The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 28 September 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
28 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 164 186 203
Rank change year-on-year
+22 +17
Contract jobs citing COBOL 2 2 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.058% 0.043% 0.10%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.12% 0.090% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 2
Median daily rate £443 - £331
90% offered a daily rate of more than £409 - £286
10% offered a daily rate of more than £477 - £376
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £375 £438
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £26.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+35.84% -24.28%
COBOL
London

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Programming Languages Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
1709 2216 2489
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 49.77% 47.26% 42.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 1444 1853 1944
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 11 9
Median hourly rate £27.50 £35.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.42% -22.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.25 £23.75 £15.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.25 £37.50 £129.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £39.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+5.12% +11.42%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

The demand trend of contract jobs across the City of London region citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Programming Languages category.

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing COBOL across the City of London region.

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the City of London region.

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 28 September 2016, 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 City of London region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 4 (66.67%) Java
1 4 (66.67%) Finance
1 4 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (50.00%) Banking
3 2 (33.33%) Tandem
3 2 (33.33%) Business Analysis
3 2 (33.33%) Technical Architecture
3 2 (33.33%) Java EE
3 2 (33.33%) SQL
3 2 (33.33%) DB2
3 2 (33.33%) JMS
3 2 (33.33%) Unit Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 2 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (33.33%) Customer Engagement
3 2 (33.33%) REST
3 2 (33.33%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (33.33%) Coaching
3 2 (33.33%) Spring
3 2 (33.33%) Software Engineering
3 2 (33.33%) Continuous Delivery
3 2 (33.33%) Fintech
4 1 (16.67%) Matrix Organization
4 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (16.67%) System Testing
4 1 (16.67%) C
4 1 (16.67%) C++
4 1 (16.67%) HTML
4 1 (16.67%) FTP
4 1 (16.67%) MVS

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London 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:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) FTP
1 1 (16.67%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (33.33%) DB2
2 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
General
1 4 (66.67%) Finance
2 3 (50.00%) Banking
3 1 (16.67%) Advertising
3 1 (16.67%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Analyst
1 2 (33.33%) Architect
1 2 (33.33%) Technical Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Business Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) COBOL Developer
2 1 (16.67%) COBOL Programmer
2 1 (16.67%) Developer
2 1 (16.67%) Programmer
2 1 (16.67%) Software Developer
2 1 (16.67%) Systems Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Technical Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) Java EE
1 2 (33.33%) JMS
1 2 (33.33%) REST
1 2 (33.33%) Spring
2 1 (16.67%) .NET
2 1 (16.67%) HTML
2 1 (16.67%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (33.33%) Enterprise Software
1 2 (33.33%) Fintech
1 2 (33.33%) Tandem
2 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (16.67%) AS400
2 1 (16.67%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (33.33%) Business Analysis
2 2 (33.33%) Coaching
2 2 (33.33%) Continuous Delivery
2 2 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
2 2 (33.33%) Customer Engagement
2 2 (33.33%) Software Engineering
2 2 (33.33%) Technical Architecture
2 2 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 2 (33.33%) Unit Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Matrix Management
3 1 (16.67%) Matrix Organization
3 1 (16.67%) Project Management
3 1 (16.67%) System Testing
3 1 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (66.67%) Java
2 2 (33.33%) SQL
3 1 (16.67%) C
3 1 (16.67%) C++
3 1 (16.67%) JCL
3 1 (16.67%) VB
3 1 (16.67%) VC++
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (16.67%) QA