Period
to 18 July 2019

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 18 July 2019 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 > UK excluding London
6 months to
18 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 142 142 112
Rank change year-on-year 0 -30 -34
Contract jobs citing IBM 898 1,014 1,111
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.81% 1.84% 2.18%
As % of the Vendors category 4.17% 4.28% 4.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 496 557 622
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £430 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.33% +7.50% -
10th Percentile £313 £313 £300
90th Percentile £584 £560 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 20 12
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £20.50 £30.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +107.32% -32.49% +1.23%
10th Percentile £32.90 £13.24 £13.51
90th Percentile £45.40 £45.38 £44.88
UK median hourly rate £41.25 £20.50 £26.88
% change year-on-year +101.22% -23.72% -10.42%

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 the UK excluding London.

All Vendors
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 21,521 23,713 22,830
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 43.45% 43.02% 44.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 12,903 13,936 13,209
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +3.23%
10th Percentile £225 £230 £225
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
UK median daily rate £454 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +0.89% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,057 1,213 1,163
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.90 £16.50 £16.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.48% +0.43% -6.11%
10th Percentile £10.78 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £46.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £19.02 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year +8.66% +2.94% -2.86%

IBM
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing IBM as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for IBM in the UK excluding London

IBM
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing IBM in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for IBM in the UK excluding London

IBM
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing IBM in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 July 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for IBM in the UK excluding London

IBM
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing IBM in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for IBM in the UK excluding London

IBM
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing IBM in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 18 July 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for IBM in the UK excluding London

IBM
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing IBM within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 18 July 2019. 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
South East +5 294 £450 +2.27% 37
North of England -12 147 £425 +3.03% 35
Scotland +23 118 £450 +2.86% 9
East of England +16 118 £475 +11.11% 20
North West -1 83 £425 - 25
Midlands -13 74 £425 -1.16% 31
South West -7 67 £425 +0.59% 23
Wales +3 65 £425 -2.86% 14
Yorkshire +2 61 £425 - 10
West Midlands -20 50 £425 - 23
East Midlands +24 23 £425 -0.29% 7
Channel Islands +3 9 £525 -
Northern Ireland +8 8 £338 -25.82%
North East -8 3 £473 +35.00%
IBM
UK

For the 6 months to 18 July 2019, 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for IBM.

1 247 (27.51%) Java
2 228 (25.39%) Agile Software Development
3 211 (23.50%) Oracle
4 197 (21.94%) WebSphere
5 190 (21.16%) SQL
6 182 (20.27%) Windows
7 180 (20.04%) Finance
8 166 (18.49%) Linux
9 165 (18.37%) Unix
10 164 (18.26%) Microsoft
11 136 (15.14%) Problem-Solving
12 109 (12.14%) Analytical Skills
12 109 (12.14%) DB2
13 98 (10.91%) Migration
14 97 (10.80%) Banking
15 96 (10.69%) Microsoft Azure
16 95 (10.58%) Security Cleared
17 91 (10.13%) XML
18 90 (10.02%) Amazon AWS
18 90 (10.02%) DevOps
19 87 (9.69%) Oracle Database
20 84 (9.35%) SC Cleared
20 84 (9.35%) AIX
21 82 (9.13%) Web Services
21 82 (9.13%) Middleware
22 81 (9.02%) JIRA
23 76 (8.46%) WebSphere Application Server
24 75 (8.35%) SQL Server
24 75 (8.35%) VMware
25 74 (8.24%) JavaScript

IBM
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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
1 197 (21.94%) WebSphere
2 76 (8.46%) WebSphere Application Server
3 37 (4.12%) WebLogic
4 26 (2.90%) IBM Domino
4 26 (2.90%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 24 (2.67%) Tomcat
6 22 (2.45%) CICS
6 22 (2.45%) IIS
7 21 (2.34%) Apache
7 21 (2.34%) MS Exchange
8 17 (1.89%) Confluence
8 17 (1.89%) IBM HTTP Server
8 17 (1.89%) WebSphere Portal
9 16 (1.78%) CMS
9 16 (1.78%) JBoss
10 15 (1.67%) Sitecore CMS
11 13 (1.45%) SharePoint
12 12 (1.34%) FileNet
13 10 (1.11%) SAS
14 9 (1.00%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 46 (5.12%) Microsoft Office
2 27 (3.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (1.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.67%) Microsoft Project
4 6 (0.67%) SPSS
4 6 (0.67%) Stata
5 5 (0.56%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.45%) Simulink
7 3 (0.33%) Stateflow
7 3 (0.33%) Windchill
8 2 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.11%) FileZilla
9 1 (0.11%) Notepad++
9 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.11%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 26 (2.90%) Magento
2 21 (2.34%) Oracle EBS
3 18 (2.00%) Oracle EBS R12
4 16 (1.78%) Oracle Applications
5 11 (1.22%) BusinessWorks
6 9 (1.00%) Oracle BPM
7 8 (0.89%) Maximo
7 8 (0.89%) Remedy ITSM
7 8 (0.89%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 6 (0.67%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 5 (0.56%) Cognos TM1
10 4 (0.45%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 4 (0.45%) Fredhopper
10 4 (0.45%) SAP Hybris
10 4 (0.45%) Siebel CRM
11 3 (0.33%) SAP CO
11 3 (0.33%) SAP FI
11 3 (0.33%) SAP FI/CO
12 2 (0.22%) JDE World
13 1 (0.11%) Hyperion Planning
Cloud Services
1 96 (10.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 90 (10.02%) Amazon AWS
3 23 (2.56%) IBM Blueworks
3 23 (2.56%) OpenShift
4 21 (2.34%) Office 365
5 18 (2.00%) IaaS
6 17 (1.89%) IBM Cloud
7 16 (1.78%) GitHub
7 16 (1.78%) PaaS
8 15 (1.67%) Apigee
8 15 (1.67%) SaaS
9 14 (1.56%) Cloud Computing
10 11 (1.22%) G Suite
11 8 (0.89%) Google Cloud Platform
11 8 (0.89%) Serverless
12 7 (0.78%) Amazon S3
13 6 (0.67%) Azure Active Directory
13 6 (0.67%) Boomi
14 5 (0.56%) Power Platform
15 4 (0.45%) Algolia
Communications & Networking
1 52 (5.79%) Firewall
2 51 (5.68%) SAN
3 40 (4.45%) SSL
4 31 (3.45%) DNS
5 29 (3.23%) HTTP
6 25 (2.78%) TCP/IP
6 25 (2.78%) WAN
7 24 (2.67%) LAN
7 24 (2.67%) VPN
8 19 (2.12%) NAS
9 17 (1.89%) Internet
10 15 (1.67%) DHCP
11 13 (1.45%) SMTP
11 13 (1.45%) VoIP
12 12 (1.34%) DKIM
12 12 (1.34%) DMARC
12 12 (1.34%) HTTPS
13 11 (1.22%) Fibre Channel
13 11 (1.22%) Network Security
14 9 (1.00%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (12.14%) DB2
2 87 (9.69%) Oracle Database
3 75 (8.35%) SQL Server
4 44 (4.90%) Relational Database
5 39 (4.34%) RDBMS
6 28 (3.12%) Data Warehouse
7 26 (2.90%) PostgreSQL
8 25 (2.78%) IBM InfoSphere
8 25 (2.78%) Oracle Database 11g
9 24 (2.67%) Oracle BI EE
10 18 (2.00%) MongoDB
11 17 (1.89%) MySQL
11 17 (1.89%) Oracle Exadata
12 15 (1.67%) Oracle Database 12c
13 14 (1.56%) NoSQL
14 10 (1.11%) Oracle Database 10g
15 9 (1.00%) DataStage
15 9 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 8 (0.89%) Informix
17 7 (0.78%) DbVisualizer
Development Applications
1 81 (9.02%) JIRA
2 70 (7.80%) Git (software)
3 45 (5.01%) Jenkins
4 41 (4.57%) Eclipse
5 40 (4.45%) JUnit
5 40 (4.45%) Rational DOORS
6 38 (4.23%) Rational Team Concert
7 37 (4.12%) Maven
8 31 (3.45%) Subversion
9 27 (3.01%) Cucumber
10 26 (2.90%) Rational Rhapsody
10 26 (2.90%) Selenium
11 19 (2.12%) Rational Quality Manager
12 17 (1.89%) Jasmine
13 16 (1.78%) Grunt
13 16 (1.78%) Karma Test Runner
14 15 (1.67%) Bower
14 15 (1.67%) Visual Studio
15 14 (1.56%) ERwin
16 13 (1.45%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 180 (20.04%) Finance
2 97 (10.80%) Banking
3 63 (7.02%) Retail
4 34 (3.79%) Games
5 24 (2.67%) Marketing
6 22 (2.45%) Publishing
7 19 (2.12%) Back Office
7 19 (2.12%) Telecoms
8 18 (2.00%) Legal
9 14 (1.56%) Aerospace
10 9 (1.00%) Automotive
10 9 (1.00%) Military
11 8 (0.89%) Law
11 8 (0.89%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.89%) Retail Banking
12 7 (0.78%) Online Betting
12 7 (0.78%) Pharmaceutical
13 6 (0.67%) Investment Banking
14 5 (0.56%) Avionics
14 5 (0.56%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 156 (17.37%) Developer
2 99 (11.02%) Architect
3 92 (10.24%) Analyst
4 71 (7.91%) Consultant
5 48 (5.35%) DBA
6 43 (4.79%) Java Developer
7 38 (4.23%) Administrator
8 37 (4.12%) Solutions Architect
9 33 (3.67%) Systems Engineer
10 25 (2.78%) Project Manager
11 24 (2.67%) Software Engineer
12 18 (2.00%) Integration Engineer
12 18 (2.00%) Oracle DBA
13 16 (1.78%) BPM Developer
13 16 (1.78%) DevOps Engineer
13 16 (1.78%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
13 16 (1.78%) Test Analyst
14 15 (1.67%) Integration Architect
14 15 (1.67%) Tester
15 14 (1.56%) Systems Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (10.13%) XML
2 82 (9.13%) Middleware
2 82 (9.13%) Web Services
3 65 (7.24%) REST
4 60 (6.68%) SOAP
5 54 (6.01%) Spring
6 48 (5.35%) HTML
7 45 (5.01%) JSON
8 38 (4.23%) J2EE
9 37 (4.12%) LDAP
10 34 (3.79%) jQuery
11 32 (3.56%) CSS
12 31 (3.45%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 30 (3.34%) AngularJS
13 30 (3.34%) Oracle Fusion
14 29 (3.23%) .NET
15 26 (2.90%) Swagger
16 25 (2.78%) Dojo
16 25 (2.78%) IBM Integration Bus
16 25 (2.78%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 109 (12.14%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (6.01%) Mainframe
3 53 (5.90%) Management Information System
4 47 (5.23%) DataPower
5 39 (4.34%) Data Centre
6 26 (2.90%) User Experience
7 25 (2.78%) IBM Mainframe
8 24 (2.67%) Clustering
9 19 (2.12%) Client/Server
10 17 (1.89%) Replication
10 17 (1.89%) Self-Motivation
11 16 (1.78%) iSeries
11 16 (1.78%) W3C
12 15 (1.67%) Vector Graphics
13 14 (1.56%) TMS320
14 13 (1.45%) Enterprise Software
14 13 (1.45%) VSAM
15 12 (1.34%) Cyberattack
16 11 (1.22%) Greenfield Project
17 10 (1.11%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 182 (20.27%) Windows
2 166 (18.49%) Linux
3 165 (18.37%) Unix
4 84 (9.35%) AIX
5 67 (7.46%) Windows Server
6 38 (4.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 37 (4.12%) Solaris
8 22 (2.45%) Windows Server 2008
8 22 (2.45%) Windows Server 2012
8 22 (2.45%) zOS
9 16 (1.78%) Oracle Linux
10 7 (0.78%) MVS
11 6 (0.67%) Data ONTAP
11 6 (0.67%) Windows Server 2003
12 5 (0.56%) SUSE
12 5 (0.56%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 5 (0.56%) Windows 10
13 3 (0.33%) HPUX
13 3 (0.33%) Mac OS
13 3 (0.33%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 228 (25.39%) Agile Software Development
2 136 (15.14%) Problem-Solving
3 98 (10.91%) Migration
4 90 (10.02%) DevOps
5 74 (8.24%) ITIL
6 73 (8.13%) Test Automation
7 59 (6.57%) SOA
8 54 (6.01%) Disaster Recovery
9 53 (5.90%) Scrum
9 53 (5.90%) Unit Testing
10 51 (5.68%) Continuous Improvement
11 50 (5.57%) E-Commerce
12 49 (5.46%) Configuration Management
13 47 (5.23%) Data Modelling
13 47 (5.23%) UML
14 46 (5.12%) Software Engineering
15 45 (5.01%) Project Management
16 44 (4.90%) Microservices
17 41 (4.57%) Information Security
18 38 (4.23%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 247 (27.51%) Java
2 190 (21.16%) SQL
3 74 (8.24%) JavaScript
4 64 (7.13%) Shell Script
5 57 (6.35%) Python
6 41 (4.57%) PowerShell
7 39 (4.34%) PL/SQL
8 28 (3.12%) COBOL
9 26 (2.90%) JCL
10 24 (2.67%) Bash Shell
11 23 (2.56%) Perl
12 21 (2.34%) C
12 21 (2.34%) C#
13 16 (1.78%) Korn
14 12 (1.34%) Assembly Language
15 11 (1.22%) PHP
16 10 (1.11%) RPG
16 10 (1.11%) XPath
16 10 (1.11%) XQuery
17 8 (0.89%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 95 (10.58%) Security Cleared
2 84 (9.35%) SC Cleared
3 22 (2.45%) Degree
4 19 (2.12%) ITIL Certification
5 18 (2.00%) CISSP
6 16 (1.78%) DV Cleared
7 13 (1.45%) CISM
7 13 (1.45%) ISEB
8 11 (1.22%) Microsoft Certification
9 7 (0.78%) BPSS Clearance
9 7 (0.78%) MCSE
9 7 (0.78%) TOGAF Certification
10 6 (0.67%) CISA
10 6 (0.67%) Cisco Certification
10 6 (0.67%) CLAS
10 6 (0.67%) ISTQB
11 5 (0.56%) Computer Science Degree
11 5 (0.56%) IBM Certification
12 4 (0.45%) ISEB Practitioner
12 4 (0.45%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (4.01%) QA
2 17 (1.89%) SLA
3 11 (1.22%) Data Quality
3 11 (1.22%) GDPR
3 11 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (1.22%) MISRA
3 11 (1.22%) MISRA C
4 4 (0.45%) DO-178B
4 4 (0.45%) ISO 22301
4 4 (0.45%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.45%) PMO
5 3 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials
5 3 (0.33%) ISAE 3402
5 3 (0.33%) ISO 31000
5 3 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27005
5 3 (0.33%) NIST
5 3 (0.33%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.33%) PMBOK
5 3 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 19770
System Software
1 57 (6.35%) Active Directory
2 48 (5.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (3.34%) Docker
4 26 (2.90%) Oracle RAC
5 18 (2.00%) VMware ESXi
6 16 (1.78%) Hyper-V
6 16 (1.78%) XenApp
7 15 (1.67%) XenDesktop
8 11 (1.22%) Microsoft App-V
8 11 (1.22%) vSphere
9 9 (1.00%) NDS
9 9 (1.00%) RACF
9 9 (1.00%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 8 (0.89%) Time Sharing Option
11 6 (0.67%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 6 (0.67%) Virtual Servers
12 5 (0.56%) Firmware
12 5 (0.56%) NetIQ eDirectory
12 5 (0.56%) NFS
12 5 (0.56%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 59 (6.57%) Ansible
2 55 (6.12%) Tivoli
3 26 (2.90%) QRadar
4 25 (2.78%) Kubernetes
5 23 (2.56%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 20 (2.23%) NetBackup
7 19 (2.12%) Oracle RMAN
7 19 (2.12%) Puppet
8 17 (1.89%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 15 (1.67%) Tivoli Identity Manager
10 12 (1.34%) SCCM
11 10 (1.11%) Nagios
11 10 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
11 10 (1.11%) vRealize
12 9 (1.00%) PTC Integrity
12 9 (1.00%) vCenter Server
13 8 (0.89%) IBM BigFix
13 8 (0.89%) Netcool
13 8 (0.89%) SCOM
14 7 (0.78%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 211 (23.50%) Oracle
2 164 (18.26%) Microsoft
3 75 (8.35%) VMware
4 56 (6.24%) HP
5 54 (6.01%) SAP
6 48 (5.35%) Red Hat
7 44 (4.90%) Cisco
8 40 (4.45%) Citrix
9 34 (3.79%) EMC
10 32 (3.56%) Veritas
11 29 (3.23%) Informatica
12 27 (3.01%) CA
12 27 (3.01%) NetApp
13 26 (2.90%) Splunk
14 22 (2.45%) Dell
14 22 (2.45%) McAfee
15 19 (2.12%) Google
15 19 (2.12%) IBM Sterling
16 18 (2.00%) Apple
16 18 (2.00%) Sun