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 6 May 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Mainframes
Rank 315 278 278
Rank change year-on-year
-37 0
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 352 374 310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.63% 0.70% 0.66%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.08% 2.24% 2.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 187 180 144
Average daily rate
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£410 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.52% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £252 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £541
UK excluding London average daily rate £410 £420 £375
% change year-on-year
-2.38% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 5
Average hourly rate £31.30 £27.50 £27.96
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.81% -1.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £19.80 £17.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £29.60 £28.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.90 £27.50 £27.96
% change year-on-year
-20.36% -1.64%

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
16947 16703 14635
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.36% 31.06% 31.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 10423 10367 8708
Average daily rate £420 £401 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.86% -5.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £234 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 651 661 616
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.52% -11.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.75 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £22.66
% change year-on-year
-11.11% -0.70%

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 6 May 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 6 May 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 6 May 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 -24 290 £400 -5.88% 31
North West +3 80 £440 +2.92% 5
London -29 80 £425 -8.60% 8
Scotland -19 40 £388 -3.12%
Manchester -14 35 £450 +2.27%
Edinburgh -24 32 £425 +0.59%
North East +14 31 £384 +70.85% 1
Tyne and Wear +15 28 £388 +72.52% 1
City of London +16 26 £400 -11.11% 3
South East -25 23 £410 -4.76% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne +13 22 £410 +82.54%
Lancashire +19 21 £390 +21.40% 1
East of England -1 21 £430 +34.37%
Wales +13 16 £494 +31.66%
East Midlands -8 14 £320 -21.95% 8
Yorkshire -15 13 - - 1
South Wales +13 12 £500 +33.33%
South West +11 12 £228 -24.16% 1
Blackpool - 12 £523 -
Newport -4 11 £503 +34.00%
West Midlands -28 10 £350 - 3
Berkshire 0 9 £463 +23.33% 2
Cheshire -8 9 £400 -14.66% 3
Warwick +1 8 £350 +6.06% 2
Warwickshire -2 8 £350 +27.27% 2
Hertfordshire -2 8 £396 -21.38%
Glasgow 0 7 £260 -
West Yorkshire -13 7 - - 1
Milton Keynes +1 6 £406 +12.06% 1
Liverpool -1 6 £350 -

Mainframe
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 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.

1 217 (36.11%) Finance
2 175 (29.12%) DB2
3 154 (25.62%) IBM
4 136 (22.63%) UNIX
5 127 (21.13%) COBOL
6 126 (20.97%) Banking
7 101 (16.81%) IBM Mainframe
8 91 (15.14%) Windows
9 86 (14.31%) CICS
10 79 (13.14%) JCL
10 79 (13.14%) Oracle
11 77 (12.81%) Migration
12 73 (12.15%) SQL
13 67 (11.15%) zOS
13 67 (11.15%) Agile Software Development
14 64 (10.65%) Linux
15 58 (9.65%) Microsoft
16 47 (7.82%) SQL Server
17 46 (7.65%) Java
18 45 (7.49%) Project Management
19 42 (6.99%) ITIL
19 42 (6.99%) WebSphere
20 40 (6.66%) REXX
20 40 (6.66%) Analytical Skills
21 38 (6.32%) Security Cleared
22 37 (6.16%) SAS
23 36 (5.99%) VME
24 33 (5.49%) AIX
25 32 (5.32%) ETL
26 31 (5.16%) Middleware

Mainframe
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 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 86 (14.31%) CICS
2 42 (6.99%) WebSphere
3 37 (6.16%) SAS
4 16 (2.66%) WebSphere Application Server
5 15 (2.50%) MQSeries
6 12 (2.00%) Tuxedo
7 7 (1.16%) SharePoint
7 7 (1.16%) MS Exchange
7 7 (1.16%) WebLogic
8 6 (1.00%) JBoss
8 6 (1.00%) Exstream Dialogue
9 5 (0.83%) Confluence
9 5 (0.83%) StreamWeaver
10 4 (0.67%) CMS
10 4 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.67%) Apache
11 3 (0.50%) TPMS
12 2 (0.33%) Mule
12 2 (0.33%) JCAPS
12 2 (0.33%) Tomcat
Applications
1 27 (4.49%) MS Excel
2 7 (1.16%) MS Office
3 6 (1.00%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.67%) MS Project
4 4 (0.67%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.17%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 6 (1.00%) Exstream
2 4 (0.67%) Maximo
3 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.17%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.17%) PaaS
2 1 (0.17%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 21 (3.49%) TCP/IP
2 20 (3.33%) Firewall
3 13 (2.16%) SAN
4 10 (1.66%) LDAP
4 10 (1.66%) HTTP
5 8 (1.33%) FTP
6 7 (1.16%) WAN
6 7 (1.16%) LAN
7 6 (1.00%) ATM
7 6 (1.00%) Internet
7 6 (1.00%) Intrusion Detection
8 5 (0.83%) X.509
8 5 (0.83%) SSL
9 4 (0.67%) NAS
10 3 (0.50%) Network Security
10 3 (0.50%) IP Telephony
11 2 (0.33%) SSH
11 2 (0.33%) VLAN
11 2 (0.33%) APPN
11 2 (0.33%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 175 (29.12%) DB2
2 47 (7.82%) SQL Server
3 28 (4.66%) Relational Database
4 20 (3.33%) SAS Data Integration Studio
5 19 (3.16%) Base SAS
6 18 (3.00%) DataStage
6 18 (3.00%) MySQL
7 16 (2.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 16 (2.66%) Oracle Database
8 11 (1.83%) IMS/DB
9 9 (1.50%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
10 7 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.83%) Big Data
11 5 (0.83%) Pentaho
12 4 (0.67%) Adabas
12 4 (0.67%) OLTP
12 4 (0.67%) RDBMS
13 3 (0.50%) NoSQL
14 2 (0.33%) IDMS
Development Applications
1 11 (1.83%) Subversion
2 10 (1.66%) ClearCase
3 9 (1.50%) JIRA
4 8 (1.33%) CA Gen
5 7 (1.16%) Jenkins
5 7 (1.16%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (1.00%) Ant
7 5 (0.83%) PVCS
8 4 (0.67%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 4 (0.67%) JUnit
8 4 (0.67%) Maven
8 4 (0.67%) XMLSpy
9 3 (0.50%) Selenium
9 3 (0.50%) Git (software)
9 3 (0.50%) QuickTest Pro
9 3 (0.50%) ChangeMan
9 3 (0.50%) SoapUI
10 2 (0.33%) Visual Studio
10 2 (0.33%) ClearQuest
10 2 (0.33%) XPEDITER
General
1 217 (36.11%) Finance
2 126 (20.97%) Banking
3 24 (3.99%) Retail
4 19 (3.16%) Telecoms
5 12 (2.00%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.16%) Back Office
6 7 (1.16%) Investment Banking
7 6 (1.00%) Retail Banking
8 5 (0.83%) Financial Institution
9 4 (0.67%) Law
9 4 (0.67%) Spanish Language
10 3 (0.50%) Advertising
11 2 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.33%) Dutch Language
11 2 (0.33%) French Language
12 1 (0.17%) Marketing
12 1 (0.17%) Billing
12 1 (0.17%) Legal
Job Titles
1 132 (21.96%) Analyst
2 99 (16.47%) Developer
3 91 (15.14%) Architect
4 49 (8.15%) Project Manager
5 37 (6.16%) Mainframe Developer
6 33 (5.49%) Technical Architect
7 31 (5.16%) Programmer
8 29 (4.83%) Administrator
9 27 (4.49%) DBA
10 22 (3.66%) Consultant
11 20 (3.33%) Operations Analyst
12 18 (3.00%) Technical Analyst
13 17 (2.83%) Solutions Architect
13 17 (2.83%) Mainframe Programmer
14 16 (2.66%) Designer
15 14 (2.33%) Technical Leader
15 14 (2.33%) SQL Developer
15 14 (2.33%) DB2 DBA
16 12 (2.00%) Technical Manager
17 11 (1.83%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (5.16%) Middleware
2 29 (4.83%) .NET
3 21 (3.49%) ISPF
4 19 (3.16%) Web Services
4 19 (3.16%) XML
5 12 (2.00%) J2EE
5 12 (2.00%) WebSphere MQ
6 9 (1.50%) JMS
7 8 (1.33%) JDBC
7 8 (1.33%) SOAP
8 7 (1.16%) JSP
8 7 (1.16%) .NET Framework
8 7 (1.16%) jQuery
9 6 (1.00%) JNDI
10 5 (0.83%) WSDL
10 5 (0.83%) XSD
10 5 (0.83%) Entity Framework
10 5 (0.83%) WebSphere Message Broker
11 4 (0.67%) Servlets
12 3 (0.50%) EJB
Miscellaneous
1 101 (16.81%) IBM Mainframe
2 40 (6.66%) Analytical Skills
3 26 (4.33%) VSAM
4 20 (3.33%) Management Information System
5 18 (3.00%) Data Extraction
6 16 (2.66%) AS400
7 12 (2.00%) LPAR
8 11 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
9 10 (1.66%) Client/Server
10 8 (1.33%) Computer Science
10 8 (1.33%) PKI
10 8 (1.33%) iSeries
11 7 (1.16%) BYOD
12 6 (1.00%) Data Structures
12 6 (1.00%) Open Source
12 6 (1.00%) Clustering
13 5 (0.83%) Replication
13 5 (0.83%) Cryptography
14 4 (0.67%) SWIFT
14 4 (0.67%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 136 (22.63%) UNIX
2 91 (15.14%) Windows
3 67 (11.15%) zOS
4 64 (10.65%) Linux
5 36 (5.99%) VME
6 33 (5.49%) AIX
7 20 (3.33%) Solaris
8 14 (2.33%) MVS
9 10 (1.66%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (1.66%) Windows Server 2008
10 9 (1.50%) HPUX
11 8 (1.33%) Windows 2000 Server
12 6 (1.00%) Windows 2000
12 6 (1.00%) Windows NT
13 5 (0.83%) Windows Server 2012
14 4 (0.67%) Windows 7
15 3 (0.50%) Apple iOS
15 3 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.50%) OS/390
16 2 (0.33%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (12.81%) Migration
2 67 (11.15%) Agile Software Development
3 45 (7.49%) Project Management
4 42 (6.99%) ITIL
5 32 (5.32%) ETL
6 30 (4.99%) Change Management
7 27 (4.49%) Stakeholder Management
8 25 (4.16%) Configuration Management
9 24 (3.99%) Release Management
10 23 (3.83%) Waterfall
11 21 (3.49%) Scrum
11 21 (3.49%) Data Analysis
12 16 (2.66%) Incident Management
12 16 (2.66%) Information Security
12 16 (2.66%) PRINCE2
13 15 (2.50%) Service Management
13 15 (2.50%) Disaster Recovery
14 14 (2.33%) Data Modelling
14 14 (2.33%) System Testing
15 12 (2.00%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 127 (21.13%) COBOL
2 79 (13.14%) JCL
3 73 (12.15%) SQL
4 46 (7.65%) Java
5 40 (6.66%) REXX
6 21 (3.49%) Assembly Language
7 18 (3.00%) PL/1
8 13 (2.16%) SELCOPY
9 8 (1.33%) C
9 8 (1.33%) JavaScript
10 6 (1.00%) Perl
10 6 (1.00%) C#
11 4 (0.67%) NATURAL
12 3 (0.50%) Scala
12 3 (0.50%) Smalltalk
12 3 (0.50%) VB
13 2 (0.33%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.33%) VBA
13 2 (0.33%) C++
13 2 (0.33%) Jython
Qualifications
1 38 (6.32%) Security Cleared
2 25 (4.16%) Degree
3 19 (3.16%) SC Cleared
4 18 (3.00%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (2.00%) MCDBA
6 11 (1.83%) MCITP
7 9 (1.50%) DV Cleared
8 6 (1.00%) CISSP
9 5 (0.83%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.50%) ISEB
10 3 (0.50%) MCSE
10 3 (0.50%) PMP
11 2 (0.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (0.33%) MCSA
11 2 (0.33%) Oracle Certification
11 2 (0.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.33%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.33%) CISA
11 2 (0.33%) QiCA
11 2 (0.33%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.66%) QA
2 12 (2.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.66%) SLA
4 8 (1.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 5 (0.83%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.50%) COBIT
7 1 (0.17%) FATCA
System Software
1 20 (3.33%) Active Directory
2 17 (2.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (2.50%) RACF
4 11 (1.83%) ACF2
5 9 (1.50%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 5 (0.83%) VMware ESX
7 4 (0.67%) Firmware
8 2 (0.33%) Terminal Services
8 2 (0.33%) ISA Server
8 2 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.17%) XenApp
9 1 (0.17%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.17%) NFS
Systems Management
1 22 (3.66%) Tivoli
2 19 (3.16%) CA Endevor
3 8 (1.33%) OMEGAMON
4 7 (1.16%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (1.16%) BladeLogic
5 5 (0.83%) SCOM
6 4 (0.67%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 4 (0.67%) Control-M
6 4 (0.67%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.17%) BMC PATROL
7 1 (0.17%) MAINVIEW
7 1 (0.17%) Tivoli NetView
7 1 (0.17%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.17%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.17%) CA Wily
7 1 (0.17%) Puppet
7 1 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.17%) EMC NetWorker
7 1 (0.17%) SCCM
7 1 (0.17%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 154 (25.62%) IBM
2 79 (13.14%) Oracle
3 58 (9.65%) Microsoft
4 31 (5.16%) VMware
5 23 (3.83%) CA
6 14 (2.33%) Ab Initio
7 13 (2.16%) Syncsort
7 13 (2.16%) HP
8 12 (2.00%) webMethods
9 10 (1.66%) SAP
10 9 (1.50%) Aquila
11 8 (1.33%) Citrix
11 8 (1.33%) BMC
12 7 (1.16%) Intel
12 7 (1.16%) Business Objects
12 7 (1.16%) ICL
13 6 (1.00%) Actimize
13 6 (1.00%) Informatica
13 6 (1.00%) Remedy
14 5 (0.83%) Cisco
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