The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 18 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 705 735 776
Rank change year-on-year
+30 +41
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 199 126 116
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.12% 0.10%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.34% 0.23% 0.19%
Number of salaries quoted 140 98 94
Average salary £50,000 £40,000 £40,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+25.00% -1.23%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,950 £32,500 £20,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £70,000 £70,250
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £38,500 £36,250
% change year-on-year
+10.38% +6.20%

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

Programming Languages Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
58023 55631 62152
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 50.78% 52.91% 53.64%
Number of salaries quoted 48664 47968 54494
Average salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +2.40%
90% offered a salary of more than £29,000 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £39,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend

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

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

COBOL
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing COBOL within the UK.

COBOL Salary Trend in the UK

COBOL
Salary Histogram

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing COBOL over the 3 months to 18 September 2014 within the UK.

COBOL Salary Histogram in the UK

COBOL
Top 30 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the UK over the 3 months to 18 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
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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
England +19 187 £50,000 +25.00% 41
North West +20 59 £55,000 +57.14% 6
London -22 37 £57,500 +4.54% 15
Cheshire +10 30 £55,000 +22.22%
North East +19 26 £27,500 -9.83% 6
Manchester +9 26 £55,000 +42.85% 4
Tyne and Wear - 22 £27,500 - 5
Newcastle upon Tyne - 21 £27,500 - 5
East of England -29 17 £55,000 +39.24% 2
South East -6 16 £50,000 +25.00% 5
Knutsford 0 13 £57,500 +35.29%
Scotland -9 11 £32,000 -17.41% 3
West Midlands -18 11 £52,500 +31.25% 4
Essex +2 9 £55,000 -12.00%
East Midlands -6 9 £35,900 -5.52%
Hertfordshire -20 8 £37,500 -5.06% 2
Basildon - 8 £55,000 -
Edinburgh - 8 £32,000 - 3
Surrey - 8 £33,750 - 3
Birmingham +7 7 £52,500 +31.25% 2
City of London +5 7 £46,250 +27.58% 1
South West -11 6 £36,500 +14.06%
Yorkshire -42 6 £37,500 -14.28% 3
Gloucestershire - 6 £36,500 -
Nottinghamshire +7 5 £50,000 +42.85%
Nottingham +2 5 £50,000 +42.85%
Cheltenham - 5 £37,000 -
Hemel Hempstead - 5 £37,500 -
Southampton - 4 £85,000 -
Stafford - 4 - -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, IT jobs within the UK 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.

1 165 (51.72%) Mainframe
2 148 (46.39%) DB2
3 140 (43.89%) Finance
4 134 (42.01%) CICS
5 119 (37.30%) Banking
6 117 (36.68%) Java
7 99 (31.03%) JCL
8 94 (29.47%) IBM
9 80 (25.08%) SQL
10 74 (23.20%) Retail
11 68 (21.32%) Analytical Skills
12 66 (20.69%) Mentoring
13 64 (20.06%) J2EE
14 63 (19.75%) Agile Software Development
15 62 (19.44%) UNIX
16 60 (18.81%) Change Management
17 54 (16.93%) Coaching
18 53 (16.61%) UML
18 53 (16.61%) Oracle
19 51 (15.99%) Stakeholder Management
19 51 (15.99%) QA
20 50 (15.67%) Windows
21 49 (15.36%) XML
21 49 (15.36%) C#
21 49 (15.36%) Waterfall
22 46 (14.42%) CA Endevor
22 46 (14.42%) Linux
23 44 (13.79%) Risk Analysis
24 43 (13.48%) C++
25 40 (12.54%) .NET

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, IT jobs within the UK 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
1 134 (42.01%) CICS
2 13 (4.08%) SAS
3 11 (3.45%) WebSphere
4 9 (2.82%) CMS
5 8 (2.51%) Tuxedo
6 6 (1.88%) MQSeries
7 5 (1.57%) WebLogic
8 3 (0.94%) Apache
8 3 (0.94%) GlassFish
8 3 (0.94%) AquaLogic
8 3 (0.94%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 3 (0.94%) Oracle Service Bus
9 2 (0.63%) SharePoint
9 2 (0.63%) WebSphere Application Server
9 2 (0.63%) NetWeaver
10 1 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 15 (4.70%) MS Excel
2 4 (1.25%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 23 (7.21%) BASE24
2 9 (2.82%) VisionPLUS
3 5 (1.57%) Oracle BPM
4 3 (0.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.63%) ProductWriter
6 1 (0.31%) Summit
6 1 (0.31%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.31%) INSURE/90
6 1 (0.31%) Misys Midas
6 1 (0.31%) Magento
6 1 (0.31%) Oracle Retail
Communications & Networking
1 20 (6.27%) ATM
2 18 (5.64%) TCP/IP
3 5 (1.57%) SAN
4 3 (0.94%) SSL
4 3 (0.94%) Internet
5 2 (0.63%) SMS
6 1 (0.31%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 148 (46.39%) DB2
2 38 (11.91%) SQL Server
3 18 (5.64%) Oracle Reports
4 16 (5.02%) Oracle Database
5 13 (4.08%) Relational Database
6 11 (3.45%) Adabas
7 7 (2.19%) Easytrieve
7 7 (2.19%) NonStop SQL
7 7 (2.19%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (1.88%) RDBMS
8 6 (1.88%) Crystal Reports
9 5 (1.57%) Oracle Database 11g
9 5 (1.57%) SQL Server 2005
10 3 (0.94%) SAP BW
10 3 (0.94%) Ingres
10 3 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (0.94%) IBM InfoSphere
11 2 (0.63%) MS Access
11 2 (0.63%) MySQL
11 2 (0.63%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 14 (4.39%) Oracle Forms
2 8 (2.51%) JIRA
3 6 (1.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (1.88%) Oracle APEX
3 6 (1.88%) ProC
3 6 (1.88%) Toad
3 6 (1.88%) ClearCase
4 5 (1.57%) Visual Studio
5 4 (1.25%) ChangeMan
6 3 (0.94%) JUnit
7 2 (0.63%) Subversion
7 2 (0.63%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.31%) QuickTest Pro
8 1 (0.31%) LoadRunner
General
1 140 (43.89%) Finance
2 119 (37.30%) Banking
3 74 (23.20%) Retail
4 9 (2.82%) Financial Institution
5 8 (2.51%) Marketing
6 6 (1.88%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.57%) Pharmaceutical
8 4 (1.25%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.94%) Aerospace
9 3 (0.94%) Automotive
9 3 (0.94%) Electronics
10 2 (0.63%) Back Office
10 2 (0.63%) Billing
Job Titles
1 86 (26.96%) Developer
2 62 (19.44%) Analyst
3 55 (17.24%) Technical Specialist
4 49 (15.36%) Architect
5 39 (12.23%) Programmer
6 37 (11.60%) Designer
7 33 (10.34%) COBOL Developer
8 25 (7.84%) Applications Architect
9 24 (7.52%) Solutions Architect
10 22 (6.90%) Software Developer
10 22 (6.90%) COBOL Programmer
11 21 (6.58%) Solutions Designer
12 19 (5.96%) COBOL Analyst
13 18 (5.64%) Consultant
14 16 (5.02%) Analyst Programmer
15 15 (4.70%) Applications Support
16 14 (4.39%) Senior Developer
17 13 (4.08%) Analyst Developer
18 12 (3.76%) Support Analyst
19 11 (3.45%) Senior Technical Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (20.06%) J2EE
2 49 (15.36%) XML
3 40 (12.54%) .NET
4 20 (6.27%) ISPF
5 19 (5.96%) Web Services
6 15 (4.70%) HTML
7 14 (4.39%) XML Schema
8 9 (2.82%) Middleware
9 8 (2.51%) jQuery
9 8 (2.51%) ASP.NET
10 7 (2.19%) CSS
11 6 (1.88%) Ajax
11 6 (1.88%) Hibernate
11 6 (1.88%) Spring
12 5 (1.57%) WSDL
13 4 (1.25%) .NET Framework
13 4 (1.25%) Java EE
14 3 (0.94%) JAXB
14 3 (0.94%) Struts
14 3 (0.94%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 165 (51.72%) Mainframe
2 68 (21.32%) Analytical Skills
3 37 (11.60%) VSAM
4 36 (11.29%) IBM Mainframe
5 22 (6.90%) Tandem
6 19 (5.96%) AS400
7 17 (5.33%) Mathematics
8 15 (4.70%) Computer Science
9 14 (4.39%) Cryptography
10 13 (4.08%) SWIFT
11 12 (3.76%) iSeries
12 9 (2.82%) EMV
12 9 (2.82%) Contract for Difference
13 7 (2.19%) Management Information System
14 6 (1.88%) Replication
15 5 (1.57%) Chip Card
15 5 (1.57%) LPAR
15 5 (1.57%) HP StorageWorks
16 4 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
16 4 (1.25%) Data Conversion
Operating Systems
1 62 (19.44%) UNIX
2 50 (15.67%) Windows
3 46 (14.42%) Linux
4 23 (7.21%) VME
5 21 (6.58%) zOS
6 17 (5.33%) Windows XP
6 17 (5.33%) Windows 7
7 16 (5.02%) AIX
8 9 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (2.19%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (1.88%) OpenVMS
11 5 (1.57%) HPUX
11 5 (1.57%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (1.57%) Windows 2000 Server
12 3 (0.94%) Solaris
13 2 (0.63%) CentOS
13 2 (0.63%) MVS
14 1 (0.31%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (20.69%) Mentoring
2 63 (19.75%) Agile Software Development
3 60 (18.81%) Change Management
4 54 (16.93%) Coaching
5 53 (16.61%) UML
6 51 (15.99%) Stakeholder Management
7 49 (15.36%) Waterfall
8 44 (13.79%) Risk Analysis
9 27 (8.46%) Release Management
10 22 (6.90%) ITIL
11 20 (6.27%) OO
12 19 (5.96%) Software Engineering
13 16 (5.02%) OOP
14 15 (4.70%) Unit Testing
15 14 (4.39%) Software Architecture
15 14 (4.39%) SOA
16 12 (3.76%) Performance Monitoring
16 12 (3.76%) Business Analysis
17 11 (3.45%) Data Modelling
17 11 (3.45%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 117 (36.68%) Java
2 99 (31.03%) JCL
3 80 (25.08%) SQL
4 49 (15.36%) C#
5 43 (13.48%) C++
6 31 (9.72%) JavaScript
7 28 (8.78%) C
8 21 (6.58%) REXX
9 20 (6.27%) PL/1
10 18 (5.64%) Assembly Language
11 14 (4.39%) PowerShell
12 11 (3.45%) Shell Script
13 9 (2.82%) NATURAL
14 8 (2.51%) RPG
15 7 (2.19%) VB.NET
16 6 (1.88%) PL/SQL
16 6 (1.88%) Python
17 3 (0.94%) T-SQL
17 3 (0.94%) VB
17 3 (0.94%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 38 (11.91%) Degree
2 5 (1.57%) SC Cleared
2 5 (1.57%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (15.99%) QA
2 14 (4.39%) ISO 8583
3 11 (3.45%) SLA
4 8 (2.51%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.94%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.63%) TickIT
System Software
1 6 (1.88%) VMware Infrastructure
1 6 (1.88%) RACF
2 5 (1.57%) VMware ESX
2 5 (1.57%) RHEV
3 3 (0.94%) ACF2
Systems Management
1 46 (14.42%) CA Endevor
2 5 (1.57%) OpenView
2 5 (1.57%) Control-M
2 5 (1.57%) HP NNM
2 5 (1.57%) HP SIM
3 4 (1.25%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.31%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 94 (29.47%) IBM
2 53 (16.61%) Oracle
3 29 (9.09%) HP
4 16 (5.02%) Microsoft
5 15 (4.70%) SAP
6 14 (4.39%) NCR
6 14 (4.39%) Micro Focus
7 9 (2.82%) VocaLink
8 7 (2.19%) Red Hat
9 6 (1.88%) VMware
9 6 (1.88%) Cisco
10 5 (1.57%) Sybase
10 5 (1.57%) Unisys
10 5 (1.57%) Brocade
11 4 (1.25%) Tableau
12 3 (0.94%) BEA
12 3 (0.94%) JBoss
12 3 (0.94%) Perforce
13 2 (0.63%) ICL
13 2 (0.63%) Cognizant
South West London
Real Time Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 40,000 to 50,000
Posted: 2 hours ago
Surrey
Search Consultancy
Posted: 3 hours ago
Walton-On-Thames, Surrey
Go IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £28,000 to £33,000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 17 hours ago
Walton-On-Thames, Surrey
Go IT Recruitment Ltd
Salary: From £50,000 to £55,000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 19 hours ago
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Hays - Computacenter
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 21 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 21 hours ago
Skelmersdale, Lancashire
Ping IT Recruitment ltd
Salary: Up to £45,000 per annum 5% cash/benefits package
Posted: 22 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Lloyds Banking Group
Salary: £36125 - £44625 per annum + benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Salary: £45000 - £50000 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Solutions Recruitment
Salary: From £28,000 to £28,000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Lloyds Banking Group
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Salary: £45000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Spring Technology
Salary: £60000.00 per annum + Plus benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum + Package
Posted: 3 days ago
Hitchin, Hertfordshire
LV=
Salary: Competitve
Posted: 5 days ago
South East London
Lloyds Banking Group
Salary: £4955 - £61215 per annum + car,benefits
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Posted: 6 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
BARCLAY ANDERSON LIMITED
Salary: From £35,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
East London
Royal Bank Of Scotland
Salary: £Competitive plus cash and benefits package
Posted: 13 days ago