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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 429 467 479
Rank change year-on-year
+38 +12
Contract jobs citing COBOL 147 100 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.28% 0.20% 0.13%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.75% 0.54% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 50 25
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£350 £318 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -15.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £272 £224 £266
10% offered a daily rate of more than £479 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £375
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 3
Average hourly rate £39.50 - £27.96
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 - £27.59
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 - £39.59
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 - £27.73

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
19708 18586 16741
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.56% 36.98% 37.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 12891 11631 10237
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £552 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 416 478 655
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £16.00 £16.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.50 £45.00 £43.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -

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 27 February 2015.

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 27 February 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
England +18 113 £350 +16.66% 11
London 0 37 £350 -5.08% 1
North East 0 19 £335 +35.35% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne +14 18 £335 +49.02% 2
Tyne and Wear +10 18 £335 +49.02% 2
North West 0 16 £475 +26.66% 1
Scotland -2 15 £480 -
East of England +9 13 £338 +40.62% 1
Essex +18 9 £284 -
South East -22 9 £350 -28.20% 3
City of London +16 7 £368 +13.07% 1
Brentwood - 6 £318 -
South West -17 5 £350 - 3
East Midlands +6 4 - -
West Midlands -6 4 £383 +17.69%
Cheshire - 4 - -
Berkshire +2 3 £374 -
Cardiff -1 3 £450 +12.50% 2
Buckinghamshire -5 3 £315 -35.38%
South Wales -5 3 £450 +5.88% 2
Wales -12 3 £450 +5.88% 2
Yorkshire -24 3 - -
Nottinghamshire - 3 - -
Sheffield -1 2 - -
South Yorkshire -3 2 - -
Milton Keynes -8 2 £315 -35.38%
Knutsford - 2 - -
Bournemouth - 2 £480 - 1
Dorset - 2 £480 - 1
Hertfordshire - 2 £350 -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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.

1 116 (46.77%) Mainframe
2 107 (43.15%) DB2
3 84 (33.87%) CICS
4 65 (26.21%) JCL
5 63 (25.40%) IBM
5 63 (25.40%) Finance
6 57 (22.98%) SQL
7 36 (14.52%) UNIX
8 35 (14.11%) Micro Focus
8 35 (14.11%) VME
9 33 (13.31%) VSAM
10 32 (12.90%) Banking
10 32 (12.90%) Java
11 30 (12.10%) Assembly Language
12 26 (10.48%) REXX
13 25 (10.08%) Linux
14 22 (8.87%) IBM Mainframe
15 20 (8.06%) AS400
15 20 (8.06%) Migration
15 20 (8.06%) Web Services
16 19 (7.66%) zOS
16 19 (7.66%) Agile Software Development
17 18 (7.26%) ISPF
17 18 (7.26%) Microsoft
18 17 (6.85%) Oracle
18 17 (6.85%) Security Cleared
19 16 (6.45%) iSeries
19 16 (6.45%) Retail
20 15 (6.05%) SAS
20 15 (6.05%) DataStage

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, 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 84 (33.87%) CICS
2 15 (6.05%) SAS
3 12 (4.84%) MQSeries
4 10 (4.03%) WebSphere
5 7 (2.82%) Tuxedo
6 3 (1.21%) JBoss
6 3 (1.21%) TPMS
7 2 (0.81%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
7 2 (0.81%) StreamWeaver
7 2 (0.81%) Exstream Dialogue
7 2 (0.81%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.40%) IIS
8 1 (0.40%) Apache
8 1 (0.40%) CMS
8 1 (0.40%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 13 (5.24%) MS Office
2 6 (2.42%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.81%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.81%) Exstream
1 2 (0.81%) ResourceLink
2 1 (0.40%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.40%) Oracle BPM
2 1 (0.40%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.40%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 14 (5.65%) TCP/IP
2 7 (2.82%) FTP
2 7 (2.82%) Internet
3 6 (2.42%) HTTP
4 5 (2.02%) LAN
4 5 (2.02%) WAN
4 5 (2.02%) SNA
4 5 (2.02%) APPN
5 3 (1.21%) SSH
5 3 (1.21%) SSL
6 2 (0.81%) X.25
7 1 (0.40%) ATM
7 1 (0.40%) S/MIME
7 1 (0.40%) SAN
7 1 (0.40%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 107 (43.15%) DB2
2 15 (6.05%) DataStage
3 9 (3.63%) Adabas
3 9 (3.63%) SQL Server
4 8 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (3.23%) Relational Database
5 6 (2.42%) Oracle Database
6 5 (2.02%) Pentaho
7 4 (1.61%) RDBMS
7 4 (1.61%) Easytrieve
8 3 (1.21%) NonStop SQL
9 2 (0.81%) Ingres
9 2 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.81%) Oracle9i Database
10 1 (0.40%) Oracle8/8i Database
10 1 (0.40%) MySQL
10 1 (0.40%) Crystal Reports
10 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.40%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.40%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 12 (4.84%) Visual Studio
2 7 (2.82%) CA Gen
3 6 (2.42%) Eclipse
4 4 (1.61%) Oracle Forms
5 2 (0.81%) TestDirector
5 2 (0.81%) ChangeMan
6 1 (0.40%) StarTeam
6 1 (0.40%) JIRA
6 1 (0.40%) PowerDesigner
6 1 (0.40%) XPEDITER
6 1 (0.40%) Rational Rose
6 1 (0.40%) Toad
6 1 (0.40%) Zephyr
General
1 63 (25.40%) Finance
2 32 (12.90%) Banking
3 16 (6.45%) Retail
4 8 (3.23%) Manufacturing
5 5 (2.02%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.61%) Retail Banking
6 4 (1.61%) Spanish Language
7 3 (1.21%) Back Office
8 2 (0.81%) Law
8 2 (0.81%) Billing
9 1 (0.40%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.40%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.40%) French Language
9 1 (0.40%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 86 (34.68%) Developer
2 61 (24.60%) Analyst
3 38 (15.32%) COBOL Developer
4 30 (12.10%) Programmer
5 25 (10.08%) Mainframe Developer
6 19 (7.66%) Consultant
7 18 (7.26%) Architect
8 17 (6.85%) Technical Leader
9 15 (6.05%) DBA
10 14 (5.65%) COBOL Analyst
11 12 (4.84%) CICS Programmer
12 10 (4.03%) CICS Systems Programmer
12 10 (4.03%) Technical Architect
12 10 (4.03%) Systems Programmer
13 9 (3.63%) Applications Developer
14 8 (3.23%) Analyst Programmer
14 8 (3.23%) DB2 DBA
14 8 (3.23%) Technical Design Leader
15 7 (2.82%) Developer Analyst
15 7 (2.82%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (8.06%) Web Services
2 18 (7.26%) ISPF
3 15 (6.05%) Middleware
4 9 (3.63%) .NET
5 8 (3.23%) XML
6 7 (2.82%) J2EE
6 7 (2.82%) HTML
7 5 (2.02%) APPC
8 4 (1.61%) SOAP
9 3 (1.21%) Struts
9 3 (1.21%) JPA
9 3 (1.21%) Spring
10 2 (0.81%) Java SE
10 2 (0.81%) Java EE
10 2 (0.81%) WCF
10 2 (0.81%) jQuery
10 2 (0.81%) Java EE 5
10 2 (0.81%) EJB
10 2 (0.81%) XSLT
10 2 (0.81%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 116 (46.77%) Mainframe
2 33 (13.31%) VSAM
3 22 (8.87%) IBM Mainframe
4 20 (8.06%) AS400
5 16 (6.45%) iSeries
6 10 (4.03%) Analytical Skills
7 7 (2.82%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.61%) Tandem
9 3 (1.21%) Mobile Banking
10 2 (0.81%) Mobile App
10 2 (0.81%) Client/Server
11 1 (0.40%) N-Tier
11 1 (0.40%) HACMP
11 1 (0.40%) Management Information System
11 1 (0.40%) Clustering
11 1 (0.40%) Economics
11 1 (0.40%) CMDB
11 1 (0.40%) Data Extraction
11 1 (0.40%) Data Integration
11 1 (0.40%) LPAR
Operating Systems
1 36 (14.52%) UNIX
2 35 (14.11%) VME
3 25 (10.08%) Linux
4 19 (7.66%) zOS
5 13 (5.24%) AIX
6 11 (4.44%) Solaris
7 9 (3.63%) Windows
8 6 (2.42%) OS/400
9 5 (2.02%) i5/OS
9 5 (2.02%) Windows 7
9 5 (2.02%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.81%) MVS
11 1 (0.40%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (8.06%) Migration
2 19 (7.66%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (5.24%) Project Management
3 13 (5.24%) Logistics
4 11 (4.44%) Change Management
5 10 (4.03%) Integration Testing
5 10 (4.03%) Performance Tuning
6 9 (3.63%) System Testing
7 7 (2.82%) Test Scripting
7 7 (2.82%) ERP
7 7 (2.82%) Scrum
8 6 (2.42%) Mentoring
9 5 (2.02%) Systems Analysis
9 5 (2.02%) Data Modelling
9 5 (2.02%) ITIL
9 5 (2.02%) UML
9 5 (2.02%) E-Commerce
10 4 (1.61%) SOA
10 4 (1.61%) Data Analysis
10 4 (1.61%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 65 (26.21%) JCL
2 57 (22.98%) SQL
3 32 (12.90%) Java
4 30 (12.10%) Assembly Language
5 26 (10.48%) REXX
6 12 (4.84%) C
6 12 (4.84%) SELCOPY
7 10 (4.03%) RPG
8 9 (3.63%) NATURAL
9 7 (2.82%) PL/SQL
10 6 (2.42%) C#
10 6 (2.42%) PL/1
11 5 (2.02%) VB
12 3 (1.21%) VB.NET
12 3 (1.21%) Shell Script
12 3 (1.21%) VB6
13 2 (0.81%) C++
13 2 (0.81%) JavaScript
13 2 (0.81%) Perl
13 2 (0.81%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (6.85%) Security Cleared
2 13 (5.24%) Degree
3 5 (2.02%) SC Cleared
3 5 (2.02%) IBM Certification
4 3 (1.21%) VCP4
5 2 (0.81%) OCAJ
5 2 (0.81%) OCP
5 2 (0.81%) OCA
5 2 (0.81%) Oracle Certification
6 1 (0.40%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.40%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.63%) QA
2 2 (0.81%) SLA
3 1 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (2.02%) PowerHA
2 2 (0.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.40%) RACF
3 1 (0.40%) Oracle RMAN
3 1 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 7 (2.82%) CA Endevor
2 5 (2.02%) Tivoli NetView
3 4 (1.61%) OMEGAMON
4 2 (0.81%) HP SIM
5 1 (0.40%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.40%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.40%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 63 (25.40%) IBM
2 35 (14.11%) Micro Focus
3 18 (7.26%) Microsoft
4 17 (6.85%) Oracle
5 12 (4.84%) HP
6 10 (4.03%) CA
7 6 (2.42%) BMC
8 5 (2.02%) NetIQ
9 4 (1.61%) ICL
10 3 (1.21%) EnterpriseDB
10 3 (1.21%) Ab Initio
11 2 (0.81%) VMware
11 2 (0.81%) Business Objects
11 2 (0.81%) Northgate
12 1 (0.40%) Fujitsu
12 1 (0.40%) Actimize
12 1 (0.40%) RedPrairie
12 1 (0.40%) SAP
12 1 (0.40%) Sun
12 1 (0.40%) JDA
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