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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 135 123 131
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +8
Contract jobs citing COBOL 27 12 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.62% 0.39% 0.21%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.89% 1.18% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 3 1
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£443 £275 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+60.90% -38.88%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £32.50 -
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
1429 1020 988
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 32.60% 32.88% 33.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 906 586 532
Average daily rate £380 £325 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.92% +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 27 28
Average hourly rate £37.50 £30.00 £33.28
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -9.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.50 £12.86 £21.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £58.90 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.89 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+11.10% +2.94%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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
Manchester -16 12 £470 +67.11%
Lancashire -4 7 £409 - 9
Merseyside -7 4 - - 1
Cheshire - 4 - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 (48.15%) Mainframe
2 23 (42.59%) VME
3 18 (33.33%) QA
3 18 (33.33%) Relational Database
3 18 (33.33%) RDBMS
3 18 (33.33%) Migration
4 17 (31.48%) Finance
4 17 (31.48%) Data Conversion
5 16 (29.63%) Automated Testing
6 14 (25.93%) JCL
6 14 (25.93%) CICS
7 13 (24.07%) VSAM
8 11 (20.37%) IBM
8 11 (20.37%) CA
9 9 (16.67%) UNIX
9 9 (16.67%) ITIL
9 9 (16.67%) Integration Testing
9 9 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
10 8 (14.81%) Middleware
11 7 (12.96%) Micro Focus
11 7 (12.96%) DB2
11 7 (12.96%) Test Strategy
11 7 (12.96%) Test Scripting
12 6 (11.11%) AIX
12 6 (11.11%) Linux
12 6 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
13 5 (9.26%) Supplier Management
13 5 (9.26%) Data Modelling
13 5 (9.26%) Solaris
13 5 (9.26%) REXX

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 14 (25.93%) CICS
2 4 (7.41%) StreamWeaver
3 2 (3.70%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 2 (3.70%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.85%) Oracle Retail
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (33.33%) RDBMS
1 18 (33.33%) Relational Database
2 7 (12.96%) DB2
3 5 (9.26%) DataStage
4 1 (1.85%) Easytrieve
4 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.85%) SQL Server
General
1 17 (31.48%) Finance
2 4 (7.41%) Banking
3 2 (3.70%) Retail
4 1 (1.85%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 16 (29.63%) Test Manager
2 8 (14.81%) Analyst
2 8 (14.81%) Technical Design Leader
3 7 (12.96%) Architect
4 6 (11.11%) Developer
4 6 (11.11%) Delivery Manager
5 5 (9.26%) Analyst Developer
6 3 (5.56%) Infrastructure Architect
6 3 (5.56%) Tester
6 3 (5.56%) Mainframe Architect
7 2 (3.70%) Technical Analyst
7 2 (3.70%) Programme Manager
7 2 (3.70%) Programmer
8 1 (1.85%) Software Tester
8 1 (1.85%) Technical Manager
8 1 (1.85%) Enterprise Architect
8 1 (1.85%) Senior Programme Manager
8 1 (1.85%) Business Analyst
8 1 (1.85%) Systems Analyst
8 1 (1.85%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (14.81%) Middleware
2 1 (1.85%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 26 (48.15%) Mainframe
2 17 (31.48%) Data Conversion
3 13 (24.07%) VSAM
4 5 (9.26%) BYOD
5 4 (7.41%) Data Centre
5 4 (7.41%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (1.85%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 23 (42.59%) VME
2 9 (16.67%) UNIX
3 6 (11.11%) AIX
3 6 (11.11%) Linux
4 5 (9.26%) Solaris
5 1 (1.85%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (33.33%) Migration
2 16 (29.63%) Automated Testing
3 9 (16.67%) Integration Testing
3 9 (16.67%) ITIL
3 9 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
4 7 (12.96%) Test Strategy
4 7 (12.96%) Test Scripting
5 6 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (9.26%) Supplier Management
6 5 (9.26%) Data Modelling
7 3 (5.56%) Configuration Management
7 3 (5.56%) Project Management
7 3 (5.56%) Automation Testing
8 2 (3.70%) Agile Project Management
8 2 (3.70%) User Stories
8 2 (3.70%) Test Automation
8 2 (3.70%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (3.70%) Programme Management
8 2 (3.70%) Risk Analysis
9 1 (1.85%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 14 (25.93%) JCL
2 5 (9.26%) REXX
3 3 (5.56%) Assembly Language
4 1 (1.85%) Caml Language
4 1 (1.85%) Bash Shell
4 1 (1.85%) Shell Script
4 1 (1.85%) C
4 1 (1.85%) Java
4 1 (1.85%) VB
Qualifications
1 4 (7.41%) Security Cleared
2 1 (1.85%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (33.33%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.85%) Time Sharing Option
Vendors
1 11 (20.37%) IBM
1 11 (20.37%) CA
2 7 (12.96%) Micro Focus
3 3 (5.56%) Microsoft
3 3 (5.56%) Oracle
4 1 (1.85%) Actimize