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 28 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
28 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 808 627 865
Rank change year-on-year
-181 +238
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 125 352 124
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.32% 0.10%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.24% 0.62% 0.20%
Number of salaries quoted 87 262 71
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 £33,000 £33,200 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £34,500
% change year-on-year
- +30.43%

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
51984 56395 62009
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 52.84% 51.51% 52.23%
Number of salaries quoted 45055 48104 52955
Median salary £47,500 £45,000 £43,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
+5.55% +3.44%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £29,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,500 £65,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £41,000 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% -

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 28 June 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 28 June 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
(Click see detailed
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 -177 117 £47,500 +5.55% 12
South East +25 63 £52,500 +5.00% 3
West Sussex -11 26 £45,000 -10.00%
London -30 23 £50,000 -4.76% 1
Surrey +37 14 £62,500 +21.95%
Berkshire - 12 £50,000 - 1
East Sussex -3 11 £54,000 -1.81%
West Midlands -17 9 £37,500 -28.57%
Egham - 9 £62,500 -
Burgess Hill -14 7 £53,000 -11.66%
Sheffield +15 6 £30,000 +33.33%
South Yorkshire +14 6 £30,000 +33.33%
Yorkshire +3 6 £30,000 -11.76%
Scotland -5 6 £35,250 +3.67%
Glasgow -9 6 £35,250 -43.60%
Shropshire -10 6 £37,000 +5.71%
East of England +11 5 £34,000 +41.66% 2
Brighton -7 5 £45,750 -16.81%
South West -21 5 £35,000 -22.22%
Cheshire +28 4 £35,000 -12.50%
Gloucestershire -5 4 £35,000 -
North West -13 4 £35,000 -12.50% 5
Tewkesbury - 4 £35,000 -
Knutsford - 4 £35,000 -
Telford -9 3 £37,000 +5.71%
East Midlands -50 3 £41,000 -3.52%
North East - 3 £60,000 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 3 £60,000 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 3 £60,000 - 1
City of London +47 2 £43,250 -24.78%

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 June 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.

1 204 (64.35%) Mainframe
2 153 (48.26%) DB2
3 141 (44.48%) JCL
4 124 (39.12%) SQL
5 115 (36.28%) Finance
6 106 (33.44%) IBM
6 106 (33.44%) CICS
7 104 (32.81%) Java
8 100 (31.55%) Agile Software Development
9 80 (25.24%) SDLC
10 76 (23.97%) VSAM
11 64 (20.19%) Degree
12 56 (17.67%) Banking
13 54 (17.03%) Retail
14 51 (16.09%) Oracle
14 51 (16.09%) Computer Science
15 49 (15.46%) Unix
15 49 (15.46%) RAD
16 48 (15.14%) REXX
17 47 (14.83%) AS400
17 47 (14.83%) QA
17 47 (14.83%) IBM Mainframe
18 45 (14.20%) Analytical Skills
19 41 (12.93%) Waterfall
20 40 (12.62%) Software Engineering
21 39 (12.30%) Automated Testing
22 38 (11.99%) User Stories
23 36 (11.36%) TDD
23 36 (11.36%) XML
23 36 (11.36%) RPG

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
1 106 (33.44%) CICS
2 18 (5.68%) IIS
3 8 (2.52%) WebSphere
4 7 (2.21%) OpenROAD
5 4 (1.26%) MQSeries
5 4 (1.26%) StreamWeaver
6 3 (0.95%) Exstream Dialogue
6 3 (0.95%) MTS
7 2 (0.63%) SAS
7 2 (0.63%) SharePoint
8 1 (0.32%) TPMS
Applications
1 1 (0.32%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 29 (9.15%) VisionPLUS
2 7 (2.21%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.95%) Exstream
4 2 (0.63%) SAP BPC
4 2 (0.63%) SAP CRM
4 2 (0.63%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.63%) SAP IS-U
4 2 (0.63%) SAP SCM
5 1 (0.32%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.95%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 18 (5.68%) FTP
2 9 (2.84%) HTTPS
3 2 (0.63%) HTTP
3 2 (0.63%) PuTTY
3 2 (0.63%) SSH
3 2 (0.63%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 153 (48.26%) DB2
2 14 (4.42%) Relational Database
3 10 (3.15%) SQL Server
4 9 (2.84%) MongoDB
4 9 (2.84%) Oracle Database
5 7 (2.21%) UniData
6 6 (1.89%) Oracle Database 11g
7 5 (1.58%) Apache Hive
7 5 (1.58%) Informix
7 5 (1.58%) MySQL
8 4 (1.26%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (1.26%) Easytrieve
8 4 (1.26%) NonStop SQL
9 3 (0.95%) RDBMS
10 2 (0.63%) Big Data
10 2 (0.63%) Data Mining
10 2 (0.63%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.32%) IDMS
11 1 (0.32%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 18 (5.68%) Team Foundation Server
2 9 (2.84%) Git (software)
2 9 (2.84%) JUnit
2 9 (2.84%) Oracle Forms
3 7 (2.21%) Eclipse
3 7 (2.21%) PowerBuilder
3 7 (2.21%) PROIV
4 6 (1.89%) Maven
4 6 (1.89%) Subversion
5 4 (1.26%) JMeter
5 4 (1.26%) LoadRunner
5 4 (1.26%) LSMW
5 4 (1.26%) Selenium
5 4 (1.26%) Selenium IDE
5 4 (1.26%) WebDriver
5 4 (1.26%) XPEDITER
6 1 (0.32%) Dreamweaver
6 1 (0.32%) JIRA
6 1 (0.32%) ProC
6 1 (0.32%) Toad
General
1 115 (36.28%) Finance
2 56 (17.67%) Banking
3 54 (17.03%) Retail
4 17 (5.36%) Financial Institution
5 12 (3.79%) Music Industry
6 9 (2.84%) Marketing
7 6 (1.89%) Spanish Language
8 5 (1.58%) Dutch Language
8 5 (1.58%) French Language
8 5 (1.58%) German Language
8 5 (1.58%) Italian Language
9 4 (1.26%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.32%) Billing
Job Titles
1 134 (42.27%) Developer
2 57 (17.98%) COBOL Developer
3 41 (12.93%) Analyst
4 31 (9.78%) Mainframe Developer
5 30 (9.46%) Software Engineer
6 29 (9.15%) DB2 Developer
7 22 (6.94%) Java Developer
8 21 (6.62%) Technical Leader
9 19 (5.99%) Programmer
10 18 (5.68%) Analyst Programmer
11 17 (5.36%) CICS Engineer
12 16 (5.05%) Mainframe Software Engineer
13 14 (4.42%) Team Leader
13 14 (4.42%) Technical Team Leader
14 13 (4.10%) QA Engineer
14 13 (4.10%) Senior Developer
15 11 (3.47%) Business Analyst
15 11 (3.47%) Software Developer
16 10 (3.15%) QA Test Engineer
16 10 (3.15%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (11.36%) XML
2 31 (9.78%) Web Services
3 22 (6.94%) .NET
4 19 (5.99%) HTML
5 18 (5.68%) ISPF
6 14 (4.42%) JSON
7 10 (3.15%) J2EE
7 10 (3.15%) Spring
8 9 (2.84%) EDI
9 8 (2.52%) HTML5
10 7 (2.21%) PhoneGap
11 5 (1.58%) REST
11 5 (1.58%) Spring MVC
12 4 (1.26%) BAPI
12 4 (1.26%) Middleware
12 4 (1.26%) SAP Smart Forms
12 4 (1.26%) Web Dynpro
13 3 (0.95%) ASP.NET
13 3 (0.95%) CGI
13 3 (0.95%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 204 (64.35%) Mainframe
2 76 (23.97%) VSAM
3 51 (16.09%) Computer Science
4 47 (14.83%) AS400
4 47 (14.83%) IBM Mainframe
5 45 (14.20%) Analytical Skills
6 27 (8.52%) Enterprise Software
7 25 (7.89%) iSeries
8 10 (3.15%) Algorithms
8 10 (3.15%) Client/Server
8 10 (3.15%) Management Information System
9 7 (2.21%) Social Media
9 7 (2.21%) SWIFT
9 7 (2.21%) Tandem
9 7 (2.21%) Visualisation
10 5 (1.58%) Data Structures
10 5 (1.58%) Replication
11 4 (1.26%) Derivative
11 4 (1.26%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 3 (0.95%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 49 (15.46%) Unix
2 23 (7.26%) zOS
3 16 (5.05%) MVS
4 14 (4.42%) Windows
5 8 (2.52%) Linux
6 6 (1.89%) OS/390
6 6 (1.89%) Windows Server
7 4 (1.26%) Android
7 4 (1.26%) Apple iOS
8 2 (0.63%) VME
9 1 (0.32%) AIX
9 1 (0.32%) OpenVMS
9 1 (0.32%) SUSE
9 1 (0.32%) VMS
9 1 (0.32%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (31.55%) Agile Software Development
2 80 (25.24%) SDLC
3 49 (15.46%) RAD
4 41 (12.93%) Waterfall
5 40 (12.62%) Software Engineering
6 39 (12.30%) Automated Testing
7 38 (11.99%) User Stories
8 36 (11.36%) TDD
9 35 (11.04%) Continuous Improvement
10 30 (9.46%) Scrum
11 28 (8.83%) Integration Testing
11 28 (8.83%) Mentoring
12 25 (7.89%) Functional Testing
13 24 (7.57%) Unit Testing
14 23 (7.26%) Regression Testing
15 21 (6.62%) Change Management
16 20 (6.31%) System Integration Testing
17 19 (5.99%) OO
17 19 (5.99%) UML
18 18 (5.68%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 141 (44.48%) JCL
2 124 (39.12%) SQL
3 104 (32.81%) Java
4 48 (15.14%) REXX
5 36 (11.36%) RPG
6 28 (8.83%) C#
7 26 (8.20%) CLIST
8 17 (5.36%) PL/SQL
9 16 (5.05%) C
10 15 (4.73%) VB
11 13 (4.10%) JavaScript
12 11 (3.47%) Assembly Language
13 9 (2.84%) C++
14 7 (2.21%) Clipper
14 7 (2.21%) DataFlex
14 7 (2.21%) Fortran
14 7 (2.21%) LINC
14 7 (2.21%) Uniface
14 7 (2.21%) VB6
14 7 (2.21%) xBase
Qualifications
1 64 (20.19%) Degree
2 25 (7.89%) ISTQB
3 18 (5.68%) ISEB
4 3 (0.95%) OCA
4 3 (0.95%) Oracle Certification
5 2 (0.63%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (14.83%) QA
2 4 (1.26%) FATCA
2 4 (1.26%) MiFID
2 4 (1.26%) SEPA
3 2 (0.63%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (5.99%) Time Sharing Option
2 8 (2.52%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 16 (5.05%) CA Endevor
1 16 (5.05%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (2.52%) Tivoli
3 2 (0.63%) Control-M
3 2 (0.63%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 106 (33.44%) IBM
2 51 (16.09%) Oracle
3 26 (8.20%) JD Edwards
3 26 (8.20%) TSYS
4 20 (6.31%) HP
5 18 (5.68%) Microsoft
6 15 (4.73%) Cognizant
7 13 (4.10%) SAP
8 12 (3.79%) Micro Focus
9 9 (2.84%) JDA
9 9 (2.84%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (2.52%) CA
10 8 (2.52%) Remedy
11 7 (2.21%) BMC
12 6 (1.89%) Informatica
13 5 (1.58%) Rally
14 4 (1.26%) Pega
14 4 (1.26%) Syncsort
15 2 (0.63%) Fujitsu
15 2 (0.63%) hybris
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Eclipse I.T. Recruitment
Posted: 4 days ago
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Salary: 50,000 -55,000 + Bens DOE
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