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 12 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
COBOL
Rank 741 752 837
Rank change year-on-year
+11 +85
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 194 185 100
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 0.19% 0.17% 0.095%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.37% 0.35% 0.18%
Number of salaries quoted 136 139 79
Average salary £47,500 £52,500 £45,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-9.52% +16.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £37,000 £37,500 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £57,500 £65,000 £67,000
UK excluding London average salary £44,500 £50,000 £40,500
% change year-on-year
-11.00% +23.45%

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
52734 53572 56146
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the UK 52.07% 50.33% 53.34%
Number of salaries quoted 45496 46036 47133
Average salary £45,000 £44,500 £42,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+1.12% +4.70%
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £30,000 £29,000
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £65,000 £65,000
UK excluding London average salary £41,000 £40,000 £38,000
% change year-on-year
+2.50% +5.26%

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 12 February 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 average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the UK over the 3 months to 12 February 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 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 +32 192 £47,500 -9.52% 25
South East +39 55 £48,750 -7.14% 2
East Midlands +35 45 £39,500 -6.50% 4
London -1 44 £55,375 +0.22% 7
City of London +55 26 £55,000 -
Leicestershire +18 21 £43,000 +1.77% 2
Oxfordshire - 20 £37,500 -
North West +34 18 £47,500 -22.40% 3
East Sussex - 13 £55,000 -
Banbury - 13 £37,500 -
Lancashire +22 12 £47,500 -5.20% 2
Brighton - 12 - -
Essex -23 10 £56,250 +12.50% 2
East of England -35 10 £56,250 +12.50% 2
Berkshire - 10 £52,500 - 2
Yorkshire 0 9 £50,000 +25.00% 4
West Sussex - 8 £54,750 -
Skelmersdale - 8 £47,500 -
Brentwood +6 7 £70,000 -
Northampton - 7 £35,000 - 2
Northamptonshire - 7 £35,000 - 2
Nottinghamshire +7 6 - -
Romford - 6 £76,000 -
West Midlands -17 5 £45,000 +28.57% 2
Midlands - 5 £38,500 -
Nottingham 0 4 - -
Leicester -2 4 £44,000 +4.14%
Manchester - 4 £42,500 -
Warwickshire - 4 £45,000 -
West Yorkshire -15 3 - - 2

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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.

1 231 (48.23%) Mainframe
2 210 (43.84%) SQL
3 204 (42.59%) DB2
4 193 (40.29%) Finance
5 162 (33.82%) IBM
6 158 (32.99%) CICS
7 149 (31.11%) Java
8 147 (30.69%) JCL
9 120 (25.05%) SDLC
10 113 (23.59%) Oracle
11 110 (22.96%) Banking
12 109 (22.76%) Agile Software Development
13 92 (19.21%) Analytical Skills
14 87 (18.16%) HTML
15 82 (17.12%) Degree
16 80 (16.70%) IBM Mainframe
17 76 (15.87%) AS400
18 72 (15.03%) Web Services
19 69 (14.41%) VSAM
20 68 (14.20%) Computer Science
21 67 (13.99%) C#
22 66 (13.78%) Change Management
23 63 (13.15%) XML
24 62 (12.94%) JavaScript
25 58 (12.11%) Unix
26 54 (11.27%) .NET
27 53 (11.06%) Retail
28 51 (10.65%) Windows
29 50 (10.44%) QA
30 49 (10.23%) Software Engineering

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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
1 158 (32.99%) CICS
2 35 (7.31%) WebSphere
3 28 (5.85%) MTS
4 15 (3.13%) WebLogic
5 7 (1.46%) IIS
6 6 (1.25%) OpenROAD
7 5 (1.04%) Apache
7 5 (1.04%) WebSphere Application Server
8 4 (0.84%) SAS
9 3 (0.63%) Confluence
10 2 (0.42%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.21%) Apache Spark
11 1 (0.21%) GlassFish
11 1 (0.21%) MQSeries
11 1 (0.21%) OpenStack
Applications
1 6 (1.25%) MS Excel
2 5 (1.04%) MS Office
3 2 (0.42%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 14 (2.92%) Payment Gateway
2 10 (2.09%) BusinessWorks
2 10 (2.09%) JDE EnterpriseOne
2 10 (2.09%) VisionPLUS
3 3 (0.63%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.42%) SAP BPC
4 2 (0.42%) SAP CRM
4 2 (0.42%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.42%) SAP SCM
5 1 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.21%) FastStats
5 1 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.21%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (0.21%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 20 (4.18%) FTP
2 9 (1.88%) HTTPS
3 5 (1.04%) HTTP
3 5 (1.04%) PuTTY
3 5 (1.04%) SSH
3 5 (1.04%) Telnet
4 2 (0.42%) SAN
5 1 (0.21%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 204 (42.59%) DB2
2 46 (9.60%) Oracle Database
3 34 (7.10%) DataStage
3 34 (7.10%) SQL Server
4 25 (5.22%) UniData
5 21 (4.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 19 (3.97%) SQL Server 2008
6 19 (3.97%) SQL Server 2014
7 18 (3.76%) Oracle Database 10g
7 18 (3.76%) Oracle Database 11g
7 18 (3.76%) Oracle Database 12c
7 18 (3.76%) Oracle ODI
7 18 (3.76%) Oracle9i Database
7 18 (3.76%) SQL Server 2005
7 18 (3.76%) SQL Server 2012
8 12 (2.51%) Data Mining
8 12 (2.51%) NoSQL
8 12 (2.51%) Pentaho
8 12 (2.51%) Relational Database
9 8 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 32 (6.68%) Oracle Forms
2 23 (4.80%) ERwin
3 21 (4.38%) Team Foundation Server
4 16 (3.34%) JUnit
5 14 (2.92%) ChangeMan
6 10 (2.09%) Eclipse
7 7 (1.46%) JMeter
7 7 (1.46%) LoadRunner
7 7 (1.46%) PowerBuilder
7 7 (1.46%) PROIV
7 7 (1.46%) Selenium
7 7 (1.46%) Selenium IDE
7 7 (1.46%) WebDriver
8 6 (1.25%) Subversion
9 4 (0.84%) Maven
10 3 (0.63%) JIRA
10 3 (0.63%) Visual Studio
10 3 (0.63%) XPEDITER
11 2 (0.42%) LSMW
11 2 (0.42%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 193 (40.29%) Finance
2 110 (22.96%) Banking
3 53 (11.06%) Retail
4 12 (2.51%) Billing
5 11 (2.30%) Marketing
6 10 (2.09%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.46%) Music Industry
8 6 (1.25%) Manufacturing
9 5 (1.04%) Dutch Language
9 5 (1.04%) French Language
9 5 (1.04%) German Language
9 5 (1.04%) Italian Language
9 5 (1.04%) Spanish Language
10 4 (0.84%) Retail Banking
11 3 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
12 2 (0.42%) Corporate Banking
12 2 (0.42%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.21%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 193 (40.29%) Developer
2 67 (13.99%) Analyst
3 57 (11.90%) COBOL Developer
4 43 (8.98%) Lead Developer
5 32 (6.68%) Software Engineer
6 30 (6.26%) Mainframe Developer
7 26 (5.43%) Senior Developer
8 25 (5.22%) Designer
8 25 (5.22%) Oracle Developer
9 24 (5.01%) DB2 Developer
9 24 (5.01%) Programmer
10 23 (4.80%) Architect
11 22 (4.59%) Subject Matter Expert
12 18 (3.76%) 2nd Line Support
12 18 (3.76%) Cognos Support
13 17 (3.55%) Java Developer
14 16 (3.34%) Solutions Architect
15 15 (3.13%) Software Developer
15 15 (3.13%) Solutions Designer
16 14 (2.92%) Analyst Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (18.16%) HTML
2 72 (15.03%) Web Services
3 63 (13.15%) XML
4 54 (11.27%) .NET
5 45 (9.39%) HTML5
6 33 (6.89%) Middleware
7 22 (4.59%) PhoneGap
8 18 (3.76%) J2EE
8 18 (3.76%) Oracle Fusion
9 15 (3.13%) ASP.NET
9 15 (3.13%) Spring
10 14 (2.92%) ISPF
11 13 (2.71%) Java EE
11 13 (2.71%) JSON
12 12 (2.51%) Natural Language Processing
13 11 (2.30%) EDI
14 10 (2.09%) Classic ASP
15 9 (1.88%) .NET Framework
16 8 (1.67%) Entity Framework
16 8 (1.67%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 231 (48.23%) Mainframe
2 92 (19.21%) Analytical Skills
3 80 (16.70%) IBM Mainframe
4 76 (15.87%) AS400
5 69 (14.41%) VSAM
6 68 (14.20%) Computer Science
7 34 (7.10%) Client/Server
8 30 (6.26%) Data Structures
9 29 (6.05%) iSeries
10 26 (5.43%) SWIFT
11 14 (2.92%) Enterprise Software
11 14 (2.92%) Management Information System
11 14 (2.92%) Visualisation
12 12 (2.51%) Social Media
13 11 (2.30%) Algorithms
14 10 (2.09%) Replication
15 5 (1.04%) Clustering
15 5 (1.04%) FMCG
15 5 (1.04%) Hybrid Cloud
15 5 (1.04%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 58 (12.11%) Unix
2 51 (10.65%) Windows
3 41 (8.56%) zOS
4 34 (7.10%) Linux
5 7 (1.46%) Android
5 7 (1.46%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.84%) Windows Server
7 3 (0.63%) OS/390
8 1 (0.21%) MVS
8 1 (0.21%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 120 (25.05%) SDLC
2 109 (22.76%) Agile Software Development
3 66 (13.78%) Change Management
4 49 (10.23%) Software Engineering
5 42 (8.77%) Automated Testing
5 42 (8.77%) SOA
6 35 (7.31%) Continuous Improvement
7 33 (6.89%) ITIL
8 32 (6.68%) Scrum
9 31 (6.47%) Waterfall
10 27 (5.64%) Mentoring
11 26 (5.43%) Data Modelling
12 24 (5.01%) Business Intelligence
12 24 (5.01%) RAD
12 24 (5.01%) Release Management
13 22 (4.59%) Open Source
14 20 (4.18%) Project Management
14 20 (4.18%) Unit Testing
15 19 (3.97%) User Acceptance Testing
16 17 (3.55%) Performance Analysis
Programming Languages
1 210 (43.84%) SQL
2 149 (31.11%) Java
3 147 (30.69%) JCL
4 67 (13.99%) C#
5 62 (12.94%) JavaScript
6 43 (8.98%) RPG
7 36 (7.52%) PL/SQL
8 32 (6.68%) C++
9 28 (5.85%) REXX
10 25 (5.22%) Fortran
11 20 (4.18%) Python
12 19 (3.97%) T-SQL
13 13 (2.71%) Assembly Language
14 12 (2.51%) CLIST
14 12 (2.51%) Scala
14 12 (2.51%) VB
15 10 (2.09%) PL/1
15 10 (2.09%) VB6
15 10 (2.09%) VC++
16 8 (1.67%) Perl
Qualifications
1 82 (17.12%) Degree
2 18 (3.76%) ITIL Certification
3 16 (3.34%) ISTQB
4 12 (2.51%) PhD
5 7 (1.46%) ISEB
6 1 (0.21%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (10.44%) QA
2 27 (5.64%) SEPA
3 10 (2.09%) SLA
4 2 (0.42%) Data Quality
System Software
1 24 (5.01%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
2 17 (3.55%) Time Sharing Option
3 8 (1.67%) Oracle RAC
4 2 (0.42%) Firmware
5 1 (0.21%) KVM
Systems Management
1 24 (5.01%) Tivoli
2 7 (1.46%) CA Endevor
2 7 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.21%) OMEGAMON
Vendors
1 162 (33.82%) IBM
2 113 (23.59%) Oracle
3 38 (7.93%) JD Edwards
4 35 (7.31%) Microsoft
5 31 (6.47%) TOWER Software
6 21 (4.38%) Cognos
7 19 (3.97%) SAP
7 19 (3.97%) ServiceNow
8 14 (2.92%) Micro Focus
9 13 (2.71%) HP
10 10 (2.09%) TIBCO
10 10 (2.09%) TSYS
11 9 (1.88%) JDA
11 9 (1.88%) Salesforce.com
12 7 (1.46%) Informatica
13 6 (1.25%) CA
14 2 (0.42%) hybris
14 2 (0.42%) Lotus
14 2 (0.42%) Perforce
14 2 (0.42%) Rally
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