The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 25 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 95 85 79
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -6
Contract jobs citing COBOL 3 7 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.16% 0.46% 0.081%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.55% 1.50% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 1
Median daily rate £400 £475 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.78% +22.58%
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £375 £310
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +20.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 - -
COBOL
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in contract jobs advertised in the Manchester region.

Programming Languages Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
542 466 440
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 29.71% 30.70% 35.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 364 287 258
Median daily rate £375 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £265 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £485 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 10 10
Median hourly rate £28.50 £19.00 £37.49
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -49.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £14.80 £19.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £36.00 £50.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £36.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Manchester region citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Programming Languages category.

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

COBOL
Top 26 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 25 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing COBOL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Manchester region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 9 (90.00%) Mainframe
2 7 (70.00%) Finance
3 6 (60.00%) Java
3 6 (60.00%) IBM
4 5 (50.00%) DB2
4 5 (50.00%) Unix
4 5 (50.00%) ATM
4 5 (50.00%) SQL
4 5 (50.00%) J2EE
4 5 (50.00%) EMV
4 5 (50.00%) Investment Banking
4 5 (50.00%) IBM Mainframe
4 5 (50.00%) BASE24
4 5 (50.00%) Tandem
4 5 (50.00%) Banking
5 3 (30.00%) Retail
5 3 (30.00%) Assembly Language
6 2 (20.00%) Oracle
6 2 (20.00%) CICS
6 2 (20.00%) Systems Analysis
7 1 (10.00%) Time Sharing Option
7 1 (10.00%) Telecoms
7 1 (10.00%) Migration
7 1 (10.00%) zOS
7 1 (10.00%) JCL
7 1 (10.00%) C++

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester 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 2 (20.00%) CICS
Business Applications
1 5 (50.00%) BASE24
Communications & Networking
1 5 (50.00%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (50.00%) DB2
General
1 7 (70.00%) Finance
2 5 (50.00%) Banking
2 5 (50.00%) Investment Banking
3 3 (30.00%) Retail
4 1 (10.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (80.00%) Analyst
2 5 (50.00%) Support Analyst
2 5 (50.00%) Technical Analyst
2 5 (50.00%) Technical Support
2 5 (50.00%) Technical Support Analyst
3 3 (30.00%) Systems Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) COBOL Developer
4 1 (10.00%) DB2 DBA
4 1 (10.00%) DB2 Developer
4 1 (10.00%) DBA
4 1 (10.00%) Developer
4 1 (10.00%) Mainframe Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (50.00%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 9 (90.00%) Mainframe
2 5 (50.00%) EMV
2 5 (50.00%) IBM Mainframe
2 5 (50.00%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 5 (50.00%) Unix
2 1 (10.00%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (20.00%) Systems Analysis
2 1 (10.00%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 6 (60.00%) Java
2 5 (50.00%) SQL
3 3 (30.00%) Assembly Language
4 1 (10.00%) C++
4 1 (10.00%) JCL
System Software
1 1 (10.00%) Time Sharing Option
Vendors
1 6 (60.00%) IBM
2 2 (20.00%) Oracle