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 8 December 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
8 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 558 538 530
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -8
Contract jobs citing COBOL 63 106 103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.19% 0.18%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.31% 0.50% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 50 46
Median daily rate £424 £325 £329
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.38% -1.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £269 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £530 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £329
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -1.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 4
Median hourly rate £37.50 £29.00 £37.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.31% -22.14%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £29.00 £37.25
% change year-on-year
+29.31% -22.14%

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
20312 21270 21290
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 40.82% 38.52% 37.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 13933 14486 14491
Median daily rate £430 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.38% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £293 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 414 542 414
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £17.00 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £38.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +10.00%

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 8 December 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 8 December 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 -10 58 £424 +30.38% 11
London +9 23 £490 +15.29%
South East +21 9 £300 -29.41% 3
North West +8 7 £423 -11.97% 2
Lancashire 0 6 £436 -9.11% 1
Lytham St Annes - 6 £436 -
East Midlands -12 5 £344 -19.11% 1
Kent - 5 £300 -
Yorkshire - 5 £427 -
City of London - 4 £450 -
West Yorkshire - 4 £430 -
South West +14 3 £324 -7.50% 3
Milton Keynes +10 3 £300 -46.64%
Buckinghamshire +6 3 £300 -42.58%
Glasgow +4 3 - -
Scotland +4 3 - -
Shropshire -1 3 £316 -
Telford -9 3 £316 -
West Midlands -9 3 £316 - 1
Northamptonshire - 3 £350 -
Northampton - 3 £350 -
Leeds - 3 £463 -
Leicester +3 2 £300 +21.21%
Essex 0 2 £325 +54.76%
Leicestershire -2 2 £300 +21.21%
East of England -4 2 £325 +54.76%
Bristol - 2 £275 - 3
Sheffield - 2 £401 -
South Yorkshire - 2 £401 -
Hampshire +24 1 - - 2

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 December 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 81 (40.70%) Mainframe
2 67 (33.67%) Java
3 62 (31.16%) SQL
4 60 (30.15%) Oracle
5 57 (28.64%) C
6 49 (24.62%) DB2
6 49 (24.62%) Finance
7 42 (21.11%) Unix
8 39 (19.60%) Linux
9 35 (17.59%) JCL
10 34 (17.09%) Micro Focus
10 34 (17.09%) Agile Software Development
11 32 (16.08%) IBM
12 31 (15.58%) Tuxedo
13 30 (15.08%) Shell Script
13 30 (15.08%) VME
14 27 (13.57%) Migration
15 25 (12.56%) Banking
15 25 (12.56%) Relational Database
16 23 (11.56%) Clustering
17 22 (11.06%) Business Analysis
17 22 (11.06%) Oracle Database
18 21 (10.55%) Analytical Skills
18 21 (10.55%) RDBMS
18 21 (10.55%) HTML
19 19 (9.55%) CICS
19 19 (9.55%) Bash Shell
20 18 (9.05%) Waterfall
20 18 (9.05%) Project Management
20 18 (9.05%) 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 31 (15.58%) Tuxedo
2 19 (9.55%) CICS
3 6 (3.02%) WebLogic
4 3 (1.51%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (1.51%) MQSeries
4 3 (1.51%) SharePoint
4 3 (1.51%) TPMS
5 2 (1.01%) Skype for Business
5 2 (1.01%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.50%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 1 (0.50%) Commerce Server
6 1 (0.50%) Commerce Server 2007
6 1 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.50%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 10 (5.03%) MS Office
2 9 (4.52%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.51%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (3.02%) BASE24
2 2 (1.01%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.50%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.50%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.51%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (1.51%) Office 365
2 2 (1.01%) Yammer
3 1 (0.50%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.03%) Internet
2 6 (3.02%) ATM
2 6 (3.02%) WebEx
3 4 (2.01%) FTP
3 4 (2.01%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.50%) Firewall
4 1 (0.50%) HTTP
4 1 (0.50%) SAN
4 1 (0.50%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (24.62%) DB2
2 25 (12.56%) Relational Database
3 22 (11.06%) Oracle Database
4 21 (10.55%) RDBMS
5 6 (3.02%) IDMS
6 5 (2.51%) MS Access
6 5 (2.51%) SQL Server
7 4 (2.01%) Essbase
8 3 (1.51%) BusinessObjects
8 3 (1.51%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (1.51%) NonStop SQL
9 2 (1.01%) IMS/DB
9 2 (1.01%) NoSQL
9 2 (1.01%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.50%) DataStage
10 1 (0.50%) Easytrieve
10 1 (0.50%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.50%) Oracle Database 12c
10 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (2.51%) Eclipse
1 5 (2.51%) Subversion
1 5 (2.51%) Toad
1 5 (2.51%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.51%) CA Gen
3 1 (0.50%) ChangeMan
3 1 (0.50%) ERwin
3 1 (0.50%) Fiddler
3 1 (0.50%) Firebug
3 1 (0.50%) HP UFT
3 1 (0.50%) JMeter
3 1 (0.50%) LoadRunner
3 1 (0.50%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (0.50%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (0.50%) The Grinder
General
1 49 (24.62%) Finance
2 25 (12.56%) Banking
3 8 (4.02%) Retail
4 5 (2.51%) Corporate Banking
5 3 (1.51%) Back Office
5 3 (1.51%) French Language
5 3 (1.51%) Marketing
5 3 (1.51%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.01%) Automotive
6 2 (1.01%) Dutch Language
6 2 (1.01%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.01%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.01%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.50%) Advertising
7 1 (0.50%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 97 (48.74%) Developer
2 55 (27.64%) Analyst
3 38 (19.10%) COBOL Developer
4 20 (10.05%) Business Analyst
5 17 (8.54%) Programmer
6 14 (7.04%) Mainframe Developer
7 11 (5.53%) COBOL Programmer
8 9 (4.52%) C Developer
8 9 (4.52%) COBOL Analyst
9 8 (4.02%) Support Analyst
9 8 (4.02%) Systems Analyst
9 8 (4.02%) Technical Analyst
10 7 (3.52%) Senior Analyst
10 7 (3.52%) Senior Developer
10 7 (3.52%) Unix Developer
11 6 (3.02%) Consultant
11 6 (3.02%) DB2 Developer
11 6 (3.02%) Java Developer
11 6 (3.02%) SQL Programmer
12 5 (2.51%) Technical Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (10.55%) HTML
2 18 (9.05%) J2EE
3 10 (5.03%) Middleware
4 9 (4.52%) .NET
5 8 (4.02%) XML
6 6 (3.02%) CSS
7 3 (1.51%) JSP
7 3 (1.51%) Spring
8 2 (1.01%) ISPF
8 2 (1.01%) REST
8 2 (1.01%) SOAP
9 1 (0.50%) ADO.NET
9 1 (0.50%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.50%) COM
9 1 (0.50%) jQuery
9 1 (0.50%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 81 (40.70%) Mainframe
2 23 (11.56%) Clustering
3 21 (10.55%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (7.54%) Client/Server
5 13 (6.53%) IBM Mainframe
6 12 (6.03%) Tandem
7 8 (4.02%) AS400
8 7 (3.52%) Enterprise Software
9 6 (3.02%) EMV
9 6 (3.02%) Management Information System
10 4 (2.01%) VSAM
11 3 (1.51%) Computer Science
11 3 (1.51%) EFT
12 2 (1.01%) Equities
12 2 (1.01%) Mobile App
12 2 (1.01%) Online Banking
13 1 (0.50%) Blog
13 1 (0.50%) PDA
13 1 (0.50%) Replication
13 1 (0.50%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 42 (21.11%) Unix
2 39 (19.60%) Linux
3 30 (15.08%) VME
4 16 (8.04%) MVS
5 13 (6.53%) Windows
6 11 (5.53%) zOS
7 8 (4.02%) AIX
8 6 (3.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (1.01%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.50%) Stratus VOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (17.09%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (13.57%) Migration
3 22 (11.06%) Business Analysis
4 18 (9.05%) Project Management
4 18 (9.05%) Waterfall
5 17 (8.54%) SDLC
6 12 (6.03%) Test Strategy
7 11 (5.53%) Data Modelling
7 11 (5.53%) Process Improvement
8 10 (5.03%) Time Management
9 9 (4.52%) Unit Testing
9 9 (4.52%) User Acceptance Testing
10 8 (4.02%) ITIL
11 7 (3.52%) Coaching
11 7 (3.52%) OO
11 7 (3.52%) RUP
11 7 (3.52%) Translating Business Requirements
12 6 (3.02%) Change Control
12 6 (3.02%) Performance Tuning
12 6 (3.02%) Re-Platforming
Programming Languages
1 67 (33.67%) Java
2 62 (31.16%) SQL
3 57 (28.64%) C
4 35 (17.59%) JCL
5 30 (15.08%) Shell Script
6 19 (9.55%) Bash Shell
7 18 (9.05%) C++
7 18 (9.05%) PL/SQL
8 14 (7.04%) VB
9 10 (5.03%) Perl
9 10 (5.03%) VC++
10 9 (4.52%) JavaScript
11 7 (3.52%) Assembly Language
11 7 (3.52%) C#
12 4 (2.01%) REXX
13 3 (1.51%) LINC
14 2 (1.01%) ANSI C
14 2 (1.01%) PL/1
14 2 (1.01%) RPG
14 2 (1.01%) Visual J++
Qualifications
1 8 (4.02%) Security Cleared
2 6 (3.02%) BPSS Clearance
3 5 (2.51%) Degree
3 5 (2.51%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.01%) ISEB
4 4 (2.01%) ISTQB
4 4 (2.01%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.02%) QA
2 3 (1.51%) SEPA
3 1 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 9 (4.52%) Time Sharing Option
2 3 (1.51%) Job Entry Subsystem
2 3 (1.51%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
3 2 (1.01%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.50%) RACF
Systems Management
1 4 (2.01%) Tivoli
2 3 (1.51%) CA Endevor
3 2 (1.01%) Control-M
4 1 (0.50%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.50%) OMEGAMON
4 1 (0.50%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 60 (30.15%) Oracle
2 34 (17.09%) Micro Focus
3 32 (16.08%) IBM
4 17 (8.54%) ICL
5 12 (6.03%) Microsoft
6 9 (4.52%) webMethods
7 8 (4.02%) Informatica
8 6 (3.02%) Pega
9 5 (2.51%) Red Hat
10 4 (2.01%) Perforce
10 4 (2.01%) SAP
11 3 (1.51%) Unisys
12 2 (1.01%) BEA
12 2 (1.01%) Fujitsu
12 2 (1.01%) HP
12 2 (1.01%) Infor
12 2 (1.01%) JD Edwards
12 2 (1.01%) Remedy
12 2 (1.01%) Salesforce.com
13 1 (0.50%) Avaloq
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