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 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
IBM Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF)
UK
Rank 575 621 602
Rank change year-on-year +46 -19  
Contract jobs citing ISPF 24 7 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.054% 0.013% 0.036%
As % of the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category 0.17% 0.047% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 2 10
Median daily rate £473 £550 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.09% +57.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £530 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £570 £446
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £550 £373
% change year-on-year -20.00% +47.65%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

ISPF is in the industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills.

Contract Software Library & Framework Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for industry standards, technical specifications and software library and framework skills 14008 14779 13928
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 31.32% 27.98% 26.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 9711 10236 9022
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £363 £350
% change year-on-year +3.44% +3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 177 227 188
Median hourly rate £42.50 £38.75 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.67% +10.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.75 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £57.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  

ISPF
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing ISPF as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards category.

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 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for ISPF in the UK

ISPF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for ISPF in the UK

ISPF
Top 11 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 3 months to 23 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +46 18 £480 -12.72%
London - 13 £480 -
Edinburgh - 5 £440 -
Scotland - 5 £440 -
Halifax - 3 £440 -
West Yorkshire - 3 £440 -
Yorkshire - 3 £440 -
City of London - 3 £483 -
North West - 1 £525 -
Knutsford - 1 £525 -
Cheshire - 1 £525 -

ISPF
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 34 (100.00%) JCL
2 31 (91.18%) Time Sharing Option
3 29 (85.29%) IBM
4 25 (73.53%) Unix
5 23 (67.65%) Windows
5 23 (67.65%) FTP
6 20 (58.82%) Finance
6 20 (58.82%) iSeries
6 20 (58.82%) Tandem
7 19 (55.88%) IBM Sterling
7 19 (55.88%) Mainframe
7 19 (55.88%) zOS
7 19 (55.88%) B2B
8 17 (50.00%) Service Delivery
8 17 (50.00%) Axway
9 13 (38.24%) Middleware
10 11 (32.35%) Service Management
11 10 (29.41%) Banking
12 6 (17.65%) Data Centre
12 6 (17.65%) Law
13 5 (14.71%) SSL
13 5 (14.71%) Microsoft
13 5 (14.71%) MS Excel
14 4 (11.76%) CICS
15 3 (8.82%) Shell Script
15 3 (8.82%) AIX
15 3 (8.82%) DB2
15 3 (8.82%) REXX
15 3 (8.82%) Financial Institution
15 3 (8.82%) Stakeholder Management

ISPF
Top Related 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 4 (11.76%) CICS
2 1 (2.94%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (2.94%) Commerce Server
2 1 (2.94%) Commerce Server 2007
2 1 (2.94%) EPiServer
2 1 (2.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 5 (14.71%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle Receivables
Communications & Networking
1 23 (67.65%) FTP
2 5 (14.71%) SSL
3 2 (5.88%) DMZ
3 2 (5.88%) HTTPS
4 1 (2.94%) Internet
4 1 (2.94%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (8.82%) DB2
2 2 (5.88%) GIS
2 2 (5.88%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.94%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (2.94%) Easytrieve
3 1 (2.94%) IDMS
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (2.94%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.94%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 20 (58.82%) Finance
2 10 (29.41%) Banking
3 6 (17.65%) Law
4 3 (8.82%) Financial Institution
5 1 (2.94%) Advertising
5 1 (2.94%) Retail
5 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (41.18%) Developer
2 6 (17.65%) Consultant
2 6 (17.65%) Technical Developer
3 3 (8.82%) Analyst
3 3 (8.82%) Infrastructure Specialist
3 3 (8.82%) z/OS Developer
4 2 (5.88%) Administrator
4 2 (5.88%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 2 (5.88%) Technical Specialist
5 1 (2.94%) Architect
5 1 (2.94%) CICS Specialist
5 1 (2.94%) Designer
5 1 (2.94%) Mainframe Analyst
5 1 (2.94%) Mainframe Specialist
5 1 (2.94%) Senior Developer
5 1 (2.94%) Solutions Designer
5 1 (2.94%) Systems Administrator
5 1 (2.94%) Unix Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (38.24%) Middleware
2 2 (5.88%) HTML
2 2 (5.88%) Web Services
3 1 (2.94%) .NET
3 1 (2.94%) ADO.NET
3 1 (2.94%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.94%) CSS
3 1 (2.94%) J2EE
3 1 (2.94%) jQuery
3 1 (2.94%) WCF
3 1 (2.94%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (58.82%) iSeries
1 20 (58.82%) Tandem
2 19 (55.88%) Mainframe
3 6 (17.65%) Data Centre
4 2 (5.88%) Clustering
5 1 (2.94%) Client/Server
5 1 (2.94%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 25 (73.53%) Unix
2 23 (67.65%) Windows
3 19 (55.88%) zOS
4 3 (8.82%) AIX
5 2 (5.88%) MVS
5 2 (5.88%) Windows Server
6 1 (2.94%) Linux
6 1 (2.94%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (55.88%) B2B
2 17 (50.00%) Service Delivery
3 11 (32.35%) Service Management
4 3 (8.82%) Stakeholder Management
5 1 (2.94%) Business Analysis
5 1 (2.94%) High Availability
5 1 (2.94%) Migration
5 1 (2.94%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 1 (2.94%) Performance Management
5 1 (2.94%) Performance Tuning
5 1 (2.94%) Problem Management
5 1 (2.94%) Prototyping
5 1 (2.94%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 34 (100.00%) JCL
2 3 (8.82%) REXX
2 3 (8.82%) Shell Script
3 2 (5.88%) Assembly Language
3 2 (5.88%) COBOL
3 2 (5.88%) SQL
4 1 (2.94%) C#
4 1 (2.94%) Fortran
4 1 (2.94%) Java
4 1 (2.94%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.94%) Perl
4 1 (2.94%) PL/SQL
4 1 (2.94%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (2.94%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.94%) QA
1 1 (2.94%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 31 (91.18%) Time Sharing Option
2 1 (2.94%) ACF2
2 1 (2.94%) Job Entry Subsystem
2 1 (2.94%) RACF
Systems Management
1 2 (5.88%) CA Endevor
2 1 (2.94%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 29 (85.29%) IBM
2 19 (55.88%) IBM Sterling
3 17 (50.00%) Axway
4 5 (14.71%) Microsoft
5 2 (5.88%) Oracle
6 1 (2.94%) BMC
6 1 (2.94%) CA