Period
to 24 January 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 24 January 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
24 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 20 29 24
Rank change year-on-year +9 -5 +6
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 816 1,033 1,137
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 7.08% 6.46% 6.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.35% 7.40% 8.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 417 559 654
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +4.58%
10th Percentile £164 £212 £200
90th Percentile £573 £575 £550
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +0.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 75 42
South East median hourly rate £23.81 £39.50 £22.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.72% +74.22% +37.41%
10th Percentile £13.85 £10.14 £10.28
90th Percentile £46.74 £51.00 £47.80
England median hourly rate £26.00 £25.00 £26.78
% change year-on-year +4.00% -6.63% +48.75%

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 9,774 13,965 14,059
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 84.78% 87.36% 84.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,886 8,377 8,451
South East median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £263
90th Percentile £600 £600 £578
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 422 487 430
South East median hourly rate £23.94 £26.65 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.17% +11.04% +6.67%
10th Percentile £13.05 £11.85 £11.16
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.02 £50.25
England median hourly rate £22.50 £23.50 £23.14
% change year-on-year -4.26% +1.56% -3.13%

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 24 January 2020.

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 24 January 2020.

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 24 January 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 +10 369 £380 -5.00% 216
Berkshire +16 262 £375 - 114
Hampshire +7 201 £438 +9.38% 120
Surrey -4 94 £475 +5.56% 107
Buckinghamshire -2 75 £375 -6.25% 53
West Sussex -1 73 £513 +24.24% 22
East Sussex 0 34 £425 -6.59% 20
Oxfordshire +8 32 £425 -15.00% 49
Kent +2 25 £169 -62.50% 29
Sussex -2 4 £488 +8.33% 1
Middlesex +13 1 £130 -80.74% 2
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 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.

1 312 (38.24%) Analytical Skills
2 243 (29.78%) Agile Software Development
3 158 (19.36%) Windows
4 155 (19.00%) Microsoft
5 133 (16.30%) Finance
6 129 (15.81%) SQL
7 116 (14.22%) Security Cleared
8 105 (12.87%) Decision-Making
9 90 (11.03%) Degree
10 87 (10.66%) Java
11 85 (10.42%) Stakeholder Management
12 82 (10.05%) Active Directory
13 80 (9.80%) Python
14 78 (9.56%) SC Cleared
15 77 (9.44%) Microsoft Office
16 75 (9.19%) Migration
17 74 (9.07%) Scrum
18 73 (8.95%) JavaScript
18 73 (8.95%) Microsoft Excel
19 72 (8.82%) HTML
20 71 (8.70%) Windows Server
21 69 (8.46%) Configuration Management
22 67 (8.21%) Oracle
22 67 (8.21%) Linux
23 65 (7.97%) .NET
24 64 (7.84%) Business Intelligence
24 64 (7.84%) Azure
24 64 (7.84%) Analytics
25 63 (7.72%) SQL Server
26 62 (7.60%) DevOps

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 (5.51%) Confluence
2 35 (4.29%) MS Exchange
3 29 (3.55%) SharePoint
4 25 (3.06%) WebLogic
5 23 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2007
6 17 (2.08%) Apache Spark
7 16 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2003
8 13 (1.59%) Apache
9 10 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2013
10 8 (0.98%) Jupyter
10 8 (0.98%) SAS
10 8 (0.98%) Tomcat
11 7 (0.86%) JBoss
11 7 (0.86%) Skype for Business
12 6 (0.74%) OpenStack
13 5 (0.61%) CMS
13 5 (0.61%) Documentum
13 5 (0.61%) nginx
14 4 (0.49%) IIS
14 4 (0.49%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 77 (9.44%) Microsoft Office
2 73 (8.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (4.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 30 (3.68%) MS Visio
5 22 (2.70%) Microsoft Project
5 22 (2.70%) Spreadsheet
6 15 (1.84%) Acrobat
7 7 (0.86%) Simulink
8 5 (0.61%) InVision
8 5 (0.61%) Sketch
9 4 (0.49%) Zeplin
10 3 (0.37%) UserZoom
10 3 (0.37%) Windchill
11 2 (0.25%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.12%) Revit
Business Applications
1 33 (4.04%) Remedy ITSM
2 11 (1.35%) SessionCam
3 5 (0.61%) Oracle EBS R12
4 4 (0.49%) assyst
4 4 (0.49%) Oracle Cash Management
4 4 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.49%) Oracle Financials
4 4 (0.49%) Oracle General Ledger
4 4 (0.49%) Oracle Payables
4 4 (0.49%) Oracle Receivables
4 4 (0.49%) SAP CRM
4 4 (0.49%) SAP ERP
4 4 (0.49%) SAP IS-U
4 4 (0.49%) SAP PSCD
5 3 (0.37%) Oracle Applications
5 3 (0.37%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
6 2 (0.25%) Magento
6 2 (0.25%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.25%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.25%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 64 (7.84%) Azure
2 49 (6.00%) Office 365
3 43 (5.27%) AWS
4 21 (2.57%) Google Analytics
5 15 (1.84%) Power Platform
6 12 (1.47%) SaaS
7 11 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (1.10%) GitHub
8 9 (1.10%) OpenShift
8 9 (1.10%) PaaS
9 6 (0.74%) Azure Data Factory
10 5 (0.61%) Azure Active Directory
10 5 (0.61%) IaaS
10 5 (0.61%) npm
11 4 (0.49%) Adobe Creative Cloud
11 4 (0.49%) Dynamics 365
11 4 (0.49%) TestFlight
12 3 (0.37%) Azure Machine Learning
12 3 (0.37%) Google Tag Manager
12 3 (0.37%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 34 (4.17%) DNS
2 28 (3.43%) WAN
3 27 (3.31%) Radio Access Network
4 25 (3.06%) HTTP
5 24 (2.94%) SNMP
5 24 (2.94%) Wireless
6 22 (2.70%) Remote Desktop
7 21 (2.57%) LAN
8 19 (2.33%) VPN
9 18 (2.21%) 5G
10 17 (2.08%) TCP/IP
11 16 (1.96%) 4G
11 16 (1.96%) Internet
11 16 (1.96%) WebEx
12 14 (1.72%) 3G
12 14 (1.72%) DHCP
13 13 (1.59%) Skype
14 12 (1.47%) 2G
14 12 (1.47%) RNC
14 12 (1.47%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (7.72%) SQL Server
2 51 (6.25%) Relational Database
3 20 (2.45%) Big Data
4 18 (2.21%) Data Warehouse
5 17 (2.08%) Hadoop
6 15 (1.84%) NoSQL
6 15 (1.84%) Power BI
7 14 (1.72%) MongoDB
7 14 (1.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 12 (1.47%) Data Lake
8 12 (1.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 10 (1.23%) MySQL
9 10 (1.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 9 (1.10%) Impala
10 9 (1.10%) SQL Server 2008
11 8 (0.98%) Apache Hive
11 8 (0.98%) Data Mining
11 8 (0.98%) RDBMS
12 7 (0.86%) Oracle Smart View
12 7 (0.86%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 59 (7.23%) JIRA
2 47 (5.76%) Git (software)
3 31 (3.80%) Jenkins
4 20 (2.45%) Selenium
5 17 (2.08%) Bitbucket
6 14 (1.72%) TeamCity
7 13 (1.59%) Cucumber
7 13 (1.59%) Subversion
8 9 (1.10%) Grunt
8 9 (1.10%) Oracle Forms
9 8 (0.98%) NUnit
10 7 (0.86%) Ant
10 7 (0.86%) JMeter
10 7 (0.86%) JUnit
10 7 (0.86%) MSI
11 6 (0.74%) ClearCase
11 6 (0.74%) MSBuild
11 6 (0.74%) REST Assured
12 5 (0.61%) Moq
12 5 (0.61%) webpack
General
1 133 (16.30%) Finance
2 60 (7.35%) Telecoms
3 29 (3.55%) Banking
4 20 (2.45%) Marketing
4 20 (2.45%) Public Sector
5 17 (2.08%) Legal
6 14 (1.72%) Retail
7 11 (1.35%) Pharmaceutical
8 9 (1.10%) Electronics
8 9 (1.10%) Military
9 8 (0.98%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.86%) General Ledger
11 6 (0.74%) Aerospace
11 6 (0.74%) Billing
11 6 (0.74%) French Language
12 5 (0.61%) German Language
12 5 (0.61%) Publishing
13 4 (0.49%) Back Office
13 4 (0.49%) Spanish Language
14 3 (0.37%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 141 (17.28%) Developer
2 137 (16.79%) Analyst
3 55 (6.74%) Architect
4 42 (5.15%) Business Analyst
4 42 (5.15%) Solutions Architect
5 40 (4.90%) Support Engineer
6 38 (4.66%) Consultant
7 37 (4.53%) Designer
8 34 (4.17%) .NET Developer
9 29 (3.55%) Software Developer
10 28 (3.43%) Project Manager
11 26 (3.19%) Desktop Support
12 25 (3.06%) Scala Developer
12 25 (3.06%) Service Analyst
13 23 (2.82%) C# Developer
14 22 (2.70%) Product Owner
15 21 (2.57%) Solutions Designer
16 19 (2.33%) 2nd Line Support
16 19 (2.33%) Administrator
17 18 (2.21%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (8.82%) HTML
2 65 (7.97%) .NET
3 61 (7.48%) CSS
4 50 (6.13%) Web Services
5 49 (6.00%) REST
6 37 (4.53%) HTML5
7 35 (4.29%) SOAP
8 34 (4.17%) RESTful
9 29 (3.55%) .NET Framework
10 28 (3.43%) JSON
11 27 (3.31%) J2EE
12 26 (3.19%) Spring
13 25 (3.06%) AngularJS
14 22 (2.70%) XML
15 18 (2.21%) CSS3
15 18 (2.21%) jQuery
16 17 (2.08%) Play Framework
17 15 (1.84%) Django
18 14 (1.72%) Ajax
18 14 (1.72%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 312 (38.24%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (6.62%) Self-Motivation
3 52 (6.37%) Management Information System
4 39 (4.78%) User Experience
5 26 (3.19%) Data Centre
6 19 (2.33%) Data Structures
7 15 (1.84%) Blackberry
7 15 (1.84%) PDA
8 13 (1.59%) Algorithms
8 13 (1.59%) Analytical Mindset
8 13 (1.59%) Mobile App
9 10 (1.23%) Virtual Team
10 8 (0.98%) Smartphone
11 7 (0.86%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.74%) Driving Licence
12 6 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (0.61%) Blog
13 5 (0.61%) Life Science
13 5 (0.61%) PKI
13 5 (0.61%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 158 (19.36%) Windows
2 71 (8.70%) Windows Server
3 67 (8.21%) Linux
4 40 (4.90%) Windows Server 2008
5 38 (4.66%) Windows 10
6 33 (4.04%) Windows 7
7 32 (3.92%) Unix
8 26 (3.19%) Windows Server 2003
9 25 (3.06%) Windows Vista
10 24 (2.94%) Windows XP
11 21 (2.57%) Windows Server 2012
12 16 (1.96%) Windows 2000
13 11 (1.35%) Apple iOS
14 8 (0.98%) Windows 8
15 5 (0.61%) Mac OS
15 5 (0.61%) OpenVMS
16 4 (0.49%) Android
16 4 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 4 (0.49%) Ubuntu
17 2 (0.25%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 243 (29.78%) Agile Software Development
2 105 (12.87%) Decision-Making
3 85 (10.42%) Stakeholder Management
4 75 (9.19%) Migration
5 74 (9.07%) Scrum
6 69 (8.46%) Configuration Management
7 64 (7.84%) Analytics
7 64 (7.84%) Business Intelligence
8 62 (7.60%) DevOps
9 60 (7.35%) ITIL
9 60 (7.35%) Project Management
10 57 (6.99%) Continuous Improvement
11 56 (6.86%) Test Automation
11 56 (6.86%) Time Management
12 54 (6.62%) Incident Management
13 48 (5.88%) SDLC
13 48 (5.88%) User Stories
14 46 (5.64%) ITSM
14 46 (5.64%) Software Engineering
14 46 (5.64%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 129 (15.81%) SQL
2 87 (10.66%) Java
3 80 (9.80%) Python
4 73 (8.95%) JavaScript
5 60 (7.35%) C#
6 46 (5.64%) Scala
7 37 (4.53%) C
8 34 (4.17%) PL/SQL
9 32 (3.92%) Perl
10 29 (3.55%) PowerShell
11 22 (2.70%) Shell Script
12 21 (2.57%) C++
12 21 (2.57%) PHP
13 20 (2.45%) Ruby
14 18 (2.21%) Groovy
15 11 (1.35%) T-SQL
16 8 (0.98%) Bash Shell
16 8 (0.98%) R
17 7 (0.86%) ABAP
17 7 (0.86%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 116 (14.22%) Security Cleared
2 90 (11.03%) Degree
3 78 (9.56%) SC Cleared
4 23 (2.82%) Microsoft Certification
5 21 (2.57%) DV Cleared
6 17 (2.08%) Cisco Certification
7 16 (1.96%) Computer Science Degree
8 14 (1.72%) CCNA
8 14 (1.72%) ISTQB
8 14 (1.72%) MCSE
9 12 (1.47%) ISEB
9 12 (1.47%) Numerate Degree
10 11 (1.35%) Master's Degree
10 11 (1.35%) MCP
11 10 (1.23%) PMI Certification
11 10 (1.23%) PMP
12 8 (0.98%) CCNP
13 7 (0.86%) A+ Certification
13 7 (0.86%) CISSP
13 7 (0.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (5.15%) QA
2 35 (4.29%) SLA
3 16 (1.96%) PMO
4 9 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.86%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.61%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.61%) JSP 440
6 5 (0.61%) WCAG
7 3 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 3 (0.37%) NIST
7 3 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.25%) P3O
9 1 (0.12%) ARP4761
9 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.12%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.12%) GDPR
9 1 (0.12%) HAZOP
9 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 1 (0.12%) NCSC
System Software
1 82 (10.05%) Active Directory
2 36 (4.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (2.70%) Docker
4 7 (0.86%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (0.74%) XenApp
6 5 (0.61%) HDFS
7 4 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (0.49%) vCloud
8 3 (0.37%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.25%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.12%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.12%) Corosync
10 1 (0.12%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.12%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.12%) NFS
10 1 (0.12%) UAG
10 1 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.12%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.12%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 22 (2.70%) SCCM
2 19 (2.33%) Netcool
2 19 (2.33%) Netcool/OMNIbus
3 18 (2.21%) Amdocs OSS
4 16 (1.96%) Ansible
4 16 (1.96%) ServiceCenter
5 15 (1.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 14 (1.72%) Puppet
7 13 (1.59%) Kubernetes
8 10 (1.23%) HP ALM
8 10 (1.23%) McAfee ePO
8 10 (1.23%) WSUS
9 8 (0.98%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 8 (0.98%) Tivoli
10 7 (0.86%) IBM BigFix
10 7 (0.86%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
11 6 (0.74%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
12 4 (0.49%) Kibana
12 4 (0.49%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 155 (19.00%) Microsoft
2 67 (8.21%) Oracle
3 51 (6.25%) VMware
4 46 (5.64%) Cisco
4 46 (5.64%) Remedy
5 42 (5.15%) HP
6 38 (4.66%) Google
7 36 (4.41%) ServiceNow
8 30 (3.68%) SAP
9 29 (3.55%) Adobe
10 25 (3.06%) webMethods
11 23 (2.82%) Huawei
12 21 (2.57%) IBM
12 21 (2.57%) Tableau
13 18 (2.21%) Cramer
14 17 (2.08%) Bomgar
14 17 (2.08%) Citrix
14 17 (2.08%) McAfee
15 16 (1.96%) Atlassian
15 16 (1.96%) ComArch