Server 2007
4 26 (3.82%) Confluence
5 20 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2003
6 14 (2.06%) Apache Spark
6 14 (2.06%) WebLogic
7 10 (1.47%) IIS
8 9 (1.32%) Apache
8 9 (1.32%) Jupyter
8 9 (1.32%) Tomcat
9 7 (1.03%) CMS
9 7 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2013
9 7 (1.03%) SAS
10 5 (0.73%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 4 (0.59%) SAP Portal
11 4 (0.59%) Skype for Business
11 4 (0.59%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.44%) Drupal
12 3 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 83 (12.19%) Microsoft Office
2 67 (9.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 38 (5.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 31 (4.55%) MS Visio
5 30 (4.41%) Microsoft Project
6 24 (3.52%) Spreadsheet
7 19 (2.79%) Acrobat
8 4 (0.59%) Simulink
9 3 (0.44%) Windchill
10 2 (0.29%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.15%) InVision
11 1 (0.15%) Revit
11 1 (0.15%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 49 (7.20%) Remedy ITSM
2 8 (1.17%) assyst
3 6 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (0.73%) Oracle Receivables
4 5 (0.73%) SAP CRM
4 5 (0.73%) SAP ERP
4 5 (0.73%) SAP IS-U
5 3 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.44%) Payment Gateway
5 3 (0.44%) SessionCam
6 2 (0.29%) Elite 3E
6 2 (0.29%) Maximo
6 2 (0.29%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.29%) Oracle Cash Management
6 2 (0.29%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.29%) Oracle General Ledger
6 2 (0.29%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.29%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 61 (8.96%) Office 365
2 52 (7.64%) Azure
3 39 (5.73%) AWS
4 21 (3.08%) Power Platform
5 11 (1.62%) G Suite
6 8 (1.17%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (1.17%) Google Analytics
7 6 (0.88%) Azure Data Factory
8 4 (0.59%) PaaS
9 3 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
9 3 (0.44%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.44%) Azure Machine Learning
9 3 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (0.44%) GitHub
10 2 (0.29%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
10 2 (0.29%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.29%) GCP
10 2 (0.29%) npm
10 2 (0.29%) Serverless
10 2 (0.29%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 34 (4.99%) Radio Access Network
2 30 (4.41%) Remote Desktop
2 30 (4.41%) SNMP
2 30 (4.41%) Wireless
3 27 (3.96%) VPN
4 26 (3.82%) DNS
4 26 (3.82%) Internet
5 23 (3.38%) WAN
6 20 (2.94%) 4G
6 20 (2.94%) DHCP
6 20 (2.94%) WebEx
7 19 (2.79%) TCP/IP
8 18 (2.64%) 3G
8 18 (2.64%) 5G
9 16 (2.35%) 2G
9 16 (2.35%) Firewall
9 16 (2.35%) HTTP
9 16 (2.35%) RNC
10 15 (2.20%) GSM
10 15 (2.20%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (9.54%) SQL Server
2 23 (3.38%) Relational Database
3 21 (3.08%) Power BI
3 21 (3.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 19 (2.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 17 (2.50%) Data Warehouse
6 14 (2.06%) Big Data
7 13 (1.91%) Hadoop
8 12 (1.76%) BusinessObjects
8 12 (1.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 11 (1.62%) Oracle Database
9 11 (1.62%) SQL Server 2008
10 10 (1.47%) Data Lake
11 9 (1.32%) MySQL
11 9 (1.32%) SQL Server 2016
12 8 (1.17%) MongoDB
12 8 (1.17%) NoSQL
12 8 (1.17%) PostgreSQL
13 7 (1.03%) DB2
14 6 (0.88%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 42 (6.17%) JIRA
2 28 (4.11%) Git (software)
3 18 (2.64%) Selenium
4 15 (2.20%) Jenkins
5 13 (1.91%) Eclipse
6 9 (1.32%) Bitbucket
7 7 (1.03%) Cucumber
7 7 (1.03%) JUnit
8 6 (0.88%) Ant
8 6 (0.88%) JMeter
8 6 (0.88%) NWDS
9 5 (0.73%) PowerBuilder
9 5 (0.73%) ProC
9 5 (0.73%) Subversion
10 4 (0.59%) MSI
10 4 (0.59%) Visual Studio
11 3 (0.44%) ClearCase
11 3 (0.44%) ClearQuest
11 3 (0.44%) Grunt
11 3 (0.44%) Oracle Forms
General
1 87 (12.78%) Finance
2 57 (8.37%) Telecoms
3 20 (2.94%) Banking
4 18 (2.64%) Public Sector
5 15 (2.20%) Marketing
6 13 (1.91%) Manufacturing
6 13 (1.91%) Pharmaceutical
7 12 (1.76%) Legal
8 8 (1.17%) Retail
9 7 (1.03%) Electronics
10 6 (0.88%) Aerospace
11 5 (0.73%) French Language
11 5 (0.73%) Law
11 5 (0.73%) Military
12 4 (0.59%) General Ledger
12 4 (0.59%) German Language
12 4 (0.59%) Publishing
12 4 (0.59%) Spanish Language
13 3 (0.44%) Back Office
13 3 (0.44%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 99 (14.54%) Analyst
2 94 (13.80%) Developer
3 75 (11.01%) Architect
4 46 (6.75%) Solutions Architect
5 35 (5.14%) Support Engineer
6 34 (4.99%) Designer
7 33 (4.85%) Project Manager
8 28 (4.11%) Solutions Designer
9 27 (3.96%) Desktop Support
10 23 (3.38%) Consultant
11 21 (3.08%) Business Analyst
12 18 (2.64%) SQL Developer
13 17 (2.50%) .NET Developer
14 16 (2.35%) 2nd Line Support
14 16 (2.35%) IT Support
14 16 (2.35%) Service Analyst
15 15 (2.20%) Software Developer
15 15 (2.20%) Systems Engineer
16 14 (2.06%) Network Engineer
17 13 (1.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (7.34%) Web Services
2 45 (6.61%) REST
2 45 (6.61%) SOAP
3 41 (6.02%) .NET
4 33 (4.85%) HTML
5 25 (3.67%) CSS
5 25 (3.67%) XML
6 18 (2.64%) HTML5
7 17 (2.50%) JSON
8 16 (2.35%) J2EE
8 16 (2.35%) RESTful
9 15 (2.20%) AngularJS
10 14 (2.06%) .NET Framework
10 14 (2.06%) Spring
11 12 (1.76%) Node.js
12 10 (1.47%) Middleware
12 10 (1.47%) SAP PI
13 8 (1.17%) jQuery
14 7 (1.03%) CSS3
14 7 (1.03%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 274 (40.23%) Analytical Skills
2 61 (8.96%) Self-Motivation
3 59 (8.66%) Management Information System
4 30 (4.41%) Data Centre
5 24 (3.52%) User Experience
6 18 (2.64%) Blackberry
6 18 (2.64%) PDA
7 15 (2.20%) Data Structures
8 12 (1.76%) Algorithms
9 11 (1.62%) Virtual Team
10 9 (1.32%) Analytical Mindset
10 9 (1.32%) Client/Server
10 9 (1.32%) Mobile App
11 7 (1.03%) PKI
11 7 (1.03%) Smartphone
12 6 (0.88%) Clustering
12 6 (0.88%) Life Science
12 6 (0.88%) W3C
13 5 (0.73%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (0.73%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 172 (25.26%) Windows
2 71 (10.43%) Windows Server
3 60 (8.81%) Linux
4 47 (6.90%) Windows 10
5 41 (6.02%) Windows 7
5 41 (6.02%) Windows Server 2008
6 28 (4.11%) Windows Vista
7 27 (3.96%) Windows Server 2003
7 27 (3.96%) Windows XP
8 26 (3.82%) Unix
9 20 (2.94%) Windows 2000
9 20 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
10 10 (1.47%) Windows Server 2016
11 9 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 8 (1.17%) Apple iOS
13 6 (0.88%) Mac OS
13 6 (0.88%) Windows 8
14 5 (0.73%) OpenVMS
15 4 (0.59%) AIX
15 4 (0.59%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 167 (24.52%) Agile Software Development
2 85 (12.48%) Decision-Making
3 82 (12.04%) Migration
4 81 (11.89%) Stakeholder Management
5 72 (10.57%) ITIL
6 58 (8.52%) Project Management
7 55 (8.08%) Business Intelligence
8 50 (7.34%) DevOps
9 49 (7.20%) Configuration Management
10 48 (7.05%) Incident Management
10 48 (7.05%) ITSM
11 46 (6.75%) Integration Testing
12 45 (6.61%) Capacity Management
13 44 (6.46%) SDLC
14 43 (6.31%) Analytics
15 41 (6.02%) Scrum
16 39 (5.73%) Service Management
17 38 (5.58%) Continuous Improvement
18 37 (5.43%) Data Management
19 36 (5.29%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 113 (16.59%) SQL
2 85 (12.48%) Java
3 81 (11.89%) Python
4 56 (8.22%) JavaScript
5 45 (6.61%) PowerShell
6 44 (6.46%) Perl
7 40 (5.87%) C#
8 32 (4.70%) Shell Script
9 31 (4.55%) C
10 28 (4.11%) PHP
11 26 (3.82%) PL/SQL
12 23 (3.38%) Scala
13 15 (2.20%) C++
14 11 (1.62%) T-SQL
15 9 (1.32%) R
15 9 (1.32%) Ruby
16 8 (1.17%) TypeScript
17 7 (1.03%) ABAP
18 6 (0.88%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
19 5 (0.73%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 115 (16.89%) Security Cleared
2 90 (13.22%) SC Cleared
3 79 (11.60%) Degree
4 27 (3.96%) Microsoft Certification
5 18 (2.64%) DV Cleared
6 17 (2.50%) MCSE
7 13 (1.91%) Cisco Certification
7 13 (1.91%) MCP
8 10 (1.47%) Computer Science Degree
8 10 (1.47%) Master's Degree
9 9 (1.32%) CCNP
9 9 (1.32%) ISTQB
9 9 (1.32%) MCSA
10 8 (1.17%) A+ Certification
10 8 (1.17%) ISEB
10 8 (1.17%) Numerate Degree
10 8 (1.17%) PMP
11 7 (1.03%) CCNA
11 7 (1.03%) CISSP
11 7 (1.03%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (5.14%) SLA
2 22 (3.23%) QA
3 15 (2.20%) PMO
4 9 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (1.32%) PCI DSS
5 7 (1.03%) JSP 440
6 4 (0.59%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 3 (0.44%) NIST
8 2 (0.29%) COBIT
8 2 (0.29%) HL7
8 2 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 1 (0.15%) NCSC
9 1 (0.15%) P3O
9 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.15%) WCAG
System Software
1 104 (15.27%) Active Directory
2 41 (6.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (1.17%) NFS
4 6 (0.88%) Docker
4 6 (0.88%) Hyper-V
4 6 (0.88%) vCloud
4 6 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (0.73%) HDFS
5 5 (0.73%) RACF
5 5 (0.73%) XenApp
6 4 (0.59%) UAG
6 4 (0.59%) vSphere
7 3 (0.44%) VMware NSX
8 2 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.29%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.15%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 1 (0.15%) Corosync
9 1 (0.15%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 30 (4.41%) Netcool
1 30 (4.41%) Netcool/OMNIbus
2 24 (3.52%) Amdocs OSS
2 24 (3.52%) SCCM
3 20 (2.94%) ServiceCenter
4 19 (2.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 13 (1.91%) McAfee ePO
6 10 (1.47%) Tivoli
7 9 (1.32%) Ansible
7 9 (1.32%) HP ALM
7 9 (1.32%) IBM BigFix
7 9 (1.32%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
8 8 (1.17%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 8 (1.17%) Puppet
8 8 (1.17%) WSUS
9 5 (0.73%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 5 (0.73%) SCDPM
10 4 (0.59%) Data Guard
10 4 (0.59%) Kubernetes
10 4 (0.59%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 147 (21.59%) Microsoft
2 64 (9.40%) Oracle
3 59 (8.66%) Remedy
4 51 (7.49%) VMware
5 46 (6.75%) HP
6 45 (6.61%) ServiceNow
7 40 (5.87%) Cisco
8 36 (5.29%) SAP
9 31 (4.55%) Huawei
9 31 (4.55%) IBM
10 27 (3.96%) BMC
11 24 (3.52%) Cramer
11 24 (3.52%) Siebel
12 23 (3.38%) xMatters
13 21 (3.08%) Bomgar
14 20 (2.94%) Peregrine
15 19 (2.79%) Adobe
15 19 (2.79%) Citrix
16 17 (2.50%) Tableau
17 16 (2.35%) McAfee