The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 382 380 374
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -6
Contract jobs citing COBOL 21 15 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.095% 0.066% 0.10%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.23% 0.16% 0.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 4 13
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£425 £371 £500
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.47% -25.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £368 £337
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+20.96% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £45.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £20.98
COBOL
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in contract jobs advertised in the London region.

Programming Languages Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
9218 9303 8988
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 41.59% 41.11% 40.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 6710 6896 6501
Average daily rate £450 £425 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% -5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £340 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 63 119
Average hourly rate £30.00 £35.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.28% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £18.00 £18.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.19 £160.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £36.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +2.85%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in London

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing COBOL across the London region.

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in London

COBOL
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing COBOL across the London region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

COBOL Daily Rate Histogram in London

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the London region.

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in London

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the London region over the 3 months to 22 May 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
City of London +17 12 £425 - 3
Canary Wharf - 1 £400 -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 43 (72.88%) DB2
2 35 (59.32%) Mainframe
3 29 (49.15%) CICS
4 20 (33.90%) JCL
5 17 (28.81%) Finance
6 14 (23.73%) Banking
7 12 (20.34%) UNIX
8 11 (18.64%) Web Services
8 11 (18.64%) SQL
8 11 (18.64%) Assembly Language
9 10 (16.95%) SAS
10 8 (13.56%) ISPF
11 7 (11.86%) VSAM
11 7 (11.86%) CA Endevor
12 6 (10.17%) Project Management
12 6 (10.17%) zOS
12 6 (10.17%) BMC
12 6 (10.17%) IBM
13 5 (8.47%) Change Management
14 4 (6.78%) Ab Initio
14 4 (6.78%) Java
14 4 (6.78%) SELCOPY
14 4 (6.78%) Analytical Skills
15 3 (5.08%) Performance Tuning
15 3 (5.08%) Performance Testing
15 3 (5.08%) IBM Mainframe
15 3 (5.08%) Investment Banking
15 3 (5.08%) Systems Analysis
15 3 (5.08%) ChangeMan
15 3 (5.08%) Migration

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 29 (49.15%) CICS
2 10 (16.95%) SAS
3 2 (3.39%) MQSeries
4 1 (1.69%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (1.69%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.69%) Cloud Computing
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (72.88%) DB2
2 1 (1.69%) NonStop SQL
2 1 (1.69%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 3 (5.08%) ChangeMan
2 2 (3.39%) XPEDITER
3 1 (1.69%) Zephyr
3 1 (1.69%) Subversion
3 1 (1.69%) JIRA
3 1 (1.69%) Toad
General
1 17 (28.81%) Finance
2 14 (23.73%) Banking
3 3 (5.08%) Investment Banking
4 2 (3.39%) Advertising
4 2 (3.39%) Retail
5 1 (1.69%) Billing
5 1 (1.69%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.69%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 13 (22.03%) Analyst
2 12 (20.34%) Programmer
2 12 (20.34%) Developer
3 10 (16.95%) Technical Leader
3 10 (16.95%) Systems Programmer
3 10 (16.95%) CICS Systems Programmer
3 10 (16.95%) CICS Programmer
4 9 (15.25%) COBOL Developer
5 7 (11.86%) Mainframe Developer
5 7 (11.86%) Project Manager
6 6 (10.17%) DBA
6 6 (10.17%) DB2 DBA
6 6 (10.17%) Senior DBA
7 4 (6.78%) Test Analyst
7 4 (6.78%) Consultant
7 4 (6.78%) Technical Project Manager
7 4 (6.78%) Technical Manager
8 3 (5.08%) Mainframe Consultant
8 3 (5.08%) Programme Manager
9 2 (3.39%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (18.64%) Web Services
2 8 (13.56%) ISPF
3 1 (1.69%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 35 (59.32%) Mainframe
2 7 (11.86%) VSAM
3 4 (6.78%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (5.08%) IBM Mainframe
5 2 (3.39%) AS400
5 2 (3.39%) Tandem
6 1 (1.69%) SWIFT
6 1 (1.69%) iSeries
6 1 (1.69%) CMDB
6 1 (1.69%) PMI
6 1 (1.69%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.69%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 12 (20.34%) UNIX
2 6 (10.17%) zOS
3 2 (3.39%) Windows
3 2 (3.39%) Linux
4 1 (1.69%) Windows Vista
4 1 (1.69%) OS/390
4 1 (1.69%) Windows XP
4 1 (1.69%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (10.17%) Project Management
2 5 (8.47%) Change Management
3 3 (5.08%) Performance Tuning
3 3 (5.08%) Performance Testing
3 3 (5.08%) Systems Analysis
3 3 (5.08%) Migration
4 2 (3.39%) PRINCE2
4 2 (3.39%) Data Modelling
4 2 (3.39%) Unit Testing
4 2 (3.39%) Integration Testing
4 2 (3.39%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (3.39%) Performance Monitoring
4 2 (3.39%) Data Migration
4 2 (3.39%) Test Automation
5 1 (1.69%) People Management
5 1 (1.69%) Waterfall
5 1 (1.69%) Change Control
5 1 (1.69%) Data Transformation
5 1 (1.69%) V-Model
5 1 (1.69%) Enterprise Architecture
Programming Languages
1 20 (33.90%) JCL
2 11 (18.64%) SQL
2 11 (18.64%) Assembly Language
3 4 (6.78%) Java
3 4 (6.78%) SELCOPY
4 2 (3.39%) REXX
5 1 (1.69%) Caml Language
5 1 (1.69%) PL/1
5 1 (1.69%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.69%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.69%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.69%) RPG
5 1 (1.69%) VB
Qualifications
1 1 (1.69%) PMI Certification
Systems Management
1 7 (11.86%) CA Endevor
2 2 (3.39%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 6 (10.17%) BMC
1 6 (10.17%) IBM
2 4 (6.78%) Ab Initio
3 2 (3.39%) Oracle
3 2 (3.39%) WorldPay
4 1 (1.69%) HP
4 1 (1.69%) CA
4 1 (1.69%) SAP
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