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 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 West
Rank 124 93 135
Rank change year-on-year -31 +42  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 8 65 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.31% 1.69% 0.55%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.77% 4.51% 1.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 48 7
Median daily rate £351 £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.37% -11.11%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £265 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £517 £475
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 West with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 1034 1440 1135
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 40.05% 37.52% 31.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 712 910 713
Median daily rate £375 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.16%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £509
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +4.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 55 26
Median hourly rate £42.48 £39.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.91% +11.42%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.90 £17.30 £15.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.33 £46.09
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 West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 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 3 months to 27 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 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
Manchester +8 3 £400 -
Lancashire -18 3 £351 +14.35%
Cheshire +19 1 £220 -48.23%
Merseyside +1 1 - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

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 West region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 17 (56.67%) HP
2 14 (46.67%) ICL
2 14 (46.67%) StarTeam
2 14 (46.67%) VME
2 14 (46.67%) Virtual Machines
3 13 (43.33%) Software Engineering
4 12 (40.00%) TDD
5 9 (30.00%) Oracle
5 9 (30.00%) Oracle Database
6 7 (23.33%) High Availability
6 7 (23.33%) Java
6 7 (23.33%) Linux
6 7 (23.33%) Integration Testing
7 6 (20.00%) Clustering
7 6 (20.00%) Bash Shell
7 6 (20.00%) Micro Focus
7 6 (20.00%) Tuxedo
7 6 (20.00%) RDBMS
7 6 (20.00%) Shell Script
7 6 (20.00%) C
7 6 (20.00%) Relational Database
7 6 (20.00%) Continuous Delivery
8 5 (16.67%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (16.67%) Mainframe
9 4 (13.33%) Finance
9 4 (13.33%) Security Cleared
10 3 (10.00%) JCL
10 3 (10.00%) SQL
10 3 (10.00%) Disclosure Scotland
11 2 (6.67%) .NET

COBOL
Top Related 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 (20.00%) Tuxedo
2 2 (6.67%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (30.00%) Oracle Database
2 6 (20.00%) RDBMS
2 6 (20.00%) Relational Database
3 2 (6.67%) DB2
4 1 (3.33%) IDMS
Development Applications
1 14 (46.67%) StarTeam
2 2 (6.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (13.33%) Finance
2 1 (3.33%) Banking
2 1 (3.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 24 (80.00%) Developer
2 7 (23.33%) Lead Developer
3 6 (20.00%) COBOL Developer
4 4 (13.33%) Senior Developer
5 2 (6.67%) C# Developer
5 2 (6.67%) Digital Developer
6 1 (3.33%) .NET Developer
6 1 (3.33%) C# .NET Developer
6 1 (3.33%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
6 1 (3.33%) COBOL Programmer
6 1 (3.33%) Mainframe Project Manager
6 1 (3.33%) Principal Engineer
6 1 (3.33%) Principal Software Engineer
6 1 (3.33%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (3.33%) Senior Analyst Programmer
6 1 (3.33%) Senior COBOL Analyst Programmer
6 1 (3.33%) Senior COBOL Programmer
6 1 (3.33%) Senior Programme Analyst
6 1 (3.33%) Senior Programmer
6 1 (3.33%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.67%) .NET
1 2 (6.67%) .NET Framework
1 2 (6.67%) ASP.NET
1 2 (6.67%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 6 (20.00%) Clustering
2 5 (16.67%) Mainframe
3 2 (6.67%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (6.67%) VSAM
4 1 (3.33%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 14 (46.67%) VME
2 7 (23.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (43.33%) Software Engineering
2 12 (40.00%) TDD
3 7 (23.33%) High Availability
3 7 (23.33%) Integration Testing
4 6 (20.00%) Continuous Delivery
5 2 (6.67%) Migration
5 2 (6.67%) MVC
6 1 (3.33%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (3.33%) Change Control
6 1 (3.33%) Configuration Management
6 1 (3.33%) Data Migration
6 1 (3.33%) Data Protection
6 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Management
6 1 (3.33%) Systems Analysis
Programming Languages
1 7 (23.33%) Java
2 6 (20.00%) Bash Shell
2 6 (20.00%) C
2 6 (20.00%) Shell Script
3 3 (10.00%) JCL
3 3 (10.00%) SQL
4 2 (6.67%) Assembly Language
4 2 (6.67%) C#
5 1 (3.33%) LINC
Qualifications
1 5 (16.67%) BPSS Clearance
2 4 (13.33%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.33%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.00%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 14 (46.67%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (3.33%) RACF
2 1 (3.33%) Time Sharing Option
Vendors
1 17 (56.67%) HP
2 14 (46.67%) ICL
3 9 (30.00%) Oracle
4 6 (20.00%) Micro Focus
5 2 (6.67%) IBM
5 2 (6.67%) Microsoft
6 1 (3.33%) Capita
6 1 (3.33%) Unisys