The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland 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
UK / Scotland
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 108 128 116
Rank change year-on-year +20 -12  
Contract jobs citing COBOL 1 3 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.056% 0.11% 0.41%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.13% 0.36% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 5
Median daily rate £375 £335 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.94% -33.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £351 £338 £350
% change year-on-year +3.85% -3.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 Scotland with a requirement for programming language skills.

Contract Programming Language Skills
Scotland
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for programming language skills 789 831 944
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 44.30% 31.80% 32.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 495 485 549
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +3.33% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 13 12
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +10.29%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.89 £12.90 £18.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.20 £47.50
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 Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland 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 Scotland

COBOL
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for COBOL in Scotland

COBOL
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for COBOL in Scotland

COBOL
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the Scotland 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
West Lothian - 1 £375 -
COBOL
UK

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 Scotland region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 3 (75.00%) Oracle
1 3 (75.00%) Unix
1 3 (75.00%) CICS
1 3 (75.00%) Mainframe
2 2 (50.00%) RDBMS
2 2 (50.00%) MVS
2 2 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (50.00%) XML
2 2 (50.00%) Java
2 2 (50.00%) PL/SQL
2 2 (50.00%) SQL
2 2 (50.00%) Finance
2 2 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (50.00%) Relational Database
2 2 (50.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 1 (25.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (25.00%) SDLC
3 1 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 1 (25.00%) Software Engineering
3 1 (25.00%) Migration
3 1 (25.00%) Assembly Language
3 1 (25.00%) Windows

COBOL
Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland 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 (75.00%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (50.00%) RDBMS
1 2 (50.00%) Relational Database
1 2 (50.00%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (50.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) COBOL Developer
1 2 (50.00%) Developer
2 1 (25.00%) Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Analyst Programmer
2 1 (25.00%) COBOL Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
2 1 (25.00%) COBOL Programmer
2 1 (25.00%) Java Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Java Software Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Mainframe Developer
2 1 (25.00%) Programmer
2 1 (25.00%) Senior Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Senior Analyst Programmer
2 1 (25.00%) Senior COBOL Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Senior COBOL Analyst Programmer
2 1 (25.00%) Senior COBOL Programmer
2 1 (25.00%) Senior Programme Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Senior Programmer
2 1 (25.00%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (50.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (75.00%) Mainframe
2 1 (25.00%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 3 (75.00%) Unix
2 2 (50.00%) MVS
3 1 (25.00%) Windows
3 1 (25.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (50.00%) Continuous Improvement
2 1 (25.00%) Migration
2 1 (25.00%) SDLC
2 1 (25.00%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 2 (50.00%) Java
1 2 (50.00%) PL/SQL
1 2 (50.00%) SQL
2 1 (25.00%) Assembly Language
Vendors
1 3 (75.00%) Oracle