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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 131 116 127
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +11
Contract jobs citing COBOL 4 1 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.13% 0.041% 0.29%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.39% 0.13% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 2
Average daily rate £313 - £419
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 - £374
10% offered a daily rate of more than £376 - £464
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-20.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £27.73 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.56%
Programming Languages Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
1017 781 1004
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 32.13% 32.39% 32.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 579 384 560
Average daily rate £330 £323 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.32% -0.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £438 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 40 55
Average hourly rate £36.15 £24.25 £23.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+49.05% +4.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.24 £12.02 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £140.00 £112.50 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+4.28% +2.94%
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 17 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
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Job
Vacancies
Lancashire - 2 £275 -
Cheshire - - - - 1
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 2 (28.57%) SQL
1 2 (28.57%) Oracle
1 2 (28.57%) DB2
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
1 2 (28.57%) UNIX
1 2 (28.57%) HP
1 2 (28.57%) Degree
1 2 (28.57%) Oracle Database
2 1 (14.29%) RPG
2 1 (14.29%) Mathematics
2 1 (14.29%) PCI DSS
2 1 (14.29%) iSeries
2 1 (14.29%) TestDirector
2 1 (14.29%) EMV
2 1 (14.29%) Internet
2 1 (14.29%) Shell Script
2 1 (14.29%) JCL
2 1 (14.29%) Micro Focus
2 1 (14.29%) Project Management
2 1 (14.29%) Mainframe
2 1 (14.29%) AIX
2 1 (14.29%) UML
2 1 (14.29%) OO
2 1 (14.29%) ATM
2 1 (14.29%) OS/400
2 1 (14.29%) IBM
2 1 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 1 (14.29%) BASE24
2 1 (14.29%) Tandem
2 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 1 (14.29%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (14.29%) MS Project
1 1 (14.29%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (14.29%) BASE24
Communications & Networking
1 1 (14.29%) ATM
1 1 (14.29%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (28.57%) DB2
1 2 (28.57%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) TestDirector
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
2 1 (14.29%) Retail
2 1 (14.29%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Developer
2 1 (14.29%) Solutions Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Applications Support
2 1 (14.29%) Business Architect
2 1 (14.29%) COBOL Developer
2 1 (14.29%) DB2 Developer
2 1 (14.29%) Business Solution Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Architect
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) EMV
1 1 (14.29%) Mainframe
1 1 (14.29%) AS400
1 1 (14.29%) Tandem
1 1 (14.29%) VSAM
1 1 (14.29%) Mathematics
1 1 (14.29%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 2 (28.57%) UNIX
2 1 (14.29%) AIX
2 1 (14.29%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (14.29%) UML
1 1 (14.29%) OO
1 1 (14.29%) Project Management
1 1 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (14.29%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 2 (28.57%) SQL
2 1 (14.29%) Shell Script
2 1 (14.29%) JCL
2 1 (14.29%) RPG
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 2 (28.57%) Oracle
1 2 (28.57%) HP
2 1 (14.29%) Micro Focus
2 1 (14.29%) IBM
2 1 (14.29%) Microsoft
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