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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
Rank 574 583 549
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -34
Contract jobs citing ISPF 19 16 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.034% 0.028% 0.031%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.13% 0.11% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 5
Average daily rate
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£400 £363 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.34% -9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £322 £349
10% offered a daily rate of more than £446 £375 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £373 £343 £413
% change year-on-year
+8.75% -16.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
14870 15193 13060
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 26.61% 26.95% 26.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 9632 9759 8160
Average daily rate £388 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £515 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 182 228 362
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.86 £18.00 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £55.00 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -

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 17 April 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 15 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 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 0 19 £400 +14.28% 5
London +1 6 £400 +10.34% 1
Northampton - 1 £300 - 1
Northamptonshire - 1 £300 - 1
East Midlands - 1 £300 - 1
South East - - - - 1
West Midlands - - - - 2
Scotland - - - -
Warwickshire - - - - 1
West Sussex - - - - 1
Birmingham - - - - 1
Edinburgh - - - -
Gatwick - - - - 1
Warwick - - - - 1
Hampshire - - - -

ISPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 26 (96.30%) Mainframe
2 23 (85.19%) JCL
3 19 (70.37%) CICS
4 17 (62.96%) COBOL
5 16 (59.26%) DB2
6 12 (44.44%) IBM
6 12 (44.44%) REXX
6 12 (44.44%) zOS
7 10 (37.04%) IBM Mainframe
8 8 (29.63%) TCP/IP
8 8 (29.63%) MQSeries
8 8 (29.63%) Banking
9 7 (25.93%) Finance
9 7 (25.93%) Degree
9 7 (25.93%) Migration
9 7 (25.93%) Assembly Language
9 7 (25.93%) Computer Science
9 7 (25.93%) QA
10 6 (22.22%) SQL
10 6 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
11 5 (18.52%) CA Endevor
11 5 (18.52%) Project Management
11 5 (18.52%) UNIX
12 4 (14.81%) SELCOPY
13 3 (11.11%) VSAM
14 2 (7.41%) XPEDITER
14 2 (7.41%) MVS
14 2 (7.41%) Internet
14 2 (7.41%) MS Excel
14 2 (7.41%) Systems Analysis

ISPF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 19 (70.37%) CICS
2 8 (29.63%) MQSeries
3 1 (3.70%) Lync
Applications
1 2 (7.41%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.70%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (29.63%) TCP/IP
2 2 (7.41%) Internet
3 1 (3.70%) MPLS
3 1 (3.70%) Firewall
3 1 (3.70%) VLAN
3 1 (3.70%) HSRP
3 1 (3.70%) Spanning Tree
3 1 (3.70%) VPN
3 1 (3.70%) DNS
3 1 (3.70%) SSL
3 1 (3.70%) LAN
3 1 (3.70%) VoIP
3 1 (3.70%) WAN
3 1 (3.70%) DHCP
3 1 (3.70%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (59.26%) DB2
Development Applications
1 2 (7.41%) XPEDITER
1 2 (7.41%) ChangeMan
2 1 (3.70%) JIRA
2 1 (3.70%) Zephyr
2 1 (3.70%) Toad
General
1 8 (29.63%) Banking
2 7 (25.93%) Finance
3 1 (3.70%) Legal
3 1 (3.70%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (48.15%) Analyst
2 7 (25.93%) Programmer
3 4 (14.81%) Consultant
3 4 (14.81%) Developer
4 3 (11.11%) Mainframe Programmer
4 3 (11.11%) Test Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Mainframe Developer
6 1 (3.70%) COBOL Developer
6 1 (3.70%) DB2 Developer
6 1 (3.70%) Automation Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) SQL Data Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Senior Developer
6 1 (3.70%) Analyst Programmer
6 1 (3.70%) Administrator
6 1 (3.70%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Network Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Data Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Technical Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) Senior Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 26 (96.30%) Mainframe
2 10 (37.04%) IBM Mainframe
3 7 (25.93%) Computer Science
4 3 (11.11%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 12 (44.44%) zOS
2 5 (18.52%) UNIX
3 2 (7.41%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (25.93%) Migration
2 6 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
3 5 (18.52%) Project Management
4 2 (7.41%) Change Management
4 2 (7.41%) Systems Analysis
4 2 (7.41%) Performance Testing
5 1 (3.70%) Integration Testing
5 1 (3.70%) Data Migration
5 1 (3.70%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (3.70%) Regression Testing
5 1 (3.70%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (3.70%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 1 (3.70%) Penetration Testing
5 1 (3.70%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 23 (85.19%) JCL
2 17 (62.96%) COBOL
3 12 (44.44%) REXX
4 7 (25.93%) Assembly Language
5 6 (22.22%) SQL
6 4 (14.81%) SELCOPY
7 1 (3.70%) Java
Qualifications
1 7 (25.93%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (25.93%) QA
Systems Management
1 5 (18.52%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 12 (44.44%) IBM
2 2 (7.41%) WorldPay
3 1 (3.70%) Cisco
3 1 (3.70%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.70%) Google