Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 25 19 20
Rank change year-on-year -6 +1 -3
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 5,153 12,715 14,922
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 8.32% 10.08% 9.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 9.02% 10.94% 10.70%
Number of salaries quoted 4,421 9,658 11,299
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £30,000 £26,250 £25,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £82,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £42,614 £42,500
% change year-on-year +11.47% +0.27% +4.94%

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 57,123 116,177 139,428
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.28% 92.12% 92.23%
Number of salaries quoted 46,159 93,053 111,395
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £29,763
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £45,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +7.69% +1.11% -

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 17 January 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 17 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
England -7 4,654 £52,500 +5.00% 1,356
UK excluding London -5 3,241 £47,500 +11.47% 1,006
London -13 1,665 £65,000 +8.33% 438
North of England -3 883 £45,375 +6.76% 269
Work from Home 0 780 £55,000 - 239
South East -8 780 £50,000 +7.53% 242
Midlands -2 579 £45,000 +8.43% 169
North West +3 518 £45,000 +4.05% 154
West Midlands +3 433 £45,000 +8.43% 98
South West -8 379 £45,000 +7.78% 123
Yorkshire -11 306 £50,000 +17.65% 88
East of England -3 305 £52,500 +23.53% 105
Scotland -9 192 £45,000 - 59
East Midlands -6 145 £45,000 +12.50% 71
Wales -1 92 £44,250 +5.36% 28
North East -21 59 £45,000 +12.50% 27
Northern Ireland +13 28 £45,000 +20.00% 12
Isle of Man +3 15 £49,500 +1.02% 2

For the 6 months to 17 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 with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 1,623 (31.50%) Agile Software Development
2 1,513 (29.36%) Analytical Skills
3 1,139 (22.10%) SQL
4 1,023 (19.85%) Azure
5 997 (19.35%) Finance
6 993 (19.27%) Microsoft
6 993 (19.27%) Degree
7 947 (18.38%) DevOps
8 829 (16.09%) JavaScript
9 798 (15.49%) Python
10 756 (14.67%) Windows
11 723 (14.03%) C#
12 710 (13.78%) AWS
13 667 (12.94%) Linux
14 665 (12.91%) Java
15 627 (12.17%) SQL Server
16 597 (11.59%) .NET
17 559 (10.85%) HTML
18 557 (10.81%) Software Engineering
19 543 (10.54%) Computer Science
20 519 (10.07%) Git (software)
21 515 (9.99%) Docker
22 484 (9.39%) Scrum
23 467 (9.06%) CSS
24 442 (8.58%) ITIL
25 419 (8.13%) Analytics
26 413 (8.01%) Active Directory
26 413 (8.01%) Kubernetes
27 395 (7.67%) Project Management
28 379 (7.35%) Test Automation

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
1 150 (2.91%) SharePoint
2 131 (2.54%) Apache
3 130 (2.52%) Confluence
4 107 (2.08%) CMS
5 75 (1.46%) MS Exchange
6 71 (1.38%) IIS
7 67 (1.30%) WordPress
8 65 (1.26%) Elasticsearch
9 47 (0.91%) Apache Spark
10 43 (0.83%) Skype for Business
11 37 (0.72%) SAS
12 23 (0.45%) nginx
13 22 (0.43%) Tomcat
14 15 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2013
14 15 (0.29%) OpenStack
14 15 (0.29%) WebSphere
15 13 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
15 13 (0.25%) EPiServer
16 11 (0.21%) JBoss
16 11 (0.21%) Umbraco
Applications
1 295 (5.72%) Microsoft Office
2 225 (4.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 60 (1.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 49 (0.95%) MS Visio
5 41 (0.80%) Sketch
6 33 (0.64%) Microsoft Project
7 30 (0.58%) InVision
8 20 (0.39%) Figma
9 19 (0.37%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 17 (0.33%) Photoshop
11 11 (0.21%) Simulink
11 11 (0.21%) SPSS
12 10 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
13 9 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
14 7 (0.14%) Adobe XD
14 7 (0.14%) Stata
15 6 (0.12%) Zeplin
16 4 (0.078%) Windchill
17 3 (0.058%) Adobe After Effects
17 3 (0.058%) Marvel
Business Applications
1 58 (1.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 39 (0.76%) Magento
3 33 (0.64%) NetSuite
4 22 (0.43%) OpenCart
5 19 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
6 18 (0.35%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 15 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
7 15 (0.29%) SAP S/4HANA
8 14 (0.27%) Sentinel
9 13 (0.25%) Shopify
9 13 (0.25%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 11 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
11 9 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
12 7 (0.14%) SAP FI
13 6 (0.12%) JDE EnterpriseOne
13 6 (0.12%) Oracle Receivables
13 6 (0.12%) Relativity
13 6 (0.12%) SAP CO
13 6 (0.12%) SAP FI/CO
13 6 (0.12%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 1,023 (19.85%) Azure
2 710 (13.78%) AWS
3 360 (6.99%) Office 365
4 230 (4.46%) SaaS
5 222 (4.31%) Power Platform
6 150 (2.91%) GCP
7 86 (1.67%) AWS CloudFormation
7 86 (1.67%) Pulumi
8 84 (1.63%) PaaS
9 80 (1.55%) GitHub
10 79 (1.53%) IaaS
11 75 (1.46%) Cloud Computing
12 66 (1.28%) Dynamics 365
13 63 (1.22%) Azure Active Directory
13 63 (1.22%) Serverless
14 49 (0.95%) Amazon EKS
15 47 (0.91%) Amazon EC2
16 46 (0.89%) Azure Data Factory
17 42 (0.82%) Amazon S3
18 41 (0.80%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 313 (6.07%) Firewall
2 168 (3.26%) DNS
3 167 (3.24%) TCP/IP
4 154 (2.99%) WAN
5 151 (2.93%) LAN
6 128 (2.48%) VPN
7 122 (2.37%) VoIP
8 114 (2.21%) Network Security
9 99 (1.92%) DHCP
10 91 (1.77%) Wireless
11 88 (1.71%) HTTP
11 88 (1.71%) Internet
12 70 (1.36%) SAN
13 66 (1.28%) Cisco ASA
14 65 (1.26%) VLAN
15 60 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
16 59 (1.14%) OSPF
17 57 (1.11%) BGP
18 55 (1.07%) Skype
19 41 (0.80%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 627 (12.17%) SQL Server
2 322 (6.25%) MySQL
3 215 (4.17%) Relational Database
4 210 (4.08%) Power BI
5 201 (3.90%) PostgreSQL
6 141 (2.74%) NoSQL
7 136 (2.64%) Data Warehouse
8 135 (2.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 133 (2.58%) MongoDB
10 118 (2.29%) Big Data
11 103 (2.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 87 (1.69%) Tableau
13 77 (1.49%) Redis
14 63 (1.22%) Azure SQL Database
15 51 (0.99%) MariaDB
16 50 (0.97%) Cosmos DB
16 50 (0.97%) Data Lake
17 48 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
17 48 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 45 (0.87%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 519 (10.07%) Git (software)
2 290 (5.63%) Jenkins
2 290 (5.63%) JIRA
3 123 (2.39%) Visual Studio
4 122 (2.37%) Team Foundation Server
5 113 (2.19%) Selenium
6 69 (1.34%) TeamCity
7 50 (0.97%) Cucumber
8 48 (0.93%) Subversion
9 45 (0.87%) Maven
10 44 (0.85%) NUnit
11 42 (0.82%) Bitbucket
11 42 (0.82%) JUnit
12 39 (0.76%) Gradle
13 38 (0.74%) Octopus Deploy
13 38 (0.74%) webpack
14 37 (0.72%) GitLab
15 35 (0.68%) SpecFlow
16 34 (0.66%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 34 (0.66%) IntelliJ
General
1 997 (19.35%) Finance
2 243 (4.72%) Marketing
3 203 (3.94%) Retail
4 176 (3.42%) Banking
5 161 (3.12%) Aerospace
6 160 (3.10%) Public Sector
7 150 (2.91%) Telecoms
8 144 (2.79%) Games
9 108 (2.10%) Legal
10 105 (2.04%) Manufacturing
11 93 (1.80%) Law
12 84 (1.63%) Front Office
13 49 (0.95%) Electronics
13 49 (0.95%) Military
14 45 (0.87%) Back Office
15 44 (0.85%) Automotive
16 34 (0.66%) Digital Economy
17 29 (0.56%) Financial Institution
17 29 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
18 28 (0.54%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1,390 (26.97%) Developer
2 676 (13.12%) Analyst
3 298 (5.78%) DevOps Engineer
4 263 (5.10%) Software Engineer
5 235 (4.56%) Senior Developer
6 211 (4.09%) Software Developer
7 209 (4.06%) Architect
8 186 (3.61%) Java Developer
9 179 (3.47%) .NET Developer
10 174 (3.38%) Consultant
11 158 (3.07%) Business Analyst
12 157 (3.05%) C# Developer
13 140 (2.72%) Support Engineer
14 139 (2.70%) Support Analyst
15 138 (2.68%) PHP Developer
16 136 (2.64%) Full Stack Developer
17 133 (2.58%) Graduate
18 118 (2.29%) AWS Engineer
19 117 (2.27%) IT Support
20 113 (2.19%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 597 (11.59%) .NET
2 559 (10.85%) HTML
3 467 (9.06%) CSS
4 329 (6.38%) AngularJS
5 304 (5.90%) React
6 291 (5.65%) Web Services
7 235 (4.56%) REST
8 213 (4.13%) RESTful
9 192 (3.73%) HTML5
10 190 (3.69%) ASP.NET
11 186 (3.61%) Node.js
12 174 (3.38%) jQuery
13 167 (3.24%) .NET Core
14 155 (3.01%) JSON
15 153 (2.97%) XML
16 149 (2.89%) Kafka
17 145 (2.81%) Spring
18 140 (2.72%) .NET Framework
19 135 (2.62%) ASP.NET Web API
19 135 (2.62%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 1,513 (29.36%) Analytical Skills
2 339 (6.58%) Self-Motivation
3 314 (6.09%) Management Information System
4 313 (6.07%) User Experience
5 182 (3.53%) Mobile App
6 166 (3.22%) Greenfield Project
7 150 (2.91%) Algorithms
8 137 (2.66%) Data Centre
9 95 (1.84%) Data Structures
10 89 (1.73%) Virtual Team
11 68 (1.32%) Linux Command Line
12 65 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
13 62 (1.20%) Driving Licence
14 52 (1.01%) EPoS
15 51 (0.99%) Public Cloud
16 47 (0.91%) Replication
17 46 (0.89%) Clustering
17 46 (0.89%) Enterprise Cloud
18 45 (0.87%) Hedge funds
19 41 (0.80%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 756 (14.67%) Windows
2 667 (12.94%) Linux
3 282 (5.47%) Windows Server
4 145 (2.81%) Windows 10
5 144 (2.79%) Unix
6 113 (2.19%) Android
7 110 (2.13%) Windows Server 2012
8 94 (1.82%) Apple iOS
9 85 (1.65%) Windows Server 2016
10 56 (1.09%) Windows 7
11 52 (1.01%) Windows Server 2019
12 50 (0.97%) CentOS
13 44 (0.85%) Ubuntu
14 39 (0.76%) Windows Server 2008
15 36 (0.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 24 (0.47%) Mac OS
16 24 (0.47%) Solaris
17 19 (0.37%) Mac OS X
18 14 (0.27%) Fedora
19 11 (0.21%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,623 (31.50%) Agile Software Development
2 947 (18.38%) DevOps
3 557 (10.81%) Software Engineering
4 543 (10.54%) Computer Science
5 484 (9.39%) Scrum
6 442 (8.58%) ITIL
7 419 (8.13%) Analytics
8 395 (7.67%) Project Management
9 379 (7.35%) Test Automation
10 371 (7.20%) Continuous Improvement
11 347 (6.73%) Business Intelligence
12 345 (6.70%) TDD
13 330 (6.40%) Microservices
14 321 (6.23%) Mentoring
15 320 (6.21%) Stakeholder Management
16 317 (6.15%) Decision-Making
17 284 (5.51%) SDLC
18 283 (5.49%) Machine Learning
19 280 (5.43%) MVC
20 261 (5.07%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 1,139 (22.10%) SQL
2 829 (16.09%) JavaScript
3 798 (15.49%) Python
4 723 (14.03%) C#
5 665 (12.91%) Java
6 304 (5.90%) PHP
7 291 (5.65%) PowerShell
8 250 (4.85%) C++
9 226 (4.39%) TypeScript
10 218 (4.23%) Go
11 193 (3.75%) Bash Shell
12 182 (3.53%) C
13 151 (2.93%) Ruby
14 142 (2.76%) T-SQL
15 107 (2.08%) Perl
16 71 (1.38%) R
17 64 (1.24%) Shell Script
18 61 (1.18%) Scala
19 58 (1.13%) Groovy
20 54 (1.05%) VBA
Qualifications
1 993 (19.27%) Degree
2 277 (5.38%) Security Cleared
3 251 (4.87%) Computer Science Degree
4 202 (3.92%) SC Cleared
5 157 (3.05%) Cisco Certification
6 110 (2.13%) Microsoft Certification
7 105 (2.04%) CCNP
8 87 (1.69%) CCNA
9 74 (1.44%) CISSP
10 56 (1.09%) ISTQB
11 54 (1.05%) AWS Certification
12 51 (0.99%) DV Cleared
13 45 (0.87%) Master's Degree
14 44 (0.85%) MCSE
15 43 (0.83%) PMI Certification
16 39 (0.76%) ISEB
16 39 (0.76%) MCSA
17 38 (0.74%) CISM
18 35 (0.68%) PhD
19 32 (0.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 301 (5.84%) QA
2 194 (3.76%) SLA
3 140 (2.72%) GDPR
4 62 (1.20%) Data Quality
4 62 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 55 (1.07%) PMO
6 38 (0.74%) NIST
7 21 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 18 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
9 16 (0.31%) COBIT
10 15 (0.29%) ISO 9001
11 13 (0.25%) PCI DSS
12 11 (0.21%) HIPAA
13 9 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 8 (0.16%) GPG13
15 7 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 7 (0.14%) Good Clinical Practice
15 7 (0.14%) HAZOP
15 7 (0.14%) Solvency II
16 6 (0.12%) CDISC
System Software
1 515 (9.99%) Docker
2 413 (8.01%) Active Directory
3 273 (5.30%) VMware Infrastructure
4 119 (2.31%) Hyper-V
5 56 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
6 51 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
7 41 (0.80%) vSphere
8 29 (0.56%) XenApp
9 26 (0.50%) Firmware
9 26 (0.50%) VMware NSX
10 19 (0.37%) VMware Server
11 17 (0.33%) XenDesktop
12 16 (0.31%) BitLocker
13 15 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
14 12 (0.23%) KVM
14 12 (0.23%) NFS
15 10 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
15 10 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
16 8 (0.16%) Oracle RAC
16 8 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 413 (8.01%) Kubernetes
2 286 (5.55%) Terraform
3 247 (4.79%) Ansible
4 186 (3.61%) Opscode Chef
5 180 (3.49%) Puppet
6 78 (1.51%) SCCM
7 62 (1.20%) Prometheus
8 55 (1.07%) Grafana
9 31 (0.60%) SCOM
10 26 (0.50%) Microsoft Intune
11 23 (0.45%) SCVMM
12 19 (0.37%) Nagios
13 14 (0.27%) vCenter Server
14 13 (0.25%) Single Sign-On
14 13 (0.25%) ZABBIX
15 12 (0.23%) HAProxy
15 12 (0.23%) Icinga
15 12 (0.23%) Istio
15 12 (0.23%) Norton AntiVirus
16 11 (0.21%) Graylog
Vendors
1 993 (19.27%) Microsoft
2 352 (6.83%) VMware
3 272 (5.28%) Cisco
4 250 (4.85%) Oracle
5 166 (3.22%) Google
6 115 (2.23%) Salesforce.com
7 107 (2.08%) Citrix
8 103 (2.00%) SAP
9 82 (1.59%) SaltStack
10 69 (1.34%) Adobe
11 67 (1.30%) Red Hat
12 65 (1.26%) Veeam
13 63 (1.22%) Juniper
14 58 (1.13%) Splunk
15 56 (1.09%) IBM
16 55 (1.07%) SolarWinds
17 54 (1.05%) Apple
17 54 (1.05%) Atlassian
18 45 (0.87%) New Relic
19 44 (0.85%) Meraki