Innovative Thinking
UK

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Innovative Thinking skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Innovative Thinking over the 6 months to 24 February 2024 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

6 months to
24 Feb 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 388 330 575
Rank change year-on-year -58 +245 -84
Permanent jobs citing Innovative Thinking 528 1,182 696
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.68% 1.06% 0.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.76% 1.11% 0.52%
Number of salaries quoted 359 266 278
10th Percentile £28,700 £29,000 £28,189
25th Percentile £42,000 £41,250 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £65,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year -19.23% +36.84% -5.00%
75th Percentile £69,914 £93,438 £67,250
90th Percentile £78,924 £110,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% +11.76% -15.00%

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK

Innovative 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.

Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 69,123 106,355 132,929
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 88.77% 95.54% 95.10%
Number of salaries quoted 51,353 64,510 81,734
10th Percentile £29,500 £34,500 £32,750
25th Percentile £40,000 £45,750 £43,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £62,500 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -12.00% +4.17% +9.09%
75th Percentile £75,000 £82,500 £78,750
90th Percentile £95,000 £100,000 £96,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £55,000 £51,500
% change year-on-year -9.09% +6.80% +8.42%

Innovative Thinking
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Innovative Thinking in the UK

Innovative Thinking
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Innovative Thinking in the UK

Innovative Thinking
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Innovative Thinking over the 6 months to 24 February 2024.

Salary histogram for Innovative Thinking in the UK

Innovative 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 Innovative Thinking within the UK over the 6 months to 24 February 2024. 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
Jobs
England -11 503 £54,500 -19.26% 163
UK excluding London -108 351 £50,000 +5.26% 134
Work from Home -96 199 £55,000 -20.08% 102
London +200 162 £70,000 - 43
North of England +51 110 £52,084 -28.16% 33
South East -64 96 £40,000 +23.08% 39
North West +94 64 £52,084 -13.19% 22
South West -18 61 £55,000 -3.67% 19
Midlands +61 53 £50,000 -31.03% 14
West Midlands +72 32 £50,000 -23.08% 7
Yorkshire +30 25 £46,457 -41.93% 10
North East +5 21 £46,457 - 1
East Midlands +8 20 £47,500 -44.12% 7
East of England -80 19 £29,000 -3.33% 16
Scotland -38 10 £52,500 +10.53% 9
Northern Ireland +32 6 £57,276 +27.28% 1

Innovative Thinking
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 20 (3.79%) IIS
2 17 (3.22%) Confluence
3 7 (1.33%) SharePoint
4 5 (0.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 5 (0.95%) CMS
5 3 (0.57%) ArcGIS
5 3 (0.57%) SAS
5 3 (0.57%) Sitecore CMS
5 3 (0.57%) Umbraco
6 2 (0.38%) Drupal
6 2 (0.38%) nginx
Applications
1 38 (7.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 31 (5.87%) Spreadsheet
3 20 (3.79%) Microsoft Office
4 13 (2.46%) Microsoft Excel
5 11 (2.08%) Simulink
6 3 (0.57%) Adobe After Effects
6 3 (0.57%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.57%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.57%) Sketch
6 3 (0.57%) Trello
7 2 (0.38%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 2 (0.38%) Adobe XD
8 1 (0.19%) SPSS
8 1 (0.19%) UXPin
8 1 (0.19%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 5 (0.95%) SAP S/4HANA
2 4 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.38%) SAP CO
3 2 (0.38%) SAP FI
3 2 (0.38%) SAP FI/CO
3 2 (0.38%) SAP Travel Management
4 1 (0.19%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.19%) SAP MDG
Cloud Services
1 104 (19.70%) Azure
2 93 (17.61%) AWS
3 65 (12.31%) GCP
4 54 (10.23%) Power Platform
5 20 (3.79%) Microsoft 365
6 8 (1.52%) SaaS
6 8 (1.52%) Serverless
7 6 (1.14%) AWS CloudFormation
7 6 (1.14%) AWS Lambda
7 6 (1.14%) Power Automate
7 6 (1.14%) PowerApps
8 5 (0.95%) Amazon EC2
8 5 (0.95%) Amazon S3
8 5 (0.95%) Dynamics 365
8 5 (0.95%) Figma
8 5 (0.95%) GitHub
8 5 (0.95%) Route 53
8 5 (0.95%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 4 (0.76%) IaaS
9 4 (0.76%) WhatsApp
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.46%) WAN
2 11 (2.08%) Internet
2 11 (2.08%) VPN
3 10 (1.89%) Firewall
4 9 (1.70%) 5G
4 9 (1.70%) SD-WAN
5 8 (1.52%) Network Security
5 8 (1.52%) SAN
6 7 (1.33%) OSPF
7 5 (0.95%) DNS
7 5 (0.95%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (0.76%) LAN
9 3 (0.57%) BGP
9 3 (0.57%) Ethernet
9 3 (0.57%) TCP/IP
10 2 (0.38%) Broadband
10 2 (0.38%) FTP
10 2 (0.38%) MQTT
11 1 (0.19%) RS-422
11 1 (0.19%) SDH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 56 (10.61%) BigQuery
1 56 (10.61%) Data Warehouse
1 56 (10.61%) Looker
2 49 (9.28%) Power BI
3 28 (5.30%) Tableau
4 15 (2.84%) SQL Server
5 9 (1.70%) Oracle Database
6 8 (1.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (0.95%) Amazon RDS
8 4 (0.76%) Data Lake
8 4 (0.76%) Metadata
9 3 (0.57%) MySQL
9 3 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.38%) GIS
10 2 (0.38%) Power Query
10 2 (0.38%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.19%) BusinessObjects
11 1 (0.19%) Data Mining
11 1 (0.19%) SAP HANA
11 1 (0.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 26 (4.92%) JIRA
2 9 (1.70%) Jenkins
2 9 (1.70%) Visual Studio
3 5 (0.95%) Bitbucket
3 5 (0.95%) Eclipse
3 5 (0.95%) Sonatype Nexus
3 5 (0.95%) Subversion
4 4 (0.76%) Git
5 2 (0.38%) Axure RP
5 2 (0.38%) NetBeans
6 1 (0.19%) CircleCI
6 1 (0.19%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.19%) GoCD
6 1 (0.19%) JUnit
6 1 (0.19%) Postman
6 1 (0.19%) Selenium
General
1 193 (36.55%) Social Skills
2 128 (24.24%) Analytical Skills
3 84 (15.91%) Retail
4 76 (14.39%) Finance
5 62 (11.74%) Marketing
6 36 (6.82%) Inclusion and Diversity
7 34 (6.44%) Organisational Skills
8 25 (4.73%) Public Sector
9 24 (4.55%) Military
10 22 (4.17%) Influencing Skills
11 21 (3.98%) Games
12 20 (3.79%) Aerospace
13 17 (3.22%) Telecoms
14 15 (2.84%) Banking
15 12 (2.27%) Aviation
16 11 (2.08%) Presentation Skills
17 6 (1.14%) Automotive
17 6 (1.14%) Law
18 5 (0.95%) Local Government
19 4 (0.76%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 106 (20.08%) Senior
2 82 (15.53%) Architect
3 62 (11.74%) Data Architect
4 54 (10.23%) Lead
5 53 (10.04%) Developer
6 40 (7.58%) Agile Delivery Manager
6 40 (7.58%) Delivery Manager
7 35 (6.63%) Software Engineer
8 34 (6.44%) Team Leader
9 30 (5.68%) Lead Developer
10 29 (5.49%) Consultant
11 28 (5.30%) Business Developer
12 26 (4.92%) Analyst
13 21 (3.98%) Cybersecurity Consultant
13 21 (3.98%) Security Consultant
14 20 (3.79%) Senior Consultant
15 19 (3.60%) Senior Manager
16 18 (3.41%) Field Engineer
16 18 (3.41%) Field Service Engineer
16 18 (3.41%) Hardware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (4.17%) React
2 20 (3.79%) .NET
3 10 (1.89%) AngularJS
4 8 (1.52%) HTML
5 6 (1.14%) CSS
6 5 (0.95%) ASP.NET
6 5 (0.95%) Vue
7 4 (0.76%) RESTful
7 4 (0.76%) Spring Boot
8 3 (0.57%) .NET Framework
8 3 (0.57%) EDI
8 3 (0.57%) JSON
8 3 (0.57%) JWT
8 3 (0.57%) Kafka
8 3 (0.57%) Next.js
8 3 (0.57%) OAuth
8 3 (0.57%) Spring
9 2 (0.38%) DOM
9 2 (0.38%) Express.js
9 2 (0.38%) Zuul
Miscellaneous
1 113 (21.40%) Self-Motivation
2 29 (5.49%) Driving Licence
3 21 (3.98%) Management Information System
3 21 (3.98%) Product Ownership
4 20 (3.79%) Hybrid Cloud
5 18 (3.41%) EPoS
6 15 (2.84%) CESG
7 11 (2.08%) Linux Command Line
8 9 (1.70%) Algorithms
8 9 (1.70%) Data Centre
8 9 (1.70%) e-Learning
8 9 (1.70%) GNSS
8 9 (1.70%) Video\Live Streaming
8 9 (1.70%) Virtual Reality
9 7 (1.33%) Enterprise Software
9 7 (1.33%) Onboarding
10 6 (1.14%) IoT
10 6 (1.14%) Operational Technology
11 5 (0.95%) Distributed Systems
11 5 (0.95%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 49 (9.28%) Windows
2 33 (6.25%) Linux
3 12 (2.27%) Windows Server
4 11 (2.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (1.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (1.33%) Windows Server 2016
5 7 (1.33%) Windows Server 2019
6 2 (0.38%) Debian
6 2 (0.38%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.19%) Android
7 1 (0.19%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.19%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.19%) Unix
7 1 (0.19%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 142 (26.89%) Problem-Solving
2 141 (26.70%) Agile
3 114 (21.59%) Mentoring
4 73 (13.83%) Platform Engineering
5 71 (13.45%) Project Management
6 65 (12.31%) Data Architecture
6 65 (12.31%) Data Integration
6 65 (12.31%) ETL
7 61 (11.55%) Data Modelling
7 61 (11.55%) Scrum
8 59 (11.17%) Data Security
9 58 (10.98%) Data Engineering
10 57 (10.80%) Creative Thinking
10 57 (10.80%) Data Governance
11 56 (10.61%) ERD
12 54 (10.23%) Kanban
13 52 (9.85%) Coaching
14 50 (9.47%) Business Intelligence
14 50 (9.47%) Cybersecurity
14 50 (9.47%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 39 (7.39%) Python
2 38 (7.20%) SQL
3 37 (7.01%) Java
4 20 (3.79%) C#
4 20 (3.79%) Perl
5 16 (3.03%) JavaScript
6 15 (2.84%) C++
7 11 (2.08%) Bash
7 11 (2.08%) MATLAB
8 5 (0.95%) Delphi
8 5 (0.95%) PowerShell
9 3 (0.57%) C
9 3 (0.57%) Go
9 3 (0.57%) TypeScript
10 2 (0.38%) R
10 2 (0.38%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.19%) PHP
11 1 (0.19%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.19%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.19%) VBA
Qualifications
1 141 (26.70%) Degree
2 48 (9.09%) Security Cleared
3 17 (3.22%) HNC
3 17 (3.22%) HND
4 15 (2.84%) CISMP
5 14 (2.65%) Computer Science Degree
6 13 (2.46%) DV Cleared
7 12 (2.27%) IISP
8 11 (2.08%) BPSS Clearance
9 10 (1.89%) SC Cleared
10 9 (1.70%) CISA
10 9 (1.70%) CRISC
11 8 (1.52%) Master's Degree
12 7 (1.33%) MRICS
13 4 (0.76%) AWS Certification
13 4 (0.76%) Azure Certification
13 4 (0.76%) DBS Check
13 4 (0.76%) Numerate Degree
14 2 (0.38%) MBA
14 2 (0.38%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (12.50%) GDPR
2 57 (10.80%) Data Quality
3 34 (6.44%) SLA
4 29 (5.49%) NIST
5 15 (2.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 15 (2.84%) JSP 440
6 13 (2.46%) GRC
6 13 (2.46%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 12 (2.27%) NIST 800
7 12 (2.27%) RMADS
8 9 (1.70%) HIPAA
8 9 (1.70%) PMO
8 9 (1.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 8 (1.52%) Accessibility
10 5 (0.95%) NCSC
10 5 (0.95%) QA
11 1 (0.19%) Actionable Recommendations
11 1 (0.19%) SOC 2
System Software
1 23 (4.36%) Docker
2 16 (3.03%) Active Directory
3 11 (2.08%) Firmware
4 10 (1.89%) Hyper-V
4 10 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 22 (4.17%) Kubernetes
2 20 (3.79%) Terraform
3 15 (2.84%) Ansible
4 14 (2.65%) Puppet
5 12 (2.27%) Progress Chef
6 11 (2.08%) Salt
7 5 (0.95%) Packer
8 3 (0.57%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (0.57%) SCCM
8 3 (0.57%) SCOM
9 2 (0.38%) Docker Swarm
9 2 (0.38%) HAProxy
10 1 (0.19%) Fortio
10 1 (0.19%) Grafana
10 1 (0.19%) Istio
10 1 (0.19%) Kiali
10 1 (0.19%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 58 (10.98%) Google
2 48 (9.09%) Microsoft
3 27 (5.11%) Dell
4 21 (3.98%) HP
5 18 (3.41%) IBM
6 12 (2.27%) VMware
7 10 (1.89%) Cisco
8 9 (1.70%) Cadence
8 9 (1.70%) Oracle
9 6 (1.14%) Atlassian
9 6 (1.14%) SAP
10 3 (0.57%) Brocade
10 3 (0.57%) NetApp
10 3 (0.57%) Optimizely
10 3 (0.57%) Progress
10 3 (0.57%) Salesforce
10 3 (0.57%) ServiceNow
10 3 (0.57%) Sitecore
11 2 (0.38%) Databricks
11 2 (0.38%) Okta