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 29 August 2014 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
Rank 590 556 526
Rank change year-on-year
-34 -30
Contract jobs citing ISPF 16 23 65
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.028% 0.044% 0.11%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.10% 0.15% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 7 21
Average daily rate
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£388 £320 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.09% -24.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £314 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £383 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £332 £425
% change year-on-year
-3.46% -22.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Average hourly rate £29.25 - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.25 - £37.50

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
15698 15095 15547
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 27.76% 28.64% 26.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 9962 9698 9555
Average daily rate £375 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 222 265 367
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £33.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +4.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £20.00 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%

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 29 August 2014.

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 29 August 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
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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 -26 14 £393 +22.65% 2
London +6 7 £394 +23.04% 1
Scotland -14 2 £305 -
North West - 2 - -
Edinburgh - 1 £320 -
Knutsford - - - -
South East - - - - 1
Tyne and Wear - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Southampton - - - -
Warwick - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Hampshire - - - - 1
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -
Chester - - - -

ISPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 27 (87.10%) Mainframe
2 24 (77.42%) JCL
3 17 (54.84%) DB2
4 14 (45.16%) RACF
4 14 (45.16%) CICS
5 13 (41.94%) zOS
5 13 (41.94%) SQL
6 12 (38.71%) REXX
7 10 (32.26%) IBM
8 9 (29.03%) IBM Mainframe
9 7 (22.58%) Finance
9 7 (22.58%) COBOL
10 6 (19.35%) FTP
10 6 (19.35%) UNIX
10 6 (19.35%) CA Endevor
10 6 (19.35%) Performance Tuning
11 5 (16.13%) Relational Database
11 5 (16.13%) Disaster Recovery
11 5 (16.13%) Change Management
11 5 (16.13%) BMC
11 5 (16.13%) CA
12 4 (12.90%) MAINVIEW
12 4 (12.90%) SMS
12 4 (12.90%) Management Information System
12 4 (12.90%) VSAM
12 4 (12.90%) Banking
12 4 (12.90%) Performance Monitoring
13 3 (9.68%) Data Migration
13 3 (9.68%) Data Architecture
13 3 (9.68%) Syncsort

ISPF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 (45.16%) CICS
2 3 (9.68%) MQSeries
3 2 (6.45%) SAS
4 1 (3.23%) Gentran
4 1 (3.23%) WebSphere
Communications & Networking
1 6 (19.35%) FTP
2 4 (12.90%) SMS
3 3 (9.68%) SNA
4 1 (3.23%) DMZ
4 1 (3.23%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (54.84%) DB2
2 5 (16.13%) Relational Database
3 2 (6.45%) SQL Server
4 1 (3.23%) IBM InfoSphere
4 1 (3.23%) IDMS
Development Applications
1 2 (6.45%) XPEDITER
1 2 (6.45%) ChangeMan
General
1 7 (22.58%) Finance
2 4 (12.90%) Banking
3 2 (6.45%) French Language
4 1 (3.23%) Automotive
4 1 (3.23%) Manufacturing
4 1 (3.23%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 10 (32.26%) DBA
2 9 (29.03%) Analyst
2 9 (29.03%) Administrator
3 7 (22.58%) DB2 DBA
4 3 (9.68%) Support Analyst
4 3 (9.68%) Storage Manager
5 2 (6.45%) Security Analyst
5 2 (6.45%) Mainframe Developer
5 2 (6.45%) Developer
5 2 (6.45%) Systems Administrator
5 2 (6.45%) Programmer
5 2 (6.45%) Environment Analyst
5 2 (6.45%) Systems Programmer
6 1 (3.23%) Operational Support Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) Analyst Programmer
6 1 (3.23%) Systems Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) Technical Specialist
6 1 (3.23%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (9.68%) J2EE
2 1 (3.23%) Middleware
2 1 (3.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 27 (87.10%) Mainframe
2 9 (29.03%) IBM Mainframe
3 4 (12.90%) Management Information System
3 4 (12.90%) VSAM
4 2 (6.45%) Replication
5 1 (3.23%) GIS
5 1 (3.23%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 13 (41.94%) zOS
2 6 (19.35%) UNIX
3 3 (9.68%) Windows
4 2 (6.45%) Linux
5 1 (3.23%) MVS
5 1 (3.23%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (19.35%) Performance Tuning
2 5 (16.13%) Disaster Recovery
2 5 (16.13%) Change Management
3 4 (12.90%) Performance Monitoring
4 3 (9.68%) Data Migration
4 3 (9.68%) Data Architecture
4 3 (9.68%) Migration
4 3 (9.68%) Data Analysis
5 2 (6.45%) Configuration Management
5 2 (6.45%) Project Management
5 2 (6.45%) Load Balancing
5 2 (6.45%) Systems Analysis
5 2 (6.45%) Database Tuning
5 2 (6.45%) Incident Management
6 1 (3.23%) Root Cause Analysis
6 1 (3.23%) Release Management
6 1 (3.23%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 24 (77.42%) JCL
2 13 (41.94%) SQL
3 12 (38.71%) REXX
4 7 (22.58%) COBOL
5 1 (3.23%) Shell Script
5 1 (3.23%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 2 (6.45%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 14 (45.16%) RACF
Systems Management
1 6 (19.35%) CA Endevor
2 4 (12.90%) MAINVIEW
3 3 (9.68%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 10 (32.26%) IBM
2 5 (16.13%) BMC
2 5 (16.13%) CA
3 3 (9.68%) Syncsort
3 3 (9.68%) SAP
4 2 (6.45%) Oracle
4 2 (6.45%) TIBCO
5 1 (3.23%) ION Trading