Period
to 16 January 2019

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 16 January 2019 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
16 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 34 32 30
Rank change year-on-year -2 -2 -1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 6,092 6,141 5,912
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.12% 6.12% 6.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.05% 7.14% 7.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,559 3,861 3,483
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £221 £225 £250
90th Percentile £645 £631 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +3.13% +0.31% +6.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 244 231 284
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +38.89% -10.00%
10th Percentile £10.58 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.00 £55.00 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.63 £21.51 £16.50
% change year-on-year +42.41% +30.33% -17.50%

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 86,449 86,060 82,307
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.90% 85.83% 85.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,070 57,602 54,380
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £645 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,191 2,023 2,382
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £23.00 £22.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.17% +0.34% -0.34%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.05
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% -10.00%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Problem-Solving.

Contractor daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving over the 6 months to 16 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving over the 6 months to 16 January 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Top 16 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 16 January 2019. 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 5,640 £450 +5.88% 2,560
UK excluding London -1 3,437 £413 +3.13% 1,908
London -6 2,530 £500 - 833
South East -4 1,034 £424 +6.00% 490
North of England +11 776 £413 - 457
Midlands +2 505 £415 +3.75% 342
South West 0 456 £425 +6.25% 227
West Midlands +7 366 £425 - 193
North West +14 343 £380 +1.33% 263
East of England +8 318 £420 +5.00% 214
Yorkshire +2 285 £413 -2.94% 143
Scotland -7 255 £375 -1.64% 108
North East +8 149 £450 +5.88% 51
East Midlands -16 134 £400 +14.29% 149
Wales -12 80 £375 -4.46% 63
Northern Ireland 0 17 £381 -14.33% 8

For the 6 months to 16 January 2019, 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 2,259 (37.08%) Agile Software Development
2 2,174 (35.69%) Analytical Skills
3 1,425 (23.39%) Finance
4 1,072 (17.60%) SQL
5 1,049 (17.22%) Microsoft
6 1,047 (17.19%) Windows
7 1,019 (16.73%) Java
8 807 (13.25%) Degree
9 753 (12.36%) Scrum
10 736 (12.08%) Linux
11 708 (11.62%) Project Management
12 695 (11.41%) Test Automation
13 692 (11.36%) Security Cleared
14 687 (11.28%) JavaScript
15 623 (10.23%) DevOps
16 611 (10.03%) ITIL
17 577 (9.47%) Git (software)
18 566 (9.29%) JIRA
19 561 (9.21%) Oracle
20 554 (9.09%) Python
21 544 (8.93%) SQL Server
22 539 (8.85%) HTML
23 521 (8.55%) C#
24 512 (8.40%) Continuous Integration
25 508 (8.34%) Stakeholder Management
26 503 (8.26%) SC Cleared
27 502 (8.24%) TDD
28 490 (8.04%) Jenkins
29 487 (7.99%) Active Directory
30 479 (7.86%) .NET

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
1 335 (5.50%) Confluence
2 255 (4.19%) SharePoint
3 124 (2.04%) MS Exchange
4 93 (1.53%) WebLogic
5 92 (1.51%) Apache
6 89 (1.46%) SAS
7 82 (1.35%) Apache Spark
8 80 (1.31%) IIS
9 71 (1.17%) Tomcat
10 69 (1.13%) CMS
10 69 (1.13%) Skype for Business
11 64 (1.05%) JBoss
12 53 (0.87%) WebSphere
13 51 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2010
13 51 (0.84%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 45 (0.74%) Elasticsearch
15 44 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2007
16 39 (0.64%) nginx
16 39 (0.64%) SharePoint 2013
17 31 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 439 (7.21%) Microsoft Excel
2 410 (6.73%) Microsoft Office
3 181 (2.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 148 (2.43%) MS Visio
5 93 (1.53%) Microsoft Project
6 49 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
7 44 (0.72%) Photoshop
8 30 (0.49%) InVision
9 15 (0.25%) Fireworks
10 14 (0.23%) AutoCAD
11 12 (0.20%) InfoPath
12 11 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 9 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
13 9 (0.15%) Chatbot
14 8 (0.13%) OmniGraffle
15 6 (0.098%) Maya
16 4 (0.066%) Adobe After Effects
16 4 (0.066%) Final Cut Pro
16 4 (0.066%) SPSS
17 3 (0.049%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 52 (0.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 49 (0.80%) Workday HCM
3 22 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
4 17 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
4 17 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
5 16 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
5 16 (0.26%) NetSuite
5 16 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
5 16 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
6 15 (0.25%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 15 (0.25%) SAP HR
7 12 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 8 (0.13%) Magento
8 8 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
9 7 (0.11%) Oracle Payables
9 7 (0.11%) Oracle Receivables
9 7 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
9 7 (0.11%) Teamcenter
10 6 (0.098%) Maximo
10 6 (0.098%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 461 (7.57%) Amazon AWS
2 460 (7.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 280 (4.60%) Office 365
4 119 (1.95%) Google Cloud Platform
5 114 (1.87%) GitHub
6 106 (1.74%) SaaS
7 88 (1.44%) Cloud Computing
8 76 (1.25%) PaaS
9 74 (1.21%) IaaS
10 61 (1.00%) Serverless
11 43 (0.71%) AWS Lambda
12 34 (0.56%) Google Analytics
13 32 (0.53%) AWS CloudFormation
14 30 (0.49%) npm
14 30 (0.49%) OpenShift
15 29 (0.48%) Amazon S3
16 28 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
17 27 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
17 27 (0.44%) Heroku
18 26 (0.43%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 260 (4.27%) Firewall
2 211 (3.46%) HTTP
3 181 (2.97%) DNS
4 170 (2.79%) Internet
5 153 (2.51%) TCP/IP
6 132 (2.17%) WAN
7 120 (1.97%) LAN
8 104 (1.71%) VPN
9 103 (1.69%) DHCP
10 90 (1.48%) Wireless
11 87 (1.43%) SSL
12 71 (1.17%) Skype
13 64 (1.05%) SAN
14 54 (0.89%) Intranet
15 53 (0.87%) VLAN
16 52 (0.85%) Wi-Fi
17 51 (0.84%) Network Security
18 38 (0.62%) Kerberos
19 37 (0.61%) VoIP
20 32 (0.53%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 544 (8.93%) SQL Server
2 292 (4.79%) Relational Database
3 183 (3.00%) Data Warehouse
4 170 (2.79%) MySQL
5 154 (2.53%) NoSQL
6 150 (2.46%) MongoDB
7 149 (2.45%) Big Data
8 143 (2.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 116 (1.90%) Hadoop
10 108 (1.77%) Power BI
11 104 (1.71%) Oracle Database
12 103 (1.69%) PostgreSQL
13 97 (1.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 68 (1.12%) Apache Cassandra
15 60 (0.98%) BusinessObjects
16 58 (0.95%) DB2
17 57 (0.94%) RDBMS
18 56 (0.92%) SQL Server 2008
18 56 (0.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 45 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 577 (9.47%) Git (software)
2 566 (9.29%) JIRA
3 490 (8.04%) Jenkins
4 223 (3.66%) Selenium
5 172 (2.82%) Subversion
6 166 (2.72%) JUnit
7 149 (2.45%) Maven
8 144 (2.36%) Cucumber
9 109 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
10 89 (1.46%) Visual Studio
11 80 (1.31%) Hudson
12 74 (1.21%) SoapUI
13 68 (1.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 68 (1.12%) TeamCity
14 65 (1.07%) Eclipse
14 65 (1.07%) Sonatype Nexus
15 63 (1.03%) Visual Studio Team System
16 61 (1.00%) WebDriver
17 55 (0.90%) gulp
18 52 (0.85%) Bitbucket
General
1 1,425 (23.39%) Finance
2 393 (6.45%) Banking
3 240 (3.94%) Retail
4 229 (3.76%) Telecoms
5 190 (3.12%) Marketing
6 150 (2.46%) Legal
7 131 (2.15%) Front Office
8 116 (1.90%) Manufacturing
9 100 (1.64%) Investment Banking
10 81 (1.33%) Financial Institution
11 70 (1.15%) Back Office
12 69 (1.13%) Advertising
13 66 (1.08%) Law
14 65 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
15 59 (0.97%) Electronics
16 51 (0.84%) Publishing
17 44 (0.72%) Games
18 35 (0.57%) Automotive
19 32 (0.53%) Aerospace
19 32 (0.53%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 1,343 (22.05%) Developer
2 1,092 (17.93%) Analyst
3 383 (6.29%) Business Analyst
4 361 (5.93%) Architect
5 288 (4.73%) Project Manager
6 282 (4.63%) Java Developer
7 231 (3.79%) DevOps Engineer
8 223 (3.66%) Consultant
9 167 (2.74%) Support Engineer
10 161 (2.64%) Software Engineer
11 158 (2.59%) Administrator
12 151 (2.48%) C# Developer
13 145 (2.38%) Senior Developer
14 144 (2.36%) .NET Developer
15 139 (2.28%) Service Analyst
16 135 (2.22%) Data Analyst
17 126 (2.07%) User Researcher
18 124 (2.04%) Designer
19 112 (1.84%) Service Desk Analyst
20 107 (1.76%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 539 (8.85%) HTML
2 479 (7.86%) .NET
3 450 (7.39%) CSS
4 324 (5.32%) Web Services
5 285 (4.68%) REST
6 271 (4.45%) RESTful
7 267 (4.38%) AngularJS
8 258 (4.24%) Spring
9 247 (4.05%) XML
10 242 (3.97%) JSON
11 222 (3.64%) HTML5
12 191 (3.14%) SOAP
13 177 (2.91%) Middleware
14 168 (2.76%) Node.js
15 155 (2.54%) React
16 143 (2.35%) jQuery
17 129 (2.12%) ASP.NET
18 124 (2.04%) .NET Framework
19 114 (1.87%) CSS3
20 112 (1.84%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 2,174 (35.69%) Analytical Skills
2 409 (6.71%) Self-Motivation
3 377 (6.19%) User Experience
4 254 (4.17%) Management Information System
5 170 (2.79%) Algorithms
6 151 (2.48%) Data Centre
7 141 (2.31%) Data Structures
8 113 (1.85%) Mobile App
9 90 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
10 82 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
11 76 (1.25%) Derivative
12 73 (1.20%) Equities
13 72 (1.18%) Fixed Income
13 72 (1.18%) NHS
14 62 (1.02%) PMI
15 60 (0.98%) Clustering
16 54 (0.89%) Virtual Team
17 51 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 51 (0.84%) PKI
18 50 (0.82%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 1,047 (17.19%) Windows
2 736 (12.08%) Linux
3 356 (5.84%) Unix
4 342 (5.61%) Windows Server
5 245 (4.02%) Windows 10
6 173 (2.84%) Windows 7
7 167 (2.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 111 (1.82%) Android
8 111 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
9 85 (1.40%) Windows Server 2012
10 82 (1.35%) Apple iOS
11 50 (0.82%) Solaris
12 45 (0.74%) Ubuntu
13 44 (0.72%) Windows 8
14 41 (0.67%) CentOS
14 41 (0.67%) Mac OS X
15 39 (0.64%) Embedded Linux
16 30 (0.49%) Windows Server 2003
17 25 (0.41%) Windows XP
18 19 (0.31%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,259 (37.08%) Agile Software Development
2 753 (12.36%) Scrum
3 708 (11.62%) Project Management
4 695 (11.41%) Test Automation
5 623 (10.23%) DevOps
6 611 (10.03%) ITIL
7 512 (8.40%) Continuous Integration
8 508 (8.34%) Stakeholder Management
9 502 (8.24%) TDD
10 435 (7.14%) Analytics
11 412 (6.76%) Computer Science
12 410 (6.73%) Decision-Making
13 400 (6.57%) Software Engineering
14 382 (6.27%) Migration
15 377 (6.19%) Continuous Improvement
16 359 (5.89%) SDLC
17 356 (5.84%) Configuration Management
18 344 (5.65%) Business Intelligence
19 337 (5.53%) Open Source
20 331 (5.43%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 1,072 (17.60%) SQL
2 1,019 (16.73%) Java
3 687 (11.28%) JavaScript
4 554 (9.09%) Python
5 521 (8.55%) C#
6 223 (3.66%) PowerShell
7 222 (3.64%) C++
8 220 (3.61%) Scala
9 190 (3.12%) Ruby
10 186 (3.05%) Perl
11 169 (2.77%) C
12 137 (2.25%) Bash Shell
13 120 (1.97%) Shell Script
14 112 (1.84%) T-SQL
15 106 (1.74%) PL/SQL
16 91 (1.49%) TypeScript
17 85 (1.40%) Groovy
18 79 (1.30%) PHP
19 78 (1.28%) R
20 70 (1.15%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 807 (13.25%) Degree
2 692 (11.36%) Security Cleared
3 503 (8.26%) SC Cleared
4 152 (2.50%) Computer Science Degree
5 132 (2.17%) Microsoft Certification
6 128 (2.10%) DV Cleared
7 109 (1.79%) BPSS Clearance
8 108 (1.77%) Cisco Certification
9 99 (1.63%) MCSE
10 89 (1.46%) PMI Certification
11 80 (1.31%) PMP
12 67 (1.10%) CCNA
13 61 (1.00%) Master's Degree
14 56 (0.92%) CCNP
14 56 (0.92%) ISEB
15 55 (0.90%) CISSP
16 51 (0.84%) MCSA
17 50 (0.82%) ITIL Certification
18 42 (0.69%) PhD
19 38 (0.62%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 297 (4.88%) QA
2 157 (2.58%) SLA
3 147 (2.41%) Data Quality
4 128 (2.10%) PMO
5 68 (1.12%) GDPR
6 34 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 28 (0.46%) PCI DSS
8 23 (0.38%) COBIT
9 21 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 18 (0.30%) Disclosure Scotland
11 12 (0.20%) JSP 440
12 10 (0.16%) COSO
13 8 (0.13%) HL7
13 8 (0.13%) IFRS
13 8 (0.13%) MiFID
14 6 (0.098%) DO-178B
14 6 (0.098%) P3O
14 6 (0.098%) PSD2
15 5 (0.082%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 5 (0.082%) WCAG
System Software
1 487 (7.99%) Active Directory
2 349 (5.73%) Docker
3 183 (3.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 65 (1.07%) Hyper-V
5 61 (1.00%) Virtual Machines
6 53 (0.87%) vSphere
7 29 (0.48%) Virtual Desktop
8 27 (0.44%) VMware ESXi
9 25 (0.41%) XenApp
10 22 (0.36%) Oracle RAC
11 20 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
12 18 (0.30%) VMware Workstation
12 18 (0.30%) Xen
13 17 (0.28%) Firmware
14 13 (0.21%) Apache Flume
15 12 (0.20%) BitLocker
15 12 (0.20%) NFS
15 12 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
16 10 (0.16%) HDFS
16 10 (0.16%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 286 (4.69%) Ansible
2 223 (3.66%) Puppet
3 165 (2.71%) Kubernetes
4 146 (2.40%) SCCM
5 111 (1.82%) Terraform
6 99 (1.63%) Opscode Chef
7 78 (1.28%) ZABBIX
8 52 (0.85%) Kibana
9 47 (0.77%) Grafana
10 43 (0.71%) Nagios
11 41 (0.67%) Single Sign-On
12 39 (0.64%) Docker Swarm
13 38 (0.62%) vCenter Server
14 34 (0.56%) Microsoft Intune
15 30 (0.49%) HP ALM
16 29 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
17 27 (0.44%) SCOM
18 23 (0.38%) Packer
19 22 (0.36%) Prometheus
20 21 (0.34%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 1,049 (17.22%) Microsoft
2 561 (9.21%) Oracle
3 290 (4.76%) VMware
4 252 (4.14%) Google
5 239 (3.92%) SAP
6 183 (3.00%) Cisco
7 153 (2.51%) Red Hat
8 149 (2.45%) HP
9 135 (2.22%) IBM
10 123 (2.02%) Citrix
11 96 (1.58%) Tableau
12 95 (1.56%) Adobe
13 90 (1.48%) Atlassian
13 90 (1.48%) Salesforce.com
14 88 (1.44%) Apple
15 86 (1.41%) Splunk
16 75 (1.23%) ServiceNow
16 75 (1.23%) Workday
17 64 (1.05%) McAfee
18 62 (1.02%) Remedy