The table below looks at the statistics for zOS skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited zOS over the 3 months to 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
IBM z/OS
Rank 510 491 501
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +10
Contract jobs citing zOS 85 87 96
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.16% 0.17%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.67% 0.73% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 34 33
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£450 £425 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +3.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £650 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £375 £425
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 -
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -

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
12673 11961 12164
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.49% 22.44% 21.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 7210 6664 6184
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £175 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £525 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £325 £320
% change year-on-year
-1.53% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1067 1012 1198
Average hourly rate £15.50 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.06% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.00 £36.45 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.73 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.68% -8.57%

zOS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

zOS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

zOS
Daily Rate Trend

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

zOS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

zOS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing zOS within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

zOS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

zOS
Hourly Rate Trend

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

zOS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

zOS
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 zOS within the UK over the 3 months to 22 August 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 -13 78 £450 - 8
London +15 37 £450 - 5
South East +3 8 £318 -47.08% 1
Yorkshire -3 8 £450 +81.81%
City of London +26 7 £525 - 2
North West +6 7 £431 +7.81% 1
Manchester -1 7 £431 +7.81%
Scotland -25 6 £550 +47.05%
Berkshire - 5 £318 -
West Yorkshire +2 4 £550 +272.88%
Edinburgh -29 4 £600 +60.42%
East of England -30 4 £425 -37.03%
Tyne and Wear - 4 £218 -
Reading - 4 - -
North East - 4 £218 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 4 £218 -
South West -32 2 £475 +5.55% 1
Leeds +5 1 - -
Halifax -12 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 £315 -
Stirling - - - -
Eynsham - - - -
Hemel Hempstead - - - -
Gloucester - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - -

zOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing zOS 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 zOS.

1 96 (61.15%) Mainframe
2 72 (45.86%) IBM
3 57 (36.31%) Finance
4 49 (31.21%) Windows
5 45 (28.66%) UNIX
6 42 (26.75%) Linux
7 40 (25.48%) WebSphere
8 33 (21.02%) RACF
9 31 (19.75%) CICS
10 29 (18.47%) DB2
11 25 (15.92%) Middleware
12 24 (15.29%) Microsoft
12 24 (15.29%) Banking
12 24 (15.29%) IBM Mainframe
12 24 (15.29%) ACF2
13 19 (12.10%) EMC
13 19 (12.10%) Oracle
14 18 (11.46%) AIX
15 17 (10.83%) JCL
15 17 (10.83%) WebSphere MQ
16 15 (9.55%) Migration
17 14 (8.92%) WebSphere Application Server
18 13 (8.28%) SQL
18 13 (8.28%) Solaris
18 13 (8.28%) Citrix
18 13 (8.28%) CA
19 12 (7.64%) ISPF
19 12 (7.64%) WebSphere Message Broker
20 11 (7.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
20 11 (7.01%) Stakeholder Management

zOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing zOS 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 zOS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 40 (25.48%) WebSphere
2 31 (19.75%) CICS
3 14 (8.92%) WebSphere Application Server
4 5 (3.18%) WebSphere Portal
4 5 (3.18%) Apache
4 5 (3.18%) WebLogic
5 2 (1.27%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (1.27%) SAS
6 1 (0.64%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.64%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.64%) MQSeries
Applications
1 4 (2.55%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.64%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.64%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.64%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (2.55%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (1.27%) Staffware
3 1 (0.64%) BASE24
Communications & Networking
1 10 (6.37%) Internet
2 9 (5.73%) Intranet
2 9 (5.73%) Firewall
2 9 (5.73%) SAN
3 8 (5.10%) NAS
4 7 (4.46%) FTP
5 6 (3.82%) TCP/IP
5 6 (3.82%) SMS
5 6 (3.82%) LDAP
6 5 (3.18%) SNA
7 4 (2.55%) HTTP
7 4 (2.55%) SSL
7 4 (2.55%) Cisco IOS
8 2 (1.27%) Telnet
8 2 (1.27%) X.25
9 1 (0.64%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (18.47%) DB2
2 10 (6.37%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (3.82%) Oracle Database
4 4 (2.55%) SQL Server
5 3 (1.91%) IDMS
6 2 (1.27%) Data Mining
6 2 (1.27%) IBM InfoSphere
6 2 (1.27%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.64%) NonStop SQL
7 1 (0.64%) DataStage
7 1 (0.64%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 4 (2.55%) CA Gen
2 2 (1.27%) ChangeMan
2 2 (1.27%) Eclipse
3 1 (0.64%) SoapUI
General
1 57 (36.31%) Finance
2 24 (15.29%) Banking
3 11 (7.01%) Financial Institution
4 10 (6.37%) Advertising
5 3 (1.91%) Retail
6 2 (1.27%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.27%) French Language
7 1 (0.64%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.64%) German Language
7 1 (0.64%) Billing
7 1 (0.64%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.64%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 24 (15.29%) Administrator
2 20 (12.74%) Programmer
3 18 (11.46%) Consultant
4 17 (10.83%) Systems Programmer
5 12 (7.64%) Architect
5 12 (7.64%) Designer
6 11 (7.01%) DBA
6 11 (7.01%) Analyst
6 11 (7.01%) WebSphere Administrator
7 10 (6.37%) Infrastructure Designer
8 6 (3.82%) Developer
9 5 (3.18%) Infrastructure Architect
10 4 (2.55%) Integration Architect
10 4 (2.55%) Systems Administrator
10 4 (2.55%) Security Consultant
10 4 (2.55%) DB2 DBA
10 4 (2.55%) WebSphere Specialist
11 3 (1.91%) CA Gen Developer
11 3 (1.91%) Middleware Specialist
11 3 (1.91%) CICS Systems Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (15.92%) Middleware
2 17 (10.83%) WebSphere MQ
3 12 (7.64%) ISPF
3 12 (7.64%) WebSphere Message Broker
4 5 (3.18%) XML
5 4 (2.55%) J2EE
5 4 (2.55%) SOAP
5 4 (2.55%) Web Services
6 3 (1.91%) .NET
7 2 (1.27%) EDI
7 2 (1.27%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 96 (61.15%) Mainframe
2 24 (15.29%) IBM Mainframe
3 10 (6.37%) iSeries
4 9 (5.73%) Enterprise Storage
4 9 (5.73%) Replication
5 8 (5.10%) DataPower
6 7 (4.46%) VSAM
7 6 (3.82%) Tandem
8 5 (3.18%) AS400
9 4 (2.55%) Management Information System
10 2 (1.27%) Clustering
10 2 (1.27%) LPAR
10 2 (1.27%) Hedge funds
11 1 (0.64%) Computer Science
11 1 (0.64%) Client/Server
11 1 (0.64%) GIS
11 1 (0.64%) HACMP
Operating Systems
1 49 (31.21%) Windows
2 45 (28.66%) UNIX
3 42 (26.75%) Linux
4 18 (11.46%) AIX
5 13 (8.28%) Solaris
6 11 (7.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (3.18%) MVS
8 3 (1.91%) OS/390
9 2 (1.27%) HPUX
10 1 (0.64%) VMS
10 1 (0.64%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (9.55%) Migration
2 11 (7.01%) Stakeholder Management
3 9 (5.73%) E-Commerce
4 6 (3.82%) SOA
5 5 (3.18%) Root Cause Analysis
5 5 (3.18%) Performance Tuning
5 5 (3.18%) Incident Management
5 5 (3.18%) UML
5 5 (3.18%) Project Management
6 4 (2.55%) Disaster Recovery
6 4 (2.55%) Change Management
6 4 (2.55%) Network Design
6 4 (2.55%) Data Migration
7 3 (1.91%) Change Control
7 3 (1.91%) Problem Management
7 3 (1.91%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (1.91%) Stress Testing
7 3 (1.91%) Enterprise Architecture
7 3 (1.91%) Configuration Management
7 3 (1.91%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (10.83%) JCL
2 13 (8.28%) SQL
3 11 (7.01%) COBOL
4 9 (5.73%) REXX
5 7 (4.46%) Java
6 3 (1.91%) C
7 2 (1.27%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.27%) ActionScript
7 2 (1.27%) ActionScript 2.0
8 1 (0.64%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.64%) Perl
8 1 (0.64%) C++
8 1 (0.64%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 5 (3.18%) Security Cleared
2 2 (1.27%) SC Cleared
3 1 (0.64%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 4 (2.55%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.27%) SLA
3 2 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.27%) QA
System Software
1 33 (21.02%) RACF
2 24 (15.29%) ACF2
3 8 (5.10%) SRDF
4 6 (3.82%) Active Directory
5 4 (2.55%) Xen
6 1 (0.64%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (0.64%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.64%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 7 (4.46%) Tivoli
2 6 (3.82%) OMEGAMON
3 3 (1.91%) Nessus
3 3 (1.91%) Control-M
4 2 (1.27%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 2 (1.27%) BladeLogic
4 2 (1.27%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (0.64%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 72 (45.86%) IBM
2 24 (15.29%) Microsoft
3 19 (12.10%) EMC
3 19 (12.10%) Oracle
4 13 (8.28%) Citrix
4 13 (8.28%) CA
5 11 (7.01%) SAP
6 10 (6.37%) Red Hat
7 9 (5.73%) HP
8 4 (2.55%) Cisco
8 4 (2.55%) BMC
9 2 (1.27%) Teradata
9 2 (1.27%) ILOG
9 2 (1.27%) Sun
9 2 (1.27%) Syncsort
10 1 (0.64%) Endeca
10 1 (0.64%) Siebel
10 1 (0.64%) Business Objects
10 1 (0.64%) Intel
10 1 (0.64%) FatWire
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