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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 536 536 550
Rank change year-on-year
0 +14
Contract jobs citing COBOL 120 118 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.21% 0.15%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.55% 0.54% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 62 31
Median daily rate £350 £400 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +4.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £300 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £499 £598
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £380 £438
% change year-on-year
-14.47% -13.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 2
Median hourly rate £34.14 £26.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.81% -24.28%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.14 £26.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+28.81% -24.28%

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
21866 21807 21252
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 40.74% 38.11% 36.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 15062 14809 13683
Median daily rate £425 £413 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +5.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 528 414
Median hourly rate £40.00 £38.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.53 £17.22 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.41 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £39.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +11.42%

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 26 September 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 26 September 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 +23 118 £350 -12.50% 7
North West +20 30 £420 -5.08% 2
London -9 20 £470 +12.23%
Lancashire +28 19 £400 -2.14%
West Midlands -16 18 £316 +8.79%
East of England +19 14 £253 +20.23%
South East +13 14 £300 -25.00% 1
Essex +13 14 £253 +20.23%
Shropshire -16 14 £316 +8.79%
Telford -18 13 £316 +8.79%
Manchester -4 10 £500 +6.38%
Blackpool +24 8 £420 +2.75%
East Midlands +1 8 £431 +32.69% 1
Lytham St Annes - 7 £395 -
Yorkshire +11 6 £500 - 1
Northamptonshire - 6 £463 -
Kent - 6 £325 -
Northampton - 6 £463 -
West Yorkshire +12 5 £500 -
Leeds +6 5 £500 -
Basildon - 3 £260 -
Surrey - 3 £250 -
Buckinghamshire +16 2 - -
City of London +15 2 £443 -
Berkshire +5 2 - -
South West +3 2 £600 +71.42% 1
Slough - 2 - -
Bromley - 2 £475 -
South Yorkshire - 2 - - 1
Sheffield - 2 - - 1

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 September 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 99 (36.40%) Mainframe
2 85 (31.25%) Oracle
3 75 (27.57%) Linux
4 74 (27.21%) Java
5 67 (24.63%) DB2
6 64 (23.53%) SQL
7 61 (22.43%) Finance
8 59 (21.69%) C
9 49 (18.01%) Micro Focus
9 49 (18.01%) Unix
10 48 (17.65%) VME
11 46 (16.91%) Tuxedo
12 45 (16.54%) IBM
13 37 (13.60%) JCL
14 36 (13.24%) Shell Script
15 33 (12.13%) Oracle Database
16 32 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
16 32 (11.76%) Banking
17 31 (11.40%) Migration
17 31 (11.40%) CICS
18 26 (9.56%) Business Analysis
18 26 (9.56%) Project Management
19 25 (9.19%) Middleware
19 25 (9.19%) Clustering
20 24 (8.82%) IBM Mainframe
20 24 (8.82%) Relational Database
21 23 (8.46%) ICL
22 21 (7.72%) .NET
22 21 (7.72%) Bash Shell
23 20 (7.35%) RDBMS

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 46 (16.91%) Tuxedo
2 31 (11.40%) CICS
3 8 (2.94%) JBoss
4 5 (1.84%) MQSeries
4 5 (1.84%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 5 (1.84%) SharePoint
4 5 (1.84%) WebLogic
5 4 (1.47%) Apache ServiceMix
5 4 (1.47%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (1.47%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.10%) TPMS
6 3 (1.10%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.74%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.37%) Adobe Experience Manager
Applications
1 12 (4.41%) MS Excel
2 10 (3.68%) MS Office
3 3 (1.10%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.37%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (2.21%) BASE24
2 4 (1.47%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.74%) Misys Midas
4 1 (0.37%) ENOVIA
4 1 (0.37%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.84%) Microsoft Azure
1 5 (1.84%) Office 365
2 4 (1.47%) Yammer
3 1 (0.37%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.94%) WebEx
2 6 (2.21%) ATM
3 5 (1.84%) Internet
4 4 (1.47%) FTP
4 4 (1.47%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.37%) Firewall
5 1 (0.37%) HTTP
5 1 (0.37%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (24.63%) DB2
2 33 (12.13%) Oracle Database
3 24 (8.82%) Relational Database
4 20 (7.35%) RDBMS
5 6 (2.21%) Oracle Database 11g
6 5 (1.84%) IDMS
6 5 (1.84%) IMS/DB
6 5 (1.84%) MS Access
6 5 (1.84%) Oracle BI EE
6 5 (1.84%) Oracle Database 12c
6 5 (1.84%) Oracle ODI
6 5 (1.84%) SQL Server
7 4 (1.47%) Essbase
8 3 (1.10%) BusinessObjects
8 3 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (1.10%) NonStop SQL
9 2 (0.74%) Data Mining
9 2 (0.74%) DataStage
9 2 (0.74%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.37%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 11 (4.04%) Eclipse
1 11 (4.04%) Visual Studio
2 7 (2.57%) Subversion
3 4 (1.47%) Dreamweaver
3 4 (1.47%) Toad
4 3 (1.10%) CA Gen
5 2 (0.74%) AppScan
6 1 (0.37%) ChangeMan
6 1 (0.37%) Fiddler
6 1 (0.37%) Firebug
6 1 (0.37%) HP UFT
6 1 (0.37%) JMeter
6 1 (0.37%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.37%) The Grinder
General
1 61 (22.43%) Finance
2 32 (11.76%) Banking
3 16 (5.88%) Retail
4 5 (1.84%) Automotive
4 5 (1.84%) Corporate Banking
5 4 (1.47%) Billing
6 3 (1.10%) Investment Banking
6 3 (1.10%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.10%) Marketing
6 3 (1.10%) Retail Banking
7 2 (0.74%) Back Office
8 1 (0.37%) Advertising
8 1 (0.37%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.37%) French Language
8 1 (0.37%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.37%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.37%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 128 (47.06%) Developer
2 59 (21.69%) Analyst
3 54 (19.85%) COBOL Developer
4 37 (13.60%) Architect
5 28 (10.29%) Mainframe Developer
6 25 (9.19%) Programmer
7 22 (8.09%) Business Analyst
8 18 (6.62%) COBOL Programmer
9 14 (5.15%) Solutions Architect
10 11 (4.04%) C Developer
10 11 (4.04%) Technical Analyst
11 10 (3.68%) COBOL Analyst
11 10 (3.68%) Systems Analyst
12 8 (2.94%) Middleware Developer
12 8 (2.94%) Senior Developer
12 8 (2.94%) Support Analyst
13 7 (2.57%) DB2 Developer
13 7 (2.57%) Designer
13 7 (2.57%) Oracle Architect
13 7 (2.57%) SQL Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (9.19%) Middleware
2 21 (7.72%) .NET
3 18 (6.62%) J2EE
4 13 (4.78%) HTML
5 10 (3.68%) XML
6 5 (1.84%) CSS
6 5 (1.84%) Spring
6 5 (1.84%) Web Services
7 3 (1.10%) COM
7 3 (1.10%) ISPF
7 3 (1.10%) JSP
7 3 (1.10%) REST
8 2 (0.74%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.74%) Java EE
8 2 (0.74%) JMS
9 1 (0.37%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 99 (36.40%) Mainframe
2 25 (9.19%) Clustering
3 24 (8.82%) IBM Mainframe
4 19 (6.99%) Analytical Skills
5 17 (6.25%) AS400
6 13 (4.78%) Enterprise Software
6 13 (4.78%) Tandem
7 12 (4.41%) VSAM
8 8 (2.94%) Client/Server
9 7 (2.57%) Management Information System
10 6 (2.21%) EMV
11 4 (1.47%) Smart Meter
11 4 (1.47%) Virtual Team
12 3 (1.10%) Computer Science
12 3 (1.10%) EFT
13 2 (0.74%) Data Integration
13 2 (0.74%) Equities
13 2 (0.74%) Fintech
13 2 (0.74%) Online Banking
14 1 (0.37%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 75 (27.57%) Linux
2 49 (18.01%) Unix
3 48 (17.65%) VME
4 15 (5.51%) Windows
5 13 (4.78%) zOS
6 12 (4.41%) AIX
7 8 (2.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (1.84%) MVS
9 3 (1.10%) Oracle Linux
9 3 (1.10%) SUSE
10 1 (0.37%) Stratus VOS
10 1 (0.37%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (11.40%) Migration
3 26 (9.56%) Business Analysis
3 26 (9.56%) Project Management
4 18 (6.62%) SDLC
4 18 (6.62%) Waterfall
5 17 (6.25%) Data Modelling
6 14 (5.15%) Test Strategy
6 14 (5.15%) User Acceptance Testing
7 13 (4.78%) Re-Platforming
8 12 (4.41%) Time Management
9 11 (4.04%) Coaching
9 11 (4.04%) Data Management
9 11 (4.04%) Process Improvement
10 10 (3.68%) Configuration Management
10 10 (3.68%) Test Scripting
10 10 (3.68%) Translating Business Requirements
10 10 (3.68%) Unit Testing
11 9 (3.31%) SOA
12 8 (2.94%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 74 (27.21%) Java
2 64 (23.53%) SQL
3 59 (21.69%) C
4 37 (13.60%) JCL
5 36 (13.24%) Shell Script
6 21 (7.72%) Bash Shell
7 18 (6.62%) C++
8 15 (5.51%) PL/SQL
9 10 (3.68%) JavaScript
9 10 (3.68%) Perl
10 8 (2.94%) C#
11 7 (2.57%) VB
12 6 (2.21%) REXX
13 5 (1.84%) Assembly Language
13 5 (1.84%) Smalltalk
14 3 (1.10%) LINC
14 3 (1.10%) VC++
15 2 (0.74%) ANSI C
15 2 (0.74%) PL/1
15 2 (0.74%) RPG
Qualifications
1 14 (5.15%) Security Cleared
2 11 (4.04%) BPSS Clearance
3 10 (3.68%) SC Cleared
4 8 (2.94%) Degree
5 3 (1.10%) ISEB
5 3 (1.10%) ISTQB
5 3 (1.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.57%) QA
2 5 (1.84%) SEPA
3 1 (0.37%) COREP
3 1 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.37%) FINREP
System Software
1 11 (4.04%) Time Sharing Option
2 5 (1.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (1.84%) vSphere
3 3 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (0.74%) Active Directory
4 2 (0.74%) Job Entry Subsystem
Systems Management
1 4 (1.47%) Control-M
2 2 (0.74%) CA Endevor
2 2 (0.74%) HP Fortify
2 2 (0.74%) Tivoli
2 2 (0.74%) Tivoli NetView
2 2 (0.74%) WebInspect
3 1 (0.37%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.37%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 85 (31.25%) Oracle
2 49 (18.01%) Micro Focus
3 45 (16.54%) IBM
4 23 (8.46%) ICL
5 18 (6.62%) Microsoft
6 11 (4.04%) Fujitsu
6 11 (4.04%) HP
6 11 (4.04%) SAP
7 8 (2.94%) Informatica
7 8 (2.94%) Unisys
7 8 (2.94%) webMethods
8 7 (2.57%) Red Hat
9 6 (2.21%) Pega
9 6 (2.21%) VMware
10 5 (1.84%) Citrix
10 5 (1.84%) Perforce
11 4 (1.47%) Infor
11 4 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
12 3 (1.10%) ATG
13 2 (0.74%) TOWER Software
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