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 22 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 739 704 781
Rank change year-on-year
-35 +77
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 166 167 120
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.15% 0.10%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.28% 0.29% 0.19%
Number of salaries quoted 116 137 94
Average salary £47,500 £40,750 £39,750
Average salary % change year-on-year
+16.56% +2.51%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £32,500 £20,750
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £62,500 £67,625
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £39,500 £38,500
% change year-on-year
+7.59% +2.59%

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
59934 57231 62888
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 51.16% 52.66% 53.67%
Number of salaries quoted 50259 49201 55232
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 £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 22 August 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 22 August 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
England -19 157 £50,000 +21.95% 19
North West -11 46 £57,500 +46.49% 4
London -2 36 £57,500 -4.16% 5
Cheshire -2 24 £57,500 +4.54% 1
Manchester -3 19 £57,500 +41.97% 3
North East +13 17 £27,500 -9.83% 6
Tyne and Wear - 16 £27,500 - 6
Newcastle upon Tyne - 16 £27,500 - 5
East of England -5 15 £55,000 +39.24% 2
South East -28 14 £65,000 +34.71%
Knutsford +8 13 £57,500 +35.29%
Essex +12 11 £55,000 -12.00% 2
West Midlands -4 9 £45,750 +25.34% 1
Surrey +6 8 £22,500 -39.18%
Scotland -15 8 £31,500 -16.00% 1
Basildon - 8 £55,000 - 1
East Midlands -6 7 £38,900 +2.36%
West Yorkshire -48 7 £37,500 -16.66% 1
Yorkshire -50 7 £37,500 -16.66% 1
Birmingham +9 6 £45,750 +14.37%
South West -14 6 £36,000 +12.50%
Leeds -27 6 £38,750 -6.06% 1
Edinburgh - 6 £32,000 - 1
Gloucestershire - 5 £36,000 -
City of London -6 4 £60,000 +9.09% 2
Hertfordshire -17 4 £37,500 -5.06%
Hampshire - 4 £85,000 -
Walton-on-Thames - 4 £45,000 -
Southampton - 4 £85,000 -
Hemel Hempstead - 4 £37,500 -

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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.

1 128 (46.38%) Mainframe
2 113 (40.94%) CICS
3 112 (40.58%) DB2
4 102 (36.96%) Finance
5 86 (31.16%) Banking
6 84 (30.43%) Java
7 76 (27.54%) JCL
8 75 (27.17%) SQL
9 72 (26.09%) IBM
10 58 (21.01%) UNIX
11 50 (18.12%) Retail
12 45 (16.30%) Oracle
13 44 (15.94%) J2EE
13 44 (15.94%) UML
13 44 (15.94%) Stakeholder Management
14 39 (14.13%) Change Management
14 39 (14.13%) VSAM
14 39 (14.13%) Linux
15 38 (13.77%) Waterfall
16 35 (12.68%) XML
17 34 (12.32%) C#
17 34 (12.32%) Windows
17 34 (12.32%) CA Endevor
17 34 (12.32%) Risk Analysis
18 32 (11.59%) C++
19 31 (11.23%) .NET
19 31 (11.23%) QA
19 31 (11.23%) Degree
19 31 (11.23%) IBM Mainframe
20 27 (9.78%) C

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 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
1 113 (40.94%) CICS
2 9 (3.26%) CMS
2 9 (3.26%) WebSphere
3 8 (2.90%) SAS
4 6 (2.17%) MQSeries
5 5 (1.81%) WebLogic
5 5 (1.81%) Tuxedo
6 4 (1.45%) SharePoint
7 3 (1.09%) Apache
7 3 (1.09%) GlassFish
8 2 (0.72%) NetWeaver
8 2 (0.72%) WebSphere Application Server
9 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 13 (4.71%) MS Excel
2 4 (1.45%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 14 (5.07%) BASE24
2 9 (3.26%) VisionPLUS
3 5 (1.81%) Oracle BPM
4 3 (1.09%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.72%) ProductWriter
5 2 (0.72%) Misys Midas
6 1 (0.36%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.36%) Summit
6 1 (0.36%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.36%) INSURE/90
6 1 (0.36%) Magento
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.54%) TCP/IP
2 5 (1.81%) SAN
3 4 (1.45%) ATM
4 3 (1.09%) SSL
4 3 (1.09%) Internet
5 1 (0.36%) SMS
5 1 (0.36%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (40.58%) DB2
2 27 (9.78%) SQL Server
3 18 (6.52%) Oracle Reports
4 14 (5.07%) Oracle Database
5 13 (4.71%) Relational Database
6 11 (3.99%) Adabas
7 6 (2.17%) RDBMS
8 4 (1.45%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (1.45%) NonStop SQL
8 4 (1.45%) Crystal Reports
8 4 (1.45%) MySQL
9 3 (1.09%) Ingres
9 3 (1.09%) IBM InfoSphere
10 2 (0.72%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.72%) SQL Server 2005
10 2 (0.72%) Easytrieve
10 2 (0.72%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.72%) SAP BW
11 1 (0.36%) MS Access
11 1 (0.36%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 13 (4.71%) Oracle Forms
2 9 (3.26%) JIRA
3 8 (2.90%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (2.90%) Oracle APEX
3 8 (2.90%) ProC
3 8 (2.90%) Toad
4 5 (1.81%) Visual Studio
5 4 (1.45%) ChangeMan
6 3 (1.09%) JUnit
6 3 (1.09%) Eclipse
6 3 (1.09%) ClearCase
7 2 (0.72%) Subversion
7 2 (0.72%) QuickTest Pro
8 1 (0.36%) LoadRunner
General
1 102 (36.96%) Finance
2 86 (31.16%) Banking
3 50 (18.12%) Retail
4 9 (3.26%) Financial Institution
5 7 (2.54%) Marketing
6 5 (1.81%) Pharmaceutical
6 5 (1.81%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.45%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.45%) Back Office
8 3 (1.09%) Electronics
8 3 (1.09%) Billing
9 2 (0.72%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.72%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 83 (30.07%) Developer
2 55 (19.93%) Analyst
3 39 (14.13%) Architect
4 33 (11.96%) Technical Specialist
5 32 (11.59%) Programmer
6 30 (10.87%) Designer
6 30 (10.87%) COBOL Developer
7 25 (9.06%) Applications Architect
8 21 (7.61%) Software Developer
9 17 (6.16%) COBOL Analyst
9 17 (6.16%) Solutions Architect
10 16 (5.80%) Analyst Programmer
10 16 (5.80%) COBOL Programmer
10 16 (5.80%) Consultant
11 14 (5.07%) Applications Support
11 14 (5.07%) Solutions Designer
12 11 (3.99%) Support Analyst
13 9 (3.26%) Team Leader
13 9 (3.26%) VisionPLUS Consultant
14 8 (2.90%) Mainframe Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (15.94%) J2EE
2 35 (12.68%) XML
3 31 (11.23%) .NET
4 19 (6.88%) ISPF
5 17 (6.16%) Web Services
6 16 (5.80%) HTML
7 10 (3.62%) jQuery
7 10 (3.62%) XML Schema
8 8 (2.90%) Ajax
9 6 (2.17%) Middleware
10 5 (1.81%) ASP.NET
10 5 (1.81%) WSDL
10 5 (1.81%) .NET Framework
11 4 (1.45%) Java EE
11 4 (1.45%) CSS
12 3 (1.09%) JAXB
12 3 (1.09%) Hibernate
12 3 (1.09%) Spring
12 3 (1.09%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 3 (1.09%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 128 (46.38%) Mainframe
2 39 (14.13%) VSAM
3 31 (11.23%) IBM Mainframe
4 17 (6.16%) AS400
5 15 (5.43%) Mathematics
6 13 (4.71%) Computer Science
7 12 (4.35%) Tandem
8 11 (3.99%) iSeries
8 11 (3.99%) SWIFT
9 9 (3.26%) Contract for Difference
10 7 (2.54%) Replication
11 5 (1.81%) Management Information System
11 5 (1.81%) Cryptography
11 5 (1.81%) HP StorageWorks
12 4 (1.45%) Data Conversion
13 3 (1.09%) W3C
13 3 (1.09%) DTV
13 3 (1.09%) PDA
13 3 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
13 3 (1.09%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 58 (21.01%) UNIX
2 39 (14.13%) Linux
3 34 (12.32%) Windows
4 24 (8.70%) zOS
5 20 (7.25%) VME
6 15 (5.43%) AIX
7 9 (3.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 8 (2.90%) OpenVMS
9 7 (2.54%) Windows XP
9 7 (2.54%) Windows 7
10 5 (1.81%) HPUX
10 5 (1.81%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (1.09%) Solaris
11 3 (1.09%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (1.09%) Windows 2000 Server
12 2 (0.72%) CentOS
12 2 (0.72%) MVS
13 1 (0.36%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.36%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (15.94%) UML
1 44 (15.94%) Stakeholder Management
2 39 (14.13%) Change Management
3 38 (13.77%) Waterfall
4 34 (12.32%) Risk Analysis
5 22 (7.97%) ITIL
6 21 (7.61%) Software Engineering
7 19 (6.88%) Release Management
8 15 (5.43%) Configuration Management
9 14 (5.07%) OO
10 11 (3.99%) OOP
10 11 (3.99%) Problem Management
10 11 (3.99%) Unit Testing
10 11 (3.99%) Performance Monitoring
10 11 (3.99%) Performance Tuning
11 9 (3.26%) SOA
11 9 (3.26%) Software Architecture
12 8 (2.90%) Root Cause Analysis
12 8 (2.90%) Business Development
12 8 (2.90%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 84 (30.43%) Java
2 76 (27.54%) JCL
3 75 (27.17%) SQL
4 34 (12.32%) C#
5 32 (11.59%) C++
6 27 (9.78%) C
7 26 (9.42%) JavaScript
8 16 (5.80%) REXX
9 13 (4.71%) Shell Script
10 10 (3.62%) PL/1
10 10 (3.62%) Assembly Language
10 10 (3.62%) Python
11 9 (3.26%) NATURAL
12 8 (2.90%) PL/SQL
13 7 (2.54%) RPG
14 6 (2.17%) VB.NET
15 5 (1.81%) PowerShell
16 3 (1.09%) T-SQL
16 3 (1.09%) Perl
16 3 (1.09%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 31 (11.23%) Degree
2 1 (0.36%) SC Cleared
2 1 (0.36%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (11.23%) QA
2 13 (4.71%) SLA
3 11 (3.99%) ISO 9001
4 5 (1.81%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (1.81%) ISO 8583
5 3 (1.09%) TickIT
System Software
1 7 (2.54%) RACF
2 6 (2.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (1.81%) VMware ESX
3 5 (1.81%) ACF2
3 5 (1.81%) RHEV
Systems Management
1 34 (12.32%) CA Endevor
2 6 (2.17%) Tivoli
3 5 (1.81%) OpenView
3 5 (1.81%) HP NNM
3 5 (1.81%) HP SIM
4 4 (1.45%) Control-M
5 1 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 72 (26.09%) IBM
2 45 (16.30%) Oracle
3 21 (7.61%) HP
4 12 (4.35%) Microsoft
4 12 (4.35%) Micro Focus
4 12 (4.35%) SAP
5 7 (2.54%) Red Hat
6 6 (2.17%) VMware
6 6 (2.17%) Cisco
7 5 (1.81%) Unisys
7 5 (1.81%) NCR
7 5 (1.81%) Brocade
8 4 (1.45%) Tableau
8 4 (1.45%) Perforce
8 4 (1.45%) Sybase
9 2 (0.72%) Cognizant
9 2 (0.72%) CA
10 1 (0.36%) Business Objects
10 1 (0.36%) NetApp
10 1 (0.36%) EMC
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
EXCELerate
Salary: Up to £35,000 per annum Bonus, Corporate Benefits Package
Posted: 13 hours ago
City, London
AMS - Santander
Salary: Benefits/Bonus
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Northern Recruitment Group
Salary: From £25,926 to £28,389 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle upon Tyne
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Salary: £25000 - £28500 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Tyneside
Nigel Wright Consultancy
Salary: Up to £33, 000
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Salary: £36000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
TEKsystems
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Solutions Recruitment
Salary: From £28,000 to £28,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Northern Recruitment Group
Salary: From £40,000 to £40,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Head Resourcing
Salary: £28000 - £36000 per annum + Excellent company benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Talent International
Salary: £50000 - £65000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus, Pension, Incentives
Posted: 4 days ago
Basildon, Essex
Cognizant
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Steria
Salary: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum + Flexible Benefits
Posted: 8 days ago
Belfast
Real Time Recruitment
Posted: 8 days ago
London
BPXNet
Salary: £35,000 - £70,000 per year
Posted: 10 days ago
London
ComputaCenter
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 14 days ago
Stafford, West Midlands
Networx Recruitment
Salary: £25,000 - £35,000 per year
Posted: 14 days ago
City, London
HSBC
Posted: 23 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Leeds Building Society
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 23 days ago