Period
to 22 January 2019

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 22 January 2019 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
22 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 185 189 177
Rank change year-on-year +4 -12 +24
Contract jobs citing COBOL 23 17 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.41% 0.32% 0.55%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.00% 0.79% 1.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 14 24
North West median daily rate £400 £530 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -24.53% +11.58% +3.71%
10th Percentile £350 £381 £267
90th Percentile £475 £643 £575
England median daily rate £375 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -6.25% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - £25.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year - -18.03% +17.31%

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 2,300 2,154 2,270
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 40.64% 39.97% 37.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,598 1,493 1,583
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% -
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £575 £542 £525
England median daily rate £480 £475 £425
% change year-on-year +1.05% +11.76% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 66 60
North West median hourly rate £36.23 £38.13 £38.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.98% -1.61% +4.73%
10th Percentile £17.20 £12.88 £13.95
90th Percentile £48.54 £48.38 £48.85
England median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%

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 22 January 2019.

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 22 January 2019. 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 -2 16 £400 -5.88% 1
Cheshire +3 6 £400 -24.53% 1
Manchester -9 1 - -
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 22 January 2019, 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 17 (73.91%) DB2
2 10 (43.48%) Manufacturing
2 10 (43.48%) Marketing
2 10 (43.48%) SC Cleared
2 10 (43.48%) Security Cleared
3 9 (39.13%) Degree
3 9 (39.13%) Master's Degree
4 7 (30.43%) Migration
4 7 (30.43%) Mainframe
4 7 (30.43%) Finance
5 6 (26.09%) VSAM
5 6 (26.09%) IBM
5 6 (26.09%) CICS
5 6 (26.09%) JCL
5 6 (26.09%) Problem-Solving
5 6 (26.09%) IBM Mainframe
5 6 (26.09%) Time Sharing Option
6 4 (17.39%) Oracle
7 3 (13.04%) Visual Studio
7 3 (13.04%) Linux
7 3 (13.04%) Micro Focus
7 3 (13.04%) VME
8 2 (8.70%) Kanban
8 2 (8.70%) Git (software)
8 2 (8.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (8.70%) Eclipse
8 2 (8.70%) Red Hat
8 2 (8.70%) SQL
8 2 (8.70%) Agile Software Development
8 2 (8.70%) Scrum

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%) CICS
2 1 (4.35%) TPMS
2 1 (4.35%) Tuxedo
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.35%) Cloud Computing
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (73.91%) DB2
2 1 (4.35%) IDMS
Development Applications
1 3 (13.04%) Visual Studio
2 2 (8.70%) Eclipse
2 2 (8.70%) Git (software)
General
1 10 (43.48%) Manufacturing
1 10 (43.48%) Marketing
2 7 (30.43%) Finance
3 1 (4.35%) Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (78.26%) Developer
2 17 (73.91%) COBOL Developer
3 2 (8.70%) Analyst
3 2 (8.70%) DB2 Developer
4 1 (4.35%) Agile Developer
4 1 (4.35%) COBOL Analyst
4 1 (4.35%) COBOL Programmer
4 1 (4.35%) Consultant
4 1 (4.35%) Delivery Manager
4 1 (4.35%) Linux Developer
4 1 (4.35%) Migration Consultant
4 1 (4.35%) Oracle Developer
4 1 (4.35%) Programmer
4 1 (4.35%) SQL Developer
4 1 (4.35%) Systems Analyst
4 1 (4.35%) Technical Delivery Manager
4 1 (4.35%) Technical Manager
Miscellaneous
1 7 (30.43%) Mainframe
2 6 (26.09%) IBM Mainframe
2 6 (26.09%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 3 (13.04%) Linux
1 3 (13.04%) VME
2 2 (8.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (30.43%) Migration
2 6 (26.09%) Problem-Solving
3 2 (8.70%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (8.70%) Kanban
3 2 (8.70%) Scrum
4 1 (4.35%) Data Migration
4 1 (4.35%) DevOps
4 1 (4.35%) Refactoring
4 1 (4.35%) Systems Analysis
Programming Languages
1 6 (26.09%) JCL
2 2 (8.70%) SQL
3 1 (4.35%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 10 (43.48%) SC Cleared
1 10 (43.48%) Security Cleared
2 9 (39.13%) Degree
2 9 (39.13%) Master's Degree
System Software
1 6 (26.09%) Time Sharing Option
Vendors
1 6 (26.09%) IBM
2 4 (17.39%) Oracle
3 3 (13.04%) Micro Focus
4 2 (8.70%) Red Hat