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 1 October 2014 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 501 474 473
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -1
Contract jobs citing COBOL 79 88 109
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.15% 0.18% 0.21%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.41% 0.46% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 41 44
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£425 £360 £309
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.05% +16.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £220 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £630 £450 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £475 £360 £280
% change year-on-year
+31.94% +28.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 15
Average hourly rate £35.00 £46.00 £27.60
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.91% +66.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £15.95 £27.60
% change year-on-year
+119.43% -42.21%
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
19162 18977 20042
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 36.85% 39.44% 37.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 12618 12345 12002
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 382 496 691
Average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.25 £16.18 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £33.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+4.47% -4.28%

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 1 October 2014.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing COBOL across the England region over the 3 months to 1 October 2014.

COBOL Hourly Rate Histogram 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 1 October 2014. 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 -26 21 £330 -8.33% 8
South East -9 13 £300 -20.00% 2
East Midlands +13 10 £650 - 2
South West - 10 £500 -
North West -5 9 £575 +48.38% 4
North East - 5 £550 -
Yorkshire -3 4 - - 3
West Midlands -15 4 £425 +30.76% 1
East of England -26 1 - - 1
COBOL
UK

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 89 (56.69%) Mainframe
2 79 (50.32%) DB2
3 66 (42.04%) IBM
4 50 (31.85%) JCL
5 48 (30.57%) CICS
6 45 (28.66%) Finance
7 30 (19.11%) SQL
8 25 (15.92%) IBM Mainframe
9 20 (12.74%) VSAM
9 20 (12.74%) Oracle
10 18 (11.46%) Java
11 17 (10.83%) UNIX
11 17 (10.83%) Middleware
11 17 (10.83%) Banking
12 16 (10.19%) zOS
12 16 (10.19%) Migration
13 15 (9.55%) PL/SQL
13 15 (9.55%) HP
13 15 (9.55%) Systems Analysis
13 15 (9.55%) Agile Software Development
14 13 (8.28%) ICL
14 13 (8.28%) VME
14 13 (8.28%) iSeries
14 13 (8.28%) Oracle Database
14 13 (8.28%) SOA
14 13 (8.28%) AS400
15 12 (7.64%) Oracle Forms
16 11 (7.01%) Oracle Reports
16 11 (7.01%) Oracle BPM
17 10 (6.37%) Open Source

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 48 (30.57%) CICS
2 7 (4.46%) MQSeries
2 7 (4.46%) Exstream Dialogue
2 7 (4.46%) WebSphere
3 3 (1.91%) StreamWeaver
4 2 (1.27%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
5 1 (0.64%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (0.64%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.64%) SAS
Applications
1 5 (3.18%) MS Office
1 5 (3.18%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.91%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.64%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (7.01%) Oracle BPM
2 7 (4.46%) Exstream
3 3 (1.91%) PRMS
3 3 (1.91%) Misys Midas
3 3 (1.91%) BASE24
4 1 (0.64%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.64%) ResourceLink
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.55%) FTP
2 3 (1.91%) TCP/IP
2 3 (1.91%) ATM
3 2 (1.27%) HTTP
3 2 (1.27%) SSL
3 2 (1.27%) APPN
3 2 (1.27%) Internet
4 1 (0.64%) CTI
4 1 (0.64%) S/MIME
4 1 (0.64%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (50.32%) DB2
2 13 (8.28%) Oracle Database
3 11 (7.01%) Oracle Reports
4 9 (5.73%) Oracle9i Database
5 8 (5.10%) DataStage
6 5 (3.18%) SQL Server
6 5 (3.18%) Adabas
7 3 (1.91%) Pentaho
8 2 (1.27%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (1.27%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (1.27%) IDMS
9 1 (0.64%) Easytrieve
9 1 (0.64%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 12 (7.64%) Oracle Forms
2 4 (2.55%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.91%) XPEDITER
3 3 (1.91%) Rational Rose
3 3 (1.91%) CA Gen
4 2 (1.27%) Eclipse
4 2 (1.27%) JMeter
4 2 (1.27%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.64%) PowerDesigner
5 1 (0.64%) Lombardi
5 1 (0.64%) ChangeMan
General
1 45 (28.66%) Finance
2 17 (10.83%) Banking
3 10 (6.37%) Retail
4 5 (3.18%) Advertising
5 4 (2.55%) Spanish Language
6 2 (1.27%) General Ledger
6 2 (1.27%) Automotive
7 1 (0.64%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.64%) Back Office
7 1 (0.64%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.64%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 66 (42.04%) Developer
2 46 (29.30%) Analyst
3 19 (12.10%) Architect
4 16 (10.19%) COBOL Developer
5 15 (9.55%) Systems Analyst
6 11 (7.01%) Mainframe Developer
7 9 (5.73%) Programmer
7 9 (5.73%) Analyst Developer
8 8 (5.10%) Oracle Developer
8 8 (5.10%) Applications Architect
8 8 (5.10%) Administrator
9 7 (4.46%) Support Analyst
10 6 (3.82%) Consultant
10 6 (3.82%) Business Analyst
10 6 (3.82%) Solutions Architect
11 5 (3.18%) Analyst Programmer
11 5 (3.18%) Technical Architect
11 5 (3.18%) AS400 Developer
12 4 (2.55%) Technical Manager
12 4 (2.55%) Technical Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (10.83%) Middleware
2 10 (6.37%) Oracle ADF
2 10 (6.37%) .NET
3 7 (4.46%) J2EE
3 7 (4.46%) ISPF
4 5 (3.18%) HTML
5 4 (2.55%) ASP.NET
6 3 (1.91%) Struts
6 3 (1.91%) Web Services
6 3 (1.91%) XML
6 3 (1.91%) Spring
7 2 (1.27%) APPC
7 2 (1.27%) WebSphere MQ
8 1 (0.64%) XSLT
8 1 (0.64%) XHTML
8 1 (0.64%) jQuery
8 1 (0.64%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 89 (56.69%) Mainframe
2 25 (15.92%) IBM Mainframe
3 20 (12.74%) VSAM
4 13 (8.28%) iSeries
4 13 (8.28%) AS400
5 10 (6.37%) Open Source
6 4 (2.55%) Tandem
6 4 (2.55%) Data Structures
7 3 (1.91%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.91%) Mobile Banking
8 2 (1.27%) Clustering
8 2 (1.27%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (1.27%) Data Extraction
8 2 (1.27%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.27%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 1 (0.64%) HACMP
9 1 (0.64%) Credit Risk
9 1 (0.64%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 17 (10.83%) UNIX
2 16 (10.19%) zOS
3 13 (8.28%) VME
4 10 (6.37%) Linux
5 4 (2.55%) AIX
5 4 (2.55%) MVS
6 3 (1.91%) Solaris
7 2 (1.27%) i5/OS
7 2 (1.27%) OS/400
7 2 (1.27%) Windows
8 1 (0.64%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (10.19%) Migration
2 15 (9.55%) Systems Analysis
2 15 (9.55%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (8.28%) SOA
4 9 (5.73%) UML
4 9 (5.73%) Waterfall
5 8 (5.10%) Programme Management
6 7 (4.46%) ITIL
6 7 (4.46%) Performance Tuning
7 5 (3.18%) Data Analysis
7 5 (3.18%) Business Analysis
8 4 (2.55%) Scrum
8 4 (2.55%) Time Management
8 4 (2.55%) ETL
8 4 (2.55%) Data Modelling
9 3 (1.91%) Project Management
9 3 (1.91%) Change Management
9 3 (1.91%) Stakeholder Management
9 3 (1.91%) Problem Management
9 3 (1.91%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 50 (31.85%) JCL
2 30 (19.11%) SQL
3 18 (11.46%) Java
4 15 (9.55%) PL/SQL
5 8 (5.10%) Assembly Language
6 7 (4.46%) REXX
6 7 (4.46%) C#
7 5 (3.18%) PL/1
7 5 (3.18%) NATURAL
7 5 (3.18%) C
7 5 (3.18%) RPG
7 5 (3.18%) SELCOPY
8 3 (1.91%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.91%) RPG IV
9 2 (1.27%) VB
9 2 (1.27%) C++
10 1 (0.64%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.64%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.64%) Perl
10 1 (0.64%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 8 (5.10%) Security Cleared
2 4 (2.55%) SC Cleared
3 1 (0.64%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.27%) QA
2 1 (0.64%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (3.18%) RACF
2 4 (2.55%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 5 (3.18%) Tivoli
1 5 (3.18%) CA Endevor
2 4 (2.55%) OMEGAMON
3 2 (1.27%) Tivoli NetView
Vendors
1 66 (42.04%) IBM
2 20 (12.74%) Oracle
3 15 (9.55%) HP
4 13 (8.28%) ICL
5 10 (6.37%) Perforce
6 9 (5.73%) Fujitsu
7 6 (3.82%) CA
8 5 (3.18%) Microsoft
9 2 (1.27%) Syncsort
10 1 (0.64%) TIBCO
10 1 (0.64%) Micro Focus
10 1 (0.64%) SAP
10 1 (0.64%) Business Objects
10 1 (0.64%) Cisco
10 1 (0.64%) Intel
10 1 (0.64%) Avaya
10 1 (0.64%) BEA
10 1 (0.64%) Infor
10 1 (0.64%) Northgate
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