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 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
Mainframes
Rank 274 279 276
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -3
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 431 385 357
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.76% 0.70% 0.70%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.39% 2.20% 2.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 212 216 174
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£425 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -3.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £265 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £500 £591
UK excluding London average daily rate £420 £395 £400
% change year-on-year
+6.32% -1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 9 3
Average hourly rate £32.00 £28.50 £45.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.28% -36.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £26.50 £28.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £30.00 £49.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £28.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
-12.28% +18.75%

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
18011 17485 16779
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 31.63% 32.00% 32.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 11335 10583 9950
Average daily rate £420 £400 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £612 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 683 672 720
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.50 £21.45
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.43% -4.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.08 £21.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-9.14% +5.00%

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 4 August 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

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

Mainframe Hourly Rate Histogram 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 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 -17 352 £425 - 42
London -26 96 £425 +1.31% 12
North West -3 80 £425 -10.52% 6
Scotland +25 56 £419 +41.94%
Manchester -6 48 £465 -7.00% 4
South East -12 47 £379 +13.90% 14
Edinburgh +24 46 £425 +51.78%
Yorkshire -27 32 £425 - 3
City of London -29 23 £425 +1.19%
Buckinghamshire -1 22 £316 -6.98% 1
North East -4 22 £413 +83.33%
West Midlands +24 21 £425 +8.97% 1
Tyne and Wear -7 21 £413 +83.33%
Newcastle upon Tyne -3 20 £413 +83.33%
West Yorkshire -37 20 £431 +1.47% 2
South West +6 19 £495 +27.74% 1
Milton Keynes +3 18 £310 +1.63% 1
East Midlands -7 18 £388 -22.50% 5
Warwickshire +20 17 £425 +28.78%
Warwick +11 17 £425 +28.78%
Lancashire +20 16 £396 +37.82%
Blackpool - 12 £393 -
Merseyside -3 11 £350 +32.07%
East of England -35 11 £310 +8.77% 1
Berkshire +2 10 £438 +37.79% 2
Halifax -2 10 £450 +5.88%
Liverpool -4 10 £350 +32.07%
South Yorkshire - 10 £425 -
Glasgow +3 8 £260 -13.33%
Hampshire -3 8 £385 +18.46% 9

Mainframe
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 August 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.

1 288 (36.78%) Finance
2 200 (25.54%) DB2
3 191 (24.39%) IBM
4 165 (21.07%) UNIX
5 133 (16.99%) COBOL
6 132 (16.86%) CICS
7 128 (16.35%) Banking
8 124 (15.84%) JCL
9 121 (15.45%) zOS
10 112 (14.30%) Windows
11 103 (13.15%) Migration
12 100 (12.77%) Oracle
13 95 (12.13%) IBM Mainframe
14 91 (11.62%) SQL
15 88 (11.24%) CA
16 85 (10.86%) Linux
17 78 (9.96%) Agile Software Development
18 76 (9.71%) WebSphere
19 64 (8.17%) REXX
19 64 (8.17%) Project Management
20 62 (7.92%) ITIL
21 61 (7.79%) Java
21 61 (7.79%) Time Sharing Option
22 56 (7.15%) Analytical Skills
23 55 (7.02%) Middleware
24 52 (6.64%) Microsoft
25 51 (6.51%) Change Management
26 50 (6.39%) SQL Server
26 50 (6.39%) VME
27 46 (5.87%) Security Cleared

Mainframe
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 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
1 132 (16.86%) CICS
2 76 (9.71%) WebSphere
3 33 (4.21%) SAS
4 30 (3.83%) Tuxedo
4 30 (3.83%) WebSphere Application Server
5 21 (2.68%) MQSeries
6 12 (1.53%) MS Exchange
7 8 (1.02%) SharePoint
8 7 (0.89%) JBoss
8 7 (0.89%) Exstream Dialogue
9 6 (0.77%) Confluence
10 5 (0.64%) PowerExchange
10 5 (0.64%) Apache
11 4 (0.51%) Mule ESB
11 4 (0.51%) Mule
11 4 (0.51%) JCAPS
12 3 (0.38%) WebLogic
13 2 (0.26%) CMS
13 2 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
13 2 (0.26%) StreamWeaver
Applications
1 26 (3.32%) MS Excel
2 14 (1.79%) MS Office
3 10 (1.28%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (1.15%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.64%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.26%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (0.89%) Oracle EBS
1 7 (0.89%) Exstream
2 6 (0.77%) Maximo
2 6 (0.77%) Oracle EBS R12
3 3 (0.38%) VisionPLUS
3 3 (0.38%) assyst
4 1 (0.13%) Changepoint
4 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.13%) BASE24
4 1 (0.13%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.26%) PaaS
2 1 (0.13%) GitHub
2 1 (0.13%) SoftLayer
2 1 (0.13%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (3.58%) TCP/IP
1 28 (3.58%) Firewall
2 23 (2.94%) SAN
3 20 (2.55%) FTP
4 15 (1.92%) SSL
5 12 (1.53%) LAN
6 11 (1.40%) WAN
6 11 (1.40%) Intrusion Detection
7 9 (1.15%) Internet
7 9 (1.15%) LDAP
8 8 (1.02%) SMS
8 8 (1.02%) SNA
8 8 (1.02%) Intranet
8 8 (1.02%) SSH
9 7 (0.89%) Kerberos
10 6 (0.77%) DNS
11 5 (0.64%) SMTP
11 5 (0.64%) X.509
12 3 (0.38%) Network Security
12 3 (0.38%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 200 (25.54%) DB2
2 50 (6.39%) SQL Server
3 24 (3.07%) Relational Database
4 20 (2.55%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 20 (2.55%) Data Warehouse
4 20 (2.55%) Base SAS
5 18 (2.30%) MySQL
6 16 (2.04%) Oracle Database
6 16 (2.04%) DataStage
7 13 (1.66%) OLTP
8 12 (1.53%) Adabas
9 11 (1.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 8 (1.02%) IDMS
11 7 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
12 6 (0.77%) BODI
12 6 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
13 5 (0.64%) Data Mining
13 5 (0.64%) Oracle Database 10g
13 5 (0.64%) Pentaho
14 4 (0.51%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 13 (1.66%) Subversion
2 9 (1.15%) ClearCase
3 8 (1.02%) Ant
4 7 (0.89%) ClearQuest
5 6 (0.77%) JIRA
5 6 (0.77%) JUnit
5 6 (0.77%) ChangeMan
6 5 (0.64%) Git (software)
6 5 (0.64%) Maven
7 4 (0.51%) HP UFT
7 4 (0.51%) ProC
7 4 (0.51%) Jenkins
8 3 (0.38%) XMLSpy
9 2 (0.26%) LoadRunner
9 2 (0.26%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 2 (0.26%) XPEDITER
9 2 (0.26%) Selenium
9 2 (0.26%) CA Gen
10 1 (0.13%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.13%) WebDriver
General
1 288 (36.78%) Finance
2 128 (16.35%) Banking
3 38 (4.85%) Retail
4 13 (1.66%) Telecoms
5 11 (1.40%) Financial Institution
6 9 (1.15%) Retail Banking
7 8 (1.02%) Back Office
8 7 (0.89%) French Language
9 6 (0.77%) Manufacturing
9 6 (0.77%) Dutch Language
9 6 (0.77%) Investment Banking
10 4 (0.51%) Legal
11 3 (0.38%) Billing
11 3 (0.38%) Advertising
11 3 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.26%) Law
12 2 (0.26%) Spanish Language
13 1 (0.13%) General Ledger
13 1 (0.13%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 200 (25.54%) Analyst
2 99 (12.64%) Developer
3 98 (12.52%) Architect
4 73 (9.32%) Operations Analyst
5 66 (8.43%) Project Manager
6 46 (5.87%) Consultant
7 44 (5.62%) Administrator
8 29 (3.70%) DBA
9 26 (3.32%) Designer
10 24 (3.07%) Programmer
11 23 (2.94%) Mainframe Developer
12 22 (2.81%) DB2 DBA
12 22 (2.81%) Technical Architect
13 20 (2.55%) Support Analyst
13 20 (2.55%) Infrastructure Architect
14 18 (2.30%) WebSphere Administrator
14 18 (2.30%) Mainframe Consultant
15 17 (2.17%) Solutions Architect
16 16 (2.04%) Technical Analyst
17 15 (1.92%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (7.02%) Middleware
2 45 (5.75%) ISPF
3 30 (3.83%) Web Services
4 27 (3.45%) WebSphere MQ
5 26 (3.32%) .NET
6 16 (2.04%) WebSphere Message Broker
7 14 (1.79%) XML
8 9 (1.15%) Java EE
9 8 (1.02%) .NET Framework
9 8 (1.02%) Hibernate
9 8 (1.02%) Spring
9 8 (1.02%) J2EE
10 6 (0.77%) SOAP
10 6 (0.77%) WSDL
10 6 (0.77%) JSR 168
11 5 (0.64%) jQuery
11 5 (0.64%) EJB
11 5 (0.64%) JSP
11 5 (0.64%) Entity Framework
12 4 (0.51%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 95 (12.13%) IBM Mainframe
2 56 (7.15%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (5.49%) Data Centre
4 41 (5.24%) VSAM
5 26 (3.32%) AS400
6 22 (2.81%) Management Information System
7 20 (2.55%) Data Extraction
8 17 (2.17%) LPAR
9 15 (1.92%) iSeries
9 15 (1.92%) PKI
10 14 (1.79%) Enterprise Software
11 10 (1.28%) Computer Science
12 7 (0.89%) CMDB
12 7 (0.89%) Data Integration
12 7 (0.89%) Client/Server
12 7 (0.89%) Cryptography
12 7 (0.89%) BYOD
13 5 (0.64%) Taxonomies
14 4 (0.51%) Tandem
14 4 (0.51%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 165 (21.07%) UNIX
2 121 (15.45%) zOS
3 112 (14.30%) Windows
4 85 (10.86%) Linux
5 50 (6.39%) VME
6 45 (5.75%) AIX
7 35 (4.47%) Solaris
8 31 (3.96%) MVS
9 13 (1.66%) OS/390
10 12 (1.53%) HPUX
11 7 (0.89%) Windows Server 2008
12 6 (0.77%) Windows NT
12 6 (0.77%) OS/2
13 5 (0.64%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (0.64%) Windows Server 2012
13 5 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.51%) Windows XP
14 4 (0.51%) VMS
15 3 (0.38%) OS/400
15 3 (0.38%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (13.15%) Migration
2 78 (9.96%) Agile Software Development
3 64 (8.17%) Project Management
4 62 (7.92%) ITIL
5 51 (6.51%) Change Management
6 46 (5.87%) SDLC
7 40 (5.11%) ETL
8 37 (4.73%) Configuration Management
8 37 (4.73%) Stakeholder Management
9 35 (4.47%) PRINCE2
10 32 (4.09%) Information Security
11 29 (3.70%) Data Modelling
12 24 (3.07%) Waterfall
13 23 (2.94%) Scrum
13 23 (2.94%) Data Analysis
14 21 (2.68%) Service Management
15 18 (2.30%) Incident Management
15 18 (2.30%) Performance Tuning
16 17 (2.17%) Test Scripting
16 17 (2.17%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 133 (16.99%) COBOL
2 124 (15.84%) JCL
3 91 (11.62%) SQL
4 64 (8.17%) REXX
5 61 (7.79%) Java
6 20 (2.55%) C
7 17 (2.17%) Assembly Language
8 15 (1.92%) Shell Script
9 12 (1.53%) CLIST
9 12 (1.53%) JavaScript
10 11 (1.40%) Perl
10 11 (1.40%) NATURAL
11 10 (1.28%) VB
12 8 (1.02%) PL/SQL
13 7 (0.89%) C#
14 4 (0.51%) PL/1
14 4 (0.51%) VBA
14 4 (0.51%) SELCOPY
15 3 (0.38%) Scala
15 3 (0.38%) Python
Qualifications
1 46 (5.87%) Security Cleared
2 27 (3.45%) SC Cleared
3 20 (2.55%) Degree
4 16 (2.04%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (1.53%) MCDBA
6 11 (1.40%) MCITP
7 10 (1.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 9 (1.15%) DV Cleared
9 8 (1.02%) CISSP
10 5 (0.64%) PMI Certification
11 4 (0.51%) ISEB
11 4 (0.51%) MCSE
11 4 (0.51%) MCSA
12 3 (0.38%) PMP
12 3 (0.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 2 (0.26%) Oracle Certification
13 2 (0.26%) CISA
13 2 (0.26%) QiCA
13 2 (0.26%) ISTQB
14 1 (0.13%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (3.58%) QA
2 13 (1.66%) SLA
3 10 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (1.02%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.26%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.26%) TickIT
5 2 (0.26%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.13%) FATCA
6 1 (0.13%) COBIT
6 1 (0.13%) BS7799
System Software
1 61 (7.79%) Time Sharing Option
2 38 (4.85%) RACF
3 32 (4.09%) Active Directory
4 19 (2.43%) VMware Infrastructure
4 19 (2.43%) Job Entry Subsystem
5 12 (1.53%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 2 (0.26%) XenApp
6 2 (0.26%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.13%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.13%) NFS
7 1 (0.13%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 27 (3.45%) Tivoli
2 22 (2.81%) Control-M
3 20 (2.55%) OMEGAMON
4 15 (1.92%) CA Endevor
5 11 (1.40%) zSecure
6 10 (1.28%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 10 (1.28%) MAINVIEW
7 5 (0.64%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 5 (0.64%) HP Quality Center
8 4 (0.51%) SCOM
9 3 (0.38%) SCCM
10 1 (0.13%) HP Data Protector
10 1 (0.13%) Data Guard
10 1 (0.13%) EMC NetWorker
10 1 (0.13%) Puppet
10 1 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.13%) CA LISA
10 1 (0.13%) Nagios
10 1 (0.13%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.13%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 191 (24.39%) IBM
2 100 (12.77%) Oracle
3 88 (11.24%) CA
4 52 (6.64%) Microsoft
5 31 (3.96%) VMware
6 27 (3.45%) HP
7 15 (1.92%) BMC
8 14 (1.79%) Remedy
9 13 (1.66%) SAP
10 12 (1.53%) Citrix
11 11 (1.40%) Ab Initio
11 11 (1.40%) webMethods
12 10 (1.28%) Intel
12 10 (1.28%) Informatica
13 9 (1.15%) Sybase
14 7 (0.89%) Cisco
14 7 (0.89%) Actimize
15 6 (0.77%) ServiceNow
16 5 (0.64%) TIBCO
17 4 (0.51%) Micro Focus
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spring Technology
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Kelway Ltd
Rate: Negotiable Day Rate
Posted: 11 hours ago
Bromley, Kent
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £550.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 5 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
London
JM
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Orgtel
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
East Midlands
Real Staffing
Rate: £200 - £240 per day + competitive
Posted: 12 days ago
Manchester
Orgtel
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
Manchester
Orgtel
Posted: 22 days ago
Manchester
Orgtel
Posted: 22 days ago