Period
to 19 November 2017

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 6 months to 19 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 176 193 147
Rank change year-on-year +17 -46 +27
Contract jobs citing COBOL 7 19 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.15% 0.31% 0.65%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.47% 0.96% 2.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 7 22
West Midlands median daily rate £353 £316 £150
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.73% +110.33% -55.56%
10th Percentile £274 £285 £135
90th Percentile £427 £321 £405
England median daily rate £400 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -0.06% +0.06% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 - -
England median hourly rate £25.00 £36.00 £26.25
% change year-on-year -30.56% +37.14% -25.00%

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 West Midlands with a requirement for coding skills.

All Programming Languages
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 1474 1980 1526
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 30.97% 32.08% 30.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 955 1209 900
West Midlands median daily rate £385 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.67% +7.14% +7.69%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £213
90th Percentile £538 £500 £488
England median daily rate £460 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +8.24% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 62 58
West Midlands median hourly rate £31.00 £24.25 £24.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.84% -1.84% +16.26%
10th Percentile £15.60 £11.73 £12.44
90th Percentile £49.75 £42.48 £42.91
England median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +25.00%

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing COBOL as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing COBOL in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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

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 6 months to 19 November 2017. 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
Coventry - 5 £260 -
Solihull - 1 £445 -
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 4 (57.14%) Oracle
2 3 (42.86%) Unix
2 3 (42.86%) Micro Focus
2 3 (42.86%) Software Engineering
3 2 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (28.57%) MVC
3 2 (28.57%) SUSE
3 2 (28.57%) Waterfall
3 2 (28.57%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 2 (28.57%) GitHub
3 2 (28.57%) NuGet
3 2 (28.57%) Artifactory
3 2 (28.57%) Oracle Database
3 2 (28.57%) Adobe
3 2 (28.57%) Windows
3 2 (28.57%) Linux
3 2 (28.57%) Eclipse
3 2 (28.57%) Dreamweaver
3 2 (28.57%) SQL Server
3 2 (28.57%) Visual Studio
3 2 (28.57%) Web Services
3 2 (28.57%) XML
3 2 (28.57%) C#
3 2 (28.57%) Java
3 2 (28.57%) Korn
3 2 (28.57%) WCF
3 2 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (28.57%) DataPower
3 2 (28.57%) .NET
3 2 (28.57%) GoCD

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 2 (28.57%) Adobe Experience Manager
Cloud Services
1 2 (28.57%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (28.57%) Oracle Database
1 2 (28.57%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (28.57%) Artifactory
1 2 (28.57%) Dreamweaver
1 2 (28.57%) Eclipse
1 2 (28.57%) GoCD
1 2 (28.57%) NuGet
1 2 (28.57%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (14.29%) Billing
Job Titles
1 5 (71.43%) Developer
2 2 (28.57%) COBOL Developer
3 1 (14.29%) .NET Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Applications Developer
3 1 (14.29%) Applications Support
3 1 (14.29%) Software Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (28.57%) .NET
1 2 (28.57%) WCF
1 2 (28.57%) Web Services
1 2 (28.57%) XML
2 1 (14.29%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 3 (42.86%) Unix
2 2 (28.57%) Linux
2 2 (28.57%) SUSE
2 2 (28.57%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Software Engineering
2 2 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (28.57%) MVC
2 2 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (28.57%) Waterfall
3 1 (14.29%) Continuous Delivery
3 1 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (14.29%) Refactoring
3 1 (14.29%) SDLC
3 1 (14.29%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 2 (28.57%) C#
1 2 (28.57%) Java
1 2 (28.57%) Korn
2 1 (14.29%) C++
2 1 (14.29%) PL/SQL
2 1 (14.29%) SQL
Vendors
1 4 (57.14%) Oracle
2 3 (42.86%) Micro Focus
3 2 (28.57%) Adobe
4 1 (14.29%) HP
4 1 (14.29%) Microsoft