Period
to 16 December 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 16 December 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
16 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 579 613 560
Rank change year-on-year +34 -53 -56
Contract jobs citing zOS 79 37 105
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.14% 0.069% 0.19%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.65% 0.33% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 22 58
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £411
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -2.74% -7.58%
10th Percentile £306 £250 £323
90th Percentile £526 £518 £559
UK median daily rate £418 £445 £440
% change year-on-year -6.18% +1.14% +2.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
UK excluding London median hourly rate £55.00 £27.50 £52.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -47.62% +59.09%
10th Percentile £45.00 £26.25 £51.25
90th Percentile £65.00 £28.75 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £55.00 £27.50 £52.50
% change year-on-year +100.00% -47.62% +59.09%

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 12,205 11,180 12,195
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 21.99% 20.98% 21.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,871 6,463 7,204
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +2.74% +1.39%
10th Percentile £150 £150 £165
90th Percentile £550 £550 £525
UK median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,144 980 1,063
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.71 £15.36
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.23% +8.79% -4.03%
10th Percentile £10.92 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £43.75
UK median hourly rate £17.41 £17.50 £16.25
% change year-on-year -0.51% +7.69% -1.52%

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 16 December 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 16 December 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 +12 39 £375 -16.67% 3
North West +2 21 £365 -22.13% 1
Yorkshire +3 17 £450 +28.57% 2
East of England +8 13 £420 +27.27%
South West -14 13 £448 +0.56%
Scotland -16 8 £475 +4.11%
South East -11 6 £330 +32.00% 3
North East -9 1 - -
zOS
UK

For the 6 months to 16 December 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 46 (58.23%) Mainframe
2 44 (55.70%) JCL
3 37 (46.84%) Unix
4 34 (43.04%) Windows
5 25 (31.65%) ISPF
6 21 (26.58%) DB2
6 21 (26.58%) Linux
6 21 (26.58%) Shell Script
6 21 (26.58%) IBM
6 21 (26.58%) Banking
7 19 (24.05%) Remedy
8 17 (21.52%) REXX
8 17 (21.52%) RACF
9 16 (20.25%) Finance
10 14 (17.72%) CICS
10 14 (17.72%) Time Sharing Option
11 13 (16.46%) ACF2
11 13 (16.46%) CA
12 12 (15.19%) BMC
13 11 (13.92%) Microsoft
13 11 (13.92%) TCP/IP
13 11 (13.92%) SQL
14 10 (12.66%) Microsoft Office
15 9 (11.39%) OpenText
15 9 (11.39%) CISA
15 9 (11.39%) CISM
15 9 (11.39%) Disaster Recovery
15 9 (11.39%) COBOL
15 9 (11.39%) AIX
15 9 (11.39%) ActionScript

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 (17.72%) CICS
2 8 (10.13%) WebSphere
3 4 (5.06%) WebSphere Application Server
4 3 (3.80%) Site Server
5 2 (2.53%) SharePoint
6 1 (1.27%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (1.27%) Confluence
6 1 (1.27%) IIS
6 1 (1.27%) MQSeries
6 1 (1.27%) SAS
Applications
1 10 (12.66%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.53%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (2.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.27%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (11.39%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.27%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.27%) IaaS
1 1 (1.27%) PaaS
1 1 (1.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (13.92%) TCP/IP
2 9 (11.39%) HTTPS
3 7 (8.86%) APPN
3 7 (8.86%) Firewall
3 7 (8.86%) SNA
4 6 (7.59%) Peer-to-Peer Networking
4 6 (7.59%) Wireshark
5 4 (5.06%) FTP
5 4 (5.06%) SSL
6 3 (3.80%) SMTP
6 3 (3.80%) SNMP
6 3 (3.80%) Telnet
7 2 (2.53%) LAN
7 2 (2.53%) OSPF
8 1 (1.27%) ATM
8 1 (1.27%) Internet
8 1 (1.27%) Kerberos
8 1 (1.27%) SAN
8 1 (1.27%) SSH
8 1 (1.27%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (26.58%) DB2
2 3 (3.80%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.53%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.27%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.27%) IDMS
4 1 (1.27%) IMS/DB
4 1 (1.27%) NonStop SQL
4 1 (1.27%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.27%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 1 (1.27%) GitLab
1 1 (1.27%) Jenkins
1 1 (1.27%) JIRA
General
1 21 (26.58%) Banking
2 16 (20.25%) Finance
3 5 (6.33%) Automotive
3 5 (6.33%) Financial Institution
4 4 (5.06%) Legal
4 4 (5.06%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.27%) Law
Job Titles
1 17 (21.52%) Analyst
2 13 (16.46%) Support Analyst
3 12 (15.19%) Applications Support
4 10 (12.66%) Applications Support Analyst
4 10 (12.66%) Architect
5 9 (11.39%) Programmer
6 8 (10.13%) Consultant
7 7 (8.86%) Developer
7 7 (8.86%) Systems Programmer
8 5 (6.33%) Mainframe Consultant
8 5 (6.33%) Solutions Architect
9 4 (5.06%) Administrator
9 4 (5.06%) COBOL Developer
9 4 (5.06%) Mainframe Programmer
9 4 (5.06%) Security Consultant
10 3 (3.80%) DBA
10 3 (3.80%) Infrastructure Specialist
10 3 (3.80%) Network Engineer
10 3 (3.80%) Network Programmer
10 3 (3.80%) z/OS Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (31.65%) ISPF
2 6 (7.59%) Software Packaging
3 5 (6.33%) WebSphere MQ
4 4 (5.06%) Middleware
5 3 (3.80%) Web Services
6 1 (1.27%) APPC
6 1 (1.27%) COM
6 1 (1.27%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 46 (58.23%) Mainframe
2 3 (3.80%) Management Information System
2 3 (3.80%) VSAM
3 2 (2.53%) CMDB
3 2 (2.53%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.53%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (2.53%) iSeries
4 1 (1.27%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.27%) Fintech
4 1 (1.27%) LPAR
4 1 (1.27%) PKI
4 1 (1.27%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 37 (46.84%) Unix
2 34 (43.04%) Windows
3 21 (26.58%) Linux
4 9 (11.39%) AIX
4 9 (11.39%) Windows Server
5 2 (2.53%) Solaris
6 1 (1.27%) HPUX
6 1 (1.27%) MVS
6 1 (1.27%) OS/2
6 1 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.27%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (11.39%) Disaster Recovery
2 8 (10.13%) Information Security
3 7 (8.86%) Computer Science
3 7 (8.86%) Cybersecurity
3 7 (8.86%) ITIL
4 6 (7.59%) Asset Management
4 6 (7.59%) Collaborative Working
4 6 (7.59%) Software Asset Management
5 5 (6.33%) High Availability
6 4 (5.06%) Change Management
6 4 (5.06%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 4 (5.06%) Logistics
6 4 (5.06%) Performance Analysis
6 4 (5.06%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (3.80%) Customer Requirements
7 3 (3.80%) DevOps
7 3 (3.80%) Migration
7 3 (3.80%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (3.80%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (2.53%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 44 (55.70%) JCL
2 21 (26.58%) Shell Script
3 17 (21.52%) REXX
4 11 (13.92%) SQL
5 9 (11.39%) ActionScript
5 9 (11.39%) ActionScript 2.0
5 9 (11.39%) COBOL
6 3 (3.80%) Assembly Language
7 2 (2.53%) Perl
8 1 (1.27%) CLIST
8 1 (1.27%) Java
Qualifications
1 9 (11.39%) CISA
1 9 (11.39%) CISM
1 9 (11.39%) CISSP
2 1 (1.27%) CCNA
2 1 (1.27%) CCNP
2 1 (1.27%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (1.27%) CTC Cleared
2 1 (1.27%) DBS Check
2 1 (1.27%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.27%) GDPR
1 1 (1.27%) PMO
System Software
1 17 (21.52%) RACF
2 14 (17.72%) Time Sharing Option
3 13 (16.46%) ACF2
4 1 (1.27%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 1 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (3.80%) CA Endevor
2 1 (1.27%) HP SIM
2 1 (1.27%) Nagios
2 1 (1.27%) OMEGAMON
2 1 (1.27%) ZABBIX
2 1 (1.27%) zSecure
Vendors
1 21 (26.58%) IBM
2 19 (24.05%) Remedy
3 13 (16.46%) CA
4 12 (15.19%) BMC
5 11 (13.92%) Microsoft
6 9 (11.39%) IBM Sterling
6 9 (11.39%) OpenText
7 5 (6.33%) Oracle
8 4 (5.06%) SAP
8 4 (5.06%) Unisys
9 3 (3.80%) Cisco
10 2 (2.53%) HP
10 2 (2.53%) Micro Focus
11 1 (1.27%) 3PAR
11 1 (1.27%) EMC
11 1 (1.27%) F5
11 1 (1.27%) Red Hat
11 1 (1.27%) Sybase
11 1 (1.27%) VMware