The table below looks at the statistics 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 26 February 2015 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
26 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 46 60 38
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -22
Contract jobs citing COBOL 9 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 2.13% 0.30% 0.55%
As % of the Programming Languages category 5.36% 0.75% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 0
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£284 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £375
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 2
Average hourly rate £39.50 - £27.73
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 - £27.73
COBOL
East of England

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

Programming Languages Category
Essex
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
168 266 96
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 39.81% 39.82% 26.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 130 44
Average daily rate £350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £530 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 32 22
Average hourly rate £39.50 £34.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.17% +13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.03 £26.00 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.00 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -

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 26 February 2015. 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 - 6 £318 -
Basildon - - - -
COBOL
East of England

COBOL
Top 13 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 26 February 2015, 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 9 (90.00%) SQL
1 9 (90.00%) DB2
1 9 (90.00%) JCL
1 9 (90.00%) Mainframe
2 8 (80.00%) SELCOPY
3 7 (70.00%) CA Gen
3 7 (70.00%) Assembly Language
3 7 (70.00%) REXX
4 2 (20.00%) ISPF
5 1 (10.00%) Manufacturing
5 1 (10.00%) Migration
5 1 (10.00%) IBM
5 1 (10.00%) CICS

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 26 February 2015, 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 1 (10.00%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (90.00%) DB2
Development Applications
1 7 (70.00%) CA Gen
General
1 1 (10.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 6 (60.00%) DBA
2 5 (50.00%) Developer
3 3 (30.00%) Mainframe Developer
3 3 (30.00%) Mainframe DBA
4 2 (20.00%) DB2 Developer
4 2 (20.00%) Administrator
5 1 (10.00%) DB2 DBA
5 1 (10.00%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (20.00%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (90.00%) Mainframe
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (10.00%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 9 (90.00%) SQL
1 9 (90.00%) JCL
2 8 (80.00%) SELCOPY
3 7 (70.00%) Assembly Language
3 7 (70.00%) REXX
Vendors
1 1 (10.00%) IBM