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 salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 19 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
19 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
COBOL
England / North West
Rank 243 213 245
Rank change year-on-year
-30 +32
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 5 16 11
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.084% 0.29% 0.16%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.14% 0.59% 0.31%
Number of salaries quoted 1 16 9
Median salary £40,500 £43,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
-5.81% +1.17%
UK excluding London median salary £52,500 £43,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year
+22.09% -4.44%

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
3466 2728 3496
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 58.46% 49.30% 50.95%
Number of salaries quoted 3009 2331 3093
Median salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £52,500 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £41,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of job ads across the North West region citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT jobs with a match in 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
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the North West region over the 3 months to 19 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +15 5 £40,500 -5.81%
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 January 2017, IT jobs citing COBOL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads across the North West region with a requirement for COBOL.

1 13 (100.00%) DB2
1 13 (100.00%) CICS
1 13 (100.00%) Finance
2 12 (92.31%) Banking
3 11 (84.62%) Mainframe
4 9 (69.23%) JCL
4 9 (69.23%) Service Management
4 9 (69.23%) Oracle
4 9 (69.23%) VSAM
5 8 (61.54%) Programme Management
5 8 (61.54%) Cognizant
6 7 (53.85%) IBM
7 5 (38.46%) Data Mining
7 5 (38.46%) ETL
7 5 (38.46%) SQL Server
7 5 (38.46%) Informatica
7 5 (38.46%) DataStage
7 5 (38.46%) Data Management
7 5 (38.46%) Workflow
8 4 (30.77%) Corporate Banking
8 4 (30.77%) Financial Institution
8 4 (30.77%) Risk Management
8 4 (30.77%) SQL
9 3 (23.08%) MS Office
9 3 (23.08%) SOAP
9 3 (23.08%) MS Access
9 3 (23.08%) Unix
9 3 (23.08%) Toad
9 3 (23.08%) FTP
9 3 (23.08%) HTTP

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 13 (100.00%) CICS
2 1 (7.69%) JBoss
2 1 (7.69%) WebLogic
2 1 (7.69%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (23.08%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (23.08%) Firewall
1 3 (23.08%) FTP
1 3 (23.08%) HTTP
1 3 (23.08%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (100.00%) DB2
2 5 (38.46%) Data Mining
2 5 (38.46%) DataStage
2 5 (38.46%) SQL Server
3 3 (23.08%) IMS/DB
3 3 (23.08%) MS Access
4 1 (7.69%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 3 (23.08%) Fiddler
1 3 (23.08%) Firebug
1 3 (23.08%) JMeter
1 3 (23.08%) LoadRunner
1 3 (23.08%) The Grinder
1 3 (23.08%) Toad
2 1 (7.69%) ClearCase
2 1 (7.69%) Subversion
General
1 13 (100.00%) Finance
2 12 (92.31%) Banking
3 4 (30.77%) Corporate Banking
3 4 (30.77%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Data Manager
1 5 (38.46%) Test Manager
2 3 (23.08%) Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) Performance Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) Performance Test Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) Test Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Applications Specialist
3 2 (15.38%) Applications Support
3 2 (15.38%) Applications Support Specialist
3 2 (15.38%) Support Specialist
4 1 (7.69%) COBOL Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Designer
4 1 (7.69%) Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Integration Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Software Designer
4 1 (7.69%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (23.08%) SOAP
2 1 (7.69%) EJB
2 1 (7.69%) Hibernate
2 1 (7.69%) J2EE
2 1 (7.69%) JMS
2 1 (7.69%) JSP
2 1 (7.69%) Servlets
2 1 (7.69%) Struts
2 1 (7.69%) Web Services
2 1 (7.69%) WSDL
2 1 (7.69%) XML
2 1 (7.69%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 11 (84.62%) Mainframe
2 9 (69.23%) VSAM
3 3 (23.08%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (15.38%) IBM Mainframe
4 2 (15.38%) Management Information System
5 1 (7.69%) PMI
5 1 (7.69%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 3 (23.08%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (69.23%) Service Management
2 8 (61.54%) Programme Management
3 5 (38.46%) Data Management
3 5 (38.46%) ETL
3 5 (38.46%) Workflow
4 4 (30.77%) Risk Management
5 3 (23.08%) Asset Management
5 3 (23.08%) Change Management
5 3 (23.08%) Performance Analysis
5 3 (23.08%) Performance Testing
5 3 (23.08%) Stress Testing
5 3 (23.08%) Test Scripting
5 3 (23.08%) Validation
6 2 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (15.38%) Incident Management
6 2 (15.38%) ITIL
6 2 (15.38%) ITIL V3
6 2 (15.38%) Problem Management
6 2 (15.38%) SDLC
6 2 (15.38%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 9 (69.23%) JCL
2 4 (30.77%) SQL
3 2 (15.38%) Java
4 1 (7.69%) Assembly Language
4 1 (7.69%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 3 (23.08%) Degree
2 1 (7.69%) PMI Certification
2 1 (7.69%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) SLA
2 1 (7.69%) QA
System Software
1 1 (7.69%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 3 (23.08%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 9 (69.23%) Oracle
2 8 (61.54%) Cognizant
3 7 (53.85%) IBM
4 5 (38.46%) Informatica
5 3 (23.08%) HP
6 1 (7.69%) CA
6 1 (7.69%) Chordiant
6 1 (7.69%) Sun