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 27 May 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
27 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 506 477 537
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +60
Contract jobs citing COBOL 150 151 78
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.28% 0.28% 0.15%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.71% 0.74% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 86 45
Median daily rate £350 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £278 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £450 £531
UK excluding London median daily rate £344 £375 £310
% change year-on-year
-8.33% +20.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 1 0
Median hourly rate £25.00 £45.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.44% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 - -

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
21012 20476 19711
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.52% 37.63% 37.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 14472 13578 13015
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £343
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 470 422 459
Median hourly rate £37.50 £36.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £19.00 £17.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £36.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the UK over the 3 months to 27 May 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 -18 142 £350 -6.66% 14
North West +13 53 £408 +8.73% 3
Lancashire +18 43 £440 +17.33% 2
London +7 38 £375 -11.76% 4
Blackpool +5 19 £450 +20.00% 1
Lytham St Annes - 12 £286 - 1
South East -12 11 £325 - 4
South West 0 9 £275 -
Scotland -14 8 £288 -23.33% 1
East of England +11 7 £356 -3.71% 2
West Midlands -20 7 £475 +58.33%
North East -68 7 £290 -23.17% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -72 6 £290 -23.17%
Tyne and Wear -74 6 £290 -23.17%
Buckinghamshire +9 5 - -
Yorkshire +4 5 £350 -6.66%
West Yorkshire 0 5 £350 -6.66%
Cheshire -7 5 £350 - 1
Warwickshire - 5 - -
Oxfordshire +10 4 £325 -
East Midlands +9 4 £356 +37.01%
Bedfordshire +3 4 £375 +1.35% 2
Wiltshire - 4 £275 -
Swindon - 4 £275 -
Essex 0 3 £245 -33.78%
Nottinghamshire -2 3 £356 -
Nottingham -2 3 £356 -
Manchester -19 3 £400 -15.78%
Bedford - 3 £375 -
City of London +25 2 £550 +29.41% 1

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 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.

1 112 (36.48%) Mainframe
2 108 (35.18%) Oracle
3 102 (33.22%) Linux
4 99 (32.25%) Java
5 98 (31.92%) DB2
6 77 (25.08%) Finance
7 76 (24.76%) Micro Focus
8 73 (23.78%) Tuxedo
9 72 (23.45%) CICS
10 70 (22.80%) IBM
11 61 (19.87%) VME
12 52 (16.94%) JCL
13 49 (15.96%) Agile Software Development
13 49 (15.96%) Banking
14 48 (15.64%) C
15 46 (14.98%) IBM Mainframe
16 44 (14.33%) SQL
17 43 (14.01%) Migration
18 41 (13.36%) Middleware
19 38 (12.38%) C++
20 37 (12.05%) Unix
21 32 (10.42%) Project Management
22 31 (10.10%) zOS
22 31 (10.10%) .NET
22 31 (10.10%) Security Cleared
22 31 (10.10%) Oracle Database
23 28 (9.12%) Re-Platforming
23 28 (9.12%) WebSphere
23 28 (9.12%) Configuration Management
24 27 (8.79%) 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 73 (23.78%) Tuxedo
2 72 (23.45%) CICS
3 28 (9.12%) WebSphere
4 16 (5.21%) JBoss
5 10 (3.26%) MQSeries
6 8 (2.61%) WebLogic
7 7 (2.28%) TPMS
8 6 (1.95%) Apache
8 6 (1.95%) IIS
9 5 (1.63%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 4 (1.30%) Apache ServiceMix
11 2 (0.65%) SharePoint
12 1 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 8 (2.61%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.33%) MS Office
2 1 (0.33%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.63%) assyst
1 5 (1.63%) BASE24
2 2 (0.65%) PeopleSoft HCM
2 2 (0.65%) PeopleSoft HRMS
3 1 (0.33%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.33%) ENOVIA
3 1 (0.33%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
3 1 (0.33%) Misys Midas
Cloud Services
1 14 (4.56%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (1.30%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 10 (3.26%) ATM
2 7 (2.28%) SSL
3 6 (1.95%) FTP
3 6 (1.95%) WinSCP
4 1 (0.33%) HTTP
4 1 (0.33%) HTTPS
4 1 (0.33%) SNA
4 1 (0.33%) SSH
4 1 (0.33%) VPN
4 1 (0.33%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 98 (31.92%) DB2
2 31 (10.10%) Oracle Database
3 24 (7.82%) RDBMS
3 24 (7.82%) Relational Database
4 15 (4.89%) PostgreSQL
5 14 (4.56%) Easytrieve
6 13 (4.23%) SQL Server
7 12 (3.91%) Oracle Reports
8 9 (2.93%) Oracle ODI
9 6 (1.95%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
9 6 (1.95%) MS Access
9 6 (1.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 6 (1.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 5 (1.63%) Oracle BI EE
10 5 (1.63%) Oracle Database 11g
11 4 (1.30%) Oracle Database 12c
12 3 (0.98%) IDMS
12 3 (0.98%) IMS/DB
13 2 (0.65%) Crystal Reports
13 2 (0.65%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 27 (8.79%) Eclipse
1 27 (8.79%) Visual Studio
2 16 (5.21%) Subversion
3 8 (2.61%) ClearCase
3 8 (2.61%) Dreamweaver
4 5 (1.63%) CA Gen
4 5 (1.63%) MSI
5 4 (1.30%) AppScan
6 2 (0.65%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.65%) Introscope
6 2 (0.65%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.65%) Maven
7 1 (0.33%) Ant
7 1 (0.33%) JIRA
7 1 (0.33%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.33%) ProC
7 1 (0.33%) StarTeam
7 1 (0.33%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.33%) Toad
7 1 (0.33%) VisualAge
General
1 77 (25.08%) Finance
2 49 (15.96%) Banking
3 16 (5.21%) Retail
4 7 (2.28%) Spanish Language
5 6 (1.95%) Investment Banking
6 5 (1.63%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.30%) Automotive
7 4 (1.30%) Billing
8 2 (0.65%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.33%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 132 (43.00%) Developer
2 65 (21.17%) COBOL Developer
3 56 (18.24%) Architect
4 27 (8.79%) Mainframe Developer
5 26 (8.47%) Analyst
6 19 (6.19%) DB2 Developer
7 16 (5.21%) Programmer
8 15 (4.89%) Solutions Architect
9 13 (4.23%) Technical Architect
10 11 (3.58%) Applications Developer
10 11 (3.58%) Delivery Manager
10 11 (3.58%) Designer
11 9 (2.93%) COBOL Programmer
11 9 (2.93%) Senior Developer
12 8 (2.61%) Consultant
12 8 (2.61%) Security Architect
12 8 (2.61%) Solutions Designer
12 8 (2.61%) Test Manager
13 7 (2.28%) DBA
13 7 (2.28%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (13.36%) Middleware
2 31 (10.10%) .NET
3 27 (8.79%) XML
4 21 (6.84%) Web Services
5 19 (6.19%) ISPF
6 16 (5.21%) J2EE
7 13 (4.23%) XSD
8 10 (3.26%) JMS
9 8 (2.61%) EJB
9 8 (2.61%) Hibernate
9 8 (2.61%) JSP
9 8 (2.61%) Servlets
9 8 (2.61%) Struts
9 8 (2.61%) WSDL
10 6 (1.95%) ASP.NET
11 5 (1.63%) HTML
11 5 (1.63%) WebSphere MQ
11 5 (1.63%) WinForms
11 5 (1.63%) WPF
12 4 (1.30%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 112 (36.48%) Mainframe
2 46 (14.98%) IBM Mainframe
3 21 (6.84%) VSAM
4 17 (5.54%) Clustering
5 16 (5.21%) Private Cloud
6 15 (4.89%) Analytical Skills
6 15 (4.89%) AS400
7 11 (3.58%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (3.26%) Tandem
9 8 (2.61%) PMI
10 5 (1.63%) EMV
11 4 (1.30%) Data Integration
11 4 (1.30%) iPhone
11 4 (1.30%) Mobile App
11 4 (1.30%) Smart Meter
12 3 (0.98%) Reference Data
13 2 (0.65%) Computer Science
13 2 (0.65%) Fintech
13 2 (0.65%) Mobile Banking
13 2 (0.65%) VAX
Operating Systems
1 102 (33.22%) Linux
2 61 (19.87%) VME
3 37 (12.05%) Unix
4 31 (10.10%) zOS
5 23 (7.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 17 (5.54%) AIX
7 16 (5.21%) Windows
8 14 (4.56%) MVS
9 10 (3.26%) Windows Server
9 10 (3.26%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (2.28%) SUSE
11 4 (1.30%) Android
12 3 (0.98%) Oracle Linux
12 3 (0.98%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (15.96%) Agile Software Development
2 43 (14.01%) Migration
3 32 (10.42%) Project Management
4 28 (9.12%) Configuration Management
4 28 (9.12%) Re-Platforming
5 24 (7.82%) SOA
6 22 (7.17%) Waterfall
7 20 (6.51%) Continuous Integration
8 18 (5.86%) Unit Testing
8 18 (5.86%) User Acceptance Testing
9 17 (5.54%) DevOps
10 15 (4.89%) Test Scripting
11 14 (4.56%) Software Engineering
12 13 (4.23%) Automated Testing
12 13 (4.23%) Defect Management
12 13 (4.23%) Risk Management
12 13 (4.23%) SDLC
12 13 (4.23%) Service Management
12 13 (4.23%) TOGAF
13 12 (3.91%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 99 (32.25%) Java
2 52 (16.94%) JCL
3 48 (15.64%) C
4 44 (14.33%) SQL
5 38 (12.38%) C++
6 27 (8.79%) C#
7 23 (7.49%) Assembly Language
7 23 (7.49%) Shell Script
8 20 (6.51%) Bash Shell
8 20 (6.51%) JavaScript
9 14 (4.56%) REXX
10 12 (3.91%) CLIST
11 9 (2.93%) Perl
11 9 (2.93%) PL/1
11 9 (2.93%) VB.NET
12 7 (2.28%) VBA
13 5 (1.63%) PL/SQL
13 5 (1.63%) PowerShell
13 5 (1.63%) VBScript
14 4 (1.30%) Smalltalk
Qualifications
1 31 (10.10%) Security Cleared
2 16 (5.21%) BPSS Clearance
2 16 (5.21%) SC Cleared
3 8 (2.61%) Degree
3 8 (2.61%) PMI Certification
4 7 (2.28%) CESG Certified Professional
5 5 (1.63%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (1.95%) QA
2 5 (1.63%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.98%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.65%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.33%) COREP
5 1 (0.33%) FINREP
5 1 (0.33%) SEPA
System Software
1 12 (3.91%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (3.26%) Time Sharing Option
3 9 (2.93%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 7 (2.28%) Active Directory
5 5 (1.63%) vSphere
6 2 (0.65%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 1 (0.33%) ACF2
7 1 (0.33%) Cygwin
7 1 (0.33%) HDFS
7 1 (0.33%) RACF
Systems Management
1 7 (2.28%) Control-M
1 7 (2.28%) Tivoli NetView
2 4 (1.30%) HP Fortify
2 4 (1.30%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.30%) WebInspect
3 2 (0.65%) Ansible
3 2 (0.65%) CA Endevor
3 2 (0.65%) CA Wily
3 2 (0.65%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.33%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 108 (35.18%) Oracle
2 76 (24.76%) Micro Focus
3 70 (22.80%) IBM
4 25 (8.14%) Red Hat
4 25 (8.14%) VMware
5 19 (6.19%) CA
6 16 (5.21%) Fujitsu
7 14 (4.56%) ICL
8 13 (4.23%) Microsoft
9 12 (3.91%) HP
10 8 (2.61%) Chordiant
11 6 (1.95%) SAP
12 5 (1.63%) ATG
12 5 (1.63%) Citrix
12 5 (1.63%) Sun
12 5 (1.63%) Unisys
13 4 (1.30%) Apple
13 4 (1.30%) Google
13 4 (1.30%) Sunopsis
13 4 (1.30%) Veracode
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