Period
to 30 October 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 30 October 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
30 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 191 214 190
Rank change year-on-year +23 -24 -55
Contract jobs citing IBM 452 1,087 1,546
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.38% 1.28% 1.49%
As % of the Vendors category 3.14% 3.00% 3.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 281 686 937
Median daily rate £475 £468 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.50% +4.00% -
10th Percentile £350 £303 £319
90th Percentile £625 £613 £624
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 15 13
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.67% -6.25% +68.42%
10th Percentile £31.25 £23.75 £17.20
90th Percentile £40.00 £45.30 £54.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £33.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +6.06% -17.50% +73.91%

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 14,393 36,235 43,127
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 43.85% 42.69% 41.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,608 22,730 26,682
Median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - +4.65%
10th Percentile £250 £238 £250
90th Percentile £663 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £420
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 548 1,443 1,677
Median hourly rate £31.50 £19.71 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +59.82% +12.63% +0.72%
10th Percentile £12.11 £11.17 £10.81
90th Percentile £54.00 £51.74 £45.87
Median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year +38.89% +9.09% -

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 30 October 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 30 October 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 30 October 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 +26 362 £475 - 86
UK excluding London +30 231 £475 +5.56% 60
London +50 156 £450 -10.00% 33
Work from Home -31 92 £498 +7.57% 13
South East +59 80 £522 +19.66% 15
North of England +47 50 £450 - 16
North West +44 32 £450 - 10
Scotland +8 29 £500 +1.52% 3
Midlands +48 19 £475 - 11
East of England +23 18 £450 - 9
Wales +22 18 £475 +11.76% 4
Yorkshire +49 14 £425 - 6
West Midlands +37 13 £475 - 8
South West +65 11 £475 -5.00% 1
Northern Ireland +14 6 £329 +1.23% 1
East Midlands +39 4 £475 +40.74% 2
North East +34 4 £500 -5.88%

For the 6 months to 30 October 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.

1 141 (31.19%) Oracle
2 119 (26.33%) Agile Software Development
3 117 (25.88%) Linux
4 116 (25.66%) SQL
5 104 (23.01%) Unix
6 94 (20.80%) Finance
7 92 (20.35%) Java
8 81 (17.92%) WebSphere
9 74 (16.37%) Shell Script
10 73 (16.15%) Windows
11 65 (14.38%) Security Cleared
12 60 (13.27%) Banking
13 57 (12.61%) SC Cleared
14 49 (10.84%) ETL
15 48 (10.62%) Perl
15 48 (10.62%) Migration
15 48 (10.62%) JIRA
16 45 (9.96%) Middleware
16 45 (9.96%) DevOps
17 44 (9.73%) AIX
18 43 (9.51%) Problem-Solving
19 42 (9.29%) Web Services
19 42 (9.29%) AWS
20 40 (8.85%) SOAP
20 40 (8.85%) C
20 40 (8.85%) SQL Server
21 37 (8.19%) DB2
21 37 (8.19%) Scrum
22 35 (7.74%) PL/SQL
23 34 (7.52%) REST

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 81 (17.92%) WebSphere
2 33 (7.30%) WebSphere Application Server
3 31 (6.86%) Tomcat
4 16 (3.54%) Apache
4 16 (3.54%) IIS
4 16 (3.54%) JBoss
5 11 (2.43%) WebLogic
6 10 (2.21%) Apache Geronimo
6 10 (2.21%) Apache TomEE
6 10 (2.21%) Confluence
6 10 (2.21%) MQSeries
6 10 (2.21%) SharePoint
7 8 (1.77%) SAS
8 7 (1.55%) IBM HTTP Server
9 5 (1.11%) CMS
10 4 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.88%) IBM Transformation Extender
10 4 (0.88%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 4 (0.88%) Oracle Workflow
10 4 (0.88%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 5 (1.11%) Chatbot
1 5 (1.11%) MS Visio
2 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (0.66%) SPSS
3 2 (0.44%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.44%) Simulink
3 2 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 9 (1.99%) Oracle EBS
2 7 (1.55%) Maximo
2 7 (1.55%) Oracle EBS R12
3 5 (1.11%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (1.11%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
4 4 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (0.66%) Magento
5 3 (0.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.66%) SunGard Martini
6 2 (0.44%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.22%) Cognos TM1
7 1 (0.22%) Exstream
7 1 (0.22%) Oracle BPM
7 1 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.22%) SAP CO
7 1 (0.22%) SAP FI
7 1 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
7 1 (0.22%) StreamServe
7 1 (0.22%) Unica
7 1 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 42 (9.29%) AWS
2 31 (6.86%) Azure
3 25 (5.53%) GCP
4 21 (4.65%) IBM Cloud
5 9 (1.99%) SaaS
6 8 (1.77%) Apigee
6 8 (1.77%) GitHub
7 7 (1.55%) Office 365
7 7 (1.55%) OpenShift
8 6 (1.33%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (1.33%) PaaS
9 5 (1.11%) IaaS
10 4 (0.88%) Amazon EC2
10 4 (0.88%) AWS CloudFormation
10 4 (0.88%) Power Platform
11 3 (0.66%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 3 (0.66%) AWS CloudTrail
11 3 (0.66%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 2 (0.44%) Akamai
12 2 (0.44%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 23 (5.09%) SAN
2 13 (2.88%) DNS
2 13 (2.88%) SNMP
3 12 (2.65%) Fibre Channel
3 12 (2.65%) SSL
4 11 (2.43%) Firewall
4 11 (2.43%) HTTP
5 10 (2.21%) iSCSI
5 10 (2.21%) TCP/IP
6 5 (1.11%) FTP
7 4 (0.88%) DHCP
7 4 (0.88%) HTTPS
7 4 (0.88%) Network Security
7 4 (0.88%) SSH
7 4 (0.88%) VLAN
7 4 (0.88%) VPN
8 3 (0.66%) Internet
8 3 (0.66%) NetScaler
9 2 (0.44%) LAN
9 2 (0.44%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (8.85%) SQL Server
2 37 (8.19%) DB2
3 33 (7.30%) Relational Database
4 32 (7.08%) DataStage
5 27 (5.97%) IBM InfoSphere
6 24 (5.31%) Data Warehouse
7 23 (5.09%) Oracle Database
8 20 (4.42%) Big Data
9 16 (3.54%) NoSQL
10 14 (3.10%) MySQL
10 14 (3.10%) PostgreSQL
11 13 (2.88%) MongoDB
12 6 (1.33%) GIS
12 6 (1.33%) RDBMS
13 5 (1.11%) Amazon RDS
13 5 (1.11%) BusinessObjects
13 5 (1.11%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
13 5 (1.11%) Hadoop
13 5 (1.11%) Oracle Database 11g
13 5 (1.11%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 48 (10.62%) JIRA
2 27 (5.97%) Git (software)
3 21 (4.65%) CA Gen
4 17 (3.76%) Jenkins
5 15 (3.32%) Bitbucket
6 14 (3.10%) Eclipse
7 12 (2.65%) ClearCase
7 12 (2.65%) Subversion
8 11 (2.43%) Maven
8 11 (2.43%) SonarQube
9 8 (1.77%) Cucumber
9 8 (1.77%) Selenium
10 7 (1.55%) JUnit
10 7 (1.55%) Postman
10 7 (1.55%) SoapUI
11 6 (1.33%) GitLab
11 6 (1.33%) Gradle
12 5 (1.11%) JMeter
12 5 (1.11%) REST Assured
13 4 (0.88%) Axure RP
General
1 94 (20.80%) Finance
2 60 (13.27%) Banking
3 22 (4.87%) Public Sector
4 16 (3.54%) Front Office
5 15 (3.32%) Retail
6 9 (1.99%) Investment Banking
7 6 (1.33%) Law
7 6 (1.33%) Telecoms
8 5 (1.11%) Aerospace
8 5 (1.11%) Back Office
8 5 (1.11%) Legal
9 4 (0.88%) Automotive
9 4 (0.88%) French Language
9 4 (0.88%) Games
10 3 (0.66%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.66%) International Banking
10 3 (0.66%) Marketing
11 2 (0.44%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.44%) Publishing
12 1 (0.22%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 119 (26.33%) Developer
2 64 (14.16%) Architect
3 43 (9.51%) Consultant
4 31 (6.86%) Administrator
5 22 (4.87%) Solutions Architect
6 21 (4.65%) Analyst
7 18 (3.98%) DBA
8 17 (3.76%) Software Developer
9 15 (3.32%) Programmer
10 14 (3.10%) DataStage Developer
10 14 (3.10%) Java Developer
11 12 (2.65%) Data Architect
11 12 (2.65%) Storage Engineer
12 11 (2.43%) Security Architect
12 11 (2.43%) Systems Programmer
13 10 (2.21%) Designer
13 10 (2.21%) ETL Developer
13 10 (2.21%) Systems Administrator
13 10 (2.21%) WebSphere Specialist
14 9 (1.99%) Senior Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (9.96%) Middleware
2 42 (9.29%) Web Services
3 40 (8.85%) SOAP
4 34 (7.52%) IBM Integration Bus
4 34 (7.52%) REST
5 29 (6.42%) XML
6 21 (4.65%) WebSphere MQ
7 19 (4.20%) HTML
8 15 (3.32%) LDAP
9 14 (3.10%) CSS
9 14 (3.10%) ISPF
9 14 (3.10%) Kafka
9 14 (3.10%) RESTful
9 14 (3.10%) Spring Boot
10 13 (2.88%) J2EE
11 12 (2.65%) JSON
11 12 (2.65%) Node.js
11 12 (2.65%) SailPoint
12 9 (1.99%) Spring
13 8 (1.77%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 34 (7.52%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (6.19%) Mainframe
3 20 (4.42%) Management Information System
4 18 (3.98%) DataPower
5 17 (3.76%) Data Centre
6 15 (3.32%) Replication
7 14 (3.10%) Clustering
8 12 (2.65%) Linux Command Line
9 9 (1.99%) Self-Motivation
10 8 (1.77%) PKI
11 7 (1.55%) EMC VMAX
11 7 (1.55%) Hybrid Cloud
11 7 (1.55%) IBM Mainframe
11 7 (1.55%) User Experience
12 6 (1.33%) Enterprise Storage
12 6 (1.33%) Virtual Team
13 4 (0.88%) Embedded Systems
13 4 (0.88%) IBM Storwize
13 4 (0.88%) iSeries
13 4 (0.88%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 117 (25.88%) Linux
2 104 (23.01%) Unix
3 73 (16.15%) Windows
4 44 (9.73%) AIX
5 23 (5.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 19 (4.20%) zOS
7 18 (3.98%) Solaris
8 12 (2.65%) Windows Server
9 6 (1.33%) Android
10 5 (1.11%) Apple iOS
10 5 (1.11%) MVS
10 5 (1.11%) Oracle Linux
11 4 (0.88%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.66%) Windows Server 2008
13 2 (0.44%) HPUX
13 2 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.44%) Windows Server 2016
13 2 (0.44%) Windows Server 2019
14 1 (0.22%) Windows NT
14 1 (0.22%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (26.33%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (10.84%) ETL
3 48 (10.62%) Migration
4 45 (9.96%) DevOps
5 43 (9.51%) Problem-Solving
6 37 (8.19%) Scrum
7 27 (5.97%) Change Management
7 27 (5.97%) Test Automation
8 25 (5.53%) Software Engineering
8 25 (5.53%) Unit Testing
9 23 (5.09%) Analytics
9 23 (5.09%) Data Modelling
10 22 (4.87%) Digital Transformation Programme
11 21 (4.65%) Microservices
12 20 (4.42%) Business Intelligence
12 20 (4.42%) Performance Tuning
12 20 (4.42%) SDLC
12 20 (4.42%) SOA
13 18 (3.98%) ITIL
13 18 (3.98%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 116 (25.66%) SQL
2 92 (20.35%) Java
3 74 (16.37%) Shell Script
4 48 (10.62%) Perl
5 40 (8.85%) C
6 35 (7.74%) PL/SQL
7 33 (7.30%) Python
8 25 (5.53%) Bash Shell
9 21 (4.65%) JavaScript
10 20 (4.42%) Korn
11 19 (4.20%) C++
12 16 (3.54%) JCL
13 12 (2.65%) C#
14 10 (2.21%) C-shell
15 9 (1.99%) PowerShell
16 5 (1.11%) REXX
17 3 (0.66%) COBOL
17 3 (0.66%) Groovy
17 3 (0.66%) PHP
17 3 (0.66%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 65 (14.38%) Security Cleared
2 57 (12.61%) SC Cleared
3 15 (3.32%) Degree
4 9 (1.99%) BPSS Clearance
5 7 (1.55%) CISSP
6 5 (1.11%) DBS Check
7 4 (0.88%) CISM
7 4 (0.88%) ISEB
7 4 (0.88%) TOGAF Certification
8 3 (0.66%) AWS Certification
8 3 (0.66%) CISA
8 3 (0.66%) IISP
8 3 (0.66%) ISEB Practitioner
8 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (0.44%) Computer Science Degree
9 2 (0.44%) CREST Certified
10 1 (0.22%) CSPO
10 1 (0.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.22%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.22%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (2.43%) QA
2 10 (2.21%) NIST
3 7 (1.55%) GDPR
3 7 (1.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.33%) Data Quality
4 6 (1.33%) PCI DSS
4 6 (1.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 4 (0.88%) ISAE 3402
5 4 (0.88%) ISO 22301
5 4 (0.88%) ISO 31000
5 4 (0.88%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27005
6 2 (0.44%) COBIT
6 2 (0.44%) SLA
7 1 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.22%) DO-178B
7 1 (0.22%) EMIR
7 1 (0.22%) ISO 20022
7 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.22%) MiFID
System Software
1 26 (5.75%) VMware Infrastructure
2 22 (4.87%) Active Directory
3 20 (4.42%) Docker
4 16 (3.54%) Time Sharing Option
5 9 (1.99%) NFS
6 5 (1.11%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.88%) Oracle RAC
7 4 (0.88%) XenApp
8 3 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (0.66%) NDS
8 3 (0.66%) NetIQ eDirectory
8 3 (0.66%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.44%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 2 (0.44%) Firmware
9 2 (0.44%) Job Entry Subsystem
9 2 (0.44%) RACF
9 2 (0.44%) Terminal Server
9 2 (0.44%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 2 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.44%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 28 (6.19%) Tivoli
2 27 (5.97%) Kubernetes
3 16 (3.54%) Netcool
4 13 (2.88%) Netcool/OMNIbus
5 12 (2.65%) HP ALM
6 10 (2.21%) Netcool/Webtop
7 9 (1.99%) Terraform
7 9 (1.99%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 7 (1.55%) Prometheus
9 6 (1.33%) Avamar
9 6 (1.33%) EMC NetWorker
10 5 (1.11%) Nessus
10 5 (1.11%) Tivoli Identity Manager
11 4 (0.88%) Ansible
11 4 (0.88%) IBM Guardium
11 4 (0.88%) NetBackup
11 4 (0.88%) Oracle Identity Manager
11 4 (0.88%) Oracle RMAN
11 4 (0.88%) SCOM
11 4 (0.88%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 141 (31.19%) Oracle
2 33 (7.30%) CA
2 33 (7.30%) Microsoft
3 32 (7.08%) VMware
4 27 (5.97%) EMC
4 27 (5.97%) Red Hat
4 27 (5.97%) Splunk
5 23 (5.09%) HP
6 19 (4.20%) Cisco
7 18 (3.98%) Dell
8 14 (3.10%) Informatica
8 14 (3.10%) SAP
9 13 (2.88%) Curam
9 13 (2.88%) Sybase
9 13 (2.88%) TIBCO
10 12 (2.65%) Brocade
10 12 (2.65%) Sun
11 11 (2.43%) Cognos
11 11 (2.43%) Google
11 11 (2.43%) Talend