Period
to 20 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Innovative Thinking skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Innovative Thinking over the 6 months to 20 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.

Innovative Thinking
UK
6 months to
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 738 744 733
Rank change year-on-year +6 -11 +7
Contract jobs citing Innovative Thinking 148 137 167
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.14% 0.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.17% 0.16% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 95 94
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £316 £308 £291
90th Percentile £696 £650 £643
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £406 £375
% change year-on-year +10.77% +8.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 7
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £55.60 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.07% +44.42% +71.11%
10th Percentile £47.50 £55.60 £32.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £55.60 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £55.60 £38.50
% change year-on-year -10.07% +44.42% +71.11%

Innovative 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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 88,242 85,195 90,467
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.22% 85.74% 85.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,214 56,472 59,717
UK median daily rate £451 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.11% +5.88% +3.16%
10th Percentile £300 £280 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,390 2,044 2,454
UK median hourly rate £21.00 £24.93 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.75% +10.78% +3.45%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £48.26
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.17 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -19.32% +8.70% +4.55%

Innovative Thinking
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Innovative Thinking as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Innovative Thinking in the UK

Innovative Thinking
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Innovative Thinking in the UK

Innovative Thinking
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Innovative Thinking over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Innovative Thinking in the UK

Innovative Thinking
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Innovative Thinking in the UK

Innovative Thinking
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Innovative Thinking within the UK over the 6 months to 20 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
England -9 136 £488 +8.33% 100
London -10 77 £500 - 24
UK excluding London -11 70 £450 +10.77% 87
East of England +22 16 £529 - 17
South East -31 14 £380 -5.00% 18
Midlands -16 11 £450 +7.46% 12
Scotland - 11 £400 - 9
North of England -21 10 £450 -21.74% 18
West Midlands -11 8 £450 +20.00% 4
South West -19 8 £700 +55.56% 11
Yorkshire -19 5 £700 +19.15% 5
East Midlands +2 3 £488 -12.95% 8
North West -13 3 £325 -13.33% 12
North East - 2 £450 - 1

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Innovative 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 with a requirement for Innovative Thinking.

1 54 (36.49%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
3 35 (23.65%) Finance
4 32 (21.62%) SQL
5 31 (20.95%) .NET
6 28 (18.92%) JavaScript
7 26 (17.57%) Creative Thinking
8 25 (16.89%) Stakeholder Management
8 25 (16.89%) Banking
9 23 (15.54%) Microservices
10 22 (14.86%) Collaborative Working
11 21 (14.19%) TDD
12 20 (13.51%) Scrum
13 19 (12.84%) HTML
14 17 (11.49%) Java
14 17 (11.49%) .NET Core
14 17 (11.49%) AngularJS
15 16 (10.81%) Security Cleared
15 16 (10.81%) Self-Motivation
15 16 (10.81%) Project Management
16 15 (10.14%) Microsoft
16 15 (10.14%) JIRA
17 14 (9.46%) Linux
17 14 (9.46%) SC Cleared
18 13 (8.78%) Microsoft Azure
18 13 (8.78%) DevOps
18 13 (8.78%) SQL Server
18 13 (8.78%) C#
18 13 (8.78%) Python
19 12 (8.11%) Internet

Innovative Thinking
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 10 (6.76%) Confluence
2 5 (3.38%) Apache Spark
3 4 (2.70%) SharePoint
4 3 (2.03%) WebSphere
5 2 (1.35%) IIS
5 2 (1.35%) Skype for Business
6 1 (0.68%) Apache
6 1 (0.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.68%) CMS
6 1 (0.68%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.68%) SAS
6 1 (0.68%) Umbraco
Applications
1 11 (7.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (6.76%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (2.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (2.70%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 13 (8.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (6.08%) Apigee
3 6 (4.05%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.35%) AWS CloudFormation
4 2 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
4 2 (1.35%) Dynamics 365
4 2 (1.35%) GitHub
4 2 (1.35%) Office 365
4 2 (1.35%) PaaS
4 2 (1.35%) SaaS
5 1 (0.68%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.68%) AWS Lambda
5 1 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.68%) iPaaS
5 1 (0.68%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
5 1 (0.68%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 12 (8.11%) Internet
2 10 (6.76%) WAN
3 9 (6.08%) DHCP
3 9 (6.08%) DNS
4 8 (5.41%) VoIP
5 7 (4.73%) Broadband
5 7 (4.73%) DLNA
5 7 (4.73%) DSL
5 7 (4.73%) FTP
5 7 (4.73%) HTTP
5 7 (4.73%) IPv4
5 7 (4.73%) IPv6
5 7 (4.73%) UPnP
5 7 (4.73%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (2.03%) Firewall
6 3 (2.03%) LAN
7 2 (1.35%) SMS
7 2 (1.35%) VLAN
7 2 (1.35%) VPN
7 2 (1.35%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (8.78%) SQL Server
2 9 (6.08%) Big Data
3 7 (4.73%) Relational Database
4 5 (3.38%) Oracle Reports
4 5 (3.38%) RDBMS
5 4 (2.70%) Apache Hive
5 4 (2.70%) Oracle Database
5 4 (2.70%) Oracle Database 12c
5 4 (2.70%) Power BI
6 3 (2.03%) Blockchain
6 3 (2.03%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (2.03%) Hadoop
6 3 (2.03%) MySQL
6 3 (2.03%) Qlik Sense
7 2 (1.35%) MongoDB
7 2 (1.35%) NoSQL
7 2 (1.35%) QlikView
7 2 (1.35%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.68%) Amazon DynamoDB
Development Applications
1 15 (10.14%) JIRA
2 11 (7.43%) Git (software)
3 9 (6.08%) Bitbucket
4 7 (4.73%) NUnit
5 6 (4.05%) Jenkins
6 5 (3.38%) Axure RP
7 4 (2.70%) Oracle Forms
8 3 (2.03%) Cucumber
8 3 (2.03%) JMeter
9 2 (1.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (1.35%) gulp
9 2 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.68%) CircleCI
10 1 (0.68%) Gradle
10 1 (0.68%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.68%) Rational Team Concert
10 1 (0.68%) Subversion
10 1 (0.68%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 35 (23.65%) Finance
2 25 (16.89%) Banking
3 7 (4.73%) Legal
4 6 (4.05%) Manufacturing
4 6 (4.05%) Retail
5 5 (3.38%) Financial Institution
6 4 (2.70%) Aerospace
6 4 (2.70%) Retail Banking
7 3 (2.03%) Automotive
7 3 (2.03%) Marketing
8 2 (1.35%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.35%) Telecoms
8 2 (1.35%) Wholesale Banking
9 1 (0.68%) Advertising
9 1 (0.68%) Back Office
9 1 (0.68%) Digital Economy
9 1 (0.68%) Electronics
9 1 (0.68%) Front Office
9 1 (0.68%) Games
9 1 (0.68%) Law
Job Titles
1 47 (31.76%) Developer
2 27 (18.24%) Analyst
3 24 (16.22%) Architect
4 10 (6.76%) Solutions Architect
5 9 (6.08%) Designer
6 8 (5.41%) Business Analyst
7 7 (4.73%) UX Designer
8 6 (4.05%) .NET Developer
8 6 (4.05%) Engineering Manager
8 6 (4.05%) JavaScript Developer
8 6 (4.05%) Senior Developer
9 5 (3.38%) .NET Architect
9 5 (3.38%) Change Manager
9 5 (3.38%) Integration Architect
9 5 (3.38%) Java Developer
9 5 (3.38%) Project Manager
9 5 (3.38%) Security Architect
10 4 (2.70%) .NET Solutions Architect
10 4 (2.70%) Oracle Developer
10 4 (2.70%) Scala Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (20.95%) .NET
2 19 (12.84%) HTML
3 17 (11.49%) .NET Core
3 17 (11.49%) AngularJS
4 9 (6.08%) Ajax
4 9 (6.08%) CSS
5 8 (5.41%) Angular 2
5 8 (5.41%) JSON
5 8 (5.41%) React
5 8 (5.41%) Web Services
6 7 (4.73%) CGI
6 7 (4.73%) REST
7 5 (3.38%) HTML5
7 5 (3.38%) Kafka
8 4 (2.70%) .NET Framework
8 4 (2.70%) RESTful
9 3 (2.03%) IBM Integration Bus
9 3 (2.03%) Node.js
9 3 (2.03%) Spring
10 2 (1.35%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 16 (10.81%) Self-Motivation
2 12 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (6.76%) User Experience
4 9 (6.08%) Fintech
5 7 (4.73%) Greenfield Project
5 7 (4.73%) Management Information System
5 7 (4.73%) Media Streaming
6 5 (3.38%) Virtual Team
7 4 (2.70%) Cyber Defence
7 4 (2.70%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (2.70%) Equities
7 4 (2.70%) iPad
8 3 (2.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 3 (2.03%) Life Science
9 2 (1.35%) Client/Server
9 2 (1.35%) Internet of Things
9 2 (1.35%) iPhone
9 2 (1.35%) Public Cloud
9 2 (1.35%) Tandem
10 1 (0.68%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 14 (9.46%) Linux
2 8 (5.41%) Embedded Linux
3 6 (4.05%) Windows
4 5 (3.38%) Unix
5 4 (2.70%) Solaris
5 4 (2.70%) Windows Server
6 3 (2.03%) Windows 7
7 2 (1.35%) Windows Phone
7 2 (1.35%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.68%) Android
8 1 (0.68%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (36.49%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
3 26 (17.57%) Creative Thinking
4 25 (16.89%) Stakeholder Management
5 23 (15.54%) Microservices
6 22 (14.86%) Collaborative Working
7 21 (14.19%) TDD
8 20 (13.51%) Scrum
9 16 (10.81%) Project Management
10 13 (8.78%) DevOps
11 12 (8.11%) SDLC
12 11 (7.43%) Software Engineering
13 10 (6.76%) Business Intelligence
13 10 (6.76%) Cybersecurity
14 9 (6.08%) Business Analysis
14 9 (6.08%) Configuration Management
14 9 (6.08%) Prototyping
15 8 (5.41%) Decision-Making
15 8 (5.41%) Performance Measurement
15 8 (5.41%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 32 (21.62%) SQL
2 28 (18.92%) JavaScript
3 17 (11.49%) Java
4 13 (8.78%) C#
4 13 (8.78%) Python
5 12 (8.11%) Scala
6 11 (7.43%) C
7 8 (5.41%) Embedded C
8 7 (4.73%) C++
9 6 (4.05%) PHP
9 6 (4.05%) PL/SQL
10 5 (3.38%) PowerShell
11 4 (2.70%) Java 8
11 4 (2.70%) T-SQL
11 4 (2.70%) VBA
12 3 (2.03%) Bash Shell
12 3 (2.03%) Go
12 3 (2.03%) VB.NET
13 2 (1.35%) F#
13 2 (1.35%) VB
Qualifications
1 16 (10.81%) Security Cleared
2 14 (9.46%) SC Cleared
3 8 (5.41%) Degree
4 4 (2.70%) AWS Certification
4 4 (2.70%) CISSP
4 4 (2.70%) TOGAF Certification
5 2 (1.35%) CCNA
5 2 (1.35%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (1.35%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.68%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.68%) MBA
6 1 (0.68%) MCSE
6 1 (0.68%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.05%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 4 (2.70%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.35%) QA
4 1 (0.68%) COBIT
4 1 (0.68%) GAAP
4 1 (0.68%) GDPR
4 1 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 6 (4.05%) Docker
2 5 (3.38%) Active Directory
3 2 (1.35%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (1.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.35%) vSphere
4 1 (0.68%) HDFS
4 1 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 7 (4.73%) Terraform
2 6 (4.05%) Kubernetes
3 3 (2.03%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (1.35%) Backup Exec
4 2 (1.35%) Host Intrusion Detection System
4 2 (1.35%) Malwarebytes
4 2 (1.35%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 2 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (1.35%) Puppet
Vendors
1 15 (10.14%) Microsoft
2 8 (5.41%) Oracle
3 6 (4.05%) Cisco
4 5 (3.38%) IBM
4 5 (3.38%) Tableau
5 4 (2.70%) Dell
6 3 (2.03%) Apple
6 3 (2.03%) Juniper
6 3 (2.03%) OpenLink
6 3 (2.03%) Symantec
7 2 (1.35%) Alcatel-Lucent
7 2 (1.35%) Avaya
7 2 (1.35%) EMC
7 2 (1.35%) Nokia
7 2 (1.35%) Palo Alto
7 2 (1.35%) Sophos
7 2 (1.35%) VMware
8 1 (0.68%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
8 1 (0.68%) ServiceNow
8 1 (0.68%) Virgin Media