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 16 April 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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
IBM z/OS
Rank 506 480 499
Rank change year-on-year
-26 +19
Contract jobs citing zOS 97 72 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.15% 0.15%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.77% 0.71% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 28 24
Average daily rate £425 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -5.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £336 £350 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £450 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £375 £425
% change year-on-year
+13.33% -11.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Operating Systems Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Operating Systems category
12552 10196 12099
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.84% 20.98% 19.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 6956 5448 6170
Average daily rate £350 £350 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £175 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.40% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1094 1001 1168
Average hourly rate £16.16 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.02 £37.50 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -5.88%

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 16 April 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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -24 72 £400 - 10
London -36 38 £400 - 4
Scotland +6 23 £450 - 1
City of London -5 13 £399 -1.54%
Edinburgh -24 12 £413 - 1
South West -9 8 £285 -
West Yorkshire -14 7 £425 +13.33%
Yorkshire -15 7 £425 +13.33%
Leeds -18 5 £400 +6.66%
Bromley - 4 £575 - 2
North West -31 3 £500 +42.85% 4
South East -10 2 - - 2
Manchester -21 2 £500 - 1
Halifax - 2 £425 -
Wiltshire - 2 - -
East Midlands - - - -
Merseyside - - - - 2
Liverpool - - - - 2
Livingston - - - -
Macclesfield - - - -
West Dunbartonshire - - - -
Horsham - - - - 1
Knutsford - - - - 1
Gloucester - - - -
Clydebank - - - -
Altrincham - - - -
Bathgate - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Stockport - - - -
Berkshire - - - - 1

zOS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 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.

1 103 (53.65%) IBM
2 84 (43.75%) Mainframe
3 81 (42.19%) DB2
4 76 (39.58%) Finance
5 73 (38.02%) CICS
6 56 (29.17%) Windows
7 49 (25.52%) Linux
8 43 (22.40%) WebSphere
9 34 (17.71%) UNIX
10 30 (15.63%) JCL
10 30 (15.63%) RACF
11 29 (15.10%) Banking
12 28 (14.58%) REXX
13 26 (13.54%) WebSphere MQ
14 22 (11.46%) Middleware
15 20 (10.42%) AIX
16 18 (9.38%) CA
16 18 (9.38%) ISPF
17 17 (8.85%) Microsoft
17 17 (8.85%) WebSphere Application Server
17 17 (8.85%) COBOL
17 17 (8.85%) Stakeholder Management
18 16 (8.33%) Oracle
18 16 (8.33%) Solaris
19 15 (7.81%) SLA
19 15 (7.81%) BMC
19 15 (7.81%) Migration
19 15 (7.81%) WebSphere Message Broker
20 14 (7.29%) Incident Management
20 14 (7.29%) EMC

zOS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 73 (38.02%) CICS
2 43 (22.40%) WebSphere
3 17 (8.85%) WebSphere Application Server
4 10 (5.21%) SAS
5 9 (4.69%) MQSeries
6 6 (3.13%) WebLogic
6 6 (3.13%) WebSphere Portal
6 6 (3.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.52%) Oracle Service Bus
7 1 (0.52%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (3.13%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.52%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.52%) MS Office
2 1 (0.52%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.04%) BASE24
1 2 (1.04%) Oracle BPM
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.69%) Intranet
1 9 (4.69%) Internet
2 8 (4.17%) FTP
3 7 (3.65%) TCP/IP
3 7 (3.65%) SNA
4 6 (3.13%) SAN
4 6 (3.13%) TELNET
4 6 (3.13%) X.25
5 5 (2.60%) Firewall
6 4 (2.08%) Unified Communications
7 3 (1.56%) LDAP
7 3 (1.56%) Network Security
7 3 (1.56%) NAS
8 2 (1.04%) SMS
9 1 (0.52%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (42.19%) DB2
2 9 (4.69%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (4.69%) Easytrieve
3 4 (2.08%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.56%) Oracle Database
4 3 (1.56%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.52%) NonStop SQL
5 1 (0.52%) QlikView
5 1 (0.52%) IDMS
5 1 (0.52%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 2 (1.04%) ChangeMan
2 1 (0.52%) JIRA
2 1 (0.52%) SoapUI
2 1 (0.52%) CA Gen
2 1 (0.52%) ClearCase
2 1 (0.52%) Toad
General
1 76 (39.58%) Finance
2 29 (15.10%) Banking
3 9 (4.69%) Retail
3 9 (4.69%) Advertising
3 9 (4.69%) Financial Institution
4 5 (2.60%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.52%) Billing
5 1 (0.52%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.52%) International Banking
5 1 (0.52%) German Language
Job Titles
1 41 (21.35%) Administrator
2 40 (20.83%) Programmer
3 37 (19.27%) Systems Programmer
4 27 (14.06%) WebSphere Administrator
5 21 (10.94%) Architect
6 15 (7.81%) Analyst
7 12 (6.25%) DBA
7 12 (6.25%) Solutions Architect
8 9 (4.69%) DB2 DBA
9 8 (4.17%) Designer
10 7 (3.65%) Consultant
10 7 (3.65%) WebSphere Specialist
10 7 (3.65%) Security Analyst
11 6 (3.13%) CICS Systems Programmer
11 6 (3.13%) CICS Programmer
11 6 (3.13%) Infrastructure Designer
12 5 (2.60%) Mainframe Programmer
12 5 (2.60%) Server Specialist
12 5 (2.60%) Applications Specialist
12 5 (2.60%) WebSphere Server Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (13.54%) WebSphere MQ
2 22 (11.46%) Middleware
3 18 (9.38%) ISPF
4 15 (7.81%) WebSphere Message Broker
5 7 (3.65%) XML
6 3 (1.56%) .NET
7 2 (1.04%) EDI
8 1 (0.52%) SAML
8 1 (0.52%) ActiveMQ
8 1 (0.52%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 84 (43.75%) Mainframe
2 10 (5.21%) IBM Mainframe
3 9 (4.69%) iSeries
4 8 (4.17%) Enterprise Storage
5 6 (3.13%) Hedge funds
5 6 (3.13%) Tandem
6 5 (2.60%) VSAM
7 3 (1.56%) Replication
8 2 (1.04%) AS400
9 1 (0.52%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.52%) GIS
9 1 (0.52%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.52%) Statistics
9 1 (0.52%) Online Banking
9 1 (0.52%) LPAR
9 1 (0.52%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 56 (29.17%) Windows
2 49 (25.52%) Linux
3 34 (17.71%) UNIX
4 20 (10.42%) AIX
5 16 (8.33%) Solaris
6 11 (5.73%) MVS
7 9 (4.69%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (3.13%) OS/390
9 3 (1.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (1.04%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.52%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (8.85%) Stakeholder Management
2 15 (7.81%) Migration
3 14 (7.29%) Incident Management
4 11 (5.73%) Security Management
4 11 (5.73%) E-Commerce
5 10 (5.21%) Time Management
6 8 (4.17%) ITIL
6 8 (4.17%) Project Management
7 6 (3.13%) SOA
8 5 (2.60%) Problem Management
8 5 (2.60%) Performance Analysis
9 4 (2.08%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (2.08%) Change Management
10 3 (1.56%) Disaster Recovery
10 3 (1.56%) Business Intelligence
10 3 (1.56%) B2B
10 3 (1.56%) Performance Management
10 3 (1.56%) Data Management
10 3 (1.56%) TOGAF
10 3 (1.56%) Information Management
Programming Languages
1 30 (15.63%) JCL
2 28 (14.58%) REXX
3 17 (8.85%) COBOL
4 12 (6.25%) SQL
5 10 (5.21%) Assembly Language
6 8 (4.17%) C++
7 7 (3.65%) Java
8 6 (3.13%) C
9 2 (1.04%) ActionScript
9 2 (1.04%) ActionScript 2.0
10 1 (0.52%) SELCOPY
10 1 (0.52%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 7 (3.65%) ITIL Certification
2 4 (2.08%) Security Cleared
3 1 (0.52%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (7.81%) SLA
2 2 (1.04%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.52%) Basel III
3 1 (0.52%) QA
System Software
1 30 (15.63%) RACF
2 4 (2.08%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.56%) SRDF
3 3 (1.56%) Oracle RAC
4 2 (1.04%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 11 (5.73%) Tivoli
2 6 (3.13%) Control-M
3 5 (2.60%) Tivoli Monitoring
3 5 (2.60%) MAINVIEW
4 2 (1.04%) CA Endevor
4 2 (1.04%) OMEGAMON
5 1 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.52%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 103 (53.65%) IBM
2 18 (9.38%) CA
3 17 (8.85%) Microsoft
4 16 (8.33%) Oracle
5 15 (7.81%) BMC
6 14 (7.29%) EMC
7 8 (4.17%) Citrix
7 8 (4.17%) HP
8 5 (2.60%) SAP
9 4 (2.08%) Sun
9 4 (2.08%) VMware
10 3 (1.56%) Red Hat
10 3 (1.56%) Siebel
11 2 (1.04%) Teradata
11 2 (1.04%) Informatica
12 1 (0.52%) Pega
12 1 (0.52%) Business Objects
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