Period
to 19 July 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 July 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 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 188 169 131
Rank change year-on-year -19 -38 -33
Contract jobs citing IBM 1,342 1,683 1,851
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.44% 1.63% 1.94%
As % of the Vendors category 3.38% 3.92% 4.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 774 946 1,078
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £306
90th Percentile £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £430 £400
% change year-on-year +2.33% +7.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 29 14
UK median hourly rate £41.25 £20.50 £26.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +101.22% -23.72% -10.42%
10th Percentile £25.65 £14.07 £13.51
90th Percentile £45.95 £45.75 £44.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £20.50 £30.37
% change year-on-year +107.32% -32.49% +1.23%

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 39,647 42,987 41,756
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.55% 41.55% 43.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,669 26,580 25,498
UK median daily rate £454 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.89% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £256 £250 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,420 1,594 1,432
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.57% +2.94% -2.86%
10th Percentile £11.12 £11.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.37 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.90 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +8.48% - -5.71%

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 July 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 July 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 July 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 -37 1,114 £454 -1.84% 210
UK excluding London -3 905 £440 +2.33% 165
London -63 386 £500 - 68
South East +2 299 £450 +2.27% 34
North of England -14 147 £425 +3.03% 36
East of England +20 120 £463 +8.82% 20
Scotland +34 118 £450 +2.86% 9
North West -2 83 £425 -2.30% 23
Midlands -11 74 £425 -1.73% 29
South West -10 67 £425 +0.59% 23
Wales -4 65 £425 -2.86% 14
Yorkshire +1 61 £425 - 12
West Midlands -29 50 £425 -0.58% 22
East Midlands +29 23 £425 -0.29% 7
Channel Islands +3 9 £525 -
Northern Ireland +8 8 £338 -25.82%
North East -9 3 £473 +35.00% 1

For the 6 months to 19 July 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.

1 388 (28.91%) Agile Software Development
2 362 (26.97%) Java
3 301 (22.43%) Oracle
4 297 (22.13%) WebSphere
5 286 (21.31%) Finance
6 276 (20.57%) SQL
7 252 (18.78%) Windows
8 251 (18.70%) Linux
9 221 (16.47%) Microsoft
10 199 (14.83%) Unix
11 178 (13.26%) Problem-Solving
12 175 (13.04%) DevOps
13 166 (12.37%) Amazon AWS
14 164 (12.22%) Banking
15 155 (11.55%) Microsoft Azure
15 155 (11.55%) Analytical Skills
16 130 (9.69%) Scrum
16 130 (9.69%) XML
17 129 (9.61%) DB2
17 129 (9.61%) Migration
17 129 (9.61%) Git (software)
18 124 (9.24%) JIRA
19 123 (9.17%) SAP
20 120 (8.94%) Python
20 120 (8.94%) Security Cleared
21 116 (8.64%) Middleware
22 114 (8.49%) Web Services
23 110 (8.20%) SQL Server
24 109 (8.12%) WebSphere Application Server
24 109 (8.12%) JavaScript

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
1 297 (22.13%) WebSphere
2 109 (8.12%) WebSphere Application Server
3 52 (3.87%) WebLogic
4 36 (2.68%) Apache
4 36 (2.68%) Tomcat
5 34 (2.53%) IIS
6 33 (2.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 31 (2.31%) Apache Spark
8 29 (2.16%) JBoss
9 26 (1.94%) Confluence
9 26 (1.94%) IBM Domino
10 24 (1.79%) IBM HTTP Server
11 23 (1.71%) CICS
11 23 (1.71%) CMS
12 21 (1.56%) MS Exchange
13 18 (1.34%) WebSphere Portal
14 17 (1.27%) SAS
14 17 (1.27%) SharePoint
15 16 (1.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 16 (1.19%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 55 (4.10%) Microsoft Office
2 34 (2.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (1.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.75%) Microsoft Project
5 8 (0.60%) MS Visio
6 7 (0.52%) SPSS
7 6 (0.45%) Stata
8 5 (0.37%) Photoshop
8 5 (0.37%) Sketch
9 4 (0.30%) Simulink
10 3 (0.22%) Stateflow
10 3 (0.22%) Windchill
11 2 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
12 1 (0.075%) FileZilla
12 1 (0.075%) Notepad++
Business Applications
1 35 (2.61%) Magento
2 24 (1.79%) Oracle EBS
3 18 (1.34%) Oracle EBS R12
4 16 (1.19%) Oracle Applications
5 13 (0.97%) Oracle BPM
6 12 (0.89%) Maximo
7 11 (0.82%) BusinessWorks
7 11 (0.82%) SAP Hybris
8 10 (0.75%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 9 (0.67%) Remedy ITSM
9 9 (0.67%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
10 7 (0.52%) Shopify
11 6 (0.45%) Cognos TM1
11 6 (0.45%) Fredhopper
12 5 (0.37%) Siebel CRM
13 4 (0.30%) Cognos Business Intelligence
13 4 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
13 4 (0.30%) Relativity
14 3 (0.22%) Adobe Campaign
14 3 (0.22%) SAP CO
Cloud Services
1 166 (12.37%) Amazon AWS
2 155 (11.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 35 (2.61%) Serverless
4 33 (2.46%) Amazon S3
5 31 (2.31%) IBM Cloud
6 30 (2.24%) Office 365
7 28 (2.09%) AWS Lambda
7 28 (2.09%) GitHub
7 28 (2.09%) OpenShift
8 25 (1.86%) IBM Blueworks
9 24 (1.79%) Amazon Kinesis
9 24 (1.79%) IaaS
10 23 (1.71%) CloudFront
10 23 (1.71%) PaaS
11 21 (1.56%) SaaS
12 18 (1.34%) Cloud Computing
13 17 (1.27%) Google Cloud Platform
14 16 (1.19%) Apigee
15 11 (0.82%) G Suite
15 11 (0.82%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 63 (4.69%) SAN
2 62 (4.62%) Firewall
3 46 (3.43%) HTTP
4 45 (3.35%) DNS
5 44 (3.28%) SSL
6 38 (2.83%) TCP/IP
7 30 (2.24%) LAN
8 29 (2.16%) WAN
9 28 (2.09%) VPN
10 27 (2.01%) NAS
11 25 (1.86%) Internet
12 20 (1.49%) DHCP
13 16 (1.19%) FTP
14 15 (1.12%) SMTP
14 15 (1.12%) VoIP
15 14 (1.04%) Network Security
16 12 (0.89%) DKIM
16 12 (0.89%) DMARC
16 12 (0.89%) HTTPS
16 12 (0.89%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 129 (9.61%) DB2
2 110 (8.20%) SQL Server
3 109 (8.12%) Oracle Database
4 77 (5.74%) Relational Database
5 62 (4.62%) RDBMS
6 46 (3.43%) Data Warehouse
7 43 (3.20%) IBM InfoSphere
8 32 (2.38%) Oracle Database 11g
9 28 (2.09%) Oracle BI EE
9 28 (2.09%) PostgreSQL
10 24 (1.79%) NoSQL
11 23 (1.71%) MongoDB
12 22 (1.64%) MySQL
13 21 (1.56%) Oracle Database 12c
14 19 (1.42%) Big Data
14 19 (1.42%) DataStage
15 17 (1.27%) Oracle Exadata
16 14 (1.04%) Hadoop
16 14 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 12 (0.89%) Informix
Development Applications
1 129 (9.61%) Git (software)
2 124 (9.24%) JIRA
3 89 (6.63%) Jenkins
4 56 (4.17%) Maven
5 51 (3.80%) JUnit
6 47 (3.50%) Selenium
7 46 (3.43%) Eclipse
8 44 (3.28%) Rational DOORS
9 42 (3.13%) Rational Team Concert
10 40 (2.98%) Cucumber
11 38 (2.83%) Subversion
12 33 (2.46%) IBM UrbanCode
12 33 (2.46%) Visual Studio
13 26 (1.94%) Rational Rhapsody
14 22 (1.64%) Jasmine
15 21 (1.56%) Grunt
15 21 (1.56%) Karma Test Runner
16 20 (1.49%) Visual Studio Team System
16 20 (1.49%) WebDriver
17 19 (1.42%) Rational Quality Manager
General
1 286 (21.31%) Finance
2 164 (12.22%) Banking
3 91 (6.78%) Retail
4 53 (3.95%) Games
5 37 (2.76%) Marketing
6 31 (2.31%) Legal
7 28 (2.09%) Back Office
7 28 (2.09%) Publishing
8 23 (1.71%) Telecoms
9 15 (1.12%) Investment Banking
10 14 (1.04%) Aerospace
11 13 (0.97%) Financial Institution
12 12 (0.89%) Law
12 12 (0.89%) Retail Banking
13 9 (0.67%) Automotive
13 9 (0.67%) Manufacturing
13 9 (0.67%) Military
13 9 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
14 7 (0.52%) Online Betting
15 5 (0.37%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 235 (17.51%) Developer
2 162 (12.07%) Architect
3 136 (10.13%) Analyst
4 102 (7.60%) Consultant
5 61 (4.55%) Administrator
6 59 (4.40%) Java Developer
6 59 (4.40%) Solutions Architect
7 50 (3.73%) DBA
7 50 (3.73%) DevOps Engineer
8 41 (3.06%) Project Manager
9 35 (2.61%) Systems Engineer
10 34 (2.53%) Tester
11 28 (2.09%) Test Analyst
12 27 (2.01%) Software Engineer
13 24 (1.79%) AWS Engineer
13 24 (1.79%) WebSphere Specialist
14 22 (1.64%) AWS DevOps
14 22 (1.64%) AWS DevOps Engineer
14 22 (1.64%) Support Analyst
15 21 (1.56%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (9.69%) XML
2 116 (8.64%) Middleware
3 114 (8.49%) Web Services
4 94 (7.00%) REST
5 84 (6.26%) SOAP
6 79 (5.89%) Spring
7 69 (5.14%) HTML
8 68 (5.07%) JSON
9 61 (4.55%) J2EE
10 59 (4.40%) Kafka
11 52 (3.87%) .NET
12 50 (3.73%) CSS
12 50 (3.73%) IBM Integration Bus
13 46 (3.43%) AngularJS
14 43 (3.20%) jQuery
15 40 (2.98%) RESTful
16 39 (2.91%) LDAP
17 37 (2.76%) Oracle Fusion
17 37 (2.76%) Twitter Bootstrap
18 35 (2.61%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 155 (11.55%) Analytical Skills
2 69 (5.14%) Mainframe
3 63 (4.69%) Management Information System
4 59 (4.40%) DataPower
5 52 (3.87%) Data Centre
6 38 (2.83%) Clustering
7 33 (2.46%) User Experience
8 28 (2.09%) IBM Mainframe
8 28 (2.09%) Self-Motivation
9 27 (2.01%) Enterprise Software
9 27 (2.01%) Replication
10 23 (1.71%) W3C
11 22 (1.64%) iSeries
12 21 (1.56%) Client/Server
13 16 (1.19%) AS400
13 16 (1.19%) Public Cloud
13 16 (1.19%) Vector Graphics
14 15 (1.12%) Greenfield Project
15 14 (1.04%) TMS320
15 14 (1.04%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 252 (18.78%) Windows
2 251 (18.70%) Linux
3 199 (14.83%) Unix
4 99 (7.38%) AIX
5 89 (6.63%) Windows Server
6 64 (4.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 47 (3.50%) Solaris
8 32 (2.38%) zOS
9 29 (2.16%) Windows Server 2008
9 29 (2.16%) Windows Server 2012
10 17 (1.27%) Oracle Linux
11 10 (0.75%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 9 (0.67%) Windows 10
13 8 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
14 7 (0.52%) MVS
15 6 (0.45%) Data ONTAP
16 5 (0.37%) CentOS
16 5 (0.37%) Mac OS
16 5 (0.37%) SUSE
17 4 (0.30%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 388 (28.91%) Agile Software Development
2 178 (13.26%) Problem-Solving
3 175 (13.04%) DevOps
4 130 (9.69%) Scrum
5 129 (9.61%) Migration
6 105 (7.82%) Test Automation
7 98 (7.30%) E-Commerce
8 93 (6.93%) Project Management
9 85 (6.33%) ITIL
10 81 (6.04%) Microservices
11 75 (5.59%) Data Modelling
12 74 (5.51%) SOA
13 68 (5.07%) Analytics
14 67 (4.99%) Configuration Management
14 67 (4.99%) Unit Testing
15 65 (4.84%) Continuous Improvement
16 63 (4.69%) Continuous Integration
16 63 (4.69%) OO
17 61 (4.55%) UML
18 59 (4.40%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 362 (26.97%) Java
2 276 (20.57%) SQL
3 120 (8.94%) Python
4 109 (8.12%) JavaScript
5 86 (6.41%) Shell Script
6 57 (4.25%) PowerShell
7 42 (3.13%) C#
7 42 (3.13%) Perl
7 42 (3.13%) PL/SQL
8 37 (2.76%) Bash Shell
9 31 (2.31%) JCL
10 30 (2.24%) COBOL
11 29 (2.16%) C
12 22 (1.64%) XPath
13 20 (1.49%) Korn
14 19 (1.42%) Java 8
15 17 (1.27%) C++
16 16 (1.19%) RPG
17 14 (1.04%) Assembly Language
17 14 (1.04%) PHP
Qualifications
1 120 (8.94%) Security Cleared
2 104 (7.75%) SC Cleared
3 45 (3.35%) Degree
4 29 (2.16%) AWS Certification
5 22 (1.64%) ITIL Certification
6 20 (1.49%) DV Cleared
7 19 (1.42%) CISSP
8 15 (1.12%) CISM
9 14 (1.04%) ISEB
10 12 (0.89%) Microsoft Certification
11 11 (0.82%) Computer Science Degree
12 8 (0.60%) BPSS Clearance
12 8 (0.60%) CISA
12 8 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
12 8 (0.60%) MCSE
12 8 (0.60%) TOGAF Certification
13 7 (0.52%) MBA
14 6 (0.45%) CLAS
14 6 (0.45%) IBM Certification
14 6 (0.45%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (4.10%) QA
2 21 (1.56%) SLA
3 14 (1.04%) GDPR
3 14 (1.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 13 (0.97%) Data Quality
5 11 (0.82%) MISRA
5 11 (0.82%) MISRA C
6 7 (0.52%) PMO
7 5 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 4 (0.30%) DO-178B
8 4 (0.30%) ISO 22301
8 4 (0.30%) ISO 9001
9 3 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
9 3 (0.22%) ISAE 3402
9 3 (0.22%) ISO 31000
9 3 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27005
9 3 (0.22%) NIST
9 3 (0.22%) PCI DSS
9 3 (0.22%) PMBOK
10 2 (0.15%) WCAG
System Software
1 70 (5.22%) Active Directory
2 58 (4.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (4.02%) Docker
4 27 (2.01%) Oracle RAC
5 22 (1.64%) Hyper-V
5 22 (1.64%) VMware ESXi
6 18 (1.34%) XenApp
7 15 (1.12%) XenDesktop
8 13 (0.97%) Microsoft App-V
9 12 (0.89%) Time Sharing Option
9 12 (0.89%) vSphere
10 11 (0.82%) RACF
10 11 (0.82%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 9 (0.67%) NDS
11 9 (0.67%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
12 8 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
13 7 (0.52%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 7 (0.52%) Virtual Servers
14 5 (0.37%) Firmware
14 5 (0.37%) NetIQ eDirectory
Systems Management
1 87 (6.48%) Ansible
2 67 (4.99%) Tivoli
3 39 (2.91%) Kubernetes
4 37 (2.76%) Puppet
5 31 (2.31%) NetBackup
5 31 (2.31%) QRadar
6 24 (1.79%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 22 (1.64%) Tivoli Identity Manager
8 21 (1.56%) SCCM
9 19 (1.42%) Opscode Chef
9 19 (1.42%) Oracle RMAN
9 19 (1.42%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 14 (1.04%) Nagios
11 13 (0.97%) Control-M
12 12 (0.89%) Terraform
13 11 (0.82%) Netcool
13 11 (0.82%) Single Sign-On
14 10 (0.75%) vRealize
15 9 (0.67%) Microsoft Clustering
15 9 (0.67%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 301 (22.43%) Oracle
2 221 (16.47%) Microsoft
3 123 (9.17%) SAP
4 102 (7.60%) VMware
5 92 (6.86%) HP
6 71 (5.29%) Informatica
7 70 (5.22%) Red Hat
8 62 (4.62%) IBM Sterling
9 55 (4.10%) Cisco
10 52 (3.87%) Citrix
11 47 (3.50%) EMC
12 41 (3.06%) Veritas
13 37 (2.76%) Google
14 36 (2.68%) NetApp
14 36 (2.68%) Splunk
15 34 (2.53%) hybris
16 32 (2.38%) CA
16 32 (2.38%) Salesforce.com
17 30 (2.24%) Dell
18 28 (2.09%) Adobe