The table below looks at the statistics 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 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 98 116 104
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -12
Contract jobs citing COBOL 19 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.76% 0.039% 0.19%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.53% 0.13% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 0 1
Average daily rate
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£150 - £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.58% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £32.50 -
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 West Midlands region.

Programming Languages Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
752 776 688
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 30.24% 30.65% 33.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 438 442 413
Average daily rate £350 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £235 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 23 14
Average hourly rate £23.75 £21.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.46% -28.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.00 £13.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.92 £74.30 £40.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +2.94%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing COBOL across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

COBOL Daily Rate Histogram 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 August 2015. 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
Shropshire -5 4 - -
Birmingham - 2 £325 -
Coventry - 2 £413 -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 31 (77.50%) Micro Focus
2 29 (72.50%) Oracle
3 24 (60.00%) Visual Studio
4 18 (45.00%) Oracle Database
5 16 (40.00%) SQL
6 15 (37.50%) C#
7 14 (35.00%) Web Services
7 14 (35.00%) XML
7 14 (35.00%) Linux
7 14 (35.00%) Eclipse
7 14 (35.00%) Dreamweaver
7 14 (35.00%) SUSE
8 12 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
9 11 (27.50%) PL/SQL
10 9 (22.50%) UNIX
11 7 (17.50%) Finance
12 4 (10.00%) Silverlight
12 4 (10.00%) JavaScript
12 4 (10.00%) Perl
12 4 (10.00%) Informatica
12 4 (10.00%) Shell Script
12 4 (10.00%) Data Modelling
13 3 (7.50%) Java
13 3 (7.50%) Billing
14 2 (5.00%) Integration Testing
14 2 (5.00%) .NET
15 1 (2.50%) CICS
15 1 (2.50%) Oracle Database 11g
15 1 (2.50%) Performance Tuning
15 1 (2.50%) Logistics

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 1 (2.50%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (45.00%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.50%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 24 (60.00%) Visual Studio
2 14 (35.00%) Eclipse
2 14 (35.00%) Dreamweaver
General
1 7 (17.50%) Finance
2 3 (7.50%) Billing
3 1 (2.50%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 40 (100.00%) Developer
2 37 (92.50%) COBOL Developer
3 6 (15.00%) Oracle Developer
4 5 (12.50%) PL/SQL Developer
5 1 (2.50%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (35.00%) Web Services
1 14 (35.00%) XML
2 4 (10.00%) Silverlight
3 2 (5.00%) .NET
Operating Systems
1 14 (35.00%) Linux
1 14 (35.00%) SUSE
2 9 (22.50%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (10.00%) Data Modelling
3 2 (5.00%) Integration Testing
4 1 (2.50%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (2.50%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 16 (40.00%) SQL
2 15 (37.50%) C#
3 11 (27.50%) PL/SQL
4 4 (10.00%) Shell Script
4 4 (10.00%) JavaScript
4 4 (10.00%) Perl
5 3 (7.50%) Java
Vendors
1 31 (77.50%) Micro Focus
2 29 (72.50%) Oracle
3 4 (10.00%) Informatica