The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North East 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 28 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
England / North East
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 126 51
Contract jobs citing COBOL 0 6 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East - 0.37% 2.68%
As % of the Programming Languages category - 1.09% 7.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 15
Median daily rate - £305 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -6.15%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £400 £370
% change year-on-year -6.25% +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £28.50 -
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 the North East with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
North East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 175 548 276
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 30.81% 33.81% 33.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 112 337 194
Median daily rate £350 £320 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.37% -8.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £248 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £475 £507
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 34 4
Median hourly rate £51.42 £28.75 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +78.83% -10.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £18.20 £15.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £36.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year +13.33% +1.35%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

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

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in the North East

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in the North East

For the 6 months to 28 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 North East region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 5 (100.00%) Oracle
1 5 (100.00%) WebLogic
1 5 (100.00%) ITIL
1 5 (100.00%) Unix
1 5 (100.00%) Tuxedo
1 5 (100.00%) Informatica
1 5 (100.00%) Service Management
1 5 (100.00%) Change Management
1 5 (100.00%) ITSM
1 5 (100.00%) Data Management
1 5 (100.00%) VME
2 4 (80.00%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (60.00%) DevOps
3 3 (60.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (60.00%) Problem Management
3 3 (60.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (60.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (60.00%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (40.00%) PRINCE2
4 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (20.00%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (20.00%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (20.00%) Capacity Planning
5 1 (20.00%) Security Cleared
5 1 (20.00%) Business Continuity
5 1 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (20.00%) Service Delivery

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East 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 5 (100.00%) Tuxedo
1 5 (100.00%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (60.00%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (60.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (60.00%) Oracle Reports
Job Titles
1 4 (80.00%) Operations Engineer
1 4 (80.00%) Senior Operations Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 4 (80.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 5 (100.00%) Unix
1 5 (100.00%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (100.00%) Change Management
1 5 (100.00%) Data Management
1 5 (100.00%) ITIL
1 5 (100.00%) ITSM
1 5 (100.00%) Service Management
2 3 (60.00%) DevOps
2 3 (60.00%) Problem Management
3 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (40.00%) PRINCE2
4 1 (20.00%) Business Continuity
4 1 (20.00%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (20.00%) Service Delivery
Qualifications
1 1 (20.00%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (20.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 5 (100.00%) Informatica
1 5 (100.00%) Oracle
2 3 (60.00%) Microsoft