Period
to 20 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 20 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 16 16 19
Rank change year-on-year 0 +3 0
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 5,007 6,340 8,954
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 10.66% 10.32% 10.66%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 11.61% 11.33% 11.59%
Number of salaries quoted 3,228 4,583 6,377
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,000 £24,000
25th Percentile £34,685 £31,411 £30,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
75th Percentile £60,000 £57,500 £55,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £66,000
UK median annual salary £50,550 £48,125 £47,000
% change year-on-year +5.04% +2.39% +4.44%

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 UK excluding London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 43,117 55,951 77,285
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 91.78% 91.09% 91.98%
Number of salaries quoted 32,912 44,801 60,437
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,000 £27,500
25th Percentile £37,500 £36,000 £34,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £61,750 £60,000 £58,750
90th Percentile £72,500 £72,500 £70,000
UK median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London.

Salary trend for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

Salary distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 20 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 20 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
North of England -1 1,223 £45,000 +7.52% 367
South East -1 1,179 £50,000 +5.26% 263
Midlands +1 841 £42,500 +6.25% 263
South West -2 701 £45,000 +7.14% 170
North West +5 674 £45,000 +7.52% 194
West Midlands +5 578 £45,000 +5.88% 178
East of England +4 482 £46,250 +15.63% 144
Yorkshire -2 453 £49,500 +16.47% 114
Scotland +6 429 £45,000 +5.88% 74
East Midlands +1 257 £42,500 +13.33% 83
Wales -2 101 £42,500 +10.39% 40
North East -9 96 £45,000 +12.50% 59
Northern Ireland +2 49 £42,500 +6.25% 8
Isle of Man -3 26 £49,500 +4.21%
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 20 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 1,535 (30.66%) Agile Software Development
2 1,366 (27.28%) Analytical Skills
3 1,078 (21.53%) SQL
4 1,050 (20.97%) Microsoft
5 983 (19.63%) Degree
6 819 (16.36%) JavaScript
7 815 (16.28%) Linux
8 777 (15.52%) Azure
9 760 (15.18%) Windows
10 700 (13.98%) DevOps
11 681 (13.60%) Finance
12 658 (13.14%) C#
13 623 (12.44%) Python
14 560 (11.18%) Software Engineering
15 554 (11.06%) SQL Server
16 549 (10.96%) Java
17 520 (10.39%) .NET
18 517 (10.33%) Computer Science
19 486 (9.71%) HTML
20 449 (8.97%) AWS
21 425 (8.49%) Project Management
22 421 (8.41%) CSS
23 409 (8.17%) Analytics
24 408 (8.15%) Git (software)
25 405 (8.09%) ITIL
26 391 (7.81%) Docker
27 386 (7.71%) Microsoft Office
28 384 (7.67%) Microsoft 365
29 380 (7.59%) Marketing
30 377 (7.53%) Business Intelligence

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 145 (2.90%) SharePoint
2 104 (2.08%) CMS
3 101 (2.02%) Apache
4 83 (1.66%) MS Exchange
5 77 (1.54%) Confluence
6 70 (1.40%) WordPress
7 38 (0.76%) IIS
8 32 (0.64%) Elasticsearch
9 27 (0.54%) SAS
10 25 (0.50%) Skype for Business
11 23 (0.46%) Tomcat
12 20 (0.40%) Drupal
12 20 (0.40%) Umbraco
13 19 (0.38%) nginx
14 17 (0.34%) Apache Spark
15 16 (0.32%) JBoss
16 15 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
17 12 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 12 (0.24%) Sitecore CMS
18 11 (0.22%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 386 (7.71%) Microsoft Office
2 269 (5.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 83 (1.66%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 64 (1.28%) MS Visio
5 27 (0.54%) Sketch
6 26 (0.52%) InVision
7 24 (0.48%) Simulink
8 23 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
9 21 (0.42%) Photoshop
10 20 (0.40%) Figma
10 20 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
11 12 (0.24%) Adobe Illustrator
12 4 (0.080%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 4 (0.080%) Adobe XD
12 4 (0.080%) Gephi
13 3 (0.060%) Chatbot
13 3 (0.060%) UXPin
14 2 (0.040%) Acrobat
14 2 (0.040%) AutoCAD
14 2 (0.040%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 51 (1.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (0.80%) Magento
3 22 (0.44%) OpenCart
3 22 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 21 (0.42%) NetSuite
4 21 (0.42%) SAP S/4HANA
5 19 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
6 15 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
6 15 (0.30%) Shopify
7 12 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 12 (0.24%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
8 11 (0.22%) SAP SD
9 8 (0.16%) Payment Gateway
10 7 (0.14%) iTrent
10 7 (0.14%) Oracle Assets
10 7 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
10 7 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
10 7 (0.14%) SAP CO
10 7 (0.14%) SAP FI
10 7 (0.14%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 777 (15.52%) Azure
2 449 (8.97%) AWS
3 384 (7.67%) Microsoft 365
4 251 (5.01%) SaaS
5 236 (4.71%) Power Platform
6 114 (2.28%) Pulumi
7 107 (2.14%) GitHub
8 71 (1.42%) GCP
9 69 (1.38%) AWS CloudFormation
10 66 (1.32%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 62 (1.24%) Serverless
12 60 (1.20%) Amazon EKS
12 60 (1.20%) Dynamics 365
13 56 (1.12%) Datadog
14 48 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
15 42 (0.84%) PaaS
16 41 (0.82%) IaaS
16 41 (0.82%) npm
17 40 (0.80%) AWS Lambda
18 37 (0.74%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 221 (4.41%) Firewall
2 182 (3.63%) Wireless
3 143 (2.86%) TCP/IP
4 138 (2.76%) DNS
5 98 (1.96%) LAN
6 96 (1.92%) WAN
7 95 (1.90%) VPN
8 90 (1.80%) Internet
9 89 (1.78%) VoIP
10 77 (1.54%) SAN
11 72 (1.44%) DHCP
11 72 (1.44%) Network Security
12 62 (1.24%) HTTP
13 49 (0.98%) Remote Desktop
13 49 (0.98%) Wi-Fi
14 46 (0.92%) Skype
15 38 (0.76%) OSPF
16 36 (0.72%) BGP
16 36 (0.72%) Cisco ASA
16 36 (0.72%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 554 (11.06%) SQL Server
2 359 (7.17%) MySQL
3 216 (4.31%) Power BI
4 164 (3.28%) Relational Database
5 154 (3.08%) Data Warehouse
6 145 (2.90%) PostgreSQL
7 138 (2.76%) MongoDB
8 123 (2.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 115 (2.30%) NoSQL
10 111 (2.22%) Redis
11 92 (1.84%) Azure SQL Database
12 88 (1.76%) Tableau
13 87 (1.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 72 (1.44%) MariaDB
15 61 (1.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 54 (1.08%) RDBMS
17 52 (1.04%) Big Data
18 49 (0.98%) Oracle Database
19 41 (0.82%) GIS
20 39 (0.78%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 408 (8.15%) Git (software)
2 223 (4.45%) JIRA
3 216 (4.31%) Jenkins
4 122 (2.44%) Selenium
5 109 (2.18%) Team Foundation Server
6 100 (2.00%) Visual Studio
7 56 (1.12%) NUnit
8 53 (1.06%) SpecFlow
9 46 (0.92%) TeamCity
10 40 (0.80%) MSTest
11 39 (0.78%) GitLab
12 37 (0.74%) Gradle
13 35 (0.70%) Cucumber
14 33 (0.66%) JMeter
14 33 (0.66%) Subversion
15 31 (0.62%) Bitbucket
15 31 (0.62%) Rational DOORS
16 30 (0.60%) Maven
17 27 (0.54%) PHPUnit
18 26 (0.52%) Cypress.io
General
1 681 (13.60%) Finance
2 380 (7.59%) Marketing
3 179 (3.57%) Public Sector
4 171 (3.42%) Retail
5 155 (3.10%) Aerospace
6 149 (2.98%) Manufacturing
7 145 (2.90%) Games
8 142 (2.84%) Law
9 136 (2.72%) Telecoms
10 116 (2.32%) Legal
11 91 (1.82%) Electronics
12 76 (1.52%) Banking
13 67 (1.34%) Automotive
14 56 (1.12%) Pharmaceutical
15 45 (0.90%) Military
16 41 (0.82%) Digital Economy
17 30 (0.60%) Back Office
17 30 (0.60%) Publishing
18 27 (0.54%) Local Government
19 25 (0.50%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 1,165 (23.27%) Developer
2 732 (14.62%) Analyst
3 302 (6.03%) Software Engineer
4 265 (5.29%) DevOps Engineer
5 235 (4.69%) IT Support
6 222 (4.43%) Senior Developer
7 221 (4.41%) Support Engineer
8 216 (4.31%) Software Developer
9 188 (3.75%) IT Engineer
10 186 (3.71%) Business Analyst
11 158 (3.16%) Architect
12 147 (2.94%) Support Analyst
13 142 (2.84%) .NET Developer
14 141 (2.82%) Administrator
15 138 (2.76%) Graduate
16 134 (2.68%) PHP Developer
17 133 (2.66%) IT Support Engineer
18 126 (2.52%) Systems Engineer
19 123 (2.46%) Java Developer
20 121 (2.42%) Trainee
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 520 (10.39%) .NET
2 486 (9.71%) HTML
3 421 (8.41%) CSS
4 281 (5.61%) React
5 221 (4.41%) REST
6 208 (4.15%) AngularJS
7 186 (3.71%) HTML5
8 185 (3.69%) jQuery
9 181 (3.61%) Web Services
10 157 (3.14%) Node.js
11 153 (3.06%) ASP.NET
12 143 (2.86%) RESTful
13 126 (2.52%) XML
14 120 (2.40%) .NET Framework
15 118 (2.36%) Vue.js
16 103 (2.06%) Kafka
17 96 (1.92%) CSS3
18 91 (1.82%) Spring
19 89 (1.78%) .NET Core
20 83 (1.66%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 1,366 (27.28%) Analytical Skills
2 339 (6.77%) Self-Motivation
3 336 (6.71%) User Experience
4 325 (6.49%) Management Information System
5 308 (6.15%) Organisational Skills
6 218 (4.35%) Mobile App
7 156 (3.12%) Data Centre
8 116 (2.32%) Algorithms
9 112 (2.24%) Greenfield Project
10 111 (2.22%) EPoS
11 100 (2.00%) Driving Licence
12 93 (1.86%) Data Structures
13 86 (1.72%) Public Cloud
14 79 (1.58%) Linux Command Line
15 69 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
15 69 (1.38%) Life Science
16 61 (1.22%) Virtual Team
17 59 (1.18%) Enterprise Cloud
18 58 (1.16%) Analytical Mindset
19 51 (1.02%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 815 (16.28%) Linux
2 760 (15.18%) Windows
3 274 (5.47%) Windows Server
4 152 (3.04%) Unix
5 120 (2.40%) Windows 10
6 101 (2.02%) Android
7 98 (1.96%) Windows Server 2012
8 83 (1.66%) Windows Server 2016
9 68 (1.36%) Apple iOS
10 41 (0.82%) Ubuntu
10 41 (0.82%) Windows Server 2019
11 35 (0.70%) Windows 7
12 34 (0.68%) Mac OS
12 34 (0.68%) Windows Server 2008
13 28 (0.56%) CentOS
14 27 (0.54%) Embedded Linux
15 16 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 13 (0.26%) AIX
17 12 (0.24%) Mac OS X
18 11 (0.22%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,535 (30.66%) Agile Software Development
2 700 (13.98%) DevOps
3 560 (11.18%) Software Engineering
4 517 (10.33%) Computer Science
5 425 (8.49%) Project Management
6 409 (8.17%) Analytics
7 405 (8.09%) ITIL
8 377 (7.53%) Business Intelligence
9 359 (7.17%) Decision-Making
10 356 (7.11%) Test Automation
11 352 (7.03%) Continuous Improvement
12 336 (6.71%) Scrum
13 318 (6.35%) Mentoring
14 312 (6.23%) Time Management
15 280 (5.59%) Mathematics
16 279 (5.57%) SDLC
17 253 (5.05%) Change Management
18 249 (4.97%) Software Testing
19 246 (4.91%) Coaching
19 246 (4.91%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1,078 (21.53%) SQL
2 819 (16.36%) JavaScript
3 658 (13.14%) C#
4 623 (12.44%) Python
5 549 (10.96%) Java
6 332 (6.63%) PHP
7 286 (5.71%) C++
8 268 (5.35%) C
9 267 (5.33%) PowerShell
10 211 (4.21%) TypeScript
11 199 (3.97%) Go
12 186 (3.71%) Bash Shell
13 166 (3.32%) Ruby
14 158 (3.16%) T-SQL
15 72 (1.44%) Groovy
16 65 (1.30%) Perl
17 64 (1.28%) PL/SQL
18 59 (1.18%) VB.NET
19 53 (1.06%) VBA
20 52 (1.04%) R
Qualifications
1 983 (19.63%) Degree
2 279 (5.57%) Security Cleared
3 237 (4.73%) Computer Science Degree
4 215 (4.29%) Network+ Certification
5 191 (3.81%) SC Cleared
6 165 (3.30%) CompTIA Security+
7 161 (3.22%) Cisco Certification
8 148 (2.96%) A+ Certification
9 147 (2.94%) Linux+ Certification
10 126 (2.52%) CCNA
11 119 (2.38%) Microsoft Certification
12 86 (1.72%) Server+ Certification
13 79 (1.58%) ISTQB
14 75 (1.50%) ISEB
15 72 (1.44%) DV Cleared
16 70 (1.40%) AWS Certification
17 52 (1.04%) CCNP
18 50 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 49 (0.98%) HNC
19 49 (0.98%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 347 (6.93%) QA
2 210 (4.19%) SLA
3 149 (2.98%) GDPR
4 71 (1.42%) Data Quality
5 52 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 42 (0.84%) PMO
7 41 (0.82%) PCI DSS
8 27 (0.54%) NIST
9 24 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials
10 20 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 18 (0.36%) COBIT
12 16 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 12 (0.24%) GxP
14 10 (0.20%) HIPAA
14 10 (0.20%) ISO 9001
14 10 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 9 (0.18%) IEC 61508
16 7 (0.14%) Actionable Recommendations
16 7 (0.14%) CDISC
16 7 (0.14%) Def Stans
System Software
1 391 (7.81%) Docker
2 369 (7.37%) Active Directory
3 243 (4.85%) VMware Infrastructure
4 128 (2.56%) Hyper-V
5 59 (1.18%) vSphere
6 50 (1.00%) XenApp
7 46 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
8 38 (0.76%) Virtual Machines
9 34 (0.68%) Firmware
10 31 (0.62%) XenDesktop
11 24 (0.48%) BitLocker
12 21 (0.42%) VMware NSX
13 16 (0.32%) Virtual Servers
14 15 (0.30%) NFS
15 10 (0.20%) Virtual Desktop
16 9 (0.18%) VMware Workstation
17 8 (0.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 8 (0.16%) Terminal Services
18 5 (0.100%) Postfix
18 5 (0.100%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 313 (6.25%) Kubernetes
2 237 (4.73%) Terraform
3 199 (3.97%) Ansible
4 195 (3.89%) Opscode Chef
5 171 (3.42%) Puppet
6 86 (1.72%) Prometheus
7 76 (1.52%) Grafana
8 69 (1.38%) SCCM
9 30 (0.60%) Microsoft Intune
10 25 (0.50%) ZABBIX
11 20 (0.40%) Graylog
12 17 (0.34%) SCOM
13 16 (0.32%) IBM BigFix
13 16 (0.32%) Microsoft Clustering
14 14 (0.28%) logstash
14 14 (0.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
15 13 (0.26%) Backup Exec
15 13 (0.26%) Packer
16 11 (0.22%) Kibana
17 10 (0.20%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 1,050 (20.97%) Microsoft
2 322 (6.43%) VMware
3 263 (5.25%) Oracle
4 246 (4.91%) Cisco
5 134 (2.68%) Citrix
5 134 (2.68%) Google
6 128 (2.56%) Salesforce.com
7 115 (2.30%) SaltStack
8 114 (2.28%) SAP
9 80 (1.60%) Veeam
10 60 (1.20%) New Relic
11 56 (1.12%) ServiceNow
12 48 (0.96%) IBM
13 47 (0.94%) Apple
14 46 (0.92%) Adobe
14 46 (0.92%) Splunk
15 43 (0.86%) Avaya
16 42 (0.84%) Dell
17 41 (0.82%) Blue Prism
18 36 (0.72%) Juniper