The first table below looks at the demand for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 28 July 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 West Midlands 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
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank - 101 98
Contract jobs citing COBOL 0 6 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands - 0.30% 0.36%
As % of the Programming Languages category - 0.94% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 1
Average daily rate
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- £325 £301
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.15%
UK excluding London average daily rate £303 £325 £291
% change year-on-year
-6.84% +11.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £14.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+132.14% -51.72%
Programming Languages Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
726 638 742
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 29.84% 32.34% 32.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 427 338 394
Average daily rate £325 £313 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -2.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £224 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 17 26
Average hourly rate £27.50 £30.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.95 £15.00 £14.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.10 £37.64 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
COBOL
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COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing COBOL across the West Midlands region.

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the West Midlands region.

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 July 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
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statistics and historical trends)
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
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham - - - -
Coventry - - - -
Solihull - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
COBOL
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COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 8 (100.00%) SQL
1 8 (100.00%) Oracle
2 5 (62.50%) PL/SQL
3 3 (37.50%) ICL
3 3 (37.50%) Migration
3 3 (37.50%) Test Scripting
3 3 (37.50%) Waterfall
3 3 (37.50%) Oracle Database
3 3 (37.50%) UNIX
4 2 (25.00%) Windows
4 2 (25.00%) WebLogic
4 2 (25.00%) XML
4 2 (25.00%) Java
4 2 (25.00%) ISEB
4 2 (25.00%) Problem Management
4 2 (25.00%) Software Testing
4 2 (25.00%) System Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Finance
5 1 (12.50%) Pay per click
5 1 (12.50%) ISTQB
5 1 (12.50%) Integration Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (12.50%) VME
5 1 (12.50%) QuickTest Pro
5 1 (12.50%) Tivoli
5 1 (12.50%) Shell Script
5 1 (12.50%) webMethods
5 1 (12.50%) Linux
5 1 (12.50%) Toad

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 2 (25.00%) WebLogic
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (37.50%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (12.50%) Toad
1 1 (12.50%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 1 (12.50%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (75.00%) Analyst
2 4 (50.00%) Test Analyst
3 3 (37.50%) Systems Analyst
4 2 (25.00%) COBOL Developer
4 2 (25.00%) Business Systems Analyst
4 2 (25.00%) Business Analyst
4 2 (25.00%) Developer
5 1 (12.50%) Systems Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (25.00%) XML
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) UNIX
2 2 (25.00%) Windows
3 1 (12.50%) Linux
3 1 (12.50%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (37.50%) Migration
1 3 (37.50%) Test Scripting
1 3 (37.50%) Waterfall
2 2 (25.00%) System Testing
2 2 (25.00%) Problem Management
2 2 (25.00%) Software Testing
3 1 (12.50%) Pay per click
3 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (12.50%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (100.00%) SQL
2 5 (62.50%) PL/SQL
3 2 (25.00%) Java
4 1 (12.50%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) ISEB
2 1 (12.50%) ISTQB
2 1 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Systems Management
1 1 (12.50%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 8 (100.00%) Oracle
2 3 (37.50%) ICL
3 1 (12.50%) webMethods