The table below looks at the statistics for ACF2 skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ACF2 over the 3 months to 11 February 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.

Location
3 months to
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
CA ACF2
Rank 610 601 586
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -15
Contract jobs citing ACF2 16 11 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.031% 0.021% 0.004%
As % of the System Software category 0.32% 0.21% 0.041%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 5 1
Average daily rate £450 £525 £190
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% +176.31%
UK excluding London average daily rate - £700 -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire System Software category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

System Software Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
5022 5132 4851
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.76% 9.91% 9.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 2976 2790 2420
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £180 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £308
% change year-on-year
- +13.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 476 599 555
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.99 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £32.50 £31.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
- +3.22%

ACF2
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing ACF2 within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

ACF2 Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

ACF2
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing ACF2 within the UK.

ACF2 Daily Rate Trend in the UK

ACF2
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ACF2 within the UK over the 3 months to 11 February 2016.

ACF2 Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

ACF2
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing ACF2 within the UK.

ACF2 Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

ACF2
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ACF2 within the UK over the 3 months to 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
England +2 16 £450 -14.28%
London +11 14 £450 -14.28%
City of London - 2 £450 -
Gloucester - 2 - -
Gloucestershire - 2 - -
South West - 2 - -

ACF2
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing ACF2 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 ACF2.

1 17 (94.44%) Service Management
1 17 (94.44%) zSecure
2 15 (83.33%) Mainframe
3 13 (72.22%) Validation
4 12 (66.67%) Management Information System
4 12 (66.67%) zOS
5 10 (55.56%) Unit Testing
6 8 (44.44%) Finance
7 7 (38.89%) CA
8 6 (33.33%) Banking
9 3 (16.67%) IBM
9 3 (16.67%) RACF
10 2 (11.11%) Marketing
10 2 (11.11%) Resource Management
10 2 (11.11%) Informatics
10 2 (11.11%) Health Informatics
11 1 (5.56%) Data Centre
11 1 (5.56%) Data Centre Operations
11 1 (5.56%) WebSphere
11 1 (5.56%) Incident Management
11 1 (5.56%) Risk Management
11 1 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
11 1 (5.56%) Information Security
11 1 (5.56%) Middleware
11 1 (5.56%) Configuration Management
11 1 (5.56%) Project Management
11 1 (5.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (5.56%) Change Management
11 1 (5.56%) CICS
11 1 (5.56%) REXX

ACF2
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing ACF2 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 ACF2. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.56%) CICS
1 1 (5.56%) WebSphere
1 1 (5.56%) WebSphere Application Server
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.56%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.56%) Adabas
1 1 (5.56%) DB2
General
1 8 (44.44%) Finance
2 6 (33.33%) Banking
3 2 (11.11%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 7 (38.89%) Consultant
2 6 (33.33%) Security Technician
3 3 (16.67%) Security Consultant
4 2 (11.11%) Security Specialist
5 1 (5.56%) RACF Technician
5 1 (5.56%) z/OS Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.56%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 15 (83.33%) Mainframe
2 12 (66.67%) Management Information System
3 2 (11.11%) Health Informatics
3 2 (11.11%) Informatics
4 1 (5.56%) Data Centre
4 1 (5.56%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 12 (66.67%) zOS
2 1 (5.56%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (94.44%) Service Management
2 13 (72.22%) Validation
3 10 (55.56%) Unit Testing
4 2 (11.11%) Resource Management
5 1 (5.56%) Change Management
5 1 (5.56%) Configuration Management
5 1 (5.56%) Data Centre Operations
5 1 (5.56%) Incident Management
5 1 (5.56%) Information Security
5 1 (5.56%) Project Management
5 1 (5.56%) Risk Management
5 1 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.56%) COBOL
1 1 (5.56%) REXX
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (5.56%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (16.67%) RACF
Systems Management
1 17 (94.44%) zSecure
Vendors
1 7 (38.89%) CA
2 3 (16.67%) IBM