The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 27 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in 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.

Location
3 months to
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 451 469 476
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +7
Contract jobs citing COBOL 149 101 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.28% 0.19% 0.14%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.75% 0.53% 0.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 59 29
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£350 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £219 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £425 £511
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £350
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 3
Average hourly rate £39.50 - £27.96
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.50 - £27.73

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
19937 19106 17035
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 37.16% 36.81% 36.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 12929 12211 10557
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £255 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 411 457 624
Average hourly rate £35.50 £35.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.10 £16.78 £16.52
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £43.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing COBOL within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 March 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the UK over the 3 months to 27 March 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +28 114 £350 +16.66% 29
London +16 31 £350 -4.76% 10
North East +7 23 £351 +41.91% 1
Tyne and Wear +15 22 £351 +56.24% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne +14 22 £351 +56.24% 1
North West +1 20 £450 +50.00% 1
East of England +12 14 £333 +38.54% 4
Scotland -8 12 £500 +33.33%
Essex +17 11 £318 +2.70% 2
Edinburgh -3 11 £500 -
City of London +18 8 £425 +19.29%
South East -31 7 £350 +50.53% 2
Brentwood - 7 £344 - 1
West Midlands -6 6 £275 -18.51%
Buckinghamshire +1 5 - -
Lancashire 0 5 £300 +9.09%
Yorkshire -23 5 - - 3
Cheshire - 5 - -
Cardiff +6 4 £450 +12.50% 1
Sheffield +1 4 - - 1
South Yorkshire 0 4 - - 1
Milton Keynes -1 4 - -
South Wales -2 4 £450 +5.88% 1
South West -3 4 £350 - 2
Wales -7 4 £450 +5.88% 1
East Midlands -4 3 - - 6
Nottinghamshire - 3 - - 5
Knutsford - 2 - -
Nottingham - 2 - - 5
Blackpool - 2 £300 -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing COBOL also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited COBOL.

1 120 (46.15%) Mainframe
2 109 (41.92%) DB2
3 80 (30.77%) CICS
4 66 (25.38%) JCL
5 63 (24.23%) Finance
6 58 (22.31%) IBM
6 58 (22.31%) SQL
7 44 (16.92%) VME
8 43 (16.54%) Micro Focus
9 39 (15.00%) UNIX
10 34 (13.08%) Assembly Language
11 33 (12.69%) Java
11 33 (12.69%) Banking
12 29 (11.15%) VSAM
13 27 (10.38%) REXX
14 24 (9.23%) Migration
15 22 (8.46%) Linux
16 21 (8.08%) IBM Mainframe
17 20 (7.69%) Security Cleared
17 20 (7.69%) AS400
17 20 (7.69%) Web Services
17 20 (7.69%) Microsoft
18 19 (7.31%) Visual Studio
18 19 (7.31%) Agile Software Development
18 19 (7.31%) ISPF
19 17 (6.54%) Project Management
20 16 (6.15%) zOS
20 16 (6.15%) SAS
20 16 (6.15%) iSeries
21 15 (5.77%) Oracle

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing COBOL also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited COBOL. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 80 (30.77%) CICS
2 16 (6.15%) SAS
3 11 (4.23%) MQSeries
4 10 (3.85%) Tuxedo
5 8 (3.08%) WebSphere
6 4 (1.54%) JBoss
7 3 (1.15%) TPMS
8 2 (0.77%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.77%) IIS
9 1 (0.38%) Oracle Application Server
9 1 (0.38%) CMS
9 1 (0.38%) Apache
Applications
1 14 (5.38%) MS Office
2 6 (2.31%) MS Excel
3 3 (1.15%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.38%) ResourceLink
1 1 (0.38%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (0.38%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 15 (5.77%) TCP/IP
2 7 (2.69%) FTP
3 6 (2.31%) Internet
3 6 (2.31%) HTTP
4 5 (1.92%) LAN
4 5 (1.92%) WAN
4 5 (1.92%) SNA
4 5 (1.92%) APPN
5 2 (0.77%) SSL
5 2 (0.77%) X.25
5 2 (0.77%) SSH
6 1 (0.38%) RIP
6 1 (0.38%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (41.92%) DB2
2 13 (5.00%) DataStage
2 13 (5.00%) Relational Database
3 9 (3.46%) Adabas
4 8 (3.08%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (3.08%) SQL Server
5 5 (1.92%) RDBMS
5 5 (1.92%) Easytrieve
6 4 (1.54%) Pentaho
7 3 (1.15%) NonStop SQL
7 3 (1.15%) UniData
7 3 (1.15%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.38%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.38%) Oracle8/8i Database
8 1 (0.38%) Oracle9i Database
8 1 (0.38%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.38%) Ingres
8 1 (0.38%) MySQL
8 1 (0.38%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 19 (7.31%) Visual Studio
2 9 (3.46%) CA Gen
3 7 (2.69%) Eclipse
4 3 (1.15%) TestDirector
5 2 (0.77%) XPEDITER
5 2 (0.77%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (0.38%) JIRA
6 1 (0.38%) StarTeam
6 1 (0.38%) ChangeMan
6 1 (0.38%) Toad
6 1 (0.38%) Zephyr
General
1 63 (24.23%) Finance
2 33 (12.69%) Banking
3 14 (5.38%) Retail
4 9 (3.46%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.92%) Telecoms
6 3 (1.15%) Spanish Language
6 3 (1.15%) Retail Banking
6 3 (1.15%) Back Office
7 2 (0.77%) Billing
7 2 (0.77%) Law
8 1 (0.38%) Dutch Language
8 1 (0.38%) French Language
8 1 (0.38%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.38%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 88 (33.85%) Developer
2 62 (23.85%) Analyst
3 42 (16.15%) COBOL Developer
4 32 (12.31%) Programmer
5 24 (9.23%) Mainframe Developer
6 21 (8.08%) Technical Leader
7 19 (7.31%) Consultant
7 19 (7.31%) COBOL Analyst
8 18 (6.92%) Architect
9 15 (5.77%) DBA
10 12 (4.62%) CICS Programmer
11 11 (4.23%) Technical Architect
12 10 (3.85%) Project Manager
12 10 (3.85%) CICS Systems Programmer
12 10 (3.85%) Systems Programmer
13 8 (3.08%) Applications Developer
13 8 (3.08%) Analyst Programmer
13 8 (3.08%) DB2 DBA
14 7 (2.69%) COBOL Programmer
14 7 (2.69%) Developer Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (7.69%) Web Services
2 19 (7.31%) ISPF
3 11 (4.23%) Middleware
4 7 (2.69%) XML
4 7 (2.69%) .NET
4 7 (2.69%) J2EE
5 5 (1.92%) HTML
5 5 (1.92%) SOAP
5 5 (1.92%) APPC
6 4 (1.54%) JPA
7 3 (1.15%) Java SE
7 3 (1.15%) Java EE
7 3 (1.15%) Java EE 5
8 2 (0.77%) EJB
8 2 (0.77%) Struts
8 2 (0.77%) Spring
8 2 (0.77%) WCF
9 1 (0.38%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.38%) jQuery
9 1 (0.38%) MSMQ
Miscellaneous
1 120 (46.15%) Mainframe
2 29 (11.15%) VSAM
3 21 (8.08%) IBM Mainframe
4 20 (7.69%) AS400
5 16 (6.15%) iSeries
6 11 (4.23%) Analytical Skills
7 9 (3.46%) Computer Science
8 3 (1.15%) Tandem
8 3 (1.15%) Mobile App
9 2 (0.77%) Mobile Banking
9 2 (0.77%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.38%) CMDB
10 1 (0.38%) Economics
10 1 (0.38%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.38%) Clustering
10 1 (0.38%) N-Tier
10 1 (0.38%) HACMP
10 1 (0.38%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.38%) New Media
10 1 (0.38%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 44 (16.92%) VME
2 39 (15.00%) UNIX
3 22 (8.46%) Linux
4 16 (6.15%) zOS
5 11 (4.23%) AIX
6 10 (3.85%) Solaris
7 8 (3.08%) Windows
8 7 (2.69%) OS/400
9 5 (1.92%) i5/OS
9 5 (1.92%) Windows XP
9 5 (1.92%) Windows 7
10 1 (0.38%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (9.23%) Migration
2 19 (7.31%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (6.54%) Project Management
4 13 (5.00%) Change Management
4 13 (5.00%) Logistics
5 12 (4.62%) Integration Testing
6 9 (3.46%) System Testing
7 7 (2.69%) E-Commerce
7 7 (2.69%) Test Scripting
7 7 (2.69%) Performance Tuning
8 6 (2.31%) ERP
9 5 (1.92%) Systems Analysis
9 5 (1.92%) Scrum
9 5 (1.92%) Mentoring
10 4 (1.54%) ITIL
10 4 (1.54%) UML
10 4 (1.54%) OO
10 4 (1.54%) Programme Management
10 4 (1.54%) Stakeholder Management
10 4 (1.54%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 66 (25.38%) JCL
2 58 (22.31%) SQL
3 34 (13.08%) Assembly Language
4 33 (12.69%) Java
5 27 (10.38%) REXX
6 13 (5.00%) RPG
6 13 (5.00%) SELCOPY
7 10 (3.85%) C
8 9 (3.46%) NATURAL
9 7 (2.69%) PL/1
10 5 (1.92%) C#
11 4 (1.54%) PL/SQL
12 3 (1.15%) VB
12 3 (1.15%) Shell Script
13 2 (0.77%) Caml Language
13 2 (0.77%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.77%) VB6
14 1 (0.38%) T-SQL
14 1 (0.38%) C++
14 1 (0.38%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 20 (7.69%) Security Cleared
2 15 (5.77%) Degree
3 5 (1.92%) IBM Certification
3 5 (1.92%) SC Cleared
4 3 (1.15%) OCAJ
4 3 (1.15%) OCP
4 3 (1.15%) OCA
4 3 (1.15%) Oracle Certification
5 2 (0.77%) BC Cleared
6 1 (0.38%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (3.85%) QA
2 2 (0.77%) SLA
3 1 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 5 (1.92%) PowerHA
2 2 (0.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle RAC
3 1 (0.38%) RACF
Systems Management
1 7 (2.69%) CA Endevor
2 5 (1.92%) Tivoli NetView
3 2 (0.77%) HP SIM
3 2 (0.77%) OMEGAMON
4 1 (0.38%) Oracle RMAN
4 1 (0.38%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 1 (0.38%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.38%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 58 (22.31%) IBM
2 43 (16.54%) Micro Focus
3 20 (7.69%) Microsoft
4 15 (5.77%) Oracle
5 10 (3.85%) HP
6 9 (3.46%) CA
7 6 (2.31%) BMC
8 5 (1.92%) NetIQ
9 4 (1.54%) EnterpriseDB
10 3 (1.15%) ICL
10 3 (1.15%) Ab Initio
11 2 (0.77%) Business Objects
11 2 (0.77%) VMware
11 2 (0.77%) Actimize
12 1 (0.38%) Fujitsu
12 1 (0.38%) Northgate
12 1 (0.38%) Sun
12 1 (0.38%) Borland
12 1 (0.38%) JDA
12 1 (0.38%) TIBCO
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