The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 24 June 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.

COBOL
England / West Midlands
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 115 135 89
Rank change year-on-year +20 -46  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 1 7 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.050% 0.23% 1.34%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.15% 0.71% 4.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 25
Median daily rate - £475 £163
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +192.30%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £381 £361
% change year-on-year -1.63% +5.60%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 0
Median hourly rate - £22.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £25.00 -
% change year-on-year +28.00% -  

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 West Midlands with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 646 985 767
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 32.19% 32.63% 32.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 406 621 476
Median daily rate £375 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £490 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 22 37
Median hourly rate £38.00 £25.00 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.00% +5.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £20.50 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £38.40 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £36.50
% change year-on-year +13.33% +2.73%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in the West Midlands

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 7 (77.78%) Micro Focus
2 5 (55.56%) Web Services
2 5 (55.56%) XML
2 5 (55.56%) C#
2 5 (55.56%) Java
2 5 (55.56%) Oracle
3 4 (44.44%) Linux
4 2 (22.22%) Manufacturing
4 2 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (11.11%) People Management
5 1 (11.11%) Migration
5 1 (11.11%) Windows
5 1 (11.11%) Mainframe
5 1 (11.11%) Dreamweaver
5 1 (11.11%) HP
5 1 (11.11%) CICS
5 1 (11.11%) JCL
5 1 (11.11%) DB2
5 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 1 (11.11%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (11.11%) DB2
Development Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Dreamweaver
1 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (22.22%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (88.89%) Developer
2 7 (77.78%) COBOL Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Applications Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Applications Support
3 1 (11.11%) Mainframe Project Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Migration Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Migration Project Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (55.56%) Web Services
1 5 (55.56%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (11.11%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 4 (44.44%) Linux
2 1 (11.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (22.22%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (11.11%) Migration
2 1 (11.11%) People Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (55.56%) C#
1 5 (55.56%) Java
2 1 (11.11%) JCL
Vendors
1 7 (77.78%) Micro Focus
2 5 (55.56%) Oracle
3 1 (11.11%) HP