Period
to 1 October 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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 32 29 33
Rank change year-on-year -3 +4 -2
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 1,715 5,161 6,211
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.74% 5.89% 6.10%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.64% 6.79% 7.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,144 3,096 3,841
Median daily rate £450 £450 £433
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.05% +1.76%
10th Percentile £250 £210 £230
90th Percentile £638 £640 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -3.53% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 115 279 268
Median hourly rate £34.13 £23.25 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.77% -7.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £11.36 £12.02 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.75 £52.60 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.75 £20.35 £25.50
% change year-on-year -2.96% -20.19% +8.51%

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 25,842 76,032 88,573
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.49% 86.81% 86.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,341 49,849 58,517
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 917 2,292 2,410
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.00 £20.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.83% +14.86% -15.95%
10th Percentile £12.73 £11.80 £11.17
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.68 £50.00
Median hourly rate £31.00 £23.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +31.91% +17.50% -20.00%

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 1 October 2020.

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 1 October 2020.

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 1 October 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 0 1,511 £450 - 1,103
UK excluding London +4 825 £410 -3.53% 820
London -8 763 £500 +3.09% 370
South East +7 231 £400 -7.30% 177
Work from Home +12 224 £430 - 186
North of England -2 189 £387 -8.94% 225
North West +12 127 £356 -22.61% 116
Midlands +4 120 £400 - 139
East of England +13 92 £400 -11.11% 99
South West -6 90 £457 +2.63% 92
West Midlands +5 83 £413 +3.13% 83
Scotland -10 73 £425 +13.33% 49
Yorkshire -15 52 £450 +9.09% 82
East Midlands +7 37 £315 -14.29% 56
Wales +1 19 £400 +6.67% 26
Northern Ireland -1 11 £427 -7.68% 13
North East -3 10 £350 -2.78% 27

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 652 (38.02%) Agile Software Development
2 610 (35.57%) Analytical Skills
3 382 (22.27%) Finance
4 358 (20.87%) SQL
5 318 (18.54%) Java
6 316 (18.43%) Microsoft
7 269 (15.69%) Azure
8 238 (13.88%) Security Cleared
9 230 (13.41%) Windows
10 224 (13.06%) Linux
11 220 (12.83%) Python
12 219 (12.77%) Degree
13 211 (12.30%) Scrum
14 192 (11.20%) AWS
14 192 (11.20%) DevOps
15 178 (10.38%) SC Cleared
16 175 (10.20%) ITIL
17 168 (9.80%) Stakeholder Management
18 166 (9.68%) Git (software)
19 163 (9.50%) HTML
20 162 (9.45%) JavaScript
21 159 (9.27%) Public Sector
22 157 (9.15%) Banking
22 157 (9.15%) Microservices
23 153 (8.92%) TDD
24 152 (8.86%) Oracle
24 152 (8.86%) Test Automation
24 152 (8.86%) Decision-Making
25 145 (8.45%) Project Management
26 142 (8.28%) Computer Science

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 88 (5.13%) Confluence
2 59 (3.44%) SharePoint
3 53 (3.09%) Apache
4 27 (1.57%) Tomcat
5 24 (1.40%) Apache Spark
6 20 (1.17%) MS Exchange
7 19 (1.11%) CMS
8 18 (1.05%) JBoss
9 15 (0.87%) WebLogic
10 13 (0.76%) Apache Solr
10 13 (0.76%) IIS
10 13 (0.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 11 (0.64%) WebSphere
12 9 (0.52%) Moodle
12 9 (0.52%) Skype for Business
13 8 (0.47%) SAS
14 7 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
14 7 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2010
15 5 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
15 5 (0.29%) nginx
Applications
1 124 (7.23%) Microsoft Office
2 110 (6.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 57 (3.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 37 (2.16%) MS Visio
5 18 (1.05%) Sketch
6 14 (0.82%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.76%) Microsoft Project
8 9 (0.52%) InVision
9 8 (0.47%) Figma
10 6 (0.35%) Maya
11 4 (0.23%) Simulink
12 3 (0.17%) Photoshop
12 3 (0.17%) Zeplin
13 2 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.12%) Adobe XD
13 2 (0.12%) Chatbot
13 2 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
14 1 (0.058%) Adobe Premiere
14 1 (0.058%) PTC Creo
14 1 (0.058%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 12 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.64%) Payment Gateway
3 10 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
4 9 (0.52%) Magento
5 8 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
6 7 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
7 5 (0.29%) Oracle General Ledger
7 5 (0.29%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 5 (0.29%) Sentinel
8 4 (0.23%) BASE24
8 4 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
8 4 (0.23%) Hyperion Planning
8 4 (0.23%) SAP FI
8 4 (0.23%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 3 (0.17%) Endur
9 3 (0.17%) SAP CO
9 3 (0.17%) SAP ERP
9 3 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.17%) SAP S/4HANA
10 2 (0.12%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 269 (15.69%) Azure
2 192 (11.20%) AWS
3 102 (5.95%) Office 365
4 58 (3.38%) Power Platform
5 54 (3.15%) SaaS
6 34 (1.98%) PaaS
7 31 (1.81%) GCP
8 27 (1.57%) GitHub
9 24 (1.40%) Amazon S3
9 24 (1.40%) Serverless
10 22 (1.28%) Dynamics 365
11 16 (0.93%) AWS Lambda
11 16 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
12 14 (0.82%) npm
13 13 (0.76%) Amazon EKS
13 13 (0.76%) Azure Active Directory
14 12 (0.70%) Amazon EC2
14 12 (0.70%) Azure Data Factory
14 12 (0.70%) IaaS
14 12 (0.70%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 63 (3.67%) DNS
2 59 (3.44%) Firewall
3 44 (2.57%) TCP/IP
4 43 (2.51%) DHCP
4 43 (2.51%) HTTP
5 33 (1.92%) LAN
5 33 (1.92%) WAN
6 32 (1.87%) Network Security
7 30 (1.75%) Wi-Fi
8 27 (1.57%) VPN
9 25 (1.46%) SSL
10 22 (1.28%) Skype
11 19 (1.11%) VoIP
12 17 (0.99%) VLAN
12 17 (0.99%) Wireless
13 16 (0.93%) Internet
13 16 (0.93%) IPv4
13 16 (0.93%) IPv6
14 15 (0.87%) SNMP
15 13 (0.76%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 128 (7.46%) SQL Server
2 89 (5.19%) Relational Database
3 74 (4.31%) MySQL
4 72 (4.20%) NoSQL
5 68 (3.97%) MongoDB
6 58 (3.38%) Big Data
6 58 (3.38%) Power BI
7 51 (2.97%) Data Warehouse
8 38 (2.22%) Hadoop
9 33 (1.92%) Oracle Database
9 33 (1.92%) PostgreSQL
10 30 (1.75%) Data Lake
10 30 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 27 (1.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 22 (1.28%) Apache Hive
13 21 (1.22%) RDBMS
14 20 (1.17%) Pentaho
14 20 (1.17%) SQL Server 2016
15 15 (0.87%) Azure SQL Database
16 14 (0.82%) Impala
Development Applications
1 166 (9.68%) Git (software)
2 141 (8.22%) JIRA
3 121 (7.06%) Jenkins
4 44 (2.57%) Maven
5 35 (2.04%) Selenium
6 28 (1.63%) Mockito
6 28 (1.63%) Subversion
7 25 (1.46%) Cucumber
8 22 (1.28%) Visual Studio
9 18 (1.05%) JUnit
10 17 (0.99%) Ant
10 17 (0.99%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 17 (0.99%) SonarQube
11 16 (0.93%) Bitbucket
11 16 (0.93%) Grunt
11 16 (0.93%) TeamCity
12 14 (0.82%) Mocha
13 13 (0.76%) Gradle
13 13 (0.76%) Jasmine
13 13 (0.76%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 382 (22.27%) Finance
2 159 (9.27%) Public Sector
3 157 (9.15%) Banking
4 79 (4.61%) Front Office
5 61 (3.56%) Investment Banking
6 51 (2.97%) Marketing
6 51 (2.97%) Telecoms
7 37 (2.16%) Manufacturing
8 34 (1.98%) Legal
9 19 (1.11%) Retail
10 17 (0.99%) Electronics
11 15 (0.87%) Local Government
12 14 (0.82%) Games
13 13 (0.76%) Pharmaceutical
14 11 (0.64%) Law
15 10 (0.58%) Billing
15 10 (0.58%) Financial Institution
16 9 (0.52%) Back Office
17 8 (0.47%) Advertising
17 8 (0.47%) Military
Job Titles
1 465 (27.11%) Developer
2 274 (15.98%) Analyst
3 125 (7.29%) Java Developer
4 109 (6.36%) Architect
5 101 (5.89%) Business Analyst
6 68 (3.97%) Senior Developer
7 50 (2.92%) Project Manager
8 47 (2.74%) Consultant
9 46 (2.68%) Designer
10 39 (2.27%) Support Engineer
11 36 (2.10%) Software Engineer
12 34 (1.98%) Administrator
12 34 (1.98%) Data Engineer
13 32 (1.87%) C# Developer
13 32 (1.87%) DevOps Engineer
13 32 (1.87%) Solutions Architect
14 29 (1.69%) Azure Developer
14 29 (1.69%) Python Developer
14 29 (1.69%) Senior Java Developer
14 29 (1.69%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 163 (9.50%) HTML
2 122 (7.11%) .NET
3 118 (6.88%) CSS
4 81 (4.72%) Web Services
5 75 (4.37%) AngularJS
6 74 (4.31%) HTML5
7 69 (4.02%) Node.js
7 69 (4.02%) REST
8 60 (3.50%) Spring
9 54 (3.15%) RESTful
10 48 (2.80%) Kafka
11 47 (2.74%) React
12 46 (2.68%) Middleware
13 41 (2.39%) XML
14 40 (2.33%) jQuery
15 36 (2.10%) JSON
16 33 (1.92%) .NET Core
17 30 (1.75%) .NET Framework
17 30 (1.75%) SOAP
18 29 (1.69%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 610 (35.57%) Analytical Skills
2 107 (6.24%) User Experience
3 103 (6.01%) Management Information System
4 102 (5.95%) Self-Motivation
5 40 (2.33%) Data Structures
6 38 (2.22%) Data Centre
7 33 (1.92%) Greenfield Project
7 33 (1.92%) Public Cloud
8 29 (1.69%) Algorithms
8 29 (1.69%) Derivative
8 29 (1.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 27 (1.57%) Linux Command Line
10 25 (1.46%) Fixed Income
10 25 (1.46%) Mobile App
11 21 (1.22%) Device Driver
12 20 (1.17%) Market Risk
13 19 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
13 19 (1.11%) Virtual Team
14 18 (1.05%) Social Media
15 17 (0.99%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 230 (13.41%) Windows
2 224 (13.06%) Linux
3 109 (6.36%) Unix
4 69 (4.02%) Windows 10
5 64 (3.73%) Windows Server
6 40 (2.33%) Mac OS X
7 39 (2.27%) Android
8 30 (1.75%) Windows 7
8 30 (1.75%) Windows Server 2016
9 29 (1.69%) Apple iOS
10 25 (1.46%) Windows Server 2012
11 19 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 18 (1.05%) Windows Server 2008
13 8 (0.47%) Solaris
13 8 (0.47%) Windows Server 2019
14 7 (0.41%) CentOS
15 6 (0.35%) AIX
15 6 (0.35%) Windows 8
16 5 (0.29%) Windows XP
17 4 (0.23%) OpenVMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 652 (38.02%) Agile Software Development
2 211 (12.30%) Scrum
3 192 (11.20%) DevOps
4 175 (10.20%) ITIL
5 168 (9.80%) Stakeholder Management
6 157 (9.15%) Microservices
7 153 (8.92%) TDD
8 152 (8.86%) Decision-Making
8 152 (8.86%) Test Automation
9 145 (8.45%) Project Management
10 142 (8.28%) Computer Science
11 118 (6.88%) Continuous Integration
11 118 (6.88%) Migration
12 110 (6.41%) Software Engineering
13 106 (6.18%) Analytics
13 106 (6.18%) Business Intelligence
13 106 (6.18%) Project Delivery
14 101 (5.89%) BDD
14 101 (5.89%) Data Modelling
15 96 (5.60%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 358 (20.87%) SQL
2 318 (18.54%) Java
3 220 (12.83%) Python
4 162 (9.45%) JavaScript
5 135 (7.87%) C#
6 79 (4.61%) PowerShell
7 77 (4.49%) C
8 76 (4.43%) C++
9 69 (4.02%) Java 8
10 51 (2.97%) Shell Script
11 47 (2.74%) Perl
12 37 (2.16%) Scala
13 25 (1.46%) VB
13 25 (1.46%) VBA
14 23 (1.34%) T-SQL
15 22 (1.28%) R
16 21 (1.22%) PHP
16 21 (1.22%) PL/SQL
17 18 (1.05%) Bash Shell
18 16 (0.93%) ES6
Qualifications
1 238 (13.88%) Security Cleared
2 219 (12.77%) Degree
3 178 (10.38%) SC Cleared
4 49 (2.86%) Computer Science Degree
5 37 (2.16%) Master's Degree
6 30 (1.75%) DV Cleared
7 29 (1.69%) CISSP
8 28 (1.63%) BPSS Clearance
8 28 (1.63%) Cisco Certification
9 21 (1.22%) DBS Check
10 20 (1.17%) Microsoft Certification
11 19 (1.11%) CCNP
11 19 (1.11%) ISEB
12 15 (0.87%) MCSE
13 14 (0.82%) PMI Certification
14 13 (0.76%) CCNA
15 12 (0.70%) GIAC
15 12 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
15 12 (0.70%) Numerate Degree
16 10 (0.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 102 (5.95%) QA
2 40 (2.33%) SLA
3 38 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 33 (1.92%) GDPR
5 30 (1.75%) NIST
6 26 (1.52%) Data Quality
7 20 (1.17%) PMO
8 16 (0.93%) WCAG
9 15 (0.87%) Cyber Essentials
10 12 (0.70%) HIPAA
11 11 (0.64%) PCI DSS
12 10 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 8 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 8 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 7 (0.41%) COBIT
15 5 (0.29%) NCSC
16 4 (0.23%) MiFID
17 3 (0.17%) EMIR
18 2 (0.12%) AICPA
19 1 (0.058%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 138 (8.05%) Active Directory
2 131 (7.64%) Docker
3 38 (2.22%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (0.99%) HDFS
5 13 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
6 12 (0.70%) vSphere
7 11 (0.64%) Microsoft App-V
8 9 (0.52%) NFS
8 9 (0.52%) VMware ESXi
9 7 (0.41%) XenApp
10 6 (0.35%) Hyper-V
11 5 (0.29%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 5 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
12 4 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
13 2 (0.12%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 2 (0.12%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 2 (0.12%) RACF
13 2 (0.12%) vCloud
13 2 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
13 2 (0.12%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 87 (5.07%) Kubernetes
2 43 (2.51%) Ansible
3 33 (1.92%) SCCM
4 29 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
5 28 (1.63%) Puppet
5 28 (1.63%) Terraform
6 21 (1.22%) Microsoft Intune
7 10 (0.58%) Netcool
8 8 (0.47%) SCOM
8 8 (0.47%) Tivoli
9 7 (0.41%) Cisco CUCM
9 7 (0.41%) Netcool/OMNIbus
10 6 (0.35%) CASB
10 6 (0.35%) vMotion
11 5 (0.29%) HP ALM
11 5 (0.29%) Netcool/Webtop
11 5 (0.29%) Single Sign-On
12 4 (0.23%) Cisco Prime
12 4 (0.23%) Control-M
12 4 (0.23%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 316 (18.43%) Microsoft
2 152 (8.86%) Oracle
3 58 (3.38%) Cisco
4 54 (3.15%) SAP
5 47 (2.74%) VMware
6 46 (2.68%) Databricks
6 46 (2.68%) Google
7 40 (2.33%) Splunk
8 37 (2.16%) IBM
8 37 (2.16%) ServiceNow
9 36 (2.10%) HP
10 33 (1.92%) Red Hat
11 27 (1.57%) Tableau
12 26 (1.52%) Apple
13 23 (1.34%) Citrix
14 22 (1.28%) Adobe
15 20 (1.17%) Salesforce.com
16 19 (1.11%) Informatica
16 19 (1.11%) Sybase
17 16 (0.93%) Juniper