Period
to 25 January 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 25 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
England > North West
6 months to
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 15 16 19
Rank change year-on-year +1 +3 0
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 542 929 1,072
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 11.12% 10.67% 10.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 11.87% 11.52% 11.07%
Number of salaries quoted 440 659 836
Median annual salary £44,000 £44,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £23,000 £21,250
90th Percentile £70,000 £65,000 £63,750
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £48,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +3.09% +7.78%

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 4,566 8,066 9,680
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 93.66% 92.62% 91.55%
Number of salaries quoted 3,864 6,457 7,886
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,750
90th Percentile £73,750 £70,000 £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 25 January 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 25 January 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 -5 306 £45,000 - 92
Cheshire +14 144 £44,000 +3.53% 42
Lancashire +7 37 £40,000 +3.23% 19
Merseyside -9 23 £35,000 -6.67% 8
Cumbria +3 19 £40,000 +110.53% 4
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 25 January 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.

1 186 (34.32%) Analytical Skills
2 151 (27.86%) Agile Software Development
3 122 (22.51%) Microsoft
4 111 (20.48%) SQL
5 110 (20.30%) Degree
6 86 (15.87%) JavaScript
7 83 (15.31%) Windows
8 82 (15.13%) Finance
8 82 (15.13%) Azure
9 80 (14.76%) C#
10 75 (13.84%) .NET
11 69 (12.73%) DevOps
12 66 (12.18%) SQL Server
13 64 (11.81%) Linux
14 58 (10.70%) Computer Science
15 56 (10.33%) MySQL
16 52 (9.59%) Stakeholder Management
16 52 (9.59%) AWS
17 49 (9.04%) HTML
18 48 (8.86%) Software Engineering
19 46 (8.49%) Python
19 46 (8.49%) Project Management
19 46 (8.49%) Docker
20 45 (8.30%) Change Management
20 45 (8.30%) Management Information System
20 45 (8.30%) Active Directory
21 44 (8.12%) Marketing
22 43 (7.93%) Java
23 42 (7.75%) Microsoft Office
24 41 (7.56%) Firewall

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 22 (4.06%) CMS
2 15 (2.77%) Apache
3 10 (1.85%) Elasticsearch
3 10 (1.85%) WordPress
4 6 (1.11%) nginx
5 5 (0.92%) Confluence
5 5 (0.92%) IIS
5 5 (0.92%) SharePoint
6 4 (0.74%) MS Exchange
6 4 (0.74%) SAS
7 3 (0.55%) Alfresco
7 3 (0.55%) EPiServer
7 3 (0.55%) JBoss
7 3 (0.55%) Tomcat
8 2 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (0.37%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.18%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.18%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (0.18%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.18%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 42 (7.75%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (2.77%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.55%) MS Visio
3 3 (0.55%) Zeplin
4 2 (0.37%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 2 (0.37%) Figma
5 1 (0.18%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.18%) InVision
5 1 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
5 1 (0.18%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.18%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 11 (2.03%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (1.11%) Magento
3 5 (0.92%) OpenCart
3 5 (0.92%) thinkFolio
4 4 (0.74%) Visualfiles
5 2 (0.37%) Retail-J
6 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.18%) FLEXCUBE
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle Payroll
6 1 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.18%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 82 (15.13%) Azure
2 52 (9.59%) AWS
3 20 (3.69%) Office 365
4 17 (3.14%) Power Platform
5 14 (2.58%) Cloud Computing
6 11 (2.03%) Amazon EKS
6 11 (2.03%) AWS CloudFormation
7 10 (1.85%) Pulumi
7 10 (1.85%) SaaS
8 9 (1.66%) GCP
9 7 (1.29%) Amazon SageMaker
10 5 (0.92%) IaaS
10 5 (0.92%) PaaS
11 4 (0.74%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (0.74%) AWS Lambda
11 4 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
11 4 (0.74%) Google Analytics
11 4 (0.74%) Serverless
12 3 (0.55%) Azure Data Factory
13 2 (0.37%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 41 (7.56%) Firewall
2 22 (4.06%) SSL
3 20 (3.69%) VoIP
4 18 (3.32%) SAN
5 17 (3.14%) NAS
6 13 (2.40%) Network Security
7 11 (2.03%) LAN
7 11 (2.03%) WAN
8 10 (1.85%) Wi-Fi
9 7 (1.29%) BGP
9 7 (1.29%) DNS
9 7 (1.29%) EIGRP
9 7 (1.29%) OSPF
9 7 (1.29%) VLAN
10 6 (1.11%) DHCP
10 6 (1.11%) Remote Desktop
10 6 (1.11%) TCP/IP
10 6 (1.11%) VPN
11 5 (0.92%) HTTP
11 5 (0.92%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (12.18%) SQL Server
2 56 (10.33%) MySQL
3 22 (4.06%) Data Warehouse
4 17 (3.14%) Power BI
5 13 (2.40%) Data Lake
5 13 (2.40%) Tableau
6 12 (2.21%) NoSQL
7 11 (2.03%) Big Data
8 10 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 9 (1.66%) MongoDB
9 9 (1.66%) Relational Database
10 7 (1.29%) BusinessObjects
10 7 (1.29%) Oracle Database
11 6 (1.11%) Oracle Database 11g
12 5 (0.92%) QlikView
13 4 (0.74%) Cosmos DB
13 4 (0.74%) SQL Server 2014
14 3 (0.55%) Amazon Redshift
14 3 (0.55%) Base SAS
14 3 (0.55%) BigQuery
Development Applications
1 32 (5.90%) Visual Studio
2 20 (3.69%) Git (software)
3 19 (3.51%) Jenkins
4 15 (2.77%) JIRA
5 14 (2.58%) Cucumber
6 13 (2.40%) Selenium
7 12 (2.21%) Gradle
7 12 (2.21%) IntelliJ
7 12 (2.21%) Vagrant
8 10 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
9 7 (1.29%) TeamCity
10 6 (1.11%) Protractor
11 5 (0.92%) Jasmine
11 5 (0.92%) Oracle APEX
12 4 (0.74%) GitLab
12 4 (0.74%) SpecFlow
12 4 (0.74%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 4 (0.74%) Subversion
12 4 (0.74%) Zephyr
13 3 (0.55%) Appium
General
1 82 (15.13%) Finance
2 44 (8.12%) Marketing
3 30 (5.54%) Legal
4 25 (4.61%) Games
5 21 (3.87%) Public Sector
6 19 (3.51%) Retail
7 17 (3.14%) Manufacturing
8 15 (2.77%) Aerospace
8 15 (2.77%) Automotive
9 10 (1.85%) Telecoms
10 9 (1.66%) Military
11 8 (1.48%) Law
12 6 (1.11%) Banking
12 6 (1.11%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.92%) Back Office
14 4 (0.74%) Front Office
15 2 (0.37%) Investment Banking
15 2 (0.37%) Local Government
16 1 (0.18%) Billing
16 1 (0.18%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 144 (26.57%) Developer
2 71 (13.10%) Analyst
3 41 (7.56%) Graduate
4 36 (6.64%) Software Developer
5 34 (6.27%) Graduate Developer
6 27 (4.98%) PHP Developer
7 26 (4.80%) Software Engineer
8 25 (4.61%) DevOps Engineer
9 23 (4.24%) Support Analyst
10 19 (3.51%) .NET Developer
11 18 (3.32%) Architect
11 18 (3.32%) IT Support
11 18 (3.32%) Security Engineer
12 17 (3.14%) Business Analyst
12 17 (3.14%) Graduate Software Developer
12 17 (3.14%) Principal Engineer
13 16 (2.95%) Administrator
13 16 (2.95%) Systems Administrator
14 15 (2.77%) Solutions Architect
15 12 (2.21%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (13.84%) .NET
2 49 (9.04%) HTML
3 40 (7.38%) React
4 39 (7.20%) CSS
5 31 (5.72%) AngularJS
6 30 (5.54%) ASP.NET
7 20 (3.69%) Node.js
8 19 (3.51%) Blazor
9 18 (3.32%) .NET Core
9 18 (3.32%) .NET Framework
9 18 (3.32%) jQuery
10 17 (3.14%) Web Services
11 14 (2.58%) XML
12 12 (2.21%) Laravel
12 12 (2.21%) OpenJDK
13 11 (2.03%) REST
14 10 (1.85%) ASP.NET Core
14 10 (1.85%) ASP.NET MVC
14 10 (1.85%) HTML5
15 9 (1.66%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 186 (34.32%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (8.30%) Management Information System
3 32 (5.90%) e-Learning
4 28 (5.17%) Self-Motivation
4 28 (5.17%) User Experience
5 21 (3.87%) Life Science
6 20 (3.69%) Mobile App
6 20 (3.69%) PKI
7 18 (3.32%) Data Centre
8 16 (2.95%) Greenfield Project
9 14 (2.58%) Driving Licence
10 13 (2.40%) Renewable Energy
11 12 (2.21%) EPoS
12 10 (1.85%) Enterprise Cloud
13 7 (1.29%) Linux Command Line
14 6 (1.11%) Fat Client
14 6 (1.11%) Thin Client
15 5 (0.92%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
16 4 (0.74%) Clustering
16 4 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 83 (15.31%) Windows
2 64 (11.81%) Linux
3 41 (7.56%) Windows Server
4 24 (4.43%) Windows Server 2012
5 20 (3.69%) Windows Server 2016
6 14 (2.58%) Solaris
7 10 (1.85%) Unix
8 9 (1.66%) Windows 10
9 6 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 5 (0.92%) CentOS
11 3 (0.55%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.37%) Debian
12 2 (0.37%) Fedora
12 2 (0.37%) OpenBSD
12 2 (0.37%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.18%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (27.86%) Agile Software Development
2 69 (12.73%) DevOps
3 58 (10.70%) Computer Science
4 52 (9.59%) Stakeholder Management
5 48 (8.86%) Software Engineering
6 46 (8.49%) Project Management
7 45 (8.30%) Change Management
8 41 (7.56%) Test Automation
9 39 (7.20%) Mathematics
10 38 (7.01%) Artificial Intelligence
10 38 (7.01%) Time Management
11 37 (6.83%) Business Intelligence
12 36 (6.64%) ITIL
13 34 (6.27%) Coaching
14 32 (5.90%) Machine Learning
14 32 (5.90%) Scrum
15 30 (5.54%) E-Commerce
16 29 (5.35%) Continuous Improvement
17 28 (5.17%) MVC
17 28 (5.17%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 111 (20.48%) SQL
2 86 (15.87%) JavaScript
3 80 (14.76%) C#
4 46 (8.49%) Python
5 43 (7.93%) Java
6 35 (6.46%) PHP
7 33 (6.09%) PowerShell
8 20 (3.69%) Perl
9 17 (3.14%) Bash Shell
10 16 (2.95%) TypeScript
11 15 (2.77%) Go
12 12 (2.21%) Groovy
12 12 (2.21%) Ruby
13 9 (1.66%) T-SQL
14 8 (1.48%) C
15 7 (1.29%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 7 (1.29%) R
16 6 (1.11%) ES6
16 6 (1.11%) PL/SQL
17 5 (0.92%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 110 (20.30%) Degree
2 25 (4.61%) Computer Science Degree
3 14 (2.58%) AWS Certification
4 11 (2.03%) IIBA
4 11 (2.03%) Security Cleared
5 10 (1.85%) CompTIA Security+
5 10 (1.85%) SC Cleared
6 9 (1.66%) CEH
6 9 (1.66%) CISM
6 9 (1.66%) CISSP
7 8 (1.48%) CESG Certified Professional
7 8 (1.48%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (1.48%) CISMP
8 7 (1.29%) DBS Check
9 6 (1.11%) CCNP
10 5 (0.92%) JNCIP
11 4 (0.74%) ISTQB
12 3 (0.55%) CCNA
12 3 (0.55%) ISEB
12 3 (0.55%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (6.27%) QA
2 33 (6.09%) GDPR
3 13 (2.40%) SLA
4 6 (1.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.55%) CDISC
5 3 (0.55%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.55%) Good Clinical Practice
5 3 (0.55%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.37%) NCSC
6 2 (0.37%) NIST
7 1 (0.18%) COBIT
7 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.18%) PMO
System Software
1 46 (8.49%) Docker
2 45 (8.30%) Active Directory
3 30 (5.54%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (1.85%) Hyper-V
5 6 (1.11%) KVM
6 4 (0.74%) VMware ESXi
7 3 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.18%) NFS
Systems Management
1 39 (7.20%) Kubernetes
2 37 (6.83%) Opscode Chef
3 30 (5.54%) Terraform
4 18 (3.32%) Ansible
5 17 (3.14%) Puppet
6 12 (2.21%) Packer
6 12 (2.21%) SCCM
6 12 (2.21%) SCOM
7 8 (1.48%) SCOrch
8 4 (0.74%) Failover Clustering
8 4 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 4 (0.74%) vRealize
9 3 (0.55%) FortiGate
10 2 (0.37%) Nagios
10 2 (0.37%) Oracle RMAN
10 2 (0.37%) SCVMM
11 1 (0.18%) Icinga
11 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Intune
11 1 (0.18%) Rancher
11 1 (0.18%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 122 (22.51%) Microsoft
2 32 (5.90%) Cisco
3 31 (5.72%) VMware
4 28 (5.17%) Oracle
5 17 (3.14%) SAP
6 15 (2.77%) Google
7 14 (2.58%) Salesforce.com
8 12 (2.21%) Aquila
9 10 (1.85%) SaltStack
9 10 (1.85%) Splunk
10 9 (1.66%) Cognos
10 9 (1.66%) ServiceNow
10 9 (1.66%) Zend
11 8 (1.48%) Draytek
11 8 (1.48%) Sophos
12 7 (1.29%) Avaya
12 7 (1.29%) Veeam
13 6 (1.11%) Databricks
13 6 (1.11%) Juniper
13 6 (1.11%) Verint