Period
to 24 January 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 24 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
England > West Midlands
6 months to
24 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 11 14 17
Rank change year-on-year +3 +3 +2
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 439 709 823
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the West Midlands 12.52% 10.53% 10.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 13.49% 11.48% 11.46%
Number of salaries quoted 309 550 591
Median annual salary £45,000 £41,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.43% -2.35% +2.41%
10th Percentile £22,350 £24,000 £21,500
90th Percentile £68,000 £68,250 £67,500
England median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £48,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +3.09% +7.78%

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 3,254 6,177 7,184
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 92.79% 91.78% 91.82%
Number of salaries quoted 2,504 5,121 5,422
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +8.43%
10th Percentile £30,000 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £72,000 £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 24 January 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 24 January 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 -9 108 £47,500 +11.76% 48
Worcestershire +10 100 £50,000 +33.33% 12
Warwickshire +13 87 £45,000 +28.57% 14
Solihull +8 58 £45,000 +5.88% 6
Staffordshire +1 35 £28,750 -7.26% 19
Shropshire -5 14 £45,000 +38.63% 6
Coventry -31 14 £43,750 -7.89% 10
Sutton Coldfield +10 6 £42,500 - 3
Wolverhampton -8 5 £30,000 -4.00% 1
Herefordshire +17 3 £42,500 +13.33% 3
Walsall +10 3 £28,493 -28.77% 1
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 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.

1 147 (33.49%) Analytical Skills
2 134 (30.52%) Agile Software Development
3 96 (21.87%) Degree
4 94 (21.41%) Windows
5 87 (19.82%) Microsoft
6 86 (19.59%) Azure
7 77 (17.54%) Python
8 73 (16.63%) Linux
9 71 (16.17%) SQL
10 64 (14.58%) Aerospace
11 62 (14.12%) DevOps
12 57 (12.98%) Cybersecurity
12 57 (12.98%) Security Cleared
13 56 (12.76%) VMware
14 52 (11.85%) C++
14 52 (11.85%) Java
14 52 (11.85%) SC Cleared
15 51 (11.62%) Office 365
16 49 (11.16%) ITIL
17 48 (10.93%) Git (software)
18 47 (10.71%) PowerShell
18 47 (10.71%) Perl
18 47 (10.71%) Scrum
18 47 (10.71%) Bash Shell
19 45 (10.25%) Management Information System
19 45 (10.25%) Finance
19 45 (10.25%) C#
19 45 (10.25%) VMware Infrastructure
20 44 (10.02%) AWS
21 43 (9.79%) 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 22 (5.01%) Confluence
2 12 (2.73%) MS Exchange
2 12 (2.73%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.82%) CMS
3 8 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2013
4 6 (1.37%) Sitefinity
5 5 (1.14%) ArcGIS
5 5 (1.14%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (0.68%) Skype for Business
7 2 (0.46%) Apache Spark
7 2 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.23%) Apache
8 1 (0.23%) Drupal
8 1 (0.23%) nginx
8 1 (0.23%) Tomcat
Applications
1 41 (9.34%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (6.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.37%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.91%) Figma
5 4 (0.91%) InVision
5 4 (0.91%) Sketch
6 3 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.46%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.23%) 3ds Max
8 1 (0.23%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 10 (2.28%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 6 (1.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.37%) Magento
3 5 (1.14%) Sentinel
4 4 (0.91%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 4 (0.91%) Shopify
5 3 (0.68%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.23%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 86 (19.59%) Azure
2 51 (11.62%) Office 365
3 44 (10.02%) AWS
4 24 (5.47%) SaaS
5 21 (4.78%) GitHub
6 17 (3.87%) Power Platform
7 11 (2.51%) GCP
8 9 (2.05%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (1.59%) Amazon EC2
10 6 (1.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 6 (1.37%) Amazon ECS
11 5 (1.14%) AWS CloudFormation
12 4 (0.91%) SuccessFactors
13 2 (0.46%) AWS Data Pipeline
13 2 (0.46%) Google Analytics
13 2 (0.46%) Taleo
13 2 (0.46%) Trello
14 1 (0.23%) Amazon ElastiCache
14 1 (0.23%) Amazon S3
14 1 (0.23%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 39 (8.88%) Firewall
2 38 (8.66%) VPN
3 26 (5.92%) DNS
3 26 (5.92%) TCP/IP
4 21 (4.78%) LAN
5 20 (4.56%) WAN
6 18 (4.10%) DHCP
7 16 (3.64%) Internet
8 15 (3.42%) Network Security
9 14 (3.19%) VoIP
10 12 (2.73%) Wireless
11 11 (2.51%) VLAN
12 9 (2.05%) Cisco ASA
13 8 (1.82%) Remote Desktop
13 8 (1.82%) SAN
13 8 (1.82%) WLAN
14 7 (1.59%) BGP
14 7 (1.59%) OSPF
15 6 (1.37%) HTTP
15 6 (1.37%) OpenVPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (4.78%) SQL Server
2 17 (3.87%) Power BI
3 14 (3.19%) MySQL
4 11 (2.51%) Big Data
5 9 (2.05%) Relational Database
5 9 (2.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (1.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 8 (1.82%) Tableau
7 7 (1.59%) Amazon RDS
7 7 (1.59%) Crystal Reports
7 7 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (1.59%) MongoDB
8 5 (1.14%) NoSQL
8 5 (1.14%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (1.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 3 (0.68%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.68%) Azure SQL Database
9 3 (0.68%) ZAP BI
10 2 (0.46%) Apache Accumulo
10 2 (0.46%) Neo4j
Development Applications
1 48 (10.93%) Git (software)
2 28 (6.38%) JIRA
3 19 (4.33%) Rational DOORS
4 17 (3.87%) Visual Studio
5 10 (2.28%) Jenkins
6 9 (2.05%) Visual Studio Team System
7 8 (1.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 8 (1.82%) Bitbucket
8 7 (1.59%) GitLab
8 7 (1.59%) Subversion
9 6 (1.37%) Selenium
9 6 (1.37%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (0.46%) Cucumber
10 2 (0.46%) JUnit
10 2 (0.46%) Maven
10 2 (0.46%) PHPUnit
10 2 (0.46%) SoapUI
11 1 (0.23%) Eclipse
11 1 (0.23%) JMeter
11 1 (0.23%) NUnit
General
1 64 (14.58%) Aerospace
2 45 (10.25%) Finance
3 32 (7.29%) Retail
4 29 (6.61%) Public Sector
5 18 (4.10%) Marketing
6 13 (2.96%) Digital Economy
7 10 (2.28%) Electronics
8 8 (1.82%) Games
8 8 (1.82%) Legal
8 8 (1.82%) Publishing
9 7 (1.59%) Telecoms
10 4 (0.91%) Billing
10 4 (0.91%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.68%) Automotive
11 3 (0.68%) Banking
11 3 (0.68%) Law
12 2 (0.46%) General Ledger
12 2 (0.46%) Social Housing
13 1 (0.23%) Military
13 1 (0.23%) Police
Job Titles
1 115 (26.20%) Analyst
2 62 (14.12%) Developer
3 34 (7.74%) DevOps Engineer
3 34 (7.74%) Support Analyst
4 21 (4.78%) Applications Support
4 21 (4.78%) Systems Engineer
5 19 (4.33%) IT Engineer
5 19 (4.33%) Software Engineer
6 18 (4.10%) Business Analyst
7 16 (3.64%) IT Analyst
7 16 (3.64%) Network Engineer
7 16 (3.64%) Senior Analyst
8 15 (3.42%) Cloud Engineer
8 15 (3.42%) Software Developer
9 14 (3.19%) Applications Support Analyst
10 13 (2.96%) Architect
10 13 (2.96%) IT Support
10 13 (2.96%) Java Developer
11 12 (2.73%) Platform Engineer
11 12 (2.73%) Senior Platform Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (6.83%) .NET
2 21 (4.78%) AngularJS
3 19 (4.33%) .NET Framework
3 19 (4.33%) HTML
3 19 (4.33%) React
4 16 (3.64%) CSS
5 14 (3.19%) Node.js
6 13 (2.96%) jQuery
6 13 (2.96%) RESTful
7 11 (2.51%) ASP.NET Web API
8 10 (2.28%) .NET Core
8 10 (2.28%) Vue.js
9 9 (2.05%) REST
10 8 (1.82%) Kafka
10 8 (1.82%) Regular Expression
10 8 (1.82%) WCF
11 7 (1.59%) CSS3
11 7 (1.59%) HTML5
11 7 (1.59%) XML
12 6 (1.37%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 147 (33.49%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (10.25%) Management Information System
3 24 (5.47%) User Experience
4 19 (4.33%) Mobile App
5 12 (2.73%) Data Centre
6 11 (2.51%) Replication
6 11 (2.51%) Self-Motivation
6 11 (2.51%) Virtual Team
7 10 (2.28%) Data Structures
8 9 (2.05%) Cyberthreat
9 8 (1.82%) Algorithms
9 8 (1.82%) Public Cloud
10 7 (1.59%) Clustering
10 7 (1.59%) Linux Command Line
11 6 (1.37%) Enterprise Storage
11 6 (1.37%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
12 5 (1.14%) PMI
13 4 (0.91%) Life Science
13 4 (0.91%) VHDL
14 3 (0.68%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 94 (21.41%) Windows
2 73 (16.63%) Linux
3 32 (7.29%) Windows Server
4 29 (6.61%) Unix
5 10 (2.28%) Windows Server 2016
6 9 (2.05%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (1.82%) Android
8 7 (1.59%) Windows 10
9 5 (1.14%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (1.14%) Windows Server 2019
10 4 (0.91%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.46%) Solaris
12 1 (0.23%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (30.52%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (14.12%) DevOps
3 57 (12.98%) Cybersecurity
4 49 (11.16%) ITIL
5 47 (10.71%) Scrum
6 43 (9.79%) Computer Science
7 42 (9.57%) Stakeholder Management
8 39 (8.88%) Analytics
9 36 (8.20%) Change Management
10 35 (7.97%) Problem Management
10 35 (7.97%) Process Improvement
10 35 (7.97%) SDLC
11 34 (7.74%) Collaborative Working
12 33 (7.52%) Configuration Management
13 29 (6.61%) Project Management
14 27 (6.15%) Information Security
15 25 (5.69%) Mathematics
15 25 (5.69%) UML
16 24 (5.47%) Continuous Improvement
16 24 (5.47%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 77 (17.54%) Python
2 71 (16.17%) SQL
3 52 (11.85%) C++
3 52 (11.85%) Java
4 47 (10.71%) Bash Shell
4 47 (10.71%) Perl
4 47 (10.71%) PowerShell
5 45 (10.25%) C#
6 43 (9.79%) JavaScript
7 23 (5.24%) Go
8 16 (3.64%) C
9 15 (3.42%) PHP
10 6 (1.37%) Kotlin
10 6 (1.37%) VBA
11 4 (0.91%) R
11 4 (0.91%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.91%) TypeScript
12 3 (0.68%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.68%) VB
13 2 (0.46%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 96 (21.87%) Degree
2 57 (12.98%) Security Cleared
3 52 (11.85%) SC Cleared
4 27 (6.15%) Computer Science Degree
5 16 (3.64%) DV Cleared
6 13 (2.96%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (2.05%) CCNP
8 8 (1.82%) CCNA
8 8 (1.82%) ITIL Certification
9 7 (1.59%) MCSE
9 7 (1.59%) Microsoft Certification
10 6 (1.37%) CCENT
10 6 (1.37%) MCSA
10 6 (1.37%) Six Sigma Green Belt
10 6 (1.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 5 (1.14%) CompTIA Security+
11 5 (1.14%) Network+ Certification
11 5 (1.14%) PMI Certification
12 4 (0.91%) A+ Certification
12 4 (0.91%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (8.66%) GDPR
2 22 (5.01%) SLA
3 16 (3.64%) QA
4 9 (2.05%) Data Quality
5 8 (1.82%) GPG13
6 7 (1.59%) NIST
7 6 (1.37%) COBIT
7 6 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 5 (1.14%) GxP
8 5 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 15288
9 4 (0.91%) NEBOSH
10 2 (0.46%) BS25999
10 2 (0.46%) ISO 22301
10 2 (0.46%) PMO
11 1 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
11 1 (0.23%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.23%) PCI DSS
11 1 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 45 (10.25%) VMware Infrastructure
2 35 (7.97%) Docker
3 31 (7.06%) Active Directory
4 25 (5.69%) Hyper-V
5 19 (4.33%) vSphere
6 15 (3.42%) BitLocker
7 13 (2.96%) XenApp
8 9 (2.05%) Firmware
8 9 (2.05%) VMware ESXi
9 8 (1.82%) Virtual Machines
10 7 (1.59%) NFS
11 6 (1.37%) XenDesktop
12 2 (0.46%) Cygwin
12 2 (0.46%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 2 (0.46%) Virtual Servers
12 2 (0.46%) VMware NSX
13 1 (0.23%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 29 (6.61%) Terraform
2 19 (4.33%) Ansible
3 11 (2.51%) Kubernetes
3 11 (2.51%) Norton AntiVirus
3 11 (2.51%) SCCM
4 7 (1.59%) Microsoft Clustering
5 6 (1.37%) Backup Exec
5 6 (1.37%) Graylog
5 6 (1.37%) logstash
5 6 (1.37%) Opsgenie
5 6 (1.37%) Prometheus
6 5 (1.14%) CSIRT
7 4 (0.91%) Nagios
7 4 (0.91%) SELinux
8 3 (0.68%) OPNET
9 2 (0.46%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.46%) WSUS
10 1 (0.23%) Cisco CME
10 1 (0.23%) Host Intrusion Detection System
10 1 (0.23%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 87 (19.82%) Microsoft
2 56 (12.76%) VMware
3 27 (6.15%) Cisco
4 23 (5.24%) Citrix
5 17 (3.87%) TOWER Software
6 15 (3.42%) Veeam
7 13 (2.96%) Google
7 13 (2.96%) Oracle
8 12 (2.73%) Atlassian
9 11 (2.51%) Symantec
10 10 (2.28%) Sparx
11 9 (2.05%) Cadence
11 9 (2.05%) FireEye
11 9 (2.05%) IBM
11 9 (2.05%) McAfee
11 9 (2.05%) Salesforce.com
11 9 (2.05%) Tanium
12 8 (1.82%) Adobe
13 7 (1.59%) Dell
13 7 (1.59%) HP