The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT jobs advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 1 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 171 159 173
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +14
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 21 15 5
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Manchester 0.51% 0.39% 0.13%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.92% 0.64% 0.21%
Number of salaries quoted 21 13 4
Average salary £55,000 £38,500 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+42.85% -14.44%
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £39,500 £38,500
% change year-on-year
+7.59% +2.59%
COBOL
North West

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

Programming Languages Category
Manchester
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
2279 2326 2359
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Manchester 55.32% 59.73% 62.66%
Number of salaries quoted 1934 2081 2146
Average salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a salary of more than £24,000 £24,500 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £47,500 £46,000
UK excluding London average salary £39,500 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+5.33% -

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

COBOL
Salary Trend in Manchester

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

COBOL Salary Trend in Manchester

COBOL
Salary Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing COBOL across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 1 September 2014.

COBOL Salary Histogram in Manchester

COBOL
Top 27 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 1 September 2014, IT jobs across the Manchester 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 25 (96.15%) Mainframe
2 22 (84.62%) Finance
3 20 (76.92%) Banking
3 20 (76.92%) Java
4 18 (69.23%) CICS
5 17 (65.38%) DB2
6 16 (61.54%) Stakeholder Management
7 15 (57.69%) Risk Analysis
7 15 (57.69%) Waterfall
8 12 (46.15%) UML
8 12 (46.15%) J2EE
9 6 (23.08%) IBM
10 4 (15.38%) Retail
10 4 (15.38%) Unisys
10 4 (15.38%) C
10 4 (15.38%) IBM Mainframe
11 3 (11.54%) JCL
11 3 (11.54%) Service Delivery
11 3 (11.54%) Unit Testing
11 3 (11.54%) VSAM
12 2 (7.69%) CA Endevor
12 2 (7.69%) Easytrieve
12 2 (7.69%) SQL
12 2 (7.69%) ClearCase
12 2 (7.69%) SC Cleared
12 2 (7.69%) Security Cleared
13 1 (3.85%) Agile Software Development

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2014, IT jobs across the Manchester 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 18 (69.23%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (65.38%) DB2
2 2 (7.69%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 2 (7.69%) ClearCase
General
1 22 (84.62%) Finance
2 20 (76.92%) Banking
3 4 (15.38%) Retail
Job Titles
1 15 (57.69%) Architect
2 11 (42.31%) Designer
3 10 (38.46%) Applications Architect
4 9 (34.62%) Solutions Architect
5 5 (19.23%) Solutions Designer
6 3 (11.54%) Integration Engineer
6 3 (11.54%) Developer
7 2 (7.69%) Technical Architect
7 2 (7.69%) Integration Architect
7 2 (7.69%) COBOL Developer
7 2 (7.69%) Mainframe Developer
7 2 (7.69%) Technical Solutions Architect
8 1 (3.85%) Senior Programmer
8 1 (3.85%) Senior COBOL Programmer
8 1 (3.85%) DB2 Developer
8 1 (3.85%) Technical Developer
8 1 (3.85%) COBOL Programmer
8 1 (3.85%) Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (46.15%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 25 (96.15%) Mainframe
2 4 (15.38%) IBM Mainframe
3 3 (11.54%) VSAM
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (61.54%) Stakeholder Management
2 15 (57.69%) Risk Analysis
2 15 (57.69%) Waterfall
3 12 (46.15%) UML
4 3 (11.54%) Service Delivery
4 3 (11.54%) Unit Testing
5 1 (3.85%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 20 (76.92%) Java
2 4 (15.38%) C
3 3 (11.54%) JCL
4 2 (7.69%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (7.69%) SC Cleared
1 2 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 2 (7.69%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 6 (23.08%) IBM
2 4 (15.38%) Unisys