Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 230 195 157
Rank change year-on-year -35 -38 -24
Contract jobs citing IBM 802 1,412 1,781
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.12% 1.43% 1.78%
As % of the Vendors category 2.57% 3.38% 4.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 493 846 1,110
UK median daily rate £463 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.54% +2.22% +2.86%
10th Percentile £309 £319 £319
90th Percentile £638 £610 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 12 32
UK median hourly rate £33.00 £41.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.51% +67.35% -30.99%
10th Percentile £15.25 £32.88 £11.15
90th Percentile £45.00 £49.75 £49.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £41.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -20.48% +72.92% -33.33%

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 31,210 41,831 42,172
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.54% 42.36% 42.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 19,398 25,918 26,600
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £225 £258 £231
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,343 1,535 1,372
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% +0.40% +2.53%
10th Percentile £11.85 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £52.45 £48.24 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +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 19 January 2020.

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 January 2020.

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 January 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 -44 670 £469 +0.21% 213
UK excluding London -9 531 £450 - 159
London -44 253 £475 -5.00% 72
South East +12 140 £425 -5.56% 51
North of England +27 108 £450 +12.50% 35
Scotland +39 94 £425 +6.25% 8
North West +18 68 £450 +5.88% 19
East of England +12 55 £450 +7.14% 17
South West -39 53 £503 +0.50% 16
Midlands -23 51 £445 -1.11% 22
West Midlands -18 38 £453 +0.56% 14
Yorkshire +6 32 £425 +13.33% 12
Wales +9 28 £460 +4.55% 9
East Midlands 0 13 £365 -26.98% 8
North East +26 9 £525 +37.70% 4
Northern Ireland +7 2 £320 -29.67% 1
Channel Islands -6 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 January 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.

1 214 (26.68%) SQL
2 202 (25.19%) Agile Software Development
3 182 (22.69%) Oracle
4 181 (22.57%) Java
5 164 (20.45%) Linux
6 155 (19.33%) Finance
7 142 (17.71%) Windows
8 136 (16.96%) Microsoft
9 129 (16.08%) AWS
10 128 (15.96%) Security Cleared
11 118 (14.71%) SC Cleared
12 106 (13.22%) WebSphere
13 98 (12.22%) Azure
13 98 (12.22%) Problem-Solving
14 95 (11.85%) Unix
14 95 (11.85%) Migration
15 87 (10.85%) Python
16 84 (10.47%) JavaScript
17 83 (10.35%) JIRA
18 80 (9.98%) SQL Server
18 80 (9.98%) DB2
19 79 (9.85%) DevOps
20 77 (9.60%) Unit Testing
21 75 (9.35%) Analytical Skills
22 74 (9.23%) Shell Script
23 70 (8.73%) ITIL
24 69 (8.60%) Banking
25 66 (8.23%) Git (software)
26 64 (7.98%) XML
26 64 (7.98%) ETL

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
1 106 (13.22%) WebSphere
2 25 (3.12%) WebSphere Application Server
3 23 (2.87%) Apache
3 23 (2.87%) Apache Spark
3 23 (2.87%) CMS
3 23 (2.87%) IIS
3 23 (2.87%) SAS
3 23 (2.87%) Tomcat
4 20 (2.49%) WebLogic
5 19 (2.37%) Confluence
6 18 (2.24%) JBoss
7 15 (1.87%) IBM Domino
8 12 (1.50%) SharePoint
9 10 (1.25%) Cloud Foundry
10 9 (1.12%) Anypoint
10 9 (1.12%) Sitecore CMS
11 8 (1.00%) FileNet
11 8 (1.00%) IBM Notes
12 6 (0.75%) nginx
12 6 (0.75%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 34 (4.24%) Microsoft Excel
2 21 (2.62%) Microsoft Project
3 20 (2.49%) Microsoft Office
4 13 (1.62%) Photoshop
4 13 (1.62%) Sketch
5 11 (1.37%) Chatbot
6 10 (1.25%) MS Visio
7 8 (1.00%) FileZilla
8 7 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
8 7 (0.87%) Notepad++
9 4 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
9 4 (0.50%) SPSS
10 1 (0.12%) Stata
Business Applications
1 30 (3.74%) Remedy ITSM
2 26 (3.24%) Magento
2 26 (3.24%) Oracle EBS
3 20 (2.49%) Siebel CRM
4 15 (1.87%) Shopify
5 12 (1.50%) Cognos TM1
6 11 (1.37%) Maximo
7 5 (0.62%) Adobe Campaign
7 5 (0.62%) Oracle BPM
7 5 (0.62%) Oracle Cash Management
8 4 (0.50%) SAP ERP
8 4 (0.50%) Unit4 Business World
9 3 (0.37%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 2 (0.25%) BusinessWorks
10 2 (0.25%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 2 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
10 2 (0.25%) Sentinel
10 2 (0.25%) Teamcenter
11 1 (0.12%) Oracle CRM
11 1 (0.12%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 129 (16.08%) AWS
2 98 (12.22%) Azure
3 34 (4.24%) IBM Cloud
4 29 (3.62%) GCP
4 29 (3.62%) Office 365
5 25 (3.12%) GitHub
6 22 (2.74%) Power Platform
7 19 (2.37%) Amazon S3
8 17 (2.12%) AWS Lambda
8 17 (2.12%) Serverless
9 16 (2.00%) PaaS
10 13 (1.62%) Azure Active Directory
10 13 (1.62%) CloudFront
11 12 (1.50%) Amazon EKS
11 12 (1.50%) IaaS
12 11 (1.37%) Amazon Kinesis
12 11 (1.37%) OpenShift
12 11 (1.37%) SaaS
13 10 (1.25%) Akamai
14 6 (0.75%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 52 (6.48%) SAN
2 29 (3.62%) Firewall
3 22 (2.74%) HTTP
4 21 (2.62%) SNMP
5 18 (2.24%) FTP
5 18 (2.24%) HTTPS
6 16 (2.00%) SSL
7 14 (1.75%) NAS
7 14 (1.75%) WAN
8 12 (1.50%) DNS
8 12 (1.50%) Internet
8 12 (1.50%) iSCSI
9 9 (1.12%) Cisco Firepower
10 8 (1.00%) Fibre Channel
10 8 (1.00%) PuTTY
10 8 (1.00%) TCP/IP
10 8 (1.00%) WinSCP
11 7 (0.87%) Network Security
12 6 (0.75%) BGP
12 6 (0.75%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (9.98%) DB2
1 80 (9.98%) SQL Server
2 50 (6.23%) DataStage
3 46 (5.74%) Data Warehouse
3 46 (5.74%) IBM InfoSphere
3 46 (5.74%) Oracle Database
4 35 (4.36%) PostgreSQL
5 30 (3.74%) Relational Database
6 24 (2.99%) NoSQL
7 22 (2.74%) Hadoop
7 22 (2.74%) Oracle BI EE
7 22 (2.74%) Power BI
8 21 (2.62%) Oracle8/8i Database
8 21 (2.62%) Oracle9i Database
9 19 (2.37%) MongoDB
10 18 (2.24%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
10 18 (2.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 17 (2.12%) Amazon Redshift
11 17 (2.12%) MySQL
11 17 (2.12%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 83 (10.35%) JIRA
2 66 (8.23%) Git (software)
3 44 (5.49%) Jenkins
4 19 (2.37%) Eclipse
5 18 (2.24%) Cucumber
5 18 (2.24%) Grunt
5 18 (2.24%) IBM UrbanCode
5 18 (2.24%) Jasmine
5 18 (2.24%) Karma Test Runner
5 18 (2.24%) Selenium
6 14 (1.75%) Rational Team Concert
7 13 (1.62%) Bitbucket
8 11 (1.37%) JUnit
8 11 (1.37%) Subversion
8 11 (1.37%) Vagrant
9 10 (1.25%) Postman
9 10 (1.25%) Rational DOORS
9 10 (1.25%) Team Foundation Server
10 9 (1.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 9 (1.12%) Bower
General
1 155 (19.33%) Finance
2 69 (8.60%) Banking
3 43 (5.36%) Public Sector
4 34 (4.24%) Retail
5 29 (3.62%) Games
6 17 (2.12%) Telecoms
7 14 (1.75%) Marketing
8 10 (1.25%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.87%) Back Office
10 6 (0.75%) Electronics
11 5 (0.62%) Investment Banking
11 5 (0.62%) Law
12 4 (0.50%) Billing
12 4 (0.50%) Front Office
12 4 (0.50%) Legal
12 4 (0.50%) Publishing
13 3 (0.37%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.37%) Military
13 3 (0.37%) Retail Banking
14 2 (0.25%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 195 (24.31%) Developer
2 97 (12.09%) Architect
3 84 (10.47%) Analyst
4 58 (7.23%) Consultant
5 51 (6.36%) Administrator
6 41 (5.11%) Solutions Architect
7 30 (3.74%) DataStage Developer
8 29 (3.62%) ETL Developer
9 25 (3.12%) Designer
9 25 (3.12%) Storage Engineer
10 24 (2.99%) Project Manager
11 23 (2.87%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 23 (2.87%) Solutions Designer
12 22 (2.74%) DevOps Engineer
13 21 (2.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 20 (2.49%) Java Developer
15 17 (2.12%) React Developer
15 17 (2.12%) Support Analyst
16 16 (2.00%) Cloud Architect
16 16 (2.00%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (7.98%) XML
2 61 (7.61%) HTML
3 60 (7.48%) Web Services
4 56 (6.98%) REST
5 53 (6.61%) Middleware
6 50 (6.23%) Node.js
7 46 (5.74%) CSS
8 44 (5.49%) SOAP
9 41 (5.11%) AngularJS
10 39 (4.86%) Kafka
11 37 (4.61%) React
12 35 (4.36%) J2EE
13 31 (3.87%) LDAP
14 28 (3.49%) IBM Integration Bus
14 28 (3.49%) Sass
15 27 (3.37%) .NET
15 27 (3.37%) JSON
15 27 (3.37%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 22 (2.74%) jQuery
17 20 (2.49%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 75 (9.35%) Analytical Skills
2 43 (5.36%) Data Centre
3 36 (4.49%) Mainframe
4 30 (3.74%) User Experience
5 20 (2.49%) Management Information System
6 19 (2.37%) W3C
7 18 (2.24%) AS400
7 18 (2.24%) DataPower
8 11 (1.37%) Clustering
8 11 (1.37%) IBM Mainframe
8 11 (1.37%) Private Cloud
8 11 (1.37%) Replication
8 11 (1.37%) Self-Motivation
9 10 (1.25%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 10 (1.25%) Hybrid Cloud
10 9 (1.12%) Analytical Mindset
10 9 (1.12%) Vector Graphics
11 7 (0.87%) Device Driver
11 7 (0.87%) Linux Command Line
11 7 (0.87%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 164 (20.45%) Linux
2 142 (17.71%) Windows
3 95 (11.85%) Unix
4 51 (6.36%) AIX
5 50 (6.23%) Windows Server
6 38 (4.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 23 (2.87%) Windows Server 2008
8 22 (2.74%) zOS
9 14 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
9 14 (1.75%) Windows Server 2012
10 13 (1.62%) Solaris
11 10 (1.25%) Windows 10
12 9 (1.12%) Windows 7
13 8 (1.00%) Ubuntu
14 5 (0.62%) CentOS
15 4 (0.50%) Apple iOS
15 4 (0.50%) Data ONTAP
15 4 (0.50%) VMS
16 2 (0.25%) Android
16 2 (0.25%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 202 (25.19%) Agile Software Development
2 98 (12.22%) Problem-Solving
3 95 (11.85%) Migration
4 79 (9.85%) DevOps
5 77 (9.60%) Unit Testing
6 70 (8.73%) ITIL
7 64 (7.98%) ETL
8 62 (7.73%) Analytics
9 57 (7.11%) Data Modelling
10 50 (6.23%) Continuous Integration
11 47 (5.86%) Scrum
12 45 (5.61%) Business Intelligence
12 45 (5.61%) Configuration Management
13 43 (5.36%) Microservices
14 42 (5.24%) E-Commerce
14 42 (5.24%) TDD
15 41 (5.11%) Project Management
16 40 (4.99%) Test Automation
17 35 (4.36%) CRM
18 34 (4.24%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 214 (26.68%) SQL
2 181 (22.57%) Java
3 87 (10.85%) Python
4 84 (10.47%) JavaScript
5 74 (9.23%) Shell Script
6 45 (5.61%) PowerShell
7 41 (5.11%) Perl
8 27 (3.37%) Bash Shell
9 24 (2.99%) PHP
10 21 (2.62%) C#
11 20 (2.49%) C
12 19 (2.37%) T-SQL
13 15 (1.87%) PL/SQL
14 14 (1.75%) Scala
15 12 (1.50%) JCL
15 12 (1.50%) TypeScript
16 8 (1.00%) RPG
16 8 (1.00%) VBA
17 7 (0.87%) C++
17 7 (0.87%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 128 (15.96%) Security Cleared
2 118 (14.71%) SC Cleared
3 30 (3.74%) Degree
4 13 (1.62%) AWS Certification
5 11 (1.37%) BPSS Clearance
6 8 (1.00%) DV Cleared
7 7 (0.87%) ISEB
7 7 (0.87%) Microsoft Certification
8 6 (0.75%) ISEB Practitioner
9 5 (0.62%) CTC Cleared
9 5 (0.62%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (0.62%) MCSE
10 4 (0.50%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (0.50%) CISSP
11 3 (0.37%) CCIE
11 3 (0.37%) CCNP
11 3 (0.37%) HNC
11 3 (0.37%) RIBA
11 3 (0.37%) SANS
12 2 (0.25%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (3.24%) Data Quality
2 20 (2.49%) QA
3 17 (2.12%) SLA
4 7 (0.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 4 (0.50%) NIST
6 3 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.25%) HIPAA
7 2 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.12%) BS25999
8 1 (0.12%) BS7799
8 1 (0.12%) COBIT
8 1 (0.12%) COSO
8 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.12%) GDPR
8 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.12%) MISRA
8 1 (0.12%) MISRA C
8 1 (0.12%) PMO
8 1 (0.12%) WCAG
System Software
1 52 (6.48%) Active Directory
2 32 (3.99%) Docker
3 21 (2.62%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (2.37%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
5 15 (1.87%) Hyper-V
6 11 (1.37%) Firmware
7 10 (1.25%) XenApp
8 9 (1.12%) VirtualBox
8 9 (1.12%) vSphere
9 7 (0.87%) Oracle RAC
9 7 (0.87%) Tivoli Directory Server
10 5 (0.62%) ACF2
10 5 (0.62%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (0.62%) OCFS2
10 5 (0.62%) RACF
11 4 (0.50%) Time Sharing Option
11 4 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
12 3 (0.37%) NFS
12 3 (0.37%) Samba
12 3 (0.37%) Xen
Systems Management
1 53 (6.61%) Tivoli
2 45 (5.61%) Kubernetes
3 33 (4.11%) Ansible
3 33 (4.11%) Netcool
4 30 (3.74%) Terraform
5 29 (3.62%) Netcool/OMNIbus
6 27 (3.37%) NetBackup
7 20 (2.49%) Amdocs OSS
8 19 (2.37%) Puppet
9 17 (2.12%) SCCM
10 16 (2.00%) Opscode Chef
11 14 (1.75%) SCOM
11 14 (1.75%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 11 (1.37%) Nagios
12 11 (1.37%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 11 (1.37%) Tivoli Identity Manager
13 9 (1.12%) Docker Swarm
13 9 (1.12%) Single Sign-On
14 8 (1.00%) Avamar
14 8 (1.00%) Control-M
Vendors
1 182 (22.69%) Oracle
2 136 (16.96%) Microsoft
3 64 (7.98%) HP
4 63 (7.86%) VMware
5 58 (7.23%) Cognos
5 58 (7.23%) Informatica
6 47 (5.86%) Citrix
7 44 (5.49%) Cisco
8 41 (5.11%) Siebel
9 38 (4.74%) SAP
10 37 (4.61%) Remedy
11 36 (4.49%) Dell
12 34 (4.24%) Google
12 34 (4.24%) Red Hat
13 33 (4.11%) BMC
13 33 (4.11%) ServiceNow
14 32 (3.99%) EMC
15 27 (3.37%) OpenText
15 27 (3.37%) TIBCO
15 27 (3.37%) Veritas