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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 18 January 2017 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
18 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
COBOL
England / South West
Rank 130 141 132
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -9
Contract jobs citing COBOL 2 2 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.078% 0.067% 0.13%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.20% 0.17% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 2
Median daily rate £275 - £403
UK excluding London median daily rate £402 £400 £330
% change year-on-year
+0.37% +21.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £39.50
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -34.17%

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
1007 1200 1095
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 39.14% 40.08% 36.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 637 799 712
Median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £288 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 70 72
Median hourly rate £41.50 £42.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.35% +18.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £31.00 £24.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £56.53 £46.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £39.00 £35.18
% change year-on-year
+5.12% +10.87%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South West 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 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
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 18 January 2017. 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 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
Bristol - 1 £275 - 1
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 18 January 2017, 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 West region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 3 (60.00%) Finance
2 2 (40.00%) Banking
2 2 (40.00%) SQL
2 2 (40.00%) Oracle
2 2 (40.00%) Java
2 2 (40.00%) Mainframe
3 1 (20.00%) PL/SQL
3 1 (20.00%) DB2
3 1 (20.00%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (20.00%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (20.00%) Unisys
3 1 (20.00%) IBM
3 1 (20.00%) CICS
3 1 (20.00%) Assembly Language
3 1 (20.00%) JCL
3 1 (20.00%) Micro Focus
3 1 (20.00%) Project Management
3 1 (20.00%) Back Office
3 1 (20.00%) AS400
3 1 (20.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (20.00%) VSAM
3 1 (20.00%) ICL
3 1 (20.00%) Fujitsu
3 1 (20.00%) Data Mapping
3 1 (20.00%) iPad
3 1 (20.00%) Process Improvement
3 1 (20.00%) Test Strategy
3 1 (20.00%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (20.00%) Migration
3 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the South West 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 1 (20.00%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) DB2
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (20.00%) ChangeMan
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle Forms
General
1 3 (60.00%) Finance
2 2 (40.00%) Banking
3 1 (20.00%) Back Office
3 1 (20.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Developer
2 2 (40.00%) Mainframe Developer
3 1 (20.00%) Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Analyst Programmer
3 1 (20.00%) Banking Project Manager
3 1 (20.00%) Implementation Manager
3 1 (20.00%) Implementation Project Manager
3 1 (20.00%) Oracle Developer
3 1 (20.00%) Programmer
3 1 (20.00%) Project Implementation Manager
3 1 (20.00%) Project Manager
3 1 (20.00%) Technical Implementation Manager
3 1 (20.00%) Technical Manager
3 1 (20.00%) Technical Project Manager
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (20.00%) AS400
2 1 (20.00%) iPad
2 1 (20.00%) VSAM
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (20.00%) Data Mapping
1 1 (20.00%) Migration
1 1 (20.00%) Performance Tuning
1 1 (20.00%) Process Improvement
1 1 (20.00%) Project Management
1 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
1 1 (20.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 2 (40.00%) Java
1 2 (40.00%) SQL
2 1 (20.00%) Assembly Language
2 1 (20.00%) JCL
2 1 (20.00%) PL/SQL
Vendors
1 2 (40.00%) Oracle
2 1 (20.00%) Ab Initio
2 1 (20.00%) Fujitsu
2 1 (20.00%) IBM
2 1 (20.00%) ICL
2 1 (20.00%) Micro Focus
2 1 (20.00%) Unisys