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 17 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 195 213 244
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +31
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 58 24 9
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.80% 0.35% 0.12%
As % of the Programming Languages category 1.46% 0.59% 0.20%
Number of salaries quoted 57 23 6
Average salary £55,000 £35,000 £34,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+57.14% +2.94%
90% offered a salary of more than £41,500 £35,000 £32,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £46,000 £61,250
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £38,500 £36,250
% change year-on-year
+10.38% +6.20%
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
3975 4076 4406
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 54.59% 59.13% 59.65%
Number of salaries quoted 3327 3629 3960
Average salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
UK excluding London average salary £39,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -

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 17 September 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 17 September 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
Cheshire +14 30 £55,000 +22.22%
Manchester +17 25 £55,000 +42.85% 4
Lancashire -11 2 £42,000 +20.00% 1
Merseyside - 1 £35,000 -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 62 (96.88%) Mainframe
2 57 (89.06%) Finance
3 53 (82.81%) DB2
4 52 (81.25%) CICS
5 50 (78.13%) Banking
6 49 (76.56%) Java
7 48 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
8 46 (71.88%) Waterfall
9 44 (68.75%) Risk Analysis
10 43 (67.19%) Stakeholder Management
11 40 (62.50%) J2EE
11 40 (62.50%) UML
12 13 (20.31%) IBM
13 8 (12.50%) SQL
13 8 (12.50%) Unit Testing
13 8 (12.50%) Mentoring
14 6 (9.38%) ClearCase
14 6 (9.38%) JCL
14 6 (9.38%) Service Delivery
14 6 (9.38%) VSAM
14 6 (9.38%) CA Endevor
14 6 (9.38%) IBM Mainframe
15 5 (7.81%) Easytrieve
15 5 (7.81%) Retail
15 5 (7.81%) SC Cleared
15 5 (7.81%) Security Cleared
16 4 (6.25%) C
16 4 (6.25%) Unisys
17 2 (3.13%) HTML
17 2 (3.13%) JavaScript

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 52 (81.25%) CICS
2 2 (3.13%) WebSphere
2 2 (3.13%) WebSphere Application Server
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.13%) SSL
1 2 (3.13%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (82.81%) DB2
2 5 (7.81%) Easytrieve
3 2 (3.13%) IBM InfoSphere
3 2 (3.13%) Relational Database
3 2 (3.13%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 6 (9.38%) ClearCase
2 2 (3.13%) Eclipse
General
1 57 (89.06%) Finance
2 50 (78.13%) Banking
3 5 (7.81%) Retail
Job Titles
1 40 (62.50%) Architect
2 35 (54.69%) Designer
3 25 (39.06%) Applications Architect
4 23 (35.94%) Solutions Architect
5 19 (29.69%) Solutions Designer
6 7 (10.94%) Developer
7 4 (6.25%) Mainframe Developer
7 4 (6.25%) COBOL Developer
8 3 (4.69%) COBOL Analyst
8 3 (4.69%) COBOL Programmer
8 3 (4.69%) DB2 Developer
8 3 (4.69%) Integration Engineer
8 3 (4.69%) Analyst
8 3 (4.69%) Programmer
9 2 (3.13%) Senior Developer
9 2 (3.13%) Analyst Programmer
9 2 (3.13%) Technical Architect
9 2 (3.13%) Integration Architect
9 2 (3.13%) Senior Java Developer
9 2 (3.13%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (62.50%) J2EE
2 2 (3.13%) CSS
2 2 (3.13%) SOAP
2 2 (3.13%) Web Services
2 2 (3.13%) XML
2 2 (3.13%) WSDL
2 2 (3.13%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 62 (96.88%) Mainframe
2 6 (9.38%) VSAM
2 6 (9.38%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.13%) UNIX
1 2 (3.13%) AIX
1 2 (3.13%) Linux
1 2 (3.13%) CentOS
1 2 (3.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (71.88%) Waterfall
3 44 (68.75%) Risk Analysis
4 43 (67.19%) Stakeholder Management
5 40 (62.50%) UML
6 8 (12.50%) Unit Testing
6 8 (12.50%) Mentoring
7 6 (9.38%) Service Delivery
8 2 (3.13%) SEO
8 2 (3.13%) OO
8 2 (3.13%) SOA
8 2 (3.13%) Scrum
8 2 (3.13%) Data Management
8 2 (3.13%) Master Data Management
8 2 (3.13%) Product Management
8 2 (3.13%) Web Development
9 1 (1.56%) ITIL
9 1 (1.56%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 49 (76.56%) Java
2 8 (12.50%) SQL
3 6 (9.38%) JCL
4 4 (6.25%) C
5 2 (3.13%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.56%) Assembly Language
Qualifications
1 5 (7.81%) SC Cleared
1 5 (7.81%) Security Cleared
Systems Management
1 6 (9.38%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 13 (20.31%) IBM
2 4 (6.25%) Unisys
3 2 (3.13%) Red Hat
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Salary: £36125 - £44625 per annum + benefits
Posted: 20 hours ago
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Salary: £45000 - £65000 per annum
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