The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 121 118 110
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -8
Contract jobs citing COBOL 11 3 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.35% 0.11% 0.47%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.01% 0.32% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 2 6
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£475 £375 £304
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.66% +23.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £335 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £481 £415 £341
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £315 £314
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +0.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 - -
COBOL
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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 West region.

Programming Languages Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
1089 942 964
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 34.63% 35.29% 37.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 718 549 556
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 25 43
Average hourly rate £35.25 £33.00 £25.49
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.81% +29.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.20 £16.60 £12.59
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £41.80 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £33.53 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+5.89% -4.21%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in the North West

COBOL
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing COBOL across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

COBOL Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015. 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
Lancashire - 3 £258 -
Cheshire - 1 - - 1
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 21 (80.77%) Mainframe
2 18 (69.23%) CICS
3 16 (61.54%) Finance
4 15 (57.69%) VSAM
4 15 (57.69%) IBM
5 10 (38.46%) Linux
6 9 (34.62%) UNIX
6 9 (34.62%) AIX
6 9 (34.62%) Solaris
6 9 (34.62%) CA
6 9 (34.62%) Middleware
7 7 (26.92%) JCL
7 7 (26.92%) DataStage
7 7 (26.92%) IBM Mainframe
8 6 (23.08%) Banking
9 5 (19.23%) ITIL
9 5 (19.23%) Easytrieve
9 5 (19.23%) Assembly Language
9 5 (19.23%) REXX
9 5 (19.23%) VME
10 4 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
10 4 (15.38%) Security Cleared
10 4 (15.38%) Microsoft
10 4 (15.38%) DB2
10 4 (15.38%) MS Office
10 4 (15.38%) MS Excel
10 4 (15.38%) Telecoms
10 4 (15.38%) Change Management
11 3 (11.54%) Stakeholder Management
11 3 (11.54%) Test Scripting

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 18 (69.23%) CICS
2 1 (3.85%) Tuxedo
2 1 (3.85%) MQSeries
2 1 (3.85%) WebSphere
2 1 (3.85%) TPMS
Applications
1 4 (15.38%) MS Office
1 4 (15.38%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.85%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.85%) APPN
1 1 (3.85%) FTP
1 1 (3.85%) HTTP
1 1 (3.85%) RIP
1 1 (3.85%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (26.92%) DataStage
2 5 (19.23%) Easytrieve
3 4 (15.38%) DB2
Development Applications
1 1 (3.85%) StarTeam
General
1 16 (61.54%) Finance
2 6 (23.08%) Banking
3 4 (15.38%) Telecoms
4 2 (7.69%) Law
5 1 (3.85%) Retail Banking
5 1 (3.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (42.31%) Architect
2 9 (34.62%) Technical Architect
3 7 (26.92%) Technical Design Leader
4 6 (23.08%) Developer
5 4 (15.38%) Mainframe Architect
5 4 (15.38%) Technical Design Architect
5 4 (15.38%) Analyst
6 3 (11.54%) Solutions Architect
6 3 (11.54%) Lead Architect
7 2 (7.69%) Lead Solutions Architect
7 2 (7.69%) Technical Solutions Architect
7 2 (7.69%) Applications Developer
7 2 (7.69%) Analyst Programmer
7 2 (7.69%) Programmer
8 1 (3.85%) Applications Support
8 1 (3.85%) Business Systems Analyst
8 1 (3.85%) Systems Analyst
8 1 (3.85%) Business Analyst
8 1 (3.85%) Senior Solutions Architect
8 1 (3.85%) Senior Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (34.62%) Middleware
2 1 (3.85%) APPC
2 1 (3.85%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 21 (80.77%) Mainframe
2 15 (57.69%) VSAM
3 7 (26.92%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (3.85%) AS400
4 1 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (3.85%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 10 (38.46%) Linux
2 9 (34.62%) UNIX
2 9 (34.62%) AIX
2 9 (34.62%) Solaris
3 5 (19.23%) VME
4 1 (3.85%) zOS
4 1 (3.85%) OS/400
4 1 (3.85%) i5/OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (19.23%) ITIL
2 4 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (15.38%) Change Management
3 3 (11.54%) Stakeholder Management
3 3 (11.54%) Test Scripting
4 2 (7.69%) Unit Testing
5 1 (3.85%) Data Modelling
5 1 (3.85%) SOA
5 1 (3.85%) Service Delivery
5 1 (3.85%) Scrum
5 1 (3.85%) TOGAF
5 1 (3.85%) Mentoring
5 1 (3.85%) Waterfall
5 1 (3.85%) Risk Analysis
Programming Languages
1 7 (26.92%) JCL
2 5 (19.23%) Assembly Language
2 5 (19.23%) REXX
3 1 (3.85%) PL/1
3 1 (3.85%) C
3 1 (3.85%) RPG
3 1 (3.85%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (15.38%) Security Cleared
2 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.85%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.85%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (3.85%) Tivoli NetView
Vendors
1 15 (57.69%) IBM
2 9 (34.62%) CA
3 4 (15.38%) Microsoft
4 2 (7.69%) HP
5 1 (3.85%) Intel
5 1 (3.85%) Borland
5 1 (3.85%) Micro Focus
5 1 (3.85%) VMware
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