Period
to 17 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for Strategic Thinking skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Strategic Thinking over the 6 months to 17 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Strategic Thinking
UK
6 months to
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 417 502 590
Rank change year-on-year +85 +88 -15
Permanent jobs citing Strategic Thinking 1,137 999 791
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 0.56% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.78% 0.61% 0.47%
Number of salaries quoted 576 508 570
UK median annual salary £60,000 £65,000 £60,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -7.69% +8.33% +4.35%
10th Percentile £37,500 £35,000 £32,500
90th Percentile £100,000 £100,000 £102,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £51,250 £55,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year -6.82% +10.00% +5.26%

Strategic 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 145,913 163,729 167,823
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.60% 91.89% 91.31%
Number of salaries quoted 115,334 130,166 139,244
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £48,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +3.09% +2.11%
10th Percentile £29,750 £28,500 £27,651
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% -

Strategic Thinking
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Strategic Thinking as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Strategic Thinking in the UK

Strategic Thinking
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Strategic Thinking.

Salary trend for Strategic Thinking in the UK

Strategic Thinking
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Strategic Thinking over the 6 months to 17 December 2018.

Salary histogram for Strategic Thinking in the UK

Strategic 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 Strategic Thinking within the UK over the 6 months to 17 December 2018. 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 +82 1,059 £60,000 -7.69% 110
London +56 715 £67,500 -10.00% 55
UK excluding London +111 393 £51,250 -6.82% 59
South East +46 107 £52,500 -4.11% 9
North of England +54 100 £50,000 -16.67% 18
North West +46 75 £50,000 -4.76% 12
Midlands +52 67 £54,430 +20.96% 22
South West +25 47 £48,750 +21.88% 2
West Midlands +68 46 £50,000 +28.21% 16
Wales +32 28 £65,446 -3.04%
East of England +8 26 £57,000 -36.67% 4
Yorkshire +43 24 £50,165 -14.97% 5
East Midlands +22 21 £54,860 -4.59% 5
Scotland +2 21 £55,000 +4.76% 4
Northern Ireland - 3 - -
North East -1 1 £52,500 -25.00% 1

For the 6 months to 17 December 2018, IT jobs citing Strategic 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 Strategic Thinking.

1 494 (43.45%) Problem-Solving
2 487 (42.83%) Finance
3 386 (33.95%) Analytical Skills
4 354 (31.13%) Agile Software Development
5 283 (24.89%) Risk Management
6 268 (23.57%) Degree
7 258 (22.69%) Banking
8 255 (22.43%) Big Data
9 250 (21.99%) Project Management
10 244 (21.46%) Innovative Thinking
11 236 (20.76%) Financial Institution
12 229 (20.14%) Investment Banking
12 229 (20.14%) Cyberthreat
13 228 (20.05%) Investment Management
14 226 (19.88%) Low Latency
15 211 (18.56%) Java
16 187 (16.45%) SQL
17 176 (15.48%) Stakeholder Management
18 171 (15.04%) Microsoft
19 158 (13.90%) Analytics
20 141 (12.40%) SDLC
21 134 (11.79%) Computer Science
22 115 (10.11%) QA
23 112 (9.85%) Software Engineering
24 108 (9.50%) JavaScript
25 107 (9.41%) Continuous Improvement
26 106 (9.32%) Creative Thinking
27 105 (9.23%) DevOps
28 103 (9.06%) Change Management
28 103 (9.06%) Decision-Making

Strategic 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 25 (2.20%) SharePoint
2 22 (1.93%) Apache Spark
3 19 (1.67%) Elasticsearch
4 15 (1.32%) Tomcat
5 13 (1.14%) BizTalk Server
5 13 (1.14%) MS Exchange
6 11 (0.97%) Apache
7 10 (0.88%) Apache Solr
8 9 (0.79%) nginx
9 7 (0.62%) SAS
10 6 (0.53%) IIS
10 6 (0.53%) Marvel
11 4 (0.35%) CMS
11 4 (0.35%) Skype for Business
11 4 (0.35%) WordPress
12 3 (0.26%) Confluence
12 3 (0.26%) Jetty
12 3 (0.26%) TPMS
13 2 (0.18%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 2 (0.18%) OpenStack
Applications
1 59 (5.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 55 (4.84%) Microsoft Office
3 52 (4.57%) Microsoft Excel
4 38 (3.34%) Microsoft Project
5 27 (2.37%) MS Visio
6 11 (0.97%) Photoshop
7 9 (0.79%) Adobe Illustrator
7 9 (0.79%) InVision
8 7 (0.62%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 7 (0.62%) SPSS
9 2 (0.18%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.18%) Stata
10 1 (0.088%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 21 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (1.32%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (0.88%) SAP Hybris
4 7 (0.62%) PeopleSoft HCM
5 6 (0.53%) PeopleSoft Financials
6 2 (0.18%) PeopleSoft HRMS
6 2 (0.18%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.18%) SAP IS-U
6 2 (0.18%) Sentinel
7 1 (0.088%) Bloomberg AIM
7 1 (0.088%) JDE EnterpriseOne
7 1 (0.088%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.088%) Oracle Applications
7 1 (0.088%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.088%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 85 (7.48%) Microsoft Azure
2 55 (4.84%) SaaS
3 48 (4.22%) PaaS
4 45 (3.96%) Amazon AWS
5 39 (3.43%) Office 365
6 19 (1.67%) Cloud Computing
7 14 (1.23%) IaaS
8 11 (0.97%) Azure Active Directory
8 11 (0.97%) Google Analytics
9 8 (0.70%) Adobe Creative Cloud
10 7 (0.62%) Amazon EC2
10 7 (0.62%) Serverless
11 5 (0.44%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
12 4 (0.35%) Amazon S3
12 4 (0.35%) Cortana Intelligence Suite
12 4 (0.35%) Force.com
12 4 (0.35%) npm
12 4 (0.35%) OneDrive
12 4 (0.35%) Salesforce Service Cloud
13 3 (0.26%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 43 (3.78%) Firewall
2 27 (2.37%) TCP/IP
3 25 (2.20%) Internet
4 24 (2.11%) WAN
5 17 (1.50%) LAN
6 15 (1.32%) Intrusion Detection
7 14 (1.23%) SAN
8 12 (1.06%) DNS
8 12 (1.06%) Network Security
9 10 (0.88%) VPN
9 10 (0.88%) Wireless
10 8 (0.70%) Unified Communications
11 7 (0.62%) DHCP
12 6 (0.53%) Cisco Nexus
13 5 (0.44%) Broadband
13 5 (0.44%) MPLS
14 4 (0.35%) BGP
14 4 (0.35%) OSPF
14 4 (0.35%) SNMP
14 4 (0.35%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 255 (22.43%) Big Data
2 65 (5.72%) Relational Database
3 60 (5.28%) SQL Server
4 48 (4.22%) NoSQL
5 47 (4.13%) Power BI
6 43 (3.78%) MongoDB
7 35 (3.08%) Data Warehouse
8 33 (2.90%) DB2
9 32 (2.81%) SQL Server 2012
10 28 (2.46%) RDBMS
11 22 (1.93%) MySQL
12 18 (1.58%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
13 16 (1.41%) Hadoop
14 13 (1.14%) Data Lake
15 12 (1.06%) PostgreSQL
16 10 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 10 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 9 (0.79%) Apache Cassandra
17 9 (0.79%) QlikView
17 9 (0.79%) Redis
Development Applications
1 45 (3.96%) Git (software)
1 45 (3.96%) Team Foundation Server
2 29 (2.55%) Octopus Deploy
3 26 (2.29%) JIRA
4 22 (1.93%) Maven
5 14 (1.23%) JUnit
6 8 (0.70%) Balsamiq Mockups
6 8 (0.70%) Cucumber
6 8 (0.70%) Jenkins
6 8 (0.70%) Subversion
7 7 (0.62%) Dreamweaver
7 7 (0.62%) Selenium
7 7 (0.62%) Visual Studio Team System
8 6 (0.53%) FitNesse
8 6 (0.53%) TeamCity
9 5 (0.44%) ERwin
9 5 (0.44%) Gradle
9 5 (0.44%) gulp
9 5 (0.44%) Hudson
10 4 (0.35%) Axure RP
General
1 487 (42.83%) Finance
2 258 (22.69%) Banking
3 236 (20.76%) Financial Institution
4 229 (20.14%) Investment Banking
5 74 (6.51%) Retail
6 72 (6.33%) Marketing
7 43 (3.78%) Legal
8 31 (2.73%) Front Office
8 31 (2.73%) Telecoms
9 26 (2.29%) Billing
10 19 (1.67%) Games
11 11 (0.97%) Law
12 10 (0.88%) Publishing
13 9 (0.79%) French Language
13 9 (0.79%) Music Industry
14 8 (0.70%) Manufacturing
15 7 (0.62%) German Language
15 7 (0.62%) Local Government
16 6 (0.53%) Multimedia
17 5 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 175 (15.39%) Developer
2 143 (12.58%) Analyst
3 140 (12.31%) Architect
4 93 (8.18%) Project Manager
5 61 (5.36%) Solutions Architect
6 52 (4.57%) Business Analyst
7 48 (4.22%) Senior Manager
8 37 (3.25%) Java Developer
9 34 (2.99%) Senior Analyst
10 33 (2.90%) Product Manager
11 31 (2.73%) Senior Project Manager
12 29 (2.55%) IT Manager
12 29 (2.55%) Programme Manager
13 28 (2.46%) Data Architect
13 28 (2.46%) Lead Developer
14 27 (2.37%) Platform Engineer
15 26 (2.29%) Lead Architect
16 25 (2.20%) Technical Leader
17 23 (2.02%) Delivery Manager
18 22 (1.93%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (7.74%) AngularJS
2 83 (7.30%) .NET
3 71 (6.24%) React
4 67 (5.89%) HTML
5 61 (5.36%) Kafka
6 49 (4.31%) RESTful
7 44 (3.87%) CSS
8 42 (3.69%) Web Services
9 36 (3.17%) Redux
10 34 (2.99%) Spring
11 31 (2.73%) HTML5
12 29 (2.55%) .NET Core
13 28 (2.46%) Middleware
14 25 (2.20%) REST
15 23 (2.02%) ASP.NET
16 19 (1.67%) Ajax
17 16 (1.41%) RabbitMQ
18 15 (1.32%) ASP.NET MVC 4
18 15 (1.32%) Node.js
18 15 (1.32%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 386 (33.95%) Analytical Skills
2 229 (20.14%) Cyberthreat
3 84 (7.39%) User Experience
4 82 (7.21%) Management Information System
5 68 (5.98%) Self-Motivation
6 39 (3.43%) Fixed Income
7 36 (3.17%) Algorithms
7 36 (3.17%) Data Centre
8 29 (2.55%) Data Structures
9 27 (2.37%) Equities
10 24 (2.11%) NHS
10 24 (2.11%) Virtual Team
11 22 (1.93%) PMI
12 20 (1.76%) Analytical Mindset
13 19 (1.67%) Public Cloud
14 17 (1.50%) Derivative
14 17 (1.50%) Reinsurance
15 15 (1.32%) Cloud Native
15 15 (1.32%) Social Media
16 14 (1.23%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 81 (7.12%) Linux
2 75 (6.60%) Windows
3 63 (5.54%) Unix
4 9 (0.79%) Windows Server
5 5 (0.44%) Ubuntu
5 5 (0.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (0.35%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.26%) Solaris
8 2 (0.18%) CentOS
8 2 (0.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.18%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.088%) AIX
9 1 (0.088%) Android
9 1 (0.088%) Debian
9 1 (0.088%) Embedded Linux
9 1 (0.088%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.088%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.088%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 494 (43.45%) Problem-Solving
2 354 (31.13%) Agile Software Development
3 283 (24.89%) Risk Management
4 250 (21.99%) Project Management
5 244 (21.46%) Innovative Thinking
6 228 (20.05%) Investment Management
7 226 (19.88%) Low Latency
8 176 (15.48%) Stakeholder Management
9 158 (13.90%) Analytics
10 141 (12.40%) SDLC
11 134 (11.79%) Computer Science
12 112 (9.85%) Software Engineering
13 107 (9.41%) Continuous Improvement
14 106 (9.32%) Creative Thinking
15 105 (9.23%) DevOps
16 103 (9.06%) Change Management
16 103 (9.06%) Decision-Making
17 97 (8.53%) Thought Leadership
18 85 (7.48%) Business Intelligence
19 84 (7.39%) OO
Programming Languages
1 211 (18.56%) Java
2 187 (16.45%) SQL
3 108 (9.50%) JavaScript
4 88 (7.74%) Python
5 73 (6.42%) C#
6 68 (5.98%) C++
7 47 (4.13%) C
8 31 (2.73%) Perl
9 28 (2.46%) PowerShell
10 20 (1.76%) Shell Script
11 16 (1.41%) PHP
12 14 (1.23%) Go
12 14 (1.23%) R
13 13 (1.14%) Ruby
14 12 (1.06%) Bash Shell
14 12 (1.06%) Scala
15 11 (0.97%) Java 8
16 9 (0.79%) VBA
17 6 (0.53%) T-SQL
17 6 (0.53%) VB
Qualifications
1 268 (23.57%) Degree
2 52 (4.57%) PMI Certification
3 46 (4.05%) Computer Science Degree
4 39 (3.43%) PMP
5 34 (2.99%) Master's Degree
6 29 (2.55%) Microsoft Certification
7 28 (2.46%) MCSE
8 25 (2.20%) MCITP
9 20 (1.76%) CISSP
10 19 (1.67%) CEH
11 15 (1.32%) GCIA
11 15 (1.32%) GCIH
11 15 (1.32%) GIAC
11 15 (1.32%) SANS
12 14 (1.23%) PgMP
13 13 (1.14%) MAPM
13 13 (1.14%) MBA
14 12 (1.06%) PhD
14 12 (1.06%) Security Cleared
15 10 (0.88%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (10.11%) QA
2 67 (5.89%) PMO
3 28 (2.46%) SLA
4 25 (2.20%) Data Quality
5 16 (1.41%) GDPR
6 12 (1.06%) PCI DSS
7 8 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 7 (0.62%) Actionable Recommendations
9 6 (0.53%) COBIT
9 6 (0.53%) ISO 20022
10 5 (0.44%) Cyber Essentials
11 4 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 4 (0.35%) MiFID
11 4 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.18%) PSD2
13 1 (0.088%) Basel II
13 1 (0.088%) IAS 39
13 1 (0.088%) IFRS
13 1 (0.088%) IFRS 9
13 1 (0.088%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 54 (4.75%) Active Directory
2 18 (1.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (1.41%) Docker
4 6 (0.53%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.35%) Virtual Desktop
5 4 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (0.35%) XenApp
5 4 (0.35%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.26%) Shibboleth
7 2 (0.18%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (0.18%) HDFS
7 2 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.088%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.088%) Snort
8 1 (0.088%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 15 (1.32%) Automic
1 15 (1.32%) CSIRT
1 15 (1.32%) Host Intrusion Detection System
2 14 (1.23%) Ansible
3 12 (1.06%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (1.06%) Puppet
4 10 (0.88%) Kubernetes
5 7 (0.62%) Single Sign-On
6 6 (0.53%) Grafana
6 6 (0.53%) Prometheus
6 6 (0.53%) Terraform
7 5 (0.44%) Salt
8 4 (0.35%) CFEngine
8 4 (0.35%) Kibana
8 4 (0.35%) WSUS
9 3 (0.26%) Mesos
9 3 (0.26%) Nagios
9 3 (0.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 3 (0.26%) SCCM
10 2 (0.18%) Consul
Vendors
1 171 (15.04%) Microsoft
2 56 (4.93%) Oracle
3 55 (4.84%) Sybase
4 32 (2.81%) Salesforce.com
5 29 (2.55%) Cadence
5 29 (2.55%) Telerik
6 26 (2.29%) SAP
7 23 (2.02%) VMware
8 22 (1.93%) Citrix
9 21 (1.85%) Tableau
10 19 (1.67%) Google
11 16 (1.41%) Cisco
11 16 (1.41%) Sun
12 13 (1.14%) Adobe
12 13 (1.14%) IBM
12 13 (1.14%) PeopleSoft
13 10 (0.88%) hybris
14 8 (0.70%) Informatica
15 7 (0.62%) ServiceNow
16 6 (0.53%) Guidewire