Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 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
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 25 27 32
Rank change year-on-year +2 +5 +1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 4,650 2,315 5,627
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.55% 6.17% 6.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.42% 7.15% 6.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,823 1,394 3,353
10th Percentile £270 £229 £248
25th Percentile £381 £363 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £452 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.20% +0.33% +5.88%
75th Percentile £588 £550 £550
90th Percentile £676 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.35% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 245 134 244
10th Percentile £10.25 £12.01 £11.83
25th Percentile £12.25 £18.06 £15.00
Median hourly rate £18.00 £26.08 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year -30.97% +30.38% +6.95%
75th Percentile £44.69 £42.25 £42.50
90th Percentile £54.00 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £20.38 £18.70
% change year-on-year -16.56% +8.99% -

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 62,665 32,398 80,658
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 88.23% 86.35% 87.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 43,046 21,624 53,915
10th Percentile £313 £300 £300
25th Percentile £406 £400 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £576 £575
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,697 930 2,192
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.36 £11.61
25th Percentile £14.61 £16.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate £23.21 £23.05 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +0.68% +2.46% +12.50%
75th Percentile £47.25 £46.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £60.50 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £21.50 £22.92
% change year-on-year -4.65% -6.21% +20.64%

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 26 July 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 26 July 2021.

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 26 July 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 +7 3,794 £475 +2.15% 2,471
London +9 1,933 £525 +5.00% 788
UK excluding London +1 1,932 £435 +2.35% 1,836
Work from Home +1 1,174 £475 +4.40% 462
South East +4 528 £450 - 399
Midlands +7 356 £450 +11.80% 325
North of England +1 342 £425 +3.03% 496
West Midlands +11 280 £461 +9.17% 198
Scotland -3 263 £425 +13.33% 109
South West +19 253 £450 -0.74% 242
North West -1 217 £410 +9.33% 263
East of England -4 157 £325 -27.78% 206
Yorkshire -4 105 £425 -5.56% 168
East Midlands -2 77 £391 -2.80% 124
Wales -5 28 £425 +2.41% 45
North East +3 19 £474 +22.30% 65
Northern Ireland -3 12 £470 +20.51% 15
Channel Islands - 4 £400 -

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 2,358 (50.71%) Social Skills
2 1,680 (36.13%) Agile Software Development
3 1,619 (34.82%) Analytical Skills
4 989 (21.27%) Finance
5 986 (21.20%) SQL
6 758 (16.30%) Azure
7 752 (16.17%) Microsoft
8 660 (14.19%) Java
9 617 (13.27%) Degree
10 602 (12.95%) DevOps
11 600 (12.90%) Scrum
12 583 (12.54%) Python
12 583 (12.54%) AWS
13 560 (12.04%) Windows
14 530 (11.40%) Project Management
15 518 (11.14%) JIRA
16 489 (10.52%) Security Cleared
17 478 (10.28%) Analytics
18 474 (10.19%) Linux
19 440 (9.46%) Stakeholder Management
20 439 (9.44%) JavaScript
21 410 (8.82%) Oracle
22 400 (8.60%) Test Automation
23 397 (8.54%) Git (software)
24 380 (8.17%) SC Cleared
24 380 (8.17%) Decision-Making
25 375 (8.06%) Public Sector
26 371 (7.98%) HTML
26 371 (7.98%) ITIL
27 367 (7.89%) Banking

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
1 252 (5.42%) Confluence
2 170 (3.66%) SharePoint
3 68 (1.46%) Apache Spark
4 67 (1.44%) CMS
5 60 (1.29%) Apache
6 56 (1.20%) WebLogic
7 53 (1.14%) IIS
8 44 (0.95%) Tomcat
9 42 (0.90%) SAS
10 34 (0.73%) WebSphere
11 28 (0.60%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 27 (0.58%) Elasticsearch
13 26 (0.56%) MS Exchange
14 20 (0.43%) IBM Domino
14 20 (0.43%) JBoss
14 20 (0.43%) Skype for Business
15 17 (0.37%) Jupyter
16 15 (0.32%) nginx
16 15 (0.32%) WordPress
17 12 (0.26%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 329 (7.08%) Microsoft Office
2 238 (5.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 147 (3.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 92 (1.98%) MS Visio
5 76 (1.63%) Microsoft Project
6 30 (0.65%) Photoshop
6 30 (0.65%) Sketch
7 27 (0.58%) InVision
8 18 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
9 14 (0.30%) Figma
9 14 (0.30%) Zeplin
10 11 (0.24%) Adobe XD
11 10 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 9 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
12 9 (0.19%) Chatbot
13 7 (0.15%) AutoCAD
13 7 (0.15%) UserZoom
14 4 (0.086%) InDesign
14 4 (0.086%) Maya
14 4 (0.086%) UXPin
Business Applications
1 39 (0.84%) Magento
2 29 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
3 22 (0.47%) SAP Hybris
4 18 (0.39%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 13 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
6 12 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
6 12 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
7 11 (0.24%) Adobe Campaign
7 11 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
7 11 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
7 11 (0.24%) Workday HCM
8 9 (0.19%) assyst
9 8 (0.17%) NetSuite
9 8 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
9 8 (0.17%) Payment Gateway
10 7 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
10 7 (0.15%) Shopify
10 7 (0.15%) Teamcenter
11 6 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
11 6 (0.13%) SAP SCM
Cloud Services
1 758 (16.30%) Azure
2 583 (12.54%) AWS
3 299 (6.43%) Microsoft 365
4 200 (4.30%) Power Platform
5 151 (3.25%) GCP
6 140 (3.01%) SaaS
7 136 (2.92%) GitHub
8 99 (2.13%) PaaS
9 78 (1.68%) IaaS
10 57 (1.23%) Serverless
11 48 (1.03%) Dynamics 365
12 43 (0.92%) Azure Active Directory
12 43 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
13 40 (0.86%) Azure Data Factory
14 36 (0.77%) Amazon S3
15 31 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
15 31 (0.67%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 28 (0.60%) OpenShift
17 27 (0.58%) PowerApps
18 26 (0.56%) Azure Synapse Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 126 (2.71%) Firewall
2 112 (2.41%) DNS
3 90 (1.94%) Internet
4 72 (1.55%) LAN
5 66 (1.42%) WAN
6 62 (1.33%) TCP/IP
7 59 (1.27%) VPN
8 56 (1.20%) Network Security
9 53 (1.14%) DHCP
10 52 (1.12%) HTTP
11 45 (0.97%) Wireless
12 43 (0.92%) SAN
13 37 (0.80%) FTP
14 35 (0.75%) Skype
15 31 (0.67%) 3G
16 30 (0.65%) 4G
16 30 (0.65%) 5G
16 30 (0.65%) Kerberos
17 28 (0.60%) Ethernet
17 28 (0.60%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 310 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 213 (4.58%) Relational Database
3 187 (4.02%) Data Warehouse
4 171 (3.68%) Power BI
5 144 (3.10%) Big Data
6 131 (2.82%) NoSQL
7 126 (2.71%) MySQL
8 125 (2.69%) Tableau
9 84 (1.81%) PostgreSQL
10 79 (1.70%) Hadoop
10 79 (1.70%) MongoDB
11 78 (1.68%) Oracle Database
12 68 (1.46%) Data Lake
13 61 (1.31%) RDBMS
14 55 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 53 (1.14%) Metadata
16 48 (1.03%) Azure SQL Database
17 45 (0.97%) Data Mining
18 43 (0.92%) Apache Hive
18 43 (0.92%) DB2
Development Applications
1 518 (11.14%) JIRA
2 397 (8.54%) Git (software)
3 325 (6.99%) Jenkins
4 95 (2.04%) Maven
4 95 (2.04%) Subversion
5 93 (2.00%) Cucumber
5 93 (2.00%) GitLab
6 91 (1.96%) Selenium
7 76 (1.63%) Bitbucket
8 73 (1.57%) JUnit
9 71 (1.53%) TeamCity
10 69 (1.48%) Visual Studio
11 51 (1.10%) Octopus Deploy
12 41 (0.88%) Postman
12 41 (0.88%) webpack
13 40 (0.86%) JMeter
14 30 (0.65%) Sonatype Nexus
15 29 (0.62%) Artifactory
16 24 (0.52%) Visual Studio Team System
17 23 (0.49%) Cypress.io
General
1 2,358 (50.71%) Social Skills
2 1,619 (34.82%) Analytical Skills
3 989 (21.27%) Finance
4 375 (8.06%) Public Sector
5 367 (7.89%) Banking
5 367 (7.89%) Presentation Skills
6 229 (4.92%) Influencing Skills
7 186 (4.00%) Marketing
8 174 (3.74%) Retail
9 167 (3.59%) Organisational Skills
10 151 (3.25%) Telecoms
11 140 (3.01%) Legal
12 132 (2.84%) Front Office
13 87 (1.87%) Investment Banking
14 78 (1.68%) Documentation Skills
15 62 (1.33%) Manufacturing
16 51 (1.10%) Law
17 45 (0.97%) Billing
18 41 (0.88%) French Language
19 33 (0.71%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 951 (20.45%) Developer
2 832 (17.89%) Analyst
3 308 (6.62%) Architect
4 283 (6.09%) Business Analyst
5 277 (5.96%) Project Manager
6 202 (4.34%) Consultant
7 186 (4.00%) Java Developer
8 129 (2.77%) Senior Developer
9 127 (2.73%) Data Analyst
10 120 (2.58%) Solutions Architect
11 117 (2.52%) DevOps Engineer
12 107 (2.30%) Designer
12 107 (2.30%) Service Analyst
13 103 (2.22%) Software Engineer
14 92 (1.98%) Data Engineer
15 90 (1.94%) Python Developer
16 89 (1.91%) Full Stack Developer
17 88 (1.89%) Support Engineer
18 77 (1.66%) Service Desk Analyst
19 66 (1.42%) C# Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 371 (7.98%) HTML
2 294 (6.32%) CSS
3 286 (6.15%) .NET
4 211 (4.54%) REST
5 208 (4.47%) React
6 195 (4.19%) AngularJS
7 186 (4.00%) Spring
8 185 (3.98%) Web Services
9 155 (3.33%) RESTful
10 152 (3.27%) Node.js
11 147 (3.16%) JSON
12 142 (3.05%) HTML5
13 134 (2.88%) XML
14 97 (2.09%) Kafka
15 89 (1.91%) SOAP
16 86 (1.85%) Spring Boot
17 80 (1.72%) jQuery
18 73 (1.57%) J2EE
19 72 (1.55%) CSS3
20 67 (1.44%) GraphQL
Miscellaneous
1 309 (6.65%) Self-Motivation
2 303 (6.52%) User Experience
3 186 (4.00%) Management Information System
4 150 (3.23%) Algorithms
5 117 (2.52%) Data Structures
6 103 (2.22%) Virtual Team
7 79 (1.70%) Mobile App
8 73 (1.57%) Fixed Income
9 70 (1.51%) Analytical Mindset
10 64 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
11 60 (1.29%) Data Centre
12 58 (1.25%) Social Media
13 47 (1.01%) Public Cloud
14 45 (0.97%) Legacy Systems
15 43 (0.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 42 (0.90%) Data Protection Act
17 39 (0.84%) Greenfield Project
17 39 (0.84%) Replication
18 36 (0.77%) Clustering
18 36 (0.77%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 560 (12.04%) Windows
2 474 (10.19%) Linux
3 235 (5.05%) Unix
4 145 (3.12%) Windows 10
5 143 (3.08%) Windows Server
6 126 (2.71%) Android
7 97 (2.09%) Apple iOS
8 66 (1.42%) Windows 7
9 42 (0.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 35 (0.75%) Windows Server 2012
11 32 (0.69%) AIX
12 29 (0.62%) Windows 8
13 28 (0.60%) Windows Server 2016
14 26 (0.56%) Mac OS X
14 26 (0.56%) Windows Server 2019
15 25 (0.54%) Windows Server 2008
16 22 (0.47%) CentOS
16 22 (0.47%) Ubuntu
17 18 (0.39%) Solaris
18 16 (0.34%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,680 (36.13%) Agile Software Development
2 602 (12.95%) DevOps
3 600 (12.90%) Scrum
4 530 (11.40%) Project Management
5 478 (10.28%) Analytics
6 440 (9.46%) Stakeholder Management
7 400 (8.60%) Test Automation
8 380 (8.17%) Decision-Making
9 371 (7.98%) ITIL
10 335 (7.20%) Software Engineering
11 332 (7.14%) Change Management
12 330 (7.10%) Migration
13 323 (6.95%) Computer Science
14 316 (6.80%) TDD
15 302 (6.49%) Data Modelling
16 300 (6.45%) Continuous Improvement
17 296 (6.37%) Business Intelligence
18 288 (6.19%) Project Delivery
19 269 (5.78%) Continuous Integration
20 268 (5.76%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 986 (21.20%) SQL
2 660 (14.19%) Java
3 583 (12.54%) Python
4 439 (9.44%) JavaScript
5 265 (5.70%) C#
6 192 (4.13%) PowerShell
7 141 (3.03%) TypeScript
8 123 (2.65%) C
9 117 (2.52%) C++
10 104 (2.24%) Scala
11 103 (2.22%) Shell Script
12 99 (2.13%) Java 8
13 95 (2.04%) Bash Shell
13 95 (2.04%) R
14 89 (1.91%) PL/SQL
15 74 (1.59%) PHP
16 72 (1.55%) Ruby
17 71 (1.53%) T-SQL
18 62 (1.33%) Kotlin
19 58 (1.25%) Perl
Qualifications
1 617 (13.27%) Degree
2 489 (10.52%) Security Cleared
3 380 (8.17%) SC Cleared
4 126 (2.71%) Computer Science Degree
5 73 (1.57%) DV Cleared
6 68 (1.46%) Microsoft Certification
7 59 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
8 56 (1.20%) ISTQB
9 51 (1.10%) ISEB
10 50 (1.08%) PMP
11 48 (1.03%) Master's Degree
12 45 (0.97%) CISSP
13 42 (0.90%) PMI Certification
14 38 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
15 37 (0.80%) CCNA
16 36 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
17 34 (0.73%) MCSE
18 32 (0.69%) MCP
19 27 (0.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
20 22 (0.47%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 283 (6.09%) QA
2 140 (3.01%) SLA
3 123 (2.65%) Accessibility
4 114 (2.45%) PMO
5 84 (1.81%) Data Quality
6 69 (1.48%) GDPR
7 42 (0.90%) PCI DSS
8 41 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 27 (0.58%) WCAG
10 20 (0.43%) NIST
11 16 (0.34%) COBIT
11 16 (0.34%) DO-178B
12 15 (0.32%) GRC
13 14 (0.30%) MiFID
14 13 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 12 (0.26%) ISO 9001
16 11 (0.24%) IFRS
17 10 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
18 8 (0.17%) GPG13
18 8 (0.17%) GxP
System Software
1 297 (6.39%) Active Directory
2 285 (6.13%) Docker
3 108 (2.32%) VMware Infrastructure
4 29 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
5 25 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
6 24 (0.52%) XenApp
7 21 (0.45%) HDFS
8 20 (0.43%) vSphere
9 18 (0.39%) Hyper-V
10 17 (0.37%) XenDesktop
11 14 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
11 14 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
12 11 (0.24%) Apache ZooKeeper
13 9 (0.19%) NFS
14 8 (0.17%) VMware NSX
15 7 (0.15%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 7 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
16 6 (0.13%) RACF
16 6 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
17 5 (0.11%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 229 (4.92%) Kubernetes
2 166 (3.57%) Ansible
3 145 (3.12%) Terraform
4 120 (2.58%) SCCM
5 72 (1.55%) Puppet
6 43 (0.92%) Microsoft Intune
7 37 (0.80%) Opscode Chef
8 30 (0.65%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 25 (0.54%) Single Sign-On
10 19 (0.41%) SCOM
11 17 (0.37%) Data Guard
12 16 (0.34%) HP ALM
13 14 (0.30%) Oracle RMAN
14 12 (0.26%) Grafana
14 12 (0.26%) HP Quality Center
14 12 (0.26%) Packer
15 11 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
15 11 (0.24%) Kibana
16 10 (0.22%) Docker Swarm
16 10 (0.22%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 752 (16.17%) Microsoft
2 410 (8.82%) Oracle
3 178 (3.83%) Salesforce.com
4 166 (3.57%) SAP
5 149 (3.20%) VMware
6 134 (2.88%) ServiceNow
7 128 (2.75%) Google
8 117 (2.52%) Adobe
9 89 (1.91%) Cisco
10 80 (1.72%) IBM
11 73 (1.57%) Splunk
12 65 (1.40%) Citrix
13 64 (1.38%) Atlassian
14 60 (1.29%) HP
15 52 (1.12%) Databricks
16 50 (1.08%) Apple
17 48 (1.03%) Informatica
18 46 (0.99%) Red Hat
19 40 (0.86%) Cloudera
19 40 (0.86%) hybris