Period
to 12 November 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 12 November 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
12 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 200 192 148
Rank change year-on-year -8 -44 +58
Contract jobs citing COBOL 20 10 76
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.34% 0.18% 1.09%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.80% 0.46% 2.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 6 46
North West median daily rate £388 £475 £424
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.42% +12.09% -0.88%
10th Percentile £350 £394 £289
90th Percentile £643 £531 £538
England median daily rate £350 £400 £401
% change year-on-year -12.50% -0.12% +0.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £34.14
% change year-on-year +40.00% -26.76% +30.04%

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 2,509 2,171 2,570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 42.66% 38.33% 36.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,725 1,479 1,766
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £300 £283 £263
90th Percentile £556 £525 £500
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 83 64
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £31.01
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +28.98% -17.30%
10th Percentile £15.75 £12.15 £12.55
90th Percentile £46.30 £51.71 £42.50
England median hourly rate £42.00 £40.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% +1.35%

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 12 November 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 12 November 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 -5 17 £425 -10.53%
Cheshire -5 3 £375 -
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 12 November 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 12 (60.00%) DB2
2 10 (50.00%) Manufacturing
2 10 (50.00%) Marketing
2 10 (50.00%) SC Cleared
2 10 (50.00%) Security Cleared
3 9 (45.00%) Degree
3 9 (45.00%) Master's Degree
4 7 (35.00%) Migration
5 5 (25.00%) Micro Focus
5 5 (25.00%) VME
6 4 (20.00%) Refactoring
6 4 (20.00%) IDMS
6 4 (20.00%) TPMS
6 4 (20.00%) Linux
6 4 (20.00%) Finance
7 3 (15.00%) JCL
7 3 (15.00%) Visual Studio
7 3 (15.00%) Mainframe
7 3 (15.00%) IBM
7 3 (15.00%) CICS
7 3 (15.00%) VSAM
7 3 (15.00%) IBM Mainframe
7 3 (15.00%) Problem-Solving
7 3 (15.00%) Time Sharing Option
8 2 (10.00%) Source Code Analysis
8 2 (10.00%) Fujitsu
8 2 (10.00%) Data Migration
8 2 (10.00%) Ruby
8 2 (10.00%) Release Management
8 2 (10.00%) Perl

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 4 (20.00%) TPMS
2 3 (15.00%) CICS
3 1 (5.00%) Tuxedo
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.00%) Cloud Computing
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (60.00%) DB2
2 4 (20.00%) IDMS
Development Applications
1 3 (15.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (5.00%) Eclipse
2 1 (5.00%) Git (software)
General
1 10 (50.00%) Manufacturing
1 10 (50.00%) Marketing
2 4 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 14 (70.00%) Developer
2 13 (65.00%) COBOL Developer
3 2 (10.00%) Consultant
3 2 (10.00%) Delivery Manager
3 2 (10.00%) Migration Consultant
3 2 (10.00%) Technical Delivery Manager
3 2 (10.00%) Technical Manager
4 1 (5.00%) Agile Developer
4 1 (5.00%) Analyst
4 1 (5.00%) Architect
4 1 (5.00%) COBOL Analyst
4 1 (5.00%) COBOL Programmer
4 1 (5.00%) Linux Developer
4 1 (5.00%) Oracle Developer
4 1 (5.00%) Programmer
4 1 (5.00%) Solutions Architect
4 1 (5.00%) SQL Developer
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.00%) IBM Mainframe
1 3 (15.00%) Mainframe
1 3 (15.00%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 5 (25.00%) VME
2 4 (20.00%) Linux
3 2 (10.00%) Unix
3 2 (10.00%) Windows
4 1 (5.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (35.00%) Migration
2 4 (20.00%) Refactoring
3 3 (15.00%) Problem-Solving
4 2 (10.00%) Data Migration
4 2 (10.00%) Release Management
4 2 (10.00%) Source Code Analysis
5 1 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (5.00%) Application Packaging
5 1 (5.00%) DevOps
5 1 (5.00%) Kanban
5 1 (5.00%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.00%) JCL
2 2 (10.00%) Perl
2 2 (10.00%) Python
2 2 (10.00%) Ruby
2 2 (10.00%) Shell Script
3 1 (5.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 10 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 9 (45.00%) Degree
2 9 (45.00%) Master's Degree
System Software
1 3 (15.00%) Time Sharing Option
Vendors
1 5 (25.00%) Micro Focus
2 3 (15.00%) IBM
3 2 (10.00%) Fujitsu
3 2 (10.00%) Oracle
4 1 (5.00%) Red Hat