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 31 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 61 104 77
Rank change year-on-year
+43 -27
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 40 3 4
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Essex 3.16% 0.23% 0.43%
As % of the Programming Languages category 6.73% 0.46% 0.81%
Number of salaries quoted 21 2 4
Average salary £50,000 £50,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +25.00%
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £40,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%
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
594 646 494
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Essex 46.96% 50.08% 53.35%
Number of salaries quoted 457 534 426
Average salary £40,000 £42,500 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-5.88% +6.25%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £55,300 £50,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%

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
Salary Histogram in Essex

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing COBOL across the Essex region over the 3 months to 31 March 2015.

COBOL Salary Histogram in Essex

COBOL
Job Locations in Essex

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the Essex region over the 3 months to 31 March 2015. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Basildon +16 11 £62,500 -
Brentwood -4 10 £55,000 +4.76%
Colchester - 2 £55,000 -
COBOL
East of England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, 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 43 (86.00%) SQL
2 33 (66.00%) AS400
2 33 (66.00%) Finance
3 26 (52.00%) RPG
4 25 (50.00%) DB2
5 20 (40.00%) iSeries
6 17 (34.00%) Configuration Management
6 17 (34.00%) Disaster Recovery
6 17 (34.00%) Performance Management
7 15 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
8 11 (22.00%) Client/Server
9 10 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
10 9 (18.00%) Windows
11 8 (16.00%) Data Migration
11 8 (16.00%) Migration
12 7 (14.00%) Data Mapping
13 6 (12.00%) Waterfall
13 6 (12.00%) Change Control
13 6 (12.00%) Incident Management
13 6 (12.00%) SLA
14 5 (10.00%) Mainframe
14 5 (10.00%) Micro Focus
14 5 (10.00%) Assembly Language
14 5 (10.00%) REXX
14 5 (10.00%) JCL
14 5 (10.00%) IBM
14 5 (10.00%) Manufacturing
14 5 (10.00%) Information Management
14 5 (10.00%) Software Engineering
14 5 (10.00%) Integration Testing

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Essex by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, 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.

Applications
1 4 (8.00%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (50.00%) DB2
2 2 (4.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (4.00%) Oracle Forms
General
1 33 (66.00%) Finance
2 5 (10.00%) Manufacturing
3 2 (4.00%) Banking
3 2 (4.00%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.00%) Legal
Job Titles
1 17 (34.00%) Technical Support
1 17 (34.00%) AS400 Support
2 12 (24.00%) Analyst
3 10 (20.00%) Programmer
3 10 (20.00%) COBOL Programmer
4 9 (18.00%) COBOL Analyst
4 9 (18.00%) Analyst Programmer
4 9 (18.00%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
5 6 (12.00%) Support Manager
5 6 (12.00%) Senior Manager
5 6 (12.00%) Production Manager
6 5 (10.00%) DBA
6 5 (10.00%) Administrator
7 3 (6.00%) Migration Consultant
7 3 (6.00%) Development Manager
7 3 (6.00%) Systems Analyst
7 3 (6.00%) Consultant
7 3 (6.00%) Data Consultant
7 3 (6.00%) Data Migration Consultant
8 2 (4.00%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.00%) EDI
2 2 (4.00%) Silverlight
3 1 (2.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 33 (66.00%) AS400
2 20 (40.00%) iSeries
3 15 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (22.00%) Client/Server
5 5 (10.00%) Mainframe
6 2 (4.00%) Management Information System
7 1 (2.00%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 9 (18.00%) Windows
2 2 (4.00%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (34.00%) Configuration Management
1 17 (34.00%) Disaster Recovery
1 17 (34.00%) Performance Management
2 10 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (16.00%) Data Migration
3 8 (16.00%) Migration
4 7 (14.00%) Data Mapping
5 6 (12.00%) Waterfall
5 6 (12.00%) Change Control
5 6 (12.00%) Incident Management
6 5 (10.00%) Integration Testing
6 5 (10.00%) Information Management
6 5 (10.00%) Software Engineering
7 4 (8.00%) Project Management
8 3 (6.00%) CRM
8 3 (6.00%) E-Commerce
8 3 (6.00%) Data Modelling
8 3 (6.00%) Systems Analysis
9 2 (4.00%) Line Management
10 1 (2.00%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 43 (86.00%) SQL
2 26 (52.00%) RPG
3 5 (10.00%) Assembly Language
3 5 (10.00%) REXX
3 5 (10.00%) JCL
3 5 (10.00%) SELCOPY
4 3 (6.00%) C++
5 2 (4.00%) Java
5 2 (4.00%) VB6
5 2 (4.00%) VB
6 1 (2.00%) C
Qualifications
1 1 (2.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (12.00%) SLA
Vendors
1 5 (10.00%) IBM
1 5 (10.00%) Micro Focus
2 4 (8.00%) Oracle
3 3 (6.00%) Microsoft