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 27 April 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
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 256 231 223
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -8
Contract jobs citing COBOL 5 11 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.050% 0.12% 0.20%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.16% 0.37% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 7 11
Average daily rate
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- £265 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -17.18%
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £300 £375
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £45.00 - £27.73
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
3224 2990 2715
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 32.32% 32.06% 32.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1921 1696 1367
Average daily rate £350 £335 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.47% -2.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £245 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £486 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +3.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 114 104 214
Average hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £17.00 £17.26
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £52.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £36.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-2.73% +4.28%

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
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 27 April 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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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 -3 4 - -
Berkshire +1 1 - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, 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 12 (57.14%) IBM
2 9 (42.86%) AS400
3 8 (38.10%) DB2
4 6 (28.57%) RPG
4 6 (28.57%) iSeries
4 6 (28.57%) Logistics
5 5 (23.81%) Project Management
5 5 (23.81%) Java
6 4 (19.05%) SQL
6 4 (19.05%) E-Commerce
6 4 (19.05%) Microsoft
6 4 (19.05%) Mainframe
6 4 (19.05%) JCL
6 4 (19.05%) Retail
7 3 (14.29%) UniData
7 3 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (14.29%) TDD
7 3 (14.29%) Manufacturing
7 3 (14.29%) PL/1
7 3 (14.29%) Internet
7 3 (14.29%) Tivoli NetView
7 3 (14.29%) NetIQ
7 3 (14.29%) APPC
7 3 (14.29%) APPN
7 3 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (14.29%) IBM Certification
7 3 (14.29%) CICS
7 3 (14.29%) LAN
7 3 (14.29%) WAN
7 3 (14.29%) OS/400

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, 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 3 (14.29%) CICS
2 1 (4.76%) Oracle Service Bus
2 1 (4.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 3 (14.29%) MS Office
2 1 (4.76%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (4.76%) Oracle BPM
Communications & Networking
1 3 (14.29%) LAN
1 3 (14.29%) WAN
1 3 (14.29%) FTP
1 3 (14.29%) HTTP
1 3 (14.29%) TCP/IP
1 3 (14.29%) SNA
1 3 (14.29%) Internet
1 3 (14.29%) APPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (38.10%) DB2
2 3 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (14.29%) UniData
3 1 (4.76%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (4.76%) Oracle Forms
1 1 (4.76%) Eclipse
1 1 (4.76%) Toad
1 1 (4.76%) JDeveloper
1 1 (4.76%) Maven
1 1 (4.76%) Hudson
1 1 (4.76%) Apache Continuum
1 1 (4.76%) Rational Application Developer
1 1 (4.76%) Jenkins
General
1 4 (19.05%) Retail
2 3 (14.29%) Manufacturing
3 2 (9.52%) Finance
4 1 (4.76%) Banking
4 1 (4.76%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 6 (28.57%) Developer
2 4 (19.05%) Analyst
2 4 (19.05%) Consultant
3 3 (14.29%) Applications Consultant
3 3 (14.29%) Pick Developer
3 3 (14.29%) AWS Developer
4 2 (9.52%) Business Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) AWS Consultant
5 1 (4.76%) Architect
5 1 (4.76%) Project Manager
5 1 (4.76%) Technical Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Systems Developer
5 1 (4.76%) Mainframe Developer
5 1 (4.76%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (14.29%) APPC
2 2 (9.52%) HTML
2 2 (9.52%) XML
3 1 (4.76%) XHTML
3 1 (4.76%) Middleware
3 1 (4.76%) SOAP
3 1 (4.76%) Oracle ADF
3 1 (4.76%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (4.76%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 9 (42.86%) AS400
2 6 (28.57%) iSeries
3 4 (19.05%) Mainframe
4 1 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.76%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 3 (14.29%) Windows
1 3 (14.29%) Windows XP
1 3 (14.29%) OS/400
1 3 (14.29%) i5/OS
1 3 (14.29%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (28.57%) Logistics
2 5 (23.81%) Project Management
3 4 (19.05%) E-Commerce
4 3 (14.29%) ERP
4 3 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (14.29%) TDD
5 2 (9.52%) Asset Management
6 1 (4.76%) Systems Analysis
6 1 (4.76%) Enterprise Architecture
6 1 (4.76%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (4.76%) System Testing
6 1 (4.76%) Logical Data Model
6 1 (4.76%) Data Modelling
6 1 (4.76%) SOA
6 1 (4.76%) Validation
6 1 (4.76%) PRINCE2
6 1 (4.76%) UML
6 1 (4.76%) RAD
Programming Languages
1 6 (28.57%) RPG
2 5 (23.81%) Java
3 4 (19.05%) SQL
3 4 (19.05%) JCL
4 3 (14.29%) C
4 3 (14.29%) PL/1
5 1 (4.76%) JavaScript
5 1 (4.76%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (14.29%) IBM Certification
2 1 (4.76%) Degree
System Software
1 3 (14.29%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 3 (14.29%) Tivoli NetView
Vendors
1 12 (57.14%) IBM
2 4 (19.05%) Microsoft
3 3 (14.29%) NetIQ
4 2 (9.52%) HP
5 1 (4.76%) JDA
5 1 (4.76%) Micro Focus
5 1 (4.76%) RedPrairie
5 1 (4.76%) Oracle