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 28 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 678 779 746
Rank change year-on-year
+101 -33
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 188 96 140
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.092% 0.13%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.36% 0.17% 0.23%
Number of salaries quoted 140 75 119
Average salary £52,500 £45,000 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £33,500 £33,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £64,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £40,250 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+24.22% -5.29%

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
52542 55670 60607
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 50.46% 53.39% 54.88%
Number of salaries quoted 45112 46796 53255
Average salary £44,000 £42,500 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+3.52% +6.25%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £28,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £62,500 £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 28 January 2015 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 28 January 2015. 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 +112 181 £52,500 +20.00% 22
London +36 61 £55,000 -8.33% 5
East of England +29 41 £50,000 +5.26% 5
City of London +38 30 £55,000 -8.33%
Essex +5 26 £50,000 -4.76% 3
South East -21 25 £52,500 +16.66% 4
Yorkshire -12 18 £40,000 - 1
Surrey - 18 £52,500 - 3
East Midlands +27 17 £42,250 +20.71%
Hertfordshire -4 15 - - 1
Hitchin - 15 - - 1
West Yorkshire -7 11 £40,000 - 1
Nottinghamshire +24 10 - -
Nottingham +18 10 - -
North West +5 9 £42,500 +47.82% 2
Walton-on-Thames - 8 £52,500 - 2
Buckinghamshire +11 7 £57,500 -23.33% 1
South Yorkshire -3 7 £40,000 -
Leeds +13 6 £51,858 +86.87%
Scotland +8 6 £38,750 +7.63%
Cheshire +5 6 £61,215 +74.90% 1
West Midlands -7 6 £43,750 -12.50% 1
Sheffield -9 6 £40,000 -
Leicester - 6 £42,250 -
Leicestershire - 6 £42,250 -
Halifax - 5 £40,000 - 1
Basildon +11 4 £62,500 - 2
Lancashire -4 4 £39,000 +73.33%
Newcastle upon Tyne - 4 £28,750 - 2
Tyne and Wear - 4 £28,750 - 2

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, 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.

1 225 (55.15%) Finance
2 184 (45.10%) Mainframe
3 175 (42.89%) Java
4 169 (41.42%) DB2
5 154 (37.75%) Banking
6 140 (34.31%) CICS
7 93 (22.79%) Oracle
8 92 (22.55%) IBM
9 91 (22.30%) JCL
10 90 (22.06%) XML
10 90 (22.06%) Mentoring
11 87 (21.32%) SQL
12 86 (21.08%) UNIX
13 85 (20.83%) Analytical Skills
14 83 (20.34%) UML
15 82 (20.10%) C#
16 81 (19.85%) Agile Software Development
17 79 (19.36%) C++
18 72 (17.65%) Windows
19 71 (17.40%) J2EE
19 71 (17.40%) Retail
20 66 (16.18%) .NET
21 65 (15.93%) Microsoft
22 56 (13.73%) SQL Server
23 54 (13.24%) JavaScript
24 51 (12.50%) OO
25 49 (12.01%) Linux
26 48 (11.76%) Change Management
27 47 (11.52%) Coaching
28 46 (11.27%) QA

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, 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
1 140 (34.31%) CICS
2 28 (6.86%) JBoss
3 24 (5.88%) WebSphere
3 24 (5.88%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 22 (5.39%) AquaLogic
4 22 (5.39%) Oracle Service Bus
4 22 (5.39%) Tuxedo
5 11 (2.70%) SAS
6 7 (1.72%) WebLogic
7 6 (1.47%) CMS
8 2 (0.49%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.25%) IIS
9 1 (0.25%) WebSphere Application Server
9 1 (0.25%) MQSeries
9 1 (0.25%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 34 (8.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 18 (4.41%) BASE24
2 6 (1.47%) VisionPLUS
3 3 (0.74%) ProductWriter
4 2 (0.49%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.25%) INSURE/90
5 1 (0.25%) Summit
Communications & Networking
1 30 (7.35%) ATM
2 18 (4.41%) TCP/IP
3 4 (0.98%) FTP
4 2 (0.49%) HTTP
4 2 (0.49%) SMS
4 2 (0.49%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 169 (41.42%) DB2
2 56 (13.73%) SQL Server
3 30 (7.35%) Oracle Reports
3 30 (7.35%) Oracle Database
4 28 (6.86%) Oracle Database 11g
5 24 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
5 24 (5.88%) Crystal Reports
6 22 (5.39%) SQL Server 2005
6 22 (5.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 10 (2.45%) NonStop SQL
8 9 (2.21%) DataStage
8 9 (2.21%) Adabas
9 8 (1.96%) Relational Database
10 6 (1.47%) Oracle Database 12c
10 6 (1.47%) Easytrieve
10 6 (1.47%) Oracle9i Database
11 5 (1.23%) MS Access
11 5 (1.23%) MySQL
12 4 (0.98%) RDBMS
12 4 (0.98%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 34 (8.33%) Oracle Forms
2 9 (2.21%) ClearCase
3 7 (1.72%) Eclipse
4 6 (1.47%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.74%) Rational Rose
5 3 (0.74%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.25%) SoapUI
6 1 (0.25%) CA Gen
6 1 (0.25%) Maven
6 1 (0.25%) Ant
General
1 225 (55.15%) Finance
2 154 (37.75%) Banking
3 71 (17.40%) Retail
4 33 (8.09%) Automotive
5 29 (7.11%) Telecoms
6 28 (6.86%) Aerospace
7 22 (5.39%) Marketing
8 21 (5.15%) Investment Banking
9 5 (1.23%) Music Industry
9 5 (1.23%) Manufacturing
10 4 (0.98%) Back Office
11 3 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
11 3 (0.74%) Financial Institution
11 3 (0.74%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.25%) Legal
Job Titles
1 131 (32.11%) Developer
2 75 (18.38%) Analyst
3 53 (12.99%) Technical Specialist
4 50 (12.25%) Senior Developer
5 48 (11.76%) Architect
6 42 (10.29%) Designer
7 38 (9.31%) Programmer
8 31 (7.60%) Senior Analyst
8 31 (7.60%) Software Developer
9 30 (7.35%) COBOL Developer
10 29 (7.11%) Analyst Developer
11 27 (6.62%) C++ Developer
12 22 (5.39%) Consultant
12 22 (5.39%) Senior Analyst Developer
13 19 (4.66%) Senior C++ Developer
14 18 (4.41%) Solutions Architect
15 16 (3.92%) COBOL Programmer
16 14 (3.43%) AS400 Support
16 14 (3.43%) Support Analyst
17 13 (3.19%) Solutions Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (22.06%) XML
2 71 (17.40%) J2EE
3 66 (16.18%) .NET
4 38 (9.31%) XML Schema
5 34 (8.33%) Middleware
6 29 (7.11%) ASP.NET
7 28 (6.86%) Oracle Fusion
8 27 (6.62%) Web Services
8 27 (6.62%) Hibernate
9 25 (6.13%) Spring
9 25 (6.13%) CSS
10 23 (5.64%) Struts
11 22 (5.39%) JSF
11 22 (5.39%) JPA
12 12 (2.94%) ISPF
13 7 (1.72%) HTML
14 6 (1.47%) SOAP
15 5 (1.23%) STL
15 5 (1.23%) Boost C++ Libraries
16 4 (0.98%) WebSphere Message Broker
Miscellaneous
1 184 (45.10%) Mainframe
2 85 (20.83%) Analytical Skills
3 36 (8.82%) VSAM
4 30 (7.35%) Tandem
5 28 (6.86%) AS400
5 28 (6.86%) IBM Mainframe
5 28 (6.86%) SWIFT
6 23 (5.64%) N-Tier
7 19 (4.66%) iSeries
8 17 (4.17%) EMV
8 17 (4.17%) Cryptography
9 15 (3.68%) Mathematics
10 14 (3.43%) Enterprise Software
11 10 (2.45%) Client/Server
12 9 (2.21%) Chip Card
13 8 (1.96%) Management Information System
14 7 (1.72%) Credit Risk
15 6 (1.47%) Computer Science
16 5 (1.23%) LPAR
17 4 (0.98%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 86 (21.08%) UNIX
2 72 (17.65%) Windows
3 49 (12.01%) Linux
4 21 (5.15%) zOS
5 19 (4.66%) Windows XP
5 19 (4.66%) Windows 7
6 11 (2.70%) Solaris
7 10 (2.45%) VME
8 7 (1.72%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (1.47%) AIX
10 5 (1.23%) Windows Server 2003
10 5 (1.23%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (0.49%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (22.06%) Mentoring
2 83 (20.34%) UML
3 81 (19.85%) Agile Software Development
4 51 (12.50%) OO
5 48 (11.76%) Change Management
6 47 (11.52%) Coaching
7 41 (10.05%) OOP
7 41 (10.05%) Data Modelling
7 41 (10.05%) Software Architecture
8 37 (9.07%) Waterfall
9 36 (8.82%) Stakeholder Management
10 35 (8.58%) SOA
11 34 (8.33%) Use Case
12 33 (8.09%) Risk Analysis
13 32 (7.84%) Software Engineering
14 28 (6.86%) ITIL
14 28 (6.86%) MVC
15 26 (6.37%) Static Code Analysis
16 23 (5.64%) OOD
17 22 (5.39%) BPEL
Programming Languages
1 175 (42.89%) Java
2 91 (22.30%) JCL
3 87 (21.32%) SQL
4 82 (20.10%) C#
5 79 (19.36%) C++
6 54 (13.24%) JavaScript
7 34 (8.33%) Assembly Language
8 31 (7.60%) VB
9 29 (7.11%) PL/1
10 27 (6.62%) REXX
11 26 (6.37%) C
12 25 (6.13%) RPG
13 24 (5.88%) VB6
14 22 (5.39%) Delphi
15 15 (3.68%) PowerShell
16 14 (3.43%) Ada
17 12 (2.94%) VB.NET
18 9 (2.21%) PL/SQL
18 9 (2.21%) NATURAL
19 7 (1.72%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 42 (10.29%) Degree
2 9 (2.21%) ITIL Certification
3 5 (1.23%) SC Cleared
3 5 (1.23%) Security Cleared
4 1 (0.25%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (11.27%) QA
2 15 (3.68%) ISO 8583
3 10 (2.45%) SLA
4 1 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 6 (1.47%) RACF
1 6 (1.47%) Oracle RMAN
2 2 (0.49%) ACF2
3 1 (0.25%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 39 (9.56%) CA Endevor
2 6 (1.47%) Data Guard
3 2 (0.49%) OMEGAMON
3 2 (0.49%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.25%) Control-M
4 1 (0.25%) Puppet
4 1 (0.25%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 93 (22.79%) Oracle
2 92 (22.55%) IBM
3 65 (15.93%) Microsoft
4 32 (7.84%) HP
4 32 (7.84%) Micro Focus
5 24 (5.88%) BEA
6 16 (3.92%) VocaLink
7 15 (3.68%) NCR
8 7 (1.72%) VMware
9 6 (1.47%) SAP
10 5 (1.23%) CA
11 4 (0.98%) JDA
11 4 (0.98%) Borland
12 3 (0.74%) ICL
13 2 (0.49%) Google
13 2 (0.49%) Business Objects
13 2 (0.49%) BMC
13 2 (0.49%) Cognizant
13 2 (0.49%) Compuware
14 1 (0.25%) EMC
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