The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 13 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 234 254 232
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -22
Contract jobs citing COBOL 23 12 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.27% 0.13% 0.094%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.80% 0.38% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 4 5
Average daily rate £450 £350 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.57% +27.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £294 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £413 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.57% +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
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 South East region.

Programming Languages Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
2867 3153 2778
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 33.95% 33.50% 32.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 1863 1771 1454
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £260 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 115 112 133
Average hourly rate £43.00 £35.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.85% +16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.25 £17.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.55 £45.50 £42.50
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 the South East

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in the South East

COBOL
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing COBOL across the South East region over the 3 months to 13 February 2016.

COBOL Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the South East region over the 3 months to 13 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
Buckinghamshire +29 19 £485 +53.96%
Hampshire +13 2 £325 -7.14%
Berkshire +9 2 - - 2
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 25 (55.56%) CICS
2 23 (51.11%) IBM
2 23 (51.11%) JCL
3 22 (48.89%) Mainframe
3 22 (48.89%) DB2
3 22 (48.89%) Windows
4 18 (40.00%) Windows Server
5 17 (37.78%) zOS
5 17 (37.78%) Finance
6 16 (35.56%) REXX
6 16 (35.56%) C++
6 16 (35.56%) Assembly Language
6 16 (35.56%) CA
7 14 (31.11%) SQL Server
7 14 (31.11%) Easytrieve
8 13 (28.89%) Windows Server 2003
8 13 (28.89%) Banking
9 12 (26.67%) ISPF
9 12 (26.67%) MQSeries
9 12 (26.67%) CLIST
10 10 (22.22%) Problem Management
11 9 (20.00%) Mentoring
12 7 (15.56%) Technical Architecture
13 6 (13.33%) WebSphere
13 6 (13.33%) Spanish Language
13 6 (13.33%) Security Cleared
13 6 (13.33%) Microsoft
13 6 (13.33%) HP
13 6 (13.33%) Oracle
14 5 (11.11%) SQL

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 25 (55.56%) CICS
2 12 (26.67%) MQSeries
3 6 (13.33%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (2.22%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 5 (11.11%) ATM
2 2 (4.44%) FTP
2 2 (4.44%) SSL
3 1 (2.22%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (48.89%) DB2
2 14 (31.11%) Easytrieve
2 14 (31.11%) SQL Server
3 4 (8.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (4.44%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (2.22%) Data Mart
5 1 (2.22%) IDMS
5 1 (2.22%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 4 (8.89%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.22%) VisualAge
General
1 17 (37.78%) Finance
2 13 (28.89%) Banking
3 6 (13.33%) Spanish Language
4 4 (8.89%) Billing
5 3 (6.67%) Retail
6 1 (2.22%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 19 (42.22%) Architect
2 12 (26.67%) Analyst
3 8 (17.78%) COBOL Analyst
3 8 (17.78%) Solutions Architect
4 7 (15.56%) COBOL Developer
4 7 (15.56%) Developer
5 6 (13.33%) Infrastructure Architect
6 4 (8.89%) Applications Support
6 4 (8.89%) Cognos Architect
6 4 (8.89%) DB2 Developer
6 4 (8.89%) Support Analyst
6 4 (8.89%) Systems Architect
6 4 (8.89%) Technical Analyst
7 3 (6.67%) DB2 Support
7 3 (6.67%) SQL Analyst
7 3 (6.67%) SQL Server Architect
7 3 (6.67%) Support Manager
8 2 (4.44%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
8 2 (4.44%) Delivery Manager
8 2 (4.44%) Developer Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (26.67%) ISPF
2 5 (11.11%) .NET
3 4 (8.89%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 22 (48.89%) Mainframe
2 4 (8.89%) IBM Mainframe
2 4 (8.89%) VSAM
3 3 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.44%) Wiki
5 1 (2.22%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 22 (48.89%) Windows
2 18 (40.00%) Windows Server
3 17 (37.78%) zOS
4 13 (28.89%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (11.11%) Unix
5 5 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (2.22%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (22.22%) Problem Management
2 9 (20.00%) Mentoring
3 7 (15.56%) Technical Architecture
4 5 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
5 4 (8.89%) Incident Management
5 4 (8.89%) ITIL
6 3 (6.67%) Asset Management
6 3 (6.67%) Change Management
6 3 (6.67%) ITSM
6 3 (6.67%) Service Delivery
6 3 (6.67%) Service Management
7 2 (4.44%) Data Transformation
8 1 (2.22%) Business Analysis
8 1 (2.22%) CRM
8 1 (2.22%) Disaster Recovery
8 1 (2.22%) ETL
8 1 (2.22%) Migration
8 1 (2.22%) Project Management
8 1 (2.22%) Test Scripting
8 1 (2.22%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (51.11%) JCL
2 16 (35.56%) Assembly Language
2 16 (35.56%) C++
2 16 (35.56%) REXX
3 12 (26.67%) CLIST
4 5 (11.11%) SQL
5 4 (8.89%) C#
5 4 (8.89%) Perl
5 4 (8.89%) Shell Script
5 4 (8.89%) VB
5 4 (8.89%) VB6
5 4 (8.89%) VBA
6 1 (2.22%) Java
6 1 (2.22%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (13.33%) Security Cleared
2 5 (11.11%) SC Cleared
3 3 (6.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.67%) TickIT
System Software
1 4 (8.89%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 2 (4.44%) Control-M
2 1 (2.22%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 23 (51.11%) IBM
2 16 (35.56%) CA
3 6 (13.33%) HP
3 6 (13.33%) Microsoft
3 6 (13.33%) Oracle
4 5 (11.11%) Cognos
5 4 (8.89%) Fujitsu
5 4 (8.89%) Micro Focus
5 4 (8.89%) ServiceNow
6 1 (2.22%) Remedy