The first table below looks at the demand for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the Essex region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 29 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Programming Languages category for the Essex region.

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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 51 - 28
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing COBOL 4 0 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 0.82% - 5.11%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.41% - 14.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 4
Average daily rate
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- - £231
UK excluding London average daily rate £303 £325 £291
% change year-on-year
-6.84% +11.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 15
Average hourly rate £29.25 - £29.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.65 - £24.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.85 - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £14.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+132.14% -51.72%
Programming Languages Category
Essex
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
166 190 168
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 34.23% 41.76% 34.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 102 78
Average daily rate £350 £295 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.64% +5.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £200 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £450 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 28 33
Average hourly rate £31.00 £25.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.00% -21.87%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £9.23 £27.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £37.45 £38.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
COBOL
East of England

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in Essex

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

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in Essex

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

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

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in Essex

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the Essex region over the 3 months to 29 July 2014. 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
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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
Brentwood - 2 - -
Thurrock - - - -
Basildon - - - - 1
COBOL
East of England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Essex 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%) Mainframe
2 5 (71.43%) JCL
3 4 (57.14%) CICS
3 4 (57.14%) DB2
3 4 (57.14%) IBM
4 3 (42.86%) MQSeries
4 3 (42.86%) J2EE
4 3 (42.86%) RACF
4 3 (42.86%) Data Analysis
4 3 (42.86%) IBM Mainframe
5 2 (28.57%) Release Management
5 2 (28.57%) Syncsort
5 2 (28.57%) ISPF
5 2 (28.57%) Finance
5 2 (28.57%) Automotive
5 2 (28.57%) PL/1
5 2 (28.57%) zOS
5 2 (28.57%) FTP
6 1 (14.29%) Cisco
6 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
6 1 (14.29%) Sun
6 1 (14.29%) HP
6 1 (14.29%) Avaya
6 1 (14.29%) Oracle
6 1 (14.29%) Java
6 1 (14.29%) SQL
6 1 (14.29%) VBA
6 1 (14.29%) WebSphere Application Server
6 1 (14.29%) WebLogic
6 1 (14.29%) MS Office

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Essex 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 4 (57.14%) CICS
2 3 (42.86%) MQSeries
3 1 (14.29%) CMS
3 1 (14.29%) WebSphere
3 1 (14.29%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (14.29%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (14.29%) MS Office
1 1 (14.29%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (14.29%) BASE24
1 1 (14.29%) VisionPLUS
1 1 (14.29%) Oracle BPM
Communications & Networking
1 2 (28.57%) FTP
2 1 (14.29%) CTI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (57.14%) DB2
2 1 (14.29%) NonStop SQL
2 1 (14.29%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Lombardi
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
1 2 (28.57%) Automotive
2 1 (14.29%) Banking
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Analyst
1 3 (42.86%) Support Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Developer
3 1 (14.29%) VisionPLUS Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) Financial Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (42.86%) J2EE
2 2 (28.57%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 6 (85.71%) Mainframe
2 3 (42.86%) IBM Mainframe
3 1 (14.29%) Tandem
3 1 (14.29%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 2 (28.57%) zOS
2 1 (14.29%) SUSE
2 1 (14.29%) UNIX
2 1 (14.29%) Windows
2 1 (14.29%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (42.86%) Data Analysis
2 2 (28.57%) Release Management
3 1 (14.29%) Data Protection
3 1 (14.29%) Image Processing
Programming Languages
1 5 (71.43%) JCL
2 2 (28.57%) PL/1
3 1 (14.29%) Java
3 1 (14.29%) SQL
3 1 (14.29%) VBA
System Software
1 3 (42.86%) RACF
Vendors
1 4 (57.14%) IBM
2 2 (28.57%) Syncsort
3 1 (14.29%) Oracle
3 1 (14.29%) Cisco
3 1 (14.29%) Sun
3 1 (14.29%) HP
3 1 (14.29%) Avaya