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 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.

Mainframes
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 412 269 313
Rank change year-on-year -143 +44  
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 192 469 385
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.42% 0.87% 0.69%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.25% 2.62% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 249 192
Median daily rate £416 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.23% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £242 £321
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £595 £544
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £411
% change year-on-year - -2.67%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 11 7
Median hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +128.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £12.50
% change year-on-year +5.26% +128.00%  

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%  

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 24 June 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 24 June 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 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 -129 169 £413 -2.94% 12
North West -2 58 £400 -8.57% 1
London -24 53 £473 +0.80% 5
Lancashire +20 30 £410 +24.71%
South East +27 29 £388 -8.82% 2
Preston -1 27 £415 +26.23%
Scotland +24 24 £440 -7.36% 3
Edinburgh -2 15 £600 +26.31% 1
Manchester -9 15 £313 -34.21% 1
Cheshire +8 12 £400 -
City of London -3 11 £473 +2.71%
Glasgow +9 10 £429 +7.31% 1
East of England -26 10 £290 -22.66%
Hampshire +20 8 £372 +4.78% 1
Yorkshire -11 7 £430 -4.44% 1
Buckinghamshire -20 7 £318 -
North East +24 6 £310 +14.81%
Kent +3 6 £338 -
Tyne and Wear +35 5 £310 +16.98%
Milton Keynes -15 5 £318 -
West Sussex +16 4 £413 -23.25%
Tunbridge Wells +7 4 £338 -
Hertfordshire 0 4 £308 -17.44%
Essex -23 4 £330 +29.41%
Leeds +14 3 £430 +14.28%
Sheffield +13 3 - -
South Yorkshire +7 3 - - 1
Sunderland +6 3 - -
Crawley +2 3 £413 -13.15%
Nottingham -3 3 £513 +46.42%

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 (32.58%) IBM
2 118 (29.57%) DB2
3 116 (29.07%) Finance
4 107 (26.82%) Migration
5 90 (22.56%) Windows
6 83 (20.80%) Unix
7 81 (20.30%) SQL
8 76 (19.05%) Banking
9 72 (18.05%) JCL
10 62 (15.54%) Oracle
10 62 (15.54%) Linux
11 55 (13.78%) Data Centre
12 52 (13.03%) Java
13 50 (12.53%) COBOL
14 49 (12.28%) IBM Mainframe
15 48 (12.03%) Agile Software Development
16 47 (11.78%) Middleware
17 45 (11.28%) zOS
18 44 (11.03%) AIX
19 38 (9.52%) CICS
19 38 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
20 36 (9.02%) Microsoft
20 36 (9.02%) ISPF
21 35 (8.77%) Time Sharing Option
22 34 (8.52%) ITIL
23 33 (8.27%) Solaris
23 33 (8.27%) Project Management
23 33 (8.27%) Stakeholder Management
23 33 (8.27%) Security Cleared
24 31 (7.77%) SC 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 (9.52%) CICS
2 20 (5.01%) SAS
3 10 (2.51%) WebSphere
4 9 (2.26%) MS Exchange
4 9 (2.26%) WebLogic
5 8 (2.01%) MQSeries
6 7 (1.75%) Apache
6 7 (1.75%) IIS
7 5 (1.25%) EPiServer
7 5 (1.25%) FileNet
7 5 (1.25%) IBM Notes
8 4 (1.00%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (1.00%) SharePoint
9 3 (0.75%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 3 (0.75%) Oracle Workflow
9 3 (0.75%) WebSphere Application Server
10 2 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.25%) Apache Pig
11 1 (0.25%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 30 (7.52%) Microsoft Excel
2 26 (6.52%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (3.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (2.01%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.00%) Maximo
2 2 (0.50%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.25%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 11 (2.76%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (1.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.25%) Azure Machine Learning
3 1 (0.25%) IaaS
3 1 (0.25%) IBM Cloud
3 1 (0.25%) PaaS
3 1 (0.25%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 25 (6.27%) FTP
2 18 (4.51%) SSL
3 17 (4.26%) WAN
4 15 (3.76%) SAN
5 14 (3.51%) DNS
5 14 (3.51%) LAN
5 14 (3.51%) SSH
6 10 (2.51%) Firewall
7 9 (2.26%) HTTPS
8 8 (2.01%) LDAP
9 7 (1.75%) Kerberos
10 6 (1.50%) HTTP
10 6 (1.50%) MPLS
10 6 (1.50%) PuTTY
11 5 (1.25%) Reverse Proxy
12 4 (1.00%) Network Security
12 4 (1.00%) Structured Cabling
12 4 (1.00%) TCP/IP
12 4 (1.00%) tcpdump
13 3 (0.75%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (29.57%) DB2
2 29 (7.27%) Hadoop
3 22 (5.51%) Big Data
4 20 (5.01%) Adabas
5 16 (4.01%) SQL Server
6 9 (2.26%) Oracle Database
7 8 (2.01%) Data Warehouse
8 5 (1.25%) BusinessObjects
8 5 (1.25%) MongoDB
8 5 (1.25%) Relational Database
8 5 (1.25%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (1.00%) DataStage
9 4 (1.00%) NoSQL
9 4 (1.00%) OLTP
9 4 (1.00%) SAS Data Integration Studio
9 4 (1.00%) SQL Server 2005
9 4 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (1.00%) SQL Server 2014
10 3 (0.75%) QlikView
10 3 (0.75%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 8 (2.01%) SoapUI
2 6 (1.50%) PVCS
3 5 (1.25%) JIRA
3 5 (1.25%) JMeter
4 4 (1.00%) HP UFT
5 3 (0.75%) Selenium
5 3 (0.75%) Talend Open Studio
5 3 (0.75%) Toad
6 2 (0.50%) Appium
6 2 (0.50%) ChangeMan
6 2 (0.50%) ERwin
6 2 (0.50%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.50%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.50%) Maven
6 2 (0.50%) PowerDesigner
6 2 (0.50%) Subversion
6 2 (0.50%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.25%) JIRA Agile
7 1 (0.25%) LoadRunner
7 1 (0.25%) PowerBuilder
General
1 116 (29.07%) Finance
2 76 (19.05%) Banking
3 18 (4.51%) Retail
4 11 (2.76%) Law
5 8 (2.01%) Automotive
5 8 (2.01%) Financial Institution
5 8 (2.01%) Investment Banking
5 8 (2.01%) Manufacturing
5 8 (2.01%) Telecoms
6 3 (0.75%) Back Office
6 3 (0.75%) Billing
6 3 (0.75%) Electronics
6 3 (0.75%) Front Office
6 3 (0.75%) Marketing
6 3 (0.75%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.25%) Danish Language
7 1 (0.25%) Legal
Job Titles
1 73 (18.30%) Analyst
2 55 (13.78%) Developer
3 46 (11.53%) Architect
4 25 (6.27%) Consultant
5 24 (6.02%) Business Analyst
5 24 (6.02%) Project Manager
6 22 (5.51%) DBA
7 21 (5.26%) Administrator
7 21 (5.26%) Designer
8 15 (3.76%) DB2 DBA
8 15 (3.76%) Migration Manager
8 15 (3.76%) Technical Architect
8 15 (3.76%) Test Analyst
9 14 (3.51%) Solutions Architect
10 13 (3.26%) Mainframe Analyst
10 13 (3.26%) Solutions Designer
11 12 (3.01%) COBOL Developer
11 12 (3.01%) Data Business Analyst
11 12 (3.01%) Technical Developer
12 11 (2.76%) Data Insight Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (11.78%) Middleware
2 36 (9.02%) ISPF
3 17 (4.26%) .NET
4 16 (4.01%) Web Services
5 14 (3.51%) J2EE
6 13 (3.26%) XML
7 11 (2.76%) SOAP
8 10 (2.51%) REST
9 9 (2.26%) JSP
9 9 (2.26%) Servlets
10 8 (2.01%) JSON
10 8 (2.01%) XML Schema
11 6 (1.50%) JMS
11 6 (1.50%) XSLT
12 4 (1.00%) AngularJS
12 4 (1.00%) X-Windows
13 3 (0.75%) EDI
13 3 (0.75%) EJB
14 2 (0.50%) Hibernate
14 2 (0.50%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 55 (13.78%) Data Centre
2 49 (12.28%) IBM Mainframe
3 38 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
4 26 (6.52%) Replication
5 24 (6.02%) Management Information System
6 16 (4.01%) iSeries
6 16 (4.01%) Tandem
7 12 (3.01%) Clustering
8 11 (2.76%) Client/Server
8 11 (2.76%) Computer Science
8 11 (2.76%) PKI
9 10 (2.51%) Data Structures
9 10 (2.51%) VSAM
10 8 (2.01%) AS400
11 6 (1.50%) Credit Risk
12 5 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
13 4 (1.00%) Credit Derivative
13 4 (1.00%) Derivative
13 4 (1.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 4 (1.00%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 90 (22.56%) Windows
2 83 (20.80%) Unix
3 62 (15.54%) Linux
4 45 (11.28%) zOS
5 44 (11.03%) AIX
6 33 (8.27%) Solaris
7 26 (6.52%) HPUX
8 12 (3.01%) Windows Vista
9 10 (2.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (2.26%) Windows Server
11 8 (2.01%) MVS
12 7 (1.75%) OS/2
13 6 (1.50%) OS/390
13 6 (1.50%) VME
14 3 (0.75%) Android
14 3 (0.75%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.50%) NetWare
15 2 (0.50%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.50%) Windows Server 2008
15 2 (0.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (26.82%) Migration
2 48 (12.03%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (8.52%) ITIL
4 33 (8.27%) Project Management
4 33 (8.27%) Stakeholder Management
5 31 (7.77%) Analytics
6 30 (7.52%) Service Management
7 24 (6.02%) Data Analysis
8 23 (5.76%) Data Analytics
9 22 (5.51%) Business Analysis
9 22 (5.51%) CRM
10 21 (5.26%) Service Delivery
11 18 (4.51%) Problem Management
12 17 (4.26%) Customer Analytics
12 17 (4.26%) Mathematics
12 17 (4.26%) Risk Management
13 15 (3.76%) Data Management
13 15 (3.76%) Data Migration
13 15 (3.76%) Scrum
13 15 (3.76%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 81 (20.30%) SQL
2 72 (18.05%) JCL
3 52 (13.03%) Java
4 50 (12.53%) COBOL
5 18 (4.51%) Shell Script
6 15 (3.76%) REXX
7 13 (3.26%) Assembly Language
7 13 (3.26%) Perl
8 8 (2.01%) C#
8 8 (2.01%) R
9 7 (1.75%) C
9 7 (1.75%) C++
9 7 (1.75%) CLIST
9 7 (1.75%) VB
10 5 (1.25%) NATURAL
11 4 (1.00%) Python
12 3 (0.75%) JavaScript
12 3 (0.75%) MATLAB
12 3 (0.75%) T-SQL
13 2 (0.50%) Korn
Qualifications
1 33 (8.27%) Security Cleared
2 31 (7.77%) SC Cleared
3 21 (5.26%) Degree
4 16 (4.01%) Computer Science Degree
5 6 (1.50%) CISSP
6 4 (1.00%) CISM
7 3 (0.75%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (0.75%) CCNP
7 3 (0.75%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (0.75%) SSCP
8 2 (0.50%) CISA
8 2 (0.50%) CTC Cleared
8 2 (0.50%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.25%) ACCA
9 1 (0.25%) CIMA
9 1 (0.25%) CRISC
9 1 (0.25%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.25%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.25%) PMP
9 1 (0.25%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (3.26%) QA
2 9 (2.26%) SLA
3 8 (2.01%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (1.00%) Basel II
5 3 (0.75%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.75%) Disclosure Scotland
5 3 (0.75%) PMO
6 2 (0.50%) ISO 20022
7 1 (0.25%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.25%) PMBOK
System Software
1 35 (8.77%) Time Sharing Option
2 24 (6.02%) RACF
3 20 (5.01%) Active Directory
4 10 (2.51%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (2.26%) ACF2
5 9 (2.26%) Job Entry Subsystem
5 9 (2.26%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (1.25%) Oracle RAC
7 3 (0.75%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 3 (0.75%) Virtual Desktop
7 3 (0.75%) VMware Infrastructure
8 2 (0.50%) Apache ZooKeeper
9 1 (0.25%) Apache Flume
9 1 (0.25%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.25%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.25%) XenApp
9 1 (0.25%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 22 (5.51%) zSecure
2 15 (3.76%) Tivoli
3 12 (3.01%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 8 (2.01%) SCOM
5 7 (1.75%) HP Quality Center
6 6 (1.50%) IBM BigFix
6 6 (1.50%) Netcool
6 6 (1.50%) Tivoli NetView
7 5 (1.25%) SCCM
8 4 (1.00%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 3 (0.75%) BMC PATROL
9 3 (0.75%) CA Endevor
10 2 (0.50%) CA Wily
10 2 (0.50%) OMEGAMON
10 2 (0.50%) Oracle ZFS
10 2 (0.50%) Red Hat Satellite
10 2 (0.50%) Terraform
10 2 (0.50%) Tivoli Identity Manager
10 2 (0.50%) vCenter Server
11 1 (0.25%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 130 (32.58%) IBM
2 62 (15.54%) Oracle
3 36 (9.02%) Microsoft
4 23 (5.76%) CA
5 19 (4.76%) VMware
6 18 (4.51%) HP
7 15 (3.76%) IBM Sterling
7 15 (3.76%) SAP
8 14 (3.51%) Software AG
9 13 (3.26%) Citrix
10 10 (2.51%) ServiceNow
10 10 (2.51%) Teradata
11 9 (2.26%) Informatica
11 9 (2.26%) Sybase
11 9 (2.26%) Unisys
12 8 (2.01%) Axway
13 7 (1.75%) Fujitsu
13 7 (1.75%) Pega
14 6 (1.50%) F5
14 6 (1.50%) Red Hat
South Yorkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leicester, Leicestershire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: Market related
Posted: 2 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £375.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago