Period
to 17 December 2017

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 17 December 2017 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
17 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 760 725 731
Rank change year-on-year -35 +6 +28
Contract jobs citing Innovative Thinking 116 150 172
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.15% 0.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.13% 0.18% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 82 113
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -20.00%
10th Percentile £303 £313 £202
90th Percentile £750 £600 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £400
% change year-on-year -3.03% +3.13% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 2
UK median hourly rate £36.37 £38.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.54% +120.00% -22.22%
10th Percentile £18.92 £32.50 £13.15
90th Percentile £51.98 £42.50 £22.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.60 £38.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +44.42% +120.00% -20.45%

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 86735 85468 92702
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.53% 83.94% 82.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 57981 56457 60191
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +1.25% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1991 2312 2762
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +6.67% +15.38%
10th Percentile £11.44 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £24.15 £23.43
% change year-on-year +3.52% +3.09% +17.13%

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 17 December 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Innovative Thinking over the 6 months to 17 December 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Innovative Thinking in the UK

Innovative Thinking
Top 13 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 17 December 2017. 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 -50 115 £438 +2.94% 74
UK excluding London -20 66 £400 -3.03% 24
London -21 50 £525 +16.67% 51
South East +21 45 £400 -5.88% 5
Midlands +10 9 £419 +1.52% 3
East Midlands -1 6 £560 +12.00% 1
East of England -30 5 £525 +50.00% 1
South West +5 4 £450 +24.14% 1
West Midlands +7 3 £350 -9.39% 2
North of England +14 2 £375 -11.76% 13
Yorkshire +7 1 - - 5
North West -9 1 £375 -11.76% 8
Scotland -10 1 £225 -45.12%

For the 6 months to 17 December 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Innovative Thinking also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Innovative Thinking.

1 35 (30.17%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (25.86%) Stakeholder Management
3 25 (21.55%) Project Management
4 20 (17.24%) Data Modelling
5 15 (12.93%) HTML
5 15 (12.93%) JavaScript
5 15 (12.93%) SAP
5 15 (12.93%) Finance
5 15 (12.93%) Qlik Sense
6 14 (12.07%) Analytical Skills
6 14 (12.07%) SharePoint
7 13 (11.21%) SAP BW
7 13 (11.21%) Degree
8 12 (10.34%) Security Cleared
8 12 (10.34%) Java
9 11 (9.48%) CSS
9 11 (9.48%) Business Analysis
9 11 (9.48%) Creative Thinking
10 10 (8.62%) User Experience
10 10 (8.62%) Microsoft
11 9 (7.76%) ITIL
11 9 (7.76%) Collaborative Working
12 8 (6.90%) Apache Spark
12 8 (6.90%) Microsoft Azure
12 8 (6.90%) Open Source
12 8 (6.90%) Scrum
12 8 (6.90%) SC Cleared
12 8 (6.90%) Business Development
12 8 (6.90%) Marketing
12 8 (6.90%) SQL

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 14 (12.07%) SharePoint
2 8 (6.90%) Apache Spark
3 7 (6.03%) CMS
4 2 (1.72%) SAS
5 1 (0.86%) ArcGIS
5 1 (0.86%) Confluence
5 1 (0.86%) IIS
5 1 (0.86%) nginx
5 1 (0.86%) OpenStack
Applications
1 6 (5.17%) Microsoft Project
2 5 (4.31%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (3.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (3.45%) MS Visio
4 3 (2.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.72%) InVision
5 2 (1.72%) SPSS
6 1 (0.86%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.86%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.86%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.86%) Stata
Business Applications
1 3 (2.59%) Adobe Campaign
2 2 (1.72%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.86%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.86%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 8 (6.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (5.17%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.72%) AdWords
3 2 (1.72%) Azure Machine Learning
3 2 (1.72%) GitHub
4 1 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.86%) IaaS
4 1 (0.86%) IBM Blueworks
4 1 (0.86%) Office 365
4 1 (0.86%) OneDrive
4 1 (0.86%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.59%) OpenFlow
2 2 (1.72%) SSL
3 1 (0.86%) 4G
3 1 (0.86%) DNS
3 1 (0.86%) Firewall
3 1 (0.86%) Internet
3 1 (0.86%) LDAP
3 1 (0.86%) LTE
3 1 (0.86%) Radio Access Network
3 1 (0.86%) S/MIME
3 1 (0.86%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.86%) VLAN
3 1 (0.86%) VoLTE
3 1 (0.86%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (12.93%) Qlik Sense
2 13 (11.21%) SAP BW
3 6 (5.17%) Big Data
4 5 (4.31%) Hadoop
4 5 (4.31%) SQL Server
5 3 (2.59%) NoSQL
5 3 (2.59%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (2.59%) Power BI
6 2 (1.72%) Apache Hive
6 2 (1.72%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.86%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.86%) GIS
7 1 (0.86%) HBase
7 1 (0.86%) MySQL
7 1 (0.86%) QlikView
7 1 (0.86%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 3 (2.59%) Git (software)
1 3 (2.59%) Jenkins
1 3 (2.59%) JIRA
1 3 (2.59%) QUnit
2 2 (1.72%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.86%) Artifactory
3 1 (0.86%) Cucumber
3 1 (0.86%) GitLab
3 1 (0.86%) PhpStorm
3 1 (0.86%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 15 (12.93%) Finance
2 8 (6.90%) Marketing
3 3 (2.59%) Advertising
3 3 (2.59%) Banking
3 3 (2.59%) Publishing
3 3 (2.59%) Retail
3 3 (2.59%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.72%) Aerospace
4 2 (1.72%) Legal
4 2 (1.72%) Military
5 1 (0.86%) Games
5 1 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 30 (25.86%) Developer
2 17 (14.66%) Analyst
3 16 (13.79%) Architect
4 11 (9.48%) Business Analyst
5 9 (7.76%) Consultant
5 9 (7.76%) Product Manager
6 8 (6.90%) Lead Product Manager
7 7 (6.03%) Solutions Architect
8 6 (5.17%) Procurement Manager
8 6 (5.17%) Technical Architect
9 5 (4.31%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
9 5 (4.31%) Integration Architect
9 5 (4.31%) Project Manager
9 5 (4.31%) Technical Solutions Architect
10 4 (3.45%) Designer
10 4 (3.45%) Development Manager
10 4 (3.45%) Digital Analyst
10 4 (3.45%) UI Designer
11 3 (2.59%) Business Manager
11 3 (2.59%) Supply Chain Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (12.93%) HTML
2 11 (9.48%) CSS
3 6 (5.17%) .NET
3 6 (5.17%) Kafka
3 6 (5.17%) Node.js
4 5 (4.31%) HTML5
5 4 (3.45%) CSS3
5 4 (3.45%) Elastic Stack
5 4 (3.45%) React
6 3 (2.59%) AngularJS
7 2 (1.72%) Akka
7 2 (1.72%) ASP.NET
7 2 (1.72%) REST
7 2 (1.72%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 1 (0.86%) COM
8 1 (0.86%) J2EE
8 1 (0.86%) LINQ
8 1 (0.86%) Mason
8 1 (0.86%) SAML
8 1 (0.86%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 14 (12.07%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (8.62%) User Experience
3 5 (4.31%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.45%) Computer Science
5 3 (2.59%) Algorithms
6 2 (1.72%) Digital Media
6 2 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.72%) EPoS
6 2 (1.72%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.72%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.72%) Mobile Payment
6 2 (1.72%) Smartphone
6 2 (1.72%) Social Media
7 1 (0.86%) e-Learning
7 1 (0.86%) Equities
7 1 (0.86%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.86%) PKI
7 1 (0.86%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.31%) Linux
2 3 (2.59%) Android
3 2 (1.72%) MVS
4 1 (0.86%) Windows
4 1 (0.86%) Windows 2000
4 1 (0.86%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (30.17%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (25.86%) Stakeholder Management
3 25 (21.55%) Project Management
4 20 (17.24%) Data Modelling
5 11 (9.48%) Business Analysis
5 11 (9.48%) Creative Thinking
6 9 (7.76%) Collaborative Working
6 9 (7.76%) ITIL
7 8 (6.90%) B2B
7 8 (6.90%) Business Development
7 8 (6.90%) Open Source
7 8 (6.90%) Scrum
8 7 (6.03%) Analytics
8 7 (6.03%) CRM
8 7 (6.03%) DevOps
8 7 (6.03%) Strategic Thinking
9 6 (5.17%) E-Commerce
10 5 (4.31%) Analytical Thinking
10 5 (4.31%) Information Security
10 5 (4.31%) Matrix Organization
Programming Languages
1 15 (12.93%) JavaScript
2 12 (10.34%) Java
3 8 (6.90%) SQL
4 7 (6.03%) Scala
5 4 (3.45%) PHP
5 4 (3.45%) Python
6 2 (1.72%) C
6 2 (1.72%) C#
6 2 (1.72%) MATLAB
6 2 (1.72%) R
7 1 (0.86%) Apex Code
7 1 (0.86%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.86%) C++
7 1 (0.86%) Embedded C
7 1 (0.86%) Embedded C++
7 1 (0.86%) Ruby
7 1 (0.86%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.86%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 13 (11.21%) Degree
2 12 (10.34%) Security Cleared
3 8 (6.90%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.59%) CISSP
4 3 (2.59%) ISEB
5 2 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (1.72%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.86%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.31%) QA
2 3 (2.59%) PCI DSS
2 3 (2.59%) PMO
2 3 (2.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (1.72%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.72%) GDPR
3 2 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.86%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.86%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (3.45%) Docker
2 2 (1.72%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.72%) HDFS
3 1 (0.86%) Apache ZooKeeper
3 1 (0.86%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.86%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.86%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (3.45%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.72%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.72%) Puppet
3 1 (0.86%) Amdocs OSS
3 1 (0.86%) Ansible
3 1 (0.86%) Hadoop YARN
3 1 (0.86%) Kibana
3 1 (0.86%) logstash
3 1 (0.86%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.86%) SCCM
3 1 (0.86%) Terraform
Vendors
1 15 (12.93%) SAP
2 10 (8.62%) Microsoft
3 4 (3.45%) Adobe
3 4 (3.45%) Salesforce.com
4 3 (2.59%) MuleSoft
4 3 (2.59%) Oracle
4 3 (2.59%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
4 3 (2.59%) SnapLogic
4 3 (2.59%) Tableau
5 2 (1.72%) Google
5 2 (1.72%) HP
5 2 (1.72%) Kenshoo
6 1 (0.86%) Amdocs
6 1 (0.86%) BMC
6 1 (0.86%) Casewise
6 1 (0.86%) Cisco
6 1 (0.86%) IBM
6 1 (0.86%) Informatica
6 1 (0.86%) Minitab
6 1 (0.86%) Nokia