Those working with AS/400 systems are expected to be experienced and knowledgeable in these hugely popular business computing systems that were developed by IBM in the 1980s. Roles in this area include analyst programmers and consultants.
Most people working with AS/400 systems have degrees in related IT subjects, but there are some workers who have gained both experience and qualifications through work-based learning schemes. Many positions in this area include integration of AS/400 systems with online payment gateways, web services and stock management systems, so experience in these areas is always a clear advantage. Recruitment agencies specialising in IT recruitment will be looking for candidates with a demonstrable track-record of achievement in RPG, RPGLE and CL. Strong SQL skills will often be a prerequisite to employment as a programmer or analyst.
Opportunities for AS/400 operatives are growing increasingly limited, as these systems are gradually being replaced with the latest generation of computer technology. However, anyone who can demonstrate a knowledge of IBM Websphere and Mimix HA software will stand a good chance of finding a lucrative role in the UK. Employers are looking for AS/400 programmers, analysts and consultants with natural problem-solving skills, and an ability to manage schedules effectively is also essential.
Those with specific experience and a track-record of success can expect to receive a salary of at least £30,000. However, managerial and auditing roles can often include salaries of over £50,000 per year.