Period
to 13 December 2018

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 13 December 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 26 32 30
Rank change year-on-year +6 -2 -4
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 365 251 337
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 7.02% 5.11% 5.66%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.11% 6.09% 6.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 188 166 186
West Midlands median daily rate £414 £423 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.19% +12.80% +6.50%
10th Percentile £282 £263 £223
90th Percentile £538 £569 £526
England median daily rate £450 £427 £425
% change year-on-year +5.51% +0.35% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 18
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.06 £22.68 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.62% +68.00% -32.50%
10th Percentile £11.59 £14.80 £10.60
90th Percentile £93.50 £28.15 £22.95
England median hourly rate £30.00 £26.78 £16.00
% change year-on-year +12.04% +67.34% -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 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 4,501 4,119 5,033
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 86.61% 83.87% 84.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,775 2,646 3,015
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £269 £240 £250
90th Percentile £575 £548 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 149 144 150
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.86 £25.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.56% +38.89% -10.00%
10th Percentile £10.98 £11.37 £10.61
90th Percentile £43.75 £48.75 £40.03
England median hourly rate £22.00 £24.69 £22.84
% change year-on-year -10.88% +8.10% +3.80%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Problem-Solving in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the West Midlands

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the West Midlands

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the West Midlands

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 13 December 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
Shropshire +2 169 £430 -4.44% 22
Birmingham 0 66 £400 - 63
Coventry -13 43 £444 +10.94% 17
Warwickshire +6 27 £490 +18.79% 19
Herefordshire -2 20 £375 - 3
Solihull +5 10 £350 +233.33% 7
Staffordshire -20 3 £375 -3.23% 21
Wolverhampton 0 2 - - 2
Worcestershire -8 2 - - 24
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £350 -
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 13 December 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 205 (56.16%) Agile Software Development
2 120 (32.88%) Analytical Skills
3 82 (22.47%) Java
4 76 (20.82%) Security Cleared
5 73 (20.00%) Oracle
6 71 (19.45%) SQL
7 67 (18.36%) Windows
8 66 (18.08%) Unix
9 65 (17.81%) JIRA
10 64 (17.53%) Kanban
10 64 (17.53%) ITIL
10 64 (17.53%) DevOps
11 62 (16.99%) Test Automation
12 58 (15.89%) Scrum
13 56 (15.34%) Configuration Management
13 56 (15.34%) SC Cleared
13 56 (15.34%) Open Source
14 53 (14.52%) Amazon AWS
15 51 (13.97%) Docker
16 50 (13.70%) Linux
17 49 (13.42%) Degree
17 49 (13.42%) Puppet
18 47 (12.88%) Jenkins
18 47 (12.88%) Git (software)
19 46 (12.60%) ZABBIX
20 45 (12.33%) Middleware
21 44 (12.05%) Process Improvement
22 43 (11.78%) Confluence
23 41 (11.23%) SOA
24 39 (10.68%) PL/SQL

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 43 (11.78%) Confluence
2 24 (6.58%) WebLogic
3 21 (5.75%) Documentum
4 9 (2.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 9 (2.47%) SAS
5 5 (1.37%) JBoss
5 5 (1.37%) nginx
5 5 (1.37%) SharePoint
5 5 (1.37%) Skype for Business
6 4 (1.10%) Apache
7 3 (0.82%) IIS
7 3 (0.82%) WebSphere
7 3 (0.82%) WildFly
8 2 (0.55%) CMS
8 2 (0.55%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.27%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.27%) WordPress
Applications
1 29 (7.95%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (5.75%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (2.74%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (1.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.82%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.27%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 11 (3.01%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (1.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.37%) Teamcenter
3 4 (1.10%) SAP GRC
4 2 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.55%) Magento
4 2 (0.55%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.55%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (0.55%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 1 (0.27%) assyst
5 1 (0.27%) Sage 1000
5 1 (0.27%) Sage X3
5 1 (0.27%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.27%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 53 (14.52%) Amazon AWS
2 30 (8.22%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (6.03%) Cloud Computing
4 10 (2.74%) GitHub
5 5 (1.37%) Google Cloud Platform
5 5 (1.37%) Office 365
6 4 (1.10%) npm
6 4 (1.10%) SaaS
6 4 (1.10%) SuccessFactors
7 2 (0.55%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.27%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.27%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 39 (10.68%) Firewall
2 27 (7.40%) Wireless
3 23 (6.30%) WAN
4 19 (5.21%) Internet
5 13 (3.56%) Intrusion Detection
5 13 (3.56%) VLAN
6 12 (3.29%) VPN
7 8 (2.19%) BGP
7 8 (2.19%) HSRP
7 8 (2.19%) MPLS
7 8 (2.19%) OSPF
8 7 (1.92%) Intranet
9 5 (1.37%) DSL
9 5 (1.37%) TCP/IP
10 2 (0.55%) Cisco ASA
10 2 (0.55%) Cisco Nexus
10 2 (0.55%) DNS
10 2 (0.55%) LAN
10 2 (0.55%) SAN
10 2 (0.55%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (9.32%) SQL Server
2 18 (4.93%) Oracle Database
3 15 (4.11%) MySQL
4 14 (3.84%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (3.29%) BusinessObjects
5 12 (3.29%) PostgreSQL
6 5 (1.37%) Relational Database
7 4 (1.10%) Crystal Reports
7 4 (1.10%) MariaDB
7 4 (1.10%) Oracle Database 11g
7 4 (1.10%) Oracle Database 12c
7 4 (1.10%) SAP HANA
8 3 (0.82%) Base SAS
8 3 (0.82%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.82%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.82%) SAP Data Services
8 3 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 2 (0.55%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.55%) Power BI
9 2 (0.55%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 65 (17.81%) JIRA
2 47 (12.88%) Git (software)
2 47 (12.88%) Jenkins
3 37 (10.14%) Maven
4 30 (8.22%) Selenium
5 29 (7.95%) Sonatype Nexus
6 27 (7.40%) Subversion
7 23 (6.30%) Cucumber
8 19 (5.21%) SoapUI
9 18 (4.93%) GitLab
10 16 (4.38%) Bitbucket
11 15 (4.11%) WebDriver
12 11 (3.01%) JMeter
13 6 (1.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 6 (1.64%) SonarQube
14 5 (1.37%) JUnit
15 4 (1.10%) Babel
15 4 (1.10%) Mockito
15 4 (1.10%) webpack
16 3 (0.82%) CA Gen
General
1 33 (9.04%) Finance
2 15 (4.11%) Manufacturing
3 14 (3.84%) Military
4 13 (3.56%) Marketing
5 12 (3.29%) Retail
6 5 (1.37%) Aerospace
6 5 (1.37%) Automotive
6 5 (1.37%) Electronics
6 5 (1.37%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.10%) Legal
8 3 (0.82%) Banking
8 3 (0.82%) Digital Economy
9 1 (0.27%) Back Office
9 1 (0.27%) Billing
9 1 (0.27%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.27%) German Language
9 1 (0.27%) Publishing
9 1 (0.27%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.27%) Retail Finance
9 1 (0.27%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 55 (15.07%) Analyst
2 47 (12.88%) Developer
3 30 (8.22%) DevOps Engineer
4 26 (7.12%) Network Engineer
5 21 (5.75%) Project Manager
6 20 (5.48%) Support Engineer
7 19 (5.21%) Business Analyst
8 18 (4.93%) AWS DevOps
9 17 (4.66%) AWS DevOps Engineer
9 17 (4.66%) AWS Engineer
9 17 (4.66%) Systems Engineer
9 17 (4.66%) Tester
9 17 (4.66%) User Researcher
10 16 (4.38%) Senior Network Engineer
11 14 (3.84%) Java Developer
12 12 (3.29%) Software Engineer
12 12 (3.29%) Systems Support
12 12 (3.29%) Systems Support Engineer
13 11 (3.01%) Designer
13 11 (3.01%) Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (12.33%) Middleware
2 25 (6.85%) Spring
3 23 (6.30%) JSON
4 22 (6.03%) CSS
4 22 (6.03%) RESTful
5 20 (5.48%) J2EE
6 18 (4.93%) Web Services
7 17 (4.66%) HTML
7 17 (4.66%) REST
8 15 (4.11%) Apache Camel
9 14 (3.84%) Spring Boot
10 9 (2.47%) Gherkin
10 9 (2.47%) YAML
11 8 (2.19%) Elastic Stack
11 8 (2.19%) XML
12 7 (1.92%) .NET
12 7 (1.92%) AngularJS
13 6 (1.64%) Swagger
13 6 (1.64%) WireMock
14 4 (1.10%) Hystrix
Miscellaneous
1 120 (32.88%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (9.32%) Management Information System
3 21 (5.75%) Enterprise Software
3 21 (5.75%) User Experience
4 14 (3.84%) Self-Motivation
5 11 (3.01%) Data Centre
5 11 (3.01%) Mobile App
6 5 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
7 4 (1.10%) Data Structures
7 4 (1.10%) NHS
7 4 (1.10%) PKI
8 3 (0.82%) Analytical Mindset
8 3 (0.82%) Mainframe
8 3 (0.82%) Social Media
9 2 (0.55%) Blog
10 1 (0.27%) CCTV
10 1 (0.27%) CMDB
10 1 (0.27%) Credit Risk
10 1 (0.27%) e-Learning
10 1 (0.27%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 67 (18.36%) Windows
2 66 (18.08%) Unix
3 50 (13.70%) Linux
4 25 (6.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 13 (3.56%) Windows Server
6 4 (1.10%) Oracle Linux
6 4 (1.10%) VME
7 3 (0.82%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.82%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.55%) AIX
8 2 (0.55%) Android
8 2 (0.55%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.55%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.55%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.27%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.27%) Ubuntu
9 1 (0.27%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (0.27%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 205 (56.16%) Agile Software Development
2 64 (17.53%) DevOps
2 64 (17.53%) ITIL
2 64 (17.53%) Kanban
3 62 (16.99%) Test Automation
4 58 (15.89%) Scrum
5 56 (15.34%) Configuration Management
5 56 (15.34%) Open Source
6 44 (12.05%) Process Improvement
7 41 (11.23%) SOA
8 38 (10.41%) Test Strategy
9 36 (9.86%) Data Modelling
10 34 (9.32%) TDD
11 31 (8.49%) Stakeholder Management
12 30 (8.22%) Deployment Automation
12 30 (8.22%) OO
13 28 (7.67%) Analytics
13 28 (7.67%) Business Intelligence
13 28 (7.67%) Waterfall
14 27 (7.40%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 82 (22.47%) Java
2 71 (19.45%) SQL
3 39 (10.68%) PL/SQL
4 38 (10.41%) Perl
5 34 (9.32%) Python
6 31 (8.49%) Shell Script
7 18 (4.93%) JavaScript
8 9 (2.47%) Groovy
8 9 (2.47%) Scala
9 8 (2.19%) Ruby
10 7 (1.92%) C#
11 6 (1.64%) COBOL
12 4 (1.10%) C
12 4 (1.10%) PowerShell
12 4 (1.10%) XQuery
13 2 (0.55%) C++
13 2 (0.55%) Korn
13 2 (0.55%) R
14 1 (0.27%) Apple Swift
14 1 (0.27%) PHP
Qualifications
1 76 (20.82%) Security Cleared
2 56 (15.34%) SC Cleared
3 49 (13.42%) Degree
4 23 (6.30%) Cisco Certification
5 21 (5.75%) CCNP
6 18 (4.93%) DV Cleared
7 10 (2.74%) CCNA
7 10 (2.74%) Computer Science Degree
8 8 (2.19%) CISSP
8 8 (2.19%) ISEB
9 7 (1.92%) MCSE
9 7 (1.92%) Microsoft Certification
10 6 (1.64%) MCITP
11 5 (1.37%) APMP
11 5 (1.37%) CISMP
11 5 (1.37%) MCP
12 4 (1.10%) CISA
12 4 (1.10%) CISM
12 4 (1.10%) OCP
12 4 (1.10%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (5.48%) QA
2 8 (2.19%) Data Quality
3 7 (1.92%) JSP 440
4 6 (1.64%) GDPR
5 5 (1.37%) PMO
6 4 (1.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (1.10%) SLA
7 1 (0.27%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 51 (13.97%) Docker
2 15 (4.11%) Active Directory
3 4 (1.10%) Oracle RAC
3 4 (1.10%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
3 4 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
3 4 (1.10%) XenDesktop
4 3 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.82%) XenApp
5 2 (0.55%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.55%) Samba
6 1 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.27%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 49 (13.42%) Puppet
2 46 (12.60%) ZABBIX
3 31 (8.49%) Ansible
4 7 (1.92%) FortiGate
5 5 (1.37%) Docker Swarm
5 5 (1.37%) Nagios
5 5 (1.37%) PTC Integrity
6 4 (1.10%) Data Guard
6 4 (1.10%) Kubernetes
6 4 (1.10%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 4 (1.10%) Tivoli
7 3 (0.82%) Nessus
7 3 (0.82%) SCCM
8 2 (0.55%) SCOM
9 1 (0.27%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.27%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.27%) Grafana
9 1 (0.27%) Kibana
9 1 (0.27%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.27%) WSUS
Vendors
1 73 (20.00%) Oracle
2 37 (10.14%) Microsoft
3 29 (7.95%) Cisco
4 25 (6.85%) Red Hat
5 24 (6.58%) Pega
6 21 (5.75%) CheckPoint
6 21 (5.75%) Fortinet
6 21 (5.75%) McAfee
7 20 (5.48%) IBM
8 19 (5.21%) BMC
9 18 (4.93%) BEA
9 18 (4.93%) Blue Coat
9 18 (4.93%) F5
10 14 (3.84%) HP
10 14 (3.84%) Remedy
11 13 (3.56%) Aruba
12 11 (3.01%) Atlassian
12 11 (3.01%) SAP
12 11 (3.01%) WSO2
13 8 (2.19%) VMware