Period
to 28 January 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 28 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Problem-Solving
England > West Midlands
6 months to
28 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 14 16 18
Rank change year-on-year +2 +2 +5
Permanent jobs citing Problem-Solving 706 843 916
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 10.46% 10.81% 9.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 11.44% 11.79% 10.40%
Number of salaries quoted 514 573 686
West Midlands median annual salary £41,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £23,750 £21,500 £22,500
90th Percentile £68,600 £67,500 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% 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 6,172 7,150 8,804
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 91.44% 91.71% 90.90%
Number of salaries quoted 5,049 5,336 6,935
West Midlands median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £41,250
Median salary % change year-on-year - +9.09% -0.60%
10th Percentile £27,250 £26,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £72,500 £70,250 £67,500
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 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 28 January 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 28 January 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 +8 218 £42,500 -5.56% 59
Coventry +2 131 £47,500 +16.56% 20
Warwickshire +4 79 £40,000 -5.88% 26
Staffordshire -3 74 £30,500 -17.57% 20
Worcestershire -12 72 £37,050 -15.80% 24
Solihull +6 52 £42,500 -5.56% 10
Shropshire +7 21 £32,461 -40.98% 6
Walsall -2 19 £40,000 -36.00% 3
Wolverhampton +8 5 £30,000 -17.24% 4
Herefordshire +8 4 £40,000 -55.56% 3
Sutton Coldfield +8 4 £42,500 +3.03%
Wednesbury - 3 £37,500 -
Dudley -15 1 £27,500 -15.38%
Problem-Solving
England

For the 6 months to 28 January 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.

1 284 (40.23%) Analytical Skills
2 190 (26.91%) SQL
3 187 (26.49%) Microsoft
4 176 (24.93%) Agile Software Development
5 152 (21.53%) Degree
6 124 (17.56%) SQL Server
6 124 (17.56%) Windows
7 96 (13.60%) JavaScript
8 91 (12.89%) Azure
9 89 (12.61%) Linux
9 89 (12.61%) Business Intelligence
10 87 (12.32%) ITIL
11 82 (11.61%) OO
11 82 (11.61%) Finance
12 77 (10.91%) C#
12 77 (10.91%) HTML
13 75 (10.62%) CSS
13 75 (10.62%) Git (software)
14 68 (9.63%) Telecoms
14 68 (9.63%) Self-Motivation
15 67 (9.49%) User Experience
16 65 (9.21%) DevOps
16 65 (9.21%) Computer Science
16 65 (9.21%) .NET
17 60 (8.50%) Software Engineering
18 59 (8.36%) Active Directory
19 58 (8.22%) Mentoring
20 57 (8.07%) Decision-Making
21 56 (7.93%) Office 365
21 56 (7.93%) Oracle

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 35 (4.96%) Confluence
2 17 (2.41%) SharePoint
3 15 (2.12%) MS Exchange
4 14 (1.98%) IIS
5 13 (1.84%) WebSphere
6 12 (1.70%) Apache
7 10 (1.42%) Elasticsearch
7 10 (1.42%) SAS
8 7 (0.99%) WordPress
9 5 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2010
10 4 (0.57%) Skype for Business
11 3 (0.42%) Apache Spark
11 3 (0.42%) IBM Notes
11 3 (0.42%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
12 2 (0.28%) CMS
12 2 (0.28%) ThingWorx
13 1 (0.14%) IBM Domino
13 1 (0.14%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 50 (7.08%) Microsoft Office
2 40 (5.67%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (2.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (1.42%) Microsoft Project
5 8 (1.13%) InVision
6 7 (0.99%) Sketch
6 7 (0.99%) Zeplin
7 2 (0.28%) Adobe Illustrator
7 2 (0.28%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.28%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.14%) Adobe After Effects
8 1 (0.14%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 10 (1.42%) Magento
2 6 (0.85%) OPENHousing
2 6 (0.85%) Primavera
3 4 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.57%) SAP Payroll
4 3 (0.42%) assyst
4 3 (0.42%) FastStats
4 3 (0.42%) FastStats PeopleStage
4 3 (0.42%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.28%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.28%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 2 (0.28%) Cognos Planning
5 2 (0.28%) Cognos TM1
5 2 (0.28%) Infor SunSystems
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.28%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.28%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.14%) BPCS
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 91 (12.89%) Azure
2 56 (7.93%) Office 365
3 52 (7.37%) AWS
4 47 (6.66%) Power Platform
5 31 (4.39%) SaaS
6 18 (2.55%) IaaS
6 18 (2.55%) PaaS
7 12 (1.70%) Heroku
7 12 (1.70%) npm
8 10 (1.42%) Azure Data Factory
8 10 (1.42%) Dynamics 365
9 9 (1.27%) Cloud Computing
10 6 (0.85%) Azure Active Directory
10 6 (0.85%) SuccessFactors
11 5 (0.71%) GCP
12 4 (0.57%) Google Play
13 3 (0.42%) OneDrive
13 3 (0.42%) Serverless
14 2 (0.28%) iTunes
14 2 (0.28%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 50 (7.08%) DNS
2 32 (4.53%) DHCP
2 32 (4.53%) Wireless
3 29 (4.11%) Firewall
4 21 (2.97%) LAN
5 19 (2.69%) Internet
6 18 (2.55%) Diameter Protocol
6 18 (2.55%) Network Security
6 18 (2.55%) WAN
7 13 (1.84%) TCP/IP
7 13 (1.84%) VPN
8 11 (1.56%) VoIP
9 9 (1.27%) MPLS
9 9 (1.27%) SSL
10 8 (1.13%) Cisco Nexus
10 8 (1.13%) Ethernet
10 8 (1.13%) HTTPS
11 7 (0.99%) Intranet
12 6 (0.85%) BGP
12 6 (0.85%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 124 (17.56%) SQL Server
2 47 (6.66%) Power BI
3 43 (6.09%) Data Warehouse
4 39 (5.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 32 (4.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 30 (4.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 26 (3.68%) Relational Database
8 20 (2.83%) MySQL
9 16 (2.27%) PostgreSQL
10 13 (1.84%) Big Data
11 12 (1.70%) BusinessObjects
12 11 (1.56%) MongoDB
13 10 (1.42%) Azure SQL Database
14 9 (1.27%) BusinessObjects XI
14 9 (1.27%) Cognos Query Studio
14 9 (1.27%) IBM InfoSphere
14 9 (1.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 9 (1.27%) QlikView
14 9 (1.27%) Snowflake Schema
15 8 (1.13%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 75 (10.62%) Git (software)
2 47 (6.66%) JIRA
3 29 (4.11%) Jenkins
4 26 (3.68%) JMeter
5 19 (2.69%) Selenium
6 18 (2.55%) GDB
7 16 (2.27%) SonarQube
8 14 (1.98%) JUnit
9 12 (1.70%) Grunt
9 12 (1.70%) gulp
9 12 (1.70%) Maven
9 12 (1.70%) Sinon.JS
9 12 (1.70%) Visual Studio
9 12 (1.70%) webpack
10 11 (1.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 10 (1.42%) Postman
11 10 (1.42%) Team Foundation Server
11 10 (1.42%) WebDriver
12 8 (1.13%) SoapUI
12 8 (1.13%) Xcode
General
1 82 (11.61%) Finance
2 68 (9.63%) Telecoms
3 32 (4.53%) Retail
4 30 (4.25%) Manufacturing
5 28 (3.97%) Marketing
6 26 (3.68%) Aerospace
7 22 (3.12%) Public Sector
8 19 (2.69%) Electronics
8 19 (2.69%) Legal
9 15 (2.12%) Pharmaceutical
10 12 (1.70%) Automotive
10 12 (1.70%) Military
11 10 (1.42%) Law
12 9 (1.27%) Local Government
13 6 (0.85%) Advertising
13 6 (0.85%) Games
13 6 (0.85%) Social Housing
14 5 (0.71%) General Ledger
15 4 (0.57%) Multimedia
16 2 (0.28%) Banking
Job Titles
1 161 (22.80%) Developer
2 127 (17.99%) Analyst
3 41 (5.81%) Consultant
4 35 (4.96%) Senior Developer
5 31 (4.39%) Software Engineer
6 30 (4.25%) Applications Support
6 30 (4.25%) Web Developer
7 29 (4.11%) Software Developer
8 28 (3.97%) .NET Developer
9 24 (3.40%) Data Analyst
9 24 (3.40%) IT Support
10 23 (3.26%) Project Manager
10 23 (3.26%) Support Analyst
11 21 (2.97%) Business Analyst
11 21 (2.97%) Junior
12 19 (2.69%) Administrator
12 19 (2.69%) Architect
13 18 (2.55%) C# Developer
13 18 (2.55%) Support Engineer
14 17 (2.41%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 77 (10.91%) HTML
2 75 (10.62%) CSS
3 65 (9.21%) .NET
4 41 (5.81%) Web Services
5 33 (4.67%) AngularJS
6 32 (4.53%) HTML5
7 29 (4.11%) ASP.NET
8 28 (3.97%) CSS3
9 23 (3.26%) RESTful
9 23 (3.26%) Spring
10 22 (3.12%) ASP.NET Web API
11 21 (2.97%) React
12 18 (2.55%) Sass
13 17 (2.41%) React Native
13 17 (2.41%) XML
14 16 (2.27%) .NET Framework
15 15 (2.12%) ASP.NET MVC
16 14 (1.98%) Spring Boot
17 13 (1.84%) Express
17 13 (1.84%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 284 (40.23%) Analytical Skills
2 68 (9.63%) Self-Motivation
3 67 (9.49%) User Experience
4 52 (7.37%) Management Information System
5 39 (5.52%) Mobile App
6 25 (3.54%) Driving Licence
7 24 (3.40%) Algorithms
8 20 (2.83%) Data Structures
9 18 (2.55%) Cloud Native
10 17 (2.41%) Data Centre
11 16 (2.27%) CCTV
12 13 (1.84%) Public Cloud
13 11 (1.56%) Virtual Team
14 8 (1.13%) Greenfield Project
15 7 (0.99%) VHDL
16 6 (0.85%) Linux Command Line
17 5 (0.71%) Analytical Mindset
17 5 (0.71%) Cyberthreat
17 5 (0.71%) Smart City
18 4 (0.57%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 124 (17.56%) Windows
2 89 (12.61%) Linux
3 53 (7.51%) Unix
4 43 (6.09%) Windows Server
5 20 (2.83%) Apple iOS
6 17 (2.41%) Android
7 14 (1.98%) Windows 10
7 14 (1.98%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (1.56%) Windows 7
8 11 (1.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (0.85%) SUSE
10 5 (0.71%) HPUX
10 5 (0.71%) Solaris
11 4 (0.57%) CentOS
11 4 (0.57%) Windows 8
11 4 (0.57%) Windows XP
12 3 (0.42%) Debian
12 3 (0.42%) Fedora
12 3 (0.42%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 176 (24.93%) Agile Software Development
2 89 (12.61%) Business Intelligence
3 87 (12.32%) ITIL
4 82 (11.61%) OO
5 65 (9.21%) Computer Science
5 65 (9.21%) DevOps
6 60 (8.50%) Software Engineering
7 58 (8.22%) Mentoring
8 57 (8.07%) Decision-Making
9 55 (7.79%) Collaborative Working
10 54 (7.65%) Project Management
11 53 (7.51%) SDLC
12 52 (7.37%) Scrum
13 51 (7.22%) Continuous Integration
14 46 (6.52%) Analytics
14 46 (6.52%) Regression Testing
15 45 (6.37%) Data Modelling
15 45 (6.37%) Mathematics
16 43 (6.09%) Continuous Improvement
16 43 (6.09%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 190 (26.91%) SQL
2 96 (13.60%) JavaScript
3 77 (10.91%) C#
4 55 (7.79%) Java
5 49 (6.94%) C
5 49 (6.94%) Python
6 42 (5.95%) PHP
7 40 (5.67%) C++
8 33 (4.67%) PowerShell
9 31 (4.39%) R
9 31 (4.39%) T-SQL
10 20 (2.83%) PL/SQL
11 14 (1.98%) TypeScript
12 13 (1.84%) ES6
13 12 (1.70%) Rust
14 8 (1.13%) Apple Swift
14 8 (1.13%) Bash Shell
15 7 (0.99%) Dart
15 7 (0.99%) Kotlin
15 7 (0.99%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 152 (21.53%) Degree
2 42 (5.95%) Security Cleared
3 29 (4.11%) SC Cleared
4 24 (3.40%) Computer Science Degree
5 22 (3.12%) ISTQB
6 17 (2.41%) Microsoft Certification
7 15 (2.12%) CISSP
8 14 (1.98%) ITIL Certification
9 13 (1.84%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (1.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 11 (1.56%) HND
11 10 (1.42%) Numerate Degree
12 9 (1.27%) CCNA
13 8 (1.13%) Postgraduate
14 6 (0.85%) DBS Check
14 6 (0.85%) HNC
15 5 (0.71%) CCNP
15 5 (0.71%) CISM
15 5 (0.71%) JNCIA
16 4 (0.57%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (7.65%) QA
2 33 (4.67%) SLA
3 30 (4.25%) Data Quality
4 15 (2.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 13 (1.84%) PMO
6 8 (1.13%) GDPR
7 6 (0.85%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.57%) BS25999
8 4 (0.57%) ISO 9000
8 4 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 4 (0.57%) NIST
9 2 (0.28%) ISO 26262
9 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 17025
9 2 (0.28%) NCSC
10 1 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.14%) P3O
10 1 (0.14%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 59 (8.36%) Active Directory
2 30 (4.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (2.55%) Hyper-V
4 16 (2.27%) Docker
5 12 (1.70%) vSphere
6 10 (1.42%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (0.99%) Virtual Servers
8 6 (0.85%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 6 (0.85%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.28%) XenApp
10 1 (0.14%) Firmware
10 1 (0.14%) NFS
10 1 (0.14%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.14%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 18 (2.55%) SCCM
2 15 (2.12%) Kibana
3 13 (1.84%) logstash
4 11 (1.56%) SCOM
5 9 (1.27%) Ansible
5 9 (1.27%) Terraform
5 9 (1.27%) vCenter Server
6 8 (1.13%) AirWatch
6 8 (1.13%) Microsoft Intune
7 7 (0.99%) SELinux
8 6 (0.85%) Cisco IPCC
8 6 (0.85%) Kubernetes
8 6 (0.85%) Norton AntiVirus
8 6 (0.85%) Packer
8 6 (0.85%) SCOrch
9 4 (0.57%) Puppet
9 4 (0.57%) WSUS
10 3 (0.42%) Data Guard
11 2 (0.28%) TIBCO Hawk
11 2 (0.28%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 187 (26.49%) Microsoft
2 56 (7.93%) Oracle
3 42 (5.95%) Cisco
4 35 (4.96%) VMware
5 30 (4.25%) Tableau
6 28 (3.97%) SAP
7 19 (2.69%) Cognos
8 15 (2.12%) IBM
8 15 (2.12%) NetApp
9 14 (1.98%) Citrix
10 12 (1.70%) Dell
11 10 (1.42%) Adobe
11 10 (1.42%) Google
11 10 (1.42%) Juniper
11 10 (1.42%) McAfee
12 9 (1.27%) Ab Initio
12 9 (1.27%) Apple
12 9 (1.27%) Informatica
12 9 (1.27%) Netezza
12 9 (1.27%) Red Hat