Period
to 18 August 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 18 August 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
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 37 31 32
Rank change year-on-year -6 +1 -3
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 249 236 320
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 4.88% 5.41% 5.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.84% 6.49% 6.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 139 182
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £164 £273 £220
90th Percentile £525 £563 £525
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 5 9
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.11 £18.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.61% +38.46% -58.65%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.50 £10.38
90th Percentile £19.33 £22.31 £23.49
England median hourly rate £20.00 £22.62 £18.00
% change year-on-year -11.58% +25.67% -5.26%

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 4,264 3,638 5,077
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.54% 83.42% 83.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,554 2,299 2,960
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £265 £250 £234
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 125 126
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £21.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.19% +23.53% -24.44%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.00 £10.73
90th Percentile £35.00 £52.10 £39.25
England median hourly rate £21.50 £24.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -10.42% +2.13% +9.05%

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 18 August 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 18 August 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 18 August 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 -16 58 £350 -12.50% 49
Shropshire -25 50 £425 -20.56% 9
Warwickshire +5 32 £431 +23.21% 30
Coventry -18 27 £365 +4.29% 20
Herefordshire +9 20 £410 +7.54% 9
Staffordshire -1 16 £310 -15.93% 21
Wolverhampton +1 8 £375 +7.14% 3
Solihull -7 8 £375 +10.29% 3
Worcestershire -5 6 £488 - 15
Dudley - 1 £150 - 1
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 18 August 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.

1 102 (40.96%) Analytical Skills
2 98 (39.36%) Agile Software Development
3 60 (24.10%) SQL
4 53 (21.29%) Windows
5 46 (18.47%) Java
6 37 (14.86%) JIRA
7 36 (14.46%) SQL Server
7 36 (14.46%) Microsoft
7 36 (14.46%) Finance
8 35 (14.06%) Oracle
9 34 (13.65%) Unix
9 34 (13.65%) Business Intelligence
10 33 (13.25%) Security Cleared
11 31 (12.45%) Test Automation
12 28 (11.24%) Confluence
12 28 (11.24%) DevOps
13 27 (10.84%) Degree
13 27 (10.84%) Selenium
13 27 (10.84%) CSS
14 26 (10.44%) PL/SQL
14 26 (10.44%) OO
14 26 (10.44%) Project Management
15 24 (9.64%) Configuration Management
15 24 (9.64%) Scrum
15 24 (9.64%) ITIL
15 24 (9.64%) Data Modelling
16 23 (9.24%) Change Management
16 23 (9.24%) Microsoft Azure
16 23 (9.24%) SC Cleared
17 22 (8.84%) JavaScript

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 28 (11.24%) Confluence
2 16 (6.43%) WebLogic
3 5 (2.01%) Apache
3 5 (2.01%) IIS
3 5 (2.01%) JBoss
3 5 (2.01%) Tomcat
4 4 (1.61%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.61%) Skype for Business
5 2 (0.80%) CMS
5 2 (0.80%) Documentum
5 2 (0.80%) GlassFish
5 2 (0.80%) SAS
5 2 (0.80%) WebSphere
5 2 (0.80%) WildFly
6 1 (0.40%) Drupal
6 1 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (0.40%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.40%) nginx
6 1 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
6 1 (0.40%) WordPress
Applications
1 19 (7.63%) Microsoft Excel
1 19 (7.63%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (2.41%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (1.20%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.80%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.40%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.40%) Maya
Business Applications
1 10 (4.02%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (2.01%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (1.61%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.80%) OpenText VIM for SAP
4 2 (0.80%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 2 (0.80%) SAP GRC
5 1 (0.40%) assyst
5 1 (0.40%) iTrent
5 1 (0.40%) Magento
5 1 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.40%) Sage 1000
5 1 (0.40%) Sage X3
5 1 (0.40%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 23 (9.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 21 (8.43%) Amazon AWS
3 9 (3.61%) Office 365
4 6 (2.41%) SaaS
5 4 (1.61%) IaaS
6 3 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (1.20%) GitHub
6 3 (1.20%) Slack
7 2 (0.80%) PaaS
7 2 (0.80%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.40%) AWS CodePipeline
8 1 (0.40%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.40%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.40%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.40%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 19 (7.63%) Firewall
2 11 (4.42%) Wireless
3 8 (3.21%) VPN
3 8 (3.21%) WAN
4 7 (2.81%) TCP/IP
5 6 (2.41%) Internet
5 6 (2.41%) Intrusion Detection
6 4 (1.61%) DNS
6 4 (1.61%) HTTP
7 3 (1.20%) Cisco ASA
7 3 (1.20%) Intranet
7 3 (1.20%) MPLS
7 3 (1.20%) SMS
7 3 (1.20%) SSL
7 3 (1.20%) VLAN
8 2 (0.80%) BGP
8 2 (0.80%) iSCSI
8 2 (0.80%) NAS
8 2 (0.80%) SAN
8 2 (0.80%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (14.46%) SQL Server
2 17 (6.83%) Data Warehouse
3 10 (4.02%) MySQL
3 10 (4.02%) PostgreSQL
3 10 (4.02%) Power BI
4 6 (2.41%) BusinessObjects
4 6 (2.41%) MS Access
4 6 (2.41%) SQL Server 2008
4 6 (2.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (2.01%) NoSQL
6 4 (1.61%) Oracle Database
6 4 (1.61%) QlikView
6 4 (1.61%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (1.61%) Star Schema
7 3 (1.20%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
7 3 (1.20%) OLAP
7 3 (1.20%) Snowflake Schema
7 3 (1.20%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (1.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 37 (14.86%) JIRA
2 27 (10.84%) Selenium
3 20 (8.03%) Jenkins
4 18 (7.23%) Cucumber
5 14 (5.62%) WebDriver
6 13 (5.22%) SoapUI
7 11 (4.42%) Git (software)
7 11 (4.42%) JMeter
8 10 (4.02%) Bitbucket
9 8 (3.21%) Maven
10 7 (2.81%) Subversion
11 5 (2.01%) Visual Studio
12 4 (1.61%) JUnit
13 3 (1.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 3 (1.20%) Bugzilla
13 3 (1.20%) CA Gen
13 3 (1.20%) Gatling
13 3 (1.20%) IntelliJ
13 3 (1.20%) Mercurial
13 3 (1.20%) RStudio
General
1 36 (14.46%) Finance
2 16 (6.43%) Retail
3 10 (4.02%) Manufacturing
3 10 (4.02%) Military
4 7 (2.81%) Marketing
5 6 (2.41%) Banking
5 6 (2.41%) Legal
6 5 (2.01%) Automotive
6 5 (2.01%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.61%) Electronics
8 3 (1.20%) Back Office
8 3 (1.20%) General Ledger
9 1 (0.40%) Advertising
9 1 (0.40%) Billing
9 1 (0.40%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.40%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 58 (23.29%) Analyst
2 52 (20.88%) Developer
3 19 (7.63%) Tester
4 18 (7.23%) Project Manager
5 16 (6.43%) Business Analyst
6 9 (3.61%) Applications Developer
6 9 (3.61%) Java Developer
6 9 (3.61%) Network Engineer
7 8 (3.21%) Architect
7 8 (3.21%) Data Analyst
7 8 (3.21%) Test Analyst
8 7 (2.81%) Administrator
8 7 (2.81%) Performance Analyst
8 7 (2.81%) Senior Analyst
9 6 (2.41%) Business Intelligence Analyst
9 6 (2.41%) DV Cleared Project Manager
9 6 (2.41%) Remedy Developer
9 6 (2.41%) Senior Performance Analyst
9 6 (2.41%) Software Developer
9 6 (2.41%) User Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (10.84%) CSS
2 22 (8.84%) HTML
3 17 (6.83%) .NET
4 15 (6.02%) J2EE
5 14 (5.62%) RESTful
6 12 (4.82%) XML
7 11 (4.42%) Spring
7 11 (4.42%) Web Services
8 10 (4.02%) REST
9 8 (3.21%) .NET Framework
9 8 (3.21%) ASP.NET
9 8 (3.21%) SOAP
10 7 (2.81%) AngularJS
11 6 (2.41%) Gherkin
11 6 (2.41%) Hibernate
11 6 (2.41%) Java EE
11 6 (2.41%) jQuery
11 6 (2.41%) JSON
12 5 (2.01%) JPA
12 5 (2.01%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 102 (40.96%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (6.43%) Self-Motivation
3 10 (4.02%) Management Information System
3 10 (4.02%) Mobile App
3 10 (4.02%) User Experience
4 7 (2.81%) Data Centre
5 6 (2.41%) Computer Science
5 6 (2.41%) NHS
6 4 (1.61%) PKI
7 3 (1.20%) Clustering
7 3 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.20%) Virtual Team
8 2 (0.80%) Analytical Mindset
8 2 (0.80%) Mainframe
8 2 (0.80%) Private Cloud
8 2 (0.80%) Wiki
9 1 (0.40%) SCADA
9 1 (0.40%) Taxonomies
Operating Systems
1 53 (21.29%) Windows
2 34 (13.65%) Unix
3 15 (6.02%) Linux
4 14 (5.62%) Windows Server
5 4 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (1.61%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (1.61%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (1.20%) Android
6 3 (1.20%) Ubuntu
6 3 (1.20%) VME
6 3 (1.20%) Windows 10
6 3 (1.20%) Windows 7
7 2 (0.80%) CentOS
7 2 (0.80%) Debian
8 1 (0.40%) AIX
8 1 (0.40%) Solaris
8 1 (0.40%) VMS
8 1 (0.40%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (39.36%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (13.65%) Business Intelligence
3 31 (12.45%) Test Automation
4 28 (11.24%) DevOps
5 26 (10.44%) OO
5 26 (10.44%) Project Management
6 24 (9.64%) Configuration Management
6 24 (9.64%) Data Modelling
6 24 (9.64%) ITIL
6 24 (9.64%) Scrum
7 23 (9.24%) Change Management
8 21 (8.43%) Process Improvement
8 21 (8.43%) Service Management
9 20 (8.03%) Migration
10 18 (7.23%) Continuous Integration
11 17 (6.83%) Collaborative Working
11 17 (6.83%) Continuous Improvement
11 17 (6.83%) Decision-Making
11 17 (6.83%) Problem Management
11 17 (6.83%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 60 (24.10%) SQL
2 46 (18.47%) Java
3 26 (10.44%) PL/SQL
4 22 (8.84%) JavaScript
5 19 (7.63%) Shell Script
6 15 (6.02%) C#
7 13 (5.22%) Perl
8 9 (3.61%) PowerShell
8 9 (3.61%) Python
9 6 (2.41%) Groovy
10 5 (2.01%) Java 8
10 5 (2.01%) Scala
10 5 (2.01%) VB.NET
11 4 (1.61%) COBOL
11 4 (1.61%) PHP
12 3 (1.20%) T-SQL
13 2 (0.80%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.80%) C++
13 2 (0.80%) Ruby
13 2 (0.80%) VBA
Qualifications
1 33 (13.25%) Security Cleared
2 27 (10.84%) Degree
3 23 (9.24%) SC Cleared
4 11 (4.42%) Computer Science Degree
5 9 (3.61%) DV Cleared
6 7 (2.81%) Microsoft Certification
7 6 (2.41%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (2.41%) CISSP
7 6 (2.41%) MCSE
8 5 (2.01%) MCITP
9 4 (1.61%) APMP
9 4 (1.61%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (1.61%) CISMP
9 4 (1.61%) DBS Check
9 4 (1.61%) ISTQB
9 4 (1.61%) MCP
10 3 (1.20%) CCNP
10 3 (1.20%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 2 (0.80%) CCNA
11 2 (0.80%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (6.02%) QA
2 13 (5.22%) Data Quality
3 10 (4.02%) PMO
4 9 (3.61%) GDPR
5 6 (2.41%) JSP 440
6 5 (2.01%) SLA
7 2 (0.80%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 14 (5.62%) Active Directory
2 12 (4.82%) Docker
3 6 (2.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (1.20%) Samba
4 3 (1.20%) XenApp
5 2 (0.80%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.80%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.80%) NFS
5 2 (0.80%) Squid
5 2 (0.80%) Varnish
5 2 (0.80%) Xen
5 2 (0.80%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.40%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.40%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (3.21%) Puppet
2 5 (2.01%) FortiGate
3 4 (1.61%) SCCM
4 3 (1.20%) Ansible
4 3 (1.20%) Nessus
4 3 (1.20%) ZABBIX
5 2 (0.80%) HAProxy
5 2 (0.80%) Nagios
5 2 (0.80%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.80%) WMI
6 1 (0.40%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.40%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (0.40%) Grafana
6 1 (0.40%) Kibana
6 1 (0.40%) Kubernetes
6 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.40%) SCOM
6 1 (0.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 36 (14.46%) Microsoft
2 35 (14.06%) Oracle
3 15 (6.02%) BEA
4 13 (5.22%) BMC
4 13 (5.22%) Remedy
5 12 (4.82%) SAP
6 11 (4.42%) Cisco
7 9 (3.61%) VMware
8 8 (3.21%) HP
9 7 (2.81%) CheckPoint
9 7 (2.81%) webMethods
10 6 (2.41%) Atlassian
10 6 (2.41%) Fortinet
10 6 (2.41%) McAfee
10 6 (2.41%) Red Hat
11 5 (2.01%) Aruba
11 5 (2.01%) BT
11 5 (2.01%) Pega
11 5 (2.01%) Splunk
12 4 (1.61%) ArcSight