The table below looks at the statistics 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 21 August 2014 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
21 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 31 - 26
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing COBOL 1 0 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 0.40% - 2.83%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.28% - 6.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 3
Average daily rate
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£265 - £250
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £354 £278
% change year-on-year
-7.48% +27.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 - £27.62
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 Merseyside region.

Programming Languages Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
78 83 94
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 30.95% 34.02% 44.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 49 41
Average daily rate £325 £323 £318
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.77% +1.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £225 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £471 £508 £353
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 9
Average hourly rate £22.50 - £17.48
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.10 - £16.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 - £20.74
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%

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
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 21 August 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
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Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Liverpool - 1 £265 -
COBOL
North West

COBOL
Top 11 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 21 August 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