The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Programming Languages category.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 487 479 450
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -29
Contract jobs citing COBOL 100 65 139
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.14% 0.23%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.48% 0.37% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 30 63
Average daily rate £310 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.33% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £217 £260 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £551 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-20.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 6
Average hourly rate - £27.73 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -10.54%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £27.73 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.56%
Programming Languages Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
20800 17600 21068
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 36.94% 36.88% 34.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 13477 10833 12444
Average daily rate £375 £375 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £258 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £555 £570
UK excluding London average daily rate £333 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.30% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 487 629 742
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +2.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £16.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £44.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +2.94%

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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -59 81 £300 -25.00% 20
London -18 16 £371 -30.18% 6
South East -19 10 £265 -17.18% 3
Scotland -2 9 £375 - 1
West Midlands -11 8 £313 -10.71% 1
East of England -20 8 £240 -
Yorkshire -23 8 £300 -7.69% 5
Leeds -16 7 £300 -20.00% 2
West Yorkshire -22 7 £300 -20.00% 5
Berkshire -6 6 £233 -41.87% 2
City of London -12 5 - -
Edinburgh -22 5 - -
North West -13 4 £313 - 3
East Midlands -7 3 £650 +116.66% 2
South West -22 3 - -
Essex -24 3 £310 -
Glasgow - 3 £375 -
Milton Keynes -16 2 £300 -
Wiltshire -17 2 - -
Buckinghamshire -18 2 £300 - 1
Basildon - 2 - -
Lancashire - 2 £275 -
Northampton -9 1 - -
Northamptonshire -11 1 - -
Nottinghamshire - 1 - -
South Yorkshire - 1 - -
Nottingham - 1 - -
Coventry - 1 £325 -
Cambridgeshire - 1 - -
Sheffield - 1 - -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 92 (48.42%) DB2
2 78 (41.05%) Mainframe
3 59 (31.05%) CICS
4 54 (28.42%) SQL
5 52 (27.37%) IBM
6 47 (24.74%) Oracle
6 47 (24.74%) Finance
7 45 (23.68%) JCL
8 41 (21.58%) UNIX
9 33 (17.37%) Java
10 26 (13.68%) Retail
11 23 (12.11%) Banking
11 23 (12.11%) Oracle Database
12 19 (10.00%) PL/SQL
13 18 (9.47%) ISPF
13 18 (9.47%) iSeries
13 18 (9.47%) Security Cleared
14 17 (8.95%) AS400
14 17 (8.95%) Windows
15 16 (8.42%) Test Scripting
16 15 (7.89%) SC Cleared
16 15 (7.89%) WebSphere
16 15 (7.89%) MS Office
16 15 (7.89%) C
16 15 (7.89%) Microsoft
16 15 (7.89%) Oracle Forms
17 14 (7.37%) RPG
17 14 (7.37%) Perforce
18 13 (6.84%) Migration
18 13 (6.84%) Problem Management

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 59 (31.05%) CICS
2 15 (7.89%) WebSphere
3 10 (5.26%) MQSeries
4 9 (4.74%) SAS
5 4 (2.11%) Papyrus
6 2 (1.05%) WebLogic
6 2 (1.05%) IIS
7 1 (0.53%) WebSphere Application Server
7 1 (0.53%) CMS
Applications
1 15 (7.89%) MS Office
2 6 (3.16%) MS Excel
3 4 (2.11%) MS Project
4 2 (1.05%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 12 (6.32%) Oracle BPM
2 4 (2.11%) BASE24
3 2 (1.05%) Misys Midas
4 1 (0.53%) VisionPLUS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.63%) Internet
2 4 (2.11%) APPN
2 4 (2.11%) FTP
2 4 (2.11%) HTTP
2 4 (2.11%) TCP/IP
2 4 (2.11%) SNA
2 4 (2.11%) LAN
2 4 (2.11%) WAN
3 3 (1.58%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (48.42%) DB2
2 23 (12.11%) Oracle Database
3 12 (6.32%) Oracle Reports
3 12 (6.32%) Oracle9i Database
4 5 (2.63%) Easytrieve
5 4 (2.11%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (2.11%) SQL Server
5 4 (2.11%) Adabas
5 4 (2.11%) RDBMS
5 4 (2.11%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.05%) DataStage
7 1 (0.53%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.53%) Ingres
7 1 (0.53%) Pentaho
7 1 (0.53%) IDMS
7 1 (0.53%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 15 (7.89%) Oracle Forms
2 6 (3.16%) Toad
3 5 (2.63%) JIRA
4 4 (2.11%) StarTeam
4 4 (2.11%) TestDirector
5 3 (1.58%) Synon
5 3 (1.58%) ChangeMan
6 1 (0.53%) CA Gen
6 1 (0.53%) XPEDITER
6 1 (0.53%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 47 (24.74%) Finance
2 26 (13.68%) Retail
3 23 (12.11%) Banking
4 5 (2.63%) Advertising
5 4 (2.11%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.58%) Back Office
6 3 (1.58%) Law
6 3 (1.58%) Publishing
7 2 (1.05%) Legal
7 2 (1.05%) Financial Institution
7 2 (1.05%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.05%) Retail Banking
7 2 (1.05%) Corporate Banking
7 2 (1.05%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.53%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.53%) French Language
8 1 (0.53%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.53%) Billing
8 1 (0.53%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 73 (38.42%) Developer
2 38 (20.00%) Analyst
3 25 (13.16%) COBOL Developer
4 21 (11.05%) Architect
5 14 (7.37%) Programmer
6 12 (6.32%) Applications Support
7 11 (5.79%) Oracle Developer
7 11 (5.79%) Mainframe Developer
7 11 (5.79%) Test Analyst
7 11 (5.79%) Systems Analyst
8 9 (4.74%) Consultant
8 9 (4.74%) Solutions Architect
9 7 (3.68%) Analyst Programmer
10 6 (3.16%) Technical Specialist
10 6 (3.16%) Applications Architect
10 6 (3.16%) COBOL Programmer
10 6 (3.16%) Designer
10 6 (3.16%) Support Analyst
11 5 (2.63%) Systems Designer
11 5 (2.63%) Applications Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (9.47%) ISPF
2 13 (6.84%) Middleware
2 13 (6.84%) .NET
3 12 (6.32%) Oracle ADF
4 6 (3.16%) XML
5 5 (2.63%) Web Services
6 4 (2.11%) APPC
7 3 (1.58%) CSS
7 3 (1.58%) EntireX
8 2 (1.05%) XSLT
8 2 (1.05%) Synon Analyst Programmer
9 1 (0.53%) HTML
9 1 (0.53%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.53%) WebSphere Message Broker
Miscellaneous
1 78 (41.05%) Mainframe
2 18 (9.47%) iSeries
3 17 (8.95%) AS400
4 9 (4.74%) Open Source
5 8 (4.21%) IBM Mainframe
6 7 (3.68%) VSAM
7 5 (2.63%) Client/Server
8 4 (2.11%) Tandem
9 2 (1.05%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.05%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (1.05%) EMV
10 1 (0.53%) Mobile App
10 1 (0.53%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.53%) EFT
10 1 (0.53%) EFTPOS
10 1 (0.53%) Smartcard
10 1 (0.53%) SWIFT
10 1 (0.53%) Hedge funds
10 1 (0.53%) Mathematics
10 1 (0.53%) Cryptography
Operating Systems
1 41 (21.58%) UNIX
2 17 (8.95%) Windows
3 13 (6.84%) zOS
4 12 (6.32%) VME
5 9 (4.74%) OS/400
6 8 (4.21%) AIX
7 6 (3.16%) Linux
8 5 (2.63%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (2.11%) i5/OS
9 4 (2.11%) Windows 7
10 3 (1.58%) Windows XP
11 2 (1.05%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (8.42%) Test Scripting
2 13 (6.84%) Migration
2 13 (6.84%) Problem Management
2 13 (6.84%) Project Management
2 13 (6.84%) ITIL
3 12 (6.32%) SOA
4 10 (5.26%) Configuration Management
5 9 (4.74%) Change Management
6 8 (4.21%) System Testing
6 8 (4.21%) E-Commerce
6 8 (4.21%) Root Cause Analysis
7 6 (3.16%) UML
8 5 (2.63%) OO
8 5 (2.63%) Data Protection
8 5 (2.63%) Agile Software Development
8 5 (2.63%) Systems Analysis
8 5 (2.63%) Programme Management
9 4 (2.11%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (2.11%) Integration Testing
10 3 (1.58%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 54 (28.42%) SQL
2 45 (23.68%) JCL
3 33 (17.37%) Java
4 19 (10.00%) PL/SQL
5 15 (7.89%) C
6 14 (7.37%) RPG
7 13 (6.84%) C++
8 11 (5.79%) VB.NET
8 11 (5.79%) C#
9 10 (5.26%) PL/1
10 7 (3.68%) Shell Script
11 6 (3.16%) REXX
12 5 (2.63%) Assembly Language
13 3 (1.58%) VB
13 3 (1.58%) NATURAL
14 2 (1.05%) RPG IV
14 2 (1.05%) PHP
14 2 (1.05%) T-SQL
14 2 (1.05%) SELCOPY
15 1 (0.53%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 18 (9.47%) Security Cleared
2 15 (7.89%) SC Cleared
3 6 (3.16%) Degree
4 4 (2.11%) IBM Certification
5 2 (1.05%) ISEB
6 1 (0.53%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.58%) BS25999
2 2 (1.05%) SLA
3 1 (0.53%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 4 (2.11%) PowerHA
Systems Management
1 7 (3.68%) CA Endevor
2 4 (2.11%) Tivoli NetView
3 3 (1.58%) Control-M
4 1 (0.53%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.53%) SCOM
4 1 (0.53%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 52 (27.37%) IBM
2 47 (24.74%) Oracle
3 15 (7.89%) Microsoft
4 14 (7.37%) Perforce
5 13 (6.84%) Micro Focus
6 12 (6.32%) HP
7 9 (4.74%) ICL
7 9 (4.74%) Curam
8 8 (4.21%) CA
9 6 (3.16%) RedPrairie
10 5 (2.63%) Fujitsu
11 4 (2.11%) JDA
11 4 (2.11%) Borland
11 4 (2.11%) NetIQ
12 2 (1.05%) BEA
12 2 (1.05%) Business Objects
13 1 (0.53%) Sun
13 1 (0.53%) Unisys
13 1 (0.53%) PeopleSoft
13 1 (0.53%) CheckPoint
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