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 19 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 182 170 185
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +15
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 11 9 11
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Manchester 0.26% 0.24% 0.25%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.50% 0.38% 0.40%
Number of salaries quoted 7 5 9
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £34,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +32.35%
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+9.75% +2.50%
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
2214 2345 2729
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Manchester 52.43% 62.30% 62.61%
Number of salaries quoted 1948 2093 2517
Average salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £25,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £45,000 £47,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -

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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 37 (94.87%) Mainframe
2 35 (89.74%) CICS
3 34 (87.18%) Finance
4 32 (82.05%) Banking
5 30 (76.92%) DB2
6 27 (69.23%) Risk Analysis
7 22 (56.41%) Java
8 21 (53.85%) Waterfall
8 21 (53.85%) Stakeholder Management
8 21 (53.85%) Agile Software Development
9 18 (46.15%) UML
9 18 (46.15%) J2EE
10 11 (28.21%) IBM
11 9 (23.08%) Service Delivery
11 9 (23.08%) Mentoring
11 9 (23.08%) JCL
11 9 (23.08%) VSAM
12 7 (17.95%) Retail
12 7 (17.95%) IBM Mainframe
13 4 (10.26%) Credit Risk
13 4 (10.26%) SOAP
13 4 (10.26%) XML
13 4 (10.26%) Middleware
13 4 (10.26%) SC Cleared
13 4 (10.26%) Security Cleared
13 4 (10.26%) zOS
13 4 (10.26%) Easytrieve
14 3 (7.69%) Unit Testing
15 2 (5.13%) SQL
15 2 (5.13%) ClearCase

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 35 (89.74%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (76.92%) DB2
2 4 (10.26%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 2 (5.13%) ClearCase
General
1 34 (87.18%) Finance
2 32 (82.05%) Banking
3 7 (17.95%) Retail
4 1 (2.56%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 21 (53.85%) Architect
2 18 (46.15%) Designer
3 13 (33.33%) Applications Architect
4 12 (30.77%) Solutions Architect
5 9 (23.08%) Solutions Designer
6 4 (10.26%) Technical Specialist
6 4 (10.26%) Developer
7 3 (7.69%) Mainframe Developer
8 2 (5.13%) Technical Solutions Architect
8 2 (5.13%) Integration Engineer
8 2 (5.13%) COBOL Developer
8 2 (5.13%) Integration Architect
8 2 (5.13%) Technical Architect
9 1 (2.56%) Technical Developer
9 1 (2.56%) Analyst
9 1 (2.56%) Programmer
9 1 (2.56%) Solutions Analyst
9 1 (2.56%) DB2 Developer
9 1 (2.56%) COBOL Programmer
9 1 (2.56%) Senior Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (46.15%) J2EE
2 4 (10.26%) SOAP
2 4 (10.26%) XML
2 4 (10.26%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 37 (94.87%) Mainframe
2 9 (23.08%) VSAM
3 7 (17.95%) IBM Mainframe
4 4 (10.26%) Credit Risk
5 1 (2.56%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.26%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (69.23%) Risk Analysis
2 21 (53.85%) Waterfall
2 21 (53.85%) Stakeholder Management
2 21 (53.85%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (46.15%) UML
4 9 (23.08%) Mentoring
4 9 (23.08%) Service Delivery
5 3 (7.69%) Unit Testing
6 1 (2.56%) Project Management
6 1 (2.56%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 22 (56.41%) Java
2 9 (23.08%) JCL
3 2 (5.13%) SQL
4 1 (2.56%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 4 (10.26%) SC Cleared
1 4 (10.26%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 2 (5.13%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 11 (28.21%) IBM