Period
to 18 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 18 September 2018 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 West
6 months to
18 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 199 197 136
Rank change year-on-year -2 -61 +52
Contract jobs citing COBOL 23 7 99
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.38% 0.12% 1.37%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.90% 0.32% 3.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 2 59
North West median daily rate £375 £400 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% -4.76% +5.00%
10th Percentile £311 £353 £279
90th Percentile £650 £448 £531
England median daily rate £350 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -6.67% +7.14% -9.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £31.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year +11.11% +10.53% -20.28%

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 West with a requirement for coding skills.

All Programming Languages
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 2,545 2,189 2,617
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 42.37% 37.81% 36.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,744 1,478 1,763
North West median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £293 £280 £263
90th Percentile £550 £510 £500
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 88 66
North West median hourly rate £36.25 £38.75 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.45% +35.96% -22.97%
10th Percentile £15.15 £11.75 £12.75
90th Percentile £51.25 £50.00 £43.38
England median hourly rate £42.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% +2.74%

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing COBOL as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for COBOL in the North West

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in the North West

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing COBOL in the North West over the 6 months to 18 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for COBOL in the North West

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in the North West

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West region over the 6 months to 18 September 2018. 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
Lancashire - 16 £375 - 2
Cheshire -11 3 £375 -6.25%
Manchester -20 2 £375 -6.25%
Merseyside - 2 - -
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 18 September 2018, 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 West region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 11 (47.83%) Migration
2 6 (26.09%) Ruby
2 6 (26.09%) IDMS
2 6 (26.09%) TPMS
2 6 (26.09%) VME
2 6 (26.09%) IBM Mainframe
2 6 (26.09%) SC Cleared
2 6 (26.09%) Security Cleared
2 6 (26.09%) IBM
2 6 (26.09%) Micro Focus
2 6 (26.09%) Mainframe
2 6 (26.09%) DB2
2 6 (26.09%) Python
2 6 (26.09%) Refactoring
3 5 (21.74%) Unix
3 5 (21.74%) JCL
3 5 (21.74%) Marketing
3 5 (21.74%) Manufacturing
4 4 (17.39%) Finance
4 4 (17.39%) VSAM
4 4 (17.39%) Degree
4 4 (17.39%) CICS
4 4 (17.39%) Time Sharing Option
4 4 (17.39%) Master's Degree
4 4 (17.39%) Problem-Solving
5 3 (13.04%) Source Code Analysis
5 3 (13.04%) CESG Certified Professional
5 3 (13.04%) IISP
5 3 (13.04%) Release Management
5 3 (13.04%) Node.js

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 (26.09%) TPMS
2 4 (17.39%) CICS
3 1 (4.35%) IIS
3 1 (4.35%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) ATM
1 1 (4.35%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (26.09%) DB2
1 6 (26.09%) IDMS
2 1 (4.35%) MySQL
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 3 (13.04%) Visual Studio
General
1 5 (21.74%) Manufacturing
1 5 (21.74%) Marketing
2 4 (17.39%) Finance
3 2 (8.70%) Aerospace
4 1 (4.35%) Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (39.13%) Developer
2 8 (34.78%) COBOL Developer
3 5 (21.74%) Architect
4 4 (17.39%) Analyst
5 3 (13.04%) COBOL Analyst
5 3 (13.04%) Consultant
5 3 (13.04%) Migration Consultant
5 3 (13.04%) Security Architect
6 2 (8.70%) COBOL Programmer
6 2 (8.70%) Programmer
6 2 (8.70%) Solutions Architect
7 1 (4.35%) Applications Engineer
7 1 (4.35%) AWS Architect
7 1 (4.35%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
7 1 (4.35%) COBOL Consultant
7 1 (4.35%) Mainframe Analyst
7 1 (4.35%) Mainframe Support
7 1 (4.35%) Support Analyst
7 1 (4.35%) Systems Analyst
7 1 (4.35%) Technical Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) CSS
1 3 (13.04%) HTML
1 3 (13.04%) JSON
1 3 (13.04%) Node.js
2 2 (8.70%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 6 (26.09%) IBM Mainframe
1 6 (26.09%) Mainframe
2 4 (17.39%) VSAM
3 3 (13.04%) CESG
4 1 (4.35%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 6 (26.09%) VME
2 5 (21.74%) Unix
3 3 (13.04%) Linux
3 3 (13.04%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (47.83%) Migration
2 6 (26.09%) Refactoring
3 4 (17.39%) Problem-Solving
4 3 (13.04%) Data Migration
4 3 (13.04%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (13.04%) Information Security
4 3 (13.04%) Information Security Management
4 3 (13.04%) Release Management
4 3 (13.04%) Security Management
4 3 (13.04%) Source Code Analysis
4 3 (13.04%) TOGAF
5 2 (8.70%) Change Management
6 1 (4.35%) Application Packaging
6 1 (4.35%) Enterprise Architecture
6 1 (4.35%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 6 (26.09%) Python
1 6 (26.09%) Ruby
2 5 (21.74%) JCL
3 3 (13.04%) Java
3 3 (13.04%) JavaScript
3 3 (13.04%) Perl
3 3 (13.04%) PHP
3 3 (13.04%) Shell Script
3 3 (13.04%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (26.09%) SC Cleared
1 6 (26.09%) Security Cleared
2 4 (17.39%) Degree
2 4 (17.39%) Master's Degree
3 3 (13.04%) CESG Certified Professional
3 3 (13.04%) IISP
4 1 (4.35%) CISMP
System Software
1 4 (17.39%) Time Sharing Option
Vendors
1 6 (26.09%) IBM
1 6 (26.09%) Micro Focus
2 3 (13.04%) Fujitsu
3 2 (8.70%) Remedy