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 3 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 415 479 477
Rank change year-on-year
+64 -2
Contract jobs citing COBOL 174 76 78
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.34% 0.16% 0.17%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.89% 0.42% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 38 31
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£375 £315 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.04% -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £257 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £466 £615 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Average hourly rate £45.00 £29.25 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+53.84% +108.92%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £29.25 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +108.92%
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
19485 18017 17104
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 38.45% 37.62% 38.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 13289 11823 10727
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.12% -0.12%
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 £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 404 379 549
Average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.02 £15.33 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £48.50 £45.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%

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 3 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 3 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 +17 48 £425 - 5
North West +10 33 £389 +38.13% 4
West Midlands - 29 £163 - 3
North East -12 24 £325 -7.14%
South East -8 16 £388 +16.10% 4
Yorkshire -23 8 £375 +25.00%
East Midlands -3 7 £260 -60.00% 2
East of England -1 1 £400 - 4
COBOL
UK

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 3 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.

1 127 (43.64%) Mainframe
2 121 (41.58%) DB2
3 89 (30.58%) JCL
4 86 (29.55%) CICS
5 80 (27.49%) Finance
6 62 (21.31%) VME
7 61 (20.96%) SQL
8 43 (14.78%) Micro Focus
9 41 (14.09%) Oracle
9 41 (14.09%) UNIX
9 41 (14.09%) Banking
10 36 (12.37%) Relational Database
11 35 (12.03%) Migration
11 35 (12.03%) IBM
12 30 (10.31%) Linux
13 28 (9.62%) Assembly Language
14 27 (9.28%) Java
14 27 (9.28%) QA
15 26 (8.93%) Visual Studio
16 23 (7.90%) Web Services
17 22 (7.56%) Project Management
17 22 (7.56%) Security Cleared
18 21 (7.22%) VSAM
19 20 (6.87%) ISPF
19 20 (6.87%) REXX
19 20 (6.87%) XML
20 19 (6.53%) HTML
20 19 (6.53%) RDBMS
20 19 (6.53%) Oracle Database
21 17 (5.84%) Agile Software Development

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 3 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 86 (29.55%) CICS
2 13 (4.47%) Tuxedo
3 9 (3.09%) MQSeries
4 8 (2.75%) SAS
5 6 (2.06%) WebSphere
6 3 (1.03%) Apache
6 3 (1.03%) Confluence
7 2 (0.69%) JBoss
7 2 (0.69%) GlassFish
7 2 (0.69%) TPMS
7 2 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.34%) Oracle Service Bus
8 1 (0.34%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 2 (0.69%) MS Office
2 1 (0.34%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.34%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.69%) Oracle Financials
1 2 (0.69%) Oracle General Ledger
1 2 (0.69%) Oracle Receivables
1 2 (0.69%) Oracle Assets
2 1 (0.34%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.34%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.34%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.37%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 16 (5.50%) FTP
2 8 (2.75%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.34%) SNA
3 1 (0.34%) SAN
3 1 (0.34%) Internet
3 1 (0.34%) APPN
3 1 (0.34%) HTTP
3 1 (0.34%) RIP
3 1 (0.34%) ATM
3 1 (0.34%) LAN
3 1 (0.34%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 121 (41.58%) DB2
2 36 (12.37%) Relational Database
3 19 (6.53%) Oracle Database
3 19 (6.53%) RDBMS
4 14 (4.81%) IMS/DB
5 11 (3.78%) DataStage
6 5 (1.72%) Pentaho
7 4 (1.37%) Adabas
8 3 (1.03%) SQL Server
8 3 (1.03%) UniData
9 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.34%) MySQL
9 1 (0.34%) Crystal Reports
9 1 (0.34%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.34%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.34%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 26 (8.93%) Visual Studio
2 17 (5.84%) Eclipse
3 14 (4.81%) Dreamweaver
4 9 (3.09%) CA Gen
5 4 (1.37%) JIRA
6 3 (1.03%) ChangeMan
6 3 (1.03%) JUnit
7 2 (0.69%) XPEDITER
7 2 (0.69%) Toad
8 1 (0.34%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (0.34%) JDeveloper
8 1 (0.34%) Subversion
8 1 (0.34%) Maven
8 1 (0.34%) Zephyr
8 1 (0.34%) Hudson
8 1 (0.34%) Apache Continuum
8 1 (0.34%) Rational Application Developer
8 1 (0.34%) Jenkins
General
1 80 (27.49%) Finance
2 41 (14.09%) Banking
3 16 (5.50%) General Ledger
4 11 (3.78%) Retail
5 7 (2.41%) Dutch Language
5 7 (2.41%) French Language
6 4 (1.37%) Billing
6 4 (1.37%) Manufacturing
7 3 (1.03%) Investment Banking
7 3 (1.03%) Back Office
8 2 (0.69%) Spanish Language
8 2 (0.69%) Corporate Banking
8 2 (0.69%) Advertising
9 1 (0.34%) Automotive
9 1 (0.34%) Law
Job Titles
1 84 (28.87%) Developer
2 58 (19.93%) Analyst
3 52 (17.87%) COBOL Developer
4 31 (10.65%) Programmer
5 23 (7.90%) COBOL Analyst
6 22 (7.56%) Architect
7 18 (6.19%) Test Manager
7 18 (6.19%) Mainframe Developer
8 17 (5.84%) Analyst Programmer
9 15 (5.15%) Technical Leader
10 14 (4.81%) DBA
10 14 (4.81%) Project Manager
11 11 (3.78%) COBOL Programmer
12 9 (3.09%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
12 9 (3.09%) Applications Architect
13 8 (2.75%) Delivery Manager
13 8 (2.75%) DB2 DBA
14 7 (2.41%) Technical Design Leader
14 7 (2.41%) AWS Developer
14 7 (2.41%) Oracle Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (7.90%) Web Services
2 20 (6.87%) XML
2 20 (6.87%) ISPF
3 19 (6.53%) HTML
4 10 (3.44%) Middleware
5 9 (3.09%) .NET
6 5 (1.72%) Java EE
7 4 (1.37%) Silverlight
7 4 (1.37%) Spring
8 3 (1.03%) Hibernate
8 3 (1.03%) SOAP
8 3 (1.03%) WebSphere MQ
9 2 (0.69%) Java SE
9 2 (0.69%) J2EE
9 2 (0.69%) WSDL
9 2 (0.69%) XML Schema
9 2 (0.69%) JAXB
9 2 (0.69%) Grails
9 2 (0.69%) Java EE 5
9 2 (0.69%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 127 (43.64%) Mainframe
2 21 (7.22%) VSAM
3 17 (5.84%) Data Conversion
4 16 (5.50%) IBM Mainframe
5 12 (4.12%) Analytical Skills
6 10 (3.44%) Computer Science
7 5 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (1.72%) BYOD
7 5 (1.72%) Data Centre
8 4 (1.37%) SWIFT
8 4 (1.37%) Client/Server
8 4 (1.37%) AS400
9 3 (1.03%) Management Information System
9 3 (1.03%) Private Cloud
10 2 (0.69%) Data Structures
10 2 (0.69%) W3C
10 2 (0.69%) Tandem
10 2 (0.69%) Mobile App
11 1 (0.34%) Data Integration
11 1 (0.34%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 62 (21.31%) VME
2 41 (14.09%) UNIX
3 30 (10.31%) Linux
4 17 (5.84%) MVS
5 16 (5.50%) zOS
6 14 (4.81%) SUSE
7 7 (2.41%) AIX
7 7 (2.41%) Solaris
8 4 (1.37%) Windows
9 2 (0.69%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.34%) OS/390
10 1 (0.34%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.34%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.34%) i5/OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (12.03%) Migration
2 22 (7.56%) Project Management
3 17 (5.84%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (5.84%) Integration Testing
4 16 (5.50%) Automated Testing
4 16 (5.50%) User Acceptance Testing
5 15 (5.15%) Data Modelling
6 12 (4.12%) Test Scripting
6 12 (4.12%) Mentoring
6 12 (4.12%) SDLC
7 11 (3.78%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (3.44%) Change Management
9 8 (2.75%) PRINCE2
9 8 (2.75%) Test Strategy
9 8 (2.75%) Performance Tuning
9 8 (2.75%) Technical Analysis
10 7 (2.41%) User Stories
10 7 (2.41%) Validation
11 6 (2.06%) Performance Testing
11 6 (2.06%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 89 (30.58%) JCL
2 61 (20.96%) SQL
3 28 (9.62%) Assembly Language
4 27 (9.28%) Java
5 20 (6.87%) REXX
6 17 (5.84%) C#
7 14 (4.81%) VBA
8 13 (4.47%) SELCOPY
9 10 (3.44%) PL/SQL
10 9 (3.09%) JavaScript
11 5 (1.72%) VB
12 4 (1.37%) RPG
12 4 (1.37%) Perl
12 4 (1.37%) C
13 3 (1.03%) Python
13 3 (1.03%) NATURAL
14 2 (0.69%) Caml Language
14 2 (0.69%) PL/1
14 2 (0.69%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 22 (7.56%) Security Cleared
2 10 (3.44%) Degree
3 8 (2.75%) SC Cleared
4 2 (0.69%) OCAJ
4 2 (0.69%) OCP
4 2 (0.69%) OCA
4 2 (0.69%) Oracle Certification
5 1 (0.34%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.34%) IBM Certification
5 1 (0.34%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (9.28%) QA
System Software
1 2 (0.69%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.34%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 15 (5.15%) Control-M
2 7 (2.41%) CA Endevor
3 1 (0.34%) OMEGAMON
3 1 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.34%) Tivoli NetView
Vendors
1 43 (14.78%) Micro Focus
2 41 (14.09%) Oracle
3 35 (12.03%) IBM
4 10 (3.44%) CA
5 6 (2.06%) SAP
5 6 (2.06%) BMC
6 4 (1.37%) Ab Initio
6 4 (1.37%) Actimize
6 4 (1.37%) Microsoft
6 4 (1.37%) HP
7 3 (1.03%) ICL
8 2 (0.69%) WorldPay
8 2 (0.69%) Fujitsu
8 2 (0.69%) Atlassian
8 2 (0.69%) EnterpriseDB
8 2 (0.69%) VMware
9 1 (0.34%) RedPrairie
9 1 (0.34%) Business Objects
9 1 (0.34%) Informatica
9 1 (0.34%) JDA
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