The table below looks at the statistics 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 28 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
IBM Resource Access Control Facility (RACF)
Rank 565 532 551
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +19
Contract jobs citing RACF 46 61 34
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.081% 0.11% 0.067%
As % of the System Software category 0.81% 1.16% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 47 14
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% +9.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £393 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £600 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £531 £425
% change year-on-year
-24.70% +25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
Average hourly rate £12.75 £29.25 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-56.41% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.75 £29.25 -
% change year-on-year
-56.41% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire System Software category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

System Software Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
System Software category
5668 5262 5062
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.93% 9.62% 9.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 3253 2888 2558
Average daily rate £350 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £170 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.87% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 579 626 628
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.00 £18.88
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -15.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £28.50 £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.83 £15.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+8.54% -13.88%

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 28 July 2015.

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 20 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 28 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 -56 29 £450 -
Scotland +6 9 £340 -43.33%
North West -14 9 £425 -
South West +6 8 £450 +14.64%
London -34 8 £550 +22.22%
Liverpool - 6 £400 -
Merseyside - 6 £400 -
Glasgow - 5 £330 -
Gloucester - 4 £438 -
Bristol - 4 £495 -
Gloucestershire - 4 £438 -
Edinburgh -4 3 £375 -37.50%
East Midlands -3 2 - -
West Yorkshire -19 2 £500 -16.66%
Yorkshire -28 2 £500 -16.66%
Derbyshire - 2 - -
Derby - 2 - -
Halifax - 2 £500 -
Manchester -17 1 - -
City of London -21 1 - -

RACF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, 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 35 (57.38%) Mainframe
2 34 (55.74%) zOS
3 26 (42.62%) Finance
3 26 (42.62%) IBM
4 25 (40.98%) CICS
5 23 (37.70%) DB2
6 19 (31.15%) Time Sharing Option
7 18 (29.51%) ISPF
8 16 (26.23%) UNIX
8 16 (26.23%) CA
8 16 (26.23%) JCL
9 14 (22.95%) REXX
9 14 (22.95%) zSecure
10 11 (18.03%) IBM Mainframe
10 11 (18.03%) SSL
11 9 (14.75%) VSAM
11 9 (14.75%) Control-M
12 8 (13.11%) MQSeries
12 8 (13.11%) SQL
12 8 (13.11%) QA
12 8 (13.11%) Job Entry Subsystem
13 7 (11.48%) Information Security
13 7 (11.48%) Banking
13 7 (11.48%) Oracle
14 6 (9.84%) Sybase
14 6 (9.84%) Active Directory
14 6 (9.84%) Kerberos
14 6 (9.84%) Middleware
14 6 (9.84%) SSH
14 6 (9.84%) Continuous Improvement

RACF
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, 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 25 (40.98%) CICS
2 8 (13.11%) MQSeries
3 2 (3.28%) SAS
4 1 (1.64%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.64%) MS Office
1 1 (1.64%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.64%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 11 (18.03%) SSL
2 6 (9.84%) Kerberos
2 6 (9.84%) SSH
3 5 (8.20%) TCP/IP
4 4 (6.56%) Firewall
4 4 (6.56%) DNS
5 3 (4.92%) Network Security
5 3 (4.92%) SNA
5 3 (4.92%) LAN
5 3 (4.92%) SMS
5 3 (4.92%) WAN
6 2 (3.28%) SMTP
6 2 (3.28%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (37.70%) DB2
2 2 (3.28%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.64%) SQL Server
General
1 26 (42.62%) Finance
2 7 (11.48%) Banking
3 3 (4.92%) Financial Institution
4 2 (3.28%) International Banking
4 2 (3.28%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 15 (24.59%) Consultant
2 10 (16.39%) Mainframe Consultant
3 9 (14.75%) Administrator
4 6 (9.84%) Programmer
5 5 (8.20%) UNIX Administrator
5 5 (8.20%) Security Engineer
5 5 (8.20%) Systems Programmer
5 5 (8.20%) Information Security Engineer
6 4 (6.56%) Analyst
6 4 (6.56%) RACF Administrator
7 3 (4.92%) RACF Technician
7 3 (4.92%) Automation Specialist
8 2 (3.28%) RACF Specialist
8 2 (3.28%) CICS Programmer
8 2 (3.28%) Mainframe DBA
8 2 (3.28%) Designer
8 2 (3.28%) Infrastructure Designer
8 2 (3.28%) Security Specialist
8 2 (3.28%) DBA
8 2 (3.28%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (29.51%) ISPF
2 6 (9.84%) Middleware
3 1 (1.64%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 35 (57.38%) Mainframe
2 11 (18.03%) IBM Mainframe
3 9 (14.75%) VSAM
4 5 (8.20%) Data Centre
4 5 (8.20%) Management Information System
5 2 (3.28%) PKI
6 1 (1.64%) Replication
6 1 (1.64%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 34 (55.74%) zOS
2 16 (26.23%) UNIX
3 3 (4.92%) Windows
3 3 (4.92%) AIX
3 3 (4.92%) Linux
4 2 (3.28%) OS/2
4 2 (3.28%) MVS
5 1 (1.64%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (11.48%) Information Security
2 6 (9.84%) Continuous Improvement
3 5 (8.20%) Unit Testing
4 4 (6.56%) Project Management
4 4 (6.56%) Change Management
4 4 (6.56%) ITIL
4 4 (6.56%) PRINCE2
4 4 (6.56%) System Integration Testing
5 3 (4.92%) SIEM
5 3 (4.92%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 3 (4.92%) Analytics
5 3 (4.92%) Validation
5 3 (4.92%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (4.92%) Stress Testing
5 3 (4.92%) Load Balancing
6 2 (3.28%) Migration
6 2 (3.28%) Configuration Management
6 2 (3.28%) Performance Tuning
6 2 (3.28%) Performance Monitoring
7 1 (1.64%) People Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (26.23%) JCL
2 14 (22.95%) REXX
3 8 (13.11%) SQL
4 4 (6.56%) CLIST
5 3 (4.92%) Python
6 2 (3.28%) Assembly Language
6 2 (3.28%) COBOL
7 1 (1.64%) Perl
7 1 (1.64%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 1 (1.64%) PCI QSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (13.11%) QA
2 2 (3.28%) BS7799
2 2 (3.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.64%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 19 (31.15%) Time Sharing Option
2 8 (13.11%) Job Entry Subsystem
3 6 (9.84%) Active Directory
4 4 (6.56%) ACF2
Systems Management
1 14 (22.95%) zSecure
2 9 (14.75%) Control-M
3 5 (8.20%) OMEGAMON
4 3 (4.92%) Tivoli
5 1 (1.64%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 26 (42.62%) IBM
2 16 (26.23%) CA
3 7 (11.48%) Oracle
4 6 (9.84%) Sybase
5 2 (3.28%) BMC
6 1 (1.64%) TIBCO
6 1 (1.64%) Syncsort
6 1 (1.64%) Intel