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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 454 455 456
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +1
Contract jobs citing COBOL 102 75 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.22% 0.17% 0.12%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.58% 0.45% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 41 20
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£350 £350 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -9.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £240 £299
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £475 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £315 £323
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -2.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 3
Average hourly rate £39.50 - £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 - -
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
17519 16739 15974
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 37.93% 37.63% 38.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 11832 10744 10013
Average daily rate £400 £380 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £556 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 396 481 675
Average hourly rate £35.50 £34.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.41% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.50 £14.00 £16.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.15 £44.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.75 £32.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -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 26 January 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 26 January 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 +1 32 £350 -12.50% 5
North East -2 16 £330 -13.15% 4
South East -18 16 £350 +29.62% 2
North West +1 10 £475 +26.66% 2
East Midlands - 8 £299 - 1
East of England +2 6 £350 +45.83% 2
South West -20 5 £350 - 1
West Midlands +2 4 £404 -10.27% 2
Yorkshire -11 3 £350 +16.66% 1
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UK

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 86 (45.03%) Mainframe
2 79 (41.36%) DB2
3 65 (34.03%) CICS
4 59 (30.89%) JCL
5 55 (28.80%) IBM
6 49 (25.65%) Finance
7 46 (24.08%) SQL
8 32 (16.75%) VSAM
9 28 (14.66%) Java
9 28 (14.66%) UNIX
10 25 (13.09%) VME
11 23 (12.04%) Linux
12 22 (11.52%) AS400
13 21 (10.99%) Assembly Language
14 18 (9.42%) Micro Focus
14 18 (9.42%) Oracle
14 18 (9.42%) Agile Software Development
14 18 (9.42%) iSeries
15 17 (8.90%) Migration
16 16 (8.38%) REXX
16 16 (8.38%) Web Services
16 16 (8.38%) IBM Mainframe
17 15 (7.85%) Banking
17 15 (7.85%) Middleware
17 15 (7.85%) Security Cleared
18 14 (7.33%) DataStage
18 14 (7.33%) zOS
19 13 (6.81%) Microsoft
19 13 (6.81%) SAS
19 13 (6.81%) Logistics

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 65 (34.03%) CICS
2 13 (6.81%) SAS
3 8 (4.19%) MQSeries
3 8 (4.19%) WebSphere
4 6 (3.14%) Tuxedo
5 3 (1.57%) JBoss
5 3 (1.57%) StreamWeaver
5 3 (1.57%) Exstream Dialogue
6 2 (1.05%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
6 2 (1.05%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.52%) Apache
7 1 (0.52%) CMS
7 1 (0.52%) Oracle Application Server
7 1 (0.52%) TPMS
Applications
1 8 (4.19%) MS Office
2 5 (2.62%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (1.57%) Exstream
2 2 (1.05%) ResourceLink
2 2 (1.05%) BASE24
3 1 (0.52%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.52%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.52%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.52%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.52%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.19%) TCP/IP
2 7 (3.66%) FTP
3 6 (3.14%) Internet
4 5 (2.62%) APPN
4 5 (2.62%) HTTP
5 4 (2.09%) LAN
5 4 (2.09%) WAN
5 4 (2.09%) SNA
6 3 (1.57%) SSL
6 3 (1.57%) SSH
7 2 (1.05%) ATM
7 2 (1.05%) X.25
8 1 (0.52%) S/MIME
8 1 (0.52%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (41.36%) DB2
2 14 (7.33%) DataStage
3 11 (5.76%) Adabas
4 9 (4.71%) SQL Server
5 6 (3.14%) Oracle Database
6 5 (2.62%) Pentaho
6 5 (2.62%) Easytrieve
6 5 (2.62%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (2.09%) Relational Database
8 3 (1.57%) NonStop SQL
8 3 (1.57%) RDBMS
9 2 (1.05%) Ingres
9 2 (1.05%) Oracle9i Database
9 2 (1.05%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.52%) Oracle8/8i Database
10 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.52%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 5 (2.62%) Visual Studio
1 5 (2.62%) Eclipse
2 4 (2.09%) Oracle Forms
2 4 (2.09%) CA Gen
3 3 (1.57%) XPEDITER
4 2 (1.05%) Rational Rose
5 1 (0.52%) Toad
5 1 (0.52%) PowerDesigner
5 1 (0.52%) ChangeMan
5 1 (0.52%) StarTeam
5 1 (0.52%) JIRA
5 1 (0.52%) Zephyr
General
1 49 (25.65%) Finance
2 15 (7.85%) Banking
3 12 (6.28%) Retail
4 6 (3.14%) Manufacturing
5 5 (2.62%) Telecoms
6 4 (2.09%) Spanish Language
7 3 (1.57%) Retail Banking
8 2 (1.05%) Back Office
8 2 (1.05%) Law
9 1 (0.52%) Billing
9 1 (0.52%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.52%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 69 (36.13%) Developer
2 45 (23.56%) Analyst
3 28 (14.66%) COBOL Developer
4 23 (12.04%) Programmer
5 18 (9.42%) Mainframe Developer
6 17 (8.90%) Consultant
7 15 (7.85%) Architect
8 11 (5.76%) CICS Programmer
9 10 (5.24%) Technical Architect
9 10 (5.24%) Technical Leader
10 9 (4.71%) Systems Programmer
10 9 (4.71%) COBOL Analyst
10 9 (4.71%) DBA
10 9 (4.71%) Applications Developer
10 9 (4.71%) CICS Systems Programmer
11 8 (4.19%) Administrator
12 7 (3.66%) Analyst Developer
12 7 (3.66%) Technical Design Leader
13 6 (3.14%) Mainframe Consultant
13 6 (3.14%) Applications Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (8.38%) Web Services
2 15 (7.85%) Middleware
3 9 (4.71%) ISPF
4 7 (3.66%) HTML
4 7 (3.66%) .NET
4 7 (3.66%) J2EE
5 6 (3.14%) XML
6 5 (2.62%) APPC
7 4 (2.09%) SOAP
8 3 (1.57%) Struts
8 3 (1.57%) Java EE
8 3 (1.57%) Spring
8 3 (1.57%) JPA
9 2 (1.05%) Java SE
9 2 (1.05%) WCF
9 2 (1.05%) jQuery
9 2 (1.05%) Java EE 5
9 2 (1.05%) XHTML
9 2 (1.05%) WebSphere MQ
9 2 (1.05%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 86 (45.03%) Mainframe
2 32 (16.75%) VSAM
3 22 (11.52%) AS400
4 18 (9.42%) iSeries
5 16 (8.38%) IBM Mainframe
6 7 (3.66%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (2.62%) Tandem
8 3 (1.57%) Mobile Banking
9 2 (1.05%) Mobile App
9 2 (1.05%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.05%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.52%) N-Tier
10 1 (0.52%) HACMP
10 1 (0.52%) Clustering
10 1 (0.52%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.52%) CMDB
10 1 (0.52%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.52%) Data Extraction
10 1 (0.52%) LPAR
10 1 (0.52%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 28 (14.66%) UNIX
2 25 (13.09%) VME
3 23 (12.04%) Linux
4 14 (7.33%) zOS
5 10 (5.24%) AIX
6 9 (4.71%) Solaris
7 8 (4.19%) Windows
8 5 (2.62%) i5/OS
9 4 (2.09%) Windows 7
9 4 (2.09%) Windows XP
9 4 (2.09%) OS/400
10 3 (1.57%) MVS
11 1 (0.52%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (9.42%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (8.90%) Migration
3 13 (6.81%) Logistics
4 10 (5.24%) Project Management
5 9 (4.71%) Integration Testing
6 8 (4.19%) System Testing
6 8 (4.19%) Performance Tuning
6 8 (4.19%) Systems Analysis
7 7 (3.66%) Change Management
7 7 (3.66%) ERP
7 7 (3.66%) Test Scripting
7 7 (3.66%) Scrum
8 6 (3.14%) Waterfall
9 4 (2.09%) Capacity Management
9 4 (2.09%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (2.09%) Mentoring
9 4 (2.09%) Data Modelling
9 4 (2.09%) SOA
9 4 (2.09%) ITIL
9 4 (2.09%) UML
Programming Languages
1 59 (30.89%) JCL
2 46 (24.08%) SQL
3 28 (14.66%) Java
4 21 (10.99%) Assembly Language
5 16 (8.38%) REXX
6 12 (6.28%) C
7 11 (5.76%) NATURAL
8 8 (4.19%) SELCOPY
8 8 (4.19%) PL/SQL
9 7 (3.66%) RPG
10 6 (3.14%) C#
10 6 (3.14%) PL/1
11 4 (2.09%) VB
12 3 (1.57%) VB.NET
12 3 (1.57%) VB6
13 2 (1.05%) C++
13 2 (1.05%) JavaScript
13 2 (1.05%) Perl
13 2 (1.05%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.52%) Scala
Qualifications
1 15 (7.85%) Security Cleared
2 5 (2.62%) Degree
3 4 (2.09%) IBM Certification
4 2 (1.05%) OCP
4 2 (1.05%) OCA
4 2 (1.05%) Oracle Certification
4 2 (1.05%) OCAJ
4 2 (1.05%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.52%) BC Cleared
5 1 (0.52%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.09%) QA
2 1 (0.52%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.52%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (2.09%) PowerHA
2 1 (0.52%) RACF
2 1 (0.52%) Oracle RMAN
2 1 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.52%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (4.19%) CA Endevor
2 6 (3.14%) OMEGAMON
3 5 (2.62%) Tivoli NetView
4 2 (1.05%) HP SIM
5 1 (0.52%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.52%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.52%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 55 (28.80%) IBM
2 18 (9.42%) Oracle
2 18 (9.42%) Micro Focus
3 13 (6.81%) Microsoft
4 12 (6.28%) HP
5 8 (4.19%) CA
6 4 (2.09%) NetIQ
6 4 (2.09%) ICL
7 3 (1.57%) EnterpriseDB
7 3 (1.57%) Ab Initio
8 2 (1.05%) BMC
8 2 (1.05%) Northgate
9 1 (0.52%) Fujitsu
9 1 (0.52%) RedPrairie
9 1 (0.52%) Intel
9 1 (0.52%) VMware
9 1 (0.52%) Perforce
9 1 (0.52%) JDA
9 1 (0.52%) Borland
9 1 (0.52%) TIBCO
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