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 January 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 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 448 468 467
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -1
Contract jobs citing COBOL 124 91 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.25% 0.19% 0.14%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.65% 0.50% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 48 24
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£350 £369 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.14% -1.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £247 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £315 £320
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 0 3
Average hourly rate £39.50 - £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 - -

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
18999 18097 17372
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.92% 37.05% 38.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 12660 11367 10676
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 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 493 726
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 £17.50 £14.25 £16.72
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.90 £44.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £33.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+6.76% -5.00%

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 January 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 January 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 +10 103 £350 +3.70% 22
London +16 35 £350 -12.50% 6
North East 0 15 £330 -13.15% 2
South East -10 15 £350 +29.62% 4
Tyne and Wear - 14 £330 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 14 £330 - 2
Scotland -4 13 £480 -
Edinburgh +5 12 £500 -
North West +8 11 £475 +26.66% 2
City of London +10 7 £368 -6.66% 1
East Midlands - 7 £299 -
East of England +2 6 £350 +45.83% 3
South West -14 5 £350 - 2
Nottinghamshire - 5 £335 -
Essex +12 4 - - 2
West Midlands +2 4 £404 -10.27% 2
Brentwood - 4 - -
Buckinghamshire -14 3 £315 -35.38% 1
Dorset - 3 £480 -
Nottingham - 3 £335 -
Lancashire - 3 £258 -
Milton Keynes -8 2 £315 -35.38%
West Yorkshire -13 2 £350 +16.66% 1
Leeds -17 2 £350 +16.66%
Yorkshire -20 2 £350 +16.66% 1
Hertfordshire - 2 £350 -
Bournemouth - 2 £480 -
Gloucestershire -15 1 £325 -
Knutsford - 1 - -
Leicester - 1 £263 -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 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.

1 100 (45.45%) Mainframe
2 91 (41.36%) DB2
3 73 (33.18%) CICS
4 60 (27.27%) JCL
5 59 (26.82%) Finance
6 56 (25.45%) IBM
7 47 (21.36%) SQL
8 35 (15.91%) VSAM
9 31 (14.09%) UNIX
10 28 (12.73%) Java
11 27 (12.27%) AS400
11 27 (12.27%) VME
12 24 (10.91%) Linux
13 23 (10.45%) iSeries
14 22 (10.00%) Micro Focus
14 22 (10.00%) Assembly Language
14 22 (10.00%) Banking
15 20 (9.09%) Web Services
16 18 (8.18%) Migration
16 18 (8.18%) Agile Software Development
16 18 (8.18%) REXX
17 17 (7.73%) Oracle
18 16 (7.27%) Middleware
18 16 (7.27%) Security Cleared
18 16 (7.27%) IBM Mainframe
19 15 (6.82%) Microsoft
20 14 (6.36%) DataStage
20 14 (6.36%) zOS
20 14 (6.36%) SAS
21 13 (5.91%) Logistics

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 73 (33.18%) CICS
2 14 (6.36%) SAS
3 10 (4.55%) WebSphere
4 8 (3.64%) MQSeries
5 7 (3.18%) Tuxedo
6 3 (1.36%) JBoss
6 3 (1.36%) StreamWeaver
6 3 (1.36%) Exstream Dialogue
6 3 (1.36%) TPMS
7 2 (0.91%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
7 2 (0.91%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.45%) Apache
8 1 (0.45%) IIS
8 1 (0.45%) CMS
8 1 (0.45%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 10 (4.55%) MS Office
2 5 (2.27%) MS Excel
3 2 (0.91%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.36%) Exstream
2 2 (0.91%) ResourceLink
2 2 (0.91%) BASE24
3 1 (0.45%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.45%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.64%) TCP/IP
2 7 (3.18%) FTP
3 6 (2.73%) HTTP
3 6 (2.73%) Internet
4 5 (2.27%) APPN
5 4 (1.82%) LAN
5 4 (1.82%) WAN
5 4 (1.82%) SNA
6 3 (1.36%) SSL
6 3 (1.36%) SSH
7 2 (0.91%) ATM
7 2 (0.91%) X.25
8 1 (0.45%) S/MIME
8 1 (0.45%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (41.36%) DB2
2 14 (6.36%) DataStage
3 10 (4.55%) Adabas
4 9 (4.09%) SQL Server
5 6 (2.73%) Oracle Database
5 6 (2.73%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (2.27%) Easytrieve
6 5 (2.27%) Pentaho
6 5 (2.27%) Relational Database
7 4 (1.82%) RDBMS
8 3 (1.36%) NonStop SQL
9 2 (0.91%) Oracle9i Database
9 2 (0.91%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.91%) Ingres
10 1 (0.45%) Oracle Database 10g
10 1 (0.45%) Oracle8/8i Database
10 1 (0.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 1 (0.45%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.45%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 5 (2.27%) Eclipse
1 5 (2.27%) Visual Studio
2 4 (1.82%) CA Gen
2 4 (1.82%) Oracle Forms
3 3 (1.36%) XPEDITER
4 2 (0.91%) ChangeMan
4 2 (0.91%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.45%) Toad
5 1 (0.45%) PowerDesigner
5 1 (0.45%) Rational Rose
5 1 (0.45%) StarTeam
5 1 (0.45%) JIRA
5 1 (0.45%) Zephyr
General
1 59 (26.82%) Finance
2 22 (10.00%) Banking
3 13 (5.91%) Retail
4 6 (2.73%) Manufacturing
5 5 (2.27%) Telecoms
6 4 (1.82%) Spanish Language
6 4 (1.82%) Retail Banking
7 2 (0.91%) Back Office
7 2 (0.91%) Law
8 1 (0.45%) Advertising
8 1 (0.45%) Billing
8 1 (0.45%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 80 (36.36%) Developer
2 52 (23.64%) Analyst
3 36 (16.36%) COBOL Developer
4 24 (10.91%) Programmer
5 21 (9.55%) Mainframe Developer
6 19 (8.64%) Consultant
7 17 (7.73%) Architect
8 14 (6.36%) Technical Leader
9 12 (5.45%) CICS Programmer
10 10 (4.55%) CICS Systems Programmer
10 10 (4.55%) COBOL Analyst
10 10 (4.55%) Systems Programmer
10 10 (4.55%) DBA
10 10 (4.55%) Technical Architect
11 9 (4.09%) Applications Developer
12 8 (3.64%) AS400 Developer
12 8 (3.64%) Administrator
13 7 (3.18%) Analyst Programmer
13 7 (3.18%) Analyst Developer
13 7 (3.18%) Technical Design Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (9.09%) Web Services
2 16 (7.27%) Middleware
3 11 (5.00%) ISPF
4 8 (3.64%) .NET
4 8 (3.64%) XML
5 7 (3.18%) HTML
5 7 (3.18%) J2EE
6 5 (2.27%) APPC
7 4 (1.82%) SOAP
8 3 (1.36%) Struts
8 3 (1.36%) Spring
8 3 (1.36%) JPA
9 2 (0.91%) Java EE 5
9 2 (0.91%) jQuery
9 2 (0.91%) WCF
9 2 (0.91%) Java SE
9 2 (0.91%) Java EE
9 2 (0.91%) XSLT
9 2 (0.91%) EJB
9 2 (0.91%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 100 (45.45%) Mainframe
2 35 (15.91%) VSAM
3 27 (12.27%) AS400
4 23 (10.45%) iSeries
5 16 (7.27%) IBM Mainframe
6 8 (3.64%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (2.27%) Tandem
8 3 (1.36%) Mobile Banking
9 2 (0.91%) Mobile App
9 2 (0.91%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.91%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.45%) HACMP
10 1 (0.45%) N-Tier
10 1 (0.45%) Clustering
10 1 (0.45%) CMDB
10 1 (0.45%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.45%) Data Extraction
10 1 (0.45%) LPAR
10 1 (0.45%) New Media
10 1 (0.45%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 31 (14.09%) UNIX
2 27 (12.27%) VME
3 24 (10.91%) Linux
4 14 (6.36%) zOS
5 12 (5.45%) AIX
6 10 (4.55%) Solaris
7 8 (3.64%) Windows
8 6 (2.73%) OS/400
9 5 (2.27%) i5/OS
10 4 (1.82%) Windows 7
10 4 (1.82%) Windows XP
11 3 (1.36%) MVS
12 1 (0.45%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (8.18%) Migration
1 18 (8.18%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (5.91%) Logistics
2 13 (5.91%) Project Management
3 9 (4.09%) Integration Testing
3 9 (4.09%) Performance Tuning
4 8 (3.64%) System Testing
4 8 (3.64%) Systems Analysis
5 7 (3.18%) ERP
5 7 (3.18%) Change Management
5 7 (3.18%) Scrum
5 7 (3.18%) Test Scripting
6 6 (2.73%) Waterfall
7 5 (2.27%) UML
7 5 (2.27%) ITIL
7 5 (2.27%) Mentoring
8 4 (1.82%) Capacity Management
8 4 (1.82%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (1.82%) Data Analysis
8 4 (1.82%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 60 (27.27%) JCL
2 47 (21.36%) SQL
3 28 (12.73%) Java
4 22 (10.00%) Assembly Language
5 18 (8.18%) REXX
6 12 (5.45%) C
7 10 (4.55%) NATURAL
8 9 (4.09%) RPG
9 8 (3.64%) SELCOPY
9 8 (3.64%) PL/SQL
10 6 (2.73%) C#
10 6 (2.73%) PL/1
11 4 (1.82%) VB
12 3 (1.36%) Shell Script
12 3 (1.36%) VB.NET
12 3 (1.36%) VB6
13 2 (0.91%) C++
13 2 (0.91%) JavaScript
13 2 (0.91%) Perl
13 2 (0.91%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (7.27%) Security Cleared
2 7 (3.18%) Degree
3 4 (1.82%) IBM Certification
4 3 (1.36%) SC Cleared
5 2 (0.91%) OCAJ
5 2 (0.91%) OCP
5 2 (0.91%) OCA
5 2 (0.91%) Oracle Certification
6 1 (0.45%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.45%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.82%) QA
2 2 (0.91%) SLA
3 1 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.45%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 4 (1.82%) PowerHA
2 2 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.45%) RACF
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle RMAN
3 1 (0.45%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 9 (4.09%) CA Endevor
2 6 (2.73%) OMEGAMON
3 5 (2.27%) Tivoli NetView
4 2 (0.91%) HP SIM
5 1 (0.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 1 (0.45%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.45%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 56 (25.45%) IBM
2 22 (10.00%) Micro Focus
3 17 (7.73%) Oracle
4 15 (6.82%) Microsoft
5 12 (5.45%) HP
6 9 (4.09%) CA
7 5 (2.27%) ICL
8 4 (1.82%) NetIQ
9 3 (1.36%) BMC
9 3 (1.36%) Ab Initio
9 3 (1.36%) EnterpriseDB
10 2 (0.91%) Northgate
10 2 (0.91%) VMware
11 1 (0.45%) Intel
11 1 (0.45%) Sun
11 1 (0.45%) Borland
11 1 (0.45%) JDA
11 1 (0.45%) TIBCO
11 1 (0.45%) Business Objects
11 1 (0.45%) SAP
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