The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 21 November 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 228 232 232
Rank change year-on-year
+4 0
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 37 13 20
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.50% 0.19% 0.28%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.95% 0.30% 0.47%
Number of salaries quoted 33 9 17
Average salary £45,000 £45,000 £34,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +32.35%
90% offered a salary of more than £41,500 £35,000 £18,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £51,000 £49,800
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -
COBOL
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 North West region.

Programming Languages Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
3908 4275 4241
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 52.69% 61.82% 59.39%
Number of salaries quoted 3409 3736 3800
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 £25,000
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 the North West

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

COBOL
Salary Trend in the North West

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

COBOL Salary Trend in the North West

COBOL
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing COBOL across the North West region over the 3 months to 21 November 2014.

COBOL Salary Histogram in the North West

COBOL
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the North West region over the 3 months to 21 November 2014. 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
Manchester -4 22 £45,000 -
Cheshire +8 14 £51,250 -6.81%
Lancashire -2 1 £42,500 +21.42% 1
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, IT jobs across the North West 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 76 (96.20%) Mainframe
2 69 (87.34%) Finance
2 69 (87.34%) CICS
3 66 (83.54%) DB2
4 63 (79.75%) Banking
5 57 (72.15%) Agile Software Development
6 56 (70.89%) Risk Analysis
7 54 (68.35%) Waterfall
7 54 (68.35%) Java
8 50 (63.29%) Stakeholder Management
9 48 (60.76%) J2EE
9 48 (60.76%) UML
10 16 (20.25%) IBM
11 12 (15.19%) Mentoring
12 10 (12.66%) JCL
12 10 (12.66%) Service Delivery
12 10 (12.66%) VSAM
13 9 (11.39%) IBM Mainframe
14 8 (10.13%) Unit Testing
14 8 (10.13%) Retail
14 8 (10.13%) SQL
15 6 (7.59%) SOAP
15 6 (7.59%) XML
15 6 (7.59%) ClearCase
15 6 (7.59%) CA Endevor
16 5 (6.33%) SC Cleared
16 5 (6.33%) Security Cleared
16 5 (6.33%) Easytrieve
17 4 (5.06%) Middleware
17 4 (5.06%) zOS

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, IT jobs across the North West 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 69 (87.34%) CICS
2 2 (2.53%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.53%) WebSphere Application Server
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.53%) SSL
1 2 (2.53%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (83.54%) DB2
2 5 (6.33%) Easytrieve
3 2 (2.53%) IBM InfoSphere
3 2 (2.53%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.53%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 6 (7.59%) ClearCase
2 2 (2.53%) Eclipse
General
1 69 (87.34%) Finance
2 63 (79.75%) Banking
3 8 (10.13%) Retail
4 1 (1.27%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.27%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 47 (59.49%) Architect
2 45 (56.96%) Designer
3 30 (37.97%) Applications Architect
4 25 (31.65%) Solutions Architect
5 22 (27.85%) Solutions Designer
6 9 (11.39%) Developer
7 5 (6.33%) Mainframe Developer
8 4 (5.06%) COBOL Developer
8 4 (5.06%) Analyst
8 4 (5.06%) Technical Specialist
9 3 (3.80%) COBOL Programmer
9 3 (3.80%) Programmer
9 3 (3.80%) COBOL Analyst
9 3 (3.80%) DB2 Developer
10 2 (2.53%) Technical Solutions Architect
10 2 (2.53%) Mainframe Analyst Programmer
10 2 (2.53%) Mainframe Programmer
10 2 (2.53%) Senior Developer
10 2 (2.53%) Analyst Programmer
10 2 (2.53%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (60.76%) J2EE
2 6 (7.59%) SOAP
2 6 (7.59%) XML
3 4 (5.06%) Middleware
4 3 (3.80%) CSS
4 3 (3.80%) HTML
5 2 (2.53%) WSDL
5 2 (2.53%) Web Services
6 1 (1.27%) .NET
6 1 (1.27%) jQuery
6 1 (1.27%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 76 (96.20%) Mainframe
2 10 (12.66%) VSAM
3 9 (11.39%) IBM Mainframe
4 4 (5.06%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.27%) Open Source
5 1 (1.27%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.06%) zOS
2 2 (2.53%) CentOS
2 2 (2.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (2.53%) UNIX
2 2 (2.53%) AIX
2 2 (2.53%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (72.15%) Agile Software Development
2 56 (70.89%) Risk Analysis
3 54 (68.35%) Waterfall
4 50 (63.29%) Stakeholder Management
5 48 (60.76%) UML
6 12 (15.19%) Mentoring
7 10 (12.66%) Service Delivery
8 8 (10.13%) Unit Testing
9 2 (2.53%) Product Management
9 2 (2.53%) Master Data Management
9 2 (2.53%) Data Management
9 2 (2.53%) Software Engineering
9 2 (2.53%) Web Development
9 2 (2.53%) SEO
9 2 (2.53%) Scrum
9 2 (2.53%) OO
9 2 (2.53%) SOA
10 1 (1.27%) Project Management
10 1 (1.27%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 54 (68.35%) Java
2 10 (12.66%) JCL
3 8 (10.13%) SQL
4 3 (3.80%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.53%) Assembly Language
6 1 (1.27%) C
Qualifications
1 5 (6.33%) SC Cleared
1 5 (6.33%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 6 (7.59%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 16 (20.25%) IBM
2 2 (2.53%) Red Hat
3 1 (1.27%) Unisys