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 27 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
27 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 233 239 222
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -17
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 10 22 46
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.17% 0.33% 0.62%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.31% 0.65% 1.14%
Number of salaries quoted 4 16 45
Median salary £35,000 £48,750 £57,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
-28.20% -15.21%
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +2.35%
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
3253 3365 4047
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 54.05% 50.37% 54.65%
Number of salaries quoted 2832 2888 3361
Median salary £40,000 £38,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,000 £27,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,000 £50,000 £52,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

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 27 August 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Manchester 0 6 - - 1
Cheshire +25 4 £35,000 -10.82%
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 August 2016, 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%) JCL
1 13 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 7 (53.85%) REXX
2 7 (53.85%) Unix
3 6 (46.15%) Oracle
3 6 (46.15%) DB2
3 6 (46.15%) HP
3 6 (46.15%) CICS
3 6 (46.15%) Cognizant
3 6 (46.15%) Finance
3 6 (46.15%) Programme Management
3 6 (46.15%) Banking
3 6 (46.15%) VSAM
4 4 (30.77%) StreamWeaver
4 4 (30.77%) Time Management
4 4 (30.77%) Linux
5 3 (23.08%) MS Access
5 3 (23.08%) Data Mining
5 3 (23.08%) ETL
5 3 (23.08%) FTP
5 3 (23.08%) HTTP
5 3 (23.08%) TCP/IP
5 3 (23.08%) Toad
5 3 (23.08%) IBM
5 3 (23.08%) Informatica
5 3 (23.08%) LoadRunner
5 3 (23.08%) MS Office
5 3 (23.08%) SOAP
5 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
5 3 (23.08%) DataStage

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 6 (46.15%) CICS
2 4 (30.77%) StreamWeaver
3 3 (23.08%) Exstream Dialogue
Applications
1 3 (23.08%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (23.08%) Exstream
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 6 (46.15%) DB2
2 3 (23.08%) Data Mining
2 3 (23.08%) DataStage
2 3 (23.08%) MS Access
2 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
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
General
1 6 (46.15%) Banking
1 6 (46.15%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (46.15%) Analyst
2 4 (30.77%) Developer
3 3 (23.08%) Data Manager
3 3 (23.08%) Performance Analyst
3 3 (23.08%) Performance Test Analyst
3 3 (23.08%) Test Analyst
3 3 (23.08%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (23.08%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (100.00%) Mainframe
2 6 (46.15%) VSAM
Operating Systems
1 7 (53.85%) Unix
2 4 (30.77%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Programme Management
2 4 (30.77%) Time Management
3 3 (23.08%) Asset Management
3 3 (23.08%) Change Management
3 3 (23.08%) Data Management
3 3 (23.08%) ETL
3 3 (23.08%) Performance Analysis
3 3 (23.08%) Performance Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Service Management
3 3 (23.08%) Stress Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Test Scripting
3 3 (23.08%) Validation
3 3 (23.08%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 13 (100.00%) JCL
2 7 (53.85%) REXX
3 3 (23.08%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (15.38%) Degree
Systems Management
1 3 (23.08%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 6 (46.15%) Cognizant
1 6 (46.15%) HP
1 6 (46.15%) Oracle
2 3 (23.08%) IBM
2 3 (23.08%) Informatica