Period
to 5 December 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 5 December 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
UK
6 months to
5 Dec 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 27 19 19
Rank change year-on-year -8 0 -2
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 4,482 13,859 16,297
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 7.93% 10.26% 10.01%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 8.61% 11.13% 10.88%
Number of salaries quoted 3,949 10,312 12,280
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £29,750 £26,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £81,250 £82,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £43,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +9.20% +2.35% +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 52,070 124,510 149,828
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.19% 92.17% 92.03%
Number of salaries quoted 43,210 98,636 119,085
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £51,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +2.94% +2.00%
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £29,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +8.89% - +3.45%

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 5 December 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 5 December 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 -7 4,123 £52,500 +5.00% 1,319
UK excluding London -7 2,792 £47,500 +9.20% 963
London -18 1,522 £65,000 +8.33% 443
North of England -5 774 £45,000 +5.88% 272
South East -11 712 £50,000 +5.26% 213
Work from Home -3 597 £57,500 +4.55% 232
Midlands -4 493 £45,000 +9.76% 176
North West 0 456 £45,000 - 148
West Midlands 0 363 £45,000 +8.43% 116
South West -9 326 £45,000 +11.58% 100
Yorkshire -15 258 £50,000 +25.00% 90
East of England -6 249 £52,500 +16.67% 109
Scotland -16 134 £42,500 -5.56% 56
East Midlands -11 125 £43,308 +8.27% 60
Wales +2 80 £44,250 +9.26% 29
North East -18 60 £44,500 +9.20% 34
Northern Ireland +11 22 £45,000 +20.00% 11
Isle of Man - 11 £49,500 - 1
Channel Islands +5 3 £55,000 -8.33%

For the 6 months to 5 December 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 1,451 (32.37%) Agile Software Development
2 1,369 (30.54%) Analytical Skills
3 1,028 (22.94%) SQL
4 964 (21.51%) Azure
5 899 (20.06%) Finance
6 886 (19.77%) Microsoft
7 812 (18.12%) Degree
8 809 (18.05%) JavaScript
9 807 (18.01%) DevOps
10 683 (15.24%) Python
11 673 (15.02%) AWS
12 649 (14.48%) Windows
13 623 (13.90%) Java
14 611 (13.63%) C#
15 584 (13.03%) Linux
16 569 (12.70%) SQL Server
17 532 (11.87%) HTML
18 515 (11.49%) .NET
19 474 (10.58%) Software Engineering
20 465 (10.37%) Git (software)
21 430 (9.59%) Computer Science
22 427 (9.53%) CSS
23 426 (9.50%) Docker
24 420 (9.37%) ITIL
24 420 (9.37%) Scrum
25 370 (8.26%) Analytics
26 344 (7.68%) Active Directory
27 338 (7.54%) Office 365
28 327 (7.30%) Kubernetes
29 325 (7.25%) Self-Motivation

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
1 152 (3.39%) SharePoint
2 122 (2.72%) Confluence
3 108 (2.41%) Apache
4 82 (1.83%) IIS
5 79 (1.76%) MS Exchange
6 78 (1.74%) CMS
7 59 (1.32%) Skype for Business
8 58 (1.29%) Elasticsearch
9 52 (1.16%) WordPress
10 40 (0.89%) Apache Spark
11 28 (0.62%) nginx
12 18 (0.40%) Tomcat
13 17 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2013
14 16 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2010
15 15 (0.33%) OpenStack
16 14 (0.31%) WebSphere
17 13 (0.29%) SAS
18 11 (0.25%) JBoss
19 8 (0.18%) Drupal
20 7 (0.16%) SugarCRM
Applications
1 234 (5.22%) Microsoft Office
2 204 (4.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 48 (1.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 46 (1.03%) MS Visio
5 40 (0.89%) Sketch
6 26 (0.58%) InVision
7 22 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
8 19 (0.42%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 16 (0.36%) Figma
10 11 (0.25%) Photoshop
11 8 (0.18%) SPSS
11 8 (0.18%) Stata
12 7 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
12 7 (0.16%) Adobe XD
13 6 (0.13%) Zeplin
14 5 (0.11%) Simulink
14 5 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
15 4 (0.089%) Windchill
16 3 (0.067%) Marvel
17 2 (0.045%) OmniGraffle
Business Applications
1 44 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (0.89%) Magento
3 27 (0.60%) SAP S/4HANA
4 23 (0.51%) NetSuite
5 17 (0.38%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 16 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
6 16 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
7 15 (0.33%) Shopify
8 13 (0.29%) OpenCart
9 10 (0.22%) SAP PSCD
10 9 (0.20%) SAP HR
10 9 (0.20%) Sentinel
11 8 (0.18%) Distributed Ledger
12 7 (0.16%) R3 Corda
12 7 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
13 6 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
13 6 (0.13%) Oracle ERP
13 6 (0.13%) Visualfiles
14 5 (0.11%) SAP FI
14 5 (0.11%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 964 (21.51%) Azure
2 673 (15.02%) AWS
3 338 (7.54%) Office 365
4 227 (5.06%) SaaS
5 207 (4.62%) Power Platform
6 140 (3.12%) GCP
7 77 (1.72%) IaaS
8 76 (1.70%) AWS CloudFormation
8 76 (1.70%) PaaS
9 67 (1.49%) Azure Active Directory
10 64 (1.43%) Cloud Computing
10 64 (1.43%) Dynamics 365
11 59 (1.32%) GitHub
12 54 (1.20%) Serverless
13 41 (0.91%) Amazon EKS
13 41 (0.91%) npm
14 36 (0.80%) Amazon EC2
14 36 (0.80%) AWS Lambda
15 35 (0.78%) Azure Data Factory
16 33 (0.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 291 (6.49%) Firewall
2 182 (4.06%) WAN
3 172 (3.84%) LAN
4 148 (3.30%) DNS
5 127 (2.83%) TCP/IP
6 122 (2.72%) VPN
7 103 (2.30%) Network Security
8 99 (2.21%) VoIP
9 96 (2.14%) Internet
10 93 (2.07%) HTTP
11 86 (1.92%) DHCP
12 84 (1.87%) Wireless
13 77 (1.72%) Skype
14 72 (1.61%) VLAN
15 63 (1.41%) SAN
16 56 (1.25%) Cisco ASA
16 56 (1.25%) OSPF
17 55 (1.23%) Wi-Fi
18 53 (1.18%) BGP
19 39 (0.87%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 569 (12.70%) SQL Server
2 278 (6.20%) MySQL
3 200 (4.46%) Relational Database
4 196 (4.37%) Power BI
5 164 (3.66%) PostgreSQL
6 127 (2.83%) Data Warehouse
7 126 (2.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 118 (2.63%) NoSQL
9 117 (2.61%) Big Data
9 117 (2.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 115 (2.57%) MongoDB
11 77 (1.72%) Tableau
12 64 (1.43%) Redis
13 54 (1.20%) Azure SQL Database
13 54 (1.20%) Data Lake
14 51 (1.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 44 (0.98%) MariaDB
16 41 (0.91%) Amazon RDS
17 38 (0.85%) Cosmos DB
18 36 (0.80%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 465 (10.37%) Git (software)
2 255 (5.69%) JIRA
3 252 (5.62%) Jenkins
4 116 (2.59%) Team Foundation Server
5 105 (2.34%) Visual Studio
6 102 (2.28%) Selenium
7 57 (1.27%) TeamCity
8 49 (1.09%) Subversion
9 42 (0.94%) Maven
10 40 (0.89%) Bitbucket
11 39 (0.87%) JUnit
11 39 (0.87%) webpack
12 38 (0.85%) NUnit
13 36 (0.80%) Cucumber
13 36 (0.80%) GitLab
14 34 (0.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 31 (0.69%) Octopus Deploy
15 31 (0.69%) SpecFlow
16 30 (0.67%) Visual Studio Team System
17 28 (0.62%) IntelliJ
General
1 899 (20.06%) Finance
2 192 (4.28%) Retail
3 183 (4.08%) Marketing
4 149 (3.32%) Public Sector
5 142 (3.17%) Banking
6 138 (3.08%) Telecoms
7 116 (2.59%) Manufacturing
8 105 (2.34%) Legal
9 94 (2.10%) Games
10 90 (2.01%) Law
11 83 (1.85%) Front Office
12 67 (1.49%) Aerospace
13 41 (0.91%) Back Office
14 40 (0.89%) Electronics
15 31 (0.69%) Automotive
16 26 (0.58%) Local Government
17 24 (0.54%) Military
18 23 (0.51%) Advertising
18 23 (0.51%) Digital Economy
18 23 (0.51%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 1,206 (26.91%) Developer
2 561 (12.52%) Analyst
3 225 (5.02%) DevOps Engineer
4 224 (5.00%) Software Engineer
5 201 (4.48%) Senior Developer
6 193 (4.31%) Architect
7 183 (4.08%) Consultant
8 173 (3.86%) Java Developer
9 169 (3.77%) Software Developer
10 163 (3.64%) .NET Developer
11 148 (3.30%) Business Analyst
12 143 (3.19%) C# Developer
13 132 (2.95%) PHP Developer
14 131 (2.92%) Support Engineer
15 117 (2.61%) Network Engineer
16 111 (2.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
17 110 (2.45%) AWS Engineer
18 105 (2.34%) Support Analyst
19 103 (2.30%) Full Stack Developer
20 99 (2.21%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 532 (11.87%) HTML
2 515 (11.49%) .NET
3 427 (9.53%) CSS
4 305 (6.80%) AngularJS
5 267 (5.96%) Web Services
6 262 (5.85%) React
7 227 (5.06%) REST
8 189 (4.22%) RESTful
9 185 (4.13%) HTML5
10 177 (3.95%) Node.js
11 160 (3.57%) ASP.NET
12 149 (3.32%) .NET Core
13 146 (3.26%) .NET Framework
13 146 (3.26%) jQuery
14 143 (3.19%) JSON
14 143 (3.19%) XML
15 125 (2.79%) ASP.NET Web API
16 119 (2.66%) Vue.js
17 118 (2.63%) Spring
18 107 (2.39%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 1,369 (30.54%) Analytical Skills
2 325 (7.25%) Self-Motivation
3 267 (5.96%) User Experience
4 243 (5.42%) Management Information System
5 145 (3.24%) Mobile App
6 136 (3.03%) Algorithms
7 117 (2.61%) Greenfield Project
8 114 (2.54%) Data Centre
9 91 (2.03%) Data Structures
10 62 (1.38%) Virtual Team
11 56 (1.25%) Linux Command Line
12 52 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
13 50 (1.12%) Clustering
14 49 (1.09%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 49 (1.09%) Replication
15 46 (1.03%) Public Cloud
16 44 (0.98%) Hedge funds
17 41 (0.91%) PKI
18 40 (0.89%) Analytical Mindset
19 39 (0.87%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 649 (14.48%) Windows
2 584 (13.03%) Linux
3 255 (5.69%) Windows Server
4 143 (3.19%) Unix
5 134 (2.99%) Windows 10
6 99 (2.21%) Android
7 90 (2.01%) Windows Server 2012
8 77 (1.72%) Apple iOS
9 70 (1.56%) Windows Server 2016
10 59 (1.32%) Ubuntu
11 48 (1.07%) Windows Server 2019
12 47 (1.05%) CentOS
13 42 (0.94%) Windows Server 2008
14 40 (0.89%) Windows 7
15 35 (0.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 25 (0.56%) Solaris
17 22 (0.49%) AIX
18 15 (0.33%) Mac OS X
19 13 (0.29%) Fedora
20 10 (0.22%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,451 (32.37%) Agile Software Development
2 807 (18.01%) DevOps
3 474 (10.58%) Software Engineering
4 430 (9.59%) Computer Science
5 420 (9.37%) ITIL
5 420 (9.37%) Scrum
6 370 (8.26%) Analytics
7 324 (7.23%) Business Intelligence
8 321 (7.16%) Project Management
9 309 (6.89%) Mentoring
10 304 (6.78%) TDD
11 302 (6.74%) Continuous Improvement
12 295 (6.58%) Test Automation
13 277 (6.18%) Microservices
14 269 (6.00%) Stakeholder Management
15 266 (5.93%) MVC
16 263 (5.87%) SDLC
17 248 (5.53%) Decision-Making
18 217 (4.84%) Configuration Management
18 217 (4.84%) OO
Programming Languages
1 1,028 (22.94%) SQL
2 809 (18.05%) JavaScript
3 683 (15.24%) Python
4 623 (13.90%) Java
5 611 (13.63%) C#
6 286 (6.38%) PHP
7 231 (5.15%) PowerShell
8 206 (4.60%) C++
9 197 (4.40%) TypeScript
10 168 (3.75%) Go
11 143 (3.19%) C
12 138 (3.08%) Bash Shell
13 127 (2.83%) T-SQL
14 122 (2.72%) Ruby
15 97 (2.16%) Perl
16 74 (1.65%) Shell Script
17 63 (1.41%) Scala
18 59 (1.32%) R
19 46 (1.03%) PL/SQL
20 45 (1.00%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 812 (18.12%) Degree
2 238 (5.31%) Security Cleared
3 212 (4.73%) Computer Science Degree
4 181 (4.04%) SC Cleared
5 133 (2.97%) Cisco Certification
6 97 (2.16%) CCNP
6 97 (2.16%) Microsoft Certification
7 79 (1.76%) CISSP
8 69 (1.54%) CCNA
9 51 (1.14%) AWS Certification
10 44 (0.98%) ISTQB
11 41 (0.91%) CISM
12 40 (0.89%) Master's Degree
13 39 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
14 37 (0.83%) MCSE
14 37 (0.83%) PMI Certification
15 35 (0.78%) PhD
16 34 (0.76%) DV Cleared
16 34 (0.76%) MCSA
17 28 (0.62%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 236 (5.27%) QA
2 171 (3.82%) SLA
3 106 (2.37%) GDPR
4 75 (1.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 65 (1.45%) Data Quality
6 49 (1.09%) NIST
7 48 (1.07%) PMO
8 26 (0.58%) PCI DSS
9 24 (0.54%) Cyber Essentials
10 15 (0.33%) COBIT
11 11 (0.25%) ISO 22301
11 11 (0.25%) ISO 9001
12 10 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 10 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 9 (0.20%) ISO 31000
13 9 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27005
14 8 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 7 (0.16%) NCSC
15 7 (0.16%) Solvency II
16 6 (0.13%) GPG13
System Software
1 426 (9.50%) Docker
2 344 (7.68%) Active Directory
3 231 (5.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 123 (2.74%) Hyper-V
5 58 (1.29%) Virtual Machines
6 56 (1.25%) VMware ESXi
7 26 (0.58%) vSphere
8 25 (0.56%) Firmware
9 21 (0.47%) NFS
9 21 (0.47%) VMware Server
10 19 (0.42%) VMware NSX
11 18 (0.40%) XenApp
12 16 (0.36%) KVM
12 16 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
13 15 (0.33%) BitLocker
14 11 (0.25%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 10 (0.22%) XenDesktop
16 8 (0.18%) HDFS
16 8 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
16 8 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 327 (7.30%) Kubernetes
2 229 (5.11%) Terraform
3 175 (3.90%) Ansible
4 152 (3.39%) Puppet
5 136 (3.03%) Opscode Chef
6 71 (1.58%) SCCM
7 44 (0.98%) Prometheus
8 37 (0.83%) Grafana
9 34 (0.76%) SCVMM
10 26 (0.58%) SCOM
11 22 (0.49%) Microsoft Intune
11 22 (0.49%) Oracle RMAN
12 21 (0.47%) Data Guard
13 17 (0.38%) Nagios
14 14 (0.31%) vCenter Server
15 13 (0.29%) Norton AntiVirus
16 12 (0.27%) HAProxy
16 12 (0.27%) Icinga
16 12 (0.27%) WSUS
17 11 (0.25%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 886 (19.77%) Microsoft
2 310 (6.92%) VMware
3 259 (5.78%) Cisco
4 241 (5.38%) Oracle
5 145 (3.24%) Google
6 131 (2.92%) SAP
7 96 (2.14%) Salesforce.com
8 88 (1.96%) Citrix
9 68 (1.52%) Juniper
10 63 (1.41%) Adobe
11 62 (1.38%) Red Hat
12 61 (1.36%) SaltStack
13 59 (1.32%) Atlassian
14 54 (1.20%) Veeam
15 47 (1.05%) Meraki
15 47 (1.05%) SolarWinds
16 39 (0.87%) IBM
17 36 (0.80%) Splunk
18 35 (0.78%) Apple
19 34 (0.76%) Palo Alto