Period
to 19 June 2019

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Mainframe in contract job vacancies advertised in the North West. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Mainframe over the 6 months to 19 June 2019 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Mainframes
England > North West
6 months to
19 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 160 178 114
Rank change year-on-year +18 -64 -11
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 37 36 85
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.72% 0.62% 1.56%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 2.54% 2.05% 4.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 21 37
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £346 £363 £320
90th Percentile £494 £534 £551
England median daily rate £425 £450 £423
% change year-on-year -5.56% +6.51% -0.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
North West median hourly rate £41.50 - £19.50
10th Percentile £40.25 - £18.75
90th Percentile £42.75 - £20.25
England median hourly rate £41.50 £44.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year -6.74% +43.55% +10.71%

Mainframe is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 1,457 1,760 1,824
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 28.53% 30.14% 33.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 901 1,023 1,074
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £225 £257 £213
90th Percentile £594 £575 £550
England median daily rate £475 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 117 129
North West median hourly rate £20.87 £20.00 £18.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.34% +7.07% -1.01%
10th Percentile £12.01 £12.40 £11.25
90th Percentile £52.25 £54.10 £49.90
England median hourly rate £21.00 £22.50 £19.50
% change year-on-year -6.67% +15.38% -7.14%

Mainframe
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Mainframe as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Mainframe in the North West

Mainframe
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Mainframe in the North West

Mainframe
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Mainframe in the North West over the 6 months to 19 June 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Mainframe in the North West

Mainframe
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Mainframe in the North West

Mainframe
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Mainframe within the North West region over the 6 months to 19 June 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +21 19 £400 -5.88%
Manchester +14 15 £525 +27.27%
Lancashire -2 3 £375 -2.60%
Mainframe
England

For the 6 months to 19 June 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Mainframe also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Mainframe.

1 18 (48.65%) Finance
2 15 (40.54%) Middleware
3 14 (37.84%) Problem-Solving
4 11 (29.73%) DB2
5 10 (27.03%) Java
6 9 (24.32%) Web Services
7 8 (21.62%) Unix
7 8 (21.62%) COBOL
7 8 (21.62%) DevOps
7 8 (21.62%) Microservices
8 7 (18.92%) REST
8 7 (18.92%) MongoDB
8 7 (18.92%) Test Automation
8 7 (18.92%) JUnit
8 7 (18.92%) OO
8 7 (18.92%) CICS
8 7 (18.92%) JCL
8 7 (18.92%) API Design
9 6 (16.22%) Time Sharing Option
9 6 (16.22%) Spring Boot
9 6 (16.22%) API Development
9 6 (16.22%) Java 8
9 6 (16.22%) Hibernate
9 6 (16.22%) Data Modelling
9 6 (16.22%) IBM
9 6 (16.22%) SOAP
9 6 (16.22%) J2EE
9 6 (16.22%) JPA
9 6 (16.22%) Performance Tuning
9 6 (16.22%) Agile Software Development

Mainframe
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 7 (18.92%) CICS
2 2 (5.41%) MQSeries
2 2 (5.41%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (2.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.11%) DMZ
1 3 (8.11%) HTTPS
1 3 (8.11%) Internet
1 3 (8.11%) SSL
2 1 (2.70%) LAN
2 1 (2.70%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (29.73%) DB2
2 7 (18.92%) MongoDB
3 3 (8.11%) GIS
4 2 (5.41%) Base SAS
4 2 (5.41%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 2 (5.41%) SAS Enterprise Guide
5 1 (2.70%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (18.92%) JUnit
2 2 (5.41%) Git (software)
2 2 (5.41%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.70%) Appium
3 1 (2.70%) Gradle
3 1 (2.70%) HP UFT
3 1 (2.70%) Jenkins
3 1 (2.70%) Maven
3 1 (2.70%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (2.70%) Rational Statemate
3 1 (2.70%) Selenium
3 1 (2.70%) TestNG
General
1 18 (48.65%) Finance
2 6 (16.22%) Banking
3 3 (8.11%) Law
4 2 (5.41%) Retail
5 1 (2.70%) Avionics
Job Titles
1 9 (24.32%) Analyst
1 9 (24.32%) Developer
2 7 (18.92%) Designer
3 5 (13.51%) COBOL Developer
4 4 (10.81%) Mainframe Tester
4 4 (10.81%) Tester
5 3 (8.11%) Administrator
6 2 (5.41%) Agile Tester
6 2 (5.41%) DB2 Developer
6 2 (5.41%) Environment Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) Mainframe Developer
6 2 (5.41%) Messaging Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) SAS Developer
6 2 (5.41%) Test Analyst
6 2 (5.41%) Test Manager
7 1 (2.70%) Lead Test Analyst
7 1 (2.70%) Test Automation Manager
7 1 (2.70%) Test Leader
7 1 (2.70%) Test Programme Manager
7 1 (2.70%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (40.54%) Middleware
2 9 (24.32%) Web Services
3 7 (18.92%) REST
4 6 (16.22%) Hibernate
4 6 (16.22%) J2EE
4 6 (16.22%) Java EE
4 6 (16.22%) JPA
4 6 (16.22%) SOAP
4 6 (16.22%) Spring
4 6 (16.22%) Spring Boot
5 2 (5.41%) AngularJS
5 2 (5.41%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.51%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (13.51%) IBM Mainframe
1 5 (13.51%) VSAM
2 3 (8.11%) Clustering
3 2 (5.41%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.70%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 8 (21.62%) Unix
2 4 (10.81%) Windows
3 3 (8.11%) Linux
4 2 (5.41%) MVS
5 1 (2.70%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (37.84%) Problem-Solving
2 8 (21.62%) DevOps
2 8 (21.62%) Microservices
3 7 (18.92%) API Design
3 7 (18.92%) OO
3 7 (18.92%) Test Automation
4 6 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (16.22%) API Development
4 6 (16.22%) Data Modelling
4 6 (16.22%) Migration
4 6 (16.22%) Performance Tuning
4 6 (16.22%) TDD
4 6 (16.22%) Unit Testing
5 5 (13.51%) Scaled Agile Framework
5 5 (13.51%) Scrum
6 4 (10.81%) Change Management
6 4 (10.81%) ITIL
7 3 (8.11%) Data Protection
8 2 (5.41%) Capacity Planning
8 2 (5.41%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (27.03%) Java
2 8 (21.62%) COBOL
3 7 (18.92%) JCL
4 6 (16.22%) Java 8
5 2 (5.41%) PL/1
5 2 (5.41%) SAS Macro
6 1 (2.70%) Assembly Language
6 1 (2.70%) C
6 1 (2.70%) REXX
6 1 (2.70%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (8.11%) ITIL Certification
2 1 (2.70%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (16.22%) QA
2 3 (8.11%) GDPR
System Software
1 6 (16.22%) Time Sharing Option
2 1 (2.70%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 6 (16.22%) IBM
2 3 (8.11%) Oracle
3 2 (5.41%) Syncsort
4 1 (2.70%) Micro Focus
4 1 (2.70%) VMware