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 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
IBM RPG
Rank 533 480 486
Rank change year-on-year
-53 +6
Contract jobs citing RPG 38 79 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.076% 0.16% 0.099%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.20% 0.44% 0.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 30 26
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£305 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.75% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £275 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £550 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £388 £350
% change year-on-year
-21.21% +10.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 3
Average hourly rate £39.50 - £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 - £30.00

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
18999 18097 17372
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.92% 37.05% 38.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 12660 11367 10676
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 493 726
Average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £14.25 £16.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.90 £44.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £33.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+6.76% -5.00%

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 29 January 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 29 January 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 -52 28 £300 -22.58% 7
London +2 12 £305 -41.90% 2
South East -24 6 £225 -40.00%
Berkshire -1 5 £225 -47.05%
Scotland -4 5 - -
Glasgow +1 4 - -
Cardiff -11 2 £450 +9.09%
South Wales -18 2 £450 +5.88%
Wales -25 2 £450 +5.88%
South West -26 2 - -
East Midlands - 2 - -
Hampshire -25 1 - -
Somerset - 1 - -
East Anglia - - - -
King's Lynn - - - -
Leicester - - - -
North West - - - - 3
Lancashire - - - - 2
Leicestershire - - - -
Norfolk - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Essex - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Cheltenham - - - -
Chorley - - - - 2
Coventry - - - -
Basildon - - - -
Bath - - - -
Birmingham - - - - 1

RPG
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 76 (68.47%) AS400
2 62 (55.86%) RPG IV
3 59 (53.15%) iSeries
4 33 (29.73%) SQL
5 28 (25.23%) Finance
6 26 (23.42%) IBM
7 21 (18.92%) DB2
8 19 (17.12%) Banking
9 14 (12.61%) Java
10 11 (9.91%) Agile Software Development
10 11 (9.91%) RPG/400
11 10 (9.01%) Retail
11 10 (9.01%) FTP
12 9 (8.11%) Data Warehouse
12 9 (8.11%) C
12 9 (8.11%) COBOL
12 9 (8.11%) TCP/IP
12 9 (8.11%) OS/400
12 9 (8.11%) Derivative
13 8 (7.21%) WebSphere
13 8 (7.21%) Scrum
13 8 (7.21%) Microsoft
13 8 (7.21%) JD Edwards
13 8 (7.21%) Project Management
13 8 (7.21%) ITIL
14 7 (6.31%) Windows
14 7 (6.31%) Internet
14 7 (6.31%) SunGard
14 7 (6.31%) Replication
14 7 (6.31%) Manufacturing

RPG
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 (7.21%) WebSphere
2 4 (3.60%) MQSeries
2 4 (3.60%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.90%) IIS
Applications
1 6 (5.41%) MS Office
2 2 (1.80%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (6.31%) SunGard GMI
2 6 (5.41%) BPCS
3 5 (4.50%) JDE World
3 5 (4.50%) Misys Midas
4 2 (1.80%) Cognos TM1
4 2 (1.80%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.90%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.90%) SAP R/3
5 1 (0.90%) PRMS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (9.01%) FTP
2 9 (8.11%) TCP/IP
3 7 (6.31%) Internet
4 5 (4.50%) HTTP
4 5 (4.50%) APPN
5 4 (3.60%) SNA
5 4 (3.60%) LAN
5 4 (3.60%) WAN
6 1 (0.90%) AMQP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (18.92%) DB2
2 9 (8.11%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (2.70%) SQL Server
4 2 (1.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (1.80%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (1.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (4.50%) TestDirector
2 4 (3.60%) JIRA
3 3 (2.70%) Synon
3 3 (2.70%) ERwin
4 1 (0.90%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (0.90%) LoadRunner
General
1 28 (25.23%) Finance
2 19 (17.12%) Banking
3 10 (9.01%) Retail
4 7 (6.31%) Manufacturing
5 3 (2.70%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.70%) International Banking
6 2 (1.80%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.90%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 63 (56.76%) Developer
2 27 (24.32%) AS400 Developer
3 22 (19.82%) RPG Developer
4 20 (18.02%) Programmer
5 18 (16.22%) Analyst
6 12 (10.81%) RPG Programmer
7 11 (9.91%) Analyst Programmer
8 10 (9.01%) Applications Support
8 10 (9.01%) Consultant
9 6 (5.41%) Support Analyst
10 5 (4.50%) Developer Analyst
10 5 (4.50%) RPG Analyst Programmer
11 4 (3.60%) Test Manager
12 3 (2.70%) Programme Test Manager
12 3 (2.70%) Programme Manager
13 2 (1.80%) AS400 Analyst Programmer
13 2 (1.80%) JDE Developer
13 2 (1.80%) Senior AS400 Developer
13 2 (1.80%) Debt Manager
13 2 (1.80%) Support Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.41%) HTML
2 5 (4.50%) .NET
2 5 (4.50%) APPC
3 3 (2.70%) XML
4 2 (1.80%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (0.90%) JDBC
5 1 (0.90%) FpML
5 1 (0.90%) Middleware
5 1 (0.90%) Java SE
Miscellaneous
1 76 (68.47%) AS400
2 59 (53.15%) iSeries
3 9 (8.11%) Derivative
4 7 (6.31%) Replication
5 6 (5.41%) Mainframe
6 3 (2.70%) SWIFT
7 2 (1.80%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 9 (8.11%) OS/400
2 7 (6.31%) Windows
3 5 (4.50%) Windows 7
3 5 (4.50%) i5/OS
3 5 (4.50%) UNIX
4 4 (3.60%) Windows XP
5 3 (2.70%) Apple iOS
5 3 (2.70%) Linux
6 2 (1.80%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (1.80%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.90%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (9.91%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (7.21%) Scrum
2 8 (7.21%) Project Management
2 8 (7.21%) ITIL
3 6 (5.41%) Change Data Capture
4 4 (3.60%) TOGAF
4 4 (3.60%) TDD
4 4 (3.60%) Automated Testing
4 4 (3.60%) Migration
4 4 (3.60%) ERP
4 4 (3.60%) Test Management
4 4 (3.60%) Mentoring
5 3 (2.70%) Technical Analysis
5 3 (2.70%) Test Strategy
5 3 (2.70%) Test Scripting
5 3 (2.70%) Lean Six Sigma
5 3 (2.70%) Waterfall
5 3 (2.70%) Release Management
5 3 (2.70%) Performance Management
5 3 (2.70%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 62 (55.86%) RPG IV
2 33 (29.73%) SQL
3 14 (12.61%) Java
4 11 (9.91%) RPG/400
5 9 (8.11%) C
5 9 (8.11%) COBOL
6 2 (1.80%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.80%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.90%) Python
Qualifications
1 4 (3.60%) IBM Certification
2 2 (1.80%) Degree
3 1 (0.90%) ISEB
3 1 (0.90%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 2 (1.80%) SLA
3 1 (0.90%) QA
System Software
1 4 (3.60%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 5 (4.50%) Tivoli NetView
2 4 (3.60%) Control-M
Vendors
1 26 (23.42%) IBM
2 8 (7.21%) Microsoft
2 8 (7.21%) JD Edwards
3 7 (6.31%) SunGard
4 4 (3.60%) NetIQ
5 3 (2.70%) SAP
5 3 (2.70%) HP
5 3 (2.70%) Citrix
6 2 (1.80%) Misys
6 2 (1.80%) Cognos
7 1 (0.90%) Infor
7 1 (0.90%) Oracle
7 1 (0.90%) Kronos