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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS)
Rank 498 492 516
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +24
Contract jobs citing CICS 78 74 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.15% 0.047%
As % of the Application Platforms category 0.83% 0.84% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 35 3
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£400 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £266 £158
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £433 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £375 £230
% change year-on-year
+20.00% +63.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
9391 8858 8065
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 17.90% 17.62% 17.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 5772 5203 4518
Average daily rate £400 £375 £351
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +6.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £520 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 313 306 400
Average hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £18.73
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +1.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.72 £11.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.57 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £18.25 £18.68
% change year-on-year
-4.10% -2.30%

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 27 February 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 26 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 27 February 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 -2 68 £400 - 8
North West +8 28 £463 +134.17% 1
London -18 26 £350 -15.81% 5
Manchester +3 15 £463 +285.41% 1
Cheshire - 10 £463 -
Scotland -17 9 £500 +36.05% 1
Edinburgh -13 8 £500 +28.20% 1
Knutsford - 7 £463 -
City of London +9 5 £501 +25.25% 2
Yorkshire -16 3 - -
South East -29 3 £475 +26.66%
East Midlands +4 2 - -
South Yorkshire -3 2 - -
Birmingham - 2 £383 - 1
West Midlands - 2 £383 - 1
South West - 1 - - 1
Nottinghamshire - 1 - -
Gloucestershire - - - - 1
Kent - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
Bromley - - - -
Gatwick - - - -
Gloucester - - - - 1
Nottingham - - - -
Uxbridge - - - -
Wilmslow - - - -

CICS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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.

1 101 (66.01%) Mainframe
2 95 (62.09%) DB2
3 84 (54.90%) COBOL
4 58 (37.91%) IBM
5 56 (36.60%) Finance
6 46 (30.07%) JCL
7 40 (26.14%) Banking
8 39 (25.49%) VSAM
9 34 (22.22%) IBM Mainframe
10 32 (20.92%) zOS
11 26 (16.99%) UNIX
12 25 (16.34%) Assembly Language
13 23 (15.03%) REXX
14 20 (13.07%) CA
14 20 (13.07%) Web Services
14 20 (13.07%) ISPF
15 17 (11.11%) Migration
15 17 (11.11%) WebSphere
16 16 (10.46%) Middleware
16 16 (10.46%) SQL
17 15 (9.80%) ITIL
18 14 (9.15%) MS Office
18 14 (9.15%) Java
18 14 (9.15%) MQSeries
18 14 (9.15%) DataStage
18 14 (9.15%) Agile Software Development
19 13 (8.50%) RACF
19 13 (8.50%) Project Management
19 13 (8.50%) Linux
20 12 (7.84%) SAS

CICS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 17 (11.11%) WebSphere
2 14 (9.15%) MQSeries
3 12 (7.84%) SAS
4 9 (5.88%) WebSphere Application Server
5 2 (1.31%) WebLogic
5 2 (1.31%) IIS
5 2 (1.31%) WebSphere Process Server
5 2 (1.31%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
Applications
1 14 (9.15%) MS Office
2 8 (5.23%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.31%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.65%) SAP ERP
Communications & Networking
1 11 (7.19%) TCP/IP
2 7 (4.58%) SMTP
3 3 (1.96%) SSL
4 2 (1.31%) Internet
4 2 (1.31%) ATM
5 1 (0.65%) SSH
5 1 (0.65%) S/MIME
5 1 (0.65%) SAN
5 1 (0.65%) Intranet
5 1 (0.65%) RIP
5 1 (0.65%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (62.09%) DB2
2 14 (9.15%) DataStage
3 5 (3.27%) Pentaho
4 4 (2.61%) Easytrieve
4 4 (2.61%) Adabas
5 2 (1.31%) Oracle BI EE
5 2 (1.31%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.65%) IBM InfoSphere
6 1 (0.65%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.65%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.65%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.65%) MySQL
6 1 (0.65%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (1.31%) ChangeMan
2 1 (0.65%) JIRA
2 1 (0.65%) TeamCity
2 1 (0.65%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.65%) Zephyr
2 1 (0.65%) Toad
2 1 (0.65%) XPEDITER
General
1 56 (36.60%) Finance
2 40 (26.14%) Banking
3 8 (5.23%) Retail
4 7 (4.58%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.96%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.31%) International Banking
6 2 (1.31%) Law
7 1 (0.65%) Legal
7 1 (0.65%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 34 (22.22%) Analyst
2 25 (16.34%) Programmer
3 22 (14.38%) Architect
4 19 (12.42%) Developer
5 14 (9.15%) Technical Leader
5 14 (9.15%) CICS Programmer
6 12 (7.84%) Systems Programmer
7 11 (7.19%) Mainframe Developer
7 11 (7.19%) CICS Systems Programmer
8 10 (6.54%) Mainframe Architect
8 10 (6.54%) Service Analyst
8 10 (6.54%) Service Desk Analyst
9 9 (5.88%) Technical Architect
9 9 (5.88%) Consultant
10 8 (5.23%) Technical Design Leader
11 7 (4.58%) Designer
11 7 (4.58%) DB2 DBA
11 7 (4.58%) DBA
11 7 (4.58%) Solutions Architect
12 5 (3.27%) Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (13.07%) Web Services
1 20 (13.07%) ISPF
2 16 (10.46%) Middleware
3 10 (6.54%) WebSphere MQ
3 10 (6.54%) .NET
4 9 (5.88%) J2EE
4 9 (5.88%) JSP
5 8 (5.23%) JNDI
5 8 (5.23%) JDBC
5 8 (5.23%) JMS
6 2 (1.31%) XML
6 2 (1.31%) WebSphere Message Broker
7 1 (0.65%) OAuth
7 1 (0.65%) EntireX
7 1 (0.65%) SAML
7 1 (0.65%) HTML
7 1 (0.65%) ATL
Miscellaneous
1 101 (66.01%) Mainframe
2 39 (25.49%) VSAM
3 34 (22.22%) IBM Mainframe
4 6 (3.92%) Computer Science
5 4 (2.61%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (1.31%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.65%) Replication
7 1 (0.65%) Tandem
7 1 (0.65%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.65%) HACMP
7 1 (0.65%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.65%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.65%) DataPower
7 1 (0.65%) LPAR
7 1 (0.65%) New Media
Operating Systems
1 32 (20.92%) zOS
2 26 (16.99%) UNIX
3 13 (8.50%) Linux
4 11 (7.19%) AIX
5 10 (6.54%) Solaris
5 10 (6.54%) Windows
5 10 (6.54%) Windows NT
6 5 (3.27%) MVS
7 1 (0.65%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (11.11%) Migration
2 15 (9.80%) ITIL
3 14 (9.15%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (8.50%) Project Management
5 11 (7.19%) Stakeholder Management
6 10 (6.54%) Service Management
6 10 (6.54%) Unit Testing
7 9 (5.88%) Change Management
7 9 (5.88%) Waterfall
8 8 (5.23%) Performance Tuning
8 8 (5.23%) Incident Management
9 7 (4.58%) Agile Project Management
10 5 (3.27%) User Acceptance Testing
11 4 (2.61%) E-Commerce
11 4 (2.61%) Data Modelling
11 4 (2.61%) SOA
11 4 (2.61%) High Availability
12 3 (1.96%) Capacity Planning
12 3 (1.96%) Capacity Management
12 3 (1.96%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 84 (54.90%) COBOL
2 46 (30.07%) JCL
3 25 (16.34%) Assembly Language
4 23 (15.03%) REXX
5 16 (10.46%) SQL
6 14 (9.15%) Java
7 4 (2.61%) NATURAL
7 4 (2.61%) SELCOPY
8 3 (1.96%) C
8 3 (1.96%) C++
9 2 (1.31%) VB
10 1 (0.65%) Python
Qualifications
1 10 (6.54%) Degree
2 2 (1.31%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (1.31%) VCP4
3 1 (0.65%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.88%) QA
2 8 (5.23%) SLA
3 1 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.65%) COBIT
3 1 (0.65%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 13 (8.50%) RACF
Systems Management
1 11 (7.19%) OMEGAMON
2 8 (5.23%) CA Endevor
3 1 (0.65%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.65%) Puppet
3 1 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 58 (37.91%) IBM
2 20 (13.07%) CA
3 12 (7.84%) Microsoft
4 10 (6.54%) BMC
5 4 (2.61%) Oracle
6 2 (1.31%) Business Objects
7 1 (0.65%) SAP
7 1 (0.65%) Intel
7 1 (0.65%) JDA
7 1 (0.65%) RedPrairie
7 1 (0.65%) ServiceNow