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 27 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
27 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM)
Rank 588 582 573
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -9
Contract jobs citing VSAM 23 11 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.040% 0.020% 0.024%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.13% 0.063% 0.071%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 7 1
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£425 £320 £168
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.81% +91.04%
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £295 £168
% change year-on-year
+52.54% +76.11%
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
18080 17436 16925
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 31.69% 31.87% 33.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 11387 10584 10034
Average daily rate £415 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £608 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 691 668 744
Average hourly rate £19.69 £20.55 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.17% -6.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £12.51 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.08 £21.63 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-11.76% +8.12%

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 27 July 2015.

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 16 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 27 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 -14 22 £450 +29.49% 8
North West -14 8 £450 - 3
Manchester -11 6 £481 - 3
London 0 4 £370 -1.33%
West Yorkshire - 4 £500 -
Yorkshire - 4 £500 -
Buckinghamshire 0 3 - -
Milton Keynes -1 3 - -
South East -15 3 - - 2
East Midlands - 3 £325 - 3
Nottingham - 3 £325 - 2
Nottinghamshire - 3 £325 - 2
Halifax - 2 £500 -
Leeds - 2 - -
Scotland -1 1 £375 +29.31% 1
Edinburgh - 1 £375 - 1

VSAM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 July 2015, 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 31 (81.58%) Mainframe
2 29 (76.32%) CICS
3 23 (60.53%) DB2
4 21 (55.26%) COBOL
5 18 (47.37%) JCL
6 16 (42.11%) Finance
7 15 (39.47%) CA
8 13 (34.21%) IBM
9 12 (31.58%) UNIX
10 10 (26.32%) zOS
11 9 (23.68%) RACF
11 9 (23.68%) ITIL
12 8 (21.05%) SQL
13 7 (18.42%) DataStage
13 7 (18.42%) CA Endevor
14 5 (13.16%) Migration
14 5 (13.16%) Pentaho
14 5 (13.16%) Performance Tuning
14 5 (13.16%) Time Sharing Option
15 4 (10.53%) Operational Acceptance Testing
15 4 (10.53%) OMEGAMON
15 4 (10.53%) Banking
15 4 (10.53%) Middleware
15 4 (10.53%) AIX
15 4 (10.53%) REXX
15 4 (10.53%) Data Mining
15 4 (10.53%) ETL
15 4 (10.53%) TCP/IP
16 3 (7.89%) OS/390
16 3 (7.89%) Solaris

VSAM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 July 2015, 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 29 (76.32%) CICS
2 2 (5.26%) MQSeries
3 1 (2.63%) PowerExchange
Communications & Networking
1 4 (10.53%) TCP/IP
2 2 (5.26%) SNA
2 2 (5.26%) SSL
2 2 (5.26%) SMS
2 2 (5.26%) SMTP
2 2 (5.26%) FTP
3 1 (2.63%) HTTP
3 1 (2.63%) Firewall
3 1 (2.63%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (60.53%) DB2
2 7 (18.42%) DataStage
3 5 (13.16%) Pentaho
4 4 (10.53%) Data Mining
5 2 (5.26%) Adabas
6 1 (2.63%) PowerCenter
6 1 (2.63%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 3 (7.89%) Subversion
2 1 (2.63%) ChangeMan
General
1 16 (42.11%) Finance
2 4 (10.53%) Banking
3 2 (5.26%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (18.42%) Developer
2 6 (15.79%) Architect
2 6 (15.79%) Mainframe Developer
3 4 (10.53%) Programmer
3 4 (10.53%) Analyst
3 4 (10.53%) Technical Design Leader
4 3 (7.89%) Designer
4 3 (7.89%) Consultant
4 3 (7.89%) Support Analyst
4 3 (7.89%) Systems Programmer
5 2 (5.26%) COBOL Developer
5 2 (5.26%) Infrastructure Designer
5 2 (5.26%) Infrastructure Architect
5 2 (5.26%) Mainframe Architect
5 2 (5.26%) CICS Programmer
5 2 (5.26%) Mainframe Consultant
6 1 (2.63%) CICS Systems Programmer
6 1 (2.63%) ETL Architect
6 1 (2.63%) Test Automation Analyst
6 1 (2.63%) Automation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.53%) Middleware
2 3 (7.89%) ISPF
3 2 (5.26%) EntireX
Miscellaneous
1 31 (81.58%) Mainframe
2 3 (7.89%) AS400
2 3 (7.89%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (5.26%) BYOD
4 1 (2.63%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.63%) Data Extraction
4 1 (2.63%) Data Integration
4 1 (2.63%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.63%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 12 (31.58%) UNIX
2 10 (26.32%) zOS
3 4 (10.53%) AIX
4 3 (7.89%) Solaris
4 3 (7.89%) Linux
4 3 (7.89%) Windows XP
4 3 (7.89%) OS/390
4 3 (7.89%) MVS
4 3 (7.89%) Windows Vista
4 3 (7.89%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (23.68%) ITIL
2 5 (13.16%) Performance Tuning
2 5 (13.16%) Migration
3 4 (10.53%) ETL
3 4 (10.53%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 3 (7.89%) System Integration Testing
4 3 (7.89%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (7.89%) Stress Testing
5 2 (5.26%) Data Migration
5 2 (5.26%) Configuration Management
5 2 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (2.63%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (2.63%) Data Analysis
6 1 (2.63%) Project Management
6 1 (2.63%) Service Delivery
6 1 (2.63%) Change Management
6 1 (2.63%) Validation
6 1 (2.63%) Test Automation
6 1 (2.63%) High Availability
6 1 (2.63%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 21 (55.26%) COBOL
2 18 (47.37%) JCL
3 8 (21.05%) SQL
4 4 (10.53%) REXX
5 3 (7.89%) Java
5 3 (7.89%) JavaScript
6 2 (5.26%) NATURAL
7 1 (2.63%) PL/SQL
7 1 (2.63%) Shell Script
7 1 (2.63%) Assembly Language
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.63%) SLA
1 1 (2.63%) Data Quality
System Software
1 9 (23.68%) RACF
2 5 (13.16%) Time Sharing Option
3 2 (5.26%) Job Entry Subsystem
Systems Management
1 7 (18.42%) CA Endevor
2 4 (10.53%) OMEGAMON
3 3 (7.89%) MAINVIEW
3 3 (7.89%) Control-M
4 2 (5.26%) zSecure
4 2 (5.26%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 15 (39.47%) CA
2 13 (34.21%) IBM
3 3 (7.89%) Oracle
3 3 (7.89%) Ab Initio
4 1 (2.63%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.63%) Informatica
4 1 (2.63%) TIBCO
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