The table below looks at the statistics 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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 53 - 46
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing COBOL 17 0 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 2.13% - 0.65%
As % of the Programming Languages category 5.82% - 1.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 0 2
Average daily rate
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£330 - £273
90% offered a daily rate of more than £277 - £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £368 - £275
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £333 £301
% change year-on-year
-0.75% +10.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 - £37.50
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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 North East region.

Programming Languages Category
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
292 127 161
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 36.59% 34.05% 34.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 211 58 65
Average daily rate £370 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £210 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 20
Average hourly rate £27.50 £34.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.11% +23.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.30 £34.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £37.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £33.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+7.57% -5.71%

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 19 December 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
Contract Job Locations in the North East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the North East region over the 3 months to 19 December 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
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Tyne and Wear - 17 £330 -
Durham - - - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 20 (90.91%) VME
2 15 (68.18%) Migration
3 12 (54.55%) Java
3 12 (54.55%) Security Cleared
4 11 (50.00%) SQL
4 11 (50.00%) Micro Focus
5 10 (45.45%) UNIX
6 7 (31.82%) Linux
7 5 (22.73%) Tuxedo
7 5 (22.73%) Eclipse
7 5 (22.73%) Integration Testing
8 4 (18.18%) Fujitsu
8 4 (18.18%) ICL
8 4 (18.18%) System Testing
8 4 (18.18%) Open Source
8 4 (18.18%) Middleware
9 3 (13.64%) Visual Studio
9 3 (13.64%) Test Scripting
10 2 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
10 2 (9.09%) Manufacturing
10 2 (9.09%) RPG IV
10 2 (9.09%) iSeries
10 2 (9.09%) EnterpriseDB
10 2 (9.09%) Relational Database
10 2 (9.09%) SC Cleared
10 2 (9.09%) JPA
10 2 (9.09%) SOAP
10 2 (9.09%) RPG
10 2 (9.09%) J2EE
10 2 (9.09%) Oracle

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 5 (22.73%) Tuxedo
2 2 (9.09%) JBoss
Business Applications
1 2 (9.09%) PRMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.09%) Relational Database
1 2 (9.09%) SQL Server
1 2 (9.09%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 5 (22.73%) Eclipse
2 3 (13.64%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (9.09%) Manufacturing
2 1 (4.55%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (59.09%) Analyst
2 9 (40.91%) COBOL Analyst
3 7 (31.82%) Developer
4 5 (22.73%) Applications Developer
5 4 (18.18%) Developer Analyst
5 4 (18.18%) Architect
6 2 (9.09%) Applications Architect
6 2 (9.09%) COBOL Developer
7 1 (4.55%) Java Developer
7 1 (4.55%) J2EE Developer
7 1 (4.55%) Systems Architect
7 1 (4.55%) Applications Support
7 1 (4.55%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) AS400 Support
7 1 (4.55%) Senior COBOL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (18.18%) Middleware
2 2 (9.09%) JPA
2 2 (9.09%) SOAP
2 2 (9.09%) J2EE
3 1 (4.55%) Web Services
3 1 (4.55%) Java EE 5
3 1 (4.55%) Java SE
3 1 (4.55%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 4 (18.18%) Open Source
2 2 (9.09%) iSeries
2 2 (9.09%) AS400
3 1 (4.55%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 20 (90.91%) VME
2 10 (45.45%) UNIX
3 7 (31.82%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (68.18%) Migration
2 5 (22.73%) Integration Testing
3 4 (18.18%) System Testing
4 3 (13.64%) Test Scripting
5 2 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (9.09%) ITIL
5 2 (9.09%) Programme Management
6 1 (4.55%) Mentoring
6 1 (4.55%) Supply Chain Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (54.55%) Java
2 11 (50.00%) SQL
3 2 (9.09%) RPG IV
3 2 (9.09%) RPG
Qualifications
1 12 (54.55%) Security Cleared
2 2 (9.09%) SC Cleared
3 1 (4.55%) OCP
3 1 (4.55%) OCA
3 1 (4.55%) Oracle Certification
3 1 (4.55%) BC Cleared
3 1 (4.55%) DV Cleared
3 1 (4.55%) OCAJ
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.55%) QA
Vendors
1 11 (50.00%) Micro Focus
2 4 (18.18%) Fujitsu
2 4 (18.18%) ICL
3 2 (9.09%) EnterpriseDB
3 2 (9.09%) Oracle
3 2 (9.09%) IBM
4 1 (4.55%) HP
4 1 (4.55%) Infor