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 22 August 2014 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 234 231 221
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -10
Contract jobs citing COBOL 11 14 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.12% 0.16% 0.19%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.36% 0.45% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 6 14
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£303 £354 £260
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.47% +36.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £325 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £337 £388 £297
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £354 £278
% change year-on-year
-1.12% +27.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 - £27.62
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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
3018 3104 3080
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 32.53% 34.99% 31.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1664 1628 1509
Average daily rate £350 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 154 191
Average hourly rate £35.00 £36.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.10% +4.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.63 £17.50 £18.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%

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 22 August 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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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
Berkshire - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Surrey - - - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 19 (76.00%) DB2
2 14 (56.00%) IBM
3 13 (52.00%) JCL
3 13 (52.00%) Mainframe
4 12 (48.00%) Finance
5 11 (44.00%) Java
6 9 (36.00%) Oracle
6 9 (36.00%) IBM Mainframe
7 8 (32.00%) CICS
7 8 (32.00%) WebSphere
8 7 (28.00%) E-Commerce
9 6 (24.00%) UNIX
9 6 (24.00%) RedPrairie
9 6 (24.00%) Retail
10 4 (16.00%) Migration
10 4 (16.00%) JDA
11 3 (12.00%) Banking
12 2 (8.00%) General Ledger
12 2 (8.00%) Systems Analysis
12 2 (8.00%) Spanish Language
12 2 (8.00%) System Testing
12 2 (8.00%) Time Management
12 2 (8.00%) VSAM
12 2 (8.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 2 (8.00%) Data Modelling
12 2 (8.00%) ETL
12 2 (8.00%) Rational Rose
12 2 (8.00%) Linux
12 2 (8.00%) UML
12 2 (8.00%) WebSphere MQ

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 8 (32.00%) CICS
1 8 (32.00%) WebSphere
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (76.00%) DB2
Development Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Rational Rose
General
1 12 (48.00%) Finance
2 6 (24.00%) Retail
3 3 (12.00%) Banking
4 2 (8.00%) General Ledger
4 2 (8.00%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 12 (48.00%) Analyst
2 9 (36.00%) Developer
3 3 (12.00%) Analyst Programmer
3 3 (12.00%) Programmer
3 3 (12.00%) Technical Analyst
3 3 (12.00%) COBOL Developer
4 2 (8.00%) Technical Business Analyst
4 2 (8.00%) Systems Developer
4 2 (8.00%) Architect
4 2 (8.00%) Business Analyst
5 1 (4.00%) Tester
5 1 (4.00%) Software Developer
5 1 (4.00%) Systems Analyst
5 1 (4.00%) Technical Architect
5 1 (4.00%) Consultant
5 1 (4.00%) Solutions Architect
5 1 (4.00%) Team Leader
5 1 (4.00%) Systems Architect
5 1 (4.00%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
5 1 (4.00%) COBOL Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.00%) WebSphere MQ
2 1 (4.00%) Java EE
2 1 (4.00%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 13 (52.00%) Mainframe
2 9 (36.00%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (8.00%) VSAM
3 2 (8.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (4.00%) Smartcard
4 1 (4.00%) EFT
4 1 (4.00%) EFTPOS
4 1 (4.00%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 6 (24.00%) UNIX
2 2 (8.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (28.00%) E-Commerce
2 4 (16.00%) Migration
3 2 (8.00%) Systems Analysis
3 2 (8.00%) System Testing
3 2 (8.00%) Time Management
3 2 (8.00%) Data Modelling
3 2 (8.00%) ETL
3 2 (8.00%) UML
3 2 (8.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (4.00%) Mobile Commerce
4 1 (4.00%) Configuration Management
4 1 (4.00%) Project Management
4 1 (4.00%) CRM
4 1 (4.00%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (4.00%) Data Analysis
4 1 (4.00%) Data Mapping
4 1 (4.00%) Waterfall
4 1 (4.00%) Test Strategy
4 1 (4.00%) Technical Analysis
4 1 (4.00%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (52.00%) JCL
2 11 (44.00%) Java
3 1 (4.00%) PL/SQL
3 1 (4.00%) SQL
3 1 (4.00%) SELCOPY
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.00%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 14 (56.00%) IBM
2 9 (36.00%) Oracle
3 6 (24.00%) RedPrairie
4 4 (16.00%) JDA
5 1 (4.00%) CA