The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT jobs advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 6 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
6 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 765 645 874
Rank change year-on-year
-120 +229
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 175 332 125
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.30% 0.10%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.33% 0.59% 0.20%
Number of salaries quoted 109 228 88
Median salary £45,000 £47,500 £39,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
-5.26% +20.25%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £33,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £57,500 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
- +20.00%

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
53285 56554 63024
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 51.98% 51.18% 52.53%
Number of salaries quoted 46066 48088 53400
Median salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
+5.55% +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £29,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £67,500
UK excluding London median salary £41,500 £40,000 £39,500
% change year-on-year
+3.75% +1.26%

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of job ads citing COBOL as a proportion of all IT jobs with a match in 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 6 May 2016 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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the UK over the 3 months to 6 May 2016. 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 trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -126 171 £45,000 -5.26% 14
South East -7 70 £52,500 +5.00% 4
West Sussex +2 36 £47,000 -6.00%
London -10 33 £50,000 -4.76% 1
East Midlands -9 25 £35,000 -12.50%
Yorkshire -3 21 £30,000 -11.76% 2
Berkshire +13 16 £52,500 +50.00%
East Sussex 0 13 £55,000 +10.00%
Northamptonshire +14 12 £35,000 -19.54%
Northampton +11 12 £35,000 -19.54%
Leicestershire +19 11 £41,000 +7.89%
West Midlands -11 10 £37,500 -28.57% 1
Burgess Hill - 10 £40,500 -
West Yorkshire -7 8 - - 1
Brighton +5 7 - -
Pontefract -3 6 - -
North West +8 5 £32,500 -18.75% 2
Sheffield +5 5 £30,000 +33.33% 1
South Yorkshire +2 5 £30,000 +33.33% 1
East of England -2 5 £45,000 -10.00% 4
Shropshire -5 5 £37,000 - 1
City of London +51 4 £57,500 +9.52%
Essex -10 4 £45,000 -10.00%
Surrey -17 4 £62,500 +19.04% 1
Cheshire +21 3 £32,500 -18.75%
Newbury +6 3 £52,500 +50.00%
Telford -8 3 £37,000 -
Egham - 3 £62,500 - 1
North East +7 2 £60,000 -1.98%
Tyne and Wear +6 2 £60,000 -1.98%

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 2016, IT jobs citing COBOL also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for COBOL.

1 207 (57.66%) Mainframe
2 162 (45.13%) DB2
3 157 (43.73%) SQL
4 136 (37.88%) JCL
5 126 (35.10%) Finance
6 122 (33.98%) IBM
6 122 (33.98%) CICS
7 114 (31.75%) Java
8 107 (29.81%) Agile Software Development
9 92 (25.63%) SDLC
10 81 (22.56%) Degree
11 71 (19.78%) VSAM
12 69 (19.22%) AS400
13 65 (18.11%) Banking
14 62 (17.27%) Computer Science
15 57 (15.88%) QA
16 55 (15.32%) Retail
17 51 (14.21%) RAD
18 50 (13.93%) C#
18 50 (13.93%) Analytical Skills
19 47 (13.09%) Automated Testing
20 44 (12.26%) RPG
20 44 (12.26%) Oracle
21 43 (11.98%) REXX
22 42 (11.70%) Software Engineering
22 42 (11.70%) IBM Mainframe
22 42 (11.70%) Waterfall
23 41 (11.42%) TDD
24 40 (11.14%) User Stories
25 38 (10.58%) Continuous Improvement

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 122 (33.98%) CICS
2 21 (5.85%) IIS
3 11 (3.06%) WebSphere
4 5 (1.39%) OpenROAD
5 4 (1.11%) MTS
5 4 (1.11%) SAS
6 3 (0.84%) Exstream Dialogue
7 2 (0.56%) MQSeries
7 2 (0.56%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.56%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (0.28%) MS Excel
1 1 (0.28%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 29 (8.08%) VisionPLUS
2 5 (1.39%) BusinessWorks
2 5 (1.39%) JDE EnterpriseOne
3 4 (1.11%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.84%) Exstream
5 2 (0.56%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.56%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.56%) SAP CRM
5 2 (0.56%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.56%) SAP IS-U
5 2 (0.56%) SAP SCM
6 1 (0.28%) FastStats
6 1 (0.28%) Oracle BPM
6 1 (0.28%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 23 (6.41%) FTP
2 9 (2.51%) HTTPS
3 3 (0.84%) PuTTY
3 3 (0.84%) SSH
3 3 (0.84%) Telnet
4 2 (0.56%) HTTP
4 2 (0.56%) SAN
5 1 (0.28%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 162 (45.13%) DB2
2 14 (3.90%) UniData
3 13 (3.62%) Relational Database
4 10 (2.79%) Oracle Database
4 10 (2.79%) SQL Server
5 9 (2.51%) MongoDB
6 8 (2.23%) Data Mining
6 8 (2.23%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (2.23%) NoSQL
7 7 (1.95%) Apache Hive
7 7 (1.95%) MySQL
8 6 (1.67%) DataStage
9 5 (1.39%) Oracle Database 11g
10 4 (1.11%) Pentaho
11 3 (0.84%) Big Data
11 3 (0.84%) Informix
11 3 (0.84%) NonStop SQL
12 2 (0.56%) RDBMS
12 2 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 2 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 29 (8.08%) Team Foundation Server
2 14 (3.90%) JUnit
3 12 (3.34%) Eclipse
4 9 (2.51%) Git (software)
4 9 (2.51%) Oracle Forms
5 8 (2.23%) Subversion
6 7 (1.95%) JMeter
6 7 (1.95%) LoadRunner
6 7 (1.95%) Selenium
6 7 (1.95%) Selenium IDE
6 7 (1.95%) WebDriver
7 6 (1.67%) Maven
8 5 (1.39%) PowerBuilder
8 5 (1.39%) PROIV
9 4 (1.11%) ERwin
9 4 (1.11%) LSMW
10 3 (0.84%) Visual Studio
11 2 (0.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 1 (0.28%) JIRA
12 1 (0.28%) ProC
General
1 126 (35.10%) Finance
2 65 (18.11%) Banking
3 55 (15.32%) Retail
4 12 (3.34%) Music Industry
5 11 (3.06%) Marketing
6 7 (1.95%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.67%) Financial Institution
8 5 (1.39%) Dutch Language
8 5 (1.39%) French Language
8 5 (1.39%) German Language
8 5 (1.39%) Italian Language
8 5 (1.39%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.39%) Spanish Language
9 4 (1.11%) Retail Banking
10 2 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.28%) Automotive
11 1 (0.28%) Billing
Job Titles
1 144 (40.11%) Developer
2 57 (15.88%) COBOL Developer
3 44 (12.26%) Analyst
4 31 (8.64%) Software Engineer
5 29 (8.08%) DB2 Developer
6 21 (5.85%) Java Developer
6 21 (5.85%) Mainframe Developer
6 21 (5.85%) Programmer
7 19 (5.29%) CICS Engineer
7 19 (5.29%) Senior Developer
8 16 (4.46%) Analyst Programmer
8 16 (4.46%) QA Engineer
9 14 (3.90%) Business Analyst
9 14 (3.90%) Lead Developer
9 14 (3.90%) Mainframe Software Engineer
10 13 (3.62%) AS400 Support
11 12 (3.34%) Data Engineer
12 11 (3.06%) Designer
12 11 (3.06%) Solutions Designer
13 10 (2.79%) RPG Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (10.58%) Web Services
2 37 (10.31%) .NET
2 37 (10.31%) HTML
3 35 (9.75%) XML
4 19 (5.29%) ISPF
5 17 (4.74%) JSON
6 16 (4.46%) HTML5
7 14 (3.90%) PhoneGap
8 13 (3.62%) J2EE
9 11 (3.06%) EDI
9 11 (3.06%) Spring
10 10 (2.79%) ASP.NET
11 8 (2.23%) Natural Language Processing
12 7 (1.95%) REST
12 7 (1.95%) Spring MVC
13 5 (1.39%) Classic ASP
13 5 (1.39%) CSS
13 5 (1.39%) jQuery
13 5 (1.39%) XSLT
14 4 (1.11%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 207 (57.66%) Mainframe
2 71 (19.78%) VSAM
3 69 (19.22%) AS400
4 62 (17.27%) Computer Science
5 50 (13.93%) Analytical Skills
6 42 (11.70%) IBM Mainframe
7 34 (9.47%) iSeries
8 24 (6.69%) Enterprise Software
9 20 (5.57%) Client/Server
10 12 (3.34%) Algorithms
11 11 (3.06%) Management Information System
12 10 (2.79%) Social Media
13 9 (2.51%) Visualisation
14 8 (2.23%) Data Structures
14 8 (2.23%) SWIFT
15 7 (1.95%) Replication
16 4 (1.11%) Derivative
16 4 (1.11%) FMCG
16 4 (1.11%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 4 (1.11%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 35 (9.75%) Unix
2 27 (7.52%) zOS
3 16 (4.46%) Windows
4 7 (1.95%) Android
4 7 (1.95%) Apple iOS
5 6 (1.67%) Linux
5 6 (1.67%) OS/390
6 4 (1.11%) Windows Server
7 3 (0.84%) MVS
8 1 (0.28%) AIX
8 1 (0.28%) SUSE
8 1 (0.28%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (29.81%) Agile Software Development
2 92 (25.63%) SDLC
3 51 (14.21%) RAD
4 47 (13.09%) Automated Testing
5 42 (11.70%) Software Engineering
5 42 (11.70%) Waterfall
6 41 (11.42%) TDD
7 40 (11.14%) User Stories
8 38 (10.58%) Continuous Improvement
9 33 (9.19%) Scrum
10 32 (8.91%) Change Management
11 31 (8.64%) Unit Testing
12 30 (8.36%) Integration Testing
12 30 (8.36%) Mentoring
13 29 (8.08%) Functional Testing
14 27 (7.52%) Regression Testing
15 26 (7.24%) SOA
16 23 (6.41%) System Integration Testing
17 22 (6.13%) OO
18 21 (5.85%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 157 (43.73%) SQL
2 136 (37.88%) JCL
3 114 (31.75%) Java
4 50 (13.93%) C#
5 44 (12.26%) RPG
6 43 (11.98%) REXX
7 29 (8.08%) JavaScript
8 28 (7.80%) CLIST
9 22 (6.13%) C++
10 15 (4.18%) PL/SQL
10 15 (4.18%) VB
11 14 (3.90%) Assembly Language
11 14 (3.90%) C
11 14 (3.90%) Fortran
12 11 (3.06%) Python
13 8 (2.23%) Scala
13 8 (2.23%) VB6
14 7 (1.95%) RPG IV
14 7 (1.95%) RPG/400
14 7 (1.95%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 81 (22.56%) Degree
2 29 (8.08%) ISTQB
3 21 (5.85%) ISEB
4 8 (2.23%) PhD
5 2 (0.56%) OCA
5 2 (0.56%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (15.88%) QA
2 6 (1.67%) SEPA
3 4 (1.11%) FATCA
3 4 (1.11%) MiFID
3 4 (1.11%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (5.57%) Time Sharing Option
2 8 (2.23%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
3 2 (0.56%) Firmware
3 2 (0.56%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 19 (5.29%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (3.62%) CA Endevor
3 8 (2.23%) Tivoli
4 2 (0.56%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 122 (33.98%) IBM
2 44 (12.26%) Oracle
3 34 (9.47%) JD Edwards
4 29 (8.08%) Microsoft
5 26 (7.24%) TSYS
6 23 (6.41%) HP
7 17 (4.74%) SAP
8 11 (3.06%) Micro Focus
9 9 (2.51%) JDA
9 9 (2.51%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (2.23%) CA
11 6 (1.67%) Informatica
11 6 (1.67%) TOWER Software
12 5 (1.39%) Rally
12 5 (1.39%) Remedy
12 5 (1.39%) TIBCO
13 4 (1.11%) BMC
13 4 (1.11%) Cognizant
13 4 (1.11%) hybris
13 4 (1.11%) Pega
Watford, Hertfordshire
Spring Technology
Salary: £30000.00 - £50000.00 per annum + Plus benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Bedfordshire
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £25000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Shropshire
Lorien Resourcing
Salary: COMPETITVE SALARY
Posted: 2 days ago
Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Informatiq Consulting
Salary: £21000 - £30000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Egham, Surrey
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Salary: £60000 - £65000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
South East
Cognizant
Posted: 8 days ago
London
TRG
Salary: 40000-60000 Per Annum plus bonus and benefits
Posted: 23 days ago