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

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
COBOL
Rank 209 204 199
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -5
Permanent jobs citing COBOL 9 9 5
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.16% 0.17% 0.092%
As % of the Programming Languages category 0.34% 0.34% 0.20%
Number of salaries quoted 8 5 2
Average salary £47,500 £52,500 £36,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
-9.52% +43.83%
90% offered a salary of more than £34,250 £39,000 £33,700
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £54,000 £39,300
UK excluding London average salary £44,500 £42,500 £39,500
% change year-on-year
+4.70% +7.59%
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
2646 2632 2559
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the West Midlands 46.99% 49.05% 46.99%
Number of salaries quoted 2344 2223 2288
Average salary £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £25,000 £27,500 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £52,500 £50,000 £52,500
UK excluding London average salary £40,000 £39,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+1.26% +5.33%

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 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
(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
Coventry - 3 £47,500 -
Solihull +12 2 £33,750 -
Birmingham +8 2 £52,500 -
Shropshire - 1 £35,000 -
COBOL
England

COBOL
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 20 (95.24%) SQL
2 18 (85.71%) UNIX
3 16 (76.19%) Oracle
4 11 (52.38%) Java
5 9 (42.86%) WebSphere
5 9 (42.86%) ISPF
5 9 (42.86%) Perl
5 9 (42.86%) DB2
5 9 (42.86%) WebSphere Application Server
5 9 (42.86%) AIX
5 9 (42.86%) Solaris
5 9 (42.86%) Linux
5 9 (42.86%) MQSeries
5 9 (42.86%) SOA
5 9 (42.86%) IBM
5 9 (42.86%) BusinessObjects
5 9 (42.86%) CICS
5 9 (42.86%) Web Services
5 9 (42.86%) MVS
5 9 (42.86%) WebSphere MQ
5 9 (42.86%) Tivoli
5 9 (42.86%) JCL
5 9 (42.86%) Mainframe
6 6 (28.57%) Micro Focus
6 6 (28.57%) Oracle Database
7 4 (19.05%) Billing
8 3 (14.29%) Degree
8 3 (14.29%) Mathematics
8 3 (14.29%) Wealth Management
8 3 (14.29%) Analytical Skills

COBOL
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 9 (42.86%) WebSphere Application Server
1 9 (42.86%) MQSeries
1 9 (42.86%) CICS
1 9 (42.86%) WebSphere
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (42.86%) DB2
1 9 (42.86%) BusinessObjects
2 6 (28.57%) Oracle Database
3 2 (9.52%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 1 (4.76%) Hudson
General
1 4 (19.05%) Billing
2 3 (14.29%) Retail Banking
2 3 (14.29%) Private Banking
2 3 (14.29%) Pharmaceutical
2 3 (14.29%) Banking
2 3 (14.29%) Retail
3 1 (4.76%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (47.62%) Developer
2 9 (42.86%) Consultant
2 9 (42.86%) Technical Consultant
3 6 (28.57%) COBOL Developer
4 4 (19.05%) Analyst
5 3 (14.29%) Software Developer
5 3 (14.29%) Software Analyst
5 3 (14.29%) Analyst Developer
6 1 (4.76%) Build Engineer
6 1 (4.76%) Software Build Engineer
6 1 (4.76%) Software Engineer
6 1 (4.76%) Oracle Developer
6 1 (4.76%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (42.86%) Web Services
1 9 (42.86%) WebSphere MQ
1 9 (42.86%) ISPF
2 2 (9.52%) .NET
3 1 (4.76%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (42.86%) Mainframe
2 3 (14.29%) Mathematics
2 3 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.76%) VAX
Operating Systems
1 18 (85.71%) UNIX
2 9 (42.86%) MVS
2 9 (42.86%) AIX
2 9 (42.86%) Solaris
2 9 (42.86%) Linux
3 1 (4.76%) OS/390
3 1 (4.76%) zOS
3 1 (4.76%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (42.86%) SOA
2 3 (14.29%) Business Analysis
2 3 (14.29%) Wealth Management
3 1 (4.76%) Integration Testing
3 1 (4.76%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (4.76%) Waterfall
3 1 (4.76%) Build Automation
3 1 (4.76%) Technical Analysis
3 1 (4.76%) SDLC
3 1 (4.76%) Configuration Management
3 1 (4.76%) Stakeholder Management
3 1 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (4.76%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (95.24%) SQL
2 11 (52.38%) Java
3 9 (42.86%) Perl
3 9 (42.86%) JCL
4 3 (14.29%) C#
4 3 (14.29%) Shell Script
5 2 (9.52%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (14.29%) Degree
Systems Management
1 9 (42.86%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 16 (76.19%) Oracle
2 9 (42.86%) IBM
3 6 (28.57%) Micro Focus
4 2 (9.52%) SAP