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 25 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
COBOL
North West / Manchester
Rank 90 99 87
Rank change year-on-year +9 -12  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 2 7 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.15% 0.39% 0.55%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.34% 1.10% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 5 5
Median daily rate £364 £400 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.06% -15.78%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% -  
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 Manchester with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 589 637 515
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 44.49% 35.49% 31.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 409 400 320
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +4.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 9 9
Median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +33.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £15.34 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £48.00 £40.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 £40.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +4.10% +11.11%  

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 Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing COBOL in Manchester over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for COBOL in Manchester

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in Manchester

COBOL
Top 25 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 25 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 Manchester region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 2 (66.67%) Mainframe
1 2 (66.67%) Integration Testing
2 1 (33.33%) VME
2 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 1 (33.33%) Change Control
2 1 (33.33%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (33.33%) Infrastructure Management
2 1 (33.33%) BPSS Clearance
2 1 (33.33%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (33.33%) TDD
2 1 (33.33%) Retail
2 1 (33.33%) VSAM
2 1 (33.33%) ICL
2 1 (33.33%) Software Engineering
2 1 (33.33%) Capita
2 1 (33.33%) StarTeam
2 1 (33.33%) LINC
2 1 (33.33%) DB2
2 1 (33.33%) Unisys
2 1 (33.33%) HP
2 1 (33.33%) CICS
2 1 (33.33%) Assembly Language
2 1 (33.33%) JCL
2 1 (33.33%) Configuration Management

COBOL
Top Related 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 1 (33.33%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) DB2
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) StarTeam
General
1 1 (33.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Developer
2 1 (33.33%) Consultant
2 1 (33.33%) Lead Developer
2 1 (33.33%) Mainframe Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) Mainframe
2 1 (33.33%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (33.33%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 1 (33.33%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Integration Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (33.33%) Change Control
2 1 (33.33%) Configuration Management
2 1 (33.33%) Infrastructure Management
2 1 (33.33%) Software Engineering
2 1 (33.33%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) Assembly Language
1 1 (33.33%) JCL
1 1 (33.33%) LINC
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (33.33%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 1 (33.33%) Capita
1 1 (33.33%) HP
1 1 (33.33%) ICL
1 1 (33.33%) Unisys