Period
to 15 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Strategic Thinking skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Strategic Thinking over the 6 months to 15 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Strategic Thinking
UK > England
6 months to
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 493 483 517
Rank change year-on-year -10 +34 +40
Contract jobs citing Strategic Thinking 403 377 377
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.43% 0.42% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.49% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 249 228
England median daily rate £485 £488 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.51% +8.33% -2.17%
10th Percentile £330 £313 £303
90th Percentile £725 £689 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £500 £450
% change year-on-year -5.00% +11.11% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 2 2
England median hourly rate £28.50 £26.13 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.09% +86.61% -58.38%
10th Percentile £27.83 £22.31 £13.10
90th Percentile £39.80 £30.24 £15.70
UK median hourly rate £28.50 £23.75 £14.00
% change year-on-year +20.00% +69.64% -58.38%

Strategic Thinking is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 81,220 77,719 83,622
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.23% 85.90% 85.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 54,167 51,884 55,741
England median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £645 £630 £605
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,202 1,867 2,203
England median hourly rate £21.00 £25.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.01% +11.11% +3.45%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £25.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -18.00% +11.11% +3.45%

Strategic Thinking
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Strategic Thinking as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Strategic Thinking in England

Strategic Thinking
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Strategic Thinking in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Strategic Thinking in England

Strategic Thinking
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Strategic Thinking in England over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Strategic Thinking in England

Strategic Thinking
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Strategic Thinking in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Strategic Thinking in England

Strategic Thinking
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Strategic Thinking in England over the 6 months to 15 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Strategic Thinking in England

Strategic Thinking
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Strategic Thinking within the England region over the 6 months to 15 October 2018. 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -55 164 £525 +5.00% 44
South East +27 82 £530 +12.17% 15
North of England +7 52 £425 -1.16% 17
Midlands -16 37 £389 -0.26% 8
South West +3 36 £395 +3.27% 11
East of England -3 32 £600 +29.73% 6
Yorkshire -5 24 £425 - 7
North West -6 22 £425 -2.30% 8
West Midlands -9 22 £550 +15.79% 7
East Midlands +2 15 £378 +0.80% 1
North East +5 9 £425 -18.07% 2
Strategic Thinking
UK

For the 6 months to 15 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Strategic Thinking also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for Strategic Thinking.

1 162 (40.20%) Agile Software Development
2 120 (29.78%) Finance
3 115 (28.54%) Analytical Skills
4 112 (27.79%) Problem-Solving
5 63 (15.63%) Analytics
6 61 (15.14%) Self-Motivation
6 61 (15.14%) Stakeholder Management
7 59 (14.64%) Project Management
8 57 (14.14%) Scrum
8 57 (14.14%) User Experience
9 55 (13.65%) Degree
10 47 (11.66%) Amazon AWS
10 47 (11.66%) DevOps
11 45 (11.17%) JavaScript
12 42 (10.42%) Git (software)
13 39 (9.68%) Continuous Improvement
14 38 (9.43%) Mentoring
15 36 (8.93%) Test Automation
16 34 (8.44%) HTML
16 34 (8.44%) CSS
17 33 (8.19%) Decision-Making
18 32 (7.94%) ITIL
18 32 (7.94%) Programme Management
19 31 (7.69%) HTTP
20 30 (7.44%) User Stories
20 30 (7.44%) Prototyping
21 29 (7.20%) Market Research
22 27 (6.70%) Microsoft Azure
23 26 (6.45%) QA
23 26 (6.45%) Unit Testing

Strategic Thinking
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 8 (1.99%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.49%) Confluence
2 6 (1.49%) SAS
3 5 (1.24%) NetWeaver
3 5 (1.24%) SAP EP
4 4 (0.99%) Apache
5 2 (0.50%) Drupal
5 2 (0.50%) JBoss
5 2 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 2 (0.50%) Skype for Business
5 2 (0.50%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.25%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.25%) Mule
6 1 (0.25%) OpenROAD
6 1 (0.25%) OpenStack
6 1 (0.25%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.25%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.25%) WordPress
Applications
1 11 (2.73%) Photoshop
2 10 (2.48%) InVision
3 9 (2.23%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (1.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (1.74%) Microsoft Project
4 7 (1.74%) MS Visio
5 6 (1.49%) Adobe Illustrator
5 6 (1.49%) Microsoft Office
6 5 (1.24%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.74%) OmniGraffle
7 3 (0.74%) UXPin
8 1 (0.25%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 5 (1.24%) SAP CRM
2 4 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.99%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 2 (0.50%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.50%) SAP CO
3 2 (0.50%) SAP FI
3 2 (0.50%) SAP FI/CO
4 1 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.25%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.25%) Maximo
4 1 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.25%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.25%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.25%) SAP MDG
4 1 (0.25%) SAP PM
4 1 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
4 1 (0.25%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 47 (11.66%) Amazon AWS
2 27 (6.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (3.23%) IaaS
3 13 (3.23%) Office 365
4 12 (2.98%) npm
4 12 (2.98%) NuGet
5 11 (2.73%) PaaS
6 7 (1.74%) Cloud Computing
7 6 (1.49%) Adobe Analytics
7 6 (1.49%) Serverless
7 6 (1.49%) SuccessFactors
8 2 (0.50%) Google Analytics
8 2 (0.50%) Google Cloud Platform
8 2 (0.50%) OneDrive
8 2 (0.50%) SaaS
9 1 (0.25%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 1 (0.25%) Akamai
9 1 (0.25%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.25%) Amazon S3
9 1 (0.25%) Google Tag Manager
Communications & Networking
1 31 (7.69%) HTTP
2 14 (3.47%) SSL
2 14 (3.47%) TCP/IP
3 8 (1.99%) Firewall
4 5 (1.24%) Wireless
5 4 (0.99%) Internet
5 4 (0.99%) Skype
5 4 (0.99%) SMS
6 3 (0.74%) Network Security
7 2 (0.50%) DNS
7 2 (0.50%) LAN
7 2 (0.50%) PuTTY
7 2 (0.50%) VPN
8 1 (0.25%) DMARC
8 1 (0.25%) OpenFlow
8 1 (0.25%) PBX
8 1 (0.25%) SDH
8 1 (0.25%) UMTS
8 1 (0.25%) VXLAN
8 1 (0.25%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (4.71%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.99%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (1.49%) Big Data
4 4 (0.99%) MySQL
4 4 (0.99%) Oracle Database
4 4 (0.99%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.74%) Data Lake
5 3 (0.74%) Hadoop
5 3 (0.74%) Qlik Sense
6 2 (0.50%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.50%) Power BI
6 2 (0.50%) RDBMS
6 2 (0.50%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (0.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.50%) Star Schema
7 1 (0.25%) GIS
7 1 (0.25%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.25%) STATISTICA
Development Applications
1 42 (10.42%) Git (software)
2 15 (3.72%) Subversion
2 15 (3.72%) XMLUnit
3 12 (2.98%) Moq
3 12 (2.98%) Selenium
3 12 (2.98%) SpecFlow
3 12 (2.98%) xUnit.net
4 10 (2.48%) JIRA
5 6 (1.49%) Axure RP
6 3 (0.74%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.74%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.50%) Artifactory
7 2 (0.50%) Balsamiq Mockups
7 2 (0.50%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.25%) CruiseControl
8 1 (0.25%) Hudson
8 1 (0.25%) Maven
8 1 (0.25%) Mocha
8 1 (0.25%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 120 (29.78%) Finance
2 25 (6.20%) Banking
3 22 (5.46%) Marketing
4 20 (4.96%) Legal
5 19 (4.71%) Retail
6 14 (3.47%) Publishing
7 12 (2.98%) Telecoms
8 11 (2.73%) Pharmaceutical
9 8 (1.99%) Manufacturing
10 5 (1.24%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.99%) Advertising
11 4 (0.99%) Automotive
11 4 (0.99%) Electronics
12 3 (0.74%) Law
13 2 (0.50%) Digital Economy
13 2 (0.50%) Retail Banking
14 1 (0.25%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.25%) Front Office
14 1 (0.25%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.25%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 96 (23.82%) Architect
2 43 (10.67%) Designer
3 39 (9.68%) Developer
4 35 (8.68%) Project Manager
5 33 (8.19%) Analyst
6 25 (6.20%) Solutions Architect
7 23 (5.71%) Infrastructure Architect
8 21 (5.21%) Business Analyst
8 21 (5.21%) User Researcher
9 16 (3.97%) Technical Architect
10 15 (3.72%) Security Architect
10 15 (3.72%) UX Designer
11 13 (3.23%) Content Designer
12 12 (2.98%) Service Manager
13 11 (2.73%) AWS Architect
13 11 (2.73%) Cloud Architect
13 11 (2.73%) Senior Manager
14 10 (2.48%) .NET Developer
14 10 (2.48%) Service Assurance Manager
15 9 (2.23%) Data Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (8.44%) CSS
1 34 (8.44%) HTML
2 22 (5.46%) Redux
3 21 (5.21%) XML
4 19 (4.71%) .NET
5 17 (4.22%) .NET Framework
5 17 (4.22%) JSON
6 16 (3.97%) Node.js
7 15 (3.72%) ASP.NET
7 15 (3.72%) ASP.NET Web API
7 15 (3.72%) Entity Framework
7 15 (3.72%) REST
8 14 (3.47%) Code First Entity Framework
8 14 (3.47%) SAML
9 13 (3.23%) ASP.NET Core
9 13 (3.23%) Sass
10 12 (2.98%) Autofac
10 12 (2.98%) D3.js
11 10 (2.48%) Web Services
12 9 (2.23%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 115 (28.54%) Analytical Skills
2 61 (15.14%) Self-Motivation
3 57 (14.14%) User Experience
4 20 (4.96%) Management Information System
4 20 (4.96%) Mobile App
5 15 (3.72%) Data Centre
6 11 (2.73%) Computer Science
7 10 (2.48%) Blog
7 10 (2.48%) Enterprise Software
7 10 (2.48%) Public Cloud
7 10 (2.48%) Social Media
8 7 (1.74%) Graphic Design
8 7 (1.74%) Taxonomies
9 6 (1.49%) Clustering
9 6 (1.49%) FMCG
9 6 (1.49%) Virtual Team
10 5 (1.24%) Analytical Mindset
10 5 (1.24%) Data Protection Act
10 5 (1.24%) Reference Data
10 5 (1.24%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 24 (5.96%) Linux
2 15 (3.72%) Unix
3 8 (1.99%) Windows
4 6 (1.49%) VMS
5 5 (1.24%) Android
6 2 (0.50%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.25%) CentOS
7 1 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.25%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 162 (40.20%) Agile Software Development
2 112 (27.79%) Problem-Solving
3 63 (15.63%) Analytics
4 61 (15.14%) Stakeholder Management
5 59 (14.64%) Project Management
6 57 (14.14%) Scrum
7 47 (11.66%) DevOps
8 39 (9.68%) Continuous Improvement
9 38 (9.43%) Mentoring
10 36 (8.93%) Test Automation
11 33 (8.19%) Decision-Making
12 32 (7.94%) ITIL
12 32 (7.94%) Programme Management
13 30 (7.44%) Prototyping
13 30 (7.44%) User Stories
14 29 (7.20%) Market Research
15 26 (6.45%) Unit Testing
16 25 (6.20%) Service Management
17 24 (5.96%) Change Management
17 24 (5.96%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 45 (11.17%) JavaScript
2 24 (5.96%) SQL
3 20 (4.96%) C#
4 19 (4.71%) Java
5 14 (3.47%) Python
6 12 (2.98%) ES6
7 11 (2.73%) C
8 9 (2.23%) TypeScript
9 6 (1.49%) ABAP
10 5 (1.24%) R
11 4 (0.99%) C++
11 4 (0.99%) VBA
12 3 (0.74%) Bash Shell
12 3 (0.74%) PowerShell
12 3 (0.74%) Ruby
12 3 (0.74%) VB
12 3 (0.74%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.50%) PHP
13 2 (0.50%) Scala
13 2 (0.50%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 55 (13.65%) Degree
2 13 (3.23%) Security Cleared
3 11 (2.73%) SC Cleared
4 10 (2.48%) PMP
5 9 (2.23%) PMI Certification
6 8 (1.99%) CISSP
7 6 (1.49%) Six Sigma Black Belt
8 5 (1.24%) SSCP
9 4 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
9 4 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.74%) CCNA
10 3 (0.74%) CCNP
10 3 (0.74%) Cisco Certification
10 3 (0.74%) CISM
10 3 (0.74%) MCSE
10 3 (0.74%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.50%) AWS Certification
11 2 (0.50%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (0.50%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.50%) MCIPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (6.45%) QA
2 15 (3.72%) GDPR
3 10 (2.48%) Actionable Recommendations
3 10 (2.48%) PCI DSS
4 9 (2.23%) PSD2
5 7 (1.74%) PMO
5 7 (1.74%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 5 (1.24%) Data Quality
8 4 (0.99%) SLA
9 2 (0.50%) HIPAA
10 1 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
10 1 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 1 (0.25%) MiFID
10 1 (0.25%) OASIS TOSCA
System Software
1 16 (3.97%) Docker
2 9 (2.23%) OpenAM
3 5 (1.24%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.25%) iptables
5 1 (0.25%) KVM
Systems Management
1 21 (5.21%) Ansible
2 14 (3.47%) Single Sign-On
3 13 (3.23%) Kubernetes
4 4 (0.99%) Mesos
4 4 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.74%) Puppet
5 3 (0.74%) Terraform
6 1 (0.25%) HP ALM
6 1 (0.25%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 25 (6.20%) Microsoft
2 24 (5.96%) SAP
3 23 (5.71%) Oracle
4 16 (3.97%) Adobe
4 16 (3.97%) Google
4 16 (3.97%) IBM
5 9 (2.23%) Apigee
5 9 (2.23%) ForgeRock
6 6 (1.49%) Ariba
6 6 (1.49%) Workday
7 5 (1.24%) Imperva
8 4 (0.99%) Splunk
9 3 (0.74%) Apple
10 2 (0.50%) Atlassian
10 2 (0.50%) HP
10 2 (0.50%) Informatica
10 2 (0.50%) NEC
10 2 (0.50%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (0.50%) Tableau
10 2 (0.50%) VMware