The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for RACF skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited RACF over the 3 months to 23 June 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 Resource Access Control Facility (RACF)
UK
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 587 567 610
Rank change year-on-year -20 +43  
Contract jobs citing RACF 15 76 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.032% 0.14% 0.052%
As % of the System Software category 0.29% 1.12% 0.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 41 12
Median daily rate £404 £475 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.89% +22.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £339 £300 £340
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £700 £482
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £498 £375
% change year-on-year -18.99% +32.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Median hourly rate - £40.00 £31.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +27.79%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £40.00 £31.30
% change year-on-year - +27.79%  

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

Contract System Software Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for system software skills 5227 6793 5977
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.17% 12.62% 10.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3357 4206 3390
Median daily rate £405 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £200 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 307 475 631
Median hourly rate £17.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.52% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.09 £21.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -25.16% +22.85%  

RACF
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing RACF as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the System Software category.

Job vacancy trend for RACF in the UK

RACF
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for RACF in the UK

RACF
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing RACF over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for RACF in the UK

RACF
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for RACF in the UK

RACF
Top 10 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing RACF within the UK over the 3 months to 23 June 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 -18 8 £389 -18.15%
Scotland +29 7 £429 -7.18%
Glasgow +12 7 £429 +22.64%
London -23 5 £420 -6.66%
Hertfordshire -2 2 £290 -
East of England -10 2 £290 -3.33%
West Midlands +15 1 £388 -22.50%
Welwyn Garden City +4 1 - -
City of London -8 1 £390 -17.89%
Wolverhampton - 1 £388 -

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing RACF 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 RACF.

1 24 (66.67%) Mainframe
1 24 (66.67%) zSecure
2 18 (50.00%) Finance
3 16 (44.44%) Unix
4 15 (41.67%) SQL
5 14 (38.89%) Banking
6 13 (36.11%) zOS
7 12 (33.33%) Information Security
8 11 (30.56%) IBM
9 10 (27.78%) DB2
9 10 (27.78%) CICS
9 10 (27.78%) JCL
10 9 (25.00%) REXX
10 9 (25.00%) Service Management
10 9 (25.00%) ISPF
11 8 (22.22%) Time Sharing Option
11 8 (22.22%) ACF2
11 8 (22.22%) SSL
11 8 (22.22%) Windows
12 7 (19.44%) Microsoft Office
12 7 (19.44%) Perl
12 7 (19.44%) Sybase
12 7 (19.44%) MQSeries
12 7 (19.44%) Microsoft Excel
12 7 (19.44%) SAS
12 7 (19.44%) Kerberos
12 7 (19.44%) Assembly Language
12 7 (19.44%) CA
12 7 (19.44%) Shell Script
12 7 (19.44%) Middleware

RACF
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 10 (27.78%) CICS
2 7 (19.44%) MQSeries
2 7 (19.44%) SAS
3 2 (5.56%) SharePoint
4 1 (2.78%) IIS
4 1 (2.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 1 (2.78%) WebLogic
4 1 (2.78%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (19.44%) Microsoft Excel
1 7 (19.44%) Microsoft Office
1 7 (19.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 8 (22.22%) SSL
2 7 (19.44%) Kerberos
2 7 (19.44%) SSH
3 6 (16.67%) TACACS
4 4 (11.11%) Intrusion Detection
4 4 (11.11%) Network Security
4 4 (11.11%) TCP/IP
5 2 (5.56%) Firewall
6 1 (2.78%) HTTPS
6 1 (2.78%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (27.78%) DB2
2 1 (2.78%) MySQL
2 1 (2.78%) Oracle Database
General
1 18 (50.00%) Finance
2 14 (38.89%) Banking
3 2 (5.56%) Law
3 2 (5.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (25.00%) Analyst
2 8 (22.22%) Security Analyst
3 6 (16.67%) Security Engineer
4 5 (13.89%) RACF Specialist
4 5 (13.89%) RACF Technician
5 4 (11.11%) Mainframe Specialist
5 4 (11.11%) SOC Analyst
5 4 (11.11%) Technical Specialist
6 3 (8.33%) Administrator
6 3 (8.33%) Mainframe Analyst
6 3 (8.33%) Programmer
6 3 (8.33%) RACF Administrator
6 3 (8.33%) RACF Engineer
6 3 (8.33%) RACF Programmer
6 3 (8.33%) Security Administrator
7 2 (5.56%) Assembler Programmer
7 2 (5.56%) Consultant
7 2 (5.56%) RACF Analyst
7 2 (5.56%) RACF Security Analyst
7 2 (5.56%) z/OS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (25.00%) ISPF
2 7 (19.44%) Middleware
3 1 (2.78%) .NET
3 1 (2.78%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.78%) J2EE
3 1 (2.78%) Web Services
3 1 (2.78%) XML
3 1 (2.78%) XML Schema
3 1 (2.78%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 24 (66.67%) Mainframe
2 7 (19.44%) PKI
3 6 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (16.67%) iSeries
3 6 (16.67%) Tandem
4 5 (13.89%) Management Information System
5 4 (11.11%) Security Operations Centre
6 3 (8.33%) Data Centre
7 2 (5.56%) IBM Mainframe
8 1 (2.78%) AS400
8 1 (2.78%) FMCG
8 1 (2.78%) RSA SecurID
Operating Systems
1 16 (44.44%) Unix
2 13 (36.11%) zOS
3 8 (22.22%) Windows
4 6 (16.67%) OpenVMS
5 2 (5.56%) Linux
6 1 (2.78%) HPUX
6 1 (2.78%) MVS
6 1 (2.78%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (33.33%) Information Security
2 9 (25.00%) Service Management
3 7 (19.44%) People Management
3 7 (19.44%) Project Planning
3 7 (19.44%) Security Management
3 7 (19.44%) Time Management
4 6 (16.67%) Coaching
4 6 (16.67%) Mentoring
4 6 (16.67%) Security Operations
4 6 (16.67%) SIEM
5 5 (13.89%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (11.11%) Validation
7 3 (8.33%) Unit Testing
8 2 (5.56%) Attack Monitoring
8 2 (5.56%) Incident Management
8 2 (5.56%) Programme Delivery
9 1 (2.78%) Identity Access Management
9 1 (2.78%) Migration
9 1 (2.78%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 1 (2.78%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (41.67%) SQL
2 10 (27.78%) JCL
3 9 (25.00%) REXX
4 7 (19.44%) Assembly Language
4 7 (19.44%) CLIST
4 7 (19.44%) Perl
4 7 (19.44%) Shell Script
5 1 (2.78%) Java
5 1 (2.78%) XPath
Qualifications
1 2 (5.56%) GCIH
1 2 (5.56%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (2.78%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 8 (22.22%) ACF2
1 8 (22.22%) Time Sharing Option
2 7 (19.44%) Job Entry Subsystem
Systems Management
1 24 (66.67%) zSecure
2 1 (2.78%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 11 (30.56%) IBM
2 7 (19.44%) CA
2 7 (19.44%) Sybase
3 2 (5.56%) CheckPoint
3 2 (5.56%) Oracle
3 2 (5.56%) ServiceNow
4 1 (2.78%) McAfee
4 1 (2.78%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.78%) Sun