Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
England > West Midlands
6 months to
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 12 12 19
Rank change year-on-year 0 +7 +2
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 321 872 781
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.24% 12.02% 9.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 12.91% 12.97% 9.89%
Number of salaries quoted 233 677 610
Median annual salary £45,000 £41,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.76% -3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £25,000 £24,000 £22,250
90th Percentile £61,250 £63,750 £65,001
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +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 2,487 6,721 7,895
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 94.82% 92.61% 91.37%
Number of salaries quoted 1,969 5,395 6,019
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +12.50%
10th Percentile £30,000 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £68,750 £70,674 £67,500
England median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £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 24 October 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 24 October 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
Warwickshire +26 83 £42,500 +6.25% 6
Birmingham -5 83 £47,500 +18.75% 30
Worcestershire +1 48 £52,500 +40.00% 14
Solihull -1 30 £45,000 -10.00% 6
Shropshire -3 26 £47,500 +49.79% 4
Staffordshire -10 23 £44,000 +29.41% 8
Coventry -25 11 £45,000 -6.25% 5
Wolverhampton +1 4 - - 3
Wednesbury -11 3 £45,000 +20.00%
Herefordshire +23 2 £40,000 -18.78%
Walsall +9 1 £43,968 -2.29%
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 24 October 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.

1 117 (36.45%) Analytical Skills
2 105 (32.71%) Agile Software Development
3 80 (24.92%) Windows
4 69 (21.50%) Azure
5 60 (18.69%) Degree
6 56 (17.45%) Microsoft
7 54 (16.82%) SQL
8 53 (16.51%) ITIL
9 44 (13.71%) Firewall
10 43 (13.40%) VMware
11 42 (13.08%) Office 365
12 40 (12.46%) Linux
12 40 (12.46%) VPN
13 38 (11.84%) C#
13 38 (11.84%) PowerShell
14 34 (10.59%) VMware Infrastructure
14 34 (10.59%) AWS
14 34 (10.59%) .NET
14 34 (10.59%) Java
14 34 (10.59%) JavaScript
15 33 (10.28%) DevOps
15 33 (10.28%) Windows Server
16 32 (9.97%) Python
16 32 (9.97%) Project Management
17 31 (9.66%) Decision-Making
18 30 (9.35%) Cybersecurity
18 30 (9.35%) C++
18 30 (9.35%) Scrum
19 29 (9.03%) Stakeholder Management
20 28 (8.72%) Process Improvement

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 22 (6.85%) Confluence
2 11 (3.43%) MS Exchange
3 9 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2013
4 7 (2.18%) Elasticsearch
4 7 (2.18%) SharePoint
5 5 (1.56%) CMS
5 5 (1.56%) Sitefinity
5 5 (1.56%) Skype for Business
6 3 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (0.93%) IIS
6 3 (0.93%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.62%) Jupyter
7 2 (0.62%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (0.62%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.31%) Drupal
Applications
1 24 (7.48%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.62%) 3ds Max
3 2 (0.62%) S-PLUS
4 1 (0.31%) Figma
4 1 (0.31%) InVision
4 1 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.31%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 2 (0.62%) Magento
1 2 (0.62%) Shopify
2 1 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.31%) SAP PSCD
2 1 (0.31%) Social Studio
Cloud Services
1 69 (21.50%) Azure
2 42 (13.08%) Office 365
3 34 (10.59%) AWS
4 14 (4.36%) SaaS
5 8 (2.49%) GCP
6 7 (2.18%) Power Platform
7 6 (1.87%) AWS CloudFormation
8 5 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
9 4 (1.25%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.62%) GitHub
10 2 (0.62%) Power Automate
10 2 (0.62%) PowerApps
11 1 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
11 1 (0.31%) Amazon ElastiCache
11 1 (0.31%) Amazon S3
11 1 (0.31%) IBM Cloud
11 1 (0.31%) npm
11 1 (0.31%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
11 1 (0.31%) Serverless
11 1 (0.31%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 44 (13.71%) Firewall
2 40 (12.46%) VPN
3 27 (8.41%) DNS
4 22 (6.85%) LAN
4 22 (6.85%) VLAN
4 22 (6.85%) WAN
5 21 (6.54%) Internet
6 19 (5.92%) Network Security
7 15 (4.67%) DHCP
7 15 (4.67%) TCP/IP
8 13 (4.05%) BGP
8 13 (4.05%) OSPF
9 12 (3.74%) Wireless
10 11 (3.43%) Cisco Nexus
11 10 (3.12%) Cisco IOS
11 10 (3.12%) SAN
12 8 (2.49%) MPLS
12 8 (2.49%) Remote Desktop
13 7 (2.18%) iSCSI
13 7 (2.18%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (7.17%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.49%) MongoDB
2 8 (2.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (2.18%) Crystal Reports
3 7 (2.18%) NoSQL
3 7 (2.18%) Power BI
3 7 (2.18%) Relational Database
4 6 (1.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (1.56%) Big Data
5 5 (1.56%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (1.25%) Informix
6 4 (1.25%) MySQL
7 3 (0.93%) BigQuery
7 3 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (0.62%) Tableau
9 1 (0.31%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.31%) DB2
9 1 (0.31%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.31%) Redis
9 1 (0.31%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 27 (8.41%) Git (software)
2 26 (8.10%) JIRA
3 7 (2.18%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (1.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 5 (1.56%) Rational DOORS
4 5 (1.56%) Subversion
4 5 (1.56%) Visual Studio
4 5 (1.56%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (0.93%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.93%) Selenium
6 2 (0.62%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (0.62%) PHPUnit
7 1 (0.31%) Appium
7 1 (0.31%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.31%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.31%) FishEye
7 1 (0.31%) Gradle
7 1 (0.31%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.31%) SpecFlow
7 1 (0.31%) TeamCity
General
1 26 (8.10%) Finance
2 25 (7.79%) Public Sector
3 20 (6.23%) Aerospace
4 17 (5.30%) Retail
5 8 (2.49%) Legal
6 6 (1.87%) Games
7 5 (1.56%) Electronics
7 5 (1.56%) Marketing
8 4 (1.25%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.93%) Automotive
9 3 (0.93%) Banking
9 3 (0.93%) Digital Economy
10 2 (0.62%) Back Office
10 2 (0.62%) Police
10 2 (0.62%) Telecoms
11 1 (0.31%) Advertising
11 1 (0.31%) French Language
11 1 (0.31%) Military
11 1 (0.31%) Publishing
11 1 (0.31%) Social Housing
Job Titles
1 71 (22.12%) Analyst
2 46 (14.33%) Developer
3 24 (7.48%) Network Engineer
4 23 (7.17%) IT Engineer
5 22 (6.85%) Support Analyst
6 19 (5.92%) Consultant
7 16 (4.98%) .NET Developer
8 15 (4.67%) IT Analyst
9 14 (4.36%) DevOps Engineer
10 12 (3.74%) Applications Support
10 12 (3.74%) Project Manager
10 12 (3.74%) Software Developer
11 11 (3.43%) Applications Support Analyst
11 11 (3.43%) C# Developer
11 11 (3.43%) User Researcher
12 10 (3.12%) Architect
12 10 (3.12%) SAP Basis Consultant
12 10 (3.12%) SAP Consultant
12 10 (3.12%) Service Analyst
12 10 (3.12%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (10.59%) .NET
2 20 (6.23%) .NET Framework
3 15 (4.67%) ASP.NET Web API
4 13 (4.05%) .NET Core
4 13 (4.05%) AngularJS
5 12 (3.74%) RESTful
5 12 (3.74%) Web Services
6 11 (3.43%) CSS
6 11 (3.43%) HTML
7 10 (3.12%) Apache Flex
7 10 (3.12%) SAP Basis
8 9 (2.80%) ASP.NET
8 9 (2.80%) REST
9 8 (2.49%) Node.js
9 8 (2.49%) React
10 7 (2.18%) jQuery
10 7 (2.18%) WCF
10 7 (2.18%) XML
11 5 (1.56%) Entity Framework
11 5 (1.56%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 117 (36.45%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (8.10%) Mobile App
3 23 (7.17%) Management Information System
4 15 (4.67%) Data Centre
4 15 (4.67%) Self-Motivation
5 14 (4.36%) User Experience
6 13 (4.05%) Replication
7 8 (2.49%) Algorithms
7 8 (2.49%) Enterprise Storage
7 8 (2.49%) PMI
8 7 (2.18%) Clustering
8 7 (2.18%) Public Cloud
9 6 (1.87%) Life Science
10 5 (1.56%) VHDL
10 5 (1.56%) Virtual Team
11 4 (1.25%) Analytical Mindset
12 3 (0.93%) Cyberthreat
12 3 (0.93%) Data Structures
12 3 (0.93%) Linux Command Line
12 3 (0.93%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 80 (24.92%) Windows
2 40 (12.46%) Linux
3 33 (10.28%) Windows Server
4 23 (7.17%) Unix
5 11 (3.43%) Android
6 10 (3.12%) AIX
7 7 (2.18%) Apple iOS
8 6 (1.87%) Windows 10
8 6 (1.87%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (1.56%) Windows Server 2016
10 4 (1.25%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.62%) HPUX
12 1 (0.31%) VMS
12 1 (0.31%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.31%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (32.71%) Agile Software Development
2 53 (16.51%) ITIL
3 33 (10.28%) DevOps
4 32 (9.97%) Project Management
5 31 (9.66%) Decision-Making
6 30 (9.35%) Cybersecurity
6 30 (9.35%) Scrum
7 29 (9.03%) Stakeholder Management
8 28 (8.72%) Process Improvement
9 26 (8.10%) Continuous Improvement
10 25 (7.79%) Service Management
11 24 (7.48%) Problem Management
12 21 (6.54%) Customer Requirements
13 18 (5.61%) Mentoring
13 18 (5.61%) User Stories
14 17 (5.30%) Computer Science
14 17 (5.30%) Information Security
14 17 (5.30%) Requirements Gathering
15 16 (4.98%) Project Delivery
15 16 (4.98%) User-Centered Design (UCD)
Programming Languages
1 54 (16.82%) SQL
2 38 (11.84%) C#
2 38 (11.84%) PowerShell
3 34 (10.59%) Java
3 34 (10.59%) JavaScript
4 32 (9.97%) Python
5 30 (9.35%) C++
6 24 (7.48%) Bash Shell
7 23 (7.17%) Perl
8 13 (4.05%) Go
9 11 (3.43%) ABAP
10 8 (2.49%) C
11 6 (1.87%) PHP
11 6 (1.87%) TypeScript
12 5 (1.56%) Kotlin
13 4 (1.25%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.93%) R
14 3 (0.93%) VBA
15 2 (0.62%) MATLAB
15 2 (0.62%) MAXScript
Qualifications
1 60 (18.69%) Degree
2 27 (8.41%) Security Cleared
3 24 (7.48%) SC Cleared
4 17 (5.30%) Cisco Certification
5 15 (4.67%) CCNP
6 12 (3.74%) DV Cleared
6 12 (3.74%) ITIL Certification
7 11 (3.43%) Computer Science Degree
8 8 (2.49%) MCSE
8 8 (2.49%) Microsoft Certification
8 8 (2.49%) PMI Certification
9 7 (2.18%) CCIE
9 7 (2.18%) CCNA
9 7 (2.18%) MCSA
10 6 (1.87%) CCIE Routing and Switching
10 6 (1.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 5 (1.56%) CISM
11 5 (1.56%) CISSP
12 4 (1.25%) Numerate Degree
12 4 (1.25%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (4.67%) GDPR
2 13 (4.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (3.43%) SLA
4 9 (2.80%) QA
5 7 (2.18%) COBIT
6 6 (1.87%) BS25999
6 6 (1.87%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 5 (1.56%) GPG13
8 4 (1.25%) NEBOSH
9 3 (0.93%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.31%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.31%) ISO 22301
10 1 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 34 (10.59%) VMware Infrastructure
2 26 (8.10%) Active Directory
2 26 (8.10%) Hyper-V
3 18 (5.61%) Docker
4 12 (3.74%) XenApp
5 11 (3.43%) BitLocker
6 8 (2.49%) vSphere
7 7 (2.18%) NFS
8 6 (1.87%) Firmware
8 6 (1.87%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (1.87%) Virtual Servers
8 6 (1.87%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (1.87%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.93%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.62%) Cygwin
11 1 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.31%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 13 (4.05%) Terraform
2 10 (3.12%) Data Guard
2 10 (3.12%) Oracle RMAN
3 8 (2.49%) Kubernetes
3 8 (2.49%) Norton AntiVirus
3 8 (2.49%) SCCM
4 7 (2.18%) Backup Exec
5 6 (1.87%) Ansible
6 5 (1.56%) Microsoft Clustering
6 5 (1.56%) SELinux
7 4 (1.25%) FortiGate
7 4 (1.25%) Nagios
8 3 (0.93%) OPNET
8 3 (0.93%) WSUS
9 2 (0.62%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (0.62%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 1 (0.31%) Cisco CUCM
10 1 (0.31%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 1 (0.31%) Network Intrusion Detection System
10 1 (0.31%) SnapMirror
Vendors
1 56 (17.45%) Microsoft
2 43 (13.40%) VMware
3 26 (8.10%) Cisco
4 23 (7.17%) Citrix
5 17 (5.30%) Atlassian
6 15 (4.67%) Oracle
6 15 (4.67%) Veeam
7 13 (4.05%) Meraki
8 12 (3.74%) Palo Alto
8 12 (3.74%) SAP
9 8 (2.49%) Symantec
10 7 (2.18%) Google
10 7 (2.18%) McAfee
11 6 (1.87%) Apple
11 6 (1.87%) Avaya
11 6 (1.87%) CheckPoint
11 6 (1.87%) Dell
11 6 (1.87%) IBM
11 6 (1.87%) Sophos
11 6 (1.87%) TOWER Software