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 31 July 2015 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 197 194 207
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +13
Contract jobs citing COBOL 11 5 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.19% 0.086% 0.27%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.42% 0.20% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 2 13
Average daily rate
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£425 £463 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.10% +28.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £433 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £493 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £328 £325
% change year-on-year
+14.50% +0.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £32.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +132.14%
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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
2620 2453 3110
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 44.75% 42.26% 43.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 2155 1904 2390
Average daily rate £475 £450 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.55% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £305 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £355 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.42% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 12 29
Average hourly rate £24.62 £38.49 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-36.05% -9.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.84 £14.88 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £143.25 £104.61 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -

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 31 July 2015.

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 31 July 2015, 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 14 (63.64%) DB2
1 14 (63.64%) Banking
2 13 (59.09%) Mainframe
3 11 (50.00%) Finance
4 9 (40.91%) CICS
5 7 (31.82%) UNIX
6 5 (22.73%) Project Management
6 5 (22.73%) JCL
7 4 (18.18%) SDLC
8 3 (13.64%) Assembly Language
8 3 (13.64%) SAP
8 3 (13.64%) PRINCE2
9 2 (9.09%) SQL
9 2 (9.09%) Linux
9 2 (9.09%) Change Management
9 2 (9.09%) XPEDITER
9 2 (9.09%) Advertising
9 2 (9.09%) Retail
9 2 (9.09%) Investment Banking
9 2 (9.09%) Systems Analysis
9 2 (9.09%) Actimize
9 2 (9.09%) Time Sharing Option
9 2 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
9 2 (9.09%) ISPF
9 2 (9.09%) WorldPay
9 2 (9.09%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 2 (9.09%) System Integration Testing
9 2 (9.09%) CA Endevor
9 2 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
10 1 (4.55%) Performance Testing

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

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 9 (40.91%) CICS
Applications
1 1 (4.55%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.55%) Cloud Computing
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (63.64%) DB2
Development Applications
1 2 (9.09%) XPEDITER
General
1 14 (63.64%) Banking
2 11 (50.00%) Finance
3 2 (9.09%) Advertising
3 2 (9.09%) Retail
3 2 (9.09%) Investment Banking
4 1 (4.55%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 6 (27.27%) Project Manager
2 4 (18.18%) Analyst
3 3 (13.64%) Technical Manager
3 3 (13.64%) Developer
3 3 (13.64%) Technical Project Manager
4 2 (9.09%) Test Manager
4 2 (9.09%) Delivery Manager
4 2 (9.09%) Mainframe Developer
4 2 (9.09%) COBOL Developer
5 1 (4.55%) Senior Service Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Test Leader
5 1 (4.55%) Technical Leader
5 1 (4.55%) SAP Business Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Enterprise Architect
5 1 (4.55%) Architect
5 1 (4.55%) Business Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Programme Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Senior Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Delivery Project Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (9.09%) ISPF
2 1 (4.55%) .NET
2 1 (4.55%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 13 (59.09%) Mainframe
2 1 (4.55%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.55%) AS400
2 1 (4.55%) Equities
2 1 (4.55%) Tandem
2 1 (4.55%) SWIFT
2 1 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.55%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 7 (31.82%) UNIX
2 2 (9.09%) Linux
3 1 (4.55%) MVS
3 1 (4.55%) Windows
3 1 (4.55%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (22.73%) Project Management
2 4 (18.18%) SDLC
3 3 (13.64%) PRINCE2
4 2 (9.09%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 2 (9.09%) System Integration Testing
4 2 (9.09%) Change Management
4 2 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (9.09%) Systems Analysis
4 2 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (4.55%) Performance Testing
5 1 (4.55%) Unit Testing
5 1 (4.55%) Test Management
5 1 (4.55%) V-Model
5 1 (4.55%) Test Automation
5 1 (4.55%) Waterfall
5 1 (4.55%) Change Control
5 1 (4.55%) Enterprise Architecture
5 1 (4.55%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (22.73%) JCL
2 3 (13.64%) Assembly Language
3 2 (9.09%) SQL
4 1 (4.55%) Java
Qualifications
1 1 (4.55%) PMI Certification
System Software
1 2 (9.09%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 2 (9.09%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 3 (13.64%) SAP
2 2 (9.09%) Actimize
2 2 (9.09%) WorldPay
3 1 (4.55%) IBM