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 24 January 2017 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
24 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
COBOL
England / West Midlands
Rank 111 111 105
Rank change year-on-year
0 -6
Contract jobs citing COBOL 9 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.38% 0.21% 0.19%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.24% 0.61% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 2
Median daily rate - £150 £404
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- -62.84%
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £401 £349
% change year-on-year
-0.06% +14.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 0
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £39.50
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -34.17%

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
726 815 595
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 30.36% 33.89% 28.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 431 497 364
Median daily rate £375 £360 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £273 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £435
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 17 37
Median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £28.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -12.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £20.00 £16.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £41.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £40.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +12.67%

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 24 January 2017. 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 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
Warwickshire +5 8 - -
Shropshire - 1 - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 January 2017, 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 26 (96.30%) Oracle
2 19 (70.37%) SQL
2 19 (70.37%) Java
3 14 (51.85%) PL/SQL
4 13 (48.15%) Unix
5 12 (44.44%) XML
6 11 (40.74%) Test Strategy
7 10 (37.04%) Process Improvement
8 9 (33.33%) VME
8 9 (33.33%) webMethods
9 8 (29.63%) Micro Focus
9 8 (29.63%) Mainframe
9 8 (29.63%) ICL
9 8 (29.63%) Linux
9 8 (29.63%) C#
9 8 (29.63%) Web Services
9 8 (29.63%) Informatica
9 8 (29.63%) Shell Script
10 7 (25.93%) Microsoft
10 7 (25.93%) RUP
10 7 (25.93%) J2EE
10 7 (25.93%) OO
10 7 (25.93%) Waterfall
11 6 (22.22%) WebLogic
11 6 (22.22%) Pega
12 5 (18.52%) Perl
12 5 (18.52%) IDMS
13 4 (14.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 4 (14.81%) Windows
13 4 (14.81%) Toad

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 (22.22%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (3.70%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (18.52%) IDMS
2 3 (11.11%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (11.11%) Oracle Database
3 1 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.70%) DataStage
3 1 (3.70%) DB2
3 1 (3.70%) IMS/DB
3 1 (3.70%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (14.81%) Toad
2 3 (11.11%) CA Gen
2 3 (11.11%) Dreamweaver
2 3 (11.11%) Eclipse
2 3 (11.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (3.70%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 22 (81.48%) Developer
2 18 (66.67%) COBOL Developer
3 4 (14.81%) Analyst
3 4 (14.81%) Mainframe Developer
3 4 (14.81%) Test Analyst
4 3 (11.11%) COBOL Programmer
4 3 (11.11%) Mainframe Programmer
4 3 (11.11%) PL/SQL Developer
4 3 (11.11%) PL/SQL Programmer
4 3 (11.11%) Programmer
4 3 (11.11%) SQL Developer
4 3 (11.11%) SQL Programmer
5 2 (7.41%) Mainframe Analyst
5 2 (7.41%) Mainframe Test Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) COBOL Analyst
6 1 (3.70%) J2EE Developer
6 1 (3.70%) Java Developer
6 1 (3.70%) Java/J2EE Developer
6 1 (3.70%) Unix Developer
6 1 (3.70%) Unix Scripter
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (44.44%) XML
2 8 (29.63%) Web Services
3 7 (25.93%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 8 (29.63%) Mainframe
2 1 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 13 (48.15%) Unix
2 9 (33.33%) VME
3 8 (29.63%) Linux
4 4 (14.81%) Windows
5 3 (11.11%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (40.74%) Test Strategy
2 10 (37.04%) Process Improvement
3 7 (25.93%) OO
3 7 (25.93%) RUP
3 7 (25.93%) Waterfall
4 4 (14.81%) Test Scripting
5 3 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (11.11%) Data Modelling
5 3 (11.11%) Problem Management
5 3 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (7.41%) Configuration Management
7 1 (3.70%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (3.70%) ETL
7 1 (3.70%) ITIL
7 1 (3.70%) Project Planning
7 1 (3.70%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 19 (70.37%) Java
1 19 (70.37%) SQL
2 14 (51.85%) PL/SQL
3 8 (29.63%) C#
3 8 (29.63%) Shell Script
4 5 (18.52%) Perl
5 1 (3.70%) JCL
Qualifications
1 4 (14.81%) ISEB
1 4 (14.81%) ISTQB
1 4 (14.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Systems Management
1 1 (3.70%) CA Endevor
1 1 (3.70%) Control-M
Vendors
1 26 (96.30%) Oracle
2 9 (33.33%) webMethods
3 8 (29.63%) ICL
3 8 (29.63%) Informatica
3 8 (29.63%) Micro Focus
4 7 (25.93%) Microsoft
5 6 (22.22%) Pega
6 2 (7.41%) BEA
7 1 (3.70%) Teradata