Period
to 15 January 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 15 January 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
15 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 28 28 32
Rank change year-on-year 0 +4 0
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 2,394 4,340 6,112
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.86% 5.92% 6.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.79% 6.91% 7.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,839 2,623 3,748
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £264 £180 £223
90th Percentile £638 £625 £643
UK excluding London median daily rate £421 £425 £413
% change year-on-year -0.94% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 179 282 229
Median hourly rate £22.50 £25.75 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.62% -0.96% +14.64%
10th Percentile £11.07 £13.26 £10.50
90th Percentile £58.75 £53.75 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £29.25
% change year-on-year -28.00% -14.53% +39.29%

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 35,268 62,775 86,963
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.27% 85.62% 87.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,765 41,982 58,383
Median daily rate £475 £475 £473
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +0.53% +5.00%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £300
90th Percentile £650 £650 £648
UK excluding London median daily rate £427 £433 £425
% change year-on-year -1.21% +1.76% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,155 1,920 2,111
Median hourly rate £27.50 £21.00 £21.76
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.95% -3.49% +0.28%
10th Percentile £11.90 £11.90 £11.25
90th Percentile £60.00 £53.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £24.25 £20.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +21.25% -4.76% -3.58%

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 15 January 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 15 January 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 15 January 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 -4 1,976 £450 - 1,329
UK excluding London +7 1,064 £421 -0.94% 1,002
London -2 998 £500 +5.26% 414
Work from Home -4 534 £450 +5.26% 250
South East +3 297 £425 - 236
North of England -4 231 £413 -2.94% 270
Midlands +10 169 £405 -3.57% 170
North West +5 143 £390 -8.24% 157
Scotland +2 134 £425 +6.25% 57
West Midlands +9 129 £413 +0.61% 98
East of England +15 115 £425 -5.56% 109
South West +13 90 £450 +1.12% 122
Yorkshire -20 69 £425 - 87
East Midlands +12 39 £360 -14.79% 72
Wales +17 23 £325 -13.33% 28
North East -15 19 £362 +12.25% 26
Northern Ireland +6 8 £375 +44.23% 11

For the 6 months to 15 January 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.

1 855 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 851 (35.55%) Analytical Skills
3 488 (20.38%) Finance
4 464 (19.38%) SQL
5 368 (15.37%) Microsoft
6 337 (14.08%) Java
7 326 (13.62%) Azure
8 316 (13.20%) Security Cleared
9 310 (12.95%) Scrum
10 296 (12.36%) DevOps
11 292 (12.20%) Windows
12 280 (11.70%) Linux
12 280 (11.70%) Python
13 260 (10.86%) Degree
14 255 (10.65%) AWS
15 253 (10.57%) SC Cleared
16 248 (10.36%) Public Sector
17 236 (9.86%) Git (software)
18 225 (9.40%) Oracle
19 219 (9.15%) Project Management
20 215 (8.98%) JIRA
21 207 (8.65%) JavaScript
22 205 (8.56%) Stakeholder Management
23 195 (8.15%) Decision-Making
24 194 (8.10%) Migration
25 188 (7.85%) Microsoft Office
26 187 (7.81%) Banking
27 184 (7.69%) Microservices
28 180 (7.52%) Test Automation
28 180 (7.52%) Computer Science

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
1 102 (4.26%) Confluence
2 83 (3.47%) SharePoint
3 65 (2.72%) Apache
4 45 (1.88%) Apache Spark
5 40 (1.67%) IIS
6 36 (1.50%) WebLogic
7 30 (1.25%) CMS
7 30 (1.25%) MS Exchange
8 25 (1.04%) Tomcat
8 25 (1.04%) WebSphere
9 24 (1.00%) Elasticsearch
9 24 (1.00%) JBoss
9 24 (1.00%) SAS
10 16 (0.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 12 (0.50%) WordPress
12 11 (0.46%) Red Hat Fuse
13 9 (0.38%) Skype for Business
14 7 (0.29%) Appian
14 7 (0.29%) nginx
15 6 (0.25%) Jupyter
Applications
1 188 (7.85%) Microsoft Office
2 123 (5.14%) Microsoft Excel
3 62 (2.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 50 (2.09%) MS Visio
5 28 (1.17%) Spreadsheet
6 21 (0.88%) Microsoft Project
7 12 (0.50%) Sketch
8 11 (0.46%) InVision
9 10 (0.42%) Zeplin
10 9 (0.38%) Adobe XD
11 6 (0.25%) Simulink
12 5 (0.21%) Maya
13 4 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
13 4 (0.17%) Photoshop
14 3 (0.13%) Stata
15 2 (0.084%) Chatbot
16 1 (0.042%) CINEMA 4D
16 1 (0.042%) Figma
16 1 (0.042%) PTC Creo
16 1 (0.042%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 22 (0.92%) Magento
2 15 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (0.50%) Payment Gateway
3 12 (0.50%) SAP FI
4 11 (0.46%) Oracle ERP
5 10 (0.42%) SAP CO
5 10 (0.42%) SAP FI/CO
6 9 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
7 8 (0.33%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 7 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
9 6 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
9 6 (0.25%) SAP ERP
10 5 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
10 5 (0.21%) SAP IS-U
10 5 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
11 4 (0.17%) NetSuite
11 4 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
11 4 (0.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 4 (0.17%) SAP Bank Analyzer
11 4 (0.17%) SAP FS
Cloud Services
1 326 (13.62%) Azure
2 255 (10.65%) AWS
3 122 (5.10%) Office 365
4 74 (3.09%) Power Platform
5 59 (2.46%) GCP
6 47 (1.96%) SaaS
7 45 (1.88%) Serverless
8 43 (1.80%) GitHub
9 35 (1.46%) Dynamics 365
10 33 (1.38%) AWS Lambda
10 33 (1.38%) PaaS
11 29 (1.21%) Amazon S3
12 23 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
13 21 (0.88%) Virtual Private Cloud
14 20 (0.84%) Cloud Computing
15 19 (0.79%) AWS CloudFormation
16 18 (0.75%) Amazon EC2
17 15 (0.63%) Azure Functions
18 14 (0.58%) IaaS
18 14 (0.58%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 72 (3.01%) Firewall
2 62 (2.59%) TCP/IP
3 53 (2.21%) DNS
4 43 (1.80%) HTTP
5 40 (1.67%) DHCP
6 37 (1.55%) VPN
7 35 (1.46%) Network Security
8 33 (1.38%) LAN
9 32 (1.34%) WAN
10 31 (1.29%) Wi-Fi
11 28 (1.17%) SSL
12 24 (1.00%) IPv6
13 23 (0.96%) IPv4
14 21 (0.88%) SAN
15 19 (0.79%) Skype
16 18 (0.75%) SNMP
17 17 (0.71%) Unified Communications
17 17 (0.71%) Wireless
18 16 (0.67%) FTP
19 15 (0.63%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 154 (6.43%) SQL Server
2 102 (4.26%) Relational Database
3 99 (4.14%) MySQL
4 72 (3.01%) Data Warehouse
5 69 (2.88%) NoSQL
6 67 (2.80%) Big Data
7 65 (2.72%) Power BI
8 60 (2.51%) Hadoop
9 53 (2.21%) MongoDB
10 47 (1.96%) Oracle Database
11 43 (1.80%) Data Lake
12 41 (1.71%) Pentaho
13 36 (1.50%) Apache Hive
13 36 (1.50%) PostgreSQL
14 31 (1.29%) Tableau
15 28 (1.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 27 (1.13%) Impala
17 22 (0.92%) SAP BW
18 21 (0.88%) Amazon RDS
18 21 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 236 (9.86%) Git (software)
2 215 (8.98%) JIRA
3 174 (7.27%) Jenkins
4 44 (1.84%) Maven
5 31 (1.29%) GitLab
5 31 (1.29%) Selenium
6 30 (1.25%) JUnit
7 29 (1.21%) Subversion
8 25 (1.04%) webpack
9 23 (0.96%) Bitbucket
10 22 (0.92%) Visual Studio
11 21 (0.88%) Cucumber
11 21 (0.88%) Visual Studio Team System
12 19 (0.79%) CA Gen
12 19 (0.79%) GDB
13 18 (0.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 18 (0.75%) Gradle
13 18 (0.75%) TeamCity
14 16 (0.67%) Postman
15 15 (0.63%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 488 (20.38%) Finance
2 248 (10.36%) Public Sector
3 187 (7.81%) Banking
4 72 (3.01%) Front Office
5 69 (2.88%) Marketing
6 59 (2.46%) Retail
7 55 (2.30%) Investment Banking
8 50 (2.09%) Telecoms
9 41 (1.71%) Legal
10 32 (1.34%) Manufacturing
11 27 (1.13%) Games
12 21 (0.88%) Local Government
13 19 (0.79%) Financial Institution
14 18 (0.75%) Electronics
14 18 (0.75%) Pharmaceutical
15 16 (0.67%) Retail Banking
16 13 (0.54%) Law
17 10 (0.42%) Back Office
18 9 (0.38%) Advertising
18 9 (0.38%) Digital Economy
Job Titles
1 519 (21.68%) Developer
2 365 (15.25%) Analyst
3 171 (7.14%) Architect
4 139 (5.81%) Business Analyst
5 112 (4.68%) Consultant
6 99 (4.14%) Java Developer
7 94 (3.93%) Senior Developer
8 72 (3.01%) Project Manager
9 68 (2.84%) DevOps Engineer
10 62 (2.59%) Software Engineer
11 53 (2.21%) Designer
12 51 (2.13%) Solutions Architect
13 50 (2.09%) Data Analyst
14 49 (2.05%) Support Engineer
15 45 (1.88%) Support Analyst
16 44 (1.84%) Data Engineer
17 40 (1.67%) Technical Analyst
18 39 (1.63%) Full Stack Developer
19 38 (1.59%) Python Developer
20 37 (1.55%) Senior Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 166 (6.93%) HTML
2 137 (5.72%) .NET
3 129 (5.39%) CSS
4 102 (4.26%) REST
5 97 (4.05%) Web Services
6 85 (3.55%) AngularJS
7 83 (3.47%) Spring
8 73 (3.05%) Node.js
9 71 (2.97%) RESTful
10 70 (2.92%) Middleware
11 67 (2.80%) React
12 63 (2.63%) HTML5
13 61 (2.55%) XML
14 59 (2.46%) Kafka
15 51 (2.13%) JSON
16 46 (1.92%) .NET Core
17 45 (1.88%) Spring Boot
18 42 (1.75%) .NET Framework
19 40 (1.67%) jQuery
20 39 (1.63%) Redux
Miscellaneous
1 851 (35.55%) Analytical Skills
2 157 (6.56%) User Experience
3 131 (5.47%) Self-Motivation
4 117 (4.89%) Management Information System
5 55 (2.30%) Mobile App
6 52 (2.17%) Data Structures
7 45 (1.88%) Greenfield Project
8 44 (1.84%) Virtual Team
9 43 (1.80%) Algorithms
9 43 (1.80%) Data Centre
10 41 (1.71%) Enterprise Software
11 37 (1.55%) Linux Command Line
12 36 (1.50%) Derivative
13 35 (1.46%) Public Cloud
14 33 (1.38%) Clustering
15 30 (1.25%) NHS
16 25 (1.04%) Mainframe
17 24 (1.00%) Device Driver
18 23 (0.96%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
19 22 (0.92%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 292 (12.20%) Windows
2 280 (11.70%) Linux
3 147 (6.14%) Unix
4 90 (3.76%) Windows Server
5 83 (3.47%) Windows 10
6 71 (2.97%) Android
7 42 (1.75%) Windows 7
8 40 (1.67%) Apple iOS
9 35 (1.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 34 (1.42%) Windows Server 2012
11 21 (0.88%) Windows Server 2016
12 20 (0.84%) Windows Server 2008
13 17 (0.71%) Windows XP
14 15 (0.63%) CentOS
14 15 (0.63%) Windows Server 2019
15 13 (0.54%) AIX
15 13 (0.54%) zOS
16 12 (0.50%) Mac OS X
16 12 (0.50%) Windows 8
17 7 (0.29%) OpenWrt
Processes & Methodologies
1 855 (35.71%) Agile Software Development
2 310 (12.95%) Scrum
3 296 (12.36%) DevOps
4 219 (9.15%) Project Management
5 205 (8.56%) Stakeholder Management
6 195 (8.15%) Decision-Making
7 194 (8.10%) Migration
8 184 (7.69%) Microservices
9 180 (7.52%) Computer Science
9 180 (7.52%) Test Automation
10 179 (7.48%) Data Modelling
11 177 (7.39%) ITIL
12 176 (7.35%) TDD
13 164 (6.85%) Analytics
14 162 (6.77%) Business Intelligence
15 145 (6.06%) Configuration Management
15 145 (6.06%) Process Improvement
16 144 (6.02%) Software Engineering
17 138 (5.76%) Project Delivery
18 136 (5.68%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 464 (19.38%) SQL
2 337 (14.08%) Java
3 280 (11.70%) Python
4 207 (8.65%) JavaScript
5 141 (5.89%) C#
6 102 (4.26%) C
7 95 (3.97%) PowerShell
8 80 (3.34%) C++
9 67 (2.80%) Shell Script
10 64 (2.67%) PL/SQL
11 60 (2.51%) Scala
12 59 (2.46%) Java 8
13 56 (2.34%) Perl
14 54 (2.26%) Bash Shell
15 42 (1.75%) TypeScript
16 34 (1.42%) PHP
17 29 (1.21%) Ruby
18 28 (1.17%) ES6
19 22 (0.92%) R
20 21 (0.88%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 316 (13.20%) Security Cleared
2 260 (10.86%) Degree
3 253 (10.57%) SC Cleared
4 77 (3.22%) Computer Science Degree
5 42 (1.75%) Master's Degree
6 41 (1.71%) Cisco Certification
7 35 (1.46%) BPSS Clearance
8 33 (1.38%) DV Cleared
9 30 (1.25%) CCNP
10 28 (1.17%) CISSP
11 26 (1.09%) Microsoft Certification
12 25 (1.04%) CCNA
13 19 (0.79%) MCSE
14 18 (0.75%) ISEB
14 18 (0.75%) PMI Certification
15 16 (0.67%) ISTQB
16 15 (0.63%) CISM
16 15 (0.63%) DBS Check
16 15 (0.63%) PMP
17 13 (0.54%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 142 (5.93%) QA
2 70 (2.92%) SLA
3 46 (1.92%) Data Quality
4 26 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 24 (1.00%) GDPR
6 23 (0.96%) PMO
7 22 (0.92%) NIST
8 14 (0.58%) PCI DSS
9 10 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 9 (0.38%) MiFID
11 8 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 8 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 6 (0.25%) COBIT
12 6 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
12 6 (0.25%) WCAG
13 5 (0.21%) Actionable Recommendations
13 5 (0.21%) IFRS
13 5 (0.21%) JTAG
14 4 (0.17%) PSD2
15 2 (0.084%) NCSC
System Software
1 160 (6.68%) Docker
2 157 (6.56%) Active Directory
3 58 (2.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 30 (1.25%) HDFS
5 20 (0.84%) Virtual Machines
6 16 (0.67%) vSphere
7 15 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
8 8 (0.33%) NFS
9 7 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
9 7 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
10 6 (0.25%) Time Sharing Option
11 5 (0.21%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 5 (0.21%) Firmware
11 5 (0.21%) VirtualBox
11 5 (0.21%) XenApp
12 4 (0.17%) ACF2
12 4 (0.17%) Hyper-V
12 4 (0.17%) OpenAM
12 4 (0.17%) RACF
12 4 (0.17%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 108 (4.51%) Ansible
2 104 (4.34%) Kubernetes
3 80 (3.34%) Terraform
4 71 (2.97%) SCCM
5 46 (1.92%) Puppet
6 37 (1.55%) Opscode Chef
7 22 (0.92%) Microsoft Intune
8 18 (0.75%) Single Sign-On
9 12 (0.50%) Microsoft Clustering
9 12 (0.50%) Netcool
9 12 (0.50%) SCOM
9 12 (0.50%) Tivoli
10 11 (0.46%) IBM BigFix
11 10 (0.42%) Kibana
12 9 (0.38%) HP Data Protector
13 7 (0.29%) CASB
13 7 (0.29%) Jamf Pro
14 6 (0.25%) FortiGate
14 6 (0.25%) Grafana
14 6 (0.25%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 368 (15.37%) Microsoft
2 225 (9.40%) Oracle
3 99 (4.14%) SAP
4 80 (3.34%) VMware
5 77 (3.22%) Cisco
6 71 (2.97%) Google
7 62 (2.59%) ServiceNow
8 59 (2.46%) IBM
9 53 (2.21%) Salesforce.com
10 44 (1.84%) Red Hat
11 42 (1.75%) Databricks
12 37 (1.55%) HP
13 34 (1.42%) Apple
14 32 (1.34%) Splunk
15 28 (1.17%) Atlassian
16 26 (1.09%) Adobe
17 25 (1.04%) Cloudera
17 25 (1.04%) Remedy
17 25 (1.04%) webMethods
18 24 (1.00%) Informatica