Period
to 23 September 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
23 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 23 23 37
Rank change year-on-year 0 +14 -7
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 82 278 270
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.63% 6.71% 5.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.74% 7.84% 6.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 168 139
Median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% - -
10th Percentile £158 £149 £169
90th Percentile £527 £552 £523
England median daily rate £450 £450 £445
% change year-on-year - +1.12% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 15
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £14.11
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +13.39% -37.54%
10th Percentile £16.00 £12.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £18.00 £29.78 £19.33
England median hourly rate £34.13 £22.40 £23.88
% change year-on-year +52.34% -6.20% -4.48%

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,059 3,544 4,268
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 85.68% 85.48% 84.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 668 2,303 2,542
Median daily rate £425 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £246 £256 £265
90th Percentile £588 £588 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £465
% change year-on-year - +2.15% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 123 199
Median hourly rate £22.95 £19.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.69% +30.00% -33.33%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.96
90th Percentile £46.40 £46.88 £35.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +40.00% +19.05% -10.12%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the West Midlands

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the West Midlands

Problem-Solving
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 23 September 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the West Midlands

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in the West Midlands.

Hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the West Midlands

Problem-Solving
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 6 months to 23 September 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
Birmingham +17 27 £463 +8.82% 27
Shropshire 0 19 £441 +151.71% 7
Warwickshire -4 12 £339 -5.24% 9
Coventry -3 7 £381 -19.74% 4
Staffordshire +9 4 £375 +17.65% 11
Herefordshire -7 3 £475 +90.00%
Solihull +2 2 £475 +5.56% 4
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 27 (32.93%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (30.49%) Microsoft
3 24 (29.27%) SQL
4 22 (26.83%) Agile Software Development
5 15 (18.29%) Public Sector
6 14 (17.07%) Active Directory
7 13 (15.85%) Security Cleared
7 13 (15.85%) Azure
8 12 (14.63%) Business Analysis
8 12 (14.63%) Office 365
8 12 (14.63%) User Stories
9 11 (13.41%) QA
9 11 (13.41%) Windows
10 10 (12.20%) Business Intelligence
10 10 (12.20%) Management Information System
10 10 (12.20%) Information Security
11 9 (10.98%) PowerShell
11 9 (10.98%) SC Cleared
11 9 (10.98%) Migration
11 9 (10.98%) Data Modelling
11 9 (10.98%) Python
11 9 (10.98%) ITIL
11 9 (10.98%) Java
11 9 (10.98%) DevOps
12 8 (9.76%) JavaScript
12 8 (9.76%) C#
12 8 (9.76%) Disaster Recovery
12 8 (9.76%) Firewall
13 7 (8.54%) Configuration Management
13 7 (8.54%) Stakeholder Management

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 5 (6.10%) Skype for Business
2 4 (4.88%) WebLogic
3 3 (3.66%) Confluence
4 2 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (2.44%) IIS
4 2 (2.44%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 6 (7.32%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.66%) Maya
3 1 (1.22%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (6.10%) Sentinel
2 2 (2.44%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (2.44%) Sage 200
3 1 (1.22%) assyst
3 1 (1.22%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 13 (15.85%) Azure
2 12 (14.63%) Office 365
3 4 (4.88%) SaaS
4 3 (3.66%) PaaS
5 2 (2.44%) GitHub
5 2 (2.44%) IaaS
5 2 (2.44%) Power Platform
5 2 (2.44%) Serverless
6 1 (1.22%) AWS
6 1 (1.22%) Azure Functions
6 1 (1.22%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (1.22%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.76%) Firewall
2 6 (7.32%) Skype
3 5 (6.10%) Unified Communications
3 5 (6.10%) VoIP
4 4 (4.88%) CTI
4 4 (4.88%) H.323
4 4 (4.88%) PBX
5 3 (3.66%) DNS
6 2 (2.44%) Internet
6 2 (2.44%) VPN
6 2 (2.44%) Wi-Fi
6 2 (2.44%) Wireless
7 1 (1.22%) 3G
7 1 (1.22%) Broadband
7 1 (1.22%) DHCP
7 1 (1.22%) DMZ
7 1 (1.22%) Intranet
7 1 (1.22%) ISDN
7 1 (1.22%) Network Security
7 1 (1.22%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.32%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.66%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.44%) NoSQL
3 2 (2.44%) Power BI
3 2 (2.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.22%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (1.22%) Data Mining
4 1 (1.22%) DB2
4 1 (1.22%) MySQL
4 1 (1.22%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.22%) Pentaho
4 1 (1.22%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 3 (3.66%) Git (software)
1 3 (3.66%) JIRA
2 2 (2.44%) Jenkins
2 2 (2.44%) Maven
3 1 (1.22%) JIRA Agile
3 1 (1.22%) Visual Studio
General
1 15 (18.29%) Public Sector
2 6 (7.32%) Finance
2 6 (7.32%) Telecoms
3 5 (6.10%) Legal
4 4 (4.88%) Games
5 2 (2.44%) Advertising
5 2 (2.44%) Banking
5 2 (2.44%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.22%) Back Office
6 1 (1.22%) Electronics
6 1 (1.22%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.22%) Marketing
6 1 (1.22%) Retail
6 1 (1.22%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 22 (26.83%) Developer
2 21 (25.61%) Analyst
3 9 (10.98%) Business Analyst
4 7 (8.54%) Support Engineer
5 5 (6.10%) IT Analyst
5 5 (6.10%) Scala Developer
5 5 (6.10%) Security Analyst
6 4 (4.88%) Communications Support Engineer
6 4 (4.88%) Software Engineer
6 4 (4.88%) SQL Developer
6 4 (4.88%) Unified Communications Engineer
6 4 (4.88%) User Researcher
7 3 (3.66%) Animator
7 3 (3.66%) Business Intelligence Analyst
7 3 (3.66%) IT Operations Analyst
7 3 (3.66%) IT Security Analyst
7 3 (3.66%) Operations Analyst
7 3 (3.66%) Security Operations Analyst
7 3 (3.66%) Senior Developer
7 3 (3.66%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.54%) HTML
2 6 (7.32%) LDAP
3 5 (6.10%) CSS
3 5 (6.10%) Play Framework
4 4 (4.88%) J2EE
4 4 (4.88%) JSON
4 4 (4.88%) Web Services
4 4 (4.88%) XMPP
5 3 (3.66%) .NET
5 3 (3.66%) AngularJS
5 3 (3.66%) CSS3
5 3 (3.66%) HTML5
5 3 (3.66%) Node.js
6 2 (2.44%) Apache Camel
6 2 (2.44%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (2.44%) RESTful
6 2 (2.44%) Spring
6 2 (2.44%) Spring Boot
6 2 (2.44%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 1 (1.22%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 27 (32.93%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (12.20%) Management Information System
3 5 (6.10%) Animation
3 5 (6.10%) Cyberthreat
4 4 (4.88%) IVR
4 4 (4.88%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (3.66%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (2.44%) AS400
6 2 (2.44%) Data Centre
6 2 (2.44%) iSeries
7 1 (1.22%) Algorithms
7 1 (1.22%) CMDB
7 1 (1.22%) Data Structures
7 1 (1.22%) Derivative
7 1 (1.22%) Device Driver
7 1 (1.22%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (1.22%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.22%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 11 (13.41%) Windows
2 7 (8.54%) Linux
3 5 (6.10%) Unix
4 4 (4.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (3.66%) Windows 10
5 3 (3.66%) Windows Server
6 2 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (1.22%) Android
7 1 (1.22%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.22%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (26.83%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (14.63%) Business Analysis
2 12 (14.63%) User Stories
3 10 (12.20%) Business Intelligence
3 10 (12.20%) Information Security
4 9 (10.98%) Data Modelling
4 9 (10.98%) DevOps
4 9 (10.98%) ITIL
4 9 (10.98%) Migration
5 8 (9.76%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (8.54%) Configuration Management
6 7 (8.54%) Microservices
6 7 (8.54%) SDLC
6 7 (8.54%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (8.54%) Unit Testing
6 7 (8.54%) Workshop Facilitation
7 6 (7.32%) Integration Testing
7 6 (7.32%) Test Strategy
7 6 (7.32%) Threat Intelligence
7 6 (7.32%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 24 (29.27%) SQL
2 9 (10.98%) Java
2 9 (10.98%) PowerShell
2 9 (10.98%) Python
3 8 (9.76%) C#
3 8 (9.76%) JavaScript
4 5 (6.10%) Bash Shell
4 5 (6.10%) Scala
5 4 (4.88%) PL/SQL
5 4 (4.88%) Shell Script
5 4 (4.88%) VB
6 3 (3.66%) T-SQL
7 2 (2.44%) C
7 2 (2.44%) C++
7 2 (2.44%) Java 8
7 2 (2.44%) Perl
8 1 (1.22%) Apple Swift
8 1 (1.22%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 1 (1.22%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 13 (15.85%) Security Cleared
2 9 (10.98%) SC Cleared
3 6 (7.32%) CISSP
4 5 (6.10%) Degree
5 4 (4.88%) DV Cleared
6 3 (3.66%) GIAC
7 2 (2.44%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (2.44%) CCSA
7 2 (2.44%) CEH
7 2 (2.44%) Check Point Certification
8 1 (1.22%) CCNA
8 1 (1.22%) CCVP
8 1 (1.22%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (1.22%) Six Sigma Green Belt
8 1 (1.22%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (13.41%) QA
2 4 (4.88%) Data Quality
3 3 (3.66%) GDPR
4 1 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 1 (1.22%) NIST
System Software
1 14 (17.07%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (7.32%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (3.66%) Netcool
2 3 (3.66%) SCOM
2 3 (3.66%) Tivoli
3 2 (2.44%) Ansible
3 2 (2.44%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 2 (2.44%) SCCM
4 1 (1.22%) Grafana
4 1 (1.22%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 25 (30.49%) Microsoft
2 7 (8.54%) Oracle
3 5 (6.10%) Avaya
3 5 (6.10%) CheckPoint
3 5 (6.10%) Cisco
3 5 (6.10%) Qualys
3 5 (6.10%) Red Hat
4 4 (4.88%) BEA
4 4 (4.88%) Informatica
4 4 (4.88%) ServiceNow
4 4 (4.88%) webMethods
5 3 (3.66%) IBM
5 3 (3.66%) Meraki
6 2 (2.44%) Apple
6 2 (2.44%) EMC
6 2 (2.44%) Google
6 2 (2.44%) HP
6 2 (2.44%) Pega
6 2 (2.44%) Remedy
6 2 (2.44%) Sage