There have been reports of a mainframe skills shortage by research firms in recent years. Upon closer inspection, this appears to be an urban myth. Evidence suggests that there is no mainframe skills shortage and that demand for skills continues to be met by new graduates.
Mainframes remain popular and cost-effective solutions for businesses and organisations around the world. As New York Times technology writer Steve Lohr wrote, the mainframe is still a digital workhorse for industries such as the banking and telecommunications sectors. Lohr wrote that mainframes continue to sell in emerging regions such as Asia and Africa.