Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 29 30 29
Rank change year-on-year +1 -1 -2
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 325 245 342
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.37% 5.25% 5.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.47% 6.25% 6.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 166 155 196
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £166 £258 £220
90th Percentile £517 £571 £525
England median daily rate £450 £438 £423
% change year-on-year +2.86% +3.43% +5.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 4 12
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.11 £22.59 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.54% +67.33% -57.06%
10th Percentile £12.00 £13.73 £10.60
90th Percentile £19.16 £26.20 £37.50
England median hourly rate £23.27 £25.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -6.94% +42.86% -14.63%

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 4,348 3,921 5,215
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 85.17% 84.09% 84.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,616 2,496 3,100
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 192 135 140
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £24.98 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.95% +42.74% -16.67%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £10.74
90th Percentile £30.98 £53.75 £39.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.93 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.75% +10.78% +3.97%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 23 October 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 -9 118 £425 -15.00% 26
Birmingham +6 71 £375 -6.25% 55
Coventry -21 35 £431 +2.68% 19
Warwickshire +18 33 £470 +35.25% 23
Herefordshire +1 20 £375 - 7
Solihull -5 10 £350 +27.27% 8
Staffordshire -13 7 £375 +1.69% 25
Wolverhampton +1 6 - - 3
Worcestershire -2 4 - - 20
Sutton Coldfield +9 1 £350 -2.78% 3
Dudley - 1 £150 - 1
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 152 (46.77%) Agile Software Development
2 120 (36.92%) Analytical Skills
3 70 (21.54%) Java
4 63 (19.38%) Windows
5 60 (18.46%) SQL
6 58 (17.85%) Security Cleared
7 51 (15.69%) DevOps
8 50 (15.38%) Oracle
8 50 (15.38%) Unix
9 48 (14.77%) Test Automation
9 48 (14.77%) JIRA
10 46 (14.15%) ITIL
11 43 (13.23%) Microsoft
11 43 (13.23%) SC Cleared
12 41 (12.62%) Scrum
13 40 (12.31%) Degree
14 38 (11.69%) Amazon AWS
14 38 (11.69%) Kanban
15 37 (11.38%) Open Source
16 36 (11.08%) Confluence
16 36 (11.08%) Finance
16 36 (11.08%) Configuration Management
17 34 (10.46%) Process Improvement
18 33 (10.15%) Docker
18 33 (10.15%) PL/SQL
19 32 (9.85%) SQL Server
19 32 (9.85%) Linux
19 32 (9.85%) Business Intelligence
19 32 (9.85%) Firewall
19 32 (9.85%) Selenium

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 36 (11.08%) Confluence
2 23 (7.08%) WebLogic
3 13 (4.00%) Documentum
4 6 (1.85%) JBoss
5 5 (1.54%) Apache
5 5 (1.54%) nginx
5 5 (1.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 5 (1.54%) SharePoint
5 5 (1.54%) Skype for Business
6 3 (0.92%) IIS
6 3 (0.92%) Tomcat
6 3 (0.92%) WebSphere
6 3 (0.92%) WildFly
7 2 (0.62%) CMS
7 2 (0.62%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.62%) SAS
8 1 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.31%) WordPress
Applications
1 28 (8.62%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (7.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (2.77%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (1.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.92%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.31%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.31%) Maya
7 1 (0.31%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 15 (4.62%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (1.54%) Teamcenter
3 4 (1.23%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (1.23%) SAP GRC
4 3 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
5 2 (0.62%) Magento
5 2 (0.62%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.62%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.31%) assyst
6 1 (0.31%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 1 (0.31%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.31%) Sage 1000
6 1 (0.31%) Sage X3
6 1 (0.31%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.31%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 38 (11.69%) Amazon AWS
2 29 (8.92%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (3.38%) Office 365
4 10 (3.08%) Cloud Computing
4 10 (3.08%) GitHub
5 7 (2.15%) SaaS
6 4 (1.23%) Google Cloud Platform
6 4 (1.23%) IaaS
6 4 (1.23%) npm
6 4 (1.23%) SuccessFactors
7 2 (0.62%) PaaS
8 1 (0.31%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.31%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 32 (9.85%) Firewall
2 20 (6.15%) Wireless
3 18 (5.54%) WAN
4 17 (5.23%) Internet
5 11 (3.38%) Intrusion Detection
6 8 (2.46%) VPN
7 7 (2.15%) Intranet
7 7 (2.15%) TCP/IP
7 7 (2.15%) VLAN
8 5 (1.54%) MPLS
9 4 (1.23%) BGP
9 4 (1.23%) DSL
9 4 (1.23%) HSRP
9 4 (1.23%) OSPF
10 3 (0.92%) DNS
10 3 (0.92%) SAN
10 3 (0.92%) SMS
11 2 (0.62%) HTTP
11 2 (0.62%) LAN
11 2 (0.62%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (9.85%) SQL Server
2 14 (4.31%) Data Warehouse
3 13 (4.00%) MySQL
4 11 (3.38%) BusinessObjects
5 10 (3.08%) Oracle Database
5 10 (3.08%) PostgreSQL
6 7 (2.15%) Power BI
7 6 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (1.23%) Crystal Reports
8 4 (1.23%) MariaDB
8 4 (1.23%) MS Access
8 4 (1.23%) SAP HANA
8 4 (1.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (0.92%) MongoDB
9 3 (0.92%) Oracle Database 11g
9 3 (0.92%) SQL Server 2008
9 3 (0.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (0.62%) EDMS
10 2 (0.62%) Oracle BI EE
10 2 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 48 (14.77%) JIRA
2 32 (9.85%) Selenium
3 30 (9.23%) Jenkins
4 25 (7.69%) Git (software)
5 23 (7.08%) Cucumber
6 21 (6.46%) Maven
7 19 (5.85%) SoapUI
8 16 (4.92%) Subversion
8 16 (4.92%) WebDriver
9 15 (4.62%) Bitbucket
10 14 (4.31%) Sonatype Nexus
11 12 (3.69%) JMeter
12 9 (2.77%) GitLab
13 7 (2.15%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 5 (1.54%) JUnit
15 4 (1.23%) Babel
15 4 (1.23%) webpack
16 3 (0.92%) CA Gen
16 3 (0.92%) RStudio
16 3 (0.92%) SonarQube
General
1 36 (11.08%) Finance
2 15 (4.62%) Retail
3 14 (4.31%) Manufacturing
4 13 (4.00%) Military
5 12 (3.69%) Marketing
6 8 (2.46%) Legal
7 6 (1.85%) Automotive
7 6 (1.85%) Banking
7 6 (1.85%) Telecoms
8 5 (1.54%) Aerospace
8 5 (1.54%) Electronics
9 2 (0.62%) Billing
9 2 (0.62%) Digital Economy
9 2 (0.62%) General Ledger
10 1 (0.31%) Advertising
10 1 (0.31%) German Language
10 1 (0.31%) Publishing
10 1 (0.31%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.31%) Retail Finance
10 1 (0.31%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 57 (17.54%) Analyst
2 56 (17.23%) Developer
3 20 (6.15%) Network Engineer
3 20 (6.15%) Project Manager
3 20 (6.15%) Tester
4 15 (4.62%) Business Analyst
4 15 (4.62%) DevOps Engineer
4 15 (4.62%) Support Engineer
5 14 (4.31%) Java Developer
6 11 (3.38%) Designer
6 11 (3.38%) Senior Network Engineer
7 10 (3.08%) Administrator
7 10 (3.08%) Systems Engineer
7 10 (3.08%) Test Analyst
8 9 (2.77%) Applications Support
8 9 (2.77%) AWS DevOps
9 8 (2.46%) Architect
9 8 (2.46%) AWS DevOps Engineer
9 8 (2.46%) AWS Engineer
9 8 (2.46%) User Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (8.92%) CSS
2 25 (7.69%) Middleware
3 24 (7.38%) HTML
4 22 (6.77%) RESTful
5 21 (6.46%) Spring
6 20 (6.15%) Web Services
7 19 (5.85%) J2EE
8 17 (5.23%) JSON
9 14 (4.31%) REST
10 11 (3.38%) .NET
10 11 (3.38%) Spring Boot
10 11 (3.38%) XML
11 9 (2.77%) Gherkin
12 8 (2.46%) Apache Camel
13 7 (2.15%) AngularJS
13 7 (2.15%) SOAP
14 6 (1.85%) ASP.NET
14 6 (1.85%) jQuery
15 5 (1.54%) .NET Framework
15 5 (1.54%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 120 (36.92%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (7.69%) Management Information System
3 19 (5.85%) Self-Motivation
4 15 (4.62%) User Experience
5 14 (4.31%) Mobile App
6 10 (3.08%) Enterprise Software
7 9 (2.77%) Data Centre
8 6 (1.85%) NHS
9 5 (1.54%) Computer Science
10 4 (1.23%) Data Structures
10 4 (1.23%) PKI
11 3 (0.92%) Analytical Mindset
11 3 (0.92%) Mainframe
11 3 (0.92%) Social Media
11 3 (0.92%) Virtual Team
12 2 (0.62%) Hybrid Cloud
12 2 (0.62%) Private Cloud
13 1 (0.31%) iPad
13 1 (0.31%) Minimum Viable Product
13 1 (0.31%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 63 (19.38%) Windows
2 50 (15.38%) Unix
3 32 (9.85%) Linux
4 16 (4.92%) Windows Server
5 14 (4.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (1.85%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (1.54%) Windows 10
7 5 (1.54%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (1.23%) VME
8 4 (1.23%) Windows 7
8 4 (1.23%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.62%) AIX
9 2 (0.62%) Android
9 2 (0.62%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.31%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.31%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.31%) Solaris
10 1 (0.31%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.31%) VMS
10 1 (0.31%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (46.77%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (15.69%) DevOps
3 48 (14.77%) Test Automation
4 46 (14.15%) ITIL
5 41 (12.62%) Scrum
6 38 (11.69%) Kanban
7 37 (11.38%) Open Source
8 36 (11.08%) Configuration Management
9 34 (10.46%) Process Improvement
10 32 (9.85%) Business Intelligence
11 30 (9.23%) Service Management
12 26 (8.00%) Project Management
12 26 (8.00%) Test Strategy
13 25 (7.69%) Data Modelling
13 25 (7.69%) SOA
13 25 (7.69%) Stakeholder Management
14 23 (7.08%) Change Management
14 23 (7.08%) Continuous Integration
15 22 (6.77%) Decision-Making
15 22 (6.77%) OO
Programming Languages
1 70 (21.54%) Java
2 60 (18.46%) SQL
3 33 (10.15%) PL/SQL
4 25 (7.69%) JavaScript
5 24 (7.38%) Perl
5 24 (7.38%) Shell Script
6 19 (5.85%) Python
7 9 (2.77%) Groovy
7 9 (2.77%) Scala
8 8 (2.46%) C#
9 7 (2.15%) PowerShell
10 6 (1.85%) COBOL
10 6 (1.85%) Ruby
11 4 (1.23%) XQuery
12 3 (0.92%) C
12 3 (0.92%) C++
12 3 (0.92%) Java 8
13 2 (0.62%) Korn
13 2 (0.62%) PHP
14 1 (0.31%) Haskell
Qualifications
1 58 (17.85%) Security Cleared
2 43 (13.23%) SC Cleared
3 40 (12.31%) Degree
4 19 (5.85%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (4.92%) CCNP
6 12 (3.69%) Computer Science Degree
6 12 (3.69%) DV Cleared
7 8 (2.46%) Microsoft Certification
8 7 (2.15%) CCNA
8 7 (2.15%) CISSP
8 7 (2.15%) MCITP
8 7 (2.15%) MCSE
9 5 (1.54%) APMP
9 5 (1.54%) CISMP
9 5 (1.54%) MCP
10 4 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
10 4 (1.23%) CISA
10 4 (1.23%) CISM
10 4 (1.23%) ISTQB
11 3 (0.92%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (6.46%) QA
2 10 (3.08%) PMO
3 9 (2.77%) Data Quality
4 7 (2.15%) JSP 440
5 6 (1.85%) GDPR
6 5 (1.54%) SLA
7 4 (1.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 33 (10.15%) Docker
2 17 (5.23%) Active Directory
3 5 (1.54%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (1.23%) XenApp
5 3 (0.92%) XenDesktop
6 2 (0.62%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.62%) Samba
6 2 (0.62%) vSphere
7 1 (0.31%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.31%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.31%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 26 (8.00%) Puppet
2 24 (7.38%) ZABBIX
3 13 (4.00%) Ansible
4 6 (1.85%) FortiGate
5 5 (1.54%) PTC Integrity
6 4 (1.23%) Kubernetes
6 4 (1.23%) SCCM
7 3 (0.92%) Nessus
8 2 (0.62%) Docker Swarm
8 2 (0.62%) Nagios
9 1 (0.31%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.31%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.31%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.31%) Grafana
9 1 (0.31%) HockeyApp
9 1 (0.31%) Kibana
9 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Clustering
9 1 (0.31%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.31%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 1 (0.31%) Terraform
Vendors
1 50 (15.38%) Oracle
2 43 (13.23%) Microsoft
3 23 (7.08%) Cisco
4 21 (6.46%) BMC
5 18 (5.54%) Remedy
6 17 (5.23%) BEA
7 16 (4.92%) CheckPoint
7 16 (4.92%) Pega
8 15 (4.62%) Fortinet
8 15 (4.62%) McAfee
9 14 (4.31%) IBM
9 14 (4.31%) Red Hat
10 13 (4.00%) Blue Coat
10 13 (4.00%) F5
10 13 (4.00%) HP
11 12 (3.69%) SAP
12 11 (3.38%) Aruba
12 11 (3.38%) VMware
13 10 (3.08%) Atlassian
14 6 (1.85%) Google