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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 402 377 375
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -2
Contract jobs citing COBOL 6 38 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.028% 0.18% 0.15%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.067% 0.42% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 22 15
Average daily rate £450 £350 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.57% -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £276 £323
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £424 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.42% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £39.50 -
% change year-on-year
-34.17% -
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
8932 9030 8896
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 42.18% 42.58% 40.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 6625 6723 6325
Average daily rate £470 £450 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.44% +5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 54 78
Average hourly rate £34.00 £28.75 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.26% -17.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.20 £17.35 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.05 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £36.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+11.11% +5.88%

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
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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 13 (50.00%) Mainframe
2 10 (38.46%) JavaScript
3 9 (34.62%) SQL
3 9 (34.62%) CICS
3 9 (34.62%) Java
4 8 (30.77%) DB2
4 8 (30.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 7 (26.92%) Line Management
5 7 (26.92%) IBM
6 6 (23.08%) zOS
7 4 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (15.38%) Banking
7 4 (15.38%) SDLC
7 4 (15.38%) QA
7 4 (15.38%) V-Model
8 3 (11.54%) Project Planning
8 3 (11.54%) Waterfall
8 3 (11.54%) IBM Mainframe
8 3 (11.54%) DevOps
8 3 (11.54%) Change Management
8 3 (11.54%) Finance
8 3 (11.54%) Tandem
8 3 (11.54%) JCL
8 3 (11.54%) Unix
9 2 (7.69%) Windows
9 2 (7.69%) AIX
9 2 (7.69%) HP
9 2 (7.69%) Linux
9 2 (7.69%) UML
9 2 (7.69%) Middleware

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 9 (34.62%) CICS
2 2 (7.69%) WebSphere
3 1 (3.85%) IIS
3 1 (3.85%) MQSeries
3 1 (3.85%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 1 (3.85%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (3.85%) VisionPLUS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.85%) SNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (30.77%) DB2
1 8 (30.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (7.69%) NonStop SQL
3 1 (3.85%) Adabas
3 1 (3.85%) Relational Database
General
1 4 (15.38%) Banking
2 3 (11.54%) Finance
3 2 (7.69%) Retail
4 1 (3.85%) Back Office
4 1 (3.85%) Financial Institution
4 1 (3.85%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (34.62%) Team Leader
2 8 (30.77%) Development Team Leader
3 4 (15.38%) Development Manager
3 4 (15.38%) Development Team Manager
4 2 (7.69%) Administrator
4 2 (7.69%) Consultant
4 2 (7.69%) Designer
4 2 (7.69%) Developer
4 2 (7.69%) Solutions Designer
5 1 (3.85%) Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) COBOL Developer
5 1 (3.85%) Mainframe Developer
5 1 (3.85%) Mainframe Programmer
5 1 (3.85%) Project Manager
5 1 (3.85%) QA Tester
5 1 (3.85%) Senior Consultant
5 1 (3.85%) Technical Leader
5 1 (3.85%) Test Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Test Manager
5 1 (3.85%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.69%) Middleware
2 1 (3.85%) J2EE
2 1 (3.85%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 13 (50.00%) Mainframe
2 3 (11.54%) IBM Mainframe
2 3 (11.54%) Tandem
3 2 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (7.69%) SWIFT
3 2 (7.69%) VSAM
4 1 (3.85%) AS400
4 1 (3.85%) Client/Server
4 1 (3.85%) Data Centre
4 1 (3.85%) Equities
4 1 (3.85%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 6 (23.08%) zOS
2 3 (11.54%) Unix
3 2 (7.69%) AIX
3 2 (7.69%) Linux
3 2 (7.69%) Windows
4 1 (3.85%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (26.92%) Line Management
2 4 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (15.38%) SDLC
2 4 (15.38%) V-Model
3 3 (11.54%) Change Management
3 3 (11.54%) DevOps
3 3 (11.54%) Project Planning
3 3 (11.54%) Waterfall
4 2 (7.69%) Functional Testing
4 2 (7.69%) Project Management
4 2 (7.69%) Risk Management
4 2 (7.69%) UML
5 1 (3.85%) Incident Management
5 1 (3.85%) Manual Testing
5 1 (3.85%) Non-Functional Testing
5 1 (3.85%) Release Management
5 1 (3.85%) Service Management
5 1 (3.85%) System Testing
5 1 (3.85%) Test Scripting
5 1 (3.85%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 10 (38.46%) JavaScript
2 9 (34.62%) Java
2 9 (34.62%) SQL
3 3 (11.54%) JCL
4 1 (3.85%) REXX
Qualifications
1 1 (3.85%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (15.38%) QA
2 1 (3.85%) SEPA
System Software
1 2 (7.69%) Job Entry Subsystem
1 2 (7.69%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
2 1 (3.85%) ACF2
2 1 (3.85%) ClearTrust
2 1 (3.85%) RACF
Systems Management
1 2 (7.69%) Tivoli
2 1 (3.85%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 7 (26.92%) IBM
2 2 (7.69%) ATG
2 2 (7.69%) HP
2 2 (7.69%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (3.85%) Ab Initio
3 1 (3.85%) TOWER Software