The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Programming Languages category.

Location
3 months to
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 762 703 783
Rank change year-on-year
-59 +80
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 143 177 116
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.16% 0.098%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.24% 0.31% 0.18%
Number of salaries quoted 97 141 87
Average salary £40,000 £42,000 £39,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-4.76% +6.32%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £34,050 £23,300
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £67,250 £61,000
UK excluding London average salary £39,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
-2.50% +6.66%
Programming Languages Category
UK
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
60613 57242 63379
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 51.72% 52.61% 53.74%
Number of salaries quoted 51472 49132 55776
Average salary £42,500 £41,500 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%
90% offered a salary of more than £29,000 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £66,500 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -

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 25 July 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 25 July 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 -60 135 £40,000 -4.76% 10
North West -6 33 £57,500 +43.75% 3
London -52 30 £53,750 -14.00% 1
North East +25 23 £27,500 -
Tyne and Wear - 19 £27,500 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 19 £27,500 -
Manchester -9 17 £57,500 +45.56% 1
Cheshire +1 14 £57,500 +21.05% 1
South East -31 12 £63,750 +34.21% 3
West Yorkshire -33 11 £37,500 -16.66%
Yorkshire -42 11 £37,500 -16.66%
Knutsford +13 10 £57,500 +43.75% 1
East Midlands -2 8 £37,500 -1.31% 2
West Midlands -9 8 £45,750 +14.37%
Scotland -9 8 £31,000 -22.50% 1
Leeds -28 7 £40,000 -
Edinburgh -6 6 £33,750 -15.62% 1
Birmingham +4 5 £39,000 +0.64%
Essex 0 5 £55,000 -12.00% 1
Surrey -6 5 £22,500 -39.18% 1
South West -11 5 £29,500 -7.81%
East of England -15 5 £55,000 +39.24% 1
Hampshire - 4 £85,000 -
Southampton - 4 £85,000 -
Brentwood +7 3 £55,000 -
Berkshire -1 3 £40,750 +1.87%
Leicester - 3 £38,800 -
Walton-on-Thames - 3 - -
Reading - 3 £40,750 -
Leicestershire - 3 £38,800 -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

1 113 (42.64%) Mainframe
2 101 (38.11%) CICS
3 96 (36.23%) DB2
4 84 (31.70%) Finance
5 83 (31.32%) SQL
6 72 (27.17%) IBM
7 71 (26.79%) JCL
7 71 (26.79%) Banking
8 67 (25.28%) Java
9 53 (20.00%) Retail
9 53 (20.00%) Oracle
10 52 (19.62%) UNIX
11 40 (15.09%) Change Management
12 38 (14.34%) Linux
13 35 (13.21%) VSAM
14 34 (12.83%) J2EE
14 34 (12.83%) IBM Mainframe
15 32 (12.08%) XML
15 32 (12.08%) QA
16 31 (11.70%) CA Endevor
16 31 (11.70%) UML
16 31 (11.70%) SQL Server
17 30 (11.32%) C++
17 30 (11.32%) Stakeholder Management
18 28 (10.57%) .NET
19 27 (10.19%) C#
20 24 (9.06%) HP
21 23 (8.68%) JavaScript
21 23 (8.68%) Windows
21 23 (8.68%) ITIL

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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
1 101 (38.11%) CICS
2 13 (4.91%) WebSphere
3 8 (3.02%) SAS
4 7 (2.64%) Tuxedo
5 6 (2.26%) MQSeries
5 6 (2.26%) SharePoint
6 5 (1.89%) WebLogic
7 3 (1.13%) Apache
7 3 (1.13%) GlassFish
8 2 (0.75%) WebSphere Application Server
8 2 (0.75%) NetWeaver
8 2 (0.75%) CMS
9 1 (0.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 1 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 11 (4.15%) MS Excel
2 4 (1.51%) SPSS
3 2 (0.75%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.38%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 14 (5.28%) BASE24
2 5 (1.89%) Oracle BPM
3 3 (1.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (1.13%) Misys Midas
4 2 (0.75%) VisionPLUS
5 1 (0.38%) Oracle CRM
5 1 (0.38%) Summit
5 1 (0.38%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.38%) ProductWriter
5 1 (0.38%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (0.38%) Magento
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.26%) TCP/IP
2 5 (1.89%) SAN
3 4 (1.51%) ATM
4 3 (1.13%) Internet
4 3 (1.13%) SSL
5 1 (0.38%) VPN
5 1 (0.38%) LAN
5 1 (0.38%) WAN
5 1 (0.38%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 96 (36.23%) DB2
2 31 (11.70%) SQL Server
3 22 (8.30%) Oracle Reports
4 17 (6.42%) Oracle Database
5 15 (5.66%) Relational Database
6 11 (4.15%) Adabas
7 6 (2.26%) RDBMS
7 6 (2.26%) MySQL
8 4 (1.51%) Crystal Reports
8 4 (1.51%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (1.51%) NonStop SQL
9 3 (1.13%) IBM InfoSphere
9 3 (1.13%) Ingres
10 2 (0.75%) SQL Server 2005
10 2 (0.75%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.75%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.75%) SAP BW
11 1 (0.38%) DataStage
11 1 (0.38%) Easytrieve
11 1 (0.38%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 17 (6.42%) Oracle Forms
2 12 (4.53%) Toad
3 11 (4.15%) JIRA
3 11 (4.15%) Oracle APEX
4 10 (3.77%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (3.77%) ProC
5 6 (2.26%) Eclipse
5 6 (2.26%) Visual Studio
6 4 (1.51%) ChangeMan
7 3 (1.13%) JUnit
8 2 (0.75%) Subversion
8 2 (0.75%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 2 (0.75%) JDeveloper
8 2 (0.75%) QuickTest Pro
9 1 (0.38%) LoadRunner
9 1 (0.38%) Rational Rose
General
1 84 (31.70%) Finance
2 71 (26.79%) Banking
3 53 (20.00%) Retail
4 9 (3.40%) Financial Institution
5 6 (2.26%) Back Office
5 6 (2.26%) Billing
6 5 (1.89%) Marketing
6 5 (1.89%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (1.51%) Manufacturing
8 3 (1.13%) Electronics
8 3 (1.13%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.38%) Advertising
9 1 (0.38%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 84 (31.70%) Developer
2 54 (20.38%) Analyst
3 33 (12.45%) Technical Specialist
4 32 (12.08%) Programmer
5 30 (11.32%) COBOL Developer
6 26 (9.81%) Architect
7 21 (7.92%) Designer
8 18 (6.79%) Analyst Programmer
9 17 (6.42%) Applications Architect
10 16 (6.04%) Software Developer
11 15 (5.66%) Solutions Architect
11 15 (5.66%) Applications Support
11 15 (5.66%) COBOL Programmer
11 15 (5.66%) COBOL Analyst
12 14 (5.28%) Team Leader
12 14 (5.28%) Support Team Leader
13 12 (4.53%) DBA
14 11 (4.15%) Solutions Designer
15 10 (3.77%) Oracle Developer
16 9 (3.40%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (12.83%) J2EE
2 32 (12.08%) XML
3 28 (10.57%) .NET
4 21 (7.92%) HTML
4 21 (7.92%) ISPF
5 16 (6.04%) Web Services
6 12 (4.53%) jQuery
7 10 (3.77%) Ajax
8 7 (2.64%) .NET Framework
8 7 (2.64%) Middleware
9 6 (2.26%) ASP.NET
10 5 (1.89%) WSDL
11 4 (1.51%) XML Schema
11 4 (1.51%) CSS
11 4 (1.51%) WCF
11 4 (1.51%) LINQ
12 3 (1.13%) Grails
12 3 (1.13%) WebSphere Message Broker
12 3 (1.13%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 3 (1.13%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 113 (42.64%) Mainframe
2 35 (13.21%) VSAM
3 34 (12.83%) IBM Mainframe
4 16 (6.04%) AS400
5 12 (4.53%) Tandem
6 11 (4.15%) Computer Science
6 11 (4.15%) SWIFT
7 9 (3.40%) iSeries
7 9 (3.40%) Contract for Difference
8 7 (2.64%) Replication
9 6 (2.26%) Mathematics
10 5 (1.89%) Cryptography
10 5 (1.89%) PDA
10 5 (1.89%) HP StorageWorks
11 4 (1.51%) Data Conversion
12 3 (1.13%) Data Extraction
12 3 (1.13%) DTV
12 3 (1.13%) W3C
13 2 (0.75%) Client/Server
13 2 (0.75%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 52 (19.62%) UNIX
2 38 (14.34%) Linux
3 23 (8.68%) Windows
4 22 (8.30%) zOS
5 20 (7.55%) VME
6 16 (6.04%) AIX
7 10 (3.77%) OpenVMS
8 9 (3.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (2.64%) Windows 7
9 7 (2.64%) Windows XP
10 5 (1.89%) HPUX
11 3 (1.13%) Solaris
12 2 (0.75%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.75%) CentOS
13 1 (0.38%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.38%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (15.09%) Change Management
2 31 (11.70%) UML
3 30 (11.32%) Stakeholder Management
4 23 (8.68%) ITIL
4 23 (8.68%) Risk Analysis
4 23 (8.68%) Waterfall
5 21 (7.92%) Software Engineering
6 19 (7.17%) Release Management
7 17 (6.42%) Configuration Management
8 10 (3.77%) Business Development
8 10 (3.77%) Problem Management
8 10 (3.77%) Performance Tuning
8 10 (3.77%) Performance Monitoring
9 8 (3.02%) Root Cause Analysis
9 8 (3.02%) System Testing
9 8 (3.02%) SOA
9 8 (3.02%) OO
10 7 (2.64%) Unit Testing
10 7 (2.64%) Test Scripting
10 7 (2.64%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 83 (31.32%) SQL
2 71 (26.79%) JCL
3 67 (25.28%) Java
4 30 (11.32%) C++
5 27 (10.19%) C#
6 23 (8.68%) JavaScript
7 20 (7.55%) C
8 16 (6.04%) Shell Script
9 15 (5.66%) REXX
10 14 (5.28%) Python
11 12 (4.53%) PL/SQL
12 10 (3.77%) Assembly Language
12 10 (3.77%) PL/1
13 9 (3.40%) NATURAL
14 8 (3.02%) RPG
15 6 (2.26%) VB.NET
16 5 (1.89%) PowerShell
17 3 (1.13%) Scala
17 3 (1.13%) Groovy
17 3 (1.13%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 21 (7.92%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (12.08%) QA
2 16 (6.04%) SLA
3 13 (4.91%) ISO 9001
4 5 (1.89%) ISO 8583
4 5 (1.89%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (1.13%) TickIT
System Software
1 6 (2.26%) RACF
1 6 (2.26%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (1.89%) ACF2
2 5 (1.89%) RHEV
2 5 (1.89%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 31 (11.70%) CA Endevor
2 6 (2.26%) Tivoli
3 5 (1.89%) OpenView
3 5 (1.89%) HP NNM
3 5 (1.89%) HP SIM
4 4 (1.51%) Control-M
5 1 (0.38%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 72 (27.17%) IBM
2 53 (20.00%) Oracle
3 24 (9.06%) HP
4 15 (5.66%) Micro Focus
5 11 (4.15%) SAP
6 9 (3.40%) Microsoft
7 7 (2.64%) Red Hat
8 6 (2.26%) Cisco
8 6 (2.26%) Perforce
8 6 (2.26%) VMware
9 5 (1.89%) Brocade
9 5 (1.89%) NCR
9 5 (1.89%) Unisys
10 4 (1.51%) Sybase
10 4 (1.51%) Tableau
11 2 (0.75%) Computacenter
11 2 (0.75%) Cognizant
11 2 (0.75%) Infragistics
12 1 (0.38%) ATG
12 1 (0.38%) JD Edwards
Liverpool, Merseyside
ETS Technical Selection Ltd
Salary: £30000 - £42000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Basildon, Essex
Cognizant
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
Search Consultancy
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Head Resourcing
Salary: £28000 - £36000 per annum + Excellent company benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Knutsford, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Posted: 5 days ago
South East
Cognizant
Posted: 11 days ago
South East
Cognizant
Posted: 19 days ago