Period
to 21 April 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 21 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
UK
6 months to
21 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 18 21 21
Rank change year-on-year +3 0 -3
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 8,199 10,344 14,739
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 9.73% 9.53% 9.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 10.52% 10.33% 10.75%
Number of salaries quoted 5,455 7,500 10,420
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,750 £25,750
25th Percentile £37,500 £35,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £48,500 £47,000
Median % change year-on-year +3.09% +3.19% +4.44%
75th Percentile £67,500 £65,013 £63,750
90th Percentile £83,650 £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 77,918 100,125 137,093
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.49% 92.21% 92.31%
Number of salaries quoted 59,778 80,427 108,739
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £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 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +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 21 April 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 21 April 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 +1 7,141 £52,500 +5.00% 1,803
UK excluding London -1 4,979 £45,000 +5.88% 1,344
London +2 2,610 £62,500 +4.17% 575
Work from Home +2 1,475 £55,000 - 362
North of England -1 1,205 £45,000 +8.43% 363
South East -1 1,183 £50,000 +5.26% 269
Midlands 0 833 £42,500 +6.25% 260
South West -4 700 £45,000 +7.14% 181
North West +5 664 £45,000 +7.52% 194
West Midlands +5 571 £42,500 - 180
East of England +6 476 £45,000 +10.77% 146
Yorkshire -4 444 £49,500 +16.47% 114
Scotland +7 432 £45,000 +5.88% 77
East Midlands 0 256 £42,500 +13.33% 79
Wales -1 100 £42,500 +10.39% 42
North East -7 97 £45,000 +12.50% 55
Northern Ireland +4 48 £42,500 +6.25% 7
Isle of Man -3 26 £49,500 +4.21%

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 2,541 (30.99%) Agile Software Development
2 2,271 (27.70%) Analytical Skills
3 1,729 (21.09%) SQL
4 1,590 (19.39%) Microsoft
5 1,576 (19.22%) Degree
6 1,529 (18.65%) Finance
7 1,347 (16.43%) JavaScript
8 1,337 (16.31%) Azure
9 1,186 (14.47%) DevOps
10 1,169 (14.26%) Python
11 1,139 (13.89%) Linux
12 1,125 (13.72%) Windows
13 1,075 (13.11%) Java
14 1,010 (12.32%) C#
15 1,005 (12.26%) AWS
16 949 (11.57%) Software Engineering
17 905 (11.04%) Computer Science
18 884 (10.78%) SQL Server
19 863 (10.53%) .NET
20 838 (10.22%) HTML
21 774 (9.44%) Docker
22 726 (8.85%) CSS
23 719 (8.77%) Project Management
24 716 (8.73%) Analytics
25 707 (8.62%) Git (software)
26 644 (7.85%) Scrum
27 641 (7.82%) User Experience
28 636 (7.76%) Active Directory
29 625 (7.62%) Microsoft 365
30 613 (7.48%) Business Intelligence

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
1 223 (2.72%) SharePoint
2 164 (2.00%) Confluence
3 155 (1.89%) CMS
4 148 (1.81%) Apache
5 112 (1.37%) Elasticsearch
5 112 (1.37%) MS Exchange
6 101 (1.23%) WordPress
7 100 (1.22%) SAS
8 73 (0.89%) Apache Spark
8 73 (0.89%) IIS
9 43 (0.52%) Skype for Business
10 36 (0.44%) Tomcat
11 33 (0.40%) Drupal
12 32 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 27 (0.33%) nginx
14 25 (0.30%) Umbraco
15 20 (0.24%) Apache Airflow
15 20 (0.24%) Jupyter
16 18 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2013
17 16 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 534 (6.51%) Microsoft Office
2 429 (5.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 123 (1.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 95 (1.16%) MS Visio
5 63 (0.77%) Sketch
6 61 (0.74%) Figma
6 61 (0.74%) InVision
7 56 (0.68%) Microsoft Project
8 25 (0.30%) Photoshop
9 24 (0.29%) Simulink
9 24 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
10 19 (0.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 13 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
12 11 (0.13%) UXPin
13 9 (0.11%) SPSS
14 7 (0.085%) Chatbot
15 6 (0.073%) AutoCAD
15 6 (0.073%) Gephi
16 4 (0.049%) Adobe After Effects
16 4 (0.049%) Adobe XD
Business Applications
1 66 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 44 (0.54%) NetSuite
3 42 (0.51%) Magento
4 38 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
5 28 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
6 25 (0.30%) Oracle ERP
7 24 (0.29%) Shopify
8 23 (0.28%) Dynamics NAV
9 22 (0.27%) OpenCart
10 20 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
11 17 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
12 13 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
13 12 (0.15%) Oracle Assets
13 12 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
13 12 (0.15%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
13 12 (0.15%) Sentinel
14 11 (0.13%) Oracle Receivables
14 11 (0.13%) Payment Gateway
14 11 (0.13%) PeopleSoft HCM
14 11 (0.13%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 1,337 (16.31%) Azure
2 1,005 (12.26%) AWS
3 625 (7.62%) Microsoft 365
4 443 (5.40%) SaaS
5 373 (4.55%) Power Platform
6 246 (3.00%) GCP
7 179 (2.18%) Serverless
8 177 (2.16%) GitHub
9 120 (1.46%) Pulumi
10 117 (1.43%) AWS Lambda
11 109 (1.33%) AWS CloudFormation
12 106 (1.29%) PaaS
13 96 (1.17%) npm
14 93 (1.13%) Amazon S3
15 90 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
16 88 (1.07%) IaaS
17 87 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
18 81 (0.99%) Azure Active Directory
19 80 (0.98%) Amazon EKS
20 78 (0.95%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 327 (3.99%) Firewall
2 231 (2.82%) Wireless
3 206 (2.51%) DNS
4 201 (2.45%) TCP/IP
5 151 (1.84%) Internet
6 143 (1.74%) VPN
7 136 (1.66%) LAN
7 136 (1.66%) WAN
8 128 (1.56%) HTTP
9 112 (1.37%) DHCP
10 110 (1.34%) Network Security
10 110 (1.34%) VoIP
11 87 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
12 83 (1.01%) SAN
13 63 (0.77%) Skype
14 59 (0.72%) Remote Desktop
15 55 (0.67%) SSL
16 52 (0.63%) BGP
17 50 (0.61%) OSPF
18 49 (0.60%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 884 (10.78%) SQL Server
2 464 (5.66%) MySQL
3 336 (4.10%) Power BI
4 313 (3.82%) Relational Database
5 284 (3.46%) PostgreSQL
6 261 (3.18%) Data Warehouse
7 231 (2.82%) MongoDB
8 219 (2.67%) NoSQL
9 186 (2.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 184 (2.24%) Tableau
11 162 (1.98%) Redis
12 156 (1.90%) Big Data
13 132 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 121 (1.48%) Azure SQL Database
15 87 (1.06%) MariaDB
16 81 (0.99%) Apache Cassandra
16 81 (0.99%) RDBMS
17 76 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
17 76 (0.93%) Data Mining
17 76 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 707 (8.62%) Git (software)
2 459 (5.60%) JIRA
3 392 (4.78%) Jenkins
4 189 (2.31%) Selenium
5 153 (1.87%) Visual Studio
6 118 (1.44%) Team Foundation Server
7 100 (1.22%) Gradle
8 85 (1.04%) Cucumber
9 81 (0.99%) Maven
10 77 (0.94%) SpecFlow
11 75 (0.91%) GitLab
12 73 (0.89%) NUnit
13 70 (0.85%) TeamCity
14 66 (0.80%) webpack
15 59 (0.72%) Subversion
16 57 (0.70%) MSTest
17 56 (0.68%) JUnit
18 54 (0.66%) Bitbucket
19 51 (0.62%) Cypress.io
20 50 (0.61%) gulp
General
1 1,529 (18.65%) Finance
2 600 (7.32%) Marketing
3 364 (4.44%) Retail
4 330 (4.02%) Banking
5 288 (3.51%) Public Sector
6 241 (2.94%) Telecoms
7 238 (2.90%) Games
8 221 (2.70%) Law
9 214 (2.61%) Manufacturing
10 203 (2.48%) Legal
11 165 (2.01%) Aerospace
12 132 (1.61%) Electronics
13 96 (1.17%) Pharmaceutical
14 86 (1.05%) Advertising
15 82 (1.00%) Automotive
16 74 (0.90%) Back Office
17 73 (0.89%) Financial Institution
18 63 (0.77%) Front Office
19 60 (0.73%) Digital Economy
20 51 (0.62%) Military
Job Titles
1 2,055 (25.06%) Developer
2 1,109 (13.53%) Analyst
3 469 (5.72%) Software Engineer
4 432 (5.27%) Senior Developer
5 343 (4.18%) DevOps Engineer
6 329 (4.01%) Architect
7 291 (3.55%) Business Analyst
8 288 (3.51%) Support Engineer
9 282 (3.44%) IT Support
10 278 (3.39%) Software Developer
11 260 (3.17%) Java Developer
12 258 (3.15%) Consultant
13 235 (2.87%) Full Stack Developer
14 226 (2.76%) IT Engineer
15 223 (2.72%) Support Analyst
16 213 (2.60%) .NET Developer
17 204 (2.49%) Graduate
18 199 (2.43%) Administrator
19 169 (2.06%) PHP Developer
20 164 (2.00%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 863 (10.53%) .NET
2 838 (10.22%) HTML
3 726 (8.85%) CSS
4 574 (7.00%) React
5 473 (5.77%) AngularJS
6 452 (5.51%) REST
7 382 (4.66%) Node.js
8 373 (4.55%) Web Services
9 268 (3.27%) HTML5
10 267 (3.26%) RESTful
11 257 (3.13%) jQuery
12 252 (3.07%) Vue.js
13 246 (3.00%) ASP.NET
14 239 (2.91%) XML
15 234 (2.85%) Kafka
16 211 (2.57%) Spring
17 206 (2.51%) JSON
18 196 (2.39%) .NET Core
19 159 (1.94%) .NET Framework
20 147 (1.79%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 2,271 (27.70%) Analytical Skills
2 641 (7.82%) User Experience
3 565 (6.89%) Self-Motivation
4 520 (6.34%) Organisational Skills
5 504 (6.15%) Management Information System
6 374 (4.56%) Mobile App
7 232 (2.83%) Data Centre
8 231 (2.82%) Algorithms
9 178 (2.17%) Greenfield Project
10 167 (2.04%) Data Structures
11 153 (1.87%) Virtual Team
12 148 (1.81%) EPoS
13 131 (1.60%) Driving Licence
14 130 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
14 130 (1.59%) Public Cloud
15 97 (1.18%) Client/Server
16 95 (1.16%) Linux Command Line
17 90 (1.10%) Life Science
18 79 (0.96%) Analytical Mindset
19 66 (0.80%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1,139 (13.89%) Linux
2 1,125 (13.72%) Windows
3 420 (5.12%) Windows Server
4 235 (2.87%) Windows 10
5 231 (2.82%) Unix
6 208 (2.54%) Android
7 172 (2.10%) Apple iOS
8 142 (1.73%) Windows Server 2012
9 112 (1.37%) Windows Server 2016
10 107 (1.31%) Windows 7
11 61 (0.74%) Ubuntu
12 59 (0.72%) Windows Server 2019
13 49 (0.60%) CentOS
14 46 (0.56%) Mac OS
14 46 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
15 34 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 28 (0.34%) Embedded Linux
17 25 (0.30%) Mac OS X
18 17 (0.21%) Windows 8
19 16 (0.20%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,541 (30.99%) Agile Software Development
2 1,186 (14.47%) DevOps
3 949 (11.57%) Software Engineering
4 905 (11.04%) Computer Science
5 719 (8.77%) Project Management
6 716 (8.73%) Analytics
7 644 (7.85%) Scrum
8 613 (7.48%) Business Intelligence
9 607 (7.40%) ITIL
10 593 (7.23%) Decision-Making
11 589 (7.18%) Test Automation
12 587 (7.16%) Mentoring
13 550 (6.71%) Continuous Improvement
14 492 (6.00%) Microservices
15 465 (5.67%) Stakeholder Management
16 461 (5.62%) SDLC
17 454 (5.54%) Time Management
18 433 (5.28%) Mathematics
19 420 (5.12%) TDD
20 405 (4.94%) Machine Learning
Programming Languages
1 1,729 (21.09%) SQL
2 1,347 (16.43%) JavaScript
3 1,169 (14.26%) Python
4 1,075 (13.11%) Java
5 1,010 (12.32%) C#
6 449 (5.48%) PHP
7 434 (5.29%) TypeScript
8 370 (4.51%) C++
9 366 (4.46%) PowerShell
10 356 (4.34%) C
11 287 (3.50%) Go
12 264 (3.22%) Bash Shell
13 242 (2.95%) T-SQL
14 207 (2.52%) Ruby
15 114 (1.39%) Perl
15 114 (1.39%) PL/SQL
16 111 (1.35%) R
17 102 (1.24%) Java 8
18 93 (1.13%) ES6
19 83 (1.01%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1,576 (19.22%) Degree
2 414 (5.05%) Computer Science Degree
3 376 (4.59%) Security Cleared
4 262 (3.20%) Network+ Certification
5 246 (3.00%) Cisco Certification
6 243 (2.96%) SC Cleared
7 203 (2.48%) CompTIA Security+
8 182 (2.22%) A+ Certification
9 176 (2.15%) Linux+ Certification
10 170 (2.07%) CCNA
11 151 (1.84%) Microsoft Certification
12 102 (1.24%) Server+ Certification
13 101 (1.23%) ISTQB
14 98 (1.20%) ISEB
15 91 (1.11%) Master's Degree
16 90 (1.10%) DV Cleared
17 85 (1.04%) CISSP
18 84 (1.02%) CCNP
19 68 (0.83%) AWS Certification
20 65 (0.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 579 (7.06%) QA
2 285 (3.48%) SLA
3 227 (2.77%) GDPR
4 101 (1.23%) Data Quality
5 86 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 85 (1.04%) PMO
7 60 (0.73%) PCI DSS
8 51 (0.62%) NIST
9 29 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 28 (0.34%) Good Clinical Practice
11 25 (0.30%) Cyber Essentials
12 21 (0.26%) COBIT
12 21 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 19 (0.23%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 19 (0.23%) ISO 9001
14 16 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 14 (0.17%) GxP
16 12 (0.15%) CDISC
17 10 (0.12%) BS25999
17 10 (0.12%) HIPAA
System Software
1 774 (9.44%) Docker
2 636 (7.76%) Active Directory
3 319 (3.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 160 (1.95%) Hyper-V
5 70 (0.85%) XenApp
6 69 (0.84%) vSphere
7 60 (0.73%) VMware ESXi
8 53 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
9 45 (0.55%) Firmware
10 41 (0.50%) XenDesktop
11 29 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
12 24 (0.29%) VMware NSX
13 23 (0.28%) BitLocker
14 18 (0.22%) Virtual Desktop
15 17 (0.21%) HDFS
16 15 (0.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 15 (0.18%) NFS
17 11 (0.13%) Oracle RAC
18 10 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
19 9 (0.11%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 612 (7.46%) Kubernetes
2 378 (4.61%) Terraform
3 297 (3.62%) Ansible
4 247 (3.01%) Opscode Chef
5 240 (2.93%) Puppet
6 111 (1.35%) SCCM
7 96 (1.17%) Prometheus
8 87 (1.06%) Grafana
9 58 (0.71%) Microsoft Intune
10 32 (0.39%) SCOM
11 28 (0.34%) ZABBIX
12 27 (0.33%) Kibana
13 24 (0.29%) logstash
14 22 (0.27%) Single Sign-On
15 20 (0.24%) Graylog
15 20 (0.24%) Packer
16 18 (0.22%) Microsoft Clustering
16 18 (0.22%) vCenter Server
17 17 (0.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
18 16 (0.20%) Nagios
Vendors
1 1,590 (19.39%) Microsoft
2 427 (5.21%) VMware
3 421 (5.13%) Oracle
4 347 (4.23%) Cisco
5 316 (3.85%) Google
6 200 (2.44%) SAP
7 199 (2.43%) Salesforce.com
8 183 (2.23%) Citrix
9 115 (1.40%) SaltStack
10 90 (1.10%) Adobe
11 84 (1.02%) ServiceNow
12 81 (0.99%) Veeam
13 80 (0.98%) IBM
14 74 (0.90%) Apple
14 74 (0.90%) Splunk
15 66 (0.80%) Databricks
16 59 (0.72%) New Relic
17 56 (0.68%) PagerDuty
18 54 (0.66%) Twitter
19 50 (0.61%) Facebook