Period
to 26 April 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 26 April 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
26 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 34 31 30
Rank change year-on-year -3 -1 -1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 6,150 5,430 6,196
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.09% 5.96% 5.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.11% 7.05% 6.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,737 3,136 3,863
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%
10th Percentile £225 £250 £260
90th Percentile £631 £613 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £387
% change year-on-year - +3.49% +5.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 287 223 274
UK median hourly rate £23.00 £19.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.05% -4.99% +5.25%
10th Percentile £10.49 £10.50 £10.71
90th Percentile £51.00 £47.50 £45.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.67 £18.00 £19.98
% change year-on-year +25.96% -9.91% +8.00%

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 86,523 76,998 89,359
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.65% 84.46% 83.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,091 50,716 58,461
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £273 £263
90th Percentile £638 £621 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +5.63% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,222 2,086 2,440
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% - +20.83%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.39 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £51.56 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.25 £25.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year -15.00% -1.96% +15.95%

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 26 April 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 26 April 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 26 April 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 5,627 £431 +1.47% 3,166
UK excluding London -3 3,269 £400 - 2,173
London -5 2,739 £500 +5.49% 1,187
South East 0 1,080 £400 - 530
North of England -2 731 £400 +0.31% 558
Midlands +1 490 £380 +1.33% 355
North West -4 342 £390 +0.65% 317
East of England -5 302 £425 - 295
Scotland -8 263 £388 +4.73% 124
Yorkshire -9 263 £425 -5.56% 191
South West +6 255 £400 +6.67% 242
West Midlands -2 245 £400 - 201
East Midlands +12 240 £350 - 152
North East +9 135 £425 +21.43% 50
Wales -1 107 £395 +21.73% 56
Northern Ireland -11 40 £431 -13.80% 13

For the 6 months to 26 April 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 2,438 (39.64%) Analytical Skills
2 2,160 (35.12%) Agile Software Development
3 1,443 (23.46%) Finance
4 1,210 (19.67%) SQL
5 1,011 (16.44%) Microsoft
6 993 (16.15%) Windows
7 984 (16.00%) Java
8 875 (14.23%) Degree
9 765 (12.44%) Linux
10 754 (12.26%) Project Management
11 697 (11.33%) Scrum
12 686 (11.15%) JavaScript
13 596 (9.69%) Oracle
14 589 (9.58%) Security Cleared
15 584 (9.50%) Python
16 575 (9.35%) ITIL
17 564 (9.17%) DevOps
18 557 (9.06%) Stakeholder Management
19 544 (8.85%) HTML
20 540 (8.78%) SQL Server
21 538 (8.75%) Banking
22 535 (8.70%) C#
23 474 (7.71%) Amazon AWS
24 470 (7.64%) Analytics
25 456 (7.41%) Microsoft Office
26 455 (7.40%) .NET
27 454 (7.38%) Unix
28 451 (7.33%) SC Cleared
29 450 (7.32%) Git (software)
30 442 (7.19%) Active Directory

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
1 220 (3.58%) Confluence
2 160 (2.60%) SharePoint
3 125 (2.03%) CMS
4 117 (1.90%) Apache
5 113 (1.84%) Apache Spark
6 103 (1.67%) WebSphere
7 102 (1.66%) MS Exchange
8 96 (1.56%) Tomcat
9 75 (1.22%) Skype for Business
10 74 (1.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 72 (1.17%) IIS
12 60 (0.98%) WebLogic
13 57 (0.93%) SAS
14 56 (0.91%) JBoss
15 53 (0.86%) Elasticsearch
16 40 (0.65%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 35 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2010
18 31 (0.50%) WebSphere Application Server
19 29 (0.47%) nginx
20 25 (0.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 456 (7.41%) Microsoft Office
2 401 (6.52%) Microsoft Excel
3 156 (2.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 119 (1.93%) MS Visio
5 103 (1.67%) Microsoft Project
6 42 (0.68%) Photoshop
6 42 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
7 31 (0.50%) InVision
8 13 (0.21%) OmniGraffle
9 12 (0.20%) Simulink
10 11 (0.18%) SPSS
11 10 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
12 9 (0.15%) InfoPath
13 7 (0.11%) Flinto
14 6 (0.098%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 6 (0.098%) InDesign
15 4 (0.065%) Acrobat
15 4 (0.065%) Stata
15 4 (0.065%) Weka
16 3 (0.049%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 44 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 31 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
3 30 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
4 26 (0.42%) Sonata
5 20 (0.33%) Magento
6 17 (0.28%) Oracle EBS R12
7 16 (0.26%) SAP CO
7 16 (0.26%) SAP FI
7 16 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
8 15 (0.24%) SAP HR
9 13 (0.21%) NetSuite
10 12 (0.20%) Oracle BPM
10 12 (0.20%) Payment Gateway
11 11 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
11 11 (0.18%) Workday HCM
12 10 (0.16%) Eloqua
13 9 (0.15%) HFM
13 9 (0.15%) SAP ERP
13 9 (0.15%) SAP Hybris
13 9 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 474 (7.71%) Amazon AWS
2 394 (6.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 212 (3.45%) Office 365
4 112 (1.82%) SaaS
5 100 (1.63%) PaaS
6 88 (1.43%) GitHub
7 78 (1.27%) IaaS
8 76 (1.24%) Cloud Computing
9 63 (1.02%) Google Cloud Platform
10 47 (0.76%) Serverless
11 43 (0.70%) Google Analytics
12 42 (0.68%) AWS CloudFormation
13 35 (0.57%) AWS Lambda
14 29 (0.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 29 (0.47%) Amazon S3
15 26 (0.42%) Slack
16 25 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
16 25 (0.41%) Dynamics 365
17 24 (0.39%) Adobe Creative Cloud
18 22 (0.36%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 261 (4.24%) Firewall
2 200 (3.25%) TCP/IP
3 169 (2.75%) Internet
4 130 (2.11%) DNS
5 128 (2.08%) HTTP
6 124 (2.02%) WAN
7 117 (1.90%) LAN
8 111 (1.80%) VPN
9 98 (1.59%) Wireless
10 94 (1.53%) DHCP
11 82 (1.33%) SMS
12 72 (1.17%) SAN
13 69 (1.12%) Skype
14 63 (1.02%) Network Security
15 55 (0.89%) SSL
16 49 (0.80%) VoIP
17 39 (0.63%) IPsec
18 38 (0.62%) BGP
19 36 (0.59%) FTP
20 34 (0.55%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 540 (8.78%) SQL Server
2 368 (5.98%) Relational Database
3 232 (3.77%) Big Data
4 198 (3.22%) MySQL
5 181 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
6 162 (2.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 147 (2.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 145 (2.36%) Hadoop
8 145 (2.36%) MongoDB
9 142 (2.31%) Oracle Database
10 141 (2.29%) NoSQL
11 122 (1.98%) RDBMS
12 118 (1.92%) PostgreSQL
13 106 (1.72%) Power BI
14 80 (1.30%) DB2
15 69 (1.12%) Redis
16 68 (1.11%) Data Mining
17 66 (1.07%) BusinessObjects
18 64 (1.04%) HBase
19 57 (0.93%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 450 (7.32%) Git (software)
2 428 (6.96%) JIRA
3 376 (6.11%) Jenkins
4 188 (3.06%) Selenium
5 143 (2.33%) Subversion
6 128 (2.08%) Cucumber
7 115 (1.87%) JUnit
8 110 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
9 104 (1.69%) Visual Studio
10 90 (1.46%) TeamCity
11 88 (1.43%) Maven
12 56 (0.91%) JMeter
13 55 (0.89%) WebDriver
14 51 (0.83%) SoapUI
15 50 (0.81%) Octopus Deploy
16 48 (0.78%) Axure RP
17 42 (0.68%) webpack
18 41 (0.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 34 (0.55%) Appium
19 34 (0.55%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1,443 (23.46%) Finance
2 538 (8.75%) Banking
3 253 (4.11%) Retail
4 220 (3.58%) Telecoms
5 219 (3.56%) Marketing
6 174 (2.83%) Legal
7 168 (2.73%) Front Office
8 154 (2.50%) Investment Banking
9 121 (1.97%) Manufacturing
10 114 (1.85%) Games
11 83 (1.35%) Financial Institution
12 73 (1.19%) Law
13 69 (1.12%) Back Office
13 69 (1.12%) Publishing
14 64 (1.04%) French Language
15 62 (1.01%) Pharmaceutical
16 57 (0.93%) Advertising
17 53 (0.86%) German Language
18 49 (0.80%) Billing
18 49 (0.80%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 1,275 (20.73%) Developer
2 1,198 (19.48%) Analyst
3 453 (7.37%) Business Analyst
4 367 (5.97%) Project Manager
5 342 (5.56%) Architect
6 265 (4.31%) Java Developer
7 234 (3.80%) Consultant
8 211 (3.43%) DevOps Engineer
9 169 (2.75%) C# Developer
10 162 (2.63%) Support Analyst
11 159 (2.59%) Administrator
12 151 (2.46%) Designer
13 149 (2.42%) User Researcher
14 141 (2.29%) Service Analyst
15 137 (2.23%) Support Engineer
16 134 (2.18%) .NET Developer
17 123 (2.00%) Data Analyst
18 120 (1.95%) Service Desk Analyst
19 114 (1.85%) Senior Developer
20 109 (1.77%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 544 (8.85%) HTML
2 455 (7.40%) .NET
3 437 (7.11%) CSS
4 349 (5.67%) Web Services
5 264 (4.29%) XML
6 262 (4.26%) AngularJS
7 231 (3.76%) RESTful
8 216 (3.51%) REST
9 204 (3.32%) HTML5
10 198 (3.22%) JSON
10 198 (3.22%) Spring
11 169 (2.75%) ASP.NET
12 168 (2.73%) jQuery
13 152 (2.47%) React
14 137 (2.23%) Node.js
15 133 (2.16%) SOAP
16 122 (1.98%) Middleware
17 115 (1.87%) .NET Framework
18 102 (1.66%) CSS3
19 99 (1.61%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 2,438 (39.64%) Analytical Skills
2 419 (6.81%) Self-Motivation
3 413 (6.72%) Computer Science
4 377 (6.13%) User Experience
5 273 (4.44%) Management Information System
6 166 (2.70%) Mobile App
7 143 (2.33%) Data Centre
8 123 (2.00%) Algorithms
9 111 (1.80%) Virtual Team
10 108 (1.76%) Data Structures
11 100 (1.63%) Greenfield Project
12 80 (1.30%) Derivative
13 71 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
14 64 (1.04%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 62 (1.01%) Fintech
15 62 (1.01%) Fixed Income
16 58 (0.94%) Hedge funds
16 58 (0.94%) Replication
17 55 (0.89%) Blackberry
17 55 (0.89%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 993 (16.15%) Windows
2 765 (12.44%) Linux
3 454 (7.38%) Unix
4 254 (4.13%) Windows Server
5 202 (3.28%) Android
6 178 (2.89%) Windows 10
7 172 (2.80%) Windows 7
8 164 (2.67%) Windows Server 2008
9 154 (2.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 144 (2.34%) Apple iOS
11 131 (2.13%) Windows Server 2012
12 82 (1.33%) AIX
13 57 (0.93%) Solaris
14 53 (0.86%) CentOS
14 53 (0.86%) Windows Server 2003
15 48 (0.78%) Windows 8
16 43 (0.70%) Ubuntu
17 42 (0.68%) Windows XP
18 38 (0.62%) HPUX
19 36 (0.59%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,160 (35.12%) Agile Software Development
2 754 (12.26%) Project Management
3 697 (11.33%) Scrum
4 575 (9.35%) ITIL
5 564 (9.17%) DevOps
6 557 (9.06%) Stakeholder Management
7 470 (7.64%) Analytics
8 431 (7.01%) Test Automation
9 423 (6.88%) Change Management
10 422 (6.86%) Decision-Making
11 409 (6.65%) TDD
12 403 (6.55%) Continuous Integration
13 392 (6.37%) Continuous Improvement
14 382 (6.21%) SDLC
15 363 (5.90%) Migration
16 355 (5.77%) Business Analysis
17 349 (5.67%) Business Intelligence
18 341 (5.54%) OO
19 310 (5.04%) Time Management
20 303 (4.93%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 1,210 (19.67%) SQL
2 984 (16.00%) Java
3 686 (11.15%) JavaScript
4 584 (9.50%) Python
5 535 (8.70%) C#
6 270 (4.39%) PowerShell
7 224 (3.64%) C++
8 211 (3.43%) Perl
9 160 (2.60%) Bash Shell
10 159 (2.59%) T-SQL
11 152 (2.47%) Scala
12 145 (2.36%) C
13 144 (2.34%) Ruby
14 118 (1.92%) PL/SQL
15 116 (1.89%) Shell Script
16 110 (1.79%) R
17 100 (1.63%) PHP
18 98 (1.59%) VBA
19 85 (1.38%) Java 8
20 60 (0.98%) VB
Qualifications
1 875 (14.23%) Degree
2 589 (9.58%) Security Cleared
3 451 (7.33%) SC Cleared
4 163 (2.65%) Computer Science Degree
5 125 (2.03%) Cisco Certification
6 123 (2.00%) Microsoft Certification
7 120 (1.95%) PMI Certification
8 108 (1.76%) PMP
9 91 (1.48%) DV Cleared
10 83 (1.35%) CCNP
11 79 (1.28%) MCSE
12 71 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
13 67 (1.09%) Master's Degree
14 61 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
15 59 (0.96%) CISSP
16 58 (0.94%) CCNA
17 54 (0.88%) ISEB
18 51 (0.83%) MCP
19 44 (0.72%) MCSA
20 43 (0.70%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 316 (5.14%) QA
2 130 (2.11%) SLA
3 116 (1.89%) PMO
4 103 (1.67%) Data Quality
5 94 (1.53%) GDPR
6 31 (0.50%) PCI DSS
7 27 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 23 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
9 22 (0.36%) GCP
10 20 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 19 (0.31%) MiFID
12 18 (0.29%) ISO 9001
13 10 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 7 (0.11%) PSD2
15 6 (0.098%) GxP
15 6 (0.098%) MISRA
15 6 (0.098%) MISRA C
16 5 (0.081%) COSO
16 5 (0.081%) DO-178B
16 5 (0.081%) TickIT
System Software
1 442 (7.19%) Active Directory
2 244 (3.97%) Docker
3 201 (3.27%) VMware Infrastructure
4 69 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
5 66 (1.07%) Hyper-V
6 53 (0.86%) VMware ESXi
7 49 (0.80%) XenApp
8 43 (0.70%) vSphere
9 26 (0.42%) HDFS
9 26 (0.42%) NFS
10 21 (0.34%) VirtualBox
11 19 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
12 18 (0.29%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
13 17 (0.28%) XenDesktop
14 15 (0.24%) RACF
15 14 (0.23%) Job Entry Subsystem
15 14 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
16 13 (0.21%) vCloud
16 13 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
16 13 (0.21%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 159 (2.59%) Ansible
2 153 (2.49%) Puppet
3 130 (2.11%) Opscode Chef
4 118 (1.92%) SCCM
5 90 (1.46%) Kubernetes
6 76 (1.24%) Terraform
7 59 (0.96%) SCOM
8 49 (0.80%) HP ALM
9 31 (0.50%) Tivoli
10 30 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
11 27 (0.44%) HP Quality Center
12 23 (0.37%) Docker Swarm
12 23 (0.37%) Norton AntiVirus
12 23 (0.37%) Packer
13 22 (0.36%) NetBackup
14 20 (0.33%) Backup Exec
14 20 (0.33%) McAfee ePO
15 19 (0.31%) WSUS
16 18 (0.29%) FortiGate
16 18 (0.29%) Nagios
Vendors
1 1,011 (16.44%) Microsoft
2 596 (9.69%) Oracle
3 254 (4.13%) SAP
4 252 (4.10%) VMware
5 244 (3.97%) Cisco
6 189 (3.07%) HP
7 171 (2.78%) Google
8 170 (2.76%) IBM
9 163 (2.65%) Citrix
10 147 (2.39%) Red Hat
11 116 (1.89%) Adobe
12 115 (1.87%) Tableau
13 98 (1.59%) Apple
14 93 (1.51%) ServiceNow
15 92 (1.50%) NetApp
16 89 (1.45%) Salesforce.com
17 81 (1.32%) Splunk
18 76 (1.24%) Atlassian
19 64 (1.04%) McAfee
20 54 (0.88%) Sybase