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 26 September 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
26 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 814 745 777
Rank change year-on-year
-69 +32
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 104 219 207
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.20% 0.18%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.21% 0.39% 0.36%
Number of salaries quoted 70 136 141
Median salary £50,000 £45,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+11.11% -10.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £22,000 £33,444 £28,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £62,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £40,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -11.11%

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
50323 55811 57855
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 52.59% 51.56% 50.63%
Number of salaries quoted 43321 47837 48561
Median salary £47,500 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year
+5.55% +5.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £29,000
10% offered a salary of more than £72,500 £65,000 £70,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £40,000 £39,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +2.56%

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 26 September 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 26 September 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 -72 100 £50,000 +11.11% 7
South East +8 42 £50,000 +25.00% 3
Yorkshire +34 16 £22,000 -26.66%
Surrey +32 16 £50,000 - 1
East Midlands 0 15 £38,500 +10.00%
Berkshire - 15 £55,000 -
Leicestershire -2 12 - -
North West +8 9 £35,000 -17.64% 2
Harrogate - 9 £22,000 -
North Yorkshire - 9 £22,000 -
Manchester -8 8 - -
Newbury - 8 £55,000 -
East of England +15 7 £28,000 -30.00%
Oxfordshire +6 6 £45,000 +5.88%
Banbury +5 6 £45,000 +5.88%
London -11 6 £70,000 +27.27%
Sheffield +15 5 £27,500 -8.33%
South Yorkshire +12 5 £27,500 -8.33%
Scotland +27 4 - -
Kent +14 4 £48,000 +11.62%
Glasgow - 4 - -
Essex -6 3 - -
Brentwood -6 3 - -
South West -14 3 £35,000 - 1
Slough - 3 - -
Northamptonshire +23 2 - -
Northampton +19 2 - -
Bournemouth - 2 £33,750 -
Dewsbury - 2 £30,000 -
Tyne and Wear - 2 £35,000 - 1

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 September 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.

1 144 (63.44%) Mainframe
2 114 (50.22%) DB2
3 109 (48.02%) Java
4 90 (39.65%) JCL
4 90 (39.65%) IBM
5 87 (38.33%) Finance
6 84 (37.00%) SQL
7 72 (31.72%) CICS
8 55 (24.23%) Unix
9 52 (22.91%) VSAM
10 50 (22.03%) Oracle
11 45 (19.82%) SDLC
12 43 (18.94%) Agile Software Development
13 42 (18.50%) XML
14 40 (17.62%) IBM Mainframe
15 36 (15.86%) HTML
16 35 (15.42%) Degree
16 35 (15.42%) Banking
17 34 (14.98%) C#
18 32 (14.10%) Enterprise Software
19 31 (13.66%) RAD
20 30 (13.22%) Spring
21 29 (12.78%) Integration Testing
21 29 (12.78%) JavaScript
22 27 (11.89%) C++
23 26 (11.45%) .NET
23 26 (11.45%) HP
23 26 (11.45%) Waterfall
24 25 (11.01%) Analytical Skills
24 25 (11.01%) Computer Science

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 72 (31.72%) CICS
2 15 (6.61%) IIS
3 9 (3.96%) Tomcat
4 6 (2.64%) OpenROAD
5 5 (2.20%) JBoss
5 5 (2.20%) WebLogic
5 5 (2.20%) WebSphere
5 5 (2.20%) WebSphere Application Server
6 4 (1.76%) StreamWeaver
7 2 (0.88%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 2 (0.88%) MQSeries
7 2 (0.88%) SAS
7 2 (0.88%) SharePoint
7 2 (0.88%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.44%) TPMS
Applications
1 8 (3.52%) MS Office
2 6 (2.64%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 15 (6.61%) VisionPLUS
2 9 (3.96%) BASE24
3 4 (1.76%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (1.32%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.88%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.88%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.88%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (5.29%) TCP/IP
2 8 (3.52%) ATM
3 6 (2.64%) FTP
4 5 (2.20%) HTTP
5 3 (1.32%) Firewall
6 1 (0.44%) PuTTY
6 1 (0.44%) SSH
6 1 (0.44%) Telnet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 114 (50.22%) DB2
2 14 (6.17%) Oracle Database
3 13 (5.73%) SQL Server
4 12 (5.29%) NonStop SQL
5 9 (3.96%) Relational Database
6 6 (2.64%) Oracle Database 11g
6 6 (2.64%) Oracle Reports
6 6 (2.64%) UniData
7 5 (2.20%) Data Mining
7 5 (2.20%) DataStage
7 5 (2.20%) Informix
8 4 (1.76%) Easytrieve
9 3 (1.32%) MS Access
10 2 (0.88%) Apache Hive
10 2 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.88%) MySQL
10 2 (0.88%) RDBMS
11 1 (0.44%) Big Data
11 1 (0.44%) IDMS
Development Applications
1 13 (5.73%) Oracle Forms
2 12 (5.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (4.85%) Maven
4 9 (3.96%) JMeter
4 9 (3.96%) LoadRunner
5 8 (3.52%) JUnit
6 6 (2.64%) Eclipse
6 6 (2.64%) PowerBuilder
6 6 (2.64%) PROIV
6 6 (2.64%) Selenium
6 6 (2.64%) Selenium IDE
6 6 (2.64%) WebDriver
7 5 (2.20%) Ant
8 4 (1.76%) MSBuild
8 4 (1.76%) Toad
8 4 (1.76%) XPEDITER
9 3 (1.32%) Fiddler
9 3 (1.32%) Firebug
9 3 (1.32%) JIRA
9 3 (1.32%) The Grinder
General
1 87 (38.33%) Finance
2 35 (15.42%) Banking
3 19 (8.37%) Retail
4 17 (7.49%) Financial Institution
5 2 (0.88%) Legal
6 1 (0.44%) Billing
6 1 (0.44%) Music Industry
6 1 (0.44%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 115 (50.66%) Developer
2 45 (19.82%) COBOL Developer
3 35 (15.42%) Java Developer
4 30 (13.22%) Analyst
4 30 (13.22%) DB2 Developer
5 20 (8.81%) Mainframe Developer
6 17 (7.49%) Software Developer
6 17 (7.49%) Technical Leader
7 15 (6.61%) Programmer
8 14 (6.17%) Team Leader
8 14 (6.17%) Technical Team Leader
9 13 (5.73%) Analyst Programmer
9 13 (5.73%) COBOL Analyst
9 13 (5.73%) Software Engineer
10 12 (5.29%) QA Engineer
11 11 (4.85%) Mainframe Software Engineer
11 11 (4.85%) QA Test Engineer
11 11 (4.85%) Test Engineer
12 10 (4.41%) Lead Developer
13 9 (3.96%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (18.50%) XML
2 36 (15.86%) HTML
3 30 (13.22%) Spring
4 26 (11.45%) .NET
5 21 (9.25%) Web Services
6 16 (7.05%) JSP
7 8 (3.52%) HTML5
8 6 (2.64%) PhoneGap
9 5 (2.20%) .NET Framework
9 5 (2.20%) ASP.NET
9 5 (2.20%) CSS
9 5 (2.20%) J2EE
9 5 (2.20%) JSON
10 3 (1.32%) ISPF
10 3 (1.32%) SOAP
11 2 (0.88%) BAPI
11 2 (0.88%) CGI
11 2 (0.88%) Middleware
11 2 (0.88%) SAP Smart Forms
11 2 (0.88%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 144 (63.44%) Mainframe
2 52 (22.91%) VSAM
3 40 (17.62%) IBM Mainframe
4 32 (14.10%) Enterprise Software
5 25 (11.01%) Analytical Skills
5 25 (11.01%) Computer Science
6 14 (6.17%) AS400
7 9 (3.96%) iSeries
8 6 (2.64%) Algorithms
8 6 (2.64%) Tandem
9 5 (2.20%) VAX
10 3 (1.32%) Data Structures
10 3 (1.32%) Social Media
10 3 (1.32%) SWIFT
10 3 (1.32%) Visualisation
11 2 (0.88%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.88%) DataPower
11 2 (0.88%) PMI
11 2 (0.88%) User Experience
12 1 (0.44%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 55 (24.23%) Unix
2 22 (9.69%) Windows
3 16 (7.05%) MVS
4 13 (5.73%) Linux
4 13 (5.73%) zOS
5 10 (4.41%) OS/390
6 7 (3.08%) Windows Server
7 6 (2.64%) Android
7 6 (2.64%) Apple iOS
8 4 (1.76%) VME
9 3 (1.32%) OpenVMS
10 2 (0.88%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.44%) AIX
11 1 (0.44%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (19.82%) SDLC
2 43 (18.94%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (13.66%) RAD
4 29 (12.78%) Integration Testing
5 26 (11.45%) Waterfall
6 22 (9.69%) Software Engineering
7 21 (9.25%) Automated Testing
8 20 (8.81%) TDD
9 19 (8.37%) Regression Testing
9 19 (8.37%) Unit Testing
10 17 (7.49%) Functional Testing
10 17 (7.49%) System Integration Testing
11 16 (7.05%) UML
11 16 (7.05%) User Stories
12 14 (6.17%) OO
13 13 (5.73%) Continuous Improvement
14 12 (5.29%) Manual Testing
15 8 (3.52%) Data Architecture
15 8 (3.52%) Programme Management
16 7 (3.08%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 109 (48.02%) Java
2 90 (39.65%) JCL
3 84 (37.00%) SQL
4 34 (14.98%) C#
5 29 (12.78%) JavaScript
6 27 (11.89%) C++
7 22 (9.69%) PL/SQL
8 21 (9.25%) REXX
9 18 (7.93%) C
10 17 (7.49%) VB
11 13 (5.73%) CLIST
12 12 (5.29%) RPG
13 11 (4.85%) Shell Script
14 10 (4.41%) Python
15 9 (3.96%) Fortran
15 9 (3.96%) Perl
16 6 (2.64%) Clipper
16 6 (2.64%) LINC
16 6 (2.64%) Uniface
16 6 (2.64%) xBase
Qualifications
1 35 (15.42%) Degree
2 17 (7.49%) ISTQB
3 15 (6.61%) ISEB
4 3 (1.32%) OCA
4 3 (1.32%) Oracle Certification
5 2 (0.88%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (9.69%) QA
2 8 (3.52%) ISO 8583
3 1 (0.44%) FATCA
3 1 (0.44%) MiFID
System Software
1 5 (2.20%) Active Directory
1 5 (2.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (1.76%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 14 (6.17%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.76%) CA Endevor
3 3 (1.32%) ServiceCenter
4 2 (0.88%) Control-M
Vendors
1 90 (39.65%) IBM
2 50 (22.03%) Oracle
3 26 (11.45%) HP
4 21 (9.25%) Cognizant
4 21 (9.25%) Microsoft
5 13 (5.73%) TSYS
6 7 (3.08%) Informatica
7 5 (2.20%) JD Edwards
7 5 (2.20%) Micro Focus
7 5 (2.20%) VMware
8 4 (1.76%) Remedy
8 4 (1.76%) Syncsort
9 3 (1.32%) BMC
10 2 (0.88%) Fujitsu
10 2 (0.88%) hybris
10 2 (0.88%) Rally
10 2 (0.88%) SAP
11 1 (0.44%) ICL
11 1 (0.44%) Pega
11 1 (0.44%) Unisys
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Salary: Circa £40,000
Posted: 12 hours ago
Camberley, Surrey
IT Talent Solutions
Salary: From £25,000 to £50,000 per annum
Posted: 10 hours ago
North West
Cognizant
Posted: 7 days ago
North West
Cognizant
Posted: 7 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Hargreaves Lansdown
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 17 days ago