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 6 March 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
6 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 81 81 72
Rank change year-on-year
0 -9
Contract jobs citing COBOL 8 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.52% 0.084% 0.32%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.54% 0.21% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 0
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£475 £325 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+46.15% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £353 £300 £363
% change year-on-year
+17.50% -17.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 - £27.73
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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
518 466 374
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 33.55% 38.93% 40.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 295 203
Average daily rate £350 £338 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £235 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £400 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 8 13
Average hourly rate £24.50 £21.66 £27.99
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.11% -22.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.50 £16.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £33.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £34.06 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -2.70%

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
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 6 March 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 16 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 15 (93.75%) CICS
3 13 (81.25%) Finance
4 12 (75.00%) VSAM
4 12 (75.00%) IBM
5 9 (56.25%) UNIX
6 8 (50.00%) AIX
6 8 (50.00%) Solaris
6 8 (50.00%) Linux
6 8 (50.00%) CA
7 7 (43.75%) Middleware
8 6 (37.50%) IBM Mainframe
8 6 (37.50%) DataStage
9 5 (31.25%) ITIL
9 5 (31.25%) JCL
9 5 (31.25%) REXX
9 5 (31.25%) Assembly Language
10 4 (25.00%) Microsoft
10 4 (25.00%) MS Office
10 4 (25.00%) MS Excel
10 4 (25.00%) Easytrieve
10 4 (25.00%) Change Management
10 4 (25.00%) Telecoms
10 4 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
10 4 (25.00%) Banking
11 3 (18.75%) Stakeholder Management
11 3 (18.75%) DB2
12 2 (12.50%) Retail
13 1 (6.25%) Computer Science
13 1 (6.25%) QA

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 6 March 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 15 (93.75%) CICS
2 1 (6.25%) WebSphere
2 1 (6.25%) MQSeries
Applications
1 4 (25.00%) MS Office
1 4 (25.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (37.50%) DataStage
2 4 (25.00%) Easytrieve
3 3 (18.75%) DB2
General
1 13 (81.25%) Finance
2 4 (25.00%) Banking
2 4 (25.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (12.50%) Retail
4 1 (6.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (50.00%) Architect
2 6 (37.50%) Technical Architect
2 6 (37.50%) Technical Design Leader
3 4 (25.00%) Mainframe Architect
4 2 (12.50%) Technical Design Architect
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Architect
5 1 (6.25%) Solutions Architect
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Developer
5 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Architect
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Solutions Architect
5 1 (6.25%) Lead Architect
5 1 (6.25%) Project Manager
5 1 (6.25%) Business Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Developer
5 1 (6.25%) Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Business Systems Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (43.75%) Middleware
2 1 (6.25%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 16 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 12 (75.00%) VSAM
3 6 (37.50%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (6.25%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 9 (56.25%) UNIX
2 8 (50.00%) AIX
2 8 (50.00%) Solaris
2 8 (50.00%) Linux
3 1 (6.25%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (31.25%) ITIL
2 4 (25.00%) Change Management
2 4 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (18.75%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (6.25%) Scrum
4 1 (6.25%) Data Modelling
4 1 (6.25%) SOA
4 1 (6.25%) TOGAF
4 1 (6.25%) Test Scripting
4 1 (6.25%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) Assembly Language
1 5 (31.25%) REXX
1 5 (31.25%) JCL
Qualifications
1 1 (6.25%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.25%) QA
Vendors
1 12 (75.00%) IBM
2 8 (50.00%) CA
3 4 (25.00%) Microsoft
4 1 (6.25%) Intel
4 1 (6.25%) Actimize
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