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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 132 122 133
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +11
Contract jobs citing COBOL 26 10 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.68% 0.33% 0.11%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.28% 1.03% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 3 0
Average daily rate
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£400 £275 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.45% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £328 £325
% change year-on-year
+14.50% +0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £32.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +132.14%
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
1142 967 879
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 29.83% 32.20% 32.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 728 550 467
Average daily rate £363 £340 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.61% +11.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.42% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 28 23
Average hourly rate £37.50 £28.75 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.43% -4.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.05 £12.50 £13.61
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.63 £51.25 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+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 31 July 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 31 July 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
Lancashire - 11 £389 - 1
Manchester -7 9 £494 +75.55% 2
Merseyside -8 4 - -
Cheshire - 1 - - 1
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 26 (50.00%) Mainframe
2 23 (44.23%) VME
3 22 (42.31%) QA
4 18 (34.62%) Migration
5 17 (32.69%) RDBMS
5 17 (32.69%) Data Conversion
5 17 (32.69%) Relational Database
6 16 (30.77%) Automated Testing
7 15 (28.85%) Finance
7 15 (28.85%) CICS
8 14 (26.92%) JCL
9 13 (25.00%) IBM
9 13 (25.00%) DB2
10 9 (17.31%) VSAM
10 9 (17.31%) Continuous Integration
10 9 (17.31%) Integration Testing
11 8 (15.38%) IBM Mainframe
11 8 (15.38%) Banking
11 8 (15.38%) UNIX
11 8 (15.38%) CA
12 7 (13.46%) REXX
12 7 (13.46%) Assembly Language
12 7 (13.46%) Test Scripting
12 7 (13.46%) Test Strategy
13 6 (11.54%) ISPF
13 6 (11.54%) Middleware
13 6 (11.54%) zOS
13 6 (11.54%) Micro Focus
14 5 (9.62%) Agile Software Development
14 5 (9.62%) Supplier Management

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 15 (28.85%) CICS
2 5 (9.62%) MQSeries
3 1 (1.92%) Tuxedo
3 1 (1.92%) StreamWeaver
Applications
1 1 (1.92%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.92%) Oracle Retail
Communications & Networking
1 5 (9.62%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (32.69%) RDBMS
1 17 (32.69%) Relational Database
2 13 (25.00%) DB2
3 3 (5.77%) DataStage
4 1 (1.92%) Easytrieve
4 1 (1.92%) SQL Server
General
1 15 (28.85%) Finance
2 8 (15.38%) Banking
3 3 (5.77%) Retail
4 1 (1.92%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 16 (30.77%) Test Manager
2 6 (11.54%) Architect
2 6 (11.54%) Analyst
2 6 (11.54%) Programmer
2 6 (11.54%) Delivery Manager
3 5 (9.62%) Technical Design Leader
4 4 (7.69%) Developer
5 3 (5.77%) Infrastructure Architect
5 3 (5.77%) Tester
5 3 (5.77%) Mainframe Programmer
6 2 (3.85%) Mainframe Architect
6 2 (3.85%) Technical Analyst
6 2 (3.85%) Analyst Developer
6 2 (3.85%) Programme Manager
7 1 (1.92%) Project Manager
7 1 (1.92%) Business Analyst
7 1 (1.92%) Systems Analyst
7 1 (1.92%) Technical Architect
7 1 (1.92%) Solutions Architect
7 1 (1.92%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.54%) Middleware
1 6 (11.54%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 26 (50.00%) Mainframe
2 17 (32.69%) Data Conversion
3 9 (17.31%) VSAM
4 8 (15.38%) IBM Mainframe
5 5 (9.62%) Computer Science
6 3 (5.77%) BYOD
7 2 (3.85%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 23 (44.23%) VME
2 8 (15.38%) UNIX
3 6 (11.54%) zOS
4 4 (7.69%) AIX
5 3 (5.77%) Solaris
5 3 (5.77%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (34.62%) Migration
2 16 (30.77%) Automated Testing
3 9 (17.31%) Integration Testing
3 9 (17.31%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (13.46%) Test Strategy
4 7 (13.46%) Test Scripting
5 5 (9.62%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (9.62%) Supplier Management
5 5 (9.62%) ITIL
5 5 (9.62%) Data Modelling
6 3 (5.77%) Configuration Management
6 3 (5.77%) Project Management
6 3 (5.77%) Automation Testing
7 2 (3.85%) Agile Project Management
7 2 (3.85%) User Stories
7 2 (3.85%) Test Automation
7 2 (3.85%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (3.85%) Programme Management
7 2 (3.85%) Risk Analysis
8 1 (1.92%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 14 (26.92%) JCL
2 7 (13.46%) Assembly Language
2 7 (13.46%) REXX
3 5 (9.62%) CLIST
4 1 (1.92%) VB
4 1 (1.92%) Caml Language
Qualifications
1 5 (9.62%) Degree
2 4 (7.69%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.92%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (42.31%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.92%) Time Sharing Option
Vendors
1 13 (25.00%) IBM
2 8 (15.38%) CA
3 6 (11.54%) Micro Focus
4 2 (3.85%) Actimize
4 2 (3.85%) Microsoft
4 2 (3.85%) Oracle
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