Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 211 183 137
Rank change year-on-year -28 -46 -29
Contract jobs citing IBM 1,107 1,570 1,931
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.30% 1.52% 1.94%
As % of the Vendors category 3.01% 3.62% 4.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 673 925 1,168
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £313 £319 £310
90th Percentile £613 £623 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 14 29
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £27.63 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.77% +10.52% -30.56%
10th Percentile £23.75 £17.55 £13.31
90th Percentile £46.60 £52.70 £50.22
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.25 £40.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -11.88% +60.00% -30.56%

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 36,733 43,408 42,750
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.17% 42.07% 43.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 23,058 26,855 26,376
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.65% +3.61%
10th Percentile £243 £250 £243
90th Percentile £638 £625 £619
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,413 1,666 1,386
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.81 £10.50
90th Percentile £52.25 £45.87 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.70 £16.50 £16.93
% change year-on-year +13.33% -2.54% -0.41%

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 17 October 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 17 October 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 17 October 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 -35 928 £475 +5.56% 191
UK excluding London +9 719 £450 +5.88% 138
London -64 344 £500 - 67
South East +9 236 £445 +4.76% 40
North of England -10 125 £450 +12.50% 32
Scotland +34 109 £493 +14.53% 7
East of England +64 95 £450 +12.50% 12
North West +21 74 £450 +12.50% 16
Midlands -8 60 £475 +5.56% 23
South West -40 48 £500 +2.56% 17
Yorkshire -5 47 £400 +0.06% 11
West Midlands -2 46 £475 +5.56% 18
Wales -6 38 £425 -2.86% 6
East Midlands +21 13 £338 -20.59% 5
Channel Islands -2 6 £525 -
Northern Ireland +5 5 £325 -27.78% 1
North East +5 4 £538 +48.28% 5

For the 6 months to 17 October 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.

1 315 (28.46%) Agile Software Development
2 272 (24.57%) SQL
3 271 (24.48%) Java
4 261 (23.58%) Oracle
5 231 (20.87%) Linux
6 221 (19.96%) Finance
7 218 (19.69%) Windows
8 209 (18.88%) WebSphere
9 177 (15.99%) Microsoft
10 174 (15.72%) AWS
11 145 (13.10%) Unix
12 142 (12.83%) DevOps
13 134 (12.10%) DB2
14 130 (11.74%) Python
15 127 (11.47%) Banking
16 125 (11.29%) JIRA
17 123 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
18 121 (10.93%) Migration
19 120 (10.84%) Azure
20 114 (10.30%) Security Cleared
21 112 (10.12%) Git (software)
21 112 (10.12%) Scrum
22 104 (9.39%) SC Cleared
23 101 (9.12%) XML
23 101 (9.12%) Analytical Skills
24 100 (9.03%) SQL Server
25 94 (8.49%) Oracle Database
26 92 (8.31%) Informatica
27 90 (8.13%) HP
27 90 (8.13%) SAP

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
1 209 (18.88%) WebSphere
2 62 (5.60%) WebSphere Application Server
3 39 (3.52%) Apache Spark
3 39 (3.52%) IIS
4 30 (2.71%) CMS
5 29 (2.62%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 29 (2.62%) WebLogic
6 26 (2.35%) Confluence
7 24 (2.17%) Tomcat
8 22 (1.99%) SAS
9 21 (1.90%) Apache
10 20 (1.81%) IBM Domino
10 20 (1.81%) Sitecore CMS
11 18 (1.63%) JBoss
12 17 (1.54%) MS Exchange
13 14 (1.26%) CICS
14 12 (1.08%) SharePoint
15 11 (0.99%) IBM HTTP Server
15 11 (0.99%) IBM Notes
16 10 (0.90%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 49 (4.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 45 (4.07%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (1.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (0.81%) FileZilla
4 9 (0.81%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.72%) Notepad++
6 7 (0.63%) Photoshop
6 7 (0.63%) Sketch
7 4 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.36%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.27%) Chatbot
8 3 (0.27%) SPSS
8 3 (0.27%) Windchill
9 1 (0.090%) Simulink
9 1 (0.090%) Stateflow
Business Applications
1 41 (3.70%) Magento
2 29 (2.62%) Oracle EBS
3 22 (1.99%) Siebel CRM
4 14 (1.26%) Remedy ITSM
5 13 (1.17%) Oracle BPM
6 11 (0.99%) Cognos TM1
6 11 (0.99%) SAP Hybris
6 11 (0.99%) Shopify
7 10 (0.90%) BusinessWorks
7 10 (0.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 4 (0.36%) Fredhopper
8 4 (0.36%) Maximo
8 4 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
9 3 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
9 3 (0.27%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
9 3 (0.27%) Unica
10 2 (0.18%) Cognos Business Intelligence
10 2 (0.18%) Dynamics CRM
10 2 (0.18%) Sentinel
10 2 (0.18%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 174 (15.72%) AWS
2 120 (10.84%) Azure
3 37 (3.34%) Amazon S3
3 37 (3.34%) Serverless
4 36 (3.25%) GitHub
5 34 (3.07%) IBM Cloud
6 33 (2.98%) AWS Lambda
7 31 (2.80%) CloudFront
8 30 (2.71%) Office 365
9 29 (2.62%) Amazon Kinesis
10 19 (1.72%) OpenShift
10 19 (1.72%) PaaS
11 18 (1.63%) IaaS
12 17 (1.54%) GCP
13 14 (1.26%) IBM Blueworks
13 14 (1.26%) Power Platform
14 13 (1.17%) Apigee
15 11 (0.99%) Amazon EKS
15 11 (0.99%) SaaS
16 10 (0.90%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 67 (6.05%) SAN
2 37 (3.34%) SSL
3 34 (3.07%) NAS
4 30 (2.71%) Firewall
5 29 (2.62%) DNS
6 23 (2.08%) FTP
7 22 (1.99%) HTTPS
8 18 (1.63%) HTTP
9 17 (1.54%) TCP/IP
10 16 (1.45%) Internet
10 16 (1.45%) WAN
11 12 (1.08%) LAN
12 11 (0.99%) Cisco Firepower
12 11 (0.99%) Network Security
12 11 (0.99%) SMTP
12 11 (0.99%) SNMP
13 10 (0.90%) DKIM
13 10 (0.90%) DMARC
13 10 (0.90%) VPN
14 8 (0.72%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 134 (12.10%) DB2
2 100 (9.03%) SQL Server
3 94 (8.49%) Oracle Database
4 64 (5.78%) IBM InfoSphere
5 56 (5.06%) Data Warehouse
6 47 (4.25%) DataStage
7 41 (3.70%) PostgreSQL
8 36 (3.25%) Relational Database
9 31 (2.80%) NoSQL
10 29 (2.62%) MongoDB
11 28 (2.53%) Oracle BI EE
12 27 (2.44%) RDBMS
13 23 (2.08%) Oracle Database 12c
14 21 (1.90%) MySQL
14 21 (1.90%) Oracle8/8i Database
14 21 (1.90%) Oracle9i Database
15 20 (1.81%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
16 17 (1.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 15 (1.36%) Hadoop
17 15 (1.36%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 125 (11.29%) JIRA
2 112 (10.12%) Git (software)
3 88 (7.95%) Jenkins
4 41 (3.70%) JUnit
5 39 (3.52%) Eclipse
6 35 (3.16%) Cucumber
6 35 (3.16%) Maven
7 33 (2.98%) Selenium
8 31 (2.80%) IBM UrbanCode
9 30 (2.71%) Rational Team Concert
10 27 (2.44%) Jasmine
11 26 (2.35%) Grunt
11 26 (2.35%) Karma Test Runner
12 24 (2.17%) Subversion
13 22 (1.99%) Rational DOORS
14 20 (1.81%) Bower
15 19 (1.72%) Visual Studio Team System
16 16 (1.45%) ERwin
17 14 (1.26%) Ant
18 13 (1.17%) Rational Quality Manager
General
1 221 (19.96%) Finance
2 127 (11.47%) Banking
3 68 (6.14%) Retail
4 57 (5.15%) Games
5 48 (4.34%) Public Sector
6 32 (2.89%) Telecoms
7 19 (1.72%) Publishing
8 17 (1.54%) Marketing
9 12 (1.08%) Legal
9 12 (1.08%) Manufacturing
10 10 (0.90%) Back Office
11 9 (0.81%) Investment Banking
12 8 (0.72%) Financial Institution
13 7 (0.63%) Retail Banking
14 6 (0.54%) Electronics
15 5 (0.45%) Automotive
16 4 (0.36%) Billing
16 4 (0.36%) Law
17 3 (0.27%) Avionics
17 3 (0.27%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 232 (20.96%) Developer
2 112 (10.12%) Architect
3 109 (9.85%) Analyst
4 85 (7.68%) Consultant
5 63 (5.69%) Administrator
6 53 (4.79%) DevOps Engineer
7 42 (3.79%) Solutions Architect
8 39 (3.52%) Project Manager
9 38 (3.43%) DBA
10 34 (3.07%) Java Developer
11 28 (2.53%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
12 27 (2.44%) DataStage Developer
13 25 (2.26%) AWS DevOps
14 24 (2.17%) AWS DevOps Engineer
14 24 (2.17%) AWS Engineer
15 22 (1.99%) Data Architect
15 22 (1.99%) ETL Developer
15 22 (1.99%) Systems Engineer
16 21 (1.90%) Support Analyst
17 20 (1.81%) E-Commerce Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 101 (9.12%) XML
2 76 (6.87%) Middleware
3 73 (6.59%) Web Services
4 67 (6.05%) Kafka
5 65 (5.87%) REST
6 57 (5.15%) HTML
7 54 (4.88%) J2EE
8 52 (4.70%) SOAP
9 50 (4.52%) JSON
10 49 (4.43%) Spring
11 47 (4.25%) CSS
12 41 (3.70%) LDAP
13 40 (3.61%) AngularJS
14 36 (3.25%) RESTful
15 34 (3.07%) React
16 30 (2.71%) Node.js
17 29 (2.62%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 28 (2.53%) .NET
18 28 (2.53%) Sass
19 26 (2.35%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 101 (9.12%) Analytical Skills
2 55 (4.97%) Data Centre
3 53 (4.79%) Mainframe
4 40 (3.61%) Management Information System
5 36 (3.25%) User Experience
6 34 (3.07%) Clustering
7 31 (2.80%) Replication
8 29 (2.62%) W3C
9 26 (2.35%) DataPower
10 25 (2.26%) AS400
11 22 (1.99%) IBM Mainframe
12 20 (1.81%) Vector Graphics
13 16 (1.45%) Self-Motivation
14 14 (1.26%) iSeries
15 13 (1.17%) Blog
15 13 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
16 11 (0.99%) Hybrid Cloud
16 11 (0.99%) VSAM
17 10 (0.90%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
17 10 (0.90%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 231 (20.87%) Linux
2 218 (19.69%) Windows
3 145 (13.10%) Unix
4 80 (7.23%) AIX
5 65 (5.87%) Windows Server
6 52 (4.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 34 (3.07%) Windows Server 2008
8 29 (2.62%) Solaris
9 27 (2.44%) zOS
10 23 (2.08%) Windows Server 2012
11 15 (1.36%) Windows Server 2003
12 12 (1.08%) Windows 10
13 11 (0.99%) Windows 7
14 9 (0.81%) CentOS
14 9 (0.81%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
15 7 (0.63%) Apple iOS
16 5 (0.45%) MVS
16 5 (0.45%) Ubuntu
16 5 (0.45%) VMS
17 4 (0.36%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 315 (28.46%) Agile Software Development
2 142 (12.83%) DevOps
3 123 (11.11%) Problem-Solving
4 121 (10.93%) Migration
5 112 (10.12%) Scrum
6 87 (7.86%) ITIL
7 83 (7.50%) Unit Testing
8 81 (7.32%) Data Modelling
8 81 (7.32%) E-Commerce
9 72 (6.50%) Project Management
10 71 (6.41%) ETL
11 70 (6.32%) Test Automation
12 68 (6.14%) Configuration Management
13 64 (5.78%) Microservices
14 60 (5.42%) OO
15 53 (4.79%) SOA
16 51 (4.61%) Analytics
16 51 (4.61%) TDD
17 49 (4.43%) Data Management
18 47 (4.25%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 272 (24.57%) SQL
2 271 (24.48%) Java
3 130 (11.74%) Python
4 81 (7.32%) Shell Script
5 80 (7.23%) JavaScript
6 55 (4.97%) PowerShell
7 43 (3.88%) Perl
8 33 (2.98%) Bash Shell
9 31 (2.80%) PL/SQL
10 29 (2.62%) JCL
11 20 (1.81%) T-SQL
12 19 (1.72%) C
13 18 (1.63%) Java 8
14 17 (1.54%) PHP
15 16 (1.45%) COBOL
15 16 (1.45%) XPath
16 15 (1.36%) C#
16 15 (1.36%) RPG
17 12 (1.08%) Assembly Language
17 12 (1.08%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 114 (10.30%) Security Cleared
2 104 (9.39%) SC Cleared
3 37 (3.34%) AWS Certification
4 24 (2.17%) Degree
5 21 (1.90%) ITIL Certification
6 12 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
6 12 (1.08%) DV Cleared
7 11 (0.99%) Microsoft Certification
8 10 (0.90%) ISEB
9 7 (0.63%) CISM
10 6 (0.54%) CISA
10 6 (0.54%) CTC Cleared
10 6 (0.54%) MCSE
10 6 (0.54%) TOGAF Certification
11 5 (0.45%) CISSP
11 5 (0.45%) MBA
11 5 (0.45%) SANS
12 4 (0.36%) ISTQB
13 3 (0.27%) Citrix Certification
13 3 (0.27%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 37 (3.34%) QA
2 28 (2.53%) SLA
3 26 (2.35%) Data Quality
4 7 (0.63%) GDPR
4 7 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (0.36%) NIST
7 3 (0.27%) DO-178B
7 3 (0.27%) PMO
7 3 (0.27%) WCAG
8 2 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 19770
8 2 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (0.18%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.090%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.090%) IFRS
9 1 (0.090%) ITGC
9 1 (0.090%) MISRA
9 1 (0.090%) MISRA C
9 1 (0.090%) P3O
9 1 (0.090%) PSD2
System Software
1 61 (5.51%) Active Directory
2 43 (3.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (3.43%) Docker
4 33 (2.98%) Hyper-V
5 27 (2.44%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 15 (1.36%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (0.99%) Firmware
8 10 (0.90%) Oracle RAC
8 10 (0.90%) RACF
9 9 (0.81%) Tivoli Directory Server
9 9 (0.81%) VirtualBox
9 9 (0.81%) XenDesktop
10 8 (0.72%) vSphere
10 8 (0.72%) XenApp
11 7 (0.63%) Time Sharing Option
11 7 (0.63%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 6 (0.54%) NFS
12 6 (0.54%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 5 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
13 5 (0.45%) Samba
Systems Management
1 78 (7.05%) Tivoli
2 62 (5.60%) Ansible
3 35 (3.16%) Kubernetes
3 35 (3.16%) NetBackup
4 34 (3.07%) Puppet
5 29 (2.62%) Terraform
6 24 (2.17%) SCCM
7 21 (1.90%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 16 (1.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 12 (1.08%) Opscode Chef
9 12 (1.08%) Single Sign-On
9 12 (1.08%) Tivoli Identity Manager
10 11 (0.99%) Nagios
11 10 (0.90%) Backup Exec
11 10 (0.90%) Control-M
11 10 (0.90%) Docker Swarm
12 9 (0.81%) Microsoft Clustering
12 9 (0.81%) Netcool
12 9 (0.81%) OMEGAMON
13 8 (0.72%) vRealize
Vendors
1 261 (23.58%) Oracle
2 177 (15.99%) Microsoft
3 92 (8.31%) Informatica
4 90 (8.13%) HP
4 90 (8.13%) SAP
5 87 (7.86%) VMware
6 73 (6.59%) Citrix
7 67 (6.05%) IBM Sterling
8 60 (5.42%) Cisco
9 51 (4.61%) Red Hat
10 45 (4.07%) Cognos
10 45 (4.07%) EMC
11 42 (3.79%) Dell
12 41 (3.70%) Veritas
13 37 (3.34%) hybris
14 30 (2.71%) OpenText
15 29 (2.62%) NetApp
16 28 (2.53%) Siebel
17 25 (2.26%) Hitachi
17 25 (2.26%) TIBCO