The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Mainframe in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Mainframe over the 3 months to 30 April 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Mainframes
Rank 119 88 83
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -5
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 51 78 57
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.27% 1.99% 1.84%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 4.02% 6.50% 6.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 43 36
Average daily rate £375 £440 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.77% +3.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £330 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £566 £551
UK excluding London average daily rate £403 £401 £423
% change year-on-year
+0.49% -5.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £31.30 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £21.90 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+18.72% -28.19%
Mainframe
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Miscellaneous Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
1270 1200 924
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 31.57% 30.67% 29.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 779 647 471
Average daily rate £388 £400 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 73 83
Average hourly rate £22.50 £16.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.62% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £11.91
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.91 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.75 £18.90 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+15.07% -5.50%

Mainframe
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Mainframe Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Mainframe
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Mainframe Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Mainframe
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Mainframe across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 April 2016.

Mainframe Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Mainframe
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Mainframe Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Mainframe
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Mainframe within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -22 22 £375 -16.66% 2
Lancashire -2 14 £338 -11.18% 1
Cheshire +1 13 £425 +6.25% 1
Merseyside -1 2 £315 -10.00%
Mainframe
England

Mainframe
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 67 (58.26%) Finance
2 38 (33.04%) IBM
3 37 (32.17%) Migration
4 33 (28.70%) COBOL
4 33 (28.70%) Oracle
5 32 (27.83%) Banking
6 28 (24.35%) Agile Software Development
7 27 (23.48%) Linux
7 27 (23.48%) Project Management
8 25 (21.74%) CICS
8 25 (21.74%) Unix
8 25 (21.74%) Waterfall
9 24 (20.87%) IBM Mainframe
10 23 (20.00%) Windows
10 23 (20.00%) DB2
11 19 (16.52%) SQL
12 18 (15.65%) J2EE
12 18 (15.65%) Java
12 18 (15.65%) Risk Management
13 17 (14.78%) Red Hat
13 17 (14.78%) VME
13 17 (14.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 17 (14.78%) WebSphere
14 16 (13.91%) Tuxedo
15 15 (13.04%) Micro Focus
15 15 (13.04%) Change Management
15 15 (13.04%) Service Management
16 14 (12.17%) Data Centre
17 13 (11.30%) zOS
18 11 (9.57%) Assembly Language

Mainframe
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 25 (21.74%) CICS
2 17 (14.78%) WebSphere
3 16 (13.91%) Tuxedo
4 8 (6.96%) JBoss
4 8 (6.96%) WebLogic
5 3 (2.61%) Apache
6 2 (1.74%) FileNet
6 2 (1.74%) IIS
6 2 (1.74%) MS Exchange
6 2 (1.74%) Oracle Workflow
6 2 (1.74%) SAS
7 1 (0.87%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 1 (0.87%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (0.87%) MS Project
1 1 (0.87%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (4.35%) BASE24
2 2 (1.74%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.87%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.87%) IaaS
1 1 (0.87%) PaaS
1 1 (0.87%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.35%) ATM
2 4 (3.48%) Firewall
3 3 (2.61%) DNS
3 3 (2.61%) HTTPS
3 3 (2.61%) WinSCP
4 2 (1.74%) FTP
4 2 (1.74%) HTTP
4 2 (1.74%) Reverse Proxy
4 2 (1.74%) SSL
4 2 (1.74%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.87%) LAN
5 1 (0.87%) LDAP
5 1 (0.87%) SMS
5 1 (0.87%) SNA
5 1 (0.87%) VLAN
5 1 (0.87%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (20.00%) DB2
2 11 (9.57%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (3.48%) OLTP
4 3 (2.61%) MS Access
5 2 (1.74%) GIS
5 2 (1.74%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.87%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.87%) BusinessObjects
6 1 (0.87%) Easytrieve
6 1 (0.87%) IDMS
6 1 (0.87%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (6.96%) ClearCase
1 8 (6.96%) Subversion
2 3 (2.61%) HP UFT
2 3 (2.61%) LoadRunner
2 3 (2.61%) Toad
3 1 (0.87%) CA Gen
3 1 (0.87%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 67 (58.26%) Finance
2 32 (27.83%) Banking
3 7 (6.09%) Investment Banking
4 5 (4.35%) Retail
5 1 (0.87%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (0.87%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.87%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 25 (21.74%) Architect
2 23 (20.00%) Analyst
3 10 (8.70%) Delivery Manager
4 9 (7.83%) Operations Analyst
5 8 (6.96%) Project Manager
6 7 (6.09%) Technical Manager
6 7 (6.09%) Test Assurance Manager
6 7 (6.09%) Test Manager
7 6 (5.22%) Mainframe Architect
7 6 (5.22%) Senior Manager
7 6 (5.22%) Solutions Architect
7 6 (5.22%) Systems Analyst
7 6 (5.22%) Technical Analyst
7 6 (5.22%) Technical Delivery Manager
8 5 (4.35%) DBA
8 5 (4.35%) Developer
8 5 (4.35%) Support Analyst
8 5 (4.35%) Technical Support
8 5 (4.35%) Technical Support Analyst
9 4 (3.48%) Data Centre Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (15.65%) J2EE
2 10 (8.70%) Middleware
3 9 (7.83%) JMS
3 9 (7.83%) JSP
3 9 (7.83%) Web Services
4 8 (6.96%) EJB
4 8 (6.96%) Hibernate
4 8 (6.96%) Servlets
4 8 (6.96%) Struts
4 8 (6.96%) WSDL
4 8 (6.96%) XML
4 8 (6.96%) XSD
5 7 (6.09%) IBM Integration Bus
6 4 (3.48%) WebSphere MQ
7 3 (2.61%) ISPF
8 2 (1.74%) HTML
9 1 (0.87%) APPC
9 1 (0.87%) JDBC
9 1 (0.87%) SAML
9 1 (0.87%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 24 (20.87%) IBM Mainframe
2 14 (12.17%) Data Centre
3 10 (8.70%) Tandem
4 8 (6.96%) PMI
5 7 (6.09%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (4.35%) EMV
7 4 (3.48%) Contactless
8 3 (2.61%) Clustering
9 2 (1.74%) Client/Server
9 2 (1.74%) Cryptography
9 2 (1.74%) Replication
9 2 (1.74%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (1.74%) VSAM
10 1 (0.87%) AS400
10 1 (0.87%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 1 (0.87%) iSeries
10 1 (0.87%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.87%) PKI
10 1 (0.87%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 27 (23.48%) Linux
2 25 (21.74%) Unix
3 23 (20.00%) Windows
4 17 (14.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 17 (14.78%) VME
5 13 (11.30%) zOS
6 5 (4.35%) MVS
7 2 (1.74%) OS/2
8 1 (0.87%) AIX
8 1 (0.87%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (32.17%) Migration
2 28 (24.35%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (23.48%) Project Management
4 25 (21.74%) Waterfall
5 18 (15.65%) Risk Management
6 15 (13.04%) Change Management
6 15 (13.04%) Service Management
7 11 (9.57%) Automated Testing
7 11 (9.57%) ITIL
7 11 (9.57%) PRINCE2
8 10 (8.70%) SDLC
9 9 (7.83%) Agile Project Management
9 9 (7.83%) Supplier Management
10 8 (6.96%) CMMI
10 8 (6.96%) PRINCE
10 8 (6.96%) RUP
11 7 (6.09%) E-Commerce
11 7 (6.09%) Incident Management
11 7 (6.09%) Problem Management
11 7 (6.09%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (28.70%) COBOL
2 19 (16.52%) SQL
3 18 (15.65%) Java
4 11 (9.57%) Assembly Language
4 11 (9.57%) JCL
5 9 (7.83%) JavaScript
6 6 (5.22%) REXX
7 4 (3.48%) C
8 1 (0.87%) Lua
8 1 (0.87%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.87%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (6.96%) PMI Certification
2 7 (6.09%) Security Cleared
3 5 (4.35%) Sun Certification
4 3 (2.61%) APMP
4 3 (2.61%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 3 (2.61%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.74%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.87%) ACCA
6 1 (0.87%) CIMA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.22%) QA
2 3 (2.61%) SLA
3 2 (1.74%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 9 (7.83%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
2 7 (6.09%) RACF
3 4 (3.48%) Time Sharing Option
4 2 (1.74%) Active Directory
4 2 (1.74%) Oracle RAC
4 2 (1.74%) VMware ESX
4 2 (1.74%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (8.70%) Tivoli
2 4 (3.48%) OMEGAMON
3 3 (2.61%) CA Endevor
3 3 (2.61%) DameWare
3 3 (2.61%) ServiceCenter
4 2 (1.74%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 2 (1.74%) zSecure
5 1 (0.87%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 38 (33.04%) IBM
2 33 (28.70%) Oracle
3 17 (14.78%) Red Hat
4 15 (13.04%) Micro Focus
5 10 (8.70%) CA
6 8 (6.96%) Chordiant
7 5 (4.35%) Sun
8 4 (3.48%) VMware
9 3 (2.61%) Citrix
9 3 (2.61%) HP
9 3 (2.61%) Informatica
9 3 (2.61%) LexisNexis
10 2 (1.74%) Ektron
10 2 (1.74%) Genesys
11 1 (0.87%) Cisco
11 1 (0.87%) Fujitsu
11 1 (0.87%) hybris
11 1 (0.87%) Microsoft
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