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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Mainframes
Rank 265 272 262
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -10
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 476 412 408
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.82% 0.73% 0.77%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.54% 2.26% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 236 190
Average daily rate
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£435 £425 £411
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.35% +3.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £296 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year
- +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 6 5
Average hourly rate £37.25 £28.00 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.03% +16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.75 £25.25 £17.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.25 £30.00 £48.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £28.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+33.92% +16.66%

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
18729 18236 17476
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 32.08% 32.26% 32.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11760 10964 10579
Average daily rate £425 £400 £418
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -4.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £620 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 731 756 714
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% +8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.42 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.76 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+8.81% +14.28%

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 3 September 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 3 September 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 3 September 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 -3 395 £446 +4.94% 50
London -21 116 £450 +9.82% 9
North West +2 93 £473 +5.00% 18
Manchester -1 63 £485 +4.86% 5
South East +20 62 £371 +2.41% 7
Scotland +30 60 £425 +44.06%
Edinburgh +18 49 £425 +32.81%
Yorkshire -36 34 £450 +5.88% 4
West Yorkshire -39 25 £450 +5.88% 3
West Midlands +20 24 £425 - 1
City of London -3 24 £463 +8.82% 2
Buckinghamshire -5 24 £310 -10.14% 1
Milton Keynes +1 21 £310 -3.12% 1
Warwickshire +22 19 £425 -
Warwick +13 19 £425 +28.78%
North East -9 19 £375 - 1
Halifax -4 18 £460 +8.23% 3
Tyne and Wear -8 17 £375 - 1
South West -8 17 £535 -9.32% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -13 17 £375 -
East Midlands -15 16 £388 -31.11% 9
Berkshire +2 15 £463 +2.77% 2
East of England -25 15 £310 -3.12%
Hampshire +7 12 £383 +2.00% 1
Glasgow +15 9 £260 -10.34%
Cheshire -7 9 £480 +1.05% 3
Lancashire -12 9 £420 +46.08% 10
Bromley - 9 £550 - 1
Norwich +6 8 £280 -12.50%
Merseyside 0 8 £400 +50.94%

Mainframe
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 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.

1 321 (38.44%) Finance
2 210 (25.15%) DB2
3 192 (22.99%) IBM
4 184 (22.04%) UNIX
5 152 (18.20%) zOS
6 147 (17.60%) CICS
7 142 (17.01%) JCL
8 128 (15.33%) Banking
9 126 (15.09%) CA
10 121 (14.49%) COBOL
11 112 (13.41%) Windows
12 109 (13.05%) Oracle
13 103 (12.34%) Migration
14 96 (11.50%) WebSphere
15 95 (11.38%) Linux
16 91 (10.90%) SQL
16 91 (10.90%) IBM Mainframe
17 87 (10.42%) Agile Software Development
18 72 (8.62%) Project Management
19 70 (8.38%) ITIL
20 68 (8.14%) Java
21 66 (7.90%) Middleware
22 65 (7.78%) Time Sharing Option
23 60 (7.19%) Analytical Skills
24 59 (7.07%) RACF
24 59 (7.07%) AIX
25 58 (6.95%) REXX
26 53 (6.35%) SDLC
27 51 (6.11%) Change Management
28 50 (5.99%) Microsoft

Mainframe
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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
1 147 (17.60%) CICS
2 96 (11.50%) WebSphere
3 33 (3.95%) WebSphere Application Server
4 27 (3.23%) Tuxedo
4 27 (3.23%) SAS
5 16 (1.92%) SharePoint
6 10 (1.20%) MQSeries
7 9 (1.08%) MS Exchange
8 8 (0.96%) JBoss
8 8 (0.96%) PowerExchange
9 7 (0.84%) Exstream Dialogue
10 5 (0.60%) Apache
10 5 (0.60%) Confluence
11 4 (0.48%) Mule ESB
11 4 (0.48%) Mule
11 4 (0.48%) JCAPS
11 4 (0.48%) WebLogic
11 4 (0.48%) StreamWeaver
12 2 (0.24%) CMS
12 2 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 24 (2.87%) MS Excel
2 20 (2.40%) MS Office
3 10 (1.20%) MS PowerPoint
4 9 (1.08%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.60%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.24%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (0.84%) Exstream
2 6 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (0.72%) Maximo
2 6 (0.72%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (0.48%) VisionPLUS
4 3 (0.36%) assyst
5 2 (0.24%) ACBS
6 1 (0.12%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.12%) Changepoint
6 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.12%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.12%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.12%) SaaS
1 1 (0.12%) PaaS
1 1 (0.12%) SoftLayer
1 1 (0.12%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 27 (3.23%) Firewall
2 26 (3.11%) FTP
3 25 (2.99%) TCP/IP
4 23 (2.75%) SSL
5 22 (2.63%) SAN
6 12 (1.44%) Internet
7 11 (1.32%) WAN
7 11 (1.32%) LAN
8 9 (1.08%) SMS
8 9 (1.08%) SNA
8 9 (1.08%) SSH
9 8 (0.96%) Intranet
10 7 (0.84%) Kerberos
10 7 (0.84%) Intrusion Detection
11 6 (0.72%) DNS
11 6 (0.72%) SMTP
12 5 (0.60%) LDAP
13 4 (0.48%) NAS
14 3 (0.36%) VLAN
14 3 (0.36%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 210 (25.15%) DB2
2 48 (5.75%) SQL Server
3 22 (2.63%) Data Warehouse
4 19 (2.28%) Relational Database
5 17 (2.04%) MySQL
6 16 (1.92%) DataStage
7 15 (1.80%) Oracle Database
8 13 (1.56%) OLTP
8 13 (1.56%) Base SAS
9 12 (1.44%) SAS Data Integration Studio
9 12 (1.44%) Adabas
10 10 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 8 (0.96%) BODI
11 8 (0.96%) IDMS
12 7 (0.84%) SQL Server 2012
12 7 (0.84%) PowerCenter
13 6 (0.72%) Oracle Database 10g
14 5 (0.60%) Pentaho
14 5 (0.60%) Data Mining
15 4 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 14 (1.68%) ClearCase
2 13 (1.56%) ClearQuest
3 10 (1.20%) Subversion
4 7 (0.84%) Ant
5 6 (0.72%) JUnit
5 6 (0.72%) HP UFT
5 6 (0.72%) ChangeMan
6 5 (0.60%) JIRA
7 4 (0.48%) Maven
7 4 (0.48%) ProC
7 4 (0.48%) Git (software)
8 3 (0.36%) XMLSpy
8 3 (0.36%) Selenium
9 2 (0.24%) LoadRunner
9 2 (0.24%) WebDriver
9 2 (0.24%) Jenkins
10 1 (0.12%) CA Gen
10 1 (0.12%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.12%) Eclipse
10 1 (0.12%) Visual Studio
General
1 321 (38.44%) Finance
2 128 (15.33%) Banking
3 40 (4.79%) Retail
4 13 (1.56%) Telecoms
5 11 (1.32%) Financial Institution
6 9 (1.08%) Back Office
6 9 (1.08%) Retail Banking
7 8 (0.96%) Billing
7 8 (0.96%) Investment Banking
8 5 (0.60%) French Language
9 4 (0.48%) Dutch Language
9 4 (0.48%) Legal
10 3 (0.36%) Manufacturing
10 3 (0.36%) Advertising
10 3 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.36%) Spanish Language
11 2 (0.24%) Law
12 1 (0.12%) General Ledger
12 1 (0.12%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 230 (27.54%) Analyst
2 103 (12.34%) Architect
3 96 (11.50%) Operations Analyst
4 87 (10.42%) Developer
5 67 (8.02%) Project Manager
6 61 (7.31%) Consultant
7 44 (5.27%) Administrator
8 33 (3.95%) DBA
9 27 (3.23%) Technical Architect
10 25 (2.99%) DB2 DBA
11 24 (2.87%) Infrastructure Architect
12 22 (2.63%) Mainframe Consultant
12 22 (2.63%) Designer
13 20 (2.40%) WebSphere Administrator
14 19 (2.28%) Support Analyst
15 18 (2.16%) Solutions Architect
15 18 (2.16%) Mainframe Developer
16 16 (1.92%) Programmer
17 15 (1.80%) Business Analyst
18 14 (1.68%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 66 (7.90%) Middleware
2 41 (4.91%) ISPF
3 33 (3.95%) WebSphere MQ
4 30 (3.59%) Web Services
5 24 (2.87%) WebSphere Message Broker
6 18 (2.16%) .NET
7 14 (1.68%) XML
8 10 (1.20%) Java EE
9 9 (1.08%) Spring
9 9 (1.08%) J2EE
10 8 (0.96%) SOAP
10 8 (0.96%) Hibernate
11 6 (0.72%) JSR 168
11 6 (0.72%) WSDL
12 5 (0.60%) EJB
12 5 (0.60%) JSP
13 4 (0.48%) XSD
13 4 (0.48%) HTML
13 4 (0.48%) Oracle Fusion
14 3 (0.36%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 91 (10.90%) IBM Mainframe
2 60 (7.19%) Analytical Skills
3 50 (5.99%) VSAM
4 47 (5.63%) Data Centre
5 23 (2.75%) AS400
6 19 (2.28%) Management Information System
7 18 (2.16%) LPAR
8 15 (1.80%) iSeries
9 14 (1.68%) Enterprise Software
10 12 (1.44%) PKI
11 11 (1.32%) Data Extraction
12 10 (1.20%) Data Integration
13 9 (1.08%) CMDB
14 8 (0.96%) Cryptography
14 8 (0.96%) Client/Server
15 7 (0.84%) Tandem
16 6 (0.72%) BYOD
17 5 (0.60%) Taxonomies
17 5 (0.60%) Computer Science
18 4 (0.48%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 184 (22.04%) UNIX
2 152 (18.20%) zOS
3 112 (13.41%) Windows
4 95 (11.38%) Linux
5 59 (7.07%) AIX
6 41 (4.91%) VME
7 39 (4.67%) Solaris
8 35 (4.19%) MVS
9 15 (1.80%) OS/390
10 10 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 9 (1.08%) HPUX
12 8 (0.96%) Windows NT
12 8 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
13 6 (0.72%) OS/2
13 6 (0.72%) Windows Server 2008
14 4 (0.48%) VMS
15 3 (0.36%) Windows XP
15 3 (0.36%) Windows Vista
16 2 (0.24%) OS/400
16 2 (0.24%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (12.34%) Migration
2 87 (10.42%) Agile Software Development
3 72 (8.62%) Project Management
4 70 (8.38%) ITIL
5 53 (6.35%) SDLC
6 51 (6.11%) Change Management
7 45 (5.39%) Stakeholder Management
7 45 (5.39%) ETL
8 34 (4.07%) PRINCE2
9 32 (3.83%) Data Modelling
9 32 (3.83%) Configuration Management
10 25 (2.99%) Scrum
10 25 (2.99%) Information Security
10 25 (2.99%) Waterfall
11 21 (2.51%) Data Analysis
11 21 (2.51%) Incident Management
12 18 (2.16%) Enterprise Architecture
12 18 (2.16%) Performance Tuning
12 18 (2.16%) Problem Management
13 16 (1.92%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 142 (17.01%) JCL
2 121 (14.49%) COBOL
3 91 (10.90%) SQL
4 68 (8.14%) Java
5 58 (6.95%) REXX
6 22 (2.63%) C
7 20 (2.40%) Shell Script
8 14 (1.68%) Perl
9 13 (1.56%) VB
10 11 (1.32%) NATURAL
11 9 (1.08%) Assembly Language
12 8 (0.96%) VBA
12 8 (0.96%) PL/SQL
13 7 (0.84%) JavaScript
14 5 (0.60%) CLIST
15 4 (0.48%) VB6
16 3 (0.36%) Python
16 3 (0.36%) C#
16 3 (0.36%) Scala
17 2 (0.24%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 50 (5.99%) Security Cleared
2 31 (3.71%) SC Cleared
3 15 (1.80%) Microsoft Certification
3 15 (1.80%) Degree
4 12 (1.44%) MCDBA
5 11 (1.32%) MCITP
6 9 (1.08%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 9 (1.08%) DV Cleared
7 6 (0.72%) PMI Certification
8 5 (0.60%) CISSP
9 3 (0.36%) PMP
9 3 (0.36%) ISEB
9 3 (0.36%) MCSE
9 3 (0.36%) MCSA
9 3 (0.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (0.24%) IBM Certification
10 2 (0.24%) IBM WebSphere Certification
10 2 (0.24%) CISA
10 2 (0.24%) QiCA
10 2 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (5.03%) QA
2 13 (1.56%) SLA
3 10 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.60%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.60%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.36%) TickIT
6 2 (0.24%) PMBOK
7 1 (0.12%) BS7799
7 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.12%) FATCA
System Software
1 65 (7.78%) Time Sharing Option
2 59 (7.07%) RACF
3 26 (3.11%) Active Directory
4 19 (2.28%) Job Entry Subsystem
5 16 (1.92%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 11 (1.32%) VMware Infrastructure
7 3 (0.36%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.24%) XenApp
9 1 (0.12%) NFS
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 30 (3.59%) Tivoli
2 26 (3.11%) Control-M
2 26 (3.11%) CA Endevor
2 26 (3.11%) OMEGAMON
3 12 (1.44%) MAINVIEW
3 12 (1.44%) zSecure
4 9 (1.08%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 5 (0.60%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 5 (0.60%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (0.36%) SCCM
6 3 (0.36%) SCOM
7 2 (0.24%) CA LISA
8 1 (0.12%) Data Guard
8 1 (0.12%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (0.12%) Nagios
8 1 (0.12%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 192 (22.99%) IBM
2 126 (15.09%) CA
3 109 (13.05%) Oracle
4 50 (5.99%) Microsoft
5 33 (3.95%) HP
6 23 (2.75%) VMware
7 16 (1.92%) Remedy
7 16 (1.92%) Informatica
8 14 (1.68%) Intel
8 14 (1.68%) BMC
9 13 (1.56%) Citrix
10 12 (1.44%) SAP
11 11 (1.32%) Ab Initio
12 10 (1.20%) webMethods
13 9 (1.08%) Sybase
14 8 (0.96%) Cisco
15 7 (0.84%) Red Hat
15 7 (0.84%) ServiceNow
16 6 (0.72%) Actimize
17 5 (0.60%) TIBCO
Bromley, Kent
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £500.00 - £600.00 per annum
Posted: 19 hours ago
Berkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Salt
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Orgtel
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Orgtel
Posted: 9 days ago
Manchester
Interquest - IQ Tech
Rate: £430 - £485 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Halifax
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Manchester
Orgtel
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
City of London
Orgtel
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Lytham St Annes
First Recruitment Group
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 22 days ago