Period
to 14 July 2020

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 14 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 West
6 months to
14 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 127 189 201
Rank change year-on-year +62 +12 -15
Contract jobs citing COBOL 6 19 24
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 0.24% 0.36% 0.39%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.68% 0.88% 0.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 10 14
Median daily rate £650 £413 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +57.58% -10.81% +23.25%
England median daily rate £500 £425 £375
% change year-on-year +17.65% +13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £37.50 -
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 West with a requirement for coding skills.

All Programming Languages
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 882 2,151 2,656
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 35.28% 40.58% 42.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 578 1,479 1,810
Median daily rate £400 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.33% +5.63% +3.23%
10th Percentile £263 £300 £285
90th Percentile £572 £575 £545
England median daily rate £500 £480 £475
% change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 40 64
Median hourly rate £20.50 £41.00 £36.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -50.00% +13.49% -9.69%
10th Percentile £15.10 £12.82 £12.75
90th Percentile £52.75 £53.75 £51.25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £43.50 £41.53
% change year-on-year -19.54% +4.74% +0.98%

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing COBOL as a proportion 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

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

Daily rate trend for COBOL in the North West

COBOL
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing COBOL in the North West over the 6 months to 14 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for COBOL in the North West

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

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 14 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
Lancashire +22 2 £650 +23.81%
Manchester +56 1 £650 -
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 14 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 West region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 6 (100.00%) VME
2 4 (66.67%) Performance Tuning
3 3 (50.00%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (50.00%) Linux
3 3 (50.00%) SQL
3 3 (50.00%) Oracle
3 3 (50.00%) SC Cleared
3 3 (50.00%) Security Cleared
3 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (33.33%) ICL
4 2 (33.33%) Service Management
4 2 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (33.33%) ITSM
4 2 (33.33%) Migration
4 2 (33.33%) Tuxedo
4 2 (33.33%) Middleware
4 2 (33.33%) Windows
4 2 (33.33%) Problem-Solving
4 2 (33.33%) Capacity Management
4 2 (33.33%) Oracle Database
4 2 (33.33%) Public Sector
4 2 (33.33%) QA
5 1 (16.67%) Project Delivery
5 1 (16.67%) Sprint Planning
5 1 (16.67%) Relational Database
5 1 (16.67%) GitLab
5 1 (16.67%) Defect Management
5 1 (16.67%) Micro Focus
5 1 (16.67%) Python
5 1 (16.67%) Eclipse

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 2 (33.33%) Tuxedo
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (33.33%) Oracle Database
2 1 (16.67%) RDBMS
2 1 (16.67%) Relational Database
2 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (16.67%) Eclipse
1 1 (16.67%) Git (software)
1 1 (16.67%) GitLab
1 1 (16.67%) JIRA
1 1 (16.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (33.33%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 4 (66.67%) DBA
2 2 (33.33%) COBOL Developer
2 2 (33.33%) Developer
2 2 (33.33%) Oracle Developer
2 2 (33.33%) SQL Developer
3 1 (16.67%) Administrator
3 1 (16.67%) Linux Developer
3 1 (16.67%) Linux Engineer
3 1 (16.67%) Oracle DBA
3 1 (16.67%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) Middleware
Operating Systems
1 6 (100.00%) VME
2 3 (50.00%) Linux
3 2 (33.33%) Windows
4 1 (16.67%) Oracle Linux
4 1 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Performance Tuning
2 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (33.33%) Capacity Management
3 2 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (33.33%) ITSM
3 2 (33.33%) Migration
3 2 (33.33%) Problem-Solving
3 2 (33.33%) Service Management
4 1 (16.67%) Defect Management
4 1 (16.67%) Kanban
4 1 (16.67%) Project Delivery
4 1 (16.67%) Resource Management
4 1 (16.67%) Scrum
4 1 (16.67%) Sprint Planning
Programming Languages
1 3 (50.00%) SQL
2 1 (16.67%) Python
2 1 (16.67%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) BPSS Clearance
1 3 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 3 (50.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (33.33%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (50.00%) Oracle
2 2 (33.33%) ICL
3 1 (16.67%) Micro Focus
3 1 (16.67%) Red Hat