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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 27 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
27 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 254 253 248
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -5
Contract jobs citing COBOL 11 22 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.13% 0.22% 0.12%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.35% 0.64% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 11 4
Median daily rate £250 £405 £303
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-38.27% +33.77%
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
- +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.27 - £32.50
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
3154 3427 3033
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 36.66% 34.96% 32.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1990 2168 1680
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £270 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £469
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 109 108
Median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £19.60 £15.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.20 £48.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +10.00%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South East region citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the South East region over the 3 months to 27 August 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Buckinghamshire +12 5 - -
Surrey - 3 £250 - 1
Berkshire +6 2 - - 2
Oxfordshire -3 1 - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 27 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing COBOL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 16 (72.73%) IBM
2 10 (45.45%) Mainframe
3 9 (40.91%) Oracle
4 7 (31.82%) Unix
5 6 (27.27%) DB2
5 6 (27.27%) Java
6 5 (22.73%) SAP
6 5 (22.73%) Windows
6 5 (22.73%) Smalltalk
6 5 (22.73%) MQSeries
6 5 (22.73%) Shell Script
6 5 (22.73%) Micro Focus
6 5 (22.73%) Migration
6 5 (22.73%) IBM Mainframe
6 5 (22.73%) Oracle Database 11g
6 5 (22.73%) Oracle Database 12c
6 5 (22.73%) Oracle Database
6 5 (22.73%) Re-Platforming
7 4 (18.18%) Spanish Language
7 4 (18.18%) Banking
7 4 (18.18%) JCL
8 3 (13.64%) WebSphere MQ
8 3 (13.64%) Control-M
8 3 (13.64%) HTML
8 3 (13.64%) JSP
8 3 (13.64%) JavaScript
8 3 (13.64%) Business Analysis
8 3 (13.64%) Finance
8 3 (13.64%) WebSphere
8 3 (13.64%) Spring

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (22.73%) MQSeries
2 3 (13.64%) WebSphere
3 2 (9.09%) CICS
3 2 (9.09%) SharePoint
4 1 (4.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (4.55%) TPMS
Applications
1 2 (9.09%) MS Excel
1 2 (9.09%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (27.27%) DB2
2 5 (22.73%) Oracle Database
2 5 (22.73%) Oracle Database 11g
2 5 (22.73%) Oracle Database 12c
3 1 (4.55%) IDMS
3 1 (4.55%) PowerCenter
General
1 4 (18.18%) Banking
1 4 (18.18%) Spanish Language
2 3 (13.64%) Finance
Job Titles
1 11 (50.00%) Developer
2 8 (36.36%) COBOL Developer
3 7 (31.82%) Consultant
4 3 (13.64%) Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) COBOL Consultant
4 3 (13.64%) DB2 Developer
4 3 (13.64%) Java Developer
4 3 (13.64%) Technical Consultant
5 1 (4.55%) Banking Project Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Cloud Consultant
5 1 (4.55%) COBOL Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) DB2 Consultant
5 1 (4.55%) Excel Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) IBM Technical Consultant
5 1 (4.55%) IT Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Mainframe Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Migration Consultant
5 1 (4.55%) Remedy Consultant
5 1 (4.55%) Smalltalk Developer
5 1 (4.55%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.64%) HTML
1 3 (13.64%) JSP
1 3 (13.64%) Spring
1 3 (13.64%) WebSphere MQ
2 1 (4.55%) ISPF
Miscellaneous
1 10 (45.45%) Mainframe
2 5 (22.73%) IBM Mainframe
3 3 (13.64%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (4.55%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 7 (31.82%) Unix
2 5 (22.73%) Windows
3 2 (9.09%) Linux
3 2 (9.09%) VME
4 1 (4.55%) MVS
4 1 (4.55%) VMS
4 1 (4.55%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (22.73%) Migration
1 5 (22.73%) Re-Platforming
2 3 (13.64%) Business Analysis
3 2 (9.09%) CRM
4 1 (4.55%) Anti-Money Laundering
4 1 (4.55%) Cash Management
4 1 (4.55%) CMMI
4 1 (4.55%) Customer Segmentation
4 1 (4.55%) Data Migration
4 1 (4.55%) Data Modelling
4 1 (4.55%) Presales
4 1 (4.55%) Project Management
4 1 (4.55%) Refactoring
4 1 (4.55%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 6 (27.27%) Java
2 5 (22.73%) Shell Script
2 5 (22.73%) Smalltalk
3 4 (18.18%) JCL
4 3 (13.64%) JavaScript
5 2 (9.09%) SQL
6 1 (4.55%) Assembly Language
6 1 (4.55%) C
6 1 (4.55%) C#
6 1 (4.55%) C++
6 1 (4.55%) CLIST
6 1 (4.55%) REXX
System Software
1 1 (4.55%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 3 (13.64%) Control-M
1 3 (13.64%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (72.73%) IBM
2 9 (40.91%) Oracle
3 5 (22.73%) Micro Focus
3 5 (22.73%) SAP
4 2 (9.09%) Remedy
5 1 (4.55%) Fujitsu
5 1 (4.55%) ICL
5 1 (4.55%) Microsoft
5 1 (4.55%) Unisys