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A path less travelled = skills less ordinary

A path less travelled (Photo: Lynne Roebuck. Nettledale in the Yorkshire Wolds)
A picture of lift-off, with bright burning fuel providing the all important energy

One in 12k of people may have my skills. How did I arrive at this numer? Numbers get attention, and I added one to the 'In Numbers' section, above, for fun. The number claims I've got a one in 12k expertise.

How did I get that number?

Though I did it in fun, I think it's actually not that far out. So how did I come up with the statistic?

This is not a serious analysis. It's a fun exercise relying on a bit of logic, and even less data. Here's how I worked it out.

A path less travelled

66.56m ÷ (((109 x 2) x 25) - (𝑥 + 𝑥)) = 12,229.36

Conclusion: one in 12,229.36 people in the UK (at most) may have similar expertise to me. Many are likely to be project management focused however, and there's possibly very few who will have Design Thinking skills.

References & notes

  1. Google Knowledge Card United Kingdom / Population Several Sources credited [ Accessed: May 2021 ]
  2. According to the Architects Council Of Europe, in 2018 there were only 109 large architectural practices in the UK. Large practices were defined as those employing more than 31 people. It's a small population of workers by any measure. Source: Sector Study: TABLE 3-1 Estimated number and size of architectural practices. Volume 3, Architecture - The Practice p3-34.   Architects Council of Europe 2018. PDF linked to here: https://www.ace-cae.eu [Accessed: Dec 2019]
  3. In 2020, there were 6.0 million private sector businesses in the UK, up by 112,700 compared to 2019. House of Commons Library BRIEFING PAPER Number 06152, 22 January 2021. Business statistics Parliament.uk. (2019). [online PDF] Available at: https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk [ Accessed: May 2021 ]
  4. There are other industries that deal with large complex projects. They will also employ people to identify the job‑to‑do, and communicate it. How many are bidding for projects worth £92m and above, is another matter.
  5. 𝑥 = 0. No data available.