The table below looks at the statistics for ISPF skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISPF over the 3 months to 3 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
Rank 537 527 481
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -46
Contract jobs citing ISPF 19 22 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.040% 0.048% 0.063%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.15% 0.17% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 12 16
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £235 £363
10% offered a daily rate of more than £446 £412 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £373 £328 £400
% change year-on-year
+13.52% -17.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
ISPF
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
12995 12650 11269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 27.22% 27.37% 27.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 8622 8020 7196
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 180 248 288
Average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £15.97 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £33.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -5.71%

ISPF
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing ISPF across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

ISPF Jobs Demand Trend in England

ISPF
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing ISPF across the England region.

ISPF Daily Rate Trend in England

ISPF
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISPF across the England region over the 3 months to 3 March 2015.

ISPF Daily Rate Histogram in England

ISPF
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing ISPF across the England region.

ISPF Hourly Rate Trend in England

ISPF
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISPF within the England region over the 3 months to 3 March 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -1 6 £340 -9.33% 2
East Midlands - 1 £300 - 4
South East - - - - 1
West Midlands - - - - 1
ISPF
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ISPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing ISPF also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited ISPF.

1 28 (96.55%) Mainframe
2 25 (86.21%) JCL
3 21 (72.41%) CICS
4 18 (62.07%) COBOL
4 18 (62.07%) DB2
5 14 (48.28%) REXX
6 13 (44.83%) zOS
7 12 (41.38%) IBM
8 10 (34.48%) IBM Mainframe
9 9 (31.03%) MQSeries
10 8 (27.59%) TCP/IP
10 8 (27.59%) Banking
11 7 (24.14%) Degree
11 7 (24.14%) Migration
11 7 (24.14%) Assembly Language
11 7 (24.14%) Computer Science
11 7 (24.14%) QA
12 6 (20.69%) SQL
12 6 (20.69%) Stakeholder Management
12 6 (20.69%) Finance
13 5 (17.24%) Project Management
13 5 (17.24%) UNIX
14 4 (13.79%) CA Endevor
14 4 (13.79%) VSAM
14 4 (13.79%) SELCOPY
15 3 (10.34%) MVS
16 2 (6.90%) Internet
16 2 (6.90%) MS Excel
16 2 (6.90%) Change Management
16 2 (6.90%) ChangeMan

ISPF
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England region citing ISPF also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited ISPF. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 21 (72.41%) CICS
2 9 (31.03%) MQSeries
3 1 (3.45%) Lync
Applications
1 2 (6.90%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.45%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (27.59%) TCP/IP
2 2 (6.90%) Internet
3 1 (3.45%) MPLS
3 1 (3.45%) Firewall
3 1 (3.45%) VLAN
3 1 (3.45%) HSRP
3 1 (3.45%) VPN
3 1 (3.45%) DNS
3 1 (3.45%) SSL
3 1 (3.45%) LAN
3 1 (3.45%) VoIP
3 1 (3.45%) WAN
3 1 (3.45%) DHCP
3 1 (3.45%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (62.07%) DB2
2 1 (3.45%) IBM InfoSphere
Development Applications
1 2 (6.90%) ChangeMan
2 1 (3.45%) JIRA
2 1 (3.45%) Zephyr
2 1 (3.45%) Toad
2 1 (3.45%) XPEDITER
General
1 8 (27.59%) Banking
2 6 (20.69%) Finance
3 1 (3.45%) Legal
3 1 (3.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (44.83%) Analyst
2 7 (24.14%) Programmer
3 6 (20.69%) Developer
4 4 (13.79%) Mainframe Developer
4 4 (13.79%) Consultant
5 3 (10.34%) Test Analyst
5 3 (10.34%) Mainframe Programmer
6 2 (6.90%) Automation Analyst
6 2 (6.90%) Administrator
7 1 (3.45%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (3.45%) Network Analyst
7 1 (3.45%) Data Analyst
7 1 (3.45%) Technical Analyst
7 1 (3.45%) Senior Test Analyst
7 1 (3.45%) DB2 DBA
7 1 (3.45%) COBOL Developer
7 1 (3.45%) DBA
7 1 (3.45%) Senior Developer
7 1 (3.45%) Analyst Programmer
7 1 (3.45%) SQL Data Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 28 (96.55%) Mainframe
2 10 (34.48%) IBM Mainframe
3 7 (24.14%) Computer Science
4 4 (13.79%) VSAM
5 1 (3.45%) Replication
5 1 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 13 (44.83%) zOS
2 5 (17.24%) UNIX
3 3 (10.34%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (24.14%) Migration
2 6 (20.69%) Stakeholder Management
3 5 (17.24%) Project Management
4 2 (6.90%) Change Management
4 2 (6.90%) Performance Testing
5 1 (3.45%) Integration Testing
5 1 (3.45%) Data Migration
5 1 (3.45%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (3.45%) Data Modelling
5 1 (3.45%) Regression Testing
5 1 (3.45%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (3.45%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 1 (3.45%) Penetration Testing
5 1 (3.45%) Data Analysis
5 1 (3.45%) Systems Analysis
5 1 (3.45%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 25 (86.21%) JCL
2 18 (62.07%) COBOL
3 14 (48.28%) REXX
4 7 (24.14%) Assembly Language
5 6 (20.69%) SQL
6 4 (13.79%) SELCOPY
7 1 (3.45%) Java
Qualifications
1 7 (24.14%) Degree
2 2 (6.90%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (24.14%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (13.79%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 12 (41.38%) IBM
2 1 (3.45%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.45%) BMC
2 1 (3.45%) Google
2 1 (3.45%) Cisco