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 16 September 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 131 131 123
Rank change year-on-year
0 -8
Contract jobs citing COBOL 8 5 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.25% 0.17% 0.56%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.76% 0.50% 1.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 8
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£433 £450 £279
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.88% +61.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £450 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £567 £450 £348
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £368 £288
% change year-on-year
+15.64% +27.82%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £15.95 £27.60
% change year-on-year
+103.76% -42.21%
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
1054 1007 1331
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 33.20% 33.84% 38.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 633 549 698
Average daily rate £325 £310 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.83% -4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £229 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 25 60
Average hourly rate £32.50 £31.56 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.99% -2.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.15 £18.03 £13.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £39.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%

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 16 September 2014.

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 16 September 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
Manchester -11 3 £600 +33.33% 4
Lancashire - 2 - - 1
Merseyside - 1 £265 -
Cheshire - - - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, 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 10 (58.82%) IBM
1 10 (58.82%) Mainframe
2 9 (52.94%) CICS
3 6 (35.29%) Finance
3 6 (35.29%) VSAM
4 5 (29.41%) Assembly Language
4 5 (29.41%) DB2
5 4 (23.53%) JCL
5 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (23.53%) Banking
6 3 (17.65%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (17.65%) CA
6 3 (17.65%) DataStage
6 3 (17.65%) ITIL
6 3 (17.65%) HP
6 3 (17.65%) SQL
6 3 (17.65%) AIX
6 3 (17.65%) Solaris
6 3 (17.65%) Linux
7 2 (11.76%) C
7 2 (11.76%) RPG
7 2 (11.76%) OS/400
7 2 (11.76%) FTP
7 2 (11.76%) HTTP
7 2 (11.76%) TCP/IP
7 2 (11.76%) Tivoli NetView
7 2 (11.76%) APPC
7 2 (11.76%) APPN
7 2 (11.76%) AS400
7 2 (11.76%) Systems Analysis

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 2014, 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 9 (52.94%) CICS
Business Applications
1 1 (5.88%) BASE24
Communications & Networking
1 2 (11.76%) FTP
1 2 (11.76%) HTTP
1 2 (11.76%) TCP/IP
1 2 (11.76%) APPN
2 1 (5.88%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (29.41%) DB2
2 3 (17.65%) DataStage
3 1 (5.88%) Easytrieve
3 1 (5.88%) Oracle Database
3 1 (5.88%) Adabas
General
1 6 (35.29%) Finance
2 4 (23.53%) Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (41.18%) Analyst
2 5 (29.41%) Systems Analyst
3 3 (17.65%) Developer
3 3 (17.65%) Programmer
4 2 (11.76%) Analyst Programmer
4 2 (11.76%) Technical Design Manager
4 2 (11.76%) Technical Manager
5 1 (5.88%) Mainframe Developer
5 1 (5.88%) Senior Programmer
5 1 (5.88%) Mainframe Programmer
5 1 (5.88%) DB2 Developer
5 1 (5.88%) Technical Design Leader
5 1 (5.88%) Applications Support
5 1 (5.88%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Senior Analyst Programmer
5 1 (5.88%) Business Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Business Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.76%) APPC
2 1 (5.88%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 10 (58.82%) Mainframe
2 6 (35.29%) VSAM
3 2 (11.76%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (11.76%) iSeries
3 2 (11.76%) AS400
4 1 (5.88%) Tandem
4 1 (5.88%) EMV
Operating Systems
1 3 (17.65%) AIX
1 3 (17.65%) Solaris
1 3 (17.65%) Linux
2 2 (11.76%) OS/400
2 2 (11.76%) i5/OS
3 1 (5.88%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (23.53%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (17.65%) ITIL
2 3 (17.65%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (11.76%) Time Management
3 2 (11.76%) Systems Analysis
4 1 (5.88%) Risk Analysis
4 1 (5.88%) Service Delivery
4 1 (5.88%) Waterfall
4 1 (5.88%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 5 (29.41%) Assembly Language
2 4 (23.53%) JCL
3 3 (17.65%) SQL
4 2 (11.76%) C
4 2 (11.76%) RPG
5 1 (5.88%) NATURAL
Qualifications
1 2 (11.76%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 2 (11.76%) Tivoli NetView
Vendors
1 10 (58.82%) IBM
2 3 (17.65%) HP
2 3 (17.65%) CA
3 1 (5.88%) Oracle
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