The table below looks at the prevalence of the term VSAM in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited VSAM over the 3 months to 29 August 2014 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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM)
Rank 590 565 576
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +11
Contract jobs citing VSAM 16 14 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.028% 0.027% 0.026%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.11% 0.10% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 2 6
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£325 £223 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+46.06% -36.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £221 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £423 £225 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £295 - £375
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 Miscellaneous category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Miscellaneous Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Miscellaneous category
14398 13715 14468
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 25.46% 26.03% 25.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 8622 8426 8404
Average daily rate £413 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
- +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 633 603 794
Average hourly rate £18.88 £19.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.20% -25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -39.65%

VSAM
Jobs Demand Trend

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

VSAM Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

VSAM
Daily Rate Trend

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

VSAM Daily Rate Trend in the UK

VSAM
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing VSAM within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

VSAM Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

VSAM
Hourly Rate Trend

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

VSAM Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

VSAM
Top 21 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing VSAM within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 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 -10 15 £330 +48.31%
London +19 8 £330 +48.31%
North West - 3 - -
South East - 3 £300 -
Manchester - 2 - -
Scotland -21 1 £290 -
Thurrock - - - -
East of England - - - -
Basildon - - - -
Edinburgh - - - -
Hemel Hempstead - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Southampton - - - -
Essex - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - -

VSAM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing VSAM 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 VSAM.

1 22 (84.62%) Mainframe
2 17 (65.38%) CICS
3 14 (53.85%) JCL
3 14 (53.85%) COBOL
4 13 (50.00%) DB2
5 11 (42.31%) IBM
6 10 (38.46%) zOS
7 9 (34.62%) Finance
8 6 (23.08%) IBM Mainframe
8 6 (23.08%) CA
9 5 (19.23%) Banking
10 4 (15.38%) ISPF
10 4 (15.38%) DataStage
10 4 (15.38%) MQSeries
10 4 (15.38%) UNIX
11 3 (11.54%) RACF
11 3 (11.54%) MVS
11 3 (11.54%) REXX
11 3 (11.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 3 (11.54%) General Ledger
12 2 (7.69%) Clustering
12 2 (7.69%) System Testing
12 2 (7.69%) Time Management
12 2 (7.69%) OMEGAMON
12 2 (7.69%) Assembly Language
12 2 (7.69%) Middleware
12 2 (7.69%) AIX
12 2 (7.69%) Solaris
12 2 (7.69%) Linux
12 2 (7.69%) Web Services

VSAM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing VSAM 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 VSAM. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 17 (65.38%) CICS
2 4 (15.38%) MQSeries
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.85%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (50.00%) DB2
2 4 (15.38%) DataStage
3 1 (3.85%) Easytrieve
3 1 (3.85%) IDMS
3 1 (3.85%) Pentaho
3 1 (3.85%) IBM InfoSphere
3 1 (3.85%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.85%) Adabas
Development Applications
1 2 (7.69%) Eclipse
General
1 9 (34.62%) Finance
2 5 (19.23%) Banking
3 3 (11.54%) General Ledger
4 1 (3.85%) Retail Banking
4 1 (3.85%) Dutch Language
4 1 (3.85%) Retail
4 1 (3.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (30.77%) Developer
2 5 (19.23%) Administrator
3 3 (11.54%) Mainframe Developer
3 3 (11.54%) Consultant
3 3 (11.54%) Systems Administrator
3 3 (11.54%) Mainframe Consultant
4 2 (7.69%) DB2 Developer
4 2 (7.69%) Technical Design Manager
4 2 (7.69%) IBM Mainframe Developer
4 2 (7.69%) Analyst
4 2 (7.69%) Architect
4 2 (7.69%) Technical Manager
5 1 (3.85%) Software Developer
5 1 (3.85%) CICS Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Data Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Senior Software Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Technical Specialist
5 1 (3.85%) Technical Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Software Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Data Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (15.38%) ISPF
2 2 (7.69%) Web Services
2 2 (7.69%) Middleware
3 1 (3.85%) XML
3 1 (3.85%) WebSphere Message Broker
Miscellaneous
1 22 (84.62%) Mainframe
2 6 (23.08%) IBM Mainframe
3 3 (11.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 2 (7.69%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 10 (38.46%) zOS
2 4 (15.38%) UNIX
3 3 (11.54%) MVS
4 2 (7.69%) AIX
4 2 (7.69%) Solaris
4 2 (7.69%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (7.69%) ITIL
1 2 (7.69%) User Acceptance Testing
1 2 (7.69%) System Testing
1 2 (7.69%) Time Management
2 1 (3.85%) Data Mapping
2 1 (3.85%) Root Cause Analysis
2 1 (3.85%) Change Data Capture
2 1 (3.85%) Data Modelling
2 1 (3.85%) ETL
2 1 (3.85%) Project Management
2 1 (3.85%) Change Management
2 1 (3.85%) Validation
2 1 (3.85%) Data Analysis
2 1 (3.85%) Software Engineering
2 1 (3.85%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (53.85%) COBOL
1 14 (53.85%) JCL
2 3 (11.54%) REXX
3 2 (7.69%) SQL
3 2 (7.69%) Assembly Language
4 1 (3.85%) NATURAL
4 1 (3.85%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 2 (7.69%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 3 (11.54%) RACF
Systems Management
1 2 (7.69%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 11 (42.31%) IBM
2 6 (23.08%) CA
3 1 (3.85%) Informatica
3 1 (3.85%) Teradata
3 1 (3.85%) Oracle