The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 28 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
28 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 498 476 533
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +57
Contract jobs citing COBOL 153 170 85
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.28% 0.30% 0.16%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.72% 0.79% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 110 42
Median daily rate £420 £386 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.73% +5.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £150 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £476 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £375 £305
% change year-on-year
+10.66% +22.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 0 3
Median hourly rate £32.00 - £30.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 - £28.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 - £34.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 - £30.00

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
21326 21589 20293
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 39.49% 37.82% 37.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 14605 14530 13003
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £351 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.99% +0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 455 439 416
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.07 £18.00 £15.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £52.17 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 28 July 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the UK over the 3 months to 28 July 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -29 149 £420 +8.38% 15
North West +40 76 £430 +10.68% 2
Lancashire +20 67 £428 +11.10%
Blackpool +8 40 £435 +12.98%
London -14 23 £450 +5.88%
East of England +39 17 £255 - 2
Essex +17 15 £255 - 1
Lytham St Annes - 13 £432 -
South East +2 9 £325 -19.25% 4
Docklands, London - 8 £350 -
West Yorkshire -3 5 £313 -16.66% 1
Manchester -3 5 £500 +3.89% 2
Yorkshire -4 5 £313 -16.66% 2
North East -48 5 £305 -25.60%
Newcastle upon Tyne -59 5 £305 -25.60%
Tyne and Wear -64 5 £305 -25.60%
Buckinghamshire +6 4 - -
South West +4 4 - - 3
Leeds -6 4 £375 -0.66% 1
West Midlands -54 4 £475 +216.66%
Oxfordshire +8 3 £325 -19.75%
Basildon - 3 £260 -
City of London +38 2 £325 -25.71%
Milton Keynes +13 2 - -
Nottinghamshire -2 2 £325 -
Merseyside -4 2 - -
Warwickshire -4 2 - -
Nottingham -5 2 £325 -
East Midlands -8 2 £325 +11.11% 2
Brentwood - 2 £279 -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing COBOL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for COBOL.

1 104 (32.20%) Oracle
2 103 (31.89%) Linux
3 99 (30.65%) Mainframe
4 91 (28.17%) Java
5 88 (27.24%) DB2
6 84 (26.01%) Micro Focus
7 78 (24.15%) Tuxedo
8 77 (23.84%) C
9 68 (21.05%) Finance
10 64 (19.81%) VME
11 55 (17.03%) SQL
12 52 (16.10%) IBM
12 52 (16.10%) CICS
13 44 (13.62%) Oracle Database
14 43 (13.31%) Shell Script
14 43 (13.31%) Banking
15 41 (12.69%) Unix
16 39 (12.07%) Middleware
17 38 (11.76%) JCL
18 37 (11.46%) Clustering
19 36 (11.15%) Bash Shell
20 35 (10.84%) Migration
21 34 (10.53%) Project Management
22 33 (10.22%) RDBMS
22 33 (10.22%) Agile Software Development
22 33 (10.22%) Relational Database
23 30 (9.29%) IBM Mainframe
24 29 (8.98%) Security Cleared
25 24 (7.43%) .NET
26 22 (6.81%) C++

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 78 (24.15%) Tuxedo
2 52 (16.10%) CICS
3 18 (5.57%) WebSphere
4 16 (4.95%) JBoss
5 8 (2.48%) TPMS
5 8 (2.48%) WebLogic
6 6 (1.86%) MQSeries
6 6 (1.86%) SharePoint
7 5 (1.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 4 (1.24%) Apache ServiceMix
8 4 (1.24%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (1.24%) Skype for Business
9 2 (0.62%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 10 (3.10%) MS Excel
2 8 (2.48%) MS Office
3 2 (0.62%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (0.62%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.62%) BASE24
2 2 (0.62%) Misys Midas
2 2 (0.62%) PeopleSoft HCM
2 2 (0.62%) PeopleSoft HRMS
3 1 (0.31%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.31%) ENOVIA
3 1 (0.31%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
3 1 (0.31%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (1.24%) GitHub
2 4 (1.24%) Office 365
2 4 (1.24%) Yammer
3 1 (0.31%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.86%) WebEx
2 3 (0.93%) ATM
2 3 (0.93%) FTP
3 2 (0.62%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.31%) HTTP
4 1 (0.31%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.31%) Internet
4 1 (0.31%) SSH
4 1 (0.31%) SSL
4 1 (0.31%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (27.24%) DB2
2 44 (13.62%) Oracle Database
3 33 (10.22%) RDBMS
3 33 (10.22%) Relational Database
4 9 (2.79%) Oracle ODI
5 8 (2.48%) SQL Server
6 6 (1.86%) Oracle Database 11g
7 5 (1.55%) Oracle BI EE
7 5 (1.55%) Oracle Database 12c
7 5 (1.55%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.93%) Essbase
8 3 (0.93%) IMS/DB
8 3 (0.93%) MS Access
8 3 (0.93%) NonStop SQL
9 2 (0.62%) Crystal Reports
9 2 (0.62%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.62%) Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.62%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.62%) Oracle BI Publisher
10 1 (0.31%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 22 (6.81%) Subversion
2 20 (6.19%) Eclipse
2 20 (6.19%) Visual Studio
3 8 (2.48%) ClearCase
4 4 (1.24%) AppScan
4 4 (1.24%) Dreamweaver
5 3 (0.93%) CA Gen
6 2 (0.62%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.62%) Introscope
6 2 (0.62%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.62%) Maven
6 2 (0.62%) MSI
7 1 (0.31%) Ant
7 1 (0.31%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.31%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.31%) ProC
7 1 (0.31%) StarTeam
7 1 (0.31%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.31%) Toad
7 1 (0.31%) VisualAge
General
1 68 (21.05%) Finance
2 43 (13.31%) Banking
3 21 (6.50%) Retail
4 6 (1.86%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.55%) Automotive
6 4 (1.24%) Billing
6 4 (1.24%) Corporate Banking
6 4 (1.24%) Spanish Language
7 3 (0.93%) Investment Banking
7 3 (0.93%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.62%) Back Office
8 2 (0.62%) Marketing
9 1 (0.31%) Dutch Language
9 1 (0.31%) French Language
9 1 (0.31%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.31%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 158 (48.92%) Developer
2 66 (20.43%) COBOL Developer
3 46 (14.24%) Analyst
4 43 (13.31%) Architect
5 26 (8.05%) Mainframe Developer
6 25 (7.74%) Programmer
7 17 (5.26%) COBOL Programmer
8 16 (4.95%) Business Analyst
9 15 (4.64%) DB2 Developer
10 13 (4.02%) Solutions Architect
11 12 (3.72%) COBOL Analyst
11 12 (3.72%) Designer
12 11 (3.41%) Middleware Developer
13 10 (3.10%) Senior Developer
14 8 (2.48%) Analyst Programmer
14 8 (2.48%) Consultant
14 8 (2.48%) Oracle Developer
14 8 (2.48%) Solutions Designer
14 8 (2.48%) Systems Analyst
14 8 (2.48%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (12.07%) Middleware
2 24 (7.43%) .NET
3 22 (6.81%) XML
4 17 (5.26%) J2EE
4 17 (5.26%) Web Services
5 10 (3.10%) JMS
5 10 (3.10%) XSD
6 8 (2.48%) EJB
6 8 (2.48%) Hibernate
6 8 (2.48%) JSP
6 8 (2.48%) Servlets
6 8 (2.48%) Struts
6 8 (2.48%) WSDL
7 6 (1.86%) HTML
8 5 (1.55%) WebSphere MQ
9 4 (1.24%) CSS
9 4 (1.24%) CSS3
9 4 (1.24%) ISPF
9 4 (1.24%) PhoneGap
10 3 (0.93%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 99 (30.65%) Mainframe
2 37 (11.46%) Clustering
3 30 (9.29%) IBM Mainframe
4 16 (4.95%) AS400
5 15 (4.64%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (4.02%) VSAM
7 12 (3.72%) Enterprise Software
8 11 (3.41%) Tandem
9 8 (2.48%) PMI
10 5 (1.55%) Mobile App
11 4 (1.24%) Client/Server
11 4 (1.24%) Computer Science
11 4 (1.24%) iPhone
11 4 (1.24%) Management Information System
11 4 (1.24%) Smart Meter
11 4 (1.24%) Virtual Team
12 3 (0.93%) EFT
13 2 (0.62%) EMV
13 2 (0.62%) Mobile Banking
13 2 (0.62%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 103 (31.89%) Linux
2 64 (19.81%) VME
3 41 (12.69%) Unix
4 21 (6.50%) AIX
4 21 (6.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 20 (6.19%) zOS
6 14 (4.33%) Windows
7 4 (1.24%) Android
8 3 (0.93%) MVS
8 3 (0.93%) Oracle Linux
8 3 (0.93%) SUSE
8 3 (0.93%) Windows Server
8 3 (0.93%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.31%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (10.84%) Migration
2 34 (10.53%) Project Management
3 33 (10.22%) Agile Software Development
4 22 (6.81%) SDLC
5 20 (6.19%) Business Analysis
6 19 (5.88%) Unit Testing
7 18 (5.57%) User Acceptance Testing
7 18 (5.57%) Waterfall
8 17 (5.26%) Re-Platforming
9 12 (3.72%) Data Modelling
9 12 (3.72%) Software Engineering
9 12 (3.72%) Test Scripting
10 11 (3.41%) Automated Testing
11 10 (3.10%) Configuration Management
11 10 (3.10%) Data Management
11 10 (3.10%) ITIL
11 10 (3.10%) SOA
12 9 (2.79%) CMMI
12 9 (2.79%) PRINCE2
12 9 (2.79%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 91 (28.17%) Java
2 77 (23.84%) C
3 55 (17.03%) SQL
4 43 (13.31%) Shell Script
5 38 (11.76%) JCL
6 36 (11.15%) Bash Shell
7 22 (6.81%) C++
8 14 (4.33%) Assembly Language
8 14 (4.33%) JavaScript
9 12 (3.72%) C#
10 5 (1.55%) PL/SQL
10 5 (1.55%) REXX
10 5 (1.55%) Smalltalk
11 3 (0.93%) LINC
11 3 (0.93%) VB
12 2 (0.62%) CLIST
12 2 (0.62%) Groovy
12 2 (0.62%) PowerShell
12 2 (0.62%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.62%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 29 (8.98%) Security Cleared
2 20 (6.19%) BPSS Clearance
3 16 (4.95%) SC Cleared
4 8 (2.48%) PMI Certification
5 6 (1.86%) Degree
6 5 (1.55%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.48%) QA
2 5 (1.55%) SEPA
3 2 (0.62%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.62%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.31%) COREP
4 1 (0.31%) FINREP
System Software
1 9 (2.79%) Time Sharing Option
2 7 (2.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.55%) vSphere
4 4 (1.24%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.62%) Active Directory
5 2 (0.62%) Job Entry Subsystem
6 1 (0.31%) Cygwin
6 1 (0.31%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 5 (1.55%) Control-M
2 4 (1.24%) HP Fortify
2 4 (1.24%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.24%) WebInspect
3 2 (0.62%) Ansible
3 2 (0.62%) CA Wily
3 2 (0.62%) Tivoli
3 2 (0.62%) Tivoli NetView
4 1 (0.31%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 104 (32.20%) Oracle
2 84 (26.01%) Micro Focus
3 52 (16.10%) IBM
4 22 (6.81%) Red Hat
5 21 (6.50%) ICL
6 19 (5.88%) Fujitsu
7 12 (3.72%) SAP
8 11 (3.41%) HP
9 10 (3.10%) Microsoft
10 8 (2.48%) Chordiant
10 8 (2.48%) Unisys
10 8 (2.48%) VMware
11 5 (1.55%) CA
11 5 (1.55%) Citrix
11 5 (1.55%) Salesforce.com
11 5 (1.55%) Sun
12 4 (1.24%) Apple
12 4 (1.24%) ATG
12 4 (1.24%) Remedy
12 4 (1.24%) Sunopsis
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