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 31 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
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM)
Rank 142 - 108
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing VSAM 11 0 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.30% - 0.38%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 1.00% - 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 0
Average daily rate
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£475 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £475 £315 -
% change year-on-year
+50.79% -
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
1099 773 669
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 29.70% 26.74% 28.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 594 420 295
Average daily rate £400 £325 £319
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% +1.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £215 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £505 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 74 59
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.63 £17.11
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -2.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.45 £10.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £40.57 £33.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.91%

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
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VSAM within the North West region over the 3 months to 31 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
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IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire - - - -
VSAM
England

VSAM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, 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 18 (94.74%) CICS
2 17 (89.47%) IBM
3 15 (78.95%) Mainframe
3 15 (78.95%) Finance
4 14 (73.68%) COBOL
5 13 (68.42%) CA
6 12 (63.16%) UNIX
7 10 (52.63%) Linux
8 9 (47.37%) AIX
8 9 (47.37%) Solaris
9 8 (42.11%) Middleware
10 7 (36.84%) DataStage
11 5 (26.32%) IBM Mainframe
11 5 (26.32%) Agile Software Development
11 5 (26.32%) REXX
11 5 (26.32%) Microsoft
11 5 (26.32%) Assembly Language
11 5 (26.32%) Easytrieve
11 5 (26.32%) JCL
11 5 (26.32%) ITIL
11 5 (26.32%) Change Management
12 4 (21.05%) Telecoms
12 4 (21.05%) zOS
12 4 (21.05%) RACF
12 4 (21.05%) DB2
12 4 (21.05%) MS Office
12 4 (21.05%) MS Excel
13 3 (15.79%) Banking
14 2 (10.53%) User Acceptance Testing
14 2 (10.53%) Stress Testing

VSAM
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, 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 18 (94.74%) CICS
2 2 (10.53%) MQSeries
Applications
1 4 (21.05%) MS Office
1 4 (21.05%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.53%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (36.84%) DataStage
2 5 (26.32%) Easytrieve
3 4 (21.05%) DB2
General
1 15 (78.95%) Finance
2 4 (21.05%) Telecoms
3 3 (15.79%) Banking
4 2 (10.53%) Law
Job Titles
1 11 (57.89%) Architect
2 9 (47.37%) Technical Architect
3 7 (36.84%) Technical Design Leader
4 5 (26.32%) Mainframe Architect
5 4 (21.05%) Lead Architect
5 4 (21.05%) Programmer
5 4 (21.05%) Technical Design Architect
6 3 (15.79%) Systems Programmer
7 2 (10.53%) Infrastructure Architect
7 2 (10.53%) Technical Solutions Architect
7 2 (10.53%) Solutions Architect
7 2 (10.53%) CICS Programmer
7 2 (10.53%) Lead Solutions Architect
8 1 (5.26%) CICS Systems Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (42.11%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 15 (78.95%) Mainframe
2 5 (26.32%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 12 (63.16%) UNIX
2 10 (52.63%) Linux
3 9 (47.37%) AIX
3 9 (47.37%) Solaris
4 4 (21.05%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (26.32%) ITIL
1 5 (26.32%) Change Management
1 5 (26.32%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (10.53%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (10.53%) Stress Testing
2 2 (10.53%) Stakeholder Management
2 2 (10.53%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (73.68%) COBOL
2 5 (26.32%) Assembly Language
2 5 (26.32%) REXX
2 5 (26.32%) JCL
System Software
1 4 (21.05%) RACF
Vendors
1 17 (89.47%) IBM
2 13 (68.42%) CA
3 5 (26.32%) Microsoft