Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Creative Thinking
UK
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 387 364 304
Rank change year-on-year -23 -60 +34
Permanent jobs citing Creative Thinking 875 549 1,615
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.78% 0.80% 1.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.83% 0.86% 1.21%
Number of salaries quoted 477 258 665
10th Percentile £29,375 £31,250 £28,371
25th Percentile £41,250 £41,250 £36,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +10.53%
75th Percentile £75,000 £75,000 £70,000
90th Percentile £97,500 £93,750 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £50,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -5.00% +11.11% +5.88%

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 105,854 64,027 133,460
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 93.76% 92.78% 92.68%
Number of salaries quoted 72,195 51,873 106,459
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,500 £30,000
25th Percentile £42,000 £41,250 £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 £73,750 £70,000
90th Percentile £92,500 £90,000 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +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 29 July 2021.

Salary histogram for Creative Thinking in the UK

Creative Thinking
Top 16 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 29 July 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 -49 768 £55,000 -1.88% 150
UK excluding London +63 408 £47,500 -5.00% 113
London -107 373 £67,500 +3.85% 47
South East +30 166 £55,000 +29.41% 29
Work from Home -106 155 £55,000 - 21
North of England -33 80 £47,500 -9.52% 28
North West -36 48 £47,500 -16.82% 15
Midlands -51 48 £50,000 +5.26% 24
South West -78 47 £47,500 -17.39% 12
East of England -2 38 £50,000 -4.76% 12
West Midlands -44 33 £47,500 +5.56% 10
Yorkshire -54 32 £45,000 - 11
Scotland -47 24 £27,500 -38.89% 3
East Midlands -37 15 £50,000 -9.09% 14
Wales -24 14 £52,500 +32.91% 3
Northern Ireland -35 3 £37,500 - 3

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 350 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 325 (37.14%) Social Skills
3 303 (34.63%) Problem-Solving
4 198 (22.63%) Analytical Skills
5 173 (19.77%) SQL
6 159 (18.17%) Analytics
7 157 (17.94%) Degree
8 146 (16.69%) JavaScript
8 146 (16.69%) Finance
9 131 (14.97%) Marketing
10 129 (14.74%) Python
11 124 (14.17%) AWS
12 120 (13.71%) Java
13 113 (12.91%) AngularJS
14 112 (12.80%) Microsoft
15 111 (12.69%) DevOps
16 107 (12.23%) Linux
16 107 (12.23%) Software Engineering
17 106 (12.11%) React
18 101 (11.54%) Artificial Intelligence
19 100 (11.43%) Project Management
20 99 (11.31%) Azure
21 94 (10.74%) Scrum
21 94 (10.74%) HTML
22 90 (10.29%) TDD
23 88 (10.06%) QA
24 87 (9.94%) Decision-Making
25 86 (9.83%) TypeScript
26 80 (9.14%) User Experience
26 80 (9.14%) Front End Development

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 43 (4.91%) Confluence
2 34 (3.89%) CMS
3 30 (3.43%) Elasticsearch
4 27 (3.09%) SharePoint
5 16 (1.83%) Tomcat
6 15 (1.71%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 13 (1.49%) JBoss
8 8 (0.91%) Apache
8 8 (0.91%) MS Exchange
9 6 (0.69%) WordPress
10 4 (0.46%) Apache Spark
10 4 (0.46%) IIS
11 3 (0.34%) Apache Solr
11 3 (0.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 3 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2010
11 3 (0.34%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.34%) Skype for Business
12 2 (0.23%) Liferay
12 2 (0.23%) nginx
12 2 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 70 (8.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 63 (7.20%) Microsoft Office
3 28 (3.20%) Campfire
4 24 (2.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 19 (2.17%) MS Visio
6 14 (1.60%) Photoshop
7 11 (1.26%) Figma
8 10 (1.14%) Sketch
9 8 (0.91%) Adobe Premiere
10 7 (0.80%) Simulink
11 6 (0.69%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 6 (0.69%) InVision
12 5 (0.57%) Adobe Illustrator
12 5 (0.57%) Microsoft Project
13 4 (0.46%) InDesign
14 3 (0.34%) Adobe XD
15 2 (0.23%) Adobe After Effects
15 2 (0.23%) AutoCAD
15 2 (0.23%) Marvel
16 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 23 (2.63%) Magento
2 4 (0.46%) NetSuite
3 3 (0.34%) SAP Business One
4 2 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.23%) SAP Hybris
4 2 (0.23%) Shopify
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.11%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.11%) JDE OneWorld
5 1 (0.11%) Maximo
5 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.11%) SAP PS
5 1 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 124 (14.17%) AWS
2 99 (11.31%) Azure
3 46 (5.26%) Serverless
4 43 (4.91%) Power Platform
5 42 (4.80%) GCP
6 37 (4.23%) npm
7 34 (3.89%) Microsoft 365
8 32 (3.66%) SaaS
9 13 (1.49%) Azure Active Directory
9 13 (1.49%) Cloud Computing
9 13 (1.49%) Google Analytics
10 11 (1.26%) Adobe Creative Cloud
11 9 (1.03%) Azure Data Factory
12 8 (0.91%) PaaS
12 8 (0.91%) Snowflake
13 7 (0.80%) Dynamics 365
13 7 (0.80%) GitHub
14 6 (0.69%) IaaS
15 5 (0.57%) AWS CloudFormation
15 5 (0.57%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 39 (4.46%) Broadband
2 17 (1.94%) Internet
3 13 (1.49%) Firewall
4 12 (1.37%) Remote Desktop
5 11 (1.26%) DNS
5 11 (1.26%) HTTP
6 9 (1.03%) BGP
6 9 (1.03%) WAN
7 8 (0.91%) Cisco IOS
7 8 (0.91%) TCP/IP
8 7 (0.80%) 5G
8 7 (0.80%) Cisco ISE
8 7 (0.80%) Reverse Proxy
9 6 (0.69%) FTP
10 5 (0.57%) DHCP
10 5 (0.57%) Wireless
11 4 (0.46%) Intranet
11 4 (0.46%) Network Security
11 4 (0.46%) SAN
11 4 (0.46%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (5.26%) PostgreSQL
2 45 (5.14%) Relational Database
3 40 (4.57%) Power BI
4 37 (4.23%) SQL Server
5 33 (3.77%) Data Warehouse
6 29 (3.31%) NoSQL
7 27 (3.09%) Big Data
8 25 (2.86%) MongoDB
9 23 (2.63%) MySQL
10 19 (2.17%) Tableau
11 18 (2.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 17 (1.94%) Hadoop
12 17 (1.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 16 (1.83%) Data Mining
13 16 (1.83%) RDBMS
14 14 (1.60%) Blockchain
15 13 (1.49%) Apache Cassandra
15 13 (1.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 12 (1.37%) Azure SQL Database
16 12 (1.37%) Kalido
Development Applications
1 62 (7.09%) Git (software)
1 62 (7.09%) JIRA
2 38 (4.34%) Jenkins
3 20 (2.29%) ESLint
4 19 (2.17%) Bitbucket
5 16 (1.83%) Selenium
6 15 (1.71%) Maven
7 14 (1.60%) Cypress.io
7 14 (1.60%) Storybook
8 12 (1.37%) Visual Studio
9 10 (1.14%) Subversion
10 9 (1.03%) JMeter
10 9 (1.03%) Xcode
11 7 (0.80%) Ant
11 7 (0.80%) Cucumber
11 7 (0.80%) ERwin
11 7 (0.80%) GitLab
11 7 (0.80%) Protractor
11 7 (0.80%) Rational DOORS
11 7 (0.80%) SoapUI
General
1 325 (37.14%) Social Skills
2 198 (22.63%) Analytical Skills
3 146 (16.69%) Finance
4 131 (14.97%) Marketing
5 66 (7.54%) Games
6 48 (5.49%) Retail
7 45 (5.14%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 40 (4.57%) Law
9 37 (4.23%) Presentation Skills
10 35 (4.00%) Influencing Skills
10 35 (4.00%) Public Sector
11 34 (3.89%) Telecoms
12 30 (3.43%) Banking
12 30 (3.43%) Publishing
13 27 (3.09%) Pharmaceutical
14 25 (2.86%) Legal
15 24 (2.74%) Organisational Skills
16 22 (2.51%) Automotive
17 21 (2.40%) Front Office
18 20 (2.29%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 207 (23.66%) Developer
2 70 (8.00%) Analyst
3 48 (5.49%) Architect
4 41 (4.69%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 37 (4.23%) Software Engineer
6 34 (3.89%) Senior Developer
7 32 (3.66%) Solutions Architect
8 30 (3.43%) Consultant
8 30 (3.43%) Project Manager
9 22 (2.51%) Java Developer
10 20 (2.29%) Product Manager
10 20 (2.29%) React Developer
11 19 (2.17%) Administrator
11 19 (2.17%) Angular Developer
11 19 (2.17%) Business Analyst
11 19 (2.17%) DevOps Engineer
11 19 (2.17%) IT Engineer
11 19 (2.17%) Support Engineer
12 18 (2.06%) Designer
12 18 (2.06%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 113 (12.91%) AngularJS
2 106 (12.11%) React
3 94 (10.74%) HTML
4 79 (9.03%) .NET
5 78 (8.91%) CSS
6 63 (7.20%) Node.js
7 62 (7.09%) REST
8 52 (5.94%) Web Services
9 47 (5.37%) Spring
10 40 (4.57%) RESTful
11 35 (4.00%) CSS3
11 35 (4.00%) HTML5
12 34 (3.89%) Sass
13 29 (3.31%) Vue.js
14 25 (2.86%) GraphQL
15 24 (2.74%) .NET Core
15 24 (2.74%) jQuery
16 22 (2.51%) Spring Boot
17 20 (2.29%) Redux
17 20 (2.29%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 80 (9.14%) User Experience
2 55 (6.29%) Self-Motivation
3 52 (5.94%) Algorithms
4 50 (5.71%) Social Media
5 44 (5.03%) Management Information System
6 39 (4.46%) Life Science
7 32 (3.66%) Data Structures
7 32 (3.66%) Derivative
8 28 (3.20%) Mobile App
8 28 (3.20%) Virtual Team
9 20 (2.29%) Blog
9 20 (2.29%) Equities
10 19 (2.17%) Data Centre
10 19 (2.17%) Enterprise Software
10 19 (2.17%) Podcast
11 16 (1.83%) Greenfield Project
12 14 (1.60%) Cyber Warfare
13 13 (1.49%) Private Cloud
14 12 (1.37%) Photography
15 10 (1.14%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 107 (12.23%) Linux
2 58 (6.63%) Windows
3 35 (4.00%) Unix
4 29 (3.31%) Android
5 27 (3.09%) Apple iOS
6 25 (2.86%) Windows Server
7 11 (1.26%) Windows 10
8 10 (1.14%) Mac OS
9 8 (0.91%) Mac OS X
10 7 (0.80%) Solaris
11 4 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2016
12 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2019
13 1 (0.11%) AIX
13 1 (0.11%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 350 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 303 (34.63%) Problem-Solving
3 159 (18.17%) Analytics
4 111 (12.69%) DevOps
5 107 (12.23%) Software Engineering
6 101 (11.54%) Artificial Intelligence
7 100 (11.43%) Project Management
8 94 (10.74%) Scrum
9 90 (10.29%) TDD
10 87 (9.94%) Decision-Making
11 80 (9.14%) Front End Development
12 74 (8.46%) Continuous Integration
12 74 (8.46%) Data Science
12 74 (8.46%) Mentoring
13 70 (8.00%) Analytical Thinking
14 67 (7.66%) Computer Science
15 64 (7.31%) Machine Learning
16 61 (6.97%) Full Stack Development
17 60 (6.86%) Coaching
18 59 (6.74%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 173 (19.77%) SQL
2 146 (16.69%) JavaScript
3 129 (14.74%) Python
4 120 (13.71%) Java
5 86 (9.83%) TypeScript
6 76 (8.69%) C#
7 35 (4.00%) C
8 26 (2.97%) PowerShell
9 25 (2.86%) Bash Shell
9 25 (2.86%) C++
10 21 (2.40%) PHP
11 19 (2.17%) Perl
11 19 (2.17%) Scala
12 17 (1.94%) Go
12 17 (1.94%) Ruby
13 14 (1.60%) PHP 7
14 13 (1.49%) MATLAB
15 12 (1.37%) Apple Swift
15 12 (1.37%) Java 8
16 10 (1.14%) VBA
Qualifications
1 157 (17.94%) Degree
2 56 (6.40%) Security Cleared
3 39 (4.46%) Computer Science Degree
4 38 (4.34%) SC Cleared
5 18 (2.06%) Master's Degree
6 17 (1.94%) DV Cleared
7 14 (1.60%) PMP
8 13 (1.49%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 13 (1.49%) PMI Certification
8 13 (1.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 12 (1.37%) PhD
10 8 (0.91%) MBA
11 5 (0.57%) ISEB
11 5 (0.57%) Microsoft Certification
12 4 (0.46%) CBAP
12 4 (0.46%) CCNA
12 4 (0.46%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (0.46%) TOGAF Certification
13 3 (0.34%) CEH
13 3 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (10.06%) QA
2 43 (4.91%) GDPR
3 24 (2.74%) WCAG
4 19 (2.17%) Accessibility
4 19 (2.17%) PMO
5 18 (2.06%) MiFID
6 16 (1.83%) SLA
7 12 (1.37%) GxP
8 11 (1.26%) Data Quality
9 10 (1.14%) Def Stans
10 5 (0.57%) Actionable Recommendations
11 4 (0.46%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 3 (0.34%) ARP4754
12 3 (0.34%) IEC 61508
12 3 (0.34%) JTAG
13 2 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
13 2 (0.23%) NIST
14 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 1 (0.11%) DO-254
14 1 (0.11%) NCSC
System Software
1 77 (8.80%) Docker
2 30 (3.43%) Active Directory
3 14 (1.60%) Firmware
4 8 (0.91%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 8 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (0.80%) BitLocker
6 5 (0.57%) vSphere
7 3 (0.34%) DFS Replication
7 3 (0.34%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 2 (0.23%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.23%) KVM
8 2 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.11%) Slurm Workload Manager
9 1 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.11%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 51 (5.83%) Kubernetes
2 21 (2.40%) Terraform
3 18 (2.06%) Microsoft Intune
4 16 (1.83%) Ansible
5 13 (1.49%) SCCM
6 9 (1.03%) Jamf Pro
7 7 (0.80%) Kibana
8 5 (0.57%) vCenter Server
9 4 (0.46%) EMC NetWorker
10 3 (0.34%) Active Directory Federation Services
10 3 (0.34%) Kubeflow
10 3 (0.34%) McAfee ePO
10 3 (0.34%) Microsoft Clustering
10 3 (0.34%) NetBackup
10 3 (0.34%) OfficeScan
10 3 (0.34%) SCOM
10 3 (0.34%) Trend Micro Deep Security
10 3 (0.34%) WSUS
11 2 (0.23%) Istio
11 2 (0.23%) vRealize
Vendors
1 112 (12.80%) Microsoft
2 40 (4.57%) Adobe
3 36 (4.11%) Google
4 30 (3.43%) Cisco
5 28 (3.20%) Oracle
6 26 (2.97%) MuleSoft
7 22 (2.51%) Atlassian
7 22 (2.51%) Salesforce.com
8 17 (1.94%) VMware
9 15 (1.71%) SAP
10 14 (1.60%) Apple
11 13 (1.49%) Nokia
12 12 (1.37%) Alibaba
12 12 (1.37%) Juniper
12 12 (1.37%) ServiceNow
13 11 (1.26%) Facebook
13 11 (1.26%) HubSpot
14 9 (1.03%) Instagram
14 9 (1.03%) Red Hat
14 9 (1.03%) Wrike