The first table below looks at the demand for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the North East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 17 April 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 North East 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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 42 - -
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing COBOL 21 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 3.25% - -
As % of the Programming Languages category 7.87% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 17 0 0
Average daily rate £278 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-20.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £27.73 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.56%
Programming Languages Category
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
267 72 161
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 41.33% 23.53% 37.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 39 84
Average daily rate £263 £285 £343
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.89% -16.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £238 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £423 £350 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 5
Average hourly rate £34.00 £35.56 £50.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.38% -28.88%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +2.94%
COBOL
England

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in the North East

COBOL
Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing COBOL across the North East region over the 3 months to 17 April 2014.

COBOL Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the North East region.

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 13 (54.17%) ITIL
2 12 (50.00%) C
3 11 (45.83%) VME
3 11 (45.83%) Security Cleared
4 10 (41.67%) SC Cleared
5 9 (37.50%) Problem Management
5 9 (37.50%) Curam
5 9 (37.50%) C#
5 9 (37.50%) C++
5 9 (37.50%) Java
5 9 (37.50%) VB.NET
5 9 (37.50%) .NET
5 9 (37.50%) Oracle
5 9 (37.50%) SAS
5 9 (37.50%) PL/1
6 8 (33.33%) HP
6 8 (33.33%) Configuration Management
6 8 (33.33%) Test Scripting
7 7 (29.17%) Root Cause Analysis
7 7 (29.17%) Middleware
8 6 (25.00%) Migration
8 6 (25.00%) Open Source
8 6 (25.00%) ICL
9 5 (20.83%) Fujitsu
9 5 (20.83%) Programme Management
9 5 (20.83%) Mainframe
9 5 (20.83%) UNIX
10 4 (16.67%) Borland
10 4 (16.67%) StarTeam
11 3 (12.50%) i5/OS

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 9 (37.50%) SAS
Applications
1 2 (8.33%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) LAN
1 3 (12.50%) WAN
1 3 (12.50%) FTP
1 3 (12.50%) HTTP
1 3 (12.50%) TCP/IP
1 3 (12.50%) SNA
1 3 (12.50%) Internet
1 3 (12.50%) APPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.50%) DB2
1 3 (12.50%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 4 (16.67%) StarTeam
General
1 3 (12.50%) Manufacturing
1 3 (12.50%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (29.17%) Architect
2 6 (25.00%) Applications Architect
2 6 (25.00%) Applications Support
3 5 (20.83%) Applications Specialist
4 4 (16.67%) Analyst
5 2 (8.33%) Cloud Architect
6 1 (4.17%) Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Applications Developer
6 1 (4.17%) Support Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Support Engineer
6 1 (4.17%) Support Specialist
6 1 (4.17%) Applications Support Analyst
6 1 (4.17%) Applications Support Specialist
6 1 (4.17%) Applications Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (37.50%) .NET
2 7 (29.17%) Middleware
3 3 (12.50%) APPC
Miscellaneous
1 6 (25.00%) Open Source
2 5 (20.83%) Mainframe
3 3 (12.50%) AS400
3 3 (12.50%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 11 (45.83%) VME
2 5 (20.83%) UNIX
3 3 (12.50%) i5/OS
4 2 (8.33%) Windows 7
4 2 (8.33%) Windows
4 2 (8.33%) Windows XP
4 2 (8.33%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (54.17%) ITIL
2 9 (37.50%) Problem Management
3 8 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 8 (33.33%) Configuration Management
4 7 (29.17%) Root Cause Analysis
5 6 (25.00%) Migration
6 5 (20.83%) Programme Management
7 2 (8.33%) Project Management
8 1 (4.17%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (50.00%) C
2 9 (37.50%) C#
2 9 (37.50%) C++
2 9 (37.50%) Java
2 9 (37.50%) VB.NET
2 9 (37.50%) PL/1
3 3 (12.50%) RPG
3 3 (12.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (45.83%) Security Cleared
2 10 (41.67%) SC Cleared
3 3 (12.50%) IBM Certification
System Software
1 3 (12.50%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 3 (12.50%) Tivoli NetView
Vendors
1 9 (37.50%) Oracle
1 9 (37.50%) Curam
2 8 (33.33%) HP
3 6 (25.00%) ICL
4 5 (20.83%) Fujitsu
5 4 (16.67%) Borland
6 3 (12.50%) NetIQ
6 3 (12.50%) IBM
7 2 (8.33%) Microsoft