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 21 August 2014 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
21 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 508 470 423
Rank change year-on-year
-38 -47
Contract jobs citing COBOL 91 103 174
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.20% 0.30%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.44% 0.51% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 42 74
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£375 £365 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% +21.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £301 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £574 £520 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £354 £278
% change year-on-year
-7.48% +27.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 20
Average hourly rate £32.50 £47.00 £27.62
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.85% +70.19%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.95 £45.60 £17.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £49.10 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 - £27.62

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
20883 20310 21240
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.09% 38.71% 36.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 13258 12713 12735
Average daily rate £388 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.64% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £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 412 562 780
Average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £15.00 £18.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%

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 21 August 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 21 August 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 -24 80 £375 +2.73% 21
London -19 23 £394 -7.35% 5
North West +6 11 £275 -38.88% 5
South East -3 11 £303 -14.47%
North East - 11 £265 - 5
South West - 10 £433 -
Tyne and Wear - 10 £265 - 5
Newcastle upon Tyne - 9 £265 - 4
Manchester -8 8 £281 -37.50% 4
City of London +17 7 £425 +18.05% 1
East Midlands +10 7 £650 -
Nottinghamshire +15 5 £650 -
East of England -22 5 - - 2
Essex - 5 - - 2
Gloucestershire - 5 - -
Scotland -20 2 £300 -18.97% 1
Brentwood - 2 - -
Glasgow - 2 £300 -
Nottingham +15 1 - -
Leeds 0 1 £265 -73.50% 1
West Yorkshire -6 1 £265 -37.64% 1
Yorkshire -9 1 £265 -37.64% 1
West Midlands -15 1 - - 3
Liverpool - 1 £265 -
Merseyside - 1 £265 -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Staffordshire - - - - 2
Surrey - - - -
Leicester - - - -
Hampshire - - - -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 82 (48.52%) Mainframe
2 80 (47.34%) DB2
3 62 (36.69%) IBM
4 50 (29.59%) JCL
5 47 (27.81%) CICS
6 40 (23.67%) SQL
6 40 (23.67%) Finance
7 28 (16.57%) Oracle
8 24 (14.20%) UNIX
9 22 (13.02%) Java
9 22 (13.02%) IBM Mainframe
10 19 (11.24%) AS400
11 18 (10.65%) Retail
11 18 (10.65%) iSeries
12 16 (9.47%) PL/SQL
12 16 (9.47%) HP
12 16 (9.47%) Migration
12 16 (9.47%) Banking
13 15 (8.88%) Systems Analysis
13 15 (8.88%) Oracle Database
14 14 (8.28%) ICL
15 13 (7.69%) VME
16 11 (6.51%) zOS
16 11 (6.51%) Middleware
16 11 (6.51%) WebSphere
17 10 (5.92%) Oracle Forms
17 10 (5.92%) Oracle Reports
17 10 (5.92%) SOA
17 10 (5.92%) VSAM
17 10 (5.92%) Open Source

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 47 (27.81%) CICS
2 11 (6.51%) WebSphere
3 5 (2.96%) MQSeries
3 5 (2.96%) Exstream Dialogue
4 2 (1.18%) Papyrus
4 2 (1.18%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.59%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (0.59%) StreamWeaver
Applications
1 8 (4.73%) MS Office
2 7 (4.14%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.78%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.59%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.59%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 10 (5.92%) Oracle BPM
2 5 (2.96%) Exstream
3 4 (2.37%) BASE24
4 3 (1.78%) PRMS
4 3 (1.78%) Misys Midas
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.37%) FTP
2 3 (1.78%) ATM
2 3 (1.78%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.18%) APPN
3 2 (1.18%) HTTP
4 1 (0.59%) SSL
4 1 (0.59%) CTI
4 1 (0.59%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (47.34%) DB2
2 15 (8.88%) Oracle Database
3 10 (5.92%) Oracle Reports
4 8 (4.73%) Oracle9i Database
5 5 (2.96%) Adabas
5 5 (2.96%) DataStage
6 3 (1.78%) SQL Server
6 3 (1.78%) IDMS
7 2 (1.18%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (1.18%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.59%) Pentaho
8 1 (0.59%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.59%) Easytrieve
8 1 (0.59%) NonStop SQL
8 1 (0.59%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.59%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 10 (5.92%) Oracle Forms
2 4 (2.37%) XPEDITER
2 4 (2.37%) Visual Studio
2 4 (2.37%) CA Gen
3 3 (1.78%) Synon
4 2 (1.18%) LoadRunner
4 2 (1.18%) JMeter
4 2 (1.18%) Rational Rose
4 2 (1.18%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.59%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.59%) Lombardi
5 1 (0.59%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 40 (23.67%) Finance
2 18 (10.65%) Retail
3 16 (9.47%) Banking
4 5 (2.96%) Advertising
5 2 (1.18%) French Language
5 2 (1.18%) Spanish Language
5 2 (1.18%) General Ledger
5 2 (1.18%) Automotive
5 2 (1.18%) Back Office
6 1 (0.59%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.59%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.59%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (0.59%) Dutch Language
6 1 (0.59%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 76 (44.97%) Developer
2 50 (29.59%) Analyst
3 20 (11.83%) COBOL Developer
4 18 (10.65%) Architect
5 15 (8.88%) Systems Analyst
6 14 (8.28%) Programmer
7 12 (7.10%) Mainframe Developer
8 9 (5.33%) Analyst Programmer
9 8 (4.73%) Support Analyst
9 8 (4.73%) Applications Architect
10 7 (4.14%) AS400 Developer
10 7 (4.14%) Oracle Developer
10 7 (4.14%) Consultant
11 6 (3.55%) Analyst Developer
12 5 (2.96%) Systems Developer
12 5 (2.96%) Technical Architect
12 5 (2.96%) Solutions Architect
12 5 (2.96%) Business Analyst
12 5 (2.96%) Technical Solutions Architect
13 4 (2.37%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (6.51%) Middleware
2 9 (5.33%) .NET
2 9 (5.33%) Oracle ADF
3 7 (4.14%) ISPF
4 4 (2.37%) J2EE
4 4 (2.37%) ASP.NET
4 4 (2.37%) XML
5 2 (1.18%) WebSphere MQ
5 2 (1.18%) APPC
5 2 (1.18%) Web Services
5 2 (1.18%) Synon Analyst Programmer
6 1 (0.59%) HTML
6 1 (0.59%) Java EE
6 1 (0.59%) EntireX
Miscellaneous
1 82 (48.52%) Mainframe
2 22 (13.02%) IBM Mainframe
3 19 (11.24%) AS400
4 18 (10.65%) iSeries
5 10 (5.92%) Open Source
5 10 (5.92%) VSAM
6 6 (3.55%) Tandem
7 3 (1.78%) Management Information System
7 3 (1.78%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.18%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 2 (1.18%) Clustering
8 2 (1.18%) Data Protection Act
9 1 (0.59%) Credit Risk
9 1 (0.59%) Data Extraction
9 1 (0.59%) SWIFT
9 1 (0.59%) EMV
9 1 (0.59%) EFT
9 1 (0.59%) EFTPOS
9 1 (0.59%) HACMP
9 1 (0.59%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 24 (14.20%) UNIX
2 13 (7.69%) VME
3 11 (6.51%) zOS
4 7 (4.14%) Linux
5 4 (2.37%) Windows
5 4 (2.37%) AIX
6 3 (1.78%) OS/400
6 3 (1.78%) MVS
7 2 (1.18%) Solaris
7 2 (1.18%) i5/OS
8 1 (0.59%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.59%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (9.47%) Migration
2 15 (8.88%) Systems Analysis
3 10 (5.92%) SOA
4 9 (5.33%) Waterfall
5 8 (4.73%) UML
5 8 (4.73%) E-Commerce
5 8 (4.73%) Programme Management
5 8 (4.73%) Change Management
6 6 (3.55%) ITIL
6 6 (3.55%) Business Analysis
7 5 (2.96%) Problem Management
7 5 (2.96%) Time Management
8 4 (2.37%) Performance Management
8 4 (2.37%) Data Analysis
8 4 (2.37%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (2.37%) ETL
8 4 (2.37%) Performance Tuning
9 3 (1.78%) System Testing
9 3 (1.78%) OO
9 3 (1.78%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 50 (29.59%) JCL
2 40 (23.67%) SQL
3 22 (13.02%) Java
4 16 (9.47%) PL/SQL
5 9 (5.33%) RPG
6 7 (4.14%) Assembly Language
7 5 (2.96%) REXX
7 5 (2.96%) PL/1
7 5 (2.96%) C#
7 5 (2.96%) RPG IV
7 5 (2.96%) SELCOPY
7 5 (2.96%) NATURAL
8 4 (2.37%) C
9 2 (1.18%) Shell Script
9 2 (1.18%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.59%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.59%) VBA
10 1 (0.59%) C++
10 1 (0.59%) RPG/400
10 1 (0.59%) SQR
Qualifications
1 7 (4.14%) Security Cleared
2 4 (2.37%) SC Cleared
3 2 (1.18%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.18%) QA
2 1 (0.59%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.59%) SLA
2 1 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (2.96%) RACF
2 4 (2.37%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 8 (4.73%) CA Endevor
2 6 (3.55%) Tivoli
3 2 (1.18%) Tivoli NetView
4 1 (0.59%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 62 (36.69%) IBM
2 28 (16.57%) Oracle
3 16 (9.47%) HP
4 14 (8.28%) ICL
5 9 (5.33%) Fujitsu
5 9 (5.33%) Perforce
6 8 (4.73%) CA
6 8 (4.73%) Microsoft
7 6 (3.55%) RedPrairie
8 4 (2.37%) JDA
9 3 (1.78%) Micro Focus
10 2 (1.18%) Syncsort
11 1 (0.59%) Infor
11 1 (0.59%) TIBCO
11 1 (0.59%) Ab Initio
11 1 (0.59%) Sun
11 1 (0.59%) Avaya
11 1 (0.59%) BEA
11 1 (0.59%) Business Objects
11 1 (0.59%) PeopleSoft
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