Period
to 21 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for ACF2 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited ACF2 over the 6 months to 21 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

CA ACF2
UK
6 months to
21 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 775 502 825
Rank change year-on-year -273 +323 +82
Contract jobs citing ACF2 11 1 6
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.014% 0.003% 0.007%
As % of the System Software category 0.099% 0.023% 0.044%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 3
10th Percentile " " £370
25th Percentile £400 " £372
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £413 - £400
75th Percentile £459 " £450
90th Percentile £497 " £465
UK excluding London median daily rate - - £400

ACF2 is in the System Software category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills.

All System Software Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 11,166 4,363 13,679
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.99% 14.83% 15.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,850 2,912 9,191
10th Percentile £213 £213 £173
25th Percentile £400 £366 £331
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £425
% change year-on-year -5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 359 170 631
10th Percentile £11.96 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £12.76 £13.50
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.63 £16.75
Median % change year-on-year -0.71% +5.22% +4.69%
75th Percentile £39.55 £40.56 £25.00
90th Percentile £65.50 £53.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.92 £16.00
% change year-on-year -2.50% +5.77% +1.91%

ACF2
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing ACF2 as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for ACF2 in the UK

ACF2
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing ACF2.

Daily rate trend for ACF2 in the UK

ACF2
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing ACF2.

Hourly rate trend for ACF2 in the UK

ACF2
Top 7 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ACF2 within the UK over the 6 months to 21 September 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Work from Home - 7 £400 -
England - 6 £413 - 1
UK excluding London -144 4 - -
London - 3 £413 - 1
Scotland -85 2 - -
Midlands - 2 - -
West Midlands - 2 - -

For the 6 months to 21 September 2021, IT contractor jobs citing ACF2 also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for ACF2.

1 11 (100.00%) RACF
2 7 (63.64%) CA
2 7 (63.64%) zOS
3 6 (54.55%) MVS
3 6 (54.55%) CICS
3 6 (54.55%) Assembly Language
3 6 (54.55%) Mainframe
3 6 (54.55%) ISPF
3 6 (54.55%) REXX
4 5 (45.45%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 5 (45.45%) Storage Management
4 5 (45.45%) WebSphere
4 5 (45.45%) BMC
4 5 (45.45%) WebSphere MQ
4 5 (45.45%) Compuware
5 3 (27.27%) Social Skills
5 3 (27.27%) Windows
6 2 (18.18%) JCL
6 2 (18.18%) Banking
6 2 (18.18%) Finance
6 2 (18.18%) IBM
6 2 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
7 1 (9.09%) DB2 UDB
7 1 (9.09%) IT Audit
7 1 (9.09%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (9.09%) Cost Reduction
7 1 (9.09%) DB2
7 1 (9.09%) ITIL
7 1 (9.09%) Linux
7 1 (9.09%) SAS

ACF2
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (54.55%) CICS
2 5 (45.45%) WebSphere
3 1 (9.09%) SAS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (9.09%) FTP
1 1 (9.09%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) DB2
1 1 (9.09%) DB2 UDB
1 1 (9.09%) IDMS
General
1 3 (27.27%) Social Skills
2 2 (18.18%) Banking
2 2 (18.18%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Programmer
2 4 (36.36%) Systems Programmer
3 3 (27.27%) Analyst
3 3 (27.27%) RACF Analyst
3 3 (27.27%) RACF Security Analyst
3 3 (27.27%) Security Analyst
3 3 (27.27%) z/OS Systems Programmer
4 2 (18.18%) DBA
4 2 (18.18%) Mainframe DBA
4 2 (18.18%) Mainframe Programmer
5 1 (9.09%) Auditor
5 1 (9.09%) CICS Programmer
5 1 (9.09%) IT Auditor
5 1 (9.09%) Mainframe Systems Programmer
5 1 (9.09%) Network Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (54.55%) ISPF
2 5 (45.45%) WebSphere MQ
3 1 (9.09%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 6 (54.55%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 7 (63.64%) zOS
2 6 (54.55%) MVS
3 3 (27.27%) Windows
4 1 (9.09%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (45.45%) Storage Management
2 2 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
3 1 (9.09%) Capacity Planning
3 1 (9.09%) Cost Reduction
3 1 (9.09%) IT Audit
3 1 (9.09%) ITIL
3 1 (9.09%) Problem Management
3 1 (9.09%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (54.55%) Assembly Language
1 6 (54.55%) REXX
2 2 (18.18%) JCL
3 1 (9.09%) Natural
System Software
1 11 (100.00%) RACF
2 5 (45.45%) Job Entry Subsystem
3 1 (9.09%) Time Sharing Option
3 1 (9.09%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 1 (9.09%) OMEGAMON
1 1 (9.09%) Tivoli NetView
1 1 (9.09%) Unicenter
Vendors
1 7 (63.64%) CA
2 5 (45.45%) BMC
2 5 (45.45%) Compuware
3 2 (18.18%) IBM