Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 257 211 245
Rank change year-on-year -46 +34 -45
Contract jobs citing IBM 731 357 916
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.08% 1.31% 1.18%
As % of the Vendors category 2.72% 3.03% 2.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 450 222 561
10th Percentile £350 £350 £309
25th Percentile £425 £411 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £520 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +9.42% - +3.26%
75th Percentile £600 £550 £550
90th Percentile £700 £600 £613
UK median daily rate £513 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +7.89% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 11 8
10th Percentile £15.30 " £29.38
25th Percentile £23.25 £31.25 £31.44
Median hourly rate £50.50 £35.00 £38.75
Median % change year-on-year +44.29% -9.68% +17.42%
75th Percentile £57.50 £40.50 £41.50
90th Percentile £75.00 £47.50 £47.43
UK median hourly rate £50.50 £34.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +48.53% -15.00% +21.21%

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 26,880 11,796 32,905
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 39.75% 43.33% 42.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,991 7,810 21,234
10th Percentile £263 £258 £243
25th Percentile £400 £363 £360
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £560
90th Percentile £700 £675 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 833 350 1,167
10th Percentile £11.70 £11.58 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.00 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.20 £21.39 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -10.25% +12.59% +9.70%
75th Percentile £41.82 £45.00 £40.25
90th Percentile £62.50 £55.00 £51.73
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £22.50 £19.03
% change year-on-year -13.33% +18.23% +11.94%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -62 342 £550 +22.22% 61
South East -69 105 £500 -1.86% 22
North of England -33 87 £425 -5.56% 24
Midlands -18 72 £425 -10.53% 12
North West -34 57 £422 -6.22% 9
West Midlands -31 52 £438 -5.91% 10
East of England -32 37 £513 +13.89% 17
Yorkshire -35 25 £475 +18.75% 10
South West -51 21 £535 +12.63% 14
East Midlands -18 20 £425 -8.11% 2
North East -9 5 £449 -10.30% 5
IBM
UK

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 197 (26.95%) Agile Software Development
2 183 (25.03%) Social Skills
3 161 (22.02%) SQL
4 149 (20.38%) Linux
5 147 (20.11%) Finance
6 146 (19.97%) Java
7 140 (19.15%) DevOps
8 134 (18.33%) Oracle
9 130 (17.78%) Windows
9 130 (17.78%) Azure
10 102 (13.95%) AWS
11 97 (13.27%) JIRA
12 95 (13.00%) Banking
13 87 (11.90%) Scrum
13 87 (11.90%) Microsoft
14 86 (11.76%) Analytics
15 82 (11.22%) Unix
15 82 (11.22%) Data Modelling
16 81 (11.08%) WebSphere
17 80 (10.94%) Migration
18 74 (10.12%) Mainframe
18 74 (10.12%) Jenkins
19 71 (9.71%) Stakeholder Management
19 71 (9.71%) VMware
19 71 (9.71%) Analytical Skills
20 69 (9.44%) Microservices
20 69 (9.44%) Kubernetes
20 69 (9.44%) Requirements Gathering
21 67 (9.17%) Python
22 66 (9.03%) Confluence

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 81 (11.08%) WebSphere
2 66 (9.03%) Confluence
3 37 (5.06%) CICS
3 37 (5.06%) SharePoint
4 35 (4.79%) Apache Spark
5 23 (3.15%) Apache
6 19 (2.60%) SAS
7 16 (2.19%) WebSphere Application Server
8 15 (2.05%) IBM Notes
9 13 (1.78%) Oracle Coherence
10 12 (1.64%) FileNet
10 12 (1.64%) Tomcat
11 10 (1.37%) IIS
11 10 (1.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 9 (1.23%) IBM Domino
12 9 (1.23%) MQSeries
12 9 (1.23%) WebLogic
13 8 (1.09%) Appian
13 8 (1.09%) JBoss
14 7 (0.96%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 42 (5.75%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (3.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (2.33%) MS Visio
4 16 (2.19%) Simulink
5 4 (0.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.41%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.27%) Photoshop
7 2 (0.27%) Sketch
7 2 (0.27%) SPSS
8 1 (0.14%) Figma
8 1 (0.14%) InVision
8 1 (0.14%) SPSS Modeler
Business Applications
1 24 (3.28%) Maximo
2 15 (2.05%) IBM Planning Analytics
3 8 (1.09%) Magento
4 5 (0.68%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
5 4 (0.55%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.41%) Oracle EBS
6 3 (0.41%) SAP Hybris
7 2 (0.27%) BASE24
7 2 (0.27%) Cognos Planning
7 2 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
7 2 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.27%) SAP SD
7 2 (0.27%) Shopify
8 1 (0.14%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.14%) Cognos Controller
8 1 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.14%) SAP ERP
8 1 (0.14%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 130 (17.78%) Azure
2 102 (13.95%) AWS
3 54 (7.39%) GCP
4 46 (6.29%) OpenShift
5 42 (5.75%) IBM Cloud
6 35 (4.79%) GitHub
7 34 (4.65%) PaaS
8 27 (3.69%) IaaS
9 24 (3.28%) Collibra
10 21 (2.87%) SaaS
11 15 (2.05%) Azure Synapse Analytics
12 12 (1.64%) Microsoft 365
13 10 (1.37%) Serverless
14 9 (1.23%) Power Platform
15 8 (1.09%) Amazon EKS
15 8 (1.09%) Google Analytics
16 7 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
17 6 (0.82%) IBM Blueworks
17 6 (0.82%) Snowflake
17 6 (0.82%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 64 (8.76%) Firewall
2 33 (4.51%) SSL
3 32 (4.38%) TCP/IP
4 29 (3.97%) DNS
5 28 (3.83%) SAN
6 24 (3.28%) WAN
7 21 (2.87%) LAN
8 15 (2.05%) VPN
8 15 (2.05%) Wireless
9 13 (1.78%) FTP
9 13 (1.78%) HTTP
9 13 (1.78%) Multicast
10 11 (1.50%) Ethernet
10 11 (1.50%) NAS
11 10 (1.37%) DHCP
12 9 (1.23%) Kerberos
12 9 (1.23%) VLAN
13 7 (0.96%) FIX Connectivity
13 7 (0.96%) Network Security
13 7 (0.96%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (8.07%) DB2
2 39 (5.34%) Oracle Database
3 38 (5.20%) IBM InfoSphere
4 33 (4.51%) SQL Server
5 31 (4.24%) Big Data
6 30 (4.10%) NoSQL
7 29 (3.97%) Data Warehouse
8 25 (3.42%) Relational Database
9 21 (2.87%) MongoDB
9 21 (2.87%) MySQL
10 20 (2.74%) DataStage
11 17 (2.33%) IDMS
11 17 (2.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 16 (2.19%) Oracle Database 12c
12 16 (2.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 14 (1.92%) GIS
14 12 (1.64%) BusinessObjects
14 12 (1.64%) PostgreSQL
14 12 (1.64%) RDBMS
15 11 (1.50%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 97 (13.27%) JIRA
2 74 (10.12%) Jenkins
3 45 (6.16%) Git (software)
4 37 (5.06%) PowerDesigner
5 25 (3.42%) ERwin
6 24 (3.28%) GitLab
6 24 (3.28%) TeamCity
7 23 (3.15%) IBM UrbanCode
8 19 (2.60%) Rational Rhapsody
9 17 (2.33%) Selenium
9 17 (2.33%) SonarQube
10 16 (2.19%) Bitbucket
11 15 (2.05%) Artifactory
12 14 (1.92%) JUnit
13 13 (1.78%) Postman
13 13 (1.78%) Subversion
14 12 (1.64%) Maven
15 9 (1.23%) Cucumber
15 9 (1.23%) Visual Studio
16 8 (1.09%) IntelliJ
General
1 183 (25.03%) Social Skills
2 147 (20.11%) Finance
3 95 (13.00%) Banking
4 71 (9.71%) Analytical Skills
5 42 (5.75%) Retail
6 33 (4.51%) Investment Banking
7 30 (4.10%) Public Sector
8 16 (2.19%) Documentation Skills
8 16 (2.19%) Telecoms
9 11 (1.50%) Automotive
9 11 (1.50%) Back Office
9 11 (1.50%) Influencing Skills
10 10 (1.37%) Financial Institution
10 10 (1.37%) Law
10 10 (1.37%) Presentation Skills
11 9 (1.23%) Legal
12 8 (1.09%) Front Office
12 8 (1.09%) Marketing
13 6 (0.82%) Organisational Skills
14 4 (0.55%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 117 (16.01%) Architect
2 103 (14.09%) Developer
3 67 (9.17%) Analyst
4 45 (6.16%) Solutions Architect
5 37 (5.06%) Consultant
6 35 (4.79%) Administrator
7 33 (4.51%) Data Architect
7 33 (4.51%) Project Manager
8 32 (4.38%) Business Analyst
9 30 (4.10%) Java Developer
10 25 (3.42%) Technical Leader
11 23 (3.15%) Applications Support
12 22 (3.01%) Data Modeller
13 21 (2.87%) DevOps Engineer
14 18 (2.46%) Tester
15 16 (2.19%) Azure Architect
15 16 (2.19%) Support Engineer
16 14 (1.92%) IT Support
17 13 (1.78%) Designer
17 13 (1.78%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (6.02%) Middleware
1 44 (6.02%) REST
2 43 (5.88%) Kafka
3 41 (5.61%) Spring
4 37 (5.06%) XML
5 33 (4.51%) WebSphere MQ
6 29 (3.97%) J2EE
6 29 (3.97%) JMS
7 27 (3.69%) .NET
7 27 (3.69%) Spring Boot
8 26 (3.56%) JSON
8 26 (3.56%) Node.js
8 26 (3.56%) Web Services
9 23 (3.15%) RESTful
10 21 (2.87%) HTML
11 20 (2.74%) AngularJS
11 20 (2.74%) RabbitMQ
11 20 (2.74%) SOAP
12 19 (2.60%) FIX Protocol
12 19 (2.60%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 74 (10.12%) Mainframe
2 37 (5.06%) Data Centre
3 36 (4.92%) Management Information System
4 27 (3.69%) Public Cloud
5 24 (3.28%) Clustering
5 24 (3.28%) Virtual Team
6 21 (2.87%) DataPower
6 21 (2.87%) Replication
7 18 (2.46%) Derivative
8 17 (2.33%) IBM Mainframe
9 13 (1.78%) Legacy Systems
10 11 (1.50%) Self-Motivation
11 10 (1.37%) N-Tier
11 10 (1.37%) User Experience
12 9 (1.23%) Cloud Native
12 9 (1.23%) Data Protection Act
12 9 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
12 9 (1.23%) iSeries
12 9 (1.23%) Private Cloud
13 8 (1.09%) EMC VMAX
Operating Systems
1 149 (20.38%) Linux
2 130 (17.78%) Windows
3 82 (11.22%) Unix
4 41 (5.61%) zOS
5 38 (5.20%) Windows Server
6 30 (4.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 25 (3.42%) AIX
8 14 (1.92%) Solaris
9 13 (1.78%) VMS
10 12 (1.64%) Windows Server 2016
11 11 (1.50%) MVS
12 9 (1.23%) Android
13 8 (1.09%) Windows Phone
14 7 (0.96%) Apple iOS
14 7 (0.96%) Windows Server 2008
15 6 (0.82%) CentOS
15 6 (0.82%) Oracle Linux
16 4 (0.55%) OS/400
16 4 (0.55%) SUSE
16 4 (0.55%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 197 (26.95%) Agile Software Development
2 140 (19.15%) DevOps
3 87 (11.90%) Scrum
4 86 (11.76%) Analytics
5 82 (11.22%) Data Modelling
6 80 (10.94%) Migration
7 71 (9.71%) Stakeholder Management
8 69 (9.44%) Microservices
8 69 (9.44%) Requirements Gathering
9 62 (8.48%) ITIL
10 59 (8.07%) Problem-Solving
11 55 (7.52%) Project Management
12 53 (7.25%) Mentoring
13 49 (6.70%) ETL
14 48 (6.57%) Test Automation
14 48 (6.57%) Workflow
15 47 (6.43%) Master Data Management
16 45 (6.16%) Business Intelligence
17 43 (5.88%) High Availability
17 43 (5.88%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 161 (22.02%) SQL
2 146 (19.97%) Java
3 67 (9.17%) Python
4 40 (5.47%) Shell Script
5 37 (5.06%) Bash Shell
5 37 (5.06%) PowerShell
6 31 (4.24%) JavaScript
7 30 (4.10%) COBOL
8 25 (3.42%) JCL
9 24 (3.28%) C#
9 24 (3.28%) REXX
10 23 (3.15%) Perl
11 19 (2.60%) C++
12 17 (2.33%) C
13 16 (2.19%) MATLAB
14 15 (2.05%) PL/SQL
15 9 (1.23%) Java 8
15 9 (1.23%) Ruby
15 9 (1.23%) VB
16 8 (1.09%) Go
Qualifications
1 65 (8.89%) Security Cleared
2 53 (7.25%) SC Cleared
3 32 (4.38%) Degree
4 26 (3.56%) ITIL Certification
5 13 (1.78%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (1.64%) Master's Degree
7 11 (1.50%) Microsoft Certification
8 8 (1.09%) PMI Certification
8 8 (1.09%) PMP
9 6 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
9 6 (0.82%) CCIE
9 6 (0.82%) MCSE
9 6 (0.82%) Numerate Degree
9 6 (0.82%) TOGAF Certification
10 5 (0.68%) DV Cleared
11 4 (0.55%) CCNP
11 4 (0.55%) IBM Certification
11 4 (0.55%) MCSA
11 4 (0.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 3 (0.41%) RHCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (5.06%) GDPR
2 26 (3.56%) Data Quality
3 25 (3.42%) QA
4 13 (1.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 10 (1.37%) Accessibility
6 9 (1.23%) PCI DSS
6 9 (1.23%) SLA
7 3 (0.41%) ISO 15022
7 3 (0.41%) ISO 20022
8 2 (0.27%) COBIT
8 2 (0.27%) IFRS
8 2 (0.27%) ITGC
8 2 (0.27%) NIST 800
9 1 (0.14%) APQC
9 1 (0.14%) Basel III
9 1 (0.14%) COREP
9 1 (0.14%) DO-178B
9 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 15288
9 1 (0.14%) MiFID
9 1 (0.14%) NIST
System Software
1 65 (8.89%) Docker
2 51 (6.98%) Active Directory
3 46 (6.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 22 (3.01%) VMware ESXi
5 20 (2.74%) RACF
6 18 (2.46%) Job Entry Subsystem
7 16 (2.19%) vSphere
8 13 (1.78%) NFS
9 11 (1.50%) Time Sharing Option
9 11 (1.50%) VMware NSX
10 8 (1.09%) Virtual Servers
11 6 (0.82%) Oracle RAC
12 5 (0.68%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 5 (0.68%) Veritas File System
12 5 (0.68%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 5 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
13 4 (0.55%) Hyper-V
14 3 (0.41%) Slurm Workload Manager
14 3 (0.41%) SRDF
14 3 (0.41%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 69 (9.44%) Kubernetes
2 58 (7.93%) Ansible
3 52 (7.11%) Tivoli
4 35 (4.79%) Terraform
5 22 (3.01%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 21 (2.87%) Puppet
7 19 (2.60%) Grafana
8 18 (2.46%) Control-M
8 18 (2.46%) ITRS Geneos
9 15 (2.05%) Kibana
9 15 (2.05%) Netcool
10 14 (1.92%) EMC NetWorker
10 14 (1.92%) SCCM
11 13 (1.78%) Opscode Chef
11 13 (1.78%) QRadar
12 12 (1.64%) Tivoli NetView
13 8 (1.09%) Single Sign-On
14 7 (0.96%) Netcool/OMNIbus
15 6 (0.82%) Nagios
15 6 (0.82%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 134 (18.33%) Oracle
2 87 (11.90%) Microsoft
3 71 (9.71%) VMware
4 56 (7.66%) HP
5 44 (6.02%) ServiceNow
6 43 (5.88%) SAP
7 42 (5.75%) Red Hat
8 37 (5.06%) Cisco
9 36 (4.92%) BiZZdesign
10 35 (4.79%) Splunk
11 31 (4.24%) Google
12 30 (4.10%) BMC
13 28 (3.83%) CA
14 26 (3.56%) Atlassian
14 26 (3.56%) EMC
15 25 (3.42%) Citrix
15 25 (3.42%) Dell
16 22 (3.01%) Salesforce.com
17 21 (2.87%) Informatica
18 20 (2.74%) Cognos