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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
Rank 588 598 563
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -35
Contract jobs citing ISPF 32 13 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.056% 0.024% 0.031%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.21% 0.085% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 9 9
Average daily rate
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£425 £375 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% +17.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £352 £280 £317
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £420 £431
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £341 £332
% change year-on-year
+24.54% +2.94%
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
15587 15227 14467
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 27.41% 27.86% 28.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 10478 9801 9188
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 235 225 284
Average hourly rate £39.55 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £17.50 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £34.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+17.64% -

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 31 July 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 27 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 31 July 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 -14 23 £425 +10.74%
North West - 11 £388 -
Liverpool - 8 £400 -
Merseyside - 8 £400 -
South East - 4 - -
East Midlands - 3 £450 -
Buckinghamshire - 3 - -
Milton Keynes - 3 - -
Nottingham - 2 £450 -
Warwick - 2 £425 -
Halifax - 2 £500 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £500 -
Warwickshire - 2 £425 -
Nottinghamshire - 2 £450 -
Manchester - 2 - -
Yorkshire - 2 £500 -
West Midlands - 2 £425 -
East of England -2 1 - -
Scotland -10 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 - -
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
Home Counties - 1 - -
Lancashire - 1 £375 -
Leicestershire - 1 £260 -
Stevenage - 1 - -
Lytham St Annes - 1 £375 -
Leicester - 1 £260 -

ISPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 45 (93.75%) Mainframe
2 39 (81.25%) JCL
3 38 (79.17%) DB2
4 34 (70.83%) CICS
4 34 (70.83%) Time Sharing Option
5 31 (64.58%) zOS
6 27 (56.25%) REXX
7 26 (54.17%) IBM
8 19 (39.58%) RACF
9 14 (29.17%) QA
9 14 (29.17%) COBOL
9 14 (29.17%) SQL
9 14 (29.17%) MQSeries
10 10 (20.83%) SSL
10 10 (20.83%) Assembly Language
11 9 (18.75%) CLIST
11 9 (18.75%) Job Entry Subsystem
11 9 (18.75%) Control-M
12 8 (16.67%) CA
12 8 (16.67%) TCP/IP
12 8 (16.67%) IBM Mainframe
13 7 (14.58%) Computer Science
13 7 (14.58%) Information Security
13 7 (14.58%) Finance
13 7 (14.58%) Banking
13 7 (14.58%) SSH
13 7 (14.58%) Degree
13 7 (14.58%) Kerberos
13 7 (14.58%) Sybase
13 7 (14.58%) Change Management

ISPF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 34 (70.83%) CICS
2 14 (29.17%) MQSeries
3 3 (6.25%) SAS
4 1 (2.08%) Papyrus
4 1 (2.08%) WebSphere
4 1 (2.08%) Lync
Applications
1 3 (6.25%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.08%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.08%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (2.08%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.08%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (20.83%) SSL
2 8 (16.67%) TCP/IP
3 7 (14.58%) Kerberos
3 7 (14.58%) SSH
4 4 (8.33%) FTP
5 2 (4.17%) Internet
6 1 (2.08%) MPLS
6 1 (2.08%) Firewall
6 1 (2.08%) VLAN
6 1 (2.08%) HSRP
6 1 (2.08%) Spanning Tree
6 1 (2.08%) VPN
6 1 (2.08%) DNS
6 1 (2.08%) LAN
6 1 (2.08%) VoIP
6 1 (2.08%) WAN
6 1 (2.08%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (79.17%) DB2
2 2 (4.17%) OLAP
2 2 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.08%) Adabas
Development Applications
1 4 (8.33%) ChangeMan
2 2 (4.17%) XPEDITER
General
1 7 (14.58%) Finance
1 7 (14.58%) Banking
2 1 (2.08%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (27.08%) Analyst
2 10 (20.83%) Consultant
2 10 (20.83%) Mainframe Consultant
3 8 (16.67%) Programmer
4 6 (12.50%) Security Engineer
4 6 (12.50%) Information Security Engineer
5 5 (10.42%) Developer
5 5 (10.42%) DBA
6 4 (8.33%) Mainframe Programmer
7 2 (4.17%) Operations Analyst
7 2 (4.17%) Support Analyst
7 2 (4.17%) Support Engineer
7 2 (4.17%) Administrator
7 2 (4.17%) Mainframe Developer
8 1 (2.08%) Adabas DBA
8 1 (2.08%) Systems Programmer
8 1 (2.08%) COBOL Developer
8 1 (2.08%) COBOL Analyst
8 1 (2.08%) Mainframe Analyst Programmer
8 1 (2.08%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (14.58%) Middleware
2 1 (2.08%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 45 (93.75%) Mainframe
2 8 (16.67%) IBM Mainframe
3 7 (14.58%) Computer Science
4 5 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (8.33%) AS400
6 3 (6.25%) VSAM
7 2 (4.17%) PKI
7 2 (4.17%) HACMP
7 2 (4.17%) iSeries
8 1 (2.08%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 31 (64.58%) zOS
2 6 (12.50%) UNIX
2 6 (12.50%) Windows
3 5 (10.42%) MVS
4 1 (2.08%) Windows NT
4 1 (2.08%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (14.58%) Change Management
1 7 (14.58%) Information Security
2 4 (8.33%) Data Modelling
3 3 (6.25%) ITIL
4 2 (4.17%) SDLC
4 2 (4.17%) ETL
4 2 (4.17%) Migration
4 2 (4.17%) Systems Analysis
4 2 (4.17%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (2.08%) Performance Monitoring
5 1 (2.08%) People Management
5 1 (2.08%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 1 (2.08%) System Integration Testing
5 1 (2.08%) Project Planning
5 1 (2.08%) Load Balancing
5 1 (2.08%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (2.08%) Stress Testing
5 1 (2.08%) Time Management
5 1 (2.08%) Root Cause Analysis
5 1 (2.08%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 39 (81.25%) JCL
2 27 (56.25%) REXX
3 14 (29.17%) COBOL
3 14 (29.17%) SQL
4 10 (20.83%) Assembly Language
5 9 (18.75%) CLIST
6 3 (6.25%) Shell Script
7 1 (2.08%) NATURAL
7 1 (2.08%) SELCOPY
7 1 (2.08%) Perl
Qualifications
1 7 (14.58%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (29.17%) QA
2 2 (4.17%) SLA
3 1 (2.08%) BS7799
3 1 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 34 (70.83%) Time Sharing Option
2 19 (39.58%) RACF
3 9 (18.75%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 4 (8.33%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 9 (18.75%) Control-M
2 6 (12.50%) Tivoli
2 6 (12.50%) zSecure
3 3 (6.25%) MAINVIEW
4 2 (4.17%) CA Endevor
4 2 (4.17%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 26 (54.17%) IBM
2 8 (16.67%) CA
3 7 (14.58%) Sybase
4 3 (6.25%) BMC
5 2 (4.17%) WorldPay
6 1 (2.08%) TIBCO
6 1 (2.08%) Google
6 1 (2.08%) Cisco
6 1 (2.08%) Microsoft