Period
to 22 June 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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 38 28 30
Rank change year-on-year -10 +2 0
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 233 230 301
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.75% 5.34% 5.32%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.73% 6.47% 6.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 141 124 174
West Midlands median daily rate £380 £400 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +4.58% +13.33%
10th Percentile £140 £252 £228
90th Percentile £525 £571 £534
England median daily rate £445 £438 £420
% change year-on-year +1.71% +4.17% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 6 21
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £18.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +12.50% -51.52%
10th Percentile £12.00 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £66.15 £32.13 £19.61
England median hourly rate £21.50 £20.54 £19.36
% change year-on-year +4.67% +6.08% +1.91%

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 4,069 3,556 4,741
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.02% 82.49% 83.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,468 2,195 2,722
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £231
90th Percentile £575 £538 £538
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 186 139 107
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £21.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.57% +20.00% -23.91%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.25 £10.73
90th Percentile £38.75 £46.00 £38.85
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% - +19.05%

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 22 June 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 22 June 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 22 June 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
Birmingham -24 45 £350 -12.50% 46
Shropshire -18 41 £500 -5.66% 14
Coventry -7 39 £380 +16.92% 14
Warwickshire +1 34 £395 +1.94% 30
Staffordshire +1 17 £300 -18.64% 13
Herefordshire +14 10 £375 -3.23% 2
Worcestershire -3 7 £375 - 12
Solihull -8 7 £350 -2.10% 5
Wolverhampton +4 6 £375 +7.14% 7
West Bromwich - 1 £115 -
Dudley - 1 £150 - 1
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 90 (38.63%) Analytical Skills
2 80 (34.33%) Agile Software Development
3 50 (21.46%) SQL
4 49 (21.03%) Windows
5 37 (15.88%) Microsoft
5 37 (15.88%) Finance
6 36 (15.45%) SQL Server
7 34 (14.59%) Java
8 33 (14.16%) Oracle
9 31 (13.30%) Degree
9 31 (13.30%) DevOps
10 28 (12.02%) Microsoft Azure
10 28 (12.02%) Amazon AWS
11 27 (11.59%) HTML
11 27 (11.59%) CSS
12 26 (11.16%) OO
12 26 (11.16%) JIRA
13 24 (10.30%) JavaScript
14 23 (9.87%) Unix
15 22 (9.44%) Business Intelligence
15 22 (9.44%) Project Management
15 22 (9.44%) Service Management
15 22 (9.44%) Security Cleared
16 21 (9.01%) Stakeholder Management
17 20 (8.58%) Scrum
17 20 (8.58%) Change Management
17 20 (8.58%) Active Directory
18 19 (8.15%) Data Modelling
18 19 (8.15%) .NET
18 19 (8.15%) Configuration 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 17 (7.30%) Confluence
2 11 (4.72%) WebLogic
3 9 (3.86%) Tomcat
4 5 (2.15%) Apache
5 4 (1.72%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 3 (1.29%) Cloud Foundry
6 3 (1.29%) IIS
6 3 (1.29%) JBoss
7 2 (0.86%) CMS
7 2 (0.86%) GlassFish
7 2 (0.86%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.86%) nginx
7 2 (0.86%) SAS
7 2 (0.86%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.43%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.43%) Documentum
8 1 (0.43%) Drupal
8 1 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.43%) WordPress
Applications
1 16 (6.87%) Microsoft Excel
1 16 (6.87%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.86%) Photoshop
3 2 (0.86%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.43%) Maya
4 1 (0.43%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (3.43%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (2.58%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (2.15%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.86%) OpenText VIM for SAP
5 1 (0.43%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.43%) iTrent
5 1 (0.43%) Magento
5 1 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 28 (12.02%) Amazon AWS
1 28 (12.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (3.43%) Office 365
3 7 (3.00%) GitHub
4 6 (2.58%) SaaS
5 5 (2.15%) IaaS
6 4 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (1.29%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (1.29%) PaaS
7 3 (1.29%) Slack
8 1 (0.43%) G Suite
8 1 (0.43%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.43%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.43%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.43%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 15 (6.44%) Firewall
2 10 (4.29%) VPN
3 9 (3.86%) WAN
3 9 (3.86%) Wireless
4 6 (2.58%) Cisco ASA
5 4 (1.72%) HTTP
5 4 (1.72%) Internet
5 4 (1.72%) Intrusion Detection
6 3 (1.29%) DNS
6 3 (1.29%) Intranet
6 3 (1.29%) SSL
6 3 (1.29%) TCP/IP
7 2 (0.86%) DSL
7 2 (0.86%) iSCSI
7 2 (0.86%) MPLS
7 2 (0.86%) SAN
7 2 (0.86%) SMS
7 2 (0.86%) SNMP
7 2 (0.86%) VLAN
7 2 (0.86%) X.21
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (15.45%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.86%) Power BI
3 8 (3.43%) BusinessObjects
3 8 (3.43%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (3.43%) NoSQL
4 7 (3.00%) MySQL
5 6 (2.58%) Oracle Database
5 6 (2.58%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (2.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (2.15%) MS Access
6 5 (2.15%) Relational Database
6 5 (2.15%) SAP Data Services
7 4 (1.72%) MongoDB
7 4 (1.72%) QlikView
7 4 (1.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (1.72%) Star Schema
8 3 (1.29%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
8 3 (1.29%) Neo4j
8 3 (1.29%) Qlik Sense
8 3 (1.29%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 26 (11.16%) JIRA
2 18 (7.73%) Git (software)
3 14 (6.01%) Jenkins
4 11 (4.72%) Maven
5 10 (4.29%) Selenium
6 9 (3.86%) Subversion
7 8 (3.43%) Bitbucket
8 7 (3.00%) Cucumber
8 7 (3.00%) GitLab
8 7 (3.00%) Visual Studio
9 5 (2.15%) JUnit
9 5 (2.15%) Mercurial
9 5 (2.15%) Sonatype Nexus
9 5 (2.15%) WebDriver
10 4 (1.72%) IntelliJ
11 3 (1.29%) Bugzilla
11 3 (1.29%) Eclipse
11 3 (1.29%) Gradle
11 3 (1.29%) JProfiler
11 3 (1.29%) SonarQube
General
1 37 (15.88%) Finance
2 10 (4.29%) Retail
3 7 (3.00%) Automotive
4 6 (2.58%) Banking
4 6 (2.58%) Legal
4 6 (2.58%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.29%) Back Office
5 3 (1.29%) General Ledger
6 2 (0.86%) French Language
6 2 (0.86%) German Language
6 2 (0.86%) Marketing
6 2 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (0.86%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.43%) Advertising
7 1 (0.43%) Billing
7 1 (0.43%) Electronics
7 1 (0.43%) Games
Job Titles
1 55 (23.61%) Developer
2 52 (22.32%) Analyst
3 19 (8.15%) Business Analyst
4 12 (5.15%) Network Engineer
5 11 (4.72%) Java Developer
5 11 (4.72%) Tester
6 10 (4.29%) Architect
6 10 (4.29%) Project Manager
7 8 (3.43%) Administrator
7 8 (3.43%) Applications Developer
7 8 (3.43%) Support Engineer
8 7 (3.00%) Performance Analyst
8 7 (3.00%) Senior Analyst
8 7 (3.00%) User Researcher
9 6 (2.58%) .NET Developer
9 6 (2.58%) Design Engineer
9 6 (2.58%) Implementation Engineer
9 6 (2.58%) Network Design Engineer
9 6 (2.58%) Network Implementation Engineer
9 6 (2.58%) Senior Performance Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (11.59%) CSS
1 27 (11.59%) HTML
2 19 (8.15%) .NET
3 13 (5.58%) XML
4 11 (4.72%) J2EE
5 10 (4.29%) REST
6 9 (3.86%) ASP.NET
7 8 (3.43%) JSON
7 8 (3.43%) Node.js
7 8 (3.43%) SOAP
8 7 (3.00%) Hibernate
8 7 (3.00%) jQuery
8 7 (3.00%) Spring
8 7 (3.00%) Web Services
9 6 (2.58%) Java EE
9 6 (2.58%) JPA
9 6 (2.58%) LINQ
9 6 (2.58%) Middleware
9 6 (2.58%) RESTful
9 6 (2.58%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 90 (38.63%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (7.30%) Self-Motivation
3 10 (4.29%) Mobile App
3 10 (4.29%) User Experience
4 9 (3.86%) Data Centre
5 7 (3.00%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.15%) Computer Science
6 5 (2.15%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.29%) Virtual Team
8 2 (0.86%) Clustering
8 2 (0.86%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (0.86%) NHS
8 2 (0.86%) Private Cloud
8 2 (0.86%) Wiki
9 1 (0.43%) Blog
9 1 (0.43%) Data Protection Act
9 1 (0.43%) FMCG
9 1 (0.43%) Infotainment
9 1 (0.43%) SCADA
9 1 (0.43%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 49 (21.03%) Windows
2 23 (9.87%) Unix
3 16 (6.87%) Linux
4 10 (4.29%) Windows Server
5 7 (3.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (2.58%) Android
7 4 (1.72%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (1.72%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (1.72%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (1.29%) Apple iOS
8 3 (1.29%) Ubuntu
8 3 (1.29%) Windows 10
8 3 (1.29%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.86%) CentOS
9 2 (0.86%) Debian
9 2 (0.86%) HPUX
9 2 (0.86%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.43%) Solaris
10 1 (0.43%) VMS
10 1 (0.43%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 80 (34.33%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (13.30%) DevOps
3 26 (11.16%) OO
4 22 (9.44%) Business Intelligence
4 22 (9.44%) Project Management
4 22 (9.44%) Service Management
5 21 (9.01%) Stakeholder Management
6 20 (8.58%) Change Management
6 20 (8.58%) Scrum
7 19 (8.15%) Configuration Management
7 19 (8.15%) Data Modelling
8 18 (7.73%) Collaborative Working
8 18 (7.73%) Test Automation
9 17 (7.30%) ITIL
10 16 (6.87%) Business Analysis
10 16 (6.87%) Open Source
11 15 (6.44%) Continuous Improvement
12 14 (6.01%) Decision-Making
12 14 (6.01%) Problem Management
12 14 (6.01%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 50 (21.46%) SQL
2 34 (14.59%) Java
3 24 (10.30%) JavaScript
4 16 (6.87%) C#
5 15 (6.44%) PL/SQL
6 14 (6.01%) Python
6 14 (6.01%) Shell Script
7 12 (5.15%) Perl
8 11 (4.72%) PowerShell
9 8 (3.43%) VB.NET
10 7 (3.00%) VBA
11 6 (2.58%) Java 8
12 5 (2.15%) Groovy
12 5 (2.15%) PHP
12 5 (2.15%) Ruby
13 4 (1.72%) Haskell
13 4 (1.72%) Scala
13 4 (1.72%) VB
14 3 (1.29%) C++
14 3 (1.29%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 31 (13.30%) Degree
2 22 (9.44%) Security Cleared
3 18 (7.73%) SC Cleared
4 9 (3.86%) Computer Science Degree
5 6 (2.58%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (2.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 4 (1.72%) DBS Check
7 4 (1.72%) ISTQB
8 3 (1.29%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (1.29%) ISEB
8 3 (1.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (0.86%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.43%) CCA
10 1 (0.43%) CCIE
10 1 (0.43%) CCNP
10 1 (0.43%) CISSP
10 1 (0.43%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (0.43%) Oracle Certification
10 1 (0.43%) PMI Certification
10 1 (0.43%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (4.72%) SLA
2 10 (4.29%) GDPR
3 7 (3.00%) Data Quality
4 6 (2.58%) PMO
5 5 (2.15%) QA
6 2 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 2 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.43%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.43%) ISO 9000
7 1 (0.43%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 20 (8.58%) Active Directory
2 10 (4.29%) Docker
3 8 (3.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (3.00%) XenApp
5 6 (2.58%) Microsoft App-V
5 6 (2.58%) XenDesktop
6 4 (1.72%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.86%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.86%) NFS
7 2 (0.86%) Samba
7 2 (0.86%) Squid
7 2 (0.86%) Varnish
7 2 (0.86%) vSphere
7 2 (0.86%) Xen
8 1 (0.43%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 9 (3.86%) Puppet
2 8 (3.43%) SCCM
3 7 (3.00%) FortiGate
4 5 (2.15%) ZABBIX
5 3 (1.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (0.86%) HAProxy
6 2 (0.86%) Nagios
6 2 (0.86%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.86%) WMI
7 1 (0.43%) Ansible
7 1 (0.43%) Grafana
7 1 (0.43%) Kibana
7 1 (0.43%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.43%) SCOM
7 1 (0.43%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 37 (15.88%) Microsoft
2 33 (14.16%) Oracle
3 13 (5.58%) Cisco
4 11 (4.72%) BEA
5 10 (4.29%) SAP
5 10 (4.29%) VMware
6 9 (3.86%) BMC
6 9 (3.86%) HP
6 9 (3.86%) Red Hat
7 8 (3.43%) CheckPoint
7 8 (3.43%) Citrix
7 8 (3.43%) McAfee
7 8 (3.43%) Remedy
8 7 (3.00%) Fortinet
9 6 (2.58%) Nokia
10 5 (2.15%) Aruba
10 5 (2.15%) Google
10 5 (2.15%) webMethods
11 4 (1.72%) Capita
11 4 (1.72%) Pega