Period
to 22 November 2017

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 6 months to 22 November 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
England > South East
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 362 358 345
Rank change year-on-year -4 -13 +5
Contract jobs citing COBOL 9 22 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.053% 0.13% 0.22%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.15% 0.37% 0.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 12 20
South East median daily rate £375 £300 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -25.00% +33.11%
10th Percentile £365 £250 £312
90th Percentile £398 £375 £575
England median daily rate £400 £400 £400
% change year-on-year -0.06% +0.06% +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
South East median hourly rate - £37.50 -
England median hourly rate £25.00 £36.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year -30.56% +35.85% -24.29%

COBOL is in the Programming Languages category. The following 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 coding skills.

All Programming Languages
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for coding skills 5921 5897 6633
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 35.16% 35.27% 34.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3679 3601 4116
South East median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £550 £538 £500
England median daily rate £462 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +8.71% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 166 219 249
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £40.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £18.50 £14.49 £15.00
90th Percentile £51.88 £54.10 £50.00
England median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £37.45
% change year-on-year +6.67% +0.13% +21.79%

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing COBOL as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 22 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Thames Valley -18 8 £375 +25.00% 1
Berkshire +9 6 £375 - 1
Buckinghamshire -31 2 - -
Hampshire +10 1 £400 -
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 4 (44.44%) Windows
1 4 (44.44%) Linux
1 4 (44.44%) Mainframe
2 3 (33.33%) Migration
2 3 (33.33%) Unix
2 3 (33.33%) C
2 3 (33.33%) C++
2 3 (33.33%) IBM
2 3 (33.33%) CICS
2 3 (33.33%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (22.22%) Refactoring
3 2 (22.22%) IDMS
3 2 (22.22%) TPMS
3 2 (22.22%) VME
3 2 (22.22%) Project Management
3 2 (22.22%) Finance
3 2 (22.22%) Fujitsu
3 2 (22.22%) Pascal
3 2 (22.22%) OpenVMS
3 2 (22.22%) Fortran
3 2 (22.22%) Shell Script
3 2 (22.22%) C#
3 2 (22.22%) DB2
3 2 (22.22%) Banking
3 2 (22.22%) JCL
4 1 (11.11%) Micro Focus
4 1 (11.11%) Billing
4 1 (11.11%) Business Analysis
4 1 (11.11%) Adabas
4 1 (11.11%) SQL

COBOL
Co-occurring 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 3 (33.33%) CICS
2 2 (22.22%) TPMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (22.22%) DB2
1 2 (22.22%) IDMS
2 1 (11.11%) Adabas
2 1 (11.11%) Hadoop
General
1 2 (22.22%) Banking
1 2 (22.22%) Finance
2 1 (11.11%) Billing
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Consultant
1 3 (33.33%) Migration Consultant
2 2 (22.22%) Architect
2 2 (22.22%) COBOL Consultant
2 2 (22.22%) Solutions Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Administrator
3 1 (11.11%) Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Banking Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) C++ Consultant
3 1 (11.11%) COBOL Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) DB2 Administrator
3 1 (11.11%) DB2 DBA
3 1 (11.11%) DBA
3 1 (11.11%) Mainframe Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Mainframe Programmer
3 1 (11.11%) Mainframe Project Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Programmer
3 1 (11.11%) Project Manager
Miscellaneous
1 4 (44.44%) Mainframe
2 3 (33.33%) IBM Mainframe
3 1 (11.11%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 4 (44.44%) Linux
1 4 (44.44%) Windows
2 3 (33.33%) Unix
3 2 (22.22%) OpenVMS
3 2 (22.22%) VME
4 1 (11.11%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (33.33%) Migration
2 2 (22.22%) Project Management
2 2 (22.22%) Refactoring
3 1 (11.11%) Business Analysis
3 1 (11.11%) Data Protection
3 1 (11.11%) Defect Management
3 1 (11.11%) Performance Management
3 1 (11.11%) Risk Analysis
3 1 (11.11%) Technical Analysis
Programming Languages
1 3 (33.33%) C
1 3 (33.33%) C++
2 2 (22.22%) C#
2 2 (22.22%) Fortran
2 2 (22.22%) JCL
2 2 (22.22%) Pascal
2 2 (22.22%) Shell Script
3 1 (11.11%) NATURAL
3 1 (11.11%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (11.11%) PMO
Vendors
1 3 (33.33%) IBM
2 2 (22.22%) Fujitsu
3 1 (11.11%) Micro Focus