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 22 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 z/OS
UK
3 months to
22 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 551 530 566
Rank change year-on-year -21 +36  
Contract jobs citing zOS 45 115 84
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.21% 0.15%
As % of the Operating Systems category 0.49% 0.95% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 75 51
Median daily rate £458 £455 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.66% +8.21%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £333 £300 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £700 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £419 £442 £425
% change year-on-year -5.26% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 8 1
Median hourly rate - £34.75 £31.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +11.02%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £34.75 £31.30
% change year-on-year - +11.02%  

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 9221 12163 12391
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.60% 22.73% 22.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 5766 7603 7156
Median daily rate £413 £390 £352
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.76% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £200 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £345
% change year-on-year +3.44% +5.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 515 637 1014
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 £15.50 £16.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year -6.06% +4.76%  

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 22 May 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 16 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 22 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 -8 41 £465 +3.33% 4
North West +35 16 £400 -
London +6 15 £478 -16.95% 3
Lancashire +21 12 £375 +14.06%
Preston -4 10 £375 +14.06%
South East +18 5 - - 1
Milton Keynes -2 5 - -
Buckinghamshire -10 5 - -
Manchester +13 4 £500 -5.66%
Scotland +26 3 - - 1
City of London -7 3 £465 -33.57%
Tyne and Wear +39 2 £310 +12.72%
Newcastle upon Tyne +39 2 £310 +12.72%
North East +29 2 £310 +7.08%
Glasgow - 2 - - 1
Edinburgh +6 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 44 (59.46%) Windows
2 40 (54.05%) Unix
3 33 (44.59%) Mainframe
4 32 (43.24%) IBM
5 29 (39.19%) DB2
5 29 (39.19%) Finance
6 25 (33.78%) iSeries
7 22 (29.73%) ISPF
7 22 (29.73%) Time Sharing Option
7 22 (29.73%) Banking
7 22 (29.73%) Linux
8 21 (28.38%) JCL
9 19 (25.68%) FTP
9 19 (25.68%) SQL
10 18 (24.32%) Oracle
10 18 (24.32%) B2B
10 18 (24.32%) Tandem
10 18 (24.32%) IBM Sterling
11 17 (22.97%) Microsoft
12 16 (21.62%) Axway
12 16 (21.62%) Performance Tuning
13 15 (20.27%) Middleware
14 14 (18.92%) WebSphere
15 13 (17.57%) Microsoft Excel
16 12 (16.22%) Active Directory
17 11 (14.86%) SQL Server
17 11 (14.86%) ITIL
17 11 (14.86%) Problem Management
18 10 (13.51%) AIX
18 10 (13.51%) Stakeholder Management

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 14 (18.92%) WebSphere
2 7 (9.46%) IBM HTTP Server
2 7 (9.46%) IIS
3 6 (8.11%) SharePoint
4 5 (6.76%) BizTalk Server
4 5 (6.76%) CICS
4 5 (6.76%) MS Exchange
4 5 (6.76%) SAS
5 3 (4.05%) Confluence
5 3 (4.05%) LiveCycle
6 2 (2.70%) Apache
6 2 (2.70%) iPlanet
6 2 (2.70%) MQSeries
6 2 (2.70%) WebSphere Application Server
6 2 (2.70%) WebSphere Portal
6 2 (2.70%) WebSphere Process Server
Applications
1 13 (17.57%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (6.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 5 (6.76%) Maximo
2 3 (4.05%) Staffware
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.41%) IaaS
1 4 (5.41%) PaaS
1 4 (5.41%) SaaS
2 3 (4.05%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (1.35%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 19 (25.68%) FTP
2 7 (9.46%) SAN
3 6 (8.11%) LDAP
4 3 (4.05%) LAN
4 3 (4.05%) SSL
4 3 (4.05%) TCP/IP
4 3 (4.05%) WAN
4 3 (4.05%) X.25
5 2 (2.70%) ATM
6 1 (1.35%) BIG-IP
6 1 (1.35%) Kerberos
6 1 (1.35%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (39.19%) DB2
2 11 (14.86%) SQL Server
3 6 (8.11%) Blockchain
3 6 (8.11%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (6.76%) Ingres
5 4 (5.41%) Oracle Database
5 4 (5.41%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (4.05%) MongoDB
6 3 (4.05%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (1.35%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
7 1 (1.35%) IDMS
7 1 (1.35%) SAS EBI
7 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 3 (4.05%) Git (software)
1 3 (4.05%) Jenkins
1 3 (4.05%) JIRA
1 3 (4.05%) SonarQube
1 3 (4.05%) Sonatype Nexus
2 1 (1.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 29 (39.19%) Finance
2 22 (29.73%) Banking
3 2 (2.70%) Advertising
3 2 (2.70%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.35%) Retail
Job Titles
1 16 (21.62%) DBA
2 10 (13.51%) DB2 DBA
3 9 (12.16%) Architect
3 9 (12.16%) Security Engineer
4 7 (9.46%) Administrator
4 7 (9.46%) Analyst
4 7 (9.46%) Consultant
5 6 (8.11%) Design Engineer
5 6 (8.11%) Developer
5 6 (8.11%) Project Manager
6 5 (6.76%) Infrastructure Architect
6 5 (6.76%) Oracle DBA
7 4 (5.41%) Programmer
7 4 (5.41%) Security Architect
7 4 (5.41%) Systems Programmer
8 3 (4.05%) Finance Project Manager
8 3 (4.05%) Financial Analyst
8 3 (4.05%) Process Analyst
8 3 (4.05%) Project Analyst
8 3 (4.05%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (29.73%) ISPF
2 15 (20.27%) Middleware
3 5 (6.76%) WebSphere MQ
4 2 (2.70%) IBM Integration Bus
4 2 (2.70%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 33 (44.59%) Mainframe
2 25 (33.78%) iSeries
3 18 (24.32%) Tandem
4 10 (13.51%) Clustering
5 6 (8.11%) IBM Mainframe
5 6 (8.11%) Mobile App
6 5 (6.76%) AS400
7 4 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (5.41%) Data Centre
7 4 (5.41%) Management Information System
8 3 (4.05%) Computer Science
8 3 (4.05%) LPAR
8 3 (4.05%) Replication
9 2 (2.70%) DataPower
10 1 (1.35%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 44 (59.46%) Windows
2 40 (54.05%) Unix
3 22 (29.73%) Linux
4 10 (13.51%) AIX
5 6 (8.11%) Solaris
6 4 (5.41%) MVS
7 2 (2.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (2.70%) SUSE
8 1 (1.35%) HPUX
8 1 (1.35%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (24.32%) B2B
2 16 (21.62%) Performance Tuning
3 11 (14.86%) ITIL
3 11 (14.86%) Problem Management
4 10 (13.51%) Service Delivery
4 10 (13.51%) Stakeholder Management
5 9 (12.16%) Service Management
6 8 (10.81%) Change Management
7 5 (6.76%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (6.76%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (5.41%) Cybersecurity
8 4 (5.41%) Data Management
8 4 (5.41%) Incident Management
8 4 (5.41%) Open Source
8 4 (5.41%) Project Management
9 3 (4.05%) Agile Project Management
9 3 (4.05%) DevOps
9 3 (4.05%) Kanban
9 3 (4.05%) Network Management
9 3 (4.05%) Operational Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (28.38%) JCL
2 19 (25.68%) SQL
3 3 (4.05%) REXX
4 2 (2.70%) Assembly Language
4 2 (2.70%) Java
5 1 (1.35%) CLIST
5 1 (1.35%) Perl
5 1 (1.35%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 6 (8.11%) Degree
2 5 (6.76%) Security Cleared
3 4 (5.41%) SC Cleared
4 3 (4.05%) APMG
5 1 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.05%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 2 (2.70%) SLA
3 1 (1.35%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.35%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.35%) PMO
3 1 (1.35%) SEPA
System Software
1 22 (29.73%) Time Sharing Option
2 12 (16.22%) Active Directory
3 7 (9.46%) RACF
4 5 (6.76%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (4.05%) ACF2
5 3 (4.05%) Job Entry Subsystem
6 2 (2.70%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (8.11%) zSecure
2 5 (6.76%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
2 5 (6.76%) Tivoli
2 5 (6.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 3 (4.05%) Tivoli NetView
4 2 (2.70%) OMEGAMON
4 2 (2.70%) SCCM
5 1 (1.35%) CA Endevor
5 1 (1.35%) OpenView
5 1 (1.35%) Perfmon
5 1 (1.35%) SCOM
5 1 (1.35%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 32 (43.24%) IBM
2 18 (24.32%) IBM Sterling
2 18 (24.32%) Oracle
3 17 (22.97%) Microsoft
4 16 (21.62%) Axway
5 8 (10.81%) VMware
6 7 (9.46%) CA
7 5 (6.76%) Citrix
7 5 (6.76%) SAP
8 4 (5.41%) Intel
9 3 (4.05%) Adobe
9 3 (4.05%) ILOG
10 2 (2.70%) BMC
10 2 (2.70%) HP
10 2 (2.70%) Sybase
11 1 (1.35%) F5
11 1 (1.35%) ServiceNow
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McGregor Boyall
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