The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT jobs advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 24 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 420 433 420
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -13
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 29 6 17
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South East 0.13% 0.028% 0.076%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.29% 0.056% 0.15%
Number of salaries quoted 24 5 16
Average salary £50,000 £37,750 £55,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+32.45% -31.36%
90% offered a salary of more than £42,500 £30,700 £37,500
10% offered a salary of more than £61,250 £63,100 £63,750
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £37,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -6.25%
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 South East region.

Programming Languages Category
South East
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
10016 10775 11391
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South East 45.87% 49.75% 51.07%
Number of salaries quoted 8361 9444 10131
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £55,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £39,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

COBOL
Salary Trend in the South East

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

COBOL Salary Trend in the South East

COBOL
Salary Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing COBOL across the South East region over the 3 months to 24 October 2014.

COBOL Salary Histogram in the South East

COBOL
Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the South East region over the 3 months to 24 October 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
Surrey - 25 £50,000 - 4
East Sussex -10 1 £45,000 +45.16%
Oxfordshire - 1 - -
West Sussex - 1 £50,000 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £50,000 -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT jobs across the South East 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 28 (68.29%) C++
2 26 (63.41%) OO
3 24 (58.54%) C#
3 24 (58.54%) Java
4 23 (56.10%) OOP
5 21 (51.22%) JavaScript
6 20 (48.78%) C
7 19 (46.34%) Finance
8 18 (43.90%) Automotive
8 18 (43.90%) XML
8 18 (43.90%) Software Architecture
9 16 (39.02%) Software Engineering
9 16 (39.02%) Telecoms
9 16 (39.02%) Data Modelling
9 16 (39.02%) XML Schema
9 16 (39.02%) Aerospace
10 14 (34.15%) Degree
11 12 (29.27%) Use Case
11 12 (29.27%) Static Code Analysis
11 12 (29.27%) OOD
11 12 (29.27%) UML
12 11 (26.83%) UNIX
12 11 (26.83%) Banking
13 10 (24.39%) Enterprise Software
13 10 (24.39%) Microsoft
13 10 (24.39%) JCL
14 9 (21.95%) Windows
15 8 (19.51%) Mainframe
16 7 (17.07%) CICS
16 7 (17.07%) Linux

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT jobs across the South East 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 7 (17.07%) CICS
2 4 (9.76%) SAS
3 1 (2.44%) MQSeries
Applications
1 7 (17.07%) MS Excel
2 4 (9.76%) SPSS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (17.07%) DB2
2 6 (14.63%) SQL Server
3 4 (9.76%) Oracle Database
4 3 (7.32%) Adabas
5 2 (4.88%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (2.44%) Easytrieve
6 1 (2.44%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (9.76%) ChangeMan
1 4 (9.76%) JIRA
2 2 (4.88%) Subversion
General
1 19 (46.34%) Finance
2 18 (43.90%) Automotive
3 16 (39.02%) Aerospace
3 16 (39.02%) Telecoms
4 11 (26.83%) Banking
5 7 (17.07%) Marketing
6 3 (7.32%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (70.73%) Developer
2 18 (43.90%) Software Developer
3 12 (29.27%) Senior Developer
4 11 (26.83%) C++ Developer
5 7 (17.07%) Junior Developer
5 7 (17.07%) Senior C++ Developer
5 7 (17.07%) Junior Software Developer
5 7 (17.07%) Junior
6 6 (14.63%) Analyst
7 4 (9.76%) Senior Software Developer
7 4 (9.76%) Graduate
7 4 (9.76%) COBOL Developer
8 3 (7.32%) Programmer
8 3 (7.32%) Senior Software Engineer
8 3 (7.32%) Software Engineer
9 2 (4.88%) Analyst Programmer
9 2 (4.88%) C++ Software Engineer
9 2 (4.88%) C++ Software Developer
9 2 (4.88%) Senior COBOL Developer
9 2 (4.88%) Senior C++ Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (43.90%) XML
2 16 (39.02%) XML Schema
3 4 (9.76%) ISPF
4 3 (7.32%) HTML
4 3 (7.32%) .NET
5 2 (4.88%) ASP.NET
5 2 (4.88%) CSS
5 2 (4.88%) STL
5 2 (4.88%) XSLT
5 2 (4.88%) .NET Framework
5 2 (4.88%) JSON
5 2 (4.88%) WCF
5 2 (4.88%) LINQ
5 2 (4.88%) jQuery
5 2 (4.88%) Boost C++ Libraries
5 2 (4.88%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
5 2 (4.88%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (2.44%) HTML5
6 1 (2.44%) Middleware
6 1 (2.44%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 10 (24.39%) Enterprise Software
2 8 (19.51%) Mainframe
3 5 (12.20%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (12.20%) Computer Science
4 4 (9.76%) IBM Mainframe
4 4 (9.76%) Data Conversion
4 4 (9.76%) Data Structures
4 4 (9.76%) VSAM
5 3 (7.32%) Algorithms
6 2 (4.88%) Mathematics
7 1 (2.44%) DataPower
7 1 (2.44%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 11 (26.83%) UNIX
2 9 (21.95%) Windows
3 7 (17.07%) Linux
4 4 (9.76%) zOS
5 2 (4.88%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (63.41%) OO
2 23 (56.10%) OOP
3 18 (43.90%) Software Architecture
4 16 (39.02%) Data Modelling
4 16 (39.02%) Software Engineering
5 12 (29.27%) OOD
5 12 (29.27%) Use Case
5 12 (29.27%) UML
5 12 (29.27%) Static Code Analysis
6 5 (12.20%) Migration
7 4 (9.76%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (9.76%) Mentoring
8 2 (4.88%) TDD
8 2 (4.88%) RAD
8 2 (4.88%) MVC
8 2 (4.88%) System Testing
9 1 (2.44%) Unit Testing
9 1 (2.44%) SOA
9 1 (2.44%) Refactoring
9 1 (2.44%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 28 (68.29%) C++
2 24 (58.54%) Java
2 24 (58.54%) C#
3 21 (51.22%) JavaScript
4 20 (48.78%) C
5 10 (24.39%) JCL
6 7 (17.07%) Ada
6 7 (17.07%) SQL
7 2 (4.88%) T-SQL
7 2 (4.88%) VB.NET
7 2 (4.88%) Python
7 2 (4.88%) Perl
7 2 (4.88%) NATURAL
8 1 (2.44%) REXX
8 1 (2.44%) PL/1
Qualifications
1 14 (34.15%) Degree
Systems Management
1 5 (12.20%) Control-M
Vendors
1 10 (24.39%) Microsoft
2 4 (9.76%) Oracle
2 4 (9.76%) IBM
2 4 (9.76%) Tableau
3 1 (2.44%) Pega
3 1 (2.44%) Syncsort
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