Period
to 22 August 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for CICS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited CICS over the 6 months to 22 August 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 Customer Information Control System (CICS)
UK
6 months to
22 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 809 781 679
Rank change year-on-year -28 -102 +53
Contract jobs citing CICS 49 118 212
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.051% 0.11% 0.19%
As % of the Application Platforms category 0.30% 0.59% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 72 115
UK median daily rate £422 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.80% +1.06% +8.28%
10th Percentile £269 £241 £262
90th Percentile £713 £563 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £409 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -4.71% +1.06% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
UK median hourly rate - £28.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £28.50 -

CICS is in the application platform skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills.

Contract Application Platform Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for application platform skills 16117 19888 20284
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 16.81% 18.37% 17.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 10418 13081 12543
UK median daily rate £438 £420 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% +7.69% +4.00%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £225
90th Percentile £600 £588 £556
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 409 490 699
UK median hourly rate £19.30 £20.20 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.46% +0.98% +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.95 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £45.00 £42.02
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £20.73 £20.00
% change year-on-year -8.35% +3.65% +14.29%

CICS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing CICS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for CICS in the UK

CICS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for CICS in the UK

CICS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing CICS over the 6 months to 22 August 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for CICS in the UK

CICS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing CICS.

Contractor hourly rate trend for CICS in the UK

CICS
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing CICS within the UK over the 6 months to 22 August 2017. 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
UK excluding London +4 32 £409 -4.71% 6
England -9 31 £413 -3.96% 8
Scotland +19 18 £429 -0.06%
London +16 17 £450 +50.00% 2
South East +27 8 £400 - 1
North of England +24 6 £400 -19.19% 4
North West +22 5 £400 -6.87% 2
Yorkshire +21 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 22 August 2017, IT contractor jobs citing CICS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for CICS.

1 42 (85.71%) DB2
2 40 (81.63%) Mainframe
3 30 (61.22%) SQL
4 28 (57.14%) JCL
5 27 (55.10%) Finance
6 23 (46.94%) IBM
7 22 (44.90%) zOS
8 21 (42.86%) COBOL
9 19 (38.78%) Middleware
9 19 (38.78%) Assembly Language
9 19 (38.78%) REXX
9 19 (38.78%) ISPF
9 19 (38.78%) Time Sharing Option
10 18 (36.73%) zSecure
10 18 (36.73%) SSL
10 18 (36.73%) CA
10 18 (36.73%) RACF
10 18 (36.73%) Unix
10 18 (36.73%) Microsoft Excel
11 17 (34.69%) Perl
11 17 (34.69%) Time Management
12 16 (32.65%) Project Planning
12 16 (32.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 16 (32.65%) PKI
12 16 (32.65%) SSH
12 16 (32.65%) Security Management
12 16 (32.65%) Microsoft Office
12 16 (32.65%) Sybase
12 16 (32.65%) SAS
12 16 (32.65%) MQSeries

CICS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 16 (32.65%) MQSeries
1 16 (32.65%) SAS
2 3 (6.12%) IBM HTTP Server
3 1 (2.04%) Apache
3 1 (2.04%) JBoss
3 1 (2.04%) Tomcat
Applications
1 18 (36.73%) Microsoft Excel
2 16 (32.65%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (32.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (4.08%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 6 (12.24%) Amazon AWS
1 6 (12.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.04%) Bluemix
2 1 (2.04%) GitHub
2 1 (2.04%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 18 (36.73%) SSL
2 16 (32.65%) Kerberos
2 16 (32.65%) SSH
3 3 (6.12%) SMS
4 2 (4.08%) DNS
4 2 (4.08%) HTTP
4 2 (4.08%) MPLS
4 2 (4.08%) SNA
4 2 (4.08%) TCP/IP
4 2 (4.08%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (85.71%) DB2
2 2 (4.08%) OLTP
3 1 (2.04%) Adabas
3 1 (2.04%) Big Data
3 1 (2.04%) Hadoop
3 1 (2.04%) IDMS
3 1 (2.04%) Redis
Development Applications
1 3 (6.12%) Toad
2 2 (4.08%) HP UFT
2 2 (4.08%) Jenkins
3 1 (2.04%) Ant
3 1 (2.04%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (2.04%) Bitbucket
3 1 (2.04%) Git (software)
3 1 (2.04%) Gradle
3 1 (2.04%) JIRA
3 1 (2.04%) Maven
3 1 (2.04%) PowerBuilder
3 1 (2.04%) RSpec
3 1 (2.04%) TeamCity
General
1 27 (55.10%) Finance
2 12 (24.49%) Banking
3 2 (4.08%) Retail
3 2 (4.08%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.04%) Billing
4 1 (2.04%) Danish Language
4 1 (2.04%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (22.45%) Analyst
2 7 (14.29%) Programmer
2 7 (14.29%) RACF Programmer
3 6 (12.24%) Architect
3 6 (12.24%) Assembler Programmer
3 6 (12.24%) Mainframe Analyst
3 6 (12.24%) Mainframe Programmer
3 6 (12.24%) SAS Programmer
4 5 (10.20%) Mainframe Test Analyst
4 5 (10.20%) Solutions Architect
4 5 (10.20%) Test Analyst
5 4 (8.16%) COBOL Analyst
5 4 (8.16%) Developer
5 4 (8.16%) Security Engineer
6 3 (6.12%) Business Analyst
6 3 (6.12%) Infrastructure Architect
6 3 (6.12%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
7 2 (4.08%) Cloud Solutions Architect
7 2 (4.08%) COBOL Developer
7 2 (4.08%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (38.78%) ISPF
1 19 (38.78%) Middleware
2 5 (10.20%) .NET
3 3 (6.12%) Web Services
3 3 (6.12%) WebSphere MQ
4 2 (4.08%) .NET Framework
4 2 (4.08%) JSON
4 2 (4.08%) XML
5 1 (2.04%) ActiveMQ
5 1 (2.04%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 40 (81.63%) Mainframe
2 16 (32.65%) PKI
3 6 (12.24%) IBM Mainframe
3 6 (12.24%) VSAM
4 3 (6.12%) Reference Data
4 3 (6.12%) Replication
5 2 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (2.04%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (2.04%) Management Information System
6 1 (2.04%) Mobile Banking
6 1 (2.04%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 22 (44.90%) zOS
2 18 (36.73%) Unix
3 6 (12.24%) Linux
4 5 (10.20%) Windows
5 4 (8.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (6.12%) AIX
6 3 (6.12%) OS/390
6 3 (6.12%) Solaris
6 3 (6.12%) SUSE
7 1 (2.04%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (34.69%) Time Management
2 16 (32.65%) Project Planning
2 16 (32.65%) Security Management
3 15 (30.61%) Information Security
3 15 (30.61%) People Management
4 4 (8.16%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (6.12%) Defect Management
5 3 (6.12%) Feasibility Study
5 3 (6.12%) SOA
5 3 (6.12%) Test Automation
5 3 (6.12%) Test Strategy
6 2 (4.08%) Data Analysis
6 2 (4.08%) DevOps
6 2 (4.08%) Microservices
6 2 (4.08%) Multithreading
6 2 (4.08%) SDLC
6 2 (4.08%) Software Testing
6 2 (4.08%) TOGAF
6 2 (4.08%) Waterfall
6 2 (4.08%) Workload Management
Programming Languages
1 30 (61.22%) SQL
2 28 (57.14%) JCL
3 21 (42.86%) COBOL
4 19 (38.78%) Assembly Language
4 19 (38.78%) REXX
5 17 (34.69%) Perl
6 16 (32.65%) CLIST
7 15 (30.61%) Shell Script
8 2 (4.08%) Java
8 2 (4.08%) Python
9 1 (2.04%) Bash Shell
9 1 (2.04%) Fortran
9 1 (2.04%) JavaScript
9 1 (2.04%) PL/1
9 1 (2.04%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 1 (2.04%) SC Cleared
1 1 (2.04%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.04%) PMO
1 1 (2.04%) QA
System Software
1 19 (38.78%) Time Sharing Option
2 18 (36.73%) RACF
3 16 (32.65%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 3 (6.12%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (2.04%) Docker
5 1 (2.04%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 18 (36.73%) zSecure
2 2 (4.08%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (4.08%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (4.08%) Puppet
3 1 (2.04%) Ansible
3 1 (2.04%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 23 (46.94%) IBM
2 18 (36.73%) CA
3 16 (32.65%) Sybase
4 6 (12.24%) Oracle
5 4 (8.16%) HP
5 4 (8.16%) VMware
6 3 (6.12%) hybris
6 3 (6.12%) Intel
7 2 (4.08%) Microsoft
7 2 (4.08%) MuleSoft
7 2 (4.08%) TSYS
8 1 (2.04%) BMC
8 1 (2.04%) Splunk
8 1 (2.04%) Unisys