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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
Rank 592 600 565
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -35
Contract jobs citing ISPF 33 16 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.056% 0.029% 0.044%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.20% 0.10% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 9 7
Average daily rate
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£438 £388 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.90% +21.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £280 £314
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £420 £383
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £320 £332
% change year-on-year
+40.62% -3.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £29.25 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £29.25 -

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
16337 15619 15306
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 27.89% 28.09% 29.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 11094 9900 9829
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £265 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 288 218 264
Average hourly rate £39.25 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.14% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £17.50 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £71.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.25 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+12.14% -

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 28 August 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 21 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 28 August 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 -1 25 £438 +11.46%
North West -23 10 £388 -
Liverpool - 7 £400 -
Merseyside - 7 £400 -
Halifax - 6 £500 -
West Yorkshire - 6 £500 -
Yorkshire - 6 £500 -
South East - 3 - -
London +13 2 £225 -42.85%
East Midlands - 2 £450 -
West Midlands - 2 £425 -
Manchester - 2 - -
Buckinghamshire - 2 - -
Warwickshire - 2 £425 -
Nottinghamshire - 2 £450 -
Milton Keynes - 2 - -
Nottingham - 2 £450 -
Warwick - 2 £425 -
Lancashire -12 1 £375 -
Lytham St Annes - 1 £375 -
Home Counties - 1 - -

ISPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 40 (93.02%) Mainframe
2 37 (86.05%) Time Sharing Option
3 36 (83.72%) JCL
4 31 (72.09%) CICS
5 29 (67.44%) zOS
5 29 (67.44%) DB2
6 24 (55.81%) RACF
7 23 (53.49%) REXX
8 19 (44.19%) IBM
9 13 (30.23%) SSL
10 11 (25.58%) SQL
11 10 (23.26%) Control-M
11 10 (23.26%) Tivoli
12 9 (20.93%) Job Entry Subsystem
12 9 (20.93%) QA
13 8 (18.60%) CA
14 7 (16.28%) Kerberos
14 7 (16.28%) Sybase
14 7 (16.28%) UNIX
14 7 (16.28%) MQSeries
14 7 (16.28%) Middleware
14 7 (16.28%) Information Security
14 7 (16.28%) VSAM
14 7 (16.28%) SSH
15 6 (13.95%) OMEGAMON
15 6 (13.95%) zSecure
15 6 (13.95%) Change Management
15 6 (13.95%) Migration
15 6 (13.95%) ITIL
15 6 (13.95%) Windows

ISPF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 31 (72.09%) CICS
2 7 (16.28%) MQSeries
3 3 (6.98%) SAS
4 2 (4.65%) WebSphere
5 1 (2.33%) Papyrus
Applications
1 1 (2.33%) MS Office
1 1 (2.33%) MS Excel
1 1 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 13 (30.23%) SSL
2 7 (16.28%) SSH
2 7 (16.28%) Kerberos
3 4 (9.30%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (67.44%) DB2
2 2 (4.65%) OLAP
2 2 (4.65%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.33%) Adabas
Development Applications
1 4 (9.30%) ChangeMan
2 1 (2.33%) XPEDITER
General
1 4 (9.30%) Finance
Job Titles
1 14 (32.56%) Consultant
1 14 (32.56%) Mainframe Consultant
2 9 (20.93%) Analyst
3 6 (13.95%) Information Security Engineer
3 6 (13.95%) Security Engineer
4 5 (11.63%) DBA
5 4 (9.30%) Operations Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) Developer
6 2 (4.65%) Programmer
6 2 (4.65%) Support Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) Support Engineer
6 2 (4.65%) Administrator
7 1 (2.33%) Technical Specialist
7 1 (2.33%) Business Analyst
7 1 (2.33%) Analyst Programmer
7 1 (2.33%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
7 1 (2.33%) COBOL Programmer
7 1 (2.33%) DB2 DBA
7 1 (2.33%) Adabas DBA
7 1 (2.33%) Systems Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (16.28%) Middleware
2 2 (4.65%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 40 (93.02%) Mainframe
2 7 (16.28%) VSAM
3 5 (11.63%) AS400
3 5 (11.63%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.65%) HACMP
4 2 (4.65%) iSeries
4 2 (4.65%) PKI
5 1 (2.33%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (2.33%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 29 (67.44%) zOS
2 7 (16.28%) UNIX
3 6 (13.95%) Windows
4 5 (11.63%) MVS
5 1 (2.33%) Linux
5 1 (2.33%) Windows NT
5 1 (2.33%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (16.28%) Information Security
2 6 (13.95%) ITIL
2 6 (13.95%) Change Management
2 6 (13.95%) Migration
3 4 (9.30%) Data Modelling
4 2 (4.65%) ETL
4 2 (4.65%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (2.33%) Performance Monitoring
5 1 (2.33%) People Management
5 1 (2.33%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 1 (2.33%) System Integration Testing
5 1 (2.33%) SDLC
5 1 (2.33%) Security Management
5 1 (2.33%) Systems Analysis
5 1 (2.33%) Project Planning
5 1 (2.33%) Load Balancing
5 1 (2.33%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (2.33%) Stress Testing
5 1 (2.33%) Time Management
5 1 (2.33%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 36 (83.72%) JCL
2 23 (53.49%) REXX
3 11 (25.58%) SQL
4 4 (9.30%) Assembly Language
4 4 (9.30%) COBOL
5 3 (6.98%) Shell Script
6 2 (4.65%) CLIST
7 1 (2.33%) NATURAL
7 1 (2.33%) Perl
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (20.93%) QA
2 2 (4.65%) SLA
3 1 (2.33%) BS7799
3 1 (2.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 37 (86.05%) Time Sharing Option
2 24 (55.81%) RACF
3 9 (20.93%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 4 (9.30%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 10 (23.26%) Tivoli
1 10 (23.26%) Control-M
2 6 (13.95%) OMEGAMON
2 6 (13.95%) zSecure
3 3 (6.98%) MAINVIEW
4 1 (2.33%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 19 (44.19%) IBM
2 8 (18.60%) CA
3 7 (16.28%) Sybase
4 3 (6.98%) BMC
5 1 (2.33%) TIBCO
5 1 (2.33%) WorldPay