The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 25 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
COBOL
England / South East
Rank 231 243 262
Rank change year-on-year +12 +19  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 14 21 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.18% 0.23% 0.072%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.53% 0.68% 0.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 8 2
Median daily rate £300 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -29.41% +21.42%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +7.14% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 the South East with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 2624 3099 3269
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 33.43% 33.61% 33.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1558 2046 1883
Median daily rate £400 £380 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +8.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £295 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £513 £485
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +4.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 119 121
Median hourly rate £42.50 £38.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.84% +1.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £12.35 £18.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 £40.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +4.10% +11.11%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 the South East

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in the South East

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in the South East

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 East region over the 3 months to 25 March 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
Hampshire +18 9 £300 -
Berkshire +26 2 - -
Oxfordshire -10 2 - -
Buckinghamshire -24 1 - - 2
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 25 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 South East region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 14 (77.78%) DB2
2 12 (66.67%) Mainframe
3 8 (44.44%) JCL
4 7 (38.89%) CICS
4 7 (38.89%) IBM
5 6 (33.33%) IBM Mainframe
6 5 (27.78%) SQL
6 5 (27.78%) Unit Testing
7 3 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (16.67%) Oracle
7 3 (16.67%) C#
7 3 (16.67%) SAP
8 2 (11.11%) Web Services
8 2 (11.11%) XML
8 2 (11.11%) ITIL
8 2 (11.11%) Linux
8 2 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (11.11%) Java
8 2 (11.11%) ETL
8 2 (11.11%) FTP
8 2 (11.11%) RPG
8 2 (11.11%) BusinessObjects
8 2 (11.11%) JD Edwards
8 2 (11.11%) Hadoop
8 2 (11.11%) Business Analysis
8 2 (11.11%) Remedy
8 2 (11.11%) Micro Focus
8 2 (11.11%) Ab Initio
8 2 (11.11%) Teradata
8 2 (11.11%) Service Management

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 7 (38.89%) CICS
2 1 (5.56%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (5.56%) Commerce Server
2 1 (5.56%) Commerce Server 2007
2 1 (5.56%) EPiServer
Business Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Oracle Receivables
1 1 (5.56%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 2 (11.11%) FTP
2 1 (5.56%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (77.78%) DB2
2 2 (11.11%) Big Data
2 2 (11.11%) BusinessObjects
2 2 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (11.11%) Hadoop
3 1 (5.56%) Oracle Database
3 1 (5.56%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (5.56%) SQL Server
3 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 2 (11.11%) Finance
1 2 (11.11%) Telecoms
2 1 (5.56%) Billing
2 1 (5.56%) Electronics
2 1 (5.56%) Manufacturing
2 1 (5.56%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 11 (61.11%) COBOL Developer
1 11 (61.11%) Developer
2 4 (22.22%) Analyst
3 2 (11.11%) Analyst Programmer
3 2 (11.11%) Applications Developer
3 2 (11.11%) AS400 Developer
3 2 (11.11%) CICS Analyst
3 2 (11.11%) COBOL Analyst
3 2 (11.11%) Designer
3 2 (11.11%) Programmer
3 2 (11.11%) RPG Developer
3 2 (11.11%) SQL Developer
3 2 (11.11%) Technical Analyst
4 1 (5.56%) DB2 Developer
4 1 (5.56%) Mainframe Analyst
4 1 (5.56%) Mainframe Specialist
4 1 (5.56%) Senior Designer
4 1 (5.56%) Solutions Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.11%) Web Services
1 2 (11.11%) XML
2 1 (5.56%) .NET
2 1 (5.56%) ADO.NET
2 1 (5.56%) ASP.NET
2 1 (5.56%) CSS
2 1 (5.56%) HTML
2 1 (5.56%) ISPF
2 1 (5.56%) jQuery
2 1 (5.56%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 12 (66.67%) Mainframe
2 6 (33.33%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (11.11%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.11%) Linux
2 1 (5.56%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (27.78%) Unit Testing
2 3 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (11.11%) Business Analysis
3 2 (11.11%) ETL
3 2 (11.11%) ITIL
3 2 (11.11%) ITSM
3 2 (11.11%) Mentoring
3 2 (11.11%) Service Management
4 1 (5.56%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (5.56%) Analytics
4 1 (5.56%) Digital Marketing
4 1 (5.56%) E-Commerce
4 1 (5.56%) ERP
4 1 (5.56%) Programme Management
4 1 (5.56%) Prototyping
4 1 (5.56%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 8 (44.44%) JCL
2 5 (27.78%) SQL
3 3 (16.67%) C#
4 2 (11.11%) Java
4 2 (11.11%) RPG
5 1 (5.56%) JavaScript
5 1 (5.56%) PL/SQL
5 1 (5.56%) T-SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) QA
System Software
1 1 (5.56%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 1 (5.56%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 7 (38.89%) IBM
2 3 (16.67%) Oracle
2 3 (16.67%) SAP
3 2 (11.11%) Ab Initio
3 2 (11.11%) JD Edwards
3 2 (11.11%) Micro Focus
3 2 (11.11%) Remedy
3 2 (11.11%) ServiceNow
3 2 (11.11%) Teradata