The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the East Midlands region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 25 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
COBOL
England / East Midlands
Rank 87 95 88
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -7
Contract jobs citing COBOL 5 6 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East Midlands 0.35% 0.38% 0.39%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.87% 1.12% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 1
Median daily rate £401 £300 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.75% -10.44%
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £39.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -43.03%

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

Programming Languages Category
East Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
578 537 528
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East Midlands 40.33% 33.63% 34.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 354 324 289
Median daily rate £350 £325 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 13 15
Median hourly rate £21.50 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.18 £14.00 £16.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.40 £39.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.50 £40.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year
+3.75% +12.67%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the East Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the East Midlands region citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Programming Languages category.

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the East Midlands

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in the East Midlands

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

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in the East Midlands

COBOL
Daily Rate Histogram in the East Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing COBOL across the East Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 February 2017.

COBOL Daily Rate Histogram in the East Midlands

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in the East Midlands

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

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in the East Midlands

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in the East 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 East Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 February 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
Northamptonshire - 3 £403 -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 February 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 East Midlands region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 9 (81.82%) DB2
2 8 (72.73%) Mainframe
3 6 (54.55%) JCL
4 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (36.36%) Banking
5 4 (36.36%) CICS
5 4 (36.36%) SQL
6 3 (27.27%) RPG
6 3 (27.27%) Regression Testing
6 3 (27.27%) Validation
6 3 (27.27%) Automated Testing
6 3 (27.27%) Manual Testing
6 3 (27.27%) Test Scripting
6 3 (27.27%) Functional Testing
6 3 (27.27%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (27.27%) Smoke Testing
7 2 (18.18%) AS400
7 2 (18.18%) JD Edwards
7 2 (18.18%) FTP
8 1 (9.09%) IBM
8 1 (9.09%) Microsoft
8 1 (9.09%) Synon
8 1 (9.09%) Java
8 1 (9.09%) .NET
8 1 (9.09%) Web Services
8 1 (9.09%) Windows
8 1 (9.09%) Linux
8 1 (9.09%) E-Commerce
8 1 (9.09%) ERP
8 1 (9.09%) ETL

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the East 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 4 (36.36%) CICS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (18.18%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (81.82%) DB2
2 1 (9.09%) DataStage
2 1 (9.09%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 1 (9.09%) ChangeMan
1 1 (9.09%) Synon
General
1 4 (36.36%) Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (72.73%) Developer
2 3 (27.27%) Analyst
2 3 (27.27%) COBOL Developer
2 3 (27.27%) RPG Developer
2 3 (27.27%) Senior Data Warehouse Specialist
2 3 (27.27%) Senior Developer
2 3 (27.27%) Test Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) AS400 Developer
3 2 (18.18%) Banking Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) SQL Developer
4 1 (9.09%) COBOL Programmer
4 1 (9.09%) Lead Developer
4 1 (9.09%) Mainframe Developer
4 1 (9.09%) Payments Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Programmer
4 1 (9.09%) RPG Programmer
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Senior Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Synon Developer
4 1 (9.09%) TIBCO Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (9.09%) .NET
1 1 (9.09%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (72.73%) Mainframe
2 3 (27.27%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (18.18%) AS400
4 1 (9.09%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (9.09%) iSeries
4 1 (9.09%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Linux
1 1 (9.09%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (27.27%) Automated Testing
2 3 (27.27%) Functional Testing
2 3 (27.27%) Manual Testing
2 3 (27.27%) Regression Testing
2 3 (27.27%) Smoke Testing
2 3 (27.27%) Test Scripting
2 3 (27.27%) Validation
3 1 (9.09%) Customer Requirements
3 1 (9.09%) Defect Management
3 1 (9.09%) E-Commerce
3 1 (9.09%) ERP
3 1 (9.09%) ETL
3 1 (9.09%) Integration Testing
3 1 (9.09%) Line Management
3 1 (9.09%) System Integration Testing
3 1 (9.09%) Translating Business Requirements
3 1 (9.09%) Unit Testing
3 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
3 1 (9.09%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 6 (54.55%) JCL
2 4 (36.36%) SQL
3 3 (27.27%) RPG
4 1 (9.09%) Java
4 1 (9.09%) R
Qualifications
1 1 (9.09%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (18.18%) JD Edwards
2 1 (9.09%) IBM
2 1 (9.09%) Microsoft
2 1 (9.09%) TIBCO