Period
to 11 July 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North of England with a requirement for COBOL skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited COBOL over the 6 months to 11 July 2020 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 of England
6 months to
11 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 185 262 292
Rank change year-on-year +77 +30 0
Contract jobs citing COBOL 12 42 46
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North of England 0.25% 0.39% 0.37%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.70% 0.93% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 22 25
Median daily rate £650 £450 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +44.44% +20.00% -
England median daily rate £500 £425 £375
% change year-on-year +17.65% +13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Median hourly rate - £37.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% -
England median hourly rate - £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year - +7.14% +40.00%

COBOL is in the Programming Languages category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North of England with a requirement for coding skills.

All Programming Languages
North of England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 1,725 4,505 5,430
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North of England 35.87% 41.62% 43.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,137 3,033 3,740
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.90%
10th Percentile £281 £300 £281
90th Percentile £588 £563 £538
England median daily rate £500 £480 £475
% change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 86 119
Median hourly rate £20.50 £32.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.92% -13.33% -6.25%
10th Percentile £12.63 £14.26 £13.35
90th Percentile £51.98 £53.75 £49.25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £43.00 £41.50
% change year-on-year -18.60% +3.61% -

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the North of England

Job postings citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North of England.

Job vacancy trend for COBOL in the North of England

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North of England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing COBOL in the North of England.

Daily rate trend for COBOL in the North of England

COBOL
Daily Rate Histogram in the North of England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing COBOL in the North of England over the 6 months to 11 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for COBOL in the North of England

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North of England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing COBOL in the North of England.

Hourly rate trend for COBOL in the North of England

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in the North of England

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 of England region over the 6 months to 11 July 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
North West +58 6 £650 +57.58%
North East +34 5 £650 +18.18%
Yorkshire +56 3 £650 +44.44%
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 11 July 2020, IT contractor jobs citing COBOL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North of England region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 11 (91.67%) VME
2 6 (50.00%) Performance Tuning
2 6 (50.00%) Oracle
2 6 (50.00%) Linux
3 5 (41.67%) SQL
3 5 (41.67%) SC Cleared
3 5 (41.67%) Security Cleared
3 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (41.67%) BPSS Clearance
4 4 (33.33%) ICL
4 4 (33.33%) QA
4 4 (33.33%) Capacity Management
4 4 (33.33%) Oracle Database
4 4 (33.33%) Middleware
4 4 (33.33%) Micro Focus
4 4 (33.33%) Service Management
4 4 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
4 4 (33.33%) ITSM
5 3 (25.00%) Red Hat
5 3 (25.00%) Migration
5 3 (25.00%) Tuxedo
5 3 (25.00%) Windows
5 3 (25.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
6 2 (16.67%) GitLab
6 2 (16.67%) Public Sector
6 2 (16.67%) Defect Management
6 2 (16.67%) JIRA
6 2 (16.67%) Kanban
6 2 (16.67%) Git (software)

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North of England 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 3 (25.00%) Tuxedo
Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Payment Gateway
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (33.33%) Oracle Database
2 2 (16.67%) RDBMS
2 2 (16.67%) Relational Database
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (16.67%) Eclipse
1 2 (16.67%) Git (software)
1 2 (16.67%) GitLab
1 2 (16.67%) JIRA
1 2 (16.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (16.67%) Public Sector
2 1 (8.33%) Banking
2 1 (8.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (50.00%) DBA
2 3 (25.00%) COBOL Developer
2 3 (25.00%) Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Oracle Developer
3 2 (16.67%) SQL Developer
4 1 (8.33%) Administrator
4 1 (8.33%) Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Architect
4 1 (8.33%) Commercial Architect
4 1 (8.33%) IT Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) IT Architect
4 1 (8.33%) Linux Developer
4 1 (8.33%) Linux Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Operations Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Oracle DBA
4 1 (8.33%) Software Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (33.33%) Middleware
2 1 (8.33%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (8.33%) Mainframe
1 1 (8.33%) Mobile App
1 1 (8.33%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 11 (91.67%) VME
2 6 (50.00%) Linux
3 3 (25.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 3 (25.00%) Windows
4 1 (8.33%) Android
4 1 (8.33%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (50.00%) Performance Tuning
2 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (33.33%) Capacity Management
3 4 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
3 4 (33.33%) ITSM
3 4 (33.33%) Service Management
4 3 (25.00%) Migration
4 3 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
5 2 (16.67%) Defect Management
5 2 (16.67%) Kanban
5 2 (16.67%) Scrum
6 1 (8.33%) Coaching
6 1 (8.33%) Data Conversion
6 1 (8.33%) Data Migration
6 1 (8.33%) Mentoring
6 1 (8.33%) Resource Management
6 1 (8.33%) Software Engineering
6 1 (8.33%) Technical Architecture
6 1 (8.33%) Test Scripting
6 1 (8.33%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 5 (41.67%) SQL
2 1 (8.33%) Java
2 1 (8.33%) Python
2 1 (8.33%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (41.67%) BPSS Clearance
1 5 (41.67%) SC Cleared
1 5 (41.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (33.33%) QA
Vendors
1 6 (50.00%) Oracle
2 4 (33.33%) ICL
2 4 (33.33%) Micro Focus
3 3 (25.00%) Red Hat
4 1 (8.33%) Apple
4 1 (8.33%) IBM