The first table below looks at the demand 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 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Operating Systems category.

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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
IBM z/OS
Rank 503 495 506
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +11
Contract jobs citing zOS 87 78 75
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.15% 0.13%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.71% 0.69% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 30 21
Average daily rate
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£450 £410 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.75% +9.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £287 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £653 £443
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £388 £425
% change year-on-year
+16.12% -8.82%
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% -
Operating Systems Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
12323 11383 12054
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.55% 22.26% 20.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 6995 6240 5965
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £175 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1039 1009 1231
Average hourly rate £15.00 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.50 £37.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.20 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -7.42%

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 1 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 1 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +19 80 £450 +5.88% 5
London +18 40 £450 +6.50% 4
City of London +28 9 £525 +75.00% 3
South East -3 8 £318 -47.08% 1
Yorkshire -6 8 £450 +166.66%
Scotland -32 6 £375 -
North West -7 5 £475 +11.76%
Berkshire - 5 £318 -
West Yorkshire -9 4 £550 +228.35%
East of England -17 4 £425 -37.03%
Edinburgh -32 4 £450 +20.00%
Newcastle upon Tyne - 4 £218 -
Reading - 4 - -
Tyne and Wear - 4 £218 -
North East - 4 £218 -
Leeds -6 1 - -
Halifax -9 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 £315 -
South West - 1 - -
Eynsham - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Liverpool - - - -
Gloucester - - - -
Stirling - - - -

zOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 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 98 (57.31%) Mainframe
2 78 (45.61%) IBM
3 61 (35.67%) Finance
4 53 (30.99%) Windows
4 53 (30.99%) WebSphere
5 48 (28.07%) UNIX
6 44 (25.73%) Linux
7 36 (21.05%) CICS
8 30 (17.54%) RACF
8 30 (17.54%) DB2
9 26 (15.20%) WebSphere MQ
9 26 (15.20%) IBM Mainframe
10 25 (14.62%) Middleware
10 25 (14.62%) Microsoft
11 22 (12.87%) WebSphere Application Server
12 21 (12.28%) Oracle
12 21 (12.28%) Banking
13 20 (11.70%) JCL
13 20 (11.70%) AIX
13 20 (11.70%) EMC
14 18 (10.53%) ACF2
15 16 (9.36%) WebSphere Message Broker
15 16 (9.36%) Migration
16 14 (8.19%) COBOL
16 14 (8.19%) ISPF
17 13 (7.60%) Solaris
17 13 (7.60%) Citrix
17 13 (7.60%) CA
17 13 (7.60%) Tivoli
18 12 (7.02%) SQL

zOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 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 53 (30.99%) WebSphere
2 36 (21.05%) CICS
3 22 (12.87%) WebSphere Application Server
4 10 (5.85%) WebSphere Portal
5 6 (3.51%) WebLogic
6 5 (2.92%) Apache
7 3 (1.75%) SAS
8 2 (1.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 2 (1.17%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.58%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.58%) MQSeries
Applications
1 4 (2.34%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.58%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.58%) MS Office
2 1 (0.58%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.34%) Oracle BPM
2 2 (1.17%) Staffware
3 1 (0.58%) BASE24
Communications & Networking
1 10 (5.85%) Internet
1 10 (5.85%) SAN
2 9 (5.26%) Intranet
2 9 (5.26%) NAS
3 8 (4.68%) Firewall
4 7 (4.09%) FTP
5 6 (3.51%) SMS
6 5 (2.92%) LDAP
6 5 (2.92%) TCP/IP
6 5 (2.92%) SNA
7 4 (2.34%) Cisco IOS
7 4 (2.34%) HTTP
7 4 (2.34%) SSL
8 2 (1.17%) Telnet
8 2 (1.17%) X.25
9 1 (0.58%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (17.54%) DB2
2 11 (6.43%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (4.09%) Oracle Database
4 4 (2.34%) SQL Server
5 3 (1.75%) IDMS
5 3 (1.75%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.17%) IBM InfoSphere
6 2 (1.17%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.58%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.58%) DataStage
7 1 (0.58%) Easytrieve
7 1 (0.58%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 4 (2.34%) ChangeMan
1 4 (2.34%) CA Gen
2 2 (1.17%) Eclipse
3 1 (0.58%) SoapUI
General
1 61 (35.67%) Finance
2 21 (12.28%) Banking
3 11 (6.43%) Financial Institution
4 10 (5.85%) Advertising
5 3 (1.75%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.17%) French Language
6 2 (1.17%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.58%) Automotive
7 1 (0.58%) Retail
7 1 (0.58%) Billing
7 1 (0.58%) German Language
7 1 (0.58%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 35 (20.47%) Administrator
2 21 (12.28%) Programmer
2 21 (12.28%) WebSphere Administrator
3 18 (10.53%) Consultant
3 18 (10.53%) Systems Programmer
4 14 (8.19%) Architect
5 13 (7.60%) Designer
6 11 (6.43%) Infrastructure Designer
7 10 (5.85%) DBA
7 10 (5.85%) Analyst
8 6 (3.51%) WebSphere Specialist
9 5 (2.92%) Infrastructure Architect
9 5 (2.92%) DB2 DBA
10 4 (2.34%) Mainframe Programmer
10 4 (2.34%) Server Specialist
10 4 (2.34%) WebSphere Server Specialist
10 4 (2.34%) Solutions Designer
10 4 (2.34%) Systems Administrator
10 4 (2.34%) Applications Specialist
10 4 (2.34%) Integration Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (15.20%) WebSphere MQ
2 25 (14.62%) Middleware
3 16 (9.36%) WebSphere Message Broker
4 14 (8.19%) ISPF
5 7 (4.09%) XML
6 4 (2.34%) SOAP
6 4 (2.34%) Web Services
6 4 (2.34%) .NET
6 4 (2.34%) J2EE
7 3 (1.75%) EDI
8 2 (1.17%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 98 (57.31%) Mainframe
2 26 (15.20%) IBM Mainframe
3 10 (5.85%) Replication
4 9 (5.26%) iSeries
4 9 (5.26%) Enterprise Storage
5 8 (4.68%) DataPower
6 7 (4.09%) VSAM
7 6 (3.51%) Tandem
8 5 (2.92%) AS400
9 3 (1.75%) Management Information System
10 2 (1.17%) Clustering
10 2 (1.17%) Hedge funds
10 2 (1.17%) LPAR
11 1 (0.58%) Client/Server
11 1 (0.58%) HACMP
11 1 (0.58%) GIS
11 1 (0.58%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 53 (30.99%) Windows
2 48 (28.07%) UNIX
3 44 (25.73%) Linux
4 20 (11.70%) AIX
5 13 (7.60%) Solaris
6 10 (5.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (2.92%) MVS
8 3 (1.75%) OS/390
9 2 (1.17%) HPUX
10 1 (0.58%) VMS
10 1 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.58%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (9.36%) Migration
2 11 (6.43%) Stakeholder Management
3 10 (5.85%) E-Commerce
4 8 (4.68%) ITIL
5 7 (4.09%) SOA
6 6 (3.51%) Root Cause Analysis
6 6 (3.51%) Time Management
7 5 (2.92%) UML
7 5 (2.92%) Project Management
7 5 (2.92%) Performance Tuning
7 5 (2.92%) Incident Management
7 5 (2.92%) Problem Management
8 4 (2.34%) Network Design
8 4 (2.34%) Performance Management
8 4 (2.34%) Data Migration
8 4 (2.34%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (2.34%) Change Management
9 3 (1.75%) B2B
9 3 (1.75%) Configuration Management
9 3 (1.75%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (11.70%) JCL
2 14 (8.19%) COBOL
3 12 (7.02%) SQL
4 10 (5.85%) REXX
5 8 (4.68%) Java
6 3 (1.75%) ActionScript
6 3 (1.75%) C
6 3 (1.75%) Shell Script
6 3 (1.75%) ActionScript 2.0
7 2 (1.17%) Assembly Language
8 1 (0.58%) C++
8 1 (0.58%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.58%) Perl
Qualifications
1 6 (3.51%) ITIL Certification
2 4 (2.34%) Security Cleared
3 1 (0.58%) SC Cleared
3 1 (0.58%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.92%) SLA
1 5 (2.92%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 4 (2.34%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.17%) QA
System Software
1 30 (17.54%) RACF
2 18 (10.53%) ACF2
3 9 (5.26%) SRDF
4 5 (2.92%) Active Directory
5 4 (2.34%) Xen
6 1 (0.58%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 1 (0.58%) Oracle RAC
6 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 13 (7.60%) Tivoli
2 7 (4.09%) Tivoli Monitoring
3 4 (2.34%) OMEGAMON
3 4 (2.34%) Control-M
4 3 (1.75%) Nessus
5 2 (1.17%) BladeLogic
6 1 (0.58%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.58%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 78 (45.61%) IBM
2 25 (14.62%) Microsoft
3 21 (12.28%) Oracle
4 20 (11.70%) EMC
5 13 (7.60%) Citrix
5 13 (7.60%) CA
6 10 (5.85%) SAP
7 9 (5.26%) HP
7 9 (5.26%) Red Hat
8 6 (3.51%) BMC
9 4 (2.34%) Cisco
10 2 (1.17%) Teradata
10 2 (1.17%) Syncsort
10 2 (1.17%) ILOG
10 2 (1.17%) Sun
11 1 (0.58%) Siebel
11 1 (0.58%) Business Objects
11 1 (0.58%) Informatica
11 1 (0.58%) Intel
11 1 (0.58%) FatWire