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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 22 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 193 213 203
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -10
Contract jobs citing COBOL 7 18 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.12% 0.24% 0.31%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.28% 0.55% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 13 10
Average daily rate
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£425 £360 £468
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.05% -22.99%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £320 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £450 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £354 £278
% change year-on-year
-1.12% +27.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 - £27.62
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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
2494 3291 3092
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 42.34% 44.72% 39.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 1914 2538 2385
Average daily rate £450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 20 18
Average hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £41.05
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +3.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £18.00 £16.24
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £116.09 £59.00 £49.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within 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
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing COBOL across the City of London region over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

COBOL Daily Rate Histogram 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 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing COBOL also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited COBOL.

1 10 (90.91%) DB2
1 10 (90.91%) Mainframe
2 7 (63.64%) JCL
2 7 (63.64%) CICS
3 4 (36.36%) Change Management
3 4 (36.36%) ISPF
3 4 (36.36%) CA Endevor
3 4 (36.36%) Systems Analysis
4 3 (27.27%) Management Information System
4 3 (27.27%) SQL
5 2 (18.18%) .NET
5 2 (18.18%) XPEDITER
5 2 (18.18%) Finance
5 2 (18.18%) Banking
5 2 (18.18%) Incident Management
6 1 (9.09%) Business Analysis
6 1 (9.09%) Retail
6 1 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (9.09%) Tandem
6 1 (9.09%) OMEGAMON
6 1 (9.09%) IDMS
6 1 (9.09%) Performance Management
6 1 (9.09%) Data Extraction
6 1 (9.09%) PCI DSS
6 1 (9.09%) Security Cleared
6 1 (9.09%) Root Cause Analysis
6 1 (9.09%) CA Gen
6 1 (9.09%) Performance Tuning
6 1 (9.09%) CA
6 1 (9.09%) PL/1

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing COBOL also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited COBOL. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 7 (63.64%) CICS
2 1 (9.09%) MQSeries
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (90.91%) DB2
2 1 (9.09%) IDMS
2 1 (9.09%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 2 (18.18%) XPEDITER
2 1 (9.09%) CA Gen
General
1 2 (18.18%) Finance
1 2 (18.18%) Banking
2 1 (9.09%) Retail
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Developer
1 5 (45.45%) Analyst
2 4 (36.36%) Mainframe Developer
3 3 (27.27%) Systems Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Technical Specialist
4 1 (9.09%) Developer Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) DBA
4 1 (9.09%) Support Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (36.36%) ISPF
2 2 (18.18%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 10 (90.91%) Mainframe
2 3 (27.27%) Management Information System
3 1 (9.09%) Tandem
3 1 (9.09%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (36.36%) Change Management
1 4 (36.36%) Systems Analysis
2 2 (18.18%) Incident Management
3 1 (9.09%) Business Analysis
3 1 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
3 1 (9.09%) Performance Management
3 1 (9.09%) Root Cause Analysis
3 1 (9.09%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (9.09%) UML
Programming Languages
1 7 (63.64%) JCL
2 3 (27.27%) SQL
3 1 (9.09%) PL/1
Qualifications
1 1 (9.09%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 4 (36.36%) CA Endevor
2 1 (9.09%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 1 (9.09%) CA
1 1 (9.09%) IBM