The table below looks at the statistics for ISPF skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISPF over the 3 months to 2 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
2 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
Rank 134 127 116
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -11
Contract jobs citing ISPF 8 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.23% 0.18% 0.17%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.97% 0.64% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 0
Average daily rate
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£450 £272 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+65.21% -
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 - - -
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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 North West region.

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
827 784 625
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 24.20% 28.12% 26.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 535 434 343
Average daily rate £350 £350 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +12.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 21 13
Average hourly rate £32.50 £40.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.75% +100.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.45 £21.60 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.07 £43.50 £29.96
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%

ISPF
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

ISPF Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

ISPF
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

ISPF Daily Rate Trend in the North West

ISPF
Top 25 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 9 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 8 (88.89%) REXX
2 8 (88.89%) zOS
3 6 (66.67%) COBOL
3 6 (66.67%) DB2
3 6 (66.67%) MQSeries
3 6 (66.67%) IBM
3 6 (66.67%) CICS
3 6 (66.67%) JCL
3 6 (66.67%) Banking
3 6 (66.67%) IBM Mainframe
4 5 (55.56%) Computer Science
4 5 (55.56%) QA
4 5 (55.56%) Degree
4 5 (55.56%) TCP/IP
4 5 (55.56%) Assembly Language
5 2 (22.22%) MVS
6 1 (11.11%) Internet
6 1 (11.11%) MS Excel
6 1 (11.11%) MS Visio
6 1 (11.11%) RIP
6 1 (11.11%) VCP4
6 1 (11.11%) Google
6 1 (11.11%) Telecoms
6 1 (11.11%) Finance

ISPF
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 6 (66.67%) MQSeries
1 6 (66.67%) CICS
Applications
1 1 (11.11%) MS Excel
1 1 (11.11%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 5 (55.56%) TCP/IP
2 1 (11.11%) Internet
2 1 (11.11%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (66.67%) DB2
General
1 6 (66.67%) Banking
2 1 (11.11%) Telecoms
2 1 (11.11%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (55.56%) Analyst
1 5 (55.56%) Programmer
2 3 (33.33%) Mainframe Programmer
3 2 (22.22%) Automation Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Developer
4 1 (11.11%) Technical Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Senior Developer
4 1 (11.11%) Analyst Programmer
Miscellaneous
1 9 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 6 (66.67%) IBM Mainframe
3 5 (55.56%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 8 (88.89%) zOS
2 2 (22.22%) MVS
Programming Languages
1 8 (88.89%) REXX
2 6 (66.67%) JCL
2 6 (66.67%) COBOL
3 5 (55.56%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 5 (55.56%) Degree
2 1 (11.11%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (55.56%) QA
Vendors
1 6 (66.67%) IBM
2 1 (11.11%) Google