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 11 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 213 247 246
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -1
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 18 11 2
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.32% 0.16% 0.030%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.64% 0.31% 0.050%
Number of salaries quoted 18 10 2
Average salary £47,500 £61,215 £28,750
Average salary % change year-on-year
-22.40% +112.92%
UK excluding London average salary £44,500 £50,000 £40,500
% change year-on-year
-11.00% +23.45%
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
2812 3543 3963
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 50.49% 50.42% 59.66%
Number of salaries quoted 2403 3131 3440
Average salary £40,000 £37,500 £36,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £27,000 £26,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +5.26%

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 11 February 2016.

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 11 February 2016. 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
Lancashire +22 12 £47,500 -5.20% 1
Manchester - 4 £42,500 -
Merseyside - 2 £48,750 -
Cheshire +18 1 £43,000 -29.75% 1
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 25 (83.33%) IBM
2 22 (73.33%) Mainframe
3 17 (56.67%) JCL
3 17 (56.67%) Finance
4 15 (50.00%) CICS
5 12 (40.00%) DB2
6 11 (36.67%) Java
7 10 (33.33%) VSAM
7 10 (33.33%) QA
7 10 (33.33%) Mentoring
7 10 (33.33%) Banking
8 7 (23.33%) IBM Mainframe
8 7 (23.33%) Web Services
8 7 (23.33%) REXX
8 7 (23.33%) Linux
9 6 (20.00%) WebSphere
10 5 (16.67%) Java EE
10 5 (16.67%) FMCG
10 5 (16.67%) RESTful
10 5 (16.67%) Relational Database
10 5 (16.67%) JSP
10 5 (16.67%) Servlets
10 5 (16.67%) SOAP
10 5 (16.67%) HTTP
10 5 (16.67%) XML
10 5 (16.67%) WebSphere Application Server
10 5 (16.67%) SAP
11 4 (13.33%) J2EE
11 4 (13.33%) UML
11 4 (13.33%) Time Sharing Option

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 15 (50.00%) CICS
2 6 (20.00%) WebSphere
3 5 (16.67%) WebSphere Application Server
4 2 (6.67%) IBM Notes
Business Applications
1 3 (10.00%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (6.67%) SAP BPC
2 2 (6.67%) SAP CRM
2 2 (6.67%) SAP ERP
2 2 (6.67%) SAP SCM
Communications & Networking
1 5 (16.67%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (40.00%) DB2
2 5 (16.67%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (6.67%) LSMW
General
1 17 (56.67%) Finance
2 10 (33.33%) Banking
3 3 (10.00%) Manufacturing
4 1 (3.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 27 (90.00%) Developer
2 19 (63.33%) Senior Developer
3 11 (36.67%) Mainframe Developer
3 11 (36.67%) Senior Mainframe Developer
4 8 (26.67%) COBOL Developer
5 6 (20.00%) Analyst
5 6 (20.00%) Business Systems Analyst
5 6 (20.00%) Technical Analyst
6 5 (16.67%) Java Developer
7 4 (13.33%) Senior Java Developer
8 3 (10.00%) Analyst Developer
8 3 (10.00%) Developer Analyst
8 3 (10.00%) J2EE Developer
8 3 (10.00%) Senior Business Systems Analyst
8 3 (10.00%) Senior J2EE Developer
8 3 (10.00%) Senior Systems Developer
8 3 (10.00%) Senior Technical Analyst
8 3 (10.00%) Technical Business Analyst
8 3 (10.00%) Technical Leader
8 3 (10.00%) WebSphere Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (23.33%) Web Services
2 5 (16.67%) Java EE
2 5 (16.67%) JSP
2 5 (16.67%) RESTful
2 5 (16.67%) Servlets
2 5 (16.67%) SOAP
2 5 (16.67%) XML
3 4 (13.33%) ISPF
3 4 (13.33%) J2EE
4 3 (10.00%) .NET
4 3 (10.00%) ASP.NET
4 3 (10.00%) HTML
5 2 (6.67%) BAPI
5 2 (6.67%) SAP PI
5 2 (6.67%) SAP Smart Forms
5 2 (6.67%) SAP XI
5 2 (6.67%) Web Dynpro
6 1 (3.33%) JDBC
Miscellaneous
1 22 (73.33%) Mainframe
2 10 (33.33%) VSAM
3 7 (23.33%) IBM Mainframe
4 5 (16.67%) FMCG
5 3 (10.00%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 7 (23.33%) Linux
2 3 (10.00%) Unix
2 3 (10.00%) Windows
3 2 (6.67%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (33.33%) Mentoring
2 4 (13.33%) UML
3 3 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (10.00%) Line Management
3 3 (10.00%) OO
3 3 (10.00%) Open Source
3 3 (10.00%) PRINCE
3 3 (10.00%) Project Management
3 3 (10.00%) Waterfall
4 2 (6.67%) CRM
4 2 (6.67%) ERP
5 1 (3.33%) OOA/OOD
Programming Languages
1 17 (56.67%) JCL
2 11 (36.67%) Java
3 7 (23.33%) REXX
4 3 (10.00%) C#
4 3 (10.00%) C++
4 3 (10.00%) JavaScript
4 3 (10.00%) SQL
5 2 (6.67%) ABAP
5 2 (6.67%) SAPscript
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (33.33%) QA
System Software
1 4 (13.33%) Time Sharing Option
Vendors
1 25 (83.33%) IBM
2 5 (16.67%) SAP
3 3 (10.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (10.00%) Oracle
4 2 (6.67%) Lotus