The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for zOS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited zOS over the 3 months to 25 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

IBM z/OS
England / North West
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 118 146 141
Rank change year-on-year +28 -5  
Contract jobs citing zOS 17 16 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.59% 0.43% 0.30%
As % of the Operating Systems category 2.66% 2.00% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 15 6
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £354 £336 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £660 £385
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £442 £417
% change year-on-year -9.50% +5.99%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £31.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £35.00 £31.30
% change year-on-year - +11.82%  

zOS is in the operating system 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 operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 639 800 814
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 22.03% 21.32% 21.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 470 428
Median daily rate £395 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.25% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £250 £173
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £345
% change year-on-year +3.44% +5.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 47 87
Median hourly rate £15.50 £14.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -6.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.79 £11.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.10 £21.00 £20.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £16.20
% change year-on-year -8.82% +4.93%  

zOS
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for zOS in the North West

zOS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for zOS in the North West

zOS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing zOS in the North West over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for zOS in the North West

zOS
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 zOS within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 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 +18 16 £400 +21.67%
Manchester +9 1 £500 -11.11%
zOS
England

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing zOS 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 zOS.

1 16 (76.19%) DB2
2 11 (52.38%) SQL
2 11 (52.38%) Performance Tuning
3 9 (42.86%) Windows
3 9 (42.86%) Clustering
4 7 (33.33%) Mainframe
5 6 (28.57%) Unix
5 6 (28.57%) Security Cleared
6 5 (23.81%) SC Cleared
6 5 (23.81%) Linux
7 4 (19.05%) Finance
7 4 (19.05%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (19.05%) VMware
8 3 (14.29%) WebSphere
8 3 (14.29%) iSeries
8 3 (14.29%) Mobile App
8 3 (14.29%) Cybersecurity
8 3 (14.29%) Blockchain
8 3 (14.29%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (14.29%) Migration
8 3 (14.29%) AS400
8 3 (14.29%) Maximo
8 3 (14.29%) Banking
8 3 (14.29%) AIX
8 3 (14.29%) MS Exchange
8 3 (14.29%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 3 (14.29%) Oracle
8 3 (14.29%) SQL Server
8 3 (14.29%) SAP
8 3 (14.29%) Microsoft

zOS
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 (14.29%) MS Exchange
1 3 (14.29%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 3 (14.29%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 3 (14.29%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (76.19%) DB2
2 3 (14.29%) Blockchain
2 3 (14.29%) SQL Server
General
1 4 (19.05%) Finance
2 3 (14.29%) Banking
Job Titles
1 12 (57.14%) DBA
2 11 (52.38%) DB2 DBA
3 6 (28.57%) Architect
4 3 (14.29%) Design Engineer
4 3 (14.29%) Infrastructure Architect
4 3 (14.29%) Security Architect
4 3 (14.29%) Security Engineer
5 2 (9.52%) Administrator
5 2 (9.52%) DB2 Administrator
6 1 (4.76%) Computer Operator
6 1 (4.76%) Cybersecurity Architect
6 1 (4.76%) Cybersecurity Engineer
6 1 (4.76%) Mainframe Project Manager
6 1 (4.76%) Project Manager
Miscellaneous
1 9 (42.86%) Clustering
2 7 (33.33%) Mainframe
3 3 (14.29%) AS400
3 3 (14.29%) iSeries
3 3 (14.29%) Mobile App
4 1 (4.76%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (4.76%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 9 (42.86%) Windows
2 6 (28.57%) Unix
3 5 (23.81%) Linux
4 3 (14.29%) AIX
5 1 (4.76%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (52.38%) Performance Tuning
2 4 (19.05%) Stakeholder Management
3 3 (14.29%) Cybersecurity
3 3 (14.29%) Migration
4 2 (9.52%) Data Migration
5 1 (4.76%) ITIL
5 1 (4.76%) People Management
5 1 (4.76%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 11 (52.38%) SQL
2 1 (4.76%) JCL
Qualifications
1 6 (28.57%) Security Cleared
2 5 (23.81%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.76%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (14.29%) Active Directory
1 3 (14.29%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (4.76%) RACF
Systems Management
1 3 (14.29%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
1 3 (14.29%) Tivoli
1 3 (14.29%) Tivoli Storage Manager
2 1 (4.76%) OpenView
Vendors
1 4 (19.05%) VMware
2 3 (14.29%) Citrix
2 3 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 3 (14.29%) Oracle
2 3 (14.29%) SAP
3 1 (4.76%) HP
3 1 (4.76%) IBM
3 1 (4.76%) Intel