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 March 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM)
Rank 577 560 529
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -31
Contract jobs citing VSAM 22 10 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.041% 0.019% 0.024%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.14% 0.062% 0.078%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 2
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£475 £333 £475
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+42.85% -30.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £475 £315 -
% change year-on-year
+50.79% -
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
15988 16019 14133
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 29.80% 30.86% 30.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 9780 9821 8497
Average daily rate £420 £413 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% -2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 639 635 727
Average hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -17.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £11.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.91%

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
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 15 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 March 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 +3 18 £475 +42.85% 2
North West - 11 £475 -
London +5 6 £425 +21.42%
Scotland -7 4 - -
Edinburgh -8 4 - -
East Midlands - 1 - - 2
Nottingham - 1 - - 2
Nottinghamshire - 1 - - 2
West Sussex - - - -
Brighton - - - -
Bromley - - - -
Wilmslow - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
South East - - - -

VSAM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 36 (87.80%) CICS
2 31 (75.61%) Mainframe
3 29 (70.73%) COBOL
4 22 (53.66%) DB2
4 22 (53.66%) Finance
5 21 (51.22%) IBM
6 16 (39.02%) JCL
7 13 (31.71%) CA
8 12 (29.27%) UNIX
9 11 (26.83%) DataStage
10 10 (24.39%) Linux
11 9 (21.95%) AIX
11 9 (21.95%) Solaris
12 8 (19.51%) zOS
12 8 (19.51%) Middleware
12 8 (19.51%) Banking
13 7 (17.07%) IBM Mainframe
14 6 (14.63%) REXX
15 5 (12.20%) Assembly Language
15 5 (12.20%) Microsoft
15 5 (12.20%) ITIL
15 5 (12.20%) SQL
15 5 (12.20%) MQSeries
15 5 (12.20%) Change Management
15 5 (12.20%) Easytrieve
15 5 (12.20%) Agile Software Development
15 5 (12.20%) CA Endevor
15 5 (12.20%) User Acceptance Testing
16 4 (9.76%) Pentaho
16 4 (9.76%) Performance Tuning

VSAM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 36 (87.80%) CICS
2 5 (12.20%) MQSeries
3 2 (4.88%) SharePoint
3 2 (4.88%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (9.76%) MS Office
1 4 (9.76%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.88%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (53.66%) DB2
2 11 (26.83%) DataStage
3 5 (12.20%) Easytrieve
4 4 (9.76%) Pentaho
5 2 (4.88%) Big Data
5 2 (4.88%) Relational Database
5 2 (4.88%) Adabas
5 2 (4.88%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 1 (2.44%) Toad
1 1 (2.44%) JIRA
1 1 (2.44%) Zephyr
General
1 22 (53.66%) Finance
2 8 (19.51%) Banking
3 4 (9.76%) Telecoms
4 2 (4.88%) Retail
4 2 (4.88%) Law
Job Titles
1 13 (31.71%) Architect
2 10 (24.39%) Technical Architect
3 7 (17.07%) Programmer
3 7 (17.07%) Technical Design Leader
4 6 (14.63%) Developer
5 5 (12.20%) Analyst
5 5 (12.20%) Mainframe Developer
5 5 (12.20%) Lead Architect
5 5 (12.20%) Mainframe Architect
6 4 (9.76%) Technical Design Architect
7 3 (7.32%) Systems Programmer
7 3 (7.32%) CICS Programmer
7 3 (7.32%) Lead Solutions Architect
7 3 (7.32%) Technical Leader
7 3 (7.32%) Test Analyst
7 3 (7.32%) Solutions Architect
8 2 (4.88%) Consultant
8 2 (4.88%) Technical Solutions Architect
8 2 (4.88%) Infrastructure Architect
8 2 (4.88%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (19.51%) Middleware
2 4 (9.76%) ISPF
3 2 (4.88%) jQuery
3 2 (4.88%) HTML
3 2 (4.88%) CSS
3 2 (4.88%) XML
4 1 (2.44%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 31 (75.61%) Mainframe
2 7 (17.07%) IBM Mainframe
3 1 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.44%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 12 (29.27%) UNIX
2 10 (24.39%) Linux
3 9 (21.95%) AIX
3 9 (21.95%) Solaris
4 8 (19.51%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (12.20%) ITIL
1 5 (12.20%) Change Management
1 5 (12.20%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (12.20%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (9.76%) Performance Tuning
3 3 (7.32%) High Availability
4 2 (4.88%) Analytics
4 2 (4.88%) Stress Testing
4 2 (4.88%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (4.88%) E-Commerce
4 2 (4.88%) ETL
4 2 (4.88%) Configuration Management
5 1 (2.44%) SOA
5 1 (2.44%) Data Analysis
5 1 (2.44%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (70.73%) COBOL
2 16 (39.02%) JCL
3 6 (14.63%) REXX
4 5 (12.20%) SQL
4 5 (12.20%) Assembly Language
5 3 (7.32%) SELCOPY
6 2 (4.88%) NATURAL
6 2 (4.88%) Java
6 2 (4.88%) JavaScript
System Software
1 4 (9.76%) RACF
Systems Management
1 5 (12.20%) CA Endevor
2 2 (4.88%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 21 (51.22%) IBM
2 13 (31.71%) CA
3 5 (12.20%) Microsoft
4 2 (4.88%) Splunk