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 3 months to 28 May 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
3 months to
28 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 578 603 574
Rank change year-on-year +25 -29  
Contract jobs citing CICS 17 58 82
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.038% 0.11% 0.15%
As % of the Application Platforms category 0.23% 0.59% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 26 50
Median daily rate £400 £369 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.47% -12.72%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £354 £240 £307
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £525 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £430 £425
% change year-on-year -6.86% +1.05%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
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 7473 9799 9764
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 16.69% 17.97% 17.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 4753 6489 5983
Median daily rate £425 £420 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +12.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £265 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £571 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -3.12% +14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 184 228 361
Median hourly rate £19.66 £19.63 £20.19
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.17% -2.77%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £20.19
% change year-on-year +7.50% -0.91%  

CICS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing CICS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Application Platforms category.

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 3 months to 28 May 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 11 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 3 months to 28 May 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
England +19 15 £400 +16.78% 2
London +30 7 £489 +103.64% 1
South East +36 6 £416 -
Hampshire - 6 £416 -
City of London +3 4 £588 +11.90%
Havant - 3 £416 -
Scotland +31 2 - -
North West +12 2 £400 -0.55% 1
Manchester +9 2 £400 -6.97%
Glasgow +4 2 - -
Portsmouth - 2 £370 -

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 27 (79.41%) Mainframe
2 26 (76.47%) DB2
3 21 (61.76%) COBOL
4 14 (41.18%) SQL
5 11 (32.35%) Finance
6 10 (29.41%) Oracle
7 9 (26.47%) JCL
7 9 (26.47%) IBM
8 8 (23.53%) Unix
8 8 (23.53%) Linux
8 8 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (23.53%) Banking
9 7 (20.59%) Windows
10 6 (17.65%) zOS
10 6 (17.65%) .NET
10 6 (17.65%) Java
10 6 (17.65%) Web Services
10 6 (17.65%) VSAM
11 5 (14.71%) ISPF
11 5 (14.71%) RACF
11 5 (14.71%) XML
11 5 (14.71%) SSL
11 5 (14.71%) IBM Mainframe
12 4 (11.76%) Waterfall
12 4 (11.76%) Time Sharing Option
12 4 (11.76%) zSecure
12 4 (11.76%) Microsoft
12 4 (11.76%) MVS
12 4 (11.76%) Assembly Language
12 4 (11.76%) Middleware

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 2 (5.88%) IBM HTTP Server
1 2 (5.88%) MQSeries
1 2 (5.88%) SAS
2 1 (2.94%) Apache
2 1 (2.94%) JBoss
2 1 (2.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (2.94%) Tomcat
2 1 (2.94%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (11.76%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (5.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (5.88%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (14.71%) SSL
2 2 (5.88%) DNS
2 2 (5.88%) HTTP
2 2 (5.88%) Kerberos
2 2 (5.88%) MPLS
2 2 (5.88%) SSH
2 2 (5.88%) VPLS
3 1 (2.94%) Internet
3 1 (2.94%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (76.47%) DB2
2 2 (5.88%) DataStage
2 2 (5.88%) OLTP
2 2 (5.88%) Pentaho
2 2 (5.88%) RDBMS
2 2 (5.88%) Relational Database
2 2 (5.88%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.94%) Big Data
3 1 (2.94%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (2.94%) Redis
Development Applications
1 2 (5.88%) ChangeMan
2 1 (2.94%) Git (software)
2 1 (2.94%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.94%) PowerBuilder
2 1 (2.94%) RSpec
2 1 (2.94%) Toad
General
1 11 (32.35%) Finance
2 8 (23.53%) Banking
3 4 (11.76%) Retail
4 2 (5.88%) Retail Banking
4 2 (5.88%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.94%) Billing
5 1 (2.94%) Electronics
5 1 (2.94%) Manufacturing
5 1 (2.94%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 8 (23.53%) Developer
2 7 (20.59%) Analyst
2 7 (20.59%) Architect
3 6 (17.65%) COBOL Developer
4 5 (14.71%) COBOL Analyst
4 5 (14.71%) Solutions Architect
5 3 (8.82%) Business Analyst
5 3 (8.82%) Mainframe Analyst
6 2 (5.88%) Applications Architect
6 2 (5.88%) Applications Developer
6 2 (5.88%) Azure Architect
6 2 (5.88%) CICS Analyst
6 2 (5.88%) Cloud Architect
6 2 (5.88%) Cloud Solutions Architect
6 2 (5.88%) Consultant
6 2 (5.88%) Infrastructure Architect
6 2 (5.88%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
6 2 (5.88%) Lead Developer
6 2 (5.88%) Mainframe Consultant
6 2 (5.88%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (17.65%) .NET
1 6 (17.65%) Web Services
2 5 (14.71%) ISPF
2 5 (14.71%) XML
3 4 (11.76%) Middleware
4 2 (5.88%) JSON
4 2 (5.88%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (2.94%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.94%) ActiveMQ
5 1 (2.94%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.94%) HTML
5 1 (2.94%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 27 (79.41%) Mainframe
2 6 (17.65%) VSAM
3 5 (14.71%) IBM Mainframe
4 3 (8.82%) Reference Data
5 2 (5.88%) PKI
5 2 (5.88%) Replication
6 1 (2.94%) Client/Server
6 1 (2.94%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 8 (23.53%) Linux
1 8 (23.53%) Unix
2 7 (20.59%) Windows
3 6 (17.65%) zOS
4 4 (11.76%) MVS
5 3 (8.82%) AIX
5 3 (8.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (8.82%) Solaris
6 2 (5.88%) SUSE
7 1 (2.94%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (11.76%) Waterfall
3 3 (8.82%) Integration Testing
3 3 (8.82%) SDLC
3 3 (8.82%) Time Management
4 2 (5.88%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (5.88%) Customer Requirements
4 2 (5.88%) Data Analysis
4 2 (5.88%) Feasibility Study
4 2 (5.88%) Line Management
4 2 (5.88%) Multithreading
4 2 (5.88%) People Management
4 2 (5.88%) Project Planning
4 2 (5.88%) Security Management
4 2 (5.88%) System Integration Testing
4 2 (5.88%) Test Automation
4 2 (5.88%) TOGAF
4 2 (5.88%) Translating Business Requirements
4 2 (5.88%) Unit Testing
4 2 (5.88%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 21 (61.76%) COBOL
2 14 (41.18%) SQL
3 9 (26.47%) JCL
4 6 (17.65%) Java
5 4 (11.76%) Assembly Language
6 3 (8.82%) Perl
6 3 (8.82%) REXX
7 2 (5.88%) CLIST
7 2 (5.88%) PL/SQL
7 2 (5.88%) R
7 2 (5.88%) Shell Script
8 1 (2.94%) Bash Shell
8 1 (2.94%) Python
8 1 (2.94%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 3 (8.82%) Degree
2 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
2 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.82%) QA
System Software
1 5 (14.71%) RACF
2 4 (11.76%) Time Sharing Option
3 2 (5.88%) Job Entry Subsystem
3 2 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (2.94%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (11.76%) zSecure
2 2 (5.88%) CA Endevor
3 1 (2.94%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (2.94%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (2.94%) Puppet
3 1 (2.94%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 10 (29.41%) Oracle
2 9 (26.47%) IBM
3 4 (11.76%) Microsoft
4 3 (8.82%) VMware
5 2 (5.88%) CA
5 2 (5.88%) Intel
5 2 (5.88%) Sybase
5 2 (5.88%) TIBCO
5 2 (5.88%) TSYS
6 1 (2.94%) BMC
6 1 (2.94%) HP
6 1 (2.94%) Remedy
6 1 (2.94%) SAP
6 1 (2.94%) Splunk