Period
to 13 December 2018

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 13 December 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
6 months to
13 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 185 152 119
Rank change year-on-year -33 -33 -27
Contract jobs citing IBM 1,574 1,889 2,158
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.49% 1.83% 2.10%
As % of the Vendors category 3.53% 4.32% 4.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 925 1,178 1,232
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £313 £310 £300
90th Percentile £603 £623 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +3.53% +1.19% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 32 42
UK median hourly rate £41.00 £24.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +67.35% -31.94% +14.50%
10th Percentile £24.11 £11.15 £12.73
90th Percentile £54.80 £49.28 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.63 £24.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +77.60% -33.33% +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.

All Vendors
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 44,536 43,732 46,494
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.26% 42.35% 45.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 27,671 27,351 28,422
UK median daily rate £450 £435 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +3.57% +5.00%
10th Percentile £255 £231 £240
90th Percentile £625 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,657 1,419 1,694
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +4.48% -4.29%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.65 £10.24
90th Percentile £47.37 £45.00 £45.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £16.50

IBM
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing IBM as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for IBM in the UK

IBM
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for IBM in the UK

IBM
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing IBM over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for IBM in the UK

IBM
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for IBM in the UK

IBM
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing IBM over the 6 months to 13 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for IBM in the UK

IBM
Top 17 Contract Locations

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 over the 6 months to 13 December 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
England -41 1,390 £455 +1.00% 274
UK excluding London -42 932 £440 +3.53% 221
London -29 622 £500 - 82
South East -67 275 £425 +1.80% 69
North of England -63 157 £400 -1.54% 30
Midlands -7 148 £450 +5.88% 27
South West -34 100 £500 +5.26% 39
West Midlands -38 97 £450 +5.88% 18
Scotland -23 89 £425 +1.19% 18
Yorkshire +7 84 £400 -8.31% 13
East of England -24 80 £420 -1.18% 27
Wales +25 76 £440 +17.33% 9
North West -61 68 £400 -5.88% 17
East Midlands +28 45 £500 -2.44% 8
North East -56 5 £463 +32.14%
Northern Ireland - 4 £455 - 2
Channel Islands -6 2 - -

For the 6 months to 13 December 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 with a requirement for IBM.

1 412 (26.18%) Java
2 394 (25.03%) Agile Software Development
3 380 (24.14%) Oracle
4 369 (23.44%) Finance
5 332 (21.09%) SQL
6 323 (20.52%) Linux
7 305 (19.38%) WebSphere
8 290 (18.42%) Unix
9 286 (18.17%) Windows
10 233 (14.80%) Banking
11 228 (14.49%) Amazon AWS
12 201 (12.77%) Microsoft
13 183 (11.63%) Middleware
14 168 (10.67%) SQL Server
15 160 (10.17%) VMware
16 159 (10.10%) Migration
17 157 (9.97%) JavaScript
18 149 (9.47%) DevOps
19 143 (9.09%) XML
20 139 (8.83%) Microsoft Azure
20 139 (8.83%) Problem-Solving
21 136 (8.64%) Git (software)
22 134 (8.51%) Web Services
22 134 (8.51%) Spring
23 126 (8.01%) Scrum
24 125 (7.94%) Security Cleared
24 125 (7.94%) Jenkins
25 120 (7.62%) JIRA
25 120 (7.62%) Red Hat
26 119 (7.56%) ITIL

IBM
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 305 (19.38%) WebSphere
2 56 (3.56%) Tomcat
3 50 (3.18%) Confluence
4 45 (2.86%) WebSphere Application Server
5 41 (2.60%) Apache
5 41 (2.60%) CICS
6 37 (2.35%) Cloud Foundry
6 37 (2.35%) FileNet
6 37 (2.35%) SAS
7 36 (2.29%) WebLogic
8 33 (2.10%) IIS
9 30 (1.91%) JBoss
10 28 (1.78%) MQSeries
10 28 (1.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 24 (1.52%) IBM Domino
12 22 (1.40%) OpenStack
13 17 (1.08%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 15 (0.95%) SharePoint
15 14 (0.89%) IBM HTTP Server
16 13 (0.83%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 44 (2.80%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (2.10%) MS Visio
3 27 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
4 18 (1.14%) Microsoft Project
5 13 (0.83%) Chatbot
6 10 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 5 (0.32%) Simulink
8 3 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
8 3 (0.19%) ImageReady
8 3 (0.19%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.064%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.064%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 42 (2.67%) Maximo
2 17 (1.08%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
3 13 (0.83%) Cognos TM1
4 12 (0.76%) Actimize
4 12 (0.76%) Remedy ITSM
5 10 (0.64%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 8 (0.51%) Unica
7 6 (0.38%) HFM
7 6 (0.38%) Oracle BPM
7 6 (0.38%) Oracle Cash Management
8 5 (0.32%) Markit EDM
8 5 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
9 4 (0.25%) Magento
10 3 (0.19%) Adobe Campaign
10 3 (0.19%) Cognos Controller
10 3 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
10 3 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
10 3 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
10 3 (0.19%) Sentinel
10 3 (0.19%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 228 (14.49%) Amazon AWS
2 139 (8.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 74 (4.70%) IBM Cloud
4 51 (3.24%) PaaS
5 48 (3.05%) IaaS
6 43 (2.73%) SaaS
7 36 (2.29%) OpenShift
8 33 (2.10%) Office 365
9 32 (2.03%) IBM Blueworks
10 27 (1.72%) Apigee
11 26 (1.65%) Google Cloud Platform
12 21 (1.33%) Boomi
13 14 (0.89%) GitHub
13 14 (0.89%) SoftLayer
14 10 (0.64%) Amazon S3
14 10 (0.64%) Silverpop
15 8 (0.51%) Datadog
16 7 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 7 (0.44%) npm
17 6 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 110 (6.99%) SAN
2 109 (6.93%) Firewall
3 58 (3.68%) TCP/IP
4 47 (2.99%) DNS
5 46 (2.92%) SSL
6 42 (2.67%) VPN
7 32 (2.03%) Internet
7 32 (2.03%) WAN
8 28 (1.78%) HTTP
9 24 (1.52%) NAS
10 22 (1.40%) SMTP
10 22 (1.40%) Wireless
11 21 (1.33%) Intrusion Detection
12 17 (1.08%) iSCSI
12 17 (1.08%) SNMP
13 16 (1.02%) LAN
13 16 (1.02%) MPLS
13 16 (1.02%) NetScaler
14 14 (0.89%) FTP
15 13 (0.83%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 168 (10.67%) SQL Server
2 118 (7.50%) DB2
3 89 (5.65%) Relational Database
4 66 (4.19%) Data Warehouse
5 63 (4.00%) DataStage
5 63 (4.00%) Oracle Database
6 61 (3.88%) PostgreSQL
7 50 (3.18%) IBM InfoSphere
8 43 (2.73%) MongoDB
9 40 (2.54%) Big Data
9 40 (2.54%) NoSQL
10 38 (2.41%) Hadoop
11 34 (2.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 25 (1.59%) Redis
13 24 (1.52%) RDBMS
14 22 (1.40%) Oracle Reports
15 20 (1.27%) Oracle Database 11g
15 20 (1.27%) QualityStage
16 17 (1.08%) Power BI
17 16 (1.02%) Apache Cassandra
Development Applications
1 136 (8.64%) Git (software)
2 125 (7.94%) Jenkins
3 120 (7.62%) JIRA
4 67 (4.26%) Subversion
5 55 (3.49%) Selenium
6 48 (3.05%) Maven
7 47 (2.99%) Sonatype Nexus
8 44 (2.80%) Cucumber
9 28 (1.78%) JUnit
10 25 (1.59%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 25 (1.59%) Rational DOORS
10 25 (1.59%) SoapUI
10 25 (1.59%) SonarQube
10 25 (1.59%) Visual Studio
11 24 (1.52%) Eclipse
12 23 (1.46%) Ant
12 23 (1.46%) Bitbucket
13 19 (1.21%) IBM UrbanCode
14 16 (1.02%) Rational Rhapsody
15 15 (0.95%) Vagrant
General
1 369 (23.44%) Finance
2 233 (14.80%) Banking
3 105 (6.67%) Retail
4 56 (3.56%) Marketing
5 37 (2.35%) Back Office
6 26 (1.65%) Financial Institution
6 26 (1.65%) Telecoms
7 25 (1.59%) Manufacturing
8 20 (1.27%) Investment Banking
9 16 (1.02%) Retail Banking
10 14 (0.89%) Billing
11 13 (0.83%) Aerospace
11 13 (0.83%) Automotive
12 12 (0.76%) Electronics
12 12 (0.76%) Law
12 12 (0.76%) Publishing
13 10 (0.64%) Advertising
13 10 (0.64%) Front Office
14 8 (0.51%) Online Betting
15 6 (0.38%) Legal
Job Titles
1 375 (23.82%) Developer
2 266 (16.90%) Architect
3 170 (10.80%) Analyst
4 102 (6.48%) Java Developer
5 99 (6.29%) Consultant
6 68 (4.32%) Technical Architect
7 62 (3.94%) Business Analyst
8 58 (3.68%) Solutions Architect
9 53 (3.37%) Administrator
10 51 (3.24%) DevOps Engineer
11 48 (3.05%) Project Manager
12 47 (2.99%) Infrastructure Architect
13 35 (2.22%) Systems Engineer
14 33 (2.10%) Integration Architect
15 29 (1.84%) Security Architect
16 28 (1.78%) Cloud Architect
17 27 (1.72%) Designer
18 26 (1.65%) Software Engineer
18 26 (1.65%) Systems Administrator
19 25 (1.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 183 (11.63%) Middleware
2 143 (9.09%) XML
3 134 (8.51%) Spring
3 134 (8.51%) Web Services
4 118 (7.50%) REST
5 115 (7.31%) HTML
6 110 (6.99%) SOAP
7 96 (6.10%) CSS
8 90 (5.72%) WebSphere MQ
9 88 (5.59%) IBM Integration Bus
10 76 (4.83%) Node.js
11 68 (4.32%) J2EE
12 66 (4.19%) RabbitMQ
13 64 (4.07%) Spring Boot
14 54 (3.43%) .NET
15 53 (3.37%) Java EE
16 51 (3.24%) JSON
17 48 (3.05%) Hibernate
17 48 (3.05%) RESTful
18 39 (2.48%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 103 (6.54%) Analytical Skills
2 85 (5.40%) Mainframe
3 82 (5.21%) Data Centre
3 82 (5.21%) DataPower
4 66 (4.19%) Management Information System
5 48 (3.05%) Self-Motivation
6 36 (2.29%) IBM Mainframe
6 36 (2.29%) Public Cloud
7 26 (1.65%) Clustering
8 25 (1.59%) iSeries
9 24 (1.52%) iPad
10 23 (1.46%) AS400
11 20 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
12 19 (1.21%) Mobile App
13 18 (1.14%) PKI
14 16 (1.02%) Client/Server
15 15 (0.95%) Driving Licence
15 15 (0.95%) Replication
16 14 (0.89%) EMC VNX
17 12 (0.76%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 323 (20.52%) Linux
2 290 (18.42%) Unix
3 286 (18.17%) Windows
4 113 (7.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 113 (7.18%) Windows Server
5 91 (5.78%) AIX
6 61 (3.88%) Solaris
7 43 (2.73%) zOS
8 27 (1.72%) Windows 10
9 24 (1.52%) Windows Server 2012
10 22 (1.40%) Windows Server 2008
11 18 (1.14%) Windows XP
12 13 (0.83%) Android
13 10 (0.64%) Windows 7
14 9 (0.57%) Ubuntu
14 9 (0.57%) VMS
15 8 (0.51%) OpenVMS
16 7 (0.44%) CentOS
16 7 (0.44%) Oracle Linux
17 6 (0.38%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 394 (25.03%) Agile Software Development
2 159 (10.10%) Migration
3 149 (9.47%) DevOps
4 139 (8.83%) Problem-Solving
5 126 (8.01%) Scrum
6 119 (7.56%) ITIL
7 111 (7.05%) Stakeholder Management
8 110 (6.99%) Microservices
9 89 (5.65%) Business Intelligence
9 89 (5.65%) TDD
10 88 (5.59%) Test Automation
11 78 (4.96%) ETL
12 77 (4.89%) BDD
13 73 (4.64%) E-Commerce
14 72 (4.57%) Waterfall
15 65 (4.13%) Data Modelling
16 62 (3.94%) Continuous Integration
16 62 (3.94%) Project Management
17 60 (3.81%) SDLC
17 60 (3.81%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 412 (26.18%) Java
2 332 (21.09%) SQL
3 157 (9.97%) JavaScript
4 113 (7.18%) Python
5 79 (5.02%) Shell Script
6 59 (3.75%) PowerShell
7 58 (3.68%) Bash Shell
8 54 (3.43%) PL/SQL
9 50 (3.18%) JCL
10 47 (2.99%) COBOL
11 42 (2.67%) C#
12 40 (2.54%) Java 8
13 38 (2.41%) C
14 35 (2.22%) Perl
15 31 (1.97%) Ruby
16 26 (1.65%) T-SQL
17 23 (1.46%) Groovy
18 22 (1.40%) REXX
19 19 (1.21%) C++
20 16 (1.02%) Korn
Qualifications
1 125 (7.94%) Security Cleared
2 106 (6.73%) SC Cleared
3 67 (4.26%) Degree
4 33 (2.10%) Cisco Certification
5 31 (1.97%) CISSP
6 22 (1.40%) Computer Science Degree
7 19 (1.21%) CCNP
8 18 (1.14%) ISEB
9 16 (1.02%) CISM
10 14 (0.89%) ISTQB
11 13 (0.83%) CISA
12 12 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
13 11 (0.70%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 10 (0.64%) CREST Certified
14 10 (0.64%) IISP
14 10 (0.64%) Microsoft Certification
15 9 (0.57%) ISEB Practitioner
15 9 (0.57%) MOS
16 8 (0.51%) CCSP
16 8 (0.51%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (2.92%) QA
2 25 (1.59%) SLA
3 20 (1.27%) PSD2
4 19 (1.21%) PCI DSS
5 18 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 17 (1.08%) GDPR
6 17 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 16 (1.02%) Data Quality
8 11 (0.70%) ISO 9001
9 10 (0.64%) ISAE 3402
9 10 (0.64%) ISO 22301
9 10 (0.64%) ISO 31000
9 10 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 7 (0.44%) PMO
11 6 (0.38%) ISO 20022
12 5 (0.32%) Actionable Recommendations
13 4 (0.25%) ARP4754
13 4 (0.25%) ISO 26262
14 3 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
15 2 (0.13%) SEPA
System Software
1 93 (5.91%) VMware Infrastructure
2 88 (5.59%) Active Directory
3 73 (4.64%) Docker
4 36 (2.29%) VMware ESXi
5 34 (2.16%) XenApp
6 33 (2.10%) Hyper-V
7 31 (1.97%) vSphere
8 25 (1.59%) Virtual Machines
9 21 (1.33%) Microsoft App-V
10 20 (1.27%) Time Sharing Option
10 20 (1.27%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 20 (1.27%) XenDesktop
11 17 (1.08%) Oracle RAC
12 12 (0.76%) Firmware
12 12 (0.76%) NFS
12 12 (0.76%) RACF
13 9 (0.57%) Virtual Servers
14 8 (0.51%) ISA Server
15 7 (0.44%) OpenAM
15 7 (0.44%) Samba
Systems Management
1 76 (4.83%) Ansible
2 64 (4.07%) Tivoli
3 47 (2.99%) Kubernetes
4 44 (2.80%) Puppet
5 42 (2.67%) Opscode Chef
6 41 (2.60%) NetBackup
7 33 (2.10%) SCCM
8 27 (1.72%) QRadar
9 25 (1.59%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 22 (1.40%) SCOM
11 20 (1.27%) Nagios
12 17 (1.08%) Control-M
12 17 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
13 15 (0.95%) Data Guard
14 14 (0.89%) HP ALM
14 14 (0.89%) Nessus
14 14 (0.89%) Terraform
15 13 (0.83%) Consul
16 12 (0.76%) Microsoft Clustering
16 12 (0.76%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 380 (24.14%) Oracle
2 201 (12.77%) Microsoft
3 160 (10.17%) VMware
4 120 (7.62%) Red Hat
5 109 (6.93%) HP
6 90 (5.72%) Cisco
7 80 (5.08%) SAP
8 74 (4.70%) Google
9 69 (4.38%) Citrix
10 66 (4.19%) EMC
11 55 (3.49%) Dell
12 53 (3.37%) Splunk
13 46 (2.92%) Adobe
14 45 (2.86%) CA
15 41 (2.60%) McAfee
16 40 (2.54%) BMC
16 40 (2.54%) NetApp
17 39 (2.48%) CheckPoint
17 39 (2.48%) Sun
18 37 (2.35%) Veritas