Period
to 9 April 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 9 April 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
9 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 219 205 161
Rank change year-on-year -14 -44 -19
Contract jobs citing IBM 719 1,349 1,685
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.19% 1.39% 1.67%
As % of the Vendors category 2.77% 3.27% 4.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 393 809 1,000
Median daily rate £470 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% - +0.56%
10th Percentile £300 £318 £313
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £430
% change year-on-year - +4.65% +4.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 28 32
Median hourly rate £33.00 £41.50 £20.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.48% +100.00% -36.87%
10th Percentile £12.71 £35.00 £13.44
90th Percentile £35.00 £46.45 £48.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £42.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year -22.35% +100.00% -39.29%

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 25,911 41,247 41,997
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.78% 42.61% 41.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,508 25,695 26,187
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £213 £263 £243
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £405
% change year-on-year - +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,213 1,412 1,430
Median hourly rate £19.50 £18.03 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.17% +3.01% +2.94%
10th Percentile £11.86 £10.92 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.75 £49.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate £18.21 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year +7.12% +6.25% -3.03%

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 9 April 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 9 April 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 9 April 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 -15 591 £473 +2.16% 120
UK excluding London -8 497 £450 - 94
London +2 210 £490 +3.16% 50
South East +47 152 £475 +0.53% 18
Scotland +5 87 £410 +7.19% 15
North of England +7 82 £510 +17.24% 18
Midlands +24 63 £450 - 14
North West +19 49 £510 +13.33% 10
West Midlands +39 42 £440 +2.33% 8
East of England -29 41 £350 -18.13% 11
South West -23 40 £388 -15.76% 10
Wales +4 34 £475 +7.95% 8
Yorkshire +16 23 £450 +5.88% 6
East Midlands +19 21 £525 +5.00% 6
Work from Home -1 17 £529 +11.90% 8
North East +39 10 £510 +33.77% 2
Northern Ireland +15 2 £320 -30.43% 1

For the 6 months to 9 April 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.

1 185 (25.73%) Agile Software Development
2 171 (23.78%) Java
3 159 (22.11%) Oracle
4 154 (21.42%) SQL
5 128 (17.80%) Linux
6 122 (16.97%) Microsoft
6 122 (16.97%) Security Cleared
7 121 (16.83%) Windows
8 112 (15.58%) Finance
9 111 (15.44%) AWS
10 109 (15.16%) SC Cleared
11 108 (15.02%) WebSphere
12 97 (13.49%) Azure
13 94 (13.07%) Problem-Solving
14 88 (12.24%) JavaScript
15 86 (11.96%) Web Services
16 85 (11.82%) Shell Script
16 85 (11.82%) Migration
17 79 (10.99%) DevOps
18 78 (10.85%) REST
19 75 (10.43%) SOAP
20 73 (10.15%) Analytical Skills
21 72 (10.01%) Unix
22 69 (9.60%) XML
23 67 (9.32%) Python
24 63 (8.76%) HTML
25 62 (8.62%) JIRA
26 60 (8.34%) Git (software)
26 60 (8.34%) VMware
27 58 (8.07%) SQL Server

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
1 108 (15.02%) WebSphere
2 30 (4.17%) Tomcat
2 30 (4.17%) WebLogic
3 27 (3.76%) WebSphere Application Server
4 23 (3.20%) Apache
5 17 (2.36%) SharePoint
6 16 (2.23%) Apache Spark
7 15 (2.09%) IBM Domino
7 15 (2.09%) JBoss
7 15 (2.09%) SAS
8 14 (1.95%) Confluence
9 13 (1.81%) CMS
10 9 (1.25%) IIS
11 8 (1.11%) IBM Notes
12 7 (0.97%) Cloud Foundry
13 6 (0.83%) IBM HTTP Server
13 6 (0.83%) IBM Transformation Extender
14 5 (0.70%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 5 (0.70%) WebSphere Process Server
15 4 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 39 (5.42%) Microsoft Project
2 17 (2.36%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (2.09%) Photoshop
3 15 (2.09%) Sketch
4 14 (1.95%) Microsoft Office
5 12 (1.67%) MS Visio
6 11 (1.53%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.14%) SPSS
8 1 (0.14%) Stata
Business Applications
1 44 (6.12%) Remedy ITSM
2 18 (2.50%) Magento
3 16 (2.23%) Maximo
3 16 (2.23%) Shopify
4 14 (1.95%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 13 (1.81%) Oracle EBS
6 12 (1.67%) Cognos TM1
7 9 (1.25%) Adobe Campaign
8 6 (0.83%) Oracle BPM
9 4 (0.56%) SAP ERP
9 4 (0.56%) SAP S/4HANA
9 4 (0.56%) Siebel CRM
9 4 (0.56%) Unit4 Business World
10 3 (0.42%) Oracle Applications
10 3 (0.42%) Oracle Cash Management
10 3 (0.42%) Oracle EBS R12
10 3 (0.42%) SAP SCM
11 2 (0.28%) Cognos Business Intelligence
11 2 (0.28%) Cognos Controller
11 2 (0.28%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 111 (15.44%) AWS
2 97 (13.49%) Azure
3 34 (4.73%) GCP
4 26 (3.62%) IBM Cloud
5 24 (3.34%) Office 365
6 23 (3.20%) Power Platform
7 22 (3.06%) Azure Active Directory
8 19 (2.64%) GitHub
8 19 (2.64%) Serverless
9 18 (2.50%) Amazon S3
9 18 (2.50%) AWS Lambda
10 15 (2.09%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 14 (1.95%) PaaS
11 14 (1.95%) SaaS
12 13 (1.81%) CloudFront
13 12 (1.67%) Amazon Kinesis
13 12 (1.67%) OpenShift
14 10 (1.39%) IaaS
15 9 (1.25%) HP Helion
16 6 (0.83%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 37 (5.15%) SAN
2 35 (4.87%) SNMP
3 31 (4.31%) Firewall
4 25 (3.48%) HTTP
5 13 (1.81%) DNS
6 11 (1.53%) FTP
7 10 (1.39%) Fibre Channel
8 9 (1.25%) Internet
8 9 (1.25%) iSCSI
9 8 (1.11%) SSL
9 8 (1.11%) VPN
10 7 (0.97%) TCP/IP
11 6 (0.83%) DHCP
12 5 (0.70%) NAS
12 5 (0.70%) Network Security
12 5 (0.70%) Wireless
13 4 (0.56%) Ethernet
13 4 (0.56%) HTTPS
13 4 (0.56%) OpenLDAP
13 4 (0.56%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (8.07%) SQL Server
2 48 (6.68%) DB2
3 39 (5.42%) Oracle Database
4 31 (4.31%) MySQL
4 31 (4.31%) Relational Database
5 26 (3.62%) DataStage
6 25 (3.48%) Data Warehouse
7 21 (2.92%) Oracle OWB
7 21 (2.92%) PostgreSQL
8 18 (2.50%) Power BI
9 16 (2.23%) RDBMS
10 14 (1.95%) Oracle Database 12c
11 13 (1.81%) NoSQL
12 12 (1.67%) MongoDB
12 12 (1.67%) Oracle Reports
13 11 (1.53%) Hadoop
14 10 (1.39%) Big Data
14 10 (1.39%) Oracle Database 11g
14 10 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 9 (1.25%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 62 (8.62%) JIRA
2 60 (8.34%) Git (software)
3 35 (4.87%) Jenkins
4 17 (2.36%) Selenium
4 17 (2.36%) Subversion
5 16 (2.23%) Maven
6 15 (2.09%) Cucumber
6 15 (2.09%) JMeter
6 15 (2.09%) JUnit
7 14 (1.95%) Team Foundation Server
8 13 (1.81%) Eclipse
8 13 (1.81%) Grunt
8 13 (1.81%) IBM UrbanCode
8 13 (1.81%) Jasmine
8 13 (1.81%) Karma Test Runner
9 12 (1.67%) Postman
9 12 (1.67%) Rational DOORS
10 10 (1.39%) Rational Rhapsody
11 9 (1.25%) Rational Team Concert
12 8 (1.11%) Ant
General
1 112 (15.58%) Finance
2 53 (7.37%) Public Sector
3 52 (7.23%) Banking
4 23 (3.20%) Retail
5 21 (2.92%) Games
6 11 (1.53%) Marketing
7 9 (1.25%) Telecoms
8 7 (0.97%) Back Office
9 6 (0.83%) Investment Banking
9 6 (0.83%) Law
9 6 (0.83%) Legal
9 6 (0.83%) Publishing
10 5 (0.70%) Automotive
11 4 (0.56%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.56%) Front Office
12 3 (0.42%) Manufacturing
12 3 (0.42%) Military
12 3 (0.42%) Retail Banking
12 3 (0.42%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.28%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 147 (20.45%) Developer
2 117 (16.27%) Architect
3 62 (8.62%) Analyst
4 45 (6.26%) Solutions Architect
5 42 (5.84%) Consultant
6 41 (5.70%) Designer
7 36 (5.01%) Java Developer
7 36 (5.01%) Solutions Designer
8 34 (4.73%) Administrator
9 27 (3.76%) Storage Engineer
10 20 (2.78%) DBA
10 20 (2.78%) Test Manager
11 18 (2.50%) DevOps Engineer
11 18 (2.50%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
11 18 (2.50%) Project Manager
12 16 (2.23%) Software Engineer
13 15 (2.09%) Backup Engineer
13 15 (2.09%) React Developer
14 14 (1.95%) Business Analyst
14 14 (1.95%) ETL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 86 (11.96%) Web Services
2 78 (10.85%) REST
3 75 (10.43%) SOAP
4 69 (9.60%) XML
5 63 (8.76%) HTML
6 48 (6.68%) Middleware
6 48 (6.68%) Node.js
7 41 (5.70%) AngularJS
8 40 (5.56%) CSS
8 40 (5.56%) Spring
9 36 (5.01%) Kafka
10 34 (4.73%) React
11 28 (3.89%) J2EE
12 26 (3.62%) JSON
13 24 (3.34%) IBM Integration Bus
13 24 (3.34%) Spring Boot
14 23 (3.20%) Twitter Bootstrap
15 22 (3.06%) Sass
16 21 (2.92%) .NET
16 21 (2.92%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 73 (10.15%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (3.48%) Data Centre
2 25 (3.48%) User Experience
3 24 (3.34%) Mainframe
4 19 (2.64%) DataPower
5 17 (2.36%) W3C
6 12 (1.67%) Public Cloud
7 11 (1.53%) Private Cloud
8 10 (1.39%) AS400
8 10 (1.39%) Clustering
8 10 (1.39%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 8 (1.11%) Self-Motivation
10 7 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 7 (0.97%) iSeries
10 7 (0.97%) Replication
11 6 (0.83%) EMC VNX
11 6 (0.83%) Marketing Technology
11 6 (0.83%) Semantic Web
11 6 (0.83%) TMS320
12 5 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 128 (17.80%) Linux
2 121 (16.83%) Windows
3 72 (10.01%) Unix
4 34 (4.73%) Windows Server
5 33 (4.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 31 (4.31%) AIX
7 17 (2.36%) Solaris
8 16 (2.23%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (2.23%) zOS
9 13 (1.81%) Windows Server 2016
10 12 (1.67%) Windows Server 2012
11 9 (1.25%) Windows 10
12 5 (0.70%) Data ONTAP
12 5 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (0.56%) Windows 7
14 3 (0.42%) Android
14 3 (0.42%) Ubuntu
14 3 (0.42%) Windows XP
15 2 (0.28%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.28%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 185 (25.73%) Agile Software Development
2 94 (13.07%) Problem-Solving
3 85 (11.82%) Migration
4 79 (10.99%) DevOps
5 57 (7.93%) Unit Testing
6 55 (7.65%) Test Automation
7 52 (7.23%) ITIL
8 51 (7.09%) Continuous Integration
8 51 (7.09%) Data Modelling
9 49 (6.82%) Microservices
10 47 (6.54%) Analytics
11 43 (5.98%) Project Management
12 39 (5.42%) Scrum
13 36 (5.01%) Configuration Management
14 35 (4.87%) Integration Testing
15 33 (4.59%) Continuous Improvement
16 32 (4.45%) ETL
17 31 (4.31%) High Availability
17 31 (4.31%) Network Management
17 31 (4.31%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 171 (23.78%) Java
2 154 (21.42%) SQL
3 88 (12.24%) JavaScript
4 85 (11.82%) Shell Script
5 67 (9.32%) Python
6 57 (7.93%) Perl
7 39 (5.42%) PowerShell
8 26 (3.62%) PHP
9 25 (3.48%) Bash Shell
10 24 (3.34%) C#
11 17 (2.36%) C
12 16 (2.23%) PL/SQL
13 12 (1.67%) TypeScript
14 9 (1.25%) T-SQL
15 8 (1.11%) C++
16 7 (0.97%) Java 8
16 7 (0.97%) Ruby
17 6 (0.83%) Assembly Language
17 6 (0.83%) Scala
17 6 (0.83%) VBA
Qualifications
1 122 (16.97%) Security Cleared
2 109 (15.16%) SC Cleared
3 23 (3.20%) Degree
4 15 (2.09%) ISEB
5 14 (1.95%) ISEB Practitioner
6 13 (1.81%) BPSS Clearance
7 12 (1.67%) Microsoft Certification
8 11 (1.53%) AWS Certification
9 6 (0.83%) MCSA
9 6 (0.83%) TOGAF Certification
10 5 (0.70%) DV Cleared
10 5 (0.70%) MCSE
11 4 (0.56%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (0.56%) IBM Certification
12 3 (0.42%) CCIE
12 3 (0.42%) CCNP
12 3 (0.42%) HNC
12 3 (0.42%) ISTQB
12 3 (0.42%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.42%) RIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (3.48%) Data Quality
2 23 (3.20%) QA
3 13 (1.81%) SLA
4 6 (0.83%) MISRA
4 6 (0.83%) MISRA C
5 3 (0.42%) GDPR
6 2 (0.28%) EMIR
6 2 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.28%) MiFID
6 2 (0.28%) PMO
6 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.14%) HIPAA
7 1 (0.14%) ISAE 3402
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 31000
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27005
7 1 (0.14%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 42 (5.84%) Active Directory
2 29 (4.03%) Docker
3 28 (3.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 13 (1.81%) XenApp
5 8 (1.11%) Oracle RAC
5 8 (1.11%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (1.11%) vSphere
6 7 (0.97%) Microsoft App-V
6 7 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (0.83%) Firmware
7 6 (0.83%) Squid
8 5 (0.70%) Hyper-V
8 5 (0.70%) OCFS2
9 4 (0.56%) ACF2
9 4 (0.56%) RACF
10 3 (0.42%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.28%) Apache Flume
11 2 (0.28%) LXC
11 2 (0.28%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.14%) Tivoli Directory Server
Systems Management
1 51 (7.09%) Netcool
2 48 (6.68%) Netcool/OMNIbus
3 36 (5.01%) Kubernetes
4 35 (4.87%) Amdocs OSS
5 29 (4.03%) Ansible
6 23 (3.20%) Tivoli
7 19 (2.64%) Puppet
8 17 (2.36%) SCOM
9 16 (2.23%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 15 (2.09%) NetBackup
10 15 (2.09%) SCCM
11 14 (1.95%) Opscode Chef
12 12 (1.67%) Nagios
12 12 (1.67%) Terraform
13 8 (1.11%) Data Guard
14 7 (0.97%) Microsoft Clustering
14 7 (0.97%) vRealize
15 6 (0.83%) Cacti
15 6 (0.83%) Opsview
15 6 (0.83%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 159 (22.11%) Oracle
2 122 (16.97%) Microsoft
3 60 (8.34%) VMware
4 57 (7.93%) HP
5 54 (7.51%) ServiceNow
6 46 (6.40%) BMC
6 46 (6.40%) Remedy
7 45 (6.26%) Cisco
8 44 (6.12%) SAP
9 40 (5.56%) Siebel
10 37 (5.15%) Cognos
11 36 (5.01%) xMatters
12 35 (4.87%) Cramer
13 32 (4.45%) Red Hat
14 31 (4.31%) Google
15 28 (3.89%) Dell
15 28 (3.89%) Informatica
16 27 (3.76%) TIBCO
17 24 (3.34%) EMC
18 22 (3.06%) NetApp