Period
to 23 February 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 23 February 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
23 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 28 32 32
Rank change year-on-year +4 0 -2
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 4,082 6,092 6,192
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.06% 6.20% 6.10%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.13% 7.10% 7.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,297 3,546 3,838
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £190 £226 £225
90th Percentile £636 £638 £637
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 269 231 266
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £26.65 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.57% +6.60% +38.89%
10th Percentile £13.72 £10.75 £10.49
90th Percentile £54.00 £50.50 £51.11
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.83 £26.65 £22.50
% change year-on-year +0.68% +18.44% +36.36%

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 57,258 85,825 87,593
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.00% 87.34% 86.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 37,015 56,731 58,405
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £285 £300 £281
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +2.94% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,894 2,224 2,136
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £23.94 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.84% -0.25% -1.72%
10th Percentile £12.44 £11.27 £11.37
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £22.65 £24.00
% change year-on-year -7.28% -5.63% +1.59%

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 23 February 2020.

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 23 February 2020.

Contractor 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 23 February 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 +4 3,670 £450 - 2,804
UK excluding London +3 2,324 £425 +1.19% 2,188
London +6 1,626 £480 -4.00% 816
South East +8 752 £425 - 538
North of England +4 566 £425 - 568
North West +6 295 £425 +4.94% 311
Midlands -2 285 £446 +7.67% 386
Scotland +13 259 £400 +6.67% 107
South West -23 226 £425 - 268
West Midlands -3 199 £450 +5.88% 220
East of England -7 195 £450 +7.14% 229
Yorkshire +5 190 £438 +2.94% 190
North East -3 85 £390 -13.33% 67
East Midlands +9 84 £425 +6.25% 166
Wales -16 29 £370 -0.67% 70
Northern Ireland +5 14 £375 -6.25% 25
Channel Islands - 1 - -
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 February 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 1,604 (39.29%) Analytical Skills
2 1,360 (33.32%) Agile Software Development
3 863 (21.14%) Finance
4 778 (19.06%) Microsoft
5 702 (17.20%) Windows
6 688 (16.85%) SQL
7 545 (13.35%) Java
8 512 (12.54%) Degree
9 460 (11.27%) Azure
10 459 (11.24%) Security Cleared
11 427 (10.46%) Scrum
12 388 (9.51%) Python
13 385 (9.43%) Active Directory
14 380 (9.31%) Linux
15 379 (9.28%) ITIL
16 362 (8.87%) Project Management
17 358 (8.77%) JavaScript
18 345 (8.45%) JIRA
18 345 (8.45%) AWS
19 344 (8.43%) Microsoft Office
19 344 (8.43%) Stakeholder Management
20 343 (8.40%) SQL Server
21 339 (8.30%) SC Cleared
22 331 (8.11%) Oracle
23 324 (7.94%) Test Automation
23 324 (7.94%) Decision-Making
24 313 (7.67%) Office 365
25 308 (7.55%) C#
25 308 (7.55%) HTML
26 303 (7.42%) Microsoft Excel

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
1 164 (4.02%) Confluence
2 157 (3.85%) SharePoint
3 88 (2.16%) MS Exchange
4 78 (1.91%) Apache Spark
5 62 (1.52%) IIS
6 48 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2007
7 44 (1.08%) Apache
8 41 (1.00%) WebLogic
9 36 (0.88%) Skype for Business
10 35 (0.86%) Tomcat
10 35 (0.86%) WebSphere
11 30 (0.73%) SAS
12 28 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2013
13 27 (0.66%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 26 (0.64%) CMS
15 24 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2003
16 23 (0.56%) JBoss
17 21 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
18 20 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
19 18 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 344 (8.43%) Microsoft Office
2 303 (7.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 132 (3.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 113 (2.77%) MS Visio
5 92 (2.25%) Microsoft Project
6 40 (0.98%) Sketch
7 29 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
8 26 (0.64%) Photoshop
9 24 (0.59%) Acrobat
10 21 (0.51%) InVision
11 9 (0.22%) OmniGraffle
12 8 (0.20%) Zeplin
13 7 (0.17%) SPSS
14 6 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
14 6 (0.15%) Simulink
15 4 (0.098%) Adobe XD
15 4 (0.098%) AutoCAD
15 4 (0.098%) Stata
15 4 (0.098%) UserZoom
15 4 (0.098%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 51 (1.25%) Remedy ITSM
2 30 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
3 24 (0.59%) Magento
4 23 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
5 19 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
6 18 (0.44%) assyst
7 17 (0.42%) SAP S/4HANA
8 16 (0.39%) Teamcenter
9 15 (0.37%) BusinessWorks
10 14 (0.34%) Shopify
11 13 (0.32%) NetSuite
12 11 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
13 9 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
13 9 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
13 9 (0.22%) SAP CRM
13 9 (0.22%) SAP ERP
14 8 (0.20%) Oracle General Ledger
15 7 (0.17%) Oracle Cash Management
15 7 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
15 7 (0.17%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 460 (11.27%) Azure
2 345 (8.45%) AWS
3 313 (7.67%) Office 365
4 118 (2.89%) Power Platform
5 78 (1.91%) GCP
6 72 (1.76%) PaaS
7 59 (1.45%) IaaS
8 58 (1.42%) SaaS
9 46 (1.13%) GitHub
10 45 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
11 41 (1.00%) Dynamics 365
12 31 (0.76%) Serverless
13 28 (0.69%) Azure Active Directory
13 28 (0.69%) Google Analytics
14 26 (0.64%) Azure Data Factory
14 26 (0.64%) OneDrive
15 22 (0.54%) OpenShift
16 21 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
17 19 (0.47%) Heroku
18 17 (0.42%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 143 (3.50%) Firewall
2 130 (3.18%) DNS
3 119 (2.92%) TCP/IP
4 111 (2.72%) WAN
5 107 (2.62%) HTTP
6 96 (2.35%) DHCP
7 89 (2.18%) LAN
8 82 (2.01%) Internet
9 81 (1.98%) Wireless
10 79 (1.94%) VPN
11 61 (1.49%) Wi-Fi
12 59 (1.45%) Skype
13 43 (1.05%) Remote Desktop
14 39 (0.96%) Wireshark
15 38 (0.93%) Network Security
15 38 (0.93%) VoIP
16 37 (0.91%) IPv6
17 34 (0.83%) SAN
18 33 (0.81%) BGP
19 31 (0.76%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 343 (8.40%) SQL Server
2 201 (4.92%) Relational Database
3 116 (2.84%) Big Data
4 108 (2.65%) Data Warehouse
4 108 (2.65%) Power BI
5 94 (2.30%) MySQL
6 84 (2.06%) Hadoop
6 84 (2.06%) NoSQL
6 84 (2.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 79 (1.94%) Oracle Database
8 72 (1.76%) MongoDB
9 71 (1.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 66 (1.62%) PostgreSQL
11 58 (1.42%) RDBMS
12 42 (1.03%) DB2
13 36 (0.88%) Apache Hive
14 33 (0.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 32 (0.78%) Oracle Database 12c
16 29 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
16 29 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 345 (8.45%) JIRA
2 285 (6.98%) Git (software)
3 227 (5.56%) Jenkins
4 96 (2.35%) Selenium
5 81 (1.98%) Cucumber
6 50 (1.22%) JUnit
6 50 (1.22%) Team Foundation Server
7 49 (1.20%) TeamCity
8 48 (1.18%) Bitbucket
9 46 (1.13%) Octopus Deploy
10 44 (1.08%) Subversion
11 36 (0.88%) Visual Studio
12 33 (0.81%) webpack
13 30 (0.73%) GitLab
13 30 (0.73%) Mockito
14 29 (0.71%) NUnit
15 27 (0.66%) Eclipse
15 27 (0.66%) Maven
16 26 (0.64%) Postman
17 25 (0.61%) Grunt
General
1 863 (21.14%) Finance
2 274 (6.71%) Banking
3 266 (6.52%) Public Sector
4 134 (3.28%) Telecoms
5 129 (3.16%) Marketing
6 127 (3.11%) Retail
7 87 (2.13%) Front Office
8 83 (2.03%) Manufacturing
9 76 (1.86%) Legal
10 64 (1.57%) Investment Banking
11 58 (1.42%) Games
12 47 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
13 35 (0.86%) Electronics
14 34 (0.83%) Law
15 33 (0.81%) Back Office
16 26 (0.64%) Local Government
17 25 (0.61%) Financial Institution
17 25 (0.61%) German Language
18 24 (0.59%) Advertising
19 21 (0.51%) Billing
Job Titles
1 842 (20.63%) Developer
2 677 (16.59%) Analyst
3 249 (6.10%) Architect
4 231 (5.66%) Business Analyst
5 168 (4.12%) Consultant
6 161 (3.94%) Project Manager
7 154 (3.77%) Support Engineer
8 146 (3.58%) Designer
9 131 (3.21%) Senior Developer
10 123 (3.01%) Java Developer
11 112 (2.74%) Solutions Architect
12 103 (2.52%) Data Analyst
13 102 (2.50%) .NET Developer
14 101 (2.47%) Service Analyst
15 98 (2.40%) Desktop Support
16 90 (2.20%) React Developer
17 85 (2.08%) C# Developer
18 78 (1.91%) Administrator
19 75 (1.84%) Service Desk Analyst
20 72 (1.76%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 308 (7.55%) HTML
2 294 (7.20%) .NET
3 289 (7.08%) CSS
4 219 (5.37%) Web Services
5 189 (4.63%) REST
6 160 (3.92%) AngularJS
7 159 (3.90%) JSON
8 150 (3.67%) XML
9 146 (3.58%) RESTful
10 137 (3.36%) Spring
11 136 (3.33%) React
12 130 (3.18%) HTML5
13 118 (2.89%) SOAP
14 101 (2.47%) Node.js
15 98 (2.40%) .NET Framework
16 74 (1.81%) jQuery
17 71 (1.74%) Kafka
18 68 (1.67%) Middleware
19 67 (1.64%) CSS3
20 63 (1.54%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 1,604 (39.29%) Analytical Skills
2 279 (6.83%) User Experience
3 246 (6.03%) Self-Motivation
4 175 (4.29%) Management Information System
5 113 (2.77%) Algorithms
6 108 (2.65%) Data Structures
7 99 (2.43%) Data Centre
8 77 (1.89%) Mobile App
9 65 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
10 55 (1.35%) Greenfield Project
11 53 (1.30%) Virtual Team
12 45 (1.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 42 (1.03%) Driving Licence
14 40 (0.98%) NHS
15 36 (0.88%) Blackberry
16 34 (0.83%) PKI
17 30 (0.73%) Public Cloud
17 30 (0.73%) Social Media
17 30 (0.73%) W3C
18 29 (0.71%) Analytical Mindset
Operating Systems
1 702 (17.20%) Windows
2 380 (9.31%) Linux
3 236 (5.78%) Windows Server
4 235 (5.76%) Windows 10
5 164 (4.02%) Windows 7
6 148 (3.63%) Unix
7 105 (2.57%) Android
8 92 (2.25%) Windows Server 2008
9 84 (2.06%) Windows Server 2012
10 82 (2.01%) Apple iOS
11 48 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 41 (1.00%) Mac OS X
12 41 (1.00%) Windows XP
13 38 (0.93%) Windows Server 2003
14 32 (0.78%) Windows Vista
15 25 (0.61%) Windows 2000
16 24 (0.59%) Windows 8
17 20 (0.49%) Solaris
18 18 (0.44%) Ubuntu
19 17 (0.42%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,360 (33.32%) Agile Software Development
2 427 (10.46%) Scrum
3 379 (9.28%) ITIL
4 362 (8.87%) Project Management
5 344 (8.43%) Stakeholder Management
6 324 (7.94%) Decision-Making
6 324 (7.94%) Test Automation
7 300 (7.35%) Continuous Integration
8 294 (7.20%) Business Intelligence
8 294 (7.20%) Migration
9 278 (6.81%) DevOps
10 271 (6.64%) SDLC
11 270 (6.61%) Analytics
12 256 (6.27%) Continuous Improvement
13 225 (5.51%) TDD
14 224 (5.49%) Computer Science
15 223 (5.46%) Project Delivery
16 209 (5.12%) Time Management
17 194 (4.75%) Software Engineering
18 193 (4.73%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 688 (16.85%) SQL
2 545 (13.35%) Java
3 388 (9.51%) Python
4 358 (8.77%) JavaScript
5 308 (7.55%) C#
6 157 (3.85%) C
7 152 (3.72%) PowerShell
8 124 (3.04%) Scala
9 106 (2.60%) PL/SQL
10 86 (2.11%) Perl
11 76 (1.86%) Bash Shell
12 74 (1.81%) Shell Script
13 70 (1.71%) Ruby
14 68 (1.67%) C++
15 67 (1.64%) Java 8
16 66 (1.62%) TypeScript
17 61 (1.49%) T-SQL
18 59 (1.45%) PHP
19 49 (1.20%) R
20 42 (1.03%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 512 (12.54%) Degree
2 459 (11.24%) Security Cleared
3 339 (8.30%) SC Cleared
4 81 (1.98%) Cisco Certification
5 79 (1.94%) Microsoft Certification
6 67 (1.64%) Computer Science Degree
7 54 (1.32%) CISSP
7 54 (1.32%) DV Cleared
8 52 (1.27%) CCNA
9 45 (1.10%) MCSE
10 43 (1.05%) MCP
11 40 (0.98%) ISEB
11 40 (0.98%) ISTQB
12 38 (0.93%) PMI Certification
13 35 (0.86%) CCNP
14 32 (0.78%) BPSS Clearance
14 32 (0.78%) Master's Degree
14 32 (0.78%) Numerate Degree
15 31 (0.76%) CISM
16 28 (0.69%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 206 (5.05%) QA
2 131 (3.21%) SLA
3 73 (1.79%) PMO
4 56 (1.37%) Data Quality
5 40 (0.98%) GDPR
6 37 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 32 (0.78%) PCI DSS
8 25 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 21 (0.51%) NIST
10 15 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 15 (0.37%) MiFID
11 11 (0.27%) NCSC
11 11 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 11 (0.27%) WCAG
12 8 (0.20%) JSP 440
13 6 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 6 (0.15%) RMADS
14 5 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
14 5 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
14 5 (0.12%) P3O
System Software
1 385 (9.43%) Active Directory
2 169 (4.14%) Docker
3 121 (2.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 42 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
5 29 (0.71%) XenApp
6 25 (0.61%) vSphere
7 24 (0.59%) Hyper-V
8 23 (0.56%) HDFS
9 21 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
10 20 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
11 19 (0.47%) Oracle RAC
12 11 (0.27%) XenDesktop
13 6 (0.15%) BitLocker
13 6 (0.15%) NFS
13 6 (0.15%) RACF
13 6 (0.15%) vCloud
13 6 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
13 6 (0.15%) VMware NSX
14 5 (0.12%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 4 (0.098%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 136 (3.33%) SCCM
2 105 (2.57%) Ansible
3 101 (2.47%) Kubernetes
4 76 (1.86%) Terraform
5 56 (1.37%) Puppet
6 36 (0.88%) Opscode Chef
7 28 (0.69%) Kibana
8 27 (0.66%) Netcool
8 27 (0.66%) Rancher
9 26 (0.64%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 25 (0.61%) ServiceCenter
11 23 (0.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 21 (0.51%) Amdocs OSS
13 19 (0.47%) Data Guard
13 19 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
13 19 (0.47%) McAfee ePO
13 19 (0.47%) Prometheus
13 19 (0.47%) Single Sign-On
14 18 (0.44%) Microsoft Intune
15 16 (0.39%) SCOM
Vendors
1 778 (19.06%) Microsoft
2 331 (8.11%) Oracle
3 194 (4.75%) VMware
4 163 (3.99%) Cisco
5 158 (3.87%) SAP
6 138 (3.38%) Google
7 104 (2.55%) HP
8 96 (2.35%) Citrix
9 94 (2.30%) IBM
10 91 (2.23%) Salesforce.com
11 85 (2.08%) ServiceNow
12 82 (2.01%) Adobe
13 81 (1.98%) Apple
14 78 (1.91%) Remedy
15 56 (1.37%) Tableau
16 46 (1.13%) Red Hat
17 44 (1.08%) Splunk
18 40 (0.98%) Dell
18 40 (0.98%) webMethods
19 39 (0.96%) Atlassian