Period
to 14 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 14 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
UK
6 months to
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 19 21 21
Rank change year-on-year +2 0 -3
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 8,054 10,822 14,778
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 9.67% 9.57% 9.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 10.46% 10.38% 10.75%
Number of salaries quoted 5,379 7,833 10,526
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,750 £25,750
25th Percentile £37,500 £35,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £48,000 £47,000
Median % change year-on-year +9.38% +2.13% +4.44%
75th Percentile £67,500 £65,750 £63,750
90th Percentile £82,500 £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 77,007 104,259 137,511
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.48% 92.17% 92.30%
Number of salaries quoted 59,280 83,736 109,325
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 £48,750 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.63% +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 14 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 14 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 0 7,034 £52,500 +5.00% 1,729
UK excluding London -2 4,906 £45,000 +5.88% 1,290
London +2 2,566 £65,000 +8.33% 542
Work from Home 0 1,441 £55,000 - 342
North of England 0 1,211 £45,000 +7.14% 342
South East -3 1,146 £50,000 +5.26% 267
Midlands +1 824 £42,500 +6.25% 273
South West -4 683 £45,000 +7.14% 165
North West +5 666 £45,000 +5.88% 189
West Midlands +5 568 £45,000 +5.88% 188
East of England +4 475 £47,500 +15.15% 130
Yorkshire -4 446 £49,500 +16.47% 99
Scotland +5 415 £45,000 +5.88% 68
East Midlands 0 250 £42,500 +13.33% 84
Wales -5 101 £42,500 +10.39% 38
North East -7 99 £43,750 +9.38% 54
Northern Ireland +4 49 £42,500 +6.25% 8
Isle of Man -2 26 £49,500 +4.21%

For the 6 months to 14 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 2,487 (30.88%) Agile Software Development
2 2,233 (27.73%) Analytical Skills
3 1,702 (21.13%) SQL
4 1,557 (19.33%) Microsoft
5 1,539 (19.11%) Degree
6 1,499 (18.61%) Finance
7 1,322 (16.41%) JavaScript
8 1,317 (16.35%) Azure
9 1,179 (14.64%) DevOps
10 1,164 (14.45%) Python
11 1,138 (14.13%) Linux
12 1,100 (13.66%) Windows
13 1,056 (13.11%) Java
14 996 (12.37%) C#
15 986 (12.24%) AWS
16 935 (11.61%) Software Engineering
17 893 (11.09%) Computer Science
18 864 (10.73%) SQL Server
19 856 (10.63%) .NET
20 818 (10.16%) HTML
21 764 (9.49%) Docker
22 703 (8.73%) CSS
23 695 (8.63%) Project Management
24 694 (8.62%) Analytics
25 689 (8.55%) Git (software)
26 641 (7.96%) Scrum
27 626 (7.77%) Active Directory
28 621 (7.71%) User Experience
29 610 (7.57%) Microsoft 365
30 608 (7.55%) Kubernetes

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
1 221 (2.74%) SharePoint
2 167 (2.07%) Confluence
3 151 (1.87%) CMS
4 150 (1.86%) Apache
5 112 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
6 108 (1.34%) MS Exchange
7 99 (1.23%) WordPress
8 92 (1.14%) SAS
9 72 (0.89%) Apache Spark
10 69 (0.86%) IIS
11 41 (0.51%) Skype for Business
12 37 (0.46%) Tomcat
13 32 (0.40%) Drupal
14 31 (0.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 26 (0.32%) nginx
16 25 (0.31%) Umbraco
17 20 (0.25%) Apache Airflow
17 20 (0.25%) WebSphere
18 19 (0.24%) Jupyter
19 18 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 523 (6.49%) Microsoft Office
2 418 (5.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 118 (1.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 92 (1.14%) MS Visio
5 63 (0.78%) Sketch
6 61 (0.76%) InVision
7 60 (0.74%) Figma
8 52 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
9 25 (0.31%) Photoshop
10 24 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
11 23 (0.29%) Simulink
12 19 (0.24%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 13 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
14 11 (0.14%) UXPin
15 9 (0.11%) SPSS
16 6 (0.074%) AutoCAD
16 6 (0.074%) Chatbot
16 6 (0.074%) Gephi
17 4 (0.050%) Adobe After Effects
17 4 (0.050%) Adobe XD
Business Applications
1 66 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 46 (0.57%) NetSuite
3 44 (0.55%) Magento
4 38 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
5 28 (0.35%) SAP S/4HANA
6 24 (0.30%) Oracle ERP
7 22 (0.27%) OpenCart
8 21 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
8 21 (0.26%) Shopify
9 19 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
10 17 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 13 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
12 12 (0.15%) Oracle Assets
12 12 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
12 12 (0.15%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
12 12 (0.15%) Payment Gateway
12 12 (0.15%) SAP SD
13 11 (0.14%) SAP CO
13 11 (0.14%) SAP FI
13 11 (0.14%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 1,317 (16.35%) Azure
2 986 (12.24%) AWS
3 610 (7.57%) Microsoft 365
4 431 (5.35%) SaaS
5 358 (4.44%) Power Platform
6 240 (2.98%) GCP
7 168 (2.09%) Serverless
8 163 (2.02%) GitHub
9 120 (1.49%) Pulumi
10 111 (1.38%) AWS Lambda
11 106 (1.32%) AWS CloudFormation
12 103 (1.28%) PaaS
13 95 (1.18%) Cloud Computing
14 91 (1.13%) Amazon S3
15 90 (1.12%) npm
16 89 (1.11%) IaaS
17 84 (1.04%) Amazon EC2
18 79 (0.98%) Amazon EKS
18 79 (0.98%) Azure Active Directory
19 74 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 328 (4.07%) Firewall
2 230 (2.86%) Wireless
3 204 (2.53%) DNS
3 204 (2.53%) TCP/IP
4 147 (1.83%) Internet
5 139 (1.73%) VPN
6 135 (1.68%) WAN
7 134 (1.66%) LAN
8 124 (1.54%) HTTP
9 113 (1.40%) DHCP
10 111 (1.38%) VoIP
11 107 (1.33%) Network Security
12 85 (1.06%) SAN
13 82 (1.02%) Wi-Fi
14 61 (0.76%) Skype
15 60 (0.74%) Remote Desktop
16 56 (0.70%) SSL
17 53 (0.66%) BGP
18 50 (0.62%) OSPF
19 49 (0.61%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 864 (10.73%) SQL Server
2 465 (5.77%) MySQL
3 325 (4.04%) Power BI
4 314 (3.90%) Relational Database
5 284 (3.53%) PostgreSQL
6 256 (3.18%) Data Warehouse
7 226 (2.81%) MongoDB
8 213 (2.64%) NoSQL
9 185 (2.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 178 (2.21%) Tableau
11 157 (1.95%) Redis
12 155 (1.92%) Big Data
13 130 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 115 (1.43%) Azure SQL Database
15 84 (1.04%) MariaDB
16 82 (1.02%) RDBMS
17 78 (0.97%) Apache Cassandra
18 75 (0.93%) Amazon RDS
18 75 (0.93%) Data Mining
18 75 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 689 (8.55%) Git (software)
2 454 (5.64%) JIRA
3 381 (4.73%) Jenkins
4 181 (2.25%) Selenium
5 153 (1.90%) Visual Studio
6 119 (1.48%) Team Foundation Server
7 100 (1.24%) Gradle
8 85 (1.06%) Cucumber
9 79 (0.98%) Maven
10 74 (0.92%) GitLab
11 72 (0.89%) SpecFlow
12 71 (0.88%) NUnit
13 70 (0.87%) TeamCity
14 63 (0.78%) Subversion
15 61 (0.76%) webpack
16 55 (0.68%) JUnit
17 53 (0.66%) Bitbucket
18 52 (0.65%) MSTest
19 50 (0.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
20 49 (0.61%) Cypress.io
General
1 1,499 (18.61%) Finance
2 575 (7.14%) Marketing
3 362 (4.49%) Retail
4 325 (4.04%) Banking
5 274 (3.40%) Public Sector
6 234 (2.91%) Telecoms
7 232 (2.88%) Games
8 220 (2.73%) Law
9 202 (2.51%) Manufacturing
10 191 (2.37%) Legal
11 169 (2.10%) Aerospace
12 129 (1.60%) Electronics
13 89 (1.11%) Pharmaceutical
14 79 (0.98%) Advertising
15 76 (0.94%) Automotive
16 75 (0.93%) Back Office
17 68 (0.84%) Financial Institution
18 64 (0.79%) Front Office
19 58 (0.72%) Digital Economy
20 51 (0.63%) Military
Job Titles
1 2,023 (25.12%) Developer
2 1,075 (13.35%) Analyst
3 465 (5.77%) Software Engineer
4 429 (5.33%) Senior Developer
5 344 (4.27%) DevOps Engineer
6 322 (4.00%) Architect
7 288 (3.58%) Support Engineer
8 283 (3.51%) IT Support
9 282 (3.50%) Business Analyst
10 274 (3.40%) Software Developer
11 258 (3.20%) Consultant
11 258 (3.20%) Java Developer
12 230 (2.86%) IT Engineer
13 229 (2.84%) Full Stack Developer
14 224 (2.78%) Support Analyst
15 208 (2.58%) .NET Developer
16 204 (2.53%) Graduate
17 200 (2.48%) Administrator
18 167 (2.07%) PHP Developer
19 158 (1.96%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 856 (10.63%) .NET
2 818 (10.16%) HTML
3 703 (8.73%) CSS
4 558 (6.93%) React
5 459 (5.70%) AngularJS
6 439 (5.45%) REST
7 375 (4.66%) Web Services
8 371 (4.61%) Node.js
9 273 (3.39%) RESTful
10 260 (3.23%) HTML5
11 257 (3.19%) jQuery
12 248 (3.08%) ASP.NET
13 246 (3.05%) Vue.js
14 241 (2.99%) XML
15 236 (2.93%) Kafka
16 206 (2.56%) Spring
17 204 (2.53%) JSON
18 195 (2.42%) .NET Core
19 160 (1.99%) .NET Framework
20 140 (1.74%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2,233 (27.73%) Analytical Skills
2 621 (7.71%) User Experience
3 544 (6.75%) Self-Motivation
4 497 (6.17%) Management Information System
5 359 (4.46%) Mobile App
6 229 (2.84%) Algorithms
7 228 (2.83%) Data Centre
8 188 (2.33%) Greenfield Project
9 164 (2.04%) Data Structures
10 155 (1.92%) Virtual Team
11 134 (1.66%) EPoS
12 126 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
12 126 (1.56%) Public Cloud
13 123 (1.53%) Driving Licence
14 93 (1.15%) Linux Command Line
15 92 (1.14%) Client/Server
16 84 (1.04%) Life Science
17 78 (0.97%) Analytical Mindset
18 69 (0.86%) NHS
19 60 (0.74%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1,138 (14.13%) Linux
2 1,100 (13.66%) Windows
3 413 (5.13%) Windows Server
4 235 (2.92%) Unix
5 232 (2.88%) Windows 10
6 201 (2.50%) Android
7 162 (2.01%) Apple iOS
8 139 (1.73%) Windows Server 2012
9 111 (1.38%) Windows Server 2016
10 106 (1.32%) Windows 7
11 63 (0.78%) Ubuntu
12 59 (0.73%) Windows Server 2019
13 50 (0.62%) CentOS
14 47 (0.58%) Mac OS
15 45 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
16 40 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 25 (0.31%) Embedded Linux
18 24 (0.30%) Mac OS X
19 16 (0.20%) AIX
20 15 (0.19%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,487 (30.88%) Agile Software Development
2 1,179 (14.64%) DevOps
3 935 (11.61%) Software Engineering
4 893 (11.09%) Computer Science
5 695 (8.63%) Project Management
6 694 (8.62%) Analytics
7 641 (7.96%) Scrum
8 603 (7.49%) Business Intelligence
9 587 (7.29%) ITIL
10 577 (7.16%) Test Automation
11 570 (7.08%) Decision-Making
12 564 (7.00%) Mentoring
13 552 (6.85%) Continuous Improvement
14 485 (6.02%) Microservices
15 458 (5.69%) Stakeholder Management
16 445 (5.53%) SDLC
17 438 (5.44%) Time Management
18 419 (5.20%) Mathematics
19 415 (5.15%) TDD
20 396 (4.92%) Machine Learning
Programming Languages
1 1,702 (21.13%) SQL
2 1,322 (16.41%) JavaScript
3 1,164 (14.45%) Python
4 1,056 (13.11%) Java
5 996 (12.37%) C#
6 443 (5.50%) PHP
7 419 (5.20%) TypeScript
8 365 (4.53%) C++
9 356 (4.42%) PowerShell
10 353 (4.38%) C
11 288 (3.58%) Go
12 264 (3.28%) Bash Shell
13 230 (2.86%) T-SQL
14 208 (2.58%) Ruby
15 120 (1.49%) Perl
16 110 (1.37%) PL/SQL
17 108 (1.34%) R
18 100 (1.24%) Java 8
19 82 (1.02%) ES6
20 81 (1.01%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1,539 (19.11%) Degree
2 407 (5.05%) Computer Science Degree
3 371 (4.61%) Security Cleared
4 262 (3.25%) Network+ Certification
5 244 (3.03%) Cisco Certification
6 242 (3.00%) SC Cleared
7 204 (2.53%) CompTIA Security+
8 182 (2.26%) A+ Certification
9 176 (2.19%) Linux+ Certification
10 167 (2.07%) CCNA
11 151 (1.87%) Microsoft Certification
12 102 (1.27%) Server+ Certification
13 98 (1.22%) ISTQB
14 93 (1.15%) ISEB
15 90 (1.12%) Master's Degree
16 89 (1.11%) DV Cleared
17 87 (1.08%) CCNP
18 86 (1.07%) CISSP
19 68 (0.84%) AWS Certification
20 66 (0.82%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 573 (7.11%) QA
2 277 (3.44%) SLA
3 225 (2.79%) GDPR
4 98 (1.22%) Data Quality
5 85 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 84 (1.04%) PMO
7 55 (0.68%) PCI DSS
8 51 (0.63%) NIST
9 28 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 25 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
10 25 (0.31%) Good Clinical Practice
11 22 (0.27%) COBIT
11 22 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 19 (0.24%) ISO 9001
13 18 (0.22%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 15 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 13 (0.16%) GxP
16 10 (0.12%) BS25999
16 10 (0.12%) CDISC
16 10 (0.12%) HIPAA
System Software
1 764 (9.49%) Docker
2 626 (7.77%) Active Directory
3 315 (3.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 159 (1.97%) Hyper-V
5 68 (0.84%) XenApp
6 65 (0.81%) vSphere
7 59 (0.73%) VMware ESXi
8 54 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
9 43 (0.53%) Firmware
10 40 (0.50%) XenDesktop
11 28 (0.35%) Virtual Servers
12 24 (0.30%) BitLocker
12 24 (0.30%) VMware NSX
13 19 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
14 17 (0.21%) HDFS
15 15 (0.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 15 (0.19%) NFS
16 11 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
17 10 (0.12%) KVM
17 10 (0.12%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 608 (7.55%) Kubernetes
2 385 (4.78%) Terraform
3 305 (3.79%) Ansible
4 253 (3.14%) Opscode Chef
5 245 (3.04%) Puppet
6 110 (1.37%) SCCM
7 93 (1.15%) Prometheus
8 83 (1.03%) Grafana
9 58 (0.72%) Microsoft Intune
10 31 (0.38%) SCOM
11 27 (0.34%) Kibana
12 26 (0.32%) ZABBIX
13 23 (0.29%) logstash
14 20 (0.25%) Graylog
14 20 (0.25%) Packer
14 20 (0.25%) Single Sign-On
15 17 (0.21%) Microsoft Clustering
15 17 (0.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
16 16 (0.20%) Nagios
16 16 (0.20%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 1,557 (19.33%) Microsoft
2 420 (5.21%) VMware
3 408 (5.07%) Oracle
4 340 (4.22%) Cisco
5 308 (3.82%) Google
6 191 (2.37%) Salesforce.com
6 191 (2.37%) SAP
7 178 (2.21%) Citrix
8 114 (1.42%) SaltStack
9 91 (1.13%) Adobe
10 84 (1.04%) IBM
11 83 (1.03%) ServiceNow
12 80 (0.99%) Veeam
13 73 (0.91%) Apple
14 70 (0.87%) Splunk
15 65 (0.81%) Databricks
16 58 (0.72%) New Relic
17 56 (0.70%) PagerDuty
18 53 (0.66%) Red Hat
19 51 (0.63%) Atlassian