The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT jobs advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 31 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 130 129 109
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -20
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 7 2 3
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.30% 0.094% 0.18%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.73% 0.21% 0.43%
Number of salaries quoted 7 0 3
Average salary £45,000 - £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £37,625 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+19.60% -5.93%
COBOL
West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in permanent jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

Programming Languages Category
Birmingham
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
960 945 693
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Birmingham 41.13% 44.47% 41.72%
Number of salaries quoted 856 873 575
Average salary £38,500 £40,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-3.75% +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £52,500 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £39,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

COBOL
Salary Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing COBOL across the Birmingham region.

COBOL Salary Trend in Birmingham

COBOL
Salary Histogram in Birmingham

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing COBOL across the Birmingham region over the 3 months to 31 October 2014.

COBOL Salary Histogram in Birmingham

COBOL
Top 21 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, IT jobs across the Birmingham 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 IT job ads sampled that cited COBOL.

1 8 (66.67%) DB2
1 8 (66.67%) Mainframe
1 8 (66.67%) Finance
2 4 (33.33%) C++
2 4 (33.33%) SQL
2 4 (33.33%) Retail
2 4 (33.33%) Logistics
2 4 (33.33%) CA Endevor
2 4 (33.33%) IBM Mainframe
2 4 (33.33%) Windows 7
2 4 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (33.33%) Financial Institution
2 4 (33.33%) Back Office
2 4 (33.33%) UNIX
2 4 (33.33%) Windows
2 4 (33.33%) Windows XP
2 4 (33.33%) FTP
2 4 (33.33%) IBM
2 4 (33.33%) CICS
2 4 (33.33%) Borland
2 4 (33.33%) JCL

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 2014, IT jobs across the Birmingham 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 IT job ads sampled that cited COBOL. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (33.33%) CICS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (33.33%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (66.67%) DB2
General
1 8 (66.67%) Finance
2 4 (33.33%) Retail
2 4 (33.33%) Financial Institution
2 4 (33.33%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 8 (66.67%) Analyst
1 8 (66.67%) Programmer
2 4 (33.33%) Technical Consultant
2 4 (33.33%) Consultant
2 4 (33.33%) Analyst Programmer
2 4 (33.33%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
2 4 (33.33%) COBOL Programmer
2 4 (33.33%) COBOL Analyst
3 3 (25.00%) C++ Programmer
Miscellaneous
1 8 (66.67%) Mainframe
2 4 (33.33%) IBM Mainframe
2 4 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 4 (33.33%) UNIX
1 4 (33.33%) Windows
1 4 (33.33%) Windows XP
1 4 (33.33%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (33.33%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 4 (33.33%) C++
1 4 (33.33%) SQL
1 4 (33.33%) JCL
Systems Management
1 4 (33.33%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 4 (33.33%) IBM
1 4 (33.33%) Borland