The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Mainframe in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Mainframe over the 3 months to 3 March 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Mainframes
Rank 105 99 95
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -4
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 7 12 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.31% 0.54% 0.44%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.20% 2.13% 1.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 7 5
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£425 £398 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.91% +41.96%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £379 £400
% change year-on-year
+5.61% -5.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 £60.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-34.71% +120.00%
Mainframe
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Miscellaneous Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
585 563 426
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 25.55% 25.37% 23.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 317 313 199
Average daily rate £350 £325 £301
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +7.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £183 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £450 £446
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 41 69
Average hourly rate £26.00 £19.25 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.06% -3.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.67 £10.00 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.86 £32.75 £34.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+2.77% -10.00%

Mainframe
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Mainframe across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

Mainframe Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Mainframe
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Mainframe across the West Midlands region.

Mainframe Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Mainframe
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Mainframe across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 3 March 2015.

Mainframe Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Mainframe
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Mainframe across the West Midlands region.

Mainframe Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Mainframe
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Mainframe within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 3 March 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
Birmingham -2 3 - - 1
Warwickshire -4 1 £425 +88.88%
Mainframe
England

Mainframe
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 8 (40.00%) zOS
1 8 (40.00%) DB2
1 8 (40.00%) Oracle
2 6 (30.00%) Java
2 6 (30.00%) .NET
2 6 (30.00%) FTP
3 5 (25.00%) CICS
3 5 (25.00%) BMC
3 5 (25.00%) Middleware
3 5 (25.00%) C
3 5 (25.00%) VB
3 5 (25.00%) EDI
3 5 (25.00%) Manufacturing
4 4 (20.00%) Migration
4 4 (20.00%) Finance
4 4 (20.00%) TOGAF
4 4 (20.00%) WebSphere
4 4 (20.00%) Technical Architecture
4 4 (20.00%) Pascal
4 4 (20.00%) MQSeries
4 4 (20.00%) AIX
4 4 (20.00%) SAP
4 4 (20.00%) CA
4 4 (20.00%) IBM
5 3 (15.00%) TCP/IP
5 3 (15.00%) UNIX
5 3 (15.00%) Windows
5 3 (15.00%) Linux
5 3 (15.00%) Capacity Planning
5 3 (15.00%) Capacity Management

Mainframe
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 5 (25.00%) CICS
2 4 (20.00%) WebSphere
2 4 (20.00%) MQSeries
3 2 (10.00%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (5.00%) WebLogic
4 1 (5.00%) JBoss
4 1 (5.00%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (5.00%) TIBCO EMS
Applications
1 1 (5.00%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (5.00%) TIBCO iProcess
Communications & Networking
1 6 (30.00%) FTP
2 3 (15.00%) TCP/IP
3 2 (10.00%) SSL
4 1 (5.00%) Internet
4 1 (5.00%) Firewall
4 1 (5.00%) SSH
4 1 (5.00%) VLAN
4 1 (5.00%) NAS
4 1 (5.00%) VPN
4 1 (5.00%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (40.00%) DB2
2 2 (10.00%) IDMS
3 1 (5.00%) SQL Server
3 1 (5.00%) DTS
3 1 (5.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (5.00%) ClearCase
1 1 (5.00%) ClearQuest
1 1 (5.00%) Subversion
General
1 5 (25.00%) Manufacturing
2 4 (20.00%) Finance
3 3 (15.00%) Banking
4 2 (10.00%) Automotive
5 1 (5.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (50.00%) Architect
2 4 (20.00%) Enterprise Architect
2 4 (20.00%) Mainframe Architect
3 2 (10.00%) DBA
3 2 (10.00%) Mainframe DBA
3 2 (10.00%) Integration Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Developer
4 1 (5.00%) Technical Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Consultant
4 1 (5.00%) Project Director
4 1 (5.00%) Environment Manager
4 1 (5.00%) Head of IT
4 1 (5.00%) Applications Support
4 1 (5.00%) Technical Consultant
4 1 (5.00%) Head of Operations
4 1 (5.00%) Mainframe Consultant
4 1 (5.00%) Technical Design Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (30.00%) .NET
2 5 (25.00%) EDI
2 5 (25.00%) Middleware
3 2 (10.00%) XML
4 1 (5.00%) XSLT
4 1 (5.00%) J2EE
4 1 (5.00%) Web Services
4 1 (5.00%) JNI
4 1 (5.00%) WebSphere Message Broker
4 1 (5.00%) RESTful
4 1 (5.00%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.00%) Management Information System
2 2 (10.00%) IBM Mainframe
2 2 (10.00%) LPAR
2 2 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.00%) Enterprise Storage
3 1 (5.00%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (5.00%) DataPower
3 1 (5.00%) AS400
3 1 (5.00%) Client/Server
3 1 (5.00%) HACMP
Operating Systems
1 8 (40.00%) zOS
2 4 (20.00%) AIX
3 3 (15.00%) UNIX
3 3 (15.00%) Windows
3 3 (15.00%) Linux
4 1 (5.00%) OpenVMS
4 1 (5.00%) MVS
4 1 (5.00%) Tru64
4 1 (5.00%) HPUX
4 1 (5.00%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (20.00%) TOGAF
1 4 (20.00%) Migration
1 4 (20.00%) Technical Architecture
2 3 (15.00%) Capacity Planning
2 3 (15.00%) Capacity Management
3 2 (10.00%) Data Migration
3 2 (10.00%) ITIL
3 2 (10.00%) SOA
3 2 (10.00%) Configuration Management
3 2 (10.00%) Service Delivery
4 1 (5.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (5.00%) Workflow
4 1 (5.00%) Project Management
4 1 (5.00%) B2B
4 1 (5.00%) RUP
4 1 (5.00%) EAI
4 1 (5.00%) Release Management
4 1 (5.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (5.00%) Workflow Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (30.00%) Java
2 5 (25.00%) C
2 5 (25.00%) VB
3 4 (20.00%) Pascal
4 2 (10.00%) SQL
5 1 (5.00%) C++
5 1 (5.00%) COBOL
5 1 (5.00%) JCL
Qualifications
1 1 (5.00%) ISEB
1 1 (5.00%) ITIL Certification
1 1 (5.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (5.00%) RACF
Systems Management
1 1 (5.00%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
1 1 (5.00%) Tivoli
1 1 (5.00%) Control-M
Vendors
1 8 (40.00%) Oracle
2 5 (25.00%) BMC
3 4 (20.00%) CA
3 4 (20.00%) SAP
3 4 (20.00%) IBM
4 2 (10.00%) VMware
5 1 (5.00%) Brocade
5 1 (5.00%) EMC
5 1 (5.00%) Cisco
5 1 (5.00%) Business Objects
5 1 (5.00%) Hitachi
5 1 (5.00%) Novell
5 1 (5.00%) Veritas
5 1 (5.00%) TIBCO