Period
to 4 July 2020

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 4 July 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
UK
6 months to
4 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 27 32 32
Rank change year-on-year +5 0 0
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 2,574 5,687 6,496
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.23% 6.09% 6.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.26% 6.99% 7.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,521 3,359 4,032
Median daily rate £455 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.11% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £240 £250 £225
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 176 236 292
Median hourly rate £29.00 £21.03 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +37.90% +5.15% -
10th Percentile £13.68 £11.69 £10.50
90th Percentile £52.38 £50.00 £49.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year +15.00% -6.53% -

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 35,440 81,359 90,072
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.82% 87.12% 86.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,281 53,571 59,377
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +2.27%
10th Percentile £300 £303 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £420
% change year-on-year +2.86% +4.17% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,234 2,284 2,457
Median hourly rate £32.15 £24.73 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.01% +15.00% -14.00%
10th Percentile £12.83 £11.85 £11.17
90th Percentile £54.48 £52.50 £50.00
Median hourly rate £24.71 £24.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +2.96% +20.00% -20.00%

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 4 July 2020.

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 4 July 2020.

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 4 July 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
England +2 2,276 £463 +2.78% 796
UK excluding London +6 1,409 £425 +1.19% 616
London 0 1,044 £500 - 245
South East +3 389 £425 -2.86% 145
North of England +10 350 £425 - 165
North West +19 206 £400 -5.88% 95
Midlands +7 177 £425 +6.25% 103
Scotland +3 159 £378 +0.67% 44
East of England +4 154 £460 +9.52% 64
Work from Home +25 146 £475 +7.95% 96
South West -17 146 £457 +10.72% 73
Yorkshire +3 115 £450 +5.88% 50
West Midlands +4 110 £445 +7.88% 69
East Midlands +6 67 £403 +7.33% 34
North East +1 32 £433 +12.34% 20
Wales -14 24 £428 - 19
Northern Ireland -7 10 £390 -4.88% 4
Isle of Man +2 1 - -

For the 6 months to 4 July 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 with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 971 (37.72%) Analytical Skills
2 893 (34.69%) Agile Software Development
3 575 (22.34%) Finance
4 537 (20.86%) Microsoft
5 491 (19.08%) Windows
6 484 (18.80%) SQL
7 415 (16.12%) Java
8 374 (14.53%) Azure
9 336 (13.05%) Degree
10 331 (12.86%) Security Cleared
11 311 (12.08%) Linux
12 297 (11.54%) ITIL
13 277 (10.76%) AWS
14 275 (10.68%) Active Directory
15 261 (10.14%) Scrum
16 257 (9.98%) SC Cleared
17 245 (9.52%) Stakeholder Management
18 239 (9.29%) Microsoft Office
19 237 (9.21%) SQL Server
20 235 (9.13%) JavaScript
20 235 (9.13%) Python
21 234 (9.09%) Banking
22 231 (8.97%) Migration
23 230 (8.94%) Oracle
23 230 (8.94%) Decision-Making
24 224 (8.70%) Project Management
25 223 (8.66%) Office 365
26 221 (8.59%) Public Sector
27 216 (8.39%) Test Automation
28 202 (7.85%) JIRA

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
1 100 (3.89%) SharePoint
2 85 (3.30%) Confluence
3 56 (2.18%) MS Exchange
4 43 (1.67%) IIS
5 40 (1.55%) Tomcat
6 29 (1.13%) Apache
7 27 (1.05%) Apache Spark
8 23 (0.89%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 22 (0.85%) SAS
9 22 (0.85%) WebLogic
9 22 (0.85%) WebSphere
10 20 (0.78%) Skype for Business
11 16 (0.62%) CMS
12 15 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
12 15 (0.58%) JBoss
13 14 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
14 13 (0.51%) Apache Solr
15 12 (0.47%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 12 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
16 10 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 239 (9.29%) Microsoft Office
2 179 (6.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 96 (3.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 58 (2.25%) MS Visio
5 49 (1.90%) Microsoft Project
6 30 (1.17%) Sketch
7 13 (0.51%) InVision
8 11 (0.43%) Acrobat
8 11 (0.43%) Figma
9 9 (0.35%) Photoshop
9 9 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
10 5 (0.19%) Zeplin
11 4 (0.16%) Adobe XD
12 2 (0.078%) Adobe Illustrator
12 2 (0.078%) AutoCAD
12 2 (0.078%) OmniGraffle
12 2 (0.078%) SPSS
12 2 (0.078%) Stata
13 1 (0.039%) InDesign
13 1 (0.039%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 34 (1.32%) Remedy ITSM
2 15 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.58%) Magento
3 10 (0.39%) assyst
4 8 (0.31%) SAP S/4HANA
5 7 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
6 6 (0.23%) Elite 3E
6 6 (0.23%) Shopify
7 5 (0.19%) NetSuite
7 5 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
7 5 (0.19%) Payment Gateway
7 5 (0.19%) SAP HR
7 5 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
8 4 (0.16%) BASE24
8 4 (0.16%) BusinessWorks
8 4 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
8 4 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
8 4 (0.16%) SAP FI
8 4 (0.16%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 374 (14.53%) Azure
2 277 (10.76%) AWS
3 223 (8.66%) Office 365
4 64 (2.49%) Power Platform
5 62 (2.41%) GCP
6 52 (2.02%) SaaS
7 43 (1.67%) PaaS
8 41 (1.59%) GitHub
9 31 (1.20%) OneDrive
10 29 (1.13%) IaaS
11 26 (1.01%) Azure Active Directory
11 26 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
12 21 (0.82%) G Suite
13 18 (0.70%) Boomi
13 18 (0.70%) Serverless
14 14 (0.54%) Amazon S3
14 14 (0.54%) Amazon SQS
15 13 (0.51%) Dynamics 365
15 13 (0.51%) Heroku
16 12 (0.47%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 120 (4.66%) DNS
2 109 (4.23%) Firewall
3 77 (2.99%) TCP/IP
4 73 (2.84%) DHCP
5 72 (2.80%) HTTP
6 68 (2.64%) WAN
7 62 (2.41%) LAN
8 56 (2.18%) Internet
9 55 (2.14%) VPN
10 52 (2.02%) Wireless
11 51 (1.98%) Wi-Fi
12 47 (1.83%) Skype
13 40 (1.55%) SSL
14 30 (1.17%) Network Security
15 28 (1.09%) SAN
16 26 (1.01%) IPv6
17 25 (0.97%) HTTPS
17 25 (0.97%) MPLS
18 24 (0.93%) VLAN
18 24 (0.93%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 237 (9.21%) SQL Server
2 88 (3.42%) Relational Database
3 82 (3.19%) MongoDB
4 81 (3.15%) MySQL
5 63 (2.45%) Oracle Database
6 62 (2.41%) Power BI
7 61 (2.37%) NoSQL
8 57 (2.21%) Data Warehouse
9 56 (2.18%) Big Data
10 43 (1.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 40 (1.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 37 (1.44%) PostgreSQL
12 37 (1.44%) SQL Server 2016
13 32 (1.24%) Hadoop
14 29 (1.13%) RDBMS
15 27 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
16 24 (0.93%) Oracle Database 11g
17 23 (0.89%) Oracle Database 12c
18 20 (0.78%) BusinessObjects
19 19 (0.74%) DB2
Development Applications
1 202 (7.85%) JIRA
2 161 (6.25%) Git (software)
3 125 (4.86%) Jenkins
4 76 (2.95%) Selenium
5 53 (2.06%) Cucumber
6 40 (1.55%) Eclipse
7 38 (1.48%) Octopus Deploy
8 33 (1.28%) Subversion
9 32 (1.24%) Mockito
10 27 (1.05%) Postman
10 27 (1.05%) Team Foundation Server
11 25 (0.97%) Maven
12 24 (0.93%) TeamCity
12 24 (0.93%) Visual Studio
13 22 (0.85%) JMeter
13 22 (0.85%) JUnit
14 21 (0.82%) Jasmine
14 21 (0.82%) webpack
15 20 (0.78%) SonarQube
16 17 (0.66%) Grunt
General
1 575 (22.34%) Finance
2 234 (9.09%) Banking
3 221 (8.59%) Public Sector
4 97 (3.77%) Telecoms
5 69 (2.68%) Marketing
6 68 (2.64%) Investment Banking
7 66 (2.56%) Front Office
8 52 (2.02%) Retail
9 51 (1.98%) Legal
10 48 (1.86%) Manufacturing
11 34 (1.32%) Games
12 26 (1.01%) Electronics
13 24 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
14 23 (0.89%) Law
15 20 (0.78%) Financial Institution
16 17 (0.66%) Aerospace
16 17 (0.66%) Back Office
16 17 (0.66%) Publishing
17 15 (0.58%) Billing
18 12 (0.47%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 543 (21.10%) Developer
2 443 (17.21%) Analyst
3 164 (6.37%) Architect
4 138 (5.36%) Business Analyst
5 130 (5.05%) Java Developer
6 108 (4.20%) Project Manager
7 97 (3.77%) Consultant
8 76 (2.95%) Support Engineer
9 75 (2.91%) Designer
10 56 (2.18%) Senior Developer
11 52 (2.02%) Support Analyst
12 49 (1.90%) Data Analyst
13 44 (1.71%) Network Engineer
13 44 (1.71%) Solutions Architect
14 43 (1.67%) DevOps Engineer
15 40 (1.55%) Desktop Support
15 40 (1.55%) UX Designer
16 39 (1.52%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
16 39 (1.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 39 (1.52%) React Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 183 (7.11%) HTML
2 160 (6.22%) CSS
3 147 (5.71%) .NET
4 125 (4.86%) Web Services
5 102 (3.96%) XML
6 98 (3.81%) AngularJS
7 97 (3.77%) Node.js
8 90 (3.50%) REST
9 81 (3.15%) React
10 75 (2.91%) SOAP
11 63 (2.45%) JSON
12 60 (2.33%) Middleware
12 60 (2.33%) Spring
13 51 (1.98%) HTML5
14 49 (1.90%) RESTful
15 46 (1.79%) jQuery
16 44 (1.71%) Sass
17 35 (1.36%) Redux
18 33 (1.28%) GraphQL
19 32 (1.24%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 971 (37.72%) Analytical Skills
2 171 (6.64%) Self-Motivation
3 163 (6.33%) User Experience
4 135 (5.24%) Management Information System
5 71 (2.76%) Data Centre
6 58 (2.25%) Algorithms
7 57 (2.21%) Data Structures
8 44 (1.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 35 (1.36%) Mobile App
10 30 (1.17%) W3C
11 29 (1.13%) Virtual Team
12 28 (1.09%) Greenfield Project
13 27 (1.05%) NHS
14 26 (1.01%) Social Media
15 24 (0.93%) Replication
16 21 (0.82%) Clustering
16 21 (0.82%) Derivative
16 21 (0.82%) Fixed Income
17 20 (0.78%) Device Driver
17 20 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 491 (19.08%) Windows
2 311 (12.08%) Linux
3 168 (6.53%) Windows 10
3 168 (6.53%) Windows Server
4 151 (5.87%) Unix
5 86 (3.34%) Windows 7
6 56 (2.18%) Mac OS X
6 56 (2.18%) Windows Server 2012
7 47 (1.83%) Windows Server 2008
8 44 (1.71%) Apple iOS
9 43 (1.67%) Android
9 43 (1.67%) Windows Server 2016
10 41 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 23 (0.89%) Solaris
12 18 (0.70%) Windows XP
13 15 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
14 13 (0.51%) Windows 8
14 13 (0.51%) Windows Vista
15 11 (0.43%) HPUX
15 11 (0.43%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 893 (34.69%) Agile Software Development
2 297 (11.54%) ITIL
3 261 (10.14%) Scrum
4 245 (9.52%) Stakeholder Management
5 231 (8.97%) Migration
6 230 (8.94%) Decision-Making
7 224 (8.70%) Project Management
8 216 (8.39%) Test Automation
9 197 (7.65%) DevOps
10 180 (6.99%) TDD
11 163 (6.33%) Change Management
12 153 (5.94%) Continuous Integration
13 152 (5.91%) Project Delivery
14 146 (5.67%) Continuous Improvement
15 145 (5.63%) Business Intelligence
16 144 (5.59%) Computer Science
17 133 (5.17%) SDLC
18 123 (4.78%) Analytics
18 123 (4.78%) BDD
18 123 (4.78%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 484 (18.80%) SQL
2 415 (16.12%) Java
3 235 (9.13%) JavaScript
3 235 (9.13%) Python
4 163 (6.33%) C#
5 157 (6.10%) PowerShell
6 113 (4.39%) C
7 65 (2.53%) Java 8
8 64 (2.49%) Perl
9 62 (2.41%) Shell Script
10 56 (2.18%) C++
11 50 (1.94%) PL/SQL
12 42 (1.63%) TypeScript
13 39 (1.52%) Bash Shell
14 36 (1.40%) T-SQL
15 34 (1.32%) PHP
16 31 (1.20%) ES6
16 31 (1.20%) Scala
16 31 (1.20%) VBA
17 29 (1.13%) R
Qualifications
1 336 (13.05%) Degree
2 331 (12.86%) Security Cleared
3 257 (9.98%) SC Cleared
4 52 (2.02%) Computer Science Degree
5 51 (1.98%) BPSS Clearance
6 49 (1.90%) Microsoft Certification
7 48 (1.86%) Cisco Certification
8 37 (1.44%) DV Cleared
9 35 (1.36%) MCSE
10 33 (1.28%) ISEB
11 31 (1.20%) ISTQB
12 27 (1.05%) CISSP
13 26 (1.01%) CCNP
14 25 (0.97%) DBS Check
15 23 (0.89%) PMI Certification
16 22 (0.85%) CCNA
17 20 (0.78%) Master's Degree
18 19 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
19 17 (0.66%) HND
20 16 (0.62%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (4.23%) QA
2 100 (3.89%) SLA
3 63 (2.45%) GDPR
4 32 (1.24%) Data Quality
4 32 (1.24%) PMO
5 26 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 25 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 17 (0.66%) PCI DSS
8 16 (0.62%) WCAG
9 13 (0.51%) NIST
10 12 (0.47%) HIPAA
11 11 (0.43%) COBIT
11 11 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
12 7 (0.27%) MiFID
12 7 (0.27%) P3O
13 5 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
13 5 (0.19%) EMIR
13 5 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 4 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 4 (0.16%) JSP 440
System Software
1 275 (10.68%) Active Directory
2 138 (5.36%) Docker
3 86 (3.34%) VMware Infrastructure
4 23 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
5 22 (0.85%) vSphere
6 18 (0.70%) Oracle RAC
7 17 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
8 15 (0.58%) Hyper-V
8 15 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
9 13 (0.51%) XenApp
10 10 (0.39%) NFS
11 8 (0.31%) RACF
12 7 (0.27%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 7 (0.27%) HDFS
12 7 (0.27%) VMware NSX
13 5 (0.19%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 5 (0.19%) Squid
13 5 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
13 5 (0.19%) XenDesktop
14 4 (0.16%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 94 (3.65%) Kubernetes
2 69 (2.68%) SCCM
3 58 (2.25%) Ansible
4 57 (2.21%) Terraform
5 39 (1.52%) Puppet
6 38 (1.48%) Microsoft Intune
7 30 (1.17%) Opscode Chef
8 22 (0.85%) Rancher
9 20 (0.78%) Data Guard
10 18 (0.70%) Netcool
10 18 (0.70%) Netcool/OMNIbus
11 17 (0.66%) SCOM
12 14 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
12 14 (0.54%) Oracle RMAN
13 11 (0.43%) Amdocs OSS
13 11 (0.43%) Prometheus
13 11 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
13 11 (0.43%) Tivoli
14 10 (0.39%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 10 (0.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 537 (20.86%) Microsoft
2 230 (8.94%) Oracle
3 145 (5.63%) VMware
4 120 (4.66%) SAP
5 93 (3.61%) Cisco
6 81 (3.15%) Google
7 76 (2.95%) ServiceNow
8 66 (2.56%) HP
9 65 (2.53%) IBM
10 53 (2.06%) Citrix
10 53 (2.06%) Remedy
11 51 (1.98%) Apple
12 50 (1.94%) Red Hat
13 46 (1.79%) Salesforce.com
14 42 (1.63%) Dell
15 41 (1.59%) Tableau
16 40 (1.55%) Adobe
17 32 (1.24%) Splunk
18 30 (1.17%) CheckPoint
19 26 (1.01%) Juniper