The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT jobs advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 26 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 141 163 154
Rank change year-on-year
+22 -9
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 8 13 11
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Scotland 0.27% 0.34% 0.35%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.52% 0.65% 0.60%
Number of salaries quoted 5 12 7
Average salary £38,750 £37,500 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.33% -6.25%
90% offered a salary of more than £34,000 £37,500 £39,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £44,650 £46,500
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £35,000 £39,500
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -11.39%
COBOL
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in permanent jobs advertised in the Scotland region.

Programming Languages Category
Scotland
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
1544 1996 1823
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in Scotland 51.54% 52.18% 58.34%
Number of salaries quoted 973 1364 1105
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £39,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £28,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £54,000 £53,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing COBOL across the Scotland region as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

COBOL
Salary Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing COBOL across the Scotland region.

COBOL Salary Trend in Scotland

COBOL
Salary Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing COBOL across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 26 May 2015.

COBOL Salary Histogram in Scotland

COBOL
Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 26 May 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
Glasgow +10 5 £62,500 +50.60% 1
Edinburgh +13 3 £34,000 -9.33%
COBOL
UK

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT jobs across the Scotland 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 9 (75.00%) Banking
2 8 (66.67%) SQL
3 6 (50.00%) Java
3 6 (50.00%) Mainframe
4 5 (41.67%) RPG
4 5 (41.67%) SQL Server
4 5 (41.67%) Sybase
4 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (41.67%) AS400
5 4 (33.33%) Finance
5 4 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (25.00%) Test Planning
6 3 (25.00%) RPG IV
6 3 (25.00%) Technical Analysis
6 3 (25.00%) SDLC
6 3 (25.00%) CICS
6 3 (25.00%) DB2
6 3 (25.00%) Data Modelling
6 3 (25.00%) C
6 3 (25.00%) Data Security
6 3 (25.00%) Data Management
7 2 (16.67%) Data Analysis
7 2 (16.67%) Retail
7 2 (16.67%) Change Management
7 2 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (16.67%) Scrum
7 2 (16.67%) RDBMS
7 2 (16.67%) IBM
7 2 (16.67%) Compuware
7 2 (16.67%) Oracle

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT jobs across the Scotland 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 3 (25.00%) CICS
Applications
1 2 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 2 (16.67%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (41.67%) SQL Server
2 3 (25.00%) DB2
3 2 (16.67%) RDBMS
3 2 (16.67%) Relational Database
4 1 (8.33%) IDMS
General
1 9 (75.00%) Banking
2 4 (33.33%) Finance
3 2 (16.67%) Retail
3 2 (16.67%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (33.33%) Analyst
2 3 (25.00%) Test Engineer
2 3 (25.00%) Technical Analyst
2 3 (25.00%) RPG Developer
2 3 (25.00%) AS400 Developer
2 3 (25.00%) Developer
3 1 (8.33%) Mainframe Analyst Programmer
3 1 (8.33%) Mainframe Programmer
3 1 (8.33%) Testing Specialist
3 1 (8.33%) Test Specialist
3 1 (8.33%) Analyst Programmer
3 1 (8.33%) Programmer
Miscellaneous
1 6 (50.00%) Mainframe
2 5 (41.67%) AS400
3 4 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (16.67%) Online Banking
4 2 (16.67%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 1 (8.33%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (25.00%) Data Management
2 3 (25.00%) Data Security
2 3 (25.00%) Data Modelling
2 3 (25.00%) Technical Analysis
2 3 (25.00%) Test Planning
2 3 (25.00%) SDLC
3 2 (16.67%) User Stories
3 2 (16.67%) Logical Data Model
3 2 (16.67%) Physical Data Model
3 2 (16.67%) Change Management
3 2 (16.67%) Investment Management
3 2 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (16.67%) Scrum
3 2 (16.67%) Data Analysis
4 1 (8.33%) Requirements Analysis
4 1 (8.33%) Programme Management
4 1 (8.33%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 8 (66.67%) SQL
2 6 (50.00%) Java
3 5 (41.67%) RPG
4 3 (25.00%) C
4 3 (25.00%) RPG IV
5 2 (16.67%) JCL
Qualifications
1 1 (8.33%) Degree
Vendors
1 5 (41.67%) Sybase
2 2 (16.67%) IBM
2 2 (16.67%) Compuware
2 2 (16.67%) Oracle
3 1 (8.33%) Cognizant
3 1 (8.33%) ICL