The first table below looks at the demand for COBOL skills in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 18 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 Scotland 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 117 115 107
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -8
Contract jobs citing COBOL 9 5 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.34% 0.21% 0.29%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.90% 0.52% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 2
Average daily rate £375 - £323
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
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
995 970 743
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 37.55% 41.40% 26.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 562 510 375
Average daily rate £363 £350 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% +8.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £333 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.30% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 24 28
Average hourly rate £25.00 £40.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.50% +45.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.85 £12.42 £20.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.90 £44.00 £32.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +2.94%
COBOL
UK

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

COBOL
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

COBOL Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

COBOL
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

COBOL Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh -22 5 - -
Glasgow - 3 £375 -
West Lothian - - - - 1
COBOL
UK

COBOL
Top 25 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 13 (72.22%) Mainframe
2 9 (50.00%) Finance
2 9 (50.00%) JCL
3 8 (44.44%) CICS
3 8 (44.44%) DB2
4 7 (38.89%) Banking
5 4 (22.22%) AS400
5 4 (22.22%) MQSeries
5 4 (22.22%) IBM
5 4 (22.22%) Papyrus
6 3 (16.67%) RPG
7 2 (11.11%) SQL
7 2 (11.11%) Back Office
7 2 (11.11%) IBM Mainframe
7 2 (11.11%) RPG IV
8 1 (5.56%) Migration
8 1 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
8 1 (5.56%) Retail
8 1 (5.56%) Business Analysis
8 1 (5.56%) Retail Banking
8 1 (5.56%) Change Management
8 1 (5.56%) Financial Institution
8 1 (5.56%) CA
8 1 (5.56%) zOS
8 1 (5.56%) Middleware

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 8 (44.44%) CICS
2 4 (22.22%) MQSeries
2 4 (22.22%) Papyrus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (44.44%) DB2
General
1 9 (50.00%) Finance
2 7 (38.89%) Banking
3 2 (11.11%) Back Office
4 1 (5.56%) Retail
4 1 (5.56%) Retail Banking
4 1 (5.56%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 8 (44.44%) Developer
2 3 (16.67%) Technical Specialist
3 2 (11.11%) Programmer
3 2 (11.11%) Architect
4 1 (5.56%) COBOL Programmer
4 1 (5.56%) Project Manager
4 1 (5.56%) IT Project Manager
4 1 (5.56%) RPG Developer
4 1 (5.56%) Mainframe Developer
4 1 (5.56%) AS400 Developer
4 1 (5.56%) COBOL Developer
4 1 (5.56%) Mainframe Programmer
4 1 (5.56%) Mainframe Architect
4 1 (5.56%) AS400 Analyst Programmer
4 1 (5.56%) 3rd Line Support
4 1 (5.56%) Analyst
4 1 (5.56%) Solutions Architect
4 1 (5.56%) Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.56%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 13 (72.22%) Mainframe
2 4 (22.22%) AS400
3 2 (11.11%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.56%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (5.56%) Migration
1 1 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
1 1 (5.56%) Business Analysis
1 1 (5.56%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (50.00%) JCL
2 3 (16.67%) RPG
3 2 (11.11%) SQL
3 2 (11.11%) RPG IV
Vendors
1 4 (22.22%) IBM
2 1 (5.56%) CA