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 27 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
COBOL
England / North East
Rank 79 59 38
Rank change year-on-year -20 -21  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 5 16 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 0.69% 1.83% 3.65%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.61% 5.05% 9.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 10 17
Median daily rate £375 £303 £347
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.96% -12.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £261 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £377 £433
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 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 310 317 265
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 42.64% 36.35% 40.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 208 205 167
Median daily rate £350 £338 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +5.46%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £282 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +4.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 5
Median hourly rate £37.50 £18.13 £31.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +106.89% -42.46%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £15.83 £13.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.80 £20.43 £38.50
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 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing COBOL in the North East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in the North East

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in the North East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the North East region over the 3 months to 27 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
Tyne and Wear -22 5 £375 +23.96%
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 27 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 North East region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 15 (93.75%) VME
2 10 (62.50%) ITIL
3 9 (56.25%) Data Management
4 8 (50.00%) Change Management
4 8 (50.00%) Oracle
4 8 (50.00%) Service Management
4 8 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
5 7 (43.75%) ITSM
5 7 (43.75%) Microsoft
5 7 (43.75%) MS PowerPoint
6 6 (37.50%) MS Excel
7 5 (31.25%) Tuxedo
7 5 (31.25%) Informatica
7 5 (31.25%) WebLogic
7 5 (31.25%) Unix
7 5 (31.25%) ICL
7 5 (31.25%) DevOps
8 4 (25.00%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (25.00%) Software Engineering
8 4 (25.00%) Problem Management
8 4 (25.00%) HP
8 4 (25.00%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (18.75%) SLA
9 3 (18.75%) PRINCE2
9 3 (18.75%) StarTeam
9 3 (18.75%) Disaster Recovery
9 3 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
9 3 (18.75%) Oracle Database
9 3 (18.75%) Performance Tuning
10 2 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement

COBOL
Top Related 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 (31.25%) Tuxedo
1 5 (31.25%) WebLogic
Applications
1 7 (43.75%) MS PowerPoint
2 6 (37.50%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (12.50%) IaaS
1 2 (12.50%) PaaS
1 2 (12.50%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (25.00%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (18.75%) Oracle Database
3 1 (6.25%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 3 (18.75%) StarTeam
2 1 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 7 (43.75%) Operations Engineer
1 7 (43.75%) Senior Operations Engineer
2 3 (18.75%) DBA
2 3 (18.75%) Lead Software Engineer
2 3 (18.75%) Oracle DBA
2 3 (18.75%) Software Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Administrator
4 1 (6.25%) .NET Architect
4 1 (6.25%) Architect
4 1 (6.25%) Business Architect
4 1 (6.25%) C# Architect
4 1 (6.25%) Developer
4 1 (6.25%) Digital Developer
4 1 (6.25%) Senior Developer
4 1 (6.25%) Systems Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) .NET
1 1 (6.25%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 8 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (6.25%) iSeries
2 1 (6.25%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 15 (93.75%) VME
2 5 (31.25%) Unix
3 1 (6.25%) Windows
3 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (62.50%) ITIL
2 9 (56.25%) Data Management
3 8 (50.00%) Change Management
3 8 (50.00%) Service Management
4 7 (43.75%) ITSM
5 5 (31.25%) DevOps
6 4 (25.00%) Problem Management
6 4 (25.00%) Software Engineering
7 3 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (18.75%) Disaster Recovery
7 3 (18.75%) Performance Tuning
7 3 (18.75%) PRINCE2
8 2 (12.50%) Continuous Improvement
8 2 (12.50%) Open Source
8 2 (12.50%) Release Management
9 1 (6.25%) Capacity Planning
9 1 (6.25%) Coaching
9 1 (6.25%) Integration Testing
9 1 (6.25%) Mentoring
9 1 (6.25%) Resource Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (6.25%) C#
1 1 (6.25%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (6.25%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (6.25%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (18.75%) SLA
2 2 (12.50%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 4 (25.00%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 8 (50.00%) Oracle
2 7 (43.75%) Microsoft
3 5 (31.25%) ICL
3 5 (31.25%) Informatica
4 4 (25.00%) HP
5 1 (6.25%) IBM
5 1 (6.25%) Infor