The first table below looks at the demand for RACF skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited RACF over the 3 months to 23 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the System Software category.

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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
IBM Resource Access Control Facility (RACF)
Rank 519 535 537
Rank change year-on-year
+16 +2
Contract jobs citing RACF 61 34 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.067% 0.086%
As % of the System Software category 1.18% 0.68% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 14 20
Average daily rate
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£450 £410 £296
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.75% +38.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £400 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £425 £351
UK excluding London average daily rate £531 £425 £292
% change year-on-year
+25.00% +45.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 5
Average hourly rate £29.25 - £37.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.65 - £30.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.85 - £66.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.25 - £34.50
System Software Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
5148 5015 4769
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.56% 9.84% 8.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2824 2536 2263
Average daily rate £325 £345 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.79% +2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £191 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 614 617 652
Average hourly rate £15.81 £18.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.52% +5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.29 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £32.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £17.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-11.42% +2.94%

RACF
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing RACF within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the System Software category.

RACF Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

RACF
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing RACF within the UK.

RACF Daily Rate Trend in the UK

RACF
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing RACF within the UK over the 3 months to 23 July 2014.

RACF Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

RACF
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing RACF within the UK.

RACF Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

RACF
Top 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing RACF within the UK over the 3 months to 23 July 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 +17 59 £450 +7.14% 9
London +33 43 £450 +12.50% 6
City of London +38 13 £425 +6.25% 5
East Midlands - 3 £431 -
South West - 3 £393 - 2
Northamptonshire - 3 £431 -
Dorset - 3 £393 -
Bournemouth - 2 £393 -
Gloucester - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - - 2

RACF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing RACF 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 RACF.

1 32 (43.84%) Mainframe
2 29 (39.73%) zOS
3 25 (34.25%) Finance
4 18 (24.66%) ACF2
5 14 (19.18%) IBM
5 14 (19.18%) JCL
6 13 (17.81%) ISPF
7 12 (16.44%) Management Information System
7 12 (16.44%) Validation
7 12 (16.44%) Unit Testing
8 11 (15.07%) Banking
8 11 (15.07%) CICS
8 11 (15.07%) UNIX
9 10 (13.70%) REXX
9 10 (13.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 9 (12.33%) Windows
10 9 (12.33%) DB2
10 9 (12.33%) SQL
11 8 (10.96%) Oracle
12 7 (9.59%) IBM Mainframe
12 7 (9.59%) Change Control
13 6 (8.22%) Data Analysis
14 5 (6.85%) WebSphere
14 5 (6.85%) J2EE
14 5 (6.85%) COBOL
14 5 (6.85%) Linux
14 5 (6.85%) CA
14 5 (6.85%) SAS
15 4 (5.48%) SMS
15 4 (5.48%) Microsoft

RACF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing RACF 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 RACF. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 11 (15.07%) CICS
2 5 (6.85%) WebSphere
2 5 (6.85%) SAS
3 4 (5.48%) MQSeries
3 4 (5.48%) SharePoint
4 3 (4.11%) WebLogic
5 2 (2.74%) IIS
5 2 (2.74%) WebSphere Application Server
6 1 (1.37%) Apache
Applications
1 4 (5.48%) MS Excel
2 3 (4.11%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.37%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.37%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.37%) Oracle BPM
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.48%) SMS
2 3 (4.11%) FTP
2 3 (4.11%) Kerberos
2 3 (4.11%) SNA
2 3 (4.11%) Internet
3 2 (2.74%) IPsec
3 2 (2.74%) TCP/IP
3 2 (2.74%) IKE
4 1 (1.37%) OpenLDAP
4 1 (1.37%) SSL
4 1 (1.37%) CTI
4 1 (1.37%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (12.33%) DB2
2 2 (2.74%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.74%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.37%) MySQL
3 1 (1.37%) IDMS
3 1 (1.37%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (2.74%) ChangeMan
2 1 (1.37%) Lombardi
General
1 25 (34.25%) Finance
2 11 (15.07%) Banking
3 4 (5.48%) Advertising
4 2 (2.74%) Automotive
4 2 (2.74%) Retail
4 2 (2.74%) French Language
5 1 (1.37%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.37%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 18 (24.66%) Administrator
2 13 (17.81%) Analyst
2 13 (17.81%) Programmer
3 11 (15.07%) Systems Programmer
4 8 (10.96%) Consultant
5 5 (6.85%) Support Analyst
5 5 (6.85%) Security Analyst
6 4 (5.48%) Security Consultant
7 3 (4.11%) Technical Consultant
7 3 (4.11%) Analyst Programmer
7 3 (4.11%) Risk Manager
7 3 (4.11%) Information Manager
7 3 (4.11%) Information Risk Manager
7 3 (4.11%) Environment Analyst
8 2 (2.74%) Mainframe Consultant
8 2 (2.74%) DB2 DBA
8 2 (2.74%) Security Technical Consultant
8 2 (2.74%) Security Engineer
8 2 (2.74%) Technical Analyst
8 2 (2.74%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (17.81%) ISPF
2 5 (6.85%) J2EE
3 2 (2.74%) XML
4 1 (1.37%) OLE
4 1 (1.37%) JSF
4 1 (1.37%) JSP
4 1 (1.37%) Web Services
4 1 (1.37%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 32 (43.84%) Mainframe
2 12 (16.44%) Management Information System
3 7 (9.59%) IBM Mainframe
4 3 (4.11%) VSAM
5 2 (2.74%) PKI
6 1 (1.37%) LPAR
6 1 (1.37%) AS400
6 1 (1.37%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.37%) HACMP
Operating Systems
1 29 (39.73%) zOS
2 11 (15.07%) UNIX
3 9 (12.33%) Windows
4 5 (6.85%) Linux
5 1 (1.37%) OS/390
5 1 (1.37%) MVS
5 1 (1.37%) SUSE
5 1 (1.37%) HPUX
5 1 (1.37%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (16.44%) Validation
1 12 (16.44%) Unit Testing
2 7 (9.59%) Change Control
3 6 (8.22%) Data Analysis
4 3 (4.11%) Lean Six Sigma
4 3 (4.11%) Stakeholder Management
4 3 (4.11%) Six Sigma
4 3 (4.11%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (4.11%) Test Strategy
5 2 (2.74%) Risk Management
5 2 (2.74%) Release Management
5 2 (2.74%) Data Architecture
5 2 (2.74%) Configuration Management
5 2 (2.74%) Project Management
5 2 (2.74%) Business Continuity
5 2 (2.74%) Vulnerability Assessment
5 2 (2.74%) Penetration Testing
5 2 (2.74%) Knowledge Management
6 1 (1.37%) Incident Management
6 1 (1.37%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (19.18%) JCL
2 10 (13.70%) REXX
3 9 (12.33%) SQL
4 5 (6.85%) COBOL
5 3 (4.11%) Java
6 1 (1.37%) Perl
6 1 (1.37%) C
6 1 (1.37%) C++
6 1 (1.37%) VBA
6 1 (1.37%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 3 (4.11%) CISSP
1 3 (4.11%) CISA
1 3 (4.11%) CISM
1 3 (4.11%) CRISC
2 1 (1.37%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (13.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (1.37%) QA
2 1 (1.37%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (24.66%) ACF2
2 1 (1.37%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.37%) Samba
Systems Management
1 4 (5.48%) Oracle Identity Manager
2 3 (4.11%) OMEGAMON
3 2 (2.74%) CA Endevor
3 2 (2.74%) Tivoli
4 1 (1.37%) Tivoli Identity Manager
4 1 (1.37%) Control-M
4 1 (1.37%) CA SiteMinder
4 1 (1.37%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 14 (19.18%) IBM
2 8 (10.96%) Oracle
3 5 (6.85%) CA
4 4 (5.48%) Syncsort
4 4 (5.48%) Twitter
4 4 (5.48%) Microsoft
5 3 (4.11%) SAP
6 2 (2.74%) F5
7 1 (1.37%) Cisco
7 1 (1.37%) Business Objects
7 1 (1.37%) PeopleSoft
7 1 (1.37%) Sun
7 1 (1.37%) Intel
7 1 (1.37%) Avaya
7 1 (1.37%) BMC