Period
to 20 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 20 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 23 19 20
Rank change year-on-year -4 +1 -2
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 5,339 12,628 14,751
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 8.40% 10.07% 9.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 9.10% 10.93% 10.69%
Number of salaries quoted 4,546 9,588 11,164
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 £81,250 £82,500 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +11.76% - +3.66%

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 58,692 115,511 137,970
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.34% 92.13% 92.24%
Number of salaries quoted 47,378 92,513 110,205
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 £45,840 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.89% +1.87% -

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 20 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 20 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 -6 4,808 £52,500 +5.00% 1,389
UK excluding London -4 3,363 £47,500 +11.76% 1,053
London -13 1,713 £65,000 +8.33% 430
North of England -2 925 £45,000 +5.88% 276
Work from Home +1 810 £55,000 - 249
South East -9 799 £50,000 +8.70% 251
Midlands -2 590 £45,000 +8.43% 183
North West +1 540 £44,000 +2.33% 156
West Midlands +2 440 £45,000 +8.43% 115
South West -7 395 £45,000 +8.43% 118
Yorkshire -9 322 £50,000 +17.65% 88
East of England -2 317 £52,500 +23.53% 127
Scotland -8 213 £45,000 - 60
East Midlands -6 150 £45,000 +12.50% 67
Wales 0 93 £44,250 +5.36% 27
North East -21 63 £45,000 +12.50% 32
Northern Ireland +10 28 £45,000 +20.00% 11
Isle of Man +3 16 £49,500 +1.02% 1

For the 6 months to 20 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 1,687 (31.60%) Agile Software Development
2 1,554 (29.11%) Analytical Skills
3 1,183 (22.16%) SQL
4 1,065 (19.95%) Azure
5 1,044 (19.55%) Microsoft
6 1,027 (19.24%) Finance
7 1,025 (19.20%) Degree
8 972 (18.21%) DevOps
9 859 (16.09%) JavaScript
10 830 (15.55%) Python
11 777 (14.55%) Windows
12 754 (14.12%) C#
13 722 (13.52%) AWS
14 709 (13.28%) Linux
15 684 (12.81%) Java
16 653 (12.23%) SQL Server
17 623 (11.67%) .NET
18 585 (10.96%) Software Engineering
19 577 (10.81%) HTML
20 564 (10.56%) Computer Science
21 531 (9.95%) Docker
22 525 (9.83%) Git (software)
23 491 (9.20%) Scrum
24 479 (8.97%) CSS
25 450 (8.43%) ITIL
26 432 (8.09%) Analytics
27 429 (8.04%) Active Directory
28 428 (8.02%) Kubernetes
29 403 (7.55%) Project Management
30 398 (7.45%) 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
1 157 (2.94%) SharePoint
2 135 (2.53%) Apache
2 135 (2.53%) Confluence
3 106 (1.99%) CMS
4 76 (1.42%) MS Exchange
5 72 (1.35%) IIS
6 67 (1.25%) WordPress
7 66 (1.24%) Elasticsearch
8 49 (0.92%) Apache Spark
9 45 (0.84%) Skype for Business
10 37 (0.69%) SAS
11 24 (0.45%) nginx
12 21 (0.39%) Tomcat
13 16 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
13 16 (0.30%) OpenStack
14 15 (0.28%) WebSphere
15 13 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
15 13 (0.24%) EPiServer
16 11 (0.21%) Drupal
16 11 (0.21%) Umbraco
Applications
1 305 (5.71%) Microsoft Office
2 231 (4.33%) Microsoft Excel
3 60 (1.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 49 (0.92%) MS Visio
5 42 (0.79%) Sketch
6 34 (0.64%) Microsoft Project
7 31 (0.58%) InVision
8 21 (0.39%) Figma
9 19 (0.36%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 18 (0.34%) Photoshop
11 11 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
11 11 (0.21%) Simulink
11 11 (0.21%) SPSS
12 9 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
13 7 (0.13%) Adobe XD
13 7 (0.13%) Stata
14 6 (0.11%) Zeplin
15 4 (0.075%) UXPin
15 4 (0.075%) Windchill
16 3 (0.056%) Adobe After Effects
Business Applications
1 62 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 39 (0.73%) Magento
3 34 (0.64%) NetSuite
4 22 (0.41%) OpenCart
5 19 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
6 18 (0.34%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 15 (0.28%) SAP S/4HANA
8 14 (0.26%) Sentinel
9 13 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
9 13 (0.24%) Shopify
9 13 (0.24%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 11 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
11 10 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
12 7 (0.13%) SAP FI
13 6 (0.11%) JDE EnterpriseOne
13 6 (0.11%) Oracle Assets
13 6 (0.11%) Relativity
13 6 (0.11%) SAP CO
13 6 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
13 6 (0.11%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 1,065 (19.95%) Azure
2 722 (13.52%) AWS
3 371 (6.95%) Office 365
4 241 (4.51%) SaaS
5 227 (4.25%) Power Platform
6 158 (2.96%) GCP
7 90 (1.69%) Pulumi
8 89 (1.67%) AWS CloudFormation
9 85 (1.59%) PaaS
10 82 (1.54%) GitHub
11 80 (1.50%) IaaS
12 75 (1.40%) Cloud Computing
13 67 (1.25%) Dynamics 365
14 65 (1.22%) Azure Active Directory
15 64 (1.20%) Serverless
16 51 (0.96%) Amazon EC2
16 51 (0.96%) Amazon EKS
17 50 (0.94%) Azure Data Factory
18 43 (0.81%) Amazon S3
18 43 (0.81%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 315 (5.90%) Firewall
2 172 (3.22%) TCP/IP
3 168 (3.15%) DNS
4 154 (2.88%) WAN
5 153 (2.87%) LAN
6 129 (2.42%) VPN
7 122 (2.29%) VoIP
8 116 (2.17%) Wireless
9 114 (2.14%) Network Security
10 100 (1.87%) DHCP
11 91 (1.70%) HTTP
12 87 (1.63%) Internet
13 70 (1.31%) SAN
14 66 (1.24%) Cisco ASA
15 63 (1.18%) VLAN
15 63 (1.18%) Wi-Fi
16 60 (1.12%) OSPF
17 58 (1.09%) BGP
18 57 (1.07%) Skype
19 42 (0.79%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 653 (12.23%) SQL Server
2 331 (6.20%) MySQL
3 224 (4.20%) Relational Database
4 214 (4.01%) Power BI
5 207 (3.88%) PostgreSQL
6 146 (2.73%) NoSQL
7 144 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
8 139 (2.60%) MongoDB
9 137 (2.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 120 (2.25%) Big Data
11 105 (1.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 91 (1.70%) Tableau
13 85 (1.59%) Redis
14 68 (1.27%) Azure SQL Database
15 53 (0.99%) Data Lake
15 53 (0.99%) MariaDB
16 52 (0.97%) Cosmos DB
17 51 (0.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 50 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
19 47 (0.88%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 525 (9.83%) Git (software)
2 298 (5.58%) JIRA
3 297 (5.56%) Jenkins
4 132 (2.47%) Visual Studio
5 127 (2.38%) Team Foundation Server
6 119 (2.23%) Selenium
7 70 (1.31%) TeamCity
8 53 (0.99%) Cucumber
9 49 (0.92%) NUnit
10 48 (0.90%) Subversion
11 44 (0.82%) Maven
12 42 (0.79%) Bitbucket
13 41 (0.77%) Gradle
13 41 (0.77%) JUnit
14 40 (0.75%) SpecFlow
15 39 (0.73%) Octopus Deploy
15 39 (0.73%) webpack
16 38 (0.71%) GitLab
17 36 (0.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 36 (0.67%) IntelliJ
General
1 1,027 (19.24%) Finance
2 264 (4.94%) Marketing
3 205 (3.84%) Retail
4 185 (3.47%) Banking
5 165 (3.09%) Public Sector
6 161 (3.02%) Aerospace
7 158 (2.96%) Telecoms
8 151 (2.83%) Games
9 110 (2.06%) Legal
9 110 (2.06%) Manufacturing
10 96 (1.80%) Law
11 83 (1.55%) Front Office
12 57 (1.07%) Electronics
13 50 (0.94%) Military
14 47 (0.88%) Back Office
15 45 (0.84%) Automotive
16 37 (0.69%) Digital Economy
17 30 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
18 29 (0.54%) Financial Institution
18 29 (0.54%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 1,440 (26.97%) Developer
2 692 (12.96%) Analyst
3 305 (5.71%) DevOps Engineer
4 281 (5.26%) Software Engineer
5 252 (4.72%) Senior Developer
6 221 (4.14%) Software Developer
7 212 (3.97%) Architect
8 187 (3.50%) Java Developer
9 185 (3.47%) .NET Developer
10 178 (3.33%) Consultant
11 163 (3.05%) Business Analyst
12 160 (3.00%) C# Developer
13 151 (2.83%) Support Engineer
14 145 (2.72%) Support Analyst
15 140 (2.62%) Full Stack Developer
16 138 (2.58%) PHP Developer
17 137 (2.57%) Graduate
18 130 (2.43%) IT Support
19 120 (2.25%) AWS Engineer
20 114 (2.14%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 623 (11.67%) .NET
2 577 (10.81%) HTML
3 479 (8.97%) CSS
4 343 (6.42%) AngularJS
5 318 (5.96%) React
6 305 (5.71%) Web Services
7 249 (4.66%) REST
8 219 (4.10%) RESTful
9 198 (3.71%) HTML5
10 197 (3.69%) ASP.NET
11 194 (3.63%) Node.js
12 179 (3.35%) jQuery
13 171 (3.20%) .NET Core
14 168 (3.15%) XML
15 165 (3.09%) JSON
16 153 (2.87%) Kafka
17 149 (2.79%) Spring
18 144 (2.70%) .NET Framework
19 142 (2.66%) Vue.js
20 140 (2.62%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 1,554 (29.11%) Analytical Skills
2 353 (6.61%) Self-Motivation
3 326 (6.11%) Management Information System
3 326 (6.11%) User Experience
4 196 (3.67%) Mobile App
5 171 (3.20%) Greenfield Project
6 155 (2.90%) Algorithms
7 141 (2.64%) Data Centre
8 97 (1.82%) Data Structures
9 92 (1.72%) Virtual Team
10 72 (1.35%) Linux Command Line
11 69 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
12 64 (1.20%) Driving Licence
13 61 (1.14%) EPoS
14 54 (1.01%) Public Cloud
15 48 (0.90%) Enterprise Cloud
15 48 (0.90%) Replication
16 47 (0.88%) Hedge funds
17 46 (0.86%) Clustering
18 42 (0.79%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 777 (14.55%) Windows
2 709 (13.28%) Linux
3 288 (5.39%) Windows Server
4 152 (2.85%) Unix
5 151 (2.83%) Windows 10
6 116 (2.17%) Android
7 115 (2.15%) Windows Server 2012
8 94 (1.76%) Apple iOS
9 89 (1.67%) Windows Server 2016
10 56 (1.05%) Windows 7
11 52 (0.97%) CentOS
11 52 (0.97%) Windows Server 2019
12 45 (0.84%) Ubuntu
13 40 (0.75%) Windows Server 2008
14 38 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 25 (0.47%) Mac OS
16 24 (0.45%) Solaris
17 19 (0.36%) Mac OS X
18 14 (0.26%) Fedora
19 11 (0.21%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,687 (31.60%) Agile Software Development
2 972 (18.21%) DevOps
3 585 (10.96%) Software Engineering
4 564 (10.56%) Computer Science
5 491 (9.20%) Scrum
6 450 (8.43%) ITIL
7 432 (8.09%) Analytics
8 403 (7.55%) Project Management
9 398 (7.45%) Test Automation
10 383 (7.17%) Continuous Improvement
11 364 (6.82%) Business Intelligence
12 359 (6.72%) TDD
13 340 (6.37%) Microservices
14 329 (6.16%) Mentoring
15 328 (6.14%) Stakeholder Management
16 325 (6.09%) Decision-Making
17 291 (5.45%) SDLC
18 288 (5.39%) Machine Learning
19 286 (5.36%) MVC
20 272 (5.09%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 1,183 (22.16%) SQL
2 859 (16.09%) JavaScript
3 830 (15.55%) Python
4 754 (14.12%) C#
5 684 (12.81%) Java
6 312 (5.84%) PHP
7 299 (5.60%) PowerShell
8 258 (4.83%) C++
9 235 (4.40%) TypeScript
10 225 (4.21%) Go
11 199 (3.73%) Bash Shell
12 191 (3.58%) C
13 156 (2.92%) Ruby
14 151 (2.83%) T-SQL
15 110 (2.06%) Perl
16 74 (1.39%) R
17 66 (1.24%) Shell Script
18 62 (1.16%) Groovy
19 60 (1.12%) Scala
20 58 (1.09%) VBA
Qualifications
1 1,025 (19.20%) Degree
2 283 (5.30%) Security Cleared
3 260 (4.87%) Computer Science Degree
4 208 (3.90%) SC Cleared
5 169 (3.17%) Cisco Certification
6 110 (2.06%) Microsoft Certification
7 105 (1.97%) CCNP
8 99 (1.85%) CCNA
9 73 (1.37%) CISSP
10 61 (1.14%) ISTQB
11 56 (1.05%) AWS Certification
12 51 (0.96%) DV Cleared
13 50 (0.94%) Network+ Certification
14 49 (0.92%) CompTIA Security+
14 49 (0.92%) Master's Degree
15 45 (0.84%) ISEB
16 44 (0.82%) MCSE
17 43 (0.81%) PMI Certification
18 39 (0.73%) A+ Certification
18 39 (0.73%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 308 (5.77%) QA
2 198 (3.71%) SLA
3 148 (2.77%) GDPR
4 67 (1.25%) Data Quality
5 62 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 57 (1.07%) PMO
7 38 (0.71%) NIST
8 21 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 18 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials
10 17 (0.32%) COBIT
11 16 (0.30%) ISO 9001
12 13 (0.24%) PCI DSS
13 11 (0.21%) HIPAA
14 10 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 8 (0.15%) GPG13
16 7 (0.13%) BS25999
16 7 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
16 7 (0.13%) Good Clinical Practice
16 7 (0.13%) HAZOP
16 7 (0.13%) Solvency II
System Software
1 531 (9.95%) Docker
2 429 (8.04%) Active Directory
3 281 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
4 120 (2.25%) Hyper-V
5 58 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
6 53 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
7 41 (0.77%) vSphere
8 30 (0.56%) XenApp
9 27 (0.51%) VMware NSX
10 26 (0.49%) Firmware
11 20 (0.37%) VMware Server
12 18 (0.34%) BitLocker
12 18 (0.34%) XenDesktop
13 15 (0.28%) Virtual Servers
14 13 (0.24%) NFS
15 12 (0.22%) KVM
16 10 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
16 10 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
17 9 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
18 8 (0.15%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 428 (8.02%) Kubernetes
2 295 (5.53%) Terraform
3 254 (4.76%) Ansible
4 195 (3.65%) Opscode Chef
5 188 (3.52%) Puppet
6 78 (1.46%) SCCM
7 65 (1.22%) Prometheus
8 57 (1.07%) Grafana
9 31 (0.58%) SCOM
10 28 (0.52%) Microsoft Intune
11 23 (0.43%) SCVMM
12 19 (0.36%) Nagios
13 15 (0.28%) ZABBIX
14 14 (0.26%) vCenter Server
15 13 (0.24%) Single Sign-On
16 12 (0.22%) Graylog
16 12 (0.22%) HAProxy
16 12 (0.22%) Icinga
16 12 (0.22%) Istio
16 12 (0.22%) Packer
Vendors
1 1,044 (19.55%) Microsoft
2 359 (6.72%) VMware
3 286 (5.36%) Cisco
4 257 (4.81%) Oracle
5 173 (3.24%) Google
6 116 (2.17%) Salesforce.com
7 111 (2.08%) Citrix
8 109 (2.04%) SAP
9 86 (1.61%) SaltStack
10 71 (1.33%) Adobe
11 67 (1.25%) Red Hat
12 66 (1.24%) Veeam
13 62 (1.16%) Juniper
14 59 (1.11%) Splunk
15 58 (1.09%) IBM
16 56 (1.05%) SolarWinds
17 55 (1.03%) Apple
17 55 (1.03%) Atlassian
18 47 (0.88%) New Relic
19 42 (0.79%) Meraki