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 26 June 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
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 83 85 93
Rank change year-on-year +2 +8  
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 59 83 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.00% 2.21% 1.54%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 6.27% 7.07% 6.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 44 28
Median daily rate £400 £438 £406
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.57% +7.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £336 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £518 £580
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £19.50 - £31.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £12.50
% change year-on-year +5.26% +128.00%  

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 941 1174 941
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 31.92% 31.30% 25.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 525 698 543
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £261 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £536 £512
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 54 55
Median hourly rate £30.00 £14.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +106.89% -9.37%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.53 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.00 £47.39 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £23.00 £18.88
% change year-on-year +8.69% +21.82%  

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 26 June 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 26 June 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
Lancashire +17 30 £410 +24.71%
Manchester -6 16 £313 -34.21% 1
Cheshire +9 12 £400 -
Mainframe
England

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 41 (48.24%) Migration
2 37 (43.53%) Unix
2 37 (43.53%) Windows
3 34 (40.00%) Linux
4 32 (37.65%) IBM
5 31 (36.47%) AIX
6 29 (34.12%) Middleware
7 24 (28.24%) HPUX
7 24 (28.24%) Solaris
8 20 (23.53%) DB2
9 16 (18.82%) Data Centre
10 15 (17.65%) SC Cleared
10 15 (17.65%) Security Cleared
11 14 (16.47%) Stakeholder Management
12 13 (15.29%) JCL
13 11 (12.94%) Project Management
13 11 (12.94%) Finance
13 11 (12.94%) IBM Mainframe
14 10 (11.76%) Analytical Skills
14 10 (11.76%) Replication
14 10 (11.76%) Shell Script
14 10 (11.76%) HP
15 9 (10.59%) COBOL
15 9 (10.59%) Java
15 9 (10.59%) Data Centre Operations
16 8 (9.41%) SQL
16 8 (9.41%) Banking
17 7 (8.24%) Retail
17 7 (8.24%) Change Management
17 7 (8.24%) Perl

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 (8.24%) CICS
2 5 (5.88%) WebSphere
3 3 (3.53%) MS Exchange
4 2 (2.35%) Apache Pig
4 2 (2.35%) WebLogic
4 2 (2.35%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 2 (2.35%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (3.53%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.35%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.06%) SAN
1 6 (7.06%) SSH
2 5 (5.88%) DNS
2 5 (5.88%) SSL
3 4 (4.71%) FTP
3 4 (4.71%) HTTP
3 4 (4.71%) PuTTY
3 4 (4.71%) tcpdump
4 3 (3.53%) Firewall
4 3 (3.53%) LDAP
5 2 (2.35%) Internet
5 2 (2.35%) SNMP
6 1 (1.18%) LAN
6 1 (1.18%) Network Security
6 1 (1.18%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (23.53%) DB2
2 3 (3.53%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.35%) Big Data
4 1 (1.18%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (3.53%) JIRA
General
1 11 (12.94%) Finance
2 8 (9.41%) Banking
3 7 (8.24%) Retail
4 1 (1.18%) Billing
4 1 (1.18%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 14 (16.47%) Architect
2 10 (11.76%) Project Manager
3 8 (9.41%) Migration Manager
4 7 (8.24%) Consultant
4 7 (8.24%) DBA
4 7 (8.24%) Infrastructure Architect
5 6 (7.06%) Analyst
5 6 (7.06%) DB2 DBA
6 5 (5.88%) Developer
6 5 (5.88%) Mainframe Analyst
6 5 (5.88%) Migration Project Manager
7 4 (4.71%) Data Centre Manager
7 4 (4.71%) Data Migration Manager
7 4 (4.71%) Mainframe Test Analyst
7 4 (4.71%) Test Analyst
7 4 (4.71%) Test Manager
8 3 (3.53%) Administrator
8 3 (3.53%) Senior Manager
8 3 (3.53%) Senior Test Manager
8 3 (3.53%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (34.12%) Middleware
2 4 (4.71%) X-Windows
3 2 (2.35%) EJB
3 2 (2.35%) J2EE
3 2 (2.35%) JMS
3 2 (2.35%) JSP
3 2 (2.35%) Kafka
3 2 (2.35%) REST
3 2 (2.35%) Servlets
3 2 (2.35%) XML
4 1 (1.18%) .NET
4 1 (1.18%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.18%) ISPF
4 1 (1.18%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 16 (18.82%) Data Centre
2 11 (12.94%) IBM Mainframe
3 10 (11.76%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (11.76%) Replication
4 4 (4.71%) AS400
4 4 (4.71%) Linux Command Line
4 4 (4.71%) PKI
5 3 (3.53%) iSeries
6 2 (2.35%) Blog
6 2 (2.35%) Cloud Native
6 2 (2.35%) Computer Science
6 2 (2.35%) Public Cloud
6 2 (2.35%) Tandem
6 2 (2.35%) VSAM
7 1 (1.18%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.18%) Clustering
7 1 (1.18%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.18%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 37 (43.53%) Unix
1 37 (43.53%) Windows
2 34 (40.00%) Linux
3 31 (36.47%) AIX
4 24 (28.24%) HPUX
4 24 (28.24%) Solaris
5 7 (8.24%) zOS
6 6 (7.06%) OS/2
6 6 (7.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (3.53%) OS/390
8 1 (1.18%) NetWare
8 1 (1.18%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (48.24%) Migration
2 14 (16.47%) Stakeholder Management
3 11 (12.94%) Project Management
4 9 (10.59%) Data Centre Operations
5 7 (8.24%) Change Management
6 6 (7.06%) Asset Management
6 6 (7.06%) ITIL
6 6 (7.06%) Logistics
6 6 (7.06%) Risk Management
6 6 (7.06%) Software Asset Management
7 5 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (5.88%) Problem Management
8 4 (4.71%) SOA
8 4 (4.71%) Stakeholder Engagement
8 4 (4.71%) Statistics
8 4 (4.71%) User Acceptance Testing
9 3 (3.53%) Functional Testing
9 3 (3.53%) Integration Testing
9 3 (3.53%) Mentoring
10 2 (2.35%) People Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (15.29%) JCL
2 10 (11.76%) Shell Script
3 9 (10.59%) COBOL
3 9 (10.59%) Java
4 8 (9.41%) SQL
5 7 (8.24%) Perl
6 5 (5.88%) Assembly Language
7 2 (2.35%) Bash Shell
7 2 (2.35%) Python
8 1 (1.18%) C
8 1 (1.18%) LINC
8 1 (1.18%) R
8 1 (1.18%) REXX
Qualifications
1 15 (17.65%) SC Cleared
1 15 (17.65%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (1.18%) Degree
2 1 (1.18%) PMI Certification
2 1 (1.18%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.35%) QA
2 1 (1.18%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (7.06%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.53%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.35%) Apache Flume
3 2 (2.35%) RACF
3 2 (2.35%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 6 (7.06%) IBM BigFix
1 6 (7.06%) Netcool
1 6 (7.06%) SCOM
1 6 (7.06%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 4 (4.71%) Tivoli
3 3 (3.53%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 2 (2.35%) Terraform
5 1 (1.18%) CA Endevor
5 1 (1.18%) Control-M
5 1 (1.18%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.18%) OpenView
Vendors
1 32 (37.65%) IBM
2 10 (11.76%) HP
3 7 (8.24%) CA
4 6 (7.06%) Microsoft
4 6 (7.06%) ServiceNow
5 5 (5.88%) Oracle
6 4 (4.71%) IBM Sterling
6 4 (4.71%) VMware
7 3 (3.53%) Citrix
7 3 (3.53%) hybris
7 3 (3.53%) SAP
8 2 (2.35%) Pega
8 2 (2.35%) Splunk
9 1 (1.18%) Intel
9 1 (1.18%) Unisys