The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Mainframe in contract job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Mainframe over the 3 months to 29 March 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.

Mainframes
UK
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 399 358 334
Rank change year-on-year -41 -24  
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 213 319 324
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.47% 0.59% 0.61%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.48% 1.90% 2.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 189 169
Median daily rate £425 £425 £419
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.49%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +3.12% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 5
Median hourly rate £30.00 £19.25 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.84% -51.26%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £19.25 £39.50
% change year-on-year +100.00% -51.26%  

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 14438 16788 16177
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 31.92% 31.19% 30.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 9334 10966 9753
Median daily rate £445 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.70% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 535 571 682
Median hourly rate £22.50 £22.54 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.17% +20.53%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £12.50 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.50 £26.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -26.41% +43.24%  

Mainframe
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Mainframe in the UK

Mainframe
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Mainframe in the UK

Mainframe
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Mainframe over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Mainframe in the UK

Mainframe
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Mainframe in the UK

Mainframe
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Mainframe over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Mainframe in the UK

Mainframe
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Mainframe within the UK over the 3 months to 29 March 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 -20 188 £425 - 24
London -3 45 £500 - 10
South East +9 39 £421 -0.88% 5
North West +11 36 £455 +13.75% 1
East of England +17 29 £335 +3.07%
Essex +18 26 £335 -
Scotland +10 25 £413 +3.12% 2
Edinburgh 0 21 £425 +6.25% 2
Hampshire +24 15 £375 +7.14%
Manchester +10 14 £363 -9.37%
West Midlands +20 11 £423 -12.88% 1
East Midlands -12 11 £406 +62.50% 1
Lancashire +13 10 £455 +17.41%
Yorkshire +6 10 £425 -5.55% 1
Portsmouth - 9 £375 -
Preston - 9 £450 -
West Yorkshire +10 8 £433 -3.88%
Cheshire +21 7 £425 - 1
City of London -5 7 £613 +12.90% 2
Nottinghamshire +11 6 £388 +63.15% 1
Nottingham +8 6 £388 +63.15%
Buckinghamshire -29 6 £395 +1.93%
West Sussex +7 5 £425 -10.52% 3
Surrey -1 5 £425 -26.08%
Milton Keynes -21 5 £395 +1.93%
South West -24 5 £400 +45.45% 5
Southend-on-Sea - 5 £500 -
Berkshire +29 4 £225 -50.00% 1
Leeds +7 4 £410 -14.49%
Northampton +3 4 £440 +17.33%

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing 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 Mainframe.

1 130 (30.37%) Finance
2 127 (29.67%) IBM
3 106 (24.77%) Windows
4 97 (22.66%) Unix
4 97 (22.66%) SQL
5 94 (21.96%) Banking
6 91 (21.26%) DB2
7 89 (20.79%) Migration
8 76 (17.76%) Linux
9 68 (15.89%) Oracle
9 68 (15.89%) Java
10 62 (14.49%) Agile Software Development
11 56 (13.08%) Data Centre
12 55 (12.85%) zOS
13 53 (12.38%) AIX
13 53 (12.38%) IBM Mainframe
14 50 (11.68%) JCL
15 48 (11.21%) Analytical Skills
16 47 (10.98%) COBOL
17 44 (10.28%) Solaris
18 43 (10.05%) CA
19 41 (9.58%) ITIL
20 40 (9.35%) Stakeholder Management
21 39 (9.11%) Middleware
22 38 (8.88%) CICS
23 36 (8.41%) Project Management
23 36 (8.41%) Analytics
24 34 (7.94%) Microsoft
25 33 (7.71%) Hadoop
26 28 (6.54%) Security Cleared

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 38 (8.88%) CICS
2 16 (3.74%) SAS
3 7 (1.64%) WebLogic
4 6 (1.40%) WebSphere
5 5 (1.17%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (1.17%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.93%) IBM Notes
6 4 (0.93%) SharePoint
7 3 (0.70%) Apache
8 2 (0.47%) CMS
8 2 (0.47%) GemFire
8 2 (0.47%) IIS
8 2 (0.47%) MQSeries
9 1 (0.23%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.23%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.23%) Tomcat
Applications
1 20 (4.67%) MS Excel
2 15 (3.50%) MS Office
3 5 (1.17%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.70%) MS Project
5 1 (0.23%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.70%) Staffware
2 2 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.23%) FLEXCUBE
3 1 (0.23%) Maximo
3 1 (0.23%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.23%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 10 (2.34%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (0.70%) SaaS
3 2 (0.47%) Amazon S3
3 2 (0.47%) Bluemix
3 2 (0.47%) IaaS
3 2 (0.47%) IBM Cloud
3 2 (0.47%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (5.61%) SAN
2 19 (4.44%) FTP
3 16 (3.74%) TCP/IP
4 15 (3.50%) WAN
5 14 (3.27%) LAN
6 8 (1.87%) Firewall
6 8 (1.87%) SSL
7 6 (1.40%) DNS
7 6 (1.40%) LDAP
8 5 (1.17%) Network Security
9 4 (0.93%) HTTPS
9 4 (0.93%) VPN
10 3 (0.70%) MPLS
10 3 (0.70%) PuTTY
10 3 (0.70%) SSH
10 3 (0.70%) X.25
11 2 (0.47%) APPN
11 2 (0.47%) Cisco Nexus
11 2 (0.47%) VLAN
11 2 (0.47%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (21.26%) DB2
2 33 (7.71%) Hadoop
3 28 (6.54%) Big Data
4 26 (6.07%) SQL Server
5 16 (3.74%) Data Warehouse
6 12 (2.80%) Adabas
7 10 (2.34%) Oracle Database
8 7 (1.64%) DataStage
8 7 (1.64%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (1.40%) SQL Server 2000
9 6 (1.40%) SQL Server 2005
9 6 (1.40%) SQL Server 2008
9 6 (1.40%) SQL Server 2014
10 5 (1.17%) Oracle Reports
10 5 (1.17%) RDBMS
10 5 (1.17%) Relational Database
11 4 (0.93%) BusinessObjects
11 4 (0.93%) Ingres
11 4 (0.93%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.93%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 10 (2.34%) SoapUI
2 9 (2.10%) JMeter
3 6 (1.40%) PVCS
4 5 (1.17%) ERwin
4 5 (1.17%) Selenium
4 5 (1.17%) Talend Open Studio
5 4 (0.93%) HP UFT
5 4 (0.93%) JIRA
5 4 (0.93%) PowerDesigner
6 3 (0.70%) JBehave
6 3 (0.70%) LoadRunner
7 2 (0.47%) ChangeMan
7 2 (0.47%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.47%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.47%) JIRA Agile
7 2 (0.47%) Maven
7 2 (0.47%) Vagrant
8 1 (0.23%) Appium
8 1 (0.23%) VersionOne
8 1 (0.23%) Zephyr
General
1 130 (30.37%) Finance
2 94 (21.96%) Banking
3 18 (4.21%) Law
3 18 (4.21%) Retail
4 10 (2.34%) Financial Institution
4 10 (2.34%) Telecoms
5 9 (2.10%) Investment Banking
6 8 (1.87%) Automotive
7 7 (1.64%) Back Office
7 7 (1.64%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.64%) Marketing
8 5 (1.17%) Billing
9 3 (0.70%) Electronics
9 3 (0.70%) Spanish Language
10 2 (0.47%) French Language
11 1 (0.23%) Dutch Language
11 1 (0.23%) Legal
Job Titles
1 77 (17.99%) Developer
2 67 (15.65%) Analyst
3 57 (13.32%) Architect
4 27 (6.31%) Project Manager
5 21 (4.91%) Consultant
6 19 (4.44%) Business Analyst
7 18 (4.21%) Solutions Architect
8 16 (3.74%) Designer
9 15 (3.50%) Administrator
9 15 (3.50%) Technical Architect
10 14 (3.27%) Data Architect
10 14 (3.27%) Support Engineer
11 13 (3.04%) Senior Analyst
12 12 (2.80%) ETL Developer
12 12 (2.80%) Test Analyst
13 11 (2.57%) COBOL Developer
13 11 (2.57%) Data Business Analyst
13 11 (2.57%) DBA
13 11 (2.57%) Informatica Developer
13 11 (2.57%) Insight Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (9.11%) Middleware
2 22 (5.14%) .NET
3 19 (4.44%) ISPF
4 16 (3.74%) Web Services
5 15 (3.50%) J2EE
6 14 (3.27%) SOAP
7 13 (3.04%) XML
8 10 (2.34%) XML Schema
9 9 (2.10%) JSON
10 6 (1.40%) JSP
10 6 (1.40%) Servlets
10 6 (1.40%) XSLT
11 4 (0.93%) AngularJS
11 4 (0.93%) HTML
11 4 (0.93%) REST
11 4 (0.93%) Spring
11 4 (0.93%) XML Messaging
12 3 (0.70%) HTML5
12 3 (0.70%) JMS
13 2 (0.47%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 56 (13.08%) Data Centre
2 53 (12.38%) IBM Mainframe
3 48 (11.21%) Analytical Skills
4 25 (5.84%) Management Information System
5 17 (3.97%) iPad
6 14 (3.27%) iSeries
7 12 (2.80%) Computer Science
7 12 (2.80%) EMC VMAX
7 12 (2.80%) EMC VNX
7 12 (2.80%) Replication
7 12 (2.80%) Tandem
8 10 (2.34%) Data Structures
9 8 (1.87%) Credit Risk
10 7 (1.64%) Clustering
10 7 (1.64%) VSAM
11 6 (1.40%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (1.40%) SWIFT
12 5 (1.17%) Client/Server
13 4 (0.93%) Cloud Native
13 4 (0.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 106 (24.77%) Windows
2 97 (22.66%) Unix
3 76 (17.76%) Linux
4 55 (12.85%) zOS
5 53 (12.38%) AIX
6 44 (10.28%) Solaris
7 20 (4.67%) MVS
8 19 (4.44%) Windows Server
9 15 (3.50%) HPUX
10 13 (3.04%) Windows Vista
11 10 (2.34%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 10 (2.34%) VME
12 5 (1.17%) OS/2
12 5 (1.17%) Windows NT
13 3 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
14 2 (0.47%) Android
14 2 (0.47%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.47%) OS/390
14 2 (0.47%) Windows Server 2012
15 1 (0.23%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (20.79%) Migration
2 62 (14.49%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (9.58%) ITIL
4 40 (9.35%) Stakeholder Management
5 36 (8.41%) Analytics
5 36 (8.41%) Project Management
6 28 (6.54%) DevOps
7 27 (6.31%) Service Management
8 26 (6.07%) Data Management
9 25 (5.84%) CRM
9 25 (5.84%) ETL
9 25 (5.84%) Functional Testing
10 24 (5.61%) Data Modelling
10 24 (5.61%) Unit Testing
11 22 (5.14%) Business Analysis
11 22 (5.14%) Data Analysis
11 22 (5.14%) Data Analytics
12 20 (4.67%) E-Commerce
12 20 (4.67%) SDLC
13 19 (4.44%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 97 (22.66%) SQL
2 68 (15.89%) Java
3 50 (11.68%) JCL
4 47 (10.98%) COBOL
5 26 (6.07%) Shell Script
6 21 (4.91%) Perl
7 18 (4.21%) PL/SQL
8 17 (3.97%) VB
9 16 (3.74%) C
10 14 (3.27%) C#
11 10 (2.34%) C++
11 10 (2.34%) R
12 7 (1.64%) T-SQL
13 6 (1.40%) MATLAB
14 5 (1.17%) Assembly Language
14 5 (1.17%) NATURAL
14 5 (1.17%) Python
14 5 (1.17%) REXX
15 3 (0.70%) JavaScript
15 3 (0.70%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 28 (6.54%) Security Cleared
2 24 (5.61%) SC Cleared
3 23 (5.37%) Degree
4 8 (1.87%) BPSS Clearance
5 7 (1.64%) CISSP
6 5 (1.17%) CISM
6 5 (1.17%) SSCP
7 4 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (0.70%) ISEB
8 3 (0.70%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.47%) ACCA
9 2 (0.47%) CCIE
9 2 (0.47%) CCNP
9 2 (0.47%) CIMA
9 2 (0.47%) CISA
9 2 (0.47%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.23%) CCDP
10 1 (0.23%) CCNA
10 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (6.07%) QA
2 11 (2.57%) SLA
3 6 (1.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (0.93%) Basel II
4 4 (0.93%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.93%) ISO20022
5 3 (0.70%) PMO
6 2 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.23%) PMBOK
System Software
1 20 (4.67%) Time Sharing Option
2 18 (4.21%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
3 15 (3.50%) Active Directory
3 15 (3.50%) RACF
3 15 (3.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (2.34%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (2.10%) ACF2
6 7 (1.64%) Job Entry Subsystem
7 2 (0.47%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (0.47%) Docker
8 1 (0.23%) GPFS
8 1 (0.23%) PowerHA
8 1 (0.23%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.23%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.23%) XenApp
8 1 (0.23%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.23%) zsh
Systems Management
1 26 (6.07%) Tivoli
2 18 (4.21%) OMEGAMON
3 16 (3.74%) CA Endevor
4 15 (3.50%) CA Service Virtualization
5 11 (2.57%) Control-M
6 10 (2.34%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 9 (2.10%) zSecure
8 7 (1.64%) SCOM
9 6 (1.40%) HP Quality Center
9 6 (1.40%) IBM BigFix
9 6 (1.40%) Netcool
9 6 (1.40%) SCCM
9 6 (1.40%) Tivoli NetView
10 5 (1.17%) CA Wily
11 3 (0.70%) Opscode Chef
12 2 (0.47%) Oracle ZFS
12 2 (0.47%) Puppet
12 2 (0.47%) Red Hat Satellite
12 2 (0.47%) Terraform
13 1 (0.23%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 127 (29.67%) IBM
2 68 (15.89%) Oracle
3 43 (10.05%) CA
4 34 (7.94%) Microsoft
5 21 (4.91%) Informatica
6 20 (4.67%) VMware
7 16 (3.74%) Cisco
7 16 (3.74%) Splunk
8 15 (3.50%) NetApp
8 15 (3.50%) Syncsort
9 14 (3.27%) HP
10 13 (3.04%) EMC
10 13 (3.04%) IBM Sterling
10 13 (3.04%) SAP
11 12 (2.80%) ServiceNow
12 11 (2.57%) Teradata
13 10 (2.34%) Unisys
14 7 (1.64%) Fujitsu
14 7 (1.64%) Remedy
14 7 (1.64%) Software AG
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