Period
to 17 September 2021

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 17 September 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
6 months to
17 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 236 196 204
Rank change year-on-year -40 +8 -16
Contract jobs citing IBM 922 425 1,267
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.16% 1.41% 1.42%
As % of the Vendors category 2.85% 3.18% 3.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 526 268 752
10th Percentile £358 £314 £313
25th Percentile £429 £406 £395
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £454
Median % change year-on-year +10.47% +4.63% +0.89%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £550
90th Percentile £689 £616 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £476 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +0.21% +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 11 22
10th Percentile £15.40 £31.00 £23.88
25th Percentile £27.75 £31.25 £36.50
Median hourly rate £49.00 £33.00 £40.50
Median % change year-on-year +48.48% -18.52% +97.56%
75th Percentile £57.50 £37.00 £43.75
90th Percentile £75.00 £47.50 £45.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.50 £32.75 £42.00
% change year-on-year +54.20% -22.02% +15.07%

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 32,398 13,381 37,787
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 40.83% 44.39% 42.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 20,931 8,593 23,979
10th Percentile £289 £263 £245
25th Percentile £400 £365 £360
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £600 £575 £556
90th Percentile £694 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 903 413 1,361
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.63 £14.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate £19.50 £20.34 £19.18
Median % change year-on-year -4.11% +6.02% +12.82%
75th Percentile £42.35 £44.00 £42.00
90th Percentile £61.60 £53.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £17.70
% change year-on-year -7.69% +10.17% +8.92%

IBM
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for IBM in the UK

IBM
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for IBM in the UK

IBM
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing IBM over the 6 months to 17 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for IBM in the UK

IBM
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for IBM in the UK

IBM
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing IBM over the 6 months to 17 September 2021.

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 17 September 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
England -28 722 £525 +10.53% 141
UK excluding London -60 376 £476 +0.21% 114
London -38 335 £550 +20.55% 36
Work from Home -85 261 £525 +10.53% 17
South East -71 102 £500 - 32
North of England -25 86 £425 -5.56% 28
Midlands -16 70 £465 - 13
North West -24 54 £400 -11.11% 10
West Midlands -21 48 £475 +4.97% 10
Scotland -72 46 £490 +15.29% 10
East of England -28 38 £513 +13.89% 20
Yorkshire -32 25 £500 +11.11% 15
East Midlands -18 22 £425 -10.53% 3
South West -35 22 £575 +21.05% 9
Wales -34 9 £500 -0.50% 2
North East -11 7 £449 -16.56% 3
Northern Ireland 0 3 - -

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 with a requirement for IBM.

1 264 (28.63%) Agile Software Development
2 237 (25.70%) Java
3 233 (25.27%) Social Skills
4 210 (22.78%) SQL
5 193 (20.93%) DevOps
6 181 (19.63%) Linux
7 177 (19.20%) Windows
8 174 (18.87%) Oracle
9 170 (18.44%) Finance
10 163 (17.68%) Azure
11 138 (14.97%) AWS
12 119 (12.91%) Banking
12 119 (12.91%) Microsoft
13 118 (12.80%) Jenkins
14 117 (12.69%) WebSphere
15 108 (11.71%) Python
16 106 (11.50%) JIRA
17 105 (11.39%) Unix
17 105 (11.39%) Migration
18 103 (11.17%) Data Modelling
19 99 (10.74%) Scrum
20 97 (10.52%) VMware
21 95 (10.30%) Mainframe
22 93 (10.09%) Analytics
23 90 (9.76%) Analytical Skills
23 90 (9.76%) Security Cleared
24 84 (9.11%) DB2
25 83 (9.00%) Microservices
26 82 (8.89%) Kubernetes
27 81 (8.79%) Stakeholder Management

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
1 117 (12.69%) WebSphere
2 68 (7.38%) Confluence
3 41 (4.45%) CICS
3 41 (4.45%) SharePoint
4 38 (4.12%) WebSphere Application Server
5 35 (3.80%) Apache
6 31 (3.36%) Tomcat
7 30 (3.25%) Apache Spark
8 25 (2.71%) SAS
9 21 (2.28%) IIS
10 18 (1.95%) IBM Notes
11 17 (1.84%) IBM Domino
11 17 (1.84%) Oracle Coherence
12 16 (1.74%) MQSeries
13 15 (1.63%) JBoss
14 14 (1.52%) FileNet
15 12 (1.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 12 (1.30%) WebLogic
16 10 (1.08%) Elasticsearch
17 7 (0.76%) nginx
Applications
1 55 (5.97%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (3.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (1.41%) Simulink
4 11 (1.19%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.87%) Chatbot
6 6 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 4 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.43%) SPSS
8 3 (0.33%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.33%) Sketch
9 1 (0.11%) Figma
9 1 (0.11%) InVision
9 1 (0.11%) SPSS Modeler
Business Applications
1 25 (2.71%) Maximo
2 21 (2.28%) IBM Planning Analytics
3 17 (1.84%) Magento
4 7 (0.76%) Shopify
5 5 (0.54%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
6 4 (0.43%) Oracle BPM
7 3 (0.33%) Cognos Planning
7 3 (0.33%) Dynamics CRM
7 3 (0.33%) Oracle EBS
7 3 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.33%) SAP ERP
7 3 (0.33%) SAP Hybris
7 3 (0.33%) Sentinel
8 2 (0.22%) BASE24
8 2 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.22%) SAP R/3
8 2 (0.22%) SAP SD
9 1 (0.11%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 1 (0.11%) Cognos Controller
9 1 (0.11%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 163 (17.68%) Azure
2 138 (14.97%) AWS
3 68 (7.38%) IBM Cloud
4 65 (7.05%) GCP
5 56 (6.07%) OpenShift
6 43 (4.66%) PaaS
7 36 (3.90%) GitHub
8 31 (3.36%) IaaS
9 25 (2.71%) SaaS
10 21 (2.28%) Collibra
11 18 (1.95%) Microsoft 365
11 18 (1.95%) Serverless
12 13 (1.41%) Amazon EKS
12 13 (1.41%) Azure Synapse Analytics
13 12 (1.30%) AWS Lambda
14 11 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
15 10 (1.08%) Power Platform
16 8 (0.87%) AWS CloudFormation
16 8 (0.87%) Azure Sentinel
16 8 (0.87%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 72 (7.81%) Firewall
2 46 (4.99%) SAN
3 39 (4.23%) SSL
4 34 (3.69%) DNS
5 33 (3.58%) TCP/IP
6 26 (2.82%) WAN
7 24 (2.60%) LAN
8 23 (2.49%) NAS
9 21 (2.28%) HTTP
10 20 (2.17%) VPN
11 17 (1.84%) FTP
12 15 (1.63%) Ethernet
12 15 (1.63%) Wireless
13 14 (1.52%) VLAN
14 13 (1.41%) Multicast
15 11 (1.19%) DHCP
15 11 (1.19%) Kerberos
16 10 (1.08%) Network Security
16 10 (1.08%) VoIP
17 8 (0.87%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (9.11%) DB2
2 47 (5.10%) IBM InfoSphere
3 43 (4.66%) SQL Server
4 42 (4.56%) Oracle Database
5 39 (4.23%) NoSQL
6 37 (4.01%) Big Data
7 35 (3.80%) Data Warehouse
8 32 (3.47%) Relational Database
9 27 (2.93%) MongoDB
10 26 (2.82%) Hadoop
11 25 (2.71%) MySQL
12 20 (2.17%) DataStage
13 19 (2.06%) IDMS
13 19 (2.06%) PostgreSQL
14 15 (1.63%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 15 (1.63%) Oracle Database 11g
14 15 (1.63%) RDBMS
14 15 (1.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 13 (1.41%) Oracle Database 12c
16 12 (1.30%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 118 (12.80%) Jenkins
2 106 (11.50%) JIRA
3 79 (8.57%) Git (software)
4 39 (4.23%) GitLab
5 33 (3.58%) Artifactory
6 32 (3.47%) PowerDesigner
7 29 (3.15%) IBM UrbanCode
8 27 (2.93%) Selenium
9 26 (2.82%) TeamCity
10 24 (2.60%) SonarQube
11 23 (2.49%) Cucumber
12 22 (2.39%) Postman
13 21 (2.28%) ERwin
14 20 (2.17%) JUnit
15 19 (2.06%) Maven
16 18 (1.95%) Bitbucket
17 16 (1.74%) JMeter
17 16 (1.74%) Rational Rhapsody
18 14 (1.52%) REST Assured
18 14 (1.52%) Subversion
General
1 233 (25.27%) Social Skills
2 170 (18.44%) Finance
3 119 (12.91%) Banking
4 90 (9.76%) Analytical Skills
5 67 (7.27%) Public Sector
6 48 (5.21%) Retail
7 32 (3.47%) Investment Banking
8 19 (2.06%) Presentation Skills
9 17 (1.84%) Telecoms
10 14 (1.52%) Documentation Skills
11 11 (1.19%) Influencing Skills
11 11 (1.19%) Marketing
12 10 (1.08%) Automotive
13 8 (0.87%) Back Office
13 8 (0.87%) Law
13 8 (0.87%) Legal
14 7 (0.76%) Billing
14 7 (0.76%) Organisational Skills
15 6 (0.65%) Financial Institution
15 6 (0.65%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 138 (14.97%) Architect
2 135 (14.64%) Developer
3 57 (6.18%) Analyst
4 50 (5.42%) Solutions Architect
5 49 (5.31%) Consultant
6 40 (4.34%) Data Architect
6 40 (4.34%) Java Developer
7 39 (4.23%) Administrator
8 35 (3.80%) Project Manager
9 33 (3.58%) Technical Leader
10 28 (3.04%) DevOps Engineer
11 23 (2.49%) Data Engineer
12 22 (2.39%) Tester
13 21 (2.28%) Business Analyst
14 20 (2.17%) Applications Support
14 20 (2.17%) Data Modeller
15 17 (1.84%) Designer
16 15 (1.63%) Applications Specialist
16 15 (1.63%) WebSphere Specialist
17 14 (1.52%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (8.68%) Spring
2 64 (6.94%) Middleware
3 63 (6.83%) REST
4 55 (5.97%) Spring Boot
5 51 (5.53%) JMS
6 50 (5.42%) Kafka
7 49 (5.31%) XML
8 44 (4.77%) SOAP
9 42 (4.56%) RabbitMQ
10 40 (4.34%) Web Services
11 36 (3.90%) J2EE
12 35 (3.80%) JSON
13 34 (3.69%) WebSphere MQ
14 33 (3.58%) .NET
14 33 (3.58%) Node.js
15 29 (3.15%) LDAP
15 29 (3.15%) RESTful
16 22 (2.39%) AngularJS
16 22 (2.39%) HTML
17 20 (2.17%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 95 (10.30%) Mainframe
2 59 (6.40%) Data Centre
3 36 (3.90%) Management Information System
3 36 (3.90%) Public Cloud
4 29 (3.15%) Virtual Team
5 27 (2.93%) Clustering
6 25 (2.71%) Replication
7 24 (2.60%) IBM Mainframe
8 22 (2.39%) DataPower
9 16 (1.74%) Derivative
9 16 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
10 14 (1.52%) Cloud Native
10 14 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
11 13 (1.41%) User Experience
12 10 (1.08%) PKI
12 10 (1.08%) Private Cloud
12 10 (1.08%) VxBlock/Vblock
13 9 (0.98%) Data Protection Act
13 9 (0.98%) EMC VMAX
14 8 (0.87%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 181 (19.63%) Linux
2 177 (19.20%) Windows
3 105 (11.39%) Unix
4 56 (6.07%) zOS
5 49 (5.31%) Windows Server
6 45 (4.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 36 (3.90%) AIX
8 27 (2.93%) Solaris
9 14 (1.52%) VMS
9 14 (1.52%) Windows Server 2016
10 13 (1.41%) MVS
10 13 (1.41%) Windows Server 2008
11 10 (1.08%) Android
12 9 (0.98%) Windows Phone
13 8 (0.87%) Apple iOS
13 8 (0.87%) CentOS
13 8 (0.87%) Windows Server 2012
14 7 (0.76%) HPUX
15 6 (0.65%) Oracle Linux
15 6 (0.65%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 264 (28.63%) Agile Software Development
2 193 (20.93%) DevOps
3 105 (11.39%) Migration
4 103 (11.17%) Data Modelling
5 99 (10.74%) Scrum
6 93 (10.09%) Analytics
7 83 (9.00%) Microservices
8 81 (8.79%) Stakeholder Management
9 80 (8.68%) Problem-Solving
10 77 (8.35%) ETL
11 67 (7.27%) ITIL
12 58 (6.29%) Project Management
12 58 (6.29%) Test Automation
13 57 (6.18%) Business Intelligence
13 57 (6.18%) Mentoring
13 57 (6.18%) Requirements Gathering
14 55 (5.97%) Configuration Management
15 51 (5.53%) Data Integration
16 49 (5.31%) Continuous Integration
16 49 (5.31%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 237 (25.70%) Java
2 210 (22.78%) SQL
3 108 (11.71%) Python
4 44 (4.77%) PowerShell
4 44 (4.77%) Shell Script
5 40 (4.34%) Bash Shell
6 38 (4.12%) JavaScript
7 34 (3.69%) JCL
8 31 (3.36%) C#
8 31 (3.36%) C++
8 31 (3.36%) COBOL
9 29 (3.15%) REXX
10 25 (2.71%) Perl
11 18 (1.95%) C
12 16 (1.74%) Go
12 16 (1.74%) Ruby
13 15 (1.63%) PL/SQL
14 13 (1.41%) MATLAB
15 12 (1.30%) R
15 12 (1.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 90 (9.76%) Security Cleared
2 74 (8.03%) SC Cleared
3 46 (4.99%) Degree
4 19 (2.06%) ITIL Certification
5 15 (1.63%) Cisco Certification
6 14 (1.52%) IBM Certification
7 12 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
8 11 (1.19%) CISSP
8 11 (1.19%) Microsoft Certification
9 9 (0.98%) DV Cleared
9 9 (0.98%) Master's Degree
10 8 (0.87%) CCIE
10 8 (0.87%) Numerate Degree
10 8 (0.87%) PMP
11 6 (0.65%) MCSE
11 6 (0.65%) TOGAF Certification
12 5 (0.54%) ISEB
12 5 (0.54%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.43%) CCNP
13 4 (0.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (3.90%) GDPR
2 31 (3.36%) Data Quality
2 31 (3.36%) QA
3 14 (1.52%) SLA
4 13 (1.41%) Accessibility
4 13 (1.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 11 (1.19%) NIST
6 10 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 9 (0.98%) NCSC
7 9 (0.98%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.33%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.22%) FISMA
9 2 (0.22%) GRC
9 2 (0.22%) NIST 800
9 2 (0.22%) PMO
10 1 (0.11%) DO-178B
10 1 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 1 (0.11%) IFRS
10 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 15288
10 1 (0.11%) ITGC
System Software
1 79 (8.57%) Docker
2 67 (7.27%) Active Directory
3 63 (6.83%) VMware Infrastructure
4 28 (3.04%) VMware ESXi
5 24 (2.60%) RACF
5 24 (2.60%) vSphere
6 20 (2.17%) Job Entry Subsystem
7 15 (1.63%) NFS
8 14 (1.52%) Time Sharing Option
9 13 (1.41%) VMware NSX
10 10 (1.08%) Virtual Machines
10 10 (1.08%) Virtual Servers
11 8 (0.87%) Oracle RAC
11 8 (0.87%) SRDF
12 7 (0.76%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 7 (0.76%) Veritas File System
12 7 (0.76%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 5 (0.54%) Firmware
13 5 (0.54%) KVM
14 4 (0.43%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 82 (8.89%) Kubernetes
2 80 (8.68%) Ansible
3 54 (5.86%) Tivoli
4 47 (5.10%) Terraform
5 40 (4.34%) Grafana
6 33 (3.58%) Kibana
7 31 (3.36%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 23 (2.49%) Puppet
8 23 (2.49%) QRadar
9 19 (2.06%) SCCM
10 18 (1.95%) ITRS Geneos
11 17 (1.84%) Control-M
11 17 (1.84%) EMC NetWorker
11 17 (1.84%) Opscode Chef
12 16 (1.74%) Tivoli NetView
13 15 (1.63%) Netcool
14 12 (1.30%) Active Directory Federation Services
15 10 (1.08%) vCenter Server
16 8 (0.87%) Netcool/OMNIbus
16 8 (0.87%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 174 (18.87%) Oracle
2 119 (12.91%) Microsoft
3 97 (10.52%) VMware
4 65 (7.05%) HP
5 61 (6.62%) Red Hat
6 56 (6.07%) SAP
7 50 (5.42%) Cisco
7 50 (5.42%) Splunk
8 43 (4.66%) EMC
9 41 (4.45%) ServiceNow
10 38 (4.12%) Google
11 35 (3.80%) CA
12 31 (3.36%) BiZZdesign
12 31 (3.36%) Dell
13 28 (3.04%) BMC
14 27 (2.93%) Citrix
14 27 (2.93%) Cognos
15 25 (2.71%) Informatica
15 25 (2.71%) Salesforce.com
16 22 (2.39%) TIBCO