Period
to 27 January 2021

The table below looks at the prevalence of the term Mainframe in permanent job vacancies. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Mainframe over the 6 months to 27 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Mainframes
UK
6 months to
27 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 714 767 867
Rank change year-on-year +53 +100 -20
Permanent jobs citing Mainframe 62 243 261
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.095% 0.19% 0.17%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.25% 0.51% 0.44%
Number of salaries quoted 32 224 161
Median annual salary £67,000 £58,750 £55,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +14.04% +6.82% -4.35%
10th Percentile £32,347 £37,650 £34,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £88,375 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £57,500 £56,500
% change year-on-year +4.35% +1.77% -1.74%

Mainframe is in the Generic IT Skills category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills.

All Generic IT Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for generic IT skills 25,120 48,074 59,338
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 38.48% 38.51% 39.61%
Number of salaries quoted 19,492 37,403 45,733
Median annual salary £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £29,000
90th Percentile £95,000 £93,750 £87,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.65%

Mainframe
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Mainframe as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Mainframe in the UK

Mainframe
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Mainframe.

Salary trend for Mainframe in the UK

Mainframe
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Mainframe over the 6 months to 27 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Mainframe in the UK

Mainframe
Top 14 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Mainframe within the UK over the 6 months to 27 January 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
UK excluding London +50 47 £60,000 +4.35% 12
England +85 45 £68,250 +18.70% 9
Scotland +39 16 £55,000 -33.33% 5
London +167 14 £72,500 +11.54% 2
South West +77 9 - -
Midlands +80 8 £47,500 +21.79% 2
North of England +66 8 £90,000 +65.18% 3
Work from Home -74 8 £80,000 +23.08% 2
West Midlands +53 7 £50,750 -3.33% 1
Yorkshire +51 7 £90,000 +95.65% 3
South East +29 5 £90,000 +50.00% 2
East of England +96 1 £65,000 +13.04%
East Midlands +55 1 £24,000 -4.00% 1
North West +43 1 - -

For the 6 months to 27 January 2021, IT jobs citing Mainframe also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for Mainframe.

1 30 (48.39%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (30.65%) Migration
2 19 (30.65%) Finance
3 18 (29.03%) DevOps
4 17 (27.42%) Test Automation
5 16 (25.81%) Selenium
6 15 (24.19%) Technical Leadership
7 14 (22.58%) Middleware
7 14 (22.58%) C#
7 14 (22.58%) QA
8 13 (20.97%) ISTQB
8 13 (20.97%) SDLC
8 13 (20.97%) Waterfall
8 13 (20.97%) Non-Functional Testing
9 12 (19.35%) JIRA
9 12 (19.35%) Java
9 12 (19.35%) IBM
10 11 (17.74%) JavaScript
10 11 (17.74%) Azure
11 10 (16.13%) User Acceptance Testing
11 10 (16.13%) SoapUI
11 10 (16.13%) TypeScript
11 10 (16.13%) Self-Motivation
11 10 (16.13%) Python
11 10 (16.13%) Microsoft
11 10 (16.13%) Stakeholder Management
11 10 (16.13%) Service Management
12 9 (14.52%) Retail
12 9 (14.52%) ISEB Practitioner
12 9 (14.52%) ISEB

Mainframe
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 (6.45%) CMS
1 4 (6.45%) Umbraco
2 2 (3.23%) CICS
2 2 (3.23%) Confluence
2 2 (3.23%) Gentran
2 2 (3.23%) SAS
3 1 (1.61%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (6.45%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (6.45%) Dynamics NAV
1 4 (6.45%) Magento
2 1 (1.61%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 11 (17.74%) Azure
2 9 (14.52%) Sauce Labs
3 8 (12.90%) AWS
4 4 (6.45%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (3.23%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (3.23%) GCP
5 2 (3.23%) IaaS
6 1 (1.61%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (11.29%) LAN
1 7 (11.29%) WAN
2 2 (3.23%) OSPF
3 1 (1.61%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.06%) DB2
1 5 (8.06%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.61%) Big Data
2 1 (1.61%) MariaDB
2 1 (1.61%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 16 (25.81%) Selenium
2 12 (19.35%) JIRA
3 10 (16.13%) SoapUI
4 9 (14.52%) Cucumber
4 9 (14.52%) eggPlant
4 9 (14.52%) Git (software)
4 9 (14.52%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (6.45%) JMeter
5 4 (6.45%) SpecFlow
6 3 (4.84%) HP UFT
6 3 (4.84%) LoadRunner
7 1 (1.61%) Cypress.io
7 1 (1.61%) Jenkins
7 1 (1.61%) Protractor
7 1 (1.61%) Robot Framework
7 1 (1.61%) TestNG
General
1 19 (30.65%) Finance
2 9 (14.52%) Retail
3 8 (12.90%) Back Office
4 7 (11.29%) Banking
5 4 (6.45%) Digital Economy
6 2 (3.23%) Marketing
7 1 (1.61%) Financial Institution
7 1 (1.61%) French Language
7 1 (1.61%) German Language
7 1 (1.61%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 15 (24.19%) Analyst
2 11 (17.74%) Tester
3 9 (14.52%) Automation Tester
3 9 (14.52%) Senior Automation Tester
3 9 (14.52%) Senior Tester
3 9 (14.52%) Test Analyst
4 6 (9.68%) Network Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (8.06%) Project Manager
6 4 (6.45%) Mainframe Analyst
6 4 (6.45%) Mainframe Operations Analyst
6 4 (6.45%) Operations Analyst
6 4 (6.45%) Technical Analyst
6 4 (6.45%) Technical Manager
6 4 (6.45%) Technical Operations Analyst
6 4 (6.45%) Technical Project Manager
7 3 (4.84%) Architect
7 3 (4.84%) Senior Test Engineer
7 3 (4.84%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (22.58%) Middleware
2 9 (14.52%) .NET
2 9 (14.52%) SOAP
3 4 (6.45%) ASP.NET
3 4 (6.45%) ASP.NET MVC
3 4 (6.45%) ASP.NET MVC 3
3 4 (6.45%) jQuery
3 4 (6.45%) KnockoutJS
3 4 (6.45%) Web Services
4 3 (4.84%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 10 (16.13%) Self-Motivation
2 9 (14.52%) Client/Server
2 9 (14.52%) Data Centre
3 5 (8.06%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (8.06%) AS400
3 5 (8.06%) IBM Mainframe
4 3 (4.84%) Public Cloud
5 2 (3.23%) CMDB
5 2 (3.23%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.61%) iSeries
6 1 (1.61%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (6.45%) Windows
2 3 (4.84%) Unix
3 2 (3.23%) Windows Server
3 2 (3.23%) zOS
4 1 (1.61%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (48.39%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (30.65%) Migration
3 18 (29.03%) DevOps
4 17 (27.42%) Test Automation
5 15 (24.19%) Technical Leadership
6 13 (20.97%) Non-Functional Testing
6 13 (20.97%) SDLC
6 13 (20.97%) Waterfall
7 10 (16.13%) Service Management
7 10 (16.13%) Stakeholder Management
7 10 (16.13%) User Acceptance Testing
8 9 (14.52%) Event-Driven Architecture
8 9 (14.52%) QA Automation
9 8 (12.90%) Project Management
9 8 (12.90%) Software Testing
10 7 (11.29%) Security Testing
10 7 (11.29%) Service Delivery
11 6 (9.68%) Collaborative Working
11 6 (9.68%) Innovative Thinking
11 6 (9.68%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 14 (22.58%) C#
2 12 (19.35%) Java
3 11 (17.74%) JavaScript
4 10 (16.13%) Python
4 10 (16.13%) TypeScript
5 3 (4.84%) COBOL
5 3 (4.84%) JCL
5 3 (4.84%) SQL
6 2 (3.23%) REXX
7 1 (1.61%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.61%) C
7 1 (1.61%) CLIST
7 1 (1.61%) HLASM
Qualifications
1 13 (20.97%) ISTQB
2 9 (14.52%) ISEB
2 9 (14.52%) ISEB Practitioner
3 5 (8.06%) Degree
4 4 (6.45%) Computer Science Degree
4 4 (6.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (6.45%) Security Cleared
5 2 (3.23%) CCIE
5 2 (3.23%) CCNP
5 2 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.61%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (22.58%) QA
2 5 (8.06%) SLA
3 4 (6.45%) GDPR
4 1 (1.61%) PMO
System Software
1 3 (4.84%) Time Sharing Option
2 2 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.61%) ACF2
3 1 (1.61%) Job Entry Subsystem
3 1 (1.61%) RACF
3 1 (1.61%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 3 (4.84%) Nessus
2 2 (3.23%) CA Endevor
2 2 (3.23%) EMC NetWorker
2 2 (3.23%) SCCM
3 1 (1.61%) Control-M
3 1 (1.61%) HP ALM
3 1 (1.61%) OMEGAMON
3 1 (1.61%) Tivoli
3 1 (1.61%) Tivoli NetView
Vendors
1 12 (19.35%) IBM
2 10 (16.13%) Microsoft
3 7 (11.29%) Cisco
4 5 (8.06%) Oracle
5 4 (6.45%) PeopleSoft
6 3 (4.84%) CA
6 3 (4.84%) ServiceNow
6 3 (4.84%) VMware
7 2 (3.23%) Citrix
7 2 (3.23%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (3.23%) SAP
7 2 (3.23%) Snow
7 2 (3.23%) Tanium
8 1 (1.61%) HP
8 1 (1.61%) Informatica
8 1 (1.61%) SolarWinds