Period
to 19 February 2019

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 19 February 2019 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
19 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 27 28 42
Rank change year-on-year +1 +14 -14
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 439 298 253
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 6.83% 5.76% 4.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.00% 6.99% 5.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 177 146
South West median daily rate £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% - -
10th Percentile £273 £159 £153
90th Percentile £575 £520 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 18 26
South West median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - +1.91%
10th Percentile £15.50 £10.44 £14.18
90th Percentile £50.75 £50.01 £43.38
England median hourly rate £24.26 £26.78 £18.00
% change year-on-year -9.38% +48.75% -10.00%

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 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 5,490 4,265 4,495
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.47% 82.40% 83.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,502 2,653 2,996
South West median daily rate £435 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.75% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £288 £260 £235
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £435
% change year-on-year +5.56% +3.45% +2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 245 177 273
South West median hourly rate £40.50 £30.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +35.00% -20.00% -4.46%
10th Percentile £12.85 £11.78 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.30 £47.50
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year - -2.04% +6.52%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Problem-Solving in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the South West

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the South West over the 6 months to 19 February 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the South West

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the South West

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the South West over the 6 months to 19 February 2019.

Contractor 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 19 February 2019. 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 -2 147 £400 +13.80% 106
Wiltshire -12 122 £425 +1.19% 32
Gloucestershire +17 76 £500 +60.00% 32
Dorset +11 27 £513 +57.69% 37
Somerset +2 22 £375 -16.67% 20
Devon +7 21 £350 -6.67% 33
Cornwall -6 4 £250 +11.11% 13
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 19 February 2019, 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.

1 185 (42.14%) Agile Software Development
2 183 (41.69%) Analytical Skills
3 117 (26.65%) Security Cleared
4 104 (23.69%) Windows
5 99 (22.55%) Finance
6 96 (21.87%) Microsoft
7 87 (19.82%) SQL
8 82 (18.68%) Linux
9 79 (18.00%) JIRA
10 77 (17.54%) Degree
10 77 (17.54%) SC Cleared
11 74 (16.86%) Java
12 71 (16.17%) SQL Server
13 67 (15.26%) Scrum
14 64 (14.58%) Confluence
15 63 (14.35%) Windows Server
16 62 (14.12%) Test Automation
17 55 (12.53%) PowerShell
18 54 (12.30%) Git (software)
19 51 (11.62%) Continuous Integration
19 51 (11.62%) Oracle
20 50 (11.39%) C#
21 46 (10.48%) Computer Science
21 46 (10.48%) DevOps
22 45 (10.25%) Business Intelligence
23 43 (9.79%) Self-Motivation
24 42 (9.57%) .NET
24 42 (9.57%) TDD
25 41 (9.34%) Python
25 41 (9.34%) Jenkins

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 64 (14.58%) Confluence
2 19 (4.33%) JBoss
2 19 (4.33%) SharePoint
3 15 (3.42%) IIS
4 9 (2.05%) Apache
5 7 (1.59%) Apache Spark
6 6 (1.37%) MS Exchange
6 6 (1.37%) Oracle HTTP Server
6 6 (1.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 6 (1.37%) SAS
6 6 (1.37%) WebLogic
7 5 (1.14%) CMS
8 4 (0.91%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.68%) Drupal
9 3 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.68%) Mule
9 3 (0.68%) Mule ESB
10 2 (0.46%) Apache Solr
10 2 (0.46%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.23%) WordPress
Applications
1 18 (4.10%) Microsoft Excel
2 16 (3.64%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (2.73%) MS Visio
4 7 (1.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (1.37%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.68%) AutoCAD
6 3 (0.68%) InfoPath
6 3 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.46%) Revit
8 1 (0.23%) InVision
8 1 (0.23%) Maya
8 1 (0.23%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (1.37%) Oracle BPM
2 5 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.91%) SAP CRM
4 3 (0.68%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.23%) Cognos Controller
5 1 (0.23%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.23%) Magento
5 1 (0.23%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 27 (6.15%) Microsoft Azure
2 23 (5.24%) Office 365
3 21 (4.78%) Amazon AWS
4 14 (3.19%) SaaS
5 13 (2.96%) OpenShift
6 8 (1.82%) GitHub
6 8 (1.82%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (1.37%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (1.37%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (1.37%) Dynamics 365
8 5 (1.14%) Serverless
9 4 (0.91%) Azure Functions
10 3 (0.68%) IaaS
10 3 (0.68%) PaaS
10 3 (0.68%) Slack
11 2 (0.46%) OneDrive
12 1 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.23%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 31 (7.06%) HTTP
2 18 (4.10%) Firewall
3 11 (2.51%) DNS
3 11 (2.51%) VPN
4 10 (2.28%) Internet
5 9 (2.05%) NAS
6 7 (1.59%) TCP/IP
7 6 (1.37%) Wi-Fi
8 5 (1.14%) Fibre Channel
8 5 (1.14%) iSCSI
8 5 (1.14%) Software-Defined Radio
8 5 (1.14%) SSH
9 4 (0.91%) Bluetooth
9 4 (0.91%) FTP
9 4 (0.91%) SAN
9 4 (0.91%) SMTP
10 3 (0.68%) IPv4
10 3 (0.68%) IPv6
10 3 (0.68%) LAN
10 3 (0.68%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (16.17%) SQL Server
2 27 (6.15%) Relational Database
3 25 (5.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 19 (4.33%) Big Data
5 17 (3.87%) MySQL
6 16 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
7 15 (3.42%) MongoDB
7 15 (3.42%) SQL Server 2008
8 13 (2.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 11 (2.51%) Oracle Database
10 10 (2.28%) PostgreSQL
11 8 (1.82%) RDBMS
11 8 (1.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 7 (1.59%) Data Mining
13 6 (1.37%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
13 6 (1.37%) IBM InfoSphere
13 6 (1.37%) NoSQL
14 5 (1.14%) DataStage
14 5 (1.14%) DB2
14 5 (1.14%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 79 (18.00%) JIRA
2 54 (12.30%) Git (software)
3 41 (9.34%) Jenkins
4 33 (7.52%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 33 (7.52%) JUnit
5 26 (5.92%) Hudson
5 26 (5.92%) Team Foundation Server
6 19 (4.33%) Subversion
7 18 (4.10%) Selenium
8 15 (3.42%) Cucumber
9 12 (2.73%) Visual Studio
10 11 (2.51%) Bitbucket
10 11 (2.51%) Visual Studio Team System
11 9 (2.05%) JMeter
11 9 (2.05%) Maven
11 9 (2.05%) Rational DOORS
12 6 (1.37%) Eclipse
12 6 (1.37%) NUnit
13 4 (0.91%) Ant
13 4 (0.91%) CruiseControl
General
1 99 (22.55%) Finance
2 28 (6.38%) Manufacturing
3 27 (6.15%) Electronics
4 26 (5.92%) Telecoms
5 22 (5.01%) Marketing
6 14 (3.19%) Back Office
7 10 (2.28%) Aerospace
8 9 (2.05%) Banking
9 8 (1.82%) Legal
10 5 (1.14%) Publishing
10 5 (1.14%) Retail
11 4 (0.91%) Automotive
11 4 (0.91%) Avionics
11 4 (0.91%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.91%) Military
12 3 (0.68%) Billing
12 3 (0.68%) Retail Banking
13 2 (0.46%) Advertising
13 2 (0.46%) Front Office
13 2 (0.46%) Law
Job Titles
1 83 (18.91%) Developer
2 46 (10.48%) Analyst
3 26 (5.92%) Project Manager
4 25 (5.69%) Automation Engineer
5 24 (5.47%) Business Analyst
6 23 (5.24%) Architect
6 23 (5.24%) Systems Engineer
7 21 (4.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 21 (4.78%) Scala Developer
8 19 (4.33%) Agile Developer
9 18 (4.10%) Consultant
10 17 (3.87%) Administrator
11 14 (3.19%) DBA
11 14 (3.19%) Scrum Master
11 14 (3.19%) Tester
12 13 (2.96%) PowerShell Engineer
13 12 (2.73%) C# Developer
14 11 (2.51%) DevOps Engineer
14 11 (2.51%) IT Engineer
15 10 (2.28%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (9.57%) .NET
2 37 (8.43%) REST
3 33 (7.52%) JSON
4 32 (7.29%) Spring
5 30 (6.83%) RESTful
6 22 (5.01%) Spring MVC
7 21 (4.78%) Play Framework
8 20 (4.56%) Django
8 20 (4.56%) Guice
8 20 (4.56%) Ruby on Rails
9 19 (4.33%) Java EE
9 19 (4.33%) XML
10 18 (4.10%) Web Services
11 17 (3.87%) HTML
12 14 (3.19%) .NET Framework
12 14 (3.19%) CSS
13 12 (2.73%) SOAP
13 12 (2.73%) WCF
14 9 (2.05%) Hibernate
14 9 (2.05%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 183 (41.69%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (9.79%) Self-Motivation
3 32 (7.29%) Data Centre
4 14 (3.19%) Management Information System
5 13 (2.96%) Replication
6 12 (2.73%) Algorithms
7 10 (2.28%) Clustering
7 10 (2.28%) Embedded Systems
8 9 (2.05%) PKI
9 8 (1.82%) Data Structures
9 8 (1.82%) Driving Licence
10 6 (1.37%) User Experience
11 5 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (1.14%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 5 (1.14%) HP Storage
11 5 (1.14%) Verilog
11 5 (1.14%) VHDL
12 4 (0.91%) Fintech
12 4 (0.91%) iPad
12 4 (0.91%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 104 (23.69%) Windows
2 82 (18.68%) Linux
3 63 (14.35%) Windows Server
4 38 (8.66%) Unix
5 33 (7.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 18 (4.10%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (3.42%) Windows 10
8 13 (2.96%) Windows Server 2012
9 11 (2.51%) Solaris
10 9 (2.05%) CentOS
11 6 (1.37%) Windows 7
12 5 (1.14%) Embedded Linux
13 2 (0.46%) Android
13 2 (0.46%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.23%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.23%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 185 (42.14%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (15.26%) Scrum
3 62 (14.12%) Test Automation
4 51 (11.62%) Continuous Integration
5 46 (10.48%) Computer Science
5 46 (10.48%) DevOps
6 45 (10.25%) Business Intelligence
7 42 (9.57%) TDD
8 35 (7.97%) Project Management
8 35 (7.97%) SDLC
9 34 (7.74%) Open Source
9 34 (7.74%) Reverse Engineering
10 33 (7.52%) BDD
11 30 (6.83%) User Stories
12 29 (6.61%) Disaster Recovery
12 29 (6.61%) Software Engineering
12 29 (6.61%) Stakeholder Management
13 28 (6.38%) Configuration Management
14 27 (6.15%) MVC
15 26 (5.92%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 87 (19.82%) SQL
2 74 (16.86%) Java
3 55 (12.53%) PowerShell
4 50 (11.39%) C#
5 41 (9.34%) Python
6 39 (8.88%) JavaScript
7 33 (7.52%) T-SQL
8 26 (5.92%) Ruby
9 25 (5.69%) C
9 25 (5.69%) Scala
10 19 (4.33%) Shell Script
11 17 (3.87%) C++
12 11 (2.51%) Bash Shell
13 10 (2.28%) TypeScript
14 9 (2.05%) Perl
15 6 (1.37%) VBA
16 5 (1.14%) Embedded C
16 5 (1.14%) PHP
16 5 (1.14%) PL/SQL
17 3 (0.68%) R
Qualifications
1 117 (26.65%) Security Cleared
2 77 (17.54%) Degree
2 77 (17.54%) SC Cleared
3 34 (7.74%) DV Cleared
4 28 (6.38%) Computer Science Degree
5 26 (5.92%) BPSS Clearance
6 21 (4.78%) MCSE
6 21 (4.78%) Microsoft Certification
7 20 (4.56%) Cisco Certification
7 20 (4.56%) MCSA
8 19 (4.33%) CCNA
9 18 (4.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 13 (2.96%) OCA
10 13 (2.96%) Oracle Certification
11 8 (1.82%) ISTQB
12 7 (1.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 5 (1.14%) APMP
13 5 (1.14%) CISSP
13 5 (1.14%) SNIA Certification
14 4 (0.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (3.19%) QA
2 10 (2.28%) PMO
3 9 (2.05%) Data Quality
4 5 (1.14%) GDPR
5 3 (0.68%) COBIT
5 3 (0.68%) HL7
5 3 (0.68%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.46%) DO-178B
6 2 (0.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 2 (0.46%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.46%) JTAG
6 2 (0.46%) P3O
7 1 (0.23%) Def Stans
7 1 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.23%) EMIR
7 1 (0.23%) MiFID
7 1 (0.23%) SLA
System Software
1 24 (5.47%) Active Directory
2 23 (5.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (3.87%) Docker
4 10 (2.28%) Oracle RAC
5 8 (1.82%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (1.37%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.91%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (0.91%) vSphere
8 2 (0.46%) Firmware
8 2 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 22 (5.01%) vCenter Server
2 19 (4.33%) PowerCLI
3 16 (3.64%) SCCM
4 14 (3.19%) Ansible
5 11 (2.51%) Kubernetes
6 10 (2.28%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
7 9 (2.05%) Terraform
8 5 (1.14%) Tivoli
9 4 (0.91%) NetBackup
9 4 (0.91%) Veritas Storage Foundation
10 3 (0.68%) FortiGate
10 3 (0.68%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (0.68%) OSSEC
10 3 (0.68%) Single Sign-On
11 2 (0.46%) Opscode Chef
11 2 (0.46%) Puppet
11 2 (0.46%) SCOM
12 1 (0.23%) McAfee ePO
12 1 (0.23%) NetIQ Identity Manager
12 1 (0.23%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 96 (21.87%) Microsoft
2 51 (11.62%) Oracle
3 40 (9.11%) VMware
4 30 (6.83%) SAP
5 28 (6.38%) Google
6 22 (5.01%) Atlassian
7 21 (4.78%) Cisco
8 15 (3.42%) HP
8 15 (3.42%) Red Hat
9 12 (2.73%) Teradata
10 10 (2.28%) EMC
10 10 (2.28%) IBM
10 10 (2.28%) Sybase
11 9 (2.05%) Veritas
12 6 (1.37%) Dell
12 6 (1.37%) Netezza
12 6 (1.37%) Splunk
13 5 (1.14%) Brocade
13 5 (1.14%) NetApp
14 4 (0.91%) CheckPoint