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 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
COBOL
England / West Midlands
Rank 108 127 118
Rank change year-on-year +19 -9  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 8 3 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.35% 0.11% 0.16%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.16% 0.33% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 1
Median daily rate £388 £388 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +40.90%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £358 £350
% change year-on-year +4.89% +2.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 0
Median hourly rate £25.00 - -
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 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 689 913 757
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 30.19% 34.27% 30.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 456 549 427
Median daily rate £400 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +4.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 10 43
Median hourly rate £25.00 £35.00 £28.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.57% +21.99%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.00 £9.00 £17.99
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.75 £37.50 £37.40
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 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing COBOL in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in the West Midlands

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 23 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
Warwickshire - 5 - -
Coventry 0 2 - -
Birmingham - 1 £388 -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 10 (76.92%) Java
1 10 (76.92%) Oracle
1 10 (76.92%) XML
1 10 (76.92%) Micro Focus
2 9 (69.23%) C#
2 9 (69.23%) Web Services
3 8 (61.54%) Linux
4 5 (38.46%) User Acceptance Testing
5 4 (30.77%) Dreamweaver
5 4 (30.77%) Visual Studio
6 3 (23.08%) Eclipse
6 3 (23.08%) Manufacturing
6 3 (23.08%) Oracle Database
6 3 (23.08%) SUSE
7 2 (15.38%) Mainframe
8 1 (7.69%) Toad
8 1 (7.69%) Microsoft
8 1 (7.69%) ISEB
8 1 (7.69%) CICS
8 1 (7.69%) JCL
8 1 (7.69%) webMethods
8 1 (7.69%) Unix
8 1 (7.69%) Windows
8 1 (7.69%) DB2
8 1 (7.69%) WebLogic
8 1 (7.69%) SQL
8 1 (7.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (7.69%) People Management
8 1 (7.69%) Customer Requirements

COBOL
Top Related 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 (7.69%) CICS
1 1 (7.69%) WebLogic
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (23.08%) Oracle Database
2 1 (7.69%) DB2
Development Applications
1 4 (30.77%) Dreamweaver
1 4 (30.77%) Visual Studio
2 3 (23.08%) Eclipse
3 1 (7.69%) Toad
General
1 3 (23.08%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 11 (84.62%) COBOL Developer
1 11 (84.62%) Developer
2 1 (7.69%) Analyst
2 1 (7.69%) COBOL Analyst
2 1 (7.69%) Mainframe Analyst
2 1 (7.69%) Mainframe Project Manager
2 1 (7.69%) Mainframe Test Analyst
2 1 (7.69%) Migration Manager
2 1 (7.69%) Migration Project Manager
2 1 (7.69%) Project Manager
2 1 (7.69%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (76.92%) XML
2 9 (69.23%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Mainframe
2 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 8 (61.54%) Linux
2 3 (23.08%) SUSE
3 1 (7.69%) Unix
3 1 (7.69%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (38.46%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (7.69%) Customer Requirements
2 1 (7.69%) Migration
2 1 (7.69%) People Management
2 1 (7.69%) Project Planning
2 1 (7.69%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 10 (76.92%) Java
2 9 (69.23%) C#
3 1 (7.69%) JCL
3 1 (7.69%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (7.69%) ISEB
1 1 (7.69%) ISTQB
1 1 (7.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Vendors
1 10 (76.92%) Micro Focus
1 10 (76.92%) Oracle
2 1 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 1 (7.69%) webMethods