Period
to 10 December 2018

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term IBM Mainframe in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited IBM Mainframe over the 6 months to 10 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period over 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 Mainframe
UK
6 months to
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 846 861 811
Rank change year-on-year +15 -50 -14
Contract jobs citing IBM Mainframe 36 38 77
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.034% 0.037% 0.075%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.10% 0.11% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 22 22
UK median daily rate £420 £375 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.00% -1.64% -12.10%
10th Percentile £311 £158 £257
90th Percentile £633 £516 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £401 £428 £375
% change year-on-year -6.32% +14.00% -11.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
UK median hourly rate - £16.86 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £16.86 -

IBM Mainframe is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 34,731 34,483 33,943
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 33.06% 33.65% 33.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,915 22,900 22,142
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £276 £263 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +6.25% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,043 998 1,194
UK median hourly rate £20.25 £20.55 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.48% +2.75% +5.10%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £11.32
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.25 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -3.75% - +8.11%

IBM Mainframe
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for IBM Mainframe in the UK

IBM Mainframe
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for IBM Mainframe in the UK

IBM Mainframe
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing IBM Mainframe over the 6 months to 10 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for IBM Mainframe in the UK

IBM Mainframe
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for IBM Mainframe in the UK

IBM Mainframe
Top 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing IBM Mainframe within the UK over the 6 months to 10 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
England -32 34 £420 +12.00% 5
UK excluding London -25 28 £401 -6.32% 3
North of England -5 17 £388 -13.83% 1
North West -5 12 £375 -16.67% 1
London +10 7 £550 +238.46% 2
South East -23 6 £550 +36.65% 2
Yorkshire -7 5 £456 +7.35%
East of England -8 2 £316 -15.67%
South West -36 2 £460 -0.54%
Scotland -17 1 - -

For the 6 months to 10 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing IBM Mainframe 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 with a requirement for IBM Mainframe.

1 36 (100.00%) IBM
1 36 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 20 (55.56%) DB2
3 18 (50.00%) CICS
4 16 (44.44%) COBOL
5 15 (41.67%) JCL
6 10 (27.78%) Unix
7 9 (25.00%) Windows
8 7 (19.44%) SQL
8 7 (19.44%) Finance
9 6 (16.67%) Migration
9 6 (16.67%) Active Directory
9 6 (16.67%) Management Information System
9 6 (16.67%) Risk Management
9 6 (16.67%) Time Sharing Option
10 5 (13.89%) Problem-Solving
10 5 (13.89%) WebSphere MQ
10 5 (13.89%) Java
10 5 (13.89%) WebSphere
10 5 (13.89%) JIRA
10 5 (13.89%) Banking
11 4 (11.11%) Scrum
11 4 (11.11%) VSAM
11 4 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
11 4 (11.11%) zOS
11 4 (11.11%) RACF
12 3 (8.33%) Functional Testing
12 3 (8.33%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (8.33%) HP ALM
12 3 (8.33%) MKS

IBM Mainframe
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 18 (50.00%) CICS
2 5 (13.89%) WebSphere
3 3 (8.33%) Confluence
4 2 (5.56%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (2.78%) Apache Spark
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.78%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.56%) SMTP
1 2 (5.56%) SNMP
2 1 (2.78%) APPN
2 1 (2.78%) Firewall
2 1 (2.78%) FTP
2 1 (2.78%) OSPF
2 1 (2.78%) Peer-to-Peer Networking
2 1 (2.78%) SNA
2 1 (2.78%) SSL
2 1 (2.78%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.78%) Telnet
2 1 (2.78%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (55.56%) DB2
2 2 (5.56%) IBM InfoSphere
2 2 (5.56%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.78%) Apache Hive
3 1 (2.78%) Big Data
3 1 (2.78%) Hadoop
3 1 (2.78%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (2.78%) Spark SQL
Development Applications
1 5 (13.89%) JIRA
2 3 (8.33%) Git (software)
2 3 (8.33%) Selenium
3 2 (5.56%) Cucumber
4 1 (2.78%) HP UFT
4 1 (2.78%) Jenkins
4 1 (2.78%) JMeter
4 1 (2.78%) JUnit
4 1 (2.78%) LoadRunner
4 1 (2.78%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (19.44%) Finance
2 5 (13.89%) Banking
3 1 (2.78%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (25.00%) Developer
2 7 (19.44%) Analyst
3 6 (16.67%) COBOL Developer
4 5 (13.89%) Mainframe Developer
5 4 (11.11%) IBM Mainframe Developer
6 3 (8.33%) Architect
6 3 (8.33%) IT Analyst
6 3 (8.33%) IT Security Analyst
6 3 (8.33%) Programmer
6 3 (8.33%) Security Analyst
6 3 (8.33%) Systems Programmer
6 3 (8.33%) Technical Architect
6 3 (8.33%) Tester
7 2 (5.56%) DB2 Developer
7 2 (5.56%) DB2 Programmer
7 2 (5.56%) DB2 Systems Programmer
7 2 (5.56%) Mainframe Specialist
7 2 (5.56%) Technical Specialist
8 1 (2.78%) Assembler Developer
8 1 (2.78%) IBM Assembler Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (13.89%) WebSphere MQ
2 3 (8.33%) IBM Integration Bus
2 3 (8.33%) ISPF
3 2 (5.56%) Gherkin
3 2 (5.56%) REST
3 2 (5.56%) XML
3 2 (5.56%) XML Messaging
4 1 (2.78%) Middleware
4 1 (2.78%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 36 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 6 (16.67%) Management Information System
3 4 (11.11%) VSAM
4 3 (8.33%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (5.56%) PACS
5 2 (5.56%) SWIFT
5 2 (5.56%) User Experience
6 1 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (2.78%) Linux Command Line
6 1 (2.78%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 10 (27.78%) Unix
2 9 (25.00%) Windows
3 4 (11.11%) zOS
4 3 (8.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (16.67%) Migration
1 6 (16.67%) Risk Management
2 5 (13.89%) Problem-Solving
3 4 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (11.11%) Scrum
4 3 (8.33%) EAI
4 3 (8.33%) Functional Testing
4 3 (8.33%) PRINCE2
4 3 (8.33%) Regression Testing
4 3 (8.33%) Systems Analysis
4 3 (8.33%) TDD
4 3 (8.33%) Test Management
5 2 (5.56%) BDD
5 2 (5.56%) Change Data Capture
5 2 (5.56%) Defect Management
5 2 (5.56%) Kanban
5 2 (5.56%) Performance Analysis
5 2 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (5.56%) System Integration Testing
5 2 (5.56%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 16 (44.44%) COBOL
2 15 (41.67%) JCL
3 7 (19.44%) SQL
4 5 (13.89%) Java
5 3 (8.33%) Assembly Language
5 3 (8.33%) PL/SQL
5 3 (8.33%) Python
5 3 (8.33%) REXX
6 2 (5.56%) C
6 2 (5.56%) C#
6 2 (5.56%) C++
6 2 (5.56%) Perl
6 2 (5.56%) PL/1
6 2 (5.56%) VB
6 2 (5.56%) VBScript
7 1 (2.78%) Bash Shell
7 1 (2.78%) SELCOPY
7 1 (2.78%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 2 (5.56%) ISEB
1 2 (5.56%) ISTQB
1 2 (5.56%) PMI Certification
1 2 (5.56%) PMP
2 1 (2.78%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (2.78%) CTC Cleared
2 1 (2.78%) Degree
2 1 (2.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
2 1 (2.78%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.56%) QA
System Software
1 6 (16.67%) Active Directory
1 6 (16.67%) Time Sharing Option
2 4 (11.11%) RACF
3 2 (5.56%) ACF2
4 1 (2.78%) Apache Flume
4 1 (2.78%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 3 (8.33%) CA Endevor
1 3 (8.33%) HP ALM
1 3 (8.33%) OMEGAMON
2 2 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (2.78%) Control-M
3 1 (2.78%) Kubernetes
3 1 (2.78%) Oozie
3 1 (2.78%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 36 (100.00%) IBM
2 3 (8.33%) HP
2 3 (8.33%) MKS
2 3 (8.33%) Oracle
3 1 (2.78%) Atlassian
3 1 (2.78%) CA
3 1 (2.78%) CA Agile Central
3 1 (2.78%) Cisco
3 1 (2.78%) Fujitsu
3 1 (2.78%) Mercator
3 1 (2.78%) Tableau