The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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 24 June 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 / Manchester
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 85 101 90
Rank change year-on-year +16 -11  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 6 1 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.44% 0.055% 0.33%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.18% 0.18% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 2
Median daily rate £400 - £481
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £381 £361
% change year-on-year -1.63% +5.60%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £25.00 -
% change year-on-year +28.00% -  

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 Manchester with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 508 553 490
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 37.16% 30.67% 32.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 313 376 315
Median daily rate £388 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £513 £482
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 9 9
Median hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +87.01%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £26.40 £14.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.75 £45.50 £29.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £36.50
% change year-on-year +13.33% +2.73%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester 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 Manchester

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in Manchester

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in Manchester

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 24 June 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
Stockport - 1 - -
COBOL
North West

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 Manchester region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 7 (87.50%) Mainframe
2 6 (75.00%) CICS
3 5 (62.50%) DB2
3 5 (62.50%) JCL
4 4 (50.00%) HP
4 4 (50.00%) SQL
4 4 (50.00%) Assembly Language
5 3 (37.50%) OS/390
5 3 (37.50%) SOA
5 3 (37.50%) hybris
6 2 (25.00%) .NET
6 2 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (25.00%) Migration
6 2 (25.00%) VSAM
7 1 (12.50%) ISTQB
7 1 (12.50%) LINC
7 1 (12.50%) JIRA
7 1 (12.50%) Swedish Language
7 1 (12.50%) QA
7 1 (12.50%) Integration Testing
7 1 (12.50%) IBM Mainframe
7 1 (12.50%) Test Automation
7 1 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
7 1 (12.50%) Configuration Management
7 1 (12.50%) Retail
7 1 (12.50%) Finance
7 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET
7 1 (12.50%) Unisys
7 1 (12.50%) IBM
7 1 (12.50%) Change Control

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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 (75.00%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (62.50%) DB2
Development Applications
1 1 (12.50%) JIRA
General
1 1 (12.50%) Finance
1 1 (12.50%) Retail
1 1 (12.50%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 2 (25.00%) Analyst
1 2 (25.00%) Developer
1 2 (25.00%) Mainframe Analyst
1 2 (25.00%) Mainframe Test Analyst
1 2 (25.00%) Test Analyst
1 2 (25.00%) Test Leader
2 1 (12.50%) COBOL Developer
2 1 (12.50%) Consultant
2 1 (12.50%) Mainframe Consultant
2 1 (12.50%) Senior Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Senior Test Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (25.00%) .NET
2 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 7 (87.50%) Mainframe
2 2 (25.00%) VSAM
3 1 (12.50%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (12.50%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (37.50%) SOA
2 2 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (25.00%) Migration
3 1 (12.50%) Agile Testing
3 1 (12.50%) Change Control
3 1 (12.50%) Configuration Management
3 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Management
3 1 (12.50%) Integration Testing
3 1 (12.50%) Mentoring
3 1 (12.50%) Test Automation
3 1 (12.50%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 5 (62.50%) JCL
2 4 (50.00%) Assembly Language
2 4 (50.00%) SQL
3 1 (12.50%) LINC
Qualifications
1 1 (12.50%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) QA
System Software
1 1 (12.50%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 1 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (50.00%) HP
2 3 (37.50%) hybris
3 1 (12.50%) IBM
3 1 (12.50%) Unisys