Period
to 15 October 2018

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 15 October 2018 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 195 128 103
Rank change year-on-year -67 -25 -10
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 24 79 147
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.41% 1.41% 2.05%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.36% 4.60% 6.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 36 86
North West median daily rate £400 £423 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.27% -11.05% +5.56%
10th Percentile £362 £331 £319
90th Percentile £458 £491 £525
England median daily rate £426 £430 £450
% change year-on-year -1.02% -4.44% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
North West median hourly rate - £19.50 £51.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -61.76% +62.94%
England median hourly rate £16.00 £30.00 £32.40
% change year-on-year -46.67% -7.41% +22.84%

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 1,765 1,716 2,403
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 29.81% 30.71% 33.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,005 1,055 1,499
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £225 £213 £252
90th Percentile £575 £562 £556
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 121 88 101
North West median hourly rate £23.15 £20.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.93% +28.13% -5.88%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.25 £11.90
90th Percentile £52.75 £55.00 £47.39
England median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +7.50% - +8.11%

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 15 October 2018.

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 15 October 2018. 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
Manchester -35 10 £401 -9.75% 4
Cheshire -28 8 £375 -6.37% 6
Merseyside - 4 £380 -
Mainframe
England

For the 6 months to 15 October 2018, 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 (75.00%) Unix
2 15 (62.50%) Windows
3 12 (50.00%) IBM
3 12 (50.00%) IBM Mainframe
4 9 (37.50%) JCL
5 6 (25.00%) zOS
5 6 (25.00%) Remedy
5 6 (25.00%) Time Sharing Option
6 5 (20.83%) Active Directory
6 5 (20.83%) CA
6 5 (20.83%) Management Information System
6 5 (20.83%) Risk Management
7 4 (16.67%) Banking
7 4 (16.67%) ISPF
7 4 (16.67%) CICS
7 4 (16.67%) Microsoft
7 4 (16.67%) COBOL
7 4 (16.67%) SQL
8 3 (12.50%) SQL Server
8 3 (12.50%) DB2
8 3 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
8 3 (12.50%) Shell Script
8 3 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
8 3 (12.50%) Problem-Solving
9 2 (8.33%) Defect Management
9 2 (8.33%) iSeries
9 2 (8.33%) Selenium
9 2 (8.33%) Test Management
9 2 (8.33%) Cucumber
9 2 (8.33%) BDD

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 4 (16.67%) CICS
2 1 (4.17%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.17%) ATM
1 1 (4.17%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.50%) DB2
1 3 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.33%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (8.33%) Cucumber
1 2 (8.33%) JIRA
1 2 (8.33%) Selenium
2 1 (4.17%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (16.67%) Banking
2 2 (8.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 12 (50.00%) Analyst
2 4 (16.67%) Developer
3 3 (12.50%) Applications Support
3 3 (12.50%) Applications Support Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) IT Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) IT Security Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Security Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Support Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Systems Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Applications Developer
4 2 (8.33%) COBOL Developer
4 2 (8.33%) Consultant
4 2 (8.33%) IT Consultant
4 2 (8.33%) Mainframe Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Technical Consultant
4 2 (8.33%) Tester
5 1 (4.17%) IT Manager
5 1 (4.17%) Project Manager
5 1 (4.17%) Technical Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Technical Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (16.67%) ISPF
2 2 (8.33%) Gherkin
2 2 (8.33%) XML
2 2 (8.33%) XML Messaging
3 1 (4.17%) .NET
3 1 (4.17%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 12 (50.00%) IBM Mainframe
2 5 (20.83%) Management Information System
3 2 (8.33%) Data Centre
3 2 (8.33%) iSeries
3 2 (8.33%) SWIFT
3 2 (8.33%) VSAM
4 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.17%) Robotics
4 1 (4.17%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 18 (75.00%) Unix
2 15 (62.50%) Windows
3 6 (25.00%) zOS
4 2 (8.33%) AIX
4 2 (8.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (20.83%) Risk Management
2 3 (12.50%) Problem-Solving
2 3 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (8.33%) BDD
3 2 (8.33%) Change Management
3 2 (8.33%) Defect Management
3 2 (8.33%) Functional Testing
3 2 (8.33%) Migration
3 2 (8.33%) Project Management
3 2 (8.33%) Regression Testing
3 2 (8.33%) System Integration Testing
3 2 (8.33%) TDD
3 2 (8.33%) Test Management
4 1 (4.17%) Analytics
4 1 (4.17%) Cybersecurity
4 1 (4.17%) ITIL
4 1 (4.17%) OOP
4 1 (4.17%) Six Sigma
4 1 (4.17%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 9 (37.50%) JCL
2 4 (16.67%) COBOL
2 4 (16.67%) SQL
3 3 (12.50%) Shell Script
4 2 (8.33%) Java
4 2 (8.33%) PL/SQL
5 1 (4.17%) C#
5 1 (4.17%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 1 (4.17%) Six Sigma Black Belt
System Software
1 6 (25.00%) Time Sharing Option
2 5 (20.83%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (50.00%) IBM
2 6 (25.00%) Remedy
3 5 (20.83%) CA
4 4 (16.67%) Microsoft
5 2 (8.33%) Oracle
6 1 (4.17%) Blue Prism