The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT jobs advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 27 August 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
27 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 231 234 212
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -22
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 12 6 4
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South West 0.21% 0.097% 0.078%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.36% 0.17% 0.14%
Number of salaries quoted 11 6 4
Average salary £42,500 £36,000 £32,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+18.05% +12.50%
UK excluding London average salary £44,000 £42,500 £39,500
% change year-on-year
+3.52% +7.59%
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 West region.

Programming Languages Category
South West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
3346 3485 2935
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South West 57.40% 56.36% 57.06%
Number of salaries quoted 2867 2975 2617
Average salary £38,500 £37,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.05% +5.71%
90% offered a salary of more than £26,600 £27,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £59,000 £47,500 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

COBOL
Salary Trend in the South West

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

COBOL Salary Trend in the South West

COBOL
Salary Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing COBOL across the South West region over the 3 months to 27 August 2015.

COBOL Salary Histogram in the South West

COBOL
Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the South West region over the 3 months to 27 August 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
Bristol - 6 £45,000 -
Gloucestershire -16 4 £35,000 -2.77%
Dorset - 1 £30,000 -
Wiltshire - 1 - - 1
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 27 August 2015, IT jobs across the South 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 22 (53.66%) Back Office
1 22 (53.66%) SQL
2 19 (46.34%) Finance
3 18 (43.90%) Oracle
4 17 (41.46%) PL/SQL
4 17 (41.46%) Oracle APEX
5 7 (17.07%) RPG
5 7 (17.07%) Migration
6 6 (14.63%) Java
6 6 (14.63%) SQL Server
6 6 (14.63%) E-Commerce
6 6 (14.63%) UniData
6 6 (14.63%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (14.63%) TDD
6 6 (14.63%) SDLC
7 5 (12.20%) Management Information System
7 5 (12.20%) Time Management
7 5 (12.20%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (12.20%) Windows 2000 Server
7 5 (12.20%) iSeries
7 5 (12.20%) LPAR
7 5 (12.20%) IBM
7 5 (12.20%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (12.20%) Windows
7 5 (12.20%) AS400
7 5 (12.20%) Configuration Management
7 5 (12.20%) Mainframe
8 4 (9.76%) Process Management
8 4 (9.76%) StreamWeaver
8 4 (9.76%) Portfolio Management

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 2015, IT jobs across the South 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 4 (9.76%) StreamWeaver
2 1 (2.44%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (2.44%) MS Office
1 1 (2.44%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (14.63%) SQL Server
1 6 (14.63%) UniData
2 1 (2.44%) QlikView
2 1 (2.44%) DB2
2 1 (2.44%) Adabas
Development Applications
1 17 (41.46%) Oracle APEX
General
1 22 (53.66%) Back Office
2 19 (46.34%) Finance
3 1 (2.44%) Banking
3 1 (2.44%) Billing
3 1 (2.44%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 28 (68.29%) Developer
2 19 (46.34%) Analyst
3 14 (34.15%) COBOL Developer
4 11 (26.83%) COBOL Analyst
4 11 (26.83%) Analyst Developer
5 7 (17.07%) SQL Developer
5 7 (17.07%) PL/SQL Developer
5 7 (17.07%) Support Analyst
6 6 (14.63%) Systems Developer
6 6 (14.63%) Pick Developer
7 5 (12.20%) AS400 Support
8 4 (9.76%) Development Manager
9 2 (4.88%) Applications Support
9 2 (4.88%) Applications Support Analyst
10 1 (2.44%) Technical Analyst
10 1 (2.44%) Programmer
10 1 (2.44%) Natural/Adabas Developer
10 1 (2.44%) Adabas Natural Developer
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.20%) Mainframe
1 5 (12.20%) Management Information System
1 5 (12.20%) AS400
1 5 (12.20%) iSeries
1 5 (12.20%) LPAR
2 1 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.44%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 5 (12.20%) Windows
1 5 (12.20%) Windows Server 2003
1 5 (12.20%) Windows Server 2008
1 5 (12.20%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (17.07%) Migration
2 6 (14.63%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (14.63%) TDD
2 6 (14.63%) E-Commerce
2 6 (14.63%) SDLC
3 5 (12.20%) Time Management
3 5 (12.20%) Configuration Management
4 4 (9.76%) Process Management
4 4 (9.76%) Portfolio Management
4 4 (9.76%) Continuous Improvement
5 1 (2.44%) Data Governance
5 1 (2.44%) Technical Analysis
5 1 (2.44%) B2B
5 1 (2.44%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 22 (53.66%) SQL
2 17 (41.46%) PL/SQL
3 7 (17.07%) RPG
4 6 (14.63%) Java
5 1 (2.44%) Pascal
5 1 (2.44%) NATURAL
5 1 (2.44%) JCL
Vendors
1 18 (43.90%) Oracle
2 5 (12.20%) IBM
3 1 (2.44%) Cognizant
3 1 (2.44%) Cognos