Period
to 16 July 2018

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 July 2018 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 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 32 31 32
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 -3
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 6,487 5,758 6,387
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.25% 6.07% 5.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.29% 7.15% 6.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,990 3,394 3,921
UK median daily rate £430 £430 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +3.61% +3.75%
10th Percentile £225 £250 £253
90th Percentile £625 £625 £576
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 289 212 272
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +12.83% +5.39%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.76 £10.64
90th Percentile £51.00 £52.50 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £18.80
% change year-on-year -9.09% +17.02% +7.43%

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 88,980 80,536 92,751
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.78% 84.86% 84.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,666 52,670 61,077
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,434 2,128 2,295
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.00% - +16.28%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.72
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £25.06
% change year-on-year -20.00% -0.24% +16.29%

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 July 2018.

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 July 2018.

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 July 2018. 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 5,861 £440 - 2,552
UK excluding London -4 3,453 £400 - 1,851
London +1 2,888 £500 +5.26% 868
South East -6 1,092 £413 +3.13% 470
North of England +10 798 £400 - 493
Midlands -4 435 £375 -6.25% 298
North West +11 402 £375 -4.76% 260
Scotland -3 371 £400 +8.11% 112
East of England 0 324 £425 - 208
South West +1 296 £400 -1.23% 213
Yorkshire 0 282 £425 +1.19% 188
West Midlands -12 239 £375 -6.25% 180
East Midlands 0 193 £375 - 117
North East +9 124 £400 +2.56% 45
Wales -2 99 £400 +14.29% 42
Northern Ireland +10 41 £431 -0.35% 15

For the 6 months to 16 July 2018, 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 2,498 (38.51%) Analytical Skills
2 2,346 (36.16%) Agile Software Development
3 1,566 (24.14%) Finance
4 1,330 (20.50%) SQL
5 1,079 (16.63%) Microsoft
6 1,068 (16.46%) Java
7 973 (15.00%) Windows
8 830 (12.79%) Degree
9 804 (12.39%) JavaScript
10 794 (12.24%) Linux
11 772 (11.90%) Scrum
12 736 (11.35%) Project Management
13 693 (10.68%) C#
14 641 (9.88%) Oracle
15 630 (9.71%) HTML
16 618 (9.53%) Python
17 593 (9.14%) Banking
18 586 (9.03%) Stakeholder Management
18 586 (9.03%) .NET
19 582 (8.97%) DevOps
20 573 (8.83%) SQL Server
21 557 (8.59%) ITIL
22 555 (8.56%) Git (software)
23 527 (8.12%) Security Cleared
24 520 (8.02%) JIRA
25 517 (7.97%) CSS
26 498 (7.68%) Test Automation
27 485 (7.48%) Continuous Integration
28 476 (7.34%) TDD
29 458 (7.06%) Analytics

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
1 273 (4.21%) Confluence
2 163 (2.51%) SharePoint
3 123 (1.90%) Apache
4 121 (1.87%) Apache Spark
5 107 (1.65%) CMS
6 104 (1.60%) Tomcat
7 98 (1.51%) MS Exchange
8 79 (1.22%) WebSphere
9 72 (1.11%) Elasticsearch
10 70 (1.08%) IIS
11 69 (1.06%) Skype for Business
12 67 (1.03%) JBoss
12 67 (1.03%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 63 (0.97%) WebLogic
14 52 (0.80%) SAS
15 41 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2010
16 39 (0.60%) Apache Solr
17 33 (0.51%) nginx
18 31 (0.48%) WebSphere Application Server
19 28 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 428 (6.60%) Microsoft Office
2 417 (6.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 160 (2.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 131 (2.02%) MS Visio
5 92 (1.42%) Microsoft Project
6 52 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
7 50 (0.77%) Photoshop
8 30 (0.46%) InVision
9 12 (0.18%) InfoPath
10 11 (0.17%) Adobe Illustrator
10 11 (0.17%) Simulink
11 10 (0.15%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 8 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
13 6 (0.092%) Chatbot
14 5 (0.077%) SPSS
15 4 (0.062%) Acrobat
15 4 (0.062%) HipChat
15 4 (0.062%) Maya
15 4 (0.062%) UserZoom
16 3 (0.046%) 3ds Max
Business Applications
1 44 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 37 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
3 31 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
4 29 (0.45%) Sonata
5 25 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
6 21 (0.32%) Oracle BPM
7 17 (0.26%) SAP HR
8 16 (0.25%) Magento
8 16 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
9 15 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
10 14 (0.22%) NetSuite
10 14 (0.22%) SAP CO
10 14 (0.22%) SAP FI
10 14 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
10 14 (0.22%) Workday HCM
11 11 (0.17%) HFM
11 11 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
12 10 (0.15%) Oracle General Ledger
12 10 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 10 (0.15%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 450 (6.94%) Amazon AWS
2 398 (6.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 252 (3.88%) Office 365
4 113 (1.74%) GitHub
5 107 (1.65%) SaaS
6 77 (1.19%) PaaS
7 75 (1.16%) Google Cloud Platform
8 58 (0.89%) IaaS
9 51 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
10 48 (0.74%) AWS CloudFormation
10 48 (0.74%) Serverless
11 38 (0.59%) npm
12 36 (0.55%) Amazon S3
13 34 (0.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 33 (0.51%) Slack
15 31 (0.48%) Amazon EC2
15 31 (0.48%) AWS Lambda
16 30 (0.46%) Dynamics 365
17 29 (0.45%) Google Analytics
18 26 (0.40%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 267 (4.12%) Firewall
2 176 (2.71%) HTTP
3 172 (2.65%) TCP/IP
4 131 (2.02%) DNS
4 131 (2.02%) Internet
5 121 (1.87%) WAN
6 116 (1.79%) LAN
7 97 (1.50%) DHCP
7 97 (1.50%) VPN
8 85 (1.31%) SMS
9 84 (1.29%) Wireless
10 83 (1.28%) SAN
11 70 (1.08%) Network Security
12 69 (1.06%) Skype
13 57 (0.88%) SSL
14 52 (0.80%) VoIP
15 44 (0.68%) FTP
16 40 (0.62%) Kerberos
17 37 (0.57%) Cisco ASA
18 36 (0.55%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 573 (8.83%) SQL Server
2 395 (6.09%) Relational Database
3 248 (3.82%) Big Data
4 234 (3.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 227 (3.50%) MySQL
6 211 (3.25%) Data Warehouse
7 187 (2.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 169 (2.61%) NoSQL
9 168 (2.59%) Hadoop
10 147 (2.27%) Oracle Database
11 138 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
12 133 (2.05%) MongoDB
13 117 (1.80%) Power BI
14 110 (1.70%) RDBMS
15 84 (1.29%) Apache Cassandra
16 79 (1.22%) DB2
17 77 (1.19%) HBase
18 71 (1.09%) Data Lake
19 69 (1.06%) BusinessObjects
20 67 (1.03%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 555 (8.56%) Git (software)
2 520 (8.02%) JIRA
3 404 (6.23%) Jenkins
4 194 (2.99%) Selenium
5 146 (2.25%) Subversion
6 133 (2.05%) Visual Studio
7 124 (1.91%) Cucumber
8 118 (1.82%) JUnit
9 115 (1.77%) TeamCity
10 113 (1.74%) Team Foundation Server
11 102 (1.57%) Maven
12 79 (1.22%) webpack
13 77 (1.19%) SoapUI
14 76 (1.17%) Octopus Deploy
15 75 (1.16%) JMeter
16 59 (0.91%) Bitbucket
17 57 (0.88%) WebDriver
18 54 (0.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 53 (0.82%) IntelliJ
20 46 (0.71%) SpecFlow
General
1 1,566 (24.14%) Finance
2 593 (9.14%) Banking
3 268 (4.13%) Retail
4 198 (3.05%) Marketing
5 189 (2.91%) Front Office
6 173 (2.67%) Legal
6 173 (2.67%) Telecoms
7 142 (2.19%) Manufacturing
8 141 (2.17%) Investment Banking
9 125 (1.93%) Games
10 91 (1.40%) Financial Institution
11 73 (1.13%) Back Office
12 66 (1.02%) Law
13 65 (1.00%) Pharmaceutical
14 62 (0.96%) Advertising
15 59 (0.91%) Publishing
16 53 (0.82%) Electronics
17 49 (0.76%) French Language
18 44 (0.68%) Automotive
18 44 (0.68%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,644 (25.34%) Developer
2 1,135 (17.50%) Analyst
3 449 (6.92%) Business Analyst
4 347 (5.35%) Architect
5 330 (5.09%) Project Manager
6 294 (4.53%) Java Developer
7 257 (3.96%) Consultant
8 234 (3.61%) C# Developer
9 230 (3.55%) .NET Developer
10 175 (2.70%) Administrator
11 162 (2.50%) Designer
12 144 (2.22%) DevOps Engineer
13 141 (2.17%) Service Analyst
14 138 (2.13%) Senior Developer
15 133 (2.05%) Software Engineer
16 130 (2.00%) Support Engineer
16 130 (2.00%) User Researcher
17 127 (1.96%) C# .NET Developer
17 127 (1.96%) Support Analyst
18 115 (1.77%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 630 (9.71%) HTML
2 586 (9.03%) .NET
3 517 (7.97%) CSS
4 388 (5.98%) Web Services
5 337 (5.20%) AngularJS
6 299 (4.61%) REST
7 296 (4.56%) XML
8 294 (4.53%) RESTful
9 289 (4.46%) ASP.NET
10 258 (3.98%) HTML5
11 240 (3.70%) Spring
12 199 (3.07%) JSON
13 190 (2.93%) jQuery
14 183 (2.82%) React
15 179 (2.76%) ASP.NET MVC
16 171 (2.64%) Node.js
17 164 (2.53%) WCF
18 154 (2.37%) .NET Framework
19 152 (2.34%) SOAP
20 140 (2.16%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 2,498 (38.51%) Analytical Skills
2 441 (6.80%) Self-Motivation
3 407 (6.27%) Computer Science
4 386 (5.95%) User Experience
5 254 (3.92%) Management Information System
6 168 (2.59%) Algorithms
7 156 (2.40%) Mobile App
8 138 (2.13%) Data Centre
9 130 (2.00%) Data Structures
10 122 (1.88%) Virtual Team
11 105 (1.62%) Derivative
12 93 (1.43%) Enterprise Software
13 84 (1.29%) Greenfield Project
14 79 (1.22%) Fixed Income
15 71 (1.09%) Clustering
16 58 (0.89%) Fintech
16 58 (0.89%) Replication
17 57 (0.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 57 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
18 55 (0.85%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 973 (15.00%) Windows
2 794 (12.24%) Linux
3 449 (6.92%) Unix
4 231 (3.56%) Windows Server
5 188 (2.90%) Android
5 188 (2.90%) Windows 10
6 174 (2.68%) Windows 7
7 155 (2.39%) Apple iOS
8 141 (2.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 131 (2.02%) Windows Server 2008
10 88 (1.36%) Windows Server 2012
11 76 (1.17%) AIX
12 65 (1.00%) Solaris
13 62 (0.96%) CentOS
14 55 (0.85%) Ubuntu
15 47 (0.72%) Windows 8
16 46 (0.71%) Windows XP
17 42 (0.65%) Windows Server 2003
18 37 (0.57%) Mac OS
19 34 (0.52%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,346 (36.16%) Agile Software Development
2 772 (11.90%) Scrum
3 736 (11.35%) Project Management
4 586 (9.03%) Stakeholder Management
5 582 (8.97%) DevOps
6 557 (8.59%) ITIL
7 498 (7.68%) Test Automation
8 485 (7.48%) Continuous Integration
9 476 (7.34%) TDD
10 458 (7.06%) Analytics
11 442 (6.81%) Decision-Making
12 419 (6.46%) SDLC
13 417 (6.43%) Continuous Improvement
14 413 (6.37%) Business Intelligence
15 412 (6.35%) OO
16 397 (6.12%) Change Management
17 385 (5.93%) Migration
18 381 (5.87%) Business Analysis
19 370 (5.70%) MVC
20 333 (5.13%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 1,330 (20.50%) SQL
2 1,068 (16.46%) Java
3 804 (12.39%) JavaScript
4 693 (10.68%) C#
5 618 (9.53%) Python
6 237 (3.65%) PowerShell
7 231 (3.56%) C++
8 203 (3.13%) Scala
9 174 (2.68%) Perl
10 163 (2.51%) Bash Shell
11 162 (2.50%) T-SQL
12 158 (2.44%) C
13 149 (2.30%) PL/SQL
14 136 (2.10%) Shell Script
15 129 (1.99%) Ruby
16 113 (1.74%) Java 8
16 113 (1.74%) PHP
17 104 (1.60%) R
18 94 (1.45%) VBA
19 81 (1.25%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 830 (12.79%) Degree
2 527 (8.12%) Security Cleared
3 405 (6.24%) SC Cleared
4 167 (2.57%) Computer Science Degree
5 110 (1.70%) Cisco Certification
6 108 (1.66%) PMI Certification
7 105 (1.62%) Microsoft Certification
8 86 (1.33%) PMP
9 79 (1.22%) DV Cleared
10 75 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
10 75 (1.16%) MCSE
11 67 (1.03%) CISSP
12 62 (0.96%) ISEB
13 60 (0.92%) CCNP
14 55 (0.85%) ISTQB
14 55 (0.85%) Master's Degree
15 53 (0.82%) ITIL Certification
16 50 (0.77%) CCNA
17 43 (0.66%) MCSA
18 40 (0.62%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 334 (5.15%) QA
2 144 (2.22%) SLA
3 126 (1.94%) PMO
4 113 (1.74%) Data Quality
5 88 (1.36%) GDPR
6 33 (0.51%) GCP
7 29 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 28 (0.43%) PCI DSS
9 27 (0.42%) JSP 440
10 24 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 13 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
12 9 (0.14%) ISO 8583
13 8 (0.12%) COBIT
13 8 (0.12%) ISO 9001
13 8 (0.12%) WCAG
14 7 (0.11%) COSO
14 7 (0.11%) MiFID
14 7 (0.11%) PSD2
15 6 (0.092%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 6 (0.092%) DO-178B
System Software
1 413 (6.37%) Active Directory
2 282 (4.35%) Docker
3 177 (2.73%) VMware Infrastructure
4 77 (1.19%) Hyper-V
5 66 (1.02%) Virtual Machines
6 41 (0.63%) HDFS
7 40 (0.62%) XenApp
8 36 (0.55%) vSphere
9 34 (0.52%) VMware ESXi
10 27 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
11 26 (0.40%) VirtualBox
12 24 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
13 17 (0.26%) NFS
14 16 (0.25%) XenDesktop
15 14 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
16 13 (0.20%) BitLocker
17 12 (0.18%) Apache Flume
17 12 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
18 11 (0.17%) VMware NSX
19 10 (0.15%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 194 (2.99%) Ansible
2 153 (2.36%) Puppet
3 136 (2.10%) Kubernetes
4 131 (2.02%) SCCM
5 110 (1.70%) Opscode Chef
6 80 (1.23%) Terraform
7 51 (0.79%) HP ALM
8 38 (0.59%) Single Sign-On
9 32 (0.49%) SCOM
10 31 (0.48%) Docker Swarm
11 30 (0.46%) HP Quality Center
12 26 (0.40%) Nagios
13 25 (0.39%) Kibana
14 22 (0.34%) Packer
15 21 (0.32%) NetBackup
16 19 (0.29%) Norton AntiVirus
17 18 (0.28%) Galera Cluster
17 18 (0.28%) ZABBIX
18 17 (0.26%) Microsoft Clustering
18 17 (0.26%) Salt
Vendors
1 1,079 (16.63%) Microsoft
2 641 (9.88%) Oracle
3 263 (4.05%) SAP
4 227 (3.50%) Cisco
4 227 (3.50%) VMware
5 181 (2.79%) Citrix
6 178 (2.74%) Google
7 175 (2.70%) IBM
8 173 (2.67%) HP
9 143 (2.20%) Red Hat
10 115 (1.77%) Adobe
11 103 (1.59%) Atlassian
12 93 (1.43%) Tableau
13 88 (1.36%) Salesforce.com
14 82 (1.26%) ServiceNow
15 81 (1.25%) Apple
15 81 (1.25%) Splunk
16 66 (1.02%) NetApp
17 55 (0.85%) McAfee
18 52 (0.80%) Sybase