Period
to 25 August 2019

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 25 August 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
England > West Midlands
6 months to
25 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 12 17 21
Rank change year-on-year +5 +4 -1
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 899 836 835
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 11.77% 9.19% 8.37%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 12.76% 10.11% 9.10%
Number of salaries quoted 621 637 697
West Midlands median annual salary £40,853 £41,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -0.36% +2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £24,000 £22,000 £21,400
90th Percentile £61,250 £57,500 £61,250
England median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +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 7,048 8,268 9,176
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 92.29% 90.90% 91.97%
Number of salaries quoted 5,592 6,313 7,554
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £43,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.65% +7.50% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,750 £25,913
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £62,500
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - -

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 25 August 2019.

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 25 August 2019. 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 +6 240 £40,000 -8.05% 51
Worcestershire +13 191 £37,500 -16.67% 22
Coventry +8 105 £49,681 +19.71% 26
Staffordshire +2 85 £37,500 -11.76% 20
Solihull +6 78 £47,500 +26.67% 7
Warwickshire -8 67 £41,500 +22.96% 19
Shropshire +9 48 £32,421 -0.67% 10
Sutton Coldfield -13 8 £37,500 -6.25% 2
Dudley -14 7 £55,000 +120.00%
Herefordshire -20 7 £49,250 +3.68% 3
Wolverhampton +4 5 £46,250 +42.31% 4
Wednesbury - 5 £37,500 -
Walsall +8 3 £55,000 +71.88% 1
Halesowen - 3 £26,000 - 1
Tipton - 2 £27,500 -
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 25 August 2019, 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.

1 297 (33.04%) Analytical Skills
2 248 (27.59%) SQL
2 248 (27.59%) Microsoft
3 223 (24.81%) Agile Software Development
4 195 (21.69%) Degree
5 160 (17.80%) C#
6 153 (17.02%) SQL Server
7 150 (16.69%) Windows
8 129 (14.35%) ITIL
9 125 (13.90%) Azure
10 124 (13.79%) .NET
11 121 (13.46%) Active Directory
12 102 (11.35%) Software Engineering
13 99 (11.01%) Finance
14 95 (10.57%) Linux
14 95 (10.57%) Computer Science
15 92 (10.23%) Self-Motivation
16 89 (9.90%) JavaScript
17 82 (9.12%) Aerospace
18 80 (8.90%) Security Cleared
19 79 (8.79%) ASP.NET
20 75 (8.34%) VMware
21 73 (8.12%) Firewall
22 72 (8.01%) Management Information System
22 72 (8.01%) SC Cleared
23 71 (7.90%) HTML
23 71 (7.90%) Business Intelligence
24 70 (7.79%) Cisco
24 70 (7.79%) Project Management
24 70 (7.79%) Retail

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 42 (4.67%) MS Exchange
2 32 (3.56%) SharePoint
3 22 (2.45%) Confluence
4 21 (2.34%) IIS
5 12 (1.33%) IBM Notes
6 8 (0.89%) Exchange Server 2003
7 7 (0.78%) Apache
7 7 (0.78%) SAS
8 6 (0.67%) CMS
9 4 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
9 4 (0.44%) Skype for Business
10 2 (0.22%) WordPress
11 1 (0.11%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2010
11 1 (0.11%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 69 (7.68%) Microsoft Office
2 56 (6.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.89%) Microsoft Project
4 8 (0.89%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (0.89%) SAP Business One
2 6 (0.67%) Dynamics AX
2 6 (0.67%) OPENHousing
3 5 (0.56%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 5 (0.56%) Cognos Planning
3 5 (0.56%) Cognos TM1
3 5 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.56%) Infor SunSystems
4 3 (0.33%) Magento
4 3 (0.33%) Summit
5 2 (0.22%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.22%) Dynamics GP
5 2 (0.22%) FastStats
5 2 (0.22%) FastStats PeopleStage
5 2 (0.22%) iTrent
5 2 (0.22%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.11%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 125 (13.90%) Azure
2 59 (6.56%) AWS
3 50 (5.56%) Office 365
4 36 (4.00%) Power Platform
5 22 (2.45%) SaaS
6 18 (2.00%) IaaS
6 18 (2.00%) PaaS
7 16 (1.78%) Amazon SQS
8 15 (1.67%) AWS IoT
8 15 (1.67%) Serverless
9 14 (1.56%) AWS Lambda
9 14 (1.56%) Dynamics 365
10 12 (1.33%) GCP
11 6 (0.67%) OneDrive
12 5 (0.56%) GitHub
13 4 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
13 4 (0.44%) Azure Active Directory
13 4 (0.44%) Azure Stack
14 3 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 3 (0.33%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 73 (8.12%) Firewall
2 52 (5.78%) Wireless
3 41 (4.56%) DNS
4 32 (3.56%) DHCP
5 31 (3.45%) VPN
6 29 (3.23%) Internet
6 29 (3.23%) Network Security
7 25 (2.78%) TCP/IP
8 24 (2.67%) SSH
9 20 (2.22%) WAN
10 19 (2.11%) LAN
11 17 (1.89%) HTTP
11 17 (1.89%) SMTP
12 16 (1.78%) VoIP
13 15 (1.67%) FTP
14 14 (1.56%) MQTT
15 12 (1.33%) SAN
16 11 (1.22%) Cisco Nexus
17 10 (1.11%) OSPF
17 10 (1.11%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 153 (17.02%) SQL Server
2 41 (4.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 37 (4.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 36 (4.00%) Power BI
5 30 (3.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 20 (2.22%) MySQL
7 19 (2.11%) Data Warehouse
7 19 (2.11%) PostgreSQL
8 18 (2.00%) Relational Database
9 17 (1.89%) Amazon RDS
10 15 (1.67%) Amazon Redshift
11 14 (1.56%) Amazon Aurora
12 11 (1.22%) BusinessObjects
13 9 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
14 8 (0.89%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 8 (0.89%) MS Access
15 7 (0.78%) Big Data
15 7 (0.78%) QlikView
16 6 (0.67%) NoSQL
16 6 (0.67%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 48 (5.34%) Git (software)
2 47 (5.23%) Visual Studio
3 39 (4.34%) JIRA
4 28 (3.11%) Visual Studio Team System
5 24 (2.67%) Selenium
6 12 (1.33%) Rational DOORS
7 10 (1.11%) Jenkins
8 8 (0.89%) Mercurial
8 8 (0.89%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 8 (0.89%) Zephyr
9 7 (0.78%) JMeter
10 5 (0.56%) JIRA Agile
11 4 (0.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 4 (0.44%) Bitbucket
11 4 (0.44%) Oracle Forms
12 3 (0.33%) GDB
12 3 (0.33%) SonarQube
12 3 (0.33%) Subversion
13 2 (0.22%) git-flow
13 2 (0.22%) Protractor
General
1 99 (11.01%) Finance
2 82 (9.12%) Aerospace
3 70 (7.79%) Retail
4 59 (6.56%) Telecoms
5 44 (4.89%) Public Sector
6 43 (4.78%) Marketing
7 29 (3.23%) Electronics
8 16 (1.78%) Military
9 13 (1.45%) Legal
9 13 (1.45%) Manufacturing
10 12 (1.33%) Games
10 12 (1.33%) General Ledger
11 9 (1.00%) Local Government
12 7 (0.78%) Social Housing
13 5 (0.56%) Law
14 4 (0.44%) Automotive
14 4 (0.44%) Police
15 3 (0.33%) Banking
16 2 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
17 1 (0.11%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 197 (21.91%) Developer
2 182 (20.24%) Analyst
3 74 (8.23%) .NET Developer
4 60 (6.67%) Software Engineer
5 58 (6.45%) C# Developer
6 50 (5.56%) Support Analyst
7 44 (4.89%) Architect
8 39 (4.34%) Software Developer
9 33 (3.67%) 2nd Line Support
10 32 (3.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 31 (3.45%) C# .NET Developer
12 28 (3.11%) Applications Support
13 27 (3.00%) Business Analyst
14 26 (2.89%) Service Analyst
15 25 (2.78%) IT Support
15 25 (2.78%) Service Desk Analyst
16 24 (2.67%) Applications Support Analyst
17 23 (2.56%) Consultant
18 22 (2.45%) Senior Developer
18 22 (2.45%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 124 (13.79%) .NET
2 79 (8.79%) ASP.NET
3 71 (7.90%) HTML
4 63 (7.01%) CSS
5 44 (4.89%) XML
6 41 (4.56%) jQuery
7 40 (4.45%) AngularJS
8 29 (3.23%) Web Services
9 27 (3.00%) ASP.NET MVC
9 27 (3.00%) HTML5
10 21 (2.34%) ASP.NET Web API
11 19 (2.11%) Ajax
12 18 (2.00%) ASP.NET Web Forms
13 14 (1.56%) XMPP
14 13 (1.45%) Middleware
15 10 (1.11%) CSS3
15 10 (1.11%) Spring
16 9 (1.00%) .NET Framework
16 9 (1.00%) Sass
17 8 (0.89%) Laravel
Miscellaneous
1 297 (33.04%) Analytical Skills
2 92 (10.23%) Self-Motivation
3 72 (8.01%) Management Information System
4 59 (6.56%) User Experience
5 41 (4.56%) CCTV
6 37 (4.12%) Algorithms
7 22 (2.45%) Data Centre
8 21 (2.34%) Enterprise Storage
9 18 (2.00%) Driving Licence
9 18 (2.00%) Virtual Team
10 15 (1.67%) EPoS
10 15 (1.67%) Smart Home
11 14 (1.56%) Cyberattack
11 14 (1.56%) Mobile App
12 13 (1.45%) Greenfield Project
12 13 (1.45%) Public Cloud
13 11 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (1.22%) VHDL
14 9 (1.00%) Data Protection Act
14 9 (1.00%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 150 (16.69%) Windows
2 95 (10.57%) Linux
3 64 (7.12%) Windows Server
4 40 (4.45%) Unix
5 19 (2.11%) Windows 10
6 18 (2.00%) Apple iOS
7 16 (1.78%) Windows Server 2012
8 12 (1.33%) Windows 7
9 11 (1.22%) CentOS
9 11 (1.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 11 (1.22%) Solaris
9 11 (1.22%) Ubuntu
10 8 (0.89%) Windows Server 2003
11 6 (0.67%) Debian
11 6 (0.67%) HPUX
11 6 (0.67%) SUSE
11 6 (0.67%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (0.56%) AIX
12 5 (0.56%) Fedora
12 5 (0.56%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 223 (24.81%) Agile Software Development
2 129 (14.35%) ITIL
3 102 (11.35%) Software Engineering
4 95 (10.57%) Computer Science
5 71 (7.90%) Business Intelligence
6 70 (7.79%) Project Management
7 61 (6.79%) DevOps
7 61 (6.79%) UML
8 60 (6.67%) Service Delivery
9 59 (6.56%) MVC
10 58 (6.45%) Decision-Making
11 57 (6.34%) SDLC
12 53 (5.90%) Process Improvement
13 52 (5.78%) Service Management
13 52 (5.78%) Web Development
14 51 (5.67%) Mathematics
14 51 (5.67%) Project Delivery
14 51 (5.67%) Scrum
15 50 (5.56%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 49 (5.45%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 248 (27.59%) SQL
2 160 (17.80%) C#
3 89 (9.90%) JavaScript
4 55 (6.12%) C++
5 49 (5.45%) C
5 49 (5.45%) PowerShell
6 44 (4.89%) Java
7 41 (4.56%) Python
8 40 (4.45%) T-SQL
9 33 (3.67%) PHP
10 14 (1.56%) R
11 13 (1.45%) Bash Shell
12 11 (1.22%) VB.NET
13 7 (0.78%) Perl
13 7 (0.78%) PL/SQL
13 7 (0.78%) TypeScript
13 7 (0.78%) VBA
14 5 (0.56%) ES6
14 5 (0.56%) Scala
15 4 (0.44%) F#
Qualifications
1 195 (21.69%) Degree
2 80 (8.90%) Security Cleared
3 72 (8.01%) SC Cleared
4 30 (3.34%) Cisco Certification
5 25 (2.78%) Computer Science Degree
5 25 (2.78%) HND
6 20 (2.22%) CCNP
7 19 (2.11%) ISTQB
8 17 (1.89%) Microsoft Certification
9 15 (1.67%) DV Cleared
9 15 (1.67%) ITIL Certification
10 14 (1.56%) CCNA
10 14 (1.56%) CREST Certified
11 11 (1.22%) JNCIA
12 10 (1.11%) HNC
12 10 (1.11%) MCSA
13 9 (1.00%) CISSP
13 9 (1.00%) DBS Check
13 9 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 8 (0.89%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (6.23%) SLA
2 54 (6.01%) QA
3 23 (2.56%) Data Quality
4 13 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 11 (1.22%) GDPR
6 7 (0.78%) PMO
7 5 (0.56%) ISO 9001
7 5 (0.56%) PCI DSS
8 4 (0.44%) NIST
9 2 (0.22%) ISO 13485
10 1 (0.11%) Actionable Recommendations
10 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.11%) GPG13
10 1 (0.11%) ISO 26262
10 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 17025
10 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 121 (13.46%) Active Directory
2 64 (7.12%) Hyper-V
3 53 (5.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (2.67%) Docker
5 12 (1.33%) Firmware
5 12 (1.33%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (0.78%) PowerHA
6 7 (0.78%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (0.78%) XenDesktop
7 5 (0.56%) XenApp
8 4 (0.44%) BitLocker
8 4 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
8 4 (0.44%) vSphere
9 3 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 3 (0.33%) Terminal Services
9 3 (0.33%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.11%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.11%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.11%) Postfix
10 1 (0.11%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 23 (2.56%) SCCM
2 19 (2.11%) SCOrch
3 11 (1.22%) SELinux
4 9 (1.00%) SCOM
4 9 (1.00%) SCVMM
5 7 (0.78%) Cisco IPCC
6 6 (0.67%) Kibana
7 5 (0.56%) FortiGate
7 5 (0.56%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 4 (0.44%) Ansible
8 4 (0.44%) HAProxy
9 3 (0.33%) Kubernetes
9 3 (0.33%) Nagios
9 3 (0.33%) Norton AntiVirus
10 2 (0.22%) HockeyApp
10 2 (0.22%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 2 (0.22%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.22%) Netcool
10 2 (0.22%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 2 (0.22%) TIBCO Hawk
Vendors
1 248 (27.59%) Microsoft
2 75 (8.34%) VMware
3 70 (7.79%) Cisco
4 48 (5.34%) Citrix
5 30 (3.34%) Oracle
6 20 (2.22%) Dell
6 20 (2.22%) NetApp
7 19 (2.11%) Tableau
8 17 (1.89%) Juniper
8 17 (1.89%) SAP
9 16 (1.78%) EqualLogic
10 15 (1.67%) Cognos
11 14 (1.56%) IBM
12 13 (1.45%) Red Hat
13 12 (1.33%) Apple
13 12 (1.33%) Lotus
14 11 (1.22%) SolarWinds
15 10 (1.11%) HP
16 9 (1.00%) F5
17 8 (0.89%) Splunk