Period
to 7 August 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 7 August 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 West
6 months to
7 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 40 23 33
Rank change year-on-year -17 +10 0
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 125 417 317
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South West 4.93% 6.58% 5.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.81% 7.72% 6.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 231 189
Median daily rate £466 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.71% +6.25% -3.03%
10th Percentile £255 £269 £213
90th Percentile £613 £575 £538
England median daily rate £455 £450 £440
% change year-on-year +1.11% +2.27% +0.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 36 30
Median hourly rate £39.50 £42.50 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.06% +7.59% -2.47%
10th Percentile £15.70 £14.75 £13.96
90th Percentile £50.38 £50.00 £47.55
England median hourly rate £29.00 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +45.00% - -6.98%

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 West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 2,150 5,400 4,564
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 84.81% 85.15% 84.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,333 3,401 2,797
Median daily rate £475 £450 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +8.43% +4.80%
10th Percentile £311 £289 £270
90th Percentile £638 £625 £563
England median daily rate £488 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +2.63% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 312 225
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £15.35 £13.25 £12.45
90th Percentile £51.27 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.92 £21.50
% change year-on-year +40.48% +15.88% -6.52%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the South West

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the South West

Problem-Solving
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving in the South West over the 6 months to 7 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the South West

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the South West

Problem-Solving
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Problem-Solving in the South West over the 6 months to 7 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the South West

Problem-Solving
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 6 months to 7 August 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
Bristol -9 37 £525 +31.25% 26
Wiltshire -8 28 £463 +8.82% 8
Devon +19 25 £421 -10.04% 17
Gloucestershire -2 20 £513 +20.59% 18
Somerset -8 9 £170 -64.21% 8
Dorset 0 5 £185 -47.14% 13
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 7 August 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 West region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 54 (43.20%) Security Cleared
2 44 (35.20%) Agile Software Development
3 38 (30.40%) SC Cleared
4 36 (28.80%) Analytical Skills
5 26 (20.80%) Windows
6 23 (18.40%) Java
6 23 (18.40%) SQL
7 21 (16.80%) Microsoft
7 21 (16.80%) Stakeholder Management
8 20 (16.00%) Finance
9 19 (15.20%) C#
10 16 (12.80%) Scrum
10 16 (12.80%) JIRA
10 16 (12.80%) Test Automation
10 16 (12.80%) AWS
11 15 (12.00%) Project Management
11 15 (12.00%) SQL Server
12 14 (11.20%) ITIL
12 14 (11.20%) Change Management
12 14 (11.20%) Azure
12 14 (11.20%) Critical Thinking
13 13 (10.40%) Decision-Making
13 13 (10.40%) Self-Motivation
13 13 (10.40%) Selenium
14 12 (9.60%) Linux
15 11 (8.80%) Web Services
15 11 (8.80%) DV Cleared
15 11 (8.80%) Continuous Integration
16 10 (8.00%) Degree
16 10 (8.00%) Web Development

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 7 (5.60%) Moodle
2 6 (4.80%) Confluence
3 2 (1.60%) Apache
3 2 (1.60%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (5.60%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (4.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (4.00%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (1.60%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.40%) BASE24
2 1 (0.80%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.80%) Magento
2 1 (0.80%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 16 (12.80%) AWS
2 14 (11.20%) Azure
3 6 (4.80%) SaaS
4 5 (4.00%) GitHub
5 4 (3.20%) Office 365
6 2 (1.60%) Dynamics 365
6 2 (1.60%) Force.com
6 2 (1.60%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
6 2 (1.60%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 1 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.80%) Amazon ElastiCache
7 1 (0.80%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.80%) Amazon SQS
7 1 (0.80%) IaaS
7 1 (0.80%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.20%) Firewall
2 3 (2.40%) LAN
2 3 (2.40%) TCP/IP
2 3 (2.40%) VLAN
2 3 (2.40%) VPN
2 3 (2.40%) WAN
2 3 (2.40%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (1.60%) Skype
3 2 (1.60%) VoIP
3 2 (1.60%) Wireless
4 1 (0.80%) BGP
4 1 (0.80%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (0.80%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (0.80%) DHCP
4 1 (0.80%) DNS
4 1 (0.80%) HSRP
4 1 (0.80%) iSCSI
4 1 (0.80%) OSPF
4 1 (0.80%) Structured Cabling
4 1 (0.80%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (12.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (2.40%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (2.40%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 3 (2.40%) MySQL
3 3 (2.40%) SQL Server 2017
3 3 (2.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (2.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (1.60%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.60%) NonStop SQL
4 2 (1.60%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.60%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.80%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.80%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.80%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.80%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.80%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 16 (12.80%) JIRA
2 13 (10.40%) Selenium
3 10 (8.00%) JMeter
4 7 (5.60%) Cucumber
4 7 (5.60%) WebDriver
5 6 (4.80%) Jenkins
5 6 (4.80%) SoapUI
5 6 (4.80%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (4.00%) Bitbucket Server
6 5 (4.00%) Hudson
6 5 (4.00%) SpecFlow
6 5 (4.00%) Visual Studio
6 5 (4.00%) Visual Studio Coded UI
7 4 (3.20%) Visual Studio Team System
8 3 (2.40%) Git (software)
9 2 (1.60%) Bitbucket
9 2 (1.60%) NeoLoad
9 2 (1.60%) Rational DOORS
10 1 (0.80%) JIRA Agile
10 1 (0.80%) TeamCity
General
1 20 (16.00%) Finance
2 5 (4.00%) Aerospace
2 5 (4.00%) Marketing
3 4 (3.20%) Public Sector
4 3 (2.40%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.60%) Banking
5 2 (1.60%) Military
5 2 (1.60%) Publishing
6 1 (0.80%) Games
6 1 (0.80%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 25 (20.00%) Developer
2 15 (12.00%) Analyst
3 8 (6.40%) Project Manager
3 8 (6.40%) Web Developer
4 7 (5.60%) Architect
5 6 (4.80%) Automation Tester
5 6 (4.80%) Project Officer
5 6 (4.80%) Project Support Officer
5 6 (4.80%) Software Asset Manager
5 6 (4.80%) Software Manager
5 6 (4.80%) Support Officer
5 6 (4.80%) Tester
6 5 (4.00%) Business Analyst
6 5 (4.00%) Support Engineer
7 4 (3.20%) Coordinator
7 4 (3.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (3.20%) Programme Coordinator
8 3 (2.40%) Full Stack Developer
8 3 (2.40%) SQL Developer
8 3 (2.40%) Stress Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (8.80%) Web Services
2 6 (4.80%) Gherkin
2 6 (4.80%) SOAP
3 5 (4.00%) HTML
4 4 (3.20%) .NET
5 3 (2.40%) jQuery
5 3 (2.40%) LAMP
5 3 (2.40%) RESTful
6 2 (1.60%) .NET Framework
6 2 (1.60%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.80%) AngularJS
7 1 (0.80%) COM
7 1 (0.80%) CSS
7 1 (0.80%) CSS3
7 1 (0.80%) Entity Framework
7 1 (0.80%) HTML5
7 1 (0.80%) SQLAlchemy
7 1 (0.80%) Velocity
7 1 (0.80%) WCF
7 1 (0.80%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 36 (28.80%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (10.40%) Self-Motivation
3 10 (8.00%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.40%) Tandem
5 2 (1.60%) Clustering
5 2 (1.60%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.80%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.80%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (0.80%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.80%) Derivative
6 1 (0.80%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (0.80%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.80%) Microsoft Licensing
6 1 (0.80%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.80%) Social Media
6 1 (0.80%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 26 (20.80%) Windows
2 12 (9.60%) Linux
3 9 (7.20%) Windows 10
4 8 (6.40%) Windows Server
5 6 (4.80%) Windows Server 2016
6 4 (3.20%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (2.40%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (1.60%) CentOS
8 2 (1.60%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.80%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (35.20%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (16.80%) Stakeholder Management
3 16 (12.80%) Scrum
3 16 (12.80%) Test Automation
4 15 (12.00%) Project Management
5 14 (11.20%) Change Management
5 14 (11.20%) Critical Thinking
5 14 (11.20%) ITIL
6 13 (10.40%) Decision-Making
7 11 (8.80%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (8.00%) DevOps
8 10 (8.00%) Project Delivery
8 10 (8.00%) Web Development
9 9 (7.20%) Migration
9 9 (7.20%) Programme Management
10 7 (5.60%) Asset Management
10 7 (5.60%) Cybersecurity
10 7 (5.60%) PRINCE2
10 7 (5.60%) Software Licensing
10 7 (5.60%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 23 (18.40%) Java
1 23 (18.40%) SQL
2 19 (15.20%) C#
3 10 (8.00%) JavaScript
3 10 (8.00%) PowerShell
4 8 (6.40%) C++
4 8 (6.40%) Python
4 8 (6.40%) VB
5 4 (3.20%) PL/SQL
6 3 (2.40%) C
6 3 (2.40%) PHP
7 2 (1.60%) Go
7 2 (1.60%) Haskell
7 2 (1.60%) Rust
8 1 (0.80%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.80%) Perl
8 1 (0.80%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.80%) VBA
Qualifications
1 54 (43.20%) Security Cleared
2 38 (30.40%) SC Cleared
3 11 (8.80%) DV Cleared
4 10 (8.00%) Degree
5 3 (2.40%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.60%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.60%) CCDP
6 2 (1.60%) CCNP
6 2 (1.60%) JNCIP
6 2 (1.60%) MCSE
6 2 (1.60%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (0.80%) APMP
7 1 (0.80%) CCNA
7 1 (0.80%) CISSP
7 1 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.80%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.80%) HNC
7 1 (0.80%) Postgraduate
7 1 (0.80%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.60%) QA
2 3 (2.40%) SLA
3 2 (1.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.60%) PMO
4 1 (0.80%) Def Stans
4 1 (0.80%) DO-178B
4 1 (0.80%) JSP 440
4 1 (0.80%) NIST
System Software
1 8 (6.40%) Active Directory
2 4 (3.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.40%) XenApp
3 3 (2.40%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.80%) Docker
4 1 (0.80%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 5 (4.00%) Terraform
2 4 (3.20%) Ansible
3 3 (2.40%) Puppet
4 1 (0.80%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.80%) Kubernetes
4 1 (0.80%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.80%) Red Hat Satellite
4 1 (0.80%) SCCM
Vendors
1 21 (16.80%) Microsoft
2 8 (6.40%) Salesforce.com
3 7 (5.60%) HP
4 5 (4.00%) Citrix
4 5 (4.00%) VMware
5 4 (3.20%) Cisco
5 4 (3.20%) Google
6 3 (2.40%) Oracle
6 3 (2.40%) Red Hat
7 2 (1.60%) Apple
7 2 (1.60%) Dell
8 1 (0.80%) Atlassian
8 1 (0.80%) F5
8 1 (0.80%) Facebook
8 1 (0.80%) hybris
8 1 (0.80%) MuleSoft
8 1 (0.80%) Riverbed
8 1 (0.80%) SAP
8 1 (0.80%) Talend
8 1 (0.80%) Twitter