The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for COBOL skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

COBOL
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 55 70 68
Rank change year-on-year +15 -2  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 1 13 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.19% 1.29% 0.59%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.47% 3.13% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 10 0
Median daily rate £220 £413 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -46.69% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £338 £350
% change year-on-year +7.48% -3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 - £39.50

COBOL is in the programming language skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 212 416 325
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 39.33% 41.39% 38.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 269 215
Median daily rate £411 £360 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.23% -10.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £275 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 14 4
Median hourly rate £44.21 £22.54 £19.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +96.15% +14.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.98 £12.70 £13.64
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £32.75 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.50 £40.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +3.75% +11.11%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing COBOL as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Programming Languages category.

Job vacancy trend for COBOL in Cheshire

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing COBOL in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in Cheshire

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL in Cheshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in Cheshire

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 29 March 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
Chester - 1 £220 -
COBOL
North West

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 2 (66.67%) Visual Studio
1 2 (66.67%) ASP.NET
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
1 2 (66.67%) C#
1 2 (66.67%) .NET
1 2 (66.67%) MVC
1 2 (66.67%) .NET Framework
1 2 (66.67%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (33.33%) Banking
2 1 (33.33%) Finance
2 1 (33.33%) DB2
2 1 (33.33%) Assembly Language
2 1 (33.33%) RACF
2 1 (33.33%) JCL

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) DB2
Development Applications
1 2 (66.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (33.33%) Banking
1 1 (33.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) C# Developer
1 2 (66.67%) Developer
2 1 (33.33%) .NET Developer
2 1 (33.33%) C# .NET Developer
2 1 (33.33%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (66.67%) .NET
1 2 (66.67%) .NET Framework
1 2 (66.67%) ASP.NET
1 2 (66.67%) ASP.NET MVC
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 2 (66.67%) C#
2 1 (33.33%) Assembly Language
2 1 (33.33%) JCL
System Software
1 1 (33.33%) RACF
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft