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

Location
3 months to
2 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 217 244 222
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -22
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 28 6 29
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.46% 0.089% 0.40%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.88% 0.16% 0.67%
Number of salaries quoted 15 2 25
Average salary £40,000 £41,250 £39,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-3.03% +4.43%
90% offered a salary of more than £36,600 £40,250 £33,100
10% offered a salary of more than £57,000 £42,250 £47,500
UK excluding London average salary £43,500 £35,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+24.28% -12.50%
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
3192 3752 4304
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 52.88% 55.43% 60.06%
Number of salaries quoted 2684 3194 3782
Average salary £40,000 £36,000 £34,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+11.11% +4.34%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £45,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £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 2 June 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 2 June 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
Cheshire - 14 £40,000 -
Lancashire -7 8 £38,500 -3.75% 2
Manchester +12 6 £52,500 +23.52% 4
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 June 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 27 (69.23%) Mainframe
2 15 (38.46%) DB2
3 14 (35.90%) Java
3 14 (35.90%) JCL
3 14 (35.90%) IBM
4 12 (30.77%) Finance
4 12 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (28.21%) CICS
5 11 (28.21%) Oracle
5 11 (28.21%) SQL Server
6 9 (23.08%) PRINCE2
7 8 (20.51%) Migration
8 7 (17.95%) Papyrus
8 7 (17.95%) StreamWeaver
8 7 (17.95%) Exstream
8 7 (17.95%) Exstream Dialogue
8 7 (17.95%) OO
8 7 (17.95%) SQL
8 7 (17.95%) HP
8 7 (17.95%) WebSphere
8 7 (17.95%) Unit Testing
8 7 (17.95%) Time Management
8 7 (17.95%) Portfolio Management
9 6 (15.38%) ITIL
9 6 (15.38%) VSAM
10 5 (12.82%) VME
11 4 (10.26%) IBM Mainframe
11 4 (10.26%) Fujitsu
11 4 (10.26%) Big Data
11 4 (10.26%) ICL

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 2 June 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 11 (28.21%) CICS
2 7 (17.95%) Papyrus
2 7 (17.95%) StreamWeaver
2 7 (17.95%) Exstream Dialogue
2 7 (17.95%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (5.13%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 7 (17.95%) Exstream
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (38.46%) DB2
2 11 (28.21%) SQL Server
3 4 (10.26%) Big Data
4 2 (5.13%) Easytrieve
5 1 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.56%) RDBMS
5 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (2.56%) IMS/DB
5 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (2.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (2.56%) Relational Database
General
1 12 (30.77%) Finance
2 3 (7.69%) Marketing
2 3 (7.69%) Banking
Job Titles
1 17 (43.59%) Developer
2 10 (25.64%) Java Developer
3 7 (17.95%) Applications Support
3 7 (17.95%) Architect
4 6 (15.38%) Analyst
5 5 (12.82%) Applications Support Engineer
5 5 (12.82%) Support Engineer
6 4 (10.26%) Lead Architect
6 4 (10.26%) Lead Solutions Architect
6 4 (10.26%) Solutions Architect
6 4 (10.26%) Analyst Developer
7 3 (7.69%) Technical Architect
7 3 (7.69%) Applications Support Specialist
7 3 (7.69%) Applications Specialist
7 3 (7.69%) Support Specialist
8 2 (5.13%) Mainframe Architect
8 2 (5.13%) Support Analyst
8 2 (5.13%) Applications Support Analyst
8 2 (5.13%) Technical Specialist
8 2 (5.13%) COBOL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.26%) Middleware
2 2 (5.13%) .NET
3 1 (2.56%) HTML
3 1 (2.56%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 27 (69.23%) Mainframe
2 6 (15.38%) VSAM
3 4 (10.26%) IBM Mainframe
4 3 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.56%) Data Conversion
Operating Systems
1 5 (12.82%) VME
2 3 (7.69%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (23.08%) PRINCE2
3 8 (20.51%) Migration
4 7 (17.95%) OO
4 7 (17.95%) Unit Testing
4 7 (17.95%) Time Management
4 7 (17.95%) Portfolio Management
5 6 (15.38%) ITIL
6 4 (10.26%) Enterprise Architecture
7 3 (7.69%) Scrum
7 3 (7.69%) Service Management
8 2 (5.13%) Mentoring
8 2 (5.13%) Product Management
8 2 (5.13%) Change Management
9 1 (2.56%) SOA
9 1 (2.56%) ETL
9 1 (2.56%) Business Intelligence
9 1 (2.56%) Automated Testing
9 1 (2.56%) Stakeholder Management
9 1 (2.56%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 14 (35.90%) Java
1 14 (35.90%) JCL
2 7 (17.95%) SQL
3 3 (7.69%) Assembly Language
4 2 (5.13%) REXX
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.56%) QA
Vendors
1 14 (35.90%) IBM
2 11 (28.21%) Oracle
3 7 (17.95%) HP
4 4 (10.26%) Fujitsu
4 4 (10.26%) ICL
5 3 (7.69%) Microsoft
6 1 (2.56%) SAP
6 1 (2.56%) CA
6 1 (2.56%) Tableau
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