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 23 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 238 205 209
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +4
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 6 5 7
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South West 0.097% 0.099% 0.12%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.18% 0.17% 0.23%
Number of salaries quoted 6 5 6
Average salary £36,500 £32,000 £27,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+14.06% +18.51%
90% offered a salary of more than £31,517 £32,000 £24,000
10% offered a salary of more than £37,000 £33,800 £38,750
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £38,500 £36,250
% change year-on-year
+16.88% +6.20%
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
3411 2907 3086
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South West 55.25% 57.39% 53.46%
Number of salaries quoted 2952 2615 2790
Average salary £36,250 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.57% -
90% offered a salary of more than £26,500 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £46,000 £47,500
UK excluding London average salary £39,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -

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
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 23 September 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
Gloucestershire - 6 £36,500 -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, 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 11 (78.57%) Finance
2 10 (71.43%) SQL
2 10 (71.43%) SQL Server
3 5 (35.71%) Windows
3 5 (35.71%) IBM
3 5 (35.71%) Windows Server 2003
3 5 (35.71%) Management Information System
3 5 (35.71%) AS400
3 5 (35.71%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (35.71%) Windows 2000 Server
3 5 (35.71%) iSeries
3 5 (35.71%) LPAR
3 5 (35.71%) Relational Database
4 4 (28.57%) .NET
4 4 (28.57%) Oracle
5 3 (21.43%) Ingres
5 3 (21.43%) CICS
5 3 (21.43%) Sybase
5 3 (21.43%) DB2
5 3 (21.43%) Data Extraction
6 2 (14.29%) Data Mapping
6 2 (14.29%) ProductWriter
6 2 (14.29%) Systems Analysis
6 2 (14.29%) .NET Framework
6 2 (14.29%) Configuration Management
6 2 (14.29%) RDBMS
6 2 (14.29%) Pascal
6 2 (14.29%) Visual Studio
6 2 (14.29%) VB.NET
6 2 (14.29%) C#

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, 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 3 (21.43%) CICS
Business Applications
1 2 (14.29%) ProductWriter
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (71.43%) SQL Server
2 5 (35.71%) Relational Database
3 3 (21.43%) DB2
3 3 (21.43%) Ingres
4 2 (14.29%) RDBMS
5 1 (7.14%) Adabas
Development Applications
1 2 (14.29%) Visual Studio
2 1 (7.14%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (7.14%) LoadRunner
2 1 (7.14%) JIRA
General
1 11 (78.57%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 10 (71.43%) Analyst
2 5 (35.71%) Support Analyst
3 4 (28.57%) Programmer
3 4 (28.57%) AS400 Support
4 3 (21.43%) Developer
4 3 (21.43%) Analyst Programmer
5 1 (7.14%) Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) QA Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) COBOL Developer
5 1 (7.14%) COBOL Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Database Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) LoadRunner Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Analyst Developer
5 1 (7.14%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (28.57%) .NET
2 2 (14.29%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 5 (35.71%) Management Information System
1 5 (35.71%) AS400
1 5 (35.71%) iSeries
1 5 (35.71%) LPAR
2 3 (21.43%) Data Extraction
3 1 (7.14%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 5 (35.71%) Windows
1 5 (35.71%) Windows Server 2003
1 5 (35.71%) Windows Server 2008
1 5 (35.71%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (14.29%) Configuration Management
1 2 (14.29%) Systems Analysis
1 2 (14.29%) Data Mapping
Programming Languages
1 10 (71.43%) SQL
2 2 (14.29%) VB.NET
2 2 (14.29%) Pascal
2 2 (14.29%) C#
2 2 (14.29%) RPG
Qualifications
1 1 (7.14%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (7.14%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (7.14%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (35.71%) IBM
2 4 (28.57%) Oracle
3 3 (21.43%) Sybase
4 2 (14.29%) Microsoft
5 1 (7.14%) HP