The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for MVS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited MVS over the 3 months to 28 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in 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 MVS
UK
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 592 630 599
Rank change year-on-year +38 -31  
Contract jobs citing MVS 18 21 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.038% 0.039% 0.083%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.18% 0.17% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 13 29
Median daily rate £525 £325 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +61.53% -31.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £206 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £586 £492 £628
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £307 £540
% change year-on-year +70.87% -43.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

MVS is in the operating system skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills.

Contract Operating System Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 9853 12453 12199
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.92% 23.12% 22.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 13105 17961 16391
Median daily rate £403 £393 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.54% +12.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £166 £200 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £556 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £348
% change year-on-year +3.44% +4.31%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1322 1608 2542
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.57% +2.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.11 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.75 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year -8.82% +3.03%  

MVS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MVS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MVS in the UK

MVS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MVS in the UK

MVS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MVS over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MVS in the UK

MVS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MVS in the UK

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Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MVS within the UK over the 3 months to 28 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 +34 18 £525 +61.53%
UK excluding London +32 15 £525 +70.87%
North of England +51 9 £525 +61.53%
South East +30 5 £335 -
London +14 3 £575 +27.77%
Midlands +18 1 - -

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MVS 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 MVS.

1 13 (44.83%) Information Security
1 13 (44.83%) ArcSight
1 13 (44.83%) FireEye
2 12 (41.38%) SIEM
3 8 (27.59%) Mainframe
4 5 (17.24%) C#
4 5 (17.24%) Java
4 5 (17.24%) SQL
4 5 (17.24%) .NET
4 5 (17.24%) Windows
4 5 (17.24%) Banking
5 4 (13.79%) Unix
5 4 (13.79%) SQL Server 2005
5 4 (13.79%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (13.79%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (13.79%) ITIL
5 4 (13.79%) SQL Server
5 4 (13.79%) SLA
5 4 (13.79%) SAS
5 4 (13.79%) Finance
5 4 (13.79%) zOS
5 4 (13.79%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (10.34%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (10.34%) Big Data
6 3 (10.34%) SQL Server 2000
6 3 (10.34%) Scrum
6 3 (10.34%) MATLAB
6 3 (10.34%) IBM
6 3 (10.34%) Microsoft
6 3 (10.34%) DB2

MVS
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 4 (13.79%) SAS
2 2 (6.90%) CMS
2 2 (6.90%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (3.45%) CICS
Applications
1 3 (10.34%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.45%) Microsoft Project
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.45%) Firewall
1 1 (3.45%) LAN
1 1 (3.45%) SAN
1 1 (3.45%) Wi-Fi
1 1 (3.45%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (13.79%) SQL Server
1 4 (13.79%) SQL Server 2005
1 4 (13.79%) SQL Server 2008
1 4 (13.79%) SQL Server 2012
1 4 (13.79%) SQL Server 2014
2 3 (10.34%) Big Data
2 3 (10.34%) DB2
2 3 (10.34%) Hadoop
2 3 (10.34%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (3.45%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
3 1 (3.45%) Oracle Database
3 1 (3.45%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (3.45%) SAS EBI
Development Applications
1 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 5 (17.24%) Banking
2 4 (13.79%) Finance
3 2 (6.90%) Retail
4 1 (3.45%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 12 (41.38%) ArcSight Engineer
1 12 (41.38%) Security Engineer
2 3 (10.34%) Analyst
2 3 (10.34%) Deployment Manager
2 3 (10.34%) Developer
2 3 (10.34%) SAS Developer
3 2 (6.90%) Architect
3 2 (6.90%) DB2 DBA
3 2 (6.90%) DBA
3 2 (6.90%) Deployment Project Manager
3 2 (6.90%) Operations Analyst
3 2 (6.90%) Project Manager
3 2 (6.90%) Technical Architect
4 1 (3.45%) Banking Analyst
4 1 (3.45%) Desktop Support
4 1 (3.45%) Security Manager
4 1 (3.45%) Senior SAS Developer
4 1 (3.45%) Systems Programmer
4 1 (3.45%) Technical Leader
4 1 (3.45%) Transition Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (17.24%) .NET
2 2 (6.90%) AngularJS
2 2 (6.90%) ISPF
2 2 (6.90%) Node.js
2 2 (6.90%) React
3 1 (3.45%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 8 (27.59%) Mainframe
2 3 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (6.90%) Data Centre
3 2 (6.90%) EPoS
3 2 (6.90%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.45%) Clustering
4 1 (3.45%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (3.45%) Private Cloud
4 1 (3.45%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 5 (17.24%) Windows
2 4 (13.79%) Unix
2 4 (13.79%) zOS
3 2 (6.90%) Windows 10
3 2 (6.90%) Windows NT
4 1 (3.45%) Linux
4 1 (3.45%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (44.83%) Information Security
2 12 (41.38%) SIEM
3 4 (13.79%) ITIL
4 3 (10.34%) Scrum
5 2 (6.90%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (6.90%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (6.90%) Incident Management
5 2 (6.90%) Migration
5 2 (6.90%) Project Management
5 2 (6.90%) Prototyping
5 2 (6.90%) Service Delivery
5 2 (6.90%) Technical Architecture
5 2 (6.90%) TOGAF
5 2 (6.90%) Waterfall
5 2 (6.90%) Web Development
6 1 (3.45%) Change Management
6 1 (3.45%) ITSM
6 1 (3.45%) PRINCE2
6 1 (3.45%) Quality Management
6 1 (3.45%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (17.24%) C#
1 5 (17.24%) Java
1 5 (17.24%) SQL
2 3 (10.34%) C
2 3 (10.34%) C++
2 3 (10.34%) MATLAB
2 3 (10.34%) R
2 3 (10.34%) T-SQL
2 3 (10.34%) VB
3 2 (6.90%) JavaScript
3 2 (6.90%) REXX
Qualifications
1 1 (3.45%) A+ Certification
1 1 (3.45%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (3.45%) Degree
1 1 (3.45%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
1 1 (3.45%) SC Cleared
1 1 (3.45%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (13.79%) SLA
2 3 (10.34%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (3.45%) ISO 9001
3 1 (3.45%) QA
System Software
1 2 (6.90%) Active Directory
1 2 (6.90%) Time Sharing Option
2 1 (3.45%) RACF
Systems Management
1 2 (6.90%) CA Wily
1 2 (6.90%) OMEGAMON
1 2 (6.90%) SCCM
1 2 (6.90%) Tivoli
2 1 (3.45%) Perfmon
2 1 (3.45%) zSecure
Vendors
1 13 (44.83%) ArcSight
1 13 (44.83%) FireEye
2 3 (10.34%) IBM
2 3 (10.34%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.90%) BMC
3 2 (6.90%) CA
3 2 (6.90%) Sitecore
4 1 (3.45%) Google
4 1 (3.45%) HP
4 1 (3.45%) Oracle
4 1 (3.45%) ServiceNow