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 24 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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 773 693 788
Rank change year-on-year
-80 +95
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 142 176 116
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.16% 0.098%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.23% 0.31% 0.18%
Number of salaries quoted 95 142 87
Average salary £39,000 £42,000 £39,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-7.14% +6.32%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £34,100 £23,300
10% offered a salary of more than £59,000 £67,000 £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
61010 57344 63380
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 51.85% 52.67% 53.75%
Number of salaries quoted 51860 49228 55773
Average salary £42,500 £41,125 £40,250
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.34% +2.17%
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 24 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 24 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 -56 134 £40,000 -4.76% 10
London -39 31 £53,750 -14.00% 3
North West -12 30 £57,500 +43.75% 2
North East +20 23 £27,500 -
Tyne and Wear - 19 £27,500 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 19 £27,500 -
Manchester 0 16 £57,500 +45.56% 1
Cheshire 0 12 £57,500 +21.05% 1
South East -46 12 £63,750 +15.90% 3
Yorkshire -31 11 £37,500 -16.66%
West Yorkshire -44 11 £37,500 -16.66%
Knutsford +11 8 £57,500 +43.75% 1
West Midlands +9 8 £45,750 +14.37%
East Midlands -1 8 £37,500 -1.31% 2
Scotland -21 8 £31,000 -22.50% 1
Leeds -26 7 £40,000 -
Edinburgh -5 6 £33,750 -15.62% 1
South West -20 6 £29,500 -7.81%
Surrey +6 5 £22,500 -39.18% 1
Birmingham +6 5 £39,000 +0.64%
Essex 0 5 £55,000 -12.00%
East of England -22 5 £55,000 +39.24%
Hampshire - 4 £85,000 -
Southampton - 4 £85,000 -
Brentwood +5 3 £55,000 -
Berkshire +3 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 24 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 (42.01%) Mainframe
2 103 (38.29%) CICS
3 97 (36.06%) DB2
4 84 (31.23%) SQL
5 83 (30.86%) Finance
6 73 (27.14%) IBM
7 72 (26.77%) JCL
8 70 (26.02%) Banking
9 66 (24.54%) Java
10 54 (20.07%) Retail
10 54 (20.07%) Oracle
11 52 (19.33%) UNIX
12 41 (15.24%) Change Management
13 38 (14.13%) Linux
14 36 (13.38%) VSAM
15 34 (12.64%) IBM Mainframe
16 33 (12.27%) XML
17 32 (11.90%) J2EE
17 32 (11.90%) CA Endevor
17 32 (11.90%) QA
18 31 (11.52%) SQL Server
19 30 (11.15%) C++
20 29 (10.78%) .NET
20 29 (10.78%) UML
21 27 (10.04%) C#
21 27 (10.04%) Stakeholder Management
22 24 (8.92%) HP
23 23 (8.55%) JavaScript
23 23 (8.55%) Windows
23 23 (8.55%) ITIL

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 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
1 103 (38.29%) CICS
2 13 (4.83%) WebSphere
3 8 (2.97%) SAS
4 7 (2.60%) Tuxedo
5 6 (2.23%) MQSeries
5 6 (2.23%) SharePoint
6 5 (1.86%) WebLogic
7 3 (1.12%) Apache
7 3 (1.12%) GlassFish
8 2 (0.74%) CMS
8 2 (0.74%) WebSphere Application Server
8 2 (0.74%) NetWeaver
9 1 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 11 (4.09%) MS Excel
2 4 (1.49%) SPSS
3 2 (0.74%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.37%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 14 (5.20%) BASE24
2 5 (1.86%) Oracle BPM
3 3 (1.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (1.12%) Misys Midas
4 2 (0.74%) Magento
4 2 (0.74%) VisionPLUS
4 2 (0.74%) Oracle CRM
5 1 (0.37%) Summit
5 1 (0.37%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.37%) ProductWriter
5 1 (0.37%) Oracle Payables
Communications & Networking
1 6 (2.23%) TCP/IP
2 5 (1.86%) SAN
3 4 (1.49%) ATM
4 3 (1.12%) SSL
4 3 (1.12%) Internet
5 1 (0.37%) VPN
5 1 (0.37%) HTTP
5 1 (0.37%) LAN
5 1 (0.37%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (36.06%) DB2
2 31 (11.52%) SQL Server
3 22 (8.18%) Oracle Reports
4 17 (6.32%) Oracle Database
5 15 (5.58%) Relational Database
6 11 (4.09%) Adabas
7 6 (2.23%) MySQL
7 6 (2.23%) RDBMS
8 4 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
8 4 (1.49%) NonStop SQL
8 4 (1.49%) Crystal Reports
9 3 (1.12%) Ingres
9 3 (1.12%) IBM InfoSphere
10 2 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
10 2 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.74%) SAP BW
10 2 (0.74%) Oracle Database 10g
11 1 (0.37%) DataStage
11 1 (0.37%) Easytrieve
11 1 (0.37%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 17 (6.32%) Oracle Forms
2 12 (4.46%) Toad
3 11 (4.09%) Oracle APEX
3 11 (4.09%) JIRA
4 10 (3.72%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (3.72%) ProC
5 7 (2.60%) Eclipse
6 6 (2.23%) Visual Studio
7 4 (1.49%) ChangeMan
8 3 (1.12%) JUnit
9 2 (0.74%) Subversion
9 2 (0.74%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 2 (0.74%) QuickTest Pro
9 2 (0.74%) JDeveloper
10 1 (0.37%) Rational Rose
10 1 (0.37%) LoadRunner
General
1 83 (30.86%) Finance
2 70 (26.02%) Banking
3 54 (20.07%) Retail
4 9 (3.35%) Financial Institution
5 6 (2.23%) Marketing
5 6 (2.23%) Billing
5 6 (2.23%) Back Office
6 5 (1.86%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (1.49%) Manufacturing
8 3 (1.12%) Electronics
8 3 (1.12%) Telecoms
9 1 (0.37%) Advertising
9 1 (0.37%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 85 (31.60%) Developer
2 55 (20.45%) Analyst
3 33 (12.27%) Technical Specialist
4 32 (11.90%) Programmer
5 30 (11.15%) COBOL Developer
6 24 (8.92%) Architect
7 20 (7.43%) Designer
8 18 (6.69%) Analyst Programmer
9 17 (6.32%) Applications Support
10 16 (5.95%) Software Developer
10 16 (5.95%) Team Leader
10 16 (5.95%) Support Team Leader
11 15 (5.58%) Applications Architect
11 15 (5.58%) COBOL Programmer
11 15 (5.58%) COBOL Analyst
12 13 (4.83%) Solutions Architect
13 12 (4.46%) DBA
14 10 (3.72%) Oracle Developer
15 9 (3.35%) Support Analyst
15 9 (3.35%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (12.27%) XML
2 32 (11.90%) J2EE
3 29 (10.78%) .NET
4 22 (8.18%) HTML
4 22 (8.18%) ISPF
5 16 (5.95%) Web Services
6 12 (4.46%) jQuery
7 10 (3.72%) Ajax
8 7 (2.60%) Middleware
8 7 (2.60%) .NET Framework
9 6 (2.23%) ASP.NET
10 5 (1.86%) WSDL
11 4 (1.49%) JSON
11 4 (1.49%) WCF
11 4 (1.49%) LINQ
11 4 (1.49%) CSS
11 4 (1.49%) XML Schema
12 3 (1.12%) JAXB
12 3 (1.12%) ATL
12 3 (1.12%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 113 (42.01%) Mainframe
2 36 (13.38%) VSAM
3 34 (12.64%) IBM Mainframe
4 16 (5.95%) AS400
5 12 (4.46%) Tandem
6 11 (4.09%) Computer Science
6 11 (4.09%) SWIFT
7 9 (3.35%) Contract for Difference
7 9 (3.35%) iSeries
8 7 (2.60%) Replication
9 6 (2.23%) Mathematics
10 5 (1.86%) Cryptography
10 5 (1.86%) PDA
10 5 (1.86%) HP StorageWorks
11 4 (1.49%) Data Conversion
12 3 (1.12%) W3C
12 3 (1.12%) DTV
12 3 (1.12%) Data Extraction
13 2 (0.74%) Credit Risk
13 2 (0.74%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 52 (19.33%) UNIX
2 38 (14.13%) Linux
3 23 (8.55%) Windows
4 22 (8.18%) zOS
5 20 (7.43%) VME
6 16 (5.95%) AIX
7 10 (3.72%) OpenVMS
8 9 (3.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 7 (2.60%) Windows XP
9 7 (2.60%) Windows 7
10 5 (1.86%) HPUX
11 3 (1.12%) Solaris
12 2 (0.74%) Apple iOS
12 2 (0.74%) CentOS
12 2 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
13 1 (0.37%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (15.24%) Change Management
2 29 (10.78%) UML
3 27 (10.04%) Stakeholder Management
4 23 (8.55%) ITIL
5 21 (7.81%) Risk Analysis
5 21 (7.81%) Waterfall
5 21 (7.81%) Software Engineering
6 19 (7.06%) Release Management
7 18 (6.69%) Configuration Management
8 10 (3.72%) Performance Tuning
8 10 (3.72%) Performance Monitoring
8 10 (3.72%) Problem Management
8 10 (3.72%) Business Development
9 9 (3.35%) OO
10 8 (2.97%) Root Cause Analysis
10 8 (2.97%) Test Scripting
10 8 (2.97%) System Testing
10 8 (2.97%) SOA
11 7 (2.60%) Data Analysis
11 7 (2.60%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 84 (31.23%) SQL
2 72 (26.77%) JCL
3 66 (24.54%) Java
4 30 (11.15%) C++
5 27 (10.04%) C#
6 23 (8.55%) JavaScript
7 20 (7.43%) C
8 16 (5.95%) Shell Script
8 16 (5.95%) REXX
9 14 (5.20%) Python
10 12 (4.46%) Assembly Language
10 12 (4.46%) PL/SQL
11 11 (4.09%) PL/1
12 9 (3.35%) NATURAL
13 8 (2.97%) RPG
14 6 (2.23%) VB.NET
15 5 (1.86%) PowerShell
16 3 (1.12%) VB
16 3 (1.12%) T-SQL
16 3 (1.12%) Perl
Qualifications
1 21 (7.81%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (11.90%) QA
2 16 (5.95%) SLA
3 13 (4.83%) ISO 9001
4 5 (1.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (1.86%) ISO 8583
5 3 (1.12%) TickIT
System Software
1 6 (2.23%) VMware Infrastructure
1 6 (2.23%) RACF
2 5 (1.86%) VMware ESX
2 5 (1.86%) ACF2
2 5 (1.86%) RHEV
Systems Management
1 32 (11.90%) CA Endevor
2 6 (2.23%) Tivoli
3 5 (1.86%) OpenView
3 5 (1.86%) HP NNM
3 5 (1.86%) HP SIM
4 4 (1.49%) Control-M
5 1 (0.37%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 73 (27.14%) IBM
2 54 (20.07%) Oracle
3 24 (8.92%) HP
4 15 (5.58%) Micro Focus
5 12 (4.46%) SAP
6 9 (3.35%) Microsoft
7 7 (2.60%) Red Hat
8 6 (2.23%) VMware
8 6 (2.23%) Perforce
8 6 (2.23%) Cisco
9 5 (1.86%) Unisys
9 5 (1.86%) NCR
9 5 (1.86%) Brocade
10 4 (1.49%) Tableau
10 4 (1.49%) Sybase
11 2 (0.74%) Computacenter
11 2 (0.74%) Infragistics
11 2 (0.74%) JD Edwards
11 2 (0.74%) Cognizant
12 1 (0.37%) NetApp
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