Period
to 24 January 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 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 West
6 months to
24 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 53 27 28
Rank change year-on-year -26 +1 +14
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 245 451 306
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 4.19% 7.00% 5.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.99% 8.12% 7.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 242 175
South West median daily rate £433 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.80% +13.33% -
10th Percentile £260 £273 £159
90th Percentile £628 £575 £488
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +0.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 26 16
South West median hourly rate £44.51 £43.42 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +17.36% -7.50%
10th Percentile £21.45 £14.50 £10.20
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £51.69
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 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 4,907 5,553 4,369
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 83.94% 86.24% 83.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,091 3,575 2,723
South West median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £300 £284 £256
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 208 222 176
South West median hourly rate £35.50 £40.00 £31.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.25% +29.03% -13.89%
10th Percentile £13.32 £13.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £48.38
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 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 24 January 2020.

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 24 January 2020.

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 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
Wiltshire -13 88 £448 -0.56% 36
Bristol -36 61 £500 +25.00% 64
Gloucestershire -12 38 £364 -27.25% 41
Somerset +5 26 £450 +20.00% 27
Devon -5 15 £366 +8.54% 46
Dorset -15 13 £288 -43.90% 23
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 West region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 70 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 69 (28.16%) Analytical Skills
3 55 (22.45%) Windows
4 54 (22.04%) Microsoft
5 53 (21.63%) Agile Software Development
6 44 (17.96%) Finance
6 44 (17.96%) SC Cleared
7 37 (15.10%) Azure
8 35 (14.29%) ITIL
9 32 (13.06%) Active Directory
10 31 (12.65%) Linux
10 31 (12.65%) SQL
10 31 (12.65%) Degree
11 29 (11.84%) Public Sector
12 27 (11.02%) Self-Motivation
13 25 (10.20%) Microsoft Office
13 25 (10.20%) Stakeholder Management
14 24 (9.80%) Manufacturing
15 23 (9.39%) Business Intelligence
16 22 (8.98%) DV Cleared
16 22 (8.98%) AWS
17 21 (8.57%) SAP
17 21 (8.57%) Microsoft Excel
18 20 (8.16%) Change Management
18 20 (8.16%) SharePoint
18 20 (8.16%) Java
19 19 (7.76%) SCCM
19 19 (7.76%) Decision-Making
19 19 (7.76%) Windows Server
20 17 (6.94%) Office 365

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 20 (8.16%) SharePoint
2 10 (4.08%) Confluence
3 7 (2.86%) Skype for Business
4 6 (2.45%) MS Exchange
5 4 (1.63%) IIS
6 3 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (1.22%) JBoss
6 3 (1.22%) Moodle
7 2 (0.82%) Apache
7 2 (0.82%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (0.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (0.82%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.41%) Tomcat
Applications
1 25 (10.20%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (8.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (6.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (5.71%) MS Visio
5 9 (3.67%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.82%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.82%) Siemens NX
7 1 (0.41%) 3ds Max
7 1 (0.41%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.41%) CINEMA 4D
7 1 (0.41%) FreeHand
7 1 (0.41%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.41%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (2.04%) Dynamics AX
1 5 (2.04%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.82%) BASE24
2 2 (0.82%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.82%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.41%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 37 (15.10%) Azure
2 22 (8.98%) AWS
3 17 (6.94%) Office 365
4 8 (3.27%) Dynamics 365
5 7 (2.86%) AWS CloudFormation
5 7 (2.86%) IaaS
6 6 (2.45%) Azure Data Factory
6 6 (2.45%) PaaS
7 5 (2.04%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (2.04%) GCP
8 4 (1.63%) SaaS
9 3 (1.22%) Power Platform
9 3 (1.22%) Serverless
10 2 (0.82%) AWS CloudTrail
10 2 (0.82%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.82%) Azure Stack
10 2 (0.82%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.82%) OpenShift
11 1 (0.41%) GitHub
11 1 (0.41%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 16 (6.53%) Firewall
2 15 (6.12%) DNS
3 14 (5.71%) DHCP
4 9 (3.67%) Remote Desktop
5 8 (3.27%) Skype
6 6 (2.45%) SAN
6 6 (2.45%) SSH
7 5 (2.04%) TCP/IP
8 4 (1.63%) Network Security
8 4 (1.63%) VPN
9 3 (1.22%) Internet
9 3 (1.22%) Intranet
9 3 (1.22%) NAS
9 3 (1.22%) Unified Communications
9 3 (1.22%) WAN
10 2 (0.82%) BGP
10 2 (0.82%) Ethernet
10 2 (0.82%) FTP
10 2 (0.82%) HTTP
10 2 (0.82%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (4.49%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.08%) Big Data
3 8 (3.27%) Oracle Database
3 8 (3.27%) Oracle Reports
4 6 (2.45%) Relational Database
5 5 (2.04%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (2.04%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (1.63%) Amazon Redshift
6 4 (1.63%) Oracle BI EE
6 4 (1.63%) Oracle ODI
7 3 (1.22%) Crystal Reports
7 3 (1.22%) MS Access
7 3 (1.22%) Qlik Sense
7 3 (1.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.82%) DataStage
8 2 (0.82%) DB2
8 2 (0.82%) Power BI
9 1 (0.41%) MySQL
9 1 (0.41%) NonStop SQL
9 1 (0.41%) Parquet
Development Applications
1 16 (6.53%) JIRA
2 9 (3.67%) Git (software)
3 6 (2.45%) Bitbucket
3 6 (2.45%) git-flow
3 6 (2.45%) Jenkins
3 6 (2.45%) MSI
3 6 (2.45%) Vagrant
4 5 (2.04%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 5 (2.04%) InstallShield
4 5 (2.04%) Subversion
5 4 (1.63%) Rational DOORS
6 3 (1.22%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (1.22%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.82%) Eclipse
7 2 (0.82%) GitLab
8 1 (0.41%) JDeveloper
8 1 (0.41%) Protractor
8 1 (0.41%) SonarQube
8 1 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.41%) webpack
General
1 44 (17.96%) Finance
2 29 (11.84%) Public Sector
3 24 (9.80%) Manufacturing
4 14 (5.71%) Marketing
4 14 (5.71%) Telecoms
5 12 (4.90%) Electronics
6 11 (4.49%) Aerospace
7 8 (3.27%) Avionics
8 4 (1.63%) Military
9 3 (1.22%) Retail
10 2 (0.82%) Legal
10 2 (0.82%) Police
10 2 (0.82%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.41%) Banking
11 1 (0.41%) Law
11 1 (0.41%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 36 (14.69%) Developer
2 32 (13.06%) Architect
3 21 (8.57%) Solutions Architect
4 20 (8.16%) Analyst
5 14 (5.71%) Support Engineer
6 12 (4.90%) Deployment Manager
7 11 (4.49%) Project Manager
7 11 (4.49%) Systems Engineer
8 10 (4.08%) Consultant
8 10 (4.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 9 (3.67%) Embedded Engineer
10 8 (3.27%) Desktop Support
10 8 (3.27%) Service Analyst
10 8 (3.27%) Service Desk Analyst
11 7 (2.86%) Senior Developer
11 7 (2.86%) Software Engineer
12 6 (2.45%) Applications Architect
12 6 (2.45%) Applications Packager
12 6 (2.45%) Business Analyst
12 6 (2.45%) PHP Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (6.94%) .NET
2 15 (6.12%) CSS
2 15 (6.12%) HTML
3 13 (5.31%) Web Services
4 12 (4.90%) HTML5
5 9 (3.67%) XML
6 7 (2.86%) CSS3
6 7 (2.86%) Java EE
6 7 (2.86%) OAuth
6 7 (2.86%) OAuth2
7 6 (2.45%) .NET Framework
7 6 (2.45%) Laravel
7 6 (2.45%) LESS
7 6 (2.45%) RESTful
7 6 (2.45%) Sass
7 6 (2.45%) SOAP
8 5 (2.04%) Swing
9 3 (1.22%) Middleware
9 3 (1.22%) REST
9 3 (1.22%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 69 (28.16%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (11.02%) Self-Motivation
3 9 (3.67%) Management Information System
4 7 (2.86%) Greenfield Project
5 6 (2.45%) User Experience
6 5 (2.04%) Clustering
6 5 (2.04%) Data Structures
6 5 (2.04%) Embedded Systems
6 5 (2.04%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 4 (1.63%) Algorithms
7 4 (1.63%) CESG
7 4 (1.63%) Data Centre
7 4 (1.63%) Driving Licence
7 4 (1.63%) Public Cloud
8 3 (1.22%) Blackberry
8 3 (1.22%) Digital Media
8 3 (1.22%) e-Learning
8 3 (1.22%) PKI
9 2 (0.82%) PDA
9 2 (0.82%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 55 (22.45%) Windows
2 31 (12.65%) Linux
3 19 (7.76%) Windows Server
4 12 (4.90%) Windows 10
5 11 (4.49%) Windows 7
6 8 (3.27%) Windows XP
7 7 (2.86%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (2.45%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (2.45%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (2.04%) CentOS
10 4 (1.63%) Unix
11 3 (1.22%) Android
12 2 (0.82%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.82%) Windows 2000
12 2 (0.82%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.41%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.41%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.41%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.41%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (21.63%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (14.29%) ITIL
3 25 (10.20%) Stakeholder Management
4 23 (9.39%) Business Intelligence
5 20 (8.16%) Change Management
6 19 (7.76%) Decision-Making
7 15 (6.12%) Collaborative Working
7 15 (6.12%) Continuous Improvement
7 15 (6.12%) Customer Requirements
7 15 (6.12%) DevOps
7 15 (6.12%) Software Engineering
8 14 (5.71%) Programme Management
9 13 (5.31%) Computer Science
9 13 (5.31%) Digital Marketing
9 13 (5.31%) OO
10 12 (4.90%) Process Improvement
10 12 (4.90%) Project Management
10 12 (4.90%) Waterfall
11 11 (4.49%) Migration
11 11 (4.49%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 31 (12.65%) SQL
2 20 (8.16%) Java
3 15 (6.12%) Bash Shell
3 15 (6.12%) JavaScript
3 15 (6.12%) PowerShell
4 14 (5.71%) Python
5 10 (4.08%) C#
5 10 (4.08%) C++
6 9 (3.67%) C
7 7 (2.86%) VB.NET
8 6 (2.45%) PHP
8 6 (2.45%) PHP 7
8 6 (2.45%) VBA
9 3 (1.22%) MATLAB
9 3 (1.22%) PL/SQL
9 3 (1.22%) R
9 3 (1.22%) T-SQL
10 2 (0.82%) VBScript
11 1 (0.41%) Perl
11 1 (0.41%) VB
Qualifications
1 70 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 44 (17.96%) SC Cleared
3 31 (12.65%) Degree
4 22 (8.98%) DV Cleared
5 9 (3.67%) Microsoft Certification
6 6 (2.45%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (2.04%) CCNA
7 5 (2.04%) MCSE
8 4 (1.63%) CCNP
8 4 (1.63%) Master's Degree
8 4 (1.63%) MCSA
8 4 (1.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (1.22%) Chartered Engineer
9 3 (1.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 3 (1.22%) MBA
9 3 (1.22%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.82%) MCAD
10 2 (0.82%) MCP
10 2 (0.82%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (6.53%) QA
2 8 (3.27%) SLA
3 4 (1.63%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.63%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (1.22%) DO-178B
4 3 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.22%) MISRA
4 3 (1.22%) MISRA C
5 2 (0.82%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.82%) PMO
6 1 (0.41%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.41%) JSP 440
6 1 (0.41%) NCSC
System Software
1 32 (13.06%) Active Directory
2 12 (4.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (2.86%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (2.45%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (1.63%) Docker
5 4 (1.63%) Hyper-V
6 3 (1.22%) DFS Replication
7 2 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.82%) VMware NSX
7 2 (0.82%) vSphere
8 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.41%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 19 (7.76%) SCCM
2 9 (3.67%) Ansible
2 9 (3.67%) SCOM
2 9 (3.67%) vCenter Server
3 5 (2.04%) Puppet
4 4 (1.63%) Kubernetes
4 4 (1.63%) Nagios
4 4 (1.63%) Terraform
4 4 (1.63%) ThinApp
5 3 (1.22%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (0.82%) ArcSight ESM
6 2 (0.82%) HP ALM
6 2 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.82%) PowerCLI
6 2 (0.82%) Salt
6 2 (0.82%) ServiceCenter
6 2 (0.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (0.82%) vRealize
6 2 (0.82%) WSUS
7 1 (0.41%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 54 (22.04%) Microsoft
2 21 (8.57%) SAP
3 17 (6.94%) Oracle
3 17 (6.94%) VMware
4 10 (4.08%) HP
5 9 (3.67%) Cisco
6 8 (3.27%) Google
6 8 (3.27%) Salesforce.com
7 7 (2.86%) Siemens
8 6 (2.45%) Atlassian
8 6 (2.45%) McAfee
9 5 (2.04%) ANSYS
10 4 (1.63%) Adobe
10 4 (1.63%) Alteryx
10 4 (1.63%) Tableau
11 3 (1.22%) 3PAR
11 3 (1.22%) Nimble Storage
11 3 (1.22%) Remedy
12 2 (0.82%) ArcSight
12 2 (0.82%) Bomgar