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The Common Business Oriented Language (COBOL) is a compiled, English-like programming language popular in corporate settings. COBOL reads information from a file or database and produces new information. It is a programming language that reads data, processes it, and then displays the results. The main duty of a COBOL programmer is creating and maintaining COBOL-based computer programs. Business data processing is a common area of activity for them. They are in charge of running logistical systems, scheduling them, and maintaining ticketing systems. COBOL developers are always fixing bugs in preexisting enterprise software. They also develop fresh add-ons that extend the capabilities of existing programs.  A COBOL programmer is an all-in-one package of software developers, coders, functional testers, and debugging experts. Freelance COBOL developers create new software by designing, coding, and configuring it to run on a specific OS, testing it, and making necessary changes. They use this programming language for various services, including payroll, government pension fund management, banking, hotel reservation, and airline ticketing. Perfectlancer is a platform where you can find highly skilled professionals in Cobol programming, engineering, software development, programming, and coding. Freelance Cobol programmers from Perfectlancer are the first choice for many of the world's leading corporations and fastest-growing startups.  

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Who is a COBOL programmer?

A COBOL programmer is a technical expert specializing in developing applications in COmmon, Business-Oriented Language (COBOL), as well as in using related tools like ENDEVOR and Xpeditor for code testing and maintenance. In addition to developing and compiling native COBOL code, as.exe or.dll, developers may deploy and debug their programs under COBOL Server, a companion to Visual COBOL. 

How to hire a perfect programmer for COBOL?

These three approaches can help you find qualified programmers on Perfectlancer:

Develop a summary of the project and submit it.

First, you need to define what a COBOL programmer will be responsible for and what qualities and experiences you want from them.

Publish it on Perfectlancer as a job.

The next step is to publish the project description on Perfectlancer. Inputting the data you gathered for the project's scope is as easy as following the on-screen instructions.

Find and meet with potential programmers.

Once proposals begin to roll in, it's time to start narrowing down your list of potential interviewees.

How to write a COBOL programmer job post?

Include details about the project's scope, budget, and any specific skills required in the job posting. Although a complete job description is optional, like it would be when hiring an employee, you should still provide enough information for a freelancer to determine if they are qualified to take on the work.

Job post title

Make a short, descriptive title that summarizes your needs. The idea is to focus on the terms that your ideal candidate would enter into a job search engine to come across your offering.

Project description

Create a comprehensive list of all the required deliveries, from code to the prototype.

Timeframe for the task

The project size should be indicated in the job posting.

History

Mention preferred industry knowledge, software skills, or product familiarity here.

Budget

Develop a spending plan and note whether you prefer hourly or fixed rates.

Benefits of hiring COBOL programmers

Sometimes, programmers will teach new staff on UNIX. In addition, they oversee the work of younger application developers and give them constructive criticism on enhancing their performance. COBOL programmers will adopt new tools and techniques to stay current and efficient. For this reason, using the most up-to-date programming languages and development environments is essential as they become available. COBOL developers are known for their ability to maintain attention for long periods as they solve issues and produce readable code. In addition, they will thoroughly examine their code for mistakes since even one typo might have far-reaching consequences. As a result, being able to focus and pay close attention is crucial for a programmer. Freelance COBOL programmers can accomplish the following for you: 

  • Control and modernize aging enterprise software.
  • Make necessary improvements and enhancements to your enterprise software.
  • Give prompt support that may help prevent costly downtime for mission-critical company software.

Required skills set

In the first place, every COBOL developer or programmer should know the fundamentals of COBOL programming and be able to work with a COBOL mainframe.  A COBOL developer should also have the following additional skills: 

  • Excellent coding for the mainframe
  • Knowledge of a software developer about software development life cycle and and a project manager
  • Skill with state-of-the-art bug-checking software
  • Databases: MS SQL Server, Access, and DB2
  • Platforms/Systems: Windows, Linux, UNIX, IBM Mainframe
  • Languages: CICS, Visual Basic, COBOL, TSO, JSL, and QMF
  • Tools: ENDEAVOR, XPEDITER, Test Director, and JES2
  • Ability to analyze and comprehend information to write computer code
  • Concentration on the finer points is a must for computer programmers; even the slightest error can have far-reaching consequences.
  • Ability to manage relationships constructively and effectively both in a group and on their own

Rules and Duties

The most typical responsibilities of a freelance COBOL programmer are:

  • Keeping and enhancing the COBOL language
  • Creating, designing, programming, and testing new versions of business software
  • Inspect COBOL code for bugs and correct the offending lines of code.
  • Coordinates technical analysis, design, coding, and testing.
  • Improved, revised, and introduced record-keeping systems and software
  • Editing SQL queries in DB2
  • Establishing Coding Principles for Reliable Programs

How much does it cost to hire freelance COBOL developers?

Programmers with less experience may expect $49,000 per year, while those with more expertise can ask for an average of $98,000. As a result, the mean fee is now $70,000. However, freelance Cobol programmers in Perfectlancer charge anywhere from $61 to $96 per hour. As you can see, this price is much lower than hiring a full-time programmer. So by hiring a freelancer, you will save more money than on other projects. 

Why should you choose Perfectlancer?

Each member of our freelancers is an expert in their field who can learn quickly, integrate into your team seamlessly, and help you cut down on costly training time. Our team of developers creates, tests, and deploys COBOL-based business applications across various platforms, including but not limited to Z/OS, IBMi, OpenVMS, Windows, and more. We provide services such as engineering mission-critical applications and systems, updated interfaces, software security, and guaranteed availability. Also, our team takes care of all financial and contractual details. While you concentrate on making exceptional items, we will handle the administrative work. Freelance COBOL programmers on Perfectlancer can think on their feet and develop novel solutions to problems. 

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