The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Platform Symphony skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Platform Symphony over the 3 months to 28 June 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.

IBM Platform Symphony
UK
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 599 645 642
Rank change year-on-year +46 -3  
Contract jobs citing Platform Symphony 11 6 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.023% 0.011% 0.005%
As % of the System Software category 0.21% 0.088% 0.051%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 5 3
Median daily rate £580 £525 £600
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.47% -12.50%  
UK excluding London median daily rate - - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

Platform Symphony is in the system software skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

Contract System Software Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 5277 6781 5827
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.20% 12.59% 10.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3379 4174 3292
Median daily rate £410 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £205 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 309 475 604
Median hourly rate £16.92 £20.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.40% +11.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -28.88% +28.57%  

Platform Symphony
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Platform Symphony as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

Job vacancy trend for Platform Symphony in the UK

Platform Symphony
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Platform Symphony.

Contractor daily rate trend for Platform Symphony in the UK

Platform Symphony
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Platform Symphony over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Platform Symphony in the UK

Platform Symphony
Top 3 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Platform Symphony within the UK over the 3 months to 28 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +42 11 £580 +10.47% 1
London +18 11 £580 +10.47% 1
Canary Wharf - 1 £750 -

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Platform Symphony 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 Platform Symphony.

1 10 (76.92%) Grid Computing
2 7 (53.85%) Fixed Income
2 7 (53.85%) Java
2 7 (53.85%) Derivative
2 7 (53.85%) Oracle Coherence
2 7 (53.85%) Apache Cassandra
3 6 (46.15%) Multithreading
3 6 (46.15%) C#
3 6 (46.15%) Banking
4 5 (38.46%) Risk Management
4 5 (38.46%) DataSynapse
5 4 (30.77%) Investment Banking
5 4 (30.77%) Scala
5 4 (30.77%) Unit Testing
5 4 (30.77%) Continuous Integration
5 4 (30.77%) Hazelcast
5 4 (30.77%) Infinispan
5 4 (30.77%) Akka
5 4 (30.77%) Data Structures
5 4 (30.77%) Middleware
5 4 (30.77%) .NET
5 4 (30.77%) Multithreaded Programming
6 3 (23.08%) Spring
6 3 (23.08%) JNI
6 3 (23.08%) Front Office
6 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (23.08%) Oracle
6 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
6 3 (23.08%) Finance
6 3 (23.08%) Continuous Delivery

Platform Symphony
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 7 (53.85%) Oracle Coherence
2 5 (38.46%) DataSynapse
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (53.85%) Apache Cassandra
2 4 (30.77%) Hazelcast
2 4 (30.77%) Infinispan
3 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
4 1 (7.69%) Big Data
General
1 6 (46.15%) Banking
2 4 (30.77%) Investment Banking
3 3 (23.08%) Finance
3 3 (23.08%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 11 (84.62%) Developer
2 4 (30.77%) C# Developer
2 4 (30.77%) Scala Developer
3 3 (23.08%) Java Developer
4 2 (15.38%) Front Office Developer
4 2 (15.38%) Senior C# Developer
4 2 (15.38%) Senior Developer
5 1 (7.69%) .NET Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Analyst Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Banking Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) C# .NET Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Consultant
5 1 (7.69%) Grid Consultant
5 1 (7.69%) Grid Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Investment Banking Java Developer
5 1 (7.69%) Oracle Developer
5 1 (7.69%) SQL Developer
5 1 (7.69%) SQL Server Developer
5 1 (7.69%) WPF Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (30.77%) .NET
1 4 (30.77%) Akka
1 4 (30.77%) Middleware
2 3 (23.08%) JNI
2 3 (23.08%) REST
2 3 (23.08%) Spring
2 3 (23.08%) WCF
3 2 (15.38%) XML
4 1 (7.69%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 10 (76.92%) Grid Computing
2 7 (53.85%) Derivative
2 7 (53.85%) Fixed Income
3 4 (30.77%) Data Structures
4 1 (7.69%) Computer Science
4 1 (7.69%) Credit Risk
4 1 (7.69%) Fintech
4 1 (7.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 1 (7.69%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Multithreading
2 5 (38.46%) Risk Management
3 4 (30.77%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (30.77%) Multithreaded Programming
3 4 (30.77%) Unit Testing
4 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (23.08%) Continuous Delivery
4 3 (23.08%) Mathematics
5 2 (15.38%) Parallel Programming
5 2 (15.38%) Regression Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Data Management
6 1 (7.69%) Garbage Collection
6 1 (7.69%) Performance Optimisation
6 1 (7.69%) Quantitative Finance
6 1 (7.69%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 7 (53.85%) Java
2 6 (46.15%) C#
3 4 (30.77%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) Computer Science Degree
1 1 (7.69%) Degree
1 1 (7.69%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) QA
2 1 (7.69%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) Oracle