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 5 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
5 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 798 694 725
Rank change year-on-year
-104 +31
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 79 267 255
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.087% 0.25% 0.22%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.16% 0.48% 0.44%
Number of salaries quoted 62 200 170
Median salary £50,750 £45,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+12.77% -10.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,750 £37,300 £32,600
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £62,500 £62,000
UK excluding London median salary £51,500 £43,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year
+19.76% -4.44%

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
48617 55702 57453
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 53.53% 52.44% 50.08%
Number of salaries quoted 41743 47856 49169
Median salary £47,500 £45,000 £43,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+5.55% +4.65%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,500 £30,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £75,000 £65,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

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 5 December 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 5 December 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 -112 73 £51,500 +14.44% 11
South East +1 36 £52,500 +23.52% 2
Berkshire +75 24 £52,500 -4.54% 1
Yorkshire +16 12 £27,500 -38.88%
Sheffield +13 11 £27,500 -8.33%
South Yorkshire +7 11 £27,500 -8.33%
East Midlands -30 9 £39,500 +6.46% 3
Surrey +31 8 £51,250 +20.58%
North West -15 8 £40,500 -5.81% 1
Leicestershire -3 6 £39,500 -10.22% 2
Cheshire +17 5 £40,500 -5.81% 1
South West +15 4 £47,500 -9.52% 4
Northampton +11 3 - -
Northamptonshire +4 3 - -
West Midlands -15 3 £37,500 -6.25% 1
Manchester -25 3 - -
Bristol - 3 £47,500 - 4
Oxfordshire +9 2 £45,000 +20.00%
North Wales -5 2 £45,000 +4.65%
Banbury -5 2 £45,000 +20.00%
Flintshire -6 2 £45,000 +4.65%
West Sussex -8 2 £40,000 -11.11%
Wales -8 2 £45,000 +4.65%
Worcestershire - 2 £37,250 - 1
Droitwich - 2 £37,250 - 1
Crawley - 2 £40,000 -
Flint - 2 £45,000 -
West Yorkshire +29 1 - -
Scotland +26 1 £42,000 +15.86%
London +12 1 £45,000 -19.28%

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 December 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.

1 108 (58.38%) Mainframe
2 95 (51.35%) DB2
3 93 (50.27%) Java
4 92 (49.73%) IBM
5 91 (49.19%) SQL
6 74 (40.00%) JCL
7 68 (36.76%) CICS
8 58 (31.35%) Unix
9 53 (28.65%) Finance
10 48 (25.95%) Oracle
11 40 (21.62%) HTML
12 38 (20.54%) JavaScript
13 35 (18.92%) XML
14 30 (16.22%) Windows
15 29 (15.68%) C#
15 29 (15.68%) Microsoft
16 27 (14.59%) C++
16 27 (14.59%) Spring
16 27 (14.59%) IBM Mainframe
17 25 (13.51%) Enterprise Software
17 25 (13.51%) Banking
18 23 (12.43%) SDLC
18 23 (12.43%) Migration
18 23 (12.43%) UML
19 22 (11.89%) .NET
19 22 (11.89%) VSAM
19 22 (11.89%) Degree
20 21 (11.35%) Data Analysis
21 20 (10.81%) C
21 20 (10.81%) HP

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 68 (36.76%) CICS
2 14 (7.57%) WebSphere
3 12 (6.49%) JBoss
3 12 (6.49%) WebLogic
4 11 (5.95%) WebSphere Application Server
5 9 (4.86%) Tomcat
6 5 (2.70%) IIS
7 4 (2.16%) StreamWeaver
8 3 (1.62%) MQSeries
9 2 (1.08%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (1.08%) SharePoint
9 2 (1.08%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.54%) TPMS
Applications
1 8 (4.32%) MS Office
2 6 (3.24%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 11 (5.95%) BASE24
2 4 (2.16%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (1.08%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (1.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.54%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.62%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.08%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (7.57%) TCP/IP
2 10 (5.41%) ATM
3 7 (3.78%) FTP
4 4 (2.16%) Firewall
4 4 (2.16%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (51.35%) DB2
2 15 (8.11%) SQL Server
3 14 (7.57%) Oracle Database
4 12 (6.49%) NonStop SQL
5 11 (5.95%) Oracle Reports
6 7 (3.78%) Relational Database
7 6 (3.24%) Data Mining
7 6 (3.24%) DataStage
7 6 (3.24%) Easytrieve
7 6 (3.24%) UniData
8 4 (2.16%) MS Access
9 3 (1.62%) IMS/DB
9 3 (1.62%) RDBMS
10 2 (1.08%) Apache Hive
10 2 (1.08%) Big Data
10 2 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (1.08%) MySQL
11 1 (0.54%) Adabas
11 1 (0.54%) IDMS
Development Applications
1 15 (8.11%) Maven
2 12 (6.49%) Oracle Forms
2 12 (6.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (5.95%) Ant
4 9 (4.86%) JMeter
4 9 (4.86%) LoadRunner
5 7 (3.78%) Eclipse
5 7 (3.78%) JUnit
6 5 (2.70%) Selenium
6 5 (2.70%) Selenium IDE
6 5 (2.70%) WebDriver
7 4 (2.16%) Fiddler
7 4 (2.16%) Firebug
7 4 (2.16%) MSBuild
7 4 (2.16%) The Grinder
7 4 (2.16%) Toad
7 4 (2.16%) XPEDITER
8 3 (1.62%) JIRA
9 2 (1.08%) ClearCase
10 1 (0.54%) Subversion
General
1 53 (28.65%) Finance
2 25 (13.51%) Banking
3 15 (8.11%) Retail
4 11 (5.95%) Financial Institution
5 7 (3.78%) Corporate Banking
6 2 (1.08%) Back Office
6 2 (1.08%) Electronics
6 2 (1.08%) Legal
6 2 (1.08%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.08%) Marketing
6 2 (1.08%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 86 (46.49%) Developer
2 48 (25.95%) Analyst
3 37 (20.00%) COBOL Developer
4 32 (17.30%) COBOL Analyst
5 29 (15.68%) Programmer
6 27 (14.59%) Analyst Programmer
7 25 (13.51%) Java Developer
8 24 (12.97%) DB2 Developer
9 23 (12.43%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
9 23 (12.43%) COBOL Programmer
10 18 (9.73%) DB2 Programmer
11 16 (8.65%) CICS Analyst
12 14 (7.57%) CICS Programmer
13 12 (6.49%) Lead Developer
14 11 (5.95%) Software Developer
15 10 (5.41%) Applications Support
15 10 (5.41%) Mainframe Developer
16 9 (4.86%) C# Developer
16 9 (4.86%) Technical Analyst
17 8 (4.32%) Trainee Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (21.62%) HTML
2 35 (18.92%) XML
3 27 (14.59%) Spring
4 22 (11.89%) .NET
5 19 (10.27%) Web Services
6 17 (9.19%) JSP
7 11 (5.95%) .NET Framework
7 11 (5.95%) CSS
8 6 (3.24%) PhoneGap
9 5 (2.70%) HTML5
10 4 (2.16%) ASP.NET
10 4 (2.16%) SOAP
11 3 (1.62%) EJB
11 3 (1.62%) J2EE
11 3 (1.62%) Struts
12 2 (1.08%) ISPF
12 2 (1.08%) JSON
12 2 (1.08%) Middleware
12 2 (1.08%) REST
12 2 (1.08%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 108 (58.38%) Mainframe
2 27 (14.59%) IBM Mainframe
3 25 (13.51%) Enterprise Software
4 22 (11.89%) VSAM
5 15 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (7.03%) AS400
7 8 (4.32%) Computer Science
8 6 (3.24%) iSeries
9 4 (2.16%) VAX
10 3 (1.62%) Management Information System
10 3 (1.62%) PMI
10 3 (1.62%) Tandem
11 2 (1.08%) APACS
11 2 (1.08%) DataPower
11 2 (1.08%) FMCG
11 2 (1.08%) NHS
11 2 (1.08%) User Experience
12 1 (0.54%) EFT
12 1 (0.54%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 58 (31.35%) Unix
2 30 (16.22%) Windows
3 18 (9.73%) Linux
4 16 (8.65%) MVS
5 14 (7.57%) zOS
6 13 (7.03%) Windows Server
7 10 (5.41%) OS/390
8 5 (2.70%) Android
8 5 (2.70%) Apple iOS
9 3 (1.62%) VME
10 2 (1.08%) OpenVMS
10 2 (1.08%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.54%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (12.43%) Migration
1 23 (12.43%) SDLC
1 23 (12.43%) UML
2 21 (11.35%) Data Analysis
3 15 (8.11%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (7.03%) Programme Management
5 11 (5.95%) OO
5 11 (5.95%) Waterfall
6 10 (5.41%) DevOps
6 10 (5.41%) Service Management
7 9 (4.86%) Integration Testing
7 9 (4.86%) Software Engineering
8 8 (4.32%) TDD
9 7 (3.78%) Business Analysis
9 7 (3.78%) Data Architecture
9 7 (3.78%) Open Source
9 7 (3.78%) RAD
9 7 (3.78%) Risk Management
9 7 (3.78%) Unit Testing
10 6 (3.24%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 93 (50.27%) Java
2 91 (49.19%) SQL
3 74 (40.00%) JCL
4 38 (20.54%) JavaScript
5 29 (15.68%) C#
6 27 (14.59%) C++
7 20 (10.81%) C
8 16 (8.65%) PL/SQL
8 16 (8.65%) Shell Script
9 15 (8.11%) Perl
9 15 (8.11%) Python
10 12 (6.49%) PowerShell
11 11 (5.95%) BeanShell
11 11 (5.95%) Fortran
11 11 (5.95%) VB
12 10 (5.41%) REXX
13 7 (3.78%) Assembly Language
13 7 (3.78%) RPG
14 5 (2.70%) T-SQL
15 4 (2.16%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 22 (11.89%) Degree
2 5 (2.70%) ISEB
2 5 (2.70%) ISTQB
3 3 (1.62%) PMI Certification
4 1 (0.54%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.32%) ISO 8583
2 6 (3.24%) QA
3 2 (1.08%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (5.95%) Active Directory
2 10 (5.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.08%) Time Sharing Option
4 1 (0.54%) Job Entry Subsystem
4 1 (0.54%) RACF
Systems Management
1 13 (7.03%) Tivoli
2 5 (2.70%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (2.16%) ServiceCenter
4 2 (1.08%) Control-M
5 1 (0.54%) CA Endevor
5 1 (0.54%) OMEGAMON
5 1 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.54%) Puppet
5 1 (0.54%) Tivoli NetView
Vendors
1 92 (49.73%) IBM
2 48 (25.95%) Oracle
3 29 (15.68%) Microsoft
4 20 (10.81%) HP
5 14 (7.57%) Cognizant
6 11 (5.95%) VMware
7 6 (3.24%) Informatica
8 5 (2.70%) JD Edwards
9 4 (2.16%) SAP
9 4 (2.16%) Syncsort
10 3 (1.62%) Micro Focus
10 3 (1.62%) TOWER Software
11 2 (1.08%) CA
11 2 (1.08%) hybris
11 2 (1.08%) Sybase
11 2 (1.08%) Teradata
12 1 (0.54%) Chordiant
12 1 (0.54%) Fujitsu
12 1 (0.54%) Sun
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