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 3 months to 29 March 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
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 570 559 577
Rank change year-on-year -11 +18  
Contract jobs citing zOS 35 89 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.077% 0.17% 0.090%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.37% 0.77% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 55 24
Median daily rate £470 £450 £448
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +0.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £439 £275 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £531 £575 £584
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £426 £445
% change year-on-year +3.22% -4.21%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £19.25 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £19.25 -

zOS 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 9341 11582 11667
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.65% 21.52% 21.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 5962 7205 6613
Median daily rate £405 £386 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.05% +2.80%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £200 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +5.47% +8.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 575 686 967
Median hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £37.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year -7.57% +6.45%  

zOS
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 29 March 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 19 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 3 months to 29 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 +2 31 £478 +6.22% 8
London +20 13 £480 -10.69% 6
South East +3 6 £480 +15.66%
North West +30 4 £483 +37.46%
Manchester +21 4 £483 +9.53%
West Yorkshire +14 4 £440 -2.16%
Yorkshire +14 4 £440 -2.22%
Scotland +22 3 £440 -6.13% 1
Edinburgh +14 3 £440 -6.13% 1
Halifax +2 3 £440 -2.22%
Milton Keynes -13 3 - -
Buckinghamshire -18 3 - -
Hampshire - 3 £480 -
Portsmouth - 3 £480 -
Northampton - 2 £483 -
Northamptonshire - 2 £483 -
East Midlands - 2 £483 -
City of London - 1 £465 - 2
Leeds - 1 £425 -

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 59 (56.19%) Windows
2 55 (52.38%) IBM
2 55 (52.38%) Mainframe
3 49 (46.67%) Unix
4 37 (35.24%) CA
5 35 (33.33%) DB2
5 35 (33.33%) Finance
6 34 (32.38%) Linux
7 27 (25.71%) Banking
8 24 (22.86%) iSeries
9 23 (21.90%) JCL
10 22 (20.95%) Middleware
10 22 (20.95%) FTP
10 22 (20.95%) Time Sharing Option
11 21 (20.00%) AIX
11 21 (20.00%) Java
12 20 (19.05%) SQL
12 20 (19.05%) DevOps
12 20 (19.05%) Tandem
13 19 (18.10%) IBM Sterling
13 19 (18.10%) ISPF
13 19 (18.10%) Problem Management
14 18 (17.14%) Oracle
14 18 (17.14%) ITIL
14 18 (17.14%) B2B
15 17 (16.19%) TCP/IP
15 17 (16.19%) Axway
16 16 (15.24%) IBM Mainframe
16 16 (15.24%) CICS
16 16 (15.24%) Solaris

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 16 (15.24%) CICS
2 14 (13.33%) WebSphere
3 8 (7.62%) BizTalk Server
3 8 (7.62%) SharePoint
4 7 (6.67%) IBM HTTP Server
4 7 (6.67%) IIS
5 5 (4.76%) JBoss
5 5 (4.76%) Tuxedo
5 5 (4.76%) WebLogic
5 5 (4.76%) WildFly
6 4 (3.81%) SAS
7 3 (2.86%) Confluence
7 3 (2.86%) LiveCycle
7 3 (2.86%) Oracle Application Server
8 2 (1.90%) Apache
8 2 (1.90%) Cloud Foundry
8 2 (1.90%) iPlanet
8 2 (1.90%) WebSphere Application Server
8 2 (1.90%) WebSphere Portal
8 2 (1.90%) WebSphere Process Server
Applications
1 13 (12.38%) MS Excel
2 6 (5.71%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (5.71%) Staffware
2 5 (4.76%) BusinessWorks
3 3 (2.86%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (2.86%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.95%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 7 (6.67%) IaaS
1 7 (6.67%) PaaS
1 7 (6.67%) SaaS
2 3 (2.86%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (1.90%) Bluemix
3 2 (1.90%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 22 (20.95%) FTP
2 17 (16.19%) TCP/IP
3 9 (8.57%) LDAP
4 3 (2.86%) LAN
4 3 (2.86%) SAN
4 3 (2.86%) SSL
4 3 (2.86%) WAN
4 3 (2.86%) X.25
5 2 (1.90%) APPN
5 2 (1.90%) ATM
5 2 (1.90%) Internet
5 2 (1.90%) Intrusion Detection
5 2 (1.90%) SNA
5 2 (1.90%) TACACS
6 1 (0.95%) BIG-IP
6 1 (0.95%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (33.33%) DB2
2 8 (7.62%) SQL Server
3 7 (6.67%) Oracle Reports
4 6 (5.71%) Blockchain
4 6 (5.71%) Oracle Database
5 5 (4.76%) Ingres
5 5 (4.76%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (2.86%) MongoDB
6 3 (2.86%) Oracle Database 12c
6 3 (2.86%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.95%) IDMS
7 1 (0.95%) SAS EBI
Development Applications
1 5 (4.76%) CA Gen
2 3 (2.86%) Git (software)
2 3 (2.86%) Jenkins
2 3 (2.86%) JIRA
2 3 (2.86%) SonarQube
2 3 (2.86%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (1.90%) JBehave
3 2 (1.90%) Vagrant
4 1 (0.95%) ERwin
General
1 35 (33.33%) Finance
2 27 (25.71%) Banking
3 3 (2.86%) Spanish Language
4 2 (1.90%) Financial Institution
4 2 (1.90%) Law
5 1 (0.95%) Advertising
5 1 (0.95%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (13.33%) DBA
2 12 (11.43%) Analyst
3 9 (8.57%) Consultant
3 9 (8.57%) Developer
3 9 (8.57%) Support Engineer
4 7 (6.67%) Build Engineer
4 7 (6.67%) Oracle DBA
4 7 (6.67%) Product Engineer
4 7 (6.67%) Products Support Engineer
4 7 (6.67%) Security Engineer
4 7 (6.67%) z/OS Specialist
5 6 (5.71%) Administrator
5 6 (5.71%) DB2 DBA
5 6 (5.71%) DevOps Engineer
5 6 (5.71%) Project Manager
6 5 (4.76%) Architect
6 5 (4.76%) Design Engineer
7 4 (3.81%) Deployment Specialist
7 4 (3.81%) Programmer
7 4 (3.81%) Systems Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (20.95%) Middleware
2 19 (18.10%) ISPF
3 6 (5.71%) WebSphere MQ
4 2 (1.90%) IBM Integration Bus
4 2 (1.90%) Web Services
5 1 (0.95%) REST
5 1 (0.95%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 55 (52.38%) Mainframe
2 24 (22.86%) iSeries
3 20 (19.05%) Tandem
4 16 (15.24%) IBM Mainframe
5 10 (9.52%) iPad
6 6 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (5.71%) Data Centre
6 6 (5.71%) Mobile App
7 4 (3.81%) Replication
8 3 (2.86%) Computer Science
8 3 (2.86%) LPAR
8 3 (2.86%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.90%) Clustering
9 2 (1.90%) DataPower
10 1 (0.95%) AS400
10 1 (0.95%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 59 (56.19%) Windows
2 49 (46.67%) Unix
3 34 (32.38%) Linux
4 21 (20.00%) AIX
5 16 (15.24%) Solaris
6 10 (9.52%) Windows Server
7 8 (7.62%) MVS
8 7 (6.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (5.71%) HPUX
10 5 (4.76%) Windows 7
11 2 (1.90%) OpenVMS
11 2 (1.90%) OS/390
11 2 (1.90%) SUSE
11 2 (1.90%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.95%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (19.05%) DevOps
2 19 (18.10%) Problem Management
3 18 (17.14%) B2B
3 18 (17.14%) ITIL
4 14 (13.33%) Change Management
5 12 (11.43%) Unit Testing
5 12 (11.43%) Virtual Environments
6 11 (10.48%) Incident Management
6 11 (10.48%) Performance Tuning
6 11 (10.48%) Service Delivery
6 11 (10.48%) Stakeholder Management
7 10 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
7 10 (9.52%) E-Commerce
7 10 (9.52%) Functional Testing
8 9 (8.57%) Test Automation
9 8 (7.62%) Service Management
10 7 (6.67%) Open Source
10 7 (6.67%) PRINCE2
11 6 (5.71%) Customer Requirements
11 6 (5.71%) Operational Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (21.90%) JCL
2 21 (20.00%) Java
3 20 (19.05%) SQL
4 11 (10.48%) Perl
4 11 (10.48%) VB
5 10 (9.52%) Shell Script
6 4 (3.81%) REXX
7 3 (2.86%) COBOL
8 1 (0.95%) Assembly Language
8 1 (0.95%) C
Qualifications
1 6 (5.71%) BPSS Clearance
1 6 (5.71%) SC Cleared
1 6 (5.71%) Security Cleared
2 5 (4.76%) Degree
3 3 (2.86%) APMG
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.95%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (0.95%) SEPA
1 1 (0.95%) SLA
System Software
1 22 (20.95%) Time Sharing Option
2 12 (11.43%) Active Directory
3 11 (10.48%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
4 8 (7.62%) RACF
5 4 (3.81%) Job Entry Subsystem
6 3 (2.86%) ACF2
6 3 (2.86%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (1.90%) Docker
7 2 (1.90%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 13 (12.38%) CA Endevor
1 13 (12.38%) OMEGAMON
2 12 (11.43%) Tivoli
3 11 (10.48%) CA Service Virtualization
4 10 (9.52%) Control-M
5 5 (4.76%) Tivoli NetView
6 2 (1.90%) SCCM
7 1 (0.95%) OpenView
7 1 (0.95%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 1 (0.95%) SCOM
7 1 (0.95%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.95%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.95%) zSecure
Vendors
1 55 (52.38%) IBM
2 37 (35.24%) CA
3 19 (18.10%) IBM Sterling
4 18 (17.14%) Oracle
5 17 (16.19%) Axway
6 12 (11.43%) Microsoft
7 11 (10.48%) Splunk
7 11 (10.48%) Syncsort
8 6 (5.71%) ILOG
9 5 (4.76%) TIBCO
10 4 (3.81%) Intel
10 4 (3.81%) VMware
11 3 (2.86%) Adobe
12 2 (1.90%) BMC
12 2 (1.90%) FireEye
12 2 (1.90%) HP
12 2 (1.90%) Intel Security
12 2 (1.90%) SaltStack
12 2 (1.90%) Sourcefire
13 1 (0.95%) F5
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