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 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Mainframes
UK
Rank 397 357 335
Rank change year-on-year -40 -22  
Contract jobs citing Mainframe 207 307 312
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.46% 0.58% 0.59%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.43% 1.87% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 180 158
Median daily rate £425 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.59%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £411 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.81% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 5
Median hourly rate £38.50 £19.25 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -51.26%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.00 £19.25 £39.50
% change year-on-year +144.15% -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 14497 16421 15905
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 32.00% 30.98% 30.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 9339 10703 9623
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 £396 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +5.46% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 544 557 661
Median hourly rate £22.50 £24.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +26.31%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £12.50 £11.74
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £51.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.84 £29.00 £18.90
% change year-on-year -35.03% +53.43%  

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 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 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 24 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 -31 181 £425 - 21
London 0 46 £500 -4.76% 5
South East +17 37 £400 -5.32% 7
East of England +15 27 £335 +3.87% 1
North West -7 26 £465 +16.25% 2
Essex +16 25 £335 -
Scotland +2 25 £413 +3.12%
Edinburgh -2 21 £425 +6.25%
Hampshire +23 16 £375 +7.14%
East Midlands -6 15 £401 +60.50% 1
West Midlands +16 12 £423 -12.88% 1
Yorkshire +10 11 £418 -7.11% 1
Manchester -7 11 £395 -1.25% 1
West Yorkshire +14 9 £425 -5.45%
Portsmouth - 9 £375 -
Northamptonshire +6 8 £403 +7.33%
City of London +4 7 £613 +12.90%
Northampton +3 7 £414 +10.33%
Nottingham +7 6 £388 +63.15%
Nottinghamshire +5 6 £388 +63.15%
Lancashire +4 6 £518 +29.37%
Buckinghamshire -28 6 £395 +1.93%
Cheshire +23 5 £425 - 1
Leeds +11 5 £410 -18.00%
South West -20 5 £400 +45.45% 2
Milton Keynes -23 5 £395 +1.93%
Southend-on-Sea - 5 £500 -
Preston - 5 £500 -
Coventry - 5 £461 -
Berkshire +26 4 £225 -50.00% 1

Mainframe
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 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.

1 129 (30.64%) Finance
2 125 (29.69%) IBM
3 104 (24.70%) Windows
4 98 (23.28%) Banking
5 97 (23.04%) SQL
6 90 (21.38%) Unix
7 87 (20.67%) DB2
8 81 (19.24%) Migration
9 76 (18.05%) Linux
10 70 (16.63%) Java
11 68 (16.15%) Oracle
12 62 (14.73%) Agile Software Development
13 56 (13.30%) zOS
14 54 (12.83%) AIX
15 53 (12.59%) IBM Mainframe
16 51 (12.11%) Data Centre
17 49 (11.64%) JCL
18 47 (11.16%) Analytical Skills
19 46 (10.93%) Solaris
19 46 (10.93%) COBOL
20 45 (10.69%) CA
21 42 (9.98%) ITIL
22 37 (8.79%) CICS
23 36 (8.55%) Middleware
23 36 (8.55%) Stakeholder Management
24 35 (8.31%) Analytics
25 33 (7.84%) Microsoft
26 32 (7.60%) Project Management
26 32 (7.60%) Hadoop
27 28 (6.65%) Big Data

Mainframe
Top Related 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 37 (8.79%) CICS
2 16 (3.80%) SAS
3 7 (1.66%) WebLogic
3 7 (1.66%) WebSphere
4 6 (1.43%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (1.19%) Cloud Foundry
6 4 (0.95%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.95%) IBM Notes
6 4 (0.95%) SharePoint
7 3 (0.71%) Apache
8 2 (0.48%) CMS
8 2 (0.48%) GemFire
8 2 (0.48%) IIS
8 2 (0.48%) MQSeries
9 1 (0.24%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.24%) Mule
9 1 (0.24%) Mule ESB
9 1 (0.24%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.24%) Tomcat
Applications
1 20 (4.75%) MS Excel
2 15 (3.56%) MS Office
3 6 (1.43%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.71%) MS Project
5 1 (0.24%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.95%) Staffware
2 2 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.24%) FLEXCUBE
3 1 (0.24%) Maximo
3 1 (0.24%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.24%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.14%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (0.95%) SaaS
3 2 (0.48%) Amazon S3
3 2 (0.48%) Bluemix
3 2 (0.48%) IaaS
3 2 (0.48%) IBM Cloud
3 2 (0.48%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 25 (5.94%) SAN
2 18 (4.28%) FTP
3 16 (3.80%) TCP/IP
4 13 (3.09%) WAN
5 12 (2.85%) LAN
6 8 (1.90%) Firewall
7 6 (1.43%) DNS
7 6 (1.43%) LDAP
7 6 (1.43%) SSL
8 4 (0.95%) HTTPS
8 4 (0.95%) MPLS
8 4 (0.95%) Network Security
8 4 (0.95%) VPN
9 3 (0.71%) X.25
10 2 (0.48%) APPN
10 2 (0.48%) ATM
10 2 (0.48%) DMZ
10 2 (0.48%) SNA
10 2 (0.48%) SSH
10 2 (0.48%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (20.67%) DB2
2 32 (7.60%) Hadoop
3 28 (6.65%) Big Data
4 27 (6.41%) SQL Server
5 16 (3.80%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (2.61%) Adabas
7 10 (2.38%) Oracle Database
8 7 (1.66%) DataStage
8 7 (1.66%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (1.43%) SQL Server 2000
9 6 (1.43%) SQL Server 2005
9 6 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
9 6 (1.43%) SQL Server 2014
10 5 (1.19%) Oracle Reports
10 5 (1.19%) RDBMS
10 5 (1.19%) Relational Database
11 4 (0.95%) BusinessObjects
11 4 (0.95%) Ingres
11 4 (0.95%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.95%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 10 (2.38%) SoapUI
2 9 (2.14%) JMeter
3 6 (1.43%) PVCS
4 5 (1.19%) ERwin
4 5 (1.19%) Selenium
4 5 (1.19%) Talend Open Studio
5 4 (0.95%) HP UFT
5 4 (0.95%) JIRA
5 4 (0.95%) PowerDesigner
6 3 (0.71%) JBehave
6 3 (0.71%) LoadRunner
7 2 (0.48%) ChangeMan
7 2 (0.48%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.48%) Jenkins
7 2 (0.48%) JIRA Agile
7 2 (0.48%) Maven
7 2 (0.48%) Vagrant
8 1 (0.24%) CruiseControl
8 1 (0.24%) StarTeam
8 1 (0.24%) Subversion
General
1 129 (30.64%) Finance
2 98 (23.28%) Banking
3 20 (4.75%) Law
4 18 (4.28%) Retail
5 10 (2.38%) Financial Institution
5 10 (2.38%) Investment Banking
5 10 (2.38%) Telecoms
6 7 (1.66%) Automotive
6 7 (1.66%) Back Office
6 7 (1.66%) Manufacturing
6 7 (1.66%) Marketing
7 4 (0.95%) Billing
7 4 (0.95%) Spanish Language
8 3 (0.71%) Electronics
9 2 (0.48%) French Language
10 1 (0.24%) Advertising
10 1 (0.24%) Dutch Language
10 1 (0.24%) Legal
Job Titles
1 76 (18.05%) Developer
2 69 (16.39%) Analyst
3 53 (12.59%) Architect
4 25 (5.94%) Project Manager
5 20 (4.75%) Consultant
6 18 (4.28%) Business Analyst
7 16 (3.80%) Solutions Architect
8 15 (3.56%) Administrator
8 15 (3.56%) Designer
9 14 (3.33%) Data Architect
9 14 (3.33%) Support Engineer
9 14 (3.33%) Technical Architect
10 12 (2.85%) ETL Developer
10 12 (2.85%) Senior Analyst
10 12 (2.85%) Test Analyst
11 11 (2.61%) Informatica Developer
12 10 (2.38%) COBOL Developer
12 10 (2.38%) Insight Analyst
12 10 (2.38%) Technical Specialist
12 10 (2.38%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (8.55%) Middleware
2 24 (5.70%) .NET
3 19 (4.51%) ISPF
4 16 (3.80%) Web Services
5 15 (3.56%) J2EE
5 15 (3.56%) SOAP
6 13 (3.09%) XML
7 10 (2.38%) XML Schema
8 9 (2.14%) JSON
9 6 (1.43%) JSP
9 6 (1.43%) Servlets
9 6 (1.43%) XSLT
10 5 (1.19%) HTML
10 5 (1.19%) REST
11 4 (0.95%) AngularJS
11 4 (0.95%) HTML5
11 4 (0.95%) JMS
11 4 (0.95%) Spring
11 4 (0.95%) XML Messaging
12 2 (0.48%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 53 (12.59%) IBM Mainframe
2 51 (12.11%) Data Centre
3 47 (11.16%) Analytical Skills
4 24 (5.70%) Management Information System
5 17 (4.04%) iPad
6 14 (3.33%) EMC VMAX
6 14 (3.33%) EMC VNX
6 14 (3.33%) iSeries
7 12 (2.85%) Computer Science
7 12 (2.85%) Tandem
8 9 (2.14%) Data Structures
8 9 (2.14%) Replication
9 8 (1.90%) Credit Risk
10 6 (1.43%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (1.43%) SWIFT
10 6 (1.43%) VSAM
11 5 (1.19%) Clustering
12 4 (0.95%) Client/Server
12 4 (0.95%) Credit Derivative
12 4 (0.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 104 (24.70%) Windows
2 90 (21.38%) Unix
3 76 (18.05%) Linux
4 56 (13.30%) zOS
5 54 (12.83%) AIX
6 46 (10.93%) Solaris
7 21 (4.99%) MVS
8 18 (4.28%) Windows Server
9 15 (3.56%) HPUX
10 12 (2.85%) Windows Vista
11 10 (2.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 10 (2.38%) VME
12 5 (1.19%) Windows NT
13 3 (0.71%) OS/2
13 3 (0.71%) Windows Server 2008
14 2 (0.48%) Android
14 2 (0.48%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.48%) OS/390
14 2 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
15 1 (0.24%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 81 (19.24%) Migration
2 62 (14.73%) Agile Software Development
3 42 (9.98%) ITIL
4 36 (8.55%) Stakeholder Management
5 35 (8.31%) Analytics
6 32 (7.60%) Project Management
7 28 (6.65%) DevOps
8 27 (6.41%) Service Management
9 26 (6.18%) Data Management
10 25 (5.94%) ETL
10 25 (5.94%) Functional Testing
11 24 (5.70%) CRM
11 24 (5.70%) Data Modelling
11 24 (5.70%) Unit Testing
12 21 (4.99%) Business Analysis
12 21 (4.99%) Data Analysis
12 21 (4.99%) Data Analytics
13 20 (4.75%) E-Commerce
13 20 (4.75%) SDLC
14 18 (4.28%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 97 (23.04%) SQL
2 70 (16.63%) Java
3 49 (11.64%) JCL
4 46 (10.93%) COBOL
5 27 (6.41%) Shell Script
6 21 (4.99%) Perl
7 18 (4.28%) PL/SQL
8 17 (4.04%) VB
9 16 (3.80%) C
10 15 (3.56%) C#
11 10 (2.38%) C++
11 10 (2.38%) R
12 7 (1.66%) T-SQL
13 6 (1.43%) MATLAB
14 5 (1.19%) Assembly Language
14 5 (1.19%) Python
14 5 (1.19%) REXX
15 4 (0.95%) NATURAL
16 3 (0.71%) JavaScript
16 3 (0.71%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 23 (5.46%) Security Cleared
2 22 (5.23%) Degree
3 19 (4.51%) SC Cleared
4 8 (1.90%) BPSS Clearance
5 7 (1.66%) CISSP
6 5 (1.19%) CISM
6 5 (1.19%) SSCP
7 4 (0.95%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (0.71%) ISEB
8 3 (0.71%) PMI Certification
9 2 (0.48%) ACCA
9 2 (0.48%) CCIE
9 2 (0.48%) CCNP
9 2 (0.48%) CIMA
9 2 (0.48%) CISA
9 2 (0.48%) ISTQB
10 1 (0.24%) CCDP
10 1 (0.24%) CCNA
10 1 (0.24%) PMP
10 1 (0.24%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (6.41%) QA
2 11 (2.61%) SLA
3 6 (1.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 4 (0.95%) Basel II
4 4 (0.95%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.95%) ISO20022
5 3 (0.71%) PMO
6 2 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.24%) PMBOK
System Software
1 19 (4.51%) Time Sharing Option
1 19 (4.51%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
2 16 (3.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (3.33%) Active Directory
3 14 (3.33%) RACF
4 10 (2.38%) Virtual Machines
5 9 (2.14%) ACF2
6 7 (1.66%) Job Entry Subsystem
7 2 (0.48%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (0.48%) Docker
8 1 (0.24%) GPFS
8 1 (0.24%) PowerHA
8 1 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.24%) XenApp
8 1 (0.24%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.24%) zsh
Systems Management
1 27 (6.41%) Tivoli
2 18 (4.28%) OMEGAMON
3 16 (3.80%) CA Endevor
4 15 (3.56%) CA Service Virtualization
5 12 (2.85%) Control-M
6 10 (2.38%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 8 (1.90%) zSecure
8 7 (1.66%) HP Quality Center
8 7 (1.66%) SCOM
9 6 (1.43%) IBM BigFix
9 6 (1.43%) Netcool
9 6 (1.43%) Tivoli NetView
10 5 (1.19%) CA Wily
10 5 (1.19%) SCCM
11 3 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
12 2 (0.48%) Oracle ZFS
12 2 (0.48%) Puppet
12 2 (0.48%) Red Hat Satellite
13 1 (0.24%) CloudHub
13 1 (0.24%) Salt
Vendors
1 125 (29.69%) IBM
2 68 (16.15%) Oracle
3 45 (10.69%) CA
4 33 (7.84%) Microsoft
5 21 (4.99%) Informatica
5 21 (4.99%) VMware
6 18 (4.28%) Cisco
7 17 (4.04%) NetApp
8 16 (3.80%) EMC
8 16 (3.80%) Splunk
9 15 (3.56%) Syncsort
10 14 (3.33%) HP
11 13 (3.09%) IBM Sterling
11 13 (3.09%) SAP
12 12 (2.85%) ServiceNow
13 11 (2.61%) Teradata
14 10 (2.38%) Unisys
15 7 (1.66%) Fujitsu
15 7 (1.66%) Remedy
15 7 (1.66%) Software AG
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