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

Location
3 months to
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 231 233 252
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +19
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 11 5 9
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.16% 0.075% 0.12%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.32% 0.13% 0.20%
Number of salaries quoted 10 4 5
Average salary £61,215 £32,500 £34,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+88.35% -4.41%
90% offered a salary of more than £39,000 £25,500 £32,900
10% offered a salary of more than £63,865 £34,250 £37,600
UK excluding London average salary £52,500 £40,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year
+31.25% -11.11%
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
3439 3914 4441
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 50.22% 58.61% 59.75%
Number of salaries quoted 3002 3392 3887
Average salary £37,500 £36,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £26,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £45,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%

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 4 March 2015.

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 4 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
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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
Cheshire +2 8 £61,215 +74.90% 1
Lancashire +6 7 £61,215 +88.35%
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, 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 35 (89.74%) Mainframe
2 30 (76.92%) CICS
3 27 (69.23%) DB2
4 24 (61.54%) Finance
4 24 (61.54%) Banking
5 19 (48.72%) Risk Analysis
6 17 (43.59%) Agile Software Development
6 17 (43.59%) Java
7 13 (33.33%) Waterfall
8 12 (30.77%) Stakeholder Management
8 12 (30.77%) J2EE
8 12 (30.77%) UML
8 12 (30.77%) IBM
9 10 (25.64%) VSAM
10 9 (23.08%) JCL
11 8 (20.51%) Middleware
12 7 (17.95%) Service Delivery
12 7 (17.95%) zOS
12 7 (17.95%) Migration
12 7 (17.95%) Mentoring
13 6 (15.38%) IBM Mainframe
14 4 (10.26%) Retail
14 4 (10.26%) ICL
14 4 (10.26%) Enterprise Architecture
14 4 (10.26%) Fujitsu
14 4 (10.26%) Credit Risk
14 4 (10.26%) VME
14 4 (10.26%) SOAP
14 4 (10.26%) XML
14 4 (10.26%) Big Data

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, 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 30 (76.92%) CICS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (69.23%) DB2
2 4 (10.26%) Big Data
3 3 (7.69%) SQL Server
3 3 (7.69%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 1 (2.56%) ClearCase
General
1 24 (61.54%) Finance
1 24 (61.54%) Banking
2 4 (10.26%) Retail
3 3 (7.69%) Marketing
4 1 (2.56%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (2.56%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 15 (38.46%) Architect
2 14 (35.90%) Designer
3 10 (25.64%) Solutions Architect
4 8 (20.51%) Developer
5 7 (17.95%) Solutions Designer
6 6 (15.38%) Technical Specialist
7 5 (12.82%) Applications Architect
8 4 (10.26%) Lead Architect
8 4 (10.26%) Lead Solutions Architect
9 3 (7.69%) COBOL Developer
9 3 (7.69%) Java Developer
10 2 (5.13%) Mainframe Developer
11 1 (2.56%) Analyst
11 1 (2.56%) Consultant
11 1 (2.56%) DB2 Developer
11 1 (2.56%) Front-End Developer
11 1 (2.56%) UX Designer
11 1 (2.56%) Solutions Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (30.77%) J2EE
2 8 (20.51%) Middleware
3 4 (10.26%) SOAP
3 4 (10.26%) XML
4 2 (5.13%) HTML
5 1 (2.56%) WSDL
5 1 (2.56%) CSS
5 1 (2.56%) .NET
5 1 (2.56%) HTML5
5 1 (2.56%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 35 (89.74%) Mainframe
2 10 (25.64%) VSAM
3 6 (15.38%) IBM Mainframe
4 4 (10.26%) Credit Risk
5 3 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (2.56%) Open Source
6 1 (2.56%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 7 (17.95%) zOS
2 4 (10.26%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (48.72%) Risk Analysis
2 17 (43.59%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (33.33%) Waterfall
4 12 (30.77%) Stakeholder Management
4 12 (30.77%) UML
5 7 (17.95%) Service Delivery
5 7 (17.95%) Migration
5 7 (17.95%) Mentoring
6 4 (10.26%) Enterprise Architecture
7 3 (7.69%) PRINCE2
7 3 (7.69%) Scrum
8 2 (5.13%) Product Management
9 1 (2.56%) SOA
9 1 (2.56%) Project Management
9 1 (2.56%) Change Control
9 1 (2.56%) Unit Testing
9 1 (2.56%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 17 (43.59%) Java
2 9 (23.08%) JCL
3 2 (5.13%) Assembly Language
4 1 (2.56%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.56%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (7.69%) SC Cleared
1 3 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 1 (2.56%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 12 (30.77%) IBM
2 4 (10.26%) ICL
2 4 (10.26%) Fujitsu
3 3 (7.69%) Oracle
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