Period
to 17 November 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 17 November 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
17 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 33 31 29
Rank change year-on-year -2 -2 +2
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 6,299 6,308 6,540
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.11% 6.13% 6.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.07% 7.15% 7.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,773 3,959 3,904
UK median daily rate £445 £430 £416
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.49% +3.49% +3.88%
10th Percentile £225 £235 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 254 225 316
UK median hourly rate £25.50 £23.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.87% +39.39% -17.50%
10th Percentile £10.50 £11.00 £10.62
90th Percentile £51.00 £51.23 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.58 £22.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +18.11% +40.63% -20.00%

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 89,041 88,174 90,299
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.35% 85.75% 85.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,899 58,617 59,550
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £277 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,305 2,116 2,483
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £23.14 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.93% +2.84% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.75 £49.75 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.18 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -11.75% +6.67% -

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 17 November 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 17 November 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 17 November 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 -1 5,780 £450 +2.86% 2,746
UK excluding London -2 3,511 £410 +2.50% 2,049
London -4 2,670 £500 - 885
South East -5 1,058 £425 +6.25% 494
North of England +10 797 £405 +1.25% 518
Midlands -3 460 £413 +4.43% 330
South West +3 454 £425 +3.03% 250
North West +11 371 £375 +0.84% 276
West Midlands +3 330 £406 -2.29% 213
East of England -4 327 £405 -1.82% 271
Scotland -9 318 £375 -6.25% 114
Yorkshire 0 283 £425 - 181
North East +15 149 £425 - 61
East Midlands -21 124 £424 +19.37% 116
Wales -16 85 £395 +8.97% 63
Northern Ireland +1 19 £388 -12.92% 11

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 2,287 (36.31%) Analytical Skills
2 2,271 (36.05%) Agile Software Development
3 1,442 (22.89%) Finance
4 1,119 (17.76%) Microsoft
5 1,115 (17.70%) SQL
6 1,057 (16.78%) Java
7 998 (15.84%) Windows
8 785 (12.46%) Scrum
9 780 (12.38%) Degree
10 758 (12.03%) JavaScript
11 734 (11.65%) Project Management
12 731 (11.61%) Linux
13 674 (10.70%) Security Cleared
14 659 (10.46%) Test Automation
15 651 (10.33%) ITIL
16 638 (10.13%) C#
17 622 (9.87%) DevOps
18 612 (9.72%) Git (software)
19 606 (9.62%) HTML
20 603 (9.57%) .NET
21 592 (9.40%) JIRA
22 575 (9.13%) Oracle
23 552 (8.76%) SQL Server
24 538 (8.54%) Python
25 524 (8.32%) Continuous Integration
26 520 (8.26%) TDD
27 511 (8.11%) Stakeholder Management
28 507 (8.05%) CSS
28 507 (8.05%) SC Cleared
29 474 (7.53%) Jenkins

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
1 343 (5.45%) Confluence
2 272 (4.32%) SharePoint
3 137 (2.17%) MS Exchange
4 100 (1.59%) Apache
5 92 (1.46%) Apache Spark
6 81 (1.29%) IIS
7 76 (1.21%) CMS
7 76 (1.21%) WebLogic
8 72 (1.14%) SAS
9 63 (1.00%) Skype for Business
10 62 (0.98%) Elasticsearch
11 60 (0.95%) Tomcat
12 57 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2010
12 57 (0.90%) JBoss
13 51 (0.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 43 (0.68%) SharePoint 2013
15 38 (0.60%) Exchange Server 2007
16 36 (0.57%) WebSphere
17 32 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
18 31 (0.49%) OpenStack
Applications
1 441 (7.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 423 (6.72%) Microsoft Office
3 195 (3.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 141 (2.24%) MS Visio
5 106 (1.68%) Microsoft Project
6 56 (0.89%) Photoshop
7 52 (0.83%) Spreadsheet
8 32 (0.51%) InVision
9 16 (0.25%) InfoPath
10 14 (0.22%) Fireworks
11 13 (0.21%) AutoCAD
12 12 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
13 10 (0.16%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 8 (0.13%) Maya
15 7 (0.11%) Chatbot
15 7 (0.11%) OmniGraffle
16 4 (0.064%) Adobe After Effects
16 4 (0.064%) Final Cut Pro
16 4 (0.064%) Simulink
17 3 (0.048%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 48 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (0.52%) Workday HCM
3 28 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 24 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
4 24 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
5 23 (0.37%) Oracle BPM
6 22 (0.35%) Oracle EBS R12
6 22 (0.35%) SAP HR
7 14 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
7 14 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
7 14 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 12 (0.19%) NetSuite
8 12 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
8 12 (0.19%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 12 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
9 9 (0.14%) AquaLogic BPM
10 8 (0.13%) Teamcenter
11 7 (0.11%) Hyperion Planning
11 7 (0.11%) SAP HCM
11 7 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 449 (7.13%) Amazon AWS
2 420 (6.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 281 (4.46%) Office 365
4 115 (1.83%) GitHub
5 109 (1.73%) SaaS
6 97 (1.54%) Google Cloud Platform
7 76 (1.21%) PaaS
8 65 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
9 62 (0.98%) IaaS
10 59 (0.94%) npm
11 54 (0.86%) Serverless
12 45 (0.71%) AWS Lambda
13 36 (0.57%) Amazon S3
14 35 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
15 34 (0.54%) AWS CloudFormation
16 31 (0.49%) OpenShift
17 29 (0.46%) Heroku
18 28 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
18 28 (0.44%) Google Analytics
19 21 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 266 (4.22%) Firewall
2 206 (3.27%) HTTP
3 174 (2.76%) Internet
4 162 (2.57%) DNS
5 136 (2.16%) TCP/IP
6 125 (1.98%) WAN
7 110 (1.75%) LAN
8 100 (1.59%) Wireless
9 89 (1.41%) VPN
10 86 (1.37%) DHCP
11 76 (1.21%) SSL
12 74 (1.17%) SAN
13 61 (0.97%) Skype
14 56 (0.89%) Network Security
15 55 (0.87%) Intranet
16 52 (0.83%) Kerberos
17 42 (0.67%) Wi-Fi
18 41 (0.65%) VLAN
18 41 (0.65%) VoIP
19 38 (0.60%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 552 (8.76%) SQL Server
2 313 (4.97%) Relational Database
3 203 (3.22%) Data Warehouse
4 198 (3.14%) MySQL
5 191 (3.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 163 (2.59%) Big Data
7 162 (2.57%) NoSQL
8 152 (2.41%) Hadoop
9 138 (2.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 134 (2.13%) PostgreSQL
11 127 (2.02%) MongoDB
12 104 (1.65%) Power BI
13 99 (1.57%) Oracle Database
14 78 (1.24%) Apache Cassandra
15 77 (1.22%) BusinessObjects
16 72 (1.14%) RDBMS
17 62 (0.98%) DB2
17 62 (0.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 55 (0.87%) Oracle Reports
19 54 (0.86%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 612 (9.72%) Git (software)
2 592 (9.40%) JIRA
3 474 (7.53%) Jenkins
4 244 (3.87%) Selenium
5 159 (2.52%) Subversion
6 150 (2.38%) Cucumber
7 144 (2.29%) JUnit
8 134 (2.13%) Maven
9 107 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
10 106 (1.68%) Visual Studio
11 105 (1.67%) SoapUI
12 93 (1.48%) TeamCity
13 83 (1.32%) webpack
14 70 (1.11%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 70 (1.11%) Hudson
15 69 (1.10%) Eclipse
16 66 (1.05%) Bitbucket
17 65 (1.03%) WebDriver
18 62 (0.98%) JMeter
18 62 (0.98%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1,442 (22.89%) Finance
2 437 (6.94%) Banking
3 258 (4.10%) Retail
4 210 (3.33%) Telecoms
5 201 (3.19%) Marketing
6 155 (2.46%) Front Office
7 152 (2.41%) Legal
8 134 (2.13%) Manufacturing
9 101 (1.60%) Investment Banking
10 77 (1.22%) Pharmaceutical
11 76 (1.21%) Back Office
12 71 (1.13%) Advertising
13 69 (1.10%) Law
14 66 (1.05%) Publishing
15 65 (1.03%) Financial Institution
16 63 (1.00%) Games
17 51 (0.81%) Electronics
18 44 (0.70%) Automotive
19 26 (0.41%) Aerospace
19 26 (0.41%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 1,545 (24.53%) Developer
2 1,122 (17.81%) Analyst
3 387 (6.14%) Business Analyst
4 366 (5.81%) Architect
5 320 (5.08%) Java Developer
6 301 (4.78%) Project Manager
7 221 (3.51%) .NET Developer
7 221 (3.51%) Consultant
8 210 (3.33%) C# Developer
9 204 (3.24%) DevOps Engineer
10 167 (2.65%) Software Engineer
11 157 (2.49%) Administrator
12 154 (2.44%) Service Analyst
13 147 (2.33%) Support Engineer
14 143 (2.27%) Senior Developer
15 139 (2.21%) Designer
16 122 (1.94%) Solutions Architect
17 119 (1.89%) Service Desk Analyst
18 118 (1.87%) Tester
19 115 (1.83%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 606 (9.62%) HTML
2 603 (9.57%) .NET
3 507 (8.05%) CSS
4 362 (5.75%) Web Services
5 311 (4.94%) AngularJS
6 302 (4.79%) REST
7 300 (4.76%) RESTful
8 264 (4.19%) Spring
8 264 (4.19%) XML
9 236 (3.75%) HTML5
10 232 (3.68%) JSON
11 230 (3.65%) ASP.NET
12 190 (3.02%) SOAP
13 174 (2.76%) Node.js
14 172 (2.73%) React
15 166 (2.64%) jQuery
16 161 (2.56%) .NET Framework
17 150 (2.38%) WCF
18 145 (2.30%) Middleware
19 136 (2.16%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 2,287 (36.31%) Analytical Skills
2 425 (6.75%) Self-Motivation
3 397 (6.30%) Computer Science
4 367 (5.83%) User Experience
5 249 (3.95%) Management Information System
6 164 (2.60%) Data Centre
7 157 (2.49%) Algorithms
8 122 (1.94%) Mobile App
9 118 (1.87%) Data Structures
10 102 (1.62%) Enterprise Software
11 93 (1.48%) Greenfield Project
12 80 (1.27%) Derivative
13 79 (1.25%) Fixed Income
14 75 (1.19%) Equities
15 70 (1.11%) Virtual Team
16 66 (1.05%) NHS
17 61 (0.97%) Clustering
18 59 (0.94%) PKI
19 58 (0.92%) PMI
20 52 (0.83%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 998 (15.84%) Windows
2 731 (11.61%) Linux
3 346 (5.49%) Unix
4 271 (4.30%) Windows Server
5 218 (3.46%) Windows 10
6 203 (3.22%) Windows 7
7 143 (2.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 103 (1.64%) Windows Server 2008
9 97 (1.54%) Android
10 90 (1.43%) Apple iOS
11 78 (1.24%) Windows Server 2012
12 48 (0.76%) Solaris
13 47 (0.75%) Windows 8
14 43 (0.68%) Ubuntu
15 39 (0.62%) CentOS
16 37 (0.59%) Embedded Linux
17 33 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
18 32 (0.51%) Mac OS X
19 31 (0.49%) Windows XP
20 26 (0.41%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,271 (36.05%) Agile Software Development
2 785 (12.46%) Scrum
3 734 (11.65%) Project Management
4 659 (10.46%) Test Automation
5 651 (10.33%) ITIL
6 622 (9.87%) DevOps
7 524 (8.32%) Continuous Integration
8 520 (8.26%) TDD
9 511 (8.11%) Stakeholder Management
10 419 (6.65%) Decision-Making
11 417 (6.62%) Analytics
11 417 (6.62%) Software Engineering
12 398 (6.32%) SDLC
13 397 (6.30%) Continuous Improvement
14 376 (5.97%) Migration
15 366 (5.81%) Change Management
16 361 (5.73%) Business Intelligence
17 338 (5.37%) OO
18 333 (5.29%) MVC
19 331 (5.25%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 1,115 (17.70%) SQL
2 1,057 (16.78%) Java
3 758 (12.03%) JavaScript
4 638 (10.13%) C#
5 538 (8.54%) Python
6 238 (3.78%) Scala
7 230 (3.65%) C++
8 223 (3.54%) PowerShell
9 169 (2.68%) Perl
9 169 (2.68%) Ruby
10 153 (2.43%) C
11 147 (2.33%) Bash Shell
12 130 (2.06%) Shell Script
13 112 (1.78%) PL/SQL
14 107 (1.70%) T-SQL
15 104 (1.65%) Groovy
16 97 (1.54%) Java 8
17 94 (1.49%) TypeScript
18 87 (1.38%) PHP
19 73 (1.16%) VBA
Qualifications
1 780 (12.38%) Degree
2 674 (10.70%) Security Cleared
3 507 (8.05%) SC Cleared
4 157 (2.49%) Computer Science Degree
5 136 (2.16%) Microsoft Certification
6 115 (1.83%) DV Cleared
7 110 (1.75%) Cisco Certification
8 104 (1.65%) MCSE
9 101 (1.60%) BPSS Clearance
10 88 (1.40%) PMI Certification
11 83 (1.32%) PMP
12 65 (1.03%) ISEB
13 63 (1.00%) CCNA
14 61 (0.97%) Master's Degree
15 60 (0.95%) CISSP
16 53 (0.84%) MCSA
17 50 (0.79%) CCNP
18 48 (0.76%) ISTQB
19 46 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
20 42 (0.67%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 332 (5.27%) QA
2 160 (2.54%) SLA
3 134 (2.13%) PMO
4 117 (1.86%) Data Quality
5 58 (0.92%) GDPR
6 38 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 30 (0.48%) JSP 440
8 28 (0.44%) PCI DSS
9 26 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 22 (0.35%) COBIT
11 12 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
12 11 (0.17%) WCAG
13 10 (0.16%) COSO
14 9 (0.14%) IFRS
15 7 (0.11%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 7 (0.11%) HL7
15 7 (0.11%) MiFID
16 6 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
17 5 (0.079%) Government Security Classifications
17 5 (0.079%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 456 (7.24%) Active Directory
2 343 (5.45%) Docker
3 178 (2.83%) VMware Infrastructure
4 62 (0.98%) Hyper-V
5 51 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
6 37 (0.59%) Virtual Desktop
7 36 (0.57%) vSphere
8 29 (0.46%) HDFS
9 24 (0.38%) XenApp
10 22 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
10 22 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
11 17 (0.27%) Oracle RAC
12 15 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
13 14 (0.22%) Apache Flume
14 13 (0.21%) BitLocker
14 13 (0.21%) NFS
14 13 (0.21%) Virtual Servers
14 13 (0.21%) Xen
15 11 (0.17%) VMware NSX
15 11 (0.17%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 266 (4.22%) Ansible
2 198 (3.14%) Puppet
3 187 (2.97%) Kubernetes
4 143 (2.27%) SCCM
5 102 (1.62%) Terraform
6 93 (1.48%) Opscode Chef
7 64 (1.02%) ZABBIX
8 47 (0.75%) Single Sign-On
9 44 (0.70%) Kibana
10 39 (0.62%) Nagios
11 37 (0.59%) HP Quality Center
12 36 (0.57%) Grafana
12 36 (0.57%) HP ALM
13 35 (0.56%) vCenter Server
14 32 (0.51%) Microsoft Intune
15 31 (0.49%) Docker Swarm
16 24 (0.38%) Packer
17 23 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
18 22 (0.35%) Prometheus
19 21 (0.33%) Mesos
Vendors
1 1,119 (17.76%) Microsoft
2 575 (9.13%) Oracle
3 269 (4.27%) VMware
4 261 (4.14%) SAP
5 227 (3.60%) Google
6 191 (3.03%) Cisco
7 152 (2.41%) HP
8 137 (2.17%) Red Hat
9 136 (2.16%) Citrix
10 128 (2.03%) IBM
11 104 (1.65%) Adobe
12 100 (1.59%) Atlassian
13 96 (1.52%) Salesforce.com
14 89 (1.41%) Splunk
15 86 (1.37%) Apple
16 71 (1.13%) Remedy
16 71 (1.13%) ServiceNow
16 71 (1.13%) Workday
17 69 (1.10%) McAfee
18 66 (1.05%) Tableau