The first table below looks at the demand 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 17 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
Rank 572 542 571
Rank change year-on-year
-30 +29
Contract jobs citing ISPF 16 14 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.028% 0.029% 0.023%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.11% 0.11% 0.092%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 3
Average daily rate £365 £413 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.51% +30.95%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £400 £287
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £425 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £413 £315
% change year-on-year
-13.93% +30.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £30.00
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category
15092 12752 15272
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 26.79% 26.68% 25.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 9721 7959 9018
Average daily rate £375 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £255 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 228 359 384
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +9.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £17.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £44.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
- +12.90%

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
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 11 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 17 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -30 15 £355 -11.25%
London -29 9 £375 -
South East -14 4 - -
Scotland -17 1 £375 -
Bathgate - - - -
Crawley - - - -
Livingston - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
West Lothian - - - -
West Sussex - - - -
North West - - - -

ISPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, 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 48 (85.71%) Mainframe
2 46 (82.14%) JCL
3 27 (48.21%) Windows
4 23 (41.07%) DB2
5 22 (39.29%) IBM
6 20 (35.71%) UNIX
7 19 (33.93%) SSL
7 19 (33.93%) AIX
7 19 (33.93%) Middleware
7 19 (33.93%) Shell Script
7 19 (33.93%) Finance
8 18 (32.14%) COBOL
8 18 (32.14%) FTP
9 17 (30.36%) Clustering
9 17 (30.36%) GIS
10 16 (28.57%) Change Management
10 16 (28.57%) DMZ
10 16 (28.57%) SQL
11 15 (26.79%) REXX
11 15 (26.79%) zOS
12 14 (25.00%) CICS
12 14 (25.00%) Gentran
13 10 (17.86%) IBM Mainframe
14 7 (12.50%) RACF
14 7 (12.50%) Banking
15 6 (10.71%) CA Endevor
15 6 (10.71%) BMC
15 6 (10.71%) MQSeries
16 5 (8.93%) CA
16 5 (8.93%) Assembly Language

ISPF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, 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 14 (25.00%) CICS
1 14 (25.00%) Gentran
2 6 (10.71%) MQSeries
3 2 (3.57%) WebSphere
3 2 (3.57%) WebSphere Application Server
3 2 (3.57%) WebLogic
3 2 (3.57%) Tuxedo
Business Applications
1 1 (1.79%) BASE24
Communications & Networking
1 19 (33.93%) SSL
2 18 (32.14%) FTP
3 16 (28.57%) DMZ
4 5 (8.93%) HTTPS
5 3 (5.36%) SMS
5 3 (5.36%) Internet
6 2 (3.57%) SNA
7 1 (1.79%) LDAP
7 1 (1.79%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (41.07%) DB2
2 4 (7.14%) Easytrieve
3 2 (3.57%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.79%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 5 (8.93%) Toad
1 5 (8.93%) JIRA
General
1 19 (33.93%) Finance
2 7 (12.50%) Banking
3 4 (7.14%) Advertising
4 1 (1.79%) Retail
4 1 (1.79%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.79%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (14.29%) Analyst
2 7 (12.50%) Test Analyst
2 7 (12.50%) Developer
2 7 (12.50%) Middleware Specialist
3 6 (10.71%) Architect
3 6 (10.71%) DBA
3 6 (10.71%) DB2 DBA
4 5 (8.93%) Mainframe Developer
5 4 (7.14%) Administrator
5 4 (7.14%) Storage Manager
6 3 (5.36%) Systems Test Analyst
6 3 (5.36%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (5.36%) Systems Analyst
6 3 (5.36%) Consultant
7 2 (3.57%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (3.57%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (3.57%) Technical Specialist
7 2 (3.57%) Infrastructure Specialist
7 2 (3.57%) Capacity Manager
7 2 (3.57%) Mainframe Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (33.93%) Middleware
2 2 (3.57%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 48 (85.71%) Mainframe
2 17 (30.36%) GIS
2 17 (30.36%) Clustering
3 10 (17.86%) IBM Mainframe
4 4 (7.14%) Client/Server
4 4 (7.14%) VSAM
5 2 (3.57%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.79%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 27 (48.21%) Windows
2 20 (35.71%) UNIX
3 19 (33.93%) AIX
4 15 (26.79%) zOS
5 4 (7.14%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (3.57%) MVS
6 2 (3.57%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (28.57%) Change Management
2 5 (8.93%) Migration
3 4 (7.14%) Disaster Recovery
3 4 (7.14%) Data Migration
3 4 (7.14%) Test Scripting
3 4 (7.14%) Performance Tuning
4 3 (5.36%) Performance Monitoring
4 3 (5.36%) System Testing
4 3 (5.36%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (5.36%) Performance Testing
4 3 (5.36%) ITIL
4 3 (5.36%) Systems Analysis
5 2 (3.57%) Incident Management
5 2 (3.57%) Load Balancing
5 2 (3.57%) Resource Management
5 2 (3.57%) Data Architecture
5 2 (3.57%) Database Tuning
5 2 (3.57%) Test Strategy
5 2 (3.57%) Performance Management
5 2 (3.57%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 46 (82.14%) JCL
2 19 (33.93%) Shell Script
3 18 (32.14%) COBOL
4 16 (28.57%) SQL
5 15 (26.79%) REXX
6 5 (8.93%) Assembly Language
7 4 (7.14%) C++
8 2 (3.57%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 2 (3.57%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.79%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (12.50%) RACF
Systems Management
1 6 (10.71%) CA Endevor
2 4 (7.14%) MAINVIEW
3 3 (5.36%) Control-M
4 2 (3.57%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 22 (39.29%) IBM
2 6 (10.71%) BMC
3 5 (8.93%) CA
4 3 (5.36%) Oracle
4 3 (5.36%) Axway
4 3 (5.36%) Tumbleweed
5 2 (3.57%) SAP
5 2 (3.57%) BEA
6 1 (1.79%) Ab Initio
6 1 (1.79%) ION Trading