The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 4 August 2015 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
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 70 - -
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing COBOL 2 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.20% - -
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.67% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 0
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UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £303 £325
% change year-on-year
+23.86% -6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £32.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +132.14%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Programming Languages Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
297 261 250
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 30.24% 32.58% 32.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 212 138 124
Average daily rate £370 £373 £309
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.67% +20.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £260 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £520 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 3
Average hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £31.56
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -4.92%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing COBOL across the Cheshire region.

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the Cheshire region.

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

COBOL
Top 18 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing COBOL 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 COBOL.

1 6 (100.00%) REXX
1 6 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 5 (83.33%) JCL
3 4 (66.67%) IBM Mainframe
3 4 (66.67%) CLIST
3 4 (66.67%) Banking
3 4 (66.67%) ISPF
3 4 (66.67%) Degree
3 4 (66.67%) Computer Science
3 4 (66.67%) zOS
3 4 (66.67%) DB2
3 4 (66.67%) MQSeries
3 4 (66.67%) TCP/IP
3 4 (66.67%) IBM
3 4 (66.67%) CICS
4 3 (50.00%) Assembly Language
4 3 (50.00%) QA
5 2 (33.33%) StreamWeaver

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing COBOL 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 COBOL. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (66.67%) MQSeries
1 4 (66.67%) CICS
2 2 (33.33%) StreamWeaver
Communications & Networking
1 4 (66.67%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (66.67%) DB2
General
1 4 (66.67%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (66.67%) Programmer
2 3 (50.00%) Analyst
2 3 (50.00%) Mainframe Programmer
3 2 (33.33%) Developer
3 2 (33.33%) Analyst Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (66.67%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 6 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 4 (66.67%) Computer Science
2 4 (66.67%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 4 (66.67%) zOS
Programming Languages
1 6 (100.00%) REXX
2 5 (83.33%) JCL
3 4 (66.67%) CLIST
4 3 (50.00%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 4 (66.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (50.00%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (66.67%) IBM