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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 8 December 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
8 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 128 119 105
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -14
Contract jobs citing COBOL 3 4 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.11% 0.16% 0.25%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.33% 0.50% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 2
Median daily rate £316 - £338
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £329
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -1.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £29.00 £37.25
% change year-on-year
+29.31% -22.14%
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
901 795 733
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 32.78% 31.12% 31.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 536 475 450
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 £289 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 22 35
Median hourly rate £30.75 £31.50 £28.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.38% +9.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.32 £16.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £42.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +10.00%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 8 December 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
Shropshire -1 3 £316 -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 8 December 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 19 (100.00%) SQL
2 18 (94.74%) Oracle
3 14 (73.68%) PL/SQL
4 13 (68.42%) Unix
5 11 (57.89%) Java
5 11 (57.89%) Test Strategy
6 10 (52.63%) Process Improvement
7 9 (47.37%) VME
7 9 (47.37%) webMethods
8 8 (42.11%) Shell Script
8 8 (42.11%) Informatica
8 8 (42.11%) ICL
8 8 (42.11%) Mainframe
9 7 (36.84%) Waterfall
9 7 (36.84%) Microsoft
9 7 (36.84%) J2EE
9 7 (36.84%) OO
9 7 (36.84%) RUP
10 6 (31.58%) WebLogic
10 6 (31.58%) Pega
11 5 (26.32%) IDMS
11 5 (26.32%) Perl
12 4 (21.05%) XML
12 4 (21.05%) Windows
12 4 (21.05%) Toad
12 4 (21.05%) ISEB
12 4 (21.05%) Test Scripting
12 4 (21.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 4 (21.05%) ISTQB
13 3 (15.79%) CA Gen

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 6 (31.58%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (5.26%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (26.32%) IDMS
2 3 (15.79%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (5.26%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (5.26%) DataStage
3 1 (5.26%) DB2
3 1 (5.26%) IMS/DB
3 1 (5.26%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (21.05%) Toad
2 3 (15.79%) CA Gen
Job Titles
1 14 (73.68%) Developer
2 10 (52.63%) COBOL Developer
3 4 (21.05%) Analyst
3 4 (21.05%) Mainframe Developer
3 4 (21.05%) Test Analyst
4 3 (15.79%) COBOL Programmer
4 3 (15.79%) Mainframe Programmer
4 3 (15.79%) PL/SQL Developer
4 3 (15.79%) PL/SQL Programmer
4 3 (15.79%) Programmer
4 3 (15.79%) SQL Developer
4 3 (15.79%) SQL Programmer
5 2 (10.53%) Mainframe Analyst
5 2 (10.53%) Mainframe Test Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) COBOL Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Informatica Developer
6 1 (5.26%) J2EE Developer
6 1 (5.26%) Java Developer
6 1 (5.26%) Unix Developer
6 1 (5.26%) Unix Scripter
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (36.84%) J2EE
2 4 (21.05%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (42.11%) Mainframe
2 1 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 13 (68.42%) Unix
2 9 (47.37%) VME
3 4 (21.05%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (57.89%) Test Strategy
2 10 (52.63%) Process Improvement
3 7 (36.84%) OO
3 7 (36.84%) RUP
3 7 (36.84%) Waterfall
4 4 (21.05%) Test Scripting
5 3 (15.79%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (15.79%) Data Modelling
5 3 (15.79%) Problem Management
6 2 (10.53%) Configuration Management
7 1 (5.26%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (5.26%) ETL
7 1 (5.26%) ITIL
7 1 (5.26%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 19 (100.00%) SQL
2 14 (73.68%) PL/SQL
3 11 (57.89%) Java
4 8 (42.11%) Shell Script
5 5 (26.32%) Perl
6 1 (5.26%) JCL
Qualifications
1 4 (21.05%) ISEB
1 4 (21.05%) ISTQB
1 4 (21.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Systems Management
1 1 (5.26%) CA Endevor
1 1 (5.26%) Control-M
Vendors
1 18 (94.74%) Oracle
2 9 (47.37%) webMethods
3 8 (42.11%) ICL
3 8 (42.11%) Informatica
4 7 (36.84%) Microsoft
5 6 (31.58%) Pega
6 2 (10.53%) BEA
7 1 (5.26%) Micro Focus
7 1 (5.26%) Teradata