Period
to 10 August 2020

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 10 August 2020 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
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 181 189 175
Rank change year-on-year +8 -14 -39
Contract jobs citing IBM 507 1,336 1,678
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.45% 1.46% 1.62%
As % of the Vendors category 3.26% 3.41% 3.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 315 802 964
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £313 £313 £313
90th Percentile £600 £612 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +7.95% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 26 23
Median hourly rate £33.00 £40.50 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.52% +97.56% -23.72%
10th Percentile £12.48 £24.38 £13.53
90th Percentile £35.00 £45.75 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £42.00 £27.75
% change year-on-year -21.43% +51.35% -8.62%

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 15,542 39,147 43,187
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 44.39% 42.67% 41.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,297 24,392 26,738
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £255 £250 £250
90th Percentile £675 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +4.71% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 649 1,462 1,595
Median hourly rate £24.00 £19.03 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.12% +8.74% +2.94%
10th Percentile £12.37 £11.15 £11.05
90th Percentile £48.75 £51.04 £47.00
Median hourly rate £20.00 £17.90 £16.77
% change year-on-year +11.73% +6.74% +1.64%

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 10 August 2020.

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 10 August 2020.

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 10 August 2020. 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 +19 413 £475 +3.54% 60
UK excluding London +4 311 £475 +7.95% 44
London +61 168 £470 -6.00% 23
South East +28 109 £500 +11.11% 14
Scotland +26 61 £425 -5.56% 6
North of England +26 48 £450 - 11
Work from Home +5 45 £500 +11.11% 5
North West +15 30 £450 - 9
Midlands +50 28 £513 +20.59% 6
East of England -2 27 £455 -4.21% 4
South West +44 21 £450 - 2
West Midlands +37 19 £450 +5.88% 4
Wales +5 18 £488 +14.71% 1
Yorkshire +50 16 £450 +5.88% 2
East Midlands +50 9 £547 +28.64% 2
Northern Ireland +11 2 £327 -3.11%
North East +37 1 - -

For the 6 months to 10 August 2020, 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.

1 133 (26.23%) Oracle
2 119 (23.47%) Linux
3 117 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
4 106 (20.91%) Java
5 100 (19.72%) SQL
6 94 (18.54%) Security Cleared
7 92 (18.15%) Finance
8 91 (17.95%) WebSphere
9 76 (14.99%) SC Cleared
10 74 (14.60%) AWS
11 73 (14.40%) Shell Script
12 72 (14.20%) Windows
13 70 (13.81%) Unix
14 64 (12.62%) Web Services
14 64 (12.62%) Azure
15 63 (12.43%) Microsoft
16 56 (11.05%) XML
16 56 (11.05%) Problem-Solving
17 54 (10.65%) SOAP
18 51 (10.06%) Perl
19 50 (9.86%) Banking
20 49 (9.66%) Analytical Skills
21 48 (9.47%) Active Directory
22 47 (9.27%) Test Automation
23 46 (9.07%) DB2
23 46 (9.07%) Middleware
23 46 (9.07%) Migration
24 45 (8.88%) JIRA
25 43 (8.48%) REST
26 41 (8.09%) DevOps

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 91 (17.95%) WebSphere
2 35 (6.90%) Tomcat
2 35 (6.90%) WebSphere Application Server
3 24 (4.73%) SharePoint
4 23 (4.54%) IBM Domino
4 23 (4.54%) IBM Notes
5 22 (4.34%) JBoss
6 19 (3.75%) Confluence
7 17 (3.35%) Apache
8 16 (3.16%) WebLogic
9 14 (2.76%) Exchange Server 2013
10 13 (2.56%) IIS
11 10 (1.97%) Apache Geronimo
11 10 (1.97%) Apache TomEE
12 9 (1.78%) IBM HTTP Server
13 8 (1.58%) Apache Spark
13 8 (1.58%) MS Exchange
14 5 (0.99%) MQSeries
15 3 (0.59%) CICS
15 3 (0.59%) SAS
Applications
1 16 (3.16%) Microsoft Project
2 12 (2.37%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (1.38%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (1.38%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.59%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.20%) Simulink
5 1 (0.20%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 15 (2.96%) Oracle EBS
1 15 (2.96%) Remedy ITSM
2 12 (2.37%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 10 (1.97%) Oracle EBS R12
4 9 (1.78%) Maximo
5 5 (0.99%) Cognos TM1
5 5 (0.99%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
6 3 (0.59%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (0.59%) SAP S/4HANA
7 2 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.39%) SAP GTS
7 2 (0.39%) SAP SCM
7 2 (0.39%) SunGard Martini
8 1 (0.20%) Adobe Campaign
8 1 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.20%) Magento
8 1 (0.20%) Shopify
8 1 (0.20%) StreamServe
8 1 (0.20%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 74 (14.60%) AWS
2 64 (12.62%) Azure
3 26 (5.13%) Azure Active Directory
3 26 (5.13%) Office 365
4 24 (4.73%) GCP
5 20 (3.94%) OneDrive
6 18 (3.55%) Power Platform
7 17 (3.35%) PowerApps
8 10 (1.97%) GitHub
8 10 (1.97%) SaaS
8 10 (1.97%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 9 (1.78%) HP Helion
9 9 (1.78%) IBM Cloud
10 7 (1.38%) OpenShift
11 6 (1.18%) IaaS
11 6 (1.18%) PaaS
12 4 (0.79%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.79%) Amazon ELB
12 4 (0.79%) Apigee
13 3 (0.59%) IBM Blueworks
Communications & Networking
1 34 (6.71%) SAN
2 16 (3.16%) DNS
3 14 (2.76%) Firewall
3 14 (2.76%) SNMP
4 12 (2.37%) HTTP
5 8 (1.58%) Fibre Channel
5 8 (1.58%) TCP/IP
6 7 (1.38%) iSCSI
6 7 (1.38%) SSL
6 7 (1.38%) VPN
7 6 (1.18%) FTP
7 6 (1.18%) NetScaler
7 6 (1.18%) VLAN
8 5 (0.99%) DHCP
8 5 (0.99%) Internet
9 4 (0.79%) HTTPS
9 4 (0.79%) NAS
10 3 (0.59%) BIG-IP
10 3 (0.59%) LAN
10 3 (0.59%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (9.07%) DB2
2 33 (6.51%) SQL Server
3 30 (5.92%) Oracle Database
3 30 (5.92%) Relational Database
4 21 (4.14%) DataStage
5 18 (3.55%) PostgreSQL
6 17 (3.35%) IBM InfoSphere
6 17 (3.35%) MySQL
7 12 (2.37%) Oracle OWB
8 11 (2.17%) MongoDB
8 11 (2.17%) NoSQL
9 10 (1.97%) Big Data
9 10 (1.97%) Data Warehouse
10 9 (1.78%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 9 (1.78%) Hadoop
11 7 (1.38%) OLAP
11 7 (1.38%) Oracle Reports
12 6 (1.18%) Apache Hive
13 5 (0.99%) Oracle Database 12c
14 4 (0.79%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 45 (8.88%) JIRA
2 29 (5.72%) Jenkins
3 22 (4.34%) Git (software)
4 20 (3.94%) Maven
5 19 (3.75%) Eclipse
6 17 (3.35%) Subversion
7 14 (2.76%) ClearCase
8 12 (2.37%) Bitbucket
9 11 (2.17%) JUnit
9 11 (2.17%) SoapUI
10 10 (1.97%) Selenium
11 9 (1.78%) Axure RP
11 9 (1.78%) Postman
12 8 (1.58%) Cucumber
12 8 (1.58%) SonarQube
13 7 (1.38%) Ant
13 7 (1.38%) GitLab
13 7 (1.38%) JMeter
13 7 (1.38%) Rational DOORS
13 7 (1.38%) Rational Team Concert
General
1 92 (18.15%) Finance
2 50 (9.86%) Banking
3 39 (7.69%) Public Sector
4 15 (2.96%) Front Office
5 11 (2.17%) Retail
6 8 (1.58%) Investment Banking
7 7 (1.38%) Back Office
7 7 (1.38%) Publishing
7 7 (1.38%) Telecoms
8 5 (0.99%) Aerospace
9 4 (0.79%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.79%) Games
9 4 (0.79%) Law
9 4 (0.79%) Marketing
10 3 (0.59%) Automotive
10 3 (0.59%) International Banking
10 3 (0.59%) Retail Banking
11 2 (0.39%) Legal
11 2 (0.39%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.39%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 93 (18.34%) Developer
2 88 (17.36%) Architect
3 51 (10.06%) Administrator
4 36 (7.10%) Consultant
5 31 (6.11%) Analyst
6 24 (4.73%) Java Developer
6 24 (4.73%) Solutions Architect
7 20 (3.94%) Designer
8 19 (3.75%) Exchange Administrator
9 16 (3.16%) Office 365 Administrator
10 15 (2.96%) DBA
11 14 (2.76%) Software Engineer
11 14 (2.76%) Storage Engineer
12 13 (2.56%) Systems Administrator
13 12 (2.37%) Test Manager
14 10 (1.97%) Data Architect
14 10 (1.97%) DataStage Developer
14 10 (1.97%) Solutions Designer
14 10 (1.97%) Storage Specialist
15 9 (1.78%) Applications Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (12.62%) Web Services
2 56 (11.05%) XML
3 54 (10.65%) SOAP
4 46 (9.07%) Middleware
5 43 (8.48%) REST
6 34 (6.71%) IBM Integration Bus
7 27 (5.33%) HTML
8 24 (4.73%) WebSphere MQ
9 22 (4.34%) J2EE
10 21 (4.14%) Spring
11 20 (3.94%) JSON
12 19 (3.75%) Spring Boot
13 17 (3.35%) LDAP
14 15 (2.96%) SailPoint
15 14 (2.76%) CSS
16 13 (2.56%) RESTful
17 12 (2.37%) JMS
18 11 (2.17%) Kafka
19 10 (1.97%) XSLT
20 9 (1.78%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 49 (9.66%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (4.93%) DataPower
3 18 (3.55%) Clustering
4 16 (3.16%) Data Centre
5 14 (2.76%) Mainframe
6 10 (1.97%) IBM Storwize
6 10 (1.97%) Public Cloud
7 9 (1.78%) Management Information System
7 9 (1.78%) VxBlock/Vblock
8 8 (1.58%) EMC VMAX
9 7 (1.38%) Replication
10 6 (1.18%) Client/Server
10 6 (1.18%) Enterprise Storage
10 6 (1.18%) Linux Command Line
11 5 (0.99%) iSeries
11 5 (0.99%) Self-Motivation
11 5 (0.99%) TMS320
11 5 (0.99%) User Experience
12 4 (0.79%) Driving Licence
12 4 (0.79%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 119 (23.47%) Linux
2 72 (14.20%) Windows
3 70 (13.81%) Unix
4 30 (5.92%) AIX
5 28 (5.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 17 (3.35%) Solaris
7 11 (2.17%) Windows Server
8 10 (1.97%) zOS
9 6 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (0.99%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.59%) Windows 10
11 3 (0.59%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.59%) Windows Server 2016
11 3 (0.59%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.39%) HPUX
13 1 (0.20%) Android
13 1 (0.20%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.20%) MVS
13 1 (0.20%) OS/390
13 1 (0.20%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (11.05%) Problem-Solving
3 47 (9.27%) Test Automation
4 46 (9.07%) Migration
5 41 (8.09%) Configuration Management
5 41 (8.09%) DevOps
6 40 (7.89%) Scrum
7 37 (7.30%) Change Management
8 34 (6.71%) ETL
9 33 (6.51%) ITIL
10 31 (6.11%) Analytics
10 31 (6.11%) Project Management
11 29 (5.72%) Data Modelling
12 28 (5.52%) Microservices
12 28 (5.52%) Unit Testing
13 26 (5.13%) Continuous Integration
14 25 (4.93%) Software Engineering
15 23 (4.54%) SDLC
15 23 (4.54%) Workflow
16 22 (4.34%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 106 (20.91%) Java
2 100 (19.72%) SQL
3 73 (14.40%) Shell Script
4 51 (10.06%) Perl
5 36 (7.10%) JavaScript
6 35 (6.90%) PowerShell
7 33 (6.51%) Python
8 23 (4.54%) Bash Shell
9 16 (3.16%) C
10 10 (1.97%) C-shell
11 8 (1.58%) C++
11 8 (1.58%) JCL
11 8 (1.58%) PHP
11 8 (1.58%) PL/SQL
12 7 (1.38%) C#
13 6 (1.18%) Korn
14 5 (0.99%) BeanShell
15 4 (0.79%) Groovy
15 4 (0.79%) Scala
15 4 (0.79%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 94 (18.54%) Security Cleared
2 76 (14.99%) SC Cleared
3 20 (3.94%) Microsoft Certification
4 17 (3.35%) BPSS Clearance
5 16 (3.16%) MCSA
6 12 (2.37%) Degree
7 8 (1.58%) ISEB
7 8 (1.58%) ISEB Practitioner
8 5 (0.99%) TOGAF Certification
9 4 (0.79%) IBM Certification
10 3 (0.59%) CISSP
10 3 (0.59%) Computer Science Degree
11 2 (0.39%) CISA
11 2 (0.39%) CISM
11 2 (0.39%) IISP
11 2 (0.39%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 2 (0.39%) MCSE
12 1 (0.20%) AWS Certification
12 1 (0.20%) CSPO
12 1 (0.20%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (4.14%) QA
2 12 (2.37%) Data Quality
3 11 (2.17%) SLA
4 6 (1.18%) MISRA
5 5 (0.99%) MISRA C
6 4 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.59%) EMIR
7 3 (0.59%) GDPR
7 3 (0.59%) MiFID
7 3 (0.59%) NIST
7 3 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.39%) ISAE 3402
8 2 (0.39%) ISO 22301
8 2 (0.39%) ISO 31000
8 2 (0.39%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27005
8 2 (0.39%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.20%) COBIT
9 1 (0.20%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.20%) DO-178B
System Software
1 48 (9.47%) Active Directory
2 26 (5.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (4.73%) Docker
4 10 (1.97%) XenApp
5 8 (1.58%) Firmware
5 8 (1.58%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (1.58%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (1.38%) Hyper-V
6 7 (1.38%) Time Sharing Option
7 6 (1.18%) Squid
8 5 (0.99%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (0.59%) NFS
9 3 (0.59%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.39%) Job Entry Subsystem
10 2 (0.39%) NDS
10 2 (0.39%) NetIQ eDirectory
10 2 (0.39%) RACF
10 2 (0.39%) Samba
10 2 (0.39%) Terminal Server
10 2 (0.39%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 22 (4.34%) Netcool
2 21 (4.14%) Netcool/OMNIbus
3 20 (3.94%) SCCM
4 19 (3.75%) Kubernetes
5 18 (3.55%) Tivoli
6 13 (2.56%) Ansible
7 10 (1.97%) Amdocs OSS
8 9 (1.78%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 8 (1.58%) Red Hat Satellite
10 7 (1.38%) Puppet
10 7 (1.38%) SCOM
11 6 (1.18%) Cacti
11 6 (1.18%) Nagios
11 6 (1.18%) NetBackup
11 6 (1.18%) Opsview
11 6 (1.18%) Terraform
12 5 (0.99%) EMC NetWorker
12 5 (0.99%) Microsoft Clustering
13 4 (0.79%) QRadar
13 4 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 133 (26.23%) Oracle
2 63 (12.43%) Microsoft
3 39 (7.69%) VMware
4 33 (6.51%) Red Hat
5 32 (6.31%) HP
6 31 (6.11%) Cisco
7 23 (4.54%) EMC
7 23 (4.54%) ServiceNow
7 23 (4.54%) Splunk
8 22 (4.34%) Sybase
9 21 (4.14%) SAP
10 19 (3.75%) Brocade
11 17 (3.35%) Remedy
12 16 (3.16%) CheckPoint
12 16 (3.16%) Citrix
13 15 (2.96%) CA
13 15 (2.96%) Curam
14 14 (2.76%) BMC
14 14 (2.76%) Dell
14 14 (2.76%) Google