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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 100 89 85
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -4
Contract jobs citing COBOL 10 10 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.55% 0.53% 0.36%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.39% 1.63% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 8 3
Median daily rate £500 £470 £575
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.38% -18.26%
UK excluding London median daily rate £316 £350 £475
% change year-on-year
-9.85% -26.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £26.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+35.84% -24.28%
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
719 612 519
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 39.68% 32.66% 37.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 514 373 353
Median daily rate £388 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £264 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 27 8
Median hourly rate £28.50 £37.50 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.00% +78.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.30 £10.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.25 £42.00 £30.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £39.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+5.12% +11.42%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing COBOL across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 30 September 2016.

COBOL Daily Rate Histogram 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 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 11 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 7 (63.64%) Finance
2 7 (63.64%) SQL
2 7 (63.64%) Unix
3 6 (54.55%) IBM
3 6 (54.55%) EMV
3 6 (54.55%) J2EE
3 6 (54.55%) ATM
3 6 (54.55%) BASE24
3 6 (54.55%) Management Information System
3 6 (54.55%) Java
3 6 (54.55%) Project Management
3 6 (54.55%) Supplier Management
3 6 (54.55%) Tandem
3 6 (54.55%) IBM Mainframe
3 6 (54.55%) Coaching
4 3 (27.27%) Unisys
4 3 (27.27%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (27.27%) LINC
5 2 (18.18%) Oracle
5 2 (18.18%) DB2
5 2 (18.18%) CICS
6 1 (9.09%) Assembly Language
6 1 (9.09%) LoadRunner
6 1 (9.09%) JCL
6 1 (9.09%) HP
6 1 (9.09%) MS Access
6 1 (9.09%) MS Office
6 1 (9.09%) SOAP

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 (18.18%) CICS
Applications
1 1 (9.09%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (54.55%) BASE24
Communications & Networking
1 6 (54.55%) ATM
2 1 (9.09%) Firewall
2 1 (9.09%) FTP
2 1 (9.09%) HTTP
2 1 (9.09%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (18.18%) DB2
2 1 (9.09%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 1 (9.09%) Fiddler
1 1 (9.09%) Firebug
1 1 (9.09%) JMeter
1 1 (9.09%) LoadRunner
1 1 (9.09%) The Grinder
1 1 (9.09%) Toad
General
1 7 (63.64%) Finance
2 1 (9.09%) Banking
2 1 (9.09%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (63.64%) Analyst
2 5 (45.45%) Support Analyst
2 5 (45.45%) Technical Analyst
2 5 (45.45%) Technical Support
2 5 (45.45%) Technical Support Analyst
3 3 (27.27%) Agile Developer
3 3 (27.27%) Business Developer
3 3 (27.27%) Developer
4 1 (9.09%) Performance Test Leader
4 1 (9.09%) Systems Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (54.55%) J2EE
2 1 (9.09%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 11 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 6 (54.55%) EMV
2 6 (54.55%) IBM Mainframe
2 6 (54.55%) Management Information System
2 6 (54.55%) Tandem
3 3 (27.27%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (9.09%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 7 (63.64%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (54.55%) Coaching
1 6 (54.55%) Project Management
1 6 (54.55%) Supplier Management
2 3 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (9.09%) Asset Management
3 1 (9.09%) Change Management
3 1 (9.09%) Performance Analysis
3 1 (9.09%) Performance Testing
3 1 (9.09%) Stress Testing
3 1 (9.09%) Test Scripting
3 1 (9.09%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 7 (63.64%) SQL
2 6 (54.55%) Java
3 3 (27.27%) LINC
4 1 (9.09%) Assembly Language
4 1 (9.09%) JCL
Systems Management
1 1 (9.09%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 6 (54.55%) IBM
2 3 (27.27%) Unisys
3 2 (18.18%) Oracle
4 1 (9.09%) HP