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 26 May 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
26 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 411 321 329
Rank change year-on-year -90 +8  
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 199 390 349
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.73% 0.64%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.30% 2.20% 2.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 211 187
Median daily rate £423 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.58% +3.65%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £240 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £600 £539
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £386 £401
% change year-on-year +3.55% -3.55%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 5
Median hourly rate £30.00 £32.25 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.97% +158.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £32.25 £12.50
% change year-on-year -6.97% +158.00%  

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 15268 17759 17320
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 33.00% 33.03% 31.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 9908 11620 10684
Median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.40%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £638 £615 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 473 558 668
Median hourly rate £26.00 £22.54 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.35% +25.22%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £11.86
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.33 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £23.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +26.08% +27.77%  

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 26 May 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 26 May 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 26 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 -68 175 £423 -0.58% 27
North West +38 55 £420 +16.66% 8
London -30 55 £474 -2.31% 9
South East +24 38 £375 -16.66% 4
Lancashire +21 27 £423 +30.50%
Scotland +8 24 £413 -8.33% 2
Preston +3 24 £425 +29.27%
Edinburgh -2 20 £413 -8.33%
City of London -5 14 £550 +13.40% 1
Cheshire +33 12 £400 -15.78% 3
Manchester +1 12 £363 -23.68% 5
Hampshire +24 11 £372 +4.78%
East of England -11 9 £330 -22.35%
Buckinghamshire -19 8 £341 -11.93% 2
Yorkshire -13 7 £430 -4.44%
West Sussex +21 6 £425 -10.52%
Milton Keynes -12 6 £341 -11.93% 2
Essex -13 6 £330 +34.69%
Havant - 6 £372 -
Kent - 6 £338 -
West Midlands +21 5 £450 -6.25%
North East +12 5 £310 +13.76% 1
Tyne and Wear +20 4 £310 +15.88% 1
West Yorkshire +6 4 £430 -4.44%
Glasgow - 4 - - 2
Portsmouth - 4 £375 -
Tunbridge Wells - 4 £338 -
Berkshire +27 3 £225 -50.00%
Leeds +13 3 £430 -6.31%
Crawley +6 3 £413 -13.15%

For the 6 months to 26 May 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.

1 123 (29.93%) Finance
2 120 (29.20%) IBM
3 110 (26.76%) Migration
4 106 (25.79%) Windows
5 97 (23.60%) DB2
6 96 (23.36%) Unix
7 82 (19.95%) SQL
8 80 (19.46%) Banking
9 73 (17.76%) Linux
10 70 (17.03%) Oracle
11 66 (16.06%) Java
12 62 (15.09%) Data Centre
13 56 (13.63%) JCL
14 55 (13.38%) Agile Software Development
15 50 (12.17%) Analytical Skills
16 48 (11.68%) AIX
17 47 (11.44%) COBOL
18 45 (10.95%) Microsoft
18 45 (10.95%) Middleware
19 43 (10.46%) ITIL
20 41 (9.98%) Project Management
21 39 (9.49%) IBM Mainframe
22 38 (9.25%) Stakeholder Management
23 37 (9.00%) Analytics
24 35 (8.52%) Hadoop
25 34 (8.27%) zOS
26 33 (8.03%) Solaris
27 31 (7.54%) Service Management
27 31 (7.54%) Security Cleared
28 29 (7.06%) 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 27 (6.57%) CICS
2 19 (4.62%) SAS
3 11 (2.68%) WebSphere
4 10 (2.43%) MS Exchange
5 9 (2.19%) WebLogic
6 7 (1.70%) Apache
6 7 (1.70%) IBM Notes
6 7 (1.70%) IIS
7 5 (1.22%) EPiServer
7 5 (1.22%) FileNet
8 4 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (0.97%) SharePoint
9 3 (0.73%) MQSeries
9 3 (0.73%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 3 (0.73%) Oracle Workflow
9 3 (0.73%) WebSphere Application Server
10 2 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (0.49%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.49%) GemFire
11 1 (0.24%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 25 (6.08%) Microsoft Excel
1 25 (6.08%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 7 (1.70%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (1.22%) Maximo
2 2 (0.49%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 13 (3.16%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (0.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.73%) SaaS
3 2 (0.49%) Amazon S3
3 2 (0.49%) IaaS
3 2 (0.49%) PaaS
4 1 (0.24%) Azure Machine Learning
4 1 (0.24%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 23 (5.60%) FTP
2 22 (5.35%) SAN
3 18 (4.38%) WAN
4 15 (3.65%) DNS
4 15 (3.65%) LAN
5 13 (3.16%) SSL
6 11 (2.68%) Firewall
7 9 (2.19%) HTTPS
8 8 (1.95%) SSH
9 7 (1.70%) LDAP
10 6 (1.46%) HTTP
10 6 (1.46%) MPLS
10 6 (1.46%) PuTTY
11 5 (1.22%) Network Security
11 5 (1.22%) Reverse Proxy
12 4 (0.97%) TCP/IP
12 4 (0.97%) tcpdump
13 3 (0.73%) BGP
13 3 (0.73%) DWDM
13 3 (0.73%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (23.60%) DB2
2 35 (8.52%) Hadoop
3 27 (6.57%) Big Data
4 24 (5.84%) SQL Server
5 18 (4.38%) Adabas
6 9 (2.19%) Data Warehouse
6 9 (2.19%) Oracle Database
6 9 (2.19%) SQL Server 2012
7 8 (1.95%) SQL Server 2005
7 8 (1.95%) SQL Server 2008
7 8 (1.95%) SQL Server 2014
8 7 (1.70%) DataStage
8 7 (1.70%) SQL Server 2000
9 6 (1.46%) Relational Database
10 5 (1.22%) BusinessObjects
10 5 (1.22%) MongoDB
11 4 (0.97%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.97%) OLTP
11 4 (0.97%) RDBMS
11 4 (0.97%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 11 (2.68%) SoapUI
2 8 (1.95%) JMeter
3 6 (1.46%) PVCS
4 5 (1.22%) Selenium
4 5 (1.22%) Talend Open Studio
5 4 (0.97%) ERwin
5 4 (0.97%) JIRA
5 4 (0.97%) PowerDesigner
6 3 (0.73%) HP UFT
7 2 (0.49%) Appium
7 2 (0.49%) ChangeMan
7 2 (0.49%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.49%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.49%) LoadRunner
7 2 (0.49%) Maven
7 2 (0.49%) Subversion
7 2 (0.49%) WebDriver
8 1 (0.24%) JIRA Agile
8 1 (0.24%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (0.24%) Zephyr
General
1 123 (29.93%) Finance
2 80 (19.46%) Banking
3 17 (4.14%) Retail
4 11 (2.68%) Law
5 10 (2.43%) Investment Banking
5 10 (2.43%) Telecoms
6 8 (1.95%) Automotive
6 8 (1.95%) Financial Institution
6 8 (1.95%) Manufacturing
7 6 (1.46%) Marketing
8 5 (1.22%) Back Office
8 5 (1.22%) Billing
9 3 (0.73%) Electronics
9 3 (0.73%) Front Office
9 3 (0.73%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.24%) Legal
Job Titles
1 71 (17.27%) Analyst
2 61 (14.84%) Developer
3 56 (13.63%) Architect
4 25 (6.08%) Consultant
5 24 (5.84%) Business Analyst
5 24 (5.84%) Designer
6 23 (5.60%) Project Manager
7 18 (4.38%) Solutions Architect
8 16 (3.89%) Solutions Designer
9 15 (3.65%) Migration Manager
9 15 (3.65%) Technical Architect
10 14 (3.41%) Senior Analyst
11 13 (3.16%) Administrator
11 13 (3.16%) DBA
12 12 (2.92%) COBOL Developer
12 12 (2.92%) Data Business Analyst
13 11 (2.68%) Data Insight Analyst
13 11 (2.68%) Insight Analyst
13 11 (2.68%) Insight Data Analyst
13 11 (2.68%) Technical Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (10.95%) Middleware
2 27 (6.57%) .NET
3 26 (6.33%) ISPF
4 21 (5.11%) J2EE
5 19 (4.62%) Web Services
6 17 (4.14%) XML
7 14 (3.41%) SOAP
8 12 (2.92%) JSON
9 10 (2.43%) REST
9 10 (2.43%) XML Schema
10 9 (2.19%) JSP
10 9 (2.19%) Servlets
11 6 (1.46%) JMS
11 6 (1.46%) XSLT
12 4 (0.97%) AngularJS
12 4 (0.97%) Spring
12 4 (0.97%) XML Messaging
12 4 (0.97%) X-Windows
13 3 (0.73%) EDI
13 3 (0.73%) EJB
Miscellaneous
1 62 (15.09%) Data Centre
2 50 (12.17%) Analytical Skills
3 39 (9.49%) IBM Mainframe
4 27 (6.57%) Management Information System
5 21 (5.11%) Replication
6 16 (3.89%) iSeries
7 15 (3.65%) Tandem
8 12 (2.92%) Clustering
9 11 (2.68%) Client/Server
9 11 (2.68%) Computer Science
10 10 (2.43%) Data Structures
11 8 (1.95%) AS400
11 8 (1.95%) Credit Risk
12 6 (1.46%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (1.46%) PKI
12 6 (1.46%) VSAM
13 4 (0.97%) Credit Derivative
13 4 (0.97%) Derivative
13 4 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 4 (0.97%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 106 (25.79%) Windows
2 96 (23.36%) Unix
3 73 (17.76%) Linux
4 48 (11.68%) AIX
5 34 (8.27%) zOS
6 33 (8.03%) Solaris
7 25 (6.08%) HPUX
8 15 (3.65%) MVS
9 12 (2.92%) Windows Vista
10 11 (2.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 9 (2.19%) VME
11 9 (2.19%) Windows Server
12 7 (1.70%) OS/2
13 3 (0.73%) Android
13 3 (0.73%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.73%) OS/390
14 2 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
14 2 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
15 1 (0.24%) Windows 7
15 1 (0.24%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (26.76%) Migration
2 55 (13.38%) Agile Software Development
3 43 (10.46%) ITIL
4 41 (9.98%) Project Management
5 38 (9.25%) Stakeholder Management
6 37 (9.00%) Analytics
7 31 (7.54%) Service Management
8 26 (6.33%) Data Analysis
9 25 (6.08%) CRM
10 23 (5.60%) Data Analytics
11 22 (5.35%) Business Analysis
11 22 (5.35%) Service Delivery
12 20 (4.87%) Problem Management
13 19 (4.62%) SDLC
14 18 (4.38%) Risk Management
14 18 (4.38%) Stakeholder Engagement
14 18 (4.38%) Test Automation
15 17 (4.14%) Customer Analytics
15 17 (4.14%) Mathematics
16 16 (3.89%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 82 (19.95%) SQL
2 66 (16.06%) Java
3 56 (13.63%) JCL
4 47 (11.44%) COBOL
5 15 (3.65%) C
6 14 (3.41%) Shell Script
7 12 (2.92%) C#
7 12 (2.92%) C++
7 12 (2.92%) R
8 11 (2.68%) Perl
8 11 (2.68%) VB
9 8 (1.95%) T-SQL
10 7 (1.70%) MATLAB
10 7 (1.70%) REXX
11 6 (1.46%) Assembly Language
11 6 (1.46%) Python
12 5 (1.22%) NATURAL
13 4 (0.97%) JavaScript
14 3 (0.73%) Ruby
15 2 (0.49%) Korn
Qualifications
1 31 (7.54%) Security Cleared
2 29 (7.06%) SC Cleared
3 23 (5.60%) Degree
4 8 (1.95%) CISSP
5 5 (1.22%) CISM
5 5 (1.22%) SSCP
6 4 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
7 3 (0.73%) CCNP
7 3 (0.73%) CISA
7 3 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.49%) ACCA
8 2 (0.49%) CIMA
8 2 (0.49%) CTC Cleared
8 2 (0.49%) DV Cleared
8 2 (0.49%) ISEB
9 1 (0.24%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.24%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.24%) PMP
9 1 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (4.38%) QA
2 11 (2.68%) SLA
3 8 (1.95%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (0.97%) Basel II
4 4 (0.97%) ISO20022
4 4 (0.97%) PMO
5 3 (0.73%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.24%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.24%) PMBOK
System Software
1 26 (6.33%) Time Sharing Option
2 22 (5.35%) Active Directory
3 18 (4.38%) RACF
4 12 (2.92%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (2.19%) ACF2
5 9 (2.19%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (1.70%) Job Entry Subsystem
6 7 (1.70%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 5 (1.22%) Oracle RAC
8 3 (0.73%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.73%) VMware Infrastructure
9 2 (0.49%) Apache ZooKeeper
10 1 (0.24%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.24%) ProxySG
10 1 (0.24%) XenApp
10 1 (0.24%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 18 (4.38%) Tivoli
2 16 (3.89%) zSecure
3 14 (3.41%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 8 (1.95%) SCOM
5 7 (1.70%) Tivoli NetView
6 6 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
6 6 (1.46%) IBM BigFix
6 6 (1.46%) Netcool
6 6 (1.46%) SCCM
7 5 (1.22%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
8 4 (0.97%) BMC PATROL
9 3 (0.73%) CA Endevor
9 3 (0.73%) OMEGAMON
10 2 (0.49%) Control-M
10 2 (0.49%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.49%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.49%) Oracle ZFS
10 2 (0.49%) Red Hat Satellite
10 2 (0.49%) Terraform
10 2 (0.49%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 120 (29.20%) IBM
2 70 (17.03%) Oracle
3 45 (10.95%) Microsoft
4 20 (4.87%) CA
5 19 (4.62%) VMware
6 18 (4.38%) IBM Sterling
7 17 (4.14%) HP
7 17 (4.14%) SAP
8 15 (3.65%) Citrix
9 13 (3.16%) ServiceNow
9 13 (3.16%) Software AG
10 12 (2.92%) Teradata
11 11 (2.68%) Informatica
12 10 (2.43%) Unisys
13 7 (1.70%) Axway
13 7 (1.70%) Fujitsu
13 7 (1.70%) Lotus
13 7 (1.70%) Pega
13 7 (1.70%) Remedy
14 6 (1.46%) F5
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