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 29 June 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
29 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 495 458 533
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +75
Contract jobs citing COBOL 149 179 88
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.28% 0.32% 0.17%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.71% 0.84% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 115 42
Median daily rate £415 £375 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.66% +11.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £155 £252
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £451 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £411 £375 £300
% change year-on-year
+9.66% +25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 1 2
Median hourly rate £25.00 £45.00 £29.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.44% +53.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.10 £45.00 £28.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.80 £45.00 £29.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 - £29.25

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
20891 21377 19947
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 38.90% 38.15% 37.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 14331 14303 12951
Median daily rate £425 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 434 427
Median hourly rate £37.50 £36.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.08 £19.00 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.55 £52.17 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%

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 29 June 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 29 June 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 29 June 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 -35 141 £414 +10.33% 14
North West +23 67 £425 +9.95% 7
Lancashire +20 62 £425 +11.90% 5
Blackpool +5 37 £430 +13.15% 1
London -12 30 £450 +5.88% 1
Lytham St Annes - 12 £306 - 2
East of England +23 11 £255 -33.76% 1
South East -9 10 £325 -16.12% 3
Essex +13 9 £255 -31.08%
West Midlands -49 7 £475 +192.30%
Docklands, London - 7 £350 -
Scotland -12 6 £288 -23.33%
North East -69 6 £305 -6.15% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -75 6 £305 -6.15% 1
Tyne and Wear -79 6 £305 -6.15% 1
Buckinghamshire +1 5 - -
Warwickshire -3 5 - -
South West - 5 £325 - 1
City of London +34 4 £550 +25.71%
Oxfordshire +12 4 £325 -25.28% 1
East Midlands +4 3 £356 +37.01%
Nottingham -1 3 £356 -
Merseyside -3 3 - -
Nottinghamshire -4 3 £356 -
Bedfordshire +7 2 £250 -37.50% 1
Brentwood +2 2 £279 -24.59%
Yorkshire -3 2 £245 -34.66%
West Yorkshire -15 2 £245 -34.66%
Liverpool - 2 - -
Bradford +8 1 £240 -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 June 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.

1 101 (32.17%) Mainframe
2 98 (31.21%) Oracle
3 97 (30.89%) Linux
4 90 (28.66%) DB2
5 85 (27.07%) Java
6 76 (24.20%) Micro Focus
7 73 (23.25%) Tuxedo
8 72 (22.93%) Finance
9 67 (21.34%) C
10 63 (20.06%) VME
11 61 (19.43%) CICS
12 59 (18.79%) IBM
13 51 (16.24%) SQL
14 44 (14.01%) Banking
15 43 (13.69%) JCL
16 39 (12.42%) Unix
17 38 (12.10%) Middleware
18 37 (11.78%) Project Management
19 36 (11.46%) Oracle Database
20 35 (11.15%) Shell Script
20 35 (11.15%) Agile Software Development
21 34 (10.83%) IBM Mainframe
22 31 (9.87%) Migration
23 30 (9.55%) RDBMS
23 30 (9.55%) Relational Database
24 29 (9.24%) Bash Shell
24 29 (9.24%) C++
25 28 (8.92%) Clustering
25 28 (8.92%) Security Cleared
26 27 (8.60%) zOS

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 (23.25%) Tuxedo
2 61 (19.43%) CICS
3 23 (7.32%) WebSphere
4 16 (5.10%) JBoss
5 9 (2.87%) MQSeries
6 8 (2.55%) WebLogic
7 7 (2.23%) TPMS
8 5 (1.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 5 (1.59%) SharePoint
9 4 (1.27%) Apache ServiceMix
10 3 (0.96%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.96%) Skype for Business
10 3 (0.96%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 6 (1.91%) MS Excel
2 3 (0.96%) MS Office
3 2 (0.64%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.32%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (0.96%) BASE24
1 3 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.64%) assyst
2 2 (0.64%) Misys Midas
2 2 (0.64%) PeopleSoft HCM
2 2 (0.64%) PeopleSoft HRMS
3 1 (0.32%) BusinessWorks
3 1 (0.32%) ENOVIA
3 1 (0.32%) IBM Operational Decision Manager
Cloud Services
1 4 (1.27%) GitHub
2 3 (0.96%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.96%) Office 365
2 3 (0.96%) Yammer
3 1 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.55%) ATM
2 4 (1.27%) WebEx
3 3 (0.96%) FTP
4 2 (0.64%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.32%) HTTP
5 1 (0.32%) HTTPS
5 1 (0.32%) SNA
5 1 (0.32%) SSH
5 1 (0.32%) SSL
5 1 (0.32%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (28.66%) DB2
2 36 (11.46%) Oracle Database
3 30 (9.55%) RDBMS
3 30 (9.55%) Relational Database
4 9 (2.87%) Oracle ODI
5 8 (2.55%) Oracle Reports
6 7 (2.23%) Easytrieve
6 7 (2.23%) SQL Server
7 5 (1.59%) Oracle BI EE
7 5 (1.59%) Oracle Database 11g
8 4 (1.27%) Oracle Database 12c
9 3 (0.96%) IDMS
9 3 (0.96%) IMS/DB
9 3 (0.96%) NonStop SQL
10 2 (0.64%) Crystal Reports
10 2 (0.64%) Data Mining
10 2 (0.64%) Essbase
10 2 (0.64%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.64%) MS Access
10 2 (0.64%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 20 (6.37%) Subversion
2 18 (5.73%) Eclipse
2 18 (5.73%) Visual Studio
3 8 (2.55%) ClearCase
4 5 (1.59%) CA Gen
5 4 (1.27%) AppScan
5 4 (1.27%) Dreamweaver
6 2 (0.64%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.64%) Introscope
6 2 (0.64%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.64%) Maven
6 2 (0.64%) MSI
7 1 (0.32%) Ant
7 1 (0.32%) JIRA
7 1 (0.32%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.32%) ProC
7 1 (0.32%) StarTeam
7 1 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.32%) Toad
7 1 (0.32%) VisualAge
General
1 72 (22.93%) Finance
2 44 (14.01%) Banking
3 18 (5.73%) Retail
4 7 (2.23%) Manufacturing
4 7 (2.23%) Spanish Language
5 4 (1.27%) Automotive
5 4 (1.27%) Billing
5 4 (1.27%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.32%) Back Office
6 1 (0.32%) Marketing
6 1 (0.32%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.32%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 141 (44.90%) Developer
2 65 (20.70%) COBOL Developer
3 47 (14.97%) Architect
4 38 (12.10%) Analyst
5 24 (7.64%) Mainframe Developer
6 22 (7.01%) Programmer
7 17 (5.41%) DB2 Developer
8 15 (4.78%) Solutions Architect
9 14 (4.46%) COBOL Programmer
10 12 (3.82%) Business Analyst
10 12 (3.82%) COBOL Analyst
11 11 (3.50%) Delivery Manager
11 11 (3.50%) Designer
12 10 (3.18%) Middleware Developer
13 9 (2.87%) Technical Analyst
14 8 (2.55%) Analyst Programmer
14 8 (2.55%) Consultant
14 8 (2.55%) Solutions Designer
14 8 (2.55%) Technical Architect
15 7 (2.23%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (12.10%) Middleware
2 26 (8.28%) .NET
3 21 (6.69%) XML
4 17 (5.41%) Web Services
5 16 (5.10%) J2EE
6 10 (3.18%) JMS
6 10 (3.18%) XSD
7 9 (2.87%) ISPF
8 8 (2.55%) EJB
8 8 (2.55%) Hibernate
8 8 (2.55%) JSP
8 8 (2.55%) Servlets
8 8 (2.55%) Struts
8 8 (2.55%) WSDL
9 5 (1.59%) HTML
9 5 (1.59%) WebSphere MQ
10 4 (1.27%) CSS
10 4 (1.27%) CSS3
10 4 (1.27%) PhoneGap
11 3 (0.96%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 101 (32.17%) Mainframe
2 34 (10.83%) IBM Mainframe
3 28 (8.92%) Clustering
4 17 (5.41%) AS400
5 14 (4.46%) VSAM
6 12 (3.82%) Analytical Skills
6 12 (3.82%) Tandem
7 8 (2.55%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (2.55%) PMI
8 4 (1.27%) Computer Science
8 4 (1.27%) iPhone
8 4 (1.27%) Mobile App
8 4 (1.27%) Smart Meter
8 4 (1.27%) Virtual Team
9 3 (0.96%) EFT
9 3 (0.96%) EMV
10 2 (0.64%) Client/Server
10 2 (0.64%) Data Integration
10 2 (0.64%) Fintech
10 2 (0.64%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 97 (30.89%) Linux
2 63 (20.06%) VME
3 39 (12.42%) Unix
4 27 (8.60%) zOS
5 23 (7.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 20 (6.37%) AIX
7 16 (5.10%) Windows
8 6 (1.91%) Windows Server
8 6 (1.91%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (1.59%) MVS
10 4 (1.27%) Android
11 3 (0.96%) Oracle Linux
11 3 (0.96%) SUSE
12 2 (0.64%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (11.78%) Project Management
2 35 (11.15%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (9.87%) Migration
4 19 (6.05%) Unit Testing
5 18 (5.73%) Waterfall
6 17 (5.41%) SDLC
7 15 (4.78%) Re-Platforming
7 15 (4.78%) User Acceptance Testing
8 14 (4.46%) Business Analysis
9 13 (4.14%) Configuration Management
9 13 (4.14%) Software Engineering
10 12 (3.82%) Test Scripting
11 11 (3.50%) Data Modelling
11 11 (3.50%) ITIL
11 11 (3.50%) Risk Management
12 10 (3.18%) Automated Testing
12 10 (3.18%) Service Management
12 10 (3.18%) SOA
13 9 (2.87%) Data Management
13 9 (2.87%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 85 (27.07%) Java
2 67 (21.34%) C
3 51 (16.24%) SQL
4 43 (13.69%) JCL
5 35 (11.15%) Shell Script
6 29 (9.24%) Bash Shell
6 29 (9.24%) C++
7 16 (5.10%) Assembly Language
8 15 (4.78%) C#
9 14 (4.46%) JavaScript
10 9 (2.87%) REXX
11 6 (1.91%) PL/1
11 6 (1.91%) VB.NET
12 5 (1.59%) CLIST
12 5 (1.59%) PL/SQL
13 4 (1.27%) Smalltalk
14 2 (0.64%) Groovy
14 2 (0.64%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.64%) VB
14 2 (0.64%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 28 (8.92%) Security Cleared
2 21 (6.69%) BPSS Clearance
3 15 (4.78%) SC Cleared
4 8 (2.55%) PMI Certification
5 7 (2.23%) Degree
6 5 (1.59%) Sun Certification
7 1 (0.32%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (2.55%) QA
2 3 (0.96%) SEPA
3 2 (0.64%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.32%) COREP
4 1 (0.32%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.32%) FINREP
System Software
1 7 (2.23%) Time Sharing Option
1 7 (2.23%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (1.59%) Job Entry Subsystem
2 5 (1.59%) vSphere
3 4 (1.27%) Active Directory
3 4 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.32%) ACF2
4 1 (0.32%) Cygwin
4 1 (0.32%) HDFS
4 1 (0.32%) RACF
4 1 (0.32%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 5 (1.59%) Control-M
2 4 (1.27%) HP Fortify
2 4 (1.27%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.27%) Tivoli NetView
2 4 (1.27%) WebInspect
3 3 (0.96%) Tivoli
4 2 (0.64%) Ansible
4 2 (0.64%) CA Wily
5 1 (0.32%) CA Endevor
5 1 (0.32%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 98 (31.21%) Oracle
2 76 (24.20%) Micro Focus
3 59 (18.79%) IBM
4 25 (7.96%) Red Hat
5 19 (6.05%) Fujitsu
6 18 (5.73%) ICL
7 13 (4.14%) HP
8 12 (3.82%) CA
9 10 (3.18%) Microsoft
10 9 (2.87%) SAP
11 8 (2.55%) Chordiant
11 8 (2.55%) VMware
12 5 (1.59%) ATG
12 5 (1.59%) Citrix
12 5 (1.59%) Salesforce.com
12 5 (1.59%) Sun
12 5 (1.59%) Unisys
13 4 (1.27%) Apple
13 4 (1.27%) Google
13 4 (1.27%) Remedy
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