Period
to 19 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for zOS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited zOS over the 6 months to 19 October 2018 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 588 589 557
Rank change year-on-year +1 -32 -34
Contract jobs citing zOS 72 54 122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.13% 0.10% 0.21%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.61% 0.49% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 22 68
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -1.84% -4.68%
10th Percentile £306 £314 £272
90th Percentile £544 £518 £568
UK median daily rate £410 £433 £450
% change year-on-year -5.20% -3.89% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 5
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £27.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -21.43% -6.04%
UK median hourly rate - £27.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year - -21.43% -6.67%

zOS is in the Operating Systems category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for operating system skills.

All Operating Systems
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 11,802 11,132 13,625
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.51% 21.31% 22.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,512 6,374 8,019
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - +6.12%
10th Percentile £150 £158 £181
90th Percentile £550 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,187 961 1,064
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.81 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.81% +5.03% -
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.71 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.00 £47.50 £43.28
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year - +6.06% -

zOS
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing zOS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for zOS in the UK excluding London

zOS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing zOS in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for zOS in the UK excluding London

zOS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing zOS in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for zOS in the UK excluding London

zOS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing zOS in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for zOS in the UK excluding London

zOS
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing zOS within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 19 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
North of England -20 29 £365 -8.75% 6
North West -20 20 £365 -14.12% 4
Scotland -30 14 £475 +1.06%
South West -10 12 £448 -
East of England +10 10 £410 +9.33%
Yorkshire -5 8 £475 +35.71% 2
South East -3 7 £330 -12.00% 1
North East +1 1 - -
zOS
UK

For the 6 months to 19 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing zOS 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for zOS.

1 41 (56.94%) Mainframe
2 38 (52.78%) Unix
3 32 (44.44%) Windows
3 32 (44.44%) JCL
4 26 (36.11%) IBM
5 25 (34.72%) DB2
6 22 (30.56%) Linux
6 22 (30.56%) Banking
7 21 (29.17%) Shell Script
8 17 (23.61%) Remedy
8 17 (23.61%) CA
9 16 (22.22%) BMC
9 16 (22.22%) SQL
9 16 (22.22%) Finance
10 14 (19.44%) CICS
10 14 (19.44%) ISPF
11 13 (18.06%) Time Sharing Option
12 12 (16.67%) WebSphere
13 11 (15.28%) RACF
14 10 (13.89%) REXX
14 10 (13.89%) Microsoft
14 10 (13.89%) TCP/IP
14 10 (13.89%) Microsoft Office
15 9 (12.50%) ActionScript
15 9 (12.50%) COBOL
15 9 (12.50%) AIX
15 9 (12.50%) HTTPS
15 9 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
15 9 (12.50%) OpenText
15 9 (12.50%) IBM Sterling

zOS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 14 (19.44%) CICS
2 12 (16.67%) WebSphere
3 4 (5.56%) WebSphere Application Server
4 3 (4.17%) MQSeries
4 3 (4.17%) SAS
4 3 (4.17%) SharePoint
4 3 (4.17%) Site Server
5 2 (2.78%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (2.78%) Confluence
5 2 (2.78%) IIS
Applications
1 10 (13.89%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (6.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (6.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (2.78%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.39%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (12.50%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.39%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.39%) IaaS
1 1 (1.39%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.39%) PaaS
1 1 (1.39%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (13.89%) TCP/IP
2 9 (12.50%) HTTPS
3 7 (9.72%) Firewall
4 6 (8.33%) APPN
4 6 (8.33%) Peer-to-Peer Networking
4 6 (8.33%) SNA
4 6 (8.33%) SSL
4 6 (8.33%) Wireshark
5 3 (4.17%) FTP
5 3 (4.17%) Kerberos
5 3 (4.17%) SSH
6 2 (2.78%) OSPF
6 2 (2.78%) SAN
6 2 (2.78%) SMTP
6 2 (2.78%) SNMP
6 2 (2.78%) Telnet
7 1 (1.39%) ATM
7 1 (1.39%) Internet
7 1 (1.39%) LAN
7 1 (1.39%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (34.72%) DB2
2 3 (4.17%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.78%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.39%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.39%) IDMS
4 1 (1.39%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.39%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 2 (2.78%) GitLab
1 2 (2.78%) Jenkins
1 2 (2.78%) JIRA
General
1 22 (30.56%) Banking
2 16 (22.22%) Finance
3 5 (6.94%) Automotive
4 4 (5.56%) Legal
4 4 (5.56%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.78%) Financial Institution
6 1 (1.39%) Law
Job Titles
1 15 (20.83%) Analyst
2 11 (15.28%) Support Analyst
3 10 (13.89%) Applications Support
3 10 (13.89%) Architect
3 10 (13.89%) Programmer
4 8 (11.11%) Applications Support Analyst
4 8 (11.11%) Systems Programmer
5 7 (9.72%) Developer
6 5 (6.94%) DB2 DBA
6 5 (6.94%) DBA
6 5 (6.94%) Mainframe Programmer
6 5 (6.94%) Solutions Architect
7 4 (5.56%) Administrator
7 4 (5.56%) COBOL Developer
7 4 (5.56%) Mainframe Systems Programmer
7 4 (5.56%) z/OS Specialist
8 3 (4.17%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 3 (4.17%) Mainframe Specialist
8 3 (4.17%) Security Engineer
8 3 (4.17%) z/OS Systems Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (19.44%) ISPF
2 7 (9.72%) Middleware
3 6 (8.33%) Software Packaging
4 5 (6.94%) WebSphere MQ
5 3 (4.17%) Web Services
6 1 (1.39%) COM
6 1 (1.39%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 41 (56.94%) Mainframe
2 4 (5.56%) Replication
3 3 (4.17%) Management Information System
3 3 (4.17%) PKI
4 2 (2.78%) CMDB
4 2 (2.78%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.78%) IBM Mainframe
4 2 (2.78%) iSeries
5 1 (1.39%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.39%) Fintech
5 1 (1.39%) LPAR
5 1 (1.39%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 38 (52.78%) Unix
2 32 (44.44%) Windows
3 22 (30.56%) Linux
4 9 (12.50%) AIX
4 9 (12.50%) Windows Server
5 3 (4.17%) Solaris
6 1 (1.39%) HPUX
6 1 (1.39%) MVS
6 1 (1.39%) OS/2
6 1 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.39%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
2 7 (9.72%) ITIL
3 6 (8.33%) Asset Management
3 6 (8.33%) Software Asset Management
4 5 (6.94%) High Availability
5 4 (5.56%) Logistics
5 4 (5.56%) Performance Analysis
5 4 (5.56%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (4.17%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (4.17%) Customer Requirements
6 3 (4.17%) DevOps
6 3 (4.17%) Information Security
6 3 (4.17%) Migration
6 3 (4.17%) Non-Functional Testing
6 3 (4.17%) People Management
6 3 (4.17%) Process Improvement
6 3 (4.17%) Project Planning
6 3 (4.17%) Security Management
6 3 (4.17%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (4.17%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 32 (44.44%) JCL
2 21 (29.17%) Shell Script
3 16 (22.22%) SQL
4 10 (13.89%) REXX
5 9 (12.50%) ActionScript
5 9 (12.50%) ActionScript 2.0
5 9 (12.50%) COBOL
6 5 (6.94%) Assembly Language
7 4 (5.56%) Perl
8 3 (4.17%) CLIST
9 1 (1.39%) Java
Qualifications
1 1 (1.39%) CCNA
1 1 (1.39%) CCNP
1 1 (1.39%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (1.39%) CTC Cleared
1 1 (1.39%) DBS Check
1 1 (1.39%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.78%) PMO
2 1 (1.39%) GDPR
System Software
1 13 (18.06%) Time Sharing Option
2 11 (15.28%) RACF
3 4 (5.56%) ACF2
4 3 (4.17%) Job Entry Subsystem
5 1 (1.39%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (5.56%) OMEGAMON
2 3 (4.17%) zSecure
3 1 (1.39%) HP SIM
3 1 (1.39%) Nagios
3 1 (1.39%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 26 (36.11%) IBM
2 17 (23.61%) CA
2 17 (23.61%) Remedy
3 16 (22.22%) BMC
4 10 (13.89%) Microsoft
5 9 (12.50%) IBM Sterling
5 9 (12.50%) OpenText
6 6 (8.33%) Oracle
7 4 (5.56%) SAP
7 4 (5.56%) Unisys
8 3 (4.17%) Cisco
8 3 (4.17%) Sybase
9 2 (2.78%) Micro Focus
10 1 (1.39%) 3PAR
10 1 (1.39%) EMC
10 1 (1.39%) F5
10 1 (1.39%) Google
10 1 (1.39%) HP
10 1 (1.39%) Red Hat
10 1 (1.39%) VMware