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 September 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 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 126 142 134
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -8
Contract jobs citing COBOL 29 26 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.82% 0.58% 0.32%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.19% 1.87% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 14 4
Median daily rate £420 £443 £444
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.08% -0.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £378 £279
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £558 £593
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £375 £438
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £26.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+35.84% -24.28%
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
1326 1387 1092
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 37.31% 30.85% 34.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 901 878 660
Median daily rate £375 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 50 29
Median hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +10.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.90 £19.20 £13.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £39.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+5.12% +11.42%

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 September 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 September 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 +27 18 £400 -2.14%
Manchester -12 10 £500 +6.38%
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 September 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 59 (62.77%) Linux
2 41 (43.62%) Tuxedo
3 38 (40.43%) C
4 35 (37.23%) VME
5 32 (34.04%) Oracle
6 31 (32.98%) Micro Focus
7 30 (31.91%) Java
8 24 (25.53%) Middleware
9 22 (23.40%) Clustering
10 20 (21.28%) Oracle Database
11 18 (19.15%) Bash Shell
11 18 (19.15%) Shell Script
12 17 (18.09%) RDBMS
12 17 (18.09%) Unix
12 17 (18.09%) Relational Database
13 14 (14.89%) Finance
14 13 (13.83%) Mainframe
15 12 (12.77%) Security Cleared
16 11 (11.70%) Migration
16 11 (11.70%) IBM
17 10 (10.64%) Project Management
17 10 (10.64%) BPSS Clearance
18 9 (9.57%) ICL
19 8 (8.51%) IBM Mainframe
19 8 (8.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
19 8 (8.51%) JBoss
19 8 (8.51%) SQL
19 8 (8.51%) SC Cleared
20 7 (7.45%) Visual Studio
20 7 (7.45%) Data Modelling

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 41 (43.62%) Tuxedo
2 8 (8.51%) JBoss
3 4 (4.26%) Apache ServiceMix
3 4 (4.26%) CICS
4 2 (2.13%) TPMS
5 1 (1.06%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.06%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (6.38%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.06%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.38%) ATM
2 1 (1.06%) Firewall
2 1 (1.06%) FTP
2 1 (1.06%) HTTP
2 1 (1.06%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (21.28%) Oracle Database
2 17 (18.09%) RDBMS
2 17 (18.09%) Relational Database
3 6 (6.38%) DB2
4 1 (1.06%) MS Access
4 1 (1.06%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 7 (7.45%) Eclipse
1 7 (7.45%) Subversion
1 7 (7.45%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.06%) Fiddler
2 1 (1.06%) Firebug
2 1 (1.06%) JMeter
2 1 (1.06%) LoadRunner
2 1 (1.06%) The Grinder
2 1 (1.06%) Toad
General
1 14 (14.89%) Finance
2 4 (4.26%) Retail
3 2 (2.13%) Banking
Job Titles
1 52 (55.32%) Developer
2 25 (26.60%) Architect
3 12 (12.77%) Analyst
4 11 (11.70%) COBOL Developer
5 8 (8.51%) Middleware Developer
5 8 (8.51%) Solutions Architect
6 7 (7.45%) Senior Developer
7 6 (6.38%) Oracle Architect
8 5 (5.32%) C Developer
8 5 (5.32%) Network Architect
8 5 (5.32%) Support Analyst
8 5 (5.32%) Technical Analyst
8 5 (5.32%) Technical Support
8 5 (5.32%) Technical Support Analyst
9 3 (3.19%) Agile Developer
9 3 (3.19%) Business Developer
9 3 (3.19%) COBOL Analyst
9 3 (3.19%) Data Architect
9 3 (3.19%) Oracle Developer
9 3 (3.19%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (25.53%) Middleware
2 6 (6.38%) J2EE
3 1 (1.06%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 22 (23.40%) Clustering
2 13 (13.83%) Mainframe
3 8 (8.51%) IBM Mainframe
4 7 (7.45%) Enterprise Software
5 6 (6.38%) EMV
5 6 (6.38%) Management Information System
5 6 (6.38%) Tandem
6 3 (3.19%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.06%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.06%) Private Cloud
7 1 (1.06%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 59 (62.77%) Linux
2 35 (37.23%) VME
3 17 (18.09%) Unix
4 8 (8.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (5.32%) AIX
6 3 (3.19%) Oracle Linux
7 1 (1.06%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (11.70%) Migration
2 10 (10.64%) Project Management
3 7 (7.45%) Data Modelling
4 6 (6.38%) Coaching
4 6 (6.38%) Re-Platforming
4 6 (6.38%) Supplier Management
5 5 (5.32%) Configuration Management
5 5 (5.32%) Network Design
6 4 (4.26%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (4.26%) Financial Modelling
6 4 (4.26%) Open Source
6 4 (4.26%) SOA
6 4 (4.26%) Test Scripting
7 3 (3.19%) ITSM
7 3 (3.19%) Logical Data Model
7 3 (3.19%) Physical Data Model
7 3 (3.19%) TOGAF
7 3 (3.19%) Zachman Framework
8 1 (1.06%) Change Management
8 1 (1.06%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 38 (40.43%) C
2 30 (31.91%) Java
3 18 (19.15%) Bash Shell
3 18 (19.15%) Shell Script
4 8 (8.51%) SQL
5 3 (3.19%) JCL
5 3 (3.19%) LINC
6 1 (1.06%) Assembly Language
6 1 (1.06%) C#
Qualifications
1 12 (12.77%) Security Cleared
2 10 (10.64%) BPSS Clearance
3 8 (8.51%) SC Cleared
4 3 (3.19%) Degree
System Software
1 3 (3.19%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 1 (1.06%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 32 (34.04%) Oracle
2 31 (32.98%) Micro Focus
3 11 (11.70%) IBM
4 9 (9.57%) ICL
5 7 (7.45%) Red Hat
6 6 (6.38%) Fujitsu
7 4 (4.26%) HP
8 3 (3.19%) Unisys
9 1 (1.06%) Remedy
9 1 (1.06%) VMware