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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 447 472 471
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -1
Contract jobs citing COBOL 105 76 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.22% 0.16% 0.11%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.58% 0.44% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 44 21
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£350 £300 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £222 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £443 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £375
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 3
Average hourly rate £39.50 - £27.96
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.70 - £27.59
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 - £39.59
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 - £27.73
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
18058 17255 15397
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 37.86% 37.42% 37.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 11935 11001 9623
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £253 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £553 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 451 602
Average hourly rate £35.50 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £16.50 £16.69
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £34.06 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -2.70%

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 4 March 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 4 March 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 +7 35 £350 -5.08% 2
North West -2 17 £475 +26.66% 2
North East +3 16 £347 +40.39% 1
East of England +8 13 £338 +40.62% 2
South East -18 9 £350 -28.20% 3
South West -3 4 £415 - 5
East Midlands +7 3 - - 3
West Midlands -10 3 £383 +17.69%
Yorkshire -29 3 - - 1
COBOL
UK

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 4 March 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.

1 103 (48.36%) Mainframe
2 95 (44.60%) DB2
3 80 (37.56%) CICS
4 66 (30.99%) JCL
5 60 (28.17%) IBM
6 56 (26.29%) SQL
7 52 (24.41%) Finance
8 35 (16.43%) VME
9 34 (15.96%) UNIX
10 31 (14.55%) Java
10 31 (14.55%) Assembly Language
11 30 (14.08%) VSAM
12 25 (11.74%) Banking
12 25 (11.74%) REXX
12 25 (11.74%) Linux
13 23 (10.80%) IBM Mainframe
14 21 (9.86%) Micro Focus
15 20 (9.39%) zOS
16 19 (8.92%) Agile Software Development
16 19 (8.92%) Migration
17 18 (8.45%) ISPF
18 17 (7.98%) Oracle
18 17 (7.98%) Web Services
18 17 (7.98%) AS400
18 17 (7.98%) Security Cleared
19 15 (7.04%) Middleware
19 15 (7.04%) DataStage
20 14 (6.57%) Microsoft
20 14 (6.57%) TCP/IP
20 14 (6.57%) SAS

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 80 (37.56%) CICS
2 14 (6.57%) SAS
3 13 (6.10%) MQSeries
4 7 (3.29%) WebSphere
4 7 (3.29%) Tuxedo
5 3 (1.41%) JBoss
6 2 (0.94%) WebLogic
6 2 (0.94%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
6 2 (0.94%) TPMS
7 1 (0.47%) Oracle Application Server
7 1 (0.47%) StreamWeaver
7 1 (0.47%) Exstream Dialogue
7 1 (0.47%) CMS
7 1 (0.47%) Apache
Applications
1 9 (4.23%) MS Office
2 5 (2.35%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.94%) ResourceLink
2 1 (0.47%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.47%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.47%) BASE24
2 1 (0.47%) Exstream
2 1 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.47%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.47%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 14 (6.57%) TCP/IP
2 6 (2.82%) FTP
2 6 (2.82%) Internet
3 4 (1.88%) HTTP
3 4 (1.88%) LAN
3 4 (1.88%) WAN
3 4 (1.88%) SNA
3 4 (1.88%) APPN
4 3 (1.41%) SSH
4 3 (1.41%) SSL
5 2 (0.94%) X.25
6 1 (0.47%) SAN
6 1 (0.47%) S/MIME
6 1 (0.47%) RIP
6 1 (0.47%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (44.60%) DB2
2 15 (7.04%) DataStage
3 9 (4.23%) SQL Server
3 9 (4.23%) Adabas
4 8 (3.76%) Relational Database
5 6 (2.82%) Oracle Database
6 5 (2.35%) Pentaho
6 5 (2.35%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.88%) Easytrieve
8 3 (1.41%) NonStop SQL
8 3 (1.41%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.94%) Oracle9i Database
9 2 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.94%) Ingres
10 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database 12c
10 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.47%) UniData
10 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (0.47%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 7 (3.29%) CA Gen
2 6 (2.82%) Eclipse
2 6 (2.82%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.88%) Oracle Forms
4 2 (0.94%) ChangeMan
5 1 (0.47%) Zephyr
5 1 (0.47%) JIRA
5 1 (0.47%) StarTeam
5 1 (0.47%) XPEDITER
5 1 (0.47%) Toad
5 1 (0.47%) PowerDesigner
5 1 (0.47%) Rational Rose
General
1 52 (24.41%) Finance
2 25 (11.74%) Banking
3 14 (6.57%) Retail
4 7 (3.29%) Manufacturing
5 5 (2.35%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.88%) Spanish Language
7 3 (1.41%) Retail Banking
7 3 (1.41%) Back Office
8 2 (0.94%) Law
8 2 (0.94%) Billing
9 1 (0.47%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.47%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 68 (31.92%) Developer
2 50 (23.47%) Analyst
3 30 (14.08%) Programmer
4 24 (11.27%) COBOL Developer
5 22 (10.33%) Mainframe Developer
6 18 (8.45%) Architect
6 18 (8.45%) Consultant
7 15 (7.04%) Technical Leader
7 15 (7.04%) DBA
8 13 (6.10%) COBOL Analyst
9 12 (5.63%) CICS Programmer
10 10 (4.69%) Technical Architect
10 10 (4.69%) CICS Systems Programmer
10 10 (4.69%) Systems Programmer
11 9 (4.23%) Applications Developer
12 8 (3.76%) DB2 DBA
12 8 (3.76%) Technical Design Leader
13 7 (3.29%) Analyst Programmer
13 7 (3.29%) Administrator
13 7 (3.29%) Developer Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (8.45%) ISPF
2 17 (7.98%) Web Services
3 15 (7.04%) Middleware
4 8 (3.76%) .NET
5 7 (3.29%) J2EE
5 7 (3.29%) HTML
6 6 (2.82%) XML
7 4 (1.88%) SOAP
7 4 (1.88%) APPC
8 3 (1.41%) JPA
8 3 (1.41%) Spring
8 3 (1.41%) Struts
9 2 (0.94%) XHTML
9 2 (0.94%) XSLT
9 2 (0.94%) Java SE
9 2 (0.94%) Java EE
9 2 (0.94%) jQuery
9 2 (0.94%) WCF
9 2 (0.94%) Java EE 5
10 1 (0.47%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 103 (48.36%) Mainframe
2 30 (14.08%) VSAM
3 23 (10.80%) IBM Mainframe
4 17 (7.98%) AS400
5 13 (6.10%) iSeries
6 9 (4.23%) Analytical Skills
7 8 (3.76%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.88%) Tandem
9 3 (1.41%) Mobile Banking
10 2 (0.94%) Client/Server
10 2 (0.94%) Mobile App
11 1 (0.47%) New Media
11 1 (0.47%) Open Source
11 1 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
11 1 (0.47%) Data Extraction
11 1 (0.47%) Data Integration
11 1 (0.47%) LPAR
11 1 (0.47%) CMDB
11 1 (0.47%) Economics
11 1 (0.47%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 35 (16.43%) VME
2 34 (15.96%) UNIX
3 25 (11.74%) Linux
4 20 (9.39%) zOS
5 12 (5.63%) AIX
6 11 (5.16%) Solaris
7 8 (3.76%) Windows
8 4 (1.88%) Windows XP
8 4 (1.88%) Windows 7
8 4 (1.88%) i5/OS
9 3 (1.41%) OS/400
10 1 (0.47%) Oracle Linux
10 1 (0.47%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (8.92%) Agile Software Development
1 19 (8.92%) Migration
2 13 (6.10%) Logistics
3 11 (5.16%) Change Management
4 10 (4.69%) Performance Tuning
4 10 (4.69%) Integration Testing
5 9 (4.23%) System Testing
5 9 (4.23%) Project Management
6 7 (3.29%) Test Scripting
6 7 (3.29%) Scrum
6 7 (3.29%) ERP
7 6 (2.82%) Systems Analysis
8 5 (2.35%) Mentoring
8 5 (2.35%) ITIL
8 5 (2.35%) Data Modelling
8 5 (2.35%) E-Commerce
9 4 (1.88%) SOA
9 4 (1.88%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (1.88%) Waterfall
9 4 (1.88%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 66 (30.99%) JCL
2 56 (26.29%) SQL
3 31 (14.55%) Java
3 31 (14.55%) Assembly Language
4 25 (11.74%) REXX
5 12 (5.63%) SELCOPY
6 11 (5.16%) C
7 9 (4.23%) NATURAL
8 7 (3.29%) PL/SQL
8 7 (3.29%) RPG
9 6 (2.82%) C#
9 6 (2.82%) PL/1
10 5 (2.35%) VB
11 3 (1.41%) VB6
11 3 (1.41%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.94%) C++
12 2 (0.94%) JavaScript
12 2 (0.94%) Perl
12 2 (0.94%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.47%) Caml Language
Qualifications
1 17 (7.98%) Security Cleared
2 12 (5.63%) Degree
3 5 (2.35%) SC Cleared
4 4 (1.88%) IBM Certification
5 3 (1.41%) VCP4
6 2 (0.94%) OCP
6 2 (0.94%) OCA
6 2 (0.94%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (0.94%) OCAJ
7 1 (0.47%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.47%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.69%) QA
2 1 (0.47%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (1.88%) PowerHA
2 2 (0.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.47%) Oracle RAC
3 1 (0.47%) Oracle RMAN
3 1 (0.47%) RACF
Systems Management
1 6 (2.82%) CA Endevor
2 4 (1.88%) Tivoli NetView
2 4 (1.88%) OMEGAMON
3 2 (0.94%) HP SIM
4 1 (0.47%) Data Guard
4 1 (0.47%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 1 (0.47%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 60 (28.17%) IBM
2 21 (9.86%) Micro Focus
3 17 (7.98%) Oracle
4 14 (6.57%) Microsoft
5 10 (4.69%) HP
5 10 (4.69%) CA
6 6 (2.82%) BMC
7 4 (1.88%) NetIQ
8 3 (1.41%) EnterpriseDB
8 3 (1.41%) ICL
8 3 (1.41%) Ab Initio
9 2 (0.94%) Business Objects
9 2 (0.94%) VMware
9 2 (0.94%) Northgate
10 1 (0.47%) RedPrairie
10 1 (0.47%) Actimize
10 1 (0.47%) Fujitsu
10 1 (0.47%) Perforce
10 1 (0.47%) Intel
10 1 (0.47%) Sun
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