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 26 May 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 106 108 94
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -14
Contract jobs citing COBOL 16 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.63% 0.22% 0.25%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.04% 0.72% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 3 4
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£300 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.69%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+20.96% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £14.00
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 West Midlands region.

Programming Languages Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
784 699 500
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 31.05% 30.26% 30.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 487 419 248
Average daily rate £325 £320 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £221 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 22 21
Average hourly rate £26.50 £32.00 £36.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.18% -11.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.55 £22.80 £20.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £36.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +2.85%

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 26 May 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 26 May 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
Coventry - 3 £270 - 3
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 14 (70.00%) Micro Focus
2 11 (55.00%) SQL
3 9 (45.00%) Visual Studio
4 8 (40.00%) Oracle
5 7 (35.00%) Finance
6 6 (30.00%) PL/SQL
7 5 (25.00%) Oracle Database
8 3 (15.00%) Billing
8 3 (15.00%) .NET
8 3 (15.00%) UNIX
9 2 (10.00%) JavaScript
9 2 (10.00%) DB2
9 2 (10.00%) CICS
9 2 (10.00%) XML
9 2 (10.00%) Silverlight
9 2 (10.00%) Integration Testing
10 1 (5.00%) IBM Mainframe
10 1 (5.00%) BPMN
10 1 (5.00%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (5.00%) WebSphere
10 1 (5.00%) XSLT
10 1 (5.00%) Zachman Framework
10 1 (5.00%) TOGAF
10 1 (5.00%) Retail
10 1 (5.00%) SDLC
10 1 (5.00%) zOS
10 1 (5.00%) Internet
10 1 (5.00%) Tivoli
10 1 (5.00%) HACMP
10 1 (5.00%) RACF

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 2 (10.00%) CICS
2 1 (5.00%) WebSphere
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.00%) TCP/IP
1 1 (5.00%) SSL
1 1 (5.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (25.00%) Oracle Database
2 2 (10.00%) DB2
3 1 (5.00%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (5.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (45.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle Forms
General
1 7 (35.00%) Finance
2 3 (15.00%) Billing
3 1 (5.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 17 (85.00%) Developer
2 15 (75.00%) COBOL Developer
3 4 (20.00%) Oracle Developer
4 1 (5.00%) SQL Developer
4 1 (5.00%) PL/SQL Developer
4 1 (5.00%) Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Trainer
4 1 (5.00%) Consultant
4 1 (5.00%) Solutions Architect
4 1 (5.00%) Technical Consultant
4 1 (5.00%) Mainframe Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.00%) .NET
2 2 (10.00%) XML
2 2 (10.00%) Silverlight
3 1 (5.00%) HTML
3 1 (5.00%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.00%) Client/Server
1 1 (5.00%) HACMP
1 1 (5.00%) Mainframe
1 1 (5.00%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 3 (15.00%) UNIX
2 1 (5.00%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (10.00%) Integration Testing
2 1 (5.00%) BPMN
2 1 (5.00%) SDLC
2 1 (5.00%) UML
2 1 (5.00%) RAD
2 1 (5.00%) RUP
2 1 (5.00%) DSDM
2 1 (5.00%) Service Delivery
2 1 (5.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 1 (5.00%) Zachman Framework
2 1 (5.00%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 11 (55.00%) SQL
2 6 (30.00%) PL/SQL
3 2 (10.00%) JavaScript
4 1 (5.00%) T-SQL
4 1 (5.00%) VB.NET
4 1 (5.00%) JCL
4 1 (5.00%) C
4 1 (5.00%) C#
4 1 (5.00%) C++
4 1 (5.00%) Java
System Software
1 1 (5.00%) RACF
Systems Management
1 1 (5.00%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 14 (70.00%) Micro Focus
2 8 (40.00%) Oracle
3 1 (5.00%) Business Objects
3 1 (5.00%) IBM
West Midlands
Montash
Rate: £120 - £180 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £250 - £290 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Warwickshire
Montash
Rate: £120 - £180 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
TEKsystems
Rate: £40000 - £50000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago