The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 4 September 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 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 95 80 71
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -9
Contract jobs citing COBOL 11 7 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.58% 0.53% 0.51%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.73% 1.51% 1.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 1 1
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£470 £288 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+63.47% -36.11%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £32.50 -
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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 Manchester region.

Programming Languages Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
637 463 411
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 33.81% 35.37% 35.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 394 298 253
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.00% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 12 7
Average hourly rate £37.50 £18.00 £23.13
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+108.33% -22.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £12.50 £19.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.35 £30.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.00 £35.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
+11.42% +4.47%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the Manchester region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 4 September 2015.

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 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 17 (89.47%) Mainframe
2 14 (73.68%) CICS
3 13 (68.42%) VSAM
4 12 (63.16%) Finance
5 11 (57.89%) CA
6 9 (47.37%) IBM
6 9 (47.37%) ITIL
7 8 (42.11%) UNIX
7 8 (42.11%) Middleware
8 6 (31.58%) AIX
8 6 (31.58%) JCL
9 5 (26.32%) Solaris
9 5 (26.32%) Linux
9 5 (26.32%) DB2
9 5 (26.32%) DataStage
9 5 (26.32%) BYOD
10 4 (21.05%) Data Centre
10 4 (21.05%) Banking
11 3 (15.79%) IBM Mainframe
11 3 (15.79%) Microsoft
11 3 (15.79%) Assembly Language
12 2 (10.53%) Oracle
12 2 (10.53%) Stakeholder Management
12 2 (10.53%) Programme Management
12 2 (10.53%) MS Office
12 2 (10.53%) Retail
12 2 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
13 1 (5.26%) Systems Analysis
13 1 (5.26%) Actimize
13 1 (5.26%) ISPF

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 14 (73.68%) CICS
Applications
1 2 (10.53%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Oracle Retail
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (26.32%) DB2
1 5 (26.32%) DataStage
2 1 (5.26%) Easytrieve
General
1 12 (63.16%) Finance
2 4 (21.05%) Banking
3 2 (10.53%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (42.11%) Technical Design Leader
2 6 (31.58%) Architect
3 3 (15.79%) Mainframe Architect
3 3 (15.79%) Infrastructure Architect
4 2 (10.53%) Programme Manager
5 1 (5.26%) Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Systems Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Technical Architect
5 1 (5.26%) Solutions Architect
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Manager
5 1 (5.26%) Programmer
5 1 (5.26%) Technical Manager
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Programme Manager
5 1 (5.26%) COBOL Programmer
5 1 (5.26%) COBOL Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Infrastructure Architect
5 1 (5.26%) Designer
5 1 (5.26%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (42.11%) Middleware
2 1 (5.26%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 17 (89.47%) Mainframe
2 13 (68.42%) VSAM
3 5 (26.32%) BYOD
4 4 (21.05%) Data Centre
5 3 (15.79%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 8 (42.11%) UNIX
2 6 (31.58%) AIX
3 5 (26.32%) Solaris
3 5 (26.32%) Linux
4 1 (5.26%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (47.37%) ITIL
2 2 (10.53%) Stakeholder Management
2 2 (10.53%) Programme Management
2 2 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (5.26%) Systems Analysis
3 1 (5.26%) PRINCE2
3 1 (5.26%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (31.58%) JCL
2 3 (15.79%) Assembly Language
3 1 (5.26%) REXX
3 1 (5.26%) Caml Language
System Software
1 1 (5.26%) Time Sharing Option
Vendors
1 11 (57.89%) CA
2 9 (47.37%) IBM
3 3 (15.79%) Microsoft
4 2 (10.53%) Oracle
5 1 (5.26%) Actimize