Period
to 9 April 2020

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 9 April 2020 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
9 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 28 32 34
Rank change year-on-year +4 +2 -4
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 3,736 6,106 6,177
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.17% 6.31% 6.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.26% 7.22% 7.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,129 3,618 3,801
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £193 £250 £225
90th Percentile £625 £630 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 272 222 281
Median hourly rate £29.00 £24.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.83% +4.35% +24.32%
10th Percentile £14.28 £11.64 £10.50
90th Percentile £53.68 £50.00 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.50 £22.40 £22.50
% change year-on-year +13.84% -0.44% +25.00%

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 51,494 84,561 87,538
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.01% 87.35% 86.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,703 56,035 57,914
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.53%
10th Percentile £285 £300 £288
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +2.33% +3.61% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,854 2,130 2,204
Median hourly rate £25.68 £25.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.72% +11.11% -10.00%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.85 £11.31
90th Percentile £53.75 £51.25 £50.25
Median hourly rate £22.50 £23.50 £21.90
% change year-on-year -4.26% +7.33% -12.42%

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 9 April 2020.

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 9 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Top 19 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 9 April 2020. 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 +4 3,321 £450 - 1,309
UK excluding London +3 2,151 £425 +2.41% 1,031
London +2 1,444 £488 -2.50% 375
South East +7 666 £438 +2.94% 242
North of England +9 536 £425 - 260
North West +10 289 £400 -3.03% 130
Midlands -1 249 £425 +4.94% 171
Scotland 0 243 £406 +8.33% 48
South West -21 208 £425 - 123
East of England -6 206 £450 +8.11% 138
Yorkshire +2 175 £438 +2.94% 73
West Midlands +1 172 £433 +4.22% 102
Work from Home +20 134 £500 +21.21% 69
East Midlands -4 77 £425 +6.25% 69
North East -5 76 £405 -10.00% 57
Wales -12 30 £413 +10.00% 46
Northern Ireland -5 15 £363 -9.38% 4
Channel Islands - 1 - - 1
Isle of Man - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 9 April 2020, 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 1,515 (40.55%) Analytical Skills
2 1,255 (33.59%) Agile Software Development
3 801 (21.44%) Finance
4 739 (19.78%) Microsoft
5 677 (18.12%) Windows
6 614 (16.43%) SQL
7 497 (13.30%) Java
8 471 (12.61%) Degree
9 435 (11.64%) Security Cleared
10 417 (11.16%) Azure
11 384 (10.28%) Scrum
12 380 (10.17%) Active Directory
13 366 (9.80%) ITIL
14 363 (9.72%) Microsoft Office
15 356 (9.53%) Stakeholder Management
16 355 (9.50%) Linux
17 350 (9.37%) Project Management
18 344 (9.21%) Python
19 341 (9.13%) SC Cleared
20 333 (8.91%) JavaScript
21 320 (8.57%) Office 365
22 319 (8.54%) Decision-Making
23 313 (8.38%) AWS
23 313 (8.38%) Migration
24 308 (8.24%) JIRA
25 305 (8.16%) Oracle
26 303 (8.11%) SQL Server
27 301 (8.06%) Test Automation
28 293 (7.84%) Microsoft Excel
29 270 (7.23%) Public Sector

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
1 155 (4.15%) SharePoint
2 128 (3.43%) Confluence
3 99 (2.65%) MS Exchange
4 58 (1.55%) IIS
5 52 (1.39%) Apache Spark
6 50 (1.34%) Exchange Server 2007
7 38 (1.02%) WebSphere
8 37 (0.99%) CMS
9 34 (0.91%) WebLogic
10 32 (0.86%) Skype for Business
10 32 (0.86%) Tomcat
11 30 (0.80%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 29 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2013
13 28 (0.75%) Apache
14 27 (0.72%) SAS
15 26 (0.70%) Exchange Server 2003
16 23 (0.62%) Adobe Experience Manager
17 20 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
17 20 (0.54%) JBoss
18 17 (0.46%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 363 (9.72%) Microsoft Office
2 293 (7.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 138 (3.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 109 (2.92%) MS Visio
5 86 (2.30%) Microsoft Project
6 38 (1.02%) Sketch
7 29 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
8 25 (0.67%) Acrobat
9 21 (0.56%) Photoshop
10 15 (0.40%) InVision
11 9 (0.24%) OmniGraffle
12 5 (0.13%) Simulink
12 5 (0.13%) SPSS
12 5 (0.13%) Zeplin
13 4 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
13 4 (0.11%) Adobe XD
13 4 (0.11%) AutoCAD
13 4 (0.11%) Figma
13 4 (0.11%) Windchill
14 3 (0.080%) Stata
Business Applications
1 58 (1.55%) Remedy ITSM
2 27 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 27 (0.72%) Magento
3 20 (0.54%) assyst
4 16 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
4 16 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
5 15 (0.40%) BusinessWorks
6 14 (0.37%) Shopify
7 12 (0.32%) SAP S/4HANA
8 11 (0.29%) NetSuite
9 10 (0.27%) Teamcenter
10 9 (0.24%) SAP ERP
11 8 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
11 8 (0.21%) Oracle Financials
11 8 (0.21%) SAP CRM
12 7 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
12 7 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
13 6 (0.16%) Elite 3E
13 6 (0.16%) Oracle Receivables
13 6 (0.16%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 417 (11.16%) Azure
2 320 (8.57%) Office 365
3 313 (8.38%) AWS
4 108 (2.89%) Power Platform
5 79 (2.11%) GCP
6 57 (1.53%) PaaS
7 52 (1.39%) SaaS
8 50 (1.34%) GitHub
9 44 (1.18%) IaaS
10 41 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
11 37 (0.99%) Azure Active Directory
11 37 (0.99%) OneDrive
12 34 (0.91%) Dynamics 365
13 29 (0.78%) G Suite
14 26 (0.70%) Heroku
15 25 (0.67%) Serverless
16 20 (0.54%) Google Analytics
17 19 (0.51%) Boomi
18 18 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
19 16 (0.43%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 145 (3.88%) Firewall
2 125 (3.35%) DNS
3 110 (2.94%) TCP/IP
4 106 (2.84%) WAN
5 102 (2.73%) HTTP
6 92 (2.46%) DHCP
7 91 (2.44%) LAN
8 82 (2.19%) VPN
9 81 (2.17%) Internet
10 78 (2.09%) Wireless
11 69 (1.85%) Wi-Fi
12 61 (1.63%) Skype
13 49 (1.31%) Remote Desktop
14 44 (1.18%) IPv6
14 44 (1.18%) Wireshark
15 38 (1.02%) Network Security
16 36 (0.96%) SNMP
17 35 (0.94%) IPv4
17 35 (0.94%) Radio Access Network
18 34 (0.91%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 303 (8.11%) SQL Server
2 154 (4.12%) Relational Database
3 101 (2.70%) Power BI
4 94 (2.52%) Data Warehouse
5 88 (2.36%) MySQL
6 87 (2.33%) Big Data
7 80 (2.14%) NoSQL
8 73 (1.95%) Oracle Database
9 71 (1.90%) MongoDB
10 66 (1.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 59 (1.58%) Hadoop
11 59 (1.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 51 (1.37%) PostgreSQL
13 49 (1.31%) RDBMS
14 32 (0.86%) DB2
15 31 (0.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 30 (0.80%) Apache Hive
16 30 (0.80%) Oracle Database 12c
16 30 (0.80%) SQL Server 2012
17 28 (0.75%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 308 (8.24%) JIRA
2 230 (6.16%) Git (software)
3 182 (4.87%) Jenkins
4 90 (2.41%) Selenium
5 74 (1.98%) Cucumber
6 46 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
7 42 (1.12%) Eclipse
8 40 (1.07%) Octopus Deploy
9 38 (1.02%) webpack
10 37 (0.99%) JUnit
11 36 (0.96%) Postman
12 35 (0.94%) Visual Studio
13 34 (0.91%) Bitbucket
14 33 (0.88%) Subversion
15 28 (0.75%) TeamCity
16 27 (0.72%) SpecFlow
17 26 (0.70%) JMeter
18 25 (0.67%) SoapUI
19 24 (0.64%) Jasmine
20 23 (0.62%) WebDriver
General
1 801 (21.44%) Finance
2 270 (7.23%) Public Sector
3 246 (6.58%) Banking
4 130 (3.48%) Telecoms
5 105 (2.81%) Marketing
6 94 (2.52%) Retail
7 76 (2.03%) Manufacturing
8 75 (2.01%) Front Office
9 70 (1.87%) Legal
10 60 (1.61%) Games
11 54 (1.45%) Investment Banking
12 42 (1.12%) Pharmaceutical
13 36 (0.96%) Law
14 33 (0.88%) Electronics
15 23 (0.62%) Publishing
16 22 (0.59%) Aerospace
17 21 (0.56%) Financial Institution
17 21 (0.56%) Local Government
18 20 (0.54%) Back Office
19 18 (0.48%) German Language
Job Titles
1 749 (20.05%) Developer
2 608 (16.27%) Analyst
3 234 (6.26%) Architect
4 210 (5.62%) Business Analyst
5 162 (4.34%) Consultant
6 159 (4.26%) Project Manager
7 137 (3.67%) Support Engineer
8 123 (3.29%) Designer
9 106 (2.84%) Java Developer
10 104 (2.78%) Senior Developer
11 94 (2.52%) Solutions Architect
12 84 (2.25%) React Developer
13 76 (2.03%) Service Analyst
14 74 (1.98%) Desktop Support
15 68 (1.82%) .NET Developer
16 65 (1.74%) Data Analyst
17 63 (1.69%) Support Analyst
18 62 (1.66%) Administrator
19 61 (1.63%) Service Desk Analyst
20 59 (1.58%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 261 (6.99%) HTML
2 256 (6.85%) CSS
3 236 (6.32%) .NET
4 196 (5.25%) Web Services
5 162 (4.34%) REST
6 147 (3.93%) XML
7 134 (3.59%) AngularJS
8 130 (3.48%) React
9 124 (3.32%) SOAP
10 122 (3.27%) Node.js
11 120 (3.21%) JSON
12 118 (3.16%) RESTful
13 104 (2.78%) Spring
14 95 (2.54%) HTML5
15 65 (1.74%) Middleware
16 57 (1.53%) Sass
17 53 (1.42%) .NET Framework
17 53 (1.42%) CSS3
18 52 (1.39%) Kafka
19 51 (1.37%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 1,515 (40.55%) Analytical Skills
2 259 (6.93%) User Experience
3 244 (6.53%) Self-Motivation
4 185 (4.95%) Management Information System
5 107 (2.86%) Data Centre
6 104 (2.78%) Algorithms
7 100 (2.68%) Data Structures
8 64 (1.71%) Mobile App
9 46 (1.23%) Virtual Team
10 42 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
11 41 (1.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 41 (1.10%) W3C
12 40 (1.07%) Greenfield Project
12 40 (1.07%) NHS
13 32 (0.86%) Driving Licence
13 32 (0.86%) Social Media
14 30 (0.80%) Blackberry
15 29 (0.78%) Device Driver
16 26 (0.70%) Derivative
17 24 (0.64%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 677 (18.12%) Windows
2 355 (9.50%) Linux
3 236 (6.32%) Windows 10
4 232 (6.21%) Windows Server
5 145 (3.88%) Windows 7
6 140 (3.75%) Unix
7 83 (2.22%) Windows Server 2008
8 77 (2.06%) Android
9 74 (1.98%) Apple iOS
10 73 (1.95%) Windows Server 2012
11 42 (1.12%) Windows Server 2016
12 41 (1.10%) Mac OS X
12 41 (1.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 40 (1.07%) Windows XP
14 36 (0.96%) Windows Server 2003
15 32 (0.86%) Windows Vista
16 27 (0.72%) Windows 2000
17 20 (0.54%) Solaris
18 17 (0.46%) Mac OS
18 17 (0.46%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,255 (33.59%) Agile Software Development
2 384 (10.28%) Scrum
3 366 (9.80%) ITIL
4 356 (9.53%) Stakeholder Management
5 350 (9.37%) Project Management
6 319 (8.54%) Decision-Making
7 313 (8.38%) Migration
8 301 (8.06%) Test Automation
9 249 (6.66%) Business Intelligence
9 249 (6.66%) Continuous Integration
10 238 (6.37%) DevOps
11 230 (6.16%) Continuous Improvement
12 220 (5.89%) SDLC
13 215 (5.75%) Analytics
14 203 (5.43%) Computer Science
15 199 (5.33%) TDD
16 198 (5.30%) Project Delivery
17 197 (5.27%) Change Management
18 168 (4.50%) User Stories
19 163 (4.36%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 614 (16.43%) SQL
2 497 (13.30%) Java
3 344 (9.21%) Python
4 333 (8.91%) JavaScript
5 259 (6.93%) C#
6 183 (4.90%) PowerShell
7 156 (4.18%) C
8 88 (2.36%) Scala
9 82 (2.19%) PL/SQL
10 81 (2.17%) Perl
11 79 (2.11%) Shell Script
12 67 (1.79%) TypeScript
13 64 (1.71%) C++
14 61 (1.63%) Java 8
14 61 (1.63%) PHP
15 58 (1.55%) Ruby
16 51 (1.37%) Bash Shell
17 50 (1.34%) ES6
17 50 (1.34%) T-SQL
18 39 (1.04%) VBA
Qualifications
1 471 (12.61%) Degree
2 435 (11.64%) Security Cleared
3 341 (9.13%) SC Cleared
4 74 (1.98%) Cisco Certification
4 74 (1.98%) Microsoft Certification
5 55 (1.47%) Computer Science Degree
6 51 (1.37%) CISSP
7 48 (1.28%) ISTQB
8 45 (1.20%) DV Cleared
9 44 (1.18%) MCSE
10 43 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
10 43 (1.15%) ISEB
10 43 (1.15%) PMI Certification
11 41 (1.10%) CCNA
12 35 (0.94%) CCNP
13 31 (0.83%) MCP
14 28 (0.75%) Master's Degree
15 26 (0.70%) PMP
16 25 (0.67%) Numerate Degree
17 24 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 183 (4.90%) QA
2 127 (3.40%) SLA
3 64 (1.71%) PMO
4 54 (1.45%) GDPR
5 45 (1.20%) Data Quality
6 36 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 27 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 25 (0.67%) PCI DSS
9 24 (0.64%) NIST
10 14 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 11 (0.29%) COBIT
11 11 (0.29%) WCAG
12 10 (0.27%) JSP 440
12 10 (0.27%) NCSC
13 7 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 6 (0.16%) EMIR
14 6 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 6 (0.16%) MiFID
14 6 (0.16%) P3O
14 6 (0.16%) RMADS
System Software
1 380 (10.17%) Active Directory
2 135 (3.61%) Docker
3 116 (3.10%) VMware Infrastructure
4 32 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
5 27 (0.72%) vSphere
6 21 (0.56%) Hyper-V
7 20 (0.54%) Oracle RAC
7 20 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
8 17 (0.46%) HDFS
8 17 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
8 17 (0.46%) XenApp
9 10 (0.27%) NFS
10 9 (0.24%) VMware NSX
10 9 (0.24%) XenDesktop
11 7 (0.19%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 7 (0.19%) vCloud
12 6 (0.16%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 6 (0.16%) RACF
13 5 (0.13%) Squid
13 5 (0.13%) UAG
Systems Management
1 122 (3.27%) SCCM
2 90 (2.41%) Kubernetes
3 83 (2.22%) Terraform
4 72 (1.93%) Ansible
5 39 (1.04%) Puppet
6 32 (0.86%) Netcool
7 31 (0.83%) Netcool/OMNIbus
8 27 (0.72%) Microsoft Intune
8 27 (0.72%) ServiceCenter
9 25 (0.67%) Rancher
9 25 (0.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 24 (0.64%) Amdocs OSS
10 24 (0.64%) SCOM
11 23 (0.62%) Data Guard
11 23 (0.62%) Kibana
12 21 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
13 20 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
14 19 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
15 18 (0.48%) Oracle RMAN
16 16 (0.43%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 739 (19.78%) Microsoft
2 305 (8.16%) Oracle
3 191 (5.11%) VMware
4 153 (4.10%) SAP
5 141 (3.77%) Cisco
6 118 (3.16%) Google
7 109 (2.92%) HP
8 104 (2.78%) ServiceNow
9 94 (2.52%) IBM
10 89 (2.38%) Remedy
11 85 (2.28%) Citrix
11 85 (2.28%) Salesforce.com
12 75 (2.01%) Adobe
13 63 (1.69%) Apple
14 52 (1.39%) Dell
15 51 (1.37%) Tableau
16 45 (1.20%) Red Hat
17 42 (1.12%) Splunk
18 34 (0.91%) Atlassian
19 31 (0.83%) Huawei