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 1 April 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
1 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Mainframes
Rank 301 280 261
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -19
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 340 374 336
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.61% 0.69% 0.71%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.03% 2.23% 2.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 180 171 189
Average daily rate
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£425 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £301
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £512 £546
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £425 £400
% change year-on-year
-5.82% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 5
Average hourly rate £39.50 £23.50 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+68.08% -16.07%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £30.50 £27.98
% change year-on-year
+29.50% +9.00%

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
16777 16783 14506
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.09% 31.01% 30.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 10299 10326 8737
Average daily rate £425 £410 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% -3.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 664 649 742
Average hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -17.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.91%

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 1 April 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 1 April 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 -13 295 £401 -5.76% 32
North West +31 89 £408 -2.97% 3
London -28 82 £425 -1.73% 16
Manchester +18 45 £450 -2.70%
South East -25 32 £383 -10.00% 2
Scotland -49 29 £500 +33.33% 1
East of England +17 26 £400 -11.11%
Edinburgh -32 23 £509 +19.76% 1
North East +17 22 £375 +66.96%
City of London +7 21 £414 -1.48% 7
Buckinghamshire +7 21 £363 -16.66%
Tyne and Wear +23 20 £364 +61.95%
Milton Keynes +5 19 £344 -
Lancashire +17 17 £376 +28.08% 1
South West +4 17 £380 -22.84% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne +15 15 £388 +72.52%
Wales +5 13 £481 +28.33%
Cheshire 0 12 £439 +4.52% 2
Essex +11 11 £284 -25.21%
East Midlands -5 10 £203 -55.86% 5
Yorkshire -24 10 - - 1
Blackpool - 10 £378 -
South Wales +11 9 £500 +33.33%
Hertfordshire +6 8 £396 -21.38%
Newport +5 8 £500 +33.33%
Devon - 7 £225 - 1
Berkshire -11 6 £425 +13.33% 1
Nottinghamshire +1 5 £320 -36.00% 3
Sheffield 0 5 - - 1
Nottingham -4 5 £320 -36.00% 3

Mainframe
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 April 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.

1 207 (35.38%) Finance
2 158 (27.01%) IBM
3 157 (26.84%) DB2
4 135 (23.08%) UNIX
5 129 (22.05%) Banking
6 120 (20.51%) COBOL
7 109 (18.63%) IBM Mainframe
8 91 (15.56%) JCL
8 91 (15.56%) CICS
9 83 (14.19%) Windows
10 79 (13.50%) Oracle
10 79 (13.50%) Migration
11 76 (12.99%) SQL
12 73 (12.48%) zOS
13 69 (11.79%) Agile Software Development
14 54 (9.23%) Microsoft
15 53 (9.06%) Linux
16 48 (8.21%) SQL Server
17 47 (8.03%) Java
18 46 (7.86%) REXX
19 43 (7.35%) ETL
20 42 (7.18%) ITIL
20 42 (7.18%) Project Management
21 40 (6.84%) Security Cleared
22 37 (6.32%) Middleware
22 37 (6.32%) WebSphere
23 36 (6.15%) SAS
24 35 (5.98%) Stakeholder Management
25 34 (5.81%) Analytical Skills
26 33 (5.64%) .NET

Mainframe
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 April 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 91 (15.56%) CICS
2 37 (6.32%) WebSphere
3 36 (6.15%) SAS
4 21 (3.59%) MQSeries
5 12 (2.05%) WebSphere Application Server
6 8 (1.37%) StreamWeaver
7 7 (1.20%) Tuxedo
8 6 (1.03%) WebLogic
9 5 (0.85%) Confluence
9 5 (0.85%) Exstream Dialogue
9 5 (0.85%) MS Exchange
9 5 (0.85%) SharePoint
9 5 (0.85%) JBoss
10 4 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.68%) CMS
11 3 (0.51%) TPMS
11 3 (0.51%) IIS
11 3 (0.51%) Apache
12 2 (0.34%) Tomcat
12 2 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 29 (4.96%) MS Excel
2 11 (1.88%) MS Office
3 6 (1.03%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.51%) MS Project
5 2 (0.34%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.17%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 5 (0.85%) Exstream
2 3 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.17%) TIBCO iProcess
3 1 (0.17%) SAP CRM
3 1 (0.17%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.17%) GitHub
2 1 (0.17%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (3.08%) Firewall
2 17 (2.91%) TCP/IP
3 12 (2.05%) SAN
3 12 (2.05%) FTP
4 9 (1.54%) HTTP
4 9 (1.54%) LDAP
5 6 (1.03%) Internet
5 6 (1.03%) ATM
5 6 (1.03%) Intrusion Detection
6 5 (0.85%) NAS
6 5 (0.85%) SSL
6 5 (0.85%) LAN
6 5 (0.85%) WAN
6 5 (0.85%) X.509
7 3 (0.51%) IP Telephony
8 2 (0.34%) APPN
8 2 (0.34%) SMTP
9 1 (0.17%) Network Security
9 1 (0.17%) VLAN
9 1 (0.17%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 157 (26.84%) DB2
2 48 (8.21%) SQL Server
3 26 (4.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 25 (4.27%) Relational Database
5 21 (3.59%) SAS Data Integration Studio
6 20 (3.42%) Base SAS
7 18 (3.08%) DataStage
8 17 (2.91%) SQL Server 2012
9 14 (2.39%) Oracle Database
10 13 (2.22%) MySQL
11 12 (2.05%) IMS/DB
12 8 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
12 8 (1.37%) Adabas
13 6 (1.03%) Oracle Reports
13 6 (1.03%) RDBMS
14 5 (0.85%) Easytrieve
15 4 (0.68%) Big Data
16 3 (0.51%) Pentaho
16 3 (0.51%) SAS Enterprise Guide
16 3 (0.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 13 (2.22%) ClearCase
2 9 (1.54%) JIRA
2 9 (1.54%) PVCS
3 8 (1.37%) Subversion
3 8 (1.37%) CA Gen
4 7 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (1.20%) Jenkins
5 4 (0.68%) QuickTest Pro
5 4 (0.68%) Ant
5 4 (0.68%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 3 (0.51%) SoapUI
6 3 (0.51%) ChangeMan
7 2 (0.34%) XPEDITER
7 2 (0.34%) XMLSpy
7 2 (0.34%) TestDirector
7 2 (0.34%) JUnit
7 2 (0.34%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.34%) Toad
7 2 (0.34%) Maven
7 2 (0.34%) Selenium
General
1 207 (35.38%) Finance
2 129 (22.05%) Banking
3 24 (4.10%) Retail
4 22 (3.76%) Telecoms
5 15 (2.56%) Manufacturing
6 6 (1.03%) Back Office
7 5 (0.85%) Retail Banking
7 5 (0.85%) Investment Banking
8 4 (0.68%) Financial Institution
8 4 (0.68%) Automotive
8 4 (0.68%) Law
8 4 (0.68%) Spanish Language
9 3 (0.51%) Advertising
10 2 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.34%) Legal
10 2 (0.34%) Dutch Language
10 2 (0.34%) French Language
11 1 (0.17%) German Language
11 1 (0.17%) Marketing
11 1 (0.17%) Billing
Job Titles
1 112 (19.15%) Analyst
2 102 (17.44%) Developer
3 92 (15.73%) Architect
4 40 (6.84%) Project Manager
5 39 (6.67%) Mainframe Developer
6 38 (6.50%) Programmer
7 31 (5.30%) Consultant
8 29 (4.96%) Technical Architect
9 24 (4.10%) DBA
10 22 (3.76%) Solutions Architect
10 22 (3.76%) Administrator
11 19 (3.25%) Designer
12 17 (2.91%) Systems Programmer
12 17 (2.91%) Technical Analyst
13 16 (2.74%) Mainframe Programmer
14 13 (2.22%) Test Manager
15 12 (2.05%) Test Analyst
15 12 (2.05%) Mainframe DBA
15 12 (2.05%) Technical Leader
16 11 (1.88%) DB2 DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (6.32%) Middleware
2 33 (5.64%) .NET
3 29 (4.96%) ISPF
4 18 (3.08%) XML
5 12 (2.05%) Web Services
6 9 (1.54%) WebSphere MQ
7 8 (1.37%) J2EE
7 8 (1.37%) JDBC
7 8 (1.37%) JMS
7 8 (1.37%) .NET Framework
7 8 (1.37%) jQuery
8 6 (1.03%) JSP
8 6 (1.03%) SOAP
8 6 (1.03%) JNDI
8 6 (1.03%) Entity Framework
9 5 (0.85%) EDI
10 4 (0.68%) HTML
11 3 (0.51%) WebSphere Message Broker
11 3 (0.51%) ASP.NET
11 3 (0.51%) CORBA
Miscellaneous
1 109 (18.63%) IBM Mainframe
2 34 (5.81%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (5.30%) VSAM
4 18 (3.08%) Data Extraction
5 16 (2.74%) Management Information System
6 11 (1.88%) AS400
7 10 (1.71%) Client/Server
8 7 (1.20%) LPAR
8 7 (1.20%) Data Structures
8 7 (1.20%) Computer Science
9 6 (1.03%) PKI
9 6 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (0.85%) DataPower
10 5 (0.85%) Clustering
11 4 (0.68%) Replication
11 4 (0.68%) Cryptography
11 4 (0.68%) iSeries
12 3 (0.51%) SWIFT
12 3 (0.51%) Data Integration
12 3 (0.51%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 135 (23.08%) UNIX
2 83 (14.19%) Windows
3 73 (12.48%) zOS
4 53 (9.06%) Linux
5 29 (4.96%) AIX
6 25 (4.27%) VME
7 19 (3.25%) Solaris
8 13 (2.22%) MVS
9 12 (2.05%) Windows Server 2008
10 10 (1.71%) Windows Server 2003
11 8 (1.37%) HPUX
11 8 (1.37%) Windows 2000 Server
12 7 (1.20%) Windows NT
13 6 (1.03%) Windows 2000
13 6 (1.03%) Windows Server 2012
14 4 (0.68%) Windows 7
15 3 (0.51%) Windows 8
15 3 (0.51%) Apple iOS
15 3 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (0.34%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 79 (13.50%) Migration
2 69 (11.79%) Agile Software Development
3 43 (7.35%) ETL
4 42 (7.18%) ITIL
4 42 (7.18%) Project Management
5 35 (5.98%) Stakeholder Management
6 32 (5.47%) Change Management
7 30 (5.13%) Configuration Management
8 24 (4.10%) Release Management
9 21 (3.59%) Data Analysis
10 20 (3.42%) Scrum
11 19 (3.25%) Service Management
12 17 (2.91%) System Testing
12 17 (2.91%) Waterfall
13 15 (2.56%) Disaster Recovery
14 14 (2.39%) Information Security
15 13 (2.22%) Analytics
15 13 (2.22%) SOA
15 13 (2.22%) PRINCE2
16 12 (2.05%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 120 (20.51%) COBOL
2 91 (15.56%) JCL
3 76 (12.99%) SQL
4 47 (8.03%) Java
5 46 (7.86%) REXX
6 26 (4.44%) Assembly Language
7 19 (3.25%) PL/1
8 13 (2.22%) SELCOPY
9 9 (1.54%) T-SQL
9 9 (1.54%) C
10 8 (1.37%) NATURAL
10 8 (1.37%) JavaScript
11 7 (1.20%) VB
11 7 (1.20%) Perl
11 7 (1.20%) C#
12 4 (0.68%) Pascal
13 3 (0.51%) Smalltalk
14 2 (0.34%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.34%) C++
14 2 (0.34%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 40 (6.84%) Security Cleared
2 24 (4.10%) SC Cleared
3 22 (3.76%) Degree
4 16 (2.74%) Microsoft Certification
5 10 (1.71%) MCDBA
6 9 (1.54%) MCITP
7 8 (1.37%) ISEB
8 6 (1.03%) CISSP
9 4 (0.68%) DV Cleared
10 3 (0.51%) MCSE
11 2 (0.34%) MCP
11 2 (0.34%) MCSA
11 2 (0.34%) Oracle Certification
11 2 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 2 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.34%) ISTQB
11 2 (0.34%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 1 (0.17%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (2.56%) QA
2 11 (1.88%) SLA
3 10 (1.71%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 8 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.85%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.51%) COBIT
7 1 (0.17%) FATCA
System Software
1 20 (3.42%) Active Directory
2 19 (3.25%) RACF
2 19 (3.25%) ACF2
3 18 (3.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (1.20%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
5 5 (0.85%) VMware ESX
6 4 (0.68%) Firmware
7 2 (0.34%) Terminal Services
7 2 (0.34%) ISA Server
7 2 (0.34%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.17%) XenApp
8 1 (0.17%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 21 (3.59%) CA Endevor
2 17 (2.91%) Tivoli
3 9 (1.54%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (1.20%) BladeLogic
5 6 (1.03%) OMEGAMON
6 5 (0.85%) SCOM
6 5 (0.85%) Control-M
7 4 (0.68%) MAINVIEW
8 2 (0.34%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 2 (0.34%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 2 (0.34%) SCCM
9 1 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.17%) Puppet
9 1 (0.17%) CA Wily
9 1 (0.17%) Data Guard
9 1 (0.17%) HP Data Protector
9 1 (0.17%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.17%) BMC PATROL
9 1 (0.17%) Tivoli NetView
9 1 (0.17%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 158 (27.01%) IBM
2 79 (13.50%) Oracle
3 54 (9.23%) Microsoft
4 27 (4.62%) VMware
4 27 (4.62%) CA
5 15 (2.56%) BMC
6 14 (2.39%) Ab Initio
6 14 (2.39%) HP
7 12 (2.05%) Syncsort
8 11 (1.88%) Remedy
9 10 (1.71%) SAP
10 9 (1.54%) Aquila
11 8 (1.37%) webMethods
11 8 (1.37%) Business Objects
12 7 (1.20%) ServiceNow
13 6 (1.03%) Intel
13 6 (1.03%) Citrix
13 6 (1.03%) Cisco
13 6 (1.03%) ICL
13 6 (1.03%) Actimize
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