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 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
Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM)
Rank 575 590 554
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -36
Contract jobs citing VSAM 18 9 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.032% 0.016% 0.021%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.11% 0.051% 0.067%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 0
Average daily rate
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£463 £350 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.14% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £475 £350 -
% change year-on-year
+35.71% -
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
16905 17481 14911
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 30.25% 31.01% 30.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 10395 10746 8904
Average daily rate £425 £405 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% -4.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £233 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 664 665 713
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.52% -8.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
-7.31% -12.76%

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 13 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 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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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 +4 14 £463 +32.14% 2
North West -9 8 £475 +35.71%
London +8 5 £425 -
East Midlands +5 1 - - 1
Nottingham -12 1 - - 1
Nottinghamshire -12 1 - - 1
West Sussex - - - -
Brighton - - - -
Bromley - - - -
Wilmslow - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
South East - - - -

VSAM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 29 (85.29%) CICS
2 23 (67.65%) Mainframe
3 22 (64.71%) COBOL
4 19 (55.88%) DB2
5 18 (52.94%) Finance
6 15 (44.12%) IBM
7 13 (38.24%) CA
8 11 (32.35%) DataStage
8 11 (32.35%) UNIX
9 10 (29.41%) Linux
10 9 (26.47%) AIX
10 9 (26.47%) Solaris
10 9 (26.47%) JCL
11 8 (23.53%) zOS
11 8 (23.53%) BYOD
12 7 (20.59%) Banking
12 7 (20.59%) Middleware
13 6 (17.65%) ITIL
14 5 (14.71%) SQL
15 4 (11.76%) Pentaho
15 4 (11.76%) RACF
15 4 (11.76%) MQSeries
15 4 (11.76%) Performance Tuning
16 3 (8.82%) High Availability
16 3 (8.82%) SELCOPY
16 3 (8.82%) IBM Mainframe
16 3 (8.82%) User Acceptance Testing
16 3 (8.82%) CA Endevor
16 3 (8.82%) ISPF
17 2 (5.88%) Law

VSAM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 (85.29%) CICS
2 4 (11.76%) MQSeries
3 2 (5.88%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.88%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (55.88%) DB2
2 11 (32.35%) DataStage
3 4 (11.76%) Pentaho
4 2 (5.88%) Big Data
4 2 (5.88%) Relational Database
4 2 (5.88%) RDBMS
5 1 (2.94%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Toad
1 1 (2.94%) JIRA
1 1 (2.94%) Zephyr
General
1 18 (52.94%) Finance
2 7 (20.59%) Banking
3 2 (5.88%) Law
Job Titles
1 8 (23.53%) Architect
1 8 (23.53%) Technical Design Leader
2 7 (20.59%) Programmer
3 5 (14.71%) Analyst
3 5 (14.71%) Technical Architect
3 5 (14.71%) Lead Architect
4 3 (8.82%) Systems Programmer
4 3 (8.82%) CICS Programmer
4 3 (8.82%) Lead Solutions Architect
4 3 (8.82%) Technical Design Architect
4 3 (8.82%) Solutions Architect
4 3 (8.82%) Test Analyst
4 3 (8.82%) Developer
4 3 (8.82%) Technical Leader
5 2 (5.88%) Technical Solutions Architect
5 2 (5.88%) Infrastructure Architect
5 2 (5.88%) Consultant
5 2 (5.88%) Mainframe Developer
6 1 (2.94%) Designer
6 1 (2.94%) Mainframe Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (20.59%) Middleware
2 3 (8.82%) ISPF
3 2 (5.88%) jQuery
3 2 (5.88%) HTML
3 2 (5.88%) CSS
3 2 (5.88%) XML
4 1 (2.94%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 23 (67.65%) Mainframe
2 8 (23.53%) BYOD
3 3 (8.82%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (2.94%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 11 (32.35%) UNIX
2 10 (29.41%) Linux
3 9 (26.47%) AIX
3 9 (26.47%) Solaris
4 8 (23.53%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (17.65%) ITIL
2 4 (11.76%) Performance Tuning
3 3 (8.82%) High Availability
3 3 (8.82%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (5.88%) ETL
4 2 (5.88%) Configuration Management
4 2 (5.88%) Analytics
4 2 (5.88%) Stress Testing
5 1 (2.94%) Change Management
5 1 (2.94%) SOA
5 1 (2.94%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (2.94%) Data Analysis
5 1 (2.94%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (64.71%) COBOL
2 9 (26.47%) JCL
3 5 (14.71%) SQL
4 3 (8.82%) SELCOPY
5 2 (5.88%) JavaScript
6 1 (2.94%) Assembly Language
6 1 (2.94%) REXX
System Software
1 4 (11.76%) RACF
Systems Management
1 3 (8.82%) CA Endevor
2 2 (5.88%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 15 (44.12%) IBM
2 13 (38.24%) CA
3 2 (5.88%) Splunk
4 1 (2.94%) Microsoft