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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM)
Rank 145 134 112
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -22
Contract jobs citing VSAM 9 1 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.23% 0.032% 0.28%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.79% 0.12% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 0
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£463 £350 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.14% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £463 £350 -
% change year-on-year
+32.14% -
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
1142 864 663
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 29.42% 27.84% 26.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 632 445 300
Average daily rate £400 £330 £316
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.21% +4.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £210 £178
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £487 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 78 55
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.75 £17.46
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.04% +1.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.61 £10.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £44.55 £55.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.50 £21.25
% change year-on-year
-11.62% +1.17%

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 24 April 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
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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
Manchester - 9 £463 -
VSAM
England

VSAM
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 15 (93.75%) CICS
2 13 (81.25%) IBM
2 13 (81.25%) CA
3 12 (75.00%) UNIX
4 11 (68.75%) Mainframe
4 11 (68.75%) Finance
5 10 (62.50%) COBOL
5 10 (62.50%) Linux
6 9 (56.25%) AIX
6 9 (56.25%) Solaris
7 8 (50.00%) BYOD
8 7 (43.75%) DataStage
8 7 (43.75%) Middleware
9 6 (37.50%) ITIL
10 5 (31.25%) zOS
11 4 (25.00%) DB2
11 4 (25.00%) RACF
12 2 (12.50%) Banking
12 2 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
12 2 (12.50%) Stress Testing
12 2 (12.50%) TCP/IP
12 2 (12.50%) MQSeries
12 2 (12.50%) Law
12 2 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
12 2 (12.50%) JCL
12 2 (12.50%) Configuration Management
13 1 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
13 1 (6.25%) Service Delivery
13 1 (6.25%) Change Management
13 1 (6.25%) Firewall

VSAM
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 15 (93.75%) CICS
2 2 (12.50%) MQSeries
Communications & Networking
1 2 (12.50%) TCP/IP
2 1 (6.25%) Firewall
2 1 (6.25%) HTTP
2 1 (6.25%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (43.75%) DataStage
2 4 (25.00%) DB2
3 1 (6.25%) Easytrieve
General
1 11 (68.75%) Finance
2 2 (12.50%) Banking
2 2 (12.50%) Law
3 1 (6.25%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (50.00%) Technical Design Leader
2 6 (37.50%) Architect
3 4 (25.00%) Technical Architect
3 4 (25.00%) Programmer
3 4 (25.00%) Lead Architect
4 3 (18.75%) Technical Design Architect
4 3 (18.75%) Systems Programmer
5 2 (12.50%) Technical Solutions Architect
5 2 (12.50%) CICS Programmer
5 2 (12.50%) Lead Solutions Architect
5 2 (12.50%) Infrastructure Architect
5 2 (12.50%) Solutions Architect
6 1 (6.25%) Project Manager
6 1 (6.25%) Mainframe Architect
6 1 (6.25%) CICS Systems Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (43.75%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 11 (68.75%) Mainframe
2 8 (50.00%) BYOD
3 1 (6.25%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 12 (75.00%) UNIX
2 10 (62.50%) Linux
3 9 (56.25%) AIX
3 9 (56.25%) Solaris
4 5 (31.25%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (37.50%) ITIL
2 2 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (12.50%) Stress Testing
2 2 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
2 2 (12.50%) Configuration Management
3 1 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (6.25%) Service Delivery
3 1 (6.25%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (62.50%) COBOL
2 2 (12.50%) JCL
3 1 (6.25%) REXX
3 1 (6.25%) Assembly Language
System Software
1 4 (25.00%) RACF
Vendors
1 13 (81.25%) IBM
1 13 (81.25%) CA
2 1 (6.25%) Microsoft