Period
to 20 January 2022

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 20 January 2022 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
20 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 24 30 29
Rank change year-on-year +6 -1 +6
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 6,137 2,408 4,291
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 7.01% 5.83% 5.94%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.86% 6.69% 6.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,781 1,503 2,532
10th Percentile £286 £257 £180
25th Percentile £406 £350 £325
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
75th Percentile £625 £538 £538
90th Percentile £725 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £410 £425
% change year-on-year +9.76% -3.53% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 291 151 269
10th Percentile £10.95 £10.81 £13.25
25th Percentile £13.25 £13.00 £16.63
Median hourly rate £18.00 £21.00 £25.50
Median % change year-on-year -14.29% -17.65% +2.00%
75th Percentile £45.75 £40.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £56.75 £58.00 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.12 £17.50 £24.58
% change year-on-year -7.91% -28.79% -13.77%

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 78,110 36,006 62,435
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 89.21% 87.14% 86.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,867 24,563 41,804
10th Percentile £325 £300 £281
25th Percentile £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% - -
75th Percentile £625 £575 £575
90th Percentile £713 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £425 £433
% change year-on-year +11.76% -1.73% +1.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,608 1,166 1,917
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.83 £11.98
25th Percentile £15.25 £15.76 £15.00
Median hourly rate £25.52 £27.50 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -7.22% +30.95% -3.49%
75th Percentile £49.50 £47.50 £45.00
90th Percentile £64.00 £60.00 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £24.33 £19.71
% change year-on-year -13.67% +23.41% -6.14%

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 20 January 2022.

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 20 January 2022.

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 20 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England +11 5,105 £525 +16.67% 2,576
London +13 2,669 £550 +12.24% 895
UK excluding London +6 2,477 £450 +9.76% 1,852
Work from Home +10 1,573 £500 +11.11% 476
South East +2 625 £470 +10.98% 391
North of England +8 501 £425 +6.25% 514
Midlands +9 483 £450 +12.50% 343
West Midlands +7 356 £450 +11.11% 216
Scotland +4 286 £425 - 135
South West +17 284 £475 +8.57% 220
North West 0 284 £429 +15.95% 260
East of England +3 242 £500 +17.65% 201
Yorkshire +15 176 £425 - 197
East Midlands +8 117 £388 +7.64% 125
Wales -6 42 £427 +29.90% 36
North East +16 41 £362 +3.29% 57
Northern Ireland +15 31 £325 -13.33% 18

For the 6 months to 20 January 2022, 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 3,245 (52.88%) Social Skills
2 2,291 (37.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2,079 (33.88%) Analytical Skills
4 1,443 (23.51%) Finance
5 1,151 (18.76%) Microsoft
6 1,113 (18.14%) SQL
7 1,008 (16.42%) Azure
8 963 (15.69%) DevOps
9 828 (13.49%) Windows
10 783 (12.76%) Python
11 771 (12.56%) Scrum
12 768 (12.51%) Java
13 698 (11.37%) Project Management
14 685 (11.16%) CI/CD
15 676 (11.02%) Linux
16 663 (10.80%) Stakeholder Management
16 663 (10.80%) AWS
17 645 (10.51%) Degree
18 614 (10.00%) JavaScript
19 592 (9.65%) Public Sector
20 580 (9.45%) Decision-Making
21 578 (9.42%) JIRA
22 564 (9.19%) Security Cleared
23 520 (8.47%) SQL Server
24 498 (8.11%) HTML
25 496 (8.08%) ITIL
26 495 (8.07%) Analytics
27 491 (8.00%) Oracle
28 490 (7.98%) Continuous Improvement
29 484 (7.89%) Git (software)

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
1 285 (4.64%) Confluence
2 183 (2.98%) SharePoint
3 108 (1.76%) Apache Spark
4 98 (1.60%) Apache
5 58 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
6 54 (0.88%) Tomcat
7 53 (0.86%) CMS
7 53 (0.86%) IIS
8 49 (0.80%) WebLogic
9 48 (0.78%) JBoss
10 39 (0.64%) MS Exchange
10 39 (0.64%) SAS
11 32 (0.52%) Oracle Workflow
12 27 (0.44%) nginx
13 26 (0.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 25 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 23 (0.37%) WebSphere
16 21 (0.34%) Adobe Experience Manager
16 21 (0.34%) Skype for Business
17 18 (0.29%) OpenStack
Applications
1 393 (6.40%) Microsoft Office
2 337 (5.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 144 (2.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 93 (1.52%) MS Visio
5 89 (1.45%) Microsoft Project
6 42 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
7 35 (0.57%) Sketch
8 26 (0.42%) Chatbot
9 19 (0.31%) Photoshop
10 15 (0.24%) Adobe XD
11 14 (0.23%) InVision
12 11 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 10 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
14 6 (0.098%) Maya
14 6 (0.098%) Zeplin
15 5 (0.081%) FrameMaker
15 5 (0.081%) Simulink
15 5 (0.081%) Stata
16 4 (0.065%) UXPin
17 3 (0.049%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 33 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 26 (0.42%) Oracle EBS
3 25 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 21 (0.34%) NetSuite
5 18 (0.29%) SAP S/4HANA
6 15 (0.24%) Oracle EBS R12
6 15 (0.24%) Workday HCM
7 12 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
8 11 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
8 11 (0.18%) Magento
9 10 (0.16%) SAP Hybris
10 9 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
11 8 (0.13%) BondVision
11 8 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
12 7 (0.11%) RMDS
12 7 (0.11%) SAP SD
12 7 (0.11%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
13 6 (0.098%) JDE EnterpriseOne
13 6 (0.098%) SAP MDG
13 6 (0.098%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 1,008 (16.42%) Azure
2 663 (10.80%) AWS
3 295 (4.81%) Microsoft 365
4 247 (4.02%) Power Platform
5 246 (4.01%) GCP
6 193 (3.14%) GitHub
7 151 (2.46%) PaaS
8 146 (2.38%) SaaS
9 126 (2.05%) IaaS
10 102 (1.66%) Serverless
11 96 (1.56%) Azure Active Directory
12 93 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
13 78 (1.27%) Amazon S3
14 71 (1.16%) OpenShift
15 57 (0.93%) Amazon EKS
16 48 (0.78%) Azure Data Factory
17 47 (0.77%) AWS Lambda
18 46 (0.75%) PowerApps
19 45 (0.73%) Dynamics 365
20 43 (0.70%) Snowflake
Communications & Networking
1 194 (3.16%) DNS
2 164 (2.67%) Firewall
3 111 (1.81%) WAN
4 107 (1.74%) DHCP
5 99 (1.61%) VPN
6 96 (1.56%) TCP/IP
7 91 (1.48%) Wireless
8 79 (1.29%) Network Security
9 74 (1.21%) LAN
10 65 (1.06%) Internet
11 63 (1.03%) HTTP
12 57 (0.93%) SAN
13 48 (0.78%) 5G
14 47 (0.77%) SSL
15 45 (0.73%) VoIP
16 41 (0.67%) 4G
17 38 (0.62%) Skype
18 35 (0.57%) Wi-Fi
19 33 (0.54%) 3G
19 33 (0.54%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 520 (8.47%) SQL Server
2 285 (4.64%) Relational Database
3 215 (3.50%) Power BI
4 211 (3.44%) Data Warehouse
5 195 (3.18%) NoSQL
6 162 (2.64%) Big Data
7 140 (2.28%) MySQL
8 133 (2.17%) Tableau
9 126 (2.05%) Oracle Database
10 125 (2.04%) MongoDB
11 121 (1.97%) Data Lake
12 103 (1.68%) Hadoop
13 90 (1.47%) PostgreSQL
14 85 (1.39%) Metadata
15 74 (1.21%) Azure SQL Database
15 74 (1.21%) RDBMS
16 70 (1.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 57 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
17 57 (0.93%) Apache Hive
18 53 (0.86%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 578 (9.42%) JIRA
2 484 (7.89%) Git (software)
3 440 (7.17%) Jenkins
4 121 (1.97%) Selenium
5 116 (1.89%) GitLab
6 98 (1.60%) Visual Studio
7 96 (1.56%) Bitbucket
8 85 (1.39%) Maven
9 81 (1.32%) Cucumber
10 70 (1.14%) SonarQube
11 69 (1.12%) Subversion
12 66 (1.08%) Artifactory
12 66 (1.08%) TeamCity
13 59 (0.96%) Sonatype Nexus
14 58 (0.95%) webpack
15 56 (0.91%) Postman
16 47 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
17 45 (0.73%) JMeter
18 44 (0.72%) JUnit
18 44 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3,245 (52.88%) Social Skills
2 2,079 (33.88%) Analytical Skills
3 1,443 (23.51%) Finance
4 592 (9.65%) Public Sector
5 435 (7.09%) Banking
6 400 (6.52%) Presentation Skills
7 297 (4.84%) Influencing Skills
8 272 (4.43%) Organisational Skills
9 241 (3.93%) Marketing
10 230 (3.75%) Retail
11 211 (3.44%) Front Office
12 208 (3.39%) Telecoms
13 176 (2.87%) Legal
14 167 (2.72%) Investment Banking
15 90 (1.47%) Documentation Skills
16 86 (1.40%) Manufacturing
17 69 (1.12%) Financial Institution
18 59 (0.96%) Billing
19 57 (0.93%) Law
20 56 (0.91%) Games
Job Titles
1 1,294 (21.09%) Developer
2 1,026 (16.72%) Analyst
3 449 (7.32%) Architect
4 411 (6.70%) Business Analyst
5 341 (5.56%) Project Manager
6 262 (4.27%) Java Developer
7 234 (3.81%) Consultant
8 193 (3.14%) DevOps Engineer
9 167 (2.72%) Solutions Architect
10 163 (2.66%) Service Analyst
11 161 (2.62%) Support Engineer
12 146 (2.38%) Python Developer
13 140 (2.28%) Data Engineer
13 140 (2.28%) Designer
14 136 (2.22%) Data Analyst
15 133 (2.17%) Software Engineer
16 128 (2.09%) Service Desk Analyst
17 122 (1.99%) Senior Developer
18 105 (1.71%) Administrator
19 95 (1.55%) Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 498 (8.11%) HTML
2 416 (6.78%) CSS
3 401 (6.53%) .NET
4 319 (5.20%) React
5 279 (4.55%) REST
6 267 (4.35%) AngularJS
7 251 (4.09%) JSON
8 212 (3.45%) Web Services
9 203 (3.31%) XML
10 186 (3.03%) Node.js
11 178 (2.90%) RESTful
12 168 (2.74%) Spring
13 153 (2.49%) Kafka
14 143 (2.33%) HTML5
15 127 (2.07%) ASP.NET
16 105 (1.71%) Middleware
17 104 (1.69%) Spring Boot
18 95 (1.55%) SOAP
19 86 (1.40%) jQuery
20 85 (1.39%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 363 (5.91%) User Experience
2 353 (5.75%) Self-Motivation
3 221 (3.60%) Management Information System
4 163 (2.66%) Virtual Team
5 155 (2.53%) Data Structures
6 145 (2.36%) Data Centre
7 128 (2.09%) Algorithms
8 98 (1.60%) Public Cloud
9 82 (1.34%) Cloud Native
9 82 (1.34%) Enterprise Software
10 70 (1.14%) Fixed Income
10 70 (1.14%) Mobile App
11 68 (1.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 68 (1.11%) Legacy Systems
12 66 (1.08%) Data Protection Act
13 60 (0.98%) Greenfield Project
13 60 (0.98%) NHS
14 55 (0.90%) Hedge funds
15 54 (0.88%) Analytical Mindset
15 54 (0.88%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 828 (13.49%) Windows
2 676 (11.02%) Linux
3 263 (4.29%) Unix
4 229 (3.73%) Windows Server
5 177 (2.88%) Windows 10
6 98 (1.60%) Apple iOS
7 96 (1.56%) Android
8 80 (1.30%) Windows 7
9 72 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 53 (0.86%) Windows Server 2012
11 46 (0.75%) Solaris
12 45 (0.73%) Mac OS
12 45 (0.73%) Windows Server 2016
13 44 (0.72%) Windows Server 2008
14 41 (0.67%) AIX
15 38 (0.62%) Windows Server 2019
16 30 (0.49%) Mac OS X
17 25 (0.41%) Ubuntu
17 25 (0.41%) VMS
18 19 (0.31%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,291 (37.33%) Agile Software Development
2 963 (15.69%) DevOps
3 771 (12.56%) Scrum
4 698 (11.37%) Project Management
5 685 (11.16%) CI/CD
6 663 (10.80%) Stakeholder Management
7 580 (9.45%) Decision-Making
8 496 (8.08%) ITIL
9 495 (8.07%) Analytics
10 490 (7.98%) Continuous Improvement
11 430 (7.01%) Microservices
12 428 (6.97%) Migration
13 426 (6.94%) Software Engineering
14 411 (6.70%) Business Intelligence
15 403 (6.57%) Test Automation
16 387 (6.31%) TDD
17 379 (6.18%) Continuous Integration
18 362 (5.90%) Data Modelling
19 350 (5.70%) Business Analysis
20 348 (5.67%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 1,113 (18.14%) SQL
2 783 (12.76%) Python
3 768 (12.51%) Java
4 614 (10.00%) JavaScript
5 435 (7.09%) C#
6 245 (3.99%) PowerShell
7 195 (3.18%) TypeScript
8 162 (2.64%) C++
9 142 (2.31%) Scala
10 134 (2.18%) Bash
11 120 (1.96%) C
12 119 (1.94%) PL/SQL
13 110 (1.79%) Shell Script
14 96 (1.56%) Java 8
15 81 (1.32%) R
16 79 (1.29%) Perl
17 78 (1.27%) PHP
18 71 (1.16%) T-SQL
19 63 (1.03%) Go
20 61 (0.99%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 645 (10.51%) Degree
2 564 (9.19%) Security Cleared
3 423 (6.89%) SC Cleared
4 113 (1.84%) Computer Science Degree
5 103 (1.68%) Cisco Certification
6 83 (1.35%) Master's Degree
7 73 (1.19%) BPSS Clearance
8 70 (1.14%) MCP
9 68 (1.11%) Microsoft Certification
9 68 (1.11%) PMI Certification
10 65 (1.06%) PMP
11 62 (1.01%) DV Cleared
12 52 (0.85%) CCNA
13 41 (0.67%) CCNP
13 41 (0.67%) CISSP
14 35 (0.57%) MCSE
15 33 (0.54%) ISTQB
15 33 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
16 31 (0.51%) MCSA
17 30 (0.49%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 369 (6.01%) QA
2 205 (3.34%) SLA
3 164 (2.67%) Accessibility
4 162 (2.64%) Data Quality
5 132 (2.15%) PMO
6 100 (1.63%) GDPR
7 56 (0.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 36 (0.59%) WCAG
9 30 (0.49%) PCI DSS
10 25 (0.41%) NIST
11 22 (0.36%) COBIT
12 20 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 16 (0.26%) GRC
13 16 (0.26%) MISRA
14 15 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
14 15 (0.24%) IEC 61508
14 15 (0.24%) MISRA C
15 14 (0.23%) ISO 9001
16 13 (0.21%) Def Stans
17 11 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 452 (7.37%) Active Directory
2 407 (6.63%) Docker
3 177 (2.88%) VMware Infrastructure
4 53 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
5 41 (0.67%) NFS
6 40 (0.65%) vSphere
7 39 (0.64%) HDFS
7 39 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
8 34 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
9 29 (0.47%) Hyper-V
10 25 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
11 20 (0.33%) Oracle RAC
12 14 (0.23%) Microsoft App-V
13 10 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
13 10 (0.16%) XenApp
14 9 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 9 (0.15%) XenDesktop
15 8 (0.13%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 8 (0.13%) RACF
15 8 (0.13%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 346 (5.64%) Kubernetes
2 345 (5.62%) Ansible
3 258 (4.20%) Terraform
4 138 (2.25%) SCCM
5 79 (1.29%) Puppet
6 72 (1.17%) Microsoft Intune
7 47 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
8 39 (0.64%) ITRS Geneos
9 38 (0.62%) Grafana
9 38 (0.62%) Single Sign-On
10 35 (0.57%) Prometheus
11 33 (0.54%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 33 (0.54%) Docker Swarm
12 29 (0.47%) Kibana
12 29 (0.47%) Nagios
13 27 (0.44%) Oracle RMAN
14 26 (0.42%) Data Guard
14 26 (0.42%) Netcool
15 25 (0.41%) vCenter Server
16 23 (0.37%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 1,151 (18.76%) Microsoft
2 491 (8.00%) Oracle
3 233 (3.80%) Google
3 233 (3.80%) VMware
4 214 (3.49%) SAP
5 173 (2.82%) ServiceNow
6 153 (2.49%) Cisco
7 135 (2.20%) Citrix
8 127 (2.07%) Salesforce.com
9 116 (1.89%) Splunk
10 98 (1.60%) IBM
11 96 (1.56%) Red Hat
12 95 (1.55%) Atlassian
13 92 (1.50%) Adobe
14 87 (1.42%) Apple
15 81 (1.32%) Databricks
16 58 (0.95%) HP
17 46 (0.75%) Informatica
18 43 (0.70%) Dell
19 39 (0.64%) ION Trading