Period
to 12 June 2021

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 12 June 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Critical Thinking
UK
6 months to
12 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 547 564 618
Rank change year-on-year +17 +54 +66
Permanent jobs citing Critical Thinking 444 338 586
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.40% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.48% 0.43% 0.44%
Number of salaries quoted 248 228 366
10th Percentile £36,250 £30,000 £35,000
25th Percentile £45,000 £37,250 £45,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £52,500 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +14.29% -4.55% +10.00%
75th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £70,000
90th Percentile £85,750 £86,625 £96,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £56,250 £49,250 £52,500
% change year-on-year +14.21% -6.19% +16.67%

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 93,157 77,966 132,717
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 93.10% 92.34% 92.35%
Number of salaries quoted 65,671 62,581 105,227
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £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 £91,250 £90,000 £86,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,900 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.95% +5.56% -

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 12 June 2021.

Salary histogram for Critical Thinking in the UK

Critical 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 Critical Thinking within the UK over the 6 months to 12 June 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 +23 375 £62,500 +19.05% 69
UK excluding London +46 255 £56,250 +14.21% 51
London -44 155 £72,500 +13.73% 23
Work from Home -145 80 £70,000 -3.45% 13
South East +23 73 £72,500 +41.46% 8
South West -18 56 £52,500 +5.00% 4
North of England -17 45 £50,000 -9.09% 23
Scotland -6 38 £55,000 -8.33% 1
Midlands -34 26 £45,000 +5.88% 8
North West -1 25 £60,000 +9.09% 10
West Midlands -28 19 £49,500 +23.75% 7
East of England -5 16 £37,500 -6.25% 3
Yorkshire -30 13 £48,750 +2.63% 9
North East -19 7 £47,500 - 4
East Midlands -21 7 £23,000 -64.62% 1
Wales -19 1 £35,000 - 4

For the 6 months to 12 June 2021, 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.

1 287 (64.64%) Problem-Solving
2 189 (42.57%) Social Skills
3 166 (37.39%) Agile Software Development
4 130 (29.28%) Analytical Skills
5 125 (28.15%) Finance
6 108 (24.32%) Azure
7 99 (22.30%) Microsoft
8 97 (21.85%) Python
9 88 (19.82%) Degree
10 79 (17.79%) C#
11 72 (16.22%) .NET
12 68 (15.32%) Windows
12 68 (15.32%) Marketing
12 68 (15.32%) Decision-Making
13 67 (15.09%) Linux
13 67 (15.09%) SQL
14 65 (14.64%) QA
15 61 (13.74%) Time Management
16 59 (13.29%) Software Engineering
17 56 (12.61%) Project Management
17 56 (12.61%) DevOps
18 55 (12.39%) Analytics
19 54 (12.16%) Continuous Improvement
19 54 (12.16%) Change Management
20 52 (11.71%) Java
21 51 (11.49%) REST
22 50 (11.26%) HTML
23 48 (10.81%) Security Cleared
24 47 (10.59%) Validation
25 45 (10.14%) JIRA

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 37 (8.33%) Confluence
2 20 (4.50%) Oracle Coherence
3 15 (3.38%) CMS
4 13 (2.93%) SharePoint
5 8 (1.80%) Alfresco
5 8 (1.80%) SharePoint Server
6 7 (1.58%) WordPress
7 5 (1.13%) Sitecore CMS
7 5 (1.13%) Umbraco
8 3 (0.68%) Apache Airflow
8 3 (0.68%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.68%) Drupal
8 3 (0.68%) IIS
9 2 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.45%) Podio
9 2 (0.45%) SAS
9 2 (0.45%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.23%) Appian
10 1 (0.23%) NServiceBus
10 1 (0.23%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 27 (6.08%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (5.86%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (2.03%) Simulink
4 8 (1.80%) MS Visio
5 7 (1.58%) Figma
6 4 (0.90%) Adobe Illustrator
6 4 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.90%) Photoshop
7 3 (0.68%) InVision
8 2 (0.45%) Adobe XD
8 2 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 2 (0.45%) Sketch
9 1 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 20 (4.50%) Distributed Ledger
2 6 (1.35%) Magento
3 3 (0.68%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.68%) WebTrends
4 2 (0.45%) Cloudability
4 2 (0.45%) SAP Business ByDesign
5 1 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.23%) SAP APO
5 1 (0.23%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.23%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 108 (24.32%) Azure
2 41 (9.23%) SaaS
3 38 (8.56%) Power Platform
4 37 (8.33%) AWS
5 29 (6.53%) GCP
6 22 (4.95%) Microsoft 365
7 15 (3.38%) Snowflake
8 14 (3.15%) PowerApps
9 12 (2.70%) Azure Logic Apps
10 11 (2.48%) Power Automate
11 9 (2.03%) Cloud Computing
11 9 (2.03%) Fivetran
11 9 (2.03%) Google Sheets
12 7 (1.58%) GitHub
12 7 (1.58%) Google Analytics
12 7 (1.58%) PaaS
13 6 (1.35%) Azure Service Bus
13 6 (1.35%) Azure Storage
14 5 (1.13%) Azure Active Directory
14 5 (1.13%) Lucidchart
Communications & Networking
1 18 (4.05%) 3G
1 18 (4.05%) 4G
2 14 (3.15%) 2G
2 14 (3.15%) RNC
3 10 (2.25%) DNS
3 10 (2.25%) Internet
4 9 (2.03%) Intranet
5 5 (1.13%) Firewall
5 5 (1.13%) Network Security
6 4 (0.90%) 3GPP
6 4 (0.90%) 5G
7 3 (0.68%) DHCP
8 2 (0.45%) DWDM
8 2 (0.45%) Ethernet
8 2 (0.45%) HTTP
8 2 (0.45%) MPLS
8 2 (0.45%) Skype
8 2 (0.45%) TCP/IP
8 2 (0.45%) VSAN
8 2 (0.45%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (8.78%) SQL Server
2 34 (7.66%) Relational Database
3 27 (6.08%) Power BI
4 26 (5.86%) Oracle Database
5 23 (5.18%) MySQL
6 22 (4.95%) GIS
7 15 (3.38%) Data Warehouse
7 15 (3.38%) Looker
8 14 (3.15%) NoSQL
8 14 (3.15%) Tableau
9 13 (2.93%) Big Data
10 10 (2.25%) BigQuery
11 8 (1.80%) MongoDB
12 6 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
12 6 (1.35%) RDBMS
12 6 (1.35%) Sisense
13 5 (1.13%) Amazon Redshift
13 5 (1.13%) Data Lake
13 5 (1.13%) Hadoop
14 4 (0.90%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 45 (10.14%) JIRA
2 42 (9.46%) Git (software)
3 30 (6.76%) TeamCity
4 20 (4.50%) Bitbucket
4 20 (4.50%) IntelliJ
4 20 (4.50%) JUnit
4 20 (4.50%) Maven
4 20 (4.50%) Sonatype Nexus
5 12 (2.70%) Jenkins
6 7 (1.58%) Octopus Deploy
7 6 (1.35%) Cypress.io
8 5 (1.13%) Balsamiq
8 5 (1.13%) GitLab
9 4 (0.90%) git-flow
9 4 (0.90%) Xcode
10 3 (0.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 3 (0.68%) Dreamweaver
10 3 (0.68%) gulp
10 3 (0.68%) InstallShield
10 3 (0.68%) Subversion
General
1 189 (42.57%) Social Skills
2 130 (29.28%) Analytical Skills
3 125 (28.15%) Finance
4 68 (15.32%) Marketing
5 43 (9.68%) Banking
6 38 (8.56%) Pharmaceutical
7 37 (8.33%) Legal
8 23 (5.18%) Telecoms
9 16 (3.60%) Presentation Skills
10 14 (3.15%) Organisational Skills
11 13 (2.93%) Front Office
12 12 (2.70%) Financial Institution
12 12 (2.70%) Public Sector
12 12 (2.70%) Retail
13 11 (2.48%) Influencing Skills
14 9 (2.03%) Documentation Skills
14 9 (2.03%) Law
14 9 (2.03%) Manufacturing
15 7 (1.58%) Investment Banking
16 6 (1.35%) Military
Job Titles
1 89 (20.05%) Developer
2 50 (11.26%) Analyst
3 30 (6.76%) Consultant
4 29 (6.53%) Architect
5 24 (5.41%) Software Engineer
6 22 (4.95%) Lead Developer
7 20 (4.50%) Business Analyst
8 19 (4.28%) Solutions Architect
9 18 (4.05%) Site Engineer
9 18 (4.05%) Site Reliability Engineer
10 15 (3.38%) Applications Support
11 14 (3.15%) Databuild Engineer
11 14 (3.15%) Senior Developer
12 13 (2.93%) Data Analyst
12 13 (2.93%) Java Developer
13 12 (2.70%) DevOps Engineer
13 12 (2.70%) Unix Support
13 12 (2.70%) Voice Engineer
14 11 (2.48%) Software Developer
15 10 (2.25%) Product Owner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (16.22%) .NET
2 51 (11.49%) REST
3 50 (11.26%) HTML
4 31 (6.98%) AngularJS
5 28 (6.31%) HTML5
6 26 (5.86%) RESTful
7 24 (5.41%) React
8 23 (5.18%) Kafka
9 21 (4.73%) CSS
9 21 (4.73%) Middleware
10 20 (4.50%) ASP.NET
11 12 (2.70%) OpenCV
11 12 (2.70%) Unity (Game Engine)
11 12 (2.70%) WPF
12 11 (2.48%) .NET Core
13 10 (2.25%) PySpark
14 9 (2.03%) FIX Protocol
14 9 (2.03%) Vue.js
15 8 (1.80%) jQuery
15 8 (1.80%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 39 (8.78%) User Experience
2 34 (7.66%) Public Cloud
3 31 (6.98%) Management Information System
3 31 (6.98%) Mobile App
4 24 (5.41%) Data Centre
5 23 (5.18%) EPoS
6 22 (4.95%) Self-Motivation
7 15 (3.38%) Video Conferencing
8 13 (2.93%) Algorithms
8 13 (2.93%) Derivative
8 13 (2.93%) Equities
9 12 (2.70%) Acoustics
10 11 (2.48%) Analytical Mindset
10 11 (2.48%) Social Media
11 10 (2.25%) Life Science
12 5 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
13 4 (0.90%) Cyberthreat
13 4 (0.90%) iPad
13 4 (0.90%) Reference Data
13 4 (0.90%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 68 (15.32%) Windows
2 67 (15.09%) Linux
3 13 (2.93%) Unix
4 7 (1.58%) Apple iOS
5 5 (1.13%) Windows 10
6 4 (0.90%) Mac OS
7 3 (0.68%) Android
7 3 (0.68%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.23%) CentOS
8 1 (0.23%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.23%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 287 (64.64%) Problem-Solving
2 166 (37.39%) Agile Software Development
3 68 (15.32%) Decision-Making
4 61 (13.74%) Time Management
5 59 (13.29%) Software Engineering
6 56 (12.61%) DevOps
6 56 (12.61%) Project Management
7 55 (12.39%) Analytics
8 54 (12.16%) Change Management
8 54 (12.16%) Continuous Improvement
9 47 (10.59%) Validation
10 44 (9.91%) Computer Science
10 44 (9.91%) Fintech
11 41 (9.23%) Test Automation
12 40 (9.01%) Analytical Thinking
12 40 (9.01%) Data Analysis
13 39 (8.78%) Continuous Integration
13 39 (8.78%) Mentoring
14 37 (8.33%) Product Management
15 36 (8.11%) Front End Development
Programming Languages
1 97 (21.85%) Python
2 79 (17.79%) C#
3 67 (15.09%) SQL
4 52 (11.71%) Java
5 37 (8.33%) Bash Shell
6 32 (7.21%) JavaScript
7 22 (4.95%) TypeScript
8 20 (4.50%) C++
8 20 (4.50%) Shell Script
9 18 (4.05%) PowerShell
10 17 (3.83%) C
11 14 (3.15%) Perl
12 10 (2.25%) PHP
13 9 (2.03%) T-SQL
14 8 (1.80%) R
15 7 (1.58%) Apple Swift
15 7 (1.58%) Objective-C
16 4 (0.90%) Go
17 3 (0.68%) Dart
17 3 (0.68%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 88 (19.82%) Degree
2 48 (10.81%) Security Cleared
3 20 (4.50%) SC Cleared
4 18 (4.05%) Computer Science Degree
5 15 (3.38%) Master's Degree
6 14 (3.15%) MBCS
7 11 (2.48%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (1.80%) CCNA
9 6 (1.35%) CCIE
9 6 (1.35%) CISSP
9 6 (1.35%) ISTQB
9 6 (1.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 5 (1.13%) CCNP
10 5 (1.13%) ISEB
11 4 (0.90%) CSPO
12 3 (0.68%) DV Cleared
12 3 (0.68%) PhD
13 2 (0.45%) CISM
13 2 (0.45%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.45%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (14.64%) QA
2 24 (5.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (5.18%) PMO
4 15 (3.38%) GDPR
5 13 (2.93%) Data Quality
6 12 (2.70%) IEC 61131
6 12 (2.70%) MiFID
7 10 (2.25%) NIST
8 8 (1.80%) PCI DSS
9 7 (1.58%) COBIT
10 6 (1.35%) ISO 22301
10 6 (1.35%) NIST 800
11 5 (1.13%) GRC
11 5 (1.13%) GxP
11 5 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 5 (1.13%) SOC 2
12 3 (0.68%) JSP 440
13 2 (0.45%) HMG Infosec
13 2 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 2 (0.45%) SLA
System Software
1 39 (8.78%) Docker
2 11 (2.48%) Active Directory
3 7 (1.58%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.45%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.45%) vSphere
5 1 (0.23%) Firmware
5 1 (0.23%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.23%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 37 (8.33%) Kubernetes
2 18 (4.05%) ZABBIX
3 17 (3.83%) Puppet
4 13 (2.93%) Ansible
4 13 (2.93%) Terraform
5 6 (1.35%) Grafana
6 5 (1.13%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.90%) Graylog
7 4 (0.90%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (0.90%) Packer
8 3 (0.68%) Data Guard
8 3 (0.68%) Oracle RMAN
8 3 (0.68%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.45%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (0.45%) Computer Emergency Response Teams
9 2 (0.45%) Computer Incident Response Team
9 2 (0.45%) Kibana
9 2 (0.45%) vRealize
10 1 (0.23%) MaaS360
10 1 (0.23%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 99 (22.30%) Microsoft
2 39 (8.78%) Oracle
3 30 (6.76%) Google
4 20 (4.50%) Remedy
4 20 (4.50%) Solace
5 14 (3.15%) Ericsson
6 12 (2.70%) Informatica
7 10 (2.25%) Facebook
7 10 (2.25%) Salesforce.com
8 8 (1.80%) OpenText
9 7 (1.58%) Twitter
9 7 (1.58%) VMware
10 6 (1.35%) Sitecore
10 6 (1.35%) Splunk
10 6 (1.35%) YouTube
11 5 (1.13%) Alteryx
11 5 (1.13%) Cisco
11 5 (1.13%) Databricks
11 5 (1.13%) Instagram
12 4 (0.90%) iManage