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 18 December 2014 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Mainframes
Rank 353 231 278
Rank change year-on-year
-122 +47
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 272 435 307
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.49% 0.84% 0.62%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.62% 2.71% 2.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 140 229 169
Average daily rate
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£425 £420 £383
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% +9.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £600 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £398 £370
% change year-on-year
+0.62% +7.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 5
Average hourly rate £13.09 £34.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-62.07% +130.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.79 £22.75 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £94.04 £53.60 £31.07
UK excluding London average hourly rate £92.75 £34.50 £18.21
% change year-on-year
+168.84% +89.45%

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
16749 16076 14715
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.28% 31.11% 29.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 10786 9968 8670
Average daily rate £415 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+5.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 634 695 837
Average hourly rate £17.00 £20.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.07% +2.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.51 £11.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £41.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -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 18 December 2014.

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 18 December 2014.

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 18 December 2014. 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 -103 232 £425 +3.03% 21
London -46 83 £475 +11.76% 10
North West -35 45 £375 -5.30% 6
South East -43 31 £300 -21.05% 3
Scotland -53 26 £331 -22.05% 3
Milton Keynes +1 24 £295 +11.32% 1
Buckinghamshire -1 24 £295 -15.71% 1
Manchester -12 21 £425 -8.10% 5
Edinburgh -42 21 £375 -11.76% 1
East Midlands +24 20 £299 -3.62%
West Midlands -8 16 £450 +1.69%
City of London -34 16 £438 +9.23% 2
East of England -4 15 £479 +91.50% 1
Lancashire -16 14 £300 +50.00%
Wales -12 11 £275 -
Nottinghamshire - 11 £335 -
South West -29 10 £600 +52.38%
Nottingham - 10 £335 -
Warwickshire +1 9 £444 +22.41%
South Wales -8 9 £275 -
Cheshire -16 8 £463 +21.95% 1
Yorkshire -26 8 £438 -2.77% 1
Essex -4 7 £444 +175.62%
Newport - 7 £275 -
Glasgow +3 6 £250 -28.57%
Gloucestershire -14 6 - -
Basildon +2 5 £444 -
West Yorkshire -20 5 £438 -2.77% 1
Leicestershire +15 4 £250 -
Leicester +11 4 £250 -

Mainframe
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, 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.

1 261 (37.39%) Finance
2 203 (29.08%) IBM
3 178 (25.50%) DB2
4 167 (23.93%) Banking
5 134 (19.20%) UNIX
6 125 (17.91%) IBM Mainframe
7 122 (17.48%) zOS
8 116 (16.62%) Oracle
9 105 (15.04%) SQL
10 102 (14.61%) CICS
11 99 (14.18%) JCL
12 90 (12.89%) COBOL
13 89 (12.75%) Windows
14 84 (12.03%) Stakeholder Management
15 77 (11.03%) Linux
16 74 (10.60%) Agile Software Development
17 72 (10.32%) WebSphere
18 71 (10.17%) Migration
19 69 (9.89%) Analytical Skills
20 68 (9.74%) AIX
21 63 (9.03%) Retail
22 58 (8.31%) Project Management
23 56 (8.02%) ITIL
24 48 (6.88%) Middleware
24 48 (6.88%) Management Information System
24 48 (6.88%) ACF2
25 47 (6.73%) RACF
26 42 (6.02%) ETL
27 41 (5.87%) ClearCase
27 41 (5.87%) Java

Mainframe
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 2014, 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
1 102 (14.61%) CICS
2 72 (10.32%) WebSphere
3 36 (5.16%) SAS
4 26 (3.72%) Oracle Workflow
5 22 (3.15%) MQSeries
6 13 (1.86%) WebSphere Application Server
7 11 (1.58%) BizTalk Server
8 9 (1.29%) StreamWeaver
9 7 (1.00%) Exstream Dialogue
9 7 (1.00%) IIS
9 7 (1.00%) SharePoint
10 5 (0.72%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.43%) JBoss
11 3 (0.43%) MS Exchange
11 3 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.29%) Confluence
12 2 (0.29%) Oracle Service Bus
12 2 (0.29%) Apache
12 2 (0.29%) Commerce Server
12 2 (0.29%) PowerExchange
Applications
1 22 (3.15%) MS Office
2 19 (2.72%) MS Excel
3 8 (1.15%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.43%) MS Project
5 2 (0.29%) SPSS
6 1 (0.14%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (1.00%) Exstream
2 4 (0.57%) VisionPLUS
2 4 (0.57%) BASE24
3 3 (0.43%) Misys Midas
3 3 (0.43%) Staffware
3 3 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (0.43%) BusinessWorks
4 2 (0.29%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.14%) SAP CRM
5 1 (0.14%) TIBCO iProcess
5 1 (0.14%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.14%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (3.72%) SAN
2 18 (2.58%) NAS
3 14 (2.01%) FTP
4 11 (1.58%) TCP/IP
5 9 (1.29%) Internet
6 8 (1.15%) SSL
7 7 (1.00%) SMTP
7 7 (1.00%) Kerberos
8 6 (0.86%) ATM
8 6 (0.86%) LDAP
8 6 (0.86%) Firewall
9 4 (0.57%) SNA
10 3 (0.43%) Wireless
10 3 (0.43%) SMS
11 2 (0.29%) LAN
11 2 (0.29%) HTTP
11 2 (0.29%) WAN
11 2 (0.29%) APPN
12 1 (0.14%) VLAN
12 1 (0.14%) RFID
Database & Business Intelligence
1 178 (25.50%) DB2
2 40 (5.73%) SQL Server
3 30 (4.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 17 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
4 17 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
5 15 (2.15%) SAS Data Integration Studio
6 13 (1.86%) DataStage
6 13 (1.86%) Oracle Database
7 11 (1.58%) Relational Database
8 10 (1.43%) DTS
8 10 (1.43%) IMS/DB
9 9 (1.29%) Adabas
10 6 (0.86%) Data Mining
10 6 (0.86%) RDBMS
10 6 (0.86%) OLAP
11 5 (0.72%) Easytrieve
12 4 (0.57%) SAS Enterprise Guide
12 4 (0.57%) OLAP Cube
12 4 (0.57%) BODI
12 4 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 41 (5.87%) ClearCase
2 30 (4.30%) ClearQuest
3 15 (2.15%) Team Foundation Server
4 8 (1.15%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 8 (1.15%) Visual Studio
4 8 (1.15%) PVCS
4 8 (1.15%) JIRA
4 8 (1.15%) ReSharper
5 6 (0.86%) ChangeMan
6 5 (0.72%) QuickTest Pro
7 4 (0.57%) SoapUI
7 4 (0.57%) Rational DOORS
7 4 (0.57%) XPEDITER
8 3 (0.43%) ERwin
8 3 (0.43%) LoadRunner
8 3 (0.43%) Toad
9 2 (0.29%) Rational Rose
9 2 (0.29%) Eclipse
9 2 (0.29%) TestDirector
9 2 (0.29%) Selenium
General
1 261 (37.39%) Finance
2 167 (23.93%) Banking
3 63 (9.03%) Retail
4 21 (3.01%) Retail Banking
4 21 (3.01%) Telecoms
5 13 (1.86%) Advertising
6 10 (1.43%) Financial Institution
6 10 (1.43%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.29%) French Language
8 6 (0.86%) Investment Banking
8 6 (0.86%) Dutch Language
9 4 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
9 4 (0.57%) Automotive
9 4 (0.57%) German Language
9 4 (0.57%) General Ledger
10 3 (0.43%) Billing
10 3 (0.43%) Spanish Language
11 2 (0.29%) Publishing
12 1 (0.14%) Back Office
12 1 (0.14%) Law
Job Titles
1 125 (17.91%) Analyst
2 115 (16.48%) Developer
3 86 (12.32%) Architect
4 48 (6.88%) Project Manager
4 48 (6.88%) Consultant
5 45 (6.45%) Programmer
6 32 (4.58%) Mainframe Developer
7 28 (4.01%) Administrator
7 28 (4.01%) Systems Programmer
8 25 (3.58%) Technical Architect
9 24 (3.44%) Solutions Architect
10 22 (3.15%) Designer
11 20 (2.87%) Business Analyst
12 17 (2.44%) Systems Analyst
12 17 (2.44%) DBA
12 17 (2.44%) Analyst Developer
13 15 (2.15%) Test Analyst
14 14 (2.01%) WebSphere Message Broker Developer
14 14 (2.01%) WebSphere Developer
14 14 (2.01%) Mainframe Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (6.88%) Middleware
2 34 (4.87%) WebSphere Message Broker
3 33 (4.73%) .NET
4 26 (3.72%) XML
5 22 (3.15%) ISPF
6 15 (2.15%) WebSphere MQ
6 15 (2.15%) Web Services
7 12 (1.72%) ASP.NET
8 10 (1.43%) LINQ
8 10 (1.43%) WCF
9 9 (1.29%) J2EE
9 9 (1.29%) HTML
10 7 (1.00%) EDI
11 5 (0.72%) JNDI
11 5 (0.72%) JDBC
11 5 (0.72%) JSP
11 5 (0.72%) SOAP
11 5 (0.72%) JMS
11 5 (0.72%) Oracle Fusion
12 4 (0.57%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 125 (17.91%) IBM Mainframe
2 69 (9.89%) Analytical Skills
3 48 (6.88%) Management Information System
4 30 (4.30%) VSAM
5 27 (3.87%) AS400
6 14 (2.01%) Data Structures
7 13 (1.86%) PMI
8 12 (1.72%) iSeries
8 12 (1.72%) Credit Risk
8 12 (1.72%) Clustering
9 9 (1.29%) Client/Server
9 9 (1.29%) SWIFT
10 8 (1.15%) Tandem
11 7 (1.00%) Replication
12 6 (0.86%) Open Source
13 5 (0.72%) Computer Science
13 5 (0.72%) Economics
14 4 (0.57%) Data Conversion
14 4 (0.57%) Data Extraction
15 3 (0.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 134 (19.20%) UNIX
2 122 (17.48%) zOS
3 89 (12.75%) Windows
4 77 (11.03%) Linux
5 68 (9.74%) AIX
6 36 (5.16%) MVS
7 15 (2.15%) Solaris
8 13 (1.86%) Windows NT
9 10 (1.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (1.29%) Windows Server 2008
11 8 (1.15%) Windows Server 2012
11 8 (1.15%) HPUX
12 7 (1.00%) Windows Server 2003
12 7 (1.00%) VMS
13 6 (0.86%) Windows 2000 Server
13 6 (0.86%) Windows 2000
14 3 (0.43%) VME
14 3 (0.43%) Windows 8
15 2 (0.29%) Windows 7
15 2 (0.29%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 84 (12.03%) Stakeholder Management
2 74 (10.60%) Agile Software Development
3 71 (10.17%) Migration
4 58 (8.31%) Project Management
5 56 (8.02%) ITIL
6 42 (6.02%) ETL
7 36 (5.16%) Service Delivery
8 34 (4.87%) Workflow
9 30 (4.30%) Configuration Management
9 30 (4.30%) Change Management
10 27 (3.87%) SOA
11 26 (3.72%) PRINCE2
11 26 (3.72%) Service Management
11 26 (3.72%) Workflow Management
12 23 (3.30%) TOGAF
13 21 (3.01%) Waterfall
14 20 (2.87%) Unit Testing
14 20 (2.87%) Test Scripting
15 18 (2.58%) E-Commerce
15 18 (2.58%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 105 (15.04%) SQL
2 99 (14.18%) JCL
3 90 (12.89%) COBOL
4 41 (5.87%) Java
5 32 (4.58%) REXX
6 24 (3.44%) PL/1
6 24 (3.44%) C
7 18 (2.58%) C#
8 15 (2.15%) T-SQL
9 11 (1.58%) VB.NET
9 11 (1.58%) Assembly Language
10 10 (1.43%) Shell Script
11 9 (1.29%) NATURAL
12 8 (1.15%) RPG
12 8 (1.15%) VB
13 6 (0.86%) SELCOPY
13 6 (0.86%) Pascal
14 5 (0.72%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.72%) JavaScript
14 5 (0.72%) RPG IV
Qualifications
1 30 (4.30%) Security Cleared
2 24 (3.44%) Degree
3 15 (2.15%) SC Cleared
4 13 (1.86%) PMI Certification
5 9 (1.29%) ISEB
5 9 (1.29%) Microsoft Certification
6 6 (0.86%) MCSE
7 4 (0.57%) CISSP
8 3 (0.43%) ISTQB
8 3 (0.43%) SAS Certification
9 2 (0.29%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (0.29%) PMP
9 2 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.14%) MBA
10 1 (0.14%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.14%) CBAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (2.72%) SLA
2 15 (2.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 14 (2.01%) QA
4 3 (0.43%) COBIT
4 3 (0.43%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.14%) Basel III
6 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
System Software
1 48 (6.88%) ACF2
2 47 (6.73%) RACF
3 24 (3.44%) Active Directory
4 17 (2.44%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (1.15%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 6 (0.86%) RHEV
6 6 (0.86%) ISA Server
6 6 (0.86%) Terminal Services
6 6 (0.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 6 (0.86%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.14%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.14%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.14%) SRDF
7 1 (0.14%) XenApp
7 1 (0.14%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 24 (3.44%) Tivoli
2 20 (2.87%) CA Endevor
3 16 (2.29%) OMEGAMON
4 12 (1.72%) HP Quality Center
5 11 (1.58%) Control-M
6 9 (1.29%) BladeLogic
7 7 (1.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 5 (0.72%) SCOM
8 5 (0.72%) MAINVIEW
8 5 (0.72%) CA Wily
9 4 (0.57%) OpenView
10 3 (0.43%) EMC NetWorker
10 3 (0.43%) HP SIM
11 2 (0.29%) Oracle Identity Manager
11 2 (0.29%) Tivoli NetView
12 1 (0.14%) Foglight
12 1 (0.14%) BMC PATROL
12 1 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 1 (0.14%) Tivoli Monitoring
12 1 (0.14%) SCCM
Vendors
1 203 (29.08%) IBM
2 116 (16.62%) Oracle
3 38 (5.44%) Microsoft
4 36 (5.16%) CA
5 33 (4.73%) HP
6 23 (3.30%) SAP
7 21 (3.01%) VMware
8 19 (2.72%) Intel
9 14 (2.01%) Remedy
9 14 (2.01%) Ab Initio
10 13 (1.86%) BMC
11 12 (1.72%) Syncsort
12 11 (1.58%) Red Hat
12 11 (1.58%) Citrix
13 10 (1.43%) Teradata
14 9 (1.29%) Sun
15 7 (1.00%) Aquila
15 7 (1.00%) TIBCO
15 7 (1.00%) Business Objects
16 6 (0.86%) Unisys
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