Period
to 22 September 2019

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 22 September 2019 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
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 30 33 31
Rank change year-on-year +3 -2 0
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 5,170 6,223 6,097
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.92% 6.10% 6.18%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.84% 7.03% 7.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,036 3,812 3,777
UK median daily rate £450 £432 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.65% +2.41%
10th Percentile £208 £230 £238
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 280 268 191
UK median hourly rate £23.63 £23.44 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.79% -2.33% +28.86%
10th Percentile £12.02 £11.05 £10.86
90th Percentile £53.00 £51.00 £55.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.12 £22.65 £24.00
% change year-on-year -6.75% -5.63% +33.33%

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 75,597 88,473 84,977
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.57% 86.79% 86.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 49,590 58,400 55,989
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £278
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,261 2,445 2,104
UK median hourly rate £24.08 £20.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.46% -14.58% +5.10%
10th Percentile £11.80 £11.17 £11.25
90th Percentile £53.75 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.93 £20.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year +19.63% -14.89% -

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 22 September 2019.

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 22 September 2019.

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 22 September 2019. 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 4,696 £450 - 2,611
UK excluding London +4 2,874 £425 +6.25% 2,106
London 0 2,120 £485 -3.00% 724
South East 0 881 £438 +6.06% 546
North of England -1 623 £425 +6.25% 477
Midlands +9 404 £400 - 348
South West -6 363 £450 +12.50% 280
Yorkshire +13 290 £415 -2.35% 161
West Midlands +14 276 £400 - 204
North West -12 274 £461 +23.00% 257
East of England +6 260 £450 +7.14% 240
Scotland +3 249 £375 -3.85% 155
East Midlands +1 122 £360 -10.00% 142
Wales +12 74 £375 -6.25% 58
North East -11 59 £355 -11.25% 59
Northern Ireland +1 22 £444 +16.39% 6
Channel Islands - 3 - -
Isle of Man - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 September 2019, 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 1,801 (34.84%) Agile Software Development
2 1,743 (33.71%) Analytical Skills
3 1,025 (19.83%) Finance
4 987 (19.09%) Microsoft
5 973 (18.82%) SQL
6 871 (16.85%) Windows
7 734 (14.20%) Java
8 628 (12.15%) Scrum
9 589 (11.39%) Linux
10 571 (11.04%) Degree
11 549 (10.62%) Azure
12 535 (10.35%) DevOps
13 493 (9.54%) Security Cleared
14 490 (9.48%) Python
15 489 (9.46%) Active Directory
16 486 (9.40%) Project Management
17 477 (9.23%) JavaScript
18 458 (8.86%) JIRA
19 446 (8.63%) AWS
20 431 (8.34%) ITIL
21 417 (8.07%) HTML
22 415 (8.03%) Oracle
22 415 (8.03%) Stakeholder Management
23 410 (7.93%) Analytics
24 409 (7.91%) Git (software)
25 394 (7.62%) Test Automation
26 388 (7.50%) SQL Server
27 381 (7.37%) C#
28 379 (7.33%) Migration
29 373 (7.21%) Continuous Integration

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
1 243 (4.70%) Confluence
2 140 (2.71%) SharePoint
3 132 (2.55%) Apache Spark
4 89 (1.72%) Apache
5 83 (1.61%) WebSphere
6 80 (1.55%) IIS
7 72 (1.39%) MS Exchange
8 70 (1.35%) CMS
9 66 (1.28%) SAS
10 58 (1.12%) Skype for Business
11 49 (0.95%) WebLogic
12 42 (0.81%) JBoss
13 35 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2010
14 33 (0.64%) Tomcat
15 32 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
15 32 (0.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 31 (0.60%) OpenStack
17 22 (0.43%) nginx
18 21 (0.41%) Adobe Experience Manager
18 21 (0.41%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 362 (7.00%) Microsoft Office
2 328 (6.34%) Microsoft Excel
3 145 (2.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 94 (1.82%) MS Visio
5 66 (1.28%) Microsoft Project
6 28 (0.54%) Photoshop
6 28 (0.54%) Sketch
7 27 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
8 24 (0.46%) InVision
9 15 (0.29%) CATIA
10 11 (0.21%) Pro/ENGINEER
10 11 (0.21%) PTC Creo
11 10 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
11 10 (0.19%) Zeplin
12 8 (0.15%) AutoCAD
12 8 (0.15%) Simulink
13 7 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 6 (0.12%) Adobe XD
14 6 (0.12%) Figma
15 4 (0.077%) Mozilla Thunderbird
Business Applications
1 67 (1.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (0.77%) Magento
3 23 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 20 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
5 19 (0.37%) SAP S/4HANA
6 18 (0.35%) NetSuite
7 14 (0.27%) assyst
8 13 (0.25%) Oracle BPM
8 13 (0.25%) SAP SD
9 12 (0.23%) Eloqua
10 11 (0.21%) SAP CO
10 11 (0.21%) SAP FI
10 11 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
10 11 (0.21%) Sonata
10 11 (0.21%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 10 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
11 10 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
12 9 (0.17%) BASE24
12 9 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
12 9 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 549 (10.62%) Azure
2 446 (8.63%) AWS
3 280 (5.42%) Office 365
4 129 (2.50%) GCP
5 117 (2.26%) Power Platform
6 111 (2.15%) PaaS
7 108 (2.09%) SaaS
8 90 (1.74%) GitHub
9 83 (1.61%) Serverless
10 77 (1.49%) IaaS
11 54 (1.04%) OpenShift
12 53 (1.03%) AWS Lambda
13 52 (1.01%) Google Analytics
14 47 (0.91%) Dynamics 365
15 44 (0.85%) Azure Active Directory
16 42 (0.81%) Amazon S3
17 40 (0.77%) AWS CloudFormation
18 38 (0.74%) Amazon CloudWatch
19 37 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
20 26 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 182 (3.52%) Firewall
2 171 (3.31%) DNS
3 121 (2.34%) WAN
4 117 (2.26%) TCP/IP
5 109 (2.11%) LAN
6 107 (2.07%) VPN
7 101 (1.95%) DHCP
8 94 (1.82%) Internet
9 86 (1.66%) Wireless
10 81 (1.57%) HTTP
11 70 (1.35%) Skype
12 66 (1.28%) Wi-Fi
13 54 (1.04%) VoIP
14 51 (0.99%) Network Security
15 49 (0.95%) SAN
15 49 (0.95%) SSL
16 47 (0.91%) BGP
17 37 (0.72%) VLAN
18 32 (0.62%) Remote Desktop
19 27 (0.52%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 388 (7.50%) SQL Server
2 240 (4.64%) Big Data
3 193 (3.73%) Relational Database
4 151 (2.92%) Hadoop
5 143 (2.77%) Data Warehouse
5 143 (2.77%) MySQL
6 132 (2.55%) NoSQL
7 124 (2.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 117 (2.26%) MongoDB
9 111 (2.15%) Oracle Database
10 108 (2.09%) Power BI
11 99 (1.91%) PostgreSQL
12 94 (1.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 58 (1.12%) Data Lake
14 57 (1.10%) DB2
15 53 (1.03%) RDBMS
16 46 (0.89%) Apache Cassandra
17 43 (0.83%) QlikView
18 42 (0.81%) Apache Hive
19 41 (0.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 458 (8.86%) JIRA
2 409 (7.91%) Git (software)
3 313 (6.05%) Jenkins
4 142 (2.75%) Selenium
5 92 (1.78%) TeamCity
6 86 (1.66%) Subversion
7 84 (1.62%) Visual Studio
8 82 (1.59%) Cucumber
8 82 (1.59%) Visual Studio Team System
9 70 (1.35%) JUnit
10 66 (1.28%) Team Foundation Server
11 60 (1.16%) Bitbucket
12 51 (0.99%) Maven
13 47 (0.91%) Grunt
14 46 (0.89%) Mockito
15 45 (0.87%) NUnit
16 40 (0.77%) SoapUI
17 39 (0.75%) MSI
18 38 (0.74%) Jasmine
19 37 (0.72%) SpecFlow
General
1 1,025 (19.83%) Finance
2 332 (6.42%) Banking
3 298 (5.76%) Public Sector
4 222 (4.29%) Retail
5 186 (3.60%) Marketing
6 171 (3.31%) Telecoms
7 125 (2.42%) Legal
8 111 (2.15%) Manufacturing
9 102 (1.97%) Front Office
10 98 (1.90%) Games
11 90 (1.74%) Investment Banking
12 55 (1.06%) Financial Institution
13 51 (0.99%) Back Office
14 49 (0.95%) Electronics
15 48 (0.93%) Law
16 43 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
17 38 (0.74%) Automotive
18 36 (0.70%) Publishing
19 33 (0.64%) Aerospace
20 31 (0.60%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,027 (19.86%) Developer
2 889 (17.20%) Analyst
3 332 (6.42%) Architect
4 306 (5.92%) Business Analyst
5 225 (4.35%) Consultant
6 206 (3.98%) Project Manager
7 169 (3.27%) Java Developer
8 166 (3.21%) Support Engineer
9 161 (3.11%) DevOps Engineer
10 135 (2.61%) Data Analyst
11 120 (2.32%) Administrator
11 120 (2.32%) Software Engineer
12 114 (2.21%) Senior Developer
13 112 (2.17%) Solutions Architect
14 107 (2.07%) Support Analyst
15 106 (2.05%) C# Developer
16 102 (1.97%) Designer
17 100 (1.93%) IT Support
18 95 (1.84%) Desktop Support
19 91 (1.76%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 417 (8.07%) HTML
2 354 (6.85%) .NET
3 352 (6.81%) CSS
4 255 (4.93%) Web Services
5 222 (4.29%) AngularJS
6 184 (3.56%) XML
7 176 (3.40%) JSON
8 170 (3.29%) REST
9 160 (3.09%) Spring
10 148 (2.86%) React
11 141 (2.73%) HTML5
12 137 (2.65%) jQuery
13 122 (2.36%) RESTful
14 120 (2.32%) Node.js
15 113 (2.19%) .NET Framework
16 106 (2.05%) SOAP
17 105 (2.03%) .NET Core
18 100 (1.93%) Kafka
19 95 (1.84%) Sass
20 87 (1.68%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 1,743 (33.71%) Analytical Skills
2 324 (6.27%) Self-Motivation
3 311 (6.02%) User Experience
4 165 (3.19%) Management Information System
5 120 (2.32%) Data Centre
6 115 (2.22%) Algorithms
7 89 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
8 85 (1.64%) Data Structures
9 76 (1.47%) Virtual Team
10 68 (1.32%) PKI
11 65 (1.26%) Greenfield Project
12 60 (1.16%) Mobile App
13 56 (1.08%) Clustering
13 56 (1.08%) Driving Licence
14 54 (1.04%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 49 (0.95%) Linux Command Line
16 46 (0.89%) Derivative
17 41 (0.79%) Public Cloud
18 40 (0.77%) Analytical Mindset
18 40 (0.77%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 871 (16.85%) Windows
2 589 (11.39%) Linux
3 285 (5.51%) Unix
4 271 (5.24%) Windows 10
5 269 (5.20%) Windows Server
6 207 (4.00%) Windows 7
7 118 (2.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 115 (2.22%) Windows Server 2008
9 114 (2.21%) Android
10 108 (2.09%) Windows Server 2012
11 65 (1.26%) Windows 8
12 64 (1.24%) Apple iOS
13 52 (1.01%) Mac OS X
14 33 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
15 32 (0.62%) CentOS
16 29 (0.56%) Solaris
17 22 (0.43%) Windows XP
18 21 (0.41%) Ubuntu
19 18 (0.35%) AIX
20 17 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,801 (34.84%) Agile Software Development
2 628 (12.15%) Scrum
3 535 (10.35%) DevOps
4 486 (9.40%) Project Management
5 431 (8.34%) ITIL
6 415 (8.03%) Stakeholder Management
7 410 (7.93%) Analytics
8 394 (7.62%) Test Automation
9 379 (7.33%) Migration
10 373 (7.21%) Continuous Integration
11 363 (7.02%) SDLC
12 358 (6.92%) TDD
13 348 (6.73%) Decision-Making
14 334 (6.46%) Software Engineering
15 316 (6.11%) Time Management
16 300 (5.80%) Continuous Improvement
17 295 (5.71%) Business Intelligence
18 273 (5.28%) Business Analysis
19 255 (4.93%) User Stories
20 244 (4.72%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 973 (18.82%) SQL
2 734 (14.20%) Java
3 490 (9.48%) Python
4 477 (9.23%) JavaScript
5 381 (7.37%) C#
6 203 (3.93%) PowerShell
7 171 (3.31%) C
8 146 (2.82%) C++
9 109 (2.11%) Bash Shell
10 97 (1.88%) PL/SQL
11 96 (1.86%) T-SQL
12 91 (1.76%) Scala
13 90 (1.74%) Perl
14 87 (1.68%) Java 8
15 86 (1.66%) Ruby
16 81 (1.57%) Shell Script
17 80 (1.55%) TypeScript
18 77 (1.49%) PHP
19 61 (1.18%) Groovy
20 60 (1.16%) R
Qualifications
1 571 (11.04%) Degree
2 493 (9.54%) Security Cleared
3 313 (6.05%) SC Cleared
4 123 (2.38%) Microsoft Certification
5 109 (2.11%) Computer Science Degree
6 102 (1.97%) Cisco Certification
7 100 (1.93%) DV Cleared
8 81 (1.57%) MCSE
9 71 (1.37%) CCNA
10 51 (0.99%) MCSA
11 50 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
12 49 (0.95%) CCNP
13 44 (0.85%) CISSP
14 38 (0.74%) ISEB
15 36 (0.70%) PMI Certification
16 35 (0.68%) ISTQB
17 32 (0.62%) Master's Degree
17 32 (0.62%) MCP
18 31 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
19 30 (0.58%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 236 (4.56%) QA
2 177 (3.42%) SLA
3 106 (2.05%) Data Quality
3 106 (2.05%) PMO
4 41 (0.79%) GDPR
5 36 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 30 (0.58%) PCI DSS
7 21 (0.41%) MiFID
8 18 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 16 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
10 15 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 14 (0.27%) NIST
12 13 (0.25%) MISRA
12 13 (0.25%) MISRA C
13 11 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
13 11 (0.21%) WCAG
14 10 (0.19%) DO-178B
15 9 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 9 (0.17%) EMIR
16 5 (0.097%) GxP
System Software
1 489 (9.46%) Active Directory
2 281 (5.44%) Docker
3 160 (3.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 60 (1.16%) VMware ESXi
4 60 (1.16%) XenApp
5 49 (0.95%) Hyper-V
6 46 (0.89%) Virtual Machines
7 39 (0.75%) vSphere
8 31 (0.60%) Microsoft App-V
9 19 (0.37%) Firmware
9 19 (0.37%) HDFS
10 18 (0.35%) Oracle RAC
11 14 (0.27%) BitLocker
12 13 (0.25%) NFS
13 12 (0.23%) XenDesktop
14 11 (0.21%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 11 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
14 11 (0.21%) VMware NSX
15 8 (0.15%) RACF
15 8 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 190 (3.68%) Ansible
2 183 (3.54%) Kubernetes
3 167 (3.23%) SCCM
4 124 (2.40%) Opscode Chef
4 124 (2.40%) Terraform
5 90 (1.74%) Puppet
6 25 (0.48%) SCOM
7 24 (0.46%) Kibana
7 24 (0.46%) vCenter Server
8 23 (0.44%) Microsoft Intune
9 22 (0.43%) Amdocs OSS
9 22 (0.43%) CASB
9 22 (0.43%) Single Sign-On
10 21 (0.41%) Salt
10 21 (0.41%) WSUS
11 17 (0.33%) Grafana
11 17 (0.33%) HP ALM
12 16 (0.31%) AirWatch
12 16 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
12 16 (0.31%) Nagios
Vendors
1 987 (19.09%) Microsoft
2 415 (8.03%) Oracle
3 252 (4.87%) SAP
4 229 (4.43%) VMware
5 215 (4.16%) Cisco
6 199 (3.85%) Google
7 140 (2.71%) IBM
8 134 (2.59%) Citrix
9 121 (2.34%) HP
10 119 (2.30%) Red Hat
11 92 (1.78%) Tableau
12 91 (1.76%) Atlassian
13 90 (1.74%) Salesforce.com
14 89 (1.72%) Apple
15 86 (1.66%) Adobe
16 75 (1.45%) ServiceNow
17 61 (1.18%) Splunk
18 46 (0.89%) McAfee
19 45 (0.87%) Cloudera
20 40 (0.77%) NetApp