The table below looks at the statistics for RPG skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited RPG 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 RPG
Rank 559 562 513
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -49
Contract jobs citing RPG 34 37 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.061% 0.066% 0.10%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.16% 0.18% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 18 20
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£318 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.62% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £271 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £458 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £281
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +33.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £29.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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

Programming Languages Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
20862 20792 17884
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.33% 36.88% 36.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 13523 13416 11005
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £253 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 432 486 638
Average hourly rate £35.50 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.20 £17.50 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £52.50 £43.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £36.40 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-1.09% +4.00%

RPG
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing RPG within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

RPG Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

RPG
Daily Rate Trend

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

RPG Daily Rate Trend in the UK

RPG
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing RPG within the UK over the 3 months to 17 April 2015.

RPG Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

RPG
Hourly Rate Trend

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

RPG Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

RPG
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing RPG 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 -5 26 £318 -7.63% 13
London +5 14 £318 -29.44%
South East -26 4 £275 -4.34% 1
City of London +21 3 - -
East Midlands +7 3 £413 - 2
South West +6 3 - - 2
Scotland +1 3 £250 -33.33%
Buckinghamshire - 3 - -
Milton Keynes - 3 - -
Glasgow -5 2 - -
Dorset - 2 - -
Bournemouth - 2 - -
Cardiff +8 1 £450 +12.50%
Somerset +1 1 - -
South Wales -1 1 £450 +5.88%
Wales -6 1 £450 +5.88%
Edinburgh - 1 £250 -
North West - 1 - - 4
Manchester - 1 - - 1
Melton Mowbray - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Surrey - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 2
Cheshire - - - - 2
Devon - - - - 1
Essex - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Kent - - - - 1
Lancashire - - - - 1
Leicestershire - - - -

RPG
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing RPG 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 RPG.

1 41 (54.67%) iSeries
2 40 (53.33%) AS400
3 33 (44.00%) RPG IV
4 28 (37.33%) SQL
5 20 (26.67%) IBM
6 16 (21.33%) DB2
7 15 (20.00%) Banking
8 14 (18.67%) Finance
8 14 (18.67%) Java
9 13 (17.33%) COBOL
10 12 (16.00%) Agile Software Development
11 11 (14.67%) Retail
12 10 (13.33%) TDD
12 10 (13.33%) OS/400
13 9 (12.00%) FTP
13 9 (12.00%) Manufacturing
14 8 (10.67%) WebSphere
14 8 (10.67%) C
14 8 (10.67%) MS Office
14 8 (10.67%) Project Management
14 8 (10.67%) Microsoft
14 8 (10.67%) Misys
15 7 (9.33%) SunGard
15 7 (9.33%) Windows
15 7 (9.33%) Data Warehouse
15 7 (9.33%) SunGard GMI
15 7 (9.33%) Derivative
15 7 (9.33%) Scrum
15 7 (9.33%) Replication
15 7 (9.33%) Change Data Capture

RPG
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing RPG 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 RPG. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 8 (10.67%) WebSphere
2 6 (8.00%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.67%) IIS
Applications
1 8 (10.67%) MS Office
2 3 (4.00%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (9.33%) SunGard GMI
2 6 (8.00%) Misys Equation
3 3 (4.00%) JDE World
4 2 (2.67%) Misys Midas
4 2 (2.67%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (1.33%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (1.33%) SAP R/3
5 1 (1.33%) PRMS
5 1 (1.33%) Oracle Retail
Communications & Networking
1 9 (12.00%) FTP
2 6 (8.00%) TCP/IP
3 5 (6.67%) SNA
3 5 (6.67%) Internet
3 5 (6.67%) APPN
3 5 (6.67%) HTTP
3 5 (6.67%) LAN
3 5 (6.67%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (21.33%) DB2
2 7 (9.33%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (8.00%) SQL Server
4 5 (6.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (4.00%) UniData
6 2 (2.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (2.67%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (2.67%) QlikView
7 1 (1.33%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (8.00%) JIRA
2 3 (4.00%) TestDirector
3 1 (1.33%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (1.33%) LoadRunner
3 1 (1.33%) Synon
General
1 15 (20.00%) Banking
2 14 (18.67%) Finance
3 11 (14.67%) Retail
4 9 (12.00%) Manufacturing
5 3 (4.00%) Investment Banking
6 2 (2.67%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 39 (52.00%) Developer
2 17 (22.67%) RPG Developer
3 16 (21.33%) AS400 Developer
4 13 (17.33%) Analyst
5 12 (16.00%) Programmer
6 8 (10.67%) Support Analyst
7 7 (9.33%) RPG Programmer
8 5 (6.67%) Applications Support
9 4 (5.33%) Systems Analyst
9 4 (5.33%) Consultant
9 4 (5.33%) Analyst Programmer
10 3 (4.00%) Systems Support
10 3 (4.00%) Applications Specialist
10 3 (4.00%) Applications Support Analyst
10 3 (4.00%) Systems Support Analyst
10 3 (4.00%) AWS Developer
10 3 (4.00%) Pick Developer
11 2 (2.67%) Debt Manager
11 2 (2.67%) Developer Analyst
11 2 (2.67%) JDE Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.67%) APPC
2 2 (2.67%) WebSphere MQ
2 2 (2.67%) .NET
2 2 (2.67%) Web Services
3 1 (1.33%) XML
3 1 (1.33%) ODBC
3 1 (1.33%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 41 (54.67%) iSeries
2 40 (53.33%) AS400
3 7 (9.33%) Replication
3 7 (9.33%) Derivative
4 2 (2.67%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.33%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 10 (13.33%) OS/400
2 7 (9.33%) Windows
3 5 (6.67%) Windows XP
3 5 (6.67%) i5/OS
3 5 (6.67%) Windows 7
4 4 (5.33%) Apple iOS
5 3 (4.00%) UNIX
6 2 (2.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (2.67%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (1.33%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (16.00%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (13.33%) TDD
3 8 (10.67%) Project Management
4 7 (9.33%) Scrum
4 7 (9.33%) Change Data Capture
5 5 (6.67%) Release Management
5 5 (6.67%) Migration
6 4 (5.33%) E-Commerce
7 3 (4.00%) ERP
7 3 (4.00%) UML
7 3 (4.00%) OO
7 3 (4.00%) Performance Management
8 2 (2.67%) Manual Testing
8 2 (2.67%) EAI
8 2 (2.67%) Change Management
8 2 (2.67%) Workflow
8 2 (2.67%) Automated Testing
9 1 (1.33%) Supplier Management
9 1 (1.33%) Requirements Analysis
9 1 (1.33%) Resource Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (44.00%) RPG IV
2 28 (37.33%) SQL
3 14 (18.67%) Java
4 13 (17.33%) COBOL
5 8 (10.67%) C
6 4 (5.33%) RPG/400
7 3 (4.00%) Prolog
7 3 (4.00%) Shell Script
8 2 (2.67%) T-SQL
8 2 (2.67%) PL/1
9 1 (1.33%) VB.NET
9 1 (1.33%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 5 (6.67%) IBM Certification
2 3 (4.00%) Degree
3 1 (1.33%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.33%) SLA
1 1 (1.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (1.33%) QA
System Software
1 5 (6.67%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 6 (8.00%) Control-M
2 5 (6.67%) Tivoli NetView
Vendors
1 20 (26.67%) IBM
2 8 (10.67%) Microsoft
2 8 (10.67%) Misys
3 7 (9.33%) SunGard
4 6 (8.00%) JD Edwards
5 5 (6.67%) NetIQ
6 3 (4.00%) Kronos
6 3 (4.00%) HP
7 2 (2.67%) Oracle
7 2 (2.67%) SAP
7 2 (2.67%) Cognos
8 1 (1.33%) Infor