The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for COBOL skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 26 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

COBOL
UK / England
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 555 479 469
Rank change year-on-year -76 -10  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 34 144 167
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.079% 0.30% 0.33%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.19% 0.76% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 77 106
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £240 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £525 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £381 £370
% change year-on-year -1.63% +3.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 1
Median hourly rate £31.50 £25.00 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.00% -44.44%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £25.00 -
% change year-on-year +28.00% -  

COBOL is in the programming language skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 18075 19063 19563
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 41.87% 39.11% 38.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 12426 13289 13299
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 364 412 396
Median hourly rate £41.50 £37.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.66% +1.35%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.98 £15.85 £19.24
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.05 £51.30 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year +13.33% +1.35%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing COBOL as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Programming Languages category.

Job vacancy trend for COBOL in England

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing COBOL in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in England

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing COBOL in England over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for COBOL in England

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in England

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the England region over the 3 months to 26 June 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
London -24 15 £450 +16.12%
South East +27 7 £372 +14.46%
North West -36 7 £400 -4.76% 1
Yorkshire +26 2 - - 1
East of England -13 2 £325 +27.45% 3
West Midlands +17 1 - -
COBOL
UK

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 across the England region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 47 (54.65%) Mainframe
2 42 (48.84%) DB2
3 26 (30.23%) CICS
4 25 (29.07%) SQL
5 20 (23.26%) Java
5 20 (23.26%) JCL
6 19 (22.09%) Finance
6 19 (22.09%) Oracle
7 17 (19.77%) IBM
8 16 (18.60%) IBM Mainframe
9 14 (16.28%) Agile Software Development
9 14 (16.28%) ITIL
9 14 (16.28%) Analytical Skills
10 13 (15.12%) Banking
11 12 (13.95%) .NET
12 11 (12.79%) Linux
12 11 (12.79%) ITSM
13 10 (11.63%) Web Services
13 10 (11.63%) C#
13 10 (11.63%) Microsoft
14 9 (10.47%) HP
14 9 (10.47%) Service Management
14 9 (10.47%) Micro Focus
15 8 (9.30%) Migration
15 8 (9.30%) XML
15 8 (9.30%) Unix
15 8 (9.30%) VSAM
15 8 (9.30%) Data Management
15 8 (9.30%) Unit Testing
16 7 (8.14%) Informatica

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 26 (30.23%) CICS
2 6 (6.98%) Tuxedo
2 6 (6.98%) WebLogic
3 1 (1.16%) Apache
3 1 (1.16%) Apache Pig
3 1 (1.16%) Apache Solr
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 7 (8.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (4.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (3.49%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (1.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.16%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (1.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.49%) Network Security
2 2 (2.33%) SMS
3 1 (1.16%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (48.84%) DB2
2 5 (5.81%) Big Data
2 5 (5.81%) Hadoop
3 4 (4.65%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (4.65%) Relational Database
4 3 (3.49%) BusinessObjects
4 3 (3.49%) Oracle Database
4 3 (3.49%) Oracle Reports
4 3 (3.49%) Pentaho
5 2 (2.33%) DataStage
5 2 (2.33%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.16%) Adabas
6 1 (1.16%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (1.16%) Apache Hive
6 1 (1.16%) HBase
6 1 (1.16%) MS Access
6 1 (1.16%) OLAP
6 1 (1.16%) OLTP
6 1 (1.16%) SQL Server
6 1 (1.16%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 3 (3.49%) HP UFT
1 3 (3.49%) Toad
2 2 (2.33%) ChangeMan
2 2 (2.33%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.16%) Dreamweaver
3 1 (1.16%) Eclipse
3 1 (1.16%) ERwin
3 1 (1.16%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.16%) JIRA
3 1 (1.16%) MagicDraw
3 1 (1.16%) PowerBuilder
3 1 (1.16%) Selenium
3 1 (1.16%) Synon
3 1 (1.16%) TeamCity
General
1 19 (22.09%) Finance
2 13 (15.12%) Banking
3 4 (4.65%) Telecoms
4 3 (3.49%) Billing
4 3 (3.49%) Manufacturing
4 3 (3.49%) Retail
5 1 (1.16%) Danish Language
5 1 (1.16%) Electronics
5 1 (1.16%) Marketing
5 1 (1.16%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.16%) Swedish Language
5 1 (1.16%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 37 (43.02%) Developer
2 25 (29.07%) COBOL Developer
3 19 (22.09%) Analyst
4 8 (9.30%) Test Analyst
5 7 (8.14%) Mainframe Analyst
5 7 (8.14%) Programmer
6 5 (5.81%) Architect
6 5 (5.81%) COBOL Analyst
6 5 (5.81%) Consultant
6 5 (5.81%) Mainframe Developer
6 5 (5.81%) Mainframe Test Analyst
6 5 (5.81%) Operations Engineer
6 5 (5.81%) Senior Operations Engineer
7 4 (4.65%) Analyst Programmer
7 4 (4.65%) Technical Analyst
8 3 (3.49%) Applications Developer
8 3 (3.49%) Business Analyst
8 3 (3.49%) Solutions Architect
8 3 (3.49%) Tester
9 2 (2.33%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (13.95%) .NET
2 10 (11.63%) Web Services
3 8 (9.30%) XML
4 5 (5.81%) ASP.NET
5 4 (4.65%) .NET Framework
6 3 (3.49%) ISPF
6 3 (3.49%) J2EE
7 2 (2.33%) Java EE
7 2 (2.33%) RESTful
8 1 (1.16%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (1.16%) CSS3
8 1 (1.16%) EJB
8 1 (1.16%) HTML
8 1 (1.16%) HTML5
8 1 (1.16%) jQuery
8 1 (1.16%) JSON
8 1 (1.16%) Lucene
8 1 (1.16%) REST
8 1 (1.16%) Spring
8 1 (1.16%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 47 (54.65%) Mainframe
2 16 (18.60%) IBM Mainframe
3 14 (16.28%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (9.30%) VSAM
5 4 (4.65%) Reference Data
6 3 (3.49%) Computer Science
7 2 (2.33%) Blackberry
7 2 (2.33%) Client/Server
7 2 (2.33%) Management Information System
8 1 (1.16%) Data Centre
8 1 (1.16%) Data Structures
8 1 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (1.16%) iSeries
8 1 (1.16%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (1.16%) Taxonomies
8 1 (1.16%) User Experience
8 1 (1.16%) VAX
Operating Systems
1 11 (12.79%) Linux
2 8 (9.30%) Unix
3 6 (6.98%) VME
3 6 (6.98%) Windows
4 3 (3.49%) Android
4 3 (3.49%) Apple iOS
4 3 (3.49%) OS/390
5 2 (2.33%) Mac OS X
6 1 (1.16%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (16.28%) Agile Software Development
1 14 (16.28%) ITIL
2 11 (12.79%) ITSM
3 9 (10.47%) Service Management
4 8 (9.30%) Data Management
4 8 (9.30%) Migration
4 8 (9.30%) Unit Testing
5 6 (6.98%) Change Management
5 6 (6.98%) DevOps
5 6 (6.98%) ETL
6 5 (5.81%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (5.81%) Test Automation
7 4 (4.65%) Integration Testing
7 4 (4.65%) Mentoring
7 4 (4.65%) Problem Management
7 4 (4.65%) SOA
8 3 (3.49%) Defect Management
8 3 (3.49%) Functional Testing
8 3 (3.49%) PRINCE2
8 3 (3.49%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 25 (29.07%) SQL
2 20 (23.26%) Java
2 20 (23.26%) JCL
3 10 (11.63%) C#
4 5 (5.81%) Assembly Language
5 4 (4.65%) R
6 3 (3.49%) JavaScript
6 3 (3.49%) Python
6 3 (3.49%) REXX
6 3 (3.49%) VB
7 2 (2.33%) C
7 2 (2.33%) C++
7 2 (2.33%) Perl
7 2 (2.33%) PHP
7 2 (2.33%) Ruby
8 1 (1.16%) LINC
8 1 (1.16%) RPG
8 1 (1.16%) Scala
8 1 (1.16%) SPARQL
8 1 (1.16%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 4 (4.65%) Degree
2 2 (2.33%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.16%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (1.16%) CTC Cleared
3 1 (1.16%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.16%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.65%) QA
2 1 (1.16%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.16%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 4 (4.65%) Time Sharing Option
2 1 (1.16%) Apache Flume
2 1 (1.16%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 1 (1.16%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 2 (2.33%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.16%) CA Endevor
2 1 (1.16%) Control-M
2 1 (1.16%) Hadoop YARN
2 1 (1.16%) Oozie
2 1 (1.16%) Puppet
Vendors
1 19 (22.09%) Oracle
2 17 (19.77%) IBM
3 10 (11.63%) Microsoft
4 9 (10.47%) HP
4 9 (10.47%) Micro Focus
5 7 (8.14%) Informatica
6 4 (4.65%) SAP
6 4 (4.65%) ServiceNow
7 3 (3.49%) Ab Initio
7 3 (3.49%) hybris
7 3 (3.49%) Teradata
7 3 (3.49%) Unisys
8 2 (2.33%) Fujitsu
8 2 (2.33%) ICL
8 2 (2.33%) Synopsys
8 2 (2.33%) TIBCO
9 1 (1.16%) Cloudera
9 1 (1.16%) JD Edwards
9 1 (1.16%) Remedy
9 1 (1.16%) SaltStack
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