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 29 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 444 508 474
Rank change year-on-year
+64 -34
Contract jobs citing COBOL 154 87 80
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.29% 0.16% 0.17%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.77% 0.44% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 49 35
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£375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £225 £323
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £510 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £305 £325
% change year-on-year
+22.95% -6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £45.00 - £14.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £14.00

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
20094 19733 17676
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.68% 37.28% 37.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 13381 13017 10891
Average daily rate £400 £375 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £341 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.79% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 415 458 620
Average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £17.50 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £52.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.50 £36.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+1.38% +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 29 May 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 29 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +40 143 £375 +13.63% 29
Newcastle upon Tyne +14 32 £356 +1.78%
Tyne and Wear +13 32 £356 -
North East +12 32 £356 -
London +11 26 £425 +13.33% 6
North West +4 25 £375 +20.00% 8
West Midlands +7 21 £270 -10.00% 5
Lancashire +25 17 £375 +36.36% 3
Blackpool - 16 £375 -
City of London +23 14 £425 -15.00% 2
South East -11 10 £325 +8.33% 6
Yorkshire -20 10 £375 +25.00% 1
East Midlands +2 7 £260 -60.00% 2
Scotland +2 6 £375 - 2
Manchester 0 6 £475 +22.58% 5
Sheffield +1 5 - -
Buckinghamshire +1 5 £325 -1.88%
South Yorkshire -7 5 - -
West Yorkshire -19 5 £375 +25.00% 1
Coventry - 5 £270 - 3
Edinburgh - 5 £375 -
East of England +6 4 £370 +19.35%
Milton Keynes +3 4 £325 -1.88%
Nottingham -2 4 - - 2
Nottinghamshire -7 4 - - 2
Cardiff +13 3 £450 -
South Wales -1 3 £450 -
Wales -2 3 £450 -
Leicestershire - 3 £260 -
Leicester - 3 £260 -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 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.

1 144 (48.48%) Mainframe
2 123 (41.41%) DB2
3 82 (27.61%) CICS
4 74 (24.92%) Finance
5 72 (24.24%) JCL
6 66 (22.22%) SQL
7 58 (19.53%) VME
8 45 (15.15%) Banking
8 45 (15.15%) IBM
9 41 (13.80%) Micro Focus
9 41 (13.80%) UNIX
10 37 (12.46%) Relational Database
11 33 (11.11%) Migration
12 31 (10.44%) Assembly Language
13 27 (9.09%) Java
14 25 (8.42%) Oracle
14 25 (8.42%) VSAM
15 24 (8.08%) QA
16 23 (7.74%) Visual Studio
16 23 (7.74%) Project Management
16 23 (7.74%) REXX
17 21 (7.07%) Linux
17 21 (7.07%) Security Cleared
18 20 (6.73%) IBM Mainframe
18 20 (6.73%) Web Services
18 20 (6.73%) zOS
18 20 (6.73%) RDBMS
19 19 (6.40%) ISPF
20 18 (6.06%) Integration Testing
20 18 (6.06%) SDLC

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 82 (27.61%) CICS
2 14 (4.71%) SAS
3 13 (4.38%) Tuxedo
4 11 (3.70%) WebSphere
5 10 (3.37%) MQSeries
6 3 (1.01%) Apache
6 3 (1.01%) TPMS
6 3 (1.01%) Confluence
7 2 (0.67%) Oracle Service Bus
7 2 (0.67%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 2 (0.67%) IIS
7 2 (0.67%) JBoss
7 2 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (0.67%) GlassFish
8 1 (0.34%) CMS
Applications
1 10 (3.37%) MS Office
2 5 (1.68%) MS Project
3 2 (0.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (0.67%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 14 (4.71%) TCP/IP
2 7 (2.36%) FTP
3 5 (1.68%) Internet
4 4 (1.35%) LAN
4 4 (1.35%) WAN
4 4 (1.35%) HTTP
4 4 (1.35%) SNA
4 4 (1.35%) APPN
5 2 (0.67%) X.25
5 2 (0.67%) SSH
6 1 (0.34%) SSL
6 1 (0.34%) SAN
6 1 (0.34%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (41.41%) DB2
2 37 (12.46%) Relational Database
3 20 (6.73%) RDBMS
4 13 (4.38%) DataStage
5 9 (3.03%) Oracle Database
6 6 (2.02%) Adabas
6 6 (2.02%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.35%) Pentaho
8 3 (1.01%) UniData
8 3 (1.01%) NonStop SQL
8 3 (1.01%) SQL Server
9 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.34%) Easytrieve
9 1 (0.34%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.34%) MySQL
9 1 (0.34%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 23 (7.74%) Visual Studio
2 9 (3.03%) CA Gen
3 7 (2.36%) Eclipse
4 4 (1.35%) TestDirector
4 4 (1.35%) JIRA
5 3 (1.01%) ChangeMan
5 3 (1.01%) Toad
5 3 (1.01%) Dreamweaver
5 3 (1.01%) Oracle Forms
5 3 (1.01%) JUnit
6 2 (0.67%) Hudson
6 2 (0.67%) Apache Continuum
6 2 (0.67%) Rational Application Developer
6 2 (0.67%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.67%) XPEDITER
6 2 (0.67%) JDeveloper
6 2 (0.67%) Maven
7 1 (0.34%) Subversion
7 1 (0.34%) Zephyr
General
1 74 (24.92%) Finance
2 45 (15.15%) Banking
3 12 (4.04%) Retail
4 8 (2.69%) Dutch Language
4 8 (2.69%) French Language
5 7 (2.36%) Manufacturing
6 5 (1.68%) Billing
7 4 (1.35%) Investment Banking
8 3 (1.01%) Back Office
9 2 (0.67%) Retail Banking
9 2 (0.67%) Law
9 2 (0.67%) Advertising
10 1 (0.34%) Telecoms
10 1 (0.34%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 84 (28.28%) Developer
2 63 (21.21%) Analyst
3 54 (18.18%) COBOL Developer
4 33 (11.11%) Programmer
5 26 (8.75%) Architect
6 22 (7.41%) Technical Leader
7 21 (7.07%) COBOL Analyst
7 21 (7.07%) Mainframe Developer
8 18 (6.06%) Test Manager
9 15 (5.05%) DBA
10 14 (4.71%) Project Manager
10 14 (4.71%) Analyst Programmer
11 10 (3.37%) COBOL Programmer
12 9 (3.03%) Applications Architect
12 9 (3.03%) CICS Systems Programmer
12 9 (3.03%) CICS Programmer
12 9 (3.03%) DB2 DBA
12 9 (3.03%) Systems Programmer
13 8 (2.69%) Technical Design Leader
13 8 (2.69%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (6.73%) Web Services
2 19 (6.40%) ISPF
3 15 (5.05%) XML
4 11 (3.70%) Middleware
5 8 (2.69%) .NET
6 7 (2.36%) HTML
7 5 (1.68%) Java EE
8 4 (1.35%) APPC
8 4 (1.35%) Spring
9 3 (1.01%) Hibernate
9 3 (1.01%) WebSphere MQ
9 3 (1.01%) SOAP
10 2 (0.67%) WebCenter
10 2 (0.67%) Oracle Fusion
10 2 (0.67%) Java EE 5
10 2 (0.67%) JPA
10 2 (0.67%) J2EE
10 2 (0.67%) XHTML
10 2 (0.67%) XML Schema
10 2 (0.67%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 144 (48.48%) Mainframe
2 25 (8.42%) VSAM
3 20 (6.73%) IBM Mainframe
4 17 (5.72%) Data Conversion
5 15 (5.05%) Analytical Skills
6 10 (3.37%) Computer Science
6 10 (3.37%) AS400
7 9 (3.03%) iSeries
8 8 (2.69%) Data Centre
9 7 (2.36%) BYOD
10 5 (1.68%) Client/Server
10 5 (1.68%) Enterprise Software
11 4 (1.35%) Tandem
12 3 (1.01%) Private Cloud
13 2 (0.67%) SWIFT
13 2 (0.67%) Mobile App
13 2 (0.67%) W3C
13 2 (0.67%) Management Information System
14 1 (0.34%) Equities
14 1 (0.34%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 58 (19.53%) VME
2 41 (13.80%) UNIX
3 21 (7.07%) Linux
4 20 (6.73%) zOS
5 11 (3.70%) AIX
6 10 (3.37%) Solaris
7 7 (2.36%) OS/400
8 6 (2.02%) Windows
9 5 (1.68%) Windows XP
10 4 (1.35%) Windows 7
10 4 (1.35%) i5/OS
11 3 (1.01%) SUSE
12 2 (0.67%) OS/2
13 1 (0.34%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.34%) OS/390
13 1 (0.34%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (11.11%) Migration
2 23 (7.74%) Project Management
3 18 (6.06%) Integration Testing
3 18 (6.06%) SDLC
4 16 (5.39%) Automated Testing
5 15 (5.05%) Agile Software Development
6 14 (4.71%) Mentoring
7 13 (4.38%) Change Management
8 12 (4.04%) Test Scripting
9 11 (3.70%) Continuous Integration
10 9 (3.03%) Data Modelling
10 9 (3.03%) Performance Tuning
11 8 (2.69%) Test Strategy
11 8 (2.69%) Technical Analysis
11 8 (2.69%) UML
12 7 (2.36%) Stakeholder Management
12 7 (2.36%) Validation
12 7 (2.36%) PRINCE2
13 6 (2.02%) Test Automation
13 6 (2.02%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 72 (24.24%) JCL
2 66 (22.22%) SQL
3 31 (10.44%) Assembly Language
4 27 (9.09%) Java
5 23 (7.74%) REXX
6 13 (4.38%) SELCOPY
7 12 (4.04%) RPG
8 10 (3.37%) C
9 9 (3.03%) PL/SQL
10 8 (2.69%) JavaScript
11 7 (2.36%) C#
12 5 (1.68%) Shell Script
12 5 (1.68%) NATURAL
13 3 (1.01%) PL/1
13 3 (1.01%) Python
13 3 (1.01%) Perl
14 2 (0.67%) Caml Language
14 2 (0.67%) VB
15 1 (0.34%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.34%) C++
Qualifications
1 21 (7.07%) Security Cleared
2 14 (4.71%) Degree
3 7 (2.36%) SC Cleared
4 4 (1.35%) IBM Certification
5 2 (0.67%) OCP
5 2 (0.67%) OCA
5 2 (0.67%) Oracle Certification
5 2 (0.67%) OCAJ
6 1 (0.34%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.34%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (8.08%) QA
2 2 (0.67%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 2 (0.67%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (1.35%) PowerHA
2 3 (1.01%) RACF
3 2 (0.67%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (2.36%) CA Endevor
2 4 (1.35%) Tivoli NetView
3 2 (0.67%) HP SIM
3 2 (0.67%) OMEGAMON
4 1 (0.34%) Control-M
4 1 (0.34%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 45 (15.15%) IBM
2 41 (13.80%) Micro Focus
3 25 (8.42%) Oracle
4 14 (4.71%) CA
5 12 (4.04%) Microsoft
6 9 (3.03%) BMC
6 9 (3.03%) HP
7 4 (1.35%) SAP
7 4 (1.35%) NetIQ
7 4 (1.35%) ICL
7 4 (1.35%) Ab Initio
8 2 (0.67%) WorldPay
8 2 (0.67%) EnterpriseDB
8 2 (0.67%) Business Objects
8 2 (0.67%) Atlassian
8 2 (0.67%) Actimize
8 2 (0.67%) Fujitsu
8 2 (0.67%) VMware
9 1 (0.34%) Retek
9 1 (0.34%) JDA
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