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 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 129 120 119
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -1
Contract jobs citing COBOL 18 6 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.56% 0.24% 0.16%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.75% 0.81% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 1 1
Median daily rate £316 £290 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.79% -31.76%
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 West Midlands region.

Programming Languages Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
1031 738 804
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 31.85% 29.26% 31.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 646 443 439
Median daily rate £362 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.50% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £256 £248 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £426
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 27 27
Median hourly rate £39.60 £30.50 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.83% +48.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.55 £11.20 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £34.92 £37.56
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 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 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
Shropshire -19 14 £316 +8.79%
Birmingham -8 1 - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 22 (88.00%) Oracle
2 18 (72.00%) SQL
3 14 (56.00%) Java
3 14 (56.00%) PL/SQL
4 12 (48.00%) Unix
5 11 (44.00%) Test Strategy
6 10 (40.00%) Process Improvement
7 9 (36.00%) VME
7 9 (36.00%) Mainframe
8 8 (32.00%) ICL
8 8 (32.00%) Shell Script
8 8 (32.00%) webMethods
8 8 (32.00%) Informatica
9 7 (28.00%) OO
9 7 (28.00%) RUP
9 7 (28.00%) XML
9 7 (28.00%) J2EE
9 7 (28.00%) Waterfall
10 6 (24.00%) Pega
10 6 (24.00%) Microsoft
10 6 (24.00%) Micro Focus
11 5 (20.00%) Perl
11 5 (20.00%) WebLogic
11 5 (20.00%) IDMS
12 4 (16.00%) User Acceptance Testing
12 4 (16.00%) Oracle Database
12 4 (16.00%) Visual Studio
12 4 (16.00%) Web Services
12 4 (16.00%) Linux
12 4 (16.00%) C#

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 5 (20.00%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (4.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (4.00%) ENOVIA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (20.00%) IDMS
2 4 (16.00%) Oracle Database
3 3 (12.00%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (12.00%) IMS/DB
4 2 (8.00%) DB2
5 1 (4.00%) Data Mining
5 1 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (4.00%) DataStage
5 1 (4.00%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (4.00%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 4 (16.00%) Dreamweaver
1 4 (16.00%) Eclipse
1 4 (16.00%) Visual Studio
2 3 (12.00%) CA Gen
2 3 (12.00%) Toad
General
1 3 (12.00%) Automotive
2 1 (4.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 19 (76.00%) Developer
2 15 (60.00%) COBOL Developer
3 5 (20.00%) Programmer
4 4 (16.00%) COBOL Programmer
4 4 (16.00%) Mainframe Developer
4 4 (16.00%) Mainframe Programmer
5 3 (12.00%) Analyst
5 3 (12.00%) PL/SQL Developer
5 3 (12.00%) PL/SQL Programmer
5 3 (12.00%) SQL Developer
5 3 (12.00%) SQL Programmer
5 3 (12.00%) Test Analyst
6 1 (4.00%) Applications Developer
6 1 (4.00%) Mainframe Analyst
6 1 (4.00%) Mainframe Expert
6 1 (4.00%) Mainframe Systems Programmer
6 1 (4.00%) Mainframe Test Analyst
6 1 (4.00%) Subject Matter Expert
6 1 (4.00%) Unix Developer
6 1 (4.00%) Unix Scripter
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (28.00%) J2EE
1 7 (28.00%) XML
2 4 (16.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (36.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.00%) Data Extraction
2 1 (4.00%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 12 (48.00%) Unix
2 9 (36.00%) VME
3 4 (16.00%) Linux
4 3 (12.00%) SUSE
4 3 (12.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (44.00%) Test Strategy
2 10 (40.00%) Process Improvement
3 7 (28.00%) OO
3 7 (28.00%) RUP
3 7 (28.00%) Waterfall
4 4 (16.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (12.00%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (12.00%) Data Modelling
5 3 (12.00%) Problem Management
5 3 (12.00%) Test Scripting
6 2 (8.00%) Configuration Management
6 2 (8.00%) ETL
6 2 (8.00%) Project Planning
7 1 (4.00%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (4.00%) ITIL
7 1 (4.00%) Migration
7 1 (4.00%) PLM
7 1 (4.00%) Product Management
7 1 (4.00%) Scrum
7 1 (4.00%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 18 (72.00%) SQL
2 14 (56.00%) Java
2 14 (56.00%) PL/SQL
3 8 (32.00%) Shell Script
4 5 (20.00%) Perl
5 4 (16.00%) C#
6 3 (12.00%) JCL
Qualifications
1 3 (12.00%) ISEB
1 3 (12.00%) ISTQB
1 3 (12.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Systems Management
1 1 (4.00%) CA Endevor
1 1 (4.00%) Control-M
Vendors
1 22 (88.00%) Oracle
2 8 (32.00%) ICL
2 8 (32.00%) Informatica
2 8 (32.00%) webMethods
3 6 (24.00%) Micro Focus
3 6 (24.00%) Microsoft
3 6 (24.00%) Pega
4 2 (8.00%) BEA
5 1 (4.00%) SAP
5 1 (4.00%) Teradata