The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 27 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
27 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 435 494 468
Rank change year-on-year
+59 -26
Contract jobs citing COBOL 162 77 90
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.31% 0.16% 0.19%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.82% 0.42% 0.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 37 38
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£388 £364 £348
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.52% +4.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £253 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £483 £625 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £305 £325
% change year-on-year
+22.95% -6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 3
Average hourly rate - £30.00 £45.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -33.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £30.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +114.28%
COBOL
UK

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

Programming Languages Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
19778 18433 17982
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 38.27% 37.32% 38.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 13536 12006 11359
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £351 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+0.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 386 530
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £35.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -1.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £15.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in England

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in England

COBOL
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing COBOL across the England region over the 3 months to 27 July 2015.

COBOL Daily Rate Histogram in England

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in England

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the England region over the 3 months to 27 July 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +24 42 £425 +3.03% 3
North West +4 34 £389 +41.27% 5
West Midlands - 25 £150 - 2
North East -19 19 £410 +54.71% 1
South East -8 18 £403 +31.96% 7
Yorkshire -23 8 £375 +27.11%
East Midlands -3 6 £293 -55.00% 4
South West -5 2 - - 1
East of England -5 1 - - 2
COBOL
UK

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 113 (41.39%) Mainframe
2 107 (39.19%) DB2
3 77 (28.21%) JCL
3 77 (28.21%) CICS
4 76 (27.84%) Finance
5 65 (23.81%) VME
6 60 (21.98%) SQL
7 47 (17.22%) UNIX
8 44 (16.12%) Oracle
9 43 (15.75%) Micro Focus
10 40 (14.65%) Banking
11 37 (13.55%) Migration
12 34 (12.45%) Relational Database
13 30 (10.99%) IBM
14 29 (10.62%) Linux
15 26 (9.52%) Visual Studio
15 26 (9.52%) Java
15 26 (9.52%) QA
16 22 (8.06%) Security Cleared
17 20 (7.33%) Oracle Database
17 20 (7.33%) VSAM
17 20 (7.33%) Project Management
17 20 (7.33%) Assembly Language
18 19 (6.96%) Web Services
18 19 (6.96%) XML
19 18 (6.59%) HTML
19 18 (6.59%) RDBMS
20 17 (6.23%) REXX
20 17 (6.23%) MVS
20 17 (6.23%) Eclipse

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 77 (28.21%) CICS
2 12 (4.40%) Tuxedo
3 7 (2.56%) MQSeries
4 6 (2.20%) WebSphere
5 5 (1.83%) SAS
6 3 (1.10%) Apache
6 3 (1.10%) Confluence
7 2 (0.73%) GlassFish
7 2 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.37%) StreamWeaver
8 1 (0.37%) TPMS
8 1 (0.37%) JBoss
8 1 (0.37%) Oracle Service Bus
8 1 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 1 (0.37%) MS Project
1 1 (0.37%) MS Office
1 1 (0.37%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.73%) Oracle Financials
1 2 (0.73%) Oracle General Ledger
1 2 (0.73%) Oracle Receivables
1 2 (0.73%) Oracle Assets
2 1 (0.37%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.37%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.37%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.47%) Amazon S3
2 3 (1.10%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 15 (5.49%) FTP
2 7 (2.56%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.37%) SAN
3 1 (0.37%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (39.19%) DB2
2 34 (12.45%) Relational Database
3 20 (7.33%) Oracle Database
4 18 (6.59%) RDBMS
5 14 (5.13%) IMS/DB
6 7 (2.56%) DataStage
7 5 (1.83%) Pentaho
7 5 (1.83%) Adabas
8 4 (1.47%) SQL Server
9 3 (1.10%) Data Mining
9 3 (1.10%) UniData
10 2 (0.73%) Oracle Database 11g
11 1 (0.37%) IDMS
11 1 (0.37%) Easytrieve
11 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database 10g
11 1 (0.37%) MySQL
11 1 (0.37%) Crystal Reports
11 1 (0.37%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 26 (9.52%) Visual Studio
2 17 (6.23%) Eclipse
3 14 (5.13%) Dreamweaver
4 5 (1.83%) CA Gen
5 3 (1.10%) ChangeMan
5 3 (1.10%) Subversion
5 3 (1.10%) JIRA
5 3 (1.10%) JUnit
6 2 (0.73%) XPEDITER
7 1 (0.37%) JDeveloper
7 1 (0.37%) Toad
7 1 (0.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.37%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.37%) Hudson
7 1 (0.37%) Apache Continuum
7 1 (0.37%) Rational Application Developer
7 1 (0.37%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.37%) Maven
General
1 76 (27.84%) Finance
2 40 (14.65%) Banking
3 16 (5.86%) General Ledger
4 10 (3.66%) Retail
5 7 (2.56%) Dutch Language
5 7 (2.56%) French Language
6 4 (1.47%) Billing
7 3 (1.10%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.10%) Back Office
8 2 (0.73%) Spanish Language
8 2 (0.73%) Corporate Banking
8 2 (0.73%) Manufacturing
8 2 (0.73%) Advertising
9 1 (0.37%) Publishing
9 1 (0.37%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 81 (29.67%) Developer
2 50 (18.32%) Analyst
2 50 (18.32%) COBOL Developer
3 25 (9.16%) Architect
4 24 (8.79%) Programmer
5 23 (8.42%) COBOL Analyst
6 18 (6.59%) Test Manager
7 16 (5.86%) Mainframe Developer
8 15 (5.49%) Analyst Programmer
9 13 (4.76%) Project Manager
10 11 (4.03%) Technical Leader
11 10 (3.66%) COBOL Programmer
12 9 (3.30%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
12 9 (3.30%) Delivery Manager
12 9 (3.30%) Applications Architect
13 8 (2.93%) DBA
14 7 (2.56%) Oracle Developer
14 7 (2.56%) AWS Developer
15 5 (1.83%) Mainframe Programmer
15 5 (1.83%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (6.96%) Web Services
1 19 (6.96%) XML
2 18 (6.59%) HTML
3 15 (5.49%) ISPF
4 14 (5.13%) .NET
5 6 (2.20%) Middleware
6 4 (1.47%) Spring
6 4 (1.47%) Java EE
6 4 (1.47%) Silverlight
7 3 (1.10%) Hibernate
7 3 (1.10%) WebSphere MQ
8 2 (0.73%) EntireX
8 2 (0.73%) WSDL
8 2 (0.73%) XML Schema
8 2 (0.73%) JAXB
8 2 (0.73%) Grails
9 1 (0.37%) Java EE 5
9 1 (0.37%) JPA
9 1 (0.37%) Oracle Fusion
9 1 (0.37%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 113 (41.39%) Mainframe
2 20 (7.33%) VSAM
3 17 (6.23%) Data Conversion
4 13 (4.76%) IBM Mainframe
5 12 (4.40%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (4.03%) Computer Science
7 5 (1.83%) AS400
7 5 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (1.47%) Data Structures
8 4 (1.47%) Client/Server
8 4 (1.47%) SWIFT
9 3 (1.10%) Management Information System
10 2 (0.73%) W3C
10 2 (0.73%) Tandem
10 2 (0.73%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.73%) BYOD
10 2 (0.73%) Data Centre
11 1 (0.37%) Equities
11 1 (0.37%) PMI
11 1 (0.37%) EMV
Operating Systems
1 65 (23.81%) VME
2 47 (17.22%) UNIX
3 29 (10.62%) Linux
4 17 (6.23%) MVS
5 14 (5.13%) SUSE
6 12 (4.40%) zOS
7 8 (2.93%) AIX
8 5 (1.83%) Windows
9 4 (1.47%) Solaris
9 4 (1.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (1.10%) Windows Vista
10 3 (1.10%) Windows XP
10 3 (1.10%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (13.55%) Migration
2 20 (7.33%) Project Management
3 16 (5.86%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (5.86%) Automated Testing
4 15 (5.49%) Integration Testing
5 14 (5.13%) User Acceptance Testing
5 14 (5.13%) Data Modelling
6 11 (4.03%) Test Scripting
6 11 (4.03%) Continuous Integration
6 11 (4.03%) Mentoring
7 10 (3.66%) SDLC
8 9 (3.30%) PRINCE2
8 9 (3.30%) Change Management
9 8 (2.93%) Technical Analysis
9 8 (2.93%) Test Strategy
9 8 (2.93%) Performance Tuning
10 7 (2.56%) User Stories
10 7 (2.56%) Data Migration
11 6 (2.20%) Test Automation
11 6 (2.20%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 77 (28.21%) JCL
2 60 (21.98%) SQL
3 26 (9.52%) Java
4 20 (7.33%) Assembly Language
5 17 (6.23%) REXX
5 17 (6.23%) C#
6 14 (5.13%) VBA
7 11 (4.03%) JavaScript
7 11 (4.03%) PL/SQL
8 8 (2.93%) CLIST
9 6 (2.20%) SELCOPY
9 6 (2.20%) VB
10 4 (1.47%) Perl
10 4 (1.47%) NATURAL
11 3 (1.10%) C
11 3 (1.10%) RPG
11 3 (1.10%) Python
12 2 (0.73%) PL/1
12 2 (0.73%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.73%) Caml Language
Qualifications
1 22 (8.06%) Security Cleared
2 10 (3.66%) Degree
3 8 (2.93%) SC Cleared
4 1 (0.37%) BC Cleared
4 1 (0.37%) OCAJ
4 1 (0.37%) OCP
4 1 (0.37%) OCA
4 1 (0.37%) Oracle Certification
4 1 (0.37%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (9.52%) QA
System Software
1 7 (2.56%) Time Sharing Option
2 1 (0.37%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 15 (5.49%) Control-M
2 6 (2.20%) CA Endevor
3 1 (0.37%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 44 (16.12%) Oracle
2 43 (15.75%) Micro Focus
3 30 (10.99%) IBM
4 8 (2.93%) CA
4 8 (2.93%) SAP
5 6 (2.20%) HP
6 5 (1.83%) Actimize
7 4 (1.47%) BMC
7 4 (1.47%) Microsoft
7 4 (1.47%) 3PAR
8 3 (1.10%) ICL
8 3 (1.10%) Ab Initio
9 2 (0.73%) Fujitsu
9 2 (0.73%) Atlassian
9 2 (0.73%) WorldPay
10 1 (0.37%) EnterpriseDB
10 1 (0.37%) VMware
10 1 (0.37%) Business Objects
10 1 (0.37%) Informatica
10 1 (0.37%) Retek
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