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 3 months to 24 June 2017 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 573 576 611
Rank change year-on-year +3 +35  
Contract jobs citing IBM Mainframe 28 68 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.061% 0.13% 0.062%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.18% 0.38% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 31 15
Median daily rate £350 £325 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -15.03%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £237 £281
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £518 £494
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £325 £379
% change year-on-year +10.76% -14.19%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £19.50 £28.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.57% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £28.50 -
% change year-on-year -31.57% -  

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

Generic IT Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 15350 17924 17751
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 33.18% 33.33% 31.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 9976 11744 11107
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 485 588 660
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.25 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +17.10%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.27 £12.50 £12.24
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.39 £47.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £18.69
% change year-on-year +11.11% +20.38%  

IBM Mainframe
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing IBM Mainframe as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Miscellaneous category.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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 18 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 3 months to 24 June 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 +23 26 £350 +7.69% 1
London +26 13 £300 +36.98% 1
North West +20 8 £380 +1.33%
City of London - 4 £300 -
Manchester +11 3 £313 -37.50%
Lancashire +7 3 £355 +10.07%
Preston -18 3 £355 +7.98%
Scotland +36 2 £600 +15.38%
East of England -4 2 £255 -31.54%
Norfolk - 2 £255 -
Norwich - 2 £255 -
South East +27 1 - -
Cheshire +24 1 £400 +6.66%
Yorkshire +19 1 - -
Edinburgh +17 1 £600 +15.38%
Knutsford +2 1 £400 -
Buckinghamshire -16 1 - -
Glasgow - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing IBM Mainframe 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 IBM Mainframe.

1 49 (100.00%) IBM
1 49 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 23 (46.94%) DB2
3 16 (32.65%) COBOL
3 16 (32.65%) JCL
3 16 (32.65%) Finance
4 14 (28.57%) SQL
5 12 (24.49%) Banking
6 10 (20.41%) Migration
7 9 (18.37%) Unix
8 8 (16.33%) Microsoft
8 8 (16.33%) CICS
8 8 (16.33%) zOS
9 7 (14.29%) VSAM
9 7 (14.29%) Unit Testing
10 6 (12.24%) Java
11 5 (10.20%) Microsoft Office
11 5 (10.20%) Windows
11 5 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (10.20%) R
11 5 (10.20%) Data Centre
11 5 (10.20%) Time Sharing Option
12 4 (8.16%) Line Management
12 4 (8.16%) Stakeholder Engagement
12 4 (8.16%) Stakeholder Management
12 4 (8.16%) Replication
12 4 (8.16%) AS400
12 4 (8.16%) Business Analysis
12 4 (8.16%) ISPF
12 4 (8.16%) Linux

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 8 (16.33%) CICS
2 4 (8.16%) SAS
3 3 (6.12%) IBM Notes
4 1 (2.04%) MQSeries
4 1 (2.04%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (10.20%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (8.16%) MS Visio
3 2 (4.08%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (2.04%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.08%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.08%) Internet
1 2 (4.08%) LAN
1 2 (4.08%) WAN
2 1 (2.04%) BIG-IP
2 1 (2.04%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (46.94%) DB2
2 2 (4.08%) Big Data
2 2 (4.08%) DataStage
2 2 (4.08%) Hadoop
2 2 (4.08%) Pentaho
3 1 (2.04%) Adabas
3 1 (2.04%) IDMS
3 1 (2.04%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (6.12%) HP UFT
2 2 (4.08%) ChangeMan
2 2 (4.08%) Toad
3 1 (2.04%) JIRA
General
1 16 (32.65%) Finance
2 12 (24.49%) Banking
3 3 (6.12%) Front Office
3 3 (6.12%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.04%) Danish Language
Job Titles
1 12 (24.49%) Analyst
2 10 (20.41%) Developer
3 6 (12.24%) COBOL Developer
4 5 (10.20%) DBA
5 4 (8.16%) Business Analyst
5 4 (8.16%) DB2 DBA
5 4 (8.16%) Mainframe Analyst
5 4 (8.16%) Support Analyst
6 3 (6.12%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
6 3 (6.12%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Analyst
6 3 (6.12%) 3rd Line Support
6 3 (6.12%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
6 3 (6.12%) Architect
6 3 (6.12%) Asset Management Analyst
6 3 (6.12%) Mainframe Test Analyst
6 3 (6.12%) Test Analyst
6 3 (6.12%) Trade Floor Support Analyst
7 2 (4.08%) Consultant
7 2 (4.08%) Desktop Support
7 2 (4.08%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (8.16%) ISPF
2 3 (6.12%) Middleware
3 2 (4.08%) .NET
3 2 (4.08%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 49 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 7 (14.29%) VSAM
3 5 (10.20%) Data Centre
4 4 (8.16%) AS400
4 4 (8.16%) Replication
5 3 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (6.12%) Client/Server
5 3 (6.12%) Computer Science
6 2 (4.08%) Blog
6 2 (4.08%) Cloud Native
6 2 (4.08%) Credit Risk
6 2 (4.08%) Public Cloud
6 2 (4.08%) Tandem
7 1 (2.04%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 9 (18.37%) Unix
2 8 (16.33%) zOS
3 5 (10.20%) Windows
4 4 (8.16%) Linux
5 3 (6.12%) AIX
5 3 (6.12%) OS/390
6 2 (4.08%) HPUX
6 2 (4.08%) NetWare
7 1 (2.04%) MVS
7 1 (2.04%) OS/2
7 1 (2.04%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (20.41%) Migration
2 7 (14.29%) Unit Testing
3 5 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (8.16%) Business Analysis
4 4 (8.16%) ITIL
4 4 (8.16%) Line Management
4 4 (8.16%) Stakeholder Engagement
4 4 (8.16%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (6.12%) Asset Management
5 3 (6.12%) Defect Management
5 3 (6.12%) Mathematics
5 3 (6.12%) Project Management
5 3 (6.12%) Test Strategy
5 3 (6.12%) Waterfall
5 3 (6.12%) Workflow
6 2 (4.08%) Critical Path Analysis
6 2 (4.08%) Integration Testing
6 2 (4.08%) Investment Management
6 2 (4.08%) Problem Management
6 2 (4.08%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (32.65%) COBOL
1 16 (32.65%) JCL
2 14 (28.57%) SQL
3 6 (12.24%) Java
4 5 (10.20%) R
5 3 (6.12%) REXX
6 2 (4.08%) Assembly Language
6 2 (4.08%) Python
6 2 (4.08%) Scala
7 1 (2.04%) Korn
7 1 (2.04%) PL/1
7 1 (2.04%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (6.12%) Degree
2 2 (4.08%) SC Cleared
2 2 (4.08%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.04%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.08%) QA
2 1 (2.04%) Data Quality
2 1 (2.04%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (2.04%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (10.20%) Time Sharing Option
2 3 (6.12%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (4.08%) Job Entry Subsystem
3 2 (4.08%) RACF
4 1 (2.04%) ACF2
Systems Management
1 3 (6.12%) BMC PATROL
1 3 (6.12%) Tivoli
1 3 (6.12%) Tivoli NetView
2 2 (4.08%) CA Endevor
2 2 (4.08%) Terraform
2 2 (4.08%) zSecure
3 1 (2.04%) OpenView
3 1 (2.04%) SCOM
3 1 (2.04%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 49 (100.00%) IBM
2 8 (16.33%) Microsoft
3 3 (6.12%) Intel
3 3 (6.12%) Lotus
4 2 (4.08%) CA
4 2 (4.08%) RapidMiner
4 2 (4.08%) TIBCO
5 1 (2.04%) Cisco
5 1 (2.04%) F5
5 1 (2.04%) HP
5 1 (2.04%) Remedy
5 1 (2.04%) Sybase
5 1 (2.04%) VMware