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

Problem-Solving
UK
6 months to
2 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 14 27 20
Rank change year-on-year +13 -7 0
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 15,692 4,409 13,801
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 12.16% 7.92% 10.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 12.89% 8.53% 11.10%
Number of salaries quoted 8,660 3,448 9,878
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,750 £26,250
25th Percentile £37,500 £37,500 £33,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £52,500 £48,500
Median % change year-on-year - +8.25% +2.11%
75th Percentile £71,250 £67,500 £65,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,375 £82,500
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 121,729 51,713 124,343
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 94.36% 92.88% 92.59%
Number of salaries quoted 81,314 43,396 99,764
10th Percentile £33,000 £32,500 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,500 £42,000 £38,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +9.09% +4.76% +1.94%
75th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £71,250
90th Percentile £95,000 £90,000 £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £48,750 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.56% +8.33% -

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 2 December 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 2 December 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 +12 13,454 £53,500 +1.90% 2,631
UK excluding London +14 8,156 £45,000 - 1,923
London +22 5,894 £65,000 +4.00% 887
Work from Home +15 2,923 £57,500 - 502
South East +16 2,337 £50,000 - 461
North of England +7 1,834 £42,500 -5.56% 504
Midlands +8 1,385 £42,500 -5.56% 345
South West +20 955 £45,000 - 237
North West +3 933 £45,000 - 279
West Midlands +2 932 £45,000 - 234
East of England +9 849 £40,000 -20.00% 185
Yorkshire +18 723 £43,500 -13.00% 172
Scotland +21 530 £49,175 +22.17% 139
East Midlands +18 434 £39,000 -8.24% 109
Wales +10 254 £42,500 -5.56% 40
North East +13 186 £35,000 -21.35% 53
Northern Ireland -13 61 £47,500 +5.56% 12
Channel Islands 0 14 £67,500 +22.73%

For the 6 months to 2 December 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 7,540 (48.05%) Social Skills
2 5,796 (36.94%) Agile Software Development
3 4,658 (29.68%) Analytical Skills
4 3,402 (21.68%) SQL
5 3,299 (21.02%) Finance
6 3,215 (20.49%) Microsoft
7 3,046 (19.41%) Degree
8 2,886 (18.39%) Azure
9 2,801 (17.85%) JavaScript
10 2,577 (16.42%) AWS
11 2,458 (15.66%) Python
12 2,358 (15.03%) Java
13 2,349 (14.97%) DevOps
14 2,248 (14.33%) Software Engineering
15 2,090 (13.32%) Analytics
16 1,868 (11.90%) Windows
17 1,867 (11.90%) Project Management
18 1,847 (11.77%) Scrum
19 1,723 (10.98%) Computer Science
20 1,687 (10.75%) C#
21 1,654 (10.54%) Linux
22 1,644 (10.48%) HTML
23 1,613 (10.28%) React
24 1,539 (9.81%) Docker
25 1,537 (9.79%) CSS
26 1,455 (9.27%) User Experience
27 1,445 (9.21%) Git (software)
28 1,443 (9.20%) .NET
29 1,408 (8.97%) Mentoring
30 1,404 (8.95%) 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
1 406 (2.59%) SharePoint
2 358 (2.28%) Confluence
3 321 (2.05%) SAS
4 291 (1.85%) CMS
5 246 (1.57%) Apache
6 199 (1.27%) Elasticsearch
7 182 (1.16%) Apache Spark
8 181 (1.15%) IIS
9 172 (1.10%) MS Exchange
10 143 (0.91%) WordPress
11 123 (0.78%) nginx
12 104 (0.66%) WebLogic
13 83 (0.53%) Tomcat
14 57 (0.36%) Umbraco
15 53 (0.34%) Apache Solr
15 53 (0.34%) Drupal
16 48 (0.31%) Apache Airflow
17 44 (0.28%) Oracle Workflow
18 42 (0.27%) Mule
19 40 (0.25%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 1,026 (6.54%) Microsoft Office
2 871 (5.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 307 (1.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 152 (0.97%) MS Visio
5 143 (0.91%) Figma
6 119 (0.76%) Sketch
7 107 (0.68%) Microsoft Project
8 60 (0.38%) Spreadsheet
9 58 (0.37%) Simulink
10 55 (0.35%) InVision
11 51 (0.33%) Photoshop
12 40 (0.25%) Adobe XD
13 22 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
14 19 (0.12%) Campfire
15 17 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
16 15 (0.096%) SPSS
17 14 (0.089%) Adobe After Effects
17 14 (0.089%) Gliffy
18 11 (0.070%) Adobe Premiere
19 10 (0.064%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 106 (0.68%) NetSuite
2 86 (0.55%) Distributed Ledger
3 73 (0.47%) Payment Gateway
4 64 (0.41%) Magento
5 56 (0.36%) Dynamics CRM
6 55 (0.35%) R3 Corda
7 53 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
8 42 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
9 41 (0.26%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 30 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
11 24 (0.15%) Maximo
12 22 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
12 22 (0.14%) SAP MDG
13 19 (0.12%) SAP Business One
13 19 (0.12%) SAP FI
13 19 (0.12%) SAP SD
13 19 (0.12%) Sentinel
14 17 (0.11%) IBM Planning Analytics
15 14 (0.089%) Oracle Payables
15 14 (0.089%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 2,886 (18.39%) Azure
2 2,577 (16.42%) AWS
3 1,040 (6.63%) Microsoft 365
4 988 (6.30%) SaaS
5 860 (5.48%) GCP
6 798 (5.09%) Power Platform
7 640 (4.08%) Serverless
8 610 (3.89%) GitHub
9 317 (2.02%) PaaS
10 284 (1.81%) Cloud Computing
11 268 (1.71%) AWS Lambda
12 230 (1.47%) Amazon S3
13 205 (1.31%) IaaS
14 199 (1.27%) AWS CloudFormation
15 170 (1.08%) npm
16 164 (1.05%) Amazon EKS
17 153 (0.98%) Google Analytics
18 149 (0.95%) OpenShift
19 147 (0.94%) Amazon EC2
20 134 (0.85%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 614 (3.91%) Firewall
2 476 (3.03%) DNS
3 357 (2.28%) TCP/IP
4 298 (1.90%) VPN
5 294 (1.87%) DHCP
6 279 (1.78%) WAN
7 271 (1.73%) HTTP
8 264 (1.68%) LAN
9 255 (1.63%) Internet
10 158 (1.01%) Wi-Fi
11 153 (0.98%) Broadband
12 134 (0.85%) Network Security
12 134 (0.85%) Wireless
13 128 (0.82%) VoIP
14 124 (0.79%) SSL
15 116 (0.74%) SAN
16 87 (0.55%) BGP
17 78 (0.50%) VLAN
18 57 (0.36%) OSPF
19 54 (0.34%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1,404 (8.95%) SQL Server
2 866 (5.52%) MySQL
3 749 (4.77%) PostgreSQL
4 736 (4.69%) Power BI
4 736 (4.69%) Relational Database
5 626 (3.99%) Data Warehouse
6 569 (3.63%) Big Data
7 541 (3.45%) NoSQL
8 460 (2.93%) MongoDB
9 415 (2.64%) Tableau
10 277 (1.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 276 (1.76%) Redis
12 274 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 251 (1.60%) Oracle Database
14 229 (1.46%) Data Lake
15 193 (1.23%) Amazon RDS
16 190 (1.21%) RDBMS
17 169 (1.08%) Amazon DynamoDB
18 147 (0.94%) Azure SQL Database
19 138 (0.88%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 1,445 (9.21%) Git (software)
2 1,083 (6.90%) JIRA
3 1,005 (6.40%) Jenkins
4 329 (2.10%) GitLab
5 247 (1.57%) Visual Studio
6 229 (1.46%) webpack
7 226 (1.44%) Selenium
8 204 (1.30%) Bitbucket
9 191 (1.22%) Maven
10 149 (0.95%) JUnit
11 139 (0.89%) Team Foundation Server
12 128 (0.82%) Subversion
13 119 (0.76%) Octopus Deploy
13 119 (0.76%) TeamCity
14 108 (0.69%) Cucumber
15 97 (0.62%) git-flow
16 93 (0.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 91 (0.58%) gulp
18 86 (0.55%) Gradle
19 80 (0.51%) Jasmine
General
1 7,540 (48.05%) Social Skills
2 4,658 (29.68%) Analytical Skills
3 3,299 (21.02%) Finance
4 995 (6.34%) Retail
5 913 (5.82%) Marketing
6 722 (4.60%) Presentation Skills
7 710 (4.52%) Organisational Skills
8 697 (4.44%) Banking
9 488 (3.11%) Manufacturing
10 453 (2.89%) Public Sector
11 413 (2.63%) Pharmaceutical
12 412 (2.63%) Influencing Skills
12 412 (2.63%) Legal
13 393 (2.50%) Games
14 391 (2.49%) Inclusion and Diversity
15 387 (2.47%) Law
16 320 (2.04%) Telecoms
17 261 (1.66%) Advertising
18 194 (1.24%) Documentation Skills
19 164 (1.05%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 3,805 (24.25%) Developer
2 2,189 (13.95%) Analyst
3 1,074 (6.84%) Software Engineer
4 643 (4.10%) Senior Developer
5 589 (3.75%) DevOps Engineer
5 589 (3.75%) Java Developer
6 562 (3.58%) Architect
7 466 (2.97%) Support Engineer
8 459 (2.93%) Consultant
9 444 (2.83%) Business Analyst
10 435 (2.77%) Full Stack Developer
11 424 (2.70%) Software Developer
12 388 (2.47%) Support Analyst
13 380 (2.42%) Project Manager
14 370 (2.36%) .NET Developer
15 360 (2.29%) Junior
16 348 (2.22%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
17 338 (2.15%) IT Support
18 315 (2.01%) Senior Software Engineer
19 290 (1.85%) Data Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1,644 (10.48%) HTML
2 1,613 (10.28%) React
3 1,537 (9.79%) CSS
4 1,443 (9.20%) .NET
5 1,179 (7.51%) REST
6 1,085 (6.91%) AngularJS
7 1,025 (6.53%) Node.js
8 846 (5.39%) Spring
9 817 (5.21%) Web Services
10 598 (3.81%) RESTful
11 533 (3.40%) HTML5
12 505 (3.22%) XML
13 451 (2.87%) GraphQL
14 436 (2.78%) .NET Core
15 434 (2.77%) jQuery
16 429 (2.73%) Vue.js
17 422 (2.69%) Spring Boot
18 386 (2.46%) JSON
19 379 (2.42%) Middleware
20 345 (2.20%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 1,455 (9.27%) User Experience
2 1,289 (8.21%) Self-Motivation
3 842 (5.37%) Management Information System
4 522 (3.33%) Algorithms
5 380 (2.42%) Mobile App
6 321 (2.05%) Virtual Team
7 310 (1.98%) Data Structures
8 307 (1.96%) Enterprise Software
9 279 (1.78%) Social Media
10 236 (1.50%) Data Centre
11 220 (1.40%) Analytical Mindset
12 219 (1.40%) Greenfield Project
12 219 (1.40%) Life Science
13 195 (1.24%) Cloud Native
14 181 (1.15%) Driving Licence
15 173 (1.10%) Public Cloud
16 161 (1.03%) Data Protection Act
16 161 (1.03%) NHS
17 119 (0.76%) Renewable Energy
18 116 (0.74%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,868 (11.90%) Windows
2 1,654 (10.54%) Linux
3 689 (4.39%) Windows Server
4 471 (3.00%) Unix
5 426 (2.71%) Android
6 387 (2.47%) Apple iOS
7 385 (2.45%) Windows 10
8 174 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
9 170 (1.08%) Windows Server 2016
10 117 (0.75%) Windows 7
11 103 (0.66%) Mac OS
12 101 (0.64%) Windows Server 2019
13 87 (0.55%) CentOS
14 86 (0.55%) Windows Server 2008
15 66 (0.42%) Mac OS X
16 54 (0.34%) Windows 8
17 48 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 47 (0.30%) Ubuntu
19 45 (0.29%) Solaris
20 34 (0.22%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 5,796 (36.94%) Agile Software Development
2 2,349 (14.97%) DevOps
3 2,248 (14.33%) Software Engineering
4 2,090 (13.32%) Analytics
5 1,867 (11.90%) Project Management
6 1,847 (11.77%) Scrum
7 1,723 (10.98%) Computer Science
8 1,408 (8.97%) Mentoring
9 1,267 (8.07%) Microservices
10 1,230 (7.84%) Business Intelligence
11 1,096 (6.98%) TDD
12 1,083 (6.90%) Full Stack Development
13 1,069 (6.81%) SDLC
14 1,068 (6.81%) Decision-Making
15 1,064 (6.78%) Test Automation
16 1,024 (6.53%) Time Management
17 999 (6.37%) Continuous Improvement
18 983 (6.26%) Coaching
19 943 (6.01%) ITIL
20 920 (5.86%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 3,402 (21.68%) SQL
2 2,801 (17.85%) JavaScript
3 2,458 (15.66%) Python
4 2,358 (15.03%) Java
5 1,687 (10.75%) C#
6 922 (5.88%) TypeScript
7 737 (4.70%) C
8 736 (4.69%) PHP
9 734 (4.68%) PowerShell
10 569 (3.63%) C++
11 508 (3.24%) Go
12 428 (2.73%) Bash Shell
13 394 (2.51%) Java 8
14 367 (2.34%) T-SQL
15 303 (1.93%) Ruby
16 268 (1.71%) PL/SQL
17 257 (1.64%) R
18 227 (1.45%) Kotlin
19 224 (1.43%) ES6
20 215 (1.37%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 3,046 (19.41%) Degree
2 921 (5.87%) Security Cleared
3 825 (5.26%) Computer Science Degree
4 699 (4.45%) SC Cleared
5 277 (1.77%) Microsoft Certification
6 247 (1.57%) Master's Degree
7 158 (1.01%) Cisco Certification
8 147 (0.94%) AWS Certification
9 141 (0.90%) PhD
10 117 (0.75%) MCSE
11 110 (0.70%) CCNA
12 102 (0.65%) DBS Check
13 96 (0.61%) PMI Certification
14 87 (0.55%) MCSA
15 82 (0.52%) HNC
15 82 (0.52%) HND
16 75 (0.48%) ITIL Certification
17 70 (0.45%) PMP
18 66 (0.42%) Numerate Degree
19 65 (0.41%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1,047 (6.67%) QA
2 569 (3.63%) SLA
3 367 (2.34%) GDPR
4 309 (1.97%) Data Quality
5 290 (1.85%) Accessibility
6 190 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 113 (0.72%) PMO
8 94 (0.60%) Good Clinical Practice
9 57 (0.36%) CDISC
10 54 (0.34%) 21 CFR Part 11
11 51 (0.33%) PCI DSS
12 48 (0.31%) MISRA
12 48 (0.31%) MISRA C
12 48 (0.31%) WCAG
13 46 (0.29%) NIST
14 45 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
15 37 (0.24%) ECSS
16 27 (0.17%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 26 (0.17%) GRC
17 26 (0.17%) NCSC
System Software
1 1,539 (9.81%) Docker
2 1,020 (6.50%) Active Directory
3 464 (2.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 224 (1.43%) Hyper-V
5 97 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
6 92 (0.59%) vSphere
7 79 (0.50%) Firmware
8 64 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
8 64 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
9 52 (0.33%) XenApp
10 38 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
11 33 (0.21%) XenDesktop
12 20 (0.13%) VMware NSX
13 17 (0.11%) VMware Workstation
14 16 (0.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 13 (0.083%) Oracle RAC
16 10 (0.064%) BitLocker
17 9 (0.057%) Slurm Workload Manager
18 7 (0.045%) NFS
19 6 (0.038%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 1,372 (8.74%) Kubernetes
2 1,105 (7.04%) Terraform
3 730 (4.65%) Ansible
4 294 (1.87%) Puppet
5 286 (1.82%) Opscode Chef
6 253 (1.61%) SCCM
7 188 (1.20%) Microsoft Intune
8 161 (1.03%) Prometheus
9 137 (0.87%) Grafana
10 78 (0.50%) Single Sign-On
11 72 (0.46%) Istio
12 59 (0.38%) WSUS
13 52 (0.33%) Kibana
14 48 (0.31%) Nagios
15 39 (0.25%) FortiGate
15 39 (0.25%) SCOM
16 31 (0.20%) Active Directory Federation Services
17 29 (0.18%) Jamf Pro
18 27 (0.17%) Hadoop YARN
18 27 (0.17%) HAProxy
Vendors
1 3,215 (20.49%) Microsoft
2 890 (5.67%) Google
3 861 (5.49%) Oracle
4 648 (4.13%) VMware
5 456 (2.91%) Salesforce.com
6 349 (2.22%) Cisco
7 313 (1.99%) SAP
8 265 (1.69%) Citrix
9 212 (1.35%) ServiceNow
10 197 (1.26%) Adobe
11 169 (1.08%) Facebook
12 150 (0.96%) Databricks
13 145 (0.92%) IBM
14 134 (0.85%) Apple
15 130 (0.83%) Red Hat
16 113 (0.72%) Veeam
17 110 (0.70%) Splunk
17 110 (0.70%) YouTube
18 108 (0.69%) SaltStack
19 99 (0.63%) Atlassian