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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 24 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
24 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 120 131 133
Rank change year-on-year
+11 +2
Contract jobs citing COBOL 46 26 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.18% 0.71% 0.13%
As % of the Programming Languages category 3.50% 2.20% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 21 4
Median daily rate £420 £375 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.06% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £340 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £519 £450 £376
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £373 £310
% change year-on-year
-12.75% +20.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 - -
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
1314 1183 924
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 33.82% 32.27% 30.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 854 758 539
Median daily rate £375 £375 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £232
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £570 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 27 21
Median hourly rate £32.50 £37.00 £32.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.16% +13.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.50 £15.00 £15.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £46.09 £41.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £36.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +1.38%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 24 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire +21 36 £450 +20.00% 8
Cheshire -3 5 £350 - 1
Manchester -10 3 £400 -15.78%
Merseyside - 2 - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing COBOL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 75 (64.10%) Linux
2 67 (57.26%) Tuxedo
3 66 (56.41%) Oracle
4 51 (43.59%) VME
5 50 (42.74%) Java
6 42 (35.90%) Micro Focus
7 33 (28.21%) Mainframe
7 33 (28.21%) Agile Software Development
8 31 (26.50%) Middleware
9 30 (25.64%) Finance
9 30 (25.64%) Migration
10 27 (23.08%) C
11 25 (21.37%) Red Hat
12 23 (19.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 22 (18.80%) Project Management
13 22 (18.80%) Waterfall
14 21 (17.95%) DB2
14 21 (17.95%) IBM
15 18 (15.38%) Re-Platforming
16 17 (14.53%) Oracle Database
16 17 (14.53%) SOA
16 17 (14.53%) Continuous Integration
17 16 (13.68%) Subversion
17 16 (13.68%) JBoss
17 16 (13.68%) Configuration Management
17 16 (13.68%) Shell Script
17 16 (13.68%) Bash Shell
18 15 (12.82%) Clustering
19 14 (11.97%) PostgreSQL
19 14 (11.97%) VMware

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 67 (57.26%) Tuxedo
2 16 (13.68%) JBoss
3 12 (10.26%) CICS
4 8 (6.84%) WebLogic
4 8 (6.84%) WebSphere
5 6 (5.13%) TPMS
6 4 (3.42%) Apache ServiceMix
Business Applications
1 5 (4.27%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 13 (11.11%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.27%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (17.95%) DB2
2 17 (14.53%) Oracle Database
3 14 (11.97%) PostgreSQL
3 14 (11.97%) RDBMS
3 14 (11.97%) Relational Database
4 11 (9.40%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 16 (13.68%) Subversion
2 8 (6.84%) ClearCase
2 8 (6.84%) Eclipse
2 8 (6.84%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 30 (25.64%) Finance
2 8 (6.84%) Banking
3 5 (4.27%) Investment Banking
4 4 (3.42%) Retail
5 1 (0.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 40 (34.19%) Architect
2 35 (29.91%) Developer
3 11 (9.40%) Technical Architect
4 10 (8.55%) Analyst
5 9 (7.69%) COBOL Developer
5 9 (7.69%) Delivery Manager
6 7 (5.98%) Security Architect
6 7 (5.98%) Solutions Architect
6 7 (5.98%) Test Assurance Manager
6 7 (5.98%) Test Manager
7 6 (5.13%) Oracle Architect
7 6 (5.13%) Senior Developer
8 5 (4.27%) Administrator
8 5 (4.27%) DBA
8 5 (4.27%) Network Architect
8 5 (4.27%) Support Analyst
8 5 (4.27%) Technical Analyst
8 5 (4.27%) Technical Manager
8 5 (4.27%) Technical Support
8 5 (4.27%) Technical Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (26.50%) Middleware
2 13 (11.11%) J2EE
3 8 (6.84%) EJB
3 8 (6.84%) Hibernate
3 8 (6.84%) JMS
3 8 (6.84%) JSP
3 8 (6.84%) Servlets
3 8 (6.84%) Struts
3 8 (6.84%) Web Services
3 8 (6.84%) WSDL
3 8 (6.84%) XML
3 8 (6.84%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 33 (28.21%) Mainframe
2 15 (12.82%) Clustering
3 14 (11.97%) Private Cloud
4 13 (11.11%) IBM Mainframe
5 8 (6.84%) PMI
6 5 (4.27%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (4.27%) EMV
6 5 (4.27%) Tandem
7 4 (3.42%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.71%) Data Integration
8 2 (1.71%) Reference Data
9 1 (0.85%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 75 (64.10%) Linux
2 51 (43.59%) VME
3 23 (19.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 13 (11.11%) Unix
5 5 (4.27%) AIX
6 3 (2.56%) Oracle Linux
7 1 (0.85%) MVS
7 1 (0.85%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (28.21%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (25.64%) Migration
3 22 (18.80%) Project Management
3 22 (18.80%) Waterfall
4 18 (15.38%) Re-Platforming
5 17 (14.53%) Continuous Integration
5 17 (14.53%) SOA
6 16 (13.68%) Configuration Management
7 12 (10.26%) Defect Management
7 12 (10.26%) DevOps
7 12 (10.26%) Risk Management
8 11 (9.40%) Automated Testing
9 9 (7.69%) Agile Project Management
9 9 (7.69%) Data Modelling
10 8 (6.84%) PRINCE
10 8 (6.84%) PRINCE2
10 8 (6.84%) RUP
10 8 (6.84%) SDLC
10 8 (6.84%) Service Management
10 8 (6.84%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 50 (42.74%) Java
2 27 (23.08%) C
3 16 (13.68%) Bash Shell
3 16 (13.68%) Shell Script
4 14 (11.97%) SQL
5 11 (9.40%) Assembly Language
6 8 (6.84%) JavaScript
7 7 (5.98%) C++
8 2 (1.71%) JCL
Qualifications
1 12 (10.26%) Security Cleared
2 8 (6.84%) PMI Certification
3 7 (5.98%) BPSS Clearance
3 7 (5.98%) SC Cleared
4 6 (5.13%) CESG Certified Professional
5 5 (4.27%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.27%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.71%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (1.71%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.85%) Time Sharing Option
Vendors
1 66 (56.41%) Oracle
2 42 (35.90%) Micro Focus
3 25 (21.37%) Red Hat
4 21 (17.95%) IBM
5 14 (11.97%) VMware
6 9 (7.69%) ICL
7 8 (6.84%) Chordiant
8 7 (5.98%) Fujitsu
9 5 (4.27%) Sun
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