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 23 May 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
23 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 562 631 600
Rank change year-on-year +69 -31  
Contract jobs citing MVS 19 19 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.042% 0.036% 0.049%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.21% 0.16% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 10 19
Median daily rate £525 £425 £545
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.67% -22.11%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £420 £545
% change year-on-year +25.00% -22.93%  
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 9239 12185 12172
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.61% 22.79% 22.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 5759 7620 7028
Median daily rate £413 £390 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.76% +11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £345
% change year-on-year +2.73% +5.79%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 513 642 999
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £39.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.64 £16.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year -5.22% +4.76%  

MVS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 23 May 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 18 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 23 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 +51 19 £525 +23.67%
Warrington +44 10 £525 +8.24%
Cheshire +43 10 £525 +8.24%
North West +27 10 £525 +10.52%
South East +35 4 £335 -20.23%
Newcastle upon Tyne +47 2 £310 +9.83%
Tyne and Wear +45 2 £310 +9.83%
North East +40 2 £310 +7.08%
Surrey - 2 - -
Staines - 2 - -
London +18 1 £390 -13.33%
East Sussex +1 1 £410 -2.38%
Milton Keynes -3 1 £260 -
City of London -4 1 £390 -13.33%
Buckinghamshire -14 1 £260 -
Hove - 1 £410 -
Dudley - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 May 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 15 (38.46%) Mainframe
2 14 (35.90%) SQL
3 13 (33.33%) Information Security
3 13 (33.33%) ArcSight
3 13 (33.33%) FireEye
4 12 (30.77%) SIEM
4 12 (30.77%) Java
5 11 (28.21%) Unix
6 10 (25.64%) Windows
6 10 (25.64%) C#
6 10 (25.64%) .NET
6 10 (25.64%) SQL Server
7 9 (23.08%) C
7 9 (23.08%) Microsoft
7 9 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
7 9 (23.08%) Analytical Skills
8 8 (20.51%) SQL Server 2014
8 8 (20.51%) SQL Server 2012
8 8 (20.51%) SQL Server 2008
8 8 (20.51%) SQL Server 2005
8 8 (20.51%) ITIL
8 8 (20.51%) SAS
9 7 (17.95%) Linux
9 7 (17.95%) Microsoft Office
9 7 (17.95%) C++
9 7 (17.95%) T-SQL
9 7 (17.95%) VB
9 7 (17.95%) MATLAB
9 7 (17.95%) SQL Server 2000
9 7 (17.95%) Hadoop

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 8 (20.51%) SAS
2 4 (10.26%) CICS
3 2 (5.13%) CMS
3 2 (5.13%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (2.56%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 7 (17.95%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (5.13%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (5.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 4 (10.26%) IaaS
1 4 (10.26%) PaaS
1 4 (10.26%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.13%) LDAP
2 1 (2.56%) Firewall
2 1 (2.56%) Internet
2 1 (2.56%) LAN
2 1 (2.56%) SAN
2 1 (2.56%) SSL
2 1 (2.56%) TCP/IP
2 1 (2.56%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (2.56%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (25.64%) SQL Server
2 8 (20.51%) SQL Server 2005
2 8 (20.51%) SQL Server 2008
2 8 (20.51%) SQL Server 2012
2 8 (20.51%) SQL Server 2014
3 7 (17.95%) Big Data
3 7 (17.95%) Hadoop
3 7 (17.95%) SQL Server 2000
4 6 (15.38%) DB2
5 3 (7.69%) Oracle Database
5 3 (7.69%) Oracle Reports
6 2 (5.13%) MongoDB
6 2 (5.13%) RDBMS
6 2 (5.13%) Relational Database
7 1 (2.56%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
7 1 (2.56%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (2.56%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (2.56%) SAS EBI
Development Applications
1 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 6 (15.38%) Banking
2 5 (12.82%) Finance
3 1 (2.56%) Marketing
3 1 (2.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (30.77%) ArcSight Engineer
1 12 (30.77%) Security Engineer
2 7 (17.95%) Developer
3 5 (12.82%) SAS Developer
4 4 (10.26%) Analyst
4 4 (10.26%) Architect
4 4 (10.26%) DBA
5 3 (7.69%) Applications Support
5 3 (7.69%) DB2 DBA
5 3 (7.69%) Deployment Manager
5 3 (7.69%) Senior Developer
5 3 (7.69%) Technical Architect
6 2 (5.13%) Administrator
6 2 (5.13%) Deployment Project Manager
6 2 (5.13%) Oracle DBA
6 2 (5.13%) Programmer
6 2 (5.13%) Project Manager
6 2 (5.13%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) Senior Applications Support
6 2 (5.13%) Technologist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (25.64%) .NET
2 3 (7.69%) AngularJS
2 3 (7.69%) ISPF
2 3 (7.69%) XML
3 1 (2.56%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (2.56%) HTML
3 1 (2.56%) J2EE
3 1 (2.56%) Middleware
3 1 (2.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (38.46%) Mainframe
2 9 (23.08%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (10.26%) Management Information System
4 2 (5.13%) Data Centre
5 1 (2.56%) Client/Server
5 1 (2.56%) Clustering
5 1 (2.56%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (2.56%) Private Cloud
5 1 (2.56%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 11 (28.21%) Unix
2 10 (25.64%) Windows
3 7 (17.95%) Linux
4 4 (10.26%) zOS
5 3 (7.69%) AIX
6 2 (5.13%) VME
6 2 (5.13%) Windows 10
7 1 (2.56%) Mac OS X
7 1 (2.56%) Solaris
7 1 (2.56%) VMS
7 1 (2.56%) Windows NT
7 1 (2.56%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (33.33%) Information Security
2 12 (30.77%) SIEM
3 9 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (20.51%) ITIL
5 6 (15.38%) PRINCE2
6 5 (12.82%) Change Management
6 5 (12.82%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (12.82%) Problem Management
7 4 (10.26%) Data Management
7 4 (10.26%) DevOps
7 4 (10.26%) Open Source
7 4 (10.26%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 4 (10.26%) Performance Tuning
8 3 (7.69%) Scrum
8 3 (7.69%) Service Delivery
8 3 (7.69%) Waterfall
8 3 (7.69%) Web Development
9 2 (5.13%) ITSM
9 2 (5.13%) Resource Management
9 2 (5.13%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 14 (35.90%) SQL
2 12 (30.77%) Java
3 10 (25.64%) C#
4 9 (23.08%) C
5 7 (17.95%) C++
5 7 (17.95%) MATLAB
5 7 (17.95%) R
5 7 (17.95%) T-SQL
5 7 (17.95%) VB
6 4 (10.26%) Perl
7 3 (7.69%) Python
7 3 (7.69%) Ruby
8 2 (5.13%) COBOL
8 2 (5.13%) PL/SQL
8 2 (5.13%) REXX
9 1 (2.56%) JCL
9 1 (2.56%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 2 (5.13%) BPSS Clearance
1 2 (5.13%) Degree
1 2 (5.13%) IBM Certification
2 1 (2.56%) A+ Certification
2 1 (2.56%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 1 (2.56%) SC Cleared
2 1 (2.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (12.82%) SLA
2 3 (7.69%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (2.56%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (5.13%) Active Directory
1 2 (5.13%) Time Sharing Option
2 1 (2.56%) RACF
Systems Management
1 2 (5.13%) OMEGAMON
1 2 (5.13%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (5.13%) SCCM
1 2 (5.13%) Tivoli
2 1 (2.56%) CA Wily
2 1 (2.56%) Perfmon
2 1 (2.56%) Puppet
2 1 (2.56%) zSecure
Vendors
1 13 (33.33%) ArcSight
1 13 (33.33%) FireEye
2 9 (23.08%) Microsoft
3 6 (15.38%) IBM
3 6 (15.38%) Oracle
4 5 (12.82%) CA
5 3 (7.69%) Sitecore
6 2 (5.13%) BMC
7 1 (2.56%) HP
7 1 (2.56%) ServiceNow