Period
to 20 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies 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 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
UK
6 months to
20 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 16 26 20
Rank change year-on-year +10 -6 -2
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 14,191 3,999 14,566
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 11.72% 8.14% 10.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 12.47% 8.73% 11.13%
Number of salaries quoted 7,593 3,026 10,165
10th Percentile £28,579 £28,000 £26,250
25th Percentile £37,500 £36,250 £33,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £63,750
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 113,815 45,798 130,905
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 94.02% 93.24% 92.61%
Number of salaries quoted 75,990 37,717 104,073
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,750 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,500 £42,500 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £76,250 £73,750 £70,000
90th Percentile £93,750 £91,250 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +11.11% -

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving.

Salary trend for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving over the 6 months to 20 September 2021.

Salary histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Top 19 Job Locations

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 over the 6 months to 20 September 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
England +11 12,371 £52,500 +5.00% 2,459
UK excluding London +11 7,561 £45,000 - 1,839
London +18 5,361 £64,000 -1.54% 787
Work from Home +13 2,468 £55,000 -4.35% 431
South East +13 2,213 £50,000 - 427
North of England +7 1,627 £45,000 +5.88% 469
Midlands +5 1,275 £45,000 +2.31% 324
South West +17 964 £45,000 +5.88% 239
West Midlands +5 871 £45,000 +2.27% 201
North West +4 810 £46,500 +3.33% 244
East of England +8 757 £40,000 -5.88% 202
Yorkshire +16 671 £45,000 +12.50% 160
Scotland +11 506 £47,500 +8.57% 121
East Midlands +6 396 £40,000 - 122
Wales +14 236 £42,500 +7.59% 45
North East +2 154 £35,875 -10.31% 65
Northern Ireland -20 44 £46,250 +2.78% 10
Channel Islands -1 5 £85,000 +54.55% 3
Isle of Man -12 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 September 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 with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 6,737 (47.47%) Social Skills
2 5,142 (36.23%) Agile Software Development
3 3,967 (27.95%) Analytical Skills
4 3,005 (21.18%) SQL
5 2,902 (20.45%) Finance
6 2,770 (19.52%) Microsoft
7 2,493 (17.57%) Degree
8 2,491 (17.55%) JavaScript
9 2,380 (16.77%) Azure
10 2,240 (15.78%) AWS
11 2,194 (15.46%) Python
12 2,187 (15.41%) DevOps
13 2,169 (15.28%) Java
14 2,100 (14.80%) Software Engineering
15 1,753 (12.35%) Analytics
16 1,695 (11.94%) Windows
17 1,644 (11.58%) Scrum
18 1,558 (10.98%) Project Management
19 1,554 (10.95%) Linux
20 1,540 (10.85%) Docker
21 1,525 (10.75%) React
22 1,524 (10.74%) C#
23 1,489 (10.49%) HTML
24 1,445 (10.18%) Computer Science
25 1,400 (9.87%) CSS
26 1,369 (9.65%) .NET
27 1,362 (9.60%) User Experience
28 1,307 (9.21%) Git (software)
29 1,301 (9.17%) Kubernetes
30 1,254 (8.84%) SQL Server

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 334 (2.35%) Confluence
2 314 (2.21%) SharePoint
3 275 (1.94%) CMS
4 269 (1.90%) SAS
5 212 (1.49%) Apache
6 181 (1.28%) Elasticsearch
7 156 (1.10%) MS Exchange
8 149 (1.05%) IIS
9 135 (0.95%) Apache Spark
10 134 (0.94%) nginx
11 129 (0.91%) WordPress
12 104 (0.73%) WebLogic
13 79 (0.56%) Tomcat
14 54 (0.38%) Umbraco
15 49 (0.35%) Apache Solr
16 43 (0.30%) Apache Airflow
16 43 (0.30%) Drupal
16 43 (0.30%) Jupyter
16 43 (0.30%) Oracle Workflow
17 42 (0.30%) Headless CMS
Applications
1 962 (6.78%) Microsoft Office
2 710 (5.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 272 (1.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 151 (1.06%) MS Visio
5 109 (0.77%) Figma
6 97 (0.68%) Microsoft Project
7 95 (0.67%) Sketch
8 52 (0.37%) Simulink
9 45 (0.32%) Photoshop
10 41 (0.29%) InVision
11 35 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
12 28 (0.20%) Campfire
13 21 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
14 17 (0.12%) Adobe XD
15 15 (0.11%) Chatbot
15 15 (0.11%) SPSS
16 14 (0.099%) Adobe Creative Suite
16 14 (0.099%) Gliffy
17 12 (0.085%) Adobe After Effects
17 12 (0.085%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 90 (0.63%) NetSuite
2 81 (0.57%) Distributed Ledger
3 80 (0.56%) Payment Gateway
4 72 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
5 65 (0.46%) Magento
6 49 (0.35%) R3 Corda
7 39 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
8 37 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
9 33 (0.23%) Shopify
10 31 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
11 26 (0.18%) Sentinel
12 25 (0.18%) Maximo
12 25 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
13 22 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
14 20 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
15 18 (0.13%) SAP Business One
16 16 (0.11%) IBM Planning Analytics
16 16 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
16 16 (0.11%) SAP FI
17 15 (0.11%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 2,380 (16.77%) Azure
2 2,240 (15.78%) AWS
3 881 (6.21%) Microsoft 365
4 824 (5.81%) SaaS
5 730 (5.14%) GCP
6 684 (4.82%) Power Platform
7 663 (4.67%) Serverless
8 557 (3.93%) GitHub
9 298 (2.10%) AWS Lambda
10 269 (1.90%) PaaS
11 204 (1.44%) Amazon EKS
11 204 (1.44%) Cloud Computing
12 176 (1.24%) Amazon S3
13 172 (1.21%) AWS CloudFormation
13 172 (1.21%) npm
14 167 (1.18%) IaaS
15 158 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
16 141 (0.99%) Pulumi
17 127 (0.89%) Google Analytics
18 124 (0.87%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 518 (3.65%) Firewall
2 373 (2.63%) DNS
3 328 (2.31%) TCP/IP
4 276 (1.94%) HTTP
5 272 (1.92%) Internet
6 261 (1.84%) VPN
7 238 (1.68%) WAN
8 235 (1.66%) LAN
9 230 (1.62%) DHCP
10 167 (1.18%) Broadband
11 158 (1.11%) Network Security
12 138 (0.97%) Wi-Fi
13 122 (0.86%) Wireless
14 107 (0.75%) SSL
15 95 (0.67%) SAN
16 89 (0.63%) VoIP
17 68 (0.48%) Skype
18 57 (0.40%) BGP
19 48 (0.34%) VLAN
20 44 (0.31%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,254 (8.84%) SQL Server
2 763 (5.38%) MySQL
3 653 (4.60%) PostgreSQL
4 642 (4.52%) Relational Database
5 616 (4.34%) Power BI
6 545 (3.84%) Data Warehouse
7 527 (3.71%) Big Data
8 505 (3.56%) NoSQL
9 459 (3.23%) MongoDB
10 370 (2.61%) Tableau
11 351 (2.47%) Redis
12 268 (1.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 238 (1.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 213 (1.50%) Oracle Database
15 193 (1.36%) Azure SQL Database
16 185 (1.30%) Amazon RDS
17 181 (1.28%) RDBMS
18 176 (1.24%) Amazon DynamoDB
19 165 (1.16%) Data Lake
20 124 (0.87%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 1,307 (9.21%) Git (software)
2 1,026 (7.23%) JIRA
3 925 (6.52%) Jenkins
4 312 (2.20%) GitLab
5 267 (1.88%) Selenium
6 243 (1.71%) Visual Studio
7 212 (1.49%) webpack
8 181 (1.28%) Maven
9 179 (1.26%) Bitbucket
10 138 (0.97%) JUnit
11 134 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
12 125 (0.88%) Cucumber
13 105 (0.74%) gulp
14 103 (0.73%) Subversion
15 102 (0.72%) TeamCity
16 98 (0.69%) Octopus Deploy
17 94 (0.66%) git-flow
18 89 (0.63%) Gradle
19 77 (0.54%) NUnit
20 75 (0.53%) Jasmine
General
1 6,737 (47.47%) Social Skills
2 3,967 (27.95%) Analytical Skills
3 2,902 (20.45%) Finance
4 1,019 (7.18%) Marketing
5 836 (5.89%) Retail
6 760 (5.36%) Organisational Skills
7 581 (4.09%) Banking
8 576 (4.06%) Presentation Skills
9 441 (3.11%) Games
10 432 (3.04%) Manufacturing
10 432 (3.04%) Public Sector
11 401 (2.83%) Influencing Skills
12 374 (2.64%) Telecoms
13 362 (2.55%) Law
14 354 (2.49%) Pharmaceutical
15 348 (2.45%) Legal
16 283 (1.99%) Inclusion and Diversity
17 234 (1.65%) Advertising
18 172 (1.21%) Documentation Skills
19 167 (1.18%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 3,417 (24.08%) Developer
2 1,893 (13.34%) Analyst
3 1,088 (7.67%) Software Engineer
4 607 (4.28%) Senior Developer
5 600 (4.23%) DevOps Engineer
6 512 (3.61%) Java Developer
7 475 (3.35%) Architect
8 442 (3.11%) Business Analyst
9 427 (3.01%) Consultant
10 382 (2.69%) Software Developer
11 365 (2.57%) Senior Software Engineer
12 361 (2.54%) Full Stack Developer
13 345 (2.43%) Support Engineer
14 332 (2.34%) Support Analyst
15 319 (2.25%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
16 314 (2.21%) Project Manager
17 301 (2.12%) .NET Developer
18 294 (2.07%) Junior
19 270 (1.90%) Designer
20 259 (1.83%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,525 (10.75%) React
2 1,489 (10.49%) HTML
3 1,400 (9.87%) CSS
4 1,369 (9.65%) .NET
5 1,094 (7.71%) REST
6 981 (6.91%) Node.js
7 893 (6.29%) AngularJS
8 728 (5.13%) Spring
9 649 (4.57%) Web Services
10 580 (4.09%) RESTful
11 495 (3.49%) GraphQL
12 465 (3.28%) HTML5
13 451 (3.18%) Vue.js
14 402 (2.83%) .NET Core
15 398 (2.80%) jQuery
16 374 (2.64%) XML
17 361 (2.54%) Redux
18 345 (2.43%) Kafka
19 334 (2.35%) Middleware
20 305 (2.15%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 1,362 (9.60%) User Experience
2 1,129 (7.96%) Self-Motivation
3 699 (4.93%) Management Information System
4 447 (3.15%) Mobile App
5 429 (3.02%) Algorithms
6 257 (1.81%) Virtual Team
7 255 (1.80%) Data Structures
8 240 (1.69%) Life Science
9 227 (1.60%) Data Centre
10 226 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
11 201 (1.42%) Analytical Mindset
11 201 (1.42%) Driving Licence
12 193 (1.36%) EPoS
13 180 (1.27%) Social Media
14 168 (1.18%) Cloud Native
15 161 (1.13%) Greenfield Project
16 157 (1.11%) Public Cloud
17 131 (0.92%) Linux Command Line
18 126 (0.89%) Data Protection Act
19 122 (0.86%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 1,695 (11.94%) Windows
2 1,554 (10.95%) Linux
3 540 (3.81%) Windows Server
4 416 (2.93%) Unix
5 415 (2.92%) Android
6 378 (2.66%) Windows 10
7 360 (2.54%) Apple iOS
8 150 (1.06%) Windows Server 2012
9 144 (1.01%) Windows Server 2016
10 135 (0.95%) Windows 7
11 99 (0.70%) Mac OS
12 81 (0.57%) Windows Server 2019
13 73 (0.51%) Windows 8
14 67 (0.47%) CentOS
15 59 (0.42%) Windows Server 2008
16 53 (0.37%) Mac OS X
17 49 (0.35%) Ubuntu
18 42 (0.30%) Embedded Linux
19 40 (0.28%) Solaris
20 35 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,142 (36.23%) Agile Software Development
2 2,187 (15.41%) DevOps
3 2,100 (14.80%) Software Engineering
4 1,753 (12.35%) Analytics
5 1,644 (11.58%) Scrum
6 1,558 (10.98%) Project Management
7 1,445 (10.18%) Computer Science
8 1,151 (8.11%) Mentoring
9 1,122 (7.91%) Microservices
10 1,087 (7.66%) Business Intelligence
11 1,000 (7.05%) TDD
12 980 (6.91%) SDLC
13 975 (6.87%) Test Automation
14 963 (6.79%) Decision-Making
15 958 (6.75%) Continuous Improvement
16 935 (6.59%) Full Stack Development
17 911 (6.42%) Time Management
18 880 (6.20%) ITIL
19 825 (5.81%) Continuous Integration
20 800 (5.64%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 3,005 (21.18%) SQL
2 2,491 (17.55%) JavaScript
3 2,194 (15.46%) Python
4 2,169 (15.28%) Java
5 1,524 (10.74%) C#
6 840 (5.92%) TypeScript
7 752 (5.30%) PHP
8 651 (4.59%) PowerShell
9 573 (4.04%) C
10 495 (3.49%) Go
11 490 (3.45%) C++
12 431 (3.04%) Bash Shell
13 404 (2.85%) Java 8
14 358 (2.52%) T-SQL
15 324 (2.28%) Ruby
16 248 (1.75%) PL/SQL
17 232 (1.63%) ES6
18 211 (1.49%) Kotlin
18 211 (1.49%) R
19 170 (1.20%) Scala
Qualifications
1 2,493 (17.57%) Degree
2 879 (6.19%) Security Cleared
3 668 (4.71%) SC Cleared
4 643 (4.53%) Computer Science Degree
5 233 (1.64%) Microsoft Certification
6 181 (1.28%) Cisco Certification
7 169 (1.19%) Master's Degree
8 152 (1.07%) PhD
9 126 (0.89%) CCNA
10 102 (0.72%) ISTQB
11 97 (0.68%) ISEB
12 95 (0.67%) AWS Certification
13 94 (0.66%) MCSE
14 86 (0.61%) ITIL Certification
15 78 (0.55%) CCNP
16 76 (0.54%) Numerate Degree
17 73 (0.51%) CISSP
17 73 (0.51%) MCSA
18 72 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
19 68 (0.48%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 854 (6.02%) QA
2 516 (3.64%) SLA
3 401 (2.83%) GDPR
4 257 (1.81%) Data Quality
5 254 (1.79%) Accessibility
6 166 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 129 (0.91%) PMO
8 87 (0.61%) PCI DSS
9 70 (0.49%) Good Clinical Practice
10 62 (0.44%) WCAG
11 53 (0.37%) Cyber Essentials
12 48 (0.34%) NIST
13 46 (0.32%) CDISC
14 43 (0.30%) MISRA
14 43 (0.30%) MISRA C
15 37 (0.26%) ECSS
16 36 (0.25%) 21 CFR Part 11
17 30 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
18 24 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
19 22 (0.16%) NCSC
System Software
1 1,540 (10.85%) Docker
2 875 (6.17%) Active Directory
3 379 (2.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 218 (1.54%) Hyper-V
5 87 (0.61%) vSphere
6 84 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
7 77 (0.54%) Firmware
8 67 (0.47%) XenApp
9 50 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
10 49 (0.35%) XenDesktop
11 33 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
12 30 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
13 18 (0.13%) BitLocker
14 15 (0.11%) VMware Workstation
15 12 (0.085%) Microsoft App-V
15 12 (0.085%) Oracle RAC
16 11 (0.078%) NFS
16 11 (0.078%) VMware NSX
17 8 (0.056%) Ceph
17 8 (0.056%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 1,301 (9.17%) Kubernetes
2 1,017 (7.17%) Terraform
3 652 (4.59%) Ansible
4 327 (2.30%) Opscode Chef
5 300 (2.11%) Puppet
6 212 (1.49%) SCCM
7 207 (1.46%) Prometheus
8 162 (1.14%) Grafana
9 150 (1.06%) Microsoft Intune
10 77 (0.54%) Istio
11 69 (0.49%) Single Sign-On
12 41 (0.29%) WSUS
13 37 (0.26%) SCOM
14 35 (0.25%) Graphite
15 30 (0.21%) Kibana
16 28 (0.20%) Active Directory Federation Services
16 28 (0.20%) Hadoop YARN
17 26 (0.18%) Nagios
18 24 (0.17%) Jamf Pro
18 24 (0.17%) Mesos
Vendors
1 2,770 (19.52%) Microsoft
2 797 (5.62%) Google
3 751 (5.29%) Oracle
4 534 (3.76%) VMware
5 382 (2.69%) Salesforce.com
6 343 (2.42%) Cisco
7 321 (2.26%) SAP
8 247 (1.74%) Citrix
9 217 (1.53%) ServiceNow
10 148 (1.04%) Adobe
11 143 (1.01%) Instagram
12 130 (0.92%) SaltStack
13 125 (0.88%) Apple
13 125 (0.88%) Splunk
14 119 (0.84%) IBM
15 109 (0.77%) Facebook
16 101 (0.71%) Databricks
17 100 (0.70%) YouTube
18 89 (0.63%) Veeam
19 87 (0.61%) EMC