Period
to 23 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for ISPF skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited ISPF over the 6 months to 23 November 2017 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.

IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
UK
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 855 861 830
Rank change year-on-year +6 -31 +39
Contract jobs citing ISPF 32 30 65
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.031% 0.029% 0.057%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.097% 0.094% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 9 18
UK median daily rate £435 £405 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.41% -10.00% +16.13%
10th Percentile £269 £215 £285
90th Percentile £495 £530 £565
UK excluding London median daily rate £428 £329 £460
% change year-on-year +29.94% -28.48% +17.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
UK median hourly rate - £28.50 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% -7.69%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £28.50 £27.00
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -7.69%

ISPF is in the Software Libraries and Frameworks category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for technical specification, industry standards, software libraries and framework skills.

All Software Libraries and Frameworks
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for technical specification, industry standards, software libraries and framework skills 32971 31981 32228
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 31.98% 30.38% 28.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 23277 22154 22091
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £313 £300 £275
90th Percentile £625 £588 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 378 367 553
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +8.70%
10th Percentile £18.35 £14.40 £15.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.80 £54.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +9.33% - +10.74%

ISPF
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing ISPF as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for ISPF in the UK

ISPF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing ISPF.

Contractor daily rate trend for ISPF in the UK

ISPF
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing ISPF over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISPF in the UK

ISPF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISPF.

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISPF in the UK

ISPF
Top 9 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing ISPF within the UK over the 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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
UK excluding London +34 24 £428 +29.94%
Scotland +4 18 £429 +5.99%
England +12 14 £440 +12.75%
London -11 7 £475 -7.99%
North of England +54 3 £425 +50.44%
North West +23 2 £425 -
South East +3 2 £430 -
Yorkshire +19 1 - -
East of England - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing ISPF also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for ISPF.

1 32 (100.00%) JCL
2 31 (96.88%) IBM
2 31 (96.88%) Time Sharing Option
3 27 (84.38%) Mainframe
4 22 (68.75%) Finance
5 21 (65.63%) Middleware
5 21 (65.63%) REXX
5 21 (65.63%) Unix
6 20 (62.50%) zOS
7 19 (59.38%) DB2
8 18 (56.25%) SQL
9 17 (53.13%) SSL
10 16 (50.00%) CICS
10 16 (50.00%) Shell Script
10 16 (50.00%) RACF
11 15 (46.88%) zSecure
12 14 (43.75%) People Management
12 14 (43.75%) CLIST
12 14 (43.75%) Job Entry Subsystem
12 14 (43.75%) Time Management
12 14 (43.75%) Assembly Language
12 14 (43.75%) CA
12 14 (43.75%) Sybase
12 14 (43.75%) Perl
12 14 (43.75%) Microsoft Office
12 14 (43.75%) Kerberos
12 14 (43.75%) MQSeries
12 14 (43.75%) Microsoft Excel
12 14 (43.75%) SAS
12 14 (43.75%) Information Security

ISPF
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 16 (50.00%) CICS
2 14 (43.75%) MQSeries
2 14 (43.75%) SAS
3 1 (3.13%) WebSphere
Applications
1 14 (43.75%) Microsoft Excel
1 14 (43.75%) Microsoft Office
1 14 (43.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 17 (53.13%) SSL
2 14 (43.75%) Kerberos
2 14 (43.75%) SSH
3 7 (21.88%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (59.38%) DB2
Development Applications
1 3 (9.38%) HP UFT
2 2 (6.25%) Toad
General
1 22 (68.75%) Finance
2 4 (12.50%) Law
3 2 (6.25%) Advertising
3 2 (6.25%) Banking
4 1 (3.13%) Retail
Job Titles
1 6 (18.75%) Assembler Programmer
1 6 (18.75%) Mainframe Programmer
1 6 (18.75%) Programmer
1 6 (18.75%) RACF Programmer
1 6 (18.75%) SAS Programmer
2 4 (12.50%) Developer
2 4 (12.50%) Technical Developer
3 3 (9.38%) Analyst
3 3 (9.38%) Mainframe Analyst
4 2 (6.25%) Administrator
4 2 (6.25%) DB2 DBA
4 2 (6.25%) DBA
4 2 (6.25%) Mainframe Test Analyst
4 2 (6.25%) Security Engineer
4 2 (6.25%) Test Analyst
5 1 (3.13%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 1 (3.13%) DB2 Administrator
5 1 (3.13%) RACF Analyst
5 1 (3.13%) RACF Security Analyst
5 1 (3.13%) WebSphere MQ Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (65.63%) Middleware
2 1 (3.13%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 27 (84.38%) Mainframe
2 14 (43.75%) PKI
3 5 (15.63%) IBM Mainframe
3 5 (15.63%) iSeries
3 5 (15.63%) Tandem
4 3 (9.38%) VSAM
5 2 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (3.13%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 21 (65.63%) Unix
2 20 (62.50%) zOS
3 7 (21.88%) Windows
4 2 (6.25%) AIX
4 2 (6.25%) Linux
4 2 (6.25%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (43.75%) Information Security
1 14 (43.75%) People Management
1 14 (43.75%) Project Planning
1 14 (43.75%) Security Management
1 14 (43.75%) Time Management
2 6 (18.75%) Service Delivery
3 5 (15.63%) B2B
4 4 (12.50%) Service Management
5 3 (9.38%) Defect Management
6 2 (6.25%) Change Management
6 2 (6.25%) Database Tuning
6 2 (6.25%) Disaster Recovery
6 2 (6.25%) ITIL
6 2 (6.25%) Load Balancing
6 2 (6.25%) Performance Monitoring
6 2 (6.25%) Performance Tuning
6 2 (6.25%) Software Testing
6 2 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (6.25%) Test Strategy
7 1 (3.13%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 32 (100.00%) JCL
2 21 (65.63%) REXX
3 18 (56.25%) SQL
4 16 (50.00%) Shell Script
5 14 (43.75%) Assembly Language
5 14 (43.75%) CLIST
5 14 (43.75%) Perl
6 3 (9.38%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 2 (6.25%) ITIL Certification
System Software
1 31 (96.88%) Time Sharing Option
2 16 (50.00%) RACF
3 14 (43.75%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 1 (3.13%) ACF2
Systems Management
1 15 (46.88%) zSecure
2 2 (6.25%) MAINVIEW
Vendors
1 31 (96.88%) IBM
2 14 (43.75%) CA
2 14 (43.75%) Sybase
3 5 (15.63%) IBM Sterling
4 3 (9.38%) Axway
5 2 (6.25%) BMC