Period
to 30 March 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 30 March 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
England > North West
6 months to
30 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 17 16 19
Rank change year-on-year -1 +3 +2
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 850 1,145 1,309
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 10.45% 11.28% 10.06%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 11.38% 12.26% 10.86%
Number of salaries quoted 651 812 1,005
Median annual salary £43,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.75% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £26,000 £22,050 £25,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £63,688 £62,500
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 7,471 9,343 12,057
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 91.86% 92.07% 92.70%
Number of salaries quoted 5,872 7,259 9,697
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +12.50%
10th Percentile £28,500 £27,500 £27,406
90th Percentile £71,250 £70,000 £66,250
England median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +2.04%

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 30 March 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 30 March 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 +9 535 £45,000 +12.50% 113
Cheshire -10 148 £45,000 - 54
Merseyside -4 82 £42,250 +17.43% 19
Lancashire -3 52 £37,500 +10.29% 15
Cumbria -1 29 £40,000 -7.51% 1
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 338 (39.76%) Agile Software Development
2 279 (32.82%) Analytical Skills
3 231 (27.18%) Microsoft
4 229 (26.94%) SQL
5 161 (18.94%) C#
6 152 (17.88%) .NET
7 151 (17.76%) Windows
8 143 (16.82%) SQL Server
9 133 (15.65%) Finance
10 132 (15.53%) Degree
11 131 (15.41%) Azure
12 126 (14.82%) AWS
13 124 (14.59%) Java
14 107 (12.59%) Active Directory
14 107 (12.59%) Software Engineering
15 106 (12.47%) JavaScript
16 92 (10.82%) Linux
16 92 (10.82%) ITIL
17 89 (10.47%) Microsoft Office
18 88 (10.35%) Mentoring
19 87 (10.24%) HTML
20 86 (10.12%) SDLC
21 83 (9.76%) JIRA
21 83 (9.76%) Self-Motivation
22 82 (9.65%) DevOps
23 81 (9.53%) Office 365
23 81 (9.53%) CSS
24 80 (9.41%) Project Management
25 74 (8.71%) Scrum
26 67 (7.88%) ASP.NET

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 46 (5.41%) MS Exchange
2 36 (4.24%) SharePoint
3 27 (3.18%) IIS
4 24 (2.82%) Confluence
5 11 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2010
6 10 (1.18%) Alfresco
7 9 (1.06%) CMS
8 8 (0.94%) Cloud Foundry
8 8 (0.94%) Skype for Business
9 7 (0.82%) Exchange Server 2013
10 6 (0.71%) WebSphere
11 5 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
12 4 (0.47%) EPiServer
13 3 (0.35%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 3 (0.35%) Apache Spark
13 3 (0.35%) ExpressionEngine
13 3 (0.35%) WordPress
14 2 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 2 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
15 1 (0.12%) Mendix
Applications
1 89 (10.47%) Microsoft Office
2 47 (5.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (1.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.94%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.59%) Photoshop
6 4 (0.47%) CINEMA 4D
6 4 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
7 3 (0.35%) Sketch
8 2 (0.24%) Maya
9 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.12%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.12%) InVision
9 1 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
9 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 17 (2.00%) Payment Gateway
2 10 (1.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 9 (1.06%) Remedy ITSM
4 7 (0.82%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (0.71%) Oracle ERP
5 6 (0.71%) SAP ERP
6 5 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
7 4 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (0.47%) Relativity
7 4 (0.47%) Ringtail
8 3 (0.35%) Magento
8 3 (0.35%) Oracle Assets
8 3 (0.35%) Oracle Financials
8 3 (0.35%) Oracle General Ledger
8 3 (0.35%) Oracle Payables
8 3 (0.35%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.24%) Adobe Campaign
9 2 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
9 2 (0.24%) Oracle E-Business Tax
9 2 (0.24%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 131 (15.41%) Azure
2 126 (14.82%) AWS
3 81 (9.53%) Office 365
4 42 (4.94%) Power Platform
5 27 (3.18%) GCP
6 25 (2.94%) IaaS
7 23 (2.71%) SaaS
8 20 (2.35%) GitHub
9 15 (1.76%) AWS Lambda
9 15 (1.76%) Serverless
10 13 (1.53%) PaaS
11 12 (1.41%) Azure Active Directory
11 12 (1.41%) Dynamics 365
12 9 (1.06%) AWS CloudFormation
13 8 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
14 7 (0.82%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 7 (0.82%) Amazon Glacier
14 7 (0.82%) Amazon S3
14 7 (0.82%) Amazon SQS
14 7 (0.82%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 29 (3.41%) LAN
2 27 (3.18%) WAN
3 25 (2.94%) DNS
4 24 (2.82%) DHCP
4 24 (2.82%) TCP/IP
5 20 (2.35%) Firewall
5 20 (2.35%) Skype
6 19 (2.24%) Internet
6 19 (2.24%) VoIP
7 18 (2.12%) VLAN
7 18 (2.12%) Wi-Fi
8 16 (1.88%) SAN
9 12 (1.41%) NetScaler
10 10 (1.18%) HTTP
10 10 (1.18%) Intranet
11 9 (1.06%) Wireless
12 8 (0.94%) VPN
13 6 (0.71%) Cisco ASA
14 5 (0.59%) NFC
14 5 (0.59%) RFID
Database & Business Intelligence
1 143 (16.82%) SQL Server
2 59 (6.94%) Relational Database
3 55 (6.47%) NoSQL
4 50 (5.88%) MySQL
5 42 (4.94%) Power BI
6 38 (4.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 31 (3.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 30 (3.53%) Data Warehouse
9 26 (3.06%) Oracle Database
10 24 (2.82%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 23 (2.71%) MongoDB
12 20 (2.35%) SQL Server 2008
13 18 (2.12%) RDBMS
13 18 (2.12%) SQL Server 2005
14 17 (2.00%) Big Data
14 17 (2.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 15 (1.76%) Snowflake Schema
16 13 (1.53%) Neo4j
16 13 (1.53%) SQL Server 2012
16 13 (1.53%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 83 (9.76%) JIRA
2 66 (7.76%) Git (software)
3 59 (6.94%) Visual Studio
4 46 (5.41%) Jenkins
5 24 (2.82%) Maven
6 23 (2.71%) Selenium
7 20 (2.35%) SoapUI
8 19 (2.24%) Bitbucket
9 14 (1.65%) SonarQube
10 11 (1.29%) Subversion
11 10 (1.18%) GitLab
11 10 (1.18%) JUnit
11 10 (1.18%) Sonatype Nexus
11 10 (1.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 7 (0.82%) Team Foundation Server
12 7 (0.82%) TeamCity
13 6 (0.71%) NetBeans
14 5 (0.59%) Eclipse
14 5 (0.59%) JDeveloper
14 5 (0.59%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 133 (15.65%) Finance
2 64 (7.53%) Retail
3 42 (4.94%) Banking
4 36 (4.24%) Law
5 34 (4.00%) Marketing
6 27 (3.18%) Public Sector
7 25 (2.94%) Legal
8 24 (2.82%) Games
9 12 (1.41%) Automotive
9 12 (1.41%) Manufacturing
10 9 (1.06%) Publishing
11 7 (0.82%) German Language
11 7 (0.82%) Housing Association
12 6 (0.71%) Aerospace
13 5 (0.59%) Back Office
13 5 (0.59%) Military
14 4 (0.47%) Billing
14 4 (0.47%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.47%) Spanish Language
14 4 (0.47%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 214 (25.18%) Developer
2 130 (15.29%) Analyst
3 64 (7.53%) Software Engineer
4 53 (6.24%) Software Developer
5 38 (4.47%) Business Analyst
5 38 (4.47%) Senior Developer
6 36 (4.24%) Support Engineer
7 35 (4.12%) .NET Developer
7 35 (4.12%) Architect
8 30 (3.53%) C# Developer
9 29 (3.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 28 (3.29%) Project Manager
11 26 (3.06%) Administrator
12 25 (2.94%) Business Intelligence Developer
13 24 (2.82%) Senior Analyst
14 23 (2.71%) Senior Software Engineer
15 21 (2.47%) Java Engineer
16 20 (2.35%) DevOps Engineer
16 20 (2.35%) Java Developer
16 20 (2.35%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 152 (17.88%) .NET
2 87 (10.24%) HTML
3 81 (9.53%) CSS
4 67 (7.88%) ASP.NET
5 58 (6.82%) Web Services
6 42 (4.94%) REST
7 39 (4.59%) .NET Framework
8 37 (4.35%) Node.js
9 35 (4.12%) Spring
10 31 (3.65%) ASP.NET MVC
11 30 (3.53%) jQuery
11 30 (3.53%) XML
12 28 (3.29%) Java EE
12 28 (3.29%) RESTful
13 24 (2.82%) ASP.NET Web API
14 23 (2.71%) .NET Core
14 23 (2.71%) SOAP
15 21 (2.47%) HTML5
15 21 (2.47%) Spring Boot
16 18 (2.12%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 279 (32.82%) Analytical Skills
2 83 (9.76%) Self-Motivation
3 37 (4.35%) Mobile App
4 35 (4.12%) Management Information System
5 30 (3.53%) User Experience
6 26 (3.06%) Driving Licence
7 25 (2.94%) Cloud Native
8 18 (2.12%) Data Centre
9 13 (1.53%) e-Learning
10 12 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
11 11 (1.29%) Replication
12 10 (1.18%) Blog
12 10 (1.18%) Client/Server
12 10 (1.18%) IVR
13 9 (1.06%) BBC
13 9 (1.06%) NHS
14 8 (0.94%) Algorithms
14 8 (0.94%) N-Tier
14 8 (0.94%) Virtual Team
15 7 (0.82%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 151 (17.76%) Windows
2 92 (10.82%) Linux
3 59 (6.94%) Windows Server
4 44 (5.18%) Windows 10
5 38 (4.47%) Unix
5 38 (4.47%) Windows 7
6 31 (3.65%) Windows Server 2012
7 24 (2.82%) Apple iOS
8 23 (2.71%) Android
9 17 (2.00%) Windows Server 2008
10 16 (1.88%) Windows 8
11 15 (1.76%) Windows Server 2016
12 9 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (0.71%) Windows Server 2003
14 5 (0.59%) Mac OS
14 5 (0.59%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.35%) AIX
15 3 (0.35%) Windows Server 2019
16 2 (0.24%) HPUX
16 2 (0.24%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 338 (39.76%) Agile Software Development
2 107 (12.59%) Software Engineering
3 92 (10.82%) ITIL
4 88 (10.35%) Mentoring
5 86 (10.12%) SDLC
6 82 (9.65%) DevOps
7 80 (9.41%) Project Management
8 74 (8.71%) Scrum
9 67 (7.88%) Time Management
10 64 (7.53%) Stakeholder Management
11 62 (7.29%) Decision-Making
12 60 (7.06%) Coaching
13 59 (6.94%) Business Intelligence
14 58 (6.82%) Microservices
14 58 (6.82%) Test Automation
15 56 (6.59%) Analytics
16 55 (6.47%) Computer Science
17 51 (6.00%) MVC
18 46 (5.41%) Change Management
19 44 (5.18%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 229 (26.94%) SQL
2 161 (18.94%) C#
3 124 (14.59%) Java
4 106 (12.47%) JavaScript
5 64 (7.53%) Python
6 45 (5.29%) T-SQL
7 35 (4.12%) C++
8 30 (3.53%) C
9 23 (2.71%) PHP
10 22 (2.59%) Bash Shell
10 22 (2.59%) PowerShell
11 19 (2.24%) TypeScript
12 15 (1.76%) VB
13 10 (1.18%) PL/SQL
14 9 (1.06%) Ruby
15 8 (0.94%) ES6
16 7 (0.82%) Lua
16 7 (0.82%) Scala
17 6 (0.71%) Shell Script
17 6 (0.71%) XPath
Qualifications
1 132 (15.53%) Degree
2 34 (4.00%) Security Cleared
3 32 (3.76%) ITIL Certification
4 28 (3.29%) Computer Science Degree
5 26 (3.06%) Microsoft Certification
6 19 (2.24%) SC Cleared
6 19 (2.24%) TOGAF Certification
7 14 (1.65%) DBS Check
8 11 (1.29%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (1.18%) Oracle Certification
10 9 (1.06%) CCNA
10 9 (1.06%) MCSE
11 8 (0.94%) Master's Degree
11 8 (0.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 5 (0.59%) AWS Certification
13 4 (0.47%) CCNP
13 4 (0.47%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 3 (0.35%) A+ Certification
14 3 (0.35%) MCITP
14 3 (0.35%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (4.71%) SLA
2 27 (3.18%) QA
3 19 (2.24%) GDPR
4 5 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.59%) PMO
5 3 (0.35%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.35%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.24%) COBIT
6 2 (0.24%) GAAP
6 2 (0.24%) HL7
6 2 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.12%) ISAE 3402
7 1 (0.12%) NIST
7 1 (0.12%) RosettaNet
System Software
1 107 (12.59%) Active Directory
2 53 (6.24%) Docker
3 41 (4.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (2.00%) XenApp
5 14 (1.65%) Hyper-V
5 14 (1.65%) vSphere
6 12 (1.41%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 12 (1.41%) XenDesktop
7 11 (1.29%) Firmware
8 10 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (0.47%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.12%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 30 (3.53%) Kubernetes
2 24 (2.82%) SCCM
3 14 (1.65%) Terraform
4 11 (1.29%) Ansible
4 11 (1.29%) Puppet
5 10 (1.18%) Jamf Pro
6 9 (1.06%) WSUS
7 8 (0.94%) Microsoft Intune
7 8 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
7 8 (0.94%) XenMobile
8 7 (0.82%) Kibana
8 7 (0.82%) Nagios
8 7 (0.82%) vRealize
9 6 (0.71%) FortiGate
10 5 (0.59%) Icinga
11 4 (0.47%) FTK
12 3 (0.35%) AirWatch
12 3 (0.35%) Cisco CUCM
12 3 (0.35%) Cobbler
12 3 (0.35%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 231 (27.18%) Microsoft
2 66 (7.76%) VMware
3 52 (6.12%) Oracle
4 39 (4.59%) Cisco
5 34 (4.00%) Citrix
6 32 (3.76%) IBM
7 31 (3.65%) Google
8 19 (2.24%) HP
9 18 (2.12%) Cognos
10 17 (2.00%) FIS
10 17 (2.00%) SAP
10 17 (2.00%) WorldPay
11 15 (1.76%) Sage
12 12 (1.41%) Apple
12 12 (1.41%) Databricks
12 12 (1.41%) Virgin Media
13 10 (1.18%) Remedy
13 10 (1.18%) Salesforce.com
13 10 (1.18%) ServiceNow
13 10 (1.18%) Veracode