Period
to 19 June 2019

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 19 June 2019 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
19 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 334 347 327
Rank change year-on-year +13 -20 +37
Contract jobs citing COBOL 21 23 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.14% 0.14% 0.14%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.38% 0.36% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 7 10
South East median daily rate £325 £350 £371
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% -5.66% -12.71%
10th Percentile £258 £305 £286
90th Percentile £450 £500 £406
England median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South East median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate - £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year - +40.00% -

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 5,483 6,320 5,301
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 37.14% 38.37% 34.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,438 3,812 3,227
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £313 £306 £288
90th Percentile £588 £563 £538
England median daily rate £482 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +1.37% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 171 188 162
South East median hourly rate £47.00 £42.50 £42.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.59% -0.58% +6.88%
10th Percentile £23.49 £18.93 £16.55
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.88 £62.42
England median hourly rate £43.00 £41.50 £41.25
% change year-on-year +3.61% +0.61% +7.14%

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing COBOL in the South East over the 6 months to 19 June 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 19 June 2019. 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 +16 11 £350 -22.22% 2
Berkshire +8 11 £350 -22.22%
West Sussex - 7 £325 -
Hampshire -7 3 £325 -3.70%
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 19 June 2019, IT contractor jobs citing COBOL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South East region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 13 (61.90%) Mainframe
2 12 (57.14%) DB2
3 7 (33.33%) Data Modelling
3 7 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
3 7 (33.33%) Configuration Management
3 7 (33.33%) Problem Management
3 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (28.57%) Scrum
4 6 (28.57%) IDMS
4 6 (28.57%) VME
4 6 (28.57%) Process Improvement
4 6 (28.57%) Test Strategy
5 5 (23.81%) FMCG
5 5 (23.81%) Unit Testing
5 5 (23.81%) Retail
5 5 (23.81%) VSAM
5 5 (23.81%) MVS
5 5 (23.81%) Tivoli
5 5 (23.81%) JCL
5 5 (23.81%) IBM
5 5 (23.81%) CICS
5 5 (23.81%) Java
5 5 (23.81%) SQL
6 4 (19.05%) ICL
6 4 (19.05%) Problem-Solving
7 3 (14.29%) SC Cleared
7 3 (14.29%) Security Cleared
8 2 (9.52%) zOS
8 2 (9.52%) Structured Programming
9 1 (4.76%) ETL

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 5 (23.81%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (57.14%) DB2
2 6 (28.57%) IDMS
General
1 5 (23.81%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (90.48%) Developer
2 18 (85.71%) COBOL Developer
3 2 (9.52%) Mainframe Developer
3 2 (9.52%) Mainframe Specialist
3 2 (9.52%) z/OS Specialist
4 1 (4.76%) Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Analyst Developer
4 1 (4.76%) Analyst Programmer
4 1 (4.76%) Applications Developer
4 1 (4.76%) COBOL Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
4 1 (4.76%) COBOL Programmer
4 1 (4.76%) Developer Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Programmer
Miscellaneous
1 13 (61.90%) Mainframe
2 5 (23.81%) FMCG
2 5 (23.81%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 6 (28.57%) VME
2 5 (23.81%) MVS
3 2 (9.52%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
1 7 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
1 7 (33.33%) Configuration Management
1 7 (33.33%) Data Modelling
1 7 (33.33%) Problem Management
2 6 (28.57%) Process Improvement
2 6 (28.57%) Scrum
2 6 (28.57%) Test Strategy
3 5 (23.81%) Unit Testing
4 4 (19.05%) Problem-Solving
5 2 (9.52%) Structured Programming
6 1 (4.76%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 5 (23.81%) Java
1 5 (23.81%) JCL
1 5 (23.81%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (14.29%) SC Cleared
1 3 (14.29%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 5 (23.81%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 5 (23.81%) IBM
2 4 (19.05%) ICL