Period
to 22 April 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 22 April 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
22 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 164 140 93
Rank change year-on-year -24 -47 -1
Contract jobs citing IBM 1,672 1,734 2,503
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.65% 1.88% 2.35%
As % of the Vendors category 3.96% 4.23% 5.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 966 998 1,399
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +4.14% -0.59%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £295
90th Percentile £609 £614 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £430 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +4.88% +2.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 27 52
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £35.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.43% -12.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £13.71 £14.30 £12.05
90th Percentile £47.25 £50.00 £53.92
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.25 £35.00 £38.75
% change year-on-year -39.29% -9.68% +10.71%

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 42,272 41,019 46,706
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 41.79% 44.58% 43.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,435 25,183 28,115
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £407
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.54% +1.64%
10th Percentile £245 £250 £235
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,452 1,477 1,686
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -10.53% +11.76%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.38 £10.08
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.27 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.86 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year -3.88% -8.33% +9.09%

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 22 April 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 22 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for IBM in the UK

IBM
Top 16 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 22 April 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 -27 1,497 £450 - 206
UK excluding London -13 979 £430 +4.88% 153
London -43 646 £498 -0.50% 75
South East -14 301 £444 +4.41% 38
North of England -23 214 £425 +3.66% 31
East of England +14 139 £425 +3.66% 21
Midlands -17 137 £425 - 20
North West -34 105 £439 +3.24% 17
West Midlands -15 95 £433 +1.76% 16
Yorkshire -6 83 £434 +6.44% 9
Scotland -55 73 £415 +10.67% 14
South West -19 67 £475 +10.47% 21
Wales +7 42 £439 +40.40% 6
East Midlands +5 37 £415 +2.47% 4
North East +30 26 £350 +2.94% 5
Northern Ireland +17 19 £430 - 2

For the 6 months to 22 April 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.

1 447 (26.73%) Java
2 430 (25.72%) Agile Software Development
3 415 (24.82%) WebSphere
4 394 (23.56%) Linux
5 385 (23.03%) SQL
6 380 (22.73%) Oracle
7 345 (20.63%) Finance
8 279 (16.69%) Unix
9 261 (15.61%) Windows
9 261 (15.61%) Banking
10 242 (14.47%) Microsoft
11 208 (12.44%) Web Services
12 196 (11.72%) Jenkins
13 194 (11.60%) Amazon AWS
14 193 (11.54%) SQL Server
15 192 (11.48%) DevOps
16 181 (10.83%) Git (software)
17 178 (10.65%) Problem-Solving
18 173 (10.35%) Analytical Skills
19 171 (10.23%) Security Cleared
19 171 (10.23%) DB2
20 163 (9.75%) HP
21 147 (8.79%) ITIL
22 144 (8.61%) XML
23 142 (8.49%) VMware
24 141 (8.43%) SC Cleared
25 137 (8.19%) Business Intelligence
26 135 (8.07%) Spring
27 133 (7.95%) Middleware
28 130 (7.78%) Migration

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
1 415 (24.82%) WebSphere
2 108 (6.46%) WebSphere Application Server
3 97 (5.80%) Apache
4 68 (4.07%) Confluence
5 67 (4.01%) JBoss
6 65 (3.89%) Tomcat
7 43 (2.57%) OpenStack
7 43 (2.57%) WebLogic
8 38 (2.27%) IIS
8 38 (2.27%) MS Exchange
9 36 (2.15%) Apache Spark
10 35 (2.09%) MQSeries
11 32 (1.91%) SharePoint
12 29 (1.73%) CMS
13 26 (1.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 22 (1.32%) WebSphere Portal
15 21 (1.26%) Cloud Foundry
16 20 (1.20%) IBM Domino
17 19 (1.14%) IBM Notes
17 19 (1.14%) SAS
Applications
1 65 (3.89%) Microsoft Office
2 48 (2.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 35 (2.09%) MS Visio
4 14 (0.84%) Microsoft Project
5 13 (0.78%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 11 (0.66%) SPSS
7 8 (0.48%) HipChat
8 3 (0.18%) EngageOne
9 2 (0.12%) Chatbot
10 1 (0.060%) Simulink
10 1 (0.060%) SPSS Modeler
Business Applications
1 27 (1.61%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 26 (1.56%) Magento
3 22 (1.32%) Maximo
4 19 (1.14%) Cognos TM1
5 12 (0.72%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
6 11 (0.66%) Remedy ITSM
7 10 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
7 10 (0.60%) Unica
8 8 (0.48%) Temenos T24
9 6 (0.36%) Adobe Campaign
9 6 (0.36%) R3 Corda
9 6 (0.36%) Ripple
10 5 (0.30%) BusinessWorks
10 5 (0.30%) Misys Midas
10 5 (0.30%) SAP Hybris
10 5 (0.30%) thinkFolio
11 4 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
11 4 (0.24%) TRIRIGA
12 3 (0.18%) Loan IQ
12 3 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 194 (11.60%) Amazon AWS
2 100 (5.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 64 (3.83%) PaaS
4 51 (3.05%) OpenShift
5 50 (2.99%) IBM Cloud
6 45 (2.69%) IaaS
7 42 (2.51%) Office 365
8 38 (2.27%) Bluemix
9 29 (1.73%) GitHub
9 29 (1.73%) SaaS
10 26 (1.56%) Amazon S3
11 21 (1.26%) Amazon EC2
12 20 (1.20%) Google Cloud Platform
13 17 (1.02%) IBM Blueworks
14 16 (0.96%) npm
15 12 (0.72%) AWS Lambda
15 12 (0.72%) Heroku
15 12 (0.72%) Serverless
16 9 (0.54%) Amazon ELB
16 9 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 126 (7.54%) Firewall
2 92 (5.50%) SAN
3 60 (3.59%) HTTP
4 57 (3.41%) Internet
5 51 (3.05%) SSL
6 46 (2.75%) DNS
7 42 (2.51%) TCP/IP
8 38 (2.27%) WAN
9 29 (1.73%) iSCSI
10 28 (1.67%) FTP
11 26 (1.56%) VLAN
12 25 (1.50%) Intrusion Detection
13 24 (1.44%) DHCP
13 24 (1.44%) Fibre Channel
14 22 (1.32%) LAN
14 22 (1.32%) NAS
14 22 (1.32%) Network Security
15 21 (1.26%) SMS
15 21 (1.26%) VPN
15 21 (1.26%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 193 (11.54%) SQL Server
2 171 (10.23%) DB2
3 115 (6.88%) Data Warehouse
4 100 (5.98%) PostgreSQL
5 82 (4.90%) Relational Database
6 80 (4.78%) DataStage
7 78 (4.67%) MySQL
8 70 (4.19%) MongoDB
9 69 (4.13%) IBM InfoSphere
10 67 (4.01%) Hadoop
11 65 (3.89%) Oracle Database
12 55 (3.29%) Big Data
13 44 (2.63%) Power BI
14 40 (2.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 39 (2.33%) NoSQL
16 38 (2.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 34 (2.03%) Redis
18 32 (1.91%) RDBMS
19 30 (1.79%) NuoDB
20 26 (1.56%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 196 (11.72%) Jenkins
2 181 (10.83%) Git (software)
3 109 (6.52%) JIRA
4 88 (5.26%) Maven
5 84 (5.02%) Subversion
6 64 (3.83%) Selenium
7 45 (2.69%) Ant
8 35 (2.09%) Gradle
9 34 (2.03%) JUnit
10 29 (1.73%) Cucumber
10 29 (1.73%) GitLab
11 28 (1.67%) Eclipse
12 27 (1.61%) Sonatype Nexus
12 27 (1.61%) TeamCity
13 21 (1.26%) Mockito
14 18 (1.08%) Artifactory
14 18 (1.08%) Rational Rhapsody
15 17 (1.02%) IBM UrbanCode
16 16 (0.96%) Gerrit
16 16 (0.96%) Rational DOORS
General
1 345 (20.63%) Finance
2 261 (15.61%) Banking
3 92 (5.50%) Retail
4 35 (2.09%) Marketing
5 30 (1.79%) Back Office
5 30 (1.79%) Investment Banking
5 30 (1.79%) Manufacturing
5 30 (1.79%) Telecoms
6 22 (1.32%) Financial Institution
7 18 (1.08%) Retail Banking
8 17 (1.02%) Legal
9 13 (0.78%) Publishing
10 12 (0.72%) Advertising
10 12 (0.72%) Front Office
11 10 (0.60%) Spanish Language
12 9 (0.54%) Electronics
13 8 (0.48%) International Banking
14 7 (0.42%) Billing
14 7 (0.42%) French Language
14 7 (0.42%) Law
Job Titles
1 436 (26.08%) Developer
2 193 (11.54%) Architect
3 184 (11.00%) Analyst
4 137 (8.19%) Java Developer
5 108 (6.46%) Consultant
6 83 (4.96%) DevOps Engineer
7 72 (4.31%) Project Manager
8 66 (3.95%) Solutions Architect
9 62 (3.71%) Senior Developer
10 54 (3.23%) Administrator
11 42 (2.51%) Senior Java Developer
12 34 (2.03%) Business Analyst
12 34 (2.03%) WebSphere Developer
13 33 (1.97%) Support Analyst
13 33 (1.97%) Systems Engineer
14 31 (1.85%) DataStage Developer
15 29 (1.73%) Integration Developer
16 28 (1.67%) Business Intelligence Developer
16 28 (1.67%) Integration Specialist
16 28 (1.67%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 208 (12.44%) Web Services
2 144 (8.61%) XML
3 135 (8.07%) Spring
4 133 (7.95%) Middleware
5 127 (7.60%) REST
6 125 (7.48%) J2EE
6 125 (7.48%) SOAP
7 124 (7.42%) WebSphere MQ
8 122 (7.30%) IBM Integration Bus
9 85 (5.08%) RESTful
10 81 (4.84%) AngularJS
10 81 (4.84%) Node.js
11 80 (4.78%) Hibernate
12 78 (4.67%) HTML
13 75 (4.49%) Spring Boot
14 71 (4.25%) RabbitMQ
15 69 (4.13%) JSON
16 63 (3.77%) JMS
17 59 (3.53%) JDBC
18 56 (3.35%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 173 (10.35%) Analytical Skills
2 112 (6.70%) Mainframe
3 94 (5.62%) DataPower
4 70 (4.19%) Data Centre
5 58 (3.47%) Clustering
6 52 (3.11%) Management Information System
7 43 (2.57%) IBM Mainframe
8 36 (2.15%) Self-Motivation
9 29 (1.73%) Client/Server
10 28 (1.67%) Enterprise Software
10 28 (1.67%) iSeries
10 28 (1.67%) Replication
11 27 (1.61%) User Experience
12 26 (1.56%) Computer Science
13 21 (1.26%) Mobile App
14 18 (1.08%) AS400
15 17 (1.02%) Data Structures
15 17 (1.02%) Greenfield Project
16 16 (0.96%) Private Cloud
17 15 (0.90%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 394 (23.56%) Linux
2 279 (16.69%) Unix
3 261 (15.61%) Windows
4 116 (6.94%) AIX
5 88 (5.26%) Windows Server
6 83 (4.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 77 (4.61%) Solaris
8 47 (2.81%) Windows Server 2012
9 34 (2.03%) Windows Server 2008
10 33 (1.97%) HPUX
11 24 (1.44%) CentOS
12 19 (1.14%) Windows Server 2003
13 15 (0.90%) Apple iOS
13 15 (0.90%) Windows 10
13 15 (0.90%) zOS
14 14 (0.84%) Android
15 11 (0.66%) Windows 7
16 10 (0.60%) SUSE
17 9 (0.54%) Windows 2000
18 7 (0.42%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 430 (25.72%) Agile Software Development
2 192 (11.48%) DevOps
3 178 (10.65%) Problem-Solving
4 147 (8.79%) ITIL
5 137 (8.19%) Business Intelligence
6 130 (7.78%) Migration
7 124 (7.42%) ETL
8 118 (7.06%) Scrum
9 103 (6.16%) SOA
10 102 (6.10%) E-Commerce
11 97 (5.80%) Analytics
12 94 (5.62%) TDD
13 93 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
14 86 (5.14%) Data Modelling
15 76 (4.55%) Test Automation
16 75 (4.49%) Project Management
17 73 (4.37%) Continuous Integration
18 66 (3.95%) Configuration Management
19 64 (3.83%) Waterfall
20 60 (3.59%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 447 (26.73%) Java
2 385 (23.03%) SQL
3 130 (7.78%) JavaScript
4 126 (7.54%) Python
5 87 (5.20%) Shell Script
6 72 (4.31%) Perl
7 64 (3.83%) Bash Shell
8 54 (3.23%) PowerShell
9 49 (2.93%) PL/SQL
10 43 (2.57%) Ruby
11 39 (2.33%) Java 8
12 30 (1.79%) C
13 29 (1.73%) C#
13 29 (1.73%) C++
13 29 (1.73%) PHP
14 28 (1.67%) JCL
15 27 (1.61%) T-SQL
16 25 (1.50%) COBOL
17 22 (1.32%) XPath
18 18 (1.08%) R
Qualifications
1 171 (10.23%) Security Cleared
2 141 (8.43%) SC Cleared
3 60 (3.59%) Degree
4 31 (1.85%) Microsoft Certification
5 25 (1.50%) Cisco Certification
6 22 (1.32%) MCSE
7 19 (1.14%) ITIL Certification
8 16 (0.96%) CCNP
9 14 (0.84%) Computer Science Degree
9 14 (0.84%) IBM Certification
10 13 (0.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 12 (0.72%) MCSA
12 10 (0.60%) CCNA
12 10 (0.60%) CISSP
13 8 (0.48%) PMP
14 7 (0.42%) MCITP
14 7 (0.42%) PMI Certification
15 6 (0.36%) DV Cleared
15 6 (0.36%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
16 5 (0.30%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (2.21%) Data Quality
2 29 (1.73%) QA
3 22 (1.32%) SLA
4 17 (1.02%) GDPR
5 13 (0.78%) GCP
6 8 (0.48%) PCI DSS
6 8 (0.48%) PMO
6 8 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 7 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 15288
7 7 (0.42%) MiFID
7 7 (0.42%) RosettaNet
8 2 (0.12%) COBIT
8 2 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
8 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 19770
8 2 (0.12%) PSD2
8 2 (0.12%) WCAG
9 1 (0.060%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.060%) GxP
9 1 (0.060%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.060%) PMBOK
System Software
1 108 (6.46%) VMware Infrastructure
2 96 (5.74%) Active Directory
3 73 (4.37%) Docker
4 46 (2.75%) Hyper-V
5 30 (1.79%) Virtual Machines
6 28 (1.67%) vSphere
7 24 (1.44%) VMware ESXi
8 21 (1.26%) XenApp
9 17 (1.02%) Time Sharing Option
10 15 (0.90%) PowerHA
11 12 (0.72%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 11 (0.66%) NFS
13 10 (0.60%) XenDesktop
14 9 (0.54%) Firmware
15 8 (0.48%) KVM
15 8 (0.48%) Veritas Volume Manager
15 8 (0.48%) Xen
16 7 (0.42%) Terminal Services
17 6 (0.36%) DFS Replication
17 6 (0.36%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 68 (4.07%) Tivoli
2 66 (3.95%) Ansible
3 60 (3.59%) Opscode Chef
4 59 (3.53%) Puppet
5 49 (2.93%) SCCM
6 41 (2.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 35 (2.09%) NetBackup
8 28 (1.67%) Kubernetes
9 26 (1.56%) QRadar
10 25 (1.50%) HP ALM
11 19 (1.14%) Backup Exec
12 17 (1.02%) SCOM
13 16 (0.96%) FortiGate
13 16 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
14 15 (0.90%) Netcool
14 15 (0.90%) PTC Integrity
15 14 (0.84%) Control-M
16 13 (0.78%) Nagios
17 12 (0.72%) Consul
17 12 (0.72%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 380 (22.73%) Oracle
2 242 (14.47%) Microsoft
3 163 (9.75%) HP
4 142 (8.49%) VMware
5 104 (6.22%) Cognos
6 99 (5.92%) Red Hat
7 83 (4.96%) SAP
8 74 (4.43%) Cisco
9 72 (4.31%) Citrix
10 53 (3.17%) NetApp
11 52 (3.11%) Dell
12 47 (2.81%) EMC
13 46 (2.75%) Splunk
14 45 (2.69%) Informatica
14 45 (2.69%) Teradata
15 43 (2.57%) hybris
16 42 (2.51%) Adobe
17 41 (2.45%) Tableau
17 41 (2.45%) Veritas
18 38 (2.27%) ServiceNow