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 3 months to 30 March 2017 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
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 95 106 73
Rank change year-on-year +11 -33  
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 36 55 84
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.38% 1.41% 2.33%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 4.35% 4.50% 7.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 37 42
Median daily rate £455 £400 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.75% -4.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £315 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £510 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £401
% change year-on-year +3.12% -0.12%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £19.25 £39.50
% change year-on-year +100.00% -51.26%  

Mainframe is in the generic IT skills category. The next 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.

Generic IT Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 828 1223 1070
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 31.83% 31.44% 29.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 502 737 566
Median daily rate £375 £385 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.59% -3.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £512 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 56 68
Median hourly rate £18.09 £22.54 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.74% +33.84%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £13.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.51 £47.39 £49.72
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -21.56% +37.83%  

Mainframe
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Mainframe as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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 3 months to 30 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +6 14 £363 -9.37%
Lancashire +10 10 £455 +17.41%
Cheshire +29 7 £425 -
Merseyside 0 1 - -
Mainframe
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Mainframe also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Mainframe.

1 21 (47.73%) Migration
2 17 (38.64%) IBM
2 17 (38.64%) Middleware
3 15 (34.09%) Windows
4 14 (31.82%) Linux
4 14 (31.82%) Unix
5 13 (29.55%) AIX
5 13 (29.55%) Stakeholder Management
5 13 (29.55%) Finance
6 11 (25.00%) HPUX
6 11 (25.00%) Solaris
7 10 (22.73%) SC Cleared
7 10 (22.73%) Security Cleared
7 10 (22.73%) Data Centre
8 9 (20.45%) Project Management
9 7 (15.91%) Java
9 7 (15.91%) Perl
9 7 (15.91%) IBM Mainframe
9 7 (15.91%) Retail
10 6 (13.64%) Asset Management
10 6 (13.64%) Risk Management
10 6 (13.64%) SCOM
10 6 (13.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (13.64%) JCL
10 6 (13.64%) CA
10 6 (13.64%) Netcool
10 6 (13.64%) Data Centre Operations
10 6 (13.64%) IBM BigFix
10 6 (13.64%) ServiceNow
10 6 (13.64%) Software Asset Management

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 3 (6.82%) CICS
Applications
1 1 (2.27%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (9.09%) DNS
1 4 (9.09%) Firewall
2 2 (4.55%) SSL
3 1 (2.27%) Cisco Nexus
3 1 (2.27%) FTP
3 1 (2.27%) HTTP
3 1 (2.27%) IPsec
3 1 (2.27%) LAN
3 1 (2.27%) LDAP
3 1 (2.27%) MPLS
3 1 (2.27%) Network Security
3 1 (2.27%) OSPF
3 1 (2.27%) PuTTY
3 1 (2.27%) SSH
3 1 (2.27%) tcpdump
3 1 (2.27%) VLAN
3 1 (2.27%) VPN
3 1 (2.27%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (11.36%) DB2
Development Applications
1 1 (2.27%) StarTeam
General
1 13 (29.55%) Finance
2 7 (15.91%) Retail
3 5 (11.36%) Banking
4 3 (6.82%) Billing
Job Titles
1 12 (27.27%) Architect
2 10 (22.73%) Project Manager
3 6 (13.64%) Migration Manager
4 5 (11.36%) Developer
4 5 (11.36%) Migration Project Manager
4 5 (11.36%) Solutions Architect
5 4 (9.09%) Infrastructure Architect
6 3 (6.82%) Data Centre Manager
6 3 (6.82%) Data Centre Migration Project Manager
6 3 (6.82%) Data Centre Project Manager
6 3 (6.82%) Data Migration Manager
6 3 (6.82%) Data Migration Project Manager
6 3 (6.82%) Enterprise Management Engineer
6 3 (6.82%) Mainframe Project Manager
7 2 (4.55%) Cloud Architect
7 2 (4.55%) Cloud Solutions Architect
7 2 (4.55%) Migration Architect
7 2 (4.55%) Monitoring Engineer
7 2 (4.55%) SC Cleared DBA
7 2 (4.55%) Service Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (38.64%) Middleware
2 1 (2.27%) ISPF
2 1 (2.27%) WebSphere MQ
2 1 (2.27%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 10 (22.73%) Data Centre
2 7 (15.91%) IBM Mainframe
3 3 (6.82%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.55%) Blog
4 2 (4.55%) Cloud Native
4 2 (4.55%) Clustering
4 2 (4.55%) Public Cloud
4 2 (4.55%) Replication
4 2 (4.55%) Tandem
4 2 (4.55%) VSAM
5 1 (2.27%) Client/Server
5 1 (2.27%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.27%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (2.27%) HACMP
5 1 (2.27%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (2.27%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.27%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 15 (34.09%) Windows
2 14 (31.82%) Linux
2 14 (31.82%) Unix
3 13 (29.55%) AIX
4 11 (25.00%) HPUX
4 11 (25.00%) Solaris
5 6 (13.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (9.09%) OS/2
7 2 (4.55%) zOS
8 1 (2.27%) VME
8 1 (2.27%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (47.73%) Migration
2 13 (29.55%) Stakeholder Management
3 9 (20.45%) Project Management
4 6 (13.64%) Asset Management
4 6 (13.64%) Data Centre Operations
4 6 (13.64%) Risk Management
4 6 (13.64%) Software Asset Management
5 5 (11.36%) Change Management
5 5 (11.36%) ITIL
6 4 (9.09%) Integration Testing
6 4 (9.09%) Stakeholder Engagement
7 3 (6.82%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (6.82%) CRM
8 2 (4.55%) Agile Software Development
8 2 (4.55%) Functional Testing
8 2 (4.55%) Logistics
8 2 (4.55%) Non-Functional Testing
8 2 (4.55%) Test Management
8 2 (4.55%) Test Strategy
8 2 (4.55%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (15.91%) Java
1 7 (15.91%) Perl
2 6 (13.64%) JCL
3 5 (11.36%) COBOL
4 2 (4.55%) SQL
5 1 (2.27%) Assembly Language
5 1 (2.27%) C
5 1 (2.27%) LINC
5 1 (2.27%) REXX
5 1 (2.27%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 10 (22.73%) SC Cleared
1 10 (22.73%) Security Cleared
2 2 (4.55%) CCIE
2 2 (4.55%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (2.27%) CCDP
3 1 (2.27%) PMI Certification
3 1 (2.27%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.27%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (11.36%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.55%) RACF
2 2 (4.55%) Time Sharing Option
3 1 (2.27%) GPFS
3 1 (2.27%) PowerHA
3 1 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 6 (13.64%) IBM BigFix
1 6 (13.64%) Netcool
1 6 (13.64%) SCOM
2 2 (4.55%) Terraform
3 1 (2.27%) CA Endevor
3 1 (2.27%) FortiGate
3 1 (2.27%) OpenView
3 1 (2.27%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 17 (38.64%) IBM
2 6 (13.64%) CA
2 6 (13.64%) ServiceNow
3 3 (6.82%) HP
4 1 (2.27%) F5
4 1 (2.27%) ICL
4 1 (2.27%) Intel
4 1 (2.27%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.27%) Unisys
4 1 (2.27%) VMware