Period
to 23 January 2020

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 23 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
UK
6 months to
23 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 19 20 18
Rank change year-on-year +1 -2 +1
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 12,641 14,987 17,073
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.05% 9.87% 9.78%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 10.93% 10.71% 10.61%
Number of salaries quoted 8,998 10,854 12,340
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,500 £25,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -

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 115,658 139,904 160,974
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.97% 92.15% 92.20%
Number of salaries quoted 91,616 110,302 129,818
UK median annual salary £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £30,485 £29,769 £28,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.22% - +5.88%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Problem-Solving.

Salary trend for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving over the 6 months to 23 January 2020.

Salary histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK

Problem-Solving
Top 18 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 23 January 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
England +1 11,652 £50,000 +5.26% 2,592
UK excluding London +3 7,689 £43,500 +2.35% 2,087
London +2 4,640 £60,000 - 703
South East +1 2,427 £46,500 +3.33% 510
North of England +1 1,746 £42,500 +5.92% 573
Midlands +3 1,085 £41,500 -2.35% 360
South West +4 983 £41,500 -2.35% 238
North West +2 942 £42,708 +0.49% 326
East of England +5 752 £45,000 +5.88% 207
West Midlands +3 712 £41,500 -2.35% 194
Yorkshire +6 609 £42,000 +5.00% 178
Scotland +2 465 £45,000 - 110
East Midlands -1 372 £40,000 -5.88% 165
Wales +3 226 £42,000 +12.00% 73
North East +6 195 £40,000 -5.88% 69
Northern Ireland +10 34 £37,500 -21.05% 14
Channel Islands +3 1 £60,000 +14.29% 1
Isle of Man -2 1 £49,000 -4.39% 2

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 4,218 (33.37%) Agile Software Development
2 4,048 (32.02%) Analytical Skills
3 2,823 (22.33%) SQL
4 2,780 (21.99%) Microsoft
5 2,667 (21.10%) Finance
6 2,427 (19.20%) Degree
7 2,288 (18.10%) Windows
8 2,036 (16.11%) JavaScript
9 2,003 (15.85%) C#
10 1,972 (15.60%) Azure
11 1,761 (13.93%) Java
12 1,744 (13.80%) .NET
13 1,614 (12.77%) AWS
14 1,611 (12.74%) SQL Server
15 1,533 (12.13%) Software Engineering
16 1,482 (11.72%) Linux
17 1,441 (11.40%) Python
18 1,304 (10.32%) HTML
19 1,303 (10.31%) Computer Science
20 1,219 (9.64%) Project Management
21 1,186 (9.38%) Scrum
22 1,185 (9.37%) DevOps
23 1,167 (9.23%) Active Directory
24 1,165 (9.22%) CSS
25 1,163 (9.20%) ITIL
26 1,120 (8.86%) Git (software)
27 1,056 (8.35%) Self-Motivation
28 1,055 (8.35%) Office 365
29 1,023 (8.09%) Analytics
30 935 (7.40%) Mentoring

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
1 379 (3.00%) Confluence
2 368 (2.91%) SharePoint
3 237 (1.87%) MS Exchange
4 206 (1.63%) IIS
5 161 (1.27%) CMS
6 131 (1.04%) Elasticsearch
7 124 (0.98%) Apache
8 122 (0.97%) Apache Spark
9 97 (0.77%) Skype for Business
10 86 (0.68%) Tomcat
11 81 (0.64%) SAS
12 68 (0.54%) WordPress
13 65 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2010
14 62 (0.49%) WebSphere
15 56 (0.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 52 (0.41%) WebLogic
17 46 (0.36%) nginx
18 43 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2013
19 31 (0.25%) Oracle Service Bus
20 27 (0.21%) JBoss
Applications
1 864 (6.83%) Microsoft Office
2 556 (4.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 192 (1.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 119 (0.94%) MS Visio
5 93 (0.74%) Sketch
6 75 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
7 72 (0.57%) InVision
8 62 (0.49%) Photoshop
9 45 (0.36%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 43 (0.34%) Zeplin
11 39 (0.31%) Adobe Illustrator
12 31 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
13 23 (0.18%) Adobe XD
14 15 (0.12%) Chatbot
15 13 (0.10%) Acrobat
16 12 (0.095%) InDesign
16 12 (0.095%) OrCAD
16 12 (0.095%) SOLIDWORKS
17 9 (0.071%) Gliffy
18 8 (0.063%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 159 (1.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 64 (0.51%) Magento
3 61 (0.48%) Payment Gateway
4 48 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
5 47 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
6 44 (0.35%) SAP S/4HANA
7 40 (0.32%) Oracle ERP
8 30 (0.24%) Oracle EBS R12
9 29 (0.23%) NetSuite
10 25 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 24 (0.19%) Distributed Ledger
12 23 (0.18%) Shopify
13 22 (0.17%) Oracle Applications
13 22 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
13 22 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
14 21 (0.17%) Oracle Receivables
15 19 (0.15%) Dynamics NAV
15 19 (0.15%) Oracle BPM
16 18 (0.14%) assyst
16 18 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1,972 (15.60%) Azure
2 1,614 (12.77%) AWS
3 1,055 (8.35%) Office 365
4 470 (3.72%) SaaS
5 430 (3.40%) Power Platform
6 274 (2.17%) GCP
7 213 (1.68%) Serverless
8 179 (1.42%) Cloud Computing
9 167 (1.32%) PaaS
10 144 (1.14%) Dynamics 365
11 136 (1.08%) IaaS
12 133 (1.05%) GitHub
13 132 (1.04%) Azure Active Directory
14 113 (0.89%) Amazon EC2
15 108 (0.85%) AWS Lambda
16 94 (0.74%) Amazon S3
17 90 (0.71%) npm
18 58 (0.46%) Google Analytics
19 53 (0.42%) Azure Data Factory
20 50 (0.40%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 676 (5.35%) Firewall
2 515 (4.07%) DNS
3 514 (4.07%) TCP/IP
4 409 (3.24%) Internet
5 403 (3.19%) LAN
6 399 (3.16%) WAN
7 376 (2.97%) DHCP
8 276 (2.18%) VPN
8 276 (2.18%) Wireless
9 257 (2.03%) Network Security
10 223 (1.76%) VoIP
11 153 (1.21%) Wi-Fi
12 152 (1.20%) Skype
13 150 (1.19%) VLAN
14 133 (1.05%) SAN
15 130 (1.03%) BGP
16 125 (0.99%) MPLS
17 122 (0.97%) HTTP
18 86 (0.68%) SSL
19 79 (0.62%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,611 (12.74%) SQL Server
2 544 (4.30%) MySQL
3 456 (3.61%) Relational Database
4 400 (3.16%) Power BI
5 394 (3.12%) Big Data
6 382 (3.02%) Data Warehouse
7 367 (2.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 336 (2.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 329 (2.60%) PostgreSQL
10 277 (2.19%) NoSQL
11 255 (2.02%) MongoDB
12 176 (1.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 151 (1.19%) Hadoop
14 147 (1.16%) Azure SQL Database
15 128 (1.01%) Redis
16 127 (1.00%) Oracle Database
17 119 (0.94%) QlikView
18 114 (0.90%) RDBMS
19 111 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
20 82 (0.65%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1,120 (8.86%) Git (software)
2 788 (6.23%) JIRA
3 478 (3.78%) Jenkins
4 387 (3.06%) Visual Studio
5 305 (2.41%) Team Foundation Server
6 278 (2.20%) Selenium
7 176 (1.39%) Bitbucket
8 160 (1.27%) Visual Studio Team System
9 153 (1.21%) TeamCity
10 146 (1.15%) Maven
11 128 (1.01%) Octopus Deploy
12 122 (0.97%) Subversion
13 115 (0.91%) JUnit
13 115 (0.91%) webpack
14 105 (0.83%) Postman
15 103 (0.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 101 (0.80%) Jasmine
17 97 (0.77%) Cucumber
18 85 (0.67%) Karma Test Runner
19 73 (0.58%) gulp
General
1 2,667 (21.10%) Finance
2 629 (4.98%) Banking
3 595 (4.71%) Retail
4 587 (4.64%) Marketing
5 412 (3.26%) Telecoms
6 350 (2.77%) Public Sector
7 339 (2.68%) Legal
8 285 (2.25%) Games
8 285 (2.25%) Manufacturing
9 201 (1.59%) Law
10 182 (1.44%) Electronics
11 173 (1.37%) Aerospace
12 152 (1.20%) Front Office
13 130 (1.03%) Automotive
14 124 (0.98%) Advertising
15 104 (0.82%) Financial Institution
16 86 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
17 84 (0.66%) Back Office
18 81 (0.64%) Billing
19 75 (0.59%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 2,984 (23.61%) Developer
2 1,908 (15.09%) Analyst
3 789 (6.24%) Software Engineer
4 622 (4.92%) Senior Developer
5 611 (4.83%) Consultant
6 526 (4.16%) Support Engineer
7 518 (4.10%) Architect
8 492 (3.89%) C# Developer
9 476 (3.77%) .NET Developer
10 451 (3.57%) Software Developer
11 434 (3.43%) Support Analyst
12 410 (3.24%) Business Analyst
13 397 (3.14%) Java Developer
14 370 (2.93%) IT Support
15 329 (2.60%) Junior
16 325 (2.57%) Project Manager
17 309 (2.44%) Administrator
18 296 (2.34%) Network Engineer
19 281 (2.22%) Applications Support
20 276 (2.18%) Senior Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,744 (13.80%) .NET
2 1,304 (10.32%) HTML
3 1,165 (9.22%) CSS
4 788 (6.23%) AngularJS
5 627 (4.96%) ASP.NET
6 599 (4.74%) React
7 568 (4.49%) Web Services
8 567 (4.49%) REST
9 559 (4.42%) Node.js
10 486 (3.84%) HTML5
11 418 (3.31%) XML
12 412 (3.26%) jQuery
13 411 (3.25%) .NET Framework
14 407 (3.22%) RESTful
15 370 (2.93%) ASP.NET Web API
16 342 (2.71%) Spring
17 290 (2.29%) ASP.NET MVC
18 285 (2.25%) CSS3
19 274 (2.17%) SOAP
20 259 (2.05%) .NET Core
Miscellaneous
1 4,048 (32.02%) Analytical Skills
2 1,056 (8.35%) Self-Motivation
3 779 (6.16%) User Experience
4 532 (4.21%) Management Information System
5 390 (3.09%) Algorithms
6 331 (2.62%) Enterprise Software
7 320 (2.53%) Mobile App
8 316 (2.50%) Data Centre
9 226 (1.79%) Data Structures
10 224 (1.77%) Greenfield Project
11 214 (1.69%) Driving Licence
12 185 (1.46%) Cloud Native
13 168 (1.33%) Virtual Team
14 161 (1.27%) Public Cloud
15 149 (1.18%) Video Conferencing
16 115 (0.91%) Linux Command Line
17 96 (0.76%) Analytical Mindset
18 90 (0.71%) Hybrid Cloud
19 88 (0.70%) Client/Server
20 80 (0.63%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 2,288 (18.10%) Windows
2 1,482 (11.72%) Linux
3 815 (6.45%) Windows Server
4 619 (4.90%) Unix
4 619 (4.90%) Windows 10
5 342 (2.71%) Windows 7
6 304 (2.40%) Android
7 297 (2.35%) Apple iOS
8 282 (2.23%) Windows Server 2012
9 217 (1.72%) Windows Server 2008
10 106 (0.84%) Mac OS X
11 98 (0.78%) Windows 8
12 77 (0.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 68 (0.54%) Mac OS
14 56 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
15 54 (0.43%) Windows XP
16 51 (0.40%) CentOS
17 43 (0.34%) Ubuntu
18 39 (0.31%) Solaris
19 24 (0.19%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 4,218 (33.37%) Agile Software Development
2 1,533 (12.13%) Software Engineering
3 1,303 (10.31%) Computer Science
4 1,219 (9.64%) Project Management
5 1,186 (9.38%) Scrum
6 1,185 (9.37%) DevOps
7 1,163 (9.20%) ITIL
8 1,023 (8.09%) Analytics
9 935 (7.40%) Mentoring
10 917 (7.25%) Decision-Making
11 914 (7.23%) Test Automation
12 860 (6.80%) TDD
13 844 (6.68%) SDLC
14 815 (6.45%) Business Intelligence
15 768 (6.08%) Stakeholder Management
16 754 (5.96%) Continuous Improvement
17 692 (5.47%) Continuous Integration
18 675 (5.34%) Microservices
19 641 (5.07%) MVC
20 592 (4.68%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 2,823 (22.33%) SQL
2 2,036 (16.11%) JavaScript
3 2,003 (15.85%) C#
4 1,761 (13.93%) Java
5 1,441 (11.40%) Python
6 674 (5.33%) C++
7 652 (5.16%) C
8 604 (4.78%) PowerShell
9 448 (3.54%) T-SQL
10 418 (3.31%) TypeScript
11 383 (3.03%) PHP
12 312 (2.47%) Bash Shell
13 257 (2.03%) Ruby
14 207 (1.64%) VB.NET
15 187 (1.48%) Scala
16 176 (1.39%) PL/SQL
17 161 (1.27%) R
18 154 (1.22%) Go
19 153 (1.21%) Perl
20 140 (1.11%) ES6
Qualifications
1 2,427 (19.20%) Degree
2 564 (4.46%) Computer Science Degree
3 466 (3.69%) Security Cleared
4 338 (2.67%) Cisco Certification
5 328 (2.59%) Microsoft Certification
6 326 (2.58%) SC Cleared
7 237 (1.87%) CCNA
8 183 (1.45%) CCNP
9 169 (1.34%) ISTQB
10 162 (1.28%) MCSE
11 143 (1.13%) ITIL Certification
12 116 (0.92%) MCSA
13 99 (0.78%) CISSP
14 88 (0.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 87 (0.69%) DBS Check
16 85 (0.67%) JNCIA
17 83 (0.66%) Master's Degree
18 81 (0.64%) MCP
19 77 (0.61%) ISEB
20 76 (0.60%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 698 (5.52%) QA
2 471 (3.73%) SLA
3 206 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 177 (1.40%) Data Quality
5 148 (1.17%) GDPR
6 115 (0.91%) PMO
7 60 (0.47%) NIST
8 59 (0.47%) PCI DSS
9 28 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 27 (0.21%) COBIT
11 21 (0.17%) Actionable Recommendations
12 19 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
13 18 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 17 (0.13%) HIPAA
14 17 (0.13%) WCAG
15 16 (0.13%) ISO 9001
16 14 (0.11%) MiFID
17 13 (0.10%) ISO 22301
18 12 (0.095%) Def Stans
19 11 (0.087%) EMIR
System Software
1 1,167 (9.23%) Active Directory
2 694 (5.49%) Docker
3 554 (4.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 245 (1.94%) Hyper-V
5 142 (1.12%) vSphere
6 106 (0.84%) XenApp
7 94 (0.74%) VMware ESXi
8 85 (0.67%) Firmware
9 79 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
10 77 (0.61%) XenDesktop
11 51 (0.40%) Virtual Servers
12 38 (0.30%) VirtualBox
13 26 (0.21%) Terminal Services
14 24 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
15 22 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
16 20 (0.16%) vCloud
17 17 (0.13%) Apache Flume
17 17 (0.13%) BitLocker
17 17 (0.13%) VMware NSX
18 16 (0.13%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 487 (3.85%) Kubernetes
2 310 (2.45%) Terraform
3 305 (2.41%) Ansible
4 304 (2.40%) SCCM
5 221 (1.75%) Puppet
6 159 (1.26%) Opscode Chef
7 92 (0.73%) Microsoft Intune
8 63 (0.50%) Kibana
9 62 (0.49%) WSUS
10 47 (0.37%) SCOM
11 43 (0.34%) Nagios
12 41 (0.32%) Grafana
13 40 (0.32%) vCenter Server
14 29 (0.23%) AirWatch
15 28 (0.22%) Backup Exec
15 28 (0.22%) Jamf Pro
16 27 (0.21%) FortiGate
17 26 (0.21%) BMC PATROL
18 25 (0.20%) Cisco CUCM
18 25 (0.20%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 2,780 (21.99%) Microsoft
2 803 (6.35%) VMware
3 678 (5.36%) Oracle
4 603 (4.77%) Cisco
5 365 (2.89%) Google
6 308 (2.44%) SAP
7 298 (2.36%) Citrix
8 293 (2.32%) Salesforce.com
9 282 (2.23%) Sage
10 276 (2.18%) Tableau
11 221 (1.75%) ServiceNow
12 182 (1.44%) Adobe
13 175 (1.38%) HP
14 165 (1.31%) Juniper
15 158 (1.25%) Apple
16 155 (1.23%) IBM
17 140 (1.11%) Atlassian
18 123 (0.97%) Splunk
19 111 (0.88%) Dell
20 103 (0.81%) Red Hat