The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT jobs advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 30 April 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 267 301 350
Rank change year-on-year
+34 +49
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 5 16 2
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the City of London 0.071% 0.15% 0.016%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.13% 0.30% 0.030%
Number of salaries quoted 3 16 1
Average salary £57,500 £52,500 £55,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+9.52% -4.54%
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £47,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
-4.25% +25.33%
COBOL
London

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

Programming Languages Category
City of London
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
3965 5269 6605
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the City of London 56.37% 50.21% 52.72%
Number of salaries quoted 3585 4632 5722
Average salary £57,500 £55,000 £53,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.54% +3.77%
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £80,000 £75,000 £77,500
UK excluding London average salary £41,500 £40,000 £39,500
% change year-on-year
+3.75% +1.26%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

COBOL
Salary Trend in the City of London

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

COBOL Salary Trend in the City of London

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT jobs across the City of London 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 27 (77.14%) DB2
1 27 (77.14%) SDLC
2 25 (71.43%) Banking
3 24 (68.57%) Finance
3 24 (68.57%) CICS
3 24 (68.57%) Mainframe
4 19 (54.29%) Change Management
5 18 (51.43%) IBM
6 17 (48.57%) JCL
6 17 (48.57%) IBM Mainframe
7 16 (45.71%) Analytical Skills
8 8 (22.86%) SQL
9 7 (20.00%) Java
9 7 (20.00%) SOA
10 6 (17.14%) C#
10 6 (17.14%) VB
10 6 (17.14%) .NET
10 6 (17.14%) Oracle
10 6 (17.14%) TOWER Software
10 6 (17.14%) VB6
10 6 (17.14%) Automated Testing
10 6 (17.14%) Risk Management
10 6 (17.14%) ISTQB
10 6 (17.14%) SEPA
10 6 (17.14%) Open Source
10 6 (17.14%) Functional Testing
10 6 (17.14%) User Acceptance Testing
11 5 (14.29%) MTS
12 3 (8.57%) SWIFT
12 3 (8.57%) Tandem

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, IT jobs across the City of London 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 24 (68.57%) CICS
2 5 (14.29%) MTS
Business Applications
1 2 (5.71%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (2.86%) FastStats
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.71%) PuTTY
1 2 (5.71%) SSH
1 2 (5.71%) Telnet
2 1 (2.86%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (77.14%) DB2
2 3 (8.57%) NonStop SQL
3 1 (2.86%) Big Data
3 1 (2.86%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (2.86%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.86%) IDMS
3 1 (2.86%) QlikView
General
1 25 (71.43%) Banking
2 24 (68.57%) Finance
3 1 (2.86%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 10 (28.57%) Designer
1 10 (28.57%) Solutions Designer
2 9 (25.71%) Subject Matter Expert
3 8 (22.86%) Architect
4 7 (20.00%) Solutions Architect
5 5 (14.29%) Lead Solutions Architect
6 4 (11.43%) Lead Architect
6 4 (11.43%) Lead Designer
6 4 (11.43%) Software Tester
6 4 (11.43%) Tester
6 4 (11.43%) UAT Tester
7 3 (8.57%) Mainframe Architect
7 3 (8.57%) Mainframe Expert
8 2 (5.71%) Analyst
8 2 (5.71%) Developer
8 2 (5.71%) Java Architect
8 2 (5.71%) Java Solutions Architect
8 2 (5.71%) SOA Architect
9 1 (2.86%) Technical Architect
9 1 (2.86%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (17.14%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 24 (68.57%) Mainframe
2 17 (48.57%) IBM Mainframe
3 16 (45.71%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (8.57%) SWIFT
4 3 (8.57%) Tandem
5 2 (5.71%) Management Information System
6 1 (2.86%) AS400
6 1 (2.86%) Life Science
6 1 (2.86%) Mathematics
6 1 (2.86%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.71%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (77.14%) SDLC
2 19 (54.29%) Change Management
3 7 (20.00%) SOA
4 6 (17.14%) Automated Testing
4 6 (17.14%) Functional Testing
4 6 (17.14%) Open Source
4 6 (17.14%) Risk Management
4 6 (17.14%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (5.71%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (5.71%) Data Architecture
5 2 (5.71%) Information Security
5 2 (5.71%) Investment Management
5 2 (5.71%) ITIL
5 2 (5.71%) People Management
5 2 (5.71%) Regression Testing
5 2 (5.71%) Release Management
5 2 (5.71%) Service Delivery
5 2 (5.71%) Service Management
5 2 (5.71%) Software Testing
5 2 (5.71%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (48.57%) JCL
2 8 (22.86%) SQL
3 7 (20.00%) Java
4 6 (17.14%) C#
4 6 (17.14%) VB
4 6 (17.14%) VB6
5 1 (2.86%) Assembly Language
5 1 (2.86%) CLIST
5 1 (2.86%) REXX
5 1 (2.86%) RPG
Qualifications
1 6 (17.14%) ISTQB
2 1 (2.86%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (17.14%) SEPA
2 2 (5.71%) QA
Vendors
1 18 (51.43%) IBM
2 6 (17.14%) Oracle
2 6 (17.14%) TOWER Software
3 3 (8.57%) HP
4 1 (2.86%) Cognos
4 1 (2.86%) JD Edwards