The table below looks at the statistics for ISPF skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited ISPF over the 3 months to 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
Rank 558 541 510
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -31
Contract jobs citing ISPF 18 25 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.034% 0.050% 0.060%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.13% 0.18% 0.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 13 16
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £245 £363
10% offered a daily rate of more than £446 £411 £450
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 - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
14022 13562 12160
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 26.72% 26.98% 27.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 9222 8450 7632
Average daily rate £388 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £525 £541
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 191 260 303
Average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £16.87 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%

ISPF
Jobs Demand Trend

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

ISPF Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

ISPF
Daily Rate Trend

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

ISPF Daily Rate Trend in the UK

ISPF
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing ISPF within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 2015.

ISPF Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

ISPF
Hourly Rate Trend

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

ISPF Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

ISPF
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISPF within the UK over the 3 months to 27 February 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
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -24 18 £350 - 9
London -26 6 £340 -9.33% 2
Northampton - 1 £300 - 3
Northamptonshire - 1 £300 - 4
East Midlands - 1 £300 - 4
South East - - - - 1
West Midlands - - - - 1
Scotland - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
West Sussex - - - - 1
Nottingham - - - -
Birmingham - - - - 1
Edinburgh - - - -
Gatwick - - - - 1

ISPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 27 (93.10%) Mainframe
2 24 (82.76%) JCL
3 20 (68.97%) CICS
4 18 (62.07%) COBOL
5 17 (58.62%) DB2
6 14 (48.28%) REXX
7 12 (41.38%) zOS
8 11 (37.93%) IBM
9 9 (31.03%) IBM Mainframe
10 8 (27.59%) MQSeries
10 8 (27.59%) Banking
11 7 (24.14%) Migration
11 7 (24.14%) TCP/IP
12 6 (20.69%) Assembly Language
12 6 (20.69%) SQL
12 6 (20.69%) Stakeholder Management
12 6 (20.69%) Finance
12 6 (20.69%) Degree
12 6 (20.69%) Computer Science
12 6 (20.69%) QA
13 5 (17.24%) CA Endevor
13 5 (17.24%) Project Management
13 5 (17.24%) UNIX
14 4 (13.79%) VSAM
14 4 (13.79%) SELCOPY
15 3 (10.34%) MVS
16 2 (6.90%) Internet
16 2 (6.90%) MS Excel
16 2 (6.90%) Change Management
16 2 (6.90%) ChangeMan

ISPF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 20 (68.97%) CICS
2 8 (27.59%) MQSeries
3 1 (3.45%) Lync
Applications
1 2 (6.90%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.45%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (24.14%) TCP/IP
2 2 (6.90%) Internet
3 1 (3.45%) MPLS
3 1 (3.45%) Firewall
3 1 (3.45%) VLAN
3 1 (3.45%) HSRP
3 1 (3.45%) VPN
3 1 (3.45%) DNS
3 1 (3.45%) SSL
3 1 (3.45%) LAN
3 1 (3.45%) VoIP
3 1 (3.45%) WAN
3 1 (3.45%) DHCP
3 1 (3.45%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (58.62%) DB2
2 1 (3.45%) IBM InfoSphere
Development Applications
1 2 (6.90%) ChangeMan
2 1 (3.45%) JIRA
2 1 (3.45%) Zephyr
2 1 (3.45%) Toad
2 1 (3.45%) XPEDITER
General
1 8 (27.59%) Banking
2 6 (20.69%) Finance
3 1 (3.45%) Legal
3 1 (3.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (48.28%) Analyst
2 6 (20.69%) Programmer
2 6 (20.69%) Developer
3 4 (13.79%) Consultant
3 4 (13.79%) Mainframe Developer
4 3 (10.34%) Test Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Technical Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Mainframe Programmer
5 2 (6.90%) Administrator
5 2 (6.90%) Automation Analyst
6 1 (3.45%) SQL Data Analyst
6 1 (3.45%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (3.45%) Network Analyst
6 1 (3.45%) Data Analyst
6 1 (3.45%) DBA
6 1 (3.45%) Senior Developer
6 1 (3.45%) Analyst Programmer
6 1 (3.45%) DB2 Developer
6 1 (3.45%) COBOL Developer
6 1 (3.45%) Senior Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 27 (93.10%) Mainframe
2 9 (31.03%) IBM Mainframe
3 6 (20.69%) Computer Science
4 4 (13.79%) VSAM
5 2 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (3.45%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 12 (41.38%) zOS
2 5 (17.24%) UNIX
3 3 (10.34%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (24.14%) Migration
2 6 (20.69%) Stakeholder Management
3 5 (17.24%) Project Management
4 2 (6.90%) Change Management
4 2 (6.90%) Performance Testing
5 1 (3.45%) Integration Testing
5 1 (3.45%) Data Migration
5 1 (3.45%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (3.45%) Data Modelling
5 1 (3.45%) Regression Testing
5 1 (3.45%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (3.45%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 1 (3.45%) Penetration Testing
5 1 (3.45%) Data Analysis
5 1 (3.45%) Systems Analysis
5 1 (3.45%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (82.76%) JCL
2 18 (62.07%) COBOL
3 14 (48.28%) REXX
4 6 (20.69%) SQL
4 6 (20.69%) Assembly Language
5 4 (13.79%) SELCOPY
6 1 (3.45%) Java
Qualifications
1 6 (20.69%) Degree
2 2 (6.90%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (20.69%) QA
Systems Management
1 5 (17.24%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 11 (37.93%) IBM
2 1 (3.45%) Microsoft
2 1 (3.45%) BMC
2 1 (3.45%) Google
2 1 (3.45%) Cisco