Period
to 11 December 2018

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 11 December 2018 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
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 26 31
Rank change year-on-year -7 +5 -1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 1,083 1,113 963
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 6.37% 6.64% 5.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.33% 7.87% 7.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 593 659 509
South East median daily rate £420 £390 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +1.30% +2.67%
10th Percentile £231 £199 £162
90th Percentile £575 £545 £509
England median daily rate £450 £427 £425
% change year-on-year +5.51% +0.35% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 42 63
South East median hourly rate £41.00 £20.63 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +98.79% +37.50% -14.29%
10th Percentile £10.00 £12.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £48.66 £43.75
England median hourly rate £30.00 £26.78 £16.00
% change year-on-year +12.04% +67.34% -20.00%

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 14,765 14,140 13,661
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 86.78% 84.36% 84.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,860 8,476 8,199
South East median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +1.27%
10th Percentile £280 £263 £250
90th Percentile £588 £575 £563
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 491 462 580
South East median hourly rate £25.12 £22.75 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.42% -6.09% -3.10%
10th Percentile £11.85 £11.25 £11.06
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £50.00
England median hourly rate £22.00 £24.69 £22.84
% change year-on-year -10.88% +8.10% +3.80%

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 11 December 2018.

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 11 December 2018.

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 11 December 2018. 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 -5 439 £400 +6.67% 207
Berkshire -7 249 £400 +6.67% 98
Hampshire -14 215 £400 +14.29% 94
Surrey -10 202 £462 +10.66% 80
Buckinghamshire +5 129 £400 +14.29% 55
West Sussex +3 116 £430 +4.24% 21
Oxfordshire -1 61 £500 +17.65% 54
East Sussex +18 55 £453 +4.02% 20
Kent +15 39 £475 +11.76% 29
Middlesex -8 4 £675 +39.46%
M4 Corridor 0 1 £515 -
Home Counties - 1 £450 -
Isle of Wight - 1 £275 - 1
Sussex - 1 £450 -
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 11 December 2018, 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.

1 383 (35.36%) Agile Software Development
2 370 (34.16%) Analytical Skills
3 201 (18.56%) Microsoft
4 185 (17.08%) Scrum
5 178 (16.44%) Finance
6 177 (16.34%) Windows
7 175 (16.16%) SQL
8 173 (15.97%) Degree
9 163 (15.05%) Java
10 154 (14.22%) Security Cleared
11 146 (13.48%) Project Management
12 145 (13.39%) Linux
13 130 (12.00%) JavaScript
14 124 (11.45%) Test Automation
15 118 (10.90%) SC Cleared
16 117 (10.80%) Continuous Integration
17 116 (10.71%) Microsoft Excel
18 113 (10.43%) C#
19 110 (10.16%) ITIL
19 110 (10.16%) JIRA
20 108 (9.97%) Telecoms
21 107 (9.88%) Microsoft Office
22 105 (9.70%) TDD
23 102 (9.42%) Oracle
24 98 (9.05%) SQL Server
25 97 (8.96%) Software Engineering
26 89 (8.22%) Git (software)
26 89 (8.22%) Relational Database
27 88 (8.13%) HTML
28 86 (7.94%) Active Directory

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 67 (6.19%) Confluence
2 49 (4.52%) SharePoint
3 37 (3.42%) MS Exchange
4 35 (3.23%) IIS
5 29 (2.68%) CMS
6 25 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2007
7 22 (2.03%) Tomcat
8 21 (1.94%) Skype for Business
9 19 (1.75%) Apache
10 18 (1.66%) SharePoint 2013
11 16 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2010
12 14 (1.29%) SAS
13 13 (1.20%) WebLogic
14 12 (1.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 11 (1.02%) Exchange Server 2003
16 9 (0.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 9 (0.83%) nginx
17 8 (0.74%) Drupal
17 8 (0.74%) JBoss
17 8 (0.74%) SAP Portal
Applications
1 116 (10.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 107 (9.88%) Microsoft Office
3 56 (5.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 33 (3.05%) MS Visio
5 20 (1.85%) Microsoft Project
6 12 (1.11%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.74%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.28%) Simulink
9 2 (0.18%) InVision
10 1 (0.092%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.092%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.092%) Maya
10 1 (0.092%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 20 (1.85%) SAP HR
2 18 (1.66%) Oracle EBS
2 18 (1.66%) Oracle EBS R12
3 15 (1.39%) Workday HCM
4 9 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
4 9 (0.83%) Oracle Financials
4 9 (0.83%) Oracle General Ledger
4 9 (0.83%) Oracle Receivables
5 5 (0.46%) Hyperion Planning
5 5 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
6 4 (0.37%) NetSuite
6 4 (0.37%) Oracle BPM
7 3 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.28%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 3 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 2 (0.18%) Global One
8 2 (0.18%) HFM
8 2 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 65 (6.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 48 (4.43%) Office 365
3 33 (3.05%) Amazon AWS
4 21 (1.94%) SaaS
5 17 (1.57%) IaaS
6 16 (1.48%) Google Analytics
7 15 (1.39%) Cloud Computing
8 12 (1.11%) GitHub
9 11 (1.02%) PaaS
10 10 (0.92%) Azure Active Directory
11 9 (0.83%) OpenShift
12 6 (0.55%) Adobe Analytics
12 6 (0.55%) Salesforce Service Cloud
13 5 (0.46%) IBM Blueworks
14 4 (0.37%) Force.com
14 4 (0.37%) Heroku
14 4 (0.37%) OneDrive
15 3 (0.28%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 3 (0.28%) Google Cloud Platform
15 3 (0.28%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 50 (4.62%) HTTP
2 48 (4.43%) Firewall
3 40 (3.69%) Internet
4 32 (2.95%) DNS
5 27 (2.49%) WAN
6 26 (2.40%) LAN
7 22 (2.03%) Wireshark
8 21 (1.94%) TCP/IP
9 19 (1.75%) SSL
10 18 (1.66%) Wireless
11 17 (1.57%) 3G
11 17 (1.57%) 4G
12 16 (1.48%) Diameter Protocol
13 15 (1.39%) Skype
14 14 (1.29%) DHCP
14 14 (1.29%) VPN
15 13 (1.20%) Network Security
16 11 (1.02%) MPLS
17 10 (0.92%) SAN
17 10 (0.92%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (9.05%) SQL Server
2 89 (8.22%) Relational Database
3 34 (3.14%) PostgreSQL
4 31 (2.86%) MongoDB
5 28 (2.59%) Power BI
6 25 (2.31%) Oracle Reports
7 22 (2.03%) MySQL
7 22 (2.03%) NoSQL
8 20 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
8 20 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 14 (1.29%) MS Access
10 13 (1.20%) Oracle Database
11 12 (1.11%) SQL Server 2008
11 12 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 11 (1.02%) Big Data
12 11 (1.02%) BusinessObjects
12 11 (1.02%) Redis
13 10 (0.92%) Apache Cassandra
13 10 (0.92%) RDBMS
13 10 (0.92%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 110 (10.16%) JIRA
2 89 (8.22%) Git (software)
3 73 (6.74%) Jenkins
4 58 (5.36%) Subversion
5 46 (4.25%) JUnit
6 32 (2.95%) TeamCity
7 30 (2.77%) Selenium
8 27 (2.49%) Visual Studio
9 24 (2.22%) SoapUI
9 24 (2.22%) Team Foundation Server
10 23 (2.12%) Hudson
11 16 (1.48%) Ant
12 15 (1.39%) Cucumber
13 14 (1.29%) Octopus Deploy
14 12 (1.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 12 (1.11%) Grunt
14 12 (1.11%) Oracle Forms
14 12 (1.11%) Visual Studio Team System
15 9 (0.83%) Axure RP
15 9 (0.83%) gulp
General
1 178 (16.44%) Finance
2 108 (9.97%) Telecoms
3 50 (4.62%) Marketing
4 29 (2.68%) Retail
5 24 (2.22%) Banking
6 22 (2.03%) Legal
7 20 (1.85%) Manufacturing
8 19 (1.75%) Publishing
9 9 (0.83%) General Ledger
10 8 (0.74%) Advertising
10 8 (0.74%) Aerospace
10 8 (0.74%) Back Office
10 8 (0.74%) Games
10 8 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
11 6 (0.55%) Automotive
11 6 (0.55%) French Language
11 6 (0.55%) Law
12 5 (0.46%) Billing
12 5 (0.46%) Mandarin Language
12 5 (0.46%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 229 (21.14%) Developer
2 219 (20.22%) Analyst
3 76 (7.02%) Architect
4 67 (6.19%) Software Engineer
5 63 (5.82%) Business Analyst
6 61 (5.63%) Project Manager
7 52 (4.80%) Consultant
8 44 (4.06%) Data Analyst
9 43 (3.97%) .NET Developer
10 38 (3.51%) C# Developer
11 37 (3.42%) Java Developer
12 36 (3.32%) Scala Developer
13 33 (3.05%) Administrator
14 29 (2.68%) Support Engineer
15 28 (2.59%) C++ Software Engineer
15 28 (2.59%) Senior Software Engineer
16 26 (2.40%) Oracle Developer
16 26 (2.40%) SQL Developer
16 26 (2.40%) Test Engineer
17 25 (2.31%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (8.13%) HTML
2 85 (7.85%) .NET
3 82 (7.57%) CSS
4 77 (7.11%) RESTful
5 65 (6.00%) AngularJS
6 63 (5.82%) JSON
6 63 (5.82%) REST
7 61 (5.63%) Spring
7 61 (5.63%) Web Services
8 56 (5.17%) XML
9 51 (4.71%) ASP.NET
10 49 (4.52%) HTML5
11 42 (3.88%) .NET Framework
12 39 (3.60%) jQuery
12 39 (3.60%) Play Framework
12 39 (3.60%) SOAP
13 38 (3.51%) Entity Framework
14 37 (3.42%) Django
15 34 (3.14%) CSS3
15 34 (3.14%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 370 (34.16%) Analytical Skills
2 78 (7.20%) Self-Motivation
3 52 (4.80%) Management Information System
4 50 (4.62%) User Experience
5 38 (3.51%) Data Centre
6 22 (2.03%) Reference Data
7 21 (1.94%) PMI
8 16 (1.48%) Algorithms
8 16 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
9 14 (1.29%) Data Structures
10 12 (1.11%) Greenfield Project
10 12 (1.11%) Mobile App
11 11 (1.02%) Public Cloud
12 10 (0.92%) Virtual Team
13 9 (0.83%) Life Science
13 9 (0.83%) Social Media
14 8 (0.74%) Blog
14 8 (0.74%) Derivative
14 8 (0.74%) Smartphone
15 7 (0.65%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 177 (16.34%) Windows
2 145 (13.39%) Linux
3 62 (5.72%) Windows Server
4 48 (4.43%) Unix
5 42 (3.88%) Windows 10
6 34 (3.14%) Windows Server 2008
7 31 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
8 22 (2.03%) Android
8 22 (2.03%) Windows 7
9 21 (1.94%) Embedded Linux
10 14 (1.29%) Apple iOS
10 14 (1.29%) Ubuntu
11 10 (0.92%) Windows 8
12 9 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 8 (0.74%) CentOS
13 8 (0.74%) Mac OS X
13 8 (0.74%) Windows Server 2003
14 7 (0.65%) Solaris
15 4 (0.37%) AIX
15 4 (0.37%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 383 (35.36%) Agile Software Development
2 185 (17.08%) Scrum
3 146 (13.48%) Project Management
4 124 (11.45%) Test Automation
5 117 (10.80%) Continuous Integration
6 110 (10.16%) ITIL
7 105 (9.70%) TDD
8 97 (8.96%) Software Engineering
9 85 (7.85%) Open Source
10 83 (7.66%) DevOps
10 83 (7.66%) MVC
10 83 (7.66%) Stakeholder Management
11 80 (7.39%) Change Management
11 80 (7.39%) Computer Science
11 80 (7.39%) Migration
12 79 (7.29%) Continuous Improvement
13 73 (6.74%) Analytics
13 73 (6.74%) Mentoring
14 70 (6.46%) BDD
14 70 (6.46%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 175 (16.16%) SQL
2 163 (15.05%) Java
3 130 (12.00%) JavaScript
4 113 (10.43%) C#
5 65 (6.00%) Python
6 57 (5.26%) C++
7 55 (5.08%) Scala
8 54 (4.99%) Ruby
9 50 (4.62%) PowerShell
10 30 (2.77%) C
11 29 (2.68%) PL/SQL
12 23 (2.12%) PHP
13 21 (1.94%) Perl
14 20 (1.85%) T-SQL
15 19 (1.75%) VB
16 18 (1.66%) Shell Script
17 17 (1.57%) Groovy
18 16 (1.48%) Java 8
18 16 (1.48%) TypeScript
19 12 (1.11%) R
Qualifications
1 173 (15.97%) Degree
2 154 (14.22%) Security Cleared
3 118 (10.90%) SC Cleared
4 43 (3.97%) DV Cleared
5 31 (2.86%) PMI Certification
6 28 (2.59%) BPSS Clearance
7 26 (2.40%) Microsoft Certification
8 23 (2.12%) PMP
9 21 (1.94%) Master's Degree
10 19 (1.75%) MCSE
11 17 (1.57%) Cisco Certification
12 13 (1.20%) ISEB
13 12 (1.11%) Computer Science Degree
14 11 (1.02%) CCNP
15 10 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 10 (0.92%) Six Sigma Black Belt
16 9 (0.83%) ITIL Certification
17 8 (0.74%) HNC
17 8 (0.74%) HND
17 8 (0.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (4.71%) QA
2 32 (2.95%) Data Quality
2 32 (2.95%) SLA
3 16 (1.48%) PMO
4 7 (0.65%) GDPR
5 5 (0.46%) 21 CFR Part 11
5 5 (0.46%) Government Security Classifications
6 3 (0.28%) DO-178B
7 2 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.092%) GAMP
8 1 (0.092%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.092%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.092%) P3O
System Software
1 86 (7.94%) Active Directory
2 28 (2.59%) Docker
3 25 (2.31%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (1.29%) Hyper-V
5 11 (1.02%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (1.02%) vSphere
6 4 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (0.28%) Apache Flume
7 3 (0.28%) Firmware
8 2 (0.18%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
8 2 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 2 (0.18%) BitLocker
8 2 (0.18%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (0.18%) ISA Server
8 2 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.18%) UAG
8 2 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.18%) VMware NSX
8 2 (0.18%) XenApp
8 2 (0.18%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 30 (2.77%) SCCM
2 21 (1.94%) HP ALM
3 17 (1.57%) Puppet
4 16 (1.48%) Ansible
5 13 (1.20%) SCOM
6 11 (1.02%) Grafana
6 11 (1.02%) OVSD
7 10 (0.92%) Kibana
8 9 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
9 8 (0.74%) Nagios
10 6 (0.55%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 6 (0.55%) Opscode Chef
11 5 (0.46%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 4 (0.37%) Data Guard
12 4 (0.37%) Oracle RMAN
12 4 (0.37%) ZABBIX
13 3 (0.28%) Microsoft Intune
14 2 (0.18%) Ambari
14 2 (0.18%) Salt
14 2 (0.18%) StatsD
Vendors
1 201 (18.56%) Microsoft
2 102 (9.42%) Oracle
3 55 (5.08%) SAP
4 47 (4.34%) HP
5 45 (4.16%) Google
6 43 (3.97%) VMware
7 35 (3.23%) Workday
8 26 (2.40%) Cisco
9 24 (2.22%) Citrix
10 23 (2.12%) Salesforce.com
11 21 (1.94%) Atlassian
11 21 (1.94%) Talend
12 20 (1.85%) IBM
12 20 (1.85%) Remedy
13 19 (1.75%) Nokia
14 14 (1.29%) Juniper
14 14 (1.29%) Red Hat
14 14 (1.29%) Tableau
14 14 (1.29%) TIBCO
15 13 (1.20%) webMethods