Period
to 20 April 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 20 April 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
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 27 28 32
Rank change year-on-year +1 +4 +1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 3,290 3,548 6,012
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.14% 6.18% 6.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.07% 7.25% 7.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,038 2,050 3,629
10th Percentile £262 £185 £255
25th Percentile £362 £350 £350
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £450 £450
75th Percentile £550 £538 £538
90th Percentile £650 £625 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £415
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 192 243 209
10th Percentile £11.17 £13.65 £11.60
25th Percentile £13.00 £19.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate £18.89 £26.50 £22.40
Median % change year-on-year -28.73% +18.30% -0.44%
75th Percentile £40.00 £44.63 £42.75
90th Percentile £54.00 £52.85 £49.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £24.20 £22.38
% change year-on-year -25.60% +8.12% +1.72%

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 46,528 48,924 83,745
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.88% 85.19% 87.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,905 32,513 56,467
10th Percentile £306 £281 £300
25th Percentile £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.63% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £576 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £656 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £436 £445 £435
% change year-on-year -2.02% +2.30% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,436 1,553 2,004
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.37 £11.57
25th Percentile £15.81 £15.85 £14.50
Median hourly rate £26.50 £21.50 £22.75
Median % change year-on-year +23.24% -5.49% +8.33%
75th Percentile £47.50 £46.00 £43.88
90th Percentile £59.38 £55.00 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £20.11 £22.40
% change year-on-year +14.37% -10.22% +12.00%

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 20 April 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 20 April 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 20 April 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 0 2,613 £454 +0.78% 1,829
UK excluding London +4 1,380 £425 - 1,345
London +2 1,343 £500 +2.56% 597
Work from Home -11 883 £450 -8.63% 349
South East +2 373 £450 +2.86% 265
North of England -6 269 £425 - 369
Scotland +3 225 £425 +6.25% 76
Midlands +11 218 £400 -5.88% 268
West Midlands +5 168 £405 -6.09% 183
North West -4 165 £429 +9.87% 196
South West +17 150 £450 +5.88% 172
East of England +2 121 £400 -11.11% 148
Yorkshire -6 87 £425 -5.56% 114
East Midlands +4 51 £360 -15.29% 83
Wales +14 27 £375 -9.09% 40
North East -12 17 £356 -5.07% 59
Channel Islands +8 4 £400 -
Northern Ireland -2 1 £431 +18.90% 8

For the 6 months to 20 April 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 1,179 (35.84%) Analytical Skills
2 1,166 (35.44%) Agile Software Development
3 686 (20.85%) SQL
4 679 (20.64%) Finance
5 502 (15.26%) Azure
6 472 (14.35%) Microsoft
7 441 (13.40%) Scrum
8 439 (13.34%) Java
9 437 (13.28%) DevOps
10 429 (13.04%) Security Cleared
11 425 (12.92%) Degree
12 397 (12.07%) Windows
13 380 (11.55%) AWS
14 374 (11.37%) Python
15 358 (10.88%) SC Cleared
16 346 (10.52%) Project Management
17 342 (10.40%) Public Sector
18 328 (9.97%) Linux
19 323 (9.82%) Oracle
20 316 (9.60%) JIRA
21 308 (9.36%) Analytics
22 304 (9.24%) Stakeholder Management
23 301 (9.15%) Banking
23 301 (9.15%) Test Automation
24 290 (8.81%) Git (software)
25 276 (8.39%) Decision-Making
26 258 (7.84%) TDD
27 256 (7.78%) JavaScript
28 255 (7.75%) Computer Science
29 238 (7.23%) Migration

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
1 150 (4.56%) Confluence
2 120 (3.65%) SharePoint
3 57 (1.73%) Apache Spark
3 57 (1.73%) IIS
4 55 (1.67%) Apache
5 43 (1.31%) WebLogic
6 34 (1.03%) SAS
7 33 (1.00%) MS Exchange
8 32 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
9 28 (0.85%) WebSphere
10 26 (0.79%) CMS
11 25 (0.76%) Tomcat
12 22 (0.67%) Skype for Business
13 16 (0.49%) JBoss
14 15 (0.46%) IBM Domino
14 15 (0.46%) WordPress
15 13 (0.40%) Apache Solr
16 11 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
16 11 (0.33%) nginx
17 10 (0.30%) Red Hat Fuse
Applications
1 233 (7.08%) Microsoft Office
2 141 (4.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 81 (2.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 70 (2.13%) MS Visio
5 54 (1.64%) Microsoft Project
6 21 (0.64%) Sketch
6 21 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
7 17 (0.52%) InVision
8 14 (0.43%) Adobe XD
8 14 (0.43%) Zeplin
9 13 (0.40%) Photoshop
10 8 (0.24%) AutoCAD
11 7 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
11 7 (0.21%) Chatbot
11 7 (0.21%) Stata
12 5 (0.15%) Figma
13 4 (0.12%) UserZoom
14 3 (0.091%) Maya
14 3 (0.091%) UXPin
15 2 (0.061%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 25 (0.76%) Magento
2 13 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
3 11 (0.33%) Dynamics NAV
3 11 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
3 11 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
4 10 (0.30%) assyst
4 10 (0.30%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 9 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
5 9 (0.27%) SAP FI
6 8 (0.24%) SAP Hybris
7 7 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
7 7 (0.21%) SAP CO
7 7 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
7 7 (0.21%) SAP S/4HANA
8 6 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
8 6 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
9 5 (0.15%) Adobe Campaign
9 5 (0.15%) NetSuite
9 5 (0.15%) Shopify
9 5 (0.15%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 502 (15.26%) Azure
2 380 (11.55%) AWS
3 222 (6.75%) Microsoft 365
4 132 (4.01%) Power Platform
5 108 (3.28%) GCP
6 71 (2.16%) SaaS
7 69 (2.10%) GitHub
8 59 (1.79%) PaaS
9 48 (1.46%) Serverless
10 43 (1.31%) AWS CloudFormation
10 43 (1.31%) IaaS
11 35 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
12 31 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
13 28 (0.85%) AWS Lambda
14 27 (0.82%) Heroku
15 26 (0.79%) Azure Cosmos DB
16 25 (0.76%) Amazon S3
16 25 (0.76%) Dynamics 365
17 24 (0.73%) OneDrive
18 21 (0.64%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 90 (2.74%) Firewall
2 78 (2.37%) DNS
3 44 (1.34%) Internet
3 44 (1.34%) WAN
4 43 (1.31%) VPN
5 40 (1.22%) LAN
5 40 (1.22%) Network Security
6 39 (1.19%) SAN
6 39 (1.19%) TCP/IP
7 34 (1.03%) Skype
8 31 (0.94%) FTP
9 30 (0.91%) DHCP
10 29 (0.88%) HTTP
11 28 (0.85%) Wireless
12 26 (0.79%) SSL
13 24 (0.73%) Kerberos
14 22 (0.67%) Wi-Fi
15 21 (0.64%) Ethernet
16 20 (0.61%) Unified Communications
17 19 (0.58%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 206 (6.26%) SQL Server
2 130 (3.95%) Relational Database
3 112 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
4 111 (3.37%) MySQL
4 111 (3.37%) Power BI
5 109 (3.31%) Big Data
6 101 (3.07%) Tableau
7 91 (2.77%) NoSQL
8 83 (2.52%) Hadoop
9 64 (1.95%) PostgreSQL
10 61 (1.85%) Oracle Database
11 51 (1.55%) MongoDB
12 44 (1.34%) Apache Hive
13 36 (1.09%) Data Lake
14 35 (1.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 34 (1.03%) Pentaho
16 32 (0.97%) Data Mining
17 29 (0.88%) Impala
18 28 (0.85%) Apache Cassandra
18 28 (0.85%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 316 (9.60%) JIRA
2 290 (8.81%) Git (software)
3 220 (6.69%) Jenkins
4 64 (1.95%) GitLab
5 48 (1.46%) Subversion
6 47 (1.43%) Selenium
7 46 (1.40%) Cucumber
8 42 (1.28%) Bitbucket
8 42 (1.28%) JUnit
8 42 (1.28%) webpack
9 40 (1.22%) Octopus Deploy
10 39 (1.19%) TeamCity
11 37 (1.12%) Maven
12 31 (0.94%) Visual Studio
13 27 (0.82%) CA Gen
14 25 (0.76%) JMeter
15 20 (0.61%) Artifactory
15 20 (0.61%) Axure RP
16 19 (0.58%) GDB
17 18 (0.55%) Postman
General
1 679 (20.64%) Finance
2 342 (10.40%) Public Sector
3 301 (9.15%) Banking
4 115 (3.50%) Telecoms
5 107 (3.25%) Retail
6 88 (2.67%) Investment Banking
7 84 (2.55%) Legal
8 82 (2.49%) Marketing
9 78 (2.37%) Front Office
10 45 (1.37%) Manufacturing
11 28 (0.85%) Local Government
12 26 (0.79%) Electronics
12 26 (0.79%) Law
13 25 (0.76%) Games
14 22 (0.67%) Publishing
15 20 (0.61%) Pharmaceutical
16 19 (0.58%) Back Office
17 18 (0.55%) French Language
18 17 (0.52%) Billing
19 16 (0.49%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 684 (20.79%) Developer
2 560 (17.02%) Analyst
3 204 (6.20%) Architect
4 190 (5.78%) Business Analyst
5 157 (4.77%) Project Manager
6 154 (4.68%) Consultant
7 118 (3.59%) Java Developer
8 109 (3.31%) Senior Developer
9 99 (3.01%) Data Analyst
10 94 (2.86%) Designer
11 87 (2.64%) DevOps Engineer
12 78 (2.37%) Software Engineer
13 67 (2.04%) Service Analyst
14 62 (1.88%) Solutions Architect
15 60 (1.82%) Full Stack Developer
15 60 (1.82%) Python Developer
16 58 (1.76%) React Developer
17 57 (1.73%) Data Engineer
18 49 (1.49%) C# Developer
19 47 (1.43%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 209 (6.35%) .NET
2 190 (5.78%) HTML
3 154 (4.68%) REST
4 145 (4.41%) CSS
5 122 (3.71%) Web Services
6 115 (3.50%) Spring
7 103 (3.13%) Node.js
8 102 (3.10%) AngularJS
9 101 (3.07%) RESTful
10 95 (2.89%) React
11 79 (2.40%) JSON
12 67 (2.04%) Middleware
12 67 (2.04%) XML
13 61 (1.85%) Kafka
14 57 (1.73%) HTML5
15 54 (1.64%) .NET Core
16 53 (1.61%) Redux
16 53 (1.61%) Spring Boot
17 51 (1.55%) jQuery
17 51 (1.55%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1,179 (35.84%) Analytical Skills
2 212 (6.44%) User Experience
3 198 (6.02%) Self-Motivation
4 133 (4.04%) Management Information System
5 120 (3.65%) Organisational Skills
6 95 (2.89%) Algorithms
7 87 (2.64%) Data Structures
8 68 (2.07%) Virtual Team
9 67 (2.04%) Mobile App
10 66 (2.01%) Enterprise Software
11 51 (1.55%) Greenfield Project
12 49 (1.49%) Fixed Income
13 47 (1.43%) Analytical Mindset
14 46 (1.40%) Data Centre
15 41 (1.25%) Clustering
15 41 (1.25%) NHS
16 30 (0.91%) Public Cloud
17 29 (0.88%) Derivative
17 29 (0.88%) Hedge funds
18 25 (0.76%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 397 (12.07%) Windows
2 328 (9.97%) Linux
3 197 (5.99%) Unix
4 130 (3.95%) Windows Server
5 111 (3.37%) Windows 10
6 95 (2.89%) Android
7 62 (1.88%) Apple iOS
8 46 (1.40%) Windows 7
9 37 (1.12%) Windows Server 2012
10 32 (0.97%) Windows Server 2008
11 31 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 30 (0.91%) AIX
13 23 (0.70%) CentOS
14 21 (0.64%) Windows 8
14 21 (0.64%) Windows Server 2016
15 19 (0.58%) Windows Server 2019
16 18 (0.55%) Windows XP
17 16 (0.49%) Mac OS X
18 13 (0.40%) OpenWrt
18 13 (0.40%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,166 (35.44%) Agile Software Development
2 441 (13.40%) Scrum
3 437 (13.28%) DevOps
4 346 (10.52%) Project Management
5 308 (9.36%) Analytics
6 304 (9.24%) Stakeholder Management
7 301 (9.15%) Test Automation
8 276 (8.39%) Decision-Making
9 258 (7.84%) TDD
10 255 (7.75%) Computer Science
11 238 (7.23%) Migration
12 231 (7.02%) Change Management
13 228 (6.93%) ITIL
14 227 (6.90%) Data Modelling
15 224 (6.81%) Software Engineering
16 213 (6.47%) Business Intelligence
17 209 (6.35%) Microservices
18 200 (6.08%) User Stories
19 194 (5.90%) Continuous Integration
20 184 (5.59%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 686 (20.85%) SQL
2 439 (13.34%) Java
3 374 (11.37%) Python
4 256 (7.78%) JavaScript
5 174 (5.29%) C#
6 141 (4.29%) PowerShell
7 103 (3.13%) C
8 83 (2.52%) C++
8 83 (2.52%) Shell Script
9 81 (2.46%) PL/SQL
10 79 (2.40%) TypeScript
11 75 (2.28%) Scala
12 70 (2.13%) Bash Shell
13 56 (1.70%) Java 8
14 54 (1.64%) R
15 50 (1.52%) Ruby
16 43 (1.31%) ES6
17 37 (1.12%) Perl
18 34 (1.03%) PHP
19 32 (0.97%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 429 (13.04%) Security Cleared
2 425 (12.92%) Degree
3 358 (10.88%) SC Cleared
4 91 (2.77%) Computer Science Degree
5 55 (1.67%) DV Cleared
6 46 (1.40%) BPSS Clearance
7 41 (1.25%) Microsoft Certification
8 36 (1.09%) Master's Degree
9 35 (1.06%) Cisco Certification
9 35 (1.06%) CISSP
10 33 (1.00%) PMI Certification
10 33 (1.00%) PMP
11 29 (0.88%) ISTQB
12 28 (0.85%) ISEB
13 23 (0.70%) MCSE
14 21 (0.64%) CCNA
14 21 (0.64%) CCNP
14 21 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
15 20 (0.61%) DBS Check
16 18 (0.55%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 194 (5.90%) QA
2 97 (2.95%) SLA
3 68 (2.07%) Data Quality
4 53 (1.61%) PMO
5 42 (1.28%) GDPR
6 36 (1.09%) PCI DSS
7 27 (0.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 16 (0.49%) NIST
8 16 (0.49%) WCAG
9 15 (0.46%) MiFID
10 13 (0.40%) IFRS
11 12 (0.36%) COBIT
12 11 (0.33%) JTAG
13 8 (0.24%) DO-178B
13 8 (0.24%) GRC
14 7 (0.21%) Actionable Recommendations
14 7 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
14 7 (0.21%) GPG13
15 5 (0.15%) AIFMD
15 5 (0.15%) UCITS
System Software
1 215 (6.53%) Active Directory
2 197 (5.99%) Docker
3 68 (2.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 26 (0.79%) HDFS
4 26 (0.79%) Virtual Machines
5 18 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
6 13 (0.40%) Hyper-V
7 10 (0.30%) vSphere
8 9 (0.27%) XenApp
9 8 (0.24%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 8 (0.24%) Microsoft App-V
10 7 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
11 6 (0.18%) ACF2
11 6 (0.18%) Apache Flume
11 6 (0.18%) Firmware
11 6 (0.18%) RACF
11 6 (0.18%) Time Sharing Option
11 6 (0.18%) VMware NSX
11 6 (0.18%) XenDesktop
12 5 (0.15%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 144 (4.38%) Kubernetes
2 130 (3.95%) Ansible
3 95 (2.89%) SCCM
4 94 (2.86%) Terraform
5 69 (2.10%) Puppet
6 40 (1.22%) Opscode Chef
7 34 (1.03%) Microsoft Intune
8 26 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
9 19 (0.58%) SCOM
10 17 (0.52%) HP Data Protector
11 14 (0.43%) Kibana
11 14 (0.43%) Microsoft Clustering
12 13 (0.40%) IBM BigFix
13 12 (0.36%) Cisco CUCM
14 11 (0.33%) Grafana
15 9 (0.27%) Packer
16 7 (0.21%) HP ALM
16 7 (0.21%) HP Quality Center
16 7 (0.21%) Prometheus
16 7 (0.21%) WSUS
Vendors
1 472 (14.35%) Microsoft
2 323 (9.82%) Oracle
3 123 (3.74%) SAP
4 101 (3.07%) VMware
5 97 (2.95%) Google
5 97 (2.95%) Salesforce.com
6 85 (2.58%) ServiceNow
7 72 (2.19%) IBM
8 71 (2.16%) Cisco
9 55 (1.67%) Adobe
10 52 (1.58%) HP
11 48 (1.46%) Citrix
12 46 (1.40%) Splunk
13 44 (1.34%) Atlassian
14 39 (1.19%) Red Hat
15 37 (1.12%) Apple
16 35 (1.06%) Cloudera
16 35 (1.06%) Remedy
17 33 (1.00%) Databricks
17 33 (1.00%) webMethods