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 9 February 2016 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM)
Rank 612 593 581
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -12
Contract jobs citing VSAM 12 23 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.023% 0.045% 0.010%
As % of the Miscellaneous category 0.072% 0.14% 0.031%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 11 2
Average daily rate £325 £475 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-31.57% +42.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £400 £319
10% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £525 £347
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £475 £315
% change year-on-year
-34.21% +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
16621 16104 15941
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 32.28% 31.17% 32.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 10722 10019 9648
Average daily rate £425 £415 £405
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +2.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 670 687 656
Average hourly rate £21.75 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.83% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £11.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.63 £40.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+37.14% -

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 9 February 2016.

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 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 9 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -36 12 £325 -31.57% 3
North East - 6 £325 -
Tyne and Wear - 6 £325 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 6 £325 -
South East -4 2 - -
Buckinghamshire - 2 - -
London 0 1 £425 - 3
East Midlands -8 1 - -
Nottinghamshire -12 1 - -
Nottingham -14 1 - -
Sheffield - 1 - -
South Yorkshire - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 - -
Yorkshire - 1 - -
Midlands - 1 £275 -

VSAM
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 35 (92.11%) Mainframe
2 27 (71.05%) CICS
3 24 (63.16%) JCL
4 23 (60.53%) Finance
5 19 (50.00%) ISPF
5 19 (50.00%) COBOL
6 18 (47.37%) Banking
7 17 (44.74%) Time Sharing Option
8 16 (42.11%) IBM
9 15 (39.47%) DB2
10 14 (36.84%) SSL
11 13 (34.21%) CA
12 12 (31.58%) Unix
13 11 (28.95%) REXX
13 11 (28.95%) zOS
14 10 (26.32%) Easytrieve
14 10 (26.32%) Micro Focus
14 10 (26.32%) Assembly Language
14 10 (26.32%) Visual Studio
14 10 (26.32%) ASP.NET
14 10 (26.32%) SQL Server
14 10 (26.32%) C#
14 10 (26.32%) C++
14 10 (26.32%) Perl
14 10 (26.32%) VBA
14 10 (26.32%) .NET
14 10 (26.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 10 (26.32%) CLIST
15 9 (23.68%) Analytical Skills
15 9 (23.68%) Linux

VSAM
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 27 (71.05%) CICS
2 8 (21.05%) WebSphere
3 6 (15.79%) Apache
3 6 (15.79%) IIS
4 5 (13.16%) PowerExchange
5 1 (2.63%) MQSeries
Applications
1 6 (15.79%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.63%) VisionPLUS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (36.84%) SSL
2 8 (21.05%) FTP
3 6 (15.79%) WinSCP
4 2 (5.26%) SMS
5 1 (2.63%) SNA
5 1 (2.63%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (39.47%) DB2
2 10 (26.32%) Easytrieve
2 10 (26.32%) SQL Server
2 10 (26.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (15.79%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
3 6 (15.79%) MS Access
3 6 (15.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (13.16%) PowerCenter
5 2 (5.26%) Big Data
5 2 (5.26%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (5.26%) Hadoop
5 2 (5.26%) Oracle Database
5 2 (5.26%) RDBMS
5 2 (5.26%) Relational Database
6 1 (2.63%) Adabas
6 1 (2.63%) IMS/DB
Development Applications
1 10 (26.32%) Visual Studio
2 6 (15.79%) Eclipse
General
1 23 (60.53%) Finance
2 18 (47.37%) Banking
3 3 (7.89%) Retail
4 1 (2.63%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.63%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (28.95%) Architect
2 10 (26.32%) Developer
3 6 (15.79%) Applications Developer
3 6 (15.79%) Microsoft Developer
4 5 (13.16%) ETL Architect
5 4 (10.53%) Analyst
5 4 (10.53%) Consultant
5 4 (10.53%) Mainframe Consultant
5 4 (10.53%) Mainframe Developer
6 3 (7.89%) COBOL Developer
6 3 (7.89%) Programmer
7 2 (5.26%) Administrator
7 2 (5.26%) Applications Support
7 2 (5.26%) Applications Support Engineer
7 2 (5.26%) Development Support Engineer
7 2 (5.26%) Senior Developer
7 2 (5.26%) Senior Microsoft Developer
7 2 (5.26%) Support Engineer
7 2 (5.26%) Systems Architect
7 2 (5.26%) Technical Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (50.00%) ISPF
2 10 (26.32%) .NET
2 10 (26.32%) ASP.NET
3 5 (13.16%) Middleware
4 2 (5.26%) Java EE
4 2 (5.26%) Java EE 5
4 2 (5.26%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (2.63%) APPC
5 1 (2.63%) EntireX
5 1 (2.63%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 35 (92.11%) Mainframe
2 9 (23.68%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (18.42%) Data Integration
3 7 (18.42%) IBM Mainframe
4 2 (5.26%) AS400
4 2 (5.26%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (5.26%) Tandem
5 1 (2.63%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 12 (31.58%) Unix
2 11 (28.95%) zOS
3 9 (23.68%) Linux
4 7 (18.42%) MVS
5 6 (15.79%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (21.05%) Migration
2 7 (18.42%) Data Modelling
3 6 (15.79%) ITIL
4 5 (13.16%) Data Analysis
4 5 (13.16%) ETL
4 5 (13.16%) SDLC
5 3 (7.89%) Data Migration
5 3 (7.89%) Incident Management
5 3 (7.89%) Problem Management
5 3 (7.89%) Software Engineering
6 2 (5.26%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (5.26%) Change Management
6 2 (5.26%) Data Architecture
6 2 (5.26%) Data Governance
6 2 (5.26%) Information Architecture
6 2 (5.26%) Logical Data Model
6 2 (5.26%) Master Data Management
6 2 (5.26%) Root Cause Analysis
6 2 (5.26%) Technical Architecture
6 2 (5.26%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 24 (63.16%) JCL
2 19 (50.00%) COBOL
3 11 (28.95%) REXX
4 10 (26.32%) Assembly Language
4 10 (26.32%) C#
4 10 (26.32%) C++
4 10 (26.32%) CLIST
4 10 (26.32%) Perl
4 10 (26.32%) VBA
5 8 (21.05%) Java
6 6 (15.79%) JavaScript
7 1 (2.63%) C
7 1 (2.63%) NATURAL
Qualifications
1 4 (10.53%) Security Cleared
2 3 (7.89%) Degree
3 2 (5.26%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (13.16%) Data Quality
2 1 (2.63%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (44.74%) Time Sharing Option
2 9 (23.68%) RACF
Systems Management
1 8 (21.05%) OMEGAMON
2 6 (15.79%) Tivoli
3 2 (5.26%) CA Endevor
4 1 (2.63%) Control-M
4 1 (2.63%) MAINVIEW
Vendors
1 16 (42.11%) IBM
2 13 (34.21%) CA
3 10 (26.32%) Micro Focus
4 6 (15.79%) Microsoft
5 5 (13.16%) Informatica
6 2 (5.26%) Oracle
6 2 (5.26%) Teradata
7 1 (2.63%) HP