The first table below looks at the demand for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 22 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Programming Languages category for the Merseyside region.

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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 28 - 28
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing COBOL 1 0 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 0.47% - 2.97%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.52% - 6.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 4
Average daily rate
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£265 - £220
UK excluding London average daily rate £303 £325 £296
% change year-on-year
-6.84% +9.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £14.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year
+114.28% -52.54%
Programming Languages Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
66 69 110
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 30.84% 30.13% 46.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 46 46
Average daily rate £338 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.57% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £472 £400 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 12
Average hourly rate £15.00 - £17.48
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
COBOL
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COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

COBOL
Top 11 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 2 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (50.00%) DB2
2 1 (50.00%) Adabas
2 1 (50.00%) IBM
2 1 (50.00%) CICS
2 1 (50.00%) Assembly Language
2 1 (50.00%) NATURAL
2 1 (50.00%) JCL
2 1 (50.00%) Finance
2 1 (50.00%) VSAM
2 1 (50.00%) Waterfall

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 1 (50.00%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (50.00%) DB2
1 1 (50.00%) Adabas
General
1 1 (50.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (100.00%) Developer
2 1 (50.00%) Programmer
2 1 (50.00%) Mainframe Developer
2 1 (50.00%) Mainframe Programmer
2 1 (50.00%) DB2 Developer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (50.00%) VSAM
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 1 (50.00%) Assembly Language
1 1 (50.00%) NATURAL
1 1 (50.00%) JCL
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) IBM