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 1 October 2014 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
Rank 572 525 533
Rank change year-on-year
-47 +8
Contract jobs citing ISPF 8 37 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.015% 0.077% 0.091%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.057% 0.26% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 16 19
Average daily rate
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£359 £300 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.68% -20.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £327 £226 £349
10% offered a daily rate of more than £391 £389 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £356 £228 £375
% change year-on-year
+56.25% -39.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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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
13987 14091 14789
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 26.90% 29.28% 28.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 9268 9363 8950
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £550 £543
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 156 232 362
Average hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +10.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £17.63 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%

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
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 1 October 2014. 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 -5 5 £330 +3.12% 2
North West -16 2 - -
South East - - - - 1
West Midlands - - - - 1
East Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -
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ISPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 18 (81.82%) JCL
1 18 (81.82%) Mainframe
2 13 (59.09%) CICS
2 13 (59.09%) DB2
3 12 (54.55%) RACF
4 10 (45.45%) zOS
4 10 (45.45%) SQL
5 7 (31.82%) COBOL
5 7 (31.82%) REXX
6 6 (27.27%) FTP
6 6 (27.27%) CA Endevor
7 5 (22.73%) IBM Mainframe
7 5 (22.73%) Change Management
7 5 (22.73%) CA
7 5 (22.73%) IBM
8 4 (18.18%) UNIX
8 4 (18.18%) Management Information System
8 4 (18.18%) Finance
8 4 (18.18%) Relational Database
9 3 (13.64%) Data Structures
9 3 (13.64%) Syncsort
9 3 (13.64%) Banking
9 3 (13.64%) Data Analysis
9 3 (13.64%) Windows
9 3 (13.64%) J2EE
9 3 (13.64%) MQSeries
10 2 (9.09%) Data Modelling
10 2 (9.09%) SAS
10 2 (9.09%) SMS
10 2 (9.09%) SNA

ISPF
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 13 (59.09%) CICS
2 3 (13.64%) MQSeries
3 2 (9.09%) SAS
4 1 (4.55%) Gentran
Communications & Networking
1 6 (27.27%) FTP
2 2 (9.09%) SMS
2 2 (9.09%) SNA
3 1 (4.55%) DMZ
3 1 (4.55%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (59.09%) DB2
2 4 (18.18%) Relational Database
3 2 (9.09%) SQL Server
3 2 (9.09%) IBM InfoSphere
4 1 (4.55%) IDMS
Development Applications
1 2 (9.09%) XPEDITER
1 2 (9.09%) ChangeMan
General
1 4 (18.18%) Finance
2 3 (13.64%) Banking
3 2 (9.09%) French Language
4 1 (4.55%) Automotive
4 1 (4.55%) Manufacturing
4 1 (4.55%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 9 (40.91%) Analyst
2 7 (31.82%) Administrator
3 6 (27.27%) DBA
4 4 (18.18%) DB2 DBA
5 3 (13.64%) Support Analyst
6 2 (9.09%) Programmer
6 2 (9.09%) Developer
6 2 (9.09%) Mainframe Developer
6 2 (9.09%) Security Analyst
6 2 (9.09%) Environment Analyst
6 2 (9.09%) Systems Programmer
7 1 (4.55%) Storage Manager
7 1 (4.55%) Operational Support Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) IT Security Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) Systems Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) Systems Administrator
7 1 (4.55%) Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.64%) J2EE
2 1 (4.55%) Middleware
2 1 (4.55%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 18 (81.82%) Mainframe
2 5 (22.73%) IBM Mainframe
3 4 (18.18%) Management Information System
4 3 (13.64%) Data Structures
5 2 (9.09%) VSAM
5 2 (9.09%) Replication
6 1 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (4.55%) Clustering
6 1 (4.55%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 10 (45.45%) zOS
2 4 (18.18%) UNIX
3 3 (13.64%) Windows
4 2 (9.09%) Linux
4 2 (9.09%) MVS
5 1 (4.55%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (22.73%) Change Management
2 3 (13.64%) Data Analysis
3 2 (9.09%) Data Modelling
3 2 (9.09%) Configuration Management
3 2 (9.09%) Project Management
3 2 (9.09%) Systems Analysis
3 2 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (9.09%) Data Architecture
3 2 (9.09%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (4.55%) Release Management
4 1 (4.55%) Data Migration
4 1 (4.55%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 18 (81.82%) JCL
2 10 (45.45%) SQL
3 7 (31.82%) COBOL
3 7 (31.82%) REXX
4 1 (4.55%) Shell Script
4 1 (4.55%) Assembly Language
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.55%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 12 (54.55%) RACF
Systems Management
1 6 (27.27%) CA Endevor
2 2 (9.09%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 5 (22.73%) CA
1 5 (22.73%) IBM
2 3 (13.64%) Syncsort
3 2 (9.09%) Oracle
3 2 (9.09%) SAP
3 2 (9.09%) BMC
3 2 (9.09%) TIBCO