Period
to 22 October 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Critical Thinking skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Critical Thinking over the 6 months to 22 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Critical Thinking
UK
6 months to
22 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 497 559 707
Rank change year-on-year +62 +148 +147
Permanent jobs citing Critical Thinking 198 604 509
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.40% 0.44% 0.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.44% 0.48% 0.34%
Number of salaries quoted 174 415 374
Median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.76% -12.50%
10th Percentile £31,975 £31,310 £30,825
90th Percentile £93,750 £91,550 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -4.76% +16.67% -14.29%

Critical 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 45,275 126,161 151,489
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.45% 92.22% 91.92%
Number of salaries quoted 37,306 99,350 120,587
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,948 £30,000 £29,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £86,250 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,118 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +9.15% - +5.88%

Critical Thinking
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Critical Thinking in the UK

Critical Thinking
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Critical Thinking in the UK

Critical Thinking
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Critical Thinking over the 6 months to 22 October 2020.

Salary histogram for Critical Thinking in the UK

Critical Thinking
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Critical Thinking within the UK over the 6 months to 22 October 2020. 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 +71 180 £55,000 - 54
London +48 111 £68,750 +14.58% 17
UK excluding London +171 77 £50,000 -4.76% 41
Work from Home +47 30 £65,000 +13.04% 7
South East +199 24 £47,500 +5.56% 13
North of England +137 19 £47,500 -12.44% 6
South West +62 13 £80,000 +23.08% 13
North West +104 12 £50,000 -12.70% 3
East of England +119 7 £70,000 +33.33% 1
Midlands +106 6 £48,500 +21.25% 4
West Midlands +87 6 £48,500 +21.25% 3
Yorkshire +109 5 £41,500 -22.43% 3
Wales +44 5 £35,000 -6.91% 2
Scotland +83 3 £60,000 +26.05% 2
North East - 2 £45,500 -

For the 6 months to 22 October 2020, IT jobs citing Critical 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 Critical Thinking.

1 110 (55.56%) Problem-Solving
2 88 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
3 63 (31.82%) Finance
3 63 (31.82%) Analytical Skills
4 61 (30.81%) Microsoft
5 50 (25.25%) Scrum
6 48 (24.24%) Degree
7 43 (21.72%) Azure
7 43 (21.72%) SQL
8 35 (17.68%) Business Intelligence
9 30 (15.15%) CRM
9 30 (15.15%) SQL Server
9 30 (15.15%) User Stories
10 29 (14.65%) Presales
11 28 (14.14%) Requirements Gathering
11 28 (14.14%) Office 365
12 27 (13.64%) Coaching
12 27 (13.64%) Computer Science
13 26 (13.13%) DevOps
14 25 (12.63%) Java
14 25 (12.63%) Python
14 25 (12.63%) Power Platform
14 25 (12.63%) Power BI
15 24 (12.12%) ERP
15 24 (12.12%) .NET
15 24 (12.12%) Retail
16 23 (11.62%) Linux
16 23 (11.62%) Performance Metrics
16 23 (11.62%) Time Management
17 22 (11.11%) JavaScript

Critical 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 12 (6.06%) Confluence
2 9 (4.55%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.52%) CMS
3 3 (1.52%) EPiServer
3 3 (1.52%) Tomcat
4 2 (1.01%) nginx
4 2 (1.01%) Skype for Business
5 1 (0.51%) ColdFusion
Applications
1 15 (7.58%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (7.07%) MS Visio
3 5 (2.53%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (1.01%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 17 (8.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (3.03%) NetSuite
3 2 (1.01%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 1 (0.51%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 43 (21.72%) Azure
2 28 (14.14%) Office 365
3 25 (12.63%) Power Platform
4 19 (9.60%) PowerApps
5 17 (8.59%) Dynamics 365
6 11 (5.56%) AWS
7 6 (3.03%) Azure Active Directory
8 5 (2.53%) IaaS
8 5 (2.53%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
9 4 (2.02%) PaaS
10 3 (1.52%) Google Analytics
10 3 (1.52%) OneDrive
10 3 (1.52%) SaaS
11 2 (1.01%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (1.01%) Boomi
11 2 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (1.01%) GCP
11 2 (1.01%) Power Automate
11 2 (1.01%) Serverless
12 1 (0.51%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 6 (3.03%) DNS
1 6 (3.03%) Firewall
1 6 (3.03%) Network Security
2 5 (2.53%) Unified Communications
3 4 (2.02%) HTTP
3 4 (2.02%) Skype
4 3 (1.52%) DWDM
4 3 (1.52%) MPLS
4 3 (1.52%) SSL
4 3 (1.52%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.01%) DHCP
5 2 (1.01%) Intranet
5 2 (1.01%) VPN
6 1 (0.51%) ICMP
6 1 (0.51%) Internet
6 1 (0.51%) Intrusion Detection
6 1 (0.51%) SCCP
6 1 (0.51%) SNMP
6 1 (0.51%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (15.15%) SQL Server
2 25 (12.63%) Power BI
3 15 (7.58%) Relational Database
4 6 (3.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (2.53%) MySQL
5 5 (2.53%) Oracle Database
6 4 (2.02%) Tableau
7 3 (1.52%) Big Data
7 3 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (1.52%) RDBMS
7 3 (1.52%) Snowflake Schema
8 2 (1.01%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (1.01%) Amazon Redshift
8 2 (1.01%) Data Lake
8 2 (1.01%) NoSQL
8 2 (1.01%) Qlik Sense
8 2 (1.01%) QlikView
9 1 (0.51%) Looker
9 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 19 (9.60%) JIRA
2 9 (4.55%) Git (software)
2 9 (4.55%) Selenium
3 5 (2.53%) Jenkins
4 4 (2.02%) Cucumber
4 4 (2.02%) Postman
4 4 (2.02%) Visual Studio
5 3 (1.52%) SpecFlow
6 2 (1.01%) Buildbot
6 2 (1.01%) Hudson
6 2 (1.01%) PVCS
6 2 (1.01%) Subversion
6 2 (1.01%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.51%) Fiddler
7 1 (0.51%) Protractor
7 1 (0.51%) REST Assured
7 1 (0.51%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.51%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 63 (31.82%) Finance
2 24 (12.12%) Retail
3 17 (8.59%) Banking
3 17 (8.59%) Manufacturing
3 17 (8.59%) Public Sector
4 13 (6.57%) Investment Banking
5 12 (6.06%) Games
6 11 (5.56%) Marketing
7 5 (2.53%) Military
8 3 (1.52%) Financial Institution
8 3 (1.52%) Front Office
8 3 (1.52%) Legal
9 2 (1.01%) Back Office
9 2 (1.01%) Law
9 2 (1.01%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.51%) Electronics
10 1 (0.51%) Local Government
10 1 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.51%) Police
10 1 (0.51%) Russian Language
Job Titles
1 40 (20.20%) Developer
2 37 (18.69%) Consultant
3 32 (16.16%) Analyst
4 19 (9.60%) Functional Consultant
5 18 (9.09%) Microsoft Consultant
6 13 (6.57%) Business Analyst
7 9 (4.55%) Applications Support
7 9 (4.55%) Support Analyst
8 8 (4.04%) Applications Support Analyst
8 8 (4.04%) Architect
8 8 (4.04%) Platform Engineer
8 8 (4.04%) SQL Developer
8 8 (4.04%) Test Engineer
9 6 (3.03%) Java Developer
9 6 (3.03%) QA Tester
9 6 (3.03%) Scala Developer
9 6 (3.03%) Tester
10 5 (2.53%) Full Stack Developer
10 5 (2.53%) Network Specialist
10 5 (2.53%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (12.12%) .NET
2 22 (11.11%) HTML
3 20 (10.10%) CSS
4 19 (9.60%) REST
5 18 (9.09%) Web Services
6 11 (5.56%) HTML5
7 10 (5.05%) .NET Core
7 10 (5.05%) .NET Framework
7 10 (5.05%) SOAP
8 7 (3.54%) XML
9 6 (3.03%) JSON
9 6 (3.03%) React
10 5 (2.53%) RESTful
10 5 (2.53%) Sass
11 4 (2.02%) AngularJS
11 4 (2.02%) Spring
11 4 (2.02%) Vue.js
11 4 (2.02%) WebSockets
12 3 (1.52%) JMS
12 3 (1.52%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 63 (31.82%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (8.08%) User Experience
3 12 (6.06%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (5.05%) Mobile App
5 7 (3.54%) Cybercrime
5 7 (3.54%) Management Information System
6 6 (3.03%) Enterprise Software
6 6 (3.03%) Public Cloud
7 5 (2.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 5 (2.53%) Video Conferencing
8 4 (2.02%) Cyberthreat
8 4 (2.02%) Data Structures
8 4 (2.02%) Hedge funds
9 3 (1.52%) Analytical Mindset
9 3 (1.52%) Client/Server
9 3 (1.52%) Life Science
9 3 (1.52%) Marketing Technology
10 2 (1.01%) PKI
10 2 (1.01%) Renewable Energy
11 1 (0.51%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 23 (11.62%) Linux
2 16 (8.08%) Windows
3 10 (5.05%) Unix
4 8 (4.04%) Windows Server
5 4 (2.02%) CentOS
6 2 (1.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (1.01%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.01%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.51%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.51%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.51%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.51%) Windows Server 2016
7 1 (0.51%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (55.56%) Problem-Solving
2 88 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
3 50 (25.25%) Scrum
4 35 (17.68%) Business Intelligence
5 30 (15.15%) CRM
5 30 (15.15%) User Stories
6 29 (14.65%) Presales
7 28 (14.14%) Requirements Gathering
8 27 (13.64%) Coaching
8 27 (13.64%) Computer Science
9 26 (13.13%) DevOps
10 24 (12.12%) ERP
11 23 (11.62%) Performance Metrics
11 23 (11.62%) Time Management
12 22 (11.11%) Creative Thinking
12 22 (11.11%) Sprint Planning
13 21 (10.61%) Stakeholder Engagement
13 21 (10.61%) Workshop Facilitation
14 20 (10.10%) Analytics
14 20 (10.10%) Epics
Programming Languages
1 43 (21.72%) SQL
2 25 (12.63%) Java
2 25 (12.63%) Python
3 22 (11.11%) JavaScript
4 19 (9.60%) C#
5 11 (5.56%) Kotlin
5 11 (5.56%) Scala
6 9 (4.55%) Bash Shell
6 9 (4.55%) T-SQL
7 8 (4.04%) PowerShell
8 6 (3.03%) Apex Code
9 4 (2.02%) PHP
9 4 (2.02%) Ruby
10 3 (1.52%) C++
10 3 (1.52%) SOQL
10 3 (1.52%) TypeScript
11 2 (1.01%) C
11 2 (1.01%) Perl
11 2 (1.01%) R
11 2 (1.01%) Rust
Qualifications
1 48 (24.24%) Degree
2 19 (9.60%) Computer Science Degree
3 18 (9.09%) Security Cleared
4 14 (7.07%) Master's Degree
5 11 (5.56%) SC Cleared
6 8 (4.04%) Microsoft Certification
7 4 (2.02%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (2.02%) CISSP
7 4 (2.02%) ISEB
7 4 (2.02%) ISTQB
7 4 (2.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (1.52%) CISM
8 3 (1.52%) MCITP
8 3 (1.52%) MCSA
8 3 (1.52%) MCSE
9 2 (1.01%) CCNP
9 2 (1.01%) CCSP
9 2 (1.01%) CISA
9 2 (1.01%) DBS Check
9 2 (1.01%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (9.09%) QA
2 7 (3.54%) GDPR
3 4 (2.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.52%) SLA
5 2 (1.01%) COBIT
5 2 (1.01%) NIST
5 2 (1.01%) PMO
6 1 (0.51%) COSO
6 1 (0.51%) Data Quality
System Software
1 10 (5.05%) Active Directory
1 10 (5.05%) Docker
2 8 (4.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.52%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (0.51%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 12 (6.06%) Puppet
2 8 (4.04%) Ansible
2 8 (4.04%) Kubernetes
3 6 (3.03%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (2.02%) Terraform
5 3 (1.52%) WSUS
6 2 (1.01%) Control-M
6 2 (1.01%) ITRS Geneos
6 2 (1.01%) Nagios
7 1 (0.51%) CASB
7 1 (0.51%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.51%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Intune
7 1 (0.51%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (0.51%) SCCM
7 1 (0.51%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.51%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 61 (30.81%) Microsoft
2 10 (5.05%) Salesforce.com
3 9 (4.55%) Cisco
3 9 (4.55%) Dell
3 9 (4.55%) Oracle
4 8 (4.04%) VMware
5 5 (2.53%) Google
6 4 (2.02%) Avaya
6 4 (2.02%) HP
6 4 (2.02%) Juniper
6 4 (2.02%) Mellanox
6 4 (2.02%) Solarflare
6 4 (2.02%) Supermicro
6 4 (2.02%) YouTube
7 3 (1.52%) IBM
7 3 (1.52%) Informatica
7 3 (1.52%) Nokia
7 3 (1.52%) Pardot
7 3 (1.52%) Splunk
7 3 (1.52%) Tealium