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 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 241 268 248
Rank change year-on-year +27 -20  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 7 10 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.090% 0.11% 0.18%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.26% 0.32% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 9
Median daily rate £372 £325 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.46% -16.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £351 £325 £323
10% offered a daily rate of more than £436 £325 £506
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £381 £370
% change year-on-year -1.63% +3.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £25.00 -
% change year-on-year +28.00% -  

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 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 2723 3088 3248
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 34.95% 35.02% 34.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1700 1917 2023
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 119 86
Median hourly rate £44.50 £42.50 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.70% +7.59%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.66 £12.50 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year +13.33% +1.35%  

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing COBOL in the South East over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

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 3 months to 26 June 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 - 6 £372 -
Berkshire - 1 - -
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 18 (85.71%) DB2
2 17 (80.95%) Mainframe
3 10 (47.62%) CICS
4 8 (38.10%) SQL
5 6 (28.57%) IBM
5 6 (28.57%) JCL
5 6 (28.57%) IBM Mainframe
6 5 (23.81%) Unit Testing
7 4 (19.05%) Business Intelligence
7 4 (19.05%) SAP
8 3 (14.29%) C#
8 3 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (14.29%) ETL
8 3 (14.29%) ITIL
8 3 (14.29%) BusinessObjects
8 3 (14.29%) Service Management
8 3 (14.29%) ITSM
8 3 (14.29%) Billing
8 3 (14.29%) Ab Initio
8 3 (14.29%) Teradata
8 3 (14.29%) Reference Data
8 3 (14.29%) Hadoop
8 3 (14.29%) Big Data
8 3 (14.29%) ServiceNow
8 3 (14.29%) Mentoring
8 3 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
9 2 (9.52%) Finance
9 2 (9.52%) Micro Focus
9 2 (9.52%) Linux
9 2 (9.52%) Web Services

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 10 (47.62%) CICS
Business Applications
1 1 (4.76%) SAP Oil and Gas
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (85.71%) DB2
2 3 (14.29%) Big Data
2 3 (14.29%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (14.29%) Hadoop
3 1 (4.76%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (14.29%) Billing
2 2 (9.52%) Finance
3 1 (4.76%) Electronics
3 1 (4.76%) Manufacturing
3 1 (4.76%) Marketing
3 1 (4.76%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (52.38%) Developer
2 10 (47.62%) COBOL Developer
3 6 (28.57%) Analyst
4 4 (19.05%) Technical Analyst
5 3 (14.29%) Analyst Programmer
5 3 (14.29%) COBOL Analyst
5 3 (14.29%) Programmer
6 2 (9.52%) Applications Developer
6 2 (9.52%) Business Analyst
7 1 (4.76%) Administrator
7 1 (4.76%) Applications Architect
7 1 (4.76%) Architect
7 1 (4.76%) CICS Analyst
7 1 (4.76%) DB2 Administrator
7 1 (4.76%) DB2 DBA
7 1 (4.76%) DB2 Developer
7 1 (4.76%) DBA
7 1 (4.76%) Mainframe Analyst
7 1 (4.76%) Software Developer
7 1 (4.76%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (9.52%) Web Services
1 2 (9.52%) XML
2 1 (4.76%) .NET
2 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 17 (80.95%) Mainframe
2 6 (28.57%) IBM Mainframe
3 3 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (14.29%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.52%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (23.81%) Unit Testing
2 4 (19.05%) Business Intelligence
3 3 (14.29%) ETL
3 3 (14.29%) ITIL
3 3 (14.29%) ITSM
3 3 (14.29%) Mentoring
3 3 (14.29%) Service Management
4 1 (4.76%) Analytics
4 1 (4.76%) Business Analysis
4 1 (4.76%) Digital Marketing
4 1 (4.76%) Performance Management
4 1 (4.76%) Programme Management
4 1 (4.76%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (38.10%) SQL
2 6 (28.57%) JCL
3 3 (14.29%) C#
4 2 (9.52%) Java
5 1 (4.76%) VB.NET
Systems Management
1 1 (4.76%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 6 (28.57%) IBM
2 4 (19.05%) SAP
3 3 (14.29%) Ab Initio
3 3 (14.29%) ServiceNow
3 3 (14.29%) Teradata
4 2 (9.52%) Micro Focus
4 2 (9.52%) Oracle
5 1 (4.76%) Microsoft
5 1 (4.76%) Remedy