Period
to 13 April 2021

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 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
England > North West
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 12 17 15
Rank change year-on-year +5 -2 +4
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 663 813 1,207
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 11.53% 10.38% 11.85%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 12.43% 11.28% 12.85%
Number of salaries quoted 429 576 786
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,750 £21,500
25th Percentile £34,875 £31,250 £28,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
75th Percentile £57,500 £57,500 £52,500
90th Percentile £67,750 £67,500 £62,500
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +3.38%

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 5,336 7,209 9,396
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 92.82% 92.08% 92.27%
Number of salaries quoted 4,386 5,758 7,254
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,500 £27,500
25th Percentile £36,250 £36,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
75th Percentile £61,250 £60,000 £58,750
90th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £70,000
England median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion 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

3-month moving average salary quoted in 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

Salary distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving in the North West over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

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 13 April 2021. 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 +1 393 £45,000 - 113
Cheshire +15 143 £45,000 +2.27% 23
Lancashire +1 45 £40,000 +14.29% 23
Merseyside -2 43 £40,000 +6.67% 20
Cumbria +3 19 £40,000 - 4
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 13 April 2021, 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.

1 197 (29.71%) Analytical Skills
2 165 (24.89%) Agile Software Development
3 143 (21.57%) Microsoft
4 130 (19.61%) Degree
5 126 (19.00%) SQL
6 102 (15.38%) Finance
7 86 (12.97%) JavaScript
8 82 (12.37%) Linux
9 81 (12.22%) Windows
9 81 (12.22%) Computer Science
10 77 (11.61%) C#
11 70 (10.56%) Microsoft Office
11 70 (10.56%) Azure
12 67 (10.11%) Project Management
13 65 (9.80%) SQL Server
13 65 (9.80%) Marketing
14 63 (9.50%) .NET
15 60 (9.05%) Stakeholder Management
16 59 (8.90%) MySQL
17 58 (8.75%) HTML
18 57 (8.60%) Business Intelligence
19 56 (8.45%) DevOps
20 53 (7.99%) Mathematics
21 52 (7.84%) Python
21 52 (7.84%) CSS
21 52 (7.84%) Analytics
22 51 (7.69%) Time Management
23 50 (7.54%) Self-Motivation
24 49 (7.39%) Microsoft Excel
25 48 (7.24%) Artificial Intelligence

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 38 (5.73%) CMS
2 17 (2.56%) WordPress
3 13 (1.96%) Apache
4 8 (1.21%) Confluence
4 8 (1.21%) Drupal
5 6 (0.90%) Alfresco
6 5 (0.75%) Sitecore CMS
7 4 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (0.60%) IIS
8 3 (0.45%) EPiServer
8 3 (0.45%) nginx
8 3 (0.45%) SAS
8 3 (0.45%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.30%) JBoss
9 2 (0.30%) SharePoint
10 1 (0.15%) Apache Solr
10 1 (0.15%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.15%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.15%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 70 (10.56%) Microsoft Office
2 49 (7.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (1.66%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.45%) UXPin
6 2 (0.30%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 2 (0.30%) Figma
6 2 (0.30%) Zeplin
7 1 (0.15%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 15 (2.26%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.75%) Magento
2 5 (0.75%) OpenCart
3 4 (0.60%) Visualfiles
4 2 (0.30%) iTrent
4 2 (0.30%) Retail-J
5 1 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.15%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.15%) FLEXCUBE
5 1 (0.15%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.15%) Oracle Payroll
5 1 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.15%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 70 (10.56%) Azure
2 46 (6.94%) AWS
3 28 (4.22%) Microsoft 365
4 25 (3.77%) Power Platform
5 11 (1.66%) Pulumi
6 10 (1.51%) AWS CloudFormation
7 9 (1.36%) Amazon EKS
7 9 (1.36%) AWS Lambda
7 9 (1.36%) SaaS
7 9 (1.36%) Serverless
8 8 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (1.06%) Amazon SageMaker
10 6 (0.90%) GitHub
11 5 (0.75%) GCP
11 5 (0.75%) Google Analytics
11 5 (0.75%) npm
12 4 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.60%) Google Sheets
12 4 (0.60%) Yarn
13 3 (0.45%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 36 (5.43%) Firewall
2 21 (3.17%) VoIP
3 18 (2.71%) NAS
3 18 (2.71%) SAN
4 17 (2.56%) Wireless
5 11 (1.66%) SSL
5 11 (1.66%) Wi-Fi
6 8 (1.21%) WAN
7 7 (1.06%) DNS
7 7 (1.06%) Ethernet
8 6 (0.90%) Cisco ISE
9 5 (0.75%) BGP
9 5 (0.75%) EIGRP
9 5 (0.75%) IPv4
9 5 (0.75%) IPv6
9 5 (0.75%) OSPF
9 5 (0.75%) VPN
10 4 (0.60%) DHCP
10 4 (0.60%) HTTP
10 4 (0.60%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (9.80%) SQL Server
2 59 (8.90%) MySQL
3 30 (4.52%) Data Warehouse
4 25 (3.77%) Power BI
5 22 (3.32%) Tableau
6 17 (2.56%) Relational Database
7 16 (2.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 15 (2.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 11 (1.66%) Data Lake
9 11 (1.66%) MongoDB
9 11 (1.66%) RDBMS
10 8 (1.21%) Big Data
10 8 (1.21%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 7 (1.06%) BusinessObjects
11 7 (1.06%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 7 (1.06%) NoSQL
12 6 (0.90%) QlikView
12 6 (0.90%) SQL Server 2014
13 5 (0.75%) Cosmos DB
13 5 (0.75%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 38 (5.73%) Git (software)
2 22 (3.32%) Visual Studio
3 20 (3.02%) Jenkins
4 16 (2.41%) Gradle
5 15 (2.26%) IntelliJ
6 14 (2.11%) Cucumber
6 14 (2.11%) JIRA
7 12 (1.81%) Vagrant
8 11 (1.66%) Selenium
9 8 (1.21%) Team Foundation Server
10 6 (0.90%) Eclipse
10 6 (0.90%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 6 (0.90%) TeamCity
11 4 (0.60%) Grunt
11 4 (0.60%) gulp
11 4 (0.60%) JUnit
11 4 (0.60%) Mockito
12 3 (0.45%) Balsamiq
12 3 (0.45%) JMeter
12 3 (0.45%) Oracle APEX
General
1 102 (15.38%) Finance
2 65 (9.80%) Marketing
3 29 (4.37%) Legal
4 28 (4.22%) Games
5 26 (3.92%) Manufacturing
5 26 (3.92%) Public Sector
6 25 (3.77%) Retail
7 24 (3.62%) Law
8 20 (3.02%) Automotive
9 13 (1.96%) Aerospace
10 8 (1.21%) Telecoms
11 7 (1.06%) Pharmaceutical
12 6 (0.90%) Banking
12 6 (0.90%) Military
13 5 (0.75%) Front Office
14 4 (0.60%) Back Office
14 4 (0.60%) Electronics
14 4 (0.60%) French Language
15 2 (0.30%) Financial Institution
16 1 (0.15%) Retail Finance
Job Titles
1 181 (27.30%) Developer
2 113 (17.04%) Analyst
3 54 (8.14%) Graduate
4 47 (7.09%) Business Analyst
5 42 (6.33%) Graduate Developer
6 37 (5.58%) Software Developer
7 30 (4.52%) IT Support
8 28 (4.22%) PHP Developer
9 27 (4.07%) Administrator
9 27 (4.07%) Software Engineer
10 26 (3.92%) DevOps Engineer
10 26 (3.92%) Support Analyst
11 23 (3.47%) Senior Developer
12 22 (3.32%) Junior
13 20 (3.02%) Architect
14 19 (2.87%) Support Engineer
14 19 (2.87%) Systems Administrator
15 18 (2.71%) Graduate Software Developer
16 17 (2.56%) IT Engineer
16 17 (2.56%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (9.50%) .NET
2 58 (8.75%) HTML
3 52 (7.84%) CSS
4 33 (4.98%) React
5 31 (4.68%) AngularJS
6 23 (3.47%) .NET Framework
7 20 (3.02%) Node.js
7 20 (3.02%) Vue.js
8 19 (2.87%) ASP.NET
9 18 (2.71%) jQuery
9 18 (2.71%) XML
10 17 (2.56%) Laravel
11 14 (2.11%) REST
11 14 (2.11%) Web Services
12 12 (1.81%) ActiveMQ
12 12 (1.81%) CSS3
12 12 (1.81%) HTML5
12 12 (1.81%) OpenJDK
12 12 (1.81%) WPF
13 11 (1.66%) Symfony
Miscellaneous
1 197 (29.71%) Analytical Skills
2 50 (7.54%) Self-Motivation
3 42 (6.33%) Management Information System
4 38 (5.73%) e-Learning
4 38 (5.73%) User Experience
5 21 (3.17%) Life Science
6 20 (3.02%) Driving Licence
6 20 (3.02%) Greenfield Project
7 18 (2.71%) Renewable Energy
8 17 (2.56%) Mobile App
9 15 (2.26%) Data Centre
10 13 (1.96%) EPoS
11 10 (1.51%) Fixed Income
12 9 (1.36%) Enterprise Cloud
12 9 (1.36%) PKI
13 7 (1.06%) Video\Live Streaming
14 6 (0.90%) Data Structures
14 6 (0.90%) Enterprise Software
15 5 (0.75%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
16 4 (0.60%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 82 (12.37%) Linux
2 81 (12.22%) Windows
3 42 (6.33%) Windows Server
4 25 (3.77%) Windows Server 2012
5 22 (3.32%) Windows Server 2016
6 20 (3.02%) Unix
7 11 (1.66%) Windows 10
8 6 (0.90%) Android
8 6 (0.90%) Windows 7
9 5 (0.75%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (0.45%) CentOS
10 3 (0.45%) Solaris
11 2 (0.30%) Debian
11 2 (0.30%) OpenBSD
12 1 (0.15%) Embedded Linux
12 1 (0.15%) Fedora
12 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.15%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 165 (24.89%) Agile Software Development
2 81 (12.22%) Computer Science
3 67 (10.11%) Project Management
4 60 (9.05%) Stakeholder Management
5 57 (8.60%) Business Intelligence
6 56 (8.45%) DevOps
7 53 (7.99%) Mathematics
8 52 (7.84%) Analytics
9 51 (7.69%) Time Management
10 48 (7.24%) Artificial Intelligence
10 48 (7.24%) Software Engineering
11 45 (6.79%) Coaching
11 45 (6.79%) Decision-Making
12 43 (6.49%) Change Management
13 41 (6.18%) Scrum
14 39 (5.88%) Machine Learning
15 38 (5.73%) Business Analysis
16 34 (5.13%) Continuous Improvement
17 33 (4.98%) MVC
18 32 (4.83%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 126 (19.00%) SQL
2 86 (12.97%) JavaScript
3 77 (11.61%) C#
4 52 (7.84%) Python
5 46 (6.94%) Java
6 42 (6.33%) PHP
7 22 (3.32%) PowerShell
8 21 (3.17%) T-SQL
9 19 (2.87%) C
9 19 (2.87%) Go
9 19 (2.87%) TypeScript
10 14 (2.11%) Groovy
10 14 (2.11%) Ruby
11 11 (1.66%) C++
12 9 (1.36%) Perl
12 9 (1.36%) R
13 7 (1.06%) Bash Shell
13 7 (1.06%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 5 (0.75%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.75%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 130 (19.61%) Degree
2 38 (5.73%) Computer Science Degree
3 24 (3.62%) Network+ Certification
4 22 (3.32%) CompTIA Security+
5 16 (2.41%) A+ Certification
5 16 (2.41%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (2.41%) IIBA
5 16 (2.41%) Linux+ Certification
6 12 (1.81%) AWS Certification
7 11 (1.66%) CCNA
8 10 (1.51%) Security Cleared
9 9 (1.36%) SC Cleared
10 8 (1.21%) Microsoft Certification
10 8 (1.21%) Server+ Certification
11 6 (0.90%) CEH
11 6 (0.90%) CESG Certified Professional
11 6 (0.90%) CISM
11 6 (0.90%) CISMP
11 6 (0.90%) CISSP
12 5 (0.75%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (7.09%) QA
2 35 (5.28%) GDPR
3 12 (1.81%) SLA
4 8 (1.21%) PMO
5 7 (1.06%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.45%) CDISC
7 3 (0.45%) Good Clinical Practice
7 3 (0.45%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 46 (6.94%) Active Directory
2 39 (5.88%) Docker
3 21 (3.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.90%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.15%) KVM
6 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.15%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 41 (6.18%) Kubernetes
2 38 (5.73%) Opscode Chef
3 29 (4.37%) Terraform
4 19 (2.87%) Ansible
5 16 (2.41%) Puppet
6 12 (1.81%) Packer
7 6 (0.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 6 (0.90%) vRealize
8 3 (0.45%) Failover Clustering
8 3 (0.45%) SCCM
9 2 (0.30%) Grafana
9 2 (0.30%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (0.30%) Prometheus
10 1 (0.15%) EnCase
10 1 (0.15%) FTK
10 1 (0.15%) SCOM
10 1 (0.15%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.15%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 143 (21.57%) Microsoft
2 35 (5.28%) Cisco
3 33 (4.98%) Oracle
4 24 (3.62%) SAP
4 24 (3.62%) VMware
5 21 (3.17%) Google
5 21 (3.17%) Salesforce.com
6 15 (2.26%) Cognos
7 12 (1.81%) Aquila
7 12 (1.81%) Telerik
8 11 (1.66%) SaltStack
9 10 (1.51%) Zend
10 9 (1.36%) ServiceNow
11 7 (1.06%) Avaya
11 7 (1.06%) Verint
12 6 (0.90%) Blue Coat
12 6 (0.90%) CA
12 6 (0.90%) McAfee
12 6 (0.90%) OpenText
12 6 (0.90%) Tripwire