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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
Rank 591 536 538
Rank change year-on-year
-55 +2
Contract jobs citing ISPF 15 38 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.026% 0.072% 0.094%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.096% 0.25% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 16 17
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£388 £279 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+39.13% -32.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £304 £226 £345
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £389 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £356 £226 £400
% change year-on-year
+57.63% -43.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £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
15614 15218 15834
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 27.01% 28.82% 27.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 10108 9812 9495
Average daily rate £375 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £255
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 186 263 387
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 £17.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £34.00 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-2.85% +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 22 September 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 19 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 22 September 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 -60 13 £390 +27.86% 4
London -6 8 £388 +21.09% 3
North West -10 2 - -
South East - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - -
West Midlands - - - - 1
Chester - - - -
Knutsford - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Newcastle upon Tyne - - - -
Nottingham - - - -
Southampton - - - -
Warwick - - - - 1
Cheshire - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - - 1
East Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -

ISPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 23 (82.14%) Mainframe
2 22 (78.57%) JCL
3 16 (57.14%) DB2
4 15 (53.57%) CICS
5 13 (46.43%) SQL
5 13 (46.43%) RACF
6 12 (42.86%) zOS
7 11 (39.29%) REXX
8 8 (28.57%) COBOL
9 7 (25.00%) IBM
9 7 (25.00%) CA Endevor
9 7 (25.00%) IBM Mainframe
10 6 (21.43%) FTP
10 6 (21.43%) Finance
11 5 (17.86%) Banking
11 5 (17.86%) Change Management
11 5 (17.86%) UNIX
11 5 (17.86%) CA
11 5 (17.86%) Performance Tuning
11 5 (17.86%) Relational Database
12 4 (14.29%) BMC
12 4 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
12 4 (14.29%) Management Information System
13 3 (10.71%) Replication
13 3 (10.71%) VSAM
13 3 (10.71%) Data Analysis
13 3 (10.71%) Windows
13 3 (10.71%) SAP
13 3 (10.71%) J2EE
13 3 (10.71%) SNA

ISPF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 15 (53.57%) CICS
2 3 (10.71%) MQSeries
3 2 (7.14%) SAS
4 1 (3.57%) WebSphere
4 1 (3.57%) Gentran
Communications & Networking
1 6 (21.43%) FTP
2 3 (10.71%) SNA
2 3 (10.71%) SMS
3 1 (3.57%) SSL
3 1 (3.57%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (57.14%) DB2
2 5 (17.86%) Relational Database
3 2 (7.14%) SQL Server
3 2 (7.14%) IBM InfoSphere
4 1 (3.57%) IDMS
Development Applications
1 2 (7.14%) XPEDITER
1 2 (7.14%) ChangeMan
General
1 6 (21.43%) Finance
2 5 (17.86%) Banking
3 2 (7.14%) French Language
4 1 (3.57%) Automotive
4 1 (3.57%) Manufacturing
4 1 (3.57%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 10 (35.71%) Analyst
2 9 (32.14%) DBA
3 8 (28.57%) Administrator
4 6 (21.43%) DB2 DBA
5 3 (10.71%) Support Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Mainframe Developer
6 2 (7.14%) Developer
6 2 (7.14%) Programmer
6 2 (7.14%) Systems Programmer
6 2 (7.14%) Environment Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Storage Manager
6 2 (7.14%) Security Analyst
7 1 (3.57%) Technical Analyst
7 1 (3.57%) Technical Specialist
7 1 (3.57%) Analyst Programmer
7 1 (3.57%) Systems Analyst
7 1 (3.57%) Systems Administrator
7 1 (3.57%) Operational Support Analyst
7 1 (3.57%) IT Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.71%) J2EE
2 1 (3.57%) XML
2 1 (3.57%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 23 (82.14%) Mainframe
2 7 (25.00%) IBM Mainframe
3 4 (14.29%) Management Information System
4 3 (10.71%) Replication
4 3 (10.71%) VSAM
5 2 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (3.57%) Clustering
6 1 (3.57%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 12 (42.86%) zOS
2 5 (17.86%) UNIX
3 3 (10.71%) Windows
4 2 (7.14%) MVS
4 2 (7.14%) Linux
5 1 (3.57%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (17.86%) Change Management
1 5 (17.86%) Performance Tuning
2 4 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
3 3 (10.71%) Data Analysis
3 3 (10.71%) Performance Monitoring
3 3 (10.71%) Data Architecture
4 2 (7.14%) Data Migration
4 2 (7.14%) Systems Analysis
4 2 (7.14%) Migration
4 2 (7.14%) Data Modelling
4 2 (7.14%) Configuration Management
4 2 (7.14%) Project Management
5 1 (3.57%) Load Balancing
5 1 (3.57%) Release Management
5 1 (3.57%) Database Tuning
Programming Languages
1 22 (78.57%) JCL
2 13 (46.43%) SQL
3 11 (39.29%) REXX
4 8 (28.57%) COBOL
5 1 (3.57%) Shell Script
5 1 (3.57%) Assembly Language
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.57%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 13 (46.43%) RACF
Systems Management
1 7 (25.00%) CA Endevor
2 3 (10.71%) OMEGAMON
3 2 (7.14%) MAINVIEW
Vendors
1 7 (25.00%) IBM
2 5 (17.86%) CA
3 4 (14.29%) BMC
4 3 (10.71%) SAP
4 3 (10.71%) Syncsort
5 2 (7.14%) TIBCO
5 2 (7.14%) Oracle
6 1 (3.57%) ION Trading