The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 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
England / East Midlands
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 100 95 92
Rank change year-on-year -5 -3  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 2 2 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands 0.13% 0.12% 0.18%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.31% 0.41% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Median daily rate £200 - -
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 the East Midlands with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
East Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 650 486 586
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 42.96% 29.49% 35.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 418 308 350
Median daily rate £350 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 10 14
Median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.28% +16.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.10 £11.00 £19.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £40.00 £39.20
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 the East Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East Midlands 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 the East Midlands

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in the East Midlands

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in the East Midlands

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 East Midlands region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 8 (80.00%) DB2
2 7 (70.00%) Mainframe
3 6 (60.00%) JCL
4 5 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (40.00%) Banking
5 4 (40.00%) CICS
5 4 (40.00%) SQL
6 3 (30.00%) RPG
6 3 (30.00%) Regression Testing
6 3 (30.00%) Validation
6 3 (30.00%) Automated Testing
6 3 (30.00%) Manual Testing
6 3 (30.00%) Test Scripting
6 3 (30.00%) Functional Testing
6 3 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (30.00%) Smoke Testing
7 2 (20.00%) AS400
7 2 (20.00%) JD Edwards
7 2 (20.00%) FTP
8 1 (10.00%) IBM
8 1 (10.00%) Microsoft
8 1 (10.00%) Synon
8 1 (10.00%) Java
8 1 (10.00%) .NET
8 1 (10.00%) Web Services
8 1 (10.00%) Windows
8 1 (10.00%) Linux
8 1 (10.00%) E-Commerce
8 1 (10.00%) ERP
8 1 (10.00%) ETL

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East 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 4 (40.00%) CICS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (20.00%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (80.00%) DB2
2 1 (10.00%) DataStage
2 1 (10.00%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 1 (10.00%) ChangeMan
1 1 (10.00%) Synon
General
1 4 (40.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 7 (70.00%) Developer
2 3 (30.00%) Analyst
2 3 (30.00%) COBOL Developer
2 3 (30.00%) RPG Developer
2 3 (30.00%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
2 3 (30.00%) Senior Developer
2 3 (30.00%) Test Analyst
3 2 (20.00%) AS400 Developer
3 2 (20.00%) Banking Analyst
3 2 (20.00%) SQL Developer
4 1 (10.00%) COBOL Programmer
4 1 (10.00%) Lead Developer
4 1 (10.00%) Payments Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Programmer
4 1 (10.00%) RPG Programmer
4 1 (10.00%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Senior Test Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Synon Developer
4 1 (10.00%) TIBCO Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (10.00%) .NET
1 1 (10.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (70.00%) Mainframe
2 3 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (20.00%) AS400
4 1 (10.00%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (10.00%) iSeries
4 1 (10.00%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 1 (10.00%) Linux
1 1 (10.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (30.00%) Automated Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Functional Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Manual Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Regression Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Smoke Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Test Scripting
2 3 (30.00%) Validation
3 1 (10.00%) Customer Requirements
3 1 (10.00%) Defect Management
3 1 (10.00%) E-Commerce
3 1 (10.00%) ERP
3 1 (10.00%) ETL
3 1 (10.00%) Integration Testing
3 1 (10.00%) Line Management
3 1 (10.00%) System Integration Testing
3 1 (10.00%) Translating Business Requirements
3 1 (10.00%) Unit Testing
3 1 (10.00%) Waterfall
3 1 (10.00%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 6 (60.00%) JCL
2 4 (40.00%) SQL
3 3 (30.00%) RPG
4 1 (10.00%) Java
4 1 (10.00%) R
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (20.00%) JD Edwards
2 1 (10.00%) IBM
2 1 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (10.00%) TIBCO