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The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 12 August 2022 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
UK
6 months to
12 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 26 26 29
Rank change year-on-year 0 +3 +3
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 6,659 4,827 2,094
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 7.51% 6.53% 6.06%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.38% 7.31% 6.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,047 2,925 1,283
10th Percentile £295 £275 £225
25th Percentile £425 £386 £359
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £540 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +13.68% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £650 £588 £541
90th Percentile £750 £688 £649
UK excluding London median daily rate £490 £441 £425
% change year-on-year +11.11% +3.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 245 246 122
10th Percentile £10.60 £10.43 £12.00
25th Percentile £13.41 £12.25 £17.78
Median hourly rate £24.00 £18.00 £25.17
Median % change year-on-year +33.33% -28.49% +20.11%
75th Percentile £50.00 £44.64 £40.75
90th Percentile £60.00 £54.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +17.65% -15.00% +6.38%

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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 79,509 66,061 30,126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 89.67% 89.37% 87.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 55,850 45,517 20,122
10th Percentile £350 £313 £300
25th Percentile £450 £410 £398
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £650 £600 £576
90th Percentile £750 £689 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,680 1,694 868
10th Percentile £13.25 £12.00 £12.35
25th Percentile £17.00 £14.55 £16.25
Median hourly rate £30.75 £23.13 £25.00
Median % change year-on-year +32.97% -7.50% +11.11%
75th Percentile £57.50 £46.53 £46.00
90th Percentile £69.53 £62.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £20.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +21.95% -8.89% -

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving over the 6 months to 12 August 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Problem-Solving over the 6 months to 12 August 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Top 18 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 12 August 2022. 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
Jobs
England -1 5,567 £540 +10.20% 2,185
London +11 3,047 £600 +11.63% 696
Work from Home +11 2,843 £550 +15.79% 833
UK excluding London +7 2,556 £490 +11.11% 1,630
South East +4 679 £495 +10.00% 353
North of England +9 600 £475 +11.76% 427
Midlands +6 565 £500 +11.11% 297
West Midlands +5 484 £500 +5.49% 199
North West -2 300 £450 +5.88% 243
Yorkshire +19 268 £500 +12.36% 126
Scotland +3 261 £449 +1.99% 109
East of England +2 210 £425 +21.43% 187
South West -14 203 £550 +22.22% 203
East Midlands +3 87 £450 +16.13% 98
Northern Ireland +16 36 £375 -20.21% 17
Wales +2 35 £525 +26.51% 38
North East 0 31 £453 -11.27% 59
Channel Islands 0 7 - -

For the 6 months to 12 August 2022, 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 with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 3,603 (54.11%) Social Skills
2 2,501 (37.56%) Agile
3 2,483 (37.29%) Analytical Skills
4 1,827 (27.44%) Finance
5 1,270 (19.07%) SQL
6 1,174 (17.63%) Microsoft
7 1,147 (17.22%) DevOps
8 1,093 (16.41%) Azure
9 896 (13.46%) Python
10 884 (13.28%) Decision-Making
11 844 (12.67%) Scrum
12 834 (12.52%) Java
13 824 (12.37%) Project Management
14 808 (12.13%) Windows
15 780 (11.71%) CI/CD
16 773 (11.61%) JIRA
17 757 (11.37%) Banking
18 751 (11.28%) Security Cleared
19 748 (11.23%) AWS
20 747 (11.22%) Linux
21 697 (10.47%) Oracle
22 632 (9.49%) Public Sector
23 631 (9.48%) Stakeholder Management
23 631 (9.48%) Degree
24 596 (8.95%) Test Automation
25 588 (8.83%) SC Cleared
26 564 (8.47%) Git (software)
27 556 (8.35%) SQL Server
28 550 (8.26%) ITIL
29 548 (8.23%) JavaScript

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 410 (6.16%) Confluence
2 194 (2.91%) SharePoint
3 96 (1.44%) WebLogic
4 79 (1.19%) Apache Spark
5 77 (1.16%) Apache
6 56 (0.84%) MS Exchange
7 53 (0.80%) SAS
8 47 (0.71%) Tomcat
9 43 (0.65%) CMS
10 34 (0.51%) WebSphere
11 30 (0.45%) Oracle Workflow
12 23 (0.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 23 (0.35%) Ethereum
13 21 (0.32%) IIS
13 21 (0.32%) WebSphere Application Server
14 18 (0.27%) DataSynapse
14 18 (0.27%) JBoss
15 17 (0.26%) Apache Airflow
16 15 (0.23%) Camunda
16 15 (0.23%) MQSeries
Applications
1 391 (5.87%) Microsoft Office
2 341 (5.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 190 (2.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 123 (1.85%) Microsoft Project
5 108 (1.62%) MS Visio
6 46 (0.69%) Sketch
7 41 (0.62%) InVision
8 32 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
9 29 (0.44%) Adobe XD
10 24 (0.36%) Zeplin
11 19 (0.29%) Photoshop
12 18 (0.27%) Adobe Illustrator
13 13 (0.20%) UXPin
14 7 (0.11%) AutoCAD
14 7 (0.11%) Chatbot
15 6 (0.090%) Adobe Creative Suite
16 5 (0.075%) Adobe After Effects
16 5 (0.075%) SPSS
17 4 (0.060%) Stata
18 3 (0.045%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 67 (1.01%) assyst
2 39 (0.59%) SAP S/4HANA
3 32 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
4 23 (0.35%) Oracle EBS
5 20 (0.30%) NetSuite
6 18 (0.27%) Magento
6 18 (0.27%) SAP SD
7 17 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
8 16 (0.24%) Oracle Applications
8 16 (0.24%) Shopify
9 15 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
10 12 (0.18%) Workday HCM
11 11 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
11 11 (0.17%) SAP HCM
11 11 (0.17%) SAP Hybris
12 10 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
13 9 (0.14%) Maximo
13 9 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
13 9 (0.14%) SAP Payroll
14 8 (0.12%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1,093 (16.41%) Azure
2 748 (11.23%) AWS
3 391 (5.87%) Microsoft 365
4 271 (4.07%) GCP
5 253 (3.80%) Power Platform
6 252 (3.78%) Azure DevOps
7 226 (3.39%) GitHub
8 138 (2.07%) SaaS
9 126 (1.89%) PaaS
10 104 (1.56%) Serverless
11 80 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
11 80 (1.20%) IaaS
12 79 (1.19%) Dynamics 365
13 67 (1.01%) Amazon EKS
14 64 (0.96%) OpenShift
15 63 (0.95%) PowerApps
16 58 (0.87%) AWS Lambda
17 56 (0.84%) Azure Active Directory
18 55 (0.83%) Azure AKS
19 50 (0.75%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 196 (2.94%) Firewall
2 191 (2.87%) DNS
3 118 (1.77%) Network Security
4 104 (1.56%) TCP/IP
4 104 (1.56%) WAN
5 100 (1.50%) SAN
6 89 (1.34%) LAN
7 83 (1.25%) DHCP
8 76 (1.14%) Internet
9 74 (1.11%) VPN
10 66 (0.99%) HTTP
10 66 (0.99%) Wireless
11 36 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
12 33 (0.50%) SSL
13 31 (0.47%) BGP
14 28 (0.42%) VLAN
15 26 (0.39%) FIX Connectivity
16 25 (0.38%) NAS
16 25 (0.38%) VoIP
17 24 (0.36%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 556 (8.35%) SQL Server
2 243 (3.65%) Relational Database
3 204 (3.06%) Power BI
4 199 (2.99%) Data Warehouse
5 194 (2.91%) NoSQL
6 177 (2.66%) MongoDB
7 155 (2.33%) Oracle Database
8 121 (1.82%) Big Data
9 101 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
10 100 (1.50%) Tableau
11 99 (1.49%) MySQL
12 94 (1.41%) Pentaho
13 77 (1.16%) RDBMS
14 71 (1.07%) Hadoop
15 66 (0.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 64 (0.96%) Data Lake
17 57 (0.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 53 (0.80%) Oracle Database 12c
19 51 (0.77%) DB2
20 49 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 773 (11.61%) JIRA
2 564 (8.47%) Git (software)
3 450 (6.76%) Jenkins
4 199 (2.99%) GitLab
5 159 (2.39%) Bitbucket
6 154 (2.31%) Selenium
7 145 (2.18%) Visual Studio
8 104 (1.56%) Postman
9 98 (1.47%) JUnit
10 90 (1.35%) Cucumber
11 84 (1.26%) Subversion
12 78 (1.17%) Maven
13 76 (1.14%) webpack
14 69 (1.04%) TeamCity
15 64 (0.96%) Team Foundation Server
16 62 (0.93%) NUnit
17 61 (0.92%) Artifactory
18 48 (0.72%) Jasmine
19 38 (0.57%) SoapUI
20 37 (0.56%) Cypress.io
General
1 3,603 (54.11%) Social Skills
2 2,483 (37.29%) Analytical Skills
3 1,827 (27.44%) Finance
4 757 (11.37%) Banking
5 632 (9.49%) Public Sector
6 357 (5.36%) Presentation Skills
7 294 (4.42%) Influencing Skills
8 258 (3.87%) Front Office
9 227 (3.41%) Organisational Skills
10 194 (2.91%) Investment Banking
11 190 (2.85%) Retail
12 179 (2.69%) Telecoms
13 172 (2.58%) Marketing
14 152 (2.28%) Legal
15 123 (1.85%) Documentation Skills
16 87 (1.31%) Manufacturing
17 63 (0.95%) Financial Institution
17 63 (0.95%) Games
18 61 (0.92%) Back Office
19 56 (0.84%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,307 (19.63%) Developer
2 1,123 (16.86%) Analyst
3 533 (8.00%) Business Analyst
4 513 (7.70%) Architect
5 388 (5.83%) Project Manager
6 257 (3.86%) Java Developer
7 235 (3.53%) Consultant
8 227 (3.41%) DevOps Engineer
9 175 (2.63%) Solutions Architect
10 170 (2.55%) Support Engineer
11 158 (2.37%) Python Developer
12 156 (2.34%) Data Engineer
13 144 (2.16%) Senior Developer
14 141 (2.12%) Service Analyst
15 138 (2.07%) Data Analyst
16 126 (1.89%) Azure Engineer
16 126 (1.89%) Designer
17 124 (1.86%) Cloud Engineer
17 124 (1.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
18 123 (1.85%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 462 (6.94%) HTML
2 354 (5.32%) CSS
3 344 (5.17%) .NET
4 341 (5.12%) REST
5 293 (4.40%) React
6 260 (3.90%) RESTful
7 221 (3.32%) XML
8 215 (3.23%) Spring
9 202 (3.03%) AngularJS
10 185 (2.78%) Web Services
11 175 (2.63%) JSON
12 174 (2.61%) HTML5
13 157 (2.36%) Kafka
14 156 (2.34%) Node.js
15 131 (1.97%) Spring Boot
16 101 (1.52%) J2EE
17 100 (1.50%) .NET Framework
18 99 (1.49%) Play Framework
19 94 (1.41%) SOAP
20 84 (1.26%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 367 (5.51%) User Experience
2 349 (5.24%) Self-Motivation
3 267 (4.01%) Management Information System
4 195 (2.93%) Virtual Team
5 169 (2.54%) Data Centre
6 160 (2.40%) Fixed Income
7 128 (1.92%) Algorithms
8 123 (1.85%) Analytical Mindset
9 122 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
10 120 (1.80%) Public Cloud
11 105 (1.58%) Data Structures
12 91 (1.37%) Mobile App
13 85 (1.28%) Derivative
14 70 (1.05%) Cloud Native
15 66 (0.99%) Data Protection Act
16 65 (0.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 55 (0.83%) PMI
18 53 (0.80%) Clustering
18 53 (0.80%) Wiki
19 50 (0.75%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 808 (12.13%) Windows
2 747 (11.22%) Linux
3 425 (6.38%) Unix
4 216 (3.24%) Windows Server
5 206 (3.09%) Windows 10
6 108 (1.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 98 (1.47%) Android
8 84 (1.26%) Apple iOS
9 66 (0.99%) Windows 7
10 47 (0.71%) Solaris
11 46 (0.69%) Windows Server 2019
12 45 (0.68%) AIX
13 40 (0.60%) Windows Server 2012
14 39 (0.59%) VMS
15 38 (0.57%) Mac OS
16 36 (0.54%) Windows Server 2016
17 26 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
18 25 (0.38%) Mac OS X
19 23 (0.35%) Windows Server 2008
20 17 (0.26%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,501 (37.56%) Agile
2 1,147 (17.22%) DevOps
3 884 (13.28%) Decision-Making
4 844 (12.67%) Scrum
5 824 (12.37%) Project Management
6 780 (11.71%) CI/CD
7 631 (9.48%) Stakeholder Management
8 596 (8.95%) Test Automation
9 550 (8.26%) ITIL
10 528 (7.93%) Analytics
11 523 (7.85%) Software Engineering
12 489 (7.34%) Change Management
13 444 (6.67%) Continuous Improvement
14 442 (6.64%) Microservices
15 423 (6.35%) Business Analysis
16 419 (6.29%) Migration
17 411 (6.17%) Project Delivery
18 378 (5.68%) Business Intelligence
19 369 (5.54%) Data Modelling
20 359 (5.39%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 1,270 (19.07%) SQL
2 896 (13.46%) Python
3 834 (12.52%) Java
4 548 (8.23%) JavaScript
5 405 (6.08%) C#
6 282 (4.23%) PowerShell
7 211 (3.17%) Bash
8 187 (2.81%) C++
9 182 (2.73%) TypeScript
10 178 (2.67%) Scala
11 168 (2.52%) PL/SQL
12 143 (2.15%) C
13 139 (2.09%) Shell Script
14 118 (1.77%) T-SQL
15 102 (1.53%) Perl
16 97 (1.46%) Go
17 63 (0.95%) R
18 56 (0.84%) VBA
19 53 (0.80%) Groovy
19 53 (0.80%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 751 (11.28%) Security Cleared
2 631 (9.48%) Degree
3 588 (8.83%) SC Cleared
4 149 (2.24%) Computer Science Degree
5 113 (1.70%) Cisco Certification
6 110 (1.65%) Microsoft Certification
7 93 (1.40%) DV Cleared
8 84 (1.26%) PMI Certification
9 68 (1.02%) MCSE
10 64 (0.96%) CCNA
11 60 (0.90%) PMP
12 57 (0.86%) MCP
13 55 (0.83%) ISEB
14 54 (0.81%) CISSP
15 51 (0.77%) ISTQB
16 50 (0.75%) Master's Degree
17 49 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
18 46 (0.69%) CCNP
19 43 (0.65%) A+ Certification
20 37 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 386 (5.80%) QA
2 234 (3.51%) SLA
3 189 (2.84%) Accessibility
4 135 (2.03%) PMO
5 132 (1.98%) Data Quality
6 76 (1.14%) GDPR
7 52 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 50 (0.75%) WCAG
9 43 (0.65%) NIST
10 26 (0.39%) GRC
10 26 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 24 (0.36%) PCI DSS
12 17 (0.26%) MiFID
13 15 (0.23%) COBIT
14 13 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
15 12 (0.18%) Actionable Recommendations
16 11 (0.17%) Basel III
17 10 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
18 9 (0.14%) BS7666
18 9 (0.14%) EMIR
System Software
1 492 (7.39%) Docker
2 406 (6.10%) Active Directory
3 163 (2.45%) VMware Infrastructure
4 75 (1.13%) Hyper-V
5 51 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
6 38 (0.57%) Virtual Desktop
7 37 (0.56%) VMware ESXi
8 28 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
8 28 (0.42%) vSphere
9 24 (0.36%) Firmware
10 23 (0.35%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 23 (0.35%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 21 (0.32%) XenApp
12 13 (0.20%) XenDesktop
13 11 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
14 10 (0.15%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 6 (0.090%) HDFS
15 6 (0.090%) VMware NSX
15 6 (0.090%) VMware Workstation
16 4 (0.060%) Citrix Hypervisor
Systems Management
1 504 (7.57%) Kubernetes
2 397 (5.96%) Terraform
3 359 (5.39%) Ansible
4 135 (2.03%) SCCM
5 130 (1.95%) Puppet
6 62 (0.93%) Grafana
7 59 (0.89%) Microsoft Intune
8 57 (0.86%) Opscode Chef
9 45 (0.68%) Single Sign-On
10 41 (0.62%) vCenter Server
11 31 (0.47%) SCOM
12 29 (0.44%) Data Guard
13 25 (0.38%) NetBackup
13 25 (0.38%) Oracle RMAN
14 21 (0.32%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 21 (0.32%) WSUS
15 20 (0.30%) Prometheus
16 19 (0.29%) Opsview
17 17 (0.26%) McAfee ePO
17 17 (0.26%) Nagios
Vendors
1 1,174 (17.63%) Microsoft
2 697 (10.47%) Oracle
3 282 (4.23%) SAP
4 271 (4.07%) Google
5 225 (3.38%) VMware
6 188 (2.82%) ServiceNow
7 160 (2.40%) Citrix
8 154 (2.31%) Salesforce.com
9 148 (2.22%) Cisco
10 107 (1.61%) Adobe
11 95 (1.43%) IBM
12 90 (1.35%) Cloudera
13 86 (1.29%) Atlassian
14 79 (1.19%) Splunk
15 74 (1.11%) Dell
16 71 (1.07%) HP
17 70 (1.05%) Red Hat
18 69 (1.04%) ION Trading
19 65 (0.98%) Apple
20 64 (0.96%) Databricks