Period
to 18 June 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 18 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
UK
6 months to
18 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 16 22 23
Rank change year-on-year +6 +1 -5
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 10,972 7,771 14,286
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 10.68% 9.45% 9.96%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 11.47% 10.23% 10.79%
Number of salaries quoted 6,388 5,650 10,043
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,975 £26,250
25th Percentile £37,500 £35,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,000 £50,000 £45,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% +9.89% -
75th Percentile £67,500 £67,500 £62,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £81,250 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £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 95,683 75,937 132,411
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 93.17% 92.36% 92.31%
Number of salaries quoted 66,593 61,031 105,125
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,371 £30,000
25th Percentile £41,375 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £73,750 £70,000
90th Percentile £91,250 £90,000 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +4.21% +5.56% -

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 18 June 2021.

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 18 June 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 +4 9,665 £52,500 +5.00% 1,918
UK excluding London +5 6,297 £45,000 +5.88% 1,460
London +7 3,876 £62,500 +2.04% 581
Work from Home +5 1,934 £55,000 +4.76% 381
South East +4 1,658 £50,000 - 306
North of England +1 1,395 £45,000 +11.80% 440
Midlands 0 1,044 £45,000 +5.88% 247
South West +2 920 £45,000 +6.69% 166
North West 0 728 £45,000 +9.09% 225
West Midlands +2 716 £45,000 +4.65% 161
East of England +4 604 £40,000 - 174
Yorkshire -2 553 £47,500 +18.75% 157
Scotland +7 503 £45,000 +5.88% 84
East Midlands +3 321 £41,250 +10.00% 86
Wales -3 149 £40,000 +14.29% 41
North East -7 114 £41,500 +13.70% 58
Northern Ireland -17 38 £40,000 - 7
Isle of Man -6 21 £49,500 +4.21%

For the 6 months to 18 June 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 4,839 (44.10%) Social Skills
2 3,659 (33.35%) Agile Software Development
3 2,926 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
4 2,281 (20.79%) SQL
5 2,117 (19.29%) Finance
6 2,042 (18.61%) Microsoft
7 1,993 (18.16%) Degree
8 1,963 (17.89%) JavaScript
9 1,699 (15.48%) Azure
10 1,663 (15.16%) Python
11 1,621 (14.77%) Java
12 1,608 (14.66%) Software Engineering
13 1,602 (14.60%) DevOps
14 1,535 (13.99%) AWS
15 1,432 (13.05%) Linux
16 1,358 (12.38%) Windows
17 1,296 (11.81%) C#
18 1,193 (10.87%) Computer Science
19 1,174 (10.70%) Docker
20 1,156 (10.54%) HTML
21 1,142 (10.41%) .NET
22 1,111 (10.13%) Analytics
23 1,051 (9.58%) User Experience
24 1,033 (9.41%) CSS
25 1,010 (9.21%) Project Management
26 1,008 (9.19%) SQL Server
27 987 (9.00%) Scrum
28 985 (8.98%) Git (software)
29 912 (8.31%) Kubernetes
30 893 (8.14%) Marketing

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
1 246 (2.24%) SharePoint
2 228 (2.08%) Confluence
3 182 (1.66%) CMS
4 166 (1.51%) Elasticsearch
5 160 (1.46%) Apache
6 151 (1.38%) SAS
7 121 (1.10%) MS Exchange
8 104 (0.95%) Apache Spark
9 92 (0.84%) WordPress
10 90 (0.82%) IIS
11 76 (0.69%) nginx
12 57 (0.52%) Tomcat
13 54 (0.49%) Skype for Business
14 39 (0.36%) WebLogic
15 36 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
16 33 (0.30%) Jupyter
17 32 (0.29%) Apache Solr
18 30 (0.27%) Apache Airflow
18 30 (0.27%) Drupal
19 29 (0.26%) JBoss
Applications
1 722 (6.58%) Microsoft Office
2 531 (4.84%) Microsoft Excel
3 176 (1.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 116 (1.06%) MS Visio
5 74 (0.67%) Sketch
6 73 (0.67%) Figma
7 67 (0.61%) Microsoft Project
8 62 (0.57%) InVision
9 38 (0.35%) Photoshop
10 33 (0.30%) Simulink
11 31 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
12 22 (0.20%) Campfire
13 19 (0.17%) SPSS
14 17 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
15 15 (0.14%) Chatbot
16 12 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
17 11 (0.10%) InDesign
18 9 (0.082%) UXPin
19 7 (0.064%) AutoCAD
20 6 (0.055%) Gephi
Business Applications
1 78 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 54 (0.49%) Magento
3 46 (0.42%) NetSuite
4 41 (0.37%) Distributed Ledger
5 38 (0.35%) Payment Gateway
6 37 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
7 30 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
7 30 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
7 30 (0.27%) Shopify
8 26 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
8 26 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
9 20 (0.18%) Sentinel
10 14 (0.13%) Primavera
10 14 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
10 14 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 12 (0.11%) Maximo
11 12 (0.11%) PeopleSoft HCM
11 12 (0.11%) R3 Corda
11 12 (0.11%) SAP FI
12 11 (0.10%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 1,699 (15.48%) Azure
2 1,535 (13.99%) AWS
3 686 (6.25%) Microsoft 365
4 638 (5.81%) SaaS
5 491 (4.48%) Power Platform
6 446 (4.06%) GCP
7 433 (3.95%) Serverless
8 334 (3.04%) GitHub
9 229 (2.09%) AWS Lambda
10 164 (1.49%) PaaS
11 154 (1.40%) Amazon EKS
12 141 (1.29%) AWS CloudFormation
13 138 (1.26%) Amazon S3
14 136 (1.24%) npm
15 134 (1.22%) Pulumi
16 129 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
17 122 (1.11%) Amazon EC2
18 105 (0.96%) Dynamics 365
19 100 (0.91%) IaaS
20 96 (0.87%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 353 (3.22%) Firewall
2 244 (2.22%) TCP/IP
3 242 (2.21%) Wireless
4 229 (2.09%) DNS
5 209 (1.90%) Internet
6 191 (1.74%) HTTP
7 173 (1.58%) VPN
8 165 (1.50%) LAN
9 159 (1.45%) Network Security
9 159 (1.45%) WAN
10 129 (1.18%) DHCP
11 114 (1.04%) VoIP
12 112 (1.02%) Wi-Fi
13 95 (0.87%) Broadband
14 81 (0.74%) SAN
15 71 (0.65%) Skype
16 63 (0.57%) SSL
17 54 (0.49%) Remote Desktop
18 46 (0.42%) MPLS
19 45 (0.41%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,008 (9.19%) SQL Server
2 572 (5.21%) MySQL
3 460 (4.19%) Relational Database
4 443 (4.04%) Power BI
5 437 (3.98%) PostgreSQL
6 357 (3.25%) MongoDB
7 354 (3.23%) NoSQL
8 324 (2.95%) Data Warehouse
9 319 (2.91%) Big Data
10 270 (2.46%) Redis
11 265 (2.42%) Tableau
12 202 (1.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 164 (1.49%) Azure SQL Database
13 164 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 137 (1.25%) Oracle Database
15 122 (1.11%) Amazon DynamoDB
16 120 (1.09%) MariaDB
17 117 (1.07%) Apache Cassandra
18 115 (1.05%) Amazon RDS
18 115 (1.05%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 985 (8.98%) Git (software)
2 707 (6.44%) JIRA
3 601 (5.48%) Jenkins
4 242 (2.21%) Selenium
5 186 (1.70%) Visual Studio
6 171 (1.56%) GitLab
7 146 (1.33%) Maven
8 137 (1.25%) Cucumber
9 128 (1.17%) webpack
10 119 (1.08%) Team Foundation Server
11 115 (1.05%) JUnit
12 109 (0.99%) Gradle
13 96 (0.87%) SpecFlow
14 90 (0.82%) TeamCity
15 88 (0.80%) Bitbucket
16 86 (0.78%) NUnit
17 82 (0.75%) gulp
18 70 (0.64%) Subversion
19 67 (0.61%) JMeter
19 67 (0.61%) MSTest
General
1 4,839 (44.10%) Social Skills
2 2,926 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
3 2,117 (19.29%) Finance
4 893 (8.14%) Marketing
5 643 (5.86%) Organisational Skills
6 557 (5.08%) Retail
7 469 (4.27%) Banking
8 388 (3.54%) Public Sector
9 364 (3.32%) Games
10 352 (3.21%) Presentation Skills
11 329 (3.00%) Telecoms
12 324 (2.95%) Manufacturing
13 312 (2.84%) Law
14 311 (2.83%) Influencing Skills
15 259 (2.36%) Legal
16 202 (1.84%) Pharmaceutical
17 158 (1.44%) Electronics
18 142 (1.29%) Advertising
19 140 (1.28%) Documentation Skills
20 137 (1.25%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 2,626 (23.93%) Developer
2 1,462 (13.32%) Analyst
3 835 (7.61%) Software Engineer
4 497 (4.53%) Senior Developer
5 455 (4.15%) DevOps Engineer
6 385 (3.51%) Java Developer
7 381 (3.47%) Architect
8 379 (3.45%) Business Analyst
9 309 (2.82%) IT Support
10 306 (2.79%) Support Engineer
11 302 (2.75%) Consultant
12 294 (2.68%) Software Developer
13 286 (2.61%) Support Analyst
14 282 (2.57%) Full Stack Developer
15 281 (2.56%) Senior Software Engineer
16 238 (2.17%) .NET Developer
17 237 (2.16%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
18 223 (2.03%) Designer
19 222 (2.02%) IT Engineer
20 221 (2.01%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,156 (10.54%) HTML
2 1,142 (10.41%) .NET
3 1,033 (9.41%) CSS
4 873 (7.96%) React
5 739 (6.74%) REST
6 687 (6.26%) AngularJS
7 679 (6.19%) Node.js
8 446 (4.06%) Web Services
9 433 (3.95%) Spring
10 417 (3.80%) CGI
11 411 (3.75%) RESTful
12 358 (3.26%) HTML5
13 352 (3.21%) Vue.js
14 318 (2.90%) jQuery
15 306 (2.79%) Kafka
16 300 (2.73%) XML
17 287 (2.62%) GraphQL
18 267 (2.43%) .NET Core
19 266 (2.42%) ASP.NET
20 242 (2.21%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 1,051 (9.58%) User Experience
2 812 (7.40%) Self-Motivation
3 589 (5.37%) Management Information System
4 458 (4.17%) Mobile App
5 324 (2.95%) Algorithms
6 253 (2.31%) Data Centre
7 208 (1.90%) Data Structures
8 206 (1.88%) Virtual Team
9 181 (1.65%) EPoS
10 161 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
10 161 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
11 159 (1.45%) Driving Licence
12 158 (1.44%) Public Cloud
13 141 (1.29%) Life Science
14 125 (1.14%) Analytical Mindset
15 123 (1.12%) Client/Server
16 114 (1.04%) Linux Command Line
16 114 (1.04%) Social Media
17 107 (0.98%) Cloud Native
18 103 (0.94%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 1,432 (13.05%) Linux
2 1,358 (12.38%) Windows
3 417 (3.80%) Windows Server
4 301 (2.74%) Android
5 292 (2.66%) Unix
6 279 (2.54%) Windows 10
7 237 (2.16%) Apple iOS
8 124 (1.13%) Windows Server 2012
9 114 (1.04%) Windows Server 2016
10 113 (1.03%) Windows 7
11 56 (0.51%) Windows Server 2019
12 52 (0.47%) CentOS
12 52 (0.47%) Mac OS
13 51 (0.46%) Ubuntu
14 47 (0.43%) Windows Server 2008
15 38 (0.35%) Embedded Linux
16 33 (0.30%) Mac OS X
16 33 (0.30%) Windows 8
17 31 (0.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 23 (0.21%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,659 (33.35%) Agile Software Development
2 1,608 (14.66%) Software Engineering
3 1,602 (14.60%) DevOps
4 1,193 (10.87%) Computer Science
5 1,111 (10.13%) Analytics
6 1,010 (9.21%) Project Management
7 987 (9.00%) Scrum
8 855 (7.79%) Mentoring
9 824 (7.51%) Decision-Making
10 794 (7.24%) Microservices
11 793 (7.23%) Business Intelligence
12 782 (7.13%) Test Automation
13 765 (6.97%) Continuous Improvement
14 721 (6.57%) SDLC
15 713 (6.50%) ITIL
16 656 (5.98%) Time Management
17 631 (5.75%) TDD
18 586 (5.34%) Mathematics
19 569 (5.19%) Continuous Integration
20 550 (5.01%) Front End Development
Programming Languages
1 2,281 (20.79%) SQL
2 1,963 (17.89%) JavaScript
3 1,663 (15.16%) Python
4 1,621 (14.77%) Java
5 1,296 (11.81%) C#
6 665 (6.06%) TypeScript
7 564 (5.14%) PHP
8 505 (4.60%) C
9 472 (4.30%) C++
10 461 (4.20%) PowerShell
11 402 (3.66%) Go
12 352 (3.21%) Bash Shell
13 327 (2.98%) T-SQL
14 284 (2.59%) Ruby
15 256 (2.33%) Java 8
16 161 (1.47%) PL/SQL
17 149 (1.36%) ES6
18 141 (1.29%) R
19 122 (1.11%) Groovy
20 110 (1.00%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1,993 (18.16%) Degree
2 639 (5.82%) Security Cleared
3 530 (4.83%) Computer Science Degree
4 459 (4.18%) SC Cleared
5 265 (2.42%) Network+ Certification
6 256 (2.33%) Cisco Certification
7 200 (1.82%) CompTIA Security+
8 190 (1.73%) CCNA
9 184 (1.68%) A+ Certification
10 176 (1.60%) Linux+ Certification
11 150 (1.37%) Microsoft Certification
12 131 (1.19%) Master's Degree
13 128 (1.17%) PhD
14 113 (1.03%) ISTQB
15 106 (0.97%) ISEB
16 102 (0.93%) Server+ Certification
17 89 (0.81%) DV Cleared
18 80 (0.73%) CCNP
18 80 (0.73%) CISSP
19 76 (0.69%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 716 (6.53%) QA
2 391 (3.56%) SLA
3 292 (2.66%) GDPR
4 148 (1.35%) Data Quality
5 134 (1.22%) Accessibility
6 114 (1.04%) PMO
7 112 (1.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 93 (0.85%) PCI DSS
9 43 (0.39%) Good Clinical Practice
10 37 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
11 36 (0.33%) NIST
12 34 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 32 (0.29%) COBIT
13 32 (0.29%) WCAG
14 26 (0.24%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 24 (0.22%) MISRA
15 24 (0.22%) MISRA C
16 20 (0.18%) ECSS
17 19 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
17 19 (0.17%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 1,174 (10.70%) Docker
2 679 (6.19%) Active Directory
3 307 (2.80%) VMware Infrastructure
4 166 (1.51%) Hyper-V
5 79 (0.72%) vSphere
6 76 (0.69%) XenApp
7 70 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
8 56 (0.51%) Firmware
9 47 (0.43%) XenDesktop
10 42 (0.38%) VMware ESXi
11 30 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
12 21 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
13 18 (0.16%) BitLocker
13 18 (0.16%) HDFS
13 18 (0.16%) VMware NSX
14 14 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
14 14 (0.13%) Oracle RAC
15 12 (0.11%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 11 (0.10%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 11 (0.10%) NFS
Systems Management
1 912 (8.31%) Kubernetes
2 686 (6.25%) Terraform
3 416 (3.79%) Ansible
4 307 (2.80%) Opscode Chef
5 277 (2.52%) Puppet
6 154 (1.40%) Prometheus
7 136 (1.24%) SCCM
8 123 (1.12%) Grafana
9 88 (0.80%) Microsoft Intune
10 36 (0.33%) Single Sign-On
11 35 (0.32%) Istio
12 34 (0.31%) Kibana
13 28 (0.26%) ZABBIX
14 27 (0.25%) SCOM
15 25 (0.23%) Rancher
16 20 (0.18%) logstash
16 20 (0.18%) Packer
17 19 (0.17%) Docker Swarm
18 18 (0.16%) Active Directory Federation Services
18 18 (0.16%) Graphite
Vendors
1 2,042 (18.61%) Microsoft
2 525 (4.78%) Google
3 514 (4.68%) Oracle
4 429 (3.91%) VMware
5 368 (3.35%) Cisco
6 276 (2.52%) Salesforce.com
7 272 (2.48%) SAP
8 191 (1.74%) Citrix
9 130 (1.18%) ServiceNow
10 125 (1.14%) SaltStack
11 107 (0.98%) Adobe
12 101 (0.92%) Splunk
13 92 (0.84%) IBM
14 91 (0.83%) Apple
15 85 (0.77%) Databricks
16 69 (0.63%) New Relic
17 67 (0.61%) EMC
18 65 (0.59%) Facebook
19 64 (0.58%) PagerDuty
19 64 (0.58%) Veeam