Period
to 21 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
England > West Midlands
6 months to
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 18 22 20
Rank change year-on-year +4 -2 +6
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 790 857 1,002
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 8.99% 8.59% 8.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 9.96% 9.41% 9.26%
Number of salaries quoted 597 724 827
West Midlands median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £22,250 £22,000 £22,500
90th Percentile £57,500 £61,250 £60,000
England median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +3.45%

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 advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 7,928 9,108 10,820
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 90.22% 91.32% 90.45%
Number of salaries quoted 6,069 7,481 8,477
West Midlands median annual salary £44,000 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
10th Percentile £25,750 £25,750 £24,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £63,750 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the West Midlands

Problem-Solving
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the West Midlands.

Salary trend for Problem-Solving in the West Midlands

Problem-Solving
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Problem-Solving in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 21 September 2018.

Salary histogram for Problem-Solving in the West Midlands

Problem-Solving
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 21 September 2018. 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
Birmingham +2 294 £43,500 -3.33% 49
Coventry +3 114 £42,000 -11.58% 14
Staffordshire +20 83 £45,000 +53.85% 29
Worcestershire +20 58 £45,000 +28.57% 18
Warwickshire 0 54 £35,000 +34.62% 17
Solihull +4 41 £35,750 +10.85% 8
Sutton Coldfield -4 36 £40,000 -11.11% 2
Shropshire +2 29 £31,320 -25.87% 20
Dudley -2 24 £26,000 -13.33% 2
Wolverhampton +3 11 £33,750 +8.87%
Herefordshire 0 2 £47,500 +26.67% 2
Walsall 0 2 £32,000 -2.29% 1
West Bromwich +14 1 £50,000 +53.85%
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 21 September 2018, 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 267 (33.80%) Analytical Skills
2 206 (26.08%) SQL
3 177 (22.41%) Microsoft
4 170 (21.52%) Degree
5 156 (19.75%) Agile Software Development
6 149 (18.86%) Finance
6 149 (18.86%) C#
7 147 (18.61%) JavaScript
8 140 (17.72%) Windows
9 125 (15.82%) Self-Motivation
10 123 (15.57%) .NET
11 113 (14.30%) SQL Server
12 108 (13.67%) ITIL
13 104 (13.16%) Project Management
14 101 (12.78%) HTML
15 86 (10.89%) Service Management
15 86 (10.89%) Continuous Improvement
16 83 (10.51%) CSS
17 77 (9.75%) Manufacturing
18 76 (9.62%) Software Engineering
19 70 (8.86%) Linux
20 69 (8.73%) ASP.NET
21 67 (8.48%) MVC
21 67 (8.48%) Retail
22 66 (8.35%) CRM
23 65 (8.23%) SAP
24 64 (8.10%) Scrum
25 61 (7.72%) Java
26 59 (7.47%) Microsoft Excel
27 58 (7.34%) Computer Science

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 45 (5.70%) SharePoint
2 33 (4.18%) MS Exchange
3 12 (1.52%) Apache
3 12 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (1.52%) Tomcat
4 10 (1.27%) IIS
5 8 (1.01%) CMS
6 6 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2013
7 5 (0.63%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (0.51%) SAS
8 4 (0.51%) Skype for Business
9 3 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.38%) Confluence
9 3 (0.38%) MediaWiki
9 3 (0.38%) nginx
9 3 (0.38%) WordPress
10 2 (0.25%) Anypoint
10 2 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.25%) JBoss
11 1 (0.13%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 59 (7.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 57 (7.22%) Microsoft Office
3 21 (2.66%) Simulink
4 14 (1.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (1.77%) Microsoft Project
5 9 (1.14%) Spreadsheet
6 8 (1.01%) MS Visio
7 4 (0.51%) Stateflow
8 2 (0.25%) Maya
9 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.13%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.13%) Pro/ENGINEER
9 1 (0.13%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 19 (2.41%) Dynamics AX
2 17 (2.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (2.15%) NetSuite
3 14 (1.77%) Dynamics NAV
4 10 (1.27%) Remedy ITSM
5 7 (0.89%) assyst
5 7 (0.89%) Sentinel
6 6 (0.76%) SAP APO
6 6 (0.76%) Unit4 Business World
7 5 (0.63%) INSURE/90
8 2 (0.25%) SAP Business One
8 2 (0.25%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.25%) SAP FI
8 2 (0.25%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.25%) SAP FSCM
8 2 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
8 2 (0.25%) SAP SCM
9 1 (0.13%) JDE EnterpriseOne
9 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
9 1 (0.13%) SAP QM
Cloud Services
1 56 (7.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 43 (5.44%) Office 365
2 43 (5.44%) SaaS
3 34 (4.30%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (2.41%) GitHub
5 17 (2.15%) Cloud Computing
6 16 (2.03%) AWS CloudFormation
7 12 (1.52%) SuccessFactors
8 10 (1.27%) Amazon EC2
8 10 (1.27%) Amazon S3
8 10 (1.27%) IaaS
8 10 (1.27%) PaaS
9 8 (1.01%) Dynamics 365
10 6 (0.76%) Heroku
11 5 (0.63%) Google Cloud Platform
12 4 (0.51%) Amazon ELB
12 4 (0.51%) Amazon SQS
12 4 (0.51%) Route 53
12 4 (0.51%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 3 (0.38%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 47 (5.95%) Internet
2 31 (3.92%) LAN
3 30 (3.80%) Firewall
3 30 (3.80%) WAN
4 19 (2.41%) DNS
5 12 (1.52%) Cisco ASA
6 10 (1.27%) TCP/IP
6 10 (1.27%) VPN
7 9 (1.14%) SAN
8 8 (1.01%) DHCP
8 8 (1.01%) Network Security
9 7 (0.89%) HTTP
9 7 (0.89%) VoIP
9 7 (0.89%) Wireless
10 6 (0.76%) WLAN
11 5 (0.63%) MPLS
12 4 (0.51%) DMZ
12 4 (0.51%) Intranet
12 4 (0.51%) Unified Communications
12 4 (0.51%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (14.30%) SQL Server
2 35 (4.43%) MySQL
3 34 (4.30%) Relational Database
4 31 (3.92%) SQL Server 2008
5 23 (2.91%) NoSQL
6 20 (2.53%) PostgreSQL
7 18 (2.28%) Data Warehouse
7 18 (2.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 17 (2.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 12 (1.52%) MongoDB
9 12 (1.52%) SQL Server 2012
10 10 (1.27%) DB2
10 10 (1.27%) Power BI
11 9 (1.14%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 8 (1.01%) Crystal Reports
12 8 (1.01%) Spatial Data
13 6 (0.76%) Amazon RDS
13 6 (0.76%) Big Data
13 6 (0.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 5 (0.63%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 33 (4.18%) Visual Studio
2 31 (3.92%) Git (software)
3 18 (2.28%) Rational Rhapsody
4 11 (1.39%) Android Studio
5 10 (1.27%) JIRA
5 10 (1.27%) Mercurial
6 7 (0.89%) TeamCity
7 6 (0.76%) Octopus Deploy
7 6 (0.76%) Oracle APEX
7 6 (0.76%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (0.63%) Jenkins
8 5 (0.63%) Selenium
9 4 (0.51%) eCATT
9 4 (0.51%) LSMW
10 3 (0.38%) Gitweb
10 3 (0.38%) Gradle
10 3 (0.38%) Subversion
10 3 (0.38%) Visual Studio Team System
11 2 (0.25%) SpecFlow
11 2 (0.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 149 (18.86%) Finance
2 77 (9.75%) Manufacturing
3 67 (8.48%) Retail
4 43 (5.44%) Publishing
5 32 (4.05%) Electronics
6 28 (3.54%) Marketing
7 27 (3.42%) Law
8 23 (2.91%) Automotive
8 23 (2.91%) Legal
9 12 (1.52%) Telecoms
10 11 (1.39%) Local Government
10 11 (1.39%) Multimedia
11 10 (1.27%) Advertising
12 8 (1.01%) Spanish Language
13 7 (0.89%) Back Office
14 6 (0.76%) Banking
14 6 (0.76%) Billing
14 6 (0.76%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.38%) French Language
15 3 (0.38%) German Language
Job Titles
1 168 (21.27%) Developer
2 103 (13.04%) Analyst
3 69 (8.73%) Architect
4 57 (7.22%) C# Developer
5 56 (7.09%) Consultant
6 49 (6.20%) Software Engineer
7 46 (5.82%) .NET Developer
8 37 (4.68%) Software Developer
9 36 (4.56%) Applications Support
10 32 (4.05%) Support Engineer
11 31 (3.92%) Business Analyst
12 29 (3.67%) Senior Developer
13 28 (3.54%) C# .NET Developer
14 27 (3.42%) Solutions Architect
15 26 (3.29%) Applications Engineer
15 26 (3.29%) Web Developer
16 25 (3.16%) Support Analyst
17 24 (3.04%) Project Manager
18 23 (2.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
19 22 (2.78%) Transition Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 123 (15.57%) .NET
2 101 (12.78%) HTML
3 83 (10.51%) CSS
4 69 (8.73%) ASP.NET
5 55 (6.96%) ASP.NET MVC
6 33 (4.18%) AngularJS
7 30 (3.80%) jQuery
8 29 (3.67%) RESTful
9 27 (3.42%) .NET Framework
10 25 (3.16%) REST
11 24 (3.04%) CSS3
11 24 (3.04%) HTML5
12 23 (2.91%) ASP.NET Web API
13 22 (2.78%) XML
14 21 (2.66%) Hibernate
15 20 (2.53%) WPF
16 19 (2.41%) SOAP
17 18 (2.28%) Web Services
18 17 (2.15%) WinForms
19 16 (2.03%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 267 (33.80%) Analytical Skills
2 125 (15.82%) Self-Motivation
3 58 (7.34%) Computer Science
4 49 (6.20%) Data Centre
5 48 (6.08%) Management Information System
6 31 (3.92%) Mobile App
7 29 (3.67%) Driving Licence
8 24 (3.04%) Enterprise Software
9 16 (2.03%) Client/Server
10 15 (1.90%) User Experience
11 11 (1.39%) Analytical Mindset
12 9 (1.14%) Algorithms
12 9 (1.14%) Video Conferencing
13 8 (1.01%) 3D Graphics
13 8 (1.01%) Linux Command Line
13 8 (1.01%) PMI
13 8 (1.01%) Virtual Team
14 7 (0.89%) CESG
14 7 (0.89%) Freedom of Information
14 7 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 140 (17.72%) Windows
2 70 (8.86%) Linux
3 53 (6.71%) Windows Server
4 30 (3.80%) Unix
5 17 (2.15%) Android
6 15 (1.90%) Windows Server 2008
7 13 (1.65%) Mac OS X
7 13 (1.65%) Windows 7
8 12 (1.52%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 9 (1.14%) Windows Server 2003
10 8 (1.01%) Apple iOS
10 8 (1.01%) Windows 10
11 4 (0.51%) AIX
11 4 (0.51%) Solaris
11 4 (0.51%) Windows 8
11 4 (0.51%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.25%) CentOS
12 2 (0.25%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.25%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 156 (19.75%) Agile Software Development
2 108 (13.67%) ITIL
3 104 (13.16%) Project Management
4 86 (10.89%) Continuous Improvement
4 86 (10.89%) Service Management
5 76 (9.62%) Software Engineering
6 67 (8.48%) MVC
7 66 (8.35%) CRM
8 64 (8.10%) Scrum
9 58 (7.34%) Presales
10 57 (7.22%) SDLC
11 55 (6.96%) Web Development
12 50 (6.33%) PRINCE2
13 49 (6.20%) Business Analysis
14 44 (5.57%) Decision-Making
14 44 (5.57%) OO
14 44 (5.57%) Service Delivery
15 41 (5.19%) Business Intelligence
15 41 (5.19%) Data Protection
15 41 (5.19%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 206 (26.08%) SQL
2 149 (18.86%) C#
3 147 (18.61%) JavaScript
4 61 (7.72%) Java
5 55 (6.96%) Python
6 43 (5.44%) T-SQL
7 39 (4.94%) PHP
8 34 (4.30%) C++
9 30 (3.80%) VB.NET
10 21 (2.66%) MATLAB
10 21 (2.66%) PowerShell
11 19 (2.41%) Bash Shell
12 14 (1.77%) C
13 11 (1.39%) Perl
14 9 (1.14%) ABAP
15 8 (1.01%) TypeScript
16 7 (0.89%) Apex Code
17 6 (0.76%) Embedded C
17 6 (0.76%) VBA
18 5 (0.63%) R
Qualifications
1 170 (21.52%) Degree
2 48 (6.08%) Computer Science Degree
3 32 (4.05%) ISEB
4 27 (3.42%) Security Cleared
5 26 (3.29%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 23 (2.91%) ITIL Certification
6 23 (2.91%) Master's Degree
7 22 (2.78%) ISEB Practitioner
8 21 (2.66%) HND
9 19 (2.41%) Microsoft Certification
10 17 (2.15%) HNC
11 11 (1.39%) MCSE
12 10 (1.27%) CISM
12 10 (1.27%) CISSP
13 9 (1.14%) MCP
13 9 (1.14%) MCSA
13 9 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 8 (1.01%) CISA
14 8 (1.01%) PMI Certification
14 8 (1.01%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (4.94%) QA
1 39 (4.94%) SLA
2 33 (4.18%) GDPR
3 18 (2.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (1.27%) PCI DSS
4 10 (1.27%) PMO
5 9 (1.14%) Data Quality
5 9 (1.14%) IEC 61131
6 8 (1.01%) Cyber Essentials
7 7 (0.89%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 7 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 4 (0.51%) MISRA
9 3 (0.38%) P3O
10 2 (0.25%) ISO 26262
10 2 (0.25%) ISO 9001
11 1 (0.13%) GxP
11 1 (0.13%) IFRS
11 1 (0.13%) IFRS 9
11 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 1 (0.13%) MiFID
System Software
1 52 (6.58%) Active Directory
2 24 (3.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (2.78%) VMware ESXi
4 13 (1.65%) Docker
5 10 (1.27%) vSphere
6 8 (1.01%) Hyper-V
7 7 (0.89%) XenApp
8 4 (0.51%) PowerHA
9 2 (0.25%) Firmware
9 2 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.25%) VMware GSX
10 1 (0.13%) NFS
10 1 (0.13%) PowerDNS
10 1 (0.13%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 20 (2.53%) Puppet
2 19 (2.41%) Ansible
2 19 (2.41%) Opscode Chef
3 5 (0.63%) Stealthwatch
4 4 (0.51%) McAfee ePO
4 4 (0.51%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (0.51%) NetVault Backup
4 4 (0.51%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (0.38%) Backup Exec
5 3 (0.38%) Kubernetes
5 3 (0.38%) Plesk
5 3 (0.38%) SCCM
6 2 (0.25%) Cisco UCCE
6 2 (0.25%) Cisco UCCX
6 2 (0.25%) HP ALM
6 2 (0.25%) Packer
6 2 (0.25%) Terraform
7 1 (0.13%) Nagios
7 1 (0.13%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.13%) WSUS
Vendors
1 177 (22.41%) Microsoft
2 65 (8.23%) SAP
3 44 (5.57%) VMware
4 34 (4.30%) Cisco
5 28 (3.54%) Xamarin
6 25 (3.16%) Remedy
7 21 (2.66%) JD Edwards
8 20 (2.53%) Oracle
9 16 (2.03%) Salesforce.com
10 15 (1.90%) ServiceNow
11 14 (1.77%) HP
12 13 (1.65%) Citrix
13 12 (1.52%) NetApp
14 10 (1.27%) BMC
15 8 (1.01%) Google
15 8 (1.01%) Red Hat
15 8 (1.01%) Tableau
16 7 (0.89%) Intel
16 7 (0.89%) Veeam
17 6 (0.76%) Dell