Period
to 19 March 2019

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 19 March 2019 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
19 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 202 163 139
Rank change year-on-year -39 -24 -40
Contract jobs citing IBM 1,311 1,655 1,742
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.36% 1.64% 1.87%
As % of the Vendors category 3.20% 3.96% 4.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 774 987 1,000
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £443
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.69% +4.12%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £313
90th Percentile £600 £610 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 29 26
UK median hourly rate £40.50 £21.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +88.37% -38.57% -12.50%
10th Percentile £35.00 £14.07 £13.63
90th Percentile £47.50 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £21.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +86.05% -38.57% -12.50%

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 41,021 41,802 41,885
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.41% 41.44% 45.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,421 26,158 25,728
UK median daily rate £450 £447 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.73% +5.12% +6.25%
10th Percentile £263 £238 £241
90th Percentile £638 £625 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,455 1,410 1,560
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.54
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.80% -10.59%
10th Percentile £10.92 £10.80 £10.29
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.50 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.81 £16.00 £16.25
% change year-on-year +5.03% -1.54% -9.72%

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 19 March 2019.

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 19 March 2019.

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 19 March 2019. 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 -54 1,142 £455 +1.11% 324
UK excluding London -34 822 £450 +5.88% 230
London -34 462 £475 -3.06% 125
South East -49 210 £473 +14.55% 65
North of England -48 145 £435 +2.35% 49
Midlands -18 112 £450 +5.88% 37
East of England -12 104 £425 - 27
South West -27 99 £464 -2.37% 21
Scotland +29 95 £375 -1.64% 17
North West -17 74 £450 +2.27% 25
West Midlands -32 71 £445 +1.14% 30
Yorkshire -7 68 £419 -1.47% 21
Wales +12 52 £440 +0.28% 10
East Midlands +21 39 £500 +20.48% 7
Northern Ireland -4 3 £400 -6.98% 3
North East -38 3 £381 +4.45% 3
Channel Islands - 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 19 March 2019, 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.

1 356 (27.15%) Agile Software Development
2 313 (23.87%) Java
3 312 (23.80%) Finance
4 286 (21.82%) Oracle
5 276 (21.05%) WebSphere
6 274 (20.90%) SQL
7 256 (19.53%) Linux
8 244 (18.61%) Windows
9 220 (16.78%) Unix
10 213 (16.25%) Microsoft
11 169 (12.89%) Banking
12 164 (12.51%) Amazon AWS
13 161 (12.28%) Middleware
13 161 (12.28%) Problem-Solving
14 148 (11.29%) Security Cleared
15 137 (10.45%) Migration
16 127 (9.69%) DevOps
17 122 (9.31%) Analytical Skills
17 122 (9.31%) SQL Server
17 122 (9.31%) SC Cleared
18 120 (9.15%) Web Services
19 118 (9.00%) JavaScript
19 118 (9.00%) VMware
20 111 (8.47%) Microsoft Azure
21 109 (8.31%) XML
22 108 (8.24%) DB2
23 99 (7.55%) REST
24 96 (7.32%) HP
25 92 (7.02%) Scrum
26 91 (6.94%) Mainframe

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
1 276 (21.05%) WebSphere
2 66 (5.03%) WebSphere Application Server
3 60 (4.58%) WebLogic
4 41 (3.13%) Tomcat
5 40 (3.05%) FileNet
6 33 (2.52%) CICS
7 31 (2.36%) JBoss
8 25 (1.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 23 (1.75%) Confluence
10 22 (1.68%) Apache
11 16 (1.22%) IBM HTTP Server
11 16 (1.22%) IIS
11 16 (1.22%) MQSeries
12 15 (1.14%) NetWeaver
13 14 (1.07%) Cloud Foundry
13 14 (1.07%) SharePoint
14 13 (0.99%) CMS
14 13 (0.99%) SAS
15 12 (0.92%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 12 (0.92%) GlassFish
Applications
1 42 (3.20%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (2.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (0.99%) Microsoft Project
4 10 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.76%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.53%) Simulink
6 5 (0.38%) SPSS
6 5 (0.38%) Stata
7 3 (0.23%) Chatbot
8 2 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.076%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.076%) ImageReady
9 1 (0.076%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.076%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 39 (2.97%) Maximo
2 15 (1.14%) Cognos TM1
3 12 (0.92%) Oracle EBS
4 11 (0.84%) Magento
4 11 (0.84%) Oracle Applications
5 10 (0.76%) Oracle EBS R12
6 8 (0.61%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 6 (0.46%) HFM
7 6 (0.46%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
8 4 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
8 4 (0.31%) Markit EDM
8 4 (0.31%) Oracle Cash Management
8 4 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
9 3 (0.23%) SAP CO
9 3 (0.23%) SAP FI
9 3 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
10 2 (0.15%) NetSuite
10 2 (0.15%) SAP CRM
10 2 (0.15%) SAP PM
10 2 (0.15%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 164 (12.51%) Amazon AWS
2 111 (8.47%) Microsoft Azure
3 33 (2.52%) PaaS
4 31 (2.36%) IaaS
5 27 (2.06%) Office 365
6 25 (1.91%) SaaS
7 23 (1.75%) Google Cloud Platform
8 22 (1.68%) IBM Cloud
9 18 (1.37%) OpenShift
10 12 (0.92%) Amazon S3
11 11 (0.84%) Boomi
12 10 (0.76%) Apigee
12 10 (0.76%) GitHub
13 9 (0.69%) IBM Blueworks
13 9 (0.69%) Silverpop
14 7 (0.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 6 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
15 6 (0.46%) Azure Active Directory
16 5 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
17 4 (0.31%) Datadog
Communications & Networking
1 88 (6.71%) Firewall
2 76 (5.80%) SAN
3 53 (4.04%) TCP/IP
3 53 (4.04%) VPN
4 42 (3.20%) WAN
5 37 (2.82%) SSL
6 36 (2.75%) LAN
7 34 (2.59%) HTTP
8 33 (2.52%) DNS
9 21 (1.60%) Intrusion Detection
10 20 (1.53%) Internet
11 19 (1.45%) DHCP
12 18 (1.37%) VoIP
13 17 (1.30%) SMTP
14 16 (1.22%) MPLS
15 13 (0.99%) FTP
15 13 (0.99%) NAS
15 13 (0.99%) Network Security
15 13 (0.99%) SNMP
16 11 (0.84%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (9.31%) SQL Server
2 108 (8.24%) DB2
3 89 (6.79%) Relational Database
4 80 (6.10%) Oracle Database
5 54 (4.12%) Data Warehouse
6 47 (3.59%) RDBMS
7 41 (3.13%) IBM InfoSphere
8 32 (2.44%) Big Data
9 28 (2.14%) Hadoop
10 27 (2.06%) DataStage
11 26 (1.98%) Oracle Database 11g
12 23 (1.75%) NoSQL
12 23 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 21 (1.60%) PostgreSQL
14 17 (1.30%) Power BI
15 16 (1.22%) MongoDB
15 16 (1.22%) Oracle BI EE
15 16 (1.22%) Oracle Reports
16 14 (1.07%) Oracle Database 12c
17 11 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 91 (6.94%) JIRA
2 84 (6.41%) Git (software)
3 68 (5.19%) Jenkins
4 51 (3.89%) Subversion
5 45 (3.43%) Maven
6 43 (3.28%) Selenium
7 39 (2.97%) Visual Studio
8 36 (2.75%) Cucumber
9 29 (2.21%) JUnit
10 28 (2.14%) Rational Rhapsody
11 27 (2.06%) Rational DOORS
12 26 (1.98%) Eclipse
13 23 (1.75%) Rational Team Concert
14 21 (1.60%) Sonatype Nexus
15 18 (1.37%) LoadRunner
15 18 (1.37%) Rational Performance Tester
15 18 (1.37%) SonarQube
15 18 (1.37%) SpecFlow
16 16 (1.22%) TeamCity
17 14 (1.07%) WebDriver
General
1 312 (23.80%) Finance
2 169 (12.89%) Banking
3 76 (5.80%) Retail
4 52 (3.97%) Marketing
5 28 (2.14%) Telecoms
6 26 (1.98%) Back Office
7 25 (1.91%) Manufacturing
8 21 (1.60%) Investment Banking
9 20 (1.53%) Aerospace
9 20 (1.53%) Financial Institution
10 17 (1.30%) Law
11 16 (1.22%) Automotive
11 16 (1.22%) Electronics
12 11 (0.84%) Retail Banking
13 10 (0.76%) Legal
14 8 (0.61%) Military
14 8 (0.61%) Publishing
15 7 (0.53%) Games
15 7 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.31%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 267 (20.37%) Developer
2 204 (15.56%) Architect
3 142 (10.83%) Analyst
4 95 (7.25%) Consultant
5 70 (5.34%) Java Developer
6 66 (5.03%) Administrator
7 57 (4.35%) Solutions Architect
8 39 (2.97%) Technical Architect
9 37 (2.82%) Business Analyst
10 34 (2.59%) Project Manager
11 30 (2.29%) Infrastructure Architect
12 29 (2.21%) Systems Engineer
13 28 (2.14%) DevOps Engineer
14 27 (2.06%) Software Engineer
15 26 (1.98%) Technical Leader
15 26 (1.98%) Test Analyst
16 25 (1.91%) Test Leader
17 23 (1.75%) Systems Administrator
18 22 (1.68%) Designer
18 22 (1.68%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 161 (12.28%) Middleware
2 120 (9.15%) Web Services
3 109 (8.31%) XML
4 99 (7.55%) REST
5 91 (6.94%) SOAP
6 90 (6.86%) Spring
7 67 (5.11%) HTML
8 60 (4.58%) .NET
8 60 (4.58%) J2EE
9 59 (4.50%) IBM Integration Bus
10 55 (4.20%) CSS
11 54 (4.12%) WebSphere MQ
12 46 (3.51%) RabbitMQ
13 38 (2.90%) XSLT
14 37 (2.82%) Spring Boot
15 34 (2.59%) JSON
16 32 (2.44%) LDAP
17 31 (2.36%) Hibernate
18 30 (2.29%) Node.js
19 29 (2.21%) Elastic Stack
Miscellaneous
1 122 (9.31%) Analytical Skills
2 91 (6.94%) Mainframe
3 88 (6.71%) DataPower
4 65 (4.96%) Management Information System
5 48 (3.66%) Data Centre
6 37 (2.82%) Public Cloud
7 34 (2.59%) IBM Mainframe
8 31 (2.36%) Client/Server
9 28 (2.14%) Self-Motivation
10 21 (1.60%) Mobile App
11 19 (1.45%) AS400
12 18 (1.37%) Clustering
12 18 (1.37%) Cyberattack
13 15 (1.14%) iSeries
14 14 (1.07%) Hybrid Cloud
14 14 (1.07%) VSAM
15 13 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
15 13 (0.99%) Fintech
16 12 (0.92%) PKI
16 12 (0.92%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 256 (19.53%) Linux
2 244 (18.61%) Windows
3 220 (16.78%) Unix
4 87 (6.64%) Windows Server
5 81 (6.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 80 (6.10%) AIX
7 73 (5.57%) Solaris
8 37 (2.82%) zOS
9 20 (1.53%) Windows Server 2012
10 17 (1.30%) Windows Server 2008
11 12 (0.92%) Oracle Linux
12 9 (0.69%) Data ONTAP
13 8 (0.61%) Windows 10
14 6 (0.46%) Android
14 6 (0.46%) Ubuntu
15 4 (0.31%) HPUX
16 3 (0.23%) CentOS
16 3 (0.23%) SUSE
16 3 (0.23%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 3 (0.23%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 356 (27.15%) Agile Software Development
2 161 (12.28%) Problem-Solving
3 137 (10.45%) Migration
4 127 (9.69%) DevOps
5 92 (7.02%) Scrum
6 85 (6.48%) Test Automation
7 83 (6.33%) ITIL
8 82 (6.25%) Business Intelligence
9 78 (5.95%) Stakeholder Management
10 77 (5.87%) Microservices
11 66 (5.03%) TDD
12 63 (4.81%) Continuous Integration
13 62 (4.73%) E-Commerce
14 61 (4.65%) TOGAF
15 58 (4.42%) Waterfall
16 55 (4.20%) Project Management
17 54 (4.12%) Analytics
18 52 (3.97%) ETL
19 51 (3.89%) Computer Science
19 51 (3.89%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 313 (23.87%) Java
2 274 (20.90%) SQL
3 118 (9.00%) JavaScript
4 68 (5.19%) PowerShell
5 61 (4.65%) Python
6 53 (4.04%) C#
7 51 (3.89%) Shell Script
8 41 (3.13%) JCL
9 35 (2.67%) COBOL
10 33 (2.52%) C
11 31 (2.36%) Bash Shell
11 31 (2.36%) PL/SQL
12 22 (1.68%) Java 8
13 20 (1.53%) VBA
14 19 (1.45%) Assembly Language
15 18 (1.37%) REXX
16 17 (1.30%) C++
16 17 (1.30%) T-SQL
17 15 (1.14%) Jython
17 15 (1.14%) Perl
Qualifications
1 148 (11.29%) Security Cleared
2 122 (9.31%) SC Cleared
3 77 (5.87%) Degree
4 34 (2.59%) CISSP
5 23 (1.75%) Cisco Certification
6 22 (1.68%) Computer Science Degree
7 17 (1.30%) CISM
7 17 (1.30%) ISEB
8 14 (1.07%) DV Cleared
8 14 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
9 13 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
9 13 (0.99%) MCSE
10 12 (0.92%) IBM Certification
10 12 (0.92%) ISTQB
11 11 (0.84%) CLAS
12 10 (0.76%) TOGAF Certification
13 8 (0.61%) (ISC)2 CCSP
13 8 (0.61%) CREST Certified
13 8 (0.61%) IISP
13 8 (0.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (3.51%) QA
2 22 (1.68%) GDPR
3 20 (1.53%) SLA
4 16 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 11 (0.84%) Data Quality
6 10 (0.76%) PSD2
6 10 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 9 (0.69%) PCI DSS
8 8 (0.61%) ISAE 3402
8 8 (0.61%) ISO 22301
8 8 (0.61%) ISO 31000
8 8 (0.61%) ISO 9001
8 8 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 5 (0.38%) MISRA
9 5 (0.38%) MISRA C
10 4 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials
10 4 (0.31%) PMO
11 3 (0.23%) ARP4754
12 2 (0.15%) COBIT
13 1 (0.076%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 63 (4.81%) VMware Infrastructure
2 58 (4.42%) Active Directory
3 47 (3.59%) Docker
4 30 (2.29%) vSphere
5 26 (1.98%) Oracle RAC
5 26 (1.98%) Time Sharing Option
6 22 (1.68%) XenApp
7 20 (1.53%) VMware ESXi
8 19 (1.45%) Virtual Machines
9 16 (1.22%) Microsoft App-V
10 11 (0.84%) Virtual Servers
11 10 (0.76%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 9 (0.69%) RACF
13 8 (0.61%) Firmware
13 8 (0.61%) Hyper-V
13 8 (0.61%) ISA Server
13 8 (0.61%) NFS
13 8 (0.61%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
14 7 (0.53%) XenDesktop
15 6 (0.46%) NDS
Systems Management
1 61 (4.65%) Tivoli
2 59 (4.50%) Ansible
3 50 (3.81%) NetBackup
4 46 (3.51%) QRadar
5 22 (1.68%) SCCM
6 19 (1.45%) Control-M
6 19 (1.45%) Kubernetes
6 19 (1.45%) Opscode Chef
6 19 (1.45%) Tivoli Monitoring
7 18 (1.37%) Puppet
7 18 (1.37%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 17 (1.30%) Tivoli Identity Manager
9 16 (1.22%) Netcool
10 15 (1.14%) HP ALM
10 15 (1.14%) SCOM
11 13 (0.99%) Data Guard
11 13 (0.99%) Nagios
12 12 (0.92%) Single Sign-On
13 11 (0.84%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 11 (0.84%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 286 (21.82%) Oracle
2 213 (16.25%) Microsoft
3 118 (9.00%) VMware
4 96 (7.32%) HP
5 87 (6.64%) SAP
6 75 (5.72%) Red Hat
7 70 (5.34%) Google
8 62 (4.73%) Cisco
9 57 (4.35%) Splunk
10 53 (4.04%) EMC
11 51 (3.89%) NetApp
12 50 (3.81%) Veritas
13 48 (3.66%) McAfee
14 42 (3.20%) Citrix
15 36 (2.75%) Adobe
16 35 (2.67%) Sun
17 29 (2.21%) Dell
18 28 (2.14%) F5
19 27 (2.06%) Cognos
20 26 (1.98%) CA