Period
to 19 October 2021

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 19 October 2021 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
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 24 32 31
Rank change year-on-year +8 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 5,632 1,778 4,918
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.69% 5.70% 5.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.51% 6.55% 6.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,452 1,103 2,916
10th Percentile £280 £250 £200
25th Percentile £400 £350 £340
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% - +2.86%
75th Percentile £600 £539 £550
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £400 £425
% change year-on-year +12.50% -5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 264 104 274
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.71 £12.02
25th Percentile £12.31 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate £18.00 £22.00 £22.00
Median % change year-on-year -18.18% - +10.00%
75th Percentile £47.51 £42.75 £44.50
90th Percentile £59.93 £49.50 £50.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £18.50 £19.56
% change year-on-year -10.81% -5.42% -13.07%

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 75,024 27,163 73,704
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 89.10% 87.12% 87.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,140 18,394 49,366
10th Percentile £320 £300 £300
25th Percentile £413 £378 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £510 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.37% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £668 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £460 £443 £438
% change year-on-year +3.95% +1.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,689 776 2,168
10th Percentile £12.05 £11.88 £11.57
25th Percentile £14.55 £15.50 £14.84
Median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year - +11.11% +15.38%
75th Percentile £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £63.75 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.75 £22.50 £22.00
% change year-on-year -7.78% +2.27% +14.29%

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 19 October 2021.

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 19 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Top 17 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 19 October 2021. 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 +9 4,701 £500 +11.11% 2,569
London +22 2,402 £550 +10.00% 813
UK excluding London +1 2,317 £450 +12.50% 1,964
Work from Home +7 1,384 £495 +10.00% 501
South East +1 593 £450 +11.11% 414
Midlands +13 477 £450 +18.42% 362
North of England +7 440 £425 +13.33% 518
West Midlands +14 377 £490 +21.74% 226
South West +23 287 £450 -1.47% 256
North West -2 269 £425 +19.38% 281
Scotland +4 258 £450 +11.80% 149
East of England +5 210 £425 +8.97% 199
Yorkshire +5 137 £425 -5.56% 161
East Midlands +4 98 £403 +24.23% 133
Wales -11 35 £415 -1.19% 54
North East +8 33 £337 -10.27% 76
Northern Ireland +9 28 £470 +17.65% 13

For the 6 months to 19 October 2021, 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 3,001 (53.28%) Social Skills
2 2,086 (37.04%) Agile Software Development
3 1,941 (34.46%) Analytical Skills
4 1,311 (23.28%) Finance
5 1,085 (19.26%) SQL
6 976 (17.33%) Microsoft
7 915 (16.25%) Azure
8 796 (14.13%) DevOps
9 760 (13.49%) Java
10 733 (13.01%) Scrum
11 703 (12.48%) Python
12 700 (12.43%) Windows
13 674 (11.97%) Project Management
14 669 (11.88%) AWS
15 658 (11.68%) JIRA
16 652 (11.58%) Degree
17 591 (10.49%) Linux
18 588 (10.44%) Stakeholder Management
19 581 (10.32%) JavaScript
20 522 (9.27%) Analytics
21 517 (9.18%) Decision-Making
22 505 (8.97%) Security Cleared
23 493 (8.75%) Git (software)
24 466 (8.27%) ITIL
25 454 (8.06%) Oracle
26 452 (8.03%) HTML
27 443 (7.87%) Public Sector
28 421 (7.48%) Presentation Skills
29 409 (7.26%) Test Automation
30 396 (7.03%) Software Engineering

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
1 317 (5.63%) Confluence
2 184 (3.27%) SharePoint
3 94 (1.67%) Apache Spark
4 83 (1.47%) CMS
5 77 (1.37%) Apache
6 62 (1.10%) WebLogic
7 53 (0.94%) SAS
8 51 (0.91%) Tomcat
9 39 (0.69%) IIS
10 37 (0.66%) Elasticsearch
11 34 (0.60%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 30 (0.53%) MS Exchange
12 30 (0.53%) WebSphere
13 25 (0.44%) JBoss
14 22 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
15 18 (0.32%) Apache Airflow
15 18 (0.32%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 17 (0.30%) IBM Domino
17 16 (0.28%) DataSynapse
18 15 (0.27%) WordPress
Applications
1 390 (6.92%) Microsoft Office
2 297 (5.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 164 (2.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 90 (1.60%) MS Visio
5 87 (1.54%) Microsoft Project
6 44 (0.78%) Sketch
7 35 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
8 30 (0.53%) Photoshop
9 26 (0.46%) InVision
10 23 (0.41%) Figma
11 15 (0.27%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 12 (0.21%) Adobe XD
12 12 (0.21%) Zeplin
13 10 (0.18%) Chatbot
14 9 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
15 5 (0.089%) FrameMaker
15 5 (0.089%) Maya
15 5 (0.089%) UXPin
16 4 (0.071%) Simulink
17 3 (0.053%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 35 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
1 35 (0.62%) Magento
2 25 (0.44%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 22 (0.39%) SAP Hybris
4 15 (0.27%) NetSuite
4 15 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
4 15 (0.27%) Workday HCM
5 13 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
6 12 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
7 11 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
8 9 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
8 9 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 9 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
9 8 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
10 7 (0.12%) Adobe Campaign
10 7 (0.12%) Workfront
11 6 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
11 6 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
11 6 (0.11%) Relativity
11 6 (0.11%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 915 (16.25%) Azure
2 669 (11.88%) AWS
3 300 (5.33%) Microsoft 365
4 224 (3.98%) Power Platform
5 200 (3.55%) GCP
6 185 (3.28%) GitHub
7 163 (2.89%) SaaS
8 126 (2.24%) PaaS
9 98 (1.74%) Serverless
10 96 (1.70%) IaaS
11 61 (1.08%) Amazon S3
12 59 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
13 57 (1.01%) Azure Active Directory
14 56 (0.99%) Azure Data Factory
15 53 (0.94%) Dynamics 365
16 47 (0.83%) AWS Lambda
17 42 (0.75%) Amazon EKS
18 41 (0.73%) OpenShift
19 40 (0.71%) PowerApps
20 35 (0.62%) Azure Cosmos DB
Communications & Networking
1 157 (2.79%) Firewall
2 149 (2.65%) DNS
3 92 (1.63%) WAN
4 87 (1.54%) TCP/IP
5 84 (1.49%) LAN
6 81 (1.44%) DHCP
7 79 (1.40%) Internet
7 79 (1.40%) VPN
8 70 (1.24%) Wireless
9 69 (1.23%) HTTP
10 68 (1.21%) Network Security
11 48 (0.85%) 5G
12 47 (0.83%) 4G
13 44 (0.78%) 3G
14 43 (0.76%) SAN
15 40 (0.71%) VoIP
16 36 (0.64%) SSL
17 34 (0.60%) Skype
18 33 (0.59%) FTP
19 32 (0.57%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 392 (6.96%) SQL Server
2 263 (4.67%) Relational Database
3 214 (3.80%) Data Warehouse
4 188 (3.34%) Power BI
5 153 (2.72%) NoSQL
6 141 (2.50%) Big Data
7 135 (2.40%) MySQL
8 117 (2.08%) Data Lake
9 115 (2.04%) Tableau
10 106 (1.88%) Oracle Database
11 104 (1.85%) MongoDB
12 83 (1.47%) RDBMS
13 81 (1.44%) Hadoop
14 72 (1.28%) Azure SQL Database
15 70 (1.24%) PostgreSQL
16 58 (1.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 57 (1.01%) Metadata
18 56 (0.99%) Apache Hive
19 46 (0.82%) Apache Cassandra
20 45 (0.80%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 658 (11.68%) JIRA
2 493 (8.75%) Git (software)
3 393 (6.98%) Jenkins
4 125 (2.22%) Selenium
5 115 (2.04%) Maven
6 109 (1.94%) Cucumber
7 108 (1.92%) GitLab
8 101 (1.79%) Bitbucket
9 99 (1.76%) Subversion
10 90 (1.60%) Visual Studio
11 78 (1.38%) JUnit
12 70 (1.24%) TeamCity
13 68 (1.21%) Postman
14 52 (0.92%) webpack
15 45 (0.80%) JMeter
15 45 (0.80%) Sonatype Nexus
16 39 (0.69%) Artifactory
16 39 (0.69%) Gradle
16 39 (0.69%) Visual Studio Team System
17 34 (0.60%) SonarQube
General
1 3,001 (53.28%) Social Skills
2 1,941 (34.46%) Analytical Skills
3 1,311 (23.28%) Finance
4 443 (7.87%) Public Sector
5 421 (7.48%) Presentation Skills
6 391 (6.94%) Banking
7 277 (4.92%) Marketing
8 271 (4.81%) Influencing Skills
9 234 (4.15%) Organisational Skills
10 213 (3.78%) Retail
11 186 (3.30%) Front Office
12 168 (2.98%) Telecoms
13 164 (2.91%) Legal
14 111 (1.97%) Investment Banking
15 77 (1.37%) Documentation Skills
16 63 (1.12%) Billing
17 62 (1.10%) Law
18 60 (1.07%) Manufacturing
19 54 (0.96%) Automotive
20 49 (0.87%) German Language
Job Titles
1 1,146 (20.35%) Developer
2 928 (16.48%) Analyst
3 405 (7.19%) Architect
4 358 (6.36%) Project Manager
5 355 (6.30%) Business Analyst
6 239 (4.24%) Consultant
7 232 (4.12%) Java Developer
8 164 (2.91%) DevOps Engineer
8 164 (2.91%) Solutions Architect
9 152 (2.70%) Support Engineer
10 138 (2.45%) Designer
11 132 (2.34%) Service Analyst
12 131 (2.33%) Senior Developer
13 124 (2.20%) Data Analyst
13 124 (2.20%) Software Engineer
14 122 (2.17%) Data Engineer
15 104 (1.85%) Service Desk Analyst
16 99 (1.76%) Full Stack Developer
16 99 (1.76%) Python Developer
17 82 (1.46%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 452 (8.03%) HTML
2 386 (6.85%) CSS
3 322 (5.72%) .NET
4 300 (5.33%) React
5 250 (4.44%) AngularJS
6 222 (3.94%) REST
7 217 (3.85%) Web Services
8 213 (3.78%) JSON
9 204 (3.62%) Spring
10 190 (3.37%) HTML5
10 190 (3.37%) XML
11 186 (3.30%) RESTful
12 185 (3.28%) Node.js
13 128 (2.27%) Kafka
14 107 (1.90%) Spring Boot
15 100 (1.78%) CSS3
16 97 (1.72%) SOAP
17 93 (1.65%) ASP.NET
18 85 (1.51%) J2EE
19 73 (1.30%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 378 (6.71%) User Experience
2 341 (6.05%) Self-Motivation
3 212 (3.76%) Management Information System
4 141 (2.50%) Algorithms
5 129 (2.29%) Virtual Team
6 117 (2.08%) Data Structures
7 91 (1.62%) Mobile App
8 86 (1.53%) Data Centre
9 77 (1.37%) Public Cloud
10 70 (1.24%) Data Protection Act
11 68 (1.21%) Social Media
12 67 (1.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 66 (1.17%) Analytical Mindset
13 66 (1.17%) Legacy Systems
14 64 (1.14%) Fixed Income
15 51 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
16 48 (0.85%) NHS
17 46 (0.82%) Equities
18 44 (0.78%) Wiki
19 42 (0.75%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 700 (12.43%) Windows
2 591 (10.49%) Linux
3 266 (4.72%) Unix
4 175 (3.11%) Windows Server
5 169 (3.00%) Windows 10
6 132 (2.34%) Android
7 120 (2.13%) Apple iOS
8 90 (1.60%) Windows 7
9 58 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 41 (0.73%) Windows Server 2012
11 36 (0.64%) Windows Server 2016
12 34 (0.60%) Solaris
13 33 (0.59%) Mac OS X
14 32 (0.57%) Mac OS
15 31 (0.55%) Ubuntu
16 28 (0.50%) AIX
17 26 (0.46%) Windows 8
17 26 (0.46%) Windows Server 2019
18 23 (0.41%) Windows Server 2008
19 16 (0.28%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,086 (37.04%) Agile Software Development
2 796 (14.13%) DevOps
3 733 (13.01%) Scrum
4 674 (11.97%) Project Management
5 588 (10.44%) Stakeholder Management
6 522 (9.27%) Analytics
7 517 (9.18%) Decision-Making
8 466 (8.27%) ITIL
9 409 (7.26%) Test Automation
10 396 (7.03%) Continuous Improvement
10 396 (7.03%) Software Engineering
11 394 (7.00%) Migration
12 377 (6.69%) Business Intelligence
13 362 (6.43%) Data Modelling
14 340 (6.04%) Microservices
15 335 (5.95%) TDD
16 328 (5.82%) Change Management
17 324 (5.75%) Continuous Integration
18 321 (5.70%) Project Delivery
19 315 (5.59%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1,085 (19.26%) SQL
2 760 (13.49%) Java
3 703 (12.48%) Python
4 581 (10.32%) JavaScript
5 345 (6.13%) C#
6 209 (3.71%) PowerShell
7 190 (3.37%) TypeScript
8 147 (2.61%) Bash Shell
9 136 (2.41%) C++
9 136 (2.41%) Scala
10 133 (2.36%) Java 8
11 130 (2.31%) C
12 124 (2.20%) Shell Script
13 119 (2.11%) PL/SQL
14 94 (1.67%) Perl
15 93 (1.65%) R
16 91 (1.62%) PHP
17 87 (1.54%) T-SQL
18 65 (1.15%) VBA
19 64 (1.14%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 652 (11.58%) Degree
2 505 (8.97%) Security Cleared
3 369 (6.55%) SC Cleared
4 120 (2.13%) Computer Science Degree
5 98 (1.74%) Cisco Certification
6 71 (1.26%) Microsoft Certification
7 64 (1.14%) Master's Degree
7 64 (1.14%) PMP
8 58 (1.03%) CCNA
9 57 (1.01%) BPSS Clearance
9 57 (1.01%) DV Cleared
10 54 (0.96%) PMI Certification
11 52 (0.92%) ISTQB
12 49 (0.87%) CISSP
13 47 (0.83%) MCP
14 43 (0.76%) ISEB
15 39 (0.69%) CCNP
15 39 (0.69%) MCSE
16 28 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
17 27 (0.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 311 (5.52%) QA
2 160 (2.84%) SLA
3 156 (2.77%) PMO
4 148 (2.63%) Accessibility
5 126 (2.24%) Data Quality
6 103 (1.83%) GDPR
7 42 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 37 (0.66%) WCAG
9 34 (0.60%) PCI DSS
10 24 (0.43%) COBIT
11 23 (0.41%) NIST
12 22 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 15 (0.27%) GRC
13 15 (0.27%) ISO 9001
14 14 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
15 10 (0.18%) DO-178B
15 10 (0.18%) IEC 61508
16 9 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
17 8 (0.14%) MiFID
18 7 (0.12%) MISRA
System Software
1 359 (6.37%) Docker
2 356 (6.32%) Active Directory
3 146 (2.59%) VMware Infrastructure
4 37 (0.66%) Virtual Machines
5 34 (0.60%) NFS
6 33 (0.59%) vSphere
7 28 (0.50%) HDFS
8 27 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
9 22 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
10 21 (0.37%) XenApp
11 16 (0.28%) XenDesktop
12 12 (0.21%) Hyper-V
13 11 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
13 11 (0.20%) Oracle RAC
14 10 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 9 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
16 8 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
17 7 (0.12%) Ceph
17 7 (0.12%) VirtualBox
17 7 (0.12%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 296 (5.26%) Kubernetes
2 248 (4.40%) Ansible
3 220 (3.91%) Terraform
4 150 (2.66%) SCCM
5 62 (1.10%) Microsoft Intune
6 61 (1.08%) Puppet
7 36 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
8 30 (0.53%) Single Sign-On
9 25 (0.44%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 25 (0.44%) Grafana
10 24 (0.43%) Prometheus
11 22 (0.39%) Nagios
12 20 (0.36%) Docker Swarm
12 20 (0.36%) HP ALM
13 18 (0.32%) Data Guard
14 16 (0.28%) Icinga
14 16 (0.28%) Jamf Pro
15 14 (0.25%) Control-M
15 14 (0.25%) Netcool
15 14 (0.25%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 976 (17.33%) Microsoft
2 454 (8.06%) Oracle
3 197 (3.50%) VMware
4 195 (3.46%) SAP
5 183 (3.25%) Salesforce.com
6 174 (3.09%) Google
7 171 (3.04%) ServiceNow
8 134 (2.38%) Cisco
9 126 (2.24%) Adobe
10 90 (1.60%) Atlassian
11 82 (1.46%) Citrix
11 82 (1.46%) Databricks
12 80 (1.42%) Apple
13 74 (1.31%) IBM
13 74 (1.31%) Splunk
14 68 (1.21%) Red Hat
15 64 (1.14%) Informatica
16 54 (0.96%) HP
17 45 (0.80%) Alteryx
18 42 (0.75%) Cloudera