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

Location
3 months to
28 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 600 799 755
Rank change year-on-year
+199 -44
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 328 122 140
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.30% 0.10% 0.13%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.58% 0.19% 0.24%
Number of salaries quoted 224 86 110
Average salary £50,000 £40,750 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+22.69% -9.44%
90% offered a salary of more than £34,000 £32,500 £33,950
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £70,000
UK excluding London average salary £47,000 £37,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+25.33% -6.25%

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
56636 62939 59111
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 51.03% 52.66% 53.40%
Number of salaries quoted 48128 53228 50792
Average salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+5.88% +6.25%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £29,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £67,500 £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 28 April 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 April 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 +224 318 £50,000 +8.69% 18
South East +93 100 £50,000 +33.33% 2
London +56 62 £52,500 -4.54% 6
East Midlands +57 46 £40,000 +45.45% 3
East of England +44 35 £50,000 +7.52% 2
Yorkshire +17 31 £34,000 +4.61%
Essex +33 28 £50,000 +5.26%
Nottinghamshire +20 25 £45,000 +63.63% 1
Nottingham +18 25 £45,000 +63.63% 1
West Sussex +35 24 £50,000 -9.09% 1
Surrey - 24 £52,500 -
East Sussex - 24 £50,000 -
South West +7 21 £37,500 -6.25% 1
Brighton - 21 £50,000 -
Buckinghamshire +17 20 £37,500 -25.00%
West Yorkshire +10 19 £34,000 +4.61%
North West +28 18 £40,000 +23.07% 3
Walton-on-Thames - 18 £52,500 -
City of London +49 15 £52,500 -4.54% 1
Milton Keynes +9 13 £37,500 -25.00%
South Yorkshire - 12 £22,500 -
Cheshire - 12 £50,608 -
Northampton +7 11 £43,500 +24.28% 1
Northamptonshire +5 11 £43,500 +24.28% 1
Sheffield - 11 £22,500 -
Bristol +5 9 £45,000 -
Brentwood - 9 £55,000 -
Wakefield - 8 £34,000 -
Pontefract - 8 £34,000 -
Leeds +12 7 £61,215 +88.35%

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 April 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.

1 205 (39.58%) Finance
2 199 (38.42%) DB2
3 197 (38.03%) Java
3 197 (38.03%) Mainframe
4 168 (32.43%) SQL
5 153 (29.54%) Agile Software Development
6 131 (25.29%) Oracle
7 124 (23.94%) UNIX
8 120 (23.17%) Banking
9 112 (21.62%) CICS
9 112 (21.62%) JCL
10 111 (21.43%) XML
11 105 (20.27%) IBM
12 102 (19.69%) Analytical Skills
13 93 (17.95%) Windows
14 84 (16.22%) C#
15 80 (15.44%) Software Engineering
16 77 (14.86%) .NET
16 77 (14.86%) Web Services
17 75 (14.48%) Retail
18 70 (13.51%) Linux
19 68 (13.13%) C++
20 66 (12.74%) Mentoring
21 65 (12.55%) Degree
22 64 (12.36%) UML
23 63 (12.16%) SQL Server
23 63 (12.16%) Microsoft
24 61 (11.78%) OO
25 57 (11.00%) RPG
26 55 (10.62%) Oracle Forms

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 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
1 112 (21.62%) CICS
2 50 (9.65%) WebSphere
3 26 (5.02%) WebLogic
4 23 (4.44%) JBoss
5 18 (3.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 16 (3.09%) AquaLogic
6 16 (3.09%) Oracle Service Bus
6 16 (3.09%) Tuxedo
7 14 (2.70%) MQSeries
8 8 (1.54%) StreamWeaver
9 7 (1.35%) WebSphere Application Server
9 7 (1.35%) IIS
10 4 (0.77%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.77%) Exstream Dialogue
10 4 (0.77%) Papyrus
11 3 (0.58%) SAS
11 3 (0.58%) Umbraco
12 1 (0.19%) Confluence
12 1 (0.19%) Oracle Workflow
12 1 (0.19%) SharePoint
Applications
1 43 (8.30%) MS Excel
2 2 (0.39%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (0.39%) MS Office
3 1 (0.19%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 10 (1.93%) BASE24
2 5 (0.97%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.77%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.77%) Google Analytics
2 2 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.70%) ATM
2 7 (1.35%) TCP/IP
3 3 (0.58%) Internet
4 2 (0.39%) FTP
4 2 (0.39%) HTTP
5 1 (0.19%) DNS
5 1 (0.19%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 199 (38.42%) DB2
2 63 (12.16%) SQL Server
3 47 (9.07%) Oracle Database
4 29 (5.60%) Adabas
5 25 (4.83%) Oracle Database 11g
6 24 (4.63%) Oracle Reports
7 22 (4.25%) DataStage
7 22 (4.25%) UniData
8 18 (3.47%) Crystal Reports
8 18 (3.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 18 (3.47%) SQL Server 2008
9 16 (3.09%) SQL Server 2005
10 13 (2.51%) Pentaho
11 12 (2.32%) MongoDB
12 11 (2.12%) NonStop SQL
12 11 (2.12%) Relational Database
13 8 (1.54%) Apache Hive
14 7 (1.35%) MS Access
14 7 (1.35%) RDBMS
15 6 (1.16%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 55 (10.62%) Oracle Forms
2 15 (2.90%) Eclipse
3 8 (1.54%) Visual Studio
3 8 (1.54%) Git (software)
4 6 (1.16%) Toad
4 6 (1.16%) Oracle APEX
5 5 (0.97%) ClearCase
5 5 (0.97%) Rational Rose
5 5 (0.97%) Maven
6 4 (0.77%) Subversion
7 3 (0.58%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (0.58%) LoadRunner
8 2 (0.39%) XPEDITER
8 2 (0.39%) JMeter
8 2 (0.39%) JUnit
8 2 (0.39%) WebDriver
8 2 (0.39%) Selenium
8 2 (0.39%) Selenium IDE
9 1 (0.19%) Hudson
9 1 (0.19%) SoapUI
General
1 205 (39.58%) Finance
2 120 (23.17%) Banking
3 75 (14.48%) Retail
4 39 (7.53%) Automotive
5 33 (6.37%) Marketing
6 32 (6.18%) Telecoms
7 30 (5.79%) Aerospace
8 10 (1.93%) Retail Banking
9 9 (1.74%) Investment Banking
9 9 (1.74%) Back Office
10 7 (1.35%) Pharmaceutical
11 6 (1.16%) Corporate Banking
11 6 (1.16%) French Language
12 5 (0.97%) Billing
12 5 (0.97%) Manufacturing
13 4 (0.77%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.58%) Music Industry
15 1 (0.19%) Legal
Job Titles
1 163 (31.47%) Developer
2 125 (24.13%) Analyst
3 55 (10.62%) Programmer
4 41 (7.92%) Software Engineer
5 40 (7.72%) Analyst Programmer
6 37 (7.14%) Architect
7 36 (6.95%) Analyst Developer
8 33 (6.37%) Mainframe Developer
9 32 (6.18%) COBOL Analyst
10 30 (5.79%) Senior Analyst
10 30 (5.79%) Software Developer
11 29 (5.60%) Senior Developer
11 29 (5.60%) Technical Specialist
11 29 (5.60%) COBOL Programmer
12 26 (5.02%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
13 25 (4.83%) Designer
14 24 (4.63%) COBOL Developer
15 20 (3.86%) Applications Support
16 18 (3.47%) Technical Support
17 17 (3.28%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 111 (21.43%) XML
2 77 (14.86%) Web Services
2 77 (14.86%) .NET
3 42 (8.11%) HTML
4 38 (7.34%) XML Schema
5 32 (6.18%) Middleware
6 31 (5.98%) J2EE
7 30 (5.79%) ASP.NET
8 25 (4.83%) HTML5
9 24 (4.63%) CSS
10 23 (4.44%) ISPF
11 22 (4.25%) Hibernate
11 22 (4.25%) Oracle Fusion
12 18 (3.47%) Spring
13 17 (3.28%) Struts
13 17 (3.28%) JPA
14 16 (3.09%) JSF
14 16 (3.09%) WebSphere MQ
15 12 (2.32%) XSLT
16 9 (1.74%) STL
Miscellaneous
1 197 (38.03%) Mainframe
2 102 (19.69%) Analytical Skills
3 48 (9.27%) AS400
4 39 (7.53%) VSAM
5 38 (7.34%) SWIFT
6 30 (5.79%) Computer Science
7 26 (5.02%) iSeries
8 24 (4.63%) Tandem
9 22 (4.25%) Client/Server
10 21 (4.05%) IBM Mainframe
10 21 (4.05%) Data Structures
11 17 (3.28%) Social Media
11 17 (3.28%) N-Tier
12 16 (3.09%) Management Information System
12 16 (3.09%) Credit Risk
13 13 (2.51%) Visualisation
14 9 (1.74%) EMV
14 9 (1.74%) Cryptography
15 6 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
16 4 (0.77%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 124 (23.94%) UNIX
2 93 (17.95%) Windows
3 70 (13.51%) Linux
4 26 (5.02%) zOS
5 13 (2.51%) Solaris
6 11 (2.12%) AIX
7 8 (1.54%) VME
7 8 (1.54%) Android
7 8 (1.54%) Apple iOS
8 7 (1.35%) Windows 7
8 7 (1.35%) Windows XP
9 5 (0.97%) MVS
10 2 (0.39%) SUSE
10 2 (0.39%) Debian
10 2 (0.39%) Ubuntu
10 2 (0.39%) Windows Vista
10 2 (0.39%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.19%) OS/400
Processes & Methodologies
1 153 (29.54%) Agile Software Development
2 80 (15.44%) Software Engineering
3 66 (12.74%) Mentoring
4 64 (12.36%) UML
5 61 (11.78%) OO
6 51 (9.85%) SOA
7 48 (9.27%) TDD
8 39 (7.53%) Data Modelling
9 38 (7.34%) Static Code Analysis
10 36 (6.95%) OOP
10 36 (6.95%) ITIL
11 35 (6.76%) OOD
12 33 (6.37%) Use Case
12 33 (6.37%) Software Architecture
13 32 (6.18%) Coaching
14 31 (5.98%) Change Management
15 27 (5.21%) Configuration Management
15 27 (5.21%) Continuous Improvement
16 26 (5.02%) E-Commerce
17 24 (4.63%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 197 (38.03%) Java
2 168 (32.43%) SQL
3 112 (21.62%) JCL
4 84 (16.22%) C#
5 68 (13.13%) C++
6 57 (11.00%) RPG
7 50 (9.65%) JavaScript
8 48 (9.27%) PL/SQL
9 41 (7.92%) PL/1
10 39 (7.53%) VB
11 30 (5.79%) VB6
12 29 (5.60%) NATURAL
13 25 (4.83%) Ada
14 24 (4.63%) Assembly Language
15 22 (4.25%) Delphi
16 20 (3.86%) VB.NET
17 17 (3.28%) REXX
18 16 (3.09%) Shell Script
19 9 (1.74%) Perl
20 8 (1.54%) C
Qualifications
1 65 (12.55%) Degree
2 14 (2.70%) ITIL Certification
3 3 (0.58%) ISEB
4 2 (0.39%) ISTQB
5 1 (0.19%) IC3 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (7.53%) QA
2 24 (4.63%) SLA
3 7 (1.35%) ISO 8583
4 3 (0.58%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 12 (2.32%) Oracle RAC
2 2 (0.39%) RACF
Systems Management
1 27 (5.21%) CA Endevor
2 6 (1.16%) Data Guard
2 6 (1.16%) Oracle RMAN
3 5 (0.97%) Tivoli
4 2 (0.39%) Control-M
4 2 (0.39%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.19%) Puppet
5 1 (0.19%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.19%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 131 (25.29%) Oracle
2 105 (20.27%) IBM
3 63 (12.16%) Microsoft
4 32 (6.18%) Micro Focus
5 29 (5.60%) HP
6 20 (3.86%) BEA
7 11 (2.12%) JDA
8 8 (1.54%) VocaLink
8 8 (1.54%) Business Objects
9 7 (1.35%) NCR
9 7 (1.35%) Cognizant
10 6 (1.16%) BMC
10 6 (1.16%) VMware
11 5 (0.97%) ICL
11 5 (0.97%) Remedy
12 4 (0.77%) Google
12 4 (0.77%) Fujitsu
12 4 (0.77%) Syncsort
12 4 (0.77%) Tieto
12 4 (0.77%) iRise
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