Period
to 3 July 2020

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 3 July 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
England > West Midlands
6 months to
3 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 12 13 17
Rank change year-on-year +1 +4 +7
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 467 942 961
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the West Midlands 11.58% 11.87% 9.96%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 12.72% 12.88% 10.91%
Number of salaries quoted 341 648 763
Median annual salary £43,304 £40,000 £40,750
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.26% -1.84% +8.67%
10th Percentile £24,000 £22,500 £22,250
90th Percentile £63,000 £62,500 £57,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%

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 3,672 7,316 8,810
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 91.07% 92.15% 91.32%
Number of salaries quoted 3,018 5,650 6,764
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £68,750 £66,250
England median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
% 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 3 July 2020.

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 3 July 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
Birmingham +5 148 £45,000 +12.50% 21
Warwickshire +16 85 £36,750 -8.13% 9
Solihull +12 67 £47,000 -1.05% 4
Worcestershire -2 54 £41,000 -1.68% 6
Staffordshire -12 38 £31,487 -13.14% 9
Coventry -17 25 £47,500 +5.56% 8
Shropshire +6 19 £45,000 +25.00% 6
Herefordshire +12 3 £30,000 -27.27% 2
Walsall -11 2 £42,500 -22.73%
Wednesbury - 2 £48,750 -
Sutton Coldfield +9 1 £37,500 -
Wolverhampton +1 1 £40,000 -15.79%
Halesowen 0 1 £23,500 -18.97% 3
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 145 (31.05%) Microsoft
2 134 (28.69%) Analytical Skills
3 132 (28.27%) Windows
4 111 (23.77%) Azure
5 98 (20.99%) Agile Software Development
6 85 (18.20%) SQL
7 84 (17.99%) Degree
8 76 (16.27%) C#
8 76 (16.27%) VMware
9 74 (15.85%) Decision-Making
10 68 (14.56%) VMware Infrastructure
11 67 (14.35%) Firewall
12 66 (14.13%) ITIL
12 66 (14.13%) Office 365
13 64 (13.70%) Hyper-V
14 59 (12.63%) .NET
15 58 (12.42%) Process Improvement
16 56 (11.99%) Active Directory
17 53 (11.35%) SQL Server
18 50 (10.71%) Linux
18 50 (10.71%) Line Management
19 49 (10.49%) PowerShell
19 49 (10.49%) Windows Server
20 47 (10.06%) Project Management
21 46 (9.85%) Problem Management
21 46 (9.85%) Enterprise Storage
22 45 (9.64%) Change Management
23 44 (9.42%) Citrix
23 44 (9.42%) Software Engineering
24 43 (9.21%) DevOps

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 31 (6.64%) MS Exchange
2 26 (5.57%) Exchange Server 2013
3 17 (3.64%) Confluence
4 13 (2.78%) SharePoint
5 9 (1.93%) Elasticsearch
6 7 (1.50%) IIS
7 6 (1.28%) Jupyter
8 5 (1.07%) Apache
9 4 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2010
9 4 (0.86%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.86%) WebSphere
10 3 (0.64%) Apache Spark
10 3 (0.64%) Skype for Business
11 2 (0.43%) Oracle UPK
11 2 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
11 2 (0.43%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.21%) Moodle
12 1 (0.21%) SAS
Applications
1 26 (5.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 20 (4.28%) Microsoft Office
3 16 (3.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.28%) Chatbot
4 6 (1.28%) S-PLUS
5 5 (1.07%) 3ds Max
5 5 (1.07%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.43%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.21%) Adobe Illustrator
7 1 (0.21%) InVision
7 1 (0.21%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.21%) Sketch
7 1 (0.21%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 8 (1.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.86%) assyst
2 4 (0.86%) Dynamics NAV
2 4 (0.86%) Magento
2 4 (0.86%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.43%) Hyperion Planning
3 2 (0.43%) OPENHousing
3 2 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.43%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (0.43%) Oracle FAH
3 2 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.43%) Oracle General Ledger
3 2 (0.43%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.43%) Oracle Receivables
3 2 (0.43%) Primavera
4 1 (0.21%) HFM
4 1 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.21%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.21%) SAP Payroll
4 1 (0.21%) Social Studio
Cloud Services
1 111 (23.77%) Azure
2 66 (14.13%) Office 365
3 32 (6.85%) AWS
4 21 (4.50%) SaaS
5 19 (4.07%) IaaS
5 19 (4.07%) PaaS
6 13 (2.78%) Dynamics 365
7 12 (2.57%) Power Platform
8 10 (2.14%) GCP
9 8 (1.71%) npm
10 7 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (1.28%) Serverless
12 5 (1.07%) Amazon EC2
12 5 (1.07%) Amazon ElastiCache
12 5 (1.07%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 5 (1.07%) AWS Lambda
12 5 (1.07%) CloudFront
12 5 (1.07%) Firebase
12 5 (1.07%) PowerApps
12 5 (1.07%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 67 (14.35%) Firewall
2 33 (7.07%) VPN
3 25 (5.35%) iSCSI
4 19 (4.07%) DNS
5 18 (3.85%) DHCP
5 18 (3.85%) LAN
5 18 (3.85%) Wireless
6 15 (3.21%) SAN
6 15 (3.21%) TCP/IP
6 15 (3.21%) WAN
7 14 (3.00%) Internet
8 10 (2.14%) Remote Desktop
9 9 (1.93%) BGP
9 9 (1.93%) MPLS
10 7 (1.50%) VLAN
10 7 (1.50%) WLAN
11 6 (1.28%) Cisco Nexus
11 6 (1.28%) EIGRP
11 6 (1.28%) Network Security
11 6 (1.28%) Spanning Tree
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (11.35%) SQL Server
2 15 (3.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 13 (2.78%) Relational Database
4 12 (2.57%) MongoDB
4 12 (2.57%) Power BI
5 10 (2.14%) MySQL
6 9 (1.93%) NoSQL
6 9 (1.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (1.28%) BigQuery
7 6 (1.28%) PostgreSQL
8 4 (0.86%) Big Data
8 4 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.86%) Redis
8 4 (0.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (0.64%) Crystal Reports
9 3 (0.64%) Hadoop
9 3 (0.64%) Informix
10 2 (0.43%) Data Mining
10 2 (0.43%) Oracle Reports
10 2 (0.43%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 35 (7.49%) Git (software)
2 29 (6.21%) JIRA
3 12 (2.57%) Jenkins
4 10 (2.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 9 (1.93%) Rational DOORS
6 7 (1.50%) NUnit
7 6 (1.28%) Maven
8 5 (1.07%) HP UFT
8 5 (1.07%) JMeter
8 5 (1.07%) JUnit
8 5 (1.07%) SoapUI
8 5 (1.07%) SonarQube
8 5 (1.07%) webpack
9 4 (0.86%) gulp
9 4 (0.86%) jspm
9 4 (0.86%) Mercurial
9 4 (0.86%) Moq
9 4 (0.86%) MSTest
9 4 (0.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 4 (0.86%) Visual Studio
General
1 30 (6.42%) Finance
2 26 (5.57%) Retail
3 23 (4.93%) Public Sector
4 22 (4.71%) Games
5 15 (3.21%) Manufacturing
6 13 (2.78%) Aerospace
7 11 (2.36%) Electronics
8 10 (2.14%) Legal
8 10 (2.14%) Marketing
9 8 (1.71%) Law
10 7 (1.50%) Automotive
11 6 (1.28%) Telecoms
12 4 (0.86%) Local Government
12 4 (0.86%) Military
13 3 (0.64%) Back Office
13 3 (0.64%) Banking
13 3 (0.64%) Digital Economy
14 2 (0.43%) General Ledger
14 2 (0.43%) Publishing
15 1 (0.21%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 96 (20.56%) Analyst
2 89 (19.06%) Developer
3 47 (10.06%) Support Analyst
4 31 (6.64%) Infrastructure Support
5 29 (6.21%) Consultant
6 26 (5.57%) .NET Developer
7 23 (4.93%) Project Manager
7 23 (4.93%) Software Engineer
8 21 (4.50%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 20 (4.28%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
10 16 (3.43%) Architect
11 15 (3.21%) C# Developer
11 15 (3.21%) Software Developer
12 14 (3.00%) Applications Support
12 14 (3.00%) Senior Developer
13 13 (2.78%) Business Analyst
13 13 (2.78%) IT Engineer
14 12 (2.57%) Graduate
14 12 (2.57%) Junior
14 12 (2.57%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (12.63%) .NET
2 34 (7.28%) .NET Framework
3 30 (6.42%) CSS
4 29 (6.21%) HTML
5 23 (4.93%) .NET Core
6 20 (4.28%) Web Services
7 18 (3.85%) AngularJS
8 17 (3.64%) ASP.NET Web API
9 15 (3.21%) ASP.NET
10 14 (3.00%) jQuery
11 13 (2.78%) Spring
12 11 (2.36%) RESTful
12 11 (2.36%) XML
13 10 (2.14%) Entity Framework
13 10 (2.14%) React
13 10 (2.14%) REST
13 10 (2.14%) SOAP
14 9 (1.93%) Apache Flex
14 9 (1.93%) SAP Basis
14 9 (1.93%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 134 (28.69%) Analytical Skills
2 46 (9.85%) Enterprise Storage
3 41 (8.78%) Self-Motivation
4 36 (7.71%) Management Information System
5 26 (5.57%) Driving Licence
6 20 (4.28%) Mobile App
7 15 (3.21%) User Experience
8 13 (2.78%) Data Centre
9 12 (2.57%) Analytical Mindset
9 12 (2.57%) Replication
10 10 (2.14%) Algorithms
11 9 (1.93%) Clustering
11 9 (1.93%) VHDL
12 7 (1.50%) Internet of Things
12 7 (1.50%) PMI
13 6 (1.28%) Augmented Reality
14 5 (1.07%) AS400
14 5 (1.07%) Public Cloud
14 5 (1.07%) Virtual Team
15 4 (0.86%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 132 (28.27%) Windows
2 50 (10.71%) Linux
3 49 (10.49%) Windows Server
4 37 (7.92%) Unix
5 21 (4.50%) Windows 7
6 13 (2.78%) Windows 8
6 13 (2.78%) Windows XP
7 9 (1.93%) AIX
7 9 (1.93%) Android
8 8 (1.71%) Apple iOS
9 6 (1.28%) Windows 10
10 4 (0.86%) Windows Server 2016
11 3 (0.64%) VMS
12 2 (0.43%) HPUX
12 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
13 1 (0.21%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (20.99%) Agile Software Development
2 74 (15.85%) Decision-Making
3 66 (14.13%) ITIL
4 58 (12.42%) Process Improvement
5 50 (10.71%) Line Management
6 47 (10.06%) Project Management
7 46 (9.85%) Problem Management
8 45 (9.64%) Change Management
9 44 (9.42%) Software Engineering
10 43 (9.21%) DevOps
11 35 (7.49%) Information Security
12 34 (7.28%) Service Management
13 32 (6.85%) Computer Science
14 30 (6.42%) Continuous Improvement
14 30 (6.42%) OO
15 29 (6.21%) TDD
16 28 (6.00%) Mathematics
16 28 (6.00%) Mentoring
16 28 (6.00%) Microservices
17 26 (5.57%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 85 (18.20%) SQL
2 76 (16.27%) C#
3 49 (10.49%) PowerShell
4 39 (8.35%) Java
4 39 (8.35%) JavaScript
5 37 (7.92%) C++
6 26 (5.57%) Python
7 25 (5.35%) C
8 15 (3.21%) Go
9 12 (2.57%) ABAP
9 12 (2.57%) PHP
9 12 (2.57%) T-SQL
10 11 (2.36%) Bash Shell
11 9 (1.93%) Perl
11 9 (1.93%) R
12 6 (1.28%) Dart
12 6 (1.28%) MATLAB
12 6 (1.28%) Objective-C
12 6 (1.28%) TypeScript
13 5 (1.07%) MAXScript
Qualifications
1 84 (17.99%) Degree
2 25 (5.35%) SC Cleared
2 25 (5.35%) Security Cleared
3 15 (3.21%) ITIL Certification
3 15 (3.21%) Microsoft Certification
4 14 (3.00%) Computer Science Degree
5 8 (1.71%) MCSA
5 8 (1.71%) MCSE
5 8 (1.71%) Numerate Degree
6 7 (1.50%) CCNP
6 7 (1.50%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (1.50%) Master's Degree
6 7 (1.50%) PhD
6 7 (1.50%) PMI Certification
6 7 (1.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 6 (1.28%) CCIE
7 6 (1.28%) CCIE Routing and Switching
8 5 (1.07%) HNC
9 3 (0.64%) CIMA
9 3 (0.64%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (6.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 26 (5.57%) BS25999
2 26 (5.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 24 (5.14%) SLA
4 15 (3.21%) QA
5 5 (1.07%) GDPR
6 4 (0.86%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.86%) PMO
7 2 (0.43%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 17025
7 2 (0.43%) NIST
7 2 (0.43%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.21%) ISO 15022
8 1 (0.21%) ISO 20022
8 1 (0.21%) ISO 26262
8 1 (0.21%) P3O
System Software
1 68 (14.56%) VMware Infrastructure
2 64 (13.70%) Hyper-V
3 56 (11.99%) Active Directory
4 32 (6.85%) XenApp
5 25 (5.35%) NFS
6 24 (5.14%) BitLocker
6 24 (5.14%) XenDesktop
7 15 (3.21%) Docker
8 12 (2.57%) vSphere
9 11 (2.36%) VMware ESXi
10 5 (1.07%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.21%) Firmware
12 1 (0.21%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 27 (5.78%) Backup Exec
2 12 (2.57%) Kubernetes
2 12 (2.57%) Terraform
3 11 (2.36%) Data Guard
3 11 (2.36%) SCCM
4 10 (2.14%) Ansible
5 9 (1.93%) Oracle RMAN
5 9 (1.93%) SELinux
6 7 (1.50%) Microsoft Clustering
7 5 (1.07%) HP ALM
7 5 (1.07%) Kibana
7 5 (1.07%) logstash
8 3 (0.64%) SCOM
8 3 (0.64%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.43%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 2 (0.43%) WSUS
10 1 (0.21%) MIIS
10 1 (0.21%) Nessus
10 1 (0.21%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 145 (31.05%) Microsoft
2 76 (16.27%) VMware
3 44 (9.42%) Citrix
4 37 (7.92%) Veeam
5 29 (6.21%) Dell
6 26 (5.57%) Oracle
7 24 (5.14%) Sophos
8 23 (4.93%) NetApp
9 22 (4.71%) Cisco
10 17 (3.64%) EqualLogic
11 16 (3.43%) SAP
12 14 (3.00%) Atlassian
13 11 (2.36%) Google
14 9 (1.93%) Meraki
15 7 (1.50%) HP
15 7 (1.50%) Tableau
16 6 (1.28%) Sony
17 5 (1.07%) Dynatrace
17 5 (1.07%) McAfee
17 5 (1.07%) Remedy