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 27 June 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
27 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 91 123 127
Rank change year-on-year
+32 +4
Contract jobs citing COBOL 68 27 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.79% 0.74% 0.26%
As % of the Programming Languages category 5.21% 2.27% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 20 4
Median daily rate £420 £375 £319
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% +17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £349 £279
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £408 £376
UK excluding London median daily rate £381 £370 £301
% change year-on-year
+3.04% +23.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 - £29.25
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
1306 1190 907
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 34.40% 32.71% 29.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 870 767 526
Median daily rate £388 £363 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.89% +6.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £525 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 25 23
Median hourly rate £28.50 £37.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.97% +48.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.80 £18.68 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £57.25 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%

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 27 June 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 27 June 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 +22 60 £428 +14.06%
Merseyside -4 3 - -
Cheshire - 3 £325 -
Manchester -20 1 - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 84 (63.16%) Linux
2 70 (52.63%) Tuxedo
3 63 (47.37%) Oracle
4 59 (44.36%) Micro Focus
5 58 (43.61%) VME
6 48 (36.09%) C
7 47 (35.34%) Java
8 32 (24.06%) Middleware
8 32 (24.06%) Finance
9 31 (23.31%) Mainframe
10 28 (21.05%) Red Hat
11 27 (20.30%) Clustering
12 26 (19.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 26 (19.55%) Shell Script
12 26 (19.55%) Project Management
12 26 (19.55%) Bash Shell
12 26 (19.55%) Oracle Database
13 25 (18.80%) Agile Software Development
14 23 (17.29%) RDBMS
14 23 (17.29%) Relational Database
15 22 (16.54%) Waterfall
15 22 (16.54%) Migration
16 21 (15.79%) DB2
17 20 (15.04%) IBM
18 19 (14.29%) Subversion
19 17 (12.78%) Unix
20 16 (12.03%) JBoss
20 16 (12.03%) Security Cleared
21 15 (11.28%) BPSS Clearance
22 13 (9.77%) SQL

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 70 (52.63%) Tuxedo
2 16 (12.03%) JBoss
3 11 (8.27%) CICS
4 8 (6.02%) WebLogic
4 8 (6.02%) WebSphere
5 6 (4.51%) TPMS
6 4 (3.01%) Apache ServiceMix
Business Applications
1 4 (3.01%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.01%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (19.55%) Oracle Database
2 23 (17.29%) RDBMS
2 23 (17.29%) Relational Database
3 21 (15.79%) DB2
4 11 (8.27%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.75%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 19 (14.29%) Subversion
2 11 (8.27%) Eclipse
2 11 (8.27%) Visual Studio
3 8 (6.02%) ClearCase
4 1 (0.75%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 32 (24.06%) Finance
2 8 (6.02%) Banking
3 5 (3.76%) Retail
4 4 (3.01%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 56 (42.11%) Developer
2 32 (24.06%) Architect
3 14 (10.53%) COBOL Developer
4 11 (8.27%) Analyst
5 9 (6.77%) Delivery Manager
5 9 (6.77%) Middleware Developer
6 8 (6.02%) Solutions Architect
7 7 (5.26%) Test Assurance Manager
7 7 (5.26%) Test Manager
8 6 (4.51%) Oracle Architect
8 6 (4.51%) Senior Developer
9 5 (3.76%) C Developer
9 5 (3.76%) Designer
9 5 (3.76%) Network Architect
9 5 (3.76%) Technical Delivery Manager
9 5 (3.76%) Technical Manager
10 4 (3.01%) Administrator
10 4 (3.01%) Programmer
10 4 (3.01%) Technical Analyst
10 4 (3.01%) Technical Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (24.06%) Middleware
2 12 (9.02%) J2EE
3 8 (6.02%) EJB
3 8 (6.02%) Hibernate
3 8 (6.02%) JMS
3 8 (6.02%) JSP
3 8 (6.02%) Servlets
3 8 (6.02%) Struts
3 8 (6.02%) Web Services
3 8 (6.02%) WSDL
3 8 (6.02%) XML
3 8 (6.02%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 31 (23.31%) Mainframe
2 27 (20.30%) Clustering
3 12 (9.02%) IBM Mainframe
4 8 (6.02%) PMI
5 4 (3.01%) EMV
5 4 (3.01%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (3.01%) Tandem
6 3 (2.26%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.75%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.75%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.75%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.75%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 84 (63.16%) Linux
2 58 (43.61%) VME
3 26 (19.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 17 (12.78%) Unix
5 6 (4.51%) AIX
6 3 (2.26%) Oracle Linux
7 1 (0.75%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (19.55%) Project Management
2 25 (18.80%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (16.54%) Migration
3 22 (16.54%) Waterfall
4 12 (9.02%) Risk Management
5 11 (8.27%) Automated Testing
6 9 (6.77%) Agile Project Management
7 8 (6.02%) CMMI
7 8 (6.02%) Data Modelling
7 8 (6.02%) PRINCE
7 8 (6.02%) PRINCE2
7 8 (6.02%) RUP
7 8 (6.02%) SDLC
7 8 (6.02%) Service Management
7 8 (6.02%) Supplier Management
8 7 (5.26%) Matrix Organization
9 6 (4.51%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (4.51%) Re-Platforming
9 6 (4.51%) Test Management
10 5 (3.76%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 48 (36.09%) C
2 47 (35.34%) Java
3 26 (19.55%) Bash Shell
3 26 (19.55%) Shell Script
4 13 (9.77%) SQL
5 11 (8.27%) Assembly Language
6 8 (6.02%) JavaScript
7 6 (4.51%) C++
8 1 (0.75%) C#
8 1 (0.75%) JCL
Qualifications
1 16 (12.03%) Security Cleared
2 15 (11.28%) BPSS Clearance
3 9 (6.77%) SC Cleared
4 8 (6.02%) PMI Certification
5 5 (3.76%) Sun Certification
6 3 (2.26%) Degree
7 1 (0.75%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.50%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.75%) Data Quality
System Software
1 4 (3.01%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 63 (47.37%) Oracle
2 59 (44.36%) Micro Focus
3 28 (21.05%) Red Hat
4 20 (15.04%) IBM
5 12 (9.02%) Fujitsu
5 12 (9.02%) ICL
6 8 (6.02%) Chordiant
7 5 (3.76%) Sun
8 3 (2.26%) HP
9 1 (0.75%) Remedy
9 1 (0.75%) VMware