The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT jobs advertised for the Essex region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 25 November 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
25 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 98 86 80
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -6
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 4 11 1
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Essex 0.29% 0.98% 0.12%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.72% 1.98% 0.20%
Number of salaries quoted 4 0 0
Average salary £50,000 - -
UK excluding London average salary £44,000 £40,250 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+9.31% +0.62%
COBOL
East of England

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

Programming Languages Category
Essex
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
555 556 508
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Essex 40.63% 49.42% 60.48%
Number of salaries quoted 429 452 452
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £27,700 £28,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £52,500 £51,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in Essex

COBOL
Salary Trend in Essex

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

COBOL Salary Trend in Essex

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 25 November 2014, IT jobs across the Essex 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 13 (86.67%) DB2
1 13 (86.67%) JCL
2 9 (60.00%) CICS
2 9 (60.00%) CMS
2 9 (60.00%) VisionPLUS
2 9 (60.00%) VSAM
2 9 (60.00%) Degree
3 8 (53.33%) Mathematics
4 5 (33.33%) SQL
5 4 (26.67%) Assembly Language
5 4 (26.67%) Mainframe
5 4 (26.67%) IBM
5 4 (26.67%) Information Management
5 4 (26.67%) REXX
5 4 (26.67%) Manufacturing
5 4 (26.67%) SELCOPY
6 2 (13.33%) Finance
7 1 (6.67%) Banking
7 1 (6.67%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (6.67%) C
7 1 (6.67%) Java
7 1 (6.67%) Cognizant
7 1 (6.67%) .NET
7 1 (6.67%) Oracle
7 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
7 1 (6.67%) Windows
7 1 (6.67%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (6.67%) MS Excel
7 1 (6.67%) E-Commerce
7 1 (6.67%) RDBMS

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 25 November 2014, IT jobs across the Essex 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 9 (60.00%) CICS
1 9 (60.00%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (6.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 9 (60.00%) VisionPLUS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (86.67%) DB2
2 1 (6.67%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (6.67%) RDBMS
2 1 (6.67%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (6.67%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (6.67%) Oracle Database
2 1 (6.67%) Relational Database
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
General
1 4 (26.67%) Manufacturing
2 2 (13.33%) Finance
3 1 (6.67%) Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (60.00%) Consultant
1 9 (60.00%) VisionPLUS Consultant
2 4 (26.67%) DBA
2 4 (26.67%) Administrator
3 1 (6.67%) Support Manager
3 1 (6.67%) Applications Support Manager
3 1 (6.67%) Applications Manager
3 1 (6.67%) Performance Manager
3 1 (6.67%) Programmer
3 1 (6.67%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 9 (60.00%) VSAM
2 8 (53.33%) Mathematics
3 4 (26.67%) Mainframe
4 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
4 1 (6.67%) iSeries
4 1 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.67%) Windows
1 1 (6.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (26.67%) Information Management
2 1 (6.67%) Incident Management
2 1 (6.67%) Unit Testing
2 1 (6.67%) Test Scripting
2 1 (6.67%) Change Control
2 1 (6.67%) Capacity Management
2 1 (6.67%) Performance Monitoring
2 1 (6.67%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 13 (86.67%) JCL
2 5 (33.33%) SQL
3 4 (26.67%) Assembly Language
3 4 (26.67%) REXX
3 4 (26.67%) SELCOPY
4 1 (6.67%) C
4 1 (6.67%) Java
Qualifications
1 9 (60.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) SLA
Vendors
1 4 (26.67%) IBM
2 1 (6.67%) Cognizant
2 1 (6.67%) Oracle