Period
to 18 April 2019

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 April 2019 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 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 27 40 32
Rank change year-on-year +13 -8 -1
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 336 235 231
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 6.82% 4.94% 4.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.84% 5.85% 6.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 190 163 123
West Midlands median daily rate £415 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.61% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £299 £263 £258
90th Percentile £538 £575 £548
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 12
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.25 £21.76 £14.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.51% +47.90% -8.05%
10th Percentile £10.60 £11.91 £10.61
90th Percentile £29.30 £61.00 £21.38
England median hourly rate £22.40 £25.00 £18.75
% change year-on-year -10.40% +33.37% -6.24%

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 4,284 4,015 3,840
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 87.00% 84.37% 81.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,679 2,514 2,405
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £281 £261 £250
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
England median daily rate £475 £463 £445
% change year-on-year +2.70% +3.93% +4.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 138 139
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -4.76% +16.83%
10th Percentile £11.10 £10.85 £11.25
90th Percentile £46.75 £48.75 £36.55
England median hourly rate £24.91 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +10.72% -10.00% +8.70%

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 April 2019.

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 April 2019.

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 April 2019. 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 +16 146 £415 -9.78% 2
Coventry +4 64 £500 +33.33% 2
Birmingham +1 52 £415 -2.35% 16
Warwickshire -5 23 £340 -18.81% 3
Solihull +5 6 £363 - 2
Worcestershire -14 6 £431 +23.21% 14
Herefordshire +3 5 £350 -6.67% 5
Dudley - 5 £200 - 1
Staffordshire -9 4 - - 8
West Bromwich -2 2 £356 +209.78%
Wolverhampton +2 1 £400 +6.67% 2
Walsall - 1 £125 -
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 18 April 2019, 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.

1 194 (57.74%) Agile Software Development
2 98 (29.17%) Analytical Skills
3 73 (21.73%) DevOps
4 67 (19.94%) Windows
5 62 (18.45%) Linux
6 61 (18.15%) Configuration Management
7 60 (17.86%) JIRA
8 59 (17.56%) Oracle
9 57 (16.96%) Docker
10 56 (16.67%) Java
11 55 (16.37%) Unix
11 55 (16.37%) Git (software)
12 53 (15.77%) SQL
13 52 (15.48%) Kanban
13 52 (15.48%) Degree
14 51 (15.18%) Amazon AWS
15 50 (14.88%) Jenkins
16 48 (14.29%) Test Automation
16 48 (14.29%) Open Source
17 46 (13.69%) Security Cleared
18 45 (13.39%) ITIL
18 45 (13.39%) Microsoft
18 45 (13.39%) Ansible
19 43 (12.80%) Scrum
19 43 (12.80%) Puppet
20 42 (12.50%) User Experience
21 40 (11.90%) Middleware
21 40 (11.90%) SOA
21 40 (11.90%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
22 39 (11.61%) Confluence

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 39 (11.61%) Confluence
2 14 (4.17%) Documentum
3 12 (3.57%) WebLogic
4 9 (2.68%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 9 (2.68%) SAS
4 9 (2.68%) SharePoint
5 5 (1.49%) Apache Spark
6 3 (0.89%) CMS
7 2 (0.60%) NetWeaver
8 1 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.30%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.30%) Oracle Service Bus
8 1 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.30%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.30%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 23 (6.85%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (4.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.19%) InVision
4 2 (0.60%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (1.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.89%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.60%) assyst
3 2 (0.60%) WebTrends
4 1 (0.30%) Magento
4 1 (0.30%) OpenCart
4 1 (0.30%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.30%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.30%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.30%) Oracle Receivables
4 1 (0.30%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.30%) SAP IS-U
4 1 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.30%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 51 (15.18%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (9.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 22 (6.55%) Cloud Computing
4 11 (3.27%) Office 365
5 6 (1.79%) Serverless
6 5 (1.49%) Dynamics 365
6 5 (1.49%) GitHub
7 4 (1.19%) Adobe Creative Cloud
7 4 (1.19%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 4 (1.19%) Azure Functions
7 4 (1.19%) IaaS
7 4 (1.19%) PaaS
8 3 (0.89%) Google Analytics
8 3 (0.89%) SaaS
9 2 (0.60%) Adobe Analytics
9 2 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
9 2 (0.60%) npm
10 1 (0.30%) AWS Fargate
10 1 (0.30%) IBM Blueworks
10 1 (0.30%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 25 (7.44%) Firewall
2 16 (4.76%) Wireless
3 11 (3.27%) VLAN
4 10 (2.98%) Internet
5 9 (2.68%) SSL
6 8 (2.38%) WAN
7 7 (2.08%) DNS
7 7 (2.08%) VPN
8 6 (1.79%) MPLS
9 5 (1.49%) Kerberos
10 4 (1.19%) BGP
10 4 (1.19%) HSRP
10 4 (1.19%) HTTP
10 4 (1.19%) OSPF
11 3 (0.89%) Intrusion Detection
12 2 (0.60%) Cisco ASA
12 2 (0.60%) Cisco Nexus
12 2 (0.60%) DSL
12 2 (0.60%) Intranet
12 2 (0.60%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (8.63%) SQL Server
2 19 (5.65%) Oracle Database
3 11 (3.27%) PostgreSQL
4 8 (2.38%) MySQL
4 8 (2.38%) Power BI
4 8 (2.38%) Relational Database
5 7 (2.08%) Oracle Database 12c
5 7 (2.08%) Pentaho
6 6 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (1.49%) Apache Hive
7 5 (1.49%) Big Data
7 5 (1.49%) Impala
7 5 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (1.19%) BusinessObjects
8 4 (1.19%) Data Mining
8 4 (1.19%) NoSQL
8 4 (1.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 3 (0.89%) Base SAS
9 3 (0.89%) MongoDB
9 3 (0.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 60 (17.86%) JIRA
2 55 (16.37%) Git (software)
3 50 (14.88%) Jenkins
4 38 (11.31%) Maven
5 30 (8.93%) Sonatype Nexus
6 29 (8.63%) Subversion
7 14 (4.17%) GitLab
8 13 (3.87%) Bitbucket
8 13 (3.87%) Selenium
9 10 (2.98%) Cucumber
9 10 (2.98%) SoapUI
9 10 (2.98%) Visual Studio
9 10 (2.98%) WebDriver
10 5 (1.49%) Artifactory
11 4 (1.19%) JMeter
11 4 (1.19%) SpecFlow
12 3 (0.89%) SonarQube
13 2 (0.60%) Babel
13 2 (0.60%) Octopus Deploy
13 2 (0.60%) webpack
General
1 25 (7.44%) Finance
2 8 (2.38%) Retail
3 7 (2.08%) Marketing
4 5 (1.49%) Automotive
5 4 (1.19%) Back Office
6 3 (0.89%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.60%) Banking
7 2 (0.60%) Digital Economy
7 2 (0.60%) Legal
7 2 (0.60%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.60%) Military
7 2 (0.60%) Retail Banking
7 2 (0.60%) Retail Finance
8 1 (0.30%) Advertising
8 1 (0.30%) Billing
8 1 (0.30%) Electronics
8 1 (0.30%) French Language
Job Titles
1 55 (16.37%) Analyst
2 41 (12.20%) Developer
3 35 (10.42%) DevOps Engineer
4 31 (9.23%) User Researcher
5 18 (5.36%) Designer
6 17 (5.06%) AWS DevOps
6 17 (5.06%) AWS DevOps Engineer
6 17 (5.06%) AWS Engineer
7 16 (4.76%) User Experience Researcher
8 13 (3.87%) Systems Engineer
9 12 (3.57%) Business Analyst
9 12 (3.57%) Java Developer
9 12 (3.57%) Network Engineer
9 12 (3.57%) Software Engineer
9 12 (3.57%) UX Designer
10 11 (3.27%) Consultant
10 11 (3.27%) Support Engineer
10 11 (3.27%) Tester
11 10 (2.98%) Architect
11 10 (2.98%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (11.90%) Middleware
2 19 (5.65%) JSON
2 19 (5.65%) Spring
3 16 (4.76%) REST
4 13 (3.87%) CSS
5 12 (3.57%) .NET
5 12 (3.57%) Apache Camel
6 11 (3.27%) Elastic Stack
6 11 (3.27%) J2EE
6 11 (3.27%) Spring Boot
7 10 (2.98%) HTML
7 10 (2.98%) SOAP
8 8 (2.38%) RESTful
8 8 (2.38%) WSDL
8 8 (2.38%) YAML
9 7 (2.08%) Swagger
9 7 (2.08%) Web Services
10 6 (1.79%) Oracle GoldenGate
10 6 (1.79%) React
10 6 (1.79%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 98 (29.17%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (12.50%) User Experience
3 24 (7.14%) Management Information System
4 19 (5.65%) Enterprise Software
5 11 (3.27%) Self-Motivation
6 9 (2.68%) Data Centre
7 8 (2.38%) e-Learning
7 8 (2.38%) Social Media
8 7 (2.08%) Hybrid Cloud
9 5 (1.49%) Mobile App
10 3 (0.89%) CMDB
10 3 (0.89%) Data Structures
11 2 (0.60%) Blog
11 2 (0.60%) Clustering
11 2 (0.60%) Credit Risk
11 2 (0.60%) Security Operations Centre
12 1 (0.30%) Client/Server
12 1 (0.30%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 1 (0.30%) Taxonomies
12 1 (0.30%) Verilog
Operating Systems
1 67 (19.94%) Windows
2 62 (18.45%) Linux
3 55 (16.37%) Unix
4 30 (8.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 12 (3.57%) Windows Server
6 6 (1.79%) Oracle Linux
7 5 (1.49%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (1.19%) Android
8 4 (1.19%) Apple iOS
9 3 (0.89%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.89%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.60%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.30%) Debian
11 1 (0.30%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.30%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 194 (57.74%) Agile Software Development
2 73 (21.73%) DevOps
3 61 (18.15%) Configuration Management
4 52 (15.48%) Kanban
5 48 (14.29%) Open Source
5 48 (14.29%) Test Automation
6 45 (13.39%) ITIL
7 43 (12.80%) Scrum
8 40 (11.90%) SOA
8 40 (11.90%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
9 38 (11.31%) Data Modelling
9 38 (11.31%) Test Strategy
10 37 (11.01%) SDLC
11 36 (10.71%) Analytics
11 36 (10.71%) Deployment Automation
12 33 (9.82%) Process Improvement
12 33 (9.82%) TDD
13 31 (9.23%) Actionable Customer Insight
13 31 (9.23%) Actionable Insight
13 31 (9.23%) Customer Insight
Programming Languages
1 56 (16.67%) Java
2 53 (15.77%) SQL
3 36 (10.71%) Python
4 33 (9.82%) Perl
5 22 (6.55%) Shell Script
6 21 (6.25%) PL/SQL
7 16 (4.76%) JavaScript
8 14 (4.17%) C#
9 9 (2.68%) C
10 8 (2.38%) Ruby
11 6 (1.79%) R
12 5 (1.49%) Java 8
13 4 (1.19%) C++
14 3 (0.89%) ABAP
14 3 (0.89%) PowerShell
14 3 (0.89%) T-SQL
15 2 (0.60%) MATLAB
15 2 (0.60%) Scala
15 2 (0.60%) VB
15 2 (0.60%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 52 (15.48%) Degree
2 46 (13.69%) Security Cleared
3 39 (11.61%) SC Cleared
4 15 (4.46%) Cisco Certification
5 10 (2.98%) CCNA
5 10 (2.98%) CCNP
5 10 (2.98%) ISEB
6 9 (2.68%) Computer Science Degree
7 7 (2.08%) DV Cleared
8 6 (1.79%) OCP
8 6 (1.79%) Oracle Certification
9 5 (1.49%) MCSA
9 5 (1.49%) MCSE
9 5 (1.49%) Microsoft Certification
10 2 (0.60%) CCIE
10 2 (0.60%) HNC
10 2 (0.60%) HND
10 2 (0.60%) JNCIP
11 1 (0.30%) ISTQB
11 1 (0.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.19%) GDPR
1 4 (1.19%) SLA
2 3 (0.89%) QA
3 2 (0.60%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.60%) MISRA
3 2 (0.60%) MISRA C
4 1 (0.30%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 57 (16.96%) Docker
2 15 (4.46%) Active Directory
3 8 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (1.79%) Oracle RAC
4 6 (1.79%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (1.79%) XenApp
5 5 (1.49%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (1.49%) vSphere
6 4 (1.19%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 1 (0.30%) Firmware
7 1 (0.30%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.30%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.30%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 45 (13.39%) Ansible
2 43 (12.80%) Puppet
3 37 (11.01%) ZABBIX
4 8 (2.38%) Nagios
5 7 (2.08%) Docker Swarm
6 6 (1.79%) Data Guard
6 6 (1.79%) Kubernetes
6 6 (1.79%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 6 (1.79%) Terraform
7 5 (1.49%) Hadoop YARN
7 5 (1.49%) SCCM
8 4 (1.19%) SCOM
8 4 (1.19%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.60%) BMC PATROL
9 2 (0.60%) CASB
9 2 (0.60%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (0.60%) FortiGate
9 2 (0.60%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (0.60%) Opsview
10 1 (0.30%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 59 (17.56%) Oracle
2 45 (13.39%) Microsoft
3 30 (8.93%) Red Hat
4 20 (5.95%) Cisco
5 14 (4.17%) Pega
5 14 (4.17%) WSO2
6 11 (3.27%) BEA
6 11 (3.27%) IBM
7 10 (2.98%) CheckPoint
7 10 (2.98%) SAP
7 10 (2.98%) VMware
8 9 (2.68%) Adobe
9 8 (2.38%) Arqiva
9 8 (2.38%) Citrix
9 8 (2.38%) F5
9 8 (2.38%) Fortinet
9 8 (2.38%) McAfee
9 8 (2.38%) Virgin Media
10 7 (2.08%) Cloudera
10 7 (2.08%) Riverbed