Period
to 17 October 2018

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 17 October 2018 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
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 165 106 92
Rank change year-on-year -59 -14 -13
Contract jobs citing IBM 907 1,161 1,513
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.65% 2.23% 2.54%
As % of the Vendors category 3.81% 5.05% 5.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 545 662 806
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -4.76%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £264
90th Percentile £588 £556 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 26 41
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £25.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.00% -30.56% +14.50%
10th Percentile £15.23 £13.01 £17.50
90th Percentile £48.30 £51.54 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £27.63 £25.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +10.52% -30.56% +14.50%

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 23,819 23,009 27,542
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 43.42% 44.10% 46.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 13,935 13,398 16,153
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £225 £220 £224
90th Percentile £575 £565 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £415
% change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,310 1,113 1,402
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.93 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.54% -0.41% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £45.00 £45.00 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 17 October 2018.

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 17 October 2018.

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 17 October 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East -54 277 £425 - 51
North of England -74 184 £400 - 42
Midlands -37 117 £450 +12.36% 25
Scotland -24 103 £430 -0.29% 17
Yorkshire -6 85 £400 -5.88% 17
South West -41 84 £488 +5.98% 28
North West -62 83 £400 -5.88% 20
West Midlands -40 82 £450 +12.50% 17
Wales +23 74 £438 +16.67% 9
East of England -34 62 £400 -4.76% 19
East Midlands +5 28 £425 -15.00% 8
North East -41 17 £363 +6.54% 5
Northern Ireland - 6 £450 - 1
South Coast +1 1 - -
Channel Islands -8 1 - -
IBM
UK

For the 6 months to 17 October 2018, 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.

1 246 (27.12%) Java
2 240 (26.46%) Linux
2 240 (26.46%) Agile Software Development
3 213 (23.48%) Oracle
4 196 (21.61%) Finance
5 192 (21.17%) Windows
6 189 (20.84%) SQL
7 172 (18.96%) Unix
8 161 (17.75%) WebSphere
9 122 (13.45%) Microsoft
10 121 (13.34%) Amazon AWS
11 104 (11.47%) Git (software)
12 98 (10.80%) VMware
12 98 (10.80%) Web Services
13 97 (10.69%) JavaScript
13 97 (10.69%) Middleware
14 93 (10.25%) ITIL
14 93 (10.25%) Microsoft Azure
14 93 (10.25%) Security Cleared
14 93 (10.25%) Problem-Solving
15 92 (10.14%) Spring
15 92 (10.14%) SQL Server
16 90 (9.92%) AIX
17 89 (9.81%) Jenkins
18 86 (9.48%) Scrum
19 85 (9.37%) DevOps
20 84 (9.26%) Firewall
20 84 (9.26%) REST
21 81 (8.93%) Banking
22 79 (8.71%) JIRA

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
1 161 (17.75%) WebSphere
2 46 (5.07%) WebLogic
2 46 (5.07%) WebSphere Application Server
3 44 (4.85%) Confluence
4 41 (4.52%) Apache
5 40 (4.41%) Tomcat
6 34 (3.75%) IIS
7 31 (3.42%) JBoss
8 23 (2.54%) CICS
9 22 (2.43%) Cloud Foundry
10 20 (2.21%) FileNet
11 19 (2.09%) SharePoint
12 17 (1.87%) MQSeries
12 17 (1.87%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 16 (1.76%) SAS
14 15 (1.65%) MS Exchange
14 15 (1.65%) OpenStack
15 13 (1.43%) IBM Domino
15 13 (1.43%) Jetty
16 12 (1.32%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 28 (3.09%) MS Visio
2 19 (2.09%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (1.65%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.44%) Simulink
6 3 (0.33%) Adobe Illustrator
6 3 (0.33%) Chatbot
6 3 (0.33%) ImageReady
6 3 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.33%) Photoshop
6 3 (0.33%) Windchill
7 2 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.11%) Adobe Premiere
8 1 (0.11%) EngageOne
8 1 (0.11%) Notepad++
8 1 (0.11%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 22 (2.43%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
2 20 (2.21%) Maximo
3 13 (1.43%) Cognos TM1
4 9 (0.99%) Remedy ITSM
5 8 (0.88%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 7 (0.77%) Oracle BPM
7 4 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
7 4 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
8 3 (0.33%) Oracle Cash Management
8 3 (0.33%) Oracle CRM
8 3 (0.33%) Siebel CRM
9 2 (0.22%) Cognos Controller
9 2 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.22%) SAP CO
9 2 (0.22%) SAP FI
9 2 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
9 2 (0.22%) thinkFolio
10 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
10 1 (0.11%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 121 (13.34%) Amazon AWS
2 93 (10.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (4.41%) PaaS
4 39 (4.30%) IaaS
5 32 (3.53%) OpenShift
5 32 (3.53%) SaaS
6 26 (2.87%) IBM Blueworks
6 26 (2.87%) Office 365
7 23 (2.54%) IBM Cloud
8 15 (1.65%) GitHub
9 12 (1.32%) Google Cloud Platform
10 11 (1.21%) Boomi
11 9 (0.99%) Amazon S3
11 9 (0.99%) npm
12 6 (0.66%) Heroku
13 5 (0.55%) Silverpop
14 4 (0.44%) Azure Active Directory
15 3 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 3 (0.33%) Datadog
15 3 (0.33%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 84 (9.26%) Firewall
2 72 (7.94%) SAN
3 44 (4.85%) DNS
4 36 (3.97%) TCP/IP
5 34 (3.75%) SSL
6 28 (3.09%) HTTP
6 28 (3.09%) Internet
7 22 (2.43%) Wireless
8 19 (2.09%) VPN
9 18 (1.98%) WAN
10 17 (1.87%) NAS
11 16 (1.76%) Intrusion Detection
12 15 (1.65%) AMQP
12 15 (1.65%) SMS
13 13 (1.43%) HTTPS
14 12 (1.32%) DHCP
14 12 (1.32%) MPLS
15 11 (1.21%) iSCSI
16 10 (1.10%) FTP
16 10 (1.10%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (10.14%) SQL Server
2 72 (7.94%) DB2
3 59 (6.50%) Relational Database
4 46 (5.07%) PostgreSQL
5 42 (4.63%) Data Warehouse
6 38 (4.19%) MongoDB
7 35 (3.86%) NoSQL
8 33 (3.64%) Oracle Database
9 31 (3.42%) DataStage
10 29 (3.20%) Redis
11 25 (2.76%) Hadoop
12 23 (2.54%) IBM InfoSphere
13 19 (2.09%) NuoDB
14 18 (1.98%) MySQL
14 18 (1.98%) RDBMS
15 15 (1.65%) Apache Cassandra
16 14 (1.54%) Big Data
16 14 (1.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 13 (1.43%) QualityStage
18 12 (1.32%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 104 (11.47%) Git (software)
2 89 (9.81%) Jenkins
3 79 (8.71%) JIRA
4 42 (4.63%) Selenium
5 41 (4.52%) Subversion
6 27 (2.98%) Bitbucket
6 27 (2.98%) Cucumber
7 25 (2.76%) Maven
8 24 (2.65%) SonarQube
8 24 (2.65%) Sonatype Nexus
9 22 (2.43%) Rational DOORS
10 20 (2.21%) Rational Rhapsody
11 19 (2.09%) Vagrant
12 17 (1.87%) Ant
13 16 (1.76%) Eclipse
14 15 (1.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 14 (1.54%) ClearCase
15 14 (1.54%) SoapUI
16 13 (1.43%) JUnit
16 13 (1.43%) Rational Team Concert
General
1 196 (21.61%) Finance
2 81 (8.93%) Banking
3 56 (6.17%) Retail
4 27 (2.98%) Marketing
5 17 (1.87%) Billing
5 17 (1.87%) Telecoms
6 14 (1.54%) Back Office
7 13 (1.43%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.21%) Automotive
9 10 (1.10%) Advertising
10 7 (0.77%) Aerospace
10 7 (0.77%) Online Betting
10 7 (0.77%) Publishing
11 6 (0.66%) Electronics
11 6 (0.66%) Retail Banking
12 5 (0.55%) Legal
13 4 (0.44%) Avionics
13 4 (0.44%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.44%) Law
13 4 (0.44%) Military
Job Titles
1 198 (21.83%) Developer
2 142 (15.66%) Architect
3 116 (12.79%) Analyst
4 70 (7.72%) Java Developer
5 44 (4.85%) DevOps Engineer
6 39 (4.30%) Technical Architect
7 38 (4.19%) Consultant
8 35 (3.86%) Infrastructure Architect
9 32 (3.53%) Systems Engineer
10 31 (3.42%) Administrator
11 30 (3.31%) Business Analyst
11 30 (3.31%) Solutions Architect
12 23 (2.54%) Process Analyst
13 21 (2.32%) Project Manager
14 19 (2.09%) Integration Developer
15 17 (1.87%) Pensions Analyst
15 17 (1.87%) Senior Systems Engineer
15 17 (1.87%) Software Engineer
16 16 (1.76%) Network Engineer
16 16 (1.76%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 98 (10.80%) Web Services
2 97 (10.69%) Middleware
3 92 (10.14%) Spring
4 84 (9.26%) REST
5 71 (7.83%) SOAP
6 67 (7.39%) XML
7 51 (5.62%) HTML
8 50 (5.51%) J2EE
9 44 (4.85%) WebSphere MQ
10 43 (4.74%) CSS
10 43 (4.74%) IBM Integration Bus
11 41 (4.52%) RabbitMQ
12 40 (4.41%) Hibernate
13 38 (4.19%) Spring Boot
14 35 (3.86%) Java EE
14 35 (3.86%) RESTful
15 32 (3.53%) .NET
16 31 (3.42%) JSON
17 27 (2.98%) Node.js
18 25 (2.76%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 78 (8.60%) Analytical Skills
2 62 (6.84%) Mainframe
3 56 (6.17%) DataPower
4 45 (4.96%) Data Centre
5 43 (4.74%) Management Information System
6 35 (3.86%) Computer Science
6 35 (3.86%) IBM Mainframe
7 26 (2.87%) Enterprise Software
8 24 (2.65%) Self-Motivation
9 21 (2.32%) Clustering
10 17 (1.87%) AS400
11 16 (1.76%) iPad
12 15 (1.65%) Replication
13 14 (1.54%) Driving Licence
13 14 (1.54%) iSeries
14 11 (1.21%) Public Cloud
15 10 (1.10%) PKI
16 9 (0.99%) EMC VNX
16 9 (0.99%) User Experience
17 8 (0.88%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 240 (26.46%) Linux
2 192 (21.17%) Windows
3 172 (18.96%) Unix
4 90 (9.92%) AIX
5 79 (8.71%) Windows Server
6 70 (7.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 38 (4.19%) Solaris
8 26 (2.87%) zOS
9 21 (2.32%) Windows Server 2012
9 21 (2.32%) Windows XP
10 19 (2.09%) Windows 10
11 11 (1.21%) Android
12 10 (1.10%) Apple iOS
13 9 (0.99%) Windows Server 2008
14 8 (0.88%) OpenVMS
15 7 (0.77%) Oracle Linux
15 7 (0.77%) Windows 2000
15 7 (0.77%) Windows 7
15 7 (0.77%) Windows Embedded Compact
15 7 (0.77%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 240 (26.46%) Agile Software Development
2 93 (10.25%) ITIL
2 93 (10.25%) Problem-Solving
3 86 (9.48%) Scrum
4 85 (9.37%) DevOps
5 76 (8.38%) Migration
6 68 (7.50%) Test Automation
7 65 (7.17%) TDD
8 62 (6.84%) Microservices
8 62 (6.84%) Stakeholder Management
9 54 (5.95%) BDD
10 48 (5.29%) Business Intelligence
11 47 (5.18%) Continuous Integration
12 46 (5.07%) Software Engineering
13 40 (4.41%) Waterfall
14 39 (4.30%) SOA
15 37 (4.08%) ETL
16 35 (3.86%) Analytics
16 35 (3.86%) Project Management
17 33 (3.64%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 246 (27.12%) Java
2 189 (20.84%) SQL
3 97 (10.69%) JavaScript
4 65 (7.17%) Python
5 46 (5.07%) Shell Script
6 45 (4.96%) Bash Shell
7 35 (3.86%) Ruby
8 33 (3.64%) COBOL
9 32 (3.53%) PowerShell
10 31 (3.42%) JCL
11 30 (3.31%) Perl
12 27 (2.98%) C#
13 25 (2.76%) Java 8
14 24 (2.65%) PL/SQL
15 20 (2.21%) C
16 15 (1.65%) Groovy
17 13 (1.43%) Korn
18 12 (1.32%) PHP
19 11 (1.21%) VBScript
20 10 (1.10%) REXX
Qualifications
1 93 (10.25%) Security Cleared
2 79 (8.71%) SC Cleared
3 40 (4.41%) Degree
4 19 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
4 19 (2.09%) CISSP
5 15 (1.65%) CCNP
6 13 (1.43%) Computer Science Degree
7 11 (1.21%) CISA
7 11 (1.21%) CISM
8 9 (0.99%) CREST Certified
8 9 (0.99%) IISP
8 9 (0.99%) MCP
8 9 (0.99%) MOS
9 8 (0.88%) ISEB
10 6 (0.66%) Check Point Certification
10 6 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
10 6 (0.66%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (0.55%) CCIE
11 5 (0.55%) CCSE
11 5 (0.55%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (2.65%) SLA
2 22 (2.43%) QA
3 18 (1.98%) PCI DSS
4 17 (1.87%) GDPR
5 15 (1.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 13 (1.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 12 (1.32%) Data Quality
8 10 (1.10%) ISO 9001
9 9 (0.99%) ISAE 3402
9 9 (0.99%) ISO 22301
9 9 (0.99%) ISO 31000
9 9 (0.99%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 6 (0.66%) PMO
11 3 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
11 3 (0.33%) ISO 26262
12 2 (0.22%) ARP4754
12 2 (0.22%) MISRA
13 1 (0.11%) COBIT
13 1 (0.11%) DO-178B
13 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 67 (7.39%) Active Directory
2 65 (7.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 44 (4.85%) Docker
4 32 (3.53%) Hyper-V
5 24 (2.65%) XenApp
6 20 (2.21%) VMware ESXi
7 17 (1.87%) Microsoft App-V
7 17 (1.87%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 16 (1.76%) vSphere
9 14 (1.54%) Oracle RAC
10 13 (1.43%) XenDesktop
11 10 (1.10%) RACF
11 10 (1.10%) Virtual Servers
12 6 (0.66%) Firmware
12 6 (0.66%) Time Sharing Option
13 4 (0.44%) ISA Server
13 4 (0.44%) NFS
13 4 (0.44%) Terminal Services
13 4 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
14 3 (0.33%) Job Entry Subsystem
Systems Management
1 64 (7.06%) Ansible
2 38 (4.19%) Tivoli
3 37 (4.08%) Opscode Chef
4 35 (3.86%) Kubernetes
4 35 (3.86%) Puppet
5 23 (2.54%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 21 (2.32%) NetBackup
7 20 (2.21%) SCCM
8 18 (1.98%) Nagios
9 15 (1.65%) Data Guard
9 15 (1.65%) PTC Integrity
9 15 (1.65%) Terraform
10 12 (1.32%) SCOM
11 11 (1.21%) CA Single Sign-On
12 10 (1.10%) Cobbler
12 10 (1.10%) Consul
12 10 (1.10%) Mesos
13 9 (0.99%) Microsoft Clustering
13 9 (0.99%) Nessus
13 9 (0.99%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 213 (23.48%) Oracle
2 122 (13.45%) Microsoft
3 98 (10.80%) VMware
4 78 (8.60%) Red Hat
5 75 (8.27%) HP
6 71 (7.83%) Cisco
7 51 (5.62%) Citrix
8 44 (4.85%) EMC
9 34 (3.75%) CA
10 32 (3.53%) McAfee
11 31 (3.42%) CheckPoint
12 29 (3.20%) BMC
13 28 (3.09%) Dell
13 28 (3.09%) Google
13 28 (3.09%) Sun
14 26 (2.87%) Informatica
15 25 (2.76%) Cognos
16 22 (2.43%) NetApp
16 22 (2.43%) SAP
16 22 (2.43%) TIBCO