Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 29 32 32
Rank change year-on-year +3 0 -1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 5,721 6,276 5,438
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.24% 6.23% 6.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.18% 7.20% 7.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,341 3,860 3,154
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.66%
10th Percentile £250 £225 £240
90th Percentile £638 £628 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.75% - +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 214 272 213
UK median hourly rate £23.25 £20.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.41% +2.50% -
10th Percentile £12.00 £10.33 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.68 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.40 £18.52 £19.50
% change year-on-year +20.95% -5.03% -2.50%

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 79,662 87,125 77,080
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.93% 86.46% 85.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,486 57,482 50,536
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £304 £298 £275
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +4.17% +5.00% +1.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,138 2,306 2,079
UK median hourly rate £24.50 £22.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.36% -12.00% -
10th Percentile £11.62 £11.17 £11.47
90th Percentile £51.30 £50.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.06 £20.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year +15.31% -20.38% -5.93%

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 24 May 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 24 May 2019.

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 24 May 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 5,187 £450 +2.27% 687
UK excluding London +2 3,261 £415 +3.75% 493
London -7 2,329 £500 - 236
South East -4 948 £431 +7.81% 122
North of England 0 681 £425 +6.25% 119
Midlands +6 462 £400 +5.96% 69
South West +14 441 £416 +4.06% 73
Scotland +10 314 £375 -3.85% 29
West Midlands +7 309 £413 +3.77% 41
North West +3 299 £413 +8.55% 62
East of England -1 291 £423 -0.59% 69
Yorkshire +7 282 £425 - 49
East Midlands +4 147 £375 +3.81% 28
North East -2 102 £406 +1.56% 8
Wales -1 90 £425 +6.92% 10
Northern Ireland +8 39 £388 -10.03% 2

For the 6 months to 24 May 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 2,200 (38.45%) Agile Software Development
2 2,057 (35.96%) Analytical Skills
3 1,252 (21.88%) Finance
4 1,095 (19.14%) SQL
5 942 (16.47%) Java
6 926 (16.19%) Microsoft
7 909 (15.89%) Windows
8 744 (13.00%) Scrum
9 698 (12.20%) Degree
10 697 (12.18%) Linux
11 617 (10.78%) DevOps
12 615 (10.75%) JavaScript
13 604 (10.56%) Project Management
14 574 (10.03%) Test Automation
15 561 (9.81%) JIRA
16 554 (9.68%) Microsoft Azure
17 535 (9.35%) Git (software)
18 533 (9.32%) Oracle
19 530 (9.26%) Python
20 495 (8.65%) Security Cleared
21 487 (8.51%) Amazon AWS
22 486 (8.50%) HTML
23 466 (8.15%) SQL Server
24 461 (8.06%) Stakeholder Management
25 459 (8.02%) Analytics
26 454 (7.94%) Active Directory
27 430 (7.52%) CSS
28 426 (7.45%) Jenkins
29 425 (7.43%) TDD
30 423 (7.39%) Banking

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
1 297 (5.19%) Confluence
2 155 (2.71%) SharePoint
3 130 (2.27%) Apache Spark
4 98 (1.71%) WebSphere
5 97 (1.70%) CMS
6 86 (1.50%) WebLogic
7 76 (1.33%) Apache
8 71 (1.24%) MS Exchange
9 68 (1.19%) JBoss
9 68 (1.19%) SAS
10 66 (1.15%) IIS
11 61 (1.07%) Tomcat
12 57 (1.00%) Skype for Business
13 41 (0.72%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 36 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
15 32 (0.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 32 (0.56%) WebSphere Application Server
16 29 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
17 27 (0.47%) Drupal
18 23 (0.40%) nginx
Applications
1 346 (6.05%) Microsoft Office
2 324 (5.66%) Microsoft Excel
3 130 (2.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 96 (1.68%) MS Visio
5 63 (1.10%) Microsoft Project
6 38 (0.66%) Spreadsheet
7 33 (0.58%) Sketch
8 30 (0.52%) InVision
9 23 (0.40%) Photoshop
10 11 (0.19%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 11 (0.19%) AutoCAD
11 9 (0.16%) Chatbot
11 9 (0.16%) Simulink
12 8 (0.14%) CATIA
12 8 (0.14%) Pro/ENGINEER
12 8 (0.14%) PTC Creo
12 8 (0.14%) Zeplin
13 6 (0.10%) Fireworks
14 5 (0.087%) Maya
15 4 (0.070%) Adobe Illustrator
Business Applications
1 66 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 47 (0.82%) Workday HCM
3 23 (0.40%) Magento
4 21 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
5 16 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
5 16 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
6 14 (0.24%) NetSuite
6 14 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
6 14 (0.24%) SAP ERP
6 14 (0.24%) SAP S/4HANA
7 12 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
8 11 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 10 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
9 10 (0.17%) SAP HR
10 9 (0.16%) Infor M3
11 8 (0.14%) BASE24
11 8 (0.14%) Maximo
12 7 (0.12%) SAP IS-U
13 6 (0.10%) BusinessWorks
13 6 (0.10%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 554 (9.68%) Microsoft Azure
2 487 (8.51%) Amazon AWS
3 282 (4.93%) Office 365
4 153 (2.67%) Power Platform
5 138 (2.41%) Google Cloud Platform
6 100 (1.75%) GitHub
7 98 (1.71%) SaaS
8 88 (1.54%) PaaS
9 86 (1.50%) Serverless
10 75 (1.31%) Cloud Computing
11 70 (1.22%) IaaS
12 57 (1.00%) Google Analytics
13 54 (0.94%) Azure Active Directory
14 52 (0.91%) Amazon S3
15 50 (0.87%) Dynamics 365
16 43 (0.75%) AWS CloudFormation
17 39 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
17 39 (0.68%) OpenShift
18 38 (0.66%) Amazon EC2
19 30 (0.52%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 219 (3.83%) Firewall
2 168 (2.94%) DNS
3 140 (2.45%) HTTP
4 133 (2.32%) TCP/IP
5 110 (1.92%) VPN
6 109 (1.91%) Internet
6 109 (1.91%) WAN
7 105 (1.84%) DHCP
8 99 (1.73%) LAN
9 76 (1.33%) SSL
10 68 (1.19%) Wireless
11 64 (1.12%) Skype
12 49 (0.86%) SAN
13 45 (0.79%) FTP
14 44 (0.77%) Network Security
15 39 (0.68%) IPsec
16 33 (0.58%) BGP
16 33 (0.58%) VLAN
16 33 (0.58%) VoIP
17 31 (0.54%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 466 (8.15%) SQL Server
2 248 (4.33%) Relational Database
3 214 (3.74%) Big Data
4 193 (3.37%) NoSQL
5 189 (3.30%) Data Warehouse
6 165 (2.88%) MySQL
7 160 (2.80%) MongoDB
8 148 (2.59%) Power BI
9 144 (2.52%) Hadoop
10 139 (2.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 134 (2.34%) Oracle Database
12 108 (1.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 105 (1.84%) PostgreSQL
14 81 (1.42%) DB2
15 73 (1.28%) RDBMS
16 63 (1.10%) Apache Cassandra
17 56 (0.98%) Apache Hive
18 53 (0.93%) Data Lake
19 49 (0.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
20 48 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 561 (9.81%) JIRA
2 535 (9.35%) Git (software)
3 426 (7.45%) Jenkins
4 181 (3.16%) Selenium
5 161 (2.81%) JUnit
6 137 (2.39%) Subversion
7 131 (2.29%) Maven
8 118 (2.06%) Cucumber
9 108 (1.89%) Visual Studio Team System
10 105 (1.84%) Visual Studio
11 97 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
12 76 (1.33%) TeamCity
13 75 (1.31%) Bitbucket
14 56 (0.98%) Grunt
15 54 (0.94%) gulp
15 54 (0.94%) Mockito
16 53 (0.93%) Ant
17 49 (0.86%) Eclipse
17 49 (0.86%) SoapUI
18 48 (0.84%) SpecFlow
General
1 1,252 (21.88%) Finance
2 423 (7.39%) Banking
3 211 (3.69%) Retail
4 188 (3.29%) Marketing
5 183 (3.20%) Telecoms
6 139 (2.43%) Legal
7 111 (1.94%) Investment Banking
8 91 (1.59%) Manufacturing
9 88 (1.54%) Front Office
10 79 (1.38%) Games
11 77 (1.35%) Financial Institution
12 60 (1.05%) Back Office
13 50 (0.87%) Pharmaceutical
14 49 (0.86%) Electronics
15 46 (0.80%) Law
16 43 (0.75%) Advertising
17 40 (0.70%) Retail Banking
18 32 (0.56%) Publishing
19 28 (0.49%) Aerospace
20 23 (0.40%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 1,245 (21.76%) Developer
2 887 (15.50%) Analyst
3 346 (6.05%) Architect
4 330 (5.77%) Business Analyst
5 260 (4.54%) Consultant
6 242 (4.23%) Project Manager
7 217 (3.79%) Java Developer
8 178 (3.11%) DevOps Engineer
9 159 (2.78%) Senior Developer
10 146 (2.55%) Support Engineer
11 143 (2.50%) Designer
12 131 (2.29%) Software Engineer
13 116 (2.03%) Data Analyst
14 115 (2.01%) Administrator
15 111 (1.94%) IT Support
16 110 (1.92%) .NET Developer
17 107 (1.87%) C# Developer
18 105 (1.84%) User Researcher
19 104 (1.82%) Solutions Architect
20 101 (1.77%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 486 (8.50%) HTML
2 430 (7.52%) CSS
3 388 (6.78%) .NET
4 296 (5.17%) Web Services
5 273 (4.77%) Spring
6 267 (4.67%) REST
7 245 (4.28%) XML
8 241 (4.21%) AngularJS
9 215 (3.76%) RESTful
10 199 (3.48%) HTML5
11 188 (3.29%) JSON
12 167 (2.92%) React
13 164 (2.87%) Node.js
14 162 (2.83%) SOAP
15 135 (2.36%) jQuery
16 134 (2.34%) Middleware
17 126 (2.20%) Kafka
18 112 (1.96%) J2EE
19 97 (1.70%) CSS3
20 91 (1.59%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 2,057 (35.96%) Analytical Skills
2 421 (7.36%) User Experience
3 388 (6.78%) Self-Motivation
4 230 (4.02%) Management Information System
5 157 (2.74%) Algorithms
6 136 (2.38%) Data Structures
7 133 (2.32%) Data Centre
8 101 (1.77%) Mobile App
9 97 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
10 74 (1.29%) Fintech
11 73 (1.28%) Virtual Team
12 65 (1.14%) Clustering
13 64 (1.12%) Mainframe
14 55 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
15 51 (0.89%) Hedge funds
16 49 (0.86%) Linux Command Line
17 47 (0.82%) Derivative
18 44 (0.77%) NHS
19 43 (0.75%) PKI
20 42 (0.73%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 909 (15.89%) Windows
2 697 (12.18%) Linux
3 365 (6.38%) Unix
4 305 (5.33%) Windows Server
5 241 (4.21%) Windows 10
6 165 (2.88%) Android
7 149 (2.60%) Windows 7
8 130 (2.27%) Windows Server 2008
9 112 (1.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 109 (1.91%) Windows Server 2012
11 88 (1.54%) Apple iOS
12 46 (0.80%) Solaris
13 45 (0.79%) Mac OS X
14 42 (0.73%) CentOS
15 38 (0.66%) Ubuntu
16 36 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
17 32 (0.56%) Windows 8
18 19 (0.33%) Windows XP
19 16 (0.28%) AIX
20 8 (0.14%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,200 (38.45%) Agile Software Development
2 744 (13.00%) Scrum
3 617 (10.78%) DevOps
4 604 (10.56%) Project Management
5 574 (10.03%) Test Automation
6 461 (8.06%) Stakeholder Management
7 459 (8.02%) Analytics
8 425 (7.43%) TDD
9 420 (7.34%) ITIL
10 418 (7.31%) Software Engineering
11 395 (6.90%) Continuous Integration
12 385 (6.73%) SDLC
13 374 (6.54%) Computer Science
14 371 (6.48%) Migration
15 357 (6.24%) Decision-Making
16 347 (6.07%) Continuous Improvement
17 323 (5.65%) Business Intelligence
18 316 (5.52%) Configuration Management
19 310 (5.42%) Time Management
20 279 (4.88%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 1,095 (19.14%) SQL
2 942 (16.47%) Java
3 615 (10.75%) JavaScript
4 530 (9.26%) Python
5 416 (7.27%) C#
6 216 (3.78%) C
7 213 (3.72%) C++
8 197 (3.44%) PowerShell
9 189 (3.30%) Scala
10 147 (2.57%) Ruby
11 127 (2.22%) Perl
12 120 (2.10%) T-SQL
13 117 (2.05%) PL/SQL
14 105 (1.84%) Bash Shell
14 105 (1.84%) R
15 99 (1.73%) Java 8
16 98 (1.71%) TypeScript
17 83 (1.45%) Shell Script
18 82 (1.43%) PHP
19 64 (1.12%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 698 (12.20%) Degree
2 495 (8.65%) Security Cleared
3 346 (6.05%) SC Cleared
4 137 (2.39%) Computer Science Degree
5 125 (2.18%) Cisco Certification
6 113 (1.98%) Microsoft Certification
7 100 (1.75%) DV Cleared
8 94 (1.64%) MCSE
9 80 (1.40%) CCNA
10 68 (1.19%) BPSS Clearance
11 63 (1.10%) MCSA
12 51 (0.89%) CCNP
13 50 (0.87%) PMI Certification
14 49 (0.86%) ITIL Certification
15 48 (0.84%) CISSP
16 45 (0.79%) ISTQB
17 44 (0.77%) Master's Degree
18 36 (0.63%) ISEB
18 36 (0.63%) PhD
19 28 (0.49%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 275 (4.81%) QA
2 141 (2.46%) SLA
3 132 (2.31%) Data Quality
4 101 (1.77%) PMO
5 61 (1.07%) GDPR
6 38 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 25 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 17 (0.30%) PCI DSS
9 16 (0.28%) Disclosure Scotland
10 13 (0.23%) COBIT
10 13 (0.23%) DO-178B
11 12 (0.21%) MiFID
11 12 (0.21%) MISRA
11 12 (0.21%) MISRA C
12 11 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 10 (0.17%) JSP 440
14 9 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
14 9 (0.16%) GxP
14 9 (0.16%) HL7
15 8 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 454 (7.94%) Active Directory
2 319 (5.58%) Docker
3 164 (2.87%) VMware Infrastructure
4 63 (1.10%) Hyper-V
5 54 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
6 47 (0.82%) Virtual Machines
7 45 (0.79%) XenApp
8 42 (0.73%) vSphere
9 28 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
10 22 (0.38%) HDFS
11 19 (0.33%) Apache Flume
12 17 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
13 15 (0.26%) Firmware
13 15 (0.26%) XenDesktop
14 12 (0.21%) Oracle RAC
15 11 (0.19%) Time Sharing Option
16 10 (0.17%) NFS
16 10 (0.17%) Terminal Services
17 9 (0.16%) BitLocker
17 9 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 217 (3.79%) Ansible
2 172 (3.01%) SCCM
3 141 (2.46%) Puppet
4 140 (2.45%) Terraform
5 138 (2.41%) Kubernetes
6 117 (2.05%) Opscode Chef
7 37 (0.65%) vCenter Server
8 35 (0.61%) SCOM
8 35 (0.61%) Single Sign-On
9 34 (0.59%) Kibana
9 34 (0.59%) ZABBIX
10 33 (0.58%) Grafana
11 29 (0.51%) Microsoft Intune
12 24 (0.42%) Docker Swarm
13 23 (0.40%) Control-M
13 23 (0.40%) PowerCLI
14 22 (0.38%) Nagios
15 17 (0.30%) WSUS
16 16 (0.28%) NetBackup
16 16 (0.28%) PTC Integrity
Vendors
1 926 (16.19%) Microsoft
2 533 (9.32%) Oracle
3 263 (4.60%) VMware
4 243 (4.25%) SAP
5 220 (3.85%) Google
6 193 (3.37%) Cisco
7 187 (3.27%) IBM
8 147 (2.57%) Red Hat
9 123 (2.15%) Citrix
10 116 (2.03%) Adobe
11 112 (1.96%) Tableau
12 111 (1.94%) HP
13 84 (1.47%) Atlassian
14 76 (1.33%) Splunk
15 71 (1.24%) Workday
16 68 (1.19%) ServiceNow
17 67 (1.17%) Apple
17 67 (1.17%) Salesforce.com
18 54 (0.94%) EMC
19 51 (0.89%) NetApp