The table below looks at the statistics for CICS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited CICS over the 3 months to 4 August 2015 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.

Location
3 months to
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS)
Rank 495 528 530
Rank change year-on-year
+33 +2
Contract jobs citing CICS 127 72 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.13% 0.090%
As % of the Application Platforms category 1.22% 0.73% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 35 6
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£425 £371 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.47% -9.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £249 £379
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £370 £433
% change year-on-year
+14.86% -14.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £29.25 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £29.25 -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Application Platforms category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Application Platforms Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Application Platforms category
10425 9897 8755
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.31% 18.11% 17.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 6668 5831 4980
Average daily rate £385 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £328
% change year-on-year
+3.57% +6.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 395 421
Average hourly rate £21.00 £18.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £35.00 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.15 £17.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+24.38% -10.52%

CICS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing CICS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Application Platforms category.

CICS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

CICS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing CICS within the UK.

CICS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

CICS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing CICS within the UK over the 3 months to 4 August 2015.

CICS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

CICS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing CICS within the UK.

CICS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

CICS
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing CICS within the UK over the 3 months to 4 August 2015. 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
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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
England +21 97 £425 +14.47% 16
London +29 42 £413 +10.00% 2
North West -19 27 £465 +72.22% 5
Scotland +12 21 £260 -24.90% 1
Manchester -9 17 £470 +133.54% 5
Edinburgh +9 12 £425 -5.55%
West Yorkshire -17 9 £380 +6.29%
Yorkshire -19 9 £380 +6.29%
Glasgow +5 8 £260 -16.12% 1
West Midlands +10 7 £425 +13.33% 1
Liverpool -7 7 - -
Merseyside -7 7 - -
City of London -8 7 £400 +3.22%
Warwickshire +9 6 £425 +13.33%
East Midlands -4 6 £388 -40.38% 2
Warwick - 6 £425 -
Nottingham -7 5 £450 - 2
Nottinghamshire -13 5 £450 -30.76% 2
Leeds -18 4 £378 +42.45%
South West -5 2 £538 +36.94%
Bradford -8 2 - -
Halifax - 2 £500 -
Hounslow - 2 £431 -
Wiltshire - 2 £538 -
Birmingham -1 1 £325 - 1
East of England -11 1 £320 +4.91%
Essex -11 1 £320 +34.73%
Midlands - 1 - -
Leicestershire - 1 £260 -
Canary Wharf - 1 £400 -

CICS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing CICS 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 CICS.

1 133 (65.20%) DB2
2 132 (64.71%) Mainframe
3 96 (47.06%) zOS
4 84 (41.18%) COBOL
5 77 (37.75%) JCL
6 61 (29.90%) Finance
7 60 (29.41%) CA
8 53 (25.98%) WebSphere
9 51 (25.00%) IBM
10 50 (24.51%) Migration
11 46 (22.55%) WebSphere Application Server
12 43 (21.08%) LPAR
13 40 (19.61%) Linux
14 37 (18.14%) AIX
15 36 (17.65%) VSAM
16 35 (17.16%) Banking
16 35 (17.16%) Solaris
16 35 (17.16%) Windows
17 34 (16.67%) ISPF
18 29 (14.22%) RACF
18 29 (14.22%) UNIX
18 29 (14.22%) Time Sharing Option
19 27 (13.24%) CA Wily
19 27 (13.24%) Introscope
19 27 (13.24%) Jython
20 25 (12.25%) REXX
21 24 (11.76%) IBM Mainframe
22 23 (11.27%) Control-M
23 22 (10.78%) MVS
23 22 (10.78%) Middleware

CICS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing CICS 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 CICS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 53 (25.98%) WebSphere
2 46 (22.55%) WebSphere Application Server
3 22 (10.78%) WebSphere Portal
4 21 (10.29%) WebSphere Process Server
5 16 (7.84%) MQSeries
6 6 (2.94%) SAS
7 3 (1.47%) Apache
7 3 (1.47%) Confluence
8 2 (0.98%) GlassFish
9 1 (0.49%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
9 1 (0.49%) SharePoint
9 1 (0.49%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (2.45%) MS Office
2 2 (0.98%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.49%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.49%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.98%) Oracle Financials
1 2 (0.98%) VisionPLUS
1 2 (0.98%) Oracle General Ledger
1 2 (0.98%) Oracle Receivables
1 2 (0.98%) Oracle Assets
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 20 (9.80%) FTP
2 16 (7.84%) TCP/IP
3 10 (4.90%) SSL
4 6 (2.94%) SSH
4 6 (2.94%) Kerberos
5 5 (2.45%) SNA
5 5 (2.45%) SMS
5 5 (2.45%) SMTP
6 3 (1.47%) SAN
6 3 (1.47%) Firewall
7 2 (0.98%) NAS
8 1 (0.49%) Network Security
8 1 (0.49%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 133 (65.20%) DB2
2 14 (6.86%) IMS/DB
3 13 (6.37%) DataStage
4 6 (2.94%) Adabas
4 6 (2.94%) BODI
5 5 (2.45%) Pentaho
6 4 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.98%) OLAP
7 2 (0.98%) IBM InfoSphere
7 2 (0.98%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.49%) NonStop SQL
8 1 (0.49%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.49%) MySQL
8 1 (0.49%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.49%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.49%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 27 (13.24%) Introscope
2 3 (1.47%) JUnit
2 3 (1.47%) JIRA
3 2 (0.98%) ERwin
3 2 (0.98%) XPEDITER
4 1 (0.49%) ChangeMan
General
1 61 (29.90%) Finance
2 35 (17.16%) Banking
3 16 (7.84%) General Ledger
4 2 (0.98%) Retail
4 2 (0.98%) Billing
4 2 (0.98%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 39 (19.12%) Analyst
2 33 (16.18%) Administrator
3 28 (13.73%) WebSphere Administrator
4 26 (12.75%) Developer
5 18 (8.82%) Programmer
6 16 (7.84%) WebSphere Specialist
7 14 (6.86%) Server Administrator
7 14 (6.86%) WebSphere Application Server Administrator
8 13 (6.37%) Mainframe Developer
8 13 (6.37%) Server Specialist
8 13 (6.37%) Applications Specialist
8 13 (6.37%) WebSphere Server Specialist
9 12 (5.88%) Consultant
9 12 (5.88%) Mainframe Consultant
10 11 (5.39%) Architect
11 10 (4.90%) COBOL Developer
12 9 (4.41%) Technical Design Leader
13 6 (2.94%) Mainframe Programmer
13 6 (2.94%) Systems Programmer
13 6 (2.94%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (16.67%) ISPF
2 22 (10.78%) Middleware
3 18 (8.82%) WebSphere MQ
4 17 (8.33%) HTML
5 6 (2.94%) Web Services
6 4 (1.96%) XML
6 4 (1.96%) Spring
6 4 (1.96%) WebSphere Message Broker
7 3 (1.47%) Java EE
7 3 (1.47%) Hibernate
7 3 (1.47%) .NET
8 2 (0.98%) WSDL
8 2 (0.98%) XML Schema
8 2 (0.98%) JAXB
8 2 (0.98%) EntireX
8 2 (0.98%) Grails
9 1 (0.49%) ATL
9 1 (0.49%) COM+
Miscellaneous
1 132 (64.71%) Mainframe
2 43 (21.08%) LPAR
3 36 (17.65%) VSAM
4 24 (11.76%) IBM Mainframe
5 15 (7.35%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (3.92%) Computer Science
7 7 (3.43%) Data Centre
8 6 (2.94%) BYOD
9 4 (1.96%) Management Information System
10 3 (1.47%) PKI
10 3 (1.47%) Data Integration
11 2 (0.98%) EFT
11 2 (0.98%) W3C
11 2 (0.98%) AS400
11 2 (0.98%) Tandem
12 1 (0.49%) DataPower
12 1 (0.49%) iSeries
12 1 (0.49%) SWIFT
12 1 (0.49%) PMI
12 1 (0.49%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 96 (47.06%) zOS
2 40 (19.61%) Linux
3 37 (18.14%) AIX
4 35 (17.16%) Solaris
4 35 (17.16%) Windows
5 29 (14.22%) UNIX
6 22 (10.78%) MVS
7 3 (1.47%) Windows NT
8 1 (0.49%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (24.51%) Migration
2 18 (8.82%) ITIL
3 16 (7.84%) Change Management
4 9 (4.41%) Performance Tuning
4 9 (4.41%) SDLC
5 8 (3.92%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (3.43%) ETL
7 6 (2.94%) Data Modelling
7 6 (2.94%) Information Security
7 6 (2.94%) Performance Monitoring
8 5 (2.45%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (2.45%) Project Management
9 4 (1.96%) Service Management
9 4 (1.96%) Configuration Management
9 4 (1.96%) Continuous Improvement
10 3 (1.47%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 3 (1.47%) System Integration Testing
10 3 (1.47%) PRINCE2
10 3 (1.47%) Scrum
10 3 (1.47%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 84 (41.18%) COBOL
2 77 (37.75%) JCL
3 27 (13.24%) Jython
4 25 (12.25%) REXX
5 22 (10.78%) SQL
6 14 (6.86%) VBA
7 12 (5.88%) Assembly Language
8 9 (4.41%) Java
9 8 (3.92%) CLIST
10 5 (2.45%) NATURAL
10 5 (2.45%) Perl
11 3 (1.47%) JavaScript
11 3 (1.47%) Python
12 2 (0.98%) VB
13 1 (0.49%) C
13 1 (0.49%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.49%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 9 (4.41%) Degree
2 1 (0.49%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (6.86%) QA
2 4 (1.96%) SLA
3 2 (0.98%) BS7799
3 2 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 29 (14.22%) RACF
1 29 (14.22%) Time Sharing Option
2 14 (6.86%) Job Entry Subsystem
3 2 (0.98%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 27 (13.24%) CA Wily
2 23 (11.27%) Control-M
3 11 (5.39%) zSecure
4 7 (3.43%) OMEGAMON
5 5 (2.45%) CA Endevor
6 2 (0.98%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.98%) MAINVIEW
Vendors
1 60 (29.41%) CA
2 51 (25.00%) IBM
3 8 (3.92%) BMC
4 7 (3.43%) Oracle
5 6 (2.94%) Sybase
6 3 (1.47%) Microsoft
7 2 (0.98%) VMware
7 2 (0.98%) Atlassian
7 2 (0.98%) WorldPay
8 1 (0.49%) Red Hat
8 1 (0.49%) Micro Focus
8 1 (0.49%) HP
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