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 22 January 2017 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
22 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
COBOL
UK
Rank 501 499 501
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +2
Contract jobs citing COBOL 80 119 115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.23% 0.23%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.45% 0.61% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 69 58
Median daily rate £425 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +21.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £295 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £521 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £401 £335
% change year-on-year
-0.06% +19.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 7 8
Median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.84% -34.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.04 £21.70 £35.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £32.60 £39.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £39.50
% change year-on-year
-3.84% -34.17%

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
17872 19566 19305
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 40.57% 38.54% 38.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 12194 13257 12938
Median daily rate £438 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 410 519 414
Median hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £35.18
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +13.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £18.66 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.39 £46.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.50 £40.00 £35.50
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +12.67%

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 22 January 2017.

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 22 January 2017.

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 22 January 2017. 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 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 +5 76 £425 - 8
London +21 21 £450 -5.26% 2
North West +11 19 £500 +11.11% 2
Lancashire -1 14 £550 +18.79%
Blackpool +9 13 £550 +23.38%
North East -18 11 £363 +11.96%
Newcastle upon Tyne -20 10 £369 +13.89%
Tyne and Wear -23 10 £369 +13.89%
East Midlands +4 8 £365 -2.66%
West Midlands +3 8 - - 2
Warwickshire +2 7 - -
Northamptonshire - 6 £383 -
Northampton - 5 £365 -
South East -5 4 £300 -31.42%
Scotland +19 3 - -
Yorkshire +17 3 £425 -
Manchester +12 3 £400 -
Glasgow +8 3 - -
Leamington Spa - 3 - -
City of London - 3 £388 -
Cheshire +27 2 £275 -27.44% 2
Hampshire +13 2 £300 -7.69%
South West +12 2 £275 +6.79% 2
Leicester +11 2 £300 +21.21%
Leicestershire +6 2 £300 +21.21%
Warwick +2 2 - -
Milton Keynes -7 2 £300 -42.30%
Buckinghamshire -12 2 £300 -38.14%
Portsmouth - 2 £300 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £427 -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 January 2017, 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 73 (41.95%) Mainframe
2 55 (31.61%) Java
3 51 (29.31%) SQL
4 48 (27.59%) Oracle
5 47 (27.01%) DB2
6 40 (22.99%) VME
7 39 (22.41%) Finance
8 35 (20.11%) JCL
9 32 (18.39%) Unix
9 32 (18.39%) ICL
10 29 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
10 29 (16.67%) IBM
11 28 (16.09%) C
12 22 (12.64%) Software Engineering
13 21 (12.07%) HP
14 20 (11.49%) HTML
15 19 (10.92%) CICS
15 19 (10.92%) Virtual Machines
16 18 (10.34%) PL/SQL
16 18 (10.34%) Linux
16 18 (10.34%) Banking
16 18 (10.34%) StarTeam
17 17 (9.77%) C++
17 17 (9.77%) Microsoft
17 17 (9.77%) Analytical Skills
18 16 (9.20%) Waterfall
18 16 (9.20%) MVS
19 15 (8.62%) Micro Focus
19 15 (8.62%) C#
19 15 (8.62%) Business Analysis

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 19 (10.92%) CICS
2 7 (4.02%) Tuxedo
3 6 (3.45%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.15%) MQSeries
4 2 (1.15%) TPMS
5 1 (0.57%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.57%) Commerce Server
5 1 (0.57%) Commerce Server 2007
5 1 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.57%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.57%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (4.02%) MS Excel
2 5 (2.87%) MS Office
3 4 (2.30%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.57%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.87%) BASE24
2 1 (0.57%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.15%) IaaS
1 2 (1.15%) PaaS
1 2 (1.15%) SaaS
2 1 (0.57%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.57%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (6.32%) Internet
2 5 (2.87%) ATM
3 4 (2.30%) FTP
4 3 (1.72%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.15%) WebEx
6 1 (0.57%) Firewall
6 1 (0.57%) HTTP
6 1 (0.57%) LDAP
6 1 (0.57%) SAN
6 1 (0.57%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (27.01%) DB2
2 14 (8.05%) Oracle Database
3 12 (6.90%) Relational Database
4 8 (4.60%) RDBMS
5 7 (4.02%) IDMS
6 3 (1.72%) BusinessObjects
6 3 (1.72%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (1.72%) SQL Server
7 2 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.15%) IMS/DB
7 2 (1.15%) MS Access
8 1 (0.57%) Adabas
8 1 (0.57%) DataStage
8 1 (0.57%) Easytrieve
8 1 (0.57%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.57%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 18 (10.34%) StarTeam
2 6 (3.45%) Visual Studio
3 5 (2.87%) Toad
4 3 (1.72%) CA Gen
4 3 (1.72%) Dreamweaver
4 3 (1.72%) Eclipse
5 2 (1.15%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.57%) ChangeMan
6 1 (0.57%) ERwin
6 1 (0.57%) Fiddler
6 1 (0.57%) Firebug
6 1 (0.57%) HP UFT
6 1 (0.57%) JMeter
6 1 (0.57%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.57%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (0.57%) Rhino Mocks
6 1 (0.57%) Selenium
6 1 (0.57%) The Grinder
General
1 39 (22.41%) Finance
2 18 (10.34%) Banking
3 3 (1.72%) Back Office
3 3 (1.72%) French Language
3 3 (1.72%) Retail
4 2 (1.15%) Dutch Language
4 2 (1.15%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.57%) Advertising
5 1 (0.57%) Automotive
5 1 (0.57%) Billing
5 1 (0.57%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (0.57%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.57%) Marketing
5 1 (0.57%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 86 (49.43%) Developer
2 42 (24.14%) Analyst
3 41 (23.56%) COBOL Developer
4 14 (8.05%) Mainframe Developer
5 13 (7.47%) Business Analyst
6 11 (6.32%) Programmer
7 10 (5.75%) Senior Developer
8 9 (5.17%) Lead Developer
8 9 (5.17%) Test Analyst
9 8 (4.60%) Consultant
10 6 (3.45%) C Developer
10 6 (3.45%) COBOL Programmer
10 6 (3.45%) DB2 Developer
10 6 (3.45%) Java Developer
10 6 (3.45%) Technical Analyst
10 6 (3.45%) Unix Developer
11 5 (2.87%) BASE24 Analyst
11 5 (2.87%) C/C++ Developer
11 5 (2.87%) COBOL Analyst
11 5 (2.87%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (11.49%) HTML
2 14 (8.05%) XML
3 13 (7.47%) J2EE
4 9 (5.17%) .NET
5 7 (4.02%) Web Services
6 6 (3.45%) CSS
7 3 (1.72%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.72%) JSP
7 3 (1.72%) Spring
8 2 (1.15%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.15%) ISPF
8 2 (1.15%) REST
8 2 (1.15%) SOAP
9 1 (0.57%) ADO.NET
9 1 (0.57%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.57%) jQuery
9 1 (0.57%) Middleware
9 1 (0.57%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 73 (41.95%) Mainframe
2 17 (9.77%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (7.47%) IBM Mainframe
4 12 (6.90%) Client/Server
5 8 (4.60%) Tandem
6 6 (3.45%) Clustering
6 6 (3.45%) Management Information System
7 5 (2.87%) EMV
7 5 (2.87%) VSAM
8 4 (2.30%) AS400
8 4 (2.30%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (1.72%) Computer Science
10 2 (1.15%) Equities
10 2 (1.15%) iSeries
11 1 (0.57%) Blog
11 1 (0.57%) Data Integration
11 1 (0.57%) iPad
11 1 (0.57%) Mobile App
11 1 (0.57%) Social Media
11 1 (0.57%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 40 (22.99%) VME
2 32 (18.39%) Unix
3 18 (10.34%) Linux
4 16 (9.20%) MVS
5 11 (6.32%) Windows
6 6 (3.45%) zOS
7 3 (1.72%) AIX
7 3 (1.72%) SUSE
8 2 (1.15%) Windows Server
8 2 (1.15%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.57%) Stratus VOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (12.64%) Software Engineering
3 16 (9.20%) Waterfall
4 15 (8.62%) Business Analysis
5 14 (8.05%) Migration
5 14 (8.05%) TDD
6 12 (6.90%) Test Strategy
7 11 (6.32%) Process Improvement
7 11 (6.32%) Project Management
7 11 (6.32%) SDLC
8 10 (5.75%) ITIL
9 9 (5.17%) Integration Testing
9 9 (5.17%) Performance Tuning
9 9 (5.17%) Test Scripting
10 8 (4.60%) Continuous Delivery
10 8 (4.60%) User Acceptance Testing
11 7 (4.02%) High Availability
11 7 (4.02%) OO
11 7 (4.02%) RUP
11 7 (4.02%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 55 (31.61%) Java
2 51 (29.31%) SQL
3 35 (20.11%) JCL
4 28 (16.09%) C
5 18 (10.34%) PL/SQL
6 17 (9.77%) C++
7 15 (8.62%) C#
8 14 (8.05%) Shell Script
9 11 (6.32%) VB
10 10 (5.75%) Perl
10 10 (5.75%) VC++
11 9 (5.17%) JavaScript
12 8 (4.60%) Assembly Language
13 6 (3.45%) Bash Shell
14 4 (2.30%) REXX
15 2 (1.15%) ANSI C
15 2 (1.15%) LINC
15 2 (1.15%) PL/1
15 2 (1.15%) RPG
16 1 (0.57%) PHP
Qualifications
1 5 (2.87%) BPSS Clearance
1 5 (2.87%) Degree
2 4 (2.30%) ISEB
2 4 (2.30%) ISTQB
2 4 (2.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 4 (2.30%) Security Cleared
3 1 (0.57%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.87%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (1.72%) QA
2 3 (1.72%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (10.92%) Virtual Machines
2 4 (2.30%) Time Sharing Option
3 3 (1.72%) Job Entry Subsystem
3 3 (1.72%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
4 1 (0.57%) RACF
Systems Management
1 3 (1.72%) CA Endevor
1 3 (1.72%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (1.72%) Tivoli
2 2 (1.15%) Control-M
3 1 (0.57%) OMEGAMON
3 1 (0.57%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 48 (27.59%) Oracle
2 32 (18.39%) ICL
3 29 (16.67%) IBM
4 21 (12.07%) HP
5 17 (9.77%) Microsoft
6 15 (8.62%) Micro Focus
7 9 (5.17%) webMethods
8 8 (4.60%) Informatica
9 6 (3.45%) Pega
10 2 (1.15%) BEA
10 2 (1.15%) Fujitsu
10 2 (1.15%) Infor
10 2 (1.15%) JD Edwards
10 2 (1.15%) Perforce
10 2 (1.15%) Unisys
11 1 (0.57%) Ab Initio
11 1 (0.57%) BMC
11 1 (0.57%) Compuware
11 1 (0.57%) Teradata
11 1 (0.57%) VMware
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