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 4 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
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 372 393 372
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -21
Contract jobs citing COBOL 41 22 47
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.17% 0.094% 0.19%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.41% 0.23% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 13 26
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£425 £400 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £302 £320 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £600 £563
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £303 £325
% change year-on-year
+23.86% -6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £32.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +132.14%
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
9929 9680 10547
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 42.36% 41.24% 43.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 7253 6902 7445
Average daily rate £450 £425 £435
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% -2.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
- +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 65 102
Average hourly rate £27.78 £34.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.29% -9.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.40 £16.50 £19.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £50.00 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -

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 4 August 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 4 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
City of London -8 11 £425 -
Hounslow - 2 £431 -
Canary Wharf - 1 £400 -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 4 August 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 45 (73.77%) DB2
2 35 (57.38%) CICS
3 29 (47.54%) Mainframe
4 28 (45.90%) Finance
5 23 (37.70%) JCL
6 22 (36.07%) Banking
7 19 (31.15%) UNIX
8 14 (22.95%) General Ledger
8 14 (22.95%) MVS
9 12 (19.67%) Control-M
9 12 (19.67%) IMS/DB
9 12 (19.67%) HTML
9 12 (19.67%) VBA
9 12 (19.67%) FTP
10 10 (16.39%) Project Management
11 8 (13.11%) SQL
12 6 (9.84%) Java
12 6 (9.84%) CA Endevor
12 6 (9.84%) SDLC
13 5 (8.20%) VSAM
13 5 (8.20%) Windows
13 5 (8.20%) Oracle
13 5 (8.20%) PRINCE2
13 5 (8.20%) AS400
14 4 (6.56%) Change Management
14 4 (6.56%) SAP
14 4 (6.56%) Assembly Language
15 3 (4.92%) Data Mining
15 3 (4.92%) ETL
15 3 (4.92%) OS/390

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 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 35 (57.38%) CICS
Applications
1 1 (1.64%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.28%) Oracle Financials
1 2 (3.28%) Oracle General Ledger
1 2 (3.28%) Oracle Receivables
1 2 (3.28%) Oracle Assets
2 1 (1.64%) BASE24
2 1 (1.64%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.28%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 12 (19.67%) FTP
2 1 (1.64%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (73.77%) DB2
2 12 (19.67%) IMS/DB
3 3 (4.92%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 3 (4.92%) Subversion
2 2 (3.28%) XPEDITER
2 2 (3.28%) ChangeMan
General
1 28 (45.90%) Finance
2 22 (36.07%) Banking
3 14 (22.95%) General Ledger
4 3 (4.92%) Investment Banking
5 2 (3.28%) Retail
5 2 (3.28%) Advertising
6 1 (1.64%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 11 (18.03%) Project Manager
2 9 (14.75%) Developer
3 8 (13.11%) Analyst
4 5 (8.20%) Mainframe Developer
5 4 (6.56%) COBOL Developer
5 4 (6.56%) Technical Project Manager
5 4 (6.56%) Technical Manager
6 3 (4.92%) IT Project Manager
6 3 (4.92%) Delivery Manager
6 3 (4.92%) Senior Manager
6 3 (4.92%) Analyst Programmer
6 3 (4.92%) Programmer
6 3 (4.92%) Programme Manager
7 2 (3.28%) COBOL Analyst
7 2 (3.28%) DBA
7 2 (3.28%) Test Manager
7 2 (3.28%) Support Manager
7 2 (3.28%) Senior Programme Manager
7 2 (3.28%) Senior DBA
7 2 (3.28%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (19.67%) HTML
2 3 (4.92%) ISPF
3 2 (3.28%) .NET
4 1 (1.64%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 29 (47.54%) Mainframe
2 5 (8.20%) AS400
2 5 (8.20%) VSAM
3 3 (4.92%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (3.28%) Tandem
4 2 (3.28%) SWIFT
4 2 (3.28%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.64%) PMI
5 1 (1.64%) EMV
5 1 (1.64%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (1.64%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 19 (31.15%) UNIX
2 14 (22.95%) MVS
3 5 (8.20%) Windows
4 3 (4.92%) Windows Vista
4 3 (4.92%) Linux
4 3 (4.92%) Windows XP
4 3 (4.92%) OS/390
5 2 (3.28%) zOS
6 1 (1.64%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (16.39%) Project Management
2 6 (9.84%) SDLC
3 5 (8.20%) PRINCE2
4 4 (6.56%) Change Management
5 3 (4.92%) ETL
5 3 (4.92%) Waterfall
5 3 (4.92%) Migration
5 3 (4.92%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (3.28%) Systems Analysis
6 2 (3.28%) Enterprise Architecture
6 2 (3.28%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (3.28%) Unit Testing
6 2 (3.28%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (3.28%) Data Modelling
6 2 (3.28%) Test Automation
6 2 (3.28%) Data Migration
6 2 (3.28%) Performance Monitoring
6 2 (3.28%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 2 (3.28%) System Integration Testing
7 1 (1.64%) People Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (37.70%) JCL
2 12 (19.67%) VBA
3 8 (13.11%) SQL
4 6 (9.84%) Java
5 4 (6.56%) Assembly Language
6 3 (4.92%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.64%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.64%) VB
7 1 (1.64%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.64%) Caml Language
7 1 (1.64%) SELCOPY
Qualifications
1 1 (1.64%) PMI Certification
System Software
1 2 (3.28%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 12 (19.67%) Control-M
2 6 (9.84%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 5 (8.20%) Oracle
2 4 (6.56%) SAP
3 3 (4.92%) IBM
3 3 (4.92%) Ab Initio
3 3 (4.92%) Actimize
4 2 (3.28%) WorldPay
4 2 (3.28%) BMC
5 1 (1.64%) CA