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 31 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 483 508 485
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -23
Contract jobs citing COBOL 129 74 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.24% 0.15% 0.18%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.62% 0.39% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 27 35
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.64% +4.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £272 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £633 £505
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £365 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.58% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 4
Average hourly rate - £32.50 £47.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -30.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £32.50 -
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
20807 18858 19015
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 38.58% 37.45% 39.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 14227 12152 12164
Average daily rate £408 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.87% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £270 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 461 383 514
Average hourly rate £38.00 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £15.00 £16.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +2.94%

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 31 August 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 31 August 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 +18 38 £425 +7.93% 5
North West -13 29 £435 +58.18% 6
South East -16 21 £400 +32.12% 1
West Midlands +15 19 £150 -
South West -5 9 £388 -10.40% 1
North East -24 8 £550 +2.80%
Yorkshire -27 4 - - 1
East Midlands -13 2 £325 -50.00% 6
East of England +2 1 - - 1
COBOL
UK

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 August 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.

1 110 (40.44%) Mainframe
2 92 (33.82%) DB2
3 83 (30.51%) Finance
4 74 (27.21%) CICS
5 70 (25.74%) JCL
6 59 (21.69%) SQL
7 57 (20.96%) UNIX
7 57 (20.96%) VME
8 53 (19.49%) Oracle
9 41 (15.07%) Micro Focus
10 37 (13.60%) Migration
11 35 (12.87%) Banking
12 33 (12.13%) Linux
12 33 (12.13%) Relational Database
13 32 (11.76%) IBM
14 28 (10.29%) VSAM
15 27 (9.93%) Java
16 25 (9.19%) Visual Studio
17 22 (8.09%) XML
17 22 (8.09%) Oracle Database
18 20 (7.35%) Project Management
18 20 (7.35%) QA
19 19 (6.99%) Agile Software Development
19 19 (6.99%) HTML
19 19 (6.99%) Web Services
19 19 (6.99%) RDBMS
19 19 (6.99%) Security Cleared
20 17 (6.25%) MVS
20 17 (6.25%) C#
20 17 (6.25%) Data Conversion

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 74 (27.21%) CICS
2 13 (4.78%) Tuxedo
3 6 (2.21%) SAS
3 6 (2.21%) WebSphere
4 4 (1.47%) StreamWeaver
5 3 (1.10%) Confluence
5 3 (1.10%) Apache
6 2 (0.74%) GlassFish
6 2 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.37%) JBoss
7 1 (0.37%) Oracle Service Bus
7 1 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 2 (0.74%) MS Project
1 2 (0.74%) MS Office
2 1 (0.37%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.74%) VisionPLUS
1 2 (0.74%) Oracle General Ledger
1 2 (0.74%) Oracle Financials
1 2 (0.74%) Oracle Receivables
1 2 (0.74%) Oracle Assets
2 1 (0.37%) BASE24
2 1 (0.37%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.37%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.47%) Amazon S3
2 2 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 15 (5.51%) FTP
2 1 (0.37%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.37%) SSL
2 1 (0.37%) Internet
2 1 (0.37%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (33.82%) DB2
2 33 (12.13%) Relational Database
3 22 (8.09%) Oracle Database
4 19 (6.99%) RDBMS
5 14 (5.15%) IMS/DB
6 12 (4.41%) SQL Server
7 10 (3.68%) DataStage
8 6 (2.21%) Adabas
9 5 (1.84%) Pentaho
10 3 (1.10%) Data Mining
11 2 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.74%) BusinessObjects
11 2 (0.74%) UniData
11 2 (0.74%) SAS Enterprise Guide
11 2 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
11 2 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 1 (0.37%) IDMS
12 1 (0.37%) Easytrieve
12 1 (0.37%) Oracle Database 10g
12 1 (0.37%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 25 (9.19%) Visual Studio
2 16 (5.88%) Eclipse
3 14 (5.15%) Dreamweaver
4 3 (1.10%) JUnit
4 3 (1.10%) JIRA
4 3 (1.10%) Subversion
5 2 (0.74%) CA Gen
5 2 (0.74%) ChangeMan
6 1 (0.37%) JDeveloper
6 1 (0.37%) XPEDITER
6 1 (0.37%) Toad
6 1 (0.37%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.37%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (0.37%) Maven
6 1 (0.37%) Hudson
6 1 (0.37%) Apache Continuum
6 1 (0.37%) Rational Application Developer
6 1 (0.37%) Jenkins
General
1 83 (30.51%) Finance
2 35 (12.87%) Banking
3 16 (5.88%) General Ledger
4 10 (3.68%) Retail
5 7 (2.57%) Dutch Language
5 7 (2.57%) French Language
6 6 (2.21%) Billing
7 4 (1.47%) Investment Banking
8 3 (1.10%) Back Office
8 3 (1.10%) Spanish Language
9 2 (0.74%) Corporate Banking
9 2 (0.74%) Advertising
10 1 (0.37%) Publishing
10 1 (0.37%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.37%) Automotive
10 1 (0.37%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 84 (30.88%) Developer
2 55 (20.22%) COBOL Developer
3 46 (16.91%) Analyst
4 29 (10.66%) Architect
5 19 (6.99%) COBOL Analyst
6 18 (6.62%) Test Manager
7 17 (6.25%) Programmer
8 15 (5.51%) Mainframe Developer
9 14 (5.15%) Analyst Programmer
10 11 (4.04%) Project Manager
11 10 (3.68%) COBOL Programmer
12 9 (3.31%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
12 9 (3.31%) Delivery Manager
12 9 (3.31%) Infrastructure Architect
13 8 (2.94%) Applications Architect
13 8 (2.94%) Technical Design Leader
14 7 (2.57%) Technical Leader
14 7 (2.57%) Oracle Developer
15 6 (2.21%) Analyst Developer
15 6 (2.21%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (8.09%) XML
2 19 (6.99%) HTML
2 19 (6.99%) Web Services
3 13 (4.78%) .NET
4 9 (3.31%) Middleware
5 4 (1.47%) Spring
5 4 (1.47%) ISPF
5 4 (1.47%) Java EE
5 4 (1.47%) Silverlight
6 3 (1.10%) Hibernate
6 3 (1.10%) WebSphere MQ
6 3 (1.10%) EntireX
7 2 (0.74%) WSDL
7 2 (0.74%) XML Schema
7 2 (0.74%) JAXB
7 2 (0.74%) Grails
8 1 (0.37%) Java EE 5
8 1 (0.37%) JPA
8 1 (0.37%) Oracle Fusion
8 1 (0.37%) WebCenter
Miscellaneous
1 110 (40.44%) Mainframe
2 28 (10.29%) VSAM
3 17 (6.25%) Data Conversion
4 10 (3.68%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (2.94%) IBM Mainframe
6 6 (2.21%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (1.84%) BYOD
7 5 (1.84%) SWIFT
7 5 (1.84%) Client/Server
7 5 (1.84%) AS400
8 4 (1.47%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.47%) Data Centre
8 4 (1.47%) Data Structures
9 3 (1.10%) Tandem
9 3 (1.10%) Management Information System
10 2 (0.74%) PMI
10 2 (0.74%) W3C
10 2 (0.74%) Equities
10 2 (0.74%) Wiki
10 2 (0.74%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 57 (20.96%) UNIX
1 57 (20.96%) VME
2 33 (12.13%) Linux
3 17 (6.25%) MVS
4 14 (5.15%) SUSE
5 10 (3.68%) AIX
6 9 (3.31%) Windows
7 8 (2.94%) zOS
8 7 (2.57%) Solaris
9 4 (1.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (1.10%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (1.10%) Windows Vista
10 3 (1.10%) Windows XP
10 3 (1.10%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (13.60%) Migration
2 20 (7.35%) Project Management
3 19 (6.99%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (5.88%) Automated Testing
4 16 (5.88%) Data Modelling
5 14 (5.15%) User Acceptance Testing
5 14 (5.15%) Integration Testing
6 13 (4.78%) ITIL
7 11 (4.04%) Test Scripting
7 11 (4.04%) Continuous Integration
7 11 (4.04%) Mentoring
7 11 (4.04%) SDLC
8 10 (3.68%) PRINCE2
9 9 (3.31%) Test Strategy
10 8 (2.94%) ETL
10 8 (2.94%) Change Management
11 7 (2.57%) User Stories
11 7 (2.57%) Technical Analysis
11 7 (2.57%) Data Migration
12 6 (2.21%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 70 (25.74%) JCL
2 59 (21.69%) SQL
3 27 (9.93%) Java
4 17 (6.25%) C#
5 16 (5.88%) VBA
6 14 (5.15%) JavaScript
6 14 (5.15%) PL/SQL
7 10 (3.68%) REXX
8 9 (3.31%) VB
8 9 (3.31%) Assembly Language
9 8 (2.94%) Shell Script
10 7 (2.57%) Perl
11 5 (1.84%) NATURAL
12 4 (1.47%) C
13 3 (1.10%) Python
13 3 (1.10%) VB6
14 2 (0.74%) RPG
14 2 (0.74%) SELCOPY
15 1 (0.37%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.37%) Caml Language
Qualifications
1 19 (6.99%) Security Cleared
2 5 (1.84%) SC Cleared
3 4 (1.47%) Degree
4 2 (0.74%) PMI Certification
5 1 (0.37%) BC Cleared
5 1 (0.37%) OCAJ
5 1 (0.37%) OCP
5 1 (0.37%) OCA
5 1 (0.37%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (7.35%) QA
2 2 (0.74%) TickIT
System Software
1 4 (1.47%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 15 (5.51%) Control-M
2 5 (1.84%) CA Endevor
3 1 (0.37%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 53 (19.49%) Oracle
2 41 (15.07%) Micro Focus
3 32 (11.76%) IBM
4 12 (4.41%) CA
5 9 (3.31%) Microsoft
6 8 (2.94%) SAP
7 5 (1.84%) HP
7 5 (1.84%) Fujitsu
8 4 (1.47%) 3PAR
8 4 (1.47%) ServiceNow
8 4 (1.47%) Actimize
8 4 (1.47%) Cognos
8 4 (1.47%) Informatica
8 4 (1.47%) Ab Initio
9 3 (1.10%) ICL
10 2 (0.74%) Atlassian
11 1 (0.37%) EnterpriseDB
11 1 (0.37%) WorldPay
11 1 (0.37%) Retek
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