Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 28 32 32
Rank change year-on-year +4 0 -3
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 4,735 6,455 6,285
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.92% 6.13% 6.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.90% 7.04% 7.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,732 3,818 3,958
UK median daily rate £450 £444 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.41% +4.41% +2.29%
10th Percentile £185 £220 £229
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 314 261 238
UK median hourly rate £24.44 £30.00 £25.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.55% +16.50% +60.94%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.75 £10.94
90th Percentile £51.75 £51.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £30.25 £22.50
% change year-on-year -27.27% +34.44% +47.03%

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 68,609 91,679 89,090
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.72% 87.06% 86.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 44,811 60,720 59,380
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £288 £300 £276
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £433 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +1.76% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,251 2,345 2,086
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £22.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.82% -8.33% +6.67%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.18 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.25 £49.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.36 £21.00 £24.02
% change year-on-year +6.51% -12.59% +6.76%

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 12 December 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 12 December 2019.

Contractor 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 12 December 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 +5 4,299 £450 - 2,601
UK excluding London 0 2,687 £425 +3.66% 1,998
London +4 1,890 £475 -5.00% 801
South East +9 893 £425 +1.19% 501
North of England +1 636 £425 +4.94% 482
Midlands -1 336 £418 +0.60% 330
North West 0 299 £450 +19.21% 279
South West -30 284 £445 +4.71% 245
Yorkshire +10 255 £425 - 139
Scotland +12 250 £375 - 112
West Midlands 0 237 £413 -0.60% 192
East of England -1 228 £450 +7.14% 239
East Midlands -3 94 £400 -3.03% 138
North East -9 81 £280 -34.73% 64
Wales -6 46 £345 -11.25% 77
Northern Ireland -5 13 £350 -8.20% 12
Channel Islands - 4 - -

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 1,696 (35.82%) Analytical Skills
2 1,573 (33.22%) Agile Software Development
3 942 (19.89%) Microsoft
4 912 (19.26%) Finance
5 845 (17.85%) Windows
6 836 (17.66%) SQL
7 600 (12.67%) Java
8 548 (11.57%) Scrum
9 540 (11.40%) Degree
10 519 (10.96%) Azure
11 516 (10.90%) Security Cleared
12 474 (10.01%) Active Directory
13 464 (9.80%) Linux
14 463 (9.78%) Python
15 434 (9.17%) ITIL
16 422 (8.91%) JavaScript
17 409 (8.64%) DevOps
18 406 (8.57%) JIRA
19 401 (8.47%) Stakeholder Management
20 393 (8.30%) Project Management
21 386 (8.15%) AWS
22 380 (8.03%) HTML
23 365 (7.71%) Microsoft Office
23 365 (7.71%) Test Automation
23 365 (7.71%) Analytics
24 357 (7.54%) SC Cleared
25 355 (7.50%) Continuous Integration
26 354 (7.48%) SQL Server
26 354 (7.48%) Decision-Making
27 352 (7.43%) C#

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
1 223 (4.71%) Confluence
2 161 (3.40%) SharePoint
3 99 (2.09%) Apache Spark
4 95 (2.01%) MS Exchange
5 89 (1.88%) IIS
6 77 (1.63%) Apache
7 55 (1.16%) WebSphere
8 53 (1.12%) SAS
9 50 (1.06%) Skype for Business
10 45 (0.95%) CMS
11 43 (0.91%) WebLogic
12 37 (0.78%) OpenStack
13 35 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2007
14 32 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
15 29 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2010
15 29 (0.61%) Tomcat
16 27 (0.57%) JBoss
17 26 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
18 23 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
19 22 (0.46%) nginx
Applications
1 365 (7.71%) Microsoft Office
2 331 (6.99%) Microsoft Excel
3 141 (2.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 122 (2.58%) MS Visio
5 75 (1.58%) Microsoft Project
6 40 (0.84%) Sketch
7 32 (0.68%) Photoshop
7 32 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
8 29 (0.61%) InVision
9 11 (0.23%) Acrobat
9 11 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
9 11 (0.23%) Zeplin
10 9 (0.19%) OmniGraffle
11 8 (0.17%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 7 (0.15%) Simulink
12 7 (0.15%) SPSS
12 7 (0.15%) UserZoom
13 6 (0.13%) Adobe XD
13 6 (0.13%) CATIA
14 5 (0.11%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 54 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 39 (0.82%) Magento
3 24 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
4 23 (0.49%) assyst
5 22 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
6 20 (0.42%) SAP S/4HANA
7 19 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
8 18 (0.38%) Teamcenter
9 14 (0.30%) NetSuite
10 13 (0.27%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 12 (0.25%) SAP SD
12 11 (0.23%) SAP CO
12 11 (0.23%) SAP FI
12 11 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
12 11 (0.23%) SessionCam
12 11 (0.23%) Sonata
13 10 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
14 9 (0.19%) Eloqua
14 9 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
14 9 (0.19%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 519 (10.96%) Azure
2 386 (8.15%) AWS
3 318 (6.72%) Office 365
4 113 (2.39%) Power Platform
5 109 (2.30%) GCP
6 102 (2.15%) PaaS
7 96 (2.03%) SaaS
8 74 (1.56%) GitHub
9 72 (1.52%) IaaS
10 52 (1.10%) Serverless
11 48 (1.01%) Dynamics 365
12 39 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
12 39 (0.82%) OpenShift
13 36 (0.76%) Azure Active Directory
14 34 (0.72%) Google Analytics
15 31 (0.65%) AWS Lambda
16 30 (0.63%) AWS CloudFormation
17 26 (0.55%) npm
18 23 (0.49%) Azure Data Factory
19 21 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 178 (3.76%) Firewall
2 163 (3.44%) DNS
3 150 (3.17%) WAN
4 122 (2.58%) TCP/IP
5 117 (2.47%) LAN
6 109 (2.30%) DHCP
7 104 (2.20%) VPN
8 97 (2.05%) Wireless
9 85 (1.80%) Wi-Fi
10 84 (1.77%) HTTP
10 84 (1.77%) Internet
11 66 (1.39%) Skype
12 61 (1.29%) VoIP
13 55 (1.16%) Network Security
14 52 (1.10%) BGP
15 46 (0.97%) SAN
16 42 (0.89%) Remote Desktop
17 34 (0.72%) MPLS
18 28 (0.59%) SNMP
18 28 (0.59%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 354 (7.48%) SQL Server
2 219 (4.63%) Relational Database
3 191 (4.03%) Big Data
4 132 (2.79%) Data Warehouse
5 121 (2.56%) NoSQL
6 117 (2.47%) Hadoop
7 110 (2.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 105 (2.22%) MySQL
9 102 (2.15%) Power BI
10 88 (1.86%) Oracle Database
11 86 (1.82%) MongoDB
12 81 (1.71%) PostgreSQL
13 80 (1.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 57 (1.20%) RDBMS
15 43 (0.91%) DB2
15 43 (0.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 41 (0.87%) Data Lake
17 38 (0.80%) Apache Hive
18 36 (0.76%) Oracle Reports
19 35 (0.74%) Qlik Sense
Development Applications
1 406 (8.57%) JIRA
2 350 (7.39%) Git (software)
3 239 (5.05%) Jenkins
4 111 (2.34%) Selenium
5 86 (1.82%) Cucumber
6 70 (1.48%) TeamCity
7 64 (1.35%) Subversion
8 63 (1.33%) Bitbucket
9 62 (1.31%) Visual Studio
10 57 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
11 48 (1.01%) Visual Studio Team System
12 45 (0.95%) JUnit
13 40 (0.84%) Grunt
14 38 (0.80%) webpack
15 37 (0.78%) GitLab
15 37 (0.78%) Karma Test Runner
16 35 (0.74%) NUnit
17 34 (0.72%) SoapUI
18 33 (0.70%) gulp
18 33 (0.70%) Jasmine
General
1 912 (19.26%) Finance
2 275 (5.81%) Banking
3 268 (5.66%) Public Sector
4 169 (3.57%) Marketing
5 168 (3.55%) Retail
6 154 (3.25%) Telecoms
7 104 (2.20%) Front Office
7 104 (2.20%) Manufacturing
8 83 (1.75%) Legal
9 80 (1.69%) Games
10 71 (1.50%) Investment Banking
11 52 (1.10%) Law
12 46 (0.97%) Electronics
13 42 (0.89%) Pharmaceutical
14 40 (0.84%) Back Office
15 36 (0.76%) German Language
16 27 (0.57%) Automotive
16 27 (0.57%) Financial Institution
16 27 (0.57%) Military
17 26 (0.55%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 949 (20.04%) Developer
2 769 (16.24%) Analyst
3 285 (6.02%) Architect
3 285 (6.02%) Business Analyst
4 217 (4.58%) Consultant
5 192 (4.05%) Support Engineer
6 172 (3.63%) Project Manager
7 139 (2.94%) Senior Developer
8 134 (2.83%) Designer
9 132 (2.79%) Administrator
10 121 (2.56%) Java Developer
11 117 (2.47%) Data Analyst
12 113 (2.39%) DevOps Engineer
12 113 (2.39%) Solutions Architect
13 107 (2.26%) Service Analyst
14 104 (2.20%) Desktop Support
15 102 (2.15%) C# Developer
16 99 (2.09%) .NET Developer
17 87 (1.84%) React Developer
18 85 (1.80%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 380 (8.03%) HTML
2 347 (7.33%) .NET
3 333 (7.03%) CSS
4 230 (4.86%) Web Services
5 192 (4.05%) AngularJS
6 186 (3.93%) REST
7 183 (3.86%) JSON
8 158 (3.34%) RESTful
9 155 (3.27%) HTML5
10 150 (3.17%) Spring
11 147 (3.10%) XML
12 139 (2.94%) React
13 109 (2.30%) jQuery
14 107 (2.26%) Node.js
15 105 (2.22%) .NET Framework
16 92 (1.94%) SOAP
17 85 (1.80%) .NET Core
18 80 (1.69%) CSS3
19 79 (1.67%) Kafka
20 74 (1.56%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 1,696 (35.82%) Analytical Skills
2 289 (6.10%) User Experience
3 277 (5.85%) Self-Motivation
4 186 (3.93%) Management Information System
5 133 (2.81%) Data Centre
6 108 (2.28%) Algorithms
6 108 (2.28%) Data Structures
7 68 (1.44%) Mobile App
8 66 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
9 63 (1.33%) Virtual Team
10 60 (1.27%) PKI
11 58 (1.22%) Driving Licence
11 58 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
12 41 (0.87%) Derivative
12 41 (0.87%) NHS
13 40 (0.84%) Public Cloud
14 37 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 36 (0.76%) Clustering
16 34 (0.72%) Linux Command Line
17 33 (0.70%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 845 (17.85%) Windows
2 464 (9.80%) Linux
3 279 (5.89%) Windows Server
4 274 (5.79%) Windows 10
5 214 (4.52%) Windows 7
6 195 (4.12%) Unix
7 119 (2.51%) Windows Server 2008
8 112 (2.37%) Android
9 109 (2.30%) Windows Server 2012
10 85 (1.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 82 (1.73%) Apple iOS
12 57 (1.20%) Windows 8
13 41 (0.87%) Mac OS X
14 34 (0.72%) Windows Server 2003
15 30 (0.63%) Windows XP
16 27 (0.57%) CentOS
17 23 (0.49%) Ubuntu
18 21 (0.44%) Windows Vista
19 20 (0.42%) Mac OS
20 17 (0.36%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,573 (33.22%) Agile Software Development
2 548 (11.57%) Scrum
3 434 (9.17%) ITIL
4 409 (8.64%) DevOps
5 401 (8.47%) Stakeholder Management
6 393 (8.30%) Project Management
7 365 (7.71%) Analytics
7 365 (7.71%) Test Automation
8 355 (7.50%) Continuous Integration
9 354 (7.48%) Decision-Making
10 332 (7.01%) Migration
11 304 (6.42%) Business Intelligence
12 295 (6.23%) SDLC
13 285 (6.02%) TDD
14 266 (5.62%) Time Management
15 262 (5.53%) Continuous Improvement
16 260 (5.49%) Software Engineering
17 249 (5.26%) Business Analysis
18 241 (5.09%) User Stories
19 238 (5.03%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 836 (17.66%) SQL
2 600 (12.67%) Java
3 463 (9.78%) Python
4 422 (8.91%) JavaScript
5 352 (7.43%) C#
6 193 (4.08%) PowerShell
7 142 (3.00%) C
8 129 (2.72%) Scala
9 103 (2.18%) Bash Shell
10 98 (2.07%) C++
11 96 (2.03%) PL/SQL
12 94 (1.99%) Ruby
13 90 (1.90%) T-SQL
14 78 (1.65%) Perl
15 77 (1.63%) PHP
15 77 (1.63%) Shell Script
16 73 (1.54%) TypeScript
17 67 (1.41%) Java 8
18 59 (1.25%) Groovy
19 47 (0.99%) R
Qualifications
1 540 (11.40%) Degree
2 516 (10.90%) Security Cleared
3 357 (7.54%) SC Cleared
4 103 (2.18%) Microsoft Certification
5 99 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
6 78 (1.65%) Computer Science Degree
7 77 (1.63%) DV Cleared
8 66 (1.39%) CCNA
9 59 (1.25%) CISSP
10 57 (1.20%) CCNP
10 57 (1.20%) MCSE
11 45 (0.95%) PMI Certification
12 44 (0.93%) Master's Degree
13 43 (0.91%) MCP
14 37 (0.78%) BPSS Clearance
14 37 (0.78%) ISEB
15 32 (0.68%) ISTQB
16 31 (0.65%) CISM
17 29 (0.61%) PMP
18 28 (0.59%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 232 (4.90%) QA
2 174 (3.67%) SLA
3 91 (1.92%) PMO
4 76 (1.61%) Data Quality
5 47 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 37 (0.78%) PCI DSS
7 28 (0.59%) GDPR
8 26 (0.55%) NIST
9 16 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 16 (0.34%) MiFID
10 15 (0.32%) NCSC
10 15 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 11 (0.23%) WCAG
12 10 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
13 8 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials
13 8 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 7 (0.15%) JSP 440
15 6 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 5 (0.11%) DO-178B
17 4 (0.084%) GAAP
System Software
1 474 (10.01%) Active Directory
2 219 (4.63%) Docker
3 150 (3.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 53 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
5 46 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
6 42 (0.89%) XenApp
7 40 (0.84%) Hyper-V
8 31 (0.65%) vSphere
9 26 (0.55%) Microsoft App-V
10 23 (0.49%) HDFS
11 16 (0.34%) Firmware
12 15 (0.32%) Oracle RAC
13 13 (0.27%) XenDesktop
14 12 (0.25%) NFS
15 11 (0.23%) BitLocker
15 11 (0.23%) VMware NSX
16 9 (0.19%) LXC
17 8 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
18 7 (0.15%) Citrix Hypervisor
19 6 (0.13%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 183 (3.86%) SCCM
2 151 (3.19%) Kubernetes
3 137 (2.89%) Ansible
4 92 (1.94%) Terraform
5 77 (1.63%) Puppet
6 74 (1.56%) Opscode Chef
7 38 (0.80%) Kibana
8 29 (0.61%) HP Quality Center
9 27 (0.57%) SCOM
10 24 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
11 23 (0.49%) vCenter Server
12 21 (0.44%) HP ALM
13 19 (0.40%) WSUS
14 18 (0.38%) CASB
14 18 (0.38%) Grafana
14 18 (0.38%) Salt
15 16 (0.34%) McAfee ePO
15 16 (0.34%) Prometheus
16 15 (0.32%) Microsoft Intune
16 15 (0.32%) Nagios
Vendors
1 942 (19.89%) Microsoft
2 350 (7.39%) Oracle
3 228 (4.82%) VMware
4 211 (4.46%) SAP
5 208 (4.39%) Cisco
6 169 (3.57%) Google
7 139 (2.94%) HP
8 135 (2.85%) Citrix
9 104 (2.20%) Salesforce.com
10 100 (2.11%) IBM
11 84 (1.77%) Adobe
11 84 (1.77%) Apple
12 82 (1.73%) ServiceNow
13 79 (1.67%) Atlassian
14 68 (1.44%) Tableau
15 65 (1.37%) Red Hat
16 58 (1.22%) Splunk
17 47 (0.99%) Cloudera
17 47 (0.99%) McAfee
18 46 (0.97%) Remedy