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 24 July 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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 505 468 415
Rank change year-on-year
-37 -53
Contract jobs citing COBOL 85 102 172
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.20% 0.30%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.42% 0.52% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 40 75
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£365 £348 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.03% +15.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £320 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £325 £292
% change year-on-year
-6.15% +11.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 16
Average hourly rate £30.00 £45.00 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.33% +55.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.80 £20.20 £19.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.00 £49.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £14.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+114.28% -51.72%
Programming Languages Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
20303 19440 20650
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.12% 38.13% 35.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 13004 12029 12335
Average daily rate £388 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 416 572 792
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.40% +1.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.25 £16.94 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00

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 24 July 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 24 July 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
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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 -29 77 £364 +4.67% 8
London -19 19 £413 -8.33% 2
North East - 13 £265 -
Tyne and Wear - 12 £265 -
South East -22 11 £305 -14.80% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 11 £265 -
North West +3 10 £275 - 2
Manchester +4 8 £281 - 1
South West - 8 £365 -
East Midlands +9 7 £650 - 2
Nottinghamshire +16 6 £650 - 2
City of London +13 5 £463 +28.47%
Yorkshire -5 5 £295 -1.66%
West Yorkshire -6 5 £295 -1.66%
East of England -17 4 - -
Essex - 4 - -
Gloucestershire - 4 - -
Leeds 0 3 £290 -55.38%
Scotland -15 3 £331 - 1
Glasgow - 3 £331 -
Devon - 3 - -
Nottingham +9 2 - - 2
Plymouth - 2 - -
Brentwood - 2 - -
Berkshire -3 1 - -
Cheshire - - - - 1
Dorset - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Lancashire - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 88 (47.83%) Mainframe
2 81 (44.02%) DB2
3 62 (33.70%) IBM
4 55 (29.89%) CICS
5 53 (28.80%) JCL
6 44 (23.91%) SQL
7 42 (22.83%) Finance
8 39 (21.20%) Oracle
9 32 (17.39%) UNIX
10 31 (16.85%) Java
11 24 (13.04%) Banking
12 22 (11.96%) IBM Mainframe
13 21 (11.41%) Migration
14 20 (10.87%) Retail
15 19 (10.33%) ITIL
16 18 (9.78%) .NET
16 18 (9.78%) VME
17 16 (8.70%) PL/SQL
17 16 (8.70%) HP
18 15 (8.15%) Security Cleared
18 15 (8.15%) Oracle Database
19 14 (7.61%) Problem Management
19 14 (7.61%) zOS
19 14 (7.61%) C#
20 13 (7.07%) ICL
20 13 (7.07%) iSeries
21 12 (6.52%) SC Cleared
21 12 (6.52%) WebSphere
21 12 (6.52%) AS400
21 12 (6.52%) C

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 55 (29.89%) CICS
2 12 (6.52%) WebSphere
3 9 (4.89%) SAS
4 8 (4.35%) MQSeries
5 4 (2.17%) Exstream Dialogue
6 3 (1.63%) WebLogic
7 2 (1.09%) Papyrus
7 2 (1.09%) IIS
8 1 (0.54%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.54%) CMS
Applications
1 10 (5.43%) MS Office
2 7 (3.80%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.63%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.54%) MS Project
4 1 (0.54%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (5.43%) Oracle BPM
2 4 (2.17%) Exstream
3 3 (1.63%) PRMS
3 3 (1.63%) BASE24
3 3 (1.63%) Misys Midas
4 1 (0.54%) VisionPLUS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.63%) FTP
2 2 (1.09%) TCP/IP
2 2 (1.09%) ATM
3 1 (0.54%) CTI
3 1 (0.54%) APPN
3 1 (0.54%) Internet
3 1 (0.54%) HTTP
3 1 (0.54%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 81 (44.02%) DB2
2 15 (8.15%) Oracle Database
3 10 (5.43%) Oracle Reports
4 8 (4.35%) Oracle9i Database
5 6 (3.26%) Adabas
6 5 (2.72%) DataStage
6 5 (2.72%) SQL Server
7 3 (1.63%) IDMS
8 2 (1.09%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (1.09%) SQL Server 2008
9 1 (0.54%) Easytrieve
9 1 (0.54%) Ingres
9 1 (0.54%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.54%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.54%) NonStop SQL
9 1 (0.54%) Pentaho
9 1 (0.54%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 10 (5.43%) Oracle Forms
2 4 (2.17%) CA Gen
2 4 (2.17%) StarTeam
2 4 (2.17%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.63%) Synon
4 2 (1.09%) ChangeMan
4 2 (1.09%) JMeter
4 2 (1.09%) Eclipse
4 2 (1.09%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.54%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.54%) QuickTest Pro
5 1 (0.54%) XPEDITER
5 1 (0.54%) Rational Rose
5 1 (0.54%) Toad
5 1 (0.54%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.54%) Lombardi
General
1 42 (22.83%) Finance
2 24 (13.04%) Banking
3 20 (10.87%) Retail
4 5 (2.72%) Advertising
5 2 (1.09%) French Language
5 2 (1.09%) Spanish Language
5 2 (1.09%) General Ledger
5 2 (1.09%) Retail Banking
5 2 (1.09%) Back Office
5 2 (1.09%) Automotive
6 1 (0.54%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.54%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.54%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.54%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (0.54%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 68 (36.96%) Developer
2 53 (28.80%) Analyst
3 20 (10.87%) Architect
4 16 (8.70%) Systems Analyst
5 15 (8.15%) Programmer
6 14 (7.61%) COBOL Developer
7 13 (7.07%) Mainframe Developer
8 12 (6.52%) Applications Support
9 11 (5.98%) Support Analyst
10 10 (5.43%) Consultant
11 9 (4.89%) Analyst Programmer
12 8 (4.35%) Applications Architect
13 7 (3.80%) Oracle Developer
14 6 (3.26%) Solutions Architect
15 5 (2.72%) Technical Architect
15 5 (2.72%) Applications Specialist
15 5 (2.72%) Business Analyst
15 5 (2.72%) Technical Solutions Architect
15 5 (2.72%) Technical Specialist
15 5 (2.72%) Applications Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (9.78%) .NET
2 11 (5.98%) Middleware
3 9 (4.89%) Oracle ADF
4 5 (2.72%) XML
4 5 (2.72%) ISPF
5 4 (2.17%) J2EE
5 4 (2.17%) ASP.NET
6 3 (1.63%) EntireX
7 2 (1.09%) Synon Analyst Programmer
7 2 (1.09%) Web Services
8 1 (0.54%) APPC
8 1 (0.54%) WebSphere MQ
8 1 (0.54%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 88 (47.83%) Mainframe
2 22 (11.96%) IBM Mainframe
3 13 (7.07%) iSeries
4 12 (6.52%) AS400
5 11 (5.98%) VSAM
6 10 (5.43%) Open Source
7 5 (2.72%) Tandem
8 3 (1.63%) Client/Server
9 2 (1.09%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (1.09%) Clustering
9 2 (1.09%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.09%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 1 (0.54%) EMV
10 1 (0.54%) EFT
10 1 (0.54%) EFTPOS
10 1 (0.54%) Smartcard
10 1 (0.54%) HACMP
10 1 (0.54%) SWIFT
10 1 (0.54%) Data Extraction
10 1 (0.54%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 32 (17.39%) UNIX
2 18 (9.78%) VME
3 14 (7.61%) zOS
4 7 (3.80%) Windows
5 6 (3.26%) AIX
5 6 (3.26%) Linux
6 4 (2.17%) OS/400
7 3 (1.63%) MVS
8 2 (1.09%) Solaris
9 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.54%) SUSE
9 1 (0.54%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.54%) i5/OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (11.41%) Migration
2 19 (10.33%) ITIL
3 14 (7.61%) Problem Management
4 11 (5.98%) Systems Analysis
4 11 (5.98%) Test Scripting
5 10 (5.43%) SOA
6 9 (4.89%) Root Cause Analysis
7 8 (4.35%) Programme Management
7 8 (4.35%) E-Commerce
7 8 (4.35%) Configuration Management
8 7 (3.80%) UML
8 7 (3.80%) Change Management
8 7 (3.80%) Waterfall
9 6 (3.26%) Business Analysis
10 4 (2.17%) Performance Tuning
10 4 (2.17%) System Testing
10 4 (2.17%) Time Management
10 4 (2.17%) Performance Management
10 4 (2.17%) Stakeholder Management
10 4 (2.17%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 53 (28.80%) JCL
2 44 (23.91%) SQL
3 31 (16.85%) Java
4 16 (8.70%) PL/SQL
5 14 (7.61%) C#
6 12 (6.52%) C
6 12 (6.52%) PL/1
7 10 (5.43%) C++
7 10 (5.43%) RPG
7 10 (5.43%) VB.NET
8 8 (4.35%) Assembly Language
9 6 (3.26%) NATURAL
10 5 (2.72%) REXX
10 5 (2.72%) RPG IV
10 5 (2.72%) SELCOPY
11 4 (2.17%) Shell Script
12 2 (1.09%) T-SQL
13 1 (0.54%) SQR
13 1 (0.54%) VBA
13 1 (0.54%) RPG/400
Qualifications
1 15 (8.15%) Security Cleared
2 12 (6.52%) SC Cleared
3 3 (1.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 2 (1.09%) Degree
4 2 (1.09%) ISEB
5 1 (0.54%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.63%) SLA
2 2 (1.09%) QA
3 1 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (2.72%) RACF
2 4 (2.17%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 6 (3.26%) Tivoli
2 5 (2.72%) CA Endevor
3 1 (0.54%) Tivoli NetView
3 1 (0.54%) Control-M
3 1 (0.54%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 62 (33.70%) IBM
2 39 (21.20%) Oracle
3 16 (8.70%) HP
4 13 (7.07%) ICL
5 10 (5.43%) CA
5 10 (5.43%) Microsoft
6 9 (4.89%) Fujitsu
6 9 (4.89%) Curam
6 9 (4.89%) Perforce
7 6 (3.26%) RedPrairie
8 4 (2.17%) Borland
8 4 (2.17%) JDA
9 3 (1.63%) Micro Focus
10 2 (1.09%) Syncsort
11 1 (0.54%) TIBCO
11 1 (0.54%) webMethods
11 1 (0.54%) Unisys
11 1 (0.54%) Sun
11 1 (0.54%) Avaya
11 1 (0.54%) BEA
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £500 to £700 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £500 to £700 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Cardiff
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Manchester
Quantica Technology - London
Posted: 16 days ago