The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Essex 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 29 March 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
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 52 46
Contract jobs citing COBOL 0 1 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex - 0.22% 2.20%
As % of the Programming Languages category - 0.72% 5.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 4
Median daily rate - - £284
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £338 £350
% change year-on-year +7.48% -3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Median hourly rate - - £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 - £39.50

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 Essex with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
Essex
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 191 138 187
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Essex 46.81% 30.80% 41.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 83 95
Median daily rate £425 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.42% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £238 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £541 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 5 29
Median hourly rate £37.00 £47.50 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.10% +20.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £36.50 £32.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.50 £40.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +3.75% +11.11%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in Essex

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Essex 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 Essex

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in Essex

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in Essex

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 Essex region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 2 (100.00%) VME
2 1 (50.00%) SDLC
2 1 (50.00%) Defect Tracking
2 1 (50.00%) Fault Analysis
2 1 (50.00%) DB2
2 1 (50.00%) MVS
2 1 (50.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (50.00%) Finance
2 1 (50.00%) ICL
2 1 (50.00%) Fujitsu
2 1 (50.00%) IDMS

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in Essex 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (50.00%) DB2
1 1 (50.00%) IDMS
General
1 1 (50.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) COBOL Developer
1 1 (50.00%) COBOL Programmer
1 1 (50.00%) Developer
1 1 (50.00%) Programmer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) VME
2 1 (50.00%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Defect Tracking
1 1 (50.00%) Fault Analysis
1 1 (50.00%) SDLC
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) Fujitsu
1 1 (50.00%) ICL