The table below looks at the prevalence of the term VSAM 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 VSAM over the 3 months to 30 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM)
Rank - 157 139
Contract jobs citing VSAM 0 8 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West - 0.20% 0.032%
As % of the Miscellaneous category - 0.67% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 1
Average daily rate - £450 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +28.57%
UK excluding London average daily rate £356 £450 £350
% change year-on-year
-20.83% +28.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
VSAM
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Miscellaneous Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
1270 1200 924
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 31.57% 30.67% 29.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 779 647 471
Average daily rate £388 £400 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 73 83
Average hourly rate £22.50 £16.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.62% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £11.91
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.91 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.75 £18.90 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+15.07% -5.50%

VSAM
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing VSAM across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Miscellaneous category.

VSAM Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

VSAM
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

VSAM Daily Rate Trend in the North West

VSAM
Top 18 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing VSAM 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 VSAM.

1 2 (100.00%) zOS
1 2 (100.00%) RACF
1 2 (100.00%) Mainframe
1 2 (100.00%) Incident Management
1 2 (100.00%) ISPF
1 2 (100.00%) IBM
2 1 (50.00%) CICS
2 1 (50.00%) OMEGAMON
2 1 (50.00%) Root Cause Analysis
2 1 (50.00%) Time Sharing Option
2 1 (50.00%) Change Management
2 1 (50.00%) JCL
2 1 (50.00%) APPC
2 1 (50.00%) C
2 1 (50.00%) Unix
2 1 (50.00%) SMS
2 1 (50.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (50.00%) SNA

VSAM
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing VSAM 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 VSAM. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (50.00%) CICS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (50.00%) SMS
1 1 (50.00%) SNA
1 1 (50.00%) TCP/IP
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Administrator
1 1 (50.00%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (100.00%) ISPF
2 1 (50.00%) APPC
Miscellaneous
1 2 (100.00%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) zOS
2 1 (50.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) Incident Management
2 1 (50.00%) Change Management
2 1 (50.00%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 1 (50.00%) C
1 1 (50.00%) JCL
System Software
1 2 (100.00%) RACF
2 1 (50.00%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 1 (50.00%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 2 (100.00%) IBM