Period
to 13 April 2021

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

Problem-Solving
England > West Midlands
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 11 16 12
Rank change year-on-year +5 -4 +4
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 566 593 979
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the West Midlands 11.71% 9.98% 12.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 12.76% 11.09% 13.30%
Number of salaries quoted 351 400 620
10th Percentile £25,000 £23,725 £20,000
25th Percentile £31,625 £30,500 £28,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £42,500 £41,700
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.92% +4.25%
75th Percentile £54,375 £52,500 £53,750
90th Percentile £71,250 £62,500 £66,250
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26% +3.38%

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 4,435 5,348 7,360
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 91.75% 90.05% 92.03%
Number of salaries quoted 3,432 4,466 5,554
10th Percentile £30,000 £26,750 £26,250
25th Percentile £36,250 £35,000 £33,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £47,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
75th Percentile £61,250 £59,969 £57,500
90th Percentile £72,500 £72,500 £70,000
England median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion 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

3-month moving average salary quoted in 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

Salary distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 13 April 2021.

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 13 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
Birmingham +2 183 £47,500 +5.56% 55
Worcestershire +9 103 £32,500 -11.16% 24
Warwickshire +2 66 £43,500 +24.29% 16
Staffordshire +8 59 £29,500 +15.69% 21
Solihull +7 58 £41,250 -11.29% 12
Coventry +6 47 £42,500 -10.53% 20
Shropshire -3 9 £45,000 - 11
Wolverhampton -14 7 £47,500 +46.15% 4
Sutton Coldfield +8 6 £42,500 +13.33% 4
Herefordshire +6 3 £52,500 +75.00% 1
Walsall +6 2 £25,747 -35.63% 1
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 13 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 176 (31.10%) Agile Software Development
2 159 (28.09%) Analytical Skills
3 147 (25.97%) Microsoft
4 105 (18.55%) Azure
5 100 (17.67%) Degree
6 95 (16.78%) Windows
7 90 (15.90%) SQL
8 88 (15.55%) Linux
9 75 (13.25%) Python
10 71 (12.54%) Microsoft 365
11 65 (11.48%) VMware
12 64 (11.31%) Microsoft Office
13 60 (10.60%) DevOps
14 57 (10.07%) Aerospace
15 55 (9.72%) Analytics
16 54 (9.54%) PowerShell
17 53 (9.36%) VMware Infrastructure
17 53 (9.36%) Cybersecurity
18 52 (9.19%) Git (software)
18 52 (9.19%) Java
19 51 (9.01%) Microsoft Excel
19 51 (9.01%) Finance
20 50 (8.83%) Change Management
20 50 (8.83%) JavaScript
21 49 (8.66%) Management Information System
22 48 (8.48%) C#
23 47 (8.30%) AWS
24 46 (8.13%) User Experience
24 46 (8.13%) SDLC
24 46 (8.13%) 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 23 (4.06%) SharePoint
2 19 (3.36%) Confluence
2 19 (3.36%) MS Exchange
3 14 (2.47%) Exchange Server 2013
4 9 (1.59%) Elasticsearch
5 6 (1.06%) CMS
6 5 (0.88%) ArcGIS
7 3 (0.53%) Sitefinity
7 3 (0.53%) Skype for Business
8 2 (0.35%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2010
9 1 (0.18%) Apache
9 1 (0.18%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.18%) nginx
Applications
1 64 (11.31%) Microsoft Office
2 51 (9.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (2.65%) Figma
3 15 (2.65%) InVision
3 15 (2.65%) Sketch
4 11 (1.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (1.24%) Spreadsheet
6 6 (1.06%) MS Visio
7 3 (0.53%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
9 1 (0.18%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 10 (1.77%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 7 (1.24%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.88%) Magento
3 5 (0.88%) Sentinel
4 4 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.71%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 4 (0.71%) Shopify
5 3 (0.53%) iTrent
5 3 (0.53%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.35%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 105 (18.55%) Azure
2 71 (12.54%) Microsoft 365
3 47 (8.30%) AWS
4 33 (5.83%) Power Platform
5 28 (4.95%) SaaS
6 23 (4.06%) GitHub
7 10 (1.77%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (1.59%) GCP
8 9 (1.59%) npm
9 8 (1.41%) Trello
10 7 (1.24%) Serverless
11 6 (1.06%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 6 (1.06%) Amazon Cognito
11 6 (1.06%) Amazon EC2
11 6 (1.06%) Amazon ECS
11 6 (1.06%) AWS Lambda
11 6 (1.06%) SuccessFactors
12 4 (0.71%) Google Analytics
12 4 (0.71%) PowerApps
12 4 (0.71%) Smartsheet
Communications & Networking
1 41 (7.24%) Firewall
2 36 (6.36%) TCP/IP
3 33 (5.83%) DNS
4 31 (5.48%) VPN
5 30 (5.30%) Wireless
6 27 (4.77%) WAN
7 26 (4.59%) VoIP
8 25 (4.42%) LAN
9 22 (3.89%) DHCP
10 15 (2.65%) iSCSI
10 15 (2.65%) SAN
11 13 (2.30%) Network Security
11 13 (2.30%) Remote Desktop
12 12 (2.12%) Broadband
12 12 (2.12%) WLAN
13 11 (1.94%) Cisco ASA
13 11 (1.94%) Internet
14 9 (1.59%) VLAN
14 9 (1.59%) Wi-Fi
15 6 (1.06%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (6.71%) SQL Server
2 33 (5.83%) Power BI
3 21 (3.71%) Data Warehouse
4 17 (3.00%) MySQL
5 15 (2.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 11 (1.94%) Amazon RDS
6 11 (1.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 10 (1.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 9 (1.59%) Relational Database
9 8 (1.41%) MongoDB
9 8 (1.41%) Tableau
10 7 (1.24%) Big Data
11 6 (1.06%) Azure SQL Database
11 6 (1.06%) NoSQL
12 5 (0.88%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
13 4 (0.71%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
13 4 (0.71%) ZAP BI
14 3 (0.53%) HBase
15 2 (0.35%) Neo4j
15 2 (0.35%) Redis
Development Applications
1 52 (9.19%) Git (software)
2 35 (6.18%) JIRA
3 19 (3.36%) Rational DOORS
3 19 (3.36%) Visual Studio
4 16 (2.83%) Jenkins
5 13 (2.30%) Selenium
6 10 (1.77%) SpecFlow
7 9 (1.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 8 (1.41%) Bitbucket
8 8 (1.41%) MSTest
8 8 (1.41%) NUnit
8 8 (1.41%) Subversion
9 7 (1.24%) GitLab
10 5 (0.88%) JMeter
10 5 (0.88%) Visual Studio Team System
11 4 (0.71%) Gatling
11 4 (0.71%) LoadRunner
11 4 (0.71%) Locust
12 3 (0.53%) webpack
13 2 (0.35%) Maven
General
1 57 (10.07%) Aerospace
2 51 (9.01%) Finance
3 42 (7.42%) Public Sector
4 38 (6.71%) Marketing
5 33 (5.83%) Retail
6 20 (3.53%) Digital Economy
7 18 (3.18%) Telecoms
8 13 (2.30%) Law
9 10 (1.77%) Electronics
9 10 (1.77%) Publishing
10 7 (1.24%) Games
11 6 (1.06%) Advertising
12 4 (0.71%) Automotive
12 4 (0.71%) Billing
12 4 (0.71%) Manufacturing
13 3 (0.53%) Legal
13 3 (0.53%) Local Government
14 2 (0.35%) Social Housing
15 1 (0.18%) Banking
15 1 (0.18%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 115 (20.32%) Analyst
2 80 (14.13%) Developer
3 34 (6.01%) Support Analyst
4 31 (5.48%) Software Engineer
5 30 (5.30%) IT Engineer
6 29 (5.12%) Business Analyst
7 28 (4.95%) Architect
7 28 (4.95%) DevOps Engineer
8 27 (4.77%) Systems Engineer
9 25 (4.42%) IT Support
10 22 (3.89%) Designer
11 18 (3.18%) Linux Engineer
11 18 (3.18%) Trainee
12 17 (3.00%) Administrator
12 17 (3.00%) UX Designer
13 16 (2.83%) Software Developer
13 16 (2.83%) Support Engineer
14 15 (2.65%) Embedded Engineer
14 15 (2.65%) Embedded Software Engineer
14 15 (2.65%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (6.18%) .NET
2 32 (5.65%) HTML
3 27 (4.77%) CSS
4 26 (4.59%) AngularJS
5 22 (3.89%) React
6 21 (3.71%) RESTful
7 19 (3.36%) .NET Framework
8 18 (3.18%) Node.js
9 16 (2.83%) jQuery
10 13 (2.30%) CSS3
10 13 (2.30%) HTML5
11 10 (1.77%) XML
12 9 (1.59%) .NET Core
12 9 (1.59%) ASP.NET Web API
12 9 (1.59%) Entity Framework
12 9 (1.59%) JSON
12 9 (1.59%) Kafka
12 9 (1.59%) Spring
13 8 (1.41%) ASP.NET
14 7 (1.24%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 159 (28.09%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (8.66%) Management Information System
3 46 (8.13%) User Experience
4 27 (4.77%) Self-Motivation
5 18 (3.18%) Mobile App
6 14 (2.47%) Clustering
6 14 (2.47%) Replication
7 13 (2.30%) Data Centre
7 13 (2.30%) Enterprise Storage
8 11 (1.94%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 10 (1.77%) Data Structures
10 9 (1.59%) EPoS
10 9 (1.59%) Linux Command Line
11 8 (1.41%) Driving Licence
11 8 (1.41%) Virtual Team
12 7 (1.24%) Algorithms
12 7 (1.24%) Analytical Mindset
12 7 (1.24%) Cyberthreat
12 7 (1.24%) Public Cloud
13 6 (1.06%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 95 (16.78%) Windows
2 88 (15.55%) Linux
3 36 (6.36%) Windows Server
4 27 (4.77%) Unix
5 10 (1.77%) Windows Server 2016
6 7 (1.24%) Windows 10
6 7 (1.24%) Windows Server 2019
7 6 (1.06%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.88%) Android
8 5 (0.88%) Apple iOS
8 5 (0.88%) Embedded Linux
9 4 (0.71%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (0.53%) CentOS
11 2 (0.35%) Solaris
11 2 (0.35%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.35%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.18%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 176 (31.10%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (10.60%) DevOps
3 55 (9.72%) Analytics
4 53 (9.36%) Cybersecurity
5 50 (8.83%) Change Management
6 46 (8.13%) Computer Science
6 46 (8.13%) SDLC
7 45 (7.95%) Stakeholder Management
8 44 (7.77%) Project Management
9 41 (7.24%) Scrum
10 40 (7.07%) Business Intelligence
10 40 (7.07%) Continuous Improvement
10 40 (7.07%) Mentoring
11 39 (6.89%) Decision-Making
11 39 (6.89%) ITIL
12 36 (6.36%) Business Analysis
13 35 (6.18%) Problem Management
14 34 (6.01%) Configuration Management
15 33 (5.83%) Software Engineering
16 32 (5.65%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 90 (15.90%) SQL
2 75 (13.25%) Python
3 54 (9.54%) PowerShell
4 52 (9.19%) Java
5 50 (8.83%) JavaScript
6 48 (8.48%) C#
7 45 (7.95%) C++
8 33 (5.83%) Perl
9 28 (4.95%) Bash Shell
10 26 (4.59%) C
11 19 (3.36%) PHP
12 15 (2.65%) Go
13 9 (1.59%) TypeScript
14 5 (0.88%) Embedded C
14 5 (0.88%) Embedded C++
14 5 (0.88%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.88%) R
14 5 (0.88%) VBA
15 4 (0.71%) Apex Code
15 4 (0.71%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 100 (17.67%) Degree
2 42 (7.42%) Security Cleared
3 40 (7.07%) SC Cleared
4 29 (5.12%) Network+ Certification
5 19 (3.36%) Computer Science Degree
6 18 (3.18%) A+ Certification
6 18 (3.18%) CompTIA Security+
7 16 (2.83%) Linux+ Certification
8 14 (2.47%) Cisco Certification
9 12 (2.12%) ISTQB
10 11 (1.94%) CCNA
10 11 (1.94%) Microsoft Certification
11 10 (1.77%) ISEB
12 9 (1.59%) CCENT
13 8 (1.41%) DV Cleared
13 8 (1.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 8 (1.41%) MCSA
13 8 (1.41%) MCSE
13 8 (1.41%) Server+ Certification
14 6 (1.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (6.18%) SLA
2 32 (5.65%) GDPR
3 30 (5.30%) QA
4 15 (2.65%) Data Quality
5 7 (1.24%) NIST
5 7 (1.24%) PMO
6 5 (0.88%) GxP
6 5 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 15288
7 4 (0.71%) BS25999
7 4 (0.71%) GPG13
7 4 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.35%) COBIT
8 2 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
8 2 (0.35%) ISO 22301
8 2 (0.35%) NEBOSH
9 1 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 1 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.18%) ISO 31000
9 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.18%) JSP 440
System Software
1 53 (9.36%) VMware Infrastructure
2 39 (6.89%) Active Directory
3 36 (6.36%) Hyper-V
4 26 (4.59%) Docker
5 25 (4.42%) XenApp
6 23 (4.06%) vSphere
7 19 (3.36%) BitLocker
8 16 (2.83%) VMware ESXi
9 14 (2.47%) NFS
10 13 (2.30%) XenDesktop
11 11 (1.94%) Firmware
12 5 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
13 2 (0.35%) VMware NSX
14 1 (0.18%) Cygwin
14 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 1 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 22 (3.89%) Terraform
2 17 (3.00%) Ansible
3 14 (2.47%) Microsoft Clustering
4 13 (2.30%) Backup Exec
5 11 (1.94%) SCCM
6 7 (1.24%) Kubernetes
6 7 (1.24%) Norton AntiVirus
7 6 (1.06%) CSIRT
7 6 (1.06%) Graylog
7 6 (1.06%) logstash
7 6 (1.06%) Opsgenie
7 6 (1.06%) Prometheus
8 4 (0.71%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (0.71%) Puppet
8 4 (0.71%) SELinux
9 3 (0.53%) vCenter Server
10 2 (0.35%) Bacula
10 2 (0.35%) Bareos
10 2 (0.35%) yum
11 1 (0.18%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 147 (25.97%) Microsoft
2 65 (11.48%) VMware
3 43 (7.60%) Cisco
4 28 (4.95%) Citrix
4 28 (4.95%) Veeam
5 21 (3.71%) Salesforce.com
6 20 (3.53%) Oracle
7 18 (3.18%) Google
8 15 (2.65%) Avaya
8 15 (2.65%) EMC
8 15 (2.65%) TOWER Software
9 14 (2.47%) SAP
10 13 (2.30%) Sophos
11 12 (2.12%) Dell
12 10 (1.77%) Sparx
13 9 (1.59%) Atlassian
14 7 (1.24%) Adobe
14 7 (1.24%) Symantec
15 6 (1.06%) HP
15 6 (1.06%) McAfee