The first table below looks at the prevalence of the term Mainframe in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Mainframe over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all terms in our Miscellaneous category for the City of London region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Mainframes
Rank 181 167 207
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +40
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 29 30 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.45% 0.48% 0.21%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.38% 1.53% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 22 12
Average daily rate £425 £413 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £343 £328
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £569 £523
UK excluding London average daily rate £420 £394 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +8.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £27.96 £27.57
% change year-on-year
+9.08% +1.43%
Miscellaneous Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
2104 1962 2676
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 32.60% 31.48% 33.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 1574 1453 2002
Average daily rate £500 £475 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £625 £650
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £340 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.47% -2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 54 81
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.27% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.40 £16.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £135.00 £46.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £21.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -16.00%
Mainframe
London

Mainframe
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Mainframe across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

Mainframe Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

Mainframe
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Mainframe across the City of London region.

Mainframe Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

Mainframe
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Mainframe across the City of London region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Mainframe Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Mainframe
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Mainframe across the City of London region.

Mainframe Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

Mainframe
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Mainframe also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Mainframe.

1 35 (45.45%) DB2
2 29 (37.66%) Banking
3 24 (31.17%) CICS
4 23 (29.87%) Finance
5 20 (25.97%) zOS
6 19 (24.68%) IBM
7 17 (22.08%) COBOL
8 14 (18.18%) JCL
9 12 (15.58%) ISPF
10 11 (14.29%) Retail
11 10 (12.99%) Change Management
12 9 (11.69%) Tivoli
12 9 (11.69%) SQL
12 9 (11.69%) Investment Banking
13 8 (10.39%) JIRA
13 8 (10.39%) Advertising
13 8 (10.39%) UNIX
13 8 (10.39%) Linux
14 7 (9.09%) Windows
14 7 (9.09%) Java
14 7 (9.09%) SLA
14 7 (9.09%) Migration
15 6 (7.79%) Incident Management
15 6 (7.79%) Middleware
15 6 (7.79%) Project Management
15 6 (7.79%) Test Scripting
16 5 (6.49%) IBM Mainframe
16 5 (6.49%) Confluence
16 5 (6.49%) Systems Analysis
16 5 (6.49%) Stakeholder Management

Mainframe
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Mainframe also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Mainframe. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 24 (31.17%) CICS
2 5 (6.49%) Confluence
3 2 (2.60%) Gentran
4 1 (1.30%) MQSeries
4 1 (1.30%) SAS
4 1 (1.30%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (3.90%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.19%) Firewall
1 4 (5.19%) Network Security
2 2 (2.60%) LDAP
2 2 (2.60%) SSL
3 1 (1.30%) SMS
3 1 (1.30%) SMTP
3 1 (1.30%) FTP
3 1 (1.30%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (45.45%) DB2
2 4 (5.19%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.19%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.30%) Base SAS
3 1 (1.30%) IDMS
3 1 (1.30%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.30%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.30%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.30%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.30%) DTS
3 1 (1.30%) Easytrieve
3 1 (1.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 8 (10.39%) JIRA
2 3 (3.90%) Jenkins
2 3 (3.90%) Subversion
3 2 (2.60%) Toad
4 1 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.30%) CA Gen
4 1 (1.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (1.30%) Visual Studio
4 1 (1.30%) ReSharper
General
1 29 (37.66%) Banking
2 23 (29.87%) Finance
3 11 (14.29%) Retail
4 9 (11.69%) Investment Banking
5 8 (10.39%) Advertising
6 4 (5.19%) Back Office
7 3 (3.90%) General Ledger
8 1 (1.30%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 22 (28.57%) Analyst
2 13 (16.88%) Programmer
3 11 (14.29%) Systems Programmer
4 10 (12.99%) Developer
5 7 (9.09%) Mainframe Developer
6 4 (5.19%) Storage Engineer
6 4 (5.19%) Business Analyst
6 4 (5.19%) Test Analyst
7 3 (3.90%) Designer
7 3 (3.90%) Systems Analyst
7 3 (3.90%) Project Manager
7 3 (3.90%) Applications Manager
7 3 (3.90%) Delivery Manager
7 3 (3.90%) Security Analyst
7 3 (3.90%) Technical Specialist
7 3 (3.90%) Administrator
8 2 (2.60%) CICS Programmer
8 2 (2.60%) CICS Systems Programmer
8 2 (2.60%) Tester
8 2 (2.60%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (15.58%) ISPF
2 6 (7.79%) Middleware
3 4 (5.19%) .NET
4 3 (3.90%) XML
5 2 (2.60%) WebSphere Message Broker
5 2 (2.60%) WebSphere MQ
5 2 (2.60%) CSS
5 2 (2.60%) Web Services
6 1 (1.30%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.30%) WCF
6 1 (1.30%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.49%) IBM Mainframe
2 4 (5.19%) Management Information System
2 4 (5.19%) Equities
3 3 (3.90%) Fixed Income
4 2 (2.60%) GIS
4 2 (2.60%) Clustering
4 2 (2.60%) EPoS
5 1 (1.30%) iSeries
5 1 (1.30%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.30%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.30%) Derivative
5 1 (1.30%) VSAM
5 1 (1.30%) Tandem
5 1 (1.30%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 20 (25.97%) zOS
2 8 (10.39%) UNIX
2 8 (10.39%) Linux
3 7 (9.09%) Windows
4 3 (3.90%) AIX
5 1 (1.30%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (12.99%) Change Management
2 7 (9.09%) Migration
3 6 (7.79%) Incident Management
3 6 (7.79%) Project Management
3 6 (7.79%) Test Scripting
4 5 (6.49%) Systems Analysis
4 5 (6.49%) Stakeholder Management
5 4 (5.19%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (5.19%) Data Analysis
5 4 (5.19%) ITIL
5 4 (5.19%) Change Control
5 4 (5.19%) User Acceptance Testing
5 4 (5.19%) Data Migration
6 3 (3.90%) Agile Project Management
6 3 (3.90%) Waterfall
6 3 (3.90%) E-Commerce
6 3 (3.90%) ERP
6 3 (3.90%) Business Analysis
6 3 (3.90%) Knowledge Management
6 3 (3.90%) Information Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (22.08%) COBOL
2 14 (18.18%) JCL
3 9 (11.69%) SQL
4 7 (9.09%) Java
5 2 (2.60%) Shell Script
5 2 (2.60%) REXX
6 1 (1.30%) SAS Macro
6 1 (1.30%) Scala
6 1 (1.30%) C#
6 1 (1.30%) PHP
6 1 (1.30%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 3 (3.90%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.30%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (9.09%) SLA
2 1 (1.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (1.30%) GAAP
System Software
1 4 (5.19%) RACF
2 3 (3.90%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 9 (11.69%) Tivoli
2 4 (5.19%) CA Endevor
3 1 (1.30%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 19 (24.68%) IBM
2 5 (6.49%) Ab Initio
3 4 (5.19%) Oracle
4 3 (3.90%) ServiceNow
4 3 (3.90%) webMethods
5 2 (2.60%) Murex
5 2 (2.60%) BMC
5 2 (2.60%) CA
6 1 (1.30%) Microsoft