Period
to 24 January 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Problem-Solving skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Problem-Solving over the 6 months to 24 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
England > North West
6 months to
24 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 17 19 19
Rank change year-on-year +2 0 +2
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 938 1,068 1,268
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 10.69% 10.08% 9.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 11.56% 11.02% 10.77%
Number of salaries quoted 621 800 938
North West median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £23,000 £21,250 £24,000
90th Percentile £65,000 £65,000 £63,750
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -

Problem-Solving is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 8,114 9,693 11,778
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 92.47% 91.48% 92.18%
Number of salaries quoted 6,428 7,801 9,361
North West median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,908 £26,750
90th Percentile £70,000 £70,000 £66,250
England median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the North West

Problem-Solving
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the North West.

Salary trend for Problem-Solving in the North West

Problem-Solving
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the North West over the 6 months to 24 January 2020.

Salary histogram for Problem-Solving in the North West

Problem-Solving
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving within the North West region over the 6 months to 24 January 2020. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +16 621 £45,000 +7.14% 177
Cheshire -12 152 £41,250 -8.33% 59
Merseyside -1 74 £37,500 +4.23% 50
Lancashire -6 54 £37,500 +7.14% 26
Cumbria -3 32 £19,000 -45.71% 9
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 2020, IT 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 permanent job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 388 (41.36%) Agile Software Development
2 304 (32.41%) Analytical Skills
3 252 (26.87%) Microsoft
4 234 (24.95%) SQL
5 167 (17.80%) C#
6 159 (16.95%) .NET
7 154 (16.42%) Windows
8 148 (15.78%) AWS
9 146 (15.57%) Azure
10 133 (14.18%) SQL Server
11 132 (14.07%) Software Engineering
12 131 (13.97%) Finance
13 128 (13.65%) Java
14 116 (12.37%) JavaScript
15 109 (11.62%) Microsoft Office
15 109 (11.62%) Degree
16 102 (10.87%) Project Management
17 101 (10.77%) Mentoring
18 100 (10.66%) Linux
19 94 (10.02%) ITIL
20 87 (9.28%) Active Directory
21 86 (9.17%) HTML
22 82 (8.74%) Coaching
22 82 (8.74%) SDLC
23 81 (8.64%) Decision-Making
24 79 (8.42%) Git (software)
25 76 (8.10%) Office 365
26 75 (8.00%) CSS
27 74 (7.89%) ASP.NET
28 72 (7.68%) Scrum

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 30 (3.20%) SharePoint
2 25 (2.67%) MS Exchange
3 19 (2.03%) Confluence
4 13 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2010
5 12 (1.28%) IIS
6 9 (0.96%) Alfresco
6 9 (0.96%) Cloud Foundry
6 9 (0.96%) WordPress
7 8 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
8 7 (0.75%) SAS
8 7 (0.75%) Skype for Business
8 7 (0.75%) WebSphere
9 6 (0.64%) CMS
10 4 (0.43%) Apache Spark
11 3 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (0.32%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.21%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 2 (0.21%) Commerce Server
12 2 (0.21%) Elasticsearch
13 1 (0.11%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 109 (11.62%) Microsoft Office
2 46 (4.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (0.75%) Microsoft Project
5 5 (0.53%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.53%) Photoshop
6 4 (0.43%) CINEMA 4D
7 2 (0.21%) Maya
7 2 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.11%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.11%) OmniGraffle
8 1 (0.11%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 17 (1.81%) Payment Gateway
2 14 (1.49%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (0.96%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 7 (0.75%) Remedy ITSM
5 5 (0.53%) Oracle EBS
5 5 (0.53%) Oracle ERP
6 4 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle Assets
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle Cash Management
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle E-Business Tax
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle Financials
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle Receivables
7 3 (0.32%) Sage X3
7 3 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 2 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
8 2 (0.21%) Oracle Payroll
8 2 (0.21%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
8 2 (0.21%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 148 (15.78%) AWS
2 146 (15.57%) Azure
3 76 (8.10%) Office 365
4 37 (3.94%) Power Platform
5 24 (2.56%) AWS Lambda
5 24 (2.56%) Serverless
6 20 (2.13%) GCP
7 15 (1.60%) SaaS
8 14 (1.49%) Amazon EC2
8 14 (1.49%) GitHub
9 12 (1.28%) Amazon S3
9 12 (1.28%) Amazon SQS
9 12 (1.28%) IaaS
9 12 (1.28%) PaaS
10 9 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
10 9 (0.96%) Sage Pay
11 8 (0.85%) Dynamics 365
12 4 (0.43%) Adobe Creative Cloud
12 4 (0.43%) AWS CloudFormation
12 4 (0.43%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 27 (2.88%) LAN
2 26 (2.77%) Internet
2 26 (2.77%) WAN
3 24 (2.56%) Firewall
4 21 (2.24%) DNS
4 21 (2.24%) TCP/IP
5 20 (2.13%) DHCP
5 20 (2.13%) Skype
6 18 (1.92%) VoIP
7 17 (1.81%) Wireless
8 16 (1.71%) SAN
9 15 (1.60%) VLAN
10 13 (1.39%) Wi-Fi
11 10 (1.07%) Intranet
11 10 (1.07%) NetScaler
12 7 (0.75%) Cisco ASA
12 7 (0.75%) HTTP
12 7 (0.75%) IP Telephony
13 6 (0.64%) Broadband
13 6 (0.64%) Cisco IPT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 133 (14.18%) SQL Server
2 47 (5.01%) NoSQL
3 42 (4.48%) MySQL
4 37 (3.94%) Data Warehouse
4 37 (3.94%) Power BI
5 34 (3.62%) Relational Database
6 33 (3.52%) MongoDB
6 33 (3.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 32 (3.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 27 (2.88%) Big Data
9 26 (2.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 22 (2.35%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 17 (1.81%) SQL Server 2008
12 15 (1.60%) Oracle Database
12 15 (1.60%) Snowflake Schema
12 15 (1.60%) SQL Server 2005
13 14 (1.49%) Neo4j
14 10 (1.07%) Data Lake
14 10 (1.07%) SQL Server 2012
14 10 (1.07%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 79 (8.42%) Git (software)
2 69 (7.36%) JIRA
3 63 (6.72%) Visual Studio
4 36 (3.84%) Jenkins
5 23 (2.45%) Selenium
6 18 (1.92%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 17 (1.81%) SoapUI
8 13 (1.39%) GitLab
8 13 (1.39%) Maven
9 11 (1.17%) IntelliJ
10 10 (1.07%) Bitbucket
10 10 (1.07%) Subversion
11 9 (0.96%) JUnit
12 8 (0.85%) Eclipse
13 7 (0.75%) NetBeans
13 7 (0.75%) Postman
13 7 (0.75%) TestNG
14 6 (0.64%) JDeveloper
15 5 (0.53%) Ant
15 5 (0.53%) Oracle Forms
General
1 131 (13.97%) Finance
2 71 (7.57%) Retail
3 38 (4.05%) Banking
4 35 (3.73%) Public Sector
5 32 (3.41%) Law
5 32 (3.41%) Legal
6 29 (3.09%) Marketing
7 25 (2.67%) Games
8 18 (1.92%) Manufacturing
9 10 (1.07%) Automotive
9 10 (1.07%) Back Office
9 10 (1.07%) German Language
9 10 (1.07%) Telecoms
10 8 (0.85%) Aerospace
10 8 (0.85%) Housing Association
10 8 (0.85%) Local Government
10 8 (0.85%) Spanish Language
11 7 (0.75%) Military
12 6 (0.64%) Billing
12 6 (0.64%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 218 (23.24%) Developer
2 140 (14.93%) Analyst
3 89 (9.49%) Software Engineer
4 50 (5.33%) Senior Software Engineer
5 48 (5.12%) Software Developer
6 45 (4.80%) C# Developer
7 42 (4.48%) Senior Developer
8 40 (4.26%) Support Engineer
9 36 (3.84%) Project Manager
10 35 (3.73%) Business Analyst
11 33 (3.52%) Architect
12 31 (3.30%) Lead Developer
13 28 (2.99%) Senior Analyst
14 27 (2.88%) Business Intelligence Developer
14 27 (2.88%) Lead C# Developer
14 27 (2.88%) Service Desk Analyst
15 26 (2.77%) Java Developer
15 26 (2.77%) Support Analyst
15 26 (2.77%) Technical Leader
16 25 (2.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 159 (16.95%) .NET
2 86 (9.17%) HTML
3 75 (8.00%) CSS
4 74 (7.89%) ASP.NET
5 59 (6.29%) .NET Framework
6 52 (5.54%) Swagger
7 49 (5.22%) Web Services
8 39 (4.16%) ASP.NET MVC
9 36 (3.84%) jQuery
10 35 (3.73%) Node.js
11 33 (3.52%) HTML5
12 30 (3.20%) REST
12 30 (3.20%) RESTful
13 25 (2.67%) Spring
14 20 (2.13%) ASP.NET Web API
14 20 (2.13%) Spring Boot
15 18 (1.92%) SOAP
15 18 (1.92%) XML
16 17 (1.81%) AngularJS
16 17 (1.81%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 304 (32.41%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (6.93%) Self-Motivation
3 42 (4.48%) Mobile App
4 38 (4.05%) Management Information System
5 32 (3.41%) Enterprise Software
6 29 (3.09%) Cloud Native
7 27 (2.88%) User Experience
8 23 (2.45%) Driving Licence
9 17 (1.81%) Algorithms
10 14 (1.49%) Data Centre
11 12 (1.28%) Client/Server
12 11 (1.17%) e-Learning
13 10 (1.07%) Virtual Team
14 9 (0.96%) Smartphone
15 8 (0.85%) BBC
15 8 (0.85%) Clustering
15 8 (0.85%) Embedded Systems
15 8 (0.85%) N-Tier
16 7 (0.75%) Life Science
16 7 (0.75%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 154 (16.42%) Windows
2 100 (10.66%) Linux
3 57 (6.08%) Windows Server
4 54 (5.76%) Unix
5 46 (4.90%) Windows 10
6 45 (4.80%) Windows 7
7 34 (3.62%) Android
8 30 (3.20%) Apple iOS
9 25 (2.67%) Windows Server 2012
10 24 (2.56%) Windows Server 2008
11 19 (2.03%) Windows 8
12 9 (0.96%) Windows Server 2003
13 8 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 7 (0.75%) HPUX
14 7 (0.75%) Solaris
14 7 (0.75%) SUSE
14 7 (0.75%) Tizen
15 5 (0.53%) Mac OS
15 5 (0.53%) Mac OS X
16 4 (0.43%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 388 (41.36%) Agile Software Development
2 132 (14.07%) Software Engineering
3 102 (10.87%) Project Management
4 101 (10.77%) Mentoring
5 94 (10.02%) ITIL
6 82 (8.74%) Coaching
6 82 (8.74%) SDLC
7 81 (8.64%) Decision-Making
8 72 (7.68%) Scrum
9 70 (7.46%) Stakeholder Management
10 66 (7.04%) Test Automation
11 64 (6.82%) Business Intelligence
12 62 (6.61%) Microservices
13 59 (6.29%) Service Management
13 59 (6.29%) Time Management
14 58 (6.18%) Analytics
14 58 (6.18%) DevOps
15 56 (5.97%) MVC
16 55 (5.86%) Change Management
17 51 (5.44%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 234 (24.95%) SQL
2 167 (17.80%) C#
3 128 (13.65%) Java
4 116 (12.37%) JavaScript
5 54 (5.76%) Python
6 42 (4.48%) C++
7 38 (4.05%) C
8 34 (3.62%) PHP
9 32 (3.41%) T-SQL
10 24 (2.56%) PowerShell
11 17 (1.81%) TypeScript
12 14 (1.49%) Bash Shell
13 11 (1.17%) VB
13 11 (1.17%) VB.NET
14 10 (1.07%) PL/SQL
15 8 (0.85%) COBOL
16 7 (0.75%) Lua
16 7 (0.75%) Scala
16 7 (0.75%) Shell Script
17 6 (0.64%) Fortran
Qualifications
1 109 (11.62%) Degree
2 33 (3.52%) Security Cleared
3 30 (3.20%) Microsoft Certification
4 25 (2.67%) SC Cleared
5 23 (2.45%) Computer Science Degree
5 23 (2.45%) ITIL Certification
6 17 (1.81%) TOGAF Certification
7 14 (1.49%) DBS Check
8 12 (1.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 9 (0.96%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (0.96%) ISTQB
10 8 (0.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 8 (0.85%) Master's Degree
11 7 (0.75%) CCNP
11 7 (0.75%) MCITP
11 7 (0.75%) Oracle Certification
12 6 (0.64%) A+ Certification
12 6 (0.64%) CCNA
12 6 (0.64%) MCSA
12 6 (0.64%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (4.48%) SLA
2 40 (4.26%) QA
3 24 (2.56%) GDPR
4 9 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (0.75%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.64%) COBIT
6 6 (0.64%) PMO
7 3 (0.32%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.32%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.21%) GAAP
8 2 (0.21%) HL7
9 1 (0.11%) Basel II
9 1 (0.11%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.11%) ISAE 3402
9 1 (0.11%) NEBOSH
9 1 (0.11%) NIST
9 1 (0.11%) TickIT
System Software
1 87 (9.28%) Active Directory
2 42 (4.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 39 (4.16%) Docker
4 16 (1.71%) Hyper-V
5 15 (1.60%) vSphere
6 12 (1.28%) Citrix Hypervisor
7 11 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (1.17%) XenApp
8 10 (1.07%) Virtual Machines
8 10 (1.07%) XenDesktop
9 8 (0.85%) Firmware
10 4 (0.43%) BitLocker
11 3 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 22 (2.35%) SCCM
2 18 (1.92%) Kubernetes
3 10 (1.07%) Jamf Pro
3 10 (1.07%) Puppet
4 9 (0.96%) WSUS
5 8 (0.85%) Ansible
5 8 (0.85%) XenMobile
6 7 (0.75%) Nagios
6 7 (0.75%) Oracle Identity Management
6 7 (0.75%) vRealize
7 6 (0.64%) Kibana
7 6 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (0.53%) Icinga
8 5 (0.53%) Microsoft Intune
9 4 (0.43%) Terraform
10 3 (0.32%) AirWatch
10 3 (0.32%) Cobbler
10 3 (0.32%) Single Sign-On
10 3 (0.32%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.21%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 252 (26.87%) Microsoft
2 72 (7.68%) VMware
3 71 (7.57%) Sage
4 56 (5.97%) Oracle
5 41 (4.37%) Cisco
6 29 (3.09%) IBM
7 28 (2.99%) Google
8 25 (2.67%) Citrix
9 20 (2.13%) Cognos
9 20 (2.13%) HP
10 19 (2.03%) Tableau
11 17 (1.81%) FIS
11 17 (1.81%) WorldPay
12 16 (1.71%) Xamarin
13 15 (1.60%) Apple
14 12 (1.28%) Databricks
15 10 (1.07%) Adobe
15 10 (1.07%) Virgin Media
16 9 (0.96%) EMC
16 9 (0.96%) Red Hat