The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London 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 30 March 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
England / London
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 390 405 389
Rank change year-on-year +15 -16  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 10 29 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.051% 0.13% 0.14%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.11% 0.30% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 18 16
Median daily rate £450 £313 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +44.00% -10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £234 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £508 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £351 £338 £350
% change year-on-year +3.85% -3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 - £39.50

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 London with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 9071 9603 8953
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 46.03% 42.56% 41.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 6747 7235 6478
Median daily rate £488 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 51 45
Median hourly rate £44.25 £32.50 £27.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.15% +18.74%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.65 £17.50 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.25 £54.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.50 £40.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year +3.75% +11.11%  

COBOL
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London 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 London

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in London

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing COBOL in London over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for COBOL in London

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in London

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the London region over the 3 months to 30 March 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
City of London - 1 £288 -
COBOL
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 London region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 13 (40.63%) Finance
2 11 (34.38%) Java
3 10 (31.25%) Mainframe
4 9 (28.13%) Unix
5 8 (25.00%) JCL
6 7 (21.88%) ITIL
6 7 (21.88%) IBM
7 6 (18.75%) DB2
7 6 (18.75%) C
8 5 (15.63%) Banking
8 5 (15.63%) Software Engineering
8 5 (15.63%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (15.63%) C++
8 5 (15.63%) HTML
8 5 (15.63%) VB
8 5 (15.63%) .NET
8 5 (15.63%) Client/Server
8 5 (15.63%) VC++
8 5 (15.63%) MVS
8 5 (15.63%) Internet
8 5 (15.63%) Migration
9 4 (12.50%) SQL
9 4 (12.50%) Service Design
9 4 (12.50%) ITIL V3
9 4 (12.50%) Computer Science
9 4 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
9 4 (12.50%) Capacity Management
10 3 (9.38%) Unit Testing
10 3 (9.38%) QA
10 3 (9.38%) Systems Analysis

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 3 (9.38%) CICS
2 1 (3.13%) MQSeries
2 1 (3.13%) Tuxedo
2 1 (3.13%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (6.25%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.13%) MS Office
2 1 (3.13%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (3.13%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 5 (15.63%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (18.75%) DB2
Development Applications
1 1 (3.13%) ERwin
1 1 (3.13%) PowerBuilder
1 1 (3.13%) Selenium
1 1 (3.13%) StarTeam
General
1 13 (40.63%) Finance
2 5 (15.63%) Banking
3 3 (9.38%) Telecoms
4 1 (3.13%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (28.13%) Analyst
1 9 (28.13%) Developer
2 6 (18.75%) COBOL Developer
3 5 (15.63%) Business Analyst
4 4 (12.50%) Architect
4 4 (12.50%) Solutions Architect
4 4 (12.50%) Unix Developer
5 3 (9.38%) Programmer
6 2 (6.25%) Configuration Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) Consultant
6 2 (6.25%) Test Analyst
7 1 (3.13%) Applications Specialist
7 1 (3.13%) DB2 DBA
7 1 (3.13%) DBA
7 1 (3.13%) DevOps Engineer
7 1 (3.13%) Java Programmer
7 1 (3.13%) Senior Programmer
7 1 (3.13%) Senior Solutions Architect
7 1 (3.13%) Senior Systems Programmer
7 1 (3.13%) Systems Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.63%) .NET
1 5 (15.63%) HTML
2 1 (3.13%) .NET Framework
2 1 (3.13%) REST
2 1 (3.13%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (31.25%) Mainframe
2 5 (15.63%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (15.63%) Client/Server
3 4 (12.50%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.13%) Data Centre
4 1 (3.13%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (3.13%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.13%) Replication
4 1 (3.13%) VAX
4 1 (3.13%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 9 (28.13%) Unix
2 5 (15.63%) MVS
3 3 (9.38%) AIX
3 3 (9.38%) Linux
3 3 (9.38%) Windows
3 3 (9.38%) zOS
4 2 (6.25%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (21.88%) ITIL
2 5 (15.63%) Migration
2 5 (15.63%) Software Engineering
3 4 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (12.50%) Capacity Management
3 4 (12.50%) ITIL V3
3 4 (12.50%) Service Design
4 3 (9.38%) Performance Tuning
4 3 (9.38%) Project Management
4 3 (9.38%) Service Delivery
4 3 (9.38%) Service Management
4 3 (9.38%) Systems Analysis
4 3 (9.38%) Unit Testing
5 2 (6.25%) DevOps
5 2 (6.25%) Functional Testing
6 1 (3.13%) Continuous Delivery
6 1 (3.13%) Non-Functional Testing
6 1 (3.13%) Performance Improvement
6 1 (3.13%) Re-Platforming
6 1 (3.13%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (34.38%) Java
2 8 (25.00%) JCL
3 6 (18.75%) C
4 5 (15.63%) C++
4 5 (15.63%) VB
4 5 (15.63%) VC++
5 4 (12.50%) SQL
6 3 (9.38%) C#
7 1 (3.13%) Assembly Language
7 1 (3.13%) LINC
7 1 (3.13%) R
7 1 (3.13%) REXX
Qualifications
1 1 (3.13%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (9.38%) QA
System Software
1 3 (9.38%) Job Entry Subsystem
1 3 (9.38%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
2 1 (3.13%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 3 (9.38%) Tivoli
2 1 (3.13%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.13%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 7 (21.88%) IBM
2 2 (6.25%) HP
2 2 (6.25%) Microsoft
2 2 (6.25%) Oracle
3 1 (3.13%) BMC
3 1 (3.13%) Compuware
3 1 (3.13%) ICL
3 1 (3.13%) Informatica
3 1 (3.13%) JD Edwards
3 1 (3.13%) Micro Focus
3 1 (3.13%) ServiceNow