The first table below looks at the demand for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the Edinburgh region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Programming Languages category for the Edinburgh region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 81 57 66
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +9
Contract jobs citing COBOL 5 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 0.38% 0.13% 0.25%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.15% 0.46% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 1
Average daily rate - - £320
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-20.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £27.73 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.56%
Programming Languages Category
Edinburgh
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
435 218 249
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 32.66% 28.84% 20.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 233 102 108
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £205 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £464 £450 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 6 14
Average hourly rate £25.00 £14.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+78.57% -49.09%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +2.94%
COBOL
Scotland

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in Edinburgh

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing COBOL across the Edinburgh region as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in Edinburgh

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in Edinburgh

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing COBOL across the Edinburgh region.

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in Edinburgh

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in Edinburgh

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

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in Edinburgh

COBOL
Top 17 Related IT Skills in Edinburgh

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Edinburgh region 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 8 (100.00%) DB2
1 8 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 7 (87.50%) CICS
2 7 (87.50%) Banking
3 5 (62.50%) Finance
4 4 (50.00%) JCL
5 3 (37.50%) MQSeries
6 1 (12.50%) Change Management
6 1 (12.50%) IBM
6 1 (12.50%) Web Services
6 1 (12.50%) XML
6 1 (12.50%) CA
6 1 (12.50%) zOS
6 1 (12.50%) Migration
6 1 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (12.50%) Retail
6 1 (12.50%) Retail Banking

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Edinburgh by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Edinburgh region 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 7 (87.50%) CICS
2 3 (37.50%) MQSeries
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (100.00%) DB2
General
1 7 (87.50%) Banking
2 5 (62.50%) Finance
3 1 (12.50%) Retail
3 1 (12.50%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 3 (37.50%) Technical Specialist
2 2 (25.00%) Architect
2 2 (25.00%) Project Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Solutions Architect
3 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support
3 1 (12.50%) IT Project Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Mainframe Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) Web Services
1 1 (12.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (100.00%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 1 (12.50%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (12.50%) Change Management
1 1 (12.50%) Migration
1 1 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (50.00%) JCL
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) IBM
1 1 (12.50%) CA