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 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 494 479 487
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +8
Contract jobs citing COBOL 134 131 95
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.26% 0.25% 0.20%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.68% 0.67% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 64 55
Average daily rate £385 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £268 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £483 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.42% +16.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 0
Average hourly rate £26.00 £39.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-34.17% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £39.50 -
% change year-on-year
-34.17% -

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
19693 19516 17954
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.28% 37.83% 36.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 13395 12979 11257
Average daily rate £416 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.87% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +9.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 525 441 479
Average hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £34.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +2.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £19.00 £15.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.59 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £35.50 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+12.67% +4.41%

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 8 February 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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing COBOL within the UK over the 3 months to 8 February 2016.

COBOL Hourly Rate Histogram 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 8 February 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
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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 +9 126 £395 +12.85% 25
North West +20 52 £400 -15.78% 3
Lancashire +30 41 £401 +55.53%
Blackpool - 25 £369 -
South East +12 23 £450 +28.57% 4
Buckinghamshire +29 18 £520 +65.07%
Milton Keynes +22 17 £520 +65.07%
North East -22 15 £324 -1.89%
Newcastle upon Tyne -24 15 £324 -1.89%
Tyne and Wear -27 15 £324 -1.89%
East of England +8 13 £375 +11.11%
Lytham St Annes +5 10 £450 -
East Midlands -9 7 £300 +0.41% 4
Manchester -16 7 £400 -15.78% 1
Norwich - 7 - -
Norfolk - 7 - -
South West +4 5 £245 -30.00%
Wiltshire +1 5 £245 -30.00%
London -22 5 £450 +28.57% 9
Swindon - 5 £245 -
Essex -4 4 - -
Nottingham -8 4 £300 -10.44%
Nottinghamshire -11 4 £300 -10.44%
West Midlands -12 4 £150 -60.78% 1
Berkshire +4 3 £400 +6.88% 4
Brentwood +1 3 - -
Scotland -18 3 £330 -31.25%
Renfrewshire - 3 £330 -
Erskine - 3 £330 -
Hampshire +8 2 £325 -7.14%

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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.

1 118 (47.97%) Mainframe
2 82 (33.33%) DB2
3 72 (29.27%) JCL
3 72 (29.27%) CICS
4 71 (28.86%) IBM
5 70 (28.46%) Oracle
6 66 (26.83%) Java
7 57 (23.17%) Finance
8 53 (21.54%) Linux
9 48 (19.51%) Agile Software Development
10 47 (19.11%) SQL
11 45 (18.29%) Micro Focus
12 44 (17.89%) zOS
13 39 (15.85%) Banking
13 39 (15.85%) Migration
13 39 (15.85%) Tuxedo
13 39 (15.85%) VME
14 35 (14.23%) C++
15 34 (13.82%) Unix
15 34 (13.82%) REXX
16 32 (13.01%) Windows
16 32 (13.01%) IBM Mainframe
17 28 (11.38%) SQL Server
17 28 (11.38%) CA
18 27 (10.98%) Middleware
18 27 (10.98%) ISPF
19 26 (10.57%) Security Cleared
19 26 (10.57%) Windows Server
19 26 (10.57%) C#
20 25 (10.16%) Visual Studio

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 72 (29.27%) CICS
2 39 (15.85%) Tuxedo
3 18 (7.32%) MQSeries
4 16 (6.50%) WebSphere
5 11 (4.47%) Apache
6 7 (2.85%) IIS
7 6 (2.44%) JBoss
7 6 (2.44%) StreamWeaver
8 5 (2.03%) TIBCO ActiveMatrix
8 5 (2.03%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.81%) SAS
9 2 (0.81%) TPMS
10 1 (0.41%) WebLogic
10 1 (0.41%) WebSphere Application Server
10 1 (0.41%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
Applications
1 6 (2.44%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.41%) MS Project
2 1 (0.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (3.25%) assyst
2 6 (2.44%) BusinessWorks
3 5 (2.03%) BASE24
4 1 (0.41%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 14 (5.69%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 12 (4.88%) FTP
2 9 (3.66%) ATM
2 9 (3.66%) SSL
3 6 (2.44%) WinSCP
4 5 (2.03%) HTTP
4 5 (2.03%) HTTPS
4 5 (2.03%) Reverse Proxy
5 2 (0.81%) Internet
6 1 (0.41%) SNA
6 1 (0.41%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (33.33%) DB2
2 28 (11.38%) SQL Server
3 22 (8.94%) Easytrieve
4 19 (7.72%) Relational Database
5 15 (6.10%) PostgreSQL
6 14 (5.69%) RDBMS
7 12 (4.88%) Oracle Reports
8 10 (4.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 9 (3.66%) Oracle Database
10 8 (3.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 6 (2.44%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
11 6 (2.44%) MS Access
11 6 (2.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 5 (2.03%) DataStage
13 4 (1.63%) IDMS
14 3 (1.22%) Adabas
14 3 (1.22%) BusinessObjects
15 2 (0.81%) NonStop SQL
15 2 (0.81%) SAS Enterprise Guide
16 1 (0.41%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 25 (10.16%) Visual Studio
2 21 (8.54%) Eclipse
3 7 (2.85%) MSI
4 5 (2.03%) Subversion
5 4 (1.63%) CA Gen
5 4 (1.63%) Dreamweaver
6 3 (1.22%) StarTeam
7 1 (0.41%) ClearCase
7 1 (0.41%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.41%) ProC
7 1 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.41%) VisualAge
General
1 57 (23.17%) Finance
2 39 (15.85%) Banking
3 21 (8.54%) Retail
4 13 (5.28%) Billing
5 7 (2.85%) Manufacturing
6 6 (2.44%) Investment Banking
7 5 (2.03%) Spanish Language
8 3 (1.22%) Financial Institution
8 3 (1.22%) Telecoms
9 2 (0.81%) Automotive
10 1 (0.41%) Back Office
10 1 (0.41%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 82 (33.33%) Developer
2 44 (17.89%) COBOL Developer
3 38 (15.45%) Architect
4 34 (13.82%) Analyst
5 20 (8.13%) Mainframe Developer
6 12 (4.88%) DB2 Developer
6 12 (4.88%) Programmer
7 11 (4.47%) COBOL Analyst
7 11 (4.47%) Team Leader
7 11 (4.47%) Technical Analyst
7 11 (4.47%) Technical Architect
8 10 (4.07%) Designer
8 10 (4.07%) Support Analyst
9 9 (3.66%) Systems Designer
10 8 (3.25%) Applications Developer
10 8 (3.25%) Delivery Manager
10 8 (3.25%) Development Team Leader
10 8 (3.25%) Security Architect
10 8 (3.25%) Solutions Architect
10 8 (3.25%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (10.98%) ISPF
1 27 (10.98%) Middleware
2 23 (9.35%) .NET
3 21 (8.54%) XML
4 13 (5.28%) J2EE
5 10 (4.07%) ASP.NET
5 10 (4.07%) Web Services
6 8 (3.25%) XSD
7 7 (2.85%) HTML
7 7 (2.85%) WinForms
7 7 (2.85%) WPF
8 6 (2.44%) Hibernate
8 6 (2.44%) JMS
8 6 (2.44%) Struts
9 5 (2.03%) JAX-RS
9 5 (2.03%) JAX-WS
9 5 (2.03%) JPA
9 5 (2.03%) jQuery
9 5 (2.03%) JSON
9 5 (2.03%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 118 (47.97%) Mainframe
2 32 (13.01%) IBM Mainframe
3 19 (7.72%) VSAM
4 15 (6.10%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (6.10%) Private Cloud
5 12 (4.88%) AS400
6 8 (3.25%) Enterprise Software
6 8 (3.25%) Tandem
7 5 (2.03%) EMV
7 5 (2.03%) VAX
8 3 (1.22%) Clustering
8 3 (1.22%) Data Integration
8 3 (1.22%) Reference Data
9 2 (0.81%) Client/Server
9 2 (0.81%) PMI
9 2 (0.81%) SWIFT
9 2 (0.81%) Wiki
10 1 (0.41%) Computer Science
10 1 (0.41%) Credit Risk
10 1 (0.41%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 53 (21.54%) Linux
2 44 (17.89%) zOS
3 39 (15.85%) VME
4 34 (13.82%) Unix
5 32 (13.01%) Windows
6 26 (10.57%) Windows Server
7 20 (8.13%) Windows Server 2003
8 16 (6.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 14 (5.69%) MVS
10 5 (2.03%) VMS
10 5 (2.03%) Windows Server 2012
11 4 (1.63%) AIX
11 4 (1.63%) SUSE
12 1 (0.41%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (19.51%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (15.85%) Migration
3 25 (10.16%) Configuration Management
4 22 (8.94%) Project Management
5 21 (8.54%) Waterfall
6 20 (8.13%) SOA
7 18 (7.32%) Change Management
7 18 (7.32%) Continuous Integration
7 18 (7.32%) Problem Management
8 16 (6.50%) DevOps
8 16 (6.50%) Performance Testing
9 15 (6.10%) Re-Platforming
10 14 (5.69%) Defect Management
10 14 (5.69%) ITIL
10 14 (5.69%) Test Scripting
11 12 (4.88%) Risk Management
11 12 (4.88%) Technical Architecture
12 11 (4.47%) Mentoring
12 11 (4.47%) User Acceptance Testing
12 11 (4.47%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 72 (29.27%) JCL
2 66 (26.83%) Java
3 47 (19.11%) SQL
4 35 (14.23%) C++
5 34 (13.82%) REXX
6 26 (10.57%) C#
7 25 (10.16%) Assembly Language
8 21 (8.54%) C
9 18 (7.32%) CLIST
10 17 (6.91%) JavaScript
11 13 (5.28%) Perl
12 12 (4.88%) VBA
13 11 (4.47%) PL/1
13 11 (4.47%) VB.NET
14 9 (3.66%) PL/SQL
14 9 (3.66%) Shell Script
15 7 (2.85%) PowerShell
15 7 (2.85%) VBScript
16 6 (2.44%) VB
17 5 (2.03%) DCL
Qualifications
1 26 (10.57%) Security Cleared
2 16 (6.50%) SC Cleared
3 13 (5.28%) Degree
4 12 (4.88%) BPSS Clearance
5 7 (2.85%) CESG Certified Professional
6 2 (0.81%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.66%) QA
2 5 (2.03%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (1.63%) Data Quality
4 3 (1.22%) TickIT
5 1 (0.41%) SEPA
System Software
1 12 (4.88%) Time Sharing Option
2 11 (4.47%) Job Entry Subsystem
3 9 (3.66%) Active Directory
3 9 (3.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.81%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
5 1 (0.41%) ACF2
5 1 (0.41%) ClearTrust
5 1 (0.41%) RACF
Systems Management
1 9 (3.66%) Tivoli NetView
2 4 (1.63%) Control-M
3 2 (0.81%) OMEGAMON
3 2 (0.81%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.41%) CA Endevor
4 1 (0.41%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 71 (28.86%) IBM
2 70 (28.46%) Oracle
3 45 (18.29%) Micro Focus
4 28 (11.38%) CA
5 22 (8.94%) VMware
6 18 (7.32%) Red Hat
7 12 (4.88%) Microsoft
8 9 (3.66%) Fujitsu
8 9 (3.66%) HP
9 6 (2.44%) TIBCO
10 5 (2.03%) Cognos
10 5 (2.03%) ICL
11 4 (1.63%) ServiceNow
12 2 (0.81%) Informatica
13 1 (0.41%) Ab Initio
13 1 (0.41%) ATG
13 1 (0.41%) Chordiant
13 1 (0.41%) Remedy
13 1 (0.41%) Salesforce.com
13 1 (0.41%) TOWER Software
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