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 31 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 766 606 880
Rank change year-on-year
-160 +274
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 152 370 117
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.35% 0.098%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.29% 0.67% 0.19%
Number of salaries quoted 99 261 80
Median salary £47,500 £45,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
+5.55% +20.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £32,950 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £57,500 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £46,000 £45,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year
+2.22% +28.57%

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
51529 54852 63051
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 52.41% 51.41% 52.76%
Number of salaries quoted 44587 46715 53829
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 £69,500
UK excluding London median salary £41,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+3.75% -

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 31 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 31 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 -160 148 £47,500 +5.55% 14
South East -2 73 £52,500 +5.00% 3
West Sussex -3 37 £45,000 -10.00%
London -29 29 £50,000 -4.76% 4
Yorkshire -4 15 £30,000 -11.76%
Berkshire +20 14 £52,500 +44.82% 1
East Sussex +5 12 £57,500 +15.00%
East Midlands -40 11 £38,500 -9.41%
Burgess Hill - 11 £49,000 -
Surrey -1 10 £62,500 +19.04% 2
West Midlands -10 9 £37,500 -28.57%
Egham - 9 £62,500 - 1
South Yorkshire +13 7 £30,000 +33.33%
Sheffield +7 7 £30,000 +33.33%
Brighton +3 6 - -
Shropshire -12 6 £37,000 -
Leicestershire +3 5 £41,000 +7.89%
East of England -6 5 £42,500 +13.33% 2
West Yorkshire -14 5 - -
City of London +33 4 £57,500 - 1
Northamptonshire -2 4 £35,000 -22.22%
Northampton -6 4 £35,000 -22.22%
Cheshire +14 3 £32,500 -18.75% 1
North West -3 3 £32,500 -18.75% 4
Pontefract -4 3 - -
Telford -11 3 £37,000 -
Bedfordshire +2 2 £40,000 - 2
Essex 0 2 £45,000 -10.00%
Scotland -14 2 - - 1
Glasgow -20 2 - - 1

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 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.

1 195 (59.09%) Mainframe
2 149 (45.15%) DB2
3 135 (40.91%) SQL
4 134 (40.61%) JCL
5 120 (36.36%) Finance
6 108 (32.73%) Java
7 107 (32.42%) IBM
8 105 (31.82%) CICS
9 102 (30.91%) Agile Software Development
10 81 (24.55%) SDLC
11 73 (22.12%) VSAM
12 66 (20.00%) Degree
13 61 (18.48%) AS400
14 59 (17.88%) Banking
15 56 (16.97%) Retail
16 52 (15.76%) Computer Science
16 52 (15.76%) QA
17 49 (14.85%) RAD
18 47 (14.24%) Oracle
19 43 (13.03%) RPG
19 43 (13.03%) Analytical Skills
20 41 (12.42%) Unix
20 41 (12.42%) REXX
20 41 (12.42%) Automated Testing
20 41 (12.42%) Software Engineering
21 39 (11.82%) Waterfall
22 38 (11.52%) C#
23 37 (11.21%) TDD
23 37 (11.21%) User Stories
24 36 (10.91%) IBM Mainframe

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
1 105 (31.82%) CICS
2 18 (5.45%) IIS
3 11 (3.33%) WebSphere
4 7 (2.12%) OpenROAD
5 3 (0.91%) Exstream Dialogue
5 3 (0.91%) MTS
6 2 (0.61%) MQSeries
6 2 (0.61%) SAS
6 2 (0.61%) SharePoint
6 2 (0.61%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (0.30%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 30 (9.09%) VisionPLUS
2 7 (2.12%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.91%) Exstream
4 2 (0.61%) BusinessWorks
4 2 (0.61%) JDE EnterpriseOne
4 2 (0.61%) SAP BPC
4 2 (0.61%) SAP CRM
4 2 (0.61%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.61%) SAP IS-U
4 2 (0.61%) SAP SCM
5 1 (0.30%) FastStats
5 1 (0.30%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 2 (0.61%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 23 (6.97%) FTP
2 9 (2.73%) HTTPS
3 3 (0.91%) PuTTY
3 3 (0.91%) SSH
3 3 (0.91%) Telnet
4 2 (0.61%) HTTP
4 2 (0.61%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 149 (45.15%) DB2
2 13 (3.94%) Relational Database
3 11 (3.33%) Oracle Database
4 10 (3.03%) UniData
5 9 (2.73%) MongoDB
5 9 (2.73%) SQL Server
6 6 (1.82%) Apache Hive
6 6 (1.82%) MySQL
6 6 (1.82%) Oracle Database 11g
7 5 (1.52%) Informix
8 4 (1.21%) Data Mining
8 4 (1.21%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (1.21%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.91%) Big Data
9 3 (0.91%) NonStop SQL
10 2 (0.61%) RDBMS
11 1 (0.30%) BusinessObjects
11 1 (0.30%) DataStage
11 1 (0.30%) Oracle Reports
11 1 (0.30%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 21 (6.36%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (3.33%) Oracle Forms
3 10 (3.03%) JUnit
4 9 (2.73%) Git (software)
5 8 (2.42%) Eclipse
6 7 (2.12%) PowerBuilder
6 7 (2.12%) PROIV
7 6 (1.82%) Maven
7 6 (1.82%) Subversion
8 4 (1.21%) JMeter
8 4 (1.21%) LoadRunner
8 4 (1.21%) LSMW
8 4 (1.21%) Selenium
8 4 (1.21%) Selenium IDE
8 4 (1.21%) WebDriver
9 2 (0.61%) Visual Studio
10 1 (0.30%) Dreamweaver
10 1 (0.30%) JIRA
10 1 (0.30%) ProC
10 1 (0.30%) Toad
General
1 120 (36.36%) Finance
2 59 (17.88%) Banking
3 56 (16.97%) Retail
4 12 (3.64%) Financial Institution
4 12 (3.64%) Music Industry
5 9 (2.73%) Marketing
6 6 (1.82%) Spanish Language
7 5 (1.52%) Dutch Language
7 5 (1.52%) French Language
7 5 (1.52%) German Language
7 5 (1.52%) Italian Language
8 4 (1.21%) Retail Banking
9 3 (0.91%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.61%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.30%) Automotive
11 1 (0.30%) Billing
Job Titles
1 141 (42.73%) Developer
2 60 (18.18%) COBOL Developer
3 41 (12.42%) Analyst
4 32 (9.70%) DB2 Developer
5 28 (8.48%) Mainframe Developer
5 28 (8.48%) Software Engineer
6 24 (7.27%) Java Developer
7 20 (6.06%) Programmer
8 18 (5.45%) CICS Engineer
9 17 (5.15%) Analyst Programmer
9 17 (5.15%) Senior Developer
10 16 (4.85%) Technical Leader
11 13 (3.94%) Mainframe Software Engineer
11 13 (3.94%) QA Engineer
12 11 (3.33%) Business Analyst
13 10 (3.03%) RPG Developer
13 10 (3.03%) Software Developer
13 10 (3.03%) Team Leader
14 9 (2.73%) Technical Team Leader
14 9 (2.73%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (10.30%) Web Services
1 34 (10.30%) XML
2 28 (8.48%) .NET
3 26 (7.88%) HTML
4 19 (5.76%) ISPF
5 16 (4.85%) JSON
6 12 (3.64%) HTML5
7 11 (3.33%) EDI
7 11 (3.33%) J2EE
7 11 (3.33%) Spring
8 10 (3.03%) PhoneGap
9 6 (1.82%) REST
9 6 (1.82%) Spring MVC
10 5 (1.52%) ASP.NET
11 4 (1.21%) BAPI
11 4 (1.21%) Natural Language Processing
11 4 (1.21%) SAP Smart Forms
11 4 (1.21%) Web Dynpro
12 3 (0.91%) SOAP
12 3 (0.91%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 195 (59.09%) Mainframe
2 73 (22.12%) VSAM
3 61 (18.48%) AS400
4 52 (15.76%) Computer Science
5 43 (13.03%) Analytical Skills
6 36 (10.91%) IBM Mainframe
7 31 (9.39%) iSeries
8 27 (8.18%) Enterprise Software
9 15 (4.55%) Client/Server
10 11 (3.33%) Management Information System
11 10 (3.03%) Algorithms
12 8 (2.42%) Social Media
12 8 (2.42%) Visualisation
13 7 (2.12%) Data Structures
13 7 (2.12%) SWIFT
14 6 (1.82%) Tandem
15 5 (1.52%) Replication
16 4 (1.21%) Derivative
16 4 (1.21%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 3 (0.91%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 41 (12.42%) Unix
2 23 (6.97%) zOS
3 15 (4.55%) Windows
4 9 (2.73%) MVS
5 7 (2.12%) Linux
6 6 (1.82%) OS/390
7 4 (1.21%) Android
7 4 (1.21%) Apple iOS
7 4 (1.21%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.30%) AIX
8 1 (0.30%) OpenVMS
8 1 (0.30%) SUSE
8 1 (0.30%) VME
8 1 (0.30%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (30.91%) Agile Software Development
2 81 (24.55%) SDLC
3 49 (14.85%) RAD
4 41 (12.42%) Automated Testing
4 41 (12.42%) Software Engineering
5 39 (11.82%) Waterfall
6 37 (11.21%) TDD
6 37 (11.21%) User Stories
7 34 (10.30%) Continuous Improvement
8 32 (9.70%) Mentoring
9 31 (9.39%) Scrum
10 28 (8.48%) Integration Testing
11 26 (7.88%) Functional Testing
12 25 (7.58%) Unit Testing
13 24 (7.27%) Change Management
13 24 (7.27%) Regression Testing
14 20 (6.06%) OO
14 20 (6.06%) System Integration Testing
15 19 (5.76%) BDD
15 19 (5.76%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 135 (40.91%) SQL
2 134 (40.61%) JCL
3 108 (32.73%) Java
4 43 (13.03%) RPG
5 41 (12.42%) REXX
6 38 (11.52%) C#
7 27 (8.18%) CLIST
8 20 (6.06%) JavaScript
9 17 (5.15%) C
9 17 (5.15%) PL/SQL
10 16 (4.85%) VB
11 15 (4.55%) C++
12 11 (3.33%) Assembly Language
13 10 (3.03%) Fortran
14 8 (2.42%) VB6
15 7 (2.12%) Clipper
15 7 (2.12%) DataFlex
15 7 (2.12%) LINC
15 7 (2.12%) Uniface
15 7 (2.12%) xBase
Qualifications
1 66 (20.00%) Degree
2 26 (7.88%) ISTQB
3 18 (5.45%) ISEB
4 4 (1.21%) PhD
5 3 (0.91%) OCA
5 3 (0.91%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (15.76%) QA
2 5 (1.52%) SEPA
3 4 (1.21%) FATCA
3 4 (1.21%) MiFID
3 4 (1.21%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (6.06%) Time Sharing Option
2 8 (2.42%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
3 2 (0.61%) Firmware
3 2 (0.61%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 16 (4.85%) CA Endevor
1 16 (4.85%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (2.42%) Tivoli
3 2 (0.61%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 107 (32.42%) IBM
2 47 (14.24%) Oracle
3 31 (9.39%) JD Edwards
4 27 (8.18%) TSYS
5 20 (6.06%) HP
5 20 (6.06%) Microsoft
6 15 (4.55%) SAP
7 12 (3.64%) Micro Focus
8 10 (3.03%) Cognizant
9 9 (2.73%) JDA
9 9 (2.73%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (2.42%) CA
10 8 (2.42%) Remedy
11 7 (2.12%) BMC
12 6 (1.82%) Informatica
13 5 (1.52%) Rally
14 4 (1.21%) Pega
15 3 (0.91%) hybris
16 2 (0.61%) TIBCO
17 1 (0.30%) Unisys
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