CIO Dive: BRIEF COBOL job searches spike as states grapple with legacy systems

By April 20, 2020News

Published by CIO Dive on April 17, 2020

BRIEF COBOL job searches spike as states grapple with legacy systems

Dive Brief:

  • The volume of searches for COBOL programmer roles on Indeed.com rose 707% between March 1 and April 13, according to a review of fast-rising search terms from the hiring portal. The programming language placed fourth among the top-10 search terms.
  • As of April 10, demand for software development jobs, as measured by job posts, is down 25.9% year-over-year, Nick Bunker, economic research director, North America, for Indeed, told CIO Dive. The decrease is part of a broader drop in overall job posts in the U.S. on Indeed, down 30.8% year-over-year.
  • As the much of the country remains under lockdown, the rest of the list of key search terms includes words associated with remote work. The search for “WFH” spiked 599%, while job seekers looking for “online” roles increased 818%.

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