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 9 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 51 46 60
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +14
Contract jobs citing COBOL 4 7 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 0.76% 1.58% 0.16%
As % of the Programming Languages category 2.04% 4.38% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 0
Average daily rate - £322 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £379 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.28% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 0
Average hourly rate £36.50 £39.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.59% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £39.50 -
% change year-on-year
-34.17% -
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
196 160 239
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Essex 37.19% 36.20% 39.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 138 84 121
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £625 £519
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 23 34
Average hourly rate £44.00 £39.50 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.39% +16.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.50 £32.85 £26.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £35.50 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+12.67% +4.41%

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 9 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
Brentwood +1 3 - -
COBOL
East of England

COBOL
Top 15 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 5 (55.56%) VMS
1 5 (55.56%) DCL
1 5 (55.56%) VAX
2 4 (44.44%) System Testing
2 4 (44.44%) Manufacturing
2 4 (44.44%) FTP
2 4 (44.44%) SQL
2 4 (44.44%) DB2
2 4 (44.44%) JCL
2 4 (44.44%) Mainframe
3 3 (33.33%) Software Engineering
3 3 (33.33%) REXX
4 2 (22.22%) IBM Mainframe
4 2 (22.22%) IBM
5 1 (11.11%) Automotive

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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.

Communications & Networking
1 4 (44.44%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (44.44%) DB2
General
1 4 (44.44%) Manufacturing
2 1 (11.11%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 9 (100.00%) Developer
2 4 (44.44%) Mainframe Developer
3 3 (33.33%) Software Developer
4 2 (22.22%) COBOL Developer
4 2 (22.22%) IBM Mainframe Developer
5 1 (11.11%) DB2 Developer
5 1 (11.11%) SQL Developer
Miscellaneous
1 5 (55.56%) VAX
2 4 (44.44%) Mainframe
3 2 (22.22%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 5 (55.56%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (44.44%) System Testing
2 3 (33.33%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 5 (55.56%) DCL
2 4 (44.44%) JCL
2 4 (44.44%) SQL
3 3 (33.33%) REXX
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) IBM