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 22 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Mainframes
Rank 315 295 287
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -8
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 342 347 290
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.63% 0.66% 0.62%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.07% 2.15% 1.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 184 180 128
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£416 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.23% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £275 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £542 £600 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £411 £400 £381
% change year-on-year
+2.75% +4.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 4
Average hourly rate £12.50 £27.50 £27.98
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.54% -1.71%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £27.50 £27.98
% change year-on-year
-54.54% -1.71%

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
16501 16144 14914
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.46% 30.67% 31.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 10228 10089 8893
Average daily rate £415 £410 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.21% -3.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £243
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 660 645 613
Average hourly rate £18.70 £21.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.95% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.92 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £21.83
% change year-on-year
-15.55% +3.06%

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 22 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 22 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 22 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 -21 278 £405 -5.75% 51
London -24 76 £425 -15.00% 13
North West -6 70 £450 +2.27% 11
Scotland -18 43 £363 +8.20% 1
Edinburgh -10 34 £375 +3.44% 1
North East +18 31 £410 -
Manchester -12 30 £450 -3.32% 8
Tyne and Wear +17 28 £410 -
South East -26 26 £400 -5.88% 13
City of London +10 25 £425 -16.00% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne - 23 £410 -
Lancashire +24 18 £456 +38.18% 1
East Midlands -7 16 £320 - 5
Wales +18 15 £500 +33.33% 3
East of England -7 14 £415 +50.90%
Blackpool - 14 £500 - 1
South Wales +15 13 £500 +33.33% 3
West Midlands -16 12 £350 - 2
South West +11 11 £226 -24.58% 4
Newport 0 11 £503 +34.00% 1
Yorkshire -18 11 - - 2
Warwickshire +7 10 £350 +15.70% 1
Warwick +6 10 £350 +6.06% 1
Berkshire +1 10 £463 +8.82% 1
Liverpool -2 8 £350 -
Glasgow -4 8 £260 -21.21%
Merseyside -5 8 £350 -
Hertfordshire +5 7 £396 +44.00%
Buckinghamshire -7 7 £320 -18.73% 5
West Yorkshire -18 7 - - 2

Mainframe
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 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.

1 211 (34.59%) Finance
2 192 (31.48%) DB2
3 162 (26.56%) IBM
4 140 (22.95%) COBOL
5 136 (22.30%) UNIX
6 117 (19.18%) Banking
7 102 (16.72%) IBM Mainframe
8 96 (15.74%) CICS
9 92 (15.08%) Windows
10 91 (14.92%) JCL
11 82 (13.44%) Migration
12 78 (12.79%) Oracle
13 74 (12.13%) zOS
14 72 (11.80%) SQL
15 68 (11.15%) Agile Software Development
16 63 (10.33%) Linux
17 53 (8.69%) Microsoft
18 49 (8.03%) REXX
19 47 (7.70%) Java
20 46 (7.54%) SQL Server
20 46 (7.54%) WebSphere
20 46 (7.54%) VME
21 45 (7.38%) Analytical Skills
22 41 (6.72%) Project Management
23 37 (6.07%) ITIL
23 37 (6.07%) Security Cleared
24 35 (5.74%) AIX
25 34 (5.57%) SAS
26 33 (5.41%) Change Management
27 32 (5.25%) Middleware

Mainframe
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 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 96 (15.74%) CICS
2 46 (7.54%) WebSphere
3 34 (5.57%) SAS
4 18 (2.95%) WebSphere Application Server
5 15 (2.46%) Tuxedo
5 15 (2.46%) MQSeries
6 7 (1.15%) Exstream Dialogue
6 7 (1.15%) MS Exchange
7 6 (0.98%) WebLogic
8 5 (0.82%) SharePoint
8 5 (0.82%) JBoss
8 5 (0.82%) Confluence
9 4 (0.66%) TPMS
9 4 (0.66%) StreamWeaver
9 4 (0.66%) CMS
10 3 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.49%) Apache
10 3 (0.49%) Mule ESB
10 3 (0.49%) JCAPS
10 3 (0.49%) Mule
Applications
1 23 (3.77%) MS Excel
2 7 (1.15%) MS Office
3 6 (0.98%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.82%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.33%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (1.15%) Exstream
2 4 (0.66%) Maximo
3 1 (0.16%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.16%) GitHub
2 1 (0.16%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (3.44%) Firewall
2 20 (3.28%) TCP/IP
3 10 (1.64%) LDAP
3 10 (1.64%) HTTP
3 10 (1.64%) SAN
4 9 (1.48%) FTP
5 8 (1.31%) WAN
5 8 (1.31%) LAN
6 7 (1.15%) Intrusion Detection
7 6 (0.98%) ATM
7 6 (0.98%) Internet
8 5 (0.82%) X.509
8 5 (0.82%) SSL
9 3 (0.49%) IP Telephony
9 3 (0.49%) SSH
9 3 (0.49%) Network Security
10 2 (0.33%) NAS
10 2 (0.33%) VPN
10 2 (0.33%) SNA
10 2 (0.33%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 192 (31.48%) DB2
2 46 (7.54%) SQL Server
3 29 (4.75%) Relational Database
4 19 (3.11%) Base SAS
4 19 (3.11%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 19 (3.11%) MySQL
5 17 (2.79%) DataStage
6 15 (2.46%) Oracle Database
6 15 (2.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 8 (1.31%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (1.15%) IMS/DB
8 7 (1.15%) Oracle Reports
8 7 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (0.98%) Pentaho
10 5 (0.82%) OLTP
10 5 (0.82%) Adabas
11 3 (0.49%) IDMS
11 3 (0.49%) Big Data
11 3 (0.49%) NoSQL
12 2 (0.33%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 13 (2.13%) Subversion
2 8 (1.31%) CA Gen
2 8 (1.31%) ClearCase
3 7 (1.15%) JIRA
3 7 (1.15%) Ant
3 7 (1.15%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.82%) ChangeMan
4 5 (0.82%) Maven
4 5 (0.82%) XMLSpy
4 5 (0.82%) JUnit
4 5 (0.82%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (0.66%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.66%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 3 (0.49%) ClearQuest
6 3 (0.49%) PVCS
7 2 (0.33%) SoapUI
7 2 (0.33%) XPEDITER
7 2 (0.33%) QuickTest Pro
7 2 (0.33%) LoadRunner
7 2 (0.33%) Selenium
General
1 211 (34.59%) Finance
2 117 (19.18%) Banking
3 25 (4.10%) Retail
4 16 (2.62%) Telecoms
5 11 (1.80%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.15%) Investment Banking
6 7 (1.15%) Retail Banking
6 7 (1.15%) French Language
6 7 (1.15%) Back Office
7 6 (0.98%) Dutch Language
8 4 (0.66%) Financial Institution
8 4 (0.66%) Spanish Language
8 4 (0.66%) Law
9 2 (0.33%) Advertising
10 1 (0.16%) Legal
10 1 (0.16%) Billing
10 1 (0.16%) Marketing
10 1 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 144 (23.61%) Analyst
2 97 (15.90%) Developer
3 88 (14.43%) Architect
4 51 (8.36%) Project Manager
5 36 (5.90%) Administrator
6 33 (5.41%) Mainframe Developer
7 31 (5.08%) Technical Architect
7 31 (5.08%) DBA
8 30 (4.92%) Programmer
9 24 (3.93%) Operations Analyst
10 23 (3.77%) Consultant
11 19 (3.11%) Technical Analyst
12 18 (2.95%) DB2 DBA
13 16 (2.62%) Mainframe Programmer
13 16 (2.62%) Designer
14 15 (2.46%) Solutions Architect
15 14 (2.30%) SQL Developer
15 14 (2.30%) Technical Leader
16 12 (1.97%) Support Analyst
16 12 (1.97%) Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (5.25%) Middleware
2 28 (4.59%) .NET
3 26 (4.26%) ISPF
4 18 (2.95%) Web Services
5 16 (2.62%) WebSphere MQ
6 15 (2.46%) XML
7 13 (2.13%) J2EE
8 9 (1.48%) JMS
9 8 (1.31%) SOAP
9 8 (1.31%) JDBC
10 7 (1.15%) .NET Framework
10 7 (1.15%) JSP
11 6 (0.98%) XSD
11 6 (0.98%) WSDL
11 6 (0.98%) JNDI
12 5 (0.82%) WebSphere Message Broker
12 5 (0.82%) jQuery
12 5 (0.82%) Entity Framework
13 4 (0.66%) EJB
13 4 (0.66%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 102 (16.72%) IBM Mainframe
2 45 (7.38%) Analytical Skills
3 28 (4.59%) VSAM
4 19 (3.11%) AS400
5 18 (2.95%) Management Information System
5 18 (2.95%) Data Extraction
6 15 (2.46%) LPAR
7 13 (2.13%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (1.64%) iSeries
9 9 (1.48%) Computer Science
9 9 (1.48%) PKI
10 8 (1.31%) BYOD
10 8 (1.31%) Client/Server
11 7 (1.15%) Open Source
12 5 (0.82%) Replication
12 5 (0.82%) Cryptography
12 5 (0.82%) Data Structures
13 3 (0.49%) Clustering
13 3 (0.49%) PMI
13 3 (0.49%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 136 (22.30%) UNIX
2 92 (15.08%) Windows
3 74 (12.13%) zOS
4 63 (10.33%) Linux
5 46 (7.54%) VME
6 35 (5.74%) AIX
7 20 (3.28%) Solaris
8 15 (2.46%) MVS
9 9 (1.48%) HPUX
9 9 (1.48%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (1.31%) Windows Server 2003
11 6 (0.98%) Windows 2000 Server
12 5 (0.82%) OS/390
13 4 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
13 4 (0.66%) Windows NT
13 4 (0.66%) Windows 2000
13 4 (0.66%) OS/2
14 3 (0.49%) Apple iOS
14 3 (0.49%) Windows 7
14 3 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 82 (13.44%) Migration
2 68 (11.15%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (6.72%) Project Management
4 37 (6.07%) ITIL
5 33 (5.41%) Change Management
6 29 (4.75%) ETL
7 27 (4.43%) Configuration Management
8 25 (4.10%) Stakeholder Management
9 23 (3.77%) Waterfall
10 22 (3.61%) Data Analysis
11 21 (3.44%) Scrum
12 20 (3.28%) Information Security
13 17 (2.79%) Release Management
13 17 (2.79%) PRINCE2
13 17 (2.79%) Data Modelling
14 15 (2.46%) System Testing
14 15 (2.46%) Incident Management
14 15 (2.46%) Security Management
15 12 (1.97%) Mentoring
15 12 (1.97%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 140 (22.95%) COBOL
2 91 (14.92%) JCL
3 72 (11.80%) SQL
4 49 (8.03%) REXX
5 47 (7.70%) Java
6 21 (3.44%) Assembly Language
7 13 (2.13%) PL/1
7 13 (2.13%) SELCOPY
8 10 (1.64%) C
9 7 (1.15%) JavaScript
9 7 (1.15%) Perl
10 5 (0.82%) Shell Script
10 5 (0.82%) NATURAL
10 5 (0.82%) C#
11 3 (0.49%) Smalltalk
11 3 (0.49%) VB
11 3 (0.49%) Scala
12 2 (0.33%) Caml Language
12 2 (0.33%) VBA
12 2 (0.33%) C++
Qualifications
1 37 (6.07%) Security Cleared
2 23 (3.77%) Degree
3 20 (3.28%) SC Cleared
4 16 (2.62%) Microsoft Certification
5 12 (1.97%) MCDBA
6 11 (1.80%) MCITP
7 9 (1.48%) DV Cleared
8 6 (0.98%) CISSP
9 5 (0.82%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.49%) PMP
10 3 (0.49%) ISEB
11 2 (0.33%) MCP
11 2 (0.33%) Oracle Certification
11 2 (0.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.33%) MCSA
11 2 (0.33%) CISA
11 2 (0.33%) QiCA
12 1 (0.16%) ISTQB
12 1 (0.16%) Six Sigma Black Belt
12 1 (0.16%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (2.62%) QA
2 14 (2.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (1.48%) SLA
4 8 (1.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 5 (0.82%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.49%) COBIT
7 1 (0.16%) BS7799
7 1 (0.16%) PMBOK
7 1 (0.16%) FATCA
System Software
1 20 (3.28%) Active Directory
2 18 (2.95%) RACF
3 17 (2.79%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (1.64%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
5 8 (1.31%) ACF2
6 4 (0.66%) Firmware
7 3 (0.49%) VMware ESX
8 2 (0.33%) XenApp
8 2 (0.33%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.16%) NFS
Systems Management
1 23 (3.77%) Tivoli
2 16 (2.62%) CA Endevor
3 9 (1.48%) OMEGAMON
4 6 (0.98%) HP Quality Center
4 6 (0.98%) Control-M
5 5 (0.82%) BladeLogic
6 4 (0.66%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 4 (0.66%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 3 (0.49%) SCOM
8 2 (0.33%) SCCM
9 1 (0.16%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.16%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.16%) Tivoli NetView
9 1 (0.16%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.16%) MAINVIEW
9 1 (0.16%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.16%) Puppet
9 1 (0.16%) CA Wily
9 1 (0.16%) Data Guard
9 1 (0.16%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 162 (26.56%) IBM
2 78 (12.79%) Oracle
3 53 (8.69%) Microsoft
4 31 (5.08%) VMware
5 28 (4.59%) CA
6 16 (2.62%) HP
7 15 (2.46%) Ab Initio
8 14 (2.30%) webMethods
9 11 (1.80%) SAP
10 10 (1.64%) Syncsort
11 9 (1.48%) BMC
12 8 (1.31%) Citrix
13 7 (1.15%) ICL
13 7 (1.15%) Remedy
14 6 (0.98%) Business Objects
14 6 (0.98%) Cisco
14 6 (0.98%) Actimize
15 5 (0.82%) Aquila
15 5 (0.82%) Informatica
15 5 (0.82%) Intel
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