The table below looks at the statistics for COBOL skills in IT jobs advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited COBOL over the 3 months to 21 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 215 199 187
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -12
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 11 5 11
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.19% 0.096% 0.23%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.39% 0.20% 0.44%
Number of salaries quoted 7 0 11
Average salary £45,000 - £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £37,500 £39,500
% change year-on-year
+20.00% -5.06%
COBOL
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Programming Languages category in permanent jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Programming Languages Category
West Midlands
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Programming Languages category
2851 2542 2480
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 49.69% 48.72% 52.20%
Number of salaries quoted 2469 2240 2158
Average salary £37,500 £37,500 £36,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +2.73%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,564 £25,000 £25,500
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £39,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -

COBOL
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing COBOL across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Programming Languages category.

COBOL Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

COBOL
Salary Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing COBOL across the West Midlands region.

COBOL Salary Trend in the West Midlands

COBOL
Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing COBOL across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 21 October 2014.

COBOL Salary Histogram in the West Midlands

COBOL
Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing COBOL within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 21 October 2014. 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
Birmingham -9 7 £45,000 -
Staffordshire - 4 - -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT jobs across the West Midlands region 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 11 (55.00%) SQL
1 11 (55.00%) UNIX
2 10 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (40.00%) Mainframe
3 8 (40.00%) DB2
3 8 (40.00%) Finance
4 6 (30.00%) Mathematics
4 6 (30.00%) Business Analysis
4 6 (30.00%) Degree
5 5 (25.00%) Retail
6 4 (20.00%) Logistics
6 4 (20.00%) CA Endevor
6 4 (20.00%) IBM Mainframe
6 4 (20.00%) Windows 7
6 4 (20.00%) JCL
6 4 (20.00%) Financial Institution
6 4 (20.00%) Back Office
6 4 (20.00%) C++
6 4 (20.00%) Windows
6 4 (20.00%) Windows XP
6 4 (20.00%) FTP
6 4 (20.00%) IBM
6 4 (20.00%) CICS
6 4 (20.00%) Borland
7 2 (10.00%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (5.00%) SharePoint
8 1 (5.00%) SAP BW
8 1 (5.00%) NetWeaver
8 1 (5.00%) Java
8 1 (5.00%) SAP

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT jobs across the West Midlands region 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 4 (20.00%) CICS
2 1 (5.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (5.00%) NetWeaver
Communications & Networking
1 4 (20.00%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (40.00%) DB2
2 1 (5.00%) SAP BW
2 1 (5.00%) SQL Server
General
1 8 (40.00%) Finance
2 5 (25.00%) Retail
3 4 (20.00%) Financial Institution
3 4 (20.00%) Back Office
4 2 (10.00%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (5.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 14 (70.00%) Analyst
2 8 (40.00%) Programmer
3 7 (35.00%) Developer
4 6 (30.00%) Analyst Developer
4 6 (30.00%) Software Developer
4 6 (30.00%) Software Analyst
5 4 (20.00%) COBOL Analyst
5 4 (20.00%) Consultant
5 4 (20.00%) Analyst Programmer
5 4 (20.00%) Technical Consultant
5 4 (20.00%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
5 4 (20.00%) COBOL Programmer
6 3 (15.00%) C++ Programmer
7 1 (5.00%) Support Manager
7 1 (5.00%) Applications Support
7 1 (5.00%) Applications Manager
7 1 (5.00%) COBOL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 10 (50.00%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (40.00%) Mainframe
3 6 (30.00%) Mathematics
4 4 (20.00%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 11 (55.00%) UNIX
2 4 (20.00%) Windows 7
2 4 (20.00%) Windows
2 4 (20.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (30.00%) Business Analysis
2 4 (20.00%) Logistics
3 1 (5.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (5.00%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 11 (55.00%) SQL
2 4 (20.00%) JCL
2 4 (20.00%) C++
3 1 (5.00%) Java
3 1 (5.00%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 6 (30.00%) Degree
Systems Management
1 4 (20.00%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 4 (20.00%) IBM
1 4 (20.00%) Borland
2 1 (5.00%) SAP
2 1 (5.00%) Oracle