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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 99 132 130
Rank change year-on-year
+33 -2
Contract jobs citing COBOL 52 28 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.51% 0.66% 0.38%
As % of the Programming Languages category 3.95% 2.05% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 14 3
Median daily rate £420 £443 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.08% +60.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £390 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £558 £285
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
- +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.27 - £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
1317 1366 1029
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 38.27% 32.07% 32.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 886 860 590
Median daily rate £375 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 44 29
Median hourly rate £25.00 £37.50 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.40 £21.85 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.90 £44.75 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +10.00%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 +40 39 £420 +5.00% 1
Manchester -3 9 £500 +5.26% 1
Merseyside +7 2 - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 63 (60.00%) Linux
2 45 (42.86%) Tuxedo
3 42 (40.00%) C
4 39 (37.14%) Java
5 36 (34.29%) VME
6 35 (33.33%) Oracle
6 35 (33.33%) Micro Focus
7 26 (24.76%) Clustering
8 24 (22.86%) Middleware
9 23 (21.90%) Oracle Database
10 22 (20.95%) Bash Shell
10 22 (20.95%) Shell Script
11 20 (19.05%) RDBMS
11 20 (19.05%) Relational Database
12 16 (15.24%) Unix
13 15 (14.29%) IBM
14 14 (13.33%) Finance
15 12 (11.43%) DB2
15 12 (11.43%) Migration
15 12 (11.43%) Mainframe
15 12 (11.43%) Security Cleared
16 10 (9.52%) BPSS Clearance
16 10 (9.52%) Project Management
17 9 (8.57%) ICL
18 8 (7.62%) SC Cleared
18 8 (7.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 8 (7.62%) JBoss
19 7 (6.67%) Subversion
19 7 (6.67%) Data Modelling
19 7 (6.67%) Visual Studio

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 45 (42.86%) Tuxedo
2 8 (7.62%) JBoss
3 4 (3.81%) Apache ServiceMix
4 3 (2.86%) CICS
5 2 (1.90%) TPMS
Business Applications
1 6 (5.71%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.71%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (21.90%) Oracle Database
2 20 (19.05%) RDBMS
2 20 (19.05%) Relational Database
3 12 (11.43%) DB2
4 1 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 7 (6.67%) Eclipse
1 7 (6.67%) Subversion
1 7 (6.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 14 (13.33%) Finance
2 4 (3.81%) Retail
3 2 (1.90%) Banking
Job Titles
1 57 (54.29%) Developer
2 25 (23.81%) Architect
3 13 (12.38%) Analyst
4 11 (10.48%) COBOL Developer
5 8 (7.62%) Middleware Developer
5 8 (7.62%) Solutions Architect
6 7 (6.67%) Senior Developer
7 6 (5.71%) Oracle Architect
8 5 (4.76%) C Developer
8 5 (4.76%) Network Architect
8 5 (4.76%) Support Analyst
8 5 (4.76%) Technical Analyst
8 5 (4.76%) Technical Support
8 5 (4.76%) Technical Support Analyst
9 4 (3.81%) Administrator
9 4 (3.81%) DBA
10 3 (2.86%) Business Developer
10 3 (2.86%) Data Architect
10 3 (2.86%) Programmer
10 3 (2.86%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (22.86%) Middleware
2 6 (5.71%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 26 (24.76%) Clustering
2 12 (11.43%) Mainframe
3 7 (6.67%) Enterprise Software
3 7 (6.67%) IBM Mainframe
4 6 (5.71%) EMV
4 6 (5.71%) Management Information System
4 6 (5.71%) Tandem
5 3 (2.86%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.95%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.95%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 63 (60.00%) Linux
2 36 (34.29%) VME
3 16 (15.24%) Unix
4 8 (7.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (4.76%) AIX
6 3 (2.86%) Oracle Linux
7 1 (0.95%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (11.43%) Migration
2 10 (9.52%) Project Management
3 7 (6.67%) Data Modelling
4 6 (5.71%) Coaching
4 6 (5.71%) Re-Platforming
4 6 (5.71%) Supplier Management
5 5 (4.76%) Configuration Management
5 5 (4.76%) Network Design
6 4 (3.81%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (3.81%) Financial Modelling
6 4 (3.81%) Open Source
6 4 (3.81%) SOA
7 3 (2.86%) ITSM
7 3 (2.86%) Logical Data Model
7 3 (2.86%) Physical Data Model
7 3 (2.86%) Test Scripting
7 3 (2.86%) TOGAF
7 3 (2.86%) Zachman Framework
8 2 (1.90%) Systems Analysis
9 1 (0.95%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 42 (40.00%) C
2 39 (37.14%) Java
3 22 (20.95%) Bash Shell
3 22 (20.95%) Shell Script
4 7 (6.67%) SQL
5 6 (5.71%) C++
6 3 (2.86%) LINC
7 2 (1.90%) Assembly Language
8 1 (0.95%) C#
8 1 (0.95%) JCL
Qualifications
1 12 (11.43%) Security Cleared
2 10 (9.52%) BPSS Clearance
3 8 (7.62%) SC Cleared
4 3 (2.86%) Degree
System Software
1 3 (2.86%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 35 (33.33%) Micro Focus
1 35 (33.33%) Oracle
2 15 (14.29%) IBM
3 9 (8.57%) ICL
4 7 (6.67%) Fujitsu
4 7 (6.67%) Red Hat
5 3 (2.86%) HP
5 3 (2.86%) Unisys
6 1 (0.95%) Remedy
6 1 (0.95%) VMware
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