Period
to 17 July 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 17 July 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 685 701 721
Rank change year-on-year +16 +20 +43
Contract jobs citing Innovative Thinking 197 145 180
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.15% 0.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.22% 0.18% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 92 97
UK median daily rate £475 £500 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +17.65% -10.53%
10th Percentile £274 £302 £255
90th Percentile £683 £638 £605
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £500 £330
% change year-on-year -30.00% +51.52% -12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 1
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £52.50 £15.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% +229.15% -42.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £13.00 -
% change year-on-year +169.23% - -

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 88,891 80,637 92,773
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.77% 84.89% 84.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,622 52,775 61,088
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £601
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,428 2,131 2,298
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £25.00 £24.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.00% +1.01% +15.12%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.72
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% - +16.01%

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 July 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 15 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 July 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 +7 176 £475 -5.00% 120
London -21 111 £525 +5.00% 67
UK excluding London -2 85 £350 -30.00% 60
North of England -8 19 £350 -27.23% 15
Scotland -27 18 £400 - 4
South East -28 17 £373 +24.33% 14
East of England +26 16 £450 - 4
Yorkshire -6 9 £400 -31.91% 3
Midlands -17 9 £371 -29.31% 10
North West -14 8 £300 -29.41% 11
East Midlands +7 6 £333 -16.88% 3
South West -2 5 £320 -36.00% 10
Wales -12 3 - - 3
West Midlands -28 3 £400 -27.27% 7
North East -8 2 £450 -8.26% 1

For the 6 months to 17 July 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 77 (39.09%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (23.86%) Finance
3 40 (20.30%) Problem-Solving
4 37 (18.78%) SQL
5 34 (17.26%) .NET
6 33 (16.75%) Stakeholder Management
7 32 (16.24%) Project Management
8 31 (15.74%) Microsoft Azure
9 27 (13.71%) SQL Server
10 26 (13.20%) C#
10 26 (13.20%) Creative Thinking
11 25 (12.69%) TDD
12 24 (12.18%) AngularJS
12 24 (12.18%) Self-Motivation
13 22 (11.17%) Microservices
13 22 (11.17%) Java
13 22 (11.17%) JavaScript
14 21 (10.66%) Banking
15 20 (10.15%) Amazon AWS
15 20 (10.15%) Security Cleared
16 19 (9.64%) Degree
16 19 (9.64%) User Experience
17 18 (9.14%) DevOps
18 17 (8.63%) Big Data
18 17 (8.63%) Continuous Improvement
18 17 (8.63%) NUnit
18 17 (8.63%) Migration
19 16 (8.12%) HTML
19 16 (8.12%) SC Cleared
19 16 (8.12%) .NET Core

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 7 (3.55%) SharePoint
2 6 (3.05%) Apache Spark
3 4 (2.03%) Elasticsearch
4 3 (1.52%) Skype for Business
5 2 (1.02%) Confluence
5 2 (1.02%) MS Exchange
5 2 (1.02%) nginx
5 2 (1.02%) SAS
5 2 (1.02%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.51%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (0.51%) CMS
6 1 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (0.51%) IIS
6 1 (0.51%) Tomcat
Applications
1 12 (6.09%) MS Visio
2 6 (3.05%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.54%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (2.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (2.03%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.51%) Adobe After Effects
5 1 (0.51%) CINEMA 4D
5 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (2.03%) HFM
Cloud Services
1 31 (15.74%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (10.15%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (3.55%) Office 365
4 4 (2.03%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (1.52%) Amazon S3
5 3 (1.52%) AWS Lambda
5 3 (1.52%) Serverless
6 2 (1.02%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (1.02%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.51%) GitHub
7 1 (0.51%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.51%) iPaaS
7 1 (0.51%) MailChimp
7 1 (0.51%) SaaS
7 1 (0.51%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.54%) DNS
1 5 (2.54%) Internet
1 5 (2.54%) Skype
2 4 (2.03%) Firewall
3 3 (1.52%) DHCP
3 3 (1.52%) Kerberos
3 3 (1.52%) VPN
4 2 (1.02%) SMS
4 2 (1.02%) SSL
4 2 (1.02%) TCP/IP
4 2 (1.02%) VLAN
4 2 (1.02%) VoIP
4 2 (1.02%) Wireless
5 1 (0.51%) Broadband
5 1 (0.51%) FTP
5 1 (0.51%) HTTP
5 1 (0.51%) IPv4
5 1 (0.51%) UPnP
5 1 (0.51%) WAN
5 1 (0.51%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (13.71%) SQL Server
2 17 (8.63%) Big Data
3 7 (3.55%) Power BI
3 7 (3.55%) Relational Database
4 6 (3.05%) Data Lake
5 5 (2.54%) RDBMS
6 4 (2.03%) Essbase
6 4 (2.03%) Hadoop
6 4 (2.03%) MongoDB
6 4 (2.03%) NoSQL
6 4 (2.03%) Oracle Database
6 4 (2.03%) Oracle Database 12c
6 4 (2.03%) Oracle Reports
6 4 (2.03%) Oracle Smart View
7 3 (1.52%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 3 (1.52%) Apache Hive
7 3 (1.52%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (1.52%) HBase
7 3 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 17 (8.63%) NUnit
2 6 (3.05%) Git (software)
2 6 (3.05%) Jenkins
3 5 (2.54%) JIRA
3 5 (2.54%) Selenium
3 5 (2.54%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (2.03%) Cucumber
4 4 (2.03%) HP UFT
4 4 (2.03%) Oracle Forms
5 3 (1.52%) Hudson
5 3 (1.52%) QADirector
5 3 (1.52%) Subversion
6 2 (1.02%) Artifactory
6 2 (1.02%) Visual Studio
6 2 (1.02%) Xcode
7 1 (0.51%) Axure RP
7 1 (0.51%) Gradle
7 1 (0.51%) Mocha
7 1 (0.51%) Sinon.JS
7 1 (0.51%) WebDriver
General
1 47 (23.86%) Finance
2 21 (10.66%) Banking
3 15 (7.61%) Legal
4 11 (5.58%) Marketing
5 10 (5.08%) Retail
6 3 (1.52%) Back Office
6 3 (1.52%) Digital Economy
6 3 (1.52%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.02%) Financial Institution
7 2 (1.02%) Law
7 2 (1.02%) Wholesale Banking
8 1 (0.51%) Advertising
8 1 (0.51%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.51%) Automotive
8 1 (0.51%) Games
8 1 (0.51%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.51%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 41 (20.81%) Developer
2 28 (14.21%) Analyst
3 27 (13.71%) Architect
4 14 (7.11%) Project Manager
5 13 (6.60%) Business Analyst
6 12 (6.09%) .NET Developer
7 10 (5.08%) Designer
8 9 (4.57%) Business Manager
8 9 (4.57%) C# Developer
8 9 (4.57%) Solutions Architect
9 8 (4.06%) Consultant
10 7 (3.55%) C# .NET Developer
10 7 (3.55%) Java Developer
10 7 (3.55%) Lead Architect
11 6 (3.05%) Change Manager
11 6 (3.05%) Engineering Manager
11 6 (3.05%) Scala Developer
12 4 (2.03%) Data Analyst
12 4 (2.03%) Oracle Developer
12 4 (2.03%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (17.26%) .NET
2 24 (12.18%) AngularJS
3 16 (8.12%) .NET Core
3 16 (8.12%) HTML
4 15 (7.61%) Angular 2
5 12 (6.09%) CSS
6 11 (5.58%) REST
7 10 (5.08%) ASP.NET
7 10 (5.08%) HTML5
7 10 (5.08%) Kafka
7 10 (5.08%) Web Services
8 8 (4.06%) ASP.NET MVC
8 8 (4.06%) React
9 7 (3.55%) XML
10 6 (3.05%) .NET Framework
10 6 (3.05%) RESTful
11 5 (2.54%) CSS3
12 4 (2.03%) Entity Framework
12 4 (2.03%) jQuery
12 4 (2.03%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 24 (12.18%) Self-Motivation
2 19 (9.64%) User Experience
3 15 (7.61%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (6.60%) Greenfield Project
5 7 (3.55%) Fintech
6 6 (3.05%) Management Information System
7 5 (2.54%) Virtual Team
8 4 (2.03%) Computer Science
8 4 (2.03%) Graphic Design
8 4 (2.03%) Social Media
9 2 (1.02%) Equities
9 2 (1.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 2 (1.02%) iPhone
9 2 (1.02%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (1.02%) PKI
10 1 (0.51%) Blackberry
10 1 (0.51%) e-Learning
10 1 (0.51%) Hedge funds
10 1 (0.51%) Learning Management System
10 1 (0.51%) Media Streaming
Operating Systems
1 6 (3.05%) Linux
1 6 (3.05%) Windows
2 4 (2.03%) Windows 7
3 3 (1.52%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.02%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.02%) Solaris
4 2 (1.02%) Unix
4 2 (1.02%) Windows Phone
4 2 (1.02%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (1.02%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.51%) Embedded Linux
5 1 (0.51%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (39.09%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (20.30%) Problem-Solving
3 33 (16.75%) Stakeholder Management
4 32 (16.24%) Project Management
5 26 (13.20%) Creative Thinking
6 25 (12.69%) TDD
7 22 (11.17%) Microservices
8 18 (9.14%) DevOps
9 17 (8.63%) Continuous Improvement
9 17 (8.63%) Migration
10 15 (7.61%) Analytics
10 15 (7.61%) TOGAF
11 14 (7.11%) Cybersecurity
12 13 (6.60%) Change Management
12 13 (6.60%) Decision-Making
12 13 (6.60%) Line Management
12 13 (6.60%) MVC
12 13 (6.60%) Scrum
13 12 (6.09%) Collaborative Working
13 12 (6.09%) Due Diligence
Programming Languages
1 37 (18.78%) SQL
2 26 (13.20%) C#
3 22 (11.17%) Java
3 22 (11.17%) JavaScript
4 13 (6.60%) Scala
5 9 (4.57%) Python
5 9 (4.57%) T-SQL
6 8 (4.06%) Java 8
7 5 (2.54%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.52%) C
8 3 (1.52%) C++
9 2 (1.02%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.02%) Perl
9 2 (1.02%) PHP
9 2 (1.02%) PowerShell
9 2 (1.02%) Ruby
9 2 (1.02%) VB
9 2 (1.02%) VB.NET
9 2 (1.02%) VB6
9 2 (1.02%) VBA
Qualifications
1 20 (10.15%) Security Cleared
2 19 (9.64%) Degree
3 16 (8.12%) SC Cleared
4 7 (3.55%) CISSP
4 7 (3.55%) TOGAF Certification
5 4 (2.03%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (1.52%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (1.52%) Master's Degree
6 3 (1.52%) MCTS
6 3 (1.52%) Numerate Degree
7 2 (1.02%) AWS Certification
8 1 (0.51%) APMP
8 1 (0.51%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.51%) HND
8 1 (0.51%) MBA
8 1 (0.51%) MCSE
8 1 (0.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 1 (0.51%) Six Sigma Black Belt
8 1 (0.51%) Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.58%) PMO
2 8 (4.06%) QA
2 8 (4.06%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 7 (3.55%) PCI DSS
4 5 (2.54%) GDPR
5 4 (2.03%) FINREP
5 4 (2.03%) IFRS
6 3 (1.52%) SLA
7 2 (1.02%) ISO 20022
8 1 (0.51%) COBIT
8 1 (0.51%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.51%) JSP 440
System Software
1 12 (6.09%) Docker
2 6 (3.05%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (1.02%) HDFS
4 2 (1.02%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (1.02%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (1.02%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (1.52%) Ansible
1 3 (1.52%) Terraform
2 2 (1.02%) Backup Exec
2 2 (1.02%) Hadoop YARN
2 2 (1.02%) HAProxy
2 2 (1.02%) Host Intrusion Detection System
2 2 (1.02%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.02%) Malwarebytes
2 2 (1.02%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 2 (1.02%) Norton AntiVirus
2 2 (1.02%) Puppet
3 1 (0.51%) Rancher
Vendors
1 14 (7.11%) Microsoft
2 11 (5.58%) Oracle
3 5 (2.54%) Apple
3 5 (2.54%) Hyperion
4 4 (2.03%) Adobe
4 4 (2.03%) SAP
5 3 (1.52%) Cisco
5 3 (1.52%) Hortonworks
5 3 (1.52%) IBM
6 2 (1.02%) Avaya
6 2 (1.02%) Dell
6 2 (1.02%) Minitab
6 2 (1.02%) OpenLink
6 2 (1.02%) Palo Alto
6 2 (1.02%) Sophos
6 2 (1.02%) Symantec
6 2 (1.02%) Tableau
6 2 (1.02%) Telerik
6 2 (1.02%) VMware
6 2 (1.02%) Xamarin