The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 11 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 118 125 126
Rank change year-on-year
+7 +1
Contract jobs citing COBOL 3 4 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.12% 0.15% 0.038%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.47% 0.55% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 0
Average daily rate £400 £374 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.88% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.42% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £39.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £39.50 -
% change year-on-year
-34.17% -
COBOL
South East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in contract jobs advertised in the Berkshire region.

Programming Languages Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
642 727 781
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 25.27% 26.81% 29.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 391 423 409
Average daily rate £390 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.58% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £253 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 19 19
Average hourly rate £38.50 £36.00 £27.20
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.94% +32.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £32.50 £15.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.55 £55.65 £40.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +5.88%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the Berkshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing COBOL across the Berkshire region.

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bracknell -4 2 £400 +6.88%
Reading - 1 - -
COBOL
South East

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing COBOL also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited COBOL.

1 6 (85.71%) DB2
1 6 (85.71%) zOS
2 5 (71.43%) Mainframe
2 5 (71.43%) SQL Server
3 4 (57.14%) VB
3 4 (57.14%) ITIL
3 4 (57.14%) Unix
3 4 (57.14%) VB6
3 4 (57.14%) Incident Management
3 4 (57.14%) ServiceNow
4 3 (42.86%) Technical Architecture
4 3 (42.86%) Retail
4 3 (42.86%) Problem Management
4 3 (42.86%) Shell Script
4 3 (42.86%) Service Management
4 3 (42.86%) TickIT
4 3 (42.86%) Change Management
4 3 (42.86%) ITSM
5 2 (28.57%) IBM
5 2 (28.57%) SQL
5 2 (28.57%) Wiki
6 1 (14.29%) Windows Server
6 1 (14.29%) Business Analysis
6 1 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (14.29%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (14.29%) C++
6 1 (14.29%) Windows
6 1 (14.29%) MQSeries
6 1 (14.29%) CICS
6 1 (14.29%) Assembly Language

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing COBOL also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited COBOL. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (14.29%) CICS
1 1 (14.29%) MQSeries
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (85.71%) DB2
2 5 (71.43%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (42.86%) Retail
2 1 (14.29%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 6 (85.71%) Analyst
2 4 (57.14%) COBOL Analyst
3 3 (42.86%) DB2 Support
3 3 (42.86%) SQL Analyst
3 3 (42.86%) Support Analyst
3 3 (42.86%) Technical Analyst
4 2 (28.57%) Applications Support
4 2 (28.57%) Applications Support Analyst
4 2 (28.57%) Mainframe Analyst
4 2 (28.57%) Server Analyst
4 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Analyst
4 2 (28.57%) SQL Support Analyst
5 1 (14.29%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (14.29%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
5 1 (14.29%) 3rd Line Technical Support
5 1 (14.29%) COBOL Developer
5 1 (14.29%) DB2 Developer
5 1 (14.29%) Mainframe Expert
5 1 (14.29%) Mainframe Support
5 1 (14.29%) Technical Operations Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 5 (71.43%) Mainframe
2 2 (28.57%) Wiki
3 1 (14.29%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 6 (85.71%) zOS
2 4 (57.14%) Unix
3 1 (14.29%) Windows
3 1 (14.29%) Windows Server
3 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) Incident Management
1 4 (57.14%) ITIL
2 3 (42.86%) Change Management
2 3 (42.86%) ITSM
2 3 (42.86%) Problem Management
2 3 (42.86%) Service Management
2 3 (42.86%) Technical Architecture
3 1 (14.29%) Business Analysis
3 1 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (57.14%) VB
1 4 (57.14%) VB6
2 3 (42.86%) Shell Script
3 2 (28.57%) SQL
4 1 (14.29%) Assembly Language
4 1 (14.29%) C++
4 1 (14.29%) JCL
4 1 (14.29%) REXX
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (42.86%) TickIT
Vendors
1 4 (57.14%) ServiceNow
2 2 (28.57%) IBM
3 1 (14.29%) CA