Period
to 19 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for zOS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited zOS over the 6 months to 19 November 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 z/OS
UK
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 808 733 639
Rank change year-on-year -75 -94 +39
Contract jobs citing zOS 67 163 255
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.066% 0.16% 0.22%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.31% 0.72% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 84 103
UK median daily rate £433 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.81% +4.71% -8.11%
10th Percentile £324 £319 £311
90th Percentile £533 £562 £524
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £411 £428
% change year-on-year -2.74% -3.80% -9.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 9
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.25% +6.67% +25.00%
10th Percentile £26.25 £30.60 £25.45
90th Percentile £28.75 £51.00 £66.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year -31.25% +8.11% +23.33%

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

All Operating Systems
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for operating system skills 21272 22613 24585
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.98% 21.57% 21.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 13519 14253 14509
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
10th Percentile £170 £200 £187
90th Percentile £600 £575 £561
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year +1.35% +2.07% +8.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1288 1301 1951
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.25 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% +4.93%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £43.75 £42.46
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.63 £15.26 £16.16
% change year-on-year +8.98% -5.57% +4.26%

zOS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for zOS in the UK

zOS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for zOS in the UK

zOS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing zOS over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for zOS in the UK

zOS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for zOS in the UK

zOS
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing zOS within the UK over the 6 months to 19 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -68 50 £438 -2.78% 1
UK excluding London -50 42 £400 -2.74%
London -37 24 £475 -5.00% 1
Scotland -6 18 £470 +10.59%
North of England +8 17 £400 -2.44%
North West +28 13 £450 +24.14%
North East +39 2 £310 -17.33%
Midlands +25 2 £325 -34.34%
South West +5 2 - -
Yorkshire -2 2 £350 -33.33%
South East -7 2 £300 -14.29%
East of England -17 2 £375 -2.60%
West Midlands +24 1 £325 -34.34%
East Midlands - 1 £325 -

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing zOS 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 zOS.

1 42 (62.69%) Finance
2 40 (59.70%) DB2
3 36 (53.73%) Mainframe
4 33 (49.25%) Unix
4 33 (49.25%) IBM
5 29 (43.28%) RACF
6 27 (40.30%) SQL
7 25 (37.31%) Windows
8 23 (34.33%) JCL
8 23 (34.33%) Middleware
9 22 (32.84%) CICS
9 22 (32.84%) ISPF
9 22 (32.84%) Time Sharing Option
10 17 (25.37%) zSecure
10 17 (25.37%) CA
10 17 (25.37%) REXX
10 17 (25.37%) Security Management
11 16 (23.88%) SSL
11 16 (23.88%) Assembly Language
11 16 (23.88%) Microsoft Excel
12 15 (22.39%) MQSeries
12 15 (22.39%) Kerberos
12 15 (22.39%) SAS
12 15 (22.39%) Microsoft Office
12 15 (22.39%) Sybase
12 15 (22.39%) Project Planning
12 15 (22.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
12 15 (22.39%) PKI
12 15 (22.39%) Time Management
12 15 (22.39%) SSH

zOS
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 22 (32.84%) CICS
2 15 (22.39%) MQSeries
2 15 (22.39%) SAS
3 3 (4.48%) IBM HTTP Server
4 2 (2.99%) WebSphere
5 1 (1.49%) JBoss
5 1 (1.49%) WildFly
Applications
1 16 (23.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 15 (22.39%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (22.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.48%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (4.48%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.49%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 16 (23.88%) SSL
2 15 (22.39%) Kerberos
2 15 (22.39%) SSH
3 3 (4.48%) FTP
3 3 (4.48%) SMS
4 1 (1.49%) ATM
4 1 (1.49%) LDAP
4 1 (1.49%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (59.70%) DB2
2 7 (10.45%) Blockchain
3 2 (2.99%) Adabas
4 1 (1.49%) IMS/DB
4 1 (1.49%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.49%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.49%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.49%) jspm
1 1 (1.49%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (1.49%) webpack
General
1 42 (62.69%) Finance
2 9 (13.43%) Banking
3 3 (4.48%) Advertising
4 1 (1.49%) Danish Language
Job Titles
1 14 (20.90%) DBA
2 13 (19.40%) DB2 DBA
3 9 (13.43%) Architect
4 8 (11.94%) CyberArk Engineer
4 8 (11.94%) Mainframe Programmer
4 8 (11.94%) Programmer
5 6 (8.96%) Administrator
5 6 (8.96%) Assembler Programmer
5 6 (8.96%) RACF Programmer
5 6 (8.96%) SAS Programmer
5 6 (8.96%) Security Architect
5 6 (8.96%) Security Engineer
6 3 (4.48%) Consultant
6 3 (4.48%) DB2 Administrator
6 3 (4.48%) Developer
6 3 (4.48%) Infrastructure Architect
6 3 (4.48%) Infrastructure Solutions Architect
6 3 (4.48%) Solutions Architect
7 2 (2.99%) AWS Architect
7 2 (2.99%) RACF Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (34.33%) Middleware
2 22 (32.84%) ISPF
3 4 (5.97%) WebSphere MQ
4 1 (1.49%) AngularJS
4 1 (1.49%) Aurelia
4 1 (1.49%) CSS
4 1 (1.49%) HTML
4 1 (1.49%) HTML5
4 1 (1.49%) JSON
4 1 (1.49%) Meteor
4 1 (1.49%) Node.js
4 1 (1.49%) Polymer
4 1 (1.49%) React
4 1 (1.49%) RESTful
4 1 (1.49%) Sass
4 1 (1.49%) Semantic UI
4 1 (1.49%) Spring
4 1 (1.49%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 1 (1.49%) Vaadin
4 1 (1.49%) Web Components
Miscellaneous
1 36 (53.73%) Mainframe
2 15 (22.39%) PKI
3 8 (11.94%) IBM Mainframe
4 7 (10.45%) Mobile App
5 6 (8.96%) iSeries
5 6 (8.96%) Tandem
6 5 (7.46%) Clustering
7 3 (4.48%) Management Information System
7 3 (4.48%) Replication
8 1 (1.49%) AS400
8 1 (1.49%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (1.49%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 33 (49.25%) Unix
2 25 (37.31%) Windows
3 14 (20.90%) Linux
4 3 (4.48%) AIX
4 3 (4.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (4.48%) Solaris
4 3 (4.48%) SUSE
5 2 (2.99%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (25.37%) Security Management
2 15 (22.39%) Project Planning
2 15 (22.39%) Time Management
3 14 (20.90%) Information Security
3 14 (20.90%) People Management
4 9 (13.43%) Identity Management
4 9 (13.43%) Performance Tuning
5 8 (11.94%) Privileged Identity Management
5 8 (11.94%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (10.45%) Integration Testing
6 7 (10.45%) System Testing
6 7 (10.45%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (7.46%) B2B
8 4 (5.97%) Cryptography
8 4 (5.97%) Cybersecurity
8 4 (5.97%) Service Delivery
9 3 (4.48%) Data Migration
9 3 (4.48%) Disaster Recovery
9 3 (4.48%) Feasibility Study
9 3 (4.48%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 27 (40.30%) SQL
2 23 (34.33%) JCL
3 17 (25.37%) REXX
4 16 (23.88%) Assembly Language
5 15 (22.39%) CLIST
6 14 (20.90%) Perl
6 14 (20.90%) Shell Script
7 4 (5.97%) COBOL
8 1 (1.49%) ECMAScript
8 1 (1.49%) ES6
8 1 (1.49%) Java
8 1 (1.49%) JavaScript
8 1 (1.49%) NATURAL
8 1 (1.49%) PL/1
8 1 (1.49%) TypeScript
8 1 (1.49%) VBA
Qualifications
1 3 (4.48%) SC Cleared
1 3 (4.48%) Security Cleared
2 2 (2.99%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.49%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.49%) ISO 8583
1 1 (1.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 29 (43.28%) RACF
2 22 (32.84%) Time Sharing Option
3 15 (22.39%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 7 (10.45%) Active Directory
5 3 (4.48%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (2.99%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.49%) ACF2
Systems Management
1 17 (25.37%) zSecure
2 1 (1.49%) CA Endevor
2 1 (1.49%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 33 (49.25%) IBM
2 17 (25.37%) CA
3 15 (22.39%) Sybase
4 8 (11.94%) CyberArk
5 5 (7.46%) IBM Sterling
6 4 (5.97%) Oracle
7 3 (4.48%) Axway
7 3 (4.48%) Intel
7 3 (4.48%) VMware
8 2 (2.99%) MuleSoft
9 1 (1.49%) BMC
9 1 (1.49%) Microsoft