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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 82 118 122
Rank change year-on-year
+36 +4
Contract jobs citing COBOL 76 35 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.08% 0.90% 0.33%
As % of the Programming Languages category 5.67% 3.03% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 26 3
Median daily rate £430 £394 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.06% +43.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £351 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £455 £285
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £375 £303
% change year-on-year
+10.66% +23.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 - £30.00
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
1341 1157 945
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 36.74% 29.91% 31.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 887 745 544
Median daily rate £375 £363 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £270 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 26 26
Median hourly rate £25.00 £37.50 £24.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% +54.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £19.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £57.75 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 +21 67 £428 +11.10%
Manchester -4 5 £500 +2.56% 2
Merseyside -1 2 - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 86 (62.77%) Linux
2 70 (51.09%) Tuxedo
3 60 (43.80%) C
4 59 (43.07%) Oracle
5 57 (41.61%) Micro Focus
6 53 (38.69%) VME
7 52 (37.96%) Java
8 34 (24.82%) Clustering
9 33 (24.09%) Middleware
10 31 (22.63%) Shell Script
10 31 (22.63%) Bash Shell
10 31 (22.63%) Oracle Database
11 28 (20.44%) Relational Database
11 28 (20.44%) RDBMS
12 22 (16.06%) Mainframe
12 22 (16.06%) Red Hat
12 22 (16.06%) Finance
12 22 (16.06%) Subversion
13 21 (15.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 21 (15.33%) DB2
14 20 (14.60%) Project Management
15 19 (13.87%) Unix
16 18 (13.14%) IBM
16 18 (13.14%) Security Cleared
16 18 (13.14%) Agile Software Development
16 18 (13.14%) Migration
17 16 (11.68%) ICL
17 16 (11.68%) JBoss
18 14 (10.22%) Eclipse
18 14 (10.22%) 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 70 (51.09%) Tuxedo
2 16 (11.68%) JBoss
3 11 (8.03%) CICS
4 8 (5.84%) WebLogic
4 8 (5.84%) WebSphere
5 7 (5.11%) TPMS
6 4 (2.92%) Apache ServiceMix
Business Applications
1 2 (1.46%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.46%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (22.63%) Oracle Database
2 28 (20.44%) RDBMS
2 28 (20.44%) Relational Database
3 21 (15.33%) DB2
4 4 (2.92%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.73%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 22 (16.06%) Subversion
2 14 (10.22%) Eclipse
2 14 (10.22%) Visual Studio
3 8 (5.84%) ClearCase
4 1 (0.73%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 22 (16.06%) Finance
2 5 (3.65%) Retail
3 4 (2.92%) Banking
Job Titles
1 72 (52.55%) Developer
2 31 (22.63%) Architect
3 14 (10.22%) COBOL Developer
4 11 (8.03%) Middleware Developer
5 10 (7.30%) Analyst
6 8 (5.84%) Solutions Architect
7 7 (5.11%) C Developer
7 7 (5.11%) Senior Developer
8 6 (4.38%) Oracle Architect
8 6 (4.38%) Programmer
9 5 (3.65%) Designer
9 5 (3.65%) Network Architect
10 4 (2.92%) Administrator
10 4 (2.92%) C Programmer
10 4 (2.92%) DBA
10 4 (2.92%) Oracle Developer
10 4 (2.92%) Systems Analyst
10 4 (2.92%) Technical Architect
11 3 (2.19%) Business Developer
11 3 (2.19%) Data Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (24.09%) Middleware
2 10 (7.30%) J2EE
3 8 (5.84%) EJB
3 8 (5.84%) Hibernate
3 8 (5.84%) JMS
3 8 (5.84%) JSP
3 8 (5.84%) Servlets
3 8 (5.84%) Struts
3 8 (5.84%) Web Services
3 8 (5.84%) WSDL
3 8 (5.84%) XML
3 8 (5.84%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 34 (24.82%) Clustering
2 22 (16.06%) Mainframe
3 10 (7.30%) IBM Mainframe
4 8 (5.84%) PMI
5 7 (5.11%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (2.19%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.19%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.46%) EMV
7 2 (1.46%) Tandem
8 1 (0.73%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (0.73%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 86 (62.77%) Linux
2 53 (38.69%) VME
3 21 (15.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 19 (13.87%) Unix
5 9 (6.57%) AIX
6 3 (2.19%) Oracle Linux
7 1 (0.73%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (14.60%) Project Management
2 18 (13.14%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (13.14%) Migration
3 13 (9.49%) Waterfall
4 8 (5.84%) Agile Project Management
4 8 (5.84%) Automated Testing
4 8 (5.84%) CMMI
4 8 (5.84%) PRINCE
4 8 (5.84%) PRINCE2
4 8 (5.84%) RUP
4 8 (5.84%) SDLC
4 8 (5.84%) Service Management
5 7 (5.11%) Data Modelling
6 6 (4.38%) Continuous Integration
6 6 (4.38%) Re-Platforming
7 5 (3.65%) BDD
7 5 (3.65%) Configuration Management
7 5 (3.65%) Network Design
7 5 (3.65%) Risk Management
7 5 (3.65%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 60 (43.80%) C
2 52 (37.96%) Java
3 31 (22.63%) Bash Shell
3 31 (22.63%) Shell Script
4 11 (8.03%) Assembly Language
4 11 (8.03%) SQL
5 8 (5.84%) JavaScript
6 6 (4.38%) C++
7 3 (2.19%) LINC
8 1 (0.73%) C#
8 1 (0.73%) JCL
Qualifications
1 18 (13.14%) Security Cleared
2 14 (10.22%) BPSS Clearance
3 11 (8.03%) SC Cleared
4 8 (5.84%) PMI Certification
5 5 (3.65%) Sun Certification
6 3 (2.19%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.73%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 4 (2.92%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 59 (43.07%) Oracle
2 57 (41.61%) Micro Focus
3 22 (16.06%) Red Hat
4 18 (13.14%) IBM
5 16 (11.68%) ICL
6 9 (6.57%) Fujitsu
7 8 (5.84%) Chordiant
8 5 (3.65%) Sun
9 3 (2.19%) HP
9 3 (2.19%) Unisys
10 1 (0.73%) Remedy
10 1 (0.73%) VMware