The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Mainframe in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Mainframe over the 3 months to 5 March 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Mainframes
Rank 317 266 265
Rank change year-on-year
-51 -1
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 293 348 300
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.56% 0.69% 0.68%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.89% 2.26% 2.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 157 174
Average daily rate
Keep up to 90%
of your Daily Rate
Get a Free Illustration
£400 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £241 £309
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £522 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £398 £400
% change year-on-year
-1.25% -0.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 4
Average hourly rate £39.50 £16.50 £27.73
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+139.39% -40.49%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 - £27.50

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

Miscellaneous Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
15473 15376 13456
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 29.83% 30.70% 30.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 9538 9406 8067
Average daily rate £425 £410 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.78% -0.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £235 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 591 611 745
Average hourly rate £19.00 £19.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.60 £11.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -12.50%

Mainframe
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Mainframe Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Mainframe
Daily Rate Trend

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

Mainframe Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Mainframe
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Mainframe within the UK over the 3 months to 5 March 2015.

Mainframe Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Mainframe
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Mainframe Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Mainframe
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 Mainframe within the UK over the 3 months to 5 March 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
(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 -20 260 £400 -5.88% 45
North West +30 83 £405 +26.56% 10
London -51 70 £449 +5.58% 10
Manchester +12 39 £450 - 8
South East -19 31 £384 -9.70% 7
Scotland -40 28 £500 +33.33% 2
Edinburgh -20 25 £505 +21.68% 1
Buckinghamshire +10 20 £363 -16.66% 1
Lancashire +8 20 £350 +19.14% 1
South West +2 20 £325 -32.98% 3
Milton Keynes +5 18 £344 - 1
City of London -1 18 £414 - 4
North East +3 16 £336 +52.83% 1
Cheshire +12 15 £451 +7.32% 1
Tyne and Wear +15 14 £325 +47.72% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne +12 10 £364 +65.33%
East Midlands +8 10 £200 -52.38% 10
Blackpool - 10 £378 -
Knutsford - 9 £463 -
Gloucestershire - 6 £380 - 1
Berkshire -9 5 £463 +23.33%
West Midlands -13 4 £750 +88.67% 1
Nottinghamshire - 4 - - 6
Docklands, London +7 3 - -
Dorset -6 3 £480 -2.53% 1
Northamptonshire -9 3 - -
Hampshire -16 3 £384 -14.72% 3
Yorkshire -28 3 - -
Leicestershire - 3 £200 - 3
Nottingham - 3 - - 6

Mainframe
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 237 (39.63%) Finance
2 169 (28.26%) IBM
3 154 (25.75%) DB2
4 146 (24.41%) Banking
5 130 (21.74%) UNIX
6 119 (19.90%) IBM Mainframe
7 116 (19.40%) COBOL
8 98 (16.39%) CICS
9 94 (15.72%) JCL
10 86 (14.38%) zOS
11 84 (14.05%) SQL
12 76 (12.71%) Windows
12 76 (12.71%) Migration
13 71 (11.87%) Oracle
14 62 (10.37%) Agile Software Development
15 54 (9.03%) ITIL
16 51 (8.53%) Linux
16 51 (8.53%) Java
17 45 (7.53%) Microsoft
18 44 (7.36%) REXX
19 42 (7.02%) Stakeholder Management
20 41 (6.86%) Project Management
21 40 (6.69%) Middleware
22 39 (6.52%) ETL
22 39 (6.52%) WebSphere
23 36 (6.02%) SAS
24 34 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
25 33 (5.52%) ACF2
25 33 (5.52%) SQL Server
25 33 (5.52%) .NET

Mainframe
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 98 (16.39%) CICS
2 39 (6.52%) WebSphere
3 36 (6.02%) SAS
4 25 (4.18%) MQSeries
5 9 (1.51%) StreamWeaver
5 9 (1.51%) WebSphere Application Server
6 8 (1.34%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (1.00%) WebLogic
8 5 (0.84%) Tuxedo
8 5 (0.84%) JBoss
8 5 (0.84%) IIS
9 4 (0.67%) MS Exchange
9 4 (0.67%) SharePoint
9 4 (0.67%) CMS
10 3 (0.50%) TPMS
10 3 (0.50%) Apache
10 3 (0.50%) Confluence
11 2 (0.33%) Oracle Service Bus
11 2 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 2 (0.33%) Commerce Server
Applications
1 30 (5.02%) MS Excel
2 12 (2.01%) MS Office
3 3 (0.50%) MS Project
3 3 (0.50%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.17%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 3 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.33%) Misys Midas
3 1 (0.17%) Exstream
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.17%) SAP CRM
3 1 (0.17%) TIBCO iProcess
3 1 (0.17%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.17%) GitHub
2 1 (0.17%) SaaS
2 1 (0.17%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.51%) TCP/IP
2 13 (2.17%) Firewall
2 13 (2.17%) SAN
3 9 (1.51%) FTP
4 8 (1.34%) NAS
4 8 (1.34%) HTTP
4 8 (1.34%) LDAP
5 7 (1.17%) SMTP
5 7 (1.17%) Internet
6 6 (1.00%) ATM
7 5 (0.84%) SSL
7 5 (0.84%) LAN
7 5 (0.84%) WAN
7 5 (0.84%) X.509
8 4 (0.67%) Intrusion Detection
9 3 (0.50%) IP Telephony
10 2 (0.33%) Wireless
10 2 (0.33%) VLAN
11 1 (0.17%) SSH
11 1 (0.17%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 154 (25.75%) DB2
2 33 (5.52%) SQL Server
3 19 (3.18%) Relational Database
3 19 (3.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 19 (3.18%) DataStage
4 17 (2.84%) SAS Data Integration Studio
5 13 (2.17%) Base SAS
6 12 (2.01%) IMS/DB
7 11 (1.84%) SQL Server 2012
8 9 (1.51%) Oracle Database
9 8 (1.34%) Adabas
9 8 (1.34%) Data Warehouse
10 6 (1.00%) RDBMS
10 6 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
11 4 (0.67%) Easytrieve
11 4 (0.67%) Data Mining
11 4 (0.67%) MySQL
12 3 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 3 (0.50%) SAS Enterprise Guide
12 3 (0.50%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 17 (2.84%) ClearCase
2 11 (1.84%) PVCS
3 9 (1.51%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (1.34%) JIRA
5 7 (1.17%) CA Gen
6 6 (1.00%) Subversion
7 5 (0.84%) Jenkins
8 4 (0.67%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 4 (0.67%) Ant
8 4 (0.67%) ChangeMan
9 3 (0.50%) QuickTest Pro
9 3 (0.50%) ClearQuest
9 3 (0.50%) SoapUI
10 2 (0.33%) ERwin
10 2 (0.33%) XMLSpy
10 2 (0.33%) TestDirector
10 2 (0.33%) Toad
10 2 (0.33%) Visual Studio
10 2 (0.33%) JUnit
10 2 (0.33%) Selenium
General
1 237 (39.63%) Finance
2 146 (24.41%) Banking
3 31 (5.18%) Retail
4 20 (3.34%) Telecoms
5 13 (2.17%) Manufacturing
6 9 (1.51%) Retail Banking
6 9 (1.51%) Financial Institution
7 6 (1.00%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.84%) Spanish Language
9 4 (0.67%) Automotive
10 3 (0.50%) Law
10 3 (0.50%) Advertising
11 2 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.33%) Dutch Language
11 2 (0.33%) French Language
11 2 (0.33%) Legal
12 1 (0.17%) Billing
12 1 (0.17%) General Ledger
12 1 (0.17%) German Language
12 1 (0.17%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 115 (19.23%) Analyst
2 93 (15.55%) Developer
3 92 (15.38%) Architect
4 44 (7.36%) Project Manager
5 43 (7.19%) Programmer
6 39 (6.52%) Mainframe Developer
7 29 (4.85%) Technical Architect
8 28 (4.68%) Consultant
9 27 (4.52%) Administrator
10 25 (4.18%) Solutions Architect
11 24 (4.01%) Designer
12 23 (3.85%) DBA
13 19 (3.18%) Systems Programmer
14 18 (3.01%) Technical Analyst
15 16 (2.68%) Mainframe Programmer
16 15 (2.51%) Business Analyst
17 14 (2.34%) Analyst Developer
18 13 (2.17%) SAS Developer
18 13 (2.17%) Test Manager
19 12 (2.01%) Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (6.69%) Middleware
2 33 (5.52%) .NET
3 28 (4.68%) ISPF
4 18 (3.01%) XML
5 12 (2.01%) Web Services
6 11 (1.84%) WebSphere MQ
7 10 (1.67%) JMS
7 10 (1.67%) JDBC
8 9 (1.51%) J2EE
9 8 (1.34%) JSP
9 8 (1.34%) jQuery
9 8 (1.34%) JNDI
10 7 (1.17%) HTML
11 6 (1.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 6 (1.00%) .NET Framework
12 5 (0.84%) ASP.NET
12 5 (0.84%) SOAP
12 5 (0.84%) EDI
13 4 (0.67%) CSS
14 3 (0.50%) WebSphere Message Broker
Miscellaneous
1 119 (19.90%) IBM Mainframe
2 34 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
3 32 (5.35%) VSAM
4 17 (2.84%) Management Information System
5 13 (2.17%) AS400
5 13 (2.17%) Data Extraction
6 10 (1.67%) Data Structures
7 7 (1.17%) Clustering
7 7 (1.17%) Computer Science
7 7 (1.17%) Client/Server
8 6 (1.00%) iSeries
9 5 (0.84%) Credit Risk
9 5 (0.84%) PKI
9 5 (0.84%) DataPower
9 5 (0.84%) SWIFT
10 4 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (0.67%) Replication
11 3 (0.50%) Fat Client
11 3 (0.50%) Thin Client
11 3 (0.50%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 130 (21.74%) UNIX
2 86 (14.38%) zOS
3 76 (12.71%) Windows
4 51 (8.53%) Linux
5 27 (4.52%) AIX
6 20 (3.34%) VME
7 19 (3.18%) Solaris
8 18 (3.01%) MVS
9 11 (1.84%) Windows NT
9 11 (1.84%) Windows Server 2003
9 11 (1.84%) Windows Server 2008
10 9 (1.51%) Windows 2000 Server
11 8 (1.34%) Windows 2000
12 5 (0.84%) HPUX
12 5 (0.84%) Windows Server 2012
13 4 (0.67%) Windows 7
13 4 (0.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (0.50%) Windows 8
14 3 (0.50%) Apple iOS
15 1 (0.17%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (12.71%) Migration
2 62 (10.37%) Agile Software Development
3 54 (9.03%) ITIL
4 42 (7.02%) Stakeholder Management
5 41 (6.86%) Project Management
6 39 (6.52%) ETL
7 33 (5.52%) Configuration Management
8 32 (5.35%) Change Management
9 24 (4.01%) Release Management
10 22 (3.68%) SOA
11 20 (3.34%) Service Management
12 18 (3.01%) System Testing
13 17 (2.84%) Waterfall
13 17 (2.84%) Analytics
13 17 (2.84%) Data Analysis
14 16 (2.68%) E-Commerce
15 15 (2.51%) Test Scripting
15 15 (2.51%) TOGAF
16 14 (2.34%) Unit Testing
17 13 (2.17%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 116 (19.40%) COBOL
2 94 (15.72%) JCL
3 84 (14.05%) SQL
4 51 (8.53%) Java
5 44 (7.36%) REXX
6 21 (3.51%) Assembly Language
6 21 (3.51%) PL/1
7 12 (2.01%) SELCOPY
8 10 (1.67%) JavaScript
8 10 (1.67%) C#
9 9 (1.51%) T-SQL
10 8 (1.34%) NATURAL
10 8 (1.34%) VB
11 7 (1.17%) C
11 7 (1.17%) Perl
12 4 (0.67%) Pascal
12 4 (0.67%) RPG
13 3 (0.50%) Smalltalk
13 3 (0.50%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.50%) RPG/400
Qualifications
1 31 (5.18%) Security Cleared
2 22 (3.68%) Degree
3 19 (3.18%) VCP4
4 17 (2.84%) SC Cleared
5 9 (1.51%) ISEB
6 8 (1.34%) Microsoft Certification
7 6 (1.00%) CISSP
8 5 (0.84%) MCSE
9 3 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.33%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.33%) Oracle Certification
10 2 (0.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.33%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (0.33%) MCP
10 2 (0.33%) MCSA
10 2 (0.33%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (2.84%) SLA
2 16 (2.68%) QA
3 13 (2.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.67%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.67%) COBIT
System Software
1 33 (5.52%) ACF2
2 32 (5.35%) RACF
3 25 (4.18%) Active Directory
4 20 (3.34%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (1.17%) VMware ESX
6 6 (1.00%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 4 (0.67%) ISA Server
7 4 (0.67%) Firmware
7 4 (0.67%) Terminal Services
7 4 (0.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 2 (0.33%) XenApp
8 2 (0.33%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 20 (3.34%) CA Endevor
2 19 (3.18%) Tivoli
3 10 (1.67%) OMEGAMON
4 9 (1.51%) BladeLogic
4 9 (1.51%) HP Quality Center
5 6 (1.00%) SCOM
6 5 (0.84%) Control-M
7 4 (0.67%) CA Wily
8 3 (0.50%) MAINVIEW
9 2 (0.33%) SCCM
10 1 (0.17%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.17%) EMC NetWorker
10 1 (0.17%) OpenView
10 1 (0.17%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 1 (0.17%) Tivoli NetView
10 1 (0.17%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 1 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.17%) BMC PATROL
10 1 (0.17%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.17%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 169 (28.26%) IBM
2 71 (11.87%) Oracle
3 45 (7.53%) Microsoft
4 27 (4.52%) VMware
5 25 (4.18%) CA
6 16 (2.68%) BMC
7 12 (2.01%) Syncsort
7 12 (2.01%) Remedy
7 12 (2.01%) SAP
7 12 (2.01%) Ab Initio
8 11 (1.84%) HP
9 10 (1.67%) Intel
10 9 (1.51%) Aquila
10 9 (1.51%) Citrix
11 8 (1.34%) Business Objects
11 8 (1.34%) ICL
12 7 (1.17%) ServiceNow
13 6 (1.00%) webMethods
13 6 (1.00%) Cisco
13 6 (1.00%) Teradata
Manchester, Lancashire
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Tyne and Wear
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 10 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Vertical IT
Posted: Yesterday
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £450.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £600 per month + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
BrightPool
Rate: From £500 to £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Sanderson
Posted: 6 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £375.00 - £390 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Manchester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Norwich
I4 Recruitment
Rate: £350 - 450 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Luton
I4 Recruitment
Rate: £350 - 450 per day
Posted: 10 days ago