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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 139 136 119
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -17
Contract jobs citing COBOL 17 4 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.44% 0.13% 0.041%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.34% 0.39% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 4 0
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£450 £313 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+44.00% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £347 £300 £375
% change year-on-year
+15.82% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 - £27.73
COBOL
England

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
1272 1023 802
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 32.92% 32.31% 32.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 799 578 391
Average daily rate £363 £325 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.53% +0.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £425 £438
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 34 41
Average hourly rate £36.00 £36.15 £23.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.40% +53.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £18.32 £12.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.09 £140.00 £112.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £36.40 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-1.09% +4.00%

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 17 April 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 17 April 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
Manchester +2 9 £475 +22.58% 1
Cheshire - 5 - - 2
Lancashire +2 3 £300 +9.09% 1
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 22 (75.86%) Mainframe
2 16 (55.17%) CICS
3 15 (51.72%) IBM
4 12 (41.38%) UNIX
4 12 (41.38%) Finance
5 11 (37.93%) DB2
6 10 (34.48%) Linux
6 10 (34.48%) VSAM
7 9 (31.03%) AIX
7 9 (31.03%) Solaris
7 9 (31.03%) CA
8 8 (27.59%) Banking
8 8 (27.59%) IBM Mainframe
9 7 (24.14%) BYOD
9 7 (24.14%) REXX
9 7 (24.14%) Assembly Language
9 7 (24.14%) DataStage
9 7 (24.14%) Middleware
10 6 (20.69%) zOS
10 6 (20.69%) JCL
10 6 (20.69%) MQSeries
10 6 (20.69%) ISPF
11 5 (17.24%) Degree
11 5 (17.24%) Computer Science
11 5 (17.24%) QA
11 5 (17.24%) ITIL
11 5 (17.24%) TCP/IP
12 4 (13.79%) VME
13 3 (10.34%) Security Cleared
14 2 (6.90%) Actimize

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 16 (55.17%) CICS
2 6 (20.69%) MQSeries
3 2 (6.90%) Tuxedo
4 1 (3.45%) TPMS
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.45%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.24%) TCP/IP
2 1 (3.45%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (37.93%) DB2
2 7 (24.14%) DataStage
3 1 (3.45%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 1 (3.45%) StarTeam
General
1 12 (41.38%) Finance
2 8 (27.59%) Banking
3 2 (6.90%) Retail
3 2 (6.90%) Law
Job Titles
1 8 (27.59%) Technical Design Leader
2 7 (24.14%) Architect
3 6 (20.69%) Developer
4 5 (17.24%) Technical Architect
4 5 (17.24%) Programmer
5 4 (13.79%) Analyst
6 3 (10.34%) Lead Architect
6 3 (10.34%) Mainframe Programmer
6 3 (10.34%) Technical Design Architect
7 2 (6.90%) Lead Solutions Architect
7 2 (6.90%) Technical Solutions Architect
7 2 (6.90%) Solutions Architect
7 2 (6.90%) Tester
7 2 (6.90%) Programme Manager
8 1 (3.45%) Project Manager
8 1 (3.45%) Applications Developer
8 1 (3.45%) Senior Manager
8 1 (3.45%) Senior Developer
8 1 (3.45%) Analyst Programmer
8 1 (3.45%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (24.14%) Middleware
2 6 (20.69%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 22 (75.86%) Mainframe
2 10 (34.48%) VSAM
3 8 (27.59%) IBM Mainframe
4 7 (24.14%) BYOD
5 5 (17.24%) Computer Science
6 1 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 12 (41.38%) UNIX
2 10 (34.48%) Linux
3 9 (31.03%) AIX
3 9 (31.03%) Solaris
4 6 (20.69%) zOS
5 4 (13.79%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (17.24%) ITIL
2 2 (6.90%) Stakeholder Management
2 2 (6.90%) Programme Management
2 2 (6.90%) Risk Analysis
2 2 (6.90%) Unit Testing
2 2 (6.90%) Test Automation
2 2 (6.90%) Test Strategy
3 1 (3.45%) Test Scripting
3 1 (3.45%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (3.45%) Systems Analysis
3 1 (3.45%) PRINCE2
3 1 (3.45%) Change Management
3 1 (3.45%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 7 (24.14%) Assembly Language
1 7 (24.14%) REXX
2 6 (20.69%) JCL
3 1 (3.45%) Caml Language
3 1 (3.45%) PL/1
Qualifications
1 5 (17.24%) Degree
2 3 (10.34%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.45%) SC Cleared
3 1 (3.45%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (17.24%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.45%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 15 (51.72%) IBM
2 9 (31.03%) CA
3 2 (6.90%) Actimize
4 1 (3.45%) Oracle
4 1 (3.45%) Microsoft
4 1 (3.45%) HP
4 1 (3.45%) Borland
4 1 (3.45%) Micro Focus
4 1 (3.45%) VMware