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 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
COBOL
England / South West
Rank 137 123 140
Rank change year-on-year -14 +17  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 3 15 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.12% 0.52% 0.13%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.29% 1.36% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 12 3
Median daily rate £525 £263 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -25.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £353 £350
% change year-on-year +6.38% +0.71%  
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 West with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 1041 1103 1149
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 40.07% 38.13% 36.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 650 651 729
Median daily rate £395 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.40% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £300 £284
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £478
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +4.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 113 55
Median hourly rate £42.50 £42.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +21.42%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.23 £27.50 £21.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £44.50
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 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing COBOL in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in the South West

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 24 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
Dorset - 1 £525 -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 24 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 West region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 3 (60.00%) SQL
1 3 (60.00%) Oracle
1 3 (60.00%) Banking
2 2 (40.00%) Finance
2 2 (40.00%) Mainframe
2 2 (40.00%) Unisys
2 2 (40.00%) Fujitsu
2 2 (40.00%) ICL
2 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (20.00%) Lucene
3 1 (20.00%) MagicDraw
3 1 (20.00%) Wholesale Banking
3 1 (20.00%) Taxonomies
3 1 (20.00%) JSON
3 1 (20.00%) Oracle OLAP
3 1 (20.00%) Integration Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (20.00%) Data Migration
3 1 (20.00%) Reference Data
3 1 (20.00%) Data Integration
3 1 (20.00%) Data Architecture
3 1 (20.00%) Pentaho
3 1 (20.00%) Product Management
3 1 (20.00%) Apache Solr
3 1 (20.00%) SPARQL
3 1 (20.00%) Hadoop
3 1 (20.00%) Information Architecture
3 1 (20.00%) iPad
3 1 (20.00%) Apache Cassandra
3 1 (20.00%) Data Quality

COBOL
Top Related 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 (20.00%) Apache Solr
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) Apache Cassandra
1 1 (20.00%) Data Lake
1 1 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (20.00%) Hadoop
1 1 (20.00%) OLAP
1 1 (20.00%) OLTP
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle OLAP
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (20.00%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 1 (20.00%) Eclipse
1 1 (20.00%) ERwin
1 1 (20.00%) MagicDraw
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle Forms
General
1 3 (60.00%) Banking
2 2 (40.00%) Finance
3 1 (20.00%) Back Office
3 1 (20.00%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Developer
2 2 (40.00%) Mainframe Developer
3 1 (20.00%) Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Analyst Programmer
3 1 (20.00%) Architect
3 1 (20.00%) Information Architect
3 1 (20.00%) Oracle Developer
3 1 (20.00%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (20.00%) JSON
1 1 (20.00%) Lucene
1 1 (20.00%) XML
1 1 (20.00%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (20.00%) Data Structures
2 1 (20.00%) iPad
2 1 (20.00%) Management Information System
2 1 (20.00%) Reference Data
2 1 (20.00%) Taxonomies
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (20.00%) Analytics
2 1 (20.00%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (20.00%) Data Integration
2 1 (20.00%) Data Lineage
2 1 (20.00%) Data Modelling
2 1 (20.00%) ETL
2 1 (20.00%) Information Architecture
2 1 (20.00%) Logical Data Model
2 1 (20.00%) Metadata Management
2 1 (20.00%) Migration
2 1 (20.00%) MVC
2 1 (20.00%) Performance Tuning
2 1 (20.00%) Physical Data Model
2 1 (20.00%) Product Management
2 1 (20.00%) RDF
2 1 (20.00%) Reference Data Management
2 1 (20.00%) SDLC
2 1 (20.00%) SOA
2 1 (20.00%) UML
Programming Languages
1 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 1 (20.00%) Java
2 1 (20.00%) PL/SQL
2 1 (20.00%) SPARQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 3 (60.00%) Oracle
2 2 (40.00%) Fujitsu
2 2 (40.00%) ICL
2 2 (40.00%) Unisys
3 1 (20.00%) Informatica
3 1 (20.00%) Micro Focus