The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire with a requirement for COBOL skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 26 April 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

COBOL
South East / Buckinghamshire
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 84 65 87
Rank change year-on-year -19 +22  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 1 10 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 0.095% 0.93% 0.31%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.29% 3.05% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 0
Median daily rate - £325 -
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £313 £347
% change year-on-year +20.00% -10.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +11.11% -50.00%  

COBOL is in the programming language skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
Buckinghamshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 342 328 418
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 32.36% 30.65% 31.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 121 184 227
Median daily rate £388 £360 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.63% +10.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £288 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +4.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 4
Median hourly rate £55.00 £38.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.85% +48.07%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £38.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year +11.84% +7.04%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in Buckinghamshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire citing COBOL as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Programming Languages category.

Job vacancy trend for COBOL in Buckinghamshire

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing COBOL in Buckinghamshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in Buckinghamshire

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in Buckinghamshire

For the 6 months to 26 April 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 Buckinghamshire region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 2 (66.67%) RPG
1 2 (66.67%) SQL
1 2 (66.67%) JD Edwards
1 2 (66.67%) FTP
1 2 (66.67%) AS400
2 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (33.33%) IBM
2 1 (33.33%) CICS
2 1 (33.33%) CA Endevor
2 1 (33.33%) IBM Mainframe
2 1 (33.33%) JCL
2 1 (33.33%) Remedy
2 1 (33.33%) Mainframe
2 1 (33.33%) DB2
2 1 (33.33%) E-Commerce
2 1 (33.33%) ERP

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in Buckinghamshire 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 (33.33%) CICS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (66.67%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) DB2
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) AS400 Developer
1 2 (66.67%) COBOL Developer
1 2 (66.67%) Developer
1 2 (66.67%) RPG Developer
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Developer
2 1 (33.33%) Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) CICS Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) COBOL Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) Mainframe Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) AS400
2 1 (33.33%) IBM Mainframe
2 1 (33.33%) Mainframe
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (33.33%) E-Commerce
1 1 (33.33%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 2 (66.67%) RPG
1 2 (66.67%) SQL
2 1 (33.33%) JCL
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) JD Edwards
2 1 (33.33%) IBM
2 1 (33.33%) Remedy