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

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 232 207 206
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -1
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 22 50 35
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.33% 0.68% 0.51%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.65% 1.25% 0.87%
Number of salaries quoted 16 49 32
Average salary £48,750 £55,000 £38,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-11.36% +42.85%
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £41,500 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £44,500 £42,500 £39,500
% change year-on-year
+4.70% +7.59%
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
3404 4008 4015
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 50.62% 54.61% 58.57%
Number of salaries quoted 2920 3335 3576
Average salary £38,500 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.66% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £47,500 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+1.26% +5.33%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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
Manchester -3 17 £52,500 -4.54%
Lancashire +6 3 £45,000 +8.43% 5
Cheshire -20 2 £39,250 -30.83%
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 29 (58.00%) Mainframe
2 26 (52.00%) DB2
3 20 (40.00%) JCL
4 19 (38.00%) Finance
4 19 (38.00%) IBM
5 18 (36.00%) CICS
6 16 (32.00%) Microsoft
6 16 (32.00%) SQL Server
7 15 (30.00%) SQL
7 15 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
8 12 (24.00%) Java
9 11 (22.00%) IBM Mainframe
10 10 (20.00%) Mentoring
10 10 (20.00%) REXX
11 9 (18.00%) Business Intelligence
11 9 (18.00%) Data Warehouse
11 9 (18.00%) SAP
11 9 (18.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 9 (18.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 9 (18.00%) VSAM
11 9 (18.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 8 (16.00%) WebSphere
12 8 (16.00%) Microsoft Power View
12 8 (16.00%) PowerPivot
12 8 (16.00%) Oracle
12 8 (16.00%) OO
12 8 (16.00%) MS Excel
13 7 (14.00%) Assembly Language
13 7 (14.00%) HP
13 7 (14.00%) MS Office

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 18 (36.00%) CICS
2 8 (16.00%) WebSphere
3 7 (14.00%) Papyrus
3 7 (14.00%) StreamWeaver
3 7 (14.00%) Exstream Dialogue
4 2 (4.00%) IBM Notes
5 1 (2.00%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 8 (16.00%) MS Excel
1 8 (16.00%) PowerPivot
2 7 (14.00%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 7 (14.00%) Exstream
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.00%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (52.00%) DB2
2 16 (32.00%) SQL Server
3 9 (18.00%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (18.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 9 (18.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 9 (18.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 8 (16.00%) Microsoft Power View
5 7 (14.00%) Easytrieve
6 6 (12.00%) IMS/DB
7 4 (8.00%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (4.00%) Relational Database
9 1 (2.00%) RDBMS
General
1 19 (38.00%) Finance
2 7 (14.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 26 (52.00%) Developer
2 9 (18.00%) COBOL Developer
3 8 (16.00%) Architect
3 8 (16.00%) Technical Architect
3 8 (16.00%) Java Developer
4 7 (14.00%) Applications Support
4 7 (14.00%) Mainframe Architect
5 6 (12.00%) Analyst
6 5 (10.00%) Support Engineer
6 5 (10.00%) MI Developer
6 5 (10.00%) Applications Support Engineer
7 4 (8.00%) Analyst Developer
8 3 (6.00%) Applications Support Specialist
8 3 (6.00%) Support Specialist
8 3 (6.00%) Applications Specialist
8 3 (6.00%) Business Manager
8 3 (6.00%) Business Intelligence Manager
9 2 (4.00%) Senior COBOL Developer
9 2 (4.00%) Senior Developer
9 2 (4.00%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.00%) .NET
2 1 (2.00%) JDBC
2 1 (2.00%) JSP
2 1 (2.00%) Servlets
2 1 (2.00%) SOAP
2 1 (2.00%) Web Services
2 1 (2.00%) XML
2 1 (2.00%) Java EE
2 1 (2.00%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 29 (58.00%) Mainframe
2 11 (22.00%) IBM Mainframe
3 9 (18.00%) VSAM
4 1 (2.00%) Data Conversion
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.00%) Linux
2 2 (4.00%) zOS
3 1 (2.00%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (20.00%) Mentoring
3 9 (18.00%) Business Intelligence
4 8 (16.00%) OO
5 7 (14.00%) Change Management
5 7 (14.00%) Unit Testing
5 7 (14.00%) Time Management
5 7 (14.00%) Portfolio Management
6 6 (12.00%) SDLC
6 6 (12.00%) ITIL
6 6 (12.00%) PRINCE2
7 5 (10.00%) Data Analysis
8 3 (6.00%) Service Management
8 3 (6.00%) Coaching
9 2 (4.00%) Migration
10 1 (2.00%) Stakeholder Management
10 1 (2.00%) Integration Testing
10 1 (2.00%) Continuous Integration
10 1 (2.00%) Automated Testing
10 1 (2.00%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 20 (40.00%) JCL
2 15 (30.00%) SQL
3 12 (24.00%) Java
4 10 (20.00%) REXX
5 7 (14.00%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 1 (2.00%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.00%) QA
System Software
1 3 (6.00%) Time Sharing Option
Vendors
1 19 (38.00%) IBM
2 16 (32.00%) Microsoft
3 9 (18.00%) SAP
4 8 (16.00%) Oracle
5 7 (14.00%) HP
6 4 (8.00%) Tableau
7 2 (4.00%) Lotus
8 1 (2.00%) CA
8 1 (2.00%) Sun
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