Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 31 31
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 6,171 6,041 6,519
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.10% 6.17% 6.07%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.08% 7.20% 7.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,784 3,738 3,944
UK median daily rate £433 £425 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +1.80% +4.38%
10th Percentile £230 £238 £250
90th Percentile £626 £625 £576
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 268 187 299
UK median hourly rate £23.44 £24.49 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.27% +30.59% -1.73%
10th Percentile £11.05 £10.87 £10.95
90th Percentile £51.00 £56.39 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.65 £24.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -7.55% +36.11% -5.66%

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 87,148 83,863 91,422
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.18% 85.61% 85.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,559 55,300 60,452
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.59%
10th Percentile £300 £279 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,397 2,071 2,392
UK median hourly rate £20.65 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.98% +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £24.00 £23.39
% change year-on-year -16.67% +2.62% +6.31%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 5,620 £450 +2.86% 2,579
UK excluding London -5 3,390 £400 - 1,943
London -3 2,660 £500 - 844
South East -5 1,048 £413 +3.13% 467
North of England +8 786 £400 - 438
Midlands -9 432 £400 +3.23% 325
North West +18 399 £375 - 252
South West +1 371 £400 -3.03% 273
Scotland -4 347 £390 -2.50% 131
East of England -10 302 £420 -1.18% 233
West Midlands -5 270 £400 - 172
Yorkshire -6 268 £425 +1.43% 124
East Midlands -7 158 £400 +9.59% 153
North East +10 125 £400 - 62
Wales -6 85 £400 +6.67% 61
Northern Ireland +12 24 £381 -14.33% 16

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 2,295 (37.19%) Analytical Skills
2 2,205 (35.73%) Agile Software Development
3 1,468 (23.79%) Finance
4 1,177 (19.07%) SQL
5 1,111 (18.00%) Microsoft
6 1,035 (16.77%) Java
7 960 (15.56%) Windows
8 793 (12.85%) JavaScript
9 772 (12.51%) Degree
10 747 (12.11%) Scrum
11 731 (11.85%) Project Management
12 725 (11.75%) Linux
13 697 (11.29%) C#
14 619 (10.03%) HTML
15 610 (9.88%) .NET
16 593 (9.61%) ITIL
17 570 (9.24%) Test Automation
18 553 (8.96%) Oracle
19 551 (8.93%) Python
20 544 (8.82%) Security Cleared
20 544 (8.82%) DevOps
21 535 (8.67%) Git (software)
22 527 (8.54%) CSS
23 522 (8.46%) SQL Server
24 510 (8.26%) Stakeholder Management
25 499 (8.09%) Continuous Integration
26 496 (8.04%) JIRA
27 489 (7.92%) TDD
28 488 (7.91%) Banking
29 435 (7.05%) Decision-Making

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
1 278 (4.50%) Confluence
2 231 (3.74%) SharePoint
3 123 (1.99%) MS Exchange
4 94 (1.52%) Apache
5 86 (1.39%) Apache Spark
6 85 (1.38%) CMS
7 76 (1.23%) Skype for Business
7 76 (1.23%) Tomcat
8 75 (1.22%) IIS
9 69 (1.12%) Elasticsearch
10 63 (1.02%) WebLogic
11 55 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2010
12 54 (0.88%) SAS
13 53 (0.86%) JBoss
14 48 (0.78%) WebSphere
15 42 (0.68%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 35 (0.57%) SharePoint 2013
17 34 (0.55%) Apache Solr
18 29 (0.47%) Drupal
19 28 (0.45%) nginx
Applications
1 405 (6.56%) Microsoft Excel
2 399 (6.47%) Microsoft Office
3 172 (2.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 138 (2.24%) MS Visio
5 107 (1.73%) Microsoft Project
6 60 (0.97%) Photoshop
7 47 (0.76%) Spreadsheet
8 35 (0.57%) InVision
9 16 (0.26%) InfoPath
10 13 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 12 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
11 12 (0.19%) Fireworks
12 9 (0.15%) OmniGraffle
13 8 (0.13%) Chatbot
14 7 (0.11%) AutoCAD
14 7 (0.11%) Maya
15 5 (0.081%) Adobe After Effects
16 4 (0.065%) SPSS
17 3 (0.049%) 3ds Max
17 3 (0.049%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 35 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 29 (0.47%) Workday HCM
3 27 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 25 (0.41%) Oracle BPM
4 25 (0.41%) Oracle EBS R12
5 21 (0.34%) SAP HR
6 20 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
7 16 (0.26%) Sonata
8 15 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
8 15 (0.24%) Oracle Financials
8 15 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 14 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
10 13 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
10 13 (0.21%) Oracle Receivables
11 10 (0.16%) Magento
11 10 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
12 9 (0.15%) AquaLogic BPM
12 9 (0.15%) NetSuite
13 8 (0.13%) SAP HCM
13 8 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 425 (6.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 420 (6.81%) Amazon AWS
3 281 (4.55%) Office 365
4 105 (1.70%) SaaS
5 104 (1.69%) GitHub
6 89 (1.44%) Google Cloud Platform
7 62 (1.00%) PaaS
8 58 (0.94%) IaaS
8 58 (0.94%) npm
9 57 (0.92%) Cloud Computing
10 50 (0.81%) Serverless
11 43 (0.70%) AWS CloudFormation
12 38 (0.62%) AWS Lambda
13 31 (0.50%) Amazon S3
14 29 (0.47%) Google Analytics
15 28 (0.45%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 28 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
16 27 (0.44%) Heroku
17 25 (0.41%) OpenShift
18 21 (0.34%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 265 (4.29%) Firewall
2 193 (3.13%) HTTP
3 149 (2.41%) Internet
4 148 (2.40%) DNS
5 143 (2.32%) TCP/IP
6 124 (2.01%) WAN
7 116 (1.88%) LAN
8 88 (1.43%) VPN
9 86 (1.39%) DHCP
10 85 (1.38%) Wireless
11 84 (1.36%) SAN
12 73 (1.18%) Network Security
13 66 (1.07%) Skype
13 66 (1.07%) SSL
14 60 (0.97%) SMS
15 54 (0.88%) VoIP
16 51 (0.83%) Wi-Fi
17 44 (0.71%) Kerberos
18 40 (0.65%) Intranet
19 38 (0.62%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 522 (8.46%) SQL Server
2 346 (5.61%) Relational Database
3 222 (3.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 215 (3.48%) MySQL
5 195 (3.16%) Data Warehouse
6 180 (2.92%) Big Data
7 175 (2.84%) NoSQL
8 156 (2.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 143 (2.32%) Hadoop
10 133 (2.16%) MongoDB
11 118 (1.91%) PostgreSQL
12 112 (1.81%) Power BI
13 100 (1.62%) Oracle Database
14 77 (1.25%) DB2
15 75 (1.22%) Apache Cassandra
16 74 (1.20%) RDBMS
17 66 (1.07%) BusinessObjects
18 61 (0.99%) Data Mining
19 59 (0.96%) HBase
20 56 (0.91%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 535 (8.67%) Git (software)
2 496 (8.04%) JIRA
3 402 (6.51%) Jenkins
4 218 (3.53%) Selenium
5 140 (2.27%) Cucumber
5 140 (2.27%) Subversion
6 125 (2.03%) Visual Studio
7 113 (1.83%) JUnit
8 112 (1.81%) Team Foundation Server
9 105 (1.70%) Maven
10 101 (1.64%) TeamCity
11 100 (1.62%) SoapUI
12 85 (1.38%) webpack
13 69 (1.12%) JMeter
14 62 (1.00%) SpecFlow
15 60 (0.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 60 (0.97%) Eclipse
16 59 (0.96%) Grunt
16 59 (0.96%) Octopus Deploy
17 56 (0.91%) Jasmine
General
1 1,468 (23.79%) Finance
2 488 (7.91%) Banking
3 257 (4.16%) Retail
4 204 (3.31%) Marketing
5 190 (3.08%) Telecoms
6 159 (2.58%) Legal
7 147 (2.38%) Front Office
8 139 (2.25%) Manufacturing
9 108 (1.75%) Investment Banking
10 90 (1.46%) Games
11 81 (1.31%) Financial Institution
12 74 (1.20%) Advertising
13 69 (1.12%) Pharmaceutical
14 65 (1.05%) Back Office
15 59 (0.96%) Publishing
16 57 (0.92%) Law
17 47 (0.76%) Automotive
17 47 (0.76%) Electronics
18 29 (0.47%) General Ledger
19 23 (0.37%) Billing
Job Titles
1 1,596 (25.86%) Developer
2 1,064 (17.24%) Analyst
3 392 (6.35%) Business Analyst
4 331 (5.36%) Architect
5 328 (5.32%) Project Manager
6 296 (4.80%) Java Developer
7 247 (4.00%) .NET Developer
8 230 (3.73%) C# Developer
9 227 (3.68%) Consultant
10 167 (2.71%) Software Engineer
11 161 (2.61%) Administrator
12 146 (2.37%) DevOps Engineer
13 135 (2.19%) Service Analyst
14 133 (2.16%) Senior Developer
15 132 (2.14%) Designer
16 127 (2.06%) C# .NET Developer
17 126 (2.04%) Support Engineer
18 115 (1.86%) Tester
19 108 (1.75%) Data Analyst
20 103 (1.67%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 619 (10.03%) HTML
2 610 (9.88%) .NET
3 527 (8.54%) CSS
4 357 (5.79%) Web Services
5 351 (5.69%) AngularJS
6 294 (4.76%) REST
7 287 (4.65%) ASP.NET
8 274 (4.44%) RESTful
9 261 (4.23%) XML
10 246 (3.99%) HTML5
11 229 (3.71%) Spring
12 198 (3.21%) JSON
13 183 (2.97%) Node.js
14 182 (2.95%) ASP.NET MVC
15 178 (2.88%) jQuery
16 176 (2.85%) WCF
17 168 (2.72%) SOAP
18 167 (2.71%) React
19 162 (2.63%) .NET Framework
20 145 (2.35%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 2,295 (37.19%) Analytical Skills
2 410 (6.64%) Self-Motivation
3 388 (6.29%) Computer Science
4 347 (5.62%) User Experience
5 244 (3.95%) Management Information System
6 160 (2.59%) Algorithms
7 138 (2.24%) Data Centre
8 126 (2.04%) Mobile App
9 125 (2.03%) Data Structures
10 110 (1.78%) Enterprise Software
11 89 (1.44%) Virtual Team
12 86 (1.39%) Greenfield Project
13 82 (1.33%) Fixed Income
14 78 (1.26%) Derivative
15 64 (1.04%) Clustering
16 60 (0.97%) Equities
17 52 (0.84%) PKI
18 51 (0.83%) PMI
19 49 (0.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
20 47 (0.76%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 960 (15.56%) Windows
2 725 (11.75%) Linux
3 377 (6.11%) Unix
4 243 (3.94%) Windows Server
5 198 (3.21%) Windows 7
6 195 (3.16%) Windows 10
7 118 (1.91%) Android
8 114 (1.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 108 (1.75%) Apple iOS
10 90 (1.46%) Windows Server 2008
11 67 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
12 52 (0.84%) Solaris
13 51 (0.83%) CentOS
14 50 (0.81%) Ubuntu
15 46 (0.75%) Windows 8
16 44 (0.71%) AIX
17 38 (0.62%) Windows XP
18 37 (0.60%) Mac OS X
19 32 (0.52%) Embedded Linux
20 30 (0.49%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,205 (35.73%) Agile Software Development
2 747 (12.11%) Scrum
3 731 (11.85%) Project Management
4 593 (9.61%) ITIL
5 570 (9.24%) Test Automation
6 544 (8.82%) DevOps
7 510 (8.26%) Stakeholder Management
8 499 (8.09%) Continuous Integration
9 489 (7.92%) TDD
10 435 (7.05%) Decision-Making
11 410 (6.64%) SDLC
12 405 (6.56%) Analytics
13 383 (6.21%) MVC
13 383 (6.21%) Software Engineering
14 377 (6.11%) Continuous Improvement
15 372 (6.03%) OO
16 367 (5.95%) Business Intelligence
17 352 (5.70%) Change Management
17 352 (5.70%) Migration
18 332 (5.38%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 1,177 (19.07%) SQL
2 1,035 (16.77%) Java
3 793 (12.85%) JavaScript
4 697 (11.29%) C#
5 551 (8.93%) Python
6 259 (4.20%) C++
7 215 (3.48%) Scala
8 198 (3.21%) PowerShell
9 153 (2.48%) Perl
10 151 (2.45%) C
11 148 (2.40%) Bash Shell
12 133 (2.16%) T-SQL
13 132 (2.14%) Ruby
13 132 (2.14%) Shell Script
14 122 (1.98%) PHP
14 122 (1.98%) PL/SQL
15 105 (1.70%) Java 8
16 95 (1.54%) Groovy
17 85 (1.38%) R
18 84 (1.36%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 772 (12.51%) Degree
2 544 (8.82%) Security Cleared
3 424 (6.87%) SC Cleared
4 153 (2.48%) Computer Science Degree
5 110 (1.78%) Microsoft Certification
6 109 (1.77%) Cisco Certification
7 93 (1.51%) PMI Certification
8 87 (1.41%) MCSE
9 86 (1.39%) PMP
10 85 (1.38%) DV Cleared
11 75 (1.22%) BPSS Clearance
12 72 (1.17%) CISSP
13 58 (0.94%) Master's Degree
14 57 (0.92%) ISEB
15 51 (0.83%) CCNP
16 49 (0.79%) CCNA
17 47 (0.76%) MCSA
18 46 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
19 44 (0.71%) ISTQB
20 40 (0.65%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 331 (5.36%) QA
2 149 (2.41%) SLA
3 125 (2.03%) PMO
4 103 (1.67%) Data Quality
5 80 (1.30%) GDPR
6 39 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 38 (0.62%) JSP 440
8 30 (0.49%) PCI DSS
9 21 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 14 (0.23%) COBIT
11 11 (0.18%) WCAG
12 10 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
13 8 (0.13%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 8 (0.13%) ISO 8583
14 7 (0.11%) COSO
14 7 (0.11%) IFRS
15 6 (0.097%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 6 (0.097%) MiFID
15 6 (0.097%) PSD2
16 5 (0.081%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 396 (6.42%) Active Directory
2 289 (4.68%) Docker
3 175 (2.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 67 (1.09%) Hyper-V
5 58 (0.94%) Virtual Machines
6 38 (0.62%) vSphere
7 37 (0.60%) Virtual Desktop
8 34 (0.55%) HDFS
9 23 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
9 23 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
9 23 (0.37%) XenApp
10 19 (0.31%) BitLocker
11 18 (0.29%) VirtualBox
12 16 (0.26%) Virtual Servers
13 14 (0.23%) VMware NSX
14 13 (0.21%) Apache Flume
15 12 (0.19%) NFS
15 12 (0.19%) Oracle RAC
15 12 (0.19%) XenDesktop
16 10 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 212 (3.44%) Ansible
2 176 (2.85%) Puppet
3 162 (2.63%) Kubernetes
4 147 (2.38%) SCCM
5 93 (1.51%) Opscode Chef
6 84 (1.36%) Terraform
7 44 (0.71%) Single Sign-On
8 36 (0.58%) Kibana
9 33 (0.53%) HP ALM
10 32 (0.52%) vCenter Server
11 31 (0.50%) HP Quality Center
12 29 (0.47%) Nagios
12 29 (0.47%) ZABBIX
13 25 (0.41%) Grafana
14 24 (0.39%) Packer
15 23 (0.37%) Microsoft Intune
16 22 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
17 20 (0.32%) Docker Swarm
18 19 (0.31%) NetBackup
19 17 (0.28%) WSUS
Vendors
1 1,111 (18.00%) Microsoft
2 553 (8.96%) Oracle
3 262 (4.25%) SAP
4 247 (4.00%) VMware
5 210 (3.40%) Cisco
6 190 (3.08%) Google
7 148 (2.40%) Citrix
8 145 (2.35%) IBM
9 142 (2.30%) HP
10 120 (1.94%) Red Hat
11 117 (1.90%) Adobe
12 102 (1.65%) Salesforce.com
13 82 (1.33%) Atlassian
14 75 (1.22%) Splunk
15 70 (1.13%) Tableau
16 69 (1.12%) Apple
17 68 (1.10%) ServiceNow
18 67 (1.09%) McAfee
19 61 (0.99%) Remedy
20 57 (0.92%) Workday