The table below looks at the statistics for MVS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MVS over the 3 months to 2 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
IBM MVS
Rank 553 573 568
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -5
Contract jobs citing MVS 77 35 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.062% 0.047%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.61% 0.28% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 17 8
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£505 £465 £319
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.60% +45.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £225 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £618 £710 £436
UK excluding London average daily rate £518 £248 £310
% change year-on-year
+109.09% -20.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Average hourly rate £15.00 £26.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-43.39% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £26.50 -
% change year-on-year
-43.39% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Operating Systems category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Operating Systems Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
12631 12687 12063
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.31% 22.44% 22.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 7478 7239 6738
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £163 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £515 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.52% -0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 984 1094 1023
Average hourly rate £16.60 £16.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -3.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -

MVS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MVS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Operating Systems category.

MVS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MVS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MVS within the UK.

MVS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MVS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MVS within the UK over the 3 months to 2 September 2015.

MVS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MVS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MVS within the UK.

MVS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MVS
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 MVS within the UK over the 3 months to 2 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 +34 74 £505 +8.60%
London +1 23 £450 -34.78%
Milton Keynes +8 20 £260 -3.70%
Buckinghamshire +6 20 £260 -3.70%
South East -4 20 £260 -3.70%
North West -10 20 £585 -
Lancashire - 15 £535 -
Blackpool - 15 £535 -
West Midlands +7 3 £425 +88.88%
Leicestershire 0 3 - -
East Midlands -2 3 - -
Manchester -20 3 - -
Leicester - 3 - -
City of London +9 2 £550 -18.51%
South West -2 2 - -
Yorkshire - 2 £600 -
Warwickshire - 2 £425 -
Glasgow - 2 £463 -
Scotland - 2 £463 -
Hounslow - 2 £431 -
Warwick - 2 £425 -
Leeds - 2 £600 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £600 -
Bristol - 2 - -
Coventry +3 1 £525 +133.33%
Liverpool - 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 £600 -
Merseyside - 1 - -
Warrington - 1 £600 -
Midlands - 1 - -

MVS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MVS 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 MVS.

1 58 (55.24%) UNIX
2 42 (40.00%) Finance
3 35 (33.33%) Middleware
3 35 (33.33%) Mainframe
3 35 (33.33%) Microsoft
4 31 (29.52%) DB2
5 29 (27.62%) Control-M
6 26 (24.76%) JCL
7 23 (21.90%) CICS
8 21 (20.00%) SQL
8 21 (20.00%) Windows
8 21 (20.00%) CRM
9 20 (19.05%) Workflow
10 17 (16.19%) COBOL
11 14 (13.33%) General Ledger
12 13 (12.38%) ITIL
12 13 (12.38%) FTP
13 12 (11.43%) HTML
13 12 (11.43%) VBA
13 12 (11.43%) IMS/DB
14 10 (9.52%) Java
14 10 (9.52%) SLA
14 10 (9.52%) Oracle
15 9 (8.57%) MAINVIEW
15 9 (8.57%) Remedy
16 8 (7.62%) zOS
16 8 (7.62%) Windows NT
16 8 (7.62%) Enterprise Architecture
16 8 (7.62%) Data Integration
16 8 (7.62%) Analytical Skills

MVS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MVS 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 MVS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 23 (21.90%) CICS
2 7 (6.67%) SAS
3 3 (2.86%) WebSphere
4 2 (1.90%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
4 2 (1.90%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (0.95%) IIS
5 1 (0.95%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (1.90%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.95%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.95%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.90%) Oracle Financials
1 2 (1.90%) Oracle General Ledger
1 2 (1.90%) Oracle Receivables
1 2 (1.90%) Oracle Assets
2 1 (0.95%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 13 (12.38%) FTP
2 5 (4.76%) TCP/IP
3 4 (3.81%) ATM
3 4 (3.81%) ISDN
3 4 (3.81%) VoIP
3 4 (3.81%) Ethernet
4 1 (0.95%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.95%) Internet
4 1 (0.95%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (29.52%) DB2
2 12 (11.43%) IMS/DB
3 7 (6.67%) NoSQL
3 7 (6.67%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.90%) Data Mining
5 1 (0.95%) Snowflake Schema
5 1 (0.95%) Star Schema
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (0.95%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.95%) DataStage
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle OWB
5 1 (0.95%) Adabas
5 1 (0.95%) OLAP
5 1 (0.95%) SAP Data Services
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle ODI
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.95%) NonStop SQL
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle OLAP
5 1 (0.95%) BusinessObjects XI
Development Applications
1 3 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 42 (40.00%) Finance
2 14 (13.33%) General Ledger
3 6 (5.71%) Banking
4 4 (3.81%) Marketing
5 1 (0.95%) Retail
5 1 (0.95%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 27 (25.71%) Architect
2 23 (21.90%) Technical Architect
3 15 (14.29%) Analyst
4 7 (6.67%) Developer
4 7 (6.67%) Support Analyst
4 7 (6.67%) Systems Manager
5 5 (4.76%) Data Manager
5 5 (4.76%) Solutions Architect
5 5 (4.76%) Programmer
6 4 (3.81%) Automation Specialist
7 3 (2.86%) COBOL Analyst
7 3 (2.86%) Web Developer
7 3 (2.86%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
7 3 (2.86%) COBOL Programmer
7 3 (2.86%) Senior Web Developer
7 3 (2.86%) Senior Developer
7 3 (2.86%) Analyst Programmer
7 3 (2.86%) Operations Analyst
8 2 (1.90%) Consultant
8 2 (1.90%) Computer Operator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (33.33%) Middleware
2 12 (11.43%) HTML
3 5 (4.76%) ISPF
3 5 (4.76%) Web Services
4 4 (3.81%) .NET
5 3 (2.86%) ASP.NET
5 3 (2.86%) .NET Framework
5 3 (2.86%) ASP.NET MVC
5 3 (2.86%) Entity Framework
5 3 (2.86%) ASP.NET MVC 3
5 3 (2.86%) Razor View Engine
6 2 (1.90%) XML
6 2 (1.90%) WebSphere Message Broker
7 1 (0.95%) COM+
7 1 (0.95%) Struts
7 1 (0.95%) WebSphere MQ
7 1 (0.95%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 35 (33.33%) Mainframe
2 8 (7.62%) Data Integration
2 8 (7.62%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (5.71%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.81%) Computer Science
4 4 (3.81%) Data Centre
5 3 (2.86%) IBM Mainframe
5 3 (2.86%) Reference Data
5 3 (2.86%) VSAM
6 2 (1.90%) DataPower
7 1 (0.95%) Statistics
7 1 (0.95%) Tandem
7 1 (0.95%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 58 (55.24%) UNIX
2 21 (20.00%) Windows
3 8 (7.62%) Windows NT
3 8 (7.62%) zOS
4 7 (6.67%) VME
5 2 (1.90%) OS/390
6 1 (0.95%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (20.00%) CRM
2 20 (19.05%) Workflow
3 13 (12.38%) ITIL
4 8 (7.62%) Enterprise Architecture
5 7 (6.67%) Validation
5 7 (6.67%) Data Management
5 7 (6.67%) Data Modelling
5 7 (6.67%) Open Source
5 7 (6.67%) Coaching
6 5 (4.76%) Cyber Security
6 5 (4.76%) Protective Monitoring
6 5 (4.76%) SSADM
6 5 (4.76%) DSDM
6 5 (4.76%) UML
6 5 (4.76%) Risk Management
7 4 (3.81%) RAD
7 4 (3.81%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (3.81%) Strategic Planning
8 3 (2.86%) Migration
8 3 (2.86%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 26 (24.76%) JCL
2 21 (20.00%) SQL
3 17 (16.19%) COBOL
4 12 (11.43%) VBA
5 10 (9.52%) Java
6 7 (6.67%) Scala
7 6 (5.71%) REXX
8 3 (2.86%) C#
9 2 (1.90%) C
10 1 (0.95%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.95%) Assembly Language
10 1 (0.95%) ActionScript
10 1 (0.95%) NATURAL
10 1 (0.95%) Korn
10 1 (0.95%) ActionScript 2.0
Qualifications
1 5 (4.76%) Security Cleared
2 1 (0.95%) APMP
2 1 (0.95%) PRINCE2 Certification
2 1 (0.95%) Degree
2 1 (0.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 1 (0.95%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (9.52%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (2.86%) Time Sharing Option
1 3 (2.86%) Job Entry Subsystem
2 2 (1.90%) RACF
3 1 (0.95%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 29 (27.62%) Control-M
2 9 (8.57%) MAINVIEW
3 3 (2.86%) CA Endevor
4 1 (0.95%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 35 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 10 (9.52%) Oracle
3 9 (8.57%) Remedy
4 7 (6.67%) CA
5 6 (5.71%) IBM
6 2 (1.90%) HP
6 2 (1.90%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.90%) BMC
7 1 (0.95%) EMC