Period
to 22 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Creative Thinking skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Creative Thinking over the 6 months to 22 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Creative Thinking
UK
6 months to
22 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 405 337 333
Rank change year-on-year -68 -4 +65
Permanent jobs citing Creative Thinking 561 973 1,425
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.66% 0.90% 0.96%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.72% 0.98% 1.04%
Number of salaries quoted 408 473 656
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,650 £28,750
25th Percentile £42,500 £42,500 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £59,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +7.27% +10.00% -
75th Percentile £75,000 £70,000 £65,000
90th Percentile £88,250 £86,250 £80,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £44,500
% change year-on-year +5.00% +12.36% +8.54%

Creative Thinking 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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 78,391 99,556 136,991
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.52% 92.22% 92.31%
Number of salaries quoted 59,857 79,992 108,656
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% -

Creative Thinking
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Creative Thinking as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Creative Thinking in the UK

Creative Thinking
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Creative Thinking.

Salary trend for Creative Thinking in the UK

Creative Thinking
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Creative Thinking over the 6 months to 22 April 2021.

Salary histogram for Creative Thinking in the UK

Creative Thinking
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Creative Thinking within the UK over the 6 months to 22 April 2021. 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
England -79 491 £60,000 +9.09% 117
UK excluding London +46 291 £52,500 +5.00% 88
London -138 198 £70,000 +27.27% 34
South East +95 121 £55,000 +18.92% 16
Work from Home -71 115 £60,000 -17.24% 18
North of England +14 83 £60,000 +9.09% 41
North West +36 52 £75,000 +36.36% 22
South West -18 34 £49,750 -5.24% 6
Yorkshire -4 25 £52,500 -2.33% 9
East of England +60 18 £52,500 +13.51% 10
Midlands +12 18 £47,500 - 12
Scotland +8 14 £45,000 - 3
West Midlands -5 14 £47,500 -22.45% 5
Wales +44 10 £37,500 +92.31% 1
North East +8 6 £40,000 -27.27% 10
East Midlands +11 4 £50,000 +53.85% 6
Northern Ireland +2 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 April 2021, IT jobs citing Creative Thinking 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 with a requirement for Creative Thinking.

1 205 (36.54%) Agile Software Development
2 181 (32.26%) Problem-Solving
3 154 (27.45%) Analytical Skills
4 116 (20.68%) SQL
5 114 (20.32%) Finance
6 96 (17.11%) Marketing
7 89 (15.86%) JavaScript
8 87 (15.51%) Software Engineering
9 86 (15.33%) Degree
10 83 (14.80%) Azure
11 79 (14.08%) Microsoft
12 77 (13.73%) Java
13 75 (13.37%) Linux
14 66 (11.76%) AWS
15 62 (11.05%) DevOps
15 62 (11.05%) Python
16 61 (10.87%) Analytics
16 61 (10.87%) Analytical Thinking
17 60 (10.70%) Windows
18 59 (10.52%) Artificial Intelligence
19 58 (10.34%) React
20 54 (9.63%) Computer Science
20 54 (9.63%) .NET
21 53 (9.45%) AngularJS
21 53 (9.45%) Decision-Making
22 51 (9.09%) HTML
23 50 (8.91%) Scrum
24 48 (8.56%) Microsoft Excel
25 47 (8.38%) C#
25 47 (8.38%) SQL Server

Creative 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 17 (3.03%) Confluence
2 11 (1.96%) SharePoint
3 10 (1.78%) CMS
4 9 (1.60%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 8 (1.43%) WordPress
6 5 (0.89%) Apache
6 5 (0.89%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (0.89%) MS Exchange
7 4 (0.71%) JBoss
7 4 (0.71%) Tomcat
8 3 (0.53%) OpenStack
9 2 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.36%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.36%) Drupal
9 2 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.36%) IIS
9 2 (0.36%) Liferay
9 2 (0.36%) Sitecore CMS
9 2 (0.36%) Skype for Business
9 2 (0.36%) Umbraco
Applications
1 48 (8.56%) Microsoft Excel
2 39 (6.95%) Microsoft Office
3 11 (1.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (1.60%) Figma
5 8 (1.43%) Simulink
5 8 (1.43%) Sketch
6 5 (0.89%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 5 (0.89%) InVision
7 3 (0.53%) Adobe After Effects
7 3 (0.53%) Adobe Illustrator
7 3 (0.53%) CINEMA 4D
7 3 (0.53%) Flinto
7 3 (0.53%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.36%) Adobe XD
8 2 (0.36%) InDesign
8 2 (0.36%) MS Visio
9 1 (0.18%) 3ds Max
9 1 (0.18%) Marvel
9 1 (0.18%) Maya
9 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 17 (3.03%) Magento
2 2 (0.36%) HFM
2 2 (0.36%) NetSuite
2 2 (0.36%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.36%) Oracle Assets
2 2 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.36%) Oracle General Ledger
2 2 (0.36%) Oracle Payables
2 2 (0.36%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
2 2 (0.36%) Payment Gateway
2 2 (0.36%) SAP Business One
2 2 (0.36%) SAP Hybris
2 2 (0.36%) Shopify
3 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.18%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 83 (14.80%) Azure
2 66 (11.76%) AWS
3 25 (4.46%) GCP
4 24 (4.28%) Power Platform
4 24 (4.28%) SaaS
5 23 (4.10%) Serverless
6 15 (2.67%) Microsoft 365
7 11 (1.96%) Cloud Computing
8 10 (1.78%) Azure Active Directory
9 8 (1.43%) npm
10 7 (1.25%) PaaS
11 6 (1.07%) GitHub
12 5 (0.89%) Amazon ECS
12 5 (0.89%) AWS CloudFormation
12 5 (0.89%) Datadog
12 5 (0.89%) FinancialForce
12 5 (0.89%) Google Analytics
12 5 (0.89%) NuGet
13 4 (0.71%) Amazon EKS
13 4 (0.71%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.67%) DNS
2 11 (1.96%) BGP
3 10 (1.78%) Remote Desktop
4 9 (1.60%) DHCP
4 9 (1.60%) Wireless
5 8 (1.43%) Firewall
5 8 (1.43%) HTTP
5 8 (1.43%) WAN
6 6 (1.07%) Cisco ASA
6 6 (1.07%) Cisco IOS
6 6 (1.07%) Cisco ISE
6 6 (1.07%) Internet
6 6 (1.07%) ISDN
6 6 (1.07%) OSPF
6 6 (1.07%) VLAN
7 5 (0.89%) 4G
7 5 (0.89%) 5G
7 5 (0.89%) FTP
7 5 (0.89%) LAN
8 4 (0.71%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (8.38%) SQL Server
2 42 (7.49%) Relational Database
3 26 (4.63%) Blockchain
4 24 (4.28%) RDBMS
5 23 (4.10%) Power BI
6 18 (3.21%) Data Warehouse
7 14 (2.50%) MS Access
8 13 (2.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 12 (2.14%) Data Mining
10 11 (1.96%) Big Data
10 11 (1.96%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 11 (1.96%) NoSQL
10 11 (1.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 11 (1.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 10 (1.78%) Apache Cassandra
11 10 (1.78%) MongoDB
11 10 (1.78%) Tableau
12 9 (1.60%) Azure SQL Database
13 8 (1.43%) PostgreSQL
14 6 (1.07%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 34 (6.06%) Git (software)
2 31 (5.53%) JIRA
3 19 (3.39%) Jenkins
4 12 (2.14%) Selenium
5 10 (1.78%) Cypress.io
5 10 (1.78%) JMeter
6 9 (1.60%) Team Foundation Server
6 9 (1.60%) TeamCity
7 8 (1.43%) webpack
8 6 (1.07%) Protractor
8 6 (1.07%) SoapUI
8 6 (1.07%) Storybook
9 5 (0.89%) Ant
9 5 (0.89%) Cucumber
9 5 (0.89%) NUnit
9 5 (0.89%) Octopus Deploy
9 5 (0.89%) SonarQube
9 5 (0.89%) Subversion
10 4 (0.71%) LoadRunner
10 4 (0.71%) Maven
General
1 114 (20.32%) Finance
2 96 (17.11%) Marketing
3 38 (6.77%) Telecoms
4 31 (5.53%) Games
5 29 (5.17%) Public Sector
6 24 (4.28%) Law
7 23 (4.10%) Retail
8 18 (3.21%) Banking
9 15 (2.67%) Electronics
10 13 (2.32%) Front Office
11 11 (1.96%) Financial Institution
12 8 (1.43%) Legal
13 7 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
14 6 (1.07%) Advertising
14 6 (1.07%) Automotive
14 6 (1.07%) Manufacturing
15 5 (0.89%) Billing
16 3 (0.53%) Aerospace
17 2 (0.36%) General Ledger
17 2 (0.36%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 122 (21.75%) Developer
2 41 (7.31%) Analyst
3 35 (6.24%) Architect
4 23 (4.10%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
4 23 (4.10%) Senior Developer
4 23 (4.10%) Solutions Architect
5 22 (3.92%) Consultant
5 22 (3.92%) Full Stack Developer
6 21 (3.74%) Ruby Developer
7 18 (3.21%) Java Developer
8 17 (3.03%) Project Manager
8 17 (3.03%) Software Engineer
9 16 (2.85%) Designer
10 15 (2.67%) DevOps Engineer
11 14 (2.50%) Data Analyst
12 12 (2.14%) Product Owner
13 11 (1.96%) Delivery Manager
13 11 (1.96%) Electronics Engineer
13 11 (1.96%) SAP Manager
13 11 (1.96%) UX Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (10.34%) React
2 54 (9.63%) .NET
3 53 (9.45%) AngularJS
4 51 (9.09%) HTML
5 39 (6.95%) CSS
6 35 (6.24%) Node.js
7 29 (5.17%) Spring
8 28 (4.99%) ASP.NET
9 23 (4.10%) .NET Core
9 23 (4.10%) REST
10 21 (3.74%) CSS3
10 21 (3.74%) Ruby on Rails
11 18 (3.21%) HTML5
12 17 (3.03%) RESTful
12 17 (3.03%) Web Services
13 15 (2.67%) SOAP
14 14 (2.50%) Kafka
14 14 (2.50%) XML
15 13 (2.32%) JSON
16 12 (2.14%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 154 (27.45%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (6.06%) User Experience
3 30 (5.35%) Virtual Team
4 25 (4.46%) Self-Motivation
5 24 (4.28%) Management Information System
6 20 (3.57%) Life Science
7 17 (3.03%) Social Media
8 16 (2.85%) Blog
9 14 (2.50%) Podcast
10 13 (2.32%) Data Centre
10 13 (2.32%) Mobile App
11 11 (1.96%) Organisational Skills
11 11 (1.96%) Robotics
12 10 (1.78%) Algorithms
13 9 (1.60%) Hedge funds
14 8 (1.43%) Enterprise Software
15 7 (1.25%) Equities
15 7 (1.25%) Graphic Design
15 7 (1.25%) Motion Graphics
15 7 (1.25%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 75 (13.37%) Linux
2 60 (10.70%) Windows
3 31 (5.53%) Windows Server
4 22 (3.92%) Android
5 15 (2.67%) Mac OS
6 14 (2.50%) Apple iOS
7 7 (1.25%) Unix
7 7 (1.25%) Windows 10
8 6 (1.07%) Mac OS X
9 4 (0.71%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 205 (36.54%) Agile Software Development
2 181 (32.26%) Problem-Solving
3 87 (15.51%) Software Engineering
4 62 (11.05%) DevOps
5 61 (10.87%) Analytical Thinking
5 61 (10.87%) Analytics
6 59 (10.52%) Artificial Intelligence
7 54 (9.63%) Computer Science
8 53 (9.45%) Decision-Making
9 50 (8.91%) Scrum
10 42 (7.49%) Continuous Improvement
10 42 (7.49%) Test Automation
11 41 (7.31%) ITIL
11 41 (7.31%) TDD
12 38 (6.77%) B2C
12 38 (6.77%) Data Analysis
12 38 (6.77%) Project Management
13 37 (6.60%) Presales
14 35 (6.24%) E-Commerce
14 35 (6.24%) Front End Development
Programming Languages
1 116 (20.68%) SQL
2 89 (15.86%) JavaScript
3 77 (13.73%) Java
4 62 (11.05%) Python
5 47 (8.38%) C#
6 33 (5.88%) C
7 27 (4.81%) C++
8 25 (4.46%) Ruby
9 23 (4.10%) TypeScript
10 20 (3.57%) PowerShell
11 18 (3.21%) Bash Shell
12 15 (2.67%) MATLAB
13 10 (1.78%) Java 8
14 9 (1.60%) R
14 9 (1.60%) VBA
15 8 (1.43%) Scala
15 8 (1.43%) VB.NET
16 7 (1.25%) Perl
17 6 (1.07%) Go
17 6 (1.07%) PHP
Qualifications
1 86 (15.33%) Degree
2 37 (6.60%) Security Cleared
3 34 (6.06%) Computer Science Degree
4 31 (5.53%) SC Cleared
5 14 (2.50%) DV Cleared
6 11 (1.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 11 (1.96%) PhD
7 7 (1.25%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (1.07%) CCNP
8 6 (1.07%) PMI Certification
8 6 (1.07%) PMP
9 5 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 5 (0.89%) TOGAF Certification
10 4 (0.71%) CBAP
10 4 (0.71%) MBA
11 3 (0.53%) ACCA
11 3 (0.53%) CEH
11 3 (0.53%) ISEB
11 3 (0.53%) Master's Degree
11 3 (0.53%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (7.13%) QA
2 13 (2.32%) GDPR
3 8 (1.43%) PMO
4 6 (1.07%) Data Quality
4 6 (1.07%) SLA
5 5 (0.89%) MiFID
6 3 (0.53%) ARP4754
6 3 (0.53%) Def Stans
6 3 (0.53%) IEC 61508
7 2 (0.36%) Actionable Recommendations
7 2 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.36%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.36%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.18%) DO-254
8 1 (0.18%) GAAP
8 1 (0.18%) IFRS
8 1 (0.18%) ITGC
8 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 36 (6.42%) Docker
2 29 (5.17%) Active Directory
3 14 (2.50%) Firmware
4 6 (1.07%) BitLocker
5 5 (0.89%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 5 (0.89%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (0.71%) vSphere
7 3 (0.53%) KVM
8 2 (0.36%) DFS Replication
8 2 (0.36%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.36%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (0.36%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 36 (6.42%) Kubernetes
2 17 (3.03%) SCCM
2 17 (3.03%) Terraform
3 15 (2.67%) Microsoft Intune
4 13 (2.32%) Jamf Pro
5 9 (1.60%) Single Sign-On
6 7 (1.25%) Ansible
7 6 (1.07%) SmoothWall
8 4 (0.71%) HP Quality Center
8 4 (0.71%) vCenter Server
9 3 (0.53%) Grafana
10 2 (0.36%) McAfee ePO
10 2 (0.36%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (0.36%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.36%) OfficeScan
10 2 (0.36%) SCOM
10 2 (0.36%) Trend Micro Deep Security
10 2 (0.36%) vRealize
10 2 (0.36%) WSUS
11 1 (0.18%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 79 (14.08%) Microsoft
2 24 (4.28%) Cisco
3 23 (4.10%) Adobe
4 20 (3.57%) VMware
5 18 (3.21%) Oracle
5 18 (3.21%) SAP
6 17 (3.03%) MuleSoft
7 16 (2.85%) Google
7 16 (2.85%) Salesforce.com
8 12 (2.14%) Citrix
8 12 (2.14%) HP
9 10 (1.78%) Apple
10 9 (1.60%) Nokia
11 8 (1.43%) Juniper
11 8 (1.43%) ServiceNow
12 6 (1.07%) ESRI
12 6 (1.07%) Meraki
12 6 (1.07%) Mitel
12 6 (1.07%) ProCurve
12 6 (1.07%) Ruckus Wireless