The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Programming Languages category for the North West region.

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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 122 125 97
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -28
Contract jobs citing COBOL 10 3 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.33% 0.11% 1.20%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.06% 0.35% 3.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 24
Average daily rate
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£275 - £275
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 - £232
10% offered a daily rate of more than £285 - £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £325 £292
% change year-on-year
-6.15% +11.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £14.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+114.28% -51.72%
Programming Languages Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
947 867 1255
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 31.03% 32.53% 38.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 547 460 677
Average daily rate £338 £308 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.66% -0.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £226 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 25 73
Average hourly rate £23.50 £37.50 £25.73
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.33% +45.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £15.64 £14.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.23 £39.78
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
COBOL
England

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
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 24 July 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +4 8 £281 - 1
Cheshire - - - - 1
Lancashire - - - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 8 (57.14%) IBM
2 6 (42.86%) Mainframe
2 6 (42.86%) CICS
3 5 (35.71%) Assembly Language
4 4 (28.57%) DB2
5 3 (21.43%) SQL
5 3 (21.43%) Finance
5 3 (21.43%) HP
5 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (21.43%) VSAM
6 2 (14.29%) Oracle Database
6 2 (14.29%) IBM Mainframe
6 2 (14.29%) Time Management
6 2 (14.29%) Systems Analysis
6 2 (14.29%) Banking
6 2 (14.29%) DataStage
6 2 (14.29%) JCL
6 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (14.29%) Oracle
6 2 (14.29%) CA
6 2 (14.29%) ITIL
6 2 (14.29%) AIX
6 2 (14.29%) Solaris
6 2 (14.29%) Linux
7 1 (7.14%) Adabas
7 1 (7.14%) ATM
7 1 (7.14%) OS/400
7 1 (7.14%) FTP
7 1 (7.14%) HTTP
7 1 (7.14%) TCP/IP

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 6 (42.86%) CICS
Business Applications
1 1 (7.14%) BASE24
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.14%) ATM
1 1 (7.14%) FTP
1 1 (7.14%) HTTP
1 1 (7.14%) TCP/IP
1 1 (7.14%) APPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (28.57%) DB2
2 2 (14.29%) Oracle Database
2 2 (14.29%) DataStage
3 1 (7.14%) Adabas
General
1 3 (21.43%) Finance
2 2 (14.29%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (42.86%) Analyst
2 5 (35.71%) Systems Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) Developer
4 2 (14.29%) Technical Design Manager
4 2 (14.29%) Technical Manager
4 2 (14.29%) Programmer
5 1 (7.14%) Analyst Programmer
5 1 (7.14%) Business Systems Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Business Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Mainframe Developer
5 1 (7.14%) Mainframe Programmer
5 1 (7.14%) DB2 Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.14%) APPC
Miscellaneous
1 6 (42.86%) Mainframe
2 3 (21.43%) VSAM
3 2 (14.29%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (7.14%) EMV
4 1 (7.14%) AS400
4 1 (7.14%) Tandem
4 1 (7.14%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 2 (14.29%) AIX
1 2 (14.29%) Solaris
1 2 (14.29%) Linux
2 1 (7.14%) OS/400
2 1 (7.14%) i5/OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (14.29%) Time Management
2 2 (14.29%) Systems Analysis
2 2 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
2 2 (14.29%) ITIL
3 1 (7.14%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 5 (35.71%) Assembly Language
2 3 (21.43%) SQL
3 2 (14.29%) JCL
4 1 (7.14%) C
4 1 (7.14%) RPG
4 1 (7.14%) NATURAL
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) Tivoli NetView
Vendors
1 8 (57.14%) IBM
2 3 (21.43%) HP
3 2 (14.29%) Oracle
3 2 (14.29%) CA
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