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 18 January 2017 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
18 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
COBOL
England / North West
Rank 116 121 125
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +4
Contract jobs citing COBOL 21 34 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.80% 0.87% 0.39%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.02% 2.43% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 29 8
Median daily rate £500 £450 £319
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +41.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £396 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £505 £479
UK excluding London median daily rate £402 £400 £330
% change year-on-year
+0.37% +21.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £39.50
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -34.17%

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
1038 1402 1056
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 39.45% 35.78% 34.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 722 899 697
Median daily rate £375 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 61 31
Median hourly rate £45.00 £30.00 £35.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -14.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.20 £14.00 £21.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.54 £41.32 £42.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £39.00 £35.18
% change year-on-year
+5.12% +10.87%

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 18 January 2017.

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 18 January 2017. 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 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 -6 16 £500 +7.99%
Manchester +10 3 £400 -
Cheshire +24 2 £275 -27.44%
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 January 2017, 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 16 (47.06%) VME
2 15 (44.12%) ICL
2 15 (44.12%) HP
3 14 (41.18%) StarTeam
3 14 (41.18%) Virtual Machines
4 13 (38.24%) Java
4 13 (38.24%) Software Engineering
5 12 (35.29%) TDD
6 10 (29.41%) Mainframe
7 8 (23.53%) Finance
7 8 (23.53%) Oracle
7 8 (23.53%) Linux
7 8 (23.53%) Tuxedo
8 7 (20.59%) C
8 7 (20.59%) Unix
8 7 (20.59%) Integration Testing
8 7 (20.59%) High Availability
9 6 (17.65%) Oracle Database
9 6 (17.65%) IBM Mainframe
9 6 (17.65%) Bash Shell
9 6 (17.65%) Relational Database
9 6 (17.65%) Continuous Delivery
9 6 (17.65%) Clustering
9 6 (17.65%) RDBMS
9 6 (17.65%) IBM
9 6 (17.65%) Shell Script
9 6 (17.65%) Micro Focus
9 6 (17.65%) SQL
10 5 (14.71%) ATM
10 5 (14.71%) Project Management

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 8 (23.53%) Tuxedo
2 3 (8.82%) CICS
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (2.94%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (2.94%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (14.71%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.94%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 5 (14.71%) ATM
2 1 (2.94%) Firewall
2 1 (2.94%) FTP
2 1 (2.94%) HTTP
2 1 (2.94%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (17.65%) Oracle Database
1 6 (17.65%) RDBMS
1 6 (17.65%) Relational Database
2 4 (11.76%) DB2
3 1 (2.94%) IDMS
3 1 (2.94%) MS Access
3 1 (2.94%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (41.18%) StarTeam
2 1 (2.94%) Fiddler
2 1 (2.94%) Firebug
2 1 (2.94%) JMeter
2 1 (2.94%) LoadRunner
2 1 (2.94%) The Grinder
2 1 (2.94%) Toad
2 1 (2.94%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (23.53%) Finance
2 2 (5.88%) Banking
2 2 (5.88%) Retail
Job Titles
1 23 (67.65%) Developer
2 7 (20.59%) Lead Developer
3 6 (17.65%) Senior Developer
4 5 (14.71%) Analyst
4 5 (14.71%) BASE24 Analyst
5 4 (11.76%) BASE24 Support
5 4 (11.76%) COBOL Developer
5 4 (11.76%) Support Analyst
5 4 (11.76%) Technical Analyst
5 4 (11.76%) Technical Support
5 4 (11.76%) Technical Support Analyst
6 2 (5.88%) Digital Developer
6 2 (5.88%) Senior COBOL Developer
7 1 (2.94%) C Developer
7 1 (2.94%) DB2 Developer
7 1 (2.94%) Linux Developer
7 1 (2.94%) Mainframe Consultant
7 1 (2.94%) Principal Engineer
7 1 (2.94%) Test Leader
7 1 (2.94%) Unix Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (14.71%) J2EE
2 2 (5.88%) Middleware
3 1 (2.94%) .NET
3 1 (2.94%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.94%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.94%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (2.94%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (29.41%) Mainframe
2 6 (17.65%) Clustering
2 6 (17.65%) IBM Mainframe
3 5 (14.71%) EMV
3 5 (14.71%) Management Information System
3 5 (14.71%) Tandem
4 2 (5.88%) VSAM
5 1 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.94%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (2.94%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 16 (47.06%) VME
2 8 (23.53%) Linux
3 7 (20.59%) Unix
4 1 (2.94%) AIX
4 1 (2.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (38.24%) Software Engineering
2 12 (35.29%) TDD
3 7 (20.59%) High Availability
3 7 (20.59%) Integration Testing
4 6 (17.65%) Continuous Delivery
5 5 (14.71%) Coaching
5 5 (14.71%) Project Management
5 5 (14.71%) Supplier Management
6 2 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (5.88%) Configuration Management
6 2 (5.88%) Migration
7 1 (2.94%) Asset Management
7 1 (2.94%) Change Control
7 1 (2.94%) Change Management
7 1 (2.94%) Continuous Integration
7 1 (2.94%) Data Migration
7 1 (2.94%) MVC
7 1 (2.94%) SOA
7 1 (2.94%) Test Scripting
7 1 (2.94%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 13 (38.24%) Java
2 7 (20.59%) C
3 6 (17.65%) Bash Shell
3 6 (17.65%) Shell Script
3 6 (17.65%) SQL
4 4 (11.76%) JCL
5 2 (5.88%) Assembly Language
6 1 (2.94%) C#
6 1 (2.94%) LINC
Qualifications
1 5 (14.71%) BPSS Clearance
1 5 (14.71%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.82%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 14 (41.18%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (2.94%) RACF
Systems Management
1 1 (2.94%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 15 (44.12%) HP
1 15 (44.12%) ICL
2 8 (23.53%) Oracle
3 6 (17.65%) IBM
3 6 (17.65%) Micro Focus
4 1 (2.94%) Capita
4 1 (2.94%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.94%) Unisys
4 1 (2.94%) VMware