The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 23 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 West
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 137 -
Contract jobs citing COBOL 0 6 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West - 0.20% -
As % of the Programming Languages category - 0.53% -
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 0
Median daily rate - £310 -
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 West with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 1025 1142 1193
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 37.73% 38.17% 38.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 625 718 789
Median daily rate £375 £365 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.73% -2.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £483 £475 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 80 74
Median hourly rate £47.50 £39.00 £36.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.79% +7.73%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.60 £25.00 £20.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.90 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £36.50
% change year-on-year +13.33% +2.73%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in the South West

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 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 West region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 3 (100.00%) Banking
2 2 (66.67%) Mainframe
2 2 (66.67%) ICL
2 2 (66.67%) Unisys
2 2 (66.67%) Fujitsu
3 1 (33.33%) Oracle OLAP
3 1 (33.33%) Integration Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (33.33%) Data Migration
3 1 (33.33%) Reference Data
3 1 (33.33%) Data Integration
3 1 (33.33%) Data Architecture
3 1 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 1 (33.33%) Pentaho
3 1 (33.33%) Product Management
3 1 (33.33%) Apache Solr
3 1 (33.33%) SPARQL
3 1 (33.33%) Hadoop
3 1 (33.33%) Information Architecture
3 1 (33.33%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (33.33%) Data Quality
3 1 (33.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 1 (33.33%) Analytics
3 1 (33.33%) Metadata Management
3 1 (33.33%) Data Structures
3 1 (33.33%) Logical Data Model
3 1 (33.33%) Physical Data Model
3 1 (33.33%) SDLC
3 1 (33.33%) Data Lineage
3 1 (33.33%) Data Lake

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 1 (33.33%) Apache Solr
1 1 (33.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) Apache Cassandra
1 1 (33.33%) Data Lake
1 1 (33.33%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (33.33%) Hadoop
1 1 (33.33%) OLAP
1 1 (33.33%) OLTP
1 1 (33.33%) Oracle OLAP
1 1 (33.33%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Eclipse
1 1 (33.33%) ERwin
1 1 (33.33%) MagicDraw
General
1 3 (100.00%) Banking
2 1 (33.33%) Finance
2 1 (33.33%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Developer
1 2 (66.67%) Mainframe Developer
2 1 (33.33%) Architect
2 1 (33.33%) Information Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (33.33%) JSON
1 1 (33.33%) Lucene
1 1 (33.33%) XML
1 1 (33.33%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) Mainframe
2 1 (33.33%) Data Structures
2 1 (33.33%) Management Information System
2 1 (33.33%) Reference Data
2 1 (33.33%) Taxonomies
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (33.33%) Analytics
1 1 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
1 1 (33.33%) Data Architecture
1 1 (33.33%) Data Integration
1 1 (33.33%) Data Lineage
1 1 (33.33%) Data Migration
1 1 (33.33%) Data Modelling
1 1 (33.33%) Data Strategy
1 1 (33.33%) Information Architecture
1 1 (33.33%) Integration Testing
1 1 (33.33%) Logical Data Model
1 1 (33.33%) Metadata Management
1 1 (33.33%) Physical Data Model
1 1 (33.33%) Product Management
1 1 (33.33%) RDF
1 1 (33.33%) Reference Data Management
1 1 (33.33%) SDLC
1 1 (33.33%) Test Automation
1 1 (33.33%) UML
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) Java
1 1 (33.33%) SPARQL
1 1 (33.33%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (33.33%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) Fujitsu
1 2 (66.67%) ICL
1 2 (66.67%) Unisys
2 1 (33.33%) Informatica
2 1 (33.33%) Oracle