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 5 February 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS)
Rank 546 536 496
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -40
Contract jobs citing CICS 73 65 83
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.13% 0.17%
As % of the Application Platforms category 0.77% 0.71% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 31 41
Average daily rate £400 £350 £398
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -11.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £263 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £394 £463 £375
% change year-on-year
-14.86% +23.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Average hourly rate £29.50 - £110.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.50 - £110.00

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
9427 9135 8717
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.33% 18.03% 17.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 6123 5679 5159
Average daily rate £410 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £249 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £502
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 248 313 310
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.70
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +6.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.75 £38.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
- +4.95%

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 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
England +3 58 £325 -7.14% 13
South East +13 14 £523 +10.00% 1
Scotland -4 13 £450 -10.00%
Buckinghamshire - 13 £523 -
Milton Keynes - 12 £523 -
North West -27 11 £313 -32.43% 2
Edinburgh -14 9 £450 -10.00%
North East -17 8 £324 +17.72%
Tyne and Wear -24 8 £324 +17.72%
East of England - 8 - -
London -21 7 £425 +21.42% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -28 7 £324 +17.72%
Norwich - 7 - -
Norfolk - 7 - -
Manchester -21 6 - - 1
South West +7 5 £245 -
Wiltshire - 5 £245 -
Swindon - 5 £245 -
Glasgow - 4 £425 -
East Midlands -9 3 £336 +12.55% 2
Merseyside - 3 - -
Knutsford -7 2 £313 -32.43% 1
Cheshire -10 2 £313 -32.43% 1
Nottinghamshire -11 2 £425 +26.86%
Nottingham -11 2 £425 +26.86%
Berkshire +3 1 - -
Bracknell -3 1 - -
Leicester -5 1 £248 -5.71%
Leicestershire -8 1 £248 -5.71% 2
Leighton Buzzard - 1 - -

CICS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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.

1 142 (77.17%) Mainframe
2 125 (67.93%) DB2
3 116 (63.04%) JCL
4 107 (58.15%) zOS
5 84 (45.65%) CA
6 71 (38.59%) RACF
6 71 (38.59%) COBOL
7 58 (31.52%) CA Endevor
8 57 (30.98%) QA
8 57 (30.98%) Finance
9 56 (30.43%) IBM
10 39 (21.20%) ISPF
11 33 (17.93%) Banking
12 32 (17.39%) Windows
13 30 (16.30%) REXX
14 28 (15.22%) VSAM
15 25 (13.59%) IBM Mainframe
15 25 (13.59%) Linux
15 25 (13.59%) SQL Server
16 24 (13.04%) Assembly Language
16 24 (13.04%) Time Sharing Option
17 23 (12.50%) WebSphere
18 22 (11.96%) C++
19 20 (10.87%) Easytrieve
20 19 (10.33%) CLIST
20 19 (10.33%) Windows Server
21 17 (9.24%) MVS
21 17 (9.24%) MQSeries
22 16 (8.70%) SSL
22 16 (8.70%) ITIL

CICS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 23 (12.50%) WebSphere
2 17 (9.24%) MQSeries
3 7 (3.80%) IIS
4 6 (3.26%) Apache
4 6 (3.26%) MS Exchange
4 6 (3.26%) WebSphere Application Server
5 2 (1.09%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
6 1 (0.54%) SAS
Applications
1 7 (3.80%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.54%) MS Office
2 1 (0.54%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.54%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (4.35%) assyst
2 1 (0.54%) VisionPLUS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (8.70%) SSL
2 9 (4.89%) FTP
3 6 (3.26%) WinSCP
4 5 (2.72%) SNA
5 4 (2.17%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.54%) Firewall
6 1 (0.54%) Kerberos
6 1 (0.54%) NAS
6 1 (0.54%) SAN
6 1 (0.54%) SMS
6 1 (0.54%) SMTP
6 1 (0.54%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 125 (67.93%) DB2
2 25 (13.59%) SQL Server
3 20 (10.87%) Easytrieve
4 10 (5.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (3.26%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
5 6 (3.26%) MS Access
5 6 (3.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (1.63%) Adabas
7 2 (1.09%) BODI
7 2 (1.09%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.54%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.54%) DataStage
8 1 (0.54%) IDMS
8 1 (0.54%) IMS/DB
8 1 (0.54%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 10 (5.43%) Visual Studio
2 6 (3.26%) Eclipse
3 2 (1.09%) Introscope
4 1 (0.54%) CA Gen
4 1 (0.54%) ERwin
4 1 (0.54%) VisualAge
General
1 57 (30.98%) Finance
2 33 (17.93%) Banking
3 6 (3.26%) Retail
4 4 (2.17%) Billing
5 3 (1.63%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.09%) Law
6 2 (1.09%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.09%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.54%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.54%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 73 (39.67%) Analyst
2 58 (31.52%) CICS Analyst
3 28 (15.22%) Architect
4 23 (12.50%) Developer
5 14 (7.61%) Solutions Architect
6 12 (6.52%) Mainframe Specialist
7 11 (5.98%) COBOL Developer
8 8 (4.35%) Consultant
9 7 (3.80%) Mainframe Developer
9 7 (3.80%) Operations Analyst
10 6 (3.26%) Applications Developer
10 6 (3.26%) Infrastructure Architect
10 6 (3.26%) Mainframe Analyst
10 6 (3.26%) Mainframe Consultant
10 6 (3.26%) Microsoft Developer
10 6 (3.26%) Technical Specialist
11 5 (2.72%) DB2 Developer
11 5 (2.72%) Designer
11 5 (2.72%) Programmer
12 4 (2.17%) Systems Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (21.20%) ISPF
2 12 (6.52%) Middleware
3 10 (5.43%) .NET
3 10 (5.43%) ASP.NET
4 8 (4.35%) Web Services
4 8 (4.35%) WebSphere Message Broker
5 4 (2.17%) XML
6 3 (1.63%) APPC
6 3 (1.63%) WebSphere MQ
7 1 (0.54%) EntireX
7 1 (0.54%) J2EE
7 1 (0.54%) SOAP
7 1 (0.54%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 142 (77.17%) Mainframe
2 28 (15.22%) VSAM
3 25 (13.59%) IBM Mainframe
4 12 (6.52%) AS400
5 10 (5.43%) Analytical Skills
6 8 (4.35%) Tandem
7 4 (2.17%) Contactless
7 4 (2.17%) Data Centre
8 3 (1.63%) LPAR
9 2 (1.09%) DataPower
9 2 (1.09%) PKI
10 1 (0.54%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.54%) EFT
10 1 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.54%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.54%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 107 (58.15%) zOS
2 32 (17.39%) Windows
3 25 (13.59%) Linux
4 19 (10.33%) Windows Server
5 17 (9.24%) MVS
6 14 (7.61%) Unix
7 12 (6.52%) Windows Server 2003
8 9 (4.89%) AIX
9 6 (3.26%) HPUX
10 4 (2.17%) Windows Server 2012
11 3 (1.63%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (8.70%) ITIL
2 11 (5.98%) Problem Management
3 10 (5.43%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (5.43%) High Availability
4 9 (4.89%) Mentoring
5 8 (4.35%) Knowledge Management
5 8 (4.35%) Migration
5 8 (4.35%) Workflow
6 7 (3.80%) ITIL V3
6 7 (3.80%) Project Management
7 6 (3.26%) E-Commerce
7 6 (3.26%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (2.72%) Change Management
8 5 (2.72%) Incident Management
9 4 (2.17%) Business Intelligence
9 4 (2.17%) Continuous Improvement
9 4 (2.17%) Technical Architecture
10 3 (1.63%) User Acceptance Testing
11 2 (1.09%) Analytics
11 2 (1.09%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 116 (63.04%) JCL
2 71 (38.59%) COBOL
3 30 (16.30%) REXX
4 24 (13.04%) Assembly Language
5 22 (11.96%) C++
6 19 (10.33%) CLIST
7 13 (7.07%) SQL
8 11 (5.98%) Java
8 11 (5.98%) Perl
9 10 (5.43%) C#
9 10 (5.43%) VBA
10 7 (3.80%) JavaScript
11 4 (2.17%) C
12 3 (1.63%) Shell Script
13 2 (1.09%) Jython
13 2 (1.09%) PL/SQL
13 2 (1.09%) R
14 1 (0.54%) NATURAL
Qualifications
1 11 (5.98%) Security Cleared
2 7 (3.80%) SC Cleared
3 3 (1.63%) Degree
4 2 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (30.98%) QA
System Software
1 71 (38.59%) RACF
2 24 (13.04%) Time Sharing Option
3 13 (7.07%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 10 (5.43%) Active Directory
5 2 (1.09%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 1 (0.54%) ACF2
6 1 (0.54%) ClearTrust
6 1 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 58 (31.52%) CA Endevor
2 12 (6.52%) OMEGAMON
3 10 (5.43%) Tivoli NetView
4 8 (4.35%) Tivoli
5 3 (1.63%) Control-M
5 3 (1.63%) zSecure
6 2 (1.09%) CA Wily
7 1 (0.54%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 84 (45.65%) CA
2 56 (30.43%) IBM
3 13 (7.07%) Oracle
4 12 (6.52%) Microsoft
5 10 (5.43%) Micro Focus
6 7 (3.80%) HP
7 5 (2.72%) Cognos
8 4 (2.17%) Fujitsu
9 2 (1.09%) Sybase
10 1 (0.54%) ATG
10 1 (0.54%) BMC
10 1 (0.54%) Red Hat
10 1 (0.54%) Salesforce.com
10 1 (0.54%) TOWER Software
10 1 (0.54%) VMware
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