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 4 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 690 735 736
Rank change year-on-year
+45 +1
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 216 174 141
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.15% 0.13%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.39% 0.30% 0.25%
Number of salaries quoted 146 127 114
Average salary £47,000 £45,000 £39,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+4.44% +13.92%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £27,500 £32,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £62,500
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £42,500 £38,500
% change year-on-year
- +10.38%

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
55942 58127 55691
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 51.27% 50.96% 52.79%
Number of salaries quoted 47919 48745 47940
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £29,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+1.26% +5.33%

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 4 September 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 4 September 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +51 210 £47,500 - 31
South East +59 65 £43,000 -14.00% 2
London +29 61 £55,000 -4.34% 6
West Sussex - 28 £40,000 -
East Midlands +19 27 £42,500 +8.97% 8
North West -42 19 £45,000 -18.18% 9
City of London +48 18 £55,000 -8.33% 3
Buckinghamshire +5 14 £48,000 -4.00%
East of England -2 14 £50,000 -9.09% 2
Manchester -7 14 £52,500 -4.54%
Nottingham +5 13 £35,000 -30.00% 5
Nottinghamshire -4 13 £35,000 -30.00% 5
Essex -4 13 £50,000 -9.09% 2
Milton Keynes -3 11 £43,750 -12.50%
South West -10 11 £42,500 +18.05% 3
East Sussex +26 10 £60,000 +33.33% 1
Hampshire +23 9 £34,073 -59.91%
Brentwood - 9 £40,000 - 1
Leicestershire +19 7 £42,500 +9.25% 1
Yorkshire +13 7 £45,000 +20.00% 1
Leicester +11 7 £42,500 +9.25% 1
West Yorkshire +10 6 £47,000 +25.33%
Northamptonshire +4 6 £47,000 -
West Midlands -9 6 £35,000 -24.32%
Northampton - 6 £47,000 -
Bristol - 5 £45,000 -
Cardiff - 4 £34,817 -
South Wales - 4 £34,817 -
Wales - 4 £34,817 -
Brighton +17 3 £60,000 +33.33% 1

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 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.

1 264 (44.52%) SQL
2 226 (38.11%) Mainframe
3 216 (36.42%) DB2
4 212 (35.75%) Agile Software Development
5 204 (34.40%) Finance
6 203 (34.23%) Java
7 179 (30.19%) JCL
8 159 (26.81%) Oracle
9 157 (26.48%) SDLC
10 153 (25.80%) IBM
11 150 (25.30%) Banking
12 147 (24.79%) CICS
13 140 (23.61%) UNIX
14 126 (21.25%) Web Services
15 125 (21.08%) Analytical Skills
16 117 (19.73%) Software Engineering
17 110 (18.55%) XML
18 98 (16.53%) Retail
19 96 (16.19%) PL/SQL
20 93 (15.68%) Linux
20 93 (15.68%) WebSphere
21 90 (15.18%) Windows
22 85 (14.33%) JavaScript
23 84 (14.17%) HTML
24 80 (13.49%) Oracle Database
25 74 (12.48%) Mentoring
26 71 (11.97%) Change Management
27 70 (11.80%) SQL Server
28 69 (11.64%) Degree
29 68 (11.47%) HTML5

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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
1 147 (24.79%) CICS
2 93 (15.68%) WebSphere
3 51 (8.60%) WebLogic
4 27 (4.55%) WebSphere Application Server
5 26 (4.38%) MQSeries
6 11 (1.85%) StreamWeaver
7 10 (1.69%) MTS
7 10 (1.69%) Confluence
8 9 (1.52%) JBoss
8 9 (1.52%) Oracle Workflow
9 7 (1.18%) Papyrus
9 7 (1.18%) Exstream Dialogue
10 3 (0.51%) SAS
10 3 (0.51%) IIS
10 3 (0.51%) Umbraco
11 2 (0.34%) CMS
11 2 (0.34%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.34%) Apache
11 2 (0.34%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.17%) OpenROAD
Applications
1 39 (6.58%) MS Excel
2 13 (2.19%) MS Office
3 8 (1.35%) PowerPivot
4 2 (0.34%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.34%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.17%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 9 (1.52%) Exstream
2 7 (1.18%) VisionPLUS
3 5 (0.84%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 10 (1.69%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.17%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (2.70%) FTP
2 9 (1.52%) DNS
2 9 (1.52%) SSL
2 9 (1.52%) Internet
3 5 (0.84%) ATM
4 4 (0.67%) Firewall
5 2 (0.34%) SAN
5 2 (0.34%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 216 (36.42%) DB2
2 80 (13.49%) Oracle Database
3 70 (11.80%) SQL Server
4 30 (5.06%) Adabas
5 29 (4.89%) DataStage
6 23 (3.88%) NonStop SQL
7 22 (3.71%) MongoDB
8 19 (3.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 19 (3.20%) Oracle Database 11g
8 19 (3.20%) UniData
9 18 (3.04%) BusinessObjects
10 17 (2.87%) Pentaho
11 16 (2.70%) Apache Hive
12 14 (2.36%) SQL Server 2008
12 14 (2.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 14 (2.36%) Relational Database
13 11 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
13 11 (1.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 9 (1.52%) Oracle ODI
14 9 (1.52%) Easytrieve
Development Applications
1 65 (10.96%) Oracle Forms
2 17 (2.87%) Oracle APEX
3 16 (2.70%) Git (software)
4 12 (2.02%) LoadRunner
5 10 (1.69%) Hudson
5 10 (1.69%) JIRA
6 9 (1.52%) Jenkins
6 9 (1.52%) Eclipse
6 9 (1.52%) HP UFT
7 8 (1.35%) ERwin
8 7 (1.18%) Visual Studio
9 6 (1.01%) Subversion
9 6 (1.01%) Maven
10 5 (0.84%) Toad
11 4 (0.67%) ChangeMan
12 3 (0.51%) JUnit
13 2 (0.34%) PowerBuilder
13 2 (0.34%) PROIV
14 1 (0.17%) WebDriver
14 1 (0.17%) Selenium
General
1 204 (34.40%) Finance
2 150 (25.30%) Banking
3 98 (16.53%) Retail
4 23 (3.88%) Marketing
5 22 (3.71%) Back Office
6 15 (2.53%) Automotive
6 15 (2.53%) Retail Banking
7 12 (2.02%) Billing
7 12 (2.02%) Pharmaceutical
8 10 (1.69%) Telecoms
9 9 (1.52%) French Language
10 8 (1.35%) Aerospace
10 8 (1.35%) Corporate Banking
11 6 (1.01%) Private Banking
12 4 (0.67%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.34%) Music Industry
13 2 (0.34%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.17%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.17%) International Banking
14 1 (0.17%) Legal
Job Titles
1 219 (36.93%) Developer
2 128 (21.59%) Analyst
3 76 (12.82%) Software Engineer
4 56 (9.44%) COBOL Developer
5 55 (9.27%) Programmer
6 45 (7.59%) Analyst Programmer
7 41 (6.91%) Mainframe Developer
8 39 (6.58%) Technical Specialist
9 36 (6.07%) COBOL Analyst
10 33 (5.56%) Analyst Developer
11 31 (5.23%) Senior Software Engineer
12 27 (4.55%) Oracle Developer
13 25 (4.22%) COBOL Programmer
13 25 (4.22%) Support Analyst
13 25 (4.22%) Architect
13 25 (4.22%) Consultant
14 24 (4.05%) Applications Support
15 23 (3.88%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
16 19 (3.20%) Software Developer
17 18 (3.04%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 126 (21.25%) Web Services
2 110 (18.55%) XML
3 84 (14.17%) HTML
4 68 (11.47%) HTML5
5 59 (9.95%) .NET
6 46 (7.76%) ISPF
7 32 (5.40%) WebSphere MQ
8 29 (4.89%) Middleware
9 16 (2.70%) ASP.NET
10 15 (2.53%) XML Schema
10 15 (2.53%) Java EE
11 13 (2.19%) XSLT
12 10 (1.69%) SOAP
13 8 (1.35%) JSON
13 8 (1.35%) Oracle Fusion
14 7 (1.18%) Boost C++ Libraries
14 7 (1.18%) STL
14 7 (1.18%) CSS
15 6 (1.01%) Memcached
15 6 (1.01%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 226 (38.11%) Mainframe
2 125 (21.08%) Analytical Skills
3 57 (9.61%) Data Structures
4 55 (9.27%) SWIFT
5 53 (8.94%) VSAM
6 48 (8.09%) AS400
6 48 (8.09%) Computer Science
7 45 (7.59%) IBM Mainframe
8 26 (4.38%) Tandem
8 26 (4.38%) Visualisation
9 23 (3.88%) Client/Server
10 21 (3.54%) Social Media
11 15 (2.53%) Management Information System
11 15 (2.53%) Credit Risk
12 13 (2.19%) iSeries
13 6 (1.01%) Mobile App
14 5 (0.84%) Algorithms
14 5 (0.84%) LPAR
15 4 (0.67%) Mathematics
15 4 (0.67%) Equities
Operating Systems
1 140 (23.61%) UNIX
2 93 (15.68%) Linux
3 90 (15.18%) Windows
4 28 (4.72%) zOS
5 19 (3.20%) AIX
6 18 (3.04%) Solaris
6 18 (3.04%) MVS
7 9 (1.52%) Android
7 9 (1.52%) Apple iOS
8 5 (0.84%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (0.84%) Windows 2000 Server
8 5 (0.84%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (0.67%) SUSE
9 4 (0.67%) Debian
9 4 (0.67%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.34%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.17%) VME
11 1 (0.17%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 212 (35.75%) Agile Software Development
2 157 (26.48%) SDLC
3 117 (19.73%) Software Engineering
4 74 (12.48%) Mentoring
5 71 (11.97%) Change Management
6 50 (8.43%) SOA
7 47 (7.93%) TDD
7 47 (7.93%) Continuous Improvement
8 45 (7.59%) Coaching
9 41 (6.91%) Automated Testing
10 32 (5.40%) ITIL
10 32 (5.40%) OO
11 30 (5.06%) Scrum
11 30 (5.06%) Unit Testing
12 29 (4.89%) Release Management
12 29 (4.89%) Configuration Management
12 29 (4.89%) E-Commerce
13 28 (4.72%) Waterfall
14 22 (3.71%) Business Intelligence
15 21 (3.54%) UML
Programming Languages
1 264 (44.52%) SQL
2 203 (34.23%) Java
3 179 (30.19%) JCL
4 96 (16.19%) PL/SQL
5 85 (14.33%) JavaScript
6 54 (9.11%) C#
7 40 (6.75%) Perl
7 40 (6.75%) RPG
8 35 (5.90%) REXX
9 31 (5.23%) VB
10 30 (5.06%) PL/1
11 29 (4.89%) NATURAL
12 27 (4.55%) Assembly Language
13 24 (4.05%) C++
14 19 (3.20%) VB.NET
15 18 (3.04%) VB6
16 17 (2.87%) Python
17 13 (2.19%) C
18 9 (1.52%) Ruby
19 8 (1.35%) Ada
Qualifications
1 69 (11.64%) Degree
2 12 (2.02%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (0.17%) ISTQB
3 1 (0.17%) ISEB
3 1 (0.17%) Sun Certification
3 1 (0.17%) IC3 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (9.11%) QA
2 24 (4.05%) SLA
3 4 (0.67%) Data Quality
System Software
1 41 (6.91%) Oracle RAC
2 40 (6.75%) Time Sharing Option
3 9 (1.52%) RACF
4 8 (1.35%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
5 1 (0.17%) KVM
Systems Management
1 46 (7.76%) CA Endevor
2 25 (4.22%) Tivoli
3 9 (1.52%) Puppet
3 9 (1.52%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.51%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (0.34%) OMEGAMON
6 1 (0.17%) Control-M
Vendors
1 159 (26.81%) Oracle
2 153 (25.80%) IBM
3 38 (6.41%) Microsoft
4 33 (5.56%) HP
5 21 (3.54%) Micro Focus
6 13 (2.19%) TOWER Software
7 12 (2.02%) SAP
8 11 (1.85%) Informatica
9 10 (1.69%) Cognos
9 10 (1.69%) ServiceNow
10 9 (1.52%) New Relic
10 9 (1.52%) F5
11 6 (1.01%) Remedy
11 6 (1.01%) iRise
11 6 (1.01%) TSYS
11 6 (1.01%) Sybase
12 5 (0.84%) JD Edwards
12 5 (0.84%) BMC
13 4 (0.67%) Red Hat
13 4 (0.67%) Tableau
Central London / West End
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: 45 to 100k £
Posted: 23 hours ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £40000 - £70000 per annum + excellent benefits and bonus
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £45000 - £65000 per annum + excellent benefits and bonus
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £40000 - £55000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
East Midlands
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Salary: £60000 - £65000 per annum, Benefits Excellent Company Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Essex
Logic Engagements Ltd
Salary: £40000 - £45000 per annum + bonus, pension etc.
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham
Experian
Salary: £Competitive + Bonus
Posted: 2 days ago
Burnley, Lancashire
Progressive Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Brentwood, Essex
Logic Engagements Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + bonus, pension, private health
Posted: 3 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
ANSON MCCADE
Salary: £35,000 - £45,000 + EXCELLENT BENEFITS
Posted: 3 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Verticality Ltd
Salary: £25000 - £35000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Burnley
Progressive Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Brighton
American Express
Posted: 3 days ago
Burnley, Lancashire
Progressive Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Burnley
Progressive Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £50000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Nottingham
Experian
Salary: Standard
Posted: 8 days ago
Nottingham
Experian
Salary: Salary
Posted: 8 days ago
New Malden
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Salary: £50000.00 - £60000.00 per annum + excellent benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Burnley
Progressive Recruitment
Salary: £35000 - £55000 per annum + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
Nottingham
Experian
Salary: Standard Experian package
Posted: 12 days ago