Period
to 21 November 2017

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 21 November 2017 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
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 137 110 92
Rank change year-on-year -27 -18 +2
Contract jobs citing IBM 1944 2299 2641
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.89% 2.20% 2.33%
As % of the Vendors category 4.42% 4.84% 5.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1200 1305 1455
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
10th Percentile £306 £300 £300
90th Percentile £613 £614 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £410 £423
% change year-on-year +2.44% -2.96% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 33 68
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £36.00 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% +14.50% +28.33%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.95 £18.05
90th Percentile £49.34 £48.95 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.50 £36.00 £31.44
% change year-on-year -31.94% +14.50% +4.80%

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 43951 47473 49241
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 42.62% 45.33% 43.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 27307 29002 29036
UK median daily rate £430 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.38% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £235 £240 £225
90th Percentile £625 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1470 1695 2097
UK median hourly rate £17.38 £16.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.30% -5.71% +6.06%
10th Percentile £10.58 £10.23 £10.13
90th Percentile £45.27 £45.00 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year - -5.71% +6.06%

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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for IBM in the UK

IBM
Top 16 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 21 November 2017. 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 -27 1782 £450 +3.15% 108
UK excluding London -25 1151 £420 +2.44% 70
London -27 752 £500 +5.26% 51
South East -9 394 £423 -0.59% 21
North of England -13 249 £400 - 17
Midlands -23 146 £425 - 11
West Midlands -8 119 £415 -2.35% 8
North West -13 117 £425 +0.59% 14
South West +1 111 £475 +11.76% 2
East of England -14 111 £425 +5.59% 6
Scotland -36 108 £425 +6.25% 10
Yorkshire -8 73 £425 -5.56% 3
North East +21 59 £345 +7.89%
Wales +22 27 £375 -28.57% 3
East Midlands -19 22 £500 +36.99% 2
Channel Islands - 5 - -

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing IBM also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for IBM.

1 492 (25.31%) Java
2 467 (24.02%) Finance
3 447 (22.99%) Oracle
4 441 (22.69%) Linux
5 424 (21.81%) Agile Software Development
6 379 (19.50%) WebSphere
7 350 (18.00%) SQL
8 309 (15.90%) Unix
9 286 (14.71%) Banking
10 251 (12.91%) Windows
11 242 (12.45%) Microsoft
12 212 (10.91%) HP
13 194 (9.98%) Migration
14 192 (9.88%) Jenkins
14 192 (9.88%) DevOps
15 190 (9.77%) JavaScript
16 177 (9.10%) AIX
16 177 (9.10%) Security Cleared
17 173 (8.90%) ITIL
18 166 (8.54%) XML
19 164 (8.44%) DB2
20 158 (8.13%) Analytical Skills
21 152 (7.82%) Web Services
22 150 (7.72%) Firewall
23 149 (7.66%) Middleware
24 147 (7.56%) Python
25 144 (7.41%) SQL Server
26 141 (7.25%) Scrum
26 141 (7.25%) Git (software)
27 140 (7.20%) VMware

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
1 379 (19.50%) WebSphere
2 92 (4.73%) Tomcat
3 89 (4.58%) JBoss
4 82 (4.22%) WebSphere Application Server
5 79 (4.06%) Apache
6 67 (3.45%) Apache Spark
7 64 (3.29%) WebLogic
8 52 (2.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 47 (2.42%) Confluence
9 47 (2.42%) MQSeries
10 44 (2.26%) IIS
10 44 (2.26%) SAS
11 37 (1.90%) CICS
12 33 (1.70%) MS Exchange
12 33 (1.70%) SharePoint
13 27 (1.39%) OpenStack
14 26 (1.34%) CMS
14 26 (1.34%) Liferay
15 23 (1.18%) BizTalk Server
15 23 (1.18%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 62 (3.19%) Microsoft Office
2 50 (2.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 44 (2.26%) MS Visio
4 34 (1.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 12 (0.62%) SPSS
6 10 (0.51%) Simulink
7 7 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
8 3 (0.15%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
9 1 (0.051%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.051%) HipChat
9 1 (0.051%) ImageReady
9 1 (0.051%) SPSS Modeler
9 1 (0.051%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 62 (3.19%) Maximo
2 39 (2.01%) Unica
3 30 (1.54%) Cognos TM1
4 20 (1.03%) Magento
5 19 (0.98%) Cognos Business Intelligence
6 15 (0.77%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
7 14 (0.72%) Temenos T24
8 11 (0.57%) Adobe Campaign
8 11 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
9 10 (0.51%) Oracle BPM
10 9 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
10 9 (0.46%) Oracle Utilities
10 9 (0.46%) SAP GRC
11 8 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 7 (0.36%) Cognos Planning
13 5 (0.26%) Cognos Controller
13 5 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
13 5 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
13 5 (0.26%) ResourceLink
14 4 (0.21%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 134 (6.89%) Amazon AWS
2 66 (3.40%) IBM Cloud
3 61 (3.14%) Microsoft Azure
4 55 (2.83%) Bluemix
5 48 (2.47%) GitHub
6 41 (2.11%) PaaS
7 33 (1.70%) IaaS
8 32 (1.65%) Office 365
9 26 (1.34%) IBM Blueworks
10 25 (1.29%) OpenShift
11 24 (1.23%) SaaS
12 17 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
13 11 (0.57%) Adobe Analytics
14 7 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
15 6 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
15 6 (0.31%) Serverless
15 6 (0.31%) Silverpop
16 5 (0.26%) OpenDNS
17 4 (0.21%) Heroku
17 4 (0.21%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 150 (7.72%) Firewall
2 135 (6.94%) SAN
3 74 (3.81%) Internet
4 56 (2.88%) LDAP
5 55 (2.83%) SSL
6 47 (2.42%) HTTP
6 47 (2.42%) WAN
7 44 (2.26%) Fibre Channel
8 43 (2.21%) TCP/IP
9 39 (2.01%) DNS
10 29 (1.49%) VPN
11 28 (1.44%) LAN
11 28 (1.44%) Network Security
12 26 (1.34%) FTP
12 26 (1.34%) NAS
13 23 (1.18%) DHCP
13 23 (1.18%) Wireless
14 21 (1.08%) Kerberos
15 20 (1.03%) BIG-IP
15 20 (1.03%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 164 (8.44%) DB2
2 144 (7.41%) SQL Server
3 117 (6.02%) Data Warehouse
4 101 (5.20%) Oracle Database
5 99 (5.09%) Hadoop
6 94 (4.84%) Big Data
7 91 (4.68%) IBM InfoSphere
8 70 (3.60%) Relational Database
9 66 (3.40%) DataStage
9 66 (3.40%) MongoDB
10 64 (3.29%) PostgreSQL
11 56 (2.88%) Apache Hive
12 51 (2.62%) Sqoop
13 45 (2.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 43 (2.21%) NoSQL
15 35 (1.80%) RDBMS
16 34 (1.75%) MySQL
16 34 (1.75%) Redis
17 31 (1.59%) Oracle Reports
18 25 (1.29%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 192 (9.88%) Jenkins
2 141 (7.25%) Git (software)
3 106 (5.45%) JIRA
4 88 (4.53%) Maven
5 63 (3.24%) Subversion
6 52 (2.67%) Cucumber
7 45 (2.31%) Rational DOORS
8 43 (2.21%) Selenium
9 34 (1.75%) Ant
10 33 (1.70%) Gradle
11 31 (1.59%) Eclipse
11 31 (1.59%) JUnit
12 30 (1.54%) Sonatype Nexus
13 26 (1.34%) TeamCity
14 25 (1.29%) SoapUI
15 19 (0.98%) Mockito
16 18 (0.93%) ERwin
16 18 (0.93%) Talend Open Studio
17 17 (0.87%) AppScan
17 17 (0.87%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 467 (24.02%) Finance
2 286 (14.71%) Banking
3 139 (7.15%) Retail
4 74 (3.81%) Telecoms
5 52 (2.67%) Investment Banking
5 52 (2.67%) Marketing
6 34 (1.75%) Manufacturing
7 28 (1.44%) Games
8 23 (1.18%) Retail Banking
9 20 (1.03%) Back Office
9 20 (1.03%) Publishing
10 16 (0.82%) Law
11 15 (0.77%) Electronics
11 15 (0.77%) Financial Institution
11 15 (0.77%) Legal
12 14 (0.72%) Billing
12 14 (0.72%) Front Office
13 10 (0.51%) Aerospace
14 8 (0.41%) Advertising
15 7 (0.36%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 471 (24.23%) Developer
2 246 (12.65%) Architect
3 204 (10.49%) Analyst
4 203 (10.44%) Consultant
5 131 (6.74%) Java Developer
6 82 (4.22%) Data Architect
7 71 (3.65%) Administrator
8 54 (2.78%) DevOps Engineer
9 50 (2.57%) Project Manager
10 49 (2.52%) Solutions Architect
10 49 (2.52%) Systems Engineer
11 44 (2.26%) Business Analyst
12 42 (2.16%) Senior Developer
13 41 (2.11%) Data Analyst
14 33 (1.70%) Unix Engineer
15 32 (1.65%) Cognos Developer
15 32 (1.65%) WebSphere Developer
16 28 (1.44%) Support Engineer
16 28 (1.44%) Technical Architect
17 27 (1.39%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 166 (8.54%) XML
2 152 (7.82%) Web Services
3 149 (7.66%) Middleware
4 136 (7.00%) Spring
5 127 (6.53%) REST
6 125 (6.43%) IBM Integration Bus
7 120 (6.17%) WebSphere MQ
8 116 (5.97%) HTML
9 113 (5.81%) J2EE
10 111 (5.71%) SOAP
11 101 (5.20%) Kafka
12 90 (4.63%) RESTful
13 77 (3.96%) XSLT
14 75 (3.86%) .NET
15 74 (3.81%) Node.js
16 68 (3.50%) AngularJS
17 58 (2.98%) JMS
17 58 (2.98%) JSON
18 57 (2.93%) CSS
19 53 (2.73%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 158 (8.13%) Analytical Skills
2 111 (5.71%) Data Centre
3 105 (5.40%) DataPower
4 101 (5.20%) Mainframe
5 57 (2.93%) Management Information System
6 44 (2.26%) Replication
7 43 (2.21%) IBM Mainframe
8 40 (2.06%) Clustering
9 36 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
10 31 (1.59%) Computer Science
10 31 (1.59%) PKI
10 31 (1.59%) Private Cloud
11 30 (1.54%) Data Structures
12 29 (1.49%) SWIFT
13 25 (1.29%) Greenfield Project
13 25 (1.29%) iSeries
14 24 (1.23%) Client/Server
15 20 (1.03%) Mobile App
16 19 (0.98%) N-Tier
17 17 (0.87%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 441 (22.69%) Linux
2 309 (15.90%) Unix
3 251 (12.91%) Windows
4 177 (9.10%) AIX
5 139 (7.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 105 (5.40%) Solaris
7 91 (4.68%) Windows Server
8 49 (2.52%) Windows Server 2012
9 48 (2.47%) Windows Server 2008
10 33 (1.70%) zOS
11 22 (1.13%) CentOS
12 20 (1.03%) SUSE
13 18 (0.93%) HPUX
14 13 (0.67%) Windows Server 2003
15 12 (0.62%) Ubuntu
15 12 (0.62%) Windows 7
16 11 (0.57%) Windows 10
17 8 (0.41%) Android
18 7 (0.36%) MVS
18 7 (0.36%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 424 (21.81%) Agile Software Development
2 194 (9.98%) Migration
3 192 (9.88%) DevOps
4 173 (8.90%) ITIL
5 141 (7.25%) Scrum
6 139 (7.15%) Data Modelling
7 126 (6.48%) Business Intelligence
8 120 (6.17%) SOA
9 119 (6.12%) ETL
10 117 (6.02%) Analytics
11 114 (5.86%) Microservices
12 108 (5.56%) Open Source
13 100 (5.14%) TDD
14 99 (5.09%) E-Commerce
14 99 (5.09%) Project Management
15 89 (4.58%) Continuous Integration
16 85 (4.37%) CRM
17 82 (4.22%) Data Analysis
17 82 (4.22%) Stakeholder Management
18 80 (4.12%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 492 (25.31%) Java
2 350 (18.00%) SQL
3 190 (9.77%) JavaScript
4 147 (7.56%) Python
5 119 (6.12%) Shell Script
6 109 (5.61%) Perl
7 64 (3.29%) PowerShell
8 49 (2.52%) PL/SQL
9 47 (2.42%) C++
10 43 (2.21%) JCL
10 43 (2.21%) Ruby
11 38 (1.95%) Bash Shell
12 28 (1.44%) Korn
13 27 (1.39%) C#
14 23 (1.18%) T-SQL
15 22 (1.13%) C
15 22 (1.13%) REXX
16 21 (1.08%) MATLAB
16 21 (1.08%) RPG
17 19 (0.98%) VB
Qualifications
1 177 (9.10%) Security Cleared
2 139 (7.15%) SC Cleared
3 75 (3.86%) Degree
4 23 (1.18%) ISTQB
5 21 (1.08%) Microsoft Certification
6 20 (1.03%) Cisco Certification
6 20 (1.03%) ISEB
7 14 (0.72%) CISSP
7 14 (0.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 13 (0.67%) Computer Science Degree
9 12 (0.62%) CCNP
10 11 (0.57%) IBM Certification
11 10 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
12 9 (0.46%) ITIL Certification
12 9 (0.46%) MCSA
13 8 (0.41%) MCSE
13 8 (0.41%) Six Sigma Green Belt
14 6 (0.31%) CCIE
14 6 (0.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 6 (0.31%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (2.57%) QA
2 47 (2.42%) Data Quality
3 25 (1.29%) SLA
4 16 (0.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 14 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 12 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
7 11 (0.57%) HL7
7 11 (0.57%) RosettaNet
8 10 (0.51%) GDPR
9 9 (0.46%) PCI DSS
10 4 (0.21%) MiFID
11 3 (0.15%) COBIT
11 3 (0.15%) GCP
12 2 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 2 (0.10%) PMO
12 2 (0.10%) PSD2
13 1 (0.051%) Cyber Essentials
13 1 (0.051%) DO-178B
13 1 (0.051%) Dublin Core
13 1 (0.051%) MIL-STD-1553
System Software
1 103 (5.30%) VMware Infrastructure
2 99 (5.09%) Active Directory
3 93 (4.78%) Docker
4 56 (2.88%) HDFS
5 53 (2.73%) Apache Flume
6 45 (2.31%) Hyper-V
7 34 (1.75%) Time Sharing Option
7 34 (1.75%) VMware ESXi
8 33 (1.70%) Virtual Machines
9 23 (1.18%) vSphere
10 20 (1.03%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 19 (0.98%) RACF
12 17 (0.87%) Terminal Services
13 15 (0.77%) Job Entry Subsystem
14 14 (0.72%) Microsoft App-V
15 13 (0.67%) XenApp
16 10 (0.51%) VMware Workstation
16 10 (0.51%) XenDesktop
17 8 (0.41%) Oracle Clusterware
18 7 (0.36%) Platform Symphony
Systems Management
1 101 (5.20%) Puppet
2 83 (4.27%) Tivoli
3 68 (3.50%) Ansible
4 56 (2.88%) Hadoop YARN
5 55 (2.83%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 48 (2.47%) Ambari
7 46 (2.37%) NetBackup
8 45 (2.31%) Opscode Chef
8 45 (2.31%) SCCM
9 35 (1.80%) Oozie
10 31 (1.59%) Kubernetes
11 30 (1.54%) Backup Exec
12 29 (1.49%) EMC NetWorker
13 25 (1.29%) IBM BigFix
14 24 (1.23%) Netcool
15 23 (1.18%) HP Data Protector
16 22 (1.13%) SCOM
17 19 (0.98%) Control-M
18 18 (0.93%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
19 17 (0.87%) zSecure
Vendors
1 447 (22.99%) Oracle
2 242 (12.45%) Microsoft
3 212 (10.91%) HP
4 140 (7.20%) VMware
5 131 (6.74%) Red Hat
6 109 (5.61%) Cisco
7 96 (4.94%) SAP
8 90 (4.63%) Cognos
9 75 (3.86%) EMC
10 65 (3.34%) Symantec
11 60 (3.09%) Citrix
12 54 (2.78%) Dell
13 49 (2.52%) Informatica
13 49 (2.52%) Tableau
14 47 (2.42%) Sybase
15 45 (2.31%) NetApp
16 44 (2.26%) TIBCO
17 43 (2.21%) Brocade
18 39 (2.01%) Veritas
19 38 (1.95%) F5