Period
to 1 August 2021

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for knowledge and experience of IBM products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited IBM over the 6 months to 1 August 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within the International Business Machines Corporation.

IBM
UK > England
6 months to
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 220 205 219
Rank change year-on-year -15 +14 -39
Contract jobs citing IBM 711 414 1,092
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.24% 1.28% 1.31%
As % of the Vendors category 3.04% 2.97% 3.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 403 241 651
10th Percentile £363 £338 £330
25th Percentile £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £510 £475 £460
Median % change year-on-year +7.37% +3.26% +2.22%
75th Percentile £588 £550 £550
90th Percentile £690 £600 £619
UK median daily rate £510 £473 £450
% change year-on-year +7.94% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 13 17
10th Percentile £15.70 £12.48 £28.90
25th Percentile £38.75 £17.50 £38.00
Median hourly rate £50.50 £35.00 £42.50
Median % change year-on-year +44.29% -17.65% +107.32%
75th Percentile £57.50 £50.00 £43.75
90th Percentile £75.00 " £47.60
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £34.00 £42.25
% change year-on-year +47.06% -19.53% +106.10%

IBM is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in England.

All Vendors
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 23,384 13,925 34,980
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 40.84% 43.13% 41.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,329 9,096 22,323
10th Percentile £285 £256 £255
25th Percentile £400 £364 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £563
90th Percentile £694 £675 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £454
% change year-on-year +5.26% +4.63% +0.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 737 467 1,183
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.83 £11.11
25th Percentile £13.25 £14.25 £13.25
Median hourly rate £18.89 £20.00 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year -5.55% +8.11% +5.71%
75th Percentile £41.50 £36.00 £37.38
90th Percentile £57.50 £50.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year -5.00% +8.11% +5.71%

IBM
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing IBM as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for IBM in England

IBM
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing IBM in England.

Daily rate trend for IBM in England

IBM
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing IBM in England over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Daily rate histogram for IBM in England

IBM
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing IBM in England.

Hourly rate trend for IBM in England

IBM
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing IBM in England over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for IBM in England

IBM
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing IBM within the England region over the 6 months to 1 August 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -4 359 £550 +17.02% 57
South East -50 91 £488 -2.50% 28
North of England -20 68 £400 -11.11% 26
Midlands -8 66 £425 -10.53% 16
West Midlands -15 42 £500 +11.11% 12
East of England -11 41 £513 +13.89% 7
North West -20 41 £375 -16.67% 10
East Midlands -5 23 £400 -26.83% 4
Yorkshire -16 22 £500 +17.65% 13
South West -16 21 £538 +13.16% 12
North East 0 5 £425 - 3
IBM
UK

For the 6 months to 1 August 2021, IT contractor jobs citing IBM also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for IBM.

1 214 (30.10%) Agile Software Development
2 195 (27.43%) Social Skills
3 189 (26.58%) Java
4 163 (22.93%) SQL
5 153 (21.52%) Oracle
6 149 (20.96%) Linux
7 140 (19.69%) Finance
7 140 (19.69%) DevOps
8 139 (19.55%) AWS
9 136 (19.13%) Azure
10 130 (18.28%) Windows
11 115 (16.17%) Banking
12 104 (14.63%) Python
13 95 (13.36%) JIRA
14 93 (13.08%) Jenkins
15 91 (12.80%) Microsoft
16 86 (12.10%) VMware
17 83 (11.67%) Unix
18 81 (11.39%) Mainframe
19 78 (10.97%) Migration
19 78 (10.97%) WebSphere
20 76 (10.69%) Analytics
21 75 (10.55%) Data Modelling
22 73 (10.27%) Kubernetes
23 71 (9.99%) Scrum
24 69 (9.70%) Git (software)
24 69 (9.70%) Analytical Skills
24 69 (9.70%) Docker
25 67 (9.42%) Security Cleared
25 67 (9.42%) Stakeholder Management

IBM
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 78 (10.97%) WebSphere
2 59 (8.30%) Confluence
3 34 (4.78%) Apache
4 32 (4.50%) WebSphere Application Server
5 29 (4.08%) SharePoint
6 28 (3.94%) CICS
7 22 (3.09%) Apache Spark
7 22 (3.09%) SAS
7 22 (3.09%) Tomcat
8 19 (2.67%) Oracle Coherence
9 18 (2.53%) IBM Domino
10 17 (2.39%) FileNet
11 15 (2.11%) WebLogic
12 14 (1.97%) MQSeries
13 11 (1.55%) IIS
14 8 (1.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 7 (0.98%) IBM Notes
15 7 (0.98%) JBoss
16 6 (0.84%) IBM HTTP Server
17 5 (0.70%) nginx
Applications
1 48 (6.75%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (2.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.69%) Simulink
4 10 (1.41%) Microsoft Project
5 7 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 5 (0.70%) Chatbot
7 4 (0.56%) MS Visio
7 4 (0.56%) SPSS
8 3 (0.42%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.28%) Sketch
10 1 (0.14%) SPSS Modeler
Business Applications
1 18 (2.53%) Magento
1 18 (2.53%) Maximo
2 17 (2.39%) IBM Planning Analytics
3 8 (1.13%) Shopify
4 4 (0.56%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (0.56%) SAP Hybris
5 3 (0.42%) Cognos Planning
5 3 (0.42%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.42%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.42%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.28%) BASE24
6 2 (0.28%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
7 1 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.14%) Cognos Controller
7 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.14%) SAP HCM
7 1 (0.14%) SAP MDM
7 1 (0.14%) SAP R/3
7 1 (0.14%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 139 (19.55%) AWS
2 136 (19.13%) Azure
3 59 (8.30%) GCP
4 41 (5.77%) IaaS
5 39 (5.49%) IBM Cloud
5 39 (5.49%) OpenShift
5 39 (5.49%) PaaS
6 27 (3.80%) GitHub
7 22 (3.09%) SaaS
8 19 (2.67%) Cloud Computing
8 19 (2.67%) Serverless
9 14 (1.97%) Azure Synapse Analytics
9 14 (1.97%) Collibra
10 13 (1.83%) AWS Lambda
11 12 (1.69%) Microsoft 365
12 9 (1.27%) Amazon EKS
13 7 (0.98%) IBM Blueworks
13 7 (0.98%) npm
14 6 (0.84%) Snowflake
15 5 (0.70%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 59 (8.30%) Firewall
2 40 (5.63%) TCP/IP
3 38 (5.34%) SAN
4 33 (4.64%) DNS
4 33 (4.64%) FTP
5 32 (4.50%) SSL
6 22 (3.09%) HTTP
7 17 (2.39%) NAS
7 17 (2.39%) VPN
8 15 (2.11%) WAN
9 14 (1.97%) LAN
9 14 (1.97%) SNA
10 13 (1.83%) Ethernet
10 13 (1.83%) Multicast
11 12 (1.69%) DHCP
11 12 (1.69%) VLAN
12 11 (1.55%) Wireless
13 10 (1.41%) Kerberos
13 10 (1.41%) SSH
14 9 (1.27%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (8.30%) DB2
2 44 (6.19%) NoSQL
3 40 (5.63%) Oracle Database
4 37 (5.20%) Big Data
4 37 (5.20%) Relational Database
5 35 (4.92%) MongoDB
5 35 (4.92%) SQL Server
6 30 (4.22%) IBM InfoSphere
7 29 (4.08%) Data Warehouse
7 29 (4.08%) MySQL
8 20 (2.81%) Hadoop
9 19 (2.67%) RDBMS
10 17 (2.39%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 17 (2.39%) PostgreSQL
11 16 (2.25%) Oracle Database 12c
12 15 (2.11%) IDMS
12 15 (2.11%) Oracle Database 11g
13 13 (1.83%) Data Mining
13 13 (1.83%) Tableau
14 11 (1.55%) DbVisualizer
Development Applications
1 95 (13.36%) JIRA
2 93 (13.08%) Jenkins
3 69 (9.70%) Git (software)
4 29 (4.08%) PowerDesigner
4 29 (4.08%) TeamCity
5 25 (3.52%) Bitbucket
6 22 (3.09%) IBM UrbanCode
6 22 (3.09%) SonarQube
7 20 (2.81%) GitLab
7 20 (2.81%) Maven
7 20 (2.81%) Subversion
8 16 (2.25%) Selenium
9 15 (2.11%) Rational Rhapsody
10 14 (1.97%) Artifactory
11 13 (1.83%) ERwin
11 13 (1.83%) Postman
11 13 (1.83%) Sonatype Nexus
12 12 (1.69%) Cucumber
13 10 (1.41%) IntelliJ
14 9 (1.27%) Visual Studio
General
1 195 (27.43%) Social Skills
2 140 (19.69%) Finance
3 115 (16.17%) Banking
4 69 (9.70%) Analytical Skills
5 42 (5.91%) Retail
6 39 (5.49%) Investment Banking
7 23 (3.23%) Public Sector
8 20 (2.81%) Presentation Skills
9 14 (1.97%) Marketing
10 12 (1.69%) Telecoms
11 9 (1.27%) Automotive
11 9 (1.27%) Law
12 8 (1.13%) Financial Institution
13 7 (0.98%) Back Office
13 7 (0.98%) Influencing Skills
14 6 (0.84%) Front Office
14 6 (0.84%) Retail Banking
15 5 (0.70%) Billing
15 5 (0.70%) Documentation Skills
15 5 (0.70%) Legal
Job Titles
1 107 (15.05%) Architect
2 92 (12.94%) Developer
3 47 (6.61%) Solutions Architect
4 35 (4.92%) Administrator
4 35 (4.92%) Analyst
4 35 (4.92%) Consultant
4 35 (4.92%) Data Architect
5 31 (4.36%) Project Manager
6 29 (4.08%) DevOps Engineer
7 28 (3.94%) Java Developer
8 21 (2.95%) Tester
9 20 (2.81%) Data Engineer
9 20 (2.81%) Technical Leader
10 15 (2.11%) Programmer
10 15 (2.11%) Senior Developer
10 15 (2.11%) Systems Programmer
11 14 (1.97%) Applications Support
11 14 (1.97%) Data Modeller
11 14 (1.97%) Designer
11 14 (1.97%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (7.88%) Spring
2 54 (7.59%) Middleware
3 46 (6.47%) Kafka
4 45 (6.33%) REST
5 38 (5.34%) Web Services
6 33 (4.64%) Node.js
7 31 (4.36%) Spring Boot
8 30 (4.22%) WebSphere MQ
8 30 (4.22%) XML
9 28 (3.94%) AngularJS
10 27 (3.80%) JMS
11 26 (3.66%) J2EE
11 26 (3.66%) RESTful
12 25 (3.52%) .NET
13 23 (3.23%) RabbitMQ
13 23 (3.23%) SOAP
14 22 (3.09%) LDAP
15 20 (2.81%) JSON
16 19 (2.67%) HTML
17 13 (1.83%) React
Miscellaneous
1 81 (11.39%) Mainframe
2 41 (5.77%) Data Centre
3 34 (4.78%) Public Cloud
4 32 (4.50%) Clustering
5 26 (3.66%) Replication
6 23 (3.23%) Management Information System
7 21 (2.95%) IBM Mainframe
8 19 (2.67%) Self-Motivation
8 19 (2.67%) Virtual Team
9 16 (2.25%) iSeries
10 15 (2.11%) AS400
10 15 (2.11%) DataPower
10 15 (2.11%) Enterprise Software
10 15 (2.11%) Private Cloud
11 13 (1.83%) Cloud Native
11 13 (1.83%) Derivative
12 11 (1.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 11 (1.55%) LPAR
12 11 (1.55%) User Experience
13 10 (1.41%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 149 (20.96%) Linux
2 130 (18.28%) Windows
3 83 (11.67%) Unix
4 42 (5.91%) Windows Server
4 42 (5.91%) zOS
5 30 (4.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 27 (3.80%) Windows Server 2016
7 26 (3.66%) AIX
8 19 (2.67%) MVS
9 16 (2.25%) Windows Server 2008
10 14 (1.97%) Apple iOS
10 14 (1.97%) Solaris
11 12 (1.69%) Windows Server 2012
12 11 (1.55%) VMS
13 9 (1.27%) Oracle Linux
14 7 (0.98%) Android
14 7 (0.98%) CentOS
14 7 (0.98%) Windows Server 2019
15 6 (0.84%) Windows 2000
15 6 (0.84%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 214 (30.10%) Agile Software Development
2 140 (19.69%) DevOps
3 78 (10.97%) Migration
4 76 (10.69%) Analytics
5 75 (10.55%) Data Modelling
6 71 (9.99%) Scrum
7 67 (9.42%) Stakeholder Management
8 65 (9.14%) Problem-Solving
9 63 (8.86%) Microservices
10 56 (7.88%) ITIL
11 53 (7.45%) Test Automation
12 51 (7.17%) Continuous Integration
13 48 (6.75%) ETL
14 47 (6.61%) Project Management
15 45 (6.33%) Software Engineering
16 43 (6.05%) Business Intelligence
16 43 (6.05%) Master Data Management
17 41 (5.77%) E-Commerce
17 41 (5.77%) High Availability
18 39 (5.49%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 189 (26.58%) Java
2 163 (22.93%) SQL
3 104 (14.63%) Python
4 43 (6.05%) Shell Script
5 36 (5.06%) PowerShell
6 35 (4.92%) Bash Shell
7 34 (4.78%) C++
8 29 (4.08%) JavaScript
9 28 (3.94%) C#
10 26 (3.66%) Perl
11 24 (3.38%) JCL
12 21 (2.95%) REXX
13 18 (2.53%) C
14 17 (2.39%) COBOL
15 15 (2.11%) PL/SQL
16 14 (1.97%) PHP
17 13 (1.83%) Go
17 13 (1.83%) Java 8
18 12 (1.69%) MATLAB
18 12 (1.69%) VB
Qualifications
1 67 (9.42%) Security Cleared
2 58 (8.16%) SC Cleared
3 38 (5.34%) Degree
4 10 (1.41%) Cisco Certification
5 9 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
5 9 (1.27%) PMP
6 8 (1.13%) Microsoft Certification
6 8 (1.13%) Numerate Degree
7 7 (0.98%) DV Cleared
8 6 (0.84%) MCSA
9 5 (0.70%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (0.70%) TOGAF Certification
10 4 (0.56%) CCIE
10 4 (0.56%) IBM Certification
10 4 (0.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (0.42%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (0.42%) Master's Degree
11 3 (0.42%) MCITP
11 3 (0.42%) VCP6
12 2 (0.28%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (5.34%) GDPR
2 34 (4.78%) QA
3 22 (3.09%) Data Quality
4 12 (1.69%) Accessibility
5 11 (1.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 11 (1.55%) SLA
6 6 (0.84%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.56%) MiFID
8 3 (0.42%) DO-178B
9 2 (0.28%) GRC
9 2 (0.28%) NIST 800
10 1 (0.14%) COBIT
10 1 (0.14%) FISMA
10 1 (0.14%) IFRS
10 1 (0.14%) ISO 20022
10 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 15288
10 1 (0.14%) NIST
10 1 (0.14%) PMO
10 1 (0.14%) SEPA
System Software
1 69 (9.70%) Docker
2 61 (8.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 51 (7.17%) Active Directory
4 24 (3.38%) vSphere
5 21 (2.95%) VMware ESXi
6 17 (2.39%) RACF
7 15 (2.11%) Job Entry Subsystem
8 11 (1.55%) PowerHA
9 9 (1.27%) NFS
9 9 (1.27%) Time Sharing Option
10 8 (1.13%) Hyper-V
10 8 (1.13%) Virtual Servers
11 7 (0.98%) Oracle RAC
11 7 (0.98%) VMware NSX
12 6 (0.84%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 6 (0.84%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 6 (0.84%) Veritas File System
13 5 (0.70%) Postfix
13 5 (0.70%) qmail
13 5 (0.70%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 73 (10.27%) Kubernetes
2 66 (9.28%) Ansible
3 42 (5.91%) Tivoli
4 38 (5.34%) Terraform
5 23 (3.23%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 20 (2.81%) ITRS Geneos
7 19 (2.67%) Tivoli NetView
8 18 (2.53%) Control-M
8 18 (2.53%) Puppet
9 16 (2.25%) Grafana
9 16 (2.25%) Netcool
10 14 (1.97%) QRadar
11 13 (1.83%) EMC NetWorker
11 13 (1.83%) SCCM
12 12 (1.69%) Opscode Chef
12 12 (1.69%) vRealize Orchestrator
13 11 (1.55%) Kibana
14 9 (1.27%) Netcool/OMNIbus
14 9 (1.27%) vRealize
15 7 (0.98%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 153 (21.52%) Oracle
2 91 (12.80%) Microsoft
3 86 (12.10%) VMware
4 52 (7.31%) SAP
5 47 (6.61%) Splunk
6 46 (6.47%) Red Hat
7 42 (5.91%) HP
8 39 (5.49%) Google
9 32 (4.50%) CA
10 31 (4.36%) Cisco
10 31 (4.36%) ServiceNow
11 26 (3.66%) BiZZdesign
11 26 (3.66%) BMC
11 26 (3.66%) EMC
12 23 (3.23%) Salesforce.com
13 22 (3.09%) TIBCO
14 20 (2.81%) Dell
15 18 (2.53%) Citrix
16 17 (2.39%) Xerox
17 15 (2.11%) AppDynamics