Period
to 30 September 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 30 September 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
UK
6 months to
30 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 27 19 17
Rank change year-on-year -8 -2 0
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 3,826 14,469 16,987
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 7.94% 10.38% 10.34%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.58% 11.26% 11.25%
Number of salaries quoted 3,146 10,501 12,330
Median annual salary £52,500 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.53% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £29,000 £26,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +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 44,592 128,500 150,977
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.53% 92.21% 91.88%
Number of salaries quoted 36,382 100,933 120,238
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £33,250 £30,000 £29,000
90th Percentile £91,250 £86,250 £82,825
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

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 30 September 2020.

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 30 September 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 -9 3,544 £52,500 +8.25% 1,082
UK excluding London -6 2,407 £45,000 +5.88% 801
London -18 1,310 £65,000 +8.33% 366
North of England -8 633 £45,000 +12.50% 220
South East -12 600 £50,000 +8.70% 171
Midlands -2 455 £45,000 +11.11% 141
North West -6 385 £45,000 +7.14% 112
Work from Home -7 356 £57,500 +9.52% 176
West Midlands 0 325 £45,000 +9.89% 87
East of England +1 263 £45,000 +7.14% 92
South West -10 263 £43,750 +9.38% 90
Yorkshire -8 183 £42,500 +8.97% 80
East Midlands -2 125 £45,000 +12.50% 54
Scotland -12 111 £44,000 -2.22% 49
Wales +7 70 £42,500 +11.84% 25
North East -8 65 £42,500 +10.39% 28
Northern Ireland +17 19 £45,000 +5.88% 14
Isle of Man - 6 £52,500 -
Channel Islands +4 4 £55,000 +4.76%

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 1,273 (33.27%) Analytical Skills
2 1,221 (31.91%) Agile Software Development
3 869 (22.71%) SQL
4 804 (21.01%) Finance
5 788 (20.60%) Microsoft
6 778 (20.33%) Azure
7 757 (19.79%) JavaScript
8 754 (19.71%) Degree
9 579 (15.13%) DevOps
10 562 (14.69%) C#
11 556 (14.53%) AWS
12 540 (14.11%) Windows
13 539 (14.09%) Java
14 528 (13.80%) Python
15 495 (12.94%) SQL Server
15 495 (12.94%) HTML
16 478 (12.49%) Linux
17 456 (11.92%) .NET
18 450 (11.76%) Software Engineering
19 413 (10.79%) ITIL
20 405 (10.59%) CSS
21 396 (10.35%) Git (software)
22 389 (10.17%) Computer Science
23 335 (8.76%) Scrum
24 321 (8.39%) Self-Motivation
25 298 (7.79%) VMware
26 295 (7.71%) Office 365
27 288 (7.53%) Project Management
28 287 (7.50%) Analytics
29 285 (7.45%) Docker

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
1 132 (3.45%) SharePoint
2 98 (2.56%) Confluence
2 98 (2.56%) IIS
3 74 (1.93%) Apache
4 65 (1.70%) CMS
4 65 (1.70%) MS Exchange
4 65 (1.70%) Skype for Business
5 57 (1.49%) Elasticsearch
6 48 (1.25%) Apache Spark
7 30 (0.78%) WordPress
8 22 (0.58%) nginx
9 19 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2013
10 17 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2010
11 16 (0.42%) Tomcat
12 13 (0.34%) SAS
13 10 (0.26%) Jupyter
14 9 (0.24%) OpenStack
14 9 (0.24%) WebSphere
15 8 (0.21%) Drupal
15 8 (0.21%) JBoss
Applications
1 189 (4.94%) Microsoft Office
2 171 (4.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 42 (1.10%) MS Visio
4 34 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 29 (0.76%) Sketch
6 21 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
7 13 (0.34%) Adobe Illustrator
8 12 (0.31%) Photoshop
9 11 (0.29%) InVision
10 9 (0.24%) Figma
11 8 (0.21%) SPSS
12 7 (0.18%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 7 (0.18%) Stata
13 6 (0.16%) Adobe XD
13 6 (0.16%) Windchill
13 6 (0.16%) Zeplin
14 5 (0.13%) 3ds Max
14 5 (0.13%) InDesign
15 3 (0.078%) Spreadsheet
16 2 (0.052%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 28 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 25 (0.65%) SAP S/4HANA
3 23 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
3 23 (0.60%) Magento
4 17 (0.44%) NetSuite
5 12 (0.31%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 11 (0.29%) R3 Corda
6 11 (0.29%) SAP HR
6 11 (0.29%) SAP PSCD
6 11 (0.29%) Shopify
7 10 (0.26%) Distributed Ledger
7 10 (0.26%) Sentinel
8 9 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
9 7 (0.18%) Teamcenter
9 7 (0.18%) thinkFolio
10 6 (0.16%) Eloqua
10 6 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 5 (0.13%) Actimize
11 5 (0.13%) Oracle Cash Management
11 5 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 778 (20.33%) Azure
2 556 (14.53%) AWS
3 295 (7.71%) Office 365
4 229 (5.99%) SaaS
5 164 (4.29%) Power Platform
6 126 (3.29%) GCP
7 68 (1.78%) IaaS
8 64 (1.67%) PaaS
9 54 (1.41%) Cloud Computing
10 52 (1.36%) Dynamics 365
11 48 (1.25%) AWS CloudFormation
11 48 (1.25%) Serverless
12 47 (1.23%) Azure Active Directory
12 47 (1.23%) GitHub
13 30 (0.78%) AWS Lambda
14 25 (0.65%) npm
15 24 (0.63%) Amazon EC2
16 22 (0.58%) Amazon S3
16 22 (0.58%) PowerApps
17 17 (0.44%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 252 (6.59%) Firewall
2 169 (4.42%) WAN
3 168 (4.39%) LAN
4 119 (3.11%) VPN
5 113 (2.95%) DNS
6 103 (2.69%) Skype
6 103 (2.69%) TCP/IP
7 101 (2.64%) Internet
8 87 (2.27%) Network Security
8 87 (2.27%) VoIP
9 73 (1.91%) DHCP
10 70 (1.83%) HTTP
11 65 (1.70%) SAN
12 63 (1.65%) Wireless
13 60 (1.57%) VLAN
14 57 (1.49%) Wi-Fi
15 49 (1.28%) Cisco ASA
16 47 (1.23%) BGP
16 47 (1.23%) OSPF
17 41 (1.07%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 495 (12.94%) SQL Server
2 232 (6.06%) MySQL
3 155 (4.05%) Power BI
4 147 (3.84%) Relational Database
5 120 (3.14%) Big Data
6 116 (3.03%) NoSQL
7 109 (2.85%) Data Warehouse
8 98 (2.56%) MongoDB
9 97 (2.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 79 (2.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 77 (2.01%) PostgreSQL
12 58 (1.52%) Hadoop
13 45 (1.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 41 (1.07%) Redis
15 40 (1.05%) Azure SQL Database
16 33 (0.86%) Data Lake
17 31 (0.81%) OLAP
18 30 (0.78%) Oracle Database
19 28 (0.73%) MariaDB
19 28 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 396 (10.35%) Git (software)
2 240 (6.27%) JIRA
3 197 (5.15%) Jenkins
4 82 (2.14%) Team Foundation Server
5 79 (2.06%) Selenium
6 74 (1.93%) Visual Studio
7 44 (1.15%) Bitbucket
7 44 (1.15%) TeamCity
8 43 (1.12%) JUnit
9 38 (0.99%) Cucumber
10 36 (0.94%) Subversion
10 36 (0.94%) webpack
11 34 (0.89%) Maven
12 32 (0.84%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 31 (0.81%) Octopus Deploy
14 28 (0.73%) NUnit
15 27 (0.71%) GitLab
15 27 (0.71%) SpecFlow
16 25 (0.65%) Gradle
17 22 (0.58%) MSTest
General
1 804 (21.01%) Finance
2 165 (4.31%) Marketing
3 144 (3.76%) Retail
4 140 (3.66%) Banking
5 135 (3.53%) Public Sector
6 105 (2.74%) Manufacturing
7 101 (2.64%) Telecoms
8 99 (2.59%) Legal
9 90 (2.35%) Front Office
10 84 (2.20%) Law
11 80 (2.09%) Games
12 40 (1.05%) Aerospace
13 34 (0.89%) Back Office
14 32 (0.84%) Investment Banking
15 28 (0.73%) Electronics
16 25 (0.65%) Automotive
17 21 (0.55%) Advertising
17 21 (0.55%) Billing
17 21 (0.55%) Local Government
18 14 (0.37%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 1,043 (27.26%) Developer
2 493 (12.89%) Analyst
3 201 (5.25%) Software Engineer
4 171 (4.47%) Consultant
5 167 (4.36%) .NET Developer
6 160 (4.18%) Senior Developer
7 158 (4.13%) Architect
8 152 (3.97%) C# Developer
8 152 (3.97%) Software Developer
9 144 (3.76%) Java Developer
10 122 (3.19%) Business Analyst
11 119 (3.11%) Network Engineer
12 115 (3.01%) Support Engineer
13 110 (2.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 105 (2.74%) DevOps Engineer
15 103 (2.69%) C# .NET Developer
16 101 (2.64%) PHP Developer
17 88 (2.30%) Support Analyst
18 83 (2.17%) Full Stack Developer
19 80 (2.09%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 495 (12.94%) HTML
2 456 (11.92%) .NET
3 405 (10.59%) CSS
4 276 (7.21%) AngularJS
5 227 (5.93%) Web Services
6 206 (5.38%) React
7 193 (5.04%) REST
8 168 (4.39%) RESTful
9 165 (4.31%) ASP.NET
10 156 (4.08%) Node.js
11 154 (4.03%) .NET Framework
12 149 (3.89%) jQuery
13 144 (3.76%) HTML5
14 140 (3.66%) XML
15 133 (3.48%) ASP.NET Web API
16 132 (3.45%) JSON
17 118 (3.08%) .NET Core
18 105 (2.74%) Spring
19 99 (2.59%) SOAP
20 89 (2.33%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 1,273 (33.27%) Analytical Skills
2 321 (8.39%) Self-Motivation
3 256 (6.69%) User Experience
4 181 (4.73%) Management Information System
5 108 (2.82%) Mobile App
6 107 (2.80%) Algorithms
7 93 (2.43%) Data Centre
8 90 (2.35%) Data Structures
9 62 (1.62%) Greenfield Project
10 56 (1.46%) Virtual Team
11 52 (1.36%) Replication
12 47 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
13 46 (1.20%) Clustering
13 46 (1.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 42 (1.10%) Analytical Mindset
15 40 (1.05%) Hedge funds
16 36 (0.94%) PKI
17 35 (0.91%) Cloud Native
18 31 (0.81%) Fixed Income
18 31 (0.81%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 540 (14.11%) Windows
2 478 (12.49%) Linux
3 216 (5.65%) Windows Server
4 120 (3.14%) Unix
5 103 (2.69%) Windows 10
6 98 (2.56%) Android
7 75 (1.96%) Apple iOS
8 62 (1.62%) Windows Server 2012
9 52 (1.36%) Windows Server 2016
10 41 (1.07%) Windows Server 2008
11 37 (0.97%) Ubuntu
12 34 (0.89%) Windows 7
13 32 (0.84%) CentOS
14 28 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 28 (0.73%) Windows Server 2019
15 26 (0.68%) AIX
16 23 (0.60%) Solaris
17 13 (0.34%) Mac OS X
18 9 (0.24%) VMS
18 9 (0.24%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,221 (31.91%) Agile Software Development
2 579 (15.13%) DevOps
3 450 (11.76%) Software Engineering
4 413 (10.79%) ITIL
5 389 (10.17%) Computer Science
6 335 (8.76%) Scrum
7 288 (7.53%) Project Management
8 287 (7.50%) Analytics
9 282 (7.37%) Mentoring
10 262 (6.85%) Continuous Improvement
11 260 (6.80%) MVC
12 250 (6.53%) Business Intelligence
13 248 (6.48%) TDD
14 247 (6.46%) Test Automation
15 246 (6.43%) SDLC
16 225 (5.88%) Microservices
17 218 (5.70%) Decision-Making
18 211 (5.51%) Stakeholder Management
19 191 (4.99%) Migration
20 187 (4.89%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 869 (22.71%) SQL
2 757 (19.79%) JavaScript
3 562 (14.69%) C#
4 539 (14.09%) Java
5 528 (13.80%) Python
6 236 (6.17%) PHP
7 202 (5.28%) PowerShell
8 195 (5.10%) C++
9 157 (4.10%) TypeScript
10 137 (3.58%) C
11 107 (2.80%) T-SQL
12 91 (2.38%) Bash Shell
13 84 (2.20%) Go
14 75 (1.96%) Scala
14 75 (1.96%) Shell Script
15 64 (1.67%) Ruby
16 62 (1.62%) Perl
17 51 (1.33%) ABAP
18 47 (1.23%) R
19 42 (1.10%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 754 (19.71%) Degree
2 223 (5.83%) Security Cleared
3 215 (5.62%) Computer Science Degree
4 187 (4.89%) SC Cleared
5 123 (3.21%) Cisco Certification
6 87 (2.27%) CCNP
7 69 (1.80%) CCNA
7 69 (1.80%) Microsoft Certification
8 66 (1.73%) Master's Degree
9 56 (1.46%) ITIL Certification
10 46 (1.20%) CISSP
11 39 (1.02%) DV Cleared
12 36 (0.94%) PMI Certification
13 35 (0.91%) AWS Certification
14 34 (0.89%) ISTQB
15 30 (0.78%) DBS Check
15 30 (0.78%) JNCIA
16 28 (0.73%) MCSA
16 28 (0.73%) PhD
17 27 (0.71%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 214 (5.59%) QA
2 164 (4.29%) SLA
3 76 (1.99%) Data Quality
4 70 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 69 (1.80%) GDPR
6 28 (0.73%) NIST
7 25 (0.65%) PMO
8 23 (0.60%) PCI DSS
9 18 (0.47%) COBIT
9 18 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials
10 13 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 11 (0.29%) ISO 9001
12 10 (0.26%) ISO 22301
13 9 (0.24%) ISO 31000
13 9 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 9 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 8 (0.21%) BS25999
14 8 (0.21%) Solvency II
15 7 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 6 (0.16%) NCSC
System Software
1 285 (7.45%) Docker
2 249 (6.51%) Active Directory
3 215 (5.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 125 (3.27%) Hyper-V
5 49 (1.28%) VMware ESXi
6 43 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
7 31 (0.81%) vSphere
8 28 (0.73%) NFS
9 25 (0.65%) Firmware
9 25 (0.65%) VMware Server
10 22 (0.58%) XenApp
11 19 (0.50%) HDFS
12 13 (0.34%) BitLocker
12 13 (0.34%) KVM
13 12 (0.31%) Virtual Servers
13 12 (0.31%) XenDesktop
14 11 (0.29%) VMware NSX
15 10 (0.26%) Apache ZooKeeper
16 9 (0.24%) VirtualBox
17 7 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 214 (5.59%) Kubernetes
2 127 (3.32%) Terraform
3 101 (2.64%) Ansible
4 85 (2.22%) Puppet
5 67 (1.75%) Opscode Chef
6 64 (1.67%) SCCM
7 36 (0.94%) SCVMM
8 27 (0.71%) Microsoft Intune
9 23 (0.60%) Data Guard
9 23 (0.60%) Oracle RMAN
10 21 (0.55%) SCOM
11 20 (0.52%) Kibana
12 18 (0.47%) WSUS
13 17 (0.44%) Prometheus
14 15 (0.39%) Grafana
14 15 (0.39%) Nagios
15 11 (0.29%) Istio
15 11 (0.29%) SCOrch
15 11 (0.29%) vCenter Server
16 10 (0.26%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 788 (20.60%) Microsoft
2 298 (7.79%) VMware
3 236 (6.17%) Cisco
4 198 (5.18%) Oracle
5 128 (3.35%) Google
6 121 (3.16%) SAP
7 84 (2.20%) Salesforce.com
8 83 (2.17%) Citrix
9 70 (1.83%) Atlassian
9 70 (1.83%) Juniper
9 70 (1.83%) Tableau
10 51 (1.33%) Veeam
11 49 (1.28%) Adobe
12 43 (1.12%) IBM
13 41 (1.07%) Meraki
14 39 (1.02%) SolarWinds
15 33 (0.86%) Sophos
15 33 (0.86%) Splunk
15 33 (0.86%) Zend
16 31 (0.81%) Red Hat