The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 525 479 472
Rank change year-on-year
-46 -7
Contract jobs citing COBOL 87 107 132
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.20% 0.23%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.41% 0.52% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 50 51
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£375 £360 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +10.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £456 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £360 £290
% change year-on-year
+18.05% +24.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 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%

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

Programming Languages Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
21245 20525 21295
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 36.88% 38.90% 36.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 13636 13000 12607
Average daily rate £390 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
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 420 560 739
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 £15.00 £15.50 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.50 £46.40 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend

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

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in the UK

COBOL
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing COBOL within the UK over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

COBOL Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend

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

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

COBOL
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the UK over the 3 months to 19 September 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
England -20 77 £388 +7.63% 34
London -18 23 £330 -8.33% 11
South West - 13 £500 -
South East +3 9 £325 -11.32% 7
North West 0 9 £313 -30.55% 5
East Midlands +10 8 £650 -
Gloucestershire - 7 - -
Nottinghamshire +14 6 £650 -
City of London +13 6 £331 -0.37% 1
Buckinghamshire -1 5 £325 +8.33%
North East - 5 £550 - 5
Manchester -11 4 £456 +1.38% 4
West Midlands -18 4 £425 +30.76% 3
Tyne and Wear - 4 £550 - 4
Newcastle upon Tyne - 4 £550 - 4
Yorkshire -3 3 £265 -32.48% 2
Milton Keynes -4 3 £300 -
Scotland -18 3 £300 -34.06% 3
Nottingham +18 2 £325 -
Essex -6 2 - -
East of England -22 2 - - 1
Lancashire - 2 - - 1
Glasgow - 2 £300 -
West Yorkshire 0 1 £265 -32.48% 1
Leeds -3 1 £265 - 1
Edinburgh -8 1 - - 3
Hampshire -12 1 - - 2
Durham - 1 - - 1
West Sussex - 1 - -
Liverpool - 1 £265 -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 95 (52.20%) Mainframe
2 86 (47.25%) DB2
3 67 (36.81%) IBM
4 60 (32.97%) JCL
5 57 (31.32%) CICS
6 48 (26.37%) Finance
7 33 (18.13%) SQL
8 29 (15.93%) Oracle
9 25 (13.74%) UNIX
9 25 (13.74%) IBM Mainframe
10 24 (13.19%) Java
11 20 (10.99%) AS400
12 19 (10.44%) Banking
12 19 (10.44%) VSAM
13 17 (9.34%) Retail
13 17 (9.34%) iSeries
13 17 (9.34%) Middleware
13 17 (9.34%) PL/SQL
14 16 (8.79%) ICL
14 16 (8.79%) Systems Analysis
15 15 (8.24%) Agile Software Development
15 15 (8.24%) Migration
15 15 (8.24%) HP
15 15 (8.24%) zOS
15 15 (8.24%) Oracle Database
16 14 (7.69%) VME
17 13 (7.14%) WebSphere
18 12 (6.59%) SOA
18 12 (6.59%) Waterfall
19 11 (6.04%) Linux

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 57 (31.32%) CICS
2 13 (7.14%) WebSphere
3 9 (4.95%) MQSeries
4 7 (3.85%) Exstream Dialogue
5 3 (1.65%) StreamWeaver
6 2 (1.10%) WebLogic
6 2 (1.10%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
6 2 (1.10%) Papyrus
7 1 (0.55%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (0.55%) SAS
Applications
1 6 (3.30%) MS Office
2 5 (2.75%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.65%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.55%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.55%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 10 (5.49%) Oracle BPM
2 7 (3.85%) Exstream
3 4 (2.20%) BASE24
4 3 (1.65%) Misys Midas
4 3 (1.65%) PRMS
5 1 (0.55%) ResourceLink
5 1 (0.55%) SAP ERP
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.20%) ATM
1 4 (2.20%) FTP
2 3 (1.65%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.10%) SSL
3 2 (1.10%) HTTP
3 2 (1.10%) APPN
3 2 (1.10%) Internet
4 1 (0.55%) SSH
4 1 (0.55%) CTI
4 1 (0.55%) S/MIME
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (47.25%) DB2
2 15 (8.24%) Oracle Database
3 10 (5.49%) Oracle Reports
4 8 (4.40%) Oracle9i Database
5 7 (3.85%) DataStage
6 5 (2.75%) SQL Server
6 5 (2.75%) Adabas
7 2 (1.10%) IDMS
7 2 (1.10%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (1.10%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (1.10%) Pentaho
8 1 (0.55%) Easytrieve
8 1 (0.55%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 11 (6.04%) Oracle Forms
2 5 (2.75%) Visual Studio
3 4 (2.20%) XPEDITER
4 3 (1.65%) CA Gen
4 3 (1.65%) Rational Rose
5 2 (1.10%) Eclipse
5 2 (1.10%) LoadRunner
5 2 (1.10%) JMeter
6 1 (0.55%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.55%) Lombardi
6 1 (0.55%) PowerDesigner
6 1 (0.55%) TestDirector
General
1 48 (26.37%) Finance
2 19 (10.44%) Banking
3 17 (9.34%) Retail
4 5 (2.75%) Advertising
5 3 (1.65%) Back Office
6 2 (1.10%) Spanish Language
6 2 (1.10%) Automotive
6 2 (1.10%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.55%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.55%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.55%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.55%) French Language
7 1 (0.55%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 82 (45.05%) Developer
2 52 (28.57%) Analyst
3 22 (12.09%) COBOL Developer
4 20 (10.99%) Architect
5 17 (9.34%) Systems Analyst
6 14 (7.69%) Mainframe Developer
7 10 (5.49%) Programmer
8 9 (4.95%) Analyst Developer
8 9 (4.95%) AS400 Developer
9 8 (4.40%) Support Analyst
9 8 (4.40%) Applications Architect
10 7 (3.85%) Oracle Developer
10 7 (3.85%) Administrator
10 7 (3.85%) Consultant
11 6 (3.30%) Technical Architect
11 6 (3.30%) Solutions Architect
11 6 (3.30%) Analyst Programmer
12 5 (2.75%) Technical Solutions Architect
12 5 (2.75%) Systems Developer
12 5 (2.75%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (9.34%) Middleware
2 11 (6.04%) .NET
3 9 (4.95%) Oracle ADF
4 8 (4.40%) ISPF
5 5 (2.75%) XML
5 5 (2.75%) J2EE
6 4 (2.20%) ASP.NET
7 3 (1.65%) Web Services
7 3 (1.65%) HTML
8 2 (1.10%) APPC
8 2 (1.10%) WebSphere MQ
9 1 (0.55%) Spring
9 1 (0.55%) Java EE
9 1 (0.55%) jQuery
9 1 (0.55%) Struts
9 1 (0.55%) XSLT
9 1 (0.55%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 95 (52.20%) Mainframe
2 25 (13.74%) IBM Mainframe
3 20 (10.99%) AS400
4 19 (10.44%) VSAM
5 17 (9.34%) iSeries
6 10 (5.49%) Open Source
7 6 (3.30%) Tandem
8 4 (2.20%) Analytical Skills
9 3 (1.65%) Management Information System
10 2 (1.10%) Client/Server
10 2 (1.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 2 (1.10%) Data Extraction
10 2 (1.10%) Clustering
11 1 (0.55%) Mobile Banking
11 1 (0.55%) SWIFT
11 1 (0.55%) Credit Risk
11 1 (0.55%) EMV
11 1 (0.55%) EFT
11 1 (0.55%) EFTPOS
11 1 (0.55%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 25 (13.74%) UNIX
2 15 (8.24%) zOS
3 14 (7.69%) VME
4 11 (6.04%) Linux
5 5 (2.75%) MVS
5 5 (2.75%) AIX
6 4 (2.20%) Windows
7 3 (1.65%) Solaris
7 3 (1.65%) OS/400
8 2 (1.10%) i5/OS
9 1 (0.55%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (8.79%) Systems Analysis
2 15 (8.24%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (8.24%) Migration
3 12 (6.59%) SOA
3 12 (6.59%) Waterfall
4 10 (5.49%) UML
5 8 (4.40%) E-Commerce
5 8 (4.40%) Programme Management
6 7 (3.85%) ITIL
7 6 (3.30%) Business Analysis
8 5 (2.75%) Performance Tuning
8 5 (2.75%) Data Analysis
8 5 (2.75%) Time Management
8 5 (2.75%) Problem Management
8 5 (2.75%) Change Management
9 4 (2.20%) ETL
9 4 (2.20%) Data Modelling
9 4 (2.20%) Project Management
9 4 (2.20%) System Testing
10 3 (1.65%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 60 (32.97%) JCL
2 33 (18.13%) SQL
3 24 (13.19%) Java
4 17 (9.34%) PL/SQL
5 8 (4.40%) RPG
5 8 (4.40%) Assembly Language
5 8 (4.40%) REXX
6 7 (3.85%) C#
7 5 (2.75%) SELCOPY
7 5 (2.75%) NATURAL
7 5 (2.75%) PL/1
7 5 (2.75%) C
8 4 (2.20%) RPG IV
9 3 (1.65%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.65%) T-SQL
10 2 (1.10%) C++
10 2 (1.10%) VB
10 2 (1.10%) VB.NET
11 1 (0.55%) RPG/400
11 1 (0.55%) VB6
Qualifications
1 8 (4.40%) Security Cleared
2 4 (2.20%) SC Cleared
3 2 (1.10%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.10%) QA
2 1 (0.55%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.55%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (2.75%) RACF
2 4 (2.20%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 9 (4.95%) CA Endevor
2 6 (3.30%) Tivoli
3 4 (2.20%) OMEGAMON
4 2 (1.10%) Tivoli NetView
Vendors
1 67 (36.81%) IBM
2 29 (15.93%) Oracle
3 16 (8.79%) ICL
4 15 (8.24%) HP
5 9 (4.95%) Fujitsu
5 9 (4.95%) Perforce
6 8 (4.40%) CA
7 6 (3.30%) Microsoft
7 6 (3.30%) RedPrairie
8 4 (2.20%) JDA
9 2 (1.10%) Syncsort
10 1 (0.55%) Northgate
10 1 (0.55%) Ab Initio
10 1 (0.55%) Infor
10 1 (0.55%) Micro Focus
10 1 (0.55%) TIBCO
10 1 (0.55%) Business Objects
10 1 (0.55%) SAP
10 1 (0.55%) Cisco
10 1 (0.55%) Intel
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