The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 26 February 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
26 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
COBOL
UK / England
Rank 492 451 484
Rank change year-on-year
-41 +33
Contract jobs citing COBOL 83 152 107
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.20% 0.32% 0.22%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.49% 0.82% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 101 56
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £259 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 8
Median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -43.03%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £22.50 £39.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -43.03%

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
16842 18473 18050
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 40.71% 38.67% 37.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 11698 12684 11999
Median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.41% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 385 461 394
Median hourly rate £42.24 £40.00 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.59% +12.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £18.88 £19.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £50.16 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.50 £40.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+3.75% +11.11%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in England

The demand trend of contract jobs across the England region citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the England region over the 3 months to 26 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
North West -33 21 £500 +25.00% 2
London +26 17 £438 -2.77%
North East -10 16 £369 +13.46%
West Midlands +10 12 £388 +1.63%
South East +5 8 £300 -29.41% 3
East Midlands +7 5 £401 +33.75% 5
South West -3 3 £275 +10.00% 1
Midlands - 1 - -
COBOL
UK

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing COBOL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 52 (34.21%) Mainframe
2 47 (30.92%) Java
2 47 (30.92%) Oracle
3 37 (24.34%) VME
3 37 (24.34%) DB2
4 36 (23.68%) SQL
5 31 (20.39%) JCL
6 30 (19.74%) Finance
7 27 (17.76%) Unix
7 27 (17.76%) ICL
8 24 (15.79%) C
8 24 (15.79%) HP
9 22 (14.47%) Software Engineering
9 22 (14.47%) Agile Software Development
10 21 (13.82%) Microsoft
10 21 (13.82%) Linux
11 20 (13.16%) CICS
11 20 (13.16%) Micro Focus
11 20 (13.16%) Analytical Skills
12 19 (12.50%) Virtual Machines
12 19 (12.50%) IBM
12 19 (12.50%) ITIL
13 18 (11.84%) C#
13 18 (11.84%) StarTeam
14 17 (11.18%) HTML
14 17 (11.18%) Oracle Database
15 15 (9.87%) C++
15 15 (9.87%) Banking
16 14 (9.21%) TDD
16 14 (9.21%) XML

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 20 (13.16%) CICS
2 12 (7.89%) Tuxedo
3 10 (6.58%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.32%) MQSeries
5 1 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.66%) Commerce Server
5 1 (0.66%) Commerce Server 2007
5 1 (0.66%) EPiServer
5 1 (0.66%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (5.26%) MS Excel
1 8 (5.26%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (1.32%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.66%) Oracle Receivables
1 1 (0.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.32%) IaaS
1 2 (1.32%) PaaS
1 2 (1.32%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (7.24%) Internet
2 4 (2.63%) FTP
3 1 (0.66%) Firewall
3 1 (0.66%) HTTP
3 1 (0.66%) LDAP
3 1 (0.66%) SSL
3 1 (0.66%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (24.34%) DB2
2 17 (11.18%) Oracle Database
3 10 (6.58%) Relational Database
4 6 (3.95%) RDBMS
5 5 (3.29%) Oracle Reports
6 4 (2.63%) BusinessObjects
7 3 (1.97%) IDMS
8 2 (1.32%) DataStage
8 2 (1.32%) MS Access
8 2 (1.32%) Pentaho
9 1 (0.66%) Adabas
9 1 (0.66%) Big Data
9 1 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.66%) Easytrieve
9 1 (0.66%) Essbase
9 1 (0.66%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.66%) SQL Server
9 1 (0.66%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 18 (11.84%) StarTeam
2 7 (4.61%) Visual Studio
3 4 (2.63%) Dreamweaver
4 3 (1.97%) CA Gen
4 3 (1.97%) ChangeMan
4 3 (1.97%) Eclipse
4 3 (1.97%) Toad
5 1 (0.66%) ERwin
5 1 (0.66%) Fiddler
5 1 (0.66%) Firebug
5 1 (0.66%) JMeter
5 1 (0.66%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.66%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.66%) Rhino Mocks
5 1 (0.66%) Selenium
5 1 (0.66%) Synon
5 1 (0.66%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.66%) The Grinder
General
1 30 (19.74%) Finance
2 15 (9.87%) Banking
3 6 (3.95%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.63%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.97%) Retail
6 2 (1.32%) Back Office
6 2 (1.32%) French Language
6 2 (1.32%) Marketing
7 1 (0.66%) Advertising
7 1 (0.66%) Automotive
7 1 (0.66%) Billing
7 1 (0.66%) Dutch Language
7 1 (0.66%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 82 (53.95%) Developer
2 41 (26.97%) COBOL Developer
3 28 (18.42%) Analyst
4 11 (7.24%) Programmer
5 10 (6.58%) Lead Developer
6 9 (5.92%) Mainframe Developer
6 9 (5.92%) Senior Developer
7 8 (5.26%) Business Analyst
7 8 (5.26%) Operations Engineer
7 8 (5.26%) Senior Operations Engineer
8 7 (4.61%) Test Analyst
9 6 (3.95%) C Developer
9 6 (3.95%) COBOL Programmer
9 6 (3.95%) Unix Developer
10 5 (3.29%) Architect
10 5 (3.29%) C/C++ Developer
10 5 (3.29%) C++ Developer
10 5 (3.29%) COBOL Analyst
10 5 (3.29%) DBA
10 5 (3.29%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (11.18%) HTML
2 14 (9.21%) XML
3 13 (8.55%) Web Services
4 9 (5.92%) .NET
5 8 (5.26%) J2EE
6 6 (3.95%) CSS
7 3 (1.97%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.97%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.32%) ASP.NET MVC
8 2 (1.32%) ISPF
8 2 (1.32%) REST
8 2 (1.32%) SOAP
9 1 (0.66%) ADO.NET
9 1 (0.66%) jQuery
9 1 (0.66%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 52 (34.21%) Mainframe
2 20 (13.16%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (7.24%) Client/Server
4 8 (5.26%) IBM Mainframe
5 7 (4.61%) VSAM
6 6 (3.95%) Clustering
7 5 (3.29%) Computer Science
8 3 (1.97%) AS400
9 2 (1.32%) iSeries
9 2 (1.32%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.66%) Blog
10 1 (0.66%) Data Centre
10 1 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.66%) Equities
10 1 (0.66%) iPad
10 1 (0.66%) Mobile App
10 1 (0.66%) Online Banking
10 1 (0.66%) PDA
10 1 (0.66%) Replication
10 1 (0.66%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 37 (24.34%) VME
2 27 (17.76%) Unix
3 21 (13.82%) Linux
4 14 (9.21%) MVS
5 8 (5.26%) Windows
6 5 (3.29%) zOS
7 3 (1.97%) AIX
7 3 (1.97%) SUSE
8 1 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (14.47%) Agile Software Development
1 22 (14.47%) Software Engineering
2 19 (12.50%) ITIL
3 14 (9.21%) TDD
4 13 (8.55%) Waterfall
5 12 (7.89%) Service Management
6 11 (7.24%) Integration Testing
7 10 (6.58%) Change Management
7 10 (6.58%) Data Management
7 10 (6.58%) ITSM
8 9 (5.92%) Performance Tuning
8 9 (5.92%) User Acceptance Testing
9 8 (5.26%) Continuous Delivery
9 8 (5.26%) DevOps
9 8 (5.26%) ETL
9 8 (5.26%) Migration
9 8 (5.26%) Problem Management
9 8 (5.26%) Unit Testing
10 7 (4.61%) OO
10 7 (4.61%) RUP
Programming Languages
1 47 (30.92%) Java
2 36 (23.68%) SQL
3 31 (20.39%) JCL
4 24 (15.79%) C
5 18 (11.84%) C#
6 15 (9.87%) C++
7 13 (8.55%) Shell Script
8 11 (7.24%) VB
9 10 (6.58%) Perl
9 10 (6.58%) PL/SQL
9 10 (6.58%) VC++
10 6 (3.95%) Bash Shell
10 6 (3.95%) JavaScript
11 5 (3.29%) Assembly Language
12 3 (1.97%) R
12 3 (1.97%) REXX
12 3 (1.97%) RPG
13 2 (1.32%) LINC
14 1 (0.66%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.66%) Visual J++
Qualifications
1 6 (3.95%) BPSS Clearance
2 5 (3.29%) Degree
2 5 (3.29%) Security Cleared
3 2 (1.32%) ISEB
3 2 (1.32%) ISTQB
3 2 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (0.66%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.95%) QA
2 5 (3.29%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (1.97%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (12.50%) Virtual Machines
2 3 (1.97%) Job Entry Subsystem
2 3 (1.97%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
3 2 (1.32%) Time Sharing Option
4 1 (0.66%) RACF
Systems Management
1 3 (1.97%) CA Endevor
1 3 (1.97%) Tivoli
2 2 (1.32%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.66%) OMEGAMON
3 1 (0.66%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 47 (30.92%) Oracle
2 27 (17.76%) ICL
3 24 (15.79%) HP
4 21 (13.82%) Microsoft
5 20 (13.16%) Micro Focus
6 19 (12.50%) IBM
7 13 (8.55%) Informatica
8 7 (4.61%) webMethods
9 6 (3.95%) Pega
10 3 (1.97%) Fujitsu
10 3 (1.97%) Unisys
11 2 (1.32%) Ab Initio
11 2 (1.32%) BEA
11 2 (1.32%) JD Edwards
11 2 (1.32%) Remedy
11 2 (1.32%) SAP
11 2 (1.32%) ServiceNow
11 2 (1.32%) TIBCO
12 1 (0.66%) BMC
12 1 (0.66%) Compuware