The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 27 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 135 144 108
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -36
Contract jobs citing COBOL 1 2 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.033% 0.068% 0.25%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.089% 0.17% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 1
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£275 - £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+20.96% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £14.00
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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 West region.

Programming Languages Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
1129 1155 723
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 36.81% 39.10% 35.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 730 775 428
Average daily rate £375 £350 £328
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £458
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 66 48
Average hourly rate £36.40 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.93% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.19 £15.25 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £46.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £36.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +2.85%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in the South West

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 4 (66.67%) DB2
2 3 (50.00%) JCL
2 3 (50.00%) Mainframe
3 2 (33.33%) Adabas
3 2 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 2 (33.33%) Finance
3 2 (33.33%) Java
3 2 (33.33%) SQL
3 2 (33.33%) .NET
3 2 (33.33%) System Testing
3 2 (33.33%) NATURAL
3 2 (33.33%) SDLC
4 1 (16.67%) Investment Banking
4 1 (16.67%) Degree
4 1 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (16.67%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (16.67%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (16.67%) Relational Database
4 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (16.67%) Logical Data Model
4 1 (16.67%) Change Management
4 1 (16.67%) Back Office
4 1 (16.67%) Oracle
4 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
4 1 (16.67%) C#
4 1 (16.67%) HTML
4 1 (16.67%) VB
4 1 (16.67%) VB.NET
4 1 (16.67%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (16.67%) Business Objects

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 1 (16.67%) CICS
Applications
1 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (66.67%) DB2
2 2 (33.33%) Adabas
3 1 (16.67%) Relational Database
3 1 (16.67%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (33.33%) Finance
2 1 (16.67%) Banking
2 1 (16.67%) Investment Banking
2 1 (16.67%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 4 (66.67%) Developer
1 4 (66.67%) Analyst
2 3 (50.00%) Analyst Programmer
2 3 (50.00%) Programmer
3 2 (33.33%) Mainframe Developer
4 1 (16.67%) .NET Programmer
4 1 (16.67%) COBOL Analyst
4 1 (16.67%) Mainframe Analyst Programmer
4 1 (16.67%) Mainframe Programmer
4 1 (16.67%) Natural/Adabas Developer
4 1 (16.67%) SQL Programmer
4 1 (16.67%) AWS Developer
4 1 (16.67%) .NET Developer
4 1 (16.67%) Analyst Developer
4 1 (16.67%) SQL Developer
4 1 (16.67%) Developer Analyst
4 1 (16.67%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
4 1 (16.67%) COBOL Programmer
4 1 (16.67%) .NET Analyst Programmer
4 1 (16.67%) Applications Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) .NET
2 1 (16.67%) ASP.NET
2 1 (16.67%) SOAP
2 1 (16.67%) XML
2 1 (16.67%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (50.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (16.67%) IBM Mainframe
2 1 (16.67%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (16.67%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (33.33%) System Testing
1 2 (33.33%) SDLC
2 1 (16.67%) Logical Data Model
2 1 (16.67%) PRINCE2
2 1 (16.67%) OO
2 1 (16.67%) Data Modelling
2 1 (16.67%) Project Management
2 1 (16.67%) Change Management
2 1 (16.67%) Validation
2 1 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (50.00%) JCL
2 2 (33.33%) NATURAL
2 2 (33.33%) Java
2 2 (33.33%) SQL
3 1 (16.67%) VB
3 1 (16.67%) VB.NET
3 1 (16.67%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (16.67%) Degree
Vendors
1 2 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (16.67%) Oracle
2 1 (16.67%) Business Objects
2 1 (16.67%) IBM