The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Programming Languages category for the South West region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 138 124 128
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +4
Contract jobs citing COBOL 3 3 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.089% 0.13% 0.47%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.24% 0.32% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 11
Average daily rate - £435 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.35%
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-20.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £30.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £27.73 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.56%
Programming Languages Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
1235 936 1394
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 36.76% 39.21% 38.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 755 528 769
Average daily rate £345 £325 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.15% -18.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 58 105
Average hourly rate £37.00 £37.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.33% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.35 £16.50 £23.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.25 £42.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +2.94%
COBOL
England

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
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Wiltshire -15 2 - -
Dorset - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 13 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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 2 (50.00%) DB2
1 2 (50.00%) JCL
1 2 (50.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (25.00%) VSAM
2 1 (25.00%) Software Engineering
2 1 (25.00%) Time Management
2 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET
2 1 (25.00%) CICS
2 1 (25.00%) MVS
2 1 (25.00%) C
2 1 (25.00%) Java
2 1 (25.00%) PHP
2 1 (25.00%) .NET

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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 (25.00%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (50.00%) DB2
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Programmer
2 1 (25.00%) Senior Software Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Technical Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) COBOL Programmer
2 1 (25.00%) Technical Developer
2 1 (25.00%) Senior Technical Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Software Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Developer
2 1 (25.00%) Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Senior Developer
2 1 (25.00%) Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) .NET
1 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (25.00%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 1 (25.00%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (25.00%) Software Engineering
1 1 (25.00%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (50.00%) JCL
2 1 (25.00%) C
2 1 (25.00%) Java
2 1 (25.00%) PHP