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 24 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
COBOL
Rank 209 193 185
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -8
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 7 7 18
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.13% 0.14% 0.38%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.27% 0.28% 0.70%
Number of salaries quoted 5 4 18
Average salary £45,000 £50,000 £40,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
-10.00% +25.00%
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £41,750 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+7.78% +4.37%
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
2612 2480 2571
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 48.78% 51.11% 54.52%
Number of salaries quoted 2365 2157 2279
Average salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £24,500 £26,000
10% offered a salary of more than £50,000 £50,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -

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 24 December 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 24 December 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
Staffordshire - 4 £27,500 -
Birmingham -11 3 £45,000 +20.00%
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 10 (62.50%) UNIX
1 10 (62.50%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (56.25%) SQL
3 6 (37.50%) C++
3 6 (37.50%) Business Analysis
3 6 (37.50%) Degree
3 6 (37.50%) Mathematics
4 4 (25.00%) DB2
4 4 (25.00%) Windows
4 4 (25.00%) Windows XP
4 4 (25.00%) FTP
4 4 (25.00%) Borland
4 4 (25.00%) Mainframe
4 4 (25.00%) Back Office
4 4 (25.00%) Finance
4 4 (25.00%) Retail
4 4 (25.00%) Logistics
4 4 (25.00%) Windows 7
5 2 (12.50%) C#
5 2 (12.50%) HTML
5 2 (12.50%) Java
5 2 (12.50%) JavaScript
5 2 (12.50%) PHP
5 2 (12.50%) VB.NET
5 2 (12.50%) .NET
5 2 (12.50%) Oracle
5 2 (12.50%) CSS
5 2 (12.50%) JDBC
5 2 (12.50%) JSP
5 2 (12.50%) Servlets

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 1 (6.25%) CICS
Business Applications
1 2 (12.50%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 4 (25.00%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (25.00%) DB2
General
1 4 (25.00%) Back Office
1 4 (25.00%) Finance
1 4 (25.00%) Retail
2 2 (12.50%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (6.25%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 12 (75.00%) Analyst
2 7 (43.75%) Programmer
3 6 (37.50%) Software Developer
3 6 (37.50%) Developer
3 6 (37.50%) Analyst Developer
3 6 (37.50%) Software Analyst
4 3 (18.75%) C++ Programmer
4 3 (18.75%) Technical Consultant
4 3 (18.75%) Consultant
5 2 (12.50%) Analyst Programmer
6 1 (6.25%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Graduate
6 1 (6.25%) Junior
6 1 (6.25%) COBOL Analyst Programmer
6 1 (6.25%) COBOL Programmer
6 1 (6.25%) Senior Programmer
6 1 (6.25%) COBOL Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Junior Programmer
6 1 (6.25%) GUI Programmer
6 1 (6.25%) Graduate Programmer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (12.50%) HTML
1 2 (12.50%) .NET
1 2 (12.50%) CSS
1 2 (12.50%) JDBC
1 2 (12.50%) JSP
1 2 (12.50%) Servlets
1 2 (12.50%) XML
1 2 (12.50%) Hibernate
1 2 (12.50%) jQuery
1 2 (12.50%) Sass
1 2 (12.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 10 (62.50%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (37.50%) Mathematics
3 4 (25.00%) Mainframe
4 1 (6.25%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 10 (62.50%) UNIX
2 4 (25.00%) Windows
2 4 (25.00%) Windows XP
2 4 (25.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (37.50%) Business Analysis
2 4 (25.00%) Logistics
3 2 (12.50%) Content Management
3 2 (12.50%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 9 (56.25%) SQL
2 6 (37.50%) C++
3 2 (12.50%) Java
3 2 (12.50%) JavaScript
3 2 (12.50%) PHP
3 2 (12.50%) VB.NET
3 2 (12.50%) C#
3 2 (12.50%) Objective-C
4 1 (6.25%) JCL
Qualifications
1 6 (37.50%) Degree
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) CA Endevor
Vendors
1 4 (25.00%) Borland
2 2 (12.50%) Google
2 2 (12.50%) Oracle
3 1 (6.25%) IBM